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

AGAVE_Nectar

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

Coconut Oil Benefits Blog

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

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.