JP Sears Takes On The American Heart Association, Plus The Health Benefits Of Almonds

 

Okay, today we’ll interject some humor into the mix with one of the latest videos in JP Sears’ Ultra Spiritual series. This time he uses his tongue-in-cheek delivery style to focus on coconut oil, heart health and the terrible job the American Heart Association is doing in providing us with unbiased, accurate information. He always manages to stimulate, inform and get his point across, while making me laugh at the same time.

Hey, they say laughter is the best medicine, so you might end up a little healthier just from watching this. 🙂

 

Related Self-help Health post:  Coconut Oil:Yummiest Health Aid Ever

And speaking of foods that help prevent or off-set heart disease, look no further than tasty, versatile almonds. I remember years ago reading where Edgar Cayce, aka “The Sleeping Prophet,” recommended eating 2 to 3 almonds a day as a cancer preventative, but this article from the Food Revolution Network focuses on the heart and cardiovascular benefits of eating a handful daily. Eating almonds on a regular basis could also help with type 2 diabetes, eye issues, weight loss and more…….

Health benefits of almonds

By GreenMedInfo Research Group • Originally published on GreenMedInfo.com

Almonds are familiar to many people as a healthy food, but how exactly do they affect our health? Rich in many compounds that can be lacking in a Standard American Diet (appropriately abbreviated S.A.D.), almonds can be a tasty solution to many of the chronic health conditions and diseases seen today.

Almonds are one of those nutrient-dense foods that can be hard to stop munching on once you’re crunching on the first one or two. Whether you’re sipping on a glass of creamy homemade almond milk, taking your first bite of strawberry-topped almond meal pancakes, or enjoying stir fry sprinkled with slivered almonds, you’re not just satisfying your appetite, you’re deliciously optimizing your health.

Seeds carry all of the nutrients and genetic information required to grow and develop, so too does the almond bring vital health knowledge in the form of antioxidants, heart healthy fats, protein, and inorganic compounds like minerals, which are crucial to life as we know it.

How can something so small have effects so large when it comes to addressing serious health concerns? While we may never know the full biochemical explanations behind each way the almond fulfills its triumphant quest for homeostatic health, we can continue to sing its praises and enjoy a handful a day without remorse.

According to the CDC, over 600,000 people succumb to heart disease every year, which accounts for roughly 25% of the total annual deaths. So why don’t doctors prescribe a daily handful of almonds instead of a pharmaceutical for cholesterol issues?

High cholesterol has been seen as a primary cause of heart disease and is often treated with a class of drugs called statins. While statins shut down the enzyme pathway that synthesizes cholesterol, they also wipe out the highway to producing CoQ10 (an essential enzyme for producing energy in the body), and sometimes that damage is irreversible.

But naturally, there is a much safer solution that can be grown at home, purchased at the local grocery store, or health food store. One of the clinical studies on almonds and improvements in HDL cholesterol used only 10g of almonds per day, which is roughly 12-15 almonds, and this study was in patients who had pre-existing coronary artery disease.

Not only did HDL cholesterol improve, but there were reductions in triglycerides, total cholesterol including LDL cholesterol and VLDL (very low density lipoprotein), and the atherogenic index, which is strongly correlated with chronic inflammation and the development of vascular diseases [Jamshed, 2015].

Another health crisis emerging onto the global stage is type 2 diabetes, which is justly titled a pandemic [Hu, 2015]. The number of people worldwide projected to have type 2 diabetes by 2035 is almost 600 million, what a staggering statistic, and that’s not even considering the health care costs associated with diabetes.

While an imbalanced diet can be a causative factor in type 2 diabetes, nutritional improvements can reverse some of the harmful changes. Diabetes is a disease of improper glucose (sugar) metabolism, and is generally preceded by a cluster of conditions called metabolic syndrome. While the pharmaceutical model may target a disease from one pathway or direction, the almond has innumerable approaches to countering imbalance and restoring homeostasis.

Consuming just 60g (about 2 ounces) of almonds daily for four-weeks showed reductions in insulin resistance, fasting insulin and glucose. Other health outcomes that demonstrated improvements were cholesterol ratios, body fat percentage, and nutritional status (magnesium, fiber, fatty acid profile, etc.) [Sing-Chung, 2011].

The doctrine of signatures, dating back to the first century AD, is upheld in the carrot and almond’s uncanny resemblance to the human eye. While carrots may be the best-known food that benefits the eyes, almond’s have their own pedestal to stand on. Not just an adjective for eye color, almonds are incredibly important for proper functioning of our eyes. Our eyes are exposed to numerous chemicals and toxins that evade our five sense detection. The vasculature of our eyes contains some of the smallest blood vessels in our body, and when damage occurs, repair can be difficult, if not impossible.

