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Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland, which is responsible for energy use in the body, becomes overactive. Since it’s functioning at a higher than normal rate, metabolism speeds up. This can cause symptoms such as sudden weight loss, rapid heartbeat, increased appetite, nervousness, sweating, and fatigue, among others .

Common treatment for hyperthyroidism is through medication, but recent research shows changes in diet may also be an effective treatment plan. As hyperthyroidism is often caused by an auto-immune disorder, scientists looked to societies where auto-immune diseases are rare, such as rural populations. These people generally follow a plant-based diet.

A study published in Public Health Nutrition, as part of the Adventist Health Study, examined the diets and medical histories of 66,000 vegetarians.

Researchers found that those who were Lacto-ovo (including eggs and dairy) and pesco- vegetarian (including fish) diets showed only moderate protection, and semi-vegetarian diets showed no protection against hyperthyroidism. Vegetarians that excluded ALL animal foods had HALF the prevalence of hyperthyroidism when compared to those who did consume animal products.

There are other things that contribute to the development of hyperthyroidism such as BMI. Even after making statistical adjustments for these factors, a plant-based diet still showed a significant reduction in risk.

The study suggested that the benefits of a vegan diet may be due to the absence of animal products which tend to contain high amounts of estrogen, often linked to autoimmune disease.

The benefits could also result from increased intake of phytonutrients and antioxidants found in plant foods. These nutrients have a significant immune-boosting effect and could be contributing to protection from hyperthyroidism.

A great way to increase antioxidant intake is to follow a raw food diet, meaning processed foods are eliminated and one focuses on alive, vibrant and fresh natural produce.

Advocates of a raw food diet, such as myself, claim that eating foods in their most natural raw state ensures a multitude of vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes, antioxidants and phytochemicals are available to the body for optimum functioning.

If you are interested in exploring a plant based diet check out my website where there are free raw food recipes and lots of tips. I also have a raw food diet plan to assist people in their transition into a raw food diet .


Farmers markets are booming, so take advantage of the backyard fruits and veggies to try these amazing raw recipes perfect for summer.

1. Green Smoothie

Start your day off right by blending up this perfect breakfast smoothie from Raw Family.


 2 granny smith apples

 ½ avocado

 3 kiwis

 2 cups fresh spinach

 1 cup water

2. Cucumber Crackers and Cashew Cheese

Going to a party? Instead of making the typical unhealthy finger food, bring this delicious raw vegan recipe by Gena Hamshaw.


 2 cups cashews, soaked overnight

 ½ tsp sea salt

 ¼ cup lemon juice

 3 tbsp. nutritional yeast

 ½ cup water

 ¼ cup packed fresh dill

 One cucumber


1. Rinse cashews and dump out soaking water.

2. Process cashews, salt, lemon, and nutritional yeast.

3. Once combined, slowly add water with the processor running. Blend until the consistency resembles a

creamy cheese.

4. Add dill and combine.

5. Thinly slice a cucumber and top with a dollop of cashew cheese.

3. Cauliflower Popcorn

Swap greasy popcorn for this clever cauliflower recipe from Julie’s Lifestyle for your movie marathons.


 1 head of cauliflower

 1 tbsp. lemon juice

 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast

 ½ tbsp. raw extra virgin olive oil

 ¼ tbsp. paprika

 ¼ tbsp. sea salt

 2 pinches of turmeric

 Chili powder to taste


1. Chop cauliflower into bite-size “popcorn” pieces

2. Mix lemon juice, nutritional yeast, olive oil, paprika, salt, turmeric, and chili powder, in a large bowl.

Blend well.

3. Add cauliflower to the bowl in portions, mixing to coat.

4. Line a dehydrator sheet and set cauliflower onto the tray. Add extra nutritional yeast if desired.

5. Dehydrate at 115°F for 8+ hours or until crispy.

4. Raw Pina Coladas

Get into the summer spirit by blendingthis piña coladas recipe from Fully Raw.


