5 Best Immune Boosters for Kids

Boost their immune system and avoid the back to school bugs.

I can’t believe the Summer is almost gone! We had a blast visiting Hershey Park in PA and Scarborough Beach here in RI. The time flew by and now the kids are back to school. And all I can think about is how much the schools are a breeding ground for colds and other sicknesses. Time to start boosting their immune systems before they bring that crap home!

Best Immune Boosters for Kids

Wanna prevent or lessen the duration of sicknesses? Then check out this list of my favorite immune boosters for people of all ages.

Vitamin C from Real Food

Picture of Catie's Vitamin C Plus and Pure Radiance C supplements on a background of fresh berries.Vitamin C has been touted as a great immune booster and antioxidant for decades. But, not all vitamin C is created equal. Created is the key word there because lab synthesized vitamin C lacks the cofactors that help our bodies absorb and use it. Much of it just goes right through us without being absorbed. Yes, it is cheaper, but you literally might as well throw your money right into the toilet. You might ask “What about  Emergen C? That is supposed to be like a billion mg per serving. Won’t that help?” It has to have so much because so much just goes right through you. Yes, it does help some people, but it may also be doing harm. A friend of mine ended up with kidney stones because her body was taxed with flushing all the excess synthetic C from her system. Her very young children had colds and she was trying to be proactive and started taking 5000mg of synthetic vitamin C daily (Emergen-C) to stave it off. After a couple weeks of this, she was in terrible pain from trying to pass the stones. Her PCP said it was from her body eliminating all the unabsorbed synthetic C. The cold would have been preferable!

So, here at Nourishing World, we sell only vitamin C supplements from whole food and real food sources – the kind your body can absorb properly and effectively. My personal favorite is the Catie’s Vitamin C Plus. This is a powdered supplement that can be added to drinks or smoothies, yogurt, apple sauce or any super moist food. It cannot be cooked, so don’t add it to hot foods or drinks. It tastes like fruit punch, so you can mix it into your kids water bottles for school to keep their immunity high all day. If they don’t like the taste of this one, my next favorite is Pure Synergy Vitamin C. This is a super concentrated real food vitamin C supplement. The serving size is just 1/4 tsp or one capsule. Again the powder can be added to many foods. I take vitamin C every day not just for it’s immune boosting effects, but also because it is vital to helping our body absorb proteins. And, our bodies cannot produce vitamin C, no matter what we eat. We have to get it from outside sources, so if you don’t think you eat much vitamin C in a day, then a high quality vitamin C supplement is very important for you.

Medicinal Grade Manuka Honey

A picture of 100% Raw Wedderspoon Manuka Honey on a background of bees in honeycomb.While regular honey has some immune boosting properties, medicinal grade Manuka honey kicks it up a few notches. This is super easy to get children to take because it is sweet and tasty. It can be mixed into warm liquids (under 96° F), spread on crackers or bread, or mixed with your favorite nut butter. Again, avoid mixing it with hot foods or drinks. It is a fantastic supplement to have on hand for immune boosting and so much more. It is also great for the digestive tract and is a fantastic natural anti-inflammatory. And, Manuka honey is antibacterial and antimicrobial, so it is great to use on wounds and burns. I used a combination of this and emu oil on my stitches and resulting wounds after my ACL/MCL knee surgery. Both my doctor and physical therapist were amazed at how well I healed. And two years later I have only very faint scars.

Our favorite brand is Wedderspoon Manuka Honey because it is raw. Therefore it contains all the beneficial enzymes that many other brands cook out. You can read more about this fantastic supplement here. When my daughter has a mild cold, I send her to school with a couple of the Honey On The Go packets to take while at school to help keep her body fighting that cold all day

Superfood Antioxidant Acai

A picture of Perfect Acai powder on a background of acai berries in baskets.Size doesn’t always matter. Acai berries, while small, are the world’s most concentrated antioxidant source! And our favorite brand, Perfect Acai has an astounding ORAC value of 50,000 per 100 g – on average 50 higher than the competition. This is because Perfect Acai is organic and super pure with no fillers of flow agents. Aside from being a great immune booster, acai also has anti-inflammatory properties and has been shown to help regulate cholesterol levels and reverse free radical damage.

Perfect Acai comes in capsule or powder form. The capsules are great for older kids and busy adults who want to get their antioxidants quickly. The powder is perfect for adding to food and smoothies for young children or quick easy breakfasts. I put this in my morning smoothie to keep my immunity up all year round.

Improve Gut Health with Probiotics

Eat Dirt? Absolutely.Did you know that your gut houses 70% of the cells that make up our immune system? That’s right, so a healthy gut is crucial to a healthy immune system. One of the best and easiest things everyone can do for their guts is to take a really good probiotic. Probiotics can help our bodies maintain a good ratio of bacteria in our entire digestive system. All sorts of problems can occur when the ratio gets out of whack. I really can’t go into all the benefits of adding probiotics to your regimen, so to learn more about the benefits of probiotics, check out this article.

