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Women's Weight Loss Over 40: Herbal Solutions to Fight Middle-Aged Spread

Nearly everyone faces a disconcerting body thickening and slow rise in weight in their 40s, even people who have always been slim, who eat a healthy diet, and who exercise regularly. In fact, body fat typically doubles between the ages of 20 and 50. Sometimes diet and exercise really isn’t enough! What’s happening to our bodies?

For women, a major calorie-burning process grinds to a halt after menopause. The metabolic rise in the last two weeks of the menstrual cycle accounts for 15,000–20,000 calories per year. Those calories really start to add up when the menstrual cycle stops. Further, women tend to develop more abdominal fat as estrogen levels are reduced. For men, lower testosterone levels caused by andropause leads to a decrease in muscle mass and an increase in fat storage.  Research shows that with age, men burn less fat during exercise, so older men actually need to work out longer to lose weight!

Healthy lifestyle changes are critical to achieve long-term weight loss goals, but it often takes more at mid life. Whole herbs are an ideal choice for weight loss after 40. They are not habit forming like stimulant anti-obesity drugs, and they support natural weight loss processes, like thermogenesis.

Thermogenesis’ Role in Weight Loss Over 40

Thermogenesis is all about fat burning. About 75% of the calories you eat work to keep you alive and support your resting metabolic rate. The balance of calories are stored as white fat, or burned up by brown adipose tissue (brown fat), your body’s premier fat burning factory. The more active your brown fat is, the more efficient your thermogenesis is, and the easier it is to maintain an optimum weight. Differences in brown fat activity explain why some people can overeat and stay slim, while others put on the pounds even though their diet and exercise plan is sound.

Starting in our early 40s, a genetic timer begins to slow down the thermogenic mechanism. Instead of calories being burned off, more of them get stored as white fat, leading to weight gain, especially around the middle. In addition, some people are simply not born with enough brown fat. These people gain more weight at middle age because the little brown fat they do have is reduced even further. Nature in her wisdom provides a solution. You can reactivate your brown fat activity after 40, and using thermogenic herbs is a key.

Fat Burning Herbs: The Good & Bad News

Most of us have heard of the herb, ephedra as a thermogenic aid to stimulate weight loss. Unfortunately, misuse and abuse of ephedra in highly concentrated, chemical ephedrine products has led to cardiovascular side effects and health risks for consumers. Today, ephedra is banned from use in dietary supplements in the U.S. But, ephedra is not the only herb that stimulates brown fat activity. Green tea, mustard seed, cinnamon and ginger are a few other thermogenic herbs that you can use without the side effects or health risks.

As a traditional herbalist, I only formulate with whole herbs, because they are much less likely to produce side effects or interactions than standardized herbs or highly concentrated herbs. Further, whole herbs in combination offer the advantage of addressing multiple body systems and needs. For “after 40” weight loss concerns, I combine thermogenic whole herbs with herbs that control appetite and sugar cravings, and herbs that relieve bloating. Whole herbs support the whole person.

Losing weight at mid life does present new challenges, but once the body adjusts to its new hormone levels, weight gain stabilizes, and becomes more manageable. Whole herbs can help you get over an “after 40” weight loss plateau, and have the added benefits of improving body chemistry and reestablishing better metabolic rates.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Natural Therapy for Parasites

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Nutritional therapy plan: A strong immune system is the best defense for parasites, many of which have become drug-resistant - low nutrition = low immunity. 1. Go on an apple and apple juice mono diet for 4 days. (1 day for a child). Take 8 garlic caps daily during the fast and chew fresh mango or papaya seeds mixed with honey. On the 3rd day, add papaya juice with 1 tbsp. wormwood tea, and 1 tbsp. molasses. On the 4th day, add 2 cups senna/peppermint tea with 1 tbsp. castor oil, and eat raw pumpkin seeds every 4 hours. Follow with a high resistance diet to prevent recurrence. Eat lots of onions and garlic. Avoid all sweets, dairy foods and junk foods. 3 tbsp. amaranth or rice each morning helps remove parasites. Eat a daily green salad. Drink only bottled water. Take Pure Planet Chlorella, 2 tsp. daily. Garlic enemas or a high colonic irrigation helps clean the colon fast and address fungal infections, or yeast overgrowth conditions.

Are you at risk for parasites? Nationwide research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control over the last 25 years reveals that one in every six people selected at random had one or more parasites. Most kissed and slept with their pets. Many frequently ate raw or smoked fish, or prosciutto or homemade sausages. (Note: Use toilet seat covers in public restrooms.)

Choose 2-3 herbal recommendations:

Parasite cleanse:Parasite Purge caps, or 8 • Cayenne/Garlic capsules, after every meal for 2 weeks, and 4 cups fennel tea daily. (Or take garlic oil capsules in the morning. Refrain from eating or drinking until bowels have moved. Repeat for 3 days.) Then keep intestines cleansed and flushed with •  Ayruvedic Triphala caps.

Anti-Bio caps 4 daily for lymph support; • Black walnut hulls or • Myrrh extract; • Una da gato caps 6 daily for a month

Bodywork: A purged stool test is helpful for diagnosing parasitic infections.

