PINE BARK? Can you eat it and why should you. The good doctor explains…

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Traditionally extracted from the inner bark of certain European pine trees and contains powerful antioxidant compounds to fight free radicals.

Still don’t understand what the terms antioxdants and free radicals mean? Free radicals, also called oxidants, atoms with an unpaired electron. They are desperately in search of a mate and furiously bump into other atoms trying to find another electron to pair up with. Free radicals are produced as a result of exposure to ultraviolet radiation, pollution and environmental toxins such as smoke, eating acidic foods like meat, caffeine, sugar on top of lack of exercise, illness and stress.

Their chief danger comes from the damage free radicals can do when they react with DNA or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs, and the end result can be a weakened immune system. That’s where antioxidants come to the rescue and why we all don’t just keel over and die from the multiple free radical attacks our cells get every day.

Antioxidants are molecules that interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction they cause before vital molecules are damaged. Antioxidants found in brightly colored fruits and veggies, and provided by pine bark extract, diminish the destructive power of free radicals. Antioxidants are also thought to have a role in slowing the aging process and helping prevent health issues. A few reasons why Dr. Laubscher included Pine Bark Extract in THE SUPER ELIXIR:
  • Helps strengthen blood vessels and increase blood flow from tiny vessels to tissues
  • Improves cardiovascular health and increases circulation
  • Supports healthy blood pressure and brain function
  • Improves delivery of oxygen to cells
With THE SUPER ELIXIR we are making it easy to incorporate this nutrient packed ingredient into your diet with just 2 teaspoons of Alkalising Greens a day.

SAIL AWAY

Relaxation, rejuvenation and just the right amount of vitamin D. That’s the checklist for our top 5 summer holiday destinations. You’re welcome! #superelixirtravel #superelixirontour

Olhuveli Island at the Six Senses, the Maldives

Ah, the Maldives. What’s not to love about a private villa over pristine aqua water. We can almost hear the lapping of the gentle waves as we recline for an afternoon siesta.

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Il San Pietro di Positano, Positano

Could this be the most breath taking hotel you’ve ever seen? Spend your mornings playing tennis and then retire for a lazy afternoon playing backgammon in the sunshine.

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Mustique Island

It’s a privately owned island not far from Barbados. Luxury villas, rejuvenating Hatha and Ashtanga yoga classes, horse riding, sailing, tennis, golf, oh and the most pristine beaches you’ve ever seen.
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CAPRI DAYS…

Day dreaming of endless sunshine, jaw dropping coastlines and cocktail hour all day long? Us too. We’re not sure whether to be happy living vicariously through Elle, or to be insanely jealous. Regardless here’s a little sneak peak of her annual family holiday off the coast of Capri.

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Just about to hop off the boat for a stroll through the streets of lovely Capri.

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Went exploring and found this gorgeous secluded white stone beach for a mid-morning swim with the boy.

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Lunch in Italy looks good! We try to buy all local produce wherever we can. It’s great to eat in season and to know our food hasn’t travelled too far. Today we are making a fresh Caprese salad with avocado, tomoato, mozzarella and basil drizzled with olive oil and balsamic.

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Usually our days are busy doing sports and exploring together. We also tend to stay up late, keeping with the European late night vibe – so we all try and take an afternoon nap. Definitely not complaining about the location of this siesta!

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Getting some much needed vitamin D on the back of the boat.

Book

Holiday reading: while in Greece last week I started reading Hippias Minor – The Art of Cunning, new translation by Sarah Ruden.

Check out our instagram @superelixir for more details on what Elle is wearing.


MEAT FREE MONDAY

Dr. Launcher suggests a ‘meat free day’ each week as a detox to reset your digestive system. Further to this, recent research at Harvard University found that just one meat-free day a week can reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 19% and cutting your weekly intake by the equivalent of a 450-calorie steak will limit weight gain by nearly half a stone over your next 10 years of flesh-eating.

Kale, sweet potato and hazelnut salad

Screenshot 2015-07-13 13.42.05 Ingredients:

  • 80g prepped kale – stalks removed
  • 40g red quinoa
  • 40g black quinoa
  • 100g sweet potato
  • 15g roasted hazelnut – bashed into small bits
  • 10g toasted coconut
  • 15g goji berries
  • 100g hazelnut dressing (instructions for dressing below)
  • 10g salt for cooking quinoa
  • 40g coconut oil
  • 1⁄2 ripe avocado

Method:

  1. Start by preheating the oven to 190 celsius.
  2. Put the coconut into the oven for 3-4 minutes until lightly toasted, combine with the roasted hazelnuts. Set aside.
  3. Peel the sweet potato and cut into 2 cm-3cm cubes.
  4. Toss the sweet potato in a bowl with 20g coconut oil, salt/pepper to evenly coat and put into the oven to roast for 15 minutes or until nicely brown.
  5. Combine red and black quinoa into a pot with water and 1 tsp. sea salt. Cook red and black quinoa as if cooking pasta. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook for 12-15 minutes. While the quinoa and sweet potato are cooking, remove the stalks from the kale and cut into 2cm chiffonade.
  6. Remove avocado flesh and cut into cubes.

Putting the salad together:

  1. Massage kale with coconut oil until kale leaves have softened.
  2. Combine kale with sweet potato, quinoa, avocado and hazelnut dressing.
  3. Top with toasted hazelnuts and coconut flakes and goji berries.

