Multiple Health Tips: Round 6

 

Here we go with another post where I give you multiple short self-help tips, rather than feature information on one particular topic….Hope you find these informative and useful!

 

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# 1 – This first tip from the Floracopeia blog is actually multiple tips in one, but then it has to do with coconut oil, so that’s not surprising. I’ve done a number of posts about this wonderful health aid, but this tip does a good job of reminding us of some of its main uses and benefits….

  • Health and Beauty Food: There are well documented advantages for including coconut and coconut oil in your diet. It supports a healthy inflammatory response, purifies the digestive tract, works to balance the microflora in the intestinal tract, nourishes the connective tissue, and lubricates the joints to name a small few. It’s a great addition to smoothies, healthy treats and is superior for baking, frying and sautéing.
  • Best Coconut, Turmeric Golden MilkIn a blender, combine 2 cups of warm to hot (but not boiling) water, 1 TBSP of our coconut oil, 3/4 cup of coconut milk powder, 1 heaping TBSP of organic turmeric powder (or 1 inch peeled fresh), 1 inch peeled fresh ginger root, and pinch of sea salt. Blend for approximately 2 minutes on high. Pour into a mug. Add raw honey or stevia powder as desired. You can strain the ‘milk’ for increased creaminess and smooth texture.
  • Hair Masque: The good fats in coconut oil are hydrating and protective against damage. It can increase the overall health of the hair, contributing to enhanced shine and luster. One study shows it has some minor benefits as a sunscreen, blocking approximately 15% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays (great for color treated hair). Restorative Overnight Hair Masque: Apply 1-2 TBPS of coconut oil onto dry hair, making sure to totally saturate the ends. Lay a hand towel over the pillow to protect it from the oil.  Wash out in the morning with a hydrating, gentle shampoo.  A very small amount (size of a pencil eraser) can be used on dry ends to defrizz, hydrate and boost luster.
  • Superior Gum Serum and Oil Pulling Agent: Coconut oil is purifying and nourishing for the teeth and gums, wonderful for tackling existing challenges and preventing future problems.  To soothe angry gums and purify the entire mouth, apply to gums as needed. It can be used as an oil pulling agent. Use 1 TBPS (or more) of coconut oil to ‘pull’ through the teeth to mechanically remove debris and pathogenic factors from hard to reach places between the teeth.

Source: http://blog.floracopeia.com/top-7-uses-of-the-surprisingly-talented-coconut-oil-by-sara-crow-l-ac/

Related Self-help Health posts: Oil Pulling: Can You Say Go Swish?Coconut Oil: Multi-purpose Health Aid and Holiday Toddy For Terrific Health

# 2 – It’s important to understand what the sticker on your favorite fruit or
veggie means.  Here’s a breakdown: 9 is organic, 8 is GMO, 4 is conventional, and 3 is irradiated.

# 3 – An easy and natural way to clean your oven using two of the most popular self-help aids baking soda and vinegar…..

https://www.facebook.com/cleverly.me/videos/525714507632328/?fref=nf

# 4 –  Here’s a trick for ripening an avocado pronto from Pure Wow!

How to Ripen an Avocado in 10 Minutes

Don’t settle for the store-bought stuff–here’s a foolproof trick to making avocados soft and creamy in minutes.

What you need: A baking sheet, tinfoil and that hard-as-a-rock avocado

What you do: Wrap the whole fruit in tinfoil and set it on the baking sheet. Pop it in the oven at 200°F for ten minutes, or until the avocado is soft (depending on how hard it is, it could take up to an hour to soften). Remove it from the oven, then put your soft, ripe avocado into the fridge until it cools.

Why this works: Avocados produce ethylene gas, which is typically released slowly, causing the fruit to ripen. But as the avocado bakes in tinfoil, the gas surrounds it, putting the ripening process into hyper-drive. Guac and avocado toast for all!

 

# 5 – Got a canker sore? Try this remedy from a Natural News article about using that wonderful, multi-purpose health aid baking soda…..

A simple way to use baking soda for canker sores is gargling with a mixture of baking soda and tepid water. Do it twice per day for a relief. Baking soda treats canker sores in several ways:

  • It helps reduce the acid level that irritates the pain caused by canker sore;
  • It helps reduce the swelling and inflammation because of its anti-inflammatory properties;
  • It helps kill the bacteria and cure infections thanks to the anti-bacteria, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties;
  • It also helps balance the pH levels of the mouth and get rid of the infections away from the mouth

Related Self-help Health Post: Baking Soda: Multi-purpose Health, Home & Beauty Aid

Propolis For Canker Sores

 

# 6 – A quick tip from WellnessMama.com using witch hazel as a hair treatment…..

Witch hazel can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment to add shine and diminish the appearance of frizz. Add some to a spray bottle, spray all over dry hair and then hop in the shower.

 

# 7 – According to an article from Easy Health Options along with turmeric, red grapes, green tea, and acai berries, onions are one of the top 5 inflammation fighting foods….

