Wheat Grass ~ an incredibly easy way to get your greens.

Wheat Grass is a very easy way to supplement your diet with chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes. It is possible to grow Wheat Grass at home and add it to a Juicer or buy it in powdered or tablet form. It is easy to add a couple of spoonfuls of powdered Wheat Grass to a fruit or vegetable smoothie or to a salad.

Wheat grass is grown outdoors, where the combination of natural sunlight and rich, fertile soil promote the assimilation of nutrients in the developing shoots. The Wheat Grass is harvested when the nutrient levels reach their peak. It is packed with vitamins and chlorophyll by the time it is cut and dried into a vibrant green powder.

There are ongoing trials regarding the health benefits of Wheat Grass. These trials concern its beneficial effect on Cancer patients and its benefits concerning digestion. However, nothing has been substantiated clinically as yet.

If you want add some great greens to your diet, how about trying the following two recipes for a wheat grass nutrient boost. These simple and tasty recipes couldn’t be easier.

Yummy Yogurt & Wheat Grass Smoothie

INGREDIENTS:

6 oz plain, low fat yogurt

6 oz 100% fruit juice of your choice

2 tsp. Naturya Wheat Grass Powder

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Gorgeous Fruity Health Smoothie with Wheat Grass

INGREDIENTS:

1 Banana ~ ripened is best

2 tsp. Natural Greens Wheat Grass Powder

¾ cup Apple Juice

¾ cup Crushed Pineapple with Juice

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Naturya Wheatgrass Powder

Naturya Wheatgrass Powder

Naturya Wheatgrass Powder

Product features

  • Certified organic.
  • Rich in chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals.
  • Antioxidant properties.
  • Contains all eight essential amino acids.

Suggested uses

  • Mix with water or juice.
  • Smoothie ingredient – good with vegetables.
  • Include in a salad dressing.

Nutritional information per 100g

Energy 825kj
195kcal
Protein 21.5g
Carbohydrate
of which sugars
21.8g
1.3g
Fat
of which saturates
2.4g
0.3g
Fibre 42.1g
Sodium 0.2g
Magnesium 137mg
Zinc 1.9mg

Inspiral Wasabi wheat grass chips

wasabi wheatgrass chips

wasabi wheatgrass chips

Had enough of deep fried potato crisps? Want a healthy alternative that taste just as good?

How about something healthy for the kids they actually like? Our Kale Chips are incredibly more-ish, and are perfect lunch box fillers or snacks for anytime. We use only fresh, local Kale in our chips.

Kale is rich in antioxidants, calcium and vitamin A. When dried, this classic green leafy vegetable has a crispy texture and a delicious taste! All our chips are lovingly hand massaged and slow dehydrated at low temperatures for many hours to preserve vital nutrients.

We use no additives or preservatives and so ensure an optimum nutrition product! Wheatgrass is full of chlorophyll and contains most minerals the human body needs for optimum performance. Himalayan crystal salt is perhaps the healthiest salt on earth, compressed for millions of years under the pressure of the Himalayan mountains, it contains 84 trace minerals.

• raw • vegan • wheat free • gluten free (may contain traces) 0% cholesterol • no added cane sugar • low G.I • soya free (may contain traces) • artificial additive free • 100% natural • contains nuts

Ingredients:

  • local kale
  • cashew nuts
  • Himalayan crystal salt
  • horseradish powder
  • wheatgrass powder
  • mustard powder
  • filtered water
  • cayenne pepper
  • spirulina
  • nothing else.

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Body fat calipers can help you on your way to a beautiful body.

Do you want to change your body shape? Maybe you want to lose weight or develop more muscle mass? Maybe you’d like both. Whatever your goal, all bodybuilding or weight loss programs are going to take time, so a great way to start is by drawing up a fitness plan.

1. Set a healthy and achievable target weight with a shape up routine that can be easily maintained.

Don’t aim for an unrealistic or unhealthy body shape. Severely underweight people are certainly not healthy. At the other end of the scale, even the most shredded muscular physique cannot be maintained indefinitely.