Healthy Detox Recipes

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Chinese Medicine Deep Detox Stew

40 minutes prep time  |  Makes 4 bowls

A traditional stew to enhance immunity and support heart health.Makes: 4 bowls

15 shiitake mushrooms 1 oz. black fungus 3 cloves garlic 4 tbsp. sesame seeds 2 tbsp. sesame oil 2 burdock roots, chopped 2 oz. dry hijiki seaweed 1 bunch bok choy, chopped 1 small can lycii berries 6 tbsp. white miso 2 leeks

Soak the shiitake and black fungus in a bowl of cool water, just enough to cover, for 20 minutes or until soft. Then slice thinly, saving the soaking water. In a soup pot, sauté the garlic, leeks and sesame seeds in the sesame oil for 5 minutes. Add the burdock and hijiki and sauté for 5 minutes more. Add mushrooms, fungus, soaking water, another 6 cups water and bring up to a simmer. Then add the bok choy, lycii berries, and white miso. Let simmer for several minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

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Cold Defense Cleanser

20 minutes prep time | Makes 2 drinks

Make this broth the minute you feel a cold coming on. Drink in small sips.

Makes: 2 drinks

In a saucepan, gently simmer: 1 and one half cups water 1 tbsp. honey 1 tsp. garlic powder One half tsp. cayenne 1 tsp. ground ginger 1 tbsp. lemon juice.

Remove from heat, and add 3 tbsp. brandy.

Are you ready for a Liver Detox?

Is a Liver Detox Right for You? Your liver is your most important organ of detoxification. Your life depends on your liver. To a large extent, the health of your liver determines the health of your entire body. The liver is really a wonderful chemical plant that converts everything we eat, breathe and absorb through the skin into life-sustaining substances.

Body signals that your liver needs some TLC include: • Unexplained fatigue, listlessness, depression or lethargy, lack of energy; numerous allergy reactions • Unexplained weight gain and the appearance of cellulite even if you are thin • A distended stomach even if the rest of the body is thin • Mental confusion, spaciness • Sluggish elimination, general constipation alternating to diarrhea • Food and chemical sensitivities, usually accompanied by poor digestion, and sometimes unexplained nausea • PMS, headaches and other menstrual difficulties; bags under the eyes • A yellowish tint to the skin and/or liver spots on the skin; poor hair texture and slow hair growth; skin itching and irritation. • Anemia and large bruise patches indicate severe liver exhaustion.

Liver Cleanse Nutrition Plan

Start with this 3 to 5 day nutrition plan.

Don’t forget: 8 glasses of water through the day.

The night before your liver cleanse… Take a cup of miso soup with sea veggies.

For the next 3-5 days...

On rising: take 1 lemon squeezed in a glass of water; or 2 tbsp. lemon juice in water; or 2 tbsp. cider vinegar in water with 1 tsp. honey. Breakfast: take a glass of carrot/beet/cucumber juice, or organic apple juice. Add 1 tsp. spirulina to any drink for protein and chlorophyll support. Mid-morning: take a mixed green veggie drink; or take a green superfood powder mixed into water or vegetable juice. Lunch: have a glass of fresh carrot juice or a glass of organic apple juice. Mid-afternoon: have a cup of peppermint tea, pau d’ arco tea, or Crystal Star Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea; or another green drink. Dinner: have another carrot juice or a mixed vegetable juice; or have a hot vegetable broth. Before Bed: take another glass of lemon juice or cider vinegar in water. Add 1 tsp. honey or royal jelly; or a pineapple/papaya juice with 1 tsp. royal jelly.

Follow up with a diet of 100% fresh foods for the rest of the week.

More Healthy Holiday Recipes!

Cranberry Walnut Bread

60 minutes prep time  |  Makes 2 loaves

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a little indulgence for the holidaysMakes: 12 servings

3 cups cranberries three fourths cup chopped walnuts, toasted 2 cups unbleached flour 1 and one half cups whole wheat pastry flour 1 and one half tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda one half tsp. sea salt one quarter cup grapeseed oil three quarters cup date sugar 2 eggs 1 cup orange juice 1 tsp. orange zest

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil and flour 2 loaf pans. In a bowl, sift together the unbleached flour, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. In another bowl mix the grapeseed oil, date sugar, eggs, orange juice, and orange zest. Gently combine flour mixture and batter. Fold in walnuts and cranberries. Pour the batter into loaf pans and bake for 40 – 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from pans and let cool

Double Ginger Dessert

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20 minutes prep time | Makes 4 servings

a light dessert with one of my favorite healing spices

Makes: 4 servings

5 cups Vanilla Rice Dream frozen dessert one foruth cup diced crystallized ginger three fourths tsp. cardamom one half tsp. cinnamon ginger ale

Slightly soften the Vanilla Rice Dream by letting it stand at room temperature about 10 minutes. Scoop into a large bowl. Add crystallized ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon; swirl ingredients together. Place bowl in freezer until dessert is firm enough to scoop… about 1 and one half hours; if storing up to 1 week, cover air-tight. Divide into 4 large water goblets. Slowly fill glasses with icy ginger ale, and serve immediately.

Healthy Holiday Recipes!

In November, we are focusing on healthy holidays. The following recipes have been enjoyed by our family through many holiday seasons. Enjoy!

Cranberry Relish

20 minutes prep time  |  Makes 8 servings

cranberry-2245808_1024a favorite side dish! so much better than plain cranberry jelly

Makes: 8 servings

I package cranberries, fresh

one half cup turbinado sugar

one half cup raisins

2 tbsps crystallized ginger

1 cup fuji apples, chopped

one half cup celery, diced

one quarter cup red wine vinegar

1 tsp. cinnamon

one half tsp. nutmeg

one quarter tsp. allspice

Simmer the cranberries in one quarter cup water and the sugar for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the raisins and ginger. Then, add the apples, celery, red wine vinegar. cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Chill and serve. This is both an attractive and tasty side dish. I’m always asked to bring it to holiday meals.


