June Update 2009
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Woo Hoo! 4 days to my trip to Texas. Hot sunshine here I come. Local seeded watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, berries, oh I can't wait to juice you! I am amazed at how many people I have met here who have lived in Calgary all their life and have never gone to the Calgary Farmers' Market.
Come on ya'll! Get out and go to the Calgary Farmers' Market. I just love it and you will too.  I practically spent every weekend there with my mom last summer when I was pregnant with Abigail. Innisfail Growers has the best pickled beets and pickles, they have nice tomatoes too. Blush Lane Organics has nice produce from BC and the best carrots ever are from Lund's Organic Farm and in season they have the best spinach, kale, cabbage and beets. And for those who really love bread (which this is really bad for you, but we won't tell Cody) Two Greek Gals makes this amazing wheat pita bread. Email me and I'll send you my cooked version hummus recipe. Yum!
Udo's DHADHA-Feed Your Brain 
In today's society, "fat" has become a bad word. Our quest for good health has influenced many of us to drastically reduce our intake of fatty foods. But this dietary change has brought unintended consequences. As we've cut back on unhealthy saturated fats, we've also reduced certain "good" fats essential to our well-being. Few people realize how important fats are to a healthy brain. In fact, our brains are primarily fat, 60% by dry weight! And DHA, the most plentiful fatty acid in the brain, is crucial to brain health, from infancy to old age. Now DHA is available in a vegetarian source compatible with today's trimmed-down lifestyle.

The Building Block of the Brain
DHA is shorthand for docosahexaenoic acid. This omega-3 long chain fatty acid is the primary building block of the brain and retina of the eye. The brain is 60% fat, and DHA is the most abundant fatty acid in the brain, comprising 25-35%. DHA is found in even greater concentrations - 50-60% - in the retina. DHA is critical for infant development. Compelling research links DHA to the rapid cerebral and eye development that occurs during pregnancy and in the first few months after birth.

DHA passes through the placenta to the fetus during pregnancy, and to the nursing baby through breast milk. Optimal levels of DHA in the bloodstream of pregnant women and the breast milk of nursing mothers are crucial to babies. In fact, DHA's presence in breast milk may explain why breast-fed babies have demonstrable IQ advantages over babies fed formula without DHA. An emerging body of research led an expert committee of the World Health Organization to recommend that DHA be included in infant formulas at levels comparable to those of mothers' milk. Yet DHA levels in the breast milk of American women rank among the lowest in the world, and DHA is still not available in U.S. infant formulas.

Supporting a Healthy Nervous System
DHA's benefits are not limited to infant development. Supplementation may be helpful to anyone with a low DHA intake, especially for supporting a healthy nervous system. DHA has been associated with optimal memory function, visual acuity, and maintaining a positive mental state. DHA is an integral component of all membranes with electrical activity. The cells in our brain, retina and other parts of the nervous system have a complex network of connecting arms that transport electrical messages throughout the body. DHA's presence in nerve cell membranes is critical because this is messages are transmitted. It is at the membrane that nerve cells perform their unique function of generating the electrical impulses that are the basis of all communication in the nervous system. Without the necessary fatty acids, this communication system can break down or become less effective. DHA supplementation may be especially important as we grow older. The body's ability to synthesize DHA, which is very limited in all human beings, may decline even further with age. Research suggests that aging interferes with the activity if delta-6-desaturase, the enzyme involved in the conversion of omega-3 fatty acids into DNA. Elderly people with inadequate or DHA-deficient diets may benefit from a supplementary source of DHA.

Insufficient in Today's Diet
Because human beings cannot adequately synthesize DHA, most of it is obtained from our diets. The richest sources are from fish. Today, the average American is getting less DHA from food, and vegetarians, vegans, and people on lowfat diets are especially at risk. Fish is a good dietary source, but must be eaten several times a week to provide enough DHA for optimal brain function. Fish obtain their DHA from microalgae. ­
We carry Udo's DHA vegan capsules which is from unrefined algae and also fish oils.
Curry Sweet Potato Soup with Spinach Curry Sweet Potato Soup
I made this amazing new soup. Okay, well I don't know if it is really amazing as I could not taste it, but lots of people tried it and really liked it, especially Cody. Now that I can't eat I am inspired in the kitchen. It was chilly the other day, so I whipped this up out of my head. Tell me what you think....
Curry Sweet Potato Soup w/ Spinach
1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
1 young coconut, meat and water
1/2 red bell pepper
2 tomatoes
2 garlic cloves
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 tsp Nature's Cargo Sea Salt
1 tsp curry
1 tsp mustard seeds
1/2 tsp each: cumin, turmeric and black pepper
1 - 1 1/2 cups spinach
Blend all the ingredients except the spinach in a Vitamix for 3 minutes until hot and creamy on high. Turn knob to low and add spinach and dial up until spinach is chopped into soup but not blended into the soup. Serve warm.
I hope you are all enjoying pictures of my little Abby. We have lots of customers who live in other cities and provinces who enjoy seeing her grow. Just so you know, I put Udo's DHA Unrefined Algae in her bottle along with Kindervital and Manna Fig syrup. I think she is super smart!
PS: Brownie Recipe coming soon, I promise.
In This Issue
DHA-Feed Your Brain
Curry Sweet Potato Soup
Brendan Brazier
Hemp Seeds
Brendan Brazier

Brendan Brazier
Don't forget we have Brendan Brazier at Journey of Health  on Sunday, June 12 at 6:30 pm. Please call the store to confirm your reservation as we have a full list. Please bring a raw organic dish that serves 4-6 people, your own plate, fork, etc. and your own small folding chair. Space is limited.
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Hemp seeds are considered by leading researchers and medical doctors to be one of the most nutritious food sources on the planet. Shelled hemp seed is packed with 33 percent pure digestible protein and is rich in iron and vitamin E as well as omega-3 and GLA. A recent report funded by the Canadian government states that hemp protein is comprised of 66 percent high-quality edestin protein, and that hemp seed contains the highest percentage of this of any plant source. Hemp also contains three times the vitamin E contained in flax.

Because the human body produces no Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), it is important that EFAs be consumed on a regular basis. It is estimated that more than 90 percent of Americans take in too little of one of the most important EFAs--omega-3--which is found in flax, walnuts, chia, and hemp seeds. EFAs are the "good fats" that doctors recommend as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Shelled hemp seed is comprised of 45% "good fats" in an ideal balance of Omega-3 Alpha-Linolenic Acid, Omega-6 Linoleic Acid, "Super" Omega-3 Stearidonic Acid, and "Super" Omega-6 Gamma Linolenic Acid. It is also rich in vitamin E and iron, and contains 33% protein. The quality of omega-3 is vital, and can be diminished by oxygen, heat, and light.
In the definitive book on good fats, Fats That Heal, Fats That Kill, author Udo Erasmus states, "The best-balanced source of EFAs is hemp seed oil."

 Okay I couldn't resist adding  some information about Texas. I thought you could see a little bit about where I am from. Just click the flag to watch the videos. And for fun facts and trivia click here: Texas
Cody and I will be taking our first vacation since we married in DEC 07. We are going to South Padre Island when we get to Texas and taking Abby to the beach. I'll be laying on the beach soaking up some hot Texas sun absorbing my vitamin D while hopefully my mom is making me some fresh juice. Smile. Wink. Mom? Cody?
I just realized I will be surrounded by 3 red headed fair skin people: My mom, Cody and Abby.
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