Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Make Breakfast Beautiful With These Superfood Ingredients

Health and nutrition facts

SuperFood Breakfast Art: Start your day the right way (Both inside and out!)

Many studies show eating a healthy breakfast on a regular basis can drastically reduce heart disease as well as many other immune deficiencies. Our bodies are in starvation mode after taking the longest food break in a 24 hour time span. The importance of starting your day off right must not be undermined. It also helps to have a little fun with your food at times by creating a masterpiece for your body and your eyes!

Breakfast 1: 

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Organic bananas, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, chia seeds and oats on a kale and pineapple smoothie.

Benefits of Chia Seeds

    Chia Seed Benefits
  1. Weight Loss: Chia seeds reduce food cravings by preventing some of the food that you eat from getting absorbed into your system. This blockage of calorie absorption makes them a great diet helper. They are also very high in protein and fiber!
  2. Reduce Bloating: They can also help your diet by making you feel full. This is because they absorb 10 times their weight in water, forming a jello-like consistency. Feeling bloated? Eat a spoonful and let the tiny seeds absorb all of the excess water.
  3. Hydration: Chia seeds soaked in water achieve a jello-like consistency and become one of the best water storage organisms on the planet! Making them an excellent source of hydration for extended periods of time. 
  4. Rich in Antioxidants: Antioxidants fight the production of free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer.
  5. Omega-3: They are the richest plant source of Omega-3 (the vital fats that protect against inflammation—such as arthritis—and heart disease). In fact, they contain more Omega-3 than salmon!
  6. Benefits for diabetes: Because chia seeds slow down how fast our bodies convert carbohydrates into simple sugars, studies indicate they can control blood sugar

Breakfast 2: 

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Organic Blackberries, Bananas, Mangosteen Powder and Chlorella Tablets on low fat organic yogurt. 

Benefits of Mangosteen Powder

1. Cancer Prevention: Scientific Research has revealed that Mangosteen contains a class of naturally occurring polyphenol compounds known as xanthones. There are two types of xanthones in this fruit – alpha mangosteen and gamma mangosteen. These antioxidants have healing properties which heal cells damaged by free radicals, slow down aging and ward off degenerative diseases and physical and mental deterioration.The research found that specific xanthones in the pericarp inhibited cell growth and suggests that these xanthones may be useful agents in cancer prevention.
2. Heart Disease Prevention: Mangosteen can reduce inflammation levels in the body, which lowers the risk for heart disease and diabetes.
3. Weight Loss:  This fruit is very low in calories (63 calories per 100 g) and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Nonetheless, it is rich in dietary fiber (100 g provides about 13% of RDA), which can be very important for individuals who are concerned about body weight.
4. Alzheimer’s Prevention: One of the major health benefits of mangosteen is its effectiveness in treating Alzheimer’s disease. This disease is accompanied by symptoms like confusion and perplexity and difficulty in remembering things that are combated with Mangosteen Powder.
5. Acne and Skin Health: Xanthone compounds present in this fruit’s skin are the higher than any other fruits. These can cure skin diseases, repair the damaged cells in your body and protect them. Mangosteen has natural antibacterial properties and antimicrobial compounds, which are highly effective in treating many common skin problems. Acne, skin blemishes, oily skin and dry skin can be cured by the consumption of mangosteen. Aging comes about due to oxidation. Mangosteen is filled with antioxidants such as catechin (the antioxidant found in green tea). This helps in fighting free radicals. Hence, start consuming mangosteen to look younger forever.

Benefits  of Chlorella Tablets

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1. Heavy Metal Detox: If you have mercury fillings in your teeth, if you have been vaccinated, if you eat fish regularly, if you have been exposed to radiation, or if you consume foods from China you may have heavy metals lurking in your body. It is important for your overall health and wellness to be proactive in detoxing heavy metals and toxins. One of Chlorella’s most significant health benefits is that it wraps itself around even stubborn toxins residing in our bodies including lead, cadmium, mercury, and uranium and keeps them from being reabsorbed. Regular consumption of Chlorella helps to keep heavy metals from accumulating in our body’s soft tissues and organs in the first place
2. Detox Radiation And Chemotherapy: Radiation therapy or chemotherapy are the most common forms of cancer treatment today. Anyone that has gone through either of these
treatments, or known anyone that has, knows what a toll they take on the body.Chlorella’s high levels of chlorophyll have been shown to protect the body against ultraviolet radiation treatments while removing radioactive particles from the body.
3. Immune System Support: The results of a 2012 study showed that Chlorella supports a healthy immune system response and helps “natural killer” cell activity.
4. Weight Loss: Losing weight is difficult, especially as we age. Chlorella benefits you by helping to regulate hormones, helping with metabolism, improving circulation, and promoting higher levels of energy. It also helps to reduce weight and body fat, and removes stored toxins. As our bodies lose weight, toxins are released, and can be reabsorbed. It is important to flush these toxins out of our system as quickly as possible. Chlorella’s ability to surround the toxins and heavy metals resident in our bodies helps facilitate elimination and prevent reabsorption.
5. Look Younger: Research continues to reveal that Chlorella may also slow the aging process and greatly reduces oxidative stress, that can be caused from pollution, stress and a poor diet.
The reason Chlorella is so effective at giving you younger looking skin is because it naturally increases levels of vitamin A, vitamin C and glutathione in your body which eliminates free-radicals and protects your cells.
6. Cancer Prevention: It is believed that all human bodies at some time develop cancer cells. Properly functioning immune systems have the ability to attack and destroy these cells, before they have the chance to take hold and create cancer. First, when taken preemptively, it strengthens the immune system, so our bodies respond properly. Second, because it removes heavy metals and toxins from our body, we are less likely to get environmentally based cancers. Third, studies have shown that individuals once diagnosed with cancer, Chlorella enhances the action of T cells helping to fight new abnormal cells.
7. Blood Sugar And Cholesterol Regulation: In a study published the Journal of Medicinal Food, researchers found that doses of 8,000 mg of Chlorella per day (divided into 2 doses), helps lower cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Researchers observed first a decline in cholesterol levels, and then the improvement in blood glucose. They believe that Chlorella activates a number of genes at the cellular level that improve insulin sensitivity, encouraging a healthy balance.

