WHY WHEATGRASS ?
Wheatgrass juice is nature’s finest medicine. It is a signature elixir at Hippocrates. It is a powerful concentrated liquid nutrient. Two ounces of wheatgrass juice has the nutritional equivalent of five pounds of the best raw organic vegetables. For example, wheatgrass has twice the amount of Vitamin A as carrots and is higher in Vitamin C than oranges! It contains the full spectrum of B vitamins, as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium in a balanced ratio. Wheatgrass is a complete source of protein, supplying all of the essential amino acids, and more. It has about 20% of total calories coming from protein. This protein is in the form of poly peptides, simpler and shorter chains of amino acids that the body uses more efficiently in the blood stream and tissues.
In addition to flooding the body with therapeutic dosages of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and phytonutrients, wheatgrass is also a powerful detoxifier, especially of the liver and blood.
Use wheatgrass in other therapeutic applications as well. The wheatgrass juice must be consumed fresh – within fifteen minutes of juicing for the best results. The juice should always be taken undiluted and on an empty stomach so the nutrients can be absorbed more efficiently. Powdered and freeze dried wheatgrass supplements are nowhere near as effective as fresh wheatgrass juice.
When it is consumed fresh it is a living food and has bio-electricity. This high vibration energy is literally the life force within the living juice. This resource of life-force energy can potentially unleash powerful renewing vibrations and greater connectivity to one’s inner being. These powerful nutrients can also prevent DNA destruction and help protect us from the ongoing effects of pre-mature aging and cellular breakdown.
When it is fresh, wheatgrass juice is the king of living juices.
Among other things wheatgrass juice is particularly high in chlorophyll. Wheatgrass cleanses and builds the blood due to its high content of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the first product of light and therefore contains more healing properties than any other element. All life on this planet comes from the sun. Only green plants can transform the sun’s energy into chlorophyll through the process of photosynthesis. . Chlorophyll is known as the ‘life-blood’ of the plants. This important phytonutrient is what your cells need to heal and to thrive.
Drinking wheatgrass juice is like drinking liquid sunshine.
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Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake (Gluten Free!)
1 1/2cups semisweet chocolate chips
1(19 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
3/4cup white sugar
1/2teaspoon baking powder
1tablespoon confectioners' sugar for dusting
INSTRUCTIONS1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.2.Place the chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Cook in the microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds after the first minute, until chocolate is melted and smooth. If you have a powerful microwave, reduce the power to 50 percent.3.Combine the beans and eggs in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Add the sugar and the baking powder, and pulse to blend. Pour in the melted chocolate and blend until smooth, scraping down the corners to make sure chocolate is completely mixed. Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan.4.Bake for 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 to 15 minutes before inverting onto a serving plate. Dust with confectioners' sugar just before serving.
Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe | Calories: 142 | Total Fat: 10 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Previous Points: 3 | Points Plus: 4 | Carbohydrates: 9 g | Sodium: 240 mg | Dietary Fiber: 2 g | Sugars:1 g | Protein: 4 g |
Joint pain is one of the greatest inconveniences that can hamper our mobility and decrease the zest we feel for life as we get older. It manifests in symptoms of inflammation which is typically characterized by redness, swollen joints that are warm to the touch, loss of joint function and joint pain and stiffness.
Inflammation may also be associated with fever chills, headaches, loss of appetite, fatigue, low energy and muscle stiffness.
In its worst form, joint pain is a precursor to rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis, caused by an overactive immune system, is especially scary, since the medical protocol can be quite intense (such as chemotherapy and other therapies which suppress the immune system). To protect your well-being and your pocket, it is advisable to turn to natural remedies in herbs to treat inflammation as well as herbs which cleanse the blood and strengthen the body in general.
Herbs help cleanse metabolic waste products and toxins from our body. They work by supporting the natural cleansing functions of the kidneys, large intestines, increasing blood flow and aiding lymph drainage.
Allowing these wastes and toxins to circulate throughout the body is a cause of inflammation and, when the body is busy attempting to stem joint pain, it’s not able to do much else in order to support our health.
Here are several herbs which help ease joint pain:
1. Burdock Root
One of the best things for joint pain is to increase your consumption of essential fatty acids. Burdock root has many fatty oils that help to give this wonderful herb many anti-inflammatory properties. You can eat burdock root in food, and you also can chop up the dried root and put it in boiling water. You allow it to simmer for about 10 minutes and then shut off the stove. You strain and rink it while it is warm. You also can take this herb in a capsule. It definitely is one of the best herbs to reduce inflammation in your joints and relieve joint pain.
Turmeric is very effective in reducing inflammation of all kinds in your body. It also helps to relieve pain. It contains several chemicals that decrease inflammation in your body. They are very similar to NSAIDS drugs that are often prescribed for people with joint pain. This anti-inflammatory effect is one of the reasons that that turmeric is recommended to people with cancer, cataracts and also Alzheimer’s Disease.