Rich in vitamin E, almonds can help prevent abnormal changes to the lens, which can accelerate the development of cataracts. A study conducted in Finland concluded that, “a low plasma vitamin E level (lower quartile) was associated with a 3.7-fold excess risk (95% confidence interval 1.2-11.8) of the progression of early cortical lens opacities compared with the highest quartile (p = 0.028)” [Rouhiainen P, 1996].

We know the old adage, “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away,” but imagine what an apple covered in almond butter would do to the pharmaceutical industry.

In a 2015 study, eating ⅓ cup of almonds (43g) with breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a standalone snack reduced blood sugar, and the snacking group of participants actually showed the largest decrease.

“DISCUSSION: Snacking reportedly increases the risk for weight gain, but such a broad generalization may mask differential responses to selected foods. This study compared the acute post-ingestive and the short-term effects of incorporating almonds in a meal or consuming them alone as snacks. It also allowed the assessment of possible physiological adaptations to almond consumption that could accentuate or diminish behavioral responses after 4 weeks of daily ingestion [Chen, 2015].”

It’s best to find imported Italian or Spanish almonds and sprout them for several hours or overnight (read more here). Depending on which health outcome you’re searching for, a mere 10-60g of almonds (the range used in the aforementioned studies) incorporated into your diet can ameliorate type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, eye issues, and many other health conditions.

Food should taste good, but more importantly, it should relay valuable biologic information that with each bite can positively affect our state of being. So keep almonds in your desk, purse, backpack, cupboard, and close to your heart, because they’ll be protecting yours.


From the editor: An important note about raw almonds:

In the last decade, it has become difficult to find healthy, raw, organic almonds. Almonds grown in the U.S. make up 80% of the world’s almond supply. But in 2007, the USDA made it a requirement that all almonds commercially sold in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico must be pasteurized. If they’re not steamed, they must be fumigated with a chemical called propylene oxide or PPO.

Pasteurized almonds and almond butter may still confer significant health benefits – but if you prefer truly raw almonds, what’s the best option?

You may find almonds that claim to be “raw,” but companies can make this claim, even if it isn’t true, because no labeling requirement exists. In reality, “raw” may simply mean pasteurized with steam, as opposed to the “roasted” flavor in roasted almond butter. If the almonds you find are grown in the U.S., most likely they are pasteurized. If you want truly raw almonds, you may have to choose almonds that are imported from Spain or Italy because they are not subject to these same requirements.

As pointed out in a GreenMedInfo article, there is one “secret” exception to the U.S. mandate about almond pasteurization. The only way to purchase raw, unpasteurized almonds grown in the U.S. is to buy directly from the farmer who grows them. The author mentions Bremner Farms as an option for raw, organic, unpasteurized almonds and other nuts. You can find other options online as well – including potentially through a farmer’s market.

Source: https://foodrevolution.org/blog/almond-health-benefits/

AND another way to promote cardiovascular health is by taking a certain type of probiotic called Lactobacillus plantarum. You can read more about the research behind it here:

http://doctormurray.com/probiotics-can-affect-more-than-just-digestion/

 

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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.

Celery: Chomped or Juiced = Multiple Health Benefits

 

I’ve always thought celery was fairly tasteless and only good when a stalk is filled with something like peanut butter, herbed cream cheese or the like. But that’s really short-selling a first-rate vegetable that offers loads of health benefits all on its own. And it can be used in so many different types of recipes, whether part of a soup base, Waldorf salad, cruditĂ© platter, veggie juice, etc……

 

There are a wealth of health benefits of celery that many people are not aware of, including the fact that celery is rich in vitamin C, it lowers cholesterol, prevents cancer, manages pain from arthritis, helps weight loss attempts, detoxifies the body, reduces high blood pressure, and promotes overall health in a vast number of ways.

Nutritional Value of Celery

Celery contains minerals such as calcium, sodium, copper, magnesium, iron, zinc, potassium.  It contains fatty acids and vitamins including vitamin A, C, E, D, B6, B12 and vitamin K. It also contains thiamine, riboflavin, folic acid and fiber.

Health Benefits of Celery

The health benefits of celery include the following:

Reduced blood pressure: Celery contains pthalides, which are organic chemical compounds that can lower the level of stress hormones in your blood. This allows your blood vessels to expand, giving your blood more room to move, thereby reducing pressure. When blood pressure is reduced, it puts less stress on the entire cardiovascular system, and reduces the chances of developing atherosclerosis, or suffering from a heart attack or a stroke.

