Monday, October 10, 2011

Acupuncture--Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

History: Acupuncture goes back to over 8,000 years ago! Fu Hsi observed nature and created a straight and broken line, which created the backbone of Chinese medicine --the ying and the yang. The earliest medical writing was titled "The Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon" written by Huangdi Neijing.

What it treats and/or cures: Infertility, pain, nausea, disease, promotes general health, digestion issues, pregnancy issues, anxiety, depression, anemia, muscle pain, thyroid issues, allergies, and so much more....

What they check: Your acupuncturist will/should check your pulse in BOTH wrists, temperature, color of your tongue, and blood pressure. All of this information is suppose to give them a good indication of what is going on inside your body (i.e. how your organs are functioning). Depending on what you are there for, your acupuncturist might ask you to have your Doctor fax over your blood work.
I was advised to eat warming (walnuts, squashes, red meat, chicken soup, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, rice, oats), organic, and black foods (black beans, walnuts, black sesame seeds, black olives, blueberries). Black foods are said to help strengthen the water elements of the kidney and the bladder. Most of the time your acupuncturist will advise that you avoid the following foods during treatment: alcohol, chocolate, caffeine, coffee, ice cream, and spicy foods. Although avoiding these foods is not a requirement it is something that will only help your treatments work faster and better.

My personal experience with acupuncture was fantastic. I enjoyed all of my treatments. It gave me energy and relaxed my body and mind. Every time I left my appointments I felt like I had just had a massage and was rejuvenated and ready to go on! I would love to hear from you and if you have ever gone through acupuncture and loved it as much as me.

Chia Seeds

I don't know if many of you have heard about CHIA SEEDS, but I want to tell you about another super food that is becoming more and more popular as I speak. If you look online, more companies are starting to sell "power drinks" that contain soaking chia seeds. I tried the Mamma Chia drinks at Whole Foods and they were very interesting, especially if you added some sparkling water! The Blackberry Hibiscus and Raspberry Passion are very good, but you have to get used to the fact that your power drink is "chunky!" Give them a try and let me know what you think!

In 3500 B.C. Mayans and Aztecs supplemented their diets with chia seeds. Chia comes from the word chian which means "oily." In Mayan the word chia means "strength." Chia seeds are members of the mint family and are mostly grown in Southern Mexico.  When the Aztecs conquered Mexico they began to cultivate chia seeds there; however, when the Spaniards took over chia seeds became less and less prevalent. Eventually, chia seeds were rediscovered and Mexico started cultivating them once again. 

Benefits: 
  • Provide an abundance of omega-3 fatty acid, even more so than flax seeds (Brain Power/Mental Focus)
  • Full of fiber (4.2 grams in one 15g scoop)
  • 20% protein
  • The chia gel slows down the rate that your body digests carbs and turns them into sugar, thus beneficial for diabetics
  • Absorb 12 times their weight in water, thus providing endurance, energy, and hydration during athletic events
  • Very high in antioxidants
  • Provide calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin, and zinc.
  •  Gluten Free
  •  Useful for weight loss and weight management
  • Helps improve cardiovascular health by the Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's) and Omega 3's
Chia Seed Uses:
  • Mix them into ANY drink. Let them soak up the liquid for a few minutes then enjoy. You can leave the seeds soaking over night if you want to create a chia gel, which you can drink or eat.
  • Sprinkle them on your salad
  • Put them in your yogurt
  • Add them to your protein shake
  • Mix them into your pancake/muffin batter
  • Make them into an ice cream topper
Chia Seeds soak up a ton of liquid, so one of the best ways to absorb as many nutrients from the chia seed is to eat them after they have been soaking in liquid. They are MORE digestible this way! Try them in ANYTHING! Let me know how you eat your chia seeds!

Recommended Products:
  • Green Plus Organic Chia Seeds ($13.57 for 1 lb. on vitacost)
  • Nutiva Organic Chia Seeds ($22.89 for 3 lbs. on vitacost)

What You Should Know About the New Super Food: Wheat Grass

So you're probably thinking "Yuck, another over priced, green drink that I have to hold my nose to get down!" However, this is an anti-aging, enzyme containing, cancer preventing, digestion improving, oxygenating, anti-inflammatory, energy producing, super food! Now have I got your attention? The raw, organic powder mixes really well in your favorite beverage or fruit smoothie. I personally like to make my homemade limeade (filtered water, organic lime juice, &; liquid stevia), shake it all up with a scoop of wheat grass and enjoy! The lime juice covers up the grassy taste; however, if you taste the powder by itself you will find that this finely ground powder is actually not bad tasting! 

