Do You Drink Kombucha? It’s Not As Healthy As You Think

If you’re reading this you then you might already have a good idea of what kombucha is. You could also be a hipster who drinks kombucha like it’s out of style, denying that it’s really in style, all the while not having a clue what you’re drinking or why.

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What Is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a sweet fermented tea that is made with “tea fungus,” or a floating network of bacteria and yeast. It is made by fermenting black or green tea — sometime a mixture — with the fungus; otherwise known as a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of organisms, bacteria and yeast), sounds delightful doesn’t it?

Kombucha traditionally hails from northeast China, about 1,600 years ago. It was used to cure the digestive problems of the Emperor Inkyo. Overtime, the bubbly beverage made its way to Russia and eventually Germany, France, North Africa, and then Italy.

Today, kombucha is available around the world with ease. You can buy it at most health food stores and it’s even making its way into popular chain grocers. If you’re a true kombucha fanatic, you can make it at home with a SCOBY, black tea, and sugar.

Why Not Kombucha?

Kombucha isn’t all bad, like anything else, the poison is usually in the dose. Considering it has survived thousands of years, it obviously has something to offer. But much like beer, wine and other fermented beverages, there comes a risk with its’ reward. This article is today is not about “bashing” kombucha but rather to bring awareness on some of the overlooked shadowy spots of this popular drink.

Are there health benefits to kombucha? Of course. Both traditional medicine and scientific studies tell us that kombucha has a lot to offer:

  • B vitamins for healthy energy
  • Beneficial bacteria (probiotics) for gut health
  • Living enzymes
  • Antioxidants

These few benefits alone would send most people to the nearest Whole Foods for their share of this fizzy fungus tea. However, let us consider the unconsidered. Many people who are consuming kombucha for these benefits are telling half of the truth. As we all know these constituents can be found in plenty of the foods without the wild fungus, sugar and alcohol.
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4 Reason To Ditch The Kombucha

Before I proceed any further, I want to make clear that this information is more so directed to people who feel and look worse when drinking kombucha, or those in denial about it. If you are one of these people consider these four causes:

  1. Kombucha contains wild yeast- This drink is what is called a “wild ferment” meaning it cultures from an array of different bactera and yeast, often times contaminated with compromising organisms like Candida. The SCOBY in your homebrewed kombucha changes according to its environment. It can become contaminated with housing molds and fungi that cause illness. One study from 1995, found that two samples of homebrewed kombucha (from a pool of 32) were contaminated with Candida albicans—the same opportunistic yeast that more than 80% of people have an imbalance of causing everything from acne to autoimmune disease. This is an issue of balance. A truly healthy individual has more good bacteria to bad, making kombucha not as harmful. However, majority of people have gut problems and would be much better off getting their enzymes, probiotics and b-vitamins from something like cultured vegetables, coconut kefir made with a strain specific starter culture.
  2. Kombucha contains alcohol- When the yeasts in kombucha feed on sugar, they produce alcohol and gas. Candida and other opportunistic yeasts produce a byproduct called acetaldehyde, as it feeds on sugar. Acetaldehyde is an irritant, carcinogen, and air pollutant that is found in cigarette smoke and car exhaust. Consumed in high enough quantities in the body, it can lead to a rapid pulse, sweating, skin flushing, nausea, and vomiting. If you’ve ever had a hangover, you have felt the effects of too much acetaldehyde. When brewing kombucha, the alcohol content increases with time (around the sixth day) and then slowly decreases. Kombucha can contain as much as 5.5 g/L of alcohol—or 2.8% alcohol. Most store bought kombuchas have lower-alcohol content; however, thoughh these allowed to brew for a longer period of time contains less alcohol they possibly contain more acetaldehyde.
  3. Kombucha may contain heavy metals and fluoride- The tea fungus (or SCOBY) floating around in your kombucha is biosorbent. Like a magnet to iron, it binds to contaminants and heavy metals. Biosorbents are used to clean up the environment and wastewater. Indeed, several studies have found that a kombucha tea fungus effectively removes heavy metals like copper, chromium, and arsenic from wastewater. Other research shows that kombucha itself contains small amounts of lead and chromium. There have even been a few documented cases of lead poisoning from kombucha.  Kombucha tea fungus will absorb and sometimes even magnify pollutants. When making kombucha at home or buying from a manufacturer, both air quality and water quality matter. So does your storage vessel—pass on stoneware that may be coated with a lead or cadmium glaze and opt for glass. Be sure to sterilize!
  4. Kombucha contains sugar. Common table sugar—which also goes by the name of cane sugar, beet sugar, or sucrose—powers the fermentation of kombucha. Yet a considerable amount of sugar is left unfermented in kombucha.  In 2001, researchers at Bucharest University found that a little over 34% of sugar remains after seven days of fermentation. After 21 days, this percentage drops to 19%. This is why kombucha still tastes sweet—even though it’s fermented. If you don’t know, sugar is one of the most powerful physical immune system suppressants. Even a trace amount of unnatural sugar can shut your immune system off. Too much of even natural sugar can cause accelerated aging via glycation, and attribute to fatty liver disease. It’s best to stick to sugar-free probiotic sources.

