The Cannabis flower is a special
one for many reasons. Not only for the relaxed, joyful, euphoric and
creative sensations it brings, but for how it specifically expands our
When the user (i.e. receiver) is tuned into the cannabis frequency, that
is, tuned into the plant’s intention aligned with our own, awareness
often grows into areas of the unknown which instantly changes our
The reason cannabis does this so well is due to its alliance with Gaia and the human template. It’s why THC, the primary psychoactive component in cannabis is so welcomed by the endocannabinoid system of the brain.
That system is innate to the cannabis plant. It’s familiar and this instantly harmonizes the frequency within our DNA field and the pineal.
This means that cannabis can interact in a multi-dimensional framework
within the human’s field and change its own consciousness in the
Psychoactive plants are particularly exceptional at changing their own awareness by using the human being as a conduit, but cannabis is one of the best hence its widespread use throughout the world.
This is how incredibly aligned it is with the human. But if the user
doesn’t tune in, all that is experienced is a buzzing which travels
though the head and body with nowhere to go.
Nature’s psychoactive components are designed to transition our current
reality, and they do this while synchronizing perfectly with the human
field to send the user down another path that is quite different from
It can shift those seeking other levels of consciousness through portals
to experience a different reality, one where common interactions are
enhanced, especially since all senses must shift up.
Sight, hearing, taste, smell, touch, and extrasensory perception are all enhanced.
This makes food taste better, visuals appear more alive, heightened
sexual experiences, and a nose that will track down your most desired
scents. This is all completely dependent on the user’s intention to
align with the cannabis frequency, one that requires permission to show you its beauty.
On the flip side, it can also allow other less pleasurable frequencies
to internalize, hence paranoia. So it can both expand and contract
consciousness depending on the user’s alignment and intention.
This is one reason why adults above 30 years of age (who are new to
cannabis), can have very different experiences than those consuming it
for the first time at a much younger age.
This relates to differences in the maturity of sexual energy, wisdom
attained, intentions, relationships, and many other lifestyle factors
that influence how the cannabis frequency is integrated within.
Getting high recreationally and expanding our awareness with cannabis in
meditation can be two very different things. When the consciousness of
the human being is in a state of expansion, cannabis brings a sense of wisdom that is unique because it delivers concepts through Gaia.
These concepts end up being intimately related to our lives, since
nature reflects a part of itself onto every aspect of us, just as we do
It goes deeper than that. It can connect with not only our own lives,
but other lives recorded on the planet through consciousness imprints
while it gathers conceptual data.
This includes data from those present on the planet and those who have
past. Meaning it can retrieve information relevant to concepts it seeks
to illustrate from today or from thousands of years ago. All
psychoactive plants can do this through their unique interface with our
Cannabis brings the underlying operating system to the surface.
Shamans have used it for thousands of years for this purpose, to bring
mindfulness where there is none so that we can see the world through an
upgraded landscape that connects people to something more beautiful than
what they know. Many of the shamans of today, those all around us, are just starting to realize it.
So let us welcome what is now the full expression of cannabis,
marijuana, weed, pot, ganja, etc, imprinting its consciousness on the
world, embracing all the beauty it provides if we choose to tune in. Are
we ready for new lessons?
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Aloe Vera is one of the most powerful
natural miracles, with countless healing properties that have been
valued for centuries. Due to it, the ancient Egyptians called it The
Plant of Immortality, while the Native Americans referred to it as The
Wand of Heaven.
This miraculous plant is commonly used
nowadays as well, but you should know that its uses are not only limited
to topical application on wounds, scrapes, and burns, as it can also be
taken internally and thus improve overall health.
Aloe Vera has potent antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties that cleanse the body and boost the immune system.
“The enzymes present in aloe Vera
break down the proteins that we eat into amino acids and turn the
enzymes into fuel for every cell in the body, which enables the cells to
function properly. The bradykinase in aloe Vera stimulates the immune
system and kills infections. Zinc is also an important component in aloe
Vera — making it a great source to combat zinc deficiency — because
it’s essential to maintain immune function.
It helps us ward off diseases, kill
bacteria and protect the function of our cell membranes. Zinc is also a
key structural component for a slew of hormone receptors and proteins
that contribute to healthy, balanced mood and immune function.”
It contains more than 200 biologically active, naturally occurring constituents, such as minerals, vitamins, polysaccharides, enzymes, and amino acids.
Its minerals, such as zinc, iron,
potassium, copper, calcium, magnesium, chromium, selenium, sodium, boost
metabolic pathways. Moreover, it is high in important enzymes like
amylase and lipase which can help digestion by breaking down fat and
Among the other vitamins, Aloe Vera is a
rich source of contains vitamin B12, which is needed for the production
of red blood cells. It is also abundant in vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3
(niacin), and B6, folic acid, choline.
When it comes to amino acids, this plant
contains 20 of the 11 essential ones, as well as salicylic acid, which
destroys bacteria and fights inflammation in the body.
Aloe Vera is a potent body cleanser, as
it eliminates toxins from the liver, colon, spleen, stomach, kidneys,
and bladder, and soothes joint inflammation. Additionally, it relieves
ulcers, indigestion, upset stomach, and gut inflammation.
If used as a mouthwash, it removes plaque, soothes canker sores, and improves dental health in a natural and safe way.
How to consume aloe?
The easiest way to consume it is in the
form of aloe juice, which can be bought in all health food stores. Yet,
make sure it is made from the whole leaf or only the inner filet. You
can also juice aloe Vera leaves at your own, at home. Add the juice to
smoothies or drink it straight up.
The following dose recommendations are
based on scientific research and publications, but it would be wise to
always read the label on your aloe Vera products before using them:
“For constipation take 100–200 milligrams of aloe Vera daily.
For high cholesterol, take one capsule of aloe Vera containing 300 milligrams twice daily for two months.
For inflammatory bowel disease, take 100 milliliters twice daily for four weeks.”
Consult your doctor or a natural health expert to find instructions on specific dosing in the treatment of other health issues.
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Recent studies have found that the antioxidants
in green tea can prevent cancer, help fight heart disease, and even
reduce your risk of developing type two diabetes. For some,
this comes as no surprise, since cultures throughout Asia have been
consuming green tea for thousands of years for its benefits of promoting
good health throughout the body.
Health factors aren’t the only reasons for introducing green tea into your daily lifestyle. Consuming green tea can also add a therapeutic ritual
into your everyday life. Even the process of steeping and enjoying
green tea can be a relaxing touchstone for those looking to promote a
more healthy lifestyle.
Chinese Origins of Green Tea
The origins of green tea date back to 2737 BC.
By legend, the Emperor Shennong was resting from travel when leaves
from a burning tea plant fell into his cup of hot water and steeped to
delicious results. Green tea became a part of Chinese culture for its health benefits,
where it is offered as a drink of respect, often carrying an
interpersonal element with it to establish care between different
According to traditional Chinese medicine, green tea can relieve aches and pains throughout the body while also detoxing and aiding digestion. It is a staple in Chinese diets for its ability to enhance an individual’s quality of life.
green tea is originally from China, smaller-scale green tea production
has spread throughout many countries in Asia, with Japanese styles of
green tea being almost as widely known in the western world as Chinese
green tea. Producers throughout South-Asia and Africa primarily excel in
mass-produced, lower green tea varieties that find their way into
bottled products, diet tea blends, and other products where quality
isn’t the focus. The vast majority of loose leaf or higher end green teas on the market will come from either China or Japan.
Types of Green Tea
While green tea comes from the same plant (Camellia Sinensis)
as black tea, green tea leaves aren’t subject to the same withering and
oxidation processes as black tea or oolong. Instead, the leaves are
fixed. Fixing refers to the process of roasting the leaf, steaming it,
or pan-frying it so that the leaf retains its green color. Since green
tea is associated with being fresher than other varieties, it can be surprising to know that it is picked after black tea and oolong varieties have already been harvested.
Common Green Tea Flavor Profiles
The flavor profiles involved in green tea come from a few different aspects of its production. The first is where it’s grown, often referred to as terroir. Different locations impart different flavors to the tea plant. The second is whether it’s grown in sunlight or shade, with shaded plants having a sweeter flavor. The third is the processing method,
which is used to halt the oxidation process while influencing the
chemical and aromatic properties. Common methods are steaming or
Some green tea
varieties, such as Genmaicha, which has puffed rice among the leaves, or
a fruit-and-nuts sencha blend, derive flavor from additives and blended items. However, most
of the flavor in a single-origin loose leaf green tea comes from just
the leaves and the processing that they have undergone.
Common green tea flavor profiles include:
Seaweed (particularly with steamed green tea)
Chinese Green Tea
green tea comes in a very wide range of different varieties, so you’re
likely to come across unfamiliar names when picking your tea. Here are a
few of China’s most popular exported teas (All prices are approximate
and will fluctuate with market value):
($5.50 per ounce): This variety has distinctive leaves that are curled
up like snails when dry. This tea is known for being fruity and mellow.