Reduced cholesterol: Eating celery every day may reduce artery-clogging cholesterol (called LDL or “bad” cholesterol). The pthalides in celery also stimulates the secretion of bile juices, which works to reduce cholesterol levels. Less cholesterol means less plaque on the artery walls and a general improvement in heart health. The fiber that is found in celery also works to scrape the cholesterol out of the bloodstream and eliminate it from the body with regular bowel movements, further boosting cardiovascular health.

Antiseptic: Celery seeds help in the elimination of uric acid because it is commonly used for its diuretic properties, meaning that it stimulates urination. Therefore, celery is good for people with bladder disorders, kidney problems, cystitis, and other similar conditions. Celery seeds also assist in preventing urinary tract infections in women.

celeryHealthy joints: Celery is great for people suffering from arthritis, rheumatism and gout.  It had anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce swelling and pain around the joints. Celery sticks also act as a diuretic, which helps to remove uric acid crystals that build up around the body’s joints that can add to the pain and discomfort of frequent joint use. It can also increase the regrowth of tissue in inflamed joints.

Prevents cancer: Celery contains phthalides, flavonoids, and polyacetylenes. These cancer-fighting components detoxify carcinogens. Celery also contains coumarins that enhance the activity of certain white blood cells, which can effectively stave off cancer as well.  These antioxidant components seek out free radicals floating in the body and damaging organs and neutralize them before they can result in the development of serious conditions like cancer.

Improved immune system: Celery is rich in vitamin C, which greatly boosts the strength of the immune system. Stimulated by the activity of other antioxidants in celery, it becomes more active and efficient. Because of the high content of vitamin C in celery, eating it regularly can reduce your risk of catching the common cold, as well as protecting you against a variety of other diseases.

Reduces Asthma Symptoms: Vitamin-C prevents free radical damage and it also has anti-inflammatory properties that lessen the severity of inflammatory conditions like asthma.

Cardiovascular health: The notable presence of vitamin C, fiber, and other organic chemicals in the roots of celery promotes cardiovascular health.

Diuretic activity: Celery is rich in both sodium and potassium, and both of these minerals help to regulate the fluid balance in the body. Potassium also acts as a vasodilator, reducing blood pressure.

Relief from migraines: The presence of coumarins can provide relief from migraines. The exact mechanism isn’t completely understood, but research points to a suppression of Nitric Oxide release in the brain which can cause headaches and migraines.

Treats rheumatism: Celery extracts, which contain 85% 3nB, are effective for treating arthritis and muscular pains.

Diabetes Health: Celery leaves are also eaten for treating diabetic conditions, particularly because they are high in fiber, which has been shown to help manage diabetic symptoms.

Relief from ophthalmological diseases: Dripping celery tea drops on eyelids is good for certain ophthalmological conditions, and can improve your eye health, reduce your chances of developing cataracts, and protects you against macular degeneration.

Nerve calming properties: Celery contains high calcium and due to this it is commonly used to calm the nerves.

Weight loss: Health benefits of celery include weight management. Regular drinking of celery juice before meals may help you to reduce your weight. This is because celery is very low in calories, but it is very filling because of the fiber content. Therefore, it can help reduce the tendency to overeat and help you keep the weight down without feeling hungry all the time!

Other benefits: Celery acts as an antioxidant as well, and in truth, all parts of celery including the seeds, roots and leaves can be used. Eating celery regularly helps to avoid diseases of the kidney, pancreas, liver and gallbladder; neuritis, constipation, asthma, high blood pressure, catarrh, pyorrhea and dropsy, mental exhaustion, acidosis, anemia, obesity and tuberculosis. It also helps in the overall health and strength of teeth.

Celery: How to select and store?

Celery is easily available in markets all over the world. Choose the celery which is green in color, has no discoloration, has fresh and crisp leaves. Store it in refrigerator and use in 5-7 days. Make sure you do not freeze it.

Word of caution: Celery seeds contain volatile oils, flavonoids, coumarins and linoleic acid and are therefore not good for pregnant women because they may cause contractions in the uterus. Other than that, eat as many of those crunchy, green, and healthy stalks as you can!

Source: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-celery.html

Some added info about celery from ph360…..

  • It contains certain plant sterols that can pass the blood-brain barrier, providing some benefits to brain cells.
  • It can help calm the body and reduce internal pressure, because increased blood pressure and anxiety can contribute to sleep disturbances.
  • It can help maintain the structure and elasticity of blood vessels, joints and tissues thanks to its copper content. Copper plays an important role in the activity of the enzyme lysyl oxidase needed for collagen and elastin.
  • Its manganese content is great for the brain and nervous system’s health and function.
  • It’s a natural source of phosphorus, which is good for healthy bone formation, improved digestion, and hormonal balance.
  • It is one of the best sources of natural nitrate, a natural vasodilator. To get the best nitrate benefit the best ways to have celery are: raw, cooked with mild heat (50 °C, 10–30 min), or include it in a juice you drink right away.
  • The quercetin content of celery (which provides the body protection from oxidative stress) is maintained when simmered or made in a soup because this flavonoid gets transferred into the water or broth.
  • Its anti-inflammatory properties come from its potent phenolic antioxidants which protect from oxidative damage to blood vessel walls.

