Tonics in the Superfood Era

Tonics as Superfoods

Revised October 21, 2016

When I started writing in this blog, the big revolution was in low temperature drying of superfood nutrients. That has become almost standard at the health food stores.

Technology marches on. Now the buzz is about structured molecules. I believe it started with Buckminster Fuller. In addition to the famous geodesic dome, he developed what he called the “fullerene.” Everyone else calls it the “buckyball.” It’s a structured group of carbon atoms. He came up with a spherical structure. Others saw how it resembled a soccer ball, hence, buckyball.

If you ever picked up Pente water to drink, you took a structured water molecule to hydrate your cells. It’s possible that the first structured water was Willard water. Water can apparently be influenced in its structure by emotions, according to the study of  Masaru Emoto.

From there it’s not too big a leap to see how tonics could be structured to improve their health enhancing effect. That’s exactly what Victory Nutrition has done with their Prodovite vitamin and mineral tonic.

There are other products too. I hope I get the opportunity to review all of them. Soon I’ll post my own personal experience with Prodovite. For now here is more explanation:

Here it is October 21, 2016 and I’m still taking Prodovite. I never did really get into promoting, or even advocating it. So my endorsement is very faint praise. And yet, I took a good slug this morning. I’m content with being the change I want to see in this world.

 

Aloe, the Natural First Aid Remedy

Recently, I saw a slogan, “Aloe, the Lily of the Desert.” I don’t know about that, aside from the play on Lily of the Valley.

Aloe grows well in Florida, where I live. I sometimes harvest some from my yard when needed as a natural first aid.

Let’s call it an herb. There are many people that use of aloe to help them for many reasons. From the interior of the leaf of aloe, we get a gel that is naturally lubricating and healing. This gel is part of the aloe plant that is typically and topically used in many treatments.

Some day-to-day treatments include:

* burns
* wounds
* sunburn
* herpes
* psoriasis
* skin irritation

and all without any unpleasant side effects.

There are many internal uses for aloe too. People use it to help with ulcers, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, and constipation. Many find that results start to appear in a quickly.

You can see how you may benefit from aloe and having aloe plants in your home. They are vigorous in growth, and require little care.

Aloe has been known to make skin healthier as well. There are many lotions and creams that have aloe already in them. You can pick these items up at your local store and use them as directed. My favorite is 100% aloe. I can get the same thing from my yard, but having it on hand, ready to use, is convenient.

Many times, aloe greatly relieves dry and chapped skin, particularly in the winter months.

I’ve read that some people that are allergic to aloe. I find that hard to believe, but, if you see any type of rash or problem start, you should discontinue your use. These problems are not very common.

I simply think of it as a first aid remedy. When I have problem that could respond to aloe, I get it immediately. I just believe there is no harm in it, and a lot of potential help.

My First Yogurt–Bleagh!

To get into the mood for writing about yogurt, I spent several days scarfing down at least one Stonyfield Farm Organic Whole Milk Yogurt every day. I like to add bee pollen–two superfoods in one delicious serving!

The bee pollen this time is locally produced at Thomas Honey in Lake City, Florida. I got it at the Florida Folk Festival last May when I appeared there as an unfeatured fiddler.

Some people might challenge the assertion that yogurt is a superfood. But, I have anecdotal evidence that you can get super results from eating it!

First, my bleagh! story.

I was in my early twenties when I first tried eating a yogurt. At that time, I wasn’t into health food, so I don’t know what I read or heard about yogurt that prompted me to give it a try.

What I recall vividly is the experience of spooning slowly through a Borden’s strawberry yogurt. As I took in the contents of the now familiar 6 oz cup, I thought, “Hmmm, a little sour like buttermilk, a pudding-like consistency…” The jury was out.

Then I got to the bottom of the container. There was a pinkish, gelatinous layer on the bottom. Yuck! The jury came in with a unanimous verdict of Disgusting.

And that was it for several years.

Moving ahead to 1969 and my arrival at the Sunshine Company commune in Detroit, this is what happened.

While taking a shower, I found out that my hair was electing to leave my head in great numbers. Panic! How could I be a hippie if my hair was falling out?

Somehow, my synchronistic discovery was that Bulgarians enjoyed a full head of luxuriant hair because they ate yogurt. In fact, lactobacillus bulgaricus was named after them.

This time I was fortunate to get Columbo whole milk yogurt. Much more pleasant to eat, it was a rich, comforting experience. Immediately my hair decided to hold on to the scalp.

Ever since that time, I’ve been a grateful eater of yogurt. And, even though it is a different color now, I still have hair on my head.

Quinoa the Super Grain of the Andes

The first time I cooked quinoa I was amazed at how the little rounds grain unfurled into a spiral. Then, the nut-like flavor way surpassed my expectations.

Still, I was a little impatient with the need to rinse the grains to avoid bitterness. You don’t have to do that with rice.

Now we have the updated info from a real expert, Carolyn Hemming.