Chun Mee (Precious Eyebrow):
($2.60 per ounce) This the among the most popular green teas outside of
China. It is more sharp and full than many of the teas coming from
($2.30 per ounce): This strong and slightly smoky green tea is rolled
into small pellets to resemble gunpowder. This is a great affordable
($6.30 per ounce): This is a rare variety of wild tea that is harvested
from the specific microclimate of Huangshan Mountain. It’s a sweet and
mild brew that is popular among western tea drinkers.
($4 per ounce): Dragonwell is considered one of China’s top teas,
treasured for its sweet taste and calming properties. It is a pan-fried
green tea that’s popular outside of China.
($5 per ounce): This variety has a fresh aroma and a slightly floral
flavor. It has a stronger and more distinctive flavor than the average
green tea, grassy, savory, and sweet all at once.
Japanese Green Tea
While green tea production in Japan is more recent than its origins in China, it does still date back to the 12th century when the elite would drink the tea for its health reasons. To this day, green tea is the only tea variety commercially produced by Japan. Production of tea in Japan is heavily mechanized, using modern technology and processes. Most varieties are also produced by steaming, which is said to create a sweeter and more grassy flavor profile.
Bancha ($2.5 per ounce) Bancha is produced by roasting sencha leaves with high heat. This tea comes out brown and has a nutty flavor.
($3 per ounce) Sencha is a standard Japanese green tea that brews
yellowish in color and can range from mellow to very strong in flavor.
($4 per ounce) Kukicha is a blend of sencha leaves and stems. This
allows for little waste in the tea harvest. Sencha and kukicha appeal to
black tea drinkers, since they offer a woody, sometimes smoky flavor.
($4.60 per ounce) This variety is made with sencha and kukicha twigs.
It is different from most steamed Japanese teas because it is roasted in
porcelain over charcoal. It offers a toasty and nutty flavor that is
more earthy than most Japanese green teas.
Genmaicha ($1.50 per ounce) Genmaicha is an interesting and toasty blend of grassy sencha and toasted rice puffs.
Kabusecha ($5.50) Kabusecha is a shaded mid-range tea, considered just a step below gyokuro in quality.
($7.50 per ounce) This variety is at the highest grade of Japanese
green tea. It is shaded before harvesting, giving it a sweet and rich
Tencha and Matcha
($8.60 per ounce) This variety is a high-grade shaded tea that is most
often ground into a fine powder known as matcha. Matcha is the tea used
in Japanese tea ceremonies, where it is whisked using a special bamboo
tool with hot water in a bowl.
Culinary Grade Matcha
($2.60 per ounce) Culinary grade matcha often has a lower price point
as it features a blend of teas from lower grade harvests. For faster
production, it is often subject to high-temperature baking. It is meant
for cooking or drinking with sweeteners.
(fluctuates with market price) This is a first flush, or in other
words, a first round of harvest, young tea that is highly prized within
Benefits of Drinking Green Tea
Benefits of green tea range from helping individuals meet their weight loss goals to helping prevent cancer, heart disease, lowering blood pressure and diabetes. All of these studies have a correlation percentage, meaning that the green tea does not always help everybody fight these diseases.
However, many people find green tea to have so few side effects that it
is worth trying it out for the possible preventative and good health
beneficial properties come from polyphenols and catechins which act as
antioxidants. Particularly important is epigallocatechin-3-gallate
(EGCG), which has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Alkaloids including caffeine, theobromine, and theophylline allow the
tea to have stimulant effects. Additionally, amino-acid compounds,
including L-theomine, give the tea calming effects.
But let us break all that down for you.
have looked into green tea’s effect on the body’s markers of oxidative
stress. This refers to those time your body might not be able to
neutralize free radicals with antioxidants. Free radicals are unstable atoms that cause illness and aging in our bodies.
studies have shown a strong correlation between the polyphenols in
green tea and the reduction of several chronic illnesses. In other
words, although green tea isn’t a cure for disease, it may help to prevent illnesses like cancer and heart disease while improving the body’s quality of life with antioxidants. You can recognize the polyphenols in your tea because they are responsible for giving the brew its slightly bitter flavor.
Caffeine enhances mental alertness. One of the benefits of green tea over other caffeinated beverages, such as coffee, is its more moderate caffeine content,
which is enough to stimulate without causing a lot of the negative side
effects of caffeine, such as jitteriness and decreased attention spans.
Green tea offers 24-40 mg of caffeine per cup, which is less than
coffee (95-200 mg) or black teas (14-61 mg). The average adult can
safely consume 300 to 400 mg of caffeine a day, check out this calculator if you’re wondering about your own limits.
Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
Studies have shown that drinking green tea daily speeds the burning of LDL cholesterol. Additionally, the antioxidants in green tea strengthen vascular health,
including that of the heart and lungs. Studies show a correlation
between daily consumption of green tea and a five percent reduced risk
of death from heart disease.
Type 2 Diabetes
This study shows daily green tea consumption to allow a 33 percent reduced risk of contracting type 2 diabetes.
Anti-inflammatory benefits could provide you with a nice calming effect, as well as some extremely minor pain relief.
Additionally, green tea is anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and it contains antioxidants as well as astringent properties. Green tea is commonly used as an ingredient in facial masks to clear the skin of blackheads and acne.
tea’s greatest strength when it comes to changing your life’s rhythms
comes from its ability to offer an enjoyable experience. Among the real
benefits of green tea is that it is enjoyable, can lift moods, and enable a healthy lifestyle.Healthy rituals
can empower you to disrupt bad eating habits and help you introduce a
better diet and more exercise into a daily routine. Tea can add a
nutritional energy boost and some therapeutic relaxation to an
Green tea is caffeinated, meaning that it can raise your metabolic rate. Caffeine stimulates
the body’s mechanism to start burning calories. This does not mean that
green tea burns calories just by drinking it, but it does mean that it
could help to make calorie-burning exercise sessions more effective.
Green tea also makes for a better source of caffeine than many alternatives such as sugary sodas, overly caffeinated coffee, and bottled iced teas with unknown additives.
considerations for tea’s weight loss benefits include its ability to
enable good lifestyle choices. Drinking green tea throughout the day
could replace the urge to snack, therefore reducing
calorie intake. Increasing the volume of your liquid intake overall
could decrease your appetite. In this way, green tea could allow for a
healthy disruption to your diet, changing the way that you eat as well
as allowing you to reexamine other unhealthy daily rhythms. True weight loss, however, still requires proper dieting and exercise.
Green Tea and Green Tea Extract Side Effects
tea’s antioxidants make it the perfect balance of healthy and
appetizing, but what happens when you consume too much of it?
it takes a lot of green tea before most people feel negative side
effects, and many people don’t encounter these effects at all when they
drink green tea. For those experiencing negative side effects, it’s best to limit your green tea intake to five cups a day or less.
Green Tea Extract
On the other hand, the consumption of green tea extract makes it much more likely for individuals to encounter negative side effects, since this extract means consuming concentrated doses of green tea, often with unknown additives and other supplements.
Rather than directly affecting weight loss, green tea extract
can actually pose significant health risks. The American Heart
Association warns that supplements, such as green tea extract can pose a
danger to heart patients to the point of weakening heart muscles and
increasing fluid and sodium retention. When taken as a supplement, high
doses can cause liver toxicity.
certain medical conditions could experience worsening symptoms from
drinking green tea. These conditions include anemia, glaucoma, heart
conditions, or bleeding disorders.
The first side effect that you’re likely to feel from green tea consumption is over-caffeination.
Drinking too many caffeinated beverages has been known to interfere
with sleeping. This might also cause you to experience a raised heart
rate and an unsettled stomach. Consuming high doses of caffeine also
leads to caffeine addiction, which could cause headaches, exhaustion,
anxiety, and irritability, when someone who is addicted experiences a
disruption in their caffeine habit.
Decreased Iron Absorption During Meals
Flavonoids are an antioxidant found in green tea that is responsible for strengthening the body against disease. However, having too many flavonoids in your system could reduce your body’s ability to absorb iron from the food you eat. This could cause iron deficiencies and exacerbate anemia.
For this reason, it’s best to drink green tea between meals.
Additionally, the effects of flavonoids, both good and bad, can be
partially neutralized by using a squeeze of lemon in your green tea.
How Much Green Tea Should You Drink
have shown that when it comes to cancer prevention, drinking three to
five cups of tea a day is better than drinking a single cup a day. Many
studies on cancer prevention, including the prevention of prostate
cancer, stomach cancer, and pancreatic cancer were based on five or more
cups of green tea a day.
Studies found that six or more cups of green tea a day lowered the risk of type two diabetes by thirty-three percent. One to three cups of green tea a day were found to lower the risk of heart attack and stroke.
it comes to battling disease, drinking three to five cups of green tea
daily introduces enough antioxidants into the body to help prevent many
forms of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Drinking tea more often should not cause you to decrease your water intake. Water is still more important than tea when it comes to keeping your body functioning properly and even elevating your mood.
