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Healthy Buzzwords Decoded

WHAT IS SPIRULINA?

In today’s language the buzzword Spirulina is often used – but what is Spirulina? Spirulina is a natural food source of many nutrients to benefit and nourish your body including beta-carotene (a source of Vitamin A), Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, and iron for energy! It is a powerhouse of chlorophyll which is the pigment responsible for its deep green colour, which has been scientifically researched as a natural antioxidant. Spirulina is a great addition to your daily diet, and can be added to smoothies, juice or can be used as an ingredient in protein balls. Spirulina is grown in fresh, alkaline water, which helps it to maintain the benefits.

WHAT IS ANTI-INFLAMMATION?

First, like any infection or injury, our bodies develop inflammation as a defence mechanism and part of the healing process. Twist an ankle and it swells up in part to alert you to the injury, in part to help protect itself against further trauma, and in part to start the healing process. When you include anti-inflammatory foods at each meal, you can help protect your body one meal at a time. Your diet pattern overall should be packed with all of the good stuff by including tomatoes, walnuts, cold water fish, dark chocolate, flax and chia seeds as well as green tea.

WHAT IS GRASS FED?

Most cows start out living similar lives. The calves are born in the spring, drink milk from their mothers and are then allowed to roam free and eat grass or whatever edible plants they find in their environment. This continues for about 6 to 8 months. After that, the conventionally raised cows are moved to feedlots. There the cows are rapidly fattened up with grass feds usually made with a base of soy or corn compared to grass fed cows which may continue to live on grasslands for the remainder of their lives. Levels of nutrients in beef may vary depending on what the cows eat. It is not only important what we eat, it also matters what the food that we eat, ate.

WHAT IS CLEAN EATING?

Clean eating goes beyond simply eating clean food. Essentially clean eating means eating as much whole, unprocessed food as possible. Processing food isn’t inherently bad – many foods have to go through some sort of process before they can be eaten, but some processing methods can introduce additional salt, sugar, fat or chemicals designed to make food more appealing in some way. Processing can also remove a lot of the original nutritional content of the food, so ‘clean eating’ is really just about paying attention to the quality of food you’re putting in your body.

WHAT IS ACTIVATING?

Soaking nuts, grains and legumes in warm, salted water and then drying them at low temperatures is a traditional method of preparation still practiced today in many cultures. It is believed that it makes them easier to digest and frees the nutrients. Raw nuts and seeds contain phytic acid which acts as an antioxidant to protect the plant seed, which can bind to some minerals in our food. We can’t digest phtyic acid, so by soaking and activating raw nuts and seeds it can reduce the amount of phytic acid in them.

WHAT IS GLUTEN FREE?

Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, barley and rye. Gluten-free products contain no gluten, but many products sometimes have added sugar and fat to recreate a pleasing taste and texture. Celiac disease is a condition where the body cannot process gluten. Some people describe symptoms to include sensitivity, fatigue, brain fog, and bloating.