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Relaxing homemade Parsley Tea

Easy directions on how to make parsley tea using fresh and dried parsley. Have a healthy cup of tea within minutes! Low cost and filled with health benefits!

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Parsley tea is a low cost healthy tea that is filled with nutrition and health benefits. It has a fresh, grassy taste to it, making it a great natural tea to start your day with or end the night with. Because we grow parsley in the garden, I always try to add this to my daily tea schedule during the Summer months.

Parsley tea is made within minutes and can be made with both fresh or dried parsley.

If you’re looking for a new homemade tea, give this a try!

Ingredients

How to make fresh parsley

  • Add 3 tablespons of fresh parsley into tea mesh strainer or infuser ball and place in cup. Pour boiling hot water on top. Let steep for 5-10 minutes and remove strainer. You can drink as is, or sweeten with honey or sugar if preferred.

How to Make with Dried Parsley

  • Add 1 teaspoon dried parsley into tea mesh strainer or infuser ball and place in cup. Pour boiling hot water on top. Let steep for 5 minutes and remove strainer. You can drink as is or sweeten with honey or sugar if preferred.

Nutrition Information:


Serving: 1g Calories: 1kcal

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Turmeric Lemon Ginger Tea

Start off your morning routine with this warm, nourishing Turmeric Lemon Ginger Tea! It’s full of antioxidants and vitamin C to start your day feeling great.

Let’s break down the nourishing, gut-friendly ingredients in this beautiful morning tea:

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TURMERIC. By now, you probably know what turmeric is (basically the new kale). It’s a spice made yellow by a compound called curcumin, which may have powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

LEMON. When life hands you lemons, hoard them all to make tea. We know them and love them for their vitamin C content, but they also contain a wide variety of other vitamins and minerals!

GINGER. In the same family as turmeric, ginger is a root that has been used for years and years to treat digestive issues and nausea. This study found that it’s anti-inflammatory properties can reduce muscle pain after exercise!

ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR. This is one of those must-be-in-my-pantry-at-all-times items. It’s very important to buy apple cider vinegar unpasteurized and “with the mother” The mother is what contains all the healthy bacteria filled with antioxidants—called polyphenols—that may improve digestion, boost your immune system, soothe a sore throat, and keep your skin looking 💯.

So grab your 5 ingredients, a pot, and make this nourishing turmeric lemon ginger tea to have tomorrow morning! Your I-want-to-go-back-to-bed-right-now self will thank you. 😊

Cheers!

INGREDIENTS

🌼 4 cups water

🌻 1/4 cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

🍋Juice of 1 lemon

🌿 1-inch knob of ginger, thinly sliced

🌺 1 teaspoon ground turmeric, pinch of black pepper, you can add honey as well.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a medium saucepan over high heat, add water. Bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat. Add Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, lemon juice, ginger, and turmeric and pinch of black pepper, honey.*
  • Let cool for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 5 days in an airtight jar or container. Shake before serving. Reheating on the stove is best!

NOTES
*Here’s a tip to avoid turmeric clumps! Add turmeric to a small bowl, then add a couple tablespoons of the hot water. Stir until smooth. Then pour into the pot with the rest of the ingredients!

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This Homemade Ginger Tea is antioxidant-rich

This Home Made Ginger Tea is a delicious (and healthy) tea made with fresh ginger, lemon juice, honey, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. It’s become part of my husband and my nightly ritual. The kids go to bed, tea simmers on the stove. It’s so comforting and I look forward to it every day.

GINGER IS DELICIOUS AND GOOD FOR YOU!

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Aside from the fact that this tea is hot, spicy and so full of flavour, it’s good for you too. We love the taste and the ritual of it, but we also drink this tea for it’s health benefits: Please note I am not a doctor, I wish I was, I lean more towards natural healing. These are just some health tidbits I found floating around the interwebs. The overall lesson here…this is just really good tea…and it’s probably good for you too. 🙂

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, it helps with nausea, circulation, stomach cramps and bloating, and it also improves the absorption of nutrients.
Lemon is a rich source of Vitamin C, it helps flush toxins out of your body, it has powerful natural antibiotic properties, it’s good for your liver and skin, it helps reduce pain and inflammation in joints…
Cinnamon has been thought to help with blood sugar control, it has natural antimicrobial properties, it is rich in manganese, iron, calcium and fibre, it’s a powerful antioxidant…on and on…and it’s delicious too!
Honey is antibacterial and anti-fungal, it’s probiotic, it’s good for you skin, and it helps with sore throats and coughs.
Cayenne Pepper is a good source of essential minerals and vitamins C and A, it’s beneficial to the circulatory system…plus it adds pizzazz to your tea. True story.

