Fab Friday

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Lovely things for this beautiful sunny Friday

+ I need these Dr Seuss style succulents
+ Stunning Wanaka New Zealand
+ Carly Marie Nutrition affirmation
+ Just the weather for a blueberry matcha iceblock

Food Matters film free online last day!

This is a fantastic film if you haven’t seen it already be quick

Ginger Gem!

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Ginger is amazing its a..

Antiemetic – treats feelings of nausea

Antiviral – helps combat the common cold

Anti-inflammatory – many arthritis sufferers use ginger to help ease aches and pains

Antihistamine – helpful in the treatment of allergies

Antispasmodic – used to calm upset stomachs and provide relief from bloating, gas and diarrhoea

Anxiolytic – ginger may bind to receptors in the brain helping to reduce anxiety.

It also lowers cholesterol levels and helps prevent blood clot formation.

Add some ginger to your meals or drinks, fresh ginger keeps well in the freezer then just grate it off as you need it. Once its been frozen its really easy to just scrape the skin off.

Try this hot ginger friction rub! it’s great way to warm up on a cold day. This rub stimulates the circulation and soften the skin.

15g fresh grated ginger or dried ground ginger

250ml water

3 teaspoons almond oil

2 teaspoons witch hazel

Method:

Steep the ginger in boiling water for approximately 20 minutes. Then mix 3-4 teaspoons of the ginger water with the almond oil and witch hazel. Massage directly onto wet skin while bathing, using a loofah or coarse cloth or brush.

Seasonal Eating for the end of Summer

 

In the southern hemisphere we are enjoying summer.  All the holiday celebrations can be hard on your liver. Crucerferous veges such as brocoli, sprouts and cabbage benefit the liver.  Watercress, fresh fruits, beetroot, garlic, bitter veges and green tea will also benefit liver detox pathways.

Some fantastic foods which are in season at the moment and I’ve been enjoying are.

 

Asparagus

– A natural diuretic which is great if you suffer from fluid retention

-Rich in folate, vit E, vit C. Folate helps carry carbon around the body, this mechanism constantly repairs DNA.

 

Avocado

– Provides nearly 20 essential nutrients including fibre, potassium, vit E, folate.  The good fats in Avos act as a nutrient booster helping the body absorb fat soluable nutrients such as beta carotene and lutein.

 

Kale

– Rich in sulphur – containing phytonutrients which research indicates have the capacity to help fight cancer. Great source of beta carotene and calcium

 

Watercress

– Contains iron, calcium, folic acid, vit A, vit C and iodine. Best eaten in its natural state fresh and crisp.

 

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Let me know in the comments below what you are enjoying eating this season? If it’s not summer where you are let me know which season you are in.

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Spirulina – richest source of nutrition in the world

Spirulina contains over 100 synergistic nutrients and is the single richest and most complete source of total organic nutrition in the world!

As natures richest whole food source of Bio-chelated Organic Iron, its 58 times richer than raw spinach and 28 times richer than raw beef liver! It is also natures richest whole food source of Beta Carotene (Pro-vitimin A) being 25 times richer than raw carrots!

Spirulina is one of nature’s near-perfect foods, as it is up to 70 percent protein by weight and is rich in B vitamins (including B-12), minerals, GLA, natural iodine and phycocyanin

  • “Spirulina was found to have very positive effects for radiation sickness when given to children exposed to radiation after the Chernobyl nuclear accident
  • Many studies have found that Spirulina can serve as a “radiation shield,” helping protect your thyroid gland, strengthen your immune system and blood, protect your kidneys, and bind to heavy radioactive isotopes so they can be more quickly eliminated from your body
  • While spirulina is an excellent source of nutrition, you must be very careful about its source, since it can be contaminated with heavy metals and other environmental pollutants” (www.mercola.com)

Certified Organic Spirulina is in both the Deep Green Alkalising Superfood and Inliven Probiotic Superfood.

Superfoods for arthritis

Apples

Contain anti-inflammatory antioxidants and bone-friendly boron and magnesium.  Eating 100g of apple provides the same antioxidant benefits for inflamed joints as 1500mg vitamin c.  Wash but don’t peel your apples the antioxidants are five times more concentrated in the skin than the flesh.

Avocado

Contains antioxidant monounsaturated oils, essential fatty acids, beta-sitosterol and vitamin E. Avocado can suppress joint inflammation by reducing production of inflammatory substances.  It promotes cartilage repair in osteoarthritis by stimulating the activity of bone-building cells and cartilage cells.

Brazil Nuts

The richest dietary source of selenium – a single Brazil nut contains around 50mcg.  Selenium improves the quality of cartilage proteins. Also good source of magnesium and sulphur.  People with the highest dietary intake of selenium are least likely to develop osteoarthritis.  Each increase of 0.1 parts per million of selenium in your toenail clippings ( a good indicator of selenium status) lowers your risk of knee osteoarthritis by 20 percent.

