Lettuce Discuss… Borscht (Beetroot Soup)

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Lettuce Discuss… Borscht (Beetroot soup)

See the previous blog for the health benefits of beetroot.

Ingredients

1 large onion

5 fresh beetroot

3 large tomatoes

3 garlic cloves

1 tablespoon of sunflower or olive oil

1/4 teaspoon of fresh ginger

Sea salt

Black pepper

Boiling water

(May Add Cooked White Potatoes, Cilantro, and or Bay Leaves as a garnish to add more flavor)

Method

Add oil to large soup pan.

Chop the onion into small pieces and add the garlic. Fry gently (be careful not to burn them)

Peel the beetroots and cut in big chunks and add to the pan.

Add Boiling water to the same pan -add just enough water to cover the beetroot.

Add the ginger.

Simmer on a low heat for 20-30 minutes (do not boil).

Blend tomatoes in a food processor (or blender), then add to the pan.

Bring to a boil -as soon as it boils turn down the heat to simmer for a further 15 minutes.

Add a sprinkling of sea salt and some of black pepper.

                  You may also like to add steamed or cooked white potatoes, cilantro, and or

                  bay leaves as a garnish to add more flavor!

Serve, eat, and enjoy. Feel the goodness!

Simple Juice Recipe

1 Beetroot (wash, slice it, and run it through a juicer) drink!

If this is not to your taste add 1 apple or 1 carrot to sweeten the flavor.

Lettuce Discuss… The Health Benefits of Beetroots

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Lettuce Discuss… the health benefits of Beetroots

 The little red vegetable that packs a punch of goodness!

The beetroot contains 20 times more nitrates than any other vegetable.

Beetroots contain sodium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorous all beneficial minerals for the body,

Beetroot juice is a rich source of natural sugar and is considered one of the best in vegetable juices as it contains potassium, sodium, calcium, sulfur, phosphorus, iodine, chlorine, copper, vitamins B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 (pyridoxine), C. Although rich in digestible carbohydrates, the juice is low in calorie content and has good amount of proteins and amino acids.

Beetroot contains Folic Acid: This is important in cell division and growth. Children and adults need folic acid to produce healthy red blood cells and prevent anemia.

Cleanses the Colon, Strengthens your gall bladder, and liver: Eating the beetroot naturally de-stresses the colon, you may have more bowel movements after eating but this is natural. It supports and strengthens the liver and gall bladder too. Removing stress from both organs.

Cleanses Your Blood: Removes the toxins from your blood as it is a great anti oxidant!

It Boosts your immunity: Encourages the bodies’ natural immune system! (This is especially important for people who battle autoimmune disorders- Autoimmune disorders are by definition, your own cells attach itself. However eating or juicing 2-3 times a week will put your body back into balance, healing itself rather then on the attack)

Fights Cancer: Betacyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its velvet deep color, is an antioxidant that possesses anti-cancer properties. In 2011, a study carried out by Howard University in Washington, USA,  found that betacyanin slowed tumor growth by 12.5 percent when exposed to prostate and breast cancer cells.

Heal Acne: The great number of anthocyanins within beetroot, has a positive impact on the condition of skin and hair. Beets can improve complexion, reduce inflammation, help with dry skin, reduces freckles and age spots and makes your skin younger looking just by drinking the juice is sufficient. However, it can be rubbed directly on to the skin -it may stain a little so its best if you are not on your way out. The stain naturally gets absorbed into your skin.

Beetroots can Eliminate and Prevent Cellulite: Take 3 medium beetroots and grate them, to this add 3 tablespoons of honey (Raw is best) and 1 tsp ground black pepper.  Place the mixture onto the areas to be treated and then wrap over the area with cellophane. Leave in place for 30 to 40 minutes and rinse it all off.  If you then repeat this once a week your skin will become smooth and visible signs of cellulite will disappear.

Beetroot can be used as a Facial Toner: Mix one beet with 1/2 cup chopped cabbage and ¼ cup of water. Blend them together really well so they will sit in an ice cube tray. Freeze the cubes in the freezer. Any time you feel you need to rejuvenate your skin, rub one ice cube over your face. It will feel fresh and rejuvenated. (Best to do before bedtime to allow the stain to naturally absorb).

Beetroot is a Great source of iron: Iron is used in the body for many reasons but mainly for carrying oxygen to the blood cells. Approximately 2/3 of iron in the body is found in hemoglobin (the red protein found in blood).

Beetroot Protects against Heart Disease:Nitrates lower blood pressure because bacteria in the mouth and gut convert it into the gas nitric oxide, which relaxes and widens the blood vessels, allowing blood to circulate more freely. (This natural process may help with headaches and migraines, by allowing the blood to flow).

Lowers blood pressure: A 2010 study carried out by Queen Mary’s University in London found that drinking just one 1 cup (US) or 250 ml (EU) of beetroot juice a day dramatically lowered blood pressure for several hours.

