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Health Potion!

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Health Potion!

 

What happens when you mix beets, carrots and apples: A glass of juice that destroys all diseases!

 

Homemade juices are the best and most nutritious. We ourselves select the ingredients and know that they will not added any additives or preservatives.

It is also good to know which fruits and vegetables are the best combination.

 

Mixing beetroot, carrot and apple is incredible combination due to theirs nutrients:

Apples – They are high in fiber and vitamin C, and they are also low in calories, have only a trace of sodium, and no fat or cholesterol.

 

The high content of carbohydrates, especially fructose and glucose, apple supplies the body with energy and prevents fatigue.

 

Carrot – is rich in vitamins A, B, C, E and K. It contains minerals calcium, magnesium, potassium and selenium.

 

They help in weight loss and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.

 

The carotene antioxidants in them have also been linked to reduced risk of cancer.

 

Beetroot– is of exceptional nutritional value; especially the greens, which are rich in calcium, iron and vitamins A and C.

 

Beetroots are an excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of fiber, manganese and potassium.

 

BENEFITS FROM CONSUMING THIS DRINK

 

Against cancer

 

This potion restores hope to people suffering from cancer. Not only proven applicable in the treatment of lung cancer, it prevents the development of almost all kinds of malignant tumor cells.

 

Beets comprising amino acid betaine, having anti-cancer properties. Beetroot is a traditional remedy for leukemia.

 

Heart protection and blood vessels

 

The carrot juice are phytonutrients that promote heart health, such as alpha and beta-carotene, and lutein.

 

Thanks to the apple, beverage positive effect on the increased level of bad cholesterol (LDL), regulates blood pressure and protects the heart from various diseases. Beetroot helps to keep arteries elastic and proven to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood.

 

Perfect skin

 

Studies have shown that the juice of beetroot, carrot and apple has everything you need for perfect skin. It will help to keep the skin clean, without pimples and acne.

 

The excellent anti-inflammatory agent, which cures skin diseases associated with viruses and bacteria, as well as allergies.

 

The wealth of natural ingredients slow down the aging process of the skin and help with wrinkles, dry and damaged skin and restore its luster and elasticity.

 

Improves vision

 

With the help of this beverage can solve the problem of dry, red and tired eyes.

 

Natural juice will help you to rest your eyes after long work at the computer and preserve their natural health.

 

Plenty of Vitamin A is proven to help preserve vision.

 

Natural ally against women’s problems

 

Women who have severe menstrual pain should often drink this potion. It helps with painful cramps and PMS.

 

At the same time, makes up for the loss of iron and removes fatigue associated with the menstrual cycle.

 

How to Prepare this Elixir of Health:

 

To prepare this drink does not have to bother precisely specified quantities. According to your taste, you can put more carrots or apples.

 

Use unpeeled fruits grown organically. Nutritionally richer and healthier because they are not treated with pesticides and other harmful chemicals.

 

Those who want to get the most benefits from this juice should represent all three ingredients in the same quantities. Eg. 3 apples, 3 beetroot and 3 carrots. From fresh fruits and vegetables make the juice in the juice extractor – Cut apples, beets and carrots and mix. Strain and pour into a jar and refrigerate, if you have made a greater amount of juice.

 

The infusion should not be further sweeten. But, can a complete taste fresh lemon lime or lemon is rich in vitamin C. This prevents oxidation of the juice.

 

How to use the potion

 

The infusion of beetroot, carrot and apple drink in the morning, on an empty stomach. Have breakfast after an hour.

 

The beverage can drink twice a day. The second time you drink to 17 pm.

It is recommended to drink it slowly and every sip briefly keep in your mouth.

 

The treatment juice should continuously take from one to three months, if you want to achieve long-term beneficial effects on your health.

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Three Liver Detox Recipes

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The liver is considered one of the strongest organs in the human body. There is a common saying, ‘the liver doesn’t break easily and when it does, it doesn’t heal easily’. In today’s fast-paced world, we have minimal or no time to cook food. Frequent consumption of junk food and sedentary lifestyle lead to toxic build-up in the body. This eventually results in various health problems.

Without the effective unification of natural remedies like fruits, vegetables, lemons, carrots, etc., into our lifestyles, we are at a high risk of being defeated by our metabolism. It’s easy to detoxify your body with healing foods and juices. There are many juices and herbs that can be added to your daily diet for healthful body cleansing and extra vitality. Juices like apple-celery, grapes, beets, carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and papayas, help a lot in improving the liver’s defense system.

We have  a wonderful liver detox juice that may offer amazing benefits not just to the liver, but to the other organs as well! Here are the ingredients of this homemade liver detox juice:

Lemon

According to research, lemon is a good source of citric acid that efficiently helps in breaking down foods and promoting better digestion. This lessens the activities of the liver. Furthermore, it contains powerful antiseptic properties that inhibit the growth and activities of harmful bacteria along the digestive tract.

 

Ginger Root

In a study published at the Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, researchers concluded that ginger is capable of improving liver damage as well as in protecting the organ against liver fibrosis. It is also beneficial in preventing and treating fatty liver disease by reducing one’s insulin resistance, lessening the amount of oxidative stress on the liver, as well as in preventing inflammation which contribute significantly in the development of this condition.

 

Grapefruit

According to a study published at the European Journal of Nutrition, grapefruit is rich in antioxidants that promote liver health. Grapefruit juice soothes metabolic syndrome and lowers the level of fats in the body which are considered as major factors that trigger the occurrence of fatty liver disease.

 

Flaxseed

This herb is known for its antioxidant content that brings about liver health benefits. In a study published at the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, it was found out that intake of flaxseed can significantly reduce the level of fats accumulated in the liver. Heavy buildup of fats on the liver usually results to fatty liver disease.

 

Garlic

According to studies, garlic is an excellent source of proteins, amino acids and metabolites – and some studies have indicated that garlic may assist in protecting the liver against unintentional and intentional ingestion of many hepatotoxic substances.

Cumin Powder

Derived from cumin seeds, cumin powder is widely recognized for its ability to stabilize the functions of the systems of the body. It actually plays a vital role in stimulating the liver to increase its production of bile which is useful in getting better digestion.

 

Fresh Mint

This is actually considered one of the best herbs to promote liver health. Research shows that fresh mint helps the liver in executing its vital functions. It is reported to relieve liver swelling and protect the organ against cirrhosis.

 

Liver Cleanse Grape Juice

 

Ingredients

Water – 4-8 ounces (boiled and cooled)

Fresh lemon – 1

Ginger root – 1 inch, thinly sliced

Grape juice (you may use apple, grapefruit, or orange juice) – 8 oz or 1 cup

Flaxseed oil (or extra virgin olive oil)- 1 tbsp (slightly increase the quantity every day)

Garlic cloves – 1 (increase by 1 clove each day)

Cumin powder – 3 to 4 pinches

Fresh Mint – 3 to 4 leaves (optional)

Directions

Extract the lemon juice. In a blender, add some water, grated ginger, and garlic pieces. Blend well and filter the juice into a container. Combine the two juices (lemon and grape juice) with ginger-garlic water, and blend this mixture with the flaxseed oil and cumin powder for 40 to 45 seconds. Pour the juice in a glass, garnish with mint leaves, and serve.

