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Health Benefits of Cabbage & Sauerkraut

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***Reposters Note. Cabbage in whatever form offers numerous benefits. Sauerkraut was a staple in many cultures before the advent of processed and fast foods. I would encourage  readers to incorporate the unique flavor into you meals for variety as well as the numerous dietary benefits***

(NaturalNews) Sauerkraut combines the health benefits offered by all cruciferous vegetables (a category which includes cauliflowers and brussel sprouts as well as cabbage) with the probiotic advantages derived from the fermentation process.

Cabbage offers a host of health benefits. It is high in vitamins A and C. Studies have shown the cruciferous vegetables can help lower cholesterol levels. Cabbage also provides a rich source of phytonutrient antioxidants. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties, and some studies indicate it may help combat some cancers. However, this already helpful vegetable becomes a superfood when it is pickled.

The fermentation process used to make sauerkraut was probably first developed centuries ago simply as a means of preserving vegetables for easy consumption throughout the winter. The health benefits derived from pickling vegetables were already well-known to early civilizations. Historical evidence suggests laborers on the Great Wall of China consumed a version of the pickled cabbage dish 2,000 years ago.Traditional Chinese has long prescribed sauerkraut juice as a home remedy for many common ailments . The armies of Genghis Khan most likely first brought the dish to Europe. The Roman army traveled with barrels of sauerkraut, using it to prevent intestinal infections among the troops during long excursions.
In periods and cultures when natural healing methods fell into disuse, people consumed fewer fermented foods and were subject to more illness. Scurvy (vitamin C deficiency) killed many British sailors during the 1700s, especially on longer voyages. In the late 1770s, Captain James Cook circumnavigated the world without losing a single sailor to scurvy, thanks to the foods his ship carried, including sixty barrels of sauerkraut.Mainstream health experts began to pay renewed attention to sauerkraut after a study published in The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2002. Finnish researchers reported that in laboratory studies,a substance produced by fermented cabbage, isothiocyanates, helped prevent the growth of cancer.Even before the laboratory study, however, alternative health experts extolled the healing benefits of sauerkraut because of the lactic acid bacteria produced as a side-effect of the pickling process.Healthy human colons contain many beneficial bacteria which feed on the waste left over from our digestion, creating lactic acid. Without these beneficial bacteria the human digestive system becomes home to harmful parasites and yeasts, resulting in the condition of candida.

Sauerkraut provides a high density source of a wide range of beneficial live bacteria which assist in the digestive process. Consuming a serving of sauerkraut can give your body as much of a health boost as many of the expensive probiotic drinks and supplements sold in stores. However, most commercially sold sauerkraut have lost most of their beneficial bacterial organisms. To gain the most benefits from sauerkraut, you may want to purchase it freshly made, or learn how to make your own.If you want to explore recipes for making sauerkraut and other fermented dishes, an excellent place to start is with Sandor Ellis Katz’s Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition and Craft of Live Culture Foods.In his book, Katz points out that “Fermentation not only preserves nutrients, it breaks them down into more digestible forms.” Katz, who also wrote The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America’s Underground Food Movements, recommends not only eating sauerkraut but drinking the juice which he calls “a rare delicacy and unparalleled digestive tonic.”Sources for this article include:

Thank You to Lifestyle Philippines, Natural News and Oasis Advanced Wellness for contributions to this post.

The Holy Grail of Anti-Aging

The Holy Grail of Anti-Aging

BRAIN CARE

Anti-Aging is not one thing, it is everything.

Brain Care is not one thing, it is everything.

What you eat, what you think, what you drink, what you do or don’t do –  all affect how your brain ages. As your brain ages so does your body, mind and spirit.

Taking care of yourself in always – takes care of your brain. Taking care of the brain has the most anti-aging affects on all of that, that is you – body. mind and spirit.

IT IS THE HOLY GRAIL OF ANTI-AGING!

This video provides an excellent explanation and illustration of why and how brain anti-aging is the Holy Grail of total Anti-Aging.

When I started this blog it was to share Self Care Choices that I know work.

Doing the research to back up what I know leads me to new gems of wisdom and this video is one of them.

IT REINFORCES EVERYTHING I HAVE SHARED TO DATE and MORE!

What I find ironic is – all of this information for making a few Smart, Simple, Affordable, Effective SELF CARE CHOICES  is ANTI-AGING.

