detox-cleansingOver the years, various detoxes have gone in and out of fashion. For this reason, many individuals see detoxes as a fad rather than as a way one can cleanse, and improve the overall health of, their body. The fact is that a good, healthy, detox can help to detoxify your body and jumpstart your metabolism. There is also a misconception of detoxes as being unhealthy as they deprive one’s body of vital nutrients.

 

If this is how you have previously perceived detoxes, then it is likely that you are thinking of those lemon water diets that have been popular in the past; however, this is not the only way to detox. There are many ways one can detoxify the body in a healthy manner that does not deprive the body of anything. Many detox programs simply require a return to eating natural foods that are healthy for your mind, body, and soul, and that flush out all the toxins that are in many of the foods we eat and now reside in your body.  If this is a type of detox program that you can see yourself getting into, here are just a few of the reasons why you should consider trying one of these natural, healthy, detox programs.

 

:arrow: Boost Your Energy

Doing a detox can help to greatly improve your energy levels, and there are several reasons that this can occur. The processed foods that we eat can cause toxins and chemicals present in these foods to build up in one’s body, which can cause your body to begin to slow down. Following a detox program can help to flush these toxins out of your body, which can give you a renewed sense of energy, strength, and vitality. Thusly, if you have begun to feel drug down, and all you want to do during your spare time is watch TV, then it is likely that you would benefit greatly from a detox as a detox can help to restore your energy and make you feel lively again.

 

:arrow: Your Immune System Will Strengthenimmune-system

Another detriment of the processed, sugar heavy, foods that we eat is that they can actually cause us to fall ill more frequently. When we eat these man-made foods, rather than the natural foods that our bodies are used to, the toxins that build up in our bodies can cause us to be more susceptible to illness. Furthermore, by not eating nutrient rich foods, it is likely that you are not getting the proper vitamins and minerals that you need to keep your body healthy. Thusly, many individuals can benefit from a detox as it not only flushes the immune system weakening toxins out of one’s body, but it also helps to boost your immune system by giving your body the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals it needs and craves.

 

:arrow: Improve Your Mental Health

While a detox can have profound positive effects on the body, it can also work to improve your mental and emotional state of being. This is due to the fact that when your body is unhealthy and filled with toxins, you are more likely to find yourself distracted, stressed, unable to focus; furthermore these toxins can make you more likely to suffer from emotional illnesses such as anxiety and depression. Thusly, healing the body through a detox regimen has been shown to have the dual effect of also healing the mind. After detoxing your body, you will likely find that you have a stronger mental focus, and that mental and emotional stress does not affect you as severely as it once did.

Now that you want to start your detox we want to help you with some more tips about Juicing. Click here for the video and article.

There are many reasons why you should consider detoxing your body if you have never done so before. A detox regimen can help to improve the health of your entire body as well as your mind and soul. If you are considering how beneficial a detox could be for you, contact us to find out more about the many benefits a detox can provide, as well as to learn about how you can detoxify your body.

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March 23rd, 2015

Raw Butter

Written by Ka Sundance

Fresh Butter In Bar Form And A Knife

Butter:  it’s a staple of the American diet.  When moving toward a vegan diet, however, butter made out of cream is something that you’re going to have to give up–but that’s okay!  Butter doesn’t have to come from cows.  There are many other sources of raw butter that will give you a great creamy flavor, add some healthy fat to your diet, and still keep your diet on track.

Peanut butter.  This favorite of parents and kids alike is packed with fiber and protein.  It seems counter intuitive to call peanut butter a diet food, but it fills you up and keeps you full longer, making it a great choice for both meals and snacks.  Peanut butter is excellent straight off the spoon, or pair it with chocolate or honey for a sweet treat!

Almond butter.  When you think of a peanut butter alternative (especially in schools where peanuts are forbidden), almond butter is often one of the first choices to come to mind.  Almond butter’s high iron content even gives it a nutritional advantage over peanut butter–and its richer, denser flavor will help change things up.

