Are you Grounded?

Do you feel disconnect from the earth?  That is because you probably are, with all of the technology and modern advances people are not as grounded as they once were.  The average human does not sleep directly on the ground or walk barefoot outside anymore.  This is creating a disconnect between humans and the earth.  The earth allows people to stay grounded, which can increase sleep levels, energy and overall wellness. The process of Earthing allows the body to connect with the earth’s electrical field.  This allows the body to absorb electrons to adjust back to the level that the earth has and restore what is lost in the body’s metabolic processes.  In order for people to stay grounded in this modern age, Earthing products have been developed, which allow people to stay grounded while sleeping or even at work.

How do they work?

Earthing products can just be plugged into any grounded outlet.  The cord is just plugged into the grounded line of your outlet then snapped into your Earthing product.  Even though it is plugged into your outlet no electricity is transmitted through the cord.  The energy that is being transmitted through the cord is only grounded energy that is designed for human grounding.  The amount of energy that is being transmitted into the body cannot be measured because it is all dependent on the person and how grounded they are.

How will it affect me?

It will all depend on the person and how sensitive they are to energy levels.  Some people feel a slight tingly feeling in their body, while others feel warmth.  Other people have noticed a major difference in how they sleep, or the amount swollen that they have decreases because their blood has better circulation.  Some people notice no differences or if they do they are very subtle, this could be something as small as when you are using a grounding product that you do not sleep as deep or you may not feel like you have as much energy.  If you do not feel anything or notice any changes this does not mean that the product is not working, it just could mean that you are not sensitive to energy levels, or your body is not exhibiting any symptoms or lack thereof that you personally can detect.  The point is that there are no physical signs/symptoms required to ‘make’ the product work.

Blood Analyses have been done on participants before in their ungrounded state, and after a minimum of 15min of using the Earthing product, their blood was analyzed again – with significant differences.  This is an example of how something may change internally, but yet the person may not ‘feel’ anything going on.  Remember, this is not a magical ‘device’ or ‘pill’, so there are no magical effects necessary to know it is working.  We do offer product testers as well to make sure that the device is working.  These are sold separately and included in many of the Earthing products and kits we have available.

Products

We offer a number of different earthing products which will help with grounding.

Bed pads are a pad that is placed across part of your bed.  This product allows you to be grounded when you sleep.  These pads fit king, queen, double and single size beds.  This pad would go over top of your bottom sheet to ensure that part of your skin would be in contact with the pad throughout the night.

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Whole Body grounding bag is like a sleeping bag for you to sleep in.  It is excellent from travelling and for athletes who are on the go. This product allows you to ground your entire body, and during times when your body has been through strenuous times, this could be very helpful.

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Grounding Mats these mats are multi-purpose and they can be used under a keyboard, and under your desk to place your bare feet on.  This allows you to stay ground while at work or working on a computer.

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Have your strained a muscle or have a sore spot? If so you may be interested in the Patch Kit this allows you to centralize the area which becomes grounded first.  This increases the recovery time and allows you to get back to your regular life style quicker. We also carry Body Bands which are an elastic band that can be placed on your torso, knee/thigh and wrist/foot. This allows for grounding while at a desk or even when relaxing on the couch.

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Are you grounded? If so what experiences have you had using Earthing products?

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Hair Care Products

There are a lot of different products on the market when it comes to hair care.  What is the best shampoo or conditioner for you to use?   Well you want to choose one that cleans your hair, purifies it and helps to reduce the amount of buildup that you have.  Shampoos and conditioners that you can purchase at your local pharmacy or store contain a lot of ingredients that do not provide nutrients for your hair.  These products contain waxes and additives that cause your hair to go greasy and feel dirty.  The artificial scents that are found in regular shampoos can dry out your scalp.

Morrocco Method has a line of shampoos and conditioners that are completely raw, vegan, gluten-free, soy free and contain no GMOs.  Their products are made of all natural ingredients, that are food grade increase the product is digested.  These products help with hair regrowth by unclogging the hair follicles and reducing the build of chemicals on your scalp, excellent for hair loss and thinning.

