Wondering About Which Flour To Use? Here’s A Great Resource!

 

This is one of the best sources I’ve found for having information about all the various flours available these days for those looking to get away from wheat. It does a good job of giving you an idea of how they affect your cooking/baking results, and the pluses and minuses of each option, so you can decide which ones will be best for your particular need. 

BTW, I think I have either cooked with our tasted products made with all the flours listed (including snack bars made with cricket flour :-))  except green banana flour. It’s great that we have so many more choices available these days!

 

Coconut Flour vs Almond Flour vs Hemp Flour vs Green Banana Flour vs Buckwheat Flour (and more)

 

Wheat Flour is Probably the Worst Flour for Health.  So What about Coconut Flour, Almond Flour, Hemp Flour, Cassava Flour, Buckwheat, Green Banana Flour, or Cricket Flour? Let’s Look at Alternative Gluten Free, Grain Free Flours for Comparison…

When I first began eating gluten free, there wasn’t much of a choice for alternative flours, except rice flour. I actually got used to using it, and was successful using it instead of wheat flour for most recipes. However, rice is a grain and a highly refined one at that, so I’ve begun to experiment with other non-grain, low-glycemic flours. All of them have differing nutrient qualities and different textures, so what works for one recipe, may not work for another. In addition, many flours, even if they are non-grain, can still be highly refined starch and therefore high glycemic. Not good! New types of flours are showing up everyday, so it’s hard to keep up, but here is a rundown of some of the top-selling Paleo, non-grain/gluten free flours.

Coconut Flour

Coconut has been one of the popular, Paleo-style, low-glycemic substitutes for regular flour. And it is gluten free and grain free, and tends to be low-allergenic .It is high in fiber, and healthy fats, low carb, and generally low on the allergen list as well. Even though it is a flour, it still contains a decent amount of healthy saturated fats, that are easily and quickly metabolized for energy. Coconut flour is also considered low glycemic and because of its high fiber content, it is helpful in maintaining stable blood sugar. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition show that consuming products with coconut flour will help lower the glycemic impact of the food. However, if you are using it in cookies or other sweetened products, keep in mind, the other sugars will still affect blood sugar levels.

Downside of Coconut Flour – Coconut’s high fiber content can be either good or bad. Coconut flour has a lot of fiber, and much of that fiber comes in the form of inulin. Unfortunately, inulin is considered a FODMAP, which is a type of fiber that can set off digestive symptoms in certain types of people who are sensitive to it. The high fiber, combined with the heavier texture, means very filling, heavy baked goods. Coconut flour tends to ‘suck’ up a lot of the liquids in a recipe, so it generally works better if you make adjustments for the extra liquids, otherwise you may end up with a very dry crumbly texture. Coconut flour can be a bit expensive, but is less than some of the other alternative flours out there. Some people who are allergic to nuts, may also be allergic to coconut as well.  Because of the nature of coconut flour to suck up moisture, it’s generally best blended with a fattier flour like almond flour, and that blend usually creates more moist baked goods rather than coconut flour alone.

Almond Flour

Almond flour is great for those who want to be gluten and grain free, and also follow a low-carb diet. Almonds, like other nuts, are full of great nutrients like L-arginine, magnesium, potassium, calcium, copper, and manganese, as well as mononunsaturated fats.

Almond meal or almond flour makes a great Paleo flour that is non-grain based. Almonds are healthy fats, nutrients, and fiber. Although almond flour is heavier, it doesn’t tend to soak up liquids like coconut flour and works well for cookies and other baked goods. Almond flour is low carb, even lower carb than coconut flour, so it’s perfect for a low carb or Paleo or ketogenic diet and is also great for diabetics to keep blood sugar stable. It also has a delicious crunchy texture and works well for coating things like chicken or fish.

Downside of Almond Flour – Almonds contain phytic acid which can be a gut irritant if you consume too much almond flour too often. Almond flour is also high in Omega 6 fats, which can be inflammatory (in excess), especially if you eat a lot of almonds and almond flour—and don’t balance it out with a sufficient amount of healthy Omega 3 fats. Almond flour definitely does NOT work if you have a nut allergy. And if you have a tendency to be sensitive to oxalates in food, almonds should be minimized.

Note on almond flour:  Since this flour is more fat-based, it tends to mix well for baking with drier flours like coconut flour or a few of the starchy flours like rice, cassava, or green banana.

Hemp Flour

Hemp flour and hemp seeds are not the same as marijuana, so no need to worry about getting high. This flour is made from hemp seeds, so is gluten free, grain free and low glycemic, but high in nutrition. Hemp contains all the amino acids and is a great protein source, along with healthy fats. Hemp seeds contain a large amount of Omega 3 fats, although a good part of the oil is removed to make it into flour. Hemp is also rich in vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, niacin, riboflavin, thiamin. Hemp flour makes great bread and baked goods. Hemp has no gluten and works well if you have any kind of nut allergy. Hemp flour is also full of fiber. Hemp has a delicious, nutty taste, even though it’s safe for those with nut allergies.

Downside of Hemp Flour – Hemp flour is generally greenish-brownish, so if you are making cookies or a cake, keep that mind—it may taste good, but the color may not look very appetizing. Hemp does not rise on its own, so it should be mixed with other flours, or used as a flatbread, pancakes, crackers, or for breading. Hemp flour is not cheap and sometimes harder to find.

Cassava Flour

I used to think Cassava flour and tapioca flour were the same things, but that is not actually true. While both come from the cassava root, which is also known as yucca or manioc, tapioca starch is actually a highly refined and processed powder extracted from cassava root that goes through a process of washing and pulping. The pulp is then squeezed to extract a starchy liquid, which is then dried and bleached, and the remaining powder is tapioca.

Cassava flour, on the other hand, comes from the whole root, simply peeled, dried and ground. This means it has more dietary fiber, and overall is a less refined, whole food flour. Cassava is full of vitamin C, great for healthy skin, the immune system and an anti-inflammatory.

Cassava flour is starting to become more and more popular as a great gluten-free, grain free flour, with a great versatile consistency similar to regular flour, which makes it a great substitute for regular wheat flour, unlike almond, coconut or hemp flours. It also has a very mild taste and texture, making it work on a 1:1 basis as a perfect substitute for wheat flour.

Downside of Cassava Flour – Unfortunately cassava flour is not low glycemic or low carbohydrate, although it is grain free. Cassava has a very high carbohydrate profile—in fact, it’s double the calories and carbohydrates as a sweet potato, meaning it could easily create insulin spikes and high blood sugar. Because of the higher carb content of this flour, it’s generally best used blended with a high fiber flour like coconut flour and/or a high fat flour like almond flour.

Buckwheat Flour

Buckwheat actually contains neither wheat nor gluten, and is not a grain. Buckwheat is actually a seed that provides so many nutritional and antioxidant benefits that it is often considered a superfood. Buckwheat contains a wealth of B vitamins, manganese, magnesium, zinc, iron, folate, and bioflanonoids such as rutin and quercetin which are known anti-inflammatory agents that help allergies, strengthen blood vessels and prevent blood clots. Buckwheat is a great source of protein, containing 12 amino acids. Buckwheat has more protein than rice, wheat, millet or corn.

Buckwheat has the added attraction of being low glycemic, keeping you full for longer and helping keep blood sugar levels low. This also makes it an ideal ‘fat-burning’ food. Studies found that when diabetic patients consumed buckwheat over a two-month period, they experienced a lowering in blood sugar and reduced insulin resistance without any form of medication. Buckwheat works well for baking breads, muffins, crepes, pancakes and other foods.

Downside of Buckwheat – It’s tough to find a downside to this superfood. It is relatively inexpensive, medium-carb, grain-free, gluten-free, low glycemic, full of protein and fiber and other super nutrients. It may be a bit heavy to use on its own for breads, but it’s not bad. The only downside is that it is a deep brown, making your baked goods dark-colored.

