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12 Days of Superfood Christmas: Day Ten- 10 Camu Camu Berries! December 24, 2010

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Camu Berries are great! They have an awesome tart flavor to them, i like to put it in my “coffee” concoction i make to give it a little bit of bitterness! Camu berries taste like Vitamin C, and that is most likely because they are the highest known botanical source!! At the cafe, as soon as someone comes in who thinks they are “catching” something i load up some Camu powder in a smoothie and send them on their way!

Besides Vitamin C, Camu berry also contains:

  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus
  • magnesium
  • iron
  • amino acids
  • B3
  • riboflavin

It is also great for the following things:

  • Immune system
  • anti inflammation
  • improved lung health
  • helps decrease stress levels
  • help fight viral infections
  • helps make beautiful skin =)
  • great for the eyes

In David Wolfe’s Book, “Superfoods”, he has a chart of a study that was done by Dr. Duke. He tested hundreds of different herbs against each other and ranked them according to how effective they were. Camu ranked as followed:

  • Antimutagenic—— #4
  • Antioxidant———-#4
  • Antiviral————–#6
  • Asthma—————-#1
  • Atherosclerosis——#1
  • Cataracs—————#1
  • Colds——————-#1
  • Depression————#2
  • Edema—————–#1
  • Gingivitis/Periodontal Disease——#1
  • Glaucoma————–#1
  • Hepatitis—————#1
  • Infertility—————#1
  • Migraines—————-#1
  • Osteoarthritis———-#1
  • Painkiller—————-#1
  • Parkinson’s Disease—-#1

Find some amazing Camu Powder here!

 

12 Days of Superfood Christmas: Day Eight– 8 Coconuts a-Milkin! December 21, 2010

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I loveeee coconuts!!! There is nothing better than a fresh batch of coconut water… I love cracking one open on a hot day, sticking in a bamboo straw and kickin’ back! Its the most refreshing feeling in the world, you can feel it penetrating every cell in your body!! In Sanskirt, coconut trees are called “kalpa vriksha” which means “The tree that supplies all that is needed to live” Coconut water is the universal donor– it is almost identical to plasma in the human body. In WWII they used it for blood transfusions!! Chlorophyll, being almost identical to hemoglobin, and coconut water being almost identical to plasma.. put the two together and its like cleaning your blood out– giving yourself a transfusion!!

Coconuts:

  • rejuvenate tissue damage
  • increase breast milk production
  • improves nervous system function
  • restore male reproduction fluids
  • improve digestion
  • has cooling effects on the body
  • can ve used topically to help prevent rashes
  • great and improving muscle growth
  • completely rehydrates!
  • Contains a TON of electrolytes
  • amazing for those involved in sports
  • helps form healthy cholesterol in the liver
  • supports heart health
  • helps create healthy hormones
  • precursor to pregnenolone
  • helps get rid of hydrogenated oils
  • increases metabolism
  • is a polar opposite of omega 3, so when used together an explosion occurs and it doubles the effect!
  • Coconut oil contains the most lauric acid of any plant source
  • antiviral
  • anti fungal
  • anti microbial
  • improves blood sugar utilization… will prevent spiking
  • is 90% raw saturated fat– talk about brain power! These are medium chain fats that the body actually uses! (unlike animal based fat, which are long chain)
  • helps with urinary tract infections
  • helps with kidney stones
  • great for the thyroid!

Try adding some coconut oil to a smoothie in the morning, and see how long you will be able to go with out eating again! The coconut oil will help you keep stabilized blood sugar for longer periods of time! I always make sure i add it to smoothies when i’m traveling, since stopping along the road is not an option!

 

 

12 Days of Superfood Christmas: Day Seven- 7 Hemp Plants a-Swayin! December 20, 2010

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I am absolutely in love with the hemp seed, and have very good reason to be! This plant alone could cure world hunger, but there are too many politics surrounding it!

 

From Body care to textiles, hemp covers it all. Up until 1883 over 75% of the worlds paper came from hemp! Its also an amazing fiber for making clothing– and it doesnt need pesticides! A cotton outfit today has over 40lbs of pesticides sprayed on it! Thats sick! A great movie to watch on hemp is “Hemp Hemp, Hooray!” Its a very informative movie on all of the amazing things that can be done with hemp. For now we will stick to the health aspects of it.

