Proper Breathing Helps Energize Your Lymphatic System
Breathing serves as the main pump for the lymphatic system, just as the heart serves the circulatory system. Your cells must have oxygen to survive moment to moment. To thrive, they rely on a complex exchange between the circulatory system and the lymphatic system. Blood flow carries nutrients and ample amounts of oxygen into the capillaries, while a healthy lymphatic system carries away destructive toxins. Proper breathing is the moderator of this exchange.
We don’t often think about our lymph nodes unless we hear about someone with cancer, which is surprising, because we have twice as much lymphatic fluid as blood in our bodies.
So what is the lymphatic system? It could be likened to the body’s sewer system. Lymph vessels form a drainage system throughout the body. Our cells swim in an ocean of lymphatic fluid that carries away the detritus of our immune system, including dead white blood cells, unused plasma protein and toxins.
It works like this: blood is pumped around the body by the heart, transporting nutrients and oxygen to the cells. Once the cells have absorbed what they need, they excrete debris and toxins, which then get flushed and deactivated by lymphatic fluid.
The lymph fluid then drains into the circulatory system through two ducts at the base of your neck (the thoracic duct), and becomes part of the blood and plasma that pass through the kidneys and liver. But unlike your circulatory system, your lymph system does not have a built-in pump. It relies on the act of breathing and bodily movement to move all that waste fluid around.
The consequence of a sluggish lymphatic system is that you cannot detoxify properly. And if you aren’t breathing deeply or moving regularly, chances are your lymph fluid is not flowing as well as it could. As you can well imagine, this can lead to health concerns over time, including weight gain, muscle loss, high blood pressure, fatigue, and inflammation.
But the great news is that you can improve your lymph system cleansing by learning to practice deep breathing. The expansion and contraction of the diaphragm actually stimulates your lymphatic system and massages your internal organs, helping the body rid itself of toxins, and leaving more room in the cells for an optimal exchange of oxygen.
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Weight loss and deep breathing — aerobic and anaerobic exercise
Deep breathing delivers many of the benefits of exercise, including facilitating weight loss. Though not a substitute for exercise, it’s a great first step for women just beginning an exercise plan, and deep breathing enhances the benefits of any form of exercise. Let’s look at how these effects take place and their relationship to weight loss.
One basic measure of fitness is cardiovascular capacity — how much oxygen our heart and lungs can deliver to our cells. When muscle cells spring into action, they must have energy to burn and the waste products of that metabolism removed.
When our cardiovascular system can keep up with those demands, the exercise is said to be aerobic. When the demands of the exercise exceed our cardiovascular capacity, the exercise is anaerobic, and the metabolic steps change, so the cells begin tapping energy stored in the form of glycogen. But once the accumulated toxins reach a certain point, the muscle can’t keep working, and we “hit the wall.”
Aerobic or low-demand exercise has many health benefits. But anaerobic exercise is especially good at raising the capacity of the cardiovascular system — hence the term, “no pain, no gain.” The good news is that deep breathing also helps raise that capacity.
Another virtue of aerobic exercise is that it burns fat for energy rather than using up the cells’ energy supplies — an essential element in weight loss. We believe that deep breathing encourages the burning of fat even in low-demand activities. And don’t forget — whenever you are stressed, your body tends to burn glycogen, not fat, and through triggering the relaxation response, deep breathing encourages your body to burn fat instead.
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A Dozen Great Reasons Why We Do Lymphatic Exercise At Creative Health Institute
Lymphacizing” – Lymphatic Exercise for Vibrant Health… Mention the heart or the cardiovascular system and most people have a pretty good idea of what that is and how it functions. Mention the lymphatic system which is vitally important to our health and you will find most people don’t understand much about it; Some have not even heard of it. The lymph system is interactive with every organ, and is directly related to immune function and efficiency.
- FUN FACTS ABOUT THE LYMPH SYSTEM
It is a protector and a defense mechanism against infection, viruses, bacteria, fungi, and disease.
- The lymphatic system is not connected to the heart, so it has to rely upon some other activity to create the necessary pumping action it needs to circulate.
- It is comprised of fluid, vessels, ducts and various other organs and structures.
- It clears toxins, wastes, excess fluids, and infection from all tissues of the body through proper flow and drainage, but only if this essential system is functioning at its peak efficiency.
- Unlike the cardiovascular system which delivers life-giving oxygen and nutrients to all the organs and cells of the body, and is connected to a pump – the heart; The lymphatic system has no automatic pump.
- The lymphatic system is filled with millions of one-way valves that allow lymph fluid to flow in only one direction – usually upward, away from gravity. Almost anything that can stimulate the movement of lymph fluid inside the lymph vessels of the system is healthy, but the most efficient way to stimulate the flow of lymph fluid is rebounding.
- The lymphatic system is connected to every cell and organ of the body, but its function is completely different from that of the cardiovascular system. It is the “garbage collector”, the internal vacuum cleaner that sucks up metabolic garbage, toxins, and excess fluid from the extracellular fluid of every organ.
- If the lymph systems flow is impaired, the fluid becomes toxic. The parts of the body that rely on it for elimination become less efficient and sluggish as they fill with their own waste.
- The lymph system can becomea breeding ground for infection, whe it become sluggish
- When toxic lymph fluid enters the bloodstream, as is part of the normal process, infection can now spread to any organ or part of the body. Many viruses, bacteria, and parasites stay locked within the lymphatic system when these conditions are present. The result: physical ailments, degenerative disease, hastening of the aging process, even death.
