By Joan McDaniel April 22, 2014
In my old sugar addicted life, nothing seemed to taste good except processed food. I had white bread or pasta with just about every meal. Now that my addiction is broken I am enjoying the new world of taste. One item I have increased using is the spice mustard. Mustard adds zest and zing to my food. It seems to bring out a hidden taste in the food. The food simply tastes better.
I don’t eat Hot Dogs anymore, but have learned to love mustard. I will leave the eating of Hot Dog to the Hot Dogs.
Now this is a hot dog
Mustard and It’s Many Tastes
A long time ago in the 1950s, when I was a kid, I don’t think I even heard of mustard or ketchup for that matter, but that was a long long time ago. I came from the Rocky Mountains and my family was strict ‘Meat and Potato’. If you didn’t like what was on your plate you didn’t eat period. As the fast food and McDonald’s Hamburger became popular, the standard condiments of ketchup, mustard and relish all found themselves in our refrigerator.
I liked pickled relish best. Learning about mustard I still never knew anything was in this world besides the typical American yellow mustard.
In the 1970s I along with the rest of America was made aware of “Grey Poupon” mustard by its 1970 commercial.
My tastes were expanded to include this whole-grain and Dijon mustard mixed with a small amount of white wine. Yellow mustard was a thing of the past
Classic American Yellow Mustard
Americans only knew Yellow mustard but the rest of the world knew better. When I started to do research on mustard I found there are many colors, flavors, forms, and types. There is the mustard seed which is used to make the condiment then there are mustard greens which are eaten like a salad, and then there is mustard oil for topical use. There even was a poisonous gas called mustard gas only because it smelled like mustard and has nothing to do with the mustard plant.
Prepared mustard available at the market consists of ground mustard seed from the mustard plant. The whole or crushed seeds are then mixed with other ingredients to make the mustard condiment.
Mustard greens are leaves of a kind of mustard plant. I was told by a farmer friend that seeds from a mustard green plant cannot make the condiment mustard. Lastly there is mustard oil which is made from the mustard seed that has been cold pressed to produce oil.
First the mustard seed
Mustard Plant and Mustard black seeds
The white tastes bitter, the black and brown are piquant and spicy. Yellow mustard like French’s is made from white mustard seeds and to get the yellow color from added turmeric. Most American mustards are yellow in color, while Asian and European are made with brown mustard seeds. The flavor of the mustards, range from the Dijon style to the hot spicy Chinese mustards.
Kinds of Prepared Mustard
Different flavors and strengths can be achieved through different blends of mustard seed species.
The Many Varieties of Mustard
Mustard –The mustard seed is very tiny. There is the white or yellow mustard seed or Sinapis hirta; brown or Indian mustard seed or Brassica juncea; or black mustard seed or B. nigra. The seed are bruised, cracked grounded or whole and mixed with other ingredients like; alcohol, apple sauce, honey, horseradish, salt, seasonings, sugar, turmeric, vinegar, water, wine just to list a few.
Some Mustard Varieties
Many Countries in Europe have mustard named after locations like Dijon is named for a location in France. Many countries produce a special kind of mustard and take great pride in how it tastes. I know for the French take their mustard very seriously. There are Mustards named for locations in Bavaria, Germany and the United Kingdom to name a few.
Today, one can buy hundreds of fine, “gourmet” mustards: artisan-made, Champagne-based, fruit-flavored, or added herbs. Many exotic tastes of mustard are available from China and Japan. In addition to being very tasty, mustards are extremely low in calories and carbohydrates (with the exception of sweet mustards, which have added honey or sugar products), and have no fat.
Dijon mustard – Originated in 1856 by Jean Naigeon of Dijon France added the juice of unripe grapes which now white wine is used instead. Most mustard described as “Dijon” is manufactured elsewhere made mostly of Canadian mustard seed.
French’s mustard – A very mild form of yellow colored bright-yellow by the addition of turmeric, was introduced in 1904 by George J. French as “cream salad mustard.”
Grey Poupon – A brand of whole-grain mustard and Dijon.
Honey mustard – is a blend of honey and mustard seeds. It is combined with olive oil to make salad dressing.
Hot mustard – is prepared to bring out the natural piquancy of mustard seeds. Black or brown mustard seeds are used rather than the white.
Russian mustard – A hot, sharp, and strong mustard, prepared from Indian mustard seed.
Spirited mustard – is made with alcoholic spirits. Mustard has been made with whiskey, cognac, Jack Daniels. There even is Irish “pub” mustard made with whiskey.
Sweet mustard – A Bavaria made with kibbled mustard seed and mixed with apple sauce, honey or sugar. There are other sweet mustard from Austria and Switzerland.
Whole-grain mustard – Is known as granary mustard, the seeds are mixed whole with other ingredients.
Yup. We tried 39 mustards.
Benefits of Mustard – Leafs, Oil and Seeds
Mustard comes in the form of greens, oil, seed, and seed powder.
Mustard and other spices have been used for generations for its medicinal powers. In the ancient traditional Indian and Chinese practitioners used mustard and other spices in their pharmacopeia.
Remember Christopher Columbus discovery of the New World was really civilization looking for a route to the east for its spices.
Mustard has natural antibacterial properties and the mustard by itself doesn’t require refrigeration for it will not grow bacteria, mildew or mold. If that is what it does in the jar what can it do for the body?
Anti-oxidant – Mustard is an excellent source of phytonutrients. Mustard is a good source of Calcium, manganese, magnesium, Omega3 and Omega-6 Fats, phosphorus, potassium and selenium and vitamins A, C, and E (in the form of carotenoids) Mustard give us health support. In other words it helps bring oxygen to the cells that has had free-radical damage.
Anti-inflammatory – Mustard is an excellent source of Vitamin K which acts as a direct regulator of our inflammatory response.
Cancer fighting - Mustard seeds (like other members of Brassica) have been found to contain isothiocyanates which have been demonstrated to suppress and prevent the growth of cancerous tumors. A 2010 study published in the journal Carcinogenesis demonstrated that when this compound is delivered in a specialized manner had the ability to inhibit the growth of cancer.
Cardiovascular support – lowers risk of inflammation and heart attack, ischemic heart disease, and atherosclerosis. Researchers have found mustard leaves help these health problems.
Detox support – mustard greens include antioxidant nutrients and help support detoxification activities with its high sulfur-containing nutrients.
Immune System Support – Mustard helps rebuild the Immune system which helps fight cold and flu. It has even been found to help pneumonia.
Pain – Mustard Oil can be used for aching muscle and joints. Use it as a rub, or external paste. Mustard can be used for the pain associated with arthritis rheumatic arthritis, and even help the pain from headaches. I bet you can remember mustard packs your mother gave you.
Topical Use – Mustard Oil can be used in numerous beauty and skin care applications like; anti-aging, antibacterial, antifungal, hair vitalizer, insect repellant, massage oil, skin ailments such as eczema, infections, or rashes, and/or for stimulating circulation.
All this plus it simply tastes good!!!
Mustard greens are the leaves of a plant Brassica juncea. Mustard greens come in a host of varieties each with distinct characteristics and tastes. Chinese mustard, Indian mustard, mustard greens, or leaf mustard are species of mustard plants. Sub-varieties include curled mustard (looks like kale buy tastes like horseradish or mustard), and southern giant.
Mustard greens vary in color some are emerald green, while others are shades of dark red or even deep purple. Mustard greens can have a crumpled or flat texture. They can have either frilled lacey, toothed, or scalloped, edges.
You’ll want to include mustard greens as one of the cruciferous vegetables you eat on a regular basis if you want to receive the fantastic health benefits provided by the cruciferous vegetable family.
History of Mustard
I was surprised to find that what I thought to be a condiment like ketchup, salt and pepper, is anything but. Mustard is good for your health. The seed, the leave or the oil is loaded with health benefits. Even the Ancient Greeks first used Mustard as medicine. The Romans made the first prepared mustard and introduced to the world it concurred.
The mustard plant comes from the genus of plants (Brassica) along with other nutritious family members as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Cress, Horseradish, and Kale. Mustard is also related to the radish and turnip. This genus is loaded with amazing plants that are good for your health. Mustard since the ancients (Hippocrates used it for healing) has been considered a healing plant. Before we turned it into a commercial product and something we put on hot dogs mustard was used for healing also.
Every county it seems has mustard in its history and there are so many varieties and countries I cannot even list them but America’s mustard is French’s Mustard.
America’s French’s mustard history
French’s mustard is America’s mustard. The French brothers in Rochester, New York had a flour mill and spice business. They made mustard, but in 1904 Francis sought to create a different type of mustard, a milder form so that people would eat more of it. He wanted it bright yellow and creamy and wanted to be a cooking ingredient for things like potato and egg salad. He got that bright yellow color by adding Turmeric. At the same time Baseball was looking for something to add to its revenue and the ball park hot dog was born. A match made in heaven. By the 1920’s French’s outsold all other mustards 5 to 1. They were so successful the printed Wrigley’s Field flag into its logo.
The squeeze bottle didn’t come along until 1957. In 1974 French’s mustard met real completion when the Grey Poupon television commercial ran.
Cooking Mustard Greens
Suggestions on How to Prepare and cook mustard green suggestions
WhFoods recommends for the best way to prepare and cook mustard greens is to Sauté. They find it provides the greatest flavor and nutrient retention.
Rinse mustard greens under cold running water and cut into 1/2″ slices for quick and even cooking.
To get the most health benefits from mustard greens, we recommend letting them sit for a minimum of 5 minutes before cooking. Sprinkling with lemon juice before letting them sit may be able to help activate their myrosinase enzymes and increase formation of beneficial isothiocyanates in the greens.
Heat a small amount of liquid like 5 tablespoons of broth (vegetable or chicken) or water in a stainless steel skillet. Once bubbles begin to form add mustard greens, cover, and Sauté for 5 minutes. Top with your favorite optional natural ingredients.
Mustard Oil for the Skin
Mustard Oil – Unrefined mustard oil is mustard seed that have been cold-pressed to extract the oil and is the choice for use in beauty treatments.
I have found using Mustard Oil and Coconut Oil to help me fight my outbreaks of Candida Yeast Overgrown. It works wonders both with the itch, pain and rash.
To reap the benefits of mustard oil, take a warm bath or shower to open the pores, and then massage mustard oil onto affected areas.
It is great as a facial – For a skin-brightening and anti-aging facial treatment, mix warmed coconut and mustard oil in a small bowl and apply to the face in light, upward circles for 5 minutes. Gently wipe face clean with a soft, damp wash cloth although both oils are easily absorbed.
Mustard oil is very popular oil on the Indian Subcontinent, specifically in the Eastern parts of India and in Bangladesh. There, it is used as an edible oil and is considered very healthy,
Just in case you might just wonder at the term Mustard Gas, I looked it up – It’s not mustard at all.
