Pull your life back together

15 Jan 2021 no comments Paul

In our not so distant past, the challenges we faced were quite different from the ones we deal with today. Not even one generation back, times certainly seemed much harder and yet in terms of simplicity, they offered something that we can only dream about today.

Nowadays you’ll find people struggling to manage all the many demands of their career, home, and family life, leaving little opportunity for rediscovering simple treasures. Our lives seem to offer little in the way of harmony and balance. Separated into distinct parts with distinct functions that don’t fit together very well, our everyday world makes less and less sense. We go to the laptop and (home) office for work, the gym for exercise, (now replaced with jogging due to covid), abroad for holidays, the lounge and TV for family time and perhaps weather permitting we might venture into the garden, or for a family walk on occasion.

Our health and wellbeing are seen as yet another separate puzzle piece to take care of, with on-line classes in mindfulness or yoga, a peaceful bath once a month, and the occasional detox plan.

Everything we try to do to improve our lives just seems to involve adding MORE to the ever-growing mountain made up of fragments of overwhelm and stress.

But it needn’t be this way….we just need to be a bit more pro-active and weave our lives back into some kind of complementary harmony.

Our on-line yoga class could be replaced with a family yoga class, that’s sure to set off a family-sized giggle (or whining) session. We can combine work with a workout, using a stand-up desk or replace our (comfy) seat with an (annoying) fitness ball, substituting our tea break with an energetic round of star jumps, or if you’re really mean, some burpees…..I mean you’re not in the office right? so who’s going to see you!! You can even turn your microphone and camera off during a meeting to indulge in your new-found exercise addiction.

It doesn’t take much to begin making your life work better for you. Finding greater synergy and efficiency to weave the parts of your life back together is not as complicated as it looks, it just takes a bit of imagination and a little spark of enthusiasm.

If you’re not feeling so motivated or enthusiastic right now, get yourself in front of one of those really emotive, loud, and heavy motivational videos that tell you how amazing you could be if you just tried a little harder. The shame you’ll feel watching these super motivated people make their lives better will surely kick you into gear.

Whilst you’re at it, make life a little easier on yourself, and boost your health in a simple yet powerful way with our raw, fresh Spirulina. The nutrient super boost from Spirulina will go some way to offsetting your unhealthy lockdown lifestyle habits and boost even the healthiest and unhealthiest diets.

The moral of our story….Pull your life back together, buy some of our Spirulina.

Boost Your Macros and Micros

21 Dec 2020 no comments Paul

If you’re into health and fitness or are simply interested in how to get healthier, then you’ve probably heard about macro and micro-nutrients.

Macronutrients

Macronutrients make up the bigger portion of our nutrition, they’re like the building blocks, made up of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. These generally make up the bulk of our daily diet, providing us with the raw materials and energy to keep our bodies ticking along.

Micronutrients

Micronutrients make up a much smaller portion of our nutrition, but they are no less important when it comes to our health. They generally consist of vitamins, minerals and other biochemical compounds, like co-factors that interact with enzymes. These make up a tiny fraction of our diet, but they are absolutely essential in maintaining the intricate and complex cellular processes that maintain health.

Balanced Nutrition

Many people focus intensely on their macro’s, making sure they hit the gym with their protein shake at the ready, to help their muscles build and recover more rapidly. But what many people neglect is that macro’s are absolutely useless without the micronutrients. It’s all well and good loading up on proteins, but it can be damaging to the body if they aren’t supported by adequate all round nutrition. 

To achieve improved health or to take our fitness to the next level, we must always aim for balanced and well rounded nutrition. Something that many people take for granted is the bioavailability of the nutrients in the diet. Just because you consume a health promoting supplement or food doesn’t mean you are going to absorb the macro or micronutrients it contains. It all boils down to a few key factors.

So how do these factors affect the bioavailability of our nutrients?

A balanced lifestyle

A balanced lifestyle sees that many areas necessary for our wellbeing are taken care of. From good quality balanced wholefood nutrition and supportive social connections to balancing stress levels and work-life balance. If we are not meeting our basic needs adequately this can lead to excessive levels of stress. Chronic high stress can divert blood supply away from the gut, towards the muscles and the brain as part of the fight or flight response. It can also lead to chronic elevation of the stress hormone cortisol, which reduces the capacity to regenerate our gut lining and other cells with a rapid turnover. Living a balanced lifestyle overall is essential for maintaining optimal nutrient absorption.

