Stimulant-Free Energy

At Ze/Lin and at, we’re not too fond of having to rely on stimulants for our everyday

energy needs. Every day, millions and millions of people rush to the nearest coffee house or brew up

some java at home in order to “get ready for the day.” How many times have you heard (or said), “Not

until I’ve had my coffee”? With coffee being such a staple, is there a better way to “get your fix” during

the day?

The answer of course, is yes.

A great way to start off your day and provide energy that lasts with no crash is with a fresh smoothie

or juice. There are dozens of different recipes to choose from, and each offers a wide range of healthy

benefits in addition to improving energy levels.

Stimulants may provide quick energy now, but it doesn’t last long and you will undoubtedly feel groggy

later, probably wanting more of the stimulant. The human body also adapts very quickly to stimulants,

and that means more and more will be required to illicit the same response. Stimulants do not fix the

problem, they merely postpone it.

By providing your body with healthy, raw foods in a smoothie or juice, you are giving your body a

steady, slow-burning fuel source that will last and last. Raw foods are also jammed with enzymes, which

improve digestion and increase nutrient uptake. Enzymes from raw sources give your digestive system a

break, and a major cause of sluggishness and low energy is an overworked digestive system.

If you’re in the neighborhood, stop in to Ze/Lin for a fresh smoothie or juice to start your day off right.

Or you can always start juicing right in the comfort of your own home. Either way, adding a healthy

smoothie or juice to your day will give you energy that lasts, without the negatives of a stimulant.

By: James Van Dyne

Benefits Of The Coconut

The coconut has been a staple in the diets of many islanders and has been steadily gaining popularity

in our culture today. Once you get past the hard, hairy shell of this giant nut, you will find a nutritious

core which provides healthy fats, fiber, vitamins and minerals. The coconut is so highly valued in some

cultures that it has been given the name, “Tree of Life.”

Just a few of the many benefits of the coconut are as follows:

• Provides a quick energy source

• Boosts endurance for improved physical performance

• Improves digestion

• Heart healthy and helps to reduce cholesterol

• Completely non-toxic to humans

This list can keep going on and on. Other than the entire nut, you will generally find coconut products

such as oil or water.

The fats in coconut used to be considered unhealthy, but research has proven this to be incorrect.

Coconut oil is actually made up of medium chain fatty acids, which unlike long chain fatty acids, actually

aid the metabolism because they are burned for energy instead of being stored as body fat. Medium

chain fatty acids (also known as medium chain triglycerides) are also beneficial for lowering the risk of

heart disease and atherosclerosis (the hardening of the arteries) and do not have a negative impact on


Coconut water also offers some great benefits. It contains easily digested carbohydrates and

electrolytes, making it a better option for hydration than typical sports drinks. The next time you go out

for a run or need a refreshing drink on a hot day, reach for a coconut water. Because of it’s high potassium content it’s been dubbed “nature’s sports drink.”

While we don’t often find the coconut at the typical grocery store, it offers so many healthy and

nutritional benefits it’s worth tracking down. Enjoy a little coconut oil, water or do like they do at Ze/Lin

and incorporate it into your daily smoothie for a nutritional pick-me-up.

By: James Van Dyne

Why Go Gluten Free?

At Ze/Lin, one of the major aspects of the business is that they sell gluten free pastries and other baked goods. You may still be on the fence about gluten, or you may not care one way or the other, but here are a few reasons why the Ze/Lin crew promotes the gluten free lifestyle.
It is essential to avoid gluten if you have celiac disease. Now the vast majority of Americans do not have celiac disease, but if you are one of those unfortunate individuals who lives with it, you know that it is absolutely necessary to avoid gluten. When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, their immune system will attack the lining of the small intestine. This leads from side effects such as gas and bloating, to more severe damage like malnutrition and unwanted weight loss. Ze/Lin wants to offer delicious baked goods that those individuals with celiac disease can enjoy too.

Even if you don’t suffer from celiac disease, you too can benefit from eliminating gluten from your nutrition plan. If you have digestive problems, avoiding gluten may actually help to improve digestion, as this could be the result of a mild gluten intolerance.

Eliminating gluten may actually improve your mental health. In those with celiac disease, headaches and brain fog are often reported as side effects. When a sensitive person eats gluten, inflammatory molecules called cytokines are released, and they are detrimental to brain function. High amounts of these molecules are linked to Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Autism.

If you are sensitive to gluten, you may not be absorbing your nutrients the way you’re supposed to be. This can lead to low energy levels and chronic fatigue. Instead of looking to stimulants to improve energy, eliminating gluten may be more beneficial.
If you don’t experience any of these symptoms, it probably isn’t necessary to avoid gluten. Ze/Lin offers the more cautious eater gluten-free goods so they can enjoy a variety of snacks without having to endure pain and discomfort.


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