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The Love Frequency – April 2021

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April Love Frequency

Water, Fascia & Muscle Building 

Aging Is an inevitable part of life and it may alarm you that sarcopenia, the loss of muscle due to aging, has shown to occur at 10%per decade, which can even begin at the early age of 30! Fortunately, like treating a chronic disease, we are able to ‘treat’ the natural deterioration of our bodies by reducing the muscle wastage our bodies experience over the years.

Skeletal muscle makes up roughly 30–40%of the human body and since muscle is a living tissue — as opposed to entirely dormant body fat — it requires blood and nutrients. Activities that bring movement into your life, like walking and standing, are helpful to reduce aging symptoms as it encourages blood vessels to dilate, which can reduce blood pressure. Ultimately though, to really put the brakes on muscle loss, medical professionals recommend performing regular resistance (strength) training.

In addition, another integral part of the body researchers are suggesting to reinforce is the fascial system, which can assist in the maintenance of our muscle growth. Surprisingly, fascia has only recently started to be scientifically studied and recent medical explorations have found that fascia is one of the most complex parts of the human body.

Fascia is Latin for “band” and is defined as the sheet of tough connective tissue that envelops every muscle, nerve, and organ in the body which separates and binds our structure, intertwines with muscle fibers, and continues throughout the tendon to the bony attachment. Basically, fascia is like our invisible second skin, like saran wrap for our guts, and is similar to ligaments and tendons although they differ in location and function.

The fascial system, as a network of tubules, is constantly responding to bodily movement and pressure changes. As a result, fascia has demonstrated its ability to be the ultimate communicator by taking inputs from one part of the body and reacting accordingly in another. Fascia is very responsive to movement patterns or lack of movement altogether.

Since fascia is made up of mostly gel water (70%) and the proteins collagen and elastin, hydration becomes a necessary prescription for its maintenance. When fascia becomes dehydrated, matted down, or toughened, it loses its ability to move freely and subsequently much less flexible and pliable, which causes physical symptoms such as stiffness and pain.

Studies have demonstrated that even consuming large quantities of water is often ineffective for hydrating fascia because the tissue simply can’t absorb it effectively. Hence, true hydration in the body is not defined by how much water one drinks, but by how much water the body absorbs. Essentially, you could drink all the water in the world and still have dehydrated parts of your fascia.

Fortunately, a study from several years ago determined that when muscles and fascia are stretched or compressed, water can be extruded just like a sponge, which makes the tissues temporarily more pliable and supple. For this reason, once connective tissue is squeezed and refreshed, it can be cleaned out to allow the full absorption of water (e.g. yoga, foam rolling, exercise, bodywork).  Hence, a potential solution to stiff joints and muscle loss from ageing may lie in the release of fascia and then immediately drinking good quality water.

Overall, in order to move and flex your muscles and to defeat this aging process, you need water. Furthermore, if your body is dehydrated, your muscles will be deprived of electrolytes and cramp. Since muscles are controlled by nerves, without the proper water and electrolyte balance, muscle strength and control will also be impaired. Therefore, it is essential that you stay hydrated if you want to build muscle and experience optimal performance.

Water is the single most critical nutrient for health, growth, and development as well as the key to balancing all the body’s systems, including the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys and muscles. It is quite significant that estimates show 75% of Americans have mild, chronic dehydration. So with new aches and pains, maybe it is time to dive deeper and analyze if you are adequately hydrating your body and moving your tissues.

So remember if you’re on the way to the gym or to your local yoga studio, come by The Water Brewery to pick up a gallon of our super nutritious, restructured, and mineralized Aquae AMORE Water to properly hydrate your muscles and fascial system. Also, you may want to try our Magnesium Lavender Spray by Omica to replenish your body with needed minerals, magnesium being a key electrolyte for hydration and for muscle recovery.

We also recommend purchasing a bottle of our select Health Force Protein powders, which utilizes either algae, one of the most protein-dense materials out there, or pea and sprouted brown rice. Lastly, consider turmeric with your exercise program as studies indicate the acting component of curcumin to promote muscle regeneration and performance recovery with its high amounts of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory qualities.

Turmeric, the bright orange spice often used in curry dishes, can help to reduce inflammation in the body. This beneficial effect is largely due to curcumin, the active compound in turmeric. Supplementing with turmeric/curcumin can be especially beneficial for amateur and professional athletes alike who habitually push their bodies to perform strenuous physical feats.

