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4 Forgotten Ancient Superfoods

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Did you know that some foods have been considered superfoods for hundreds, if not thousands, of years? Unfortunately, many of these superfoods have nearly disappeared from the modern American diet. These superfoods are naturally nutrient dense and work to prevent a number of common health conditions. In order for our country to return to optimal health, we MUST remember these forgotten superfoods.

1. Liver

There are many different sources of liver. The most popular tend to be beef and chicken liver, but liver from any wild or pastured animal is incredibly healthy! You can often find liver from pastured animals at discounted prices as many people are afraid to cook with and eat organ meats. If you are one of these people, you may wish to consider a desiccated liver or fermented cod liver oil supplement.

2. Bone Marrow

When was the last time you chowed down on some pastured bone marrow? If you are like most modern Americans, the answer is probably never. Bone marrow is an important source of vitamins, minerals, gelatin, and collagen, all of which are vital for human health. The easiest way to consume plenty of bone marrow is to make nutrient dense bone broth to drink and cook with throughout the day.

3. Raw Milk

Plenty of people drink pasteurized milk, but the tradition of drinking raw, farm fresh milk has become nearly outlawed in our country. Yes, you read that right, it is illegal to sell raw milk in many states across the USA… the same states that sell cigarettes and alcohol. Raw milk can make people sick, but not if it comes from a local farm with healthy animals and a strict and safe processing routine. If you can find raw milk in your state, it is an excellent way to provide your body with nutrients.

3. Chia Seeds

These healthy little seeds are making a comeback in recent years, but many traditional societies have enjoyed the benefits of chia seeds for thousands of years. Chia seeds were often consumed during long voyages to keep warriors satisfied and healthy during times with limited access to food.

 

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My Stress Busting Secret Weapon

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Have you ever felt like you need to be three places at once? Finishing a project in the office while dropping the kids off at soccer and cooking dinner and loading the washing machine? Life can be stressful. Constant stress can be damaging to both our physical and mental health. When people become incredibly stressed out, they often begin to experience chronic anxiety. Chronic anxiety can lead to panic attacks and inability to handle even the most casual social situations. I’ve experienced stress and anxiety before, but after years of trying everything, I’ve finally found a few natural treatments that work even better than prescription medication without the harmful side effects.

Rhodiola rosea is a yellow flowering plant that grows wild in the Siberian Mountains. Known for it’s stress busting capabilities, I started taking rhodiola rosea capsules to combat my anxiety. After a few months on the supplement, I no longer experience panic attacks or social anxiety. I am able to effectively handle stress. I have also found that rhodiola rosea gives me more energy without causing jitters or anxiety like coffee.

This amazing little plant is considered an adaptogen herb meaning that it has the ability to adapt to the body’s needs. If you are stressed and anxious, rhodiola works to calm you down. If you are tired, rhodiola works to boost your energy and vitality. Whatever is ailing your body can be benefited by an adaptogen herb. These herbs are also side effect free, safe, and natural. Rhodiola rosea is a much safer and more effective alternative to prescription stress and anxiety drugs that can cause a host of unwanted side effects.

To find the best rhodiola rosea, looks for a product that contains 100% pure rhodiola rosea extract standardized to 1% rosavins and 3% salidrosides. This is the most beneficial ratio. Remember to always buy supplements from a brand you trust and to consult with your doctor before starting anything new.