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The Importance of herbs and spices to your well being
Most people are very unaware of the benefits of herbs in the every day diet and what benefits they have
Natural Health researchers say that most health problems today are caused by what we eat.

Poor eating habits with little consideration for poor nutrition being linked to half the death statistics, herbs gives pleasure, satisfaction and physical exercise
The Aroma of herbs delights the senses which revitalizes the body
 Aids digestion many herbs stimulate the digestive juices Support the self healing process by giving the body what it needs
 Detoxing, herbs can assist greatly in removing the toxins from the body
Rich in Chlorophyll which is the green colour in plants, it promotes rejuvenation of old cells, building blood, good intestinal flora, regular bowel elimination and increased circulation of blood and oxygen. All the above boost the immune system and energy levels
 Alkalize the body too much acid food and beverage the body causes acid build up. This causes excessive pain and lack of well being, aswell as stress. Many herbs are alkaline assisting to balance the body
Taste great and reduce the need to add sugar, salt and fat to make a meal appetizing
 Full of Antioxidants which help the body rid free radicals, impurities which can cause serious illness if allowed to build up in the body
 Natural Antibiotic some herbs have antibiotic properties such as aloe vera, burdock, Comfrey, Echinacea, Herb Robert, Indian ginseng, Lovage, Milk thistle, Nasturtium and Watercress, avoiding commercial ones are important they can eventually weaken our immune system
 Pain relieving properties Agrimony, Indian ginseng and mullein are some, some herbs work as an inflammatory to reduce pain
Electro magnetic functions which help harmonise the vibration and efficiency of the cells, a highly complex system of the body
Speed up the metabolism  ginger, chili , black pepper, fennel, dandelion tea and green tea
They can be administered in a number of methods
 Tea by infusion
 Maceration
 Oils
 Liniments
 Ointments and Creams
 Aromatherapy

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Ladies …….. Did you know too much Adrenalin upsets the livers cortisol making you fat, stupid and sick?

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Read on to learn how to get your Sizzle back

Yep, Its True Wellness Makes you thin , healthy and smart

So what causes it you ask?  Well here are a few and most we can control with lifestyle change

Poor Diet Eating too many carbs can disrupt cortisol and some corticosteroids (a blood pressure-stabilizing hormone)

The immune response in your gut is controlled by cortisol. Hence, if you’re stressed, the immune response in your gut suffers, the gut tissue becomes damaged, and good bacteria give way to bad bacteria, causing immune weakening

Unresolved Emotional stress such as Worry, Anger, Guilt, Anxiety, Fear, Depression

Environmental and physical stress such as Excessive exercise, Exposure to industrial and environmental toxins, Chronic or severe allergies, Overwork, either physical or mental, Surgery, Late hours, insufficient sleep, Trauma, injury, Temperature extremes, chronic illness, Light cycle disruption (shift work) and chronic pain

Inflammation in your body Inflammation has been scientifically connected to almost every disease you can think of, from diabetes to cancer, and when chronic, it stresses your system, including your adrenals

Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid. Thyroid function is diagnosed by a blood test, but there’s some controversy over what is normal and what’s not

 Among the key hormones produced by the adrenals are adrenaline which fuels the bodies fight or flight response cortisol , a relative of the drugs predisone and cortisone; DHEA. The ongoing balance between cortisol and DHEA is especially important for creating health daily

Cortisol in the right amounts enhances your body’s natural resistance and endurance It;

Stimulates the liver to convert amino acids into glucose, a primary fuel for energy production, Counters allergies and inflammation, Helps regulate mood and maintain emotional stability, Stimulates increased production of glycogen in the liver for storage of glucose, Maintains resistance to the stress of infections, physical trauma, emotional trauma, temperature extremes and so on

So what can I do to enhance the right balance you ask?

 Through foods such as regularly eating or drinking fermented foods or beverages , which dramatically increases the beneficial bacteria in your body, keffir, kombucha tea, miso and kimchee are all good examples (which automatically will help decrease pathogenic bacteria)

To eat a diet low in sugars and carbs, as that will also promote a healthy gut flora

Stress Less read the factors above and whether the stress causes on the body are emotional or physical their all “baddies”, wellness means a healthy balance of many ailments for a balanced body resulting in health and well being

(Dendrites are an important part of nerve cells. The dendrites are responsible for picking up information from neighboring neurons, so happy thoughts create healthy bodies)

