Raw Foods & Super Foods

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  1. GSD

    GSD Active Member

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    These 2 categories have recently become very visible in the food and health industries.

    Are they food fads? Are they just marketing ploys for existing foods? Are there any additional benefits to your health and well-being? If raw means no animal flesh, as stated on the purelyraw site, why wouldn't you be allowed to each raw eggs, sushi or other raw meats?

    Share your thoughts, opinions, experiences, or questions about the foods that fall into these categories here.

    Post pictures, websites, places to buy or get raw foods and super foods.

    Raw Foods Definition

    Firstly Purely Raw Food is purely plant foods. Fruits, Vegetables, Greens, Nuts, Seeds, Grains, etc. No foods from animal sources. This means no dairy, eggs, or flesh. Raw food has never been subjected to heat over 38 degrees Celsius. This is also our body temperature. Anything that has been heated to above our own body temperature is dying because the enzymes, vitamins and minerals begin to deform and die at this temperature.

    http://purelyraw.com/definitions.htm

    Raw food has never been subjected to heat over 38 degrees Celsius. This is also our body temperature. Anything that has been heated to above our own body temperature is dying because the enzymes, vitamins and minerals begin to deform and die at this temperature. Our bodies do not recognise cooked food as food at all. Instead cooked food is treated by our system as a toxin. (see 'Cooking Changes Food', under 'Why?', for more information)

    Super Foods Definition

    Super foods are rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. They are minimally processed foods, such as fresh fruits or low-fat yogurt, that provide your body with the maximum amount of nutrition. These foods are full of flavor and are versatile in many recipes. You can eat super foods each day to to provide your body with multiple nutrients, without consuming too many calories.
    Identification

    Super foods are nutrient dense, which means they offer multiple nutrients while providing minimal calories. Nutrient-dense super foods are the colors of the rainbow. They are red, orange, pink, yellow, purple and green. These are the colors of super foods such as blueberries, bell peppers, spinach, salmon, kidney beans and grapefruit.

    Livestrong Website http://www.livestrong.com/article/346568-definition-of-super-foods/

    * A caution from ehow website "While super foods are good for your health, it's important to remember that your diet cannot consist of these foods alone. Most nutrition experts agree that a healthful diet is made up of a balanced variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains/fiber, low-fat dairy products and low-fat proteins. Don't get caught up in the super food bandwagon and neglect your balanced diet." * http://www.ehow.com/about_5118464_definition-super-foods.html




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  2. Wing

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    I was just about to comment something similar to this:
    My herb teacher always said, "Eat a rainbow."
    Colors in foods indicate vitamins they contain. If you eat many different colors in a day, you are on the right track to eating healthy.
    Fresh, good sources of produce is also important. You get what you pay for, essentially.
    It is important to realize that vegetables need water to grow. So, if that water is foul or from a contaminated area, you are ingesting that water and all that is in it.
    Cheap produce is often from questionable sources.
    There have been many E. Coli breakouts and I suspect the water and handling.
    ALWAYS rinse your produce! You never know what might have touched it before you.
     
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    Wheat Grass - Nutrients & Tablets, Juice, Powder, Manual or Masticating Style Juicer

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    Chlorella - (also used in detoxification of things like heavy metals: cross-linked to Detoxification thread) is a special algae called Pyrenoidosa that grows in fresh water and has the highest content of chlorophyll (28.9g/kg) of any known plant on earth. It is extremely high in enzymes, vitamins and minerals, including the full vitamin-B Complex. It has been shown to activate your limited number of macrophages that scavenge and digest cancer cells, foreign proteins and chemicals. This life form emerged over 2.5 billion years ago, and was the first form of plant with a well-defined nucleus. There are fossils from the pre-Cambrian period that clearly indicate the presence of Chlorella. Because Chlorella is a microscopic organism, it was not discovered until the later 19th century, deriving its name from the Greek, chloros meaning green and ella, meaning small. Chlorella belongs to the eucaryotic cell category of algae and lives in fresh water as a single celled plant. Its size is about that of a human erythrocyte (between 2-8 microns in diameter). Under favorable growth conditions; strong sunlight, pure water and clean air, chlorella multiplies at an incredible rate. The process of reproduction can generally be divided into several steps; growth-ripening-maturity-division. Broken cell wall preparations and extracts of Chlorella pyrenoidosa, a unicellular green alga, as well as other Chlorella species, when either given orally or injected, promote growth and healing. These preparations stimulate the immune system in such a way that the host is protected from infection and cancer.

