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From the Kitchen @ Hippocrates Health Institute – The best natural energy

From the Kitchen @ Hippocrates Health Institute – The best natural energy
http://www.hippocratesinst.org

People have consumed juices since the beginning of modern civilization. Fresh, raw juices are the best way to acquire needed nutrients in their most digestible form. Energy, strength, cleansing, healing, hydration, and the building and maintenance of the electrolyte system—as well as the renal (kidney) and respiratory systems, the two fluid-based systems of the body—are the main benefits of the consumption of these enzyme-rich liquids.

Ingredients/produce recommended to use in your juices and salads for their nutritional benefits.

Brussels sprouts – Contains protein that helps generate insulin, thereby improving pancreatic function and combating digestive disorders.

Cucumber – Benefits respiratory, renal, joint, and ligament functioning. Increases dermal elasticity.

Cauliflower – Improves the functioning of skeletal, digestive, and elimination systems.

Celery – Facilitates dermal detoxification and circulation. Reduces uric acid. Improves electrolyte function. Detoxifies the system of the effects of nicotine and caffeine. Promotes dermal flexibility. Provides organic sodium.

Daikon radish – Acts as a blood thinner. Maintains electromagnetic functioning of the solar plexus.

Dandelion – Creates red blood cells. Strengthens gums and teeth. Assists healthy bone development (skeletal and dental).

Endive – Improves vision and reduces the potential for and the severity of cataracts. Creates strong ventricular tissue.

Horseradish – Consumed in small amounts, removes excess mucous. Diuretic. Helps to counteract colds and flu.

Iris Flower – Builds ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. Strengthens joints and improves membrane development.

Jerusalem Artichoke – Stabilizes blood sugar disorders. Generates energy.

Lily Flower – Builds capillaries. Strengthens vision and hearing. Assists the H cell development of the immune system.

Leek – Anticarcinogenic and antimutagenic. Prevents ulcers and inhibits parasites.

Lettuce – A subtle aphrodisiac and mood enhancer. Helps restore hair and skin.

Nasturtium – Builds the immune system, fighter cells, and eosinophils. Purifies the lymphatic system and the bloodstream.

Parsley – Minimizes the pain of menstrual cramps. Fights coronary disease, cataracts, conjunctivitis, and glaucoma. Improves vision, cardiovascular functioning, and blood count.

Pepper (ripe red, yellow, purple) – Reduces bloating, flatulence, colitis, and colic. Rich in vitamin C. Strengthens metabolism, specifically of the heart, and reduces the risk of microbial infection.

Potato (white) – High mineral content, especially potassium, assists renal and cardiovascular function. Effective against arthritic and osteoporotic conditions.

Sauerkraut (raw) – Improves dermal elasticity and appearance. Cleanses and builds the digestive organs. Enhances the probiotics in the gastrointestinal tract, which in turn strengthen immune cells.

Sorrel – Enhances healthy skeletal and dermal development. Creates greater bone density in the lower extremities.

Spinach – Prevents anemia, convulsions, neuronal disorders, and adrenal dysfunction. Builds red blood cells to cleanse the liver, thereby improving immune function.

String bean (green, purple, yellow) – Regulates blood sugar (in both diabetes and hypoglycemia) by insulin stimulation. Develops proteinase (protein-digesting enzymes).

Tomato – Contains minimal amounts of lycopene. Although it is effective in the reduction of prostate, breast, and colon cancers, and in combating hepatitis A, B, and C, it is less effective than tomato seed sprout juice. Detoxifies the liver and gall bladder.

Turnip Greens – Consumed in small quantities, builds bones, facilitates digestion, prevents colon polyps and hemorrhoids.

Violet Flower – Consumed in small quantities, stimulates the spleen and assists in the production of healthy red blood cells, fingernails, and toenails.

Watercress – Consumed in small amounts, increases hemoglobin to prevent anemia and chronic low blood pressure. Strengthens joints, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. Helps to reduce tumors by improving circulation.

Yellow squash – Packed with bone-building minerals. Acts as a diuretic and relieves constipation.

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What Is Detox? From Hippocrates Health Institute

What Is Detox? From Hippocrates Health Institute
http://www.hippocrateshealthinst.org

What is detox?

That is a word you will hear a lot while you are here at Hippocrates. Unfortunately, it is no secret that we live on a polluted planet today. The air, the land, the water, and the food are contaminated by the 85,000+ chemicals we humans have created over the last 200 years for whatever reason. Here is a list of the ten most common toxic chemicals that permeate our environment:

PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls). Risks: Cancer, impaired fetal brain development.

Pesticides Risks: Cancer, Parkinson’s disease, miscarriage, nerve damage, birth defects.

Herbicides Risks: Cancer, heart disease, asthma, multiple sclerosis, diabetes.

Plastics Risks: Endocrine system damage (plastics chemically mimic hormones)

Formaldehyde Risks: Cancer, eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment.

