Blur spots in your vision? Eat more of these.
One of the most important senses, out of all the five senses we have, is our eyesight. Did you realize that 80% of what we perceive comes through our sense of sight? To reduce the odds of blindness and vision loss, along with cataracts and glaucoma, it's important to stay on top of your eye health. Which is why I wanted to point out these delicious vegetables that can keep your eyes healthy. They are high in zinc, chromium, selenium, copper, magnesium and vitamins A, B, C, D, and E -all of which provide multiple health benefits along with maintaining eye health.
These foods below contain specific nutrients that are especially beneficial to eyesight.
Beet greens are a great source of two carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants located in the eye that help protect eyes from age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Many studies have shown that lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the risk of chronic eye diseases.
Lutein and zeaxanthin filter harmful high-energy blue wavelengths of light and help protect and maintain healthy cells in the eyes. These are the nutrients that protect you and your loved ones eyes from the harmful effects of screen time. We now live in a world where looking at bright screens continuously throughout the day is the norm and our eyes get exposed to a lot of blue light. Beta-carotene helps reduce the oxidative stress this blue-light puts on our eyes.
There are 600 carotenoids found in nature and only lutein and zeaxanthin are deposited in high quantities in the retina (macula) of the eye. The macular pigment optical density (MPOD) is how the amount of lutein and zeaxanthin in the macular region of the retina is measured. MPOD is currently being used as a biomarker for predicting visual function and disease.
Antioxidants neutralize free radicals that are associated with oxidative stress and retinal damage. This is how the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin can aid in preventing cataracts. In fact, a recent study, and another one here, demonstrated that higher dietary intake of lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin E was associated with a significantly decreased risk of cataract formation.
Dark green vegetables such as spinach, collards and kale also have copious amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin.
This may be obvious because we all grew up hearing about carrots, but did you ever look into why they are good for eye health? Carrots also have lutein, but they are best known for their ample amounts of beta carotene. Beta carotene is the key source of vitamin A in the human diet. There are two forms of vitamin A available in the foods we eat- preformed vitamin A and provitamin A carotenoids. Preformed vitamin A is found in animal foods, dairy products, supplements and fortified foods. Provitamin A carotenoids are found in plants. When you consume carotenoids, your body converts the pigments into vitamin A.
Beta-carotene (provitamin A) keeps the cornea, or protective outer layer of the eye, healthy and moist. Provitamin A allows the eye to see in low-light circumstances by being a constituent of the protein rhodopsin, which is a light-sensitive receptor protein involved in visual phototransduction. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a deficiency in vitamin A can lead to night blindness. Vitamin A is absolutely essential for good vision! It's also wise to point out that preformed vitamin A in high doses can be toxic, so getting your vitamin A via plant sources (beta-carotene) is always best. You can only get beta-carotene from fruits and vegetables, not animal products.
To reach toxic levels of preformed vitamin A would require supplementing with synthetic forms. Reaching toxic levels through eating food alone would be highly unlikely. According to the Weston A. Price Foundation: "The putative toxic dose of 100,000 IU per day would be contained in 3 tablespoons of high vitamin cod liver oil, 6 tablespoons of regular cod liver oil, two-and-one-half 100-gram servings of duck liver, about three 100-gram servings of beef liver, seven pounds of butter or 309 egg yolks."
Aside from carrots, some great sources of beta-carotene include sweet potatoes, spinach, dark leafy greens, romaine lettuce, squash, cantaloupe and apricots.
Avocados are also rich in carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. They also have plentiful amounts of antioxidant vitamins A and E, as well as minerals like zinc, which all promote overall eye health. Not only does zinc help the body absorb vitamin A, but avocados increase antioxidant absorption from other foods.
Can you imagine how superior it would be, for eye health-among other things, to consume avocado with other vegetables rich in lutein and zeaxanthin? As this study mentions, "Lutein and zeaxanthin are dietary carotenoids that cross the blood brain barrier and exclusively accumulate in the macular region of the retina." And "Thus, the avocado intervention increased MPD by more than double that of the supplement, with only a small fraction of the amount of lutein. This suggests that other components in avocado are particularly effective in the enrichment of neural lutein. The most likely components are monounsaturated fatty acids." These carotenoids go straight to the region of the brain where nerves are that effect eyesight and eye health. They are delivered directly to the eye to provide protection. And with the help of avocado, with it's healthy fats, the absorption rate significantly increases.
