How To Use Tulsi For A Healthier You

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Tulsi or Holy Basil, has been named as one of the must have plants for an Indian home. This plant has been part of the Indian household for hundreds of years and has every reason to be there.From strengthening immunity, fighting bacterial & viral infections to combating and treating various hair and skin disorders – just a few leaves of Tulsi when used regularly can help resolve a host of health and lifestyle related issues.

Here Are Some Ways To Incorporate Tulsi Into Your Daily Routine:

1 . Kick start your day by adding 2 teaspoons of Tulsi juice and 1 teaspoon of honey to a glass of warm water.Have this daily to boost your overall health and immunity.  Or else add Tulsi leaves to your morning chai and start the day on a healthy note.

2 . Tulsi acts as a blood purifier by flushing out toxins from…

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Start your day with water and lemon

Start your day with water and lemon

Clean water and fresh squeezed lemon is one of the most well tested energy boosters around.

Most people in America rely on caffeinated beverages like coffee to get aroused in the morning. These adrenal stimulants produce dirty energy in the form of blood sugar swings and oxidative stress. Water with lemon produces clean energy by hydrating and oxygenating the body to extraordinary energy and mental clarity.

After sleeping through the night the bodily tissues are dehydrated and need clean, pure water to filter out toxins and improve energy production in the cells. Most individuals turn to stimulants like coffee in the morning to give them a jump start. Unfortunately, coffee is a diuretic that depletes your body of water reserves and essential minerals and electrolytes like sodium, potassium, calcium & magnesium.

People feel energized by coffee due to the effects of caffeine on the adrenal glands. Coffee stimulates these organs to pump out instant energy hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine. These hormones stimulate the body to breakdown stored sugar and release it into the bloodstream. This process causes abnormal blood sugar that increases oxidative stress, free radical formation and overall tissue damage.

This is called dirty energy because it produces a rampant amount of damage to the body in order to activate energy formation. Clean energy produces cellular energy without an excessive load of oxidative stress.

Food as Bioelectrical Energy
The food and beverages we eat provide electrically charged molecules that initiate energy production in our body. An ion is part of a molecule that carries an electrical charge. Positively charged ions are called “cations,” while negatively charged ions are called “anions.”

Most of the food we put into our bodies comes in a cationic form, while our natural digestive processes (hydrochloric acid, digestive enzymes, saliva) are anionic. Lemon is one of the only anionic foods on the planet. This means that it carries a very strong negative charge and is extremely electrically active.

Fresh lemon helps oxygenate the body and maximizes enzyme function. Lemon is known to stimulate the liver’s natural enzymes. This assists the liver in the process of dumping toxins like uric acid and of liquefying congested bile ducts.

Citric Acid Cleanses the System
Citric acid can also play a very important role in chelating out abnormal calcium stones. It has a unique ability to form soluble complexes with calcium that many have used to eliminate pancreatic stones and kidney stones. This mechanism can also help prevent calcium deposits from building up in the arteries that promote cardiovascular disease.

Clean water with lemon provides the body with hydration, anti-oxidants and electrolytes. Lemon is a rich source of the immune boosting vitamin C. It also has good quantities of electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. Lemon is a tremendous source of citrus bioflavonoid anti-oxidant phytonutrients that have been given the label Vitamin P.

Vitamin P consists of the flavonoid glycosides hesperetin and naringenin among others. Studies have shown that vitamin P enhances the anti-oxidant capability of vitamin C. These bioflavonoids also improve capillary permeability and overall blood flow. This is especially important for oxygenating tissues and maintaining normal blood pressure. These anti-oxidants have also been shown to reduce swelling, venous backup and edema.

Upon rising take 1 full lemon and squeeze it into 16-32 oz of fresh clean water and drink. Be sure to eat out the membranous parts of the lemon where the majority of the pectin fiber and citrus bioflavonoids are located. Stevia can be added to form sugar-free lemonade. Apple cider vinegar and various herbs can be used to boost enzymatic and anti-oxidant potential.

Sorry, But There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Healthy’ Sugar

Sorry, But There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Healthy’ Sugar

To understand why “sugar is sugar,” one must know what it is in the first place. What we commonly refer to as table sugar is actually sucrose, a compound composed of 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose. Most caloric sweeteners, including the so-called “healthy” ones, contain some ratio of glucose and fructose, which trigger key reactions in your body. Kristin Kirkpatrick, a registered dietitian and manager of wellness nutrition services for the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, told The Huffington Post that when you consume sugar, the metabolic process begins the minute the sugar reaches your mouth. But the majority is ultimately absorbed in the small intestine, where the sugar is metabolized and absorbed into your blood. Enzymes from the stomach then convert the sugar into glucose, your body’s preferred energy source. While it can provide your cells with fuel, something your body and brain need for proper functioning, glucose can cause excess weight gain. It spikes your insulin and blood sugar levels, plus it’s absorbed and used up quickly.

Always Hungry? Here’s Why

Always Hungry? Here’s Why

The more calories we lock away in fat tissue, the fewer there are circulating in the bloodstream to satisfy the body’s requirements. If we look at it this way, it’s a distribution problem: We have an abundance of calories, but they’re in the wrong place. As a result, the body needs to increase its intake. We get hungrier because we’re getting fatter.

 

Elaine & her Kettle Korn

This is a photo of me at the Concord (Calif.) Farmers’ Market – My name is Elaine and I am addicted to carbs and sweet things. However in late 2013, I had to mend my evil ways. I tested positive for fructose intolerance and can’t have sugar, honey, fruit, fruit juices, jam, cake, cookies, and even carrots are on the forbidden list. On the plus side, I lost 20 pounds and no longer feel hungry. I avoid processed food and anything with a high glycemic index. One thing that really helped me was cooking up a giant pot of chicken soup with vegetables once a week and having a bowl whenever I felt wonky.

My favorite neighborhood restaurant!

My favorite neighborhood restaurant!

Last Friday, we all got together to say goodbye to Anita who is leaving for China. Had a rollicking good time and also got to observe the strange custom of the Austrian “Polterabend” which is a bachelor night. The bachelor in question was wearing a Pink Panther onesie. In the ladies’ room a bouquet of roses was placed. When the ladies would visit the loo, they would take a rose out and present it to the bachelor.