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I have been drinking Red Rock Beach Spring (Stinson Beach, CA) water for 4 years. Many locals have had it as their staple water for 9 years or more. And some have been drinking it for longer than I’ve been alive. To think, I have driven by this spring thousands of times when I was younger (I grew up 15 minutes from it) and just recently do I get to enjoy this fresh, free, local fountain of Earth’s most prized element: mountain spring water.

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Red Rock Beach Spring

I’ve trusted this spring (which those in the SF Bay Area call for short either ‘Red Rock‘ or ‘The Spring‘) to be sound spring water with all it’s specs to be ideal for daily hydration but after rumors of a possible arsenic, pesticide and bacterial content, I decided to finally have it lab tested!

Below you’ll find the full 6-page lab report as well as a video with me explaining the results.

Before I go on, let me announce that our beloved Red Rock tested quite well! I am extremely satisfied that no heavy metals, arsenic, coliform bacteria, pesticides or volatile organic compounds were detected.

I also need to mention right away that this is an informational test report. At the lab I used, informational tests are performed by the same analysts, using the same laboratory equipment that is used to meet the standards required for compliance testing, however the test report that follows is considered an informational test report. A compliance test can meet local, state or federal regulations, or when results are to be used in a court of law, but an informational test is 1 notch less official. My disclaimer: I choose to be a leader in the field of hydration and I advocate the consumption of exclusively pure wild spring water when at all possible for superior health benefits, yet each individual must learn to carefully and cleanly fill their own spring water vessels and drink at their own discretion.

The Full Lab Analysis Kit from Silver Lake Research tests for 103 contaminants including (1) Bacteria (presence/absence for coliform and E.coli), (19) Heavy metals and minerals, (11) Other inorganic chemicals and physical factors, (5) Organic chemicals – Trihalomethanes, (47) Volatile organic chemicals, and (20) Pesticides, Herbicides and PCBs.

CLICK HERE  to view the full 6-page Red Rock Beach Spring Informational Water Quality Report:

Now for the video! I explain many of the notable detected elements in Red Rock spring water including pH, total dissolved solids (TDS), sodium, silica, magnesium, calcium, sulfate and nitrate.


Watch on YouTube HERE.

This report cost in total $286, which is not cheap, but is about 1/10th of what a full compliance test might cost. The following groups funded the report:

~My meetup group, The Bay Area Spring Water, Wild Food, and Vitality Meetup Group. If you live anywhere even remotely close to the SF Bay area, join our group. We’ll have many spring water adventures scheduled this year.

~My company, Longevity PowerHerbal tonics for the Super Health-Conscious.

~Close friends of mine and true stewards of Red Rock spring, whom I hope you bump into next time you fill up at the spring.

If your local spring(s) is not already tested regularly, I highly encourage you to purchase the Full Lab Analysis Kit from Silver Lake Research or something like it. Hopefully the results will fair well and you will be able to share the results and empower and build confidence in the spring water loving community (which is making a comeback after decades of tap and bottled water domination.) You can use a crowdfunding site to raise funds if you wish – all it would take are a few locals to chip in $50 or so for a lifetime of free water – a no-brainer when compared with the expense of purchasing bottled water near daily.

Sign up to my email list and join The Bay Area Spring Water, Wild Food, and Vitality Meetup Group. Take a look at my signature superfood and herbal extract products at Longevity Power.

Check out FindASpring to find or post a spring in your area (anywhere in the world!) CLICK HERE for the Red Rock Beach Spring listing (it’s an old listing and needs to be updated.)

Be sure to share this web page to help spread the message of:

~Choosing to drink the best water ever for peak health of body, mind and spirit

~Building a community that keeps accessible and stewards our local precious springs

Got a question? Post it below. Excited? Post a comment below. I’ll be here to respond to each one.

My best,

Christian

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In this video, you’ll learn how to:

-Harvest pollen-producing pine catkins (male flowers)
-Dry the catkins
-Sift the pine pollen away from the catkin fibers
-Store your pine pollen
-Best way to consumer pine pollen when you run out

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My best,

Christian

P.S. At the end of my video you’ll notice how I describe that each serving of my signature product Longevity in a Bottle contains a generous dose of pine pollen extract. Get yourself a bottle today!