 

Benefits

This recipe comprises no preservatives. It contains only fresh fruits, vegetables, a small quantity of flaxseed oil, and cumin powder, which supply the liver with much-needed vitamins and cleansing agents, that help flush out toxins from the liver.

 

Liver Detoxification Vegetable Juice

 

Ingredients

Fresh cabbage – 125 g

Fresh lemon – 1

Celery – 25 g

Fresh pear – 250 g

Ginger root – 1 inch

Filtered Water – 500 ml

Fresh Mint – 4 to 5 leaves

Directions

Chop the pear, cabbage, celery, and ginger into small pieces, and put in a blender along with a cup of water. Blend well for 1 minute. Add the fresh lemon juice to the blended juice. Mix well. Pour the juice in a glass, and serve chilled with mint leaves.

 

Benefits

This recipe is the mixture of fresh fruits and vegetables that taste unique, and help flush toxins from the body. Cabbages, pears, and celery are the best liver detoxification agents, that serve by facilitating the liver in functioning properly by inhibiting aggregation of fluid and toxins in it.

 

Ultimate Liver Cleanser

 

Ingredients

Distilled water – 300 ml

Large grapefruits – 2

Cold pressed flax oil – 2 tbsp

Lemons – 4

Fresh root ginger – 2 inches

Fresh garlic – 1 to 2 cloves

Acidophilus – 1 tsp

A dash of cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions

Extract the grapefruit juice and lemon juice, and put in a blender. Grate the ginger and garlic, and squeeze their juices into the blender. Add water, flax oil, and acidophilus powder, and blend for 35 to 40 seconds. Pour the juice in a glass, and serve with a dash of cayenne pepper.

 

Benefits

This juice comprises all potent liver cleansing ingredients, that give the liver a gentle flush and the opportunity to heal itself.

 

These liver detox juice recipes provide essential enzymes and nutrients, which help in the detoxification of the body. They help in keeping the liver in shape and maintaining the natural detoxifying mechanism of the body. You can have a detoxifying juice once a day. And, if you enjoy the taste, you can have it every day! As they are all natural, they are healthy and beneficial.

 

However, for the juices to work, you need to follow a healthy and balanced diet. You should avoid eating fatty foods like red meat, processed and preserved meat, deep-fried snacks, margarine, hydrogenated oils, too much salt or sugar, and foods that contain artificial colors and flavors. Such foods are likely to fill the liver with toxins, and may affect its functioning. Excessive intake of alcohol can also damage the liver.

 

You should consume lots of fruits and vegetables. You may incorporate avocados, walnuts, dried fruits, grapefruits, lemons, carrots, tomatoes, low fat dairy products, whole grain foods, etc., in your daily diet. If you follow a healthy diet, and periodically do a 2-5 day juice cleanse, you will notice a difference in your skin. You will feel energized. However, as the body will try to flush out accumulated toxins, one may suffer from diarrhea, headache, runny nose, cold, flu, fatigue, or even skin rash. Drink lots of water. The symptoms will be less intense each time you do a juice cleanse.

 

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Super Greens

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Super Greens

 

Packed with phytonutrients, supergreens detox, nourish, and heal. Here’s how you can get more of them into your life.

 

They are known as “superfoods” for a reason: The more greens you eat, the less likely you are to develop chronic diseases such as cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. The problem? Most Americans don’t eat nearly enough dark-green vegetables.

 

On average, according to the Harvard School of Public Health, we get just three daily servings of any kind of produce. And USDA reports suggest that dark, leafy greens don’t come close to ranking among the most commonly eaten veggies.

 

That means a lot of us are missing out on greens’ nutritional benefits, which include boosting immunity, enhancing detoxification, reducing inflammation, improving digestion, and helping maintain a proper acid-base balance in the body.

 

One solution? Taking them in supplement form. “Consuming greens supplements, such as powders and juices, can be a convenient and reliable way to get your necessary daily intake of green vegetables — and then some,” says Michael B. Wald, MD, PhD, ND, director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco in New York.

 

POWER PACKED

So what qualifies a given edible as a “supergreen”?  Exceptional nutritional density. Supergreens are jampacked with nutrients — especially phytonutrients, but also including chlorophyll, digestive enzymes, and fiber — that keep your body healthy and ward off disease.

 

The most common and potent types include young cereal grasses, such as wheat, barley, and alfalfa, along with algae, like spirulina and chlorella.

 

Most are edible in their natural, unprocessed form, but since most American eaters are not inclined to chew on barley grass or add sea greens to their salads, supergreens are offered in powder, capsule, and juice form.

 

Such greens products are typically made from grasses and algae harvested at their peak nutritional state. They are then dried at low temperatures and powdered. Some grasses are picked fresh for processing in juicing machines.

 

“At the early grass stage of their growth, grasses are actually closer to vegetables than grains in nutrient composition,” says Kelly Morrow, MS, RD, from the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Wash.

 

As the cereal grasses mature into the grains used to make bread, Morrow explains, the nutrient makeup of the plant is altered: “There is a loss of some vitamins, such as A and C, and a rise in starch levels.”

 

HIGHLY CONCENTRATED

More than a pound of greens might be used to make a mere ounce of powder. So, cereal grasses and algae can offer far greater nutrient density by volume than most fresh green vegetables you’ll find in the supermarket produce department, says Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, medical advisory board member of the Nutritional Magnesium Association.

 

Here’s what that concentration of nutrients will get you:

 

Detoxification: Cereal grasses and algae are rich in chlorophyll — the chemical that lends plants their emerald hue — and a wide array of toxin-elimination benefits.

 

“Chlorophyll can help escort cell-damaging toxins like dioxin from the body via the liver,” says Victor S. Sierpina, MD, Laura Nell Nicholson Family Professor of Integrative Medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

 

Chlorophyll can help escort cell-damaging toxins like dioxin from the body via the liver.

 

“Additionally, it’s a key compound for improving the function of essential detoxification pathways.”

 

Experts such as Dean and others believe that chlorophyll can assist healthy blood flow because the chlorophyll molecule is similar in structure to hemoglobin, but with magnesium in place of iron. And the cellulose cell walls in chlorella, an alga high in chlorophyll, have been found to bind strongly to mercury, arsenic, PCB, and other toxic metals, and can eliminate them from the body.

 

Immune Boost: Similar to their leafy green and cruciferous counterparts, cereal grasses and algae are notable for their stellar oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) score — a test-tube analysis that measures a food’s or chemical’s ability to squelch nefarious free radicals.

 

As free radicals or oxidants bounce around your body, they damage cells, raising the risk for a number of chronic maladies, including cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.

