Saturday, February 25, 2017

Gey Your "Pucker" On With Lemons !!

   Lemons are one of those sexy "can't live without" fruits

Lemons have long history of health, and cosmetic benefits, and a kitchen without a lemon is a sorry place indeed. These yellow gems are culinary superheroes, that brighten the flavor of everything. From salad, to main course, to desert, and cocktails. The Ancient Egyptians believed that eating lemons, and drinking lemon juice was an effective protection against a variety of poisons. The two biggest health benefits are lemons strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers, and their use as a weight loss aid, because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances. Citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene, that promote immunity, and fight infection. It's widely presumed that lemons first grew in Southern India, northern Burma, and China. In South and South East Asia, it was also used as an antidote for various poisons. Lemons entered Europe near southern Italy around the 1st century AD, during the time of Ancient Rome. However, they were not widely cultivated. They were later introduced to Persia, and Egypt around 700 AD.

The lemon was first recorded in literature in a 10th century Arabic essay on farming, and was also used as an ornamental plant in early Islamic gardens. It was distributed widely throughout the Arab world and the Mediterranean region between 1000, and 1150. The first substantial cultivation of lemons in Europe began in Genoa in the middle of the 15th century. It was later introduced to the Americas in 1493 when Christopher Columbus brought lemon seeds to Hispaniola on his voyages. Spanish conquest throughout the New World helped spread lemon seeds. It was used as ornament, and medicine. It was in the 18th and 19th centuries, when lemons were first used widely in cooking and flavoring, they were first planted in Florida and eventually moved west to California. In 1747, James Lind's experiments on sailors suffering from scurvy involved adding vitamin C to their diets with lemon juice. The average lemon contains approximately 3 tablespoons of juice. You should allow lemons to come to room temperature before juicing them it makes the juice easier to extract. Remember that lemons left unrefrigerated for long periods of time are susceptible to mold. In one of the most comprehensive scientific studies, researchers at Ohio State University revealed lemon oil aroma used in aromatherapy may enhance mood and reduce anxiety. I know a few people that could use that tip, don't you. Check out these additional benefits:


  • Lemon contains citric acid, which can be effective in treating acne. The vitamin C found in citrus fruits is vital for that healthy glowing skin while it's alkaline nature kills some types of bacteria known to cause acne.
  • Research has shown that lemon balm has a calming effect, and therefore may be able to help with fatigue, exhaustion, dizziness, anxiety, nervousness, and tension. It is also believed that inhaling lemon oil helps with concentration and alertness.
  • The proven antibacterial, and antiviral properties of lemons can accelerate the healing process of mouth sores.
  • At the first indication of a cold, like a runny nose or sore throat, you should try to give your body as much immune-boosting vitamin C as you can so that the virus is eliminated before it gets a chance to take hold. Try drinking the freshly squeezed juice of 1 lemon in a glass of lukewarm water every 2 hours.
  • Experienced travelers know that when they add lemon juice to ordinary drinking water, in various localities, it acts as an antiseptic, and helps to prevent illness due to allergy to different water supplies.
  • Lemons can help freshen breath that has gone sour after consuming certain spices, alcohol, cigarettes, or that is caused by insufficient salivation.
  • Several studies have found that lemon balm combined with other calming herbs (such as valerian, hops, and chamomile) helps reduce anxiety and promote sleep.
  • Even though it makes you pucker, lemon juice has a powerful alkaline effect in the body, and is therefore a natural agent to relieve excess acid.
  • Lemon oil has vessel-strengthening properties that can help fight varicose, and spider veins.

Also:

  1. Lemon being a citrus fruit, fights against infection. It helps in production of antibodies in blood which attacks an invading microorganism and prevents infection.
  2. Lemon is an antioxidant which deactivates the free radicals preventing many dangerous diseases like stroke, cardiovascular diseases and cancers.
  3. Lemon lowers blood pressure and increases the levels of HDL (good cholesterol) .
  4. Lemon is found to be anti-carcinogenic which lower the rates of colon, prostate, and breast cancer
  5. Lemons also blocks the formation of nitrosamines in the gut.
  6. Application of Lemon juice gives a glow to the skin.
  7. Grandma says a few drops of lemon juice in hot water will clear the digestive system and purify liver as well.
  8. Lemon juice acts as a natural hair lightener and skin bleach which reduces the pigment melanin and prevents the risk of chemical allergic reactions which is common with hair dyes and bleaches.
  9. In your mouth lemon juice will relieve gingivitis, stomatitis, and inflammation of the tongue.
  10. Lemon juice is given to prevent or treat urinary tract infection.
  11. Lemon juice is applied to the sites of bites and stings of certain insects to relieve its poison and pain.
  12. Lemon juice soothes the dry skin.
  13. Lemon juice used for marinating seafood or meat kills most bacteria and other organisms present in them, thereby prevents many gastro-intestinal tract infections.
  14. Lemon juice is the best drink to prevent dehydration in case of diarrhea.
  15. Lemon juice removes plaque, whitens the teeth and strengthens the enamel.
  16. Grandma says table spoon of thick lemon syrup everyday helps relieves asthma.
  17. Gargling lemon juice relieves sore throat.
  18. Lemon juice is an excellent treatment for dandruff and greasy hair.
  19. Lemon applied over the face removes wrinkles and keeps you young.
  20. Lemon juice helps to prevent and treats osteoarthritis.

Whew! The lemon is quite the little powerhouse. Not to "beat a dead horse" but lemon also freshens the air, lemon oil is used to condition wood products, and the acid in lemon juice will break down the alkaline minerals found in hard water, that ends up on glasses or windows. The juice of one lemon will also neutralize the chlorine in your bath water, and it's also great for getting odd smells out of your microwave. What WOULD we do without lemons indeed, the distinctive pucker taste of lemon makes it a key ingredient in many main dishes, and desserts around the world. It's great for our health, has many non-culinary uses, and fresh squeezed lemonade isn't a bad drink either.  So give fresh lemons a bigger place in your diet. Good Luck...

