Friday, 23 June 2017

Bees do it! Why we should do it too.

If you want to add the world’s most nutritious natural item to your diet, then follow the bees.

No, not honey (delicious though that is) but something much earlier in the process - bee pollen.

It’s a powerful superfood that sometimes gets overlooked thanks to an emphasis on the sweet sticky end result. But bee pollen is used in holistic remedies all over the globe, and its value has been understood for centuries, for very good reasons.

What is bee pollen?

The title actually pretty well sums it up. It’s the pollen that younger honey bees gather as part of their busy lives.

It packs such a punch because the adolescent bees compress around a million male flower pollen specks into each one of the bee pollen granules you can buy from Detox Trading.

It is remarkable to think that these little creatures know exactly what to look for when gathering 'the good stuff'. Bee pollen is approximately 40% protein. Compare that to other animal by-products and you can see it flies high. This is a rich source of amino acids, including the variety that is ready for your body to use immediately.

Why else should you eat it?

As mentioned previously, this natural substance is incredibly complex despite the fact it is also compact. It offers an unrivalled range of minerals, 18 different vitamins (including B complex and folic acid), amino acids and other nutrients.

It really is the ultimate complete food.

On top of all that, it also contains enzymes that can give your body a boost to strip nutrients out of the other food stuffs you eat too! What a hero.

So, with so much goodness in each granule, what are the other health and well-being benefits of adding bee pollen to your diet?

Great energy source – Bee pollen packs an energy punch well above its weight. The slow-release kind can keep you going for hours. It can also help muscle recovery after exercise too. Some top athletes have already made it a staple in their healthy diet.

Metabolism stimulant – This and its ability to help control cravings makes bee pollen helpful for weight management.

Cardiovascular support – As it contains substances that help to strengthen blood vessels, bee pollen is a handy aid for circulatory problems. It helps you to regulate cholesterol too and has anti-clotting potential to help fend off strokes.

Skin boost – Bee pollen helps skin cells to regenerate. (Also, its usefulness as a natural anti-inflammatory means it can help soothe skin conditions if applied as an ointment.)

Allergy relief – Just like locally sourced honey, bee pollen offers natural abilities to suppress the production of allergy-causing histamines.

Immune system support – Bee pollen supports natural processes, and some nutritionists believe it has antibiotic properties to help combat illnesses. It’s a rich source of antioxidants that protect cells from attack too.

Best way to add it to your diet

This all-round, versatile superfood is an anytime snack as it is sweet to taste and so easy to digest.

However, to optimise its potential, it is a great idea to eat it at mealtimes with fruit (which helps to get it working its magic quicker).

Sprinkled onto a smoothie is one of our favourite ways to enjoy what nature and our furry little friends have provided by their hard work. It goes well in milkshakes too.

By the way, this amazing superfood is another reason why you should join the campaigns and efforts to protect and grow bee populations in the UK.

And when you order your bee pollen from Detox Trading, you can get your hands on our “hive” of other wonderful foods too!

Boost your barnet with superfoods

Are your tresses looking a little sad? Sometimes, despite eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep, our hair can feel and appear worse for wear. Perhaps you've fried it with some hot summer sun, hair dyes and heat tools, or maybe your hair is naturally prone to dryness and breakage. Well, here are a few hair care tricks that you may not have thought of. 

For instance, did you know that when applied directly to your scalp and hair, superfoods can truly work wonders and leave you looking at your shiny strands in the mirror thinking, 'is that really my hair?'

Firstly, we cannot stress the importance of coconut oil enough. Did you know that the most damaging thing most people put on their hair is actually water? When we wash our hair, the water penetrates our hair shaft and causes it to swell. This puts pressure on the outer layer of our hair (which is called the cuticle), often causing it to break. This breakage is what prevents shine, as it takes a smooth cuticle to reflect shine. However, coconut oil can essentially waterproof your hair if applied before washing and allowed to soak in. The oil will stop any water from getting inside your hair shaft when you wash it, therefore greatly reducing breakage. Coconut oil is the only oil which has been shown to have this effect, which is just another reason it's a superfood!

Secondly, amla powder - the powder of a fruit native to India and Burma - has been used for centuries to enhance hair condition, growth and natural texture. Amla powder is very often added to henna and indigo mixtures, as it adds moisture as well as cooler tones for red and brown dyes. You can nourish your hair by using amla as a conditioner, add texture to fine hair or boost curls by simply making a paste of amla powder and water, which you then massage into your hair and scalp in relaxing circular motions. Leave your hair in a shower cap for 30 minutes so that your head heat works its magic and then shampoo and condition as usual. 

Lastly, add a touch of oregano oil to your conditioner for a natural anti-dandruff solution. This fabulous-smelling oil is full of antioxidants and is antibacterial and antifungal, so it's capable of treating skin complaints like dandruff as well as generally promoting scalp health. As a bonus, it also encourages hair growth when added to olive oil and massaged into the scalp.

When you want to buy superfoods online, look no further than Detox Trading and rejuvenate your look as well as your diet.