The Power of Leafy Greens – 5 Green Nutritional Heroes

The Power of Leafy Greens – 5 Green Nutritional Heroes

 

Leafy greens can be eaten from so many different types of vegetables and plants. When you make sure they are organic and not GMO, they will sustain your body and mind in incredibly surprising ways.

Here are 5 green herbs or veggies that you must start consuming for better health:

  • 1. Kale – This leafy green is full of vitamins A, C and K, carotenoids, and flavanoids – two important cancer fighting ingredients. It contains more iron than many red meats, too!
  • 2. Parsley– An amazingly healthful herb, parsley is often thought of as just a garnish, but it has much more to offer than just a pretty, green face. It is full of vitamins K, C, A and folate. Parsley also containsimportant volatile oils including myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene as well as many flavonoids—including apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin. Parsely is considered a ‘chemoprotective food’ that helps to minimize carcinogens in the body. Here are some parsley health benefits.
  • 3. Spinach – This leafy green is so powerful it can reduce skin cancers, ovarian cancer, and prostate cancer. Spinach is full of vitamins A, K, D, and E, and minerals manganese, potassium, and magnesium. The pop-eye veggie also contains a substance called apigenin, which has specifically been shown to be help with several cancers. Spinach is a great source of Omega 3 fatty acids, and also supports bone health.
  • 4. Arugula– a.k.a. Rocket.       rocket
  • This leafy green is full of magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and K. The herb is also pact with phytonutrients to keep your body free of cancer. Ancient Romans also found that arugula was an aphrodisiac.
  • 5. Sunflower Greens – Sunflowers offer incredible health benefits, and you can eat many parts of the plant. Finding fresh sunflower sprouts is very difficult, but it is so simple to grow your own. Sunflower greens offer one of the most balanced forms of a complete plant protein around. They provide all the essential amino acids and help to repair muscle tissue while supporting the enzymes of the body to do their jobs as well. In addition, they are full of other health-boosting nutrients. Here are just 11 reasons to grow and eat sunflower greens.

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DIY Healthy Fruit Snacks

Make Your Own Amazing Dehydrated Fruit Snacks

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Make Your Own Amazing Dehydrated Fruit Snacks

What else could be a better snack than dehydrated fruits? They are delicious, but more importantly, they are healthy. Fruits are packed with essential nutrients that offer great benefits to your body. Not all snacks are the same in this regard.

With dehydrated fruits, you need not to worry about MSG, sugar or other toxins that may harm the body. And of course, your kids will surely love nibbling through these healthy snacks whenever they go camping, watch TV and taking a car ride.

You will of course need a dehydrator. Check out this one I found on Amazon. It’s a high quality one with stainless steel construction and s getting great reviews.

Here are some of the best fruits you can dry:

Strawberries are fortified with lots of health nutrients like Vitamin C, antioxidants, potassium, manganese, and fiber. Their manganese content plays a vital role in the health of heart, while potassium stabilizes blood pressure. When taken regularly, this red and juicy fruit is said to be able to help in reducing your risk for cancer, inflammatory diseases, cancer, and heart diseases. It can increase the level of good cholesterol in the body, prevent birth defects and makes an efficient aid for weight loss.

Bananas are best recognized for their potassium content. Potassium is an essential nutrient that helps in stabilizing the amount of fluids in the body as well as in preventing muscle cramps after exercise. The fruit is also good source of Vitamin C that boosts the body’s cell health and immune system as well as in encouraging the absorption of iron. Bananas also contain Vitamin B6, fiber, manganese, carbohydrates, calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, iron, folate, carotene and choline which are known for their profound benefits to the body.

Peaches are delicious fruits that are packed with different health nutrients like Vitamin C, antioxidants, Vitamin A, bêta-carotene, iron, fluoride, potassium, lutein and zeaxanthin. Known to be good for the eyes, peaches are also reported to provide unique protection to the body against oral cavity and lung cancer. They even fortify the body against free radicals and help in boosting the immune system against different sorts of infections. Peaches are also said to make an excellent aid for weight loss.

