Green Smoothie Power – Your Best Defense for Immunity

The best defense we have against any flu virus is not vaccines, nor supplements, but our own natural immunity system. We are born with the natural ability to repair, rejuvenate and restore our body. As long as we are living in line with Nature’s laws, there is no need to fear mutated flu viruses anymore than the common cold.

Ever notice how our grand-parents and their grand-parents lived so much stronger and healthier than the later generations? Their immunity seemed to be so much better than ours, and most importantly they definitely never experienced mutant diseases back then. Something we had been doing all this while obviously is not working out for us.

We seemed to have been digging our graves with forks and spoons.

To restore the body’s immunity system, the only sustainable way is to nourish and rebuild the body. Like TCM’s approach, raw foods seek to nourish and enable the internal organs to perform their functions – leading to healing. Vaccines cannot solve the problem for good because vaccines aim at fighting and killing off the virus. Vaccines cannot nourish nor strengthen the body. When the root of the problem is not solved, the problem will recur repeatedly. It’s a matter of time before the next virus attack, diseases, and then more vaccines.

To get out of our graves, we need to first stop digging. We need to change our actions leading to our current predicament. To do that means to stop doing the very things which are failing us and substitute that with something which works.

If there is truly a super-food that is worthy of its name, it has to be the Green Smoothie! Green smoothies are packed with chlorophyll, phytonutrients, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids to build muscle, and simple sugars for fuel. It is fresh, biologically “living” and brimming with life-force! Where else can you find such a powerful combination?

Anyone starting on a regime of daily green smoothies will see significant changes in their health within a short period of time. There are already countless testimonials and living examples of real people reversing health conditions using purely green smoothies and a sensible diet. Brighter eyes, radiant skin, improved immunity, weight loss, improved stamina etc.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why actually. Drinking green smoothies is simply a faster and delicious way of getting a large amount of fresh greens and fruits into the body. In other words, you take in substantially larger quantities of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants than before. And it is done in the way which nature intended, ie. everything is taken in whole with no isolation of components.

Tasty, healthy, alkalizing, nourishing and beautifying. There is no reason not to rejoice over Green Smoothies. Every single time I make my favorite green smoothie, I can’t wait to gobble it all down, and usually I am already half way through while washing the blender! No kidding!

Cheers to the Green Smoothie, and Bottoms Up! 🙂

© Copyright Linda Loo, Light Love Laughter

Divine Durian Smoothie

Packed with vitamins and anti-oxidants, Durians are often called a Superfood. Personally, I think it’s taste and flavor is amazing enough to be called Super, nutrition is simply the icing on the cake!

Basically all Durians are wickedly delicious, but if you can, go for the organic ones grown without too much artificial fertilizers.

Here are some tips on how to identify them:

1. They usually come in small sizes.

2. Try to stay away from the really expensive and high end ones, because they are the ones that are usually most heavily sprayed.

3. If it is a new monger, try just 1 or 2 seeds first. The heat in organic durians usually pass fairly quickly – in 1 hour or so.

4. This is my favorite – whenever there is a chance, observe the flies and ants nearby! If they are swarming over eagerly and stay, I do too! The signs of insects usually indicate there are no or little pesticides used.

Of course, these are not all going to be fool-proof, but at least they are some precaution steps. We already live in a world where too many chemicals are used for our own good; let’s try our best not to let them into our body too.

And even if we cannot avoid ALL of them, making an effort to minimize and avoid them will surely benefit us.

And here’s a simple but very delicious Durian Smoothie recipe for you!

*3 cups Durian Flesh
*1 cup Ripened Red Dragon Fruit (cubed & frozen)
*1 cup Organic Greens (any green leaves except water-cress and radish tops)
*½ cup Coconut Juice

Blend away and enjoy this wholesome indulgence! A great way to squeeze extra greens into your diet in an awesome smoothie; both the greens and coconut juice will balance some of the heat from Durians.

See you in Durian-Land!