 

“A daily shot of greens can provide an arsenal of phytonutrient antioxidants, including gamma linolenic acid and polysaccharides, to help neutralize these free radicals, thus preventing cell disruption and strengthening your immune system,” says Dean.

 

Tissue Repair: That healthy dose of antioxidants in supergreens may help reduce or repair the oxidative muscle damage associated with exercise, making supergreens helpful for improving recovery from high-intensity workouts.

 

Additionally, certain compounds in supergreens appear to assist with wound healing. A semi-synthetic derivative of chlorophyll (chlorophyllin) has long been used in hospitals to stimulate the growth of new tissue in slow-healing wounds.

 

Inflammation Reduction: “It’s now recognized both clinically and scientifically that chronic inflammation in the body leads to cell, tissue, and organ degeneration, and is thus implemented in all diseases,” says Wald.

 

“Green powders contain literally hundreds to tens of thousands of plant compounds suspected or well-established to reduce inflammation.”

 

pH Balance: Greens are alkalizing, meaning they help restore a healthy acid-alkaline balance in the body. Wald says that the standard American diet, containing acidifying foods such as coffee, soft drinks, and fast-food burgers, disrupts the body’s preferred alkaline state. “An acidic environment within the body can play a role in a number of diseases and could lead to the leaching of calcium from bones, promoting kidney stones and osteoporosis,” he says.

 

Digestive Aid: Supergreens provide digestive enzymes that help us digest food — especially proteins. As we age, we naturally produce fewer digestive enzymes, and supergreens can help make up the difference.

 

“Many people say, ‘You are what you eat,’” explains dietitian Ashley Koff, RD. “But it’s actually more accurate to say, ‘You are what you digest and absorb’ — and that’s what makes these supergreens so super for us.”

 

WHICH SUPERGREENS ARE RIGHT FOR YOU?

These grasses and algae are the most valuable players among supergreens. They are available in powders and capsules; some can be found raw and in juice form. (Because cereal grasses are rich in vitamin K, people taking anticoagulant medications should consult with their healthcare provider before ingesting.)

 

GRASSES

Wheat Grass

The poster child of the supergreens movement, wheat grass is the form that young wheat plants take before maturing to produce seed heads and wheat-grain kernels. This potent young plant is about 70 percent chlorophyll and boasts impressive amounts of amino acids, beta-carotene, fiber, vitamins C and B, and antibacterial properties. It has been shown to help destroy cancerous cells and is a source of vitamin K, which helps blood clot and may be associated with reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Wheat grass can be grown at home and juiced with a specialized juicer.

 

Barley Grass

The shoots of the barley plant, barley grass is high in essential amino acids, enzymes, and vitamins, particularly C, E, and K. It’s also packed with minerals, including iron, calcium, and magnesium. Available in juice, powder, and capsule form; the juice is not as widely available as wheat-grass juice is. “The main reason I use barley grass in powder form is the high level of superoxide dismutase, which is a powerful antioxidant that scavenges cell-disrupting free radicals in the body,” says naturopath Carolyn Dean, MD, ND. Although barley and wheat grasses are often considered safe for those with gluten intolerance, many experts advise those who are highly gluten sensitive to consume them with caution.

 

 Alfalfa Grass

 

Widely cultivated as a pasture and hay crop, alfalfa resembles clover, with clusters of small purple flowers. It’s rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and iron, plus other healthy minerals and essential amino acids. Alfalfa is also an excellent source of beta-carotene. “The calcium in alfalfa is particularly well absorbed by the body, and since alfalfa is in the legume family, it’s a source of protein,” says Dean. Grasses such as alfalfa also provide lutein, a potent carotenoid phytonutrient that helps protect eyesight by offsetting some of the harmful effects of the sun’s UV rays.

 

ALGAE

Chlorella

 

Humans can’t naturally absorb nutrients from chlorella because of its thick cell walls, but modern processing used in making powders and capsules cracks those walls, releasing “chlorella’s essential fats, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that otherwise would resist digestive enzymes,” says Michael B. Wald, MD, PhD, ND. Initial research has shown that chlorella may have positive effects in fibromyalgia patients. There is debate about the merits of algae as a vegan source of vitamin B12; experts like Wald assert that the type of vitamin B12 in algae is not bioavailable to the human body.

 

 Spirulina

 

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Spirulina is a freshwater blue-green alga that has been harvested from lakes for thousands of years. It’s about 60 percent protein by weight and has an abundance of nutrients, including vitamin K and iron. It is richer in beta-carotene than carrots (it’s not orange because of its profusion of green chlorophyll). Research suggests that a daily spirulina fix can help improve brain function, reduce inflammation, and lower serum cholesterol. Phycocyanin, the antioxidant-rich blue pigment in spirulina, has been shown to halt the spread of cancerous cells. “Spirulina may also act as a prebiotic to help probiotics grow in the gut, improving digestive health,” says Victor S. Sierpina, MD.

 

 

So, what’s the best way to get your supergreens — powder, capsule, or fresh juice?

 

Michael B. Wald, MD, PhD, ND, recommends choosing a powdered product. The advantage, he says, is that you’ll get a larger dose of the good stuff: “Taking a scoop of a green powder might be the equivalent to what is found in 30 to 50 capsules.”

 

For those who don’t love the taste or consistency of powdered greens products, Wald says that capsules are a good option: “Taking capsules is way better than taking no greens at all.”

 

Most people find dried cereal grasses far easier to deal with than fresh cereal grasses, which must be juiced and consumed right away to obtain all their healthful compounds. “The dehydration process used for powders actually maintains much of the original nutritional and enzyme content,” Wald says.

 

Premixed greens juices and smoothies are convenient, but will generally contain less variety and total quantity of greens than what you could make yourself at home. “A store-bought greens juice could be mostly apple or some other basic fruit juice with just a speck of greens,” says Kelly Morrow, MS, RD. “Many of the greens juices actually have as much sugar as do sodas.”

 

Morrow recommends reading the ingredients lists (or inquiring about the contents) of any prepared juices or smoothies to make sure greens are among the first items listed.

 

“To get the maximum benefit, it’s best to make your own greens drinks using fresh greens or a reputable powder brand mixed with water,” she says. If you’re looking for a flavor boost, Morrow suggests including a splash of lemon or other juice.

What is the recommended daily dose of supergreens? Wald suggests consuming anywhere from 1 to 6 grams per day of a dried supergreens product. That amount, he says, “provides a really solid level of plant-based nutrition, one that can cover many healing bases.”

 

Keep this in mind, though: While supergreens can provide powerful nutritional benefits, they aren’t a replacement for other vegetables in your diet. Nor are powders, capsules, or juices meant to replace whole foods.

 

“No single group of greens can provide the full breadth of necessary nutrients and antioxidants,” says Morrow. So it’s still vital to eat a wide variety of fresh veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds.

 

TASTY SUPERGREENS

 

Here are some smart ways to get more supergreens into your body:

 

Mix greens powder with coconut water for a simple drink.

