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Understanding Superfoods

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We have all heard the term ‘super food’. Every time you read something about nutrition you are told to increase the number of super foods in your diet. Many restaurants now use it as a catch phrase for their salads and healthy meals. But what does it really mean? By definition, a super food is “a food (such as salmon, broccoli, or blueberries) that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person’s health. Super foods increase energy and vitality, regulate cholesterol and blood pressure and may help to prevent or fight cancer and other diseases.” (Source: Marriam-Webster Dictionary).

The issue then becomes what ARE the actual super foods? Click here to read more!

Thanks to our friends over at Fit Communications for being so passionate about helping Winnipeg get healthy! Be sure to check out the awesome initiative they created called FitGirls!

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Hemp Hearts Fast Facts

Hemp Hearts
Hemp Hearts

I would have thought by now that everyone has heard of Hemp Hearts and their benefits, but surprisingly folks are still discovering this amazing superfood!

One of the biggest questions I get asked is if Hemp Hearts are the same as marijuana and will I feel different eating them?  Yes, hemp is a species of Cannabis sativa but no, hemp is not the same as marijuana. Hemp contains 0.001% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) while marijuana contains up to 20% or more.

Hemp Hearts will NOT cause a psychoactive effect nor will they cause a false positive drug test. Manitoba Harvest has been at the forefront of researching and educating consumers about the safety and benefits of hemp. You can read more about the history of hemp by clicking this link.

Hemp Hearts are one of those super foods that you can enjoy right out of the bag! They are slightly nutty flavoured, soft, and so easy to add into your diet.  Add them to your morning smoothie, cereal, yoghurt, salads, soups, I even throw them into stir fry’s!  They don’t overpower the taste of other foods but pack a whole lot of health benefits! Manitoba Harvest has a great recipe page that you can find by clicking here.

  • Hemp Hearts contain 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of Omegas per 30 gram serving.
  • More digestible protein than meat, whole eggs, cheese, human milk, cows milk or any other high protein food
  • Rich in Vitamin E
  • Gluten Free
  • The Omega-6 fatty acids in hemp stimulate skin and hair growth, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism, and help the brain function.
  • The Omega-3 fatty acids in hemp reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, lower blood pressure, and may even ward off Alzheimer’s disease. Hemp seeds are one of the few Omega-3 sources found in plants.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Products
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Products

Besides Hemp Hearts, there are a number of other hemp products that offer the same benefits. At Generation Green, we stock the following Manitoba Harvest Hemp products:

Organic Hemp Hearts (by the bag & now also in bulk!), Yummy Hemp Heart Bites (a perfect snack), Hemp Pro 70 Protein Powder (water-soluble and has a smooth texture), Hemp Bliss Beverages (certified organic), and their brand new energy bars in three flavours (chocolate, vanilla & apple cinnamon).

 

 

pH, Your Body & Why it’s so Important

pH…What does it mean?ph_scale

pH stands for power of hydrogen, which is a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. the “p”  is short for the German word for power, potenz and H is the element symbol for hydrogen.

The higher the pH reading, the more alkaline and oxygen rich the body is. The lower the pH reading, the more acidic and oxygen deprived the body is.

pH ranges from 0 to 14, with 7.0 being neutral. Anything above 7.0 is alkaline, anything below 7.0 is considered acidic.

An optimum healthy body is slightly alkaline measuring approximately 7.4

If you have a health problem, most likely you are acidic. Research shows that unless the body’s pH level is slightly alkaline, the body cannot heal itself. So, no matter what you choose to use to take care of your health problem, it won’t be as effective until the pH level is up. If your body’s pH is not balanced, you cannot effectively absorb vitamins, minerals and food supplements. Basically our body pH affects everything!

acidic-alkaline-phchartSo what can you do to get your body to an alkaline state?

It is basically going  to be all about your diet.  A good rule is to strive to eat 80% Alkaline foods & 20% Acidic foods.

Knowing which foods are acid-promoting and which are alkaline-promoting is the first step to balancing your diet.

Here are some tips I found while researching the subject:

Start your day with a large glass of water with fresh lemon. While lemons may seem acidic, they have the opposite effect on your body.

Eat lots of green leafy vegetables, sprouts Those are the most alkalizing, so load up on the salads!

Drink a smoothie with added green powder like spirulina, chlorella, or other greens. Choose almond milk over cow’s milk, since cow’s mild can be acid-forming.Acidifying_vs._Alkalizing

Try cooking with alkaline spices & herbs, for example paprika, chili powder, parsley, ginger & curry!

Get rid of the added sugar in your diet! Sugar is one of the most acidic foods we consume. Did you know you need over 30 glasses of neutral water just to neutralize the acidity of ONE can of soda, thats crazy! This includes sweetened teas, processed fruit juices and sports drinks. Also remove deep fried foods and processed foods and limit meats, corn, eggs, dairy products, and fish.