So I dedicate this tea to my Mom, who also loves tea recipes. 😉❤️

How pretty are those ingredients?! Ahhhhh, I really do love this tea.

COMFORTING AND DELICIOUS DURING COLD AND FLU SEASON.

This ginger tea is so good I just had to share it with you! We drink this tea because we love it, but we also swear that it helps us ward off bugs during cold and flu season. I have nothing to prove this, but we just feel like it helps with our immunity. And when we do get sick, this tea seems to help beat it! But really, we just love ginger tea…and now maybe you will too!

GINGER TEA RECIPE TIPS:

Ginger. Peeled, fresh ginger is best for this tea.
Dressing your tea. This part is very individual-taste dependent, so play with the ingredient amounts until you get a combination that you love.

Spices. A quick little word of warning…most of the cinnamon and cayenne pepper sinks to the bottom of the tea, so you might need to stir your tea. couple of times. But you should drink that part up, that’s where all the good stuff is!

My husband and I have an on-going joke about getting that last bit down!

When you’re done steeping the ginger, pour more water on it and let it sit overnight and reheat when you’re ready for another cup.

Ingredients

1 large fresh ginger root (peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (enough to have 8 to 10, 1-inch chunks for each root))
5 cups water
juice from 1 fresh lemon
honey
cinnamon
cayenne pepper (powder)

Instructions

In a saucepan, simmer the ginger chunks in 5 cups of water, for a minimum of 20 minutes, but the longer the better. We like to let ours simmer for 30-45 minutes.
Divide the tea between 2 large mugs, or 4 smaller mugs, making sure not to serve the chunks of ginger!

NOW IT’S TIME TO DRESS THE TEA. THIS PART IS VERY INDIVIDUAL-TASTE DEPENDENT! WE LIKE OUR TEA VERY STRONG, SO HERE’S WHAT WE ADD TO OUR TEA! FOR EACH MUG ADD:

Juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp cinnamon
generous dash of cayenne pepper

I hope you try it and enjoy it! Have a great day! 🙂

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The Anti-bloat smoothie

the anti-bloat smoothie

Bloated? You need to try this Anti-Bloat Smoothie in your life! Made with ingredients that are known to reduce bloating, it also tastes delicious!

This Anti-Bloat Smoothie is simple but when added together can help fight bloating and tastes delicious!

  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 banana
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • handful of ice

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until super smooth. Enjoy!


2. Hardcore Version: Add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to the mix.

Cucumbers: They are loaded with water, which helps fight bloating.



Banana: Bananas are high in potassium. Potassium helps regulate sodium levels, which prevents water retention. Too much sodium is a big cause of bloating, so that’s why bananas (and other foods high in potassium) help with bloating.



Coconut Water: Like bananas, coconut water is high in potassium.

Ginger: Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory food as well as a digestive aid. It soothes the digestive system and relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract, which keeps you from getting bloated. You know I love my ginger. Take a look at that huge hunk of fresh ginger in the picture below. I eat one of those per week.

Apple Cider Vinegar: I list this one as optional in the smoothie recipe because the smoothie absolutely tastes better without it. Apple cider vinegar, however, is a rock star for reducing gas and bloating. So if you are super serious about reducing your bloat, add this to your smoothie.

The taste of this anti-bloating smoothie is fresh. I love the cucumber and ginger together, and the banana sweetens it up just enough. The coconut water flavor is subtle, not overpowering. I really don’t love coconut water on its own, but do love it in my smoothies. It’s filled with electrolytes, so it’s a great naturally hydrating beverage choice. If you choose to add the apple cider vinegar it muddles the flavor a bit, but is still good.

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Tropical Citrus Orange Smoothie

This sumo Citrus Tropical Orange Creamsicle Smoothie will bring lots of sunshine to your day while bringing delicious nourishment too!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Makes: 3 to 4 servings

This Citrus Mandarins and fresh pineapple are a perfect tropical-inspired pair, with subtle coconut flavors and a secret dose of veggies. This smoothie is topped with coconut and oranges, for an absolutely dreamy and creamy morning treat.

