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Invest in Your Health

Your health is a pure reflection of what is going on inside your body, mind and soul. Physical health is one of the most important things you can invest in, especially during the fall and winter months on the Northern Hemisphere. If you’re anything like how I used to be, you’d put off going to the doctors for your annual check up or avoid taking any real preventative measures for boosting your health and immunity.  Depending on how you grew up and where your parents landed on the socioeconomic scale, doctor visits and health insurance may seem like a simple necessity or a huge luxury. In my world, I was so used to compiling a list of things I “couldn’t afford”, that I ended up making myself even more sick and miserable, year after year. 


Your Health is an Investment, Not an Expense

Somewhere down the line, we became disconnected from our bodies. We stopped eating whole foods full of nutrients and vitamins. We substituted exercise and moving in the fresh air to globo-gyms with recycled air and repetitive, aggressive movements. We forgot about the mantras, the chants, the medicine of song and dance. Many of us find ourselves in the cycle of feeling stressed, tired, overweight, unhappy, unsatisfied, and bored. This is not how we were meant to live. We aren’t supposed to strictly “survive” our day-to-day, we’re meant to thrive.


When we find ourselves in a cycle similar to what I mentioned above, it’s easy for us to find reasons why we won’t be able to get out of said cycle. We blame genetics, our lack of income to see a doctor or pay for the expensive supplements all the health gurus tell us we need. We tell ourselves the story we don’t have the time, the money, the support- the list goes on. But here’s the solid truth that no one has dared to say because quite frankly, it isn’t sexy and it isn’t profitable- You aren’t making your health and well-being a priority. Period. This usually comes from a lack of value systems and understanding our self-worth. I’m going to tell you RIGHT NOW, you are SO worth investing in, and your HEALTH is so worth the investment. 


How do we go from a “lack-mentality” in our consciousness to an “abundance mentality”? Changing our inner dialogue from “I can’t afford this” to “I deserve this” is one of the easiest steps to take, and it doesn’t cost you anything. My twenties pretty much consisted of avoiding doctor visits, and doing my best not to end up in a hospital because I didn’t have health insurance. I looked at anything outside the realm of going to the gym as a luxury I just simply couldn’t afford. I was viewing these outside sources as unnecessary expenses, not an investment for my future self and my health.


Protect Your Health During, “Flu Season”


Hmm.. Why the quotation marks, you ask? Because the, “Flu Season” isn’t a thing. As a collective, many people come down with the flu during the fall and winter months especially because of the inability for our bodies to adapt to decrease sun exposure. Mix this with stress for end of the year holidays, shuttling the kids back and forth to their practices and training, less water intake and usually more alcohol intake, and let’s not forget the extra sugary snacks, artificial holiday drinks, and an increase in heavy “comfort” food. It’s a recipe for disaster. We create internal chaos for our system, our immunity levels are super low, and we catch the flu of the week. 


Want some immunity-boosting tips for the Fall? Listen to, Welcoming the Fall Equinox” podcast with Erin Oberlander for some practical tips and advice for thriving during the fall and winter months.


How can we support our bodies and our immune system in the most ethical and economic ways? Below is a list of a few natural remedies that are super worth the once-in-a-while splurge and investment, as well as practical tips you can incorporate in your daily practice that will help boost your immunity and protect your health. 


Holistic Practices That Are Worth The Investment


High Quality Probiotics

I know. Five or six years ago if you told me I’d be buying $65 dollar bottles of probiotics I would have laughed and said, “yah, sure bro.” I also at the point had not experienced dengue in the midst of the jungles in Mexico. Want to know one of the main things that got me out of that horrible, less than desirable experience? Probiotics. Of course, high quality doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be expensive. And what works for me may not work for you. We all have different genetics, and have gone through different traumas in our lives. For me, I had constant ulcers and stomach problems as a child all the way through my teenage years. I was a nervous, stressed out, introverted being and I did absolutely nothing for probably 25 years to address my gut-health. 


