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What Makes Greens So Healing?

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Apr 13, 2018 2:09:30 AM

If you're looking to power up your healthy diet game, plant-based superfoods are undoubtedly a great place to begin. Filled with the vitamins, minerals and protective antioxidants (and so much more!) that your body craves, these special foods offer a lot of healthy potential in every bite. And while all superfoods live up to their laudable name, some are true everyday essentials. It's this kind of championing that belongs behind the class of superfoods known simply as “green vegetables.”

Dietary systems can borderline being as divisive and polarizing as any political or religious discussion. But aside from water, there's one thing almost every dietary dogma under the sun agrees with: the power of green. So, what is it that makes this class of foods so celebrated?

Plants are energy machines.
The biggest key behind the healthy prowess of green vegetables is the very component that makes them green: chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is an antioxidant found in plants that transforms the sunshine energy they absorb into fuel through photosynthesis. Chlorophyll is often called “the blood of plants” and interestingly, is remarkably similar to the hemoglobin in human blood; the only difference is chlorophyll carries magnesium in its center, while hemoglobin carries iron. This is one of the reasons why consuming chlorophyll-rich foods can help us build our own blood, giving us the nutrients we need to create our own oxygen-carrying red blood cells. Clearly, there's a reason why you feel so energetic eating “green!”

When you increase your oxygen, you increase your healing.
The body relies on oxygen-rich blood to speed up all kinds of healing – from tissue injury and inflammation to neurological regeneration and balance. The more oxygen-rich chlorophyll you consume, the speedier your recovery.

Green also means clean.
Green vegetables have a strong link to detoxification, thanks in part to chlorophyll’s strong antibacterial qualities. But even more so, chlorophyll can help to purify your liver as well, aiding in the removal of heavy metals, drug deposits and chemical accumulation. Additionally, chlorophyll helps aid digestion by keeping blood sugar levels stable, and can even reduce chronic bad breath and body odor.

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Topics: wellness, healing, blog, eating, food, foods, greens, health, healthy, superfoods

Superfoods 101 with Miranda Hammer: Maca

Posted by Miranda Hammer on Apr 11, 2018 2:16:41 AM

Maca is in the spotlight today in this next installment of my Superfoods 101 Series. This series was created with the intention of diving into some of my favorite superfoods, discussing their nutritional benefits and showcasing a simple recipe to highlight the versatility of superfoods.

If I had to label the current trendiest superfood, I would for sure say Maca. It started appearing on the wellness scene a few years ago and has quickly gained momentum as one of the "it" superfoods. Like Goji Berries, Maca has been around for thousands of years and was a staple in the diet of Inca warriors.


What is Maca?
Maca is the powdered form of Maca root. Maca is one of the most durable and resilient plants on earth. It can withstand intense sunlight as well as high winds, freezing temperatures and high altitude. Maca is part of the family of adaptogens, which have been garnering a lot of attention, especially as of late. An adaptogen is a type of plant that helps balance the body's hormones, reduce stress and anxiety in the body, and may help achieve equilibrium by supporting the endocrine system.

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Topics: wellness, adaptogens, blog, eating, food, foods, health, healthy, Maca, superfoods

The Pretty Zen Journey

Posted by Navitas Organics Insider on Apr 5, 2018 2:11:03 AM

Hello! My name is Jules Aron and I’m a holistic wellness and nutrition coach, and four-time plant-based cookbook author, including the brand new Pretty Zen duo of books: Fresh and Pure & Nourish and Glow, which celebrate vibrant health, and inner and outer beauty using the healing power of plant foods.


My Fresh Start
I grew up around the kitchen table. My father owned and managed several restaurants, while my mom worked as a chef in some of the most prestigious international hotels. Between the frequent dinner parties they loved to host and the quality of food they chose to serve, they taught me that the best food involves basic techniques, fresh ingredients and a whole lot of love.

