Friday, October 9, 2009

New up dates to my experience in healthy eating..

Flax benefits of flax seed:
1. Flax promotes cardiovascular health- Ultra high levels of Omega-3 fatty acids lower cholesterol levels and help keep arteries flexible and pliable and reduce inflammation.
2. Flax promotes colon health and prevents cancer. Flax is high in fibre and promotes regularity. It is rich in lignans- compounds that appear to have anti- cancer properties.
3. Flax aids in weight management. Fats high in essential acids help increase the metabolic rate. The high fibre content means fewer calories relative to the total weight of the food consumed. Hunger and cravings are reduced as fibre is absorbed slowly, which means we feel fuller longer.
4. Flax may lessen severity of diabetes. The high fibre content and Omega-3 essential fatty acids and lignans prevent inflammation and stabilizing blood suger levels.
5. Fax boosts immunity and fights inflammation. Research is showing that Omega-3 essential fatty acids and lignans inflammation and be useful in the treatment of some auto-boosting disorders.
6. Flax helps lessen depression. Many symptoms of depression can be directly linked to nutrient deficiency. Omega-3, minerals, and vitamins in flax are mood-boosting ingredients that are essential for proper function of brain cells.
7. Flax promotes healthy skin and cells. Omega-3 development of healthy cells growth.
8. Flax many lessen symptoms of menopause.
How much flax to eat- suggested 1-3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed daily will provide enough Omeaga-3 essential fatty acid (ALA) to meet dietary needs in a balanced diet.
The Rich nutrients in flaxseed Omega-3and Omega-6-Fibre, protein one of the most nutritious of plant proteins: Lignans- and Vitamins and minerals.

The Raw Power of Water

1. Our bodies are almost 70% water!
2. One important thing to remember is that the skin absorbs so much, almost more than we can by drinking!
3. How water effects the joints- making sure the body has enough water for its systems and joints work the way they were meant to. Water is critical to keep our bodies running in tip top shape.
4. Water effects the brain- the brain needs more water then the rest of the body.
5. Skin absorbs more water- it is the largest organ and it will sock up more water then we drink. It is important that we have a high quality filter on our shower.
6. Water effects the lungs and blood and digestive and absorption and elimination.
7. Water effects the kidney because it eliminates the water that has cleansed all parts of the body. Our kidney’s and adrenals are perhaps the most significant organs for using and releasing water. Our kidney’s constantly filters our blood and secrete harmful by-products through the urine. Our urine is a great indicator of overall health of the body.

Electrolytes are the nutrient transporters from the outside of the cell to the inside part of the cell. Electrolytes are the missing link to proper hydration! They keep water in balance within our body and in our cells. Electrolytes are a special transport mechanism between the blood, muscles and other tissues. The human body uses water to deliver nutrients throughout the body- electrolytes do this on the cellular level. Electrolytes bridge the gap- without electrolytes the nutrient rich fluid in our body would not be able to penetrate, nourish and replenish our cells.
Where can we get Electrolytes- found in mineral salt. The most common form of electrolytes are sodium, potassium, chloride and bicarbonate. One of the richest source comes from natural unprocessed sea salt. Sea water has almost the same concentration of chloride ion as human body fluids. Aside from sea salt being an excellent source of electrolytes, fruit and vegetables.

Aloe Vera Benefits ~ Ελληνική έκδοση

Aloe Vera Benefits are astonishing. Nutrition is an important aspect of your health. When you feel good and you are in a healthy condition, it is apparent in your looks. Adopting aloe vera into your daily nutrition habits is a great way to improve your health and your appearance.
You can actually see the health benefits, which makes this supplement very appealing. The proprieties in this product have a profound effect on your skin, digestive system and energy levels.

The anti aging properties included in aloe vera also have a big impact on your health and looks. Aloe Vera is naturally healing and regenerating on a cellular level.

Nutrition Health and Aloe Vera Benefits
Your daily habits have a lot to do with how your look and feel. There is a strong connection between healthy habits and a younger looking appearance. Proper nutrition is of the utmost importance in maintaining youthful looks and high energy.
Aloe vera is beneficial in helping the digestive system function properly. When you are able to absorb nutrients efficiently, you are better able to see the results. A healthy digestive system supported by aloe vera absorbs nutrients better, creating a more effective nutritional plan.
Aloe and Immune Systems
Aloe vera has natural detoxifying properties that work to clean the digestive system and the circulatory system. The improved nutrient absorption paired with improved circulation feed the body on a cellular level. Healthy, oxygen-rich blood provides nutrients to the cell more efficiently.
Healthy cells are naturally younger looking and more efficient. They are also better able to fight against infection. Aloe Vera naturally kills bacteria in the body and its healing properties can work from the inside out.
Topical Aloe Treatments
Let’s not forget the topical treatments offered by Aloe Vera. This product is ideal for healing minor burns, traumas, abrasions and dermatic conditions and it has natural rejuvenating effects for the skin. Topical anti aging products that include Aloe Vera are very effective.
Forever Living Products offer stabilized Aloe Vera in its line. You can enjoy the health Aloe Vera benefits and the physical results are readily recognized in your appearance.
Benefits of Aloe Vera Juice ~ Ελληνική έκδοση
When you weigh the benefits of drinking aloe vera, you quickly understand that this natural element is among the most healthful additions you can make to your routine. The rewards are outstanding and include internal and external health improvements.
One of the benefits of drinking aloe juice is that you need to drink very little of this natural nectar in order to see great results. Adding the juice to your routine is very simple and it is one of the most convenient additions you can make.
Having the benefits of expediency and convenience are wonderful ways to ensure that you stay on the aloe program. You can see excellent results by drinking two or four ounces of this juice each day. The results are astounding consider how little you have to consume.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New up dates to my experience in healthy eating...

