Buttery Wild Mushroom Pilaf with Asparagus – Wild gourmet healing dinner for $.35 per serving!

 

SONY DSCTonight’s dinner is a lovely sprouted brown rice risotto with bits of peas and carrots, cooked with some chopped wild wood nettle, which can be used just as spinach or kale would but is much more nutritious. I sauteed the morels (can use any edible wild mushroom) until golden in a bit of butter and Himalayan salt.  Simply sub the butter for something like olive oil to make this vegetarian dish vegan. The pilaf is sprinkled with chives from my garden & flowers from the creeping charlie “weed” in my yard. A garnish of another delicious “weed” in my yard- goldenrod shoots.

Not only is this the type of gourmet meal you’d only find at an upscale restaurant, it’s more nutritious than just about anything you’ll find at a grocery store, and nearly free of cost. Every ingredient has healing properties! What is your experience with foraging- have you picked berries, morels, or asparagus? Let us know! If you’d like to learn more about wild food foraging, check out Wild Food Wisconsin & Aayus Holistic Health Services on facebook.  And helping people live healthier & happier and tackle even the trickiest health issues is my specialty as a naturopathic practitioner- don’t hesitate to contact me at megan@aayushealth.com for your free consult!

– – Goldenrod is good for colds, flu, inflammation, allergies (it’s an antihistamine, not an allergen), & UTIs.
– – Nettles are food for high blood pressure, kidney stones, allergies (also antihistamine), anemia, hay fever, are restorative, antihemorrhagic, nutritive, & promotes lactation & circulation
– – Morels are a great source of vitamin D, are anti-cancer & have been found to reduce the side effects of chemo/radiation
– – Asparagus is a diuretic, supports kidney function, prostate health, helps to prevent cataracts, supports the liver, supports sexual function & helps with muscle recovery
– – Brown rice is great for digestion and helps to normalize bowel function after diarrhea. It helps lower cholesterol, reduce risk of bowel cancer, lower diabetes risk
– – Chives are good for digestion, anemia, relieving gas, help prevent heart disease and stroke, and help your body to digest good fats.
– – Creeping Charlie is anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and has been used traditionally for ulcers, asthma, and clearing up skin. It can be used as a hopping agent to make beer.

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My first morel of the year, used in my dinner! (it’s giant!!)

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The wild wood nettles

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Wild Grape Juice (The real stuff!)

Yesterday I was invited to a friend’s property to do a plant walk with her.  Lucky for me she had more fruit than she knew what to do with!  I left with a nice supply of autumn olives and wild grapes.

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We love to eat the autumn olives as a snack, or mix with local yogurt.

After getting rid of the bad grapes,  I ended up with about 40 oz. Straight to the juicer!

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Wild grapes are an excellent source of catechins, anthocyanins and resveratrol, as well as many vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and other phytonutrients. This gives this fruit anti-oxidant, stroke preventative, anti-allergenic, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Because they are so tart,  I added 3 organic apples to the mix to sweeten.  The end result: what a treat!  My toddler gulped it down.

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Megan Kerkhoff is a Certified Health Counselor and Certified Family Herbalist at Aayus Holistic Health Services in Neenah, Wisconsin, and resides in Little Chute, Wisconsin.

Cilantro Detox for Cilantro Haters (and lovers!)

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You see this picture?  It pains me. Deep down to my very soul. Why?  The acrid odor filling my kitchen. Even worse- the FLAVOR.  Oh the terrible flavor!

You see,  I am a part of a rather large group of people who DESPISES cilantro. Apparently there’s some sort of gene that  makes you either deeply adore the flavor or be completely repulsed by it.  Now, I love the IDEA of it.  Cilantro really is such a gift- it gently chelates heavy metals like mercury, lead, and aluminum from the body. It contains phytochemicals that are antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral, shown in studies to destroy salmonella and the common cold. It’s anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant. Studies have shown it fights various forms of cancer. It’s been shown to have a calming effect, and be beneficial for sleep and anxiety.

So how do you get the benefits if you don’t particularly look forward to eating it?

My husband got the DTaP shot last year, so I promptly put him on a regimen of encapsulated cilantro to detox the aluminum, glutaraldehyde, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, and mercury found in the shot. Pills are nice, but they do get pricey. And because they are dried and not fresh, you can lose some of the potency over time.