More on the many benefits of celery, especially in connection to high blood pressure:

http://www.thealternativedaily.com/just-four-stalks-celery-day-can-reduce-high-blood-pressure

And even though my post on celery juice included a video about some of its benefits, I found the video below even more enlightening as to how and why celery juice is so good for our bodies…

Related Self-help Health post:

The Benefits of Celery Juice

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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

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Use These Acupressure Points To Alleviate Holiday Stress And More!

 

This time of year can be exciting and fun, but also stress-inducing. I, myself, am in the middle of recuperating from a bout with something that I’m sure was triggered in part by trying to do too much and not listening to my body when it needed rest. Here are some simple acupressure points from Michael Reed Gach of acupressure.com for relieving stress, tension and  headaches/migraines, as well as for balancing the thyroid. I actually followed the exercises as he was going over them in the video and was amazed at how tight and painful certain points were, and how helpful it was to spend a little time working on them. Give it a try!

 

Acupressure to relieve shoulder tension, stiff neck, headaches, and more

 

I have used acupressure for over 40 years and helped thousands relieve muscular tension and stress related disorders. Acupressure points are especially effective for managing stress and dealing with common health problems that get worse under stress.

In this article, you’ll learn three potent acupressure points used in the Stress Relief self-care program for releasing shoulder tension and neck pain – now available in a downloadable version – to counteract your stress wherever you live. It’s my voice guiding you how to relieve stress using acupressure, stretching, and breathing. Here’s more info with illustrations of these three stress relief points.

Acupressure Points for shoulder and neck problems

Chronic Shoulder & Neck Tensions from common stress conditions cause circulation and neuro-muscular problems. I’ve found the following acupressure points extremely effective for relieving stress and urge you to use Stress Relief, which guides in detail to release these three points:

GB 21 is on the top of the shoulders, two finger widths out from the outside base of your neck.

This stress relief acupressure point is where you have the most tension in your trapezius muscles. I find it easiest to use my opposite hand to press this point. First feel for the tension on the top of your shoulders by firmly rubbing to feel for the tightest spot. Then curve your fingers to hook the weight of your arm into this stress relief point.

Special Neck Pain Points: B 10, Gv 16, GB 20

B 10 is on the back of your neck, just one thumb width down from you skull, and one thumb width out from the center of your spine on your upper neck. This acupressure point is good for hormonal balance, since it benefits the thyroid gland. Use firm, prolonged pressure on B 10. Stress Relief provides step-by-step guidance.

GB 20 is located in the hollows underneath the base of your skull, about 3 to 4 inches apart, depending on the size of your body. This great acupressure point further releases shoulder pain, neck stiffness, and tension headaches.

These acupressure points should be held for 2 to 3 minutes with firm finger pressure several times throughout the day and night. This can release your chronic and acute tensions in the shoulder and neck region of your body..

Source: http://www.acupressure.com/blog/index.php/stress-relief-acupressure-points-for-shoulder-neck-tension/

Also check out:

Stressed? Rub Your Ears!

Acupressure Points For Sinus Congestion, TMJ And More

Spirit Gate 7: Relief For Anxiety And More

 

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.

It’s That Pumpkin Time Of Year Again!

 

We’re into that pumpkin time of year again here in the US, so let’s take a minute to remind ourselves of why they are so good for us and not just for making jack-o-lanterns at Halloween…..

 

Pumpkin bread, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin pie, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin beer — the options are endless, and endlessly mouthwatering. It’s finally pumpkin season, and the reasons to celebrate are many.

Not only is fall’s signature squash versatile enough to fit into all the above and more, it also packs some powerful healthy perks — like keeping heart health, vision and waistlines in check, as long as you take it easy on the pie, that is.

Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite health benefits of pumpkin. Let us know what else you love about pumpkins in the comments!

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/04/pumpkin-health-benefits_n_1936919.html

Five ways to use/recycle pumpkins after Halloween:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/5-ways-pumpkin-halloween

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https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/halloween-candy-a-scary-trick-instead-of-treat-plus-chocolate-almond-butter-cups/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/pumpkin-recipes-in-celebration-of-halloween/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/pumpkin-recipes-in-celebration-of-halloween/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/fall-recipes-pumpkin-pumpkin-and-more-pumpkin/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/all-things-pumpkin-especially-the-seeds/

 

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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

 

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Sinus Congestion, TMJ, Toothache, Eye Irritation? Acupressure Points St 3 & St 6 To The Rescue!