What Are Probiotics? Probiotics are live bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to fight off infection and absorb proper nutrients. According to a study in 2016, it was found that our bodies contain almost the same amount of bacteria in our gut as it does for cells in our entire body. This really puts into perspective how important our gut health is. 


Why Should I Invest in Probiotics for My Health? Having healthy amounts of good gut-bacteria is extremely beneficial for your health. It’s responsible for creating enzymes that destroy harmful bacteria. Good gut-bacteria is responsible for producing vitamin B12 and vitamin K2. Vitamin k2 helps activate certain proteins that play a role in calcium metabolism, heart health, and blood clotting. In 2015, a study revealed the direct link to the “gut-brain connection” and notes the complex dance that happens within our gut and brain. Some early research suggests a link to aiding in our mental health with the use of good quality probiotics.


Which Probiotics are Best For Me?

This is very dependent on you,  your body, and what it needs. I always suggest to get the real deal before spending money on secondary supplementation. What foods are naturally high in probiotics?

  • Fermented vegetables such as Kimchi and Sauerkraut
  • Probiotic-rich non-pasturized greek yogurt
  • Kombucha
  • Kefir
  • Miso Soup
  • Pickles/ Pickled vegetables


For those who already know they have difficulty absorbing nutrients (ahem, Hi!), a probiotic supplement is probably the route you want to take. ALWAYS consult with your doctor, nutritionist or naturopath before beginning new supplements into your diet. 

Below are some of my most recommended probiotic supplements.


Bone Broth

Bone broth is extremely nutritious and holds so many health benefits. Bone broth is a highly nutrient dense liquid containing brewed bones, herbs, vegetables and connective tissues. To make bone broth, you can use cow, pork, chicken, and or fish bones. Drinking bone broth has been studied extensively in the past five years and may be beneficial for the joints, immunity and digestive system, among many other things.

Photo from Dr.Axe


Can I buy bone broth? Or do I need to make my own? Personally, I prefer to make my own bone broth. It is a labor of love and patience is definitely needed as it takes up to 8-12 hours for some recipes. However, when I make my own broth, I know exactly which ingredients are being used and I can alter the flavors. Over the past three to five years, bone broth has been growing in popularity and companies have hopped on the Bone Broth train- allowing for the health benefits of this liquid gold concoction along with the convenience of buying pre-made. Either way, as long as you take into account where the bones and produce are coming from, both are fine options.


What are the Benefits of Bone Broth? There are SO many benefits for drinking and enjoying bone broth for your health and immunity. As the fall and winter months approach, one of the best things you can do for your immune system is drink some broth on a regular basis. Below are some key benefits of bone broth.

  • May protect joints and benefit joint health
  • May help fight osteoarthritis
  • Can help reduce inflammation
  • Heals the gut
  • May aid in restful sleep
  • Boost in collagen (cellular rejuvenation)
  • Increase in bone strength


High Quality Bone Broth Brands

I completely understand. You have a life, maybe you have kids, maybe you have a full course load for school and work part time. Maybe you aren’t very time-rich yet, but you want to take the right steps towards your holistic health journey. Here are a few of my absolute favorite, high quality, ethical bone broth brands and companies.


Holistic Practices That Are Economical

If you aren’t fully able to invest in your health due to financial reasons – I have you covered! There are a handful of simple changes you can do to your routine that will help boost your immunity and benefit your health and overall well-being. I know- this is probably “health advice” you have heard a million times. However, I want to challenge you to try these tips in a week and see how your body responds. You never know- it may just turn into part of your holistic routine.