Green Banana Flour

One of the newer grain free, gluten free Paleo flour options, green banana flour is similar to cassava flour in how it’s used. This flour comes from dried, pulverized green banana slices and is common in many of the warmer, tropical regions of the world, like Central and South America It’s not very common yet, but it may become one of the more common flour substitutes in the future. Don’t be confused—this is not made from the sweet yellow bananas that are eaten as a fruit, this flour is made from green bananas, and is not sweet—nor does it taste like bananas. The flour has a delicious rich, nutty taste—nothing like bananas. It is a bit heavier though, so use less than you would regular flour. Plantains are rich in iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B, and C.

While green bananas are a starchy food, the starch they contain is resistant starch, which helps to maintain blood sugar levels without an insulin spike, making them good for people who are trying to lose weight or fight diabetes. Resistant starch is not absorbed by the body, so it mostly just passes through your system. This is what makes banana flour lower glycemic, and not as fattening as other flours, as the body cannot absorb all the calories in this flour. Resistant starch is also an excellent prebiotic, which helps to feed and maintain a healthy microbiome, improving your mood, as well as your immune and digestive system.

Downside of Green Banana Flour – Can’t really find a downside of this flour either, it’s an awesome, low glycemic, non grain, gluten free substitute for wheat flour. The only thing is this flour is not white, its brownish green, and is heavier and denser than regular flour, so it may make your baked goods less pretty to the uneducated general public. It is also relatively difficult to find as of yet, and somewhat pricey also.

Cricket Flour

I had to add this one in! Yes, it’s real crickets it’s made from! While cricket flour is actually made from dried and roasted crickets, it is an amazing gluten free, non grain, high protein flour. It has three times the protein of a steak and twice as much as a piece of chicken! It’s also full of vitamins B2 and B12, iron and calcim. Still feeling squeamish? It doesn’t taste a bit like bugs, you cannot find eyeballs or wings or anything else gross in it. It has a nutty, mild taste and is ultimately much more sustainable than many other plant-based crops used for flour.

Downside of Cricket Flour — Well, you the know, the obvious, it’s from—crickets. But other than that, it’s a bit expensive, and it’s not something you see at the grocery store—yet.  But cricket flour is becoming more common, and I think it’s going to be big in the future.

My recommendations:

I’ve been gluten-free and mostly grain-free for the last 10 or more years, so I’ve had lots of chances to experiment with some of these flours. Almond flour or hemp flour is great for a heavier, healthier, more filling flour. They make great cookies. I love buckwheat for pancakes, muffins, waffles, etc. Cassava is a great alternative if you want a ‘pretty’ fluffier looking flour that bakes well and is a good substitute for regular flour, and is widely accepted, but it is high carb/high glycemic.

Other flours worth mentioning include garbanzo flour, oat flour, ground flax, rice flour, sorghum flour, amaranth, and teff flours. My best suggestion is to try a few in different recipes, combine some of them, experiment and enjoy!

Mike’s Note (from NutritionWatchDog.com):My personal experience is that it’s almost ALWAYS best to combine some of the alternative flours for the best texture.  For example, we make various muffin recipes using a mixture of equal parts coconut flour, almond flour, and green banana flour (or rice flour)… this works well because the higher fat content of the almond flour mixes well with the drier coconut flour, and then adding 1/3 of a starchy flour like green banana or rice flour finishes the blend perfectly, while still maintaining a much lower carb count and lower blood sugar impact.  Blending 2 or 3 of these alternative flours usually ends up having the best taste too, whether it’s muffins, pancakes, waffles, etc.

Source: http://thenutritionwatchdog.com/forget-about-grains-try-these-grain-free-flours-that-spike-fat-loss-and-improve-your-health

And here’s some additional options listed in an article by Scott O’Reilly on paleo flours:

  • Arrowroot flour. The name is derived from the fact that Central American Indians used this plant-based starch to heal poison arrow wounds. They also used it to aid digestion and boost vitality. Today, there’s evidence that arrowroot flour can boost immunity and improve digestion. You can use this flour as a thickener and as an alternative to cornstarch.
  • Tapioca starch. This is an inexpensive flour that can be used to make gravy, cupcakes, muffins and pancakes.
  • Tigernut flour. The name is something of a misnomer because this flour is derived from a plant root (not a nut) found in North Africa and the Mediterranean. It reportedly helps nurture your good bacteria.
  • Sweet potato flour is loaded with nutrients like vitamins A and K. It holds moisture well and is ideal if you’d like sweet-tasting waffles or cupcakes.

In general, each of the paleo flours tends to have their strengths and weaknesses. In most instances, you won’t be able to substitute them at a 1:1 ratio for white flour. However, combining paleo flours (which entails some trial and error) can help you achieve your desired culinary and wellness goals.

 

Related Self-help Health post: Cooking With Coconut Flour

 

Salud!

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“…..these are a few of my favorite things.”

 

To borrow a line from the famous Julie Andrew’s song, “these are a few of my favorite things.” It’s a list I’ve been wanting to put together for awhile now, and this is just a beginning, but it will give you some food for thought, literally and figuratively. 🙂 I realize we don’t all necessarily have the same tastes,  but if you’re looking for some ideas of new things to try, then here are a few I highly recommend…..

 

# 1 – Living Intentions Salsa Verde and Tandoori Turmeric Popcorn flavors and Sprouted Nut MixesLiving Intentions Superfood Popcorn, Salsa Verde, 4ozThe Salsa Verde flavor of Living Intentions popcorn is made with organic ingredients, including fresh ground spices, aromatic herbs and zesty chilies. But it also contains the superfood goodness of spirulina, chlorella and kale, plus they’ve added 2 billion CFUs of friendly probiotic cultures in each bag to support immune health and promote well-being. This flavor started out as my favorite, but I think the Tandoori Turmeric may be taking over 1st place in my heart and stomach. It’s hard to resist eating the whole bag when it comes to either of them.

The Living Intentions Activated Superfood Nut Blends I’ve tried are equally addictive. I can eat a whole packet at once, if I don’t make a concerted effort to stop. Love the Malted Maple and Thai Curry flavors that contain things like raw cashews, sprouted almonds, coconut chips, coconut palm nectar, plus the 1 billion CFUs of probiotics in every super snack product Living Intentions makes.

 

# 2 – Hilary’s Organic Veggie Spicy Sage Sausage

Haven’t gotten around to trying Hilary’s maple-flavored veggie sausage because I was hooked from the get-go on this spicy offering. Sometimes I don’t even get around to cooking the eggs or whatever that I’d planned to go with the sausage and just end up eating a couple of patties fresh from the toaster oven or skillet.

You’ll find these in the freezer section of your local health food store, along with Hilary’s veggie burgers and  Mediterranean Bites, which I like to eat with whatever kind of dunking dip I happen to dream up.

Ingredients: (all organic) whole grain cooked millet, lentils, dates, expeller pressed coconut oil, hemp seed, psyllium husk powder, Redmond’s Real Salt®, arrowroot, fennel, black pepper, sage, thyme, rosemary, smoked paprika, nutmeg, cayenne

 

# 3 – Green Hare Mud Natural Hair Color

It took a few tries of working with this product line to get the hang of things, as far as what color to use and how long to keep it on my hair during the coloring process. But now I’m a big fan and I love that it’s totally natural and you could probably even eat it, if you were so inclined. The color I use (Soft Bamboo) sort of smells and looks like powdered cut grass, which was a little scary at first, but now I have using it down to an “exact science” to get the color I want. I should have, as the directions say, done a “patch test” first, before I tried it on my whole head and that would have helped my first try come out closer to what I expected/had in mind.

Here’s an excerpt from the Green Hare mud site…..

Q.  What are the 7 Colors of Green Hare Mud, and what’s the most popular?

A.  Our most popular color right now is Green Hare Mud Cinnamon Mosaic a dark warm brown.  We have an amazing golden blonde called Soft Bamboo, a strawberry blonde to light warm brown shade I named Tahitian Tea, two great reds, Canyon Clay, a “born with it” kind of redhead and Merlot Mist for a deeper red with red wine tones.  There is Cherokee Suede (velvety, like suede cloth, not animal skin)  a reddish brown and Espresso Double Shot an amazing super dark coffee brown; it’s truly like looking into a cup of espresso!

