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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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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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Sea Vegetables/Plants – Blue-green Algae Part 2

Sea Vegetables/Plants Article Part 1

Blue-green Algae

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  • Blue-green algae, are microscopic organisms that are naturally present in lakes and streams. Blue Green Algae is probably the oldest or first life forms.
  • Algae is the most nutrient-dense and perfectly-balanced wholefood with an extraordinarily complete content of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids and live enzymes.
  • Algae provide over 80% of the oxygen in the earth and provide a staple diet for countless plants and animals.
  • Blue Green Algae contains the very important Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) of Omega-3 alpha linolenic, Omega-3 eicosapentanoic and Omega-3 docosahexaenoic, plus Omega-6 linoleic.
  • One of the only vegetarian sources of vitamin B12, providing 133% of the RDA.
  • Contains 60% high quality protein.
  • Highest beta-carotene content per gram of any food – a provitamin that boosts the immune system and scavenges free radicals that can cause oxidative damage in the body.
  • Richest known source of chlorophyll, which can help our bodies in cell regeneration, blood purification and general detoxification.
  • Enzyme active for complete and easy absorption.
  • Contains the full spectrum of trace minerals.

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Sea Vegetables/Plants – Spirulina Part 1

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Acid & Alkaline – sea vegetables/plants are excellent for alkalising and work well alongside herbal medicine.

It is important that we maintain a balanced body pH of ideally around 7.2-7.4, which is roughly neutral. A diet of junk food to include fast food, over-cooked, processed foods, (especially soft drinks (the worst is cola), which have a pH of 2.7) creates a body that is several thousand times more acidic than our bodies. This is important because all diseases start and live and thrive in an acidic environment and do not live well in an alkaline environment. Thus it follows that to keep ourselves as alkaline as possible creating a healthy body. (Becoming too alkaline is rare but not unheard of.) The rise of fast, junk and processed foods match those of rising cancer rates.

Spirulina

 

• Spirulina is one of the many blue-green algaes (single-celled plants); named after its spiral shape. Algaes are incredibly old life forms, responsible for producing and sustaining our oxygenated atmosphere. They are the basis of the food chain and the primary source of food for the great baleen whales.

• Spirulina is not a salt-water algae; it grows in fresh inland waters. Due to being a prehistoric plant it is rich in nutrients and gives huge amounts of energy. Spirulina is potentially one of the most concentrated, nutritious foods on this planet. It is the highest natural source of complete protein. Hawaiian spirulina is regarded as being the best source because of its rich, clean waters.

• It is one of the oldest foods on the planet because it is a single-celled plant, it assimilates with almost no work from your digestion. In fact, your body begins to assimilate it right in your mouth and into your bloodstream.

• The high amount of sunshine makes the spirulina high in Beta Carotene. It is a rich source of B vitamins, especially B12 and it is also one of the richest sources of minerals. Spirulina contains chelated versions of potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, phosphorous, and iron.

• In addition to these beneficial minerals, you can get vitamins A and E vitamins from spirulina.

• Spirulina also has all nine of the essential amino acids, as well as nine more nonessential ones.

• Spirulina contains compounds like phycocyanin, polysaccharides and sulfolipids that enhance the immune system. In fact spirulina contains the most remarkable concentration of functional nutrients ever known in any food, plant, grain or herb. No other algae, blue-green or chlorella, has been the subject of such intense research over the past 30 years – there have been thousands of scientific studies.

• Spirulina contains the major long-chain omega-3 fatty acid (‘good’ fat) found in the brain. It is the primary building block of the gray matter of the brain and the retina of the eye.

• Spirulina is a rich source Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). GLA is an essential fatty acid that has been shown very helpful in the relief of arthritis. GLA also helps lower high blood pressure and blood cholesterol. It eases such other conditions as premenstrual pain, eczema and other skin conditions.

• It is 58 times richer in organic iron than raw spinach and 28 times richer than raw beef liver!

• Phycocyanin, which is the natural blue pigment of Spirulina, is not found in any other food on the plant. Phycocyanin has shown promise in treating cancer in animals. It also stimulates the immune system.

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Take a Liver Tonic Every Day

We wash our hair and our faces everyday but we cannot take out our internal organs and rinse them through, so give you liver a boost today.

-eat a bunch of red grapes

-take a fresh garlic clove or odourless garlic tablets

-drink a glas of carrot or beetroot juice everyday

-drink some dandelion or fennel tea

Take Control of Your Health NOW!

Kostas & Lana

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Alkaline Foods – An Extended List

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Our aim is to help you with your daily “Healthy” food choices. Avoid cooking or frying any of the fruits & vegetables below. They need to be eaten raw or very lightly steamed, as cooking destroys the enzymes and chlorophyll (if applicable) in them.

Vegetables!

Asparagus
- Broccoli
- Chilli -Capsicum/Pepper- Basil
- Brussels Sprouts Courgette/Zucchini- Dandelion – Snowpeas –Green/String/Runner Beans – Spinach – Kale – Wakame – Kelp
- Collards – Chives – Endive -
Chard- Cabbage- Sweet Potato – Coriander – – Cauliflower –Carrot – Beetroot -Eggplant/Aubergine – Garlic
- Onion
-Parsley
- Celery -
Cucumber – Watercress
- Lettuce
-Peas
- Broad Beans
- New Potato -Pumpkin
Radish

Fruit!

Avocado – Tomato – Lemon
- Grapefruit – Fresh Coconut

Grains & Beans!

Amaranth – Buckwheat – Brown Rice   – Chia – Kamut – Millet – Quinoa – Spelt

Lentils
 -Lima Beans- Mung Beans – Navy Beans – Pinto Beans -Red Beans – Soy Beans -White Beans

 Other!

Alkaline Water
- Tofu
 – Goat & Almond Milk – Herbal Tea

 

Nuts & Seeds!

Almonds – Coconut -
Flax / Pumpkin / Sesame / Sunflower Seeds

Oils!

Avocado Oil Coconut Oil Flax Oil Udo’s Oil Olive O

Sprouts!

Soy – 
Alfalfa –  Amaranth –  Broccoli –  Fenugreek – Kamut – Mung Bean – Quinoa – Radish – Spelt

Breads!

Sprouted Bread S- prouted Wraps – Gluten/Yeast  Free Breads & Wraps

Supplemments & Grassess!

These must be organic, food state and with all the nutrients in them, as certain processing methods kill all the nutrients in t them.

Chlorella – Green powders / Wheatgrass / Barley Grass  diluted in water or mixed into juices/smoothies

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Bee Superfoods

Bee Superfoods – The Egyptians wrote about it back in 5500 B.C., the Indians used it for their religious ceremonies in 1000 B.C. and even the Babylonians have been noted to use it in their medicinal practices. The western world actually discovered the benefits of bee superfoods by accident during an investigation of native Russian Beekeepers who regularly lived past 100 years of age who ate raw honey, rich in bee pollen, every day.

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