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Sick again?

It is that time of year when colds and flus start popping up with sick kids in schools and colleagues coughing in the office. Each year Americans suffer from one billion colds, making the cold virus the most common infectious disease in the U.S.

Typically adults have two colds each year, while children may have up to 12!

Our body’s immune system is a natural and powerful defense team against internal rogue cells and potentially harmful invaders – detrimental bacteria and viruses.  So, when our defenses are down, i.e. our immune system is not getting the rest and the nourishment of specific enzymes and nutrients, we are more fragile and susceptible to colds and flu.

If you find you’re almost always well, then good news – your immune system is working effectively! Just because you are exposed to the cold virus does not mean you’ll catch the cold.  If your immune system is working at its best it should be quite easy for you to fend off the virus without ever getting sick.

On the other hand, today’s average diet and stressful lifestyle can deplete a body of the vital raw material that it needs to do its job, weakening the immune system and potentially leading to illness.  Common contributing factors are:

  • Eating too much sugar
  • Not getting enough rest
  • Using insufficient strategies to address emotional stressors
  • Vitamin D and immune system support deficiencies (see below)

Fortunately, there are things we can do to strengthen and support our body’s immune system, so we’re less likely to develop a cold or at least not suffer so long.

Preventative Tips

Washing your hands is the #1 prevention for cold and flu!   When we touch our mouth, eyes, or nose after touching door handles, gas pumps, shaking hands, shared pens, etc. we could be setting ourselves up for the sniffles.  Cold viruses can live on objects up to three hours! Natural hand sanitizers can help keep hands clean, too.

Vitamin D  

Preliminary research has shown Vitamin D deficiencies are common – especially during the colder months.  Vitamin D is an amazingly effective antimicrobial agent, producing 200 to 300 different antimicrobial agents to that kill bacteria, viruses and fungi.  Best source of Vitamin D is sun exposure!  If you don’t have access to natural sunlight, then oral vitamin D3 supplements are a good secondary option.

Barley Grass

Green Magma

Japanese researchers have proven that young barley grass juice functions to activate macrophageswhich control the immune system.  Studies show an increase in macrophages as well as nitric oxide when individuals are given young barley grass juice vs. those that went without.  One Green Magma fan, Eric vanTuyl, attests that he has been cold and flu-free for the past 3 years because of drinking Green Magma daily!

So when you’re coming down with a cold, it’s time to address all of the contributing factors immediately  — which includes modifying your diet in favor of foods and supplements like above that will strengthen your immune response — Dr. Mercola suggests good choices include:

  • Fermented foods such as raw kefir, kimchee, miso, pickles, sauerkraut, etc, which are rich in probiotics, or good bacteria. Scientific research shows that 80 percent of your immune system resides inside your digestive tract, so eating probiotic-rich foods, or taking a high-quality probiotic, will help support your immune system health.
  • Raw, organic eggs from free-ranging, preferably local, chickens
  • Coconuts and coconut oil
  • Locally grown fruits and vegetables
  • Mushrooms, especially Reishi, Shiitake, and Maitake, which contain beta glucans (which have immune-enhancing properties)
  • Garlic, a potent antimicrobial that kills bacteria, viruses and fungi. Ideally this should be in fresh form, eaten raw and crushed with a spoon just before eating.
  • Lemon juice is a natural bacteria-fighter that aids the immune system and improves digestion.  Upon waking in water, tea, or your Green Magma shake for breakfast!

And of course, getting your daily dose of Green Magma or Magma Plus to give your immune system the boost it needs to do its job naturally.  Your body will feel energized and supported on many levels, too.

Be well!

The Green Team

References:

www.niaid.nih.gov

http://www.mercola.com

www.doctoroz.com

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Chlorella is great for slowing down the aging process

Chlorella has so many beneficial qualities for the human body making it one of the most researched algae in the world.  It contains very high concentrations of chlorophyll (more per gram than any other plant), and offers high levels of protein, beta carotene, rich in essential B, A, C and E vitamins and rare trace minerals.

Its name is of Greek origin – “chloros” meaning green and “ella” meaning small.  It may be a tiny, single-celled organism, but it is an omnipotent superfood dynamo!

Even if you have a very healthy diet, it’s challenging to escape the toxins in the environment such as car emissions, lead in water or paint, cigarette smoke, restaurant foods or mercury in fish. Chlorella is a well-known, powerful detoxification aid for removing heavy metals (mercury, cadmium, lead, etc.) and other pesticides from the body.  Removing toxins from the body with powerful cleansers like chlorella helps us live longer. Why? Because toxins are a potent source of the free radicals which age us and cause disease.

Chlorella will purify your blood and cleanse your organs.

An incredible detoxifier!

It can be taken any time of the day, although the best is usually small doses throughout the day.

