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Our Diet Impacts our Health & Vitality

Health surveys show that the incidence of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes is higher than ever before. This can be attributed largely to the state of our diets that are woefully inadequate in nutrient-rich whole foods. The reality is that most of us get too much of the wrong stuff, not enough of the right stuff!

  • 90% of us don’t eat the recommended 5-13 servings of fruits and vegetables
  • 70% of us admit to eating foods that actually contribute to poor health
  • Less than 1 serving of whole grains are consumed on a daily basis—many don’t even get that
  • Protective lipids and sterols have been stripped from whole grains to increase their shelf life
  • Many don’t eat fish due to concerns about the presence of heavy metals and contaminants
  • A majority of people are below the estimated average requirement for some basic, essential vitamins and minerals
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There’s A New Superfood In Town

Move over, kale salads and acai bowls. There’s a new superfood in town and it’s here to stay.

Called moringa – a.k.a. the “miracle tree” or “tree of life” – it’s a plant that grows exceptionally fast in hostile environments where most others can’t survive. Think dry, semi-arid places like Darfur and Senegal, in addition to tropical climates (the tree is native to North India).

Below is a breakdown of why moringa is the new superfood that you should definitely keep a lookout for:

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Click here to Read More amazing attributes of this botanical super-food!!  Thank you Elle for this info!

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Give Your Body the Nutrition it Needs

The Body is amazing!  Given the right tools, it can heal itself in most cases!  The more and more info I see and read about Moringa Oleifera,  it is truly an amazing super-food!  It can actually help the body to heal itself in many ways.  Do something good for your body, eat plenty of dark, leafy greens…. make sure to hydrate!  Water is so important to your system. Also… get off the couch and get some exercise!  Even if it is just walking around your neighborhood.  And, add Moringa Oleifera to your daily routine…why wouldn’t you?!  Do your own research.  This is a great article on Moringa!!

For many centuries Moringa Oleifera was used in traditional medicine, such as the “Ayurveda”, as a treatment Arthritis and Gout. It was believed that Moringa Leaf Powder reduce inflammations and pain caused by these conditions.
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In 2008 the Faculty of Medicine Health Sciences of the Putra University in Malaysia, published a research aimed to test if Moringa poses any Antinociceptive and Anti-Inflammatory activities, the same activities achieved by the drugs used in modern medicine such as NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). The research found that the Moringa leaves posses substances that have antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activitie; in fact they found that it has high quantities of these substances. This means that Moringa Oleifera use in Indian traditional medicine as a treatment for Arthritis and Gout.
 
The effects of the Moringa is suppressing the COX-2 enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for inflammation processes and pain. Usually the drugs used to suppress this enzyme are NSAID such as Voltaren, Nksin, Adoil, ARCOXIA, Kaspo etc. The side effects of these products include risk for stroke, kidney problems, blood vessels problems, stomach problems and the list goes on.
 
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Blood pressure tends to rise with age. Following a healthy lifestyle helps some people delay or prevent this rise in blood pressure.  Click here to read more!
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Guess What this is Describing?!?!

If you guessed Moringa Oleifera, you guessed correctly!

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(NaturalNews) Moringa oleifera is a tree that is native to the Himalayan mountains of northern India. Though it is not well-known in the United States, the tree is treasured in many parts of the world (especially Africa and South America) due to the healing properties of its leaves. In fact, moringa‘s small, light green leaves are so nutrient-dense that the tree has been nicknamed ‘The Tree of Immortality’ and ‘The Miracle Tree’ by the inhabitants of the countries in which it is cultivated. Let’s find out whether these nicknames are deserved.

Moringa‘s health benefits

Rich in antioxidants – Analysis has shown that dried and powdered moringa leaves (which is how moringa is usually sold and consumed) contain 46 antioxidant types, including carotenoids, zinc, selenium, chromium, and all the vitamins (even vitamin B and vitamin K). Moringa leaves also contain 36 anti-inflammatory compounds, including calcium, copper, chlorophyll, omega-3, omega-6, omega-9, and sulfur. All of these antioxidants and compounds occur naturally in the plant, and work together to maximize absorption. For example, the magnesium found in moringa helps us to absorb its calcium.