Breakfast 3: 

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Organic Blueberries, Bananas and Bee Pollen on Organic Lowfat Yogurt

Benefits of Bee Pollen:

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1. Energy Enhancer - The carbohydrates, protein and B vitamins can help keep you going all day by enhancing stamina and fighting off fatigue.

2. Skin Soother - Bee pollen is often used in topical products that aim to treat inflammatory conditions and common skin irritations like psoriasis or eczema. The amino acids and vitamins protect the skin and aid the regeneration of cells.

3. Respiratory System - Bee pollen contains a high quantity of antioxidants that may have an anti-inflammatory effect on the tissues of the lungs, preventing the onset of asthma.

4. Treating Allergies – Pollen reduces the presence of histamine, ameliorating many allergies. Dr. Leo Conway, M.D of Denver Colorado, reported that 94 percent of his patients were completely free from allergy symptoms once treated with oral feeding of pollen. Everything from asthma to allergies to sinus problems were cleared, confirming that bee pollen is wonderfully effective against a wide range of respiratory diseases.

5. Digestive System - In addition to healthful vitamins, minerals and protein, bee pollen contains enzymes that can aid in digestion. Enzymes assist your body in getting all the nutrients you need from the food that you eat.

6. Immune System Booster - Pollen is good for the intestinal flora and thereby supports the immune system. According to holistic health expert Dr. Joseph Mercola, bee pollen has antibiotic-type properties that can help protect the body from contracting viruses. It's also rich in antioxidants that protect the cells from the damaging oxidation of free radicals.

7. Treats Addictions – Used holistically for healing addictions and inhibiting cravings by suppressing impulses. Because bee pollen crashes cravings, it is a very useful research is needed into this benefit, particularly when it comes to weight management.

8. Supports the Cardiovascular System - Bee Pollen contains large amounts of Rutin; an antioxidant bioflavonoid that helps strengthen capillaries, blood vessels, assists with circulatory problems and corrects cholesterol levels. Its potent anti-clotting powers could help prevent heart attack and stroke.

9. Prostate Aid - Men who suffer from benign prostate hyperplasia can find relief by using bee pollen. Bee pollen can help reduce inflammation to stop frequent urges to urinate.

10. Infertility Problems - Bee pollen stimulates and restores ovarian function, therefore may be used to assist in accelerating pregnancy. As well as being a hormonal booster it is also a great aphrodisiac!

Breakfast 4: 

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Organic Raspberries and Wheat Grass Powder on Organic Low fat Yogurt

Benefits of Wheat Grass Powder: 

1. Blood Pressure: Regular intake of wheatgrass increases red blood cell count in the blood. It also cleans the blood, other organs and the gastrointestinal tract of debris. It dilates the blood pathways hence reducing blood pressure.
2. Combat Obesity: It stimulates the thyroid gland and hence helps to deal with obesity, indigestion and a host of other complaints of the endocrine system.
Organic Wheat Grass3. Detoxification: Wheatgrass juice acts as a detoxifier protects the liver and also aids blood purification. It restores the alkalinity of the blood and can effectively be used for treating peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis, constipation, diarrhea and other problems of the gastrointestinal tract. It also helps to relieve symptoms of constipation.
4. Immunity: The enzymes and amino acids found in wheatgrass can protect from carcinogens like no other food or medicine. It strengthens the cells in the body, detoxifies the liver and chemically neutralizes the environmental pollutants found in the blood.
5. Skin rejuvenation: A paste of wheatgrass powder made with milk and a pinch of turmeric when applied on face can act as a powerful face pack to deal with troubles of acne, white and black heads, skin tan, burn etc.
6. Antiseptic: Wheatgrass has certain healing properties. It works wonders for cuts, burns, scrapes, rashes, poison ivy, athlete’s foot, insect bites, boils, sores, open ulcers, tumors, and so on. Make a paste and apply it. Replace every two to four hours for best results.
7. Improve reproductive health: Continuous use of wheatgrass helps in increasing vigor, vitality and helps conceive.

Oh yea, one more thing... ENJOY!

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Kara Digging In

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