Savory Stuffing

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bake this stuffing as a separate dish along with the turkey

Makes: 4 servings

8 cups whole wheat bread cubes

1 onion, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

2 ribs celery, chopped

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp lemon pepper

one half tsp. sage, ground

one quarter tsp. rosemary, ground

one quarter tsp. nutmeg

1 cup oyster mushrooms, sliced

1 can (7 oz) water chestnuts, sliced

one half cup chicken broth

one half cup white wine

 Preheat oven to 325°F. Place the bread cubes in a large bowl and set aside. In a large skillet, sauté the onion, red bell pepper, celery, sea salt, lemon pepper, sage, rosemary, and nutmeg until fragrant. Add the mushrooms and water chestnuts. Blend in the chicken broth and white wine. Toss to coat and heat. Mix with bread cubes and toss. Turn into an oiled 3-qt. casserole. Cover and bake for 30 minutes until crusty at the edges. Yum!

Lymphatic health is a key to strong immunity

Your lymph system can render pathogens harmless

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The lymphatic system, including lymphatic vessels and nodes, the thymus gland, tonsils and spleen, acts as your body’s secondary circulatory system. It’s a network of tubing, millions of tiny vessels, ducts and valves that flush and filter waste products from cells and tissues, and carry them to the elimination organs. The lymph nodes are also the factory for crucial white blood cells (lymphocytes) that produce the powerful antibodies which form the overall defense of your body against infections. A major player in your health, the lymph system is a key to your body’s immune defenses because it can render harmful bacteria harmless.

As lymph flows around your body, large, eater cells called macrophages in the lymph nodes engulf foreign particles like harmful bacteria and cellular debris. Swollen lymph nodes (often really infected lymph nodes) are caused by an overload of pathogens the lymphatic system cannot keep under control.

Is your lymphatic system congested?

Signs and symptoms that your lymph system is congested.

•    Your body looks uncharacteristically soft and pudgy or has newly noticeable cellulite. Inadequate lymph flow is a key factor in cellulite development. •    You get frequent colds and flu. A congested lymph system means reduced defense against pathogens that cause infections. •    You feel extremely sluggish, with low energy or poor memory. You are under chronic stress. Your skin is extremely pale or you are extremely thin. •    You use aluminum cookware or alum-containing deodorants, or eat alum-containing foods (some condiments). Chronic exposure to aluminum puts a strain on lymphatic health.

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Lymph healing protocols for immune health

Boost nutrients: Protein and B12 deficiency especially effect lymphatic efficiency. Take a lymph builder drink: 1 handful parsley, 1 garlic clove, 5 carrots, and 3 celery stalks. Add 2 tsp. green superfood like • Crystal Star Energy Green drink or • barley grass. Eat lymph boosting vegetables: cabbage, kale, carrot, bell pepper, collards; or lymph-enhancing fruits: apple, pineapple, blueberries and grapes. Include potassium-rich foods regularly—sea veggies, broccoli, bananas and seafood. Spicy foods like natural salsas, cayenne pepper, horseradish and ginger boost a sluggish lymph system. Take a glass of lemon and water regularly in the morning and white tea in the afternoon for lymph revitalization. Avoid coffee, sugar, dairy products and alcoholic drinks. They contribute to lymphatic stagnation.

Optimize liver health: Herbal bitters like turmeric, cardamom and lemon peel support both liver and lymphatic system. Try • Crystal Star Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea; or Crystal Star’s Bitters & Lemon extract, or a • white sage, astragalus, echinacea root, Oregon grape root, dandelion root tea.

Cleanse your lymphatic system for defense: • Echinacea is one of the best herbal lymph cleansers I know. • Red root and Astragalus, powerful lymph cleansers, are synergistic with echinacea. Crystal Star Anti-Bio caps with two species of echinacea are another good choice.

Choices for Muscle Cramps and Spasms

Muscle spasms, cramps, twitches and tics are usually a result of vitamin and mineral deficiencies or imbalances. Most cramping occurs at night as minerals move between the blood, muscles and bones. A good diet and natural supplements have been very successful in fortifying and strengthening the body against nutrient shortages. Improvement is noticeable within two weeks. Acupressure is highly successful. See Acupressure page 41 in Healthy Healing 14th Edition. 

What Causes Muscle Cramps?

Metabolic insufficiency of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, trace minerals, and vitamins E, D and B6; lack of sufficient HCL in the stomach. Vitamin C and silicon deficiency causes poor collagen formation, vital to muscle elasticity. Food allergies to preservatives and colorants may be involved. Note: If you take high blood pressure medicine and have continuing muscle spasms, ask your doctor to change your prescription. Some have sodium imbalance that upsets mineral salts in the body. Leg cramps are usually the result of poor circulation.

Do You Get Frequent Muscle Cramps, Pulls And Spasms?

Leg cramps are uncontrollable, very painful spasms and twitches, especially acute at night. Facial tics are embarrassing muscle twitches, etc.

Diet therapy is a key to prevention and treatment.

1. Eat vitamin C-rich foods; leafy greens, citrus fruits, especially kiwi, brown rice, sprouts, broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers, etc.

