In fact, fossil records demonstrate that prehistoric people domesticated and cultivated legumes for food. Today, this extremely large category of vegetables contains over 13,000 species and is second only to grains in supplying calories and protein to the world’s population. Compared to grains, legumes supply about the same number of total calories but usually provide 2-to-4 times as much protein.

Legumes are often called “the poor people’s meat,” however, they might be better known as the “healthy people’s meat.” Many legumes, especially adzuki, mung, and garbanzo, are demonstrating impressive health benefits. Diets rich in legumes are being used to lower cholesterol levels, improve blood glucose control in diabetics, and reduce the risk of many cancers. Legumes contain many important nutrients and phytochemicals, and when combined with grains, they form a complete protein. According to studies conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture, richly colored dried beans offer a high degree of antioxidant protection. In fact, small red adzuki and mung beans rated the highest just ahead of blueberries.

Beans are a very inexpensive form of good protein and the are the most popular food source among the healthiest cultures. I just bought enough beans, lentils, quinoa and buckwheat for myself, my son, daughter-in-law, and granddaughter for our trip to Costa Rica. I spent $60, including a bottle of Bragg Amino Acid, which will last us for the ten days. Compare that to meat at $10.00 a pound. I can’t emphasize enough how important beans and grains are together. They build your body with important nutritional value, proteins, enzymes, minerals, vitamins and fiber that cut your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity by 70%, where meat and dairy will increase your chances of all those diseases by 70%. Don’t overlook the fact that beans and grains are a healthy way to maintain your weight.

The major health benefit of beans is their rich source of cholesterol-lowering fiber. In addition to lowering cholesterol, the high fiber content of beans prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after a meal, making these beans an especially good choice for individuals with diabetes, insulin resistance, or hypoglycemia.

Beans’ contribution to heart health lies not just in their fiber but in the significant amounts of antioxidants, folic acid, vitamin B6, and magnesium these beans supply. Folic acid and B6 help lower levels of homocysteine, an amino acid that is an intermediate product in an important metabolic process called the methylation cycle. Elevated blood levels of homocysteine are an independent risk factor for heart attack, stroke, or peripheral vascular disease, and are found in between 20-to-40 percent of patients with heart disease.

Intake of beans is also protective against cancer. In one analysis of dietary data collected by validated food frequency questionnaires in 1991 and 1995 from 90,630 women in the Nurses Health Study II researchers found a significantly reduced frequency of breast cancer in those women who consumed a higher intake of beans or lentils. That was not surprising, what was surprising was that only beans and lentils seemed to offer protection. Intake of tea, onions, apples, string beans, broccoli, green pepper, or blueberries did not have the same beneficial protection. Eating beans or lentils two or more times per week was associated with a 24% reduced risk of breast cancer.

I eat beans most

Of my life. I cook them with buckwheat, quinoa, hulled barley and wheat berries. I also sprout them and mix them with my salads. There are a lot of different kinds of beans and they are all very nutritional. I just like mung, adzuki, and garbanzo so I stick with those three beans. I also eat lentils like red, green and French dark green. The lentils are easy to cook with buckwheat and quinoa. The dry beans can be cooked with hulled barley and wheat berries as they take about an hour to simmer. If you want to cut the time down and cook them with buckwheat, just soak them overnight.

To sprout the beans, soak them overnight, rinse them thoroughly and put them in a sprouting jar with a screen lid. Just rinse them really well in the jar and make sure to get all the water out. Place the beans in a darker part of your kitchen for three days, rinsing them twice a day until they sprout…..make sure to refrigerate after the sprout. I mix them with my salads….thank you veganurth for the info

Cancer doctors don’t like turmeric cancer treatment because it’s too effective and too cheap. But here is how to make your own supplements

Turmeric is a super-spice that has a very high antioxidant value. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties in turmeric are mainly attributed to its most active component, Curcumin. This compound is also what gives turmeric is yellow-orange color.  Turmeric has been proven to fight free radicals, rejuvenate the cells, cleanse the liver, protect the heart, boosts moods and support the brain. It can fight severe inflammation, which is at the heart of many chronic diseases, better than most conventional drugs.

Turmeric is the Most Powerful Natural Medicine Known to Men

Turmeric is one of the most-studied spices. It is the subject of over 7000 different studies published by the National Institutes of Health. The research conducted on this amazing spice found that it is as effective as the following medications but with no side effects:

  • Arthritis medications
  • Anti-coagulants
  • Diabetes drugs
  • Pain killers
  • Steroids
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Cholesterol drugs
  • Anti-depressants
  • Inflammatory bowel disease drugs
  • Chemotherapy

Other health benefits of turmeric

  • Helps treat depression
  • Turmeric drastically increases the antioxidant capacity of the body
  • Improves brain function and lowers risk of brain diseases
  • Reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes
  • Relive joint pain, muscle aches and discomfort
  • Indigestion and heartburn aid
  • Ease stiff joints
  • Optimize cholesterol
  • Turmeric can help prevent and even treat cancer

Make Your Own Turmeric Supplements with kombucha / Jamu / kefir / Raw honey But Just keep in mind that to get maximum benefits, it needs to be high quality tumeric or curcumin in a form of raw or organic that optimize absorption


Calories, Carbs, and Health Benefits of Coconut Yogurt

With a wide variety of options, yogurt lovers can get their fill even if they are dairy-free. One of the hottest dairy-free alternatives is of the coconut variety. In fact, since the FDA defines yogurt as a product strictly derived from dairy, the technical term for a “yogurt” made from coconut products should be deemed a “yogurt alternative.” Learn more about the creamy options and healthy attributes below.