Q.  Do you think using only pure and natural ingredients makes it harder to formulate effective hair coloring products?

A.  No, not harder, just different. The way we process the hair color is almost mirror opposite from chemical hair color, because we do not use harsh chemicals, gels or foaming agents. The hair starts freshly shampooed, still  wet, just towel dried and then it is processed covered to prevent the need for wetting agents.

Clients are delighted to know that Green Hare Mud is not only good for their hair, but has beautiful shine and rich color that you cannot get with chemical hair color!

 

# 4 – Emerald Essentials Chocolate Action Whey™ Powder and Emerald Sea™This has been my favorite protein powder for years now. Every time I try something new, I always end up coming back to this. It’s extremely high quality, tastes delicious and comes from a company I like supporting with my dollars.

You can find out more about Action Whey™ and Emerald Sea™, which, I believe, is one of the best sea vegetable supplements out there, on my website.

 

# 5 – David Wolfe’s Longevity Hot Sauce® 

I love this stuff on everything from eggs at breakfast to soup at night. If you like a little kick to your guacamole, salad dressing, soups, or whatever, then this health tonic masquerading as a hot sauce is great to have on hand.

You can find out more about all the health benefits of the ingredients here.

 

# 6 – Simple Mills Rosemary & Sea Salt Almond Flour Crackers

Nutrient dense, grain and gluten free, non-GMO verified and made with almonds, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, cassava, tapioca, organic sunflower oil, organic rosemary, and organic spice blend. These are seriously addictive as far as I’m concerned. Could eat the whole box in one sitting, but forced myself to stop at half a box the first time I tried them. They’d probably be great with dips and spreads, but I may never have them on hand long enough to try them with anything!!

I have also tried the Simple Mills Sprouted Seed Crackers and they’re very good, too, but my second choice. I have a feeling most, if not all, of the company’s other products are well worth trying, as well.

Ingredients: nut & seed flour blend, cassava, tapioca, organic sunflower oil, organic rosemary, organic onion, organic garlic, sea salt, organic pepper, rosemary extract.

 

# 7 – Hope Organic Spicy Avocado Hummus and Kale Pesto Hummus….Hope Organic Kale Pesto HummusThis super healthy spread contains garbanzo beans, kale, extra virgin olive oil, basil, tahini, hemp seeds, onion, garlic, sea salt, lemon juice, citric acid and spices…..all organic! I also like their Organic Spicy Avocado Hummus. In fact, I’ve gotten to where I can’t decide which I like best, so often I have some of each.

My favorite way to eat them in on toasted Food For Life Organic Sprouted Grain Ezekiel with sesame seeds, spread with a thin layer of Follow Your Heart Grapeseed Oil  Vegenaise, then a thick layer of the hummus and topped with sliced tomatoes, and a little crystal salt and fresh-ground pepper,….. and maybe some broccoli sprouts to up the ante. YUM! Makes a great breakfast, snack or quick lunch.

 

# 8 – Hail Merry Caramel Sea Salt Bites

Okay, these are probably not the healthiest thing around, but as the package says “Freedom to Indulge” and that’s the way I feel when I eat them, …….indulgent without breaking the bank, health-wise. Made with almond flour, organic maple syrup, organic shredded coconut, organic virgin coconut oil, organic coconut sugar, vanilla and Celtic sea salt, they are better for you than a lot of what’s out there. Look for them in the refrigerated section of your health food store. The package says 4 servings, but I’m lucky to get 2 out of it. 🙂 Vegan, kosher and non-GMO.

Ingredients: almond flour, organic maple syrup, organic shredded coconut, organic virgin coconut oil, organic coconut sugar, vanilla, Celtic sea salt.

 

# 9 – Siete Grain-free  Nacho Flavored Tortilla ChipsThese are my latest find. If you are trying to avoid or eat less wheat, soy, corn and rice, all of which have their “minuses,” this is a very good option. I first tried them just a few weeks ago and was immediately hooked.  I also like the Lime version, but the Nacho ones have a little more taste and kick , in my opinion. The chips themselves almost seem to have a hint of sweetness, if they didn’t have the seasonings/spices added. Was thinking that if you’re in the mood for a snack that’s crunchy and sweet, the plain chips Siete makes would work well with some melted Kerrygold butter drizzled over them and some cinnamon and a little xylitol or Lakanto sprinkled on top.

Dairy, soy and corn free, gluten-free, paleo and vegan friendly, and non-GMO verified, from a family company I like supporting.

Ingredients (for Nacho chips): Cassava flour, avocado oil, coconut flour, ground chia seeds, sea salt, tomato powder, nutritional yeast, smoked serrano powder, citric acid, jalapeno powder, toasted onion powder and roasted garlic powder.

Okay, now it’s your turn. Got any favorite foods or products to share? If so, leave a comment with the details so other readers may benefit!

 

Salud!

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Who Knew Beeswax Has So Many Uses?!

 

I’ve been fortunate enough to take some beekeeping classes recently at the neighborhood community center, and I find that the more I learn about bees and beekeeping, the more fascinated and in awe I am of these winged creatures and the complexity of what’s involved in tending to their needs.

Most of us are familiar with all the health benefits of honey, but that’s just one of the by-products these industrious little creatures create that add to our lives and well-being. Propolis, bee pollen and royal jelly are considered energizing superfoods. and apparently beeswax is no slouch either when it comes to what it can do and the many uses it has…..

 

21 Ways To Use Beeswax That May Surprise You

When we think of uses for beeswax, for many of us, items like candles come to mind. But there are all kinds of handy, helpful ways to use beeswax, and this can help you to maintain a lifestyle in which you’re using as many natural, non-toxic products as possible. Beeswax has many household uses, as well as health benefits. Here are a few ways to make the most of beeswax that you may not have thought of.

Moisturizer

You probably know about Burt’s Bees lip balm. Indeed, one of the most common ways to use beeswax is in these kinds of products. The reason many people enjoy it is because it includes beeswax, which helps to moisturize the lips. But it doesn’t have to stop there.

Itchiness

Some people use beeswax to treat rashes from poison ivy and poison oak, as well as other conditions that cause itchiness. One of the most effective ways to use beeswax for itch treatment is to make a salve. 

Pain relief

Beeswax salves can also be used for pain relief. Recipes will be similar to those for itch relief, but there will likely be some variation with particular ingredients. A 2014 study published in the Korean Journal of Internal Medicine shows that beeswax helped relieve pain caused by osteoarthritis.

Rust prevention

You can coat hand tools, cast iron items and other similar products with beeswax to help prevent rust. If you’re a gardener, for example, this can be particularly helpful during winter, when tools aren’t being used regularly.

Waxing thread

If you’re someone who uses thread to make jewelry or hand-sewn items, you know how frustrating threading a needle can be. But one of the ways to use beeswax is to wax your thread. It can come in handy, and it can make sewing and threading a needle easier. Just rub your thread over a block of beeswax.

Nails and screws

If you’re doing any home improvement work, coating your nails and screws with beeswax can be helpful. This will help to prevent splintering of the wood as you’re hammering. It’s a quick, simple fix that will save you some frustration.

Acne

Beeswax is often recommended as a home treatment for acne, and it can be quite effective. It has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and it contains Vitamin A — all of which makes it an effective acne treatment. And, as discussed above, beeswax makes a good moisturizer, meaning that it is a good choice if you’re looking to improve the health of your skin overall.

Stretch marks

Because it has the ability to protect skin and hold in moisture, beeswax can be an effective treatment for stretch marks. Stretch marks are composed of scars and a thinning of the skin that result from reduced collagen. And since beeswax contains vitamin A, which helps to promote collagen production, it can help to reduce stretch marks.

Combine beeswax with royal jelly, shea or cocoa butter, grapeseed oil and coconut oil for a natural treatment that will help both to diminish and prevent stretch marks. In some individuals, an allergic reaction can actually cause skin symptoms, so be sure you’re not allergic before using more than a very small amount.

Diaper dermatitis

Of course, we want to treat our infants with the healthiest, gentlest, most natural remedies possible. A study by the Dubai Specialized Medical Center and Medical Research Labs Islamic Establishment for Education investigated the effects of a honey, beeswax and olive oil mixture on Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans. The study concluded that the mixture could inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause skin conditions like diaper dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema.

