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Herbs and Foods for Healthy Skin

A List of 12

This is our list of foods for healthy skin. By "foods" we mean everything from everyday staples to herbs, superfoods and drinks. These are our top 12 favorites; we hope you enjoy. 1) SCHIZANDRA - Schizandra berry is one of the famous "beauty tonics" highly revered throughout East Asian history, especially by women. It is still traditionally used as an important botanical in many skin-rejuvenating formulas and is often associated with the Taoist goddess Magu, a deity representing eternal beauty.

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Top 2 Health Benefits of Turmeric

What the Research Says

The amazing health benefits of turmeric root (Curcuma longa) come from its bright yellow-orange phenolic antioxidant known as CURCUMIN. This is the main component known to provide for turmeric's impressive array of useful properties. Here are the top two most profound science-based ways that adding turmeric spice and/or a turmeric curcumin supplement to the diet can be a medicinal helper on your healing journey. We'll also discuss how to take turmeric and the best ways to use it for optimal results.

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Himalayan Salt Vs Sea Salt

7 Major Differences

The first difference between Himalayan salt vs sea salt is that Himalayan is considered a type of rock salt. Different than sea salt, it has to be mined from the earth rather than collected along the sea shore. Both forms occur from the evaporation of saltwater or saline lakes. However, sea salts by comparison are newly formed salt deposits that collect on the earth's surface. Himalayan salt is an ancient salt that's been compressed over millions of years. It's believed to be one of the purest unpolluted forms of salt for this reason.

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Is Stevia Healthy?

The Truth About This Sugar Substitute

Yes, stevia sweetener is considered a healthier option, but not all stevia is created equal. We will further discuss the best stevia to use, plus why it was banned, any potential side effects and if stevia will break ketosis when following a keto diet. But first, why is stevia healthy? Stevia (pronounced stee-vee-ah) comes from the green leaves of the plant Stevia rebaudiana. Highly marketed as a "zero-calorie" sweetener, stevia is considered a good choice for those looking for a natural sugar substitute, replacing artificial sweeteners as well as other high-calorie sugars.

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The Power of Clove Tea

And Clove Oil for Hair Growth

What is the power of clove tea? It's been used for many things both internally and topically throughout the ages. Often valued for its most aromatic and potent antioxidant compound known as EUGENOL, this is one of the secrets to clove that give it exceptional qualities above others. Many herbs and spices, like nutmeg and allspice, also contain eugenol in smaller amounts, but cloves or the Syzygium aromaticum species is by far the #1 source. Clove tea is a traditional herbal anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, respiratory and immune supporting ally. However, the external application of clove tea and clove oil for hair growth is probably one of its most famous uses.

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Nutritional Yeast

Top 5 Benefits Simplified

Is nutritional yeast vegan? Yes, it's an inactive dried yeast that has a unique flavor similar to Parmesan cheese but doesn't contain dairy. It is, therefore, most well-known among those adhering to a vegan or vegetarian diet, especially as a food topping. It's also a source of naturally occurring glutamic acid, which provides benefits as a taste enhancer, giving it a mouth-watering umami flavor that can make it hard to stop eating. Wondering how to make nutritional yeast?

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Cleansing with Lemon Water

5 Benefits for Detox

What detox drink is incredibly inexpensive to make yet comes with loads of benefits? It's plain and simple lemon water! While long-time health enthusiasts have been drinking it for decades, lemon water is now a popular way to encourage one of the fundamental basics of health... the release of accumulated wastes and toxins. We give instructions on exactly how to make lemon water below for best results, but first, let’s discuss what makes lemon juice especially beneficial when added to water from a detoxification standpoint.

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Kudzu Root, Is It Arrowroot?

Benefits for Alcohol Addiction

Kudzu root (Pueraria lobata) comes from one of the fastest growing vines on the planet. Introduced to control soil erosion, it is now considered an invasive legume species in many subtropical regions of the Southern United States. Known to completely take over and kill other neighboring plants, it is especially aggressive along country roadsides or developed suburban locations. One good thing that you can achieve by pulling up its roots, aside from stopping its growth, is to use it as an edible wild food. The starchy oblong root tuber beneath the ground has in fact been utilized as both a vegetable as well as a healthful herbal ally for many centuries.