Dioxins Risks: Cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, chloracne (a severe skin disease with acne-like lesions), skin rashes, skin discoloration, excessive body hair, mild liver damage.

Asbestos Risks: Cancer, scarring of the lung tissue, mesothelioma (a rare form of cancer).

Heavy Metals (lead, mercury, etc.) Risks: Cancer, neurological disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, foggy head, fatigue, nausea and vomiting, decreased production of red and white blood cells, abnormal heart rhythm, damage to blood vessels.

Chloroform Risks: Cancer, potential reproductive damage, birth defects, dizziness, fatigue, headache, liver and kidney damage.

Chlorine Risks: Sore throat, coughing, eye and skin irritation, rapid breathing, narrowing of the bronchi, wheezing, blue coloring of the skin, accumulation of fluid in the lungs, pain in the lung region, severe eye and skin burns, lung collapse, reactive airways dysfunction syndrome (RADS) (a type of asthma).

The human body is perfectly capable of dealing with limited exposure to many of these toxins within a given time frame. However, once you come into contact with and ingest more of these toxins than you can cope with, your body has no choice but to store those toxins until a later date when hopefully you clean up your act. Typically, these toxins are stored in fat cells but they may also be stored in your muscles, organs, and other tissues.

So, maybe it’s been a long time since some of you have eaten:
• 100% organic
• 100% plant-based
• 100% raw
• 50% living foods (sprouts)

Each of these four protocols is extremely important in and of itself. When you combine all four of these protocols as you will here in the Hippocrates Life Transformation Program, you come up with a super-charged package for enabling the body to restore its own natural vibrant health. Plus, you are drinking purified water while you are here on campus. You are on a fragrance-free and a chemical-free campus. We use salt and ozone to clean the pool and Jacuzzi waters and keep them pure. We have scalar energy devices hidden throughout the campus to protect you from harmful electromagnetic radiation, Wi-Fi, routers, and cell phones.

Your body thanks you for your pure diet and pure environment by cleaning house first. That means getting rid of stored toxins. These toxins can make a little trouble on their way out. Detoxification manifests itself in different ways depending upon your history.

Detox symptoms can include:
• Tiredness
• Headache for no apparent reason
• Nausea
• Joint/muscle aches and pain
• Pimples, rash or other skin eruptions
• Temporary cold- or flu-like symptoms
• Emotional

Whether or not a person experiences detox symptoms and the severity depends on many factors – previous diet, exposure to environmental toxins, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, prescription drugs, stress, sleep patterns, etc. This is exactly the same effect as the more familiar “withdrawal” some people experience when trying to come off of certain addictions such as alcohol, cigarettes or drugs. And, it happens for exactly the same reason.

You eliminate toxins through four channels: breath, skin, urine and bowels. When you fast, or eat 100% organic, plant-based, raw, and living foods the body has extra energy. It uses that extra energy to push the toxins out of the body quickly. When the toxins start coming out faster than you can eliminate them through the normal channels we commonly get a detox reaction. The best way to reduce or eliminate detox symptoms is to give these four channels a little help. Here are some of the methods that we can use to accomplish that:

• Drinking lots of purified water and fresh green drinks
• Drinking fresh wheatgrass juice
• Rebounding
• Breathing exercises
• Yoga
• Exercise (any form)
• Infrared sauna
• Steam room
• Anything that makes you sweat a great deal (Jacuzzi, regular sauna, etc.)
• A very warm Epsom salts bath
• A very warm powdered ginger bath
• Lymphatic massage
• Enemas and colon hydrotherapy

If you use some or all of these protocols you will reduce or completely eliminate any uncomfortable detox reaction. As a last ditch effort eating a handful of raw soaked nuts or seeds or having some toasted Manna bread will also slow down the detox reaction.

Chlorella, blue-green algae, and LifeGive® Internal Cleanser are three supplements that can also reduce the negative side effects of detox. The reward for working through this process and getting all the toxins out is a new, vibrant, radiant, and healthy you! Come to Hippocrates to detox and experience new levels of health you never thought possible.

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Why Sea Vegetables? by Brian Hetrich, Greenhouse Manager at Hippocrates Health Institute

From The Garden by Brian Hetrich, Greenhouse Manager at HHI – Hippocrates Health Institute http://www.hippocratesinst.org

Why Sea Vegetables?

Sea vegetables are more commonly known as seaweed. They grow in salt water oceans all over the world. There are thousands of different types of sea vegetables, which are classified into categories by color, known either as brown, red or green sea vegetables. Each is unique, having a distinct shape, taste and texture. A wide range of sea vegetables are enjoyed as foods. This includes Kelp, nori, dulse, wakame, arame, Irish moss, kombu, hiziki, and many more.

