Dr- Linda Page

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.

Intense Fat and Sugar Cleanse

Is your body showing signs that it needs a fat and sugar cleanse?

• Is cellulite collecting on your hips, thighs or tummy? Cellulite is a mixture of fat, water and wastes trapped beneath the skin.
• Are your upper arms slightly flabby? Is your waistline, wrists and ankles noticeably thicker?  
• Does your face look jowl-y or puffy?
If your diet problem is eating too much fat and sugars, try my light detox from fats and sugars for 1 – 3 days. It makes you feel terrific and it’s so easy. Sugary foods and highly processed foods like fast foods are so devoid of digestive enzymes that they collect as excess fat. If you are congested, your body tries to dump its metabolic wastes to get them out of the way. One of the places that receives metabolic wastes is excess fat. 

Start the night before with a green leafy salad to sweep your intestines. Dry brush your skin all over for five minutes before you go to bed to open your pores for the night’s cleansing eliminations. 
Upon rising: have a cup of green tea to cut through and eliminate fatty wastes. For maximum results, add drops of ginseng extract to control sugar cravings, or licorice extract for sugar stabilizing.
Breakfast: have a Fat Melt Down Juice: juice 2 apples, 2 pears, 1 slice of fresh ginger to help reduce fat from places where it is stored in cellulite. The ginger stimulates better blood circulation.
Mid-morning: a green superfood drink once a day helps cleanse your body of fatty build-up.
Lunch: enjoy a mixed vegetable juice, like Knudsen’s Very Veggie. Regular V-8 juice works fine. 
Mid-afternoon: Take a glass of papaya-pineapple juice, or a cup of green tea to enhance enzyme production. Enzymes are a dieter’s best friend!     
Dinner: Have miso soup with snipped sea greens. Sea veggies add minerals and improve sluggish metabolism.  Add spices like cayenne, mustard and ginger to speed up fat burning. 
Before bed: have a cup of apple juice, licorice or peppermint tea to restore normal body pH.

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Try my Fat & Sugar Detox caps with your program to accelerate the results!

Try my Fat & Sugar Detox caps with your program to accelerate the results!

Focus on reducing fats and sugars in your diet. Add more fiber to get rid of excess sugar, especially from whole grains, legumes like peas, and vegetables. High fiber foods improve glucose metabolism, help promote weight loss and reduce cravings for sugar. 
Take a 15 minute dry sauna several days a week for a month. Raising your body temperature with dry heat really helps balance sugar levels. When I worked at a European spa, we used this technique for weight loss and blood sugar problems with great results!
Expert dieters drink 8 glasses of water a day. Water naturally suppresses appetite and helps maintain a high metabolic rate. In fact, water is the most important catalyst for increased fat burning. It enhances the liver’s ability to detox and metabolize so it can process more fats. Don’t worry about fluid retention; high water intake actually decreases bloating, because it flushes out sodium and toxins. 

Are you ready for a Liver Detox?

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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 holidays. Makes: 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

a favorite side dish! so much better than plain cranberry jelly

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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

45 minutes prep time | Makes 4 servings

bake this stuffing as a separate dish along with the turkey

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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!

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.

 

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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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.

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

Chlorophyll- A Key to Healing

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Green foods are power plants for people. Our body chemistry comes from plant nutrients because plant chlorophyll (one of the most powerful nutrients on Earth) transmits the energies of the sun and the soil to our bodies.  The sun is the energy source of the Earth—plants constitute the most direct method of conserving the energy we get from the sun. Fruits, vegetables, grains and grasses reach out to us on branches and stems, making themselves beautiful and nourishing to attract us. Chlorophyll offers amazing healing benefits for humans. The most therapeutic ingredient in green foods is chlorophyll, the basic component of the “blood” of plants. Chlorophyll is the pigment that plants use to carry out photosynthesis - absorbing the light energy from the sun, and converting it into plant energy.  This energy is transferred into our cells and blood when we consume fresh greens. Chlorophyll is in all green plants, but is particularly rich in green and blue-green algae, wheat grass, parsley, and alfalfa.

