Lettuce Discuss… The Mighty Lime.

The Mighty Lime

The Mighty Lime

What are Limes good for?

Respiratory Disorders: The flavonoid-rich oil obtained from lime is used extensively in anti-congestive medicines such as balms, vaporizers, and inhalers due to the presence of Kaempferol (Kaempferol is a flavinoid that can also reduce lung cancer incidence). Just scratching the peel of a lime and inhaling it gives immediate relief for congestion and nausea.

 Heal mouth ulcers, digestive wounds and piles. The root cause of mouth ulcers and wounds in the digestive system is a vitamin C deficiency, because the lime is very high in Vitamin C and Flavanoids it helps heal ulcers and wounds in the digestive system and excretory system while providing relief from constipation, it eradicates all the root causes of piles. Flavonoids inhibit microbial growth and potassium and Flavonoids help heal ulcers and wounds.

 Rejuvenate the skin, reduce body odor and dandruff.  Limejuice and its natural oils are great for the skin when consumed internally or applied externally. By rejuvenating the skin it keeps the skin shiny, protecting it from infections and reducing body odor due to the presence of a large amount of vitamin-Cand Flavonoids. Both are class-1 anti oxidants, and have antibiotic and disinfectant properties. When applied directly to the skin, the acids scrub dead cells away, cures dandruff, rashes, bruises, and heals acne.

Help digestion, and ease constipation.The scent of the lime causes your mouth to water which aids primary digestion (releasing the digestive saliva in your mouth before you even taste it). The Lime acidity does the rest. The Flavonoids (the compounds found in the fragrant oils extracted from lime), stimulate the digestive system and increase production and secretion of digestive juices, bile and acids. The Flavonoids stimulate the peristaltic motion. The ample amount of acids in lime helps clear the excretory system by cleaning off the digestive tracts. The roughage present is also helpful in easing constipation, although the high acid content is the most beneficial source. An overdose of limejuice with salt also acts as an excellent purgative without any side effects, thereby relieving constipation effectively.

 Excellent for women’s health. Limes contain calcium and folate, these nutrients are important for post-menopausal women and women of child-bearing age. A single fresh lime contains 22 milligrams of calcium and over five micrograms of folate. This is a substantial amount for a small fruit. Lime peels can combat aging skin. The peel contains a melanin inhibitor. With age and UV ray exposure, melanin, which gives skin its pigment, can build up and appear as spots on your skin. Treating skin to a mask with bits of lime peel in it could reduce this hyper pigmentation.

 Regulates sugar absorption in diabetics.According to the American Diabetes Association, limes are considered a diabetes super food. The high levels of soluble fiber make it an ideal dietary aid and helps to regulate the body’s absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, this reduces the events of blood sugar spikes which are a serious risk to a diabetic. Limes have a low glycemic index, this means they will not cause unexpected spikes in glucose levels.

Protects the eye from aging and infection. The Vitamin-C anti oxidant properties protects the eyes from aging and macular degeneration. The flavonoids protect the eyes from infections. (Just by eating lime it protects) DO NOT put directly in your eye- it will hurt.

 Can aid in weight loss.A glass of warm water with a full lime’s worth of juice is an excellent weight reducer as well as a brilliant refresher and antioxidant drink. The citric acid in lime is an excellent fat burner. If you drink two glasses a day you will see results within a week.

Prevents heart disease.That same soluble fiber which can help diabetics maintain their blood sugar levels can also lower blood pressure and eliminate the presence of LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol). The soluble fiber cuts down on inflammation of the blood vessels, this is known to be a preventative measure against heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes.

What is the Lime made up of.

Nutrients, (these are all daily values and are per 3 ½ ounces or 100g)

Dietry Fiber11%

Carbohydrates4%

Calories2%

Protein1%

Fat0%

Vitamins

Vitamin C48%

Thiamin2%

Folate2%

Vitamin B62%

Pantothenic Acid2%

Minerals

Calcium 3%

 Iron3%

Phospherous2%

Potassium3%

Copper3%

 There are many more uses for the little lime that we haven’t mentioned!