Trench War Fare
We may remember Mustard Gas from stories about World War I when the Imperial German army used chemical warfare against the British and Canadian soldiers in 1916. It was used near Ypres, Belgium in 1917 and later against the French Second Army. When used it leaves blisters on the exposed skin and lungs leaving a yellow-brown color and having an odor resembling garlic, horseradish, or mustard, hence the name. Mustard gas was originally named after the scientist Wilhelm Lommel and Wilhelm Steinkopf the developers but mustard was the name remembered most.
Majid Ali, M.D. http://www.aliacademy.org/spice_medicine.htm
By Joan McDaniel April 12, 2014
Simple Carbohydrates and Complex Carbohydrate or Good vs. Bad.
Today I’m going to review the beet. I have begun using it to help me detox so I did a little research but first, I thought I cover the subject of Carbohydrates. Since I found my way to regain my health was to avoid simple carbs and processed food. All that food did was convert itself into sugar devoid of any other nutrient. It gave my body nutrition but only one kind that being sugar. I missed out on all the other badly needed antioxidants. Without proper nutrition the body’s immune system can’t go to war and you get sick. So I said, “I’ll avoid carbs in my diet”. Yet about all I am eating now are carbs are at least complex carbs. So let’s review; just what are Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs? Then we will talk about the magnificent beet.
We all need Carbohydrates they are what provide our body energy. All fruits and vegetables are carbohydrates and so are candy, white bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and most sodas and processed Sugar. So why is one good for you like the complex carb and one not as good like the simple carb? More about this a little further down in the article but, it depends on their chemical makeup. The simpler the carb is considered bad for all it contains is sugar.
The complex carb is considered good, not only because it contains natural sugar but other nutrients like natural fiber and vitamins. It takes the body longer to break down and use the complex carb where it breaks the simple carb down almost instantaneously. Read the section Carbohydrates and Sugar inmy article on sugar high sugar low and away we go to see what simple sugars do to the body.
The Nutritious Beet
The beet is a carbohydrate like all vegetables. It has a high sugar content but eaten in moderation it is good for you. Read on and learn more about the magnificent beet.
What Has More Nutrition the Beet Root or the Beet Top?
The many ways to eat red beets
They can be eaten raw when grated, they can be cooked or steamed, pickled and or they can be juiced. For a complete enjoyment of the vegetable eat the whole beet, its root, stems and top each provides major nutrition.
Don’t Toss Away the Best Part of the Beet – the Top.
We all know about the beet root but what about the tops? Don’t just throw them away or for the compost do yourself a nutritional favor and eat the tops. The Green leaves of the beet can contain more important nutrients than the beet itself. You can eat them along with your other greens and they are sugar free.
Did You Know there are Two Kinds of Beets?
They look like turnips
One is called the Sugar beet and the other is called Red beet. The Sugar Beet is white and the Red beet is dark red or even purple. Both beets have a sweet taste.
The sugar beet can measure up to four feet long, and weigh three to five pounds and can produce about five ounces of sugar. About 18 percent of the sugar beet is pure sugar. The sugar beet is less round than the average beet and resembles a turnip.
The Common Red Beet
The red beet is famous for its color which is highly concentrated and known to leave a reddish color residue or pigment. The color simply bleeds and stains wherever it touches. The body doesn’t even absorb the color and may turn your urine pink and your stool red. The red beet has less sugar, 7.6 g in an average sugar beet but still is considered to be the vegetable with the highest amount of natural sugar.
A quick tip is you can use fresh lemon juice to keep the beet from bleeding their natural red color into your salad.
You don’t see many White Beets in the Market
The sugar beet is used by the food industry and is one of the main sources of table sugar (or refined sugar). What we refer to as table sugar comes from either the sugar beet or cane sugar which has been further refined.
The red beet is what you purchase in the store or market. Raw red beets have a crunchy texture that turns soft and buttery when they are cooked.
Now What About those Beet leaves?
Benefits of Beets Greens
Eating the beet green may be the healthiest form of the plant. In fact the leafy tops can have more iron than spinach. They contain less sugar than the beet and more calcium, copper, fiber, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, plant protein, potassium, protein, Vitamin A, B6, C and zinc. Beet greens help strengthen you immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies and white blood cells.
Beet leaves have a lively, bitter taste similar to chard. The traditional Easter European soup called borscht uses beet leaves as the main ingredient. The leaves can be juiced, added to salad, eaten raw, pickled, or sautéed lightly along with other greens. I sometimes seep them in hot water for vegetable stock or for tea.
The Beet itself Is One of the Healthiest Foods
Beets are a unique healing vegetable. Beets contain a variety of unique health-boosting nutrients that you may not be getting elsewhere. Plus, they’re delicious! Some of these health-boosting benefits include;
Lower Your Blood Pressure
Studies have found that the naturally occurring nitrates in beets help lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. The nitrates in beets are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide then helps relax blood and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.
Helps Fight Inflammation
Beets are unique in their source of Polynutrients called betaines. This nutrient helps protects cells, enzymes, and proteins from environmental stress. Beets contain powerful phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color. Phytonutrients or antioxidants help the body combat free-radical damage which causes inflammation. In other words it helps replenish oxygen that the free-radical took away.
Rich in Valuable Nutrients and Fiber
Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate.
Beets have unique natural components that make them unique and great for detoxifying the body. Your body every night while you sleep naturally detoxes. Beets are a traditional detoxing agent, they are the perfect food for body cleansing. Beets are extremely high in plant ‘flavonoids’ and beta-carotene. The Betalin pigment and flavonoids in beets help the body rid itself and eliminate the broken down toxins. Eating beets along with carrots help stimulate and improve overall liver function.
To make your detox more effective and powerful for the liver, add fresh dandelion leaves and cucumbers to the dish or juice.
What is the Difference between Natural and Refined Sugars?
Processed Sugar and Candy Natural Sugar Vegetables
We are consuming too much sugar. Most of our diet consists of high processed foods that are loaded with refined sugar. We think nothing of eating candy and overconsumption of all forms of sugary food. Let me say again in review; all vegetables and fruit are carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates – Are constructed out of sugar. There are several forms of sugar fruit sugar or fructose, Natural sugar, raw sugar, processed and refined sugar.
Sugars; clockwise from top-left: White refined
Unrefined, brown, and unprocessed cane
Processed sugar is processed to be a pure white table sugar required by the consumer. It gives the product a pure look, gives it greater shelf life and is easier to handle does not clump or stick.
Types of Sugar
It is true to your body doesn’t know the difference – sugar is sugar. When you eat more sugar or carbohydrates than your body can use, the excess energy is converted to fat by your liver. Sugar is Sugar but there are different forms of carbohydrates or sugar. Natural and Raw sugars contain less sugar for they also have other nutrients and vitamins. High Fructose Corn Syrup, Processed or refined have more sugar for the other nutrients and vitamins have been stripped out by the manufacturing process. The manufacture is attempting to produce a product with a long shelf life and without any impurities.
Natural and Raw sugars help control the sugar rushes and cravings created by process or refined sugar. They can be helpful when attempting to break the hold of sugar addiction.
There are various types of sugar derived from different sources.
Brown sugars – A completely refined granulated sugar with the grains coated in molasses to produce a demerara, light or dark sugar. This sugar is used in baked goods, confectionery and other sugary baked items.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is created in – the lab. HFCS is highly processed and has been linked to obesity and many other serious and chronic health problems. HFCS is now added to just about any and all processed foods such as; breads, cakes, candies, cookies, energy drinks, soft drinks and more. It is a corn-based sweetener. It’s about an equal blend of glucose and fructose to make it sweeter. It’s increased used occurred around 1975 because of its low cost at the time of a sugar price war.
Fructose – A natural sugar found in fruit. Some fruits are very low in fructose like lemons and all the berries but some can be very high like apples, and bananas. See my article and table on Fructose.
Natural sugar – All plants produce sugar as a byproduct of photosynthesis. Natural sugars are broken down more slowly by the body and have less calories than the other processed sugars. In addition, fruits and vegetables have other nutrients besides sugar like antioxidants, calcium, fiber, iron, manganese, minerals, organic salts, Vitamins B and C. Natural sugars are a complete food which lead to more stable blood sugar levels.
Vegetables with the highest Natural Sugar in Grams
Sugar Beet 17 – 18
Sugar Cane 13 – 18
Red Beets 7
Corn Sweet 6.2
Onion Sweet 5
White Potato 4.7
Peas Sweet 4.3
Red Pepper Sweet 4.2
Sweet Potato 4.2
Beets have the highest sugar content of all vegetables then corn both of which refined sugar is made. Yet eating the beet adds some major nutrition and health improvement which cannot be ignored. Eating the beet tops as much as you want they don’t contain any sugar.
Processed sugar – is also called “sucrose” is totally devoid of nutrients and has added chemicals. Processed sugar raises blood sugar levels fast. You get strong energy/hunger swings. These hunger swings become cravings. Think of the white pure table sugar and the sugar in candy, candy bars, added in fruit drinks, and sodas.
Raw sugar is straight from the sugar cane or sugar beet plant. Raw sugar isn’t refined and comes directly from the juices of the plant that have been dried to form sugar crystals.
Refined sugar or Table sugar starts with Natural Sugars but after the refining process only the sugar is left. Refined sugar is higher in calories, with added chemicals to remove impurities. It is heated to such a high heat all nutrients are lost. The processing strips away any fiber, minerals, nutrients or vitamins and leaves 100 percent sucrose.
Stevia - Stevia – A sugar replacement. It is not classified as a Natural, Processed, Raw or Refined. It is a naturally sweet plant native to Paraguay that is 30 times sweeter than sugar in its unprocessed form. With more than 1,000 studies and patents on Stevia, it is known to be all-natural, contain zero calories and have a zero glycemic index. Through a patented process the pure glycosides can be extracted from the Stevia leaves and turned into an intensely sweet powder that is 300 times sweeter than sugar. See my article on Stevia.
Sugar is Sugar take all in Moderation
It is true though, sugar is sugar and you need to eat it in moderation. You cannot eat as much as you like Natural, Processed, Raw or otherwise.
Beets! One of the healthiest foods
You can’t beat them for nutrition
Beets are packed with nutrition. They are an excellent source of folate, and research has shown that the red pigment, betacyanin, protects against heart disease and cancer.
Beets are loaded with potassium. Cup for cup, beet roots have about the same amount of potassium as bananas, and beet greens have twice as much.
Add to that the fact the beets are high in fiber, low in calories, and inexpensive, and you have an all around winner as a nutritious addition to your diet.
- Ken McCarthy
The Real Food Channel
The History of the Beet
The original natural beet grew in the wild during prehistoric times in North Africa, Asia and Europe along the seashore. At that time people ate only the green tops and threw the root away. Ancient Romans first cultivated beets to use the roots as food. The tribes that caused the fall of Rome spread eating beets throughout northern Europe where they were first used for animal fodder and later for human consumption. In the 19th century it was discovered that the sugar beet was a source of sugar. Benjamin Delessert invented the sugar extraction process and the first sugar factory was built in Poland. When the British restricted the sugar cane as an blockade against Napoleon and during the Napoleonic Wars, he decreed that the beet was to be used as the primary source of sugar.