Yet  ANTI-AGING  is not the intention – helping each of you know about choices that work is.

BUT

They are one and the same!

Here’s to ACHIEVING THE YOUNGEST BRAIN POSSIBLE – THE HOLY GRAIL OF TOTAL ANTI-AGING!

Remove Excess Earwax With Olive Oil

Remove Excess Earwax With Olive Oil

Some people just naturally produce quite a bit of earwax that can collect over time and partially or totally obstruct the ear canal. It can become painful and may even reduce hearing.

Your medical provider will flush your ear with warm water. Frequently they will require that you use olive oil for a few days to soften the earwax prior to attempting the water flush.

This makes the process much less painful and increases the success rate so only a single flush is required to remove the impacted ear wax.

If you are someone who has a lot of ear wax – do the following procedure at least once a month to keep the wax soft so it will naturally move towards the outer ear continuously and not become hard or impacted. This will help you avoid needing the painful water flush by a medical professional.

This procedure is natural, effective and cheap. Also you can use any kind of olive oil you have at home. Before starting this procedure, prepare the olive oil at just above body temperature to avoid the shock or potential harm  that could be caused by of hot/cold oil.

I have purchased a small bottle with a dropper lid. I sterilized it, filled it with Olive Oil and store in the fridge between uses. Before use, I put the small bottle in warm water and get the olive oil up to just above body temperature. This makes it more liquid so it encompass all of the ear wax more easily – it is also a much more pleasant experience with the warm oil.

First put your head on one side and pull your ear up and out to straighten your ear canal.

Use a dropper to apply couple of drops of olive oil in your ear. Use enough to completely fill the ear canal to over flowing – with a tissue catch any excess.

Then hold your head in the same position for 4-5 minutes and massage the muscles around your ear to loosen the muscles and the wax in your ear.

After 5 minutes you can lift your head and turn it to the other side to drain any excess oil and let any loosened wax move outward to remove anything that comes out of your ear with  the oil. Do not push anything back in, just gently wipe up excess oil and wipe out the ear with a tissue. Repeat the same procedure for the other ear. Typically if you produce excess ear wax, it happens to both ears.

When you shower next, let the warm shower water gently flush the ear.

You can follow this procedure up to 4 times a day, until all the wax completely disappears. If the problem persists for more than a week, you need to go to a medical center to remove the wax. They will appreciate that you have loosened the wax with olive oil.

When there is a problem, we typically only do it once a day and within 3-4 days, a week at most, our daily shower has flushed all of the excess wax and we can see a clean ear canal. The full feeling has disappeared and hearing is normal.

My husband and one daughter have ear wax issues. Just before her first major flight, we found out that her ear was plugged and we had to have an ear flush done with no time for the olive oil prep. It was very painful and took a lot of flushing by the nurse.

That was our first exposure to the Olive Oil solution. We have used it ever since with great success and not had to resort to medical ear flushes again.

Thanks to Positive Med for the pictures and a bit of the text.

4 SUPER FOODS FOR ANTI-AGING & WEIGHT-LOSS

4 SUPER FOODS FOR ANTI-AGING & WEIGHT-LOSS

 
 
 
 
 
4 SUPER FOODS to incorporate into our lives for NUTRITION & NOURISHMENT…
 
Using these ingredients will help your body function better, delaying or reversing the signs of aging. Team great nutrition with a smart lifestyle choices,lots of laughter and you are well on the way to a long happy healthy life.,
 
Excellent recipes at the links below.
 

Homemade Toothpaste With Coconut Oil – Health & Heart Smart

Homemade Toothpaste With Coconut Oil

**Homemade Coconut Oil Toothpaste**
by Crunchy Betty


3 Tbsp coconut oil
3 Tbsp baking soda
25 drops peppermint essential oil
1 packet stevia
2 tsp vegetable glycerin (optional)

Put the coconut oil and baking soda in a bowl and mash up with a fork until blended. Add the peppermint essential oil, stevia and optional vegetable glycerin and continue to mash and stir until you’ve reached toothpaste consistency.

This recipe surprised me! It was minty fresh   AND it left my teeth feeling clean and slick.

*****I personally made a batch with only baking soda and coconut oil and was quite happy. I  found it creamy but abrasive enough to get my teeth feel squeaky clean. I have used the original Listerine for ever and rinsing with that overrides any other taste so didn`t miss the extra ingredients. I always have baking soda and coconut oil in the house  – but not always the other ingredients.

