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How to Read Bar Codes on the Food… (everyone must know)

ALWAYS READ THE LABELS ON THE FOODS YOU BUY–NO MATTER WHAT THE FRONT OF THE BOX OR PACKAGE SAYS, TURN IT OVER AND READ THE BACK CAREFULLY! 
With all the food and pet products now coming from China, it is best to make sure you read label at the supermarket and especially when buying food products. Many products no longer show where they were made, only give where the distributor is located. The whole world is concerned about China-made “black-hearted goods”.

Can you differentiate which one is made in Taiwan or China ? The world is also concerned about GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) foods; steroid fed animals (ex: 45 days old broiler chicken).
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It is important to read the bar code to track its origin. How to read Bar Codes….interesting !

If the first 3 digits of the bar code are 690, 691 or 692, the product is MADE IN CHINA.
471 is Made in Taiwan .
If the first 3 digits of the bar code are 00-09 then it’s made or sourced in USA.

This is our right to know, but the government and related departments never educate the public, therefore we have to RESCUE ourselves. Nowadays, Chinese businessmen know that consumers do not prefer products “MADE IN CHINA”, so they don’t show from which country it is made. However, you may now refer to the barcode –

Remember if the first 3 digits are:
890……MADE IN INDIA
690, 691, 692 … then it is MADE IN CHINA
00 – 09 … USA and CANADA
30 – 37 … FRANCE
40 – 44 … GERMANY
471 …….. Taiwan
45 or 49 ……..JAPAN
489………..HONG KONG
50 ………. UK
57 ………DENMARK
64……….FINLAND
76………SWITZERLAND and LIENCHTENSTIEN
471……… is Made in TAIWAN (see sample)
628………SAUDI ARABIA
629………UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
740……….745 – CENTRAL AMERICA

All 480 Codes are Made in the PHILIPPINES.

 

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Foods that DETOX THE BODY!

The first rule of detoxing is to stop taking in toxins. In these days of living in toxic soup environments, the only thing people can control completely is what is consumed.

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Detoxing your body is important and the first rule of detoxing is to stop taking in toxins. In these days of living in toxic soup environments, the only thing people can control completely is what is consumed. Needless to say, relying on a complete detox diet menu is the first baby step to health and vitality.

The fact is hard to deny that the sheer connection between the body and the mind is a very real one. The way your body feels therefore plays a big part in how your brain functions. Your food habit thus has a direct relation with your physical and mental well-being. Keeping your daily diet free of toxins, free radicals, and other nasty things is crucial in maintaining a healthy life. You’ll notice that with many of this Complete Detoxification Programme and detox foods the road to purification goes through the liver and can provide long-lasting benefits throughout the body.

 

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Medicinal Kitchen Herbs – Part 3

Click on the link to read Part 1 & Part 2

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare):

Assists digestion and increases metabolic processes in general; it alleviates gas, bloating and spasms and speeds up digestion.  It dissolves and disperses mucus and fats.  The lungs benefit from it when taken as a tea. Ideal for children for soothing an upset stomach and for colic. Do not overuse if experiencing hormonal imbalances as it is oestrogen rich and this may not suit all women.
 

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum):

Is a useful healing spice; it is very nourishing and considered to be a tonic, as well as balancing blood sugar.  It is a very useful thickening agent in foods.  Three cups of fenugreek tea a day will help people gain weight.  It will also calm an acidic or ulcerated stomach. It is often used alongside milkthislte tea for encouraging breast milk production and it strongly supports the pancreas.

Garlic (Allium sativum):

  • Blood cleanser due to its sulphur content. (eight different sulphur compounds)
  • It is capable of killing viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Combine it with ginger, French tarragon or marjoram to prevent gas.
  • Use to make onion and horseradish elixir (as before) for colds and coughs.
  • Excellent for cholesterol reductions.
  • It is a major anti-oxidant proven to help reduce the incidence of disease.  Garlic juice inhibits the growth of most types of bacteria.  In fact, the odour alone does so.
  • Garlic is nature’s own broad-spectrum antibiotic, but it works without killing off friendly bacteria, as drug antibiotics do.
  • Positive for your heart, as it lowers blood pressure and reduces clots.
  • Encourages white blood cell formation.
  • Garlic protects the body from toxic chemicals, harmful food additives and rancid oils.  (However, 1 percent of the population cannot tolerate it.)