Carbs in Coconut Yogurt

Coconut yogurt may contain anywhere from 10 to 25 grams of carbohydrate. Part of the variation occurs because of the flavoring that may or may not be added to the product. Unsweetened coconut yogurt (shown on label) is likely to be the lowest carb product, providing just ten grams per one-cup serving.

While you are scanning labels to check nutrition facts, keep reading down towards the sugar totals. Most yogurts contain some added sugars, but some are more highly sweetened than others. Natural sugars from fruit don’t wreak the same havoc on blood sugar as more highly processed sugars do, so pick a brand with that in mind. 

Fats in Coconut Yogurt

A standard 5.3 ounce container of flavored coconut milk yogurt alternative contains 110 to 140 calories and 4 to 7 grams of total fat. Most of the fat in coconut yogurt is usually saturated fat.

The saturated fats found in coconut milk may be of concern for some. Excessive amounts of saturated fat aka the “unhealthy” type of fat is connected to elevated LDL cholesterol levels and an increased risk of heart disease. While the amount of saturated fat found in a coconut yogurt is not excessive, those with high cholesterol or suffering from heart disease should monitor and moderate their intake of these types of fats.

Protein in Coconut Yogurt

Unlike traditional yogurt made from cow’s milk, coconut yogurt is not a high protein food. An unsweetened cup of coconut yogurt provides less than a gram of protein. The same 5.3 ounce portion of traditional yogurt contains 5 to 6 grams of protein, while Greek yogurt is even higher with an average of 12 grams per serving, far surpassing the coconut milk type.

Micronutrients in Coconut Yogurt

As you find with most brands of traditional yogurts, there is likely calcium added to the mix of your favorite coconut yogurt. Check the labels on specific brands to determine how much (if any) has been added. But you are likely to get a healthy dose from most brands.

You are also likely to get a healthy dose of vitamin D and vitamin B12 in many brands of coconut yogurt. If fresh fruit is added, you may benefit from other vitamins as well.

Health Benefits

Coconut yogurt alternatives can be a healthy dairy-free yogurt option for those who need or choose to avoid dairy products. While Greek yogurt contains less lactose than traditional cow’s milk yogurt, many people with lactose intolerance may be more comfortable avoiding it entirely.

A coconut-based vegan style yogurt can also provide other nutritional benefits. The fermented sugars and tummy-pleasing probiotics can help regulate digestive health by providing an ample dose of healthy bacteria to the gut.  Properly balanced gut bacteria is also correlated with improved immune function. Bones will also benefit from the added calcium and vitamin D, two nutrients that most folks need to get more of.

Common Questions

What is coconut yogurt made from?

The star ingredient in coconut yogurt alternative is, of course, coconut meat. The thick and creamy combo of blended coconut flesh and coconut water (referred to as coconut “milk”) is often combined with fruit, flavorings, sweeteners and active cultures to create the vegan yogurt alternative. Most brands also contain some form of thickener such as rice starch, pectin or guar gum to add body and prevent separating.

Why is coconut yogurt (often) more expensive than dairy yogurt?

You can find an impressive amount of variations from brand to brand of coconut yogurt, so spend a few minutes reading labels before deciding which you want to buy. Since dairy-free yogurts are a smaller market, the price point is higher. Some brands of coconut yogurt will exceed $0.40 per ounce compared to $0.15 to $0.26 for brands of cow’s milk yogurts.

Does coconut yogurt contain lactose?

Coconut milk doesn’t contain the same kinds of natural sugars found in cow’s milk (also known as “lactose”), therefore coconut and some other dairy-free versions won’t have the same ability to react with healthy bacteria, ferment, and develop that signature tangy yogurt flavor. To allow this reaction, a form of sugar is introduced. This may come in the form of an added sweetener or from a natural source like fruit juice or coconut water—the clear liquid found within a fresh coconut.

Recipes and Preparation Tips

It is possible to make your own coconut milk yogurt using a combination of canned coconut milk and powdered probiotics. Some recipes require stove top cooking or pressure cooking while others do not. Most recipes call for an activation period where yogurt and bacteria are left out at room temperature (usually about 24 to 48 hours) to allow for fermentation. Preparing yogurt in this fashion requires properly sterilized equipment to prevent the growth of yeast and unwanted bacteria, so proceed with caution.

