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This wonderful dip is rich in flavor, creamy, hearty and satiating. It tastes fantastic scooped onto vegetable crudités like celery, cucumber, radishes, asparagus, cauliflower, tomato slices, bell pepper, broccoli, cabbage leaves and lettuce leaves. It’s also incredibly delicious served alongside steamed potatoes, baked potato fries, or even on top of a green salad. But what’s even more impressive than it’s flavor and versatility is the healing properties of its two primary ingredients: peas and avocado.
Green peas are rich in antioxidants, vitamins A, C, K, and B-complex and minerals such as zinc, iron, calcium, and manganese. They are a great source of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fats in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). They are also a fantastic weight loss food since they have the ability to ward off hunger and keep you feeling satiated for long periods of time. Green peas contain a compound called coumestrol which has been shown to help lower the risk of stomach cancer and they also contain anti-inflammatory properties making them a particularly good food for those who suffer with autoimmune disorders such as arthritis, COPD, heart disease, lupus, fibromyalgia, and bursitis.
Avocado has creamy flesh that is the ultimate gut soother for those with food sensitivities, Crohn’s disease, colitis, or IBS. Avocados possess anti-inflammatory compounds that have an aspirin-like quality without thinning the blood; this reduces narrowing and swelling of the digestive tract. This fruit also has polyp-reducing properties, helping you to prevent or rid yourself of these small growths of the intestinal lining. Avocados are amazing for the brain, too. A healthy source of omega-6 fatty acids, they can help restore the central nervous system and alleviate Alzheimer’s and dementia. Eating avocados also has an anti-aging effect on the skin, reducing dryness, giving you a healthy glow, and contributing to the disappearance of dark undereye circles.
Sweet Pea Dip
Place the peas, avocado, lemon juice, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Serves: 2-4 people
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Fibroids are growths in the uterus that can be like smooth pieces of muscle. They can be the size of an egg or even the size of a small grapefruit. Fibroids can be incredibly disruptive and difficult to deal with, even causing bleeding and extreme discomfort. In most cases, doctors recommend surgery when a woman comes in with a fibroid, and in many, surgery is presented as the only option because of the large size of many fibroids.
As with most chronic illnesses, medical communities don’t yet know the true cause of fibroids. There is only speculation and theory about why women sometimes get these growths in their reproductive systems. And, as with most chronic illnesses, the medical industry has convinced millions of women that their fibroids are related to their genes. In reality, fibroids have nothing to do with genes and are not hereditary at all. Science and research sometimes suggests that fibroids could be caused by estrogen, progesterone, or even too much red meat or alcohol. While some of these things may be connected to fibroids, they are not the true cause.
Fibroids are Caused by a Virus
The true cause of fibroids is a virus called Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV.) I have spoken about EBV at length in my books, especially Thyroid Healing, because it is the unknown root cause of a large number of health conditions and symptoms. As I brought to light in my book Medical Medium, there are over 60 varieties of EBV. Medical science and research only believe there to be one variety. If you are unfamiliar with this virus, you are likely aware of mononucleosis, which is the second stage of EBV. Oftentimes someone contracts mononucleosis as a child or when they are in their teens or 20s and then never truly eradicates the virus from their body. Because they are not given the proper tools to knock down the virus altogether and because science and research aren’t aware that EBV has multiple stages, of which mononucleosis is just stage two, EBV then continues to strengthen and proliferate, moving into further stages and causing many other illnesses and symptoms. In truth, almost everyone today has at least one variety of EBV.