2. Eat potassium-rich foods; bananas, broccoli, sunflower seeds, beans  and legumes, whole grains and dried fruits.

3. Add 2 tbsp. seaweeds daily for iodine and potassium - a difference in about a week.

4. Eat magnesium-rich foods; lettuce, bell pepper, green leafy vegetables, molasses, nuts and seafoods. Take a green superfood drink daily.

5. Muscles need healthy fluids to contract and relax. Take an electrolyte drink for good mineral salts transport.

6. Avoid refined sugars, processed and preserved foods. Food sensitivities to these substances are often the cause of twitches and spasms.

 

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What depresses immune response?

Immune Depressors to be Aware of:

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…Long term courses of drugs: antacids reduce nutrient assimilation, antibiotics destroy friendly bacteria vital to GI immunity, anti-inflammatory drugs (like acetaminophen, aspirin and ibuprofen) inhibit white cells that fight infection.

…Long term exposure to smoke, chemicals and pollutants put a strain on the body’s natural detoxification system and lead to genetic mutations that cause cancer.

…A diet high in chemicalized “non-food” foods: I call these foods “foods in a box,” that your body generally rejects or ignores. Fake fats like olestra that rob cancer-fighting carotenoids are especially disrupting.

…Repeated exposure to allergens (from foods, chemicals or environmental allergens) causes the immune system to take a dive because immune defenses are all channeled to deal with the allergen rather than to fight infection. (In turn, allergies are usually the result of impaired immunity.)

…A diet high in saturated fats, refined sugars or trans fats: Trans fats increase LDL (bad) cholesterol and decrease HDL (good) cholesterol, and are regularly found at high levels in women with breast cancer. Saturated fats interfere with prostaglandin E1 which regulates efficient T-cell activity. Excessively sugary foods suppress white blood cell activity for up to 5 hours!

…Low intake of protective, antioxidant and enzyme-rich fruits and vegetables.

…Excessive dieting or low nutrient intake which depresses interferon activity. Overeating also depresses immune response.

…A lifestyle low on rest. Natural killer cell activity is reduced by as much as 28% when sleep is cut by 4 hours (clinical tests at U. CA. San Diego School of Medicine).

…Having parents who smoke, drink to excess or abuse drugs. Children born to addicted parents have more genetic predisposition to illness and infections.

…Not being breast-fed as a child. Breast milk is rich in antibodies, essential fatty acids and interferon that strengthen a child’s developing immune system.

…A poor outlook on life or severe, long lasting depression. In addition, people who overextend themselves may be unusually susceptible to immune system malfunction.

Does Your Immune System Need A Boost?

It isn’t easy to measure immune health. Each one of us is different and the character of immune response varies widely. I’ve worked for years to develop ways people can communicate with their bodies. Here’s a personal quiz to monitor your immune status: If you answer yes to more than 3 of these questions, your immune system is probably sluggish.

1. Do you get long lasting, chronic infections, colds, respiratory problems or allergies? 2. Do you have or have you had in the past any immune-deficient diseases, like chronic fatigue syndrome, Hashimoto’s or fibromyalgia? 3. Do you have a history of malabsorption problems, like irritable bowel syndrome (I.B.S.), or chronic diarrhea or constipation? 4. Do you have diabetes or liver disease? 5. Do you have bouts of systemic candida or yeast infections that don’t seem to go away even after conventional treatments? 6. Do you have a skin disorder like adult acne or rosacea? 7. Have you recently undergone surgery, chemotherapy or radiation treatment? 8. Have you ever been the recipient of an organ transplant? 9. Have you undergone long-term treatment with antibiotics or steroid drugs? 10. Do you have periodontal disease? 11. Do you drink 2 or more drinks of hard alcohol 4 to 5 times a week or take recreational drugs on a regular basis? 12. Are you a smoker or are you exposed to second-hand smoke on a regular basis?

September Herb of the Month- Sage

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Sage (white)- Salvia officinalis- The Latin name for sage, salvia, means “to save” or “to heal.”Today’s common uses: A popular culinary herb, sage is also a good  tonic. High in minerals, it’s used today as part of a “spring cleansing” tea to freshen and cleanse the whole body. It’s a good aromatherapy herb to dry up excessive mucous, sinus secretions and post nasal drip. It is a specific in a blood cleansing and formulas for colds, flu and bronchitis. Excellent in a soothing syrup with honey, sage aids sore and strep throat, laryngitis and tonsillitis. It's a good women’s herb, a specific for irregular menstruation and menopausal night sweats. Sage helps dry up mother’s milk during weaning. For men, sage supports prostate health. Traditional Herbal uses: Sage was regularly eaten in ancient times to preserve health and improve memory. Native Americans continue to use sage in purification ceremonies as a smudge stick.

Delivery forms: tea, tincture, syrup, compress, poultice, hair rinse, smudge stick.

Key compounds: Sage thujone has estrogenic actions, partially responsible for its effect on menstrual flow and its ability to help dry up breast milk. Contains saponins, flavonoids, significant minerals (zinc, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium) and vitamins A, C, B-complex.

Works in synergy with: 1) with pau d’arco, green tea, ginkgo biloba, hawthorn, sassafras, ginger, calendula, yellow dock, peppermint, butcher’s broom, bilberry and licorice  to stimulate circulation  2) with mint and chamomile to relieve coughs.

-Sarah

Getting your daily nutrients from herbs

Whole herb nutrition from Crystal Star® formulas

Ounce per ounce, along with sea plants, whole herbs are the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet. The nutrients in whole herbs are what makes them therapeutic foods. Our bodies often only require the gentle nutrient boost from whole herbs to maintain vibrant health.