Thank you to all who supported my Longevity in a Bottle crowdfunding campaign which succesfully closed on Saturday August 11th, 2012. I will be launching our website ASAP: http://LongevityPower.com.

In the mean time, enjoy my crowdfunding video and funding project description:

 

When I was 15, I lost 50 excess pounds in 6 months by biking every weekend, eating fewer of my favorite sourdough baguettes, and introducing a handful of key superfoods into my life.

I learned at a young age that a few small actions done well can have profound results for my health and wellness. I wanted everyone to experience this firsthand!

Fast forward to 2006 (age 21). With the help of my friends I created the WildBar (http://WildBar.info), the first organic, raw, superfood-infused meal replacement bar. Tens of thousands of people like you loved its taste and bliss-enducing potency.

Today (I’m 27) I need your help with my next product launch: Longevity in a Bottle, created by my fresh company Longevity Power Inc.

Longevity in a Bottle is the first synergistic blend of humanity’s greatest 58 organic superfood and herbal extracts that for thousands of years have promoted vitality, immunity, and long-lasting energy.

Many of these herbs built your ancestor’s DNA which led to you!

Nowhere in history have these herbs been combined in one place so that you can take full advantage of the immortal traditions of Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic herbalism, Pacific coastal and island medicinal traditions, European folk herbalism, and North and South American shamanism.

And no time in history has humanity desperately needed access to the health and vigor that our ancestor’s once knew, than now! All ingredients in Longevity in a Bottle are adaptogens which promote vitality and immunity by nourishing the body’s ability to adapt to toxic and stressful environments, something we can all relate to.

We acquire and blend our elite quality ingredients while setting the organic and green standard in the wellness industry. Longevity in a Bottle is a vegan product freshly sealed in completely recyclebable amber glass bottles with metal caps, and contains no fillers or flowing agents, and is comprised only of 58 of the world’s greatest organic, wild, non-GMO and pesticide-free superfoods and herbs including extracts of:

LONGEVITY AND CELLULAR REVITALIZATION:

American and Panax Ginseng;

Pine pollen;

Shilajit;

Eucommia bark;

Rehmannia root;

Goji berry;

Mucuna;

Noni;

Red sage root;

Jujube fruit;

Amla berry;

IMMUNE SYSTEM ENHANCEMENT:

Reishi mushroom fruitbody, spores and mycelium;

Wildrafted Chaga mushroom fruitbody and mycelium;

Agaricus blazei fruitbody and mycelium;

Turkey Tail fruitbody and mycelium;

Maitake fruitbody and mycelium;

and 20 other rare medicinal mushrooms;

Mangosteen rind;

Pau d’arco bark;

PEAK MENTAL AND ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE AND LIBIDO ENHANCEMENT:

Rhodiola;

Maca root juice;

Eleuthero root;

Cistanche;

Ashwagandha;

FOR ADAPTATION AND STRESS REDUCTION:

Gynostemma leaf;

He Shou Wu;

Holy Basil;

Red Asparagus root;

Polygalaroot;

Schisandra berry;

Morinda root;

White Atractylodes;

and more!

Longevity in a Bottle in 3 sizes:

Small size bottle: 20 grams; 4 full servings

Medium size bottle: 75 grams; 15 full servings

Large size bottle: 300 grams; 60 full servings

 

The 2 teaspoon full serving (beginners start with a 1/2 teaspoon and gradually increase over a month) of this rich brown powder stirred into water, shaken into a nut milk, or blended into a smoothie (imparts a coffee-like flavor) once a day is all it takes to accelerate your health results that lead to positive transformation. I know you love to accelerate your health results and the way you feel every single day!

Longevity in a Bottle is the culmination of my ten years work in the organic food world. Listen closely, as I need YOUR help right now to get Longevity in a Bottle manufactured, labeled and sent directly to your body.