Those who shy away from garlic because of its smell should add freshly grated ginger to it (provided you wash regularly, keep generally healthy and do not get constipated) the garlic odour will be minimized.

Ginger (Zingiber officinale):

Is one of the most versatile herbal stimulants.  It is of great benefit to the intestines, circulation and stomach.  Use as a tea for nausea.  It enhances the effect of all other herbs and spices.  Avoid use if you have very high blood pressure or in cases of extreme inflammation, dry skin or liver inflammation. Ideal for morning sickness for women or travel sickness for children.


Lemon (Origanum majorana):

It is not only delightful in flavour but also one of nature’s best kitchen healers.  Gypsy lore says it is among the five foods that should always be in the kitchen.  The fresh skins of whole organic ones can also be used. Rich in vitamin C, a natural anti-oxidant; it encourages the immune system.  Suck on an organic lemon if you have swollen glands.  Lemon is so powerfully acidic that it is rapidly converted to alkaline in the gut providing a powerful healing tool for detoxifying and healing. Great for supporting the liver.

Marjoram (Origanum majorana):

It is a powerful antiviral herb.  It is also a stimulant, antispasmodic, antiseptic and carminative – a combination of opposites that bring balance.  It relaxes the lungs and digestion and expels mucus wherever it may be situated.  It can be used for cramps and nausea and adds a slightly lemony flavour to dishes.

Mustard (Brassica hirta, B, nigra and other species):

Is a stimulant, alterative and rubefacient (dilates the capillaries and increases blood flow) that is excellent for the digestive system.  The best mustards are those made from whole grains and mixed with apple cider vinegar rather than malt or white wine vinegar.  Add it frequently to salad dressings and when cooking rice and other grains.  Use the seeds whole on steamed cabbage, carrots and parsnips to add crunch and spicy heat!

Nutmeg and Mace (Myristica fragrans):

Come from the same seed.  Mace is the outer covering of the nutmeg.  Nutmeg and lettuce soup is very good for depression and nervous disorders.  Mace is an antiseptic and is delicious in sweet dishes.  Sprinkle nutmeg and mace on cooked fruit, use with cinnamon in sweet dishes or grate onto potatoes, cabbage, onions or leeks.  The effect is generally warming and soothing.  Together they are supposed to be an aphrodisiac, but be aware that in large quantities they can be hallucinatory.  Nutmeg encourages menstruation and can be abortive in large quantities – therefore avoid it during pregnancy.

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If YOU Want to be Healthy – Take Personal Responsibility.

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It is becoming increasingly challenging for everyone to be able to access good health promoting food. Food, that is abundant in the width of nutrients that we need and is free from the harmful chemicals that are increasingly found in our food chain. Advances in food production and processing have not produced foods which suit our biochemistry. Many of them might be convenient now, but not so convenient later when we reap the results of inadequate nutrition.

Constant drip feeding of messages from powerful agri-food businesses is trying to tell us that we need GMO foods to be able to feed the world’s population. Unfortunately time alone will tell what the impact of GMO will have on people’s health and quality of life. However we know that from experience in other areas it is increasingly difficult to get any data as regards adverse impacts in terms of foods, drugs, vaccines etc.

If we are going to remain healthy we must take personal responsibility and not depend on government or anyone e

lse to look after our best interests. Voices of reason and conscience don’t ring as loud as voices of vested interests in the ears of politicians. Any of them, who would like to do differently, are constantly frustrated by powerful advisors who often do not have your or my best interests at heart.

Dr Gabriel CousensA recent quote I read, By Dr Gabriel Cousens, sums up the role of good nutrition.

“ With the proper diet, no doctor is necessary. With the improper diet, no doctor can help”

It is vitally important for us to do what we need to do for ourselves. I know that good nutrition and good hydration are the foundations to health. They will largely determine our ability to avoid degenerative disease and drastically increase our chances of a lengthy, healthy life.

