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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Is It Time For A Detox?




With our world growing increasingly toxic, the question is not if you should do a detox; its when.  It's true our bodies are built to naturally eliminate toxins.  The problem, however, is that the effects of modern life: pollution, poor dietary choices, contaminates in our food and water, stress and even a sedentary lifestyle will compromise the body's ability to effectively detox the way it supposed to.  The tragic result of this toxic internal congestion is that we develop diseases, gain weight and lose our natural energy and vitality.

While its true our livers are constantly detoxing our bloodstreams, they are not necessarily coping as well as they could be.  From pesticides and fertilizers in our food, to heavy metals in the skincare products we use and the over-eager medicine prescribing, our wonderful modern world is a bit of a minefield waiting to explode.
Here are a few signs you need a 'detox', even when you think you are healthy and can't figure out why you are:
*Constantly Fatigued. 
This could be a sign your body is working too hard to get rid of the toxins you're pouring into it. If your answer is more coffee or something sweet, you're only making the problem worse.
*Constipation.
The intestines get rid of a lot of toxins everyday.  When that is compromised we store up all those toxins.  Allowing them to negatively affect our bodies.  This is related to consuming a lot of processed foods filled with chemicals, pesticides and preservatives.
*Skin Reactions.
Acne, rashes and skin problems may signal a toxic overload.  The skin is our largest organ responsible for detoxification. Get out there and sweat!
*Muscle aches and pains.
Chronic inflammation can be influenced by the environmental toxins we come into contact each and every day. Use only natural skin care products that are free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens and any other potentially toxic ingredients.
*Bad Breath.
Bad breath is often related to digestive issues and can also mean your liver is struggling to get rid of the toxins.

Here is a great article from Dr. Will Cole: 16 Signs its Time For a Detox

Here are some suggestions for healthy detoxing:
*Support your liver with  warm lemon water, dandelion tea, eat more parsley and cilantro.
*Drink more water(I Need a Drink   Thirsty?)
*SWEAT! Exercise at least 30 minutes daily. It gets the circulation going, helping move toxins along.
*Get a good daily dose of probiotics (Gut Bomb) like non-dairy yogurts,kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, tempeh and miso soup.
*Always brush your teeth, even better use a tongue scrapper while brushing.
*Practice deep breathing.
*Choose clean organic whole foods.  Start with these: FoodsTo Naturally Detox Our Body.

CBD Oil has been shown to help in detoxing the liver along with many other benefits: 4 Natural Remedies to Detox and Heal The Liver.  We offer high quality CBD Oil products at www.kristenlee.hempworx.com Please check them out.

BELIEVE IN 
KINDNESS

Have a great week
Judd





Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Power of Potatoes





September is National Potato Month.
Potatoes are one of the most beloved and most produced foods on the planet.  The humble healthful potato is popular for a number of reasons. They are relatively inexpensive to grow, available year round and are rich in nutrients.  You can easily grow them at home!   Potatoes are tubers that belong to the nightshade family which strangely include tomatoes, eggplants and bell peppers.  With over a hundred edible varieties, they come in an array of colors, sizes, shapes and flavors.  Potatoes are classified as either 'mature' or 'new'.  New potatoes are harvested before fully grown, obviously smaller in size.( New Red potatoes or Purple potatoes)

The History of the Potato

Potatoes originated in the Andean Mountain area of South America where historians believe they have been cultivated for over 7000 years.  They were one of the few crops that could survive the harsh climate.  The Spanish brought them to Europe in the 16th century, but were not widely consumed until farmers discovered they were much easier to grow than wheat and oats.  They also found them to be vitamin-rich and produced more yield per acre.  Potatoes' popularity was greatly aided by Antoine-Augustin Paramentier, a pharmacist by training was imprisoned during the Seven Years War.  He was forced to eat only potatoes and was surprised how he emerged with excellent  health.  He launched a public relations campaign on their benefits, organizing an all-potato dinner for some high society guests, which included Thomas Jefferson.  He was so excited, he brought the "French Fry" back to America.  Now you know!  
Paramentier also persuaded Marie Antoinette and husband Louis XVI to wear potato flowers in her hair and him to adorn his suits.  Finally, he planted acres of potatoes outside Paris so that starving peasants would steal them.

By the 18th century potatoes had become a staple around the world, but in 1845 a potato blight virtually wiped out the entire crop overnight.  The Potato Famine in Ireland was the worst, where 40% of the Irish ate only ate potatoes as their solid food.  Millions died and millions more migrated to America to escape the famine.  America was the last country to adopt it to its cuisine.  We now grow more then 17.1 million pounds per year and consume as much as 126 pounds per person.  
Potatoes are naturally fat-free, cholesterol-free, high in fiber,low in sodium and packed full of vitamins and nutrients.  Andrew "Spud" Taylor  lost 114 lbs eating only potatoes for a year. 