Japanese researchers claim that this green algae could reduce body-fat percentage and blood-glucose levels and help those who have type 2 diabetes, obesity, cancer patients, fibromyalgia, hypertension, joint and tissue inflammation, and those with heart disease. Some claim that chlorella stimulates the growth of probiotic or friendly bacteria in our stomach, and due to its cell walls absorbing toxins within the intestine; it encourages proper function of the digestive tract.

Some additional benefits of chlorella include:

•  Boosts the immune system.

•  Eliminates chronic bad breath and body odor in just a few days.

•  Helps carry oxygen around the body and to the brain. Chlorella is often called a “Brain Food.”

•  Alkalizes and helps balance the body’s pH.

•  Normalizes blood sugar and blood pressure

•  Helps in the proper digestion of food.

•  Energizes the body.

•  Increases cellular regeneration, which can slow aging process.

Green Foods’ Chlorella is USDA Certified Organic and grown in fresh water pools under direct sunlight.  We use a proprietary process to break the cell wall of the chlorella, so it is best absorbed into our bodies.

Currently, we are offering a special buy one get one free promotion               (while supplies last!).

But wait, there’s more!  If you become our fan and “like” us on Facebook, you’ll receive a 20% off coupon on any orders at our online store throughout the month of October – unlimited so you can use it as many times as you like.  Our way of saying, “Thanks for being a fan!”

Keep shining and Be well!

The Green Team

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Green Magma Princess

Green Foods Family Style!

We had a great time at the Green Festival, S.F. this past weekend turning many people of all ages on to the magma-tizing powers of our Green Magma and Magma Plus barley grass juice.  Some responses we received:  “This doesn’t taste anything like wheatgrass – it’s much more mild and easier to drink,” and “It looks so green and alive!”

A refreshing oasis at the busy show

Barley grass juice is most certainly a vibrant green color and incredibly abundant with so many nutrients:

  • Essential and non-essential amino acids
  • High amounts of enzymes like superoxide dismutase (SOD)
  • Folic acid
  • Antioxidants
  • Caretenoids including beta carotene
  • Pantothenic acid
  • Flavonoids
  • Vitamins: B2, B6, B1, B12, C, K
  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium
  • Chlorophyll
 “[Barley Grass is] one of the most incredible products of this decade. It improves stamina, sexual energy, clarity of thought, and reduces addiction to things that are bad for you. It also improves the texture of the skin and heals the dryness associated with aging.”   - Dr. Howard Lutz, Director of the Institute of Preventive Medicine, Washington D.C.

Dr. Yoshihide Hagiwara, founder of Green Foods, discovered over 40 years ago that young barley grass is the most nutritionally balanced food in nature.  He discovered that the most nutritious part of the plant resides in its young green blades of grass and developed a spray-dry method to capture and protect the abundant nutrients and enzymes in freshly harvested young grass.  It is through this method that Green Magma was born and is available for the benefit of all.

So, what are some the benefits of barley grass juice?

1.      Enhanced metabolism:  Dr. Kubota at the Science University of Tokyo found that barley grass juice reduces serum cholesterol in rats fed a high-cholesterol diet.  And mice fed barley grass juice were 150% more active than mice fed a control diet.

2.      Cellular regeneration/Anti-inflammatory:  Dr. Perricone has conducted studies with Green Magma that show significant cellular repair and rejuvenation amongst his clients which is directly related to barley grass’ anti-aging properties in fighting free radical activity, reducing inflammation, and supporting healthy blood flow.

3.      Stimulates weight loss:  Many people report that supplementation of Green Magma stimulates weight loss as well as crucial nutritional support during a cleanse or diet.

4.     Improves digestion and promotes regularity:  Barley grass helps combat ulcerative colitis by lowering the amount of inflammatory chemicals in the by balancing the water content of the bowel content. Studies also show that barley grass increases the amount of friendly bacteria in bowels.

5.     Strengthens the immune systemPhytonutrients and flavinoids are necessary for maintaining optimal health and protecting the body from toxins in our environment.

Barley grass has also shown promising results in preliminary studies done on its ability to inhibit certain cancer cell growths.  We have received testimonies over the years from cancer patients who have been supported tremendously by consuming Green Magma and changing their lifestyles.  One of our Green Foods Facebook fans posted:

“Green Magma is amazing! My brother has cancer and is going through intense chemo right now and this is the ONLY thing that makes him feel better and gives him energy. Thank you.” - Brittany Vasseur

As you can see, there are so many benefits to including barley grass juice to ones diet!  We receive a number of testimonials as to how it improves mental clarity, hair, skin and nails, and the #1 benefit we hear is increased energy levels.  Many of our fans have ditched their addiction to coffee and prefer to make a morning and mid-afternoon green shake instead.

We invite you to share your stories with us here or on our company Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/greenfoodscorp

Keep shining!

Orie, Marisol, and Aki

References

Lutz, Howard Dr.  Institute of Preventative Medicine, Washington D.C.

Perricone, Nicholas, M.D. Dr. Perricone’s 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health and Longevity. Ballentine Books, NY, NY.  2006.

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