Again, as with the other veggies and fruit mentioned, cucumbers have high amounts of beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin. Just one cup of chopped cucumbers gives you 44 mcg of beta carotene and 22.7 mcg of lutein and zeaxanthin.
Cucumbers also contain Thiamine, riboflavin, Vitamin B, calcium and magnesium. These vitamins and minerals are essential for healthy vision. Vitamins B6, B9 and B12 can lower levels of homocysteine, a protein in your body that may be associated with inflammation and an increased risk of developing AMD.
Riboflavin is another B vitamin that has been studied in relation to eye health. It's an antioxidant that has the potential to reduce oxidative stress in your body, including your eyes. In particular, scientists are studying riboflavin’s potential to prevent cataracts. They have found that prolonged riboflavin deficiency may lead to cataracts.
The calcium and magnesium in cucumbers are important for eye health as well. A mineral deficiency will result in a vitamin deficiency, as the minerals are needed for aiding the absorption of vitamins. In fact, a vitamin A deficiency has been noted in people who go blind. Magnesium plays an important role in vitamin absorption and utilization. It directly effects the oxidative stress pathways. As stated in this study here, "In conclusion, Mg is of critical importance in regulating cellular functions of the ocular tissues. The association of Mg levels with the pathogenesis of glaucoma may be attributed to Mg serving highly important roles as a cofactor for several enzymes involving membrane-associated ATPases, modulator of vessel smooth muscle contraction, and regulator in oxidative stress pathways."
Most of these nutrients are located in the skin and seeds, so eat it all!
Bright red peppers contain eye-healthy vitamins A and E, along with an abundance of vitamin C which is good for the blood vessels in your eyes. Recent science suggests this high vitamin C could lower your risk of getting cataracts. Eating these vegetables raw is important as heat will break down the vitamin C in the peppers. All cells in the body depend on vitamin C, including those of the eye, where it is concentrated in all tissues. A red bell pepper has nearly 3 times the amount of vitamin C than an orange. This is why adding bell peppers to your diet is even more beneficial for your eyes than oranges. Also, Vitamin C can slow the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and visual acuity loss, when taken with other essential nutrients. The leading cause of blindness in people over age 55 in the Western world is AMD. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS), sponsored by the National Eye Institute, linked AMD and nutrition. The study showed that people at high risk for the disease who took 500 mg/day of vitamin C, along with beta-carotene, vitamin E and zinc supplementation, slowed the progression of advanced AMD by about 25 percent and visual acuity loss by 19 percent.
Bell peppers also contain several phytochemicals and beta-carotene. These antioxidants, of course, are essential for eye health. Phytochemicals, as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, may help prevent or delay the progression of chronic eye diseases.
As you can see, eye health can be determined by the nutrients you may or may not be consuming. You can help maintain and strengthen your eyesight by adding more of these plant sourced vitamins and minerals to your diet. They are the nutrients needed for optimal eye health.
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Spending just two hours a week in nature will increase your health and wellbeing.
Did you know that spending just 10-20 minutes a day - outside, a few times a week - whether it be a park, a walk around the neighborhood, a trip to the local lake or just sitting in a wooded area-can increase your mental and physical well being? The sounds of nature like hearing birds or squirrels, breathing in fresh air, listening to the wind blowing through the trees and feeling a cool breeze on your face can be rejuvenating and help you feel refreshed. I'm sure we've all felt this way before after spending time outside, but there are other health benefits that may surprise you.
Here are 6 benefits to getting yourself out of the house and into nature.
1. We all know going on a hike is good for the heart, but did you know it's also great for the immune system? Walking through nature stimulates the senses by surrounding yourself with trees, bushes, flowers or natural springs, but it also has an affect on your internal health. Phytoncides are chemicals released by plants that you breathe in when walking in nature. These chemicals increase the levels of "natural killer" cells, which is the immune systems response to cancer. Walking outdoors and breathing in fresh air also helps lower stress hormones, which in turn boosts the immune system as well. These studies here, here and here demonstrate a positive immune reaction to spending time outdoors.
