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This AWK video covers Part 1 of the two G7 related SB2 articles (related Kp blog link) (decode images, here). As before, I found this video interpretation very helpful in illuminating the SB2 post, and understanding the decodes therein.
[Kp note: although these decodes can be very deep, I feel each of them can encourage learning to use one’s own discernment and find what “rings the Inner Bell”. Personally, I find it useful to both read the SB2 posts and view the And We Know videos (Bitchute channel)… I find I get more complete data input that way.]
Source (SB2 article)
Obama humiliated in China: https://bit.ly/2kiNArp
SB2: Boston Globe Operation – https://www.serial.rocks/post-89
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Sleep deprivation has the same effect on your immune system as physical stress or illness,1 which may help explain why lack of sleep is tied to an increased risk of numerous chronic diseases,2 including heart disease. For example, research3 has shown frequent or chronic insomnia is strongly associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure, a precursor and risk factor for heart disease.
According to the Mayo Clinic,4 “People who sleep five hours or less a night may be at higher risk of developing high blood pressure or worsening already high blood pressure.”
Other evidence showing the importance of sleep for heart health includes research looking at heart attack frequency following daylight saving time.5 Findings published in 20086,7 and 20138 found heart attack incidence rises by approximately 10% following the time change to DST, and falls by the same amount right after the switch back to standard time (when you gain an hour).
Lack of sleep linked to increased risk of atherosclerosis
Compared to those getting seven to eight hours of sleep on a regular basis, those who sleep less are 27% more likely to have subclinical atherosclerosis (the early stages of hardening and narrowing of the arteries), according to a 2019 study9 published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
They also found that sleep quality makes a big difference, as those who had the most fragmented sleep were 34% more likely to have signs of subclinical atherosclerosis, compared to longer sleepers.
At the subclinical level, atherosclerosis is in the early stages and may not yet be causing any symptoms. It’s also possible to reverse the progression at this stage, such that heart disease may be prevented. Toward this end, proper sleep may be crucial. In a statement, senior study author José M. Ordovás, Ph.D., said:10
“[T]his study emphasizes we have to include sleep as one of the weapons we use to fight heart disease — a factor we are compromising every day. This is the first study to show that objectively measured sleep is independently associated with atherosclerosis throughout the body, not just in the heart.”
Insomnia raises risk of heart disease and stroke
Additional support for the sleep-heart disease risk hypothesis was published in the August 2019 issue of the journal Circulation,11,12,13,14 which examined data from 1.3 million participants in a novel effort to ascertain whether insomnia is a causative trigger of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke, or a mere correlation (as correlation does not imply, let alone prove, causation15).
To do that, they looked at genetic predispositions to insomnia. To reduce bias, the researchers also took into account genetic variations associated with risk factors for coronary artery disease, heart failure, atrial fibrillation (irregular heartbeat) and ischemic stroke, in addition to looking at single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with insomnia.16
In the end, they concluded that, indeed, genetic predisposition to insomnia was associated with a significantly higher risk of coronary artery disease, heart failure and ischemic stroke. However, no association was found for atrial fibrillation.
For stroke, genetic predisposition to insomnia was associated with a 13% increased risk of larger artery stroke, an 8% higher risk of small vessel stroke, and a 6% increased risk of cardioembolic stroke.17,18 AJMC.com writes:19
“Lead study author Susanna Larsson, PhD, associate professor of cardiovascular and nutritional epidemiology at the Karolinska Institutet, emphasized that ‘sleep is a behavior that can be changed by new habits and stress management.’
By changing habits to ameliorate insomnia severity, individuals can subsequently lower their risk for CVDs and subtypes of stroke. ‘It’s important to identify the underlying reason for insomnia and treat it,’ said Larsson. As insomnia affects 30% of the general population, further studies are needed to assess insomnia relation to CVDs and stroke.”
Genetic predisposition for insomnia may raise CVD risk
Michael Holmes, an associate professor at the University of Oxford, who was not involved in the study, commented on the results to The Guardian:20
“This study doesn’t allow us to conclude that insomnia causes cardiovascular disease. Rather, all we can say is that individuals carrying genetic variants linked to a higher risk of insomnia also have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease.”
The Guardian also spoke with professor Jeremy Pearson, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, who stated that:21
“People who suffer from insomnia or disturbed sleep are often at increased risk of coronary heart disease — the leading cause of a heart attack.
