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Health Benefits of Spearmint Tea

When drinking tea, often people don't realize the kind of health benefits that they can potentially consume while drinking their teas.

Suede Hills Spearmint Stevia Bark Tea, for example, is one of the most diverse teas there is. It provides help with a wide range of problems and tastes pleasant!

"Spearmint Tea helps to relieve bloating, calms the stomach, aids in digestion, calms the nerves."

Suede Hills Spearmint Stevia Bark Tea is thought to:

  • Protect the body against the formation of cancerous cells.

  • Inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungus.

  • Relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome as it relaxes the muscles in and around the intestine.

  • Combat bad breath.

  • Cleanse the blood.

  • Clear up acne.

  • Relieve congestion, head colds and headaches.

  • Ease and unblock the breathing and respiratory passages.

  • Being an excellent source of beta-carotene, spearmint improves eye sight, fights against acne and helps in attaining smooth and radiant skin.

  • Spearmint leaves increase the body's metabolism, thus burning out the excess fat.

  • Spearmint essential oil relieves the symptoms of stomach aches, muscle spasms and IBS, thereby relaxing the smooth muscles.

Note: Leaves containing rosmarinic acid assist in relieving the symptoms of congestion and blocked nose, thus easing breathing and keeping the airways open. The leaves of the spearmint tree aid in conditions like asthma, allergic rhinitis, and so on.

Fruit Facts

With Spring knocking at our door I thought I'd put up some interesting fruit facts!


applesApples are high in a photochemical called Quercetin. Quercetin prevents the release of histamine, which reduces inflammation. This is believed by researchers to play a key role in the apple's protective effects against heart disease. Apples are also a good source of pectin, which is known to help to lower cholesterol.


bananaBananas are an excellent source for potassium. Potassium is a key electrolyte which plays important roles in regulating fluid balance, which is essential for maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Foods which are high in potassium are considered to be heart healthy because they help to lower blood pressure and prevent heart disease.


Cantaloupe and OrangesCantaloupe contains a substance called adenosine which is used as a blood thinner and to relieve angina attacks in individuals who suffer from heart disease.


Oranges are a good source of pectin, a dietary fiber which is well known for its effectiveness at lowering cholesterol levels. Whole fruit contains more pectin than fruit juice. Eating 15 grams or more of fruit pectin each day has been to reduce cholesterol levels by 10 %. One whole orange contains about 7.5 grams of pectin. This means that eating 2 oranges each day will result in a 20% reduced risk of heart disease!

A positive link between Potassium-rich and bicarbonate-rich foods indices of bone health

10 million Americans have Osteoporosis with 17.9 billion spent per year in the US and 13.9 billion in Europe. Health-related benefits of a high intake of potassium-rich and bicarbonate-rich (veggies and fruit) on disease prevention have been gaining attention.

A positive link between Potassium-rich and bicarbonate-rich foods indices of bone health. Studies have shown specific associations between nutrients found in abundance in fruits and veggies and both axial and peripheral bone mass and markers of bone resorption. Women in the lowest quartile of intake for Potassium, Magnesium, fiber, vitamin C, Beta-Carotene had significantly lower lumbar spine and femoral neck Bone Mineral Density (BMD).

Another study women with low intakes of those same nutrients were found to have lower forearm bone mass and higher bone resorption. Studies from APOSSI (Aberdeen Prospective Osteoporosis Screening Study) has shown consistent longitudinal beneficial effect of fruit and veggies nutrients on bone loss in premenopausal women.

Also if fruit intake raised from 3.6-9.5 daily servings decreased urinary calcium excretion from 157 to 110 mg/d. Higher fruit and vegetable diet reduced the "Acid Load" compared to the control diet and conserved calcium for bone retention. This diet reduced bone fragmentation by 8-10% and bone resorption by 16-18%. A recent Swiss study suggests a strong beneficial effect of alkali supplementation in osteopenic women.

