Dandelion Greens Spring Tonic: A handful dandelion greens A handful of organic power greens- baby kale, baby chard, baby spinach (in most organic fresh produce stores) 1 piece of fresh ginger - size of your thumb to 1st knuckle 1 stalk celery - for the mineral salts and electrolytes 1/2 cucumber - electrolytes Option: You may want to add a piece of fresh turmeric for a really powerful cleansing tonic. Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and add water to fill to 3/4. You will have enough tonic for the 2nd day of your cleansing. Nutritional Benefits of Dandelion Greens: Dandelion greens are considered the ultimate detox and cleansing green if your goal is detoxification and cleansing. These greens are highly effective in cleaning the liver and kidney filters, throwing off accumulated toxins and sludge, while at the same time supplying these major organs the essential vitamins and minerals for proper functioning. Nutrition in Dandelion Greens: contain vitamin C, vitamin A, B6, thiamin, riboflavin, potassium (helps to regulate the heart and blood pressure), manganese, folate, phosphorus and magnesium and calcium. Also rich in iron (crucial for generating red blood cells) Dandelion greens also contains 14% protein. Some of the benefits of these vitmain-mineral rich greens is they may help to reduce the risk of cancer, multiple sclerosis, cataracts, age-related macular degeneration and stoke. Contains anti-inflammatory properties which may provide benefit to those with asthma and other inflammatory conditions. A Note on Why You Should Rotate Your Greens: Thanks to Raw Family’s, Victoria Boutenko, in one of her best selling books, "Green For Life”, she informs us of her thoroughly researched, scientific documentation on the importance of rotating leafy greens in our daily green blender drinks. Green leaves are the most nutritional part of the plant containing all the essential minerals, vitamins, phytonutrients; a considerable amount of amino acids that humans need for optimum health and chlorophyll which helps build blood and provide iron to the organs. However, leafy greens contain small amounts of alkaloids, which give many of them a bitter flavour, purposely created this way to deter garden pests and little creatures from eating the young buds/sprouts and adult plants. Some alkaloids can be highly toxic to the human body in large quantities, especially when only one or two types of greens are consumed day after day. Since most greens contain different kinds of alkaloids, rotating greens in your diet prevents the build-up of alkaloids and the body has a chance to utilize the nutrients and eliminate the alkaloids without the fear of alkaloid toxicity. For some folks, greens can be hard to digest because of the cellulose (an insoluable fiber) that can make them difficult for the digestive system to breakdown thus digestion and absorption works best when food enters the digestive tract in a liquid state. Nutrients from blended greens is more readily assimilated into the blood stream and contains anti-oxidant-rich fiber, which helps pull toxins out of the liver, kidneys and colon as well as improving elimination.
It's spring cleaning time again…the body kind Spring is a perfect time to do a cleanse and detoxify from all the winter sludge that we’ve accumulated over the cold months and what better way than to sip on some homemade tonics for detoxification, though, not only for throwing off toxins but especially for restoring, toning, bringing sluggish organ systems back to normal to optimal functioning. Lets be kind to our livers, gallbladders and kidneys that work so hard to filter all the toxins we take in through our food, the air we breathe through our lungs and our skin. Drinking a medicine tonic is the perfect remedy to restore enfeebled functions and promote vigour, increasing physical and mental strength, producing happy chemicals and providing a sense of of well-being. I’ve created a happy spring tonic drink that will boast not only your physical strength but also your spirit too. Happy Spring Tonic with Nettles In a blender add a couple handfuls of stinging nettles. (Be careful, use gloves to touch your nettles because of their sting. I find my stinging nettles at Deer Lake park and am very careful to wear gloves and not touch anything that comes in contact with the nettles, like the scissors I use to cut the stems). Also in the blender add: - 1 green apple - a handful of power greens (spinach, baby chard, baby kale) - a piece of ginger size of your thumb - a stick of celery (for the mineral salts) - ½ cucumber (for the electrolytes) - Add water to fill blender to ¾ and blend thoroughly. Instead of water you may want to add coconut water, another source of good electrolytes for cell energy. Make an omelette and add some nettles Since you’ve gathered a bunch of nettles, you’ll have some left to add to your omelette if you have included free range eggs in your diet. Really delicious with chopped green onion, tomatoes, nettles and your favourite flavoring, maybe a bit of cayenne pepper. Trust me, its delicious. Health benefits of Nettles - Leaves rich in iron; aids in coagulation and formation of hemoglobin. Did you know that hemp seeds are a globulin protein and have almost the same profile as human hemoglobin. Healthy or what! - Stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity. Perfect for cleansing. - Promotes release from uric acid from joints – arthritis relief. - Supports the