Why choose whole herbs for your daily nutrients?

• Bioavailability. University studies document that food complex minerals are up to 25 times more bioavailable than inorganic (non-food) mineral sources. Non-food mineral supplements may show higher milligram amounts on product labels, but very little (in some cases, less than 1%) is actually absorbed by the body. Excesses are flushed out or, in the case of calcium, excesses can become lodged in tissues or recirculated through the bloodstream. Further, inorganic vitamin and mineral supplements are often derived from industrial chemicals like petroleum by-products. Whole herb source nutrients are much less affected by these contaminants.

• Balance. In a healthy body, nutrient levels remain in a delicate balance. Large fluctuations in one mineral can cause depletion in others by reducing absorption in the intestines. Copper deficiency and anemia can occur as a result of zinc overload. Herbal zinc sources like echinacea and the blue green algae, spirulina, do not have this effect and help replenish zinc stores. Many nutrients only work optimally as they occur in natural food complexes. Evidence from two double-blind studies suggests that isolated, synthetic beta carotene can elevate lung cancer risk in smokers. Beta carotene from carrots, dandelion greens and sea plants does not have this effect, and offers a superior spectrum of nutrients, like vitamin C, alpha carotene, lutein and zeaxanthine.

Whole herb supplements for daily nutrition needs:

Energy Green Drink Mix: the ultimate herbal multiple. This combination supplies vitamins, minerals, protein and enzymes needed to promote natural sustained energy and vitality. *

Ocean Minerals Caps: iodine, potassium and silica from the sea for beautiful skin, hair and nails. An excellent choice for thyroid support and mineral nutrition. *

Also available in convenient, high potency liquid extracts:

Calcium Magnesium Source Extract: delivers highly absorbable calcium, magnesium. *

Iodine Source Extract:  iodine, potassium and silica from the sea for beautiful skin, hair and nails. An excellent choice for thyroid support and mineral nutrition. *

Iron Source extract: non-constipating herbal iron.  *

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Bodywork techniques really enhance the results of your fat/cellulite detox

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Choose 2-3 of the following techniques: 10-minute daily cellulite exercises work: They support a slim subcutaneous fat layer, increase circulation, maintain underlying tissue integrity. Do them all each day for 10 minutes. 1. Standing arm swings 50 count both arms. 2. 100 tummy sucks. 3. 100 torso twists. 4. Wall pushups with each arm and both arms. 5. Standing leg circles, 50 each leg. 6. Weight lifting that focuses on the lower body helps develop the muscles in the hips and thighs. 7. Deep breathing moves out lymph congestion that shows as cellulite (one reason why yoga and pilates are so effective).

Dry brushing: Fatty wastes can get trapped beneath the skin’s surface easily (especially in women) when the liver or lymphatic systems are sluggish. Use a natural bristle brush—brush vigorously in a rotary motion and massage every part of your body in this order: feet and legs, hands and arms, back and abdomen, chest and neck. Five to fifteen minutes is the average time.

Rub-on cellulite-fighting essential oils: Antioxidant oils rosemary and thyme. Peppermint oil increases metabolism. Juniper stimulates circulation. Or, try Cellulite gel (with a hint of cayenne for an extra flushing boost).

Massage: Have a massage therapy treatment at the beginning and end of your cleanse to move excess fluid wastes and unattached fats into elimination systems, and to stimulate skin circulation. You can also do light massage work on your cellulitic areas yourself with good results.

Bathe away toxins: Try a Hot Seaweed Bath; or a sea salt bath: add 1 cup Dead Sea salts, 1 cup Epsom salts, ½ cup regular sea salt and ¼ baking soda to a tub; swish in 3 drops lavender oil, 2 geranium drops  oil, 2 drops sandalwood oil and 1 drop neroli oil.

-Sarah

Junk Foods Detox for Kids

Junk Food Detox for Kids: A light detox can start a weight control program for an overweight child, who usually has toxic overload from too many chemicalized foods. A gentle detox normalizes body chemistry.

My JUNK FOOD DETOX for KIDS is a 3 day diet. Avoid highly processed, junky foods, red meats and dairy foods, except yogurt during this detox.

On rising: give citrus juice with 1 teaspoon of acidophilus liquid, or a glass of lemon juice and water with honey or maple syrup. Breakfast: offer fresh fruits, especially apples, pineapple, papaya or oranges. Add vanilla yogurt or rice milk if desired. Mid-morning: give fresh carrot juice. Add ¼ tsp. ascorbate vitamin C or Ester C crystals to neutralize body toxins. Lunch: give fresh raw crunchy veggies with a yogurt dip; or a fresh veggie salad with lemon/oil or yogurt dressing. Mid-afternoon: offer a refreshing herb tea, such as licorice or peppermint tea with honey. Dinner: give a fresh salad, with avocados, carrots, kiwi, romaine and other high vitamin A foods; and/or a cup of miso soup or other clear broth soup. Before bed: offer a relaxing herb tea, like chamomile tea. Add ¼ tsp. vitamin C or Ester C crystals; or a cup of Miso broth for strength.

Once the light detox is over, begin a healthy diet. Breakfast is a key for weight loss for kids. A high fiber breakfast cuts a child’s calories by up to 200 calories a day and holds appetite until lunchtime. Add fresh plant, enzyme-rich foods to the child’s daily diet for energy and fitness.

