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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/    

January 20, 2017

HALITE

Halite, also commonly known as rock salt, is the mineral form of Sodium Chloride. Halite is often found alongside other evaporate minerals that result from the drying/evaporation of lakes and seas. Other evaporates (water soluble mineral sediments that have been concentrated and crystallized by evaporation) that are often found alongside Halite are: sulphides, halides, and borates. Halite is often used to lower the freezing point of ice (freezing-point depression), especially by homeowners in colder climates to melt the ice from their driveways and sidewalks. Some places also add this salt to the roads during snow storms to improve traction.

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES:

Hardness: 2 Colour: Can be colourless, white, red, yellow, orange, pink, blue, violet, green, and grey. Halite can also be multicoloured. Lustre: Vitreous Chemical Composition: NaCl (sodium chloride)  

HEALING PROPERTIES:

  • Detects negative influences
  • Aids in the effectiveness of the immune system
  • Maintains the salt balance in the body

January 18, 2017

Mango Tango Healing: Packed full of carotenoids, flavonoids and glucosinolates, this infusion has immense cancer prevention potential.  It contains key nutrients in the protection of our body from problems related to oxidative stress, problems which are factors in bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer.   Focus on: Prostate Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Colon Cancer, Breast Cancer.   While kale forms the superfood base for this risk-reducing infustion.  It’s the combination of mango, fresh lime and coconut that elevates its health-giving goodness.  This tropically flavoured elixir would be quite at home at your favourite resort.   1 cup mango ½ lime – peeled 2 cups kale ¼ cup shredded coconut 1 ½ cups coconut water.   Mango – Vitamin A, and C, Niacin, Dietary Fibre, Copper, Carotenoids Kale – Vitamins A, B, C and E, Dietary Fibre, Iron, Calcium, Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Copper Lime – Vitamin C, Limonene, Flavonoids, Carotenoids, Potassium Coconut – Protein, Manganese, Molybenum, C

January 16, 2017

ALOPECIA

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune disease in which hair loss occurs in some or all areas of the body due to the body misrecognizing its own cells as a threat, and destroying them as a result. In this case, the ‘threatening’ cells are the body’s hair follicles. This condition mainly occurs on the scalp, with small bald patches appearing on usually one side of the head, but can spread to the scalp causing total baldness (Alopecia totalis), or the entire body (Alopecia universalis). This condition can occur at any age, but usually first develops in teenagers and children. Women and men are equally likely to get the disease, and there is no differentiation of susceptibility between races. When developed at an older age, symptoms are usually milder and last for shorter periods. With the common, milder cases, the symptoms of this disease will subside without requiring treatment. 50% of sufferers will recover after 1 year (with possible reoccurrences), while 10% will go on to develop alopecia totalis or alopecia universalis. The causes of this

January 11, 2017

Cooking With Lemongrass

The flavour intensity of lemongrass varies widely depending on the climate where it was grown. The plants stems, leaves and base smell of fresh lemons with a hint of ginger. When cooking with lemongrass it’s best to season by taste rather than using quantities listed in recipes and can be used in a variety of dishes ranging from soups to desserts.       Lemongrass is fibrous and stringy and unpleasant to eat so remember to bash before cooking to release flavour and remove stalks before serving.   Lemongrass is typically sold fresh (a bunch of 3-4 stalks aprox one foot long), but it’s also available dried and powdered (sereh).  One teaspoon of powder is roughly equivalent to one fresh stalk.  You can also buy prepared, ready-to-use lemongrass in tubs in the freezer section of your local Asian/Chinese grocery store.  Dried lemongrass slices should be soaked for two hours before using.   When purchasing fresh lemongrass, look for firm stalks (not soft or rubbery, which means it’s too old). Lower stalk should b

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January 5, 2017

GINSENG

Ginseng is any of the eleven types of short, perennial plants with fleshy roots belonging to the genus Panax of the Araliaceae family. There are three main types of ginseng: Panax ginseng (Asian), Panax quinquefolius (American), and Siberian ginseng and these are commonly found in Eastern areas of Asia, and North America. Siberian ginseng is cheaper and less potent than Panax ginseng, and while both types are adaptogenic herbs, Siberian and Panax ginseng have different active compounds (Siberian has eleutherosides rather than ginsenosides).  

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Lowers blood sugar levels
  • Improves concentration and brain function (and therefore protects against Alzheimer’s)
  • Has anti-inflammatory properties
  • Improves mood and combats depression
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Has adaptogenic properties
  • Aids with weight loss by boosting the metabolism and working as an appetite suppressant
  • Improves lung function
  • Treats sex

January 3, 2017

FIBROMYALGIA

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes widespread pain, stiffness, and tenderness throughout the body, often accompanied by fatigue and emotional distress. Symptoms of fibromyalgia may vary in severity, and many disappear for extended periods of time, even for years. Fibromyalgia is often considered an arthritis related condition, but is not a form of arthritis as it does not cause inflammation or damage to the joints, muscles, or other tissues.   This condition affects 2 – 8% of people, mainly women in middle adulthood, but men and adolescents have been known to develop it too.   The cause of fibromyalgia is not yet known, but it appears to be a problem with the brain rather than the muscles and bones, where the brain of someone with fibromyalgia is more sensitive to certain external stimuli which normal people are not, and treats them as pain. Therefore the pain experienced in sufferers originates from the brain and not in the muscles or bones.

SYMPTOMS:

  • Increased sensitivity to pain
  • Extre

December 31, 2016
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