adrenals; supports the kidneys; helps break down kidney stones; supports the liver. - Helps with respiratory tract disease; helps asthma sufferers - Reduces inflammation; minimizes skin problems. - Helps with gastrointestinal disease, IBS and constipation. - Destroys intestinal worms or parasites. - Supports the endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas. Benefits of ginger in combination with the nettle tonic. - Assists greatly in relieving digestive problems; helps decrease bloating after meals. Especially helps chronic indigestion (dyspepsia). It is believed that delayed emptying of the stomach is a major cause for indigestion and ginger has been shown to speed up emptying of the stomach for people with this condition. - Decreases symptoms of inflammation; relieves exercise-induced muscle pain and cramping. - May lower cholesterol levels; lowers blood sugars – improve heart disease (helps with type 2 diabetes) risk factors. - The active ingredient in raw ginger (6-ginger) can help fight infections. - Relieves menopausal symptoms as do nettles; help with menstrual cramps and bloating. Let us know if you have any favourite nettle recipes and how you enjoy your experience with any of these recipes! xo Wind Walrath
There’s a story that wants to be told about Shapeshift. How it got its name and why it is the single most concentrated, balanced, nutrient dense, high performance whole food meal on the planet. Now that’s a bold statement but here’s the truth about Shapeshift. If you are a Shapeshift fan and like us, you can’t live without your daily fix, we understand. Its no ordinary protein smoothie blend. Truth is, it's very earthy-tasting and to some people, a bit savory on the palate. Though after a week or two of eating Shapeshift, your taste buds tend to change. You’ll find you are craving sugar less and maybe even your taste for coffee will decrease. After awhile, those who dislike the taste at first come to love it. You’ll wake up craving the goodness of it in your body. Shapeshift is the whole meal deal. It was created as the perfect alkalizing meal built on a strong foundation of the finest hemp seed protein powder available. The vision Charles and I had in mind was to put together a whole food meal blend of the highest vibrational, easily assimilated nutrients possible. We added whole food blended bio-available vegetables to a foundational superfood, hemp protein powder. This created the optimal environment for homeostasis, cell rebuilding, and maintaining a strong immune system. The result was a complete plant protein shake that packed a powerful punch. We topped it with a delicious combination of cocoa powder (aka Chocolate) and chai spices. Our intention was to combine the ingredients using a proprietary process that would keep the foods as close to the perfection of nature as possible. We succeeded and Shapeshift was born. We wanted to guarantee that Shapeshift would deliver on its promise of balancing the internal environment that supports the body’s innate intelligence for self healing and cleansing. So for the final touches, Charles and I traveled to San Francisco to take our newly formulated Shapeshift to a Doctor (Ortho molecular nutritionist) whom we had visited half a dozen times for personal assessments and sessions on his electro-dermal testing equipment. We left the Shapeshift blend with him to test a cross section of his patients response to it. After testing a few hundred patients, the results were astounding to say the least. All his test subjects responded in homeostasis to Shapeshift. Meaning, every single person's body who tested it, tested positive (and there were hundreds of people). Since that time we haven’t looked back. Charles and I have been making daily Shapeshift blender drinks for the past 10 years and have reaped so many benefits. For me Shapeshift keeps me grounded and feeling real. Over the years it definitely has shifted my shape and raised my consciousness. Thus we named it Shapeshift. It has defined my muscle, group keeping me at an even weight. Our bodies, in their innate intelligence always want to keep realigning with our original DNA blueprint, self correcting and self healing. Give your body the proper tools and food and you will succeed. Another wonderful thing about Shapeshift is, we don’t add anything to our blends except the whole raw ingredients of easily digested plant protein, vegetables, a bit of cacao powder, chai spice and our Catalyze enzyme blend. We don’t add fillers, flow agents, preservatives, lubricants etc. No added nutrient packages to boost the profile. Nothing. Just straight up raw goodness with a side of love and gratitude. A nutritional note on the hemp we put into our Transform and Shapeshift shakes: Raw hemp seeds stand alone as the most significant nutritional food source for humans. Hemp seeds are a rich source of multiple vitamins, minerals, beta phyto sterols, essentials fatty acids (ideal EFA ratio 1:3 Omega 3 to 6) containing all 10 Essential Amino Acids that the body can not produce and must obtain from the food we eat. Hemp also contains a rich supply of chlorophyll and fiber all on its own merit. With all of these great things going for it, we hope you feel more inspired to get Shapeshift into your daily diet. To support you with that, Shapeshift is on special until December 21 Buy 2 Shapeshift or Transform (our berry blend) and get the 3rd one free. From Conscious Planet, we wish you the best of the season.
