Joys of Sprouts

In the worship of Demeter, goddess of the harvest, the ancient Greeks beheld the mysteries of life itself in the simplicity of the single grain of wheat. They understood the incredible potential of the tiny seed. In it lies the power to sustain, nourish and satisfy. In the germination and sprouting process is contained the vital energies which transform the seed into a tall strong plant which can ultimately reproduce itself many times over.

And so today we are rediscovering, in our own homes, these very mysteries. Sprouted seeds and legumes are being eaten and enjoyed in unprecedented quantities in the 21st century. Sprouting provides fresh salad ingredients any time of year and is a fun thing to do with even very young children.

Nutritionally, sprouted seeds contain vitamins, minerals, enzymes, oxygen and proteins in an absorbable forms, which the most sophisticated supplement pill could not rival. Starches become simple natural sugars, splitting long-chain amino acids and converting saturated fats into free fatty acids, providing more nutrients gram for gram than any other known natural food.

Sprouting easily satisfies the demands of 21st century sustainability – it’s cheap, it’s fast, it doesn’t take up much space and, hey, it’s even FUN – on top of being so completely good for you! Here are some tips to get you started.

Overnight: soak almonds, hazels, cashews, sunflower seeds, etc.  Then drain & rinse.  Store in the fridge in a sealed container for just a day or two.   This is enough to improve digestibility and flavour; add them to salads or to cooked rice.

Sprout for 3-5 days: following a simple soaking and rinsing system, alfalfa seeds, lentils, beans, wheat germ, will produce succulent shoots, providing a little salad patch in the tiniest corner of your own kitchen.

After soaking seeds or grains to grow shoots, make sure to keep the water. It now contains enzymes, vitamins and minerals that can benefit your houseplants.BANNER-Joys of sprouts-300x250

If you’re interested in starting your own kitchen garden we’ve got what you need to get started.  BioSnacky produces a small
jar with a screw-on mesh lid and integral stand, so that you can easily drain off water. There is also a 3-tiered set of trays, which allows you to sprout several varieties of seed without any extra effort.  BioSnacky also offers a nice selection of organic seeds for growing at home, and we’ve got other grains and seeds in the bulk section that are viable for sprouting too!

Come in and ask a customer service consultant for tips!

Article provided by A.Vogel

Life is Good at the Factors Farm

Located on United Boulevard in Coquitlam BC, Natural Fators Farm is the newest extension of a local natural comapny that has been around since 1950!  Today, Natural Factors is one of the largest manufacturers of nutritional products in North America.  Right from day one, they’ve been fully committed to making products right. They are not a public company with shareholders to impress. Instead, they care about impressing their customers.  Here’s what they’ve got to say about the new movement in natural supplementation:

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Local, whole, and good for you: get to know your supplements

We’ve been getting to know our food a bit better in recent years. Not in in an up-close-and-personal kind of way – we don’t need our chicken to have a name and hobbies (though a chicken who could juggle might make for an interesting marketing campaign). No, we want to know that our food was grown in a way that’s good for us, for farmers, and for the environment. We want to know our kale was tended by people who care about the earth, and not just the bottom line. We want to know that the nutrients in our strawberries fulfill the promise of their ruby red colour. And what about the nutrients we take in the form of vitamin, mineral, and herbal supplements?

Well, yes, we want to get to know those, too.

After all, whole foods aren’t just a trend at the dinner table. Today’s nutritional supplements are capturing the benefits of whole foods – such as Natural Factors’ Whole Earth & Sea line, with offerings from multivitamins to bone-health formulas, and more. Like that heirloom tomato from your local farmers’ market, whole food-based supplements bring you the best of what nature has to offer, plus all the benefits of locally grown, locally produced goods.

 

Whole foods vs. isolated nutrients

The best way to get nutrients is from whole foods. Plants provide a broad spectrum of nutrients, from vitamins and minerals to enzymes and phytonutrients, and the whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts. Research suggests that nutrients from whole, raw foods are team players; in other words, a valuable synergy allows key vitamins and minerals to work more effectively together, and makes them more bioavailable, so your body can absorb them easily.

