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ENERGIZING MACA BALLS

Feel the need for something sweet once in a while? Instead of buying candy why not make your own. And while you are at it, add something healthy to the mix as well, like vitalizing Maca root powder for example. A perfect treat to eat when your energy levels are getting low.

Makes 20 small balls of goodness

200 g of raw cashews
100 g of raw peeled almonds
9 sun-dried dates
3 sun-dried figs
1 teaspoon raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon Maca root powder
1 pinch of salt
Shelled hemp seed

Pit the dates. Cut the figs into quarters and soak together with the dates for 15 minutes in water. Drain but keep some of the water, you might need it at a later stage.

In a food processor mix the nuts until you get a flour. Ad the cacao, Maca, cinnamon and salt, blend again.

Pour the drained fruit into your mixture and blend until you have a dough with the same consistency as ginger bread dough. If your ingredients are to dry to form balls you can add a little of the water you used to soak your fruit in.

Make small bite size balls and coat them with hemp seeds.

Maca root is loaded with vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, good fats, amino acids and plant sterols, making it a very nutritious whole food. It has been called a “potent superfood” and can improve our health in many ways.

Some of it’s many health benefits include increasing physical strength, stamina and energy. In fact, Maca is so good at boosting energy and endurance levels, it’s being taken by many athletes.

Maca root is most notably known for it’s ability to improve sexual function and libido. It has been used to solve infertility conditions and is said to increase the production of sperm and semen volume. It can be used as a treatment for impotency and erectile dysfunction also. Consumption of this root will increase sex hormones, such as testosterone. For these reasons, it’s very popular with men of all ages.

Maca is also a natural hormone balancing agent, which is helpful to men and women alike. Women use it to alleviate the symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes, mood swings and sleeping problems. Too much or too little estrogen is a problem that plagues many women. Maca dramatically fixes these problems.

It works as a hormone regulator that can bring balance back to your body. This will help get rid of troublesome and painful menstrual and menopausal symptoms. Many naturopaths recommend women take maca root as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy. It can also be helpful to women going through pre-menopause and post-menopause.

It’s also reported to support endocrine health, help reduce stress, relieve depression, failing memory and impart a general sense of wellbeing.

Maca calms the nerves because of it’s fatty acid, phosphorus, calcium and B1 and B12 vitamin content. These are all very beneficial to the nervous system.

It can also be used as an aid to digestion and to improve healthy appetite. It’s vitamin C, calcium and sterol content help build muscle and it’s starch content enhances physical endurance. And best of all, these healthy compounds are easily assimilated by the body due to maca’s beneficial alkaloids.

Important information – Every person handles substances differently, however, so be cautious when taking maca or any herb. Don’t ignore any symptoms that you may have. Maca is believed to increase the production of testosterone in the body for both men and women. While men may benefit from this, too much testosterone can cause problematic hormonal changes in women. Cycling on maca root supplements is recommended to reduce the incidence of side effects. A typical recommended cycle is two weeks on followed by two or three days off. Never take more than the recommended dosage of maca root and when adding Maca root to your diet start with half the recommended dosage and increase slowly.


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GOOD MORNING GORGEOUS – Smoothie

Do you ever wake up with a feeling of It’s good to be alive!? I felt like that this morning and I can’t wait to find out what this day will entail. Hopefully i get to catch up with my childhood friend Anna and her husband who have left the southern metropole Gothenburg for our sleepy suburb this weekend.

My breakfast today. A pretty horrid looking but surpriseingly tasty and definetly healthy smoothie made out of coconut water (rehydration after a night sleep), banana (for its healthy minerals, I’ve had a few cramps in my feet lately), spirulina (because I’m worth it), bee pollen (my hair will especially thank me for all B-vitamins) and reishi mushroom powder (to bring balance to my body).

I also found my moms secret stash of goji berries and popped a small handful in for good luck. The creation was later enjoyed with my bare feet in the grass.