Whether it is store-bought or homemade, coconut yogurt alternative can be used in any of your favorite yogurt applications. Here are 5 ways to enjoy:

  • Smoothies and parfaits: The creamy texture and subtle coconut essence makes coconut yogurt an ideal pick for smoothies and parfaits. Blend with frozen fruit and a splash of water (or coconut water) or layer with fresh berries and granola.
  • Baked goods: From muffins to quick breads to pancakes, yogurt helps keep all kinds of baked goods moist with less fat and calories. You can substitute equal parts cow’s milk yogurt for coconut milk but it is worth nothing that making this swap will jack up the saturated fat content.
  • Frozen treats: The higher fat content of coconut makes it an ideal choice for frozen treats. Pour coconut yogurt and fresh fruit into ice pop molds or whirl in an ice cream machine for a batch of fro yo. For a frozen finger food, use toothpicks or skewers to dip grapes or banana slices into yogurt. Transfer coated fruit to a parchment lined cookie sheet and sprinkle with chopped nuts before placing in the freezer to harden. Enjoy right from the freezer!
  • Savory dollops: Plain coconut yogurt has a subtle sweetness and coconut flavor that is an amazing dairy-free alternative to cream in curry, soups and stews. Plain coconut yogurt can also be whisked with citrus juice or vinegar and spices to make creamy vegan dips, sandwich spreads and dressings.
  • Overnight oats: Have a light morning meal or snack waiting for you when the alarm goes off! In a glass jar, combine rolled oats with yogurt, flax or chia seeds and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup; stir well. Cover and refrigerate overnight, serve topped with fresh fruit.

i drank out of a copper water bottle for two months – and this is what happened , Ayurveda, lifestyle
this brown kitchen and copper H2O, why you should be drinking out of a copper water bottle for ayurvedic health
Y’all! Remember when I posted about wanting to start using a copper water bottle? Well I got my bottle in the mail from Copper H2O and have been using it for the last few weeks. Let me tell you guys, I’m OBSESSED with it.
With everything I’ve been trying to incorporate into my Ayurvedic lifestyle – eating according to my dosha, working on my yoga flow and mindset with meditation, reading all about holistic healing – drinking out of a copper water bottle was a very welcome and easy addition into my day. Do I need to remind you of some of the benefits? In addition to helping with digestion stimulating your brain, and helping build immunity, drinking out of a copper water bottle can also help you improve your skin. That last part was the benefit I was most looking forward to seeing a difference with, as I’ve always had issues with my skin being even and clear. I’ve tried everything from homemade masks, eating super clean, and trying every wash out there – so this was me trying out another method to help me out.
After getting my bottle, I started drinking out of it throughout the day. Most importantly though, each night I filled up the bottle to let it sit overnight, and then drank from that bottle first thing in the morning. My mom has always said, you should let the water rest for about 6 to 8 hours in copper and then drink it as soon as you wake up. When you let water rest in copper for this amount of time, it allows the water to gain that small amount of ions from the copper to dissolve in it. There’s a more scientific way to look at and explain this – storing water in a copper bottle allows it to become alkaline. The storage in copper is what naturally ionizes water and causes the water to become natural alkaline water. Alkaline water has a higher pH than regular drinking water, which helps it reduce acid in the body – which some studies show is helpful for conditions like acid reflux. Others suggest that drinking alkaline water can help with preventing chronic conditions, slowing the aging process, and helping fight high cholesterol.
this brown kitchen and copper H2O, why you should be drinking out of a copper water bottle for ayurvedic health
this brown kitchen and copper H2O, why you should be drinking out of a copper water bottle for ayurvedic health
While I can’t personally speak to those findings, I am here to tell you that my skin is looking amazing. I can’t remember a time when my skin tone has been this even, and if I do have a breakout (trust me, we all still get them!), they have been smaller and are healing quicker. I haven’t changed my eating or makeup routine so to see that the addition and change of drinking out of a copper water bottle has made a difference in one aspect of my life has been incredible. I was already a water-fiend before using this bottle – as in I regularly drink around 100oz of water a day – so to see that using a bottle to create more alkaline water and seeing a difference in my skin makes me feel like I’m taking easy and actionable steps to improve my Ayurvedic lifestyle. This is the bottle I have – and I don’t know that I can drink out of anything else!
I’ll update in a few weeks about any other differences I may notice – but so far, using this bottle has been my favorite addition to Ayurvedic practices. (:
*Thanks to Copper H2O for providing me with this copper bottle. I am not a doctor and am not here to treat or diagnose anyone with any health issues they may be facing. I’m just sharing my experiences with Ayurveda, so please consult a health professional before undertaking any major changes to diet, exercise, or health. Thanks!

Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree, which is grown in many tropical regions of the world. Dates have become quite popular in recent years.

Almost all dates sold in Western countries are dried.

