4 Ways to Include Probiotics in your Diet Naturally
Nutrition

4 Ways to Include Probiotics in your Diet Naturally

There has been a lot of talk on why you need probiotics, so let’s talk a little about how and where to get your probiotics!

1. Fermented foods

Traditional cultures thrived on diets rich in fermented foods. Not only because fermentation was a preservation method that made it possible for vegetables to be enjoyed year round, but also because of the nutrient density of these foods. When food preservations techniques were modernized, we lost the need for fermentation, but we have not lost the need for the beneficial bacteria and enzymes that fermented foods add to our diet. Fermented foods like pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, cortido, and pickled carrots or beets are easy to make and provide a great source of DIY probiotics. Water, spices, and salt are all you need to add to your vegetables to make these nourishing foods on your own. Along with the beneficial bacteria, the vegetables naturally produce lactic acid, which keeps the vegetables preserved and encourages the growth of healthy flora in the digestive system.

2. Raw and Cultured Dairy

Most dairy sold in the U.S. is pasteurized, which kills all the bacteria. This sounds like a great idea when you consider all of the harmful bacteria that could contaminate milk from cows living in unhealthy environments and eating unhealthy food. But when you have milk from healthy, clean cows eating healthy, clean grass, the only bacteria present is the beneficial bacteria we want to support our digestive system. Raw milk and cream are great sources of probiotics, healthy carbohydrates to feed the good flora, and healthy fats to feed the cells lining the digestive tract. Cultured dairy like plain yogurt, crème fraiche, and some sour creams have beneficial bacteria added to enhance the taste and nutritional content of the food.

3. Kombucha

Originally called “tea kvass” in Germany, it has been hypothesized that Kombucha consumption was responsible for the protection of a large percentage of the German population from cancer in the early 20th century. Kombucha is a beverage made from beneficial bacteria and yeast, so it is a great way to drink your probiotics! Just be careful of overly flavored varieties in stores that have too much added sugar.

4. Probiotic bars

The average American adult is not familiar with the aforementioned foods, so there are very few people consuming them on a regular basis or feeding them to their children. These nourishing foods were part of the reason traditional cultures thrived, and why ours is suffering. Luckily, probiotic foods have been given a modern makeover and you can now have your healthy flora on the go and in a kid friendly form thanks to EFFi!

For more information on raw milk, DIY fermentation, and how dietary changes can improve your health, follow the links below.

In health,
Lindsea Burns, NTP
Nutritional Therapy Practitioner
Clinical Nutritionist
[email protected]
www.atlashealthcarecenter.com

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The Best Nutrition and Promoting A Healthy Lifestyle
Nutrition

The Best Nutrition and Promoting A Healthy Lifestyle

The diet that you follow and the food choices that you make should be the healthiest choices possible for your lifestyle. Sticking to foods from the four basic food groups will ensure that you are able to be consistent with a diet that is healthy. Eating a healthy balanced diet will help you feel better as well as provide you with the energy that you need to accomplish your daily tasks. Including exercise in your routine will also be a great benefit to a healthy lifestyle.

Ever-Changing Diet News

As research develops, different findings can change the status of certain foods. However, if you choose to stick to the four basic food groups you’ll be able to stay on track with healthy choices for your diet. Keep in mind that foods that are low in fat are always going to be a healthy selection. Lean cuts of meat will help you diminish the worries associated with having meat in your diet. Chicken and turkey are also good choices of meat that you can enjoy, as is fish. The preparation of your meals can make a world of difference as well. Baking, broiling or grilling will be more beneficial than frying and this goes for preparing veggies as well. Choosing healthy foods can be easy but if you prepare them in an unhealthy manner you are defeating your purpose of eating well.

Building a Healthy Diet Around Your Medical Issues

If you have medical issues you may find that you can design a menu around your issues that can be beneficial to you. If you have high blood pressure then you will want to watch your sodium intake, as well as your fat intake and the foods that can cause your cholesterol to rise. Design your diet around healthy fruits and vegetables. You might also include whole grain foods to help you maintain your health. Stay away from the saltshaker and try other seasonings such as lemon pepper that can add flavor to your foods.