Smoothies are such a great option for a nourishing and energizing breakfast, with endless possibilities for flavor combinations and toppings. It’s always fun and delicious to add a variety of fruits, plus some veggies to balance out the sweetness and nutrients. The optional plant-based protein powder adds both flavor and (of course!) protein to make you feel full for longer. So whether it’s hot or cold weather in your corner of the world, smoothies are always a yummy choice!

This recipe uses canned lite coconut milk for a tropical feel, but you can feel free to use a different plant milk such as soy milk, oat milk, or almond milk. The fresh pineapple can be substituted for frozen or canned pineapple. If using frozen, you can either thaw it prior to using, or add a little extra plant milk if your blender needs it.

INGREDIENTS

½ cup canned lite coconut milk (or plant milk of choice)

5 Sumo Citrus Mandarins

3 ½ cups diced fresh pineapple

½ cup frozen cauliflower

1 ½ frozen bananas

1 scoop vanilla protein powder, optional

¼ to 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS


To a high-speed blender, add coconut milk. Slice 4 Sumo Citrus Mandarins in half across the middle. Squeeze juice into blender, scraping out orange flesh into blender also. Add pineapple, cauliflower, frozen bananas, and protein powder if using. Blend well until smooth.

Remove peel from remaining Sumo Citrus Mandarin and either dice or separate into segments. Pour smoothie into glasses and top with orange pieces and coconut flakes.

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Broccoli Sprouts help to detoxify the body

Broccoli Sprout Benefits for Brain Health

Broccoli sprout benefits are numerous, and in part, come from a potent compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane easily crosses the blood-brain barrier where it can reduce the effects of toxins; this is a big reason why it is thought to protect neurons and the brain.

Broccoli Sprouts Versus Broccoli


Although broccoli is not nearly as good of a source of sulforaphane, there are a few ways to get more out of your broccoli. Logic would suggest the following tips will increase your sulforaphane from broccoli sprouts and other foods too.

How to Increase Sulforaphane from Foods


Add radish to increase sulforaphane: Adding Daikon radish helped the frozen broccoli form sulforaphane in the body.


Lightly steam your vegetables: no more than 2 minutes.


Don’t boil broccoli unless you add mustard seed: Boiled broccoli has no sulforaphane due to the high temperature of the water
Researchers found a way to prevent that problem: Add mustard seed to the water. For about a half pound (200 g) of broccoli, 1 gram of mustard powderincreased the body’s levels of sulforaphane by 4 times.


Eating it with meat increases absorption by 1.3 times (total isothiocyanate)


DIM in Broccoli and Broccoli Sprouts
Other broccoli and broccoli sprouts beneficial compounds are thought to help remove toxic hormones in the body.

These compounds, called indoles, including DIM, are best when you eat broccoli when it is raw. I wrote about indoles in one of my first blogs.

How Does Sulforaphane Protect the Brain?


Sulforaphane easily crosses the blood brain barrier where it can reduce the effects of toxins; this is a big reason why it is thought to be protect neurons.

Sulforaphane acts in many ways to increase a very potent cell protector in the body called Nrf2.

I’ve created an overview for you here because sulforaphane’s actions are so vast.

Overview of Proven and Potential Sulforaphane

Benefits
Reduces inflammation
Antibacterial
Reduces blood pressure
Helps cholesterol reduction
Reduces toxins
Improves memory
Improves social interaction and personality traits
Protects neurons
Reduces DNA damage
Nutritious food

1. Sulforaphane reduces brain toxins



Sulforaphane helps the body detoxify airborne pollutants, pesticides and heavy metals, by activating the detoxification systems, mainly the Phase 2 enzymes in the liver.

2. Broccoli Sprout Extract Benefits Autism Symptoms

Here is what they found:

64% were much/very much improved by measures of autism symptoms at 30 weeks of supplements-double-blinded, randomized placebo-controlled trial that is ongoing.
Self-reported (parents) improvement in autism symptoms in a small trial.
Social responsiveness significantly improved and markers were identified related to response to treatment.
A double-blinded trial of 29 boys aged 13-27, receiving broccoli sprout extract resulted in improved behavior, communication and social interaction. Once they were taken off broccoli sprouts, behavior returned back to baseline.
Although the studies are small, all consistently found broccoli sprouts benefits and does not harm in the case of autism.

3. Broccoli Sprouts May protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease

The other study showed that sulforaphane improved memory in Alzheimer’s disease.

