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D-RIBOSE: ENERGIZING SMART SUGAR

Fred Liers PhD riboseAvoiding excess dietary sugars is one of the healthiest things. But there is one sugar that really is good for you. That sugar is D-ribose.

In fact, D-ribose is so healthy for you, it may be the one sugar you won’t want to live without. A little background to this amazing sugar.

D-ribose is a 5-carbon monosaccharide occurring naturally in living cells. D-ribose importantly forms the carbohydrate parts of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA). That means d-ribose is the sugar essential for the biological function of all living creatures, including humans.

Supplemental D-ribose is associated with many benefits. These benefits include greater energy, less fatigue, and faster muscle recovery. These benefits relate to the capacities of D-ribose as a total body energizer because it boosts energy production (as ATP) in the body.

For individuals suffering low energy levels associated with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), low energy levels, and other problems related to low energy (ATP) production, D-ribose can mean a significantly higher level of energy. In cases of extremely low energy, it can mean the capacity to function more normally.

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D-ribose energizes every cell in our bodies.

Athletes and bodybuilders were among the earliest to recognize D-ribose for purposes of improving performance and recovery times. D-Ribose also exerts anti-anxiety, stress reduction, and potential anti-depressant properties. There is additional evidence suggesting that supra physiological amounts of ribose may have cardioprotective effects, especially for the ischemic heart.

Supplemental D-ribose usually comes in the form of a sweet, crystalline, water-soluble powder. It is also available in capsules or tablets, including chewable tablets.

Humans synthesize d-ribose from foods, including glucose and various dietary sugars. But there are benefits to supplemental D-ribose. One of the major reasons is the important role of D-ribose in the production of energy (ATP) in human cells.

D-RIBOSE BENEFITS

• GREATER ENERGY (ATP) PRODUCTION

• FASTER RECOVERY

• REDUCED FATIGUE

• IMPROVES ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

• SUPPORTS MITOCHONDRIAL FUNCTION

• AIDS CHRONIC FATIGUE AND FIBROMYALGIA

• SUSTAINS CARDIAC AND SKELETAL MUSCLE

• BETTERS PHYSIOLOGICAL FUNCTION UNDER ANAEROBIC CONDITIONS

• SUPPORTS LONGEVITY OF BLOOD CELLS

• ANTI-ANXIETY EFFECTS

• STRESS REDUCTION

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D-ribose is heart healthy unlike most dietary sugars (e.g., sucrose).

RIBOSE FOR ENERGY (ATP) PRODUCTION

The body uses D-ribose to generate adenosine triphosphate (ATP).  ATP provides energy for all bodily movements and every chemical reaction in cells. ATP is the source of all energy in the body and it’s constantly broken down and recreated due to the processes of life.

The adenine portion of ATP consists of one molecule of adenine and ribose (i.e., five-carbon sugar). The triphosphate portion of ATP consists of three phosphate molecules. When a phosphate breaks off from ATP, then energy is released. The compound then becomes adenosine diphosphate (ADP), which consists of adenosine and two phosphate molecules. When another phosphate molecule breaks off, it becomes adenosine monophosphate (AMP).

It is well established that ratios of ATP, ADP, and AMP are essential for regulating energy in cells. Under extreme physiological stress (e.g., high-intensity exercise), our cells cannot recreate ATP rapidly enough to supply cells with required energy. Concentrations of ADP and AMP rise causing a reduction in cellular energy. When the body’s rate of ATP use continues exceeding the rate at which it can be generated, cells “lose” nucleotides in order to restore the ratio between ATP, ADP, and AMP.

During anaerobic metabolism, AMP levels can rise within cells, thereby disturbing the ratios of ATP to ADP and AMP. The body can reduce AMP concentrations by degrading AMP to simpler end products resulting in a significant decrease in the adenine nucleotide pool. Under extreme conditions (e.g., prolonged high-intensity exercise or the diminished blood flow to tissues witnessed in ischemia), the adenine nucleotide pool may decrease by 30–50%. These effects can significantly compromise physical performance.

Here is where D-ribose supplementation works to support energy production. Supplemental D-ribose allows the body to bypass relatively slow conversion steps required for recreating the adenosine nucleotide providing critical material for ATP production. That is, D-ribose can increase the speed of nucleotide replacement. This has implications not only for sports performance, but also for general health. D-ribose is especially useful in situations where greater energy may be required, as in low energy, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, or combating the effects of aging.

D-RIBOSE RATE-LIMITING SUGAR FOR NUCLEOTIDE SYNTHESIS

One of the most important aspects of D-ribose for health relates to the fact that it is the rate-limiting compound that regulates the activity of the purine nucleotide pathway of adenine nucleotide metabolism. As such, ribose plays a central role not only in the synthesis of ATP, but also of coenzyme-A, flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD), DNA, RNA, and other important cellular constituents.

In fact, D-ribose is the only known compound the body can use for performing this critical metabolic function. Specifically, ribose administration bypasses the slow and rate-limited pentose phosphate pathway to stimulate adenine nucleotide synthesis and salvage in vivo. In addition, it has been shown that de novo adenine nucleotide synthesis in skeletal muscle is rate limited by the availability of ribose.

Specifically, human muscle cells (e.g., heart and skeletal muscle cells) do not rapidly replace lost nucleotides because of the lack of two rate-limiting enzymes in the pentose phosphate pathway metabolizing glucose to ribose-5-phosphate. Ribose itself forms 5-phosphoribosyl-1-pyrophosphate, a rate-limiting compound in nucleotide synthesis. As noted, supplemental D-ribose allow the body to bypass the rate-limited steps of the pentose phosphate pathway, thereby accelerating nucleotide synthesis (and salvage).

STOPPING THE VICIOUS CYCLE OF ENERGY DEPLETION

It should not take a genius to figure out that when energy production is optimized, overall health will improve. Yet, the same principle also applies in reverse. That is, there are many instances in which low energy levels can fuel lower energy levels. For example, when illness, stressors, or other factors deplete large amounts of the body’s supply of energy, they can gradually (or not so gradually) lessen the body’s capacity to produce more by overtaxing the energy production system.