But it’s hard to know whether there’s a direct connection or if this is down to other behaviors that are common among people who struggle to sleep, such as a poor diet or living with high blood pressure.
This study suggests that people whose genetic makeup predisposes them to insomnia also have a slightly increased risk of coronary heart disease. If this connection is proven in further research, it could pave the way for more precise ways of lowering the risk of heart disease in people who suffer from insomnia.”
Why poor sleep threatens your heart health
A 2017 scientific review22 of the available evidence presents a few possible mechanisms by which insomnia or poor sleep affects your heart health, the top ones being:23
- Hypothalamic-pituitary axis dysregulation (which not only increases your risk of CVD but also insulin resistance, diabetes, anxiety and depression)
- Increased sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity (which increases cortisol release and other hormones associated with hyperarousal, especially adrenocorticotropic hormone)
- Abnormal modulation of the autonomic nervous system
- Increased atherogenesis (identifiable through elevations in inflammatory markers such as C-reactive protein, tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin 6)
- Increased systemic inflammation
To this I would add that poor sleep is also associated with an increased risk for insulin resistance, and this is yet another mechanism by which insomnia can affect your risk of heart disease. According to this 2017 review:24
“In the past decade there has been increasing evidence associating insomnia with hypertension, coronary heart disease (CHD), and heart failure (HF), as well as subclinical cardiovascular disease (CVD) and CVD mortality.
Because of the wide variations in how insomnia is defined and measured, however, there are conflicting data, and caution must be exercised when comparing studies and interpreting results. Nonetheless, the existing data suggest that insomnia is an important risk factor for CVD …
Studies … demonstrate increased SNS activity, with elevated levels of plasma and urine norepinephrine in both short sleepers and those with insomnia compared with normal control subjects, as well as increased heart rate and altered or blunted heart rate variability, reflecting underlying autonomic dysregulation.
SNS activity is an integral part of cardiovascular homeostasis and plays a critical role in the pathogenesis of HTN, arrhythmias, CHD, and HF.”
The paper25 also points out that while short sleep duration (typically less than six hours) is considered distinct from insomnia, it appears that too little sleep, whether due to insomnia or not, can have similar effects, and that when insomnia and short sleep duration occurs together, they may have an additive effect on CVD risk.
Other consequences of insufficient sleep and insomnia
While the evidence linking lack of sleep to poor heart health is strong, heart disease is by far not the only health risk posed by insufficient sleep and insomnia.
Sleep also affects gene expression, hormone regulation and brain detoxification, just to mention a few, which further strengthens its importance for general health and longevity. Other health problems linked to insufficient sleep include but are not limited to:
Increased risk of neurological problems, ranging from depression to Alzheimer’s disease26 — Your blood-brain barrier becomes more permeable with age, allowing more toxins to enter.27
This, in conjunction with reduced efficiency of the glymphatic system due to lack of sleep, allows for more rapid damage to occur in your brain and this deterioration is thought to play a significant role in the development of Alzheimer’s.28
Increased risk of Type 2 diabetes — In one historical cohort study,29 published in 2017, patients with insomnia were on average 16% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes compared to those who slept well. The risk was most significant among those under the age of 40, in whom the adjusted hazard ratio was 31%.
What’s more, the risk rose exponentially over time. In those struggling with insomnia for less than four years, the risk for diabetes was 14%, but rose to 38% when insomnia persisted between four to eight years, and 51% when lasting longer than eight years.
Increased risk of obesity.30
Increased risk of osteoporosis — As noted in a 2018 medical review,31 “the quality of sleep is an important factor in the development of osteoporosis. Certainly, it is expected that there are hidden important links between sleep and osteoporosis, and there are effective mechanisms that can break the vicious cycle between the two.”
According to this review, possible causative factors linking insomnia to bone mass deficits include hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis dysregulation, SNS activation and hormonal influences.
Increased risk of pain and pain-related conditions such as fibromyalgia — In one study, poor or insufficient sleep was the strongest predictor for widespread pain in adults over 50.32
Increased susceptibility to stomach ulcers — As explained in a 2013 study33 looking at people with sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder that results in highly fragmented sleep:
Impaired sexual function.34
Increased risk of depression and anxiety (including post-traumatic stress disorder), schizophrenia and suicide — In fact, according to professor Matthew Walker, Ph.D., founder and director of the University of California Berkeley’s Center for Human Sleep Science and author of “Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams,” researchers have been unable to find a single psychiatric condition in which the subject’s sleep is normal.35
Increased risk of dying from any cause — In one study,39 persistent but not intermittent insomnia was associated with a 58% increased risk of all-cause mortality and cardiopulmonary mortality, primarily caused by increased systemic inflammation levels.