My daughter was also recently lead poisoned from the trim, doors, and bathtub in our home, which led me to try to find an easy way to administer the cilantro to her.

So on my last trip to Woodmans, I bought a giant bunch of fresh organic cilantro. It was really cheap. I’m not about to ruin perfectly good food by seasoning it with the herb, so I figured- hey, why not juice it? Then I can take a quick shot of it with a chaser every day and be done with it. (Honestly, I’d rather do a shot of cheap vodka than a shot of cilantro, but so be it.)

I added a bit of fresh pineapple to liven up the flavor a bit, and it surprisingly ended up making quite a bit of juice. Enzymes, phytochemicals, and good bacteria all intact, love it. I decided to store some in my fridge, and then make frozen cubes with the rest of it to preserve it long term. I love using this preservation method with juices, infusions, herbs, and even my homemade elderberry syrup. (You should see my husband’s face when he goes to the freezer hoping for ice cubes and all he finds is elderberry cubes. He’s probably going to hate me when he sees my new concoction. Ha! Oh, I adore you Matt- sorry!!)

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So now I have a long-term supply of concentrated, healing cilantro juice. I made another juice with fresh pineapple and cucumber, and added a bit of the cilantro to it for my daughter. As you can see, she LOVES it. Bottoms up!image

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5 “Healthy” Foods That Aren’t Healthy at all

Most of us want to buy better-for-us foods when we can, but it’s a tough world out there. Product labels are misleading, and many of our foods have changed significantly in the past couple decades. To help you out, the following are the 5 most common unhealthy foods you’ll want to watch out for:

1. Salmon
You want a tasty, lean protein, and of course you always hear that salmon is full of good fats that are beneficial for our heart, joints, and brains. However, most people are choosing genetically modified and farmed salmon, without realizing this “food” is completely different from it’s wild-harvested cousin. Farmed salmon is actually higher in pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids, and low in anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids. Check your labels and always buy wild.
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2. Butter Substitutes
For years people have been looking for substitutes for butter, believing myths that it is bad for your heart, it makes you fat, it raises cholesterol, or it is just plain terrible for our bodies. Now our market is flooded with dozens of butter substitutes- all terribly unhealthy. Margarine is a trans-fat, and is infamous for causing breast cancer, colon cancer, and arteriosclerosis. Equally unsavory substitutes include products like Smart Balance Buttery Spread, Promise Take Control, Earth Balance, I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter, and sprays like Parkay and Pam. These products are generally loaded with genetically modified vegetable oils which are linked to cancer, artificial colors which can cause behavioral problems and nerve damage, preservatives like potassium sorbate which can cause digestive issues and nutrient loss, and trans fats. I recommend buying the real deal, as there are so many benefits to real butter. If you are dairy-free, try coconut oil as a healthy substitute.

3. Gatorade & Powerade
Sports drinks are some of the unhealthiest products you’ll ever find in a grocery store. There are more toxic chemicals than there are electrolytes. The most appalling ingredient is brominated vegetable oil- banned in over 100 countries for causing infertility, birth defects, memory loss, nerve disorders, and cardiac arrhythmia. I always hear- “But it has electrolytes!” If you were to add electrolytes to paint thinner, would it suddenly make it a healthy paint-thinning drink? Nope! The presence of electrolytes does not make any product any less toxic. I always recommend nature’s ultimate sports drink- coconut water. Nirvana is my absolute favorite brand, and it tastes like pure heaven.
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4. Cow Milk
Nope, nope, nope. Let me count the reasons why this beverage is a recipe for disaster. Found in all non-organic grocery store milks: pesticides, herbicides, synthetic growth hormones, naturally occurring growth hormones, antibiotics, pus (yes, pus!), xanthine oxidase (a free radical), etc. Which translates to cancer, heart disease, inflammation, antibiotic resistance, allergies, impaired immunity, and many more. There is also a complete lack of nutrients that should be in milk: enzymes, beneficial bacteria, & vitamins (unless added synthetically, like vitamin D). If you want real, nutritious milk, you’ll want to drink it the way nature intended, the way milk always was since the beginning of time until we humans started messing it up about 50 years ago- real, unprocessed, organic, and raw. Don’t do dairy? Try flax milk, hemp milk, or almond milk.
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5. “Whole Grain” Cereals
Cheerios, Fiber One Cereal, Mini Wheats, Special K, Kix, All Bran, Chex, etc. Not a single one is healthy. These are prime examples of processed grains- while they do start as whole grains, the end product is nowhere close. They are stripped of nutrients during processing, which is why you’ll see fiber, synthetic b vitamins and iron are added back in to make them appear nutritious. Processed grains like these greatly contribute to obesity and diabetes. The extrusion process, by which almost all cereals are made, is also considered controversial. In Paul Stitt‘s book “Fighting the Food Giants,” he discusses the results of a study found locked up at a major food company, suggesting the extrusion process makes the grain’s proteins toxic. The alternative is easy- just make real, unprocessed grains for breakfast. I make a quick quinoa cereal that I reheat every morning, made with whole quinoa, blueberries, raw honey, hemp seeds, flax milk, dates, and vanilla. It’s delicious, and contains over SIXTY naturally occurring nutrients, putting these store-bought cereals to shame.
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The Greatest Threat to Human Health May be in Your Fridge Right Now