This cascade of reduced energy production can become a vicious cycle in which there are few reserves left to support the body’s need for greater energy. D-Ribose is one of the only nutrients that can reverse the downward spiral in ATP production when demands exceed supply. By feeding the body’s own system for producing energy, and thereby supplying the raw material required to produce it, supplemental D-ribose can helps break the cycle of low energy levels.

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Chronic low energy? D-ribose is required for creating energy for all biological functions.

A ROLE FOR SUPPLEMENTAL D-RIBOSE

To recap the importance of supplemental D-ribose: D-ribose increases the rate at which ATP is generated. This improves exercise performance and allows for faster muscle growth. All this is possible because supplemental ribose helps the body bypass the conversion steps needed to create or re-create adenosine nucleotides.

Because replacing adenine nucleotides normally requires a certain amount of time, providing the body with D-ribose supplementally via diet can reduce rates of healing and repair in muscle cells. That is, supplemental D-ribose can increase the speed at which adenosine nucleotides are replaced by providing raw material for the creation of more ATP. That is how D-ribose improves athletic performance and supports optimal energy production, as well as optimal muscle health.

The significance of the science behind ATP production is that almost everyone can benefit from supplemental D-ribose. Whether you are an athlete requiring rapid repletion of energy, a person suffering from low energy levels or chronic fatigue, or anyone who wishes to improve energy production supporting optimal health.

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Fatigued to fantastic: a plentiful supply of D-ribose helps ensure an abundance of energy.

REJUVENATE! SUPERFOODS INCLUDE D-RIBOSE

We at HPDI have focused our efforts on formulating the most effective nutritional supplements and superfoods. When Dr. Hank Liers formulated our original high-RNA Rejuvenate! superfood, he put D-ribose into it. In fact, all of our Rejuvenate! superfoods provide significant amounts of D-ribose.

Rejuvenate! (original greens) provides 1,500 mg D-ribose per serving (one small scoop). Rejuvenate! PLUS provides 1,800 mg per serving (two scoops). Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs provides 2,000 mg per serving (two scoops).

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All Rejuvenate! superfoods provide high levels of D-Ribose.

A major reason HPDI includes D-ribose in its superfoods–and perhaps the most obvious one–is simply that we formulate unique, high-RNA superfoods to support optimal energy production in the body. D-ribose supports that goal by various means.

D-ribose is the rate-limiting sugar for the uptake and assimilation of dietary nucleic acids (RNA, DNA, nucleotides, and nucleosides). This is because D-ribose is actually the sugar backbone of these nutrients. As such, the body requires D-ribose in order to utilize and create (or recreate) dietary nucleic acids.

For example, nucleotides are the molecular building blocks of DNA and RNA. They are chemical compounds consisting of a heterocyclic base, a 5-carbon sugar (ribose or deoxyribose) and at least one phosphate group. They are the monomers of nucleic acids, and 3 or more can bond together to form a nucleic acid.

Nucleosides are glycosylamines consisting of a base (or nucleobase) to a ribose (or deoxyribose) ring. Some nucleosides are cytidine, adenosine, guanosine, and inosine. When nucleosides are phosphorylated in cells, they produce nucleotides (see above).

Thus, D-ribose plays important roles as an essential part of nucleic acids, nucleotides, and nucleosides; in the production of energy (as ATP); and the synthesis and salvage of nucleotides in the body.

Rejuvenate! superfoods are formulated to provide high levels of nucleic acids. D-ribose helps the body optimize its use of nucleic acids and their constituent components. Having D-ribose in our superfoods not only supports energy production directly, but also allows maximum use of the dietary RNA they are formulated to provide.

Rejuvenate! superfoods provide nutrients that boost energy levels significantly and consistently for optimal health, healing, and wellness. The inclusion of D-ribose importantly supports the powerful nucleic acid nutrition these superfoods offer, as well as supplements the body’s intake and synthesis of D-ribose.

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REJUVENATE! PLUS provides 1,800 mg of D-ribose per serving.

SUMMARY

D-Ribose of one of the most important natural sugars for life and health. It is one of the few nutrients that can boost energy levels naturally. When taken with other important biological nutrients, including dietary RNA, DNA, nucleotides, and nucleosides, D-ribose is truly a nutritional powerhouse that can support good health and the energy levels required to live life to its fullest. We believe the best way to obtain supplemental D-ribose is to consume Rejuvenate! superfoods.

SOURCES & RESOURCES

REJUVENATE! SUPERFOODS

REJUVENATE! PLUS

REJUVENATE! BERRIES & HERBS

REJUVENATE! ORIGINAL (GREENS)

REJUVENATE! COMPARISON GUIDE

HPDI BLOG ARTICLES

GET RESULTS WITH REJUVENATE SUPERFOODS

9 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT REJUVENATE! SUPERFOODS

DIETARY RNA FOR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Pentose-Phosphate Pathway: Elsevier’s Review of Biochemistry

From Fatigued to Fantastic (excerpt) by Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

D-Ribose technical information (Vista Chemicals)

Enhancing Cardiac Energy with Ribose (LEF)

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES

The Use of D-Ribose in Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia (J Altern Complement Med.)

D-Ribose Aids Advanced Ischemic Heart Failure Patients (Int J Cardiol.)

D-Ribose, a Metabolic Substrate for Congestive Heart Failure (Prog Cardiovasc Nurs.)

D-Ribose as a Supplement for Cardiac Energy Metabolism (J Cardiovasc Pharmacol Ther.)

Ribose Accelerates the Repletion of the ATP Pool During Recovery from Reversible Ischemia of the Rat Myocardium (J Mol Cell Cardiol.)

Significance of the 5-phosphoribosyl-1-pyrophosphate pool for cardiac purine and pyrimidine nucleotide synthesis: studies with ribose, adenine, inosine, and orotic acid in rats (Cardiovasc Drugs Ther.)

Stimulation of Myocardial Adenine Nucleotide Biosynthesis by Pentoses and Pentitols (Pflugers Arch.)

The Role of Ribose on Oxidative Stress During Hypoxic Exercise (J. Med. Food)

D-Ribose Benefits Restless Legs Syndrome (J Altern Complement Med.)