by Ingri Cassel

The common stinging nettle is one of the most valuable medicinal plants in the entire plant kingdom. If people knew its value, they would harvest as much as they can gather rather than killing it with herbicides. I had been "out" of my supply of nettles and was determined this spring to get a bunch of tender nettles before it starts to flower. Since all of my past harvesting patches were too far away or were on private property that has changed owners, I called up an old friend and told her my dilemma. As synchronicity would have it, she, too, was seeking a nettles patch for a therapeutic salve she makes. After gathering quite a bit, I felt it was important to share with you the amazing properties of this plant, how to use each part of the plant, and the amazing health benefits you can gain from using it daily in the spring, or any other time you need it.

Nettles (Urtica dioica)—The Europeans used this plant for its medicinal properties for centuries. It is clear that the miraculous healing properties of nettles were well-known since variations of the following phrase have been cited in several historical herbal books: "The sting of the nettle is but nothing compared to the pains it heals."

Nettles grow near streams and moist bogs, in sun or in the shade, where the soil is rich. It is a perennial that can reach as high as three to four feet in the summer. The erect, square-shaped stem is densely covered with stinging hairs as are the underside of the leaves, which are ovate, tapering to a point with saw-like teeth on the sides. The sting is caused when the prickly hairs contact the skin that contains an irritating substance containing histamine and formic acid.

It is for this reason that anyone who values the plant’s properties and gathers it knows to wear gloves. I would have been better off wearing longer gloves since I experienced the constant warmth from the stinging sharp "hairs" for about 20 hours following harvesting. For me, it was not so unpleasant that I felt I needed to take emergency action – while others who have more sensitive skin should definitely wear more protective clothing while harvesting.

Medicinal properties, traditional uses

Nettles are a rich green color revealing its extremely high iron and chlorophyll content. It is also very high in the minerals calcium, magnesium, silicon, sulphur, copper, chromium, zinc, cobalt, potassium and phosphorus. Nettles also contain high amounts of vitamins A, C, D, E, and K as well as riboflavin and thiamine.

In Europe the nettle fiber was used instead of cotton and flax in clothing. The Europeans gathered the young plants in the spring when they were about a foot tall and would cook it as a vegetable, just as we use spinach today, the taste being similar but milder. It was used as both a spring tonic and in the treatment of scurvy. In Sweden and Russia, nettles were used as a fodder plant, the sting being lost when the plant is cut and left to wilt. During World War I the Germans used it as fodder and discovered that horses that had become thin due to digestive problems benefited when nettles were added to their rations. They also found that, by adding nettles to poultry food, egg production increased. In Britain, a fresh bunch of nettles is hung in the larder to ward off flies. In Russia it is used as a valued antiseptic and astringent. The dried, pulverized herb is sniffed to stop nose bleeding. A strong infusion is used to improve heart action, for headaches and for any internal bleeding, especially after childbirth.

The entire nettles plant—stems, leaves, flowers and roots—has powerful medicinal properties . According to Swiss herbalist Abbé Kuenzle, nettles would have been wiped out long ago were it not for its stings since insects and wild animals would have eaten it away. When I read about this I had to laugh since every fall our comfrey patch is eaten down to the roots, and if we didn’t do something about the gophers, we probably wouldn’t have any comfrey at all.

My introduction to nettles

I wouldn’t have known the power of nettles if it were not for an elderly lady who came into Gentle Strength Food Coop in Tempe, Arizona, when I worked in the herb section in 1985. She would buy a fairly large amount of dried nettles for tea once a week. I asked her what she used it for and she told me that she had suffered from severe back pain and arthritis. She told me she was completely pain-free after quitting coffee and drinking three cups of nettles tea daily. She felt so good that she shared her recipe for renewed health with her friends in the retirement community where she lived so that they, too, could experience relief from arthritis, rheumatism and osteoporosis.

More benefits

Nettles is specific for the kidneys, being useful in expelling gravel from the bladder and dissolving kidney stones. It is a powerful blood purifier that drives out toxins and metabolic wastes by stimulating the kidneys to excrete more water. Nettles tea will clean out the entire intestinal tract while activating the body’s natural defense mechanisms. The tea will also kill and expel intestinal worms. A strong infusion (tea) is helpful in the treatment of dysentery, diarrhea, hemorrhoids and inflammation of the kidneys. It is also useful in the treatment of asthma since it helps expel phlegm from the lungs.