2.Research has shown that spending time in nature boosts creativity. The research was conducted at The University of Kansas, by researcher Ruth Ann Atchley. “Nature is a place where our mind can rest, relax and let down those threat responses,” said Atchley. “Therefore, we have resources left over — to be creative, to be imaginative, to problem solve — that allow us to be better, happier people who engage in a more productive way with others.” It's estimated that most of us have 60,000-80,000 thoughts a day. Spending time outdoors relaxes the mind and slows down our thoughts. This allows for new energy to emerge, new ideas and can spark creativity. This is also a perk of meditation and walking in nature can be seen as a form of "meditation".
This means being outside helps you increase your attention span and become more focused.
Since being in nature can make you feel refreshed and rejuvenated, it's no surprise that your creativity and focus get a boost! Nature helps replenish your energy, giving you inspiration.
3. The affects on health by hiking in nature, such as reducing stress and anxiety, boosting the immune system and relaxing your mind, also contribute to other really important brain performances. With increased focus and attention, comes improved memory and cognitive function.
This study was led by Dr. Marc Berman at Baycrest's Rotman Research Institute. "Our study showed that participants with clinical depression demonstrated improved memory performance after a walk in nature, compared to a walk in a busy urban environment," said Dr. Berman. There was a 20% mental boost from walking in nature. Walking in nature improves memory, mood and also helps with depression." This is one of several studies that have shown the positive affects of nature walks on mental health, mood enhancement and memory improvement.
4. Being outside also helps improve eyesight. How so? It can reverse the effects of screen time by exposing your eyes to landscapes, forcing your eyes to focus both near and far, reducing nearsightedness. It's been theorized that bright light from the outdoors stimulates the release of dopamine in the retina. This initiates a molecular signaling that ends in normal growth of the eye, which combats nearsightedness. A study from the Journal of the American Medical Association was conducted on 6 year old children. They found that almost 40% of the children who did not spend much time outside ended up developing myopia, or nearsightedness.
5. Being in the sunshine also has its own benefits. Just 15-20 minutes of sun to skin contact (depending where you live) provides an ample dose of vitamin D for your body.
Vitamin D is needed for strong bones, as it helps aid the absorption of calcium and phosphate. It also helps protect against chronic disease, including type 2 diabetes.
Even on cloudy or overcast days, the UV rays can still peep down through the clouds, and there may be breaks of sunlight from time to time. So you can still get outside and soak up some vitamin D, just not at the fast rate that you would on a tropical island. You will need to spend some time outside, probably hours, on an overcast day in order to get your daily dose.
6. And finally, spending time in nature can reset your circadian rhythm (inner clock). This study found that people who spent a weekend camping in mother nature fell asleep sooner, then woke up earlier in the morning.
After the weekend, they returned to their homes and continued to fall asleep sooner and sleep for a longer period of time.
Why is resetting your inner clock so important? In order to regulate body temperature, hunger, hormone release and sleep/wake cycles, a person's circadian rhythm needs to be normal. Sleep disorders are the obvious consequence, but an abnormal circadian rhythm has been found by researchers to be connected to several illnesses including bipolar disorder, depressions, obesity, diabetes and seasonal affective disorder.
Spending time in nature has major benefits for our physical and mental well-being. To top it off if you are actually getting in physical activity and exercise, the benefits multiply. So the next time you are having a rough day or are feeling negative, take a walk outside and breath in the fresh air. It could be just what you need.
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Use these tips for beautiful skin!
Purchasing skin care products at big merchant stores can be expensive, not to mention the harsh chemicals used in their products. Here I'm going to share with you seven of the best home remedies, I have personally used, that can be made with just a few items from your kitchen.
So here we go, first, I'll mention coconut water! This is nature's sports drink and besides the hydration factor that it provides, it is loaded with potassium! Potassium is a vital electrolyte for the functioning of all your cells. It helps control the amount of water you retain and keeps your blood at a healthy pH level. It is known as a super mineral that can enhance the moisture and feel of your skin. I pick up five cartons and try to drink one liter a day through the week.