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Mustard Seed and Prepared Mustard

6 Facts and Benefits

When using the term "mustard", frequently the smooth yellow paste-like condiment comes to mind. "Mustard" however can also refer to the seeds that it is made from. Mustard seed is a type of spice, used whole or as a ground powder. The three types of seeds identified by their color are yellow, brown and black. Yellow mustard seed, sometimes called white mustard, is the one most popular for use as a type of culinary seasoning. Interestingly, however, all mustard seed is yellow on the inside, despite the exterior pigmentation. When mustard seeds are soaked in liquid, they become slightly mucilaginous and the perfect consistency for making what is commonly called "prepared" mustard.

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What is Sorghum?

12 Things About This Lesser-Known Grain

Sorghum is a common multipurpose crop grown for its use as a fodder plant, grain and sweetener. The Sorghum bicolor species is the main one used as a minor cereal in the same grass family as sugarcane, corn, wheat and rice. Growing tall with corn-like leaves and large seed clusters, the grain has been a long-time staple in countries like Africa and India. While it is fifth on the list of grains consumed worldwide, it interestingly remains relatively unknown in many parts of the globe.

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Cheap Superfoods List Part Two

For Emergency Backstock

This is our Cheap Superfoods List Part Two created again, like our "Part One" list, with similar goals in mind. The first is to focus on the most affordable dietary essentials for those looking to offset inflation and the rising cost of living. The second is to select the most nutritive bulk food provisions to have in your emergency backstock during these seemingly unstable times. Preparing in advance when supplies are still relatively abundant can be key. As the "global collective" appears to be going through some transitions, these are decisions that can provide some peace of mind knowing you have the basics for you and your family.

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Olive Leaf Extract

Benefits as an Herbal Supplement

Olive leaf extract is an herbal preparation made from the leaves of the olive tree. The green oblong leaf is essentially considered a type of "herb" in Western herbalism and has been used in many folk traditions throughout the ages, especially in olive tree conducive climate zones like the Mediterranean and the Middle East. While making a cup of olive leaf tea from the leaves or powder was consumed for its healthful properties, today concentrated olive leaf extracts are more widely utilized for phytotherapeutic purposes.

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Sunflower Seeds

7 Health Benefits

Sunflower seeds have the highest amount of Vitamin E out of all the nut and seed types. A one-ounce serving (about 3T of raw seeds) can offer an average of 47% of the daily recommended intake. There is so much VITAMIN E in sunflower seeds that many vitamin E supplements are in fact sourced from sunflower oil, mostly in the form of α-tocopherol. Vitamin E is well-known for its skin healing benefits and is a supportive nutrient to the eyes, brain and nerve functions.

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Celery Juice Revisited

Top 4 Common Myths

Celery juice became a worldwide trend in 2018 and since this time many people are witness to its healing potential. Over the years, however, the idea of drinking the juice of this seemingly simple vegetable has met its share of skepticism. While we have discussed the many benefits of celery juice on other pages, here we review some of the common myths we have come across regarding this still popular mono juicing variety.

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Benefits of Avocado

The Keto Diet Superfood

Avocado is one of those foods often deemed a "superfood". Among the well-known benefits of avocado to give it such a title is that it is a concentrated source of monounsaturated good fats, making it a healthy addition to many dietary regimes. They are in fact the fattiest natural food growing on planet Earth. This is a major feature that makes them one of the #1 foods to eat on a high-fat keto diet. Here are four other top reasons to consume avocados when "keto".

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Secret Uses of Fenugreek

For Women and Men

There are really so many things to say about the uses of fenugreek and its many forms commonly utilized. It is essentially a one-stop shop for use as seed spice, a sprout variety as well as an aromatic leafy green known as methi, widely used in Indian cuisine. Golden fenugreek seeds are used extensively in various parts of the Mediterranean and Middle East for their flavor-enhancing attributes as a seasoning added to numerous cultural dishes. While their bitter-sweet taste is considered therapeutic as a digestive aid, there are other secret uses of this long-valued herb.

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Cheap Superfoods List Part One

For Emergency Backstock

This is our Cheap Superfoods List Part One designed with two goals in mind. The first is to save money for those on a tight budget, and the second, is to select the best emergency food provisions to have in your pantry backstock. In these unstable times, when supply chain issues, as well as inflation, appear to be more and more common worldwide, it can be a good idea to create a stash of dietary essentials. These are our top picks divided into specific categories covering some of the basic foods, herbs, condiments and supplement sources. (Not listed in order of importance.)