And... once again it's the weekend so I must confess one of my all-time favorite uses of the lemon is in in the:

Lemon Drop:

 Ingredients:


  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1/4 sugar cube
  • crushed ice
  • 1/4 lemon, sliced
  • 1 sprig fresh mint


In a hand shaker, combine lemon juice, vodka and sugar, and ice. Shake till chilled, then pour into sugared rim martini glass. Garnish with a lemon slice a mint sprig. Enjoy!!


...And For Your Skin




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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Medicine Plant, Aloe...


 Aloe Vera has been widely grown as an ornamental plant.

However did you know that Aloe is one of the healthiest plants you can ingest ? Aloe Vera juice, is high in antioxidants and as a result boosts a person's immune system by detoxifying the body which helps to prevent illness, and everyone knows what to reach for when you get too much sun. Or when you get a kitchen burn. The Aloe Vera probably originated in northern Africa. It survives in areas of low natural rainfall. In history the Aloe Vera has been found in writings of many different cultures. As far back as the Greek, Egyptian, and Roman empires. References have also been found in writings from the early Indian and Chinese cultures. Ancient records show that the benefits of Aloe Vera have been known for centuries, and it's therapeutic and healing properties have survived for over 4000 years. FYI the earliest record of Aloe Vera is on a Sumerian tablet dating from 2100 BC.

In 1862 it was discovered on an Egyptian papyrus writing that was dated 1550 BC, Egyptian Queens used it to enhance their physical beauty. It was used to great effect by Greek, Roman, Chinese and Indian physicians. In the Philippines it is taken with milk for kidney infections. Aloes are referred to in the Bible, and legend suggests that Alexander the Great conquered the island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean to secure supplies of Aloes to treat the battle wounds of his soldiers. Also the Bible mentions of removing Christ from the cross and wrapping his body in Aloes and Myrrh, in John 19:39. We find Aloe Vera appearing throughout history, for it's many uses. So, Aloe plant gel has been used for topical treatment for minor wounds and burns and skin irritations for centuries. However, made into a beverage and taken internally, it has been used to help many other conditions. Some of them are constipation, ulcers, diabetes, headaches, arthritis, and coughs. There are over 240 different species of Aloe, which grow in dry and arid climate zones of Africa, Asia, Europe and America. Of all these different types of Aloe plants, only four are identified as fit for human consumption. Aloe Vera is one, it's non-toxic, with no known side effects. Aloe Vera is now widely used on facial tissues, where it is promoted as a anti-irritant to reduce chafing of the nose of users suffering hay-fever or cold. A component of Aloe Vera, namely acemannan, is an approved treatment for leukemia, which is believed to be caused by a virus similar to HIV. Aloe vera juice is also used to treat digestive problems, including heartburn, and ulcers. It is an anti-inflammatory, which can explain why it has an almost imediate effect when consumed. Medicinal uses of Aloe Vera are many and can improve your health considerably. It's important to note also that, it also prevents the causes for recurring yeast infections.

The sad truth is that Aloe Vera juice is one of the most adulterated health drinks on the market. Producers routinely dilute and add counterfeit chemicals, chemicals which are generally similar in molecular size to the natural elements of the juice, and which are designed to alter standard test results. The unadulterated one's are packed full of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, that the body can use. Aloe Vera that comes directly from the plant is a yellowish liquid. It can be obtained by simply breaking off a piece of the aloe plant. The liquid will run out and can be applied topically. The leaves can also be crushed and used as a salve. The beneficial properties of the aloe plant come from the 20 amino acids it contains. It's used to support the natural healing of skin that has been damaged. Aloe Vera can also be made into juices, gels, powders and is often added to other products. For example it can be found in cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, food's, juices, antiseptics, and many other common products. Here are some of the health benefits:

  1. Aids in constipation.
  2. Aids in digestion and helps with stomachaches and heartburn.
  3. Helps to regulate blood sugars.
  4. Detoxifies the body and colon.
  5. Helps with weight loss by increasing metabolic rate to burn more calories.
  6. Improves circulation.
  7. Aids in healing damage to internal tissues.
  8. Regulates blood pressure.
  9. Strengthens immune system.
  10. Retards the growth of cancerous tumors.
  11. Helps to reduce inflammation.

A study conducted by the University of Texas Health Science Center's Department of Physiology showed that rats who ingested Aloe Vera experienced a 10% increase in life span, 10% !!! and had a lower incidence of disease than the average rat population. The rats suffered no ill effects from ingesting the aloe. The International Aloe Science Council has shown that aloe can be used to reduce mouth pain and swelling after oral surgeries. Studies conducted by the council have also suggested that aloe vera can reduce the amount of bacteria found in the mouths of denture wearers. Aloe also helps to ease the pain of cuts and sores in the mouth.

Aloe Vera is also, often used in veterinary medicine. Aloe can be used to treat wounds, soothe irritated skin and clean ears in cats, dogs, horses and other pets. Dairy farmers sometimes supplement the diets of dairy cows with aloe to stimulate milk production and improve the animal's overall health. Aloe should never be used on an animal without first checking with your veterinarian, because Aloe is sometimes formulated differently or watered down when used for treating animals. The many benefits of this ornamental desert plant are not fully researched yet. In fact if you don't own a aloe vera plant, Why Not? I've heard of families that pass down aloe plants from generation to generation, and along with it, teaching the beneficial properties the plant contains. Use terracotta pots for them because they're porous. Potted aloe plants should be allowed to completely dry before watering. When they are potted aloes become crowded with "pups" growing from the sides of the "mother plant," they should be divided and re-potted to allow room for further growth of the mother. During winter, Aloe Vera may become dormant, so very little moisture is required. In areas that receive frost or snow, it has to be kept potted, indoors. More studies are in process now, to help us discover the many ways Aloe Vera can help to benefit the human body, but here are a few of the many things some have been successfully treated with Aloe:

Abrasions, Colds, Herpes simplex & zoster, HIV, Staph infections,Acne, Colic, Menstrual cramps & irregularity,Ulcerations, Allergies, Denture (gum) sores, Nausea, Burns, Epstein-Barr virus, Chronic fatigue, Hypertension, Stings, Constipation, Infections, Sunburns,Ulcerative colitis, Arthritis, Dermatitis, Parasites (especially protozoan infections), Vaginitis, Radiation Dermatitis,Warts,Viral infections, Contusions, Insect bites, Tendinitis, Allergies, Dandruff, Boils, Diabetes, Ulcers, Varicose veins, Bruises,  Edema, Psoriasis. 