When Should You Drink Green Tea (and Why)
A good rule of thumb is to drink your green tea between your meals. This gives you the added benefits of decreasing your appetite for weight loss,
while also preventing the antioxidants in green tea from blocking your
iron absorption during meals. In this case, it’s recommended to drink
your green tea two hours before or after you eat.
For those with a sensitive stomach, it’s best not to drink your green tea first thing in the morning, since it can be rough on an empty stomach.
If you’re drinking green tea for its potential weight loss benefits, then it’s best to drink it before you go to exercise, so that the caffeine can aid your fat burning routine.
It’s best not to drink caffeinated beverages right before bed since caffeine can cause sleeplessness and insomnia.
The ideal tea is brewed in short infusions at 160 to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, for reference, that is about 30+ degrees under boiling (around 212 degrees).
Scorched green tea will taste bitter and more astringent. An electric kettle
can help you control your water heat to get the perfect temperature for
brewing your tea. If you do not have an electric kettle available, you
can also boil water for the tea, and then allow it to sit a cool a bit
before pouring it over the leaves.
standard measurement of how much tea to use is two grams per eight
ounces of water. Delicate teas may steep for short periods of time such
as 2 to 3 minutes. Special early harvest teas, such as Shincha, should
only steep for about thirty seconds.
Most tea leaves will be able to steep multiple times
before they become too weak to impart a refreshing flavor. Most mid- to
high-quality loose leaf green tea leaves will be able to steep 2-3
times. If you steep them too hot initially, it will produce a weaker
flavor on the second steep. To steep them multiple times, add water
again on top until the leaves are too weak to provide a good flavor.
1. Tea Ball
Some individuals prefer to use tea balls when they don’t intend to make a whole pot of tea or for easy removal and cleanup. Tea balls are handy for use at work or in situations when the full teapot process would be too cumbersome.
balls do have a downside, however, when it comes to enjoying the full
flavor or nuance of your tea. They do not allow the tea leaves to spread
out as far as they would in the bottom of your teapot. This could lead
to a weaker flavor when the tea ball is so tightly packed
it has difficulty fully permeating the tea leaves. In some cases it
could lead to the opposite problem, giving you a more bitter flavor.
To get the best flavor from using a tea ball, use the proper steeping container for the size of beverage you intend to steep.
In other words, don’t use a tea ball that can hold 2 grams of tea to
steep for 32 ounces of water, or a very large tea ball meant to steep a
whole pitcher of iced tea in your 8 oz cup. Additionally, only fill the tea ball halfway, so that the leaves have room to spread out.
2. Steeping in a Teapot
about temperature and steeping time can make the idea of brewing loose
leaf tea seem intimidating to someone just giving it a try. Brewing
loose leaf tea in a teapot is actually the recommended way of steeping tea while also being really easy.
Begin with heating your water.
Pour a little bit of hot water into the teapot and swirl it around.
Then pour it out. This warms the steeping container ahead of time so
that the tea doesn’t immediately cool while you’re steeping it.
Sprinkle a thin layer of tea leaves over the bottom of the teapot.
Remember that these leaves will expand quite a bit as they steep, so
you don’t want to add too much. A good rule, to begin with, is to have
them cover the bottom without mounding up.
Pour your hot water over the tea in the teapot and allow to steep for a few minutes.
Your tea should steep without the lid of the teapot on since the
trapped warmth from the lid can overcook the tea. You will see that the
tea sinks to the bottom of the pot as it steeps.
Give it a little shake before you pour, as this will help the leaves settle, then pour it into your teacup. Cover the teapot to trap the warmth.
As you do this more you will get a feel for how you enjoy your tea and how much you want to add to make the perfect steep.
Tea bags are convenient for brewing your tea away from home, on the go, or while traveling. They are quick, approachable, and easy to offer to guests.
However, most mass produced tea bags are made from low-quality tea.
This means you will most likely not get the best flavor from a green tea
quality green tea can be steeped in water that is hotter for a longer
period of time, whereas, higher quality green tea should be steeped in
cooler water for a shorter period of time.
To make the convenience of a tea bag work for you while using a higher quality tea, you can create your own tea bags
by purchasing empty tea bags and filling them with your favorite
variety of green tea. This makes it easy to take your tea on the go and
giving you the chance to steep it multiple times.
high-end tea companies have begun offering tea bags of their excellent
tea varieties. If you’re interested in drinking nuanced green tea
varieties with convenience, these might be a good option for you.
Brewing quality tea in a tea bag follows the same method as the tea ball
Ways to Drink Green Tea
Grandpa Style Sipping for Low-Maintenance Tea Drinking
Grandpa style refers to brewing your loose leaf tea right in your mug or teacup.
Chinese green teas are the most appropriate for grandpa style, since
they tend to become saturated and sink to the bottom of a cup more
quickly and firmly than Japanese tea varieties. This is because steamed
teas are less dense than pan-fried teas.
teas are roasted in a large wok on high heat. When it comes to drinking
tea grandpa style, the dragonwell variety is the classic choice, but
you can also have success with other varieties such as gunpowder.
drink a tea grandpa style, put 2g of leaves in the bottom of a small to
medium-size mug. Pour hot water over top. The leaves will settle to the
bottom as the tea steeps.
your current brew starts to get low, you can pour more water overtop.
This might cause the leaves to float again, but they will settle as the
tea steeps. To help the strength of your new brew, leave a little tea in
the bottom before refilling.
Traditional Matcha Preparation (and Variations)
Ceremonial-grade matcha is produced exclusively for whisking into hot water and serving alone,
as in without sugar or milk additives. It will have a delicate and
naturally sweet flavor that would be masked by any additional sweetener.
traditional preparation has you add 1/2 teaspoon of high-grade matcha
into a cup or bowl of hot, but not boiling, water. The matcha is then
incorporated into the water using a bamboo whisk.
Matcha Latte (Culinary Grade Matcha Variation)
matcha is the matcha that you’ll frequently find in larger bags and in
coffee houses throughout the western world. This matcha has the antioxidant benefits
and caffeine content of strong, concentrated green tea with a flavor
many have learned to love when mixed with some form of milk.
culinary matcha can be steeped in water to make tea, it will be more
bitter than ceremonial-grade matcha. This is why culinary grade matcha
is commonly made into lattes, using dairy, almond, or soy milk. Matcha
lattes are often sweetened to belie some of their bitter
The ratios of this beverage depend on individual preferences, but experimentation with culinary grade matcha is easy and relatively risk-free since this form of matcha can come in such a large volume.
milk or milk-substitute, and whisk matcha powder into it. It’s a good
idea to add your sweetener at this point as well so that it incorporates
fully with the latte. Steamers and electric frothers make this an easy process.
Storing Green Tea
Your green tea won’t go bad, but it will get stale over time.
Stale teas give you a less nuanced, dull, and often more astringent
flavor. To keep your tea fresh, it’s important to know that you’re
buying from a good source that won’t send you stale tea in the first
Green tea can go stale within six months to a year after purchase. It’s best to store it in a cool, dark place.
It will have a longer shelf life is you can keep it away from light,
airtight, meaning oxygen and moisture-free, as well as away from any
overly fragrant ingredients. In other words, you don’t want to store it
in the same container as your super robust chai spices. When it comes to
high-quality teas, many recommend using an airtight tin or glass jar
for storage, since many plastics can leave odors behind on the tea.
The question of whether or not to refrigerate or freeze your tea is met with many different opinions and perspectives. The biggest concern when it comes to refrigeration is if your tea will come into contact with too much moisture. Airtight storage, such as that made with vacuum sealers is the ideal if you want to store your tea long term in a freezer. Try to use high-quality plastics which won’t impart their odors on the tea itself.
Other Uses for Green Tea
Relieve the dark circles around your eyes.
Use two tea bags to brew a small pot of green tea. Drink the tea or set
it aside in the fridge as a refreshing iced tea. Take the two cooled
tea bags and put them directly over your closed eyes. Allow them to sit
this way for a few minutes. The tannins and caffeine will help to
tighten your skin and restrict the capillaries for a brighter, less
Use the antioxidants in green tea to chase away your acne.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, green tea extract is a great
ingredient to find in facial cleansers or body wash. It can also help to
regulate insulin and sex hormone production in the skin. These hormones
are the culprits of many of our worst breakouts. Brewed green tea can
also be used as a facial astringent in your skincare routine.
Soothe your sunburn. A rag soaked in green tea can help to soothe sunburnt skin.
Absorb odors around the house.
Make a sachet of green tea leaves in a small cloth bag. Then put it in
areas where odors are known to occur to help absorb them. You can put
them in your dresser drawers, a pair of shoes, or inside the fridge.
Which Green Tea is Best for You
you’re looking for an authentic brewing experience, avoid tea bags and
pick up loose leaf teas from specialty stores. Allow yourself to explore
without expecting yourself to be an expert at first sip or liking
Bottled green tea is unlikely to give you as many antioxidant benefits as fresh brewed green tea.
This is because bottle processing lowers the antioxidant content to
merely five percent of its original amount. Additionally, most bottled
teas contain added sugar as well as other dubious added flavors, which
can negate a lot of the health benefits of drinking green tea.
