millie says soak grains in brackish water

soak grains in brackish water. back in the days of pure water and healthy sunshine, grains were kept in outdoor storage units before being hulled thus exposing them to the elements of sun and rain and morning dew. the process of moistening grains in healthy bacteria allows for the neutralization of phytic acid, a compound that keeps minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and calcium bound to phosphate salt rather than nutritionally available in grains. these days, due to faster machinery to do the work grains are not exposed to the elements after they are harvested, thus left in their indigestible state and must be fortified with minerals instead. the result is that grains these days are apt to cause bloating, constipation, diarrhea, celiac, IBS symptoms, ezcema. if sprouting is too daunting but if this is the case then soak all grains overnight in a fermented product such as apple cider vinegar or butter milk in order to alkalinize, soften and prepare the grains for eating.

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millie says select superior salba seed

select superior salba seed. an ancient medicinal food related to the mint plant, Salvia hispanica L, was historically used by the aztecs who fed it to their messengers to give them running stamina. the white colored salba has been bred to be higher in nutrients than many other superfoods combined. nutty, gelatinous and satisfying this superseed is high protein, omega 3, fibre, magnesium, folate (folic acid), potassium, calcium, iron and vitamin C. satisfying as it cuts foods cravings, maintains blood sugar levels and encourages a positive mood, consider this a well rounded food supplement. Take in porridge, cereal, shakes, salads, yogurt, bread or by itself, 2 tablespoons reportedly contains 6 X more calcium than a glass of milk. so watcha waiting for, suck on salba.

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millie says on the 12 days of christmas

on the 12 days of christmas my true love gave to me 12 essential B vitamins. essential because they are necessarily consumed in order to thrive. while there are gaps between the Bs due to the fact that some were originally deemed as vitamins and later discovered are nucleotides, others are non essential- as the body doesn’t need them consumed since it or another organisms’ bodies synthesize them. a long list of 22 Bs plus an additional 7 bi-nomialed roster exists but the currently accepted by nutritional standards is this:

note: Left off this usual list of multi Bs are the following purposeful yet contraversial Bs: Inositol, Choline, Carnatine, Laetrile, Lipoic Acid and PABA each have their own therapeutic function though potentially have side effects greater than the those on the Bs of B complex.

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Deficiency effects
Vitamin B1 Thiamine Deficiency causes Beriberi. Symptoms of this disease of the nervous systemWernicke’s encephalopathy irregular heartbeat, and edema (swelling of bodily tissues). Heart failure and death may occur in advanced cases. Chronic thiamine deficiency can also cause Korsakoff’s syndrome, an irreversible psychosis characterized by amnesia and confabulation. include weight loss, emotional disturbances, (impaired sensory perception), weakness and pain in the limbs, periods of
Vitamin B2 Riboflavin Deficiency causes Ariboflavinosis. Symptoms may include cheilosis (cracks in the lips), high sensitivity to sunlight, angular cheilitis, glossitis seborrheic dermatitis or pseudo-syphilisscrotum or labia majora and the mouth), pharyngitis, hyperemia, and edema of the pharyngeal and oral mucosa. (particularly affecting the (inflammation of the tongue),
Vitamin B3 Niacin Deficiency, along with a deficiency of tryptophan causes Pellagra. Symptoms include aggression, dermatitis, insomnia, weakness, mental confusion, and diarrhea. In advanced cases, pellagra may lead to dementia and death.
Vitamin B5 Pantothenic acid Deficiency can result in acne and Paresthesia, although it is uncommon.
Vitamin B6 Pyridoxine Deficiency may lead to anemia, depression, dermatitis, high blood pressure (hypertension), water retention, and elevated levels of homocysteine.
Vitamin B7 Biotin Deficiency does not typically cause symptoms in adults but may lead to impaired growth and neurological disorders in infants.
Vitamin B9 Folic acid Deficiency results in a macrocytic anemia, and elevated levels of homocysteine. Deficiency in pregnant women can lead to birth defects. Supplementation is often recommended during pregnancy. Researchers have shown that folic acid might also slow the insidious effects of age on the brain.
Vitamin B12 Cyanocobalamin
Deficiency causes macrocytic anemia, elevated homocysteine, peripheral neuropathy, memory loss and other cognitive deficits. It is most likely to occur among elderly people as absorption through the gut declines with age; the autommune disease pernicious anemia is another common cause. In rare extreme cases, paralysis can result.

millie says decrease transit time

address constipation by increasing peristalsis. if transit time is running late then before resorting to laxatives encourage easier bowel movements lots o’ water; not rushing a bowel movement; weight bearing exercise, not bicycling or swimming, but walking, running, climbing stairs; massage from right to left over abdomen; magnesium citrate 500mg; soluble and insoluble fibre found in heavy slimy products such as apple pectin, pears, sesame seeds, oat fibre, psyllium husk and the following herbs to increase the the wavelike motions of the intestines cascara sagrada, beet root, dandelion and milk thistle. if the perfect stool seems unattainable then take the self test below to find out some reasons why.

