Curious about Cabbage?

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Cabbage is one of my favourite vegetables, it is so versatile and budget friendly especially now (beginning of 2016) when the price of vegetables has skyrocketed!  Not only that, there are several varieties and colours to choose from, including green, purple and white, Napa, Savoy, Bok Choy to name a few, so you never get bored!  From making a salad to a main dish or side, there are so many delicious cabbage recipes to choose from. I find I am including this wonderful cruciferous counterpart in several of my weekly meals!  The cabbage is part of the Brassica plant family which include cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale and broccoli.  Cabbage in particular provides very unique health benefits and I will discuss some of those in this post.

  • Cabbage has some of the highest amounts of the most powerful antioxidants found in cruciferous vegetables – phytonutrients that aid in the fight against cancer by stimulating detoxifying enzymes. Research has shown these compounds protect against several types of cancer, including breast, colon, and prostate cancers. Continue reading

I ♥ Chlorella!

Chlorella-Plus-un-gran-aliado-para-terminar-el-díaI really do, I LOVE chlorella!  I have faithfully included it as a part of my daily regime for many months now, and I have noticed a big difference in how I feel.  But more than that, I know that my body is being cleansed of all the junk I do not want inside of me.  In particular, as I work on losing my extra weight and my body releases toxins that have been residing in my fat cells (YUCK!).  Onward and upward to better health and living In the Pink 😉

Detoxification is a word we hear very often these days, that is a good thing, because there are many toxic side effects of living in this modern day world!

To combat the harmful and unwanted chemicals your body picks up through the food you eat, the air you breathe, and the water you drink, it is wise to develop a proactive plan. One of the most powerful parts of this plan is detoxification of the toxins you may have already built up inside your body.

As your body moves into a healthier state then it can more effectively remove the toxins you are exposed to every day.  So how does one move into that state?  The addition of Chlorella in your diet is an excellent way to move towards that goal.

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Sprouting for Dummies :)

Sprouts are one of nature’s super foods.  Bursting with vitamins, minerals, enzymes, protein and bio-genic (oxygen rich) properties, Sprouts are a myriad of nutrition  🙂

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Sprouting is so easy, simple and fun! It is like gardening all the year round so you can enjoy the powerhouse of nutrients on a daily basis.

And powerhouse is truly what they are!

When a seed is dormant many of the nutrients are locked away, but once the seed starts to germinate the dormant seed starts to become a live plant. Sprouts can contain up to 100 times more enzymes than raw fruits and vegetables allowing your body to extract more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats from the foods you eat. Enzymes are special types of proteins that act as catalysts for all your body’s functions and crucial to excellent health.

The quality of the protein in beans, nuts, seeds, or grains improves when it is sprouted. Proteins change during the soaking and sprouting process, improving nutritional value. The amino acid lysine, for example, which is needed to prevent cold sores and to maintain a healthy immune system, increases significantly during the sprouting process.

Vitamin content increases dramatically. This is especially true of vitamins A, B-complex, C, and E. The vitamin content of some seeds, grains, beans, or nuts increases by up to 20 times the original value within only a few days of sprouting. Continue reading

Bee Pollen – One of Nature’s Most Perfect Foods

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Who would have thought that pollen collected by busy little bees would be one of the most nutritious foods we can eat?

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Many years ago the Greeks and Romans referred to natural bee pollen as “the life giving dust” or the secret “ambrosia” eaten to acquire eternal youth.

In our modern times, scientists, gerontologists and nutritionists have rediscovered the benefits of bee pollen confirming the promotion of healing on many levels. Some nutritionists state that you could live adequately on bee pollen alone (not that I would want to, but an interesting thought!). Science shows that bee pollen has natural rejuvenating powers. It can aid in beauty (especially the skin), boosts of energy, extending your life span, the fight against allergies and the relief of digestive disorders. Bee pollen bursts with easily assimilated protein and lecithin, which nourish the brain and nervous system. Pollen is also thought to protect against radiation and to have anti-cancer qualities.

Side note: A cancer specialist, Ernesto Contreras, M.D, even comments, “To my knowledge, there is no better and more complete natural nutrient than honey bee pollen.”

On a personal note: I am eating a tablespoon of bee pollen as I write this!

So lets break down some of the benefits and look at them individually. Continue reading