Treats and cures boils and abscesses: By drinking the juice or eating the vegetable, in addition, you can apply it directly to the infected area too by cutting the beetroot and rubbing it on. (Make sure to dispose the used beetroot into the trash after applying to the skin).

Full of fiber: Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet. A diet high in fiber has many health benefits. It can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, some cancers, and can also improve digestive health.

It may be a small vegetable but it does pack a lot in!

We will add a recipe for juicing and a soup next!

Many blessings

Mako and Hema

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

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… Natural Remedies for Athletes and Weight Loss

Herbal Supplements

Herbal Supplements

 Herbs for Athletes and Body Builders
 Herb Used For
Alfalfa Endurance, energy, contains almost all known vitamins and minerals
Barley Green Extremely rich in nutrients, build immune system, energy source
Energ-Y* Fight Fatigue, improve memory, increase resistance and stress
Fitness Plus* Strength, endurance, energy, athletic support
Ginseng (Siberian) Endurance, virility (especially for men), Fights Depression
Ginseng (wild American) Endurance, vitality (especially for women), Fights Depression
Master gland* Feeds all glands for peak performance
PLS II* Promote Healing and reduce pain from sprains, strains and broken bones
Safflowers Help eliminate uric/lactic acid buildup, reduce workout soreness
Sarsparilla Promote production of male hormones, hair growth
SXL* Nutritionally strengthen the entire structural system
Suma Meet the body’s increased nutritional needs during extensive workout
Target Endurance* Nutrition targeted to muscle cells, runners run further
Tei Fu Massage Lotion* Massage in after workout for soothing relief
Herbs for weight loss
Herb Used For
Chinese Thermo Chi Herbal weight loss program
Chinese Tiao he cleanse* Pre-diet tune up to help lose more efficiently
Kelp, Dandelion and Alfalfa Speed metabolism, nutritive, diuretic (can be bought as a supplement called THREE*)
Gotu Kola High in niacin (fights cellulite), brain food, energy
Skinny Formula* Cleanser, diuretic, parasites, help cravings and energy dips
Chickweed Dissolve fat, cholesterol cleaner
Licorice root Support Adrenals, balance blood sugar, reduce cravings
Nutri-Calm* Fight dieters irritability, soothing vitamins, minerals and herbs, this also has a calming affect should only be taken of a night
Spirulina Energy, help in between meal droop, nutritious
LBS II* Clean old waste accumulation in the bowel
AS with Gymnema* Provides the feeling of fullness, helps depress appetite
Glandiet supplement* Vitamins, minerals, herbs for your body
 Fenugreek Fat Metaboliser, helps with blood sugar also cancer fighting. (capsules and Tea can be found at Whole Foods)
Black Walnut Hull Healthy metabolism, balances blood sugar, body weight control, cholesterol control, systemic support during weight loss
Turkey Rhubarb Antioxidant, speeds up metabolism
 Fennel  Diuretic, reduces intestinal bloating
Moringa Oleifera Controls cholesterol, reduces wrinkles and fine lines, promotes normal liver and kidney function, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, promotes proper digestion, provides energy
*these supplements can be found on Natures Sunshine website , we use and trust this brand, however you can find these anywhere. We would advise you to research the companies before you buy -as we do.
Bless You and Many thanks for your support.
Mako and Hema

If you have any comments or questions please ask..

Lettuce Discuss… Historical use for single herbs

Historical use for single herbs

Historical Use for single Herbs

Herb                                                                       Used For