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Constipation Self-Test

  1. do you feel fatigued, have low energy or muscle aches? yes = 1/ no = 0
  2. do you have a bowel movement less than 5 x per week on an ongoing basis? yes = 1/ no = 0
  3. do you strain to pass a stool? yes = 1/ no = 0
  4. do you pass dry hard pellets or stool that looks like toothpaste? yes = 1/ no = 0
  5. do you have an abundance of fowl smelling gas? yes = 1/ no = 0
  6. do you eat 30-50 grams of fibre per day? yes = 0/ no = 1
  7. are you unable to lose weight even though you are “healthy”? yes = 1/ no = 0
  8. do you take pain medication or anti-depressants? yes = 1/ no = 0
  9. do you drink at least 2 litres of water per day? yes = 0/ no = 1
  10. do you exercise at least 3 x per week? yes = 0/ no = 1

a score of 4 or higher may indicate you are suffering from sub-optimal colon health.

millie says october 11

Eat beets! Related to spinach, chard and quinoa, these rich roots are superfood. Ranging in color from Crimson to striped to blush they are full of fibre and minerals, detoxifying to the liver, and sweet like candy. Though often shunned due to cultural aversion these are perfect company to a fall fest. Take them boiled, gently pickled, raw in slaw or juiced, a pesticide-free beet a day will keep the doc away. Add powdered beet to Gerolsteiner for a pretty pink drink and instead of red dye No.40 in birthday treats. so many surprises.

See inspirational photo by the dangerously wholesome Sarah Wendt. Peruse her gallery of good eating at

Heart Beets

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millie says october 10

standup against dizziness with sea salted water.  low blood pressure in absence of medical diagnosis may be due to dehydration, iron or B12 deficiency, low sodium diet, poor circulation, or too many soothing supps: calcium/magnesium/potassium, garlic, fish oils, hawthorn or CoQ10 in abundance can make all is calm all is fuzzy sending you to the floor before the dance has started.  if so, try ditching the diuretics such as coffee and cola and going for some fighter power water or siberian ginseng or licorice tea.

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millie says october 5

Hello, chokecherries, saskatoon berries and gooseberries, oh my. Goodbye noni, gogi, coffee berries and acai. Beware spending premium dollars for dried cure-alls stored in containers and plastic bags having formerly contained more antioxidant super power prior to being dried then shipped from the Himalayans. Devouring fresh forage growing wild and free on crown land will provide more phytochemicals you see-a, there is no panacea but many super foods locally found rather than bound for other destinations.

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Here’s a link that discusses the what’s on the menu and what’s off for national berry picking.

millie says september 27

Blue is the new red. Based on the doctrine of signatures theory traditional shamen identify siberian ginseng as good for man because it looks like man. Similarly dark colored fruits and vegetables look like blood so they’re good for blood. So for all you rheumatic anemic neo-hunter-gatherer types blue potatoes are locally in season, less inflammatory than whites and higher in iron content for blood energy and synthesis. dont forget to wash off the dirt.

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vegetarian nutrition

Choosing to eat vegetarian is a choice to take seriously since nutritional deficiencies can result if one embarks on it blindly.  Although I advocate eating lower on the food chain much of the time, and avoiding consuming harmful chemicals and estrogens in conventionally raised beef, dairy, poultry and porc, a BLT without the B doesn’t cut it as a staple or source of protein and micronutrients needed for vegetarian and vegans.

Pregnant women who have been long-time vegetarian or vegan are at risk for miscarriages and difficult pregnancies due to lack of B12, iron and folic acid unless they supplement with vitamins or non-heme sources of these nutrients particularly zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, B12 and folic acid.

The most important rules to follow in being a vegetarian are to consume protein at every meal.  This means combining legumes with nuts, seeds and whole grains, eat sprouts, sea greens and healthy ferments that contain proteinaceous bacterium.  

Vegetarian Food Combining

millie says august 13

you are what you eat.  in Chinese Medical philosophy life force known as essence comes to us in two forms: from our parents at conception and then again on a daily basis, from food.  So if you eat food with good essence you will have good essence.  if you eat food with good chemistry, you will have good chemistry.  if you eat living food you will have energy.  if you eat nutrient-rich health food, you will be nutrient rich.  eat what you wish to become rather than what’s convenient.

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