Our blood has a unique affinity to chlorophyll. The chlorophyll molecule is remarkably similar to human hemoglobin in composition, except that it carries magnesium in its center instead of iron. Eating chlorophyll-rich foods helps our bodies build oxygen-carrying red blood cells. In my opinion, eating green foods is almost like giving yourself a little transfusion to help treat illness and enhance immunity.

Chlorophyll is a better tonic than Geritol for tired blood. It calms the nerves, so it’s helpful for insomnia, exhaustion and nervous irritability. It’s beneficial for skin disorders used topically and internally, helps you cope with deep infections, and dental problems like pyorrhea. Its anti-bacterial qualities are a proven remedy for colds, ear infections, skin ulcers and chest inflammation.  Chlorophyll is a key heart remedy, improving the overall condition of the heart and lowering blood pressure. It is a mild diuretic and stimulates peristalsis to relieve constipation.

Chlorophyll detoxifies your liver. It’s a potent antioxidant. It helps neutralize and remove drug deposits, and purifies the blood. Even the medical community sees chlorophyll as a means of removing heavy metal buildup, because it can bind with heavy metals to help remove them. A new U.S. Army study reveals that a chlorophyll-rich diet doubles the lifespan of animals exposed to radiation. Since the days of Agent Orange and Gulf War Syndrome, chlorophyll is considered a form of protection against some chemical warfare weapons and some natural poisons. Research shows supplementation with chlorophyllins (100 milligrams, 3 times daily) can reduce DNA damage caused by poisonous mushrooms by as much as 55%. (The amount used equals about ½ cup chopped raw spinach.)

Chlorophyll is rich in vitamin K, necessary for blood clotting. Naturopathic physicians use chlorophyll for women with heavy menstrual bleeding and anemia. Vitamin K helps form a compound in urine that inhibits growth of calcium oxalate crystals, so chlorophyll helps with kidney stones. Vitamin K also enhances adrenal activity, so chlorophyll-rich foods help maintain steroid balance for a more youthful body.

Chlorophyll improves digestion, reduces chronic bad breath and body odor… even in pets! It is used in natural air deodorizers. You can add chlorophyll to your detox juices during a cleanse to help keep blood sugar levels stable. Liquid chlorophyll is a good choice for people who want the ultimate benefits. Chlorophyll liquids and green superfood drinks from the health food store work well. Incorporate your choice of chlorophyll foods and supplements in your healing program.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

The Blood Type Diet: Is It Right for You?

Followers often say it is the only thing that worked for them, but is there any real evidence that the Blood Type diet is any better than other fad diets out there?

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Here is the theory: each blood type has a different set of characteristics. Different foods, even different exercise regimens are appropriate based on your blood type. Even your personality is thought to be affected by blood type.

According to Peter D’Adamo, the author of Eat Right For Your Type, lectins in foods react differently to each blood type. Your specific blood type antigens may be incompatible with certain foods. His theory is based largely on the evolutionary theory of blood types by William Boyd, an immuno-chemist and anthropologist.

D’Adamo believes blood type O is the earliest blood group originating 30,000 years ago. He suggests type O’s are “the hunter” and do well on a high protein diet with more meat. They are prone to thyroid issues, benefit from adding bladderwrack (an easily gathered shoreline seaweed) in the diet, and supplementing with DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) to counteract excess body acid production. According to the diet, “hunters” should avoid wheat, dairy, caffeine and alcohol.

Blood type A is considered “the cultivator” dating back 20,000 years ago. D’Adamo recommends a plant based diet with whole grains and vegetables comprising the majority of the diet. They do best with organic foods, a low stress lifestyle, plenty of rest and moderate exercise like tai chi.  It is suggested they avoid excess protein from meat and fat in the diet, and limit sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Note: the coauthor for this book followed the blood type diet for A’s and found it helpful.  For people who want to try it, transition into your correct blood type diet slowly over a period of weeks so as to not shock your system.

