Recently at Indigo Herbs, we have been working with Nutritionist and Author David Ash to produce 2 groundbreaking new products, the Love Your Liver superfood mixes.
Well in order to help spread the word about liver health in general and find out more about these products we recently conducted an interview with David at his family home in the South West of England. The interview has been made into 5 short videos, and here they are …
In this episode, David talks about the effects of processed food on our health, what glucose really is and how it acts on blood sugar levels. He also explains how and why processed foods can lead to an addictive cycle, peaking and crashing the glycemic index. He also explains why eating wholefoods is far better for us. (12mins)
In this episode, David talks about the effects of processed food and the glucose addiction cycle and why processed carbohydrates and sugar are the real causes of heart disease and stroke. Finally, he talks about the problem with bread. (10mins)
In this episode, David talks about the herbs and nutrition that will support optimum liver health. He explains the latest thinking on Vitamin C and it’s synergy with proanthocyanidins. He also discusses the amino acids needed for glutathione and it’s importance in keeping the liver healthy along with the huge role played by the B vitamins. (13mins)
In this final episode, David talks about the two ‘Love Your Liver’ superfood mixes he has helped us develop. He explains how to use the product and how much to take. He explains why we should avoid too many vitamins, why there is a basic and a fortified mix and how it has been possible to produce such a cutting edge nutritional product for such excellent value for money. (8mins)
Lean and Keen for 2013 – The crucial role of the liver in weight loss!
The general assumption is that to loose unwanted weight, one must adopt a restrictive diet, count calories, and pound the roads and running machines in order to get results. A healthy liver & Weight Loss go hand in hand so prior to any weight loss interventions, ensuring a liver and gall bladder that is fully functioning may make all the difference.
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Just this week, in various newspapers around the world, is the story of a breast cancer sufferer who turned down conventional drugs in favor of a lifestyle approach to her wellbeing that included Herbs & Superfoods.
Vicky Sewart is from Devon and was diagnosed with a fast growing tumor which was treated with radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery. However following the tumor’s removal she surprised everyone by rejecting conventional drugs (Tamoxifen) and instead used her diet as her anti-cancer drug. Her motivation for doing so? Unwanted side-effects that you do not get from superfoods.
Four years on and she is in full health. Her story is probably not too much of a surprise to those of us who understand the link between health and lifestyle. There are many scenarios where a lifestyle approach to health, including herbs & superfoods as well as exercise and a positive mental outlook, may be better than a more conventional one-pill-cures-all approach. In fact here at Indigo Herbs we regularly hear stories from our customers along these sorts of lines.
There are two things that are different about this case which are really positive and made me want to tell you about it.
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What’s the point of a blog when the mad woman doesn’t update it?
Well if I explained about the 35 litres of paint being put on walls, full house move, school holidays, dad access visits … and please don’t ask about the fun and games with my old laptop and of course my Internet connection.
Talk about stress, phew!
That’s the excuses made, Now I’m back! Welcome to the Indigo Blog, ad hoc blogging about Superfoods in the daily diet of a very ordinary madwoman. read this entry »
Hello and welcome to the new Indigo Herbs blog about my superfood diet trial!
I’d like to introduce myself. My name’s Krissy, 41 year old mum of 3. Although I’m pretty good friends with all at Indigo Herbs, I’ve always been very sceptical about all these groovy superfood supplements, and whether the cost reflects the health benefits they claim to offer. So when I was invited to try a superfood diet for myself, and write a down-to-earth, honest, unbiased blog, I was up for it. read this entry »
In this blog post I’m going to explain why Wheatgrass, Barley Grass, Spirulina and Chlorella are the top 4 superfoods and how they can benefit your diet, lifestyle and general wellbeing.
Wheatgrass is an absolutely fantastic superfood in the way that it is packed with natural vitamins, natural minerals and amino acids. Wheatgrass powder is made from the young wheat plant, whilst it is still in grass form, before it develops a stem and grain. It can be used for detoxing or just as part of a higher quality diet.
Yet let’s cover more than just the obvious and explore why wheatgrass is recognised as one of the best superfoods and how it could help you maintain/achieve optimal health.
Firstly it’s versatile; you can consume it in capsules if you don’t like the taste when mixed with water, milk, or juice and you can even add it to a smoothie. In a modern age like today our bodies are constantly being subject to processed foods, which are bad for us humans, and are often difficult to digest. Whereas using a superfood such as Wheatgrass actually promotes better digestion and noticeably boosts our immune system.
My personal experiences with Wheatgrass have reassured me of its benefits. I’ve been using Wheatgrass for roughly 3 years now and I’m certain it’s boosted my immune system and helped with maintaining a healthy active lifestyle. It’s anti-cancer, gives you energy, has a wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals and is actually better than having a ‘multi-vitamin’ tablet every day, as ‘multi-vitamins’ are man-made synthetic isolated nutrients created in labs by men in white coats, whereas wheatgrass provides these vitamins and minerals through its natural compounds which work together to feed your body the nutrients it desires.