A cell study found that broccoli sprouts reduced Aβ more than other vegetable sprouts such as red cabbage, broccoli, or buckwheat.

The reduction in this Alzheimer’s related protein was due to the modification in the Aβ protein.

4. Broccoli Sprouts Reduce Schizophrenia Symptoms

Schizophrenia is a disease that is often rapid and progressive in people, and usually develops in young adulthood.  This debilitating disease affects more than personality and mood changes.

Function of memory and decline in daily functioning occurs as well due to brain shrinkage.  Some experts suggest that schizophrenia is related to inflammation and autoimmune processes that are affected by food, lifestyle and environment  (epigenetics).

Broccoli sprouts are an appealing option for potential reduction in schizophrenia symptoms.  Here is the proof we have so far.

A pilot study in 10 schizophrenia patients found that broccoli sprout extract improved learning tasks over an 8-week period.

5. Broccoli sprouts may protect from stroke


Broccoli sprout protected the brain from stroke damage by preventing blood-brain barrier damage, slowed damaged area in the brain and reduced memory and nerve-related damage

Sulforaphane reduced damage to neurons and reduced neuron cell death in a model of stroke by activating the NrF2 pathway.

6. Broccoli sprouts and blood pressure

Blood pressure was lowered in patients with diabetes undergoing treatment for H.Pylori infections using 6 grams of broccoli sprout powder per day over 28 days.  Inflammation also decreased in this double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled study.

7. Broccoli sprouts may reduce anxiety and reduce depression


Inflammation is a common marker in people with mood disorders, including anxiety and depression. Several studies up to this point show that reduction of inflammation through dietary and supplement approaches benefit these debilitating conditions.

8. Broccoli sprouts benefits nerve health and brain health


Most research is early, but very compelling in regards to broccoli sprouts benefits for nerve health.

9. Sulforaphane may improve memory

Sulforaphane has positive effects on brain function if you consider the previous studies I discussed about Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and autism. 

10. Sulforaphane may reduce Parkinson’s disease


Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis don’t have proper activation of Nrf2 as a common problem.

Activated Nrf2 provides strong antioxidant activity within nerve cells.

Sulforaphane from broccoli sprouts potently activates Nrf2.

11. Broccoli Sprouts Reduce Cholesterol


High cholesterol is linked to brain dysfunction and damage. Broccoli sprout data is very promising for cholesterol. So far:

High-glucoraphanin broccoli reduced LDL cholesterol more than standard broccoli in a randomized trial in women with heart disease risk.
Broccoli sprouts lowered total and LDL cholesterol, increased HDL cholesterol , reduced triglycerides.
10 grams of broccoli sprout powder per day reduced triglycerides, oxidized cholesterol, and increased HDL-cholesterol in patients with diabetes.



Many experts now coin a term Type 3 Diabetes to describe the damages of high blood sugar on the brain. Broccoli sprouts hold a lot of promise to help protect the brain. Several studies find benefits as follows.

Sulforaphane reduced damaging effects of cholesterol on the pancreas and also improved the function of the energy-burning part of the cell called the mitochondria.

10 grams of broccoli sprouts per day reduced insulin resistance in 81 patients with type 2 diabetes.

Eating a sulforaphane-rich diet prevents memory impairment and increases the survival of neurons in diabetic rats.

Broccoli sprouts increased PPAR activity, which can improve glucose blood levels and cholesterol.

Bottom line: broccoli sprouts benefits may include protecting the brain from the damages of glucose.

13. May protect the brain by reducing atherosclerosis


The brain requires adequate blood flow and good circulation for proper function.

A diet that is rich in sulforaphane decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Various studies done on lab rats were promising for protecting and strengthening the heart.

Positive results were:

Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is linked to reduced memory and loss of brain function. Two rabbit studies were conducted to determine if sulforaphane would protect they heart. Here is what they found:

Reduced inflammation and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
Restores blood vessel wall function
Reduced heart damage after infarction
Bottom line: broccoli sprouts benefits our cardiovascular system, including the vascular system in the brain.

Broccoli sprouts are antibacterial


Pathogenic bacteria are known to harm the brain. Preliminary results of broccoli sprouts benefits extend to our immune function.

Broccoli sprouts increase antibacterial enzymes in colon cells.
Sulforaphane reduced growth of 23 strains of harmful bacteria and fungus in cell culture.
How to use and supplement broccoli sprouts
Fresh broccoli sprouts are probably best, but can be hard to find. Eat them slowly and chew them up well!