- The three most important methods of lymphatic circulation are external massage, muscle activity, and vigorous exercise.
- Here at Creative Health Institute we do a half hour of rebounding every morning. Rebounding’s up and down rhythmic bouncing causes all of the one-way valves to open and close simultaneously, increasing lymph flow as much as fifteen times, during the simple half hour lymphasizing workout!
- Lymphasizing hels the body eliminate foreign matter from one part of the body to another. Most of us thinks only about our eliminative organs, such as the bowels, kidneys, or lungs, but toxins also are elimated via joints, lymph system and our larges organ the skin.
Many people have a badly congested lymphatic system and don’t even know it. In the U.S., the lymphatic system is the most over-looked system of the human body. In Europe, stimulation of the lymph flow is the fourth most commonly prescribed medical treatment. Most US health-care practitioners seldom consider the lymphatic system’s critical role in preventing illness, or its importance to the overall healing process. Some of the organs that are part of the lymphatic system are lymph nodes, lymph veins, tonsils, adenoids, appendix, and the spleen… and you know what happens to those parts of the body whenever surgeons get close to them. Swollen glands, with which most of us are familiar, are symptomatic of blocked lymph nodes, which indicate a breakdown in the functioning of the lymphatic system. Other examples of congested lymphatics are: Allergies, chronic sinusitis, heart disease, eczema and other skin conditions, loss of energy, fibrocystic disease, chronic fatigue, repetitive parasitic infections, MS, edema, lupus, erythematosis, inflammation, high blood pressure, viral infections, puffy eyes, bacterial infections, low back pain, cancer, ear or balance problems, arthritis, headaches, cellulite, excessive sweating, obesity, and more! Rebound exercise is one of the most efficient exercises for stimulating lymph flow and thats why we meet every morning to”Lymphacizie.”
Wishing everyone the best health and lives filled with love and grace.
Bobby- Robert Morgan – Creative Health Institute – Union City Michigan 866.426.1213
It is now known that the molecular circadian clock can function within a single cell. At the same time, different cells may communicate with each other resulting in a synchronised output of electrical signaling.
Studies of circadian rhythms have turned up the following sometimes hard-to-believe information:
- If we were to live in total darkness, we would fall into a cycle of days that last up to 25 hours or longer.
- Heart attacks are twice as likely to occur between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. as between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. and between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
- Body temperature is lowest before waking up in the morning, and highest in the late afternoon. A temperature of 99 degrees Fahrenheit might indicate fever at 7 a.m., but by 5 p.m. would be normal.
- People react more strongly to substances they’re allergic to around 11 p.m., while antihistamine drugs have the greatest impact in the morning.
- Eating one meal a day of 2,000 calories results in a weight loss when eaten as breakfast, but produces a weight gain as supper.
- Suicides peak in the morning and early afternoon.
- The length of time a person sleeps is related more closely to body temperature rhythms and bedtime than to how long the person has been awake. In experiments, even after being awake more than 20 hours, people free of time cues slept twice as long when they went to bed when their temperature was at its highest (in early evening) than when it was at its lowest (in the early morning).
- The senses of hearing, taste and smell are more acute at certain times of day. Studies show sensory acuity is highest at 3 a.m., falls off rapidly to a low at 6 a.m., then rises to another peak between 5 and 7 p.m. (This cycle is related to the hormone cycle; when steroid hormones are released, sensory acuity falls.)
- Aspirin stays in the body longer when taken at 7 a.m. than when taken at 7 p.m.Body clocks are why doctors often prescribe taking medicines at certain times of day. For example, both aspirin and antihistamines work best taken in the morning. But some types of chemotherapy for cancer may be more effective and less toxic if administered at night.
- Women go into labor most often between 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m. and least frequently about midday. Births between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. are associated with increased probability of complications in both the baby and the mother.
When you come to CHI you will learn about the raw live food lifestyle. Understanding Circadian Rythms is an important part of living a healthy, happy lifestyle. Please call us to find out more about our programs for 2012. We can be reached at 866.426.1213.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year, Bobby.
Robert Morgan is the Health Education Director at Creative Health Institute, located in Union City, Michigan. Robert is also a certified Naturopath, Master Herbalist and Master Raw Food Chef.
It’s less than 48 hours till Thanksgiving here in USA and as my dad would say “let the eating begin”. In our house it was an eating frenzy from Thanksgiving Day till New Years Day. Oh, there was that tinge of regret for being glutins between Christmas and New Years Day, but that was soon forgotten as the parades and ball games on New Years Day took precedent.
Here I am entering my 59th year and my thoughts go to… Why can’t the holidays be a time for celebration? It really is a time for appreciating all the laughter, tears and joy that comes with being human and being thankful for all the special moments in our live, as we celebrate them with with friends and family. Unfortunately I spent the first 50 plus years of my life putting thoughts about eating health on the back burner and every year I gained more weight as I overate, over drank and then complain about all the weight I gained over the holidays.
What if this year we took a break from the holiday feasting . Thanksgiving is upon us and there will be a lot of food, so enjoy it!! Eat everything you want, ON THANKSGIVING. That does not mean you eat everything you want all weekend. Once Thanksgiving is over, you can reset your focus and begin to concentrating on how you should be eating and exercising between now and Christmas. You will have a lot to think abut with all the parties, and family gatherings that go hand in hand with the holiday season.