Whisk into dressings for a supercharged salad.

Stir into plain yogurt along with chopped nuts for a healthy snack.

Make your own energy bars with a base of dried fruit and supergreens powder.

Blend into a daily smoothie. See below for an easy recipe from Kris Carr, author of Crazy Sexy Kitchen.

DIY SUPERGREENS POWDER

 

You can easily create your own custom greens mix. Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, medical advisory board member of the Nutritional Magnesium Association, recommends this recipe as a base:

 

Step one: Mix equal parts powdered wheat grass, barley grass, and alfalfa grass with half-part spirulina or chlorella.

 

Step two: Store in freezer to preserve freshness and nutritional might.

 

Step three: Place 1 to 2 tablespoons in 8 ounces of water and shake. Or blend with protein powder, fruit, chia seeds and/or spices such as cinnamon and ginger for added flavor.

 

DETOXIFYING SUPERGREENS SMOOTHIE

 

Makes two servings

 

1 avocado

1 banana

1 cup blueberries

1 cucumber

A handful of kale, romaine lettuce, or spinach

 

1 to 2 tsp. spirulina or chlorella

Coconut water (or purified water)

Stevia, to taste (optional)

A sprinkle of cinnamon or cacao (optional)

Blend together and enjoy. You can experiment with adding hemp seeds for protein and maca powder for energy.

 

BUYER’S GUIDE: SIX SUPERGREENS TO TRY

 

Getting your daily supergreens doesn’t mean you have to choke down a powdered mix that tastes like chalky compost. Manufacturers have worked over the years to greatly improve mixability and flavor. Many now include other healthy perks such as antioxidant-rich berry mixes, protein powder, probiotics, digestive enzymes and fiber blends, and usually powders that cost more contain more of these substances. Check labels to see what you’re getting; many of these are sweetened with stevia. Here are six powders worth trying.

 

Note: Each of these powders was tested by whisking the suggested serving size with 6 ounces of filtered, cold water.

 

Dynamic Greens ($42/10.5 oz./27 servings) Containing organic spirulina and alfalfa as well as chlorella and other veggies and fruits, this powder is great tasting, easy to mix, and designed to support detoxification. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and free of common food allergens, it can be added to water or a protein drink to boost fruit and vegetable intake. Note that this product contains stevia.

Amazing Grass ORAC Green SuperFood ($30/7.4 oz./30 servings; amazinggrass.com) Consider this the Arnold Schwarzenegger of supergreens powders; packed with spinach, wheat grass, and spirulina, and a powerful antioxidant blend, it delivers a whopping ORAC value of 40,000 per serving. It has a subtle but not overpowering berry flavor, but the powder produces a slightly grainy drink so consider using a blender.

Vibrant Health Green Vibrance ($50/12.8 oz./30 servings; vibranthealth.us) This mix is chock-full of organic cereal grasses, along with probiotics, organic vegetables, flaxseed, adaptogens, and enzymes. The drink is unsweetened, but try it first just using water, then if you don’t like the flavor, mix it with juice.

MacroLife Naturals Macro Greens ($43/10 oz./30 servings; macrolifenaturals.com) Although it mixes easily with water, this powder does have a definite green, earthy taste to it. If that is off-putting to you, consider blending it into a fruit smoothie. Add-ons include probiotics, herbs, digestive enzymes, and antioxidants.

Go Greens ($35/5.3 oz./24 servings; togobrands.com)Made mostly with organic vegetables and fruits, this product features a green apple flavor. Convenient tube packages make it easy to give your water bottle a shot of greens on the go.

Barlean’s Organic Greens ($43/8.46 oz./30 servings; barleans.com) This is the most neutral tasting of the powdered mixes featured here, which for greens newbies can be a definite plus. A deep, emerald color telegraphs the health benefits, which include a wide array of land and sea greens as well as omega-3-rich flax meal.

Living Fuel SuperGreens ($68/29.2 oz./12 servings; livingfuel.com) Each serving delivers a host of organic greens, including dulse seaweed, plus plant protein, chia seeds, and essential amino acids. The flavor is relatively mild with a hint of green flavor. For best results, whirl into a smoothie (as opposed to just using water and a cup).

 

****  Just like taking vitamins and supplements that do not mix well with other medications and such medical conditions you may have, the same is true for supergreens.  If you are on some medications please call us and make an appointment and we will help you out to find the right combination for your healthcare plan.

 

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One Way to Detox Your Liver

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One Way to Detoxing Your Liver

Plant compounds and fruit acids in cran-water detoxify and heal the liver to rev fat burn and flush water weight.  Cran – water?  Yes, Combine 8 ounces of unsweetened, organic, cranberry juice with 56 ounces of water in a pitcher each morning and sip 8 glasses daily.

 

Cranberry Juice Drink Blends

 

Unless the  cranberry juice blend you’re drinking specially states it’s 100 percent cranberry juice on the label, chances are it’s high in added sugar. Many juice drink blends list some form of sugar as the second ingredient, after water, on the food label — and many of these drinks contain little, if any, fruit juice. Always read the ingredients and if it has apple juice or HFCS on the label it is not cranberry juice.

The American Diabetes Association urges people with diabetes to avoid fruit punch and other sugary drinks because of the extra calories in these drinks, and blood sugar spikes that can occur after drinking them. However, there are some fruit punch and cranberry juice blends that contain 100 percent fruit juice, so read the food label carefully and make sure that sugar (or high-fructose corn syrup) isn’t listed in the ingredient list.

 

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Everyday Detox

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Everyday Detox

No need to subsist on juices and herbs. These whole foods support your body’s innate ability to detoxify on a daily basis.

 

Lemon-juice flushes. Coffee enemas. Fruit-only diets. With funky programs like these flourishing, it’s no wonder many people dismiss detoxing as a perennial fad.

 

But don’t be too quick to reject the idea of detoxification altogether. Eating to promote your body’s natural detox functions can help you look and feel better every day — without extreme interventions.

 

Many of your organs are equipped with detoxification superpowers, and with just a little nutritional support, their powers get stronger. Your liver, for example, neutralizes environmental pollutants that could trigger a range of health conditions. Your kidneys filter waste from your blood. Your skin releases toxic elements via sweat. And the digestive system shuttles waste out of your body with each bowel movement.

 

So if your body cleanses itself automatically, why worry about detox? Because without some extra help, your body may have a hard time keeping up with whatever life throws its way.

 

“As modern humans, we’re exposed to an unprecedented array of toxins in our environment,” says Mark Pettus, MD, director of wellness and population health at Berkshire Health Systems in Massachusetts and associate dean of medical education at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

 

Compounds like glyphosphate in herbicides, phthalates and bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics, and parabens in our cosmetics and pharmaceuticals are among the tens of thousands of chemicals used commercially in the United States. And these compounds affect us negatively at a cellular level.

 

“The longer these toxins are in contact with our cells, the more likely they are to cause damage to our organs and other bodily systems,” says Robert Rountree, MD, family medicine doctor and faculty member at the Institute for Functional Medicine.