In short- It’s great for you! Make lime your friend!

Many Blessings!

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Organic Maple Syrup

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Maple sap being collected

Lettuce Discuss… Organic Maple Syrup

When I make our pancakes, I like the bittersweet flavor that is typical among us Brits, I like the sugar and the Lemon or the Lime. However my favorite sweetener is Organic Maple Syrup. Not only because it tastes good but it also has additional benefits. Yes a sweetener with healthy side effects! This doesn’t mean go eat it every day. Moderation is the key with any sugar.

Lets start with how Organic Maple Syrup is made,

The simplified version is this…

You tap a maple tree with a hole put a tube in the hole and collect the sap in a bucket. You then boil the sap and evaporate most of the water so that the sap gets thicker. You then have maple syrup! There are no additives, no chemical process other than the heating up of the sap.

How It’s Graded…

Organic Maple syrup in the United States is graded by color, as either Grade A or Grade B. Grade A is a lighter color then Grade B, and is made from the first sap tapped from the maple tree. Grade B is darker in color, and made from the last stages of the sap tapped from the maple tree.

What’s in it?

The sap from the xylem and water. That’s it!

Organic maple syrup has a relatively low mineral content, it consists mainly of potassium and calcium. It also contains significant amounts of zinc and manganese.

It is reported the darker the color (Grade B) the better the syrup is for you. It has been seen to have more concentrated anti oxidants, calcium and zinc.

It is also “reported” that the natural antioxidants found in organic maple syrup – inhibit two carbohydrate-hydrolyzing enzymes that are relevant to type 2 diabetes.

Did you know, compared to honey, maple syrup has 15 times more calcium and 90% less sodium.

It doesn’t stop there- the University of Rhode Island (URI) has now identified 54 compounds in maple syrup, which is double the amount previously reported, many with antioxidant activity and potential health benefits. In laboratory studies, they acted as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agents.

Read the full report here…

http://healthnewsreport.blogspot.com/2011/04/maple-syrups-health-benefits.html.

Therefore next time you have pancakes just pour some maple syrup over, feel happy and enjoy.

Many Thanks and Blessings

Mako and Hema

Lettuce Discuss…Vegan Blueberry Buckwheat Pancake Recipe!

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Heart Healthy Eating,  Blueberry Buckwheat Pancake Recipe!

Background information,

Buckwheat is not a wheat or a grain and has no gluten. It is derived from the seeds of a flowering plant, which are ground into a flour, this is commonly used in making granola bars, cakes, crackers and some breads too.

Buckwheat is beneficial in treating some of the symptoms of type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure and lowering cholesterol all due to the Flavonoids it contains.

The Rutin it contains, is also known to strengthen the capillary walls.

The Blueberries in the recipe are a healthy Super-food, they contain Folate (B12), Beta-carotene (great for your eyes) and Vitamin C.

As a sub note, a handful of blueberries are beneficial in the treatment of migraine.

Recipe

Ingredients,

1/2 cup of Buckwheat Flour

1/2 cup of Rice Flour

1 teaspoon of Raw Sugar

Half a banana (this is to replace the egg)

1 and 1/4 cups of any of Almond Milk or Rice Milk or Hemp Milk (always try and buy ORGANIC)

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

2 teaspoon of vanilla

3/4 cup Fresh or Frozen Blueberries (thawed)

Directions

Step 1:             in a medium sized bowl mix the raw sugar and the flour together.

Step 2:             in a separate bowl mash the banana until it is a pulp, mix in the milk, oil and vanilla and beat until all combined together.

Step 3:             combine the dry mix and the wet mix and beat until smooth. Stir in the blueberries but do not beat as this will burst the blueberries open.