These ten tips will hopefully keep you on track:
- Time to go back to your regular eating routine. Eating your regular meals will help your system stay in balance and burn fats and let you use your carbohydrates for energy. Do not skip any meals even if you are planning on a big event at the end of the day. Saving calories for later is basically saying you will overeat later. Saving your calorie intake for later in the day will cause you to gain weight in the long run.
- If you know you are going to a holiday party in the evening a couple of hours before going to the party you should grab a healthy small snack made up of some sort of fruit or/and vegetables. Top the snack of with a glass of vegetable juice and you’ll be less likely to eat and drink too much at the event.
- Make sure you schedule exercise into your daily routine. Give your time for exercise top priority so your body will be better able to handle the holiday dinners and parties.
- When you go to holiday parties, concentrate on being social. It’s a good idea to remember that it’s a lot easier to talk when you do not have food in your mouth. If you do eat try to minimize the sweets and fats by first filling up your plate from the vegetable tray that is usually a part of the festivities.
- When you attend a holiday dinner, start out with the salad and try to have your dressing on the side. Do you best to a vegetarian dinner or ask for a special plate made up of the freshest raw vegetables and fruits possible. If you feel out of place ordering raw food or a vegetarian plate, then order fish. Stick to broiled, grilled, steamed, roasted or baked entrees.
- At holiday parties, take the time to look over the buffet table, when you arrive. This way you are familiar with the food and when you get in line you will be able to make the healthiest choices and because they are healthy, you can come back for seconds.
- When you are visiting friends and family bring some of your favorite healthy foods, including fresh organic fruits and vegetables. Many times you will find family and friends who will love to go shopping with you, giving you the opportunity to socialize and to share your knowledge about how to buy the foods that really fuel your body and help to keep a slim waistline…
- Sometimes healthy dishes are simply not available. This is a time when you hope you have brought along a healthy snack. If you find yourself empty handed, head for the water, add some lemon and drink the night away. If you do choose to eat make sure you watch your portion sizes, as even small amounts of unhealthy food can play havoc with your metabolism. That being said, eating a little bit of unhealthy food is better than a lot of it.
- On the days when there are no festivities, take advantage of these days off and refill your body with living foods. Don’t diet!!! Try to make meals in which at least two thirds of your plate is filled with living foods. Eating this way on the non-event day will enable you to will keep your body healthy and to have better control your appetite.
- For many of us alcoholic beverages are standard fare during the holiday season. The problem with alcohol is that it makes it more difficult to make decisions about good food choices, so do your best to not drink any at all. If you do decide to drink try to stick to a glass of wine mixed 50/50 with pure water. Stay healthy and happy.
May this holiday season be the best ever…
Love and Blessings,
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You don’t need to lose weight during the holiday season, but you sure don’t need to gain it either. So this year let the fun begin on Thanksgiving, but let’s leave the excuses behind with the New Year. See you tomorrow with your 10 tips!
Everyone, it seems, has an opinion about obesity. Some may insist that they know what causes it. Or they might have a dozen or more suggestions on how to conquer it. Yet even though it seems that our culture is obsessed with diets and a belief that you can never be too thin, there are more than enough myths and misunderstandings about childhood weight to go around. Unfortunately, some of this misinformation can get in the way of your child succeeding in his own weight-loss efforts.
To help you and your youngster get on the right path toward normalizing his weight, let’s separate fiction from facts. See if you believe in any of the following misconceptions, and then read what the truth about them really is:
“My child and I deserve the blame for his weight problem.” Not true. Thanks to the media and many high-profile diet gurus, many overweight children and adults believe that obesity occurs in people who are self-indulgent or weak-willed. With those kinds of attitudes so prevalent, no wonder that there’s so little empathy and support for individuals who need to lose weight. However, the facts are that no one is to blame for your child’s obesity. Children gain excess weight for a variety of reasons. Some have a tendency to be obese because it runs in their families. Others may not make the best selections of foods or portion sizes, often because healthier choices aren’t available or perhaps because their parents or grandparents put too much food on their plates. Throughout you’ll find descriptions of other culprits and contributors to your child’s weight problem that should remove self-blame. Once you understand the causes of obesity a little better, you and your child will be able to manage his obesity more effectively and realistically.
“My child’s weight problem needs a quick fix.” Yes, you and your youngster may wish for an instantaneous solution for losing his excess pounds, and there are plenty of diets in bookstores that promise fast results. But let’s face it—there are no easy answers to weight problems (or to most other things in life). Obesity is not a problem that can be resolved overnight or even in a few weeks. (If you’ve ever tried to lose weight yourself and keep it off, you know that’s the case.) In fact, some of the most popular quick fixes, from diet pills to herbal teas, may be hazardous to your child’s health. Many of the “natural” supplements that teenagers might be attracted to, as well as the near-starvation diets that are promoted in newspaper ads and popular magazine articles, are risky and in some cases, even potentially deadly. Where should you turn instead? Working with your child’s pediatrician and using plans and programs that are based on credible, scientific evidence offers the best chance for safe and long-term weight-loss success.
“My overweight child will ‘grow into’ the excess pounds that he has.” Youngsters normally gain weight throughout childhood. It’s a necessary part of the growth process. But some parents tell their pediatricians that their overweight children will outgrow their weight problems. However, that’s not something you can count on. In fact, depending on your child’s eating habits and activity level, he is just as likely to continue to gain weight, not lose it, as he grows. Don’t depend on routine growth spurts to compensate for his weight problem.
