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10 Instant Health Boosters

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2011 by ecofrenfood

10 Instant Health Boosters|10-12-2011|

Say Yes to Yogurt
Spooning up just two ounces of yogurt a day can help protect you from developing gum disease, say Japanese researchers. Why? They say the lactic acid in yogurt could be responsible for helping keep your mouth healthy by reducing germs that can lead to gum disease. Yogurt is also full of probiotics or the good bacteria that strengthens the body’s natural defenses and keeps your intestines running smoothly

Grab a Cup of Cocoa
Drink more cocoa and you’ll help your heart, immune system and brain health, says a new study just published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. A cup of cocoa a day can also help you lose weight. That’s because the flavanols work to reduce the amount of carbs and fat your body digests. That’s also why it’s best to drink a cup before eating. Researchers say about 375 mg of flavanols daily will do the trick — that’s about the amount in one cup of cocoa made with real chocolate (not the powdered stuff).

Chill Out
Most of us gravitate towards a steaming hot, sauna-like shower when we want to relax. But here’s the thing: standing under cold water tells the brain to release feel-good hormones like serotonin which decreases the likelihood of stress, says Wayne Andersen, M.D., an internist at Johns Hopkinsand author of Dr. A’s Habits of Health. “Stress contributes to high blood pressure and heart disease so in addition to feeling good, it’s good for your heart,” he says. You don’t have to shiver. Just two to three minutes in a luke warm or cool shower or refreshing (not heated) pool is all it takes to feel better, he says.

Get Your Bag Off the FloorSure, you already suspect the toilet handle in a public restroom or the shopping cart at your local grocery store to be breeding grounds for germs. But your purse?

Stuart Reeves, Ph.D., director of research and development for Embria Health Sciences says the bottoms of our beloved bags have bacteria counts in the tens of thousands per square inch — including several species of bacteria that can cause staph and other infections. Salmonella and E. coli, the causes of food poisoning, are also common residents on the bottom of purses. “Four out of five purses tested positive for salmonella,” he says. Reeves thinks it’s because we set our bags down on germy surfaces like movie theater or public restroom floors. He suggests keeping a pack of antibacterial wipes in your purse to give the bottom of your bag a good cleaning — preferably once a day. Better yet, keep it on your shoulder or lap — once it’s clean. Leather and vinyl purses are easier to clean which is why Reeves suggests ditching cloth purses.

Clean Your Car
When’s the last time you cleaned your dashboard? Dashboards of cars in hot and humid climates are home to gigantic amounts of bacteria, according to research by microbiologist Charles Gerba at the University of Arizona. The dashboards of cars in areas where the mercury dips below 32 degrees on a regular basis (the Northern half of the US) were dominated by yeasts and molds – which love the cooler climate. Your dashboard can hold onto millions of germs for a long time because a car’s air circulation system drives air over the dashboard. The result? Germs are free to breed undisturbed, explains Gerba.

He suggests cleaning your dash often to reduce the chances germs will take up residence and lead to the flu, colds and viruses, respiratory illnesses and even strep throat. Use an antibacterial wipe at least once a week. And make sure to clean things like radio buttons, turn signals and the headlight on/off switch. Germs live there, too.

Freshen Up Your Produce
Your veggies and herbs look fresh and hydrated thanks to the misters in the grocery store produce department. But Reeves says those irrigation spouts are often filled with dirt and bacteria. And since the organic produce is sprayed with the same system, your organic broccoli is getting a bacteria bath every 10 minutes. “Many of these systems recycle the water so the bacteria is continually sprayed,” says Reeves.

What can you do? Never leave your produce in the store-provided plastic bags you used to tote them up to the check-out lane, especially if you have asthma or some other respiratory condition. “Having asthma or respiratory illness makes a person more susceptible to developing colds or illness after breathing in the bacteria-laden mist,” Reeves says. At home, wash and pat dry all produce before eating or putting it in your fridge.

Get Rosy
Here’s an easy way to boost your mood and cut down on stress: Wear something bright. When researchers at İstanbul’s Kültür University looked at the impact colors have on a person’s mood and psyche, they found pink and yellow are the colors most likely to snap you out of a funk, help stave off depression and reduce stress. The news is especially good since stress is a leading contributor to heart disease.

“These colors also elicited feelings of being cheerful, warm and confident,” says Banu Manav, assistant professor and one of the study’s lead researchers. To boost your mood, Manav suggests surrounding yourself in these “happy” colors. “Paint a wall, put pink or yellow flowers on your desk, or even keep a pad of sticky notes in pink or yellow can create the happy affect,” he says.

Skip Soap DispensersInfection-causing bacteria was present on 23 percent of public and restaurant restroom refillable soap dispensers, according to Gerba. Sure, most of those germs might disappear when you wash your hands, but if you happen to have a paper cut and touch the germy soap dispenser, it could leave you at risk for a host of infections. Unless the soap dispenser is hands-free, you’re better off using the hand sanitizer you’ve stashed in your purse (the one you keep off the floor). And once your hands are clean, don’t forget to use a paper towel to turn off a faucet that’s not hands-free since that’s filled with germs, too.

