- Don't forget the human body is close to 65% water. We need to hydrate! It will always make you feel better
Did you know that cigarettes are 4 times as addictive as heroin? Quitting smoking is not an easy task! Acupuncture has been proven to help immensely with all three phases of withdrawal. The physical discomfort, the emotional anxiety that accompanies withdrawal, and the detox phase that follows. A two week course of treatments will greatly increase your chance of success, keep you realxed and help you set up good nutritional habits for restoring yourself. There are also some very good online support groups. Here is one that I like: https://quitza.com/groups/1090/quitting-smoking-with-acupuncture
Detox with a Ginger Bath!
Add 1/2 cup of fresh grated ginger or 2 teaspoons of powdered ginger to a warm bath. Soak for 15 minutes.This will open the pores, make you sweat and help to detoxify you, just like a sauna. Give yourself a rinse afterwards.
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I have been promoting the foods and super foods that give us a high concentration of vitamins A and D. But why is that important?
Weston Price called these fat-soluble vitamins the Activators. They are the catalysts for mineral absorption.
In fact, he considered the lack of these vitamins the greatest break down in the modern diet. To quote him,
“It is possible to starve for minerals that are abundant in foods eaten because they cannot be utilized without an adequate quantity of the fat soluble activators. “
In other words, no amount of mineral supplements taken will help you without adequate amounts of vitamins A and D present.
Vitamins A and D have a synergistic relationship; the presence of Vit. D prevents Vitamin A from becoming toxic, even in high doses. These vitamins work together and are usually found in the same foods. These include, shellfish and oily fish, including fish eggs, heads and fat. From grass pasturized animals, butter, milk, organ meats and eggs.These foods help to strengthen our bones, our muscles, they give us healthy skin, they strengthen our immune system and our nervous system. They even promote longevity.
The fat soluble vitamins are foundational to our health!
A great dressing, perfect over vegetables or salads.
In a 1-1-2 ratio
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Shoyu (unpasteurized soy sauce available at Whole Foods)
4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Whisk and use
One of the healthiest oils you can use is coconut oil. Who knew?
Coconut oil is unique in that it is comprised largely of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) which convert more readily into energy and are rarely stored as fat in the body. They produce energy not fat. But more importantly 50% of the MCFA’s in coconut oil are lauric acid. Lauric acid is recognized for its antiviral, antibacterial and anti-protozoal function.
Coconut oil also works as a great healing salve for the skin!
So coconut oil helps you lose weight, gives a boost to the immune system, is an excellent healing salve, and a wonderful moisturizer. This is why the Polynesians call coconut trees, “The Tree of Life.”
You can purchase Expeller Press oil that has no scent or coconut flavor here: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/expeller-pressed_coconut_oil.htm
Did you know that our bodies need and crave real sea salt? True sea salt contains 86 different trace minerals, including potassium and magnesium. These minerals help us to:
* Regulate blood pressure
* Maintain our PH balance
* Prevent muscle cramps
* Regulate water retention
Not only nutritious, sea salts are also aesthetically beautiful. Of all the many colored sea salts, Celtic Sea Salt has the highest concentration of trace minerals. Read more about salt and shop here: grainandsaltsociety.com
A good broth will raise the dead” South American saying
There is nothing like homemade stock. It imparts deep flavor and is extremely nutritious and I, for one, always feel virtuous putting all the leftover bones and vegetables to use.
But what about when you don’t have time for a stock? A good substitute is to add gelatin to commercial stock or soup.
Gelatin is processed from animal collagen, the bones, hoofs and skin. It in turn strengthens our own collagen, our skin and hair, our nails and joints. Virtually tasteless and odorless, gelatin can be bought in a granular form and can easily be added to stock, smoothies or even used to make a jello fruit mold!
You can read more about gelatin and shop here: greatlakesgelatin.com
I have written before about the health benefits of coconut oil but there is exciting new evidence that the use of this oil can minimize the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
In Alzheimer’s the cells of the brain are unable to uptake glucose properly. In short, the brain itself is starving for nutrients.
The medium-chain fatty acids, which are found in coconut oil, are able to partially convert to ketones which the brain can upload and use as an alternative fuel.
This is helpful not just for Alzheimer’s but for other neuro-degenerative diseases as well, such as:
>Lou Gehrig’s Disease
You can read the story of one mans dramatic recovery through the use of coconut oil in this book,
Alzheimer’s Disease What If There Was A Cure.
What is the best way to get the Vitamin D we need when there’s no sun? We now know that you can produce vitamin D only when the sun is directly overhead, in the summer months. The rest of the time we need to be getting it in our food.
Thanks to the research of Dr. Weston Price we know that all traditional societies ate foods, often considered sacred foods, that were extremely high in Vitamins A and D, the fat soluble vitamins. In fact, traditional societies received roughly 10 times the amount of these vitamins as we receive in a modern diet. These foods include fish eggs, oily fish, like salmon or mackerel, and shellfish. Other sources of A and D are available from grass fed animals, liver and other organ meats, animal fat, eggs, butter and cream.
These densely nutritious foods are often things we have been warned against consuming. We’re told they are too rich or have too much cholesterol but in moderation, they are desperately needed.
Another great source of Vitamins A and D is cod liver oil. Yes, it sounds disgusting but there is a great product recommended by the Weston Price Foundation, a fermented cod liver oil, blended with high grade butter and available in cinnamon or chocolate flavor. It is completely painless to take. In fact, you might find that you crave it! http://www.greenpasture.org/public/Products/ButterCodLiverBlend/index.cfm