Blood type B is thought to be “the nomadic” blood type arriving 10,000 years ago with a more flexible digestive system and better immune system. They adapt well to different environments and altitude changes. They perform best with mentally challenging exercise like martial arts, hiking or golf. According to this diet, type B’s should avoid chicken because it contains an aggravating lectin that could lead to higher risk for stroke and autoimmune disease. Further, B’s are the only type that does well with dairy products.

Blood type AB, found in less than 5% of the population, is the most recently evolved type, arriving less than 1,000 years ago. It is the only blood type created by the intermingling of different blood types rather than by the environment. Type AB’s do well with a diet comprising the best elements of both diets for A and B. They should avoid smoked or cured meats, caffeine, alcohol and high stress. Instead, they should focus on fermented soy foods, seafood, and green vegetables.

What Do The Experts Say?

There is little scientific evidence that any of the Eat Right For Your Type dietary recommendations work for disease prevention. In fact, some studies suggest that lectins, which are specific for a particular ABO blood type aren’t even found in foods, other than a few exceptions like lima beans. Lectins which react differently to blood types are found more often in non-food plants or animals. Still, D’Adamo suggests that his diet is more about the foods you do eat versus what you avoid.

There are a few disease risks linked to blood type. Gastritis is somewhat more prevalent in type A’s and O’s (which incidentally make up about 80% of the world’s population). Anemia and diabetes are more prevalent in type A’s or B’s. A 2009 study suggests pancreatic cancer may be more common in type A and B’s. Research shows disease-carrying insects seem to prefer Type O blood.

I believe in a plant based diet for everyone, not just type A’s for overall health. See the diets on this website and in my book Diets for Healthy Healing.

What Do The Followers Say?

The Blood Type diet has a strong community of support. An internet survey with over 6500 respondents (conducted by D’Adamo’s website) reports that people following the Blood Type Diet for a month or more in a variety of health concerns, had improvement in 71-78% of cases. Most commonly, respondents reported weight loss. Note: Since each blood type diet eliminates specific problem groups of foods, like grains, dairy, meat and fish, the weight loss result is not surprising.

D’Adamo’s newest work is titled The Genotype Diet and expands upon his blood type diet theory to include more information on identifying your personal genotype and how it reacts with your environment to either create health or disease.

Learn a lot more about the blood type diet on www.4yourtype.com.

Brown Rice Cleanse

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A brown rice cleanse is especially useful for dropping a few quick pounds, and it’s a great way to transition from an unhealthy diet into a better diet. A brown rice cleanse is based on macrobiotic principles for body balance. It’s cleansing, yet filling. You don’t feel like you’re on a cleanse at all, yet it does the trick. It’s a diet that uses rice as a nutrient building food, and vegetables and vegetable juices as concentrated cleansing supplements. A brown rice cleanse is high in potassium, natural iodine, and other minerals, so most people notice improvement in their hair, skin texture and nail growth A brown rice diet is the best cleansing diet for colder times of the year. Brown rice adds a building, warming factor to a cleanse, making your meals more satisfying, ensuring that you get plenty of fiber and minerals. It’s an effective option to a juice cleanse and much easier to fit into your lifestyle.

Almost everybody loses some weight during this cleanse. Many people experience a 2 to 5 pound weight drop. Most people notice an improvement in vitality and energy levels right away, too. People with heart problems regularly notice a more stable heartbeat and better circulation. A fiber-rich cleansing diet with sea veggies, that eliminates meat and dairy protein, almost invariably lowers the risk of cardiovascular problems.

Is your body showing signs that a brown rice cleanse would help you?

—Is your immune response low?

—Do you feel like you need to clear cobwebs from your brain? Are you feeling logy and out-of-sorts?

—Do you need to lose about 10 pounds?

7-Day Brown Rice Detox Plan

The night before your brown rice cleanse....

A green leafy salad for dinner sweeps your bowels.

The next day....

—On rising: take a glass of 2 fresh squeezed lemons, 1 tbsp. maple syrup and 8-oz. of pure water.

—Breakfast: have an energy green drink: 6 carrots, 1 beet, 8 spinach leaves and ¼ cup fresh parsley.