Shopping For Healthy Food Choices

Take your time when you are shopping for healthy food products. Plan to spend most of your shopping time in the produce section so that you can purchase healthy veggies and fresh fruits to create the healthy meals that you need. Also purchase foods that are whole grain such as breads and cereals. When shopping the dairy section choose dairy products that are low in fat. You will have no problem finding delicious cheeses as well as milks that are low in fat. Yogurt can be purchased that is low fat also and can be a great cooking ingredient that provides a lot of flavor. Low fat cream cheese and sour cream are also available. Selecting lean cuts of meats such as turkey or chicken will also be smart choices for your healthy meal planning.

Lead Your Family Into A Healthy Lifestyle With Healthy Meals

As the parent, it’s your responsibility to make sure that you are preparing and offering the healthiest meal choices for your family. Teaching them to eat healthy is a learned habit that they are only going to get from home. By preparing healthy meals you will be helping your family to avoid obesity as well as other chronic diseases associated with having a poor diet. A healthy diet will help keep their immune systems strong in order to help them fight illnesses. In a child’s early years, healthy meal planning will also provide the best brain development and body growth. Something as simple as a good breakfast each morning can help a child stay focused at school and provide the energy that they need to accomplish their daily tasks.

Providing Healthy Snacks For Your Family

Ensuring that you have healthy snacks on hand for your children is a wonderful way to help them maintain a good diet. Foods such as granola, popcorn, yogurt and fruits will provide healthy snacks that are also tasty and enjoyable. There is nothing wrong with providing snacks for your children as long as you are choosing the right snacks for them to have.

EFFi Foods offers a large variety of healthy food choices that will allow you to feed your family a well balanced diet that is also tasty and satisfying. A healthy diet is a critical component for everyone in order to achieve and maintain the health that you deserve.

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What Eating Sustainable Foods Mean To You, Your Family And The Environment
Sustainability

What Eating Sustainable Foods Mean To You, Your Family And The Environment

When you are adamant about providing a healthy diet for your family then you will want to make certain that you have included sustainable foods. For optimal health, sustainable foods are the only way to go. Sustainability means that foods are grown or raised in a manner that allows them to offer the best treatment of the environment and animals as well as provide the highest quality for the humans that consume them.

Health Benefits From Sustainable Foods

Choosing to eat sustainable foods means that you are not going to be consuming foods that have been treated with harmful products such as pesticides, herbicides, steroids, unhealthy additives or antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Choosing legumes, whole grains. veggies and fruits that are sustainably grown are higher in nutrients than foods that are raised using pesticides and fertilizers. Adding sustainable foods can reduce risk of cancer and can increase bodily functions within the colon. They can also lower cholesterol levels as well as reduce the chances of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Strengthening your immune system is a very important health benefit that your body can obtain by choosing organic foods, helping you to fight disease and infection.

Organically Grown Vegetables and Fruits

In this day and time, it is much easier to find organically grown vegetables and fruits than you ever imagined. Many local farmer’s markets sell fruits and vegetables that are grown organically and some may have even been grown right in your own town. Many organic markets are also available that offer aisle after aisle of organically grown items. You may also choose to grow your own organic foods at home in order to ensure that you are able to get the best-grown items that meet your needs. Choosing to use rainwater or tap water to water your fruit and vegetable plants is a good way to help make sure they are as pure as possible. Using natural fertilizers such as manures can also be a good step for organic growth. Organic growth will help improve the soil so that plant roots absorb the most vital nutrients to produce quality items. Antioxidants have been shown to be available in higher quantities in plants that have been grown organically. Fruits that are artificially ripened lack the vitamin C that those that are naturally ripened are rich in. Transportation and storage also decrease the nutritional value of fruits and veggies.