A recent meta-analysis of 346 studies in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition “found numerous benefits [to curcumin], and no adverse side effects were reported in athletes and others who were regularly physically active” (source). In addition to helping to reduce inflammation, curcumin can also reduce oxidative stress, pain, and muscle damage. These benefits can make it less likely for exercise-induced injuries to occur, as well as improve muscle recovery.

These research findings on the benefits of curcumin are exciting, and more research will be done to deepen our understanding of curcumin’s benefits. In the meantime, if you’re going to supplement with curcumin, try adding some crushed black pepper to your curcumin dose for better absorption. Black pepper contains piperine, a compound that has been shown to enhance curcumin absorption by up to 2,000%!

Topical Magnesium Oil

How magnesium spray topicals can help with muscle recovery and relaxation:

Magnesium is a vital mineral, yet studies have estimated that as many as 75% of Americans are not regularly meeting the recommended daily intake for magnesium. Given this statistic, it would likely make sense for many people to look into magnesium supplementation as a possible way to support their health.

One of the many functions of magnesium in the human body is to support muscle function and recovery. Magnesium helps to loosen and relax tight muscles, which is essential for preventing injuries and cramps. Magnesium also plays a crucial role in the production of serotonin—a neurotransmitter that relaxes the nervous system and contributes to healthy sleep.

Magnesium spray topicals can be used as a convenient way to provide the body with some of its needed daily intake of magnesium. Magnesium spray is applied directly to the skin, where it is then absorbed into the body and put to work. Magnesium spray can be used as a soothing balm for muscles after a rigorous workout, or simply as an accessible daily source of this crucial mineral.

The Love Frequency – March 2021

March Love Frequency

It’s that time of the year again folks! Allergy season. 

Thanks to our trees, bushes, flowers, and weeds, that tiny grain that shoots into the air – pollen – begins its annual journey in spring ultimately interacting with our body’s defense mechanisms. Seasonal allergies can impose significant health burdens, with an estimated 10–30%of the global population affected. Certain allergy responses can also be attributed to higher levels of exposure to indoor allergens, like cockroaches, dust mites, or mold spores.

Let’s take a closer look. Your body responds to pollen allergens after contact with the airway mucosa in your nose and throat and then produces symptoms. In medical terms, this is called Rhinitis, aka Hay Fever (which is a misnomer as in most cases there is neither hay nor fever), or Pollinosis (allergy from Pollen). This allergic response includes symptoms such as congestion, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, and general feelings of discomfort, which can make it difficult to relax and fall asleep or disrupt your ability to stay asleep, contributing to feelings of fatigue during the day. Other symptoms can be in the form of dermatitis (eczema) or asthma. 

Have you ever observed or wondered why each year your allergies feel like they are getting worse or receiving symptoms you never had in the past? 

Well, friends, with a warming climate particular to North America, scientific studies are finding that there is an increase in pollen concentrations and pollen seasons. Carbon dioxide (CO2), in addition to being the principal global warming gas, can also be thought of as plant food—it’s the source of carbon needed to make sugars during photosynthesis. When exposed to warmer temperatures and higher levels of CO2, plants grow more vigorously and produce more pollen than they otherwise would. For instance, a 2012 study demonstrated that ragweed plants grown in warmer soil exhibited an increase in the number of stems, total biomass, pollen diameter, and total pollen production.

Other experiments have demonstrated that doubling CO2 levels from current to projected future levels would result in a 30–90% increase in ragweed pollen production. Field studies also clearly show that ragweed has begun to flower earlier and produce greater amounts of pollen at urban locations where there are higher CO2 concentrations and temperatures in comparison to rural locations. Studies indicate that the introduction of new pollen into a region can lead to increased allergic illnesses in the population, even among people who did not have previous allergies to other pollen. 

Environmental Factors

There are at least three environmental factors that induce pollen allergen release in the air: 1) high relative humidity, 2) heavy rain, and 3) pollutants (e.g. carbon particles from diesel engine fumes). Even transcontinental transport of dust particles has been observed. For instance, during April 1998, the dust plume from two large dust storms over the Gobi desert crossed the Pacific Ocean and resulted in strong spikes in particulate matter concentrations ten days later along the west coast of the United States.

In relation to the first two aspects of humidity and heavy rain, hurricanes have been shown to impact allergic-related diseases. The most widely studied of these is Hurricane Katrina, where large sections of New Orleans were flooded for weeks, resulting in extensive mold growth in buildings. Hospitals in New Orleans reported an increased number of patients with allergy and cold symptoms, and doctors suggested that allergy to the mold and dust circulating in New Orleans made residents susceptible to respiratory illness, known as Katrina cough.