I’m still astounded at the millions of people who showed up in 40 countries around the world for “March Against Monsanto” on May 25 to work to save our food supply, protect our health, and save our environment. I was honored to be asked to speak about the health effects of GMOs at our Appleton event, and we had a fantastic group of nearly 200 show up. Thank you to all how participated- you were a part of history!! In case you missed it, the following is my speech along with some pictures from that day.

 

“Our bodies have an amazing ability to heal when given half the chance. I’ve seen it all- heart disease healed, chronic pain healed, obesity healed, diabetes healed, cancer healed, depression healed, allergies healed, infertility healed. The power of food has no limits. But when we consume this 70% of our grocery store food that is genetically modified & toxic- promoting disease and blocking healing- our bodies end up in a sorry state.

Cancerous tumors, accelerated aging, infertility, allergies, birth defects…

You’d think a product that causes this level of devastation would immediately be banned by the government, in an effort to protect us citizens.

 

When an herbal supplement, for example, causes one death when misused, is it all over the news and immediately the FDA jumps on it and bans it. So why, with the remarkable amount of evidence that we have today proving that Genetically Modified Organisms are wreaking havoc on our bodies, our environment, our wildlife, our farms, does our government turn a blind eye?

 

And why, in Spring 2013, did Congress pass a bill that protected the rights of the company who creates this product, and in turn taking away our rights away as citizens? They can no longer be held responsible when we get sick from their product. We can’t even always choose non-GMOs, because we aren’t even given the right to a label! We can slap a label on a water bottle that says “gluten free” or label orange juice with the vitamin C content, but it’s way too expensive and complicated to add the words “Contains GMOS” to a label? This product, Genetically Modified Organisms, is the largest government-endorsed mass-poisoning of US citizens we ever seen, unprecedented in history. This is the greatest threat to human health most of us will ever see in our lifetimes.

 

Monsanto, the same company that brought us Agent Orange, DDT, & PCB’s is now biochemically producing nearly all of our corn, soy, cotton, sugar beets, Hawaiian papaya, and canola in the US. Two newcomers to the GMO list are zucchini & crookneck squash. Did you know that nearly all grocery store milk today contains genetically modified ingredients? Most milk, ice cream, cheese, & yogurt you see on shelves today comes from cows treated with rBGH, Monsanto’s genetically engineered synthetic growth hormone. If you or your children have received vaccinations in the last decade, you’ve likely been injected with cloned or genetically engineered viruses.

 

While countries like Japan, New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Germany, Ireland and many more are banning these controversial “frankenfoods,” our government- that works for us, the people- has chosen to not only ignore our demands, but pass laws to protect this company from being held responsible for the worldwide devastation they are causing.

 

As the information I’m giving you today is based on valid scientific studies, I think it’s important to understand Monsanto’s version of what’s considered science. Here’s a few interesting points from Monsanto’s cornerstone study for proving the safety of GMO’s:

 

  • The study lasted only 90 days
  • Test subject’s organs were never measured
  • GM’s were diluted up to 12 times. According to an expert review, this was most likely done to prevent any undesirable effects from occurring before the short test period was up.
  • Samples were pooled from different locations and conditions, and data from the only side-by-side comparison was removed and never published.

