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Selenium is Your Friend

Updated: Apr 17, 2020

Don't forget to feed the body a variety of nutrients for wellness! Your mental and physical health will thank you.


Shake up your stir fry by adding a selenium-rich creamy brazil nut hummus. It's super easy and a comforting twist to your regular veggie nosh.


Why selenium?


Selenium is an essential mineral, so the body cannot produce it. You only need very little amounts in the body. Luckily, you can get it from a variety of foods. Check out the list below.


Selenium benefits the body in may ways. It acts as an #antioxidant and reduces oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is linked to many diseases including cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's, neurological diseases, and #cognitivedecline.

Here are some great sources for selenium:


  • Oysters: 238% of the DV in 3 ounces (85 grams)

  • Brazil nuts: 174% of the DV in one nut (5 grams)

  • Halibut: 171% of the DV in 6 ounces (159 grams)

  • Yellowfin tuna: 167% of the DV in 3 ounces (85 grams)

  • Eggs: 56% of the DV in 2 large eggs (100 grams)

  • Sardines: 46% of the DV in 4 sardines (48 grams)

  • Sunflower seeds: 27% of the DV in 1 ounce (28 grams)

  • Chicken breast: 12% of the DV in 4 slices (84 grams)

  • Shiitake mushrooms: 10% of the DV in 1 cup (97 grams)


A healthy diet rich in selenium, in combination with exercise, hydration, and a daily mindfulness practice can reduce #inflammation markers and support heart health, the #thyroid, immunity, and cognitive function.


There are so many recipes you can make with the ingredients above. Here's a recipe I use in my own kitchen. Enjoy!


Veggie Garlic Buddha Bowl with Creamy Hummus

Chop a variety of vegetables such as carrots, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, and shredded brussel sprouts. Mince garlic.  Using coconut oil, saute garlic, add vegetables and stir fry.

When finished, blend your veggies with brazil nut hummus

Creamy Brazil Nut Hummus

½ cup Brazil nuts, soaked in water for 24 hours, drained and rinsed

1 garlic clove

1tbsp lemon juice

2 tbsp Grape Seed oil

1 tbsp gluten free tahini (optional)

Pinch cayenne pepper

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Blend ingredients for Creamy Brazil Nut Hummus in a food processor, until smooth. Add water if too thick. S&P to taste. Blend with cooked vegetables. Enjoy!


Holistically Yours,

Tiffany

P.S. Remember, it's best to get your selenium through your diet and NOT supplements due to toxicity. Your local health food store, ND or DO is a great resource should you have questions about supplements and natural health.


P.P.S. Stay tuned for more great recipes and ways to feed your body's power centers with my new book called Power Foods.


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