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What is Chipotle Chili Powder?

3 Frequently Asked Questions

Question #1 - Is Jalapeño the Same as Chipotle? Yes and No. Yes, chipotle chili peppers and spice powder come from the jalapeño Capsicum annum species, but they are very different than the green jalapeños most are familiar with. Here are the list of differences, plus Morita vs Meco and other frequently asked things about this popular smoky-sweet-spicy household spice.

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Wheatgrass Juice Powder Vs Wheatgrass Powder

Difference Explained

Wheatgrass was one of the original "green foods" that became popular in the 1970s as a type of juicing microgreen used for its nutritive benefits when juiced. Containing almost all minerals, many vitamins and amino acids, the juice is not only a nourishing drink it also supports the body's cleansing processes. For modern-day lifestyles, wheatgrass is conveniently available as a green superfood powder for making an instant wheatgrass shot. Here we will discuss the main differences between wheatgrass powder vs wheatgrass juice powder and our opinion about which form we believe to be the most nutritious.

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Benefits of Eating Lentils

Top 5 Assets

Lentils have been utilized as a food source by many diverse cultures ever since their domestication in the Fertile Crescent and Middle East region thousands of years ago. Still today they are a staple part of the diet in a number of countries around the world such as India, Africa, Morocco and Turkey. Valued for their high amount of PROTEIN content, the benefits of eating lentils are making a comeback in recent times as the trend for consuming plant-based protein sources continues to rise. Learn more about the top reasons to include more of them in your diet.

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Cold Brew Coffee Vs Regular Coffee

Is It Better?

Coffee is the second most popular drink next to water that many people drink every day all over the planet. The question of whether it is good or bad is not always an easy one to answer. Yes, traditionally prepared hot coffee is a source of antioxidants but for some, it can be too overstimulating to the nervous system and cause unwanted side effects over long-term use. Being one of the top caffeine sources, it can also be quite addictive. Since the cold brew coffee trend in recent years, avid coffee drinkers often ask us, "Is it better than regular coffee?" This is our research on the pluses and minuses of each as well as a bit of personal experimentation to compare the two.

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Propolis Benefits

What Makes It a Prized Superfood

Propolis (Resina propoli) is a resinous material made by honeybees (Apis mellifera) and some stingless bees to seal and protect the beehive from the elements, pests and harmful microbes. It has been highly valued by healers and herbalists alike for its many profound properties to humans when consumed or used topically. On the list with other prized bee superfoods like bee pollen, royal jelly and honey, it has been utilized in the folk tradition of apitherapy for a very long time and for several main uses we will discuss.

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List of Star Anise Uses

Is It a Source of Shikimate?

Star anise, recognizable by its unique star shape and very robust aromatic fragrance, comes from the fruit of the tree species Illicium verum. It is not actually related to anise seed (Pimpinella anisum) but does contain one major overlapping compound and that is ANETHOLE. This is one of the main flavorings in anise seed as well as licorice root and fennel seed, known for its distinctly sweet taste. Star anise is from the Schisandraceae family more closely related to schizandra than anise seed.

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5 Pineapple Pros and Cons

Truths About Bromelain

Pineapple is famous from a nutritional perspective for its reported high bromelain content. Bromelain is a "protein-digesting" proteolytic enzyme first extracted from pineapple juice in 1891. It became available on a larger scale in the late 50s as a nutritional supplement. While it is present in all parts of the Ananas comosus pineapple species, the inedible stem or the pedestal-like stalk that the fruit grows from is very concentrated. It is the primary part utilized to make bromelain dietary extracts. The question is, does eating pineapple increase dietary bromelain intake?

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What is Kimchi Made Of?

And What Is It Good For?

Kimchi, also spelled "kimchee" or "gimchi", is the iconic Korean side dish or "banchan" consumed for centuries as a staple condiment eaten with most meals. While unfermented kimchi called geotjeori is sometimes prepared as a type of quick-pickled coleslaw, most kimchi is aged via fermentation techniques. This is the one we are referring to here on this page because of its health-promoting potentials we discuss below. Aged kimchi, known as mugeun-ji, is created using the traditional "gimjang" wintertime preparation and vegetable preservation methods.

