Though there are currently (and thankfully) no broken hearts at GirlieGirl Headquarters, there is a broken foot! Our Chloe Jo broke her foot, and she hopes it heals sooner than a broken heart does! Luckily we have Nutritional Consultant Gabrielle Brick to advise us on bone strengthening (did you know there was such a thing?!) to get us back in our sky high heels asap!
To be strong on the outside we must be strong on the inside. Seems pretty simple, right? What I’m about to share with you is one of the steps in The Alchemy of Self which is a curriculum in optimal nutrition and the basis for conscious living. Health begins with self… and our food is the most basic step. As the great Hippocrates once said, “Let medicine be our food and food be our medicine.”
Can vegans have as strong a body as meat eaters? The answer is YES! and you will actually be stronger! How is this possible you say? Check out these tips on how to build the inner you for a more complete foundation. (ED’s note: Athletes/ anyone looking to be at optimum shape should read Ironman/ Triatholon Winner Brendan Brazier’s THE THRIVE DIET book asap!) In my last GirlieGirlArmy blog, I shared how Superfoods create a super body, now its time to get into the deepest layers of nutrition and talk about the mineralization of our BONES! Top herbs, foods, & supplements to keep your bones strong, your tendons tender, your joints juicy, your hair full, your nails long, and your skin firm!
Bone Strength Elixir
Part 1 : Make a pot of tea using these three herbs : Nettles, Horsetail, Oat Straw. These are delicate herbs, so have them soaking in the cool purified water while it comes to a slow high temperature. As soon as it begins to simmer turn the burner off and let sit until luke warm or cool. The reason you want to brew the herbs this was is so that they are free from being scalded by boiling water in which case we lose most of the minerals in the steam! So keep the pot covered! If your concerned about time, make this tea in the morning while getting ready for work and allow to cool for the day. When you get home you can move on to the next step.
Part 2 : Now that your tea is made take the tea, your sesame seeds, and goji berries and blend together on high. Next, strain.
Part 3 : Place back in blender and add vanilla & agave
You now have the most nutritious milk on the planet and it tastes GREAT!
Sesame is filled with minerals that support bone density. It is one of the best sources of calcium, along with manganese and zinc. Three of the biggest building blocks for strong bones!
These three herbs are high in nutrients and minerals. In addition, they are high in Silica . Silica is what helps with the assimilation of calcium keeping our bones dense, aids in elasticity of the skin, gives us joint support, and can help reduce swelling!
Horsetail is the most abundant source of silica and in high does can be used as sedative and anti-convulsant.
Nettles (sometimes called “stinging nettles”) is abundant in trace minerals and vitamins. It can be used as a treatment for inflammatory conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, prostate disease, and acid reflux!
Oatstraw is another great source of silica that is soothing for the skin. It also great at restoring the nervous system, strengthening ones constitution and may even help in the treatment of herpes (should that be an issue for you.)
As we have spoken about before, Goji berries are high in trace minerals and silica. They have one of the highest sources of Zinc and as we know, is one of the build blocks for strong bones! In addition Goji Berries are polysaccharides which is known to be a youthening agent! Ah, yes please! I leave you with an MSM Cocktail for extra pump in the plump of a juicy body! Make this cocktail part of your morning routine, you will be amazed at the benefits you experience!
MSM or Methylsulfonylmethane is amazing at keeping us limber, strong, and flexible. It will aid in joint pain, muscle pain, inflammation, brittle nails and hair and the list goes on!