Liver health

In 2013, a study published in the Korean Journal of Internal Medicine looked at the alcohols found in honeycomb, and whether their antioxidant effects could help protect the liver. Over the course of 24 weeks, the researchers found that it did, in fact, help normalize liver function in participants with fatty liver disease.

Cholesterol

There’s a lot of talk these days about what really increases “bad” cholesterol, and what we can do to reduce it. Plant waxes contain long-chain fatty acids that can help to reduce lower cholesterol. Indeed, they have been shown to decrease LDL (“bad”) cholesterol by up to 21 percent and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol by eight to 15 percent.

Furniture joints

We’ve all experienced the annoyance of squeaky doors and furniture joints. Beeswax makes a great lubricant — and it’s much healthier than the commercial products available.

Furniture polish

In addition to its usefulness when it comes to furniture joints, beeswax can also be used as a furniture polish. Melt together beeswax and coconut oil. When it cools, use a rag and apply it to the furniture. Then, with a clean cloth, buff it until there is no more reside. Again, this is much healthier than commercial products like Old English.

Baking pans

If you’re trying to watch your fat intake, you can try “greasing” your baking pans and cooking sheets with beeswax. Because beeswax is edible, this is safe to do. If you keep waxing them over time, they’ll eventually build up a permanent coat of beeswax, and you won’t need to use as much grease — you may not even need to grease your pans at all.

Grilling

Who doesn’t love barbecuing? It’s the quintessential summer dining experience — and for those of us who are more intrepid, grilling may continue into the colder months as well. But cleaning a dirty grill can be a nasty mess. Coating the grill with beeswax before using it can make cleanup significantly easier.

Hair styling

Waxes are often used in hair products, but many of these products contain less-than-ideal ingredients that you may not want to use every day. You can make a natural pomade by melting together beeswax, shea butter and jojoba oil. Of course, the effect may not be exactly the same as the products you’d buy in the store, so you might need to play around with the ratios of ingredients to find the effect you’re looking for.

Envelope seal

Think about all the movies and historical dramas where characters send letters to one another sealed with wax. If you’re sending invitations to a wedding or other formal event, creating your own beeswax seal is a fun and classy extra touch.

Waterproof shoes

To waterproof your shoes, coat them in beeswax. Next, melt the beeswax with a hair dryer and let the shoes rest for about five minutes. Of course, this isn’t something you’ll want to do with your fancy stilettoes or dress shoes. But if you have a pair of sneakers that you slip on when you take the dog out, this can be a helpful trick for those damp days.

Granite countertops

In addition to its effectiveness as a furniture polish, beeswax can also be used to polish granite countertops. It will help to keep them shiny, and may also help prevent staining. Run warmed beeswax into the granite, then wipe it off to get rid of any excess.

Wooden utensils

Just like wooden furniture, wooden spoons, cutting boards, bowls and other utensils need care. Combine beeswax and mineral oil and rub it into the wooden items. Let them rest for several hours, then wipe them off with a clean cloth and put them away.

Canelés

If you’re a baker, you may enjoy making canelés. It’s a French pastry that has a caramelized crust and a custard center, with a bit of a honey flavor. When making them, you create molds with butter and beeswax and freeze them ahead of time. This creates a skin that will prevent the pastries from losing their shape in the oven.

As you can see, there are many helpful ways to use beeswax, and it can be applied to a wide range of purposes. It has health benefits and it can be used to make homemade household products, which will allow you to cut down on the number of toxic, commercial products that you use on a regular basis. And luckily, it is relatively easy to find, and it is readily available online.

However, it is important to be aware of the potential side effects of beeswax. While it is non-toxic, it can have some undesirable health effects (like intestinal blockage) when consumed in large quantities. And, as is the case with many bee products, some people are allergic to beeswax, and this can lead to severe symptoms. If you are allergic to honey or bee pollen, it is advisable to stay away from beeswax as well.

If you have any questions about the use of beeswax for health purposes, or if there is a particular condition you are hoping to treat, it is recommended that you consult with a medical professional. — (by

Source: http://www.thealternativedaily.com/ways-to-use-beeswax/

Related Self-help Health post:

Bee Propolis: Help With Canker Sores, Cavities And More

“Bee” Health Smart With Honey

Salud! 

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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.

Readers’ Choice, Plus A Free Copy Of The Green Body Cleanse

 

Today I want to do something a little different. Usually I focus on one particular topic or article I think readers will find informative and helpful. But I thought it would be nice to give you the choice of what to read today. So I’ve included links to several articles I’ve found that were interesting to ME, but this way YOU get to pick what you spend time reading. 

I hope you enjoy the selection and end up reading more than just one. After all, variety is supposedly the spice of life. 🙂 And be sure to take advantage of the free e-book offer mentioned at the end of the post.

 

# 1 – This first article is about what seems to be a strong link between polio and the pesticide DDT. This is the kind of data that could very well turn the way we’ve thought about this disease upside down…..

Pesticides and Polio

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/everything-you-learned-about-cause-polio-wrong

 

# 2 – Find out how resonant frequencies are being used to combat cancer cells:

http://tv.greenmedinfo.com/shattering-cancer-with-resonant-frequencies/

 

# 3 – For those watching their weight, find out about 5 proven tricks that studies have shown help you eat less calories:

http://www.truthaboutabs.com/tricks-to-eat-less-food.html

 

# 4 – There is now a test for early detection of Alzheimer’s that also shows promise in detecting Parkinson’s, MS and breast cancer:

Alzheimer's Disease

http://news.therawfoodworld.com/detection-test-for-alzheimers/

 

# 5 – I knew using a sauna offered health benefits, but I didn’t realize it could have such a big impact on heart health:

“The researchers found that compared with those who went to the sauna only once a week or less, those who went two to three times per week were 24 percent less likely to die from all causes, 22 percent less likely from sudden cardiac death, 23 percent less likely from coronary heart disease and 27 percent less likely from cardiovascular disease.

The risk reductions among those who made four to seven visits per week were dramatically higher: 40 percent (all causes), 66 percent (sudden cardiac death), 48 percent (coronary heart disease) and 50 percent (cardiovascular disease).

Length of sauna visit also had a striking impact. Compared with those with an average visit shorter than 11 minutes, those whose visits were 11 to 19 minutes long were 7 percent less likely to die from sudden cardiac death. Spending more than 19 minutes per visit reduced sudden cardiac death risk by a whopping 52 percent. Similar benefits were seen for death from cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease.”

http://www.naturalnews.com/051781_sauna_heart_health_disease_prevention.html

 

# 6 – And if you’ve ever used detox foot pads, you know that some of them can be a bit pricey, but here’s an article with a recipe for making your own!

Here’s How to Make Homemade Detox Foot Pads to Cleanse Your Body from Toxins Overnight:

http://www.naturalhealingmagazine.com/heres-how-to-make-homemade-detox-foot-pads-to-cleanse-your-body-from-toxins-overnight/

 

# 7 – Two fascinating posts with information and insights about why certain foods are addictive that bring up points ( e. g. how some of them contain opiates) I’d never considered before….

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/top-20-addictive-foods-are-you-hooked

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/do-hidden-opiates-our-food-explain-food-addictions1

 

And if you weren’t fortunate enough to snag a copy of The Green Body Cleanse e-book last year when Dr. Edward Group of Global Healing Center offered it for free, here’s another opportunity….

What Will You Learn from this e-Book?

  • How to reduce and eliminate toxins from your home, workplace, and body

  • How to restore your body’s natural healing powers

  • How to detoxify your air and drinking water

  • How to choose and maintain an organic diet and lifestyle

  • How to maintain health without harmful drugs or surgery

  • How to perform the best cleansing methods, including: Oxygen Colon Cleansing, Liver and Gallbladder Cleansing, Harmful Organism Cleansing, and Toxic Metal Cleansing

  • How to live a happy, rewarding, healthy life

  • How to do it all efficiently to save money and time!

