Aug 022013
 

Chia-SeedsChia seeds have many benefits as well as being packed with nutrients.

The Aztecs called it their ‘running food’ since they could run all day on just a handful of chia seeds.

This tiny seed absorb up to ten times their weight in water.

It is recommended to soak them first.

Here are some of the results for Chia Seeds from research:

  • Balancing bloodsugar levels
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Aiding digestions/bowel health
  • Weight loss
  • Improving cardiovascular health
  • and many more

“Chia seeds have been shown to have:

6 times more calcium than whole milk

15 times more magnesium than broccoli

3 times more antioxidant capacity than fresh blueberries

3 times more iron than spinach

2 times more potassium than bananas

High in Fibre/More fibre than flaxseed

More protein than beans, soy, or peas”

From Bio Distributors on Chia (not an affiliate link)

For Recipes and more information:

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Here is an infographic about how Chia compares to Flaxseed

How do chia seeds compare to flax seeds?

Infograpic: Compare Chia Seeds to flaxseeds

Photo Credit for Chia Seed image 200×200: Stacy Spencley

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Jun 152012
 

Sprouts

Alfalfa Sprouts by Julia FrostSprouts are a Power house of nutritional value.

In the early eighties I grew sprouts of any seed and attempted a complete raw food diet.

The other day I read the chapter on Sprouts in Leslie & Susannah Kenton‘s book “Raw Energy

Below are some of what Leslie & Susannah Kenton write in their chapter on sprouts:

“Balance of amino acids, fatty acids, natural sugar, high mineral content

Capable of sustaining life when eating a combination of sprouts.

Cheapest food – All sprout diet = 25 cents a day (1984)

No hormones, pesticides, preservatives or other chemicals (if grown with good water)

Don’t grow well with town water

Home grown in a jar – ready to eat

‘just add water’

“Mini forest of delicious and nutritional power”

Sprouts were found in Chinese writing 2939 BC

Szekely Biogenic Society found documentation about Sprouts in the times of Jesus.

The Hunza people in the Himalayas use them.

A surgeon in the British Royal Navy, Charles Curtis, in the 18th Century reported that sprouts prevented scurvy.

The seeds contain a dormant energy of protein, fats, carbohydrates, Vitamins and Minerals

Sprouting causes:

  • Enzymes are activated
  • Starch gets converted into sugars, i.e. glucose, fructose
  • Long chain proteins turn into free amino acids
  • Saturated fats change into free fatty acids
  • Enzyme activity peaks in the early sprouting phase which stimulates the enzyme activity in the body

Sprouts are ‘predigested’ and therefore have nutritional efficiency.

They provide more nutrients ounce per ounce than any other natural food known.

Protein levels rise during germination which means the ratio of essential to non-essential amino acids changes and therefore providing more of those the body needs.

For example sprouting maize increases the lysine and tryptophan content.

Some of the changes from sprouting oats:

B 2 – 1300% increase at start of germination

2000% when the tiny leaves form

Sprouts may contain 10 to 30 times as much vitamin B-17 (anti cancer factors – nitrilosides)as mature plants. http://users.navi.net/~rsc/krebs3.htm

Animals skin and coat shows improvement from consuming sprouts

1 tablespoon of alfalfa seed produces 1 kg of sprouts”

http://www.lesliekenton.com

Sprouts have so many benefits and are truly packed with nutrition!

Here is a video I found on You Tube about Sprouts

There is a section in this video listing the benefits of different sprouts and how we can use them

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Requirements:

  • Jar
  • Seeds
  • Good water
  • 3 – 5 days

From personal experience sprouting Alfalfa worked best:

  • with organic seeds
  • good water (i.e. rain or filtered)
  • using 1 teaspoon per Quart jar
  • washing the sprouts in a bowl to remove the brown husk.

My kids use to liked to eat sandwiches made with:

  • whole grain toast
  • Avocado
  • Kelp (powder)
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sprouts

Photo Credit: Julia Frost

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Jan 192012
 

Fruit and Vegetable statueIs your body absorbing our food properly?

Are toxins eliminated or re-absorbed?

What interferes with our Digestion?

What does our digestion tell us about our thoughts and attitude?

What can we do to help our body to have optimum digestion?

 

Understanding the Process of Digestion

(Assimilation and Elimination)

How is the food broken down for Absorption?

First the food needs to be broken down through:

  • chewing,
  • enzymes from the saliva
  • acids and enzymes in the stomach
  • bile from the liver (dissolving fats)
  • enzymes from the pancreas

Absorption:

The food then gets absorbed in the Small intestine covered by an area of 200 sq meters of villi. If these villi are clogged with ‘debris’ from refined food and/or not enough fiber, the absorption of the nutrients from the food is compromised.

Large Intestine

Over 300 different types of good bacteria (billions) break down the food so more nutrients can be absorbed.

Detoxification process

What kind of toxins?