The Only True Reason To Drink Kombucha

For the reasons listed above, kombucha isn’t an ideal health food. It falls into the category of a wild ferment and is too much of a threat to a recovering immune system. However, many people report feeling better when they drink kombucha.

The only reason to drink kombucha is because it makes you feel healthier. After all, no diet or study contains more wisdom than your spirit. The placebo effect is perhaps the greatest healer of all. If kombucha is working for you; great, you likely have a strong immune system and even stronger control over your mind, body connection.

If you are not feeling great after kombucha for any reasons it is likely due to the sugar, the small amount of alcohol, and wild strains of yeast, which are all immune suppressors.

This Is Better Than Kombucha

Again, if kombucha works for you, by all means enjoy it and like anything else, in moderation. If you are like me, and seek the best, then look no further. There is a drink concoction hat contains similar benefits to kombucha with a higher reward:risk ratio. It is called Coconut Kefir.

This drink is far superior to kombucha as it contains no sugar, alcohol or wild yeasts. It contains far more beneficial bacteria and it’s mineral balance makes it incredibly hydrating; making it a true beauty food. Kombucha may contain more antioxidants in the form of phenols from the green tea; however, supplementing with green tea extract or sipping a cup of green tea like gynostemma would be a far better choice if your concern is of antioxidants.

If you want to learn more on coconut kefir, how to make it and where to purchase it check out my blog post here.
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There you have it kombucha fans, sorry if I let you down in anyway. Hopefully this shined some light on the dark sides of this hip drink to better inform your drinking choices! Thank you for reading and until next time!

Love,
Nick

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The Law Of Magic – Being Without Reason

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I want to share with you one of the most foundational laws of life. This is something that once known, changes how you view everything in your life. Likely, what I am about to tell you is the opposite of what you’ve learned anywhere. You have heard about – the base of science – cause and effect. According to this law of cause and effect, you create the cause and the effect follows. If you put a seed in the soil then it will sprout and then the tree will follow. There is a fire; you place your hand in it and it burns. The cause is there and the effect follows. You arrange for the cause and then the effect follows.

UNDERSTANDING CAUSE & EFFECT

Cause is complete freedom. It is above needing space, it holds no space or time, it doesn’t even have to agree, cause just is; it’s the ability to use space.  A cause precedes responsibility, where a responsibility is your willingness to own, act, use or be used. If you look at this physical universe, you’ll see that cause and effect appear on a stream of time. Therefore, you see the illusion that cause is being succeeded by an effect. You see a seed first being planted then a sprout occurring later.

However; you have to be an effect in order to have a cause in the future. Before the seed (apparent cause) was panted, there was an intention based on future motives. You wanted to eat, so you planted a seed of an apple tree to eat in the future. Thereby, all present moment causes are motivated by the future. The universal law says you cannot make an effect out of the past.

THE MAGIC: A SHIFT IN CAUSE AND EFFECT

There is a second law which is still deeper than basic cause and effect, but you have to understand cause and effect first to understand to work it. One only fails at what he fails to learn the language of. Now that you hopefully have a good grasp no cause and effect, let’s talk about the “law of magic”.

The Law of Magic says; “Produce the effect and the cause follows.”