Barley grass is another classic example of an all singing all dancing superfood, used for detoxing and a good strong source of natural alkaline. It also contains a multitude of the body’s spark plugs; enzymes. Like Wheatgrass it’s packed with natural vitamins and minerals.
Many people blend Barley grass powder with Wheatgrass powder as they have the same density and consistency in powder form so work perfectly in a smoothie together.
Barley grass contains eight essential amino acids; and according to a recent study, using Barley grass can regulate blood sugar (i.e. reduce blood glucose response to a meal) for up to 10 hours after consumption, which is clearly a good way to make sure your energy levels stay healthy, stable and ready to support your active day.
Barley grass is one of Indigo Herbs’ top sellers because it offers a full range of nutrients and minerals; many of which you don’t get from processed everyday foods.
Consumed regularly by the Aztecs and other Mesoamerican cultures up until the 16th century, Spirulina is a superfood with a long history of use. Spirulina is absolutely in the same category as Barley grass and Wheatgrass in the way that it’s packed with much of the good stuff your body needs to properly function. Like the others, Spirulina has a massive vitamin, mineral and amino acid profile.
Spirulina is a ‘blue-green algae’. To some people the idea of eating algae seems a little out of the ordinary! Yet it’s a wonderful product which offers a significant and diverse range of proteins; this makes it another essential thing to put in your smoothie along with Barley grass and Wheatgrass.
Rich in chlorophyll, Spirulina is alkaline forming, which makes it an ideal addition to the modern lifestyle as many of us consume diets which contain lots of processed foods which causes our bodies to be very acidic. Spirulina (like Barley grass and Wheatgrass) can help balance this acid problem out by restoring natural alkaline. Like the other superfoods, Spirulina can also help improve digestion.
The information below will be particularly relevant to you if you’re holding down a strict diet with a training programme which is aimed at building muscle structure and allowing muscle recovery time.
My personal experience with Spirulina is that I use it for bodybuilding / holding a tight exercise and recovery schedule, and I’ve found that it helps give my body more natural proteins than other more processed products such as whey protein for example. Although, yes, whey protein can provide you with more protein in one dose than Spirulina can, you must remember Spirulina is very easy to digest and has a load more to offer than its already impressive protein profile.
Chlorella is actually one my favourite products health wise as it contains such a ‘whole’ spectrum of nutrients. Chlorella is a rich attractive food source; as when dried it contains 45% protein, 20% fat, 20% carbohydrate, 5% fibre and 10% vitamins and minerals. I know what you’re thinking “why haven’t I been introduced to this product before?” well at least that’s what I thought when I first heard of it.
As soon as I researched Chlorella I had no delay incorporating it into my morning health smoothie. Chlorella is another complete protein source. I believe this is why it’s such a bestseller; so many benefits just from 1 product! Like Spirulina it is also a single celled algae, which makes it extremely easy to digest. Like the other three superfoods it promotes healthy digestion, it is good for detoxing, and it is also good for general vitality.
I hope this blog post has helped to explain why these 4 products from Indigo Herbs are the bestsellers and explained in a little more detail than our website what they are and what they do. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed this blog.
As a busy working mum (omg is it that time already!) i have to constantly battle with being everything to everyone! I absolutely adore my job here
at Indigo Herbs, as its such a great buzz to link people up with products that are good for them, knowing that addressing one’s health naturally is going to improve one’s quality of life. Last week we attended the very inspiring Great British Business show at Earls court, we had 2 fantastic days of cutting edge ideas about how to be a sucessful small business & here’s some of my thoughts on the train home…… read this entry »
So why is Raw Chocolate becoming more popular than commercial Chocolate?
Raw chocolate is the modern day Food of the Gods. However it is still an ancient Mayan secret that the active ingredients in Raw chocolate are mood changing, spiritually uplifting and evolutionary.
This is because over 80% of the feel good compounds are destroyed when the raw ingredients of chocolate are heated and processed. The Mayans knew about the Raw Cacao bean’s amazing life enhancing properties.
Life enhancing properties?
This wonderful Raw Cacao Chocolate bean has some very interesting properties, it is imbued with phyto chemicals namely Theobromine, Anandamide and Phenylethylamine. These are 3 active compounds that stimulate the release of Serotonin, Dopamine and other feel good, blissful brain chemicals. read this entry »
Super Food Powders / Superfood powderWhat?
Super Food powders are generally a plant or a fruit or even a root ground up into a powder, this obviously making it easier to ingest. Superfood powders are powders which generally contain a massive amount of vital nutrients for your body, hence how they get the tag “Super”. For example, one of the many Superfood powders sold by Indigo Herbs is Goji Berry powder, this Super Food powder is “super” as it is rich in: Beta-carotene + vitamin C, B1, B2, other vitamins and minerals + antioxidants and amino acids. Another quick example of incredibly potent and effective Super Food powders would be: Wheatgrass powder, barley grass powder, Spirulina powder, Chorella powder and Acai powder. These will all flood your body will spectacular amounts of nutrients and essentials for your body, they can mentally and physically enhance your body for the day or in the long term improve your health massively. read this entry »
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