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Eat yourself Happy: How Food affects your mood

Eat Yourself Happy: How Food Affects your Mood

Are the winter blues getting you down? Do you feel tired, or have trouble concentrating? The concept of comfort food isn’t just about warming you up on a cold day; what you eat really can change the way you feel. Your food choices can either leave you feeling happier, or can inflict bad moods and mild depressions.

Carbs make you Happy

Not so fast! Before you reach for the pizza, its only smart carbohydrate choices that help to improve your mood. You see carbohydrates are rich in tryptophan, a nonessential amino acid which, with a little help from the B vitamins, is used to create serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is the ‘feel good’ hormone with helps to elevate your mood.

When you binge on bad carbs, your gut can’t handle all the gluten and this may lead to a number of side effects including depression, irritability, digestion issues and headaches; certainly not a recipe for smiles. So instead, reach for the whole grains, sprouted grains like BIO-BUDs, gluten-free healthy snacks, and organic artisanal breads which are low in gluten.
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Best Prebiotic Foods to Boost Digestion

Best Prebiotic Foods to Boost Digestion

So you’ve probably heard of probiotics; those diminutive little bacterium that live in your tummy and keep you healthy, happy and sane. Well, in order to keep your little belly bugs alive, you have to feed them the good stuff and that’s where prebiotics come in. Prebiotics are insoluble dietary fibers that provides a food source for probiotics and promote healthy intestinal flora.

Prebiotics are unaffected by heat and can’t be digested; this means you can cook foods containing prebiotics without affecting them.

Prebiotics come in two different kinds of fructooligosaccharides (oligofructose and inulin) which help to nourish the probiotic bacteria in your body. This in turn improves digestion, promotes immune systems, increases metabolism and boosts your body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

An increase in your metabolic rate will mean you burn more calories every day and that you have more energy. An effective metabolism means an improved ability to absorb nutrients which makes for a happier, healthier you.
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6 Amazing Benefits of Sprouted Grains

Who knew that just adding water to your favorite organic grains could unlock so much potential? Sprouted grains are nature’s little miracles as they have almost three times the nutrients of legumes and beans, can help with digestion and weight loss and they are packed with fiber too. The sprouted grains that are popping up in your veggie aisle, healthy snacks and organic bread are there for good reason; packed with vitamins, fiber, and protein, these pint-sized sprouts sure pack a healthy punch!

Research shows that sprouting frees the embodied energy of grains and improves the vitamin content up to 24 times.  From the study: “…germination dramatically increased total phenolic compounds and total flavonoids up to 4.5 and 6.8 times. Quercetin-3-O-glucoside content was significantly increased in mung bean sprouts after germination. The total antioxidant activity of mung bean sprouts was increased by 6 times.”

As humans, we aren’t able to break down or absorb all nutrients from the food we eat but by eating sprouted products we are able to absorb a minimum of 3 times more nutrients from our favorite foods.
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Are Preservatives Bad for your Health?

Are Preservatives Bad for your Health?

“Eat food grandma would recognize” is a tenant that I like to keep in mind when doing my weekly shopping. Trouble is, reading food labels is getting both difficult and disquieting when half the ingredients are unrecognizable and the other half are unpronounceable, especially when it comes to preservatives. I mean what is Carnobacterium maltaromaticumCB1 anyway? So we decided to take a closer look at what preservatives are and what impact they have on our health. Continue reading

Learn all about Wholesome Whole Grains

Fields of wheat, barley and rice are where whole grains start their lives. Whole grains are the seeds of these plants in their natural form; a far cry from the refined foods they end up in. We all know that whole grains are better for us, but what exactly are whole grains, why should we eat them and how can we incorporate them into our daily diets? Fear not future whole grain eaters, we will reveal all as we take you on an adventure though the life of the humble grain seed.
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