The shampoo line that Morrocco Method has created is centered on the five elements Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, and Air.  Unlike regular shampoos, there is no suds, this gives your hair a deeper clean and makes sure that your hair is chemical free.  When you first start using this line of shampoo you hair takes a while to get used to it.  Your hair maybe very dry and full of tangles, this is because the shampoo is reducing the amount of chemical build up on you scalp.  After a few weeks of using the product the amount of wax you have in your hair and on your scalp will be drastically reduced, allowing for a deep clean.  Your hair may react the opposite way though and at the beginning may become greaser and feel more dirty, this is because it is having a reaction to the product after a while of using the products your hair will adjust to the natural product.  It is recommended that you wash your hair twice when you are using this product.  The first wash is to take all of the chemicals from the hair stands while the second wash is to cleanse the scalp.  To effectively use this product you should rotate through all of the five element shampoos.   The shampoos are available in a Pine Shale, Apple Cider Vinegar, Sea Essence, Earth Essence, and Heavenly Chi.

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Morrocco Method has there different types of conditioners you have: you your leave-in conditioners, your wash out conditioners; and deep conditioners.

Leave-In Conditioner

The Morrocco Method conditioner, moisturizing mists and oil are natural and helps to stimulate, rejuvenate and revitalize’s your hair.  These conditioners can be used on your hair when wet or dry, it also adds a shine, while making it easier to manage and style.

Wash-out conditioner

These conditioners treat your hair and scalp after it has been washed.  Using this conditioner after shampooing leaves your hair feeling soft and silky.  Why use a conditioner that will leave your hair feeling greasy and just add unwanted chemicals to your hair when you do not have to?  These conditioners will rejuvenate and increase hair growth.  It is available in two different kinds a Pearl Essence and in Chi.

Deep Conditioning

The Zen Detox that Morrocco Method offers is volcanic ash which will strip all of the chemicals from your hair.  To use this product, you mix it in a bowl with water, until it is the consistency of a thick cream, let the mixture sit over night to allow for the best results.  When you go to use it, create a mask or clay over your hair and leave on for 30-120 minutes, depending on your desired results.  This spa therapy helps to penetrate and purify your hair and scalp from all of the chemicals that it is exposed to on a daily basis.  This detox strips your hair of any harmful chemicals and is a cleanser, which is great if exposed to chlorine or similar chemicals.  After using this detox in our opinion you have a clearer more focused mind, you get an overall sense of having your spirit lifted.

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All of these products have many different uses and can be numerous things.  The shampoos are excellent as exfoliates or even as a make-up remover.  All of the products can be used on your pet to make sure that their hair or fur stays as clean as yours. Some people even have been washing their delicate materials like silk with the Morrocco Method shapmoo.

What has your experience been with the shampoos or conditioners on your hair or have you found another use for the products that we should try?

Sweet and snacks that go against social norms

Vegans are weird because all they have to eat is tofu and soy milk. Raw Vegans are even more weird because all they do is eat fruit and vegetables, and their diet is mostly made up of celery sticks, bird seed and some twigs.  How disgusting? Boring? etc. This is one of the biggest stereotype out there against vegans and raw vegans.  There are many different food options on the market that raw vegans actually eat, and well.. that really everyone else commonly eats too but without the ‘labels’.  Often when asked what was the best thing someone remembers eating at a social function, it is much more common to hear about this cool salad made from xyz or this amazing dessert made from, etc that often just involve different takes on traditional fare, but based in fruits and/or vegetables.   People need to step outside of the box when it comes to social norms to see the different options that are available.  We carry a selection of snack foods that are raw vegan and do not follow social norms, from chips to chocolate to ice cream.  It’s a big world out there, care to venture out and enjoy some food without all the rules?  Who says that these products have to be made from only what society perceives as normal – have they tried them?

As humans, we all like snack foods and sweets, these foods do not have to be unhealthy though.  Why is it that chips have to be made from potatoes and cooked in fatty oils, last I checked there was no rule about this.  We have many different flavours of chips made from  Kale.  These chips are dehydrated pieces of kale, a vegetable just like a potato is, that are mixed with other ingredients to produce rich flavours.  All of the nutrients and flavours in the original product are still there since they have only been dehydrated at low temperatures and not processed.  And guess what?  You will know what each ingredient is because it is just food, not long mysterious words that we have no idea what it may be, its safety or how it may affect us long term. The kale chips are available in 11 different flavours, from original to chocolate.  Yes chocolate kale chips – they make an excellent sweet snack or dessert.  When was the last time you saw chocolate potato chips on the shelf at your local store?

