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These sweet potato toasts make an easy and delicious breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack. Serve them with a big salad to make a heartier meal or enjoy them alone for a light meal or snack. While the ingredients are simple, the combination of sweet and savory, herby and garlic, makes this meal flavorful.
Abundant in vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, orange-fleshed sweet potatoes are especially praised for being packed with carotenoids such as beta-carotene and lycopene, and rightfully so. These phytochemicals are extremely powerful.
Mushrooms help reduce fungus, bacteria, and viruses in the intestinal tract, allowing for cleaner nutrients and cleaner blood to arrive in the liver.
Sweet Potato Toast With Garlic Mushrooms
Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Cut the ends off of the sweet potato, then cut lengthwise inch 1/2-inch thick slices.
Arrange slices on the baking tray and bake until tender and easily pierced with a fork, about 15-20 minutes.
Place a small, non-stick ceramic skillet on medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and a bit of water to prevent sticking. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until the mushrooms are soft.
Stir in the garlic and continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat.
Stir in the chopped parsley and lemon juice.
Serve toast immediately topped with cooked mushrooms.
Alternatively, you can keep the toast slices refrigerated and reheat in a toaster when needed.
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When the blood becomes thick and filled with an overflow of poisons from a dysfunctional liver for far too long, it carries a poisonous load—that is, it’s dirty blood. As a result, waste can settle in different areas of your body. The joints are one such place, because the joints in farther reaching points of your body are naturally places of lower circulation. Gout is really a serious liver condition.
It’s puzzling to think that crystals are viewed as the cause of gout when people exhibit the same gout symptoms without crystals present. That’s because crystals aren’t the cause of gout or the cause of gout’s pain—you have to go deeper. While having an improperly working liver doesn’t automatically translate to crystals, crystals do automatically translate to an improperly working liver. Crystals are just one component that happens to be found in a big batch of muck, and sometimes they’re not there—though plenty of troublemakers still are, such as the oxidation from heavy metals, the petroleum from pharmaceuticals, the neurotoxins and other viral debris from a pathogen living inside the liver, and more. Toxins and poisons have weight to them. When they flow to our extremities, they tend to sink and collect there because of their heavy nature.
Another common symptom that accompanies gout causes confusion: swelling in the extremities. This is caused by poor lymphatic circulation due to a stagnant, dysfunctional, compromised liver, with lymphatic fluid retention putting pressure on the nerves in various areas of the body.
People with gout should refrain from eating heavy proteins and fats; the more protein and fat they eat, the more sluggish the liver gets and the worse their symptoms become. This has nothing to do with a food belief system; it’s purely about what an individual with gout needs in order to heal. Reducing protein and fat in the diet gives gout (and pseudogout) sufferers relief, because it gives the liver a chance to recover and clean up the blood.
Find out more about how to heal gout, including foods to avoid, foods to eat, and supplements with dosages, in the NYT best-selling book, Cleanse To Heal.
The messages out there about eggs can get confusing. We often hear that they’re a healthy food—a perfect food, even—and a well-balanced source of protein. The truth is that long before pathogens such as unproductive viruses, bacteria, and even funguses invaded our bodies and created our current culture of chronic illness as the new normal, eggs were a survival food. While they weren’t good for us, they at least weren’t detrimental to our health—before the explosion of viruses and other bugs.
Decades ago, eggs were used in scientific research laboratories as food for microorganisms. Unproductive viruses and bacteria—such as the Epstein-Barr virus, HHV-6, herpes simplex 1 and 2, shingles, cytomegalovirus, even HPV and retroviruses such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and also bacteria such as Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and more—were all toyed with, manipulated, and raised in labs using eggs as the pathogens’ food source. That is, eggs were used to keep aggressive bugs alive: the same bugs that today give us endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS, cervical and ovarian cancers, breast cancer, MS, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and ME/ CFS in record numbers. And if those don’t raise an eyebrow for you, then consider eczema, psoriasis, acne, vertigo, balance issues, dizziness, tinnitus (ringing/buzzing in the ears), tingles, numbness, mystery aches and pains, ongoing fatigue, unexplained blurry vision, eye floaters, white or dark spots in the vision, brain fog, crippling anxiety, and depression. Pathogens such as these viruses cause a staggering majority of today’s ailments.
All eggs feed viruses–free-range; organic; both egg yolks and egg whites; eggs alone or eggs in baked goods, mayonnaise, or other products.
Eggs are at the top of the list of foods you want to avoid if you wish to cleanse to heal. They are fuel for the bugs that cause us pain and suffering and lower quality of life as the years go by. For more on why eggs are problematic and how you can heal from symptoms and conditions, check out Medical Medium Cleanse to Heal.
The Medical Medium Anti-Bug Cleanse starves bugs such as viruses and unproductive bacteria that are responsible for chronic illness. Pathogens cause conditions such as autoimmune disease and all its symptoms.