Animals From the Pasture

Selecting to eat meat from animals that have been pasture-raised instead of animals that have been raised on factory farms can also be a healthier choice for your menu planning needs. Meats as well as dairy products that have been pasture-raised offer higher levels of omega 3s, Vitamin E, Vitamin A and other antioxidants that are so important to the body. Beef that is fed pasture grass will be higher in good cholesterol and lower in bad cholesterol than beef that is farm manufactured. Higher levels of omega 3s and vitamin E can also be found in eggs that have been laid by chickens that are allowed to free range instead of being kept in coops.

Industrial Crop Cons

Crops that have been raised as industrial crops have a lower nutrient level since they are raised for large yields and to endure transportation. Lower levels of calcium, iron, zinc, protein and potassium can also be expected from industrial crops. This includes grains, fruits and vegetables. The lack of nutrients in industrial crops can lead to poor nutrition while fooling people to think that they are eating a good diet that is nutrient-rich.

Dangers of Pesticides, Antibiotics and Food Borne Illnesses

Many health dangers can arise from the use of manufactured foods in which pesticides and antibiotics are used. Psychological and neurological issues, as well as cancers, can develop from these impurities. If you don’t know what types of products are being used for manufactured food items then you really can’t be sure of what you are consuming or feeding to your family.

EFFi Foods wants to help you make sure that you are able to provide only the best food choices for your family in order to sustain a healthy diet and lifestyle.

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Good Habits For A Sustainable and Healthy Lifestyle
Sustainability

Good Habits For A Sustainable and Healthy Lifestyle

There are several habits that you can add to your lifestyle that will help you ensure you are providing the healthiest diet possible for you and your family. Protecting your family from the inside out as well as the environment can be much easier than you ever imagined. Choosing to commit to just one healthy habit can make a major difference in the environment as well as your health.

Select A Plant-Based Diet

A diet that consists of less meat and more plant foods will benefit you greatly. The mass production of feed alone that is consumed by animals raised on manufactured farms is astronomical and has a huge impact on our environment. Fertilizers, chemicals, pesticides and even the amount of water used is astounding. Plant foods like rice, beans and tofu have a much lower impact on the environment and offer many more nutrients that can contribute to a healthy diet. You may choose to take one night of the week in which you exclude meat from your family menu and serve veggies only. Perhaps a green salad that includes lettuce, tomato, cucumber, colorful bell peppers and carrots served with grilled veggies such as eggplant, squash and corn will not only be filling for your family but also healthy and delicious.

Keep Your Menu Local

When planning your family’s menu, commit to choosing places you shop for food that are close to home. Your local farmer’s markets, supermarkets and co-ops are great places to find foods that are naturally grown and use no harmful ingredients. You may also know someone locally that sells homegrown items right off of their farm. If you have a bit of a green thumb you can grow your own items. You might choose to grow tomatoes, peppers, squash, eggplant or cucumbers that you and your family can enjoy when harvested. You can also grow your own herbs to prepare meals with right in your own home.

Organic is Awesome

Selecting organically grown and raised foods will be a great way to keep your family healthy and to help contribute to preserving the environment. Organic foods offer more nutrients than manufactured farm-grown foods provide. When you choose organic, you don’t have to worry about any of the harmful chemicals that are used by manufactured farmers to yield an enormous crop. Organically grown veggies will be higher in antioxidants and vitamins than those that are grown in mass production. The same holds true with meats and many dairy products as well. Many markets offer organic food selections to help their customers maintain healthy food choices.

Eat Fruits and Veggies Within Their Respective Season

Eating fruits and veggies within their season lets you know that they are natural and not grown in an artificial environment. Foods that are grown far away are treated with chemicals that can be harmful. These traveling foods are not allowed to ripen naturally making them less healthy than foods that are grown and eaten within their season. Many fruits and veggies that you purchase in season can be blanched and frozen so that you are able to enjoy them year round. This will allow you to purchase as much as you would like in order to have them whenever you want.