A warm creamy soup and salad combo on a cool fall day will supply you with a nutritional meal that your body will love. See below for some nutrition facts. In the creamy soups, potatoes are used as a soup stock and act as a non-dairy cream base when mashed or blended. Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic ½ medium sweet onion diced 2 tbsp hemp oil In a large cooking pot, sauté garlic and onions on low heat with hemp oil until golden brown. Add: 2 or 3 large beets chopped 2 large Yukon Gold potatoes chopped 3 cups filtered water or more depending on the thickness you desire for creamy soup 1 tsp celtic salt or more for desired taste. Also an organic vegetable flavor cube can be added. Beet tops – set aside to add to soup at the end of cooking. Bring to a boil and then simmer until beets and potatoes are cooked. At this point, pour soup in a high-powered blender or food processor and blend for super creamy effect, otherwise just use a Braun stick or potato masher to make soup creamy. Pour back in cooking pot and add: Semi-chopped beet tops A medley of fresh chopped dill, parsley, basil, and other favorite herbs Then simmer again for 5 minutes or so. Nutrition in beets and beet greens: Rich in valuable vitamins, B vitamin folate, minerals and fiber – immune-boosting. Vitamin C, essential mineral like potassium (for healthy nerve and muscle function). manganese (good for your bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas). Thus it’s known that beets and beet juice are valued for their support in cleansing and detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver. Beets are effective in lowering your blood pressure, reducing inflammation, increasing stamina and have anti-cancer properties. Thus we suggest cooked beets and/or raw beet juice once or twice a week while you are on your Vision Quest in your 2nd month even though beets have a high sugar content, they safely support detoxification and cleansing. Beet Greens – are among the healthiest part of the plant. Rich in protein, yes, plant protein and healthy fiber, an impressive array of minerals including Zinc, Calcium, Iron to name a few. In fact beet greens have more iron than spinach leaves. They taste delicious folded into the creamy beet soup and simmered for another 5 minutes. I hope you enjoy this weeks' yummy recipe! xo Wind
October has been our cleansing month and now that we are squeaky clean, we need to replenish our bodies with lots of strong healthy microflora to build up our inner ecosystem. Besides taking Conscious Planet's Colonyze (probiotic) nightly, you'll also want increase your inner immunity by making your own homemade Coconut Water Kefir. The benefits of adding kefir to your diet helps to maintain a healthy inner ecosystem which greatly aids digestion and healthy regular elimination; keeps the immune system strong; gives shiny hair, clear skin, bright eyes and a flat abdomen. Equipment you'll need: Mason glass jars and plastic lids (sold in the canning section of Save-On-Foods, health food stores) Do not use metal lids as metal has been known to react with kefir in a way that yields unhealthful elements in your kefir and besides, the kefir will not ferment properly. Make sure you sterilize all materials that will be coming in contact with the kefir or at the very least, wash and rinse in very hot water. The last thing you want is to cultivate a fresh batch of kefir in a container that has traces of bad bacteria. Plastic or wooden spoon Recipe: In a glass bowl add: 1 liter bottle of thawed, unpasteurized organic young Thai Coconut Water - found in most health food stores in the frozen section. Do not use store varieties of coconut water that has been pasteurized. Best brand to purchase is 'Feeding Change'. The coconut water and coconut meat is frozen until ready to use, then thaw. Kefir Starter pack - you can find these in Choices Markets or other health food stores in the refrigerated sections. 1 single starter package 1 probiotic capsule - open cap and add to bowl of coconut water. Colonyze as a probiotic works great. In fact, you can also get consistent results with less work and expense by using a simple quality probiotic capsule without the starter pack if you have difficulty finding a kefir starter pack. Then you would add two capsules of probiotic instead of one. Try both ways and see which is favorable to you. Mix well with a plastic spoon until the starter and probiotic are dissolved. Pour into mason jars as in the picture below, put the plastic lid on jars. Wrap a towel around jars to keep dark. Place jars in your oven. Close oven door. Turn oven light on and the warmth from the oven light is perfect for helping the fermentation process. Its takes about 36 to 48 hour at most. During this time, the probiotics will feed on the sugar in coconut water and leave a slightly fizzy, sour, exlixir. When completed, store in fridge. Take 1/4 cup with meals which greatly aids digestion. Also 1/2 cup at bedtime will establish a healthy inner ecosystem. Studies show that during sleep overnight, the microflora reproduce faster. In the morning, combine a 1/2 cup of kefir with unsweetened cherry juice or black current juice as a great wake-up tonic. Be healthy, be happy, be smart...make kefir.