You can tell whether or not dates are dried based on their appearance. A wrinkled skin indicates they are dried, whereas a smooth skin indicates freshness.

Depending on the variety, fresh dates are fairly small in size and range in color from bright red to bright yellow. Medjool and Deglet Noor dates are the most commonly consumed varieties.

Dates are chewy with a sweet flavor. They are also high in some important nutrients and have a variety of advantages and uses.

This article will discuss 8 health benefits of eating dates and how to incorporate them into your diet.

1. Very Nutritious

Dates have an excellent nutrition profile.

Since they’re dried, their calorie content is higher than most fresh fruit. The calorie content of dates is similar to that of other dried fruits, such as raisins and figs (1).

Most of the calories in dates come from carbs. The rest are from a very small amount of protein. Despite their calories, dates contain some important vitamins and minerals in addition to a significant amount of fiber.

A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving provides the following nutrients (1):

  • Calories: 277
  • Carbs: 75 grams
  • Fiber: 7 grams
  • Protein: 2 grams
  • Potassium: 20% of the RDI
  • Magnesium: 14% of the RDI
  • Copper: 18% of the RDI
  • Manganese: 15% of the RDI
  • Iron: 5% of the RDI
  • Vitamin B6: 12% of the RDI

Dates are also high in antioxidants, which may contribute to many of their health benefits (2).

Summary Dates contain several vitamins and minerals, in addition to fiber and antioxidants. However, they are high in calories since they are a dried fruit.

2. High in Fiber

Getting enough fiber is important for your overall health.

With almost 7 grams of fiber in a 3.5-ounce serving, including dates in your diet is a great way to increase your fiber intake (1).

Fiber can benefit your digestive health by preventing constipation. It promotes regular bowel movements by contributing to the formation of stool (3).

In one study, 21 people who consumed 7 dates per day for 21 days experienced improvements in stool frequency and had a significant increase in bowel movements compared to when they did not eat dates (4).

Furthermore, the fiber in dates may be beneficial for blood sugar control. Fiber slows digestion and may help prevent blood sugar levels from spiking too high after eating (5).

For this reason, dates have a low glycemic index (GI), which measures how quickly your blood sugar rises after eating a certain food (6).

Summary Dates are high in fiber, which may be beneficial for preventing constipation and controlling blood sugar control.

3. High in Disease-Fighting Antioxidants

Dates provide various antioxidants that have a number of health benefits to offer, including a reduced risk of several diseases.

Antioxidants protect your cells from free radicals, which are unstable molecules that may cause harmful reactions in your body and lead to disease (7).

Compared to similar types of fruit, such as figs and dried plums, dates appear to have the highest antioxidant content (8).

Here’s an overview of the three most potent antioxidants in dates:

  • Flavonoids: Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants that may help reduce inflammation and have been studied for their potential to reduce the risk of diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and certain types of cancer (2, 9).
  • Carotenoids: Carotenoids are proven to promote heart health and may also reduce the risk of eye-related disorders, such as macular degeneration (2, 10).
  • Phenolic acid: Known for its anti-inflammatory properties, phenolic acid may help lower the risk of cancer and heart disease (11, 12).

Summary Dates contain several types of antioxidants that may help prevent the development of certain chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

4. May Promote Brain Health

Eating dates may help improve brain function.

Laboratory studies have found dates to be helpful for lowering inflammatory markers, such as interleukin 6 (IL-6), in the brain. High levels of IL-6 are associated with a higher risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s (13, 14).

Additionally, animal studies have shown dates to be helpful for reducing the activity of amyloid beta proteins, which can form plaques in the brain (13).

When plaques accumulate in the brain, they may disturb communication between brain cells, which can ultimately lead to brain cell death and Alzheimer’s disease (15).

One animal study found that mice fed food mixed with dates had significantly better memory and learning ability, as well as less anxiety-related behaviors, compared to those that did not eat them (16).

The potential brain-boosting properties of dates have been attributed to their content of antioxidants known to reduce inflammation, including flavonoids (13).

However, human studies are needed to confirm the role of dates in brain health.

Summary Dates may be helpful for lowering inflammation and preventing plaques from forming in the brain, which is important for preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

5. May Promote Natural Labor

Dates have been studied for their potential to promote and ease late-term labor in pregnant women.

Eating these fruits throughout the last few weeks of pregnancy may promote cervical dilation and lower the need for induced labor. They may also be helpful for reducing labor time (17).

In one study, 69 women who consumed 6 dates per day for 4 weeks prior to their due date were 20% more likely to go into labor naturally and were in labor for significantly less time than those who did not eat them (18).

Another study of 154 pregnant women found that those who ate dates were much less likely to be induced compared to those who did not (19).

A third study found similar results in 91 pregnant women who consumed 70–76 grams of dates daily starting the 37th week of pregnancy. They were in active labor for an average of 4 fewer hours than those who did not eat dates (17).

