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… The Importance of Essential Vitamin B12 for Vegan’s

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You should be getting at least 1.5 mcg of B12 per day.

If you are Vegan you need to make sure that you are getting enough B12. This  only occurs naturally in animal derived foods. Therefore, being Vegan we need to supplement it. If you are B12 deficient this can cause the following,

Anaemia, caused by a lack of vitamin B12 can result in symptoms that include:

A lack of energy or lethargy, fatigue, tiredness.

Being out of breath, faintness, headache, ringing in the ears, appetite loss.

More extreme symptoms due to Vitamin B12 deficiency include:

Yellowing of the skin, mouth ulcers, sore tongue, vision problems, mood changes, irritability, and depression.

If you have some of these symptoms we recommend you visit your health professional.

For more information follow this link

Vitamin B12 Information

Vitamin B12 is found in fortified foods (these are foods and produce that have had vitamins and minerals added to them). You may have seen nutritional yeast with added B12 (This makes a great Mac Cheese more of that in the next blog).

 How to get B12:

There are many supplements on the market that contain B12, you need to make sure that they contain 1.5mcg or more also make sure that they don’t contain Meat derived gelatine.

Little and often is key with B12.

Fortified Cereals (all Bran) contains B12.

A Brief list of B12 fortified supplements

Almond Milk, Fortified 1 Cup contains 3mcg, nutritional Yeast, 1 tablespoon contains 3mcg, Vegan Mayo 1 serving 0.24mcg, Tempeh ½ cup approx 0.12mcg, Ready to eat cereal fortified with B12 ½ to 1 cup 0.6 – 0.66mcg.

B-wise and B-healthy!

Many Blessings

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Something to make you feel better!

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At this time of year we all know about over indulgence and indigestion. Its also Cold and Flu season. Here are some natural remedies to help you out with the ailments of the season so you can be up and super fit in no time at a all .

many Blessings

Mako & Hema

Namaste

Lettuce Discuss… Is Ethically and organically produced Honey Vegan?

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Is honey cruelty-free?

Today’s blog is not trying to get tied up in the ethics of insects; it is however giving our opinion on the subject of, Is Honey Vegan?

Firstly, Bees are a very important part of the ecology of our planet. If there were no bees the majority of pollination of plants would not be carried out and the planet as we know it would simply cease to maintain plant life. That’s just a fact. Bees are essential to every species on the planet because they pollinate the flowers of fruit trees.  Without pollinated flowers, there is no fruit on most fruit trees.  So, without bees, we have little or no fruit.

Knowingly or not we kill many insects as we walk through grass, or driving to the store to buy supplies we find insects on the windshield of our cars.

If we are to be staunchly vegan and being vegan states we cannot kill insects, this in turn means we cannot eat non-organic produce. This would be because of the pesticides used to keep insects from destroying the produce.

Another problem we face is how do we know that no insects are harmed in organic farms. Should each ear of corn be hand picked? Should each carrot be checked for insects first?

It is necessary to point this out so we have a balanced debate. Does every vegan know the true origin of his or her produce? Do we know that no Being, animal, or insect was harmed?

With this in mind the concern for the Bee is in consistent, as pointed out above other activities kill more insects than bee keeping.

Is honey a forbidden animal product? Bees make it. However, only happy bees make honey. If bees are stressed or threatened they stop making honey and protect the hive. The Bee is happy making the honey (and we are talking of ethically kept Bees). They produce more honey, beeswax and propolis (a resinous mixture bees use to fill gaps in the hive) than they need each year. An average apiary can produce 160 lbs of honey. Ethical beekeepers take between 10 and 50lbs leaving the bees 110lbs of honey, which is more than they would use over the winter.

According to food journalist Rowan Jacobson, bees are used in the production of about 100 foods, including almonds, avocados, broccoli, canola, cherries, cucumbers, lettuce, peaches, pears, plums, sunflowers, and tomatoes. Due to their pollination.

As with all our actions and decisions people will see grey areas. Not all honey is mass produced not all honey is ethically produced. The important thing is to research where your honey comes from. Is it ethically produced? Do the beekeepers care for the health of Bees and the environment that they live in?

If you want to support ethically produced honey and helping the bees survive, support your local organic apiary. Look for these icons

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We consider ourselves to be vegan and believe we trust our own ethics we use and eat honey. It has so many benefits it is hard to ignore.

Manuka Honey benefits

Before we give the benefits there are things to look out for, each tub of Manuka honey bears its own Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) – this scale identifies the level of anti-bacterial potency. The UMF rating of 10+ is the minimum required to gain the UMF rating to be considered effective for purpose. Any Manuka Honey that meets or exceeds this requirement is commonly referred to as Active Manuka Honey. The Optimum levels of UMF are 10+ to 15+, so look out for this on your tub.

Manuka honey is anti bacterial and antimicrobial you can use it topically and by taking it internally. You can apply it directly to wounds and it will stop any bacteria from growing.

Digestive health, if you have bloating, stomach pain, indigestion, acid reflux, irritable bowl syndrome, and stomach ulcers. Stir a spoon of honey in some hot but not boiling water or tea and drink.

Immunity, help your immune system with honeys antibacterial properties stir a spoon of honey with some lemon to prevent a cold. The high antibacterial levels will treat ulcers, skin infections, cuts, cold sores, abrasions and more.

There are many more benefits and we have included a link below, we are in no way affiliated with Honey Mark Products it is useful information for your own research.

http://www.honeymarkproducts.com/our-company/organizations/

Many Blessings

Mako & Hema

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…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

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

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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