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Hemp: The Eco-Friendly Superfood

Posted by Megan Faletra, MS, MPH, RDN on Apr 19, 2019 8:25:55 AM

With the recent signing of the 2018 Farm Bill comes the legalization of industrialized Hemp production, which many farmers, environmental scientists and sustainability advocates are celebrating as an eco-friendly win for the health of our planet. This means that you will most likely see a lot more Hemp this year and beyond – in the form of clothing, food products and even plastic alternatives that make Hemp one of the most popular plants of the year.

But, what is the hype really all about when it comes to Hemp, and more importantly, is it warranted? Let’s dive in by starting with the basics.

What is Hemp?

Hemp is an incredibly versatile plant fiber that has been used for thousands of years and can be grown in a wide variety of climates and soils. In fact, Hemp is grown on almost every continent and has historically been used for paper, textiles and as an excellent source of plant protein. 

Due to the resilient versatility of Hemp, it requires no pesticides or herbicides, as it is naturally pest resistant and can even improve the health of the soil in which it’s planted. This is a huge win for our food system as so much of our soil today continues to be degraded and eroded from years of conventional crops and farming practices. Since Hemp can be planted in many areas where other food crops are not capable of growing, it supports the soil’s health and suppresses weeds, which makes it an excellent rotation crop for organic farmers. 

A Plant-Based Superfood Hero

While there are many environmental benefits to Hemp, it’s also an incredibly nutrient-dense superfood that is full of antioxidants, protein and essential minerals. Hemp contains all nine essential amino acids, which makes it a complete plant-based protein and an excellent source for vegans and vegetarians. It’s also an incredible source of omega-3 fatty acids (something we often don’t get enough of here in the states), which are essential for healthy cell maintenance and development. For these reasons and more, Hemp is the nutrition powerhouse that you’ll want to add into your diet if you aren’t already. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to easily incorporate it into your everyday – through the full range of Navitas Organics products, including Hemp SeedsHemp Powder and a number of balanced superfood snacks.

An Eco-Friendly Plastic Replacement

Plastic is a HUGE problem facing our world today and the need for biodegradable, non-petroleum based plastic products has never been more pressing. Our environment simply cannot sustain the demand and rate at which we are using plastic, which means that we need an eco-friendly alternative. Luckily for us, Hemp serves as part of the solution. 

Because Hemp is such a fibrous plant and is roughly made up of 80 percent cellulose fiber, it makes for a perfect alternative to petroleum-based plastic products (which also require cellulose). While Hemp-based plastic products have been around for decades, the technology surrounding these biodegradable plastic alternatives has greatly improved and is picking up momentum in industries looking to move away from petroleum-based plastics altogether.

A Sustainable Clothing Solution

While you may feel like you’re just starting to hear more about Hemp-based clothing, this amazing plant has actually been used around the world for thousands of years to produce textiles – from bed linens and clothing to rope and canvas. Today, Hemp-based clothing is a great option for those looking to avoid synthetic fabrics and the harmful chemicals that are widely used throughout the conventional cotton industry. You may even find that Hemp is being used in combination with other natural fibers to create a durable piece of clothing that also has the soft texture commonly associated with cotton or bamboo. 

So, whether you’re adding Hemp Seeds to your daily smoothie, wearing Hemp clothing or reducing your plastic use with some biodegradable Hemp products, you will definitely see a whole lot of Hemp this year. But, it's no secret that here at Navitas, we're no strangers to Hemp. It's been one of our staple superfoods in the form of seeds and powder for more than 10 years! And we're especially excited about the next evolution of Hemp in both the health and wellness world as well as here at Navitas: Superfood Shots with 20mg hemp CBD. 

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Topics: wellness, nutrition, blog, health, superfoods, sustainability, plant based, healthy living, Navitas Organics, CBD, hemp CBD

Here's the #RealDeal on Inflammation

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Apr 11, 2019 7:45:10 AM

Blotchy skin. Back pain. Brain fog. Seasonal allergies. As different as they may all seem, these undesirable symptoms are often due to the same root cause: inflammation.

