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Nutritious Garlic


The humble Garlic is a powerful yet simple herb that promotes active health and nutritional healing, while strengthening our prevention against health disharmony. It has credible health benefits for a number of illnesses because of several unique compounds it contains, especially allicin. Garlic also contains small amounts of vitamins A, B, C and E, and the minerals potassium, phosphorus, calcium, sodium, and iron. It is very easy to source with a plentiful supply in most countries. It is a herb that is easily incorporated in your food or it can also be eaten on its own. Fresh garlic is preferred but dried garlic or powder are just as effective and have a long shelf life in our home cupboards.

The health food store may recommend garlic dietary supplements for prevention of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Garlic is most commonly taken for high cholesterol, heart disease, and high blood pressure and to prevent certain types of cancer, including stomach and colon cancers. Garlic may help in weight loss.

How to take garlic?

The recommended dosage for adults is no more than one clove two or three times a day and that children have one quarter to one half a clove, once or twice a day. Garlic cloves can be eaten cooked or raw. They may also be dried or powdered and used in tablets and capsules. Raw garlic cloves can be used to make oils and liquid extracts.

As well as making your dinner taste wonderful, this tasty herb has some astonishing health benefits. When taken for its medicinal use, garlic can help to treat a wide variety of ailments. We have included 11 of the most amazing health benefits of garlic in this article.

1. Immunity: Garlic supports the immune system and helps to fight coughs, congestion and chest infections. Consider garlic during winter as an immune booster to ward off colds and flu. Dip a clove of garlic in honey if you feel the first signs of a cold.

2. Cardiovascular disease can benefit from taking garlic. Garlic has been shown to benefit LDL cholesterol and reduce the aortic plaque deposits that gather on the wall of veins. Studies have shown the incredible benefits of taking garlic in relation to heart disease.

3. Hyperthyroid conditions: Garlic makes a very effective treatment for hyperthyroid conditions, due to the high levels of iodine it contains. Taking the recommended dosage garlic has been shown to significantly improve this condition.

4. Impotency: Garlic is prescribed by many therapists to improve Impotency with good effect. The prescription is take 1 clove twice daily for a few months.

5. Fungal and bacterial vaginal infections are treated with garlic. Allicin is released when garlic is crushed. Allicin is a sulphuric complex that is a natural antibiotic. Garlic is reputed to have been used by soldiers in battle to treat infected wounds.

6. Garlic is an excellent source of vitamin B6 which is needed for a healthy immune system and the efficient growth of new cells. Vitamin B6 can also assist with mood swings and improve your emotional health.

7. Cancer: Garlic has been taken to prevent multiple types of cancer. Bladder cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer and stomach cancer have all been shown to have their tumors reduced when treated with garlic. Vitamin B6 is said to have cancer fighting abilities.

8. Diabetes: Garlic regulates blood sugar as it enhances the level of insulin in the blood. This may assist in the control of diabetes. Be sure to seek medical advice if you believe the use of garlic could help your condition.

9. Scurvy is treated by vitamin C and garlic contains good levels of vitamin C too.

10. Pregnant women who eat Garlic can assist babies to gain weight while they are in the womb. Next time you have a baby prepare to eat garlic unless you have a history of large babies.

11. Garlic is reputed to scare hungry vampires away! There has not been much research on this question but it is worth mentioning here as an excuse to smile which does benefit health.

Supplements

If taking garlic supplements, ask your health store for a product that contains Allicin as it can be destroyed in some processes.

How does garlic help in weight loss

Allicin which is rich is garlic is according to researchers acts to suppress the appetite and aid in weight loss. Eating garlic, a person eats less as it acts as an appetite suppressant as it gives the brain signals of satiety when it is eaten. Garlic ahs an effect of increasing the body’s metabolism. Garlic is supposed to stimulate the nervous system to release the hormone, Adrenalin, which increases metabolism. If you are looking to lose weight then, active metabolism can in turn help you to burn calories and lose weight.

Cholesterol

Studies show that consuming 900 mg garlic/day (equivalent to one half to one clove of garlic) could decrease total serum cholesterol levels by approximately 9%.

Composition and nature of garlic

There are over 200 nutrients contained in Garlic, including the volatile oil with sulphur-containing compounds allicin, alliin, and ajoene. It also contains the enzymes, allinase, peroxidase and myrosinase. Allicin is a powerful antibiotic and is also responsible for its characteristic strong odor. Ajoene helps as an anticoagulant. Garlic also contains citral, geraniol, linalool, Aphellandrene and B phellandrene. Some of these nutrients are found in some members of the onion family.