Waste Not, Want Not

Food is the number one item that fills most landfills. Massive amounts of food are thrown away on a daily basis. This rotting food in landfills produces methane gas which can be very harmful to the environment. Committing to prepare only the amount of food that your family will eat can help eliminate the amount of waste that you and your family produce. Having leftover food doesn’t mean it necessarily has to be thrown away. Foods can be frozen for later use or they can be used to prepare other meals such as casseroles or soups. Keep in mind that packaged foods produce waste material as well so choosing whole foods will also help eliminate waste.

EFFi Foods takes pride in utilizing sustainable foods in order to help provide the most valuable and quality health options available.

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6 Sustainable Foods For Your Shopping Cart
Sustainability

6 Sustainable Foods For Your Shopping Cart

Shopping for foods that are not only good for you but also good for the planet is no longer a difficult task. Some people just choose to go to the grocery store and toss items into their shopping basket without giving a second thought to the nutrition of the foods, how they are grown or what impact that food may have on the environment. Now it’s easy to shop for sustainable foods that are healthy for the dinner table as well as for the earth. You can purchase food items that are grown organically in order to promote a healthy diet within your household. Foods that are grown using no fertilizers as well as foods that are raised using no steroids can offer healthier diet options.

1. Add Beans To Your Shopping Cart

Beans are a great source of protein and can be grown organically so that they are a healthy menu item in your home. Peas, alfalfa, soy and peanuts are a great choice of menu items that can be grown that offer sustainability to your dining table. Providing such a large and delicious variety makes these items very popular. You can also create a huge variety of ways in which to prepare them for serving to your family.

2. Farm Raised Fish

Fish that is farm raised is a great way to preserve the environment and to provide a healthy diet for your family. Carp, catfish and bass are some of the fish that have been farm raised and that people find delicious. Preparing them in a healthy manner will provide the best nutrients to your diet. Broiling, grilling or baking will create a meal that is tasty and enjoyable. Served with sides of veggies that are also baked, grilled or broiled will make your meal complete. Farm raised fish allows farmers to raise fish in freshwater ponds so that escape is eliminated and feeding can be done naturally.

3. North American Bison

The North American Bison offers a food choice that provides sustainability due to the fact that it grazes in groups and eats only vegetation. In return, the bison roams the land fertilizing it naturally with its waste and creating new vegetation.

4. Fruits and Vegetables Grown Organically

Selecting fruits and vegetables that are grown organically are not only healthy choices but are enjoyable choices. No fertilizers, herbicides or insecticides are used when fruits and vegetables are grown organically, making them natural and offering only natural flavors. Veggies and fruits that are homegrown are always going to be the best choice provided no manufactured fertilizers are used in their growing process. Every fruit and veggie can be organically grown. Carrots, apples, lettuce, tomatoes, potatoes and so many other items can all be grown organically to provide better health benefits.

5. Chickens, Turkeys and Eggs

Organically raised chickens and turkeys can make healthy meal options. The simple lack of steroids in the feeding process of these fowl can enable them to be a great part of your healthy diet plan. The eggs that come from organically raised chickens are in turn organic as well since the chicken has been fed only the purest of feeds. Free range chickens that only feed on what the land offers is a prime example of organic fowl that you can add to your shopping list.

6. Visit An Organic Market Near You

In order to choose foods with excellent sustainability, consider visiting a local market that offers natural foods and foods that are grown organically. You’ll find a large selection of foods that offers the best nutrition in the purest form. You might also plan to grow your own organic vegetables and fruits in order to avoid having to shop for them. You just may find that you have been missing out on some of the best food choices available.

EFFi Foods loves being able to provide natural foods that are great for a healthy diet. Foods that are organically grown and rich in vitamins and nutrients are what EFFi Foods is all about.

