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A Healthy Gut and More

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Here it is the 22nd of January and just now I am creating an energy space in writing something personal…from my AA birthday to after my belly button birthday which is in January it is always a review time in my life for me.  So here I am back at the keyboard on a personal level…I did get a few posts out and kept up pretty much with contacts here on the blog…2016 is the best year yet…giggles

I always like to review my health plan every six months or so, as i use food as medicine in my life and I like to pay close attention to how my current plan is working for me and see if I could make some adjustments…my attention was drawn to probiotics and so started my research on that area…

Before adding probiotics to your shopping list this is what I found out and why now I am eating sauerkraut every day…

Here is some info I found out…

2oz of non pasteurized sauerkraut has more probiotics than 100 probiotic capsules

4-6oz of sauerkraut has 10 trillion bacteria, which is a good thing

Homemade kraut is the best, however you can buy readymade if you are prudent in making sure it is organic and not heated…heating destroys the probiotics

Fresh artesian water should be used and sea salt…no vinegar or heat

I save the liquid and I like to drink it a little each day or so.

In my area, Southern California, I found Bubbies and it is in the refrigerated deli case

In The Gluten Summit, 2013, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, told Dr. Tom O’Bryan, ““With every mouthful of sauerkraut you’re consuming billions of beneficial microbes which will be killing the pathogens in your gut driving them out and replenishing the beneficial flora in your digestive tract.”

Cabbage is high in anti-inflammatory properties, vitamins A and C. Cabbage also reduces lipids in the bloodstream. When cabbage is fermented into sauerkraut the fermentation process opens up the cell walls accessing a higher ratio of vitamins. It has been said that sauerkraut has 200 times more vitamin C than the head of cabbage before fermentation.

I divide the kraut into 1-2oz servings and eat one a day, you can heat it then if you like, I like mine cold…the kraut comes in glass jars and should remain in glass containers, again to preserve the probiotic properties.

Just following these simple instructions I have noticed a reduction in body swelling and a general all over good feeling, I am very pleased with the results. My gut area has reduced some and my digestive system seems to be liking my new treat to it…giggles

I have finally made the complete switch to organic fruits and veggies; and grass fed for farm animal products, my budget required an ease in process and so that process is now complete.

I made a organic, gluten free pumpkin bread for my birthday present to me and it was/is delicious, a Christmas present to me was a toaster oven and I love, love it, so now in my spiritual space of 8×10 I have a rice cooker, electric fry pan and a toaster oven…can life get any better than this…I don’t think so….giggles

Have a wonderful new year…and keep in touch

Much love and light
Spiritdancing

PS:

AND…the most important part of my new year beginning is my a new addition to my spiritual life, I already meditate daily and have my spiritual declarations I make for you, all the world, Gaia and myself, this one I have added that I also now do daily…and twice on Sunday’s….giggles

“So if you like to clean your energy field, simply summon and visualize a beam of WHITE LIGHT from the highest point imaginable….descending down into your energy field which makes you LIGHTER and BRIGHTER. Go down from head to body to toes.

Then sit there about 10-15 minutes while feeling and watching the changes you experience. Once done, you may feel (I have always 100% of times) feel lighter and swifter in my energy field. Don’t take my words for it, do it and experience it yourself.”  Here’s to your clean energy field…yes!!!!

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Apple Cider Vinegar the Miracle Health Tonic

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What can apple cider vinegar do, really the question could be, what can’t it do. You can use it for cleaning, gardening, health hygiene, diseases…the list goes on.

What makes apple cider vinegar so beneficial it has healing compounds which include acetic acid, potassium, magnesium, probiotics and enzymes. These compounds can kill head lice, ease digestion, prevent flu, prevent acne, reduce inflammation, kill fungus, regulate pH balance, dissolve kidney stones and helps relieve allergies, migraines, asthma, nausea, heart burn and wash toxins from the body.

Every morning before eating a take an apple cider vinegar detox drink and then wait for 20 minutes before eating anything…here is the recipe:

2T of fresh squeezed lemon juice
2T of organic apple cider vinegar with the mother in it
1 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of coconut sugar
3 dashes of cayenne pepper
I also add a splash of structured water
Shake very good and drink

I was told several years ago that I was borderline diabetic and my father was a full blown diabetic, so I have taken health precautions so I don’t follow in his footsteps, and it has worked, I have eliminated that condition by eating correctly and using food as medicine.

