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Beetroot Blood Tonic Soup


If you have a diagnosis of anemia or your traditional Chinese medicine practitioner informed you that you have a Blood Deficiency? This is an excellent speedy way to nourish blood, especially good for women but men will benefit also.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 medium beetroots, grated
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 leek, cut into thin strips
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 liter (1 3/4) pints beef/chicken/vegetable stock (or plain water)
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons natural yoghurt

Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the vegetables and garlic for 2-3 minutes. Add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Before the end of cooking time add salt and pepper to taste. You can add yogurt just before serving.

Beetroot is nutritious and really gives lots of energy. Its rich in potassium, silica, iron, amino acids and vitamins A, vitamin B and vitamin C.

It is an ideal blood tonic for Blood Deficiency and is traditionally used in debilitating diseases and convalescence. Beef stock provides vital amino acids and nutrients for strengthening muscles and bones.

Enjoy!



James O’Sullivan from Galway is a credible and engaging speaker, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving his patients, his students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is a respected author and has appeared on many public media.


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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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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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Apricot Cashew Nut Bites


Do you like something tasty as a daily treat? This is a delicious healthy treat and so easy to make. Made from wholesome ingredients you can indulge from time to time.

  • 150g cashew nuts (or pecans, walnuts or other nuts or seeds)
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 80 g dried apricots
  • 80g Medjool or other soft dates (pitted)
  • 1 large tbsp almond butter (or hazelnut, peanut or other nut butter)
  • 80g shelled hemp seeds/sesame seeds
  • 3g cinnamon (or replace with vanilla or other spices)

Directions

  • Place the nuts in a food processor and blend until coarsely ground.
  • Add remainder of ingredients and blend until dried fruit is well chopped and mixture holds together when pressed. Add a tiny splash of water if too dry.
  • Roll mixture into small balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge (will keep for up to 2 weeks) or in the freezer (will keep for up to 2 months).

Food is Medicine Too!

Enjoy!



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Health Benefits of Broccoli


You either love it or hate it, but Broccoli is one very powerful vegetable to assist nutritional  healing. A cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.

Here are some very good reasons why broccoli should be an essential part of your diet.

Nourish Nervous System

Broccoli has a rich concentration of potassium and so helps maintain a healthy nervous system and brain function. It also encourages healthy muscle development.

Powerful antioxidant

When we look at all the cruciferous vegetables, we see broccoli is notable as the most concentrated source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively. Also concentrated in broccoli are the carotenoids lutein, zeaxanthin and beta-carotene, other powerful antioxidants.

Blood Pressure

In addition to the rich quantity of potassium, broccoli contains enough magnesium and calcium that help regulate blood pressure.

Vitamin C

One cup of broccoli contains the RDA of vitamin C, an antioxidant essential for combating the effects of free radical damage. Vitamin C is also an effective antihistamine for easing the discomfort of the most infectious conditions like the common cold.

Bone Health

Broccoli contains rich amounts of both Calcium and Vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.

Skin Damage

Broccoli is helpful in rejuvenating damaged skin especially from overexposure to the sun. It contains glucoraphanin which nourishes the skin to detoxify and repair itself.

Immune System

One cup of broccoli reinforces the immune system with a hefty dose of beta-carotene. Trace minerals, such as zinc and selenium, further act to strengthen immune defences.

Cancer Prevention

Broccoli contains glucoraphanin, which with the body processes into the anti-cancer compound sulforaphane. This compound rids the body H. pylori, a bacterium found to highly increase the risk of gastric cancer. Furthermore, broccoli contains indole-3-carbinol, a powerful antioxidant compound and anti-carcinogen found to not only hinder the growth of breast, cervical and prostate cancer, but also boosts liver function.

A Healthy Weight 

Broccoli is high in fibre, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and reduces overeating. Furthermore, a cup of broccoli has as much protein as a cup of rice or corn with half the calories.

Eye Health

Studies have shown that the carotenoid lutein helps prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, as well as possesses anti-cancer effects. Additionally, broccoli is a good source of vitamin A that is needed to form retinal, the light-absorbing molecule that is essential for both low-light and colour vision.

Healthy Heart

The carotenoid lutein may also slow down or prevent the thickening of arteries in the human body, thus fighting against heart disease and stoke. The B6 and folate in broccoli also reduce the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke. The anti-inflammatory properties of sulforaphane, one of the isothiocyanates (ITCs) in broccoli, may be able to prevent (or even reverse) some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems.

Lower Cholesterol

Broccoli is a whole food that is packed with soluble fibre that draws cholesterol out of your body.

Anti-inflammatory

Reducing allergic reaction and inflammation: Research has shown the ability of kaempferol to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body. Broccoli even has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well known as an anti-inflammatory.

Food is Medicine Too!



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