Different varieties create different health problems. It is the environment we create for the virus, the toxins we are exposed to, the stress and hardships in our lives, and the foods we eat that dictate whether it will develop into further stages. Another truth medical communities are still unaware of is that viruses actually feed. They feed on specific foods, plus toxins and heavy metals, and create more severe health conditions and symptoms as a result. I discuss many of the common triggers that strengthen EBV in my book, Thyroid Healing. Now that you know the true cause of fibroids, you can learn how to knock out this virus and bring healing to your body,
Estrogen does play a role in creating fibroids in women’s reproductive systems. However, it is not in the way that is often explained in alternative and medical health communities. Typically women’s own hormones are blamed for creating fibroids, but in reality the estrogen found in foods or other external sources is what can truly cause harm. The harmful kinds of estrogen are in eggs, dairy, red meat, plastics, solvents, and medications. While eggs and dairy are best avoided by everyone because they directly contribute to illness (read how in Thyroid Healing), the key with red meat, plastics, solvents, and medications is to consider if there’s ways you can reduce your intake of them where possible. This harmful estrogen is the one that needs to be eliminated from the body because otherwise it builds up in the liver and in turn harms the uterus. The liver gets so clogged up with poisons, toxins, and pathogens like EBV, which I explain in detail in Liver Rescue, that it cannot do its job to protect the reproductive system from harm. The liver traps the estrogen in order to protect you; but when the liver is too overloaded with toxins, the estrogen can be released but isn’t able to leave the body properly. The estrogen then saturates the uterus and contributes to the development of fibroids.
What’s In Your Diet?
The reason we need to focus on removing certain foods and adding in other ones is because diet is critical to healing fibroids. Certain foods, like eggs and dairy especially, trigger the Epstein-Barr virus to get into the reproductive system and create growths. Unfortunately, the only foods that science and research are willing to scorn in the arena of fibroids is red meat. While red meat does play a role because it contains adrenaline and estrogen, the worst offenders are eggs and dairy, two foods sadly often promoted within medical and alternative health communities as being helpful. Doctors and health practitioners haven’t been taught that these foods actually contribute to growing fibroids rapidly and this truth is simply not widely known.
Most women are told that eggs and dairy are good for women’s health and are needed for protein and calcium. Products like yogurt and cottage cheese are proclaimed as not only good but very important for women. However, dairy and eggs are the worst thing for women’s health and should be avoided at all cost because they feed EBV, the virus that causes not only fibroids but a multitude of illnesses women often struggle with. Fibroids is directly caused by EBV, and EBV is fed by the consumption of eggs and dairy products, including the ones that are considered healthy like milk, eggs, cheese squares, and yogurt. Unfortunately, there are private panels of influencers supporting experts in the health field protecting eggs and keeping the truth from women who simply want to lead the healthiest lives they can. I have dedicated my life to getting this information into the hands of the people who need it most because there is so much misinformation out there misleading people.
In addition to removing the EBV triggers, we can do something equally as powerful and just as critical: consume the foods that EBV hates. Fruit is the best thing to consume when trying to fight this virus because of the incredible antiviral properties it contains. Even though women are told misinformation about fruit being too high in sugar, do not remove fruit from your diet. You can read more and listen to my radio show on Fruit Fear and why fruit is so critical on my blog. While women are being told to eat yogurt, they should actually be encouraged to eat fruit because fruit goes hand-in-hand with the female reproductive system. Some powerful fruits you can include are apples, berries, mangoes, papayas, cherries, cranberries, and bananas. Eat banana smoothies with frozen or fresh berries, especially wild blueberries. Eat ripe mangoes for breakfast or a bowl full of grapes. Consume as much fruit as you like and experience the healing benefits of this amazing food.
Something everyone can agree on is the importance of vegetables in your diet. Eat plenty of raw leafy greens and vegetables every day. Eat salads daily and add lettuces, specifically romaine lettuce, kale, spinach, celery, cucumber, zucchini, and fennel. You can even juice fennel or steam it and put it in a soup. You can also steam vegetables like potatoes and sweet potatoes. Make winter squash a staple in your diet and eat plenty of asparagus. Try juicing asparagus to help your fibroids shrink.
There are also some herbs that can be helpful in reducing fibroids. Do not underestimate the power of these simple herbs, whether taken in capsule, tincture, or tea form. The first herb to consider is raspberry leaf, which levels out the bad hormones that feed EBV. Also, nettle leaf is an amazing gift for women, especially when healing from fibroids, because of its antiviral properties. Lemon balm is another herb that EBV hates because there are phytochemicals in this herb that go directly after the virus. Also, some ashwagandha goes a long way when healing from fibroids. Consider including these herbs into your regimen in order to reduce your fibroids and experience healing.