Get Restful Sleep

I know this isn’t news to anyone, and we hear this ALL the time. When it comes to your immunity and health, sleep plays a huge role. TO be clear, sleeping or getting extra sleep won’t prevent you from getting sick. Lack of sleep will trigger our immune response and possibly suppress your immune system, leaving you susceptible to the cold or flu. Our body needs time to rest and regenerate. If you find your schedule being disrupted by obligations, busy work week, etc., it’s best to fully invest in some naps. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “Taking two naps that are no longer than 30 minutes each —one in the morning and one in the afternoon—has been shown to help decrease stress and offset the negative effects that sleep deprivation has on the immune system.  “


In a recent study published in 2017 mentions, “when sleep deprived people are given a vaccine, there is a lower antibody response and if you expose sleep deprived people to a rhinovirus they are more likely to get the virus,” Generally speaking, a healthy sleeping pattern is integral for our survival. Our bodies need sleep to fight off infectious diseases as well.


Long term lack of sleep can also increase your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart and blood vessel diseases. Research indicates your body reacts to sleep deprivation by producing what scientists call a “c-reactive protein”. This particular protein is a marker for inflammation, which plays a huge role in many diseases.


Stay Hydrated!

This also is another tip that sounds so simple (because it is!), but many of us don’t get our recommended amounts of water daily. Typically during the winter months we find ourselves dehydrated and inflamed which is a welcome mat for virus’s and dis-ease. If you think about it, our physical composition is like 70% water. If we’re not drinking water then we’re depriving our body of hydration. Want to know something else? We typically tend to get a more restful sleep when we’re fully hydrated and less stressed.


Drinking fluids and staying hydrated is crucial to staying healthy and maintaining the function of our organs and body, including your heart, brain, and muscles. Fluids carry nutrients to your cells, flush bacteria from your bladder, and helps prevent from being constipated, which can lead to a lot of GI and lower abdominal discomfort.


Many people find it hard to start drinking more water on a daily basis. When we find ourselves chronically dehydrated, our bodies tend to be a little bit more acidic within our Ph – system. An acidic body = a welcome mat for dis-ease. An alkalized body = healthy. Making sure our bodies are in an alkaline state also helps fight free-radical damage and inflammation while supporting healthy cellular regeneration within your body so you can stay healthy and thrive.


Invest In Your Health Now For A Healthy Future


Life rips sometimes. And its hard for many of us to focus on our health or create healthy habits for ourselves. Falling off the ball or having a difficult time “starting” a new routine is perfectly normal and doesn’t make you less of human being. Hopefully these tips gave you some insight and can encourage you to implement at least one or two new things on your road to health and wellness. Be well!


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My Weekend with an Audio Porn Star


Audio erotica (or audio porn) is a large and emerging platform. I spent the weekend with Jim from Feel-Good Filth to explore conversations on sexuality and more. It’s 2 am and I’m sipping on a lemon la croix… and I have Jim from Feel-Good Filth to thank for my new found admiration for this fizzy little drink. Who’s Jim from FGF, you ask? well…


Jim is one of the many artists in a new genre of pornography/ erotica in audio format. Audio erotica (or audio porn) is a large and emerging platform. I spent the weekend with Jim from Feel-Good Filth to explore conversations on sexuality, mental health, healing with therapy and cannabis, and so much more.


What IS Audio Porn?

Audio porn is exactly like it sounds- and ranges from super vanilla boyfriend cuddle talk all the way to filthy, dirty-talking, or even “overheard” sounds of couples doing the dirty-dirty. The sky is literally the limit as new platforms start to emerge such as Quinn and Dipsea. These platforms not only encourage women (and all genders) to explore their sexuality through a different, immersive experience but it also allows the listener to fully engage within their own pleasure. Visual pornography – in my honest opinion – 9 times out of 10 glorifies unrealistic body standards.


Exploring Sexuality in a Safe Environment

Many womxn have reached out to me over the past few months since Jim and I first recorded our podcast. A notable amount of comments mentioned their preference to audio erotica over the more traditional, visual pornography. A general consensus expressed the feeling there was very little representation of natural body sizes in visual porn along with underlying tones of misogyny and influences of glamorizing rape-culture.

When I reached out to Jim’s fans, I was really taken a back by how many women mentioned they have been able to explore their sexuality in a safe environment, a concept that was completely new and freeing to some. Beyond sexuality, many women also noted a boost in confidence with a deeper understanding more about who they are as a person.