Teas have been used since the beginning of time to help carry plant medicine into our bodies for a variety of reasons, one including Cleansing! And little do people realize, one of the most powerful cleansing herbs in the world is DANDELION! A plant that is known as a pesky weed to most, Dandelion is hailed as a medicinal wonder to herbalists and wise folks alike. All parts of this bitter beauty is useful, chock full of vitamins A, B, C, and D, as well as minerals, such as iron, potassium, and zinc. It has been used to help heal liver, kidney, stomach, and digestive issues for centuries by the Native Americans, the Chinese and even the Europeans. How did it go from such a useful medicinal plant to that of an annoying weed? I don't know but I am grateful the knowledge was never totally lost. Even Dr. Oz has jumped on board, recommending dandelion tea as part of his 48-hour cleanse to help your liver release toxins while you sleep. As we are beginning to relearn, Mother Nature is the ultimate pharmacy and scientific studies are continuously showing up to support these ancient claims. Studies have shown that dandelion does in fact contain diuretic and liver detoxifying properties and is even beginning to show promising research that it has cancer-reducing properties as well. Studies have also shown dandelion root tea helping repair alcohol induced liver damage in mice. Not bad for a common "weed". So you might be thinking "this is all fine and dandy (pun intended), but I'm not about to go dig up dandelion roots to make tea any time soon." And neither am I since dandelion season isn't for another 6-8 months depending on where you live. So I recommend looking around for a great cleansing tea, like our product Cleanse Tea, which contains a quality source of dandelion, while also including six other specific cleansing herbs to support the dandelion's healing process: Burdock root - another powerful liver supporting herb by cleaning and building the blood. Liquorice root - a long list of properly documented uses including the treatment of influenza, coughs, viral infections, fungal infections, sore throat, tendinitis, arthritis, tuberculosis, ulcers, and yeast infections. Also TASTES GREAT!! Pau D'arco root - a cooling, biter, alterative, antibiotic, antifungal, antitumor, antiviral, antineoplastic, digestive, diuretic, fungicidal, antidiabetic, anodyne, analgesic, astringent, parasiticide and hypotensive. Need we say more? Cinnamon - not only deliciously flavourful, It has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. It is loaded with antioxidants (more than garlic and oregano!) and anti-inflammatory properties with a warming quality that helps deepen the effects of the other herbs. Yellow Dock root - supporting detoxification from a few angles, Yellow Dock root stimulates bile production to help with digestion, bowel functions to help remove old stuck faecal matter in the intestinal tract, as well as increase the frequency of urination to assist in toxic waste elimination Echinacea root - known as a powerful immune increasing herb, echinacea root is a perfect ally to add to a cleansing tea to keep the immune system strong and the body healthy as we release old, toxic waste from the body. Each of the ingredients in this unique combination have outstanding inherent abilities, however, together they make the simplest and finest all-round cleansing and detox tea that everyone could do 1-2 times per year. Making a conscious effort to keep the body's elimination channels flowing properly is imperative if we wish to continue experiencing good health. Sure, there are other, and possibly more effective ways of cleansing the body like enemas, colon hydrotherapy, or our Gall Bladder & Liver Flush Program, but taking a tea with a quality source of Dandelion root is easy, cost effective and not to mention enjoyable, making it a great place to start for the aspiring cleanser. HAPPY CLEANSING!
