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Goji Berries

Goji Berries

Hailed as “Superfruits”, these bright orange-red color berries are considered to be both fruit andherb.  Cultivated in Asia for over 2000 years they have been nicknamed “Red Diamonds” due totheir unusually high nutritional value and have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for a number of health conditions.  They are also known as Wolf Berries and can be found in health food stores everywhere.

Goji Berries come in many options; dried berries, powders and in tablet form for those who dislike their taste, and are easily added to smoothies, salads, soups, and teas.

Their health benefits include an extremely high amount of antioxidants such as polyphenols, flavonoids, carotenoids, and Vitamins A, C, and E.  They contain as much as 500 times more Vitamin C per weight than an orange and more beta-carotene than carrots.  Therefore by adding Goji Berries to our diet we  can increase our antioxident intake which helps guard us from degenerative diseases.

Goji Berries contain properties that help prevent the risk of vision loss and have been found to regulate the release of sexual hormones and boost the immune system.  In fact just 1 quarter cup contains 11 essential vitamins and 22 trace minerals, including 24% of our RDI of potassium, 18% of our RDI of zinc, and 100% of our RDI of iron, copper, and riboflavin!  They also contain 8 polysaccharides (a primary source of fiber) and they are low in calories.

Add a few to your tea, smoothies, salads and into your baking for a healthy boost! Or just eat them rite out of the bag.  I love the Cacao Dusted Dark Chocolate Goji Berries!

Sea Vegetables

Sea Vegetables

Just about everyone can use more minerals in there diets today and Sea Vegetables are a great way to add them in. Not only are Sea Vegetables a potent source of minerals but essential vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants, and a variety of phytonutrients.  They are a great source of vitamin C, manganese, Vitamin B2, vitamin A (in the form of Carotenoids), copper, and thats not all.  They are also a good source of protein, pantothenic acid, potassium, iron, zinc, vitamin B6, niacin, phosphorus and vitamin B1. Sea vegetables have anti-inflammatory benefits, heart health benefits and have also been noted to help with estrogen-related cancers, especially breast cancer.

The most commonly eaten Sea Vegetables in the United States found in grocery stores and restaurants are called Nori, Hijiki, Wakame, Arame, and Kombu are Japanese.  My favorite is Dulse and it is of a Gaelic origin.

I find the easiest way to incorporate these super Sea Vegetables  into my diet is to keep a shaker of dried Dulse Flakes or a mixture of the above mentioned in a shaker with my seasonings and use instead of salt.  I use them in anything I am cooking or top my salad with them.  Look for Sea Vegetables the next time you shop and start adding them in daily to get these awesome benefits!

Why I Love Pink Salt

Why I Love Pink Salt

I love Himalayan Pink Salt because of its abundance of essential minerals, 84 to be exact!  These are required by the human body, and is a good source of magnesium.  Himalayan Pink Salt also consists of 85% sodium chloride and 15% trace minerals.  This wonder salt helps to promote healthy pH balance of our cells, helps to regulate blood sugar levels,  regulates the body’s natural sleep cycle, lowers blood pressure, acts as a detoxifier, boosts bone health and supports a healthy respiratory system and sinuses.  Wow what a great alternative to table salt!  Use it in a Salt Sole, a Salt Inhaler, Neti Pot, Salt Detox Bath, or in seasoning your meals.  I have used and will continue to use it in each one of these healing ways.  I love to add a pinch  of it  to my water with a little freshly squeezed lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne pepper.  And this is why I love Pink Salt!