Pre-order your Longevity in a Bottle through my RocketHub project site. This is not an investment or charity. It is an exchange: funds from fans for rewards from me. It’s an All & More funding mechanism: if I don’t reach my financial goal I get to keep what I raise. But if I do reah my goal, I get access to RocketHub’s exciting opportunities.

If you help me surpass my goal of raising $56,800 (fingers crossed!), the additional funds will go to launching Longevity in a Bottle’s hot sister product:Immortal Aphrosidiac.

UPDATED TENTATIVE TIMELINE:

-August: RocketHub campaign ends; ingredients ordered; label designing starts.

-September: Label designing complete, online pre-launch campaign commenced.

-October: Longevity in a Bottle manufactured; rewards shipped to contributors; company launched.

The Bigger Picture: The immediate embrace of this business makes me believe that people are ready to uplevel their health and enjoy a richer life where they have more energy to pursue their passions and more happiness in their heart to live a life of love with their friends and family.

Seeing people of every age light up when they take my products, and transform from rags to riches with regard to their health and quality of life, makes me feel like I am doing my part to make life that much better… and to me, THAT is success!

 

To your greatest health,

Christian Bates

Founder, Longevity Power Inc.


Click HERE for Top 2 Immune Boosting Herbs Part 1.

There is a category of nutrients that is NOT represented in a government’s Recommended Dietary Allowance: the polysaccharides.

Polysaccharides (multi-carbohydrate) aren’t just fiber, many of these “essential healing sugars” have complex structures that fit into the receptor sites of your immune system and train the immune system to do a better job. Countless studies have demonstrated that polysaccharides and herb extracts and superfood extracts high in polysaccharides promote a revitalizing amount of immune system support to humans and animals, help fight off mutagens and disease, and promote a healthy homeostasis within the body.

Reishi mushrooms

Medicinal mushrooms (Reishi, Chaga, Cordyceps, Shiitake, Lion’s Mane, Maitake, etc.) are the quintessential source of polysaccharides. Reishi and Chaga are considered the world’s greatest mushrooms. Therefore, anyone interested  in the immunological and revitalizing benefits of polysaccharides should go to extracts of these two mushrooms first and consume them everyday.

What really makes these herbs over the top is that they are truly tonics: you can take them every day with no negative side effects. They work immediately and cumulatively over a lifetime.

Reishi is the Queen of mushrooms and Chaga is King. Both are considered the mushrooms of immortality within the legend and lore of Traditional Chinese Medicine, specifically Taoist Tonic Herbalism.

Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum), after inoculating a tree or medium of dead plant matter with its mycelial growth, produces a beautiful shiny red fruitbody. The fruitbody (literally the fungi’s reproductive organ) and the spores it secretes are LOADED with polysaccarides and rare myco-chemicals that feed the immune system. Did you feed your immune system today? The subjective effect of reishi is particularly calming while deeply energizing. That isn’t a oxy-moronic statement. The best foods and herbs in the world should make you feel that way: deeply energized (without feeling stimulated) and mentally nourished and relaxed.

Chaga mushroom growing on a birch tree ready to harvest

Chaga (Inonotus obliquus) prefers to inoculate living trees, usually birch, in a mostly symbiotic (not parasitic or decomposing) relationship. Chaga is rich in polysaccarides and has countless Russian scientific studies to back its effects. Chaga is darkly pigmented with an ORAC (antioxidant scale) off the charts. It is perhaps the highest antioxidant herb ever. Both mushrooms are polypores, a variety of mushrooms which have tiny holes (or poly-pores) on their underside (instead of gills) which secrete spores. Polypores are considered very evolved and intelligent mushrooms (compared to mildews and yeasts).

ALL MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS FIGHT CANDIDA (despite the fallacies you’ve heard)! In order for a mushroom to survive in the wild and claim a tree for itself, it must have antifungal properties to compete with the other fungi. A pure extract of reishi and chaga has nothing in it to feed candida overgrowth or other fungal infections – it can only fend off such overgrowths in the body.

It’s ideal for everyone to consume reishi and chaga everyday for a robust immune system, long life, mental calm and clarity, and peak physical performance. Speaking of such benefits, I’d like to share my Longevity in a Bottle project with you (because I need your help!)