You Matter, And Your Pleasure Matters

I’m going to be honest, I can’t remember at any point in my 5th and 7th grade health class/ Sex-Ed being told that my pleasure matters. And from a standard Western viewpoint, many people find that to be a totally radical concept. The act of sex, not even making love, has become so mechanical, with expectations of some huge big climax at the end. Women aren’t encouraged to explore their bodies and sexuality, and Men are rarely given the tools to navigate their partners pleasure. Many folks lack the capacity of engaging in sex, kink space, and explorations of pleasure as an experience and simply seek the pure satisfaction of the climax . During my weekend with Jim, our conversations of sexuality and speaking openly about both of our neurology was extremely inspiring to me.


I could count on one hand the amount of times in my life that I had a partner who was ever adamant about the experience of my pleasure – not just focused on the end result. Coming from someone of the opposite sex, it was truly refreshing hearing Jim’s perspective and his viewpoints on human sexuality, mental health and his journey, and speaking confidently about creating a safe space in the audio erotica community to welcome others to understand that their pleasure matters.


The Future of Audio Porn + Censorship


Recently, Jim had found out without warning that his original instagram account was deleted without any strikes or warnings. Anything that might have been NSFW was always blurred out on his content. Would the same thing have happened if he had his on account “private”? It’s hard to say. Social media platforms are always changing the terms of agreements, seemingly choosing what is and is not appropriate, which posts get the most viewership… It seems a little too big-brother-y for me. With this new and emerging genre of porn, many audio erotica artists utilize platforms such as instagram and twitter to promote their brands and content. It’s unfortunate that many people find themselves having to go through so much red tape to promote sex-positive content.


Whether audio erotica sounds like something you might be interested in exploring or maybe it’s something too far out of your comfort zone, I fully believe this emerging platform is going to change the way we view porn and sexuality. And if we’re lucky, we’ll have amazing allies like Jim, pioneering the way.


Where You Can Find Jim

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Top 3 Adaptogens For Better Sleep



Ask any health or wellness Guru, sleep is VITAL for a healthy, vibrant life. I have received a lot of feedback and questions from a previous post about How To Navigate Stress. Many people are currently looking for more holistic and natural ways to help navigate stress and find a healthier solution for deeper sleep, and believe it or not, adaptogens can help. It’s important to remember not ALL adaptogens are the same. And it’s equally important to note that not all people metabolize and digest these herbs the same. These intelligent plants, herbs and roots have been around for hundreds of years and have been used for medicinal healing.


What Are Adaptogens?

Adaptogens are a class of plants and herbs that are thought to fight stress and bring balance and harmony to the body. Sounds amazing right? The concept of “adaptogens” comes from a Hungarian-Canadian endocrinologist named Hans Selye. In his early work, Hans Selye broke down the human stress response into three phases: Alarm, Resistance, and Exhaustion.

Imagine this: Many of us work and hustle and grind until we hit a wall of bricks and we call that exhaustion or burn out. At this point, we may be experiencing acute insomnia, having issues getting a deep, restful sleep, or even consistently waking up at the same time in the middle of the night. Based upon Hans Selye’s 3 levels of stress responses, it’s safe to say once our body/mind hits “resistance”, that’s our cue to look inwardly and figure out how to fix that. There’s NO reason for us to reach burn-out mode to finally start giving our bodies and soul the love and care it’s been screaming out for.


Can Adaptogens Make You Tired?

Adaptogens won’t necessarily give you a drowsy affect to sleep – but many will have immediate responses to lowering your stress levels, targeting areas of your body where there might be some over compensation or over-working, and helps bring that stress down. This in turn allows for your body to get into a deeper and more restful sleep. Equally, adaptogens are also able to simultaneously elevate your energy if that is lacking.


Eleuthero

Eleuthero is also referred to as Siberian Ginseng. Eleuthero is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for muscle spasms, lowering blood pressure, cognitive function, joint pain, insomnia, and fatigue. In Germany, its use is approved for chronic fatigue syndrome, impaired concentration, and convalescing after illness.

