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Digest Well: Cleansing Ginger Soup

Digest Well: Cleansing Ginger Soup

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Healing Homemade Broths

Sometimes, we just crave some clear liquids to keep our bodies warm and comforted. Maybe we need some soup to nurture us back to feeling “whole” and healthy again. Below are easy healing homemade broths to do exactly that, and so much more. These recipes are great for our little ones and elderly, too. They are easier to digest and are made with wholesome ingredients. Enjoy!

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The Importance of Contact: Hugs, Touch and Massage

Researchers have proven the power of human. Human touch and contact is so fundamental to growth, sense of self, feelings of security and love, that without it, people stop thriving. Literally. From a childcare perspective, touch helps babies stay healthier, grow stronger, have better digestion and sleep better. Premature babies and newborns have a much greater chance of survival and thriving when in constant and immediate skin to skin contact and close proximity to another body. 

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Moroccan Miracle: Argan Oil

There are many amazing benefits of Argan Oil (similar to olive oil, but is much more expensive, lives longer (250-400 years) and the tree needs no cultivating. Used by the Moroccan people and known as the “Tree of Life” the Argan tree is used for healing, protecting, domestic and medicinal purposes. Not one part of the entire tree is wasted. The leaves and fruit sustain local animals (cattle, goats, camels and sheep), the oil for human use and the nut shells are used for oil. Argan oil is produced from the kernels of the tree and is one of the rarest and most expensive oils in the world. Just like many indigenous or amazonian fruits, nuts, seeds and oils, this is the next popular “miracle” food for the health conscious. It is extremely high levels of Vitamin E and 80% fatty acids and is promised to help people with skin irritations and skin problems because it protects against premature aging caused by oxidation.

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Basil Seed Drink Recipies and Its Cooling Effect

I have received a large amount of interest in basil seed drinks and how to eat/drink this delicious power/super food. For those who have read the article, 5 Amazing Benefits of Basil Seeds (Sabja Seeds) http://truthnhealth.com/2011/10/5-amazing-benefits-of-basil-seeds/, you already know that basil seeds improve digestion, boosts immune system, combats stress, aids in curing respiratory disorders and is great for skin disorders. But did you know that this seed, when consumed, has a cooling effect on the body? Yesterday’s article post on seasonal spring foods and how they cool the body in warming temperatures touches on fruits and vegetables that do just that. The cooling and heating of our bodies according to the changing environment helps us detox and cleanse our body organs so we are lighter, more resilient and stronger than last season. By incorporating the fruits and vegetables available in the springtime (locally and organically), and adding basil seeds to them, you will build yourself an impenetrable defense system against foreign invaders! The  following are recipe suggestions on how to drink and eat basil seeds:

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Introduction to Ayurveda Healing Practice: Natural Ways to Live Optimally Well

Ayurveda is an Eastern Indian medical system based off of the foundations of conscious, self-awareness and natural healing that has been practiced for over 5,000 years and is literately translated as “the science of daily life.” Very different from the Western aspect of medical symptom-addressing and (unfortunate) modern medical paradigm shift into ignoring underlying causality of chronic disease and infection, Ayurveda takes mother nature’s natural rhythms, earthly bountiful fruits and foods and uses the understanding of the individual’s body make up and life condition routine to promote optimal function, balance, disease prevention and a evoke a state of intentional gratefulness and happiness.

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Anti-Aging and Anti-Inflammatory: Silica

There is a popular Chinese saying that if one eats a plentiful amount of seaweed and sea vegetables, the hair grows stronger, thicker and blacker (which is always heavily sought after for Asians, as black voluminous and thick hair was a sign of beauty and youth). Though sea vegetables do wonders for the body and hair, there is another mineral Mother nature created that is often overlooked and not talked about as much—silica. Silica is a trace mineral that strengthens the body’s connective tissues – muscles, tendons, hair, ligaments, nails, cartilage, and bone – and is vital for healthy skin and bones.

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Yerba Mate: Health Benefits and Considerations

It is celebrated as a natural and powerful energy drink, comparable to the caffeine in coffee, and comes from the South Americas with roots in Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil. Yerba mate has been consumed in social circles in the form of a tisane and commonly sold as a tea because of the way it is brewed, steeped and prepared before consumption from a vegetable gourd.  People all over the world can find Yerba Mate in liquid, dry leaves and capsule form in health food stores.
Yerba mate has many beneficial healing qualities for the body, including stimulating the central nervous system, delivers immune boosting antioxidants, amino acids, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals and detoxifying the blood to prevent many times of chronic diseases and cancer. It is a strong anti-inflammatory and also helps to reduce anxiety and stress as well as decreases insomnia.

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The Amazing Daily Habit of Juicing

What is a daily habit that I strongly believe everyone must adopt to live an optimally healthy life by boosting the immune system, decreasing inflammation and free radicals that attack the body and in time bring about chronic ailments? It is simpler than most people think, but does take effort to make (even a conscious effort to purchase). I am talking about juicing! Not the get-ripped and develop hair on your rock hard chest steroid pumping (though juicing can help people lose weight, drop cholesterol and decrease the bad cholesterol). I am talking about squeezing all the good-for-the-body, vibrant healing nutrients from fresh, organic vegetables kind of juicing!

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Beneficial Bacteria: Fermented Foods

Since the early Babylonian days, circa 5000 BC and Egyptian empires circa 3150 BC, people have been healing and living well with fermented foods. With names such as fermented and cultured, many foods that bathe and marinate in bacteria that are reproduced on the foods, are extremely good for you! Though this does not sound the most squeaky-white-floors-clean, these beneficial bacteria in turn, convert carbohydrates to either alcohol (beer, wine, yeast leavened bread) or to organic acids (cheese, yogurt, tempeh). When certain foods soak in their own bacterial juices for a long period of time (weeks at a time), the bacteria actually enhances an already highly nutritious food, creating good for you probiotics, vitamin b’s and digestive enzymes, to name a few. Let’s look into ways fermented foods are good for the body and some of the best fermented foods to eat.

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