How to improve your sleep
The good news is that small adjustments to your daily routine and sleeping area can go a long way to ensure uninterrupted, restful sleep and, thereby, better health. I suggest you read through my full set of 33 healthy sleep guidelines for more in-depth guidance, but to start, consider implementing the following changes to promote more shut-eye:
Avoid watching TV or using your computer in the evening, at least an hour or two before going to bed — Electronic devices emit blue light, which tricks your brain into thinking it’s still daytime. Normally, your brain starts secreting melatonin between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., and these devices emit light that may stifle that process.
If they cannot be avoided, consider installing software that automatically dims your monitor or screens in the evening, such as Iris,40 or wear blue-blocking eyeglasses.
Get some sun in the morning, and at least 30 minutes of midday sun exposure — Your circadian system needs bright light to reset itself. Ten to 15 minutes of morning sunlight will send a strong message to your internal clock that day has arrived, making it less likely to be confused by weaker light signals during the night. Also, if you work indoors, make a point to get outdoors for at least a total of 30 to 60 minutes during the brightest portion of the day.
Sleep in total darkness — Even the slightest bit of light in your bedroom can disrupt your pineal gland’s melatonin production. I recommend covering your windows with drapes or blackout shades, or using an eye mask.
Install a low-wattage yellow, orange or red light bulb if you need a source of light for navigation at night — Light in these bandwidths does not shut down melatonin production in the way that white and blue bandwidth light does. Salt lamps are ideal for this purpose.
Make sure your bedroom is cool enough for sleep — While there’s no set consensus as to what temperature will help you sleep best, temperatures above 75 degrees F. (too hot) and below 54 degrees F. (too cold) tend to interfere with sleep.41
Avoid electromagnetic fields (EMFs) in your bedroom — EMFs can disrupt your pineal gland and its melatonin production, and has many other negative biological effects as well. Ideally, turn off your wireless router while sleeping, keep cellphones out of the bedroom unless they’re in airplane mode, and trade your electric alarm clock for a battery driven one.
Vitamin D was once regarded as a nutrient important for bone health, but it’s now known that this steroid hormone influences virtually every cell in your body, including those in your brain. Far from just influencing your physical health, vitamin D plays a role in mental health and may influence behavior — even years down the road.
As such, ensuring children’s vitamin D levels are optimized is also important, as a deficiency in childhood may affect their behavior in adolescence, according to a University of Michigan study.1
Low vitamin D in childhood linked to behavior problems later
The study involved 273 school-aged children between the ages of 5 and 12 years, living in Bogota, Colombia, who were part of a larger cohort study that began in 2006 and involved follow-up interviews conducted after six years. Part of the interviews assessed the children’s behavior, and the researchers also checked the children’s vitamin D levels via blood samples that were collected at the start of the study.
Vitamin D deficiency, defined as a vitamin D level of less than 20 ng/mL (or 50 nmol/L) was found in 10.3% of the children.2 Further, those with a deficiency at the start of the study were 1.8 times as likely to display behavior problems in later childhood, when they were 11 to 18 years old.3
“Children who have vitamin D deficiency during their elementary school years appear to have higher scores on tests that measure behavior problems when they reach adolescence,” Eduardo Villamor, professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, said in a news release.4 This includes more “externalizing” problems, such as aggressive and rule-breaking behaviors.
Low levels of vitamin D binding protein, which transport vitamin D in the blood, were also linked to aggressive behavior and symptoms of anxiety and depressive mood compared to higher levels.5
Vitamin D’s connection to emotional and behavioral problems
Separate research was published in 2017 that also linked vitamin D to emotional and behavioral problems in adolescents.6 In an analysis of 9,068 participants, lower vitamin D status was associated with increased emotional problems, peer relationship issues and behavioral difficulties among children. Further, a slight increase in vitamin D (10 ng/ml for boys and 10.2 ng/ml for girls) was linked to a decrease in total behavioral difficulties.7
“Based on the large-scale cross-sectional study in a German population-based sample of children and adolescents we detected inverse associations between 25(OH)D [vitamin D] concentrations and both parent- and self-rated SDQ scores of the total difficulties scale and different subscales with the strongest association in the subsample aged ?12-<18 years for both genders,” the researchers explained.8
Vitamin D receptors exist in the human brain,9 hinting at the importance of this vitamin in mental and emotional health. It’s believed that vitamin D regulates more than 200 different genes by binding to vitamin D receptors that are responsible for driving a number of biological processes.10 Low levels of vitamin D have, in fact, been linked to a number of psychological disorders, including anxiety, depression and schizophrenia.
