Monthly Archives: May 2013

STRESS BUSTER

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These negative emotions have a negative effect on the body as they overwork the adrenaline glands and produce two hormones: DHEA and cortisol — both are ‘shock absorber’ hormones which buffer the negative impact that may affect mental and physical functions.

Prolonged negative emotions are detrimental to health. During this stressful time, this juice combo may help calm your nerves, improve your mood and sleep quality.

SUGGESTED JUICE FOR RELIEVING STRESS:
– 2 green apples
– A bunch of spinach
– 1/2 a cucumber
– 1 stick celery
– 1/4 lemon
– 1/2 inch ginger root (optional)

A potent seasonal allergy fighter tea

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This is a potent allergy fighter in a cup. It is is armed with nature’s very best and will help you build endurance against allergens.

The bee pollen can help the body build up a resistance to allergens by lowering the body’s sensitivity to pollen. It is like vaccination of some sort.

The turmeric  with its superpowers has potent anti-inflammatory properties.

  • Allergy season tea recipe:
  • Boil 1 cup of hot water
  • Add:
  • 1/2 tbsp of fresh lemon  juice
  • 1 teaspoon of bee pollen
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
  • Let cool for 5 minutes and add raw honey
  • Note: Make sure all the ingredients are organic.
  • Drink during allergy season or when under the weather
  • Start slowly with the bee pollen and watch for side effects.  Increase to 2 tablespoons after 2 weeks if you have no allergic reaction.
  • ➸  As always: Consult your health practitioner and use with caution

Foods For Healthy Blood

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Keeping your circulatory system healthy is very important. Your body depends on your heart to pump blood through thousands of miles of blood vessels to be delivered to each and every one of your cells. Blood carries oxygen from your lungs to the cells of your body, so if there is a problem with your blood (anemia, diabetes) or your blood vessels (clogged arteries and veins, atherosclerosis), then your whole body can suffer. If your brain is not receiving enough oxygen, you may feel dizzy and lightheaded and not able to think clearly. If your stomach is not receiving enough oxygen then your digestion and metabolism will begin to slow and you may feel cold. If one of your blood vessels isn’t functioning properly, then blood could stop flowing to a certain body part, and without blood, the cells in that certain body part could die.

 

Thankfully, we have mother nature to thank for her wonderful herbs, roots, fruit and vegetables. Food is our medicine, so eating heart and blood-healthy foods will be sure to keep your circulatory system healthy (of course, reducing the amount of processed foods being consumed is also an important factor in a healthy blood system).

 

Below is a list of 6 natural food items that help with keeping your blood strong, and to help fight and/or prevent against anemia:

 

1. Kale

Chlorophyll is molecularly identical to our red blood cells, with the exception of the central molecule, magnesium in chlorophyll, and iron in blood. Once it enters the body, chlorophyll, in a way, starts to act like haemoglobin (the proponent of blood that is responsible for transporting oxygen from the lungs to the cells of our body). This means increased nutrient delivery and oxygenation to our cells.

 

Kale is incredibly rich in chlorophyll (making it a great blood builder), and many other vitamins and minerals like Vitamins K, A, C, and E as well as manganese, calcium, iron and copper. The iron in kale is also essential for healthy blood, keeping us alert and clear-headed.

 

Adding some kale into your green juices, or making a nice leafy green kale salad is a great way to get kale into your diet.

 

2. Figs

Figs are a very mineral dense fruit. They have incredibly high iron content which makes them a great blood builder and useful in cases of anemia. Research also indicates that figs have the ability to shrink cancerous tumours, and contain more calcium than milk, and more potassium than bananas. Potassium is a mineral that helps control blood pressure, keeping our circulatory system strong and healthy.

 

3. Stinging Nettles

Drinking one cup of nettle tea a day can have significant effects on your blood! It is one of the best blood purifiers available, and can thus clean eczema internally and help fight against anemia. It has a tremendous influence on the pancreas and help assists in lowering high blood pressure and blood glucose levels. Stinging nettles not only help the blood, but they protect against hair loss, kidney stones, allergies, hay fever, osteoarthritis, internal bleeding, uterine bleeding, nosebleeds and bowel bleeding. They protect against enlarged spleens, diabetes, endocrine disorders, stomach acid, diarrhea, dysentery, lung congestion, cancer and anti-aging.

 

The best way to consume nettles is early in the morning before breakfast. Drink the tea every day for one month, twice a year, to help purify and cleanse the blood.