It turns out that, due to their polyphenol content, onions are more effective inflammation fighters than a lot of other vegetables, including broccoli, spinach, asparagus and red lettuce. However, red onions contain more polyphenols than yellow onions, so keep that in mind next time you’re picking out your produce. And speaking of red onions, try this easy recipe from Wellness Mama:

Simple Pickled Red Onions Recipe (In Less Than 5 Minutes)

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These simple but sophisticated pickled red onions add incredible flavor to any dish. Take 5 minutes and make them right now!
Ingredients:
  • 1 medium size red onion
  • ½ cup (plus a little extra) white wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Optional: Other seasonings like 1 teaspoon chili powder or garlic powder for flavor
Instructions:
  1. Thinly slice the onions, leaving them in rings for easy use.
  2. Carefully place the rings into a pint size jar and sprinkle with the salt and other seasonings.
  3. Pour the vinegar over the rings to fill the jar and put the lid on.
  4. Leave at room temperature for two hours so flavors can meld.
  5. Transfer to the refrigerator for up to two weeks (though ours are usually gone in a couple of days!)
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# 8 – Want to know if your body is more acidic or more alkaline? Here’s a simple experiment from The Alternative Daily you can do to find out….

Are You Acidic or Alkaline? Take the Sour Lemon Test

Squeeze the juice from one-half of a fresh, organic lemon into eight ounces of purified, lukewarm water and drink it on an empty stomach.While you’re drinking it, notice the taste of the lemon water. If it has a strong sour taste, your body is very acidic. If it’s not sour at all, or even tastes like lemonade to you (without the sugar), your body is in a healthier, more alkaline state.

Now, depending on a) your ratio of lemon juice to water; b) body’s level of acidity; and c) consistency in daily intake, the “taste” of lemon water should eventually not be sour at all.

Related Self-help Health post: The All-important pH Factor

# 9 -How to keep basil fresh for 2 weeks……

The Secret to Keeping Basil Fresh for Two Weeks

From homemade pesto to caprese salad to infused water, basil is a quintessential culinary accoutrement. But as wonderful as this herb is, it’s also a pain in the butt. After a day or two in the fridge, it’s usually brown and wilted. Luckily, we discovered a trick for prolonging its shelf life. Follow these simple steps and you’ll have fresh basil for up to two weeks. 

What you need: Kitchen shears, a glass or mason jar and a plastic bag (Ziploc or grocery bags work fine).

What you do: Trim the bottoms of the basil stems under running water (just like you would with flowers). Put the bunch in a glass of water, then drape a plastic bag loosely over the leaves. Leave it out on your countertop.

Why you do it: It’s not exactly as chic as a bouquet of peonies, but this arrangement allows the basil to breathe (it enables the plant to release the ethylene gas that usually causes the leaves to shrivel and brown) while keeping a humid environment inside the plastic bag. It’s almost like a mini greenhouse. Oh, and an extra bonus—it makes your kitchen smell amazing.

Source: http://www.purewow.com/food/how-to-keep-basil-fresh

 

 

# 10 – Here’s something from Shared Food that might be fun to try with the kids whenever fresh strawberries are in season…..

 

# 11 – The Awakening from Alzheimer’s event recently started and you can still catch many of the presentations…..

Wednesday, September 21st – World Alzheimer’s Day – with the premiere of the groundbreaking new video series, Awakening from Alzheimer’s!

Over 12 days, 14 expert doctors will share groundbreaking medical and nutritional information on how to reverse Alzheimer’s and dementia and prevent it from ever happening to you.

These experts are on the cutting edge of Alzheimer’s breakthroughs and are blazing the trail to stop this terrible and costly disease in its tracks, and it’s totally free!

Click here to watch the trailer and register.

Here’s what you can expect to discover during this video series:

  • How medications can create FALSE Alzheimer’s symptoms
  • The superfood that can reverse Alzheimer’s
  • How a ketogenic diet can help your brain function again
  • How one protocol can reverse your Alzheimer’s
  • How to spot Alzheimer’s risk before symptoms even occur
  • The link between sleep and Alzheimer’s
  • And much more!

Related Self-help Health post: Natural Ways To Treat Alzheimer’s

 

# 12 – And today’s last tip is another free resource that’s coming up soon…..

Dr. Tom O’Bryan has been traveling the world interviewing over 75 autoimmunity experts for his upcoming 7-part documentary movie event, The Betrayal Series.

SEVEN movies in fact, co-starring familiar faces like Drs. Sara Gottfried, Mark Hyman, Datis Kharrazian, Dan Kalish, Hyla Cass, and Jill Carnahan, as well as JJ Virgin, Jeffrey Smith, and Joel Salatin.

Not only does The Betrayal Series include the scientists, experts, and doctors researching and treating autoimmunity, but it also features real patients who have recovered from autoimmune conditions. You can see it for yourself beginning next Tuesday, September 27th and it’s free!. Click below to the watch the trailer and get signed up.

  www.thebetrayalseries.com

 

Some of the previous Self-help Health Tips posts:

Health Tips: Round 4

Multiple Health Tips: Round 3

It’s Multiple Health Tips Day Again!