“My child may seem overweight according to the growth charts, but our entire family is ‘big boned.’ So I don’t think he has a weight problem at all.” Pediatricians often hear parents say, “We’re not worried about our child’s weight. Everyone in our family is big, and we’ve always been like this.” In truth, you need to keep your focus on the growth and body mass index charts. If your child’s weight exceeds the normal range for his age and height, he meets the definition of being overweight or obese. It’s not something that you can rationalize away. There are certain metabolic or hormonal (endocrine) imbalances that often get blamed for weight problems. However, they are responsible for less than 1% of the cases of childhood obesity. Yes, hypothyroidism (a deficit in thyroid secretion) and other rarer and more severe genetic and metabolic disorders (eg, Prader-Willi syndrome, Turner syndrome, Cushing syndrome) can cause weight gain (and in some cases, other severe problems such as hearing and vision impairments). You should certainly speak to your child’s pediatrician about these concerns and a have a complete medical evaluation performed. But because these syndromes are uncommon, they account for very few cases of obesity. More likely, your child’s excess weight is associated with poor eating and activity habits, as well as certain other issues.
“Because my child is heavy, he actually needs to eat more food to stay healthy.” Based on this belief, many families may give bigger portions to the heavier children because of their size. Nothing could be more counterproductive. You need to rely on the growth charts and your pediatrician’s advice and make sure that your child is consuming portion sizes that allow him to maintain an average weight.
Source: A Parent’s Guide to Childhood Obesity: A Road Map to Health (Copyright © 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics)
“It is the position of the American Dietetic Association that appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases. Well-planned vegetarian diets are appropriate for individuals during all stages of the life cycle, including pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and for athletes”.
Wishing every one the best health ever,
Creative Health Institute
Union City, Michigan 49094
Ann Wigmore taught us not to rely upon meat as our source of substance and here at Creative Health Institute we adhere to her teachings and eat only a plant based diet consisting of mainly raw living foods. Though we are living this lifestyle many of our friends still eat animals. We hope this article with information taken from the USDA, FDA and the Mayo Clinic will help you to better understand the labeling processes being used by the factories and farms that provide meat for your table.
If the labels on the meat you are buying affect your buying decisions then you should know that food labeled with,”free range,” “natural” and “antibiotic-free” on meat, poultry and egg packages today, do not mean what you may have thought they meant. In some cases, terms you find on packages are regulated under federal organic rules, while others are standard regardless of organic status. Other terms aren’t regulated at all. Take a closer look.
Under U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, meat and poultry products can be labeled as “no antibiotics added” if documentation is provided showing that the animals were raised without antibiotics. Similar allowable terms according to the USDA are “no antibiotics ever,” “no added antibiotics” and “raised without the use of antibiotics.” However, the term “antibiotic-free” isn’t USDA approved.
If animals are given antibiotics to prevent or treat disease, an antibiotic-withdrawal period — usually several days — is generally required before animals can be slaughtered so that there are no antibiotic residues in meat or poultry.
Under U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, this means that laying hens live uncaged, typically within a barn, warehouse, building or other enclosed area. They must have unlimited access to food and water and the freedom to roam within the enclosed area during their egg-production cycle. Cage-free doesn’t mean the hens have access to the outdoors. Cage-free birds can engage in some natural behaviors, such as nesting and spreading their wings. However, practices such as beak cutting are allowed. Poultry raised for their meat are rarely caged.
This is a voluntary certification and labeling program administered by Humane Farm Animal Care to ensure humane treatment of farm animals from birth through slaughter. This term is not regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Certified producers must meet species standards for such things as space, shelter, handling, fresh water, and a diet free of added hormones and antibiotics. Cages, crates and tie stalls are prohibited. Animals must be able to engage in natural behaviors. For instance, chickens must be able to spread their wings and dust bathe, while pigs must have space to move around and root. Other organizations also offer certification and labeling programs.
Under U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations, this term isn’t allowed on meat or poultry labels, so if you see it, be cautious about its meaning. Similarly federal regulations don’t allow the terms “residue-free,” “residue tested,” “naturally raised,” “naturally grown” or “drug-free.”
Have you gone raw and want to serve a nice Thanksgiving dinner? Here is a nice mock turkey you can serve that I know everyone will love the taste. (I learned to make this mock turkey loaf from
Alissa Cohen’s book “Living on Living Food”.
Alissa said her recipe was adopted from
Leslie Kenton’s book The New Raw Energy.)
.Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Instructions.Things You’ll Need:
1 cup cashews
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup Brazil nuts
5 stalks celery
1 teaspoon sage
1 cup cranberries
Honey to taste
Pumpkin SeedsObtain One Cup Of Pumpkin Seeds
I obtain my pumpkin seeds from my local health food store in their bulk section. I bought 1/2 pound of raw hulled Pumpkin Seeds; they were selling for $2.35 per pound, so I spent $1.18 for the Pumpkin Seeds.
CashewsObtain One Cup Of Cashews
I obtain my Cashews from my local health food store in their bulk section. I bought 1/2 pound of Cashews; they were selling for $3.35 per pound, so I spent $1.68 for the cashews.
Brazil NutsObtain One Half Cup Of Brazil Nuts
I obtain my Brazil Nuts from my local health food store in their bulk section. I bought 1/4 pound of Brazil Nuts; they were selling for $5.55 per pound, so I spent $1.39 for the Brazil Nuts.