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Medicinal Kitchen Herbs – Part 2

Part 1

Cinnamon (cinnamomum zeylanicum):

Cinnamon

Is available as bark, shoots and sticks. The bark is mainly sweet, but also slightly hot and bitter; the shoots have a very different taste and are not so sweet. Both are warming and tonics. Cinnamon and whole barley soup is good for all kidney problems, balancing water volume, general tone and function and helping to cleanse the system. Cinnamon and cloves complement each other in cooking, warming and speeding digestion. Nausea, flatulence and diarrhoea can be helped with them. Cinnamon is chromium rich (chromium is important for blood sugar regulation) and can be used for those who have low blood sugar, hypoglycaemia and potential insulin resistance in the first stages. Diabetics must use under practitioner direction if using large doses/capsules but a little in food is fine.

Cloves (Syzygium aromaticum):

Cloves

A stimulant and is effective for warming the body, increasing circulation, improving digestion, alleviating nausea/vomiting and clearing phlegm. Cloves are also capable of inhibiting viruses and fungi as well as parasitic eggs. Use sparingly as the flavour is strong.

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum):

Coriander

A great anti-viral herb. As a seed it is a good thickening agent. Helpful for stimulating digestion.

Cumin (Cuminum cyminum):

Cumin

Is ‘cooler’ than some spices, but it still warms and aids digestion. It is one of the best spices for the relief of flatulence. It is also a stimulant and antispasmodic, useful to the heart and uterus.

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Medicinal Kitchen Herbs – Part 1

Its time to dig out all those messy bags of herbs and spices that you never use! Or start buying herbs and spices you see in the supermarket…but didn’t buy before because you did not know how to use them. Medicinal kitchen herbs are also a cheaper way to get herbal medicine and natural healing into your life EVERYDAY and while your cooking will taste more interesting.

Herbs and spices used in cooking traditionally were always included to help the easy digestion of heavy foods, break down rich or fatty foods and help destroy parasites and other bacteria that may be present in the food. Remember; herbs and spices have been around a lot longer than refrigeration!

A pestle and mortar (see above) is helpful for grinding these herbs or use a coffee grinder.

N.B ‘Astringent’ = a substance that contracts the tissue or canals of the body, thereby diminishing mucus/blood or cleans the skin and constricts the pores.

Here are some of the most common.

Aniseed (Pimpinella anisum):

Aniseed

A sweet spice. It is excellent for breaking up mucus in the body and for the relief of cramping in the bowels, as well as colic and flatulence. It is also very calming and soothing for the nervous system and helpful for alleviating sleeplessness.

Caraway (Carum carvi):

Caraway

Is an excellent aid to digestion and relieves indigestion.

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum):

Cardamom

It warms the body and soothes digestion. You need to break into the pod for the flavour and medicinal qualities.

Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum annuum):

Cayenne Pepper

It is a medicinal and nutritional herb. It is the purest and best stimulant. It is an excellent food for the circulatory system, as it feeds the necessary elements into the cell structure of arteries, veins and capillaries so that they regain elasticity. It also regulates blood pressure. Used raw, it rebuilds the tissue in the stomach and heals stomach and intestinal ulcers (the opposite is true of cooked chillies). It also produces natural warmth and stimulates the peristaltic motion of the intestines, aiding in assimilation and elimination. Cayenne peppers have white seeds, which are the hottest part; they are good for colds and flu. In some cases, it is too hot and those who are already ‘inflamed’ or over-heated should not use chilli – especially not cooked chilli. Avoid if you have a fever or are menopausal.

Source: Herbs for Everyday Living Course

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Aloe Vera for Your Skin

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Invaluable to burns and sunburn of minor or a great severity.  Wherever mucous membranes are thinned, bleeding or infected both internally and externally. The thick gel is cooling and helps to reduce scaring and speeds up healing.

Use the fresh leaf over packaged tube versions as they often contain preservatives. Aloe plants are easy to keep indoors all year round and pick off a leaf as and when you need it. If you do not use all the leaf, put it in the fridge or freezer to use later.

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When should I use a Probiotic?