Often found in salads, kiwis are miraculous sweet fruits that make excellent sources of nutrients like niacin, Vitamin C, fiber and potassium and Vitamin E. Some people find this fruit useful in treating acid indigestion, depression, macular degeneration, impotence, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Its vitamin C and antioxidant contents are beneficial in boosting the body’s immune system as well as in promoting physical fitness.

Probably the most popular fruit among the kids, apples are also one of the best fruits you can dry and serve. This fruit is packed with high levels of antioxidants that help the body fight against Parkinson’s, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s, and different sorts of cancer. Apples are also excellent sources of Vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, riboflavin, pyridoxine, thiamine and dietary fiber which are clinically proven to have positive impacts to the health and well being of consumers.

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The great benefits of carrot juice

 

The benefits of carrot juice are

impossible to ignore

Thu. July 4, 2013 by Michelle Marks, staff writer

Carrot Juice News

(NaturalHealth365) Do you tend to reach for whole carrots instead of juicing? If so, you’re missing out on the impressive benefits of carrot juice. In fact, many people refer to it as a miracle juice!

While eating carrots is, of course, also good for you, juicing enables you to increase your intake of vegetables. It also makes it easier to adsorb all the nutrients from the vegetable. Surprising to me, but true, many (in the natural health world) say that carrot juice has “too much sugar”. I’ll let you decide after watching this interesting (video) exchange between Jonathan Landsman and Charlotte Gerson, founder of The Gerson Institute.

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Carrot juice tends to help the body detoxify and can even remove infections from the kidneys. It has amazing regenerative properties and can heal and prevent digestive issues. Just one cup of carrots offers 400% of Vitamin A, 12% Vitamin C, 11% potassium, 20% Vitamin K. High levels of vitamin E, G, and B are also found in carrots.

Could you have a vitamin A deficiency?

Carrots are rich in beta carotene. This means that the body will get an ample dose of vitamin A when you drink carrot juice. Many people are unaware that they have a serious vitamin A deficiency. One visible sign of this issue is dry and damaged skin, nails and hair. Ample vitamin A consumption improves skin health and boosts the growth of bones and teeth.

The benefits of carrot juice can impact your vision as well. A lack of vitamin A can cause night blindness. If you’ve ever found your eyes were having trouble adjusting from dark to light, this means that you may have a deficiency.

Drinking carrot juice has actually repaired the eyes of those who were not admitted to the Air Force due to eyesight defects. After just two weeks of drinking carrot juice, their eyes had improved enough for them to be accepted.

Vitamin E offers cancer preventative properties

Vitamin E can repair tissue and many researchers view it as a nutrient necessary for cancer prevention. Research has showed that in conditions with low levels of vitamin E, there is no healthy cell division. This provides an environment where cancer cells can grow.

Carrots on display at local greengrocer

The importance of produce with an orange/yellow color

New research out of the Netherlands has revealed that carrots reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The study broke fruits and vegetables down by four colors: green, orange/yellow, red/purple, and white. Scientists found that the orange/yellow color was most protective.

Benefits of carrot juice are also important to note during pregnancy and nursing. Moms can enrich their milk by drinking carrots. When carrot juice is consumed during pregnancy, it has been shown to lower the risk of infection after childbirth.

Tips on making a delicious glass of fresh juice

It is possible to tell how high the level of beta carotene is in carrots by looking at their color. The ones that are darker are best for juicing.

If you’re making fresh juice, you’ll quickly find that carrot juice tastes great when mixed with other juices. You can try everything from apples, cucumbers, lemons, spinach and kale. But, remember, to avoid a loss of nutrients – drink your juice as soon as you can after juicing the material.

Naturally, it’s best to always use organically-grown carrots. Also, especially for the beginner, get a juicer that’s easy to clean. Otherwise, you’ll likely put off juice-making. Let’s face it – whatever you enjoy doing is what you’ll do for a lifetime of health benefits.