  • 35% protein (natures richest source of complete protein– only exceeded by the blue green algaes)
  • 47% fat (good fat!)
  • 12% carbohydrate
  • Contains EVERY SINGLE amino acid!!!
  • Perfect balance of Omega 3, 6,& 9 For the human brain!
  • Perfect balance of Fiber to Protein
  • Great source of Lecithin
  • Contains a decent amount of chlorophyll
  • One of the easiest proteins found for the human body to digest
  • Best source of Globulin building materials, which is major!!!
  • High in GLA (super anti-inflammatory and hormone balancer)
  • High in the following minerals:
  1. Phosphorus
  2. Potassium
  3. Magnesium
  4. Calcium (the good kind)
  5. Iron
  6. Sulfur
  7. Manganese
  8. Sodium
  9. Zinc
  10. Copper
  11. Lithium
  12. Silicone
  13. Platinum
  14. Germanium
  15. Silver
  16. Chromium
  17. Tin
  18. Iodine
  19. Nickel
  20. Boron
  • Hemp seed is very high arginine and histidine, which is very important for children when they are growing. I actually know of someone who raised their baby on hemp milk because they were unable to breast feed!

 

Try adding some hemp seed to a smoothie or on top of a salad for a satisfying protein add on!

 

 

The Superfood Smoothie of your LIFE

Ok if you dont have the most intense energy rush after this… something is seriously wrong!

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Thai Coconut
  • 3 tbsp Cacao Powder
  • Heaping tbsp Maca
  • Handful Goji!
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 1/4 tsp Shilajit (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Cordyseps (optional)
  • frozen strawberries
  • ginseng mate tea (or favorite energizing tea)
  • Himalayan salt
  • sweetener (optional)
  • 1 tsp Mesquite
  • Gel from 1 aloe leaf
 

12 Days of Superfood Christmas: Day Six- 6 Chlorella Tablets! December 19, 2010

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Ok so six chlorella tabs isn’t much to me considering I probably have 5 times that amount in my morning smoothie, but we will run with it.

Chlorella is a single celled algae that is super high in chlorophyll—its actually the highest known source (3-5%). But it doesn’t stop there. Chlorella is super nutrient dense!

  • Supports liver and brain function
  • Improves digestion/elimination (my dad takes them for heart burn!)
  • Regenerates the body
  • Detoxifies:
    • heavy metals
    • Alcohol from the liver
    • Pesticides
    • Herbicides
    • PCB’s
    • Aids in weight loss
    • Increases immunity
    • Heals the body
  • Reduces symptoms of :
    • Low blood sugar
    • Diabetes
    • Low blood sugar
    • Arthritis
    • Bacteria infections
    • Viral infections
    • Ulcers
    • Hepatitis
    • AIDS
    • Anemia
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Pancreatitis
    • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Neutralizes poisons in the body that come from toxins in the environment
  • Relieves chronic constipation
  • Eliminates intestinal gas
  • Restores population of White Blood Cells
  • Accelerates recovery of immune system cells
  • High in Phycocyanin (blue pigment) which creates more stem cells
  • Contains Chlorophyllase and pepsin (digestive enzymes)
  • Aids in the reproduction of good bacteria in the gut—makes it multiply at 4X its normal rate!
  • 60% Protein!! 100% Bio-Available!
  • Contains Vitamins C and E
  • Contains every B Vitamin (all though the b12 found in algae has not been proven to be readily available to the human body. If not eating wild food, you should be supplementing your b12 as it cannot be obtained by algae)
  • Contains Folic Acid
  • Contains Beta Carotene
  • Contains Lysine
  • Contains Iodine
  • Super high in Iron and Calcium—the kind your body actually uses!!
  • Highest food source of RNA—20X higher than Sardines—Eat chlorella, live forever!
  • High in Omega 3 (alpha-linolenic)