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12 Reasons Why You Should Eat Organic Snack Bars
Nutrition

12 Reasons Why You Should Eat Organic Snack Bars

Everyone’s always looking for a new type of food that will keep them healthy, something that will actually aid in weight loss and do what it’s advertised to while still retaining some semblance of good flavor and taste. Whether it’s some rare form of fruit or a drink that combines tons of minerals, many people are constantly on the lookout for the next big thing in healthy foods. For the past few years, organic snack bars have been advertised as just such a thing, but do these claims live up to reality?

Healthy Advantages of Eating Organic Snack Bars

By all accounts, organic snack bars are both healthy for you and are actually quite tasty. In fact, there are a myriad of reasons as to why you should eat organic snack bars, from the health benefits to the benefits to the world we’re living in. Here’s a brief look at 12 reasons why you should eat organic snack bars.

1. A Fantastic Source of Fiber and Protein

One of the best aspects of an organic snack bar is that it combines all of the benefits that a person can receive from a separate energy bar, protein bar and nutrition bar. As such, a high portion of the fiber and protein that you need daily can be found in a single organic snack bar. Protein and fiber are both essential nutrients in the body. Protein is something that can be found in every aspect of a body and needs to be constantly replenished in order to keep a body strong. Fiber helps greatly in keeping your intestines clean and slowing the absorption of sugar into your body, which can keep a person from overeating.

2. Fits Well Into Any Diet Plan

No matter what type of diet plan you are currently working on, whether it be the Atkins diet, Paleo diet or Vegan diet, organic snack bars contain zero ingredients that would be forbidden in a diet plan. These bars are comprised solely of organic ingredients, such as honey, nuts, sea salt and different types of herbs, meaning that they are the perfect food for any sort of diet plan. As these bars also provide a person with energy, it’s advisable to eat them between your mealtimes, as your diet plan allows.

3. Certain Varieties Can Aid in Building Muscle Mass

When shopping at the supermarket or grocery store, try searching for organic snack bars that contain a good amount of protein, say 4 grams or more, as this can help dramatically in building muscle mass. As mentioned previously, protein acts as a supplement designed to keep your body strong. While many bodybuilders eat lots of meat to gain protein, it’s also possible to snack on organic bars to assist in building lean muscle. This way, you can receive the protein you need without having to consume too many calories to get it.

4. They Are Often Low in Calories

By implementing organic snack bars into your diet, you can receive a huge portion of the necessary vitamins and minerals needed daily by merely eating one bar, instead of having to resort to hunting down specific foods that would give you specific nutrients. While you might expect that this type of bar would contain a lot of calories, organic snack bars are typically found to be at a calorie count of 150-250, which is exceedingly low for such a fulfilling food. This can do wonders for anyone that is trying to lose weight and has a certain max calorie number that they need to stay under.

5. Helps to Promote Sustainability

Today, many people are looking more and more towards living a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Sustainability is generally meant as a form of eating healthier, protecting the environment, and supporting farmers all over the world by purchasing products from farmers that work specifically to harvest sustainable foods. While some of the most common sustainable food products include fresh fish and produce, organic snack bars typically fall under the sustainable category as well, only utilizing ingredients that have been classified as sustainable.

6. There are a Myriad of Different Textures and Tastes

When you’re out shopping for organic snack bars, you will notice almost immediately just how many variations are out there and available for you to purchase. In fact, not only are there a ton of different flavors, there are also more than a few different types of textures that you will encounter, including chewy, crunchy and soft chew, as well as certain bars that combine a couple textures in one. Some of the most common flavors and ingredients within a snack bar include almonds, coconut, cherry, dark chocolate, pomegranate, blueberry, pecan, apricot and much more, meaning you’ll never get bored with the choices you have.

7. Every Ingredient is Healthy in Some Way

One of the best advantages of eating an organic snack bar is that all of the ingredients are healthy for you. Even the bars that contain dark chocolate only use a small and organic amount that can actually improve a persons health. There are no hidden ingredients, preservatives or artificial sweeteners of any kind, only organic flavors and ingredients.