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PRO CYCLIST IRENA OSSOLA’S REJUVENATE SMOOTHIE

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HPDI’s sponsored women’s pro elite cyclist Irena Ossola is busy all summer racing, including multiple top 10 finishes at the Prairie State Cycling Series this week in the Chicago region. Irena raced in June with Team Cloud in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In May, she competed in the US Elite Pro Nationals in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Yet, Irena hasn’t been too busy to keep up her nutrition program, take HPDI foundational supplements, or make smoothies with Rejuvenate!™ superfoods. Just the opposite. Time spent competing in top-level races and traveling widely means keeping up intake of important nutrients for high performance.

This month Irena offers up a recipe for one of her favorite Rejuvenate! smoothies, and a few choice words about how she creates it.

As an elite athlete, Irena places great demands upon her body and mind that most people cannot too readily imagine. When HPDI began sponsoring her in March, it was because it was a good fit for her and us. Irena had already tried Rejuvenate! superfoods on her own finding they improved her recovery times. Rejuvenate! superfoods provide dietary nucleic acids (like RNA and DNA), which support optimal athletic performance, recovery, well-being, and health.

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Irena’s busy race schedule means greater needs for superior nutrition.

Indeed, Irena requires superior products supporting her nutritional needs as she requires super-nutrition for training and racing. In return, we get to test our advanced formulas on a working pro athlete whose performance and progress give us ideas about making our products and rejuvenation program better. And how best to incorporate our products into complete programs for athletic performance and improved results for athletes in all sports.

HPDI nutritional supplements Irena uses include: Multi Two Tabs (multivitamin), Ultimate Protector (Nrf2 activator formula), Myo-Mag (magnesium formula), Omega Plus (essential fatty acids formula), Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs, Rejuvenate Plus, and Rejuvenate! (original greens). That is, she incorporates both foundational supplements and other advanced HPDI formulas in a complete supplement program supporting her needs for optimal nutrition.

We at HPDI hope you enjoy Irena Ossola’s Rejuvenate! smoothie recipe. We encourage you to try it. Maybe you will improve your performance whether you cycle, run, swim, hike, walk, or just live life to its fullest!! Tell us how you like it!! ~

IRENA OSSOLA’S REJUVENATE SMOOTHIE RECIPE

INGREDIENTS

• FROZEN FRUIT: Strawberries, Pineapple, Blueberries, and Raspberries and/or Blackberries (As Desired)

• BANANA (One Or Part) (Optional)

• COCONUT FLAKES (Dried, Unsweetened) (To Taste)

• GREENS: SPINACH AND/OR KALE Leaves (1–2 Handfulls)

• FLAX SEEDS: 1–2 Teaspoons (or 1 Scoop)

• CHIA SEEDS: 1–2 Teaspoons (or 1 Scoop)

• REJUVENATE!™ SUPERFOODS (PLUS, BERRIES & HERBS and/or Original): 1–2 Scoops

• EGG WHITE PROTEIN POWDER: 1-2 Scoops

• ALMOND MILK (UNSWEETENED) (As Desired)

• YOGURT (As Desired)

• ICE (As Desired)

DIRECTIONS

Mix all ingredients in a blender. Then serve and enjoy!!

 IRENA TALKS ABOUT REJUVENATE SMOOTHIES

“As a full time athlete I train every day and sometimes multiple times a day. To keep in top form and fuel myself to sustain high energy and perform well, it is important that I maintain a healthy diet and provide my body with the proper recovery after every training session or race.

Whether or not you are an athlete in training, or using HPDI’s Rejuvenate! superfoods to feel better and fuel your body, my smoothie recipe combines the proper ingredients for your health and it tastes great!!

I mix in a combination of these ingredients (above) and adjust them to taste depending on availability of ingredients and desire for variety.

If the smoothie tastes too ‘green’ for you, then I suggest adding more banana as it will sweeten things.

If you like berries in your smoothies, yet also wish to reduce sugars, then try eliminating the banana.

I love adding protein powder to a smoothie. The protein adds a smoothness and lessens the icy texture from ice or frozen fruit. Chia seeds and flax seeds add a solid, filling consistency and they are really good for recovery.

I tend to use unsweetened almond milk (instead of milk or soy milk) because it usually has higher levels of protein and essential fats.”

IRENA’S REJUVENATE SMOOTHIE PICTURES

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Rejuvenate! superfoods are foundational elements of my nutrition program & Rejuvenate smoothies.

 

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Be creative with ingredients when you make Rejuvenate smoothies.

 

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Any blender will do. In seconds you’ll have my Rejuvenate! smoothie.

 

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Rejuvenate smoothie ready to drink!!

 

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Bearing down at Nationals Time Trial in Chattanooga, TN. I’m powered by Rejuvenate! superfoods.

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DEATH BY ONE (OR TWO) THOUSAND CUTS

Fred Liers PhD avoidance toxins thousand cutsI’m not too much of an alarmist. Or a sensationalist.

But lately I’ve been thinking about how to build optimal health. I’ve written and edited a series of articles about Rejuvenation, including the topics of detoxification and avoidance of toxins. I’ve  also blogged on liver and kidney detoxification, intestinal cleansing, and juicing for health.

I agree with individuals (nutritionists, herbalists, and others) who say, “the strongest defense is a good offense.” Meaning that when you start implementing many healthy practices, they tend to build health in ways that mere avoidance cannot. For example, when you combine regular juicing with a great diet, exercise, nutritional supplements, and a powerfully positive outlook.

However, today I’m thinking about avoidance. About defense. About how difficult it can be for many people to avoid the very things in their environments that undermine health.

Knowing what things to avoid is a matter of education. But it’s also about vigilance, establishing healthy routines, and developing a mental filter that emphasizes “natural” thereby supporting a systematic system of avoidance that centers on natural living.

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Preventing exposures to toxins is one key to optimal health.

AVOIDANCE IS PREVENTION

One might well ask why avoidance is so necessary. It’s probably the least enjoyable and most difficult aspect of creating optimal health. It’s not even fun to talk or write about. Because who wants to spend their time thinking about things to avoid?

