Friday, February 15, 2013

Superfoods: Goji Berries

If you aren't into the raw food circuit too much, you may not know the term superfood. Stand in a health food store for more than five minutes though and they will be all around you. They are valuable and worth learning about for sure. I'll discuss some more exotic superfoods as well as ones I consider to be local, more attainable superfoods. The next several blog posts will be a series on Superfoods. I'll break down each one per post each week.

Currently I'm reading raw food guru and author, David Wolfe's book, Superfoods. I've been familiar with David for almost 4 years now. He was also one of my lecture speakers when I attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. David is full of life and energy and he attributes it to superfoods.

Superfoods are foods considered to be higher in nutrient and mineral values. Making them a part of your regular diet will increase nutrition, give more energy, over all boost immune health. Many times these are foods grown in areas that much less bothered standard farming practices. The soil hasn't been as disturbed and growing practices are much more sustainable or completely wild.

Using foods as medicine unfortunately has been an art that was lost in modern medicine. Why we think we can recreate something better in a lab is beyond me. Pride and dollars, two pesky little things that really get in the way of good common sense and whole body healing. Real foods have necessary healing properties to the body built in to them by our creator and Lord Yeshua, the Christ. Eating to live on a regular basis instead of just filling a bottomless pit, which is what our stomachs become when we don't give our bodies adequate and optimal nutrition, is how to defeat constant illness.

The Benefits to Getting to Know More About Superfoods

The great part about superfoods is, well, almost everything. Lets talk about which foods are considered to be so called superfoods and each ones individual properties. In this post I'll touch on goji berries. Again at the end of the series I'll also mention very attainable more common foods I, personally, consider to be superfoods that you can and should integrate into regular living.

Goji Berries

I really enjoy these little berries. They are pinkish to red in color. You will find them dry in the store. They are worth at least trying. They are a toxin flusher and immune booster. Gojis have a sweet taste, similar to raisins in my opinion. They grow in America and Asia. They are a good source of iron, calcium, selenium, and they increase our HGH (human growth hormone), which is our anti aging hormone. They help keep our adrenal glands healthy. That is important for hormonal health, hormones are EVERYTHING! I put them in smoothies. I also will soak them in water. You can use the rehydrated berries as treats by themselves, in baked goods you use other berries for, and be sure to drink the water you soaked them in for nutrients.

Trail Mix
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup raw buckwheat, soaked and dried
1/3 cup goji berries

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