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Nutrition Talk / Re: Probiotics for the gut
« Last post by jodi f. on April 16, 2014, 03:27:51 PM »
MegaFood also makes an excellent product. It's identical (last time I looked) to the professional level product by the same manufacturer, BioSan Labs. Their professional line is Innate Response.
Nutrition Talk / Re: Probiotics for the gut
« Last post by bethw332 on April 16, 2014, 09:19:17 AM »
 Klaire Labs, Ther-Biotic Complete. It's expensive however it has a great probiotic mix. You need to purchase it online.
Nutrition Talk / Re: Probiotics for the gut
« Last post by Viva on April 15, 2014, 11:43:41 PM »
Hey there!

Me and my roomates use primal defense ultra by Garden of Life. I have heard a lot of people like this probiotic and it is working well for me so far. Good luck on your search!
Nutrition News & Research / Colorado GMO Labeling inititive now in petition stage
« Last post by marys446 on April 15, 2014, 09:33:17 PM »
The Colorado Labeling Initiative has made it through to the petitioning process and volunteers have begun to collect the necessary 86,000 signatures needed to get the initiative on the ballot for the November 2014 election. If passed by the voters, Colorado would be the first state to impose labeling of GMO ingredients.

Right To Know Colorado is currently training volunteers. If you are interested in gathering signatures or would like to learn more about this initiative, you can contact them at
Nutrition Talk / Re: Question on how to keep fruit fresh
« Last post by chantalb532 on April 15, 2014, 08:14:02 PM »
BERRIES:  one thing I do is a white vinegar wash (1 cup vinegar to 3 parts water).  I'll swish my berries gently around in the vinegar wash and then make sure to pat them all dry--very important as the moisture could speed up spoilage also.  After all berries are washed and dried I line containers with paper towels and spread the berries out into them.  It would be best to keep them in a single layer, but for space saving purposes you can always do them stacked in layers (ex: container, paper towel, berries, paper towel, berries, paper towel, lid of container).  Don't keep them in airtight containers as you want to allow the natural moisture to escape.  Definitely store in the refrigerator.

VEGGIES (with tops/greens): for vegetables with tops or greens like beets and carrots, you want to cut the greens off before storing them in the refrigerator.  These greens signal the vegetables to drink more water and will essentially start sucking the water from the vegetable.  So unless you want some limp carrots, cut those tops off when you get home from the farmer's market.  Don't toss the tops though,  you can use beet greens like chard and carrot tops can be blended up into a dip like hummus or pesto. 

Nutrition Talk / Re: Sugar and night terrors
« Last post by kaylan200 on April 15, 2014, 06:59:34 PM »
Hi Shelley,

I too have suffered from night terrors & some sort of panic attacks while sleeping.  Outside of mitigating my everyday stressors & making choices that affect my life in a positive way, I have found that food plays a significant role in whether or not I have a restful sleep or a horrible one.  Personally, I have found that eating sugary anything (soda, chocolate), drinking alcohol and running myself on empty is the recipe for disrupted sleep.  I now try not to eat sweets past 8pm or I completely stay away if I'm already tired from a long day. 

On a positive note, I now know how to calm myself down after an attack.  Deep calming inhales through the nose with slow long exhales through the mouth.  I also have fantastic results from taking 400mg of Magnesium right away (same for leg cramps in your sleep).  It seems to set in within 20-30min & leaves me with a calm sleep after.   And Magnesium is so wonderful for so many things!

Another trick that seems to help is if I am tired & sugar, I try to take an epsom salt bath before bed.  I also take 400mg of Magnesium after the bath too.  It really helps & I'm not sure if it helps balance out the rest of the stuff in the day but I'd like to thing so!  :)

Hope this is somewhat hopeful!  If you have any specific questions I'm happy to add my 2cents.

Nutrition Talk / Probiotics for the gut
« Last post by madisonb680 on April 15, 2014, 05:48:13 PM »
HEy all i looking for a good probiotic for the gut. I have tried a few from whole foods an sprouts. Does anyone have any good recommendations.
Nutrition Talk / Coconut oil and Alzheimers
« Last post by paulal219 on April 15, 2014, 04:48:43 PM »
I'm wondering if anyone has any info about the effects of coconut oil on Alzheimers? I heard that taking it every day can prevent and actually reverse the symptoms of the disease.  Is this true?
Nutrition Talk / Re: Juicing vs Vitamix
« Last post by nikijirtle on April 15, 2014, 04:21:47 PM »
I have a masticating juicer and a Blendtek, which is very similar to the Vitamix.

The way I see it, the juice I make is more of a medicine; it delivers a super concentrated wallop of enzymes and nutrients that my body quickly and easily absorbs, letting my digestive system take a rest so that it can channel the energy it would otherwise use to digest food to repair and restore tissues instead.  I do a lot of yoga, which is highly recommended to be performed on an empty stomach, so juice is especially useful in the morning before I do practice.  Just give yourself about 30 minutes post-juice and vinyasa your little heart out!

Sometimes people complain about the high levels of sugar in juice, but you don't have to juice fruits or vegetables with a high sugar content.  I make a juice with leafy greens, cucumbers, and celery, and one apple or pear is enough to balance out the bitterness of the greens.  Beets and carrots have a moderate sugar content, so use them in moderation, or not at all, if you're worried about ingesting too much sugar.

My Blendtek, though, has become an essential appliance, and I use it almost every day.  I mentioned this in class, but I LOVE the almond milk my blender allows me to make.  You can also make soup, hummus....really, the possibilities are practically endless.

I've also been drinking green smoothies lately, which also deliver a ton of essential nutrients and enzymes and fiber to help detoxify; they also keep me feeling satiated for quite a while.  Bonus: they're great for your skin!  :-*

Here's my smoothie recipe (adjust ingredients to your personal taste)

4 leaves romaine
1 pear
2 stalks celery
1 frozen banana
handful of fresh Italian parsley (excellent for cleansing the blood)
handful of spinach
juice of half a lemon
coconut (or regular) water to achieve desired consistency

And here's what I put in my green juice:
1/2 cucumber (very hydrating, and makes a good base so juice isn't too bitter
1 inch of fresh ginger
1 stalk celery
1/2 beet (especially useful if you had a glass or two of wine the night prior  8))
1 carrot
handful spinach
4 leaves dino kale
1/2 apple or pear

*Be sure to drink your juice on an empty stomach so the nutrients will assimilate efficiently.

In conclusion....I love juicing and blending! Hope that was helpful. Cheers!
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