Longevity in a Bottle is the culmination of my last 10 years in the conscious organic food industry… it’s an epic new organic superfood product that contains 58 of the world’s greatest adaptogenic herbs and superfoods including organic reishi fruitbody extract, spores and mycelium, and wildcrafted chaga fruitbody extract and mycelium! Let my exciting video explain further: http://LongevityPower.com.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational use only. I don’t give medical advice, advise treatment or claim any cure for immune system related diseases, nor shall content be construed as medical advice because that would be illegal. You assume all risks for the use, non-use, and mis-use of the materials above. Your healing powers are alive within you. Thank you.

We often think of our body as a unit which needs certain minimums of macronutrients and micronutrients. But, it is a whole unit made up of interconnected parts: each part thrives on notable nutrients, many of which nutrients are not listed in a governments’ Recommended Dietary Allowance.

I'm a white blood cell, hear me roar... or peep?

It’s strange: Many of these body parts and systems are just not talked about with regard to our daily diet. Each system of your body has spent a lifetime malnourished due to the modern westernized diet which lacks variety, trace minerals, medicinal substances, and is loaded with toxins.

Let’s get right up close to the most important system in your body today: your immune system (Well, it’s tied in first place with your endocrine (hormones) system.)

This complex army needs to be fed daily to fulfill its lifelong double-sided challenge:

1. How to neutralize pathogens: because to not means the body is in a HYPO-immunoogical state, susceptible to colds, flues, candida overgrowth and more severe disease-causing pathogens.

AND

2. How to rid the body of (while remaining “cool”) toxins and allergens: because to not means the body is in a HYPER-immune state, causing inflammation and autoimmune takeover.

Every moment your body has a new micro-terrain of pathogens, allergens, and toxins to deal with, so your immune system must be able to fulfill both ends of the spectrum (Do: attack foreign invaders; Do not attack human self) without going out of balance (hypo and hyper).

Cool, we’ll just take some immuno-stimulating drugs and some immuno-suppressants, and we’ll be balanced, right? NO! Thank goddess nature found a way: We must consume natural substances which have a DOUBLE-DIRECTIONAL effect on the immune system. Did you feed your immune system today?

Chaga mushroom growing on a birch tree ready to harvest

ENTER: Medicinal mushrooms and adaptogenic herbs – most notable the top dogs of the fungi kingdom Reishi mushroom and Chaga mushroom. Hundreds upon hundreds of scientific studies, thousands of years and millions of people’s multi-generational use has placed these mushrooms as the most successful immune system. enhancements of humanity.

In PART 2 I will be discussing why everyone should be consuming reishi and chaga everyday for a robust immune system, long life, mental calm and clarity, and peak physical performance. As you patiently wait, I’d like to share my Longevity in a Bottle project with you (because I need your help!)