Next, is coconut water's cousin- coconut oil. We have all heard the wonderful benefits of coconut oil by now. One of my favorite ways to use it is to glide some on my face, and into my eye lashes, before going to bed at night. Coconut oil has been linked to some great benefits for the skin! These include reducing inflammation, keeping skin moisturized and helping heal wounds rather quickly. The medium-chain fatty acids found in coconut oil also possess antimicrobial properties that can help treat acne and protect the skin from harmful bacteria. In fact, whenever I have had a random acne spot, a night or two of coconut oil will clear it up for me. You would think that oil would be bad for acne, but alas here is another magical trait of our beloved coconut oil. It works wonders! As for the eyelashes, because I know you're wondering, when it's applied directly to the lashes, it penetrates the hair shaft, providing nutrition and hydration. When it is applied to the roots of the lashes, it penetrates the follicles and encourages growth. So coconut oil conditions and helps grow eyelashes. I have seen this work on myself. This is a great natural alternative to eye lash treatments that use harmful chemicals. Another bonus is coconut oil will help heal up and keep away eye infections (pink eye) with its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
This next one may seem like common sense, because it is, but drinking plenty of water every day. And by that I mean a half a gallon to a gallon of water every day! Drinking this much will flush your system of toxins, add major hydration, moisturize your skin and will help maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body. A couple of weeks of drinking plenty of water and you will see the change in your face! It's amazing what enough water can do for the body! Remember, when drinking more water to flush out toxins, you want to also be eating well. Don't sabotage your efforts by drinking a gallon of water one day, only to wake up the next and eat a box of ding dongs. You will confuse your body. Make healthy eating choices.
Now, since we are drinking more water, something we can add to it that is wonderful for skin health is lemon! Lemon's are loaded with vitamin C. Vitamin C regulates the synthesis of the structural protein collagen and has antioxidant properties. Studies have shown that vitamin C helps prevent and treat ultraviolet-induced photo damage. Vitamin C could potentially be an essential vitamin for skin health. One of the benefits of drinking lemon water is an internal cleanse, which increases health and vitality. What a great way to help build collagen and balance your guts pH at the same time!
And we have my once-a-week skin booster, the Manuka honey mask. You take a tablespoon of Manuka honey and add a little bit of warm water to it. Rub the mixture on your face and allow your skin to absorb it. You can either do this at any time and leave it on for 30 minutes, or you can apply it before bed and allow it to absorb into your skin over night while you sleep. (this is what I do) Manuka honey isn't just antibacterial and anti-fungal, it is LOADED with minerals that nurture your skin. It has four-times the mineral content than your average honey! These minerals include zinc, copper, iron, potassium and selenium. It's packed with healing goodness and you will see it work it's magic on your skin almost immediately!
This may be something you only do a couple times a week, but my next remedy is using epsom salt as a gentle face scrub. You can add salts to your usual face wash or make your own. I typically add salts to the honey/warm water mixture and use that as my scrub. The epsom salts not only exfoliate your skin, allowing new skin growth, but the magnesium content is absorbed by the skin.
Lastly, this is the only actual "product" that I buy for my skin. It is made of organic coconut oil, jojoba oil, cayenne, comfrey root and natural progesterone from wild yam root with sweet orange and rosemary essential oils. It's called Beeyoutiful Balance. I came across this while looking for a natural progesterone alternative to taking a pill. We know how great coconut oil is for your skin, but jojoba oil has its own magic wand. Jojoba oil regulates the production of sebum, which is the oily substance that is secreted by the sebaceous glands that help keep the skin and hair moisturized. Jojoba oil is also anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, while providing vitamins A and E to the skin. Cayenne is rich in vitamin C and E which help diminish wrinkles, dark spots, and acne scars. Comfrey root has properties which boosts the growth of new skin cells and progesterone is the hormone released in the body during pregnancy that gives women that beautiful "pregnancy" glow.
All of these home remedies will help give your skin a boost and combined together, that's when the real magic happens!
Bring on the cabbage!
Cabbage soup may be one of the best foods to keep you healthy through the long winter months. I make a powerhouse cabbage soup, loaded with nutrients from every ingredient. This soup is healing and will get right to work on healing your gut and your health!
