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)

Our dendrites connect neurons bio chemically

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

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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




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


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



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



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



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


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




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




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.



The Health Benefits of Pumpkins


This beautiful squash is filled with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, the Vitamin B-complex group including Vitamin B6, folate, niacin, pantothenic acid and thiamin, Vitamin K, calcium, copper, fibre, lutein, magnesium, Omega 3’s, phosphorous, phytoserols, potassium, tryptophan, Zea-xanthin and zinc


Pumpkins are not just for Halloween carving anymore.  Health aficionados the world over have embraced this magnificent fruit for its pleasing taste, spectacular versatility in the kitchen and innumerable health benefits including but not limited to

Anti-cancer properties Adequate fiber in your diet will keep your body flushed out and your colon less likely to come in prolonged contact with potential colon cancer-causing toxins.  Vitamin A maintains healthy mucous membranes and can prevent lung cancer and oral cancer. Anti-oxidant Vitamin C, fights off cell-damaging free radicals, repairs tissue and diminishes your chances of developing quite a few forms of cancer including cervical cancer, esophageal cancer, oral cavity cancer, pancreatic cancer, rectal cancer and stomach cancer.  Tryptophan produces T-cells, which fight off cancer cells.  Vitamin K, lutein and phytoserols also take action to reduce your risk

Arthritis Pumpkin seed oil has value as an anti-inflammatory agent and is particularly effective against osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis


Asthma Vitamin C has been successfully shown to reduce typical asthmatic symptoms like wheezing in those afflicted


Bladder health Eating pumpkin seeds can reduce your chance of developing bladder stones


Bone / teeth health Vitamin A is crucial for strong teeth.  Vitamin C is essential for healthy gums.  Vitamin C’s other helpful contributions include repairing bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. Potassium helps preserve calcium in the bones and proper calcium prevents osteoporosis.  The omega fatty acids found in pumpkin also promote good bone health

Depression Studies have indicated that ingesting pumpkin seeds can prevent depression

Diabetes Vitamin B6 helps regulate and maintain healthy blood sugar levels.  Fibre slows down blood sugar absorption.  Zinc also assists with insulin regulation.  Regular ingestion of lutein has shown promise against Type 2 Diabetes, in particular


Digestive health Fiber helps you digest your food more effectively and can ease constipation.  Magnesium aids in proper bowel function, as well.  Potassium can increase metabolism and aid in the productive digestion of carbohydrates


Eye health Vitamin A supports healthy eye tissue and facilitates higher visual acuity.  Vitamin A, lutein and Zea-xanthin protect the eyes from age-related macular degeneration.  Lutein also has the added benefit of preventing cataracts.  Zinc assists vitamin A in creating melanin, a pigment that protects the eye.  Proper zinc intake has been shown to award better night vision


Heart health Pumpkin seed oil can increase HDL, or “good cholesterol,” and decrease LDL, or “bad cholesterol.”  The phytoserols in pumpkin also reduce cholesterol.  Vitamin C taken on a regular basis can lower blood pressure and fight atherosclerosis.   Potassium lowers blood pressure, as well.  Magnesium regulates the pumping of the heart and relaxes the blood vessels.  Pumpkin is fat-free and cholesterol-free and pretty low in sodium, all good news for the heart

Immune system health Vitamins A, C, E, tryptophan and zinc all support a healthy immune system and can ward off a slew of ailments ranging from the common cold to the flu to the HIV virus

Men’s health Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin oil are said to thwart prostate enlargement due to their high concentration of zinc.  They also assist in healthy sexual functioning

Menopause Pumpkin seed oil purportedly alleviates some menopausal symptoms including hot flashes, aches and pains and headaches


Mood Vitamin B-6 produces GABA, an extremely important amino acid that operates as a neuro-transmitter in the central nervous system and results in a general feeling of calm and well-being.  Tryptophan produces serotonin, another essential neuro-transmitter that does wonders to elevate mood

PH balance Potassium regulates and maintains proper pH balance in the body

Sleep Pumpkin seeds contain a great deal of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin and subsequently melatonin.  Melatonin is otherwise known as the “sleep hormone,” so eating a handful of pumpkin seeds before bed can result in a restorative night’s sleep



