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Here’s the Perfect Green Smoothie Recipe for You

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By  Gavin Bragg

If you ask me, green drinks are the greatest thing since sliced bread. Having a green drink in the morning provides  a natural energy boost for the day and is the perfect way to support the body’s elimination and  detox processes. But for some people, the taste of straight greens can be so off-putting that they go without.

Well, today I’m going to share with you the perfect  green smoothie for people who aren’t so keen on greens. This recipe is packed full of goodness  and  tastes delicious. Even if you do love your greens, it’s a sweet,  refreshing alternative to a straight green drink.

Not So Keen on Greens?

Bananas

Having bananas in the morning gives a great boost of electrolytes to help rehydrate, They’re also high in B-vitamins, which will give you a  welcome  boost to your brain’s function first thing in the morning. They also contain  resistant starch, a healthy carbohydrate that helps you feel fuller for longer, and add some creamy  sweetness to  your smoothie.

Almond Milk

Almond milk is a great alternative to dairy. It is rich in nutrients like magnesium, manganese, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, iron and  vitamin E, and is a source of  fibre and protein. The high antioxidant content in almond milk can  help to  suppress  free radical activity  and support the healthy function of the immune system.

Raw Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are among the most nutritious seed in the world. A  true gift from nature, hemp seed contains a  perfect 3:1 ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 essentially fatty acids, and contain vitamins and minerals like  Vitamin E (alpha tocopherol) a powerful antioxidant.  Hemp seeds  are also 36.6% protein by weight, and are  one of the most complete proteins in the plant food kingdom, containing all 21 essential amino acids required for optimal human health (including the 9 that humans can’t  produce themselves) in just the right proportions we need.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices used throughout the world  –  ancient Egypt and China for example. And when you look at all that this spice can add to your life, there’s no wonder the ancients loved it.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, cinnamon can help treat diarrhoea, infections, colds and flus, muscle spasms, vomiting, erectile dysfunction and loss of appetite.  Studies also suggest it may help  with:

Alzheimer’s disease – Tel Aviv University researchers discovered that cinnamon may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. According to Prof. Michael Ovadia, of the Department of Zoology at Tel Aviv University, an extract found in cinnamon bark, called CEPPT, contains properties that can inhibit the development of the disease…

HIV – a study of Indian medicinal plants revealed that cinnamon may potentially be effective against HIV-4. According to the study authors, “the most effective extracts against HIV-1 and HIV-2 are respectively Cinnamomum cassia (bark) and Cardiospermum helicacabum (shoot + fruit)…

Multiple Sclerosis – cinnamon may help stop the destructive process of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a neurological scientist at Rush University Medical Center. Cinnamon could help eliminate the need to take some expensive and unpleasant drugs.

Spice up your life and add some cinnamon to your smoothie! It’s a perfect  complement to the almond milk, and helps bring out the  sweetness of the banana.

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Adding a few drops of liquid zeolite to the mix will bring some helpful health benefits to this delicious recipe. A natural detoxifier,  zeolite is a mineral compound that absorbs, neutralises and removes heavy metals from the body without removing good nutrition. In fact, as zeolite removes the toxins that inhibit  nutrient absorption, nutrient levels have been shown to increase with regular use.

Zeolite stabilises pH by absorbing excess protons, helps to balance blood sugar, and reduces allergy symptoms by absorbing antigens,  allergens and nitrosamines. Zeolite also appears to activate the p21 tumour suppressor gene in cancer cells, causing tumour cells to stop growing, and showing a decrease in tumour size (source).

Spinach

Finally, what green smoothie would be complete without some  greens!?

Spinach is a powerhouse leafy green. It is a very good source of dietary fibre, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), folate (B9), calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese. It is also naturally  low in saturated fats, and provides  a good source of niacin (B3) and zinc. Spinach also has a milder taste than other greens, like Kale.

The Perfect Green Smoothie  Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups unsweetened almond milk

1 ½ packed cups fresh washed spinach

2 bananas

1/2 cup of ice (unless  you’re using frozen bananas)

1 tablespoon of raw hulled hemp seeds

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

10-15 drops of zeolite (I use  NCD2 Liquid Zeolite)

1  pinch of pink Himalayan salt

Method:

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Handy Hint!  If you’re using frozen bananas, cut them into small pieces first in order to not break your blender.