It’s obvious that avoiding toxic pesticides is desirable. But it’s not so much fun asking your neighbor not to spray 2,4-D on her lawn. Or finding out which ingredients in snacks at your child’s school or camp are genetically modified (GMO). Yet, these are often very essential things.

NOT UNLIKE YOUR CAR

Another way to view avoidance is to take the analogy of your body as a automobile. You routinely spend time taking care of it, changing the oil and other fluids, rotating the tires, etc. You never wait until the oil is degraded, the tires go bald, or the timing belt is about to break before taking the actions necessary to keep your vehicle in good operational order.

But then you find yourself facing bad roads, potholes, extreme temperatures, bad weather, and other challenges. Some challenges are expected and that’s part of the reason you take good care of it. The conditions of the road are rarely under your control even if you can select your route. But that doesn’t mean you drive recklessly or pretend real dangers don’t exist. They do. And once your car lies stuck in a ditch, it’s much harder to get it out than simply preventing it from going there in the first place.

Keeping your car out of the ditch is the essence of avoidance. Because just preventing your vehicle from getting stuck in a ditch gives you far more options for taking evasive actions. Most of which will help keep your vehicle operational.

Avoidance of toxins is prevention. It’s taking care to ensure your “vehicle” (i.e., body) is kept as clean and pure as possible in a toxic world. It’s defensive driving at its finest.

 DEATH BY A THOUSAND TOXINS?

The title of my article may sound extreme. But what’s more extreme is the actual situation we face in our toxin-laden, industrial civilization. The truth is that there are toxins prevalent in our air, water, soil, homes, and in foods that make it nearly impossible not to have a significant level of exposure and contamination.

The toxins I’m talking about include everything from pesticides and GMOs to heavy metals, VOCs, plastics and endocrine-disrupting chemicals, halogens like fluoride and chlorine, as well as toxin-laden household and personal products.

There are many reasons why we face toxic exposures not just daily, but continuously. And that’s the problem. Each toxin we face may be mildly harmful, dangerous, or even deadly by itself (especially in large quantities or when a person is acutely exposed).

But when the effects of these toxins are considered together, they act synergistically in ways that can be complex and not always easily measured by studies that focus solely upon one of them.

That’s a problem with traditional toxicity studies. A particular chemical may exhibit moderately toxic effects, but when combined with one or more other toxins may result in a “cocktail” that is many times more toxic than (would ever be guessed by looking at the data for) any one of them. Moreover, when toxins combine in such mixtures, they interact in unexpected and unpredictable ways. Mixtures can exhibit exceptionally adverse effects.

Furthermore, toxic substances affect different individuals in different ways (depending on things like biochemical individuality, genetic predisposition, previous exposures, and even blood type).

For example, it is now known that contaminants (e.g., endocrine disrupting chemicals) interact with genes in ways that traditional scientific analytical methods used to assess toxicity did not acknowledge. These interactions can occur even at extremely low levels.

While toxins harm everyone, unborn children as especially at risk. That is, exposures in the womb can set in motion health conditions that will play out over the course of a lifetime.

One thing is certain: our bodies are under assault. In fact, studies show the blood of the average person (including babies) contains hundreds of synthetic chemicals, including hormone disruptors like bisphenol A (BPA).

The effects of exposure to the many toxins prevalent in our homes and offices, as well as in the air, water, and soil are not always cumulative effects resulting in death, as they are overall reductions health, vitality, and wellness.

Adverse effects may include weakened immunity, toxicity in the body, reduced capacity to detoxify, allergic responses, nutrient deficiencies (e.g., due to increased requirements for nutrition), and other health-harming effects.

SELF RESPONSIBILITY – BECAUSE NO ONE WILL DO IT FOR YOU

One of the foundational elements in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program is “self responsibility.” That is, if you really want to become healthy, then you must take it upon yourself do whatever it takes to become healthy. That means focusing on what creates health. And that almost always means “natural.”

Self-responsibility doesn’t mean you don’t learn from others (of course, you will!!), but it means self-reliance in the sense of discovering the truth about what works best for you. Again, that will almost always mean “natural.”

TOXINS, TOXINS EVERYWHERE

Just one US state has passed anything resembling comprehensive legislation regarding toxic chemicals, for example. That law is California’s Proposition 65 (Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act). It covers about 800 chemicals and substances known to the state to cause certain types of harm (cancer, reproductive health issues, etc). There are plenty of things it doesn’t cover (like GMOs). Other states and the Federal government should follow the lead of California, and go even further with the intent to protect consumer health.

The failure of the federal government to go beyond banning or reducing “acceptable” levels of specific substances (think asbestos or leaded gasoline) to pass comprehensive legislation with respect to toxics underscores the reason taking responsibility for your health is the only choice when it comes to protecting yourself and your family from the onslaught of environmental poisons we face every day.

For the most part, governments and corporations are simply not looking out for your health. Things are changing for the better (in many instances), but there is a long way to go.

For example, experts guess that there are approximately 50,000–80,000 unregulated chemicals in the United States. Many have been in use for decades with no safety testing. In recent years, there has been increased discussion about comprehensive testing for toxicity, yet only about 300 have been tested. And just a handful restricted for use as a result of testing. It has been noted that higher standards in Canada and Europe show about 10–30% of US chemicals require a stricter level of control. That adds up to at least 5,000–10,000 chemicals requiring restrictions (or bans) on their use.

…AND WEAK LAWS FAIL TO PROTECT US

A major problem is that US Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 (TSCA) has little power to regulate toxic chemicals. Most of the chemicals that were already in use at the time were considered “safe.” Under that law, a chemical must be proven to be harmful in order to restrict its use instead of needing to be proven safe. Essentially, if there is no requirement for testing, then chemicals cannot be proven unsafe. Certainly, chemicals once presumed “safe” should be tested, and their use restricted if testing shows them to be unsafe.

Lawmakers agree TSCA is ripe for reform and negotiations are ongoing in the US Senate and House of Representatives. A major problem is that attempts to enact stringent “safe chemical” laws face strong opposition from the chemical industry both at federal and state levels. This results in compromise bills that appear to improve safety, but in many ways are weakened to such a degree as to render them ineffective for the purposes of significantly protecting health.