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It appears that the business of beneficial bacteria is booming as the  “probiotics” label is common on everything ranging from supplements to yogurt and even to the granola bars. The term has also gained tsunami of attention as one of the essential elements to promote health and vitality.

Basically the Probiotics are the “friendly bacteria” , which are similar to organisms, which naturally occurs inside the digestive tract. In fact certain types of probiotics have direct connection health benefits, from helping with irritable bowel syndrome to traveler’s diarrhea and even help to boost the immune system.

Most experienced health care experts and holistic health practitioners know that a healthy gut is key to overall health. Studies show a direct link between gastrointestinal ecology and immune function, and one of the most important steps to achieving healthy gut function is by restoring and maintaining a healthy balance of gut flora.

If any of the following apply to you or your family, you should be considering using a probiotic formula:

• Imbalanced flora in the small or large intestine

• Gastrointestinal irritation

• Recent antibiotic use

• Irregular bowel movements

• Abdominal bloating and flatulence

• Anal irritation

• Frequent travel

Remember that not all probiotics are the same and it’s imperative when choosing a probiotic product for either yourself or your family that you have it test it with Kinesiology on you or you know that it is a top quality product, guaranteed to work.

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The Gut and Brain Connection!

The GUT has more neurotransmitters ( the chemicals that the brain makes when it thinks) than does the brain. So between our hearts and our guts, we get the TRUTH!

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Sea Vegetables/Plants – Chlorella Part 3

Sea Vegetables/Plants Part 1 & Part 2

Chlorella

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  • Chlorella is a green single-celled algae cultivated in fresh water ponds.
  • It has a grass-like smell because the high amounts of chlorophyll in it, the highest concentration of any plant in the world. It has existed on the plant for billions of years and was one of the first foods to appear. Fossils of Chlorella have been found dating back 3 billion years.
  • Chlorella is one of the healthiest, most potent foods in existence. In addition to being a perfect food for humans, lower grades of Chlorella are fed to livestock all over the world.
  • Chlorella is a powerful high-protein algae. It is about 65% assimilable protein. There are five grams of protein in one teaspoon or fifteen grams in one tablespoon.
  • It contains carotenoids, high amounts of magnesium, and the super detoxifier known as chlorophyll. It also contains approximately two to six times more chlorophyll than spirulina, but a little less protein.
  • The cell wall of chlorella has been found to be valuable. It binds with heavy metals, pesticides, and such carcinogens as PCBs found to (polychlorobinphenyls) and carries these toxins safely out of the body.
  • Another feature of the cell is a substructure that contains complex polysaccharides which is a plant chemical constituent renowned for promoting powerful immune responses.
  • The cell wall also contains compounds related to those found in bacteria that fortify immunity and protect against mutation.
  • Chlorella is also rich in a nutrient factor isolated in the 1950s and not available in other green foods called ‘Chlorella Growth Factor’ (CGF). This CGF makes chlorella most useful for improving growth patterns in children, maintaining health in old age, healing injuries, and initiating growth where it has been stunted from disease or degeneration, including Alzheimer’s disease, nervousness, palsy, seizures, sciatica, multiple sclerosis and other nerve disorders.
  • It also promotes normal growth of disease processes such as tumours. Because its chlorophyll content is one of the highest of any food, chlorella is useful for the many conditions which benefit from chlorophyll’s purification, renewal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Treatment of viruses and fungi which sap energy, such as candida-overgrowth, Epstein-Barr virus, chronic fatigue immune deficiency syndrome (CFIDS), and AIDS, is advanced by the immune-enhancing qualities of CGF as well as the antiviral effect of chlorophyll.
  • It also assists all blood sugar imbalances like diabetes, hypoglycaemia, manic depression.
  • Chlorella contains large quantities of fatty acids particularly the artery-cleansing, omega-3, alpha-linolenic variety; perhaps the reason chlorella has been shown to be so effective in reducing blood cholesterol in the body and preventing arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arterial walls).
  • The Japanese use a great deal of it in their diet – and they are famous for youthful skin, low cancer rates, excellent immunity and living to a great old age.

If you buy chlorella as single product rather than as a Superfood blend, we suggest ‘Sun Chlorella’ available from www.totalhealthnowshop.co.uk

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