Here’s what one customer had to say about the book:

5 out of 5 starsStraightforward and Information packed “This is very straightforward and understandable. To switch to green living can be difficult. Major changes may be needed for most people reading this. The best part is how to do it: one step at a time and be patient. As Dr. Group says, it could take 3 to 6 months or longer. My favorite part was how to combine foods. I love the lists of alkaline and non-alkaline foods. The examples are very helpful.” ~ Calvi74

Just visit GHC and use the coupon code ‘Free2015’ at check-out when you are ordering the book and it should bring the price down to zero. You should also check out some of Dr. Group’s other best-selling products while you’re there, like Detoxadine (here’s a blog post about the importance of iodine), O2-Zap, and Oxy-powder, all of which I use personally and highly recommend.

 

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 Evolution Made Easier website and my other blogfor 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, healthcare practitioner and/or inner guidance system. Always consult a trained professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.

For Thanksgiving Over-indulging Try This Yoga Routine & Ginger Tea, Plus A Free Tea Brewer AND Qigong Healing Session!

 

It’s hard not to overdo at Thanksgiving…. and during the holidays in general, so this seemed like a great time to feature this yoga series geared specifically to help with digestion “post-feast. “There’s also a recipe for ginger tea, which can be used to calm the effects of too much food. AND an offer for a free brewing system my friend told me about yesterday for making the tea. Not sure how long it will be available, but she has one of the devices and loves it, and you only pay the $4.95 for shipping. So I ordered one myself. It would also make a neat present for a tea lover on your gift list. And finally, there’s a free qigong healing session coming up this weekend, so Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy!

 

 Supta Baddha Konasana

6 Post-Feast Yoga Poses to Help Your Digestion

(by Jenna Saunders) It can be tempting to curl up on couch after a large, decadent holiday meal. However, doing mindful movement after you eat sets up your body to move food along and keep you comfortable. Try these six yoga poses to help stimulate digestion and detoxification.
Twists

Why Twists? Twists are great nourishing and detoxifying poses to help aid digestion. Twists help massage abdominal organs and stimulate Agni, or digestive fire. Your body’s Agni allows you to digest food efficiently, and absorb essential nutrients from your food, according to Ayurveda. By gently twisting your body after a large meal, you encourage fresh blood to flow to your digestive organs. Twists can feel slightly uncomfortable right after eating, so be sure to twist slowly and gently.

How to do them: There are many yoga poses that are considered twists. Below are examples of a seated and supine variation.

Ardha Matysendrasana

Ardha Matysendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose): Sit comfortably with your legs extended straight in front of you. Bend your right knee into your chest and place your right foot on the outer edge of your left thigh. Wrap your left arm around your right knee as you slowly begin to open your torso toward your right. Place your right hand at the base of your spine with your fingers facing the back of your mat. The twist should occur within your thoracic spine, which is the upper area of your spine. Ensure you draw your right shoulder blade down your back as you slowly twist your torso. Eventually, gently gaze over your right shoulder. While in this twist, press your sit bones into the ground and draw the crown of your head to the sky. Repeat on the left side.

Supta Matsyendrasana

Supta Matsyendrasana (Supine Spinal Twist): Lie down on your back with your legs extended straight. Open your arms perpendicular to your body so your body makes an uppercase “T.” Draw your right knee into your chest; then gently draw your right knee over your body and release it down on the left side of your body. Gently turn your head to the right. Ensure both shoulders stay rooted to the ground. Hold for a few deep breaths. Repeat on the left side.

Uttanasana – Standing Forward Fold

Uttanasana

Why Uttanasana? Uttanasana is one of the most therapeutic yoga poses for the body. This pose boasts a full list of benefits, one of the main ones being that this pose helps to improve digestion. This deep forward fold is a great pose to compress the abdominal area while stimulating circulation to your digestive organs. Uttanasana is also calming to your nervous system and provides your upper body an opportunity to fully relax.

How to do it: Start standing with your feet about hips distance apart and both feet firmly pressing into the ground. Ensure your weight is distributed evenly between both feet. Inhale your arms to the sky and slowly exhale as you forward fold. You can rest your hands on the floor if they can reach comfortably. You can also reach for the backs of your thighs or for opposite elbows with your hands. Release all tension in your neck and allow your head, neck, and upper torso to completely relax. Close your eyes and hold for a few deep breaths. Place your hands on your hips and slowly inhale as you rise to a standing position while engaging your abdominals as you rise.

See more of the series at: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/6-post-feast-yoga-poses-to-help-your-digestion

 

Making some ginger tea is another way to help when you have over-eaten and need some digestive support. It’s also good for lots of other health issues….

 

The Health Benefits of Ginger Tea

Researchers say the active volatile oils and pungent phenol compounds, such as gingerols and shogaols, are what give ginger its power, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Tea made from ginger has high levels of vitamin C and amino acids, as well as various trace elements such as calcium, zinc, sodium, phosphorus, and many others.

Drinking ginger tea can:

  • Help the body absorb nutrients
  • Help alleviate the stomach pain
  • Help with irritable bowl syndrome
  • Help with weight loss
  • Help fight cancer
  • Help manage glucose levels
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve the food digestion
  • Increases the production of gastric juice
  • Protect against Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Open inflamed airways
  • Reduce arthritic inflammation
  • Relieve menstrual discomfort
  • Relieve stress
  • Stimulate appetite
How to Make Ginger Tea

To make 1 quart of ginger tea, chop an unpeeled 2-inch piece of whole ginger into coarse pieces and place in a 2- to 3-quart pot with one quart of purified water. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, allowing the tea to simmer for 15 minutes. Strain the tea and store in a thermos bottle or glass jar.

To make 1 cup of ginger tea, take a piece of whole, unpeeled ginger root and grate 1 heaping teaspoon. Stir the ginger into a cup of hot water and let steep for 2 minutes. Strain or let the ginger settle at the bottom of the cup.

Read more: http://www.chopra.com/ccl/the-health-benefits-of-ginger-tea

 

And here’s a freebie from Immortalitea one of my friends told me about that would come in handy for making an individual cup of ginger tea. She has one of these brewers and loves it. All you pay is the $4.95 shipping, but it’s a limited time offer……

https://immortalitea.leadpages.co/free-tea-brewer/

 

And if you need more help than yoga poses and ginger tea can provide with Thanksgiving over-indulgence :-), here’s a free resource I’ve mentioned before. It’s a free qigong distance healing session on the 28th offered by Qigong Master Michael Mohoric, former Secretary of the International Tibetan Qigong Assn, who was blessed with a gift for distant energy healing after recovering from a spinal cord injury……

There will be another free distant energy healing for everyone who wants to join and all their friends, families and anyone else who reads this.

The main healing session is SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28th from 6 – 7 pm Pacific Time or 9 -10 pm Eastern Time.

You can join this no-cost distant energy healing session by using your intention to be included. To join, just close your eyes for a minute when you read this and mentally say that you intend to join the session and want to be included. That’s all you have to do to connect with the energy; healing energy can begin to flow to you once you do this .

There will be unscheduled daily energy adjustments leading up to the main session. For those who want to know more about this work, you can go to the website

This is not a telephone or Internet session. All you do is just relax and sit or lie down during the session and notice what is happening in your body. Even if you are busy, you can still get good results. Because there are many people in the session, please do not email to join. There would be too much email to handle unless it is done this way.

You join simply by using your intention after reading this email. Because this is a big group I won’t be able to answer questions before the session and you’ll get the details you need in this email. Please feel free to email your experiences afterwards.

 

And one last tip, the EWG (Environmental Working Group) has come out with its updated version of the ‘Dirty Dozen (it’s actually 15 now :-() and Clean Fifteen.” You can access the lists here.

p.s. Ty Bollinger of The Truth About Cancer: A Global Quest has decided to offer a free replay marathon of the acclaimed docu-series over the Thanksgiving weekend, plus a Black Friday sale on the series. I caught all the episodes and two Q & As the first time, but will probably re-watch some parts again. So enlightening and informative about health in general and cancer in particular. Two thumbs up from me! If you didn’t catch it the first time around (what were you thinking?!), now’s your chance. See my previous post with details about the episodes and where to sign up.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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

 

 

A Strawberry, Peanut Butter and Tuna Sandwich?!

