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Ancient Foods That Heal

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For centuries, ancient peoples have turned to certain foods and drinks for restoring body and mind back to balance. Mother nature truly does provide real miracle gifts for us to use to revitalize our spirit during or following challenging days. Here are some miracles from nature (and one from the hand of man) that will make you feel brand new.

1. Lemons
Lemon truly is a gift from nature to humankind. Its clean fragrance alone has the power to alleviate anxiety and restore state of mind. When squeezed into water hot or cold, lemon has the power to revitalize and restore the spirit in one of the most simplistic yet refreshing drinks in existence. Lemons are packed with vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and bioflavonoids (vitamin P). They contain antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Lemons are great for restoring pH balance in the body and cleansing the liver and kidneys as well.

2. Watermelon
Watermelon is a health all-star. It is a wonderful choice for rehydration, which can play a role in stress. Watermelons are full of water but also phytonutrients, vitamins A and tons of C, some B vitamins, antioxidants, beta carotene for the eyes and amino acid citrulline. Watermelons are a good source of potassium, which is a natural stress buster that works to lower blood pressure. Potassium is also important for nerve and muscle support, and controls the excitation of our nerves. This makes watermelon wonderful for getting a refreshing, re-hydrating “whoosh” and bringing your body, mind and spirit back into balance.

3. Coconut water
Young coconuts and coconut water truly are almost miracle health twins packed with restorative power for body, mind and soul. Coconut water, like watermelon, is a super re-hydrating elixir loaded with electrolytes, potassium and B vitamins. Potassium is well known to help lower blood pressure (hypertension) while the B vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and B-6 create the effect of “coating” the nervous system protectively, providing relief from anxiety, depression and stress. And the electrolytes found in coco water will help re-hydrate and restore the body, which in turn revitalizes your mood and mind state to balance.

4. Kombucha
Kombucha tea is a fermented drink packed with amazing revitalizing properties. It has been consumed by civilizations worldwide for centuries and is made by fermenting in a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha is lightly fermented, and does give a real “whoosh” when consumed. It is loaded with probiotics which yield improved digestion and gut health overall. It contains the B vitamins which are excellent for curbing depression and anxiety, and being loaded with anti-oxidants is highly beneficial for your immune system and energy levels.

 

 

Please share this with family and loved ones.  If you are experiencing any of these conditions, or you do not know if your medications are compatible with these foods, please give your healthcare provider a call, or call us anytime.

 

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Lemons

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Fact or Myth: Can Lemons Help You With Weight Loss?

This is a FACT.

Research proves that lemons for weight loss provides several powerful benefits, including effectively lowering the glycemic index of foods, controlling blood sugar and insulin response, slowing digestion, and staving off hunger.

The cleansing and weight-reducing benefits of lemons may be the reason why stunning weight loss results are experienced by people who use the lemon-based Master Cleanse.

The Science of Lemons for Weight Loss

Studies show you can lower the glycemic index of a meal by 20-40% just by adding a few teaspoons of lemon juice to your meal.

The glycemic index refers to how much a food causes your blood sugar to rise. Lowering the glycemic index of a food helps keep blood sugar steady — good news for controlling hunger and losing weight. Lemon juice can also lower the insulin response to carbohydrates, and slow down the time it takes a meal to leave your stomach — also key to dropping weight.

And the peel offers as much benefit as the fruit. The pectin in lemon peels helps control hunger pains, with the added bonus of controlling cholesterol.

Lemons as the Core Ingredient of the Master Cleanse Diet

For those with more than a few pounds to lose, the Master Cleanse diet is a popular and super effective option that uses lemons as its core ingredient. Many celebrities — including Beyonce Knowles and David Blaine — have successfully used this diet to drop 20 pounds or more.

Master Cleanse Basics

The Master Cleanse requires a commitment of at least 10 days, during which you drink 6-12 glasses daily of a special mixture containing:

 

• Lemon juice

• Maple syrup

• Cayenne pepper

• Water

At night, you drink an herbal laxative tea, and first thing in the morning, you drink a quart of salt water.

 

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The Lemon Drink

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The Lemon drink

 

Lemons boast high levels of vitamin C which is a natural antioxidant that acts to balance out free radicals in the body. Free radicals are the by-product that builds up lemon detox after consuming too many processed and refined foods and can be very damaging to the body. Drinking a glass of water with freshly squeezed lemon juice each morning will cleanse your system and boost your immune system. These are just some of the reasons lemons come out on top in detox programs. Long-term benefits include glowing skin, increased energy and a healthy digestive system.

 

Combining lemon with cayenne pepper will allow you to up your intake of vitamin c, niacin, magnesium and calcium. Cayenne pepper has similar properties to lemons, in that it also cleanses the system and offers antioxidant properties.

 

Here is my simple formula for a drink that you should have first thing when you wake up.

 

THE LEMON JUICE DETOX DRINK RECIPE

 

-Fresh Juice of 1⁄2 Lemon or Lime

-Slice of Ginger

-2 Tablespoons of organic grade B maple syrup or honey (optional)

-Small pinch of ground cayenne pepper (optional)

-1⁄2 a pint of filtered water

 

The ginger and cayenne pepper both work simultaneously to stimulate your digestive system and boost your metabolism. The lemon juice is a great cleanser and is also full of essential vitamins and nutrients.

 

Many of my patients have reported feeling more energised, fewer skin problems and allergies from the cleansing properties of this drink.

 

While it might take some time to adapt your current diet to include the suggestions above, it all comes down to habit. Once you incorporate healthier, more fulfilling foods into your breakfast and reap in the benefits, it will become easier to put the time aside to make a healthy breakfast, rather than opting for takeaway breakfasts.

 

Remember:  Never drop the whole lemon, peel and all, into your glass of water.  By the time that lemon gets to you, many have touched it, and many chemicals are on it,

 

Contact us and let us help you work out a personalized health care plan.

 

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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.