There is also something called the Chlorella Growth Factor. “Chlorella quadruples itself every 24 hours, growing faster than any food crop known to man. When Chlorella is ingested by the human body, it dramatically increases the rate of rebuilding and healing in tissues, multiplies the rate of lactobacillus (good bacteria) in the bowel, boosts immune system, and fights free radical damage. Chlorella also helps to rebuild nerve tissue damage throughout the body and is excellent for treating degenerative brain and nerve disorders. This superfood is being used to treat Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease” (Superfoods, David Wolfe)

 

12 Days of SuperFood Christmas: Day Five- 5 Golden Berriessss!!!

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Golden Berries, also known as Incan Berries or Gooseberries, are a wonderfully tart superfruit. They have a sweet then sour flavor.. I call them my raw sour patch kids! Try bringing these to a movie theater instead of the chemical ridden sour candies they sell there!

Like maca, Golden berries grow in the Andes, they are considered the Goji berry of the south. I do have to admit, they do surpass the Goji in one area, and its their protein content. Golden Berries are 16% protein, while the Goji Berry is only 14%. So what else is in these Berries?

  • High in Beta Carotene
  • High in Vitamin A and C
  • High in Thiamine
  • High in Vitamin B1, B2,  B3 (Niacin) B6 and B12!
  • High in Phosphorus
  • High in Protein—Highest of all fruit!
  • Contain high levels of bioflavonoids, which have antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anticarcenogic, antihistamine, antisclerotic, and antioxidant properties. They also are great for nutrient absorption and detoxification and enhance Vitamin C.
  • High levels of pectin, which are known to lower LDL levels
  • Supports the immune system
  • Enhances Omega 3’s

Instead of a multi-vitamin, try eating some golden berries!!

 

 

 

12 Days of SuperFood Christmas: Day Four- 4 Aloe Leaves! December 18, 2010

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Most of us have seen bottled aloe and aloe plants, but how many of us now its beneficial properties? I love slicing open an aloe leaf and adding it to a smoothie or elixir. Its great. So lets get to know this plant better shall we?

  • Contains Vitamins A, C, E
  • Contains Sulfur, Magnesium, Zinc, Selenium and Chromium
  • High in fiber
  • High in Antioxidants
  • Contains Amino Acids
  • Contains Sterols
  • Contains Lignins
  • VERY high in polysaccharides. (to see list on benefits from polysaccharides look here)
  • incredible for weight loss– helps lose weight and gain muscle mass
  • Enhances the immune system so that it is able to fight off fungal infections, nano bacteria and viruses
  • Amazing for digestion and can help colitis, ulcers, IBS
  • Dissolves mucous in the intestines
  • kills Candida
  • improves food absorption
  • normalizes pH levels
  • great prebiotic
  • Studies have shown it to inhibit arthritis, edema, and inflammation
  • Reduces radiation sickness
  • normalizes blood sugar and decreases symptoms of diabetes
  • cancer– research this for yourself  please
  • increases hydration of epithelial cells
  • a TONIC adaptogen (can be used everyday without your body becoming immune)
  • Keeps vital organs healthy

Topically can be used:

  • Abrasions
  • Skin Cancer
  • Acne
  • Poison Ivy/Oak
  • Infections
  • Stretch Marks
  • Arthritis
  • Athletes foot
  • Burns
  • Eczema
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Bites and Stings
  • Rashes
  • Staph
  • Sunburn
  • Wounds
  • Varicose Veins
  • Psoriasis
  • Brown spots and blemishes

The polysaccharides found in aloe have an amazing effect of the joints by lubricating them. They also play a great role in brain function and are great for the skin and nervous system.

Here is an Elixir that I enjoy:

-Handful of Goji

-Tbs Cacao Powder

-1/4 tsp Mucuna

- Gel of 1 aloe leaf

- Coconut water (add some of the meat to make it thicker if you like!)

Blend in blender! Add some ice to make a frozen drink!

Elixir #2:

-5 strawberries (frozen preferably)

- Gel from 1 aloe leaf

-1/2 tsp ground vanilla

-Mineral Water

-Coconut water

Put Coconut water, Strawberries and Vanilla into vitamix until smooth. Poor in glass 1/4 full. Top with mineral water!

