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Archive for November, 2016

Cashews add a nice flavor to your juice

The cashew tree is native to Brazil, where its fruit is considered a delicacy. In the 16th century, the Portuguese introduced them to India and some African countries, where they are now also grown. What we call the cashew nut is actually the seed of this fruit. Cashews are rich in iron, phosphorus, selenium, magnesium and zinc. They are also good sources of phytochemicals, antioxidants, and protein. Here is my juice for the day.

Handful Spinach

8 Cashews

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Chia seeds

1 Tomato

1 Orange

1 Apple

3 Strawberries

1 Inch size Ginger

NutriBullet Vitality Boost or Protein powder

Ice Water

Cashews

Cheers!

Here are seven health benefits of cashews:

Cancer Prevention
Heart Health
Hair and Skin Health
Bone Health
Good for the Nerves

Prevent Gallstones
Weight Loss

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Add a Banana

My lunch today:

Handful of Beet Greens

Handful of Spinach

1/2 Tomato

1/2 Apple

1 Pineapple cube

1 Banana

2 Strawberries

1 Inch size Ginger

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Chia Seed

8 Cashews

Water

banana

Cheers!

Juicing with Beet Greens

Beet greens are the green leaves connected to beets. Like all parts of these vegetables, these leaves are edible and in fact quite nutritious. Beets are commonly found in grocery stores in canned form but they can also be purchased fresh and whole when you shop at farmers’ markets.  Here is a tasty way to enjoy them.

Handfuls of Kale

Handful of Beet Greens

1 Beet

1 Celery stalk

1 Tomato

1/4 Cucumber

Juice from 1 Lemon

1 Garlic clove

1 slice of Scallion

1 inch size ginger

1 Tbsp Hemp seed

1 Tbsp Flaxseed

dash of Cayenne pepper

1 Tsp Turmeric

Ice Water

beet greens

Cheers!

1. Rich in Vitamin K

Beet greens have been found to contain large amounts of vitamin K.  As you probably know, vitamin K is an important element that aids in blood clotting. However, studies are showing that the health benefits of vitamin K extend beyond its blood clotting properties. For instance, there is now a possibility that vitamin K might play a role in fighting diseases that afflict the elderly, such as Alzheimer’s disease. If you suffer from osteoporosis or would like to minimize your chance of developing this disease then you should also make vitamin K a part of your diet. This is because vitamin K works alongside calcium to boost the strength in your bones. If you suffer from pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness then this vitamin can also provide some relief. Since it has blood clotting properties, you can also consume vitamin K if you experience excessive bleeding during your monthly period.

2. Improves Vision

Vitamin A is another vitamin that can be found in large amounts in beet greens. Vitamin A brings a wide range of health benefits to the body. One of these benefits is the maintenance of good vision. A compound in vitamin A is essential in the retina’s transformation of light. This is why individuals who are at risk of developing night blindness are advised to take vitamin A.

3. Boosts Immune System Against Infections and Cancer

Another health benefit of vitamin A is that it strengthens your immune system. This vitamin stimulates antibodies and white blood cells so you are better protected against infections. Studies have also shown that vitamin A can play a role in cancer prevention. In fact, if you regularly consume vitamin A-rich plants like beet greens, you are at less risk of developing cancer than if you get your vitamin A from animal products. If you’re pregnant, vitamin A also helps in embryonic development. A vitamin A compound, beta-carotene, is also a known antioxidant that can fight the effects of free radicals in the body. Aside from causing signs of aging, free radicals also contribute to cancer and heart disease.

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Juicing with Organic Kale

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2 Organic Kale leaves

Handful of beet greens

1 Apple

1/2 Lime

1 Squash

1 inch size Ginger

1 Celery Stalk

1/4 Cucumber

1 Garlic Clove

1 slice of Scallion

1 Tbsp Flaxseed

1 Tbsp Goji Berries

1 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

Water

Which foods should we buy organic?

The Environmental Protection Agency reports that the majority of pesticides now in use are probable or possible cancer causes. Studies of farm workers who work with pesticides suggest a link between pesticide use and brain cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple myeloma, leukemia, lymphoma and cancers of the stomach and prostate.

The question remains, however, does the low level of pesticides remaining on our food present much of a risk? Some scientists argue that the extremely low level of pesticide residue remaining on produce is insignificant and that there are naturally occurring toxins in all natural foods that are more significant. The large amount of studies performed on the typical pesticide treated produce have demonstrated that consumption of produce, whether organic or not, is related to lower rates of cancer and increased disease protection. The health benefits of eating phytochemical rich produce greatly outweigh any risk pesticide residues might pose. Certainly, it is better to eat fruits and vegetables grown and harvested using pesticides than to not eat them at all, but it is also wise to minimize our pesticide exposure.

Buying organic is a wise choice – organic foods taste better, and organic agriculture protects farmers and our environment.

An Environmental working group provides lists of produce called the “Dirty Dozen” (highest in pesticides) and the “Clean 15″  (lowest in pesticides). These are their most recent lists.

Highest in pesticides – buy organic if possible “Dirty Dozen”

1. Celery

2. Peaches

3. Strawberries

4. Apples

5. Blueberries

6. Nectarines

7. Bell Peppers

8. Spinach

9. Kale

10. Cherries

11. Potatoes

12. Grapes (imported)

Lowest in pesticides – “Clean 15”

1. Onion

2. Avocado

3. Sweet corn

4. Pineapple

5. Mango

6. Sweet peas

7. Asparagus

8. Kiwi

9. Cabbage

10. Eggplant

11. Cantaloupe

12. Watermelon

13. Grapefruit

14. Sweet potato

15. Honeydew melon

source:  Joel Fuhrman M.D.