Nutrient concentrations – Like most superfoods, moringa contains a lot of nutrients. What really sets it apart from others, though, are the concentrations of those nutrients. For example, ounce-per-ounce, dried moringa leaves contain three times more potassium than bananas, 2,500 times more amino acids than green tea, three times more iron than spinach or roast beef, three times more calcium than milk, and 10 times the recommended daily amount of vitamin E.

A complete proteinMoringa leaves are between 30 and 40 percent protein, and contain 18 amino acids. Of these, nine (valine, lysine, leucine, histidine, isoleucine, methionine, threonine, phenylalanine, and tryptophan) are essential amino acids. This makes moringa a ‘complete’ protein source – something seldom found in the plant world. We need protein, of course, to build bones, skin, blood, and cartilage, and to produce hormones and enzymes. Without it, our bodies would biochemically dismantle.

Makes a great oil – Though the moringa tree is best-known for its nutritious leaves, its seeds also have a use: The matured pods can be processed into ‘ben oil,’ a clear, sweet oil that rivals olive oil in antioxidant activity. Ben oil is extremely durable and doesn’t spoil, and has been used for centuries as a perfume base, cooking lubricant, and salad dressing.

Given moringa‘s healthiness, it is unsurprising that regular consumption of its leaves – in cooked or dried states – has been linked to reduced blood pressure, weight loss, improved mood and digestion, healthier skin (some Western cosmetic companies are now adding moringa extracts to their skincare products), and much more. In fact, Ayurvedic medicine claims that over 300 diseases can be treated by consuming moringa leaves. So why not try it out?

Sources for this article include:

http://www.tfljournal.org/article.php/20051201124931586

http://www.veria.com

http://www.moringatreeoflife.com/About_Moringa.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_oil

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/041264_moringa_oleifera_protein_tree_of_life.html##ixzz3G3fmAP3F

The Moringa that is found online and in health food stores is either powder capsules or powders meant to mix with smoothies and other foods.

They are comprised of using dried and crushed leaves. While this is still better than nothing. Getting the complete nutritional benefit of Moringa comes from more than just the leaf.

Zija International has gone to great lengths to ensure that their proprietary blend uses the leaf, the seed cake, and the seed pod. All of these provide different core nutrients.

In addition to using various parts of the plant, Zija also shade dries their raw materials. This ensures that none of the components lose their enzymatic activity or bio-availability.

Zija also uses various age groups of the plant. Juvenile, adolescent, and mature plants. They discovered that the nutrient profiles were different at the various age groups.

Last but not least they studied the 58 species of Moringa from various countries and regions around the world. They found that the most nutrient dense hailed from India at the best of the Himalayas.

Given the nutritional profile of Zija’s Moringa the daily cost of this complete daily nutritional supplement is just about $3.00 a day.

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The Secret Asian Superfood Way More People Should Be Eating

 

With all the hype that can build up the latest and greatest “superfoods,” it’s easy to forget that there are plenty of edible plants out there that deliver more than an average nutritional punch. Usually they’re not the ones with all the PR hype — watercress, for example, is one of the most nutritious greens around, yet gets no street cred.

So don’t blame yourself if you haven’t heard of moringa, also known as “drumstick tree.” Native to the Himalayas and grown widely across Africa and Asia, moringa has more nutrition hiding in its leaves and pods than there is in virtually every other plant, and it’s easy to grow on top of it all. Forget the kale, this is your new favorite super-plant. Here’s why.

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Moringa has serious medicinal value
Moringa is good for far more than just giving other superfoods a run for their money, or for taking money out of your pocket. It can help lower cholesterol, has loads of antioxidants (those are good!), and is anti pretty much every bad thing that can happen inside your body.

Click here to read more!  Thank you Huffington Post for this great information!

Also, check out this video on Moringa Oleifera!

Not all Moringa is created equal!

Just one packet of Zija Smartmix has 32 GRAMS of enzymatically alive, shade dried, organic Moringa Oleifera.  Double that for SuperMix.

Why Zija….