 3 cups ripe, diced pineapple

 1 to 2 cups coconut water

 2 cups kale, hold the stems

 1 tsp. Rose water

5. Banana "Ice Cream"

Just thinking about the sun and heat of summer can make you crave something cold, but stay away from sugary ice cream stands and whip up this easy, delicious recipe from Fully Raw instead. That way you can still get your cold sugar fix without breaking your healthy eating plans .


 8 frozen bananas

 1 cup raspberries

 1 cup strawberries

 Pinch of cinnamon

 Pinch of vanilla bean


1. Cut frozen bananas into slices.

2. Blend on a high speed and add in cinnamon and vanilla bean until it has the consistency of ice cream.

3. Pour into a bowl and rinse your blender.

4. Blend most of the strawberries and raspberries and drizzle juice on top of banana ice cream.

5. Garnish with whole strawberries and raspberries.

6. Cucumber Salad

Salads are light and refreshing, not to mention the perfect summer snack. This simple recipe is adapted from Paula Deen’s.


 3 tbsp. raw apple cider vinegar

 2 tbsp. raw olive oil

 3 cucumbers, peeled and sliced

 1 cup sliced grape tomatoes

 ½ medium sliced Vidalia onion

 2 tsp. fresh, chopped dill

 Sea salt and pepper to taste


1. Whisk apple cider vinegar and olive oil together in a large bowl.

2. Mix in cucumber, tomato, and onion slices, dill, and season with salt and pepper.

3. Let sit for 20 minutes before serving.

7. Salad in an Avocado

Here’s another easy salad you’ll want to add to your recipe book. Vegan Bandit says it also gives you 60 percent your recommended daily fiber intake, plus it’s full of antioxidants and healthy fats.


 One lime

 1 tsp. minced garlic

 1 pinch cayenne

 ¼ cup diced yellow bell pepper

 ¼ cup sliced baby tomatoes

 3 diced radishes

 1 avocado, halved and seeded

 1 tbsp. raw cheese

 1 tbsp. chopped cilantro

 1 tbsp. chopped scallion


1. Squeeze lime into a small bowl and mix in cayenne and garlic. Whisk.

2. Add in pepper, tomatoes, and radishes, coating with dressing.

3. Place avocado onto a plate and use a spoon to fill in pit with dressing and veggies.

4. Garnish with raw cheese, cilantro, and scallions.

8. Raw Gazpacho

Cold soups like gazpacho are perfect for summer, and so is this recipe adapted from Oh She Glows, that does an excellent job of making this Spanish favorite raw and vegan-friendly.


 1.5 lbs. tomatoes

 1 medium chopped red pepper

 1 cucumber, peeled and chopped

 ¼ cup chopped sweet onion

 1 garlic clove

 1 tbsp. lime juice

 2 cups tomato juice

 Sea salt to taste

 Crushed red pepper and black pepper to taste

 Chopped cilantro to taste


1. Blend tomatoes, pepper, cucumber, onions, garlic, lime juice, and tomato juice.

2. Add salt, pepper, crushed red pepper to taste.

3. Chill in a closed container overnight.

4. Serve with chopped peppers, green onion, and black pepper.

9. Post Workout Smoothie

After running around all day in the sun, blend up this recovery smoothie adapted from Simply Quinoa.


 ¾ raw coconut water

 ½ cup pineapple

 1 small frozen banana

 ½ cup blueberries

 ½ cup spinach

 1 scoop raw vegan protein (optional)

 ½ tsp. cinnamon

Enjoy these raw recipes all summer long to fuel your activities; just don’t forget the importance of sunscreen while you’re out in the sun!

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Changing your diet can have a huge impact on all areas of your life. Switching to a raw food diet is more than just a diet, it's more of a holistic transformation, one that incorporates your mind, body and soul.

In this article I am going to explain to you five of the most popular positive effects people experience when undertaking a raw food diet.

1. Increased Energy

One of the benefits you can notice almost instantly when transitioning to a raw food diet is an increase in your energy levels. You can learn what it feels like to live without mental fog and physical exhaustion.