8. Don’t Contain Any Pesticides

Organic snack bars do not only add healthy ingredients, they also eliminate the bad and unhealthy substances that can be found in chemically-processed foods. Most foods are sprayed with pesticides in order to clean them before they are packaged and shipped off to a store or supermarket. However, pesticides are dangerous due to the fact that they have been linked to ADHD, Cancer and a number of other harmful diseases and conditions, caused primarily by a buildup of pesticides within a person’s colon. On that front, organic snack bars are free of pesticides and any similar chemicals, which can be great for your health in the long run.

9. Are Filled With Much Higher Amounts of Antioxidants

One of the foremost benefits commonly associated with organic snack bars is that they often contain nearly 25 to 50 percent more antioxidants than non-organic foods, due primarily to the fruits and vegetables that can often be found in organic snack bars. Antioxidants help to eliminate dangerous effects caused by oxidation in the body, helping to protect your healthy cells. Antioxidants are particularly beneficial in lessening the overall risk of heart disease or cancer.

10. Often Taste Better Than Non-Organic Products

While taste is entirely subjective and can only be quantified by the preferences of each individual person, organic snack bars are considered by many to be better tasting than their non-organic counterparts. The primary reason for this is that they are cleaner and “fresher”, made to be as natural as possible. The chemicals and preservatives used on non-organic foods can bring about a somewhat manufactured and store-bought taste. While you may feel different after eating an organic snack bar, the only way to find out for yourself is by tasting one and coming to your own conclusions on this matter.

11. Fills You Up Quicker By Eating Less

For anyone that is looking for a method of losing weight, organic snack bars can help you achieve your goal. Organic snack bars don’t contain any sugars and instead fill you up faster by packing in more nutrients and healthier contents. The chemicals and sugars found in most processed foods will cause you to want to eat more before being fully satisfied, while organic snack bars and the like will eliminate your hunger quicker.

12. Helps to Save the Environment

While this may not be important to everyone, eating organic snack bars, and any similar organic foods, can help to protect the environment, or at least minimize the risks that the environment is faced with. Eating organic snack bars helps to promote local agriculture, while cutting down on the usage of pesticides and typical farming methods, which erodes soil over time and introduces chemicals to the animals and water supply.

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Visit EFFi Foods at booth #12048 at this week’s Supply Side West in Las Vegas to try a healthy snack on-the-go!
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Visit EFFi Foods at booth #12048 at this week’s Supply Side West in Las Vegas to try a healthy snack on-the-go!

Come and meet the team of EFFi Foods in Las Vegas this week when they showcase the nutritious Probiotic CareBar®, as well as unveil the latest organic product the Probiotic CareShake®, at the SupplySide West expo on October 8th and 9th at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas.

The event, which is now in its 15th year, attracts over 1,700 of the world’s top ingredient suppliers and equipment companies, as well as lab-testing firms, logistics and packaging experts all in one location. Visit EFFi Foods® at booth 12048, during this two day event, for free product samples and information about the importance of organic food, sustainability, nutraceuticals, probiotics and personal nutrition.

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Why Consume Kale?
Nutrition

Why Consume Kale?

Kelly Shertzer works in Web Marketing at Medical Support Products Inc. On the side she enjoys a life full of health and fitness. 

Kale, also referred to as borecole, has been named one of the world’s healthiest foods according to whfoods.com (World’s Healthiest Foods). Because it is packed with nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants, many people are realizing this incredible vegetable is worth incorporating into their diet. Kale is a health powerhouse because it is packed with a bounteous amount of nutrients essential for your well-being.

Kale is a hardy wild cabbage that usually takes on a green, purple or deep red color. It has large, erect leaves that do not form a head. This leafy green is available in curly, ornamental, or dinosaur varieties. Kale is a part of the Brassica family which is made up of cabbage, collards, broccoli, and Brussel sprouts.