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Used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 5,000 years, goji berries are regarded as a longevity, strength-building and potency food of the highest order. This superfood contains 18 kinds of amino acids, including all 8 essential amino acids, up to 21 trace minerals, high amounts of antioxidants, iron, polysaccharides, B & E vitamins, and many other nutrients. Did you get that? Let me say it again – introducing goji berries to your daily diet will

- decrease the risk of stroke, heart attack, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
– increase your metabolic rate – it helps you shred those kg’s!
– increase in sexual activity, your libido and performance..
– give you stronger bones, healthier blood, better eyesight and less mood swings.

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Have a great day everyone!


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HOME, SWEET HOME

The best thing about making a long journey from east to west is the jet lag (as long as you don’t have to work I should ad). I love sleeping in in the mornings – you know that feeling of the absolute right temperature underneath your duvet, you are awake but just enjoying resting with your eyes closed or maybe you are finishing that book that you’ve been trying to read for the last six months – you get my point!? Now here comes the jet lagged bit, since I never wake up before my alarm I never get to enjoy those magic moments in bed, yes I admit Im a exceptionally good sleeper and if I don’t get woken up I just keep on sleeping BUT when jet lagged … I wake up early!! Oh the joy, this morning I opened my blue at four o’clock and got time to be cozy in bed and could go for a early walk before the rest of the house got up!

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During my walk I also got reminded of how beautiful Sweden is in the summer time. The sun on my back made it almost warm enough to take my sweater of and I didn’t even mind sneezing every few minutes (hay-fever) because the beauty of all those green plants around me.

Happily I returned home a few hours later with a bouquet of Lily of the valley and fresh strawberries – it doesn’t get more Swedish summer than that!

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The strawberry is a highly nutrient dense fruit, with such huge amount of healthy substances that they are included in the list of so-called “superfoods”, tasty and packed full of nutrients.

Anti-anemic – Strawberries can help prevent and fight certain types of anemia, due to their high content in folic acid, which is essential for the synthesis of hemoglobin, the protein in red cells responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body.

Anti-cancer – Strawberry is included in the list of top “superfoods” that help lower cancer death rates. This is because of the very high content of various anti-oxidants with flavonoids that work synergistically and more powerfully against oxidation and preventing damages caused by free radicals in our body.

Anti-coagulant – Strawberries contain moderate amount of acetylsalicylic acid, the same active ingredient found in aspirin. Although the amount of acetylsalicylic acid found in strawberries is not enough to relieve influenza symptoms, it can be actually helpful to thin blood and prevent blood clots formation, thereby reducing the work of the heart and improving its function.

Anti-inflammatory – Anthocyanidin is a unique flavonoid that makes strawberries a very powerful protector against inflammatory conditions such as asthma, gout, artherosclerosis, arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. At the same time it protects against intestinal bleeding.

Brain and mental health – It has been shown that, besides having an anti-anemic effect, folic acid found in strawberries can help improve memory, concentration and the brain’s ability to process information. It is also essential for preventing brain defects in babies during pregnancy.

Digestive health – Due to their high content in vitamin C, strawberries stimulate the secretion of salivary and gastric juices, thereby improving the digestion of starchy and protein foods. In addition, fiber contained in strawberries effectively reduces constipation and cleans the colon, with a beneficial detox effect for the body.

Diuretic – The high content in potassium found in strawberries enhances diuresis, which contributes to detoxifying the body, as well as regulating blood pressure.

Heart health – Anti-oxidants found in strawberries, and especially vitamin C and anthocyanidins, may help protect arteries from damage, as well as preventing the formation of blood clots within blood vessels.

Immune system – Strawberries are very rich in vitamin C, which plays a key role in enhancing immune system function, as well as in preventing and fighting infectious diseases such as flu and cold.

Mood – Eating strawberries and drinking strawberry juice stimulate the release of serotonin, which improves mood and is responsible for a feeling of relaxation and a general sense of well-being.

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Source juicing for health.


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WHEATGRASS – HAVE A SHOT AND SAY CHEERS!

If you want to give your body the best chances of having a great day you should give it a shot of wheatgrass juice every morning! I was stoked when we found a little cafe in the hippie town Pai that was serving shots together with a cup of jasmine tea and a slice of mango as a chaser. Yeh, I think I should warn you that the taste of wheatgrass is pretty horrid but the goodness you get from it makes it so worth it. I would almost say that having a shot of wheatgrass in the morning is probably THE best way of improving your overall health.

