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Cleaning Out Your Food Closet

  We find that it is always best not to have things in the house that may serve as a temptation when undergoing a nutritional regimen shift.  That’s easy enough, but how do we recognize exactly what is NOT good for us MSG. Monosodium glutamate has been described as an excitotoxin.  This flavor enhancer is linked to a host of health issues, including fibromyalgia (1), obesity (2), fatty liver (3), high insulin and blood sugar (3), high cholesterol (3), liver toxicity (3), metabolic syndrome (4), high blood pressure, disturbance to the gut-brain connection (5), neurological and brain damage (6). The danger lies in that MSG is almost impossible to avoid. MSG is also suggested to be responsible for allergies, asthma, stomach...

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Tea: Ancient Origins - Modern Health Benefits

Tea has ancient origins (see title) and has  proven to be an invincible social adhesive as well as the focus of rituals and ceremonies and a health-based medium for both recovery from illness and strengthening of the energy system.  Chinese Emperor Shen Nong allegedly discovered tea in 2737 BC while boiling water in the shade of a tree. A light breeze caused some leaves to fall into the water, which the emperor tasted and found to be delicious. Since then science has both discovered and evaluated the healthy properties and benefits of tea, from pleasant beverage to tonic herb with various topical applications. Here is a short list of teas and their potential health benefits: Green tea: Made with steamed tea leaves, it has...

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Alkaline Coffee Mocha Latte

We at Bodhi Vida love our coffee. We limit our intake to 1-2 cups/day and only drink organic coffee. Why organic? Coffee crops are heavily sprayed with pesticides but when you buy organic you benefit from the antioxidants equal to 1 cup of organic blueberries. Acidity is one of the strongest arguments people have against drinking coffee. But what if there was a way to alkalize your coffee? GREAT NEWS, there it! By adding 2 tablespoons of naturally alkaline coconut oil to your coffee, you neutralize the acidity. Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acid that directly fuels the brain and prevents dementia and even alzheimer’s. (Hint: the brain needs healthy saturated fats!) Here is our favorite coffee lovers...

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Raw Chocolate Mousse

Consider this decadent raw treat a beauty boosting super food! And avocados are basically nature’s multivitamin in a fruit. This recipe can be enjoyed for breakfast, snack, lunch or dessert and satisfies the sweet tooth. Got PMS? This rawsome recipe is the perfect sub for sweet/fatty/comfort cravings! Ingredients: 2 avocadosRaw cacao (to taste)6 Tbs coconut oilMaple syrup or raw honey (to taste)]Optional: 1 ripe bananaSliced strawberry as garnish Using a food processor, vitamix, nutribullet or other, add 2 ripe avocados, 3 T maple syrup, 4 T cacao, 6 T coconut oil and optional banana. Blend until smooth and creamy. Can add more maple syrup and cacao to taste.  Rich in potassium, magnesium, antioxidants, medium chain fatty acids, fiber and vitamins,...

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Seaweed, the Kale of the Sea

Do you want to up your green game? Then get your algae on and reap the benefits. Rich in A, C, calcium and iodine, some types of seaweed are purportedly anti-carcinogenic (wakame and kombu for example), and can be delicious. A study of the effects of Bladderwrack at the University of California at Berkeley in 2004 suggests that dietary Bladderwrack may prolong the length of the menstrual cycle and exert anti-estrogenic effects in pre-menopausal women. Furthermore, the studies also suggest that seaweed may be another important dietary component responsible for the reduced risk of estrogen-related cancers observed in Japanese populations. Clearly the Japanese are top of the seaweed stakes in both variety and preparation, so the best sources would have to be Japanese restaurants...

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