 

My Relationship with Plant-Based Foods
I moved to New York for college and went on to work at many bars and restaurants myself, all the while embracing an active lifestyle as a martial artist. I ate what I thought was a fairly healthy diet at the time, but all the late nights and long hours started catching up with me. I was perpetually tired, got sick frequently and developed other symptoms of adrenal fatigue. That’s when I stepped away from my fast-paced life in the city and began exploring natural healing modalities, such as yoga, Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. It was during this personal journey that my own relationship with plants and superfoods blossomed. I made it my mission to find simple, fun and delicious ways of enjoying life and celebrating food. It took several more years before I was pushed to share my passion with the world.

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Topics: wellness, goji, blog, eating, food, foods, health, healthy, superfoods

Superfoods 101 with Miranda Hammer: Goji Berries

Posted by Miranda Hammer on Apr 4, 2018 3:00:41 AM

Superfoods is a term which is frequently used but not always understood. To help clarify what exactly a superfood is and what its sources are, I am launching a mini-series: "Superfoods 101." I plan on diving into some of my favorite superfoods, discussing their nutritional benefits and showcasing a simple recipe which highlights the versatility of superfoods.

 

What is a Superfood? 
Superfoods are nutrient-dense foods which promote health and wellbeing. They can range from Chia Seeds to blueberries to spinach to Cacao. A healthy individual should integrate traditional superfoods into their diet such as dark leafy greens, legumes, berries, nuts, seeds and cruciferous vegetables for optimal health. For added nutritive benefits and functioning, integrating more specialized superfoods such as Chia Seeds, Maca, Cacao and Goji Berries aid bowel regularity and immune functioning, improve skin clarity, reduce inflammation, and increase energy and optimal wellness. When purchasing superfoods, you want to look for products that are organic, fair trade and sustainable since most of the specialized superfoods come from various countries around the world.

 

Why Goji Berries Top My List
Goji Berries are one of my favorite versatile superfoods that can easily be integrated into granola, oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies or trail mixes. You can also rehydrate them for a few minutes in warm water - the taste resembles a sweet tomato - and mix them into a grain or serve on top of a soup. All berries are considered superfoods in my book due to their antioxidant power. However, Goji Berries contain higher amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, which help with immune function, boost collagen production and protect against premature aging. Goji Berries have high amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and iron, and also contain all essential amino acids, making them a complete protein.

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Topics: wellness, goji, blog, eating, food, foods, health, healthy, superfoods

Why Turmeric is the Superfood Hero of the Wellness World

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Mar 27, 2018 2:14:30 AM

If you blinked, you may have missed it! Yes, we're talking about Turmeric's rise to healthy fame. Turmeric has gone from an uncommon spice to a must-have superfood, and now enjoys a premium spot in the cabinet of just about every wellness guru and in-the-know restaurant alike. But aside from giving every food it touches an illustrious golden glow, does this special spice really live up to the hype? A quick look at its nutrition and you may find yourself on the Turmeric train, too.

Ancient Roots
Turmeric is a truly ancient food. With its use reported for thousands of years in India and Southeast Asia – and still among the most popular spices today – Turmeric is used frequently in both cooking and Ayurvedic Medicine. Although most people consider it a root, the edible portion of Turmeric is actually considered a rhizome, which is a root-like part of a plant that grows above ground. The papery skin on the exterior of the Turmeric rhizome is mostly comprised of tasteless fiber, but peeling it away reveals a vibrant orange interior. The distinctive color inside is primarily due to the presence of a phytochemical called Curcumin, which is at the core of Turmeric's health benefits.

Health Benefits
Curcumin is a strong anti-inflammatory nutrient, which has increasingly gained attention for its healing potential in arthritic conditions and movement-related stress (whether from lifestyle or exercise). Traditionally, Turmeric and its Curcumin concentration have been used to support liver health, aid circulation, lower cholesterol and build the blood. As a powerful antioxidant, Turmeric also fights free radicals, and has impressive antibiotic and anticancer properties, too. Some Turmeric is better than others, with the value really found within the Curcumin concentration. Navitas Organics specially sources a Turmeric Powder with an immensely high saturation of the antioxidant to amplify the superfood's benefits naturally. And lest we forget that Turmeric is a whole food and not a supplement, the beautiful superfood contains many other “bonus” micronutrients as well, such as beta carotene, caffeic acid, Vitamin C and potassium.

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Topics: wellness, turmeric, blog, eating, food, foods, health, healthy, superfoods

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