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Juice Recipes

* Keep it simple! Start off with Natalia’s Green Lemonade until you feel comfortable with juicing. The green flavour is hidden by adding the lemon. Then remove the apple and start playing with your taste buds. If needing the sweet taste, add Stevia which can be purchased from any Organic shops. Stevia doesn’t raise your sugar levels.

Stevia is a South American herb used as a natural sweetener for centuries. The leaves of the Stevia rebaudiana plant have a refreshing taste, zero glycemic index, zero calories and zero carbs. It is 25-30 times sweeter than sugar, and far more healthy!


Green Lemonade

By Natalia Rose

  • 2 handful of green (kale, spinach, cos cos lettuce)
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 Apples
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ inch of ginger

Makes 250mls


Nirvana’s Green Juice

  • 2 handful of green (kale, spinach)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 green apple
  • ½ inch of tumeric
  • ½ inch of ginger

Makes 500mls


Nirvana’s Vegetable Juice

  • 2 handful of green (kale, spinach, cos cos lettuce)
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ beetroot
  • ½ cucumber
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ½ inch of ginger

Makes 500mls


Breakfast Juice

  • 4 carrots
  • 1 beetroot
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 handful spinach
  • ¼ cup parsley

Jay’s Secret

  • 6 carrots
  • 2 stalk of celery
  • Handful parsley
  • 2 cloves of garlic

The Great Eliminator

By Natalia Rose

  • 1 medium or large beet
  • 1 cucumber
  • ½ to 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 10 medium carrots
  • 1 inch fresh ginger (optional)

Makes 500 – 750mls


Senor Verde (Green Juice)

By Natalia Rose

  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 5 stalks celery
  • 2 medium cucumber
  • 1 cored green bell pepper
  • ½ bunch fresh coriander
  • 1-2 limes
  • 1 jalapeno (to reduce heat remove seeds)

* Can’t take the heat, omit the jalapeno


Afternoon Riser

  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 2 celery sticks
  • ½ cucumber
  • ½ red pepper

Alkaline Special

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 wedge red / green cabbage
  • 4 stalks of celery

Invigorating Juice

  • ½ small green cabbage
  • ½ beetroot
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 lemon
  • 3 – 4 leaves of bok choy, spinach or silver beet

Juice all ingredients


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 Yummy cucumber dressing – Raw Food Family

Raw Food Family - cucumber dressing • 1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and chopped • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil • 1 ½ tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice • ¼ teaspoon salt • ¼ teaspoon crushed garlic • Dash cayenne (optional) • 1 ½ teaspoons minced fresh dill or basil, or 1/2 teaspoon dried • 1 teaspoon minced onion Put the cucumber, oil, lemon juice, salt, garlic, and cayenne in a blender and process on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Stir in dill and onions. Enjoy!


 Avocado Aioli – Natalia Rose, Fresh Energy Cook Book

Avocado Aioli 1 avocado, coarsely chopped 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard 3 Tablespoon lemon juice 1 garlic clove 2 Tbsp. olive oil salt & pepper to taste

Combine all the ingredients and blend in a high speed blender until smooth.

Note: Ideal with Kumara Chips and Salad

Kumara Chips – bake in oven with a dash of coconut oil, smoked paprika and sea salt……my favourite lazy Sunday Dinner


Simple and raw bean-free humus recipe – Raw Food Family

The Raw Food Family - Raw bean free humus • 1 cup diced zucchini • 1/3 cup raw tahini • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice • 2 cloves garlic, minced • ¼ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste • 1 teaspoons ground cumin • 1/8 tsp chili flakes Blend all ingredients in blender until creamy and smooth. Enjoy!