To address the third environmental aspect of air pollutants, some researchers hypothesize that the reason for the increase in urban allergic disease may be due to the role that air pollutants play in mediating the health effects of aero-allergens. In this process, the inflammatory effects of O3 with particulate matter and SO2 allow for easier penetration of pollen allergens into the airways. As a result, air pollutants can increase the release of antigens in pollen grains that leads to allergic responses. Pollutants can also absorb pollen grains, thus, prolonging the retention of the pollen grains in the body once inhaled. 

Throughout North America,especially Southern California, green spaces are a key element in the planning of today’s cities, since they favor the interaction between citizens and the environment, as well as promoting human health. Despite the benefits, the design of green spaces often uses non-native, ornamental species, which, unfortunately, is among the factors triggering one of the most widespread diseases in urban populations: pollen allergy! 

Other major causes of this extensive allergenicity include low species biodiversity at planting; the overabundance of given species acting as key specific pollen sources; the choice of male, pollen-producing individuals in certain plant species; the presence of invasive species; and inappropriate garden management. 

Due to the heavy toll allergies can have on your immune system, The Water Brewery recommends cultivating proper hydration to help flush out those environmental toxins and meet your cell’s needs. In addition, TWB recommends some of our supplements like Reishi, a medicinal mushroom and adaptogen, which supports the immune system to function optimally and lessen response to allergies. Also, try a batch of the Vitali-Tea, which synergistically alleviates inflammation and promotes immune system support and is highly recommended by Einar. Lastly, Fulvic acid may help to reduce reactions to pollen especially in regards to eczema as it enhances antioxidant activity reducing inflammatory responses.

Our Favorite Allergy Remedies

Vitali-Tea was inspired by Einar’s first teacher Torlief, from Stangaland, Norway. Torlief had the ability to measure the wavelengths, or energy signature, of our inner organs. He then found the same corresponding wavelengths/energy signatures were matched to different herbs and he also identified the minerals behind each of these wavelengths. With this information, Einar and Torlief created our Vitali-Tea blends to specifically target different ailments. 

Vitali-Tea comes in four different blends: Nerve-Heart Tea, ImmuniTea, Rejuvenation, and Whole Body Tea. For allergies, the ImmuniTea and Whole Body Tea work excellent when taken together or individually.  

“These teas replenish different minerals that have been used up during our lifetime. Every time we inhale, ingest, and/or absorb chemical substances, our body will steal the antidote mineral for that specific chemical. These teas help to stabilize your blood sugar levels so your body becomes more grounded from within. It also stabilizes your emotions because the minerals in the tea give your body the resources needed to calm and relax your nervous system. Once your body is grounded and stabilized, you are able to utilize the vitamins that you get through your diet at a much higher level.”

– Einar Haver

 

Adaptogenic Herbs

Reishi helps the body adapt to stress, and supports the maintenance of a healthy immune system.

Lion’s mane mushroom boosts nerve growth factor, helping with brain repair, maintenance, and regeneration. Enhances memory and concentration. 

Chaga offers an abundance of antioxidants for skin, hair, and nail health, as well as overall support for increased immunity and vitality. 

Cordyceps have been known to increase endurance, strength, and energy. In addition to supporting stamina, they are a powerful adaptogen.

 

The Love Frequency – February 2021

February Love Frequency

Ethical Cacao Sourcing

Who doesn’t love chocolate!? The scientific benefits of eating cacao are numerous: flavonoids inherent in the beans may reduce inflammation and improve cholesterol levels, the high level of antioxidants has the ability to reduce cell damage from heart disease; polyphenols may assist with insulin sensitivity to help reduce blood sugar preventing the onset of diabetes; and the mood-boosting properties that stimulate endorphins like phenethylamine and tryptophan, which has shown to increase serotonin production! 🙂

However, it’s important to remember that not all cacao is harvested ethically. Even though companies often have a fair trade certification, the lack of transparency within the supply chain is shocking.

Due to the demand for cheap cacao, farmers along the ivory coast earn less than $2 per day, and as a result, they often resort to the use of child labor to keep their prices competitive. A report produced by the Research Institute NORC in Chicago in late November 2020, says the proportion of children between the ages of 5 and 17 who work on cocoa farms, has increased from 31% to 45%. These children work in very dangerous conditions, using sharp machetes, and are exposed to lots of toxic chemicals and pesticide spraying.