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Reduce Inflammation Again through our foods there are many that counter inflammation such as Asparagus, Beans, Broccoli, Carrots, Cayenne pepper, Celery, Cherries, Cinnamon, Citrus, Dark chocolate, Dark green veggies, Fresh soy beans, Fish, Flaxseed oil, Flax seeds, Garlic, Ginger, Lean meat, Olive Oil, Omega 3 enriched eggs, Onion, Pineapple, Pomegranates, Salmon, Soy, Green and White Tea, Turmeric, Walnuts and Whole Wheat

Another helper of inflammation is grounding or earthing, which requires nothing more than taking off your shoes and walking barefoot outside on the beach is fantastic if you are near, it helps dissipate inflammation due to potent anti-inflammatory action

Hypothyroidism Many alternative doctors feel the conventional reference ranges are far too broad, and choose to treat people exhibiting sub-clinical thyroid symptoms, it’s your choice conventional medicine or non

So please feel free to contact me cassandra@womansheallthychef.com for a free consultation to start being the best you can be today nd subscribe to my newsletter www.womanshealthychef.com for more real free blogs, giveaways and resources

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The Health Benefits of Peppercorns

 

Black peppercorns are actually berries that grow on the pepper plant in tropical climates.  Peppercorns are rich in Vitamin A, B-complex Vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and thiamin, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, calcium, carotenes, copper, cryptoxanthin, dietary fibre, iron, lycopene, magnesium, manganese, potassium and an essential oil called piperine

 

WELLNESS

 

Peppercorns (and ground pepper) are part and parcel of most kitchen pantries these days, but little may you know that they actually have a munificent range of outstanding health benefits including but not limited to

Anti-cancer properties Vitamin A, Vitamin C, carotenes, cryptoxanthin, lycopene, Zea-xanthin all have astounding anti-oxidant abilities that can fend off cell-damaging potentially cancer-causing free radicals.  Vitamin C is especially effective against cancers of the cervix, esophagus, oral cavity, pancreas, rectum and stomach.  Piperine, a chemical compound in pepper, may actually prevent the growth of breast cancer tumors

Anti-inflammatory properties Vitamin C wages battle against cell-damaging free radicals that often cause inflammation in those suffering from osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

 

Digestive health Pepper increases hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach, which aids in proper digestion of proteins and other foodstuffs.  If hydrochloric acid is running low, food tends to stay in the stomach and/ or intestines for a longer period of time, and this can result in constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, heartburn and indigestion.  Black pepper is also a diuretic, which will facilitate urination

Eye health Vitamin A is essential for healthy eye tissue and protects the eyes from age-related macular degeneration

Healthy bones and teeth Vitamin C is crucial for healthy gums.  Vitamin A is essential for strong teeth

Heart health Vitamin C can fight atherosclerosis and lower blood pressure.  Potassium controls the heart rate and blood pressure.  Lycopene prevents LDL, or “bad cholesterol” from doing damage to arterial walls

Immune system health Vitamin C is key in building and maintaining a strong immune system and warding off and lessening the symptoms of an almost innumerable amount of disease ranging from the common cold to the flu to the HIV virus.  Black pepper has known anti-bacterial properties, which can kill germs.  Black pepper is a great home remedy for thinning out nasal congestion

Vitamin absorption Piperine, an amine alkaloid, can increase the absorption of beta-carotene, B-complex vitamins and selenium

BEAUTY

Anti-oxidant properties Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, carotenes, cryptoxanthin, lycopene, Zea-xanthin, these anti-oxidant superstars will do wonders for your hair, skin and nails and can prevent the signs of premature aging

 

WEIGHT LOSS

The outer layer of the black peppercorn, in particular, is highly effective in blocking fat formation in the body by breaking down fat cells.  It also stimulates the metabolic rate, sweating and is a terrific diuretic

 

COOKING

Naturally, pepper is used as a companion seasoning to salt on well, just about everything, but if you are mindful of your salt intake, you can use pepper as a stand-alone seasoning.  Why?  Well, besides the fact that it is delicious and healthy, it actually contains a minute amount of salt

Try this classic French dish, Steak Au Poivre, on for size. You can lighten it up by swapping some of the traditional high calorie higher-fat elements with healthier substitutes.   Choose two lean grass fed sirloin steaks, coat them with 2 teaspoons of Dijon mustard and press a tablespoon or so of black peppercorns into the flesh.  Sear the steaks on one side for about 4 minutes and finish them off in the oven at 350 degrees for an additional 7 minutes.