It likely influences psychological health in a number of ways, including by modulating inflammation, regulating proteins that fight free radicals and increasing the synthesis of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which may play a role in schizophrenia.
Taken together, vitamin D exerts a neuroprotective role in the brain.11 Writing in the journal Children, Dr. Joy Weydert of the department of pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center explained:12
“Activated vitamin D also has neuroprotective effects via neuromodulation, anti-inflammatory, anti-ischemic, and anti-oxidant properties. Having adequate vitamin D levels in-utero and early stages of life ensures normal receptor transcriptional activity vital for brain development and mental functioning.
Vitamin D affects the proteins directly involved in learning, memory, motor control, and social behavior, and is closely associated with executive functioning such as goal-directed behavior, attention, and adaptability to change.”
Vitamin D deficiency in utero may harm the brain
Getting enough vitamin D, via sensible sun exposure or supplementation, is one of the most straightforward strategies you can use to protect mental health, and this is true even in utero. In one study, children who were vitamin D deficient at birth had a 44% increased risk of developing schizophrenia as adults.13
“Lack of vitamin D during brain development may alter a number of outcomes, including brain volume, neurochemistry, the expression of genes and proteins and behavior, the researchers explained.14 Weydert added:15
“Studies are starting to reveal the neurohormonal effects of vitamin D on brain development and behavior, with a link to mental health disorders. Many of these effects start well before the birth of the child, so it is important that each pregnant woman be assessed for vitamin D deficiency and supplemented for the best possible health outcome of the child.”
Along with behavior problems and schizophrenia, other mental health problems associated with vitamin D deficiency include depression, seasonal effective disorder and autism.16
In the case of depression, Weydert explained, “Vitamin D deficiency decreases the expression of the enzyme catechol-O-methyl transferase (COMT), required for dopamine and serotonin metabolism.”17 In adolescents with low levels of vitamin D had improved depressive symptoms after vitamin D supplementation.18
How much vitamin D is ideal?
The level you’re aiming for is between 60 and 80 ng/mL, with 40 ng/mL being the low cutoff point for sufficiency to prevent a wide range of diseases, including cancer. Yet, as Weydert noted, “Current recommended doses of vitamin D supplementation fall short of what is needed to obtain ideal serum levels.”19
Research suggests it would require 9,600 IUs of vitamin D per day to get 97.5% of the population to reach 40 ng/mL,20 but individual requirements can vary widely, and you’ll need to get your levels tested to ensure you take the correct dosage required to get you into the optimal range.
Regular sunlight exposure is the ideal way to optimize your vitamin D (as well as glean the other health benefits of sun exposure), but many people have difficulty getting out in the sun, whether it’s due to working indoors, weather or physical limitations. As such, many will need to take an oral vitamin D3 supplement, especially during winter months.
The only way to gauge whether you might need to supplement, and how much, is to get your level tested, ideally twice a year, in the early spring, after the winter, and early fall when you level is at its peak and low point.
GrassrootsHealth makes testing easy by offering an inexpensive vitamin D testing kit as part of its consumer-sponsored research. By signing up, you are helping further vital health research that can help millions in coming years. (All revenues from these kits go directly to GrassrootsHealth. I make no profit from these kits and only provide them as a service of convenience to my readers.)
GrassrootsHeallth is also working to end vitamin D deficiency in children and pregnant women, and believes a new standard of care should be implemented for pregnant women that involves vitamin D testing three times during pregnancy and maintaining blood levels of 40 to 60 ng/mL.
Although such testing is not yet widespread, you can request a vitamin D blood test from your health care provider or, if you’re a woman who is between 12 to 17 weeks pregnant, enroll in GrassrootsHealth’s Protect Our Children NOW! Project.
Vitamin D deficiency is widespread
Vitamin D deficiency is often defined as having a serum (blood) level of vitamin D below 20 ng/mL. Using these parameters, 40% of the U.S. population may be vitamin D deficient.21 However, in order to truly protect your health, anything below 40 ng/mL (100 nmol/L) should be considered deficient.