Due to the rising consumer concern over child labor, The World Cocoa Foundation, whose 100 member companies comprise about 80% of the industry, said it aims to have its anti-child-labor programs reach all cocoa farmers by 2025 and that it would invest over 1 billion to farmers to increase pay for their beans. This includes ramping up programs to build schools, monitor cocoa farms, and implement awareness programs among farmers. However, these same companies have failed to resolve these issues that they committed to tackling nearly 20 years ago. This is due to its self-regulation policy under the Harkin-Engel Protocol crafted in 2000, which has ultimately shielded companies from any legal action relating to child labor.

Indeed, the fragmented structure of the cocoa industry, as well as the remote, rural poverty in which the farmers operate, all make tackling child labor intensely difficult. Since there are no sizable cocoa producers, the vast majority of cocoa farms are tiny family enterprises of just a few acres. 

Furthermore, thanks to COVID-19, the pandemic has likely sent child labor soaring again—in all industries—as schools have closed and poverty has deepened.

Remember to take a look at where your chocolate is sourced from and remember the importance of choice! Consumers play an essential role in diminishing the food industry’s injustices and we encourage you to choose ethically sourced cacao. The Water Brewery aims to only provide raw, organic, fair-trade cacao coming from South and Central America.

A Little Cacao History

According to Aztec mythology, the cacao tree is a gift that descended straight from the garden of paradise. As the legend goes, Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent god, presented the Aztecs with this gift, along with knowledge regarding how to grow and process cacao. Quetzalcoatl was said to have called on the goddess of love to imbue the tree with her spirit, making cacao a godly ingredient (Mayordomo Chocolate Cultural Legacy of Oaxaca, Mexico). This rich mythology gives us a taste of just how central chocolate was to many of the traditional communities across Mesoamerica.

When we think of cacao, we often think of it in the form of a chocolate bar. However, that form is far from cacao’s original form. ‘Chocolate’ in Mesoamerica commonly came in the form of a bitter and frothy drink served in royal settings or gifted to noble warriors. The earliest available records of cacao use date to around 1500 BCE. They reveal that cacao beans were ground together with cornmeal and chilli peppers to make a drink that was both invigorating and bitter (Pucciarelli The history of chocolate – Deanna Pucciarelli).

Cacao has been used in Mesoamerica (and beyond) as currency, offerings, and even as medicine. As cacao arrived in Spain, it began to be consumed as a remedy for stomach pain and other digestive ailments. Using chocolate as medicine was also practiced in Mexico City. A manuscript written by Martin De la Cruz from around 1511 CE showcases paintings and texts that refer to traditional medicinal uses of cacao, many of which are still being employed and researched today, such as: using cacao to treat fatigue, indigestion, or chest pain (Lippi Chocolate in history: food, medicine, medi-food).

No matter how you take your chocolate, it’s here to stay. Cacao is truly a gift. 

Coracao chocolate is different because their fillings are minimally processed, easily pronounced, and filled with real ingredients. Finally! In the past that has been a rare find. These chocolates contain an average of 6 ingredients. All 100% organic with no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. 

If you’re sensitive to dairy, peanuts, soy, refined sugar, these chocolates not only taste better but leave you feeling great afterwards.  

Coracao uses South American Heirloom Cacao for its perfect balance of fruity, floral high notes & nutty undertones. We source Certified Organic Cacao from biodynamic farms that support lush, green, ecological diversity. All of our farming partners are paid Fair Trade wages or above. 

These make the perfect Valentine gift! 

 

Choquiero has only used organic, fair trade, and vegan ingredients. Their chocolates are sweetened with unrefined low-glycemic coconut sugar. They do not use any preservatives or emulsifiers such as lecithin. Their wrappers are biodegradable and compostable, and they display their chocolates with reusable wood boxes instead of the typical single-use methods.  

Their cacao is imported from small farmers in Central America through direct trade. Choquiero sources Heirloom Wild Arriba Criollo cacao to bring you the highest quality chocolate possible. “We never source from places that might be compromised even if they say they are fair trade.” – from the Choquiero website.

Wild harvested cacao is a unique system that benefits the soil, cacao trees, ecosystem, and workers. With wild cacao, there are no farms or plantations. Their cacao is sourced from seed-propagated trees, thriving in diverse ecosystems, fed by rain and spring water. Supporting this cacao helps preserve and protect the heirloom varieties we wish to share with the next seven generations and beyond.

 

The Love Frequency – January 2021

January Love Frequency
2020 was a wild ride! Thankfully, we are still here and we couldn’t be more grateful for all of your support!!

As we enter this New Year of 2021 with aspirations of health and abundance, let’s reflect on how we can increase our awareness of what goes into our bodies, and the impact that our choices and actions have on this planet.

