Using Garlic Therapeutically

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Raw garlic is a highly potent weapon for staying healthy. It is effective at fighting not just pathogenic bacteria. It fights all harmful microbes including viruses and fungi. For this reason alone, it far outperforms synthetic antibiotics for non-life-threatening infections and illnesses when used properly.

The necessary factor is to ferment the garlic. Fermented vegetables are always pickled, but not all pickled vegetables are fermented.

The Benefits of Pickled Garlic

*The inherent ‘hotness’ of eating raw garlic   
clove is greatly reduced, if not eliminated
*No garlic breath (Yay!)

Fermenting garlic eliminates the negative of eating raw garlic without reducing any of the natural benefits. In addition, the probiotic and enzymatic value of garlic is enhanced by fermentation.

So, how do we use garlic therapeutically?

To prevent sickness, it is recommended to consume one raw garlic clove per day. While fighting off sickness, consume one pickled garlic clove per hour upon waking (around 1 whole bulb of garlic per day). Additionally, you may suck on a garlic clove to soothe a sore throat. Those who are sensitive to garlic will likely find that pickled garlic will be no problem.

How to properly pickle/ferment garlic-


Ingredients:

5-6 bulbs of garlic, preferably organic
1 pint of filtered water                                
1 tbsp. sea salt                                                                  

Directions:   

Separate all the cloves for each head of garlic. Carefully remove the papery skin from each garlic clove. Mix sea salt with filtered water. Add the garlic cloves to a mason jar and place a fermentation weight on top of the cloves. This will keep the cloves at the bottom of the jar when you add the water.  Add water/salt mixture, make sure at least 1 inch is left for air at the top of the jar. Close the lid tightly and place in a cool pantry or cabinet for one month. Don’t forget to date your garlic! After one month, transfer to refrigerator. Consume the pickled cloves as stated above or use to flavor dishes!

Read full article here:

https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/pickled-garlic/

Cashew Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Ingredients:

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
4 tbsp. oyster sauce
2 tbsp. sesame oil or olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
1 tsp. chili paste
1/3 c. raw cashews
8 leaves of lettuce
Additional Toppings (optional): thinly sliced basil, sesame seeds, grated carrots, peas, bean sprouts, etc.

Directions:

Place the chicken in a zip lock bag with the oyster sauce, soy sauce and chili paste. Let the chicken marinate for 10 minutes. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tbsp. of sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Increase the heat to medium-high heat, add the chicken and the remaining oil, and stir-fry until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Once the chicken is cooked, add the cashews and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Spoon the mixture into the individual lettuce leaves, top with any additional toppings, if desired. Enjoy!!

Original Recipe Here

8 Amazing Benefits of Drinking Water Right After Waking Up

For a start, 70% of your body is made up of water, so it’s essential to keep it fresh and topped up to keep the body working properly. When the body’s water requirement is not met, it has a variety of negative short-term and long-term health consequences.

Long-term dehydration can lead to rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, angina, colitis, dyspepsia, hypertension, obesity, hemorrhoids, breast cancer, pulmonary tuberculosis, kidney stones, sinusitis, and uterine cancers!

Help your body to better avoid these conditions by drinking water after waking up and keeping your body hydrated throughout the day.

1. Helps Rid the Body of Toxins

As you drink water, it naturally urges movement in your bowels. At night, your body repairs itself and casts out all the toxins in the body. When you drink water on an empty stomach in the morning, you will flush out these harmful toxins, leaving your body fresh and healthy. Drinking plenty of water can help in increasing the production of muscle cells and new blood cells.

2. Improves Metabolism

Drinking water on an empty stomach can increase your metabolic rate by at least 24%. It is very important for those people who are on a strict diet. An increased metabolic rate means an improved digestive system. You will be able to follow your diet routine more easily if you digest faster. Drinking water immediately after waking up purifies the colon, making it easier to absorb nutrients.

3. Reinforces Healthy Weight Loss

When you drink water in the morning on an empty stomach, you will release all your toxins and it will improve your digestive system. You will feel less hungry and your cravings will be reduced. This will prevent weight gain caused by overeating.