Anti-oxidant properties Vitamins A, C and E all have tremendous success fighting the cell-damaging free radicals and oxidative stress that often cause premature aging.  All three of these help keep the skin more elastic and radiant, the hair more bouncy and lustrous and the nails more resilient



Fibre A one-cup serving of mashed pumpkin has a generous 3 grams of fibre, which will keep your stomach feeling full and satisfied and your mind less likely to trick you into those empty calorie snacks between meals.  The fibre will also flush out your system more consistently, which results in a more steady weight loss

Nutritional Intake That same one-cup serving has only 49 calories and is virtually fat-free


 Why not try some sweet recipes such as pumpkin pannacotta, pumpkin and coconut ice cream or a twist to puree with chicken stock and a dash of vanilla,If your not feeling that adventures there are some classics below

Since pumpkin seeds are so nutrient-rich, why not make a big batch of roasted, toasted pumpkin seeds to munch on as a tasty, crunchy snack between meals?  All you need to do is gather the seeds, place them on a single layer in a baking pan, drizzle them with some good olive oil, sprinkle with salt and fresh ground black pepper, toss to coat and bake in a 375 degree oven for 7-10 minutes, or until light golden brown.

A wonderful fall of winter appetizer, or meal in and of itself, is a rich, velvety Pumpkin soup.  Just sauté one small yellow onion and two garlic cloves in a tablespoon of quality olive oil until softened.   Sprinkle in one tablespoon of cumin and curry powder and toss gently until the veggies are well coated.  Add three cups of low-fat lower sodium chicken broth and one 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree and simmer over low heat for about 15 to 20 minutes.   Mix in one 12-ounce can of evaporated fat-free milk and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes.  Puree the mix in a blender until it reaches a smooth consistency.  Serve while hot in pretty white ceramic bowls with fresh cracked pepper and a smattering of those delicious toasted pumpkin seeds as garnish

And how could one possibly resist a good ol’ Pumpkin pie?  You shouldn’t resist it because like almost everything else, it can be skinnified without sacrificing its rich, creamy lusciousness.  Merely buy a low-fat unbaked pie crust in your freezer section and fill it with a mix of one 2 cups of pumpkin puree, one 2 cups of fat-free sweetened condensed milk, eight egg whites, a teaspoon of cinnamon and a ½ teaspoon each of ginger, nutmeg and salt.  Bake the pie crust first according to package directions.  Then pour in the filling and bake at 350 degrees for about 35 to 40 minutes and serve with a scoop of your favorite brand of low-fat vanilla bean ice cream or a nice dollop of fat-free whipped topping

“Only the knife knows what goes on in the heart of a pumpkin.”  ~Simone Schwarz-Bart

Pumpkins, photographed in Canada.

Pumpkins, photographed in Canada. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


English: Golden Flesh Yukon Gold Potato

English: Golden Flesh Yukon Gold Potato (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Health Benefits of Potatoes

 Potatoes are packed with Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, caffeic acid, carotenoids, complex carbohydrates, copper, fibre, folic acid, kukoamines, flavonoids, manganese, potassium and quercetin


 The humble yet historic potato got a bit of a bad rap in more recent times, with many folks falsely assuming it is a less healthy vegetable in part due to the deep frying frenzy.  But in all actuality, this innocuous-looking spud is relatively low in calories and fat and absolutely laden with outstanding health benefits including but not limited to

Anti-cancer properties Rich in fibre, eating a moderate amount of potatoes on a consistent basis will stimulate regular bowel movements and keep the colon clean and in less prolonged contact with toxic wastes that can result in colon cancer.   Anti-oxidant Vitamin C, in its role as an anti-oxidant, fights off cell-damaging free radicals and reduces one’s risk of developing cervical cancer, esophageal cancer, oral cavity cancer, pancreatic cancer, rectal cancer and stomach cancer.  Quercetin has been found to arrest tumor growth

