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16 Reasons You Should Eat Sprouts...And Lots of Them.

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If you, like many people, are trying to make the switch from the standard American diet of sugar, hydrogenated oils, GMOs and packaged, processed foods to real, raw, whole foods organically-grown and packed to the brim with nutrients, then you may want to check out sprouts. Used in Asia for thousands of years as a cure for disease and still a dietary staple in most Asian cultures, sprouts h ave a long history of health. In fact, aptain James Cook used them to combat scurvy amongst his crew on the many two or three year trips he spent traversing the globe.

They've only been used in the western world since World War II, when they were used as a sturdy source of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. Able to be planted and grown anywhere and at any time, without the use of soil, sprouts were used commonly throughout the war.

Sprouts have a wide number of nutritional advantages, some of which include:

  • high amounts of Vitamins C & A
  • the entire B-complex
  • increased chlorophyll content
  • higher protein than un-sprouted seeds/nuts/legumes
  • improved calcium, iron, and zinc absorption
  • higher levels of amino acids
  • enriched vitamin E and beta-carotene content
  • reduced gluten proteins
  • high amounts of fiber
  • fewer food allergens
  • more antioxidants

Health benefits of sprouts include:

  • stimulating digestive enzymes in the body
  • converting starch to natural sugar, more easily assimilated and easy on the blood sugar
  • improving digestion and bioavailability
  • breaking down anti-nutrients (compounds that prevent nutrients from being digested, causing several vitamin/mineral deficiencies)
  • supporting beneficial intestinal flora

Sprouts are highly versatile. They pack a nutritious punch by themselves, but can also be

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  • adding them to salads
  • using them in place of greens for salads
  • adding them to sandwiches (in place of lettuce or just for their own merit)
  • putting them in soups
  • mixing them in smoothies or juices
  • blending them in hummus
  • grinding them and using them as flour in baking
  • including them in stir fry dishes
  • and more!

Be creative. Sprouts can be used in a number of ways. You're only limited by your imagination!

Growing sprouts at home is relatively simple and extraordinarily inexpensive.

While it's possible to grow them in a Mason or Ball jar, it involves much more work than growing sprouts in a sprouting tray. In jars, sprouts have to be rinsed multiple times daily to prevent bacterial or mold growth, and trays produce a much larger quantity in half the trouble and without taking precious sink space.

Before you can sprout seeds, however, they need to be soaked. Soak times vary, but the method remains the same. Simply soak seeds/grains/beans/nuts in a bowl for the time allotted on this chart. If the soak time is longer than twelve hours, change out the water and do so again every twelve hours until ready for sprouting.

To sprout:

  1. Rinse and strain seeds, nuts, beans, or grains.
  2. Add a dash of water - one or two tablespoons or so - to keep the sprouts slightly damp. There's no need to submerge them completely.
  3. Leave them out for the proper sprouting time based on the type of sprouts used.
  4. When fully-grown, rinse the sprouts and store in an air-tight container for up to a week, rinsing and switching them to a new container every day to eliminate contamination.
  5. Eat and enjoy!

At Nature's Finest Nutrition, we carry sprouting trays for a mere $24.95. Call to order or come in to get yours and start sprouting, today!

Reach us by phone at (423) 899-8422 or by email at naturesfinestnutrition (at) gmail.com. Visit us on our website or Facebook! We're always happy to help! Please note: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment. We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

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http://www.isga-sprouts.org/about-sprouts/sprout-history/" Accessed 09 March, 2015.

Josh Axe. "Sprout Guide: How to Sprout Grains, Nuts and Beans." No Date.

http://draxe.com/sprout/" Accessed 09 March, 2015.

Joseph Mercola. "Great Reasons to Eat More Sprouts." Published 09 February, 2015.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/02/09/sprouts-nutrition.aspx" Accessed 09 March, 2015.

Joseph Mercola. "What Are Sprouts Good For?" No date.

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Jody and Julie. "15 Creative Ways to Use Sprouts." 24 August, 2011.

http://foodstoragemadeeasy.net/2011/08/24/15-creative-ways-to-use-sprouts/" Accessed 09 March, 2015.

Himalayan Salt vs. Table Salt: Which is Better?

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While many people are aware that regular table salt is bad for you, they assume all other salts must be, too. That’s simply not true. Pink Himalayan salt has a plethora of health benefits and a great flavor, too. Below are some benefits of the pink Himalayan salt above some health concerns that arise from table salt consumption.

