Nothing proves a summer well spent like a glowing tan that lingers well into the first few months of fall. However, for many of us, summer's golden glow might be fading fast, leaving behind another kind of gift; thirsty and flaky skin that is crying out for some TLC. While we can't help make your tan last all year, we can definitely help you get your glow back.

Start with your insides

The intense heat and UV rays of summer can zap every once of moisture out of your skin. While your first instinct may be to start piling on the moisturizer (while praying for a little miracle), your best bet is to focus on internal hydration. Our skin cells draw moisture and nutrients from internally, so be sure to drink up, and watch as your skin cells naturally plump up with hydration. Not a fan of plain water? Try adding organic fruit slices such as citrus or berry, or herbs such as basil, mint, lemon balm or rosemary to add flavor.

Unfortunately, UV rays can do more than just dehydrate the skin, they can also cause free radical damage and premature aging through the breakdown of our natural collagen and elastin fibers (the elasticity of our skin). Antioxidants to the rescue!

Load up on superfoods known to be have plentiful antioxidants! Antioxidants help our bodies to repair free radical damage. Here are 10 of our favorites:

Stop, drop, and exfoliate

Before your skin can actually absorb any topical moisture, you'll need to slough off that outer layer of dead skin. While summer is not an ideal time to do intensive exfoliation treatments (exfoliation can make the skin more susceptible to sun damage), fall time is ideal. We recommend keeping it gentle; exfoliating 1-2 times per week is plenty. Utilizing an organic fruit enzyme or mild alpha hydroxy acid-based peel is ideal. Stay away from scrubs as they often contain abrasive particles that may damage or irritate the skin. Once the dead skin is dissolved it's time to soak up the MOISTURE!

Topical moisture

To plump up skin cells quickly, water-binding serums or gels are great. Look for ingredients such as aloe vera, sodium PCA, or hyalouronic acid - all of which lock up moisture and bind it to the skin so that it doesn't immediately evaporate away. Seal in the moisture with a more emollient oil-based cream, such as Rawtella Skin Cream (pictured above), which also contains probiotics to help balance and restore a depleted complexion.

Utliizing a facial mask 1-2 times per week can also give the skin an amazing boost, and is the perfect step to do right after exfoliation (hello at-home spa day!). Use Manuka honey with aloe vera gel mixed in (fresh aloe if possible, but if not find the purest brand possible), or try our Rawtella Facial Mask recipe below, which will leave your skin butter soft and dewy.

Topical nourishment

While we're all aware of the damaging effects of too much unprotected sun exposure, its hard not to soak up all of that glorious sunshine while we can. To help protect and restore our skin, It's best to hit the antioxidants from the inside AND outside.

Here are 5 powerful topical antioxidant ingredients to look for in your skin care products.


If you spend any of your time on food related blogs or social media you've likely noticed a trend: MATCHA MADNESS. Matcha green tea seems to be everywhere and in everything from baked goods and breakfast cereals to raw chocolates and smoothie bowls. And then there's the matcha latte. A quick #matchalatte search on Instagram will reveal thousands of artsy, frothy, and perfectly manicured matcha lattes captures. Those in the know…are drinking their matcha (and taking pictures!)

What is it?

Matcha powder comes from green tea leaves (Camellia sinensis) that have been covered from the light prior to picking (to increase chlorophyll levels) then stone ground into an extremely refined and delicate powder. Instead of steeping green tea leaves in hot water then disposing of the leaves, matcha utilizes the whole leaf, retaining 100% of the valuable nutrition within it. In fact, one serving of matcha powder is equivalent nutrient-wise to roughly 10 cups of traditionally steeped green tea. In laymen's terms - you get more bang for your buck. Speaking of nutrients…

Antioxidants galore!

Matcha is awash with potent plant compounds called polyphenols which benefit our bodies in amazing ways: they fight free radical damage, protect our cells, decrease inflammation, have been shown to protect against heart disease , lower blood pressure, and slow the aging process. Matcha holds a score of 1573 on the ORAC (antioxidant) scale, with fellow antioxidant rockstar blueberries coming in at a mere 93 (sorry, blueberries, we still love you…)

But wait, there's more!