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please not that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

Healing Illness By Transforming Your Behavior

 

Here’s a stimulating, thought-provoking article a friend shared with me earlier today that I thought I would feature here. Hope you find it insightful and helpful in some way; I know I did…

 

Ditch the Suffering⏤How to Heal Illness by Transforming Your Behavior

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As a Naturopathic Doctor, I take a holistic approach to health—no conventional drugs, no surgeries, no injections, nada.

Over the course of my career, I have gradually abandoned all types of alternative therapies, from herbal medicine to homeopathy to acupuncture. This may seem counter-intuitive, like a surgeon operating without any tools. Yet this approach has led me to discover some extraordinary things about how human beings heal that I’d like to share with you.

By skillfully performing the ordinary activities of our daily lives, we can experience healing that is worthy of the term miraculous. By “ordinary activities” I mean the four activities that all human beings can and must perform for themselves: eating, moving, thinking and relating. These four actions are the most powerful, reliable and rapid forms of healing available to us.

Let’s take eating, for example. If we choose to impulsively indulge in a pint of ice cream every night after dinner, we are not acting with true kindness and intelligence. Sugar and dairy destabilizes our endocrine system, which can lead to a night of tossing and turning, bloating, headaches, and dehydration. Sugar causes inflammation in the body, which causes many of our common diseases and ailments. The pint of ice cream is only one aspect of eating, but it’s easy to see how simply changing one activity in our daily routine can have a dramatic effect on our emotional, mental and physical health.

To consider what re-calibrating all four areas of our lives would be like, imagine if you could purchase the following medicines:

A medicine that gives you the power to eat impeccably, exactly in accord with the wisdom of your mind and body. When taken, you will develop a beautiful, youthful body free from almost every illness.

A medicine that gives you the motivation and skill to perform a daily 90-minute workout, dramatically increasing your strength, flexibility and endurance.

A medicine that enables you to direct your internal dialogue as an unbroken stream of positive, life-affirming, self-esteeming thoughts. This medicine frees you from collapsing into negative emotions and infuses your mental/emotional body with unshakable faith, hope and love.

The medicine of loving kindness and compassion, which would heal your relationships of arguments, misunderstandings, conflicts and violence.

What would you do or pay in order to get your hands on these medicines? Thankfully, you can forget whatever scheme first came to mind, because we don’t need those medicines—they already exist. Unfortunately, we haven’t realized this because most of us eat, move, think and relate in a way that is incongruous with the four ordinary human activities. Instead, many of our actions are untrained, unskilled, and produce suffering in our physical, mental and emotional bodies.

We cannot abstain from eating, moving, thinking and relating. But we can choose whether our actions will be expressions of our wisdom and love, or expressions of our ignorance and indifference. Choosing love and wisdom is as rock solid and practical as it gets, because healing occurs consistently when we accept responsibility for our behavior, thoughts, words and deeds—when we develop self-control, when we master our appetites and passions, desires and fears. This is the path of the wise.

By mastering our behavior, we honor the foundational principle that all world religions uphold—virtue, or, right action in thought, word and deed. Our mind’s job is to protect our body. The most destructive enemy our body faces is none other than ourselves. Habitually performing actions that harm the body makes our mind anxious. This anxiety is healthy and necessary—when we are addicted to what injures us, no medicine can assuage our anxiety.

Through right action we cease harming ourselves (and others). As we become less dangerous and harmful to ourselves, our mind becomes markedly less anxious. We can then relax and concentrate our attention in prayer and meditation, enabling us to further discover and express in our mundane activities the divinity that we are. This is why I consider the healing of our behavior to be true healing.

We all long for the blessings of health and happiness; without them our lives seem filled with suffering. We seek them through medicine, religion or politics. Yet, look! They are right here for the taking. Nearer than our breath and thoughts; they are inescapably available right now. Our lives are whispering, shouting: “Love me! Give me your all. Now!” Our bodies, minds and relationships faithfully reflect back to us the caring and thoughtfulness behind our actions. Our every act obeys the one universal law: “As you give so shall you receive.” If we want quality from our bodies, minds or spouses we must give it. There is no other way.

The art of living is the art of healing. All of our actions are sacred. All of our mundane activities: breathing, walking, eating, thinking, reading, talking and working are all sacred healing rituals and therapies. Through our actions we make kindness and wisdom manifest in our human body. This is my medicine. And this is yours.

A Simple Three-Step Healing Exercise:

Pick out one self-destructive activity that you want to overcome and one wholesome activity that you want to instill. For example, you want to reduce your sweets, coffee or alcohol; on the other hand, maybe you want to eat two large servings of vegetables daily, exercise three times this week or listen empathetically to your spouse or child’s concerns (especially if it’s you). To make your good intention real, commit to one action, no matter how tiny, that you can and will do.

List at least three benefits of doing this, and three consequences of not doing this. Example: what will be the results in your energy, mood, self-esteem, confidence, income, relationships, health, tension, anxiety and mental clarity?