One of the reasons behind this comes down to enzymes. Enzymes are what help you digest your food and they are abundant in raw foods. When food is cooked a lot of the foods natural enzymes are killed off by the heat. Your body can create its own enzymes but that process takes a lot of energy, plus we have a finite reserve of them. This excess need for energy to digest cooked foods is what may leave you feeling tired and heavy throughout the day.

In addition to this the enzymes your body produces are not as efficient and effective as the ones that were destroyed by cooking. This may mean your cooked food is not being broken down as well, and can eventually lead to undigested foods fermenting in your intestines, creating an ideal environment for parasitic, bad bacteria or fungal over-growth.

A raw seed will grow, a cooked seed will not. This should tell us something!

2. Easy Weight Loss

Despite being one of the main attractions of a raw food diet, weight loss is really just a side effect of adopting this way of life.

Oftentimes weight gain, or weight that is stubborn to shift, is a result of accumulated toxins in the body. Eating a raw food diet is comprised of highly alkalizing foods that will detoxify the body of these toxins while still keeping you hydrated due to their high water content.

Many people worry they will go hungry on a raw food diet, but that is far from the truth.

The only raw foods that should be enjoyed in moderation if weight is an issue are the more energy dense foods such as nuts and good fats. The remaining foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, are high in dietary fiber and water content (making you feel fuller), yet low in calories, so you can enjoy to your heart's content. On a raw food diet portion control and calorie counting becoming a thing of the past.

If anything, your servings sizes should be bigger on a raw food diet, as these foods, as mentioned, take less time to digest. The best part about weight loss on a raw food diet is that it is completely safe - no gimmicks, artificial meal replacements, supplements etc.

Just whole, live foods that are bursting with nutrition and that will not leave you feeling miserable and deficient in essential nutrients your body requires to function effectively.

You will find after a period of being on raw food that your body will naturally plateau at its most optimal weight.

A great way to help with this and assist in transitioning to a raw food diet is to have a raw food diet plan.

3. Healing

In addition to tasting fantastic, raw foods also have many medicinal properties. These properties are at their highest in raw, organic produce. Add in superfoods, sea vegetables and fermented foods and you have a powerhouse of nutrition going into you every day.

Raw herbs, for example, have been used both in traditional and western medicine to treat a range of ailments - everything from skin conditions, mental illness, auto-immune diseases, digestive issues ... the list goes on! Plant food is medicine.

Just imagine how your body is going to feel when every drop that passes your lips, whether it be a drink, snack or main meal is comprised of hundreds of nutrients, vitamins, enzymes, unique alkaloids and anti-oxidants that are working hard to heal you in every way every day.

4. No Deprivation

Its not all carrot sticks and celery! So if you love your pasta, pizza, cheesecake, milk, cookies, chocolates, guess what - you can still have them!

We have so many amazing techniques and recipes that allow you to create all your favorites but in a much healthier way - they are truly raw, have no gluten, wheat, dairy, or refined sugar, and best of all, no bloat, no weight gain!

So if you have a sweet craving after lunch (like me!) or a mid afternoon pick me up is required, you can simply reach for a delicious chocolaty treat or savory snack that you can enjoy completely guilt free. And yes, indulge in dessert too!

Eating this way means longevity in feeling good, achieving your goals and in being at your optimal weight and at your best.

There is nothing worse than being on a restricted diet and feeling deprived of your favorite foods, it's a short term solution that ends in disaster.

5. Develop a Whole New Relationship with Yourself

As your taste buds begin to change and you start to experience food in its unaltered form, you begin to develop an appreciation for mother nature and all the amazing gifts she provides us with.

Because you receive the full energy, vitality and nutrients from raw food, it starts to become a really positive and supporting part of your life. Your relationship with food becomes more uplifting and loving. And the more raw you go, the more these positive feelings and emotions start to spill over into your life.

As your body starts to push out the low vibrational foods or junk and your cells start to vibrate at a higher frequency from consuming live foods, you will find your thought processes begin to change also, you may become a glass half full kind of person instead of a glass half empty.

New friends or relationships may enter your life that you truly relish. Careers may take off. Goals become achievable. The possibilities are endless on raw! 