Recipes for Kids from my book, Diets For Healthy Healing

Maintenance Recipes for a Child’s Healthy Diet

Use these recipes on an ongoing basis once the initial healing diet is producing good results. Excerpted from my book, Diets For Healthy Healing

Breakfast

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Perfect Fiber Cereal

¼ cup sliced almonds ¼ cup pumpkin seeds ¼ cup sunflower seeds ¼ cup chopped walnuts a few pinches cinnamon and cardamom powder 4 oz. pitted prunes 4 oz. dried apricots 4 oz. dried papaya 2 tbsp. honey 2 oranges, sectioned 1 banana, sliced

Preheat oven to 250˚F. Toast the almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts in the oven. Add pinches of cinnamon and cardamom powder on top. Soak the prunes, dried apricots and dried papaya in water to cover. Add the dried fruit mix to a soup pot, and simmer over low heat to reduce liquid by half. Stir in the honey, orange sections, banana and nut mix. Serve warm or cold. Makes about 3 cups.

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Piña Colada Mineral-Enzyme Smoothie

1 cup pinapple, cubed and frozen 1 banana, frozen ¾ cups vanilla rice milk (or almond milk) ½ cup vanilla yogurt, frozen ½ cup orange juice ½ tsp. vanilla extract 3 tbsp. toasted shredded coconut

Peel and cube fruit before freezing. In a blender, mix all ingredients until smooth. Serve while frosty. Makes 2 servings.

Healing drinks

Strawberry Apple Lemonade

1½ qt. apple juice 1½ cups lemon juice 1 cup strawberries, sliced

Pour all ingredients into a large pitcher, chill and serve over ice.

Soups, salads, appetizers

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Roasted Potato & Sweet Potato Sticks

2 sweet potatos, cut into sticks 2 russet potatoes, cut into sticks 2 tbsp. grapeseed oil

Preheat oven to 500°F. Oil a baking sheet. Toss potato sticks with the grapeseed oil. Place side by side, not touching on baking sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes or until crispy. Season with sea salt, pepper, dulse flakes and herbal seasoning salt. Serves 4 people.

Fancy Cheese Nachos

1 lb. baked nacho chips 1⁄3 cup plain sparkling water 4 oz. kefir cheese (or low-fat cream cheese) 8 oz. low-fat pepperjack cheese 8 oz. low-fat cheddar cheese ½ cup spinach (or chard), shredded ¼ cup natural salsa

On a cookie sheet, toast the chips until crisp. In a pan over very low heat, simmer the water, kefir cheese, pepperjack cheese, cheddar cheese, spinach and salsa until cheese melts and is smooth. Spoon over toasted chips, then briefly place in the broiler to brown. Makes enough to fill a tray.

Entrées

Baby Shrimp Tostadas

8 oz. cooked salad shrimp ½ ripe avocado 1 tbsp. red onion, minced 3 tbsp. low-fat mayonnaise 2 tbsp. lemon juice 1 green jalapeño chile, minced 1 tbsp. fresh cilantro, minced 1 tsp. lemon-garlic seasoning 24 tostada chip rounds

To make the topping, mix the avocado, onion, mayonnaise, lemon juice, jalapeño, cilantro, and lemon-garlic seasoning. Divide this mixture on the tostada chip rounds. Top each with the shrimp. Broil 1 minute and serve hot. Makes 24 mini tostadas.

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Deep Dish Italian Pie

Like a mushroom pizza without the crust.

1 (15 oz.) jar natural pizza sauce 1 small eggplant, peeled and sliced 1½ cups grated low-fat mozzarrella cheese 1 yellow onion, sliced 1 tsp. Italian herb blend ½ tsp. anise seed 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 red bell pepper, sliced 1 lb. mushrooms, sliced 1 lb. fresh tomatoes, chopped ¼ cup red wine 2 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese

Prepare a 9" x 13" pan. Preheat oven to 375°F. Sauté the onion, Italian herbs and anise seed in 2 tbsp. olive oil for 5 minutes. Add the red bell pepper and mushrooms; toss until coated. Add the tomatoes and toss to coat. Spread pizza sauce to cover bottom of the pan, and cover with the eggplant slices. Cover with the mozzarella and top with the tomato/mushroom mixture. Pour on rest of pizza sauce and sprinkle with the red wine and parmesan-reggiano cheese. Bake covered for 20 minutes. Remove cover and bake for 20 more minutes. Cut in 9 big squares to serve.

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Diet for Children's Health

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This sample diet for optimal health for your child has been kid-tested for taste.On rising: offer a protein drink, and 1 tsp. liquid Multi-Vitamin/Mineral especially if the child’s energy or school performance is poor; or the child always seems to be ill.

Breakfast: have granola with apple juice or yogurt and fresh fruit; or have eggs, scrambled or baked (no fried eggs); or hot oatmeal or puffed kashi cereal with maple syrup or yogurt.

Mid-morning: whole grain crackers with kefir cheese and fruit juice; or dried fruit leathers with yogurt or kefir cheese; or crunchy veggies with peanut butter; or trail mix stirred into yogurt.

Lunch: have a veggie, turkey, chicken or shrimp sandwich on whole grain bread, with low fat cheese. Add corn chips with a low fat dip; or bean soup with whole grain toast; or have a vegetarian pizza on a chapati crust; or spaghetti or pasta with parmesan cheese sauce; or a Mexican bean,veggie, or rice burrito with fresh salsa.