Warning

It is suggested that a normal adult should not eat more than 3 cloves a day. Please do not consume high doses of garlic as it can be harmful to your health and you should never take more than the recommended dosage.
Garlic is so effective because its nutrients and active properties enter directly into the blood stream. In addition when you sweat, garlic will leave your body through your pores. If you eat large doses this can increase body odour.

Garlic Breath, Friends and Family

If you are the only one taking increased doses of garlic, then your family and friends will thank you if you also chew a sprig or three of parsley after each garlic dose is recommended to combat the lovely aroma of garlic breath.

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Water and its Benefits


When we look around today, on Shop Street, in cafes, bars, hotels, it’s not surprising to see lots of people carrying bottles of water everywhere. A recent report tells us that it has become the second most popular drink (after soft drinks and just ahead of coffee). However, some water lovers were surprised recently when a new report found that the benefits of drinking water may have been exaggerated. Apparently drinking eight glasses a day was nothing more than a guideline and not based on scientific evidence.

Water is still good for us, it just means what I’ve been saying for years, the one rule fits all does not apply to optimum nutrition, see one man’s water is another man’s poison, so don’t put your water bottle or glass down just yet. Water like all other nutrients needs to satisfy a bodily requirement, to replenish the water lost by the body every day, due to evaporation through the skin, or excreted in urine, stool and breathing. Water is lost through the skin, breathing. Water is one of our essential nutrients meaning that we need to take it into the body regularly, so there are plenty of good reasons to drink water.

When you excrete more than you take in, you become dehydrated. You can lose even more fluids when you live or vacation in warm climates, during strenuous exercise and in high altitudes. Older adults experience a lower sense of thirst and may not drink their required daily intake.

Staying safely hydrated

My recommendation is to listen to your body, we all really need to listen more to our bodies because it has its own intelligence and can subtly communicate what it needs if we only listen. With that said, you should drink water when you feel thirsty, be aware of an excessive thirst, it may mean visiting your physician for tests regarding diabetes.

Observe how much urine you excrete per day, the “healthy norm” should be in the region of 1.5 liters (6.3 cups) or more of colourless or light yellow urine. If you’re concerned about your water intake or have health issues, check with your doctor or nutritionist. He or she can help you determine the amount of water that’s right for you. To hydrate the body safely, make sure your body has the fluids it needs, make water your beverage of choice. I recommend drinking a glass of water with each meal and between each meal, also to drink water before, during and after exercise. The Institute of Medicine determined that an average adequate intake for men is roughly 3 litres (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The average adequate intake for women is 2.2 litres (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

Too Much Water

It is possible to drink too much water. Hyponatremia is a condition in people who drink large amounts of water, which results in the kidneys being unable to excrete the excess water, the electrolyte content of the blood is diluted, resulting in low sodium levels in the blood. Endurance athletes increase their risk of hyponatremia when they drink large amounts of water. In general, though, drinking too much water is rare in healthy adults who eat a healthy diet

6 Reasons to Drink Water to a Smiling Body

1. Drinking Water Helps Maintain Body Fluid Balance.

Your body is composed of approximately 60% water. The functions of fluids in the body include digestion, absorption, circulation, creation of saliva, transportation of nutrients, and maintenance of body temperature. Nephrologist Steven Guest, MD of Stanford University says that the posterior pituitary gland, your brain communicates with your kidneys and tells it how much water to excrete as urine or hold onto for reserves. When you’re low on fluids, the brain triggers the body’s thirst mechanism and unless you are taking medications that makes you thirsty, when you feel this you should gets yourself a drink of water.

2. Water Helps Control Calories.

Water is not a magical diet for healthy weight, it has been used for years successfully by substituting water for higher calorie beverages. “What works with weight loss is if you choose water or a non-caloric beverage over a caloric beverage and/or eat a diet higher in water-rich foods that are healthier, more filling, and help you trim calorie intake,” says Penn State researcher Barbara Rolls, PhD. Food with high water content tends to look larger, its higher volume requires more chewing, and it is absorbed more slowly by the body, which helps you feel full. Water-rich foods include fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal, and beans.

3. Water Helps Energize Muscles.

Muscle fatigue results when cells don’t maintain their balance of fluids and electrolytes. “When muscle cells don’t have adequate fluids, they don’t work as well and performance can suffer,” says Steven Guest, MD of Stanford University. Drinking enough fluids is important for athletes. Before the event or training, drink 500 ml (2 cups) and drink water at regular intervals throughout to replace fluids lost by sweating.

4. Water Helps Keep Skin Looking Good.

Your skin benefits from water but not only that it functions as a protective barrier to prevent excess fluid loss. When you are dehydrated your skin looks and feels dry and wrinkled, which improves with proper hydration. Using a quality natural moisturiser can “lock” in moisture into the skin.