 

12 Days of Christmas: Day Three- 3 Maca Roots! December 17, 2010

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Maca is root that grows in severely high altitudes in the Andes Mountains, and is part of the cruciferous family. Maca goes through intense temperature changes through out the day, very similar to the Goji Berry, which is why they are Super Adaptogens!! Maca is a powerful strength and stamina builder and is also known to enhance the libido quite a bit!

So what is an adaptogen? An adaptogen is a non toxic substance that increases your ability to resist stressors physically, mentally, and biologically. When you start adding in adaptogens to your diet, you will notice a difference with in a few weeks. I sure did. I eat a TON of adaptogens, and i noticed that it takes a lot to stress me out, when before i would get stressed out fairly easily. I also noticed an increase in my pain tolerance.

So what does Maca do?

  • Increases Energy
  • Increases endurance
  • Increases oxygen in the blood
  • increases physical strength
  • Increases libido
  • Increases neurotransmitter production
  • Supports endocrine system
  • Supports Adrenals
  • Supports Thyroid
  • Improves mood
  • Balances and improves hormones
  • Improves Anemia
  • Helps chronic fatigue
  • Helps Depression
  • Increases nutrition
  • Helps menopausal and menstrual discomfort
  • Improves memory
  • Has been used to help treat Stomach Cancer and TB
  • Relieves stress
  • Supports Cellular function in the body

Maca is rich in:

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Iron
  • Sodium
  • Sulfur
  • iodine
  • Zinc
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Selenium
  • Manganese
  • Tin
  • Silicon
  • Vitamins B1, B2, C and E
  • Macro/Micro Nutrients
  • 31 Trace Minerals!
  • Maca has a higher lipid content than other root vegetables, and is also fairly high in sterols, which enhance the immune system.

Maca is super powerful, and should be slowly introduced into the body. I would say start with a teaspoon and work your way up. I would never recommend going over a heaping tablespoon. When maca goes into the body it can work wonders, just by balancing hormones! Being such a powerful adaptogen you will notices so many great things start to happen when you take. I immediately noticed good mood increase and stress decrease! Peruvians even feed maca to their animals! I have clients who like to take maca right before a work out because of the increased energy, stamina, and strength they feel! Try it out for yourself and see how you like it!

 

12 Days of Christmas: Day Two- 2 Cacao Trees! December 16, 2010

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Let me just say that if my first two days of Christmas consisted of 2 cacao trees and a bag of Goji Berries I would not need to go any further.

We all LOVE Chocolate, but do most of us know anything about it other than it tastes good? Probably not. I’m sure we have all heard about its super antioxidants, but most of us dont know that the majority of us arent even getting those antioxidants because our chocolate has been cooked!

On the ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity) Raw Cacao Powder tips the charts at 955. To put this in perspective, blueberries come in at 32!

Besides its ridiculously high antioxidant level, Cacao Also Contains:

  • Magnesium (The highest source!)

Magnesium is a mineral that promotes alkalinity in the body. This mineral is a necessity that most people in the US on the Standard American Diet (SAD) are lacking– over 80%!. Magnesium is vital to the brain. (“ADD” symptoms are the same ones as those found in a person with magnesium deficiency!) Magnesium also helps build strong bones. Imagine if instead of being brought up with the “milk mustache” we were brought up on raw chocolate! We would all be such happier campers! This amazing mineral also supports the heart. When the body has enough magnesium, your body tells its veins and arteries to take a breather. This allows more blood and oxygen to flow through the body.

  • Iron (1 oz contains 314% your RDA!)

Iron is one of those mineral we are constantly hearing about its importance– and it is. I cant tell you how many times i have received the “look of shock” when  people ask me “Well if you dont eat meat where do you get your iron?” and i respond “From Chocolate–Duh!!” Try it some time. The look is great!

Iron is part of hemoglobin, which keeps our blood healthy so we do not become stricken with anemia.

  • Manganese

Manganese is another trace mineral that is essential to the human body. Manganese helps to assist iron in the oxygenation of your blood and helps hemoglobin to form.