2. Use body fat calipers to work out your fat and lean body mass ratio or perhaps ask your gym to measure you.

A great way to get your exercise program off on the right foot is to get a set of body fat calipers. This instrument measures your body fat and lean muscle mass ratio. It is important to have an accurate measurement of your fat / lean muscle ratio from the very beginning of your program, rather than relying on the bathroom scales.

Scales are inaccurate because they do not let you know if you have replaced body fat with lean muscle. They give you the same reading regardless of dramatic changes in your body. You may have reduced body fat but replaced that weight with lean muscle. Unfortunately, your bathroom scales are unable to detect that difference. If you attend a gym you could ask them to do this measurement for you, as they will have the correct instruments. When you are training you need motivators to keep you on course. body fat calipers allow you to see any results immediately helping you stay on track.

Check your progress on a monthly basis. This will allow you to see any changes and plot progress. Don’t check yourself any more than this as there are natural changes in the body throughout a period of a month, depending on whether you are retaining water, perhaps from food you have eaten. It is best for females to check themselves after their period has finished due to water retention. Try to stick to the same part of the month when you record your fat/lean muscle mass ratio.

3. Measure four folds of skin with your body fat calipers and work out your body fat/lean muscle percentage by using the table provided with them.
Body fat calipers measure the thickness of a fold of skin. There are 4 places on the body where a measurement should be taken, because of where these places are someone else can help you do this. They are,

· Centre of the back of arm (the triceps)

· Centre of the front of arm (the bicep)

· The back, just below the shoulder blade at a 45% angle.

· The waistline between the hipbone and the naval horizontally.

By recording your fat/lean muscle ratio regularly you can see positive changes in your body that you wouldn’t normally be seen with a set of weighing scales. 4. Work out a diet plan. Remember, you don’t have to starve, just eat the right foods.

5. Work out an exercise routine incorporating stretches, a cardiovascular routine and weight training for all the muscles.

6. Check your improvements on a monthly basis, no more than this. It will encourage you on when you start to lose heart or waver.

7. Stick to it, even if you have a bad few days just start again and you’ll soon be looking and feeling fantastic.

Great heart health tips ~ everyday things you can do for a healthy heart

vitamin e

Vitamin e  is excellent if you want to prevent your arteries from thickening and can also increase the levels of ‘high density lipoprotein’ – which is good cholesterol. But if you have high blood pressure already, vitamin e can increase these levels so always check with your doctor before increasing your intake.
  aspirin

Extensive research has been conducted into aspirin and significant benefits have been discovered concerning heart disease. It is a good idea to discuss with your doctor the benefits of taking aspirin, as it has been shown to be able to reduce the formation of blood clots.
garlic

Another great food for lowering blood pressure and cholesterol is garlic.  It is recommended that you eat a whole clove a day. It is also possible to supplement your diet with garlic tablets.
  ginger

This root vegetable is  an excellent addition to any meal. Not only does it taste good but it is able to prevent heart disease and strokes. It does this by reducing internal blood clotting.  It is possible to take the ginger in tablet, capsule or liquid form.
blood pressure

You can watch your blood pressure closely by getting a home blood pressure monitoring kit, this will let you know if the actions you are taking to lower your levels are being effective or not.
  vegetarianism

Vegetarianism is particularly advantageous if you suffer with a heart problem or want to reduce your risk of heart disease altogether. There are fewer reported cases of heart disease among Vegetarians and Vegans (exclusion of dairy products, eggs and meat) because their diets contain less fat and cholesterol.

isoflavones

Isoflavones can be found  in soya beans, these have been shown to lower cholesterol levels and in turn heart disease. It is also possible to your supplement diet with Isoflavones in the form of tablets.
  folic acid

Research has been conducted into Folic Acid and it has emerged that individuals who have good levels of folic acid are less likely to die of heart disease than those whose diets did not have enough.
sodium

Too much salt or sodium in your diet can cause high blood pressure.  Try reducing the amount of  salt you put into your food. It may also help to keep an eye on sodium levels in the food you are eating. The lower the levels the better.
  workout