My all time favorite probiotic is Prescript Assist. This is a soil-based probiotic that is safe for people of all ages. If children cannot swallow the capsules, then they can be opened and poured into food or thick drinks. The powder won’t dissolve, so if you pour it into water or juice, it will float on top and stick to the sides of the glass. This is the probiotic I have been taking for years.

Boost Brain Power & Immunity with Coconut Oil

Picture of Perfect Coconut Oil on a background of coconuts.Coconut oil is a fantastic immune booster because of all the unique medium chain fatty acids in it, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. During digestion, these are broken down into monoglycerides and free fatty acids. The monoglycerides deter microbes from attacking our immune system. Monolaurin, from lauric acid, is believed to have the best antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial effect. Good coconut oil contains more naturally occurring  lauric acid than any other food besides breast milk. And it is great for brain power at school and work.

But, not all coconut oils are as good. Make sure you get a high quality, unrefined coconut oil if you want to get all the immune and brain boosting goodness from it. We sell two excellent quality coconut oils, Perfect Coconut Oil and Blue Breeze Coconut Oil from Green Pastures. Both are organic and cold pressed. Perfect Coconut Oil comes in capsules, too for those who like the ease of swallowing capsules.

Coconut oil can be added to oatmeal or any hot cereal, smoothies, or you can even make salad dressing out of it. You can stir-fry veggies with it or use it in baking. Adding one or two tablespoons a day to your children’s diet can help boost their immune system and their brain power.

Final Thoughts on Immune Boosting for Kids

This is a list of real food supplements that can be taken daily to help boost and keep our immune systems healthy. I know from experience that taking Perfect Acai and Vitamin C daily has helped me go from getting six or more colds a year to once or fewer. I also take more if I feel a tiny bit under the weather to help stave off colds before they take root. We have other great immune boosters, like cod liver oil, but that is much harder to get kids to take. The immune boosters on this list can be taken daily by people of all ages. So, what are you waiting for? Grab some and get it in yourself and your kids before they bring home something besides their latest art project.

 

Six Supplements to Fight the Flu

Make a healthy lifestyle part of your flu fighting strategy.

Two weeks ago we posted a blog about all the potential risks associated with getting an annual flu vaccine. This week we’ll give advice on what you can do to boost your immune system and help avoid flus and colds. Remember, we are not suggesting you go buy everything listed below to start taking it all every day. But, by adding a few to your daily diet, you may find the combination that works for you to prevent or drastically shorten duration of illness.

Don’t Encourage Illness

You’re probably thinking “Well, duh!”. But, there are many things we all do in a day that encourage illness. Eating foods that have been grown in toxins, dealing with stress, and not getting enough sleep are just a few. All of this adds up, so the less we do in a day, the better it is for our bodies. So we need to do the opposite – encourage wellness. Focus on doing the things that make and keep us well and do more of those. A healthy diet, preferably organic, and regular exercise are excellent ways to encourage wellness. The following supplements also encourage wellness in our bodies, in many ways. But, for the purposes of this blog, we’ll focus on their immune boosting and virus busting properties.

Real Vitamin C

Get your daily vitamin C from real food supplements.I know, this one is a no-brainer. Everyone knows Vitamin C helps boost your immune system because it is loaded with antioxidants. But, did you know our bodies don’t produce it? So it has to be eaten every day in proper quantities to be effective against fighting flus and colds. Check out this post from September for lots of great information on Vitamin C. A whole food vitamin C supplement is a great way to make sure you and your family are getting all the vitamin C necessary to fight colds and flus. We have two great whole food Vitamin C powdered supplements from real food. They are Catie’s Whole Plant Food Vitamin C Plus and  Pure Radiance C from The Synergy Company.

Acai

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Many people have heard of acai for weight loss, but did you know it is loaded with antioxidants? It has twice the antioxidant power of wild blueberries and 10 times that of red grapes! And it has 10 to 30 times more anthocyanins than red wine! Anthocyanins are the pigments in red, blue and purple foods and have mega antioxidant properties. Back in 2009, Dr. Oz talked about acai on Oprah and it became an overnight sensation. He recommended taking it daily because it is a concentrated protein source and for it’s high ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value. The higher the ORAC value, the better at immune boosting. We recommend Perfect Acai in capsules or powder form because it is organically grown, fairly traded & there are never any fillers or flow agents.