    Here are just a few benefits you may experience w/ chlorophyll..

    * Aids you in processing more oxygen*
    * Cleanses key elimination systems like your bowel, liver, and blood*
    * Helps purify your blood and clean away toxins*
    * Aids you in promoting optimal blood pressure*
    * Supports elimination of molds in your body*
    * Helps neutralize bad air you might breathe in*
    * Promotes growth and repair of your tissues*

    All of the following have been associated with the consumption of Chlorella: increased production of interferon; cleansing the blood stream, liver, kidneys, and bowel; stimulates production of red blood cells; increases oxygen to your body's cells and brain; aides digestion; promotes proper growth in children; stimulates tissue repair; helps raise the pH of your body to a more alkaline state; helps keep the heart functioning normally; and helps promote the production of friendly flora in your gastrointestinal tract. Chlorella can be used by everyone. For: fatigue, high or low blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, memory loss, high cholesterol, digestive problems, obesity, headaches, infections, aged skin, toxemia, poor circulation, joint stiffness and pain, sleep disorders, allergies, injuries, and overall health.

    This species' proteins contain all the amino acids known to be essential for the nutrition of animals and human beings. There are also vitamins found in Chlorella pyrenoidosa including: Vitamin C, pro-vitamin A (B-carotene), thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), pyridoxine (B6), niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, Vitamin B12, biotin, choline, Vitamin K, lipoic acid, and inositol. Minerals in Chlorella pyrenoidosa include: phosphorus, calcium, zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron, and copper.

    Although the algae grow naturally in fresh water, Chlorella pyrenoidosa destined for human consumption is generally cultivated in large, fresh mineral water pools under direct sunlight. The growing process must be carefully inspected and sanitary conditions are meticulously maintained to ensure there is no contamination of the Chlorella with other microorganisms. Once the fresh-water pools have enough Chlorella cells in them, the algae are harvested and the tough cell walls of the Chlorella must then be broken down to increase the algae's digestibility. This is accomplished with the patented process utilizing the Dyno-Mill unique method developed under the guidance of Mr. Hideo Nakayama of the Sun Chlorella Corporation. All of the other methods, which include heating or treatment with enzymes, compromise Chlorella's digestibility, therefore eliminating full health benefits of Chlorella. The Dyno-Mill physically disintegrates the cell wall by using only natural, mechanical means and therefore there is no need for chemicals, enzymes or heating that can compromise its nutritional value, while assuring optimum assimilation and digestion.

    With the Dyno-Mill technique, Chlorella is more than 85% digestible. Once the cell wall has been broken, Chlorella is spray-dried, producing a powder and molded into tablets using a direct press machine. The final results are solid tablets of pure Chlorella pyrenoidosa. A maintenance dosage of Chlorella tablets and Chlorella liquid extract for those in good health is 15 tablets (3g) and 30 ml. Those with severe medical conditions may increase the daily dosage as much as three times, depending on their specific needs. Chlorella pyrenoidosa affects the immune system by stimulating an increase in the number and activities of macrophages and polymorphonuclear leukocytes. An acidic polysaccharide prepared from Chlorella cell wall has also been shown to induce the production of interferon in vitro and in mice, and therefore, part of Chlorella pyrenoidosa's anti-cancer effect in part may be mediated through the actions of this cytokine. An acidic polysaccharide purified from the hot water extract of Chlorella pyrenoidosa possessed anti-tumor activity against five transplantable murine tumors in vivo. Complete blood counts, differentials, cytometric determinations of natural killer (NK) cells and T-cell subsets, and in vitro lymphocyte activation assays to assess level of immunosuppression, were performed on blood samples, as well as imaging studies of the brain and blood tests, performed at 3-4 month intervals, all showed Chlorella supplementation enhanced the body's immune abilities and slowed the development of tumors, while returning values to normal by around eight months. The algal cell wall of Chlorella pyreneidosa absorbs rather large amounts of toxic metals (similar to an ion exchange resin).