© Copyright, Linda Loo, Light Love Laughter

The common sense of Raw Foods

The Oxford Dictionary defines food as “Any substance that people or animals eat or drink or that plants absorb to maintain life and growth”.

Let’s break it down a bit:

1) “Maintain Life”
So, a food is a qualified food if it achieves the purpose of maintaining life. So then, what is Life?

According to our Oxford Dictionary, “Life” = The ability (of humans and animals and plants) to grow, breathe and reproduce. If the conventional foods which we have been eating all these decades are the “qualified” foods, then they should be giving us “Life”, ie. we should have been thriving as a planet, with low incidences of degenerative diseases isn’t it?

And what is the current world situation?

Pandemic diseases, degenerative diseases like cancer and diabetes, heart attacks, strokes and so on. It seems like the list is not only never ending, but appears to be increasing. Our conventional diets are apparently making us degenerate (as opposed to grow), poor breathing (environmental pollution, stress, lung diseases etc). This is especially so in the more evolved urban cities – and worse still, child miscarriages have increased while fertility rates have decreased.

2) “Grow”

The definition of “Grow” = “Increase in size and changing physically, become greater over time, germinate and develop” is what the Oxford says.

Logic suggests that this “Grow” should be on a positive note – ie. the direction of growth should be towards the greater good, improvements in physique, health, wellness, more brain power etc.

We could also interpret it as an indication of growth towards better health, development of the mind and brain, and evolution as a human being to reach our maximum potential.

Speaking of which, by the way, humans are nowhere near even 10% of our maximum potential and capability – in terms of physical and mental development at least.

Doing the same thing over and over again, living the same lifestyle and eating the same foods which have caused us to be sick today, while hoping that things will change, is pure madness to me.

Therefore, does it makes sense that as we grow older in biological age, our bodies fail, immunity drops, looks deteriorate and mind becomes inactive? And can you see that most people have to rely increasingly on prescription drugs, vaccines and pills as they get older?

In my opinion, we are not born to battle with diseases, deal with synthetic drugs nor spend our whole lives working for money. We are all born for a greater purpose.

So, how does Living Foods make sense?

Living Foods = Living Vitamins, Minerals, Anti-oxidants, Phytonutrients, Simple Sugars, Chlorophyl, Oxygen, Amino acids, Water, Fiber and these are all intact.

They are not destroyed by heat, not mutated with heavy processes, not adulterated with malicious condiments and seasonings. Raw vegan foods itself, is a complete source of food for humans.

These living foods, if planted in soil, will grow. Just like humans! If you cut off the branch of a tree, it regrows. When we scratch our skin or cut ourselves, the wounds heal!

In other words, we SELF-REGENERATE. Do you have any idea how powerful this marvelous machine is? I’m still discovering for myself and I continue to be amazed with it.

The dictionary did not say that food should be “cooked”, “baked” or “square” etc. It simply refers to food as substances which support live and growth in living organisms.

What happens when we eat processed foods, like when we eat a pizza, is that our body has to work so hard to extract the meagre (if any at all) nutrients from it, and detox a whole load of by-products junk. Just think for a moment – does that help us to regenerate or degenerate?

And what happens when we eat a fresh living apple, banana or avocado? The living nutrients get delivered to our cells directly, no toxic by-products of digestion are produced and your body can function in tip top condition.

Do living foods enable an organism to “breathe”? Yes! Plant foods have plenty of oxygen and chlorophyll.

Do living foods enable “growth” and “regeneration”? Yes! Uncooked vegan foods have LIFE in them! The very fact that some people have used raw foods to heal “incurable” diseases, is pure evidence that raw foods enable self-regeneration.

Living foods fit the definition of food completely; it just makes so much sense. You have power over your health, you always do; take that power back right now.

© Copyright Linda Loo, Light Love Laughter

Raw Food Fun Facts – Research Evidences and Clinical Papers

1) Dr Edward Howell (Author of Enzyme Nutrition)

WHERE – www.enzymeuniversity.com Medical License from State of Illinois in 1924, a private practice doctor.
WHAT – Discovered that enzyme levels are almost non-existent in cooked foods.
HOW – The heating of foods beyond 115 degrees F destroys enzymes.

