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Honey is a “SWEET” Food!

Honey contains vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E, K, beta carotene, folic acid and minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Honey is a natural antioxidant source and contains more enzymes than any other food known to man.

No, I am not talking about the honey that comes in the cute little bear…. I am talking about organic, raw, unheated, unprocessed honey. Processed honey has been heated which in turn kills all of the beneficial enzymes. These enzymes are beneficial for all functions throughout our entire body. Enzymes are what revitalize our immune system; so a little honey a day will also keep the doctor away! ;) Enzymes allow life and are the single most important nutrient for longevity. Enzymes are what activate vitamins and minerals and the depletion of enzymes is what contributes to aging!

Besides being a rich source of enzymes and antioxidants, honey is an excellent antibiotic, has antiviral properties, is an antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-fungal. WOW!! Honey can be used to heal wounds, burns, and to prevent infection. Honey can even stimulate skin growth.

Honey kills harmful bacteria and also promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria. “The gastrointestinal tract (GI) is full of bacteria. These bacteria are essential for life and good health. One group of bacteria that have been shown to be particularly important to the health and proper function of the GI tract are called Bifidobacteria. One way to increase the Bifidobacteria populations in the gut is by consuming foods containing prebiotics, substances that increase the growth and activity of good bacteria. Prebiotics help these “friendly bacteria” grow and “be happy.” Honey contains a variety of substances that can function as prebiotics.” http://www.bellybytes.com/bytes/honey.shtml

“Thanks to its antimicrobial action, it not only soothes sore throats but can also kill the bacteria that sometimes cause them. Although research is inconclusive so far, there’s also the suggestion it could actually reduce tooth decay—all that sticky sugar notwithstanding. Moving down the esophagus and through the digestive tract, honey can help to heal ulcers and upset stomachs. It has also been proven to regulate intestinal function, alleviating both constipation and diarrhea. (In a similarly syzygial way, honey can be used both as a sleep aid and to increase alertness.) Honey also contains a variety of antioxidants, which may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer.http://itotd.com/articles/218/honey-as-medicine/

Allergies can also effectively be controlled by consuming local honey due to the pollens in the honey from local plants. The local honey works as an immune booster and introduces the allergens in small doses allowing the body to build up a responsive defense against the pollen when you are exposed to it.

Honey is a natural sweetener and is low to medium on the glycemic index. However, when honey is heated it becomes a high glycemic food, which triggers the production of insulin and spikes blood sugar levels. High-glycemic-index foods have been known to increase the risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

Overall, honey is a “RAWESOME” food! Taking claim to be one of the world’s oldest, most diverse, and most complete foods. Who knew honey was such a super food?! Well, Einstein gave us some insight; he was quoted as saying, “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live.”

Bee products are extremely complex as is the production of honey, bee pollen and royal jelly. For information on what bee pollen and royal jelly are and to see the amazing health benefits of these products visit this page:  http://ezinearticles.com/?Royal-Jelly-and-Bee-Pollen—How-They-Benefit-Your-Health&id=936373

Other cool tidbits on honey:

  • Natural preservative and if stored properly never goes bad
  • Does not cause cavities like refined sugar
  • Aids in pulling calcium into the bones
  • Promotes healthy joint mobility
  • Burns fat by stimulating metabolism
  • Contributes to healthy tissue regeneration and growth of new blood capillaries
  • One of the oldest know medicines

Another great article: http://www.honeybeepollen.com/IncredibleHoney.html

A great authority on honey is RawMatt. He has a lot of great information on honey and uses it as a staple in his diet. He lived off of honey exclusively for 8 months! Check him out at RawMatt.com and watch some of his YouTube videos http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysYF4iLZ6H0

YUMMY YUMMY, THANKFUL FOR HONEY!



Food Combining 101

I know, I know… As if there is not enough to worry about as far as what we are putting into our bodies. To also have to think about how foods combine in our bodies and how our bodies work to digest these foods is yet another factor in proper food absorption.

Undigested food creates a toxic environment within our bodies and can greatly effect our immune system and internal ecology. Certain foods create and acidic environment, while others create an alkaline environment. If you combine the two types of food they neutralize and interfere with digestion.