—Mid-morning: take a cup Cleansing & Purifying tea or burdock tea.

—Lunch: have a veggie juice like Super V-7: 2 carrots, 2 tomatoes, a handful of spinach leaves and parsley, 2 celery ribs, ½ cucumber, ½ green bell pepper. Add 1 tbsp. green superfood, like spirulina or chlorella.

—Mid-afternoon: have a glass of carrot juice.

—Dinner: have steamed brown rice and mixed steamed vegetables. Sprinkle with sea veggies like dulse or kelp, easily purchased in flakes or granules. Use 1 tbsp. flax or olive oil, and 1 tbsp. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos.

—Before Bed: have a cup of herbal tea such as peppermint, spearmint or chamomile.

—The next 6 days: have 2 to 3 glasses of mixed vegetable juices throughout the day. Don’t eat any solid food during the day. Have steamed brown rice and mixed vegetables for an early dinner each evening.

7-day brown rice cleanse supplement suggestions: Choose 2 or 3 cleansing boosters.

…Cleansing boosters: Herbal laxatives like cascara sagrada and senna support waste elimination.

…Cleansing teas: Green Tea Cleanser or Cleansing & Purifying tea, both gentle enough to take on a daily basis.

…Enzymes, a detox’s best friend: Dr. Enzyme with Protease & Bromelain.

Therapies for Andropause

Eight in ten family physicians today recognize male andropause as a real change of life for men comparable to female menopause. Symptoms to watch for include: low energy; slowing facial or head hair growth; less muscle mass; lost height or early osteoporosis; enlarged prostate; depression; less strong or less frequent erections; lower than normal sex drive.

Diet for Ageless Male Vitality

1. Reduce fried foods, red meats and fatty dairy foods: they’re full of disrupting hormones linked to cancer; reduce caffeine and sugar — all of which deplete the adrenals and drain male energy. 2. Don’t go too far: An extremely low fat diet is disastrous for andropausal health. Penn State University studies find it may reduce testosterone levels… almost to preadolescent levels—definitely bad news for an older man! Include healthy fats from seafood and fish, and lean meats such as hormone-free turkey and chicken regularly. Consider flax seed or perilla oil as a healthy oil to use in salad dressings. (Use about 1 tbsp.) 3. Use your diet to prevent prostate cancer: Include cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower regularly. In one study, men who ate the most cruciferous veggies lowered their prostate cancer risk by 39%. The determining factor may be high 13C (indole 3 carbinol) in cruciferous veggies which helps detoxify carcinogens in the body. Diets high in lycopene, a carotenoid high in tomatoes, cut prostate cancer risk by 40%, so include tomatoes and tomato-based products often (cooking boosts the carotene). 4. Boost your zinc intake to renew sexual potency: Zinc, highly concentrated in semen, is the most important nutrient for male sexual function. Eat zinc-rich foods like liver, oysters, nutritional yeast, nuts and seeds regularly. Add zinc-rich spirulina to your superfood list. 5. Check your alcohol intake: Heavy drinking can lead to prostate problems and impaired erections. DHT elevation (di-hydro-testosterone - a rogue type of testosterone), linked to normal testosterone decline and elevation of female hormones, is definitely undesirable for men. 6. Take care of your prostate: Research documented in the Quarterly Review of Natural Medicine finds saw palmetto reduces the symptoms of BPH by blocking DHT (di-hydro-testosterone), and inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha reductase related to prostate enlargement. Consider Healthy Prostate7. Revitalize your sexual virility: Try the herb tribulus terrestris or Epimedium (horny goat weed). An Ayurvedic herb, tribulus has been used since ancient times as a treatment for increasing libido and impotence in men. As an alternative, Male Performance caps have a long history of success for strengthening the male system. 8. Regular exercise is a vital component of male health: It makes the body stronger, function more efficiently and have greater stamina. In one study, 78 healthy, but sedentary men were studied during nine months of regular exercise. The men exercised for 60 minutes a day, three days a week. Every man in the study reported significantly enhanced sexuality, including increased frequency, performance and satisfaction. Rising sexuality was even correlated with the degree of fitness improvement. The more physical fitness the men were able to attain, the better their sex life!