The use of beets for sugar spread across Europe and the United States, especially because beets were easier to grow than sugar cane. Beets can be grown in colder climates and take less growing area.
Tips for Preparing Beets
Rinse gently under cold running water. Since beet juice can stain your skin, wearing kitchen gloves is a good idea when handling beets. If your hands become stained during the cleaning and cooking process, simply rub some lemon juice on them to remove the stain.
Cut off the root and the stems leaving about 1 inch of stem and 2 inches of the tap root.
The Healthiest Way of Cooking Beets
The best way to use beets is through juicing. Juicing is very expensive and I have found you have a tendency to add sweet things to make the juice taste nice. I am not a juicer and enjoy chewing my food. But the beet is way too hard to even take a bite out of they need to be softened either by a machine, a grader or cooking. Beets as all vegetables can lose their valuable nutrition benefits when subjected to heat. But you can cook beets lightly.
You can boil Beets.
It has been recommended to cut the beets into quarters to reduce the cooking time and boil in a small amount of water at low heat until a fork passes through the beet. Cook the beet until just tender, it may take up to 30 minutes. I like to chew beets for the taste but I also don’t want to break my teeth. I have found other vegetables that need to be cooked first, asparagus, Cabbage, large carrots, broccoli, green beans, bell peppers, sweet potato, white potato, and the turnip. I am sure there are many more that’s all I can think of right now. I lightly steam most of the hard to chew vegetables.
Once the beets are fork tender, remove the beets with a ladle to save the juice. Rinse the beets under cold filtered water to stop the cooking process. Keep the beet juice; you can make syrup by adding stevia or just for drinking as a juice. I add it as a base to my tea.
Or you can Steam Beets.
To maximize beets nutrition and flavor you can steam then for about 15 minutes. Fill the bottom of the steamer with 2 inches of water and bring to a rapid boil. Add beets and cover. Beets are cooked when you can insert a fork or the tip of a knife into the beet.
Peel beets by setting them on a cutting board and rubbing the skin off with a paper towel. Wearing kitchen gloves will help prevent your hands from becoming stained.
I do not peel my vegetables in most cases. I use the peel as added fiber, many people do not like the taste of the peel.
Grate the raw beet
You can grate beets in your salad and use lemon to help the beets from turning your salad red.
By Joan McDaniel April 1, 2014
Where Do I Go To Put the Fire Out
During my illness, I have experience pain. First the pain in my lower extremities, then as I got stronger the pain moved to my core muscles and lower back. I could hardly walk. As I rebuilt my body’s strength the lower back pain left. I began to start detoxing and suddenly the pain in my shoulders and upper back returned after being gone for over 30 years. I was told then to learn to “live with it” there was nothing the doctors could do.
This time the muscle spasm and the resulting pain was mind numbing. There were times when I felt I was on fire and wanted to scream, “where do I go to put the fire out?” There were times I felt as if someone had put a knife between my shoulder blades and twisted.
I like having these conversations with my body but this one got my undivided attention. I’m glad to report; I have control of it now. The pain if it occurs is in the moderate to mild range. This article shows my research into what I found about pain.
Chronic Pain can be life changing
In the medical world we have what is called a “Universal Pain Assessment Tool” its pictures illustrate degrees of pain.
Pain is your body crying out for help. As shown on the chart, Pain can be debilitating and result in complete bed rest. In other words, pain can take control of your body leaving you at its mercy. Pain is one of the leading causes for seeing your doctor or even going to the Emergency Room.
Pain with an injury can be understood, but most often the pain most people feel is a general. It is a chronic pain that moves around and changes in intensity. No one knows where it came from or why.
Pain is not a disease, it is a symptom, it is an indication of something in your body being out of balance. It is also a symptom of decreased circulation, and oxygen.
- Pain is your body’s “alarm system” letting you knows that your body has passed its limit.
- Inflammation is your body’s response to the damaged tissue. Inflammation is the beginning of the healing process.
- Spasm (uncontrolled muscle tightening) is your body’s way of putting a “natural splint” on the area to prevent further injury.
Next you suffer a loss of range of motion. Examples of how this could manifest include:
General Terms used
Acute Pain – Pain that last less than 30 days.
Chronic Pain – Pain that lasts longer than six months.
Disease or Illness - Types of diseases or illness that cause pain; Arthritis, Back Pain, Cancer, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Headache, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Sciatica and many other conditions.
Fibromyalgia — The term fibromyalgia is taken from Latin and Greek words:
- Fibra (Latin) means fibrous tissue and has to do with painful tendons and ligaments
- Myos (Greek) means muscles
- Algos (Greek) means pain
The term literally means “muscle and connective tissue pain”. It is considered an arthritis-related condition. Your joints are stiff, and you hurt all over, but unlike arthritis it does not cause damage to the joints. It is a condition of debilitating pain mainly in the muscles and the myofascia (the thin connective tissue that surrounds muscles, bones, and organs).
Conventional medicine or Allopathic medicine has been unable to help the condition so it created a label and invented a disease. They called it “fibromyalgia.
Inflammation response – The way the body naturally heals and repairs itself. In the inflammation process, worn out or damaged tissue are broken down and recycled in preparation for replacement with fresh vital tissue. It is the way your body fights off bacteria, fungus, yeast and toxins.
A suffix at the end of a word like arthritis denotes or means inflammation.
Pain – is an indication your body cells are not getting enough oxygen. Unable to breathe the muscles crys out for help. The muscles and cells can’t breath for the are covered with cellular grease or (fascia). Fascia is a layer of fibrous tissue used to protect the muscle from toxins.
Spasm – Lack of Oxygen to the Muscle. A sudden, abnormal, involuntary muscular contraction, consisting of a continued muscular contraction and relaxations. The Muscle becomes stiff, lactic acid burn, dehydration, thickening of fluids. Synonyms include cramp, Charley horse, or knot. A muscle spasm can be quite painful, with the muscle clenching tightly. Can be cause by over exertion or increase in oxygen destroying mold, toxins and/or yeast.
Big Pharma’s (Rx) pain medications
Drug companies provide a long list of pain medication. We call them Pain meds, Pain Killers, Pain Relievers. The drugs come in many forms mostly in the form of pills.
Types of Modern medicine (Rx):
Over the Counter (OTC) – examples include: Aspirin, Acetaminophen (Tylenol and others, anti-inflammatory drugs called NSAIDS.
Prescription medication – examples include COX-2 inhibitors (Celebrex) and corticosteroids.
Opiate Pain Medications, Narcotics or Control drugs – examples include; Codeine, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Oxycodone and Vicodin
Cortisone shots – Cortisone is an anti-inflammatory medication, not a pain-killer. By reducing the inflammation pain often goes away or subsides. It is available in pill form but in the case of severe inflammation with pain it is given as injection by a Doctor. The immediate side effect is elevated blood sugar and it can weaken or ruptured tendons. There is not set limit as to the number of shots a person can take over time but the shots have a strong effect on the body especially if done several times in one area. Many Doctors limit the shots to three in a lifetime.
Muscle Relaxant – There are two groups neuromuscular blockers and spasmolytics. Neuromuscular are used during surgery to prevent feeling and cause temporary paralysis for the operation. Spasmolytics are used to reduce spasticity in a variety of neurological conditions. Spasmolytics are called central acting for the change how the brain feels pain. These drugs may cause adverse effects leading to cardiac and hepatic problems in certain individuals.
All Rx Pain Medications have Side Effects
Pharmaceutical or Rx drugs have side effect and over time these side effects can have a major damaging health effects and organ failure.
Just because a drug is available Over the Counter (OTC) it does not make it safe or harmless. Adverse drug reactions to pain medications are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. Overdose of Tylenol (Acetaminophen) is one of the major reasons for visits to a hospital’s Emergency Room or calls to Poison Control Centers.
Some of the other side effects involve DNA damage, risks of heart attacks, hemorrhaging, hypertension, Organ (Liver) damage, damage to the gastrointestinal system, miscarriages, strokes, ulcers and more.
Rx Drugs also deplete your body’s nutrition like calcium, Coenzyme Q10, iron, magnesium, melatonin, potassium, sodium, and Vitamins
30,000 deaths caused by the pain killer Vioxx in 2004
In 2004 the drug Vioxx was removed from the market. Main Stream media and the medical profession don’t talk much about it, but it was a major recall.
The 2004 Vioxx recall was spurred by the nearly 30,000 excess cases of heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths caused by the drug. The deaths occurred between 1999-2003. Despite the fact that scientific research had accumulated as early as 2000 linking Vioxx to increased heart attacks and strokes, the drug’s manufacturer Merck, and the FDA, remained silent as the death toll steadily increased.
How do Rx Pain med work?
They numb the pain. Maybe that is why we call them pain killers. They make no attempt to help fix what is wrong. In most cases, the pill will either disrupts the signal from the injured area to the brain or it will change the brain and how it receives the signal. Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) and narcotics work this way by altering the brain signals. They block the enzymes responsible for making prostaglandins or chemicals that cause damaged tissues to swell. NSAIDS simply block the signal. The relief from pain lasts as long as the NSAID is in the blood stream.
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) belongs to a class of drugs called analgesics (pain relievers) and antipyretic (fever reducer). How Acetaminophen works isn’t exactly known other than it also blocks the pain by blocking prostaglandin enzymes. Acetaminophen elevates the pain threshold, which reliefs the pain at first but requires a greater amount of pain to develop before a person feels it.
Take control of your health
Don’t just block and deaden the pain help your body get what it craves. Help your body’s immune system inflammation response by giving it real nutrition or the weapons necessary to put out the fire.
Your body’s pain is trying to tell you it needs help. You need to get involved by delivering the minerals, nutrition and vitamins it needs to fight the infection or injury.
Once I started looking, I was amazed at the long list of natural painkiller. Many of these pain killers are part of traditional folk medicine throughout the world. Natural pain killers are the drug-free remedies that are just as effective as the blocking Rx drugs. Natural food remedies reduce the problem over the long term and produce no side effects.
Anti-inflammatory diet: Diet plays a major role in pain and fibromyalgia. It is important for those with chronic pain to avoid acidic foods, processed foods especially processed sugar, trans fats, hydrogenated oils and dairy. Eat food as raw as you can vegetables, grown as close to you as possible.
In turn, it is best to increase foods high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. These include as much raw vegetables as you can, grown as close to you as possible. Eat food that is as close to the earth as possible.
Anti-inflammatory foods: There are foods that reduce inflammatory pain in addition to a plethora of natural herbal remedies.
Natural Food Painkillers
Natural Foods that Help Fight Pain
Turmeric/Curcumin – Turmeric is mostly used as a spice for food. Curcumin is the primary therapeutic compound in the spice turmeric. Curcumin is the pigment that gives Turmeric it vibrant yellow-orange color. Besides being good to help fight pain in is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs. See my previous write up on Turmeric.