For the sauce, add a teaspoon of olive oil to the skillet and turn up to high.  Add a ¼ cup of quality red drinking wine, 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken or veggie broth and let reduce for 3 minutes.   Add 2 teaspoons of unsalted butter and a pinch of salt and remove from heat.  Once the mix has cooled a tad, add 2 tablespoons of low-fat sour cream and serve over the rested steaks.  Bon appetit

The disparity between a restaurant’s price and food quality rises in direct proportion to the size of the pepper mill.  ~Bryan Q. Miller

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The Heath Benefits of Pomegranates

 

Pomegranates are thick-skinned dazzlingly red beauties brimming with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, calcium, ellagic acid, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, niacin, phosphorous, phytochemicals, polyphenols, punicalagins, potassium, riboflavin, thiamin and zinc

WELLNESS

These historically revered fruits have innumerable health benefits including but not limited to protect against and treatment of the following

Anemia Pomegranates are filled with iron and can cure anemia by elevating hemoglobin levels

Anti-cancer properties Pomegranates can prevent breast cancer, colon cancer, leukemia and prostate cancer, and can inhibit tumor growth and even, in some cases, induce apoptosis or cell death.

 

Anti-inflammatory abilities Vitamin C helps control arthritis and asthmatic symptoms such as coughing and wheezing

 

Bone health Calcium is crucial for strong, healthy bones.  Manganese helps form bone structures.  Pomegranate juice can also deter cartilage damage, which, in turn, prevents osteoporosis

 

Depression Pomegranates contain vital phytochemicals that stimulate serotonin and improve mood

 

Diabetes Pomegranate juice does not increase blood sugar levels, which is great news for diabetic folks

 

Digestive health Pomegranate juice aids in digestion and can help ease nausea.  The white membrane of the pomegranate is often used as a cure for diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhoids and intestinal worms

 

Eye health Pomegranates are a great home remedy for conjunctivitis

 

Heart health Punicalagins (anti-oxidant compounds) lower cholesterol and blood pressure and increase the rate at which atherosclerosis (arterial blockages) dissolve.  Pomegranate juice has also been shown to improve blood flow and oxygen to the heart.   Magnesium normalizes blood pressure.  Potassium controls a healthy heart rate and also lowers blood pressure.  Pomegranate seeds actually prevent blood platelet aggregation, which can lead to hazardous blood clots

 

Immune system health Vitamin A and Vitamin C are extraordinary immune system boosters, which help fight off a wide variety of diseases, infections and viruses ranging from the common cold to the flu to HIV

 

Men’s health Studies indicate that pomegranate juice may be a natural, progressive treatment for ED, or erectile dysfunction

 

Menopause Pomegranate juice has been shown to relieve “hot flashes

 

Pregnancy Most doctors highly recommend folic acid to expectant moms as it increases blood flow to the unborn baby and can prevent neural tube birth defects

 

Women’s health Pomegranate juice can alleviate a UTI, or urinary tract infection

 

BEAUTY

 

Anti-oxidant properties Vitamins A, C and E are all powerful anti-oxidants that promote healthy hair and strong nails.

 

Skin health Pomegranate protects the skin from harmful UV rays, promotes cell regeneration, repairs tissues and speeds up wound healing.  The anti-oxidants in pomegranate juice will also prevent the signs of premature aging including age spots, fine lines and wrinkles.  Pomegranate can also sooth painful acne outbreaks and diminish scars

 

WEIGHT LOSS

 

Fibre A cup of the arils aka juicy pomegranate seeds actually contains a bountiful 7 grams of fibre.  As a snack, they will keep you feeling fuller longer and less likely to reach for empty calories.  They will also keep your body flushed out, which results in more consistent weight loss

 

Cooking / Consumption

 Fantastic in salads, yoghurt, sorbet, mix through vegetable dishes and curries to finish for colour, texture and zing

Marinate Meats in the juice , grill or just eat raw, naturally sublime

A wonderful compliment to your Sunday morning Belgian-style waffles or short stack of whole-wheat pancakes is this unique and sublime pomegranate syrup that is oh so easy to make.  All you need to do is combine 12 cups of pomegranate juice, 1.5 cups of sugar and 3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Turn the mixture down to medium-low and allow it to reduce into syrup for about 50 minutes or so.  Let the syrup cool for a good half an hour and pour into pretty glass Ball jars

 

Interesting fact about pomegranates:  The pomegranate is one of the world’s oldest fruits and some scholars believe that it was actually the pomegranate, not the apple, which tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden.

