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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.

Sources:

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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.

http://foodfacts.mercola.com/sprouts.html" Accessed 09 March, 2015.

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.

How to Jumpstart - Or Kill - Your Immune System

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This time of year, germs seem to be everywhere. Whether it's the common cold, the flu, a stomach bug, a mystery respiratory virus, or something much, much worse, it seems like coming down with some sort of sickness is inevitable. It doesn't have to be.

Below are two lists: one containing the best things you can do to preserve and promote a healthy immune system, and another containing the worst things.

Beneath that, we have a list of things around the house that are most likely to be germ hot-spots, and things you'll want to clean very, very well.

BEST:

  • Probiotics: gut health comprises 80% of the immune system. Keep the gut healthy, and the immune system will be, too!
  • Exercise: this boosts white blood cell activity to fight off infection.
  • Weight Management: make it a goal to obtain and maintain a healthy weight. Obesity cripples the immune system and several other processes and organs in the body.
  • Diet: eat organic whole food - mainly fruits and vegetables. These are high in antioxidants and nutrients the body needs to support healthy immune function.
  • Supplement: some of the best natural, herbal supplements to support a healthy immune system include ionic silver, elderberry, echinacea, vitamin C, and garlic, though there are many, many more!
  • Water: stay hydrated and drink half your body weight in water daily. This will allow the body to better flush out toxins.

WORST:

  • Smoking: this inhibits immune function and can leave the body more susceptible to disease.
  • Alcohol: prevents the body from absorbing nutrients necessary to proper immune health. As a result, this causes the immune system to be sluggish in response to infection.
  • Stress: it's no secret that stress damages the body. The immune system is no exception. Stress reduces immune response, weakens white blood cells, and causes inflammation. Relaxation techniques and calming herbs can help relieve tension.
  • Sugar: it's no secret sugar is bad for you. Aside from meeting all the requirements of being an addictive drug, sugar also prevents white blood cells from killing germs and bad bacteria.
  • Processed Foods & Sodas: the chemicals, preservatives, and pesticides used in the growing and processing of these foods are toxic on the entire body, not just the immune system. Combine this with sugar and you can say goodbye to your immune system.
  •  Prescription Medications: both prescribed and over-the-counter medications are very foreign and toxic to the body. They weaken the body rather than heal, and prolonged use of antibiotics can have severe damage on the immune system.

THE TOP GERM HOT SPOTS:

  • The Kitchen Sink
  • Kitchen Washrags/Sponges
  • Children's Toy
  • Telephones
  • Keyboards/Remote Controls
  • Toothbrushes
  • Public Soap Dispensers
  • Vacuum Cleaner

The best, most effective cleaners for problems such as  these are GNLD's Green, and Nature's Sunshine's Silver Shield. Both can be diluted and sprayed on objects, surfaces, and even pets! They're gentle and extraordinarily safe. We carry both!

For more information on immune-boosting supplements or any other questions you may have about this article, please feel free to contact us. We're always more than happy to help.

Reach us by phone at (423) 899-8422 or 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.

 

Sources:

 Sourav. "What Causes a Weak Immune System?" Published 04 May, 2010.

< http://healthmad.com/health/what-causes-a-weak-immune-system/ > Accessed 21 October, 2014.

Anonymous. "6 Easy Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally." Published 11 September, 2014.

< http://www.budwigcenter.com/6-easy-ways-boost-your-immune-system-naturally/ > Accessed 21 October, 2014.

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<; http://mom.me/home/3760-10-worst-germ-hot-spots/ > Accessed 21 October, 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.