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Distilled water continued …. (organic and inorganic minerals)

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Organic And Inorganic Minerals

The Differences in Mineral Forms

Most knowledgeable people today recognize that the body must have certain minerals to accomplish its work and preserve its health. However, only a few realize that these minerals must be in their organic state to do us any good at all.

Please understand these facts:

  1. Minerals are inorganic as they exist naturally in the soil and water.
  2. Minerals are organic as they exist in plants and animals.
  3. Only plants can transform inorganic minerals into organic minerals.
  4. Animals must eat plants or plant-eating animals to obtain their organic minerals.
  5. Inorganic minerals are useless and injurious to the animal organism.

How the Confusion Began

Because inorganic minerals and organic minerals have the same chemical compositions, they were confused by the early nutritionists. The mineral, iron, in the bloodstream has the same chemical composition as the mineral, iron, in a nail—iron is iron, after all. However, these nutritionists incorrectly reasoned that there were no other differences between these two forms of iron. As a consequence, there actually were iron mineral supplements that consisted of surplus powdered nails.

Perhaps you have heard the expression, “mad enough to chew nails.” In this case, mad or unbalanced is certainly the correct word.

These nutritionists made an error in reasoning by assuming that a chemical similarity in minerals also meant there was a nutritive similarity between organic and inorganic minerals. While it is true that the same minerals found in the human body are also found in the soil and water it is wrong to assume that the minerals in the soil are food for man. We are not soil eaters—we are plant eaters.

It is necessary that the minerals in the soil be elaborated into organic compounds by the plant before they can be |assimilated by the body. The various mineral compounds produced by the chemist differ in their structure and in the relative positions of their component molecules than those produced in the plant.

Over sixty years ago a German scientist named Abderhalden conducted a series of experiments comparing how several species absorbed different forms of iron. He found that animals fed with food poor in iron, plus in addition of inorganic iron, were unable in the long run to produce as much hemoglobin as those, receiving a natural iron-sufficient diet.

While the inorganic iron may be absorbed into the body, it is not utilized in the formation of hemoglobin, but remains unused within the tissues. Abderhalden also concluded that any apparent benefit of the inorganic iron resulted from its stimulating effect.

Chemically, it is true that iron in the bloodstream and iron in nails are the same and that calcium in rocks (known as dolomite) is identical to calcium in the bones.

However, it is a grave error to believe that the body can digest and assimilate and utilize powdered nails and crushed rocks.

Mineral Supplements

The idea of administering inorganic minerals as foods and remedies for man started with the German scientist Hensel in the early twentieth century. Later the homeopaths expanded upon his idea and made numerous artificial mineral preparations called cell salts, which are still sold today as popular “cures” for mineral deficiencies. Today mineral supplements exist in many forms and come from many sources. They are all useless.

Mineral supplements are of no benefit to the body because they are: 1) inorganic and 2) fragmented.

Because mineral supplements are inorganic, the body cannot assimilate or use them. In fact, the body must work harder to compensate for the inbalance created by ingesting these supplements. The body accelerates its eliminative activities and works hard to expel these foreign substances. This stimulation is often mistaken for the “beneficial action” of the supplement. Actually, the supplements are not beneficial—they are harmful—and they are inanimate and therefore incapable of acting (except chemically).

As health consumers have grown more aware of the differences between organic and inorganic minerals, so have producers of these supplements. Consequently, there are now mineral supplements which are advertised as coming from “organic” sources. These are equally useless because they exist in a fragmented state, extracted from the sources within which they naturally occur.

Minerals do not work in isolation. When they are extracted from their natural sources, the other co-existing vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc., are not also extracted. Even if they were, the process of laboratory extraction destroys any vital benefits that may have been associated with the minerals.

Minerals must be consumed in their natural, unfragmented and organic state to be of any use to the body. The best mineral supplements are those naturally occurring in mineral-rich foods in their unprocessed state—fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and sprouts.

Mineral Waters

Like mineral supplements, mineral waters cannot provide any beneficial minerals to the body. Any minerals contained in such waters are inorganic and must be expelled by the body. Should an excess of these inorganic minerals be consumed in the water, the body cannot rid itself of them fast enough and they are deposited within the body.