Research studies use a wide range of dosing for supplements. They typically use between 500 mg-10 grams of broccoli sprout extract per day.

Look for supplements of broccoli sprouts that contain myrosinase for better absorption.

Broccoli Sprout Notes:


No known side effects exist for broccoli sprouts. They don’t have a negative effect on thryoid function, which has been a concern for some people with thyroid disorders.

Broccoli sprouts have a fairly small amount of vitamin K1 relative to deep green vegetables like kale. If you are on blood-thinning medications check with your healthcare provider before eating broccoli sprouts.

Growing Broccoli Sprouts


It is really easy to learn how to grow broccoli sprouts at home and it saves a lot of money. It does take a bit of time and attention, but it is well worth it to get the sulforaphane benefits.


Ball Mason Jars 1 Quart
Cheesecloth, tea towel or sprouting lid
Rubber band or mason jar rim if not using a sprouting lid
can also use a sprouting kit with stands
Bowl or baking dish
Organic broccoli seeds
Day 1
Soaking

Days 2-5
Growing Broccoli Sprouts


Rinse the broccoli seeds in a colander, then place the seeds in your clean mason jar. Cover the seeds with a few inches of filtered water. Place the cheese cloth, tea towel, or sprouting lid on the jar. Then place the jar in a dark cupboard overnight or for 8 yours.


Drain off liquid and rinse the broccoli sprout seeds. Rinse the seeds at least 2-3 times a day. Turn that jar upside down and place it in your bowl or baking dish so that the seeds are moist but don’t sit in the water. Store at 60-70 degrees Farhenheit. Set your calendar to remind you to rinse the seeds because this is a key step for healthy sprouting.

Broccoli Sprouts Recipes


Need some recipe ideas of how to use broccoli sprouts? It’s simple! Add broccoli sprouts to any:

Salad
Sandwich
Smoothie
Stir-fries
Veggie sides


Vital Proteins Tropical Hibiscus Beauty Collagen

Where to Buy Broccoli Sprouts and Seeds
Health food stores sell sprouted broccoli if you aren’t in to growing your own.

Many online retailers also sell broccoli sprout seeds and supplements, such as:

Food to Live
Handy Pantry
Mum’s Sprouting Seeds Sprouting Kit
The Sprout House-certified organic broccoli seeds
Thorne Crucera-SGS – Broccoli Seed Extract for Antioxidant Support – Sulforaphane Glucosinolate
Brocsprout whole broccoli sprout capsules
KOYAH – Organic USA Grown Broccoli Powder
Avmacol

Bottom Line


Broccoli sprouts benefits appear to be vast for brain health. It makes sense to eat broccoli sprouts several times a week and consider broccoli sprout supplements if eating them regularly isn’t realistic.

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The Proven Health Benefits of Ginger

The Proven Health Benefits of Ginger

1. Contains gingerol, which has powerful medicinal properties
Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional and alternative medicine. It’s been used to aid digestion, reduce nausea, and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few of its purposes.

The unique fragrance and flavor of ginger come from its natural oils, the most important of which is gingerol.

Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger. It’s responsible for much of ginger’s medicinal properties.

Gingerol has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects, according to research. For instance, it may help reduce oxidative stress, which is the result of having an excess amount of free radicals in the body

2. Just 1–1.5 grams of ginger can help prevent various types of nausea, including chemotherapy-related nausea, nausea after surgery, and morning sickness.

3. There are some studies showing ginger to be effective at reducing symptoms of osteoarthritis, especially osteoarthritis of the knee.

4. Ginger has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and improve various heart disease risk factors in people with type 2 diabetes.

5. Ginger appears to speed up emptying of the stomach, which can be beneficial for people with indigestion and related stomach discomfort.

6. Ginger appears to be very effective against menstrual pain when taken at the beginning of pains.

7. There’s some evidence, in both humans and animals, that ginger can lead to significant reductions in LDL (bad) cholesterol, total cholesterol, and blood triglyceride levels.

8. Ginger may help fight harmful bacteria and viruses, which could reduce your risk for infections.

Adding ginger to your diet

If you want to add ginger to your diet, you can do so through what you eat and drink. Here are a few chicken and beverage recipes to try:

chicken with ginger

garlic-ginger chicken with cilantro and mint

spicy orange-ginger chicken

lemon-ginger chicken

fresh ginger tea

ginger root tea

malian ginger juice

The bottom line

Ginger is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.