Arthritis Vitamin C and quercetin are anti-inflammatory anti-oxidants, which can alleviate the troublesome inflammation often associated with osteo-arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

Asthma Vitamin C can calm an asthma attack by reducing wheezing

Bone and teeth health Vitamin C is a must-have for healthy gums.  Vitamin C is also responsible for repairing bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons

 Digestive health People sometimes avoid potatoes because they are “too starchy,” when in fact, the starch therein is predominantly “indigestible,” which basically means it passes through the stomach whole, adds helpful bulk to the diet and aids in healthy bowel movements

 Heart health Vitamin C can lower blood pressure and fight atherosclerosis.  B6 helps control levels of homocysteine levels in the blood, and high levels of homocysteine (an amino acid) have been linked to heart disease.  Potassium regulates the heart rate and blood pressure    Magnesium regulates the pumping of the heart and relaxes the blood vessels.  Adequate fibre can actually reduce cholesterol

 Immune system health Vitamin C is vital in strengthening the immune system as a whole and staving off a wide range of diseases and infections ranging from the common cold to influenza the HIV virus.  It can also lessen the severity of symptoms if one is already afflicted

Mood Vitamin B6 promotes a healthy nervous system and can regulate mood and promote peaceful slumber, as it is responsible for making neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin.  Vitamin B6 also produces adrenaline and GABA.  Adrenaline enables us to react to and cope with stress in a healthy manner.  GABA is connected to relaxation and an overall sense of well-being

Pregnancy Doctors often urge expectant mothers to take adequate amounts of folic acid in order to prevent neural tube birth defects in newborn babies


 Anti-oxidant properties The anti-oxidants in potatoes, namely flavonoid quercetin and Vitamin C, war against cell-damaging free radicals and protect our bodies from oxidative stress, which often causes the signs of premature aging including fine lines and wrinkles.  These powerful anti-oxidants also ensure strong hair and resilient nails, both of which are less prone to breakage

Apply thinly sliced Potato to the eye area to remove puffiness


 Energy Vitamin B6 is a favorite amongst athletes as it converts the carbs you eat into energy, and potatoes are filled with complex carbohydrates and vitamin B6.  It’s a win-win situation for those seeking more sustainable energy to get through the day and still fit in a good workout

Fibre One large potato has a munificent 6 grams of fibre!  This abundance of fibre will keep your belly full, your appetite saited between meals and your body flushed out on a regular basis, all of which will contribute to more steady weight loss

Nutritional intake Potatoes, contrary to popular belief, are actually relatively moderate in calories with one large baking potato having approximately 278.  That same potatoes has less than 1 gram of total fat


 While, of course, very little else compares to a steaming bowl of mashed potatoes as comfort food, there are a multitude of unique potato-centric recipes out there for the savoring, the trick however is putting them with non fatty foods which in fact is possibly why its been given a bad rap

For a sumptuous yet healthy bowl of soup, try making a low-fat version of a  Leek and Potato Soup.  In a large pot, heat 2 teaspoons of oil and add 2 minced shallots, 3 sliced leeks and 1 pound of peeled and cubed Yukon Gold potatoes.  Cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes.  Add 1 cup of  chicken or veggie broth and 1 2/3 cups of skim milk.  Simmer on medium to medium-low heat for ½ an hour and then blend the mixture to a smooth consistency.  Serve in pretty soup bowls and garnish with chive snippets and add a handful of chai seeds for texture

Bake and fill with a greek yoghurt mix with mustard, fetta, avocado, smoked tomato and watercress for a tasty, healthy lunch

Roast with a little olive oil and sea salt as a snack with a little cumin and serve with a freshly made baba ganoush, beetroot dip or hommus

 must be a pretty decent sort of fellow.”  ~A.A. Milne



1 and a half russet potato with sprouts. Slice...