These inorganic mineral deposits lead to kidney and gallstone formation, hardening of the arteries, arthritis, heart trouble, ossification of the brain and other serious diseases. The unexpelled mineral matter from mineral-containing waters combines with cholesterol to form plaques. These plaques lead to cardiovascular problems, and they join with uric acid to cause arthritic and rheumatic complaints.

The body cells can use only pure (distilled) water—such as that found in fruits and plants—and they reject all inorganic minerals consumed in mineral-laden waters.

When mineralized waters are drunk, a condition known as leukocytosis occurs within the body in thirty minutes to three hours after drinking. Leukocytosis is the proliferation of white blood cells which are the body’s first line of defense against foreign and harmful body substances—in this case, the inorganic minerals in the water.

Mineral waters cannot furnish the body with any needed elements other than the water itself. The remaining inorganic minerals are either eliminated through the skin, kidneys, etc., or they are deposited within the body where they may cause eventual harm.

Sea water is our “richest” mineral water, yet it is poisonous. Similarly, all other mineralized waters are simply dirty waters, contaminated with inorganic matter which is pathogenic to the body.

How Inorganic Minerals Are Transformed

Even plants, when in their embryonic state, cannot use inorganic minerals in the soil, but instead feed on the organic compounds contained within its seed. Not until its roots and leave? are grown can a plant utilize the inorganic minerals of the soil.

The changing of inorganic matter into organic matter takes place principally in the green leaves of the plant by means of photosynthesis. Only by the presence of chlorophyll is the plant able to utilize the inorganic carbon molecule and convert it with hydrogen and oxygen into the organic combinations of starch and sugar. And, ultimately, the plant combines nitrogen and other mineral elements from the soil into more complex organic combinations. Only the chlorophyll-bearing plants have the ability to assimilate iron, calcium and other minerals from the soil and to use the resulting combinations to construct nucleo-proteins.

Vital changes occur in all minerals as they pass into the structure of plants. These changes cannot be isolated by normal chemical laboratory processes which destroy living plant tissues to analyze them. Such crude methods of studying the role of organic minerals in an organism is somewhat akin to the old medical practice of dissecting cadavers to look for evidence of the human soul.

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Moringa for Life!

Moringa For Life !

 

Moringa Benefits

Some of the benefits of continuous Moringa intake :

1. Increases the natural defenses of the body

2. Provides nourishment to the eyes and the brain.

3. Promotes metabolism with bio-available ingredients

4. Promotes the cell structure of the body

5. Promotes natural serum cholesterol

6. Lowers the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines

7. Promotes the normal functioning of the liver and the kidney

8. Beautifies the skin

9. Promotes energy

10. Promotes proper digestion

11. Acts as an antioxidant

12. Takes care of the immune system of the body

13. Promotes healthy circulatory system

14. It is an anti-inflammatory

15. Gives a feeling of general wellness

16. Supports the normal sugar levels of the body

 

Moringa leaf boosts your energy in a natural manner, and is a remarkable source of nutrition. This energy promotion does not happen because of sugar, so it is lasts for a long time. Individuals ingesting it say that their ulcers are healed, tumors restricted; there is a reduction in arthritis pains and inflammations; helps control blood pressure;  the skin health is restored, and finally it provides stronger defenses against diseases.

Another property of the Moringa leaf is its soothing ability, because of which it can lower the blood pressure and help promote good sleep.

It can also purify water since it has a detoxifying effect. Also a coagulant agent, Moringa can attach itself to hazardous bacteria and other materials.  The happy outcome is more sustained energy without any over-activity, balanced hormone and gland system, controlled blood pressure, and a rested nervous system.

 

The Bridge to Better Health is through Better Nutrition

One cannot maintain good health if you do not consume food that is nutritional.   How does nutrition, with its vitamins, minerals and other nutritional compounds promote a healthier lifestyle?  Professor Mike Golden, who works with United Nations agencies involved in malnutrition, says much of the problem with nutrition is not the quantity of food, but the quality of food we eat, with people needing about 40 different nutrients to be healthy.