It has been found to quell disease-causing inflammation and help overcome whatever pains might be ailing you. Turmeric/curcumin is without controversy or legal issues. Turmeric with curcumin will offer fast pain relief from inflammation.
Raw apple cider vinegar (ACV): Raw means unpasteurized. It should also be unfiltered, which means there should be sediment at the bottom of the bottle. You will find ACV in grocery and health food stores. ACV has a long list of benefits one of which is the ability to help the body detox and reduce acidosis and helping to relief pain. ACV, Lemon and Limes all work to help alkalies the body. Always shake the bottle to mix before using and drink a tablespoon two or three times daily. This helps reduce inflammation and pain. Mixing ACV with warm water helps absorption.
Bitter Cherries: Cherries are a proven anti-inflammatory, as well as reducing your uric acid level. Clinical studies have shown bitter cherries help reduce arthritis, gout pain and is useful for general muscle soreness. Cherries especially bitter cherries have a short growing season and are difficult to find unless you are close to a farm or grow them yourself. If you can find the natural fruit, they can be frozen for up to a year.
Bitter Cherry Juice is available but watch-out. Manufactures are afraid to sell things that taste bitter so they load the juice with sugar. Taking the added sugar defeats the purpose for it is what caused the inflammation in the first place.
You can find Tart Cherry Fruit Extract supplements that have nothing added except added Vitamin C.
Pineapple:A fresh pineapple has bromelain which is an excellent anti-inflammatory enzyme. Most of the bromelain is found in the core of the pineapple, so consider leaving a little of the pulpy core intact when you consume the fruit. Pineapples are delicious but high in fructose (16 Grams) for a fresh pineapple and higher for canned or processed pineapple. Note; processed pineapple has been heated and has lost the bromelain. It is best to get the fresh pineapple from Mexico for most of Hawaii’s pineapples have been found to be GMO. There are supplements available.
Ginger– Ginger is a root which is called a zhizome of the plant zingiber. It is consumed as a delicacy, medicinal and/or as a spice. Ginger is also a terrific anti-inflammatory agent. Ginger has a long history of reducing pain. Ginger can be eaten raw or heated. Fresh ginger also works well in settling an upset stomach or with morning sickness or chemotherapy.
I get a ginger root and cut off pieces and put it in boiling water or use in a tea. Ginger and Turmeric are similar in that they are both zhizome roots and help with inflammation. I’m sure there are supplements available but I find using the root and letting it seep in warm water is the best way to take ginger.
Activated Charcoal – Used as a cleansing and healing of the body. The grains of the charcoal have many crevices that quickly absorb bacteria, chemicals, drugs, intestinal gases, foreign material, poisons, viruses, body wastes, and other things. It is more effective the Syrup of Ipecac. Activated Charcoal is used as a filter for Fish Tanks for an example. Activated Charcoal has had a long us of filtering water. Activated Charcoal is used to clean wound, help detox the body, and remove poisons, it should be included in every emergency kit.
Willow bark. – The active ingredient of Willow bark, salicin, was first used in the 1800s to develop Aspirin. Though it may not work as quickly as aspirin, Willow Bark is said to provide longer-lasting benefits without the harmful side-effects of Aspirin.
Willow bark has been used for thousands of years by many different cultures to help reduce fever, inflammation and pain.
Devil’s claw. This herb has actually been approved as a non-prescription medicine in Germany. Devils’ claw is native to South Africa. It has been popular in Europe for hundreds of years. It has been found to be extremely helpful in relieving many forms of pain, reduce fever and aid in digestion. Clinical studies have shown it to be effective relieve in helping to relieve chronic pain without any harmful side effects.
Devil’s claw or Harpagophytwm also called grapple plant, or wood spider. It is a genus from the sesame family. It owes its name to its appearance as a hooked fruit. It is the tuberous root that is used not the plant.
Warning Devil’s claw may interfere with blood thinning medicine consult your Doctor before using Devils claw and other medications.
Warm Water and/or Teas
A practice in Ayurveda medicines to sip on hot water every 10-15 minutes throughout the day, for a two-week period. It will help open your lymph system and cells for hydration. So how about taking sips of warm lightly brewed herbal tea all day?
Basically I like making my own herbal teas. An herbal tea is any beverage made from herbs, spices or other plant material and hot water. The leaves and herbs are steeped in hot water for at least 20 to 30 minutes. A true herbal drink does not contain tea from the tea-plant and therefore does not contain caffeine. Loose tea avoids the processed tea bag. There is unbleached pre-bagged tea available but I have learned to steep my own and get a real mixed taste.
Example of some herbs I have used, cloves, dried cinnamon tree bark, dried beet leaf, dandelion leaf, lavender, mustard leaf, and ginger root or leaf, other spices or leafs to name a few.
A Company called Teagevity has a fantastic collection of some very rare and special ingredients.
Teagevity Purveyors of organic loose tea, herbs and tea gear
3 inch tea strainer
Supplements and Vitamins
Some supplement you should make sure you are taking to help fight inflammation are:
B Vitamins B6, B Complex and B12, Magnesium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin D.
Soaks or Baths
Sauna’s don’t seem to be as available where I live as they may be in other parts of the country or world. But I have found, a hot 20 minute bath works just as well. With my recent bout of pain I have taken plenty of hot baths. Soaking helps muscle ache, increase the elasticity and help reduce pains in the muscles. Hot baths also help when detoxing by absorbing toxins from below the skin.
Besides just the hot water of the bath I add other ingredients such as Baking Soda, Epsom salts (magnesium sulfate) , Peroxide, Sea Salt to name a few. I also enjoy foot soaks. I mix the ingredients up and use something different each day.
I also use a small hand towel, soak it in the warm water and drape it over my shoulders while I’m soaking. I use a mason jar to refill and keep pouring the warm/hot water over my shoulders and back.
I have found a whole host of oils I rub on my sore muscle. These oils not only help relieve pain but help regain control of my Systemic Candida Yeast Infection that put me in the hospital in the first place. (More about Yeast infections later)
Some oils I have successfully used topically are Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, Mustard Oil, and Sesame Seed Oil. I also eat the Coconut Oil.
Massage also helps and when the pain is out of control. I have a hand-held electronic back massagers I got off the net. Also a real massage doesn’t hurt either. Alternate use of a Heating pad is very helpful.
Castor Oil – is a vegetable oil obtained by pressing the seeds of the Castor plant (Ricinus communis). Castor oil and its derivatives are used in the manufacturing of coatings, cold resistant plastics, dyes, hydraulic and brake fluids, inks, lubricants, nylon, pharmaceuticals, paints, perfumes, polishes, and waxes. It is also used in ancient Chinese and other traditional medicine for pain relief, stimulate the immune system and used for antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal infections. Taken internally it can help relief constipation.
Use as a body rubs for pain. Heat 2 or 3 tbsp. of castor oil, dip a cloth into the oil and apply to area of pain. Can use with a heating pad on top of towel for 30 to 60 minutes
Mustard Oil- Mustard oil is extracted by cold compression of mustard seeds, its essential oil is extracted by steam distillation of mustard seeds soaked in water. Mustard Oil is used in Ayurveda Medicine and is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Used as a body rub or ointment slightly heated. It contains Selenium and magnesium, known anti-inflammatory minerals.
Coconut Oil - And when you are done with the soaks rub on coconut oil. Coconut Oil nourishes the skin and stimulates lymph glands, help fight fungus and assist in detoxification. Oil pulling, as strange as it sounds, is also one of my favorite practices before I brush my teeth.
Cannabis, unfortunately, has a legal issue. It has been clinically proven to relieve pain rapidly. It too has the side effect of altering mood if inhaled. But there are other methods of using cannabis, known to most as marijuana, that don’t get you high. There are reports that Cannabis will help relieve pain is not heated but eaten raw like a salad. There just isn’t enough information on it yet. For the meantime we will just mention it in passing. I understand Hemp Oil produces no high nor does it need to be smoked to be effective.
This write-up is an accumulation of what I have found on the Net and what I have found trying to help my own pain. I do not recommend any one product. I only list items to get you started on your own search. Remember; before starting any supplement of routine consult your doctor for any medical condition you may have.
The Canary and Chronic Fatigue
By Majid Ali, M.D.
Oh the bitter lemon how sweet it is!
By Joan McDaniel March 22, 2014
Learning How to Detox Eating Natural Food, I Ran into the Lemon
Everyone knows the lemon but what exactly are Lemons Good For? Thoughts of sunshine and a refreshing drink on a hot summer day may come to mind. But I have learned that the lemon is one of the highest consumed and versatile fruit. It sells more than the any other citrus fruit including the Orange but it has one of the lowest fructose (sugar) count (1 medium .6 Grams of Fructose) and one of the highest Vitamin C counts available.
The Lemon is famous in the history of medicine for its juice was used to stop the devastating disease of Scurvy. In the 1800’s and into World War I, the British Royal Fleet which was almost wiped out. More Sailors died of Scurvy than from any battle. And now I find that the Lemon is one of the best detoxing foods money can buy.
Use Lemons to Detox Naturally
Learning how to detox slowly, and naturally by the food I eat, first came the craving for bitters, and as I researched the bitter taste I ran into the pH balance. I found bitter is better when it comes to ridding your body of built up toxins. But to my surprise I have now found the Lemon is really bitter once digested by the human body.
So exactly what is a Lemon?
Besides it being the Food of Life with its large amount of Vitamin C – Jog the memory, remember the song Lemon Tree? It may taste bitter but it has so many uses it makes life all sweetness and light.
Now this may be a tree you can hug.
Remember the folk-song Lemon Tree?
Peter, Paul and Mary are folk singers. Today the term “folk singer” almost translated to their group name. This type of music started with such avatars as Woody Guthrie, the Weavers and the late Pete Seeger, folk music identified with sociopolitical commentary. I remember them and their songs and when I happen to start my research on the Lemon their song title came up in a search engine. Their music was very popular and brought me back in time.
To quote the lyrics from the song Lemon Tree by the folksinger group Peter, Paul & Mary
“Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.”
What Makes a Summer Day a Little Brighter?
The juice from the cherry, sunshine filled yellow fruit called Lemonade!
The Lemon is one of the most consumed whole citrus fruits
The Lemon is one of the highest selling fruits yet have you ever seen anyone ever take a bite from a lemon as they take a bite from an apple?
The lemon (Citrus × limon) is a small evergreen tree native to Asia. The tree’s fruit is a small yellow fruit. The fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, through the pulp and rind (or zest) is also used in cooking and baking. Lemons have a sour acid taste but once digested become very alkaline.
Although Lemons are not normally thought as the sunshine fruit since that place has been taken by the Florida Orange Juice advertising market but when it comes to sunshine there can’t be any better. It is loaded with Vitamin C and one of the best remedies for the Common Cold or Flu.
In fact, the lemon sells without even having an advertising budget. When is the last time you have seen an advertisement for a lemon?