Tell at least one person the change that you are committed to making and why you have decided to do this. Ask them to check in each day for a week about how you are doing with your commitment. Accountability ensures results—it’s easier to not reach for the pint of ice cream if a friend is there to remind us to pull our hand back.

The kicker? Only thinking about doing this exercise while not actually doing it will bring you about as much benefit as thinking about taking a vacation and not actually going.

Take that vacation and do this exercise to get back to a reality where this epithet rings true:

You heal your body by healing your actions.
You heal your actions with the medicine of kindness.

In health and happiness,
Charley Cropley, N.D.

Source: http://www.elephantjournal.com/2016/09/ditch-the-suffering%E2%8F%A4how-to-heal-illness-by-transforming-your-behavior/

Image: courtesy of the author, flickr/Karsten Bitter

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on future posts. Also check out the To Your Health page at my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please not that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

Radical Beauty, Medicinal Supplements Summit, The Detox Project and More Acupressure Points!

 

Today I have a number of free health-related resources you may want to check out.  First is a 7-day series from Deepak Chopra on Radical Beauty to revitalize yourself from the inside out. Sounds good to me and I’ve always been a big Deepak fan :-)…..

 

RadicalBeauty

Are you ready to express your highest beauty? The Chopra Center would like to introduce you to the concept of Radical Beauty–a 6-pillar system to help you find and maintain your most authentic beauty–inside and out. The 6 pillars work together to form a healthy lifestyle for feeling and looking beautiful.

Join Deepak Chopra and Kimberly Snyder on this free, 7-day journey and find out how they are redefining beauty. Over the course of one week, you’ll learn what Radical Beauty is all about and what it can do for you.

You can sign up here


 

And here are two series from Health Talks On-line……

Medicinal Supplements Summit

The Medicinal Supplements Summit
September 12-19, 2016
Do your supplements claim to boost energy, lose weight, beat stress, improve brain function and reduce wrinkles? These promises are often found on the labels of vitamin and mineral supplements, but how do you know if they can truly live up to these claims? They could be more hype than truth!

The Medicinal Supplements Summit is dedicated to helping you:

  • Determine what supplements you need
  • Separate the “claims” from the truth
  • Customize supplements to your body’s needs
  • Make proper decisions at the store or online
  • And more!

Your hosts understand the importance of taking the right supplements–after all, they both healed their own health crises through targeted supplements, whole body health and the power of micro-nutrients! Attend this event to gain information about optimizing your health with the proper supplements!

This event started today and you can listen to the current presentations by signing up here! You’ll also receive a number of nice bonuses.

 

The Detox Project

The Detox Project
September 26 – October 3, 2016
 
This summit doesn’t begin until September 26th, but you can grab a sneak peek of the event with these 2 early-release talks!

Dan Pompa, DC, DPSc – True Cellular Detoxification

  • Healing hormone problems through detox
  • Most exciting detox tools available today!
  • Ancient, at-home healing strategies

Jeffrey Smith – The Toxicity of Glyphosate and GMOs

  • Dangerous impact of toxins (even at very low levels!)
  • 9 body pathways disrupted by glyphosate and other pesticides
  • GMO toxicity: what we already know!

Sign up and listen now to these presentations!


 

And some information from  Michael Reed Gach, who I featured in a previous post on using acupressure. Here he shares some points to hold that can help with detoxing the colon, relieving ISB, reproductive problems and more…..

HOW LONG DO YOU HOLD A POINT? Hold for 1 to 3 minutes as you breathe slowly and deeply. Be sure to apply the pressure gradually. If you feel a connection with the point, hold for a full 3 minutes. For instance, if your sinuses are blocked, hold St3 underneath the cheekbone for a few minutes until you feel a pulse in your fingertips to open the sinuses.

DOUBTS ABOUT HEALING: When you practice Acupressure (whether on yourself or others), and doubts arise, whether it’s worrying if you’re doing the right thing, or if you’re on the right point, remember — the purpose of your life and the purpose of doing Acupressure is not to sit around and worry. Doubts distract you from healing and can strangle your body’s vital life force. Instead, whenever you find yourself worrying or doubting, let it be a clue to take several slow, deep breaths. Just 4 or 5 super deep breaths can counteract worry and doubt to allow your healing energy to flow again.

TO RELIEVE GROIN PAIN, MENSTRUAL, ABDOMINAL CRAMPING, or SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE PROBLEMS use the “Rushing Door Points” Sp12 and Sp13. Bend your leg. In the center of your groin crease is where energy tends to block-up. Gradually apply pressure slowly with your fingertips or use your knuckles to gradually press into the inguinal ligament, the big rope-y cord there. You’ll feel a muscular cord in the crease where your leg joins the trunk of your body. Hold Sp12 and Sp13 points while laying down for 2 to 3 minutes, taking long slow deep breaths to discover the benefits.

TO TONE & CLEANSE YOUR COLON + RELIEVE CONSTIPATION & IBS:use CV6, which is two fingers width below your navel. Lying on your back, apply pressure gradually toward your lower spine until it “hurts good”.  Hold for 10 to 12 super slow deep breaths. Do this routine 2 or 3 times daily.