Now, Aloe has been known to cause allergic reactions in some people, side effects are rare and Aloe is considered to be safe. So, not only is Aloe Vera good for all those things I've mentioned, it is also made up of components essential for our cells to do the jobs they were designed to do. Healthy Cells = Healthy Tissue, Healthy Tissue = Healthy Organs. Healthy Organs = GOOD HEALTH. Good Luck...









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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

If You're Not Stuffing Your Face With Blueberries, Why Not ??

 
Blueberries, one of the few fruits native to North America.

It seems like I never get tired of overpaying for organic blueberries. Truth, is there anything more delicious to the eye, the taste, and the soul than a bowl of fresh picked blueberries? Blueberries grow in many places around the world. Cousins of the North American blueberry live in Asia, Europe, and South America, from the tropics to far north. Blueberries were here when the first wave of settlers arrived. In 1615, explorer Samuel de Champlain wrote about seeing natives along Lake Huron harvesting wild blueberries.

The natives dried the berries, beat them into a pulp, and dried them into a powder. Which they combined with cornmeal, honey and water to make a pudding. Native Americans used the berries, leaves, and roots for medicinal purposes. The fruit was also used as a blue fabric dye. The native Americans held the wild blueberry in very high esteem. They believed the "Great Spirit" sent these star berries to relieve the hunger of children during times of famine. Natives also used blueberries for medicine, and made a healing tea from the root. It was used as a relaxant during childbirth. Natives taught this to the pilgrims, and early medical books show how this same tea was prescribed for settlers wives during labor. Blueberry juice was used for coughs, and tea made from blueberry leaves is a good tonic to help purify the blood. 

Guess who else likes blueberries, anyone?... Bears, that's who, and I have had the experience, of blundering into a close encounter with some bears while wild blueberry picking. This is a very humbling experience. Sometimes I was told, wild bears will eat nothing but blueberries when they are in season. That in fact, it has been documented that they will travel with an empty stomach, from ten to fifteen miles per day to sniff out a blueberry patch. The blueberry harvest in North America varies. It can start as early as May and usually ends in late summer. The principle areas of commercial production are in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia, Chile, New Zealand, and Argentina. Here in southern California we are lucky to have this little "power plant" year round.

Did you know eating blueberries can help improve your vision, make your blood flow  easier, and lower your cholesterol. Blueberries are packed with antioxidant power, they fight disease on multiple levels, and are an underused tool for good health. Blueberries owe some of their health benefits to the high levels of naturally occurring antioxidant phytonutrients, or flavonoids that offer protection from oxidative damage. That is responsible for many age-related diseases such as cancer, diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis, weakening of eyesight, and memory among others. Blueberry juice, and fresh blueberries can also help fight urinary tract infections. Blueberries are also beneficial for your brain. On a test tube level, we know blueberry antioxidants activate two brain-protective enzymes, catalase and superoxide dismutase. These are the enzymes that keep neurons from being deactivated after they are attacked by free radicals. 

Scientists at the Montreal Diabetes Research Center, and the University of Montreal in Canada even believe that blueberry juice will be the source of treatments for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and age-related memory problems, and that eating blueberries can offer similar benefits now. Also, Blueberries can help curb obesity, a recent study reports. The study was conducted at Texas Woman's University. The lipid content in the control group was significantly higher than the content of the tissue given three doses of blueberry polyphenols. The highest dose of blueberry polyphenols yielded a 73% decrease in blood lipids. While the lowest dose still showed a 27% decrease. According to Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, blueberries have the highest antioxidant level of all fruit. All berries for that matter won, hands down, in providing the most antioxidant bang for the buck. Their statement is that; "Antioxidants help prevent cancer and slow down aging, by dispensing of free radicals in your body." "Blueberries also promote urinary tract health, eye health, brain health, and digestive health." Blueberries are also a healthy source of vitamin C, magnesium, fiber, and vitamin E.

Ronald Prior, PhD, a chemist and nutritionist with the USDA's Arkansas Nutrition Center, explains "bio-availability has to do with the amount of absorption, or metabolism in the gut." Dr. Prior added that some foods even benefit from a bit of cooking. One of his studies showed that by mildly steaming blueberries, the antioxidant level was enhanced, making more antioxidants available to the body. Wild blueberries are the winner overall. Just one cup has 13,427 total antioxidants. That's about 10 times the USDA's recommendation, in just one cup. Cultivated blueberries have 9,019 per cup and are equally vitamin-rich. At a 2007 symposium on berry health benefits, reports showed consumption of blueberries, and similar berry fruits may alleviate the cognitive decline occurring in Alzheimer's disease, and other conditions of aging. Proanthocyanidin, a chemical isolated from blueberry leaves, can block replication of the hepatitis C virus. Dr. Arpita Basu, an assistant professor of nutrition at Oklahoma State University, showed in several laboratory-based animal, and cell studies that anthocyanins, found in blueberries, cause blood vessels to relax, and increase production of nitric oxide that helps in maintaining normal blood pressure. Research at Rutgers has also shown that blueberries may help prevent urinary tract infections. A study soon to be published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found supplementation of diets with wild blueberry juice enhanced memory and learning in older adults, while reducing blood sugar, and some symptoms of depression.