Sea vegetables are among the World’s healthiest foods because of their incredibly rich mineral content and other unique health benefits. Sea vegetables are exploding with nutrients, including: Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K. They are rich in minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, iodine, sodium, potassium, silica, germanium, and phosphorus to name just a few. Sea vegetables also contain Proteins, Fiber, Carotenes, Enzymes, Oxygen, Phytonutrients, and Phytohormones.

The use of sea vegetables for food is not a new concept. Archaeological evidence suggests that Japanese cultures have been consuming sea vegetables for thousands of years. In ancient Chinese cultures, sea vegetables were a noted delicacy, suitable especially for honored guests and royalty. In fact, most regions and countries located by waters, including Scotland, Ireland, Norway, Iceland, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and coastal South American countries have been consuming sea vegetables since ancient times. And they taste great!

Most food produced for commercial distribution on factory farms are on a life support fertilizer usually consisting of just three nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. The other 95 minerals needed for good human health such as iron, calcium, copper, zinc, and magnesium, are missing. Minerals are missing from our foods because of soil depletion. As a result, the ocean is now the most fertile area for plants to grow. Sea vegetables absorb these minerals and convert them into a living form that our bodies can recognize and utilize.

Only plants, including sea vegetables, can convert dead, inorganic mineral compounds into living, organic mineral compounds that can be assimilated by the human body. When you supply the body with all the necessary raw materials to reconstruct tissues and organs correctly, everything gets better. All your organs, tissues, cardiovascular system, neurological system, and immune system get stronger and function with greater efficacy. Every aspect of your physical, mental, and spiritual health will improve when you supply the body with an adequate supply of the correct nutrients and remove toxins from your environment. That includes brain function, energy levels, physical appearance, and vitality.

Dulse is a popular one at Hippocrates. It is a delicious purple sea vegetable harvested off the Atlantic coasts for the U.S., Canada, and British Isles. It is rich in trace minerals and as a condiment, gives a slightly salty flavor to your other foods. Two tablespoons gives you many times the US RDA of iodine, which is just one of the highly desirable rare minerals contained in dulse. Iodine is an essential component of the thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones regulate many important biochemical reactions, including protein synthesis and enzymatic activity, and are critical determinants of metabolic activity. They are also required for proper skeletal and central nervous system development in fetuses and infants. Sea vegetables are able to accumulate iodine many times more concentrated than sea water alone!

And people need it now more than ever. Sea vegetables protect the body from radiation exposure by attacking radiation and neutralizing it. Sea vegetables also protect the thyroid against the damaging effects of fluoride, and they boost your immune system. About two tablespoons a day is all that an adult needs, and one tablespoon a day for children.

While fresh is always best, sea vegetables are very tough for general use when fresh. They are typically eaten in small quantities finely chopped or powdered. Larger pieces are commercially distributed in dried form which should be soaked in warm water for 10-20 minutes until they are soft enough to slice – this also removes some of the excess salt. Discard the soak water because it has an extremely high salt content. The drained sea vegetable can then be dried in a dehydrator until it is crunchy.

Since sea vegetables detox, I also recommend drinking copious amounts of pure, filtered water – at least ½ ounce of pure, filtered water for every pound of body weight per day. A squeeze of a fresh lemon wedge will alkalize you and help you to absorb the water more efficiently.

I use kelp and dulse as a garnish on my salad or I use them in homemade salad dressing to give a salty flavor. I use nori sheets to make raw vegan “sushi” wraps. Or, in powder form, I sprinkle a little kelp or dulse powder on my salad or I use them in homemade salad dressing to give a salty taste to my meals. I eat a lot of sprouts, a land vegetable, as well, because sprouts are live foods.

Here are some specific health benefits attributed to sea vegetables:

Detoxifier
Helps remove radioactive particles and heavy metals from the body
Rejuvenate gastrointestinal health and aid digestion
Blood purifier
Relieves arthritis stiffness
Promotes adrenal, pituitary and thyroid health
Normalizes thyroid-related disorders like overweight and lymph system congestion
A demulcent that helps eliminate herpes outbreaks
A decongestant for excess mucous
Helps normalize blood pressure
Powerful skin healing
Helps reduce breast and uterine fibroids and adhesions
Normalize menopausal symptoms
Promotes soft, toned, wrinkle-free skin
Enhances glossy hair and prevents its loss
An excellent adrenal stimulant
Recovery from arthritis
Recovery from gout
Effective in combating the herpes virus
Valuable for increased intimacy
Boosts metabolism
Strengthens hair, skin and nails

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Sprouts – Nutrition Facts from Hippocrates Health Institute

Sprouts – Nutrition Facts – from Hippocrates Health Institute http://www.hippocratesinst.org

Take a look at the amazing sprout selection below, they also have many health benefits that make them even more tantalizing!

Medicinally and nutritionally, sprouts have a long history as a “health food. Sprouts are 10 to 30 times more nutritious than the best vegetables because they are baby plants in their prime. At this stage of their growth they have the greatest concentration of nutrients than at any other point in their life. Sprouts are highly digestible and release their nutrients easily due to their delicate cell walls and abundance of enzymes.