Here's an easy recipe any time of the day:
Fall Breakfast Bowl
1 sweet potato
1 white potato
Cube in 1/2" bite-size pieces.
Lightly cook-until tender- in olive oil with fresh rosemary and sage.
Top with pepitas and dried cranberries or raisins.


The affordable potato(even organic) should always be on your list of healthy food choices.

BELIEVE IN
KINDNESS

Have a great week.
Judd


Sunday, September 9, 2018

It's Whats For Lunch!

This week's post is two easy healthy recipes.

Creamy Tomato Soup
In a large saucepan heat:
1-28 oz. Trader Joe's Tuscano Marinara Sauce.
3 cups Vegetable broth.
1/2 cup raw cashews.
A handful of fresh basil leaves(10-12).

Divide mixture in half.  Blend half in a high speed blender(Vitamix) along with the raw cashews (this is what will make the soup very creamy) until smooth. Return to saucepan and blend the remaining half in blender. Return to saucepan and keep warm until ready to serve. Chiffonade the fresh basil and sprinkle on top of soup.

Homemade Croutons
Use your day old hard French bread or baguettes to make delicious croutons! 
just cut them into bite size cubes, toss with olive oil and garlic salt. Bake at 350' until brown, approximately 10 minutes flipping once or twice.


Tempeh Vegan "Chicken" Salad
1 package Organic Tempeh.
2 tbsp. olive oil.
3 tbsp. vegan mayonnaise
2 tsp lemon juice.
3 tbsp minced onion.
2 stalks minced organic celery.
1 tbsp dried or fresh parsley.
1/2 tsp curry powder.
A dash of cayenne pepper.

Cut the tempeh into 1/2 inch cubes. Bring a few inches of water(enough to cover tempeh) to a boil in a pot.  Add the cubed tempeh and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.  Drain all the water.  Heat two tbsp of  olive or coconut oil over medium heat in a large skillet and brown the tempeh on all sides.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Combine the cooled tempeh in a large bowl with the vegan mayonnaise and all other ingredients making sure it is evenly coated.  taste and adjust seasonings to taste.  Enjoy on a bed of lettuce or multi grain toasted bread. 



BELIEVE IN 
KINDNESS

Have a great week.
Judd


Monday, September 3, 2018

Recommended Reading 09/03/18

It's recommended reading time!
First up is some environmental news..we all know that plastic is everywhere, "How much is there?"
Studies show its possible that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish.   Invasive species also ride the plastic flotilla across the oceans creating havoc on native habitats.  Did you know that even flushing used contact lens are adding to the micro plastic problem we are facing?  On the bright side researchers have found a giant deep-sea coral reef 160 miles off the coast of South Carolina.  Named the "Richardson Ridge" it is almost 80 miles long and full of healthy coral. 

For anyone who thinks vegan/plant-based diet followers are weak and have no strength, think again, 34 year old Strongman Patrik Baboumian broke the world yoke carry record: 1214 lbs carried for 32 feet!  You can an interview with Rich Roll here:"Why compassion is his strength"

We've been told we should take an aspirin a day for preventing heart disease, Should we?
What about the information on "hidden dangers of beans, legumes and whole grains because of lectins. Listen to Dr Gregers' take on "The Plant Paradox is Wrong"

For more video pleasure: 5 Nutrition Myths You Might Believe
Food for Thought: Does Sugar Cause Diabetes?

For some real motivation: 31 in 31, transform yourself to be a high performer in life.
Check out "Macka B" on "Health is Wealth"

To end this, something pretty freaky: AI-"bring the dead BACK to life"

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BELIEVE IN
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Have a great week.
Judd

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Ginger Benefits



This week's post is all about "Ginger root".   For centuries, ginger has been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat colds, stomachaches, nausea and indigestion.   It is treasured in Asian cuisine with its tangy, lemony and spicy taste.  It is a favored go-to herbal remedy for those who believe in natural healing.  Some who are older may remember our Grandmothers giving us ginger-ale when we had a stomachache.   Back then it actually had ginger in it!  In 1982 it beat out Dramamine in a head-to-head test when blindfolded volunteers were spun in a tilted rotating chair.  It is now considered a nontoxic broad-spectrum anti-vomiting agent in countering nausea, vomiting, motion sickness.  It helps to calm the effects of nausea in pregnancy, chemo, radiation and after surgery.  Ginger has its most effects in late winter.  On cold damp days, a steaming hot cup of ginger tea warms your bones and burns up congestion and mucus.  For congestion in the back of your throat, make a syrup of 1/4 tsp each of dry ginger, turmeric and black pepper mixed into 1 tsp of raw honey.  Slowly lick over 15 minutes, repeating up to three times per day.  When you combine ginger with black pepper and dried pippali it forms an Ayuredic formula called "trikatu".   This formula is excellent for eliminating mucus and congestion in the lungs.