 

Awhile back a friend turned me on to what I think is a great self-help resource. It’s Michael Reed Gach’s blog on acupressure points called, not surprisingly, Acupressure.com. He has all sorts of information about what points and protocols to use for various health issues, but the ones I was most interested in are St 3 and St 6, since sinus congestion and TMJ are two issues I’ve had over the years. I love that these points are easy to reach and the routines are easy to do, AND St 3 is also known as the facial beauty point. Double woo-hoo!

 

(by Michael R Gach) I’ve had excellent results opening the sinuses and relieving jaw problems, including my own TMJ, simply holding the following acupressure points for a couple minutes at a time.

You’ll have to persist by holding these points for a couple of minutes, several times daily, for a few weeks – to get the best results. There is a lot to learn about how to use these acupressure points and the many things they are good for. I hope you’ll continue reading, to discover the benefits of using these points.

Toothache and Eye Irritation or Pressure:The Facial Beauty Point(St 3) is located at the bottom of the cheekbone (maxilla) directly down from the pupil. This master facial acupressure point relieves a stuffy nose, nasal congestion, and the pressure or pain associated with sinus problems. I have also used this point successfully on a client for facial paralysis.

I use this St 3 point for tooth pain, eye ache, eye irritation, and swelling around your eyes. The St 3 Point also improves facial muscle tone and increases circulation.

St 6 is the acupressure point for relieving TMJ, jaw spasms, and bruxism or grinding your teeth, especially during your sleep. St 6 is located between the upper and lower jaw, on the (masseter) muscle that bulges when the back molars are clenched. Follow the directions in the video clip, by holding this point firmly for two minutes several times a day, for a few months to retrain your jaw muscles and to prevent these jaw problems.

 

 

 

Source: http://www.acupressure.com/blog/index.php/sinus-problems-tmj-jaw-pain-and-bruxism-acupressure-points/

Gach offers a pdf on points (including St 3) for not only relieving hay fever and sinus problems, but also good for Bells Palsey, headache, stress, burnout, neck pain and stiffness and more.

The pdf contains 5 illustrations of 9 points and their benefits; six of these points are on both sides of the body, totaling 15 points. You can download the info and illustrations to have for easy reference here:

http://acupressure.com/sinus.pdf

And to learn about training Gach offers, you can go to this link: 

By signing up, you’ll get 3 illustrated articles and be on the list to get 3 free Acupressure videos that introduce the course and its details, all without any obligation.

 

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Jin Shin Jyutsu: One Of My Favorite Self-help Health Tools

Spirit Gate: Heart 7 Acupoint For Anxiety, Insomnia And More

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/neti-your-nose-for-sinus-health-allergy-relief/

https://selfhelphealth.wordpress.com/2014/03/14/sinus-problems-horseradish-to-the-rescue/

Dealing With Sinus Congestion Naturally

 

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p.s. Be sure to subscribe to Self-help Health so you don’t miss any future posts. Also check out my new website Evolution Made Easier and 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.

 

Tips, Tip, Tips: Round Four AND Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas

 

Okay, here we go with round four of the Tips, Tips, Tips series where I share a variety of tips, rather than concentrating on one particular topic. Hope there’s something here everyone can make use of. And at the end of the post be sure to check out my webpage for some healthy holiday gift ideas, plus some free gifts for yourself!

 

# 1 – “Recycling” garlic……

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If you have a bulb of garlic that starts to sprout, there’s no need to toss it out. I had actually heard long ago that it would be bad to eat it, so I always cut the green out or threw the bulb in the garbage. but it turns out that sprouted garlic is actually more nutritious. Makes sense, since sprouting almost anything increases  its nutrient value and bio-availability (see Tip # 12). So you can eat the sprouted cloves for extra benefit or set the bulb in a little bit of water, and as more green shoots begin to show/grow, you can harvest and use them for a mild garlic taste in salads, omelets, etc., much as you would chives.

 

# 2 – A tasty sounding recipe from Webecoist for boosting your metabolism….

Fitness, Fit, Fitness Motivation, Fitness Quotes, Fitspiration, Fitness Inspiration! :)

For more on boosting your metabolism, see this post with a 7-pose yoga routine specifically designed for weight loss and metabolism: Yoga For Weight Loss & Metabolism

# 3 –  From TruthAboutAbs night time teas:

Try “night time teas” that have relaxing qualities such as chamomile tea, mint tea, lemongrass tea, or all of them mixed.  A side benefit of chamomile tea, and another reason to include it in your weekly night tea repertoire, is that it contains unique phytonutrients that can help fight estrogenic overload from all of the xenoestrogens that we are exposed to from chemicals, pesticides, etc. in today’s chemical laden world.