Choosing decaffeinated tea also lowers the number of beneficial antioxidants that you’ll get from your brew. The extra-processing involved in decaffeinating tea eliminates about sixty percent of the antioxidants in green tea.
Green teas, especially those of lower quality like many found in mass-produced tea bags often have heavy metal contaminants
due to their production, growth, and processing. Metals found include
lead, aluminum, arsenic, and cadmium. This may even be true of those
teas labeled organic.
Chinese green teas have been the most common in the market for
centuries, they have recently exhibited the highest degree of heavy
metal contamination. Green tea varieties from Japan and Sri Lanka show
less heavy metal contamination than Chinese varieties.
If you’re concerned about metal contaminants, brew your tea for shorter periods of time to make it less likely that heavy metals will leach into your brewed tea.
organic teas limits the number of pesticide residues that can get into
your brew. Teas labeled as organic are not grown with the use of
pesticides. Nonetheless, non-organic teas do not generally register high
pesticide residues either.
5 Quick and Easy Recipes
1. Winter Spiced Green Tea
those who are looking to make green tea ritual feel even cozier in the
winter, a simple spiced brew can make the light grassy flavor a little
deeper and warmer. The addition of cinnamon and ginger in this recipe
also add digestive aid to the list of green tea’s benefits.
2 cinnamon sticks
4 green tea bags (or 4 tablespoons of loose leaf tea in a mesh strainer)
½ teaspoon of minced ginger root
½ teaspoon grated lemon peel
4 cardamom pods, crushed
4 cups boiling water
2 tablespoons of honey
this is a mulling recipe, missing one or two ingredients or using dried
equivalents isn’t a deal breaker. Or if you know you can’t stand the
taste of a certain ingredient, feel free to omit it. Just make sure to
do what tastes great to you!
first five ingredients in boiling water. To easily remove spices and
tea, you can use a large mesh strainer to immerse them in the water.
Allow it to steep for 5-6 minutes.
Remove spices and tea, stir in the honey until it is dissolved.
Serve while still warm.
2. Summer Green Tea Limeade
tea is an often overlooked option for refreshing iced tea in the summer
months. This is unfortunate since most green tea has a light flavor
that’s great for the summer holidays. This green tea limeade offers
delicious inspiration for an iced green tea beverage.
2 green tea bags (or 2 tablespoons of looseleaf green tea)
Juice from half a lime
1 tablespoon of agave syrup or honey
1 and a half cups of water
Ice to cool
Mint leaves, lime wedges, or cucumber slices
Boil water and steep green tea for about five minutes.
Dissolve agave syrup or honey into the tea. Then cool with ice.
Juice lime either by hand or using a juicer, and add this into the green tea.
Allow to chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. Then garnish and enjoy!
tea smoothies are an energizing way to start the morning, as they
combine nutrients, natural sugars, and caffeine to start your tasks
feeling bright. Smoothies are quick and easy since all they require is dropping ingredients into a blender.
In fact, one of the best things about the green tea smoothie is its
ability to coat your stomach so that strong amounts of green tea and
antioxidants don’t hurt it early in the morning.
3. Green Tea Mixed Berry Smoothie
I cup mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
½ cup spinach or kale (fresh or frozen)
Chilled green tea (1 tsp loose leaf green tea or one tea bag and 8oz of water)
Honey to taste
2 tablespoons almond milk (for a looser blend) or coconut oil (for a thicker mixture)
1 teaspoon flax seeds
Ground ginger root
your tea ahead of time. If you’re someone who drinks smoothies every
morning, then you’ll want to do this in bulk and keep your pre-brewed
tea in the fridge.
Add everything into the blender and drink immediately.
Tweak the recipe according to your taste.
4. Matcha Green Tea Smoothie
½ teaspoon matcha powder (culinary grade)
¾ cup of the milk of your choice (dairy, almond, soy)
5 ice cubes
1 teaspoon of honey
people will find this smoothie to be sweet enough with just the banana,
but if you need a little more sweetness, honey harmonizes nicely with
The avocado is a nice addition, full of nutrition but not completely necessary to make this recipe work.
Grind ice cubes with the banana (and avocado) in the blender until smooth.
Add in milk, matcha, and honey. Then continue blending until the matcha is fully mixed in. Enjoy immediately!
Since matcha is a powdered and highly concentrated form of green tea, it is easily incorporated into baked goods, ice creams and similar products as a dry ingredient or concentrate bloomed in water.
5. Green Tea and Black Sesame Shortbread
a cookie with an earthier sweetness, this recipe uses matcha and black
sesame seeds to put a new twist on more traditional Scottish shortbread.
Recipe inspired by Aida Mollenkamp.
this looks like a simple shortbread recipe with matcha powder added
into, that’s exactly what it is. In fact, many baked goods can easily be
made into matcha variations with the addition of matcha powder. Try it
out the next time you make a cake or banana bread for those edible
1 ¾ c flour
⅓ c. culinary grade matcha powder
¾ c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. Salt
1 ½ tsp. vanilla extract
8 oz. cold butter
Black sesame seeds and your other favorite garnishes
Grease a 9×9 inch baking dish or traditional tart tin.
Sift together matcha, flour, powdered sugar, and salt.
Chop the cold butter into cubes and add them into the flour mixture with the vanilla.
a pastry cutter or the two knives method, blend the butter into the dry
ingredients making a crumbly dough. While you can use your fingers in
this step, your cookies will have their nicest, flakiest texture if your
try not to use your hands much.
the butter is fairly evenly incorporated, but the texture is by no
means smooth, pour it into your greased pan and press it down using a
flat cold surface, such as the bottom of a glass.
Heat your oven to 350, and set your shortbread in the freezer until you’re ready to bake.
the oven is heated, take the shortbread out of the freezer and sprinkle
your sesame garnish over it. You can also score it at this point using a
long knife. For a tart tin, it’s common to score the shortbread into
wedges. For your pan, you can score it in squares according to your idea
Bake for about 45 minutes. The shortbread should appear set and will be lightly browning on the edges.
from oven and allow to cool completely before serving. Then remove from
the baking dish, or pop out of the tart tin, and cut along your score
green tea daily is a low-risk way of giving your body antioxidants with
the potential of preventing diseases and promoting good health across
the board. For those who enjoy green tea, it creates a relaxing ritual
and produces a calming effect that can easily improve one’s quality of
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The Best Natural Joint Pain Remedy That Strengthens Knees and Rebuilds Cartilage
Many of us are brought up to believe that as you age, your joints start deteriorating. While this is half true, it doesn’t mean that we can’t prevent, or ease the rate at which it happens. And this is where my joint pain remedy comes in, full of joint-supportive ingredients to reduce cartilage degradation, and ease joint pain.
Before I get to the recipe, I want to talk about factors that might be contributing to your knee pain.
What Causes Knee Pain?
Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common forms of knee pain, and also one of the most common forms of arthritis. It occurs when the protective cartilage on the end of your bones starts to wear down. It can happen anywhere on the body, but it more often than not affects the joints in the hands, knees, hips and spine. While OA cannot be reversed, symptoms can be managed with things like the ingredients in the joint pain remedy below.
Our knees will also start hurting if they’ve ever been injured. Even after the initial period of healing, pain symptoms may still persist.
Another cause of joint pain is vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is needed to maintain blood calcium levels, and it also regulates calcium and phosphorous, which keeps our bones and teeth hard. Being deficient in vitamin D causes brittle bones and weak muscles. Make sure you get out in the sun for at least 30 minutes a day, and if you can’t, opt for a vitamin D3 supplement.
Whatever the culprit of your joint pain may be, you can help decrease your pain and strengthen the cartilage around your joints with the help of a few special ingredients (and no, you don’t need gelatine or other animal products to do so).
Introducing The Ingredients
The ingredients included in this joint pain remedy smoothie help increase bone cartilage while reducing inflammation (the banana and cinnamon I added more less to add flavour). They are:
Apples contain a powerful antioxidant called quercetin, which is known to increase the production of both collagen and fibronectin, two substances necessary to keep the joints and skin healthy (1). Collagen, as you might already know, is needed in order to make cartilage. Quercetin is also a potent anti-inflammatory, and is more powerful than anti-inflammatory drugs used for the protection of arthritic joints.
Turmeric is a pretty incredible herb when it comes to joint pain. When cartilage breaks down, bones begin to rub against each other causing swelling, pain and stiffness. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, contains anti-inflammatory properties that curb the production of inflammatory cytokines in conditions such as osteoarthritis. It does this by suppressing the metabolic activity of chondrocytes (bone cells) and prevents degradation of cartilage (2).
Research has also shown that curcumin is a chondroprotective agent – meaning, it protects bone health and prevents cartilage from degrading. Curcumin acts on various enzymes and proteins in order to prevent cell death of bone cells and degradation of cartilage (3).
So not only does turmeric help protect your remaining cartilage from suffering further damage, but it also helps provide relief from pain.
Like turmeric, ginger protects remaining cartilage from suffering further damage, and also provides pain relief.