Did you know that the intestinal tract amounts for 80% of our immune system and is responsible for taking in food, turning it into primary energy-supplying and cell building nutritional elements, recycling fluids and discharging waste. This amazing factory contains trillions of bacteria, some friendly, some not, and in order to have optimum health they need to exist in a symbiotic and balanced relationship. However, stress, diet deficiencies, drugs, toxins, acidosis and other adverse environmental factors weaken the friendly bacteria that keep the pathogens in check. This means our poor intestinal tract isn't necessarily sitting in a place of harmony anymore, and our bodies will eventually begin to show signs and symptoms that reflect that. So why not hire an entire army of 'warrior like' transient strains of powerful probiotic bacteria, who are just dying to get inside those bowels of yours and clean house! But don't worry, these "good-guys" are still gentle and will inhabit and support the entire intestinal system, protect the bowel wall, synthesize nutrients, and remove waste, all on your behalf… well that's what we like to think, but really it's the other way around! These friendly strains of bacteria including the all-mighty L. acidophilus and bifidobacterium bifidum have been around helping us out since the beginning of time (well the dawning of human existence since they've been around much, much longer than we have) and have formed a mutualistic relationshipwith us, as in they receive a place to live and food to feed on in exchange for keeping harmful bacterium and microbes out. A good deal in my opinion. And not only do they keep these other unwanted strains of bacteria from taking up residence in our bodies, but they also aid in digesting micro nutrients, synthesize key nutrients, reduce bad cholesterol, form a protective barrier, and their by-products of oxygen, B-Vitamins and amino acids that stimulate our immune system and scavenge free radicals inhibits pathogenic growth and keeps our bodies healthy and squeaky clean on the inside. They have also been shown to prevent and treat a wide variety of diseases and conditions such as yeast infections, urinary infections, IBS, diarrhea, lactose intolerance, as well as skin disorders such as eczema and acne. The tenants every landlord dreams Did you know the number of bacteria in your body outnumber your cells by about 10 to 1? This doesn't mean we're any less human than we thought we were before reading this, but it does mean we must start paying attention to these little guys and keeping the important ideal balance of 85% good bacteria to 15% bad bacteria in check. But how you might ask? Well, there are many ways to begin repopulating your intestinal tract with these wonderful warriors. The traditional route in which man-kind historically received their probiotics is by consuming large amounts of fermented and cultured foods including yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, milk or water kefir, sourdough bread… just about everything was turned into a fermented food because we're talking about a time without refrigeration! But, unfortunately the art of fermenting our foods has largely been lost in the sands of time, mainly due to our fast-paced lifestyles. Although this is definitely changing as families begin to learn the incredible value of fermented and cultured foods and how much fun it is to make (kids love it!), many of us are still in need of a healthy daily dose of these probiotic warriors to keep us living at optimal levels. This is why one of our most important and best selling products is our Probiotic Flora Blend "Colonyze" which contains a full balance of powerful probiotic bacteria including bifidobacterium infantis, bifidobacterium longum, lactobacillus brevis, lactobacillus casei, lactobacillus lactis, DDS-1 strain of L. acidophilus, bifidobacterium bifidum, lactobacillus plantarum, lactobacillus bulgaricus, streptococcus thermophilus, and lactobacillus salivarius. It also includes Spirulina (a blue-green algae superfood revered for it's long list of health benefits), yucca root (a tuberous root loaded with healthy phytonutrients including steroidal saponins and resveratrol), hemp protein powder, and MCT oil (medium chain triglycerides known to have tremendous health benefits). If we're cleaning out our bodies of unwanted pathogens, microbes, and bacteria we must be filling it back up with the good-guys or else we will find ourselves back in the same place as before the cleanse… out of bacterial balance, and we wouldn't want to do all this hard work for nothing!