One Woman’s Healing Story
Several years ago I helped a woman with her fibroids. She was told by her doctors that she needed a hysterectomy, but she wanted to heal naturally so she came to me for advice. The fibroid in her uterus was the size of a grapefruit and she was experiencing a great deal of bleeding. For 30 days she radically changed her diet and consumed mostly bananas and celery. She took the herbs that I recommended and ate a diet of fruits and vegetables. Then she returned to the doctors and they searched for the fibroid and could not find it. They were utterly complexed. The fibroid was completely gone and they were stunned. When she explained to them what she did, they did not believe her. Eventually, when they spoke to me on the phone about it, they laughed when I explained to them that she got rid of the fibroid by killing off the Epstein-Barr Virus that had caused the fibroids with the right foods and herbs, and that her mononucleosis from 30 years before was an earlier stage of the same virus that caused the fibroids. They may have laughed but she was free and living her live once again without pain and fear. Many women I have worked with over the decades have had healing experiences just like this one with fibroids.
If you or someone you know is experiencing fibroids, please know I am providing this information so you can take control of your health. Now that you know what is causing the fibroids, you can take the necessary steps to kill off EBV and heal your reproductive system. I often speak about the power of knowing the cause because EBV begins to weaken and your immune system begins to strengthen as soon as you know the truth. Half the battle is knowing what is wrong, and the other half is knowing what to do about it. My book Thyroid Healing would be especially helpful to help you heal from fibroids and help prevent further fibroid growth also.
The combination of sweet watermelon with savory herbs, garlic, and tomatoes makes this raw Watermelon Gazpacho burst with flavor. Refreshing and deeply hydrating, this gazpacho is a perfect light lunch, especially on hot days or when you’re feeling stressed out. It can even be a great breakfast because it’s best enjoyed on an empty stomach.
Watermelon is also known to significantly reduce inflammation, help flush out edema, aid in weight loss, and alleviate depression. Watermelon can also boost the immune system as well as strengthen vision. Watermelon is not nearly as high in sugar as most people think as it has half the sugar than an apple. Watermelon is also loaded with antioxidants that have the ability to neutralize free radical molecules and aid in the prevention of chronic illnesses.
Tomatoes contain their own variety of vitamin C that’s bioavailable to the lymphatic system and liver, supports the immune system to keep it strong against viruses, and prohibits viruses from traveling through the body with ease.
Cucumbers have a fountain-of-youth effect, hydrating us at the deepest cellular level possible. Plus, cucumbers’ cooling effect makes them excellent at rejuvenation and especially effective at cooling a hot, stagnant liver. When eaten on a daily basis, cucumbers can reverse liver damage, dialing back 10 to 15 years of toxin exposure (including from heavy metals and pesticides such as DDT) and poor diet. It makes this vegetable (really, a fruit) a particular ally in reducing bloat.
Place watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, celery, garlic, chili pepper, basil, mint, lime juice, salt and pepper in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl and top with chopped watermelon, tomatoes, cucumber, herbs, sea salt and pepper. Serve immediately.
If you are reading this, chances are that you or someone you love is one of the many people plagued by asthma. No matter what age asthma hits—whether you are facing adult-onset asthma or caring for a young person with childhood asthma—living with asthma can be a constant struggle. After all, the quality of our breathing affects our quality of life in more ways than one. The good news? You can heal from asthma. Once you understand its true causes, which are unknown by medical science and research, you can move forward with improving and healing this condition.
What You Believe About Asthma Matters
In a way, asthma is similar to migraines in that you have to plan your life around both of these conditions. Before leaving the house, you may run through a checklist of questions: Will I be in an unfamiliar environment today? Did I pack my inhaler? Should I drive separately just in case? You may even question whether you are able to travel or experience new things. In short, nothing is simple when it comes to having a chronic illness, asthma included. Even if you find relief in knowing that your friends and family members have some awareness around asthma, or that there are millions of others who also struggle with it, this does not mean that asthma is normal or easy.