The health benefits of matcha do not end with its rich array of antioxidants. Matcha offers the same benefits of green tea, but in a much more concentrated and potent form. Green tea has been proven to:

*Boost metabolism and burn more calories
*Cleanse the body of toxins (detoxify)
*Offer a good supply of Vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium
*Lower cholesterol levels
*Fight chronic inflammation
*Energize the body
*Enhance concentration

What about taste?

Matcha has an earthy, almost grass-like flavor that is very "green", slightly sweet, and a little bit bitter. While enjoying it on its own might be best reserved for the hard core fanatics, incorporating it into recipes will likely result in a life long love affair.

I'm ready to use it! But how?!

Matcha can be used in a myriad of ways: baked into cookies, muffins or granola, infused into raw cheesecake fillings, overnight oats, chia puddings or even ice cream, blended right into smoothie bowls, and of course - made into creamy, picture perfect lattes. Not all matcha is created equally, so be sure to choose the grade that is best suited for your intended use. We recommend always choosing organic, but look for food-grade if you intend to use it in recipes such as baked goods, and save the more expensive, delicate traditional Japanese tea-grade for your tea rituals and lattes.

Ready to make your own nutrient-rich matcha latte? We have an incredible recipe hack for you! You can make a creamy, dairy-free base for your latte by blending Dastony stone ground almond and coconut butters with water to create an instant nut milk.  So easy it's redic. Keep scrolling for the recipe…

Dastony Coconut and Sprouted Almond Instant Matcha Latte


12oz pure water

1 tsp Dastony almond or sprouted almond butter

1 tbs Dastony coconut butter

1 tsp tea-grade matcha powder

1 tbs sweetener - raw honey works well

1/4 tsp vanilla (optional)


Heat 12 oz of water on stovetop. Place matcha in mug and pour in enough hot water to dissolve matcha. Blend the rest of your hot water with remaining ingredients to make a frothy nut milk, and pour over your matcha. Done!


Written by Anna Speaks - Resident Blogger and Social Media Manager for RawGuru and Windy City Organics

In an effort to make snack time as nutritious as possible, trail mix, with its unsuspicious combination of nuts, dried fruits, and maybe a few chocolate chips, might seem like one of the friendliest options available. Unfortunately, this might not be the truth. Sugar, hydrogenated soy and cottonseed oils, excess sodium, "natural" or artificial flavors, and even sulfur dioxide (a preservative and color enhancer) can ALL be lurking in that innocent looking package of fruits and nuts. However, trail mix lovers, DO NOT DESPAIR.

Our RawGuru trail mix is hand crafted by loving hands here in the Windy City Organics superfood facility. The ingredients include a simple but delicious combination of fresh, raw, and organic nuts and seeds, nutrient-rich super fruits such a goji berries, Incan berries, and mulberries, and every trail mix lovers favorite part - chocolate, and not just any chocolate: stone ground, raw, organic chocolate HEARTS. Find our RawGuru Trail Mixes HERE .

Happy, healthy snacking! 

Written by Anna Speaks - RawGuru Resident Blogger

It's well past the lunch hour, you've still got a few hours to go before you can clock out for the day, and it hits you: the dreaded 4 o clock energy slump. We've all been there, and while reaching for something sugary or caffeinated can seem like the easiest option to boost your morale and energy, it isn't always the most healthful choice.

Here are 5 very effective ways to increase your energy levels instantly -  and they don't require ingesting a single calorie, mg of caffeine, or ounce of sugar. And the best news? The results are often longer lasting and won't result in an energy crash later on. Winning!

Inhale/Exhale - Focus on Your Breath

When you're feeling lethargic, the first thing to address is your breath. Often times you'll notice that your breathing is shallow and incomplete when you're feeling tired and unmotivated. Oxygenate those cells, expanding both your lungs and your belly with each inhalation. Often times fatigue is caused by simple under-oxygenation; enjoy a resurgence of pure energy flowing through your body by reclaiming a full, deep breath cycle. It can actually feel very euphoric.