BEWARE !! In June 2013 the Environmental Working Group rated pesticides in blueberries a significant concern, based on the most recent USDA laboratory test data. Domestic US blueberries were scored at number 10/12 in the "Dirty Dozen" list of fruits with the most pesticide residue in the supermarket. Imported variety's were better, 23 out of 53 rated fruits and vegetables. So like I always say buy ORGANIC ! It is near to impossible to remove pesticide residues completely from fruit. Pesticides and herbicides are formulated to stick to the fruit so they won't wash off in the rain.

There is no downside to eating plain organic blueberries, except that if you eat enough to make a black bear jealous, your digestive tract is going to slow down to handle all the pectin. Now here's one downside, blueberries don't mix well with the casein protein in milk, ice cream etc. it blocks the antioxidant absorption much the same way it does in green tea. Free Radical Biology and Medicine investigated whether antioxidant properties of blueberries were reduced because of their affinity for protein. They assessed the bioavailability of phenolics after consumption of blueberries with and without milk. Phenolics are the active compounds in plants that give blueberries their antioxidant potential. This study suggests that the best way to gain maximum benefits from blueberries and other fruits eaten for their polyphenol (anti-oxident) content is to consume them either one hour before protein is consumed, or two hours after. This does not affect the vitamin benefits however. Up to a quarter cup of delicious blueberries every day for kids and up to a whole cup of blueberries every day for adults offers all the benefits of blueberries in a delicious experience. One of the major attractions of blueberries is that they are tasty all by themselves, no sweetener needed. If you have room in your garden try your own blueberry bush from the local nursery !

So who doesn't want to look younger, and be healthier. Blueberries can be purchased at farm markets, pick-your-own farms, grocery stores or buy your own bush. Not able to purchase fresh berries? No problem. Frozen fruit is just as healthy as fresh fruit. Check out the selection in the frozen section of your local grocery store. Good Luck...
 




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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Take A Hike !!

                Anytime, is the best time to take a hike

Here in California the crisp air, and winter colors and lack of tourists just bring out the hiker, adventurer in me. It's so popular around here the local junior college has a class in it. Sightseeing, teaching technique, and utilizing the many state, and national park trails.

http://image.trucktrend.com/f/18733872/163_0906_04z+dodge_ram_1500+people_hiking.jpgHiking can be a great workout, and a relaxing "head clearing", and bonding experience. It also reminds me that fitness isn't only achieved in the gym. Recreational activities can also lend greatly to ones overall fitness. Now me, I've always hiked with a walking stick as it helps me with uphill as well as downhill walking, also it provides a little protection, in case you surprise a predator. More and more I've noticed hikers on the trails with what looked like, ski poles. I asked a few questions, and also did some research for you. Now the folks I encountered had only just bought their poles, and were just trying them out so they didn't have a lot of feed back. So this is what I found out on the web. Researchers from the UK took 26 men and 11 women who were physically active to the highest peak in England and Wales for a day hike. The study appears in the January issue of the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. About half the study participants used trekking poles on the ascents and descents, while the rest used no poles and acted as a control group. Otherwise, the groups were similar they hiked together, so times were comparable. Everyone also carried a day pack and ate the same food. Average heart rates for the two groups on the ascents and descents were about equal.

The differences showed up for "Rates of Perceived Exertion", a measure of how hard people think they're working, based on monitoring functions such as heart rate, perspiration and breathing. Those with the trekking poles had significantly lower RPE than the control group on parts of the ascents, while there were no differences in RPE on the descents. Those with poles had less muscle soreness than those in the control group. The pole group also showed a reduced loss of strength and a speedier recovery right after hiking, as well as one and two days afterward, compared with the control group. In the study the authors speculated that the lower RPE scores in the trekking pole group may be chalked up to the fact that the poles provided more stability and less load on the lower limbs during the ascents. Less muscle soreness might be attributed to the poles redistributing the load on the lower limbs to the upper body.

 The "Pro" Side: Advantages of Trekking Poles

So obviously, poles reduce the impact of hiking on knee joints and leg muscles. Arm and shoulder muscles support and relieve the leg muscles. With the basic "hands above the heart" position necessitated by the poles, circulation is improved and heart rate is reduced. The "rhythm" created by walking with poles leads to relaxed, more regular breathing and increased stamina. A landmark study published by Dr. G. Neureuther in 1981 proved that use of "ski poles" while walking reduces the pressure strain on the opposite leg by approximately 20%. Furthermore, while walking on level ground, poles reduce the body weight carried by the legs by approximately 5 kg every step. Move to an incline, and that reduction increases to 8 kg. This translates into tons of weight yes, tons for even a two hour hike. Jacquie Hunt, editor of a popular hiking newsletter, weighs in with additional health benefits: "An advantage that I found once I started using poles is that my hands no longer swell up when it is hot. Keeping your arms moving so the blood doesn't pool in the hands is a lot safer than keeping hands high on pack straps and risking a smashed face if you trip. "Finally, poles help many people with balance issues. We all have different comfort levels when balancing along trails, crossing streams, etc.; for some hikers, trekking poles are worth their weight in gold. They can certainly aid when crossing soft ground, and can be indispensable for tasks like stream crossings.

The "Con" Side: Problems with Trekking Poles

First, using poles increases your total energy expenditure. Your arms were not designed to prop up your body, nor to distribute weight. Even Peter Clinch, whose "Pete's Pole Page" is long recognized as an on-line authority, says, "If you have tired legs and knees then poles can be a winner, but if you have a tired body, with your cardiovascular system at its limits, then poles may be more of a hindrance than a help." Those "tons of weight" that poles save the knees aren't carried up the hill by themselves. Many hikers with good legs are unaware that they actually may run out of gas more quickly by using poles. Not only do poles make hands and arms do what they aren't designed to do, they prevent your hands from being hands. Try to open the map, check the GPS, eat a snack, wipe your brow, grab a rock, snap a photo, or read a compass... all of that becomes more clumsy and time consuming with poles in hand. Without proper technique, poles are simply in the way. 