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Wheatgrass..

Increases red blood-cell count and lowers blood pressure. It cleanses the blood, organs and gastrointestinal tract of debris. Wheatgrass also stimulates metabolism and the body’s enzyme systems by enriching the blood. It also aids in reducing blood pressure by dilating the blood pathways throughout the body.

Stimulates the thyroid gland, correcting obesity, indigestion, and a host of other complaints.

Restores alkalinity to the blood. The juice’s abundance of alkaline minerals helps reduce over-acidity in the blood. It can be used to relieve many internal pains, and has been used successfully to treat peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, constipation, diarrhea, and other complaints of the gastrointestinal tract.

Is a powerful detoxifier, and liver and blood protector. The enzymes and amino acids found in wheatgrass can protect us from carcinogens like no other food or medicine. It strengthens our cells, detoxifies the liver and bloodstream, and chemically neutralizes environmental pollutants.

Fights tumors and neutralizes toxins. Recent studies show that wheatgrass juice has a powerful ability to fight tumors without the usual toxicity of drugs that also inhibit cell-destroying agents. The many active compounds found in grass juice cleanse the blood and neutralize and digest toxins in our cells.

Contains beneficial enzymes. Whether you have a cut finger you want to heal or you desire to lose five pounds…enzymes must do the actual work. The life and abilities of the enzymes found naturally in our bodies can be extended if we help them from the outside by adding exogenous enzymes, like the ones found in wheatgrass juice. Don’t cook it. We can only get the benefits of the many enzymes found in grass by eating it uncooked. Cooking destroys 100 percent of the enzymes in food.

Has remarkable similarity to our own blood. The second important nutritional aspect of chlorophyll is its remarkable similarity to hemoglobin, the compound that carries oxygen in the blood. Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, president of the Hagiwara Institute of Health in Japan, is a leading advocate for the use of grass as food and medicine. He reasons that since chlorophyll is soluble in fat particles, and fat particles are absorbed directly into the blood via the lymphatic system, that chlorophyll can also be absorbed in this way. In other words, when the “blood” of plants is absorbed in humans it is transformed into human blood, which transports nutrients to every cell of the body.

Offers the benefits of a liquid oxygen transfusion since the juice contains liquid oxygen. Oxygen is vital to many body processes: it stimulates digestion (the oxidation of food), promotes clearer thinking (the brain utilizes 25% of the body’s oxygen supply), and protects the blood against anaerobic bacteria. Cancer cells cannot exist in the presence of oxygen.

Turns gray hair to its natural color again and greatly increases energy levels when consumed daily.

Is a beauty treatment that slows down the aging process when the juice is consumed. Wheatgrass will cleanse your blood and help rejuvenate aging cells, slowing the aging process way down, making you feel more alive right away. It will help tighten loose and sagging skin.

Lessens the effects of radiation. One enzyme found in wheatgrass, SOD, lessens the effects of radiation and acts as an anti-inflammatory compound that may prevent cellular damage following heart attacks or exposure to irritants.

Restores fertility and promotes youthfulness.

Source: Hippocrates Health Institute


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MORE FOOD FOR SUPER HEROS

Ok, so here we go with more healthy info on two green superfoods – spirulina and chlorella.

Most people have heard of chlorella and spirulina, but they don’t really know the details of why these two are truly the best food sources on the planet. For example, did you know that, ounce per ounce, spirulina contains twelve times the digestible protein of beef? If you haven heard about spirulina before its time to wake up and open your eyes and ears, incorporating this to your daily diet could change your life!

Did you know that a phytochemical found in chlorella can actually rebuild nerve damage in the brain and nervous system? That’s why chlorella is being used in the recovery of patients with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Were you aware that both chlorella and spirulina can actually reverse cancer in the human body? Both of these superfoods have been clinically shown to demonstrate stunning preventive and curative properties when it comes to all sorts of cancers.

And finally, did you know that these superfoods also contain a high content of essential fatty acids such as GLA that are routinely missing from the diets of most western diets and yet are critical for healthy brain function?

