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February 27, 2010 on 12:21 pm

In the past, I’m just betting your own Mother said to eat your greens. A healthy well balanced diet, we’re told, is exactly what we need, however views differ on what is healthy and what’s well balanced.

A very important factor all physicians agree on is the need for a good intake of fruit and veggies, and this isn’t to build muscle mass, or even to run fast or get fit. We end up needing minerals and vitamins to be able to perform.

Ascorbic acid, for instance is essential for our well being, but a majority of animals generate this particular item within their bodies. Human being don’t, therefore we have to consume it, and the very best source, are fruit and vegetables.

One method to keep your bodily processes working well is to try to keep it in balance. This is particularly crucial with regards to the body’s hormones. Whenever levels of estrogen increase in males, the actual level of testosterone in the body diminishes; bad news because higher levels of estrogen have been shown to increase the chance of cardiovascular disease as well as prostate related issues.

An excessive amount of estrogen could potentially cause weight gain, hair loss and diminished sex drive. It really is important to have it in check, and another unexpected way to do this is, you got it, is to eat your greens.

The majority of green cruciferous veggies (for example broccoli as well as kale and swiss chard) contain powerful phyto-nutrients. some have been shown to help to balance the body’s hormones and stop estrogen dominance as well as protect against most cancers, cardiovascular disease and prostate-related swelling. But that is not the only reason to consume your greens.

Omega-3, an essential fatty acid which will help decrease internal swelling can be found, as Alpha Linoleic Acid, in dark green vegetables, flax and hemp seeds in addition to walnuts and vegetable oils. Omega-3 is usually referred to as an ‘essential’ fatty acid simply because we can’t produce this in our body; it needs to come via an external (food) supply.

Broccoli can be a common choice of veggie for anyone with a vegetable juicer, since it is made up of an outstanding mixture of vitamins and minerals, and due to the fact it is pretty affordable and also available throughout the year. About 45% of the calories in Broccoli come from protein along with a tremendous quantity of calcium in this vegetable; however pure green juices may be challenging to get used to.

Here’s a recipe to use which means you get healthy, and drink your greens.

  • Separate broccoli heads into small portions – you will need around 1/2 a cup
  • Chop up three medium-sized carrots, an apple and 1/2 of a lemon (peeled). Add a small handful of parsley.
  • Process this in your juicer

Even as we grow older, our bodies find it more difficult to absorb minerals and vitamins. A great idea is to get into the fruit and veggie habit when you are young, and step it up as you grow older. Juicing isn’t just for that get fit crowd. It’s for everyone.

February 13, 2010 on 12:18 am
Flax seed crackers

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So you’ve been using your new juicer juicing vegetables, and just as advertised, you’re feeling better: you have more energy, your skin looks healthier, and you sleep better. Congratulations, the universe has changed for you.

How about the next step, make your own flaxseed crackers and never grow old! Did you know that flaxseeds (known throughout the universe as Superseed) provide essential omega 3 fatty acids that help the body fight inflammation that causes asthma, arthritis, and migraines. Furthermore, flaxseeds contain huge amounts of lignans that help the body’s immune system fight breast cancer in post-menopausal women.

At the Raw Divas blog, Maureen Lauder offers a 5 step recipe for flaxseed crackers that sounds delicious. Try it out. Even though I’m a garlic lover, I’m not sure that garlic goes with banana. What do you think?

Let provide you with the food dehydrator that will make this recipe easy and fun.

Enjoy and never fear the Superseed is here!

January 21, 2010 on 5:52 pm
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A playwright once wrote that “All the world’s a seed, and all its goodness is more than flavor.” In “Comparing Nutritional Values of Edible Seeds,” Owennie Lee, RD of takes a look at the nutritional value (goodness) of some commonly eaten seeds. Ms. Lee finds that seeds are highly nutritious and versatile with their plant proteins and healthy fats.

She goes on to take about some of the seeds in detail:

Hemp Seeds

Hemp SeedsSellers of hemp seeds may want you to believe that hemp is a cure-all for all ailments, but the evidence is scant. Hemp contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a kind of fatty acid that exhibits some anti-inflammatory properties, but study results of its effect on preventing inflammation have been inconclusive. Nevertheless, hemp seed is still a good source of plant-based protein and can be part of a healthy diet.”

Seeds are one of my favorite foods. They make great additions to salads, yogurts, and cereals. Most of the time I just grab them by the handful and crunch away. I also like to use seeds and sprout them in one of my sprouters.

In addition, seeds such as Chia, Flax, Hemp, Pumpkin, Sesame, and Sunflower have proven to lower cholesterol; and provide magnesium, calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids among other benefits.

You can read the entire article here.

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