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An Up Close Look at Saw Palmetto

And Its Main Use for Men

Saw palmetto is a type of dwarf fan palm that grows in subtropical sandy soils. It is prevalent in the Southeastern U.S. especially Florida where it grows in hardy dense thickets as a long-living species. A single shrub reaching an age of 500 years is not uncommon in the Mid-Florida Ridge region. Serenoa repens (or Serenoa serrulata) gets its name "saw" due to the sharp-toothed edges of the main stalk or petiole that has a saw-like appearance. The part of the plant that has been of botanical interest to herbalists throughout the ages is the fruit. This is a single-seeded berry that ripens to a bluish-black color

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5 Benefits of Almonds and Almond Milk

Healthy Almond Attributes

The almond comes from the Prunus dulcis species which produce both sweet and bitter almonds. Sweet almonds are the common edible variety most widely used since they don't contain high amounts of the potentially toxic cyanide compound. Almonds are often considered a healthier choice over other types of nuts because, when raw and unroasted, they are higher on the alkaline side of the pH spectrum. Being much less acidic, they are a better nut option for those healing from a yeast overgrowth and/or trying to balance an overly acidic diet.

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Saffron, Why It's Called "Red Gold"

About Adulteration

Saffron is the stigma of the domesticated purple crocus flower species Crocus sativus, a member of the iris family. After harvested and dried, the long trumpet-shaped stigmas are often referred to as "threads". They are the most potent when they have reached a deep orange-red color. We will discuss more on the hot topic of saffron adulteration, how to select the best quality and what saffron is good for from a health perspective, but first, why is saffron called the "gold of spices" or "red gold"?

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What is Bee Pollen Good For?

And Not Good For?

Bee pollen is created by one of the master pollinators of the earth, the honeybee. It has been collected from beehives and used by many ancient civilizations for its nutritive healing attributes and energizing influence on the body. In the folk tradition of apitherapy, the old-time practice of using bee products as alternative medicine, a bee's pollen is considered a "gold mine" of nutrition. Often valued the caviar of top superfoods, it is a complete and concentrated supplemental food comprised of a full spectrum of nutrients and can be one of the best natural multivitamins available, even when taken in very small doses.

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Dandelion Root Tea and Supplements

For Detox Support

Whole dandelion roots have a dark brown color with a somewhat unattractive rugged appearance. When fresh they have a medicinal milky juice that gives the dried root its white center, evident sometimes in the dried root pieces. Often, the tasty bitter-sweet tea decoctions are a popular way to enjoy its many benefits. So, what's so "dandy" about dandelion root tea and supplements? They are one of the top herbs most commonly utilized because of two intertwining aspects that can assist the body's own natural cleansing processes.

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Top 7 Reasons to Use Dulse Seaweed

Why It's Our Favorite

Dulse is a type of seaweed that grows primarily on the Northern Pacific and Atlantic coastlines, including Iceland, Canada and regions of the UK like Ireland where it has been used as a medicinal food for centuries. Dulse comes from the leaf-like fronds of the red marine algae Palmaria palmata species that's actually more of a mauve-purple than a red color. It is often acknowledged that one of the main benefits of seaweed is its high content of minerals and that is no overstatement.

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Peanut Butter Nutrition Facts

Pros and Cons

Peanut butter is a spreadable paste made from grinding dry-roasted peanuts. Peanuts come from the species Arachis hypogaea, also called "groundnut" because the nut-like legume pods grow underground. The domesticated peanut we are familiar with today once came from tropical and subtropical regions of South America where many related species were first developed by ancient civilizations. Today, peanut variations are cultivated all over the world and in the Southern United States, they have a long history spanning over two centuries.

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5 Uses of Dill

Things About Dill Weed Vs Dill Seed

Dill is one of the common herbs utilized for its feathery green leaves as well as its small flat oval seeds. The term "dill" can refer to both. Dill leaves and hollow stems, often called "dill weed", are frequently used fresh because of their wide availability. Dill weed is however also a typical dried kitchen spice rack variety. The dill plant (Anethum graveolens) comes from the celery or parsley family as do other spices such as coriander, fennel, cumin and caraway that also have umbrella-shaped lacey flowers or umbellifers that produce edible seeds.