5. Water Helps Your Kidneys Detoxify Your Body.

The main toxin in the body is blood urea nitrogen, a water-soluble waste that is able to pass through the kidneys to be excreted in the urine. Your kidneys are responsible for cleansing and ridding your body of toxins, however this depends on an adequate intake of fluids.

When your body is not getting enough fluids, urine concentration, colour, and odour increases because the kidneys trap extra fluid for bodily functions. If you regularly drink too little water, you may be at higher risk for kidney stones, especially in warm climates. When you’re getting enough fluids, urine flows freely, is light in colour and free of odour.

6. Water Helps Maintain Normal Bowel Function.

Adequate fluid intake helps with hydration, which in turn keeps things moving along your gastrointestinal tract and prevents constipation. When you don’t get enough fluid, the colon pulls water from stools to maintain hydration and the result is constipation.

Adequate fluid and fibre is the perfect combination, because the fluid pumps up the fibre and acts like a broom to keep your bowel functioning properly.

5 Tips to Help You Drink More

If you think you need to be drinking more, here are some tips to increase your fluid intake and reap the benefits of water:

  1. Have water with every snack and meal. I do not recommend coffee or fizzy soft drinks.
  2. Choose healthy beverages you enjoy, that way you are more likely to drink additional liquids if you like the way they taste.
  3. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Their high water content will add to your hydration. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from foods.
  4. Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, or in your bag.
  5. Choose beverages that meet your individual needs. If you’re watching calories, go for water or non-caloric beverages.

Factors that influence water needs

You may need to modify your total fluid intake depending on how active you are, the climate you live in, your health status, and if you’re pregnant or breast-feeding.

  • Exercise. If you exercise or engage in any activity that makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to compensate for the fluid loss. An extra 400 to 600 milliliters (about 1.5 to 2.5 cups) of water should suffice for short bouts of exercise, but intense exercise lasting more than an hour (for example, running a marathon) requires more fluid intake. How much additional fluid you need depends on how much you sweat during exercise, and the duration and type of exercise. During long bouts of intense exercise, it’s best to use a sports drink that contains sodium, as this will help replace sodium lost in sweat and reduce the chances of developing hyponatremia, which can be life-threatening. Also, continue to replace fluids after you’re finished exercising.
  • Environment. Hot or humid weather can make you sweat and requires additional intake of fluid. Heated indoor air also can cause your skin to lose moisture during wintertime. Further, altitudes greater than 8,200 feet (2,500 meters) may trigger increased urination and more rapid breathing, which use up more of your fluid reserves.
  • Illnesses or health conditions. When you have fever, vomiting or diarrhea, your body loses additional fluids. In these cases, you should drink more water. In some cases, your doctor may recommend oral rehydration solutions, such as Gatorade, Powerade or CeraLyte. Also, you may need increased fluid intake if you develop certain conditions, including bladder infections or urinary tract stones. On the other hand, some conditions such as heart failure and some types of kidney, liver and adrenal diseases may impair excretion of water and even require that you limit your fluid intake.
  • Pregnancy or breast-feeding. Women who are expecting or breast-feeding need additional fluids to stay hydrated. Large amounts of fluid are used especially when nursing. The Institute of Medicine recommends that pregnant women drink 2.3 liters (about 10 cups) of fluids daily and women who breast-feed consume 3.1 liters (about 13 cups) of fluids a day.

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One Man’s Food is Another Man’s Poison


In order to attain your smiling body, it’s important to realise that variety is not only eating different foods on different days of the week, it may also be about eating different foods from others, including family or friends, when you suffer particular conditions. One man’s food is another man’s poison, so goes the quote from Laucretius who lived circa 99 B.C. – 55 B.C.

I can agree with Laucretius, not only because of the traditional Chinese medical holistic approach to nutrition but because I see it frequently in my clinic. There is no single natural food that commonly harms or heals, this is demonstrated when we compare the diets of two patients of mine.

Our first patient case is Patrick an endurance event athlete. His diet is vegan, he thrives on a plant based diet that includes sprouted grains nuts, seeds, beans, vegetables and fruit. his body needs no meat, eggs or diary to be able to run, canoe, bike and swim hundreds of miles, sometimes through some of the most difficult terrain.

Our second patient case is Tomas who is an multi disciplined bodywork practitioner, who is qualified in osteopathy, acupuncture and nutrition. Tomas has a diet that consists mostly of fish, eggs, meat and low-starch vegetables. He has a condition called Ankylosing Spondylitis, which causes severe inflammation of the spine and joints, in particular the sacroiliac joint. Tomas reduced all starch foods because it has been shown that Ankylosing Spondylitis is triggered by pathogenic bacteria in the gut called Klebsiella that requires starchy foods like beans and whole grains to grow and multiple. A vegetarian diet would have been impossible for Tomas and he is now able to enjoy an active life without the debilitating pain of his condition. Tomas would have severe pain when he eats the incredibly healthy and healing foods for Patrick. This contrast between these two diets is perfectly captured by Lucretius’s belief that one man’s food is another man’s poison. Only you can figure out which foods heal
your body.