I found this recent article by Mike Adams at Natural News very interesting, especially since I happen to love tuna salad sandwiches, but try not to indulge too often because of the possibility of mercury. I also happen to really like strawberries and peanut butter, so I was happy to learn how combining the three….although not in the same sandwich….could be helpful beyond the usual health benefits I was already aware of….

 

 

mercury

 

(NaturalNews) As part of my ongoing scientific research into heavy metals, elemental retention and metals capturing (see explanatory videos here), I have identified and documented anti-heavy-metals substances which have a remarkable natural affinity for binding with and “capturing” heavy metals.

This is especially important because of all the mercury found in certain types of fish. The FDA has recently warned that expectant mothers should eat fewer servings of the kind of fish that contain the highest mercury levels, yet the agency did not empower those women with any real solutions to blocking mercury absorption during digestion.

I’m currently the only private-sector food contamination researcher in the world who is actively developing these defensive solutions for the public. Recently, I developed and launched Heavy Metals Defense, a dietary supplement that binds with lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic and other metals. I’m also publicly sharing research results like those described in this article, where simple dietary strategies can help protect men, women and children from dietary mercury and other heavy metals.

That’s why I humbly ask that you share this article with as many people as possible, and especially share the chart below which describes the most effective natural foods and dietary substances for binding with mercury.

This information can protect your health and help save your life

What I’m about to share with you here are lifesaving secrets which can help protect you and your children from toxic dietary substances. Why does this matter? Because we are finding and documenting heavy metals in all sorts of dietary products, including organic foods, protein supplements, herbal supplements, beverages, vitamin pills and more. Much of what health-conscious people are eating today is contaminated with mercury, lead, cadmium and even tungsten as we have shown in related research.

Fortunately, there are ways to protect yourself from these toxic heavy metals during digestion. The secret to all this is found in certain natural substances which bind with, capture and help eliminate heavy metals from your digestive tract, preventing you from reabsorbing them.

Here at the Natural News Forensic Food Lab, I have spearheaded the pioneering research that searches for and documents these substances. So far, I’ve tested over 1,000 candidate substances for these metals capturing properties, and I’ve been able to identify many winners which are remarkably effective. One of my many goals with this research is to share these discoveries with the world so that lives can be protected and even saved.

How to easily (and cheaply) capture dietary mercury

Mercury is the most easily-captured heavy metal of all. In any laboratory environment, mercury is well known to be a “sticky” element because it sticks to instrument tubing and vials. If I place a known quantity of mercury in a vial of nitric acid and water, for example, a measurement of the vial shows less mercury than should be present because some of that mercury sticks to the walls of the very instrument used to carry out the testing.

Interestingly, it turns out that mercury is also “sticks” to certain dietary fibers. In particular, my research has found that insoluble fruit fibers are extremely effective at capturing mercury during digestion. Mercury is unique in this way, as such fibers are very poor at binding with lead, cadmium, arsenic and other metals. But they stick to mercury like glue.

As part of my research into this phenomenon, I tested many dietary fibers, including psyllium husk fiber, guar gum, vegetable fibers and fruit fibers. The most effective fruit fiber of all was — believe it or not — strawberry fibers. (See full list below for the mercury binding effectiveness of various foods.)

Until today, nobody has known this seemingly simple fact, and even I didn’t know it until I conducted this research. Now, I’m freely passing on the knowledge to you in the hopes that you will share it with others: Eat strawberries to block dietary mercury!

Captures over 95% of dietary mercury

In my tests, strawberries were able to capture over 95% of all the mercury added to the gastric acid solution in a human digestion simulator.

This effect was also confirmed for freeze-dried strawberries but not strawberry juice because pure juice lacks fibers (pulp).

Why strawberries? Because strawberries are the only common fruit with seeds on the outside. Under a microscope, you can see that each tiny strawberry seed is connected to the center of the strawberry via a bundle of plant fibers. These fibers, it turns out, are incredibly strong and are not easily digested in human digestion. They pass through you largely intact, much like psyllium husk fibers or insoluble vegetable fibers.

Isolated under a microscope, these strawberry fibers are also translucent, by the way. And what’s really amazing is that they even resist digestion with nitric acid. Somehow, these fibers are amazingly strong and resilient, yet nearly invisible to the naked eye.

In the gastrointestinal tract, they function as “mercury sponges” that mop up mercury with amazing efficiency.

Even better than green grasses

In my laboratory testing, strawberries worked even better at binding to mercury than green grasses such as barley grass or wheat grass (see the full chart below).

This is great news for those who want healthy eating options which are also great-tasting. Simply eat some strawberries with your meal to mop up most of the mercury found in whatever else you ate (such as sushi, tuna, ocean fish, etc.).

If you don’t like strawberries, you can use other fruits such as citrus fruits (eaten raw and whole, of course, with all the fibers intact). The next best fruits after strawberries are citrus fruits, followed by apples and pears.

Peanut butter even better than strawberries!

You’ll probably find this fascinating, but peanut butter was even better than strawberries at binding with mercury, turning in an amazing 96% efficiency score at capturing dietary mercury. Apparently, the “stickiness” of peanut butter really gels with the stickiness of mercury. How about a tuna fish peanut butter and jelly sandwich?

Care to guess what was even better than peanut butter? Hemp protein.

I know, it seems counterintuitive. But I confirmed the results with several different hemp protein brands. All hemp proteins have a powerful “anti mercury effect.” They capture around 98% of dietary mercury.

There was only one substance, however, that was even more powerful than strawberries, peanut butter and hemp protein. That substance is Clean Chlorella, our in-house chlorella brand which is so free of heavy metals that it seems to attract them like crazy. And just so you don’t think I’m merely plugging our own product, it turns out that all chlorella products we tested were very good at capturing mercury, with effectiveness ranging from 93% to 99%.

Eat strawberries with all the following foods

Here’s the practical upshot of all this: When you’re eating ocean fish, tuna fish, seafood or sushi, you’re probably eating mercury. We even found mercury in seafood snacks and pet treats.

How do you protect yourself from that mercury? Eat some fresh, whole strawberries with your meal. Or if you don’t like strawberries, eat some peanut butter, hemp protein or take some chlorella. If you can’t get any of those, eat a salad and chew it really well to loosen up the fibers and thereby increase their “stickiness” to mercury.

My research has revealed that eating ocean fish or seafood without something to mop up the mercury can be very toxic and dangerous to your health because you absorb the mercury through your intestinal walls. But eating ocean fish or seafood together with strawberries is extremely safe because virtually none of the mercury gets absorbed during digestion. The strawberries make your entire meal safer to consume!

And isn’t that what we’ve already known about meals, anyway? Eat whole, fresh fruit or greens with every meal and you’ll be a whole lot healthier. To do this in an easy-to-carry portable format, get some freeze-dried whole strawberries and take those with you to lunch (or on the airplane).

All this explains why I now carry freeze-dried strawberries and chlorella with me when I travel. Even if I’m forced to eat a less-than-healthy meal at a restaurant, I can eat some strawberries or chlorella with the meal and know I’m eliminating mercury instead of absorbing it. At many restaurants, you can even find strawberries at the salad bar. So chow down on some fresh fruit!

Mercury binding and capturing: Research results from the Natural News Forensic Food Lab

This list shows the reduction in mercury achieved by each substance I tested, using a proprietary Metals Capturing Capacity protocol combined with ICP-MS analytical instrumentation. When you share this list, please credit Mike Adams at NaturalNews.com as the source, as this is original research conducted at great cost and without any government grants whatsoever.

SOURCE: Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, Natural News Forensic Food Labs, research conducted January – March, 2014, published at NaturalNews.com

The percentage describes the percent of mercury “captured” by the substance being tested and thereby prevented from being absorbed. Scientific papers describing this research are forthcoming later this year.

Click here for the full infographic chart.

