Our bodies are made up of approximately 60% water as adults and more than 80% water for a fetus. Water is the primary component of all bodily fluids such as our blood, lymph, digestive juices, urine, tears and sweat. It would make sense that we need to constantly replenish our bodies with water for proper bodily functions.
Mindful eating, it’s apparently the new “weight loss” trend nowadays. But it’s really not new nor is it a diet trend, it’s a way of life. It’s different from willpower. Some people can go on a diet and say no to certain things for a certain time but at some point, their willpower will be weakened and they will end up going back to their old ways. The problem lies in the disconnect between the mind and the body. It then becomes harder to get out of eating patterns. But when you pay attention to your body and it comes into alignment with your mind, you’ll never have to go on a diet. Here are some tips for a more mindful you! Read More
Lemons are a natural energizer that helps to hydrate the body. On their own, lemons are packed with nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and fiber. They also have antioxidants properties which are always a plus.
Because up to 60% of the human adult body is water, you can see just how important drinking water is for our health. Water helps maintain regularity of our bodily functions, flushes out toxins and gives our skin a healthy glow.
Combine lemon with water and you get a tasty beneficial refreshing drink that is sure to help you start your day right!
Spring, a time of purification, healing and rejuvenation. It is the best time of the year for cleansing and fasting. Body cleansing means to detoxify your body from toxins that have built up over time. A spring cleanse can be a great way to start eating clean and feeling good from the inside out. There are many benefits to a spring cleanse such as fewer allergy symptoms, better digestion, better concentration, more energy, improved immune system function, good sleep, healthy skin, healthy weight management and much more.
Our last blog post spoke of how toxins affect our health. With toxins in mind, let’s see how our bodies deal with toxins through the digestive process of the liver.
Did you know that the liver has about 500 known physical functions?! Since that is too many to list, we will share the three most important functions of the liver: the filter, the regulator and the metabolic director. Read More
GMOs or Genetically Modified Organisms are plants and animals whose genes have been genetically altered in a way that doesn’t occur naturally. Genes from one species are inserted into another species in an attempt to transfer a desired trait. For example, a gene from a flounder was inserted into a strawberry in an attempt to keep the strawberry resistant to frost. In this case, the particular experiment failed. According to David Suzuki, “genetic engineering is based on trial and error rather than on precision.” GMOs long-term effects on our health and environment are still unknown and it has not been proven to be safe. Read More
Because what you eat affects how you feel overall, it’s important to know how certain foods affect your body. Let us help you get to know the therapeutic and nutritional values of the food you are consuming. Below is the breakdown of one of our more popular winter dishes: Italian Sausage Soup.
Breakfast, is it really the most important meal of the day?
The word breakfast literally means “breaking a fast” from the previous night. After 7-9 hours of overnight fasting, the body needs to refuel with food. Skipping breakfasts lowers metabolism, starves muscles and heightens late night cravings.
Should I Eat Dairy?…No?! Well what about my calcium?!
–Dr. John McDougall
The McDougall Program for Women (2000)
Here’s my perspective and again it’s just that…and educated perspective, so please share your thoughts below.
The Dairy industry spends $300 million annually on marketing and ‘research’, doctors, dieticians and sponsorships to spread the word “drink milk and you’ll have strong bones”.
Calcium consumption has been so well marketed that North American women are the highest dairy consumers world wide and oddly enough, have the highest rates of osteoporosis.
Maybe not so odd…more like carefully publicized.
Most other parts of the world don’t experience the rates of Osteoporosis and related fractures as North Americans and most other parts of the world are not drinking cows milk…and if they are it’s nothing like the ‘quality’ or lack there of, of generic milk we have here. It’s usually raw or fermented.
Often the high protein diet is blamed for osteoporosis and not milk consumption, however, there’s also protein in dairy…and sugar. Both of these substances leave an acidic state after digestion. How does your body deal with acidity?? Minerals. Minerals are basic and the most available is Calcium and Magnesium stored in our bones and tissues.
My point is, you may be drinking milk (12oz with 11g protein and 18g of sugar) once or multiple times a day, but you’re also eating processed foods and refined sugars. Possibly, to go along with that, a diet too high in animal protein (yeah a 22oz porter house steak is excessive for one meal) chased down by a few beer. You’re maybe not eating enough alkaline forming foods like fresh vegetables and some fruits. You’re likely eating more sodium and condiments than you think while drinking more coffee than should be humanly possible.