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Benefit of Shilajit

A Top Ayurvedic Superfood

Shilajit is a thick brown-black substance that is naturally compressed over hundreds of years from plants and other organic matter trapped between rock layers at high altitudes usually over 10,000 feet (3048 meters). After this tar-like material exudes from the rocks in the warmer seasons and hardens, it is collected, purified and processed as a powder or resinous paste. While the dark resin is considered the purest form of shilajit, powders are still a very potent variety.

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Miso Paste and Miso Soup (Misoshiru)

The Top 11 Basics

Miso (pronounced mee-so) is a type of salty fermented bean paste customarily made with soybeans, salt and a culture starter called "kōji". While it is a popular condiment staple in Japanese cuisine, it is also used extensively in all parts of East and Southeast Asia especially China, Korea, Vietnam and Indonesia. After a fermentation period, usually between several months to one year, the cooked beans develop a robust umami flavor and earthy shoyu-like aroma.

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Red Jujube Fruit

Secret Tonic for Sleep Support and Insomnia

Jujube fruit comes from the jujube tree species Zizyphus jujuba. The ripe oval fruits are a yellowish spotted red-brown color that eventually turns a deep red-mahogany with a wrinkled appearance when dried. Commonly referred to as "red dates", dried jujubes are about the size of a date and also contain a single stone pit. Jujube is sometimes pronounced joo-joob, however, many Westerners often use the name "ju-ju-bee." That's the one we are most familiar with from our own personal experiences

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About Clarified Butter or Ghee

Top Uses and Ayurvedic Traditions

Ghee is a type of butter that has been "clarified" by simmering unsalted butter on low heat until all the water evaporates and the milk solids sink to the bottom of the cooking pot. This produces a golden yellow liquid that solidifies at cooler temperatures. The term "ghee" is often used interchangeably with the term "clarified butter" because of this "clarification process" which removes the alleged impurities. When it hardens slightly it becomes an easy-to-use spreadable condiment that is highly utilized in Indian cuisine as a type of cooking fat. It is likewise a staple must-have in almost every Ayurvedic kitchen as well as herbal apothecary for reasons we share below.

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Buckwheat Groats

A Multipurpose Gluten-Free Grain Option

Buckwheat groats are the triangular-shaped grain-like seeds of the buckwheat plant. The two main species are Fagopyrum esculentum and Fagopyrum tataricum. Whole seeds straight from the plant have a dark brown-black hull surrounding the inner seed. While buckwheat hulls are used for a number of different industrial purposes when removed the buckwheat groat is what is cooked as a type of grain. In the U.S., they are not as popular as other types of grains and whole groats can be hard to find in many mainstream markets. You may be more likely to find buckwheat flour than the bulk groats themselves.

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Rhodiola Rosea Root

Its Top Benefit for Stress

Rhodiola rosea is a succulent herb with fleshy leaves and yellow flowers that naturally grows in Arctic regions of the world. Believed to be native to Siberian climates, it has been utilized for many centuries in the traditional pharmacopeia of Russia, Scandinavia and other Northern European countries. Although other parts of the rhodiola plant can be used, the hardy salmon-pink colored roots are the element most prized for its botanical qualities. Rhodiola rosea, also called "roseroot", is derived from the Greek word "rhodon" meaning "rose", likely making reference to both the rosette pattern of leaves associated with rose blossoms as well as the rose-like fragrance of the roots.

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Health Benefits of Eating Apples

9 Facts About this Humble Fruit

Apples are one of the world's most popular fruits with over 7,500 different cultivars grown from the modern domesticated species Malus domestica. Apple trees can grow all over the globe and therefore many types have been cultivated in varied regions. For example, the Fuji apple comes from Japan, the Granny Smith from Australia and the Red Delicious from the United States. The apple has more varieties than any other fruit known.

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6 Things About Nutmeg

Is It Really Psychoactive?

Nutmeg is the seed of a small fruit that grows on the Myristica fragrans evergreen tree species. When the fleshy husked fruit is mature, it splits to reveal the hard brown unshelled seed kernel wrapped within an orange aril. Nutmeg is full of essential oil compounds, channels that are visible when cut in half, which give its spice powder a very strong perfume-like fragrance and unique pungent nutty sweet taste. Trees usually grow between 16-49 feet (5–15 meters) tall but in prime nutmeg-growing habitats can reach close to 98 feet (30 meters).