Environmental advocates point to the difficulties in revising US chemicals policy at the federal and state levels as indicative of competing interests hindering the process of developing and enacting comprehensive chemicals policy reform. At the state level, environmental groups see revisions to the California Green Chemistry Initiative (CGCI) as eliminating and weakening important provisions that would make the law effective for regulating toxic substances.

Avoidance of toxins would be easier if our laws did not permit a wide range of toxic chemicals to be used without proper regulation.

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Genetically modified foods (GMOs) (soybeans above) are the most heavily sprayed of food crops.

(THESE ARE) A FEW OF THE MOST TOXIC THINGS

Toxins to which we are routinely exposure abound and surround us daily. (That sounds alarmist, and perhaps it is!!). It almost seems like a conspiracy (and perhaps that’s true, too!).

What I mean is that when one looks around and examines the toxins to which we are exposed routinely, it begins to appear that we are being poisoned intentionally. I don’t mean to suggest that someone decided we all needed a certain amount of poison daily (not unlike King Mithridates intentionally exposing himself to poisons in order to immunize himself from them in A.E. Houseman’s poem “A Shropshire Lad”).

Instead, it appears that high-level decisions made in the past (and some in the recent past) based on then-current knowledge (or no knowledge) have not been reviewed in the wake of newer, more current knowledge. That is shameful, harmful, and unnecessary. We thereby are exposed to toxic substances known to cause harm and in mixtures magnifying adverse effects in unexpected ways.

Here is a partial list of toxic substances to which routinely we are exposed:

• GMO foods and seeds (e.g., soybeans, corn, canola)

• Pesticides

• Herbicides (including RoundUp and 2,4-D)

• Fluoride (toxin halogen)

• Chorine (another toxic halogen)

• Bromine (halogen used in brominated flame retardants and certain foods)

Pthalates (plastic softeners used in vinyl, cosmetics, and thousands of other applications)

Plastics (endocrine disruptors) (especially avoid consuming foods or liquids from plastic or plastic-lined containers)

• Artificial Sweeteners (Aspartame / Nutrasweet, Splenda / Sucralose, Saccharin)

• Brominated Vegetable Oils (BVO)

• Household Chemicals (containing too many toxins to list individually)

• Lawn and Garden Chemicals

• Fracking Chemicals (typically not required to be disclosed)

• Food Additives (including artificial colorings, flavoring, and preservatives)

• Toxic Foods. A list of toxic “foods” may differ depending on individuals’ sensitivities, but for many people these are commonly toxic: wheat and/or wheat gluten, high fructose corn syrup, soy foods, etc. There are a few recent instances where harmful “foods” or ingredients have been banned (think partially hydrogenated oils), typically years after scientific studies indicated their toxicity.

• Endocrine Disruptors: A major health hazard is consuming foods or liquids from plastic or plastic-lined containers. Everyone knows about the dangers of bisphenol A, but that is just one of many of ingredients in plastics and resins exhibiting hormone mimicking effects in the body. In fact, endocrine disruptors are everywhere in our environment.

We are routinely exposed to endocrine disruptors not only because of the ubiquity of plastics, but also because many other substances (pesticides, heavy metals, phthalates, perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) (e.g., in non-stick cookware) disrupt endocrine function. This is just one of 800-pound gorillas sitting in the room. Science has shown the dangers of endocrine disruptors, but minimal efforts have been implemented to act upon this knowledge.

Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn, et al. is a tour de force examination of the scientific studies proving the adverse effects of endocrine disruptors. Lindsey Berkson’s Hormone Deception offers practical steps you can take to protect yourself from them endocrine disruptors.

• Electromagnetic Fields (EMFs). As the world becomes ever more wired, studies are conclusively showing the adverse health effects of electromagnetic fields on human health. This topic is large enough to be subject of a future blog article.

However, there are things you can do to reduce EMF exposure, including: limiting mobile-phone use and talk time, using a speaker phone or headset for extended conversations, keeping routers and hotspots far away from users, disconnecting networks when not in use, keeping bedrooms free from electronic devices (e.g., at night), and avoiding use of devices while they download large amounts of data.

You can test the field strength of computers, laptops, “smart meters,” and wireless devices using a TriField Meter (or similar). Many different types of devices exist for homes, offices, and mobile devices that are designed to counteract the adverse effects of EMFs. Consider trying one to reduce the adverse effects of EMFs.

TOTAL TOXIC LOAD

I re-emphasize that by themselves, any one of these substances may only be mildly toxic. But when you add them up and consider their combined effects (which better reflects the reality of the environments in which most people live), they are a major force adversely affecting health. They contribute to a lack of optimal well-being, dis-ease, reduced quality of life, shortened lifespan, and earlier than necessary decline (e.g., disability, dis-ease, dementia, death).

The lack of consideration regarding the total toxic load to which the average person is exposed from unregulated chemicals and GMOs to toxins in air, water, and soil is one of the travesties of our time. Future generations will probably look at the 20th- and early 21st-century as a dark age filled with ignorance with respect to the widespread use and distribution of substances harming health.

PRACTICAL STEPS FOR AVOIDANCE

There are several important steps you can take to avoid exposures to common toxins, and thereby reduce the total load on your body and detoxification organs.

• Consume Clean Foods and Water. This means eating 100% organic (or whenever possible), avoiding GMO foods, and usually shopping at natural foods stores or growing your own foods. It also means limiting processed foods, which are usually nutrient-depleted and filled with preservatives, additives, and fillers.

My list (above) includes many items you should avoid, but artificial sweeteners are absolutely to be avoided at all costs. This means no diet sodas containing aspartame and other artificial sweeteners (as if I needed to repeat this information). Stevia and certain sugar alcohols (polyols) like erythritol are healthier alternatives, if you must use a sweetener.

Water should always be filtered. Use an undersink, countertop, or whole-house filter or filtration system to remove/reduce chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals, industrial contaminants, and other chemicals found in tap water.

Avoid plastic containers and cookware. Use glass, ceramic, stainless steel, or wood. Never use non-stick cookware. Avoid aluminum cookware.