In the book, "The Family Herbal," authors Barbara and Peter Theiss recommend nettles tea as a long-term stimulation therapy for allergies, for people with poor complexions and as an additional discharging therapy in connection with all types of rheumatism and gout.

"We know of several cases where hayfever has been completely cured by drinking stinging nettle tea everyday from November through April, until the pollen season begins. You can easily see for yourself that stinging nettle has a diuretic effect: You will urinate more frequently and, in addition, the urine will tend to take on a darker color and stronger smell during the first few days of drinking the tea. People who have a predisposition to kidney stones have a chance to prevent them by drinking the tea regularly…The diuretic effect of the stinging nettle is also reflected in the strong, urine-like scent of the fully mature plant." In her famous book "Health Through God’s Pharmacy," Maria Trebbin recounts how she told a mother of seven children who suffered from eczema and headaches to drink nettles tea. In a short time she was free from both the headaches and eczema. Since the cause of both eczema and headaches is an accumulation of toxins internally, the blood-cleansing and blood-building properties of nettles resolved her health problems. Trebbin also noted that nettles assists in lowering blood sugar, having a healing effect on the pancreas. Her book is filled with stories that give people hope, especially those who have tried allopathic medicine only to find their conditions worsen:

"An elderly man who came to me three years ago had influenza. Since that time his urine was dark brown and he suffered from terrible headaches. Neither the prescribed medications he took nor the injections (lately in the head) brought relief. On the contrary, the headaches became worse; he was close to committing suicide. I gave him hope and recommended stinging nettle. He was to drink 2 ½ litres of the tea throughout the day. After four days he rang up to say that he felt better than even before the influenza."

Describing a different case, Trebbin wrote, "In our small town I met a woman who suffered….from cancerous growths in her stomach. She could not decide to have an operation because of her age. Someone told her to drink Stinging Nettle tea. So, every day, she went into her garden to pick a handful of Stinging Nettle from along the fence, where they grew in abundance. When, after a time, she went to see the doctor, he asked in surprise: ‘What happened?’ The growths had disappeared and the woman could enjoy a healthy old age."

Trebbin tells her readers that we should never let a condition get that far since a malignant growth would never form if we valued stinging nettle enough to drink it as a tea at regular intervals.

Susun Weed in her book, "Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year," highly recommends drinking both nettles and raspberry leaf tea throughout pregnancy. She specifically recommends drinking nettle tea during the last month of pregnancy to insure that large amounts of vitamin K are in the blood for the birth.

She recalls a woman who was told she would need to be put on a dialysis machine and used nettles tea as a part of her therapy to rebuild her kidneys, thus avoiding the dialysis machine. According to Weed: "Since the kidneys must cleanse 150 percent of the normal blood volume for most of the pregnancy, Nettles’ ability to nourish and strengthen them is of major importance. Any accumulation of minerals in the kidneys, such as gravel and stones, is gently loosened, dissolved and eliminated by the consistent use of Nettle infusions."

Nettles are used to increase fertility in both men and women. Due to its high calcium content, the tea is specific for easing leg cramps and other muscles spasms, and also diminishes pain during and after birth.

Parting thoughts

We will end here by saying that humble stinging nettles is one of the most valuable plants in the herb kingdom, having the ability to cure "whatever" ails you. This last testimony from a letter written to Maria Trebbin should inspire all of us to start using nettles tea regularly:

"Many thanks for your invaluable help. For 19 years I have been suffering and no physician could tell me what was wrong with me, although I consulted many. One week long I drank Nettle tea and miraculously my illness was gone, as if I had never suffered."

Nettle is one of the most beneficial herbs grown in this world. Native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America, the herb is perennial in nature and is recognized for the numerous benefits it offers, especially when consumed in the form of tea. In fact, nettle tea has been found to be quite rich in a large number of vitamins, apart from calcium, iron, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, carotene, and zinc. Along with that, it also comprises of protein in high quantities. Owing to this very reason, nettle tea has been associated with a large number of benefits. In case you want to explore them in detail, go through the following lines.

Health Benefits Of Nettle Tea

  • For women suffering from excessive menstrual bleeding or premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, drinking nettle tea might prove beneficial. It is also used to reduce water retention and treat anemia.
  • The tea has been found to be rich in sterols, an ingredient that seems to help decrease the action of DHT, a testosterone that is regarded as the culprit behind prostate enlargement.
  • If you suffer from springtime allergies, drinking nettle tea three times a day can prove to be beneficial. Apart from that, the tea can help treat tuberculosis, coughs, urinary tract infections, and a variety of intestinal disorders.
  • In Europe, the tea was once used in the treatment of scurvy. On the other hand, Russians still consider it to be a treasured antiseptic and astringent. It is used to stop nose bleeding, apart from being used to improve heart action and cure headaches.
  • The tea has been found to be rich in natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory substances. This is the reason why it is used to open blocked nasal and bronchial passages and regarded as a beneficial herbal remedy for treating hay fever.
  • Nettle tea has proved effective in ousting gravel from the bladder and dissolving kidney stones. It also stimulates the kidneys to excrete more water, thus helping the body get rid of toxins and metabolic wastes and serving as a valuable blood purifier.
  • The tea can help clean out the entire intestinal tract, while killing and expelling intestinal worms as well. It also sets in motion the body's natural defense mechanisms.
  • Nettle tea is being used in the treatment of dysentery, diarrhea, hemorrhoids and inflammation of the kidneys. Since it helps get rid of phlegm from the lungs, it is being considered for asthma treatment as well.
  • It is believed that the tea serves as an excellent tonic for women. Native American women used to drink it during pregnancy. It was also used to stop excessive bleeding that followed child birth.
  • It is said that after giving birth to a child, a woman should consume nettle tea, as it has the ability to restore a woman's energy and can also stimulate milk production.