Enjoy your smoothie!

About the author:

Gavin Bragg 2Gavin Bragg is a writer, adventurer and  natural health advocate.  In late 2007, Gavin’s wife  Ashley  was  diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Western doctors told Ashely  her condition was  ”terminal” and told her to say her good-bye’s. But Gavin and Ashley “turned  East” for their answer to cancer, and discovered the healing  properties of a mineral compound, zeolite, commonly used in eastern medicine. Much to the confusion of Western doctors, Ashley treated herself with liquid zeolite and  has been clear of cancer for over 5 years, regaining her health and control of her life.

Given purpose by this “second chance”, Gavin and Ashley have become  distributors for  NCD2 Pure Liquid Zeolite,  the product Ashley credits with saving her life. Gavin and Ashley are on a mission to spread the  word about natural health alternatives, and hope that natural treatments like zeolite will soon replace the dangerous,  ineffective pharmaceuticals that flood the so-called “health care” industry. Visit  PureLiquidZeolite.com  for information, testimonials, research and more.

Coconut: Earth’s Most Medicinal Fruit Plant

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By Sayer Ji
Contributing writer for Wake Up World

A scientific review on the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), which is referred to as “the most naturally widespread fruit plant on Earth”, reveals numerous beneficial biological effects of its various constituents, which include the husk, root, oil, water, and flesh. The study, titled “Cocos nucifera (L.) (Arecaceae): A phytochemical and pharmacological review,” also reviewed the toxicity literature on the coconut palm’s various constituents and found there was no evidence of acute toxicity, and only low toxicity associated with chronic exposure.

The study summarized the story of the coconut palm’s fascinating spread around the world as follows: “The plant is originally from Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines) and the islands between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. From that region, the fruit of the coconut palm is believed to have been brought to India and then to East Africa. After the discovery of the Cape of Good Hope, this plant was introduced into West Africa and, from there, dispersed to the American continent and to other tropical regions of the globe.”

The review also summarized the traditional healing applications of the coconut palm. This is an important complementary data set, because though many of the traditional uses have not yet been tested and validated by science, they may actually work exceptionally well for these conditions in actual practice.

Below is a table showing many of these traditional uses:

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The traditional uses were also summarized in the following paragraph:

“In Brazil, extract from the husk fiber of C. nucifera is used to treat diarrhea (7). In Papua New Guinea, the leaves and roots of young plants are chewed as treatment for diarrhea and stomachaches (8,9). In Fiji, coconut oil is used to prevent hair loss and coconut water is used to treat renal disease (10). In Ghana, people use coconut milk to treat diarrhea (11). In Guatemala, the husk fiber extract is used as an antipyretic, to reduce renal inflammation, and as a topic ointment for dermatitis, abscesses, and injuries (12). In Haiti, a decoction of the dry pericarp is used for oral treatment of amenorrhea, and the oil is applied as an ointment to burns (13); an aqueous extract from the husk fiber is also used for oral asthma treatment (14). In India, infusions made with the coconut inflorescence are used for the oral treatment of menstrual cycle disorders (15). In Indonesia, the oil is used as a wound ointment, the coconut milk is used as an oral contraceptive, and fever and diarrhea are treated with the root extract (16–18). In Jamaica, the husk fiber extract is used to treat diabetes (19,20). In Mozambique, the fruit is consumed by men as an aphrodisiac (21). Peruvians use the aqueous extract of the fresh coconut fiber orally for asthma, as a diuretic, and for gonorrhea (22). In Trinidad, bark extract is used orally for amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea, and bark tea is used to treat venereal diseases (23). In Mexico, coconut is used to treat various disorders associated with urogenital tract infection by Trichomonas vaginalis (24). A decoction of the white flesh of the fruit is used in rural Malaysia to treat fever and malaria (25). In Kenya, the fruit is used to relieve skin rash caused by HIV infection (26).”