Break For Breakfast
You know it’s good at balancing your energy levels and curbing mid-day hunger pangs, but new research offers another reason to start your day with a healthy breakfast. The vitamin B12 and folic acid found in fortified whole-grain breakfast cereals could help fight off canker or “cold” sores. After examining the diets of people prone to canker sores, researchers at the University of Connecticut found they all had low levels of vitamin B12 and folic acid. “These deficiencies can cause inflammation of the tongue and mouth and that leads to a canker sore,” Dr. Andersen says.

Just one cup of a fortified whole-grain breakfast cereal has about 400 micrograms (mcg) per day of folate and 100 mcg of B12, the amount Dr. Anderson recommends, per day, to fight off cankers.

Fill ‘er Up
Add this to the many reasons to drink more water. Drinking plain old unflavored tap can boost your energy, suggests a recent study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “Water increases the activity of the sympathetic — fight or flight — nervous system, which raises alertness and energy expenditure,” says the study’s lead author, David Robertson, M.D.

There’s another added benefit to drinking water: weight loss. The increased energy we feel from drinking water can help promote weight loss, Dr. Robertson says. “It might be as much as five pounds a year if you drank three 16 ounce glasses of water a day.”

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Asparagus — Who knew ?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Asparagus — Who knew ?
This is from a friend
My Mom had been taking the full-stalk canned style
Asparagus that she pureed and she took 4 tablespoons in
The morning and 4 tablespoons later in the day. She did
This for over a month. She is on chemo pills for Stage 3
Lung cancer in the pleural area and her cancer cell
Count went from 386 down to 125 as of this past week.
Her oncologist said she does not need to see him for 3

Several years ago, I had a man seeking asparagus for a
Friend who had cancer. He gave me a photocopied copy
Of an article, entitled, Asparagus for cancer ‘printed in
Cancer News Journal, December 1979. I will share it
Here, just as it was shared with me: I am a
Biochemist, and have specialized in the relation of diet
To health or over 50 years. Several years ago, I learned
Of the discovery of Richard R. Vensal, D.D.S that
Asparagus might cure cancer. Since then, I have worked
With him on his project We have accumulated a number
Of favorable case histories. Here are a few examples:

Case No. 1, A man with an almost hopeless case
Of Hodgkin’s disease (cancer of the lymph glands) who
Was completely incapacitated. Within 1 year of starting
The asparagus therapy, his doctors were unable to
Detect any signs of cancer, and he was back on a
Schedule of strenuous exercise..
Case No. 2, a successful businessman 68 years old
Who suffered from cancer of the bladder for 16 years.
After years of medical treatments, including radiation
Without improvement, he went on asparagus. Within 3
Months, examinations revealed that his bladder tumor
Had disappeared and that his kidneys were normal.

Case No. 3, a man who had lung cancer. On March 5th 1971, he
Was put on the operating table where they found
Lung cancer so widely spread that it was inoperable.
The surgeon sewed him up and declared his case
Hopeless. On April 5th he heard about the Asparagus
Therapy and immediately started taking it By August,
x-ray pictures revealed that all signs of the cancer had
He is back at his regular business routine.

Case No. 4, a woman who was troubled for a number of
Years with skin cancer. She finally developed different
Skin cancers which were diagnosed by the acting
Specialist as advanced. Within 3 months after starting
On asparagus, her skin specialist said that her skin
Looked fine and no more skin lesions. This woman
Reported that the asparagus therapy also cured her
Kidney disease, which started in 1949. She had over 10
Operations for kidney stones, and was receiving
Government disability payments for an inoperable,
Terminal, kidney condition. She attributes the cure of
This kidney trouble entirely to the asparagus.

I was not surprised at this result, as `The elements of
Materia medica’, edited in1854 by a Professor at the
University of Pennsylvania , stated that asparagus was
Used as a popular remedy for kidney stones. He even
Referred to experiments, in 1739, on the power of
Asparagus in dissolving stones. Note the dates!
We would have other case histories but the medical
Establishment has interfered with our obtaining some
Of the records. I am therefore appealing to readers to
Spread this good news and help us to gather a large
Number of case histories that will overwhelm the
Medical skeptics about this unbelievably simple and
Natural remedy.