Regular aerobic exercise is really important as it strengthens the heart and lungs. It also keeps blood vessels working properly. People who do not take part in any exercise are twice as likely to develop heart disease than people who work out regularly.
relax

Learning how to relax is vitally important. Stress may be a contributing factor in heart disease and learning how to cope in stressful situations is essential. Relaxation techniques like meditation and yoga and have proved beneficial in coping with such situations.
  fat

It is a fact that our daily fat consumption is over 35% of our daily calorie intake and this is a serious problem. It is recommended that we aim for around the 20% level. If you restrict your fat intake to about 10% of your daily calorie intake then there is significant research which suggests that, with the addition of exercise and relaxation techniques, an individual can  significantly reduce their risk of heart disease. It may even be possible to unclog existing arteries.
family

Check if any members of your family have a history of heart disease of have died at an early age due to heart problems. Knowing your family history will enable you to be more aware of your own health and allow you to make health changes to combat a hereditary heart problem.

 

Exercise can be hazardous. If you use any of the ideas, techniques or suggestions discussed in these documents, all are undertaken at the reader’s sole discretion and risk.

  hawthorn

This is a great herb which strengthens the arteries and tones the heart muscle. It is possible to drink the herb as a tea,  take it in extract, tincture or tablet form.

 

 

 

Warning:- The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, cure or treat any medical condition.
Should you have any medical condition, always consult your doctor, before undertaking any change in exercise or dietary advice.

Super foods, health foods and antioxidant rich health food

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If you are having trouble getting your five portions of fruit and vegetables a day, don’t despair. There are many nutritionally dense foods that can come to your rescue.  These foods are often called ‘super foods’ because they are packed with vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Our bodies need vitamins and minerals to function and to stay healthy. By adding these super foods to a meal you can fill up on your fruit and veg portions in half the time.

Super foods have more vitamins and minerals than an average fruit or vegetable of the same size. In reality, super foods aren’t as exotic as you may think. Instead, they are regular fruit and vegetables, all readily available at any supermarket. You just need to know which are the true ‘super’ ones. Add them to any meal and you can significantly boost the nutritional content.

The super foods that we are listing in this article have an abundance of antioxidants.  Antioxidants are a necessary part of the bodies own defence system. Antioxidants cancel out free radicals (unpaired electrons) that are causing damage to surrounding cells.

As an example, Vitamin C sacrifices itself to counteract the destruction caused by free radicals. The only problem is we cannot produce Vitamin C ourselves, so we have to get it from sources outside the body. It is vital that we replenish it on a regular basis. As we get older, our free radical defence system doesn’t work as effectively and extra Vitamin C is needed. So, if you can stock up on those super foods your body will thank you for it.

Here is the important SUPER FOODS list…

Goji berries – These wonderful berries have a high antioxidant level. Goji berries are said to improve, among other things, vision, complexion and circulation.

Ginger – Ginger is a powerful antioxidant. Scientists are investigating the idea that ginger aids in blood vessel balance.

Manuka honey – Manuka honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. These are said to be much higher in Manuka honey. Hydrogen peroxide is added to all honey by bees but in Manuka honey the bees add another substance. This substance has been called the Manuka Factor. A UMF of 10+ is recommended.

Red grapes – It has been proved that red grapes lower LDL blood cholesterol and prevent blood clots. For Grapeseed extract click here.

Cocoa – A great source of cocoa is dark chocolate. Choose a dark chocolate with a 70% or higher cocoa content. Don’t think that milk chocolate will do, it has to be dark.

Green Leafy vegetables – spinach or kale. A true super food. Jam packed full of vitamins.

Green tea – Through its processing it has held onto more of the nutrients from the plant.

Broccoli – Broccoli contains antioxidants including vitamin C but it is also a great source of naturally occurring folic acid. Folic acid isn’t just for pregnant women. It is thought that increasing your levels of folic acid may prevent heart disease.