Some More Benefits

  • Nettle tea can help ease leg cramps and other muscles spasms.
  • The tea is used to increase fertility in both men and women.
  • It can aid the formation and coagulation of blood cells.
  • Nettle tea is used to treat arthritis, rheumatism and benign prostate.
  • The tea proves beneficial for people suffering from hair loss.
  • It can aid the treatment of respiratory and urinary problems.

Making nettle tea

    1. I make it strong in a tea ball- to taste
    2. Add ginger- I freeze the root and scrape or us a grader, in to the pot
    3. Let it steep for at least 10 minutes
    4. Pour the tea into a cup and add honey to taste.

Ginger tea is also said to reduce excessive perspiration, act as an aphrodisiac, and freshen one’s breath. Not bad for the stem of a plant that grows underground.

Health Benefits

Historically, ginger has a long tradition of being very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. In herbal medicine, ginger is regarded as an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). Modern scientific research has revealed that ginger possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, an ability to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds, and direct anti-inflammatory effects.

Gastrointestinal Relief

A clue to ginger's success in eliminating gastrointestinal distress is offered by recent double-blind studies, which have demonstrated that ginger is very effective in preventing the symptoms of motion sickness, especially seasickness. In fact, in one study, ginger was shown to be far superior to Dramamine, a commonly used over-the-counter and prescription drug for motion sickness. Ginger reduces all symptoms associated with motion sickness including dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and cold sweating.

Anti-Inflammatory Effects

Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. These substances are believed to explain why so many people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis experience reductions in their pain levels and improvements in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly. In two clinical studies involving patients who responded to conventional drugs and those who didn't, physicians found that 75% of arthritis patients and 100% of patients with muscular discomfort experienced relief of pain and/or swelling.

Arthritis-related problems with your aging knees? Regularly spicing up your meals with fresh ginger may help, suggests a study published in a recent issue of Osteoarthritis Cartilage. In this twelve month study, 29 patients with painful arthritis in the knee (6 men and 23 women ranging in age from 42-85 years) participated in a placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover study. Patients switched from placebo to ginger or visa versa after 3 months. After six months, the double-blind code was broken and twenty of the patients who wished to continue were followed for an additional six months.

By the end of the first six month period, those given ginger were experiencing significantly less pain on movement and handicap than those given placebo. Pain on movement decreased from a score of 76.14 at baseline to 41.00, while handicap decreased from 73.47 to 46.08. In contrast, those who were switched from ginger to placebo experienced an increase in pain of movement (up to 82.10) and handicap (up to 80.80) from baseline. In the final phase of the study when all patients were getting ginger, pain remained low in those already taking ginger in phase 2, and decreased again in the group that had been on placebo.

Not only did participants' subjective experiences of pain lessen, but swelling in their knees, an objective measurement of lessened inflammation, dropped significantly in those treated with ginger. The mean target knee circumference in those taking ginger dropped from 43.25cm when the study began to 39.36cm by the 12th week. When this group was switched to placebo in the second phase of the study, their knee circumferences increased, while those who had been on placebo but were now switched to ginger experienced a decrease in knee circumference. In the final phase, when both groups were given ginger, mean knee circumference continued to drop, reaching lows of 38.78 and 36.38 in the two groups.

How does ginger work its anti-inflammatory magic? Two other recent studies provide possible reasons.

A study published in the November 2003 issue of Life Sciences suggests that at least one reason for ginger's beneficial effects is the free radical protection afforded by one of its active phenolic constituents, 6-gingerol. In this in vitro (test tube) study, 6-gingerol was shown to significantly inhibit the production of nitric oxide, a highly reactive nitrogen molecule that quickly forms a very damaging free radical called peroxynitrite. Another study appearing in the November 2003 issue of Radiation Research found that in mice, five days treatment with ginger (10 mg per kilogram of body weight) prior to exposure to radiation not only prevented an increase in free radical damage to lipids (fats found in numerous bodily components from cell membranes to cholesterol), but also greatly lessened depletion of the animals' stores of glutathione, one of the body's most important internally produced antioxidants.

A study published in the February 2005 issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine sheds further light on the mechanisms of action that underlie ginger's anti-inflammatory effectiveness. In this research, ginger was shown to suppress the pro-inflammatory compounds (cytokines and chemokines) produced by synoviocytes (cells comprising the synovial lining of the joints), chrondrocytes (cells comprising joint cartilage) and leukocytes (immune cells).