Arguably, this means we would fill our plates with an abundance of fresh fruits and veggies three times a day, every day. And if you’ve figured out how to come up with fresh, home-cooked meals while juggling work, kids, exercise, and if you’re lucky, a social life, call us. No, really – you’ve stumbled upon the secret of life, and we want in. For the rest of us, whole food supplements like Whole Earth & Sea can take the pressure off a little.

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It’s all about soil

Organic farmers often joke that they grow healthy soil – veggies are just a happy side effect. Like all good jokes, there’s truth in it. After decades of mismanaged soil thanks to the advent of chemical agriculture, certified organic farmers are experiencing a renaissance. Healthy organic soil contains all the vital nutrients that plants need to thrive, and foods grown organically have been shown to contain higher levels of key antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals.

Growing organic herbs, fruits, and veggies for whole food supplements makes perfect sense, according to Jan Slama, Research Scientist for Natural Factors in Kelowna, BC: “The purpose is to control the quality of our products from the ground up.” Jan is speaking of Factors Farms, a certified organic farm in BC’s fertile Okanagan Valley where many of the ingredients for Whole Earth & Sea are sourced.

At Factors Farms, Spring is in the air, and seeds are being sown for another season of locally grown herbs and supplements. 25 years of organic, non-GMO farming experience have taught the farmers here just what it means to grow high-quality ingredients. Soon, the fields will be bursting with colourful echinacea, vibrant greens, and sweet, antioxidant-rich berries. Fertilized only with compost and nitrogen-rich sea plants and meticulously cared for by hand, the plants are harvested at their peak and, just down the road, they’re raw processed to preserve those delicate antioxidants.

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Local does it better

Those fields of green could be grown almost anywhere on the planet, but for Jan and the team at Natural Factors, growing at home is important. Sure, you can find Natural Factors and Whole Earth & Sea across North America, but they act more like your friendly neighbour than anything else.

And that’s important to Jan, who says “Canadians want local, organic herbals that they can trust.” For many of us, that means food and supplements grown right here in our own backyard, with all the benefits that come with buying locally grown, locally produced goods: a boost for the local economy, local jobs, sustainability, and healthier communities.

If you’ve made room on your plate for local whole foods, be sure to make room in your medicine cabinet too.
After all, life’s a healthy feast – enjoy it whole!

FEATURED PRODUCT: Garcinia Plus by Organika

OHP_Garcinia_Infograph-01 SUMMARY:  Garcinia Plus provides a great source of Garcinia Cambogia, as well as a combination of other potent weight management ingredients that include:

Bromelain
Apple Cider Vinegar
Chromium
Spirulina

These components provide a great source of antioxidants to reduce oxidative damage to skin and tissues, as well as helping to digest major food elements and regulating glucose metabolism.

As a strong source of Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA), Garcinia Plus helps to prevent fat storage from accumulating within the body, leaving fatty acids readily available for metabolism as an energy source.

Garcinia Plus supports healthy glucose and metabolism with a combination of Garcinia Cambogia, Bromelain, Chromium, and other components essential to metabolism and weight management.

Benefits:

  • Helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates and fats for better overall health.
  • Provides support for healthy glucose metabolism to help balance energy levels.
  • Moderate appetite suppressant to promote weight loss and better digestive health.

 

Garcinia Plus® for Weight Management and Balanced Healthy Living

When you’re looking to improve your health or lose weight, the only honest long term solution is making a lifestyle change. The key to sustainable healthy living is to remember that it’s what you do most of the time that truly counts. Sustainable healthy living should never feel like deprivation; it should however, boost your energy, support healthy weight management and improve mood. This can be easily achieved with a combination of healthy eating habits, exercise and nutrient support, such as Garcinia Plus®. Here are some tips to send you on the right path for your newGarcina 1 healthy lifestyle:

Eating for Health

Eat Clean: Michael Pollen said it best, “eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” The intention should be to eat a clean whole foods-based diet. Simply by eating foods as they are naturally from the earth greatly improves the quality of nutrition you can get from each meal. If the food you’re eating bears little resemblance to its original natural state, you’re likely missing out on important micro-nutrients and phytonutrients you could’ve otherwise been eating.