Pressing CV6 daily strengthens the colon for cultivating longevity.  For colon problems, use it for several months, daily —  it takes time to strengthen your colon and cleanse it, but it’s so worth it.

No drugs or side effects; it’s natural, and all you need is your hands!

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my website Evolution Made Easier (and its To Your Health page) and my blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

 

Free Alkaline Cooking Class, 2 Great Sounding Recipes AND a Free Cookbook!

 

I saw this soup recipe on Facebook earlier today and can’t wait to try it. With all the ingredients it includes, the taste should be right up my alley, plus so healthy, to boot. At the end of the video she mentions that for today they are offering a free pdf of the 56-page Cooking With Coconut cookbook where the recipes are geared toward fat-burning, boosting metabolism, and regaining energy, so act quickly and take advantage of that!

 

Here’s the link to ask for the free Cooking With Coconut Recipes e-book pdf:
http://lxnhealth.com/1g
And Ross from Energise For Life has an invite to his free on-line cooking class taking place on 8/31 at 3pm or 9/1 at 7pm. Here’s what he has to say about The Alkaline Cooking Class: Making Nourishing Alkaline Meals a Breeze…….

 

This is the last time this year that I will be running this workshop (the previous two in Feb and May were both totally filled)…
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During the cooking class I will share with you my top, most-easy-to-implement strategies and hands-on-tools on how to make living & cooking alkaline SO easy, simple and effective…
By the end of the workshop you will be able to easily integrate nourishing alkaline meals into your life without it taking hours or being hideously hard work!
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There will be two sessions to cater for different time zones/schedules so pick which works best for you🙂
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During the workshop we’ll be covering:
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  • The Automatic Menu Plan: how to save HOURS planning and shopping with my simple 3-step strategy
  • How to Get 5 Serves of Greens on Autopilot: smash the five-a-day recommendation by having five serves of GREENS a day, giving you wiggle room with the rest of your diet
  • Discover The Silent Killer: The Most Commonly Consumed, Acidic, Thyroid-Damaging Inflammatory Foods that you’ve been told was HEALTHY & How to Avoid Them
  • Easy Simple Swaps: how to eliminate the seven most acidic, commonly consumed foods with nourishing, delicious alternatives
  • Master the Sweet Tooth Saviour: How to Make Alkaline, Delicious Desserts to Satisfy Even the Sweetest Tooth on Earth
  • The Top 8 Most Easily Added Alkaline Foods: these take no time to add into your existing meals but they will make a world of difference
And a whole lot more! Click here to register now
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And something else of interest from Ross…..a sweet potato brownie recipe :-)…..
closeup of sweet potato brownies

Sweet Potato Brownies

This is the the easiest sweet potato brownie recipe you’ll ever see! It includes alkaline, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant rich ingredients and only takes 15-20 minutes to make!

I love this for it’s speed, ease and deliciousness – gets you out of a bother when you have a sweet tooth but contains only 3-4 g of sugar per serve!That’s practically nothing!

Ingredients:

1 whole medium sweet potato
2 cups almonds (or cashews or a mix)
5 tablespoon raw cacao powder
1 pinch Himalayan salt
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
*¼ cup rice malt syrup

Optional: 1 tablespoon coconut flour (optional but adds to texture)

*Personal Note: After learning about how so many rice-based products are filled with arsenic, I’m thinking I will try substituting a different sweetener…..maybe coconut nectar or maple syrup, since their consistency would be similar.

Method:

1) start by peeling and chopping the sweet potato into large, rough chunks and then boil until soft (about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of the chunks)

2) Set that aside and cool and in the meantime, blend the nuts, cacao and salt until reasonably fine.

3) Put this in a mixing bowl with the coconut oil, coconut flour (if using) and rice malt syrup and mix through thoroughly.

4) Once the sweet potato has cooled, mash this and then stir and fold this into the mixture.

5) Put everything into a lined or lightly greased pan and press it down firmly, and then put into the fridge or freezer (depending on how you’re going to use it – see below).

This makes about a dozen decent slices (or more if you want them for snacks) and contains zero fructose and very little sugar – BUT – lots of protein, fibre and healthy fats to keep you going for hours.

If you are going to eat all of them between yourself, family, guests etc these within a couple of days, put straight into the fridge. However, if you are planning on having them slowly over a week or two, cover and put in the freezer as sliced, individual serves. You can remove them and enjoy within just 10-15 minutes of taking them out of the freezer.

Source: http://liveenergized.com/alkaline-recipes/sweet-potato-brownies/

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my website Evolution Made Easier (and its To Your Health page) and my blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

What’s Not To Love About Cherries?!

 

I was reading an article about 4 of the best foods for flushing fat from your system and it named turmeric (cleans the liver, your fat-burning “filter”), lemon juice (purges toxins from the blood), cruciferous vegetables (destroy fat-storing estrogen), and tart cherries. I knew cherries were good for inflammation and gout and helping people sleep better, but didn’t know they had a number of other nice benefits. How great, because I LOVE cherries!