Dose: 2-3 grams per day of the dried root.

Caution: As with Asian ginseng, Eleuthero is generally safe. But occasionally it has been associated with agitation, palpitations or insomnia in patients with cardiovascular disorders. If you have high blood pressure, your blood pressure should be monitored when taking it.


Holy Basil

Holy Basil is also referred to as, Tulsi. Holy Basil has been used for hundreds of years in Ayurvedic Medicine. In regards to sleep, it’s helpful to know that holy basil is overall very calming and gives the body and overall sense of relaxation and wellbeing.

Dose: The appropriate dose of holy basil depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. The easiest way to incorporate Holy Basil into your routine is to enjoy some tea and follow the instructions on the package.

Caution: Holy basil might lower blood sugar levels. This might interfere with controlling blood sugar levels. People with type 2 diabetes may need to adjust dosing for insulin or antidiabetes drugs. Holy basil might slow blood clotting, so there is a concern that it could increase the risk of bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using holy basil at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.


Cordyceps

Cordyceps are a fungal spore (mushroom) that grows native to China and is all around the Tibetan area. Cordyceps have been described in ancient Chinese and Traditional Tibetan medicine books for hundreds of years. This potent mushroom has been said to improve people’s energy, sleep habits, digestion, stamina, libido and endurance. Be VERY CAREFUL to read the ingredients of any supplement that promotes or advertises cordyceps. Wild, Natural sources of cordyceps come with a heavy price tag (about $20,000 USD / Kilo). If a Cordyceps supplement is claiming to be Cordyceps sinensis and it is made in China, it is almost certainly Cordyceps Cs-4.

Dose: Dosing supported by quality data is unavailable and there is not enough scientific studies to promote a specific dosage. Many herbal supplements on the market contain varying undefined levels of this product.

Caution: Cordyceps is generally considered safe. However, mild GI discomfort, including diarrhea, dry mouth, and nausea, has been reported in clinical studies.


Disclaimer:

Although I am speaking about my own personal experience, I am not a licensed therapist, doctor, or nutritionist. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace, professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any concerns or questions about your mental or physical health, you should always consult with a physician or other health-care professional.


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Balancing Hormones (Bonus Podcast!)

Let’s talk about hormones. As a woman who lives with an auto immune disease I know all too well the struggles that come with balancing hormones. Here’s something I want everyone to hear: Our bodies DESPERATELY want to work on a higher level of optimal functioning and thrive. With a little nourishment, love and listening, our bodies can truly thrive. It just takes some time, patience, learning, and implementing better habits into our lives for optimal health and wellness. Be sure to scroll down to view the show notes from today’s episode.


Episode 1- Balancing Hormones Show Notes

The 4 Pillars of Balancing Hormones:

1- Learning How to Manage Stress

2- Getting Good + Consistent Sleep

3- Real Food Nourishment

4- Keeping Your Body Moving

1:40 – My experience with Western medicine growing up

3:00 – Women in modern day society experiencing abnormal symptoms during their cycle

3:25 – My history + journey with balancing my hormones

5:25 – Disclaimer

6:10 – The top 4 pillars of balancing hormones

6:30 – Managing Stress

7:07 – Physical vs Emotional Stress

10:50 – 10 tips to help manage stress

12:30 – Getting consistent sleep

15:48 – Tips for a consistent nights sleep

18:45 – Real Food Nourishment

19:00 – 4 tips for real food nourishment

23:25 – Keeping your body moving

24:38 – Tips on how to add more movement into your lifestyle


Mentioned In The Episode..

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Oil Pulling: The Benefits and How-To’s

There’s a big chance you have probably heard of Oil Pulling. But what exactly is oil pulling and what are the benefits?

Oil pulling, also known as “kavala” or “gundusha,” is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique. It involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This action draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health. Many people in the health and wellness industry seem to be skeptical; is this just another “wellness buzzword”, or does incorporating oil pulling into your daily practice have any true benefits?