Ginger consists of a complex combination of active compounds like gingerols, shogoals, and paradols. These compounds all possess strong anti-inflammatory properties, which are highly beneficial when protecting our cartilage from degradation.
Studies have found that ginger is able to reduce the pain and disability in osteoarthritis (4). In vitro, it has been shown that ginger extract suppresses TNF-alpha and inhibited COX-2-mediated synthesis of pro-inflammatory cytokines (5).
4. Almond Milk
Nuts, like almonds, are an excellent addition to the diet if you’re wanting to increase bone cartilage. Almonds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which prevent inflammation and speed up the healing process. They’re also high in manganese, an important mineral for cartilage repair (6). Manganese helps glucosamine (the main molecule used by the body for building cartilage), to work even faster.
Last, but not least, berries are a rich source of vitamin C and other antioxidants, which protect our joints and reduce systemic inflammation. Vitamin C helps protect your cells and tissues from suffering further damage. It also works as an anti-inflammatory by reducing swelling in over-worked joints.
Natural Joint Pain Remedy: The Recipe
Ingredients: (serves 1)
– 2 apples, cored – 1 tsp. turmeric powder
– 1 tsp. cinnamon
– small piece of fresh ginger
– 1 cup homemade almond milk*
– 1 cup berries of your choice
*If you can’t make your own almond milk, add in 1/4 cup almonds and 1 cup of water to the smoothie
Stick all of the ingredients in a high speed blender like the Optimum VAC2, and blend on high. Drink at one time, or split it up so you’re drinking some in the morning, and some in the evening. Drink for 15 days total.
About the Author
Carly Fraser has her BSc (Hons.) Degree in Neuroscience, and is the owner and founder at Live Love Fruit. She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with a determined life mission to help inspire and motivate individuals to critically think about what they put in their bodies and to find balance through nutrition and lifestyle. She has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals to re-connect with their bodies and learn self-love through proper eating habits and natural living. She loves to do yoga, dance, and immerse herself in nature
The Miraculous Power of Fasting — How It Heals Your Body Inside And Out
Fasting, in some form or another, has become a massive topic of discussion in health circles today. It’s studied benefits are far and wide, including balancing insulin levels, increasing humangrowthhormone levels, initiating cellular repair, influencing positive changes in gene expression, and much more.
And even though fasting might seem like a new trend, in reality it has been around for thousands of years.
Fasting for spiritual purposes is one of the most ancient and widespread traditions in the world, and remains part of virtually every major religion. Jesus Christ, Buddha and the prophet Muhammed all shared a common belief in the healing power of fasting.
The Greek physician, Hippocrates, wrote, “to eat when you are sick, is to feed your illness.” Another Greek historian and philosopher, Plutarch, shared the same sentiment around fasting. He wrote, “instead of using medicine, better fast today”.
The ancient Greeks believed that medical treatment could be observed from nature, and one of the greatest observations of nature is when animals become sick. They cease eating and retreat away from the world, giving their body vital rest and time to rejuvenate itself.
Dr. Arnold Ehret, a nineteenth century German health educator, also believed in the miraculous powers of fasting. In his book, Rational Fasting, he called fasting “nature’s operating table”, and believed that when left alone, our body’s intelligence would heal itself.
Today it seems that the fasting phenomenon has found a renaissance among health advocates, with a legion of men and women promoting its noted cognitive, physiological, and spiritual superpowers.
Recently I tried a juice fast combined with periods of dry fasting for myself, and I can say that there is a reason why this practice has maintained prevalence over the last few Millenia.
The different types of fasting
Fasting can be done for many reasons (religious, spiritual, physical, etc.), for different periods of time and in different ways.
Some fasts can be done for long periods of time, such as when trying to heal a terminal illness, in which a person might fast for months on end under a specific protocol (Master Fast system). Other fasts might last 3-10 days, and then there are those who practice fasting daily or intermittently for anywhere from 12-24 hours.
There are various types of fasts as well. There are fasts that involve eating only raw fruits and vegetables, juice fasts, water fasts, dry fasts, and more.
Juice fasting is just one of many different types of fasting. Water fasting and dry fasting are two other popular methods.
Each type and length of fast is used strategically based on what your personal goals are, but in general the mechanism works the same: Fasting gives the body rest from extensive digestive and metabolic issues, taking its life force energy and using it to clean out acids and toxins while allowing itself to heal.
The Standard American Diet is bogging us down
The Standard American Diet (SAD), which includes high amounts of cooked meats, dairy, grains, and processed foods, overburdens and weakens our digestive and eliminative systems.
The Standard American Diet (SAD) is wrecking havoc on our systems.
When we consider the fact that no other animal cooks its food, we can see how our deviation from nature has caused a diseased and exhausted population. This heavy diet of cooked fats, starches, and meats are void of naturally occurring enzymes, which forces our digestive system to produce more endogenous enzymes and taxes our organs. But before these foods can be broken down and eliminated fully, they instead putrefy in our gut and continually release toxic byproducts into the blood.
Cooked meat, fat, and grains are void of enzymes needed to break down the food in the body. Therefore, the body cannot properly digest cooked food, which ends up putrefying in our gut.
When we compare digestion of cooked foods to raw foods, there is a major difference. Due to the high enzyme levels in raw fruits and vegetables, our digestive system is able to break them down quicker and utilize nearly all parts of the food, minus the fibres which act as a broom to our digestive tract.
Raw fruits and vegetables are rich in enzymes and nutrients. Our digestive system easily breaks down these foods, utilizes their nutrients and eliminates them fully.
Most never give their body a break from digestion longer than nine hours, and in turn the body is constantly using energy to digest rather than to eliminate and thereby heal. Fasting allows the pancreas, stomach, liver, intestines, and kidneys to have a much-needed rest, which provides more energy for the immune, glandular and lymphatic systems. At this point our body will move into a natural state of purification and elimination.
The power of dry fasting
One way to boost the rejuvenating impact of fasting is by incorporating periods of dry fasting. Dry fasting is simply abstaining from food and water.
When I first heard of the idea of dry fasting my mind would not accept the fact that abstaining from water could be a beneficial practice. We’ve been told from a young age that water is more imperative than anything else, to be sure that we are getting our “eight glasses daily.” I was one of those people who chugged nearly four litres a day to stay ‘hydrated’. However, I learned that drinking water, especially the water that is most commonly available to us today, isn’t hydrating at all.
Most of the exogenous water we drink today does a poor job of hydrating our cells. Dry fasting allows our body to draw its water from metabolic water within our weakened and sick cells.
Our cells will not absorb exogenous water to the point of proper cellular hydration. For the most part, drinking copious amounts of water taxes our kidneys and prevents them from doing their main job, which is filtering lymphatic waste. One of the great ways to hydrate our cells is through dry fasting. Sound strange? Keep reading.
During a dry fast, he says, the body switches its detoxification pathways and becomes a cellular “incinerator.” A process of intense body cleansing is initiated as the body rids itself of sick and old cells, creating space in tissues for new stem cells to form.
Because the body is starved of water, our cells get clever. Stronger cells cannibalize the body’s weaker cells through a process of phagocytosis. As the stronger cells consume the weaker cells, they absorb the cell’s metabolic water, which hydrates the body on a much deeper level than exogenous water. Essentially, “dead” water is replaced with “living” water.
With this new endogenous water activated within the body, blood and lymph are purified through an internal filtration process, and the tissues through which blood and lymph circulate are cleaned out.
The immune system also benefits greatly from dry fasting. Inflammation is fed by water, so when the body is deprived of an inflow of exogenous water, it uses endogenous water very carefully—only for feeding healthy cells. Damaged cells, as well as various bacteria, viruses and parasites suffer from a lack of water and die. Irregularities like cysts and benign tumors also dissolve as a result of autolysis.
Illustration of phagocytosis. During dry fasting our stronger cells will cannibalize the weaker cells and absorb their metabolic water.
Fat loss is another side-effect of dry fasting, more so than any other type of fasting. During water fasting, both fat and muscle tissue are lost in almost equal proportions. Dry fasting burns mostly fat due to the transformation of metabolic processes. Since 90% of fat cells are water, they disintegrate 3 – 4 times faster than muscle cells during dry fasting. As a result, weight loss and toning takes place.
It is through the elimination of weak and damaged cells that dry fasting performs its miracles. Cells become stronger, and as a result produce “healthy offspring” once they divide. This process launches the mechanism of natural selection, wherein only the strongest cells survive and thrive.
How to dry fast safely
In Dr. Arnold Ehret’s book, Rational Fasting, he cautions that the average person should be careful before jumping into a longer dry fast. This is because as the body begins to remove toxins, it can begin to recirculate in the blood. This is often known as “detox symptoms.” If a person is too toxic and obstructed, and the rate of elimination cannot keep up with the amount of toxins being loosened from the tissues, then they can get very ill.
For this reason, anyone who is chronically ill or anyone who has consumed a SAD diet for many years should fast under the supervision of a health care or detox professional.