You create the effect, and the cause follows. This is to be without reason. Cause and effect needs a reason, a purpose. You play a song then you dance. There is a beautiful girl then you are motivated. Regarding cause and effect, and if you consider the work of a magician, you will see he knows this law. A magician determines first what his goal (effect) will be before he creates any action (cause). Then, he magician states exactly the steps he is going to take (his causes) that will bring about his desired effect. He is creating the effect first, then in present time creating the cause in motion.

CREATING A RITUAL

In order to creating an outcome you must have a ritual or series of intentional events to accomplish the goal. Rituals are cycles of cause and effect in some sort or another. In order to not become the effect of your own cause, you must follow a ritual. Otherwise, you become the victim of a cause. For example, if you are unaware of your eating rituals you can very easily “become” surprised when you find yourself imbalanced, by accomplishing what seems surprising to him.

Therefore you know your desired outcome and along the way know you are creating action that will produce the outcome. You are being cause to an effect in a ritual, and the only way you become victim to cause — being an effect after the fact — is go on acting as if that you didn’t first create the intended effect. The truth is you did it, not anyone else did it. It’s easy to say “that made me feel this way” but that’s simply not true. The rain doesn’t make you feel sad, you look at he rain and decide “its raining so I am going to be sad now”. By consciously creating ritual with an intended outcome you know you did it.

A KING WITHOUT A KINGDOM

You can put an insane man in a kingdom but that doesn’t make him a king. A true king, can be without his palace, horses, crown and servants yet remains a king at his innermost depths. To be a king you only have to act like a king, and act so totally that before you even a real king will appear as if he is just acting. And when the your energy has moved into this imagination, it becomes the image! Energy makes anything real. If you’re waiting for a kingdom before you act as a king, it will never come. Be a king without a kingdom without a reason to be one, and by be a kin I mean just be; be happy, be so totally and completely fulfilled that you frequency buzzes with serenity and all for no reason at all.

Why You Dislike Or Even Hate Yourself

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You’ve been duped. 

You were taught to hate yourself. You were taught to consume things that would one day make you someone you liked. “Enough of this, a little of that, some more here” and a couple hundred thousand later, then you can like you. The truth is; you will never be able to hate yourself into a version of yourself you’ll one day love. See how they tricked you? Clever huh?

Who Is The One Doing The Disliking?

Now, it’s pretty clear to see that you dislike yourself, you probably even have a nice list of things that need changing, and fast!  However, I want to encourage you to take a look at the one doing the disliking. Who’s approval are you seeking when you said I dislike myself?

Well, who’s I and who’s myself? I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but you’ve been split, there seems to be two of you. So it is fundamental for your peace and happiness that you discriminate between these two; I and myself. I welcome you to try this exercise;

  • Take two sheets of paper and a writing utensil
  • On sheet one, title it “Things I don’t like about myself”. Then proceed to write 5-10 really emotionally involved answers with a reason why you dislike them. **Be cautious to stay within 5-10 otherwise you may fill an entire notebook 😉
  • On sheet two, title it “Things I am grateful  for”. Again, come up with 5-10 answers and write why you are grateful for them.
  • Next, take sheet two (Gratitude List), and see if you can call upon the part of “yourself” that will be able to find a reason to hate and dislike each thing you are grateful for. As you do this, notice “who” arises in yourself.
  • Lastly, take sheet one (Dislikes) and call upon the higher part of yourself [YOU] and find a reason to love each thing you dislike about yourself.

That’s it. There’s no need to go into anymore depth within this topic. Love is the truth, it is simple and beautiful. You will always have a piece of your mind that evaluates, judges and discriminates. It is very good for survival. Without it, we’d easily mistaken poisonous plants, people and circumstances for healthy ones.

The trick to loving yourself, is to love where you hate. Shine light on the darkness of your ego. When you live through the mind, when you believe YOU are your mind, you will always dislike, judge, hate and be generally restless. The closer you get to your heart, the closer you are to spirit, the untouched, infinite, neither here nor there, true YOU.
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Write me a note, ask me a question, leave some love!
Nick

Restore Your Balance After/During Menopause

Today’s post is for the women readers. A reader writes in to us saying: “I’m 54 and, even though they’re winding down, menopausal periods over the last 2 years have been hell! Fibroids and hormonal crazies! I am on iron to keep my blood count up. Think I’m estrogen dependent. Never was on the pill or took soy.”