 

(photo: doortodoororganics.com)

(NaturalNews) For those of you who love cherries, this ruby sweet fruit is much more than a tasty summer treat. Shown to combat cancer, improve sleep, balance blood pressure and ease gout, you really cannot lose. Compounds found within cherries also relieve pain as well as aspirin. Possessing potent anti-inflammatory properties, these delicious gems are an excellent way to ward off disease. Rich in vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants, cherries are a powerhouse of nutrition and should be enjoyed often.

Relish the bounty of the season along with improved health

With the cherry season upon us, now is a great time for basking in all the pleasurable, health promoting benefits of the fruit. Here are a few examples of how cherries can enhance your well-being:

Cancer protection – Overflowing with beta carotene, vitamin C, boron and a class of powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins, cherries offer a formidable defense against cancer. As reported by Karen Ansel, M.S., R.D., in Eating Well, “… preliminary studies suggest the anthocyanin cyanidin may prevent genetic mutations that can lead to cancer and keep cancer cells from growing out of control. While tart cherries contain some anthocyanins, sweet cherries pack nearly three times as many (two-thirds are found in the skins). The riper the better: As cherries darken, they produce more antioxidants.”

Better sleep – Cherries provide one of the few naturally occurring sources of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep/wake cycles. According to a study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, “These data suggest that consumption of a tart cherry juice concentrate provides an increase in exogenous melatonin that is beneficial in improving sleep duration and quality in healthy men and women and might be of benefit in managing disturbed sleep.”

Pain relief – Research at Michigan State University discovered anthocyanins in cherries relieve pain as effectively as aspirin. Lead researcher Muralee G. Nair, Ph.D., observes, “It is as good as ibuprofen and some of the non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs.” The lab results indicate consumption of 20 tart cherries can significantly reduce inflammation and discomfort.

Regulate blood pressure – Loaded with potassium, cherries are an exceptional food for easing high blood pressure. A balancing mineral, potassium helps to maintain fluid equilibrium within the body by offsetting the bloating effect of sodium. Cherries are also a good source of quercetin, an antioxidant that maintains blood vessel integrity.

Tame gout – A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that women, aged 22 to 40, who consumed approximately 45 sweet cherries after fasting had improved urinary uric acid levels and lowered C-reactive protein. Further research demonstrated anti-inflammatory characteristics of the fruit. When rats were fed 2 ounces of cherries, joint swelling was significantly reduced. Both findings indicate cherries are an exceptional food for painful gout flare-ups.

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/041145_cherries_tart_cherry_juice_inflammation.html#ixzz2YkDpK9oe

Author: Carolanne is a nutritionist, natural foods chef and wellness  coach. Her website is  www.Thrive-Living.net

Here’s a little more I found at Truth About Fat Burning Foods about using tart cherries to combat pain and inflammation, flush fat from your system and improve sleep…….

Over 111 million prescriptions are issued yearly for anti-inflammatory drugs. These meds have been shown to wreak havoc on your digestive system, while causing damage to your heart, your liver, and your kidneys.

But the anthocyanins and phenols found in tart cherries have been shown to provide STRONGER protection against muscle injury and damage than these dangerous drugs. In other words, this tiny fruit has been proven BETTER than things like Ibuprofen for reducing inflammation and muscle soreness.

In fact, over 74 published studies indicate tart cherries deliver a high level of protection against cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and can even fight against Alzheimer’s. Many of them also validate tart cherries and tart cherry beverages speed up recovery time from exercise and reduce inflammatory markers significantly.

But there’s MORE…tart cherries also contain a hefty dose of naturally occurring melatonin (improves sleep) and they have one of the highest anti-oxidant scores of all fruits and they score amazingly low on the glycemic index (~20). So they’re one the best fruits to eat for fat loss.

So by eating a hefty dose of tart cherries (or organic, flash pasteurized tart cherry juice) you can help your body recover faster, reduce joint pain through the anti-inflammatory response, sleep better, and fight inflammation to “flush out” more trapped fat from your body.

Related Self-help Health posts:

21 Foods That Fight Inflammation

FYI, you can get tart cherry juice and dried Montmorency tart cherries (love ’em!)  at a discount at one of my favorite places to shop  iHerb.com; use code CJG192 if you are a new customer and spend more than $40 and you will get $10 off, plus can take advantage of their wonderful Specials and Trial Offers section. Shipping is free on orders of $20 and up, and there’s no sales tax. There’s an extra 5% off on orders over $60 and you can earn customer loyalty rewards cash each time you order.

Vitacost.com is another on-line favorite of mine and also has a huge selection of cherry-related products.  If you are new to Vitacost and make your first purchase of $25 or more through the link on my webpage you will receive a $10 off coupon. And if you plan on shopping again after that, be sure to sign up for a free acct. at eBates.com, if you don’t already have one. That way you can use the eBates portal to shop at Vitacost (and 100s of other popular stores) and earn cash back on future purchases. Plus, eBates usually offers some reward–I got a $10 gift card–when you place your first $25 order at a store through them. How does it get any better than that?!