So there you have it. It's no wonder we are so passionate about raw foods. It's not just another way of eating.

Written by Amanda Brocket of The Raw Food Kitchen


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Kiwi fruit is exotic in both taste and color. The flavor and fragrance of this fruit are both very inviting and refreshing. There are many reasons to get attracted to this wonderful creation of nature and those topping the chart are its health benefits. This sweet and sour fruit can work as the power house of vitamins and minerals with its rich properties. It is a wonder in itself and here are the reasons why you may include this fruit in your daily diet.

1. Say no to stress!

All fruits are good for health as they are protective foods. Kiwi is even better as it works for both, physical and mental health of the consumer. It keeps your mind and body fresh with high serotonin levels. Higher serotonin levels are known for uplifting mood and relieving stress. It will also positively affect the memory by making your brain alert and body active.

2. Super rich in Vitamin C

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The concept of using something delicious and sweet to help make medicinal substances more enticing is nothing new (after-all, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down). However, using something bad for you to ingest something healthy seems a little oxymoronic, and it turns out, is also quite unnecessary. The solution? Use raw chocolate. 
When it comes to probiotics, it turns out that using chocolate as a delivery medium not only makes them delicious and a joy to consume, but actually improves their viability and efficacy once ingested - the best kind of win-win.

How it Works: The Prebiotic Effect

By now most of us are aware that cacao, the base ingredient in all dark chocolate, is awash with polyphenol antioxidants known as flavonols. These flavonols work hard to fight free radical damage, prevent premature aging, and reduce inflammation. But what many of us don't realize is they also act as potent prebiotics, meaning if you're a probiotic bacteria, flavonols are what's on the menu. Two flavonol compounds found within cacao - known as catechin and epicatechin - aren't readily digested and absorbed by our bodies, yet once they enter the GI tract, they're gobbled up by some of our body's most beneficial probiotic bacteria, including lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. 

Choose Raw, Go Dark

Remember, when it comes to the prebiotic benefits of chocolate, it's all about the flavonol content. By choosing raw chocolate that has been minimally processed, and with at least 65% cacao solids, you'll ensure that you're getting the most prebiotic bang for your buck.
Our Sunbiotics stone ground raw chocolate is made in a unique nib-to-bar, low temperature method so that all of those vital antioxidants and unique prebiotic compounds are preserved. We then infuse our chocolate with 10 billion CFU's of shelf stable probiotics per serving, and even more prebiotic goodness in the form of organic yacon root. Enhancing your digestion is now a valid excuse to indulge in some dark chocolate - just make sure it's probiotic-enhanced!


Shop our SALE SECTION for 25% off our Sunbiotics Chocolate Hearts for both adults and children , as well as 15% off all 3 flavors of our Sunbiotics Probiotic Enhanced Chocolate Bars + More!

Written by Mark Malinsky - Resident Blogger and Social Media Manager at RawGuru.com


We’ve all heard this a million times that vegetables are healthy, and we should, at least, eat one vegetable, a day.All vegetables are packed with nutrients that can help boost our immune system and improve our physical and mental well-being. But, I’m not here to blabber about the obvious, we all know vegetables are high in protein and etc. I’m here to shed some light on a particular vegetable with a few facts you may benefit from.

Kale, being a highly nutritious leafy green, is very under rated and not widely recognized. Many of you may not have heard much about this vegetable or if you have, you might not have the right information abut its numerous benefits. So, listed below are some kale facts that may help you choose kale over a number of unhealthy options.


Cholesterol has numerous critical tasks in the body. One of them is making bile acids, which are substances that offer us some assistance with digesting fats. The liver turns cholesterol into bile acids, which are then discharged into the digestive framework at whatever point we consume a fatty meal. At the point, when all the fat has been absorbed and the bile acids have performed their job, they are reabsorbed into the blood stream and utilized again. Substances called bile acid sequestrants can prevent bile acids from being reabsorbed. This decreases the aggregate sum of cholesterol in the body. Kale really contains bile acids sequestrants, which can bring down cholesterol levels. This ought to prompt a decreased danger of coronary illness , after some time. 