ScallionObtain One Scallion
I obtain some green onions, from my local health food store, since they didn’t have any scallions. I bought bunch of green onions; they were selling for $.85 per bunch, there were twelve green onions in the bunch, and since I used only one I spent $.07 for the green onion.
CeleryObtain Five Stalks of Celery
I obtain my celery from my local health food store, for $1.45. I figure I used one third of it so it cost me $0.48 for the celery.
SageObtain One Teaspoon Sage
I used one teaspoon of Rubbed Dalmation Sage, but you can use what you have.
IngredientsIngredients for the Mock Turkey Loaf
1 cup cashews
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup Brazil nuts
5 stalks celery
1 teaspoon sage
Grind Nuts Until FineGrind Nuts Until Fine
In a food processor, grind the cashews, pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts until fine.
Finely Grounded NutsFinely Grounded Nuts.
Just a picture to show how finely I grounded the nuts.
Celery, Scallion, and SageAdd Celery, Scallion, and Sage
Add celery, scallion, and sage and blend until smooth.
Blended Mock Turkey LoafBlended Mock Turkey Loaf
This picture just shows how smooth I blended all the ingredients in the Mock Turkey Loaf.
Place on a Large PlatePlace on a Large Plate
I know this is not a large plate. Alissa in her recipe says, “Remove from food processor and place on large plate. Form into a loaf.” Well, my mixture turned out a little wet and I didn’t think it would form into a loaf. So I had this bowl, I had bought from a second hand store for a dollar, which measures 8 1/2 inches long, 5 1/2 inches wide, and 1 1/2 inches tall, and decided to use it.
Mock Turkey Loaf in a BowlMock Turkey Loaf in a Bowl
A picture of the Mock Turkey Loaf after I placed it into my bowl.
Cranberries for the Cranberry SauceCranberries for the Cranberry Sauce
I bought a pint of cranberries from my local health food store for $2.99. One cup is approx. half the container so it cost $1.49 for the cranberries.
Honey for the Cranberry SauceHoney for the Cranberry Sauce
Alissa in her recipe says, “Add honey to taste”. Or you pick your own sweetener.
NOTE: My wife is the honey freak, I rawly use the stuff. But I get quart containers of it from my barber, who has bees, for $7.00 a quart, approx. three pounds. Or I can use the “Really Raw Honey” which I bought from my local health food store, in a one pound bottle for $9.39, sometimes I get it on save for $7.35 . There are approx. 22 tablespoons per pound, I used four tablespoons, so if I use the store bought honey it cost me $1.70 for the honey. If I use the honey from my barber, then it cost me $0.42 for the honey.
Ingredients for the Cranberry SauceIngredients for the Cranberry Sauce
1 cup cranberries
Honey to taste
Blend Craberries and HoneyBlend Craberries and Honey
Blend the cranberries in a blender. Add honey to taste. Blend until Smooth.
NOTE: I ended up adding four tablespoons of honey and I like my cranberry sauce tart. So start with one tablespoon, then check the sauce taste, if it is not sweet enough then add another tablespoon blend again…
The only way I could get my cranberry sauce smooth was to add about four tablespoons of water. If I were you, add one tablespoon at a time of water to try to get it smooth.
Closeup of Cranberry SauceCloseup of Cranberry Sauce.
I just wanted to show you how smooth my cranberry sauce turned out.
Spread cranberry sauce over the loaf.
Finished Mock Turkey LoafFinished Mock Turkey Loaf.
This Raw Mock Turkey Loaf is ready to place on the table. And it shouldn’t cost you more than $8.00 plus tax to make.
NOTE: Alissa says,”It has a wonderful flavor”. And boy do I agree!
Green tea’s health benefits are amazing and it has been used in China, as a medicine for more than 4,000 years. Chinese doctors feel that if you are drinking 3-5 cups a day you are using the tea at a level that will provide health benefits.
Its ability to assist in helping to protect us from and/or reduce the risk of so many diseases make it a great choice as a healthy beverage. Green tea contains an antioxidant epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG) which is thought to help us address a wide range of diseases, from bacterial or viral infections to chronic degenerative conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, periodontal disease, rheumatoid arthritis and stroke.
Research shows that the health benefits from Green Tea are primarily due to its anti oxidizing properties which come from its Caffeine, Catechin Polyphenols and Theonine
A while back the Journal of the National Cancer Institute published the results of an epidemiological study indicating that drinking green tea reduced the risk of esophageal cancer in Chinese men and women by nearly 60%. Another recent study done at the University of Purdue concluded that the compound epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG) in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
The only negative side effect reported from drinking green tea is insomnia due to the fact that it contains caffeine. However, green tea contains less caffeine than coffee: there are approximately thirty to sixty mg. of caffeine in six – eight ounces of tea, compared to over one-hundred mg. in eight ounces of coffee.
Eating a plant base raw living food diet is the mainstay of disease prevention. If you are going to drink Green Tea then keep in mind that the benefits are many, but the dangers associated with caffeine and the affects it has on our adrenal systems should be taken into consideration.
Love and Blessings,
Robert Morgan – Bobby
Health Education Director
Union City Michigan
Researchers at the Chinese University in Hong Kong discovered that drinking green tea could protect against common eye diseases such as glaucoma.