  • Chromium

Like Iron, the majority of Americans– around 80%– are deficient in this essential trace mineral. This mineral is major in keeping balanced blood sugar levels. It is also used by the body with fat, protein, and carbohydrate storage in the body. Chromium regulates hunger, reduces cravings, protects RNA and DNA, is important to heart function, and helps control fat and cholesterol levels in the blood.

  • Zinc

Yet again, another trace mineral! No wonder Cacao is a Superfood! It definitely deserves its title! Zinc plays a vital role in our immune system, (great when you have a cold!) liver, pancreas, and skin. It is also responsible for thousands of enzymatic reactions in our body.

Zinc is also known to improve vision, aid in getting rid of Acne and Eczema, heals wounds, helps men with prostate function, controls appetite, helps control diabetes, helps protect against infection, and helps those with chronic fatigue.

  • Copper

Yes, another essential trace mineral. Copper is key in building healthy blood and a strong, powerful immune system. Copper is known as a “brain food” as it helps stimulate its activity. Recent research has also shown that copper can help lower your bad cholesterol and increase your beneficial cholesterol! Copper is also closely related with proper thyroid function.

  • Vitamin C

Ascorbic Acid can not withstand heat, therefore all cooked chocolate has NO vitamin C present! Vitamin C is a super vitamin, and many studies have been done showing miraculous results on the body’s ability to fight cancer and disease with ridiculously high doses of Vitamin C! Study this one out, it will definitely be worth your time@

  • Omega 6

When heat is added to this fatty acid, it turns into a rancid fatty acid, making it a saturated fat. This alone should make you want to stay away from cooked chocolate! Who wants rancid trans fats in their body??!!

We all know we need these essential fatty acids. Omega 6′s do a lot for the body, including building strong bones,  helping the body fight against osteoporosis, and  lowering blood pressure. Studies have also shown that children diagnosed with “ADHD” have every low Omega 3 & 6 levels.

  • Phenylethylamine

Yet another substance that can not with stand heat! Although in raw chocolate levels of phenylethylamine (or PEA) are fairly high, cooked chocolate does not have any!

PEA’s are produced in our body when we fall in love. This might be why so many of us love chocolate so much!  PEA’s are also known to control appetite and increase focus and alertness. With the PEA’s, the magnesium, mineral, fat, and no sugar content, raw Cacao is one of the best weight control “supplements”!

  • Phosphorus

Phosphorus is needed by the body to build strong bones and teeth. Phosphorus aids in proper digestion of riboflavin and niacin,and helps your kidneys effectively excreting wastes.

  • Anandamide

This is an endorphin that the body creates after exercise. If your anything like me it makes you feel happy and high!  Cacao is the only plant that contains Anandamide!

  • Serotonin

Cacao is very rich in Serotonin! Serotonin is our feel good neurotransmitter that builds up our stress defense shield! It keeps us calm under stress. When we feel paranoid or withdrawn, it is due to the depletion of our serotonin levels.

  • Tryptophan

Another mood enhancer! Cacao seems to be just packed with these! Tryptophan is necessary in the production of serotonin, our primary neurotransmitter. Tryptophan is also very heat sensitive, so cooking chocolate destroys this beautiful essential amino acid!

  • Soluble Fiber

Thats right! Cacao is packed with a soluble fiber that is perfect for the human body!

  • Caffeine?

NOPE! Despite what most people think, Cacao is not high in caffeine! Actually it is quite low..  The amount of caffeine in cacao is equivalent to less than 1/20 a cup of coffee! What cacao actually contains is Theobromine. Theobromine is a relative to caffeine but does not stimulate the nervous system. It is a great antibacterial substance that actually kills the bacteria that causes cavities. Yup, chocolate can help prevent cavities!

Im sure if I sat in front of the computer a little longer i could come up with a few more a

mazing things about this love fruit, but i guess I’ll stop there! I LOVE CACAO and now you can see why! My day just wouldnt be complete without it! Today i actually dropped some in my water instead of my usual Goji.. talk about an energy rush! I felt great!!

 

 
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