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Everyone has the craving for a sweet baked good, or a piece of  chocolate,  but why do they have to be bad for you or affect your health in a negative way either short or long term?  These products do not have to be high in sugar to satisfy ones craving.  Many different flavours of chocolates are available that are Dairy/Gluten/Soy/Cane Sugar free.  Our sweets are not limited to chocolates, with a wide assortment of cookies, macaroons and brownies and even hard candies, your options are not limited by any means.

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When you’re looking for something to snack on it why does society believe that these products have to be packed with unhealthy fats or mysterious preservatives and toxic filler ingredients because they are either industry waste or dirt cheap for big companies to produce? Gone nuts has a product line of healthy mixed nuts, seeds and spices, that are all raw, organic and sprouted.  We also have a variety of trail mixes and bars that are convenient for at work or on the go.  Being a vegan does not mean that you have to stop living your life, it just means that you have to prepare before you leave to go somewhere, just like a lot of other people do who still eat the ‘Standard American Diet’ aka SAD diet.  Growing up, there was never a camping trip that we didn’t have coolers full of food that was prepared or prepped ahead of time, so it is not really much different, a lot of it is perspective and a willingness to leave your ‘comfort zone’ of choices. With these snacks it helps to decrease the amount of preparation time that you have and adds something different to your diet.  With the growing number of options of prepared raw vegan snacks and even raw vegan restaurants, cafes and fresh juicing bars, things are definitely changing.

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Want to have ice cream every night? What is stopping you? Nothing is; we offer an ice cream that has about half the fat that a normal dairy ice cream has.  These ice creams are raw hand-cracked cashew based, dairy/gluten/soy/gmo free, which allows you to enjoy these frozen treats whenever you desire.

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Raw Vegans are not limited to just fruits and vegetables.  The views of society are skewed and it needs to realize that there are a number of different products available that are not stopping people from enjoying different foods, no matter what type of diet they have.  At the end of it all, your food should be fun and taste great, without detracting from your health!  Just because the media and large corporations are not pitching it, doesn’t mean it is bad tasting.  Ditch the rules and stereotypes from mainstream society and you will see that there are way more options out there than you can possibly imagine.  In fact, we feel there are way more options for food being raw vegan, because we do not have to limit our sources to satisfy the norms.  What is a ‘new’ food that you have eaten and really liked, that you may have once been apprehensive or reluctant to try because it wasn’t made from the ‘usual’ ingredient source accepted in our culture?

What is the difference in Protein Powders?

In society today no matter what type of diet one may have, we always hear about ‘Protein’.  Always being pushed to ‘get more’, and ‘get enough’. Unfortunately, many people are getting an overabundance of protein consumption already, but is it actually effective, helpful or even safe?  Eating too much protein, especially from not so good sources can lead to imbalances with other nutrients in the system, and even create toxic compounds like Uric Acid, which is generally not something that will bring about good health.  The key is to have a balanced and high quality protein source that is actually absorbable (yep many ‘protein’ sources are not too absorbable) and in the right amounts for your body and activity level.  According to some clinical research, the protein requirements of people range from as little as 10% to as much as 25% of calories (G Cousens, 2013).  While living in a pretty polluted world full of stresses on our system, depleting our nutrient reserves, it is not uncommon for a majority of people to have looked into supplementing with a Protein Powder right up to becoming a Protein Powder Aficionado.  Now there are a lot of garbage protein powders out there, full of synthetic isolates, toxic by products, fillers, MSG, GMO’s, Animal Glandulars, Hormones, etc.  We at Upaya Naturals, are inundated with a lot of options to consider selling, however it usually comes down to one thing:  would we eat it ourselves?  Now you may not know us, or our diet, but one thing for sure is that we are pretty picky.  We know first hand what it is like to not have ‘health’ and to have one’s life on the line, so it is something we take seriously.  It is true, that sometimes to really respect and appreciate something, it has to be taken away.  Well it sure worked for us, and made us realize that many things on the store shelves are not something we should be putting into our bodies.  So our bodies are our temples, and while we take that seriously we have a lot of fun with our food, making some great creations that we see the benefits from physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.  Some things we look for:  Is it Organic? Is it Raw? Is it Plant Based? Sources of isolates? Fillers? Preservatives? Processing methods? and so on..   If we cannot get straight answers, we generally by pass it altogether. Because choosing the right protein powder can be daunting to just about anyone, we have put together some of the Protein powders from our store and given a brief description for you.