  • Resulting from the metabolic process
  • Food additives,
  • Pollution
  • Insecticides
  • Pesticides
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol
  • Micro-organisms

Normal Elimination of Toxins:

  • the blood takes the toxins to the liver
  • bile carries them to the Gall bladder
  • taken out with solids left after assimilation

For the Detoxification the Liver needs nutrients,

some of them are:

  • Antioxidants
  • Vitamin B, C, E
  • Carotenoids
  • Folic Acid
  • Amino acids
  • Phytochemicals (i.e. garlic, cruciferous vegetables)
  • Glutathione

Re-absorption of toxins

When food doesn’t contain enough fiber it moves too slowly through the bowel and toxins get re-absorbed.

What kind of Fiber do we need for optimum Digestion?

Insoluble Fiber:

  • Adds bulk to the food and absorbs water
  • Speeds transition time
  • Leaves you feeling fuller

Soluble Fiber:

Acts like a sponge attaches to toxins in the bowel and so they get carried out with the remaining bulk, hence no re-absorption.

Digestion and Feeling Good

Dr. Isaac Eliaz in his article:It’s All in Your Gut! How to Enhance Mood, Immunity and More Through Digestion says:

“The neuro-endocrine system (branches of the hormonal and nervous systems that work closely together) also plays an important role in digestive and overall health. Your gastrointestinal system is the most abundant source of regulatory neurotransmitters and neuro-peptides outside the brain. An example of this is the fact that serotonin, one of the brain’s chemicals that influences mood, actually has its highest concentrations in the gut.”

Gluten can interfere with absorption:

“When people with celiac disease eat foods or use products containing gluten, their immune system attacks the small intestine. The tiny, fingerlike protrusions (called “villi”) that line the small intestine are damaged or destroyed. The villi normally allow nutrients from food to be absorbed into the bloodstream. Without healthy villi, a person becomes malnourished, regardless of the quantity of food eaten.”

From : National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse

“However, in an animal study published in the February 1998 edition of the “Pediatric Allergy and Immunology” journal showed, damage to villi might begin as early as three hours after exposure to a food allergen, with atrophy occurring in as few as 24 hours.”

From: How fast does gluten destroy the villi?

What can we do to help digestion?

  • Add more fiber to our diet
  • Eat lots of vegetables and fruit and little meat
  • Eat pro-biotic food (yoghurt, fermented food, i.e. sauerkraut
  • Apple cider vinegar (1 table spoon in a glass of water)
  • Add a high quality fiber to our regime
  • Re-populate the healthy bacteria with a good probiotic
  • Provide nutrients to assist the liver with de-toxing
  • Prevent re-absorption of toxins (soluble fibre)
  • Eat sweet potatoes (can help with eliminating heavy metals)
  • Avoid Gluten
  • Keep a positive attitude

Coconut flour is 61% fiber.

Gluten free on a Shoestring website

Attitude:

According to “The Body is the Barometer of your Soul” by Annette Noontil

the different part of our digestive system have the following correlations to Attitude:

Stomach – Understanding

Liver – Learning

Small Intestine – Positivity – Empathy Knowing Honesty in Business

Large Intestine – Loyalty to Self – Generosity, Openness, Relaxed

If you have these qualities for yourself you will then have them for others

There is so much more to digestion this post has only scratched the surface. Read more about digestion.

Photo Credit: Andrew on Flickr

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Jan 072012
 

How Digestion effects our Health and Well Being (continued)

Digestion BacteriaIn my last post I wrote about how important digestion is for our Well Being. An abundance of enzymes and other digestive juice in the right balance can contribute our health.

Chewing each mouthful 50 times, eating proteins and carbohydrates separately and the importance of fibre, were some of the aspects the post addressed.

This article explores more of the very intricate digestion and hopefully inspires you to look after this wonderful part of your body and experience vibrant health.

For a visual tour through the digestive system watch the Video below.

Drinking with our Food/Meals

There seem to be a few opinions about drinking with food.

Here is a brief description of how the process seems to work:

When we chew our food we produce saliva which is 98% water and 2% enzymes.

Saliva kill some of the bacteria in the food we eat. The enzymes start the digestive process. If we drink with food this process gets compromised

Water/liquids dilutes acids which means the stomach produces more acid to digest the food. More acid leads to a burning sensation (heartburn) and enzymes which slows down digestion.

When the food can’t be broken down properly fermentation – gases develop. This leads to pressure in the stomach. This pressure pushes on the diaphragm which makes breathing more difficult. It also can cause the lungs to contract by 20 -30 % because of the pressure on the lower part of the lungs

The extra weight of the water slows the movement of the stomach down as well, which effects the digestion.

If you wish you can follow this suggestion: Drink 20min before and 2hours after eating.

http://naturalwaysofliving.blogspot.com/2010/03/harm-in-drinking-water-while-eating_20.html

Sequential Eating

Dr. Stanley Bass recommends Sequential eating because the food forms layers in the stomach and gets digested layer by layer. “There was a famous case, written about by Beaumont, during the American Civil War, where a soldier received a gunshot wound which caused a large visible opening to appear in his stomach. His digestion was studied for a period of time by several doctors present, and they observed that his food digested in different layers.”