The first step in addressing asthma, as is true for many things in life, is addressing your belief system. What you believe about your health—particularly what you believe about living with asthma—might be keeping you from truly healing. Take a moment to consider your thoughts around this condition. Do you believe that you can’t heal from asthma? Are you convinced that it’s just your lot in life and you’ll struggle with it forever? Do you believe you’ll always have to use an inhaler to manage it? Do you believe it’s an autoimmune condition where your body is attacking itself? If any of this sounds familiar, it is time to pause and reframe your beliefs about asthma and your health. As you’ll discover below, there are a few major culprits responsible for the onset of asthma and once you know them and apply the healing steps I share here and in my books, you can at least improve or even rid asthma from your life. It’s not a life sentence you have to live with anymore, nor is your body or immune system attacking itself. For more on what I call the “autoimmune confusion,” why so many health conditions are incorrectly labeled autoimmune, and why this belief could be preventing you from healing, read the chapter on this topic in my book Thyroid Healing.
Different Types of Asthma
To start, it is important to note that there are different types of asthma, not just one as medical communities believe. These include neurological asthma, vagus nerve asthma and phrenic nerve asthma, toxic heavy metal exposure asthma, and asthma caused by underlying viral conditions such as Epstein-Barr. None of these types and causes of asthma are understood by medical science and research.
Viral, Toxic Heavy Metal Exposure and Neurological Asthma
Low grade viruses in the body can inflame the nerves and result in limited breathing. These breathing issues can leave doctors scratching their heads. A pulmonologist, for example, might not be sure of the cause of these symptoms, but will most likely assume one of two things: asthma or anxiety. Diagnosing patients that have breathing issues with anxiety is a common occurrence—and they can be linked due to the fact that asthmatic symptoms, including tightness of chest, are nerve related, but the cause of the nerve issues are still not understood. And, when the breath is limited, the adrenals start releasing a lot of adrenaline. For many people, this results in a trip to the emergency room where the ER doctor might think their symptoms are indicative of the flu, anxiety, or a panic attack. Or if an asthma diagnosis is given, patients are often told it’s an autoimmune condition or a genetic condition. This is another incorrect theory I address and explain in detail in Thyroid Healing. What’s really happening is that there is a low grade viral infection in the body. As I share in Thyroid Healing, there are stages a virus like Epstein-Barr virus, goes through and in the later stages, the viruses produce neurotoxins, which are poisons that disrupt nerve function. Medical communities haven’t yet discovered this truth so they are unable to give you the correct information about what’s behind your asthma, or any answer at all.
From a neurological perspective, when you think about asthma, it is essential to consider the vagus nerve, which runs from the brain into the neck and chest and controls the abdomen and the function of the lungs. Equally significant is the phrenic nerve, which runs through the neck into the chest on each side. Both the vagus and phrenic nerves can do funny things in the chest, especially when there is a viral issue developing. Neuro-asthma, for instance, is common among university students who are staying up late to study and party, and who are under real stress for the first time. What they are likely unaware of is a developing case of mononucleosis (caused by the Epstein-Barr virus which I address extensively in Thyroid Healing) and/or streptococcus that could have been brewing for years, and which is triggered under stressful conditions. For more detailed information on streptococcus, check out my book Liver Rescue. Medical science and research don’t yet know that when a virus is present in the system, neurotoxins are released from the liver, float around in the body, and inevitably touch the vagus and phrenic nerves causing inflammation and irritation in the chest—two of the symptoms of neuro-asthma. Viruses are behind a countless number of chronic mystery illnesses. Asthma is no exception.