Hazelnut Dressing:

  • 40g roasted hazelnut
  • 5g maple syrup
  • 25g red wine vinegar
  • 75 g olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. hazelnut oil
  • Salt/Pepper
  • A few drops of water to thin out (optional)

Source: www.goodlifeeatery.com Image: @welltodolondon Share your own alkaline creations on Twitter or Instagram #superelixir @superelixir 


THE SUPER ELIXIR x NECTAR AND STONE

LIFE IS NOT A TEST

The team at WelleCo absolutely love Nectar and Stone (@nectarandstone) and we love what you did with THE SUPER ELIXIR for your test tube smoothies. This creation is sure to get the kids over the line! Any fruit you have on hand plus almond milk and 2 teaspoons of THE SUPER ELIXIR, blitz and serve with a sprinkle of love 💚

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A COCONUT SMOOTHIE BOWL ALMOST TOO PRETTY TO EAT

Ingredients:

  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 teaspoon honey (optional)
  • a handful thinly sliced almonds
  • 3 teaspoons desiccated coconut (1 teaspoon each bowl)
  • 6 teaspoons THE SUPER ELIXIR (2 teaspoons each bowl)
  • 3 to 6 thinly sliced pieces of dragon fruit – use a star cookie cutter to shape.

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Method:

  • Using a blender – place coconut milk, bananas, honey and blend.
  • Distribute amongst bowls – and evenly add almonds, desiccated coconut, THE SUPER ELIXIR and dragon fruit.

Serves 3 🙂


Be mindful

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Ever tried to stop thinking? To block those pesky thoughts about bills to pay, texts to return or what’s on the menu for dinner tonight? It’s pretty impossible isn’t it? That’s why this week we’ve been on the hunt for ways to calm our over-active minds, to be in the moment and achieve a sense of calm. Even for a minute or two. In our search we came across these four simple steps from Indian spiritual leader, Swami Nithyananda. We hope they resonate as much as they did for us.

  1. Say what you mean, mean what you say

Instead of making up excuses to avoid situations – you know the ones, the events you’re invited to by a friend that you don’t want to attend, or the coffee date with a far flung family friend you regret agreeing to as you are setting the date. Instead of making up an excuse, be truthful. Be authentic and compassionate, but be honest and the stress will melt away.

  1. Don’t say to anyone unless you can say to everyone

Basically, don’t gossip! Make a commitment to yourself that you won’t say anything to one person that you wouldn’t happily tweet to the world.

  1. Don’t say inside, what you cannot say outside

Whatever thought or inner chatter you have inside your head that you can’t say out loud to someone isn’t worth entertaining. Whether it’s self-criticism or negative thoughts about others. Stop them in their tracks. They are of no use to anyone.

  1. Don’t say unless it is true, useful or kind

Be conscious of what you say and only say it if any of the following is true:

  • True to me? An authentic statement from my heart?
  • Useful or helpful to someone or some situation?
  • Kind or compassionate? Such as a compliment, or an offer of help?

Extracts from an article that originally appeared on thinksimplenow.com


Go organic? Now there’s proof!

A Swedish family participated in an experiment that we can’t believe hasn’t been done before. They ate only organic food for a fortnight and managed to rid their bodies of most traces of pesticides.  Sounds so simple, right? Before the experiment, middle child Evelina’s urine was showing nearly five nanograms of chlormequat chloride per millilitre. After eating only organic food for two weeks, (yep, that’s right, only two weeks) the chemical was unable to be detected in her urine sample. Article from the Sydney Morning Herald below.

Family eats organic for just two weeks, removes nearly all pesticides from body

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A Swedish family has shown just how quickly an organic diet change can rid the body of pesticides.

In a fortnight-long experiment, the family of five – parents Anette and Mats, and kids Vendela, Evelina and Charlie – swapped their conventional diet for an organic one and found that just two weeks of eating an organic diet managed to rid their bodies of most traces of pesticides.

The video explaining the experiment, which was conducted by Swedish supermarket Coop and the Swedish Environmental Research Institute, has been viewed more than a million times on YouTube.

Evelina managed to rid her body of nearly all of the pesticides originally detected.
Evelina managed to rid her body of nearly all of the pesticides originally detected. Photo: YouTube/CoopSverige

Before starting the diet, mother Anette explained that she did not normally buy organic food for the household.

“It costs more than conventional food and we’re a big family,” she said.

The researchers measured the levels of plant growth regulators chlormequat chloride, mepiquat, 3-PBA and cleaning agent TCP in urine samples taken from each family member before and after their two weeks of organic eating.

Before the experiment, middle child Evelina’s urine was showing nearly five nanograms of chlormequat chloride per millilitre. After eating only organic foods for two weeks, the chemical was unable to be detected in her sample.

The most profound effects were found in toddler Charlie’s samples. Despite his urine before the experiment showing high levels of all four of the chemicals, after the experiment none of the substances were detected.

While the experiment clearly showed that eating organically removed traces of pesticides in the bodies of participants, previous research has questioned whether eating an organic diet is actually beneficial to physical health.

An 2011 paper authored by researchers at the University of Sydney and published in Critical Reviews In Food Science And Nutrition found that the nutrients in organic and cheaper, conventional produce were comparable.

The paper reviewed the results of 66 studies conducted between 1980 and 2007 which compared the health benefits of food farmed without pesticides and herbicides, and food which was farmed using conventional methods.

However, they did not examine the potential effect of ingesting pesticides in their study.

In Australia, the amount of pesticides used on crops for consumption is regulated by the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code.

Standard 1.4.2 of the code sets the maximum residue limit (MRL) for various types of foods.

According to the code’s implementing body, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand, MRLs are “set well below the level that would be harmful, so a residue level slightly above the limit may indicate misuse but is very unlikely to pose a health risk”.

Source: Fairfax Media – http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/diet-and-fitness/family-eats-organic-for-just-two-weeks-removes-nearly-all-pesticides-from-body-20150513-gh0jhd.html