I did a search and all I found was an old Volkswagen commercial
The Lemon today is mostly served as a garnish it provides a refreshing taste, kills the smell of fish, and adds a major dose of Vitamin C in the process.
What made me suddenly take notice of the Lemon?
I have regained strength and feel much better but now I have to rid my body of the years and years of toxins that have accumulated. I want to do to detox slowly and naturally without any major fasts or hard to understand diets.
In trying to learn how to detox naturally with the food I eat, my research into food and especially the taste of bitter I ran into several articles from the Health Ranger and others.
What the articles said about Lemons made me suddenly take notice.
Once Digested, Lemons are Alkaline.
The pH balance of Lemons are acid. Acids pH balanced foods cannot be used to help regain health and re-oxidize the body for acids hate oxygen yet the lemon once eaten changes and becomes one the best alkaline foods you can eat.
That now explains why Ancient Indian Ayurvedic practitioners referred to the lemon as ‘Golden Apple’. On the Indian subcontinent, Lemon is a universal remedy for many health disorders and is often called a panacea for its ability to heal the mind and body.
Ayurvedic Recipe is to drink the juice of one lemon and a glass of warm water first thing every morning to help wash away toxins that have gathered in the body during the day. It also helps digestion and the warm water opens the cells to allow more hydration
“Lemon juice creates an alkaline-forming environment to balance the body’s pH as well as restoring balance and high dosages of vitamin C. It reduces acidosis and helps relieve inflammation and other disease processes by allowing Oxygen to reach the cells.
I have found Lemons to be as important to my getting well, as they did in 1800 when the British sailors teeth began to fall out due to scurvy and the lack of Vitamin C on long ocean voyages. Sucking on a Lemon saved the sailors lives. Even during the American Civil War, Scurvy had a very high death toll.
So Who Found That Lemons Become Alkaline?
Bernard Jensen, a holistic food scientist who first discovered which foods are alkaline and which are considered acid. In fact the alkaline action from the lemon not only helps rid the body of toxins by returning oxygen to the cells, it provides plenty of Vitamin C.
Only true holistic food enthusiast would know of Dr. Jensen. His significant influence was on the advancement of the science of iridology.
Iridology – Still practiced today, it is an alternative medicine technique whose proponents claim that colors, and other characteristics of the iris can be examined to determine information about a patient’s systemic health. Practitioners use iris charts, which divide the iris into zones that correspond to specific parts of the human body. Iridologists see the eyes as “windows” into the body’s state of health.
The iris – is part of the human eye. It is responsible for controlling the diameter and size of the pupil and thus the amount of light reaching the retina. The color of the iris is known as “eye color’
The link shows a typical Iridology chart
Dr. Jensen – not that I want to know anything about the science Dr. Jensen contributed a great deal of influence in holistic medicine. He was versed in a wide variety of holistic health care disciplines including acupuncture, bowel care, crainiopathy, diets, fasting, glandular balancing, herbiology, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, Personology, polarity, reflexology, and sanitarium work.
Dr. Jensen received awards, degrees, honorariums and was even knighted. He did not seek fame, recognition or glory – his sole purpose was to help relieve human suffering by first learning then teaching “right” living. He did major research into natural food. He found the basic keys to long and healthy life were not in vitamin bottles or on the shelves in pharmacies, but in whole, natural foods.
He did major work on linking pH balance and the autoimmune disease of arthritis with a long list of successfully cured clients. See link below
Detoxification (detox for short) is the removal of toxic substances from a living organism. It is a term used to refer to a period of withdrawal and returning to homeostasis after a long-term use of an addictive substance. In alternative medicine detoxing is very important for it promotes ridding the body of stored toxins normally through eating natural raw diets. Modern medicine only concentrates on detoxing for major addictions like with drugs or alcohol, not with removal of toxins from the body.
There are many forms of detoxification available and a large group of available products on the market to help you detox but I have found a normal diet eating healthy natural food is the best way to slowly detox my body of its years of stored up toxins. As I have said I do not support any one product or method.
There are many forms of detoxing some with extreme fasting and other with a slower approach. Your body detoxes on its own, but for years of built up toxins It may of slowed down. Everyone’s body has its own mechanisms responsible for toxin elimination. You just need to try different things until something feels good. I think it is better to detox slowly as I built up the toxins in the first place.
Some detox plans take an extreme form of fasting (not eating for a period of time) and only juicing. I do not fast, I eat three or more meals a day but I do concentrate on what kind of foods I eat, I eat food as raw as possible grown in the earth that is as close as possible to me.
I do eat animal protein but limited. I have found following the taste of bitter has driven me onto different types of food that reduce the acid no oxygen environment with the alkalizing environment of oxygen rich. This has helped me return my energy, health and strength. My body takes time to adjust and I am take a nice slow time of detoxing.
Lemons have become very Important to Me
Detoxing using the juice of one lemon every morning helps me form an alkaline environment where O2 can now reach the cells and muscles.
I currently am using the juice of one lemon then mixing it with warm water; I also take the juice of Aloe Vera with the pulp or gel. If I cannot find the premade juice, I cut up and eat the actual leaf white meat gel slime and all. You need the slimy mucus part of the plant. No sugar added of course. I also add a few drops of silver and I am having wonderful results. This is my method, I don’t recommend it or any others.
Lemon and some of its health history
Lemons are thought to have originated at the base of the Himalayan Mountains and cultivation spread. The Lemon was introduced to the Americas when Columbus made his second voyage in 1943.
The fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, though the pulp and rind (zest) are also used in cooking and baking. The juice of the lemon is about 5% to 6% citric acid, which gives lemons a sour taste. The distinctive sour taste of lemon juice makes it a key ingredient in drinks and foods such as lemonade..
Lemons are oval in shape and feature a yellow, textured outer peel. Like other citrus fruits, their inner flesh is encased in segments, with the average lemon having eight to ten.
Lemons are best when bright yellow and thin-skinned. Famous as a refreshing drink bearing its name, lemon slices or wedges are often added to cold and hot tea for an extra punch of vitamin C. They make a great garnish for salads and can be squeezed over other raw fruits to add flavor while preventing them from turning brown.
Lemon juice was used in ancient Egypt to undo the effects of food poisoning; and in India, Ayurvedic practitioners prescribed lemon peel to treat liver ailments. The Sicilians used lemon peel to make pickling brine and multiple cultures used it to prevent scurvy. Both the peel and juice of lemons are still widely used today to cleanse and detoxify.
Does this picture remind anyone of Popeye? Oh that’s right he had spinach which has its own Vitamin C. In this picture the sailor is toothless due to scurvy.
Scurvy was rampant among British mariners. Scurvy resulted from a lack of Vitamin C. The first sign of scurvy was bleeding gums and loss of teeth. Vitamin C is required for the synthesis of collagen in humans. Collagen sort of holds the body together. As the disease advanced the body became weaker, the gums bleed and in many cases teeth would fall out. The disease could advance to death if Vitamin C was not provided in the diet.
More deaths were from scurvy than by any enemy or naval battle. Both passengers and crew were affected. Many a ship became what was called “Ghost Ships” with a staff hardly alive.
Lemon or Lyme
For out purposes there isn’t any real difference between a lime and a lemon. The Lime is a little sweeter and has a higher vitamin C count but both are considered citrus fruits. In order to prevent scurvy, the British Royal Navy, issued a decree that lemon or lime juice had to be part of the sailors daily ration earned them the nickname “Limey”. As time passed, the nickname began to stand for British people, and British immigrants rather than just the Royal Navy.
James Lind – (October 4, 1716 Edinburgh to July 13, 1794 Gosport) was a Scottish physician. He was a pioneer of naval hygiene in the Royal Navy. By conducting experiments, he developed the theory that citrus fruits cured scurvy. In 1747 he found seamen suffering from scurvy were greatly helped when given lemon juice to their diets. Vitamin C was not yet known.
Lemons were used during the California Gold Rush in the mid-19th century to protect against scurvy. Lemons were in such high demand they could cost $1 per lemon.
Benefits of Lemons
DNA cell protection, inflammation relief, Low in fructose, As for the vitamins and minerals, lemons come with infection-fighting vitamin C, as well as thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, iron, and magnesium, fiber, lots of B vitamins, calcium, potassium, copper, folate, and potassium. Whew! Just think – the antioxidants and flavonoids you get in the lemons
Free Radical Fighter
High in Vitamin C is the most important antioxidant found in nature. This vitamin neutralizes free radicals both inside and outside of cells.
Balances pH - Lemons are considered one of the most alkalizing foods you can eat. They may have an acid pH balance and may taste sour but once metabolized lemons become a very powerful alkaline food. Lemons help alkalize the blood, helps remove uric acid from the joints and reduces the pain of inflammation another acid condition
Boost the Immune System – When cold and flu season arrives, it is always a good idea to keep a bag of fresh lemons handy. The citric acid, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, calcium, pectin and limonene do a great job of boosting your immune system and keeping infections at bay.
Helps fight Cancer Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds including limonene – an oil that has been shown to halt the growth of cancer tumors in animals. In addition they also contain flavonol glycosides, which stop the division of cancer cells.
Helps Oxygen Uptake – According to Pierce J. Howard, PhD, author of The Owners Manual for the Brain; Everyday Applications from Mind Brain Research. The lemon helps bring the needed oxygen to the brain and muscles which causes inflammation and pain.
.” The first man to reach the top of Mount Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary, said that he attributed much of his success to lemons!
Health Benefits of Lemons
It’s probably no surprise that lemons provide a lot of vitamin C, but the amount per serving is pretty impressive at 187% of the daily value, making it a super infection fighter. Teamed with flavonoid glycosides called esperetin and naringenin (found in most citrus fruits), the combination provides radical free-radical zapping activity. Free radicals can do serious damage to blood vessels and can contribute to cholesterol build up in artery walls, atherosclerosis, and even heart disease.
If you’ve ever wondered about the difference in raw lemons compared to bottled lemon juice, the vitamin C goes from 139% to about 100% of the daily value per serving, with the calcium from 7% diminished to 3%. In addition, bottled lemon juice and other processed fruit juices are not as healthy as they seem, and contain very high amounts of fructose and potentially dangerous additives.
In the days of James Lind’s research, he found he could not seperate the lemon juice the sailors had to actually have the lemon or lime and suck on it for it to provide enough real Vitamin C. I suggest you do the same. Get the real thing not from the factory.
Now before you throw that lemon, lime or orange peel away save it and re-use it
Use Lemons and save money.
Use all parts of the lemon, Peel, meat and juice around the house and stop buying high budget advertised cleaning products that do nothing but bring toxins into the house. Madison Avenue will have to use their high-priced catchy ad phrases on something else like Obama Care or something like not needed operations or toxic medication.
This is just a list I put together, I bet you have plenty of your own or will find future uses of the very versatile fruit.
Lemon juice acts as a natural bleaching agent. Put lemon juice onto white linens and clothing and allow them to dry in the sun. Stains will be bleached away. On clothes or counter tops.