It’s one of the very few superfoods actually worthy of that term.

Here’s How You Can Optimize Your Natural Immune System

Natural immunity is our body’s natural system of protection against micro-organisms including bacteria, parasites, and viruses. We can protect ourselves against any number of pathogens.

This guide provides a basic outline of the immune system and an introduction to optimizing immune function through food, lifestyle choices, herbs, and supplements.

The immune system

The immune system is a multi layered shield for the body. It includes many types of cells that work together to fight infection and protect against disease. These cells identify, mark, and destroy pathogens.

The organs and tissues of the immune system are found throughout the body: 

  • Skin and mucous membranes
  • Lymph nodes and lymphatic vessels
  • Spleen
  • Thymus
  • Bone marrow
  • Tonsils and adenoids

The immune system produces specific proteins called antibodies that have several key roles in protective immunity and in response to infection.

A good-functioning immune system is critical for staying healthy. There is a considerable volume of science demonstrating how dietary and lifestyle choices, as well as certain food supplements and herbs, can improve the immune system.

Therefore, the potential of natural substances to strengthen the immune system has long been the subject of investigation, and this is supported by traditional knowledge in terms of the use of herbs.

We now know that optimal immune function requires optimal nutrition and that exercise, stress, sleep, and natural light exposure also play a functional role.

The food we consume

Foods we consume

It is important to know what you put in your body and to limit consumption of harmful foods, because they are lacking of nutrients. It’s also better to get the ingredients and freshly prepare food, because volume of vitamins and other micro-nutrients are reduced by cooking methods and storage.

Proteins and amino acids are necessary for antibody production and normal immune function along with vitamins A, B, C, D, E; minerals including zinc, iron, selenium, magnesium; and essential fatty acids.

Fruits and vegetables are natural immunity superfoods and contain natural plant chemicals such as flavonoids. To break down food A higher intake of fruits and vegetables leads to a reduction in inflammation and enhancement of immunity, as shown in a systematic review and meta analysis of 83 studies

Organic Apples, citrus fruits, blueberries, onions, broccoli, kale, tomatoes, green tea, other teas, cacao, whole grains, and certain herbs and spices including thyme and turmeric are flavonoid rich foods. Flavonoids and a soluble fibre called beta-glucans help to reduce inflammation and regulate the immune system.

Oats, barley, and mushrooms are beta-glucans, as research shows. The beneficial effects of β-glucan-containing mushrooms have been long known and are traditionally utilized in Oriental medicine for strengthening the body’s immune system. Examples are the Shiitake (Lentinus edodes) of Japanese origin and Lingzhi (Ganoderma lucidum), used in Chinese medicine.

Kefir, live natural yoghurt, kombucha, and sauerkraut are probiotic foods that help to support optimal immune function by improving gut function and via immune modulation.

Exercise is good

Regular exercise, research shows, is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system and countering the effects of aging on immune function.

Exercise strengthens the body’s ability to fight off infection. Regularly engaging in moderate exercise or even simple exercise is beneficial for immune defense. The key is to sweat for the release of unwanted chemicals. Everyone Notably, older adults and those with chronic disease benefit significantly with movement and regular exercise. 

Rest is best

Sleep and the biological clock, the circadian rhythm, have a significant influence on immune function. Diet and lifestyle help to regulate the biological clock and promote healthy sleep via the production of melatonin.

Soak up the sun

Sunlight enables the production of vitamin D—the sunshine vitamin, in the skin. A major cause of vitamin D deficiency is inadequate exposure to sunlight. However, vitamin D is available in some foods naturally—fish liver oil and fatty fish, and fortified milk products, orange juice, and breakfast cereals. An estimated 50% of people worldwide are vitamin D deficient.

Supplements are key

Vitamin C, vitamin D, and Zinc have been widely researched and used for natural immune support and optimization for years. 

Vitamins A, E and B complex, essential fatty acids, selenium, magnesium, iron and copper, beta-glucans, and flavonoids and a good quality multivitamin and mineral are especially important when diet is not ideal.

Probiotics can also be supplemented.

A cup of tea

Herbal remedies and teas such as green tea, mint tea, white pine needle tea, echinacea, and pelargonium can be taken to support and balance the immune system. They can also be used at the first signs of illness, such as a sore throat.

Elderberry has traditionally been used in reducing the duration of colds and flu.