Also remember that you can add a spoonful of tart cherry concentrate and you’ll get a double-whammy of sleep aid!  This works well about 1-2 hours before bedtime to help your body and mind relax.

 

# 4 – Did you know banana peels can be “re-purposed” in a variety of ways?

Whiten your teeth by rubbing the inside of the peel back and forth across them. You can also use the inside of the peel to shine and clean your indoor plants. And peels can be added to a compost pile whole or cut in pieces and scattered around the garden….oils from the peel help deter aphids; and rose bushes apparently love the extra potassium they provide.

 

# 5 – Shiitake  Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms contain a number of health-stimulating agents, including lentinan, which has anti-tumor properties. They also have antiviral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and immune-boosting effects. But it’s important to eat ONLY organically grown mushrooms, as they absorb and concentrate whatever they grow in — good or bad. Mushrooms are known to concentrate heavy metals, and air and water pollutants, which would defeat their medicinal value.

 

# 6 – From the Vitacost blog, here are several uses for apple cider vinegar you may not have heard of….

5 Amazing Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

  • Rust Remover: Before you toss those old, rusty tools, bolts, utensils, pots or pans, soak a clean cloth in apple cider vinegar and try scrubbing away the rust. To remove a large amount of rust, you may need to soak the item in apple cider vinegar overnight.
  • Facial Toner: Dilute apple cider vinegar with water (1 part ACV to 4 parts water) for a homemade facial toner that may help restore the delicate pH of your skin. Apply lightly and avoid the eyes.
  • Soap Scum Scrub: Got stubborn soap scum? Spray with apple cider vinegar to help dissolve soap scum, mildew and other bathroom or kitchen grime, then wipe with a clean towel or cloth. This remedy also works well for your dishwasher — pour 1 cup of ACV in the bottom, let it sit for a few hours and then run the (empty) dishwasher on a hot water cycle to remove soap scum and odor-causing buildup.
  • Chrome Polish: Apple cider vinegar can help clean buildup and grime on chrome pots, fixtures and even wheel spokes and hubcaps. Just dip a clean cloth in vinegar and scrub gently. For caked-on dirt, try adding a pinch of baking soda — but be careful not to scratch or damage the chrome.
  • Ant Repellent: Keep annoying ants from invading your home by spraying doors, windows, crevices and other entryways with a 50/50 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water.

Related Self-help Health post: ACV: Multi-purpose Health Aid In A Bottle

 

# 7 – Maybe sweet potatoes should be considered a  superfood?! Here’s some info about them from Rhia Catatoldo at Medical Medium….

Sweet potatoes are an excellent anti-stress food and are known to help relax muscles, steady nerves, and balance cognitive function. They are also one of the best anti-cancer foods and can particularly help to prevent breast, colon, lung, skin, and oral cancers. Sweet potatoes are known for being easy to digest and are very good for ulcers, inflamed colons, digestive disorders, and constipation. Sweet potatoes contain compounds called phytochelatins that can bind to heavy metals such as lead, mercury, copper, and cadmium and safely remove them through the body.

 

# 8 – I haven’t heard of this one from Thrive Market before or tried it yet, but it sounds interesting…..

As weird as it sounds, a bit of ketchup on a dishrag will clean copper pots and pans.

 

# 9 – I knew coconut oil had a ton of uses, but I’ve never heard about this one for dry eyes from an article by Susan Pattern for The Alternative Daily before….

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Susan writes “In order to liquify the coconut oil, I ran some hot water from the tap, and put it in a small bowl. In an even smaller bowl I added about a teaspoon of coconut oil. I placed the smaller bowl in the larger bowl until the oil liquified. Whatever you do, don’t use a microwave to melt your coconut oil. Microwaves change the molecular structure of the oil and kill the lauric acid that makes coconut oil so valuable.

Once the oil was liquified, I let it cool and used a small glass dropper to withdraw some from the bowl. I tipped my head back and put a few drops in each eye. For a couple of minutes my eyes were cloudy but they soon cleared.

I did this twice a day, morning and evening, for a week and found there was a substantial decrease in dryness. I seemed to be producing more natural tears and my eyes did not feel nearly as tired by the end of the day.”

Check out this post for more on the many uses and benefits of coconut oil. 

 

# 10 – I don’t know if this is accurate or not, but….

I read in an article at Natural News about taking detoxing baths that you can neutralize chlorine in your bath water by adding 2 teaspoons of vitamin C, and that adding Borax is helpful for eliminating fluoride (use 1 to 3 TBS per bath).