Cabbage is a wonder food that will help detox your body in more than one way. Because it is rich in sulfur, it helps aid the liver in breaking down toxins. Then it's diuretic properties help rid the body of excess water, flushing the broken down toxins out of your system! Cabbage also has an abundance of nutrients including vitamin C, K, B1, B3 (niacin), B6, protein, fiber, magnesium, calcium, potassium, selenium and iron. All of these nutrients are released into the broth as the soup is simmering, so drinking the broth is very important.
The carrots, celery and onion add even more vitamins and minerals, with the carrots providing beta-carotene and the celery providing folate.
The broth is just as important, as I typically use 4 cups of organic chicken bone broth and 4 cups of organic chicken broth. Bone broth has healing compounds and minerals that boost the immune system. The important healing compounds in bone broth- collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline- are what give bone broth so much healing power. The collagen from the bone broth reduces intestinal inflammation and heals the gut lining. Bone broth is especially important for people with leaky gut. Drinking a couple of quarts a week could work wonders for them! But adding a quart to your cabbage soup creates a healing, healthy and nutrition filled meal that will benefit everyone!
In this recipe I also add garlic with the option to add tumeric and diced organic tomatoes. I don't always put tomatoes in mine, but I know a lot of people like them added. The tumeric is for an added boost, as it will help your body absorb all the nutrients your are consuming! And of course, the garlic. We all know how wonderful garlic is, not just for the taste and added seasoning, but garlic is a great detox and healer itself. If you have a cold or flu symptoms, the garlic will add some extra fighting power to kick it to the curb.
This soup is like drinking down straight nutrients that heal you from the inside out! Bon apetit! I hope you enjoy as much as I do!
Healing Cabbage Soup Recipe
8 Cups of Broth (4 cups organic bone broth; 4 cups organic chicken broth)
1 small head of organic cabbage
I small onion, chopped
3 medium-sized carrots, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
sea salt and cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon tumeric (optional)
3 organic roma tomatoes, diced (optional)
Combine ingredients in a pot and simmer for an hour.
These days I'm sure most of us know that eating healthy is essential to staying well. You can tell who eats the hamburgers in life and who eats the fruits and salads. People who eat the hamburgers and fries are sluggish, tired, have trouble focusing and can be easily irritated. Environmental toxins in combination with the toxins found in the foods we eat, produces a pretty heavy load of poison. When you weigh down your body with toxins, they don't just leave your body. A lot of the toxins absorb into the central nervous system, which in turn puts a strain on the digestive system. The livers function is to remove toxins from the body, but if your liver is overtaxed, it will take most of your energy to try to rid your body of said toxins. And, my friend, this will leave YOU fatigued and energy-less. (In other posts, I will share great ways to detox your body of these toxins, along with parasites. Hold tight..).
People who eat healthy tend to have more energy, are generally more happy and able to take on more tasks during the day. When we eat dead animals, we are eating something that is energy-less. When you eat fresh fruits and vegetables you are eating something that is alive and vibrating with energy. You are consuming life-force, energy. That energy fuels your body and mind. Eat clean, healthy, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables if you want to be vibrant and full of life. I really like Farmer's Market's to find good fruits and veggies. Or look up a local organic farmer who sells to the community.
Please know that I respect everyone's food choices, whether you are a carnivore, vegetarian, or vegan. Everyone's body is different. I am giving healthier suggestions, for many people who eat meat but want to eat healthier, don't really know how to substitute their protein. But there's plenty of protein found in plant based options and there are some very nutrient-dense dairy products such as grass fed, organic, whole milk kefir, butter and cheese products.
Good nutrition will prevent 95% of all disease. -Linus Pauling
Dark, leafy green vegetables supply an enourmous amount of health benefits. These vegetables provide minerals such as fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium and folate. Folate is necessary for DNA duplication and repair, which in turn protects against development of cancer. What to buy: Collards, Spinach, Kale, Mustard Greens, Broccoli, Bok Choy and Chard.
What to make: Salads, Wraps, Soups, Stir-Fry, Steamed/Sauteed and Omelets.
Berries are a powerhouse of antioxidants and health benefits. Loads of nutrients can be found in just one cup of berries! High amounts of vitamins A,C,D,E,K and several B vitamins are in berries. Calcium, iron, magnesium, phospherus, potassium, zinc, selenium, folate can also be found in berries. As well as omega 3-fatty acids and omega 6-fatty acids. Must.Put.In.Belly.