Organic nutrients include carbohydrates, proteins or amino acids, lipids, and vitamins. Inorganic nutrients include minerals.  Water is sometimes included in a listing of nutrients. Vitamin A acts as a shield against eye disease, skin disease, heart ailments, diarrhea, and many other ailments. Vitamin C fights a host of illnesses including colds and the flu while supporting the cardiovascular system.  Calcium is necessary in building strong bones and teeth, plus it helps prevent osteoporosis.

The combination of vitamin D and calcium brings a remarkable reduction in cancer risk. Potassium is essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves, and significantly lowers the risk of a stroke.  Finally, proteins are necessary for the basic building blocks – amino acids – of all of our body cells.

Interaction between nutritional compounds is necessary for health in all ways.  Vitamins cannot function without minerals.  Without minerals, your body can’t function. Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are best absorbed and used by the body when they are derived from natural sources (plants and animals) and are present in naturally occurring complex compounds, not as separate compounds as formulated in pills.
A new review involving dozens of studies of the antioxidant vitamins A, E and C, confirms this, finding the popular supplements don’t help you live longer.  As a result, some researchers now believe antioxidants work only when they are in food.   Alice Lichtenstein, a professor of nutrition science and policy at Tufts University, not involved with the review, says the study’s main message is: “Rely on food to get your nutrients.”

 

Health begins in the Individual Cell 
Wellness exists and disease begins in the individual cell 

The human body requires 20 amino acids to grow, build, and maintain cells.  Amino acids are the building blocks of protein.  Amino acids relate to proteins as letters of the alphabet relate to words.

The proteins in Moringa give 18 of the 20 known amino acids, including all eight amino acids classified as essential. These essential amino acids cannot be synthesized by the body and must come from a person’s diet, usually from red meat or dairy products. These foods are not available in many parts of the world and are lacking in the diets of vegetarians, elderly people, and children.

Moringa, with its 90+ verifiable nutrients, not only contains all these elements, but also has significant portions of Vitamins B, B1, B2, B3, D, and E, polyphenols (antioxidants), other minerals, fiber, and is one of the highest, naturally occurring sources of chlorophyll.

 

Inflammation is serious

Independent studies that appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine say inflammation is as potent as cholesterol. An article in Men’s Health (Dec 2004), Bonfires of the Arteries, concurs, reporting that “inflammation is the slow burn that sparks thousands of heart attack and strokes every year”.

According to Paul Ridker, MD, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, “Half of all heart attacks and strokes in the United States each year occur among people with essentially normal cholesterol levels”.  Dr. Ridker continued, “There is more to heart disease than just lipids. A heart attack occurs when plaque ruptures inside your vessels. Rupturing is not dependent just on how much plaque is present, but also on the level of inflammation”.

According to a 2003 report from the University of South Florida, chronic inflammation partly due to an estrogen deficiency may render postmenopausal women vulnerable to degenerative conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Low-grade inflammation is also a precursor to aging and age-related disease, according to dermatologist Nicholas V. Perricone, MD.   Perricone says, “The skin is always getting inflamed by sun, weather, pollution, and products because it is our interface between the environment and our body.  So the best ways to decrease disease risk and slow the aging process is to take nutrients with powerful anti-inflammatory activity on a regular basis. Through a three-tier approach involving diet, supplements, and creams, we can control the rate at which we age”.

 

Moringa contains 36 anti-inflammatories

Moringa and Skin Health 
Moringa contains a recently discovered cytokinin (plant hormones that induce cell division, growth, and delay aging of cells).  In recent clinical tests, this naturally occurring substance increased both the growth and yield of agricultural products and, when added to the diets of dairy cattle, significantly increased their milk production and furthermore promoted more rapid cellular regeneration. Clinical studies have shown Moringa produces anti-aging properties in humans. The human skin life cycle is approximately 300 days. Every minute more than 40,000 individual skin cells die.  With the use of Moringa the human skin cycle was altered by the fact that new skin cells grew faster than the older cells died. This resulted in an amazing reduction of wrinkles on the face and other parts of the body.