Step 4:             heat a lightly greased griddle pan or heavy skillet over a medium heat. You can test to see if it is hot enough by dropping a couple of drops of water in the pan. If the water dances across the surface it’s ready.

Step 5:             for each pancake pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the hot surface, spread the batter to about 4″ in diameter. Cook over the medium heat until the pancakes are brown underneath, turn them over and cook the other side, when the edges look a little dry roughly 1 or 2 minutes per side you are ready to serve.

This recipe makes approximately 6 pancakes of 4″ diameter.

Many Blessings

Mako and Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Naturally whitening your teeth

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Whitening our teeth is becoming more and more popular as people try to get that super bleached white look. Using dentist bleaches and whitening strips often strips the enamel off the teeth if you over do it. People have lost teeth because of it and needed root canal work done (that is a no, no) see video below.

Ok here we go, we have collected a few ways to do this from our travels.

1)            Baking Soda and Lemon, The chemicals in the baking soda and the citrus in the lemon react to give a whitening smile. Baking soda is also slightly gritty so it can clean like very mild sandpaper. Place the mixture on a toothbrush and brush normally.

2)            Baking soda and Hydrogen Peroxide, this is usually the home remedy of choice. Use a small amount of each mixed together put on a toothbrush and use as normal.

3)            Coconut Pulling, yes again the mighty coconut. Place a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth and swish about for 5 – 20 minutes. You can add a few drops to a toothbrush and brush it on too. Don’t forget this is great for your gums as coconut oil is antimicrobial.

4)            Apple Cider Vinegar, this can take up to a month to work but is less aggressive than baking soda. You do have to use it regularly and be very consistent. Use like normal toothpaste but be warned it can strip enamel, to eliminate the striping of the enamel you will have to brush with toothpaste straight after the vinegar. (I imagine you would anyway, have you tasted the vinegar?)

5)            Orange and Lemon Peels, you rub these directly on the teeth but again they contain acid so regular brushing afterwards is essential to remove the acid or your enamel will start to wear.

6)            Strawberries, this is one I haven’t used before. Mash strawberries up in a bowl and use as a toothpaste leave on for 2 or 3 minutes. Then rinse with water and brush with toothpaste. A lot of people say this works straight away. I haven’t tried it yet though so please leave a comment if it does.

7)            Peelu Plant Fibers, this is available in toothpaste form or you can buy the powder and mix it with toothpaste. This is so gentle you can use it everyday.

8)            Toothpaste and Baking Soda, yes applying baking soda with toothpaste will do the trick too. It’s just the same as “Smokers” toothpaste.

The video below explains why you should say no to a Root Canal.

If you know of any more send us a comment or email and i’ll add it to the list

Many Thanks

Bless you all

Mako and Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Agave Syrup or Agave Nectar…Harmful or good for you?

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Lettuce Discuss… Agave Syrup or Agave Nectar…Harmful or good for you? 

First of all there is no such thing as Agave Nectar, this is a marketing name that was thought up in the 1990’s to make us all think that this is a natural, traditional syrup. Let me assure you it is not. The agave we buy in the store has been dramatically processed to turn it into very high fructose syrup.

Agave syrup is subjected to enzymatic and chemical processes, not what you would call “organic, raw, or natural”

The content of this can range from 70% to over 90% Fructose.

Fructose doesn’t send any signals to the brain to say “I’m Full”, it also affects the memory and it can only be metabolized through the liver, this in turn places a burden on the liver. It has also been shown that refined fructose negatively interferes with the hearts use of key minerals, for example magnesium.

Studies also show that the liver from people who use large amounts of fructose develop fatty deposits and cirrhosis.

Fructose could also contribute to diabetes, the insulin receptors sensitivity can be reduced, and there by raising insulin levels and this then contributes to metabolic syndrome.

