anti-inflammatory diet

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

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

Anti-Inflammatory, Pain Relieving Diet

There are four basic pain centers: 1: cerebro-spinal area, (nerve, lower back, cramping); 2: frontal lobe area, (ear, tooth and headaches over the eyes); 3: base of the brain (migraines, tension headaches); 4: abdomen, (menstrual cramping, digestive, elimination).  Common paths to pain: Poor posture, poor nutrition, an acidic diet that eats away protective tissue, adrenal exhaustion, injury or surgery, tumors or growths, even repressed anger. All of us have suffered with some degree of pain in our lives, but did you know you can use your diet for pain relief, too? Here are some tips.

Nutritional therapy plan:

1. A vegetarian diet, low in fats, high in minerals is the best support for all kinds of pain - back and menstrual pain, migraines, arthritis, muscle aches.

2. Eat plenty of complex carbohydrates and vegetable proteins for strength: whole grains, broccoli, peas, brown rice, legumes, seafoods, etc. Fermented soy foods like tempeh, miso, natto and tofu are a specific for inflammation relief.

3. Add anthocyanin foods like cherries and berries as anti-inflammatories (often up to 10 times better than aspirin).

4. Add high mineral foods to the diet. Emphasize magnesium and calcium foods for muscle strength. Include bioflavonoid-rich foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables.

5. Have a vegetable drink like Knudsen’s Very Veggie or • Systems Strength broth mix, and a green leafy salad every day. Note: Dehydration worsens chronic pain. Be sure to drink 8 glasses of water daily. Try • Penta bottled water (highly recommended).

6. Avoid caffeine, salty and sugary foods to eliminate an overacid condition.

Bodywork:

• Acupressure: pinch and massage webs between the thumb and index finger.

• Meditation is a proven pain killer. Just 20 minutes of meditation a day can completely change your perception of pain and even alleviate pain sensitivity.

• Chiropractic adjustment, biofeedback, acupuncture, magnet therapy, and massage therapy control pain. • Prolotherapy injections help in reducing pain and improving range of motion. Contact American Assoc. of Orthopedic Medicine at 800-992-2063 for referral.

• Pain-relieving compresses: Plantain-marshmallow; Wintergreen-cajeput oil; Comfrey leaf; Lobelia.

• Topical pain relievers: Arnica gel

 

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