Alfalfa Health builder, arthritis, fatigue, appetite, pituitary gland
Barley greens Energy, nutritive immune builder
Bee pollen Allergies, quick energy, slows down ageing,
Black cohosh Natural estrogen, hot flashes, nerves, anxiety, depression,
Black walnut Cleanse parasites and worms, skin rashes, lupus
Black walnut extract Herpes, ring worm, impetigo, rebuilding tooth enamel
Blessed thistle Bring oxygen to the brain, senility, increase breast milk
Burdock Reduce swelling and deposits in joints, blood purifier, gout, eczema
Butchers broom Improve circulation, phlebitis, leg cramps, varicose veins
Capsicum Circulation to extremities, strokes, blood pressure equaliser, colds
Cascara sagrada Constipation, increase peristaltic action, gall bladder support
Catnip Colic, nerves, cigarette craving, colds, flu, digestion, hiccups, gas
Chamomile Insomnia, improve appetite, drug withdrawal, nerves
Charcoal Help remove toxins, poisons, pollutants, bacteria, chemicals
Chickweed Appetite depressant, burn fat, dissolve plaque from veins
Comfrey leaf Bone builder, tissue healer, pulled tendon, bruises
Cornsilk Kidney, bladder, bed wetting, painful urination, prostate
Damiana Hormone balance, Parkinson’s disease, infertility, frigidity
Dandelion Anaemia, liver, blood cleanser, endurance, age spots, hepatitis
Dong quai Hot flashes, hormone balance, nerves, muscle spasms
Echinacea Antibiotic, lymph system, blood purifier/builder, immune system
Eyebright Failing vision, eye inflammation, styles, eye strain, hay fever.
False unicorn Help prevent miscarriage, male/female glandular problems
Feverfew Migraine, headaches, muscular tension (side effect in a small percentage, causes depression)
Garlic Normalises blood pressure, yeast, bacterial and viral infections, colds, flu
Ginger Gas, motion and morning sickness, flu, diarrhoea, indegestion, headache, settles stomach
Golden seal root Infection, natural insulin, urinary cleanse
Gotu kola Brain food, memory, vitality, depression, senility, nerve food
Hawthorn Heart wall, heart health, hardening of the arteries, adrenals, stress, blood pressure
Hops Insomnia, nervousness, hyperactive children, decrease alcoholic cravings
Horsetail Hair loss, diuretic, weak nails, helps calcium absorbtion
Hydrangea Arthritis, gout, kidney and bladder problems, dissolves stones
Juniper berries Feeds pancreas and adrenals, diuretic, dropsy and uric acid
Kelp Thyroid, goitre, food for all glands, hair loss, cleanse radiation from the body
Licorice Adjust blood sugar, quick energy, cough, hoarseness, feeds adrenals
Lobelia Asthma, congestion, pneumonia, pleurisy, strong relaxant
Marshmallow Bladder and kidney problems, bed wetting, inflamation
Mullein Nervous cough, lung and sinus congestion, tuberculosis
Parsley Bad breath, blood builder, kidneys, diuretic, strengthen eyes
Passion flower Eye infection and tension, stress, headache, sleep
Paul d’arco Used for cancer, leukaemia, tumours, yeast infection
Psyllium hulls Constipation, add bulk and softness to stool, absorb toxins
Red clover Used for cancer, tumours, skin problems, nerve food
Red raspberry Overall female tonic, childbirth, nausea, diarrhoea
Rose hips Natural vitamin C, colds, flu, infection, blood purifier
Safflowers Muscle soreness, gout, digestion, help reduce cholesterol
Sage Dry up breast milk, night sweats, worms, sore gums/throat, grey hair
Sarsaparilla Help body make male hormones, body building, impotency
Saw palmetto Infertility, help weight gain, throat and bronchial problems
Scullcap Epilepsy, restlessness, nerve and muscle spasms, convulsions
Slippery elm Ulcers, acid stomach, soothe irritated mucous membranes
Uva ursi Spleen, bladder and kidney infections, cystitis, gonorrhoea, diabetes
Valerian Natural tranquilliser, pain, muscle spasms, nerves, promotes sleep
White oak bark Hemorrhoids, varicose veins, pyorrhoea, stops bleeding
Yarrow Obstructed perspiration, nosebleeds, chicken pox, colds/fever/flu
Yellow dock Anaemia, blood purifier, acne, liver, hepatitis, skin problems
Yucca Natural cortisone, arthritis, joint inflammation, anti stress, digestion

If you have any questions please leave a comment or email us directly.

Bless you all and many thanks,

Mako and Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Tea and Healing benefits

Tea

TEA
Condition Solution
nervous system, vascular system Good Circulation Tea by: “Gods Garden Pharmacy”
headache and or migraines Ginger Tea+ Chamomile Tea  or Spearmint Tea or Lemon Balm Tea (warm Mango Juice also helps), Kava Kava,
stomach ache, gas, heartburn Ginger Tea or Pure Ginger in warm water
sadness Spearmint Tea
detox, skin, anti-inflammatory Green Tea
colds Echinacea and or Cold Season Tea by: “Gods Garden Pharmacy”
Kidney, bladder, prostate, asthma, diabetes, lowering cholesterol, (DONOT take if pregnant or BREAST FEEDING) Alfalfa Tea, Fennel Tea,
metabolism Good Metabolism Tea by: “Gods Garden Pharmacy”
thyroid, high blood pressure, bug bites, sores, tumors, alzheimer’s, anxiety, sleep problems, restlessness, menstrual cramps, headaches, colic blotting, intestinal gas, up-set stomach, gas Lemon Balm Tea By: “Gods Garden Pharmacy”  (I found this TEA at Sprouts Markets)
memory enhancement, sickness, pms, age related eye disorders Ginkgo Biloba Tea
prevent colds and flu Ginseng Tea, Elderflower Tea
relaxing, sleep problems Valerian Root Tea
hormonal – Woman’s Balance Women’s for Harmony & Balance By: Herbal Cup, Ayurvedic Balanced Tea. (it has Shatvari, Cassia, Fennel, & Dandelion)
Yogi Teas are great also!!!
ovulation Jasmine Tea
increase iron, calcium and silica Nettle Tea
anxiety, stress, arthritis pain, muscle pain, migraine, general pain relief  Kava Kava,