These are all very common symptoms many women are experiencing with menopause. The good news is many of them are simply symptoms of other issues that can be “healed” naturally. Menopausal and happy is possible!

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WHAT IS MENOPAUSE?

Menopause is a time in a woman’s life when she loses the ability to reproduce. When a woman goes through menopause, her ovaries no longer release an egg or the reproductive hormones that trigger the creation and destruction of the uterine lining. She no longer gets her period every month. Her hormones experience a dramatic shift. As a woman moves through menopause, the healthy microbes living on vaginal tissue dwindle.

With this shift in reproductive hormones, like estrogen and progesterone, women may not know that the vaginal inner ecosystem also changes. Researchers at the Lawson Health Research Institute in Ontario, Canada, have found that reduced numbers of good bacteria in the birth canal after menopause are associated with:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Inflammation of vaginal tissue

This means that the microbes living in the birth canal may influence how quickly vaginal tissue ages. 

THE VAGINAL INNER ECOSYSTEM

According to the Mayo Clinic, as vaginal tissue ages, it may come into less contact with the reproductive hormone estrogen. The “aging” of vaginal tissue happens because estrogen prompts the expression of genes that protect and nourish vaginal tissue, reducing dryness and irritation. Menopause means a dramatic shift in hormones that can change the vaginal inner ecosystem. Numbers of good bacteria in the birth canal may drop to cause vaginal dryness, tissue inflammation, and pain during intercourse.

Vulvovaginal atrophy (VVA) is a common condition, affecting as many as 47%-62% of women. Signs of VVA include:

  • Dryness
  • Irritation
  • Soreness
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Urinary frequency, urgency, and incontinence
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Incontinence related to stress

An alkaline pH of 4.6 or more is used to help support the diagnosis of VVA. Interestingly, the microbes living in the birth canal are mostly lactic acid bacteria. Lactic acid bacteria produce lactic acid, which helps keep the birth canal slightly acidic and free from infection. Without enough lactic acid bacteria, other microbes have the opportunity to grow, inflame vaginal tissue, and cause infection.

THE VAGINAL INNER ECOSYSTEM CONTINUED

We have already discovered that we are bacterial beings. Our bodies are more bacteria than human! We are 80% good bacteria; they live on  our skin, tissues, and in every one of our barrier systems (lungs, urinary tract, digestive tract, etc). Our health could be boiled down to the healthy ratio of good to bad bacteria on and in our body. Unless we take preventative lifestyle measures, it is the natural inclination that as we age, the healthy microbes living on/in  our tissue dwindle. This means the vaginal canal as well!

The latest research tells us that probiotics may help manage the communities of vaginal microbes. Researchers at Johns Hopkins are even hopeful that probiotics might prevent or treat VVA in the future.

IRON DEFICIENCY RED FLAG

Iron deficiency is a common symptom that goes along with other menopausal symptoms. In fact, menopause itself is a symptom! But first let’s address the iron issue. In short, iron deficiency is not usualy as simple not “getting enough iron.” This is a huge red flag for digestive distress and adrenal fatigue, like most other menopausal problems are.

What usually is happening is that digestion s very poor in the individual experiencing menopause and showing iron deficiency in their blood work. This is due to their weak digestive tract not absorbing iron, not that the individual isn’t consuming enough. Therefore, taking iron only masks the real issue; poor digestion, assimilation and absorption.

Iron absorption requires strong stomach acid production. Stomach acid production decreases with age but doesn’t have too. Consuming digestive bitters, astringent and sour foods like fermented foods, raw greens and spices like turmeric and ginger all aid in HCL production. Taking a high quality HCL protein digestive supplement is a fantastic way to kick start your digestive fire along the way of dietary changes.
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The adrenals and thyroid control digestion. When these glands are stressed from emotional stress, lack of sleep and poor quality food or excessive exercise, then we stop producing digestive enzymes and acids. The body recognizes these daily stressors as danger and send your body into fight-or-flight. Therefore, “stress management” is highly advised. I would recommend pursuing a spiritual journey through meditation, journaling and seeking a spiritual mentor to dissolve all stress at its core.

While you work on these things, you can help strengthen your adrenals and thyroid with a diet like The Body Ecology Diet, that removes sugar, digestive irritants and includes mineral rich and probiotic foods. Taking a mineral supplement may also be a great way to aid your body during the initial healing process.

