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.

 

Pets and Superfoods

Pets sometimes have problems that can be effectively treated with superfoods and herbs. Here is a way you, as their owner, can help them when they need it.

You don’t want to give them the harsh products that a vet may prescribe, unless it’s the last resort. You may also not have the money to spend on them when they need help.

When you have a pet that needs to have some help, you may want to get them some herbal remedies. You will find many herbs for are the same as those for humans. When you can get the herbal treatments that are recommended especially for a pet, they can feel good again. You feel good, too, about sharing a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Many pets have aches and pains. When you notice that your pet is having a hard time with this, you should think of these herbal remedies as a first aid. Remember, “Do no harm” can apply to your pets too.

Where do you get the herbal treatments for your animals? The health food store would be a first choice. They have nutritional supplements in different forms. You can get a liquid, or a powder that can be mixed in their favorite food.

Certain superfoods help them naturally. Nutritional yeast and spirulina are two that come to mind.

There are vets who specialize in these natural treatments. Your local health food store may know of one. Try one of the herbal shops that you see. You can ask them for advice and what they think will work the best.

Some people order on the Internet and get great deals on certain things that they need to make their pets feel better. Your pet my not directly appreciate and understand the extra effort you go to for this kind of treatment. But, you will feel good about helping them in a very natural way.

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.

Millet at the Health Food Store

My first visit to a health food store was in 1955. I was on a mission. I had read about the five sacred grains of China, wheat, rice, barley, soy beans and millet. I was after millet.

Being a 12 year old boy back then implies a lack of sophistication more common to a 7 year old today. I didn’t understand what the store was about.

Ann’s Health Foods seemed small and dark. There were lots of little items on wood shelves. There were wooden kegs holding items under tight lids. It had the appearance of a movie western general store, only shrunken to fit the proprietor.

She was a petite woman that I thought of as old. Considering how much longer she lived after I met her, she was not really an old woman. She did have the self-possession that we often find in elders. She knew she was different. She was ready to advocate, even defend that difference.

I asked her for the millet. What did I hope to gain from millet? As a boy raised on the icons of Popeye and Mighty Mouse, it was clear that certain foods could impart super powers. And I desperately needed a super power. (You can see why I’m drawn to superfoods!)

After a brief interaction with the intimidating shop keeper, I left the store with a small paper bag of ground millet and another small bag of raw sunflower seeds.

The sunflower seeds weren’t bad. They raised my hop0e for the millet.

My mom helped me prepare the millet by adding water and helping keep an eye on the pot while it came to a boil. Soon, it was ready, but my hopes were crushed.

It had a bland, different taste, not a good combination. I’m sure I underseasoned it. If I had thought of adding sugar and milk, as I did to cream of wheat, it may have passed muster.

Millet did not take a place in my diet. I did not return to a health food store for fifteen years.

I did continue getting sunflower seeds. There was a deli on the way home from school, when I walked or biked. It had roasted, salted sunflower seeds. They had a much better flavor. Sometimes I got roasted, salted pumpkin seeds, called pepitas, and targetted to Tampa’s Latino community.

When I did begin frequenting the health food store again, Ann had a new location. Her store was bigger and brighter. Oddly, she was about the same age.

I don’t go to health food stores as often these days. The supermarkets have brought in so many items that I used to get at the health food store. But, I haven’t seen any millet.

Maybe it’s time to go on down to the health food store and get a bag of ground millet. Maybe all it needs is maple syrup and a little hemp milk.