Citrus fruits will keep you healthy all year round. The high amounts of vitamin C and fiber work wonders for your health and help rid the body of toxins. Juice them if possible or just eat them fresh!
Other fruit with essential vitamins and nutrients are bananas, apples and pears. These are good energy-boosting fruits with lots of fiber and potassium with other minerals and vitamins. Great fruit to grab-on-the-go in the morning!
One of the best ways to get fruits in your diet is to just add fruit to each meal. If you have a juicer, even better. Juice the citrus fruits and apples. Fruit smoothies with berries are an excellent way to pack the nutrients in and protein shakes with bananas are always good too. We usually buy fruit in our house as a morning starter before breakfast and to snack on throughout the day.
Where's The Protein?
Protein can be found in many foods. We are taught from a young age that in order to get adequate protein we must eat meat. But most people, unknowingly, have low stomach acid which makes it hard for them to actually absorb all the protein and minerals these meats are supposedly supplying. Not to mention animals are sponges that soak up toxicity. Because a majority of their biological makeup is fat, their bodies can accumulate an excessive amount of toxins. So, when the animals eat a toxic diet and live in toxic environments, these toxins get carried with them for life, and they end up in the food you eat. The hormones used and GMO's are the icing on the cake. No thank you! Here are 25 alternative choices for CLEAN protein. These can be eaten as meals and snacked on throughout the day, making it easier to digest. Listed are the grams of protein per serving. In my recipe section of this website I have plenty of recipes that use these ingredients and combine several of them together. Yummy!
Protein Grams per Serving
1. Lentils: 9 grams - 1/2 cup
2. Tofu: 10 grams - 1 cup
3. Black Beans: 8 grams - 1/2 cup
4. Quinoa: 8 grams - 1 cup
5. Amaranth: 7 grams - 1 cup
6. Green Peas: 8 grams - 1 cup
7. Artichokes: 4 grams - 1/2 cup
8. Hemp Seeds: 13 grams - 3 tablespoons!!!
9. Oatmeal: 6 grams - 1 cup
10. Pumpkin Seeds: 8 grams - 1/4 cup
11. Edamame: 8.5 grams - 1/2 cup
12. Tempeh: 12 grams - 1 cup!!!
13. Hemp Milk: 5 grams - 1 cup
14. Spinach: 5 grams - 1 cup
15. Black Eyed Peas: 8 grams - 1/2 cup
16. Broccoli: 4 grams - 1 cup
17. Asparagus: 4 grams - 1 cup
18. Green Beans: 4 grams - 1/2 cup
19. Almonds: 7 grams - 1 cup
20. Nutritional (brewer's) Yeast: 8 grams - 1 tablespoon!!!
21. Spirulina: 4 grams - 1 tablespoon!!!
22. Tahini: 2.6 grams - 1 tablespoon
23. Chickpeas: 8 grams - 1/2 cup
24. Peanut Butter: 8 grams - 2 tablespoons!!!
25. Vegan Protein Shake: 25 grams - 1 scoop!!!
Besides protein, these foods also supply iron, vitamins and other minerals that help in the absorption of the protein. One of my favorite ways to eat nutritional yeast (I advise buying from the health food section where you scoop it out yourself, tastes better than the packaged "brands" that are sold) is to sprinkle it on popcorn! I use a tiny bit of olive oil, tiny bit of Bragg's Amino Acids and then top it with a couple tablespoons of brewer's yeast. Delicious!! Tahini and chickpeas are used to make hummus. Great source of protein to snack on during the day! We make "chunky monkey" protein shakes in our household. Chocolate protein powder, bananas, peanut butter and almond milk with ice, blended. With just one banana, two cups of almond milk, two tablespoons of peanut butter, one scoop of protein powder and some ice is 35 grams of protein. So, so good! You can be creative in how you prepare these foods and there are a ton of recipes online! To your health!!