What we DO KNOW about Wheat Grass:
  • Contains a lot of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes
  • Complete protein containing amino acids and has higher protein densities than any other food source
  • 70% chlorophyll and since the chlorophyll molecule is virtually identical to hemoglobin (red blood cells that carry oxygen), wheatgrass juice will oxygenate your body
  • Equivalent to getting a few extra veggies into your diet
  • Increases support for our immune system
  • Detoxifies
  • Alkalizes
RECIPES:
Add 1 scoop to your favorite fruit juice (apple, orange, cranberry, grape, pomegranate--preferably fresh juiced)

Add 1 scoop to your favorite smoothie recipe 


Add 1 scoop to your favorite vitamin water


Add 1 scoop to limeade or lemonade 

My All-Time Favorite RECIPE: 
1 Mason jar (16 oz or larger)
1 scoop of Nitro Fusion chocolate protein powder
1 scoop of organic wheat grass
8 oz  vanilla almond milk
4 oz. chocolate almond milk
Shake it all together and ENJOY


Here is some additional information from a Nutritional Therapist, Pat Reeves: Food Alive Articles--Wheat Grass

Information from Dr. Ann Wigmore:
Matrix Wheat Grass

Helps fight and get rid of carcinogens in your body:
Dr. Chiu-nan Lai, Ph.D. at the University of Texas System Cancer Center, Dept. of Biology, Houston, Texas, found in 1978 wheat sprout extracts and its chlorophyll to inhibit in vitro (in a test tube) metabolic activation of carcinogens.Basically, it detoxifies our bodies.

52 Reasons why you should take wheat grass daily by Holistic Health Practitioner, Isis Jade:

What I buy:
Amazing Grass (Raw, Organic &, Gluten free)
Vitacost Price: $34 for 17 oz.
Amazon: $34 for 17 oz.

Growing your own wheat grass:
If you have a green thumb you can grow your own wheat grass and juice it. It takes approximately 2 weeks to grow to its full nutritional potential  (should be about 6-7in high). Then juice it in a wheat grass juicer (you can find them as cheap as $40). Drink immediately for the most health benefits. You will need Organic Hard Red Winter Wheat Seeds. Here are the instructions on how to grow it in your home: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6U5RqjWcfko

Friday, October 7, 2011

Natural News--12 Steps to Save America

After reading the below article I just HAD to share it with all of my family and friends. It is so important for each and every one of us to try to implement the below steps the best we can! I know it is hard during these economic times, but if each and everyone of us gradually make a lifestyle change we won't even know what hit us because we'll feel so wonderful. If we want a healthy world for future generations then we need to take drastic measures to ensure that we ourselves are getting healthy :) Enjoy...

By: Mike Adams @ Natural News

So how can we really save America with nutrition? It all starts with you and your family. Follow these 12 steps to unleash a new era of health and wellness in your own life:

Step 1) Stop rewarding manufacturers of processed foods, junk foods, sodas and pharmaceuticals. Simply refuse to buy their products.

Step 2) Greatly increase your purchases of fresh, organic produce. Get yourself a juicer (I like the Breville brand) and drink a fresh juice smoothie every day. Teach your children to eat more fresh produce.

Step 3) Supplement your diet with health-enhancing superfoods and nutritional supplements. You may wish to include nutrient-dense algae products like spirulina, blue-green algae, chlorella and astaxanthin (my addition: Organic, raw wheat grass)

Step 4) Greatly increase your intake of Omega-3 oils. I take Moxxor's Green-Lipped Mussel oil as well as consuming wild salmon from time to time.

Step 5) Get a lot more sunshine: Your body (and your mind) needs sunlight. It generates the vitamin D that helps prevent cancer, depression, diabetes and heart disease.

Step 6) Boost your physical exercise. Studies repeatedly show that even moderate exercise (walking 3 times a week, for example), has a drastic reduction on rates of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Step 7) Exercise your brain: Learn a new language, play strategy games, read books or do something active with your brain to keep all the neurons firing. This is all much easier when your brain is powered by superfoods, by the way.

Step 8) Avoid medications. Prescription drugs are poison. If you're currently taking meds, work with a naturopathic physician to safely get off those meds and heal your body through nutrition (or other natural therapies).

Step 9) Avoid hospitals. A hospital is one of the most dangerous places you can go. They're filled with antibiotic-resistant superbugs, for one thing. Your risk of being harmed at a hospital is much higher than what you might expect. Unless you're suffering from an acute, dangerous condition requiring emergency medical care, make an effort to stay away from hospitals. (My recommendation: Try researching homeopathic, holistic cures for your aliments--I use them and there is a NATURAL cure out there for everything)!