 

One of the best ways to reduce your toxic load (the chemical burden your body is carrying at any given time) is to eat in ways that optimize your body’s natural detoxification systems and processes.

 

“It’s better to help the body eliminate toxins at the time of exposure than it is to allow them to accumulate at high levels before going on a radical cleanse,” Rountree says.

 

“The optimal scenario is to live a detox life as much as possible,” agrees Deanna Minich, PhD, FACN, CNS, author of Whole Detox. “Making some daily, consistent tweaks can have dramatic effects on your long-term health.”

 

Read on to discover the most detoxifying whole foods, and to learn how they work their magic.

 

THE LIVER SUPPORTERS

Detox Superstars: Watercress, Brussels sprouts, kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, onions, leeks, garlic

 

Supporting Role: Compounds found in these foods help to increase the cellular response or sensitivity of enzymes in the liver and remove undesirable elements from your body.

 

One of the liver’s most important roles is to filter waste products and remove harmful substances from the blood after it passes through the stomach and intestines, and before it moves to the rest of the body.

 

Think of the liver as an inspection facility, deciding which packages are beneficial and which are not. When the liver finds something toxic, it first separates the dangerous substances from the blood (this is referred to as phase 1 detoxification). The liver’s second step, or phase 2, is to rid your body of the harmful compounds by carrying them away in bile.

 

Your job is to eat foods that help keep both parts of this two-phase process running efficiently — and that protect the liver from the toxins and byproducts of detoxification.

 

Good to Know: Cytochrome P450 enzymes, which are responsible for most phase 1 reactions in the liver, can be stopped in their tracks by a compound found in grapefruit juice. This is why people on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs (whose livers are working overtime) are warned against drinking the beverage. Should a healthy person avoid grapefruit juice? Not necessarily. “Everything we eat can have an effect on our liver enzymes,” says Minich. She advises eating a wide variety of whole foods to help optimize the liver’s detoxification abilities.

 

THE HYDRATORS

Detox Superstars: Water, herbal teas, fluid-rich produce (cucumbers, watermelon, iceberg lettuce, celery, etc.)

 

Supporting Role: The human body is largely made up of water, so it makes sense that consuming water and water-rich produce helps maintain balance and protects against dehydration. It also helps you detoxify. Fluids allow the kidneys to remove waste products from your blood, sending important minerals back into the bloodstream and flushing the leftover compounds out in your urine.

 

Good to Know: Contrary to popular belief, coffee and other caffeinated beverages (consumed in moderation) don’t appear to be dehydrating — though you’ll still want to balance your caffeine habit with plenty of plain water to avoid the jitters and to keep your system flushing regularly. Aim to drink enough fluids and eat enough fresh produce that your urine is light colored.

 

Keep in mind that our municipal and rural water supplies are contaminated with a wide range of toxins, including pharmaceuticals and pesticides, says Rountree. “Water-treatment plants are designed to get rid of the organisms that will kill you, not the things that will make you sick in the long run,” he says. To minimize your exposure, drink purified or filtered water.

 

THE METAL DETECTORS

Detox Superstars:

Turmeric, seaweed, cilantro, onions, garlic

 

Supporting Role: Heavy metals like lead, mercury, and arsenic are ubiquitous in our environment and are known to cause organ damage and increase cancer risk. Fortunately, some common foods and spices can help prevent their accumulation.

 

In a 2010 study published in the Journal of Applied Toxicology, rats that had been exposed to mercury were given curcumin, the active compound in the orange-colored spice turmeric. Examining the animals’ kidneys and livers, researchers determined that curcumin significantly reduced the concentration of the heavy metal in these organs and reversed damage done to other bodily systems.

 

A 2014 study suggests that curcumin may even help prevent liver damage from heavy metals through its ability to bind with metal compounds, potentially helping remove them from the body.

 

Alginates — carbohydrates found in seaweed — are able to stick to heavy metals like lead and mercury and direct them out of the body through normal excretory processes. Seaweed compounds can also bind to and remove radioactive strontium (a cancer-causing compound) from the body, according to research from Montreal’s McGill University.

 

Good to Know: Purchase seaweed from a reputable source that monitors the waters it’s grown in to be sure it’s not contaminated with heavy metals itself, says Rountree.

 

“Any high-quality seaweed supplier should be able to provide information about the quality of their products on request,” he says, noting that he typically recommends buying seaweed “harvested from areas that are known to be pristine, such as Iceland.”

 

THE COLON CLEANSERS

Detox Superstars: Lentils, raspberries, brown rice, barley, oatmeal, artichokes, apples

 

Supporting Role: Constipation is one sign that your body isn’t detoxing the way it should. Getting plenty of fiber and water (which is drawn to the soluble fiber in foods like beans and oats, forming a gut-scrubbing gel) supports healthy, regular bowel movements — helping to remove waste products and other undesirable compounds from your body. “If you’re not moving things through your bowels, then you can’t get rid of that total toxic load,” says Rountree.

 

Both soluble and insoluble fiber play important roles: In addition to keeping the gut regular, eating a variety of fiber helps provide microbes in the gut with fuel, which helps decrease inflammation and improve immunity

 

Good to Know: All-juice cleanses are devoid of insoluble fiber, so they don’t optimally support your body’s detox-elimination processes, according to Seattle-based nutritionist Riana Giusti, MS, CN. “Fiber helps remove toxic substances that can accumulate in the colon and is an integral part of our bodies’ inherent and natural detoxification systems,” she says.

 

THE PH BALANCERS

Detox Superstars: Vegetables, citrus fruit

 

Supporting Role: The pH balance in the body varies greatly by body part and region. The stomach, for example, is highly acidic, while the layer just outside the stomach lining is quite alkaline to prevent damage to the mucosa. And while the body is generally good at keeping itself balanced, research has shown that a diet heavy in animal proteins but low in non-starchy vegetables and fruits can shift the pH of urine (which may reflect other imbalances in the body) to a more acidic makeup.

 

“Many enzymes that play a role in detoxification are pH-dependent,” says Minich, which is why you want to maintain balance with a focus on green, leafy, and fresh foods. A diet that focuses on vegetables, fruits, and plant proteins is likely to have an alkalizing effect. When you eat loads of acid-forming foods — like meat, dairy, sugar, and processed carbohydrates — the body neutralizes pH with alkalizing minerals. And if there aren’t enough minerals in your diet, your body pulls them from your bones

 

Bottom line: Eating more plants will help you maintain healthy biochemistry and bone mass while also setting the stage for proper detoxification.

 

Good to Know: It may seem counterintuitive, but acidic fruits like oranges and lemons actually increase the pH of your body, making it more alkaline, says Rountree. The pH of the foods you eat or drink doesn’t directly affect the pH in your bloodstream, thanks to the acid-balancing act described above.

