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5 Ways Walking Helps to Decrease Stress

Gregg Carroll - Wednesday, May 29, 2013

We know that walking can burn calories, ward off obesity and reduce the risk of heart disease, but did you know that your afternoon stroll could be a stress-buster and decrease the need for medications related to stress, depression, sleeplessness, etc.?!

5 ways walking helps to decrease stress:

1. Puts your brain in meditative state.

2. Improves attention span: According to studies walking 20 minutes several times a week through a greener landscape helps improve attention span and memory.

3. Boosts stress-busting endorphin levels.

4. Walking in groups decreases the levels of stress hormone cortisol, lowers blood pressure, improves stress resilience and alleviates depression.

5. According to a 2008 study, individuals with sedentary lifestyles experienced a significant boost in energy (20 percent) and a 65 percent reduction in fatigue after following exercise programs centered around walking.

Are You Consuming Enough Vitamin B6?

Gregg Carroll - Monday, May 20, 2013

Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that has a major role in the production of nerve chemicals that is responsible for cell to cell communication. Apart from its neurotransmitter function, it is also essential for fat and protein break down and formation, and helps to maintain immune health. Deficiency of this vitamin leads to nerve injuries, arthritis, depression, diabetes, ADHD and premenstrual syndrome.

How do we ensure we get enough B6 through food?

Do not discard the water in which you cook vegetables.

Do not overcook vegetables, B6 is heat sensitive and there are considerable losses in this vitamin due to heat.

Steam cook foods or consume produce in their fresh or raw state.

Good sources include cereal grains, legumes, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, pistachios, cashews, hazelnuts, peas, chick peas, lentils, spinach, potatoes etc.

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Do Nuts Contain Cholesterol?

Gregg Carroll - Monday, May 13, 2013

NO. Nuts do not contain cholesterol. Cholesterol is exclusive only to animal and animal products, no plant food is a source of cholesterol. Nuts contain plantsterols or phytosterols that have excellent health enhancing properties. Phytosterols are a group of more than 200 naturally occurring compounds with the capacity to inhibit the absorption of dietary cholesterol and lower serum cholesterol. Walnuts provide vital omega-3 fatty acids in addition to the vitamin E, trace minerals, and fiber that other nuts contain. One ounce of pistachios contains more fiber than a half-cup of spinach and the same amount as an orange or apple. These nuts also are good sources of vitamin B-6, thiamin, copper, phosphorus, and magnesium. It is recommended that one should consume an ounce of nut everyday as a part of a wholesome diet for significant health benefits.

Phytosterols in nuts (mg/100 gram):

Almonds: 187mg; Brazil Nuts: 95mg; Cashews: 138mg; Hazel Nuts: 120mg; Macadamia Nuts: 198mg; Pecans: 150; Pine Nuts: 198mg; Pistachios: 280mg; Walnuts: 113mg.

May Newsletter!

Gregg Carroll - Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Celebrate this Mother's day with us. In honor of mothers everywhere we have a Mother's Day Free Love and Chocolate contest!! Hurry the goodies are for the first three orders of $50 or more, so don't delay and spring into action now! Details in our May Newsletter... Cheers to Good health!! - BMO Team [Link]

Why Is Sprouting Good For You?

Gregg Carroll - Monday, May 06, 2013

1.Eases digestion: Sprouts contain active enzymes which enhance digestion and decrease the burden of the digestive system.

2.Nutritional powerhouse: Sprouted nuts and seeds have a higher percentage of nutrients than their unsprouted counterparts.

3.Nullifies the effect of anti-nutrients: Sprouting decreases the anti-nutrients in the seeds and nuts and makes the minerals better available for absorption and use by the body.

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Lucuma, An Easy-to-use Superfood

Gregg Carroll - Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Lucuma powder is made from the tropical lucuma, an exotic Peruvian fruit. Lucuma powder is a healthy and delicious sugar substitute. Although sweet to taste, it is naturally low in glycemic index and is a good source of carbohydrates, fiber, and vitamin B3. Also a good source of antioxidant betacaroetene and minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, potassium and magnesium. It is particularly rich in the B vitamin niacin that aids in maintaining the ideal cholesterol balance in the body. Low in glycemic index, it is suitable for diabetics as well as those that seek natural alternative for artificial sweeteners. Being a natural sweetener, this super food is used as flavoring for ice cream, smoothies, cakes, pancakes, oat meal, chocolates and pretty much most desserts.

Lucuma Sweet Treats

1 cup Love Raw Foods™ almond meal

¼ cup Love Raw Foods™ lucuma powder

1 cup Love Raw Foods™ mejdool dates

½ tbsp Love Raw Foods™ vanilla extract

¼ tsp sea salt

1 cup agave nectar

2 tbsp Love Raw Foods™ coconut flakes

½ cup Love Raw Foods™ cacao nibs (optional)

Combine dates, lucuma powder, almond meal, sea salt, vanilla essence and process in a blender with very little water for the mixture to achieve a dough-like consistency. Once the desired consistency is achieved transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in cacao nibs (if you are using). Make the dough into a even-sized balls and roll in a plate sprinkled with dry coconut flakes.



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