Ginger is an anti-inflammatory and antirheumatic agent used in Ayurvedic medicine. Ginger extract blocks activation of inflammatory mediators such as COX-2 and TNF, as well as suppressing the inflammatory prostaglandin E2 pathway. In a two-and-a-half-year study that investigated the effects of powdered ginger on people who had either rheumatoid arthritis or osteoarthritis, approximately 75 per cent of the patients experienced pain relief and decreased swelling, and there were no reports of adverse effects.
Flaxseed is an excellent source of Omega-3 in vegan form. It is very important to help you keep your immune system strong. It also is important to fight inflammation. The vegan aspect is important because animal fats can often cause inflammation in people with arthritis. You should try to put two tablespoons of flaxseeds into your diet each day. You should not heat or cook the seeds or the oil, as this will damage the Omega-3. Also, note that if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, you should use the oil, and not the seeds. These could cause your condition to worsen.
Secrets to Great Health#1 The first secret…is that everyone’s secrets are different. It is called bio-individuality. Vegan eating can be right for you…but not for your neighbor. The more you learn about nutrition and the more you listen to your body, the easier it will be to figure out what is right for you.
#2 Hunger doesn’t always signal a need for food. Sometimes hunger means you need some attention. Maybe you are sad, lonely, confused, bored…so, if you take a minute before heading for the kitchen…and really try to think what it is you really want. Sometimes, it just means you are thirsty. If you pay attention to the urge you are feeling, you can learn from it…and let it go.
#3 Eat healthy 90% of the time. This way you don’t look at a food you really want…and think “I better eat it now because I can never have it again.”…or worse “oh poor me, I am so deprived”. Just be sure you are up on your math and 90 doesn’t turn to 50.
#4 Eat at home. Prepare your food with love and enjoy it.
#5 Eat whole foods. You will notice a difference in how you feel almost immediately. (YES, that means no more Lucky Charms)
#6 Meditate or Pray to reduce stress.
#7 Move your body…every chance you get.
#8 Journal…I can’t say it enough. If it is down on paper…you reap treasure.
#9 Eat more green veggies.
#10 Get a good night’s sleep
#11 Drink more water…and throw some lemon in there while you are at it!
#12 EAT -
LATEST CANCER INFORMATION
from Johns Hopkins
AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY AND ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY …
1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.
2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.
3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.
4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.
5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.
6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.
7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.
8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.
9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.
10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.
11. An effective way to battle cancer is to STARVE the cancer cells by not feeding it with foods it needs to multiple.
What cancer cells feed on:
a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Note: Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.
b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells will starved.
c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.
d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes t o nourish and enhance growth of healthy cells.
To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).
e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water--best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.
12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines will become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.
13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.
14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.
15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor.
Anger, unforgiving and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.
16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.
NOT a very good choice if you are cooling off with vitamin water !
Vitaminwater has made a name for itself among the trendy new functional beverage lines, and with the help of popular celebrity spokespeople like Ellen DeGeneres sold 142 million cases last year.
At first glance, Vitaminwater sounds like nothing more than flavored water with added vitamins and minerals … even a seasoned health veteran may be fooled into believing that this is a good idea … vitamins, water, a great combination.
But when you start investigating the list of ingredients in Vitaminwater and similar beverages, the more you'll realize you're doing your body a great disservice by falling for the healthy illusion they've created.
It's very fitting that Coca-Cola owns the Vitaminwater brand, as this beverage is closer to soda than it is to water. And as you may remember, Coca-Cola was actually sued last year in a class-action lawsuit that contended the Vitaminwater line was being illegally promoted as a healthy product.
So let's take a look at what you're really drinking if you drink Vitaminwater …
What's Really in Vitaminwater? Fructose!
Oh yes, here we have it again. Big surprise, the number one source of calories in the US and the primary cause of the obesity epidemic is being used to sell this product.
"Vitaminwater is Coke's attempt to dress up soda in a physician's white coat. Underneath, it's still sugar water, albeit sugar water that costs about ten bucks a gallon," said litigation director Steve Gardner of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).
Actually I disagree with the "sugar water" part as pure cane sugar water is an order of magnitude healthier than free-floating fructose. When you drink Vitaminwater, what you really get is 33 grams -- more than six teaspoons -- of sugar, including crystalline fructose.
I recently began warning about this new variety of fructose, which may be even worse for your health than high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). I recently exposed agave as being worse than HFCS but crystalline fructose is much worse than agave.
While many people mistakenly believe that fructose is an acceptable form of sweetener, it is far from healthy. Refined man-made fructose metabolizes to triglycerides and adipose tissue, not blood glucose. One major downside of this is that fructose does not stimulate your insulin secretion, nor enhance leptin production.
Together, insulin and leptin act as key signals in regulating how much food you eat, and several studies have linked dietary fructose to increased food intake and weight gain.
