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Melons are one of the most healing foods available to us on this planet. They are overflowing with critical healing nutrients that are are predigested before they even enter your body. This makes melons perfect for anyone who has a health condition, chronic illness, and symptom.
Not only do the nutrients in melons immediately enter into the body and begin to rejuvenate the brain and other organs, they also protect the central nervous system, support healthy bowel and digestive tract function, and are a fantastic aid for heart, liver and kidney conditions. Melons are also one of the most hydrating foods in existence. As I talk about in my book Life-Changing Foods, they are essentially purified balls of water that also contain nutrients that can help bring us back from sickness.
There’s many different types and varieties of melon, each with their own unique flavor, color and nutrient profile. Some of the more well known melons include watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe, all of which are incredible health supporters. Some lesser known varieties include honey loupe, crenshaw, santa claus, galia, canary, apollo, honey globe, jade dew, and many more. Look out at farmer’s markets and in supermarkets for different varieties and see which you enjoy best.
Today’s recipe is a fun way to try a range of melons, or stick with just your favorite. These Melon Pops are easy and quick to make, and are such a fun way to get more of this fruit’s healing properties into your body. It’s best to eat melon and these Melon Pops on an empty stomach and away from other foods for optimal digestion. Melon digests so quickly that eating it with or after heavier foods can leave you with a tummy ache. This makes it the perfect breakfast food!
6 cups any variety of melon
1 tablespoon raw honey (optional)
Blend together 6 cups of melon of choice and the optional tablespoon of raw honey until smooth. Strain through a nut milk bag or fine sieve. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for 2 hours or until frozen solid. Enjoy!
Makes 6 - 8 popsicles
This item posted: 11-Sep-2016 - Disclaimer
Who doesn't love hummus? It's one of the first foods to go at parties for good reason! Hummus is a delicious, creamy, and satisfying dip for veggies, crackers, wraps, sandwiches, or on top of salad. This recipe is oil free and low in fat, making it a great hummus option to support weight loss.
This recipe is simple and easy to make with just six easy to find ingredients. Four of the ingredients in this recipe are the real stars due to their incredible health benefits:
Sesame seeds are a high energy food that help to provide optimum health and wellness. They are an excellent source of high quality protein which is most beneficial for growth, especially in children. Sesame seeds are also high in minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper. In fact, did you know that just a 1/4 cup of sesame seeds provides MORE calcium than 1 cup of milk? The copper in sesame seeds offers anti-inflammatory benefits which can help to relieve swelling in auto-immune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, and the niacin enhances GABA activity in the brain, reducing anxiety, and providing for a better night’s sleep. Sesame seeds nourish the nervous system, strengthen hormone production, support the cardiovascular system, benefit the digestive system, and reduce fatigue. They also support healthy skin, hair, and nails.
Garlic has amazingly high levels of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and B-6 and minerals such as selenium, calcium, copper, and iron. Garlic also contains very strong antibiotic, anti-fungal, anti-cancer, and anti-viral properties. One raw crushed clove of garlic contains the antibiotic equivalent of 100,000 units of penicillin and has been proven to be more effective than both penicillin and tetracycline in suppressing certain types of disease carrying agents. Garlic contains a compound called allicin which has been shown to help significantly lower cholesterol and blood pressure by inhibiting the HMG-CoA reductase enzyme within the liver cells and blocking platelet clot formation in the blood vessels. Garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties make it vital for autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, COPD, lupus, fibromyalgia, lyme disease, bursitis, shingles, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Cumin is one of the best spices to therapeutically use for digestive disorders such as indigestion, dyspepsia, stomach cramps, gastritis, bloating, constipation, nausea, and flatulence. Cumin seeds contain good amounts of vitamins E, A and B-complex and is an excellent source of minerals such as zinc, selenium, iron, copper, calcium, and manganese. Cumin helps the body absorb and assimilate nutrients much more efficiently. It also contains anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties and have beens shown to significantly reduce the risk of stomach, colon, and liver tumors. It has also been shown to detoxify the body by boosting liver and kidney function. It is known to help benefit colds, flu, insomnia, asthma, pneumonia, chronic bronchitis, muscle spasms, and arthritis. For pregnant woman and new mothers, cumin has been known to help relieve morning sickness and to strengthen milk production for breast feeding.