Cashew butter is less common than almond butter (and often more expensive if you do manage to find it), but don’t pass this nutritional powerhouse by on your quest to add protein and healthy fats to your vegan diet.  Cashew butter contains fewer calories than almond and peanut butter and an incredible six grams of protein per one tablespoon serving, but it doesn’t have nearly the fiber content of peanut or almond butter.  Cashew butter is an excellent additive for flavor in smoothies and sauces, but keep it in moderation–it’s got a fairly high fat count for its size.  Also, as you’re selecting cashew butter, make sure you take a look at the sodium content. Salted cashew butter can contain as much as twenty-six percent of your daily sodium allotment in a single serving.Mixed Nuts

Macadamia nut butter is a great source of iron, though its protein content is a little bit lower than its nut butter cousins.  If you’re going to be making your own nut butters, macadamia nut butter could be a great place to start–it’s harder to find on store shelves, but simple enough to pop a few nuts into a food processor and grind them down into butter.  Macadamia nut butter is an excellent topping to a bowl of fruit or mixed into oatmeal for some added fiber and protein.

Hazelnut butter has a rich, nutty flavor that can’t be beat.  Hazelnut butter is most frequently found coupled with chocolate (which you can do when making it yourself–just add a little cocoa powder and some natural sweetener to your food processor as it’s grinding down), but on its own, it’s a great snack as well.  Hazelnut butter makes a great topping for vegan-friendly ice cream or over fruit.

Coconut butter is more like a traditional butter than the nut butters mentioned above.  Coconut butter contains the “meat” of a coconut, and while it does have a “coconutty” flavor (that’s what happens when you have a jar of butter that’s essentially made out of coconut), it’s a wonderful, rich coconut flavor that will likely make you stick your spoon in the jar and just eat it straight.  Coconut butter has many of the same nutritional benefits of coconut oil and can easily be added into your diet in smoothies, poured over berries, or in most of the ways that you would use traditional butter.

Sounds buttery right? You may also try our Cheesecake Recipes here. Click here for the recipe.

There are plenty of vegan alternatives to raw butter available these days, especially if you check out the natural foods aisles of your grocery store.  Go on–give it a look, and try something new.  You might be surprised by what you fall in love with.

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chlorella

Any diet that is deficient in vitamins will take a toll on a person’s health. One of the super-foods that contain these essential nutrients is chlorella. Chlorella is light green and offers a variety of vitamins that support’s a persons different bodily systems. It is excellent for reducing the chances of osteoarthritis, for example. Chlorella contains glucosamine which is proven to strengthen cartilage and ligaments. Chlorella is an anti-inflammatory food that contains chlorophyll, which attacks osteoarthritis naturally. Since arthritis is often due to an overactive immune response, adding chlorella to your diet can relieve arthritis pain.

Green in color, chlorella is an incredibly rejuvenating food source that is often used in a smoothie as a part of a daily health regimen. The components in chlorella encourage the growth of flora, which promotes digestive healthRestoring digestive health also reduces inflammation throughout the entire body, which is an added benefit. A balanced digestive system enhances the body’s defense mechanisms. Chlorella also counteracts with toxic chemicals ingested over time, such as pesticides and pollutants. It attacks the waste from the cells and tissues of the body.

Many people refer to chlorella as nature’s multivitamin and its simple to see why. Chlorella also provides the following health benefits:

Higher immunity to illnesses

Chlorella is also known to battle the onslaught of chronic illnesses such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Lupus, among others. Because of its detoxifying nature and chlorella’s ability to nourish the immune system, it is also a anti-carcinogenic agent, which aids in oxidation. Chlorella offers cancer-fighting benefits, along with the rest of these diseases of the immune system.

Increases energy levels

After eating chlorella, many people claim to have more energy, feel healthier and achieve an elevated mood. This is due to the fact that this nutritious green leafy vegetable is full of vitamins like A, B1, B2, B6, and B12.