Fresh Lemon Juice can be used around the house
- Remove coffee and tea stains from pots and cups.
- Gets glass and glass wear sparkling clean
- Clean windows.
- deodorizer and disinfect areas like the counter tops, cutting boards, garbage pails, and disposals
- Deodorize you bathroom and toilet
- Remove grease and grime by using lemon juice and salt around the kitchen
- Remove grease stains from clothing (but don’t use on silks or other delicate fabrics)
- Lemon juice can power through grease and grime throughout the home. I use a mixture of lemon juice and salt to scrub away grease build-up in the kitchen or other work areas.
- Lemon juice can also help remove grease stains from clothing (but don’t use on silks or other delicate fabrics).
- Polish mirrors and help polish furniture.
- Add a lemon to rinse your hair and increase its shine.
- Help soften the skin and remove age spots and blemishes.
- Help relieve eczema
- Help sooth a bug bite
- Repeal insects
- Remove smells like wet dog
Lemon use for Home Remedies
- To help with acid reflux and GERD since the lemon is naturally alkaline-forming it can be used to help relief an acid balance.
- Mix lemon juice and water to help a sore throat or canker sores. Can also add sea-salt to mixture. Adding Raw Honey also helps
- Help with common cold, fight the flu, relieve nausea, and lessen a chill.
- Stop a nose bleed with lemon juice and a cotton swabs.
- Fight gall stones when mixed with olive oil
- Help fight fatigue after a long workout
- As a mouth wash it helps strengthen gums and teeth.
In fact, now when I wash dishes I cut up the left over lemon, lime or orange rind and throw it in the dish water. Glassware comes out sparking like it was high-priced crystal. The dish soap I use if any is a natural oil soap like coconut and I only use a few sprays.
Freeze the entire lemon
And guess what, you can also freeze the entire lemon. So place your lemon in your freezer, and then grate it on your meal every day. It is a key to make your foods tastier and you get to live healthier and longer!
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What does pH Balance and the “Energizer Bunny” have in Common?
By Joan L. McDaniel February 27, 2014 Updated March 4, 2014
Energizer bunny is the advertising slogan and marketing icon of Energizer batteries of North America. Energizer batteries are an alkaline based product. Compared to the normal zinc-carbon batteries, Energizer batteries have a higher energy density and last longer, therefore the slogan “keep going and going…”
What is pH? pH Balance
The alkaline battery is a perfect example of how the scientific and universally accepted pH measurement scale is used. pH is a vital measurement which is used across the chemical, beverage and food industries, pharmaceutical, scientific , and yes, in the world of medicine. Your local farmer is deeply involved with the pH of his soil to determine which crops grow best and where. Your body automatically fights to keep the pH levels balanced.
pH is a measurement that determines acidity, neutrality or balance. It determines how a product is used. Our bodies use it as a chemical process that keeps up alive, healthy and strong. If the body is out of balance it is in a state of acidosis or Alkalosis
Acidosis – Is an increased acidity in the blood and/or other body fluid. It is an increase of hydrogen and a decrease of oxygen. pH balance below 7.
Alkalosis – For our purpose it has the same effect on the body as Acidosis.
Metabolic Acidosis – Is a condition when the body pH balance is acid or below 7. Another term used for it is dehydrated.
pH is an acronym for “potential of hydrogen” is a value that indicates the acidity or alkalinity of a liquid. The measurement of the hydrogen ion concentrate in a liquid determines the pH value.
So what is an example of an acid?
If you live in the northern hemisphere or where ever it has been snowing and the temperatures have taken a tumble below freezing, you only need to look outside at the snow and the plowed road. Road salt or Rock Salt is used to melt the ice away. Road salt is an acid.
I let my Body Tell me How to Get Well Again
I am not a chemist, doctor, engineer or scientist and as I remember I even failed High School chemistry but I was eating using the pH scale and not even knowing it. Even though it sounds complex and is difficult to put down on paper, it isn’t for your body. The human body doesn’t need much. It doesn’t need a pile of complex science created and very expensive drugs. All it really needs is God’s blessing and some good old raw natural food.
I let my body tell me how to get well; I just had to learn how to listen. The solution to getting well was very simple.
“A wake up call for conventional medicine – most health problems has a simple solution. Health is all about body chemistry, either for good or for bad. Your body’s chemistry is carried out by what you put in your mouth.” Dr. Rashid A. Buttar
I may not have the complete story, but I have my story.
Illness, Inflammation, oxygen, and pH balance
This is a quick review of what I have covered in my past articles. I have attempted to find pictures that give illustrations of what I have learned. Your body gets its energy from the food you eat. It converts food to energy using chemistry. Parts of your body use fluids with an acid balance to break things down like your stomach and colon. Other parts use an alkaline balance to build things up or create energy. To convert food to energy, the body needs oxygen and oxygen needs an alkaline balance. Acid hates oxygen and destroys it, for that is how it breaks things down. This process is called oxidation using free-radicals to remove the oxygen from the atom.
“All Illness is caused by Inflammation”
Inflammation is you body’s response to injury or the damage done to the cell walls by free radicals. You cut your finger and it becomes red and swollen. This is the healing process. (NaturalNews) “Persistent, systemic inflammation is at the root of practically all known chronic health conditions, including everything from rheumatoid arthritis and high cholesterol to dementia and cancer.
Free radicals – are needed in an acid balance like in your stomach but for the rest of your body free radicals destroy healthy cells. The antioxidants found in natural food help protect your cells from oxidative damage or loss of oxygen.
Antioxidant – Found in natural unprocessed food. Antioxidants provide the electrons that free radicals destroyed. An Antioxidant inhibits the cell destructive effects of oxidation. Antioxidants stabilize cell membranes by plugging up the holes in the cell walls that the free-radicals created.
Another Way to look at Illness is using the Principles found in High School Chemistry
Keeping Your Body in pH Balance
Battery Acid value is low 1 and Baking Soda is high 14.
Stomach and colon acid is a completely different system from the rest of the body. That system needs to maintain an acid balance for that is how you break down and digest food. The other organ fluids need to be alkaline to use oxygen and generate ATP cell energy, much like the “Energizer Bunny”
In order for you system to create ATP in the cells mitochondria, your overall body pH is needs an alkaline balance. This balance means there is enough oxygen to keep the cells energized and alive. Acid like the rock salt eats and breaks things down.
Acidosis – Is an increased acidity in the blood and/or other body fluid. It is an increase of hydrogen and a decrease of oxygen. The pH balance is below 7. Research has shown that illness like autoimmune disease, cancer, chronic fatigue, diabetes, osteoporosis and many other degenerative diseases are caused by ‘metabolic-acidosis’
And guess what also is highly acidic?
An acid balance loves sugar and hates oxygen.
CRITICAL: OXYGENATION – pH BALANCE ALL CANCER BODIES are oxygen depleted, highly acidic, and like sugar just like arthritis, bacteria, cancer, diabetes, decreased energy, inflammation, infection, fungus and yeast overgrowth.
Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of OXYGEN in normal body cells by a fermentation of SUGAR.” – Dr. Otto H. Warburg, Nobel Prize Winner 1931
Acid and Sugar hate oxygen and destroy any they can find, alkaline conditions love oxygen and promote good health.
Ph Balance and Acidity
Your body is constantly maintaining the blood pH of the narrow range of between 7.36 and 7.44. If this balance cannot be maintained, the body will begin to break down and die. The body will stop at nothing to maintain this balance and it will take what it needs from other body tissues and buffering systems. It will start taking calcium and other alkalizing minerals from fat stores, muscle and bones to neutralize the acid in the blood. That is why many say arthritis and osteoarthritis is cause by an acid balance.
Over time, the body keeps burying the unbalanced acid and it slowly builds up in the tissues. Sign are allergies, colds, flu, inflammation, and rashes. If the process continues the cells begin to suffer from a lack of oxygen and begin to die. If this process continues, eventually chronic degenerative disease, and then death, will occur. Note also, fungus, molds, parasites, and yeast thrive in an acid balance they feed on our body’s proteins and fats and deposit toxins. If not kept in check the toxins will overrun the body and organ breakdown and disease is the result.
For more detail and information follow the link to the article “Maintain proper pH balance”
I have included the videos below to help further understand pH balance but also recommend it not to be taken too seriously unless there is a major sickness. You should still pay attention to the benefits of an Alkaline balance and understand your body’s life or death struggle to keep it balanced. Help it along and stop eating acid generating foods.
Now how do you go about learning your body’s pH?
By listing to it!
You can use my way which is listen to your body;
Pain is the first indicator – Pain is a sign of your body calling out for oxygen. Your body’s muscles are full of acid and need the alkaline effect of oxygen.
Other symptoms of unbalanced pH, include headaches, heartburn (a burning sensation in the stomach and acid-tasting burps), bloating, belching and stomach cramps discomfort and pain. This pain may even radiate to the back. Mouth sores and sensitive gums. This is normally called gastroesophageal reflux disease or (GERD). And skin rashes like yeast and fungus.
Acid Reflux and Back Pain
When acid builds in your stomach it can back up and cause pressure. This discomfort and pain can be felt in the abdomen, chest and sometimes the back or to other areas.
pH Test Strips.
You may or (In my case) you may not remember High School chemistry class and pH. You ran around with pH strips to test the pH of different liquids. pH stands for power of hydrogen, which is a measurement of hydrogen ion concentration in the body. It has a scale of 0 to 14. Anything below 7 is considered acid and anything above 7 is considered alkaline. Our ideal pH is slightly alkaline 7.30 to 7.45. There are pH strips of pieces of litmus paper you can use to test your saliva or urine.
Allopathic Medicine and pH testing
For the fun of it – it would be nice to know your body’s pH. Your doctor can draw blood and also do a urinalysis. You can get pH test strips and measure your own saliva and urine.
Sample pH Test Strips
Be very careful for this is not the most reliable test. It is better for professional blood work and paying attention to how your body feels.
But my warning to you is, you will be very lucky if your family physician will talk to you about the value of ‘pH balancing”, emotional wellbeing, illness or even for that matter how you feel. Your friendly doctor spent most of his time learning about drugs than nutrition.
Most people including physicians, aren’t familiar with the dangers of acidosis except in extreme cases (like organ failure). Most people do not even think of looking toward nutrition to help correct an acidosis condition.
You will have to do that part all by yourself.
And what can you do to change this balance
The Alkaline Diet Fad
The idea of balancing acid and alkaline food has somewhat of a checkered past. There is an alkaline diet which is said to create a higher pH in order to correct acid-formed conditions like inflammation and illness. The diet has had many misconceptions of human body physiology and in many cases recommended poor un-nutritional food choices . It gave people a false sense of how the body works.
For example, citrus fruits – which are acid by nature – actually have a ‘alkalizing effect’ on the body.
Yet, the Alkaline Diet isn’t all bad, it does have some truths about food basic balance and how it can influence your body.