 Authentic Mexican guacamole recipe – Raw Food Family

Raw Food family - authentic mexican guacamole • 5 large hass avocados (peeled and seeded) • 1 large lime, juice of • 1 medium red onion (diced) • ¾ cup loosely packed fresh cilantro (chopped finely) • 2 large ripe tomatoes (diced) • sea salt • finely chopped fresh jalapeno, or chili powder

Cut avocado in large chunks and mash coarsely in large bowl with a fork. Add remaining ingredients and blend gently Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and jalapeno or chili ( makes 3- 4 servings)


Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl – Natalia Rose

Natalia Rose - Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl • 32 ounces fresh carrot juice • 1 cup raw sweet potato, peeled and cubed • 1 to 2 packets or drops of Nu Naturals • liquid stevia to taste • ½ avocado, pitted • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice Preparation:

Place all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy right away or store in an airtight container and enjoy within 36 hours.

Makes 4 to 5 cups.


Quick and Simple Bok Choy Soup – Louise Hay

Bok Choy Soup - Louise Hay Preparation time: 15 minutes Servings: 2–4

This soup is easy to make and surprisingly delicious! If you overindulged the day before, this is nice and easy on your digestive system. We’ve had clients double the recipe and eat this soup for an entire day if they’re feeling the need to gently cleanse their system.

• 2 baby bok choy (chopped) • 1 large or 2 small yellow summer squash (sliced) • 1 tsp. coriander (ground) • 1 tsp. fennel seeds • 1 tsp. curry powder • 1 tsp. Celtic sea salt • 2 tsp. ghee • 1 tsp. coconut oil

In a skillet, melt 1 tsp. ghee. Add spices and sauté for one minute. Add 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Add bok choy and sea salt and simmer for 3 minutes, then add yellow squash and simmer for 2 more minutes.

Drain most of the water except for about 1″ (½ cup). With a hand blender or food processor, blend the ingredients until smooth. This makes a soup with a nice consistency (not too watery and not too thick).

At the end of cooking, add additional ghee and coconut oil to taste.


Pumpkin and Leek Soup

pumpkin & leek • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil • ½ red onion, finely sliced • 1 leek, chopped • 2 – 3 garlic clove, diced • ½ tsp. coriander flakes or bunch of fresh coriander • 1 tsp. ground cumin • ½ peeled pumpkin, diced • vegetable stock (cover pumpkin or water with 1Tbsp. vegetable bouillon) • Spike Seasoning • Salt & pepper to taste • Avocado, sliced (garnish, optional)

Add pumpkin and stock to saucepan and bring to the boil. Turn heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Heat coconut oil in a saucepan over low heat, add onion and leek and cook for 2-3 minutes, until softened but not coloured. Add garlic and spices and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds.

Allow pumpkin and leeks to cool slightly then blend together in batches (food processor), until your desired consistency. I like my soups quite chunky, add more liquid if needed.

Return soup to pan, and reheat gently.

Note: for added substance/garnish add a few sliced of avocado


ARE YOU MISSING POTATOES OR MASH PUDS?

Carrot & Swede Mash

mash • ½ swede • 4 carrots • Butter • 1 tsp. raw honey (if not yeasted) or stevia to taste • Salt & pepper to taste

Peel and chop swede and carrots.

Cook the swede and carrots in boiling salted water for 15 to 20 minutes, until tender. Drain well, then return to the pan. Put the pan back on a low heat on the hob for 1 minute to cook off any excess moisture.

Remove from the heat, mash well and stir in the butter knob butter and raw honey. Season with salt and pepper.

Tip: Great with sautéed vegetables or when missing mash potatoes. Remember to start the meal with a salad, to help sheppard the cooked meal through.


Baked Eggplant

egg plant • 1 eggplant • Coconut oil • ½ red onion, sliced • 2 garlic gloves, diced • ½ to 1 zucchini, cubed • 2 tomatoes, cubed • ¼ to ½ pepper (any colour), cubed • fresh herbs; basil, thyme, oregano or coriander • Goats Feta, cubed • Sea salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 200

Cut the eggplant in half, lengthwise, and scoop out the centre, leaving enough meat inside the skin so that it holds its shape. Baked upside down with a small amount of coconut oil. Also bake eggplant pulp at the same time. Season with sea salt & pepper. Bake until lightly tent with fork.