When you apply water to seeds they come to life. By the natural process of transmutation, the vitamin, mineral, enzyme, phytonutrient, and amino acid (protein) content of germinated (sprouted) foods skyrocket! This phenomenon is most pronounced during the first twelve days of growth. This makes sprouts a true “Super food.” They are also biogenic and alive. Biogenic foods are foods that create new life when planted. Sprouts are alive and this life-force energy is capable of transferring their life energy to your body.

Adzuki

Health Benefits:
• Energy
• Protein
• Lowers LDL cholesterol
• Regulates insulin
• Fights breast and colon cancer
Maturity Time:
• Three days

Broccoli

Health Benefits:
• Helps fight colon, prostate, rectum, esophagus, lung, bladder, and stomach cancer
• Effective for inflammations and hot swellings
• Effective for hangovers
Maturity Time:
• Seven days

Buckwheat

Health Benefits:
• Protein
• Lowers high blood pressure
• Blood sugar balancer
• Good for varicose veins
• Helps prevent osteoporosis
• Helps prevent anxiety, depression, brain fog, mental fatigue and generally make the brain sharper and clearer.
Maturity Time:
• Twelve days

Clover

Health Benefits:
• Blood builder
• Heart and cardiovascular health
• Strong bones
• Anti-cancer Anti-aging
Maturity Time:
• Seven days

Fenugreek

Health Benefits:
• Treats blood poisoning, failing eyesight, fevers, palpitations, liver and kidney troubles
• Treats anemia
• Blood sugar balancer
• Increases mother’s milk production
Maturity Time:
• Three days

Garbanzo

Health Benefits:
• Protein
• Energy
• Blood sugar balancer
• Lowers blood cholesterol
Maturity Time:
• Two days

Green Lentils

Health Benefits:
• Energy
• Protein
• Lowers LDL cholesterol
• Regulates insulin
• Fights breast and colon cancer

Maturity Time:
• Three days

Mung Beans

Health Benefits:
• Energy
• Helps prevent prostate problems.
• Helps prevent glandular dysfunction and breast cancer
• Treats premature balding
Maturity Time:
• Three days

Pea Shoots

Health Benefits:
• Protein
• Muscle
• Strengthens teeth
• Boosts the immune system
Maturity Time:
• Seven days

Radish

Health Benefits:
• Cleans the blood
• As an excellent expectorant treats whooping cough
• Facilitates digestion
Maturity Time:
• Seven days

Red Lentils

Health Benefits:
• Energy
• Protein
• Lowers LDL cholesterol
• Regulates insulin
• Fights breast and colon cancer

Maturity Time:
• Three days

Sunflower

Health Benefits:
• Excellent source of balanced amino acids for building protein
• Activates every cell in the immune system
• Builds skeletal, muscular and neurological systems

Maturity Time:
• Twelve days

Wheatgrass

Health Benefits:
• Blood builder
• Anti-cancer
• Detoxifier
• Boosts the immune system
Maturity Time:
• Seven days

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What Are Phytonutrients? – Hippocrates Health Institute

What Are Phytonutrients? http://hippocratesinst.org

The Hippocrates Health Institute have been studying food for a very long time. We have found that there are certain nutrients in food that have a dramatic impact on human health. One of the most important and relatively recent discoveries is that of phytonutrients. These are chemicals in plants that help protect themselves in nature from germs, fungi, bugs, and disease. We are very excited about this discovery because these same chemicals happen to have a similar beneficial effect on us when we eat the plants.

Phytonutrients have powerful health-promoting properties including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Whenever you hear the word antioxidant think “anti-aging.” This is because antioxidants neutralize free radicals in the body. Free radicals cause cellular damage which can lead to wrinkles and dry, sagging skin. Free radicals come from alcohol, air pollution, radiation, stress, coffee, and cooked food to name just a few. Inflammation is part of the body’s immune response wherever there is infection or injury. The affected area swells as your immune system sends more blood to deliver those components needed to recover.

Scientists have identified more than 25,000 phytonutrients in plant foods. Many phytonutrients give plants their distinctive colors such as the green, orange, and red in spinach, carrots, and bell peppers.

Here are just a few:

Chlorophyll – wheatgrass, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, and in all leafy greens. Good for healthy blood, brain, all bodily tissues, detox, lowers blood pressure, glowing skin.

Beta-carotene – carrots, yams and green leafy vegetables. Good for Healthy eyes, skin, hair, bones, teeth and sex.

Lycopene – tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruits and apricots. Good for boosting the immune system and cancer of the mouth, esophagus, lung, stomach, intestines, prostate, cervical and colon.

Selenium – brazil nuts and walnuts. Boosting the immune system especially for people dealing with colds, flus, AIDS/ HIV, and tuberculosis. Excellent for the thyroid and it is anti-aging!