Although eating dates appears to help promote labor and reduce labor duration, more research is needed to confirm these effects.

The role dates may have in pregnancy is likely due to compounds that bind to oxytocin receptors and appear to mimic the effects of oxytocin in the body. Oxytocin is a hormone that causes labor contractions during childbirth (18, 20).

Additionally, dates contain tannins, which are compounds that have been shown to help facilitate contractions. They are also a good source of natural sugar and calories, which are necessary to maintain energy levels during labor (20).

Summary Dates may promote and ease natural labor for pregnant women when consumed during the last few weeks of pregnancy.

6. Excellent Natural Sweetener

Dates are a source of fructose, which is a natural type of sugar found in fruit.

For this reason, dates are very sweet and also have a subtle caramel-like taste. They make a great healthy substitute for white sugar in recipes due to the nutrients, fiber and antioxidants that they provide.

The best way to substitute dates for white sugar is to make date paste, as in this recipe. It is made by mixing dates with water in a blender. A rule of thumb is to replace sugar with date paste at a 1:1 ratio.

For example, if the recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, you’ll replace it with 1 cup of date paste.

It is important to note that although dates are high in fiber and nutrients, they are still fairly high in calories and best consumed in moderation.

Summary Dates are a healthy substitute for white sugar in recipes due to their sweet taste, nutrients, fiber and antioxidants.

7. Other Potential Health Benefits

Dates have been claimed to have a few other health benefits that have not yet been extensively studied.

  • Bone health: Dates contain several minerals, including phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium. All of these have been studied for their potential to prevent bone-related conditions like osteoporosis (1, 21).
  • Blood sugar control: Dates have the potential to help with blood sugar regulation due to their low glycemic index, fiber and antioxidants. Thus, eating them may benefit diabetes management (2).

Although these potential health benefits are promising, more human studies are needed before conclusions can be made.

Summary Dates have been claimed to promote bone health and aid in blood sugar control, but these effects have not been studied sufficiently.

8. Easy to Add to Your Diet

Dates are incredibly versatile and make a delicious snack. They are often paired with other foods, such as almonds, nut butter or soft cheese.

Dates are also very sticky, which makes them useful as a binder in baked goods, such as cookies and bars. You can also combine dates with nuts and seeds to make healthy snack bars or energy balls, as in this recipe.

What’s more, you can use dates to sweeten up sauces, such as salad dressings and marinades, or blend them into smoothies and oatmeal.

It is important to note that dates are high in calories and their sweet taste makes them easy to overeat. For this reason, they are best consumed in moderation.

Summary There are many different ways to eat dates. They are commonly eaten plain but can also be incorporated into other popular dishes.

The Bottom Line

Dates are a very healthy fruit to include in your diet.

They are high in several nutrients, fiber and antioxidants, all of which may provide health benefits ranging from improved digestion to a reduced risk of disease.

There are several ways to add dates to your diet. One popular way to eat them is as a natural sweetener in various dishes. They also make a great snack.

It’s easiest to find dates in their dried form, though these are higher in calories than fresh fruit so it is important to eat them in moderation.

Dates are definitely worth adding to your diet, as they are both nutritious and delicious.

The word kefir is derived from the Turkish word “keyif,” which means, “feel good” or “good feeling.” Most people are familiar with milk kefir, which is similar to a drinkable yogurt, but not too many people know what coconut kefir is.

What Is coconut kefir?

Coconut kefir is a fermented beverage made from raw coconut water. It contains all the beneficial probiotics you find in traditional milk kefir while offering the benefits of raw coconut water, which is rich in hydrating electrolytes and other health-promoting vitamins and minerals.

The magical thing about coconut kefir is that the fermentation process transforms the sugar content of coconut water into lactic bacteria (probiotics).

Here are some reasons you might want to be consuming coconut kefir water regularly.

It’s hydrating.

Raw coconut kefir contains vital minerals that hydrate the body on a cellular level, including potassium, sodium, chlorides, calcium and magnesium.

Research has found raw coconut water to be sterile, meaning it can be safely added into the bloodstream without harm. There are even stories of injured soldiers using raw coconut water for blood plasma transfusion during the Vietnam War.

This is because the mineral profile found in coconut water is very close to human plasma. This makes coconut water an incredible food for optimal hydration.

It’s good for your kidneys.

The high levels of potassium in raw coconut water make it effective for treating kidney stones. Kidney stones are just a symptom of improperly functioning kidneys. In order to function properly, the kidneys need potassium.

The kidneys manage fluids in the body, which means they are a determining factor in how well we stay hydrated. An adequately hydrated body is tied to nearly every physiological function in the body. For example, diarrhea is often a result of dehydration and poor kidney function.

Coconut water has been shown to improve diarrhea in children by nourishing the kidneys and properly hydrating the body.

It’s heart healthy.

Research shows coconut water could be effective in preventing against heart attack and maintaining healthy blood pressure.

It protects you from bad bacteria.