So, hiking or trekking poles can be useful tools for backpacking and hiking. However, while many outdoor enthusiasts swear by them, other avid hikers prefer trekking without them. Take a look at some of the advantages of hiking poles to decide if they could benefit your next backpacking or hiking trip. Poles help reduce the weight on feet and legs because they act like additional appendages, distributing weight among the four "legs." While walking on level ground, poles reduce the body weight carried by legs by approximately 11 pounds. The reduction increases to about 18 pounds when you move to an incline. Hiking poles help maintain your
 
balance and prevent falls when you lose your footing, and they can be beneficial in crossing soft ground, rivers and streams, and other difficult terrain. Poles can also be used to clear away brush, spider webs and other obstacles, and they're useful in probing snow or ice to see if it's safe to cross. Certain types of trekking poles can double as tent poles, or you can use them to support tarps and other types of shelters. In fact, many tents are designed to use hiking poles, which lightens your load and leaves more room in your backpack for other supplies. So like anything else that requires unfamiliar equipment get some qualified instruction.

Myself I have the homemade single pole piece of tree type. It's what works best for me. It doesn't matter which you choose, or where you choose, just get out in nature, and take a hike. You can even hike naked if you like, not kidding I found many naturalist hiking organizations on the web while researching this article. I've done it myself at seven falls in Tucson,Arizona, and it was a very exhilarating experience. Now, I shouldn't have to say this but, always leave word with a responsible person, mapping out your day when heading out on the trail, and don't forget plenty of water and always pick up a little trash on your way. So what do you say, get out and take a hike, poles no poles, cloths no cloths. The great outdoors awaits you. You absolutely never know what you'll find, around the next tree. Good Luck...









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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Bovine Revenge ; Your Beef Is Killing You...

             rBGH is in your milk, milk products, and meat.,,

Unless you eat organic of course. First things first, The growth hormones given to dairy cows, and beef cattle are different. In dairy cows, the controversy centers around recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), a synthetic version of a hormone cows produce naturally. For beef cattle it's steroids, where it all leads is to sick cows, and polluted meat from massive doses of anti-biotic. Beef cattle producers administer a variety of steroid hormones, including natural, and synthetic versions of estrogen, and testosterone to make animals grow faster, convert their food into muscle more efficiently, and make their meat leaner. Synthetic hormones in milk lead to increased levels of a growth factor, known as insulin-dependent growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in both milk, and milk products, and meat.

First let me say if you haven't realized it by now, no one is going to look out for you, and your families nutritional well being. It's your responsibility, You, Not the Farmers, Not the Government, you decide what ultimately ends up on your dinner table so choose wisely. I'll attempt to explore the topics to help you ask the right questions. You elect congressmen and women who are on the right side of these issues, and hold them accountable, deal?
 
So that brings us back to, rBGH, recombinant bovine growth hormone. According to the organic consumers association, rBGH is a genetically engineered, potent variant of the natural growth hormone produced by cows. Manufactured by Monsanto, it is sold to dairy farmers under the trade name POSILAC. Injection of this hormone forces cows to increase their milk production by about 10%. Monsanto has stated that "about one third of dairy cows, are in herds where the hormone is used". Monsanto, supported by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), insist that rBGH milk is indistinguishable from natural milk, and that it is safe for consumers. This is blatantly false, the fact's are rBGH makes cows sick. 

Monsanto has been forced to admit to about 20 toxic effects, including mastitis, on its Posilac label. rBGH milk has been shown to be contaminated by pus, due to the mastitis commonly induced by rBGH, and antibiotics used to treat the mastitis. Also, rBGH milk is chemically, and nutritionally different than natural milk. Milk from cows injected with rBGH is contaminated with the hormone, traces of which are absorbed through the human gut into the blood. So, rBGH milk is supercharged, with high levels of a natural growth factor (IGF-1), which is readily absorbed through the gut. So, excess levels of IGF-1 have been incriminated as a cause of breast, colon, and prostate cancers, because IGF-1 blocks natural defense mechanisms against early submicroscopic cancers. Based on 37 published scientific studies as detailed in Dr. Samuel S. Epstein, (professor emeritus of environmental medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and world renowned author), in his book What's in Your Milk?, "excess levels of IGF-1 in rBGH milk pose major risks of breast, colon, and prostate cancers."

A little history, In 1937, the administration of BST was shown to increase the milk yield in lactating cows by preventing mammary cell death in dairy cattle. Until the 1980s, there was very limited use of the compound in agriculture as the sole source of the hormone was from bovine cadavers. During this time, the knowledge of the structure, and function of the hormone increased. With the advent of biotechnology, one of the pioneering biotech companies, Genentech succeeded in cloning the gene for BST. Monsanto had working along the same lines, and struck a deal with Genentech in 1979 to license Genentech's patents and, collaborate on development of a recombinant version of BST. The two companies used genetic engineering to clone the rBST gene into E. coli. The bacteria are grown in bio-reactors. Then they're broken up, and separated from the rBST. Which is purified to produce the injectable hormone. FDA approved Monsanto's application in 1993. Monsanto launched rBST, brand-named Posilac, in 1994. A 2007 USDA Dairy Survey estimated rBGH use at 15.2% of operations and 17.2% of cows.

In September 2010, the United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit Court, analyzing evidence submitted in briefs, found that there is a "compositional difference" between milk from rBGH treated cows, and milk from untreated cows. The court revealed that milk from rBGH treated cows has: increased levels of IGF-1, higher fat, and lower protein content. Today there is a very well established correlation between abnormally high levels of circulating IGF-1 and the development and growth of human cancers. Although IGF-1 occurs normally in the milk of both humans and cows, we as consumers have been concerned about massively elevated levels of bovine IGF-1 in milk, and meat treated with rBGH. Regulatory bodies in several countries, such as the EU, Canada, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand have all rejected Monsanto's application to sell rBST.