Reishi mushrooms

Longevity in a Bottle is the culmination of my last 10 years in the conscious organic food industry… it’s an epic new organic superfood product that contains 58 of the world’s greatest adaptogenic herbs and superfoods including reishi and chaga! Let my exciting video explain further: http://LongevityPower.com.

~~~ CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE TO PART 2 ~~~

Disclaimer: This article is for informational use only. I don’t give medical advice, advise treatment or claim any cure for immune system related diseases, nor shall content be construed as medical advice because that would be illegal. You assume all risks for the use, non-use, and mis-use of the materials above. Your healing powers are alive within you. Thank you. 

 

Up-level your green juicing and wild/superfood protocol for free! Yes, wild thistle juice is 100% free except the cost of cleaning your juicer. 😉  Better yet, this liver-soothing, blood-building potion is outstandingly good for you. Enjoy my video: http://youtu.be/56-h40R_b8w

 

Want more wild green elixirs? You’ll love the Wild Grass Dream in my book Superfood Beauty Elixirs: www.SuperfoodBeautyElixirs.com

 


Happy New Year! Presenting…the Best of ChristianBates.com in 2011!

To develop superfood products, I have taken a 5 month break from writing and video making for ChristianBates.com. However, I am fully charged to reach out, educate and entertain in 2012. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, please pick from the best of my 2011 posts (includes hilariously informative videos and articles). Go ahead, click on the links below (They will open in new windows or tabs so that you can easily come back to this page):

 

The Cacao Rap (Music Video)As fly as the It’s Gettin’ Real in the Whole Foods Parking Lot rap or even flyer? You decide.

 

Gathering Spring Water For My Hot Tub: The ‘How To’ adventure you MUST see!

 

Superfoods Song (Music Video): Me on the mic; 80+ superfoods sung in a high speed Mexican Hat Dance.

 

Superfoods Song REMIXED! (HOT Music Video): Bethanne Wanamaker on the mic!

 

Simple Raw Chocolate Hazel Nut Mylk Smoothie Recipe: A scrumptious liquid recipe that was put into a gluten-free cooking book.

 

High Fruit? Low Fruit? Or Fermentation? (Video and Article): The ancient secret of fermenting the sugar out of your favorite fruits to make tantalizing low-glycemic elixirs!

 

6 Unique Kefirs (with Video): Everything you can do with the best ferment ever!

 

Japan’s Nuclear Fallout To Hit Western North America and What To Do About It: Educate yourself.

 

Anti-Radiation Elixirs (Video with 2 Recipes): A savory soup and sweet superfood smoothie, Mmmmm.

 

The Best Compost Ever! (Video: Composting At Home Explained): Let me show you how it’s done.

 

Raw Superfood Cream-filled Chocolate Easter Eggs Recipe: I can read your mind, “I want!”

 

Kelp Chips Recipe, like Kale Chips but BETTER: Kale is great, but Kelp is wild!

 

Vanilla Malt & Chocolate Butterscotch Swirl Gelato Fudgsicles Recipe (Raw, Ovo Vegan, Low Glycemic): Yeah… your welcome.

 

UnCoffee Ice Creme Sundae Drizzled in Raw Chocolate Sauce (Rich in Tonic Herbs, Low-glycemic, Mostly Raw): A meal in itself!

 

Get Your Natural Game On! (HOT CONTROVERSIAL Video): Make this fascinating video go viral now.

 

My Facebook Community Created My Superfood Smoothie (VIDEO): 1st time it’s ever been done.

 

Make 2012 your year for extraordinary health,

Christian

The Cacao Rap music video is finally launched! It is an educational entertainment (“edu-tainment”) piece designed to make you think, make you laugh 😉 , and get you passionate about raw cacao! Enjoy!

CLICK HERE to Subscribe to my YouTube channel, The Irresistible Health Show, and stay updated for all future “edu-tainment” videos.

Lyrics:

CB: Yo, deep from the heart of Amazon herbalism
An ally at large for folks who like the cures in ‘em
This buddy of mine, can you guess who he is?
If I told you he’s the highest whole food antioxidant?
Either you stumped or you know
Based on the title of this show.
You best not be pronouncing it COCOA.

Please say hello to my little friend,
Purple beans to send from the Amaz”a”n,
Prevents bulldozing the rainforest to raise chemical cows
Let’s raise the roof for raw cacao!

CHORUS:
Let’s raise the roof for raw cacao!
Let’s raise the roof for raw cacao!
Let’s raise the roof for raw cacao!
Let’s raise the roof for…

Aumm and the now power of now is how I first got into this:
Holistic living mindin’ my own business,
But in 2003 I got into raw food.
Turned 18 then, been vital since adulthood.
In 2004 I couldn’t ask for more:
Did the green powders, the nuts, seeds and sprouters.