Kale is rich in 2 types of anti-oxidants: carotenoids, and flavonoids which are known as cancer preventative agents . Inside of the carotenoids exists lutein and beta-carotene which are excellent anti-oxidants. Researchers have really looked into these two carotenoids in kale by examining the human digestive system and the circulatory system; they witnessed that kale ended upraising blood levels of these carotenoid supplements. That discovery is vital in light of the fact that lutein and beta-carotene are key supplements that protect our body from oxidative stress and health issuesrelated to oxidative stress. Increased risk of cataracts, atherosclerosis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are three such issues. Additionally, among these problems, the biggest is cancer, since the general danger of cells getting to be cancerous is related to oxidative stress. 


Apart from kale being rich in vitamins, minerals and helping you develop stronger bones ; kale is also known to prevent eye disorders! Lutein and Zeaxanthin are 2 anti- oxidants that are found abundantly in kale. Some surveys have shown that individuals who eat substantial amounts of these two anti-oxidants are known to have a lower chance of encountering macular degeneration and cataracts.These2are very common eye disorders that many people fall victim to. 

Weight loss

Kale can be used in a variety of recipes such as salads and with pasta, so it fills you up relatively faster without giving you the feeling of starvation every few minutes. It’s known to be good for your digestive system so you don’t end up storing unnecessary calories and fats. It is also packed with a bunch of vitamins that gives you the strength, you need to hit the gym or exercise. No wonder, it’s known as the queen of vegetables!

Stronger bones 

Kale contains more calcium than milk, and if eaten on a daily basis it can help to improve over all bone health. A lot of people have fragile bones and eat various medications in order to recover their bone strength. What most people don’t know is if they eat this beneficial leafy green on a daily basis their bones can be stronger without the risk of any other health issues! Vitamin K which is also present in kale is excellent for promoting bone density. 

It’s a great detox!

Kale can be eaten raw, in a salad, or consumed as a detox drink. It helps rid the liver of all impurities and cleanses your body. This zero fat food rejuvenates the body and flushes out all toxins from within which is essential, at times, as it effects the working of your heart and brain. An over loaded liver, sometimes, can cause severe health complications and effect the performance of your organs. You may feel lethargic at work or experience trivial heart burns at home. It can be anything ranging from something minor to something big. Thus, one should detox their bodies every once in a while. It makes your mind and body fresher. 

Kale is packed with healthy compounds that go a long way in doing wonders! Plus, there are many delicious and scrumptious recipes in which this valuable vegetable can be used. Kale can be used in soups, salads, juices, as sideline dish with your steak or eaten stir fried. There are so many ways you can play with different recipes to incorporate kale into your diet. If your kids aren’t fond of it, serve it to them with a burger or as a smoothie, something that may balance the taste for them. So quit stalling and as of tomorrow, make sure your family gets a substantial intake of this vegetable!

 Written by Alex Malinsky

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When it comes to nutrition advice, one thing is for sure: there is a lot of information and even more opinions out there. However, through all of the information overload there seems to be one truth that everyone can agree upon: eat more plants, with a heavy emphasis on greens. Eating more plants, specifically green plants, means that your body will be gaining to benefit from a plethora of important vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients by default. Green foods also happen to high in amino acids (the building blocks of protein), high in fiber (which helps clear out the GI tract and balance blood sugar), and also helps both detox and alkalinize the body.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day - the "greenest" holiday of all - we're sharing our top 8 green superfoods! - one of which might actually be growing in your very own back yard.

1. Spirulina (or other superfood algaes like chlorella and E3 Live)

The queen of all green superfoods, spirulina really offers a complete package of nutrition. Like nature's multivitamin/mineral supplement, spirulina offers a wealth of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants as well as very high levels of protein (60% by weight), omega fatty acids, and other unique compounds that help to protect the integrity of our cells. If you're looking for one green superfood to start incorporate, start with spirulina. Check out Amazing Algae from our brand Veggimins for a very synergistic blend of spirulina, chlorella, and E3 Live blue green algae.