 

# 11 – A really short video on why buying non-GMO is only slightly better than GMO, and why organic is almost always the way to go…..

 

# 12 – Almost everything I read these days talks about the benefits of eating sprouted or fermented foods.  Here’s a “wowie”statistic from Dr. Mercola…..

Fresh sprouts can be easily grown at home. A wide variety of seeds can be sprouted, which maximizes their nutritional value. For example, once sunflower seeds are sprouted, their protein, vitamin, and mineral content will typically provide you with 30 times the nutrient content of organic vegetables. (FYI, you can get Go Raw Organic Sprouted Sunflower Seeds at a great discount price at Vitacost.)

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And be sure and visit my webpage for some great ideas for holiday gifts and specials going on, as well as some free gifts for yourself! 

 

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.

When It Comes To Eggs, Is Raw The Way To Go?

 

When I was young, way back in the Stone Age :-), we would visit my mother’s parents and I remember my grandfather always drinking a couple of raw eggs in the morning. At the time I thought he was just doing it to freak us grandkids out (he was a prankster), but now I realize he was really doing something very healthy. I’ve always heard that raw yolks are healthier than cooked ones, and that if you boil, poach or fry an egg , you should at least try to keep the yolk runny.

The thought of eating/drinking raw eggs still evokes my gag reflex, but after reading this article I think I will be fine whipping them up in my smoothie, so I’m going to give it a try. I certainly didn’t let the idea of eating raw egg deter me when snarfing down my share of raw cookie dough when growing up. 🙂 I also like that this article mentions how it can be unhealthy (and a waste of good nutrition) to always eat just the whites. I use to wonder if the people who eat just the whites as a weight loss measure knew they were foregoing the most nutritious part of an egg.

Anyway, read for yourself about the incredible, edible (raw) egg……

 

... picture of the egg emerges — and it’s anything but simple

 

7 Reasons to Eat a Raw Egg Daily

I don’t know about you, but I remember when I was a kid and I loved to steal my mother’s raw cookie dough from the bowl (oops, the cat is out of the bag).

She would turn away for a minute and the theft was easy and swift. However, one time I was caught red-handed with a mouthful of her delicious chocolate chip dough and my fun came to a screeching halt.

She put some serious fear in me when she told me that eating raw cookie dough, which contained raw eggs, would make me very sick. When I confessed that I had been stealing the cookie dough for a very long time and hadn’t once felt sick, she said I had just gotten lucky. The next time, she promised, would bring me great anguish!Today, I don’t eat raw cookie dough because I now know better for different reasons; however, I do enjoy raw eggs… at least one egg a day, for that matter.

If the thought of consuming raw eggs makes your stomach queasy, you are not alone. It may be that you were raised like me, with a distrust of raw eggs, or perhaps the media — with all its talk of salmonella — has scared you away from enjoying this amazingly potent nutritional powerhouse. In fact, raw eggs, when consumed from the right source, are not only safe but also good for you!

Yes, raw eggs are safe

One caveat here, you have to get your raw eggs from a reliable source. I am not talking about the store-bought, mass-produced eggs that come from unhappy hens. I am referring to eggs from organic, cage-free or free-range hens.

Hens that are not cooped up indoors, with no air or light, fed crappy grain and not allowed any time in the great outdoors. These hens are sick, their living conditions are sick and subsequently their eggs are sick.

In reality, the risk of poisoning from salmonella from even store-bought eggs is unlikely. The paranoia over salmonella poisoning started in the mid to late 1980s during outbreaks of egg-associated outbreaks of salmonella in the northeastern United States. After dozens of people died from poisoning, hen house owners changed the way they managed hen houses and the risk was substantially decreased.

A study from the U.S.Department of Agriculture in 2002 noted that only 2.3 million of the some 69 billion eggs produced each year are actually contaminated with salmonella. That equates to 0.003% or 1 in every 30,000 eggs.

Keep in mind that most of the bad eggs come from chickens kept in very unhealthy conditions. If we were to look only at eggs from healthy chickens (organic and free-range), even fewer than one in 30,000 eggs would be contaminated.

In addition, what you might not know is that salmonella is a microorganism found all over the place and is actually more likely to proliferate on cooked food kept in the fridge. When infection does occur, it generally causes only minor gastric upset, unless it occurs in individuals with a compromised immune system, such as elderly persons who take or have taken a number of antibiotics. In a healthy person, salmonella poisoning is easily treated with potent *probiotics every half hour until the symptoms dissipate.