There are over seven different strains of healthy bacteria and yeast in coconut kefir (if you’re using a starter culture). These healthy bacteria and yeast balance the bacteria in our bodies, preventing the overgrowth of pathogens and opportunistic bad bacteria and yeasts.

It reduces cravings.

The slightly sour taste, hydrating minerals and probiotic bacteria in coconut kefir make it a great remedy for food cravings, especially sugar cravings.

There’s also research about the connection between gut imbalance and alcohol dependency. With proper detoxification and repairing of the gut bio, individuals where able to recover from alcohol dependency.

This suggests that having a gut with plenty of healthy bacteria might inhibit certain cravings. Consuming coconut kefir is one way to provide to gut with plenty of detoxifying and healing probiotics.Ready to learn more about how to unlock the power of food to heal your body, prevent disease & achieve optimal health .

Doctors are only the mechanics of the human body. They fix what is wrong and will not see you in most cases until the damage is done. They don’t come to you when you are healthy and pat you on the back for eating right and exercise just as they do not knock on your door when the dinner menu is meat and dairy…

Hippocrates said it best 100’s of years ago, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” This was long before doctors drove around in Mercedes and vacationed at beach homes and ski condos several times a year. Doctors used to influence people to live a healthy lifestyle but now doctor’s agenda is to lure you into an expensive medical procedure and get you hooked on prescription drugs that are lobbied by cash-rich pharmaceutic companies that thrive on human disease.

It is the general consensus that healthcare is expensive and if your illness doesn’t kill you, your doctor and hospital will break you financially. I don’t know what is worse, being sick or being broke? The repercussions are the same for both being sick and being broke – “miserable.”

Now, that is the doom and gloom, here is the good news – “Veganism.” Whole organic grains like wheat berries, whole barley, farro, buckwheat, and quinoa will boost your immune system, increase your intake of plant-based protein and calcium and important nutrients to maintain pristine health. Organic beans like mung, adzuki and garbanzo are loaded with protein, antioxidants, and vitamins with anti-cancer and anti-heart disease components. Organic fruits and vegetables offer minerals, enzymes and nutritional value that extends life and health. Living foods enhance life in your body.

We have only one life, one heart, one kidney, one lung, one liver…well, you get the picture, There are no replacements parts for our body, unlike your car. Meat, dairy, and processed foods attack your healthy vital organs. Drugs don’t provide you with nutrition — they only block or fool the body into believing, on a temporary basis, that something is balanced. Dead foods and drugs are foreign to your body and cause havoc and eventually will kill you.

Living foods enhance your health, heal your body and give you vibrancy, energy and a magnitude of opportunity to enjoy a quality lifestyle both physically and spiritually………

Go and thank your organic farmer for saving your life and call him “doctor…..” While you are at it, give your organic farmer a huge hug – they are passionate, work hard and dedicated to organic farming

thank you Doug …

17-reasons-to-use-honey-and-cinnamon

People of many cultures have been using honey and cinnamon to treat many different health situations for centuries. Folk wisdom still retains knowledge of the healing properties of both raw honey and cinnamon.

1. ARTHRITIS: Take daily, morning and night, one cup of hot water with two teaspoons honey and one small teaspoon cinnamon powder. If taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured.

2. BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder.

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3. CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of cinnamon powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water reduces the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours.

4. COLDS: Take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder daily for three days to cure most chronic cough, cold, and clear the sinuses.

5. HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, apply on wheat-bread f or daily breakfast to reduce the cholesterol in the arteries and save the patient from heart attack.

6. UPSET STOMACH: Cures stomach ache and also clears stomach ulcers from the root.

7. GAS: If Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

8. IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral.

9. INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.

10. INFLUENZA – FLU: honey contains a natural ingredient which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

11. LONGEVITY: Take daily, four spoons of honey, one spoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of water and boil to make like tea to arrests the ravages of old age.

12. PIMPLES: Apply three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it next morning with warm water for two weeks to remove pimples from the root.

13. WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water to avoid fat to accumulate in the body.

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14. SKIN INFECTIONS: Apply honey and cinnamon powder on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin infections.

15. FATIGUE: Sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon increases the vitality of the body within a week.

16. CANCER: Advanced cancer of the stomach and bones have been cured successfully taking one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder for one month three times a day.

17. HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts helps restore hearing.

Keep these two powerhouses on hand in your home-remedy medicine chest.

The liver is the body’s second largest organ and it plays an important role by breaking down fats, detoxifying the blood and helping to manage blood glucose levels. It is important look after your liver to keep it healthy and to watch out for liver diseases such as a fatty Liver disease (Hepatic Steatosis).

What is Fatty Liver Disease (Hepatic Steatosis)?

Fatty liver, or hepatic steatosis, is a broad term that describes the buildup of fats in the liver. Having fat in your liver is normal, but if it has more than 5 to 10 percent of fat, then the condition is called fatty liver disease.