The only one who knows the real story is your body. You have to learn from it.
What you eat may or may not affect your body’s pH balance. There are many other factors like stress that can change body pH. But food does contribute to this balance.
The world is full of charts and books listing the balance of foods but use them with caution. I have found most foods classified as superfoods, have an alkaline balance. Eat foods that are as raw as possible and, of course, avoid anything processed.
In other words, eat food that is grown in the ground that is as close to your home as possible and don’t eat food that is created in a lab. Your body can only digest natural nutrients the rest it converts to sugar which has an acid balance. Remember acid hates oxygen and alkaline uses oxygen to energize the cells.
I have also found the body’s taste buds to be extremely helpful. The taste of sour and bitter reflect alkaline balanced food.
I am taking natural bitters juice with nothing added at least once a day on an empty stomach and it works wonders but more of that in an later article. I am using the bitter melon and a raw lemon. I will include more information on that in a future article
How to Balance Your pH and Heal Your Body
There are many charts available in the net, just enter pH Chart in a search engine.
pH Balance In the Body Is Critical
You need to go further. These terms are only to give you something to get started with. pH balance is an important indicator of health, It is not the final word. pH test strips are available and you can test your urine and saliva over a 10 day period. If you have acidosis there are some basic foods you can eat but getting away from sugar is a good start. This probably raises more questions than answers but at least I have given you terms to look up.
I have been using trial and error to regain my strength but the first step I took was to take charge. No one else was going to help me. I recommend that you also decide to take charge of your own health and begin research on healthy eating. I have provided terms you can use to make your search I hope a little easier.
Until next time.
The 9 Steps to Keep the Doctor Away by Dr. Rashid A. Buttar
The Canary and Chronic Fatigue by Majid Ali, M.D.
Oxygen and Aging 2001, 2003 by Dr. Ali
By Joan McDaniel February 12, 2014
I may look like spaghettiO’s but I am anything but – Quinoa
What is Quinoa? (You pronounce it like saying Quinoa What? Quin KEEN-WAH.)
When it comes to food, you may know what SpaghettOs are but what is Quinoa? Quinoa is a seed a product made by nature. You eat it like a grain or a cereal but it is a seed. Quinoa may just be as close to a perfect food source in the balance of nutrition it provides. It may just be one of the best food replacements for the high processed cereal grains, pasta, rice and wheat. It can replace empty carbs and empty calories with complete proteins and be 100% natural. Your body can only digest natural nutrients the rest it converts to sugar. If it grows in the dirt I call it a good carb., if it is created in the lab I call it a bad carb. In case it didn’t get it Quinoa grows in the ground, SpaghettOs was created by man.
Quinoa can proudly wear the label 100% Natural and SpaghettOs can wear the label “READY IN 3 MINUTES!”
Quinoa Cooked Completely 100% Natural What are SpaghettOs?
Anything but Natural but marketed as “less messy” than spaghetti.
SpaghettOs made a mint for Wall Street
Quinoa is natural, anyone can grow it in their own garden. It cannot be patented or controlled by a cartel to justify a high-financed add campaign to make its investors rich beyond imagination. What made me think of SpaghettOs, It’s shape – its round and Quinoa is round after that there isn’t any comparison.
But, the more I looked at SpaghettOs, the more I saw the history of Big Food. It is my contention that Big Food controls what we eat and dictates what it claims to be good nutrition. SpaghettOs was one if not the first product that was marketed so successfully it’s theme song hit the top of popularity charts. It was the first product after the Hershey Chocolate Bar to promote “Fast Food”, “Pre-Made”, “Easy”, and “Fortified with Vitamins”.
So who put Big Food in charge of our nutrition?
A Brief history of America’s extremely profitable food industry
Crisco in 1911 started the very successful mass marketing campaign for its lab created replacement of oil from animal fat like lard. Hershey Chocolate enjoyed major product success without mass marketing for its addictive Sugar sold itself.
In the 1950 the first national road system created by the Eisenhower administration, advanced mass distributions systems and TV was just getting started. Radio, Television an increased public interest opened the world of mass market and mass advertising. The idea of pre-made food or fast food was just germinating.
These new systems led for the success of such companies as meat processors like Armour and Swift, Heinz, Campbell Soup, Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, and Quaker Oats, These companies could now sell their brands nationally.
Campbell Soup invested heavily in advertising since its start and many of its promotional campaigns have proven to be very strong money makers for the advertising and investment market. Perhaps best known are the “Campbell Kids” designed by illustrator Grace Drayton. Ronald Reagan was a spokesman for V8 when Campbell’s acquired the brand in 1948.
Campbell Soup Company and Food Advertising
Campbell Soup Product Line
READY IN 3 MINUTES!
With the SpaghettiOs the germinating idea of pre-prepared food saw the light of day. SpaghettOs was introduced by Campbell’s Soup Company under the brand name Franco-American. It not only made the previously unknown company a household name it made the product’s catchy sing along advertising jingle, ”Uh-oh, SpaghettiOs,” quickly climbed to the top of the music charts. It was derived from the song, “Oh-Oh, I’m Falling in Love Again“, and its original TV version was likewise sung by Jimmie Rodgers.
The product was the brain child of Donald Goerke (1926 – 2010) called “the Daddy-O of SpaghettiOs”
Donald Goerke – ( Born in 1926 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Died January 2010 at his home in Delran, New Jersey he was 83 Years old) He was in market research and worked 35 years for The Campbell Soup Company from 1955 to 1990. He was the research director of Campbell’s Franco-American division where he and his team developed a canned pasta that would appeal to children. They settled on the “O” shape and came up with the marketing campaign of “The neat, round spaghetti you can eat with a spoon: Uh-oh, SpaghettiOs”.
The product, promoted in TV commercials became a major success. Goerke attributed the product’s enduring popularity with mothers and children to the fact that “it was easy to use”. He appeared on the television program “Whats My Line?, and hobnobbed with celebrities including President Ronald Reagan and Martha Stewart. He later became the sponsor of the lassie television series.
They may claim to product to be healthy but it is anything but. Nothing about it is natural – Nothing except maybe the can.
Before I go into Quinoa – a Word Rice and Wheat
Rice is a natural product and is a cereal grain, but its outer layer the Chaff or hull cannot be consumed – We cannot chew or digest it. The seeds of the rice plant are first milled using a rice huller to remove the chaff (the outer husk of the grain). At this point the product is called brown rice. The milling may continue removing the bran, i.e., (the rest of the husk and the germ therefore creating white rice. White rice keeps longer, but lacks all the important nutrients and becomes what I call a Bad Carb for all that is left the body converts to sugar.
Kinds of Rice
Brown rice – Is milled with its nutritious brown layer left on
White rice – is polished and the bran layer removed to get silky white rice
Wheat is a cereal grain originally from the Levant region of the Near East and Ethiopian Highlands, and now cultivated worldwide. Wheat like rice has outer shells or hulls that have to be milled for digestion.
White flour and white rice have undergone refinement where most of the nutritious part of the grain has been removed, so the flour essentially becomes a form of sugar. Whole wheat, whole bran or rice is unrefined. It consists of non-digestible carbohydrates and lignin, when digested it becomes fiber.
Quinoa pasta is an entire family of pasta made from quinoa instead of the traditional ingredient of wheat. I don’t know much about this product except to say the quinoa has been processed and made into a flour. Quinoa Flour is made from the Quinoa Seed but the Quinoa Pasta product pictured is also mixed with corn flour. Corn is questionable as to most Corn is GMO.
Quinoa may just be the super grain of the future replacing cereal, pasta and rice in one setting.
Quinoa – is pronounced as KEEN-WAH and in case you didn’t know it is a seed of a leafy plant related to spinach and is used as a whole grain. It is 100% natural and a safe replacement for white and brown rice or white or brown pasta. It is a little known seed which has been used as a staple food for thousands of years in South America
Quinoa has been cultivated as a crop in the Andes as far back as the 4th millennium BCE. The Incas referred to it as the mother of all grains, and it played a pivotal role in the agricultural cycles of the Incas. When the Europeans conquered South America, they shunned quinoa as a food, disparaging it as Indian food, and its cultivation gradually decreased outside of rural indigenous communities.
Quinoa’s is packed with nutritional benefits
Quinoa was one of the primary foods of the Inca Indians for more than 5,000 years. The referred to Quinoa as “Mother Grain”. Quinoa is very easy to grow. Most quinoa was grown in the Andes in South America. It is hardy for it favors a cold climate and can grow in poor soil. Quinoa is now available in Grocery Stores all year-long.
Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory – It therefore reduces the risks for cardiovascular, diabetes and other inflammatory diseases.
High in Vitamins, such as B, riboflavin (B2), B6, E, niacin, and thiamine
High in Calcium, copper, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, niacin, riboflavin, potassium,, thiamine, zinc,
High in Fiber
Complete Protein all eight of the essential amino acids needed for tissue development in humans. Carbohydrates or grains and many seeds are not complete proteins.
Sugar free – It is not a starch, there isn’t the normal sugar rush or Insulin High and low as in rice and pasta
Increases your Metabolism and promote energy production.
How To Prepare and Eat Quinoa
Quinoa like rice and wheat has an outer shell. Quinoa’s shell is soft but is very bitter-tasting. This covering is called saponins that naturally repel insects and birds. Removing this shell may take some time. Depending on the brand name, this process may already have been done for you. It’s believed that the bitter-tasting shell is what discouraged the Spanish from using Quinoa.
The shell is easily removed by rinsing the quinoa using a strainer, if the liquid runs clear the saponin has been removed.
You must first cook Quinoa then you can serve it warm, or cold. Quinoa has a nutty, smoky flavor.. You can mix it with just about anything for it picks up the flavor much like Tofu dues. You can eat it as a Breakfast Cereal, side dish, salad, soup, or serve as pasta or rice. It cooks faster than other pasta or rice or couscous.. Note Couscous is made from wheat it is a form of pasta.
2 cups of water to 1 cup of quinoa.
Bring the quinoa and water to a vigorous boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa is tender but still chewy. White spiral like threads will appear around each grain. Quinoa cooks in about 10 to 15 minutes.
The Food Channel Quinoa
Quinoa – superfood
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The story of my adventure with Aloe Vera the plant and Leaky Gut the illness
By Joan McDaniel January 11, 2014
When you hear the name Aloe almost everyone thinks of skin care. In fact, it does have quite a reputation for treatment of skin injuries like burns, cuts, insect bites and other skin emergencies.
Walk the aisles of your neighborhood grocery store and you will find the ingredient “Aloe” on products ranging from cosmetics, after shave, and soaps to name a few. You will also find it in the produce department and as a natural juice drink.
One place you will not find it anymore is in an Over the Counter laxative aisle, for the FDA in the 1960s removed their approval of Aloe. The dark green of the plant can act as a natural laxative.