Diindolylmethane – broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts and collard greens. Strengthens the immune system.

Allyl Sulfides – garlic, onions, and shallots. Strengthens the immune system, good for allergies, colds, and flu.

Curcuminoids – Turmeric. This phytonutrient has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, pro-digestive, and anti-infectious activities.

Organic fruits and vegetables have far more phytonutrients than nonorganic plants. This is because nonorganic plants become dependent upon the artificial, chemically-synthesized pesticides and fungicides farmers spray on them to help them grow. Consequently, the plants stop producing many of the antibodies needed to naturally deal with these challenges. Phytonutrients are also very sensitive to heat and are destroyed by the cooking process. Therefore fresh, ripe, raw, organic, and whole fruits, vegetables, and sprouts are the best source of these powerful defenders for your immune system.

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From the Garden – How Plants Clean The Air – Hippocrates Health Institute

From the Garden – How Plants Clean The Air – Hippocrates Health Institute
http://www.hippocratesinst.org

Are plants the best way to purify the air in your home? Indoor air can be up to can be up to 1,000 times dirtier than outdoor air. The EPA estimates that most Americans are exposed every day to indoor air contaminants than can lead to serious health problems including cancer, respiratory ailments, fatigue and headaches. The air you are breathing in your home is likely contaminated with pollutants and toxic chemicals such as:
Dust and dirt
Dander (from pets and humans)
Paint fumes
Outgassing from synthetic carpet, curtains, fire retardants, glues, cleaning solutions, pressure treated wood, perfume, personal care products, and even your synthetic clothes
Cooking and tobacco smoke
Carbon monoxide
Mold
Bacteria
Viruses
Pollen

A whole host of harmful Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) such as formaldehyde, benzene, ammonia, xylene, and potentially thousands more.

While a standard fiber weave furnace filter will remove most suspended pollutants larger than 50 microns a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter will remove most suspended pollutants down to 0.3 microns. However, neither type of filter is effective at removing dissolved pollutants such as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s.) Even a carbon filter is only effective in removing VOC’s if the fan runs continuously and you change the filters regularly. This uses up electricity and the used air filters contribute to toxic waste accumulation in landfills. Changing the filters exposes you to a substantial concentration of toxins during the replacement process.

House plants are not only an attractive addition to any home but they also moonlight as efficient air purifiers. All you need to add is water! Plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen through the process of photosynthesis. Root-associated microbes convert toxins in the air into nutrients the plants eat and thrive on. House plants become more effective over time while HEPA air cleaners become less effective over time. House plants are also less expensive and naturally more attractive than any HEPA filter unit.

While all plants are beneficial for improving the quality of the air, some are clearly better than others. Some plants are capable of removing up to 90% of VOC chemicals dissolved in the air in just twenty-four hours! Here are my favorite six house plants for clearing the air:

Wheatgrass
The best air purifying plant
Enhances the oxygen in the air
Generates healthful negative ions
Wheatgrass juice is nature’s finest medicine and is more than twenty times denser in nutrients than other choice vegetables.

Boston Fern
The second best air purifying plant
Removes formaldehyde
Prefers plenty of light
Keep the soil moist and mist the leaves often

Aloe Vera
Removes formaldehyde
Good for cuts and burns on the skin
Needs well drained soil
Prefers plenty of light
Water only once a week

Dwarf/Pygmy Date Palm
Removes xylene
Removes ammonia
Prefers plenty of light
Keep well watered

English Ivy
Removes benzene
Cleans air of cigarette smoke
Removes formaldehyde
Great for those suffering from asthma and allergies

Golden Pothos
Removes carbon monoxide
Removes formaldehyde
Prefers plenty of light
Water less in colder temperatures
In general, you will need one plant (10-12 inch pot) for a small room and two or three plants for a large room to effectively clear the air. Fertilize once every two weeks with a side dressing of compost or compost tea. Dust the leaves once a month with a damp cloth. Use pots with holes in the bottom with a drain saucer. Place a bunch of pebbles in the bottom of the pot and add well-draining potting soil on top. Be sure not to over water, as too much soil moisture can lead to mold growth. Empty the drain saucer if it accumulates water.

Play classical music to your plants and speak to them with loving intentions. Enjoy the simple beauty of house plants while your lungs benefit from their natural air cleansing action.

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Gut Health – from Yuri Elkaim and Hippocrates Health Institute

Foods to repopulate good bacteria in the gut from Yuri Elkaim
http://www.totalwellnessconsulting.ca

Is your gut infested with dangerous belly bugs?
Chances are that it is, especially considering the overuse of friendly bacteria-killing agents like chlorinated water, antibiotics, and high sugar foods.

These are all triggers that kill off good bacteria and provide a breeding ground for bad bacteria… ultimately leading to a condition called “dysbiosis” (or an imbalance of good to bad bacteria in your gut).