• Clean Green. This means throwing out toxic household chemicals, including toxic cleansers and degreasers, tub and tile cleansers, glass cleaner, laundry detergents and fabric softeners (and chlorine bleach), kitchen and bathroom chemicals, etc. Replace these chemicals with natural substances baking soda, borax, vinegar, and lemon juice. In many instances, you can replace commercial products with natural products found in natural foods stores.

Read labels carefully. If you cannot pronounce an ingredient, it probably isn’t very natural and is most likely something to avoid.

• Take Care of your Body. Avoid toxic commercial personal care products. This includes most commercial soaps, shampoos and conditioners, toothpastes, deodorants, etc. Replace with non-t0xic equivalents found in natural foods stores or available online.

For example, Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps offers personal care products that are much better than conventional commercial products. Uncle Harry’s Natural Products makes non-fluoridated toothpaste, organic toothpowders, and other natural products.

Use a shower-head filter, faucet filter, or whole-house filter to remove chlorine and other chemicals from shower and bath water.

• Home, Garden, and Garage. Throw out your pesticides and herbicides. Use natural alternatives like cedar oil (e.g., Red Texas Cedar), boric acid, diatomaceous earth, vinegar, or cayenne pepper (fresh, powder, or tincture). Weed by hand or use a weeder. Avoid gasoline fumes from mowers or leaf blowers. Instead use electric-powered tools and appliances.

Store paints, solvents, and automotive chemicals in minimal quantities and (as far as possible) away from where people and pets are likely to be exposed.

Place spa/pool water filters on garden hoses. A good spa/pool water filter will remove chlorine, fluoride, heavy metals, and industrial contaminants from the water you use in your yard, garden, and for pets. It will help preserve the quality of your soil. I purchase PreFresh spa/pool filters by the case and these work nicely for all purposes. (Note: If you already have a whole house filter, you may not require additional filters attached to garden hoses. But it won’t hurt, either.)

• Think ‘Natural.’ While I’ve discussed foods, household cleaners, and personal products, I haven’t covered every conceivable instance where toxic exposure require avoidance. The key is to “think natural” and to apply a “natural” mindset toward every type of product, appliance, chemical, or item you purchase, use, or store. Ask questions like “Is this something potentially toxic?” and “Is it the most natural?”

Thinking “naturally” and applying a mental “filter” that emphasizes natural (e.g., versus untested, unregulated, synthetic chemicals) among the best means to help you to maintain the most natural lifestyle possible, and systematically avoid toxins. In fact, consciously “thinking natural” can help you more than almost any type of education (especially because most of us will never take a toxicology course) in keeping your life as natural as it can be.

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Avoid toxins in commercial household products by choosing natural alternatives.

AVOIDANCE WORKS

Avoidance works extremely well when properly implemented. Today there are so many toxins in our environment that just avoiding toxic foods, household products, lawn and garden chemicals, and personal care products can mean significantly greater health for you and your loved ones.

Simply substituting natural foods and natural substances (e.g., simple, non-toxic cleaners like baking soda and vinegar) can means big differences in how you (and your loved ones) feel, look, perform, and live.

Avoidance is just one part of the HPDI Rejuvenation Program. The Rejuvenation Program is comprised of a series of practices, protocols, supplements, and health-building elements that together are designed to help create and support optimal health, healing, and well-being.

I hope you find this information useful and applicable. Avoiding and removing toxic substances from your life is one of several important foundational practices upon which stronger health can be created and maintained.

 SOURCES & RESOURCES

Preventing Toxicity: Rejuvenation Program, Part Two

HPDI Rejuvenation Program

Chemical & Environmental Toxicity Syndrome (supplement schedule)

Foundational Supplements

Rejuvenate!™ Superfoods

Ultimate Protector (Nrf2 formula)

Dr. Hank Liers Original Formulas

HPDI Main Site

BOOKS & WEBSITES

Our Stolen Future

Our Stolen Future: Revisited 15 Years Later (video)

Hormone Deception

Home Safe Home

DIY Natural Household Cleaners

Dirty Dozen List of Endocrine Disruptors (EWG)

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REJUVENATION PROGRAM PART TEN: YOGA

Fred Liers PhD yoga rejuvenation program part tenThe HPDI Rejuvenation Program provides practices, protocols, and recommendations proven effective over nearly three decades. It is a complete program to rejuvenate, regenerate, and boost vitality to body, mind, and spirit. It is especially helpful for those who want to restore health.

The program emphasizes establishing basic nutrition, foundational supplement formulas, and high-RNA Rejuvenate!™ superfoods and other sources of dietary nucleic acids. The program rests on six elements: 1) Attitude/Commitment, 2) Detoxification, 3) Preventing Toxicity, 4) Health Building Nutrition, 5) Building Powerful Immunity, and 6) Supporting Protocols.

The six foundational elements remain powerful individually, but act synergistically when combined to support optimal health. The results are greatly improved capabilities for your body to heal, regenerate, rejuvenate, and restore its vitality.

In Part Nine of the Rejuvenation Program, we discussed Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is an important supporting protocol in the Master Rejuvenation Program.

SUPPORTING PROTOCOLS FOR REJUVENATION

In this article, we present another supporting protocol in our Rejuvenation Program: the Yoga Program. The Yoga Program is an important protocol within our Rejuvenation Program that builds strength, increases flexibility, and enhances movement of blood, lymph, and energy throughout the body. It has been said that where there is stasis of blood, lymph, and energy there is illness. In this regard yoga joins our other supporting protocols that enhance cellular health throughout the body. In addition, yoga works to significantly reduce stress and enhance overall well being.

THE YOGA PROGRAM

Yoga refers to physical and mental disciplines and meditative practices that developed within the spiritual and philosophical traditions of ancient India. The topic of yoga is large and complex due to its relationships with these traditions. However, modern yoga derives from these traditional practices. Yoga in the West primarily is associated with “Hatha” yoga, including its asanas (poses) and pranayama (regulation of breath) both historically practiced by Hindu yogis to prepare for meditation.

There are many different styles or schools of yoga available for individuals interested in practicing it. Some are more vigorous than others. In addition, most yoga studios offer a variety of classes that can include gentle or restorative yoga, and levels from beginner to advanced.