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Herbs for strong immunity

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We think of herbs as so gentle and subtle. How can they work when drugs can’t? Herbs may become some of our best weapons against drug-resistant diseases. Herbs work differently from drug antibiotics. Herbs work with each person’s own immune system. Drugs work against the harmful organism. As heroic medicine, drugs often work best for short time use, to arrest a virulent pathogen and give your body a chance to stabilize so your own immune response can take over. But antibiotic drugs target all bacteria in your body, not just harmful ones. So they wipe out friendly bacteria in the intestines, important for immune strength and protection against Candida yeast overgrowth, E. Coli and Salmonella infections. Antibiotics taken over a long time weaken your immune response. Research from Baylor School of Medicine reveals that antibiotics actually prevent your immune system’s white blood cells from attacking and killing pathogenic bacteria. Herbs work with your own immune defenses, to support the lymphatic system of disease, and stimulate your immune response without harming healthy tissue. Herbs are living medicines that interact with our bodies in a very complex way. We may never understand all their healing power, but one way is to remind ourselves that whole herbs are foods. Herbs work with our enzyme and digestive functions just as foods do. As with foods, herb interactions with drugs are rare. Would you stop eating spinach, for instance, just because you’re taking an antibiotic? Herb healing pathways are different from drugs - even for drugs that originally started as plants.

There Are The Three Categories Of Herbs You Can Use For Your Natural Immune Arsenal:

1. Immune Boosters: They aren’t direct germ killers, but they illustrate how herbs like echinacea and astragalus work as opposed to drug antibiotics.

• Echinacea

• Astragalus

2. Lymph Flushers: They work with the lymphatic system, your immune system’s circulatory process, to flush, filter and engulf pathogens, rendering them innocuous.

• Echinacea

• Seaweed

• Bitters herbs

3. Super powerful supplements that may be a good tool to wipe out supergerms.

• Olive leaf extract

• Tea tree oil

• Garlic

• Oregano oil

• Propolis

• Probiotics

• Selenium

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Natural Adrenal Fatigue Therapy

A good diet and plenty of rest are essential. Potassium is the principal mineral lost when adrenal health is compromised. Potassium-rich foods like sea veggies, bananas, kiwis, potatoes, broccoli and fish help recharge adrenal energy.

Other key nutrients:

B vitamins (royal jelly shows excellent results); vitamin C (helps convert cholesterol to adrenal hormones); zinc foods, like brown rice, grains, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast, bran, eggs, oysters, etc.; magnesium foods like green leafy vegetables, almonds, apricots, avocado, carrots, citrus fruits, lentils, salmon, flounder; and the amino acid tyrosine (I use about 500mg daily).

1. Eat small, instead of large meals, low in sugar and fats. Eat lots of fresh foods, cold water fish, brown rice, legumes, dark greens and whole grains.

2. Put seaweeds at the top of your list of adrenal enhancing foods. Add potassium-rich foods like potatoes, salmon, seafood and avocados to your diet… about 3 to 5 grams daily. Cut down on high sodium foods.

3. Avoid hard liquor, tobacco and excess caffeine during healing.

4. Avoid fats, fried, salty foods, red meats, sugary foods and fast foods.

5. Each morning, make a fresh mix of 2 teaspoons each: flax seed, bran, nutritional yeast, toasted wheat germ, and maple syrup and add to your favorite cereal or yogurt. Or, have a cup of miso broth every evening, adding 2 teaspoons each nutritional yeast and toasted wheat germ to boost benefits.

Adrenal support from herbs:

•     Adrenal Energy caps as directed with Evening Primrose Oil 4-6 daily;    Hawthorn extract - 1 dropperful as needed for a feeling of well-being. •   Gotu kola extract caps 6 daily, for nerves.

Superfood therapy: Choose 1 or 2 recommendations.