 

Benefits of Cucumber

Cucumbers are the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world and known to be one of the best foods for your body’s overall health, often referred to as a superfood. Cucumbers are often sprayed with pesticides so it is important to buy organic or even better, grow them yourself.

Here are 10 Benefits of cucumbers:

1.Quick pick me-up – Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.

2. Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins – Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.

3. Skin and hair care – If you don’t like to eat the skin, it can be used for skin irritations and sunburns as aloe would be used. Place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth.

4. Fight cancers – Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.

5. Home care – Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up. Instead of WD40, take a cucumber slice and rub it along a squeaky hinge and your door will stop squeaking.

6. Relieves bad breath – Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

7. Hangover cure – To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.

8. Aids in weight loss and digestion – Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.

9. Cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure – Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

10. Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain -Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels.

Juice of the day:

2 Organic Kale leaves.

Handful of Spinach

1/4 Cucumber

1 Tomato

1 Orange

3 Strawberries

1 Apple

1 Tbsp Chia Seed

1 Tbsp Goji Berries

6 Cashews

Water

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Cheers!

Health Benefits of Radishes

1. Jaundice

The reason that radishes do a great job of treating jaundice is because they are a powerful detoxifier which makes them good for both the stomach and liver by eliminating waste and toxins. The fact that they additionally remove bilirubin and keep production of this compound stable makes them a useful treatment for jaundice. They can even increase the blood’s supply of oxygen and in turn help reduce the red blood cell destruction that jaundice causes.

2. Piles

One of the main causes of piles is constipation and because of its status as roughage which is made up of indigestible carbohydrates radishes can help fight this problem. Radishes can also help with water retention and digestion. Because it is a good detoxifier, a radish can also help quickly reduce symptoms of piles. Consumption of the juice will relieve even more symptoms by soothing the excretory and digestive systems.

3. Urinary Disorders

Because radishes are diuretic by nature, they will increase urine production. They are also an excellent way to help cure burning sensations during urination as well as inflammation. In addition, because they help clean out your kidneys as well as inhibit infections, they help treat various urinary conditions which may be made worse by excess toxins.

4. Weight Loss

Because radishes are incredibly filling, they are a great way to satisfy hunger and keep a low caloric intake. In addition due to their high quantities of roughage, water and low quantities of digestible carbs, they are a great dietary option. Because radishes have a good amount of fiber but a low glycemic index, they can increase the regularity of bowel movements, helping with the metabolism and weight loss.

5. Cancer

Due to their high levels of vitamin C, anthocyanins and folic as well as detoxifying abilities, radishes are associated with treating several cancers such as oral, stomach, intestinal, kidney and colon. They also contain a great deal of antioxidants and isothiocyanates which alter the cancerous cells’ genetic pathways, causing them to die and be incapable of reproducing.

6. Leucoderma

Radishes can be used to treat leucoderma because of their anti-carcinogenic properties as well as detoxifying abilities. You can either use the powdered seeds soaked in cow’s urine, ginger juice or vinegar and apply them to the areas or simply eat the radish.

7. Skin Problems

Many of the nutrients found in radishes such as some B vitamins, zinc, phosphorus and vitamin C benefit the skin. In addition the water content helps the skin stay hydrated and the disinfectant properties can clear up problems such as cracks, rashes and dry skin. When smashed, raw radish also serves as a good face pack and cleanser.

8. Insect Bites

Because of their anti-pruritic properties, radishes can be effective in treating bee stings and insect bites. The juice will also sooth affected areas and reduce pain.

9. Fever

Radishes are effective at lowering the body temperature as well as relieving inflammation due to fevers.

10.Kidney Diseases

Radishes’ abilities as a disinfectant, cleanser and most importantly a diuretic make it great for treating kidney disorders. They will wash away any toxins which have built up in the kidneys as well as decreasing their accumulation in the blood. They will also protect the kidneys from infection.

11.Respiratory Disorder

Because radishes are anti-congestive, they can decrease congestion in the respiratory system as well as irritation due to allergies, infections or colds. Because of their richness in vitamins as well as their disinfectant properties, they also help protect against infections.

12.Liver and Gallbladder

Radishes help regulation the flow and production of bilirubin and bile, enzymes and acids. They also contain enzymes such as esterase, amylase, diastase and myrosinase and help remove any excess bilirubin from your bloodstream. Eating them regularly can also protect you from ulcers and infections.

13.Others

Radishes can also serve as a metabolism regulator, laxative, breath freshener and appetizer. Normal consumption can also improve blood circulation as well as treat dyspepsia, gall stones, gastric problems, whooping cough, sore throat, obesity, nausea, acidity and headaches.

 

Juice of the Day:

Handful Spinach

1 Carrot

1/2 Banana

1 Green Apple

1 inch size Ginger

1/4 cup Blueberries

1 Celery Stalk

1 Radish

1/4 cucumber

1 Garlic clove

1 Tbsp Goji berries

1 Tbsp Chia seeds

1/2 cup almond pr Coconut milk

pinch of mint leaves

radish

water

After Thanksgiving morning juice

Handful spinach
1/2 cup cantaloupe
1/2 cup honeydew melon
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
1/2 cucumber
1 tomato
1 inch size ginger
2 tablespoons Goji berries
1 tablespoon Chia seeds
water

Goji

Goji berries grow on an evergreen shrub found in temperate and subtropical regions in China, Mongolia and in the Himalayas in Tibet. They are in the nightshade (Solonaceae) family. Goji berries are usually found dried. They are shriveled red berries that look like red raisins.

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