Protection against Colorectal Cancer

Gingerols, the main active components in ginger and the ones responsible for its distinctive flavor, may also inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells, suggests research presented at the Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, a major meeting of cancer experts that took place in Phoenix, AZ, October 26-30, 2003.

In this study, researchers from the University of Minnesota's Hormel Institute fed mice specially bred to lack an immune system a half milligram of -gingerol three times a week before and after injecting human colorectal cancer cells into their flanks. Control mice received no -gingerol.

Tumors first appeared 15 days after the mice were injected, but only 4 tumors were found in the group of -gingerol-treated mice compared to 13 in the control mice, plus the tumors in the -gingerol group were smaller on average. Even by day 38, one mouse in the -gingerol group still had no measurable tumors. By day 49, all the control mice had been euthanized since their tumors had grown to one cubic centimeter (0.06 cubic inch), while tumors in 12 of the -gingerol treated mice still averaged 0.5 cubic centimeter-half the maximum tumor size allowed before euthanization.

Research associate professor Ann Bode noted, "These results strongly suggest that ginger compounds may be effective chemopreventive and/or chemotherapeutic agents for colorectal carcinomas."

In this first round of experiments, mice were fed ginger before and after tumor cells were injected. In the next round, researchers will feed the mice ginger only after their tumors have grown to a certain size. This will enable them to look at the question of whether a patient could eat ginger to slow the metastasis of a nonoperable tumor. Are they optimistic? The actions of the University of Minnesota strongly suggest they are. The University has already applied for a patent on the use of -gingerol as an anti-cancer agent and has licensed the technology to Pediatric Pharmaceuticals (Iselin, N.J.).

Ginger Induces Cell Death in Ovarian Cancer Cells

Lab experiments presented at the 97th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer, by Dr Rebecca Lui and her colleagues from the University of Michigan, showed that gingerols, the active phytonutrients in ginger, kill ovarian cancer cells by inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) and autophagocytosis (self-digestion).

Ginger extracts have been shown to have both antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor effects on cells. To investigate the latter, Dr Liu examined the effect of a whole ginger extract containing 5% gingerol on a number of different ovarian cancer cell lines.

Exposure to the ginger extract caused cell death in all the ovarian cancer lines studied.

A pro-inflammatory state is thought to be an important contributing factor in the development of ovarian cancer. In the presence of ginger, a number of key indicators of inflammation (vascular endothelial growth factor, interleukin-8 and prostaglandin E2) were also decreased in the ovarian cancer cells.

Conventional chemotherapeutic agents also suppress these inflammatory markers, but may cause cancer cells to become resistant to the action of the drugs. Liu and her colleagues believe that ginger may be of special benefit for ovarian cancer patients because cancer cells exposed to ginger do not become resistant to its cancer-destroying effects. In the case of ovarian cancer, an ounce of prevention-in the delicious form of liberal use of ginger-is an especially good idea. Ovarian cancer is often deadly since symptoms typically do not appear until late in the disease process, so by the time ovarian cancer is diagnosed, it has spread beyond the ovaries. More than 50% of women who develop ovarian cancer are diagnosed in the advanced stages of the disease.

Immune Boosting Action

Ginger can not only be warming on a cold day, but can help promote healthy sweating, which is often helpful during colds and flus. A good sweat may do a lot more than simply assist detoxification. German researchers have recently found that sweat contains a potent germ-fighting agent that may help fight off infections. Investigators have isolated the gene responsible for the compound and the protein it produces, which they have named dermicidin. Dermicidin is manufactured in the body's sweat glands, secreted into the sweat, and transported to the skin's surface where it provides protection against invading microorganisms, including bacteria such as E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus (a common cause of skin infections), and fungi, including Candida albicans.

Ginger is so concentrated with active substances, you don't have to use very much to receive its beneficial effects. For nausea, ginger tea made by steeping one or two 1/2-inch slices (one 1/2-inch slice equals 2/3 of an ounce) of fresh ginger in a cup of hot water will likely be all you need to settle your stomach. For arthritis, some people have found relief consuming as little as a 1/4-inch slice of fresh ginger cooked in food, although in the studies noted above, patients who consumed more ginger reported quicker and better relief.


The spice ginger is the underground rhizome of the ginger plant, known botanically as Zingiber officinale. The plant's botanical name is thought to be derived from its Sanskrit name "singabera" which means "horn shaped," a physical characteristic that ginger reflects.

The flesh of the ginger rhizome can be yellow, white or red in color, depending upon the variety. It is covered with a brownish skin that may either be thick or thin, depending upon whether the plant was harvested when it was mature or young. The ginger rhizome has a firm, yet striated texture and a taste that is aromatic, pungent and hot.


Native to southeastern Asia, a region whose cuisines still feature this wonderfully spicy herb, ginger has been renowned for millennia in many areas throughout the world. Ginger is mentioned in ancient Chinese, Indian and Middle Eastern writings, and has long been prized for its aromatic, culinary and medicinal properties. After the ancient Romans imported ginger from China almost two thousand years ago, its popularity in Europe remained centered in the Mediterranean region until the Middle Ages when its use spread throughout other countries. Although it was a very expensive spice, owing to the fact that it had to be imported from Asia, it was still in great demand. In an attempt to make it more available, Spanish explorers introduced ginger to the West Indies, Mexico and South America, and in the 16th century, these areas began exporting the precious herb back to Europe.

