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Friday, September 27, 2013

Blueberries on a roll, take some daily in a bowl!

Blueberries are a delicious fruit. They can be sweet or sour, eaten for breakfast, or in your protein smoothie. There are multiple ways to get that exquisite taste onto our taste buds. In addition, while we may appreciate blueberries as just a flavor, there are many beneficial qualities to eating them daily.


 Firstly, Blueberries are berries which are high in antioxidants. Also, they have high levels of Vitamin C, great for the aid in our overall digestion. Blueberries are rich in fiber and contain a vast majority of potency for the common cold. The antioxidants within the blueberries make our overall immune systems stronger. They inhibit viral as well as bacterial infections. Whether you eat a handful of these luscious berries or a cup full, they are low in calories, so you can eat more of them with an appreciated sense of taste.



Surprisingly to some, blueberries promote the health of urinary tracts. They are cleansing in this form, providing inner wall lining of the urinary tract with protection and nutrients. In this case, the blueberries have the potential to minimize the bacteria from forming in these hollow canals. In addition, blueberries  contain anthocyanosides, the compound that was found to inhibit visual loss. This is great news, as you are giving your eyes healing nutrients as well as your overall body. The brain health is also included in this compound. Blueberries help with keeping that sharp memory, so grab a couple handfuls of blueberries a day. On another note, blueberries reduce the belly fat, which is always good for one to hear who is health conscious and weight conscious. Because of the low calories, blueberries do not encourage belly fat to arise, but on the contrary, keep our weight at bay.


Another great mention of blueberries enhances our overall temperaments. When we become sad or depressed, take a handful of blueberries and watch as your mood becomes more positive. So keep blueberries in your daily regimen and enjoy them as a basic snack category as well!

Tasty Remedy for a Cold

This unique old fashioned Russian-based concoction is great for the average cold/temperature. The remedy incorporates a nice combo of ingredients most suitable for the body to accept and heal itself.

The thing to remember is that when you start to get a cold and feel drowsy and have sinuses, this hot drink will warm all of your insides up and provide you with a layer of protection within your body. In addition, drinking egg with milk as a combination enhanced your ability to fight off any infections and gain immune strength and better function.

The ingredients are: one egg yolk, 1/2 cup of heated milk, 1/4 teaspoon of maple syrup, teaspoon of butter, mix all ingredients in a blender, lastly add a teaspoon of baking soda. If you want a more appealingly smooth drink, put the mixture through a mesh strainer. Enjoy!



Blackberries are sweet for summer!

Blackberries are sweet for summer!


Blackberries are a unique kind of fruit that unfortunately does not seem to be too popular within the majority of fruit eaters. Nonetheless, this fruit is juicy and elegant. It is delicious and has the possibility of tasting sweet or sour, depending on how ripe the blackberries are. In addition, the blackberries are high in gallic acid with an added source of anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. This is great for protecting your overall immune system. 



  Blackberries are a great kind of berry to enjoy, health wise. We already know that it tastes delicious when in season , but in addition, blackberries have one of the highest levels of antioxidant. This makes for a great option when choosing which fruit to consume on a daily basis. Blackberries also contain a large amount of Vitamin C and fiber, great for our digestion. Blackberries are also low in calories, so this type of fruit should become more popular!



  The summertime is the typical season for gathering these succulent blackberries. These berries have immense vitamins and minerals as well. They contain Vitamin A, E, and K. In addition, they also contain magnesium, copper, potassium, and manganese. They also contain some levels of the B-complex group of vitamins. which is essential for every one's overall health. The following vitamins ultimately act as a benefactor in aiding in the body's ability to metabolize proteins, carbs, and fats: niacin, pantothenic acid, riboflavin, and folic acid. So, if you are in the mood for a delicious and nutritious snack, the blackberries will do!



Pau D' Arco Tea


A cup of steamed tea
Pau D' Arco is a natural herb originally from the Rainforest, taken from the inner bark of the Taheebo from South America. It is a great kind of tea to drink when you want many nutritional benefits, but can not drink caffeine. Pau D' Arco is caffeine-free, and can essentially help cleanse the body of bacteria and toxins.

There are three main contributions to the health benefits of Pau D' Arco: 

1) It ultimately strengthens our immune system
2) It decreases inflammation
3) It comes in very high antioxidants

The two most important ingredients(compounds) that are contained in this tea are both lapachol andbeta-lapachone, which work together to create a magical potion of healing qualities. 

 

Pau D' Arco comes from a flower

Optional/Possible Instructions: Take it as a tea or use the Pau D' Arco drops as an additive in your cup of water (before your lunch). It acts as an antibacterial and anti fungal source of protection to our bodies.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Juicing with Ginger


Juicing is a great way to add a unique variety of vegetables to our typical daily diets. In addition, Ginger can be added for a great source of nutrition. 

Ginger juice

We are slowly becoming aware of the many benefits of juicing. Aside form all of the celebrities juicing in order to maintain their slim figures, juicing provides one with a great quality of nutrition.
One main source of this guaranteed nutrition from juicing is the fact that it is derived from a large amount of fruits and vegetables that instead of taking a lot of time to chew, we can simply drink it up in half the time. In addition, the recommended 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetable makes it hard for us to eat so much. Thus, juicing makes the accurate portions quickly and efficiently digestible.
Another valuable aspect to juicing is the fact that is basically better absorbed into our bloodstream. In essence, all of the nutrients and vitamins from the fruits and vegetables are quickly able to digest these foods; the juicing almost acts as a pre-digestive contribution to our overall gut. That is great news for us, since we have an average American diet that prevents us to digest our ingested foods at an even normal rate.
Juicing is a great way to add a unique variety of vegetables to our typical daily diets.
Ginger Juice with Greens!