Here are some companies you can trust when it comes to rGBH, in response to concerns from consumers and advocacy groups about milk from cows treated with rBST, some dairies, retailers, and restaurants have published policies on use of rBST in production of milk products they sell, while others offer some products or product lines that are labelled "rBST free".

  • Costco  has no overall rBST policy, but sells brands, such as "Kirkland", with labels pledging that no rBST was used in milk production.
  • Wal-Mart announced in March 2008 that its private label Great Value milk will be "sourced exclusively from cows that have not been treated with artificial growth hormones like recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST)"
  • Kroger announced  "it will complete the transition of milk it processes and sells in its stores to a certified rBST-free supply by February 2008."
  • Dean Foods has no overall rBST policy, but has brands, such as "Oak Farms", with labels pledging that no rBST was used in milk production.
  • Winder Farms, a home delivery dairy and grocer in Utah and Nevada, sells milk from rBST-free cows.
  • Guernsey Farms, a dairy farm and distributor located in Northville, Michigan sells and distributes rBST-free dairy products in Southeastern Michigan. Its milk has been labeled rBST free for a number of years.
  • Safeway in the northwestern United States stopped buying from dairy farmers that use rBST in January 2007. The two Safeway plants produce milk for all Safeway stores in Oregon, Southwest Washington, and parts of northern California. Safeway's plant in San Leandro, California had already been rBST-free for two years.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill announced in June 2012 that it will serve rBST-free sour cream at its restaurants.
  • Publix, a supermarket chain, states on its website: "Publix milk is rbST-free. (No added artificial hormones.) However, the FDA has stated that no significant difference has been shown between milk derived from rbST-treated and non-rbST-treated cows"
  • Braum's, a dairy and ice cream retailer in the midwest with a private herd, says on its website that it does not administer rBST to its cows.
  • Starbucks website, as of August 2012, has no statement about use of milk from cows treated with rBST. For example, its Animal Welfare policy is silent on the issue. However it announced in January 2008 that it would no longer sell milk from cows treated with rBST in its stores in the US. The Organic Consumers Association, an advocacy group, claimed that Starbucks' change was due to their advocacy work.
  • Ben & Jerry's ice cream uses milk and cream from dairy farms that have pledged not to use rBST.
  • Tillamook County Creamery Association, a co-operative made up of 110 dairy farms, indicates on its website that its cows are not treated with hormones.

Please patronize these companies because when it comes to food additives they care about your health.

The Center For Food Safety states:
Operations using rBGH do so with little regard for the cows or the humans that eventually eat them, the beef industry pumps growth hormones into upwards of 80% of beef cattle raised in the U.S. each year. These hormones are intended to boost growth rates, and increase body mass. Even though the U.S. Department of Agriculture does not allow producers to treat chickens, or pigs with steroid hormones, the agency does permit the practice for cattle and sheep. The USDA also allows for a ridiculous amount of anti-biotic application also. Overuse of antibiotics in animal agriculture has led to antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that make treating illness more difficult. Hardy strains of the bacteria survive the exposure, and pass on that resistance trait to successive generations. Preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics and other antimicrobials will require changes in all major areas of use. Such as human medicine, veterinary medicine, and agriculture. Agricultural uses deserve special attention now, since they account for 70% of the antibiotics, and related drugs used in the United States, and since they provide antibiotic resistant bacteria with a direct route into people's kitchens.

Factory cattle farms who use rBGH, and antibiotics to grow their cattle also pose a major threat to the viability of small organic cattle, and dairy farms. While rBGH enriches Monsanto, it exposes consumers to dangers, without any benefits. So once again we see mega factory farm organizations like Monsanto with a strong Washington lobby controlling public policy much to the determent of the of the beef eaters in the USA. While the congressmen, and women they've bought line their pockets with gold. Paid for by the health miseries of the unsuspecting consumers who believe that someone is looking out for them, and their families nutritional health interest's.

These are organically raised grass fed cows. Do they look distressed? Now if you'd rather consume hormone-free dairy or meat products, look for organic options. U.S. Department of Agriculture standards for products labeled organic require that animals not be treated with either growth hormones or antibiotics, products bearing a USDA Organic seal are in compliance with these rules. On non-organic foods, look for the right words. Check the packaging or label for "no added hormones" or "from cows not treated with rBGH". Don't assume that other wholesome-sounding terms, such as natural or free range, mean that the food comes from animals that weren't given growth hormones, steroids, or antibiotics. Good Luck...







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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Christmas, The Sweetest Time Of The Year !!


If you think now's the time of year to lay off the sweets, you've absolutely gone MAD !!

This time of year has always been my favorite not for it religious reasons, but for it's sinful reckless confection consumption. Christmas just brings out the sweet-tooth in all of us. If you don't agree, you're reading the wrong article. Have a carrot and we'll see you on Monday with a health tip. For the rest of us here we go with my favorites.