•    Crystal Star Systems Strength drink or caps with sea veggies. •    Just Barley drink.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

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All About Low Blood Pressure

We get a lot of questions on low blood pressure. Here's what you need to know:

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Even though we hear less about low blood pressure, it’s also a threat to good health. Low blood pressure is generally recognized as 100/60 or below, an abnormal reading that registers malfunction of the circulatory system’s systole/diastol action.

What Brings About Low Blood Pressure?

Causes are wide ranging, from a reaction to drug medication (a common problem for the elderly who over-use drugs that lower immunity), to an electrolyte-loss response to a disease, or an endocrine or nerve disorder. LBP is also a sign of weak arterial system walls, where blood and fluid can leak and abnormally distend tissues, preventing good circulation. A poor diet that lacks vitamin C and bioflavonoids can cause this type of “run-down”  condition, along with weak adrenal action from emotional stress, and weak kidney action which may cause system toxemia. Natural treatment works well for symptoms like dizziness or light-headedness upon standing up, indicating a reduction of cerebral flow.

Do you have signs of low blood pressure? Great fatigue after even mild exercise, and low energy are primary signals, sometimes dizziness and lightheadedness, especially on standing quickly. Intolerance to heat and cold, nervousness, low immunity and high susceptibility to allergies and infections, particularly opportunistic disease like candida yeast overgrowth.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Anti-Aging Diet for Good Health

Longevity Begins with a Good Diet

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A nutrition rich diet is the centerpiece of a vibrant long life. Health experts agree that the food health pyramid needs to be modified as we age. Your diet must become even more nourishing, even higher in antioxidants as the years pass. A good diet improves health, provides a high energy level, maintains harmonious system balance, keeps memory and thinking sharp, staves off disease, and contributes to a youthful appearance. The aging process slows down if your internal environment is good.

Lower your daily calories to reduce the signs of aging. Overeating dramatically hastens the aging process; moderate food intake may extend lifespan by as much as ten years. Your body needs fewer calories and burns calories slower as you age; optimum body weight should be 10 to 15 pounds less than in your 20s and 30s. A low calorie diet protects DNA from damage, and prevents tissue degeneration.  An easy way to control a slow upward weight gain is to compose your diet of 50% fresh foods.

Fresh, organically grown foods protect your skin from aging. Your skin is a diet window. Already saturated with chemicals from pesticides, preservatives and additives, today over 70% of our foods are genetically altered. Brown age spots and rough skin texture are signs that our bodies are less able to process our foods correctly.

Keep your glands young! Trace minerals, essential fatty acids and protein are important for youthful gland function. Good gland foods: sea foods and sea greens, fresh figs and raisins, pumpkin and sesame seeds, broccoli, avocados, yams and dark fruits. Herbal digestive tonics with ginger, mineralizers from dark leafy greens like spinach, and herbal adaptogens like ginseng are gland boosters.

The best anti-aging foods:

•    Fresh fruits and vegetables! Fresh foods gives you the most vitamins, minerals, fiber and enzymes. Plants have the widest array of nutrients and are the easiest for your body to use. Enzyme-rich fruits and vegetables are the essential link to stamina levels. (Increased free radical production, abnormal tissue formation (fibrosis) and reduced digestive capacity are all hallmarks of aging, and directly related to low enzyme activity.) Organically grown foods insure higher nutrient content and aren’t sprayed with toxic pesticides. Have a green salad every day! European research reveals the immune cells of vegetarians are twice as effective as meat eaters in killing cancer cells.

Note: Eat fresh foods whenever you can. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices offer quick absorption of antioxidants, which protect the body against aging, heart disease, cancer, and degenerative conditions.

•    Sea vegetables are the ocean’s superfoods. They contain all the necessary elements of life and transmute the energies of the ocean to us as proteins, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, chlorophyll, enzymes and fiber. Sea greens and sea foods stand almost alone as potent sources of natural iodine. By regulating thyroid function, they promote higher energy levels and increased metabolism for faster weight loss after 40.

