Spring is coming DO YOU feel the need to Purify? Help to prevent those Allergies? Or just jump on Nature’s bandwagon to dropping off those toxic pounds and Renew again? Well now’s the time to start thinking about this and look for future enewsletter/blog on the various tracks we will offer for group or individual plans.
Happy Fat Tuesday …(might be Ash Wednesday by now) You All! As a long time Catholic who is practiced in the rare event of fasting I wish this ritual would become more common again amongst us all. Renew for It’s natural in Spring to lean and clean! If not just for your Body and MInd but for your Soul. Well this year I don’t want to focus so much on taking away as much but to really focus on adding in a Good habit. This always works better for my patients. So join me in sacrilege and add a new good habit into your life;) Personally. I am very excited to get back to Deep Meditation with some stretching/movement. I just did this tonight and I feel so INVINCIBLE. So now I’m celebrating Fat Tuesday with my Raw brownie and Carlos & Julian 09 noir. Trust me this brownie is Lent Proof though ….you have to try these! BettyRawker.com Thanks to Betty Rawker for another amazing class where we could share so many awesome new Superfoods to folks from PDX to Corvallis, Dallas and beyond!
I want to share with you some of the easiest most potent RawFoods you can add to your life to Make YOUR Food Medicine. Many of these ingredients can be added to anything…ie smoothies, fruit sorbets, nut balls, coconut butter is also always fun esp with the last super food here listed…CACAO!!!!
So Betty works her tail off for cheap so YOU have to go to her classes to find out how to use these but here are My personal notes on some of the superfoods we love:……sorry Wasabi isn’t listed today but check out her website for a Divine ice cream….hint hint Allergy sufferers, WASABI best thing for sinus congestion and teary eyes!
Super foods for our health, wellness, happiness and
Nori and other seaweed varietals
the perfect start as one of the first plants on earth it is probably THE most Ancient superfood. Ideal for raw foodist, vegans or just super food junkies, this plant is made up of over 30% minerals and up to 70% protein in species such as spirulina. I find these two with the addition of Vitamin A and C make this one of the most perfect foods on the plant. As the school teacher from LA who found Klamath Falls blue grean algae and feed it to his students to improve behavior, IQ and creativity in his classrooms.
IODINE in it’s ideal source for your body’s optimal metabolism and endocrine system support. Iodine is jam packed in these species others higher then Nori but it’s raw so have your stomach acid up (ND’s can help you with this) for all mineral based foods as well as B12 foods (vegans!). Iodine is needed in our thyroid and iodide in many other organs from breast, lungs, heart, skin and spleen.
Magnesium, Calcium and Iron as well as many trace minerals used in connective tissue,MARFANS including bones, and increases receptor sensitivity ie INSULIN.
Brassicas ok super to me food, Cauliflower, Kale, Brussel Sprouts, Mustard Greens, Broccoli, Brocollini, etc. Sulfurs as most people know are potent in these guys which keeps the pesky Estradiol (estrogen which causes cancer) in a healthy range preventing cancers or just the stressful side effects of estrogen overload (PMS & others). Sulfurs also detox, METHYLATE , REDUCE ALLERGIES and bond connective tissue. Love em!
Chai seeds Omega 3’s in a filling fun seed. Healing to the GI tract with it’s mucilagous nature can coat the belly and make you feel full but
LOOK here’s 10 more reasons to add chia seeds to your diet:…….(expert from Huffington Post)
Chia is being studied as a potential natural treatment for type-2 diabetes because of its ability to slow down digestion. The gelatinous coating chia seeds develops when exposed to liquids-can also prevent blood sugar spikes.
Get More Fibre
Just a 28-gram or one-ounce serving of chia has 11 grams of dietary fibre — about a third of the recommended daily intake for adults. Adding some chia to your diet is an easy way to make sure you’re getting a good amount of fibre, which is important for digestive health.
Stock Up On Omega-3
Chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, with nearly five grams in a one-ounce serving. These fats are important for brain health. “There’s better conversion of omega 3s into the plasma or into the food than Chia & flax seed,” said researcher Wayne Coates. But remember you have to grind flax they won’t just go down easy like chia. Dr. Coates brought this super food from Soth American to North America and wasn’t a big fan of red or black chia seeds…just FYI.
Stronger Teeth And Bones
A serving of chia seeds has 18 per cent of the recommended daily intake for calcium, which puts your well on your way to maintaining bone and oral health, and preventing osteoporosis for it is totally absorbable and won’t mess with your pH like milk!
Don’t Forget Manganese
Manganese isn’t a well-known nutrient, but it’s important for our health: it’s good for your bones and helps your body use other essential nutrients like biotin and thiamin. One serving of chia seeds, or 28 grams, has 30 per cent of your recommended intake of this mineral.
Plenty Of Phosphorus
With 27 per cent of your daily value for phosphorus, chia seeds also helps you maintain healthy bones and teeth. Phosphorus is also used by the body to synthesize protein for cell and tissue growth and repair.
Pack In The Protein
Chia seeds also make a great source of protein for vegetarians and don’t have any cholesterol. One 28-gram serving of these super seeds has 4.4 grams of protein, nearly 10 per cent of the daily value.
Fight Belly Fat
Chia’s stabilizing effect on blood sugar also fights insulin resistance which can be tied to an increase in belly fat, according to Live Strong. This type of resistance can also be harmful for your overall health.
Get Full. Faster
Tryptophan, an amino acid found in turkey, is also found in chia seeds. While tryptophan is responsible for that strong urge to nap after a big Thanksgiving dinner for example, it also helps regulate appetite, sleep and improve mood.
