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Sprouts, A Deeper Look

By |2018-05-31T13:42:38+00:00May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Blogs, Holistic Living, Nutrition Articles|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Sprouts, A Deeper Look

by Nathan Mandigo

A while ago I wrote on an article on the basics of sprouting (find it here) which mentioned just a few of the wonderful benefits that can be gained from sprouts.  Today I would like to take a deeper look at the benefits of sprouts and their amazing properties.

From a Western perspective, sprouts are very nutritious as they are a good source of many vitamins and trace minerals that many people in this country are deficient in, they have a low glycemic response, and are a good source of dietary fiber.  What makes sprouts most interesting from my perspective is the presence of a chemical called coumarin.

Coumarin is a naturally occurring, fragrant chemical present in most feed plants and several other common foods (like cinnamon (cassia sourced), strawberries and cherries).  A feed plant is any plant that is used to feed livestock or which graze lands are planted with, such as alfalfa or clover, two very common sprout seeds.  In concentrated forms, coumarin is toxic to the body and is one of the precursors used to make rat poison and blood thinners, that’s not the interesting part.  The interesting part is that coumarin in small quantities, as found in sprouts, increases our sensation of satiation.  It makes us feel fuller faster by making the body think we have eaten more than we have so we are less inclined to overeat.  Scientist believe this property in these plants was evolved as a way to stave off over feeding by grazing animals to give plants a chance to seed.  If you would like read more about coumarin, here is the wikipedia article.

From a Chinese medicine perspective, sprouts, are also an […]

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Autumn’s Energetics & Foods

By |2018-05-31T13:35:46+00:00September 22nd, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Chinese Medicine, The Seasons|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

April Crowell Dipl. ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN

In Chinese medicine, each of the 5 Seasons has its own energetic dynamics and movement of Qi (energy). Autumn’s arrival shifts the Qi that had been expanding outward (Yang) in the Summer to begin to shift inward (Yin).  We glide through Late Summer at the equinox and then slide into Autumn–the season of Yin within Yang.

Autumn is the time of harvest and a time to start storing to prepare for Winter’s cold. After shedding their leaves or ripened fruits and seeds, plants die back or their energy retreats to their roots. Appropriately, Autumn’s abundant food is perfectly suited to help our body’s Qi move inward. This allows our bodies to have greater energy to fend off common ailments, a chance to replenish and provide the opportunity to embrace the season’s delights.

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How Sweet It Is–Sweet’s Role In Health And Illness

By |2018-05-31T13:35:44+00:00September 3rd, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Chinese Medicine, The Seasons|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

April Crowell Dipl.ABT (NCCAOM), AOBTA CI & CP, CHN

Who doesn’t love a little sweet?  

Of the 5 flavors, I can safely say, sweet is the most popular.  It is also the most abundant naturally occurring flavor.  Like sour, bitter, pungent and salty, sweet serves a purpose.    But don’t run out and start doing sugar shots or dive into the local candy store.    Sweet is a little tricky and is vastly overused in the forms of sugar or empty sweets.  Too much sweet is detrimental to health so being able to recognize the sweet flavor that is healing is important.

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