Is That a Phone in Your Pocket or are You Just Happy to See Me…

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The book I just finished reading only moments ago, Disconnect, by Devra Davis Ph.D., M.P.H., Co-laureat Nobel Peace Prize 2007, is perhaps one of the most startlingly real books I have read in some time as it deals with the glue that holds our society and one may go as far as saying our civilization together.

I’m speaking of the cell phone.

I cant delve too much into the book without sounding foolish and making numerous misquotes, after all, who am I, surely not a scientist and barely a person worth listening to except for the fact that I read this book and am fairly able to write with some proficiency.

In essence, the cell phone comes from the same basic principle as the early aircraft radar systems which gave way to microwave ovens, officers would cook hot dogs on the tips of their swords in front of the radar, whilst sailors on watch would warm themselves in front of the radar on cold nights, others still would stand in front of the radar to reduce sperm counts before hitting ports of call as i was rumored to drop your sperm counts thereby being a form of birth control.

Not much has changed except for the fact that the power of these devices has increased while the size has decreased, which has in turn allowed cell phones to be increasingly powerful (analog, 2G, 3G, now 4G) and instance of brain tumors and tumors in the gland behind the jaw bone among other instances of dis-ease including a burgeoning instance of breast cancer (phones help for safe keeping in the bra???) are reaching unprecedented numbers.

If you do you best to live a healthy life, if you care about your children, please take some time to at least take a look at this book, after all, Steve Jobs (founder – Apple), would not let his children use computers or cell phones.

What you know is usually what you are told and what you are told, as we now know when it comes to most things, for example, asbestos, or weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, or GMO’s to save the world from starvation, may have the best intentions at heart or may be complete lies, either way, it takes a long time for the truth to surface and when it finally does, then the cover ups are found and already a swath of destruction has been visited upon many lives.

The truth will always come out, but how about the carnage before the truth comes out when the industry sows lies to reap profit?  Could cell phones be the next Tobacco… Or worse….

go to ehtrust.org, this is Dr. Davis’ site for more info and please do read the book.  It is a rare thing to find so much information so very compelling and palatable!

Check it out on your smart phone… Ha!

 

dr devra davis

Black Sesame Seeds

 

Sesame seeds of any color are a super food, but our favorite are black sesame seeds, considered one of the most potent energy and strength increasing foods in chinese medicine. Also used for strengthening the liver and kidneys.

Black sesame seeds are an excellent source of magnesium and calcium, more than cow’s milk and more easily absorbed. They also provide a high amount of copper (needed for calcium absorbency), zinc, phosphorus and iron. They also contain omega-6 fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins, specially B vitamins and dietary fiber.

 

Some of the benefits of including black sesame seeds in your diet are:

* Helps regulate blood pressure because of the high magnesium and calcium content.

* Strengthens liver and kidneys.

* Natural anti-inflammatory.

* Strengthens the immune system.

* Helps in the development of strong bones and healthy joints.

* Helps to lower cholesterol. Sesame seeds contain sesamin and sesamolin, with high contents of dietary fiber that helps reduce cholesterol in the blood.

* Promote regular bowel movements.

* Have potent anti-cancer properties.

Goji berries – Pedaling for Peace Super Foods Series

pedaling for peace - superfoods goji berries fructus lyciium   Goji berries Lycii fructus, is the comercial name of wolfberries, the fruit of two species: Lysium barbarum and L. chinense. Very rich in antioxidants such as flavonoids, carotenoids, vitamin A, C and E, they have been used by asian herbalists since over six thousands years ago, they have powerful medicinal properties such as:

* Boost immune functions and increases metabolic activity.

* Protect and detoxify the liver and supports kindney function.

* Natural anti-immflamatory, anti-bacterial and antifungal.

* Improve eyesight due to it’s high contents of the carotenoid zeaxanthin that protects the retina of the eye and prevents age-related macular degeneration, the lead cause of blindness for eldery people.

* Improve sexual function and promote fertility.

* Increase longevity mainly because of their high content of antioxidants that slow the aging process by minimizing the damage of free radicals in the body to a cellular level.

* Improve circulation and overall toning of the cardovascular system.

* Prevents the grow of cancer cells.

* Reduces blood glucose and cholesterol.

Some of the nutrients you can get from goji berries are essential fatty acids, protein, vitamin C, 19 different amino acids 8 of which are essential amino acids, B vitamins, carotenoids, 21 different trace minerals incluiding copper, zinc, calcium, iron, selenium, potassium and phosphorus. Like any fruit, goji berries contain sugar but in the form of polysaccharides, log-chain sugar molecules considered as complex carbohydrates and a primary source of dietary fiber that may help to strengthen the immune system, promote a healthy intestinal mucosal lining, enhace mineral uptake and reduce the risk of developing colon cancer .