Disturbing Info About Splenda

Okay so in my researching throughout the day I found out a few things. Splenda, which I have known is bad for you for a while has just gotten more infamous on my list.

Most people do because they've tried the White Processed/Bleached Stevia Powders and didn't like the bitter aftertaste. The truth is here that Splenda is a sugar derivative. Basically they take sugar and add three Chlorine anions(Cl-) to sugar to make it different. No big deal right?

Wrong! Apparently Splenda, when ingested is broken down into Formaldehyde. If this sounds familiar that's because it was used for a very long time in preserving objects such as internal organs for future study. (I'm sure most people remember dissecting a frog or cat, up until recently they used formaldehyde) The FDA says Splenda is still okay, however there have been many studies where the lab mice produced cancer, the male mice became infertile and the female mice had more miscarriages and pregnancy problems.

What I've also found is that for every tiny packet you use (in which you think there are 0 Calories) there are actually 4 Cal. There is a loophole somewhere that says if there are less than 10 Cal per ounce(or something like that) that they can claim 0 Calories! That's horrible!

Anyways, I had never known how Splenda was made, but now that I know I'm definitely against it!

Look the whole point of this is...the less processed your food and sweeteners are the better for you they're going to be! The less chemicals used on your foods the better!

Make sure you read the ingredients on the box of Stevia or sweetener you buy, you might be surprised! If you're looking for an alternative sweetener and want to try Stevia, make sure the powder you buy is GREEN! If it's not green it's been chemically processed!

Stevia Recipes - Decendent Desserts

So it's a new year and I know people around the world are making resolutions about losing weight or eating healthier. Most of us have, at one point or another made a resolution about getting fit, losing weight, or eating healthier. If you haven't cut out those nasty fake sugars such as Splenda or other sugar substitutes, that is a good way to keep your resolution.

You might ask 'How will I live without my sweets every now and then?' You don't need those over processed sweeteners. Nature has provided us with a plant called Stevia. Stevia is a natural sweetener, meaning from the moment you pick a leaf off the plant it's sweet!

Stevia powders are becoming more and more popular, but not many people understand what it is or how to use it. Let me answer a few questions I've gotten recently. Stevia is naturally 10x sweeter than sugar.

If you're looking for a ratio 1 Teaspoon of Suede Hills Green Stevia Powder = approx. 1 cup of sugar. So the next time you look at the price tag remember that!

Stevia is in fact a 0 calorie sweetener, and can be baked with. Here are a few Stevia recipes that are delicious and will help you keep the weight off! Stevia is diabetic and hypoglycemic safe. Stevia has even been shown to help prevent plaque!

Stevia Recipes

Here are a few of our favourite recipes:

Mint Carob Mousse:

In a food processor add:

  • 3 large avocados
  • 2 T extra virgin coconut oil
  • 8 Medjool dates
  • 2 T mesquite (high protein sweetener yeah!)
  • 3/4 tsp Suede Hills Stevia
  • 1/2 cup raw carob powder
  • 1 tsp peppermint oil
  • dash sea salt

Blend until smooth. Pour into a pie plate, sprinkled with ground flax seeds mixed with a bit of water for a crust.

Cashew Chocolate Mousse

Soak 1 1/2 cups cashews then blend with:

  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup water (add gradually)
  • 2 tbsp lucuma powder
  • 1 tbsp mesquite
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp Suede Hills Stevia
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar or maple syrup.

Blend in a blender until well combined into a whipping creme like consistency. Pair with strawberries or raspberries with a mint leaves

Decadent Chocolate Sauce

Simply mix:

  • 1 tbsp of raw cacao or carob powder
  • 1 tsp tahini or almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp coconut oil, 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp of water
  • 1/8 tsp Suede Hills Stevia
  • a dash of cinnamon.

Optional: add 1 tsp mesquite powder + 1 tsp filtered water.