HOW TO RESTORE YOUR INNER ECOSYSTEM AFTER MENOPAUSE

Unfortunately, we live in a society that focuses on disease rather than health, and drug therapy rather than natural preventive measures. It will take some time and effort to get remedies such as probiotics into the mainstream. Until then, you can role model the more healthy cultures of our world by using probiotic lactic acid bacteria to fight off harmful microbes.

These probiotic bacteria produce toxins that prevent harmful bacteria from sticking to vaginal tissue, they also modulate the immune system and interfere with the production of inflammation. Less inflammation means less tissue damage. To reap the rewards of probiotic foods try these things:

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Raw cultured food and liquids are far more potent than any probiotic pills you can find in the health foods stores. A 2 ounce  shot of coconut kefir can contain up to 200 billion CFU’s of probiotics. Also, these living foods survive digestion and thrive in the human gut, where man pills/powders are questionable.

10 Ways To Eat Mindfully

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Any action that brings attention to the act of eating helps break the spell of going blank. It is in this “blank space” where we overeat, chew poorly, rush through meals and make all the mistakes of poor eating habits come to life. This applies to both how you eat and what we choose to put in our mouths.

Look over the following list and begin to adopt the information and turn it into knowledge through experience. Take them one at a time, beginning with the changes that would most benefit your unique eating habits.

  1. Eat only when you feel hungry- Notice and feel your hunger. This is the foundation of conscious eating.
  2. Get cozy when you eat- To encourage your full attention, always sit down when eating your meal in calm surroundings, free of distractions.
  3. Start off small- Start with a moderate portion of food, such as a half a plate. When you finish that, sit down for a moment and see how hungry you still feel. Sip on fresh ginger tea, warm water with lemon or a small glass of probiotic beverage to assist digestion beforeheading for seconds.
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  4. Practice appreciation- Make taste an experience all its own. Really go into tasting each bite, instead of frantically chewing and swallowing. Linger over the different flavors putting your attention on the variety of tastes.
  5. Eat your bitters- Be aware that appetite can be manipulated by many thing; emotions, environment, even foods and tastes. For example, fatty, salty and sugary tastes increase appetite. Processed and refined versions of these tastes are even more stimulating, drug like. Bitter, sour and astringent food suppress appetite and stimulate digestion. Try sipping on some fermented beverages like kombucha or coconut kefir during a meal. The taste profile in these liquids cut craving incredibly, make you feel more full and aid in the release of digestive enzymes. You may also try digestive bitters before a meal. Though the bitter taste is  what stimulates the vagus nerve; which stimulates the digestive process, you can try pills if you can’t handle the bitter taste for now. My personal favorite is a product called Livamend, which will help by stimulate bile flow making digestion more efficient and you less hungry.

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  6. Optimize your fats- In restaurants especially the fat of meat can be very unhealthy. Because most fat is delicate to heat, cooking it can make it rancid and very hard on your body. Unless the animal comes from a pastured-raised source, is organic and cooked properly (low and slow) then you will want to avoid this type of fat and replace it with fersh avocado, coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil or you can even prepare by bringing a small little bottle of MCT oil to put onto salads and vegetables! These healthy fats boost metabolism, reduce hunger and are easily digested, requiring little to no enzyme activity from the liver!
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  7. Slow & steady wins the race- Eat your food at the slowest pace that feels comfortable. A moderate pace that emphasizes chewing will optmalize digestion. Don’t fill your fork or put another bite in your mouth until the first bite is chewed well and swallowed.
  8. Prepared portions- If you’re a fast eater, or someone who tends to talk a lot while eating, watch television or distract yourself in anyway it’s common to be very unaware of how much and how quickly you’re actually eating. Because unconscious eating is so easy to do; especially once you’re in the act, prepare a head a time with unusually smaller portions. It’s easy to get a large plate and try to use will with fail. When you’re aware, you don’t need will power. Until your conscious eating habits evolve, you can help yourself by preparing ahead of time by taking small portions.
  9. Tell a friend- Impulsive eating is a common trait of unconscious eaters. To otften we keep things secret out of embarassment; hover,this embarssement is only ego fuel. your trueself knowsnothing about embarassment. You can do wondes for your impulsive eating habits by expressing them outloud, especially in eatingsituations. Tell a friend about the food choices you wantt o make and intend on making. You don’t need reminders, let your expression simply be a tool to monitor your own eating.
  10. Fill your stomach only 80%- Most of the worlds healthiest cultures practice the rule of 80/20 when it comes to eating. By eating only 80% of what you likely normally eat you will leave room for digestion. The greatest energy used by the body is digestion. You will notice you have more energy by leaving this small space in your stomach after meals. Making his choice before each meal will keep you in tune with how much you are eating throughout the meal as well.