You can consume your goji berries raw, dried, cooked, juiced or made into tea. We prefer to keep them raw or dried to preserve their nutrients intact, they are a great addition to trail mixes, granola and cereals, sprinkled over your fruit salad or even in your smoothie. Goji berrie tea is also a great way to get it’s nutrients but for us the flavor is not so appealing :-/  Is very important that you always search for organic goji berries, particularly if grown in China where large amounts of pesticides are used for their production.

Spirulina – Pedaling for Peace Super Foods Series

Pedaling for Peace -  Super Foods Series spirulina sea weed algaeSpirulina is a microalgae from the Arthrospira platensis and Athrospira maxima species that was cultivated by the Aztecs and other Mesoamerican cultures since hundreds of years ago. Nowadays is one of the most common superfoods due to it’s high levels of complete protein, vitamins and minerals.

Dried spirulina contains from 50% to 70% protein and contains all the essential aminoacids, high in essential fatty acids and also contains vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc. RAD! On top of this, is a good source of chlorophyll that helps to grow and repair tissues in the body and is a powerful antioxidant.

Some of the benefits of consuming spirulina are:

* Increased energy, endurance and stamina.

* Strengthening of the immune system.

* Helps to purify the liver and may help protect against liver damage and failure.

* Helps to maintain a healthy weight.

* Increases mental awareness.

* Lowers blood cholesterol and triglycerides.

* Helps fighting viral infections.

* Proven to prevent cancer and cellular degeneration.

* Promotes healthy digestion and proper bowel function.

Spirulina can be taken in tablets, flakes or powder. Tablets are very practical since many people find the flavor of it too strong and ‘fishy’. You can try mixing it with you lemonade or in a smoothie or simply sprinkle it on top of your food, just making sure not to cook it since that will make it loose many of it beneficial nutrients. In our website you can find several recipes that call for it like our Mulegé smoothie.

However, like many blue-green algae, can be contaminated with toxic substances and absorb heavy metals from the water is was grown in, so always get your spirulina from high quality brands.

Turmeric – Pedaling for Peace Super Foods Series

Pedaling for Peace - Super Foods Series tumericTurmeric curcuma longa is a plant from the same family as ginger that is very common in asian cuisine. The most commonly used part is the root, fresh or dried and made into powder, it used to be a staple in our kitchen, that is, when we used to have a kitchen. Now on the road, we try to carry some with us always; with the level of effort we submit our bodies riding, running, kung-fu-ing and what not, turmeric help us in optimizing the recovery of the tissues. I first started using it and learning about it’s medicinal properties during my time in India and quickly became a basic ingredient in my recipes. It is a key element in ayurvedic medicine and modern science is starting to recognize and research it’s properties.

The most important active component of turmeric is curcumin (5%) a polyphenol with great antioxidant properties that increase exponentially when combined with black pepper and it also has vitamins and other alkaloids. Some of the therapeutic properties of turmeric are:

1. It’s a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, very useful in case of cuts or burns because it also speeds up the regeneration process of skin.

2. Helps to prevent cancer and stop the growth of already existing tumors.

3. Helps to detoxify the liver and purify the blood.

4. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloyd plaque buildup in the brain.

5. It’s a very effective anti-immflamatory agent, as effective as many common medicines that have adverse side effects.

6. Has analgesic properties. Because of this and being a powerful anti-immflamatory agent is very useful in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

7. Helps in balancing fat metabolism and therefore helps in maintaining an healthy weight.

8. Useful in the treatment of eczema, psoriasis and other skin disorders.

9. Improves digestion and relieves bloating and gas.

10. and if all this wasn’t enough, in researches is showing great results fighting the HIV virus.

We like to use it in our recipes, like our Turmeric banana shake! but there are many ways to consume turmeric. As a food supplement can be ingested in the following doses for adults(*)(**):

  • Cut root: 1.5 – 3 g per day
  • Dried, powdered root: 1 – 3 g per day
  • Standardized powder (curcumin): 400 – 600 mg, 3 times per day
  • Fluid extract (1:1) 30 – 90 drops a day
  • Tincture (1:2): 15 – 30 drops, 4 times per day

* taken from: http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/turmeric-000277.htm#ixzz210bW9K90

** remember to always ask your health advisor of physician before consuming supplements.

I learnt to cook with turmeric during my time in India.

Turmeric banana shake, another great post-workout food..

We’ll be staying apparently in Guerrero Negro for a few days at the Malarribo Hotel collaborating with Tony, the owner, in designing a few gardens to start growing their own veggies and herbs for the restaurant. This excites me and not at the same time. Part of me already miss pedaling for hours and hours, miss the open space of the road and the desert, feel my heart pounding hard. At the same time I’m happy to stay here long enough to meet some people, do some work and hopefully teach a yoga class or two. That I miss a lot.

