Superfood Spotlight: Flax Seeds

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Flax seeds have been cultivated for consumption for close to 6000 years. There are so many health benefits of these tiny seeds – they should be a pantry staple. The good news, they’re not expensive, and they are readily available in most grocery stores.

Here are my top 3 reasons that I recommend all of my clients consume 1 TBSP of ground flax seed every day:

  1. Flax seeds are high in Omega 3’s, specifically ALA, which is essential for health maintenance and disease prevention The ALA in flaxseed has found to be stable for at least 3 hours of cooking at oven temperatures (approximately 300F), which makes it available after ground flaxseeds have been added to baked goods.
  1. Flax seeds are high in soluble fiber. The soluble fiber traps fat and cholesterol in the digestive system so that it unable to be absorbed. Also, flax is extremely high in both insoluble fiber which can support colon detoxification, fat loss and reduce sugar cravings.
  2. Flax seeds are high in lingans. Flaxseeds are the richest source of plant lignans, having about 8 times the lignan content of sesame seeds [note that flaxseed oil does not contain lignans – they bind to the fiber]. The other plant foods on the list have about one-tenth or less the amount of lignans as sesame seeds per serving.

The three lignans found in flaxseeds can be converted by intestinal bacteria into enterolactone  and enterodiol which            naturally balance hormones which may be the reason flax seeds reduce the risk of breast cancer.

A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that the lignans in flaxseeds may also reduce the risk of endometrial and ovarian cancer.

**In addition, flaxseed is a good source of iron, zinc, calcium, protein, potassium, magnesium, vitamin E, and folate.

Ground flaxseed provides more nutritional benefits than does whole flaxseed. That’s because the seeds are very hard, making them difficult to crack, even with careful chewing. Grinding breaks the seeds up, making them easier to digest when eaten. If whole flax seeds remain unbroken, they may pass undigested through the body.

You can add the ground flaxseed to your morning oatmeal or other cereal. I blend 1 TBSP of ground flaxseed into a green smoothie each morning. You can also add them to muffins, bread and cookie recipes

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Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Today we are exposed to more toxins than ever before, so it’s become even more important that we take care of our bodies by detoxing with natural medicinal foods like apple cider vinegar.

Make sure you use raw, organic vinegar, never dead, distilled vinegar because the natural enzymes, minerals, and nutrients are destroyed in the distilling process. Any vinegar that is clear and has no “mother” (the strand-like substance in the bottom of the bottle) has no nutritional value.

Apple cider vinegar is rich in natural minerals, vitamins and enzymes. The unique acids in apple cider vinegar can bind to toxins and help the body eliminate them more effectively.

Many people like to take 1-3 teaspoons in a glass of water before meals to aid digestion. Others enjoy adding it to hot water with honey to drink as a tea. You can also use apple cider vinegar to make tasty and nutritious sauces and salad dressings.

 

Here are 10 ways that Apple Cider Vinegar can benefit your health:

1. Maintain pH Balance: The body constantly strives to achieve a state of homeostasis. One way is by keeping the body’s pH balance within the normal range of 7.35 – 7.45. Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level. Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) leads to a lack of energy, excessive production of mucous and higher incidences of infection, among other things.

2. Detoxes the body: Apple cider vinegar is useful in overall detoxification of the body. Research shows that it can help stimulate cardiovascular circulation and help detoxify the liver. apple cider vinegar aids detoxification by breaking up mucus throughout the body and cleansing the lymph nodes to allow for better lymph circulation. A healthy lymphatic system can remove toxins from the cells in the body and improves immune system response.

3. Weight loss: Apple Cider Vinegar helps to break down fats so that your body can use them rather than store them.

4. Lowers Blood Sugar: ACV was studied by researchers at Arizona State University. The preliminary study, published in the Diabetes Care journal, reported that ACV helps reduce levels of glucose.It appears that the Acetic acid in ACV slows the digestion of starch which can help to lower the rise in glucose that commonly occurs after meals.

5. Cures: Sinus infections, allergies, sore throats, headaches, flu. Reducing the effects of allergies can also reduce the frequency of sinus infections and the symptoms associated with them, such as sore throats and headaches. Boosting the immune system can also curb bouts of the flu.