October is Cleanse Month here at Conscious Planet, and it has me thinking of the quote by German philosopher, Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach, "You are what you eat". From a scientific perspective, our bodies are made up of the foods we ingest and digest, breaking them down into the microscopic building blocks of life (aka amino acids) and then custom building to order the new parts of the body as we grow and replenish. We essentially absorb what we eat and then add it to the structure that we call ourselves! Simple right? The only problem is that most people stop paying attention to this intricate life cycle at this point and ignore the process just as essential as eating… waste removal! As we replenish our dying cells to stay alive and well, the dead cells must be removed from the system and processed out of the body in one way or another. Even the waste created from cells that are alive and well must be removed from the body somehow too, or else our bodies become a toxic waste dump from the inside out! Not a pretty scene. Luckily our body does a really good job at removing these waste particles every day without thought, however the primary filtering systems of our Liver, Gallbladder, Kidneys and Colon can become congested and backed-up by eating foods that are not in alignment with our optimal health. The excess waste is then stored in tissues, joints and fat layers causing inflammation and dis-ease and will continue to stock-pile as long as these important filters stay congested and under-functioning. GOOD NEWS: As we begin to pay attention to this vital, life-depending function more, we can clean the filters of the body and dramatically improve the quality of our health!… Beyond imagination!!! For example, as our liver becomes cleansed, accumulated toxins, parasites, layers of mucous and even growths like tumors can begin to be processed, released and fully eliminated from the body! Kind of a big deal, right? I think so! Here at Conscious Planet, we're dedicated to our personal health as well as the health of our friends and family, and as you are probably already aware, the products we create are aimed to do just that! The trick is in using them together as a team for the desired results. They are like superheroes being assembled to tackle an evil villain out to take over the world… okay, kind of dramatic but our bodies really are a world in their own and sometimes we really do need to call upon something quite super to help. TEAM PURIFY: Let me introduce to you the team of heroes that we've assembled to help you bring peace back to the lands of you… well that's if you are wanting to bring your body back into homeostasis and remove pesky disease symptoms so you can start thriving again! We call it the Purify Pack and it includes the following CP products: Genesis, Cleanse, Eliminate, Transcend, Colonyze, and Defend. Genesis is a synergistic blend of minerals, enzymes, amino acids, B vitamins and phytonutrients to fuel cellular function, and provide extraordinary support for your energetic and physical body. Cleanse is an ancient herbal combination for toning and cleansing the liver and gallbladder to optimize digestive and eliminative functions. It is very nourishing and soothing for the whole system, and tastes wonderful! Best used as part of the Gall Bladder & Liver Flush Program. Eliminate is a unique blend of herbs and superfood nutrients that will gently draw out toxins and eliminate waste from the intestinal track, and restore the bowel wall. Transcend is a nutrient dense, pH balancing vitamin and mineral greens formula to help start your day hydrated, oxygenated and supercharged for life! Colonyze™ contains a full balance of powerful probiotic bacteria, including 'warrior like' transient strains, to inhabit and support the entire intestinal system, protect the bowel wall, synthesize nutrients, and remove waste. Defend™ is a natural plant-derived anti-pathogen, and acts like a "trojan horse”, attacking parasites and pathogens from within. It is the ultimate support tool for fending off cravings and resetting the intestinal tract. DOING IT RIGHT: THE COMPLETE CP CLEANSE PROGRAM The Purify Pack is designed to support an intensive and complete cleanse, recommended twice per year, during spring and fall, (which is NOW) and has been compiled from the finest ingredients and processes used by the Essenes, master herbalists, naturopaths, colon therapists and healers around the globe. Click here for a link to the full program. The liver and gallbladder should be cleansed several times to increase its overall efficiency and at least once per year for maintenance. So if this is something that resonates with you, and having that "gut feeling" that a cleanse would do you good, check out our PURIFY PACK over in our store, which is currently on sale, special for Cleanse Month! We are also throwing in an extra bottle of Colonyze with each order while supplies last so don't hesitate for too long. You can thank us later :-)