I snuck some pieces of roasted sugarized
Chocolate, but I knew the lies, I was a doubter
‘till the day my superfood goodies order arrived
I gave myself the first dibs,
A crunch, a chew, I was feeling alive
As I experienced my first raw cacao nibs!

Raw chocolate a mineral supplement,
Highest source of magnesium, chromium, and so much more
A hero reverses the worlds mineral deficiencies
Scientific facts prove shamanistic folklore

By 2006 raw cacao powder and butter,
Came on the market to near from far
I co-created with YogiSuzi, my friend of another mother
The infamous superfoodized WildBar

Deputy Commissioner for the FDA, Michael Taylor, regarding cacao what do you have to say?

MT: I think I don’t like it at alls,
Haven’t patented or genetically modified it’s chromosomes,
But serve it with estrogenic cow milk and sugar, and I’ll give it a go.

CB: I think you’re a bigger deception than running heal-toe.

MT: Your niche of foodies need to really move on, you know
And try the ingredients that get my stamp of approval.

CB: No thanks Mike I make difference choices now,
I choose wild foods and superfoods like maca and cacao

Let’s raise the roof for raw cacao
Let’s raise the roof for raw cacao
Let’s raise the roof for raw cacao
Let’s raise the roof for…

Now I know what you might be thinking.
Is this guy coo coo for cacao poofs?
Doesn’t he know that cacao is to theobromine as to hard liquor is to proof.
An addictive intoxicant, unnatural chemical dependency,
Surely he must be in denial of this superfood fallacy
Rest assured I’m aware of the debate
But in love and in my rational
There ain’t no room for cacao bean hate
In fact pass me some of that Arriba national.

You see, in the wild, all food has medicine in it,
These original foods have alkaloids and bitter nutrients.
They are good for our receptor sites at the right doses
I’m not saying drink liquid cacao from high pressure hoses.
Use cacao as an ingredient, a recipe addition that has buttery bitters
Then balance it with plenty of creamies, herbs and sweeteners.
You’ve just stacked the odds in your favor,
Cacao, the MAOI-like neuro-potentiator,
Please save me more for later

Mike, for ships and cosmic giggles, I give you the floor.

MT: Thanks Bates. Ideally terrorists like you wouldn’t be here anymore
You’de be in FEMA’s collateral 90%.

CB: Whoa, don’t haise me bro, my raps getting’ a dent.
This is a cacao party with a positivity and an afterglow

MT: I know, but only when allowed by bill S-510.

CB: That’s been called the food fascism bill
Threatening my ability to make superfood American pies on my window sill,

MT: Bates I got a new chorus for you:

Let’s raise the roof for government psyops
Let’s raise the roof for government psyops

Changing our name on the television
Hiding the truth again and again
Psychopathic rulers oppress citizens
We make the orders for all the governments

Parasites stuck in our DNA
Totalitarian tiptoe is our way
A war on your mind, a war on your brain
Don’t think hard, remain innocent

Let’s raise the roof for government psyops
Let’s raise the roof for government psyops
Let’s raise the roof for government psyops
Let’s raise the roof for government psyops

Bates its time we took you out
Gonna silence you so you cannot shout!

CB: Not afraid of you and I will not pout
I got a secret weapon just open your mouth….

MT: Oh my freaking cacao goddess I feel good I think I’ll go on a hike.

CB: Holy cacao, we’re gonna let you go Mike,
For an outrageous impression, please Subscribe, Comment and Like
But seriously only if you do Like, use your mind, your discernment,
These days its more challenging to know who’s got the clearest vision,
Use this mode of communication while you can, the world wide Internet
Keep discussing, ask who can entertain the many ways of making decisions
Turn off your television.
give your throat a break of shoving down corporatism.

Go outside and touch the Earth, son,
Get some naked rays of sun,
You are the one, hon’, the superhero with the paradise dreams,
Keep your insides clean, get the natural medicine in.

Together we seek to love, experience and know
Tune in next time to the Rappin’ Irresistible Health Show!

(Chorus during credits)

Copyright 2011 Christian Bates

Do you want some cacao-containing elixir recipes made by this video’s rapper? Then, CLICK HERE: SuperfoodBeautyElixirs.com.

This article marks the first of many “Wild Food Closeup” posts where I describe my favorite accessible wild foods and provide top notch recipes that use the featured wild food as a main ingredient.

Upper Brazil nuts in brown seed coat, lower naked out of seed coat