Ideally we should be eating foods that contain natural enzymes in the food that will naturally break themselves down in our bodies. In order to receive the full benefits and nutrients from a food it must be fully assimilated. Our salivary glands, stomach, small intestines and pancreas naturally secrete digestive enzymes; however, these enzymes are to AID our bodies in digestion, and are not supposed to be produced to break down every meal. Whatever food IS properly broken down from the enzymes supplied by the pancreas is absorbed as nutrients. The remainder of what we eat simply goes through the process of PUTRIFACTION. This is a fancy word for ROTTING. This process gives off gas, harmful waste products and damages the good bacterial culture within the colon. -http://purehealthsystems.com/enzyme-deficiency.html

More specifically…Undigested proteins putrefy (rot). Undigested fats go rancid and undigested carbohydrates ferment. -http://www.daily7.com/?view=DigestYourFood

Anyways, back to food combining 101: Our bodies digest foods differently.

*FRUITS should be eaten alone and on an empty stomach. Why? Fruits will naturally digest within 15-30 minutes but if combined with other foods, they will ferment and delay digestion.

*Proteins (create an acidic environment) should be combined with non-starchy vegetables and or ocean vegetables.

*Grains and starchy vegetables (create and akaline environment) and should be combined with non-starchy and or ocean vegetables.

*Fats and Oils such as EV Olive oil, coconut oil, etc combine with vegetables, grains and proteins.

*Protein fats such as avocado, and nuts combine with non-starchy vegetables

and last but not least…
*Sugar- should not be combined with anything! It increases yeast growth and weakens our immune system.

*Dairy- our bodies do not naturally have the digestive enzymes to break down milk and cheese in our bodies. These products should also be avoided.

Some notes to remember after eating certain types of food:
*Wait 3 hours after a grain based meal to eat a protein meal
*It takes at least 4 hours to fully digest a protein meal
*Try not to drink at least 15 minutes before you eat so that the digestive enzymes in your stomach do not get flushed out. Also try not to drink for 1 hour after you eat to allow for the enzymes in the food to work and digest themselves.
*Room and warm temperature water will help aid in digestion of your food and also allows for better absorbtion of minerals in the water.

For more information please check out these links and the links above:

Raw Food Digestion:
http://www.rawfoodexplained.com/digestive-physiology-and-food-combining/food-combining-rules.html

Raw Food Combining: http://www.rawfoodexplained.com/application-of-food-combining-principles/application-of-the-food-combining-rules.html

Raw Food Digestion Chart: http://www.raw-food-living.com/food-combining.html-  chart to show you digestion times of types of food.
http://www.gardendome.com/food_combining.html- food combining chart



Educate Yourself, Insight on the Food Industry

Okay, I usually don’t like to push things onto others. As I state on this blog, read at your discretion and take out of it what you will… But I would like to STRONGLY suggest going to see the documentary Food, Inc if it is a theater near you. Yes, everything you see and hear should be taken with a grain of salt but there is no denying what is taking place in the food industry. I know there are always two sides to each story but there is a lot of unethical and dirty operations taking place within our food chain. Watch it and form your own opinion but at least do yourself the favor of educating yourself on the issue.

Go to FoodIncMovie.com for more info and to find a theater near you! ;)



Improving Your Health

Again, we are not pushing veganism, a raw food diet or anything of the sort but we believe in the power of knowledge and knowing the effects of what you put into your body along with daily exercise and care regimens.

Here are some tips of how to boost your health:

  1. Minimize your sugar intake. Sugar is more addictive than crack cocaine! So of course it is legal… =( Lookout for these ingredients- cane sugar, cane juice, CORN SYRUP (pretty much in everything!), brown sugar, brown rice syrup , fructose, lactose, sucrose, fruit juice concentrate, and artificial sweetners (aspartame, sucralose), and many more. These sugars can cause tooth decay, and wear down the immune system. Choose from a natural sweetener such as honey, stevia, or agave instead.
  2. Stay away from milk and meat. Our bodies don’t digest these products naturally, causing a build-up of toxins and dead cells in the body. Cows milk contains puss cells, mucous, blood, live bacteria, hormones, and toxins that are a catalyst to many diseases. Select goats milk, seed and nut milks for a healthier option. (Yes, the flavor of goats milk takes some getting used to but I found that adding some stevia to sweeten it helps to change the flavor a little. Plus once you add it to some healthy granola or flavored cereal you really can’t taste it at all!).
  3. Get your water intake for the day. At least 8 glasses a day. Water is vital in our bodies to fight diseases, eliminate toxins and waste, supply energy, facilitate blood flow, allows our brains to think and our muscles to stretch. Try to stay away from water with added fluoride (which is most bottled waters now so do your research!) Also try to avoid tap water and some filtered waters. Water with a fresh squeezed lemon is a great way to cleanse your blood and add some minerals.
  4. Try not to drink and eat at the same time. Liquids dilute the juices in your body that aid in digestion causing it to not be able to properly break down the food. (This is VERY hard to do but it is best to drink 30 min. before eating or 2 hours after.
  5. Chew your food completely. By not fully chewing your food you cause a lot of wear on your stomach and digestive system. The food will not be fully assimilated and will cause it to be stored as waste; causing indigestion, constipation, gas, bloating, and sooner or later may cause chronic diseases such as colon cancer. Try to be aware of every bite that you put into your mouth and chew, chew, chew…
  6. Eat live foods. Uncooked Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and sprouted grains are full of vitamins and minerals. Cancer cells cannot live on the natural enzymes of living foods! These live enzymes also work to clean the colon and remove starchy foods that have stuck to the walls of the intestines. Eat a dark leafy green salad for a natural colon cleanse!
  7. Exercise and stretch. Get at least 30 min of activity until you sweat at least three times a week. This helps your body to rid of toxins, and assists oxygen to reach your organs. Stretching warms up the muscles to prevent from strain and helps the bodies elastic to keep you looking younger longer.
  8. Get your shut eye. 5 to 8 hours of sleep is optimal. Not only does sleeping allow your mind to rest, while you sleep your breathing is controlled; enabling your cells to repair, your blood to be cleansed, and oxygen to be sent to your vital organs. Yay for sleep!

