By Cathy Nesbitt

Is your diet lacking in essential vitamins and nutrients? Is your food causing you to be sick and tired?
Did you know sprouts are considered nature’s super food? There are many reasons to eat them daily. Sprouts contain most vitamins, fibre and protein. They are hydrating, alkalizing, biogenic, and regenerative. In addition to all these healthful reasons to add sprouts to your life, they also contain loads of digestive enzymes. Enzymes help our body process the food we eat. The older we get, the tougher it is for our body to produce enzymes. There are up to 100 times more digestive enzymes in raw sprouts than in raw vegetables.
Did you know that cooking destroys enzymes in sprouts and vegetables? If enzymes are not in the food we eat, our body will utilize enzyme reserves from our body to digest. To slow the aging process, it is essential that we increase our intake of digestive enzymes. This is easily achievable by consuming raw sprouts every day. If enzyme activity gets too low, disease may result. Doctors will often prescribe enzyme pills for individuals experiencing digestive issues. Rather than feed the pharmaceutical companies, why not eat live food? Raw sprouts maintain a healthy body with abundant natural enzymes.
Sprouts are biogenic, meaning they are produced by living organisms or biological processes. When eating sprouts we are eating live food and the life force is transferred to our body. As a seed or bean germinates, everything is available to grow that baby sprout into a full-grown plant. Sprouts are simply baby vegetables in their prime.

sproutLose weight and gain energy. Sprouts are great for weight loss as they contain lots of fiber and are a complete protein. Sprouts are also zero point foods. So you can eat them guilt-free while getting healthier.
Sprouts are alkalizing. Many illnesses including cancer have been linked to excess acidity in the body. Eating sprouts helps to balance the pH in the body. Studies have also shown that mung and other types of sprouts contain exceptionally high levels of a natural cancer-fighting compound called sulforaphane (20 – 50 times more than in mature broccoli) that helps support antioxidants such as vitamin C and vitamin E.
Sprouts are regenerative and eating sprouts will keep you feeling energized. As sprouts are restorative, they will combat degenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.
Sprouts are also hydrating. Our body requires a vast amount of water to keep running in topnotch condition. If you are thirsty, you are already starting to feel the effects of dehydration. Adding sprouts to your diet will add delicious moisture and will help keep you hydrated.
Sprouts are easily digestible. Due to the abundant enzymes, nutrients are assimilated into our body with ease. Sprouts are food for long-term health and wellness, as they can help to prevent disease. Best of all, sprouts are delicious and can be grown on the counter for pennies a day. Adding sprouts to your life adds life to your life. Start sprouting today and enjoy increased health and vitality.
2016 is International Year of Pulses. Pulses are part of the legume family and refer to the dried bean. Lentils, chickpeas, mung beans fenugreek are examples of pulses. This is the year to learn more about these nutritious, nuggets of goodness. http://iyp2016.org/ Canada is the 2nd largest producer of lentils in the world and the number 1 exporter. Canadians are not aware of the nutritional content of these magic beans. Experiment with your new found knowledge about pulses and try out a new recipe from www.pulses.org International Recipes updated daily.
Cathy Nesbitt is a Worm Advocate and Founder of Cathy’s Crawly Composters (est 2002). Cathy has been sprouting for more than 14 years and considers sprouts an essential part of her health plan. For additional information about the benefit of sprouts and how to grow them on your counter, visit www.cathyssprouters.com