How well our gut functions

If our gut is performing below par, then many of our digestive functions won’t work properly. A sluggish gut can lead to dehydrated stools that reduce the bioavailability of nutrients, whereas an overly fast gut can expel nutrients without them having the opportunity to be absorbed. Many factors affect the overall function of our gut, such as consumption of too much caffeine, or ingesting too many fatty or difficult to digest proteins. (Please note that you should always check with a healthcare provider if you are experiencing any digestive difficulties/symptoms).

The health of our microbiome

The gut is home to a mini-ecosystem known as the microbiome. This system of living invisible organisms work hard to help break down food,produce compounds that render nutrients more bioavailable as well as active certain nutrients. Without a healthy gut microbiome, we cannot digest food effectively.

The quality of our nutrition

All foods are not equal. Some foods are much higher in nutrition than others. Heavily processed foods or foods that are grown without adequate minerals in the soil will not provide the same quality as wholefoods grown in nutrient-rich soil.

How we prepare our food

Not all food preparation methods are good for us. Frying, deep fat frying, or roasting our foods can damage the nutrients in our food as well as produce health-damaging acrylamides and other toxic compounds. According to ‘The Worlds Healthiest Foods’ organisation, different foods require different processing to release maximal amounts of nutrients. From steaming broccoli until it turns a brilliant green, to gently sauteeing mushrooms until they soften, there is an art and a science to unlocking maximal nutrient availability from our food!

At Pure Foods Fresh we have done a lot of research into the most nutrient dense foods and how to unlock their goodness. That’s the reason we started a business supplying raw, unprocessed spirulina.

Spirulina is one of the world’s most nutrient-dense foods, hailed by the UN in 1974 as the food of the future and supported by the world health organisation. Rich in protein, gamma-linoleic acid, iron, and numerous other micronutrients, it fills many human nutritional needs. It is currently being rolled out globally to help counter malnutrition.

The beauty of our raw product is that it’s highly bioavailable, requiring no preparation and very little digestion, this is due to the composition of Spirulina. It has very thin cell walls that release the inner nutrients without requiring any complex digestive processes or preparation.

It is very difficult in today’s world to ensure we are consuming and absorbing all the necessary macro and micro-nutrients. Consuming our highly bioavailable and nutrient-dense Spirulina is one way to top up your nutrition, improve your health and fitness, and achieve a balanced and well-rounded diet.

Feed your microbiome with Spirulina

11 Dec 2020 no comments Paul

You will likely have heard about the importance of a healthy gut microbiome for your overall health. The importance of the microbiome was catapulted onto the leading edge of the health and wellness sphere, as a direct result of the findings of the human genome project.

The human genome project made it abundantly clear that the complexity of human beings cannot be attributed to the number of genes we have. Current findings suggest we have between 19,000 and 21,000 genes which is around the same number as an earthworm! Fleas and fruit flies have more genetic information in their cells than human beings, so how on earth are we more able to use quantum physics and build space stations? In short….

Our microbiome!

The human microbiome is the sum collection of microorganisms and their DNA that live within and upon the human body. These microorganisms produce all kinds of compounds that support our health, from vitamin K that helps manage calcium and blood clotting, to B vitamins that support our metabolism and energy levels. There are so many compounds these microorganisms make for us that we don’t even need the genes to make them anymore. It seems we have been evolving our symbiotic relationships with our helpful microbes for a very long time!

Not only do these microbes produce many of the compounds we need to thrive, they are also able to switch our genes on and off. Through this mechanism we are able to express our genes in many different ways, thus its not about what genes you have but about how many ways you can express them.

There is still much research to be done, but we already know enough to confirm that having a healthy microbiome is essential for human health.

We looked into how to support this microbiome to best effect and we discovered that the diversity of microbes needs a diversity of food. Food for your microbiome is known as pre-biotics, as is generally made up of different kinds of fibre. You need to eat a diverse range of fibres to make sure you feed your microbe helpers.

It can be difficult to eat a diverse enough diet in today’s fast-paced lifestyle, so we wanted to share with you one way to add some diversity to your prebiotics….Spirulina.

Spirulina provides food for your microbiome in the form of the pre-biotics Xylan and Galactan.

These two prebiotics have been shown to feed the good bugs in your gut, including the Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria species and alongside a healthy and varied diet they can help to keep your microbiome ticking along nicely.

So take care of your wellbeing this winter and give yourself more robust health by eating a variety of microbiome boosting fibre!