Another cause of neuro-asthma is toxic heavy metals, which feed viruses that then excrete the neurotoxins that inflame the phrenic and vagus nerves that are affected in cases of asthma. Both children and adults can be exposed to toxic heavy metals easily. Doing the Medical Medium heavy metal detox protocol is extremely important for anyone with asthma. Emotional stress and hardships can also be a trigger to underlying viral or bacterial conditions or lead to the release of excess adrenaline, all of which can lead to the onset of asthma. Emotional neuro-asthma can present with similar symptoms to other brain related asthmas. For any of these types of asthmas, inhalers are often prescribed. While inhalers can ease someone’s symptoms because steroids calm the nerves, they don’t address the root cause and are not a cure.
Environmental irritants can also play a role in asthma. Separate from these different neuro-asthmas is inflamed bronchial asthma.
Inflamed Bronchial Asthma
When irritants are inhaled into the lungs they can trigger the inflammation of the lungs and bronchial passageways. These triggers—i.e. dust, dirt, asbestos, etc.—can be hard to avoid, especially if you are in a line of work such as woodworking, home construction, or engineering. In these environments, the bronchial tubes can become hypersensitive. Inhalers can help ease symptoms temporarily, but if you are suffering from chronic asthma and use your inhaler a lot, you may become immune to the steroids at some point.
So what exactly causes inflammation? When contaminants enter the lungs and the body cannot expel them easily or quickly enough, they cling to the bronchial walls causing irritation. In this case, these contaminants sit on the mucus lining of the bronchial tubes, shifting back and forth as you breathe and your lungs expand and contract. What this means is that these contaminants are essentially acting like sandpaper. As they collect over time, they get stuck in the mucus lining, causing the bronchial tubes to become increasingly irritated. But environmental irritants are not solely to blame. Mucus plays a key role in the inflammation of the lungs and the weakening of the immune system.
The Truth About Mucus
Mucus exists in everyone’s body. At its best, mucus is a protective mechanism. We need to have healthy mucus in order to have a healthy immune system. The throat is an excellent example of this. A thin lining of mucus coats your throat so that you don’t get a sore throat when you speak all day. However, there are places mucus should not be: the liver, the lymphatic system, the bloodstream, or our internal organs. Very simply, our bodies cannot get rid of the contaminants in healthy mucus if we have a build-up of mucus where it does not belong. Why? Excess mucus becomes hardened and putrefied. This keeps whatever irritants that are in your lungs from leaving the body. Unlike this unhealthy mucus build-up, healthy mucus produced when you have a cold is the body’s way of fighting a virus. Healthy mucus allows the body to locate the virus and destroy it. So what causes this excess of mucus anyway? The answer: what you eat. If your diet is loaded with mucus producing foods, the healthy mucus can’t do its job to rid contaminants from the lungs. The body needs to be in good standing to use mucus effectively. Too much mucus increases inflammation, which only prolongs and intensifies breathing troubles and other asthmatic symptoms.
Foods To Avoid
The first step to clearing mucus from the body is eliminating dairy products, including milk, kefir, butter, cream, and cheese. If you are vegan or plant-based, this includes non-dairy cheeses, too, because soy is a mucus producing food and nut and seed based cheeses are typically very high in fat or fermented, which is hard on the liver as I explain in Liver Rescue. Eggs are another food that’s critical to avoid because they feed viruses in the body. As you now know, underlying viruses can cause and worsen asthma. Whether you are dealing with viral, neuro or bronchial asthma, eliminating eggs will help you lower the amount of mucus, and therefore the amount of inflammation, in your body. Additionally, removing canola oil, soy, and pork will also start you on the path to healing. The fat content in each of these foods keep mucus from leaving the body in a natural, speedy manner. It’s for this same reason that it’s helpful to reduce the fat content in your diet in general if you’re wanting to heal from asthma. If you eat a plant based diet, lower the oils, seeds, and nuts in your diet by 50%. If you eat animal products, which are inherently high in fat, aim to only have them once a day at most or ideally two to three times a week at most while healing. If you’d like to heal asthma as quickly and easily as possible, it could be very helpful to consider a plant based diet until you are free from your symptoms. Grains are also best avoided when healing asthma, although a small amount of millet can be okay for some people. Learn more about grains and what’s good to eat and avoid in my show Truth About Grains. Similarly, try not to eat too many beans while healing from asthma. A little bit of chickpeas, hummus, and the occasional serving of lentils can be ok for some.