History of Oil Pulling

In India, the practice of Ayurvedic medicine has been the cornerstone of health for centuries. Likewise, this system is based on the idea of three doshas (energies) and how foods, herbs, and other natural elements balance those doshas. According to Ayurvedic tradition, balance among the three doshas results in better health, less stress, and more fulfilling relationships.

According to the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, many practitioners and medical doctors have noted the endless benefits. This practice has been noted to be preventive, minimizing the need for future medication or surgery. In Ayurveda, oil pulling is believed to draw out toxins from the teeth and gums, thereby detoxifying the mouth and, if done regularly, the entire body.

Benefits

There are several studies that have been focusing on the benefits of oil pulling. Praised for curing more than 20 systemic diseases, the authors of this study have some profound things to say about this ancient natural healing practice. Most noteworthy, this effective practice has been used for centuries as a traditional India remedy to:

  • Treat tooth decay
  • Reduce and kill bad breath
  • Heal bleeding gums
  • Prevent heart disease
  • Whiten teeth
  • Soothe throat dryness
  • Prevent plaque, gum disease, cavities and gingivitis
  • Help reverse cavities
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Strengthen gums and jaws
  • Help with TMJ
  • Heal cracked lips
  • Boost the immune system

Furthermore, by integrating this ancient practice into your daily routines, many people notice positive changes in as little as one week.

How  To

  1. Make sure to oil pull first thing in the morning right after you get out of bed — before you brush your teeth or drink anything.
  2. Gently swish 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and between your teeth for 10–20 minutes, making sure that you don’t swallow any of the oil.
  3. Spit out the oil and immediately rinse your mouth out with warm water (use salt water for added antimicrobial properties).
  4. Brush your teeth as you normally would.

Why Coconut Oil?

In Ayurvedic tradition, sesame oil is the popular choice to use. Sunflower oil has been suggested by many, but coconut oil is the most popular oil used today, particularly because of its known antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (which are both important for promoting oral health). Personally, I used coconut oil because it is always easily available and is relatively affordable. I always look for cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil.

I personally use Nature’s Way Coconut Oil or Trader Joe’s brand. You can find the specific brand here on Amazon or in any health food store.  I like using Nature’s Way coconut oil because it is USDA Certified Organic, it’s in a BPA Free plastic container which makes it easy to travel with. And lastly, I like Nature’s Way coconut oil because I’m also able to use it in my skin and hair care routines.

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Superfood Sunday – Baobab

I’ve heard about Baobab once while I was living in San Francisco. I had no idea it was an amazing Superfood. What is Baobab? The Baobab tree is found in Africa, and is called, “The Water Tree”. This tree can hold up to 60,000 gallons of rainwater in it’s trunk. Yes- 60,000. They are also able to live up to thousands of years, even in the harshest conditions. This tree serves several purposes and can be used in a variety of ways. Its bark, roots, leaves, fruits, and flowers, are all used for a source of food, and respiratory, skin and digestive remedies.

The Baobab fruit looks like a large brown seed. The superfood powder is made of ground seeds from inside the fruit that offer a flavor of caramel pear and grapefruit essence. The Baobab fruit is one of the only fruits to completely dry out while still on the tree. Just using 2 tablespoons of Baobab powder can give you a wealth of nutritional benefits.

The Benefits of Baobab Powder

  • 10x more antioxidants than Goji berries
  • 15x more vitamin C than pomegranate
  • 6x more potassium than bananas
  • 3x more calcium than milk
  • 3x more magnesium than apricots

How to Use Baobab Powder

It’s fairly easy to incorporate Baobab powder into your diet. For those who can’t start their morning without a super smoothie, I highly suggest adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of Baobab powder. For a quick and nutritious snack, add 1/2 to a full tablespoon of Baobab powder into yogurt. Overnight oats, chia seeds, honey, vanilla and a tablespoon of Baobab powder make a great breakfast porridge. Thinking of making a cold soup? Add some Baobab. The possibilities are endless with this awesome super fruit.