 

THE CULTURED CLUB

Detox Superstars: Yogurt, kefir, tempeh, sauerkraut, kimchi

 

Supporting Role: Keeping the gut healthy is central to overall health, and the probiotic bacteria found in these foods help balance the gastrointestinal tract. “A well-balanced gut microbiome has a wealth of friendly bacteria to keep harmful microorganisms in check,” says Giusti. She adds that a healthy microbial ecosystem also aids in digestion and nutrient generation, metabolism, and absorption; reduces bloating; normalizes bowel movements; and boosts immune function.

 

Good bacteria may also have the ability to bind to toxins in food and water, such as those from heavy metals. When pregnant women in pollution-fraught Tanzania regularly ate probiotic yogurt during their second and/or third trimesters, they reduced their absorption of mercury by up to 36 percent and arsenic by as much as 78 percent, according to 2014 research from Canada’s Lawson Health Research Institute.

 

Good to Know: The refrigerated section of the supermarket is your best source for probiotic-rich foods — not just yogurt and kefir, but also sauerkraut and pickled vegetables. “Products that are shelf stable have undergone pasteurization and canning processes that will heat the product and kill the beneficial bacteria,” says Giusti.

 

THE INFLAMMATION FIGHTERS

Detox Superstars: Salmon, mackerel, halibut, sardines, hemp oil, walnuts, flaxseeds

 

Supporting Role: Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids support your body’s detox efforts on two levels. First, they help keep systemic inflammation in check. Your immune system is adept at fighting off invaders by creating inflammation in the body; chronic inflammation, however — often driven by diets heavy in refined carbohydrates, highly processed meats, and sweets — kicks off reactions that create oxidative stress in the body. This leads to the production of free radicals, unstable compounds that can start a chain reaction and cause cellular damage that contributes to diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.

 

“When we have oxidative stress in the body, we have more free radicals,” says Minich. “That’s one more thing to detoxify, and that adds stress to the detoxification process.”

 

Reducing intake of omega-6 fatty acids (present in most commercial meats and processed foods) while increasing omega-3s is crucial to decreasing this “silent inflammation” that underlies chronic disease and leads to a runaway train of free radicals.

 

Omega-3s may also target toxins directly. According to University of Kentucky researchers, these fats prevent damage to the circulatory system caused by polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), manmade chemicals once used widely in commercial and industrial applications, and still found in the environment despite being banned in 1979.

 

Good to Know: The form of omega-3 found in fish is the most effective; plant-based omega-3s found in walnuts and flaxseeds get converted in our bodies to the more powerful form, albeit in smaller amounts and at a relatively slow rate.

 

THE SWEAT STARTERS

Detox Superstars: Habanero peppers, serrano peppers, jalapeño peppers, organic green tea, organic black tea, organic coffee

 

Supporting Role: The skin is your body’s largest organ, providing a barrier that keeps most foreign substances out. It’s also a surface through which some toxins can be excreted via your sweat. Certain foods can encourage perspiration and nudge your sweat glands to cleanse away. In a review of 24 studies published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health, researchers concluded that sweating has the potential to assist with removing toxins, such as heavy metals, from the body.

 

“The capsaicin in hot peppers creates a heated, metabolically revved response,” says Minich. Caffeine, she says, is also warming to the body — it stimulates certain liver enzymes.

 

Good to Know: Taking saunas and working up a sweat at the gym are good ways to support a detox-promoting lifestyle.

 

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An everyday approach to detox can help you maintain good health and prepare you for a more in-depth cleanse when you need it.

 

“If you’re eating a lot of detox-supporting foods but still suffering from fatigue, decreased cognition, or loss of memory, as well as gastrointestinal issues like bloating, or neurologic symptoms like tremors that doctors haven’t been able to get to the bottom of, you might need a more targeted detoxification program, or supplemental program”.

 

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Cucumbers, Use to Detox and Loose Weight

cucumber, help you detox and loose weight

Cucumbers have been a popular vegetable used in Indian traditional medicine since ancient times. Known for their anti diabetic, lipid-lowering and antioxidant activity, cucumbers have a detoxifying, cleansing effect on the body.

They’re also naturally “cooling” and a great way to prevent dehydration, constipation and overheating.

Cucumber Nutrition Facts

More than just a way to reduce puffiness around your eyes, cucumbers also have some impressive benefits when it comes to fight free radical damage and inflammation. They contain some powerful polyphenol compounds that can help naturally slow aging, caused by oxidative stress.

After investigating the potential free radical scavenging abilities of cucumber, researchers from the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Haryana, India, report that within cucumbers “the presence of flavonoids and tannins in their extract, as evidenced by preliminary phytochemical screening, suggests that these compounds might be responsible for free radical scavenging and analgesic effects … Regular consumption of natural antioxidants from vegetables, fruit, tea, and herbs may contribute to a shift in balance toward an ample antioxidant status.”

One cup of cucumber(with the peel) has about:

  • 16 calories
  • Zero protein, fat, fiber or sugar
  • 7 milligrams vitamin K (22 percent DV)
  • 3 milligrams vitamin C (4 percent DV)
  • 6 milligrams magnesium (4 percent DV)
  • 152 milligrams potassium (4 percent DV)
  • 8 milligrams manganese (4 percent DV)

9 Cucumber Nutrition Health Benefits

1. Good Source of Cancer-Fighting Antioxidants 

  • Several bioactive compounds have been isolated from the nutritious cucumber, including cucurbitacins, glucosides, lignans, apigenin and flavanols like firestin. These are known to have strong cancer-fighting abilities since they can protect DNA and cells from damage due to oxidative stress. Fisetin is specifically tied to brain health and preservation of cognitive function, while cucurbitacins are known to have cancerous tumor-reducing effects.Researchers from the University of Valencia in Spain have found that cucurbitacins antioxidants, a type of interpene compound, can induce cancerous cell death.  (a process known as apoptosis). The most significant mechanisms with regard to the apoptotic effects of cucurbitacins are their ability to modify activities via nuclear factors or genes and to activate anti-tumor proteins.This is precisely the reason why genes don’t determine your destiny: Eating plenty ofhigh antioxidant foods can greatly lower your risk of cancer even if it unfortunately does run in your family, making cucumbers a natural cancer treatment..

    2. High in Nutrients but Low in Calories

  • Cucumbers are one of the vegetables with the highest water content, which means they offer valuable vitamins and minerals, yet they’re super low in calories — with only about 16 calories per cup. Since they’re about 95 percent water, they do a good job of taking up room in your stomach and visually adding volume to meals without weighing you down.

    This means you can eat more and feel satiated while still sticking to an overall healthy, low-calorie or low-carb weight loss plan.  Plus, cucumber nutrition can help quench thirst and prevent the desire to snack due to dehydration.

    3. Helps Detoxify the Body

  • Cucumbers support the digestive tract, including helping to cleanse the liver,  which is our main detoxifying organ, by removing accumulated toxins and waste materials from the blood and gut. They’re also a natural diuretic food, which means they can help the body produce more urine to carry out toxins and waste.