Now you may be wondering… Which is the best?  Which one do we use?  The truth is, we have and do use all of them.  Not altogether of course, but what we do is rotate them.  Once we go through one bottle, we choose a different protein powder and so on.  This way we get a wider variety of nutrients from a wider variety of sources.  Not only does it make us feel great, but it keeps our taste buds satisfied with the changes in taste.

Hawaiian Spirulina

Is a pure natural green food.  Spirulina is one of the highest sources of protein out there. What is even better, this product contains protein, beta-carotene, essential vitamins and minerals.  It is recommended that we eat 9 servings of fruit and vegetables per day. One 3 gram serving of Hawaiian Spirulina provides more antioxidant activity than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables.  It has a very mild taste and when mixed in smoothies you cannot tell the difference in our opinion.  Although Hawaiian Spirulina will give it a green colour.  This spirulina is grown is ocean water from a depth of 2000 feet, no other spirulina manufactures uses ocean water, which gives it a higher nutrient value then other products.  Ocean water is an excellent source of calcium, magnesium and 94 other trace elements.

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Spirulina Manna

This spirulina is similar to the Hawaiian Spirulina other than this one is grown in fresh-water.  Both spirulina, in our opinion, taste similar.

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Sun Warrior Protein

Classic Protein has the highest amount of (non soy) raw, whole-grain sprouted, vegan protein of any product available. A great tasting plant-based protein with a silky smooth texture that blends easily without the chalky or grainy texture found in other vegetable based proteins.   Naturally rich in vitamins and minerals, contains high amounts of antioxidants, tocopherols, tocotrienols, and other essential nutrients such as: thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, phosphorous, iron, and potassium. This protein is available in natural, vanilla and chocolate flavours.  One package (21 g) contains 17g of protein, 3g of your total carbohydrates and is low in sugar.  What is cool about this product is that it is not only sprouted to increase protein content, it is also fermented to increase absorb-ability.  This product can be used in many different products it has a very natural taste, the vanilla and chocolate flavors though do have a sweetener added.

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Warrior Blend

This dynamic fusion creates a unique, raw, plant-based protein with a complete amino acid profile, exceptionally high in Glutamine, Arginine, Lysine, Lucien, and branch chain amino acids (BCAA’s). WARRIOR BLEND is the next generation in raw, plant-based protein – an easily-digestible, nutrient- dense super food, perfect for those who want to be ultra-healthy and fit.  This blend has pea, cranberry, hemp protein’s, coconut oil MCT’s, and a high Lucien content. This product can be used in many different products it has a very natural taste, the vanilla and chocolate flavors though do have a sweetener added.  Some people find this product a little harder to digest due to the pea protein.

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Thor’s Raw Power

The ingredients in Raw Power Protein Super food Blend have been carefully selected and formulated to bring you a natural, balanced, nutrient-rich protein product. This product contains: Brazil Nut Protein Powder, Hemp Protein powder, Maca, Goji Berry Powder, Mesquite Powder, Maca Extreme (all ingredients are raw, vegan and certified organic). This product is offered in four different flavours, original, green, chocolate, and vanilla.  This product is a little sweeter, the added products give it alot of other flavours.   The green version does not reallt have a major taste difference it is more in the colour.

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Raw Warrior

This raw, organic, vegan protein powder delivers an incredible 22.4 grams of fully absorbable and assimilable protein! Mix or blend one or more servings of Raw Warrior daily into smoothies, shakes, juices, or other recipes to supplement diet with protein. Ingredients: 100% Raw, Vegan, Certified Organic, Sprouted, Non-GMO Whole Grain Brown Rice Protein (No fillers, binders, additives, sweeteners, etc.).  This product tastes alot like the natural sunwarrior the main difference between the two is that this product is not fermented.