The study concluded:

“Cocos nucifera is a widely dispersed plant that has important pharmacological effects with low toxicity. Furthermore, medicinal use of C. nucifera has an environmental appeal, since this plant is widely used in the food industry and use of discarded plant parts will reduce waste and pollution. The pharmacological effects of the plant differ according to the part of the plant or fruit used. Antioxidant activity predominated in the constituents of the endocarp and coconut water. In addition, the fiber showed antibacterial, antiparasitic, and anti-inflammatory activities. Only the ethanolic extract of the root had depressant and anticonvulsant action on the central nervous system. Coconut water seems to have protective effects, e.g., on the kidney and heart, and antioxidant activity, as well as a hypoglycemic effect.”

About the author:

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Sayer Ji is the founder of GreenMedInfo.com – an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. He is on the Board of Governors for the National Health Federation and Fearless Parent, a Steering Committee Member of the Global GMO-Free Coalition (GGFC), a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine. Since 2003, Sayer has also served as a patient advocate and an educator and consultant for the natural health and wellness field.

What Happens to Your Body When You Drink a Can of Coke?

By Wade Meredith from Blisstree.com

Have you ever wondered why Coke comes with a smile? Because it gets you high.

They removed the cocaine almost 100 years ago. Why? Because it was redundant.

So What Happens to Your Body When You Drink a Can of Coke?

In the first 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavour, allowing you to keep it down.

20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (And there’s plenty of that at this particular moment.)

40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate; your blood pressure rises; as a response, your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked, preventing drowsiness.

45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production, stimulating the pleasure centres of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.

> 60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium, and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.

> 60 minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium, and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolytes, and water.

> 60 minutes: As the rave inside you dies down, you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like hydrating your system, or building strong bones and teeth. This will all be followed by a caffeine crash in the next few hours. (As little as two if you’re a smoker.)

Natural Remedies for Insomnia

By Drew – Wake Up World

 

Are you finding it difficult getting to sleep or staying asleep?

Are you waking up in the middle of the morning feeling wide awake?

What are the types of insomnia?

Insomnia can be classified as transient, acute, or chronic.

  1. Transient insomnia lasts for less than a week. It can be caused by another disorder, by changes in the sleep environment, by the timing of sleep, severe depression, or by stress. Its consequences – sleepiness and impaired psychomotor performance – are similar to those of sleep deprivation.
  2. Acute insomnia is the inability to consistently sleep well for a period of less than a month.
  3. Chronic insomnia lasts for longer than a month. It can be caused by another disorder, or it can be a primary disorder. Its effects can vary according to its causes. They might include muscular fatigue, hallucinations, and/or mental fatigue. Some people that live with this disorder see things as if they are happening in slow motion, wherein moving objects seem to blend together. Can cause double vision

What can be some causes of insomnia?

  • The world is in the midst of a massive spiritual awakening. Increasingly new high vibrational energies are pouring down onto earth and through our beings. Our bodies continually adjust to the new frequencies which can create a multitude of symptoms. One symptom being insomnia.
  • The use of psychoactive drugs (such as stimulants), including certain medications, herbs, caffeine, nicotine, cocaine, amphetamines, methylphenidate & MDMA
  • Pain An injury or condition that causes pain can preclude an individual from finding a comfortable position in which to fall asleep, and can in addition cause awakening.
  • Hormone shifts such as those that precede menstruation and those during menopause
  • Life events such as fear, stress, anxiety, emotional or mental tension, work problems, financial stress, birth of a child and bereavement.
  • Mental disorders such as bipolar disorder, clinical depression, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, dementia or excessive alcohol intake
  • Certain neurological disorders, brain lesions, or a history of traumatic brain injury
  • Medical conditions such as hyperthyroidism and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Abuse of over-the counter or prescription sleep aids can produce rebound insomnia
  • Poor sleep hygiene, e.g., noise

Side Effects of Chronic Insomnia

Physical Lethargy – The effects of insomnia on the body are very noticeable. Usually people complain that they lack physical energy and are more physically tired than people who get a normal night’s sleep.

Psychological Changes – You may notice that you are not able to think with as much clarity as you used to. Insomniacs usually are not able to get adequate R.E.M. sleep (which helps refresh the brain). You may be more irritable than usual and could feel: stress, anxiety, and/or depression during the day.