Clean Chlorella: 99%
Hemp Protein: 98%
Peanut Butter: 96%
Strawberries: 95%
Cilantro Leaf: 95%
Raspberries: 92%
Cacao Powder: 91%
Wheat Grass: 90%
Coconut Granola Cereal: 89%
Barley Grass: 89%
Acai Berries: 88%
Wheat Flour: 86%
Nori Powder: 85%
Hawaiian Spirulina: 83%
Blueberries: 83%
Mangos: 73%
Ground Mustard: 72%
Tropicana Orange Juice: 54%
Corn Pops Cereal: 53%
Brown Rice: 53%
Suja Carrot Orange Juice: 34%
Beets: 20%
Sunny D: 20%
Suja Apple Cucumber Juice: 10%
Zeolites: 9%
Sucralose: 3%
Red Bull: 0%

Technical details: Technically, each substance is tested to measure its Metals Capturing Capacity (MCC) which is described in terms of micrograms of mercury captured per gram of the substance. The tests conducted here used a fixed, known concentration of mercury in a fixed volume of gastric acid, then allowed the candidate substance to interact with the gastric acid for a period of approximately 8 hours in a digestion simulator. The food solids were then removed from the solution and the remaining liquid was measured for its mercury concentration, via ICP-MS in the Forensic Food Lab.

Important: Why strawberries don’t block lead, cadmium and arsenic

As much as strawberries are fantastic at binding with mercury, they’re really not very effective at binding with lead, cadmium or arsenic. In fact, fibers are not good binders with heavy metals like lead.

It turns out if you want to bind with lead, you have to rely on a more complex ionic process rather than physical fibers. I’ve done extensive research on that as well, and I’ve identified key substances which can selectively bind with lead, cadmium, arsenic and even aluminum, a very difficult metal to capture and eliminate.

Important: Strawberries do not protect you from inhaled mercury via fillings or air pollution

As you apply this valuable knowledge to protect yourself from dietary mercury, please understand that strawberries in no way protect you from inhaled mercury.

In fact, mercury fillings (dental amalgams) are dangerous to your health not so much due to you eating the mercury but from inhaling the toxic mercury gas such fillings give off. Eating strawberries will not block your dental fillings from poisoning you with mercury.

Also, strawberries will not protect you from mercury in the atmosphere. If you live in North America, you are being poisoned by mercury blown over from China and emitted by China’s ultra-dirty coal power plants. They release thousands of tons of mercury into the air each year, and a lot of that mercury finds it way to North America via air currents.

It should also be obvious that strawberries will not protect you from mercury in vaccines (and, yes, mercury is still used in popular vaccines as admitted by the CDC). If you are crazy enough to allow yourself to be injected with mercury in a flu shot, for example, you’re going to need a whole lot more than strawberries to get that mercury out of your system. And you’d better hope it doesn’t cause too much brain damage on the way out…

Learn more: 

http://www.naturalnews.com/046044_mercury_in_fish_strawberries_peanut_butter.html#ixzz37q0Wji4n

Related Self-help Health posts:

What You Need To Know About Chemical & Heavy Metal Toxicity

Dealing With Heavy Metal & Chemical Toxicity Naturally

 

Salud!

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.

 

Cleansing the Liver: Part II

I had meant to get this information posted right after my other post on cleansing the liver and gallbladder, but I was involved in a great Drunvalo workshop called Awakening the Illuminated Heart this past week and not spending time on the computer, so I apologize for the delay.

Anyway, in Cleansing the Liver and Gallbladder I talked about several popular routines for cleansing and detoxing the liver, thus the name of the post :-). Here are a few more options, including the routine I finally settled on after experimenting with several different protocols. Hopefully between the information given here and in the previous post you will find something that will work well with your schedule and body. Talking about coffee enemas and yucky stuff coming out of your system are not really fun topics, but these protocols can often make a BIG difference in your health, so…..

 

How to Clean Your Liver with 5 Natural Liver-Cleansing Tips

 

Andreas Moritz’s Liver Cleanse Protocol:

You may want to try a couple of different cleanse routines and see which one works best for you. After trying the Great Smokies and Hulda Clark protocols mentioned in my previous post, I settled on a version of the one outlined in the book The Amazing Liver Cleanse, by Andreas Moritz.

His routine is much like Clark’s, but also mentions the possibility of substituting malic acid capsules for people who have blood sugar problems or can’t handle or don’t want to drink all the apple juice required to help soften the gall stones and make them easier to pass. It’s basically the malic acid present in apple juice that has a softening effect and helps dissolve stagnant bile, so taking a specific number of capsules several times a day can be used in place of drinking a lot of juice. I find this makes things much easier than using juice or having to get the phosphoric acid used in the Great Smokies routine, although I think I got the best results with the phosphoric acid—but that may have been because I had a lot more stuff that needed to come out when I first started cleansing.

To follow Moritz’s version of the cleanse, you take from *1500 – 2000 mg. of the malic acid, divided into several doses throughout the day, and always with a full glass of warm water. I notice that my stomach sometimes feels a little queasy (maybe because of the acid content of the malic acid) if I take the morning dose on an empty stomach, so now I make a point of taking it with some food. See what works best for you. And be sure to use a straight malic acid supplement, not one that contains a mixture of malic and magnesium or something else.

Start this dosage 6 to 7 days before the day of the actual cleanse. During that preparation time Moritz recommends avoiding meat, dairy, fried foods, and cold food (harder for the body to digest than warm) and suggests timing the actual cleanse to coincide with the full moon or a few days after. On the day you’ll be taking the Epsom salts and olive oil/grapefruit juice mixture, avoid sweetness, spices, fats, and proteins, and don’t eat or drink anything but water after 2 pm.

The rest of the routine is basically the same as many other liver cleanses (see my previous post), with a dose of Epsom salts at 6 pm and again at 8 pm, and the oil and grapefruit juice mixture at 10 pm.  After downing the oil/juice, Moritz suggests lying down flat on your back, with several pillows propping you up, or if that’s uncomfortable, on your right side with knees pulled up toward your head, then going to sleep. The next morning between 6:00 am-6:30 am drink the 3rd Epsom salt dose, followed by the last dose 2 hrs. later. After a couple of hours you can drink freshly pressed fruit juice, but should eat light for the next couple of days.

Moritz also says to cleanse the colon or have a colonic before and after the liver cleanse, and that you might want to take the malic acid for a few days following the cleanse in case there are some gallstones still in transit out of your system. There are more details about cleansing and maintaining a healthy liver given in his book. It also contains information about ways to improve overall health and well-being, so it might be something you’d want to invest in (you can purchase the book at www.ener-chi.com.)

 *You can get the malic acid at several sources listed at the end of this post. Also, I recommend self-testing or having someone muscle test you for the amount of milligrams your body wants/needs to take, although the range mentioned should give you a good idea of how much to use.

Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar Gallbladder Flush:

I haven’t tried this routine yet, but it incorporates raw apple cider vinegar, of which I’m a big fan. The basic directions are as follows:

A week before the actual 2-day flush, start preparing your body by drinking (slowly) ½ tsp apple cider vinegar (ACV) with 6 oz. apple juice upon arising, at mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and again after dinner. If you’re hypoglycemic or diabetic, then dilute with half distilled, filtered, or structured water. Organic apple juice is rich in malic acid, potassium, pectins and enzymes that act as solvents to soften and help remove debris and small stones from the body. During the actual 2-day flush, no food is eaten, only liquids. Combine 1/3 cup Bragg’s Organic Olive Oil (no substitutes), 2/3 cup organic apple juice, and 1 tsp. ACV. Drink this mixture 3 times during the first day, and twice on the second day. At night, sleep on your right side, pulling right knee toward chest to open pathway for stones to leave.

About mid-morning on the third day, eat a salad made with raw cabbage, carrots, celery, beets, tomatoes, sprouts, and lettuce, topped with ACV and olive oil. Or, if desired, have a bowl of lightly steamed kale, collards, chard, or other leafy greens. Season with Bragg’s ACV, olive oil and a spray of Liquid Aminos. When on the flush, some nausea may occur. This likely shows that toxins, mucus, and bile are being dumped into the stomach, and you may need to regurgitate to relieve the situation. Drink 1 to 2 glasses of purified/structured water and depress your tongue, if necessary, to help get things up and out of your system. (NOTE: This flush is not for diabetics, unless supervised by a health professional.)