Control Portions: Eating the right portions of foods is essential for weight management. A good general rule of thumb is that half your plate should be vegetables at every single meal. Make it half a plate of salad, or half a plate of broccoli for example. Your portion of protein is also important to consider. That steak that’s that size of half of your plate at the restaurant, it should actually realistically be about the size of your fist.

Stabilize blood sugar: When blood sugar goes through spikes and drops, it can affect your energy levels. Eating fats and proteins can help to keep blood sugar in balance by reducing the speed at which foods breaks down as glucose in the blood. Eating a diet high in sugars and refined carbohydrates can contribute to insulin resistance, meaning the sugar you eat can’t effectively enter the cell to be used for energy. The body then produces higher amount of insulin to work harder to remove the sugar from the bloodstream. Insulin resistance can contribute to feelings of brain fog and fatigue, as well as cravings for sweets1.

 

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Exercise is important for weight management, heart health, muscle building and metabolism.2 The gym is a great place to go when it’s raining, or to learn new exercises based on your goals if you’re working with a personal trainer, but for some, the gym can be intimidating. Keep in mind, exercise doesn’t have to only be about going to the gym, there are numerous ways you can get out and move your body, the most important part is that you enjoy what you’re doing. Try a yoga class, go for a bike ride, jog outside, go hiking, or take dance classes, or try a few different things to keep things fresh.

 

Nutrient Support

Certain nutrients can help you transition to a healthier lifestyle and assist in weight management.

Organika® Garcinia Plus® contains a combination of 5 ingredients that help to support metabolism and glucose management essential to maintaining a healthy weight:

Garcinia Cambogia: Containing hydroxycitric acid, garcinia cambogia acts as a mild appetite suppressant by temporarily increasing feelings of fullness

Bromelain: Derived from pineapple stem, bromelain aids in the digestion of protein, carbohydrates and fats, as well as helping to relieve symptoms of indigestion

Apple Cider Vinegar: Boosts the metabolism of carbs, fats and proteins

Chromium: Supports healthy glucose metabolism by improving insulin sensitivity

Spirulina: Provides a source of protein to assist in muscle repair and growth

 

 

 

References:

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/research-review-blood-sugar

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/fitness/in-depth/exercise/art-20048389

What is Reishi?

Red Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), commonly known as Ling Zhi in Chinese, is a herbal mushroom known to have miraculous health benefits.

So what’s so good about red reishi?

  • It is non-toxic and can be taken daily without any side effects
  • When it is taken regularly, it can restore the body to its natural state, enabling all organs to function normally
  • Immune modulator – it regulates and fine tunes the immune system

What are the benefits of Reishi?

Red Reishi improves liver function

Red Reishi is primarily composed of complex carbohydrates called water-soluble polysaccharides, triterpeniods, proteins and amino acids. Researchers have identified that water-soluble polysaccharides are the most active element found in Red Reishi that have anti-tumour, immune modulating and blood pressure lowering effects.

Another major active ingredient found in Red Reishi are triterpenes , called ganoderic acids. Preliminary studies indicated that ganoderic acids help alleviate common allergies by inhibiting histamine release, improve oxygen utilization and improve liver functions. Triterpenes are bitter in taste and the level of the triterpene content contained in a product can be determined by the bitterness.

Red Reishi enhance our body’s immune system

Regular consumption of red Reishi can enhance our body’s immune system and improve blood circulation, thus improving better health conditions. Generally, Reishi is recommended as an adaptogen, immune modulator, and a general tonic. Red Reishi is also used to help treat anxiety, high blood pressure, hepatitis, bronchitis, insomnia, and asthma. 

Is there any evidence?

A considerable number of studies in Japan , China , USA , and the UK in the past 30 years have shown that the consumption of red Reishi has been linked to the treatment of a vast range of diseases, common ailments, and conditions. From asthma to zoster, the applications of red Reishi seem to be related to a multitude of body organs and systems.

However, most of the scientific research that has been conducted appears to strongly support red Reishi’s role as a normalizing substance – a nutritional supplement that can yield medical benefits through its normalization and regulation of the body’s organs and functions.

