Sprouts – Powerhouses of Nutrition

Sprout-1Sprouts account for 50% of the raw living food diet served at Hippocrates Health Institute because of their high levels of nutrients and enzymes and the ease at which they can be digested. This allows the body to direct the excess energy toward other beneficial functions like cleansing, regulating and building the immune system, and healthy cell creation. Even compared to eating other raw foods, you will experience a greater sense of vitality and energy after a meal of sprouts. Hippocrates takes the extra step to incorporate sprouts such as wheatgrass and sunflower into the drinks served each day thereby maximizing the health benefits gained from both food and drink.

The importance of nutrition in bringing vitality to the body is not a new concept practiced at Hippocrates Health Institute. Going back 5000 years records exist of Chinese physicians prescribing sprouts to treat illnesses.

sproutsSo why are sprouts so nutritionally beneficial? The answer lies within the seed which is full of nutrition and enzymes. When a seed gets water, air and suitable temperature it germinates and it’s enzymes become activated, and there is an explosion of nutritional activity – on average vitamin A will increase 300 percent and a 500 to 600 percent increase in vitamin C. In addition the starches are converted into simple sugars, thus making sprouts easy to digest. After sprouting the enzymes become the ‘lifeforce’ that facilitate the digestion and absorption of nutrients in the body.

 

 

Attributes of a sprout:

  • 100 times greater enzyme activity than fruits and vegetables within the first 7 days after germination.
  • Easier to digest carbohydrates, as its starches are converted to simple sugars.
  • Contains easily digestible fatty acid soluble compounds, in place of fats.
  • The complex proteins of the seed are converted to easily digestible simple amino acids.
  • Vitamin production increases 300% to 1200%.
  • Minerals become bonded to amino acids making them easily assimilated into the body.
  • Its cell walls are more delicate allowing nourishment to be released more easily.
  • High in phytochemicals and antioxidants powerful in fighting disease and provides anti aging properties.
  • Abundant in Chlorophyll – having purification, anti-inflammation and regeneration qualities.

At Hippocrates Health Institute the statement that’s often heard, “It’s not the food in your life – it’s the life in your food”, refers to these sprout powerhouses. Never in a plants life will the nutrition and enzyme levels be as high as during the sprouting phase.

IMG_1423There is a wide variety of sprouts to choose from offering different flavors and textures, as well as nutritional and health benefits. Some of the salient benefits are as follows:

Sunflower – up to 30% protein, contains 8 essential amino acids, and vitamin D (Approx. 92 IU per 100g or 16% RDA). Also high in trace minerals making it good for bones, muscles, tissue tone and red blood cells.

Sweet Pea – Rich in protease inhibitors that act against viruses and chemicals that promote cancer. Reduces bad cholesterol or LDL in the blood.

Buckwheat – good for circulation, digestion, and neutralizing the effects of radiation due to its anti-plaque properties.

Clover – Purifies the blood. High in calcium and contains plant estrogens that balance hormones. Contains anti-cancerous isoflavones.

Broccoli – High in sulfophane known to protect cells becoming malignant, containing up to 100 times more than in the mature plant. Promotes the bodies’ production of glutathione that neutralize carcinogens, before they can damage the cell DNA.

Radish – Good for clearing mucous from the respiratory tract. De-worms the body and builds good intestinal flora. Mung, Lentil and Adzuki – High in soluble fibers that lowers the bad LDL cholesterol in the blood. Help in regulating insulin and blood sugars.

Fenugreek – Reduces inflammation and benefits the digestive system by soothing the mucous membranes. Contains a fat controller chorine, thus helping weight loss.

Sprouts offer a very viable and economic solution for many regions facing food shortages. They require virtually no soil, very little space and water relative to the nutritional content they provide. When we see the burden to the planet caused by modern diets of meat, dairy, fish, and large monoculture farming practices, growing sprouts could potentially provide an economical and environmentally sustainable alternative. The health benefits form a high sprout diet witnessed by Hippocrates Health Institute should not go without mention. A world where people ate mostly sprouts would be a healthy and thriving one!

 

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Getting Back to the Basics of Green

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Sprouts at Hippocrates Health Institute

Presently we are in midst of a global green trend. Everywhere we hear the mantra, be green, eat green, live green, etc. While it might seems like something new to many people, in essence “green” simply means living naturally. At Hippocrates Health Institute “green” encompasses true super foods from a multitude of natural sources: from the ground there is vegetation, sea vegetables abundantly found in the oceans, and in fresh water in the form of algae. In sourcing optimum nutrition Hippocrates Health Institute embraces the consumption of wheatgrass juice, sunflower and pea sprouts and juice, sprouts, dark leafy greens, algae, and seaweed, much of which is organically grown, locally on Hippocrates’ 50-acre campus.