View these videos to learn more:
Milk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mT1rodfjrnk,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHcyAH0rOPE&feature=related
Meat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjKZ7BZ0oi0&feature=related
Sucralose: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izzZUKDHatY
Fluoride: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SYgUi_f5yY
Aspartame: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqIFDoOwSFM
Sugar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67NMir6K0xk
Digestive System: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_bLGlXdQ5k

Resources: The Joy of Living Live by Zakkah

Post some comments and let us know what you think! Agree, dissagree, find this helpful? Let us know!



Thanks for Reading…

Our goal for this weblog is to share our love of health and wellness and to enlighten our following through our educational posts. PLEASE TAKE NOTE: We are in no way medical doctors, nor do we claim that what we are writing is suggested for you to follow. We just enjoy reading and researching health and wellness and like to share what we learn. Although a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and raw foods is ideal, along with a good fitness and cleansing regimen, we are in no means pushing a vegan or a raw food diet or our detoxifying remedies. We enjoy trying new wellness treatments and enjoy eating all types of foods; however, we promote everything in moderation and believe it is very important to be educated on the effects of managing your well-being and knowing the direct effects of what you put into your body and how it correlates to your health.  We are glad to have our avid readers and hope that you find our blogs informative and entertaining and hopefully you will find some knowledgeable information along the way.

Cheers!



Ahh, Colon Cleasing Does a Body Good ;)

I know this can be an awkward subject for some of you, however cleansing your body is as important as the food that you put into it. Whether you are a healthy eater or not, your body has to eliminate what is taken in.  A healthy colon is important to remove the waste and toxins from our bodies.  Without proper elimination, waste particles build up and can cause a lot of havoc to your circulatory system, your brain and your major organs.

Unfortunately, anything other than a water-containing fruit or vegetable your body will not naturally digest. Our bodies were not made to digest meat, dairy, processed and artificial foods that make up the standard American food selection.  Foods such as fruits and vegetables contain natural enzymes which assist the body in digestion. Meat, dairy, processed foods and the like are not properly digested and stick to the side of the intestinal wall like glue.  This waste accumulates and becomes stuck in your cells causing pimples, eczema, rashes, body odor, allergies and more.  Our skin is the largest organ in our body and works to eliminate waste to assist our other organs to function properly. If something is array within your body, your skin is usually the first to reveal this. Other eliminative organs include the lungs (causing the spit up of phlegm and mucous or other cold-like symptoms) and/or kidneys (creating a strong color and odor in the urine).

Ideally, every meal in our body would be fully digested. However, our bodies are not like a baby’s which are able to eat and digest 30 minutes later. An adult colon is around five feet long and an average colon can hold ten to twenty pounds of fecal matter.  Every meal that we consume that is not a fruit or vegetable is partly stuck to your colon like glue. Most cooked food does not contain natural enzymes to help our bodies digest it. Consuming cooked food causes the colon to create a mucous to coat the food while it travels through our intestines. This draws water out of the substance and creates a sticky plaque which remains and hardens on the intestinal walls. If this remains in your body for too long, waste pockets can form and a layer of tissue can form over the pockets trapping the waste and continuing to poison your body.