With a diet rich in polyphenolic compounds

06 Dec 2020 no comments Paul

The more we learn about how to maintain optimal health and wellness, the more we come back to understanding that nature really does know best. Our current lifestyles have dramatically reduced our exposure to nature(1) and the diversity of our diets(2). The resultant effects are obvious for all to see. From the Japanese forests conserved solely for the medically beneficial practice of Shinrin Yoku(3),(4), to the social prescribing of horticulture classes for improving mental wellbeing (5),(6), our connection to nature is making a comeback. 

When it comes to our diet, never has it been more important to eat a variety of fresh fruit and veg, not just for the fibre, vitamins, and minerals(7), but also for a group of nutrients known as polyphenolic compounds(8). Polyphenolic compounds pack a powerful antioxidant punch, helping to mop up free radicals from cellular metabolic processes(9) reducing inflammation(10), as well as supporting the health of our precious gut microbiome(11). 

We can find polyphenolic compounds in a variety of forms, in different coloured fruits and vegetables. As these compounds act as antioxidants they often serve a protective function within the plants, to prevent oxidative damage from the sun’s UV radiation(12). A group of organisms that contain a particularly high amount of antioxidant compounds are algaes. There’s a reason algae produces a high amount of antioxidants, they are highly fragile cells that are particularly vulnerable to damage from UV radiation. Spirulina is a blue green algae, that produces copious amount of antioxidants including phenolic compounds(13), such as gallate, chlorogenate, cinnamate, pinostrobate, and p-OH-benzoates as well as salicylic, trans-cinnamic, synaptic, chlorogenic, and caffeic acids(14). That’s quite an impressive lineup. 

The antioxidants in Spirulina have such a powerful effect that the food industry now extracts and uses them for preserving food and extending the shelf life(15). 

There’s never been a more important time to eat a varied diet rich in vitamins, minerals and polyphenolic antioxidants. 

Add Spirulina to your diet and increase your intake of vitamins, minerals and polyphenolic antioxidants, to help reduce inflammation, feed your gut microbiome and improve your overall wellbeing. 

References

  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494415000195
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550413114003118
  3. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1186/s12906-017-1912-z
  4. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11469-020-00363-4
  5. https://conexus-healthcare.org/social-prescribing-qualification-training/
  6. https://www.independent.co.uk/property/house-and-home/pets/news/anxiety-depression-nhs-mental-health-gardening-a9090256.html
  7. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/vegetables-and-fruits/ 
  8. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/mnfr.200700234 
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3941893/
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5055983/#:~:text=Polyphenols%20may%20exert%20anti%2Dinflammatory,well%20as%20the%20modulation%20of
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6770155/
  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2835915/
  13. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/282478811_Comparative_Study_of_Bioactive_Substances_Extracted_from_Fresh_and_Dried_Spirulina_sp
  14. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/236735870_Production_of_phenolic_compounds_from_Spirulina_maxima_microalgae_and_its_protective_effects#:~:text=The%20HPLC%2DDAD%20profile%20of,abundant%20constituents%20among%20different%20extracts
  15. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/9777014/

With Great Nutrition

28 Nov 2020 no comments Paul

It was previously thought that supplementing our diets with calcium was sufficient to support bone health, but we’re now discovering that it’s not as simple as that. Our bodies require a whole collection of macro and micronutrients, as well as having distinct biochemical and physical movement requirements in order to maintain bone health(1).

In addition to weight bearing exercise, adequate management of stress levels and balanced hormones, there are some key dietary requirements which include: 

  1. Adequate mineral intake (Including calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc, manganese, and boron) (2),(3)
  2. Fat-soluble vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, and K) (4),(5),(6),(7)
  3. Water-Soluble vitamins (particularly B vitamins and vitamin C) (8),(9),(10),(11)
  4. Amino acids (12),(13),(14)
  5. Essential fatty acids (15),(16),(17)

Today’s diet and lifestyle leaves many people lacking in key bone supporting nutrients and it is becoming increasingly necessary to ‘top up’ our nutrition. Our  wholefood Spirulina contains an impressive variety of some of the key nutrients, known to be needed for bone health and may help to close the gap in making sure you are getting your essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids on a daily basis (18),(19).

Vitamin K 

One of the nutrients in Spirulina that is attracting a lot of research attention in the world of bone health is vitamin K. In the past the role of vitamin K in maintaining bone health has gone unrecognised, but we are now discovering that it is one of the key compounds in bone health (20).

Vitamin K  may prove difficult to supplement effectively, as there are various forms that are known to be needed. Consuming a diet that contains different varieties and pre-cursors for this key vitamin seems to be the best way to go in ensuring a balanced and adequate intake. 