 

Salud!

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Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

 

What’s In YOUR Rice?

 

Here’s another one of those situations where I thought I was eating something halfway healthy years ago, only to find out later that may not have been the case. I used to be big on rice cakes….loved to top them with peanut butter or tuna fish salad. Great on-the-go snack, right? Then I learned about aflatoxin, a mold that’s often present in peanuts. Next bubble burster was the high levels of mercury in tuna. Now, even rice cakes have come into question. But it’s not just because they are overly processed or that we’re being urged to eat less grains in general. Rice, even the organic brown basmati rice that I thought was definitely a healthy choice for so many years, is now making the news for containing worrisome levels of arsenic. And a new Consumer Report had the headline that just one weekly serving of rice pasta could put a baby at risk for arsenic poisoning. What the____?!

Julie Wilson, a staff writer for Natural News, talks about the situation in a recent article……

 

 

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A new analysis by Consumer Reports explains how easy it is for infants to consume dangerous amounts of arsenic in common foods like hot rice cereal and rice pasta. Just one serving of rice pasta can put your child over the recommended weekly limit, according to the new report, which also details safer alternatives for grains including quinoa, buckwheat and basmati rice grown in California.

A 2012 investigation by Consumer Reports discovered “significant levels” of inorganic arsenic, a known carcinogen, in a range of rice products including organic, conventional and gluten-free rice.

Inorganic arsenic found in most rice products

More than 200 rice products were tested, with inorganic arsenic showing up in nearly every “…product category along with organic arsenic, which is less toxic but still of concern.” Organic arsenic is considered to be less or nontoxic to humans and is naturally occurring within the earth’s crust.

Despite warnings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that there are no “safe” levels of exposure to inorganic arsenic, federal limits regarding arsenic levels only apply to drinking water and not food products.

However, in July 2013 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed to limit arsenic in apple juice following widespread consumer concern after Dr. Oz and Consumer Reports found that 10 percent of juice samples from five brands tested positive for arsenic levels that exceeded federal drinking water standards.

New research suggests eating a variety of grains to avoid exposure to arsenic

The most recent testing performed by Consumer Reports provides new information on the risk of exposure through rice cereal and other rice products. After reviewing data released by the FDA in 2013 on the inorganic arsenic content of more than 650 processed rice-containing products, the monthly magazine found that rice cereal and rice pasta had more inorganic arsenic compared with their data from 2012.

The new results concluded that just “one serving of either could put kids over the maximum amount of rice we recommend they should have in a week. Rice cakes supply close to a child’s weekly limit in one serving.”

The report also found rice drinks to be high in arsenic, recommending that children under five avoid them at all costs, drinking milk instead. Consumer Report’s 2012 recommendation that babies eat no more than one serving of infant rice cereal per day, instead adding a variety of grains to their diet, remained unchanged with the new results.

Regular arsenic exposure can increase your risk for bladder, lung and skin cancer

Aside from increasing your risk for developing numerous cancers, regular exposure to small amounts of arsenic can cause heart disease, type 2 diabetes and affect the immune system of unborn babies.

Consuming grains like millet, buckwheat, basmati rice and quinoa lower your exposure to arsenic, according to recent data, but white rice grown in Texas, Arkansas or Louisiana had the highest levels of arsenic. Brown rice also had high levels as arsenic accumulates in the grain’s outer layers, which are removed during the white rice process.

“White basmati rice from California, India, and Pakistan, and sushi rice from the U.S. on average has half of the inorganic-arsenic amount of most other types of rice, “states the report.

Gluten-free grains amaranth, buckwheat, millet, and polenta or grits had negligible levels of inorganic arsenic. Quinoa (gluten-free), bulgur, barley and faro all had low levels as well. Researchers note that some samples of quinoa had “quite a bit more” arsenic, but levels were still low compared to rice.

It may be possible to reduce your exposure to arsenic by thoroughly rinsing any type of raw rice before cooking, and using a ratio of 6 cups water to 1 cup of rice, making sure to drain any excess water before eating. Previous research suggests rinsing raw rice removes about 30 percent of the rice’s inorganic arsenic content.

Learn more:

http://www.naturalnews.com/047851_arsenic_rice_pasta_cancer.html

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/11/arsenic-in-your-food/index.htm

 

And here’s a very helpful table put together by Consumer Reports to see how the rice products you’re eating measure up. Note that the date on this chart is 2012 and in the article above it mentions that in 2013 they found more arsenic than in their 2012 testing, so dangerous amounts could have increased for a number of products…..

Source: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/11/arsenic-in-your-food/index.htm#chart

Personal Note: Hmmm, I used to drink a lot of Rice Dream, thinking it was a good alternative to regular milk, but judging from the list, I guess that wasn’t necessarily true either. Boy, this trying to be healthy can be complicated, eh?

Related Self-help Health posts:

What You Should Know About Wheat

Just Say No To Soy?