Monsanto & USDA studies are, on average, 90 days. Between 1992 & 2002, when we had the biggest boom in GMO’s, the USDA spent $1.8 billion on GMO research. 1% of that went to safety testing. Meanwhile, the agricultural industry uses its patents to maintain tight control over who researches what, how the research is done, and on what outcomes they would like to be made public at US Universities.

 

The longest, most comprehensive study on GMO’s was conducted at France’s University of Caen, and  published in the peer-reviewed journal “Food & Chemical Toxicity.” Over the course of 2 years, 10 groups of rats were fed either GMO corn or Roundup herbicide in their water, or both, and the control groups consumed non-GMO corn, and non-GMO rat chow. Nothing much happened in the first 90 days, which is the industry’s gold standard time frame for GMO testing. But after those initial 90 days?

 

The groups fed the Round-up ready corn & Roundup herbicide both showed “severe adverse health effects” including mammary tumors, & kidney & liver damage, leading to premature death. This happened whether they were consumed separately or together. At the end of the study, 50-80% of the females had large tumors, compared to small tumors in 30% of the control groups. 50% of males & 70% of females died prematurely in the Roundup/GMO groups, vs 30% & 20% in the control groups.

 

One action of Round-up, or glyphosate, is that it chelates vital minerals from plants. By depriving the plant of iron, zinc, copper, manganese, magnesium, calcium, boron, and other nutrients, the plant dies. And this action doesn’t stop at just plants- it also continues on to deplete these same nutrients from us. Alzheimer’s, for example, is a disease linked with reduced copper and magnesium- this disease has jumped 9000% since 1990. Glyphosate-induced mineral deficiencies can easily go unidentified and untreated. Laboratory tests can sometimes detectadequate mineral levels in the body, but miss the fact that glyphosate has already rendered them unusable. Deficiencies in these particular minerals alone can cause disorders ranging from heart disease and osteoporosis to obesity and arthritis.

 

A press advisory from The American Academy Of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) was sent out in 2009, calling for immediate moratorium On Genetically Modified Foods. They urged physicians to “educate their patients, the medical community, and the public to avoid GM (genetically modified) foods when possible, and provide educational materials concerning GM foods and health risks.” They also recommended that physicians should “consider the role of GM foods in their patients’ disease processes.”

 

The AAEM states the following as the health risks of GMOs:

 

  • Infertility
  • Immune problems
  • Accelerated aging
  • Insulin regulation
  • Changes in major organs
  • Gastrointestinal changes and problems
  • Here’s a sampling of some more results of independent studies:
  • GMO potatoes were found to cause cancer in rats
  • GMO foods were found to disrupt the kidneys, liver, heart, & spleen in rats & mice
  • GMO bt toxin corn induced autoimmune disease in mice, commonly associated with arthritis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, osteoporosis, and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Indian studies found infertility, spontaneous abortion, premature birth, and premature death in buffalo fed GMO cotton products
  • Animals fed GMO foods have developed bleeding stomach ulcers
  • Soy allergies have skyrocketed after the introduction of GMO soy- many believe there is a relationship between the two.
  • GM genes have been found to damage human gut flora, which may play a role in GMO’s links to autoimmune disease, impaired immunity, cancer, and allergies.
  • GMO corn was found to cause sterility in pigs

 

Now fertility is an important topic, as we continue to find reproductive failure as a recurring theme in studies. What do we, the human species, have, if not the ability to reproduce? How can humankind possibly continue if we are sterilizing ourselves with every bite?

 

When it comes to infertility, research suggests that glyphosates could be to blame. Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum herbicide created by Monsanto- aka Roundup. Glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide. Many crops today are genetically modified to be resistant to this chemical, therefore larger than normal doses can be used to kill invading plants, without risk of harming the crop. It is believed that this herbicide throws off the delicate balance of hormones required for both conception and for fetal growth.

 

A study published in 2000 found that in humans, Roundup interferes with an enzyme involved in testosterone production, as well as aromatase, an estrogen biosynthesis enzyme. A 2009 study on mice found Roundup-induced chromosomal aberrations and damage to DNA. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition October 1999 it was published that glyphosate may interfere with folic acid absorption, which could increase risk of chromosome disorders and spina bifida. Although purely speculation at this point, doesn’t it seem possible that glyphosate could play a large part in the chromosomal disorders we see today, such as Down Syndrome & Turner Syndrome?