Colloidal Silver

Sovereign_SilverBelieve it or not, silver is a necessary element in our bodies. It has been used medicinally for over 2000 years because of its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. In the 1970’s, Dr. Robert O. Becker, MD, conducted research at Syracuse Medical University on electrically generated silver ions. He discovered that people with the lowest amounts of silver in their bodies were prone to frequent and severe colds, flus and infections, while the people with the highest amounts of silver in their bodies were the least prone to colds, flus and infections. What’s more, their illnesses were less severe and for a shorter duration. Colloidal silver can be taken daily to help boost the immune system and increase the amount of silver in our bodies, but taking too much can be harmful. We recommend Sovereign Silver Bioactive Silver Hydrosol because it never contains stabilizers, salts, compounds, proteins, or other questionable ingredients. There are only 2 ingredients, 99.999% pure silver and pharmaceutical-grade purified water.

Probiotics

Eat Dirt? Absolutely.It may seem kinda crazy, but so much of our health is tied to our guts. Did you know eighty percent of our immune system is located in the digestive tract? That information alone helps us see why probiotics could be very effective at helping to avoid cold and flu viruses. There was a study done on three to five year old children that was very convincing. The children took probiotics twice a day for six months. The probiotic users had fewer fevers, less coughing, fewer runny noses, and, amazingly, 64 – 83%  less antibiotic use. There are a variety of probiotics in our store, but my favorite is Prescript-Assist. It is a multi-strain soil-based probiotic. If you are looking for a more traditional probiotic, try Just Thrive Probiotic & Antibiotic blend or Mercola Complete Probiotics.

Apple Cider Vinegar

This one may not be so widely known, but drinking a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily can greatly reduce your chances of getting any flu or colds. This is because it changes the pH in our bodies to alkaline, which creates a hostile environment for viruses and infections. Essentially, they can’t grow well in an alkaline environment and it even helps to kill the bacteria and infection. It is important to use a raw variety with the mothers. I get mine here. Daily, I try to drink a concoction with 2 Tb apple cider vinegar, 1 Tb raw honey (I use medicinal Manuka Honey if I’m feeling stressed or feel like I’m coming down with something) and 100% organic pomegranate or cranberry juice. I can still taste the vinegar a little, but it doesn’t bother me so much. When I actually do end up with sniffles and sneezing because of sickness, I drink 2 – 3 glasses a day. I drink them slowly, so that there is a somewhat constant infusion of alkaline fluids entering my system. Recently my sister asked if lemon will do the same thing. And yes, lemons are also acidic but I haven’t found the correct amount to fend off my own colds. Apple cider vinegar works well for me.

Elderberry Syrup

Feel the effects of elderberry & honey home remedies.Many people report great success preventing and fighting colds and flus by taking a daily dose of elderberry syrup. The use of elderberry as an herbal medicinal goes way back. Folklore around the elder tree pre-dates christianity. More recently, research done at Hadassah-Hebrew University in Israel shows how elderberry helps. They found viruses use specific enzymes to penetrate healthy cells in the nose and throat. Elderberry helps to block these enzymes, thus thwarting the infection before it starts. If it is taken after an infection is already present, it helps prevent the spread of the infection through the respiratory tract. There are many pre-made elderberry syrup supplements out there, but it is actually very easy to make and store at home for a fraction of the cost. Check out this blog we did last year for a recipe for homemade elderberry syrup and elderberry gummies. The recommended amount for prevention of flu is 1/2 to 1 tsp daily for children and adults during cold and flu season. Up this to at least 3 times a day if you already have an infection or feel one coming on.

Other Preventatives

I’m sure there are many other natural preventatives out there and welcome input from our readers. If you have a preventative that works for you, please share it with us so we can share it with the world.

 

Power Couple – The Importance of Taking Vitamin C and Collagen Together

Bottles of Pure Radiance C, Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen, and Catie's Vitamin C Plus along with a bottle of organic juice blend and organic coconut milk

Until recently, collagen was not commonly discussed in the context of mainstream nutritional terms. Perhaps some had heard of it in the context of skin health, but little else. The popularity of the paleo diet has made the importance of collagen in terms of health and wellness come more into center stage. Yet even as people begin to better understand the importance of collagen, a critical component of collagen synthesis remains under recognized. In order to properly synthesize collagen, the body must have vitamin C. Let’s take a closer look at vitamin C and collagen

What Is Vitamin C?

Though most people could quickly list vitamin C if they were asked to name a list of key vitamins, it can be harder for people to name all that this vital vitamin is and does. Vitamin C is a water-soluble nutrient that our bodies cannot produce on their own. It is this inability to produce vitamin C innately that led researchers such as Linus Pauling to advise that all people take vitamin C supplements on a daily basis (1).

Roles and Benefits of Vitamin C:

Vitamin C plays numerous key roles in the body. This antioxidant is known for the benefit of strengthening the immune system, but this crucial vitamin’s jobs extend far beyond its role with the immune system.