1 and a half russet potato with sprouts. Sliced (left) and whole (right). About 4 1/2 inches (11.5 cm) in length. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Plate from book

Plate from book (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The herb is the edible root of the plant Zingiber OfficinaleIts most probably best known to ease nausea associated with travel, sickness and pregnancy. New research could assist long term diabetic patients by aiding the management of high levels of blood sugar, even singers use it too sweeten their voice. It is also know for but not limited too restoring kidney, liver, gall, prostate ailments, nervousness, lung tonic, piles, acne, jaundice, blood cleanser and blood builder


Detoxify the body by cleaning the liver due to sluggish digestion will assist lack of energy and drowsiness

Regulate Blood Sugar Levels Extracts from ginger where found to increase the uptake of glucose into the muscle cells to allow them to operate interdependently of bloody insulin level.The components responsible for the increase of gingerols and major part of ginger rhizome

Heart Disease and blood clots can be greatly reduced by the natural blood thinning that occurs when ginger is consumed

Settles Nausea Gingerols are known to produce more digestive juices and help neutralize that stomach acids associated with nausea

Assists Cold & Flu Ginger is also a natural decongestant, and has been used for centuries to reduce the symptons of cold and flu by gently raising the bodies temperature

Anti inflammatory properties which can lessen the pain of arthritis and can be useful in the treatment of migraines

Cancer Prevention research shows by modifying negative hormone responses and counter act toxic hydroxy methyl molecules to create apotosis of the cancer cells before they become malignant

Natural Antibiotic and assists in strengthening the Immune System


Feel Fuller researchers learned that ginger has in fact enhance satiety and reduce hunger

Circulation booster which is great for assisting speeding up the metabolism


Thinning hair the Chinese have rubbed ginger oil into the scalp for generations to increase circulation of the scalp therefore hair growth

Dandruff by massaging with fresh ginger juice and sesame oil

Skin Allergies bathing in ginger has been shown to help


Use the ginger flower buds finely shredded as a garnish for dishes and also the base of the leaf stem has a very mild ginger flavor and are pleasant to chew

Add to fresh juices to give them a kick as well as your liver

Shred finely through Asian salads for texture and their unmistakable flavour

Ginger is regarded as an essential ingredient in Curry Powders 

Peel fresh ginger and store in oil in the fridge it will last for weeks, or freeze it for easy to clean and cut when you are ready to use it

Infuse cider vinegar or make some ginger beer

Preserve it by crystallizing it, in the sun with a little castor sugar or pickle your own a divine palate cleanser

Add to soups, stir-fries, stews, desserts, ice-cream, mix with yogurt and other herbs as an accompaniment

Its used as an ingredient in more than 50 percent of all herbal remedies

The root of Zingiber officinale.

The root of Zingiber officinale. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


stock-photo-side-view-of-a-stuffed-turkey-on-a-bed-of-italian-flat-leaf-parsley-being-carved-61453081Health Benefits of Turkey

Just one mere serving of turkey has over half the daily recommended intake of protein. In addition, turkey meat is laden with B-complex vitamins, biotin, choline, copper, folate, folic acid, iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, tryptophan and zinc


The grand news about this beloved and historical poultry product is that it isn’t just a tasty staple protein; it also has a slew of terrific health benefits including but not limited to

Anti-cancer properties Tryptophan produces T-cells, which in turn, fight off cancer cells. Selenium is a vital anti-oxidant that combats cancer-inducing free radicals in the body. Recent studies have shown that a portion of turkey eaten daily, minus the skin, lowers the risk of pancreatic cancer, in particular

Anti-inflammatory properties Turkey meat has a marked amount of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help alleviate arthritis and asthma

Blood sugar/Insulin Vitamin B6 is in abundance in turkey meat and helps regulate and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. High protein foods like turkey can help keep insulin levels within a preferred range

Heart health White skinless turkey meat is quite low in saturated fat. It is also pretty low in sodium, which is great news for folks with high blood pressure. Turkey has been proven to lower LDL cholesterol

Immune system health Selenium aids in the healthy functioning of the immune system. Tryptophan is a serotonin-producing amino acid that generally strengthens the immune system

Insomnia Tryptophan produces the neurotransmitter, serotonin, which calms mood, promotes overall well being and makes one far more likely to fall asleep with ease

Mood Tryptophan produces serotonin, an important neuro-transmitter that does wonders to elevate mood