What foods can you incorporate more of into your diet? While you shouldn’t overindulge on nuts or fats, a little bit of hemp seeds and walnuts are beneficial for healing, along with some avocado. A larger focus should be placed on seeds than nuts, including pumpkin or sunflower. Do eat plenty of fruits and potatoes, including sweet potatoes, as well as different varieties of squash (summer, kabocha, spaghetti, etc.). Eating lots of raw veggies, leafy greens like spinach, and salads will also help mucus find its way out of the body by pushing it out of the liver and intestinal tract and through the body’s lymphatic channels. Another healing food to add to your shopping list: ginger. Regardless of the type of asthma you are struggling with, ginger will help boost your immune system, provide you with plenty of brain-friendly antioxidants, and reduce inflammation. And the most important food group of all is fresh fruit. Don’t be misled by anyone suggesting fruit is too high in sugar or should be avoided if you’re unwell. This is harmful misinformation. In truth, fruit is the most important food for healing any chronic illness, including asthma. To find out more about why fruit is so important for you and yet why it’s common today to hear it should be avoided, listen to my radio show and read my article on Fruit Fear.
The Medical Medium 28 Day Cleanse that I share in my book, Medical Medium, is a wonderful way to jump-start your healing and fight asthma, too. You can choose to do the cleanse for one to three months (or much longer if you wish). Also consider bringing in the highly-beneficial (and delicious) Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie, which is the only truly effective way to rid toxic metals completely from the body. Drink this smoothie daily for as long as possible.
Some helpful supplements to consider include B12 with adenosylcobalamin and methylcobalamin, vitamin C as Micro-C, NAC, and a bit of MSM. Nettle leaf, lemon balm, and some zinc sulfate are also helpful. The key here is not to load up on too many supplements too quickly, but to focus first on cleaning up your diet by removing the Foods To Avoid, adding in a lot more healing fruits, leafy greens, and vegetables, and then slowly bringing in some supplements.
It is possible to heal and to no longer need your inhaler. Healing foods that don’t produce mucus and in fact reduce and eliminate it are the place to start—and the key is consistency. Also be sure to avoid environmental irritants such as artificial fragrances like cologne and perfume whenever possible. These fragrances area a trigger to asthma and all other chronic illnesses. This also includes air fresheners, scented candles, dryer sheets, industrial cleaning products, aerosols, and harsh detergents to name a few. If you are required to be around these items for work or any other reason, protect yourself with a safety mask if possible. Last, but never least, drink your celery juice! Celery juice does wonders for calming and healing the nerves and starves pathogens that produce the neurotoxins responsible for so many chronic illnesses. As with any illness, healing takes time, but now that you finally know the truth about the causes of asthma and the foods you can eat to decrease mucus production, starve pathogens and heal the nerves inflamed in your body, you are one step closer to experiencing the freedom that comes with always being able to take deep full breaths. You deserve nothing less.
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Cucumber noodles are an easy and delicious way to reap the many healing benefits of this special fruit. Topped with a chunky sauce of fresh, juicy tomatoes, flavorful garlic, and fragrant basil, this recipe provides a wonderfully healing and tasty meal or snack for anytime of day. You may find this simple recipe becomes a daily or weekly staple for you and your family!
Cucumbers strengthen the adrenals and kidneys and flush viral neurotoxins out of the bloodstream. They hydrate the lymphatic system allowing for better cleansing. Cucumber hydration can slow down and even stop a fresh mononucleosis infection and the high fiber content of cucumbers makes them an excellent remedy for constipation by adding bulk and hydration directly to the colon.