Candy Canes 

For me Christmas starts with the first sightings of candy canes. I mean whats Christmas without candy canes? In its early form, the candy cane began as a simple white stick of sugar for children to eat. There was no "cane" shape or stripes to speak of. While it is uncertain where the first canes originated, it is clear that by the mid-17th century, the candy had already become widespread across Europe. To silence or reward children. These sticks were made by confectioners who had to pull, cut, twist, and in later years bend the sugar sticks by hand, making it a time-intensive process. Candy cane production had to be done locally, since they were easily damaged and vulnerable to moisture. The labor required, and difficulty of storage, combined to make these candies relatively hard to get, although popular. The distinctive hook shape associated with candy canes is traditionally credited to a choir-master at Cologne Cathedral in Germany, who, as legend has it, in 1670 bent straight candy sticks into canes to represent a shepherd's crook, and gave them to children at church services. The candy cane machine wasn't invented until the 1950's. This machine made it possible to produce and wrap the candy canes, which made the distribution of the traditional Christmas treat a lot easier. In North America, the first documented example of the use of candy canes to celebrate Christmas occurred in 1847, when a German-Swedish immigrant by the name of August Imgard, hung the candy canes from the branches of a Christmas tree. The signature stripes did not become part of the candy cane until the 19th century. It is uncertain who first started using the stripes, but evidence of their use only appears after the turn of the century. At around this time, candy makers also began using peppermint as the candy cane's  flavor.
   
Egg Nog 

Now I must admit when I was young one way I knew the holiday season was beginning was when the egg nog began to appear in the market. Also, back then, I used to drink the nog like they weren't going to make any more, and although that's tapered enormously since childhood, I'll still enjoy a quart or two during the season. Our egg-nog comes fresh from the dairy in old fashioned glass milk bottles. It's thick creamy and with a bit of help from Capt. Morgan to make it interesting, it's a holiday home run. Eggnog developed from posset, a medieval European beverage made with eggs and hot milk. In Britain, the drink was popular mainly among the aristocracy, as dairy products and eggs were rarely consumed by the lower classes due to their high cost and the lack of refrigeration. Those who could get milk and eggs mixed it with brandy, madeira or sherry to make a drink similar to modern alcoholic egg nog. The drink crossed the Atlantic to the English colonies during the 18th century. Since brandy and wine were heavily taxed, rum from the Caribbean was a cost-effective substitute. The inexpensive liquor, coupled with plentiful farm and dairy products, helped the drink become very popular in America. When the supply of rum to the newly-founded United States was reduced as a consequence of the American Revolutionary War, Americans turned to domestic whiskey, and eventually bourbon in particular, as a substitute. Traditional eggnog typically consists of milk or cream, sugar, and raw eggs. Vanilla is also a common flavoring, with grated nutmeg sprinkled on top. Eggnog is high in fat, not to worry though it's only a seasonal drink and you don't really drink that much to really matter. However, low-fat and no-sugar formulations are available using skimmed or low-fat milk. Some North American manufacturers even offer rice or coconut milk-based alternatives for vegans and those with dairy allergies. I just finished a quart of chocolate coconut milk who needs dairy milk? Not me, except for once a year. Now don't be fooled by these pseudo eggnog's in the supermarket. READ the ingredient's. Most of them are a little milk and eggs water, sugar and high fructose corn syrup, malto-dextrin, 2 or 3 different preservative salts, and sucralose or some other artificial sweetener thrown in to make it even more irresistible. Yuck !! bad news, if you can't get your eggnog from the dairy like we do here in southern California, and those pseudo eggnog's are your only options, make your own. It's a simple, fun easy family thing to do. I've done it with friends, and I can tell you, all you have to do if find a recipe on line that you want to try and go to the market and get the ingredient's, make your own substitutions according to taste, and you on you way to drinking a healthy holiday traditional drink. 

Gingerbread Men

 Christmas brings out the bakers and I'm well aware everyone has their favorite cookie or cake treats that remind them of the season. For me it is butter cookies and gingerbread men. Just the smell of ginger baking to me, is so intoxicating it immediately transports me to a childhood time. With an instant recall of all those holiday memories. Gingerbread itself dates back to the 15th century, and gingerbread man biscuit making was practiced in the 16th century. The first documented instance of figure-shaped gingerbread biscuits was in the court of Elizabeth I of England. She had the gingerbread figures made and presented in the likeness of some of her important guests. In design, gingerbread men are roughly a humanoid shape. Most gingerbread men have a face, made with candies or icing. Icing decorations are common, hair, shirt cuffs, and shoes are sometimes applied, but by far the most popular decoration are shirt buttons, which are traditionally represented by gum drops or icing. The man itself is a simple combination of flour, butter, baking soda, ginger, some brown sugar and eggs, and a lot of childhood memories. Gingerbread men are good dunking cookies they are firm and can stand up to a good dunking in your favorite warm beverage. In my experience they will stay fresh for a considerable length of time if they are kept in a Tupperware type container.


There you have it, three of my favorites. The ones that bring the holidays home for me, and I'm sure you're contemplating your favorites right now. Now we are a nutrition website, and sugar isn't very nutritious. Keep in mind that sugar is an inflammatory agent, so the moderation rule applies here. So use organic sugar, and (in moderation) here's one of my favorite holiday cocktails to start off your holiday season, and don't forget Santa's milk & cookies. Good Luck...

Candy Cane Tini

3 ounces half & half
2 ounces white chocolate liqueur
1 ounce chilled vanilla vodka
1/8 teaspoon peppermint extract
White chocolate
Peppermint flavored hard candy (preferably red)
Crushed ice

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously!  Melt white chocolate and dip rim of a Martini glass into it.  Immediately dip rim of glass into plate of crushed red peppermint candy.  Garnish with a candy cane! 





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Sunday, November 13, 2016

It's Dragon Fruit Season !!

                          A Little Gem Of A Fruit

Dragon fruit is the best tasting fruit you never heard of. This may just be the coolest looking, and most handsomely named fruit in the world. When I finally got my lips wrapped around one, it was heaven. The dragon fruit, also known as pitaya or pitahaya is one of the most exotic and nutritious fruits you’ll find. If your going to take the plunge with this fruit, and you don't live in Asia prepare to fork over a pretty penny for this gem. The one in this picture I paid $4.00, @ $8.00/lb.

