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Ginger brews; My favorite hot and healthy herb plus an amazing delicious recipe

Ginger is one of my favorite hot herbs. It is fabulously versatile, medicinal and a very popular culinary herb in cuisines across the world. Ginger is hot not only because it is spicy but because in the medicinal world, it is also known to lower inflammation which is a common cause of so many illnesses that we are seeing today.  Ginger is abundant in the phytonutrient gingerol, a natural ingredient that relieves bloating and gas. It also facilitates and promotes healthy digestion while improving bowel function. Ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory by reducing the synthesis of pro-inflammatory (inflammation causing) prostaglandins.

Tip:  ginger can be used on inflamed joints to relieve pain just by placing cold pressed ginger juice in a flannel cloth with some castor oil over the affected joint for 5-10 minutes
It is also rich in essential oils, vitamin B, potassium, manganese, copper and magnesium.
I have used it in my practice with pregnant woman to prevent nausea, in fact for centuries ginger has been used in India, China and other Asian countries as a remedy for nausea.

Ginger can be taken in a capsule, eaten fresh and raw, cooked or brewed as a tea.

TIP: You can cut ginger place two to tsp in boiling water and steep for ten minutes. After cooling, optionally you can add honey, pieces of lemon or orange. When I am sick i will brew with a few cloves of garlic (my other favorite herb)

I also just saw this recipe which I cannot wait to try

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peeled, finely chopped ginger
  • 2 cups purified water
  • raw honey (optional)
  • sparkling water
  • 1 lemon, juiced

Preparation:

Boil 2 cups of water, and add the ginger. Reduce the heat to medium low, and let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes.

Take it off the heat and strain.

When serving, use 1 part of ginger syrup and 3 parts of sparkling water. Serve it on the rocks. Sweeten to taste, using raw honey, or stevia, and add some lemon juice.

from http://www.bestherbalhealth.com

Enjoy !

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

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A little yoke can go along way…..

eggs berries beans greensI was just in Anaheim for Expo West and it was basically a large sampling food fest. Sadly, even though it is the ‘natural product expo’ many of the food choices were seriously unhealthy, or for me, involved dark chocolate, so I needed to balance things out and I needed it to be easy since we were at a trade show working 12 hours a day. This is why I turned to ol faithful, organic humane eggs.

Eggs are fantastic for your health, filling, complete with protein and contain a wide variety of important vitamin and nutrients. For many years we have been led to believe that eggs are not healthy; that they are fattening, that they can cause heart disease, that they contain bad fats. Misled by diet fads and incorrect nutritional information, we were taught to believe that the protein part of the egg is the best part of the egg, so weight conscious consumers and dieters have switched to eating only the whites of the eggs and a new market opened up selling boxes of the whites only. Restaurants have become accustomed to it too, now on menus you can find ‘egg white omelets’ as well. But in the egg, I mean in the end, nature is way smarter than we are and that’s why I say the ‘yokes on us!’

Egg yokes contain:

1. a good source of choline. One egg yolk has about 300 micrograms of choline. Choline is an important nutrient that helps regulate the brain, nervous system, and cardiovascular system. Women should take in about 420 micrograms daily for optimal health, men around 500 mcg.

2. They contain the right kind of fat. One egg has just 5 grams of fat and only 1.5 grams of saturated fat. According to a study by the Harvard School of Public Health, there is no significant link between egg consumption and heart disease. In fact, according to one study, regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, strokes and heart attacks.

3. New research shows that, contrary to previous belief, moderate consumption of eggs does not have a negative impact on cholesterol. In fact, recent studies have shown that regular consumption of two eggs per day does not affect a person’s lipid profile and may, in fact, improve it.

4.Eggs are one of the only foods that contain naturally occurring vitamin D.

5.Eggs promote healthy hair and nails because of their high sulphur content and wide array of vitamins and minerals. Many people find their hair growing faster after adding eggs to their diet, especially if they were previously deficient in foods containing sulphur or B12.

6.Researchers found that people who eat eggs every day lower their risk of developing cataracts, due to the carotenoid content of lutein and also because of the zeaxanthin in eggs.

And finally, one egg contains 6 grams of high-quality protein and all 9 essential amino acids, which mean that it is a great source of protein! So I cured my chocolate imbalance with a few greens mixed into my fabulous eggs and I felt great!

So next time you need a quick snack or meal make an omelet, add some veggies and avoid an all whiter…a little yoke can go along way…..

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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