 

My Favorite Brands of Baobab

Baobest Baobab Fruit Powder – Great flavor, and will slightly thicken smoothies, as well as adds a very healthy boost to them. Very filling and nutritious. I like the packaging and the ziplock on this bag the most.

Bonga Foods Organic Baobab Superfood – For anyone who is quick on the go- I highly recommend this powder. It dissolves quickly and easily in water and comes in a fantastic container that you can easily transport anywhere. 

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Superfood Sunday- Moringa

Ever since moving to Mexico, I’ve been obsessed with this amazing superfood, Moringa. The Moringa tree has been called, “The Miracle Tree” for hundreds of years, and rightfully so. Moringa is a powerhouse of health-enhancing nutrients, amino acids, and antioxidants. I can guarantee that Moringa is the next hot superfood.

For those of you who follow my recipes I post on Facebook and on my blog, you may remember my super green smoothie with Nopales and Moringa added into it. It’s one of my go-to recipes when I need an extra boost of energy and keeps me full all morning.

Moringa Background

India’s ancient tradition of ayurveda medicine has sited over 300 ailments and diseases that are treated with the leaves of the Moringa tree. Traditional ancient medicine uses the whole tree- from the roots, leaves and seeds (pods) in their medicinal recipes. The leaves are the best part of the Moringa tree, because that is where you get such high, vibrant levels of vitamins, like A, B, and C. The leaves can be sautéed like spinach, eaten raw in a salad or added into pesto, or they can be dried and used in soups, sauces or other recipes.

Vital Energy and Detoxification

Moringa is best known as an incredible source of nutrition and natural energy booster. It has also been said to  help lower blood pressure and is an excellent sleep aid. Moringa leaves are used for many reasons such as skin disorder treatment, sleep improvement, relief of chronic anxiety, diabetes, and depression. Its detoxifying effect may come from Moringa’s ability to purify water- the pods of the Moringa tree have been known to purify water the same way activated charcoal sticks. Moringa acts as a coagulant attaching itself to harmful bacterias and impurities.

22b35273be84a289d3e6f4b67b6ab438   Moringa Powder    Moringa Leaf

In Mexico, I feel very fortunate to have this miracle tree right in my own neighborhood (seriously, the streets are lined with them). However, I know that Moringa is slowly coming to the forefront of peoples consciousness of the healing properties just a few tablespoons of Moringa powder can provide. Below I’ll source where I order my Moringa from online, as well as a short review.

Health Benefits

  • 25x more iron than spinach
  • 7x more Vitamin C than oranges
  • 4x more Vitamin A than carrots
  • 3x more Potassium than bananas
  • 2x more Protein than yogurt
  • 4x more Calcium than milk
  • 92 variable cell-ready nutrients
  • Powerful source of Vitamin B-6 and Magnesium
  • 46 Antioxidants
  • 36 Anti-inflammatories
  • 18 Amino Acids

Kiva Organic Moringa Leaf Powder– I’m fully obsessed with this brand. I’ve tried a few powdered versions of Moringa, and I feel this gives you the perfect consistency when added to hot water or nut milk without having a chalky consistency. For the value and quality, $20.00 USD gets you a pound of Moringa Powder. Do you know how long that will last you?! It’s amazing.

Organic India Moringa Capsules-For those who prefer to take their supplements in pill form, I’d recommend Organic India Moringa Capsules. These have a very high rating on Amazon, it’s available through Prime, and are easy to swallow. I’ve only tried these a few times since I like powder for more, however, this is a great supplement that I would recommend to anyone looking to add Moringa into their life. 

Moringa Powder –This company is a great source for all your superfood needs. I highly recommend this brand to those who are just starting out, looking for high quality brands to choose from that want to source high vibrational foods, herbs, and powders at a mid-range price. This powder has a nice bright green color to it, with a bit stronger flavor than other powders I have tried. I’d recommend starting out with 1 tsp. and go from there to get used to the taste.