2) Dr Gabriel Cousens

WHERE – www.treeoflife.nu/gabriel, World recognized medical researcher, acupuncturist and homeopath.
WHAT – Conducted a clinical experiment in 2006 on diabetics.
HOW – Advocates raw foods for its healing properties.

3) Dr John Douglass

WHERE – Kaiser-Permanente Medical Center, LA.
WHAT – Experiment of raw foods on excess weight and hypertension – details from the Southern Medical Journal, Jul 1985 Vol 78, Issue 7.
HOW – Results of the experiment included successful weight loss, cessation of alcohol and smoking addictions.

4) Dr Max Gerson (Founder of Gerson’s Institute)

WHERE – www.gerson.org/
WHAT – Wrote “The cure of advanced cancer by diet therapy: a summary of 30 yrs of clinical experimentation,” published in Physiol Chem Phys (1978, Vol 10, Issue 5).
HOW – Concluded that even advanced stages of cancer respond favorably to a diet of raw fruits, vegetables and raw-liver-derived active oxidizing enzymes, with no fats, oils or animal proteins.

5) Dr Abramowski

WHERE – Author of “Fruitarian Diet” and “Physical Rejuvenation”.
WHAT – Using a raw vegan diet, he completely healed himself from hardening of arteries and loss of vigor. Compared the results of treating patients with cooked food and drugs vs fresh fruit and no drugs.
HOW – The experiment was terminated several weeks later due to objection from his lead nurse because the drugs and cooked foods appeared to be killing the first group!

6) Dr Edmond Szekely

WHERE – Author of “The Chemistry of Youth”,
WHAT – Long term study over 33 years on 123,600 people (1937-1970) on a raw diet.
HOW – 90% of the participants achieved amazing improvements in health.

7) Prof Karl Eimer

WHERE – Director of Medical Clinic (University of Vienna).
WHAT – Compared the same group of athletics, using the same intensive training methods, between 2 weeks of cooked food diet vs 2 weeks of 100% raw food diet.
HOW – Every athletic improved in reflec speed, flexibility and stamina. Concluded that cellular respiration and efficiency increase on a raw diet.

Raw Food Diet: Why Is Drinking Green Smoothies Essential For Health

Drinking blended greens is essential to optimal health for everyone – regardless of the predominant diet which the person is eating.

Today, Greens occupy a tiny section of most supermarkets, but yet these are humble power houses which gives us life, healing powers and precious nourishment.

Chlorophyll
The magic of Green leaves from plants lie in their ability to turn energy from the sun into nutrients and oxygen through photosynthesis.

It has been proven in research that chlorophyll can oxygenate, rejuvenate body cells and even cure degenerative diseases. When we consume greens, our cells are nourished with oxygen which enables them to heal and perform at optimum.

Alkalinity
When cells are oxygenated properly, cell respiration becomes strong and steady – resulting in an alkaline environment.

An alkaline PH is vital for maximum health while cancer cells grows and multiplies in an acidic body.

Fiber
Greens provide us with insoluble fiber which is important for elimination. It is impossible to eliminate properly without enough fiber in the diet. Most conventional cooked and meat based diet provide insufficient fiber.

When fiber is lacking, the body’s natural ability to eliminate malfunctions and that’s when the skin takes on the tough task of detoxification. The skin is the best indicator of how clean the body is internally!

Why then a Green Smoothie?
The blending action breaks down the cellular walls of greens and fruits, thus releasing valuable minerals, vitamins and other phytonutrients. These are then delivered to individual cells which are ready for assimilation. Your body is relieved of the digestive burden but yet at the same time, probably taking in much more nutrients than most of the other meals of the day!

Most people are not able to consume greens in sufficient amounts because of low stomach acid levels. By blending, you have already broken down the food particles into a perfect size for absorption. This allows your body to produce lower stomach acid but yet not suffer from indigestion problems.