    Either the specific combination of amino acids, the Chlorella derived growth factor, or some yet unknown other mechanism leads to the mobilization of mercury from within the cell. It definitely appears to mobilize some mercury inside the brain. All amino acids can cross the blood brain barrier; however, there is always competition between them for cell sites. The sulfur amino acids Methionine, Cysteine and Cystine are critical for the detoxification of heavy metals and xenobiotics. L-Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant that inhibits the formation of free radicals. It can cross the blood brain barrier and can remove mercury, cadmium and other toxic metals from the brain. The key substance for nutritional support in mercury detoxification is Chlorella. Chlorella has been shown to effectively sweep mercury out of the bowel and from the cells. Chlorella is also shown to act as an ion exchange resin in your gut, eliminating mercury from your blood. Chlorella plays a key role in helping patients remove dangerous mercury overloads in their bodies. Chlorella can have a strengthening effect on body cells by supporting the functioning of our metabolic pathways. Chlorella can promote cell reproduction, reduce cholesterol and increase hemoglobin levels. Since chlorella is such a broad-spectrum product, it can help to support and repair organs and tissues that have been injured by a variety of causes. Numerous research projects in the USA and Europe have indicated that Chlorella can also aid the body in the breakdown of persistent hydrocarbon and metallic toxins such as DDT, PCB, mercury, cadmium and lead as well as strengthening the immune system response.

    The fibrous materials in Chlorella will also improve digestion and promote the growth of beneficial aerobic bacteria in the gut. Other research programs have indicated that regular use of chlorella can help to guard against heart disease, reduce high blood pressure and lower serum cholesterol levels.

    http://tuberose.com/Chlorella.html

    Broken Cell Wall Chlorella allows for greater absorption of the nutrients up to 83% http://products.mercola.com/chlorella/

    The picture below shows the cell wall of the chlorella. Chlorella is sold as broken cell wall chlorella & unbroken.

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    Raw Organic Coconut Oil (Caution from GHP: Eat too much it will make you crap like a goose :p) & Coconut Butter (Contains some coconut oil)

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    Medical Research Links on Health Benefits - http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/Coconut Research-Coconut Research Center.pdf

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    List of Potential Benefits

    Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
    Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
    Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete's foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
    Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
    Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
    Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
    Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
    Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
    Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
    Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
    Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
    Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
    Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
    Helps protect against osteoporosis.
    Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
    Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
    Improves digestion and bowel function.
    Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
    Reduces inflammation.
    Supports tissue healing and repair.
    Supports and aids immune system function.
    Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
    Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
    Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
    Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
    Functions as a protective antioxidant.
    Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
    Does not deplete the body's antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
    Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
    Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
    Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
    Reduces epileptic seizures.
    Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
    Dissolves kidney stones.
    Helps prevent liver disease.
    Is lower in calories than all other fats.
    Supports thyroid function.
    Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
    Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
    Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
    Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
    Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
    Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
    Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
    Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
    Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
    Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
    Helps control dandruff.
    Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
    Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
    Is completely non-toxic to humans.
     
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    Taking request for topics in this thread

    If I get none I'll continue on my own
     
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    Sprouted grains, beans, herbs pretty much anything that grows

    Some benefits
    Increases nutrient values and availability in all sources
    Eases digestion
    Can change and acid forming food to alkaline

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    Useful Websites
    http://www.sprouting.com/
    http://nourishedkitchen.com/sprouted-grain-flour/
    http://www.everynutrient.com/the-benefits-of-eating-sprouted-grains.html
    http://community.vitamix.com/_Making-Sprouted-Whole-Wheat-Flour/blog/290741/22442.html
    http://greenlivingideas.com/2008/06/12/sprouting-grains-and-legumes/
     
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    I like bean sprouts. :)
     
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    You shared good information about raw foods and super foods.
    These both foods are healthy for the body and we must take these in our daily foods.
    They provide all the necessary vitamins, protein, and energy.
     
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    You shared good information about the raw foods and super foods.
    These both foods are healthy for our body and provide all the necessary vitamins, protein, and energy.
    We must take them in our daily foods.


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