Today, the top commercial producers of ginger include Jamaica, India, Fiji, Indonesia and Australia.

Monday, August 17, 2009

New up dates to my experience in healthy eating...

Immune Boosting Enoki Mushrooms
All of the edible mushrooms that grow wild (on wood) appear to have special medicinal properties. The Enoki mushroom harbors the polysaccharide, flammulin, which Japanese and Chinese medical researchers claim to have shown anti-tumor/anti-cancer properties.
It should be noted that Nagano, Japan- the heart of Enoki agriculture, has a very low rate of cancer. The Enoki is said to be anti-viral, anti-bacteriological thereby providing a powerful immunological boost and it has been shown to have particularly positive effects in the treatment of prostate cancer and lymphoma.
Health food stores supply Immune 7X with some of the mushrooms mentioned before.
Life Styles- health food stores carry immune 7X.

• Science has proven that cancer is anaerobic - it does not survive in high levels of oxygen.
• Shortness of breath and heart disease are directly linked - the heart goes into spasm when it is deprived of oxygen.
• Studies have shown that there is a high correlation between high blood pressure and poor breathing.
• Most emotional issues, including anxiety and depression, result from the nervous system being out of balance. Breathing drives the nervous system.
• Optimal Breathing helps to promote weight loss. Oxygen burns fat and calories.
• Breathing well is the key to sleeping well and waking up feeling rested.
• Breathing provides 99% of your energy. Without energy, nothing works.
• Virtually every health condition and human activity is improved with Optimal Breathing.

One ratio of breathing I find helpful in increasing my stamina thought the day.
1. Breath- in by counting to 5 so u r lungs r full but not bursting.
2. Hold u r breath to the count of 20
3. Release u breath slowly to the count of 10
This may take a little practice but after a day or so u will love to practice breathing like this any where even driving use the time to increase u r health.
5 times in a row works well and 5 times a day. Before u walk or run before u do any excises before u need to think hard on a problem- solving with a clear head filed with more oxygen. Athletes have known about breathing form the beginning of time.
We can also buy stabilized liquid oxygen to add to the water. There r machines now that take oxygen out of the air and one can breath in this oxygen at u r own home for 10 or 15 minutes in the morning- or when ever u need more energy.

A Slightly Alkaline Body Is Crucial For Good Health
Regardless of how much you work out and try to eat right, if you can't balance the acids in your body, you'll never feel as good as you'd like to be.
The problem is, on a whole, the average western diet is acid-producing. And when acidic wastes accumulate, they can cause organs to malfunction and break down.
If you often feel tired, it's a safe bet that you are overly acidic. The simple fact is, most people are.
Our acid-alkaline balance is a baseline determinant of our physical health.
Add chlorophyll to your water to make the body balanced.

The benefits oh nettle tea.
• Nettle tea fights coughs, tuberculosis and asthma;
• Nettle tea counters arthritis, rheumatism, tendonitis and other disorders of the muscles and joints;
• Nettle tea combats a variety of intestinal disorders;
• Nettle tea fights skin problems;
• Nettle tea fights allergies like eczema, and hay fever;
• Nettle tea is used to treat urinary tract infections,

Nettles have a long history of use in the home as a herbal remedy and nutritious addition to the diet. The Nettle has long been valued as a medicinal and nutritional treasure.
Nettle is rich in chlorophyll, and a good source of beta carotene; vitamins A, C, and E; tannins; iron; calcium; silicon; potassium; phosphates; and various other minerals. Rich in iron vital to circulation and helpful in high blood pressure.
Nettle leaf has recently become a popular treatment for allergies based on one preliminary study. Nettle leaf is highly nutritious, and in cooked form may be used as a general dietary supplement.
It is said that the "sting of the nettle is but nothing compared to the pains that it heals".
Nettle is safe to administer during pregnancy and helps to keep the blood rich and used if anemia occurs during pregnancy.
Tincture is vegetable glycerin and distilled water based with no other herbs or ingredients in blend. Safe for newborns if needed.
Herbs in blend: Nettle Leaf
I am a Certified Natural Health Consultant & Certified Herbalist. I am a good standing member of the American Herbalist Guild, American Botanical Council and Flower Essence Society. I am also a member of the Keyport Business Alliance and National Home Gardening Club.
I have studied and used herbs for over 15 years and began at a young age with the help of my Grandmother. Herbalism is a tradition in my family and I respect the healing herbs offer.
All of my herbal remedies are original & specially formulated & are accompanied with directions for use & topic health related information. All teas are made to order. Teas are shipped in resealable bags for convince and freshness. All herbs are organically grown. I am not responsible for the misuse of any herbs or herb products that I sell, nor do I recommend herbs in place of your Doctor's recommendations or prescriptions. PLEASE EDUCATE YOURSELF BEFORE USING. Do not combine herbal remedies with pharmaceutical drugs unless you have consulted your physician and/or your herbal practitioner. As with all medicinal products, keep out of reach of children and pets, and avoid use during pregnancy or lactation unless otherwise specified. Peaceful blessings!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Klaus bohn- some food experiences I have had...