HIMALAYAN SALT:

      • slows the aging process
      • aids digestion & absorption of nutrients
      • improves respiratory & sinus health
      • regulates water levels within the body
      • strengthens bones
      • eases arthritis, gout, & rheumatism
      • balances pH levels, particularly in the brain
      • promotes healthy sleep patterns
      • reduces muscle soreness
      • creates healthy libido
      • maintains healthy blood sugar & blood pressure levels
      • detoxifies the body
      • is rich in minerals, containing 84 in total

 

WHEREAS TABLE SALT:

      • increases risk of developing stones in the kidneys and gallbladder
      • cannot be digested by the body
      • turns into sodium chloride, which the body doesn't recognize and see as an invader
      • leads to weight gain
      • causes cellulite
      • is linked to arthritis, gout, and rheumatism
      • raises the risk of developing osteoporosis
      • increases the risk of heart disease or stroke
      • pulls water from the bloodstream, and hence causes thirst
      • contains no nutrients
      • can accumulate in the blood and weaken arteries
      • builds up in the body where it can cause nerve damage.

When it comes to deciding which salt to use, the answer is pretty simple. Why use one that merely harms your body, when you can use one that will benefit it instead?

At Nature's Finest Nutrition, we carry a high quality Pink Himalayan Salt at a very reasonable price.

To order or contact us with other questions, call us at (423) 899-8422 or contact us by email (naturesfinestnutrition (at) gmail.com), or feel free to check us out on our website or on our Facebook page. We hope to hear from you soon!

 

 

Please note: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment. We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

Maria Danne. “What Are the Health Benefits of Himalayan Salt?” No date. Updated 08 June, 2014. http://www.livestrong.com/article/26690-health-benefits-himalayan-salt/  Accessed 05 March, 2014.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM. “The Benefits of Himalayan Salt.” Published 15 May, 2009. Updated 31 July, 2014. <http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/himalayan-crystal-salt-benefits/ > Accessed 05 March, 2014.

Dr. Joseph Mercola. “The 13 Health Benefits of Himalayan Crystal Salt, the Purest Salt on Earth” No date. <http://products.mercola.com/himalayan-salt/ > Accessed 05 March, 2014.

Milk: Raw vs. Pasteurized

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When some people think of raw milk, they cringe. Isn’t it unhealthy? Impure? That’s what the health industry wants you to think. In reality, raw milk has a variety of health benefits that well outweigh those of the store-bought milk sitting in your fridge. Here's How:

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  • was used historically to cure several chronic diseases.
  • contains all 8 essential amino acids.
  • is full of antibodies, which help fight allergies, asthma, and viral and bacterial infections.
  • CAN be digested by those with lactose allergies or intolerance.
  • contains CLA, which boosts the metabolism, reduces resistance to insulin, and lowers food allergy reactions.
  • is rich with fat-soluble and water-soluble vitamins and minerals.
  • is composed of 60 types of enzymes.
  • has 3 mg of good cholesterol for brain, liver, nerve, and blood health.
  • contains saturated fats, which trigger a feeling of fullness and satisfy hunger.

 

PASTEURIZED MILK

  • contains 26.6% less calcium than raw milk.
  • has 25% less vitamin B-1.
  • has 200% less iron.
  • contains 300% less vitamin C.
  • cannot be consumed by people with dairy allergies.
  • destroys essential amino acids in processing.
  • kills certain enzymes naturally found milk when it goes through the pasteurization process.
  • kills certain good bacteria that make milk last longer, and therefore sours quicker.

ALONG WITH ITS VARIETY OF HEALTH BENEFITS, raw milk can also be used in cooking to make other dishes, including:

  • kefir
  • yogurt
  • buttermilk
  • whey
  • cream cheese
  • smoothies
  • protein shakes
  • custard
  • and more!

Versatile, tasty, and packed with probiotics, it's safe to say raw milk is the better of the two. It can be harder to access, however,  so be sure to check your state guidelines on the purchase of raw milk.

For more information,, check out the links below or contact us by phone (423-899-8422) or at our website, www.naturesfinestnutrition.com

Please note: We do not directly or indirectly give medical advice or prescribe through alternative treatment. We recommend that people contact their doctor if they need a medical diagnosis. We assume no responsibility if anyone decides to use this information, which is of historical value, for they are choosing to prescribe for themselves. Healing is sometimes a slow process, and we suggest that you do not stop taking any medications without the guidance of a doctor.

 

 

Anonymous. "The Health Benefits of Raw Milk." 21 June, 2012. <http://www.raw-milk-facts.com/raw_milk_health_benefits.html> Accessed 14 September, 2013.

Northrop, Alyssa. "Benefits of Raw Milk." Updated 13 April, 2014. <http://www.livestrong.com/article/370513-benefits-of-raw-milk/> Accessed 14 September, 2013.

Apple Cider Vinegar (with "The Mother")

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Most people know that apple cider vinegar with the mother (a naturally-occurring bacterial foam containing enzymes and minerals) is beneficial to their health, but not how. Here’s a list of the many benefits and below that, a list of practical uses and directions.  