Now, we all know that leafy greens or a cup of veggies is a good choice when it comes to nutrition. They are an excellent choice to pair with your meal or even to snack on. But what you may not have realized is that certain vegetables are worth more of your time trying to purchase and prepare than others. One of those is kale. Let’s give you some numbers here. In one cup of kale you will obtain:

 

33 Calories

684% daily value of Vitamin K

206% daily value of Vitamin A

134% daily value of Vitamin C

10% daily value of Calcium

5 grams of Fiber

5% daily value of Iron

3 grams of Protein

121 milligrams of Omega-3 fatty acids

92.4 milligrams of Omega-6 fatty acids

*other great minerals include copper, iron, manganese, phosphorus, folate and magnesium

 

Vitamin K:

The one vitamin that blows every other one out of the water in this leafy green is Vitamin K. There is 550 micrograms of Vitamin K in 1 cup of kale. Potassium is crucial in many bodily functions like normal blood clotting, antioxidant activity and bone health. Also, Vitamin K is helpful in building antioxidant levels, which can reduce the overall risk of developing or dying from cancer.

 

Vitamin A:

The next big vitamin in kale is Vitamin A. The reason this vitamin is so important is because your vision, skin and hair are all affected. Without Vitamin A, sebum could not be produced to keep your hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for growth of all body tissues and even helps prevent lung and oral cavity cancers.

 

Vitamin C:

Kale is also high in Vitamin C, which is helpful for the immune system, metabolism and hydration. Impressively, one cup of cooked kale has over 1000% more Vitamin C than a cup of cooked spinach. Vitamin C also supports skin and hair health by producing and maintaining collagen. Collagen provides structure to skin and hair. Actually, according to Webmd.com, Vitamin C can protect against cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease and even skin wrinkling.

 

Calcium:

In 1 cup of kale you can gain 10% of your daily value of calcium. Per calorie, kale has more calcium than milk and as much absorbable calcium as 2/3 cup of milk. Calcium strengthens bones, and ultimately prevents osteoporosis. Joint flexibility, cartilage maintenance and a healthy immune system are all attribute to the work of calcium in the body.

 

Fiber:

Because kale contains fiber and sulfur, it is great for detoxing the body and keeping the liver healthy. Also, the fiber and water content in kale fights constipation and increases regularity for the digestive tract. Fiber found in cruciferous kale binds bile acids and helps lower blood cholesterol levels.

 

Iron:

Per calorie, kale has more iron than beef. In one cup of kale you can receive 5% of your daily value of Iron. Benefits of Iron include: cell growth, proper liver function, and formation of hemoglobin and enzymes which transport oxygen to many parts of the body.

 

Glucosinolates:

Kale’s cancer risk lowering benefits have recently been updated to 5 different cancers including: bladder, breast, colon, ovary and prostate according to whfoods.com. New research has shown that Isothiocyanates (ITCs) made from glucosinolates in kale play a primary role in achieving these risk-lowering benefits. More recently, researchers have been looking into why kale may have this ability to fight off cancer. There are three main strengths in kale that lead many to believe this:

  1. antioxidant nutrients
  2. anti-inflammatory nutrients
  3. anti-cancer nutrients in the form of glucosinolates

Without enough antioxidants our oxygen metabolism can become compromised and we can experience “oxidative stress.” Without anti-inflammatory nutrients one can become familiar with chronic inflammation. Oxidative stress mixed with chronic inflammation equals risk for cancer.

The wild cabbage kale is quite impressive and is a nutrition powerhouse. It is practically dripping with key nutrients and adds a nice texture to sandwiches, salads and more. Winter is approaching, and most plants will die off and hibernation will take charge. Yet kale still flourishes during the cooler months. Do yourself a favor and give this beautiful vegetable a try. Enjoy and happy eating!

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Healing Benefits Provided By Probiotics
Health & Fitness

Healing Benefits Provided By Probiotics

Choosing a healthy lifestyle by adding probiotics to your diet can provide many benefits to your system. You’ll be pleased to know that probiotics come in more delicious and beneficial forms that just yogurts and they are more versatile than simply providing you with a healthy digestive system.