While often viewed as solely as a form of physical exercise that can offer improved flexibility and useful for stress reduction, yoga actually provides many more benefits for body, mind, and spirit. In this sense, it can be seen as a holistic practice that integrates many aspects of being.

From the perspective of physical rejuvenation, benefits include increased circulation of blood and lymph, greater oxygenation of tissues, facilitation of detoxification processes, improved physical alignment and flexibility, reduction in stress chemicals, improved digestion and/or elimination, and support for cleansing of tissues and organs.

A FEW BENEFITS OF YOGA

– Stimulates Detoxification Processes
– Improved Lymph Flow (Supports Detoxification)
– Massage of Internal Organs (Supports Detoxification)
– Increased Respiratory Rate
– Improved Cardiovascular Function
– Better Gastrointestinal and Elimination Function
– Stronger Immunity
– Improved Sleep
– Reduced Blood Pressure
– Lower Pulse Rate
– Increased Energy Levels
– Better Posture and Alignment
– Higher Pain Tolerance
– Greater Strength
– Improved Balance
– Stress Reduction
– Improved Mood
– Promotes Relaxation
– Greater Mind-Body-Spirit Connection
– Ideal Adjunct to Meditative Practices

This list of benefits is partial, meaning that benefits a person can gain not only include most of these benefits, but also many others depending on individual needs and how a practice is customized to meet them. In addition, many long-term practitioners of yoga find that the benefits continue to accrue over time. For example, physical conditions, mental or emotional states, and even spiritual connectedness can be significantly improved through regular practice.

As a practitioner of yoga for over a decade, I can personally attest to the capacity of yoga for supporting a lifestyle that promotes health, harmony, peace, acceptance, non-attachment, healing, and rejuvenation. I have gained nearly every benefit in the list above and many more. I have also noticed a greater opening to hidden dimensions of life, as well as increased overall contentment under all circumstances.

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YOGA FOR REJUVENATION

Yoga is an ideal activity for rejuvenation, regeneration, and restoration. Beyond the benefits of regular practice by itself, yoga also is an excellent adjunct to both other forms of exercise (e.g., walking, hiking, biking, running, swimming, weight-bearing exercise, group sports, tai chi, etc.). This is not only because few types of exercise improve flexibility and range of motion to the same degree as yoga, but also because it adds additional dimensions (improved functional capacity, relaxation, & meditative elements) that complement other forms of exercise.

In fact, yoga might be considered one the most complete or “total” types of practices because it can offer both effective physical exercise and elements of relaxation that promote connection between body, mind, emotions, and spirit.

For purposes of rejuvenation, yoga also offers unique benefits, especially when combined with other elements and supporting protocols in our Rejuvenation Program. Here are benefits of yoga  specifically relating to rejuvenation (physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual):

Circulation of Blood. Blood circulation brings life-sustaining oxygen and nutrients to cells. Just as importantly, it removes wastes/toxins and prevents stasis. This helps to move toxins to elimination channels and to counteract and prevent blockages or accumulation of toxins. Improved circulation itself is rejuvenating to the body.

Movement of Lymph. Whereas the heart can circulate blood, the lymphatic system has no central pump. The body must move for lymph to flow properly. Lymph is part of the circulatory system, removes toxins, and serves as a medium between the blood and cells. It is also an integral part of the immune system. Lymph can be moved by the practice of deep breathing (e.g., via pranayama or yogic breathing), but the combination of physical movement with breathing found in yoga is an ideal way to move it.

Organ Massage. Yoga effectively provides a massage to organs in the body, including the organs of detoxification (e.g., liver, gallbladder, kidneys, bladder, etc.). This serves to support optimal organ function, and therefore support and maintain their detoxification functions.

Better Alignment. Our bodies (especially our skeletal structures) are subject not only to the forces of gravity, but also to misalignments resulting from poor posture, work habits, sedentary living, insufficient movement, overuse  or misuse, or activities that actively or passively lead to misalignment. Yoga tends to realign our body structures naturally through stretching and poses that bring these structures into balance.

During a time when many individuals spend extended periods in front of a computer screen (and/or behind a driver’s wheel) holding less than natural positions, yoga is an effective means to realign the body and to help reestablish the natural posture that is necessary to maintain good health.

Gastrointestinal Function. Yoga is known to improve digestion and intestinal function and therefore can support better nutrition. The proper processing and assimilation of nutrients is critical for processes of energy production, detoxification (by supporting energy production and providing nutrients required by detoxification organs), and rejuvenation.

Improved Elimination. Properly functioning elimination channels are critical to detoxification and rejuvenation. The movements involved in yoga support and facilitate elimination of wastes that carry toxins from the body. As toxins are mobilized, captured/sequestered, and then removed, body functions improve, resulting is rejuvenation and healing. When elimination functions are compromised, toxins can accumulate to adversely affect health.

Improved Metabolism. Proper and balanced metabolism is critical for detoxification and rejuvenation. When metabolism is compromised, the body may not effectively remove toxins or may develop problems related to gastrointestinal or elimination functions. Yoga improves metabolism and helps it to remain in balance.

Greater Energy. Yoga promotes improved levels of energy and better flow of energy in the body. As noted, energy is required for processes of detoxification, but also for assimilation of nutrients, and overall body function. With greater energy comes greater functional capacity and often an improved attitude and outlook.

Stress Reduction & Positive Mood. Numerous studies indicate yoga helps reduce stress and improves outlook. This partly relates to the fact that yoga, like other forms of aerobic exercise, reduces stress chemicals, and naturally produces endorphins and other substances that reduce pain and boost mood. However, other benefits like greater energy, better alignment, and improved elimination not only contribute to stress reduction and positive mood, but also create a more balanced mental and emotional state less prone to stress. The cumulative benefits prevent the body-mind from overreacting to external stressors, thereby preserving a balanced state of mind.

Mind-Body-Spirit Connection. This perhaps is the most important benefit of yoga. Few other forms of exercise provide a connection between the body, mind, and spirit. Breath is typically matched with movement in ways that bring calm, peace, and integration. In addition, many forms of yoga end with the practice of “shivasana” (either lying down or sitting) for the purpose of relaxation. This practice is intended to unite body, mind, and spirit.