Tomatoes contain their own variety of vitamin C that’s bioavailable to the lymphatic system and liver, supports the immune system to keep it strong against EBV, and prohibits viruses from traveling through the body with ease. When growing, tomatoes absorb and collect the moonlight’s frequency at night. This means that when consumed, tomatoes strengthen the thyroid’s radio-like frequencies, helping to create balance and homeostasis with all of the body’s organs and glands. Tomatoes help to stop at least 20 different kinds of cancer. They also prevent fibroids, cysts, tumors, lipomas, and nodules from growing and are antiviral and antibacterial.
Garlic is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal (including anti-mold), anti-parasitic, and rich in the phytochemical allicin, a sulfur compound that prevents disease. Contrary to some mistaken theories, garlic does not kill productive bacteria in the intestinal tract. It only kills unproductive bacteria.
Cucumber Noodles with a Chunky Tomato Sauce
Make the cucumber into noodles using a spiralizer or vegetable peeler. Divide between two bowls and set aside.
Place the tomatoes, garlic, fresh basil, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper in a food processor and process briefly until you get a chunky tomato sauce.Ladle it on top of the cucumber noodles and top with fresh basil and a squeeze of lemon juice (optional).
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Changing up the way you eat your fruits and veggies can make all the difference when you are choosing to eat a healthier diet. This pretty and fun Watermelon Tart gives you a new and unique way to get more healing fruits into your diet. Make this with your kids or let them have fun making it for you!
Watermelon is an excellent fruit that effectively hydrates, detoxifies, and cleanses the entire body on a cellular level. It is rich in vitamins A and C as well as lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin which are excellent for providing protection from lung, mouth, pancreatic, breast, prostate, endometrial, and colon cancer. Watermelon is loaded with antioxidants that have the ability to neutralize free radical molecules and aid in the prevention of chronic illnesses.
Strawberries are loaded with vitamin C which helps boost the immune system and ward off colds, flu’s, and respiratory infections. Strawberries are also well known for being beneficial for age related macular degeneration and vision related issues. They contain ellagic acid and flavonoids which are good for cardiovascular health and can help prevent heart disease, stroke, and and help to lower cholesterol.
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 even help prevent all varieties of skin cancers. Mangoes are a powerful tool to help reverse hypoglycemia, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes.
Place the watermelon slice on a plate and top with mango, blueberries, strawberries, lime juice and mint leaves. Serve immediately
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The vibrant colors of this smoothie make it a delight for the eyes, but its taste and healing properties are even more impressive. As you drink in the sunset colors of this smoothie, take a moment to consider some of its incredible undiscovered healing benefits…
Peaches are a wonderfully hydrating and mineral rich fruit that are easy to digest and rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and bioflavonoids. They have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and are especially beneficial for sinus issues, arthritis, high blood pressure, IBS, constipation, eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, acne, nervous system issues, migraines, eye sight issues, and strengthening the immune system. They are also very supportive for the body during pregnancy and a wonderful healing food for children as well.
Raspberries are a great full-body detoxifying food, rich in antioxidants that specifically remove EBV’s byproduct and other viral debris from the bloodstream, allowing for easier overall cleansing. Raspberries also tend to bind onto and remove impurities delivered to the intestinal tract by a liver burdened by viral waste matter.
Mangoes contain a tremendous amount of carotene to restore the spleen and liver, feed the brain, and purge the lymphatic system of viral waste-matter toxins. Mangoes also provide bioactive magnesium and glucose that calm nerves to aid in sleep issues caused by viral issues.
Raspberry Peach Smoothie
Make the orange layer by combining peach, mango and orange juice in a blender and blend until very smooth. Set aside and rinse the blender.
Make the pink layer by combining raspberries, banana and coconut water in a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour the orange layer into glasses, filling them up half way, then top with the pink layer. Serve immediately.
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This homemade strawberry jam not only has an incredible flavor and aroma; it’s also going to be fresher than any store bought variety, free of preservatives and refined sugar, and so simple to make! This recipe gives you two ways of making it—keep it raw or cook it. Both are delicious and give you an easy way to bring more berries into your diet.
