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 consciousness.

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 vibration.

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 process.

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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 everyday life.

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 to nature.

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.

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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 field.

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?

Reference: PreventDisease.com

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 sugar molecules.

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.

Last Updated: 14th November, 2018

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The Effects and Uses of Green Tea

Table of Contents

Introduction

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

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 people.

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.

While 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 pan-frying.

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:

  • Nuts
  • Grass
  • Cooked Vegetables
  • Charred Greens
  • Toast
  • Citrus
  • Sweetness
  • Seaweed (particularly with steamed green tea)

Chinese Green Tea

Chinese 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):

Chinese Green Tea Varieties
  • Biluochun ($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 China.
  • Gunpowder ($2.30 per ounce): This strong and slightly smoky green tea is rolled into small pellets to resemble gunpowder. This is a great affordable daily tea.
  • Huangshan Maofeng ($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.
  • Longjing (Dragonwell) ($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.
  • Xinyang Maojian ($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.

Japanese Green Tea Varieties
  • 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.
  • Sencha ($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.
  • Kukicha ($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.
  • Hojicha ($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.
  • Gyokuro ($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 flavor.
  • 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.
  • Shincha (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 Japan.

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 measures.

Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

These 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.

Studies 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.

These 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.

Mental Alertness

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.

Cancer Prevention

Studies support green tea’s antimutagenic qualities, or in plainer words, the ability to protect normal cells from turning cancerous. In-vitro studies have supported green tea’s ability to inhibit carcinogenesis that causes skin and breast cancer, lung cancer, mouth and throat cancer, as well as stomach, liver, and prostate cancer.

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

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.

Lifestyle Benefits

lifestyle benefits of drinking green tea

Green 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 early-morning routine.

The Truth About Green Tea and Fat Burning

Aside from its caffeine content, green tea does not have any direct weight loss benefits. This may come as a shock considering how often green tea extract (GTE) supplements are marketed as weight loss products.

green tea and fat burning

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.

Other 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

Green tea’s antioxidants make it the perfect balance of healthy and appetizing, but what happens when you consume too much of it?

Fortunately, 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.

Rarely, certain medical conditions could experience worsening symptoms from drinking green tea. These conditions include anemia, glaucoma, heart conditions, or bleeding disorders.

Over-Caffeination

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

Studies 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.

When 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)

when you should drink green tea

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.

How to Brew Green Tea

Three Ways to Make the Perfect Cup of Green Tea

To get the truest flavor out of your tea, it’s best to use fresh, cold-filtered water.

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.

The 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.

3 Ways to Brew Green Tea

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.

Green Tea - Tea Ball

Tea 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

Talking 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.

green tea preparation in teapot
  1. Begin with heating your water.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

3. Teabags

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 bag.

green tea in teabags

Lower 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.

Similarly, 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 above.

Ways to Drink Green Tea

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.

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Pan-fried 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.

To 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.

As 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 green tea matcha preparation

The 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)

Culinary 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.

While 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 characteristics.

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.

Heat 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 place.

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

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 discolored complexion.
green tea benefits eyes
  • 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.
green tea benefits for your skin
  • 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

green tea - grandpa style preparation

If 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 everything immediately.

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.

While 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.

Drinking 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

Drinks

1. Winter Spiced Green Tea

For 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.

You’ll need:

  • 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

Since 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!

  1. Steep 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.
  2. Remove spices and tea, stir in the honey until it is dissolved.
  3. Serve while still warm.

2. Summer Green Tea Limeade

Green 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.

You’ll need:

  • 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

Optional garnish:

  • Mint leaves, lime wedges, or cucumber slices
  1. Boil water and steep green tea for about five minutes.
  2. Dissolve agave syrup or honey into the tea. Then cool with ice.
  3. Juice lime either by hand or using a juicer, and add this into the green tea.
  4. Allow to chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve it. Then garnish and enjoy!

Smoothies

Green 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

You’ll need:

  • 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)

Optional ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon flax seeds
  • Ground ginger root
  1. Brew 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.
  2. Add everything into the blender and drink immediately.
  3. Tweak the recipe according to your taste.

4. Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

You’ll need:

  • ½ teaspoon matcha powder (culinary grade)
  • ¾ cup of the milk of your choice (dairy, almond, soy)
  • 1 banana
  • 5 ice cubes

Optional Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon of honey

Many 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 matcha.

  • ½ avocado

The avocado is a nice addition, full of nutrition but not completely necessary to make this recipe work.

  1. Grind ice cubes with the banana (and avocado) in the blender until smooth.
  2. Add in milk, matcha, and honey. Then continue blending until the matcha is fully mixed in. Enjoy immediately!

Food

green tea matcha ice cream

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

For 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.

If 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 antioxidants.

You’ll Need:

  • 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
  1. Grease a 9×9 inch baking dish or traditional tart tin.
  2. Sift together matcha, flour, powdered sugar, and salt.
  3. Chop the cold butter into cubes and add them into the flour mixture with the vanilla.
  4. Using 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.
  5. Once 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.
  6. Heat your oven to 350, and set your shortbread in the freezer until you’re ready to bake.
  7. When 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 portion size.
  8. Bake for about 45 minutes. The shortbread should appear set and will be lightly browning on the edges.
  9. Remove 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 marks.

Drinking 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 life.

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:

1. Apples

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.

2. Turmeric

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.

3. Ginger

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.

5. Berries

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

Method:

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

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 human growth hormone 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.

In his roughly-translated book, Dry Medical Fasting: Myths and Reality, Russian Dr. Sergei Ivanovich Filonov explains what happens in the body when we dry fast.

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 Fastinghe 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.

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 years or 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.

Sources:
http://www.livescience.com/33179-does-human-body-replace-cells-seven-years.html
http://askanaturalist.com/do-we-replace-our-cells-every-7-or-10-years/
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/02/science/your-body-is-younger-than-you-think.html?_r=0

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.

Cannabis Can Kill 9 Types Of Cancer

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.

Brain 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.

Pancreatic cancer

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.

Breast cancer

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.

Lung cancer

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.

Liver cancer

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.

Blood cancer

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.

Prostate cancer

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).

Oral cancer

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.

Colon cancer

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.

Aiding chemotherapy

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.

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.

Introduction To Basic Holistic Nutrition

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.

Basic holistic nutrition - mitochondrion in a cellHere 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).

Basic holistic nutrition - the stages of cellular degeneration and chronic disease

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

Drink water - little and often to stay hydratedI 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:

  • Amino acids (protein)
  • Complex carbohydrates
  • Essential fatty acids (EFAs)
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals and trace minerals
  • Phytonutrients
  • Anti-oxidants
  • Bio-flavonoids
  • Chlorophyll
  • Enzymes
  • Fiber
  • Healthy colon flora (friendly bacteria)