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April 28, 2017

GINGER

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant that is popularly used as a spice or medicinal herb. This plant grows about a metre tall, with narrow green leaves and yellow flowers that originated in the tropical rainforest of Southern Asia. This herb no longer grows wild but is commonly found in India. Indian ginger also has the largest amount of genetic variation. Ginger was exported to Europe in the first century AD and was used extensively by the Romans. The rhizome (root cluster) is the main part of the plant that is harvested and used.  

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Stimulates the production of saliva, making swallowing easier
  • Alleviates nausea caused by seasickness/ motion sickness, morning sickness, and chemotherapy
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Alleviates arthritis
  • Decreases the risk of cancer and destroys ovarian and colon cancer cells
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Aids digestion
  • Aids with heartburn and acid reflux

April 22, 2017

 

Diabetes is a chronic condition where an individual’s body cannot maintain healthy levels of glucose in the blood. Unhealthy blood glucose levels can lead to a variety of long term and short term problems. Glucose is a type of sugar, and is the body’s main source of energy. To function properly, our bodies require sugars (glucose) to be converted into energy. The hormone, insulin, is essential for the conversion of glucose to energy, and is therefore responsible for stabilizing the amount of sugar in the blood. People with diabetes tend to have insufficient insulin levels which results in a build-up of glucose in the blood. There are three main types of diabetes:

  • Type 1 diabetes: With this type of diabetes, the body’s immune system attacks and destroys cells in the pancreas that pr

April 17, 2017

Glycine max, commonly known as soybean or soya bean, is part of the legume family, and native to East Asia. It is grown for its edible bean which has high levels of protein and has a wide variety of uses. Soybeans have only been introduced to the Western world since the 20th century, and are a relatively easy to grow and hardy plant, due to their adaptation to a variety of soils and climates. The most common type of soybean is a yellow colour, but rarer varieties can come in black, brown, or green colours. Some uses for this bean include: animal feed (defatted soybean meal), meat and dairy substitutes, industrial products such as lubricants, plastics, and waxes, and the production of foods such as soy vegetable oil, soy milk, tofu, tofu skin, soy sauce, fermented bean paste, natto, and tempeh. Any given area of land pl

April 5, 2017

B VITAMINS

B Vitamins are a group of 8 water soluble vitamins that are essential for certain bodily functions, such as metabolism, energy production, and nervous system function.  

  • Vitamin B-2 (riboflavin): Aids with cellular energy production and is important for protein metabolism. It also affects the metabolism of iron in positive ways, and produces important antioxidants which help to prevent free radical cells. It is also needed to change Vitamin B-6 and folate into forms the body can use. Food sources include: almonds, brewer’s yeast, wholegrains, wheat germ, mushrooms, soy beans, wild rice, dairy, eggs, broccoli, spinach, brussel sprouts, beet greens, asparagus, turkey, beef liver, salmon, and lamb. Riboflavin is destroyed by light so foods containing the vitamin should be stored away. It can also be lost in water when foods are boiled or soaked. It is best absorbed when taken in between meals. Riboflavin is considered safe, even at high doses. Possible side effects include: itching, numbness, burning or prickling sensati

April 3, 2017

SAGE

Common sage (Salvia officinalis) is a perennial, evergreen dwarf shrub, which can grow up to 2 feet, and is characterized by woody stems, purple/blue flowers, and grey/green leaves. It is part of the mint family, Lamiaceae and is native to the Mediterranean and the Balkan region (a peninsula and cultural area in South-eastern Europe). The botanical name, Salvia, is derived from the Latin word salvere which means ‘to be saved’. Sage was a sacred ceremonial herb of the Romans, being associated with immortality, and was used by the Greeks as a ‘coronary herb’ because it flushed disease from the body and relieved strain on the heart. In the Middle Ages sage was ingested as a tea to treat colds, fevers, memory and concentration loss, inflammations, ulcers, and many other ailments. There are approximately 8 different types of sage, each differing in appearance and use. These are:

  • Garden sage (Salvia officinalis): This is the most common type of sage, and is used for cooking, tea brewing, dec