 

 In government-sponsored research in Italy, mice fed Monsanto’s bt-toxin corn had damaged sperm cells and their offspring had a 5-fold increase in mortality, with an inability to reproduce. In a 2009 French study, scientists discovered that Roundup kills the outer layers of cells on the placenta of pregnant women, which can ultimately kill the placenta. These results were from the use of small, residual amounts of glyphosate- the levels typically found in the standard American diet. A Canadian study of 4,000 pregnant women found that women exposed to glyphosate during the 3 months before pregnancy had a significantly higher risk of miscarriage. When fathers were exposed shortly before conception, the women had a moderate increase in preterm delivery and miscarriage.

 

A 2005 study at the Russian National Academy of Sciences found that 50% of the babies from rats fed GMO soy died within 21 days. The non-GMO control group had a 10% death rate. The babies in the GMO group were also smaller and infertile. In a Canadian study it was found that bt-toxin is now present in 69% of non-pregnant women’s blood samples, and in 93% of pregnant women’s. In frogs & chicken embryos Roundup was found to cause malformations of the skull, face, brain, and spinal cord.

 

You’re here today because you understand the future of our species and our earth is at stake. It may not seem like you are able to save the world as one person, but when we all come together we create a ripple effect that WILL change the world. Fight back with your grocery dollars by buying organic. Even better, buy organic & local. Vote this company out by not giving them your money. Fight back by not using Monsanto’s chemicals in your lawn or home. Boycott vaccines that contain controversial ingredients. Tell your friends, neighbors, family, about the abuse, manipulation, and devastation that is happening right under their noses- the public deserves to know. Demand labels. Write your representatives. Meet with them. Keep writing and meeting with them if they continue to vote against what the people are demanding. We may not be able to buy members of Congress like Monsanto, but we can ANNOY the heck out of them until they listen! Keep fighting and we will see justice!”

 

 

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National Institute of Allergy and Infectious

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An All-American Meal made Healthy

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Everyone knows hot dogs, hamburgers, & bacon are bad for you. (And if you didn’t, check out my last post on how processed meats were found by the World Cancer Research Fund to be too dangerous for human consumption! https://megankerkhoff.wordpress.com/2013/05/19/processed-meats-declared-too-dangerous-for-human-consumption/) And so many people think that in order to be healthy, you have to give these things up. In reality, you don’t need to give up the foods you love- you just need to use REAL food to make them!

If you’re hooked on the “standard American diet,” you’ll love my dinner tonight- BLT’s & baked beans. But let me show you how to turn this heart attack meal into a heart-healthy one!

Simply make the easy switch to whole-food ingredients as shown here.

Replace:
Nitrate-treated bacon with Organic turkey bacon
White bread with Ezekiel Organic Sprouted Grain bread
Miracle Whip with Vegan mayonnaise
Chemically-treated grocery store tomatoes with Juicy organic tomatoes
Iceburg lettuce with Organic chard, arugula, or spinach
Food-additive filled big-name baked beans with Organic baked beans

Not only will you find this meal has much more flavor, but the nutrient content goes throught the roof, making it a disease-FIGHTING meal instead of a disease-CAUSING meal. Enjoy!!!

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Tropical Tendonitis Treatment

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It tastes like summer! Super crisp and refreshing… if I close my eyes I’m on a tropical beach somewhere…

Ingredients:

1 pineapple
1 apple
1 large cucumber
1 bunch of endive
Fresh turmeric root (or add ground turmeric after juicing if you can’t find fresh)
Slices of lemon for each glass

After juicing all the produce, squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice into your glass. Juicing whole lemons tends to be rather overwhelming, so this enables you to get just a touch of the flavor.
*Note: Always juice the tough, inner core of pineapples. Most of the bromelain, a powerful enzyme, is contained here.

The Benefits:
Cleanses the blood and liver, aids digestion, boosts immune system, lowers cholesterol & blood pressure, soothes insect bites & migraines, fights inflammation, dissolves uric acid, prevents hardening of blood vessels, dissolve gallstones, thins the blood, prevents blood clots, regulates glands, detoxifies metals, cleans the bladder, protects against radiation, intestines healthy, stabilize blood sugar, normalizes heart rhythm, and helps the muscles to function properly.