I offer my patients a balanced variety of foods that they can check and record in their dietary diary over three months. It’s an important way for everyone to see the clinical picture of which foods increase their healing potential and which foods cause internal disharmony. I only advise on supplementing the diet with natural herbs and whole food vitamin & mineral supplements. If we look at the diets of the Sardinians of Italy and the Okinawan islanders of Japan, the longest living humans on earth, we will see that they all enjoy proteins, carbohydrates and fats in a healthy balance and eat a lot of plants.

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Horseradish and Lemon Sauce


This powerful natural medicinal remedy has been used for Asthma, Bronchitis, Colds, Coughs, Influenza, Pneumonia or for any respiratory issue. It is also used for urinary tract infections, kidney stones, fluid retention, cough, achy joints (rheumatism), gallbladder disorders, sciatic nerve pain, gout, colic, and intestinal worms in children.

It can also be applied directly to the skin for painful and swollen joints or tissues and for minor muscle aches.

The potent components in fresh grated horseradish will resolve and dissolve the mucus in the sinuses and bronchial tubes effectively and quickly.

Mixing the grated horseradish with fresh lemon juice doubles its efficacy.

Directions:

  • Grate fresh horseradish into a bowl, add enough lemon juice to make into paste.
  • Take 1/2 teaspoon 2-3 times a day or as needed.

Food is Medicine too!



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Sun Si Miao – famous physician


Chinese Medicine is a deep and intricate art that has been practiced for thousands of years. Throughout its history, there have been many famous physicians who have advanced and grown its capacity to help people. We are indebted to the man famous practitioners and teachers who devoted their lives to contribute to its long history. Without these contributions, we would never have the knowledge and skills, techniques and literature to practice and further develop this medicine today.

Sun Si-Miao, a Chinese Medicine physician, during the Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) wrote the following beautiful advice and it serves to emphasize the art, science, and honesty aspects of the medicine we practice here. It is a useful code for practitioners of any form of medicine…


A Guide to Medical Workers: “The Golden Principle”

When people come to you with a serious disease and ask for help, you cannot concern yourself with whether they are esteemed or dishonorable, wealthy or poor, elderly or young, beautiful or ugly. Your care must be safe, and not swayed by whether they are your dearest family member or your adversary, your good friend or a stranger, American or foreigner, foolish or wise. In your mind’s eye each patient is on the same level, degree and class, and is treated as close as family. Your care must never by self-serving or motivated by what brings good for bad fortune, or by that which is pleasing or upsetting. Your protection and care should be precisely what is necessary: no more, no less, without deference to your own safety and life. Know, in your heart, that your good deeds are sincere and not a game. Show courage but caution. Actively explore and broaden your knowledge but stand firmly on the principles of which you are certain.

Chinese Medicine is not a “cure-all”, but it is an effective, adaptable medicine that when used properly can treat any number of conditions. There is a responsibility on the practitioner’s part to listen closely to the patient and use all their skills to devise appropriate treatments.

There is also a responsibility on the patient’s part to involve themselves in their own health and wellbeing. By making dietary, lifestyle, and mental changes, patients can greatly improve their health and live a more full and vibrant life.


In the Smiling Body clinic, we hope all our patients that you will not just be free from illness, but that you will learn to lead vibrant lives that enable you to grow stronger mentally and physically throughout your years.
I have also included with this article some famous sayings by Sun Si-Miao. Like all famous sayings that survive time and scrutinization and critique over history, I would advise to read with an open mind and accepting heart.

Sun Si Miao Quotes:

Medicine is intention. Those who are proficient at using intention are good doctors.” ~ Sun Si Miao

First, modify the patient’s diet and lifestyle and only then, if these do not effect a cure, treat with medicinal herbs and acupuncture.” ~ Sun Si Miao

Whenever a great physician treats disease, he has to be mentally calm and his nature firm. He should not give way to wishes and desires but must develop first a marked attitude of compassion.He should commit himself firmly to the willingness to take the effort to save every living creature.” ~ Sun Si Miao

Doctors should first understand the cause of disease, then treat it with diet. Medicine should only be used if diet fails.” ~ Sun Si Miao

Above all, I will keep an open heart. As I move on the right path I will receive great happiness as a reward without asking for anything in return.” ~ Sun Si Miao

Food is Medicine too!



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