  • iron absorption
  • protects vitamins A and E from the harsh effects of oxidation
  • offers protection against heart disease
  • aids in proper blood flow
  • prevents and cures scurvy
  • plays a critical role in collagen synthesis (2)

Optimal Sources of Vitamin C:

Vitamin C can be obtained through dietary sources or high quality supplements. Top food sources for vitamin C include citrus fruits, berries, broccoli, bell peppers, and more (6). It should be noted that due to vitamin C’s delicate nature, it can be easily destroyed by things such as cooking. For this reason it can be challenging to get enough vitamin C each and every day. A high quality, real food supplement can be one of the best ways to assure that the body has enough vitamin C to aid in the production of collagen as well as its other jobs.  We suggest Catie’s Whole Food Vitamin C Plus or Pure Radiance C from The Synergy Company. Choosing a real whole food supplement gives the body the full benefits of all factors of vitamin C, rather than one isolated element as is found in synthetic ascorbic acid vitamin C supplements (7). For more information on why real vitamin C is better, read our last blog post.

What Is Collagen?

Collagen is one of 14 proteins the human body contains. It is so abundant that it is found in the body in greater quantities than all the other proteins combined. As a significant component of connective tissue, collagen is found throughout the body. It is in bones, teeth, skin, hair, eyes, and other organs (1). Though the body can create collagen, consuming collagen helps the body to have more of this important substance. The body first takes in collagen through dietary sources, then breaks it down to rebuild it in order to use it in the body. This continual process requires both the intake of collagen as well as vitamin C (4).

Roles and Benefits of Collagen:

Not only is collagen abundant, it is also a critical protein. Collagen serves to strengthen the walls of blood vessels, keep organs in their appropriate places, and more. Like glue binds objects together, collagen acts as a sort of binding agent within the body (3). When the body lacks sufficient collagen, muscle tissue and bone density will begin to decline. Additionally, blood vessels are weakened, increasing the risk for heart disease (5).

Collagen is also acclaimed for its ability to heal the gut. When the gut becomes inflamed, it is difficult to impossible for nutrients to be fully absorbed. Nutritional deficiencies can then develop. This inflammation can also lead to what is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome, an autoimmune problem where tiny particles of food can escape from the gut and be treated as invaders by the immune system. Collagen can serve to heal the gut, reducing inflammation and healing the tiny holes that allow Leaky Gut Syndrome to develop (8).

Optimal Sources of Collagen:

Dietary sources of collagen come from animal bones and connective tissue. Oftentimes people will use animal bones to make broths and stocks in order to get the collagen from the bones. Because it can be difficult to get enough dietary collagen through these sources, it is wise to consider taking a collagen supplement. Various collagen supplements are available, but it is important to look for a hydrolyzed collagen powder, the most easily absorbed and utilized by the body (5). Supplements such as Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen have already been broken down into the smaller peptides that the body can readily absorb and use. We recommend Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen because it comes from grass-fed, pasture raised cattle living happily in Brazil. Adding a whole foods vitamin C supplement along with the hydrolyzed collagen supplement assures that not only is the body getting the collagen it needs, but that it will be able to properly use it.

The Crucial Relationship

It is easy to see that both vitamin C and collagen are necessary for a healthy life, but what is often not talked about as frequently is the fact that vitamin C and collagen actually work very closely together, forming an interdependent relationship. Without vitamin C, collagen production is disrupted and cannot be completed. Vitamin C is used to add hydrogen and oxygen to the amino acids to create a substance called procollagen, a necessary substance to the creation of collagen (3). When collagen production is disrupted, people suffer significant negative consequences. For this reason, it is prudent to take a real food vitamin C supplement like Catie’s Whole Food Vitamin C or Pure Radiance C from The Synergy Company along with a high quality, grass-fed collagen supplement like Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen.

The Best Protein Shake

This is one of my favorite recipes for a quick breakfast or snack. I love the Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen – my nails have never looked better! I mix it with Catie’s Whole Food Vitamin C Plus and Catie’s Organic Greens or Catie’s Gluten Free Organic Greens. This combination is my meal replacement combo. I almost always have coconut milk on hand, so that is my normal base, then I add 100% organic juice, whatever is in the house, and YUM!

I make my own prepared coconut milk from canned coconut milk because I don’t like all the additives in milk alternative coconut milk. Just put one can of organic coconut milk, not light, in a blender with one can of water and one tsp powdered natural calcium supplement. You can also add 1 tsp vanilla extract, but I usually omit it.

Ingredients:
6 oz prepared organic coconut milk
6 0z 100% organic juice of choice
1 scoop Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen
1 tsp Catie’s Whole Food Vitamin C Plus
1 tsp Catie’s Organic Greens or Catie’s Gluten Free Organic Greens

Directions:
Put all ingredients in a BPA free shaker bottle, leaving the collagen for last. Put in the agitator (good shakers will have one), and shake, shake, shake. Enjoy!