Step 10) Embrace your own natural healing potential! Recognize that your immune system is a technological miracle. Your body is a self-repairing biological marvel. When given the right resources (nutrition, superfoods, etc.), your body can work healing miracles.

Step 11) Thank yourself for taking the time to invest in your own good health by reading this report. Give yourself a healing reward such as a glass of fresh orange / carrot juice or a delicious superfood smoothie.

Step 12) Forward this special report to 3 friends, family members or coworkers you know who might benefit from this information. Spread the word about nutrition and you'll be taking part in a wave of healing that can sweep across our planet as people reawaken to the healing powers of plant-based nutrients. (The web address to forward to your friends is displayed below.)

Thank you for reading!

About the author: Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, currently lives in Vilcabamba, Ecuador where he grows and consumes a large assortment of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables (http://www.naturalnews.com/photos.html). The creator of the Health Revolution Petition (www.HealthRevolutionPetition.org), Adams believes in individual liberty, personal responsibility and natural healing. His mission is to share natural health secrets with the world with the hope of unleashing of a new golden age of health and healing that uplifts human civilization. He founded NaturalNews in 2003 and remains its editor today.

Need a Protein Fix? Try This Instead....

Now-a-days when people go to the gym they like to supplement their workouts with a little extra protein; however, the conventional protein shakes are NOT a healthy alternative. In fact, they actually cause MORE harm than good to your body.

Why NOT to drink the conventional protein shakes:
1) Most proteins are whey protein isolates INSTEAD OF whey protein concentrates
2) Artificial sweeteners
3) Artificial ingredients
4) Soy (key fact: most soy is genetically modified (GMO) unless it specifically says non-GMO)
5) Most contain dangerous levels of metals (Dr. Mercola: "A recent Consumer Reports' evaluation showed some leading brands of protein powders exceeded United States Pharmacopoeia's (USP) recommended safety limits for certain heavy metals.")
6) Most contain milk made from hormone injected cows NOT hormone-free cows

Here are some ingredients found in conventional protein powders: 

  • Soy,Whey Protein Isolate-Milk
  • Glutamine Peptides-Wheat
  • Natural & Artificial Flavors-Milk & Soy
  • Modified Glucose Polymers (Maltodextrin)
  • Colorings: FD&C Red #40
Recommended Whey Protein Powders:  
  • Dr. Mercola's Miracle Whey (Chocolate)
    • Excellent protein powder. Good taste and meets all of the requirements necessary for a healthy protein supplement.
  • Nutra Bio Whey Protein Concentrate 
    • This protein powder has no taste at all. It mixes into almond milk extremely well and can be added to your pancake mix for an additional protein boost. If you want a healthy alternative to conventional protein powders, this would be an excellent choice.

Recommended Vegan (Non-Dairy) Protein Powders:

  •  Nirtro Fusion (Chocolate)
    • This is by far the BEST vegan protein powder I have ever tried. It is all natural and made only from plants, so if you have high cholesterol this is the best choice for you. It has only 4 grams of sugar and tastes like a chocolate milkshake. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! 
  • Sequel Naturals Vega Sport
    • This protein powder is another fantastic choice; however, if you do not like the flavor of stevia this is NOT the product for you. I personally think it is WAY TOO sweet, but that is just me! I like the sweetness of my protein shake to come from the almond milk I put in it. My husband, on the other hand, loves this one and the one below because it is so sweet. Great product though.
  •  Sequel Naturals Vega Shake and Go Smoothie Vanilla Almondilla
    • These are great to add for a little stevia sweetness, but I think this is too sweet for me.
  •  Nutiva Organic Hemp Protein
    •  Great quality of protein; however, the taste is NOT very pleasant. This is drinkable if you combine it with chocolate almond milk and a little chocolate protein powder.
Additional Reading:


What do I mix it with?
I recommend to stay AWAY from ALL SOY products! 
Use the following instead:
1) Organic Almond milk (original, chocolate and/or vanilla)
2) Coconut Milk (original and/or vanilla)
3) Hazelnut Milk
 
 
 
  
 
My All-Time Favorite RECIPE: 
1 Mason jar (16 oz or larger)
1 scoop of nitro fusion chocolate
1 scoop of organic wheat grass
8 oz  vanilla almond milk
4 oz. chocolate almond milk
Shake it all together and ENJOY
25 g of protein
2-3 servings of veggies

Monday, October 3, 2011

Cancer--seems like everyone is getting it...

HOW TO FIGHT CANCER NATURALLY: 

If you or someone in your family have been diagnosed with cancer PLEASE CHECK this website out BEFORE taking any conventional medicine!


If you go to the PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION you can print all 100+ pages or you can just search for ailments.

Check it out and let me know what you think!