 

4. Beets

Beet juice is a blood purifier and blood builder and helps in the creation of red blood cells. Beet juice improves blood structure and cures diseases of the circulatory system, large intestine and digestive system, states longevity researcher, Mikhail Tombak, Ph.D.. Beets are very powerful cleansers of the liver and kidney, which help cleanse the circulatory system. Drinking fresh beet juice may help reverse your problems with anemia or other blood issues such as high cholesterol.

 

5. Parsley

Parsley is well known for it’s remarkable blood-cleansing benefits which classify it as a superfood. It is incredibly rich in chlorophyll (see above) and vitamin C which is a major anti-inflammatory and helps the body absorb iron. Parsley is also an excellent source of folic acid which is crucial for reducing homocysteine levels. Homocysteine mediates inflammation and is linked with cardiovascular disease and brain degeneration. Not only that, but parsley is a powerful diuretic that lowers blood pressure and improves kidney function.

 

6. Spinach

Anemia occurs when there isn’t enough hemoglobin (an iron-protein compound in red blood cells that transports oxygen) in the blood and there are too few red blood cells. Thus, increasing your iron levels is an important thing to do when you have anemia or other blood related problems. Spinach is rich in iron and vitamin C, and the two together help improve iron uptake (vitamin C helps the body absorb more iron from the foods you eat). Spinach is also a wonderful chlorophyll source, which is a great blood builder (see above). Enjoy spinach in your smoothies or in your salads!

 

Sources:

(1) Patek, A. (1936) Chlorophyll and regeneration of the blood: Effect of administration of chlorophyll derivatives to patients with chronic hypochromic anemia. Arch Intern Med (Chic)., 57, 73-84.

 

(2) Whipple, G. (1922) Pigment metabolism and regeneration of hemoglobin in the body. Arch Intern Med (Chic)., 29, 711-731.

 

(3) Appel, L., Moore, T., Obarzanek, E., et al. (1997) A clinical trial of the effects of dietary patterns on blood pressure. New England Journal of Medicine, 336, 1117-24.

 

(4) Ensminger, A., Esminger, M., et al. (1986) Food for Health: A Nutrition Encyclopedia. Clovis, California: Pegus Press.

 

(5) http://www.naturalnews.com/027290_stinging_nettles_tea_herb.html

 

(6) Can We Live 150 Years?, Mikhail Tombak, Ph.D.

Benefits of Cilantro

 

Cilantro (also known as Coriander), is a wonderfully aromatic herb that you may recognize from guacamole’s or salsa. All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and dried seeds are most traditionally used in cooking and food-making. Ancient Greece used cilantro essential oil as a component of perfume, and the Romans used to use cilantro to mask the smell of rotten meat. Beyond that, cilantro has some amazing benefits, ranging from toxic metal cleansing to helping prevent cardiovascular damage and easing diabetic symptoms. Read below for more.

 

Toxic Metal Cleansing

Cilantro is known for its heavy metal detoxification benefits. It has been found to remove heavy metals from the body (taken in via consumption of non-organic foods, using conventional water supplies in your home, eating fish, using deodorants, smoking cigarettes and/or being around second-hand smoke, cooking foods in aluminum cookware or aluminum foil, taking over-the-counter drugs like antacids, using vaccines, or if you have metal fillings in your teeth). Heavy metals are connected with many serious health problems including cancer, heart disease, brain deterioration, emotional problems, kidney disease, lung disease and weak bones. The chemical compounds in cilantro bind to toxic metals and loosen them from the tissues.

 

Cardiovascular Protection

All herbs are wonderful for cardiovascular support. The organic acids found in cilantro have been found to help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and raise good cholesterol (HDL). It also helps dissolve cholesterol build up in the arteries to help those suffering from atherosclerosis and heart disease.

 

Anti-Diabetic Activity

In parts of Europe, cilantro has traditionally been referred to as an “anti-diabetic” plant, due to its wonderful ability to help lower cholesterol and lower blood sugar levels (it packs in a whopping 521 mg of potassium per 100 grams!). Individuals suffering from diabetes have problems regulating and keeping their blood sugar stable. Consuming cilantro and keeping sodium intake to a minimum, could help eliminate this effect.

 

Antioxidant Activity

Cilantro contains an antioxidant called quercetin (among others), which attributes to this herbs amazing antioxidant activity. Antioxidants help protect your cells against oxidative stress caused by free radicals (a primary cause of the aging process). Protecting yourself against free radicals with antioxidants is the most effective way to reduce developing chronic disease later in life. The antioxidant activity in cilantro helps protect against most degenerative diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, macular degeneration, Alzheimer’s disease and many more.