Improve Heart Health
According to the Cleveland Clinic, chia seeds have been shown to improve blood pressure in diabetics, and may also increase healthy cholesterol while lowering total, LDL, and triglyceride cholesterol. All good news for your ticker!
with an ANTIOXIDANT LEVEL of 168500 units on ORAC
which stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and is correlated to antioxidants and their overall capacity in the human body to prevent and eliminate the dangerous effects of free radicals from attacking healthy cells.
Matcha is 6 x more than GOJI Berries 7 x more than dark chocolate 16 x more than wild blueberries
High in Theanine is calming yet creates focus by enhancing your attention. I use this amino acid in my teenage and menopausal patients a lot as well as ADHD. Japanese Zen Buddhist Monks used Matcha in meditations for ultimate focus, calm and alertness needed for days of meditation. Yes it’s my NEW LENT TEA! Bodybuilders and cancer patients are the main consumers of matcha here in the US. So much more concentrated then usual grean tea due to the fact you ingest the tea leaf not just the water with Matcha. I would definitely include this into your life if nothing else if you are wanting a lean body and cancer preventor. It will raise your metabolism from the usual 7% at rest to 35%! This is due to the catechins you’ve heard about in green tea. And with the theanine you won’t get the uncomfortable buzz only zen….
MAQUI SUPER BERRY FROM PATAGONIA HIGHEST ANTIOXIDANT LEVEL YET FOUND SOME SAY! maybe wasabi
The FERMENTED DRINK OF THE BERRY has been attributed as the secret the Maquina natives who had to overthrow the Spaniards for over 300 yrs. The only tribe to not be conquered ever in South America not by Spain or Incas.
Reducing inflammation, healing tissue, strong anti-aging, increase ability to fight off cancer, eye sight, and many more benefits this is truly a super warrior food. It’s PURPLE so you know it’s good! As a berry lover I’m taken by this little powerhouse of polyphenols!
Cited from Sex, Stress and Hormones Dr. Amanda Hoffman ND 2010
Let’s have a raw look in all our favorite super food CACAO!!
Cacao is derived from Theobroma Cacao beans, which literally means “Food of the Gods”. Cacao contains over 300 compounds including: protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, iron, zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium. Magnesium helps to build strong bones and is a muscle relaxant associated with feelings of calmness. Cacao is also high in sulfur, which helps form strong nails and hair.
In addition, cacao also contains the chemicals phenylethylamine (PEA) and anandamide. PEA is an adrenal-related chemical that we create naturally when we’re excited. It also plays a role in feeling focused and alert because it causes your pulse rate to quicken, resulting in a similar feeling to when we are excited or fall in love!
Another ‘bliss’ chemical found in chocolate is the lipid anandamide. It’s there in our brain when we feel great. Anandamide is also called “chocolate amphetamine” as it causes changes in blood pressure and blood-sugar levels, leading to feelings of excitement and alertness.
Anandamide works like amphetamines to increase mood and decrease depression, but it is not addictive like caffeine or illegal with undesirable side-effects like amphetamines. Anandamide is quite unique in its resemblance to THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a chemical found in marijuana.
The good news is that even though the anandamide in chocolate helps to create feelings of elation, the effect is not the same as the THC in marijuana. It would take approximately twenty five pounds of chocolate to achieve a ‘high’ similar to marijuana and the nausea would overpower any feelings of bliss at all.
Are there any controversial compounds in Cacao?
Yes, out of 300 plus compounds found in raw cacao there are at least two:
1) theobromine – affects our nervous system much less then caffeine though
2) oxalic acid – inhibits calcium absorption
Lets look at the most controversial – theobromine. Theobromine makes up between 1-2% of the cacao bean and it stimulates the central nervous system and dilates blood vessels. Theobromine has about 1/4 of the stimulating power of its sister molecule caffeine.
Theobromine is a mild diuretic (increases urination) and has been used as a medical drug to treat heart attacks that have resulted from an excessive accumulation of body fluid.
It’s interesting to note that dogs should not eat cacao or chocolate because they lack the necessary enzymes to metabolize theobromine in excess of 100-150 mg per kilogram of the dog’s body weight. If dogs eat this much cacao it can cause cardiac arrest.
Probably the most controversial of theobromine effects is that it can cause some people to feel hyper and then lethargic, in a very similar way to caffeine. Also, theobromine can cause headaches in some individuals. There has been some debate as to whether or not caffeine really exists in chocolate. Some scientists believe that it is the theobromine which is solely responsible for its caffeine-like effects.
Caffeine and Cacao:
* According to the Chocolate Information Center, sponsored by Mars Inc., a 50-gram piece of dark chocolate (about the size of your average chocolate bar) will yield between 10 and 60 milligrams of caffeine, while an average 150 ml cup of coffee can yield up to 175 milligrams.
* 40 grams of dark chocolate contains the same amount of caffeine as one cup of decaffeinated coffee, and yet it will stimulate sensitive individuals.
* A cup of hot chocolate usually contains about 4 or 5 milligrams of caffeine, which is about 1/20 that of a cup of regular coffee.
So what is the story with Oxalic Acid found in cacao?
Although both cacao and chocolate are rich in calcium, they contain oxalic acid as one of their 300 plus compounds. Oxalic acid interferes with the body’s absorption of calcium. Not only does oxalic acid prevent cacao products from being good sources of calcium but oxalic acid also interferes with calcium absorption. If you are consuming traditional chocolate with sugar then calcium loss is even greater as sugar excretes calcium reserves from our body even more so than oxalic acid.
Other foods that contain moderate amounts of oxalic acid are rhubarb stalks, star fruit, black pepper, parsley, poppy seed, amaranth, spinach, chard, beets, most nuts and beans.
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