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Author - Mat Robar

What Are Chia Seeds (Salvia Hispanica) – Superfoods 101

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Have you ever heard of the Salvia Hispanica plant before?  How about Chia seeds?

Well in reality, they are the same thing and they are a top superfood for a variety of reasons.

Watch the Superfoods 101 Video What Are Chia Seeds (Salvia Hispanica) below to learn more.

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Mangosteen Health – The Benefits of Mangosteen

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The Queen Of Fruit, otherwise knows as The Purple Mangosteen is a powerhouse of nutritional content.

Filled with polyphenols and Xanthones, the Mangosteen fruit contains many beneficial anti-aging nutrients and a lot more.

Learn more in today’s Superfoods 101 Video – Mangosteen Health – The Benefits of Mangosteen

For a deeper dive into the health benefits of Mangosteen, visit the main mangosteen information page .

Trycycle Glass – Recycled Glassware Products


Here at Holistik Health, we are always on the lookout for companies making a difference.  Today we bring you Try-Cycle Glassware.

All the rage in Europe and making headway in the US, Try-Cycle Glassware is made from 100% post consumer glass.  Glass is one of those amazing materials that can be reused over and over again without affecting the integrity of the actual glassware.  Try-Cycle Glassware is sturdy and has the telltale green tint of a recycled glass product.

Try-Cycle Makes Everything from everyday tumblers and wine glasses to bedside decanters and vases.

Check them out at TrycycleGlass.com

Raw Chocolate & Raw Cacao Benefits

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Raw Chocolate, aka Raw Cacao has been called the “Food of The Gods” for thousands of years and revered as such by ancient civilizations.

Raw cacao beans also happen to carry a massive nutritional punch.  They are the #1 natural source of both antioxidants and magnesium

And there’s more….watch the Superfoods 101 Video – Raw Chocolate & Raw Cacao Benefits  now.

 

Full Cacao Product Recommendations:

Top Recommended Cacao Powder Product: Navitas Naturals Cacao Powder

Top Recommended Cacao Nibs Product: Navcacaoitas Naturals Cacao Nibs

Top Recommended Cacao Beans Product: Navitas Naturals Cacao Beans

Additionally Recommended Products-

Budget Cacao Powder Choice: Healthworks Cacao Powder

Budget Cacao Nibs Choice: Healthworks Cacao Nibs

The Benefits of Superfoods

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What are Superfoods?

That is the $1,000,000 question, and today we are here to answer it.  In fact, we created a whole series around it, called the Superfoods 101 series, to teach you everything you need to know about the worlds top superfoods.

So, what are you waiting for?

Get started and watch the first installment of the Superfood 101 series now.

The Benefits of Chlorella (chlorella vulgaris) – Superfoods 101

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Maybe you have not heard of Chlorella yet, only its more famous cousin, Spirulina.  Well, move over spirulina, because Chlorella is here to stay.

Chlorella is a green algae as opposed to the blue green algae of spirulina and the health benefits are slightly different.

Enjoy the Superfoods 101 Video  – The Benefits of Chlorella (chlorella vulgaris)

Food Preservation, War, and The Women’s Movement

War touches everything. Over history it has divided time periods and influenced the food we eat to a great extent, both in availability and quality. Poor nutrition is not often considered a casualty of war. But what is more unfortunate than a permanent, negative shift in the way we nourish our bodies?

We can probably blame Napoleon. To a certain extent, it all started with him. Military and political leader. Ambitious. Strategic. And a little bit chubby. Napoleon had a one-track mind: to win wars at all costs.

In 1809 Napoleon put forth a challenge. Anyone who could find a way to sustain his army for long periods of time while they were at war would be rewarded handsomely. Their food was going rotten.

French inventor Nicolas Appert rose to the challenge. He began experimenting with food preservation by putting foods in glass jars, sealing them with cork and wax, and placing them in boiling water. Canning was born, and Appert walked away with a hefty cash award of 12,000 francs plus his name in the history books.

Refrigeration followed. Then frozen foods were “discovered” by Charles Birdseye. In 1924 we started using ethylene gas to force the ripening of produce in the backs of trucks instead of allowing time for natural ripening.

And then there was war again. After the war ended, we found ourselves with factories full of nitrogen that had been used to make weapons. Profit-driven geniuses came up with the idea of re-selling that nitrogen as fertilizer for plants. Our fertilizers are composed of a formula containing Nitrogen, Phosphorous, and Potassium. Unfortunately, it doesn’t include the other 17 trace minerals that are essential for optimum health. We mostly just wanted to squeeze some profit out of the leftover nitrogen.

And so we did. From here, we began making pesticides and herbicides in the 1940s.

In the 1950s we sent our women to work to cover for the men while they went back out to war. We encouraged them to come out of their kitchens, and promised that our microwavable TV dinners in aluminum containers were just as good as their homemade meals. While their dinners were nuking, we told them they could earn an income. Do their nails. Or watch TV. As long as they remembered to add “processed foods” to their grocery lists. Everyone bought right into it.

Today we’ve evolved to food mechanization, GMOs, and plant breeding. We’re slightly smarter about the processed foods, but now time is an issue. We’re already depending on double incomes. No one is home for dinner. And even if they were… we’ve forgotten how to cook.


A PEAR IN A CAN

Let’s take the image of a pear in a can. Most people think: What’s the big deal with that? Still a pear, right? Still healthy?

Here is how a canned pear would be less healthy than a fresh one:

  1. The skin is removed so there is no fiber.
  2. It contains additives and preservatives for color and freshness.
  3. There is BPA in the can lining that may have leached into the fruit.
  4. There is a carbon footprint on the packaging.
  5. There could be metal toxicity from the can.
  6. It has a lower nutritional value.
  7. It is not local and probably the product of mono-cropping.
  8. It is likely irradiated and not tree ripened.

WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?

Clearly food preservation is here to stay. And I don’t think there’s an easy answer for health-conscious shoppers. I usually start by speaking to my clients about their priorities and lifestyles. I want to know how serious they are. It all comes down to making decisions to live within your means, prioritize healthy food and exercise, and make lifestyle changes to save your sanity and well being.

No – cooking is not faster than a microwave dinner. And a meal prepared in 15 minutes is not always just as good as one that took an hour. Make the time. Remember what it feels like to chop and peel and marinate overnight. Great things take time and they don’t happen by accident. They require planning. And sometimes making hard decisions.

What are the things that you really need in your life? What’s taking up all your time? In my home, we spend more money on high quality groceries than most couples. To support that, we don’t have a car. We chose to keep jobs that are close to home, within walking or biking or running distance over higher paying jobs where we’d be under the stress of heavy commutes. It’s not always easy, but it’s a lifestyle choice.

Changes are always small and slow. The important thing is that we start somewhere.