Higher insulin sensitivity

Chlorella may improve insulin sensitivity and blood sugar levels with daily usage. It may even fight against the side effects of diabetes. Chlorella is full of magnesium, which also lowers blood sugar levels.

Full of healthy amino acids

Chlorella is a source of protein which includes amino acids, some of which cannot be manufactured by the body by itself. They rebuild the body’s tissues and contribute to maintaining the health of many bodily functions.

Detoxification

We live with toxins everywhere, in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and even the water that we drink. Chlorella actually adheres to these toxins and move them away from our body. A simple way to detox is to add chlorella to your water and tea via a concentrated powder.

The normal amount for chlorella is 3-6 grams per day, but many go as high as 30 grams, especially when someone is seeking to detox their body. A general rule is to start slow until you reach the recommended dosage.

Improved triglyceride levels and lowered blood pressure

There are so many benefits, it actually boggles the mind a bit. With those who have high blood pressure, chlorella’s antioxidant properties, it even offers protection against heart disease.

Maintaining a healthy body weight

Chlorella also has another superpower; the ability to keep the weight off and to reduce overall body fat by raising a persons metabolism Also, by replacing empty foods that are full of sugar and carbohydrates with chlorella, you will notice that your craving for junk food will lessen.

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Chlorella contains nucleic acids which promote cellular growth. Production of these acids in the body can slow down over time, so by eating chlorella, you are helping your body repair itself and absorb nutrients more easily. This super-food has long been thought of as a key to improving ones overall health, immune system and longevity.

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Eat Raw

Do you feel tired and sluggish from the time you wake up until you fall into bed at night? Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Our busy lifestyles are leaving most of us in a constant state of energy crisis. We rely on caffeine and sugar to get us through the day only to feel worse than ever once the crash hits. The good news is that we have a safe and economical solution. A much better and safer alternative to energy drinks that will keep your energy levels up all day long is to incorporate raw foods into your daily diet.

Unlike cooked foods, raw foods have a high enzyme and nutrient content. That’s because foods lose start losing their enzymes and nutrient content once they are cooked above 115 degrees Fahrenheit. So even if you’re eating veggies like broccoli and carrots, you’re not getting the full nutritional and enzymatic value when you stem or bake them as you could by just eating them raw. You’ll save time by skipping the cooking process and still enjoy the same foods you already love!

Instead of reaching for a sugary energy drink in the morning, start your day with some raw fruit for breakfast, either whole or in the form of a juice or smoothie if you’re the type who likes to take breakfast to-go. Keep snacks handy, such as nuts, fruits, or even humus and veggies so you can refuel throughout the day instead of reaching for a can of soda when you start feeling drowsy. Dinners should include some protein sources such as beans, nuts, or seeds to keep your energy levels up and your appetite satisfied.

We can also help you to try different styles of eating raw foods. Click here for the article and video.

You will start to notice extraordinary changes in your energy levels once you start incorporating raw foods into your diet. We want you to feel your best, which is why we’re so passionate about the raw food diet. Give it a try to start feeling more energetic and more alive today!

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March 16th, 2015

The 8 Amazing Benefits of Celery

Written by Ka Sundance

Celery Juice

Celery known as a”negative calorie” food, the celery stick doesn’t usually get marketed as a healthy superfood, like spinach or kale. But all its parts, from its leaves to its ribs, its seeds to roots, can give your body the healthy boost it needs. While its pale-green, unassuming look does not make it a likely candidate, this plant can be the key to a healthier body and improved you today. Here are just 7 amazing benefits of celery that will give you reason to incorporate the stick into your diet.

1) Packed with so much vitamins and minerals. All celery, no matter the variety, has an excellent amount of vitamins and minerals. Celery has vitamin A, B2, B6, C, and K, which all contributes to better skin, healthy weight loss, and all the benefits below, described in-depth. It also has the much-needed minerals potassium, manganese, calcium, magnesium, and sodium. Together, celery can strengthen teeth, aid in mental stimulation and clarity, avoid exhaustion, and prevent so many diseases. With this many healthy compounds, you should elevate celery as a superfood in your diet.