In order to assist the body in elimination and reverse the affects of waste build up there are many cleansing methods available:
Prune Juice- Helps clean toxins from the liver and is high in fiber.
Room temperature water- Constipation can many times be caused by dehydration.  When drinking cold water the body has to cool the water down before it can be absorbed. The body burns more calories when drinking cold water because it has to work to heat it up; however, room temperature water along with the minerals it contains can be absorbed immediately and will help to flush the colon.
Psyllium husk- Absorbs ten times its weight in waste when it is mixed with water it lines the intestinal wall and enables bowel movements.
Aloe Vera Juice- Manages bowel movements
Garlic and olive oil- Kills parasites and toughens your immune system.
Senna leaf tea- Herbal laxative that relieves constipation and stimulates the colon.
Enemas- Help to cleanse the base of the colon.
Colon Hydrotherapy- Deeply cleanses the colon, removing impacted waste.

Detoxifying your body and eating live foods will help reverse suppressed illnesses and renew your body. I have been eating about 80% raw for a the past two months and I feel great. Giving up the soft serve ice cream machine and frozen yogurt has been the hardest thing to stop eating but it has been well worth it. Bumps on my skin have completely cleared up on my face and on the back of my arms and my energy level has never been better.

Besides eating healthy, I also did colon hydrotherapy (a colonic) a couple weeks ago.  Yes, I know, sounds a little scary (and I was scared) but trying something new is always a revitalizing experience. I was really nervous and once I got there I was not sure if I wanted to go through with it but I am glad I did. I am not going to lie, the process was quite uncomfortable (feels like you are so full of food that you are sick to your stomach and you need to rid of it immediately.) All awkwardness aside, a colonic helps open the intestinal pockets, releasing stored waste and toxins from our internal organs and flushes it out while allowing our cells to rebuild themselves.  Overall, I found the colon hydrotherapy a very educational experience.  It made me more aware of my internal organs and how our bodies function to eliminate what we intake.

If by chance you would like to cleanse your body with a colonic I highly recommend the place I went to. It is called Las Vegas Colon Hydrotherapy. It is a school/clinic but only a trained professional will be taking care of you during your session. They are very informative to help you better understand the process and their professional care makes you feel at ease.

Have you ever gotten a colonic? How did it make you feel? Would you or did you do it again? If you have never gotten a colonic and decide to get one done, share with us what you think of it. (You don’t have to post it on our blog wall if you don’t want to (LOL) but we would love to hear what you thought of your experience.)

Hope you found this blog ENLIGHTENING (yes, pun intended)  ;)

~M

Educational Video- What to expect at a colon hydrotherapy session:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPnp0u1_qNw

Resources: Dominant Health by Raw Matt
The Raw Food Detox Diet by Natalia Rose http://www.detoxtheworld.com
The Joy of Living Live by Zakhah



Moksha Yoga

Today I tried a new yoga practice called Moksha. The practice is done in a humid and heated room (98 degrees). The heat helps to aid the muscles to loosen and allow for a deeper stretch. The heat, along with the series of poses stimulates detoxification of the skin, blood and muscles.

Many of the postures are similar to Bikram Yoga and some are the same. However, Moksha Yoga focuses more on building core strength as well as arm and thigh strength. If anybody has tried Bikram Yoga and found it too intense for their liking, Moksha Yoga may be an alternative. 60 and 90 minute Moksha classes are offered. Both classes go through the same series of postures but the 90 minute class repeats postures and holds some poses for a longer count. After being accustomed to doing Bikram Yoga for 90 minutes a class, my 60 minute class today flew by!

If you do not already have yoga as a part of your workout regimen I strongly recommend it.  I have been doing Bikram Yoga for the past 2 years now and have found it very benneficial. Strengthening my immune system, my physical fitness, and my mental well-being. (Being able to last in a 108 degree humid and heated room during a 90 min. Bikram Yoga class is a challenge within itself that is mentally and physically invigorating).

Bikram Yoga and Moksha Yoga are safe for any body type. Whether you are in top notch shape, flexible or not, young or old, the practices can be done at your own pace and modified for any fitness level.

During the class, the toxins that are released from your body from the heat alone is beneficial; not to mention the assistance to the circulatory system and internal organs that the exercises provide. In addition, yoga helps to strengthen the spine, creating better posture and relieving back problems and joint pain.

If you have not been to a Bikram or Moksha Yoga class I suggest you go today! And if you can’t today then it’s not to late tomorrow! ;) If you try one of the classes for the first time, let us know what you think!

The classes are challenging but the 60-90 minutes of your time that you dedicate to the practice will add years to your life. If you dedicate your time to this practice, try to optimize your experience by being in the moment, calming your mind, and doing the best you can while you are there.

Enjoy and “Namaste”…. I mean “Chimanaste” ;)

For more information on Bikram and Moksha Yoga, go to bikramyogalasvegas.com or mokshayogalasvegas.com.




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