Humans as mammals are designed by nature to consume vegetables. As mammals go, the majority consumes a raw diet of grasses and leafy greens. Humans are the only mammal that cooks its food and one of only a few mammals that eat other animals. The most common defense to eating meat is for its protein content. In truth the best quality proteins to sustain health comes from the vegetable kingdom in the form of sprouted beans and seeds, nuts, algae, grains and grass (wheatgrass juice), which we encourage at Hippocrates Health Institute as part of our wellness program. In fact approximately 85% of mammals consume only greens, and they tend to be the largest and strongest in the animal kingdom, and where do they get their protein? Plants!

Hippocrates Health Institute first discovered the power of greens, in particular grass 50 years ago when its founder Ann Wigmore was searching for a means to overcome a chronic illness. Ms. Wigmore observed how Cows obtained all their muscle, strength and power solely from grass. Ann returned to perfect health after some weeks of chewing on grass and spitting out the fibers. She began to experiment on different types of grasses and found that wheatgrass while providing optimal nutrition also tasted the most palatable.

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Wheatgrass at Hippocrates Health Institute

Since its founding over 50 years ago Hippocrates Health Institute has learned a great deal of information into the healthful properties of wheatgrass and raw vegetables. Chlorophyll, which is abundant in all dark leafy greens, increases the body’s blood quality allowing more uptake of oxygen into the cells, and since plants also contain large quantities of oxygen, we can absorb it more effectively and in greater quantity. Nowadays with oxygen levels becoming less in the air we breathe, especially in cities (where most of the worlds’ populations live), we all need to find ways to increase oxygen levels and oxygen quality. Oxygen plays an important role in our cells, reducing the risk of cancers and virus infection.

As part of our Life Transformation Program at Hippocrates Health Institute we encourage the consumption of wheatgrass juice, green sprouts, and green juices that promotes ones body to self-regulate its state of wellness. Complementary to these super foods Hippocrates also supports internal cleansing (detoxing and alkalizing) and exercise. Hippocrates Health Institute promotes a lifestyle where the foundation of your diet consists of plants. Green plants first receive energy from the sun giving them life, and when we consume these living foods we benefit from this ‘living vibrational energy’ together with pure oxygen. Our cells are literally craving for clean oxygen, so go ahead and treat yourself to leafy greens, wheatgrass and sprouts today! You can simply start by growing your own at home, it’s that easy! Learn to listen to your heart, as it contains more answers than your head. Love deeply and love yourself, and remember – it’s all about the greens!

Lifeforce & Longevity

The five fundamentals of a being truly happy and content, and living longer are positive thoughts, emotionally fulfilling relationships, living foods, exercise and spiritual completeness. For a number of years now at Hippocrates Health Institute two particular issues have been paramount in the minds of many guests:

wheatgrass (2)1. How to bring about change in ones health from knowledge to manifesting tangible results.

2. How to extend life expectancy and live longer.

Besides the clinical research we conduct at Hippocrates Health Institute we also continue to witness on a daily basis the innate ability of people to transform their state of wellness into a fulfilling and satisfying life, having being firmly in the grips of emotional and physical disease. This remarkable quality of humans is something we have been privileged to be part of for decades at Hippocrates, and provides continual inspiration for each and every transformed life, which serves to motivate us to explore further the ever-changing field of effective complimentary therapies.

Our primary objective at Hippocrates Health Institute is to provide people with the most effective tools that empower each individual to unlock their own maximum potential for wellness. Once people embrace responsibility for their journey back to health, these tools are almost always successful.

At Hippocrates Health Institute we are often asked why our focus is not more on weight loss and longevity, and we always point out that these naturally occur when one embarks on the Hippocrates lifestyle of living foods. We do however wonder what aspect of human nature are these inquiries related to? After some time contemplating on this we began to understand that people tend to prefer focusing on one area at a time. Based on this finding we began researching two areas of interest – the incredible transformative power of the Hippocrates Life-Change Program, and the effects it has had on extending life expectancy.

Hippocrates-Health-InstitutesFor over 60 years Hippocrates Health Institute have witnessed hundreds of thousands of people renewing, revolutionizing, and even saving their own lives through tapping into and enhancing their Lifeforce; the essence and source of all creation. To learn more about Lifeforce and our finding at Hippocrates Health Institute, please refer to Brian Clements’ book “Lifeforce”. Of equal if not more importance than the foods we eat, is the power of positive thoughts; a subject that the book Lifeforce spends a great dealing with, and a critical component of health.