Urinary Tract Health

Your urinary tract system can benefit from the intake of probiotics by helping it function more properly and comfortably. Regular use of probiotics can prohibit the invasion of bacteria that are damaging to the urinary tract system thus warding off those painful and uncomfortable infections that many people experience on a regular basis. Probiotics also help the system to maintain those good bacteria that are healthy for the urinary system. Using doctor prescribed antibiotics can rid the body of urinary tract infections but many of them return. Adding probiotics to your diet on a regular basis can keep those urinary tract infections from recurring.

Women Reap Great Rewards From Probiotics

When a woman’s normal bacterial flora is imbalanced she may not only experience an increase in urinary tract infections but she may also experience vaginal issues. Yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis can occur in women that aren’t adding a wholesome amount of probiotics to their diet. Pregnant women experience vaginal infections more easily, which puts them at risk for premature labor.

Prenatal Health For The Growing Years

Prenatal health is very important for minimizing potential health issues for your baby.

The use of probiotics in expecting mothers can be very beneficial for unborn babies and provide them important health benefits after birth. Some of the health benefits of probiotics in the maternal diet are a lower risk of their child having allergies, inflammation or eczema.

Boost Your Immune System With Probiotics

You can help to stimulate your immune system with the intake of probiotics. Foods rich in probiotics will help your body to maintain a healthy intestinal foundation that will support the body’s immune system. Stimulated immune responses have been proven with the addition of probiotics to the body.

Fight Obesity With The Use Of Probiotics

When trying to get rid of those unwanted pounds, consider the use of probiotics to help you reach your goal weight. People that are overweight have different intestinal bacterial profiles from those who are not. Adding a probiotic can help boost normal bodily functions that promote weight loss naturally.

Digestive Health Is The Main Winner With Probiotics

We have more than 1000 different types of bacteria living within our intestines. The use of some medications such as doctor prescribed antibiotics can cause a disruption to the natural bacteria that we house. When you have probiotics in your daily diet you are able to help restore those healthy bacteria that are needed to create and maintain a healthy digestive system. Lack of good bacteria can result in diarrhea, cramps, bloating and constipation. Chronic gastrointestinal issues such as irritable bowel syndrome can also be alleviated with the use of probiotics. By swaying the balance in the favor of good bacteria, probiotics provide you with a healthier digestive system that not only feels better but also performs better.

Boost Your Probiotic Intake For A Healthier You

You will find that simply adding sound probiotic food choices to your diet such as pickles, sauerkraut, Kombucha tea and yogurt can keep your digestive, immune, and even urinary systems healthy and comfortable.

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EFFi Foods will join other innovative new vegan food brands at the upcoming 4th annual Green Festival in Los Angeles
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EFFi Foods will join other innovative new vegan food brands at the upcoming 4th annual Green Festival in Los Angeles

As a Green America® certified business we will be joining this year’s Los Angeles Green Festival® (www.greenfestivals.org), America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event being held September 12th – 14th at the LA Convention Center.

We are very excited to be showcasing to the expected 20,000 attendees, the Probiotic CareBar® as well as unveil our latest organic product, the Probiotic CareShake®. Visitors to our EFFi Foods®booth will have the opportunity to sample the unprecedented snacking options with exceptional taste for people on-the-go, and learn more about the importance of organic food, sustainability, nutraceuticals, probiotics and personal nutrition. Our friendly and dynamic EFFi Foods® team will also be running special promotions and giveaways during the three day event.

Aside from our food products the EFFi Foods® team will also be on hand to answer any questions about EFFi Care360™, a philanthropic platform that fosters EFFi Foods’s philanthropic initiatives with its stances on human rights, the environment, education and nutrition as well as supporting humanitarian agencies throughout the world.

Come and visit us at booth 430A at this year’s Green Festival®. Doors open on Friday, September 12th at 12pm – 6pm, and on Saturday and Sunday 10am – 6pm at the Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, California.

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