Fatty liver is quite common and 10 to 20 percent of Americans have too much fat in their liver. Most cases of fatty liver disease are detected between ages 50 and 60.

What are the Main Types of Fatty Liver?

There are two main types fatty liver disease:

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease occurs when your liver has trouble breaking down fats, causing fat to build up in your liver tissue.

It is not clear what causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and heredity is often thought to play a role in its occurrence.

The wide range of diseases and conditions linked to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is so diverse that it’s difficult to pinpoint any one cause. It often affects people who are overweight and/or are in their 40’s and 50’s.

Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD) or Alcoholic Hepatitis

This type of liver disease is pretty self-explanatory. Alcoholic liver disease (alcoholic hepatitis) is thought to occur because of excess alcohol consumption or binge drinking. Heredity is thought to play a role in its occurrence and severity.

Symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease (Hepatic Steatosis)

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine the symptoms of fatty liver disease can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss or poor appetite
  • Pain in the upper right abdomen
  • A feeling of overall weakness
  • Nausea
  • Trouble concentrating or confusion
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin)

For more information about signs of liver damage, read my post about the early signs of liver damage and how to strengthen your liver. Advertisement

How to Prevent Fatty Liver Disease

I’ve already written in great detail about the 5 common habits that damage your liver which you must avoid to keep your liver in top working condition.

Here are other things you can do specifically for the prevention of fatty liver disease:

Lifestyle Changes

  • Lose weight. If you’re overweight, reduce the number of calories you eat each day and increase your physical activity in order to lose weight.
  • Choose a healthy diet. Eat a healthy diet that’s rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Exercise and be more active. Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week.
  • Control your diabetes. Follow your doctor’s instructions to stay in control of your diabetes. Take your medications as directed and closely monitor your blood sugar.
  • Lower your cholesterol. A healthy diet, exercise and medications can help keep your cholesterol and your triglycerides at healthy levels.
  • Protect your liver. Avoid things that will put extra stress on your liver. For example, don’t drink alcohol. Follow the instructions on all medications and over-the-counter drugs and avoid other common habits that can damage your liver.

Natural Ways to Treat or Prevent Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

Many people turn to medical treatments and drugs to help reduce their risk of getting or treating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. But there are other ways for a person to do this and that is by using some effective home remedies that are backed by medical studies. Advertisement

Here are a few choices that have been shown to be effective.

Milk Thistle Extract and Amla (Gooseberry)

Studies suggest that amla and milk thistle can help support healthy liver functioning.

Amla (Indian gooseberry) has long been thought of as a powerful antioxidant and one medical study concluded that it can protect your liver.

Another medical study found that Amla extract could help treat liver damage caused by alcohol consumption.

Milk Thistle is a flower that is known to contain a large amount of a flavonoid called Silymarin that is thought to be beneficial for liver function. The medical journal World Journal of Hepatology reported that Silymarin can help treat non alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Related article: top 6 herbs to detox your liver

Consume Liver Boosting vegetables Advertisement

The following vegetables contain a high amount of the mineral Sulphur which could help to support your liver.

Garlic, onions, leeks and cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower are particularly helpful.

Licorice

Patients that have non-alcoholic fatty liver disease often show signs of elevated levels of harmful transaminase enzymes in the liver (also known as AST and ALT).

According to a 2012 study conducted at the Gastrointestinal and Liver Clinic of Qazvin in central Iran licorice was found to help bring those enzyme levels back to normal.

The participants in the study received 1 capsule containing 2 g licorice root extract alone daily for 2 months.

Natural Bile Boosters (Bile Acids)

Bile is produced by the liver to help emulsify fats that we consume and to help digestion. Here are a few natural bile boosters:

  • Artichokes
  • Dandelion
  • Green tea
  • Lemon juice

Coffee

In one study, people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease who drank coffee had less liver damage than those who drank little or no coffee.

Another medical study found that drinking coffee every day has health benefits if you have chronic liver disease.

It’s not clear how coffee may influence liver damage or how much coffee you’d need to drink in order to prevent or treat fatty liver disease.

For more information about the link between coffee consumption and liver health read my article on what drinking coffee does to your liver.

More Tips For Keeping Your Liver Healthy

The blend of raw honey and turmeric has a very powerful healing potential and it has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. It can be used for bacterial and viral infections, as an anti-inflammatory remedy that eases seasonal allergies, and as a general immune booster. This natural mix promotes beneficial gut flora, and can improve digestion.

At the end of the article you’ll find a recipe for turmeric golden honey which has a powerful healing potential.

The Health Benefits of Honey

When using honey for its health benefits, you should always choose raw, unprocessed honey.