Works Cited:

  1. http://www.vitamincfoundation.org/collagen.html
  2. http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/vitamin-supplements/vitamin-c1.htm
  3. http://indianapublicmedia.org/amomentofscience/vitamin-c-and-collagen/
  4. http://nutritionreview.org/2013/04/collagen-connection/
  5. http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/problems/treating/naturally-boost-collagen1.htm
  6. http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/foods-high-in-vitamin-c/
  7. http://www.vitamins-nutrition.org/vitamins/natural-vitamins-synthetic.html
  8. http://guthealthproject.com/the-powerful-supplement-you-need-to-heal-a-leaky-gut/

Rehydrate with Super Summer Slushes!

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AAAAAAAHHHH!!!! Nothing is better on a hot afternoon than a cold wet slush. Below are some recipes to help you and your kids rehydrate and fuel up for more fun in the sun. Read on for some basic recipes to get you started. I’m sure you will come up with more of your own.

Nutrient Boosting Add Ins

The fresh and frozen fruit in the recipes is great, but adding Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen will boost the protein content from almost nothing to a whopping 10 gm per scoop. That turns this frozen drink into a filling afternoon snack!

The last recipe already calls for this, but adding  Pure Radiance Vitamin C Powder gives it a huge antioxidant boost and turns any fruit drink into a super sour slush. If someone in your family is coming down with a summer cold, then this can help knock it right out of them.

Adding 1/4 tsp Walkabout Australian Emu Oil per serving will give everyone loads of beneficial nutrients like Omega Fatty Acids, Vitamin K, Vitamin D3, and CLA.

Frozen Fruit Lemonade

This recipe has been an extended family favorite for a few years now. It can be made with any frozen fruit you have available. Kids love it! For this round of taste testing, we used blueberries, but, we’ve done it with strawberries, mango, pineapple, and raspberries in the past. If you’re in a hurry, you can eliminate the fresh squeezed lemon, but I find it adds some POW to the overall flavor.

2 cups lemonade
2 cups frozen fruit
juice of 1 fresh lemon
couple handfuls of ice

Directions:
Blend all ingredients on high until desired consistency. Makes 3.

Fizzy Cantaloupe Lime Frozen Refresher

For this recipe, you want to cut up and freeze the cantaloupe in advance, a couple hours will do to freeze melon cubes.

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen cantaloupe cubes
1 cup unflavored seltzer
Juice of 1 lime
Couple handfuls of ice

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree to desired consistency. Add more ice or seltzer if needed. Makes 2.

Tropical Fruit Coconut Water Slush

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut water
1 cup fresh watermelon
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/4 cup 100% white grape juice (for a sugar free sweetener)
1 handful ice

Directions:
Blend all ingredients on high until desired consistency. Add more ice, or grape juice as needed. Makes 2-3.

Grapefruit Raspberry Sweet Tart Slush

This one was my favorite of this bunch. Very refreshing for a hot summer day!

1 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup 100% pink grapefruit juice
2 Tbs honey
1/2 cup coconut water
1 handful of ice

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until nice and smooth. Add more honey, coconut water or ice if needed.

Cucumber Lime Mint Slush

This might seem like a weird combination, but was rather tasty. Probably better for adults than children, and maybe with a shot of rum!

1 cucumber
Juice from 2 limes
8-12 large mint leaves
2 Tbs honey
Couple handfuls of ice

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until desired consistency. Add more honey or ice if needed. Makes 2

Sour Strawberry Melon Slush

Combining two of kids’ favorite summer fruits makes this recipe a crowd pleaser. This recipe requires the watermelon to be cubed and frozen at least two hours prior to making, so make sure to have plenty on hand for the whole neighborhood!

2 1/2 cups cubed frozen watermelon
3/4 cup fresh strawberries
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut water
Handful ice cubes
2 Tbs Pure Radiance Vitamin C Powder

Directions: Combine the first 4 ingredients in a blender and blend on high to desired consistency. Add more ice or coconut water as needed. Then add the Vitamin C Powder and blend for a few seconds. Makes 3.

 

11 Must Have Supplements for Men: Support for Body, Brain & Sexual Function

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Guys, we love you, but we know you are not always the best at taking care of yourselves. Let’s face it: you work hard, you play hard, but you may not always measure up to your goals. Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, a better diet, extra sleep, and more physical activity could help. But the key to greater health and success may be nutritional supplementation. There are so many supplements on the market today it can be confusing. Where do you start? What do you really need? Ideally one gets their nutrients from foods that supply them in correct proportions for optimal absorption and utilization. Whole foods offer a synergy of nutrients that will never come from a laboratory. Because the whole really is greater than the sum of it’s parts, Nourishing World offers you selected supplements derived from whole foods. We want to make it easy for you to zero in on the supplements that will make the greatest difference in correcting your nutritional imbalances and promoting your success story!