Most of my research is from the internet and speakers i have had the privilege to hear.

Consider these points
1. First drink one glass of water with lime added- 2 table spoons.
2. Eat the salad without drinking water.
3. Wait for 20 minute or more then drink u r smoothie or as u get a little hungry.
4. Drink water with twist of lime or lemon.
5. Tea- nettle with ginger- add honey to taste…
6. For snacking- celery with peanut butter with honey.
After an hour or so eat the health nut bar to satisfy your craving u might have.

I am looking into Tree mushrooms- medicinal mushrooms…

1. Reshi
2. Maitake
3. Shiatake
4. Coriolues-cloud mushroom
5. Agaricus

I will tell u more as I learn more of this super food for our immune system!

Minerals are missing in our diet which I have added to the smoothies and salad.
Minerals also can and will be taken into u r body by being grounded every day with the earth. Walk bare foot or touch the earth every day for 15/20 minutes a day.

As I learn and answer u r questions I will add it to my writings as I research and learn more about health and wellness.

I know that coconut is a very satisfying food to help cure ones craving.
Taste like pudding if u need a little bit more too satisfy u r craving plus it values as shown below. Artisana- organic coconut found in “life styles health store”.
Enjoy the best food every- when our electrical imprint is changed over to live food.

Coconut: The New Superfood
Coconut actually contains a very healthy form of fat called medium-chain triglycerides (MCT). Although MCTs are indeed a form of saturated fat, they have some very unique properties. For example, MCTs are very digestible, which makes them ideal for people with digestive problems such as ulcerative colitis or irritable bowel syndrom

Boost Your Metabolism with Coconut

Medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), the unique fats found in coconut, are easily absorbed and rapidly burned as energy, stoking your metabolism. What’s more, coconut fats blaze through slower-burning long-chain triglyerides

Immune system
In humans, the immune system consists of many types of proteins, cells, organs, and tissues, which interact in an elaborate and dynamic network. The immune system adapts over time to recognize particular pathogens more efficiently. This adaptation creates immunological memories and allows even more effective protection during future encounters with these pathogens.

Mushrooms that come from trees has all the benefits of the trees growth and all the sustains from the gowned over the life of the tree. Just think of all the value the tree has drawn into it self and past on to the mushroom over may100’s plus years filled with minerals and all that the earth has to offer. This without a doubt has not only been shout- after by the oriental countries but is now given consciousness to the west. Truly a helpful medicinal part of our diet, in obtaining a healthy- and maintaining our IMMUNE SYSTEM.
Reshi mushrooms: Reishi Mushroom Benefits
One of the most famous of these mushrooms is the Reishi (Ganoderma lucidum). The Reishi mushroom is referred to by the Japanese as the “Ten Thousand Year Old Mushroom.”
Its Chinese name, ling-zhi, means the “Mushroom of Immortality.”
The Reishi has been evaluated in a variety of studies and it has shown to have a positive affect on retinal pigmentary degeneration, neurasthenia, insomnia, duodenal ulcers, hepatitis and muscular dystrophy
In addition, the Reishi mushroom has pro-immune and anti-cancer properties. (Chang & But, 1986; Chang et al, 1984; Huidi & Zhiyuan, 1982).11
The Reishi mushroom has been found to be rich in immune system stimulating polysaccharides, triterpenoids and specialized proteins that have stimulating effects on immune system function.
In a study conducted by Cancer Research UK, it is said about the Reishi that “The major immuno-modulating effects of these active substances include mitogenicity and activation of immune effector cells such as T cells, macrophages and natural killer cells resulting in the production of cytokines, including interleukins, tumor necrosis factor, and interferon.
The therapeutic action of G. lucidum as an anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agent has been associated with its immuno-modulating properties (Wang et al., 1977).”12 The promising research regarding these specialized members of the plant kingdom has led to a wave of brand new whole food supplements targeting both immunity and over all health.
Finally, according to a 1987 study (Ying et al., 1987), there are at least 270 species of mushrooms with actual medicinal properties. China and Japan, two countries that have a solid history and ancient ties with the medicinal mushroom, have led the world in bringing focus to the magical mushroom, not just as a culinary delight, but for the inroads it has made into some of the greatest health challenges of modern civilization.

Medicinal Properties of Shitake Mushrooms
The Shitake mushroom (Lentinula edodes) is often found on logs and oaks in forests and is also known as the oak mushroom. In agricultural milieus, it is grown on synthetic logs, sawdust or other usable forms of agricultural waste.
The Shitake mushroom accounts for 10% of the world’s crop of mushrooms. In traditional oriental medicine, there is a wide variety of uses for the mushroom, including its beneficial effect on the functioning of the liver, its regeneration powers, its ability to boost chi (vital biological energy), and its retardation of premature aging.
The mushroom, with modern medicine’s help, has taken on a kind of medicinal renaissance after the successful antitumor research developed in the late 60’s at Purdue University by Tetsuro Ikekawa and his colleagues at the National Cancer Center Research Institute in Tokyo.
Current science is focusing not only on its cancer fighting properties but on substances isolated from the Shitake mushroom that appear to address heart disease and AIDS. The anti-tumor factor continues to be researched.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Klaus Bohn- J&J

Have had the privilege to meet both of these lovely lades- Jennifer I met first and also Joslynn.