Inflammation itself isn’t evil. In fact, inflammation is not only an unavoidable part of life – in many ways, it’s very useful and your body actually depends on it. When you get sick or injured, your body uses inflammation as a healing response – a kind of protective measure you may experience as localized redness, swelling, heat (or fever), stiffness and pain – by sending more nourishment and immune-boosting activity to the area in need of healing. This kind of inflammation is temporary and a critical part of your body’s ability to regain a healthy homeostasis. But increasingly, many of us are experiencing a different form of inflammation: chronic inflammation.

Dangers of Chronic Inflammation
Chronic inflammation isn’t just that headache you get while fighting off a cold or the swelling on your knee after bumping into a table. Rather, it’s the headaches you seem to get many days out of the month or the way your knee causes you to wince as you jump rope or walk down a flight of stairs. Chronic inflammation is a kind of continued fight response – one where your body attacks its own tissues. As briefly mentioned, this condition is often the root cause of a host of health problems, including autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease. In some cases, low-level whole-body inflammation may occur, which may be less perceivable on a day-to-day basis initially, but over time, may tax your body into a state of very serious age-related disease, including neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s, as well as cardiovascular disorders and cancer. Needless to say, neither chronic inflammation nor whole-body inflammation is considered a healthy level of inflammation. So, how do you know if you’re at risk?

Common Causes
Unfortunately, more and more individuals are experiencing this detrimental potency of inflammation. There are many factors that contribute to these elevated levels, including environmental toxins, stress, lifestyle factors such as smoking and excess alcohol, as well as genetics. The good news is, these inflammation issues don’t happen overnight, and are largely preventable and even potentially reversible. In fact, adjusting your dietary choices alone can make an immense difference on your inflammation levels overall and improve how you feel.

Protective Practices
Eating foods that are lower on the inflammatory scale can be helpful as a day-to-day protective practice. These kinds of foods include vegetables like greens, roots and tubers as well as lower-sugar fruits like berries. Healthy fats are also extremely important (especially omega 3s and monounsaturated fats), so foods like nuts, seeds, avocados and olives are great choices. Leaning on unprocessed, plant-based proteins is often recommended as well.

What’s more, some foods are not only lower on the inflammatory scale, they’re actually anti-inflammatory or capable of reducing excess inflammation in your body. Many antioxidants contain this property, so seek out antioxidant-rich superfoods like Goldenberries, Turmeric, blueberries, Cacao and Chia. Anti-inflammation properties are also a big part of what makes CBD (cannabinoids) so powerful. CBD has been shown to be an effective element of pain treatment and appears to reduce unnecessary inflammatory actions in immune cells. By combining these CBD compounds with other anti-inflammatory ingredients, such as Goji or Matcha, Navitas Superfood Shots can be an especially powerful tool in helping you lower inflammation as part of a balanced diet.

Remember, an anti-inflammatory diet doesn’t have to just be warding of disease, it can also be a delicious, energizing and enjoyable one as well! Still not convinced a plant-based diet is beneficial? Click here for a deeper dive into the ways it helps your mind, body (and the planet!)

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Topics: wellness, nutrition, blog, health, superfoods, plant based, healthy living, Navitas Organics, clean eating, CBD, inflammation, hemp CBD

What's So Great About Hemp?

Posted by Julie Morris, Navitas Organics Executive Chef on Apr 18, 2016 4:30:18 AM


What's so great about Hemp? Or maybe the better question here would be - is there anything that isn't great about Hemp? (Hint: no!) Hemp is one of the most diverse, functional and healthy superfoods available, and one that has been a staple Navitas Organics superfood in the form of seeds and powder for more than 10 years. 

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Topics: hemp, Hemp Seeds, hemp CBD

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