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Fresh Strawberry Zucchini Salad

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This Fresh Strawberry Zucchini Salad might be a fun and maybe a somewhat surprising combination that will give your table a lift of freshness and decoration. Warmer weather calls for refreshing foods!

Healthy for you

If you are thinking of loosing some weight or just seeking a new idea to add to your diet – try this fresh Strawberry Zucchini salad for a start.

Strawberries are considered a healthy treat especially if you are able to get them organically grown. They contain anti-aging antioxidants and are therefor good for your skin, joints and your bloodvessels.

Both zucchini and strawberries are high in Potassium and very good sources of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C and Manganese. Potassium and Manganese are minerals significant for our metabolism and chemical balance in the body it is therefor favourable to have some of this strawberry zucchini salad if you are looking to loose some weight.

Taste of summer

They come with this nice taste of summer that will give the zucchinis a facelift of dimensions in this salad- add some chili to it all and this salad will give you a spark as well as the table.

The strawberry zucchini salad is mainly done by making thin zucchini ribbons with a peeler, cheese slice or a mandolin. Then you whisk a refreshing dressing out of lemon juice, olive oil, finely chopped chili, some mint and basil.

Turn the zucchini ribbons in the dressing and load up the bowl with sweet strawberries.

This strawberry zucchini salad is a fresh, juicy and sweet-to- eat salad – that goes really well with grilled fish, seafood or chicken.

You need:

  • 1 green Zucchini
  • 250 grams Strawberries
  • 4 tablesp extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ red chili
  • 2 tablespoon of mint, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon of basil, coarsely chopped
  • Flake salts
  • Black pPepper

 

Do this:

  1. Slice the Zucchini into thin ribbons with a mandolin, asparagus peeler or a cheese slice
  2. Rinse the strawberries and cut them in four pieces each
  3. Wisk up olive oil and lemon juice to form a creamy dressing
  4. Take seeds out of the chilli. Add finely chopped chilli, mint and basil. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Turn the zucchini slices with half of the dressing and put them on a plate or in a bowl if you like
  6. Spread the strawberries on top and drip the rest of the dressing over. Add a little extra flaky salt and grinded pepper. Add some whole leafs of mint and basil on top – for a nice and healthy decoration

 

References:

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/2064/2#ixzz4yCbCsXz3

http://www.organicfood.com.au/content_common/pc-marketssydney.seo

Blueberry lemon Jelly hearts

Jelly hearts for healthy skin and bones

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Want to strengthen your bones, eat some anti-aging food AND have lollies at the same time?

Well, that can be done, nicely – here is some jelly hearts  for healthy skin and bones. The health benefits from blueberries, lemon and gelatine are amazing, the fact that these jelly hearts are sugar free makes them more a supplement than a sweet.

Sugar free jelly lollies

1 cup frozen blueberries

2/3 Cup of Juice from 2 – 4 lemons

10-15 drops Stevia Berry

½ tea spoon Vanilla extract

4 tbs gelatine

You can get gelatine from here at iherb or in the local health food store. Iherb is definitely the cheapest place – and if you use my Coupon Code; BOQ838 first time you order, you’ll get a discount as well. You will also find Stevia drops on iherb. You might choose a vegan type of gelatine like agar, but I have not tried that yet.

  1. Squeeze the juice of 2-4 lemons- depending on the size of them. Use a strainer or a sieve to make sure no pulp or pips follow into the juice. Pour the juice into a pan.
  2. Add the frozen blueberries and heat up till it gets hot. Take pan off the hot plate. Do not boil – it should just be warm enough to melt the gelatine.
  3. Use a stick mixer to make a smooth blueberry texture of it all.
  4. Add 4 tablespoons of gelatine.
  5. Add Stevia drops. You can use other sweeteners if you prefer that: One or two table spoon of Honey and ½ tea spoon Yacon syrup e.g. add some vanilla extract to taste.
  6. Mix everything well together. Remember it will taste less sweet when it cools down.
  7. I like to use little sweet silicon moulds but you might also use a square baking pan and glad wrap or similar. Make sure the liquid has cooled down a little bit before pouring it in the mould or the pan. Cool them all down in the fridge. They will last there for a week, but I can assure you they will disappear before that!