    In the process, they’re great for reducing bloating and uncomfortable water retention — one reason to fill up on cucumbers after a night of salty food or alcohol.

    4. Hydrates and Soothes Skin

  • Fresh cucumber juice has been used to naturally nourish damaged, dry or sensitive skin for centuries. According to some studies, cucumber slices or seeds applied directly to the skin gives a soothing and cooling effect against skin irritations and reduces swelling and redness. It’s even been used to naturally treat acne, scars and other blemishes.

    Cucumbers also have the power to relax and alleviate pain, blotchiness and swelling following a sunburn, making for a great natural sunburn remedy. The fruit is considered a “refrigerant, haemostatic and tonic, useful in treating hyperdipsia or thermoplegia.” In other words, cucumbers help stop bleeding, reduce heat buildup associated with inflammation, quench your thirst, relieve dehydration and fight “sunstroke” all at the same time!

    5. Helps Improve Heart Health 

    Ligans found in cucumbers have well-documented immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory effects that are beneficial for fighting cardiovascular disease. Studies investigating the effects of consuming ligans from plant foods (including from high sources like flaxseeds or sesame seeds) have found beneficial associations with C-reactive protein levels, a lowering effect on total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, and improved blood pressure levels.

    Cucumbers also provide important minerals that help maintain a healthy heart, including potassium and magnesium. Potassium is linked to healthier blood pressure levels since it helps control fluids in the body, therefore low potassium  intake from fruits and veggies is often correlated with poorer heart health. Magnesium rich foods are also beneficial for blood pressure in addition to general nerve functioning, heartbeat regulation, fluid balance, better blood sugar stability and higher energy expenditure.

    6. Improves Digestion and Relieves Constipation

  • The seeds of a cucumber are known for having a healing, heat-reducing effect on the body, and they’re often used to prevent and naturally relieve constipation in traditional forms of medicine like Ayurveda. Many people suffer from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it, but cucumbers’ source of magnesium and other electrolytes can help hydrate the gut and digestive lining, which keeps you more “regular.”

    Since they’re a great vegetable juicing or making smoothies, you can try combining cucumbers with other hydrating foods — like melon, lime, avocado , celery and fennel  – to create a natural anti-bloating drink.

    7. Helps Alkalize the Blood 

  • Cucumber nutrition includes being one of the top alkaline foods that help balance the body’s pH level and counteract the effects of an acidic diet. Limiting consumption of acid-forming foods — such as fried foods, sugar and refined carbohydrates, and eating more alkaline-forming foods instead — is beneficial for protecting your body from diseases that thrive in an acidic entrainment.

    According to a report published in the Journal of Environmental Public Health “Life on earth depends on appropriate pH levels in and around living organisms and cells. Human life requires a tightly controlled pH level in the serum of about 7. It is generally accepted that agricultural humans today have a diet poor in magnesium and potassium as well as … This results in a diet that may induce metabolic acidosis which is mismatched to the genetically determined nutritional requirements.”

    A properly balanced pH level is also thought to decrease leptin levels, the main hormone connected to hunger and appetite control, as well as inflammation, the root of most diseases. Since the body is able to easily digest nutrients in liquid form, this is one reason why cucumbers are a popular ingredient in green alkalizing juices.

    8. Supports Strong Bones

  • With 22 percent of your daily vitamin K in every cup of cucumbers, eating more cukes is a good way to help maintain bone mineral density. Vitamin K (in the form of K2) is a fat-soluble vitamin that works with other essential nutrients like calcium and magnesium to preserve strong bones. In fact vitamin K builds bones better than calcium.,

    Vitamin K also supports a healthy metabolism, nutrient absorption, aids in heart health, helps with blood clotting, supports neurological function and can help protect against cancer. Yet vitamin K deficiency is common among adults and children due to a diet low in green vegetables, a low-cholesterol diet, medication use and poor absorption of nutrients.

    9. Helps Prevent or Treat Headaches 

  • Traditionally, cucumbers have been used as a natural headache remedy. and somewhat of a pain reducer since they fight inflammation and swelling. Headaches or migraines can be triggered by many things, including dehydration, stress, fatigue, low blood sugar and nutritional deficiencies.

    Many studies show that foods high in water and magnesium like cucumbers combat headaches by balancing fluids in the body and preventing dehydration.

  • History of Cucumbers

    The cucumber originated in India, where many varieties are still grown today. Some sources show that cucumbers have been cultivated for at least 3,000 years! They were believed to be introduced to other parts of Europe by the Greeks or Romans and today grow on just about every continent worldwide.

    Records indicate that certain species of cucumbers first appeared in France in the 9th century, England in the 14th century and North America by the mid-16th century. Botanically speaking, cucumbers are actually fruits, closely related to melon, yet most people think of them as being vegetables just like tomatoes and squash (both also fruits!).

  • Commonly known as the cucumber in English-speaking countries, this water-rich veggie goes by many names around the world — for example, khira (Hindi) and sakusa (Sanskrit). It’s found wildly in the Himalayan regions and also widely cultivated and exported throughout India, Asia and North America today.

    The uses for cucumber nutrition benefits known centuries-ago included naturally remedying PMS, fighting pain, skin irritations, headaches and improving digestion since the seeds are nourishing, cleansing and have a diuretic effect. The juice from cucumbers has also long been used as a natural electrolyte booster before energy drinks like vitamin water existed. And since it has antibacterial properties and is an anti-inflammatory food,  cucumbers have been used as a home remedy for acne or to reduce redness and puffiness on the skin.

  • How to Buy and Use Cucumbers

    When it comes to choosing the best cukes, you have some options: Look for both regular cucumbers and smaller, bumpier “kirbys.” Kirbys are the kind most often used for pickles. When shopping, look for cucumbers that are bright to dark green, firm, and don’t have any soft, water-logged spots. Plan on eating the whole cucumber whenever possible, since the seeds contain important compounds and the skin is a good source of vitamin A.

    Cucumber nutrition benefits are most available when you buy organic and unwaxed cucumbers (especially since you want to eat the skin). Because cucumbers are so water-dense, if they’re grown in soil contaminated with pesticides, they’ll likely hold on to a lot of chemicals, which wind up getting passed onto you. Cucumbers are on thelist of the “Dirty Dozen” vegetables and fruits list  put together by the Environmental Working Group for this reason, so spend the extra money and buy organic cucumbers when they’re available — they still tend to be a very inexpensive veggie.

    Cucumbers are often waxed to protect them from becoming bruised during shipping. Even organic cucumbers can have wax, but these are made of less harmful substances. The only wax that’s allowed on organically grown cucumbers isn’t synthetic and is free of all chemical contaminants.

    When storing cucumbers, keep in mind they do best when kept in very cold temperatures. Keep them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them, but try to have them within three to five days. You can either peel the skin if you’d like, especially if they’ve been waxed, or leave it on and give the skin a good scrub. But I wouldn’t recommend eating waxed skin if the cucumber isn’t organic.