Raw Vegan Eggnog

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups almonds
  • soaked for 8 hours
  • 3 cups filtered water
  • 3/4 t Suede Hills Stevia
  • 1/8-1/4 cup maple syrup (dep on desired sweetness) or replace with 4 - 6 Medjool dates
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch clove
  • 3 tbsp coconut butter (opt but highly recommended!)
  • dash sea salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg

Add almonds and water in to a blender for 2- 3 minutes. Strain the almond mylk using a nut mylk bag or fine mesh strainer. Pour the almond mylk back into blender and blend with ingredients to make a delicious, healthy 'for you and planet' holiday drink

Chocolate Avocado Mousse


  • 1 avocado
  • 2 tbsp yacon syrup
  • 2 tbsp raw organic cacao powder
  • 1/4 tsp Suede Hills Stevia
  • 1/2 tbsp mesquite powder.

Recipes thanks to: Julie Beyer, For the Love of Food

Testimony - Kirk's 6 Month Update

Cindy Levington, co-owner of Suede Hills interviews employee, Kirk Watson regarding his diet and lifestyle changes over the last 6 months.

Interview About Alkalinity

Cindy Levington, co-owner of Suede Hills Organic Farm speaks with Clive Langton of Raw BC regarding his current health challenges as a vegetarian. Clive asks about alkalinity while taking medications.

Health Tips for the New Year - 2013

From our personal experience, Phil and I believe that good health is #1, the top of the list, primo, and without good health nothing much seems to matter. So this month we  decided to share with you a few ways that we have been able to improve our health year over year.  

If we can do it, so can you!

Food With Benefits!!

Phil and I live by the motto K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Sweetheart). People are always asking us what we do to stay healthy. We believe it has to be simple in order to be sustainable.

The answer has been two fold,

"Get Alkaline = Get Well"

"Phil's Ultimate Breakfast with a Schmunkie"

Since Phil's Ultimate Breakfast with a Schmunkie has now become internationally famous (Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Tasmania Australia, Korea, Scotland, Germany and Japan) we have simplified it to make it even easier for you to access the amazing, life-transforming nutrition in this time-tested breakfast. Along comes, Phil's Ultimate "Longevity Blend", Food with Benefits!!

Watch how to make this recipe:


schmunkieDrink your way into a healthier 2013 with Phil's Ultimate Longevity Blend! It is so easy!!

  • Just tear open the Longevity Blend foil pouch
  • Grind for a few seconds in your coffee grinder
  • Add the ground up Longevity Blend to your favorite concoction of fruits in the blender
  • Whiz it up and voila, a drink to thrive on!

Drink it all at once or sip it throughout the day.

Here is a sample recipe that serves one person:

Step 1: Tear open the single serve "B" Brilliant version of the Longevity Blend, grind, set aside. *For a Double Serving use the "A" Amazing version*

Step 2: Pour 1 cup alkaline water or almond milk into your blender. (You can use green stevia water as another option)

Step 3:

  • Add 1/2-1 banana
  • 1 small apple, core removed if you prefer
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1/2-1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 handful of red grapes
  • a 1/2 inch chunk of fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Step 4: Add ground up Longevity Blend mix to the blender, and blend until smooth. Now you are done!

Options: Mix and match your favorite fruits to add variety once in awhile. Try to avoid blueberries, cranberries and plums until you get your body pH up to 7.4 or more consistently.

Carrot Salad

carrot salad

This is one of the easiest salads to make and so refreshing. Served as a side salad in this picture alongside Coconut Curried Broccoli:

  • Grate 6 CARROTS into a bowl
  • Add the juice of 1 small fresh LEMON
  • Sprinkle 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of GARLIC POWDER over the mix
  • Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of PINK HIMALAYAN SALT

Toss until thoroughly mixed. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds, you will be amazed at how a few sesame seeds add so much flavour.

Health to you!

Phil and Cindy Levington

The Acidosis Cycle

Do You Suffer From Acidosis?

Learn more about the Acidosis Cycle and get a few health tips from Cindy!

Just by changing or adding a few things in your lifestyle you can have some amazing results.


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