Strawberries are packed with Vitamins A, B-complex, & E and minerals such as manganese, iron, and zinc. They are rich in antioxidants which boosts their ability to rebuild, repair, and rejuvenate the body. They also have high levels of phenols, which act as an anti-inflammatory which makes it an essential food for those suffering from autoimmune disorders such as asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, restless leg syndrome, colitis, COPD, IBS, neuropathy, Crohn’s disease, lupus, guillain-barre syndrome, and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
Fresh Strawberry Jam
Place the strawberries, coconut sugar, vanilla extract and lemon juice in a medium-sized bowl. Using the bottom of a glass, mash the strawberries until they are smooth but chunky. Taste and adjust sweetness. Pour into jars and keep in the fridge for 3-4 days or freeze in containers.
Alternatively, place the mixture in a saucepan and cook over low heat for 45-50 minutes, until thick and syrupy. Pour into jars and keep in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or freeze in containers.
Makes about 2-3 cups of jam
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Fruit leathers are such a fun and effective way to get fruit into your precious children’s bellies. They’re colorful, delicious, and so convenient to give to your children or for them to grab themselves. They’re also a great travel, car, and work snack for those of us with a few extra years on us! These fruit leathers are made with berries to harness their incredible healing powers, but feel free to experiment with other options also.
As I share in my book Life-Changing Foods, berries broadcast their health value with their deep purples, blues, and blacks, which come from the polyphenols known as anthocyanins (including malvidin) and anthocyanidins. They’re also rich in dimethyl resveratrol and dozens of other phytochemicals, amino acids, coenzymes, and co-compounds that have yet to be discovered by science and are more plentiful and bioavailable in berries than in any other food.
Berries are true brain food. Not only are they B12-enhancing; they have the power to reverse stains on the brain—lesions, gray areas, calcifications, heavy metal deposits, white spots, scar tissue, crystallizations, and adhesions created by damaged, expanded blood vessels. For any illness with neurological symptoms, berries are the answer. When you think of heart health, too, think berries. Nothing compares to the way berries protect heart valves and ventricles and remove plaque by dissolving hardened fat deposits within veins and arteries.
Berries also have pro-fertility compounds, which derive from a single variety of polyphenol, which are responsible for a woman’s reproductive system’s ability to maintain a constant balance, so that the “low battery” behind so many cases of mystery infertility does not occur.
Very Berry Fruit Leather
Preheat oven to 170F/75C. Blend the berries, lemon juice and maple syrup in a blender until very smooth, about 4-5 minutes. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper and spread the mixture thinly. Bake the oven for 3-4 hours, until the mixture is not sticky any more. Let cool, then cut into strips. Store in an airtight container.
Blend ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth. Spread on dehydrator trays making it about 1/8 inch thick. Place the trays in the dehydrator at 95-100°F for about 8 hours. When the leather is dry, but slightly sticky to the touch, you can peel it off.
Serves: around 20 fruit roll-ups
This colorful twist on traditional lemonade offers so many more antioxidants and healing benefits than the original. The addition of the most healing food on the planet—wild blueberries, plus raw honey, and fresh lemon juice instead of preserved or pasteurized lemon juice, makes for a deeply healing and delicious drink. It’s also a delight for the eyes that is fun to serve at any family or social gatherings!
As I share in my book Thyroid Healing, “wild blueberries help restore the central nervous system and flush EBV neurotoxins out of the liver. They contain exceptionally powerful antioxidants that help repair your thyroid’s tissue and reduce the growth of nodules. They help remove toxic heavy metals from the brain and liver. Ultimately, this all means that wild blueberries stop a shrinking brain and a shrinking thyroid. Not to be confused with their larger, cultivated cousins, wild blueberries can be found in the freezer section of many grocery stores.”
Wild Blueberry Lemonade
Place the wild blueberries, lemon juice, honey and water in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, muslin cloth or nut milk bag to remove the seeds, then pour into glasses. Add ice, fresh blueberries and lemon slices. Serve immediately or keep in the fridge for 2-3 days.
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