6. Clears: Acne, dermatitis, warts and other skin problems. Some practitioners recommend mixing one part apple cider vinegar and three parts water and dabbing the solution on each pimple. For warts, some recommend soaking a cotton ball in an apple cider vinegar solution then place over the wart with a band-aid overnight. Continue the treatment for a few more days, to make sure the wart doesn’t return.

A hot bath prepared with a cup of apple cider vinegar and a cup of Epsom salts will draw toxins out through the skin and help jumpstart the cleansing process. This can also help relieve joint pain as well as skin conditions like eczema and acne.

7. Eases arthritis, stiff joints and gout: Regular use of apple cider vinegar can be tied to a decrease in joint pain and gout by reducing inflammation; data suggests the malic acid in the vinegar is able to dissolve the uric acid crystals within the joint and assist in flushing them from the body.

8. Lower blood pressure and cholesterol: One of the most important healing qualities of apple cider vinegar is its ability to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides. Try 1-2 teaspoons of vinegar in about eight ounces of water; if you want, add a teaspoon of honey to make it more palatable.

9. Kills candida: This vinegar is rich in natural enzymes that can help rid your body of candida.

10. Heartburn Relief: 1 tablespoon of Raw Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in 4 ounces of filtered water after a meal has been used as a natural remedy for heartburn and as a replacement for toxic heartburn medications.

 

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SUPERFOOD SPOTLIGHT: MACA

This superfood is a radish-like root native to Peru.

Maca root is a highly nutrient-dense whole food, rich in vitamins, plant sterols and essential minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron. Maca has long been used to increase stamina, boost libido, and combat fatigue. The root is a superb adaptogen, enabling the body to more easily adapt to and regulate the effects of stress.

Maca is a particularly powerful and balanced food for athletes and those who are looking to combat stress or increase stamina.

It contains vitamins B1, B2, B12 and C to ensure proper functioning of the heart, the conversion of carbohydrates into energy, cell growth and adequate production of red blood cells.

 Benefits:  

•increased energy and endurance

•increased fertility

•relief of menstrual symptoms

•reduced hormonal disorders during menopause

•regulation of hormonal balance in the body

•improvement of the overall health

•treatment of anemia

•help with wound healing

•improvement of memory, mental and academic abilities

•providing the skin a youthful look

•contributing to healthy bones and teeth

•acting as an antioxidant and anticancerogenic, thus reducing the risk of cancer tissues and the development of cardiovascular disease

•a positive effect on increasing muscle mass

Just add a teaspoon to your favorite smoothie & enjoy!

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Hippocrates Soup Recipe

Hippocrates soup is a vital component of the Gerson Therapy. The Gerson Diet is credited with curing many people from diseases such as cancer, tuberculosis, diabetes, arthritis, allergies, ulcers, heart disease, arteriosclerosis, auto-immune disorders, kidney disease, Multiple Sclerosis and more.

This is a soup recipe that heals and strengthens the immune system and kidneys. The soup can be eaten on it’s own or used as a flavorful base for other vegetable dishes.

Equipment:  

4-quart stainless steel pot

Ingredients (Use organic ingredients):  

  • 1 medium celery knob or 3-4 stalks of celery
  • 1 medium parsley root, if available (parsnips can be substituted)
  • 2 cloves of Garlic (or more as desired)
  • 2 small leeks
  • 1 ½ pounds tomatoes or more if perferred
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 pound of potatoes
  • Parsley to taste

Directions:

1. Wash all the vegetables thoroughly, unpeeled, cut into 1/2″ cubes.

2. Add just enough filtered water to cover the vegetables.

3. Cook all the ingredients under low heat for 1.5-2hours in a  covered pot.

4. Remove from heat and run through food mill/blender.

5. Blend warm ingredients thoroughly till soup is thicky and creamy. Only blend the soup while its warm, otherwise the soup will become sticky when cooled.

6. Allow soup to cool before storing in refrigerator

Tips :

  •  Unblended soup can be used as a base for other recipes.
  • The soup should be cooked at low and slow heat to preserve its valuable nutrients and keep it easily digestible.
  • If you prefer, you can cook the soup in a crock pot.

 

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