You can buy your silicone moulds here.

The levels of nutrition in these lollies are so high– you can consider them a supplement!

  • Proteins from the gelatine
  • Antioxidants from the blueberries and the lemons
  • Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K and Folate are all in these lovely berries as well as fibers

Blueberries health benefits

The health benefits of blueberries are mainly attributed to a pigment in the berry that gives them the lovely blue color and is called anthocyanidins. Yes, Anthocyanidins – they increase the benefits of vitamin C in the body and it helps to stabilise collagen, which is a building block of all body tissues.

Blueberries contains a considerable amount of antioxidants. Studies have shown that they are really good for better memory, and can help with dementia, Alzheimer, Parkinson, cancer and diabetes.

Eat them as they are, put them in your yoghurt or on cereal or make a healthy jam or jelly lollies. These berries can help relieve both diarrhoea and constipation.

We call Blueberries the vision fruit because they help your eyesight.

They contain – like most berries – tannins as well as pectin. Tannins are good for your intestines, they reduces inflammation and kills unfortunate bacteria. Pectin is a strong anticancer agent.

Gelatine for healthy skin and bones

Gelatine is a tissue builder and strengthens the collagen in your body. Skin, connective tissue and tendons are some of the tissue in your body that benefits from this nutrient. For some people it might be hard to just stir out the gelatine in water and drink it, but with this un-sweet little hearts, it is ever so easy.

If you are excited about the jelly recipe and/or the evidence-based facts about blueberry nutrition, please tell your friends that could benefit from this by sharing this post.

References:

Joseph J.A et al (2010) (online). Blueberry supplementation improves memory in older adults. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20047325 Pubmed.

Wolfe K. et al (2008) (online). Cellular antioxidant activity of common fruits http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf801381y. Journal of Agricultural and food chemistry.

 

Gut health

Maintain the Terrain and Milieu in your Gut Garden

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For those of you who are back to school and university again; it’s education time! Now to get into some microbiology, history, gardening and YOU! Those who are not – here’s a free lesson on the gut garden, the terrain and milieu.

“Gardening” for your inside is maybe a new way of thinking for many of you. Gardening in the gut is nevertheless an important way to help our immune system work well.

In immune therapy we talk about “The milieu” – in other words the physical setting where something happens or develops. In this case, I will refer to it as our garden.

The gut “microbiome” is the ecological community inside. This consists of millions of microorganisms that share our body space. The balance between them will most certainly help us stay healthy or make us sick.

Let’s take a little look at how some of this knowledge has come about.

History

When I did my naturopathy training, we learned about the work of scientists like Louis Pasteur and Antoine Bèchamp. The German zoologist and entomologist Günther Enderlein was part of the curriculum as well. Their findings make out my background in Immune therapy.

So, let me introduce them to you too:

Pasteur was French; he lived in the 19th century. He was a well-known chemist and biologist famous for “pasteurization”, a germ theory and the development of vaccines. Pasteur was convinced that our blood is germ-free.

Bèchamp was also from France. We know him for his breakthroughs in chemistry and that he was a strong rivalry with Pasteur.

Bèchamp said that blood is not sterile. Especially relevant is his opinion about microorganisms that they come in many forms. Because of these finding he also says that diseases develops from inside the body. As we know, Pasteur disagreed. He said the opposite and meant that germs cannot change.

One thing Pasteur apparently did say before he died was “Le microbe n’est rien, le terrain est tout.” (The microbe is nothing; the terrain is everything). This is to my knowledge exactly what Bèchamp claimed the whole time.

Now, Prof. Günther Enderlein (1872-1968) based his scientific research on Bèchamp’s work. In his book, “Bakterien Cyclogenie” from 1925 we learn that he used darkfield microscopy (Yes, already at that time!). He found that microorganisms could develop into countless forms whilst living in human blood! Wow!

Today we know that microorganisms are pleomorphic, which means they can change and often do. A bacterium can mutate into a yeast or fungus and back again. We have this knowledge thanks to our friends mentioned above.

Now, back to the present time

Each person is unique; YOU are unique, so also the complexity of variations in our microflora. The countless numbers of the germs are overwhelming. So how can we deal with all this and stay healthy?