The Aloe Vera plant looks rough of the outside but in reality is very soft on the inside
I too had heard of Aloe and knew of it being good for the skin, but never really thought much about it. It didn’t fit my game plan – I’m a nurse I have other “accepted” methods to use for skin care. We have a long list of Doctor approved skin creams and treatments with nice long names to treat our skin problems. That is just another Florida sales gimmick I told myself.
Then I got Sick and My World Changed
If anyone doesn’t know already, this blog is dedicated to my getting well from being very sick. It has been almost two years. I was almost too weak to walk. When I got home from the hospital, I had to crawl up the stairs on my hands and knees to reach my bed.
I am still getting well for it took at least 30 years to get this sick and it will take some length of time to really get well. I am also finding I had more than just one illness. My Immune system had been completely depleted and I had to fight to get it back. To use a phrase I borrowed “I am putting the fire out” Dr. Majid Ali.
I’m not sure what I had but it was spread from head to foot.
To the best of my knowledge I am recovering from having a raging body Candida Yeast Infection that had left my colon and had invaded the rest of my body and I had hypothyroidism which weakened my immune system. That covers some of the symptoms but for the rest I either had leaky gut syndrome, or Fibromyalgia which means;
- Fibra (Latin) means fibrous tissue and has to do with painful tendons and ligaments
- Myos (Greek) means muscles
- Algos (Greek) means pain
And/or I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Adrenal Exhaustion or Immune disorder (CFIDS) or as modern medicine calls it the Yuppie flu because they (the doctors) said it was all in your head. Modern medicine doesn’t have a treatment for it nor do they even recognize it as a disease. In any case that would explain the extreme pain I had when walking or standing up and the chronic inability to sleep yet be extremely fatigued all the time. It was the first step I hated when I had enough strength to get out of bed.
I found by eating food as raw as I could and eating the things I had researched has brought me back. I’m not there yet but just wait it is coming.
I am better and much stronger now –
For I am able to climb three flights of stairs in a single bound… Well sort of…I think my picture friend does it just a little faster.
I was sick and very afraid of becoming an invalid. Did you know the government awards disability to at least 50% of fibromyalgia cases?
I did not want to be an invalid so –If I wanted to get well and regain my strength, I had to rethink my world and developed a sort of back to nature approach.
I started two things – a lot of research and a garden.
One way was to eat natural food as raw as I could and to grow these foods in my own back yard. Besides a vegetable garden, I decided to plant an herbal and spice garden.
First Aloe Vera then Leaky Gut
I will talk about Aloe Vera and its versatility first then I’ll touch on what really made me so weak and sick in the first place. I had spent the last 30 or so years doing what my doctor had told me …
“Live with it”
When I was about 30 years old I was diagnosed with Spastic Colon. My doctor told me there are not any pills to treat the condition but to avoid wheat in my diet and learn to live with it. He then went on to treat my high blood pressure which was 200/170.
So, I spent the next decade doing just that; ignoring the bloating, diarrhea then constipation, cramping, pain and general discomfort. What I had was a damaged digestive system, that was simply getting worst and I just kept ignoring its increasing warning signs. The discomfort was increasing and my strength was decreasing year by year. I just kept Living with it with a sort of Tough on the Outside but soft on the inside look at life. Sort of like my Aloe Vera Plant. I may look strong but I was hurting inside and was rapidly losing my strength.
For now let’s go back to the garden and my Aloe Vera Plants.
I planted a Herb Garden
I went to the market, found starter herb plants and put them in a bigger pot and put it under the sun. When I saw the Aloe plant I did the same. It looked more like a cactus then a Herb but this was learning by doing project so I added it along with the others. It was just one of the other plants.
One day my neighbor came to visit and I proudly showed her my herb garden. This is the same neighbor who helped me get to the hospital and home again when I was so sick. When she saw the spiky desert looking cactus, she said, “Oh you have an Aloe plant! That’s great”
A few weeks later, there was a knock on my door. It was the neighbor again. She had cut her finger with a pretty good cut. She ignored my telling her go to the doctor saying it was bad but not bad enough for stitches. She asked if she could have a leaf or two (or whatever you call those long swords) of my Aloe plant. “Sure,” I said, eager to return a favor. My plants were still small but very useful it turned out for I saw her two weeks later no cut, no scar, and not complaints.
No wonder these leaves look like swords. Now that is one powerful tough looking herb garden.
I have heard of being prepared and having first aid kits but having Aloe so close is comforting and gave the herbal garden a whole new meaning.
Well, as time wore on I would learn just how valuable that Aloe Vera Plant would become.
What is this thing called Aloe?
Aloe originally came from the Cape of Good Hope, Africa. It is grown in the tropical or subtropical zones but can survive colder climates in the warm-summers or as a houseplant on sunny windowsill in the winter. It is a member of the lily family. Garlic, onions and tulips are also members of the lily family
Aloe Vera long green leaves contain Aloe A gel and a sticky yellow residue called latex. For thousands of years, people have known and used the gel from Aloe Vera leaves for healing inside the body and out. Aloe has also long been a folk treatment for everything from constipation to skin softening. It was used for the healing power to eliminate toxins, lowering acid levels and breakdown fats and cardiovascular health like lowing blood pressure.
Aloe Vera has been found in the Egyptian Book of Remedies which predates Christ’s birth by 1,500 years. It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine’s Chin Wan Hung. The Ancient Aztecs used this miracle plant and its benefits have also been proven by modern-day science research.
Aloe Vera has over 200 nutrients, 20 Minerals, 18 Amino Acids, 12 Vitamins including Vitamin B12,enzymes, micronutrients and polysaccharides, . It is At the top of the herbal healing hierarchy. It is extremely versatile herb used both internally and externally and as an emergency remedy with its gentle smoothing effects.
Externally it helps:
- Analgesic Wound Healing to help in the healing of mild bites, burns, scrapes, sunburns and other small skin injures.
- It helps the healing burns including sunburns.
- It helps the external itch of dandruff, psoriasis and seborrhea
Internally it helps:
- A positive effect on the Cardiovascular health
- Aids in the elimination of constipation.
- Aids in digestion and helps with heartburn, GERD and stomach-ache.
- Reduces the body acid and returns it to an alkaline balance.
- Helps to regulate blood sugars.
- detoxified the body and colon. In other words it helps clean the intestinal walls and helps disorders like Leaky Gut Syndrome and other colon disorders.
- Helps with weight loss by increasing metabolic rate to burn more calories.
- Improves circulation.
- Aids in healing damage to internal tissues.
- Regulates blood pressure.
- Strengthens immune system.
- Retards the growth of cancerous tumors.
- Helps to reduce inflammation and pain.
- Generally it helps put the fire out.
And what does this have to do with leaking gut?
Leaky gut syndrome – A dysfunctional or diseased colon with increased intestinal permeability. The Colon or bowel has an altered or damaged bowel lining. Basically as I have put it together; Due to a loss of good bacteria resulting from infection, inflammation, medications, parasites, poor diet or toxins your cells break down due to lack of oxygen. The cells are covered in a toxic sugary gooooooo! Your cells need oxygen, bacteria and yeast hate oxygen. When there isn’t oxygen bacteria and yeast have nothing to stop them and they overrun the body. They run out of control taking the available oxygen with them.
I have included a video from the food channel and in it they briefly cover Leaking Gut Syndrome
Most people are familiar with how Aloe Vera helps heal the skin on the outside, especially from cuts and burns. But Aloe Vera also helps heal the body from the inside. Aloe Vera juice is a potent source of nutrients that assist the body with cleansing, and provides an environment where the body can better absorb the nutrients in food. Use caution when selecting commercial Aloe Vera drinks – many of them are loaded with sugar and preservatives.
The purpose of nutrition is to energize and detox the body. Detox consists of the molecules of essential minerals from natural food attach adhere themselves to the molecules of toxins in the body until both the mineral and toxin are eliminated. From Majid Ali, M.D.
Cleansing from the inside
Here’s an easy way to make your own fresh aloe vera juice.
The Digestive system is complex and so is the gut and gut flora?
I have found the gut to be very complex–let me say it again–very complex and I will not be able to even start to explain or understand with any detail but for now just a quick scan of terms so you can start doing more research on your own. I plan to dedicate many future articles on this very complex subject but I have found so far;
Basically it is the cells in your body not getting any Oxygen and being overrun with toxins or poisons. You system becomes out of balance and the one thing your body need is balance.
In my research, I found the following names for problems with the colon.
Candida Yeast overgrowth Infection – Our immune system is in the gut. The gut needs gut flora which contains good and bad bacteria, good and bad fungus or yeast. The good bacteria and yeast keeps the bad bacteria and yeast in balance. You need both to digest food and to believe it or not fight infection. Lack of oxygen cause by toxins, destroys the good and lets the bad take over. The stronger it gets the less oxygen the cells have and they die and you lose strength and function.
Candida Yeast infection – Shows itself in many ways, the most common is a skin rash or dandruff or constant infections or allergic reactions. The yeast-like fungi release mycotoxins (poisons) into the body.
A partial list of health problems are: allergies, bloating, brain fog, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, gas, headaches, insomnia, joint pain, memory loss, poor focus and concentration, Sinusitis, skin conditions, and sensitivities. The yeast infection can become systemic, the cells have become yeastized and inflamed.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS, or spastic colon) – is a symptom-based diagnosis characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits. As a functional bowel disorder, IBS has no known organic cause. Diarrhea or constipation may predominate, or they may alternate. Historically a diagnosis of exclusion, a diagnosis of IBS can now be made on the basis of symptoms alone.
Leaky gut syndrome – or increased intestinal permeability, is a proposed condition of an altered or damaged bowel lining. Basically as I have put it together; Due to a loss of good bacteria resulting from infection, inflammation, medications, parasites, poor diet or toxins your cells break down due to lack of oxygen. The walls of the cell break down become dehydrated, shrink and become acid (anti-oxygen) and full of toxins (yeast and bacteria). The leaky gut then allows these toxins and other substance such as microbes, undigested food, waste, or larger than normal macromolecules to leak through an abnormally permeable gut wall. Proponents suggest that this then makes body’s immune system ineffective, for it can no longer function or process oxygen.
A whole list of chronic diseases can result like allergies, asthma, autism, inflammation, diabetes just to name a few.
Leaky Gut and Irritable bowel syndrome signs
Abdominal discomfort and distention
Alternate bouts of diarrhea and constipation
Food Allergies and or Intolerance
Weakened Immune System
Modern medicine has ignored this and other gut problems and Treatment by modern medicine is lacking
Conventional medicine has yet to catch up with the times and recognize intestinal permeability as the major health problem that it is. But lucky for you, holistic doctors have been treating this condition successfully for years. I cannot recommend any one food, treatment or doctor. Help is available but you have to be the one to take the first step.
Until next time
Books by Dr. Majid Ali a homeopath have been extremely helpful and have given me a greater understanding of the ignored disease of Chronic Fatigue.
Book The Canary and Chronic Fatigue By Majid Ali, M.D.
Web site Dr. Majid Ali.