Booster Foods to Maximize Health

Your body is made of cells and those cells are effected by the environment you expose them to.   Things that damage your cells and ultimately create chronic and debilitating degenerative conditions are: toxic exposure, blood sugar instability, inflammation, oxidative damage by free radicals, hypoxia (lack of oxygen), and insufficient macro/micro/phyto nutrients (due to impaired absorption, decreasing nutrients in our foods, or lack of consumption).

Along with avoiding environmental exposure, decreasing stress, getting enough sleep, and eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables,  adding booster foods to your daily diet can help you feel more energized and ward off chronic diseases.  Booster foods give you a ton of nutrient bang for your buck.  They provide many of precursors that your cells need to function properly and do their jobs and in result keep you healthy.   They are full of antioxidants, minerals, phytonutrients, probiotics, and protein.  The best ones to add to maximize the integrity of your cells are:

    • Nutritional Yeast
    • Green powders
    • Algae, seaweeds (chlorella, spirulina, dulse, kelp, sea palm, hijiki, etc)
    • A variety of Spices and Herbs – add as many as you can to your snacks and meals! Dry or fresh but add them.
    • Nuts and Seeds (flax, hemp, sesame, chia, sunflower, etc AND seeds to sprout such as alfalfa, broccoli, etc).
    • Fermented foods (sauerkraut, miso, kumbucha, apple cider vinegar, etc)
    • Beverages- mineral broths, bone broths, green tea, herbal teas (there are hundreds of yummy herbal teas with endless health benefits)
    • Protein powders- whey, hemp, pea, brown rice, collagen
    • Rainbow fruits and vegetables

Put these important foods in your cabinet or fridge, place them where you can see them, and add them to your daily diet as much as you can.

Enjoy! Janel

Homemade Kimchi to save the day (and the gut)!

 

 

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Best welcome home discovery after a week on vacation? Fermented Kimchi that’s all ready!  I was finally brave enough to try my hand at this fermentation style and I am thrilled I did.

After a week on the beach in Mexico indulging in many foods that don’t work for me I was pumped to come home and find my first batch of homemade kimchi ready to enjoy and start the repair.  Adios stomach cramps, constipation, and restless nights.

We all know that gut health plays a primary role in practically all of our body systems functioning properly, including hormone and neurotransmitter production, mitochondrial function,  and our immune system.  One of the best things for gut health and a balanced micro-biome are probiotics.  While  taking capsules work well, you cannot beat the strains in the real whole food version, including sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and kefir.  Plus, its super rewarding to prepare it yourself, patiently wait, and then indulge in all the microorganism goodness.

Here is the recipe I used that rocks

  • 4 cups of shredded cabbage (Napa, Chinese, etc)
  • 1 cup of grated carrots
  • 1 small red onion minced
  • 2 sliced green onions
  • 4 cloves of garlic (less if you don’t love garlic)
  • 1 tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 2 TBL lemon juice
  • 1 TBL sea salt
  • optional 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and squeeze/mash with hands.  Let sit for 30 minutes covered with a towel.  Transfer the ingredients to a wide mouth mason jar.  Push the mixture down as much as you can each time you add a spoonful and at the end.  Once all in the jar and its pressed down make sure that it is all off the sides and under the brine line (so covered in the liquid).  I put a small glass weight on it but you can also use another smaller mason jar filled with water or a rock, etc.  Cover with a cloth and wait as the magic happens.  Might take 5-12’sih days.  Taste it after 7 or so and see how it tastes.  Mine took 12 days this time.  Go on, be brave and try it! People have been enjoying it all over the world for generations.  Enjoy!!!

Wildly, Janel

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