Fish Oil

There was a reason your grandmother kept a bottle of cod liver oil in the house. It has been shown to be one of the most beneficial whole food supplements one can take for overall health and vigor. Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil takes the benefits of fish oil one step further by fermenting the traditional way without heat. This substantially increases nutrient availability and probiotic composition. Krill oil, extracted from krill shellfish, is a non-fermented option for achieving the benefits of taking fish oil without the contaminants commonly found in fish that are higher up the food chain.  Take 1000 mg either Cod Liver Oil or Krill Oil daily and get all the omega 3-fatty acids your body needs for:

  • Reducing bad cholesterol
  • Increasing HDL, or good cholesterol
  • Lowering your blood pressure
  • Decreasing inflammation
  • Improving joint function
  • Feeling alert
  • Boosting cognitive performance
  • Supplying important antioxidants
  • Improving mood
  • Building immunity with vitamin D

Vitamin C

Studies show that adult American men do not get enough vitamin C in their diets. This critical vitamin not only improves resistance to common viruses and colds, it also protects cells from free radical damage caused by exercise or environmental forces. Catie’s Whole Plant Food Vitamin C Plus powder comes from real foods high in vitamin C and has high bioavailability without the down sides of synthetic vitamins. Make sure to eat foods high in vitamin C or take a supplement a few times a day for:

  • Immune support
  • Free radical protection
  • Healthy heart
  • Tissue Repair
  • Infection prevention in wounds
  • Collagen production
  • Strong bones and teeth
  • Good eyesight
  • Good memory and focus

Zinc

Immune function depends on adequate supplies of zinc, which can be lost when the body undergoes stress or infection. In addition, zinc may help with cognitive function and maintaining a positive mood. Zinc is one of the main nutritional supplements that can be helpful with male infertility. Take two, 30 mg tablets of Vitamin Code Raw Zinc with extra Vitamin C a day to:

  • Improve sperm quality
  • Improve prostate health
  • Aid heart health
  • Support immunity
  • Balance emotions
  • Promote clearer skin and faster wound recovery
  • Assist eye health

Magnesium

Magnesium is a mineral that packs a mighty punch, but over 70% of the population is low in it. Magnesium can be found in dark leafy greens, avocados, nuts and seeds, fish, soy, and low fat yogurt. It can be hard to get enough of these healthy foods to supply an adequate amount of magnesium. So take one, 50 mg tablet a day of Catie’s Whole Food Magnesium or use Ancient Minerals Transdermal Magnesium for:

  • Less stress and anxiety
  • Fewer muscles pains, spasms, and twitches
  • Better mood and fighting depression
  • Stronger bones and teeth
  • Combating headaches and migraines
  • Healthier skin and hair
  • Improved eczema, psoriasis, acne, and, rashes
  • Balanced blood sugar levels
  • Assisting heart health

Calcium

Not only women need calcium. Men can get osteoporosis also and be at risk for fractures and loss of bone density. So keep your bones and teeth strong with Calcium and Vitamin D (from fish oil) to prevent painful breaks and fractures. Nourishing World carries an assortment of calcium options such as organic and vegan whole food My Kind Organics Plant Calcium and Catie’s Raw Vegetable Calcium. If you are an athlete and need greater magnesium for muscle repair try Natural Calm plus Calcium to replenish supplies of both minerals together. Take between 1000 and 2000 mg. of calcium a day depending on your unique needs for:

  • Increased bone density
  • Stronger bones and teeth
  • Assistance in blood clotting
  • Facilitated nerve function
  • Helping muscles contract

Coenzyme Q10

Blood pressure can become a problem especially as people age. Coenzyme Q10 naturally protects blood vessels from damage, making it popular as an anti-aging supplement. The fact that it may increase energy and alertness helps too! The body needs to convert CoQ10 to ubiquinol but this ability decreases as one ages. Dr. Mercola Ubiquinol is an electron rich CoQ10 supplement. It is more bioavailable and easy to assimilate than CoQ10 alone. Nourishing World recommends taking one 100 mg Ubiquinol daily for:

  • Fighting free radicals
  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Increasing energy and mental sharpness
  • Boosting the immune system
  • Contributing to heart health
  • Countering the effects of aging
  • Possibly improving sperm quality

Saw Palmetto with Lycopene

These two supplements support prostate health. Saw Palmetto is an herb that impedes the hormone process in the prostate which causes it to get enlarged. Lycopene, from tomatoes, has shown an ability to destroy prostate cancer cells through altering hormone metabolism. Take one 320 mg. Saw Palmetto with Lycopene a day for:

  • Stronger libido
  • Better prostate health
  • Restored urine flow

Resveratrol

Extracted from the skin of red grapes as well as the knotweed plant known as polygonum cuspidatum, resveratrol is an anti-aging, longevity, and energy-enhancing supplement. Nourishing World carries resveratrol from Perfect Supplements, one of the most trusted names in whole food supplements.  Take 200 – 500 mg of resveratrol daily for:

  • Enhanced cognitive function
  • Huge antioxidant power
  • Appetite control and weight loss
  • Stamina and endurance
  • Cardiovascular support
  • Cancer protection
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Preventing insulin resistance
  • Combating many diseases

Korean Ginseng

The Koreans have long used Ginseng to improve erectile dysfunction and mental clarity. Now this healing root is available in fermented form for added potency and bioavailability from Dr. Mercola. Take approximately 100 mg a day for:

  • Improved erections
  • Better blood flow
  • Enhanced mental focus
  • Combatting free radicals
  • Supporting the immune system
  • Cleansing the body of toxins
  • Balancing blood sugar
  • Supporting heart, brain, and digestive health

Androtex

Androtex features a proprietary blend of extracts from roots and herbs. It delivers unsurpassed, targeted intervention for male hormonal problems. If you want to get back to the feelings of masculinity you once had, Androtex could help. Take ¼ teaspoon twice a day for:

  • Erectile support
  • Improved libido
  • Normalized testosterone levels
  • Clear thinking
  • Fat metabolism
  • Muscle building
  • Energy and zest for life

Men’s Multiple Vitamins

The advantage of taking a multi-vitamin is that it’s quick and easy to get many of the necessary supplements discussed here along with others that may be needed. Nourishing World offers several excellent whole food derived multi-vitamins just for men such as Garden of Life My Kind Organics Men’s. You might decide to cover your bases with a multi and then add supplements from the list above for your individual needs.

The Supplement Challenge

Make the choice now to power up your health with the right supplements made from whole foods.  Do it for your body, brain, and sex life.  It’s not rocket science!  You too can blast off into the health zone!

Eat More Nutrient Dense Kale!

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By Lynn Gamwell

You have heard it many times. Eat your greens! Eat more kale! But some days if I have to face one more kale juice or smoothie or plate of steamed kale I think I will just quit! Fortunately I have a few tricks up my sleeve for turning one more bunch of kale into a quick and yummy salad that is beautiful and exciting enough even for guests. Get ready for massaged Kale!

Health Benefits of Eating Kale

Kale is one of the most nutrient dense but low calorie foods around.  This cruciferous (cabbage family) leafy green is packed with flavonoids, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in which many diets are deficient. Containing exceptionally high levels of vitamins K, C, and beta carotene, kale also delivers potent B vitamins, protein, and omega 3 fatty acids. It provides high levels of the minerals potassium, calcium, manganese, and magnesium, as well as others at lower amounts. All this nutritional power translates into lower cholesterol, increased eye health, prevention of atherosclerosis,  decreased susceptibility to tumors, and many more benefits. These unassuming looking green leaves have everything your body needs to boost immune health, decrease inflammation, and prevent disease. Suffice it to say that adding kale to your diet is like taking your daily multivitamin in whole food, bioavailable  form.

Massaged Kale Salad

Kale leaves are tough and fibrous so it is often cooked (which can sacrifice some of the vitamin content), juiced, or blenderized into green smoothies.  Surprisingly, few people seem to know that Kale can be massaged into tender, delicate deliciousness. The combination of salt and a couple of minutes of working the kale tissues with your hands will break down the chewy fibers leaving you with a smaller bunch of slightly wilted looking leaves. It is this salty, softened kale that becomes the base for your ingredients. I am giving you my favorite additions below with more complete instructions for how to turn your tough raw kale into tender, sublime, and still raw salad!

Ingredients:

  1. 1 large bunch kale
  2. 1 tsp. salt
  3. 1/3 cup sunflower seeds (toasted or raw)
  4. ¼ cup red onion, diced
  5. 1/3 cup dried cranberries (preferably fruit juice sweetened)
  6. 1 apple, diced
  7. ¼ cup olive oil
  8. 2 TBSP natural and unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  9. Handful of sliced almonds (optional)
  10. Gorgonzola or feta cheese, crumbled (optional)

Directions:

  • Use a large bunch of kale, ideally around 20 big leaves. If you have less, adjust salt accordingly.
  • Wash kale leaves and de-stem. Pat dry with a towel.
  • Shred leaves into long slices or chiffonade.
  • Put kale into large bowl with the salt.
  • Massage the kale with your hands, working the salt into the fibers. You will know you are done when the quantity has reduced by approximately 1/3.
  • Move kale to a clean bowl getting rid of any excess liquid.
  • Stir in onion, sunflower seeds, apple, and cranberries, and (optional) almond slices.
  • Toss with oil and vinegar to taste. Adjust salt if more is desired.
  • Top with gorgonzola or feta cheese crumbles if it pleases you!