Dragon fruit is rich in phytoalbumins which are highly valued for their antioxidant properties. Dragon fruit is also rich in fibers, vitamin C, and minerals. The dragon fruit helps the digestive process which can help to prevent colon cancer, and diabetes. When consumed regularly natural medicine practitioners believe the dragon fruit can help against asthma, and cough. Eating dragon fruits helps strengthen your immune system, and promotes faster healing of bruises, and wounds. It's also rich with potassium, protein, fiber, sodium and calcium. If you are looking for fruits that are filling, and delicious but will help keep your weight in check, dragon fruits are a perfect choice. A 100g serving of dragon fruit has only 60 calories. Dragon fruits do not have complex carbohydrates, so they can be easily broken down by the body. Dragon fruits are also packed with minerals such as calcium for stronger bones, and teeth, phosphorus for tissue formation and iron for healthy blood. Lycopene is also present in dragon fruits, and this is the pigment responsible for their red color, like tomatoes. Lycopene guards against prostate cancer among other things.

Hylocereus undatus (White-fleshed Pitahaya)  is the most cultivated species in the genus. The Dragon Fruit is used both as an ornamental cactus vine, and as a fruit crop. The native origin of the species, according to Wikipedia has never been resolved. It is widely distributed through the tropics. Like all true cacti, the genus originates in the Americas, but the precise origin of the species H. undatus is uncertain, and it may be a hybrid. Hylocereus undatus is a sprawling or vining, cactus. They climb by use of aerial roots and can reach a height 10 meters or more even growing on rocks and trees.

Dragon fruit also contains carotene which helps in maintaining, and equally improving our eyesight. This is good news for the seniors community. Dragon fruit's high protein content can boost our metabolism. This also leads to reduction in excess weight. Protein is also a vital ingredient in producing hormones, enzymes, and chemicals in the body. The small black seeds in the edible part of the dragon fruit contain a small amount of fats but are unsaturated fats. The unsaturated fats are responsible for increasing the levels of good cholesterol, and removing bad cholesterol from our bodies. Dragon fruit is also a natural appetite stimulant because it contains Vitamin B12. This is great for anyone who has just recovered from an illness, or has lost their appetite. Dragon fruit is anti-fungal and antibacterial. This can help increase the white blood cell count in the body which defends against toxins, and it also inhibits the entrance or growth of fungal, or bacterial infections in the organ systems. You will also find that it stimulates cell regeneration and speeds up healing, so wounds and bruises will heal at an increased rate.

Yellow Dragon FruitYellow Dragon Fruit Yellow dragon fruit has the title of the sweetest of all of the sweet pitaya, it is the yellow pitaya (Hylocereus megalanthus). The yellow pitaya is smaller sized as compared to each of the red-skinned varieties. Yellow dragon fruit plants develop like a trailing, vine-like cactus. The plants can easily develop into a huge size with stems as much as 20ft, and therefore need a well built trellis for them. Color is yet another method to inform the ripeness of these fruit as the skin will turn from green to yellow on ripening, even though occasionally completely ripe fruit is still somewhat tinged along with green.

Red Dragon Fruit with Red Interior
Red Dragon Fruit with Red InteriorRed dragon fruit (Hylocereus Polyrhizus) develops alongside trellis or even fence lines in mexico, central, and south America. The exterior of the fruit is really a fushia color along with elegant flowering palms around the bulb. The interior of the red dragon fruit is comparable in color to the external as well as marked along with tiny black seeds. The red dragon fruit along with red internal is usually utilized to make sorbets, jams, and syrups.

• Red Dragon Fruit with White Interior
Red Dragon Fruit with White InteriorThe red dragon fruit along with white internal (Hylocereus Undatus) develops within the American southwest as well as the south pacific and south east Asia. This dragon is smaller sized compared to the some other types. The outer skin of the red dragon fruit is actually vibrant pink along with small, spiked folds across the sides. The red dragon fruit with a white-colored interior also blossom's at night.


The types of anti-oxidants in dragon fruit stop harm to the skin as well as internal organs brought on by free-radicals, plus they also may help you defend against a variety of health conditions. A Dragon fruit also includes vitamin E which required for natural skin care. Vitamin B3 may also improve our skin's physical appearance simply by moisturizing it. Recently a chemical company has separated substances known as dormins from dragon fruit. Dormins are usually all-natural extracts from plants  that are able to decelerate cell expansion, preserve younger healthier skin. Also more, and more recently the air we breathe has become very contaminated. The dragon fruit tree performs a huge role to help make the environmental air fresh, and clean by soaking up the CO2 (carbon dioxide) and delivering oxygen O2. Store the dragon fruit within the crispier compartment of the fridge. Dragon fruit stores very best at temperature ranges in between 45 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.  You can keep refrigerated fruit for approximately 3 months.
 
Look for bright, even-colored skin. If the fruit has a lot of blotches, it may be over-ripe (a few is normal). Another sign of over-ripe dragon fruit is a very dry, brittle brown stem, or brown on the tips of the "leaves". Hold the dragon fruit in your palm and try pressing the skin with your thumb or fingers. It should give a little (like a ripe kiwi), but shouldn't be too soft or mushy. If it's very firm, it will need to ripen for a few days. Put the dragon fruit on a cutting board or other clean surface, cut the fruit length wise straight down the middle with a sharp knife. Separate the fruit into 2 sections. Run a tablespoon around the circumference of the first section to separate the flesh from the skin. Now lift the flesh out of the skin, and place it on the cutting board. DO NOT EAT THE SKIN, OK. (It's not poison, just don't eat) 

Do the same for the other half. Turn the mound of flesh over, checking for any residual pink skin. Slice this off, the skin isn't healthy to eat. Now I toss the halves in a plastic container, and toss them in the refrigerator to chill them off. You can eat the chilled fruit right out of the frige, or save the skin, cut the fruit into cubes refill the skin, and serve as a desert, or on a main course plate, delicious! Get creative there are no limit on how you can serve this truly unique healthy fruit. If the supply is limited where you live grow your own. They are very hearty plants. Whatever you do, don't miss out on this treat. Good Luck...






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