Why is this a problem?
First of all, 80% of your immune system resides around your gut and communicates directly with the bacteria within it.
Hundreds of studies have shown that dysbiosis creates a host of immune disorders and makes you more susceptible to frequent colds and infections, and even worse.

Second, bad bacteria are known to give off a deadly toxin called lipopolysaccharides (LPS). An unhealthy gut becomes a factory for LPS, which can then seap back into your blood stream and cause major damage throughout your body.

For example, LPS have been shown to:
* disrupt thyroid hormone activity, leading to low thyroid symptoms (no wonder, it’s hard to lose weight).
* create NEW fat cells (yes, new ones!). So unless you enjoy storing more fat, this is not good at all.
* increase your risk of insulin resistance (can you say “hello diabetes”?)

And more!
Needless to say, the health of your gut is paramount to your overall health.
Thankfully, I’ve come to your rescue again by hooking you up with 3 foods that repopulate more good bacteria into your gut and fight off those nasty, toxin-producing bad bacteria.

#1 – Kefir

Kefir means “feel good” in Turkish. Kefir is a probiotic beverage made with either kefir grains or a powdered kefir starter culture. Kefir grains eat the sugar in a food, leaving behind a more nutritious probiotic-rich beverage because of the lactic acid and beneficial bacteria it adds.

#2 – Kombucha

Kombucha is an all-natural health beverage, made from fermented tea and a starter culture called a SCOBY. It’s chockfull of probiotics and other healthy amino acids. Brewing kombucha at home is a simple and rewarding process. If you can make a cup of tea, you can make kombucha.

#3 – Sauerkraut

Cultured veggies (like cabbage) are the ultimate enzyme-rich food and they’re loaded with natural probiotics as they undergo fermentation.

They are already predigested before you even eat them, which makes their digestion so much easier. The fermentation also enhances the nutrients found within by making them much more available to us. Sauerkraut goes amazingly well in salads.

The Power of Probiotics – from Hippocrates Health Institute http://hippocratesinst.org

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria and microorganisms that live in your gut. This includes things like Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactic acid bacteria, Bifidobacteria, Bifidobacterium longum, and Escherichia coli to name just a few. Probiotics aid in digestion, help you synthesize and absorb nutrients from your food, and boost your immune system. When the digestive tract is healthy, these beneficial bacteria filter out and eliminate things that can damage it, such as harmful bacteria, toxins, chemicals, and other waste products. On the flip side, it takes in the things that our body needs (nutrients from food and water) and absorbs and helps deliver them to the cells where they are needed.

Probiotics also serve many other important functions such as:

Helping lower cholesterol
Helping lower blood pressure
Helps with allergies
Reducing inflammation
Managing urogenital health
Support the development and functioning of the gut

The majority of probiotics colonize in the large intestine. These living organisms form a neural network that is sometimes called your “second brain.” This neural network in your gut takes in information from your external environment and remains in constant communication with your first brain through your central nervous system helping it make decisions. Hence the term, “gut feeling.”

Probiotics maintain a balance in your gut between beneficial bacteria and pathogenic bacteria. Drinking chlorinated water and the use of antibiotics destroys all living organisms in your gut including beneficial bacteria. Stress can also contribute to an overgrowth of harmful bacterial. During a delivery through the birth canal, a newborn picks up bacteria from his/her mother. These good bacteria are not transmitted when a Cesarean section is performed and have been shown to be the reason why some infants born by Cesarean section have allergies, less than optimal immune systems, and lower levels of gut microflora.

A lack of sufficient amounts of beneficial bacteria weakens your immune system and leaves you open and exposed to germs, bad bacteria, and virus that can make you sick. Raw sauerkraut and Kim Chee is an excellent way to repopulate you gut with probiotics. The supplemental use of LiveGive “Instinct” is another powerful way to restore a balance of your intestinal microflora.

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Q & A Series: People, Products and The Health of Our Planet – Interview with Chana Liora/Janine Laura Bronson

For the twenty-second interview, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Chana Liora/Janine Laura Bronson, former assistant to Ann Wigmore, who revolutionized healthy eating in America with wheatgrass, living foods and “energy soups.”. She started the Hippocrates Health Institute in Boston, MA and it moved to West Palm Beach, Florida and is now run by Drs. Anna-Maria and Brian Clement.

From Ann Wigmore’s Wikipedia Page:
In 1968, Ann Wigmore co-founded the Hippocrates Health Institute,a health resort in the United States, with Viktoras Kulvinskas. Known as “the mother of living foods”, she was an early pioneer in the use of wheatgrass juice and living foods for detoxifying and healing the body, mind, and spirit.

In her autobiography, Why Suffer?: How I Overcame Illness & Pain Naturally, Wigmore recalls observing her grandmother using herbs and natural remedies as a child in Lithuania.