Lemons are a powerful healing fruit that contain phenomenal antibiotic, antiseptic, and anti-cancer properties. Lemons are rich in vitamins C and B-complex and minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, silicon, copper, and potassium. They are considered to be a wonderful tonic and can help to cleanse and detoxify the entire body. Although lemons have an acidic taste they actually have a very strong alkaline reaction on the body and can help to alkalize blood, cells, lymph, organs, and tissues. Lemons are known to help destroy putrefactive bacteria in the mouth and intestines which can help alleviate flatulence, indigestion, and constipation. Lemons contain a compound called limonene which is used to dissolve gallstones and kidney stones and can help to fight oral, lung, skin, breast, stomach, and colon cancer. Lemons are also rich in bioflavonoids which can significantly boost the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body.
4 cups cooked garbanzo beans
1/2 cup tahini
4 cloves garlic
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tsp cumin
1 1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup water
Optional: 1/8 tsp paprika
In a food processor, combine the garbanzo beans, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, cumin and sea salt. Process until roughly combined.
Continue processing while streaming in up to 1/2 cup of water until desired consistency is reached. If desired, served sprinkled with paprika. Enjoy!
Learn more about which foods can heal and restore your body in my new book Life-Changing Foods.
This item posted: 27-Aug-2016 - Disclaimer
This smoothie is not only delicious, it's also perfectly designed to include five key ingredients that work together in synergy to pull heavy metals like mercury, lead, aluminum, nickel, copper, and cadmium out of your organs where they accumulate.
Toxic heavy metals are virtually everywhere, and are present in things we come in contact with every day, such as aluminum cans and aluminum foil, batteries, metal cookware, old paint, and even the foods we eat. For instance, pesticides and herbicides (which are hard to completely avoid even on a strict organic diet), are a common source of heavy metals. As a result, most of us are carrying around heavy metals that have been with us for almost our whole lives and which have burrowed deep inside our tissues.
Unfortunately, it is these “old” metals, the ones that have been lurking in our system for prolonged periods of time, that pose the greatest threat. For example, over time toxic heavy metals can oxidize, causing damage to surrounding tissue and promoting inflammation. They literally poison our bodies, and can inflict damage on virtually every system and organ, including our brain, liver, digestive system, and other parts of our nervous system. Toxic heavy metals put an immense burden on our immune system, leaving us vulnerable to a variety of illnesses.
While toxins of every kind are harmful, heavy metals pose a unique threat. Not only are they damaging in their own right, they are also a form of neurotoxin (a poison that disrupts nerve function and confuses your immune system). Heavy metal neurotoxins can inflame and irritate our central nervous system (especially our brain), causing multiple symptoms such as memory loss, brain fog, fatigue, and depression. Toxic heavy metals can also promote inflammation in the digestive tract, releasing poisons into our gut as well. As if this isn’t bad enough, heavy metals also serve as a source of food for viruses, bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens in our body.
For example, heavy metals can serve as a feeding ground for Streptococcus A or B, E. coli, C. difficile, H. pylori, and yeast cells. This can create an overgrowth of multiple bacteria in our gut, resulting in a condition known as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), which is characterized by bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation (or both), and can lead to nutrient deficiencies. Additionally, when viruses such as Epstein-Barr and shingles feed off toxic heavy metals, this can produce symptoms such as tingling, numbness, fatigue, anxiety, heart palpitations, ringing in the ears, dizziness and vertigo, as well as neck pain, knee pain, foot pain, pain in the back of the head, and a variety of other aches and pains that are often attributed to other causes.