It is a fact that if the pathogens rule the grounds, we get sick. We would have to keep their numbers down – like keeping the weeds out of our garden.

Garden, you say.

Ah, so now we’re gardening too? Yes!

Keys to keep the garden growing and healthy we need to:

  • Weed
  • Seed
  • Feed
  • Orchestrate
  1. To weed the milieu in your guts would be to remove yeast overgrowth, parasites and bacteria.

If you add fertiliser to a garden full of weed, your weed will grow but not your seed.

It is common to use herbs for this. I suggest you go on a low-stress diet for a week before you start using herbal medicine. For the herbs, you may want to use formulated products or you might prefer single herbs. They could be wormwood, black walnut, slippery elm, triphala, gentian or astragalus.

  1. Seeding is like adding microflora that works to your gut, so you replace what’s missing.
  • Take some pro/pre-biotics.
  • Look after your stomach acid and enzymes.
  • Eat fermented food like kefir, sauerkraut or other fermented vegetables.
  1. Feed – sort out if you suffer from intolerances and/or allergies. To detect them and work it out yourself might be a rather time consuming experiment. We make the referrals. Make sure your diet is good.
  2. Maintaining the garden by providing water, sunshine and maintaining good soil is important. We call it to re-inoculate, which means to bring some new healthy stuff in.

Happy Gut, Happy Brain, Happy You!

What goes into your gut will directly affect your brain, your mood and your wellbeing.

It is very important to remember that a healthy mind, enough activity, sleep, rest and recovery are essential for a healthy garden too.

The milieu is everything! It might be too complex for you to do your garden alone, but we are here to help!

If you have Gut symptoms, especially new changes to gut function, get a clear diagnosis first.

Acupuncture

This lesson has been quite long already, so I will just quickly tell you one more thing!

Your gut-garden can easily benefit from being in the hands of a well-experienced acupuncturist too. Research shows that acupuncture might have an ecological role in the gastrointestinal tract.

With acupuncture, we activate the gut functions and thereby adjust the body’s immune system.

Like many things, it is a lifelong journey or continuous process to maintain a healthy gut flora.

Let us help you look after your Gut Garden.

References:

Chang, C-J, et al. (2015) Ganoderma lucidum reduces obesity in mice by modulating the composition of the gut microbiota. Nat Commun 6, no. 749.  http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2015/150623/ncomms8489/full/ncomms8489.html

Rau, T, (2011) Towards an Understanding of Pleomorphism, of Milieu Therapy and SANUM Treatment. http://terra-medica.com/article-display/2011/03/02/towards-an-understanding-of-pleomorphism-of-milieu-therapy-and-sanum-treatment

Schneider, P, (2001) Prof. Enderlein’s Research in Today’s View Can his research results be confirmed with modern techniques? Semmelweis-Institut GmbH. http://www.pferdemedizin.com/peter/enderlein_engl.pdf

Xu, Z T, et al. (2013) Effect of acupuncture treatment for weight loss on gut flora in patients with simple obesity. Acupuncture in Medicine, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 116-117.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3796330/

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Cosmetic acupuncture

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Beauty comes from within

The skin and the connective tissue are closely connected to a person’s overall health. For this reason, symptoms on the skin will be symptoms acupuncturists will consider in a wider perspective – looking at the person’s general health. In fact, one of the first things acupuncturists look at is the person’s skin and complexion.

Therefore, acupuncture is effective not only for the treatment of general diseases but also for improving general appearance.  The internal health is reflected on the outside.

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Stomach Acid: Why You Should Care

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Did you know that your level of stomach acid decreases as you get older?

You might be thinking, “Well, all I’ve ever heard from my doctor is that I have too much stomach acid! There is no such thing as lack of stomach acid. Surely something like reflux means you have too much?”

But guess what? The health of your stomach acid levels is far more important than you’ve realised. Ladies- most of you simply are not blessed with enough stomach acid. Men and younger people can also suffer from lack of stomach acid.

Before we go into why you want to care about your level of stomach acid, first, let’s take a closer look at stomach acid and what it’s good for. Read More