By removing specific foods from your diet that are outlined in the chapter on the Anti-Bug in Cleanse in Medical Medium Cleanse to Heal: Healing Plans for Sufferers of Anxiety, Depression, Acne, Eczema, Lyme, Gut Problems, Brain Fog, Weight Issues, Migraines, Bloating, Vertigo, Psoriasis, Cysts, Fatigue, PCOS, Fibroids, UTI, Endometriosis & Autoimmune that feed disease-causing pathogens, you’ll help prevent them from prospering and help interrupt the cycle of chronic health issues.
The Anti-Bug Cleanse gives your body a break from foods that also bog down your immune system, liver, and digestive system (you choose what level of foods you want to remove–read Cleanse To Heal for the information on the possible levels you can take this cleanse to). Removing these foods makes more room in your diet for healing foods so your system can repair itself.
You can also choose to also do the Heavy Metal Detox Cleanse Adaption while doing the Anti-Bug Cleanse. You can read Cleanse To Heal to decide what’s right for you and find out how to do it.
A Look Inside the Anti-Bug Cleanse
Drink 16oz or more of fresh celery juice on empty stomach every morning. Don’t add anything to it such as ice, water, lemon, apple, spinach, cucumber, ginger, collagen, apple cider vinegar, or anything else.
Remove Troublemaker Foods from your diet (choose from Level 1 to Level 5 from Cleanse To Heal as desired). Some examples from the different levels include:
You can pick the level that feels right to you.
Drink at least 1 liter of water over the day.
Follow the guidelines in Cleanse To Heal for 2 to 4 weeks, or adopt for life.
For more information on the Anti-Bug Cleanse and how to heal, check out Cleanse To Heal.
If you’re used to eating kale salads with lots of avocado, oil, or dressings, you may be surprised at just how delicious this fat-free recipe is—it doesn’t compromise on flavor, especially with the optional addition of garlic, chili pepper, and dates. If you normally avoid raw kale altogether because it seems fibrous, this is a fantastic recipe for you to try. Breaking up and mixing the ingredients in a food processor helps the flavors combine, and also makes the kale and other healing foods in this recipe easy to eat.
Kale is a beneficial food for the entire intestinal tract because it starves unfriendly bacteria and microorganisms while feeding beneficial bacteria and microorganisms. It’s very helpful for improving the ileum environment, which in turn improves vitamin B12 production so the liver can receive this vital nutrient through the hepatic portal vein.
Chopped Kale Salad
Place the chopped kale and green onions in an even layer in the food processor and process at high speed until very finely chopped. Scrape down the sides as needed, and then remove and add to a large bowl.
Place the cucumber in the food processor and pulse until chopped, for about 3 seconds. Remove and add to the kale and green onions.
Place the celery in the food processor and pulse 1 to 2 times, until chopped. Add to the bowl. Place the tomatoes in the food processor and pulse 1 to 2 times, until roughly chopped.
Add to the bowl. Add all the salad ingredients back to the food processor together with the chopped asparagus, orange juice, and additional options. Pulse 1 to 2 times, until evenly mixed. Divide between bowls and serve.
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Grapes are a first-rate fruit that promote wellness of the highest level. Grapes have a tartness, which is a key medicinal quality. That sourness indicates the presence of phytochemicals critical to kidney function.
If you’ve ever heard that you have elevated creatinine levels, this means your kidneys have become compromised in their ability to remove and excrete waste products from the bloodstream. Grapes are the ultimate kidney tonic—their phytochemicals bind onto waste that the kidneys have trouble filtering.
Grapes are an amazing liver-cleansing food. Their phytochemicals are able to dislodge debris, processed food, and by-products that can clog up lobules in the liver.
Grape skins hold powerful micronutrients that expel parasites, mold, and other unproductive fungus from the intestinal tract. Further, antioxidants such as malvidin and other anthocyanins (which explain grapes’ blue, black, dark red, and purple shades) give grapes the power to help fight and prevent most types of cancer.
Grapes help expel radiation from the body. Their amino acids such as histidine, methionine, and cysteine work together with their anthocyanins to become a magnet that helps draw DDT and toxic heavy metals out of the liver, kidneys, spleen, and other organs. Grapes are also antiviral and therefore help with autoimmune diseases (because they’re caused by viruses).
Grapes are an outstanding energy food. They offer a critical boost, whether you’re an athlete, constantly on the go, or you’re a thinker who is engaging your brain all day.
How To Use:
Enjoy grapes as a snack, in fruit salads, salads, juices, and smoothies. Raisins are also very beneficial–just be sure to get your raisins without oil, preservatives, or other added ingredients.
For more information on the healing benefits of grapes and the symptoms and conditions they can help with, check out the New York Times best-selling book, Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables.
This vibrant soup is as rich in flavor as it is in color, and it’s very straightforward to make. Throw everything in to roast and then simply blend it into this inviting soup. This is a great recipe to make fresh or in advance for leftovers—it tastes fantastic either way!
Tomatoes: Harness critical micronutrients, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals to support many functions of the liver. Lycopene is a beloved nutrient that the liver admires: the liver uses it to shield itself from cell damage, plus lycopene helps the liver detox red blood cells safely, smoothly, and efficiently. The fruit acids in tomatoes help keep the gallbladder healthy, helping rid sludge from the gallbladder and even reduce gallstone size.