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YOGA IS A POWERFUL SUPPORTING PROTOCOL

Whether you are young, middle-aged or older, practicing yoga brings many benefits, including supporting rejuvenation. It fact, yoga may surprise you with what it provides in terms of creating overall health and well being. Few exercises are as rejuvenating, tonifying, and relaxing for the entire body.

Certain of my friends feel invigorated from a power yoga class while others gain relief from restorative yoga classes. There is a yoga style to suit every need. Typically, a home practice may be supplemented with classes at a studio, and vice versa.

It’s easy to see how yoga can become a way of life. However,  practicing just once or twice per week will bring noticeable positive changes into your life. We include the practice of yoga as one of our supporting protocols because we know how powerful it can be as modality for improving and maintaining health. Over the years we have been extremely fortunate to experience and witness for ourselves the rejuvenating effects yoga confers on everyone who practices it.

SUPPORTING PROTOCOLS ARE NECESSARY FOR SUCCESSFUL REJUVENATION

Supporting protocols are a major part of HPDI’s Rejuvenation Program. These protocols work together powerfully with the other foundational elements of the Rejuvenation Program to create health. Indeed, they often work directly to detoxify, prevent toxicity, boost immune function, leverage the benefits of a solid nutrition program, and build vitality.

You may not always be able to follow all supporting protocols in our Rejuvenation Program, yet the more you can do, the better. Because each supporting protocol supports the body in a different way, the cumulative effect is to create favorable conditions in the body that support, build, and maintain great health, naturally.

When you combine the supporting protocols with the other primary elements in the Rejuvenation Program, the results speaks for themselves: rejuvenation, regeneration, healing, and health. We hope you benefit from our recommendations.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

REJUVENATION PROGRAM SERIES

Rejuvenation Program Part Nine: Acupuncture. Supporting Protocols Part Four – Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Rejuvenation Program Part Eight: Massage. Supporting Protocols Part Three – The Massage Program.

Rejuvenation Program Part Seven. Supporting Protocols Part Two – The Magnesium Chloride Program

Rejuvenation Program Part Six. Supporting Protocols Part One (garlic, hydrotherapy, and sauna therapy programs).

Rejuvenation Program Part Five. Beyond foundational supplements. Seven enhancement supplements that supercharge your health. CoenzymeQ10 and/or Ubiquinol, Myo-Mag, Hepa Plus, Nascent Iodine, Echinacea, Immune-Assist™.

Rejuvenation Program Part Four. The role of foundational supplements (multivitamin, Vitamin C / antioxidant formula, Rejuvenate!™ superfoods) for health.

Rejuvenation Program Part Three. Health building nutrition and the role of dietary nucleic acids (RNA, DNA, nucleosides, and nucleotides).

Rejuvenation Program Part Two. Foundational elements in the HPDI Rejuvenation Program: 1) Attitude/Commitment, 2) Detoxification, 3) Preventing Toxicity, 4) Health Building Nutrition, 5) Building Powerful Immunity, and 6) Supporting Protocols.

Rejuvenation Program Part One. Introducing the HPDI Master Rejuvenation Program and its foundational elements. The importance of Attitude/Commitment.

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SUPERFOOD BARS WITH REJUVENATE! BERRIES & HERBS

Fred Liers PhD superfood bar rejuvenate berries herbs

In April, we gave you a superfood bar recipe in “Super-Tasty Rejuvenate Superfood Bars.” That superfood bar recipe is a standard for us. But like all standards, there is nothing like variety to keep us on our toes. That recipe called for Rejuvenate! original greens, which is tasty and super healthy. But not everyone loves greens or loves them all the time.

This month’s superfood bar recipe exclusively calls for Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs. Berries & Herbs provides a supremely delicious berry flavor that comes from real berries. That is, from organic strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and cranberries!! I wrote an extensive blog article (Be Healthy with Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs) in February describing why Berries & Herbs is special (beyond just berries!) and how it supports optimal health by providing powerful nutrition.

The recipe details exactly how we made it recently. It was delicious!! In fact, it tastes so good you will find it hard to keep in the house. Yet, feel free to modify the recipe. You could add in Rejuvenate! PLUS, Rejuvenate! original greens, or whatever superfoods you like best.

Kids love this superfood bar, too – it’s so healthy for them. We encourage you to make this raw, organic nutty superfood bar as often as you like!!

Make Superfood Bars with Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs

Ingredients (all raw, organic) in the order they go into the food processor:

  • 1.5 cups Pecans

  • 1.5 cups Walnuts

  • 1 cup Cashews

  • 6–8 dried Apricots (preferably soft; soak if not soft)

  • 1–2 scoops Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs

  • 1 Tbsp Cocoa powder

  • 1–2 Tbsp Chia seeds

  • 1/4 cup Sesame seeds

  • 1 cup Blueberries (frozen or fresh)

  • 2 Tbsp Coconut oil

  • 3 Tbsp Shredded Coconut

DIRECTIONS

Grind pecans, walnuts, and cashews until fine in the food processor. Add all other ingredients one at a time, allowing each one to mix-in completely. Vary ingredients to suit your taste. For example, you could leave out cocoa powder or sesame seeds, or add sunflower seeds.

The consistency may be thick by the time you add in berries, yet still mixable. Then drizzle the oil over the top and mix it a bit as you pour (or scrape) the mix into a glass container.

If the mixture is too dry, then add the water or fluid from the apricots (or other dried fruits) if you soaked them.

Spread the mixture to the desired thickness (about 1.5 inches) and place in refrigerator. Another option is to make individual servings and wrap in wax paper. If you were going on a hike in warm weather you could freeze one or two bars to take with you. Enjoy!!

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Superfood bars made with Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs taste as good as they look!!

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs

Be Healthy with Rejuvenate! Berries & Herbs

Rejuvenate! PLUS

Rejuvenate! (original greens)

Rejuvenate! Superfoods Comparison

Super-Tasty Rejuvenate Superfood Bars

Rejuvenate! Superfoods on Twitter

Rejuvenate! Superfoods on Google+