Treats:
Obesity, cancer, goiter, edema, allergies, bronchitis, pain, diabetes, tendonitis, lung problems, heart disease, muscle disorders, arthritis, liver and kidney problems, flu, colds, asthma, heartburn, gout, diabetes, fevers, rheumatism, esophageal cancer.

And yes, THIS is what you will get- what a fancy way to get healthy!
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Strengthen your bones with “Sweets ‘n Beets”

Who has room in their bellies for a whole salad of beet greens, a large beet, an apple, a tangerine, and a whole sweet potato? I sure don’t, so I created a delicious fresh juice instead. And I shall call my creation “Sweets ‘n Beets!”
It has a mild, earthy, and pleasantly sweet flavor to it. I have a ton more energy already and I’m only halfway through drinking it!

So what are the benefits?
This juice cleanses the liver, aids the lymphatic and digestive systems, flushes out uric acid, builds the blood and red blood cells, keeps gums healthy, promotes strong connective tissue, promotes wound healing, lowers risk of cancer, increases energy, lowers cholesterol, protects against viruses, alkalizes your pH, prevents birth defects and reduces nicotine cravings. The beets are great for preventing osteoporosis and keeping your teeth healthy.

It treats: liver & gallbladder problems, kidney stones, stomach and intestine maladies, anemia, weakness, blood disorders, liver problems, and depression (increases serotonin).

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“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.

Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets.

The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to suffer. You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip…

The beet is the murderer returned to the scene of the crime. The beet is what happens when the cherry finishes with the carrot. The beet is the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon, bearded, buried, all but fossilized; the dark green sails of the grounded moon-boat stitched with veins of primordial plasma; the kite string that once connected the moon to the Earth now a muddy whisker drilling desperately for rubies.

The beet was Rasputin’s favorite vegetable. You could see it in his eyes.”

― Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

Top 10 reasons to eat raw walnuts

Have you ever had the opportunity to indulge in fresh, raw walnuts? Most of the nuts that we see in the grocery store are processed and heated; real nuts are a bit more rare and typically only found at health food stores. When raw, they supply valuable fats, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes that have powerful medicinal properties. Heat them or expose them to light or oxygen for long periods of time and those delicate nutrients are destroyed. I was also pleasantly surprised at the difference in flavor when I made the switch to unprocessed nuts- it’s well worth the extra shopping trip! Why walnuts in particular, you might ask? Not only are they one of the few nuts that have omega 3-fatty acids, they are THE highest in omega 3s of the entire nut world. The typical Amerian diet is severely lacking in this essential fat, so it’s an important one to consciously incorporate into your daily diet.

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The following are my top 10 reasons to eat raw walnuts:

1. Walnuts are great for joints. They provide lubrication and cushioning.

2. Ever notice that a walnut looks like the two hemispheres of the brain? Well it just so happens they were made that way for good reason; they are excellent for cognitive function and memory support. Research also shows that walnuts can improve depression.

3. They are rich in polyunsaturated fats, which lower bad cholesterol while keeping good cholesterol intact. Walnuts also lower blood pressure. Between these two benefits, walnuts may reduce your risk of heart disease.

4. Walnuts are anti-inflammatory. This provides benefits to anyone with chronic pain, such as those suffering from arthritis or fibromialgia.

5. Research has shown that walnuts help prevent breast cancer and slow tumor growth.

6. Walnuts contain the highest levels of popyphenolic antioxidants of any edible nut, making it a fierce free-radical scavenger.

7. Walnuts help keep your skin and hair healthy and prevents dryness.

8. Men: super-charge your fertility. Two handfuls of walnuts per day have been shown to increase the motility, vitality, and morphology of sperm.

9. Eat walnuts, lose weight. The fat, protein, and fiber of walnuts contribute to a sense of satiety, reducing your urge to snack on junk food. The fats found in walnuts have been shown to assist the body in using fat stores as an energy source. And when you get the good fats in your diet, you’ll find that you are not craving bad fats quite as much, such as potato chips or fried foods.

10. The healing properties of walnuts are so powerful that the FDA is currently trying to get walnuts listed as a drug. I kid you not! I couldn’t make this up! Read more about these recent shenanigans here: FDA Says Walnuts are Drugs

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