 

Anti-anxiety Effects

Cilantro has muscle relaxing qualities and may act as a mild sedative. It acts on calming the nerves, helping to relieve anxiety and reducing the harmful effects of stress. Sipping on some cilantro, cucumber and celery juice after a long day is an excellent way to get in B vitamins to help calm the mind and help you de-stress.

 

Improves Sleep Quality

Similar to the effects it has on reducing anxiety, cilantro is a calming herb, so it also helps improve the quality of your sleep.

 

Blood-sugar Lowering Effects

Cilantro’s health benefits also go past helping lower LDL cholesterol, but can also reduce hypertension by lowering blood pressure! Each 100-g serving of raw cilantro leaves provides over 521 mg potassium and only 46 mg sodium (naturally occurring cell salts). Consuming a high-potassium, low-sodium diet may help you control your blood pressure. Try juicing cilantro or putting it in salads!

 

Anti-bacterial and Anti-fungal Activity

Cilantro acts as a natural antiseptic and anti-fungal agent for the skin and disorders like dermatitis and eczema. This herb also has wonderful anti-bacterial properties that can be used to help improve oral health. The antimicrobial substances in cilantro help prevent and cure small pox too!

 

Natural Internal Deodorant

The large amount of chlorophyll in cilantro is a great way to detox the body from the inside out. Flushing out toxins from the liver, kidney and digestive tract help remove excess bacteria from the body that would normally sweat out and accumulate in your armpits and feet. Bacteria dislike chlorophyll (due to the high oxygen content), and thus, this herb helps your body deodorize and smell great.

 

Sources:

Patel, D., Desai, N., Gandhi, H., Devkar, R., Ramachandran, A. (2012) Cardio protective effect of Coriandrum sativum L. on isoproterenol induced myocardial necrosis in ratsFood Chem Toxicol., 50, 3120-5.

Sreelatha S., Inbavalli R. (2012) Antioxidant, antihyperglycemic, and antihyperlipidemic effects of Coriandrum sativum leaf and stem in alloxan-induced diabetic rats. J Food Sci., 77, 119-23.

Park G, Kim HG, Kim YO, Park SH, Kim SY, Oh MS. (2012) Coriandrum sativum L. protects human keratinocytes from oxidative stress by regulating oxidative defense systemsSkin Pharmacol Physiol., 25, 93-9.

Mahendra P, Bisht S. (2011) Anti-anxiety activity of Coriandrum sativum assessed using different experimental anxiety modelsIndian J Pharmacol., 43, 574-7.

Rakhshandeh H, Sadeghnia HR, Ghorbani A. (2012) Sleep-prolonging effect of Coriandrum sativum hydro-alcoholic extract in miceNat Prod Res., 26, 2095-8.

Aissaoui A, Zizi S, Israili ZH, Lyoussi B. (2011) Hypoglycemic and hypolipidemic effects of Coriandrum sativum L. in Meriones shawi ratsJ Ethnopharmacol., 137, 652-61.

Deepa B, Anuradha CV. (2011) Antioxidant potential of Coriandrum sativum L. seed extract. Indian J Exp Biol., 49, 30-8.

Furletti VF, Teixeira IP, Obando-Pereda G, Mardegan RC, Sartoratto A, Figueira GM, Duarte RM, Rehder VL, Duarte MC, Höfling JF. (2011) Action of Coriandrum sativum L. Essential Oil upon Oral Candida albicans Biofilm FormationEvid Based Complement Alternat Med.

Lixandru BE, Drăcea NO, Dragomirescu CC, Drăgulescu EC, Coldea IL, Anton L, Dobre E, Rovinaru C, Codiţă I. (2010) Antimicrobial activity of plant essential oils against bacterial and fungal species involved in food poisoning and/or food decayRoum Arch Microbiol Immunol. 2010, 69, 224-30.

Soares BV, Morais SM, dos Santos Fontenelle RO, Queiroz VA, Vila-Nova NS, Pereira CM, Brito ES, Neto MA, Brito EH, Cavalcante CS, Castelo-Branco DS, Rocha MF. (2012) Antifungal activity, toxicity and chemical composition of the essential oil of Coriandrum sativum L. fruitsMolecules., 17, 8439-48.