Chronic stress has been shown to suppress immunity
Adaptogens are a class of herbs that include licorice, astragalus and ashwagandha. They have the unique ability to improve an individual’s ability to cope with stress by promoting the ability to adapt and therefore protect against all types of stressors including physical, emotional, chemical, and biological.

These herbs can directly modify the immune system, stabilize various physical functions, and bring things back into balance when taken in times of increased stress. They normalize the physiological process of the body and help the body adapt to change.

Astragalus is a Chinese herb that has been used over centuries for general immune support. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

Licorice is a well-known herbal medicine used worldwide over thousands of years. Accumulating evidence has shown its potential to balance the immune system. It also has natural antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties.

The immune system responds to the stress of challenging circumstances. Chronic stress can lead to increased inflammation in the body and is associated with activation of latent viruses. This explains the re-activation of cold sores (caused by the herpes virus) during times of stress.

Every person manages stress differently. Some are more able to adapt and cope with chronic stress than others.

frequency of exercise, and social support systems all have important roles to play. Certain nutrients are depleted by stress, and therefore those with poor nutritional status are likely to fair worse.

It’s time to optimize your immune system
Eating healthy foods, getting plenty of sleep, exercising regularly, keeping stress levels low, and supplementing appropriately keep our immune systems supported and ready to fend off a host pathogens, including virus.

Trusting in God first overall who created creation and the herbs for the healing of the body.

It’s a blessing that God created our bodies to build its defenses against infection and create a harmony with nature without being directed by expensive pharmaceuticals. You are gifted with an amazing natural immune system that can be optimized to its full potential using the tools presented here.

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The digestive benefits of celery (quick salad recipe included)

 A popular low-calorie food, celery is a crunchy vegetable with many nutritional benefits. For one, celery helps boost digestive health. It’s also a great source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

The nutritional profile of celery

A single celery stalk only has 1o calories, but the vegetable is full of important antioxidants.

Antioxidants protect your blood vessels, cells, and organs from oxidative damage.

Celery is low in sodium and it’s also a good source of beta carotene, flavonoids, and immunity-boosting vitamin C. Additionally, celery contains phytonutrients that help minimize inflammation in your blood vessels, cells, digestive tract, and organs.

Celery has a low glycemic index, which means it has a slow, steady effect on your blood sugar, making it a great snack if you have diabetes. Celery also contains vitamins A and K, along with folate and potassium.

The health benefits of celery


It reduces inflammation. Studies suggest that chronic inflammation is associated with various health problems like arthritis and osteoporosis. Celery and celery seeds contain at least 25 anti-inflammatory compounds that help prevent these conditions.

It can boost your digestive health. Celery contains pectin-based polysaccharides.

The vegetable also has a high water content. Made up of at least 95 percent water, celery is also full of insoluble and soluble fiber.

Water and fiber are essential for a healthy digestive tract and regular bowel movements. A cup of celery sticks contains at least five grams of dietary fiber that boosts digestion.

It helps increase your stomach acid, which promotes smooth digestion and breaks down the food that you eat. Consuming celery helps relieve bloating and indigestion. (Related: Is celery the powerful anti-cancer weapon we have all been waiting for?)

How to cook and store celery


Healthy celery leaves are crisp and fresh. Look for celery with pale to bright green leaves and don’t buy celery with yellow or brown patches.

When buying celery, look for sturdy, upright stalks. The stalks should snap easily, not bend, when you pull them.

Chop celery before cooking or serving. This helps maintain the vegetable’s essential nutrients.

It is best to consume steamed celery, which retains flavor and almost all of its nutrients.

Celery leaves have the most calcium, potassium, and vitamin C. The leaves don’t store well, so consume celery leaves after a day or two of purchase.

Celery is a versatile vegetable. It can be eaten raw as a snack, baked or steamed, or added to green smoothies, juices, salads, or soups.

Recipe for celery stalk salad with apples, goat cheese, grapes, and pecans


The celery salad recipe below is from “Ruffage,” a cookbook written by chef Abra Berens.

This yummy salad combines refreshing ingredients like apples, celery, and grapes. The recipe also includes crunchy toasted pecans and smooth, creamy goat cheese.

Serve this celery salad as a main or as a side to a meat-based dish.