For all you students out there who live on a High Fructose diet think of this…

An experiment was conducted using 2 groups of Lab rats and a maze one group were fed on a high fructose diet as well as rat food, the other just on rat food. The group fed with high fructose after six weeks were slower and their brains showed a decline in synaptic activity.

So bare this in mind it can impede your mental ability.

This is reversible and can be helped by taking DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and Omega 3 fatty acids.

The full report is at http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/this-is-your-brain-on-sugar-ucla-233992.aspx

So is Agave good or bad?

For us -we will never use it again!

Many Thanks and bless you,

Mako and Hema

The following links will be useful in your own research

http://www.sott.net/article/259915-High-Fructose-Corn-Syrup-Bad-for-the-brain

http://news.yale.edu/2013/01/04/study-suggests-effect-fructose-brain-may-promote-overeating

http://www.foodrenegade.com/agave-nectar-good-or-bad/

http://realfoodforager.com/why-i-never-use-agave/

http://www.westonaprice.org/modern-foods/agave-nectar-worse-than-we-thought

http://www.treelight.com/health/nutrition/Agave.html

 

Lettuce Discuss…Coconut Oil Benefits

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Coconut oil is strongly recommended for a number of benefits that are explained below. Using coconut oils has been shown to mildly help the following:

Alzheimers Treatment: the fatty acids in coconut oil can increase levels of ketone bodies (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18625458) in the blood. This provides energy for the brain cells and can relieve symptoms in Alzheimers patients.

Bones: Improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals. These include calcium and magnesium which are necessary for the development of bones. Thus, coconut oil is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.

Dental care:Calcium is an important component of our teeth. Since coconut oil facilitates absorption of calcium by the body, it helps in developing strong teeth. Coconut oil also stops tooth decay.

Diabetes: Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also promotes the effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.

Improve Cholesterol Levels: Coconut oil is full of saturated fats, these raise the HDL (good for you) cholesterol. This is great for you over a long term it can reduce the risk of heart disease.

Kidney: Coconut oil helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases. It also helps to dissolve kidney stones.

Lauric Acid: This can kill pathogens like bacteria, viruses and fungi thereby helping to prevent infections.

Liver: The presence of medium chain triglycerides and fatty acids helps in preventing liver diseases because those substances are easily converted into energy when they reach the liver, thus reducing the work load of the liver and also preventing accumulation of fat.

Lose Fat (the dangerous fat in your abominal cavity): Coconut oil reduces your appetite and increases the burning of fat, it makes sense that it can also help you to lose weight. Coconut oil appears to be very effective in burning abdominal fat, which lodges itself in the abdominal cavity and around organs. This fat is the most dangerous of all and is highly associated with Western diseases.

Pancreatitis: Coconut oil is also believed to be useful in treating pancreatitis.

Reduce Seizures:Coconut oil can increase blood concentration of ketone bodies, which can help reduce seizures in epileptic children.

Stress relief: Coconut oil is very soothing and hence it helps in removing stress. Applying coconut oil to the head, followed by a gentle massage, helps to eliminate mental fatigue.

Sunscreen and Moisturiser: Coconut oil can be used as a sunscreen directly applied to the skin it can reduce the harmful ultraviolet rays by up to 20%. It can also be used as a moisturiser and can protect hair against damage.

Thyroid Support: This is a support not a cure. It is beneficial for the healthy maintenance of your thyroid. See links below.

Weight Loss: Medium Chain triglycerides in the oil show an increase in the energy expenditure over a 24 hour period by as much as 5%. This can lead to huge weight loss over long term. Coconut oil can reduce your hunger, eating fewer calories helps with weight loss too.

I found these great sites on understanding the thyroid…

http://preventdisease.com/news/13/032113_Get-Off-Your-Thyroid-Medication-And-Start-Consuming-Coconut-Oil.shtml

http://www.naturalhealth365.com/food_news/coconut.html

http://www.drbrownstein.com/

Thank You and Bless You all

Mako and Hema