 In addition, Ginger can be added for a great source of nutrition. Ginger contains a chemical that can basically inhibit inflammation. If you feel nauseous, try a Ginger smoothie or juice. The chemicals that are contained in this ginger are able to influence the digestion in the stomach and the intestines. The chemicals may also possibly reach the nervous system in an effort to control that feelings of nausea. Ginger aids the flu as well. When you begin to feel under the weather, take a few sips of ginger juices and it should help relatively quickly. Ginger has been shown to boost the overall immune-system. Thus, is makes us stronger, faster.

Ginger in all its glory 
 in a bunch

Ingredients for one cup of juice

  • 3 Romaine, leafs
  • 1 Kirby
  • 1 Tomato
  • 2 Celery, stalks
  • 1 Garlic, cloves
  • parsley, for taste
  • dill, for taste
  • ginger, for taste

Fatigued? Read on..

Fatigued? Read on..

Leaky Gut leads to allergies*


Diets matter

So, these days we have a high carbohydrate/sugar based diet. All of the chemicals we are ingesting into ourselves affects our health long term. Therefore, it's important to take control and feed our bodies with the right kind of nutrition that would create beneficial results.

Leaky gut syndrome- as atypical as this term may seem, it is highly typical among our population these days. Dr. Oz talked about it on his show and made it clear that it is concurrent and also a direct result of our diets.

Food intolerance, allergies, rashes, fatigue, gas, bloating, parasites, a high sugar diet, and eczema are all symptoms of leaky gut. The underlying cause of this is the overgrowth of yeast due to the high sugar diets. Thus, the immune system is struggling to remain strong within the civil war that occurs in the blood. The barrier is cut from the intestinal lining of the gut; this creates a separation from the gut to the bloodstream.

To find out if you have leaky gut syndrome so that you can start taking the best measures to inhibit future yeast overgrowth incidences, take the intestinal permeability test. This test will essentially demonstrate any presence of substances getting through intestines that should not get through. Getting healthy begins with the first step of acknowledgement, take it!
So, ready to begin cleaning up those intestines? Remember, it's no easy quick fix. It requires dedication and consistency. First, remove all of the things harming your intestinal permeability: gluten, dairy, refined sugars, N SAID, and nightshades-tomatoes.

Next, replace foods that act as laxatives: probiotic supplements, pickled veggies, and sauerkraut.

Finally, time to repair your intestines with: omega-3 rich foods and glutamine powder (increases function of cells in intestines). Chromium Polynicotinate (niacin B3) regulates blood sugar. Whole grain has some chromium, but not enough. This supplement regulates insulin function. In addition, it also regulates cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, and weight control. Taking this supplement also increases muscle gain, making it easier for you to gain strength. As chromium stabilizes insulin and regulates blood sugar, this converts to energy.

Instructions

  1. Remove all of the foods causing Leaky Gut, such as carbohydrates and sugar.
  2. Replace foods to smooth over your intestinal lining such as like laxatives (probiotics).
  3. Repair your intestinal lining with good sources of nutrition like glutamine powder and chromium. 
Having leaky gut may be different for each person as it is based on each persons immune system in terms of what's good for you(some dairy) may not be so good for someone else (dairy/lactose intolerant). 

Interesting concept: An important factor to realize would initially be to understand the strong gut-brain correlation. This is more or less a new idea in that before this was not totally accepted/understood at all. If you go to a psychologist and tell him or her that you are depressed they would see it as a possible deficiency of serotonin in the brain and they would prescribe some medication. However, a gut specialist would first want to rule out any possible digestion problems, because based on the severity the gut may be so inflamed that it can decrease the amount of serotonin that the brain produces. Taking a complete GI stool test with a functional doctor would be ideal to find out the root of the problem and begin the path to healing. So in fixing your gut(which is a long but much needed process) you will be fixing your depression.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Greensuperfood

Hey all! We know that raw veggies are pretty good for you. Therefore, let me share one of the coolest green drinks that actually tastes nice. While there are many varieties and ways to organize your smoothies with additional ingredients, the major ones are listed below:

Ingredients for 1 portion: (All ingredients are put into blender then mixed**)

*1/2 a Cucumber*
*1/2 a Tomato*
*1 Kale Leaf*
*1/2 Clove of Garlic*
*2 Romaine leaves

*1/4 a Bell Pepper*
*1/2 Tablespoon Chia seeds*
*1/2-1 cup of water*

After they are all blended up and poured into your favorite mug, add a teaspoon of the Udo oil and 1/4 teaspoon of the Kyolic Aged Garlic Liquid. 

Then once all your hard work is done, take your fresh green latte goodness and catch up with your family, or go out into the sun and get some Vitamin D! Whatever you choose to do, make sure it soothes your soul and calms your mind. 
 



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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Attuned to August

August has been fun, busy, sunny, rainy, and interesting. There has been lots of baking healthy snacks and buying many berries and kefir (great light snack!)