These are just a few of the benefits that you can look forward to from a daily intake and today you will find spirulina in any health food store. I recommend that you buy this superfood I powder or tablet form, this makes the intake easier for your body and the powder is easily used in smoothies, just mix your favorite fruit and ad a few teaspoons of powder. Or why not try my raw spirulina balls for a treat!

If you are interested in the nutritional breakdown of these two algae I can tell you that you will find high-quality complete protein that is more dense and more digestible than any animal-derived protein. (Chlorella is 58% protein), all the known B vitamins, including vitamin B 12 which is almost never found in plants, Vitamin C and E, macrominerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium, trace minerals, omega- fatty acids including GLA, mucopolysaccharides, beta-carotene, nucleic acids (RNA & DNA) and at last but not least chlorophyll.

Both chlorella and spirulina are microscopic plants that grow in fresh water. They’re actually called micro-algae, since they are microscopic forms of algae. And they’ve been around for quite some time: a few billion years. These are some of the earliest and simplest life forms on the planet, appearing way before any dinosaurs where stomping around our planet.

Source Superfoods for optimal health: Spirulina & Chlorella by Mike Adams


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WHAT’S THE BUZZ??

A pretty smart guy named Albert Einstein once said “If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe, then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”
The first alarms about the sudden widespread disappearance of honeybees came in late 2006 and the phenomenon soon had a name: colony collapse disorder. In the two years that has followed about one-third of bee colonies has vanished. At the moment there are many campaigns on online sites like Facebook, please take a moment and see what you can do to help save the bees.

The benefits of eating honey has long been noticed for it beneficial properties but it’s not until recently that the western world has opened its eyes to bee pollen and as a way of gaining good health. But this is not just a new fad, there’s a reason that bee pollen is referred to as a “complete food” – it actually contains over 96 nutrients and offers everything thats needed to sustain the life of a human – including all 22 essential amino acids which makes it a complete protein! Keep on reading for a few examples of the amazing benefits of bee pollen.

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Bee pollen is known to..
Reduce cholesterol as it helps balancing the levels in your body, basically it increases good cholesterol and decreases the bad kind.

Help you with the sneezing and crying in the spring due to hay fever. Eating pollen or honey from local bees can help you body to build up an immunity.

Boost your immune system with important vitamins including Vitamin D, C, E, and almost all the B vitamins. Other nutrients that help to improve the way the immune system functions include calcium, selenium, beta-carotene, lecithin and magnesium and these are also all found in bee pollen.

Help you with weight loss since it contains lecithin, which helps to eliminate body fat that is stored within the body. Lecithin is also know to increase you metabolism.

Other benefits are, increased energy and stamina level (very good for athletes), balances the Estrogen to Testosterone levels in both men and women, increased sperm count in men, improved muscle tone, clears acne..

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So how to incorporate this wonder food into your diet? Easy! Sprinkle it on your muesli in the morning or ad it in your daily smoothie or juice. You can also find it in capsules or as pills in your local health food store but i recommend to eat the pollen in its raw form. If you live in America have a look at this site where you can find many tasty raw products including pine tree bee pollen. It’s important to remember that bee pollen is actually a ‘food’ and not technically a ‘vitamin supplement’. The nutrients in Bee Pollen are very concentrated meaning that even small amounts may provide effective and valuable levels of nutritional sustenance – dietary antioxidants, bioflavonoids and polyphenols in particular, along with lecithin.

Please note that some people are severely allergic to bee pollen (particularly if you are allergic to bees or other bee products) so please be cautious and use common sense before introducing this food to your diet. Even for non allergic people I recommend to start with a small amount and slowly increase your intake, a good way to begin eating this wonder food is with half a tea spoon and do not exceed the daily amount of a table spoon.


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MEDICINE FOR KINGS – THE REISHI MUSCHROOM

So lets talk a bit about medicinal mushrooms, or one in particular – the reishi mushroom. Studies show reishi mushrooms benefit people stricken with a variety of ailments, from high blood pressure to AIDS! David Wolfe put this superfood as a nine on his top-ten list but also states that this is the one supplement he never want to live without.

I was introduced to the reishi a few weeks ago by my health coach AJ. After telling him about my Alopecia Areata he suggested using reichi mushroom as a way of balancing my immune system. Again I’m so lucky for being here in Asia and I quickly found reichi tea in a local health shop. It’s too soon for me to say anything about any effects but I’ll keep you posted. To learn more about reishi mushrooms keep on reading this report by Dani Veracity.