Pump Your Blood - Office-Friendly Cardio

Sitting at a desk is enough of a reason in and of itself to cause anyone's energy to tank. If you feel this happening to you, get up and move! And you don't need access to a stationary bike or an indoor track to get your blood pumping. Try simply running in place for 30 seconds (with an emphasis on raising your knees towards your chest), doing some jumping jacks, or even 5-10 burpees. Yes, you may get some interesting looks from coworkers, but once they see your energy levels soar and productivity spike they'll soon be joining in on the fun.

Stretch Your Limits - The Power of Stretching

Nothing is worse than feeling your muscles tighten and lock up after sitting for too long, and many health experts claim sitting all day is actually the new smoking. Stretching, whether it's a simple abdominal side twist, lateral stretch, or forward bend, can help release tension and help energy flow more fluidly through your body. Synchronize your stretching with some breath work and you've got a winning combination sure to give you an instant energy boost.

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Sniff it Out - Aromatherapy

Smells are powerful mood influencers. Think about it: how many times has a whiff of a favorite scent helped so shift and uplift your mood? Certain plants harness an amazing aromatherapeutic effect that can be utilized to help increase energy levels, relieve stress or anxiety, and improve mental clarity and focus almost instantly. Some of the best oils for this purpose include all citrus (think sweet orange, lemon, lime, and mandarin), rosemary, and peppermint.

A raw food diet is based on the consumption of unprocessed, plant-based foods, usually fruits and vegetables (preferably organic). This diet has numerous health benefits, and it is widely believed it can prevent cancer. 

Why has raw food?

The greatest advantage of raw food is in the fact it retains the complete nutritional value. On the other hand fried or overcooked foods lose a significant portion of their nutritional value and the person doesn’t get all benefits from that food then. The very first get you notice when you start with raw food died is increased energy level that also positively affects your sleeping pattern as well. 

Due to a high amount of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that our body needs to retain healthy functioning, your skin will restore the healthy glow. Another great benefit of raw food is the positive effect on digestion. Fruits and vegetables have high levels of dietary fiber and high fiber diet is associated with blood sugar control, weight loss management and many other health benefits.

Moreover, according to the report published in Food Technology in October 2012, plant-based diets have the ability to significantly reduce or completely eliminate individual’s genetic predisposition to develop chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and even cancer. 

Additionally, various epidemiologic studies have associated raw food consumption with decreased risk of cancer. Animal studies and experiments using isolated cells also showed same results. After all, raw and uncooked fruits and vegetables are the best sources of nutrients.

Raw food for everyone

Raw food diet can be fun as much as it is beneficial for our health. The key is to know what foods to eat and how to prepare them to include the variety of meals to your diet in an easy manner. For example, the book raw food for everyone written by leading raw foods authority and teacher Alissa Cohen offers 300 different recipes for the raw diet. 

The book includes basic recipes that can be prepared as well as more demanding ones. Moreover, there are also recipes for delicious smoothies, juices, and you-won't-believe-they’re-raw chips and crackers. What makes it perfect for every person who wants to try out raw food diet is the fact it contains step-by-step instructions, charts on sprouting and soaking, and thorough and accurate information about raw ingredients. In a short period of time this book became the culinary classic and is a perfect guide for all people who want to improve their health with raw diet and eat delicious meals that will provide various health benefits and aid in detoxification of their organism.

Cancer-killing nutrients in vegetables and fruits

Researchers isolated and identified many chemicals in vegetables and fruits that may prevent or aid in cancer treatment.  For example:

•    Carotenoids – they are pigments that give fruits and vegetables their bright colors.
There are different types of carotenoids such as beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin, etc. Carotenoids act as antioxidants with powerful cancer-fighting characteristics. They protect cells from free radicals and lower the risk of different types of cancer, including lung, skin, breast, prostate cancer, etc. Found in sweet potatoes, carrots, kale, spinach…

•    Vitamin C – found in citrus fruits and juices, green peppers, cauliflower, and many other fruits and vegetables. Consumption of Vitamin C can lower the risk of mouth cancer and other cancers. However, it only works for Vitamin C consumed through the diet, not supplements.