4. Alleviates Heartburn and Indigestion

Indigestion is caused by increased acidity in the stomach. You suffer from heartburn when the acid refluxes into your esophagus. When you drink water on an empty stomach, these acid are pushed down and get diluted, solving the problem. Also, this provides a head start for your stomach for the upcoming breakfast.

5. Improves Complexion and Skin Radiance

Dehydration causes premature wrinkles and deep pores in the skin. It was found out in a study that drinking 500 ml of water on an empty stomach increases blood flow in the skin and makes skin glow. Also, drinking more water throughout the day means that your body is releasing toxins, which will make your skin more radiant.

6. Promotes Shiny, Smooth, and Healthy Hair

Dehydration can have a serious impact on your hair growth. Drinking plenty of water nourishes your hair from the inside out. Water makes up almost ¼ of the weight of a hair strand. An insufficient intake of water can cause brittle hair and thin hair strands. You should drink more water every day, but drinking water on an empty stomach can improve the quality of your hair to a greater extent.

7. Prevents Kidney Stones and Bladder Infections

Drinking water immediately after waking up is important for preventing kidney stones and bladder infections. It is a fact that drinking water on an empty stomach dilutes the acids which lead to stones in the kidney. The more water you drink (to a healthy limit), the more you will be protected from various kinds of bladder infections caused by toxins.

8. Strengthens Immune System

Drinking water on an empty stomach helps in flushing and balancing the lymphatic system, which leads to increased levels of immunity. A strong immune system will keep you safe from various diseases and prevent you from falling sick as often.

As you can see, there are a whole host of benefits of drinking water immediately after waking up. It’s without a doubt the easiest way to make a positive change to your lifestyle without spending any money.

 

Author: Joseph Summers 

Veggie Spring Rolls

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Ingredients:

Rice Paper
Sushi Rice
Bell Peppers 
Avocados 
Red Cabbage 
Carrots

Directions:

Cook sushi rice according to package. With one rice paper at a time, submerge in a shallow bowl of water (a round cake pan works well) for 5 seconds. Remove rice paper from water and place on your work surface. Add rice first then each of the veggies on top.

Fold over one side of the rice paper then fold over top and bottom. Using a rolling motion, continue to seal rice paper on opposite side.

Use liquid amino, soy sauce, or teriyaki sauce for dipping, and enjoy!

Store spring rolls in the fridge, uncut, for up to 5 days.

If It's Good for Your Heart, It's Good for Your Recovery

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You might not have thought running shoes would be useful as a treatment for addiction, but scientists are now learning that what is good for your heart is good for your recovery. Exercise can have a healing effect on the brain and help improve a range of physical and mental health conditions. However, you need to take it easy in the beginning and develop other healthy habits to support your exercise program. Here is what you need to do.

How Exercise Affects the Brain

Long-term substance abuse can cause damage to the brain, which can range from minor damage of brain cells to destroying them completely. This happens mainly in regions of the brain associated with memory, emotion, and decision making, which is why people in recovery are more likely to experience impulsivity and mental health disorders. 

Researchers are now discovering that exercise can help undo this damage. Exercise increases the level of a protein in the brain called BDNF -- this protein causes the brain to build new neurons and to repair old ones. Exercise also improves the symptoms of some mental health conditions, especially stress and depression, by increasing levels of endorphins and certain neurotransmitters in the brain.

What Types of Exercise to Do

According to the research conducted on exercise and addiction so far, the best form of exercise you can do is aerobic exercise. This includes any form of exercise that gets you sweating and breathing heavily -- jogging, swimming, cycling, rowing, and circuit training are just a few examples. According to a 2017 study published in The Lancet, 150 minutes of moderate activity each week is highly beneficial for your health, so this is a good minimum to aim for. However, it’s important to build up slowly. People in recovery have often led unhealthy, inactive lives for some time, and may have weaker hearts due to past substance use. If this sounds like you, start out with 5-minute walks, and build up slowly from there.

