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Raw Chocolate Basic Recipe (Dairy Free, Sugar Free, Gluten and Wheat Free)

Raw Chocolate Basic Recipe (Dairy Free, Sugar Free, Gluten and Wheat Free)

 cocoa-butterIngredients:

  • 50g cacao butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter (optional)
  • 4 tablespoons cacao powder or cacao paste
  • 4 tablespoons lucuma powder (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons carob powder (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut nectar blossom or raw honey

First melt the cacao butter and coconut butter. I grate the cacao butter first so it melts quicker. Place in a bowl and then put this bowl into a larger bowl of hot water which heats the butters gently and you won’t end up cooking them! You can also get double boilers (bain marie or porringers) which does the same job but on the stove.

dark in a boxWhen the butters have completely liquefied (you might need to add more hot water), add the cacao, lucuma and carob powders a tablespoon at a time, stirring it in until dissolved. I shake the powder through a sieve to stop lumps. Next add the agave syrup or honey; slowly pour it in while stirring. Now pour the liquid chocolate into the moulds and put in the fridge to set.

TIP: Our kids also love to add any type of nuts, dried fruits, seeds or even cereal (hazelnuts, walnuts, cranberries, sunflower seeds or any healthy wholegrain cereal are great) into to the bottom of the moulds and we pour chocolate on top of it. So it gives this extra taste, volume and element of surprise to your chocolate. And it is great way to interact with kids

I only use Organic Raw Cacao products from Ecuador as found they match more tastier and nutritional!! compare to just buying an organic cacao product!

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Why to detox / cleanse your body?

 

People choose to cleanse for many reasons–to lose weight, to cleanse the liver of impurities, even for spiritual or religious reasons. Some cleansing plans allow you to only drink water, other fast, and juice / smoothie or take special supplement programme to support your body.

Cleansing and elimination is absolutely key for a healthy body. Outside of the naturopathic realm, many people see cleanses as something they decide to do a few times a year, when ideally it is more balanced to see cleansing as something the body does all the time. Try to live in a way where the body is getting rid of unwanted toxins EVERY DAY. The body actually wants to function like this!

Imagine treating your body like a freshly made bed. Each day you shake the bedding out to make it tidy again. Oxygen gets round, the blood flows better, your brain will function better, secretions and odours do not build up, your liver and kidneys empty themselves, you bowel gets rid of all of the waste, your skin looks bright, your hair shiny and strong.

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Why to Detox?

Human tissue laded with toxins cannot assimilate nutrients well or eliminate its own wastes efficiently. For example, tissue that needs repair; heals very slowly until toxins are removed.

Here are some signs of toxicity:

  • • Headaches / migraines
  • • Eye infections / itchy eyes
  • • Dark circles under eyes
  • • Infertility
  • • Menstrual problems / reproductive area problems / PMT
  • • Excessive mucus / catarrh
  • • inability to shake off colds / coughs
  • • Constant swollen glands – especially in throat
  • • Acne, skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis
  • • Body odour
  • • Bad breath
  • • Joint / muscle pain – e.g arthritis
  • • Sluggish metabolism
  • • Fatigue / exhaustion
  • • Nausea
  • • Strong reaction to alcohol
  • • Bloating
  • • Poor bowel movements / constipation
  • • Food intolerances
  • • Excessive cellulite
  • • Lumpy / painful breasts
  • • Water retention
  • • Mood swings, irritability, impatience
  • Low libido

 

From detoxification you can achieve:

  • Skin is clearer and smoother, hair and nails are stronger.
  • Excess mucous in the lungs and nose clear up.
  • You have more energy, flexibility and stamina.
  • You are more alert.
  • Weight loss, less cellulite and marks begin to fade.
  • Your moods become lighter and mood swings disappear.
  • You will sleep better and wake up ready for the day ahead.

 

The body protects us from these toxins by storing them in our body’s cells and in the thick rubbery goo called Mucoid Plaque. This coats the inside of our stomach, intestines and colon.

This mucoid plaque eventually stops us from absorbing our vital nutrients. Suffocating our digestive system and causing allergies, parasites, and bad bacteria to thrive and cause uncomfortable and embarrassing ailments.
These toxins can be the foods we ate that could not be digested at the time, to the pills and medicines that we have taken, pollution from the environment, chemicals in skin care and household cleaners.

 

But when we allow the body to be clear, de-toxified and energised then it looks like this:

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Just as river life does not blossom or survive in contaminated and stagnant water.

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First gentle steps to detoxing?

  • Hot and cold showers: The contrast of the hot and cold gets your blood moving – vital for excellent health, lymphatic function and releasing toxins.
  • Skin brushing: gets the lymph moving and helps to eliminate toxins. Work from the soles of the feet, in an upwards motion towards the heart.
  • Get a re-bounder and do 15 minutes mini jumping per day. This will kick start the lymphatic system, help with weight loss (if that is required), to move on excess toxins.
  • Take it easy with exercise as the body during detox / cleanse more energy to assist in elimination all the toxins…

 Check out our revolutionary cleanse detox 4 weeks programme here –!!RejuvaDetox!!

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A Quick Guide to Juicing for Families

This is a fun video of our almost daily juicing routine!

Many parents asks us on how to get children to drink green juice…..totalhealthnow-smoothies-300x300
The answer is -never forced it on them, but come with ideas & ways to make it more fun! and set an example – If a child see their mother or father drinking green juice and eating healthfully, this will greatly influence their dietary habits.