Health Is Wealth
Everything is connected. Our bodies, our minds, our souls, our thoughts, the moon, the people we meet. It's quite a magical thought to think of how the Earth provides exactly what our bodies need to flourish and prosper. It is MEANT to be that way. Our bodies are of the Earth just like the fruits and vegetables that grow for us to eat. Our Creator was so splendid in Her Creation, that when we remove the fruits and vegetables from the Earth, they are STILL ALIVE. This is so that we may consume the Divine energy that is pulsating through the plant. Consuming food that is ALIVE is the key to LIVING longer and being healthy enough to enjoy life! Be THANKFUL for your harvest, for the Creator has blessed you with energizing, delicious food that keeps your body young, vibrant and working correctly. All by Divine Design.
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Minerals are the building blocks of our bodies. Without minerals, our bodies would become poisoned quite quickly. Minerals allow our bodies to communicate and function properly, ridding the body of toxic buildup. Many experts say that mineral deficiency is the root of all disease and that 90% of Americans suffer from a mineral deficiency. This could be the direct karma of using so many pesticides on our crops. Our soil used to be rich with trace minerals, providing an abundance of minerals through our vegetables and fruits. But now with the overuse of pesticides, our soil has become depleted of minerals. This is something that is still not taught in Med schools, so most doctors will tell you that if you are eating a healthy diet you don't need to supplement. But this simply is not true. From the experts: 90% of Americans are mineral deficient!
There are a few ways you can be sure to get your minerals. There are trace mineral liquid supplements available that you can add to your water. It is important to note that when adding trace minerals to water, it is best to use distilled water, so that the water is clean of any heavy metals or toxins. You never want to just drink distilled water either, as the water will absorb the minerals from your bones and actually deplete your body of minerals. So it's important to add trace minerals to a gallon of distilled water, that way your body is gaining the minerals without any of the heavy metals or toxins found in regular water. Another great way to get minerals in your food is by using Pink Himalayan salt instead of table salt with your meals. The reason it's pink is because of the iron oxides. There are over 84 trace minerals and macrominerals in Pink Himalayan Salt. Using sparingly on your food throughout the week is a great way to add essential trace minerals to your diet. If you're a vegetarian and don't mind eating cheese, grass-fed, raw whole milk cheese and butter (Amish farms are best for these)are loaded with minerals and are generally good for strong teeth and bones. Organic vegetables are abundant with minerals and essential nutrients. If you're not a huge vegetable eater you can always make a vegetable broth and drink the nutrients. When making a vegetable broth be sure to simmer on low for 24 hours. Then remove the vegetables, as all the nutrients are in the broth now. I like to eat spinach salads with my favorite dressing. Just 2 1/2 cups of spinach provides a daily dose of magnesium. If you are deficient, double it up.
Here are 3 reasons you need to get on it and find a way to get more minerals in your temple!
1) Magnesium Deficiency- Hello? Do you know what sets off 300 enzyme reactions in your body on a daily basis, that in turn translates thousands of biochemical reactions that are of great importance to nerve transmission, muscle contraction, blood coagulation, energy production, cell formation, bone formation and nutrient metabolism? That's right, if you want your body to function properly and ward off illness, magnesium is probably necessary. Magnesium deficiency is also linked to depression. So getting enough magnesium helps keep you alive and keeps you happy! A win-win!
2) Selenium Deficiency- Thyroid issues anyone? Sadly, I know a LOT of people with thyroid issues, whether it be hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. A properly functioning thyroid is crucial to your overall health. A high concentration of selenium has been found in thyroids, making it a key component in your thyroid health.
3) Billions of Signals Every Second- Trace minerals together with ionic minerals conduct and transmit billions of tiny electrical impulses that maintain the function of your heart, muscles, brain, cells and nerves. Without these electrical impulses your heart would literally stop working. Billions of electrical impulses, every second of every day!
Minerals are responsible for strong bones and connective tissues. They are essential for healthy teeth, skin, hair, nails, skeletal system and organs. If you want to witness the power of minerals, just taking silica alone will super boost your hair strength and growth. Your nails will become hardened and grow quickly too. Eating foods rich in minerals and adding a trace mineral supplement to your routine may be the best way to go if you believe yourself to be in the 90% of the population that may be deficient of minerals.
Easy-made skincare at home.
How many of you have spent hundreds of dollars on skin care products that were so-so? The beautiful reality is that a few simple ingredients from your kitchen, or the store, could give you the gorgeous, youthful skin that all the other products promise. And, for much less money.
Kelly is a registered nutritionist, fitness trainer, author, blogger and mother.