How two courageous Indian women are protecting their country’s food heritage from Monsanto

Featuring Dr Vandana Shiva talking about seed saving in India.

Food Matters film free online last day!

This is a fantastic film if you haven’t seen it already be quick

Fragrance.. avoid it!

 

Choose personal care products whose list of ingredients doesn’t include the word fragrance as it is generally synthetic.  You’ll protect your hormonal system and that of your offspring by side stepping fragrances.  You reduce exposure to phthalates – a family of hormone disrupting chemicals found in all of our bodies but at their highest levels in children and in women of child-bearing age.

Phthalates are commonly used to make perfumes last longer and keep nail polish from flaking.  The chemicals cross the umbilical cord from mother to fetus and exposures are thought to be most problematic in the eighth – fifteenth week of pregnancy when the fetus begins to develop as either male or female.

Fragrance effects the planet too

Developmental changes in wildlife first alerted scientists to the hormone disrupting properties of chemicals in everyday products that found their way into their environment.  Alligators downstream from sewage plants were being born with deformities, panthers were suffering from abnormalities.

In lab tests phthalates in synthetic fragrances have found to alter sexual development and cause cancer in lab animals.

—- Do One Green Thing – Mindy Pennybacker

Seasonal Eating for the end of Summer

 

In the southern hemisphere we are enjoying summer.  All the holiday celebrations can be hard on your liver. Crucerferous veges such as brocoli, sprouts and cabbage benefit the liver.  Watercress, fresh fruits, beetroot, garlic, bitter veges and green tea will also benefit liver detox pathways.

Some fantastic foods which are in season at the moment and I’ve been enjoying are.

 

Asparagus

– A natural diuretic which is great if you suffer from fluid retention

-Rich in folate, vit E, vit C. Folate helps carry carbon around the body, this mechanism constantly repairs DNA.

 

Avocado

– Provides nearly 20 essential nutrients including fibre, potassium, vit E, folate.  The good fats in Avos act as a nutrient booster helping the body absorb fat soluable nutrients such as beta carotene and lutein.

 

Kale

– Rich in sulphur – containing phytonutrients which research indicates have the capacity to help fight cancer. Great source of beta carotene and calcium

 

Watercress

– Contains iron, calcium, folic acid, vit A, vit C and iodine. Best eaten in its natural state fresh and crisp.

 

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Let me know in the comments below what you are enjoying eating this season? If it’s not summer where you are let me know which season you are in.

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Spirulina – richest source of nutrition in the world

Spirulina contains over 100 synergistic nutrients and is the single richest and most complete source of total organic nutrition in the world!

As natures richest whole food source of Bio-chelated Organic Iron, its 58 times richer than raw spinach and 28 times richer than raw beef liver! It is also natures richest whole food source of Beta Carotene (Pro-vitimin A) being 25 times richer than raw carrots!

Spirulina is one of nature’s near-perfect foods, as it is up to 70 percent protein by weight and is rich in B vitamins (including B-12), minerals, GLA, natural iodine and phycocyanin

  • “Spirulina was found to have very positive effects for radiation sickness when given to children exposed to radiation after the Chernobyl nuclear accident
  • Many studies have found that Spirulina can serve as a “radiation shield,” helping protect your thyroid gland, strengthen your immune system and blood, protect your kidneys, and bind to heavy radioactive isotopes so they can be more quickly eliminated from your body
  • While spirulina is an excellent source of nutrition, you must be very careful about its source, since it can be contaminated with heavy metals and other environmental pollutants” (www.mercola.com)

Certified Organic Spirulina is in both the Deep Green Alkalising Superfood and Inliven Probiotic Superfood.

10 wellbeing tips from an Ayurvedic lifestyle

 

“Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India. ” – chopra.com

Here are some rituals followed by many who live an Ayurvedic lifestyle. These may inspire you in your own daily practices.

Daily routine

+ The ideal time for waking is before sunrise. Start your day with prayer and meditation, focus on auspicious objects for a pleasant successful day. Take time to plan your actions.

+ Empty your bowels and bladder immediately after to develop regular bowel habits. This helps evacuate any metabolic wastes accumulated overnight.  Drinking tepid water when you first wake up  can encourage regularity.

+ Caring for your mouth, teeth and tongue. Wash your face, clean teeth and scrape your tongue. Use a Herbal gargles this improves voice, complexion and sense of smell.

+ Keep ears healthy by adding sesame oil/coconut oil drops in ears daily.

+ Massage sesame oil on body to improve complexion, hairs lustre, tones muscles and blood vessels, soothes skin and nervous system. Your head, ears and soles of feet in particular should be massaged regularly.

+ Avoid negative feelings such as  greed, vanity, jealousy and anger.  Show respect for others and help them in times of difficulty.  Be decisive, fearless and forgiving making good use of your intelligence.

Looking after your body

+ Exercise regularly.  Before breakfast is good for circulations and keeping doshas in balance. A short brisk walk after meals aids digestion.  All things in moderation though so don’t exert yourself.

+ Nourish your body with well-balanced, nutritious and fresh foods.

+ Try to sleep 6 to 8 hours every night.

+ Never withhold natural urges – thirst, hunger, urination, sleep, sneezing, dont induce them either.

 

Let me know in the comments below if these align with your current rituals or if you are planning to incorporate any of these into your lifestyle.

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