•    Vitamin E – acts as an antioxidant and deficiency of Vitamin E is associated with increased risk of getting cancer. This vitamin decreases a risk of colon, prostate, and lung cancer. Also, it can be found in cilantro, broccoli, avocados, blueberries, etc.

•    Folic acid – prevents colon and cervical cancer and high concentrations of folic acid are found in green leafy vegetables. 

•    Fiber – most fruits and vegetables are a great source of fiber. Therefore, raw food can be considered as high fiber diet. Diet improves our digestion and aids in detoxification that reduce a risk of colon cancer and other types of stomach cancers. 

•    Dithiolethiones and glucosinolates – found in cruciferous vegetables and prevent cancer by an elimination of carcinogens before they damage DNA.

•    Phytoestrogens – act like weak versions of the hormone estrogen. Consumption of foods with this nutrient (bean sprouts, peas, etc.) decreases the level of estrogen circulating in woman’s body. High levels of estrogen that circulate in the body are associated with increased risk of breast cancer.
 Fruit juices
If you like making delicious fruit juices, then their cancer-fighting properties are the additional reason for continue with your juicing habit. For example, raw pineapple contains bromelain that is an enzyme that proved to be more successful than chemotherapy in cancer treatment according to the research published in the journal Planta Medica. 

Do you like grapes? Then consumption of grapes and making fruit juices with these lovely fruits can aid in the prevention of cancer as well. They contain natural chemicals that have a great potential to prevent cancer cells from spreading. This was confirmed by the study conducted at the University of Illinois. This study also adds to the consumption of raw food as cancer-preventing components from grapes are more effective than the usage of supplements. 

Cancer-fighting foods

Due to their structure that includes a lot of vitamins, minerals, and other health-boosting nutrients, fruits and vegetables can prevent and fight cancer as well. Here are some of them:

• Nuts – study published in the journal BMC Medicine reveals consumption of nuts reduces the risk of getting cancer by 40%.

• Carrot – according to scientists, carrots could be key to successful cancer treatment. 

They contain powerful cancer-fighting properties including compound falcarinol that reduced tumors in rats by a third.
• Sweet potatoes – are rich in antioxidants, especially beta-carotene, which helps in detoxification , eliminates toxins from the body and protects from various chronic diseases and cancer.

• Sunflower seeds – great source of selenium that improves detoxification and is associated with cancer prevention. Selenium enhances DNA repair and synthesis in damaged cells. 

• Garlic – various studies showed that garlic and its compound allyl sulfur are effective inhibitors of the cancer process. Of 37 studies in humans using garlic and allyl sulfur, 28 studies showed cancer-fighting properties. Garlic’s positive effect on preventing cancer isn’t related to only one carcinogen or particular tissue, but the entire organism.

Raw food diet has numerous health benefits, including improved detoxification of the body and cancer prevention. Plus, it is versatile; fruits and vegetables can be consumed through juices, smoothies, and delicious meals. 

Vaileria Dennis is a Health and Beauty expert. She has written various articles on Beauty and Makeup. In recent years, she has had an opportunity to research about Solvaderm Skin care routine. She is always excited to share her ideas related to Beauty care and Makeup Tips.

As our external environments shift into a new season, so do our interior landscapes. Our bodies go through changes with the seasons; shifts in energy levels, sleeping patterns, and appetites are all very typical. Even if we aren't fully aware of it, our energy, or "chi", is influenced by our environment, and as the energy around us shifts, so does our internal energy. Chinese medicine tells us that the change of seasons is the perfect time to focus on building up, fine tuning, and upgrading immunity for the harsher winter season ahead. It's a great time to focus on supporting the body's natural ability to cleanse and heal - this will ensure that, if you do happen to feel under the weather, you bounce back quick! 