Prepare all other ingredients, combine together in a bowl, and then add baked eggplant pulp. Season with sea salt and pepper.

Turn eggplant up the right way, add a knob of butter in each half and fill with the above mixture.

Bake for another 10 min – 15 mins.

Note: You could sauté the mixture but I like my veggies semi cooked! For added flavour add ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes (soaked in water, drained and diced)

BENew Programme

Below are two Youtube video’s.  BeLean would work well with juicing especially after you have de-yeasted and have completed the Nirvana Lifestyle programme.  If you would like to try BeLean or the BENew Programme, please contact Kim 021 464 527  /   03 443 2252

 

The Hu Song

Participate in the gentle art of the HU Song. HU is a contemplative technique using soft peaceful resonance to expand your awareness and lift your spirit.  It gives solace in times of need…and can calm your busy mind. It is for those who desire true love, freedom, wisdom and truth. This is a new cycle in the spiritual history of the human community. Sing HU — a most beautiful prayer.

For additional information about the HU Song, please play the short You Tube Videos below, or log on to the Eckankar You Tube Channel.

Youth Speaking on there experience with the Hu

5 Minute Energy

Next time you have a spare five minutes, why not try this wonderful 5 Minute Energy Routine from Donna Eden. For more than 35 years, Donna Eden has been teaching people how to work with the body’s energy systems to reclaim their health and natural vitality. You can learn more about Donna from her website by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy this You Tube clip from Donna, and have an energizing day.

Bowen Therapy

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The Bowen Technique helps the body remember how to heal itself.   The gentle, yet powerful Bowen moves send neurological impulses to the brain resulting in immediate responses of muscle relaxation and pain reduction.  The moves create energy surges.  Electrical impulses sent to the nervous system remind the body to regain normal movement in joints, muscles and tendons.   This helps relieve muscle spasms and increase blood and lymph flow.  The Bowen Technique affects the body primarily through the nervous and the bio-energetic systems, to bring it into a state of balance.

How does it work:

Through gentle moves over particular areas of muscles, ligaments, tendon and connective tissue, specific receptors in the body are stimulated that enable it to correct dysfunctions and restore balance.

The moves send out signals which:

  • stimulate energy flow
  • facilitate lymphatic drainage of toxins and waste
  • promote good circulation
  • release tension
  • increase mobility
  • encourage the body to relax, realign and heal itself

What to Expect:

A treatment involves a series of moves interrupted by essential waiting periods of about two minutes.  You may remain in light clothing, and I will ensure that you are warm and comfortable.  Some people doze off—it is very relaxing!

After your treatment I will give you guide lines that may include:

  • Basic nutritional guidance
  • Basic stretching programmes

Frequency:

This varies from person to person.  Most conditions respond in 2 to 4 treatments, however chronic conditions may require regular, long term sessions.

Maintenance sessions are very beneficial for keeping the body in balance and depending on lifestyle can be monthly, or more frequently if required.  I have clients who often have treatments for general relaxation and stress relief.

Bowen History:

Tom Bowen from Australia was the originator of the Bowen Technique in the 1960s and Russell Sturgess the founder of Fascial Kinetics Bowen in the 1990s.

Russell developed the theory that Bowen Therapy achieves its profound and long lasting effects by working with the fascia: the superficial and deep connective tissue in the body, which forms one continuous structure and is the medium through which communication between cells occurs.

Because of the nature of the design of fascia each treatment addresses the whole body, not just the area of pain or injury. Postural misalignment’s are released, and balance is restored.

For general introduction to Bowen Therapy, please watch the You Tube clip below.

Health Questionnaire for Transition Number

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Nirvana’s Holistic Approach to Health

Here at Nirvana we believe, if you provide the Body with the right conditions, it will heal itself. The body has all of the necessary systems for regeneration, rejuvenation, rebuilding and also includes an efficient Immune System which is capable of fending off the most damaging invaders.