2. Dandelion Greens

You might want to think twice before pulling this "weed" out of your garden. While most of us still consider dandelion greens to be a bit pesky, they are actually highly medicinal and potent superfoods for our bodies. Dandelion leaves are incredible for the liver, helping to cleanse and protect this often overworked yet under-loved organ. It is also a rich source of beta carotene (which our body converts to vitamin A), Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus.

3. Arugula

Arugula can give thanks to sulfur containing compound sulforaphane for its delicious, signature wasabi-like spicy flavor, however, this compound does far more than just wake up those taste buds. This compound, found in many vegetables within the cruciferous family such as broccoli and cabbage, has been shown to help protect against certain types of cancer.

4. Kale

Once a green that only hard core health foodies were noshing on, kale can now be found in many manifestations on juice bar, cafe, and restaurant menus from coast to coast, as well as in many packaged foods like kale chips. Kale is a hearty green, and helps fortify the blood and build strong bones with calcium, magnesium, iron (more per calorie than beef ), Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and plenty of protein.

5. Parsley

Parsley is FAR more than just a garnish. This super herb is rich with Vitamin C (one of the best sources!), and Vitamin K for healthy blood. Parsley is also a powerful detox herb, and even helps freshen the breathe if chewed after a meal.

6. Watercress

Want to achieve a youthful, dewy glow? Eat more watercress. This flavorful leafy green is rich with Vitamin K, Vitamin A, B Vitamins,Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and also packs in the iron, calcium and iodine - a cocktail of beautifying nutrition.  

7. Avocado

For those of us who love avo it's hard to imagine life (or a single salad) without them!  While not technically a "green", avocados do have a beautiful muted lime green hue, and by pairing them with our salad greens, actually help aid in the proper absorption of all of those critical fat-soluble nutrients such as beta carotene and Vitamin K, thanks to their high levels of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.  

8. Hemp Seeds
Don't consider hemp seeds to be a "green" superfood? Look a little closer. These powerhouse seeds contain specks of chlorophyll - in fact a high quality hemp oil will even have a slightly greenish hue. Hemp seeds are one of the best sources of plant based protein, have a perfect ratio of omega fatty acids 3, 6 and 9, and offer a wealth of vitamins and minerals. They're also very hypo-allergenic, meaning they don't tend to trigger allergic reactions like many other nuts and seeds do. As a food crop, hemp is also incredibly sustainable for the environment as well, needing very little in terms of natural resources or pest control to thrive - just one more reason why they make our "green" superfood list.

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


Spring is right around the corner which means it's time to focus on freshening up! Spring cleaning isn't just about cleansing and de-cluttering your home, it's also something that you can do for your body to feel more energized, boost your immunity, and feel more vibrant. Internal cleansing doesn't necessarily mean nixing all food and going on a juice fast (however, those can be wonderful too!). Here are 10 simple things that you can start incorporating into your daily routine right now for a little extra self care and detoxification support

1. Drink More Water (with lemon!)

This is sort of a no brainer, but something so many of us struggle to do. Simply drinking more pure water can help improve digestion, aid in weight loss, increase energy, and provide relief for chronic headaches. Adequate hydration is also 100% necessary for flushing out toxins from the body. Make a habit of starting the day with 1 quart of water with 1/2 a lemon juiced in - this will help kick start the metabolism, digestion, and will support the liver. Shoot for 2-3 liters of water per day, depending on body size and activity level.

2. Cut Back on Sweets

While there is nothing wrong with indulging in healthy treats, sometimes we could all use a little conscious sugar reduction. Relying on sugar to satisfy cravings or energize the body can be hard on the pancreas, and can lead to blood sugar issues such as hypo or hyper glycemia, diabetes, unwanted weight gain, candida overgrowth, and fatigue. Try swapping out your usual sweet fix with another treat lower in sugar - such as a creamy Dastony nut butter . Cashew and coconut butter both have a subtle sweetness yet contain no added sugars, and the new Watermelon Seed Butter is to die for!