Our body is amazing and constantly adapts to its surroundings, it has an evolved detoxification system that works best when we stay properly hydrated. When toxins are not properly released, they get stored in fat cells, a variety of tissues, and even in our bones.

In this modern era, environmental toxins are everywhere and are nearly impossible to avoid. When toxins cannot be properly released, this burden on the body can disrupt our hormones and nervous system, crush our gut biome, and cause cell damage and inflammation. Now more than ever, detoxification is even more important than nutrition.

There are more than 84,000 chemicals registered for use in the United States, which often find their way into our water systems. These include pharmaceutical hormones and pesticides. According to researchers at the University of California San Diego, the percentage of Americans with traceable levels of glyphosate (a pesticide) in their bodies rose from 12 percent in 1972 to 70 percent by 2014!

Geneticists are even examining how toxins can be passed down through our DNA. Research has shown that lead, found in high quantities in water piping (e.g. Flint, Michigan), can be inherited in utero for up to four generations!

The world produces 300 million tons of plastic every year, half of which is thrown away after a single-use. More evidence from scientific research demonstrates that microplastics within the body may cause massive inflammation impacting our adrenals and endocrine systems. For the first time, scientists have found these microplastics in the placentas of unborn babies. These microplastics can range from microbeads in personal care products to microfibers in clothing.

Research is now showing that the air we breathe may contain microplastics as it leaves the sea. An example that hits close to home is exemplified at the Salton Sea. Due to the high amount of agricultural work in the Imperial County region, communities are exposed to increasingly poor air quality with particulate matter small enough to penetrate the lung-blood barrier, including toxins like arsenic and pesticides. Several studies claim that respiratory illnesses, like asthma, affect one in four elementary school children, which is about three times the national average.

 

The Water Brewery aims to provide easy access to highly-purified, restructured, and remineralized water that helps detoxify our bodies on a cellular level. We add over 70+ full-spectrum trace minerals that can strengthen and boost our body’s natural immunity. This is one of the easiest and most effective ways we can assist our body in its own detoxification process. To help reduce the amount of single-use plastic bottles, we offer a wide range of reusable glass and plastic bottles to encourage all of our customers to reduce their carbon footprint.

Let the chemicals of love flow between us instead of toxic chemicals stream within us.

If you are interested in a Detox program, please set up an appointment to consult with Einar. He has years of experience in detoxification protocols needed for proper cellular functioning. 

The Daily Detoxification by Enriching Gifts is one of our most popular products. Its goal is to reduce and clean out toxicity that accumulates in our bowel and GI tract. As mentioned in the article above, our bodies are potentially very toxic due to the effects of environmental toxins that surround us, which can accumulate and get stored in our bodies.

The Daily Detoxification is composed of a herbal blend that supports daily intestinal, liver, and colon cleansing. This is not a laxative, it is a herbal cleansing formula that assists your body’s natural detox process. It’s far better than a laxative when it comes to constantly keeping the body flushed and in a detoxified state.

If we don’t regularly cleanse out the toxins we accumulate on a daily basis, it is difficult for our bodies to absorb nutrition! This proprietary blend includes Turkey Rhubarb Root, Aloe Vera Resin, Barberry Root Bark, Cascara Sagrada Bark, Senna Leaf, Slippery Elm Bark, and Cayenne Pepper.

Detox Spa. This is the perfect way to detoxify the entire body as well as revitalize your skin!

The skin is the body’s largest organ of elimination. Because of our modern sedentary way of life, the skin barely functions as an organ of elimination in the way it was designed to be.

These detox baths utilize ginger, bentonite, and natural mineral salts from ancient inland sea beds. Ginger baths are an old folk remedy that is used to open the pores of the skin. Bentonite clay has been used for thousands of years to draw poisons away from the body, and it is very effective at eliminating free radicals. The mineral salts are powerful detoxifiers, they are effective at pulling radiation from the body.

Ideally, two Detox Spas a week provide more than enough support for the detoxification process.

The directions for this spa bath are as follows:

– Fill your bathtub with water hot enough to make you sweat

– Remember to drink a glass of water before and during the bath

– Slowly pour the detox spa powder into the tub and set a timer for 30 minutes

– At each 10-minute interval, use a loofah or cloth to scrub your entire body, this stimulates your skin and opens your pores.

– After the timer is over, take a warm shower and scrub your body one last time, then a cool shower to cool yourself down.

Often the heat from a long bath can cause lightheadedness, so be sure to rest for 15 to 30 minutes after your detox bath so you can recover from the extreme detoxification experience. Enjoy! 🙂