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Allergies? Consider ADDING Pollen to your Life

Interested in learning more about the benefits of pollen?  Evona from Gaughan Bee Dancin’ shares some helpful information.  Read on!   Pollen Bee pollen contains anywhere from 12% to 30+% protein.  Also contains the complete spectrum of amino acids.  They are the building blocks of proteins, which are needed to build every cell in the body. Pollen contains every vitamin known to science.  It is especially rich in pantothenic acid (B5), nicotinic acid (B3), and riboflavin (B2).  Also contains vitamin C, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, and manganese.  More than twenty five trace elements account for 2 to 4% of the dry weight of pollen.  Not a significant source for vitamins B12 and D. Pollen is 5 to 10% good fat by dry weight.  This contains considerable essential fatty acids, lecithin, and other nutrients.  They are “essential” because we need them to survive, and the body cannot produce these by themselves.  It is recommended that other sources of EFA’s are also used, such as flax oil or hempseed oil. Pollen is rich in phytochemicals, which are a plant’s natural immune system, warding off diseases and viruses.  These increase a body’s immune system and support the ability to remove toxins.  These substances have also been linked to the prevention of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and other ailments.  People who don’t get any benefits from vitamins often are able benefit from pollen because it is a natural food and is absorbed into the body more readily than some brands of vitamins. Fresh, unheated pollen contains numerous active enzymes, coenzymes, and hormones.  Enzymes are energized protein molecules and are used in...

Let’s Talk About Clean Eating…

  You might have heard the term “eating clean” thrown around in the past several years but never really knew what it was all about.  You can think of eating clean as rewinding the clock, back before food was so commercialized and processed.  Back to the basics!  What we put in our bodies has a direct impact on our health, so we want our food to be as close to the way nature designed it.  It’s not a diet, it’s a choice you make about what you put in your body on a daily basis.   In addition to recipes for those just starting to clean up their diet or for those who just need some inspiration, “Clean Eating Magazine” shares a clear description of what it’s all about… 1) Choose organic whenever possible.  If your budget limits you, make meat, eggs, and the “Dirty Dozen” your organic priorities, but as they say, “Pay the farmer now, or pay the doctor later!” 2) Aim to drink at least two liters of water everyday, preferably from a reusable canteen, not plastic. 3) Get label savvy.  Clean foods include a short list of ingredients, and you can pronounce them!  Anything you don’t recognize can be searched online very easily.  It’s amazing what manufacturers put in our food in interest of preserving and adding flavor!  Here’s a list from Whole Foods on what ingredients you should watch our for, although there are new “ingredients” being created all of the time. 4) Avoid processed and refined food, such as white flour, sugar, bread, and pasta.  Enjoy complex carbs such as whole grains instead.  Steer clear of trans fats, fried foods, or...

BYOB: Bring your own BAGS!

Not bringing your own, reusable bags to the market?  Here are 10 reasons why you should! 1) A plastic shopping bag can take anywhere from 15 to 1000 years to decompose. In a compressed landfill, deprived of atmosphere to help them biodegrade, paper bags don’t fare much better. 2) Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, but are at risk for photo degradation, light exposure dissolving them into toxic polymer particles. Most often, when this happens, it happens in the ocean. 3) The cost to recycle plastic bags so outweighs their value that most recycling facilities will not take them, leading more and more to just be thrown out with the rest of the trash. 4) According to the Wall Street Journal, only 1% of plastic bags are recycled world-wide; the rest are left to live on indefinitely in landfills. 5) The United States alone uses approximately 100 billion new plastic bags per year – the average person goes through between 350 and 500. 6) Thanks to their light weight, plastic bags are the debris most likely to fly away from landfills, settling instead in trees, storm drains, beaches, and the ocean. 7) Public agencies in California alone spend over $300 million on coastal litter clean-up per year. 8) Plastic bags make up over 10% of washed-up debris polluting the US coastline. 9) According to the British Antarctic Survey, discarded plastic bags have been found as far north as the Arctic Circle and as far south as The Falkland Islands. 10) An estimated one million birds and 100,000 turtles and other sea animals die of starvation each year after ingesting discarded plastic bags...