It took Russ Bianchi 143 tries to create the Zija Smart Drink in order to keep it enzymatically alive, and thus fully bio-available. This keeps all of the nutrients alive and recognized by your body.

There is another tremendous difference between Zija Moringa products and others on the market. You can purchase Moringa leaf powder capsules or other Moringa capsules through various health stores, online stores and the like. The difference between them and us comes down to two primary things:

– There are 58 varietals of Moringa Oleifera in the world. Remember high school biology of “family – genus – species…”? The varietal of Moringa Oleifera that Zija uses in all of our products is the most efficacious variety that is grown in the hot arid regions of India. The other companies, it is unknown which varietal and where it is grown, grown in certain regions these trees only obtain as few as 30 nutrients (as in the Philippines due to the amount of rainfall) as opposed to the verified 90+ nutrients in regions located within 10 degrees either side of the equator.

– We use the entire botanical in our products, not just the leaf. What this means is that each portion of the Moringa Oleifera botanical has been medically studied and documented to help or treat certain conditions. The leaf, seed, seeds cake & pods and more have tremendous health benefits. If you are just taking a moringa leaf pill or powder chances are you are not getting a good quality product, you will need to take extremely high doses of them to get half the nutrition and benefit you can get from Zija products and are wasting your money.

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Clove…The Oil of Boundaries

History tells us that the Chinese have used clove for more than 2,000 years as a fragrance and spice and that it hit the international health scene several hundred years later. Since then, it has been applied in numerous products for agricultural and cosmetic purposes.

The most profound properties of clove oil, however, are related to its widespread application in homeopathic natural medicine. Because it contains an elevated level of eugenol, clove essential oil has proven to be remarkably versatile and has been thoroughly researched as an effective alternative to many modern medical treatments.  Click here to read more on what Dr. Axe has to say about Clove!

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From the book Emotions & Essential Oils..

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Clove is called the Oil of Boundaries..

Clove supports individuals in letting go of victim mentality.  Victims feel overly influenced by other people and outside circumstances.  They perceive themselves as powerless to change their life situations.  Clove helps individuals to stand up for themselves, be proactive, and feel capable of making their own decisions, regardless of others’ opinions or responses.

Clove assists individuals in letting go of patterns of self-betrayal and codependency by reconnecting them with their personal integrity.  It builds up appropriate boundaries and defenses.

Clove gives the pushover the courage to say “no.”  It reignites the inner soul-fire and can assist anytime there has been damage to the Self, related to child hood pain, trauma or abuse.  Clove is especially helpful for breaking free of patterns of abuse by restoring the victim’s sense of Self and helping them regain the strength to stand up for their needs.  Clove insists that individuals live true to themselves and the Divine by establishing clear boundaries.

Emotions Addressed:  Victim, defeated, dominated, enslaved, fear of rejection, intimidated, controlled by others, co-dependent.

Companion Oils:  Ginger, Birch, Black Pepper, Protective Blend, Tea Tree

Clove contains the largest antioxidant value of any oil, which helps protect cells from damaging free radicals. It is also revered around the world for its anti-inflammatory properties. Clove diffuses well alone or with many other essential oils, making it a popular choice to keep on hand in homes, offices, and other spaces around the world.

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The Tree of Life!!

I know I have posted on Moringa Oleifera before, but it is so worth repeating! This amazing botanical superfood has more benefits than you even know!  I am so glad that I have made Moringa a part of my daily health routine!  And, I am so glad to have those that I love including it in theirs!

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The moringa tree is often referred to by its advocates as the ‘tree of life’ due to its seemingly miraculous nutritional benefits and sheer versatility. This unassuming, curiously shaped tree is grown as a landscape tree and food source in many parts of the world – although its use as a type of vegetable and nutritive food first developed in countries such as Africa, the Himalayas, China, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. This hardy plant grows in a wide variety of soils ranging from sandy, loamy, and even clayish soils and is resistant to drought and is fast-growing. Due to its hardiness, moringa can be found growing in different climates, and with its adaptability (with the exception that it does not tolerate frost very well), the trees are easily grown and cultivated with very little to no maintenance required. – See more at: http://www.herbs-info.com/moringa.html#sthash.QtMXiNdY.dpuf

However, not all Moringa is created equal….