March 29, 2017

CHAKRAS

In Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism, a chakra is an energy point on the physical and spiritual body. It is derived from the Sanskrit word for wheel, Cakra. There are 7 main chakras, and many more minor ones, with each chakra having a specific location and function. These 7 chakras are located from the top of the head down to the base of the spine. Each chakra has different locations and attributes, and are not something you can physically touch, but rather something you can feel and sense. The chakras are formed at the junction of three energy shafts along the spine. The two lesser channels of energy (the Pingala on the right and the Ida on the left) and the main central channel (the Shushumna) run parallel to the spinal cord. Chakras absorb prana (life force energy), and also transform and pass on this energy. Each of the seven chakras contains bundles of nerves and major organs, as well as one’s emotional, psychological, and spiritual states. Everything is moving, and therefore it is important that the chakras re

March 27, 2017

HOUSEHOLD TOXINS AND THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF HOUSEPLANTS

Not only can indoor plants be aesthetically pleasing, they’re also great for your health. There are many benefits of having indoor plants, from clearing toxins and pollutants, to creating a calming environment and an increase in productivity. There are three main types of household toxins. They are: benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. These toxins are produced in the production of synthetic materials, and are often produced from these new materials for some time. Some new items of furniture are coated with polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDE’s) which are a class of flame retardant chemicals notorious for emitting toxins into the air for years after manufacture. Other toxins or toxic compounds around the home can include: mould, lead, radon, bisphenol A, Triclosan, carbon monoxide, perfluorinated chemicals, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), and phthalates. These toxins live in walls, air fresheners, paints, varnishes, fabric softeners, carpets, couch cushions, baby products, household cleaning pr

March 22, 2017

B Vitamins are a group of 8 water soluble vitamins that are essential for certain bodily functions, such as metabolism, energy production, and nervous system function.

  • Vitamin B-1 (thiamine): Required for the production of enzymes involved in glucose metabolism and therefore involved in providing energy to the brain from the food you eat. This vitamin helps to stabilize moods and aids with memory. The body uses thiamine to make adenosine triphosphate which transports energy within cells. There are no risk factors associated with thiamine consumption. Food sources include: pork, poultry, peas, nuts, soybeans, dried beans, lentils, legumes, whole grains, bread, rice, and yeast. Thiamine deficiency can be increased by certain practices such as: drinking excessive amounts of coffee and tea, chewing tea leaves or betel leaves, and eating raw fish and shellfish. Thiamine deficiency is rare and can cause health problems such as Beriberi (a condition that affects breathing, eye movements, heart function, and alertness), and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (where

March 20, 2017

ARNICA

(Arnica montana)   Arnica is a genus of perennial, herbaceous plants in the sunflower family, which is native to the mountainous regions of Europe and Southern Russia. It has also been known to grow in parts of North America and Canada. This herb is also known by the names of Mountain Tobacco, and Leopard’s bane and Wolfsbane. Another herb, Aconite/Monkshood is also known as Wolfsbane. It was used by Swiss mountain guides to prevent fatigue when chewed and was also used as a substitute for tobacco. Arnica montana has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500’s, and is still popular today. It grows to approximately 1 – 2 feet, has yellow flowers with an orange centre, and has an appearance similar to that of daisies. The stems and leaves of these plants are bright green and hairy, which is the reason for its original Greek name Arni, meaning ‘lamb’ (in reference to the plants soft leaves). The main part of this plant used for medicinal purposes are the flowers, but the roots and rhizomes (continuous horizontal un

January 23, 2017

  Healing: This infusion is packed with vitamin C, B Complex and potassium, which work together to build your resistance, improve your liver function, provide relief for your nervous system, and tone the walls of your intestine to allow efficient digestion of nutrients.  The combined result is a more robust immune system.   Focus on: liver Stress, Toxicity, Oxidative Damage, Low Antibody Activity   2 cups Pineapple 2 Carrots 3 sprigs Mint 1 cup Water   Pineapple – Vitamin B & C, Dietary Fibre, Manganese, Copper, Magnesium Carrots – Dietary Fibre, Vitamins A, B6, C & K, Potassium, Beta-Carotene, Biotin, Thiamine Mint – Antioxidants, Manganese, Copper, Vitamin C 7 B-complex, Carotenoids   Reference – Discover The Healing Power of Nutrient Infusion reference:  http://nutriinfusion.com.au/products/recipe-book/