Recently published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Chi Pui Pang and colleagues gave laboratory rats green tea extract and then analyzed their eye tissue. The researchers found that different parts of the eye absorbed varying amounts of catechins, antioxidants which are believed to prevent damage caused by oxidation. The retina, the part of the eye responsible for sensing light, had the highest concentration of the antioxidants, while the least amount was found in the cornea, the clear outer layer of the eye. The antioxidant activity lasted for up to 20 hours after consumption of green tea extract. “Our results indicate that green tea consumption could benefit the eye against oxidative stress,” the authors concluded. Oxidative stress leads to retinal diseases like glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Green tea is the least processed of all tea’s. Because of green tea’s minimal processing, its catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which is believed to be responsible for most of the health benefits linked to green tea, are more concentrated. It wasn’t known until now, however, if the catechins were able to make their way from the mouth, through the gastrointestinal system, and be absorbed into the tissues of the eye.
By Dr. Mercola
Scientists long ago discovered that a class of naturally occurring pigments called carotenoids held powerful antioxidant properties that are crucial for your health.
But only recently has one particular carotenoid jumped to the forefront in terms of its status as a “supernutrient,” becoming the focus of a large and growing number of peer-reviewed scientific publications.
This carotenoid is called astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin is produced by the microalgae Haematoccous pluvialis when its water supply dries up, forcing it to protect itself from ultraviolet radiation.
Astaxanthin is leaps and bounds more powerful than beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, lycopene and lutein; other members of its chemical family. Astaxanthin exhibits VERY STRONG free radical scavenging activity, and protects your cells, organs and body tissues from oxidative damage.
What makes astaxanthin so different from other nutritional elements? And what can it do for your health?
The answers to these questions will form the basis of the remainder of this article, and I think you’ll be quite impressed.
Astaxanthin is in a League of its Own
There are many properties that make this carotenoid special. Here are the main differences:
•Astaxanthin is by far the most powerful carotenoid antioxidant when it comes to free radical scavenging: it is 65 times more powerful than vitamin C, 54 times more powerful than beta-carotene, and 14 times more powerful than vitamin E.
•Astaxanthin is far more effective than other carotenoids at “singlet oxygen quenching,” which is a particular type of oxidation. The damaging effects of sunlight and various organic materials are caused by this less-stable form of oxygen. Astaxanthin is 550 times more powerful than vitamin E and 11 times more powerful than beta-carotene at neutralizing this singlet oxygen.
•Astaxanthin crosses the blood-brain barrier AND the blood-retinal barrier (beta carotene and lycopene do not), which has huge implications for the health of your eyes.
•It is soluble in lipids, so it incorporates into cell membranes.
•It is a potent UVB absorber.
•It reduces DNA damage.
•It is a very powerful natural anti-inflammatory.
•No adverse reactions have been found for people taking astaxanthin.
•It is virtually impossible to obtain the recommended daily amount of astaxanthin from diet alone because there are only two prime sources: microalgae and sea creatures that consume the algae (such as salmon, shellfish, and krill).
Carotenoids are the compounds in your foods that give you that vibrant cornucopia of color — from green grasses to red beets, to the spectacular yellows and oranges of your bell peppers — as well as all of the beautiful flowers in your garden.
Almost all living things obtain their colors from natural pigments.
Beyond their visual splendor, these pigments have deeper value in that they carry out a variety of important biological functions. They are critical to the photosynthetic process and protect the plant or organism from damage by light and oxygen. Many animals incorporate carotenoids into their diets, which provide them with antioxidants and a source of vitamin A activity.
By consuming a plant or organism that contains these pigments, you gain a similar protective benefit.
There are more than 600 naturally occurring carotenoids, but most people are familiar with only a few.
Carotenoids are classified into two groups:
1.Carotenes, which contain no oxygen atoms: lycopene (the red in tomatoes) and beta-carotene (the orange in carrots) are examples.
2.Xanthophylls, which contain oxygen atoms: lutein, canthaxanthin (the gold in chanterelle mushrooms), zeaxanthin, and astaxanthin are examples.
Zeaxanthin is the most common carotenoid found in nature (peppers, maize, kiwi, grapes, oranges and squash).
At this moment, about ten different carotenoids are likely circulating in your blood. None of the carotenes tested to date are able to cross your blood-brain barrier — but astaxanthin does.
All Carotenoids are Not Created Equal
Some carotenoids (including beta-carotene, lycopene, and zeaxanthin) act not only as antioxidants, but also as pro-oxidants when present in your tissues in sufficient concentrations — which is not a good thing.
Astaxanthin is unique in that it cannot function as a pro-oxidant, making it highly beneficial.
Zeaxanthin is already abundant in your diet, provided you eat enough fresh, raw, vegetables and some fruit. Your best source of lutein is from the yolks of eggs — but make sure they are organic eggs laid by free-range pastured hens.
Astaxanthin is different in that you are probably not consuming much of it, and certainly not enough to take advantage of all its benefits.
Astaxanthin is the most commonly occurring red carotenoid in marine and aquatic animals, especially salmon, giving it its characteristic pink color. Salmon and other sea creatures, like other animals, cannot synthesize astaxanthin themselves and must obtain it from their diets, which include zooplankton and krill. These smaller organisms feed on the microalgae, which are the original producers of the pigment.
Laboratory-made astaxanthin is now commonly used worldwide to supplement fish feeds in order to obtain the desired pinkish to orange-red color. However, wild salmon are 400 percent higher in astaxanthin than farmed salmon, and 100 percent of theirs is natural astaxanthin, rather than synthetic.