The delicious Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa) is one of the most accessible wild foods on the planet because – chances are – it is imported right to your favorite stores. Almost all Brazil nuts you can buy are wild-crafted in South America, where the up to 170 foot tall, up to 1000 years of age Brazil nut tree is native. The nuts (botanically they are not nuts, but seeds) are imported conveniently naked out of “shell.”

The Brazil nut tree has rarely been cultivated because it requires the long-tongued orchid bee to be pollinated and bare fruit. The orchid bees require the nearby presence of the orchid Coryanthes vasquezii. The male bees pollinate the orchid and must acquire the scent of the orchid to attract the female bees. The female bees pollinate the coiled Brazil nut flower. No orchid, no bee population. No bee population, no pollination. No pollination, no fruit which contains the Brazil nut.

This pollination intricacy is actually good news because it means that the Brazil nut has therefore escaped thousands of years of agricultural cultivation, a man-made process than generally ends up lowering the mineral and medicinal content of the end food cultivar. Equally as good news is that this necessarily provides income for tropical forests without destroying them.

Brazil nut fruit pod, looks similar to cacao fruit pod

Brazil nut leaf, pod, shell, nut

In the health-world, Brazil nuts have been made famous for containing a phenomenal amount of the trace mineral Selenium, which is a necessary co-factor in just about every system, organ and gland of the body. Most foods and soils are low in Selenium.

Brazil nuts are one of my favorite foods because they are both wild and caloric (and did I mention yet: also incredibly delicious!). We hear about wild foods like dandelion, miner’s lettuce and reishi mushroom, but those foods don’t give us the calories, oils and bulk proteins (in other words, the macronutrients) that we humans need. To find a wild food that is both therapeutically nutritious and abundant in calories is actually rare and requires either a lot of knowledge to find and wild-craft ourselves or an industry out of Bolivia, Brazil and Peru that harvests 20,000 tons of Brazil nuts per year (which is down from over 100,000 tons in 1970!)

Be wary of Brazil nuts that have been sitting around in a bulk been for a while, exposed to light and dirty hands. If your Brazil nuts acquire a slightly moldy flavor, which is common, it means that aflatoxin has developed and they should not be eaten.

Most nuts and seeds we can buy (sweet almonds, English walnuts, etc.) are cultivars that are just not as virile and full of life-force medicine as their wild origins. But choosing to add in wild Brazil nuts allows us to easily transition into a diet-lifestyle that generally makes us more “virile and wild” in our health. Get yourself some high quality organic Brazil nuts and start making some amazing recipes today.

Recipes using plenty of Brazil nuts:

RAW GREEN BRAZILLY ONION BAGEL

Place the following in a large bowl:

Onion bagel ingredients mixed in bowl prior to pressing through solid cone juicer

3 large onions, peeled and cut into pieces

2 cups Brazil nuts, soaked 1 to 24 hours

3/4 cup olive oil

3/4 cup ground chia seed

1/3 cup tonic herb tea

2 teaspoons sea salt

2 cloves garlic, peeled

Several dashes of spirulina

OPTIONAL: 1/2 teaspoon chipotle, cayenne or chile pepper of choice

Mix with spatula in bowl. Then push through a slow moving juicer with the solid (not porous) plate in place into another bowl. Mix on more time and place on solid-sheeted dehydrator trays into “half bagel” shapes (like thick pancakes with holes in their center.) Dehydrate at about 120*F for a few hours, then flip onto screen trays and dehydrate a few more hours until crispy on the outside and somewhat moist on the inside.

RAW CREAM “CREME OF NUT BUTTER” CHEZE

Raw Green Brazilly Onion Bagels spread with Cream "Cream of Nut Butter" Cheze

2/3 cup Brazil nut butter (make this by blending Brazil nuts in a food processor until creamy)

2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon spring water

2 teaspoons hemp seeds

2 teaspoons birch xylitol, honey or your favorite healthful sweetener

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Blend in a blender  until thick and creamy. Spread on your Raw Green Brazilly Onion Bagels.

Want more exquisite wild-food-containing raw recipes? Then my book Superfood Beauty Elixirs is just for you. Visit www.SuperfoodBeautyElixirs.com to read all about it (I know you’ll love it) and don’t forget to tell your of similar mindset friends!

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