Play with the recipe if you want to  – maybe you want cinnamon, lemon – or some other flavor. Personally  – I think I am going to try the coconut oil,  baking soda and very  finely grated lemon zest next time. Lemon is such a clean smell and taste and awakens my senses so I think that combo has some potential. Use your imagination.

Kids seem to like color and funky flavors so I was thinking a drop of red food coloring and a bit of ground cinnamon might look and taste similar to the cinnamon hearts that are around at valentines day. Cloves are good for the mouth, so maybe finding a way to incorporate them into a recipe could also be interesting.  There is no limit

I put my toothpaste in a small half-size zip lock, squeezed out all the air,  snipped off a bit at the corner and just have it standing in a small shot glass in the medicine cabinet.  It works like a darn –  it squeezes out just like real toothpaste on to my brush and I can just discard the baggie when empty.  (If your bathroom is a bit cool, just hold it in your warm hands for a few seconds, your body heat will quickly liquefy the oil a bit so the tooth paste flows smoothly.

Enjoy! Here`s to better oral health simply, easily and very afforably.

Cellular Nutrition – Daily Drinks That Do the Trick.

Thank You to The Earth Diet for these great combinations.

Investing in a good juicer or a very, very high speed blender is very worthwhile. The more finely the ingredients are broken down, the more bio-available the e nutrients are. The more bio-available the nutrients are, the more nutrition we absorb from the food we consume.

Personally I would also be adding at least a 1/4 hemp nuts or dried coconut – this will add good fats that will make you feel fuller and satisfied much longer.  They also add some really good for you additional fiber.

The health benefits from drinking your nutrition can not be over-stated. These types of drinks are what school food programs should include, as should any long-term care facility. The benefits in quality of life experience alone would justify the investment. The economic savings in so many educational programs and the reduction in wellness care costs in care facilities would prove significant.

Pineapples – So Good for You! – Who Knew!

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The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today.

It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of
individual floweret’s that grow together to form the entire fruit. Each
scale on a pineapple is evidence of a separate flower.

Pineapples stop ripening the minute they are picked.
No special way of storing them will help ripen them further.
Colour is relatively unimportant in determining ripeness.
Choose your pineapple by smell.If it smells fresh, tropical and
sweet, it will be a good fruit.

The more scales on the pineapple, the sweeter and juicier the
taste.

After you cut off the top, you can plant it.
It should grow much like a sweet potato will. 

For FUN – Let your kids to grow their own during the winter,                                                   then stick it in the flower bed for the summer.

This delicious fruit is not only sweet and tropical; it also offers
many benefits to our health. Pineapple is a remarkable fruit.

We find it enjoyable because of its lush, sweet and exotic flavor,
but it may also be one of the most healthful foods available today.
If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple
is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis.

The juice has an anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of
intestinal worms.

Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to
development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will
give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount.

It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to
become brittle with age.

Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple’s value.
Proteolytic means “breaks down protein”, which is why pineapple is
known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more
efficiently.
Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory.

Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily
is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It
also produces mild pain relief.

In Germany , bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication
because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Orange juice is a popular liquid for those suffering from a cold
because it is high in Vitamin C. Fresh pineapple is not only high in this
vitamin, but because of the Bromelain, it has the ability to reduce
mucous in the throat.If you have a cold with a productive cough, add pineapple to your
diet.
It is commonly used in Europe as a post-operative measure to cut
mucous after certain sinus and throat operations.

Those individuals who eat fresh pineapple daily report fewer sinus
problems related to allergies. In and of itself, pineapple has a very low
risk for allergies.

Pineapple is also known to discourage blood clot development. This
makes it a valuable dietary addition for frequent fliers and others who
may be at risk for blood clots.

An old folk remedy for morning sickness is fresh pineapple juice.
it really works! Fresh juice and some nuts first thing in the
morning often make a difference.

It’s also good for a healthier mouth. The fresh juice discourages
plaque growth.

Posters note: We just returned from a tropical vacation at an ocean side resort – my sister typically has trouble with her knees at sea level. Just as I was going to pack those last few items for the trip, I was coming down our stairs loaded with toiletries etc you pack up just before you close the suitcase – I missed seeing the cat laying on the stairs. I ended up twisting my knee quite badly . We had fresh pineapple everyday! We noticed our knees didn’t hurt and were both quite surprised. Now I understand.