Wigmore died in Boston on February 16, 1994, of smoke inhalation from a fire at the Ann Wigmore Foundation.

At the time of her death, the Institute was called the Ann Wigmore Foundation. Brian Clement owned the Hippocrates Health Institute next door, which he moved from Boston to West Palm Beach, Florida.
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Question #1: Tell me briefly about yourself and why you decided to get involved in the “health” industry?

I have come to realize my full potential as a peace-maker, even though this has been a long time in coming, and I believe that a healthy person contributes to a peaceful universe, and think that veganism, in particular a vegan variation of Kosher Parve (which would exclude all animals and animal products in the categories of eggs, fish, dairy and meat) is more peaceful and moderate…more about this in another answer…

As to why I got involved in the “health” industry, and how come I spent time up at the Hippocrates Health Institute… here’s a testimonial, also involving my Mother.

I originally contacted the original Hippocrates Health Institute (in the 1980’s) which used to be located in Boston, MA, because I was reading books by Ann Wigmore but was looking for more information. Little did I expect to reach Ann directly by telephone, all I really wanted to find out was the answer to my question about sprouting fava beans (since I couldn’t really find them on any list as to how long to soak them) and amazingly for me, and a total surprise was that “Dr.” Ann, as she was called back then (she had a doctorate in Divinity) answered the call herself, because at the time, she was actually just lacking an assistant, and praying to find such a person, mentioning it to me, while I was exactly in transition and looking for work, and she invited me up, and I DROVE all the way there, in my little old car from New Jersey to Boston, and luckily for me, she liked me on the spot, and hired me then and there! I assisted her for about three years, when I had to return to Israel, to look after my Mother who was recuperating from a so-called incurable disease (there is no such thing, by the way) from which she made a total recovery and is still alive about 25 years later and approaching 90! Thanks to what I learned from Ann, we can each and every one of us find true healing and not have to rely on conventional medicine. My Mother, of course, chose to immediately stop the “poisonous therapy treatments” to which she was allergic and was being given to her from the hospital of which I made sure they allowed her to be released. I made her wheat grass juices, and other things such as energy soup, that I had learned at the Hippocrates Health Institute, and of course, daily fresh vegetables and fruit from the local farmers’ market, and picked avocados from our family plantation in Pardes-Chana/Karkur (near Hadera on the way to Haifa up North-East, from Netanya). I wish more people would discover how we might try to “Let Food be Thy Medicine, and Medicine be Thy Food” (Hippocrates saying)…

Question #2: If you were stranded on a desert island and were allowed to take only 5 items with you (they can be food, books or specific products that are all health-related), what would they be and why?

1- The first item I need that I would not like to leave behind is to take a copy of Perek Shira which has quotes from Biblical sources that speak of the praises of all creations to The Creator.
2- I would take as pure a container of fluoride-free type of mineral or purified water as I can manage to take with me, not knowing when I could find this precious life-giving water, when on the island, knowing that even though this is a heavy item it might be life-sustaining for at least some time.
3- A certain filtering flask that purifies braken-type water from unpotable sources that I might find.
4- I’d appreciate having a compass, for direction.
5- Some sort of a communication device to seek help from the rest of civilization, but not sure if this would work in such a remote place, but who knows?
(Note from interviewer: Although I only asked for 5 items, Chana added an additional one, which is ok by me)
6- If this is available, a map of the desert island to explore the surroundings more logically, oh, and I didn’t know if one could bring another person with, as well? Ha, ha, ha… (not sure who that would be though, haven’t met my true soul mate, ha, ha, ha…)

Question #3: What one message do you want to share with the people of this world that is crucial for their ultimate well-being and longevity?

I think the message of caring compassionately for not only ones own well-being but the wellness of the planet and all of Hashem’s/G-d’s creations is very important from an ecological viewpoint, environmental, ethical reasons against Tza’ar Ba’alei Chayim (not causing harm to any living creature) and feeding the hungry…

Questions #4: If someone could afford to purchase only one product at this moment to start their journey towards better health (food or health-related), what would you recommend and why?

This depends entirely on the person, no two people are identical, cannot give one cure-all…

Question #5: Tell me more about your business/company and/or products you offer to the public to help them achieve optimal health and well-being?

Massage, Brain Gym (in process) and common sense regarding living moderately (my advice is following a Kosher Raw Vegan Organic lifestyle)…

Question #6: What are your hopes/aspirations/dreams for the future health of the people and the planet?

To be at peace, one can vee (I coined this word, meaning to live as a raw vegan-Kosher person…

Question #7: Who is your greatest hero and why?

My greatest hero is Hashem/G-d because He is All-Knowing, Omnipotent and Everlasting

Question #8: Is there anything else you would like to share with the public?

Life is miraculous and very precious and we should value each one of those 86,400 seconds in a 24 hour day.