Flaxseed – Flaxseed is high in the b vitamins, it’s a super grain that leaves all the others in the shade. This grain is very rich in omega-3 fatty acids and has a high fibre content.

Avocado – Avocados are full of B vitamins and folic acid. They are known as nutrient enhancers. When avocados are eaten with other nutrient rich foods they help the body absorb those nutrients. They also help lower cholesterol levels and are a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids.

Sweet potatoes – Sweet potatoes are high in fibre, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, manganese and potassium.

Tomatoes – Tomatoes are a great immune system booster. Many studies have claimed there are many health benefits to be gained from eating this super food. One of which is a reduced risk of heart disease.

Natural yogurt – This super food has probiotic cultures. These are said to keep the intestines healthy and in addition they boost the immune system.

Garlic – Garlic can help protect against heart disease by thinning the blood and helping to lower cholesterol.

Blueberries – Blueberries have one of the highest levels of antioxidants. If there is one super food that you should add to your diet, blueberries should be it.

Nuts – Nuts are full of nutrients. Nuts have fibre, calcium, protein, vitamin E, iron, magnesium and selenium.

Peppers – All peppers contain compounds called capsaicinoids. These capsaicinoids are said to have anti-inflammatory effects and are said to be great for your heart.

Acai berries– Acai berries are packed full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids.

Kiwis – This fruit is rich in vitamin C and Vitamin E.

Quinoa – Quinoa is high in protein and includes all nine essential amino acids.

Muscle, muscle growth and protein needed for bodybuilding

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The body has about 650 muscles that take up approximately one half of your entire body weight. These muscles are continuously working to keep us alive and moving. Some muscles we consciously control while others move involuntarily.

Muscle is an elastic type of material, which rapidly responds to any form of increased activity requiring it. There are three different types of muscles in the body, skeletal muscle that we will concentrate on here, cardiac muscle and smooth muscle. Skeletal muscle is in a constant state of being toned or tightened. We need this muscle for any movement we make from running to getting out of the car.

If you want to know what your muscles will be like after a certain training technique, look to the sports men and women who train that way. If you want to have large well-defined muscle groups, go towards the weight training and weight lifting techniques. If you don’t want large muscles but want endurance capabilities, then focus on a runner’s training technique.

When you start weight training, your muscles will start to grow after approximately 2 months depending on your dedication and genetic make-up. Your muscle size increases because there is an increase in your muscle fibres, you don’t actually grow more muscle cells.

You will start to see changes in your body as your training develops. Large muscles will start to develop first, such as your chest and back muscles, as these tend to grow faster.

The triceps are usually a great motivator when you first begin training. This is because they are not used very much, so from a little work they firm quite quickly. This will be very noticeable in women as this is a common fat storage area.

The muscle will decrease however when you stop training it. Also, if you continue to eat at the same rate as you did before when you were training the living muscle, a layer of fat will develop over the tissue. Don’t worry though, it is easy to regain what you once had.

Muscle strength does tend to reduce, as we get older. The main reason for this reduction is reduced activity. If we keep active and maintain muscle strength into our older years, this will promote health and allow us to remain independent, due to increased mobility.

Bigger muscles

There is great debate on how much protein is necessary for increased muscle and performance but many body builders believe that increasing your protein intake will increase your body muscle mass and in turn increase strength. It is generally believed though that by taking a good supply of carbohydrates and then consuming approximately 1.5 -2.0 grams of protein per lb of body weight per day will be enough to promote muscle growth and development.

vitamin chart for the vitamins you need daily from a balanced diet

Vitamin Chart

Read the vitamin chart to see what vitamins we need daily. Most, if not all, can be obtained from a healthy balanced diet. For our vitamin and mineral supplements please visit  http://www.naturalmatter.co.uk 

However, it is possible to take multi-vitamins to maintain your RDA (Recommended
Daily Allowance), manufacturers claim to be able to supplement diets that may be lacking in certain essential vitamins and minerals.

