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Revitalive’s Pick of the Week: Flax Seeds!

flax seeds
At Revitalive Café, we offer a delicious menu of smoothies, which are made fresh when ordered. You may have tried our Berry Bliss smoothie, the classic Evergreen, or our rich Maca Mocha. But we also have a variety of options of smoothie boosters to give an extra kick of protein, flavor, antioxidants, energy, omega 3’s…you name it! Flax seeds, one of our smoothie boosters, provide several of these benefits.

Flax seeds have a unique and powerful combination of omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, and fiber. They are also a great source of protein! By themselves, these nutrients have a number of health benefits, and acting together, they are capable of even more. Lignans, the lesser known of these, have antioxidant effects, and flax seeds are the best source of them in human diets. Flax seeds have seven times the amount of lignans as sesame seeds and over 300 times the amount as in sunflower seeds!

Flax seeds are also one of the best food sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which may help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune diseases.

The fiber in flax seeds is a combination of both insoluble fiber and soluble fiber, which work together to keep things moving in the digestive system, not too fast and not too slow. Flax seeds are especially known for their soluble fiber content, called mucilage. Mucilage can improve the body’s absorption of nutrients by forming a gel that slows down the rate that food travels from the stomach to the small intestine.

Together, the nutrients in flax seeds may have the following benefits:
• Reducing inflammation
• Protecting against cancer, especially breast, prostate, and colon cancers
• Improving cholesterol ratio
• Regulating digestion
• Lowering blood pressure
• Preventing of heart attacks
• Increasing absorption of nutrients

If you buy whole flax seeds, it is best to grind them before using them; if swallowed whole, they will go undigested through the digestive tract, preventing you from gaining any of their wonderful benefits.

Next time you’re getting a smoothie at Revitalive this summer, try out flax seeds as a booster or try one of our many other nutritious options!

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References
SFGate: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/benefits-ground-flaxseed-smoothies-5332.html
University of Maryland Medical Center: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/flaxseed
WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed
World’s Healthiest Foods: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=81
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/omega-3/

What’s Up with the Alkaline Diet?

Have you heard of the alkaline diet and wondered what it’s all about? Well, here’s some info for you! First, let’s start with some background information: What is alkaline? It has to do with our pH, which is the measure of exactly how acidic or alkaline we are. A pH of 0 is completely acidic, and a pH of 14 completely alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral. Sound familiar from science class?

Now, in your body you don’t just have one pH level. For example, the stomach has a pH ranging from 1.35-3.5. It must be acidic to help with digestion. However, blood must always be slightly alkaline, with a pH of 7.35 to 7.45. The theory of the alkaline diet is that eating certain foods can help maintain the body’s ideal pH balance to improve overall health.

The alkaline diet is mainly vegetarian. In addition to fresh vegetables and some fresh fruits, alkaline-promoting foods include soy products and nuts, grains, and legumes. During the diet, it is important to drink lots of water and avoid processed foods, coffee, and alcohol. It’s helpful to use green drinks to neutralize excess acid in your body (a Revitalive Green Juice would be perfect!) Here are some good alkaline-promoting foods:

  • Leafy ‘salad’ greens: lettuces, spinach, red and green cabbages, kale, swiss chard
  • Colorful vegetables: sweet peppers, beets, cucumber, zucchini, squashes
  • Olives and various kinds of nuts
  • Vegetable juices: but make them fresh squeezed (like our juices!)
  • Sprouts
    : seeds, grains and legumes

Benefits of the alkaline diet include:

  • Improved energy levels
  • Healthier teeth and gums
  • Improved immune function
  • Reduced pain and inflammation
  • Slower aging

Hope this info was helpful! Think you might want to give it a try?

P.S. Everything on our menu fits perfectly with the alkaline diet!

Fall Favorites

We love fall. We love the weather, the leaves turning colors, and most of all the delicious local apples that are in season. We use the awesome local apples paired with cinnamon, ginger, and cloves to make our delicious apple cider. We love juicing apples during the fall; there are so many flavors and varieties.

Another one of our favorite parts about fall is pumpkins, which is why we created our pumpkin parfait. They are made with fresh young Thai coconuts.  The taste is incredible – light & creamy, smooth and similar to a pumpkin mousse. Simply delicious!

So come on down to our café to try one of our fall favorites!

What is the Gluten-Free Diet?

 

As you wander the aisles of your grocery store and check out restaurant menus when you’re out to dinner, you may have noticed items labeled “gluten-free.” The gluten-free diet has risen in popularity in recent years as more doctors are diagnosing patients with gluten sensitivity or Celiac disease, both of which require a gluten-free diet.

There has been an explosion of gluten-free products on the marketplace as the number of people avoiding gluten has increased, and everyone from major food manufacturers such as General Mills, to chain restaurants such as P.F. Chang’s, and even fast-food options such as Domino’s have hopped on the gluten-free bandwagon.

But what is gluten and why are more and more people avoiding it in their diet? Gluten is a protein found in the grains wheat, barley and rye. It’s found in a number of foods that are staples in the American diet: it’s in bread, pizza crust, soy sauce, gravy, cupcakes and beer. For those who cannot tolerate gluten, they suffer symptoms such as headaches, stomach issues, bloating and eczema.

Adopting a gluten-free diet doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite foods – at Revitalive, we think you can have your (gluten-free) cake and eat it too! Everything on the menu at our café, our cleanse and fresh-pressed juices are all gluten-free. We even make cakes and pies so you can enjoy your favorite treats and don’t have to feel left out at birthday parties or holiday celebrations.

Whether you’re new to the gluten-free diet or a seasoned veteran, we invite you to connect with us to ask any questions. Make sure to stop by the café or try our cleanse for some delicious gluten-free eats.