3. Go Blended

Swap out solid meals with blended foods and/or juices for 1 day per week or 3 days per month. This could mean smoothies (try to keep high glycemic fruits to a minimum and utilize things like avocado to help thicken), blended raw soups , and plenty of green juices (again limiting high glycemic fruits and leaning heavy on greens and non-sweet fruits like cucumber). This will give the entire digestive system a break, and promote cleansing with high water content and fiber-rich plant foods. Add into your blends and juices green superfoods like chlorella/spirulina and cleansing herbs such as cilantro for added detox support.

The positive impact that probiotics can have on our health is not news to anyone these days, yet prebiotics  - which play an equally important role in the health of our gut - don't get as much press.

What are they?

In short, prebiotics are sugars which act as a food source for our probiotic bacteria. Ingesting probiotics is critical, but if they can't survive or proliferate once in the digestive system, they can't have nearly the same potency or beneficial impact on our health long term.

Where are they found?

Do you have a sweet tooth? Your probiotic bacteria are in the same boat. Probiotics need particular forms of sugar to thrive. Anyone who has made a batch of kefir or kombucha at home has experienced the importance of adding a form of sugar for the bacteria to consume. In order to make a cultured food, the probiotics need something to feed on - a form of sugar such as honey or cane sugar is always added to a kombucha starter, or in the example of yogurt, the probiotics consume the lactose within the milk.

The best type of plant based prebiotic: inulin

Inulin describes a group of polysaccharide sugars found within many plant foods - such as apples, bananas, onions, asparagus, tomatoes, and other fruits, as well as root vegetables - most notably jerusalem artichoke, chicory root, burdock root, dandelion root and yacon root. These root vegetables contain a special subgroup of inulin known as fructooligosaccharides (or FOS for short) which have been shown to have a very positive impact on probiotic levels in the GI tract. While are probiotics love them, FOS sugars are not digested and absorbed by the human body, meaning they don't have the same blood sugar elevating effects of normal sucrose, therefore making them a safe sweetener option for diabetics. 

Probiotics and prebiotics are vital in terms of strengthening the immune system, enhancing the digestive process, and increasing the absorption of certain critical nutrients such as calcium and help synthesize B vitamins and Vitamin K. Our relationship with the trillions of microbes in our body is complex and there is still much to learn, but one thing is for certain: ingesting probiotics and prebiotics daily can have profound positive impacts on our health.

Visit our shop to learn about Sunbiotics probiotic supplements. These organic supplements come in formulas for both adults and children, and contain organic yacon root prebiotics with no additives.

Written by Jennifer Ljung - Guest Blogger at RawGuru and Windy City Organics



Is one of your goals for the new year to experience even greater levels of health and vitality? If so you are making a wise choice, as health is your true wealth. When we have our health, it means we can focus that much more on the pursuit of our dreams and aspirations in an unencumbered way. When you're energized and feel good, the sky is your limit! A healthy diet is key, however supplementing with certain vitamins, minerals, and superfoods can be exceptionally beneficial for giving the body extra support. However, before you run out and purchase a plethora of pills and potions, be warned - they are not all created equal.

Before supplements even existed, it was real food sourced from nature that was used for both nourishment and healing. Food is our best medicine and that is precisely the foundation Veggimins  - RawGuru's new range of superfood supplements!

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 What is Veggimins?

Veggimins is a unique line of organic food-based vitamins, minerals and superfoods that are safe, effective, purely formulated (no additives) and easy to use.

Why supplement at all; isn't eating a healthy, balanced diet enough?

The truth of the matter is that our planet's soils have been depleted on a mass scale, there are hundreds if not thousands of new pollutants in our environment that we are bombarded with every day, and as the pace of life increases, our stress levels rise right along with the number of things on our to-do lists - all of which can take a toll on our long term health. Our bodies need real support, and that is where Veggimins can help.

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Amazing Algae

What it is

A synergistic blend of 3 of the most potent forms of certified organic freshwater algae: spirulina, chlorella, and E3 Live.

Health benefits:

* Nature's perfect multivitamin - rich with a balanced array of vitamins, trace minerals and phytonutrients

* Daily detoxification

* Complete plant-based protein (algae is up to 60% protein by weight)

* Glowing skin

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