For example, research has shown that once you reach a minimum serum vitamin D level of 40 ng/mL, your risk for cancer diminishes by 67%, compared to having a level of 20 ng/mL or less.22 If the deficiency cutoff were to be moved to 40 to 60 ng/mL, vitamin D deficiency rates in the U.S. would skyrocket.
Even using 20 ng/mL, vitamin D deficiency in children is “very common,”23 and children, like adults, should obtain regular sun exposure or take vitamin D3 supplements to ensure their levels are in the optimal range. It’s important to note that vitamin D supplementation must be balanced with other nutrients, namely vitamin K2 (to avoid complications associated with excessive calcification in your arteries), calcium and magnesium.
Optimizing vitamin D is essential for overall health
The finding that low vitamin D in childhood may lead to behavioral problems in adolescence highlights the importance of maintaining optimal vitamin D throughout life. Beyond its effects on mental health, a deficiency in vitamin D has been implicated in such problems as multiple sclerosis24 and chronic heart failure.25
Vitamin D also significantly reduces oxidative stress in your vascular system, which can prevent the development of heart disease.26 In addition, optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best flu prevention strategies available and can also slash your cancer risk.
Previous research found that a vitamin D level of 47 ng/ml was associated with a 50% lower risk of breast cancer, for instance.27 Vitamin D has a favorable effect on immune health, mental health and life expectancy, and, overall, if everyone in North America optimized their vitamin D levels, it’s estimated that:28
- All-cancer incidence rates would decrease by 25%
- Influenza and pneumonia rates would decrease by 30%
- Septicemia would decrease 25%
- Multiple sclerosis would decrease by 40%
- Negative pregnancy outcomes (including asthma, infections, bone disorders, heart failure and autism in the baby) would be reduced by 10%
If you’re unsure of your own, or your children’s, vitamin D levels, getting your levels checked is the first step to optimization. Weydert goes so far as to state, “One can choose to measure 25(OH)D levels to document vitamin D deficiency, but with the widespread findings of insufficiency and deficiency in most cultures, it is relatively safe to start vitamin D supplementation without this information.”29
That being said, if you opt to go this route, be sure to get levels tested going forward, so you can determine the right vitamin D dose to maintain optimal levels.
Not many people know this, but not all of the shrubs we think of as “grass” actually fall into that category. In fact, there are three distinct types of plants that are casually referred to as “grass.” Because of this, it’s believed that identifying sedges, rushes and grasses is one of the toughest aspects of botany.1 But while they all look alike, these plants belong to different families. This article will primarily focus on sedges, or Cyperaceae.
The sedge family is the third largest monocot family, consisting of over 100 genera. One of the most common genera is Carex, which includes over 5,000 species.2 Some examples of sedges are yellow nut, purple nut, annual and globe.3
In terms of their appearance, sedges don’t look much different from grasses, as they are similarly characterized with linear blades and the veins running parallel to each other. They also have small-wind pollinated flowers.4 However, because they can spread easily, sedges may also be categorized as a weed.5
For example, the navua sedge (Cyperus aromaticus) has been observed to compete for soil nutrients and light. It also has the ability to form dense stands that can overpower other plant species.6
When trying to differentiate sedges from rushes or grasses, it’s useful to remember the following rhyme: “Sedges have edges, rushes are round, grasses are hollow right up from the ground.” The easiest way to identify sedge is by cutting its stem and checking if it’s solid, as grasses usually have hollow stems. Another thing to note is that the cross-section of a stem branch is typically three-angled in sedges.7
Sedges, like rushes, typically thrive well in cooler and wetter regions, usually in marshy and swampy places.8,9 While sedge may grow in partly shaded areas, it can also grow in areas exposed to full sunlight. They also require moist or wet areas to be able to grow, but other types, like the blue wood sedge, may prefer dry fields and woods.10
Growing sedge, whether in your garden or in a pot, is relatively easy, as it requires minimal plant care, and needs little to no fertilizer. If you’re looking for a specific sedge variety, you may try sourcing seeds from growers.11
However, while sedge is hardy and requires little to no attention, the different types can have varying environmental preferences. For example, catlin sedge thrives in partial to full shade, with the color growing lighter when planted under direct sunlight, while California meadow sedge doesn’t do well in full shade. Make sure that you’re familiar with the variety you’re planting to ensure that your sedges are going to thrive and look their best at all times.12