Whatever it is you go on doing; eating, drinking, any action at all, remember one thing; you are there doing it.

The Healthiest Hot Cacao You’ll Ever Drink

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Who doesn’t love chocolate? If you are one of those weird people who don’t, you can leave this blog now. No room for that kind of negativity in my life. Im kidding, you can stay! But you might want to browse one of my less-chocolatity blog posts. Enough of that nonsense, back to chocolate! If you haven’t heard, cacao — chocolate — is actually a phenomenal super food. I prefer to use chocolate’s more appropriate name; cacao, as chocolate carries a bad rep. What most of us know as chocolate is actually not healthy for you. This wannabe impostor is typically found ladened with sugar, rancid fat and highly processed cacao; otherwise known as cocoa. The Many Faces Of Chocolate Cocoa- This bean is heavily processed. It too comes from the cacao fruit but is highly heated. This processing strips it of not only nutrients but enzymes and changes its molecular structure. The other problem with cocoa that is often overlooked is that companies that typically use this processed bean have awful sourcing practices. The cacao industry can be rather insidious; waging child trafficking workers without pay and feeding them a lousy diet of GMO bananas. If that isn’t enough most of these cocoa plantations; such as Hershey, largely attribute to the destruction of the rain forest. Cacao– This is the real super food. It is the whole bean of the cacao fruit. But unlike cocoa, which is high-heat roasted and heavy processed, it is simply fermented to make digestible. The health benefits of cacao are immense:

  • Lowers insulin resistance.
  • Protects your nervous system: Cacao is high in resveratrol, a potent antioxidant also found in red wine, known for its ability to cross your blood-brain barrier to help protect your nervous system. Shields nerve cells from damage.
  • Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease.
  • Reduces your risk of stroke.
  • Reduces blood pressure.
  • Reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease: The antioxidants found in cacao help to maintain healthy levels of Nitric Oxide (NO) in the body. Although NO has heart benefiting qualities, such as relaxing blood vessels and reducing blood pressure, it also produces toxins. The antioxidants in cacao neutralises these toxins, protecting your heart and preventing against disease.
  • Guards against toxins: as a potent antioxidant, cacao can repair the damage caused by free radicals and may reduce the risk of certain cancers. In fact cacao contains far more antioxidants per 100g than acai, goji berries and blueberries. Antioxidants are responsible for 10% of the weight of raw cacao.
  • Boosts your mood: cacao can increase levels of certain neurotransmitters that promote a sense of well-being. And the same brain chemical that is released when we experience deep feelings of love – phenylethylamine – is found in chocolate.
  • It is rich in minerals: magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, copper and manganese. 

Getting The Good Stuff To be sure you are choosing the healthiest chocolate or yourself and the collective, shop for organic and fair-trade cacao only. Here are  few brands I personally like and one I will be using in this recipe!

Nutrient-Dense, Good-For-You Hot Cacao To make a truly healthy hot cacao you only need a few superior ingredients. I add Jing Herb concentrates to add even more immune-boosting, anti-aging properties to the drink making it more of a chocolate elixir.  You can stick to the simple recipe below if you’d like. Get as creative or simple as you want! For the basic ingredients you will need the following:

Instructions:

  1. Bring water to boil
  2. Pour water into high-speed blender like Blendtec
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  4. Blend well to make own frothy and creamy “coconut milk”
  5. Add cacao powder, cinnamon, sea salt, stevia and any herbs IMG_2038
  6. Blend one last time quickly to mix ingredients
  7. ENJOY!