Ingredients:

1 head (4 cups) of celery, remove the root end and stalk tips, cut the stalks in diagonal slices and set the leaves aside
1 pound of grapes, halved
1 tart apple, cut into ¼-inch slices
1 cup pecans, toasted
½ cup olive oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
4 ounces organic, fresh goat cheese

Steps:

Combine the chopped celery, celery leaves, grapes, apple, pecans, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
Taste the salad, and add seasoning as desired.
Transfer the salad to a serving platter, then add the goat cheese before serving.

Including nutritious vegetables like celery and follow a balanced diet to boost your digestive health.

12 Fruits that are packed with protein

Your body contains four main macromolecules: carbohydrates, fats, nucleic acids, and proteins. Each of these macromolecules have specialized functions. For instance, proteins are essential for building tissue and strengthening your immune system. To boost your protein intake, add protein-rich fruits like pomegranates and bananas to your regular diet.

What are proteins?

Amino acids are small organic molecules that bind together to form proteins. Every cell in the human body contains different kinds of protein. In fact, your body produces at least 100,000 different proteins. Protein is the building block of your hair, muscles, and blood cells.

When you consume more protein than your body requires, the excess is converted into fat. Your body can also use up protein as a last resort energy reserve.

Animal foods are rich in protein, but you need to follow a balanced diet to ensure your overall health. Boost your intake of this macronutrient by eating a lot of healthy foods like lean meat and plant proteins.

Here are 12 protein-rich fruits to add to your diet.

Avocados


Avocados are a great source of “good” fat. A 100-gram serving of avocado also contains two grams of protein. Add avocado to salads or use the fruit to make delicious chutneys and dips. (Related: 10 Healthy vegetarian snacks you can enjoy any time of the day.)

Bananas


A 100-gram serving of banana contains 1.1 grams of protein. This bright-yellow fruit is also a good source of potassium.

Enjoy a whole banana as a sweet and nutritious snack, or add it to pudding and smoothies.

Currants


Every 100-gram serving of currants offers at least 1.4 grams of protein.

Add fiber-rich currants to fruit jams, marmalades, or salads.

Dates


A 100-gram serving of dried dates offers 2.4 grams of protein. Dates make great healthy snacks and also contain lots of potassium.

Eat dates on their own, or enjoy them with a glass of milk.

Dried apricots


Each 100-gram serving of dried apricots contains 1.4 grams of protein. Apricots are full of vitamin A which protects your body from free radical damage.

Snack on a small handful of dried apricots or crush and add them to oatmeal.

Guavas


A 100-gram serving of guava contains 2.6 grams of protein. The fruit is also rich in vitamin C and pectin. Pink guava contains lycopene, a beneficial anti-cancer antioxidant.

Add guava to a homemade fruit salad or eat it on its own.

Jackfruit


A 100-gram serving of jackfruit contains 1.5 grams of protein. This unique fruit is also rich in antioxidants and nutrients like vitamins A, B, and C, along with calcium, copper, magnesium, and manganese.

Kumquats


Kumquats are rich in vitamins A, B, and C, and a 100-gram serving offers at least 1.9 grams of protein. Additionally, kumquats are a great source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.

Passion fruit


Passion fruit contains at least 2.5 grams of protein per 100 grams. This fruit also offers fiber and vitamin C, both of which improve metabolism and boost your immunity.

Pomegranates


A pomegranate contains at least five grams of protein per 100-grams, making it one of the most protein-rich fruits on this list.

Add pomegranates to salads or drink fresh, organic pomegranate juice.

Prunes


Prunes are dry fruits that are high in sugar, so consume them moderately. A 100-gram serving of prunes provides 2.2 grams of protein.

Prunes also contain lots of fiber and polyphenols, which help boost heart health and lower cancer risk.

The fiber in prunes can not only help control blood glucose levels, it can also help you maintain a healthy weight.

Snack on a small handful of prunes to boost your protein and fiber intake.

Raisins


A 100-gram serving of raisins offers at least 3.1 grams. Raisins also contain fiber, iron, and potassium, all of which promote digestive health.

Add raisins to oatmeal or rice pudding or snack on a handful for a protein-rich treat.

Other protein-rich foods


The following foods are also good sources of protein:

Eggs
Fish (e.g., cod, halibut, perch, and snapper)
Legumes
Milk
Milk products (e.g., cheese and yogurt)
Nuts (e.g., almonds, peanuts, and walnuts)
Turkey breast
Vegetables (e.g., broccoli, green beans, and sweet peas)
Whole grains (e.g., whole wheat and lentils)


Follow a balanced diet full of nutritious and protein-rich fruits to boost your overall health.

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