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In our previous post, 3 Reasons I Transitioned To A Plant-based Life Part 1, we explored 3 of my most important motivations for transitioning to a raw plant-based lifestyle. In my transition into a plant-based life, I uncovered many mysteries about herbs used for feminine healing, womb health, and nutritional supplementation. Here is a small but concise listing of each superfood and the value that it can bring to your health and dietary lifestyle. This post only focuses on the superfoods that healed me. Look out for a follow-up podcast and companion blog Nine Herbs to Support Your Feminine Body.
Extensive information, research, and medical documentation on the following superfoods are available for your personal growth and development across the web. I ensure to include more than just their basic healing properties herein. However, you have to do your research on foods since your body may react differently to them. In another food episode, we will talk about different ways to pay attention to your sensitivity to food. That is a clue to the ways the body communicates with you.
Made from sprouted and fermented wheat berries, this nutrient-dense, probiotic-rich gut health drink is not made by introducing enzymes as catalysts to initiate the culture and ferment it. The wheat berries, when soaked in filtered water, produce a rich liquid. This liquid contains enzymes that develop the fermentation process.
Rejuvelac aids in supporting the gut, especially for those who are sick, those who consume a limited variety of foods, and those who have issues digesting food properly. The benefits are extensive. The nutrients in this simple drink are proteins, carbohydrates, vitamin C, vitamin E, Vitamin B complex, phosphates, Lactobacillus, and Saccharomyces, and Aspergillus oryzae ( probiotic enzymes may increase immunity).
Benefits of Rejuvelac:
- Provides friendly Lacto-bacteria into the gastrointestinal tract
- High levels of enzymes help to re-energize the body by making nutrients available
- Aids removal of toxins and excess undigested waste material
- Supports the gut as a digestive aid
- Increases the absorption of nutrients leading to a healthy gut-brain connection
- Encourages regular bowel movements
Energy Soup is a combination of Rejuvelac, lemon juice, dulse flakes, and sunflower sprouts, with some avocado occasionally. No seasoning, salt, or pepper is used in this food medicine because it aids in blood building, lymphatic cleansing, and rebuilding and supporting a nutrient deficient body.
Supplement daily with an ounce of chlorophyll in water. Chlorophyll is a chemical formed in chloroplast cells of green plants. It is similar in chemical structure to hemin; the part of hemoglobin that carries oxygen in our blood. The one difference is that chlorophyll bonds are connected by magnesium while hemin is bonded by iron.
So why take it? Here is the truth, Chlorophyll acts as a general antiseptic. It also supports the building of blood, healing wounds, and also supporting tissue cell regrowth. Chlorophyll’s blood-building properties come from its ability to convert to heme inside of the body. However, it must make it through the gut without being denatured and then make it to the bloodstream. In the bloodstream, it needs specific enzymes to help it become heme. Some also assert that it is a good source of magnesium, so this is one reason I suggest using it during painful periods. During painful bleeding, cramping can cause moments of semi-paralysis and weakened leg muscles. The magnesium acts as a muscle relaxant and offers cramp relief.
Life-saving facts about Chlorophyll:
- During fasting, Chlorophyll will provide an energy boost
- It helps to flush drug deposits from the blood
- Neutralizes toxins in the body
- Neutralizes odor
- Purifies the liver
- Improves blood glucose levels
- Rebuilds the bloodstream
- Restricts growth of unfriendly bacteria
- Used both internally and externally
This algae is a single-celled, abundant source of chlorophyll and is in itself about 58% protein. It also contains carbs, B vitamins, c vitamins, e vitamins, trace minerals, and amino acids. Chlorella is indeed a nutrient-dense complete food while also functioning as a blood cleanser. Research also shows that it can protect against radiation because it contains RNA and DNA. It is highly recommended for menstruating women because the chlorophyll converts to heme which supports its blood-building properties.
This grass is very high in oxygen, like all green plants that contain chlorophyll. It supports the brain to function optimally and was another nutrient-dense food introduced and popularized by Dr. Ann Wigmore. This nutrient-dense grass contains vitamins, minerals, and trace elements. Dr. Wigmore taught that 1 pound of wheatgrass would be equivalent in nutritional value to 25 pounds of high-quality vegetables.
How it supported my system
Wigmore introduced wheatgrass as a therapy for those trying to eliminate cancerous growths and other disorders. The healing components go right back to chlorophyll and its similarity to hemoglobin. The function of wheatgrass is mainly due to its similarity in function as hemoglobin. At the center of a chlorophyll molecule is magnesium. Wheatgrass can support those with anemia, and research shows that it can rebuild blood count to normal after a few days of consuming the juice. Wheatgrass shots have become quite popular for this reason and are ideal for those who follow a plant-based diet and have low iron levels.