1. Get Friendly with your Friendly Flora

If you were to look at every cell that makes up our physicality through a microscope (and that's a LOT of cells!), we are actually more bacteria than human; bacteria cells outnumber human cells in a 10:1 ratio. We have over 100 trillion bacteria in our intestinal tract, weighing in at 2-6 pounds. The micro biome in our GI tract plays an incredible role in strengthening our entire immune system. Around 80% of the body's immune system is located within the digestive system; probiotics literally help keep us from getting sick. If probiotics aren't a huge focal point of your daily wellness routine, you are neglecting your body's largest defense mechanism. Load up on those probiotics!

Check out our certified organic Sunbiotics Probiotics HERE

2. Alkalinize and Detoxify  

The tidal wave of superfood awareness is about more than just getting extra nutrition with each bite, it's also about taking advantage of nature's potent healers. When the body becomes bogged down with acidity and toxicity, our lymphatic system and detoxification organs can't function at their peak. This makes it harder for us to fight pathogens and bounce back quickly after an attack. The pH of our blood also plays a huge role in whether or not illness can take hold. Pathogenic bacteria, viruses, inflammation and chronic disease will thrive in an acidic body; focusing on alkaline foods is very important. Try adding more of these detoxifying and alkaline-forming foods into your daily diet: spirulina and chlorella, fresh cilantro (great for heavy metal detox), leafy greens of all kinds, sprouts, lemon juice in warm water, fresh green juice (be sure to keep the sugar in check!), fresh ginger and turmeric root, and activated charcoal.

3. Amp Up The Fluids

The human body is made of mostly fluid , averaging 50-75% water, with our blood being closer to 92% water. Remember, we feel sick when there is a build up of toxins within the body, whether that be environmental or as a byproduct of a bacterial or viral infection, and in order to flush things out our bodies need water and plenty of it. The solution to pollution is dilution, so load up on pure water (spring water if you can, but purified is also fine), fresh coconut water, and low-sugar green juices to keep your immunity strong, your tissues hydrated, and your body feeling top notch.

4. Pump That Lymph

As temperatures start to cool off, it's easy to fall off of the exercise wagon, retreating back to the warmth and coziness of our indoor environments. While it's okay to adjust your exercise habits to better suite the weather outside, the important things is that you keep moving. If you enjoy working out outdoors, be sure to equip yourself with the proper gear to stay warm, dry and comfortable while you exercise. Maybe your running routine is losing its luster but you're feeling an urge to try out an indoor spin class, yoga, barre or pilates. Go for it! Your lymphatic system works alongside your vascular system to move waste products out of your cells and tissues, but unlike your blood, there is no heart-like pump. Facilitate lymphatic cleansing and get things moving along through cardio (the gentle bouncing motion of rebounding is especially good), deep breathing, and things like dry skin brushing.

5. Indulge Mindfully  

If every time fall rolls around you find yourself craving ALL of the comfort foods all at once, you are not the only one. It's perfectly fine to indulge even if it's just for the sake of of enjoyment, but do so mindfully. Look to healthier alternatives as well! If you're pining for a rich and chocolatey piece of fudge to sink those teeth into, try a Rawmio raw truffle fudge cake made with raw cacao, coconut, cashews, and low-glycemic coconut sap sugar. Craving a warm, creamy latte to sip on as you stroll through the park? Whip up a matcha green tea latte made with raw honey, vanilla bean and stone ground Dastony coconut butter. Your soul will say "ahhhh" while your body says "thank you."

Written by Anna Speaks - Resident Blogger at

Chocolate will never cease to be a fantastic option not only for lovers but also for people in
pursuit of long-term health benefits in late years of their lives. In reference to a research that was presented at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), raw chocolate from cacao powders contain plenty of antioxidants , including epicatechin and catechin, coupled with small amounts of fiber. Also, the gut bacteria are capable of breaking down and fermenting components in raw chocolate to produce anti-inflammatory compounds that are essential for your health. Here are the best 9 health benefits of raw chocolate:

1. Healthy Brain Function

Researchers from the University of Nottingham discovered that consumption of chocolate can help in sharpening the mind and improving cognitive skills. Professor Ian Macdonald, the study author, said that chocolate is rich in flavanols, which promote the flow of blood in critical areas of the brain that determine performance and attention over a short period. Macdonald also said that consumption of flavanol-rich chocolate was associated with increased grey matter flow for up to three hours.