When there is disease, the body is in a state of dis-ease. It is certainly not being provided with the optimal conditions that it requires to maintain itself healthily.

Unless you provide it with the right conditions, mentally, physically and spiritually, it will not function at its optimal level. The triangle of Mind, Body and Spirit represents the three inseparable components of our being and wellness. None of these factors can be affected without there being an effect on the others. Similarly, you cannot treat one without considering the others. It is, however, fair to say that at a given time it may be appropriate to devote more attention to one area, rather than another. Good health is about good balance.

Here at Nirvana we are chiefly concerned with providing the body with the right fuels so that it can remain healthy or return to a state of health.

MAJOR FACTORS AFFECTING HEALTH

▪ Digestion

▪ Absorption

▪ Circulation

▪ Elimination

▪ Stress

▪ Suppressed Emotions

These processes play a major role in determining your wellness, they are all intimately related and imbalance in one will have an effect on all of the others.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR HEALTH

Good Nutrition is fundamental to good physical health. You can’t expect to have a healthy body if you choose to run it on junk just as you wouldn’t put dirty fuel or oil in our car! Much of the energy that we draw from our food is actually channelled back to service Digestion, Absorption, Circulation and Elimination. The rest of our body energy is used in the process of thinking, working and playing. Unfortunately, in modern society there is another two factor which is draining on our bodily resources – Stress and Supressed Emotions!

Our cells are the smallest living units of our bodies, and each cell is like a tiny factory. Each cell must be nourished completely and constantly and the waste products efficiently eliminated. If this is not done the cell will either function inefficiently or it will die. Health begins and ends at the cellular level and it is here where we must focus our attention.

Stress and Supressed Emotions is crippling at all levels!

Our cells must be fed and cleansed if they are to function efficiently. The first stage in meeting the nutritional requirements of each cell is digestion. Inefficient digestion, which is the breaking down of food into its tiniest components, spells immediate problems. Similarly, if the absorption of these digested foods is not occurring then nutrients cannot get to the cells.

We rely on our blood to carry absorbed nutrients from the digestive system to each cell. If circulation is impaired, this will not happen. Finally, elimination, if the cells are bathed in their own wastes they cannot function, therefore the elimination via the kidneys, skin and bowel is of paramount importance.

Stress is the greatest killer in society today. The need to address this problem is inseparable from the need for good, fresh, whole food.

Emotions or supressed emotions go deep into the body, and any emotion we feel is an energy. When emotions are supressed they go inward and attach themselves in the body, at a cellular level. This causes imbalance, which can manifest in small and large ways; fears, anxiety, anger, shutdown, unable to cope in stressful situations, illnesses (sometimes serious illness) and so forth.  By healing on an emotional level we not only feel better, our bodies will also together with healthy lifestyle, naturally heal and let go!

“The degree to which you remove obstructions – be they mental, physical, or emotional – is the degree to which you begin to heal.”

WHAT CONSTITUTES A GOOD DIET

The Caveperson Theory

The lifestyle of the cave person, the Hunter – Gatherer is probably the best example we can use to help us understand our nutritional requirements as human beings. Remember that there has been little change to our bodies (in a genetic or physiological sense) since that time. With the exception of regional changes, our foods are very similar also.

Nature takes a great deal of time to make changes. Humans, on the other hand, can make radical changes in lifestyle, behaviour and diet, in the space of a generation or two. This is much too fast to expect our bodies, and digestive systems to adjust.

So, what did the hunter gatherers eat? Remember that they have no storage facilities for their food and a limited ability to cook. It’s fair to assume that these people ate a very simple diet of fresh food, most of which would have been eaten raw on the spot.

Their diet would have been a relatively mono diet. In other words, when they came to an apple tree they probably sat down and ate only apples. Foods would have been eaten in season. Fresh, ripe, unsprayed fruit and vegetables are extremely rich in vitamins.

