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Water Kefir

There are some people that might not have heard of water kefir before. Kefir, yes, but water kefir? In case you don’t know what it is, it is a probiotic beverage. It’s not made with milk like the other kefir you might know, but with water grains. These water grains can be used to culture your sugar water, juice, or coconut water for instance. The fantastic benefit of it is that it is so easy to make and will benefit you because of all the health benefits. Water kefir grains consist of yeast and bacteria so the word ‘kefir grains’ is more from how the culture looks. Water kefir doesn’t really contain any grains in it such as rye or wheat. If you plan on buying it, you get water kefir grains and you also get powdered kefir culture. They have 3 differences:   Water kefir grains contain a...

Wake up and smell real energy-boosting vegan foods that work better than coffee

Sometimes when we wake up in the morning, whether it is weekend or a workday, most of us can’t seem to get started unless we’ve had our energy-shot for the day, and that comes from our coffee, right? That’s what we’ve been counting on for years, not believing for a moment that there are quite a few other things that can really kick- start our day. The thing is with coffee, yes, it sure does make us feel great as the caffeine gets to work, but once it starts wearing off not too long afterward, then we are still left feeling sluggish and foggy again – that’s when we reach for another cup, maybe even with a bit more sugar added this time to keep up with the day’s hectic schedule.   If you truly do want to last all day and stay alert and ‘with it’, there are some other better ways than co...

Beneftis and Uses of Coconut Oil

With more and more people discovering the wondrous benefits of coconut oil, it’s no wonder it seems to be all the rage nowadays. From skin and hair care to dental care and improving immunity, coconut oil is proving to be a must-have item in anyone’s home.   Although the number of benefits you can expect from using coconut oil is far greater, we chose the 7 most amazing benefits you can count on:   1. IT CAN MAKE YOUR SKIN SMOOTH AND YOUNGER-LOOKING   Many people hesitate putting anything oily or greasy on their face, but coconut oil will make your skin look absolutely fabulous. It can be used as a cleanser and makeup remover, or instead of a moisturizing cream. The high level of fatty acids will also make it perfect for treating eczema or flaky skin, making it smooth and soft.   Coconut oi...

Adaptogens

Adaptogens have been part of the Ayurveda and Chinese herbal practices from ancient times – dating back thousands of years. The word ‘adaptogens’ got its name around 1947 from Dr. Nikolai Lazarev, a Russian scientist. He wanted to find certain substances that would help the body to be able to adapt to emotional and physical stress. In ancient times, people would look to plants to get better, passing down the knowledge from one generation to the next. Adaptogens have normalizing effects on the body, supporting the adrenal glands – glands which are responsible for our responses when we are under stress. When the adrenal glands are activated constantly by hectic stressful lives, they become exhausted. Naturally, we want to live less stressful lives – who doesn’t – right? But in today’s world,...

The Health Benefits of Spirulina

Gram for gram, the healthful benefits and attitude from Spirulina   Not everyone has heard about Spirulina. Its scientific name is Arthrospira platensis and it is a spiral-shaped small microscopic organism. Commonly, people call it chlorophyll or algae. There are several species of the genus, but Arthrospira platensis is the one most widely distributed. Probably all of us have at some time in our lives, seen that green scum-like stuff floating on top of ponds and dams, not really believing that it would turn out to be an invaluable and viable food source. Naturally, all the special processes of turning it into spirulina didn’t just happen overnight. Nevertheless, Spirulina has a rich history of starting off as that “scum”, to what it is today, enjoyed and accepted as a food packed with nut...

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