Garlic: Since the liver deals with an onslaught of pathogens, it needs herbs and foods that help it fight its cause. Garlic is one such herbal food. The medicinal, pungent, astringent quality of garlic is a pathogen’s worst nightmare. Phytochemical compounds from garlic seep through the walls of the intestinal tract into blood vessels that lead up through the hepatic portal vein into the liver.
Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato
Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C. Line a baking dish with parchment paper. Add the chopped peppers, tomatoes, diced onion, garlic, celery, thyme, and red pepper flakes (if desired) to the baking dish. Mix well. Place in the oven and roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until browned and tender.
Remove from the oven and add to a blender together with the water or Liver Rescue Broth. Blend until smooth. Pour into a pot and heat until simmering. Ladle into soup bowls and garnish with fresh basil. Serve immediately.
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Mango is a miracle sleep aid. When you eat mango before bed, phytochemicals from the fruit, along with amino acids such as glycine, glutamine, and cysteine combined with fructose and glucose, travel to the brain and quickly restore depleted neurotransmitters. This allows most insomniacs a chance to finally get some true rest during the night.
Mangoes are also beneficial for a whole slew of other aspects of health. Wonderful for stress assistance and viral protection, mangoes are also rich in beta-carotene to strengthen and support the skin; they are even a helpful preventative for all varieties of skin cancers.
Mangoes are a powerful tool to help with hypoglycemia, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes. Their highly bioavailable trace magnesium coupled with phytochemical phenolic acids calms the central nervous system, which aids in staving off strokes, seizures, and heart attacks. The fruit’s pulp soothes the stomach and intestinal lining to alleviate constipation.
Mango is also an amazing exercise food, because it provides your muscles with traces of sodium, preciously needed glucose, and magnesium, which translates to longer, harder workouts while feeling less of “the burn.”
How To Use:
Enjoy mangos alone, in fruit salads, smoothies, dips, salad dressings, salads, nori wraps, salsa, and more. To get noticeable benefits, eat two mangoes a day. Eat mangoes on their own to help with sleep. Or, if you are looking for more energy later in the day, eat mangoes with celery sticks or on a salad and they can help give you a second wind.
For more information on the healing benefits of mangoes and the symptoms and conditions this amazing fruit can help with, check out the New York Times best-selling book, Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables.
Enjoy the delicious flavors of apple pie in this heavenly smoothie. Creamy, satisfying, and sweet, it will feel like you are indulging in a dessert, but without any of the drawbacks that come with the wheat, eggs, butter, and refined sugar of regular apple pie. In fact, this recipe is packed full of healing ingredients, so you can feel good about making it for yourself and your family over and over again.
Never underestimate the power of an apple. This fruit’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a top pick when you’re faced with practically any illness. Encephalitis (brain inflammation), IBS (intestinal inflammation), and viral infection (which can result in nerve inflammation) are just a few conditions in which apples can play the critical nutritional role of calming your system by reducing viral and bacterial loads that create inflammation.
Apples also provide living water to support the liver’s hydration capabilities, so it can store the water and then release it back into the bloodstream when 285 dehydration or dirty blood syndrome occurs. The fruit acids in apples help cleanse the liver by dispersing toxic films that build up inside its storage banks. Apples starve out bacteria, yeast, mold, other funguses, and viruses from the intestinal tract and liver.
Apple Cinnamon Smoothie
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Makes 1 serving
Leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, Swiss chard, mâche, and watercress deserve are key to help restore your health.
Leafy greens help with intestinal disorders. They help create a more alkaline stomach composition by raising beneficial hydrochloric acid levels, which in turn kills off the unproductive bacteria that create the bad acids responsible for GERD and other forms of acid reflux. They help reduce H. pylori, which is often responsible for stomach ulcers.
Leafy greens create true alkalinity in the body systems, especially the lymphatic, which can become the most acidic system due to toxins and pathogens. Leafy greens help to expel, purge, and drain the lymphatic system of these toxins so that it can remain alkaline.
Leafy greens hold precious and vital mineral salts, partially composed of a group of cofactors associated with sodium, such as trace bioavailable iodine, chromium, sulfur, magnesium, calcium, potassium, silica, manganese, and molybdenum, which are critical for neurotransmitter and neuron support, and are also the fundamental basis of building electrolytes. Leafy greens are high in enzymes, vitamin A, B vitamins such as folic acid, healing alkaloids (plant compounds that fight disease), micronutrients for restoring the endocrine system, and forms of chlorophyll and carotenes that are specific to them. Leafy greens are anti-pathogenic and help to stave off disease and chronic illness.
Leafy greens have the most bioavailable and assimilable proteins you can find. Leafy greens help with all protein-related diseases, such as gout, kidney disease, kidney stones and gallstones, gallbladder disease, hepatitis C, lymphedema, connective tissue damage, osteoporosis, and heart disease, which all arise from protein sources that are not breaking down or assimilating.
How To Use:
Leafy greens are best consumed raw. Enjoy them juiced with fruits and vegetables, in smoothies, raw soups like Medical Medium Spinach Soup, in salads, raw dips and dressings.
For more information on leafy greens, check out the New York Times best-selling book, Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods, and the other books in the Medical Medium series.
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