Chilli peppers

Contains substances called capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin.  Capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin block transmission of pain messages.  They also trigger the release of endorphins – the brains own morphine-like painkillers.  Capsaicin is used in clinical trials as a long acting analgesic to treat post-surgical and osteoarthritis pain – a single injection at the site of pain acts for several months.

Curry powder spices

For example, anise, chilli, cloves, cumin, fennel, ginger, mustard and turmeric. Curry spices have an anti-inflammatory, pain killing action that helps to alleviate joint symptoms.  Mustard isothiocyanates reduce inflammation in a similar way to aspirin.  Turmeric and ginger contain curcumin, which may reduce cartilage destruction in osteoarthritis, and prevent the onset of rheumatoid arthritis.

Dark green leafy vegetables

For example broccoli, spinach, spring greens, dark green cabbage and parsley.  These vegetables supply antioxidant carotenoids, vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. A high antioxidant diet is good for arthritis.  Sixty-one percent of the bone-friendly calcium  found in broccoli is absorbed from the gut, compared to 32 percent of calcium in milk. Inliven contains broccoli, spinach and cabbage and Deep green contains kale, collard greens and lots of grass juices.

Dark blue-red pigmented fruits

For example cherries, grapes, blueberries, bilberries, dark raspberries and elderberries.  These contain antioxidant anthocyanins which lower levels of inflammatory chemicals in the body.  Eating 250g of black cherries daily can lower uric acid levels enough to prevent gout.  Drinking a glass of red grape juice has an antioxidant action that lasts for two hours after ingestion. As the name suggests Berry Radical has a variety of berries packed in, including acai berry, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry.

Garlic

Contains beneficial substances such as allicin.  A Russian study has shown that people with rheumatoid arthritis can benefit from increasing the amount of garlic they eat.

Grapefruit

Contains vitamin C and antioxidant bioflavonoids.  Red grapefruit has a higher antioxidant content than yellow grapefruit.  Grapefruit helps to reduce inflammation, strengthen cartilage and block prostaglandins (substances involved in pain).  It increase the anti-inflammatory effect of some painkillers.  Eating grapefruit regularly improves symptoms in some people with rheumatoid and other forms of inflammatory arthritis.

Macadamia nuts

The richest food source of monounsaturated fatty acids and an excellent source of vitamin E and selenium.  The antioxidant action reduces inflammation in arthritis.  The nuts are being used in a trial to reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Cathedral Cove Macadamias has a great range of macadamia products.

Oily fish

A rich source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA).  A large analysis of 17 studies assessing the pain-relieving effects of omega-3 fatty acids in rheumatoid and other autoimmune forms of arthritis showed they significantly reduce joint pain and intensity, the duration of morning stiffness, the number of painful joints and the need to take NSAID painkillers – all within three to four months.

Olive oil

A rich source of monounsaturated fats and antioxidant, anti-inflammatory substances.  Increased olive oil consumption is associated with a reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis and cardiovascular disease.  Olive oil may protect against the development of osteoarthritis.

Onions

A rich source of quercetin – an antioxidant bioflavonoid that suppresses the production of inflammatory substances.  Red onions are particularly high in antioxidants.  Quercetin binds to cartilage and strengthens its structure. As an antioxidant it mops up free radicals within joints and reduces the release of protein-degrading enzymes.

Pomegranate

A rich source of antioxidant polyphenols, anthocyanins, vitamins C and E and carotenoids.  Just one of the fantastic ingredients in Berry Radical. Its antioxidant potential is two or three times higher than that of red wine and green tea.  Ellagic acid in pomegranate juice reduces inflammation by blocking activation of inflammatory substances that play a key role in cartilage degradation in osteoarthritis.

Red wine

A rich source of antioxidant polyphenols such as resveratrol.  Resveratrol blocks the release of inflammatory substances, which helps to reduce joint inflammation.

Teas

White, green, oolong and black tea contain high levels of antioxidant catechins, such as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG inhibits the expression of inflammatory mediators in arthritic joints and helps to protect cartilage degradation in osteoarthritis.

Walnuts

A rich source of omega-3 fatty acids.  Omega-3 fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory action. Some research shows that eating walnuts daily can help alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Yellow or orange fruit and vegetables

For example carrots, sweet potatoes, guava, mango and pumpkin – these are all rich sources of vitamin C and antioxidant carotenoids.  Fruit and vegetables with high antioxidant content can reduce pain and inflammation in all types of arthritis.

Yogurt (live)

Contains probiotic bacteria. Probiotic bacteria help to reduce the severity of joint inflammation.  They also reduce abnormal intestinal bacterial balance (dysbiosis) associated with ‘leakiness’ of the gut wall and food intolerance.  Inliven is packed full of probiotics or try the gluten-free Fast-tract which is even more abundant in the good bacteria.