Other benefits include;

*Anti-inflammatory.
*Anti-aging.
*Reduces pain from exercise.
*Assists in weight loss.
*Treats anemia (stimulates production of blood cells).
*Helps manages diabetes (combining honey and ginger reduces oxidative stress).
*Helps to prevent liver disease (gingerols helps improves insulin resistance).

You can find fresh ginger in the produce aisle of most all grocery stores.  Make sure it is firm to touch, not dried out or wilted. For a quick pick me up, peel the skin (if not organic), finely chop about a tbsp and steep in hot water for 2-3 minutes, add some honey and enjoy!





For more information on ginger:11 Proven Benefits of Ginger

I recently came across a new YouTube channel that has great health content by a vegan science writer named Mike.  Check out his latest video here: Vegans are Awesome

BELIEVE IN
KINDNESS
Have a great week.
Judd

Sunday, August 19, 2018

"It's Whats For Dinner" Jackfruit Carnitas


Jackfruit Carnitas


Jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world — one fruit can weigh between 10 and 100 pounds and contain hundreds of seeds that are rich in protein, potassium, calcium, and iron.

The fruit known as a jackfruit is being hailed as a "miracle" crop that could save millions from starvation.  You can follow this link for more information. 
Here's my favorite recipe using jackfruit.  With the right seasonings, you will think you are eating pulled pork!  You can find canned jackfruit at your local Asian Market.

JACKFRUIT CARNITAS

1-2 tbs coconut oil
1 small onion diced
2-- cloves crushed garlic
Homemade spice blend:
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chipotle seasoning
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp oregano
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
pinch of cinnamon

1 tsp lime juice
1 tbs maple syrup
1 tsp Bragg's or Coconut Amino acids

In a large skillet, on medium heat saute onions and crushed garlic.
Stir until onions are clear. Add lime juice, maple syrup and Bragg's.
Drain and rinse jackfruit, break apart and shred fruit ( like pulled pork)
Add spice mix and fruit, stirring to completely for good coverage.
The fruit will start to brown and liquid will dissolve.
Ready to roll into a burrito with black beans and salsa or guacamole. 
Serves well with sweet potato fries.

For a Jackfruit "Pulled Pork" variation:

Wet sauce:
3 tbs tomato paste
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp oil
1/2 tsp tamarind paste or sweet chili sauce 
1/4 cup water
2 tsp maple syrup
Add sauce to cooking fruit and spices and simmer until ready to eat.
Serves well on toasted buns, with coleslaw made with "Vegenaise or Just Mayo".


 For nutritional information see: Jackfruit



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Have a great week.
Judd

Sunday, August 12, 2018

CBD Oil and Brain Health






Taking care of our brain health is more urgent now than ever.  Every aspect of our lives affects our brain.  The standard american diet (SAD), environmental toxins, lack of exercise, "burning both ends" and poor sleep habits can often lead to chronic illness.  According to the Alzheimer's Association, by the year 2050 the U.S. alone will have 14 million people in need of full time care for Alzheimer's disease.  Additionally, anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness, affecting 40 million adults.

If you look at the benefits of CBD oil (see last month's post: What Exactly is CBD Oil?), you will find a very long list of health benefits.  I personally have slept better than ever before since taking it,  feeling the results the very first dose.  I wake up feeling rested and with a clear mind.  Everyone we know personally who has used CBD oil has benefited from lower blood pressure, reduction of "hot flashes", muscle spasms, less anxiety etc. This is because it activates the CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, which can optimize overall health.
Here are some benefits:


Studies have shown that CBD oil has the ability to prevent free radical damage, reduce inflammation and protect our brain cells.  Other studies have demonstrated the role of the cannabinoids in adult neurogenesis which is science-y way of saying "growing new brain cells".

We already know CBD has strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties, so it's an all around healthy ingredient to add to your wellness routine. 

For  a must listen to podcast on the importance of healthy living and eating, listen to: Dr.'s Dean & Ayesha Sherzai on Optimizing Brain Health, "The Alzheimer's Solution".


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Have a great week.
Judd