•    Whole grains, nuts, seeds and beans for protein, fiber, minerals and essential fatty acids. Sprouted seeds, grains, and legumes are some of the healthiest foods you eat… living nutrients that go directly to your cells.

•    Cultured foods for friendly digestive flora. Yogurt tops the list, but kefir and kefir cheese, miso, tamari, tofu, tempeh, even a glass of wine at the evening meal also promote better nutrient assimilation. Raw sauerkraut is especially good for boosting friendly bacteria. (Avoid commercial sauerkraut processed with alum)  Bonus: Cultured foods act as a mild appetite suppressant for better weight control.

•    Six to eight glasses of pure water every day keeps your body hydrated and clean.

•    Green drinks, green foods, miso and brown rice keep body chemistry balanced for optimum health.

•    Two to three tablespoons of healthy, unsaturated fats and oils keep your body at its best.

•    Fish and seafoods 3 times a week enhance thyroid and metabolism for weight control and brain acuity.

•    Eat poultry, other meats, butter, eggs, and dairy in moderation. Avoid fried foods, excess caffeine, red meats, highly seasoned foods, refined and chemically processed foods altogether.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Do you have concerns about soy foods?

Research Reveals Concerns About Eating Too Much Soy

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In spite of all its benefits, new evidence shows that eating too much soy can have some drawbacks. Most of the problems occur for vegetarians who rely too heavily on soy for their protein, eating large servings of soy foods (especially non-cultured soy foods) many times a day.

Potential Problems With Soy You’ll Want To Avoid

—Soy foods are hard to digest for a lot of people. The tummy upsetting culprits? Heavy processing, and enzyme (trypsin) inhibitors, that are present in all beans. I always prefer cultured soy foods like tempeh, miso, tofu, soy milk and soy sauce in a healing diet because their healthy bacteria improves their digestibility. —Phytates in soybeans can bind to minerals like zinc, calcium and iron in the digestive tract and prevent their absorption. Note: Fermented soy foods have the least phytates. Soaking soy beans for 12-24 hours before cooking reduces phytate levels. —Soy foods are routinely genetically engineered, posing a problem for many people ethically and health wise. People with food sensitivities are especially affected. —A Hawaiian study suggests that eating a lot of tofu may speed up the aging process, even affect your brain. Researchers speculate that soy’s plant hormones act as an anti-estrogen in the brain, but more research needs to be done to determine if this is true. (Note: The normal aging process itself, a history of stroke and a good education play a much more significant role in the risk for mental decline than soy intake.) —One study has shown that genistein may increase the growth of estrogen-dependent breast cancer cells in vitro. Other studies dispute this finding, but it’s possible that very high doses of soy isoflavones can aggravate some types of breast cancer. — Some research shows that 40mg of soy isoflavones a day can slow down the production of thyroid hormone. I’ve heard often from menopausal women who eat a lot of soy that their metabolism has drastically slowed, leading to weight gain, bloat, and the fatigue that they dread!  A Japanese study show that eating a lot of soy may trigger hypothyroidism and goiter, which I have seen even in younger women. (Note that isoflavone supplements usually contain 40mg. One tablespoon of soy powder contains about 25mg. of isoflavones.) Cooking your soy foods helps deactivate these properties. —Animal studies suggest that a soy-based diet may lead to infertility problems. However, soy’s long history of moderate consumption in the Japanese and American cultures does not confirm this risk. —Soy may not be the best choice for infant formulas. A study by Maryland Nutritionists says babies on soy-based formulas receive the equivalent of 5-6 birth control pills daily from soy’s plant estrogens! Because of the potential impact on hormone health, experts advise caution when considering soy based infant formulas, unless there is a clear allergy to cow’s milk.

My Final Word On Soy?

Eat soy in moderation. Soy foods (especially cultured soy foods) have confirmed benefits for our health. Enjoy soy foods in a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, sea foods and seaweeds. Soy overload (4-5 servings a day) and high doses of isolated soy isoflavones may potentially lead to problems for some people. Whenever possible, choose organic, fermented soy products that are less affected by genetic engineering.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page