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Rejuvelac Recipe and Benefits

Easy DIY Probiotic Drink

Rejuvelac is a drink made by infusing already-sprouted grains in pure water for about 1-3 days. The strained fermented liquid is rejuvelac. Healthwise, it is known for its "rejuvenating" properties, hence the name. It’s essentially like making a combination liquid probiotic and enzyme supplement. Rejuvelac is not commonly found in stores, like kombucha or kefir, it must be made at home. One of the best parts to making homemade rejuvelac is that it is VERY easy to do, requiring minimal supplies.

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Benefits of Spirulina and Chlorella

Which One Should You Take?

The benefits of spirulina and chlorella have been widely advertised and promoted in the last decade. Yes, both are nutritionally dense plant-based superfoods, but how are they different? Here we will discuss the main distinctions between spirulina and chlorella so you can make the most informed decision based on your own unique health objectives.

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Cashew Nuts

4 Benefits and 2 Interesting Facts

Cashew nuts are curved half moon-shaped kernels typically a light yellow or ivory color when unroasted. Native to the tropical Amazonian climates of Brazil and Venezuela, they have long been grown and utilized throughout Latin America. The cashew tree was introduced by the Portuguese colonists in the 16th Century to parts of India, especially Goa. It was then spread across the Indian Ocean to regions of Africa such as Mozambique, which was once a leading producer.

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Benefits of Shiitake Mushrooms

What About Vitamin D?

Shiitake mushrooms are by far one of the world's most popular edible mushrooms second only to the common white mushroom.Lentinula edodes (formerly Lentinus edodes), known for their rich and robust umami flavor and meaty texture, are utilized extensively in East Asian foods and cherished as a gourmet variety by chefs around the globe. Besides the delicious savory and earthy taste that shiitake provides to any meal, from a health perspective there are other major reasons why you might want to include them in your diet.

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Asparagus Nutrition Info

Potential Health Advantages

Asparagus comes from the young tender shoots of the Asparagus officinalis species harvested before the buds open and start to "fern out". After this period the asparagus shoot, commonly referred to as a "spear" will soon become too woody to eat. Asparagus species were once classified in the Lily family, along with Allium vegetables, but now find their new botanical place in the asparagus family called Asparagaceae. Agave and yucca, both of which can look like a giant asparagus stalk, are also found in this category of plants.

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Top 3 Maca Root Benefits

Why It's Called Peruvian Ginseng

Maca root (Lepidium meyenii) is a hardy turnip-like tuber native to the highlands of the Peruvian Andes in South America. As one of the world's highest altitude-growing crops, it is naturally prolific at elevations between 11,000 to 14,000 feet (3353-4267 meters). It is a type of cruciferous vegetable from the Brassica family, but is also considered a potent herbal tonic and top superfood that has earned the title "Peruvian Ginseng". Known to be one of the staple food crops dating back to the Incan Empire, Peruvians like the Quechua people traditionally prepare it as a cooked vegetable. The dried root was also frequently ground and utilized as a kind of flour.

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What is Allspice?

About Allspice and Its Cultural Uses

What is allspice? Allspice, despite its name, is not a blend of herbs but is a unique spice all on its own. Typically found growing in the same tropical climate zone as coffee, it is actually a type of berry that comes from the evergreen shrub or tree species Pimenta dioica. It is native to the Caribbean and regions of Southern Mexico and Central America. The spice got its English name "allspice" in the 1600s due to its special combination of tastes that closely resemble other spices especially cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon with subtle hints of juniper and black pepper.

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Mormon Tea or Ephedra

Wild Harvesting and Folk Traditions

Mormon tea is the term often used to describe certain wild Ephedra plant species that grow in the Southwestern U.S. It is likewise the name used when referring to the beverage made from the dried stems. The plant is said to have received its title from Mormon pioneers who harvested and used the herb for a number of purposes. One specifically was as an energizing substitute for coffee or caffeinated tea, which are technically banned in this religion. When most people make reference to "Mormon tea", or sometimes called "Brigham tea", they usually mean the varieties native to southwestern deserts of the Great Basin and Four Corners region. Some of which are locations where Mormons first settled.

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