According to David McSwane, co-author of Essentials of Food Safety and Sanitation, “Salmonella, like a lot of food-borne bacteria, are what we think of as opportunistic organisms, in that they really don’t compete very well with a lot of other bacteria and microbes that are not only in nature, but also are in the human intestinal system.”

Why I consume raw eggs

So, hopefully I have now put your fears to rest and you are ready to learn more about why consuming one or two raw eggs daily is a good thing for your health. Here are just some of the reasons why I consume raw eggs daily.

raw eggsRaw eggs minimize risk of allergies

Cooking eggs changes the composition of fats and proteins. The chemical shape of the egg protein is altered when exposed to heat and this can cause allergies. Interestingly enough, many people who stop eating cooked eggs and switch to raw eggs find that their egg allergies disappear.

Raw eggs are loaded with vitamin B12 and folate

Raw eggs are loaded with essential vitamins, such as vitamin B12. One egg contains 0.2 milligrams of riboflavin or vitamin B12, which is needed to help the body break down fats, carbohydrates and proteins.

In addition, B12 also keeps blood and nerve cells in good working order. Raw egg yolks are also rich in folate, which guards against anemia, especially in pregnant women. Eggs also contain choline, which has been found to help in memory prevention.

Raw eggs contain fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, K

Fat-soluble vitamins are highly important in your body. Vitamins A, D and K work together with each other and with other essential minerals including magnesium, calcium and zinc. According to research, optimizing vitamin D levels can cut your risk of cancer in half.

Egg yolks contain antioxidants

Just two raw egg yolks contain almost twice the antioxidant properties found in an apple. This is due to the presence of two amino acids, tryptophan and tyrosine. In addition, yolks are also rich in lutein and zeaxanthin, carotenoids that protect from age-related macular degeneration — the most common cause of blindness.

Proteins and minerals

Eggs are an awesome source of protein. One egg contains about 6 grams of protein, which is needed for your body to repair cells and produce new ones. One egg yolk also has more than 66 mg of phosphorus and 22 mg of calcium. Each of our 37 trillion cells needs phosphorus to function.

Of course, everyone knows that we need calcium for our bones and teeth. A whole egg contains selenium, a mineral that is incorporated into proteins to make antioxidant enzymes (selenoproteins). In addition, small amounts of iron, zinc and copper are also found in eggs.

Egg yolks are rich in cholesterol

Wait a minute, you might say, “Isn’t cholesterol bad for us?” Cholesterol is a type of fat that is crucial to the body’s proper functioning. It is needed for the production of cell membranes, and also carries nutrients, such as CoQ10, beta carotene and vitamin E, which are essential to the mitochondria (energy center) of the cells. Cholesterol is also integral in cognitive function, as well as to support hormonal stability and the production of vitamin D.

Egg yolks contain biotin

Egg yolks contain one of the highest concentrations of biotin found in nature. So, contrary to what you might think, ditching the yolks and eating the whites is not the way to go. If you only consume raw egg whites, you will most definitely develop a biotin deficiency unless you take a biotin supplement. Biotin is needed for the formation of fatty acids and glucose. Both of these are used as fuels by the body and are critical for the metabolism of carbohydrates and amino acids.

Two ways I eat my raw egg yolks

I am not going to suggest that you be like Rocky and drink your egg yolks on their own. There are, however, some clever ways to consume this nutrient powerhouse. I like to blend one egg with a little goat’s milk or an avocado along with a touch of raw honey.

You can also mix them in with your favorite smoothie. Mine is almond milk, a frozen banana, cocoa powder, pure vanilla, natural peanut butter and two egg yolks. Talk about a great way to start a busy day!

Tip: Before eating your eggs, wash them with soapy water. If there is any salmonella, it will most likely be on the shell from chicken feces. *Therefore, washing the egg reduces your chance of being infected.

— By Content Director at The Alternative Daily, a Certified Health Coach, Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor and Master Gardener. 

*Personal Tip: You can soak an egg in structured water for a minute or two to neutralize any toxins/bacteria on the shell. Or if you have a BerryBreeze™ and leave the egg carton open a smidge in the fridge (ha, sounds like the start of a Dr. Seuss book) the ozone will neutralize any harmful stuff. I don’t know what I’d do without these two devices! So many uses and health benefits they provide! And I’m glad it’s much easier to find eggs from pastured, humanely-raised hens these days. The place I shop started carrying them about a year ago and now even offers two brands to choose from. 

Also, Patterson mentions salmonella being easily treated with probiotics. She doesn’t say which particular strains to use, but I do know saccharomyces boulardii is known to treat food poisoning and I always keep a bottle in my bathroom drawer for dealing with such things.

Salud!

p.s. Be sure to give Self-help Health a follow so you don’t miss out on any 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 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.