A great way to ease into a fast is by cleaning up your diet beforehand. This might look like eating a diet high in fruit and vegetables the week prior, or even juice fasting for a day or two before jumping into the dry fast. This preparation will make the fasting and detoxing process less uncomfortable.
Juice fasting is a great way to ease into a longer period of dry fasting. For the chronically ill or those who have been on the SAD diet for many decades, it is best to seek the support of a health care or detox professional.
As a safety precaution for those who are heavily burdened by toxicity, Dr. Ehret recommends doing shorter fasts more frequently. Consistent, daily dry fasting periods between 12-18 hours can be just as powerful as longer dry fasts. This might look like finishing your dinner at 7PM, and then abstaining from food and water until noon the following day, give or take an hour or two. After doing these shorter fasts for awhile, then you can work your way up to longer periods.
Lastly, Dr. Ehret stresses that breaking the fast is just as important as the fast itself. The first meal after a fast should have a laxative effect, meaning eating foods that pass through the digestive tract quickly and which bring toxins and decaying food matter with them. Watery and astringent fruits, such as grapes, cherries, oranges, etc., are the ultimate “scrubbers” in this case, while raw vegetables act like the “sweeper” of our GI tract. After breaking the fast with raw fruits and vegetables, you can then move into eating cooked vegetables.
Unlocking your vitality
Is fasting the ultimate way to unlock our vitality? If the animal kingdom has something to teach us, then it could very well be a tool with unlimited rejuvenating potential.
Our ancestors, as well as some of the great spiritual masters of our time, understood that fasting was the key to purification and higher states of consciousness, and today it seems we are rediscovering this capability.
While some may argue that fasting in its various forms is just another health “fad,” what cannot be denied is how the body feels and looks after periods of fasting. The proof truly is in the pudding, and as such, fasting stands as yet another testament that there is no more powerful operating table then nature’s very own.
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10 Scientifically Backed Reasons Why You Should Consume Ginger Everyday
With over 115 different chemical components found in ginger root, you can be sure that ginger health benefits are plentiful.
Ginger is one of the most widely used herb in the world today. It is technically a rhizome; an underground stem that grows horizontally and forms roots downwards while leaves and new stems sprout on top. Buds form at intervals along each stem, which creates the delicious ginger root we consume today.
Ginger tonics have been used by The Chinese and Eat Indians for over 4,700 years to treat a variety of different ailments. During the Roman Empire, ginger was a prized possession, all thanks to its glorious medicinal properties.
Consume this herb everyday for one month, and you’ll reap every ginger health benefit mentioned below.
10 Medicinal Ginger Health Benefits
1. Fights Cancer
If you’re wondering how to get rid of carcinogens in the body, start with ginger. Several studies have found it beneficial in fighting lung, prostate, ovarian, colon, breast, skin and pancreatic cancers. The active component of ginger, -gingerol, is an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial that inhibits the effects of NF-kB and a variety of other factors that trigger cancer cell growth (1).
One study investigated ginger’s cancer-fighting properties and found that -gingerol causes cell cycle arrest in the G1 phase through down-regulation of cyclin D1 (2). Other studies have found that ginger also induces apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancerous cells (3).
2. Improves Heart Health
Ginger is excellent for protecting the health of our heart. The active ingredient, ginger, is a compound that helps relax blood vessels, stimulate blood flow and relieve pain. It is also an anti-inflammatory agent, so it helps fight heart disease.
In a placebo controlled clinical trial, patients administered with a single dose of 10 grams of powdered ginger administered to coronary artery disease patients produced significant reductions in platelet aggregation (4). Another study found that in 20 healthy young male volunteers, ginger supplementation (5 grams daily) significantly inhibited platelet aggregation induced by ADP (adenosine diphosphate) and epinephrine (5).
Ginger also helps reduce cholesterol levels. In a 45-day double-blind, controlled clinical study of 85 individuals with high cholesterol, just three grams of ginger powder in three divided doses caused significant reductions in most cholesterol markers (6).
3. Protects Against Alzheimer’s Disease
Oxidative stress and chronic inflammation both accelerate the aging process. They are key drivers of Alzheimer’s disease and age-related cognitive decline. One study found that ginger extract was able to improve reaction times and working memories in a test group of 60 middle-aged women (7).
Other research shows that ginger can help slow down the loss of brain cells, which is a key trait of those affected by Alzheimer’s disease (8). In addition, some studies done on animals suggest the antioxidants and other phenolic compounds found in ginger can fight the inflammatory responses that occur in the brain.
4. Helps Digestion
Ginger is a great natural alternative to antacids. Ginger has gastroprotective effects, meaning that it prevents the loosening of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and blocks acid from regurgitating back into the esophagus.
Ginger is also excellent at treating irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). According to a study published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, ginger can help relax the intestines during a flare-up (9). Another study found that ginger helped relieve IBS symptoms in over 53.3% of participants (10).
Ginger is also useful for those who are bloated, constipated and suffer from other gastrointestinal disorders. It relaxes the smooth muscle in your gut lining, and helps food move more smoothly throughout your entire system.
5. Aids Weight Loss Efforts
Ever notice ginger as the main ingredient in many “fat-burning” supplements? There’s a good reason for that. Not only does ginger speed up metabolism, but research has found that eating ginger with other foods helps increase the thermic effect of those foods, thus burning more calories than you would without it (11).
Ginger also helps you feel full, longer, and therefore helps reduce your overall caloric intake for the day. Not only that, but ginger can help keep blood glucose levels in check (12). This is important when trying to lose weight, because well-balanced blood sugar levels help regulate hormones, triggering your body to burn stored fat, and increasing your metabolism to help you lose weight.
6. Cleanses The Lymphatic System
As ginger is so effective at warming the body, it can help break down the accumulation of toxins in your organs, as well as the circulatory system. According to Dr. Oz, “By opening up these lymphatic channels and keeping things clean, ginger prevents the accumulation of the toxins that make you susceptible to infections, especially in the respiratory system.”
7. Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
Ginger is well known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. Gingerol in ginger acts on vanilloid receptors, which are located on sensory nerve endings. Researchers have discovered that ginger’s initial burn affects the pain pathways directly, but also relieves the inflammation, which in itself causes pain.
Studies have found that ginger can help with pain associated with menstruation or menstrual cramps. One study using 150 students with primary dysmenorrhea was divided into three groups; the ginger group took 250mg capsules of ginger rhizome powder four times daily for three days at the start of their menstrual period, and the other two groups consisted of either 250mg of mefenamic acid or 400mg ibuprofen capsules on the same daily schedule. They found that all groups had significant decreases in menstrual cramping, with no significant differences between groups (13). Therefore, if ginger is just effective as pain-relieving drugs, why not just take the ginger and skip the nasty side effects of over-the-counter drugs?
Ginger’s anti-inflammatory benefits also extend to those suffering from arthritic pain.
8. Helps Reverse Diabetes
Gingerols are known to naturally improve diabetes and enhance insulin sensitivity. In a recent 2015 study of 41 participants with type 2 diabetes, 2 grams of ginger powder per day lowered fasting blood sugar by 12% (14). Another study from 2006 discovered that they could suppress sorbitol accumulation in human blood cells and sugar-fed rats (15). So not only does ginger help reverse diabetes, but it protects against and improves diabetic complications like diabetic retinopathy.
9. Boosts Nutrient Absorption
Unfortunately, when we eat a meal, we aren’t always absorbing all the nutrients. The average person absorbs anywhere between 10-90 percent of the vitamins and minerals in their food (largely due to the amount of processed foods people consume, and excessive mucus that lines the digestive tract).
Ginger helps promote regular digestion and metabolism of your food, and is therefore a great addition to your diet if you’re having trouble absorbing nutrients. According to Dr. Jockers, ginger has been known to boost nutrient absorption (16).
10. Gets Rid of Excessive Mucus
Last but certainly not least, ginger helps get rid of excessive mucus in the body – particularly the respiratory tract. Ginger can help work to reduce the build-up of phlegm in the body that might be left behind after an infection, or after eating foods that trigger inflammation in the body (and thus mucus creation).
Apart from boosting the entire system, the active component of ginger that helps with mucus is called oleoresin. These compounds are believed to stimulate the circulation and encourage any excess mucus to be released from the lungs.
Not only that, but ginger also helps with motion sickness, morning sickness, heals frostbite, improves your breath, increases sex drive, boosts the immune system, protects against nuclear radiation, and relieves tired muscles.
After a month of consuming ginger everyday, you’ll be sure to notice some awesome benefits. I have plenty of ginger juice and smoothie recipes (great if you’re craving fruit), so to give you an example of how you could incorporate it in your diet for breakfast everyday, check out the recipes below:
Carly Fraser has her BSc (Hons.) Degree in Neuroscience, and is the owner and founder at Live Love Fruit. She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with a determined life mission to help inspire and motivate individuals to critically think about what they put in their bodies and to find balance through nutrition and lifestyle. She has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals to re-connect with their bodies and learn self-love through proper eating habits and natural living. She loves to do yoga, dance, and immerse herself in nature.
How Your Body Rebuilds Itself In Less Than 365 Days!