2. It Promotes Cardiovascular Functions

Studies have shown that moderate consumption of dark or raw chocolate can lower blood pressure while reducing bad cholesterol levels by nearly 10%. This is because raw chocolate contains antioxidants like flavanoids commonly found in green tea and red wine. Also, raw chocolate is an excellent source of potassium and copper, two minerals that are essential in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system. However, chocolate is high in calories, and excessive consumption should be avoided.

3. Colon Cancer Prevention

About Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, a new animal study suggests that raw chocolate consumption may help in colon cancer prevention. Individual ingredients (flavanoids) in raw chocolate help in elimination of unhealthy cells from your body through a process called apoptosis. Through this process, flavanoids can help in destruction and removal of cancerous cells along the digestive tract, especially the large intestines.

4. Reducing Cholesterol

According to researcher Mee Young Hong, PhD, associate professor of exercise and nutritional sciences at San Diego State University, eating raw chocolate can help lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol while increasing HDL or “good” cholesterol. In Hong’s study that involved 31 men and women, she found that participants who took dark chocolate lowered their bad cholesterol by nearly 20% and increased good cholesterol by about 20% compared to those who ate white chocolate.

5. Decrease Menopause and PMS Symptoms

Most women crave for chocolate before and during their menstrual periods. About Dr. David Wolf, this is mainly because of the much needed magnesium contained in chocolate. Dr. Wolf says that women experience a decline in magnesium levels in the body during menstruation which contributes to increased premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and menopausal symptoms . Raw chocolate helps to supplement magnesium deficiencies during the menses cycle, lowering the effects of PMS for therapeutic results. Plus chocolate regulates hormonal imbalances to reduce PMS and menopausal symptoms.

6. It Improves Digestion

There are healthy bacteria that live in your large intestines that ferment both the antioxidants and fiber found in raw chocolate. Chocolate delivers high amounts of these helpful microbes that improve digestion. According to Andrew Marten, co-founder of Ohso, a company based in Britain that manufactures cocoa brands, the friendly bacteria help in positively influencing gastrointestinal functions to improve digestion and absorption of nutrients. In fact chocolate delivers higher amounts of healthy bacteria than yoghurt and milk drinks, he added.

7. It supports Weight Loss

A new study shows that eating chocolate can help you to stay slim. According to the U.S. study, regular consumers of chocolate tend to have less body fat than those who don’t. Researchers suggested that calories contained in raw chocolate increase metabolism, which prevents storage of fat. According to Dr. Beatrice Golomb, study leader from the University of California at San Diego, the composition of calories in chocolate determines the ultimate impact on weight. Chocolate also reduces appetite and lowers food cravings.

8. Increases Energy, Alertness

Apart from being packed with calories for energy production, chocolate is also loaded with anti- inflammatory compounds and magnesium, which can make you feel less pain when working out. It boosts your energy levels and alertness to make exercising more enjoyable. Caffeine in raw chocolate has stimulating effects that can make that extra mile seem like a short jaunt.

9. It Promotes Healthy Blood Flow

About a small study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, chocolate may help improve vascular health by increasing the flow of blood. Patients above 70 years suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD) who took dark chocolate managed to walk longer distances (11%) than their counterparts who didn’t. According to study author Lorenzo Loffredo from the Sapienza University of Rome, they noted significantly improved blood flow in participants who ate chocolate.


The health benefits of raw chocolate may be numerous than what has already been discovered. Many studies have shown how chocolate bars and candies can improve the quality of life at present and in the future. However, chocolate should be consumed in moderation as there is nothing right in too much of anything.

