Lettuce Discuss… Organic Maple Syrup

Maple sap being collected

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… 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… Coconut Milk (Store Bought), Dangers and Intolerances

Coconut Milk 

Lettuce discuss… Store bought coconut milk and the damage it can cause to your body and health.

Firstly, coconut milk in cartons even if it states its organic 100% coconut milk can come with an array of different additives even SYNTHETIC vitamins. It is always wise to look at the ingredient list on the package whether it’s a carton or a can to see what’s in it.

Here are just a few random ingredients we have seen ourselves.

Guar Gum, yes this is a natural product but it does come with its own side effects which we wanted to show, This can increase gas production, cause loose stools and diarrhea. You shouldn’t take this if you are breast feeding. It can also elevate your blood glucose levels so take caution if you are diabetic.

Vitamin A Palmitate (synthetic vitamin) is found in store bought cartons, while naturally occurring Vitamin A is fine. However the SYNTHETIC versions can prove to be Toxic over time. The Organic Consumers Association warms, “Isolated Vitamins such as those produced SYNTHETICALLY cannot be recognized or metabolized by the body in the same way as the natural version”. Large doses of SYNTHETIC Vitamin A are associated with birth defects and fractures of the bones. There is no dietary benefit to this Synthetic Vitamin whatsoever.

Vitamin D2 (Synthetic vitamin), this is manufactured by the irradiation of yeast. It is dangerous to add this to food. Especially if this is given to children, the toxicity symptoms would be apparent even at low doses.

Carrageenan, is an indigestible polysaccharide that is extracted from red algae. This is also toxic and can cause inflammation of the digestive tract. It is so toxic it has even been classified as a carcinogen by “The International Agency for Research on Cancer”

Bisphenol A (BPA). We also have to be mindful when buying these cartons and cans. Check that they are BPA free. There are possible health effects of BPA on the brain, behavior and prostate gland of fetuses, infants and children.

Now we’ve discussed the ingredients Lettuce Discuss… Coconut milk intolerances.

If you have a food intolerance and or allergy to tree nuts pine nuts, bezel nuts, peanuts, hazel nuts, and walnuts the protein structure in coconut milk is very similar. It would them be more likely that you would have an intolerance and or allergy to coconut milk. It does not follow that you would be allergic or intolerant to the coconut water (the clear liquid inside the nut) or coconut oil as these are taken not from the white part inside the coconut.

The symptoms of intolerance can be quite common and are stomach pain, cramping, bloating, leaky gut, and other stomach related symptoms. You could also have asthma, hives, and other skin related disorders.

Here is a complete list, this does not mean you will get them just that you may have one or two.

Potential symptoms

Abdominal pain (stomach cramps)

Anaphylaxis (causing heart to stop) VERY rare

Angioedema (swelling) of the face

Angioedema (swelling) of the lips

Angioedema (swelling) of the throat

Angioedema (swelling) of the tongue

Asthma

Atopic dermatitis (eczema)

Blisters

Constipation

Contact dermatitis

Diarrhoea / diarrhea

Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)

Dyspnoea (breathlessness)

Eye pain

Facial redness

Flushing

Headache

Hoarse voice

Insomnia (disturbed or lack of sleep)

Lightheadedness

Low blood pressure

Nausea

Oral tingling

Pruritus (itch) of the eyes

Pruritus (itch) of the mouth

Red eyes

Redness around lips

Rhinitis (nasal congestion)

Sinus pain

Skin rash

Sneezing

Unexplained cough

Urticaria (hives)

Vomiting

Watery eyes

Wheezing

Intolerance is different from an allergy. With intolerance the symptoms or effects occur within hours or days after ingestion. An allergic reaction will happen immediately. If you are intolerant to coconut milk stop drinking it and all derivatives immediately.

Be warned though if you have a chronic long-term reaction, it can take as long as 2 years for the effects to stop i.e. hives can brake out randomly.

We have included a list below of the coconut flesh (white part) derivatives.

1 2 Octanediol – A coconut derivative

2 Phenoxyethanol – A coconut derivative

Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate – A coconut derivative

Capryl glycol – A coconut derivative

Caprylic acid – A coconut derivative

Caprylic glycol – A coconut derivative

Ceteareth-20 – A coconut derivative

Cetearyl Alcohol – A coconut derivative

Cetearyl Glucoside – A coconut derivative

Ceteth-20 Phosphate – A coconut derivative

Cetyl Alcohol – A coconut derivative

Cetyl Esters – A coconut derivative

CIALIS® (tadalafil) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate

Cocamide DEA – A coconut derivative

Cocamide MEA – A coconut derivative

Cocamide sulphate – A coconut derivative

Cocamidopropyl Betaine – A coconut derivative

Cococaprylate/Caprate – A coconut derivative

Coir (matting) – Contains coconut husks

Cymbalta® (duloxetine hydrochloride) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate

Deconsal (Guaifenesin) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate

Disodium Cocamphodiprop – A coconut derivative

Emusifying Wax – A coconut derivative

Glyceryl Caprylate – A coconut derivative

Hexyl Laurate – A coconut derivative

Isopropyl Myristate – A coconut derivative

Laureth-3 – A coconut derivative

Lyrica (pregabalin) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate

Olefin Sulfonate – A coconut derivative

Organic Sodium Cocoate – A coconut derivative

PEG – 7 Glyceryl Cocoate – A coconut derivative

PEG -100 – A coconut derivative

Phenoxyethanol – A coconut derivative

Polysorbate 20 – A coconut derivative

Robaxin (methocarbamol) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate

Sodium Cocoate – A coconut derivative

Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate – A coconut derivative

Sodium Laureth Sulfate – A coconut derivative

Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinat – A coconut derivative

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – A coconut derivative

Sodium Stearate – A coconut derivative

Sorbitan Stearate – A coconut derivative

Stearyl Alcohol – A coconut derivative

Sucrose Stearate – A coconut derivative

Vegetable Cetearyl Glucos – A coconut derivative

Vegetable Glycerine – A coconut derivative

Vibra-Tabs® (doxycycline hyclate) – Contains Sodium Laurel Sulfate

Witcamide – Another name for coconut diethanolamide

http://www.hemocode.com/wiki/Coconut-intolerance

Many Thanks and Bless you.

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss… What water does for us!

What water does for us.

What water does for us.

 

 Instructions for water intake

No water within 30 minutes prior to a meal and no water for 2 hours after a meal.

First take your weight and cut in half. This is the amount of water in ounces you will need to drink per day.

Example: 100 pounds cut in half would be 50 ounces of water per day, based on an 8 ounce glass of water you would need 6 – 7 glasses of water per day.

Upon arising in the morning drink 2 cups of warm water (you can add lemon if desired) wait 15 minutes then drink another 2 cups of warm water. After this wait half an hour before eating.

You have now consumed 4 cups of water already.

Subtract the 4 cups from the total amount you should drink per day (example 100 pounds = 6-7 cups per day).

NOW, You should start drinking your remaining water 2 hours after your meal and STOP DRINKING within 30 minutes before your meal.

Drinking with meals will wash away the enzymes you need for proper digestion.

“Lettuce” REMEMBER:

No Water 2 hours before bedtime

No Food for 3 hours before bedtime.