For the treatment, asparagus should be cooked
Before using, and therefore canned asparagus is just
As good as fresh. I have corresponded with the two
Leading canners of asparagus, Giant and Stokely, and I
Am satisfied that these brands contain no pesticides or
Place the cooked asparagus in a blender and liquefy to
Make a puree, and store in the refrigerator. Give the
Patient 4 full tablespoons twice daily, morning and
Evening. Patients usually show some improvement in
2-4 weeks. It can be diluted with water and used as a
Cold or hot drink. This suggested dosage is based on
Present experience, but certainly larger amounts can do
No harm and may be needed in some cases. As a
Biochemist I am convinced of the old saying that `what
Cures can prevent.’ Based on this theory, my wife and I
Have been using asparagus puree as a beverage with
Our meals. We take 2 tablespoons diluted in water to
Suit our taste with breakfast and with dinner. I take
Mine hot and my wife prefers hers cold For years we
Have made it a practice to have blood surveys taken as
Part of our regular checkups. The last blood survey,
Taken by a medical doctor who specializes in the
Nutritional approach to health, showed substantial
Improvements in all categories over the last one, and
We can attribute these improvements to nothing but
the asparagus drink.
As a biochemist, I have made an extensive study of all
aspects of cancer, and all of the proposed cures. As a
result, I am convinced that asparagus fits in better
with the latest theories about cancer.

Asparagus contains a good supply of protein called
histones, which are believed to be active in controlling
cell growth.. For that reason, I believe asparagus can
be said to contain a substance that I call cell growth
normalizer. That accounts for its action on cancer and
in acting as a general body tonic. In any event,
regardless of theory, asparagus used as we suggest, is
a harmless substance. The FDA cannot prevent you
from using it and it may do you much good. It has
been reported by the US National Cancer Institute, that
asparagus is the highest tested food containing
glutathione, which is considered one of the body’s
most potent anticarcinogens and antioxidants.

Cute Food Rings

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3 Delicious Recipes – Oatmeal

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3 Delicious Recipes for Oatmeal
By Liz Kennedy

There is nothing like a bowl of oatmeal in the morning to give you the energy to start your day. If I had to choose one breakfast to eat for the rest of my life, oatmeal would be it because the mix-ins and toppings are endless (Bacon would be a close second… but let’s not even go there).

Oatmeal contains fiber and protein, which will keep you fuller, longer and has also been found to reduce cholesterol. While instant oatmeal packets are nutritious and convenient, they usually contain extra sugar and sodium. My suggestion instead is to go with old-fashioned oats — they’re quick and you can add your own toppings to make a signature oatmeal breakfast.
Here are three easy recipes to get you hooked on this healthy and hearty food.
1.PB&J Oatmeal
Who doesn’t love a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich? This oatmeal recipe is the next best thing to the classic, I promise!

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup water or milk (I use milk for the extra calcium and creaminess)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon jelly or jam
Pinch of salt
Drizzle of honey
Combine oats and liquid in microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, stir and add more liquid if necessary. Then, while oats are still hot, stir in peanut butter and jelly. Add a drizzle of honey on top for extra sweetness.

2. Banana Bread Oatmeal
Just like Grandma used to make… but in a healthier form. If this doesn’t warm you up, I don’t know what will.
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup water or milk (I use milk for the extra calcium and creaminess)
3/4 tablespoon brown sugar
1 large, ripe banana mashed
Sprinkle of ground cinnamon
Sprinkle of ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
Low-fat vanilla yogurt
Pecan halves
Banana slices
Combine oats, liquid, and spices in microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, stir and add more liquid if necessary. Then, while oats are still hot, stir in mashed banana. Top with a dollop of low-fat vanilla yogurt, banana slices, pecans, and extra spices if desired.
Plus: Oatmeal-Peanut Butter Trail Bars Recipe

3. Strawberry-Vanilla Overnight Oatmeal
This light and fruity oatmeal is served cold and perfect for any day of the week, but is especially delicious in the summer months when the weather is hot and strawberries are ripe. This oatmeal should be made the night before so the oats have time to soak up the yogurt.
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt (use Greek yogurt for extra thickness and protein)
1/4 cup strawberries (or your choice of fruit)

Pinch of salt
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Chopped nuts
Mix oats, yogurt, and fruit in bowl then cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve cold with as sprinkle of cinnamon and chopped nuts if desired. Note: If this oatmeal is too thick for you, add some extra milk to it in the morning.

Cashew Nuts

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1 tsp. Freshly ground ginger

6 tbs. Chopped scallions

2 cloves garlic

Tabasco to taste

2 tsp. white vinegar

1 tsp. ground Chinese or black pepper

2 tbs. Toasted Sesame seeds

2 tsp. Sugar or honey

2 tbs. Tahini mixed with 1 tsp. Oil

Pinch of cinnamon

Soy sauce to taste

1 tbs. vegetable oil

Handful of bean sprouts (optional)

1 bag of Chinese Buckwheat noodles or vermicelli or any thin flat spaghetti (12 oz.)

1. Mix first 11 ingredients (omit 2 lbs. scallions) in high-speed blender for 1 minute

2 Boil noodles till done, but firm. Rinse in cold water and pour into bowl. Add vegetable oil and mix to prevent sticking.

3. Drop bean sprouts into boiling water. Count to 3 and rinse with cold water and add to noodles.

4. Spoon on sauce, mix well, serve with remaining scallions sprinkled on top. Although the dish is traditionally served cold it may be served hot as well.

Zel and Reuben Allen
Vegetarians in Paradise