Thank you Dr. Plant for all of your caring and knowledge!

There are five key points that are critical in ensuring the highest possible quality of Moringa.
1) Species:
There are 13 different species of the Moringa genus, each specie differs widely in it’s nutritional content and value. Moringa oleifera, is claimed to be the most nutritiously dense through numerous scientific publications.
2) Sourcing:
Additionally to Moringa oleifera being the most nutritiously dense of all the Moringa genus, Moringa oleifera’s nutritional value also depends on where it is grown, and when it is harvested. Several studies, including thesis work from prominent universities has shown this. Look for a company that sources their Moringa oleifera from India near the base of the Himalayas, numerous data points to this as the ideal location for maximizing Moringa’s nutritional impact.
3) Preparation:
There are several ways in preparing Moringa oleifera for consumption. The most nutritiously advantageous way is to shade dry the moringa leaves, this helps to naturally preserve and enrich for Moringa’s inherent nutrition. The second, and much more common way, is to dry the moringa in the sun. Though cheaper and quicker the ultra-violet radiation from the sun can crosslink the nutrients rendering them inert for physiological benefit.
4) Blend:
Moringa oleifera is a tree, and with that the nutritional power of the Moringa’s nutrition is found in different parts of the tree. For example, the leaves are enriched in amino acids, while the seeds are enriched in the essential fatty acids, and finally the fruit contains the powerful minerals critical for cell to cell communication. To maximize the nutritional power of Moringa oleifera, one must look to these three components.
5) Manufacturing:
Manufacturing can create havoc on natural products. It is often in this step that many natural botanicals loose their effectiveness. To overcome these challenges one must look to a company whose manufacturing is NSF certified, thereby giving greater confidence that they are adhering to practices that allow for quality found throughout the manufacturing process.

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Enjoy this short YouTube documentary on Moringa Oleifera!

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When I became a part of Améo Essential Oils, never in my wildest dreams, did I think I would find such an amazing botanical superfood in addition to all of the wonderful Clinical Grade essential oils!  Thank you Zija/Améo/Ripstix!

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What Do You Mean You Hate Brussels Sprouts!?!?!?

I know that a lot of your say “YUCK” when it comes to Brussels Sprouts…  I probably did way back when too!  I know my grandfather did! Ha!  However these little guys pack a powerful punch!!!  My husband cooks up a mean recipe!  Believe me…they can be absolutely delish! Read on for more info on Brussels Sprouts! http://thescienceofeating.com/2015/01/23/benefits-of-brussels-sprouts/

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Add some Brussels Sprouts to your diet!!

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Clove is More Important than You Think!!

Clove / Syzgium Aromaticum

The contrast of sweet and spicy aromas and flavors found in Clove essential oil is very exotic and exciting.  Clove is not only a popular cooking spice, but is also highly favored for its numerous health benefits!

BENEFITS

Clove contains the largest antioxidant value of any oil, which helps protect cells from damaging free radicals.  It is also revered around the world for its anti-inflammatory properties.  Clove diffuses well alone or with many other essential oils, making it a popular choice to keep on hand in homes, offices, and other spaces around the world.

SUGGESTED USES

*  Place a few drops of Clove oil on a cotton ball and swab in the mouth to promote oral and respiratory health

*  Mix Clove, Orange, Tangerine, and Cinnamon oils in an Améo diffuser to create a wintery holiday scent

*  Add 8-10 drops of Clove oil to 2 oz. of Améo Fractionated Coconut Oil and massage into troubled areas to help soothe sore and achy muscles

*  Diffuse Clove oil in an Améo diffuser, or rub into palms and inhale, to promote normal intestinal function

*  Diffuse Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, Lemon, and Rosemary oils in an Améo diffuser to purify the air in your home, car, or office

*  Diffuse Clove oil in an Améo diffuser to eliminate unpleasant odors – for example when cooking fish

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Benefits and Fun with Watermelon!

imageI love to add watermelon to my smoothies! Get it while you can!

Watch this fun video on how to cut a watermelon!!

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