It's virtually impossible not to take in a certain amount of these toxic heavy metals in our modern era, so it's vitally important to our health that we get them out before they can wreak further havoc on our health. Thankfully, it's relatively simple to remove them from our organs if we consume the right foods to do so. Adding the following all-star team of foods to your diet and being diligent in your efforts to consume them will go a long way toward ridding your body of heavy metals:
Spirulina: This edible blue-green algae draws out heavy metals from your brain, central nervous system, and liver, and soaks up heavy metals extracted by barley grass juice extract powder. Take 2 teaspoons mixed in water, coconut water, or juice.
Barley grass juice extract: prepares the mercury for complete absorption by the spirulina. This nutritive grass has the ability to draw heavy metals out of your spleen, intestinal tract, pancreas, thyroid, and reproductive system. Drink 1-2 teaspoons mixed into coconut water or juice.
Cilantro: Goes deep into hard-to-reach places, extracting metals from yesteryear (so it’s great for that mercury inheritance you’re carrying around!). Blend one cup in a smoothie or juice, or add to salad or guacamole.
Wild blueberries: Draw heavy metals out of your brain tissue, healing and repairing any gaps created by oxidation when the heavy metals are removed. It is important to use wild blueberries, as they possess unique phytonutrients with special detoxifying capabilities. The potent antioxidants in wild blueberries help reverse any oxidative damage left behind by the heavy metal removal. This is especially important for your brain tissue—in fact, wild blueberries are the most powerful food for halting or in some cases reversing Alzheimer’s and dementia. Eat at least one cup daily. Note: while cultivated blueberries are nutritious, they lack the metal-drawing ability of the wild blueberries. Wild blueberries can be found in the freezer section of most supermarkets.
Atlantic dulse: In addition to mercury, this edible seaweed binds to lead, aluminum, copper, cadmium, and nickel. Unlike other seaweeds, Atlantic dulse is a powerful force for removing mercury on its own. Atlantic dulse goes into deep, hidden places of the digestive tract and gut, seeking out mercury, binding to it, and never releasing it until it leaves the body. Eat two tablespoons of flakes daily, or an equal amount of strips if it’s in whole-leaf form. Note: As it comes from the ocean, if you are concerned about the dulse itself having mercury, be aware that Atlantic sea dulse will not release any mercury it might possess into the body. It holds on to the mercury as it works its way through, and even grabs onto other metals along the way and drives them out as well. Atlantic dulse is a critical part of the team because it can hang out near the finish line (i.e., our colon), waiting for the other foods that have been grabbing on to heavy metals along the way. It serves as emergency backup, helping ensure that all the heavy metals that made it as far as the colon actually leave the body.
Today's smoothie recipe gives you a simple and tasty way to get all of these five foods into your daily diet in just one go. Drink this smoothie daily for optimal benefits.
Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie
2 cups wild blueberries
1 cup cilantro
1 cup orange juice
1 tsp barley grass juice powder
1 tsp spirulina
1 small handful of Atlantic dulse
Optional: water to blend
In a high speed blender, blend all ingredients until smooth. If a thinner consistency is desired, add up to 1 cup of water. Enjoy!
This item posted: 17-Aug-2016 - Disclaimer
These cute little Raw Lasagna Roll Ups are a fun and delicious finger food to serve to guests or enjoy just for yourself. Bursting with flavor from the herbs and fresh ingredients, they make a great bite sized snack or appetizer.
Zucchini is rich in poly-phenolic antioxidants which are essential in helping to protect the body from aging, illness, and disease. Zucchini is also a good source of potassium which is an important intra-cellular electrolyte that helps to maintain fluid balance and normalize blood pressure and is vital in helping to prevent heart attacks and stroke. Zucchini contains phytonutrients that are important for prostate health as they can help to reduce the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BOH). They also contain powerful anti-inflammatory compounds which can aid asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Zucchini is also known to be particularly beneficial for hypertension, cataracts, macular degeneration, atherosclerosis, diabetes, edema, multiple sclerosis, and stomach and colon cancers.