Negative Personality – You may notice that as your insomnia becomes more severe, you become unhappy with your personality changes. A lot of people that are insomniacs are more irritable, angry, and have mood swings more often than people who sleep well during the night.

Behaviour Changes – You may develop less productive behavioural patterns and feel way less motivated to do simple tasks. Most people experience some shifts in their ability to get work done productively.

Natural Remedies For Insomnia

Have you ever tried any natural remedies for insomnia? Most of them work surprisingly well, and many are actually free. You don’t even need to go to the store to buy a supplement to help you sleep better. However, you will need to take the time to do some work on yourself by changing some old habits and integrating newer, healthier habits.

1. Visualization – Simply closing your eyes for at least 20 minutes and imagining yourself relaxing will help you physically relax. It may help you to play some relaxing, ambient music, nature sounds, or white noise during this process, but those details are up to you. I visualize daily and I always feel relaxed afterwards. It definitely will help you fall asleep quicker if you have insomnia.

2. Cardio Exercises – If you do a hard cardiovascular workout for at least 1 hour daily, you are going to burn off the energy that would normally be bottled up inside of you when you go to bed. Cardio exercise is among the elite natural remedies for insomnia in children as well as adults. Nearly everyone can do some form of cardio – whether it’s playing soccer, running, rollerblading, or doing a tough beach body workout. If you burn calories and tire yourself out, you will be too tired to stay awake.

3. Eliminating Things From Your Diet – Many natural remedies for insomnia in adults and children can be gotten right from a healthy diet. If you are eating healthy foods, they will provide your brain with vital nutrients and give it what is needed to help you fall asleep at night. If you are loading up on caffeine and drinking alcohol consistently, you are likely going to struggle with insomnia. Cut out the unhealthy foods, drinks, and drugs, and you will improve – but the improvement is not going to be overnight; it may take a few months, but it will be well worth it.

4. Stay away from drugs and alcohol – If you are able to stay away from things like cigarettes and alcohol; this is probably the best way to cure insomnia symptoms quickly. If you are in college and feel like you should be enjoying yourself with these substances, think about the damage that you are doing to your body. Then ask yourself whether you want to go ahead with the damage. Believe it or not, there are plenty of people that don’t drink or do drugs around campus if you look around.

5. Avoid caffeine – Many people drink caffeinated beverages like soda, coffee, and energy drinks late at night and wonder why they have insomnia. Use some common sense and stay away from things like this if you want to get a better night’s sleep. It is recommended to stay away from these products altogether; just cut them from your diet and see if it makes a difference after a couple weeks.

6. Try Melatonin – This is arguably the best home remedy for insomnia. Melatonin is a naturally occurring compound supplement that can help you cure your insomnia. When your sleep cycle gets thrown off of its natural course, you become melatonin-deficient when it’s time to go to bed – this results in insomniac tendencies. Try taking some melatonin supplements to see if they help you get more restful sleep.

7. Valerian Herb – This is a less common herbal solution for insomnia that people use to help them get sleep. Some people swear by taking this, while others don’t find it to be effective. The easiest way to find out whether it works is to give it a try for yourself.

For expert advise seek out a natural herbalist in your area. They will be able to tailor specific requirements to suit your circumstances. It is also important to understand any risks created from mixing herbs and medicines.

8. Hot baths/showers – Taking a hot bath and/or shower will allow your body to relax. Hot water relaxes muscles, joints, and this in turn will help calm down your racing thoughts that keep you awake and unable to sleep. Going into a hot tub and/or sauna would probably have a very similar effect.

9. Warm milk – If you drink warm milk before you got to bed, it could help you fall asleep. Scientists think that it may have something to do with the tryptophan that is naturally released in the body. Since most people have milk around, this is a very easy remedy to test out.

10. Read a Book Before Bedtime – Probably the easiest natural cure for insomnia is to simply open up a book and read. Not only will it make you smarter, but you will actually be changing your brainwaves to a slower pattern. As you get caught up in what you are reading, your mind shifts to a slower brainwave state. In comparison to surfing the internet or talking on your phone (which will keep you awake), reading helps many people start to feel sleepy.