 

Vitamin RDA Source Action
Vitamin A (retinol) 2500IU Liver, halibut liver, cheese and eggs.
Helps with skin, bones, sight, growth and fighting infections like Anaemia.
Vitamin A (beta carotene) No RDA set Present in fruit and vegetables. Antioxidant, anti-cancerous.
Vitamin B1 (thiamine) RDA 1.1 mg
Dried brewers yeast, brown rice, nuts, pork, oat flakes, wholegrain, liver and wholemeal bread
Supports growth, converts glucose into energy in muscles and nerves.
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) RDA 1.3 mg Liver, wheat germ, cheese, eggs, meats, yoghurt, milk, green vegetables
Converts proteins and fats and sugars into energy. Formation of red blood cells and antibodies.
Vitamin B6 (pyrodoxine) RDA 1.6 mg Bananas, whole wheat, yeast extract, nuts, meat, fatty fish, potatoes
Needed for the formation of brain and nerve tissue, blood formation, energy production and antidepressant
.
Vitamin B12 RDA 2 mcg Pork, Beef, Lamb, White fish, Eggs, Cheese.
Metabolises protein, carbohydrates and fats. Maintains nervous system and formulates blood cells, detoxifies Cyanide in food.
Biotin No RDA DRI 30 mcg
Dried brewers yeast, pigs kidney, yeast extract, eggs, whole grains, maize (corn)
.
Maintains healthy skin, hair, nerves, bone marrow and sex glands.
Vitamin C RDA 60 mg Many citrus fruits, cherry juice, blackcurrants, guavas, green peppers.
Promotes a strong immune system. Promotes iron absorption from food, controls cholesterol. Antioxidant, maintains healthy blood vessels, anti-stress hormones
.
Choline No RDA DRI 10 – 100 mg
Cereals, Nuts, pulses, beef heart, egg yolk, citrus fruits
.
Is a fat stabilizing agent. Builds neurotransmitters.
Vitamin D RDA 5 mcg, upper levels to 50 mcg
Created from exposure to sunlight, cod liver oil, sardines and tuna.
Sustains health of bones, proper utilization of calcium.
Vitamin E (D-alpha tocopherol) RDA 5 mcg Soya bean oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil.
Antioxidant, maintains healthy blood vessels, anti blood clotting agent.
Folic Acid RDA 180 mcg DRI 400 mcg Soya flour, nuts, green leaf vegetables and wheat bran.
Genetic code transmission. Creates red blood cells. Used in digestion, metabolises protein.
Vitamin K RDA 65 mcg
Cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, cabbage, tomatoes.
Blood clotting.
Niacin  Vitamin b3 RDA 15 mg DRI 14 mg
Nuts, chicken, Soya flour, fatty fish, whole grains, cheese, dried fruits.
Healthy nervous system, cells, skin, and helps with digestion.
Pantothenic Acid DRI 5 mg Dried brewer’s yeast, nuts, wheat bran and eggs.
Production of energy, anti-stress hormones, controls fat metabolism and cholesterol.

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Who are we and what do we do?
Natural Matter was established in 2002 when two natural health believers met, one a natural bodybuilder, the other a natural lifestyle advocate. Natural Matter was to be an alternative online shop for anyone choosing a naturally healthier lifestyle. We specialise in providing access to new products for customers with specific dietary requirements, and for people who want an alternative to the chemical-laden goods on today’s market.

Natural Matter stocks hundreds of leading manufacturers natural health products, including vitamins, minerals, herbalsupplements, fitness equipment, weight trainingproducts and training equipment, all at discount prices. These are all available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in our health shop.

Over the years we have added more and more great product lines to our health web store. Our products range from best selling lines to smaller niche products unavailable in supermarkets. More importantly we only sell products that we are happy to use ourselves. All orders are delivered to your front door straight from the warehouse.

Where are we?

Natural Matter is based in the beautiful market town of Wokingham, Berkshire.
Our warehouse is bursting with thousands of products ready to be picked and sent to you and our dedicated customer service team is here ready to help you.

Warning:- The information contained on this website is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, cure or treat any medical condition. Should you have any medical condition, always consult your doctor, before undertaking any change in exercise or dietary advice.