Studies about honey have shown it has antimicrobial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antitumor properties. (1) Honey has an antibacterial effect on strains of bacteria like E. coli, Salmonella enterica, and Staphylococcus aureus. (2) Scientific research into the properties of unprocessed honey has found that it contains potent antioxidants. (3)

Consumption of raw honey can also do wonders for your digestion because it can improve your gut microflora. Research has found that honey contains over 180 beneficial compounds, some of which improve gastrointestinal health. (4)

Honey can also help improve the health of your cardiovascular system and prevent heart disease. A review of many studies on the effect of honey in preventing cardiovascular disease found that its natural antioxidants have a heart-protective effect. (5)

Research suggests that honey is better at suppressing a cough than medicated cough syrup. In one trial, buckwheat honey was compared to dextromethorphan, a popular over-the-counter (OTC) cough syrup with sedative properties. It was found that honey was more effective at reducing nighttime coughing in children. (5)

In 2018 the National Health Service in the United Kingdom reported on research showing that a spoon of honey is more effective for treating an acute cough than antibiotics. Doctors recommend drinking honey and warm water to help treat symptoms of a cough. (6)

The power of raw honey to boost your immune system can help to ease symptoms of allergic reactions. One scientific trial found that consuming around one tablespoon of raw honey 3 to 4 times a day helped to improve symptoms of allergic rhinitis (hay fever). After 4 weeks of the honey therapy, there was a marked improvement in the signs of hay fever. In fact, honey was just as effective as using a pharmaceutical antihistamine. (7)

However, some people should avoid taking honey because they could be allergic to some of its components. Researchers have found that honey allergies could be due to the pollen, botanical source, or traces of bee venom in the honey. (8)

Turmeric Health Benefits

The healing power of turmeric is found in its compound curcumin. Turmeric (Curcuma longa) has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine. Turmeric  is extensively used as spice, food preservative and coloring material in India, China and South East Asia. Advertisement

Turmeric has antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. Several studies showed curcumin’s potential to kill bacteria and viruses. (1, 23, 4)

A report from 2017 found that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin have multiple health benefits. (5) Research has revealed that there are over 100 bioactive components in turmeric. The most potent compound in turmeric is a group called curcuminoids. From the curcuminoids, curcumin is the powerful medicinal compound that is used in many supplements. (6)

The ability to reduce inflammation is one of the most important benefits of curcumin. A systematic review of trials on curcumin found that curcumin has anti-inflammatory activity. Curcumin inhibits certain molecules that play a role in inflammation. (7)

In fact, some scientific research has revealed that curcumin may be just as effective as some nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen and aspirin. (8)

Research published in the International Journal of Cardiology reported that curcumin helps protect against cardiovascular diseases. The reasons why curcumin is so good for your health is that it helps prevent blood clots, regulates heartbeat, and reduces the effect of inflammation on your heart. (9)

Turmeric has many benefits for your digestive system and can help to improve your stomach health. Taking turmeric regularly can also benefit you if you suffer from chronic digestive-related conditions. For example, one medical review found that curcumin can help treat peptic ulcers, alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, improve symptoms of Crohn’s disease, and reduce acid reflux. (10) Advertisement

Other studies have found that the anti-inflammatory effect of curcumin can help to protect the liver from alcohol damage, iron overdose, and reduction in bile flow. The detoxifying effect of curcumin is also beneficial for liver health. (11)

The journal Molecules reported that the therapeutic effects of curcumin in cancer treatment have been studied for over 40 years. In laboratory trials, curcumin has shown the potential to prevent tumors and also inhibit their spread. (28)

One important way to make sure and get the benefits of turmeric or curcumin is to take it with black pepper. Research into curcumin shows that it is poorly absorbed by the body. However, adding piperine or black pepper boosts its absorption by up to 2,000%. (29)

Instructions for use:

The amount you take depends on your needs and health problems.

  • For general immune support and seasonal allergies, take 1 tablespoon daily.
  • If you’re getting over a cold or flu, take half a teaspoon every hour on the first day of your treatment. On the second day, take half a teaspoon every 2 hours. On the third day, take half a teaspoon three times a day. You can find more natural ways to stay free from cold & flu here.
  • If you’re treating a respiratory condition (asthma, bronchitis, lung problems), consume half a teaspoon three times a day.

You should keep Golden Honey in your mouth until it’s completely dissolved.

Tips:

The blend can also be used as a toast topping. Spread a generous amount of Golden Honey over your whole grain toast and enjoy for breakfast.

Or, add it to your green smoothie.

You can also use the mixture to make tea (or a warm tonic). The brew will be very tasty if you also add lemon. Just mix one tablespoon of Golden Honey with a cup of hot water and enjoy during the day or in the evening.

Cautions

Turmeric should not be taken by people who suffer from gallbladder problems. The spice causes contraction of the gallbladder muscles. It also lowers blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

This is generally seen as a positive effect, but if you already have low blood pressure or you have issues with your blood sugar levels, consult your doctor first.

See more groups that should avoid or limit turmeric consumption in my article turmeric should be avoided by these people.

Honey is not recommended for children under 12 months of age. You should also avoid taking honey if you have a pollen allergy. (30)