11. Avoid the Computer – The best thing that you can do for yourself before bed is to shut off your computer if it is distracting. Do you commonly surf the internet before bedtime? If so, you are going to keep yourself up for a longer time.

12. Turn Off Your Mobile Phone – Mobile phones are nothing more than a distraction when you are trying to fall asleep. If you take the time to turn off your phone, you won’t be preoccupied with late night texts or messages. Don’t accept calls after a certain time so that you can actually take a break from all of the chatter.

13. Turn off the TV – A lot of people watch TV before they go to sleep. Based on my own experience, I know that watching an entertaining show or movie can keep me up for a much longer time than expected. Turning off the TV will help you minimize distractions so that you can get to sleep.

14. Listen to Relaxing Music – Calming music or self hypnosis tapes work great when you are trying to get some sleep. I personally listen to a self hypnosis or guided meditation tape so that I can calm down my thoughts and drift off into a nice peaceful sleep.

 

 

The Health Benefits and Uses of Spirulina

Spirulina has not only the proteins needed to promote a good night’s sleep; it also contains magnesium and potassium. Deficiencies in these elements have been shown to cause insomnia and poor quality of sleep. Spirulina also contains the amino acid tryptophan which the body needs to produce serotonin.

It is actually a bacteria referred to as cyanobacterium, or otherwise called blue-green algae. It grows in salt water and freshwater environments. Its use goes back to the Aztecs and, in today’s society, people usually consume spirulina by tablets or mix the powder in their smoothies in order to reap the many health benefits.

The Health Benefits of Spirulina are:

It acts as a powerful antioxidant: Spirulina benefits contains the antioxidants beta-carotene and zeaxanthin, as well as phycocyanin which is what gives it its blue-green color. Phycocyanin fights free radicals, thus slowing down the production of inflammatory-signaling molecules. This provides amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Spirulina is 65% protein and amino acids including the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which has gotten a lot of attention for its anti-inflammatory properties.

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It boosts the immune system: Spirulina contains many nutrients including iron, manganese, zinc, copper, selenium, and chromium. These nutrients, along with the eight essential amino acids and 10 other amino acids found in spirulina, fight cell-damaging molecules, thus boosting the immune system.

It contains Omega 3-,6 and 9s and is especially high in Omega-3s.

It reduces the risk of cancer: Studies have proven that the nutrients found in spirulina reduce the effects of environmental properties that damage the body on a cellular level. This inhibits further cellular degeneration that may lead to cancer. In some studies, spirulina was able to reduce the tumors associated with oral cancers.

It’s extremely high in Chlorophyll, which helps remove toxins from the blood and boost the immune system.

It can be a treatment for anemia: Taken along with vitamin B12, spirulina can boost the production of red blood cells. This has been found to be particularly useful for the elderly.

Spirulina has a very high concentration of bio-available iron and is excellent during pregnancy and for those with anemia and will not cause constipation.

spirulina-powderIt improves Quality Of Sleep: Spirulina has not only the proteins needed to promote a good night’s sleep; it also contains magnesium and potassium. Deficiencies in these elements have been shown to cause insomnia and poor quality of sleep. Spirulina also contains the amino acid tryptophan which the body needs to produce serotonin.

It increases stamina and muscle endurance: Spirulina increases one’s metabolism and helps the body burn fat instead of carbohydrates. It also protects the body against oxidative stress and increases antioxidant activity after a workout, thus improving the levels of endurance for athletes.

It lowers blood pressure: Spirulina promotes a decrease in blood pressure by raising the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide encourages the blood vessels to relax and dilate. High blood pressure can lead to heart attacks, strokes, and many other ailments.

It is also incredibly high in calcium with over 26 times the calcium in milk, making it excellent for children, the elderly and during pregnancy.

It helps in weight loss: Because Spirulina contains a multitude of nutrients, vitamins, and has an average of a 70% protein level, those who regularly consume spirulina will be less hungry and less likely to overeat.

It boosts energy: The vitamin content and protein in Spirulina elevate energy levels, making cardio workouts more effective so the body will burn fat faster. Also, unlike other energy-stimulating sources which are temporary, spirulina maintains a consistent effect.

 

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