The role of Red Reishi in maintaining a healthy lifestyle can best be explained through the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) point of view because none of the known active components taken alone is as more effective than the consumption of Reishi itself. Whereas Western medicine focuses on the “cure” after the disease has already occurred, TCM, established through over 2,000 years of human observation, focuses on disease prevention by sustaining the right balance within the body through proper nutrition, exercise, and meditation. Reishi is an important adaptogenic herb in TCM in helping the body maintain this balance and also restore the balance when one is sick.

Gleaned from:  http://www.reishi.com/what-is-reishi.htm

 

RECIPE – Vege-Pro Energy Bites

OHP_Vege-Pro_Recipe_EnergyBitesIngredients:

½ cup              organic almond butter

½ cup              organic dark chia seeds

½ cup              organic goji berries

¼ cup              organic & fair trade cacao powder

½ tsp               organic vanilla extract

1  tbsp              honey or organic agave nectar

1  scoop           Organika® Vege-Pro®

Steps:

  • Mix ingredients in a food processor
  • Roll into golf ball size
  • Add topping such as a coconut shavings / crushed almonds / cacao powder

Recipe Supplied by Organika – Copyright © 2015 Organika Health Products Inc.

NEW PRODUCT – Vege-Pro

0THE VEGAN SOLUTION: VEGE-PRO

Finally, an answer to the question that vegans and the health conscious have been asking for years!

If you’re like us, you’re tired of searching endlessly for a plant-based protein supplement that consists of complete protein, and is above the average 10-15 grams in most powders.  Especially for athletes! Or even you weekend warriors.

You’re unique, and as such have unique nutritional requirements.  For celiacs, the lactose intolerant, allergy prone or even the health conscious — it can be a struggle to find protein sources that fuel your everyday triumphs.  Time and time again, the same question arises for many of us:

“How do I get enough clean protein in my diet?”

You could eat your body weight in quinoa, savi seeds or soy in the hopes of meeting your daily protein requirements (which could get quite messy), or, you could think about an instant, delicious alternative.  Enter Vege-Pro® fill the gaps in your diet!

With 19 grams of delicious, 100% organic plant protein sourced from sprouted brown rice, hemp and mushrooms – we just found the answer for you.  Providing approximately one third of your adequate intake of protein, Vege-Pro® is a finely processed protein that offer all 20 amino acids in a convenient format, essential for:

  • Athletes
  • Developing children and teens
  • Those with unique dietary conditions
  • Anyone looking for a clean protein alternative with minimal calories, saturated fat and no sugar!

Normally when you think of plant-based proteins, you recall most powders that involve chalky, gritty proteins that don’t mix well or taste like the soil they came from. Blech!

Vege-Pro® mixes with no grit, is sugar-free and sweetened with Stevia, making for a protein powder that has a deliciously smooth finish and taste.

With your health in mind, Vege-Pro® contains fibre from inulin, pre-and probiotics and calcium to help support your active metabolism, digestion and immune health.

 

The Mushroom Advantage

In contrast to the chalky grit of plant-based proteins you may be accustomed to, Vege-Pro® is unique because of its taste and texture, but most importantly because it combines the benefits of 8 unique mushrooms:

Mushrooms are rich in B-glucans, protein, iron and B vitamins that have been studied to boost metabolism, lower cholesterol levels and improve immune health as a potent source of ergothioneine, that acts to reduce the damage of free radicals to skin, organs and tissues.

The Cleanest Protein on the Market

Grown on an organic, wheat-free oat base, these mushrooms couldn’t get any cleaner. It’s a well-known fact that mushrooms absorb and concentrate from the material they are grown inso we made sure they are only absorbing the best nutrients, and none of the gluten.

Vege-Pro® is gluten, soy and dairy free, as well as being organic certified!

Be sure to get creative with it in the kitchen with this versatile powder:
Vegan lentil burgers? Sure, why not.
Protein pancakes in the morning to start your day off right? Definitely.

Let us know what you come up with in the kitchen using Vege-Pro®!

 

Copyright © 2015 Organika Health Products Inc. – Re-posted with permission

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