With regards to extending life expectancy, our researchers at Hippocrates Health Institute sourced quite a lot of scientific information supporting the connection of healthy living to longevity. The scientific findings from all over the world concurred with we at Hippocrates Health Institute have personally witnessed in our many years of slowing the unnatural process of aging. From the knowledge we have attained at Hippocrates on how living foods slows the aging process, we concluded that all physical and mental functioning operates through electric frequency. Extending life is a matter of creating and unbroken, continuous wave of positive electrical activity in our thoughts and throughout the physical body. Basically when we think and act positively, and consume living foods we are charging our Lifeforce, and by maintaining this vibrancy is all areas of life, we flourish. Disease and decay therefore become prevalent when we lack these powerful frequencies. At Hippocrates Health Institute we have developed programs that enable you live with more integrity and maximum vitality and potential for wellness.

This should come as good news for us – the answer to living a healthy and long life exists within you. By tapping into your Lifeforce with a positive and committed approach you can achieve longevity and peace. At Hippocrates Health Institute we believe everybody has infinite potential to relish life rather than relinquish it. By harmonizing with nature and following nature’s abundantly evident patterns, we strengthen our capacity for love and strengthen our spirit, fuelling our ability to thrive in spite of all odds and prevailing forces. You have the power and wisdom today to passionately create a promising tomorrow for yourself, your friend and family, and for the global community.

Juicing your way to a new You

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Fresh made green juices are the most potent form of nutrition. When we juice vegetables and dark leafy greens all their goodness is released from the indigestible fiber and we are able to drink their highly concentrated nutrients. These nutrients are then able to enter our bloodstream very quickly bypassing most of the normal digestive process. This gives our digestive system a rest conserving massive amounts of energy which can then be used for regenerating, living, and healing.

Since juicing removes the indigestible fiber, nutrients are available to the body in much larger quantities than if the vegetable or leafy green was eaten whole. For example, because many of the nutrients are trapped in the fiber, when you eat raw vegetables and leafy greens your cells are only able to assimilate about 1% of the availableKale smoothie phytonutrients such as beta carotene. When that same vegetable or leafy green is juiced, removing the indigestible fiber, nearly 100% of that same beta carotene can be assimilated into your cells.

Juicing breaks open the cell walls of your produce make it easy for your cells to quickly assimilate the high quality nutrients found in your vegetables and especially rich in your dark leafy greens. Very few people eat enough raw vegetables and dark leafy greens. Juicing provides a quick and easy way to increase your consumption of these important foods. When you juice produce you concentrate all the nutrients found in your food.

Other co-factors such as fructose in fruit are also concentrated. For this reason I recommend avoiding fruit juices, carrot juice, and beet juice as the fructose content in these juices is too high. This can cause a spike in your blood sugar levels and can become a challenge for your pancreas to regulate your blood sugar levels. Juicing green vegetables and dark leafy greens is a much better choice.

Fresh green juices provide us with minerals, vitamins, essential fatty acids, carbohydrates, proteins and much more. Green juices provide your blood and body with the essential nutrients and purification that they require. The nutritional essence of plants is best istock_000021127516_largederived from their juice. Sunlight infuses all life; plants are the storehouses of nature’s captured and distributed sunlight. Drinking green juices is like drinking liquid sunshine!

Fresh wheatgrass juice is nature’s finest medicine. It is our signature elixir here at Hippocrates Health Institute. It is the icon in our logo. A two ounce shot of fresh wheatgrass juice has the nutritional equivalent of five pounds of the best raw vegetables! It is both a concentrated liquid nutrient and a powerful detoxifier. I recommend a two ounce shot of fresh wheatgrass juice twice a day.

Juice fasting is the best remedy for colds and flu’s. This supplies nutrients and removes the burden of digestion of fiber which saves energy that can then be used to heal the body. Juices can flush toxins from your body, are good for your weight, heart, circulation and overall well-being. Juices contain no saturated fats or added sodium and can be helpful in lowering your cholesterol. Drink fresh juices within fifteen minutes after it has been extracted to obtain all of its multifaceted nutritional benefits. Juicing is better than smoothies because excessive oxidation often occurs if your smoothie is blended too long and at high speeds.

Here are more reasons to juice in 2015:ultimate-green-juice

  • Cleansing your body of toxins
  • Strengthened immune system
  • Increased energy
  • Increased strength
  • Clearing your mind
  • Hydration
  • Anti-aging
  • Lose weight
  • Beautiful skin, bright eyes, and shiny hair
  • Experience overall improved health, increased energy and clear thinking
  • Easy to digest
  • Glowing complexion
  • Stronger bones
  • An excellent vehicle for fasting
  • Building and maintenance of the electrolyte, kidney and respiratory systems

So start this new year off right, and toast with some nutrient rich fresh juice! 2015 and your body will thank you!