Muscle health As turkey meat is rich in protein, moderate in carbs and low in calories, consuming it in conjunction with healthy exercise, can build strong and healthy muscles

Protein Turkey actually provides more protein per ounce than chicken! There are, in fact, 32 grams of protein in one 4 ounce serving, and protein-rich foods help regulate digestion

Thyroid health Selenium is crucial to healthy functioning of the thyroid


Anti-oxidant properties Selenium is an anti-oxidant that combats cell-damaging free radicals that can result in premature aging.  Anti-oxidants help promote smooth, elastic skin, shiny hair and strong nails

WEIGHT LOSS Since turkey is a terrific source of protein, and relatively low in calories, it will award guilt-free, healthy nourishment that will keep you feeling full and satisfied, and far less likely to reach for empty snacks during the course of your day

Energy Turkey meat is a great source of B6 and niacin, both of which are vital for energy production


When you are able to do so, buy an organic turkey as it generally has a higher nutrient content

Also, contrary to widespread belief, cooking turkey with the skin on is perfectly fine and recommended. The fat will NOT seep into the meat, and the skin will keep the meat from drying out.  However, you will want to remove the skin before actually consuming it

For a super juicy and tender American style Thanksgiving centerpiece, try one of the many “brine recipes” out there.  I did so a few years ago and my family still raves about how amazingly “un-dry” the bird was

But remember, turkey isn’t just for the holidays or the occasional reduced-guilt deli sandwich, the sky is the limit as far as creative recipes go…

Make a turkey and asparagus frittatta with egg  and several low fat cheeses of your liking. Fold and mold together a gourmet ground turkey meatloaf and serve it with whipped polenta and a side of garlicky sautéed spinach.  Or how about a tantalizing low-fat turkey tetrazzini made with whole quiona, low salt chicken broth, light cheese and low fat milk, or even a sumptuous turkey pot pie bubbling in a healthy, earthy crust made of brown rice and spinach?


“I have no desire to crow over anybody or to see anybody eating crow, figuratively or otherwise. We should all get together and make a country in which everybody can eat turkey whenever he pleases. ~Harry S. Truman


Guava, photographed in Bangalore

Guava, photographed in Bangalore (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Health Benefits of Guava

This tropical wonder of a super-fruit is filled with Vitamins A, C, B3, B6, E, copper, folate, magnesium and has a high fibre and pectin content and a plethora of potassium. It,s been considered an aphrodisiac for centuries as it improves blood circulation helpful for men


Guava has become a popular fruit amongst health aficionados due to its exceptional health benefits including but not limited to

Brain health Vitamins B3and B6 stimulate healthy brain and nerve function and promote healthy blood flow in the brain

Cancer prevention Vitamin C is a terrifically powerful antioxidant that fights off cell damaging free radicals that may cause cancer.  Also, its high fiber content will flush your body of toxic wastes and help prevent colon cancer

Diabetes care The high fiber content in guavas is very helpful for diabetics as it slows down the absorption of sugar in the body

Diarrhea/Constipation Guavas are alkaline-rich and have anti-bacterial and disinfectant abilities, which are phenomenally effective in treating such ailments as diarrhea and dysentery.  Its high fiber content is beneficial in relieving constipation

Eye health Vitamin A improves and maintains high visual acuity

Fertility Folate, as found in Guava, is a great nutritional tool for increasing fertility

Heart health Guava is laden with potassium, which is known to regulate sodium in the body and normalize blood pressure

Immunity Vitamin C is an incomparable immune system booster and can stave off the onset and symptoms of the cold, flu and various other infections and viruses

Relaxation Magnesium is a terrific muscle relaxer


Antioxidant properties Guavas are considered super-foods as they have amazing antioxidant abilities and can fight premature aging and promote strong, lustrous hair and strong, healthy nails


The vast amount of fibre in guava, 9 grams in one cup, is the perfect diet enhancer as it will keep you feeling full between meals and flush out your body on a more regular basis resulting in steady weight loss