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Hailed in ancient Eastern medicine as the “mushroom of immortality” and the “medicine of kings,” you’d expect reishi to offer you some pretty astounding health benefits, right? Your assumptions are correct. This prized fungus may be able to boost your immune system, fight cancer, ward off heart disease, calm your nerves and relieve both allergies and inflammation.
“Reishi indeed sounds like a cure-all,” writes Rebecca Wood in her book “New Whole Foods Encyclopedia.” She goes on to explain reishi’s wide range of uses: “An immunostimulant, it is helpful for people with AIDS, leaky-gut syndrome, Epstein- Barr, chronic bronchitis and other infectious diseases. It is used as an aid to sleep, as a diuretic, as a laxative and to lower cholesterol.” It almost seems too good to be true.
How can one fungus help the human body in so many ways? Traditional Eastern medical science explains reishi’s wide range of medicinal applications better, perhaps, than mainstream medicine ever could. According to Eastern thought, the body needs to defend itself against threats to its “equilibrium.” These threats can be physical, such as viruses and bacteria that cause infection; emotional, such as stressors that cause anxiety; or energetic, in that they reduce alertness. Whatever the threat, reishi helps the body maintain its defense against these threats to its equilibrium, helping the body to maintain balance. In this sense, diseases like heart disease and cancer mean that the body is out of balance, which is why an equilibrium-enhancing remedy such as reishi can help so many diverse ailments.
Skeptics can doubt the previous explanation as Taoist “mumbo jumbo,” but laboratory research proves many of reishi’s medicinal applications. As Dr. Andrew Weil writes, reishi “has been the subject of a surprising amount of scientific research in Asia and the West.” Research shows that the polysaccharide beta-1,3-D-glucan in reishi boosts the immune system by raising the amount of macrophages T-cells, which has major implications for people suffering from AIDS and other immune system disorders.
This immune-boosting action also works wonders in the prevention and treatment of cancer, as the T-cells are then able to fight cancer cells more effectively. However, reishi may help the body defeat cancer in not just one, but four ways. In addition to boosting the immune system, the glucan in reishi helps immune cells bind to tumor cells. Many experts believe that it also actually reduces the number of cancerous cells, making it easier for T-cells and macrophages to rid the body of them. Another substance in reishi, called canthaxanthin, slows down the growth of tumors, according to “Prescription for Dietary Wellness” author Phyllis A. Balch and other experts. As a result of these amazing anti-cancer abilities, laboratory research and traditional medicinal usage of reishi to fight cancer is so positive that the Japanese government officially recognizes it as a cancer treatment.
Besides cancer, reishi can help and treat another of America’s top killers: cardiovascular disease. The protection reishi offers against heart disease and stroke is truly remarkable because it helps prevent so many different risk factors, due to its high content of heart-saving substances like sterols, ganoderic acids, coumarin, mannitol and polysaccharides. Experts believe that the ganoderic acids in particular lower triglyceride levels, remove excess cholesterol from the blood, lower blood pressure, reduce platelet stickiness and even help correct arrhythmia. In fact, for 54 people with hypertension unresponsive to medication, taking reishi extract three times a day for four weeks was enough to significantly lower blood pressure, according to a study reported by Burton Goldberg in “Heart Disease.” Just imagine how the incidence of cardiovascular disease could be reduced if using reishi really caught on in the Western hemisphere.
While you protect your body against infectious disease, cancer and heart disease, your use of reishi can also help relieve your everyday discomforts. Do you have allergies? Japanese researchers discovered that the lanostan in reishi acts as a natural antihistamine. Do you suffer from muscle aches or arthritis? Dr. William B. Stavinhoa of the University of Texas Health Science Center found that reishi is as powerful as five milligrams of hydrocortisone, but with minimal side effects. What about anxiety or insomnia? According to “Mind Boosters” by Dr. Ray Sahelia, the reishi mushroom can calm the mind, as well as improve memory, concentration and focus. With all these benefits, reishi truly is the “medicine for kings.”

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