Zeatin, one of the compounds in Moringa, is a supreme anti-oxidant with powerful anti-aging properties. Zeatin slows the aging process by helping the body replace cells at a faster rate than they age, giving a more youthful appearance to the skin.  A 2004 study by Seneteck PLC shows that Zeatin does not interfere with the genetic control of cellular lifespan, that it promotes maintenance of small cell size (key determinant of youthful skin), and prevents the accumulation of macromolecular damage in the cell.  It was also found the Zeatin increases the activity of anti-oxidants to counter act the damage caused by free radicals during cell aging and protects healthy cells from the stress of daily life. Moringa has several thousand times more Zeatin than any other known plant.

 

Dietary and Health Benefits of Moringa

Until recently, only a smattering of research had been completed in India, its bordering countries, and in parts of Africa.  Even less research had been done in the West.  Then, not long ago, the University of Leicester in England performed a number of studies.  The results from these studies along with the limited number of studies conducted in the United States confirm the dietary and health benefits of the Moringa, with some of the results showing to help lower cholesterol, assist the respiratory system and minimize the effects of asthma. Moringa has no known impurities or adverse reactions when consumed.

While some of the benefits of the Moringa plant have been tapped by various impoverished civilizations, the plant’s nutritional potential was not “discovered” by modern societies until the late nineteenth century.  The indigenous knowledge and use of Moringa is referenced in more than 80 countries and known in over 200 local languages, has over 300 references to it in ayurvedic medicine.  Even with the known value of this plant, little has been done to introduce its amazing benefits to the world.

 

The pH Effect

Everything we eat affects the pH of our bodies, either raising the pH or lowering it. The body, which prefers an alkaline state, should have a pH of about 7.3.   Processed foods create an acidic state in our bodies that over time is very susceptible to disease.   For example, cancer flourishes in an acidic environment, but not in an alkaline one. The majority of cancer patients possess a very low body pH (6.0 or lower).   Soda pop, with a pH ranging from about 2.7-3.0 is extremely acidic.   The pH level of pop can more than double by the time it has passed through the body.   It does this by stealing precious minerals and fluids that may already be in short supply.   The proper pH level is critical in maintaining good health.  Chlorophyll is very effective in reversing the pH level in the body, and Moringa has the one of the highest levels of chlorophyll, along with an abundance of other beneficial nutrients.   .

Moringa Oleifera, the
most nutritious plant discovered to date

While no one food gives us all the nutrition we need, Moringa Oleifera, comes closer than anything else.  Moringa, with its 90 plus nutritional compounds, is the most nutrient rich plant discovered to date.

Diitta B.Sambou, a midwife in Senegal Africa where Moringa is being used to combat malnutrition in pregnant women and babies, says under-nourishment and over-eating both have harmful consequences on the health of the individual. State of the World 2000, published by World watch Institute, reports that the number of people who are overfed and undernourished (a staggering 1.2 billion) now equals the number of those who are starving from from lack of food.  Looking at the chart below in reverse shows some of the consequences of poor nutrition.

  

 Pain Relief : COX-2 Inhibitors

COX-2 is short for cyclooxygenase-2, one of the key enzymes that helps the body produce the inflammatory hormone-like compounds prostaglandins and cytokines. COX-2 is activated by injury and inflammation and is essential for fighting infections and healing injuries, but when the body produces too much, the result ischronic inflammation and pain.

When properly nourished, the human body is able to counter many of the daily aches and pains that life, exercise and age routinely bring.   The Moringa Oleifera plant contains tremendous phytonutrients that directly support the body’s efforts to inhibit and modulate enzymes that manifest joint pain and age or exercise induced aches and pains. The United States Department of Agriculture has studied and identified natural COX-2 inhibitors such as caffeoylquinic acid, kaempherol and quercetin, all abundantly, placed by Mother Nature, in the Moringa plant.