Basil is an herbal antibiotic, antiseptic, carminative, and appetizer that has an special affinity for the stomach. Basil significantly benefits the stomach during digestion and can provide immediate relief from gas, stomach cramps, and nausea. It also contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties and can provide relief for inflamed bowel conditions such as colitis, IBS, crohn’s and celiac disease. It is also highly antibacterial and antiviral making it effective against bacterial infections, intestinal parasites, colds, flu, mono, shingles, and herpes. Basil is a rich source of magnesium which relaxes muscles and blood vessels and supports cardiovascular health by lowering the risk of irregular heart rhythms and spasms.
Avocado is one of the world’s most perfect foods. It is easily digested and contains over 25 essential nutrients including iron, copper, magnesium, and essential fatty acids that help the body to function optimally. Avocados increase the body’s ability to assimilate nutrients, so they are a wonderful addition to green leafy salads to ensure proper absorption of all the vitamins and minerals. They are also an excellent source of glutathione which helps to boost the immune system, strengthen the heart, rebuild the nervous system, and slow the aging process. The monounsaturated fats in avocados reverse insulin resistance which helps to steady blood sugar levels.
Garlic is very good for the digestive tract and has a strong ability to eliminate toxic matter from the lymphatic system. Garlic’s anti-inflammatory properties make it vital for autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, COPD, lupus, fibromyalgia, lyme disease, bursitis, shingles, and chronic fatigue syndrome. It is also particularly beneficial for ear infections, candida, bronchitis, respiratory infections, food poisoning, herpes, coronary artery disease, stroke, colds, flus, urinary tract infections, and weak immune systems.
2 cups basil
2 cups spinach
1 1/2 cups cashews
1 1/2 cups zucchini, peeled and diced
1 cup cherry tomatoes
3 cloves of garlic
Thinly slice 3 zucchinis lengthwise and set aside.
To make pesto: In a food processor, combine spinach, basil, 2 cloves of garlic, 2 dates, and 1/2 avocado with the juice of 1/2 lemon. Process until smooth.
To make cashew cheese:In a blender, place cashews, diced zucchini, 1 clove of garlic, 1 date and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Blend until smooth.
To assemble, take strips of zucchini and spread them with pesto or cashew cheese, or both. Then place one cherry tomato at the end of the zucchini and roll towards the opposite end! Continue until all the zucchini "noodles" have been stuffed!
This item posted: 04-Aug-2016 - Disclaimer
Make these delicious and easy zucchini and cucumber noodles for a refreshing, light twist on regular pasta. Top them with a chunky pasta sauce, fresh salsa, guacamole, or any of the four dressings in this video.
They are also great added into salads, served as a side, or topped with veggie curry or stir fry. Throw a sprinkle of fresh herbs, sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper on top and voila, your noodles are served. If you avoid grains or gluten, these noodles are the perfect alternative!
You can get a spiralizer and/or a julienne peeler here to make your noodles.
If you'd like more recipe ideas to accompany these noodles or completely new ideas, check out The Healing Path, our free online healing education program. The recipe book has 30 delicious, Medical Medium approved recipes to play with.
Have fun experimenting with these easy and healthy noodles!
This item posted: 20-Jul-2016 - Disclaimer
Delicious dressings can turn a simple salad into a mouth watering meal. And having a repertoire of dressing recipes you love saves time and energy on busy days.
Just throw a few ingredients into a blender and your dressing is ready to go. Pour on top of crisp greens, juicy tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers, and some sliced onion for a simple but tasty salad, or make it as elaborate as you'd like.
Mango Tomato Dressing
1 cup mango
1 cup cherry tomato or diced tomato
1/2 cup orange juice
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup cilantro
1 green onion
1/4 jalapeño (optional)
Creamy Tahini Ginger
1 tbsp tahini
1 small peeled and chopped zucchini
Juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves of garlic
1 inch piece of ginger
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup basil
Almond Butter & Thyme
2 tbsp almond butter
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp thyme
water to blend if needed
For all dressings, place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour over salad or steamed vegetables, or use as a dip for vegetable crudités.
This item posted: 14-Jul-2016 - Disclaimer
We've been receiving a lot of questions about the Light Blast that I give the audience at the Medical Medium Live events. Questions about what it is, how it works, and what it’s helpful for. Today I want to share some more information and a video with you about this gift I was given from Spirit.
