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Saturday, December 14, 2013

PS: Check Your pH Levels!

  1. A key measure of your overall health is your acid-alkaline balance, expressed as a number on the pH scale: 1 is most acid and 14 is most alkaline. You can check your numbers (excellent is between 6.6 and 6.8) with a litmus paper test kit available from medical supply companies or some  pharmacies. Best way to alkalinize your body? Drink less (acid) coffee, eat  more (alkaline) green vegetables. Even better,  switch that brewed coffee for freshly made juices.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Leafy Green Bones

Got greens? You don't need milk for calcium. 50% of the skeleton-boosting calcium in green leafy vegetables is absorbed  (even higher  for Brussels Sprouts) by your body -which is twice that of milk with no fat or cholesterol, says the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).  Best bone-building greens? Collards. Next best--turnip, dandelion and mustard greens followed by kale. For a calcium add-on --dish up those steamed greens with stir-fried tofu and toasted sesame seeds.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

In the Black with Green Tea

Unlike caffeinated teas, herbal teas support the adrenals rather than depleting them, promote blood purification and stimulate the body's natural defenses to fight infection.  If your health is in the red for any reason, pour a cup of green tea. Daily doses of green tea help to prevent cancer, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, fight gum disease and spur weight loss. Green tea also enhances the  body's ability to assimilate vitamin C.  Brew it gently and  serve  without  milk or sugar to preserve its nuanced  flavors. Read more about the miracles of tea in my book SUPER IMMUNITY FOODS!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Lemon Love

If you're smart, you'll put the squeeze on a lemon! It's more than just a flavor enhancer.  The juice of half a lemon in warm water taken morning,noon and night helps release toxins, and eases the aches of the flu. You can substitute fresh lemon juice to set your curls or applied directly, lemon juice will help shrink corns. Out of aloe? A slice of lemon rubbed on a fresh burn will prevent blistering. For a fast and healthy "Lemon Nuts" snack,. saute whole unsalted raw almonds in melted butter or coconut oil, splash with lemon juice, stir until juice is absorbed, and sprinkle with a little fresh grated lemon peel and a pinch of sea salt. Munch a bunch!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Bad Food, Bad Breath

Oral B.O.? Check what's on your menu. Food is  the culprit in 90% of all cases of halitosis.  Besides garlic and onion and fatty food like butter, all refined carbohydrates (specially sticky ones) , especially sugar, increase odor-causing bacteria in your mouth. Switch to protein rich snacks which increase saliva, especially foods high in vitamins C ad A and the bioflavonoids to strengthen gum tissue.  Have cubes of aged cheese for dessert rather than cake and cookies.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Splish Non-Dairy Splash

There are 11 grams of unhealthy fat in a milkshake (as much as a lean lambchop) ! A better way to get your juices flowing without milk fat?  Make a MILK-FREE FRUITSHAKE: Combine 1 cup each : grapefruit juice and ripe strawberries plus 1 cup coconut or almond milk, dash of honey or agave nectar , a few ice cubes.  Pop in blender and buzz til frothy.Two big low calorie low fat high antioxidant servings.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Do the Mashed Potato

Spuds are a nutritional goldmine. Rich in energizing complex carbohydrates, potassium, vitamin C and fiber for blood sugar and blood pressure control, they also supply protein, iron an vitamin B.  They're even good cosmetically.  Try this old-fashioned formula for keeping hands soft and white.  Boil potatoes util soft and mash with a little milk or yogurt until thick and creamy. Add a few drops of glycerin. Coat hands and massage daily. Formula keeps three days refrigerated.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Currying Favor with Falling Hair

Need a hair helper for a crowning glory that's thinning? Try supplements of 800 to 1500 mg of turmeric daily, The active ingredient in curry, turmeric contains curcuminoids that fight inflammation in the body, one of the major causes of hair growth slow-down.  Also watch your sleep patterns and your stress levels. A little horsetail tea three times a day providing the hair-nourishing mineral silicon can also help.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Beating Illness with Beets

Does your daily diet pass muster for building better blood pressure, a stronger immune system and a smoothly functioning  liver and gall bladder? If beets aren't on it, maybe not.  Beets have a rich supply of beta carotene to speed tissue repair, detoxify the bloodstream and fight brain fatigue.They are also high in betaine, a vitamin-like substance that aids in brain function plus  folate, the anti-depression B vitamin. Beets supply vitamin C and rank among the top 5 sources of anti aging antioxidants.To benefit the most, juice both the beet root and the leaves and combine with other carotene-rich foods such as carrots, spinach or squash.
Read more in my book SUPER IMMUNITY FOODS!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Throwaway Nutrition

Don't neglect the butt. A cup of broccoli stalks (pare away the tough outer skin and you can julienne or cube the insides for salads or use as crudites with a creamy dip) has slightly  more calcium than a cup of ice cream, with zero fat. Broccoli leaves offer more  vitamin  A than the stalks and this is the only part of the plant supplying vitamin E.  Likewise the core of the cauliflower is rich in vitamin C and the cauliflower leaves we often discard supply more calcium, iron and vitamins and C than the flowery heads we usually opt for.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Pickled Pepper Pain Relief

Put away the Aleve. Reach for Capsicum frutesceus  (common garden peppers) to oust aches.  the capaicin in peppers helps with both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis by increasing DNA synthesis and triggering production of pain-depressing collagenase and prostaglandin.. As a cream, pepper-derived capsaicin can relieve the itch of psoriasis and the pain of the shingles.Got a cold? Loosen phlegm with a cocktail of  red ad green peppers juiced with carrots.