Guava can be eaten raw, juiced or cooked.  In many countries, Guava is eaten raw, right from the street cart, with a pinch of salt and pepper os some cayenne powder or Masala

Guavas are a delightful addition to fruit and savory salads

Guava jam or jelly is a perfect lazy Saturday afternoon concoction.  For a scintillating supper, use that very jelly, combined with some lemon juice, low sodium soy sauce, sea salt and pepper to coat chicken wings or breasts, which you can then bake in the oven

Whip up an exotic batch of guava Raitha, a classic Indian staple that is wonderfully cooling and can be used as a dip or side item to your favorite healthy protein.  Red guavas can be substituted for tomatoes in sauce, particularly if you are looking to cut down on acidity

Baked guava and cheese filled turnovers are a unique and scrumptious addition to your Sunday brunch spread

ARS guava

ARS guava (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Guava smoothies and ice cream are delicious and you can even make a really pretty in pink guava flan to round out your dinner party

Interesting fact about Guavas:  They are the national winter fruit of Pakistan and in Brazil, the fruits and leaves are made into “medicinal” tea.



Artichoke (Photo credit: TonalLuminosity)

Ancient Greeks and Romans considered artichokes a delicacy and an
aphrodisiac, however they are even more powerful than this.The Artichoke is classed the highest vegetable (herb) in antioxidant levels. it’s very high in fibre, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and other trace elements important for a healthy body. It’s especially good for poor liver function


Cholesterol Lowering Luteolin is found in leaves, and in high amounts in artichokes. Its been shown to prevent LDL-cholesterol oxidation and can reduce the chance of arterial disease

Assists diabetes sufferers due to high levels of Inulin

Strengthens the immune system through the wonderous presence of inulin

Lower Blood Pressure The diuretic properties of the herb makes it a potent natural anti-hypertensive and hence it is used in lowering the blood pressure

Digestive Problems helps digestion by increasing the production of bile which is released into the gallbladder aiding digestion and increasing vitamin absorption

Assists Hayfever prevention A flavonoid, Quercetin, also found in artichokes is a natural antihistamine

Helps  relieve Sinus Quercetin also increases  the effective of vitamin C in the body, and reduces inflammation of the membrane lining the sinus

Prevents Cancer Another important flavonoid found in artichokes is Silymarin which has been identified as a cancer preventative.

Liver Cleanser Silymarin is good for the liver as it helps repair damaged tissue and protects the liver from further damage

Detoxification and Revitalizing A sizzling source of anti-oxidants such as silymarin, caffeic and ferulic acids, which help body protect from harmful free-radical agents

Anti inflammotary due to diaretic nature which also assists arthritis

Reduce blood sugar due to high levels of inulin

Gout due to its antioxidants reducing high acid levels in the body

This Maestro wonedrful thistle also assists Musculo skeletal disorders, nausea and relieve abdominal pain and indigestion


Low Calories 1 Artichoke only contains about 25 calories

Improved liver function makes weight loss easier as the metabolic assimilation of food is more efficient

Eliminates Fluid retention and Bloating as they are a strong diruetic


Improved skin luminosity Globes help the body rid itself of excess water and toxins


Infusion: use the leaves you normally throw away. You will need about 12-15 leaves per half litre (approx. 2 cups) of boiling water. Pour over the chopped leaves and allow to brew for 5 minutes. Strain and drink 2 cups during the day as a great antioxidant tonic

Poach and preserve in a vinegar, lemon juice, herbs and oil

Bake with preserved lemon, olive oil, garlic and chilli in an oven proof dish at 160c for 45 minutes or until soft, my personal favorite

Or Roast in the oven with anchovies, green olives, garlic, breadcrumbs as above and serve with angel hair pasta

Toss in salads with a range of ingredients turkey, rocket, fetta, goat cheese and roast beetroot for a real antioxidant hit

Top Pizzas with this delectable bulb, so get creative and jumble up some ingredients

they are a labour of love but well worth the effort for the temple that serves you “your mind and body”

Vegetable: Globe Artichoke

Vegetable: Globe Artichoke (Photo credit: Vanessa Pike-Russell)