Thinking Long Term

Increasing your activity level changes your nutritional needs slightly, because the body needs protein and other nutrients to help repair exercise’s effects on the body. If you’re not sure what and how much you should eat, check out this guide from Precision Nutrition. As your fitness improves and you start exercising at a higher intensity, you’ll also have to think about pre- and post-workout nutrition -- eating a meal with carbs and protein about 1-2 hours before and 1-2 hours after exercise is all you’ll need. Remember to stay hydrated, and take electrolyte supplements after training -- especially if you trained for a long time or in a hot environment.

Body and Mind

As you now know, the body and mind are linked, and if you train one, you train the other. That’s why it’s a good idea to supplement your training program with exercises that will improve your mental health. Meditation is a great option here -- according to a review of 47 studies published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, meditation is effective in reducing the symptoms of anxiety, depression, pain, and stress. You can find a great guide on how to meditate for beginners at the A Life of Productivity blog here. Other techniques you can try to improve your mental health include cognitive behavioral therapy exercises and progressive relaxation techniques.

When you’re in recovery, you need to use every tool at your disposal to help maintain your abstinence and rebuild your life. Exercise is a powerful tool that you can use in conjunction with your other treatments and support sessions. If you start out slowly and build up the time and intensity of your program gradually, you’ll be able to see long-term benefits from exercise. When will you start?

Photo: Pixabay

Author: Susan Treadway

How to Track Your Food Using MyFitnessPal | For Beginners

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Logging Your Food

Below is a link to a video that goes into detail on how to log your food. Logging your food is good to do on a monthly basis to make sure your macros and calories are on track and your not over-eating or under-eating and staying within your healthy ranges for macro-nutrients. 

Follow link- https://youtu.be/BrcYb94-UI8

Mexican Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

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Ingredients:
4 large bell peppers
3/4 cup dry quinoa
15 oz. can black beans
1 cup corn
1/2 red onion
2/3 cup salsa
2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
1 1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. smoked paprika
1 tsp. chili powder

Directions:
Cook quinoa according to package directions. 
Meanwhile, halve bell peppers and remove stems, seeds and ribs.
Rinse and drain black beans, and slice onion.
In a large mixing bowl, add cooked quinoa and all other ingredients except bell peppers. Stir to combine, and adjust taste if necessary (salt, more seasonings, nutritional yeast).
Preheat oven to 350.
In a lightly sprayed 9x13" baking dish, place pepper halves, and generously stuff them with the quinoa filling. Lightly press down to compact and fill all the crevices.
Cover with tin foil and bake for 35-40 minutes. Remove foil, and bake 10 minutes more.
Serve with any desired toppings.
 

Butternut Squash Soup

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Ingredients:
½ Tbsp. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 onion, diced
1 butternut squash, peeled and diced into cubes
32 ounces vegetable broth
1-2 tsp. salt

Directions:
In a dutch oven pot (or heavy pot), heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
Add cut up butternut squash and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes until squash is softened.
Carefully pour entire contents of pot into blender. Add salt.
Carefully blend until smooth. Serve in bowls with thyme if desired. Enjoy!

Plant Based Double Layer Loaded Nachos

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1 Bag of corn tortilla chips

Nacho Cheese:
2 cups diced potatoes
1 cup diced carrots
1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 cup nutritional yeast
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2-1 cup of water from the pot
1/3 cup plant based milk
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
Salt to taste
*Boil potatoes, carrots, and onions until soft then add them along with the rest of the cheese ingredients to a blender until smooth.

Salsa:
1 can diced tomatoes
1 minced garlic clove
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 tsp chili flakes
1/8 tsp chili powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
*Mix all ingredients in a bowl

Tofu Crumble:
250g (or half a block) of firm tofu
1/2 packet of taco seasoning
*Marinate and bake at 450 degrees until crisp

Guacomole:
1 avocado
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp of sea salt
*Mix in a bowl until smooth *Assemble nachos and top with rinsed and cooked black beans and lime juice!