Raw and ALIVE, not powdered!

Spirulina is a great way of plugging gaps in your nutrition, through providing a diverse array of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids. Our Spirulina is a whole, raw and living food, that has been laboratory tested to ensure that it does not contain harmful levels of pathogens, or contaminants.

Order HERE and quote BONEHEALTH for a 5% discount on your first order.

References:

  1. https://theros.org.uk/information-and-support/bone-health/nutrition-for-bones/vitamins-minerals-and-nutrients/ 
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3330619/
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17092827/#:~:text=The%20process%20of%20bone%20formation,D%2C%20potassium%2C%20and%20fluoride
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4810759/
  5. https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/vitamin-a-and-your-bones
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4566462/
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6471965/
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4446754/
  9. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5133110/
  10. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4425139/
  11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4833003/
  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4832262/#:~:text=On%20the%20basis%20of%20previous,of%20osteoporosis%20and%20higher%20BMD 
  13. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4832262/ 
  14. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28686536/ 
  15. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7046483/
  16. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5754356/
  17. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3834626/
  18. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/spirulina
  19. https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1757-899X/509/1/012031 
  20. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5726210/

New Spirulina Research

12 May 2020 no comments Paul

Recent research points the way toward a practical nutraceutical strategy for coping with RNA virus infections including influenza and coronavirus

Philadelphia, February 24, 2020

In a compelling article in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases, published by Elsevier, Mark McCarty of the Catalytic Longevity Foundation, San Diego, CA, USA, and James DiNicolantonio, PharmD, a cardiovascular research scientist at Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, Kansas City, MO, USA, propose that certain nutraceuticals may help provide relief to people infected with encapsulated RNA viruses such as influenza and coronavirus.

Both influenza and coronavirus cause an inflammatory storm in the lungs and it is this inflammatory storm that leads to acute respiratory distress, organ failure, and death. Certain nutraceuticals may help to reduce the inflammation in the lungs from RNA viruses and others may also help boost type 1 interferon response to these viruses, which is the body’s primary way to help create antiviral antibodies to fight off viral infections.

The authors draw attention to several randomized clinical studies in humans that have found that over the counter supplements such as n-acetylcysteine (NAC), which is used to treat acetaminophen poisoning and is also used as a mucus thinner to help reduce bronchitis exacerbations, and elderberry extracts, have evidence for shortening the duration of influenza by about two to four days and reducing the severity of the infection. The authors also note several nutraceuticals such as spirulina, beta-glucan, glucosamine, and NAC have either been found to reduce the severity of infection or to cut the rate of death in half in animals infected with influenza. Furthermore, one clinical study in humans testing spirulina noted significant reductions in viral load in those infected with HIV.

“Therefore, it is clear that certain nutraceuticals have antiviral effects in both human and animal studies. Considering that there is no treatment for COVID-19 and treatments for influenza are limited, we welcome further studies to test these nutraceuticals as a strategy to help provide relief in those infected with encapsulated RNA viruses.”
commented Dr. DiNicolantonio.

“Considering the recent interests directed at serious viral infections, especially coronavirus and influenza, this material should be of interest to specialists in cardiovascular diseases but also to a wide range of clinicians outside of our typical readership.”
Editor-in-Chief of Progress Cardiovascular Diseases Carl “Chip” Lavie, MD, Ochsner Clinical School-The University of Queensland School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA, USA,

Full article “Nutraceuticals have potential for boosting the type 1 interferon response to RNA viruses including influenza and coronavirus,” is available here and published in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases published by Elsevier.

Put our Fresh Spirulina on your Vegan shopping list

25 Nov 2019 no comments Paul

If you are thinking about making the switch to a Vegan diet or already follow one currently why not make our nutrient-rich Spirulina part of the meal plan.

Take a look at the wide range of benefits regular consumption can provide.

Why not give our Spirulina Subscription a try today.

Check out the full recommendation on republicworld.com

The recovery benefits of adding spirulina into your diet

18 Jul 2019 no comments Paul

Because of spirulina’s high source of protein, it’s a great product to add to your post-workout snack.

Spirulina is so dense in nutrients that NASA has calculated that one kilogram of spirulina contains just as many nutrients as a thousand kilograms of fruits and vegetables.

Read the full article in the Triathlon Magazine

Katies Winter Favourites

03 Feb 2019 no comments Paul

One of our great friends, Katie Kookaburra has been working with us for a while to give us some feedback on our Fresh Spirulina. If you love your cycling and keeping fit her channel is worth a look.