2) Lowers cholesterol. Celery is known to lower total and bad (LDL) cholesterol, due to the phthalides in celery. Phthalides stimulates bile juices, which help lower cholesterol, while also acting as smooth muscle relaxants.

3) Natural anti-inflammation support. Celery has polyacetylene, which helps to act as an anti-inflammatory. This provides relief for those suffering from bronchitis, arthritis, osteoarthritis, muscular pains, rheumatism, and gout. It also can help with regrowing tissue between inflamed joints. Along with vitamin C, individuals suffering from asthma can benefit from celery’s anti-inflammatory properties.

4) Prevents cancer. The many antioxidants and compounds in celery are known to help fight against many types of cancer by removing free radicals in the body. Three of them–phthalides, flavonoids, and polyacetylenes–are known to detoxify carcinogens, while acetylenics and phenolic acids block and stop the growth of tumor cells. The phytochemical coumarins especially help to fight off stomach and colon cancers. With at least 8 family compounds in celery that prevent cancer in these ways, giving you plenty of reason to eat it regularly.

5) Keeps your kidneys healthy. As a natural antiseptic, celery eliminates many toxins that can get in the way of normal kidney function. It also prevents kidney stones from forming.

6) Lowers blood pressure. The same phthalides that lowers cholesterol also lowers blood pressure, providing healthy cardiovascular support. By relaxing the muscles around the arteries, blood vessels expand to allow blood to flow normally.

7) Boosts your immune system. The amount of vitamin C in celery paired with its antioxidants makes it a great aid for boosting your immune system. Eating celery regularly can prevent you from catching the common cold, and keep you safe from other diseases.

8) Acts as a great cleanser. Celery is a natural diuretic and is great at relaxing constipation. It helps regulate body fluid, prevent urinary tract infections for women, stimulates urination for all, and can even help break up and get rid of gall and bladder stones. Eating celery and its seeds and drinking celery juice therefore helps your body get rid of excess fluid and toxic build ups, making it a great cleanser for daily use. Athletes can especially benefit from celery juice, since its minerals can help rehydrate athletes after a workout and replace electrolytes.

So start introducing more celery into your diet today. There’s really no wrong way to eat it, try it by itself, add it in salads and meals, juice it for your morning cleanse, and eat it as a yummy snack with your favorite nut butter.

If you want more green recipe like our “Green Burger Recipe” click here.

The potential benefits of celery far outweigh its low cost, and can get you on a healthier, happier diet for an improved you.

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Raw Vegan Buckwheat Granola/ Gluten Free Cereal

This is one of my favorite breakfasts and it’s quite easy to prepare once you get the hang of it.  I usually make my raw vegan buckwheat granola in my £40 dehydrator which I purchased from Amazon. This is how you can get the fluffy, crunchy, granola-like texture. However, if you don’t have a dehydrator sitting on your kitchen counter (taking up all of the space in your kitchen. Ha Ha Ha!!!), then bake the granola in the oven for 3 ½ -4 hrs at 175°F (80°C) or until it dries.

I usually have buckwheat granola at weekends when I have more time to soak my buckwheat and seeds, as well as dehydrate them.  I tend to make big batches (see ingredients below) so that I can store them in the fridge for later use. The buckwheat granola will keep fresh and crunchy in the fridge for about 2 weeks so it can be a great snack and breakfast cereal.

Buckwheat is a complete protein. It is filled with antioxidants, prebiotics and fiber; plus, it is easy to digest and doesn’t cause bloating, gas or indigestion. Just be sure to rinse your buckwheat very well after soaking them to remove the slimy part of it which can be indigestible.

I personally love this recipe because it allows me to consume buckwheat on a regular basis. I would probably otherwise struggle finding ways to prepare buckwheat as it tends to have a very earthy taste. I eat this granola with nut or rice milk, cashew cream, berry jam or simply as a snack.

Mmh, delicious.