Mid-afternoon: have fresh fruit or fruit juice, or a kefir drink; or a hard boiled egg and some trans-fat free whole grain chips with a low-fat dip; or some whole grain toast and peanut butter or other nut butter.

Dinner: have whole grain or egg pasta with vegetables and a light tomato/cheese sauce; or a baked Mexican quesadilla with low fat cheese and some steamed veggies or a salad; or roast turkey with cornbread dressing and a salad; or a tuna casserole with rice, peas and water chestnuts.

More Light, Healthy Recipes for Summer!

Rose Petal Fruit Salad- Edible flowers are light, healthy and delicious

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1½ cup blueberries, rinsed 3½ cups nectarines, sliced ½ cup rose petals ¼ cup violets or nasturtiums 2 tbsp. raspberry vinegar 1½ tsp. rose flower water 2 pinches fructose

Arrange the blueberries and nectarines on a platter. Sprinkle fruit with the rose petals and violets. In a small bowl, mix the raspberry vinegar, rose flower water and fructose. Pour over fruit. Serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

Sushi Salad- A friendly addition to modified macrobiotic diet

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1 cup short-grain sushi rice 1 cup mixed brown and wild rice 4 cups cold water 2 cups broccoli, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 2 carrots, diced 1 rib celery, diced 4 scallions, thinly sliced 2 tbsp. pickled ginger, minced ½ cup almonds, slivered 2 sheets toasted nori, sliced into small squares ½ cup brown rice vinegar 2 tbsp. soy sauce 2 tsp. wasabi paste

In a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, combine the sushi rice, mixed brown and wild rice, and 4 cups of cold water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low, stir, then cover and cook for 15 minutes, lifting the lid to stir only once. Remove pan from heat, stir, cover again, and set aside for 20 minutes. Brown and wild rices should be chewy in texture. Cool in a large bowl.

In a soup pot, blanch the broccoli, red bell pepper and carrots in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking; set aside. When rice is cool, toss with blanched vegetables, celery, scallions, ginger, almonds, and toasted nori. Make the dressing: whisk together the brown rice vinegar, soy sauce, and wasabi paste to make a dressing. Toss with salad and serve. Makes 6 servings.

Enzyme Booster Green Soup- Chlorophyll and Enzyme Healing

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1 tbsp. olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced ¼ cup leeks, minced ½ cup green onions, minced 2 tbsp. shallots, minced ¼ cup celery, minced 1 tbsp. wheat germ 1 cup leafy greens (spinach, chard, endive, romaine, etc.), finely chopped ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced ¼ cup watercress, minced 4 cups miso soup 1 tbsp. lemon juice ½ tsp. herb salt ¼ tsp. white pepper daikon white radish, thinly sliced

In a skillet, sauté the garlic, leeks, green onions, shallots, and celery in 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Sprinkle with the wheat germ and toss to coat. Remove from heat and toss in: the leafy greens, fresh parsley, and watercress. In a soup pot, heat the miso soup briefly. Add the sautéed vegetables, lemon juice, herb salt, and white pepper. Heat just through; top with the daikon white radish. Makes 6 servings.

Favorite Summer Healthy Healing Recipes!

Sprouts Plus

A light snack rich in vitamin K, beta carotene. Diuretic properties for cellulite release.

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1 tub alfalfa sprouts

2 cups carrot, grated 1 cup celery, minced 3 pinches lemon zest

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Makes 2 servings.

Grilled Prawns with Veggies and Sesame Sauce

Healthy grilling- A delicious light summer dinner.

½ cup sesame seeds ½ cup sake or sherry 2 tbsp. tamari 1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil 1 lb. prawns, shelled and butterflied 8 green onions, sliced 4 small zucchini, sliced 8 fresh shiitake mushrooms 3 tbsp. olive oil 4 tbsp. white wine 1 tbsp. honey juice of 1 lemon 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced pinch paprika pinch garlic powder

Dry roast sesame seeds in a pan until golden. Set aside. Make the marinade: combine the sake, tamari and sesame oil. Use half to marinate the prawns, and the other half to marinate the onions, zucchini and mushrooms. Allow to marinate for at least an hour in the refrigerator. Grill prawns over high heat until just opaque but still tender. Then grill vegetables until seared and tender. Baste twice. Remove from heat immediately. Put prawns and veggies on a platter and keep warm. Make the Sesame Sauce:  in a blender, combine the toasted sesame seeds, olive oil, white wine, honey, lemon juice, ginger, paprika, garlic powder. Drizzle over prawns and veggies. Makes 4 servings.

Tropical Fruit Platter with Strawberry Sauce

Have fruit instead of a traditional dessert.

2 cups strawberries, chopped 1 tbsp. honey 2 tbsp. orange juice 1 large pineapple, peeled, cored, quartered lengthwise, and cut crosswise into ¼" slices 1 large ripe papaya, peeled, quartered, and cut into ¼" slices 6 medium kiwi, peeled, and cut into thin slices extra whole strawberries

In a blender, mix the chopped strawberries, honey and orange juice. Set aside. On a large platter, overlap slices of each fruit. Drizzle strawberry sauce over fruit. Garnish with whole strawberries. Cut each berry into 5 slices from tip to base, (but not all the way through) and flare slightly. Makes 12 servings.

