|Eliminate Gas, Bloating & Heartburn
Gas is a normal byproduct of the digestive process that will either be absorbed into the bloodstream, released as flatulence or ‘gas’, recycled by microbes in the gut or accumulated in the small intestine creating pressure in the intestinal walls causing bloating, stomach discomfort and in some cases, intense abdominal pain!
Excessive flatulence and bloating may be a sign of large bacteria overgrowth which causes an imbalance of the normal intestinal flora (typically 80/20 ratio of good bacteria to pathogenic bacteria and its waste).
4 Steps to Better Digestion:
1. Take probiotics supplements and consume foods that are high in ‘good’ bacteria (fermented foods). This will help you maintain a normal intestinal flora balance.
2. Reduce your sugar intake by replacing table sugar with a natural substitute like Stevia – Bacteria feeds on sugar.
3. Increase the consumption of alkaline forming foods (fruits and vegetables) and lower the intake of acid yielding foods (Meats and Dairies). A proper pH balance is essential for normalizing bodily functions.
4. Increase digestive enzymes by consuming raw, unprocessed foods and chewing slowly. You may also add a brush border enzymes supplement to you diet.
Natural News: Eliminate gas, bloating, and heartburn for good with these simple steps http://www.naturalnews.com/037035_bloating_heartburn_natural_remedies.html#ixzz25T4sEIae
Livestrong.com: Foods that are high in good bacteria.
Alkaline Diet plan
Bodyecology.com: 4 Steps to Naturally Eliminate Gas and Bloating
|Fruits & Vegetables Affect Cancer Risk
Different Fruits And Vegetables Affect Cancer Risk In Different Parts Of Bowel
“Eating more apples is linked to lower risk of distal colon cancer, brassicas like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and Brussels sprouts are linked to lower risk of cancer in both the proximal and the distal colon, while on the other hand, drinking more fruit juice appears to raise the risk of rectal cancer, according to new research from Australia published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.”
Get creative blending your favorite fruits and green veggies into a perfect Green Smoothie.
According to Raw Foods For Beginners
, consuming blended raw vegetables can be more beneficial than chewing a fresh salad. This website explains that more cell walls are broken down when blending raw vegetables and therefore more nutrients are released to be absorbed by the body.
The following health improvements were reported in a study of 27 individuals taking a quarter of green smoothies every day, for a month:
- Increase in energy
- Depression lifted
- Fewer blood sugar fluctuations
- More regular bowel movements
- Dandruff healed
- Insomnia gone
- Asthma attacks stopped completely
- No more PMS symptoms
- Fingernails stronger
- Skin cleared up
- Sex life improved
- No more desire for coffee
- Lost 5-10 pounds
Recipe: Quila’s Basic Green Smoothie
2C orange juice (or try tangerine juice for a tangy treat)
1C raspberries (or strawberries or blueberries)
2 handfuls of spinach
4 leaves green leaf or romaine lettuce (or red or green chard)
Blend well. Makes 2 quarts. We drink this every day with a few variations here and there with the greens, berries and fruits in season. Also, add a bit of mint for a treat.
Source: “Green Smoothies.” Raw Food For The Beginner Website –
|Soy contains phytoestrogens that relieve
symptoms caused by menopause
In this article titled “A Natural Menopause,” Medical Herbalist Jo Dunbar writes about natural alternatives to modern medicine’s Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) which according to studies “increases the risk of breast cancer by as much as 26%, raises the risk of stroke by 41%, and the risk of heart attack by 29%.”
Dunbar suggests that an alternative answer to the potential risks posed by HRTs lies in the Easter world where Oriental women suffer less menopause symptoms because of their diet composed of foods rich in Phytoestrogens, like Soy Beans (Soy Isoflavones)
, Black Cohosh and Red Clover.
The author expands on how plants and other foods can help women balance their declining levels of estrogen during Menopause without a dreaded increase in the risk of breast cancer. She explains how some natural foods can help protect against Osteoporosis and Cardiac Disease and recommends, in addition to an exercise program, adding to your diet Liquorice root, diary products, kelp, almonds, figs, black grapes, blueberries, blackberries, hawthorn berries, fenugreek, garlic and olive oil.
Source: “A Natural Medicine” by Jo Dunbar.http://www.allthingshealing.com/Herbology/A-Natural-Menopause/6265
Eating or drinking the juice of this sweet, tropical fruit may prove to be more beneficial than we originally thought!
|Pineapple: A Tropical Medicine
Pineapples are a great source of antioxidants and provide amazing support to the immune system… meaning less sick days and more years of healthy living to enjoy your children and grandchildren.
More importantly, this “Tropical Medicine” contributes a great deal of protein-digesting enzymes found in a substance called Bromelain. These enzymes are believed to act as a powerful anti inflammatories and cleansers of the Colon.
Bromelain enzymes digest intestine waste helping mitigate digestive disorders, fight inflammation and in some cases reduce cancerous lesions in the Colon.
Their anti inflammatory benefits may also be applied as a complementary natural medicine in the treatment of Arthritis.
Lastly, Pineapples “tune-up” your urinary tract and may prevent urinary infections. Its remarkable diuretic effects make it a great fruit to combat water retention during PMS. Some use it to prevent bloating and even as a healthy boost to their weight-loos diets.
Peel a Pineapple, rinse the skin and cook it in boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Let it cool and drink this tea as much as you want. We recommend adding an natural sweetener like stevia, honey or brown sugar