Additionally, fructose is also known to significantly raise your triglycerides, which puts you at an increased risk of heart disease.
Based on the latest research, crystalline fructose is definitely something you'll want to avoid as much as possible. Whereas regular HFCS contains 55 percent fructose and 45 percent glucose, crystalline fructose is at minimum 99 percent fructose, which could only mean that all the health problems associated with fructose may be even more pronounced with this product.
If anyone tries to tell you "sugar is sugar," they are way behind the times. There are major differences in how your body processes each one.
The bottom line is: fructose leads to increased belly fat, insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome -- not to mention the long list of chronic diseases that directly result. As a standard recommendation, I strongly advise keeping your TOTAL fructose consumption below 25 grams per day … and this leaves no room for Vitaminwater in your diet.
And if that's not bad enough, crystalline fructose may also contain arsenic, lead, chloride and heavy metals.
Vitaminwater Also Contains Erythritol: What is It?
Erythritol is a sugar alcohol, a type of sweetener that provides fewer calories than sugar. But despite the name, sugar alcohols are neither sugar nor alcohol. It is actually not that bad of a sweetener, far safer than artificial sweeteners, fructose and most of the other sugar alcohols, except xylitol.
They vary in sweetness from about half as sweet as sugar to equally as sweet. They're frequently combined with other low-calorie or artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, acesulfame-K, neotame, saccharin, or as in the case of Vitaminwater, crystalline fructose.
The reason sugar alcohols provide fewer calories than sugar is because they are not completely absorbed in your body. However, this fact has certain drawbacks, none of which are good.
High intakes of foods containing sugar alcohols can lead to adverse physical symptoms like abdominal gas and diarrhea. Some polyols are clearly worse than others. Sorbitol or mannitol-containing foods, for example, are so potent they must display a warning on their label stating "excess consumption may have a laxative effect."
Erythritol may actually offer an explanation to the many reports of ill after-effects from drinking Vitaminwater, such as:
If you gain nothing else from this article, let it serve as a reminder as to the importance of reading labels. As the saying goes, you can't judge a book by its cover … and you can't judge a food product by its cover either.
If you are opting to buy any processed food, make sure to flip it over and read the ingredients for yourself, regardless of how "healthy" it appears to be.
If You Want to Get More Vitamins …
In today's 24-7 world, people are looking for quick ways to maximize their nutrient intake. This is why Vitaminwater and its cronies are occupying ever-expanding sections of supermarket shelves. But let me tell you once again, when it comes to nutrition, there are no shortcuts.
You may be fooled by Vitaminwater's chic logo and health promises … but your body won't be.
Proper nutrition really begins with identifying your Nutritional Type, and then following the program, focusing on eating unprocessed, organic and locally grown foods.
About the best "shortcut" I could recommend if you're looking to increase your nutrient intake, fast, would be to invest in a high-quality vegetable juicer and start juicing your own veggies.
But no matter how you cut it, if you want to get all of the great health benefits that Vitaminwater promises -- reduced risk of chronic disease, more energy, a healthier immune system and so on -- you simply have to start paying attention to what you're eating.
For extra reassurance, a multivitamin can be beneficial, but not in the synthetic forms used in most energy drinks, flavored beverages and vitamin pills on the market. Your body needs nutrients in a natural whole food form, and this is the only type I recommend taking.
Is Vitaminwater Useful Post-Workout?
If you've been drinking Vitaminwater to recharge after a workout, I recommend saving your money. Less than 1 percent of those who use sports drinks actually benefit from them, as anything less than 45 minutes will not result in a large enough fluid loss to justify using a high-sugar drink like Vitaminwater.
And even if you're exercising for more than an hour, there are far better options to rehydrate yourself, such as fresh coconut water, which is one of the highest sources of electrolytes known to man.
For most average exercisers and athletes out there, Vitaminwater is a complete waste of your money. Your best bet for your primary fluid replacement -- while exercising or otherwise -- remains pure, fresh water. Dr. Mercola.
Peanut Butter Banana Cream Bites
***Note: Use high cacao content dark chocolate.
2 large bananas
1/4 cup natural peanut butter
1/2 cup chocolate chips
2 tbsp-1/4 cup milk of choice
Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper or parchment. Slice bananas into coins about 1/2–3/4 inch thick. Spread a little dollop of peanut butter on top of each one. In a small bowl, combine the chocolate chips and milk (remember, less is more). Microwave in 15 second increments until you can whisk them together. You want it to be a dipable consistency, not spreadable. Add a splash more milk if necessary. Dip the banana chunks using a fork as a little chocolate-coating forklift, dipping them into the melted chocolate. Place chocolate coated bananas on the prepared sheet and place in freezer until completely frozen (3–5 hours). Remove frozen banana chunks from the sheet and store in a freezer container. Enjoy!
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