Natural Skin Solutions

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Dear Friends,here at Healthy Healing we are receiving a lot of questions about how to deal with skin problems. Skin problems like acne, rosacea, eczema and psoriasis are magnified in heat. Unfortunately, conventional treatments have not managed skin conditions very well at all. Most exacerbate symptoms or simply do not help.

Cool Down Skin

Soft smooth skin depends adequate EFA’s in the diet. Just eating fish or seafood 2 – 3 times a week noticeably reduces skin dryness or wrinkling, and can help ease psoriasis and eczema symptoms.

Go gluten-free. Some research and dramatic case reports showing improvement in psoriasis with the adoption of a gluten-free diet. Good replacements: rice (red, brown, wild, risotto), quinoa, amaranth and corn.

Avoid excess protein from red meat. It increases inflammation and sets up an acidic body environment, disastrous for good skin. Include proteolytic enzymes like Dr. Enzyme with Protease & Bromelain to improve protein metabolism. Take 1-2 caps 3 times daily between meals for the best results. (Also helps scarring.)

Herbal alteratives (blood cleansers) like burdock, sarsaparilla and red clover help eliminate toxins that show up as poor skin texture or skin allergies. Herbs like white tea and turmeric extract smooth skin texture and reduce redness. Take 2 caps daily as needed to reduce redness and soothe your skin.

Take extra care of your skin and of course use common sense about sun exposure. We all know powerful UV rays from the sun can seriously damage your skin. Double your protection if you have light-colored eyes and hair, and fair or freckled skin. Always keep a high quality aloe vera gel on hand for sunburn relief.

To Life-long health,

Linda

Advantages of Exercise for Anti-Aging

Bodywork keeps you fit... fitness makes you look and feel far more youthful

•    Advantages of regular exercise for anti-aging:

  •     Exercise boosts circulation and oxygen use for energy.
  •     Exercise reduces the risk for heart attacks and cancer.
  •     Exercise fans the metabolic fires for weight control.
  •     Exercise reduces stress and tension, and relaxes you.
  •     Exercise stimulates hormone production.
  •     Exercise contributes to strength; Inactivity to fatigue.
  •     Weight bearing exercises trigger bone remineralization.
  •     Exercise helps agility and joint mobility.
  •     Exercise lowers insulin levels and promotes regular elimination.
  •     Exercise releases heavy metals, especially cadmium, lead and nickel, pesticides and other toxic material through increased perspiration.
  •     Regular exercise helps manage glaucoma by reducing intraocular pressure.
  •     Regular exercise boosts immunity, especially as you age. Research shows 73-year old women who are fit have immune response comparable to women half their age!

Deep breathing is a powerful way to decrease stress and slow the aging process. Deep diaphragm breathing lowers anxiety, relaxes and loosens muscles, and generates an inner feeling of peace and calm. Diaphragm breathing strengthens heart and lungs, AND encourages more restful sleep.

  •     Inhale deeply through your nose. Try to fill your lungs.
  •     Exhale slowly through your mouth.
  •     Breathe deeply for 30 seconds to calm and center during anxious moments. Breathing deeply for just one minute prevents the short breaths which negatively affect the blood’s oxygen-carbon dioxide balance.
  •     Breathe deeply to fill the lower part of your lungs. Notice the pop-pop feeling in your chest as unused lung pockets open up. Slowly exhale; your abdomen tightens.
  •     As you breathe in, think of oxygen reaching and recharging all the cells of your body. As you exhale, imagine all the stress and tension leaving your body.

And finally… limit your use of microwaves. Microwaving foods, kills enzymes, an important tool for healing, detoxification, glandular functioning and estrogen metabolism.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

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Using Herbal Baths, Douches and Suppositories

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The skin is the body’s largest organ of ingestion. You can use topical herbal preparations as needed for healing, too. Note: If you decide to make your own herbal preparations, buy the finest quality herbs you can find. There is a world of disparity between fairly good herbs and the best. Superior stock must go into a medicinal formula so that the herbal product can do its job correctly. Superior plants cost far more than standard stock, but their worth in healing activity is a true value for the health care customer.

Herbal baths provide a soothing gentle way to absorb herbal therapy through the skin. In essence, you soak in a diluted medicinal tea, allowing your skin to take in the healing properties instead of your mouth and digestive system. The procedure for taking an infusion bath is almost as important as the herbs themselves.

Two Good Therapeutic Bath Techniques

…Method 1: Draw very hot bath water. Put bath herbs in an extra large tea ball or small muslin bath bag (sold in natural food stores). Steep in the bath until the water cools slightly and is aromatic, about 10 to 15 minutes.

…Method 2: Make a strong tea infusion on the stove as usual with a full pot of water. Strain and add directly to the bath. Soak for at least 30 to 45 minutes to give your body time to absorb the herbal properties. Rub all over your body with the solids in the muslin bag while soaking for best herb absorbency.

Herbal douches are an effective method for handling simple vaginal infections. Simply steep the herbs like you are making a strong tea, strain, and pour the liquid into a douche bag. Sit on the toilet, insert the applicator, and rinse the vagina with the douche. Use one full douche bag for each application. Most vaginal conditions need douching three times daily for 3 to 7 days. If the infection does not respond in this time, see a qualified health professional.

Herbal suppositories and boluses are an effective way to handle rectal and vaginal problems, acting as carriers for the herbal medicine. Herbal suppositories generally serve one of three purposes: to soothe inflamed mucous membranes and aid the healing process; to help reduce swollen membranes and overcome discharge; and to work as a laxative, stimulating normal peristalsis.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page