Sedge provides wildlife with sustenance with its tubers and fruits. It’s one of the main food sources for insects, wild birds and a few mammals.13 It plays an essential part in marsh ecosystems by providing shelter for various micro and macro organisms, which then serve as food for fish and amphibians. In addition, sedge offers hydrological functions, including water flow stabilization and erosion management.14,15
Aside from serving as food for wildlife, sedge can be used for its fibers. In the tropics, the fibers are generally used for basketry, mat weaving, thatching, rope making and fencing.16 In addition, certain species of sedge are used for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Purple nut sedge, for example, is used for its antioxidant properties and its possible effects on diabetes, diarrhea and blood circulation.17
Another variety, water chestnut, is widely utilized in the culinary world. Water chestnuts closely resemble chestnuts because of their color and shape. These “chestnuts” may be prepared in a number of ways. They can be candied, boiled or added to curries and stir-fried.18
Sedges are also used for ornamental purposes, usually planted in water and woodland gardens, pots and hanging baskets. They’re also used for water purification in the Netherlands and Germany.19 It was noted that sedges have the ability to filter pollutants, sediments and heavy metals from water.20
While sedge does not primarily cause any trouble to humans, there have been select instances where its pollen was linked to pollinosis, hypersensitivity and anaphylaxis.21
Sedge has been around for a long time, having been utilized by Proto-Uralic people in Siberia as far back as the 9th to 6th centuries B.C. Fragments from archaeological sites show that these civilizations used sedge to make fishnets.22
While sedges are often referred to as weeds or ornamental plants, some varieties actually provide numerous health benefits. One of the most notable types of sedge is Cyperus rotundus. In a 2017 study in Scientific Reports, its essential oil was found to contain DNA damage-protective, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. The researchers also found that the essential oil may help combat several foodborne pathogens.23
In a 2014 study from the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Cyperus rotundus oil was found to have antiandrogenic properties, which may help limit hair growth. The study focused on its ability to inhibit axillary hair growth without the risk of hyperpigmentation or irritation that usually accompanies laser hair removal.24
Seeing as sedge is a main source of food for animals,25 you might be wondering whether it also passes as a food source for humans. There are types of sedge that have edible parts, like water chestnuts and chufa, which is now being marketed as tiger nuts. Raw water chestnuts are a good source of both potassium and vitamin B6,26 while chufa is rich in phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium, among other essential nutrients.27
If you’re curious how you can prepare these sedge products, here are two easy recipes you can start with:
Nigerian-Style Tiger Nut Milk
- 8 ounces raw, organic tiger nuts
- 1 quart filtered water
- 1 Ceylon cinnamon stick
- 3 cardamom pods
- 1/2 cup organic piloncillo
- Put the tiger nuts and cinnamon stick in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Slowly pour in warm water.
- Allow the ingredients to soak in the water for 12 to 24 hours or until softened.
- Add the mixture and the rest of the ingredients to a high-powered blender. Blend until you get a smooth paste. Add water as necessary to make blending easier.
- Allow the paste to sit in the fridge for about an hour. Spoon it into a nut milk bag and press it through. Serve over ice.
(Recipe from Nourishing Kitchen28)
Endive Water Chestnut Salad
- 1 cup walnuts
- 2 tablespoons raw honey
- Cayenne pepper, to taste
- Himalayan salt, to taste
- 2 endives, leaves separated
- 2 cups water chestnuts, cut in half
- 1 red finger chili, sliced
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Juice of 1 lime
For the honey-glazed walnuts:
- Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Place the walnuts on a baking tray. Drizzle the honey over the walnuts, and season with cayenne pepper and salt.
- Bake in the oven until the walnuts become golden brown. This usually takes about 10 minutes.
For the salad:
- Put the endives, water chestnuts and chili in a bowl.
- Add the honey, apple cider vinegar and lime juice. Gently toss to coat.
- Season the salad with salt. Garnish with the honey-glazed walnuts.
(Recipe from Cooking Channel29)
Whether you see it as an ornamental plant or a weed, sedge actually plays an important part in the survival of numerous organisms in the wild. It also provides plant fibers that may be used for livelihood materials, and with edible parts that can be added to your diet as a rich source of nutrients. So if you’re planning on planting sedge in your backyard, know that you’re adding a very useful plant to your arsenal.
By Anna Von Reitz