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Company Review: Awesome Foods – Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free Snacks and Meals

Awesome Foods – “right carb,” raw, vegan, gluten-free snacks and meals In business since 2005

I found out about this company when I visited Hippocrates Health Institute in Palm Beach, Florida. They have a store (though small, it has everything you need to follow the Hippocrates program) and carry everything from books, snacks, juicers, body care, supplements, etc. I noticed some raw snack from a company called Awesome Foods and took down their contact information. I always do my research first and in this day and age, everyone has a website. I liked what I saw and decided to contact them. I heard back from the owner, Bruce right away and he was kind enough to send me an assortment of their savory snacks that I requested.

Here is some info about this company from their site:

Awesome Foods is a small family owned business started by a husband and wife team in 2005. Bruce and Marsha wanted to create delicious, high quality, raw, “right carb” foods for people in search of raw meals and snacks. At the time, they found that most of the packaged raw foods on the market had high levels of starch and sugar. Since they both have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), they have to avoid foods that are high in sugar and starch. Many of the raw foods available today are made with large amounts of dates, raisins, agave nectar or honey, which are high in sugar or with buckwheat, which is high in starch. All of these ingredients are high on the glycemic index. Their vision is to offer raw foods with complex (right) carbohydrates that are lower on the glycemic index and that taste awesome! They dehydrate their snacks below 118 degrees in order to maintain the enzymes, vitamins and minerals and they use organic ingredients as much as possible. They start with awesome ingredients to produce awesome tasting products, which is why they are called Awesome Foods! Come taste the difference!

I also want to say, that after checking out their website, I was very impressed with their environmental consciousness. I have tried products from many other companies and none of them told me on their site that they compost, use air and water filters, recycle and many other things that you can read about on the site – click on the About link for more information.

I only wish they were located closer to me, so I could try out their meals and other prepared products (soups, dips, dressings, etc) too!(if you do not live near them in Pennsylvania, then it would have to be shipped in an insulated cold package). If the products are not sold in a store in you city or state, then please let the health foods store(s) know that you would like to see their products available for you to purchase. Of course, you can also buy their products directly.

Products I reviewed:

Raw Poppadoms
These are made of sprouted lentils with a combination of various herbs. It has a light and “airy” flavor. It “melts” in my mouth when I taste it! YUM!

Pizza Zucchini Chips
These are round chips that are very crunchy and taste like little pizzas. Very flavorful and delicious!

Pistachio Sticks
I absolutely love these. Have the perfect blend of flavors with the ingredients used. I could eat the whole bag (in a couple of minutes)!

Carrot Chips
These have a light and mild flavor. They are not too sweet, have the right consistency and a nice crunch, too!

Flax Crackers
These crackers are made with soaked golden flax seeds. Red bell pepper, tomato, garlic and onion are added for flavor. I like the way it tastes. They are thicker then other crackers I have tasted and I personally like thinner ones.

Vegetable Tempuraw
This is an absolute winner! The perfect flavor! The Crunch! Fantastic! The following vegetables are used in these snack: daikon, onion, red bell pepper, yam, snow peas and zucchini. This is the raw “take” on tempura, which is deep-fried vegetables. I have had the cooked version many years ago and to me, this tastes so much better. My favorite vegetables in here were the yam and red bell pepper. I wanted to keep eating and eating this till I finished the bag. Addictive, in a healthy way!

My RVG Rating
Here is how I rate these products, in order of what I liked the most. I first have to say that all the snacks I tried were great and some stood out more for me then others. Whatever products you buy will still be much better then what you get at the convenience stores and supermarket. You may think they are a bit “pricey,” and it all depends on what is important in your life! To me, my health is numero uno and I am happy to have options like these to have some snacks and know that I am doing my body good!

#1 – Vegetable Tempuraw – I opened up the package and tasted these vegetable and wanted to eat it all at once. It is so full of flavor and delicious!
#2 – Pistachio Sticks – perfect flavor and wanted to keep eating them. YUM!
#3 – Raw Poppadoms – these are very flavorful and melt in my mouth.
#4 – Pizza Zucchini Chips – loved the pizza flavor. Perfect blend of herbs.
#5 – Carrot Chips – mildly sweet flavor and nice crunch.
#6 – Flax Crackers – good flavor and they are thicker then others I have tasted. I prefer them thinner.

Also check out my youtube channel for the video review: http://www.youtube.com/TheRawsomeVeganGal

I said in the email to Bruce: Hashem/G-d said in the Torah/Old Testament/Bible the proper way to eat and I follow and heed His commandments along with eating food that is whole and plant-based (being a vegan for 23 years)

As quoted from my email and written by Bruce, the owner of the company: Yes, we are from the same tribe. I like the way you are combining the spiritual aspects of life with healthy eating.

To read more about this great company and all the products they sell, go to: http://www.awesomefoods.com

Disclaimer: I was not sponsored to write this, but I did receive a sample of the product(s). These are strictly my opinions. I only review products that I, myself would use and purchase.

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