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Foods

Lemon Balm

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Lemons are a powerful healing fruit that contain phenomenal antibiotic, antiseptic, and anti-cancer properties. Lemons are rich in vitamins C and B-complex and minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, silicon, copper, and potassium. They are considered to be a wonderful tonic and can help to cleanse and detoxify the entire body. Although lemons have an acidic taste they actually have a very strong alkaline reaction on the body and can help to alkalize blood, cells, lymph, organs, and tissues. Lemons are known to help destroy putrefactive bacteria in the mouth and intestines which can help alleviate flatulence, indigestion, and constipation. Lemons contain a compound called limonene which is used to dissolve gallstones and kidney stones and can help to fight oral, lung, skin, breast, stomach, and colon cancer. Lemons are also rich in bioflavonoids which can significantly boost the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body. Lemon juice is known to be particularly beneficial for colds, coughs, sore throats, hiccups, ear infections, fevers, arthritis, heart disease, COPD, atherosclerosis, diabetes, high cholesterol, autoimmune disorders, stroke, and cancer. Topically, lemon juice is a great remedy for wrinkles, warts, toothaches, corns, sunburns, poison ivy, acne, psoriasis, and as a hair rinse and facial astringent. A tall glass of lemon water upon waking is an excellent way to hydrate and cleanse the body first thing in the morning. Fresh lemon in tea and green juice and added to salads, wraps, hummus, guacamole, and nori rolls is another great way to add this healing and nutritious fruit into your diet. Fresh lemons can be found at your local grocery and health food store.

Foods

The Allium Family

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The Allium family of vegetables includes onions, garlic, leeks, chives, shallots, and scallions. Epidemiological studies have found that increased consumption of Allium vegetables is associated with decreased risk of several cancers. For example, one large European study found striking risk reductions in the participants who consumed the greatest quantities of onions or garlic for oral, esophageal, colorectal, laryngeal, breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers. A fifty-five to eighty percent reduction of almost all major cancers. Amazing!1

Anti-cancer effects of onions and garlic Allium vegetables are rich in cancer-fighting organosulfur compounds, which are produced when the cell walls of the vegetables are broken down by chopping, crushing, or chewing. These compounds are thought to be mostly responsible for the cancer-protective effects of Allium vegetables. In scientific studies, organosulfur compounds prevent the development of cancers by detoxifying carcinogens and halting cancer cell growth. These garlic and onion phytochemicals are also anti-angiogenic, which means that they can prevent tumors from obtaining a blood supply to fuel their growth.2 In studies of breast cancer cells, garlic and onion phytochemicals have caused cell death or halted cell division, preventing the cancer cells from multiplying.3-5

Onions, garlic, and their family members also contain flavonoids and phenols. White onions are not as rich in these antioxidant compounds as yellow and red, and shallots are especially high in polyphenol levels. Red onions are particularly rich in anthocyanins (also abundant in berries) and quercetin.6 Flavonoids such as quercetin can contribute to preventing damaged cells from advancing to cancer, and also have anti-inflammatory effects that may contribute to cancer prevention.7-1

Fighting Heart Disease

Consuming onions and garlic also might help you prevent heart disease. Onions are rich in natural chemicals called flavonoids, which can protect you from heart disease, says Vegetarian Nutrition.info., and onions also might reduce your risk of blood clots, which can lead to heart attacks and other forms of heart disease. Garlic might also decrease your risk of blood clots, help keep your arteries flexible and help reduce your blood pressure, the Linus Pauling Institute reports.

Onions and the other vegetables of the Allium family can be added to any and every vegetable dish for great flavor and anti-cancer benefits. Remember that they must be eaten raw and chewed well or chopped finely before cooking to initiate the chemical reaction that forms the protective sulfur compounds. When you cut onions and your eyes begin to tear, they are creating the anti-cancer sulfur compounds.

Adding Onions and Garlic to Your Diet

Allium vegetables such as onions and garlic are the richest food sources of healthy sulfur compounds, which recommends eating them regularly to obtain their full health benefits, rather than taking supplements that might contain widely varying amounts of the healthy compounds. Onions and garlic have complementary tastes, so you might eat them together in the same meals. You can also add onions to stir fry dishes and use them to flavor soups, salads and dips. The Linus Pauling Institute recommends eating garlic cloves raw, or crushing or chopping garlic cloves before cooking them to help them retain their beneficial compounds during the cooking process.

How to cut an onion to maximize anti-cancer compounds and minimize eye irritation:

  • Make sure that the onion is cold before you cut it. Even putting the onion in the freezer for 5 minutes is sufficient.
  • You can use a fan to blow the gaseous compounds away from you if you like.
  • Cut the end of the root off with the root facing away from you, preserving as much of the onion adjacent to the root as possible. The root is the part of the onion with the highest concentration of these anti-cancer compounds.
  • Make sure to then cut or chop the onion finely, slice thinly, or put it in a food processor before adding to your soup, salad, or vegetable dish to maximize the production of sulfur compounds.

References 1. Galeone C, Pelucchi C, Levi F, et al. Onion and garlic use and human cancer. Am J Clin Nutr 2006;84:1027-1032. 2. Powolny A, Singh S. Multitargeted prevention and therapy of cancer by diallyl trisulfide and related Allium vegetable-derived organosulfur compounds. Cancer Lett 2008;269:305-314. 3. Modem S, Dicarlo SE, Reddy TR. Fresh Garlic Extract Induces Growth Arrest and Morphological Differentiation of MCF7 Breast Cancer Cells. Genes Cancer 2012;3:177-186. 4. Na HK, Kim EH, Choi MA, et al. Diallyl trisulfide induces apoptosis in human breast cancer cells through ROS-mediated activation of JNK and AP-1. Biochem Pharmacol 2012. 5. Malki A, El-Saadani M, Sultan AS. Garlic constituent diallyl trisulfide induced apoptosis in MCF7 human breast cancer cells. Cancer Biol Ther 2009;8:2175-2185. 6. Slimestad R, Fossen T, Vagen IM. Onions: a source of unique dietary flavonoids. J Agric Food Chem 2007;55:10067-10080. 7. Ravasco P, Aranha MM, Borralho PM, et al. Colorectal cancer: can nutrients modulate NF-kappaB and apoptosis? Clin Nutr 2010;29:42-46. 8. Miyamoto S, Yasui Y, Ohigashi H, et al. Dietary flavonoids suppress azoxymethane-induced colonic preneoplastic lesions in male C57BL/KsJ-db/db mice. Chem Biol Interact 2010;183:276-283. 9. Shan BE, Wang MX, Li RQ. Quercetin inhibit human SW480 colon cancer growth in association with inhibition of cyclin D1 and survivin expression through Wnt/beta-catenin signaling pathway. Cancer Invest 2009;27:604-612. 10. Pierini R, Gee JM, Belshaw NJ, et al. Flavonoids and intestinal cancers. Br J Nutr 2008;99 E Suppl 1:ES53-59.