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Take a Pamper day for yourself and give yourself plenty of time to Chill ax and make you feel good

Cleanse your face Plain acidophilus yogurt

Silky Hair  an egg yolk and olive oil wrap in plastic 

Long Soak and Scrub In a bath with a small bag of Oats, then  dry Lemon juice and fine sea salt scrub, this will help detoxify you aswell

Exfoliate the face ground almond meal

The Mask any food that’s good for your skin type

Avocado for soothing and nourishing

Mashed banana and a little lemon juice for soothing, hydrating and detoxifying

Egg white for tightening and firming

Manuka Honey for antibacterial, deep cleansing and healing

Mashed Strawberry and plain yogurt for oily skin

Aloe Vera gel directly applied for antibacterial, cool and soothing

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Smokin Hot Eyes

Thinly sliced potato, cucumber or green tea bags lay back and gently press on eyes whilst relaxing with your hair treatment in

Sensual Smooth Lips 

 brown sugar and olive oil and gently scrub

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Facial Firming Exercises

Moisturize by adding a few drops of some patchouli oil with sweet almond  oil and massage into your skin for soft luscious curves

You will simply be Good enough to eat 

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At the end of the night remember to remove your makeup with cold pressed vegetable oils before you slip into the sheets 

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Health Benefits of Okra

 

This beloved Southern U.S. staple, and popular ingredient in   Africa, India and the Middle East, contains memorable amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Beta-carotene, fibre, folate, lutein, magnesium, manganese, niacin, (B3), thiamin (B1) and zeaxanthin

WELLNESS

Okra burst forth from its roots and staked claim on the world at large in recent years because of its delicious, grassy flavor and amazing health benefits including but not limited to

Anti-cancer properties Okra’s rich fibre content sweeps hazardous wastes from the intestines and colon and can help combat colon cancer.  Vitamin A, Vitamin C, beta-carotene and lutein are powerful anti-oxidants that fight off cell-damaging free radicals and reduce your risk of developing cancer

Asthma Vitamin C, taken in even low regular doses, has been shown to reduce typical asthmatic symptoms like wheezing in those individuals suffering from the affliction

Blood health Magnesium is responsible for the production of healthy red blood cells

Bone health / teeth health Vitamin A and Vitamin C build and sustain strong bones and teeth.  Vitamin C plays an important role in repairing bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons.  Vitamin K stimulates calcium-binding in the bones

Diabetes Fibre helps normalize blood sugar levels in the body by slowing down sugar absorption in the blood

Digestive health Due to its rich fibre content, okra cleans out the intestines and colon of toxic materials.  Vitamin A is vital for healthy mucous membranes, which, in turn, are beneficial for proper functioning of the digestive tract.  Consuming okra helps produce probiotics, or good bacteria, and is a great way to ease constipation, gas and irritable bowel syndrome

 

Eye health Vitamin A maintains healthy eye tissue, promotes higher visual acuity and can protect the eyes from age-related macular degeneration

 

Healthy bones and teeth Vitamin C is essential for healthy gums.  Vitamin A and beta-carotene are both good for a strong and healthy set of chompers.  Some of Vitamin C’s other prominent tasks include repairing bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons

Healthy pregnancy Folate is an absolute must-have B vitamin for women who are carrying as it promotes healthy growth of the baby and prevents birth defects.  Vitamin C also aids in proper development of the fetus

 

Heart health Vitamin C, taken regularly, can lower blood pressure and fight atherosclerosis.  Magnesium also helps to normalize blood pressure.  Pectin, a soluble fibre found in okra, has been shown to considerably lower cholesterol.  Okra also happens to be a cholesterol-free food

 

Immune system health Vitamin C is the immune system’s best friend and can help heal wounds, form healthy scar tissue and fight off a gamut of diseases and infections, from an annoying, everyday cold to influenza to the HIV virus

Kidney Disease Studies have shown that eating okra on a consistent basis can actually stave off the onset of kidney disease

 

BEAUTY

 Skin health Vitamin C promotes healthy skin and produces collagen

Anti-oxidant properties Anti-oxidants Vitamin A, Vitamin C, beta-carotene and lutein are all winning warriors against cell-damaging free radicals and work to maintain healthy, younger-looking, elastic skin, strong, resilient nails and bounce-back hair that is less prone to breakage and split ends

 

WEIGHT LOSS

 

Fibre A once cup serving of okra has a whopping 3.2 grams of fibre, which will keep your stomach feeling full and sated and your mind less likely to crave those empty calories that are detrimental to your diet.  The fibre will also flush out your system more regularly and keep you from feeling bloated

 

Nutritional Intake One cup of okra has a scant 33 calories and is virtually fat-free with a barely worth mentioning 0.1 grams per that same one cup serving

 

COOKING / CONSUMPTION

 

Okra is available year round, but is at its peak in the summer months.  Okra pods, when chosen, should be bright green in color