Does all of these factors create a situation where the health of your bones should be questioned? Yes. And remember diet is a product of accumulation. So what you have done over the course of your life in repetition adds up.
It’s true that calcium is a very abundant nutrient so we don’t need to stress all that much about getting it, and trust me there’s better sources than grain-fed, antibiotic treated, hormone injected beef commercial farming practices gives us. If you want to find quality dairy, how about even grass fed, free range cow products! Truthfully, getting enough trace minerals is how our bodies deal with calcium intake; properly placing it in the bones and tissues and available enough for balancing the effects of our diet. Logically, exercise, stay hydrated with water, eat whole foods and a clean diet of high quality foods and you won’t have to worry about your bones. Athletes and people under high stress should consider supplementing. Contact me for specific recommendations on trace minerals or for booking a nutrition coaching session.
Eat clean, train mean and stay lean.
Jana Finkbiner, RHN
Add some spirulina to your smoothie today and start reaping the benefits from its array of essential vitamins and minerals.
By Jenny Travens
Blue-green algae may not be a staple in restaurant menus, but many people recognize the health benefits it offers. Spirulina algae or Arthrospira plantes particularly grow in mineral-rich waters and salty waters of South America and Mexico.
These blue-green algae are commonly used as a dietary supplement because of its wide array of essential vitamins and minerals. It is found in the forms of tablets or powder that is sprinkled in food or mixed with your favorite beverage.
The term spirulina is coined from its spiral structure. There are two common species of spirulina that is used for human consumption, namely, Arthrospira plantesis and Arthrospira maxima. Because of its adaptability in freshwater and marine water, these two species are easily cultured in artificial ponds. Some of the known spirulina nutrition facts are listed below.
Spirulina is composed of at least 60% protein. For instance a 112 g serving of spirulina contains approximately 64 g of protein. Protein is a macro nutrient that is vital in building and repairing tissues and supporting muscle activities. According to National Institute of Health, fifteen percent of the body’s weight is made up of protein making it an essential nutrient for healthy growth.
The B-vitamins is a group of water-soluble vitamins that is required in energy production as well as producing red blood cells. Spirulina contains adequate amount of vitamin B3, B6, B9, and B12.
- Vitamin B3 or Niacine plays a role in the production of hydrochloric acid that is required for digestive processes.
- Vitamin B6 or pyridoxine is involved in breaking down carbohydrates and turning it into energy and maintains a healthy brain functioning.
- Vitamin B9 or folic acid (folate) is a micronutrient that aids in cellular growth and regeneration while preventing various conditions such as anemia, fetal deformities, Alzheimer’s disease, and many types of cancers.
- Vitamin B12 helps your blood cells and nerves in a good shape. A deficiency of this vitamin may lead to anemia, memory loss, weight loss, and weakness.
Beta-carotene belongs to the carotenoid family that is widely known for its antioxidant properties. The beta-carotene helps protects against cancer and heart diseases, boosts immune system, prevents photosensitivity disorders and improves vision. Beta-carotene is commonly found in fruits and vegetables that are red, orange, and yellow in color. In addition to, beta-carotene is also found in spirulina with about 342 mg for every half cup of dried spirulina.
Essential Fatty acids
Essential fatty acids are commonly referred to as the good fats. However, these fatty acids cannot be synthesized by the human body and so we rely on food that contains them. EFAs main function is the production of prostaglandins that is required for various body functions such as the heart rate, blood pressure, fertility, immune system function. An adequate amount of good fats helps pull out the Low Density Lipoprotein or bad cholesterol and send it to the liver where it is excreted. Spirulina comes with 4% to 7% of essential fatty acids in the form of linoleic and gamma-linoleic acid.
Along with vitamins and other nutrients, spirulina is also rich in minerals that are needed for the body’s daily activities. These minerals include Calcium, Potassium, Zinc, Magnesium, Manganese, Selenium, Iron, and Phosporous. Although these minerals offer various benefits for the body, in general they aid in metabolism, water balance and bone health.
Jenny Travens is a chief editor and a wellness coach and fitness blogger for http://www.superfoodliving.com/categories. She loves to share her knowledge about the different ways of staying fit and healthy and helps people to conquer over health related issues and maintain their fitness regime.
Courtesy of Living Green Magazine