Ingredient:

:arrow:2½ cups buckwheat groats soaked for 4 hours or more.
:arrow:3 medium apples chopped
:arrow:2 tablespoons raw Tahini paste or 2½ tbsp sesame seeds
:arrow:2 ½ tablespoons favorite sweetener (raw honey/ maple syrup/ coconut nectar or 3 medjool dates)
:arrow:2 Tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
:arrow:¼ cup goji berries or raisins
:arrow:2 tbsp. coconut flakes, sunflower, pumpkin seeds (optional)
:arrow:2 table spoons ground cinnamon
:arrow:½ teaspoon sea salt
:arrow:¼ cup plant based milk (nut milk or rice milk – to help blend the wet ingredients)

Preparation:

1)    Pulse diced apples in food processor till they are chunky.
2)    Add nut butter, sweetener, and coconut oil. Add plant milk and blend till well mixed.
3)    Hand-stir buckwheat, cinnamon and salt together.  This will help to coat them in the cinnamon, distributing the flavour.
4)    Pour the contents from the food processor over the dry ingredients and stir until buckwheat is well covered.:5)    Add the goji berries, sunflower and pumpkin seeds in the mixture and stir.
6)    Spread mixture evenly onto non-stick teflex dehydrator sheets or lined parchment paper. Mixture should be no more than 1/2-inch thick, the thinner you spread the mixture the quicker it will dry.
7)    Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 10-14 hrs. You can try putting them in the oven but I am not sure how they will turn out.
8)    If keep mine well-sealed, this will keep fresh for 2 weeks in the fridge.

 

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raw food diet

For many people considering converting to a raw foods diet the biggest deterrent is how time-consuming food preparation can be. Because you are not simply emptying a box of pasta into a pot or popping something into the microwave, raw food requires a more hands-on approach; what’s more every single thing you make, you are making from scratch! The time and effort can certainly be daunting, but if you are serious about eating raw, here are a few basic workarounds that you can implement, saving time and making the process that much easier.

Stock Up on Staples

A raw food diet requires not only a variety of ingredients, but great big quantities of them. When first trying out raw recipes, you may find yourself at the health food store every other day, trying to dig out the raw cacao nibs or kelp. This gets old really quickly. The best way to get a good start and save time is to keep yourself organized and keep the basics amply stocked. While you will, of course, have to restock fruits and veggies weekly, feel free to buy these in bulk:

:arrow: Nuts- ultimately the kind of nut is your preference, but cashews, almonds and walnuts are probably most useful.
:arrow: Dates- great raw sweetener for those dessert recipes!
:arrow: Nutritional Yeast- for that “cheesy” flavor and a great vitamin booster
:arrow: Dried seaweed- again, the preference is yours, but some options would be dulse, nori and kelp
:arrow: Cold-Pressed oils-a great way to get a healthy fat boost!
:arrow: Dried Herbs-fresh ones are great in the summer, but keeping yourself stocked with a good
variety of dried spices will make you happy all year round.

Stop Trying to Make it Pretty

Slicing, dicing and chopping your veggies for company is all well and good, but when you are cooking for you and your family, there is no reason to spend too much time on presentation. Throwing veggies in a food processor (or blender) will do the trick just as well; your final product will taste just as good and provide just as much nutrition!

Plan Ahead

This can be a difficult tenet to stick to, but try it and you won’t be sorry. Weeknight work is always a huge bummer and most of us will do everything to avoid it, including sliding back into “easier” cooked foods. Avoid the temptation and be ready with some delicious raw snacks in the fridge. Take an hour or two of your Sunday and prepare some sauces, butters, and spreads, you will not regret it.

Outfit Your Kitchen

You do not need to shell out the big bucks to make your kitchen raw food ready, but you do need to think strategically and invest in someplan meal ahead quality kitchen tools. Cutting out everything fancy, here are three things that will see daily use in raw food cooking.