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Winter is the season of gluttony. Why yes, the irresistible (and unhealthy) holiday treats and dipping temperatures are sure to make even the healthiest of us forego our fitness regimen and diet plans. No surprises why the season leaves behind a mark on our waistlines, our moods and even on our skin and hair. As the gloomy winter gives way to blooming spring flowers, replace your unhealthy diet with healthier alternatives that will positively impact your overall health and wellness. A raw food diet is known to work wonders in managing weight, improving mood, increasing stamina and healing ailments like arthritis, cancer, asthma, thyroid and diabetes, among many others. Here is a list of the top 5 raw foods that you must add onto your plate, this season:

1. Berries - All the berry lovers out there, unite! Considered a gourmet favorite by chefs and food lovers across the globe, berries aren’t just delicious but are also extremely beneficial for the human body. The high polyphenol content in organic berries, especially blueberries make them a good source of fiber and an excellent brain boosting food. They are also packed with vitamin C, B complex, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper, selenium, zinc and iron. These immune boosting nutrients help the body fight infections and prevent the formation of free radicals. Blueberries also help regulate blood sugar levels. According to studies , baking blueberries can change its polyphenol content and impact its health benefits, so it is suggested to enjoy the fruit raw than having it in a pie, a cheesecake or a muffin.

2. Leafy Greens – Leafy green vegetables are known far and wide for their dense nutrient content and subsequent health benefits, but did you know they are even more healthful when consumed raw? Vegetables such as cabbages, Brussels sprouts and broccoli contain anticancer compounds such as isothiocyanates and glucosinolates. A research newsletter published by the Oregon State University suggests that boiling cruciferous vegetables for 9-15 minutes can result in 20-60% decrease in their total glucosinolate content. A joint study conducted by University of California and Louisiana State University found that raw vegetables contain higher amounts of antioxidants like folic acid, vitamin C, lutein and zeaxanthin as compared to cooked vegetables. Vitamin C, lutein, and zeaxanthin help reduce the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Vitamin C is also known to improve skin health by boosting production of collagen. Folic acid, on the other hand, helps in the formation of red blood-cells and ensures proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.

4. Garlic – The idea of munching on a raw garlic clove may seem unappetizing to most of us. But, did you know it produces allicin, a DNA-protecting compound? Cooking can inactivate this enzyme resulting in no absorption of the same. According to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, consuming raw garlic helps reduce risk of colorectal, prostate, stomach and uterine cancers.

3. Nuts - The next time you indulge in a pack of roasted nuts as an evening snack, ponder over the benefits you’d be missing out on and the calories you’d be piling on. Raw and organic nuts have low sodium content, but packaged nuts often have added salt, which is a bummer for those suffering from high blood pressure. Oil roasted nuts also have higher calories as compared to raw nuts. Raw nuts on the other hand are a source of healthy fats that lower the LDL (bad) cholesterol and reduce risk of blood clots, nervous weakness and cardiovascular diseases. Deep roasting nuts (over 170 degrees) raises levels of carcinogenic acrylamides and breaks down the disease-fighting fats into free radicals that increase plaque, thus resulting in heart diseases.

5. Cacao – We often thank the person who brought the delightful chocolate into existence, but always ignore the wonders of the main ingredient, cacao. Raw cacao contains a hoard of essential vitamins and minerals that pump up the feel good neurotransmitters in the body. They are also rich in flavonoids, antioxidants that help destroy free radicals in your cells and tissues, preventing diseases like arthritis and cancer. Cacao, cooked and processed to make chocolates loses its nutritional value. The added sugar only increases its calorie count.

If you are considering going on a complete raw food diet, consult your doctor for any precautions. Keep yourself well hydrated and ensure you include a good mix of all food groups so as to avoid depriving your body of essential nutrients. Good luck on your quest to a healthier way of life!