When I received my gift at age four from Spirit of Compassion, I was given the ability to know what is wrong with the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of any person, and how they can heal. At the same time I was given the ability to ask Spirit of Compassion to bring healing, sacred Light down from Heaven and send it through anyone around me so that their body’s healing process can be ignited. This Light Blast also begins to remove old wounds, injuries and hardships that are caused by having our trust broken many times over our lives. The Light Blast is truly a miraculous gift from Spirit, and I’ve witnessed its effects on people around me over and over again.
To learn more about the Light Blast and how I received this gift, watch the video.
This item posted: 09-Jul-2016 - Disclaimer
Over 80% of us will experience adrenal fatigue multiple times over our lives. Symptoms can include weakness, lack of energy, trouble concentrating, becoming easily confused, forgetfulness, trouble completing basic tasks you could once handle easily, hoarse voice, poor digestion, constipation, depression, insomnia, not feeling rested after waking from sleep, and relying on naps during the day.
The best way to support your adrenals and help recover your health is to eat a light, balanced meal every 90 minutes to two hours. This grazing technique works because the frequent meals keep your blood sugar steady throughout the day; and as long as your glucose isn’t dropping, your adrenal glands don’t have to interfere. Giving your adrenal glands lots of rest allows them to devote energy to healing and restoring themselves.
Each of your meals should ideally contain a balance of potassium, sodium, and natural sugar (from fruit). This video shows some perfect snacks you can graze on to help recover your adrenal health, including:
* Apple, celery, and dates
* Orange, avocado, and spinach
* Sweet potato, kale, and lemon juice
* Cucumber, avocado, and lime juice
* Banana, dates, and romaine lettuce
* Coconut water, dried apricots and celery
* Coconut water, banana, and spinach
* Pear, berries, and mache
* Mango, figs, and celery
* Oranges, cilantro, and butter lettuce
* Raspberries, tangerines, and green leaf lettuce
* Berries, raw honey, and cucumber
* Apple, dates, and collard greens
* Banana, grape, and red leaf lettuce
* Apple, cauliflower, and cucumber
* Watermelon with lime juice, and celery juice
This item posted: 22-Jun-2016 - Disclaimer
These delicious black bean burgers offer a perfect, healthy alternative to other burger recipes without sacrificing the taste. The rich flavor of the patties combined with a variety of fresh, juicy and creamy toppings makes a wonderful meal to enjoy with family or friends. Serve in a gluten free bun to keep the meal entirely gluten free.
2 cups cooked black beans (approximately 1 can)
1 cup shredded zucchini
1 red onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup ground chia seeds
1/4 cup parsley
1/2 tbsp each: thyme leaves, sage leaves, poultry seasoning
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp sea salt
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2) In a sauté pan, heat 1/4 cup of water. Add onions and garlic over high heat, stirring until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add more water if needed to keep from sticking.
3) In a food processor, pulse walnuts, ground chia seeds, parsley, thyme, sage, poultry seasoning, paprika and sea salt until coarse crumbles are formed. Set aside in a medium mixing bowl.
4) Place black beans, garlic and onions in the food processor and pulse five times until roughly combined. Add shredded zucchini and pulse three more times. Add to the contents of the mixing bowl.
5) Mix all ingredients together until well combined.
6) Form into small patties about 3 inches across and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
7) Bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
8) Serve in gluten free buns with the toppings of your choice.
This item posted: 08-Jun-2016 - Disclaimer
These delicious gluten-free and corn-free Millet Flatbreads are the perfect vehicle for an endless variety of mouth watering toppings. In this video, we demonstrate how to make three different tasty toppings: Savory Sweet Potato & Mushroom, Butternut Squash & Arugula, and Avocado & Tomato. You can make just one or two of these toppings, all three, or create any topping recipe of your own. This is the perfect recipe to to let your creativity take over and explore what you like best. Enjoy!
2 cups millet flour
2 cups water
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 pinch sea salt
This item posted: 01-Jun-2016 - Disclaimer
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