3-Day Liver/Gallbladder Cleanse:

In case you’d like still another option for cleansing the liver, and don’t mind drinking a lot of apple juice, here is one more routine. I haven’t tried this one, but it was given to me by a colon hydro-therapist, and I figured she would be someone who’d be “in the know” about such things. After the numerous times I’ve had trouble getting down the ½ cup of olive oil you take in other protocols, I was more than a little nervous about the ½ pint this one calls for, but, hey, it just may be your cup of tea (er, I mean, oil :-)). The instructions are as follows:

For 2 days eat very light. Take 2 TBS. of cold pressed organic olive oil in ¼ cup of apple juice in the morning and evening. Drink 6 to 7 glasses of apple juice throughout the day, plus lots of water. On the 3rd day, do not eat any food! Drink 2 TBS. of olive oil in ¼ cup of apple juice and the usual 6 to 7 glasses of apple juice during the day. That night mix ½ pint of olive oil in some lemon juice and water with stevia drops, and start drinking it 1 hr. before bed. Go to bed and lie on your right side with left leg up to your chest until at least 3 to 4am. Using a coffee enema at 4 to 5 am is very helpful in clearing out the system. If you feel sick, chew on some ginger or drink ginger tea.

Coffee Enemas:

It is believed by many healthcare practitioners that coffee enemas provide quick relief when fatigued, sleepy, headachy, or feeling just plain lousy. The protocol can also help with spasms, precordial heart, throat or chest pain, and difficulties resulting from the sudden withdrawal of all intoxicating sedation. Coffee enemas also work to release toxins from the liver, so they are often included as part of cleansing routines, especially those involving the liver and gallbladder.

Drinking a cup of coffee has an entirely different effect on your system. It can cause problems such increased reflex response, lowered blood pressure, increased heart rate, insomnia, heart palpitations, over-stimulated adrenals, stomach irritation, and leaves a toxic residue in the body. A coffee enema on the other hand, when done properly, causes the liver to produce more bile, opens the bile ducts, and causes the bile to flow. In this process, a toxic liver can dump many of its toxicants into the bile and get rid of them in just a few minutes. This can give great relief to all parts of the body, and often makes the difference between having to lie down after your cleanse or quickly recuperating and being active.

Colon therapies and enemas help to remove the toxic mucoid plaque around the colon walls and the elimination of parasites in the gut. They also facilitate better gut mobility and frequency of healthy bowel movements.

Coffee enemas give an added benefit over typical water based colonic therapies by stimulating the liver to produce greater amounts of glutathione. Glutathione is the bodies master antioxidant and helps protect the intracellular DNA and eliminate toxins from within the cells.

Studies, in test mice, have found that green coffee beans increase glutathione production in the liver by 600% and by 700% in the small intestine. The enema is the most potent way to gain these powerful effects because the enzymes of the digestive tract do not interact with the nutrients before they reach the liver.

Coffee enemas are known to help individuals with gallstones, liver problems, digestive problems, low energy, autoimmune diseases and cancer. They are used in almost every natural health retreat center, around the world, for their remarkable ability to cleanse and detoxify in a short period of time…..

If coffee cannot be tolerated due to allergy, then one could use a diluted raw, apple cider vinegar or green juice enema. You could also try an organic tea such as green tea or an assorted blend of organic herbs that the individual is able to tolerate. Obviously, if you suffer from a serious health condition, it’s best to find an experienced healthcare provider to help guide you through the process. – Dr David Jockers of Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, GA

When I first heard about people using coffee enemas years ago, I thought “Boy, what is the world coming to.” Seemed like some strange routine Hollywood must have come up with. But they kept showing up as part of certain healing routines (coffee enemas, not Hollywood celebs :-)). Then two different hydro-therapists mentioned them, and a naturopath said she used them on a daily basis to help cure her cancer. So I figured I might as well give them a try. During one of my first liver cleanses I found that even after all the stuff I got out with the Epsom salts and oil/juice mixture and the colonic I had scheduled the next morning, I was able to get even more stuff out by following up everything with a coffee enema. Disgusting, but amazing. So you may want to at least consider trying one.

The two routines listed below are very similar, but you may want to experiment and see which one works best for you. Also, there are a number of different substances that have been used over the years in enemas, such as wheat grass juice, aloe vera, and garlic, that you could try using. But because coffee has a direct effect on the bile and liver, it’s the ingredient most often recommended in conjunction with a liver/gallbladder flush.

Coffee enema routine #1: 

Put 3 heaping TBS. of organic coffee in a glass pot and boil uncovered for 10 min.; strain into a qt. jar and fill the rest of the jar with spring/structured water.

Fill enema bag and hang approximately 18” (if you hang the bag too high the fluid will run into the colon too quickly and may cause discomfort) above the body (it seems to work well and make for easy clean-up to set the enema up in the tub, so that if you have any leakage during the process it will just go down the drain; you can suspend a coat hanger or two from the shower head and hang the bag from that); lie on your left side and insert tip (lubricated with non-petroleum jelly or vitamin E) into rectum.

Pinch/clamp tube to control flow of liquid; when all coffee has run through, turn over on your back and raise your hips off the floor/bottom of the tub. Massage abdomen on left side, going up towards your rib cage for a few minutes; then turn over on your right side and bring both knees up to your chest (all this helps move the fluid up through the colon and toward the liver).

Relax and do some deep breathing; try to hold the enema for about 12 min. (yikes! I found that seemed like forever!) to give the intestine a chance to absorb the caffeine (if you can’t hold for that long, repeat the process—but not more than twice). Then sit on the toilet and void.

Later drink some orange, grapefruit, or apple juice, or 1 TBS. apple cider vinegar in a cup of water.

Coffee enema routine #2 (based on Dr. Gerson’s book A Cancer Therapy: Results of Fifty Cases):

Take 3 TBS. of organic ground coffee and add to 1 qt. of water; let it boil for 3 min. and then simmer for 20 min. Strain and use at body temperature.

Lying down on your right side, with both legs drawn close to the abdomen, insert the lubricated tip of the enema tube.

Breathe deeply as the enema flows into the body in order to draw the greatest amount of fluid from the bag into the necessary parts of the colon. It also helps to let all the air out of the lungs and suck the gut in and out while in this position.

Try to retain the fluid for 10 to 15 min. (it helps to have a clock within easy view and something to read while waiting; I even put a pillow in the tub so it’s more comfortable for my head). The caffeine is absorbed from the fluid within 10 to 12 min. and goes directly through the hemorrhoidal veins into the portal veins, and into the liver (lying on your right side helps move the fluid in the necessary direction).

Sit on the toilet and void.

Often it’s hard to really see what’s coming out when you’re on the toilet because of the dark color the coffee gives the expelled fluid. But, depending on your current health situation and condition of your liver, you may notice more stones (how nice that they float!) and strands of mucus, yeast, etc. After you’ve voided as much of the enema fluid as possible, be sure to clean out the “dregs” from your colon by administering a second enema with purified/filtered/distilled or structured water. You may want to break open a probiotic capsule and add the contents to the “final rinse” water to help re-populate your colon with friendly bacteria.

WARNING: It’s important to remember that any time you cleanse the system, have a colonic, or administer an enema, you are flushing out the good bacteria as well as the bad, so be sure you replenish the friendly flora, either by taking a probiotic or eating naturally fermented sauerkraut, yogurt, etc. Also, coffee enemas cause bile to be excreted, which contains many valuable mineral salts. To lose these salts without replenishing them could be harmful, so be sure you are on a good diet of broths and fresh juices (or take something like Best Whey) to assure vital nutrients are replaced.

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Or you can check out Global Healing Center and the liver cleanse kit they offer. Type “liver cleanse” into the search function and it will bring up info about the kit, plus other useful liver/gallbladder related information and articles.

Background information on how and why coffee enemas work:

http://www.gohealthynext.com/coffee-enema/

https://www.life-enthusiast.com/articles/liver-cleanse-coffee-enema

http://draxe.com/coffee-enema/

Related Self-help Health posts:

Keeping the Liver & Gallbladder Healthy

Cleansing the Liver & Gallbladder: Part I

UPDATE 9/5/14: I just happened across this article and it had information and a couple of liver cleanse protocols, including one that uses walnut oil, which is supposed to be more palatable than olive oil. You may want to check it out:

http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/cleaning-liver-gall-bladder-cumulative-poisons.html

 

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.