No doubt they liked variety, but they would not have had the opportunity to combine as many foods at one sitting as modern man does. With a simple selection of enzyme rich food, their digestive system would have operated with ease. Whenever possibly, they probably caught reptiles and small game.

This would have been eaten fresh with most of the animal consumed. Meat was an occasional treat rather than the bulk of the diet.

Of course this hypothetically idyllic lifestyle wasn’t all roses. Early man had to contend with starvation, predators and accidents which no doubt took a great toll. However, from the dietary perspective his food intake was potentially as near to perfect as you can get.

Other factors contributed greatly to the cave person’s health, include plenty of exercise, fresh air and relaxation.

The Primitive Diet

Firstly his food was gathered fresh, meaning just at the right stage for eating. Hardly comparable with our early picking and artificial ripening techniques which mean that nutrients don’t develop fully. Some nutritionists estimate that a fresh organically grown tomato provides around one gram of Vitamin C. The fact is that these days you are lucky to get 50mg (1/20 of a gram) from an artificially ripened and stored tomato. You can see the dramatic difference in the nutritional value of this food according to the growing and harvesting technique.

Fresh food eaten at the right time is also packed with natural Enzymes. Enzymes are the important catalysts for the digestion and metabolism of our food. Food without enzymes is devitalised food. Because enzymes, like many vitamins, are unstable, nearly all are lost in stored fruits and vegetables. Already we have a picture of the vast difference in the quality of nutrition between early man and our present day, and we have only just begun.

As a result of improved hygiene and some useful drugs we have conquered the ravages of many of the infectious diseases like small pox and T.B. Thus we are living longer lives. Our problem now is that we are falling victim to Nutritionally related degenerative diseases and Stress. These include Arthritis, Heart Disease, Hypoglycemia, Diabetes and Cancer.

The primitive diet was simple with not too much variety at each meal. This meant that his digestive juices were only dealing with a few foods at any one time. There was much less chance of incompatible food combinations. Modern society views our enormous variety of available foods as a sign of affluence, the more varieties the better! This is great for the taste buds, but it is a disaster for the digestive system. Remember that digestion is the first stage in providing the body with fuel to sustain itself. If digestion is not functioning efficiently, this will affect absorption, circulation and elimination.

There were no refrigerators, so there was little food storage. Our cave person had only limited opportunity to cook his food. Pots and pans weren’t around then, so most of his food was raw and packed with live enzymes. Cooking denatures these enzymes and most enzymes are destroyed above 41.5 degrees centigrade.

With a few exceptions, our cave person ate his meal in an unhurried and relaxed way. After all, he had little else on his mind. Food was major priority in his life and he was going to enjoy it. In this relaxed state, his Cardio Vascular system would direct the blood supply to his abdomen and digestion was completed efficiently.

There is little comparison here with us today. With the exception of rich, tasty meals, food is truly low priority stuff. Our taste buds are the only consideration.

The stressed state that most of us operate in means that there is always some adrenalin pumping through the system. Thus our blood is directed away from the digestive areas and into the muscles in preparation for all of our little emergencies. This means poor digestion, indigestion, bloating, flatulence and eventual illness.

Why eat more RAW? Enzymes, Alkalization, and Energy!

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Raw living food are our life energy force. Our bodies are like a car that needs to be fuelled. If we starve our car it will eventually run out and if we put low quality fuel into our car it will not run efficiently. Our bodies work exactly the same way, if we fuel our body with processed and cooked food all the time, it will start to show signs of health problems. Our bodies can’t run on processed, unhealthy cooked food forever without showing strain.

“If food is the culprit, I believe that food can be the answer”

Anyone embracing a diet high in raw foods, invariably experience improvements in their general physical and mental status, including more energy, better health, weight loss, detoxification, and a sturdier immune system that better resists and recovers from just about any kind of dis-ease.

Raw Food versus Cooked Food?

Simple…..cooking destroys the nutrients. When you eat a high raw living food diet you are feeding your body and your cells; live foods filled with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and other life giving substances that cooking destroys. There are many factors why raw foods improve health but enzymes, nutrients and acid alkaline balance are of most importance.