These natural compounds within the Moringa plant support a healthy, active lifestyle that enhance the body’s ability to relieve pain, inflammation and many other health concerns affecting the body’s various systems.  Moringa’s natural COX-2 inhibitors assist the body to selectively block the COX-2 enzyme, impeding the production of the chemical messengers (prostaglandins) that cause pain and swelling.

Along with these natural COX-2 inhibitors and thanks to Mother Nature’s wisdom, Moringa also provides the body additional documented pain-relieving nutrients that include: arginine, beta-sitosterol, calcium, chlorophyll, copper, cystine, omega 3, omega 6, omega 9, fiber, glutathione, histidine, indole acetic acid, isoleucine, leucine, magnesium, oleic-acid, phenylalanine, potassium, rutin, selenium, stigmasterol, sulfur, thiamin, tryptophan, tyrosine, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol), zeatin, and zinc.  In addition, Moringa’s abundantly bio-active compounds, such as carotenoids, flavonoids and polyphenols have been researched regarding their ability to naturally reduce inflammation, promote joint and bone health and they have been found to be both effective and fast-acting.

This proper nourishment provided by the Moringa plant contributes to a healthy and happy life, especially when complemented by weight management through exercise and diet that also significantly reduces pressure on weight-bearing joints.

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Benefits of Warm Lemon Water

Ten reasons to drink warm

lemon water in the mornings

 

We found this interesting article from lajollamom.com suggesting 10 good reasons to drink warm water lemon in the morning.

We all know that lemons has a lot of health benefits, but surprisingly this simple little drink can do more wonders for your body. Instead of getting a cup of coffee, why not replace it with a warm water lemon drink? Below are the good factors to consider.

1. Boosts your immune system: Lemons are high in vitamin C, which is great for fighting colds.  They’re high in potassium, which stimulates brain and nerve function. Potassium also helps control blood pressure.

2. Balances pH: Drink lemon water everyday and you’ll reduce your body’s overall acidity. Lemon is one of the most alkaline foods around. Yes, lemon has citric acid but it does not create acidity in the body once metabolized.

3. Helps with weight loss:   Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings. It also has been shown that people who maintain a more alkaline diet lose weight faster.

4. Aids digestion:  Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials. It encourages the liver to produce bile which is an acid that required for digestion. Efficient digestion reduces heartburn and constipation.

5. Is a diuretic: Lemons increase the rate of urination in the body, which helps purify it. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.

6. Clears skin:  The vitamin C component helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well. It can actually be applied directly to scars to help reduce their appearance.

7. Freshens breath: Not only this, but it can help relieve tooth pain and gingivitis. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so you should monitor this.

8. Relieves respiratory problems: Warm lemon water helps get rid of chest infections and halt those pesky coughs. It’s thought to be helpful to people with asthma and allergies too.

9. Keeps you zen: Vitamin C is one of the first things depleted when you subject your mind and body to stress. As mentioned previously, lemons are chock full of vitamin C.

10. Helps kick the coffee habit:  After taking a glass of warm lemon water, most people suggests of less craving for coffee in the morning.

Why it has to be warm water not cold? Cold water likely provides a shock or stress factor to the body. It takes energy for your body to process cold water.

The recipe is really simple – a cup of warm water (not hot) and the juice from half of a lemon.

Lemon for pH and healing

The Alkalizing Benefits of Lemon and Lime

 

Start your day with Lemon Water

Many of us already know the benefits of drinking plenty of water and proper hydration, but with the simple addition of fresh lemon juice you may have yourself a very healing beverage.

I recommend that many of my patients begin each day…first thing in the morning…before any other food or drink with a glass of lemon water. Why lemon wat er you may ask?

The benefits are remarkable:

  • After a nights sleep the lemon water provides an ideal flush to the body’s systems…digestive, circulatory and elimination.
  • The lemon juice in particular is a great cleanser and purifier of blood, liver and kidney’s.
  • Lemon juice (although acidic in nature) is anionic and therefore produces an alkalizing effect on the body. This is important because the more alkaline your body is, the healthier it is. Disease states only occur when the body pH is acidic. Being alkaline also helps further the detoxification processes.
  • Lemon juice is a great source of Vitamin C: supports immune function. Calcium, Phosphorus, Iron and B-vitamins are also in lemon juice
  • Lemon juice supports digestive function and can relieve conditions such as heartburn, indigestion, flatulence diarrhea and constipation.