Things to look out for when consuming green smoothies:

Rotate Greens
It is imperative to rotate the greens you take, just like with any other fruit or vegetable. Nature has it such that not one single fruit, vegetable or green has the full spectrum of health giving benefits for humans.

You will know that this is true when you keep on eating the same green or fruit day after day. After some time, you may find that the food loses its appeal or taste less delicious to you.

Fresh is always best
The best time to have your green smoothie is right after it is poured out from your blender! In a humid country like Singapore, green smoothies do not keep well.

Even if you store it in the fridge, it is not advisable to leave it overnight, because the taste always deteriorates.

© Copyright, Linda Loo, Light Love Laughter

Highly recommended reading for more information on Green Smoothies:

Victoria Boutenko has done some awesome research on green smoothies and their effect on health. Find out how essential green smoothies help us achieve optimal health in her famous book “Green For Life”

The Magic of Greens – 8 Benefits of Drinking Green Smoothies

Do you want to feel happy, peaceful, calm and in control no matter what happens? Do you wish that somehow, you know a way to stop all those crazy cravings for sweet, fatty snacks at erratic times of the day?

Greens are leaves which contain chlorophyll, and they are probably the most neglected food group in the entire supermarket.

But yet it is these humble green warriors which does magic for our cells.

Why is drinking a green smoothie better than just eating greens?

Because the blending actually breaks down the cellular walls of the leaves, leaving you with the finest particles of nutrients which are delivered straight to your cells.

And of course, all these living nutrients are still intact and not destroyed by heating.

1) You feel calm and peaceful
The chlorophyll in greens deliver oxygen to your cells and puts the body in a slightly alkaline state. This is a state in which optimal health is required and which cancer cells do not thrive.

Degenerative diseases like cancer thrives and grow in an acidic state.

2) You feel happy for no reason
A healthy body is a happy body. Research has proven that subjects whom are in optimal health condition still feel in control and calm even in the face of seemingly tough life events; while those who are not, tend to feel unhappy even when they are rewarded with promotions or striking the lottery.

3) You adopt a more positive outlook in life
Things which you used to sweat over now seem smaller. You have grown in capacity to handle things because your body is now constructed with newer, better materials.

And did I mention that your cells are rejoicing with the change?

4) Get rid of Unnecessary Addictions
Your body is made up of billions of tiny cells. Every cell is You, they combine to make up your tissues, organs, bones, face, hair, legs etc.

When nutrition is improved, the body is strengthened on a cellular level.

When your cells know what it is like to receive first class nutrition, they will not want to go back to the old ways!

They will resist old substances like nicotine which does not do the body good.

5) Beautiful and Radiant Skin
Do you want smooth, blemish-free skin? Within weeks of constant drinking blended greens, countless subjects reported lightening of spots, smoother skin and radiant complexion.

6) Smooth Bowels
This is probably the most common benefit experienced by far. Blended greens add a whole lot of fiber to the diet, and fiber is essential for smooth bowel movements.

Constipation now becomes a thing of the past!

7) Energy, Energy and more Energy!
If you think that green smoothies cannot give you energy for that workout, think again! Or better still, try it before you judge it.

It is true that due to the low caloric levels of greens, they cannot fill us for long. But the trick here is to combine it with sweet fruits – which supplies us with simple sugars.

This is one of the best pre-workout food which supplies us simple sugars to burn immediately as fuel.

8) Release Unwanted Weight!
For those who have reached a plateau in releasing weight, try this!

When your cells are nourished, cravings for unhealthy food become lesser or non-existent. Proper nourishment of the cells is vital to maintaining a healthy weight.

This list is non-exhaustive, and we at Light Love Laughter Academy believe that “doing” is more important than anything else! So here’s a simple green smoothie recipe for you.

Popeye’s Mango
2 Large Sweet Mangoes
1 Cup Spinach
1 Cup Filtered Water

When you are done, don’t look, just drink. You will marvel at how delicious it actually tastes!

© Copyright, Linda Loo, Light Love Laughter