Within the next year, 95% of the cells in your body will die and be replaced. In just 365 days, your body rebuilds itself into something better (or worse), depending on how well you treat it.
This also goes to show that you are what you eat, and that almost every cell in your body eventually dies and is replaced by new cells from the food that you eat. Every day is a new opportunity to build a new body, so why not start today?
You could re-build your body on processed junk foods, cakes, pies and pastries and frozen dinners or canned and boxed foods – OR – you could re-build your body with fresh, whole fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds, legumes and pseudo-grains like kamut and quinoa. If you really wish you feel your optimal best, you’d opt for the latter and provide your body with what it needs, instead of with foods that don’t truly nourish the body.
It is also important to note that fresh fruit and vegetables will improve cell regeneration and infuse the body with beneficial vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, all of which help us live longer, happier lives. The Standard American Diet will simply dig you an early grave, and we all know that isn’t much fun.
So, without further adieu, here is how long it takes different organs and cells to regenerate:
Brain – 1 year
Brain cells typically last an entire lifetime, although there is a process called neurogenesis, which has been documented in 3 areas of the cerebral cortex, whereby new nerve cells are created. For almost a century, scientists have believed that human (and other primate) brains do not regenerate or add new neurons after maturation, however in recent years, scientists have slowly been discovering that neurons do in fact regenerate, and new neurons can be added after maturity.
Liver – 6 weeks
The liver does one thing incredibly well: regenerate itself. In fact, the liver has the best rate of regeneration than any other organ in the human body. If a chunk of the liver is removed, then it will quickly regrow back to normal size, and not beyond that. In just 6 weeks the liver completely rebuilds itself! This isn’t surprising, however, given how many toxins it processes in a lifetime. If the liver didn’t rebuild itself every 6 weeks, we probably wouldn’t be living very long lives.
DNA – 2 months
With our bodies constantly being bombarded with free radicals, the DNA undergoes significant damage. Fortunately, for us, our DNA has the ability to repair itself and it takes a little over 2 months to do so. Eating a wide variety of high-antioxidant foods like broccoli, berries, and reishi mushrooms will improve DNA repair (along with enzyme-rich raw foods, and herbs like cat’s claw, which has been found to provide our DNA with super-rebuilding activity).
Stomach Lining – 5 days
The stomach lining can heal, if given the chance, but you better not be taking any sort of prescription drugs. It takes just 5 days for the epithelial-cell lining of the stomach to completely rebuild itself. This is no surprise given their rough life of breaking down food. The average age of cells originating from the main body of the stomach is around 16 years.
Skin – 1 month
The surface layer of the skin (epidermis) is recycled every 2-4 weeks (around 1 month). The skin is one of the most regenerable areas of the body, and thankfully so, given how much it is exposed to every day. The ability of the skin to heal (even after major damage), occurs because of stem cells that are present in the dermis of the skin as well as cells in the stratum basal of the epidermis, both of which help generate new tissue.
Blood – 4 months
Red blood cells live for about 4 months, whereas white blood cells live on average more than a year. The body is constantly making new blood, especially for women who menstruate once a month (or those who have undergone injury or donated blood). As they travel through the circulatory system, red blood cells become old and battered, and are discarded to the liver, where they are stripped of iron to be used for healthy red blood cells, before the remaining old red blood cell is destroyed in the spleen.
Bones – 3 months
Your body rebuilds new bone cells in as little as over 3 months! The entire human skeleton, however, is thought to be replaced every 10 yearsor so in adults. Your bones, in fact, are constantly changing. Cells called osteoclasts break down old bone so that osteoblasts can replace it with new bone tissue (bone remodelling). This constant bone remodelling replaces old bone tissue with new tissue over the course of around 2-3 months. That’s also usually the time it takes for a broken bone to repair itself (or at least that’s how long it took my broken leg to get better!).
Lungs – 2-3 weeks
The lung cells are constantly renewing themselves, and for good reason, too. Because the lungs are constantly taking in and filtering pollution, chemicals, and other stuff that lingers in the air, they require a fast cell turn-over rate. The alveoli of the lungs (where exchange of oxygen and gases takes place) have a steady regeneration state that takes over a year. However, the cells on the lung’s surface renew every 2-3 weeks.
Carly Fraser has her BSc (Hons.) Degree in Neuroscience, and is the owner and founder at Live Love Fruit. She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with a determined life mission to help inspire and motivate individuals to critically think about what they put in their bodies and to find balance through nutrition and lifestyle. She has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals to re-connect with their bodies and learn self-love through proper eating habits and natural living. She loves to do yoga, dance, and immerse herself in nature.
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The truth about the healing powers of cannabis is starting to see the light of the day in many parts of the world.
Cannabis or better known as marijuana has been used as a remedy for many centuries. Today, it is known that the reason lies in the compounds found in cannabis called cannabinoids. Some of them are psychoactive and act on the brain by changing mood or consciousness. They can be taken by mouth, inhaled, or sprayed under the tongue.
They have been studied and tested in labs and clinics for relieving pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, and loss of appetite. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved two cannabinoids (dronabinol and nabilone) for the prevention or treatment of chemotherapy related nausea and vomiting.
According to Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist from Compultense University in Madrid, Spain, who has been studying the molecular activity of cannabinoids for more than 10 years, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the primary psychoactive component of cannabis, induces tumor cell “suicide” while leaving healthy cells alone. During a study where they researched brain cancer cells for the purpose of better understanding how they function, they noticed that when exposed to THC, tumoral cells not only ceased to multiply and proliferate but destroyed themselves, both in lab tests and animal trials.
A 1980s’ research revealed that the human body contains two specific targets for THC. The endocannabinoid system processes THC and other cannabinoids, along with containing various cannabinoid receptors throughout the body that utilize them. This system regulates a lot of biological functions: appetite, food intake, motor behavior, reproduction, and many, many other functions. Tests done on mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids help to inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow larger.
Cannabis has great benefits in fighting, so far, nine types of cancer.
The journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics published a study that outlines how brain tumors are highly resistant to current anticancer treatments, which makes it crucial to find new therapeutic strategies aimed at improving the poor prognosis of patients suffering from this disease.
The British Journal of Cancer published a study conducted by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Complutense University in Madrid, where it was determined that THC and other cannabinoids inhibit tumor growth. THC was found to decrease tumour cells in two out of the nine patients, and the delivery was safe and was achieved with zero psychoactive effects.
The Journal of Neuroscience published a study that examined the biochemical events in both acute neuronal damage and in slowly progressive, neurodegenerative diseases. They looked at THC and found that it reduced neuronal injury in rats, and provide evidence that the cannabinoid system can protect the brain against neurodegeneration.
The Journal of Pharmacology And Experimental Therapeutics published a study that already acknowledged the fact that cannabinoids have been shown to possess antitumor properties. This study examined the effect of cannabidiol (non psychoactive cannabinoid compound) on human glioma cell lines (Glioma is the word used to describe brain tumor). The addition of cannabidiol led to a dramatic decrease in the viability of glioma cells, the study concluded that cannabidiol was able to produce a significant antitumor activity.
The American Journal of Cancer published a study where it was determined that cannabinoid receptors are expressed in human pancreatic tumor cell lines and tumor biopsies at much higher levels than in normal pancreatic tissue. Results showed that cannabinoid administration induced apoptosis. They also reduced the growth of tumor cells, and inhibited the spreading of pancreatic tumor cells.
The US National Library of Medicine published a study conducted by the California Pacific Medical Centre, where it was determined that cannabidiol (CBD) inhibits human breast cancer cell proliferation and invasion. They also demonstrated that CBD significantly reduces tumor mass.
The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics published a study where it was determined that THC as well as cannabidiol dramatically reduced breast cancer cell growth.
The Journal Molecular Cancer published a study where it was shown that THC reduced tumor growth and tumor numbers. They determined that cannabinoids inhibit cancer cell proliferation, induce cancer cell apoptosis and impair tumor angiogenesis (the creation of new blood vessels), providing strong evidence for the use of cannabinoid based therapies for the management of breast cancer.
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) published a study that determined that cannabinoids inhibit human breast cancer cell proliferation.
The journal Oncogene published a study by Harvard Medical Schools Experimental Medicine Department that determined that THC inhibits epithelial growth factor induced lung cancer cell migration and more. They go on to state that THC should be explored as novel therapeutic molecules in controlling the growth and metastasis of certain lung cancers.
The US National Library of Medicine published a study conducted by Harvard Medical School investigated the role of cannabinoid receptors in lung cancer cells. They determined its effectiveness and suggested that it should be used for treatment against lung cancer cells. They also published a study by the by the Institute of Toxicology and Pharmacology, from the Department of General Surgery in Germany where it was determined that cannabinoids inhibit cancer cell invasion. Effects were confirmed in primary tumor cells from a lung cancer patient. Overall, data indicated that cannabinoids decrease cancer cell invasiveness.
The US National Library of Medicine published a study that determined that THC reduces the viability of human HCC cell lines (Human hepatocellular liver carcinoma cell line) and reduced the growth.
