Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What Is Chlorophyll?

Chlorophyll is what gives plants their green pigmentation. It absorbs the sunlight and turns the energy from the sun into usable energy through a process called photosynthesis. There are many health benefits associated with consuming chlorophyll.

Health benefits:

  • · Research suggests that chlorophyll has an alkalising effect on your body and consuming chlorophyll daily is my number 1 detox tip!

  • · Chlorophyll has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties.

  • · Helps with the growth and repair of tissues.

  • · Helps to neutralize the pollution that we breathe in every day.

  • · Natural deodoriser to reduce bad breath and body odour.

  • · Neutralizes free radicals that do damage to healthy cells.

  • · Research suggests that chlorophyll has the potential in stimulating red blood cells to improve oxygen supply.

  • · Useful in assimilating and chelating calcium and other heavy metals.

  • · Delivers magnesium and helps the blood in carrying oxygen to all cells and tissues.

Foods sources:

The main sources of chlorophyll are green leafy plants however the therapeutic benefits are destroyed during cooking therefore supplements are the best option. Chlorophyll supplements are available as extracts, liquids, capsules and tablets. Other sources of chlorophyll include green tea, alfalfa, parsley, spirulina and barley grass.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Vegies From The Sea...

These interesting sea creatures are packed full of nutrients and minerals like iron, iodine, calcium, Vitamin A,B,C, manganese and magnesium. Sea Vegetables are great for your teeth, bones, hair, skin and nails and help to keep your thyroid in good health. Research has investigated the cholesterol lowering properties as well as positive effects on cancer prevention.

You may be thinking that they are going to taste like seaweed fresh from the sea but they really don’t have a strong taste especially once you add them to your food.

Different types of sea vegetables:

Kombu: Looks like a long stick of seaweed and is highly alkaline. When added to water it becomes soft so add it to soups, brown rice and quinoa.

Nori: Sheets of nori is what is wrapped around nori rolls. You can use these sheets by adding your own ingredients to them and rolling up or otherwise tear the nori into strips and add to salads, rice dishes, vegies and soups.

Arame: This is a species of kelp and can also be added as a garnish to dishes or eaten on its on own with some tamari and ginger.

Wakame: Soak wakame in water before adding to salads or add it in the last couple of minutes to your cooking. Wakame has probably the strongest taste out of all the varieties above but super delicious!

Start experimenting with sea vegetable today!