Here are 6 more reasons apple cider vinegar is one of the most powerful health tonic in your kitchen.

1) Diabetes.
The effect of apple cider vinegar on blood sugar levels is perhaps the best researched and the most promising of its health benefits. Several studies have found that vinegar may help lower glucose levels. Vinegar may be the most cost-effective diabetes medicine in history, but most people with diabetes still aren’t aware of its benefits.

2) Allergies
This miracle vinegar helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Believe it or not, research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches.

3) High Cholesterol.
It has been said that apple cider vinegar can lower cholesterol, it may increase HDL (“good” cholesterol) and reduce levels of triglycerides.

4) Blood Pressure and Heart Health.
Potassium in the vinegar ‘balances sodium levels in the body, which aids in maintaining blood pressure within healthy limits’ and ‘apple cider vinegar also contains magnesium, a mineral that works to relax blood vessel walls and thus lower high blood pressure’.

5) Restores Acid/Alkaline Balance
Apple cider vinegar helps the body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level, and some ‘alternative’ practitioners recommend using apple cider vinegar to help balance the body’s alkaline/acid levels. The theory behind the alkaline diet is that our blood is slightly alkaline (with a normal pH level of between 7.35 and 7.45) and that our diet should reflect this pH level as the body constantly strives to achieve this state of equilibrium.

Research shows that higher acid levels (lower pH level) leads to a lack of energy and higher incidences of infection. Proponents of the alkaline-acid theory believe that a diet high in acid-producing foods leads to lack of energy, excessive mucous production, infections, anxiety, irritability, headache, sore throat, nasal and sinus congestion, allergic reactions, and increased risk of conditions such as arthritis and gout.

6) Face and Hair Health
It is widely known that apple cider vinegar can be used as a rinse for your hair after shampooing to add healthy body and shine. Recycle an old shampoo bottle and fill it with 1/2 a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a cup of structured water. Pour through your hair after shampooing several times a week.

You can also dilute apple cider vinegar with two parts water, and spread the concoction over your face with a cotton ball as a toner at night after washing, or in the morning before you apply your moisturizer. You can also dab apple cider vinegar directly onto age spots and leave them on overnight to lighten their color.

Final Note.
Unpasteurized or organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) contains mother of vinegar, which has a cobweb-like appearance and can make the vinegar look slightly congealed. It’s the best way apple cider vinegar should be consumed.

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Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater

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Yes, I am aware Halloween is past, however, if you bought a pumpkin it is probably still on your front door step. AND if you didn’t buy one, now is a good time to get one as you will probably get a really good price on one…AND pumpkin’s unique health benefits make it the standout fruit of the fall season.

Here are some of the health ideas and benefits of pumpkin:
1 cup of cooked pumpkin puree gives you over 100 percent of your daily vitamin A requirement, vital for the health of your bones and reproduction and immune systems

It has high concentration of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant; consuming foods high in beta-carotene has been linked to decreased risk of development of certain cancers and even heart disease.

Pumpkin is also loaded with fiber, a digestive superstar that helps you produce waste, which, in turn, helps you eliminate toxins and absorb important nutrients. It helps maintain blood sugar and energy levels, slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates into the bloodstream and also keeps you satiated – so you aren’t left hungry and reaching for that unhealthy afternoon snack.

Pumpkin is easy to roast – simply dice, deseed, dress in olive oil and your favorite spices, and roast in a 400-degree oven for about 25 minutes.

Canned pumpkin is also great and much more convenient to use, just be sure to buy 100 percent pure organic pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filing, which can be full of artificial flavors, sweet syrups and additives.

Don’t forget the seeds, they are very healthy to snack on and can also be used in many different recipes, they can be flavored or just roasted, store in a glass container that has a good seal so they stay fresh.

You can make pumpkin french fries, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin soups, baked pumpkin for casseroles, the idea are bountiful, just do a google search for your favorite idea and you will find many recipes.

So get your fall pumpkin and become a pumpkin eater. Happy Fall Adventures.

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