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Hemp Pro

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Protein Powder has a gourmet nutty flavor that tastes so good you can eat it straight from the jar. Use it to create delicious protein shakes, add it to juices, smoothies and green drinks.  It is rich in protein, branch chain amino acids (BCAA’s), Omega 6 & Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) and healthy dietary fiber. This Protein Powder is cold milled from live viable hemp seed that is grown sustainably without the use of herbicides or pesticides. It is available in 3 different types: one that is with fiber; another which has a water soluble protein concentrate; and the last type is 50% protein concentrate.  This product is a little but nutty, it goes well with just about any dish may it be a savory or sweet one.  It is nice in smoothies because it give a fatty element to it.

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Ruth’s Hemp Protein with E3Live and Maca 

This product offers essential amino acids, and is high in fibre. Hemp Protein Powder with Maca and E3 Live supplies 5,000 mg (approximately 1.5 teaspoons) of raw, certified organic Maca powder in each 1 oz. serving. E3 Live is a potent form of the Blue-Green Algae known as AFA (aphanizomenon flos-aquae), found only in Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon.  Ruth’s Hemp Protein Powder with Maca and E3 LiveTM contains 1,000 mg of E3 LiveTM in each 1 oz. serving.  This product is very nutural in taste, some people may find it the slightest bit bitter due to the maca, so they many want to add a sweetener to it.

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Superfood Protein Smoothie Mix

With a powerful combination of super food ingredients, this satisfying protein powder is one of the best sources of nutrition available!  Our unique blend combines super food fruits and nut proteins creating a super-formula supporting natural resistance and vitality.  Rich in a deliciously satisfying, muscle building protein.  This product is very sweet and is great added to a nut milk or water.

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Sacha Inchi

This seed powder is among the best plant sources for omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 essential fatty acids. In addition, Sacha Inchi is high in protein (approx. 9g/oz.), fiber (approx. 6g/oz.), iodine and antioxidant vitamins A and E. It is also full of essential and non-essential amino acids, and has only 6% saturated fatty acids compared to its 93% unsaturated fatty acids.  This product has a mild nutty flavour, kind of like roasted peanuts.

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Superfood Protein Medley

Is a carefully calibrated blend of the most bio-available plant protein sources. It has been scientifically formulated to provide a full amino acid profile that unlocks rejuvenating energy and whole-body wellness! The Super food Protein Medley consists of the following protein-packed super foods: sprouted Brown Rice Protein, Hemp Protein, Sprouted Chia Seeds, Chlorella, and Spirulina. This product has a sweet element to it, and is very smooth.  This product tends to be on the green colour side since it contains chlorella and spirulina.

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Elite Green Protein

Is unlike any protein you have ever had. It is 100% complete protein, 100% whole food and 100% super foods, with benefits far, far beyond any other protein in existence. For example, the phycocyanin in spirulina helps to protect and regenerate the kidneys* (which get damaged from animal proteins). Chlorella chelates heavy metals, and both spirulina and chlorella protect from radiation and are insanely loaded with a full spectrum array of cleansing and non-toxic healing vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and phytonutrients for ultimate support of your entire body, including incredible recovery and immune function!* Minerals in Inorganic form (isolated supplements, flesh) can be toxic. Inorganic iron actually causes heart disease.  This protein is available in two different flavours Cool Green which has a chocolate and peppermint flavour, while the Elite Mesquite has a sweeter taste with a small hint of caramel.

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Here is a chart that has a break down of the above proteins

Serving Size (grams) Protein (grams) Carbohydrates (grams) Sugar (grams)
Spirulina (Manna) 6.5 4.8 1.4 0
Spirulina, Hawaiian Pacifica Powder 3 2                       <1 0
Thor’s Raw Power! Protein Superfood Blend- Original and Green 28 10.5 16 8
Thor’s Raw Power! Protein Superfood Blend- Chocolate and vanilla 28 10.5 15 7
Warrior Blend- natural 21 17 1 0
Warrior Blend Chocolate and Vanilla 21 15 4 1
Superfood Protein Medley 25 18 4             <1
Superfood Protein Smoothie Mix 20 5 10 3
Elite Green Protein-Mesquite 24 16 3 0
Elite Green Protein- Cool Green 24 16 3.7 0.95
Sun Warrior Protein- Chocolate and Vanilla 21 16 4 0
Sun Warrior Protein- Natural 21 17 3 0
Hemp Pro Fiber 30 10 14 1
Hemp Pro 70 30 20 4.5 2
Hemp Pro 50 30 15 8 1