:arrow: Food Processor- Since this is such a common kitchen essential, the price options vary drastically and everyone can find something that fits their price range.
:arrow: Knife Set-Prices vary here too, but quality matters where knives are concerned, so consider spending a bit more for a set that will last longer and serve you better.
:arrow: Spiral Slicer- Seems silly, but this is a handy little gadget that will help you create those zucchini noodles you’ve heard so much about! No need to worry about cost here, a quality slicer will run you no more than $30.

For starters on raw food diet you may follow our beginners guide diet here. Click to article.

There you have it, some basic tips and tricks to give you your time back and keep you on track with raw eating! Once you put these in action, you will find there is very little to complain about while eating beautiful, raw foods.

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coconut oil

As a saturated fat, we know some are weary about using coconut oil in their daily diets. But in fact, coconut oil has a different type of saturated fat (called medium chain triglycerides) that can give you amazing health benefits! Here are our 11 reasons to keep coconut oil in your kitchen for a healthier body and a healthier kitchen!

1) Improves digestion: The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil does wonders to your digestive system. Taking a spoonful first thing in the morning can help improve your digestive tract’s function for constipation relief, as it acts as a natural laxative.

2) Staves off infections: Individuals who have applied coconut oil to fungus infections, such as athlete’s foot, have found great results. Again, the natural compounds of the oil helps attack the fungus to keep it at bay, getting rid of the problem. When digested, it can also fight off harmful pathogens.

3) Improves cholesterol levels: With its high level of lauric acids, coconut oil helps boost HDL levels for better cholesterol. At the same time, these acids help convert bad cholesterol into a subtype that causes no harm, greatly improving all cholesterol levels in the body.

4) Better blood pressure: Paired with better cholesterol levels, people who use coconut oil daily have also seen improved blood pressure levels. Overall, coconut oil helps reduce the risk of heart disease.

5) Healthier skin: As a lotion, the coconut oil helps to lock-in moisture while healing your dry, damaged skin, making it a great alternative to man-made, chemically-based lotions. Some have also seen the coconut oil help fade age or sun spots.

6) Healthier hair: As a conditioner, coconut oil’s uses in hair ranges from reducing split ends, healing dry scalps, reducing dandruff,coconut hairmask getting rid of frizzy hair appearances, and even removing or preventing lice. The oil helps improve the look of your hair as well, keeping it shiny and healthy. In all cases, a little goes a long way, so start with small amounts before adding to your head!

7) Boosts your energy levels: Many people have found that coconut oil can help with their mental clarity and energy levels, so add a teaspoon to your morning smoothie!

8) Helps reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s: Introducing two teaspoons of coconut oil in one’s diet can help improve cognitive function. The ketones in the oil can help improve memory, and therefore potentially help reduce the effects of Alzheimer’s on a person’s brain.

9) Has anti-inflammatory properties: The lauric and capric acids in coconut oil can help soothe inflammation in the body, helping to take away pain from ailments like arthritis. Used as a rub, it can also soothe rashes and itches and keep things from swelling.

10) Help with managing weight loss: For those who want to maintain a better weight, coconut oil can be a helpful too. It can reduce one’s appetite and improve your body’s fat burning abilities, helping you shed off pounds from your waistline without added exercise.

11) Improves your kitchen wood counters (and tables, and chairs…): Coconut oil is a well-known alternative to store-bought (toxic) wood polish. The oil helps keep the wood looking healthy and shiny for longer, with a natural look. In addition, you can use coconut oil to condition your wood cutting boards, keeping them cleaner and in better shape. All the more a reason to keep coconut oil in your kitchen!

So how can you start using coconut oil in your raw kitchen? You can add it into drinks and “baking” recipes as a sort of dairy substitute for a creamy effect. For example, our raw cheesecake recipe uses coconut oil for a rich, creamy texture.

Looking for more informative article like these? You  may also check our 7 secrets how to maintain and regenerate beautiful skin.Click here for the article and video

Coconut oil is also great for homemade beauty products, such as soap bars and lotions, that can help your skin stay healthy. There are a multitude of ways to start incorporating coconut oil into your life today!

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