Enzymes

When food is cooked at over 112 degrees (this temperature can be felt as warm to the touch) we destroy all of its enzymes and we need enzymes for every function in our body. To walk, to talk, to breathe, for digestion and circulation, and also in the prevention of inflammation and other deteriorating influences responsible for aging; life itself depends on enzymes, no plant, animal or human could exist without them. Enzymes provide the life force for all living things as they are the spark of life found in every living sell. As we age, our body’s natural source of enzymes becomes depleted and we need to replenish this source through the foods we eat. If we do not do this and we continue to eat cooked/processed foods, then we eventually begin to use up our body’s enzyme reserves. Also cooking makes it harder for our bodies to break up and digest the foods that we eat. This food then begins to get stored in our bodies as toxins; which can lead to all kinds of diseases and illness.

Dr. Humbart Santillo, M.D., states in his book Intuitive Eating that:

“A human being is not maintained by food intake alone, but rather by what is digested. Every food must be broken down by enzymes to simpler building blocks. Enzymes may be divided into 2 groups, exogenous (found in raw food) and endogenous (produced within our bodies.) The more one gets of the exogenous enzymes, the less will have to be borrowed from other metabolic processes and supplied by the pancreas. The enzymes contained in raw food actually aid in the digestion of that same food when it is chewed. One can live many years on a cooked food diet, but eventually this will cause cellular enzyme exhaustion which lays the foundation for a weak immune system and ultimately disease.”

When we are born we are given a limited amount of enzyme energy that has to last us a lifetime. Think of this as your enzyme bank account. If we do not make regular deposits to this account from eating exogenous enzymes that are found in raw foods and we continue to eat cooked foods that use up our enzyme supply, we become more susceptible to aging, disease and premature death. The enzymes that are destroyed in cooking food are detrimental in so many ways. Not only does it affect our immune system but also our brain function and our energy levels.

Dr. Edward Howell, states in his book Enzyme Nutrition that:

“Humans eating an enzyme less diet use up a tremendous amount of their enzyme potential in lavish secretions of the pancreas and other digestive organs. The result is a shortened lifespan (65 years or less as compared with 100 or more), illness, and lower resistance to stress of all types, psychological and environmental. By eating foods with their enzymes intact and by supplementing cooked foods with enzyme capsules we can stop abnormal and pathological aging processes.”

Alkalization – Acid Alkaline Balance

An over acid body is found in most people with acute or chronic diseases. Some common symptoms of an overly acid body are arthritis, depression, headaches, lethargy, gastritis, dulled mentality, canker sores, fatigue, muscle stiffness, stomach aches, chest pain, constipation, irritability, sinus problems, acid reflex, restless sleep and so much more. But an overly acid body can lead to many more serious health problems. For example, cancer cells are able to live better than normal cells in an acid environment.

Dr. Ted Morter states:

“When your body is too acid for too long, it plays the game of life with a line up of backup systems. These backups are either substitute minerals, or ammonia. When your body is too acid – when your normal pH is too low – the systems and organs of your body work overtime just to stay even. But systems and organs aren’t designed to function flat – out in red – alert mode all the time. They need rest just as you do. If the red – alert goes on for months or even years, systems and organs become exhausted. An exhausted body can’t compete with disease. Eventually, disease wins the game.”

Our bodies pH balance should be slightly alkaline, which our New Zealand diet is not, but by eliminating acid producing foods and eating a diet that is high in raw fruits and vegetables will change the pH balance.

What is pH?

pH-Scale

A pH stands for “Potential of Hydrogen”, which measures how acidic or alkaline a substance is. If the solution has an equal amount of acidic and alkaline molecules, the pH is considered neutral. The pH scale is logarithmic and runs from 0.0 to 14.0 with 7.0 being neutral. Readings less than 7.0 indicate acidic solutions, while higher readings indicate alkaline solutions.