Our last long ride was last Saturday, which means we did nothing but rest for the last four days. OK, we did move a bit, biking around town in Bahía de los Ángeles, a little bit of swimming and some yoga. But nothing that would actually make me tired or help produce endorphins in the quantities I’m used to. I really needed the rest but already feeling anxious for some serious movement. This morning we went for a short jog around the edges of one of the many salt fields around Guerrero Negro, just 20 to 30 minutes with a few abs after, but was good. Now sitting at the coffee house and getting hungry can’t stop thinking about a turmeric shake I made almost everyday the last week we were in Ensenada. With high quantities of potassium, manganese, vitamin B6 and C it’s a great option for supplying your body with some of the most important nutrients needed in tissue recovery. It also has flax and chia seed, to it will load you up with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein and both are proved to help lower bad cholesterol and help balance the sugar level in the blood. And with the addition of turmeric and it’s healing properties, it’s ninja fuel!

In a couple of entries before we have mentioned about the therapeutic properties of turmeric; one of the basic spices in asian cuisine, turmeric is a root with amazing power. It’s anti-inflammatory action, that is as strong and effective as many medications but without side effects, makes it very useful in sports nutrition and in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, it also has proved to help prevent cancer, detoxify the liver, slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and if that wasn’t enough, it does wonders for the skin. In India, specially in the old times, women used to rub turmeric in their faces to keep their fair complexion and prevent infections and skin diseases.

So, here’s the recipe for this tasty turmeric-banana shake:

1 large banana, 2 teaspoons turmeric powder, 1 1/2 cup almond milk, 1 tablespoon grounded flax seed, 2 teaspoon chia seeds, blend it all together and enjoy!!

Here’s to your happy running:)

Al parecer estaremos en Guerrero Negro unos días en el Hotel Malarribo, colaborando con Tony, el dueño, ayudándole a diseñar unos cuantos jardines para crecer hierbas y verduras para el restaurante. Estoy contenta y a la vez no tanto al mismo tiempo. Por un lado ya extraño el pedaleo intenso, extraño la libertad e intensidad del desierto, el aire, la sensación de mi corazón latiendo a toda fuerza. Por otro lado estoy feliz de estar aquí un rato, conocer gente, platicar, chambear un poco y ojalá, dar algunas clases de yoga. Eso sí que lo extraño!

Nuestra última buena pedaleada fue el sábado, lo que significa, llevamos cuatro días de descanso. Si hemos estado rodando un poco por el pueblo, sobre todo en Bahía de los Ángeles donde también nadé un poco e hice otro tanto de yoga; pero nada intenso, nada que me cansara ni que ayudara a generar los niveles de endorfinas y serototnina al que estoy acostumbrada. No me quejo porque realmente necesitaba el descanso. En las últimas largas distancias que pedaleamos sentía cada vez menos fuerza sobre todo en las pendientes, señal que mis músculos necesitaban un tiempo para regenerarse, recosntruirse. Pero ya me siento ansiosa por algo de movimiento en serio! Esta mañana salimos a trotar por las orillas de Guerrero Negro, a través de uno de sus campos de sal por unos 20 o 30 minutos con unos cuantos abdominales después. Y ahora, sentada en el café, sintiendo el hambre llegar poco a poco, no puedo dejar de pensar en un licuado con turmérico que preparé casi todos los días el último par de semanas que estuvimos en Ensenada. Con grandes cantidades de potasio, manganeso, vitamina B6 y C, es una genial opción para proveer al cuerpo con los nutrientes necesarios en la regeneración de tejidos. También tiene linaza y chía, así que te dará una buena dosis de ácidos grasos Omega-3 y proteínas, además que está probado, estas semillas ayudan a bajar los niveles de colesterol y balancear el nivel de azúcar en la sangre… combustible ninja definitivamente!!

En un par de entradas del blog hemos mencionado sobre las propiedades terapéuticas del turmérico; una de las especias base en la cocina asiática, es una raíz con grandes poderes. Sus acciones anti-inflamatorias son tan efectivas como varios medicamentos pero sin los efectos secundarios, lo que la hace una genial opción en nutrición del deporte y en el tratamiento de artritis y reumas. Además se ha comprobado que ayuda a prevenir el cáncer, desintoxicar el hígado, desacelerar el desarrollo de Alzheimer’s, esclerosis múltiple y por si fuera poco, hace milagros en la piel. En India, especialmente en tiempos antiguos, las mujeres frotaban turmérico en sus rostros para mantener su complexión suave y prevenir infecciones y enfermedades de la piel.

Así que, aquí está la receta para el licuado de plátano y turmérico:

1 plátano grande, 2 cucharaditas de turmérico en polvo, 1 1/2 taza de leche de almendras, 1 cucharada sopera de semillas de linaza molidas, 2 cucharaditas de semillas de chía, licuarlo todo y a disfrutar!!

Salud! para correr feliz:)