 

The Secret Weapon I Use To Get Everyone Healthy

I’ve been fortunate enough to have helped a lot of people heal; myself include. Though the source of all healing is done at the level of spirit, the power of food is undeniable for a thriving mind and body. One of the most healing recipes I have ever come across is the one I am about to share with you today.

This recipe is the foundation of my nutrition plans and programs, and for a good reason. It’s ability to sooth and nourish the gut lining, restore digestive function, calm the nervous system and rebuild the immune system make this secret recipe an all-in-one power house. It’s not just a meal, it’s medicine.

The Benefits

  • Very high in the amino acids proline and glycine which are vital for healthy connective tissue (ligaments, joints, around organs, etc)
  • Glycine is also converted into the neurotransmitter serine, which promotes mental alertness, improves memory, boosts mood, and reduces stress.
  • Glycine aids digestion by helping to regulate the synthesis and of bile salts and secretion of gastric acid (HCL). 
  • Glycine also enhances muscle repair/growth by increasing levels of creatine and regulating Human Growth Hormone secretion from the pituitary gland. 
  • Glycine is also converted into the neurotransmitter serine, which promotes mental alertness, improves memory, boosts mood, and reduces stress.
  • Proline enables the blood vessel walls to release cholesterol buildups into your blood stream, decreasing the size of potential blockages in your heart and the surrounding blood vessels.
  • Proline also helps your body break down proteins for use in creating new, healthy muscle cells.
  • Heal cellulite, acne, wrinkles and other skin issues.
  • And many, many more.

The Recipe

Okay so I’ve held out long enough. The “secret recipe” isn’t that secretive to be honest. In fact, this recipe has been around for a long time. From the finest culinary kitchens to your grandma’s stove top this healing potion can be found simmering just about anywhere theres a good cook and fresh ingredients. Today, I share with you the healing power of bone broth.

When made correctly and consumed properly this traditional staple can aid in healing even the most disastrous digestive imbalances. I will emphasize that not all bone broth is created equally, there is a delicate art to making the perfect healing broth. First, the recipe:

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Bone Broth Ingredients

  • 2 pounds (or more) of bones from a healthy source [local, organic farms, pasture-raised animals]
  • 2 chicken feet or Great Lakes Gelatin for extra gelatin & collagen (optional)
  • 1 onion
  • 8 carrots
  • 8 stalks of celery
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 1 sprig of rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons of extra-virgin coconut oil, ghee, grass-fed butter or tallow
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 bunch of parsley, 1 tablespoon celtic sea salt, 2-6 cloves of garlic, 1 inch fresh grated ginger and turmeric **added at the last 30 minutes of cooking

Bone Broth Instructions

Unlike most soups where you can chop everything up and throw it in a pot, bone broth takes a more artistic approach to make it just right. Here is how to make the most healing and tasty broth:

  • Add 1/2 – 3/4 gallon of spring water to pot set to low-heat (ceramic or iron pots are best).
  • Add apple cider vinegar and let sit for 10 minutes or until the water heats up (do not let it boil right away).
  • Add bones, feet and gelatin to the pot.
  • In a separate skillet, heat your fat source until melted
  • Chop veggies according to size preference; the smaller the faster the cook time.
  • Add veggies to skillet and cook until translucent.
  • Once veggies are translucent, add them to the pot.
  • Bring the pot to a boil for 60 seconds, then turn to medium-low heat.

Depending on the type of bones you use your total cook time will vary:

  • Beef broth/stock: 48 hours
  • Chicken or poultry broth/stock: 24 hours
  • Fish broth: 8 hours

In the last 30 minutes of cook time, grate your fresh ginger and turmeric, add diced garlic, parsley and sea salt. Let cook for the remaining time, then strain. The straining will be tricky because of how much liquid you’re dealing with. It’s best to have a large stainless-steel strainer and equally large empty pot to pour the liquid into. Discard the bones and veggies when done. Once cooled, you can store the broth is glass mason jars in the fridge, or in ziplock containers in the freezer for long periods.

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How to Use Bone Broth

I love to take broth medicinally in the morning; especially on cold days. It’s hydrating, balances blood sugar and satisfying. One of my favorite ways to prepare it is this:

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and give a quick spin!

Other ways to enjoy this healing potion is to use as a soup-base for veggie soups, in dips, dressings, and I highly recommend all by itself just before bed to get some of the best sleep of your life!

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