By simply drinking a glass or warm or hot lemon water you can shift your body in to a better state of health and in the end…prevent many future illnesses. And isn’t that what medicine should really be about prevention?

Lime and lemon add refreshing zest to almost any drink which cleanse and enhance immune properties of your already healthy glass of juice.

Nutritional Benefits

The nutritional benefits of limes do not differ very much from those of lemons. They are both excellent sources of vitamin C, B6, potassium, folic acid, flavonoids and the outstanding phytochemical, limonene.

Limonene have anti-cancer effects and help increase the level of enzymes that detoxify carcinogens.

Health Benefits

Limes and lemons contain outstanding phytochemicals that are high in anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties. They are potent detoxifiers with anti-biotic effect that is protective against bacterial poisoning.

Asthma: Take a tablespoon of lemon juice at least one hour before each meal to relieve asthma.

Burning soles/feet: Rub a sliced lemon over the burning sole/foot/heel to relieve from pain and for toxin elimination through the pores of the feet.

Cold: The anti-viral properties in lime/lemon fight infections and halt the progress of a cold. Take the juice of two lemons in half a liter of hot water and add honey to taste. Sip it slowly before bedtime.

Constipation: Drink a glass of warm water every morning with some lime/lemon. Stir in a pinch of cinnamon powder. This will help your body to detoxify and relieve constipation.

Digestion: Lime/lemon juice has amazing digestive qualities that are very similar to our digestive enzymes. Thus it is effectively helps with digestion and relieves bloating and belching.

Feet, tired: After a long day on your feet, soak your feet in very warm water containing lime/lemon juice to enjoy the cooling, astringent feeling. This will also help promote deep sleep due to the relaxing action on the foot nerves.

Gums, swollen: Drink a glass of diluted fresh lime juice with a pinch of sea salt to relieve the pain of swollen gums. Use the rind from the squeezed lime and rub on the gums.

Heartburn: Add two teaspoon of lime/lemon juice into a glass of warm water and drink to relieve heartburn.

Inflammatory disorders: Even though lime/lemon juice are sour and taste acidic, it is actually very alkalinizing in the body and is highly effective in the treatment of inflammatory disorders like rheumatism, arthritis, sciatica, etc. It also prevents the deposit of uric acid in the tissues, thus reducing the risks of gout.

Skin, dry: Rub the peel of a lemon on dry or scaly skin to restore softness and add moisture to the skin.

Sore throat: Mix one part lemon juice with one part water. Gargle frequently and feel its soothing effect on the throat. You may also add in a pinch of sea salt for added effect.

Consumption Tips: The highest content of limonene is found in the white spongy inner parts of the lemon. When juicing a lemon, put in the whole fruit together with the peel, to get the most nutrition out of it (be sure to wash and brush the dirt off the skin before doing so.)

Make it a habit to put in cut limes/lemons (together with peel) into your drinking water or juices, to enjoy all its medicinal properties. With lemon juice in your drink, the absorbability of the other nutrients in your drink is increased up to five times!

Tip: Juice a glass of either lime or lemon juice and make ice cubes out of it. When you have a drink, pop a few lime/lemon cubes into your drink for a refreshing taste while enjoying its immense health benefits.

Limes and lemons can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks. Although they can actually keep longer, it will soon lose its flavor after too long.

When buying lemons, look at the stem end of the lemon. There should be about four or five little lines radiating out of the stem. The greater the number of these lines, the higher the mineral content of the lemon.

Caution:
Despite all the goodness that limes/lemons provide as mentioned above, remember always to take only in moderation. More is not always better.

Some people are allergic to citrus peels, so when you take lime/lemon juice extracted together with the peel, check yourself to see if there is any allergic reaction afterwards.

 

Source: http://www.phmiracleliving.com/htmlmail/2012/pHe8_3.html