Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Though the days are starting to warm up here in southern California the nights are still cool and, more often than not, inspire me to fix a cup of herbal tea or miso soup as I read and answer last minute emails before bed. A couple months ago I picked up a really unique miso paste from Matt & Angela Stokes-Monarch's booth at the Longevity Conference. The product has been around for a couple of years but it's the first I've ever seen of it so I thought I'd share.
Sea-Clear is labelled as a fermented probiotic cleansing superfood that contains:
100% Organic Non-GMO, Non-Pasteurized Miso (soy)
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
I mix 1 teaspoon in a mug with warm water and sip slowly. Some days I like to add one small, freshly pressed garlic clove or a few instant wakame flakes. It tastes fabulous but my husband is not a fan of the garlic breath so I usually skip it. It is, afterall, right before bedtime...
This has become my favorite night time treat for many different reasons. One, it contains probiotics. Do I even need to explain how important it is to have beneficial flora in your gut? If you're not sure, read The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates. I have adopted her recommendation of eating fermented foods regularly and found that it lessened my sugar cravings and has improved my digestion considerably.
Secondly, kelp and chlorella are great for radiation toxicity. Chlorella is useful for removing heavy metals while kelp contains iodine and other minerals. Ever since the Fukushima disaster I have been upping my intake of chlorella tablets and iodine drops. It's hard to say how much the west coast will be affected by the radiation fallout but it's better safe than sorry. We already know the disaster is way worse than Chernobyl and are still waiting for the whole truth on how bad the situation is.
Thirdly, it's alkalizing which is important for pH balance. We underestimate how much stress from day to day living can make us acidic. An acidic state steals calcium and magnesium from our bones and tissues. Make sure you're giving your body lots of alkalizing foods like green vegetable juice, green leafy vegetables and low sugar fruits like lemons and berries.
Fourth, each serving is only 30 calories and 4 grams of protein. This is a great treat to have in the evening or as a snack if you're craving something salty, nourishing and comforting without weighing you down. You could also use it as a dip or as a seasoning to blended salads (savory smoothies).
Lastly, it tastes SO GOOD! It's not fishy or strange just very pleasant, salty and flavorful. It's vegan, raw and gluten-free.
Here's more info from the Shaman Shack website:
Sea-Clear may be our top unsung hero. This live-food cleansing product is the result of 3 years research and development by Rehmannia. Based on the Russian research into modiflan and fucoidan after the Chernobyl disaster, it was determined that fermented kelp can 'chelate' metals and radiation from the body. We ferment kelp and chlorella help remove metals from the body and support the thyroid. We mix these into an organic, non-GMO miso made in Southern CA., with raw apple cider vinegar and add a few spices. Some of our raw foodist friends love this product added to their recipes. Sea-Clear is salty tasting, but contains only full spectrum sea salt. A little goes a long way!
Great as a condiment for spreads, or mixed into salad dressings or dips. A teaspoon can be taken diluted into a glass of water at night to promote restful and detoxing sleep.
14 oz jar
Buy it here from Shaman Shack.