Check it out here.

See what she had to say in the video below.

Immune Support Through Great Nutrition

22 Nov 2018 no comments Teri

Power up your immune system with great nutrition.

I’m a big supporter of giving my body what it needs, to allow it to function optimally. There are many foods, herbs, supplements and homemade potions I make this time of year for keeping my body and immune system in top condition.

My winter immune plan

Elderberry Juice

My first go to for winter is homemade elderberry juice. Just a teaspoon of this three times a week tops me up with antiviral and anti-oxidant goodness. Scientific studies on the commercial product Sambucol  have proven the anti-viral effects of elderberries, so science now validates what our ancestors have known all along. If you don’t have access to your own homemade syrups, then Sambucol, (available in most stores is a handy go to).

Echinacea Extract

My next immune system cheerleader is a six week course of Echinacea extract (not recommended for children), as this increases the number of immune cells and primes the immune system to eliminate infections before they take hold. We don’t ‘challenge’ our immune systems like we used to, owing to more sanitary conditions and washed foods, so it’s supportive to use an immune stimulant like Echinacea.

Vitamin C

My absolute, couldn’t be without, life saving supplement is vitamin C. I take a controlled release preparation of 1000mg twice daily as well as eating vitamin C rich foods such as spinach, broccoli, and kale. Vitamin C is crucial to our immune function and kills many pathogens. We have the genes to produce vitamin C, but they are switched off and dormant. During an infection or times of stress, animals produce much larger amounts, however…..we can’t. So whenever I’m stressed out, or heading into ‘cold’ season  I up my dose.

Vitamin D

This is not really a vitamin at all and is actually a master hormone that is involved intricately with most functions in the body. This includes bone health, hormone regulation and  immune function. There is much controversy over dosage, so I would advise checking with your healthcare professional to see what doses you personally need. I take 1000 units per day, but my Vitamin D levels are good, (as I eat lots of foods rich in vitamin D and get out in the Sun a lot with growing my own food).Most people will need more, but in high doses it can cause problems with calcium, if there is not adequate Vitamin K being consumed in the diet.

Biodiversity is always at the core of all my nutritional choices

I make sure I include as much biodiversity in my diet as possible throughout the year, but during the winter months I really go to town and add in loads of herbal teas, particularly green tea, berry teas and lemon balm leaves.

MY BEST  IMMUNE SUPPORT SAVED FOR LAST……

My best nutritional support is the Worlds most nutrient dense food…..raw  unprocessed Spirulina . The reason I choose to eat Spirulina on a daily basis is that it contains a powerhouse of compounds incomparable to anything else I have ever  researched. I have written a very brief overview of the benefits below, ( all of which support optimal immune function):

Spirulina Nutrients That Support A Healthy Immune System:

  • Phycocyanin – is an extremely powerful anti-oxidant, capable of supporting the activity of superoxide dismutase and catalase as well as reducing the effect of free radicals. It also contains a huge complex of other powerful anti-oxidants.
  • Calcium-Spirulan – has antiviral properties scientifically validated against a range of viral infections through interfering with viral RNA injection into the host cell
  • Gamma linoleic acid – an essential fatty acid that is very hard to obtain from the diet usually. This helps to regulate the immune system and keep inflammation in check.
  • Omega 3 essential fatty acids (EHA and DHA) – anti-inflammatory
  • B-Vits – B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 as well as Vitamin A, E, C, K
  • 70% protein, the protein in Spirulina is a complete protein, so it gives your body every amino acid it needs. The immune system needs good doses of protein to keep immune cell production at it’s optimal.
  • Minerals: Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium,Zinc,Copper, Manganese, Selenium

where I get my RAW, quality assured, Spirulina from….

It’s not hard to see why, after over a decade of looking into what constitutes a healthy diet, I was super excited about including Spirulina in my nutritional plan. But what didn’t excite me was the powdered, processed stuff that tastes terrible and runs the risk of quality assurance issues. Powdered stuff just doesn’t provide the level of bioavailability, phycocyanin and fatty acids that I are possible with the raw version.

I found a way to get a laboratory tested, quality assured supply of fresh raw Spirulina that has very little taste or smell….. here’s the link to where you can get it HERE

Look after yourself this winter and remember to load up with extra vitamin C and nutrients during the hectic festive period to keep yourself ready to fight off any bugs.

Advisory note

As with all changes to diet and with taking supplements, always check with your healthcare provider (your GP or regular Pharmacist), that it is safe for you to go ahead.