Top 10 Cancer-causing Foods To Remove From Your Diet

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my website Evolution Made Easier (and its To Your Health page) and my blog of the same name for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information here is provided as a guideline only, and is not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

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More Acupressure Points, Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit, Health Coaching Webinar AND A Beauty Tip!

 

Recently I did a post that featured some acupressure points from Michael Reed Gach (of Acupressure.com) that are good for dealing with jaw pain, TMJ, headaches and sinus congestion. Well, here’s more useful information from a newsletter of Gach’s…..

 

(by Michael R Gach) Here are several healing thoughts, suggestions and points to support you to continue to learn, heal and grow. I hope my input empowers you to use acupressure on yourself and others. My intention is to cultivate your interest in hands-on healing. I also want to share with you even deeper levels for learning how to heal, using the points to enhance your life.

HOW LONG DO YOU HOLD A POINT?

Hold for 1 to 3 minutes as you breathe slowly & deeply. Be sure to apply the pressure gradually. If you feel a connection with the point, hold for a full 3 minutes. For instance, if your client’s sinuses are blocked, hold St3 underneath the cheekbone for a few minutes until you feel a pulse in your fingertips to open the sinuses.

DOUBTS ABOUT HEALING:

When you practice Acupressure (whether on yourself or others), and doubts arise, whether it’s worrying if you’re doing the right thing, or if you’re on the right point, remember — the purpose of your life and the purpose of doing Acupressure is not to sit around and worry. Doubts distract you from healing and can strangle your body’s vital life force. Instead, whenever you find yourself worrying or doubting, let it be a clue to take several slow, deep breaths. Just 4 or 5 super deep breaths can counteract worry and doubt to allow your healing energy to flow again.

TO RELIEVE GROIN PAIN, MENSTRUAL, ABDOMINAL CRAMPING, or SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE PROBLEMS

Use the “Rushing Door Points” Sp12 and Sp13. Bend your leg. In the center of your groin crease is where energy tends to block-up. Gradually apply pressure slowly with your fingertips or use your knuckles to gradually press into the inguinal ligament, the big ropey cord there. You’ll feel a muscular cord in the crease where your leg joins the trunk of your body. Hold Sp12 and Sp13 points while laying down for 2 to 3 minutes, taking long slow deep breaths to discover the benefits.

TONE & CLEANSE YOUR COLON + RELIEVE CONSTIPATION & IBS:
Use CV6, which is two fingers width below your navel. Lying on your back, apply pressure gradually toward your lower spine until it “hurts good”.  Hold for 10 to 12 super slow deep breaths. Do this routine 2 or 3 times daily. Pressing CV6 daily strengthens the colon for cultivating longevity. I press it on myself every day.  For colon problems, use it for several months, daily —  it takes time to strengthen your colon and cleanse it, but it’s so worth it.
No drugs or side effects; it’s natural, and all you need is your hands.
 Since Alzheimer’s and dementia continue to rise at an alarming rate and are responsible for more deaths annually than prostate and breast cancers combined, this is upcoming summit is very timely and sure to be a great resource for those wanting to know more about controlling and preventing these conditions……

Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit is coming up!

Are you concerned about brain health? Or of one day not recognizing your closest friend? If so, or if you care about friends and family members dealing with poor brain function, then don’t miss The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit.

Brain disorders, including memory loss, are fast becoming the single biggest health problem in the world, and this summit starting July 25th and running through August 1st represents a unique opportunity to discover hot to prevent, slow down, and even reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

So be sure to check out this free on-line summit to find out what you can, and should, do before memory loss is irreversible–because taking action now is the key to protecting your brain health and overall well-being. And when you sign up you gain access to 3 great bonuses….one on dealing with heavy metal toxicity, another on stopping memory loss, and one on natural ways to treat depression! How nice!

 

And for those of you interested in possibly having a career as a healthcare professional, check out this free online workshop hosted by Marc David and Emily Rosen at the Institute for the Psychology of Eating……

It’s called The Ultimate Health Coach: The 3 Keys to Turning Your Passion for Healing into Professional Success.The field of Health Coaching is exploding, and it’s an exciting career opportunity. But even more to the point, Marc and Emily will be sharing about the unique
Training they offer through the Institute for the Psychology of Eating.

Here’s just some of what they’ll cover:

  • NEW strategies for breaking free from problems with food, body & health
  • The 3 Keys to being a successful health coach
  • How to make a great living while truly helping others in a meaningful way
  • Real case studies about the impact of this work
  • How you can be part of this powerful new movement
  • And a special opportunity you won’t want to miss!

If you’re at all curious about a new career opportunity OR you’re an already practicing healthcare professional looking to expand your skills, this webinar will show you how it’s possible to make an excellent living helping people finally find freedom with food and live the life they’re truly meant to live.

You can learn more about the summit and the webinar, and sign up for either or both through my What’s New page.

 

And to end on, a beauty tip from David Wolfe, using just cacao butter and coconut oil….

 

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow, so you don’t miss out on future posts. And check out the To Your Health page of my website Evolution Made Easier and my other blog for more helpful information, tips, tools and resources.

Disclaimer: Please note that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.