Sunday, February 22, 2015

Saturday night in nature

Yesterday after work I headed to Nature's Pantry in New Windsor, a local alternative grocery store with a huge selection of everyday groceries as well as nutrition supplements, bulk grains and nuts, and prepared foods. The store, previously in Newburgh, moved into this bigger storefront off of Blooming Grove Turnpike a little over a year ago.

My mission? Sunflower seeds and chlorella. A few years ago I decided almond butter would be a healthy addition to my diet. It's spread on whole grain toast or crackers and topped with dried cranberries and I bring it to work every day for a snack. After awhile I noticed my fingernails were growing longer, and it turns out almond butter is loaded with  nail-strengthening omega-3 fats. Earlier this month I read about the benefits of sunflower seeds including nutrients vitamin E, selenium, and magnesium. I picked up a container of raw seeds from the bulk bins. I think raw may be healthier, though not as tasty as if they were toasted and flavored.

Chlorella, an extremely nutritious blue-green micro-algae, is popular for its immune-boosting and anti-cancer properties. It offers liver support and helps balance blood sugar levels. I bought a bottle of lemon-flavored powder and this I'll spoon into my water bottle that I bring to work each day. (Update 3/7/15-it looks and tastes like swamp water *gag* must find chlorella plan B)

The above photo is the store's supply of turmeric, a member of the ginger family. It's ground into an orange-yellow powder and is common in India as a spice and a dye. Last year I took a yoga class in New Paltz with Elizabeth Gross of Embrace Space Yoga Therapy and she told us about its health benefits including the alleviation of arthritis, stomach pain, headaches, and kidney problems. She had the powder powder mixed into water and used in class for hydration.  

Nature's Pantry keeps on display a Spanish and English copy of Prescription for Nutritional Healing: The A to Z Guide to Supplements by Phyllis A. Balch CNC. This 300-plus-page directory is a bible for those with nutrition on the mind.  It covers just about every physiological affliction of modern society.

The store prides itself in carrying lots of Hudson Valley-sourced items, from produce to eye pillows, giving us a local connection to the complexity of health issues we face in 2015.

Nature's Pantry:
Embrace Space Yoga Therapy:

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