The pH levels controls the speed of the body’s biochemical reactions. The body tries to maintain an alkalizing pH of 7.365.  All foods are classified as alkalizing or acidifying based on the effect the food has on urine pH after consumption. If a food increases the acidity of urine after consumption, it is classified as an acidic food. Conversely, if a food increases the alkalinity of urine after consumption, it is classified as an alkalizing food. By consuming a diet rich in alkalizing foods helps the body maintain a 7.365 pH.

A diet that is too high in acid forming foods and low in alkalizing foods is the major factor of our body’s becoming too acidic. A typical New Zealand diet; meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, white sugars, flour products, pasta, breads, most cooked grains, most beans, most nuts, candy, soda, coffee, tobacco, alcohol, chemical additives, preservatives, drugs and synthetic vitamins are all acid forming and will disrupt the pH balance in the body.

Foods on the pH Scale

The pH balance of the human bloodstream is one of the most important biochemical balances in the human body. The body will actually deposit and withdraw minerals from within itself in order to maintain a proper pH. A proper pH is also required to achieve good health, improved immunity and stay at a healthy weight. The more unbalanced pH levels are, the more the individual is likely to develop health problems or struggle with his weight. Additionally, feeling tired, lethargic or generally unwell are symptoms of an unbalanced pH level within the body.

Also when the body comes under excessive stress this leads to an increased acidity of the blood. Stress causes the endocrine system to release excess adrenaline and other hormones which can lead to acidosis. Similarly, a diet high in acidic foods such as meat/processed foods and low in alkalizing foods such as fruits and vegetables can also disrupt the pH balance in the body.

Energy

By adding high raw and living food into your diet, can not only heal the body but it can also add that life force or energy that you can see by the kirlian photographs shown below.

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Energy – Aura Photography

by KK Fowlkes

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You can literally see the difference in energy emitted from raw food versus cooked in these photos. The lentil sprout above has been briefly steamed and you can see the major difference in the light energy of the food.

Left, living organically grown lentil sprout

Right, living organically grown lentil sprout, blanched at 140(F) for only 2-3 minutes

Which lentil sprout has more energy? Which lentil sprout has more living nutritional benefits?  Eating for energy?  Source: www.kirlian.com

The building blocks that our bodies need to function are enzymes, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, protein, essential fats and fibre. These are all provided by our food and are involved in growth, repair and maintenance of the body. Let’s take a quick look at each of these and what they do for you.

Enzymes – are catalysts that enable chemical reactions, convert the food we eat into chemical structures that can pass though the membranes of the cells lining the digestive tract and into the blood stream. Their job doesn’t end there. Enzymes are the living proteins that direct the life force into our biochemical and metabolic processes. They help transform and store energy, make active hormones, dissolve fibre and prevent clotting. They have anti-inflammatory effects. Enzymes help balance and restore the immune system, and heal many diseases. Enzymes even help repair our DNA and our RNA.

When we cook food, we destroy many of the enzymes that help us naturally digest it!

Vitaminswithout vitamins our cells would not function properly and thus our organs would suffer and eventually we would no longer be able to survive. Vitamins help regulate metabolism, help convert fat and carbohydrates into energy, and assist in forming bone and tissue.

A large percentage of the vitamins are destroyed when you cook your food!

Minerals seventeen of the thirty elements known to be essential to life are metals. Mineral deficiencies cause disease in humans. Minerals also have a synergistic relationship with vitamins. They help each other, help us! When foods are cooked, many of the minerals are destroyed, or altered, rendering them useless and also unable to assist our friends the vitamins.

Phytonutrients are what give fruits and vegetables their colour. Phytos protect the body and fight disease. They also fight cancer and help your heart. Phytonutrient are at leading edge of research on nutrition. They provide medicine for cell health. And once again, Phytonutrients in freshly harvested plant foods can be destroyed or removed by cooking.

It just makes sense…..if cooking destroys the vital and essential nutrients that we need to stay healthy, eating our food raw does the opposite. It provides us with what we need for our health and well being.