Went to Joslynns home where the two lades prepared a wonder full totally organic raw food dinner. I enjoyed myself so much I highly recommend this monthly blessing. See the food and environment
it has a peacefulness and the lades look the part (health)!

Living Raw Foods Ltd.

Klaus Bohn- Carolyn Herriot

I the privilege of hearing Carolyn speak and purchased he book "A 52- week organic gardening guide". All so went to the opening of her planet sale.
web site: check it out well wroth it.

Klaus Bohn- Vesanto Melina

Enjoyed the knowledge Vesanto presented at our pot luck. Great book!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Klaus Bohn-Vita-mix 5200

My new vita-mix what great machine it make all my smoothies taste so much better...

Klaus Bohn-green house

It is a delight to have a small green house to enjoy watching things grow. Living on Vancouver island I can grow somethings all year round like Kale.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Klaus Bohn-coconut truffles

Coconut Truffles:

1 pound of coconut flakes
1 cup of dried cranberries
1 cup of pine nuts
2 tablespoons of honey
1/5 teaspoon of sea salt
Carob power to taste

Blend all in a food processor

Add water or soak coconut flakes so
The ingredients will stick. I added water after
and rolled each ball as seen in the photo.
Done by hand.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

David spoke to your pot lunch raw food evening and this man has a brilliant mind so deep so full of knowledge and wisdom.

I am Glad he moved to Victoria B.C.

Klaus Bohn

Last night I heard Daniel Vitalis- WOW...

I was experience - experiencing what I need to learn and devote my life to building up my (Immune system) enlightenment for my mind and body...

Also I had a brief one on one about the mushroom (Chaga) found on the birch trees even in my area Vancouver Island.

A need to check out his sites, please.

Klaus Bohn

This site has been a benefit to me...
Click on it,
Klaus Bohn

This seminar was not only the best I heard but it open my mind to health!

Please check out Dr. T

Klaus Bohn

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Klaus Bohn-Salad

1 small head lettuces mixed with kale (change lettuces often).
1/2 Yellow pepper
1 avocado
1/2 cucumber
1 tomato
1 or 2 tsp olive oil
Add some sea salt to taste
Toss and enjoy- it is easy for me to eat a bowl full.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

klaus bohn- smoothies

Smoothies are a must for me right now I like green smoothies. In this smoothie I used my base Sting Nettle juice and then added.
2 bananas
1 cup full of blue barres frozen
1 hand full of kale
1 large spoon of toco
1 stock of rhubarb
honey if needed or agave

You can add whatever fruit you like and also greens of your choosing. I try to mix it up from time to time- but the recipe of 60% of fruit and 40% of dark greens- my standard.

Klaus Bohn- Infusion

[-fusing, -fused]
1. to fill with (an emotion or quality)
2. to soak or be soaked in order to extract flavour [Latin infundere to pour into]

I soaked my nettle leaves in a glass jar- poured on the leaves hot water and let it sit for a few hours or days and then use it in my smoothie as my base.

I find that the nettles leaves where to strong in a smoothie I got the itch- I think I use to many leave and only nettle leaves. Stinging Nettles- plants are rich in minerals-supper food.

klaus Bohn-recomends Dr. T

I heard this man speak and was moved by his knowledge and wisdom about health and living foods!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Klaus Bohn-Walnut bar


1 pound of walnuts
1/2 cup of dates pitted
1/2 cup dried cherries
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1 table spoon of honey
1/5 teaspoon sea salt

Pour into a blender and blend for about 2 or 3 minutes or when it is blended well. I added some sun flower seed after sprinkled the on top.
Form into shapes of a bar-put the bars into the refrigerator for an hour so to keep the shape.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Klaus Bohn-Avena Orignals
speaker Frances
Learning about natural health
For more information:
email me
phone 1-250-881-7791

Klaus Bohn-pot luck-raw

Speakers: David and Katrina Rainoshek

Klaus Bohn-Victoria Boutenko

Valya Boutenko-also had a strong imprint on learning about raw...

Victoria Boutenko

I listen with deep emotion she helped me to learn more about raw food...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Klaus Bohn-Smoothie

1 banana (frozen)
4 apples
2 limes
1 small cup parsley (by choice)
1 hand full of spinach
1 celery
1 avocado (option with seed)
small piece of ginger

Blend and slowly chew the juice to activate the
digestive enzymes in the mouth.
This is a very healthy smoothly.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Klaus Bohn-raw food web sight

Monday, April 13, 2009

Klaus Bohn-Raw Vegan Radio

Friday, April 10, 2009

Klaus Bohn-POT-LUCK

1 cup of pecans
4 cups of dated
1/2 cups of shredded fine coconuts
Blend in a food processor and then form into a cake and cut
into small squares. Add a pecan on top of each piece lightly push down.



Klaus-Bohn-Raw -Food

Raw food- Learn more about this growing life style and healthy way of eating.