Astaxanthin’s Long List of Health Benefits is Growing by the Day
There may be no other single natural substance that performs so many beneficial biochemical functions as this little-known carotenoid. Its scope is truly amazing.
Here are just some of the ways astaxanthin can positively impact your health, according to the latest research:
•Boosting immune function
•Improving cardiovascular health by reducing C-Reactive Proteins (CRP), reducing triglycerides, and increasing beneficial HDL
•GREATLY protecting your eyes from cataracts, macular degeneration, and blindness (which I will discuss at length below)
•Protecting your brain from dementia and Alzheimer’s
•Reducing your risk for many types of cancer (including cancers of the breast, colon, bladder and mouth) by stimulating apoptosis (cancer cell death) and inhibiting lipid peroxidation
•Improving recovery from spinal cord and other central nervous system injuries
•Reducing inflammation from all causes, including arthritis and asthma
•Improving endurance, workout performance and recovery
•Helping to stabilize blood sugar, thereby protecting your kidneys
•Relieving indigestion and reflux
•Improving fertility by increasing sperm strength and sperm count
•Actually helping to prevent sunburn, and protecting you from the damaging effects of radiation (i.e., flying in airplanes, x-rays, CT scans, etc.)
•Reducing oxidative damage to your DNA
•Reducing symptoms from pancreatitis, multiple sclerosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and Lou Gehrig’s disease, and neurodegenerative diseases
•I personally use it to help protect me from radiation damage when I am flying during the day. The radiation is reduced by 99 percent when flying at night so this is not an issue for night flights. However, it does have to be taken for three weeks to build up levels to provide this level of protection.
This impressive list continues to grow as more studies are being published all the time about this incredible nutrient.
Carotenoids and Your Eyes
When you were a child, odds are you were told, “Eat carrots — they’ll give you good eyesight!”
There is some truth to that old adage, as carrots contain carotenoids — many of which are important for your eyes. Vitamin A, or retinal, is vital to your retina — without it, you would simply go blind. But vitamin A is readily available from your diet.
Of all the carotenoids, only zeaxanthin and lutein are found in your retina, which has the highest concentration of fatty acids of any tissue in your body. This is because your retina is a highly light and oxygen rich environment, and it needs a large force of free radical scavengers to prevent oxidative damage there.
It is theorized that your body concentrates zeaxanthin and lutein in your retina to perform this duty. The concentration of these two pigments in the macula of your retina are what give it its characteristic yellow color. (The macula is actually called the “macula lutea” which literally means “yellow spot.”)
Zeaxanthin and lutein both cross the blood-brain-retina barriers, as astaxanthin does.
It is interesting that your eye preferentially concentrates zeaxanthin over lutein in the central macular retinal area (called the fovea), where the greatest amount of light impinges — and zeaxanthin is a more effective singlet oxygen scavenger than lutein. Your body seems to naturally “know” this and accumulates it where it’s most needed!
Leading Causes of Blindness: Macular Degeneration and Cataracts
Science is now revealing that astaxanthin may be the ULTIMATE carotenoid for eye health and prevention of blindness.
Blindness is an enormous problem worldwide. These statistics might disturb you:
•Age related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of blindness for people over the age of 50.
•Sixty million people suffer from ARMD worldwide, and 10 million are blind.
•Severe, irreversible vision loss affects 30 percent of people over the age of 55.
•Cataracts are another major cause of blindness, affecting more than 20 million people in the U.S. alone. Cataracts are caused by lipid peroxidation of the epithelial layer of the lens. Although they can have other causes, most are related to aging.
•Cataracts result in 3 million cataract surgeries every year.
Clinical studies tell us that photic injury from the cumulative effect of repeated “photic insults” and the resulting gradual loss of photoreceptor cells is a major cause of ARMD. Therefore, anything you can do to cut your losses from these photic insults will reduce your risk for developing macular degeneration as you age.
Protecting Your Retina with Astaxanthin
Vitamin C can help protect you from retinal injury from excessive light energy, and indeed, high levels of vitamin C are found in human retinal tissues. But this common nutrient cannot do the job alone.
Epidemiological studies have shown that diets high in carotenoids (especially lutein and zeaxanthin) are associated with a reduced risk of cataracts and ARMD. It has also been shown experimentally that regular consumption of lutein supplements can increase your macular pigment density, which may potentially reduce your risk for later development of ARMD.
Scientists have studied lutein, zeaxanthin, canthaxanthin, and astaxanthin for their respective abilities to protect the retina. But none function to the degree that astaxanthin does, in terms of potency as a free radical scavenger and/or permeability across your blood-brain-retina barrier.
In studies, canthaxanthin was actually found to be potentially damaging to the eye as it caused eye inclusions, which can lead to retinopathy. So this carotenoid was ruled out as a supplement.
Dr. Mark Tso of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University (considered by most professionals to be the most prestigious ophthalmology training center in the world) has clearly demonstrated that astaxanthin is the clear winner when it comes to protecting your eyes. He discovered that astaxanthin easily crosses into the tissues of the eye and exerts its effects safely and with more potency than any of the other carotenoids, without adverse reactions.
Specifically, Tso determined astaxanthin could ameliorate or prevent light induced damage, photoreceptor cell damage, ganglion cell damage, and damage to the neurons of the inner retinal layers.
He concluded that astaxanthin supplementation could be effective in preventing or treating a whole host of eye diseases, including:
•Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD)
•Cystoid macular edema
•Central retinal arterial and venous occlusion
•Inflammatory eye diseases (i.e., retinitis, iritis, keratitis, scleritis, etc.)