Author Bio : Vineetha Reddy

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A New Heart-Healthy Superfood Drink

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by Aislinn Kerchaert
I’ve attended my fair share of potlucks this winter season. At one of these gatherings, I came across a glass dispenser filled with a deep rose colored liquid. I poured myself a glass to quench my curiosity. What I got was a mouthful of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. Oh, and a refreshingly tart flavor living somewhere in between hibiscus and cranberry. Now thirsty for the details, I came across the beverage’s brewer, who explained that this enticing concoction was infused water made with a dried fruit I had never heard of before- Garcinia Indica. Turns out this impressive young woman, Kim LaPaglia, is the founding creator of Sant, an emerging wellness brand dedicated to bringing this new superfood into the market.

The Fruit

This organically grown fruit is native to certain regions of India, and has been used as in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to help bring stability to the body. The brand’s namesake, “Santulan” translates to “balance”. Boasting five times as many anti-oxidants as Kale, it’s no wonder this drink helps bring balance to the body. Here’s all that Sant has to offer:


Garcinal: an anti-cancerous antioxidant that aids in digestion

HCA: regulates sleep and mood while also converting food into energy instead of fat

Xanothene: an anti-inflammatory phyto-nutrient that strengthens the heart

Vitamins And Minerals

B1, B3, and B6: iron-building

C: immunity boosting

Potassium, manganese and magnesium: Increases muscle tone, balances


Additional benefits

Cools the body and cleanses skin

Making the Drink

Sant comes in dried fruit form, leaving the brewing up to the buyer. To make the drink- just pop a few pieces of fruit into a glass or water vessel and you’re good to go. One or two pieces give you a light, refreshing taste. The more fruit, the more bitter and hibiscus-like tartness you get. Stir in a little honey or stevia for added sweetness. Each drink has only 5 calories and 3 grams of natural sugar. Sant encourages you to experiment with additional ingredients, hot teas, smoothies and even fun cocktails (such as the delicious SANTgria!) As soon as I get my hands on the fruit I can’t wait to try out a Garcinia Indica based superfood jam or jelly.

How Sant helps the World

The fruit comes from rural communities in India that don’t have great economic opportunities. While the fruit is plentiful, there has been low demand- resulting in low return for the farmers. Support Sant, and you help support a struggling economy, with a fair price for the ones doing the harvest. Kim works directly with the farmers in India to procure the Garcinia Indica, there’s no middle man.

Sant also promotes conscious consumption- making you use your own re-useable water bottle or glass, in order to preserve resources and reduce waste.

Four years ago, Kim quit her corporate life to launch a new social enterprise- and to her dismay, it did not do so well. “I took the leap and quickly fell on my face. And it hurt” she reports. Determined to learn more about social enterprises, and herself, she moved to India. Embedded in a new community- she transformed her relationship to herself, and the world. She left bad habits behind, meditated daily, and transitioned to a plant-based diet. In her dietary research she came across Garcinia Indica. The fruit was being extracted into a supplement that was heralded as a miracle pill. Instead of taking a pill, Kim wanted to experience the fruit in it’s natural state. She started making her infusions daily, sharing them with the people in her life. It got such a good response, that it dawned on her- she could create a new social enterprise dedicated to sharing this delicious fruit with the rest of the world.

Don’t Buy, just Back!

Instead of heading to the website to buy the fruit, hop on over the Sant Kickstarter page and back this project! With several days to go, they’ve already met $7,000 of their $10,000 goal. But they’ve got a stretch goal of $50,000- an amount that would ensure years of Sant sailing to your doorstep. If you back more than $12, you’ll get one pouch of the fruit as a reward. Back $50, and you get four pouches plus a reserved spot in a Sant Meditation, Breathing, or Yoga session!

Summer isn’t over yet and most of us still want to fit as much as we can in before summer’s over. This is a To Do List to make sure we get the most out of the last of the summer!


humming bird Feeder


1)Buy/ Build a Humming Bird Feeder or Bird Feeder:

Unfortunately, Humming Birds are threatened with extinction! ( We can do something about it by getting or building a hummingbird feeder. I went to my local hardware store and got one for $5. Plus, it is super easy to make the solution to feed the hummingbirds; all it is is sugar and water! You can make it yourself using a 1 to 4 ratio. For information on how easy it is to make the humming bird food, and how to select and clean your feeder check out this link:

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