HEALTH BENEFITS:

• Improves digestion • Speeds metabolism • Encourages weight loss • Regulates pH levels • Deodorizes the body • Balances blood sugar levels • Detoxifies the body • Supports circulation • Provides energyacv • Cleanses the liver • Fights and kills Candida • Reduces heartburn • Lowers bad cholesterol • Eases arthritis • Decreases blood pressure • Reverses skin conditions such as acne • Soothes sore throats • Prevents muscle fatigue after exercise • Increases stamina • Fights allergies • Prevents bladder stones and UTIs • Controls blood sugar levels • Opens nasal passages • Eliminates leg cramps

 

PRACTICAL USES: • An effective, yet gentle all-purpose cleaner.

• Cures hiccups. A spoonful stops them in their tracks.

• A mouth rinse to whiten teeth and eliminate bad breath.

• Fade bruises. Dab the bruise with Apple Cider Vinegar or use a compress.

• Salad dressing! Make a half and half mixture with olive oil for a tasty, zingy flavor.

• Make your hair shine by mixing ½ tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar with a cup of cold water and rinse through your hair after shampooing.

• Remove skin tags. Dab a cotton ball with Apple Cider Vinegar on the skin tag two or three times daily. The skin tag will turn black and fall of painlessly in a few days.

• Get rid of warts! Soak a cotton ball in the vinegar then fasten it over the wart with a Band-Aid overnight. The wart will fall off. Continue treatment for a few days to ensure the wart doesn’t return.

• Soothes sunburn. Add Apple Cider Vinegar to your bath and soak for ten minutes.

• Repels fleas. Spray and rub into your pet’s fur. Do this for several days.

• Use it to clean toilets. Pour Apple Cider Vinegar into the bowl and let it sit overnight. The acid will scrub the inside of the toilet clean. Flush in the morning.

• Eliminate dandruff. Apply a half and half mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar and water and apply to the scalp. Allow this to sit for an hour or two, then rinse.

 

Have any questions or other suggestions? Any other ways you use Apple Cider Vinegar in your home? Let us know! We'd love to hear about it.

Comment below, contact us by phone at (423) 899-8422, or email us at (naturesfinestnutrition (at) gmail.com). You can also check us out on our website or on our Facebook page. We hope to hear from you soon!

Sources:

Leah Webber. "Apple Cider Benefits." Published 13 March, 2014. < http://www.livestrong.com/article/377670-apple-cider-benefits/ > Accessed 09 April, 2014.

Alyssa Jung "13+ Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar." No date. < http://www.rd.com/slideshows/apple-cider-vinegar-benefits/#slideshow=slide14 > Accessed 09 April, 2014.

Jawairia Zafar, OCT. "Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits." Updated 24 June, 2014. < http://www.homeremediesweb.com/apple_cider_vinegar_health_benefits.php > Accessed 09 April, 2014.

Lisa Mitchell. "15 Reasons to Use Apple Cider Vinegar Every Day." Published 21 August, 2012. < http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5875/15-Reasons-to-Use-Apple-Cider-Vinegar-Every-Day.html > Accessed 09 April, 2014

The Health Benefits of Nattokinase

What is it? Nattokinase is an enzyme grown on the Japanese food, Natto, a dish of fermented soybeans. For over a thousand years, Natto was commonly known and used for benefiting heart health, but no one knew why.

In 1980, a scientist named Hiroyuki Sumi isolated the active ingredient and deemed it "Nattokinase," which literally means, "enzyme in natto." Since then, the enzyme has been used to promote cardiovascular health around the world.

What does it do?

Nattokinase has a plethora of benefits, including:

  • breaking up and preventing blood clots.
  • thinning the blood.
  • promoting bone health.
  • containing proteins and vitamin B2 for youthful-looking skin.
  • lowering blood pressure.
  • providing several minerals, including manganese, iron, magnesium, and copper.
  • helping heal blood vessels.
  • reducing inflammation.
  • deterring heart disease and stroke.
  • dissolving fibrin in the blood.

In addition, nattokinase has the potential to help varicose veins, fibromyalgia, angina, hemorrhoids, muscle spasms, and diabetes.

Here are some testimonies from  satisfied customers:

Danielle C: Raynaud's disease was something that I lived with since birth. When my hands and feet were going numb by mid-morning every day, it became a problem. Jim recommended I take Nattokinase. After taking it for about four days, my hands and feet would not become numb or go cold under any circumstance. After a year of taking Nattokinase once a day, I have not had any symptoms return.

Lemmie T: My blood pressure only stayed normal by taking medication. I decided to try Nattokinase, and in one month I was able to get off medication and my blood pressure remains in a healthy range.

Vera L: After two deaths in my family, my blood pressure shot up way above safety and stayed there for more than eight years until I met Jim and started taking Nattokinase. Now my blood pressure levels could not be any better.

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