Other researchers (Shimidzu et al, Bagchi, Martin et al, and Beutner) have since confirmed Dr. Tso’s finding that astaxanthin is the most powerful antioxidant ever discovered for eye health, giving your eyes an additional layer of long-term protection.
Prevention of Cancer and Support for Your Immune System
Besides being a huge discovery in the prevention of eye disease, astaxanthin is showing great promise in cancer prevention, at least in animal studies. Because astaxanthin is not commonly found in human serum, information on its epidemiology in human health is lacking.
Several studies have shown the effectiveness of astaxanthin as a cancer preventative in rats and mice:
•In 2002, Kurihara et al studied the protective effect of astaxanthin against cancer in mice. He found astaxanthin “improved antitumor responses by inhibiting the lipid peroxidation induced by stress.”
•Tanaka et al (1994) showed that astaxanthin protected mice from urinary bladder cancer.
•A second study by Tanaka (1995) showed that astaxanthin prevented oral carcinogenesis in rats, and that the inhibitory effect on cancer was more pronounced than that of beta-carotene, which they had previously tested.
•A third study by the same research group (1995) found a significant decrease in the incidence of colon cancer in animals fed astaxanthin.
As a side note, it is interesting that the principal dietary source of astaxanthin is salmon, which is a central to the diet of Eskimos and other coastal tribes of North America. These groups have demonstrated an unusually low prevalence of cancer, which has traditionally been attributed to the high levels of certain fatty acids in salmon.
But it is certainly worth exploring the possibility that the astaxanthin in their fish diets may have played a cancer-protective role as well.
Astaxanthin was studied intensively by Harumi Jyonouchi of the University of Minnesota to determine if it has benefit to immune function. They found that astaxanthin enhanced antibody production and T-cell and T-helper-cell activity, and partly restored diminished humoral immune responses in old mice.
Astaxanthin also reduced inflammatory symptoms in mice that had H. pylori infections.
For an extensive literature review, and much more about astaxanthin’s biological effects and mechanisms of action, you can read “Astaxanthin and Cancer Chemoprevention” by John E. Dore, Ph.D. of Cyanotech Corporation.
Boosting Your Endurance and Fat Loss
Astaxanthin may even improve your muscle endurance and enhance your ability to metabolize fat!
Is there anything this nutrient DOESN’T do?
Mice given astaxanthin were found to have accelerated body fat reduction (i.e., “fat burning”) when combined with exercise, as compared to exercise alone in a 2007 study by Aoi et al. Aoi reports the carotenoid seems to exert this effect by protecting the function of a lipid transport enzyme on the membrane of mitochondria that “fuels” energy production.
The end result?
Buff mice. Not that the world needs more physically fit rodents, but what works on mice often works on YOU.
Protection from Sunburn and Other Damaging Radiation
The ability of Haematoccous pluvialis to protect itself from the effects of intense ultraviolet radiation can actually help you avoid sunburn. This is a result of the “singlet oxygen quenching” I discussed earlier.
Current research is showing that, if you take 2 mg of astaxanthin daily for a month, it will be very difficult for you to get sunburned.
The same powerful antioxidant properties that protect the algae from the sun’s rays will protect your skin as well. It takes a few weeks for the pigment to build up in your tissues, so you can’t just swallow a few pills just prior to your sun exposure and expect miracles.
Similarly, if you find yourself needing an x-ray or a CT scan, you can gain some measure of protection from this radiation exposure by taking 2-4 mg astaxanthin for several weeks prior to the scan.
If you are planning to fly on an airplane, you are also exposed to massive amounts of ionizing radiation, especially if you fly during the day. In this case, it would be wise to take a similar a dose of astaxanthin for the few weeks preceding your trip.
You may recognize the name astaxanthin because I have mentioned it in reference to krill oil, which has been my favorite source of animal based omega-3 fatty acids for many years now. One of the reasons for that is, krill oil naturally contains astaxanthin. And our krill oil has the highest concentration of astaxanthin of any krill oil supplement on the market today.
Because of the profound benefits this powerful antioxidant offers, I am excited to announce that we are in the process of developing several astaxanthin products that will be available in the near future.
If you are going to give astaxanthin a try, I recommend starting with 2 mg per day. If you are on a krill oil supplement, take that into consideration; different krill products have different concentrations of astaxanthin, so check your label.
Eating a variety of fresh organic foods — and incorporating supernutrients like astaxanthin — is the best approach to health, along with good sleep, exercise, and earthing. You may want to consider incorporating more raw foods into your diet, and listening to this interview with raw food expert David Wolfe is an excellent starting point.
Though I do not agree with Dr. Mercola about consuming animal foods. I feel he has amazing in-site and understanding of holistic nutrition and human health. Here is the link to his site. http://www.mercola.com/
This wonderful salsa is always a holiday hit. The bright colors and exotic smells of pineapple and mango mixed together will enliven your holiday party. This dish is wonderful, especially when served with warm raw corn tortilla chips. It also can be served as chutney at your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.
Robert Morgan – Bobby
Master Raw Chef
EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Large bowl
2 cups diced raw pineapple
2 cups diced raw mango
1/4 red bell pepper
1/4 green bell pepper
1/4 red onion
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 limes, juiced
salt and pepper to taste
Just stir together, pour into serving dish and enjoy!