Create a fun name and let your kids help run the blender. Some of our kid tested and approved favorites that will have them drinking their greens. Making it fun can make it more exciting and appealing to drink. This is a great mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack for a great anti-oxidant hit. Making snacks bright and colourful is important to gain a range of micro-nutrients which is important for healthy cognitive function and immunity. Recipes can be made to your child taste…

A Quick Guide to Juicing for Families & Kids

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The Importance of Drinking Alkaline Water

 

Water is Mother Nature’s finest gift and without it, we cannot survive. Other liquid forms keep us from actually dying but pure water itself cannot be substituted if quality health is desired.

It’s common knowledge that most water sources are now polluted, but there is tremendous confusion about what kind of drinking water is the most health promoting, and what kind of home water treatment produces the best drinking water.

TYPES of WATER available to us…

  • Purified water: Water that is physically processed to remove impurities (e.g., distillation, deionization, reverse osmosis, carbon filtration, etc.)
  • Distilled water: Water that is boiled and evaporated away from its dissolved minerals, and then the vapor is condensed.
  • Bottled Water. This water is typically from a spring or has gone through reverse osmosis before it is bottled. However, some brands are simply bottled tap water that may or may not have gone through any additional filtering.
  • Alkaline water: Water that has been separated into alkaline and acid fractions using electrolysis, which takes advantage of the naturally occurring electric charges found in the magnesium and calcium ions; in the drinking water industry.
  • Deionized or demineralized water: Water in which the mineral ions (salts such as sodium, calcium, iron, copper, chloride and bromide) have been removed by exposing it to electrically charged resins that attract and bind to the salts.
  • Hard and soft water: Hard water is any water containing an appreciable quantity of dissolved minerals; soft water is treated water in which the only cation (positively charged ion) is sodium.

Source: Dr Mercola Blog

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Today, too many people are choosing soda instead of pure water as their primary beverage, which puts their health at risk.

DID YOU KNOW that….

  • A cup of tea takes away about 1 cup of water.
  • A cup of coffee takes away about 2 cups of water.
  • 1 can of coke takes away around 28 glasses of water because the cola is so acidic, the body is trying to neutralise that.

WHY Water is good for you:

  •  Cleansing/hydrating.
  • Aids organ function.
  • Electrolytes need water (e.g potassium, calcium and magnesium transported in water).
  • Lubricates joints.
  • Hot water is better anti-inflammatory. So for treating kidneys (cystitis). Kidneys hate the cold.
  • Do not drink ice cold water, the body would have to use energy to heat it up. The best way to hydrate the body is to drink warm water. Body hydrates slower with cold or chilled water.
  • 75% of the body is water.
  • Water makes repair protein. Repair proteins needed to keep body intact e.g healing, illness, cosmetically. Water reduces the ageing process.
  • For nerve transmission, function. Regulating all functions within the body.
  • Transport mechanism – transported by water.
  • Helps control and regulate body temperature.
  • Helps get rid of waste.
  • Helps produce anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Water activates white blood cells so helps with immune system.
  • Still water helps to neutralise acid in the body. When the body is happily alkaline, it makes oxygen in the body = healthy body. Acidic cells = de-oxygenated. Toxins create acid in the body. Carbonated water makes acid in the body.
  • Water gives the body energy.
  • Liver needs water to work efficiently and alkalise body chemistry and produce bile.
  • Helps to break down mucus.
  • Softens cells, making them more permeable and able to receive vitamins and minerals.

 Panic attacks can be alleviated by drinking water. Its about getting oxygen into the body. Stress dehydrates the body. Water relaxes the body.

 Total Health Now  believes that drinking alkaline ionised water is beneficial for everyone!

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Drink water 30 mins before a meal, as its helps with digestive enzymes. If one is de-hydrated then one cannot digest sufficiently and as mentioned before, digestion is key for increasing absorption of nutrients.

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Raw Nutella Spread

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Just like with everything else in life, there is a right and wrong way to do things. Making your own super healthy chocolate nut butter is the right way, eating the one from the jar that also contains soy lecithin, refined sugar and unhealthy fats is the wrong way.

Raw Nutella Spread
makes about 1 cup

1 cup hazelnuts, slightly roasted
1/4 cup raw agave or maple syrup
1 tsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
2-4 tbsp raw almond milk*

Instructions:

Put all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth mixture

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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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Super – Superfoods!

Of course, not all foods are created equal. There are some foods which are typically loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essential fatty acids and other beneficial substances and they have been named as the “superfoods”.

Superfoods have incredible health benefits and are the key ingredients to maintain Health and vitality. That’s right; superfoods pack a powerful nutritional punch to protect against cancer and heart disease, lower cholesterol. Research has proved that superfoods also protect the organs from toxins and improve digestive health.

Superfoods are a special category of foods found in nature. By definition they are calorie sparse and nutrient dense meaning they pack a lot of punch for their weight as far as goodness goes. They are superior sources of anti-oxidants and essential nutrients – nutrients we need but cannot make ourselves. We all may be adding more salads and vegetables to our diets, but concern over the quality of foods grown on mineral depleted soils makes Superfoods an intelligent choice. Source- Food Matters movie

The best part is superfoods are easy to find in every local supermarket and also at the virtual healthy nutrition store. Yes they are worth looking for!

For our superfoods range pleas go to www.totalhealthnowshop.co.uk

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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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