Okra can be slimy if not prepared correctly, and that has proven a turn-off to some, but do not let that dissuade you from trying this delicious and versatile veggie.  To cut down on the slime factor, utilize quick-cooking methods like flash sauteing or steaming, grilling and/or frying.  A friend of mine recently suggested that I cut a small “x” in the stem end of the okra pod and soak it in vinegar for 1/2 hour before cooking.  Apparently, this is a popular treatment in Morocco and Greece, but one that should be taken in consideration, of course, dependent on which recipe you plan to make, as vinegar is strong

Pickled okra is fun and easy to put together and can be stored and enjoyed for up to six months!  Make sure to invest in real one-pint canning jars that have those two–part sealing lids to keep the air out and maximize the pickling effect.  Just fill a jar with okra pods, one chopped garlic clove, one whole Chile pepper, ½ tsp. dill seeds, a cup of vinegar (either cider or rice wine vinegar), 1 cup water and 2 tbsp sea salt  Spoon the mixture over the okra (leaving a little space at the top of each jar), boil the jars submerged in water for 15 minutes and store them in a cool dry place for at least three weeks before eating

Bbq Grilled okra is a fun and tasty backyard BBQ alternative.  Keep the pods whole, toss them in some fresh lemon juice, drizzle them with some quality EVOO, sprinkle them with a gentle amount of sea salt and a little fresh cracked black pepper and coriander to taste and place them right on the outside grill (or inside grill pan) for about five minutes each side.  The charred flavor well compliments that okra’s natural grassy goodness

For a healthy spin on a traditional Louisiana comfort food, concoct this easy, lean but still hearty and satisfying Chicken and Sausage GumboIn a Dutch oven, combine 2 tbsp all-purpose flour and 1 tbsp. canola oil over medium-high heat for three minutes.  Add 1 chopped onion, 1 cup sliced okra, 1 cup chopped celery, 4 minced garlic cloves, a ½ teaspoon (or more depending on how spicy you like it) Cajun seasoning, a ½ teaspoon thyme, 1 bay leaf, 2 cups lean chicken breast, 1 cup light Italian turkey sausage, ½ cup sliced red bell pepper, ½ cup sliced green bell pepper, 2 cups diced tomatoes and one 1 cup of chicken broth.  Bring it to a boil and then let simmer for 6-10 minutes and serve over brown rice

My Favorite Tempura Okra  in a crisp light batter with smoke paprika and tatziki

Fun Fact about Okra:  The seeds in okra are sometimes roasted in a skillet until browned and then cooled and ground as a coffee substitute!

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The real Truth about weight loss is not some new fad diet that will be gone next year after you shed your kilos and put them all back again, no that’s so not it There is so much money to be made by companies with the growing epidermic of the western diet that those companies just want to sell you a quick fix and make a buck, they don’t care about your long lasting results. Exercise is important however even the famous Australian Fitness Coach Michelle Bridges knows and states that 80 percent of weightloss is diet related

Nor is some meal replacement shake the answer, some of these can actually do you way more damage, the minute you eat real food its back and you will put more on

Its real food, real exercise and real willpower

Have a Goal but also a plan to sustain it once you have reached your goal

90 percent of people who sustain there change have a Support System

For a free consultation email cassandra@womanshealthychef.com to help you achieve long lasting results with a plan designed specifically for you

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Wellness is a confusing term for many, I find it best to explain simply as  emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritual

The Bad news is our Western Ways have made some of these more difficult to achieve but tommorrow is a good day to do something good for yourself and for the ones you love, here are some tips from me

Emotionally

Say something kind to yourself and to everyone around you that you find attractive about them. Remember its better to be aware of your feelings and accept them than deny them and have an optimistic approach to life over a pessimistic one,

Physically

Tommorrow is a day you have time to spend with others, if you wish or no one if you wish, do something active a walk, a swim, a game of cricket, football, tennis, soccer, hop scotch, elastics or twister. Exercise helps produce Happy feel good hormones, yep and Smile its a fact that physically smiling makes you feel happier

Mentally

At the end of the day write a list of all the things you are truly grateful for in your life, It may be having someone to share your day with, having a hot shower, the nutritious food you consumed,clean water to drink, a flower to smell, the things we often just take for granted in our lives, be aware of them and be grateful

Spiritually

Spend some time in Nature, Take some time to yourself 5 minutes breath in slowly and deeply through your nose and let the breath out though your mouth to clear your mind, then visualise what you want to bring in your life. Read a positive qoute daily for me thinking of Nelson Mandela or the Dalia Lama put me there instantly

Wishing each and everyone of you good things for today and everyday xxx

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