The food requiring the shortest time eaten first and so on (in the same meal). Dr. Bass had a patient who’s digestive problems cleared in 3 days even though he was eating any food even low quality; he just ate them in sequence.

Here is a short list of digestion times:

15 – 20 Juices
20 – 40 Fruit
30 – 40 Vegetables raw
40 – 50 Vegetables cooked
90 Grains
90 -120 Legumes
2- 3 hours Seeds and Nuts
90 min – 5 hours Dairy (hard cheese takes the longest)
45 min Egg
30 – 60 min Fish
90min – 2 hours Chicken no Skin
3 – 4 hours Beef/Lamb
4 1/2 – 5 hours Pork
You can find the full list of the sequence for food here: http://drbass.com/sequential.html

Do not eat more food than you can hold in 2 hands.

The Importance of Good bacteria

We need a balance of good bacteria in our large intestines for healthy digetion. There are about 300 different types of bacteria (billions of them) which break down the food. The role of the appendix is to repopulate the gut with good bacteria. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071008102334.htm

Antibiotics kill all bacteria in the intestine. Therefore it is important to take good probiotics (acidophilus/bifidophilus) to restore the balance. Yoghurt contains these in small amounts which will not be enough to restore the intestinal flora(bacteria) after antibiotics. I take a probiotic supplement developed by scientists who have studied the cell for decades.

Another factor which affects the balance of these crucial bacteria is sugar. Sugar causes the bacteria in the gut to feed on it which upsets the natural balance.

This video is showing how the digestion works.

It has been filmed with an internal camera and is very ‘graphic’. Do not watch while eating.

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Oct 012011
 

How Digestion effects our Health and Well Being (continued)

Digestion BacteriaIn my last post I wrote about how important digestion is for our Well Being. An abundance of enzymes and other digestive juice in the right balance can contribute our health.

Chewing each mouthful 50 times, eating proteins and carbohydrates separately and the importance of fibre, were some of the aspects the post addressed.

This article explores more of the very intricate digestion and hopefully inspires you to look after this wonderful part of your body and experience vibrant health.

For a visual tour through the digestive system watch the Video below.

Drinking with our Food/Meals

There seem to be a few opinions about drinking with food.

Here is a brief description of how the process seems to work:

When we chew our food we produce saliva which is 98% water and 2% enzymes.

Saliva kill some of the bacteria in the food we eat. The enzymes start the digestive process. If we drink with food this process gets compromised

Water/liquids dilutes acids which means the stomach produces more acid to digest the food. More acid leads to a burning sensation (heartburn) and enzymes which slows down digestion.

When the food can’t be broken down properly fermentation – gases develop. This leads to pressure in the stomach. This pressure pushes on the diaphragm which makes breathing more difficult. It also can cause the lungs to contract by 20 -30 % because of the pressure on the lower part of the lungs

The extra weight of the water slows the movement of the stomach down as well, which effects the digestion.

If you wish you can follow this suggestion: Drink 20min before and 2hours after eating.

http://naturalwaysofliving.blogspot.com/2010/03/harm-in-drinking-water-while-eating_20.html

Sequential Eating

Dr. Stanley Bass recommends Sequential eating because the food forms layers in the stomach and gets digested layer by layer. “There was a famous case, written about by Beaumont, during the American Civil War, where a soldier received a gunshot wound which caused a large visible opening to appear in his stomach. His digestion was studied for a period of time by several doctors present, and they observed that his food digested in different layers.”

The food requiring the shortest time eaten first and so on (in the same meal). Dr. Bass had a patient who’s digestive problems cleared in 3 days even though he was eating any food even low quality; he just ate them in sequence.

Here is a short list of digestion times:

15 – 20 Juices
20 – 40 Fruit
30 – 40 Vegetables raw
40 – 50 Vegetables cooked
90 Grains
90 -120 Legumes
2- 3 hours Seeds and Nuts
90 min – 5 hours Dairy (hard cheese takes the longest)
45 min Egg
30 – 60 min Fish
90min – 2 hours Chicken no Skin
3 – 4 hours Beef/Lamb
4 1/2 – 5 hours Pork
You can find the full list of the sequence for food here: http://drbass.com/sequential.html

Do not eat more food than you can hold in 2 hands.

The Importance of Good bacteria

We need a balance of good bacteria in our large intestines for healthy digetion. There are about 300 different types of bacteria (billions of them) which break down the food. The role of the appendix is to repopulate the gut with good bacteria. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071008102334.htm

Antibiotics kill all bacteria in the intestine. Therefore it is important to take good probiotics (acidophilus/bifidophilus) to restore the balance. Yoghurt contains these in small amounts which will not be enough to restore the intestinal flora(bacteria) after antibiotics. I take a probiotic supplement developed by scientists who have studied the cell for decades.

Another factor which affects the balance of these crucial bacteria is sugar. Sugar causes the bacteria in the gut to feed on it which upsets the natural balance.

This video is showing how the digestion works.

It has been filmed with an internal camera and is very ‘graphic’. Do not watch while eating.

YouTube Preview Image

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