Lettuce Discuss… The Mighty Almond!

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In a ¼ Cup of Almonds there are approximately 132 Calories

Almonds are made up of the following

Vitamin B2 – (Riboflavin) 0.23 mg

Vitamin E – 6.03mg

Copper – 0.23 mg

Biotin – 14.72 mcg

Potassium – 162 mg

Magnesium – 62 mg

Manganese – 0.53 mg

Molybdenum – 6.78 mcg

Phosphorous – 111.32 mg

Fiber – 11%

Monounsaturated Fats and Protein

Almonds are great for your muscles, brain, nerves and your heart.

The oil of the RAW nut contains natural Lecithin; it is high in Monounsaturated Fats (the same kind of fats found in olives). This kind of fat lowers your LDL Cholesterol, which in turn significantly reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease. Almonds are as effective as 1st generation statins in lowering your LDL cholesterol.

Almonds are also beneficial in lowering the glycemic index of foods; this lessens the rise in blood sugars after eating. The more almonds you consume the lower your blood sugars will be.

NOTE: Do not try and eat handfuls of sugar filled foods, cakes, sweets, etc… and think you can just eat almonds to get reduce the blood sugars by eating bags and bags of almonds. Balance is always key when living a healthy lifestyle. Sugar will still turn to fat and be stored in your body if taken in excess.

Tip: Take a hand full of almonds or a tablespoon of almond butter 4 times a week. For optimum effects leave the skins on the almonds when you eat them, as there are twenty antioxidant flavinoids present with the skins on.

DISCLAIMER… Due to some information on the internet and from other sources if you have GALL BLADDER or KIDNEY problems see your health professional before you take almonds.

Many Blessings

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Juicing Combinations for your General Health

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For best results drink 1 Pint per day but break it down to coincide with meal times so drink ¼ Pint with each meal and one before bed. As these are all good for you anyway you can’t over do it although you would become bored drinking the same thing every day.

If you suffer from depression Please avoid Cranberries, Rhubarb and Green Plums. The high acidic values will not help but can contribute to depression.

Anemia Blackberry & Parsley or Parsley & Grape
Arthritis Celery & Parsley
Asthma Celery & Papaya or Celery, Endive and Carrot
Blood Pressure (High) Carrot, Parsley and Celery or Grape and Carrot
Blood Pressure (Low) Parsley or Capsicum and Garlic
Catarrh, Colds etc Watercress and Apple with ¼ tsp Cream of Tartar
Circulation Beets & Blackberry or Parsley, Alfalfa & Pineapple
Colds and Sinus Celery and Grapefruit with ¼ tsp Cream of Tartar
Constipation Celery, Spinach and Grapefruit
Diarrhea Carrot and Blackberry juice
Indigestion Coconut milk, Fig, Parsley and Carrot
Insomnia Lettuce and Celery Juice
Kidney Cleanse Celery, Parsley and Asparagus or Carrot and Parsley Juice
Kidneys (Bladder Problems) Blackcurrant with Juniper Berry Tea, Celery and Pomegranate Juice
Liver Cleanse Radish & Pineapple Juice or Black Cherry Concentrate & Chlorophyll or Carrot, Beet and Cucumber Juice
Memory (Poor) Celery, Carrot and Prune Juice
Nervous Tension Celery, Carrot and Prune Juice or Lettuce and Tomato Juice
Overweight (Obesity) Beet Greens, Parsley and Celery Juice
Sinus Cayenne Powder 1tsp in 1 Cup of water
Weight Reduction Parsley, Grape & Pineapple Juice

 

Quantities:

Alfalfa Handful                                                            Asparagus 6-8 sticks

Apple 2 small                                                                Beets 2

Beet Greens 1 Cup                                                    Blackberry ½ Cup

Blackcurrant 1 cup                                                    Capsicum 1 teaspoon

Carrot 2                                                                           Coconut Milk 1 Cup

Grape ½ Cup                                                                  Endive 1

Fig 1 Cup                                                                         Garlic 2 Cloves

Grapefruit 1 whole                                                   Pineapple half small pineapple

Spinach 2 Cups                                                            Parsley Bunch

Papaya whole                                                               Pomegranate 1 whole

Radish 1 Cup                                                                 Watercress 1 pack

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 Mighty Lime.

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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…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… 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