We Have Options!

Now you know the secret for serving healthy raw kale without all the tough fibers to chew through. A little massage and it melts into submission!

Some days are super busy, so I make this salad ahead of time. It keeps really well for several days in the refrigerator. Or for days when kale preparation is not possible, try Perfect Fermented Kale Powder rehydrated in the liquid of your choice. You will get all of the vitamins and antioxidants in kale with the added benefits of fermentation which makes it easily digestible and absorbable.  Or Catie’s Organic Greens smoothie powder will supply your kale along with other green super foods.  It’s always good to have options!  So now there is no excuse not to “Eat your kale”!

 

Healthy Chocolate Valentine’s Day Yumminess!

Healthy treats for your Valentine sweets.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, we have chocolate on the mind! Dark chocolate, that is — packed with antioxidants, minerals, and prebiotic compounds. The long-standing ritual of showering loved ones with chocolates may go beyond chocolate’s aphrodisiac properties; it could actually be good for their health! We’re not talking about candy-coated milk chocolates and peanut butter cups, though. Unfortunately, these tasty treats are loaded with genetically modified sugar, artificial ingredients, and very little of the beneficial cacao that makes dark chocolate so good for you.

Benefits of Dark Chocolate

  • Rich in minerals: magnesium, sulfur, selenium, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, and calcium
  • Source of vitamins, especially B vitamins and vitamin E
  • Contains flavonoids, with more antioxidant power than strawberries!
  • Improves mood, energy, and mental clarity, due to its effect on serotonin, its anti-inflammatory properties, and its high theobromine content
  • Heart healthy, as it lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, and decreases the risk of heart attack and stroke
  • Supports digestive health by providing fiber and stimulating the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gut
  • Lowers blood sugar and improves insulin sensitivity, which is particularly beneficial for those with or at risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Stops coughs and asthma attacks by opening bronchial passages and decreasing bronchospasms

To choose a healthy chocolate, select a bar made with organic cacao. Look for at least 70-75% cacao for optimal health benefits. Make sure, too, to find a chocolate sweetened with a natural alternative to white or GMO sugar, such as coconut sugar, stevia, or honey. Better yet, make your own chocolate treats! We’re happy to serve up these tasty recipes in honor of Valentine’s Day.

Grain-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Inspired by agirlworthsaving.com

These are some yummy chocolate cupcakes! I find that often, consistency is a problem in Paleo baking. These cupcakes have a great consistency and are really tasty. I’m still on a cherry kick, so I added thawed, frozen cherries to some of them and YUM! What a great surprise in the middle. You can try other things like nuts or chocolate chips. I also created a Paleo-friendly chocolate buttercream frosting that made my fussy daughter’s eyes widen in delight. So, that one’s a keeper. I made hearts out of organic strawberries by slicing them and cutting a “v” in the top. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4 cup cacoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil or grass-fed butter
  • 1/4 cup water or milk of your choice
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbs coconut sugar
  • 1 Tbs erythritol
  • 1 Tbs applesauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Put cupcake liners in cupcake pan.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and hand-stir until well combined.
  4. Spoon batter into liners. If adding cherries or fruit, fill halfway or less, push fruit down into the batter, then cover with more batter.
  5. Cook for 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. If using fruit, make sure to stick the toothpick in the side, not into the fruit.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool.
  7. Frost and decorate as desired.

Paleo-Friendly Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter softened to room temperature – do not melt!
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbs + 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 3 Tbs honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbs hot water or hot milk of choice
  • 1 Tbs coconut sugar
  • 1 Tbs organic stevia powder

Directions:

  1. Dissolve the coconut sugar in the hot water or hot milk.
  2. Combine with the rest of the ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir by hand first to avoid the cocoa powder flying all over the place when using a hand mixer. I used a hand mixer with a wisking tool on the end.
  3. Taste testing here is important. I find that different brands of stevia powder have different levels of sweetness. If you want it sweeter, then add more stevia to the desired sweetness. I used 2 Tbs stevia for ours.

Naturally-Sweetened Chocolate Dip for Fruit

Fruit dipped in chocolate is always a tasty treat. This recipe is for 1 serving, so multiply by the number of people eating to get the right amount. This dip stays softish unless you refrigerate it. It is very good though, even just as a dip and eat! Get a big platter of your favorite fruit and dig in. Our favorites to dip are strawberries, sliced bananas, pineapple chunks, raspberries, and mango. What’s your favorite?

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbs coconut oil
  • 2 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 8 drops stevia liquid
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1/2 Tbs honey

Directions:

  1. Melt coconut oil.
  2. Add coconut sugar to heated oil so it dissolves.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and stir until well combined.
  4. Dip fruit and enjoy!

 

By Kerrie Bross