Again, the US National Library of Medicine published a study conducted by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology by Virginia Commonwealth University that determined that cannabinoids induce apoptosis in leukemia cells.
The journal Molecular Pharmacology published a study where it was shown that cannabinoids induce growth inhibition and apoptosis in mantle cell lymphoma. The study was supported by grants from the Swedish Cancer Society, The Swedish Research Council and the Cancer Society in Stockholm.
The International Journal of Cancer published a study where it was determined and illustrated that cannabinoids exert antiproliferative and proapoptotic effects in various types of cancer and in mantle cell lymphoma.
The US National Library of Medicine published a study that proved the effectiveness of cannabis on prostate cancer.
Another study they published illustrates a decrease in prostatic cancer cells by acting through cannabinoid receptors.
And another one determined that clinical testing of CBD against prostate carcinoma is a must, as cannabinoid receptor activation induces prostate carcinoma cell apoptosis (cell death).
The US National Library of Medicine published a study whose results show cannabinoids are potent inhibitors of cellular respiration and are toxic to highly malignant oral Tumors.
A study in mice showed that cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and have some potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer.
According to a laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in human glioma cells, when given along with chemotherapy, CBD made the chemo more effective, and increased cancer cell death without harming the normal cells. Studies in mouse models of cancer showed that CBD together with delta-9-THC may make chemotherapy such as temozolomide more effective.
Cannabis also has anti-inflammatory properties, antiviral properties and relieves muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis.
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The health authorities have identified one of their top concerns as they wage war on diabetes: white rice. It is even more potent than sweet soda drinks in causing the disease.
Sharing his battle plan to reduce the risk of diabetes, Health Promotion Board chief executive Zee Yoong Kang said that obesity and sugary drinks are the major causes of the condition in the West.
But Asians are more predisposed to diabetes than Caucasians, so people do not have to be obese to be at risk. Starchy white rice can overload their bodies with blood sugar and heighten their risk of diabetes.
Mr Zee is armed with data. A meta- analysis of four major studies, involving more than 350,000 people followed for four to 20 years, by the Harvard School of Public Health – published in the British Medical Journal – threw up some sobering findings.
One, it showed each plate of white rice eaten in a day – on a regular basis – raises the risk of diabetes by 11 per cent in the overall population.
Two, it showed that while Asians, like the Chinese, had four servings a day of cooked rice, Americans and Australians ate just five a week.
But Mr Zee does not plan to ask Singaporeans to stop eating rice, a popular feature of meals here. What he would like is to see more people turn to healthier varieties.
Long grain white rice is also better than short grain when it comes to how it spikes blood sugar – a rise in sugar levels causes the pancreas to produce more insulin, and frequent spikes can lead to diabetes.
He would also like people to try adding 20 per cent of brown rice to their white rice. This amount is enough to reduce their risk of diabetes by 16 per cent.”There is no need to fully replace what they now eat. Just increase the quantity of whole grain and brown rice.”
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said last month that this disease is already costing the country more than $1 billion a year. Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations in Singapore.
Dr Stanley Liew, a diabetes expert at Raffles Hospital, advised people to eat less rice. He added that most junk food and sodas are just as bad and should be discouraged.
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Here is simple yet powerful introduction to basic holistic nutrition. Understanding will help you make wiser choices regarding your health.
What is health to you? To some it means not being sick, some say it’s being able to do what they want to do. Some equate health with energy, whilst others say that health is longevity.
To me, health is not just the absence of diseases, but it should also mean a life full of energy and vitality.
Where does our energy and vitality come from?
Our body is made up of about 100 trillion cells which need to be treated with care in order to feel energized and stay healthy. We should treat our body as 100 trillion cells and not just as flesh, blood and bones.
We all learned in school about cells and the tiny mitochondria within our cells which are the power source that give us our energy.
Here is what a mitochondrion from our cell looks like. There are many of these within one single cell. This is the power source of our energy.
By knowing this, we now have a choice of how we want to grow old. We can choose whether to grow to 70 but feel and look like 50; or we can choose to grow to 50 but feel and look like 70 (assuming you’re not there yet).
Having said that, I want to tell you that there is no such thing as aging. There is only the degeneration of our cells — either our cells are damaged or they die prematurely because of our ignorance and careless eating.
You are what you eat
What we put into our bodies will directly determine the health of our cells. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food that we eat will either choke and kill our cells or allow them to flourish. Even prolonged emotional stress can cause havoc in our body.
A poor diet and lifestyle results in:
An acidic environment
Build up of toxin within our tissues and cells
Oxidation within the body and build up of free radicals
This causes our cells to deteriorate and die and creates the ideal environment for disease.
The Stages of Cellular Degeneration and Disease
Below is a chart graph showing the stages of cellular degeneration. Most disease starts from a simple inflammation or a discharge that you may often ignore (Stage 1 in the chart).
Stage 2 marks the beginning of poor health. You may feel fatigue, constipated, have a headache, lower backache or develop simple skin blemishes. If at this stage you can acknowledge the onset of a problem, take action and start eating and living healthily, you are often still in time to reverse the problem.
When the doctor tells you that you have high-blood pressure or cholesterol, you have asthma or worse, tumors, you are at Stage 3 where you chronically encounter very poor and weak health.
Don’t wait till you reach Stage 3 or 4 before taking action – it may be too late.
Help is available. The answer is in nourishing and caring for your cells with correct diet, hydration and exercise, as we shall discuss shortly.
How Our Cells Die
Consumption of too many acid-forming foods creates an acidic environment in our body causes cells to die. As cells die, the body becomes even more acidic, creating the perfect environment for bacteria and parasites to breed and diseased cells to spread.
Then we fall sick and we see the doctor who prescribes more acid-forming drugs. The drugs create other side effects because our body is already acidic. It becomes a downward cycle and it goes on and on until our body starts to break down and degenerative diseases set in.
We need to break the cycle by cutting out harmful foods and nourishing our cells fresh fruit and vegetables.
Basic Holistic Nutrition: The 4 Cornerstones of a Healthy Body
Our 100 trillion cells require these 6 nutrients and four essential factors to stay healthy and happy. If we take the trouble to adhere to these four cornerstones of a healthy body, our cells will keep us healthy and full of vitality.
1. Effective Waste Elimination
There is no drug in the world that can heal your condition. Your body was made to self-heal so you need to give it a chance to heal by itself.
To allow our body recover we need to first reduce our intake of harmful foods. This will take the workload of our system and allow the body to more effectively eliminate toxins.
You simply cannot continue to feed your body with junk and expect it to heal.
There are many ways to detox, but whichever detox program you choose, ensure that it is safe and natural. Try juice fasting, or go on total fast for a few days to let your body rest, detoxify and heal. Always drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins.
A colon cleanse is an important part of detoxification. A congested colon (constipation is a symptom) may be carrying as much as 25 pounds of dried fecal matter – the perfect environment for bacteria to breed and multiply by the millions every day.
A congested colon leads to generally unclean blood that is toxic and harmful to your 100 trillion cells which will quickly dwindle in number from damage.
Colon cleansing with herbal fiber is a gentle approach that requires patience, but provides a thorough and effective cleanse. Most fiber cleanses take from 2-3 weeks to reach maximum efficacy; but the wait is worth it.
For extreme cases, one has to consider doing a colonics.
2. Improve Oxygen Delivery to Your Tissues
Our cells need oxygen to function. Our blood cells transport oxygen to where ever it is needed. The following improve the delivery of oxygen to our tissues:
A correct detox will clean up the colon and liver that in turn encourages cleaner blood.
I bet you’ve heard this one before — exercise is important! Exercise encourages the heart to pump blood and encourages circulation throughout our body. When blood circulates, it stirs up stagnant blood which otherwise would cause a host of health problems.
Deep breathing is also therapeutic. Take a walk outside, early in the morning when the air is still fresh and try some deep breathing exercises. This alone does wonders and helps generate energy that can last you for hours.
3. Drink Pleanty of Water – to Stay Hydrated
I can’t stress enough the importance of drinking enough water.
Dehydrated cells can’t talk, but they do send signals to the body. When they are dehydrated, they cause pain and when we give them enough water, the pain often goes away.
Don’t just assume that you’re drinking plenty of water: check if you are drinking enough water.
I recommend drinking the purest form of water, distilled water. Hard water and so-called mineral water will deposit inorganic elements in your body that your body cannot assimilate, thus should be treated as toxins.
4. Replenish Your Body With Nutrients
Nutrients are what this site is all about. Once you have done a proper detox, removed the unhealthy food from your diet, drink sufficient water and exercise daily, then you are ready to feed your cells with proper nutrients from live food.
Poor “modern day diets” of processed foods that are high in fat and low in fiber and nutrition deprive the body of the nutrients we need. Juicing is the most effective and fastest way to get large amounts of concentrated nutrients to our deprived cells.
The body needs these 6 essential nutrient groups for good health: carbohydrates, protein, fat, water, minerals and vitamins. Here is handy list of nutrients essential to basic holistic health: