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9 foods to improve your mood & well-being

9 foods to improve your mood & well-being

By on Nov 3, 2014 in Blog, General, Healing Foods, Raw, Uncategorized, Vegan | 2 comments

Did you know what you eat can dramatically affect your mood? We all know we can get a temporary superficial/false high after consuming sugary foods, alcohol or caffene, but these “foods” are actually depressants that bottom you out with the longer term reverse negative effects on your mood, bodily functions and well-being.  Here are some healthy foods to improve your mood and overall health for the long term. 1. Raw Organic Cacao – not the sugary and dairy laden commercial chocolate, but real cacao is rich in tryptophan, which is a powerful mood-enhancer, assisting the production of serotonin (feel good hormone).  2. Spirulina (blue green algae) – a whole and superfood. Good for everything including digestive health, brain function, detoxification and energy levels.  3. Fermented Foods – (Kefir, Sauerkraut, Yoghurt, Kombucha, Miso, Kimchee, etc) improve good bacteria in the gut to aid gut health that supports positive mood and brain function. 4. Goji Berries – known as one of the most nutritious berries on the planet. It’s rich in anti-oxidants and flavonoids It’s renowned to boost libido, sexual function and immune system.  5. Turmeric – supports the circulatory system and the digestive system.  It has been shown to boost Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor which is linked improved brain function and is useful in treating depression. 6. Chai Seeds –   rich in vitamin C, Omega 3 and 6 and antioxidants. They also clean your digestive and immune systems by moving all the toxins and impurities to the bowels to improve mood and brain function. 7. Coconut (oil, meat & water) – full of electrolytes and saturated fat to improve energy levels and brain function as well as keep the body feeling young. 8. Noni Juice -helps stimulate the body’s natural production of Serotonin – feel good mood enhancing hormone. Renowned to treat depression, anxiety, irregular sleep patterns (insomnia) and migraine; promote healthy immune system, regeneration of damaged cells. 9. Hemp Seeds & Oil – a rare complete source of protein and packed with enzymes as well as Omega 3, 6 and 9 for improving brain functions and energy levels. Include these foods in your daily eating regime to sustain a positive mood and overall good health. If you enjoyed this post or have personal experience you would like to share, please post a reply below....

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The Truth About Eggs And Why You Should Eat Them Daily

The Truth About Eggs And Why You Should Eat Them Daily

By on Jun 24, 2014 in Blog, Healing Foods | 1 comment

Have you been told that eating eggs every day will elevate your cholesterol; make you put on weight; or to only eat the whites because the yolk is unhealthy? Did you know that this is all incorrect? My family and I enjoy eggs for breakfast daily; in fact it’s part of my heart, cholesterol and general health eating strategy. Here’s why. Eggs are a powerhouse of nutrition. One simple egg contains eleven important vitamins and minerals; is high in protein (essential for muscle/tissue/organ building/maintenance and healthy body functions), healthy fats including Omega-3 (important for brain function and healthy metabolism) and antioxidants (disease fighting and anti-aging). What’s in an egg? Eggs contain complete proteins, with all of the essential amino acids. They also contain lutein and zeaxanthin for eye health and protection against inflammation; choline for your brain, nervous and cardiovascular systems; and Vitamin B12. Proteins are essential for your immune function and hormones. Is it better to eat the yolk or the whites? Contrary to popular belief the egg yolk is the healthiest part of the egg. The egg yolk is the most nutrient dense part of the egg, rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamins A and B, folate, choline, lutein, trace mineral and more.  The yolks contain more than 90% of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamine, vitamins B6 and B12, folate, panthothenic acid; all of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K; and all of the essential fatty acids. I’m a true believer that nature has it right and we should eat whole foods when we can, including the yolks with the whites. Even the protein in egg whites isn’t as powerful without the yolks to balance out the amino acid profile and make the protein more bio-available. So opt for the whole egg recipes when ordering in a restaurant and skip those so called “healthy egg white omelettes”. Been told eating whole eggs will raise your cholesterol? Scientific studies have proven there is no colleration between unhealthy high blood cholesterol and eating eggs. In fact studies have shown that eating eggs lowers the bad LDL cholesterol levels and raises the good HDL, giving you a healthier cholesterol ratio. When you eat a food that...

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Is Coconut Oil Really Healthy?

Is Coconut Oil Really Healthy?

By on Jun 24, 2014 in Blog, Healing Foods | 2 comments

Is Coconut Oil really good for you? You know, as a child I had terrible eating habits and hated everything coconut. Today, I can’t get enough. I drink coconut water as well as cook with coconut oil and coconut flour.  So one of my top healing foods you’ve probably guessed is, Raw Organic Coconut Oil.  Let me share a few reasons why. Not all fats are bad. Coconut oil contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids making it a healthy form of saturated fat that our liver metabolises immediately, converting it to energy for brain and muscle function. It is rich in lauric acid, which is known for being Anti-Viral, Antibacterial and Anti-Fungal; and provides a natural shield against infection and body cell changes. Coconut Oil is one of the world’s best sources of medium-chain triglycerides and source of ketone bodies which studies have shown can benefit a host of crippling conditions as listed below. That’s not all, the best part is: Coconut oil being mainly a saturated fat, can withstand heats at higher temperatures than other cooking oils. This means it’s one of the few oils that doesn’t become toxic when heated. Therefore Coconut Oil is a healthy option when cooking. Research has shown that Coconut Oil may be beneficial for: preventing and treating of Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s disease kill and safely expel parasites promoting gut health treating Huntington’s disease relieving symptoms of Allergies and Asthma treating Lou Gehrig’s disease treating Diabetes treating drug resistant Epilepsy promoting healthy hair, skin and nails regulating cholesterol levels and improves blood lipid profiles proper digestion, boosting metabolism and assisting with weight loss preventing Cardiovascular Disease relieving Kidney problems, stress, and the list goes on. There are literally hundreds of uses for coconut oil. You can use it in food preparations, as a moisturiser and cleanser for skin, hair and nails, oil pulling therapy, make-up remover, diaper cream, treat athlete’s foot and cradle cap in babies. Please share some of your uses. Not all Coconut Oils are made equal. Raw or Virgin Coconut Oil is unrefined, unbleached and not deodorised. This means it keeps its optimum nutritional value. So, remember to get into the habit of using Raw Organic Coconut Oil for all...

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