Ravishing Radishes

                                             

                                      Radishes: 

                    Big Ravishing, Health Benefits 

                               in a Little Package

  1. How can something so little have such big health benefits that the Chinese not only used it for medicine but was also valued in Greece so much so that gold statues were fashioned in their image?  
  2. Could The Radish be the #1 blood cleanser?
  3. Why you should eat the greens!  
  4. Learn how to create this beautiful plate of radishes as a center piece. (watch video here: Radish Rose Flower Garnish)
  5. Why are some Radishes hot? *See interesting facts below

The green parts of a radish contain more nutrients than the entire radish itself.  They help provide a nutrient rich diet and also some important minerals like iron (helps to maintain healthy cells, skin, hair and nails), calcium, folic acid, vitamin C and phosphorous that are essential for many bodily functions.

    • They help prevent scurvy
    • Help treat painful conditions like hemorrhoids (piles) .
    • Rheumatism
    • High Iron ideal deterrent to fatigue
    • And more reasons listed below

Radishes have be around for a long time before the Roman Empire to be used as a food and for medicine, for the ability to decrease excess heat in the body that can build up during the warmer months. Even the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention reports that radishes were once so valued in Greece, that gold statues were fashioned in their image.  Radishes were used to heal cuts and bruises, keeping your memory sharp, for maintaining fluid balance in your body, to treat coughs, liver problems, and arthritis.  You will understand why upon reading further.  Yet Radishes are one of the most ignored vegetables on your local produce aisle and they shouldn’t be!  The Greeks served their radishes with honey and vinegar.  Try this and let me know how you like them.

Respiration

If you have chronic bronchial flare-ups, sinus infections or asthma, radishes can act as a natural decongestant.

Healthy Heart

Potassium (K) the third most abundant mineral found in the human body. Potassium is a health insurer as it keeps the heart beating.The fiber (one-half cup of radishes contains 1 g of fiber), vitamins and minerals in radishes make them a smart choice for cardiovascular health. They’ve been shown to lower cholesterol, manage diabetes, regulate blood pressure and blood sugar levels, relieve congestion, and prevent respiratory problems such as asthma or bronchitis.

Digestion & Detoxification & Jaundice

Concerned about yellow tinge in the skin, mucus membranes, or eyes often present in newborns.  Jaundice occurs when bilirubin builds up in bile faster than the liver can break it down and pass it through your body.  Your liver and gallbladder depend on bile to keep them running smoothly, and radishes have been shown to stimulate bile production. The sulfuric properties of radishes also help regulate bilirubin production by removing it. and flush the excess from your blood. Radishes also inhibit red blood cell damage by supplying fresh oxygen to your blood. The fiber content regulates bowel movements to flush toxins more efficiently and to help prevent constipation.

Kidney Cleanse

There are few foods that work as well as the radish at preventing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Drinking juice that includes radish eases the burning most experienced during a UTI and shortens the length of time you’ll have to deal with the infection. Radishes are a natural diuretic, purifying the kidney and urinary systems and relieving inflammation.

Improve Skin Conditions

Disinfectant antibacterial and anti fungal properties help clear up skin conditions and soothe rashes, dryness, and other skin disorders.

Sooth sore throats

Their pungent flavor and natural spice can help eliminate excess mucus in the body and can be especially helpful when fighting a cold. Radishes can help clear the sinuses and soothe soar throats too.

Vitamins C

Radishes are an excellent source of vitamin C that works in the body to:

    • rebuild tissues
    • blood vessels raising blood acidity, and physicians recommend 750-1,500mg of daily Vitamin C intake)
    • Maintains and keeps bones and teeth
    • Cellular damage that can lead to cancer and other diseases (cancer, heart disease, stroke)
    • Natural cleansing effects (The Vitamin C Flush – enema-like evacuation although its primary purpose is getting vitamin C into the tissues and cleaning gut.)
    • Can help prevent viral infections increasing immunity of the body

Vitamin C is water soluble, which means it is not stored in the body and you must replace it daily. A 1/2-cup serving offers 8.6 mg.

Folate (vitamin B9) is one of many essential vitamins. Folic acid (the synthetic version) is a form of folate used for food fortification and supplements. Folate is important because it plays a role in:

    • DNA synthesis and repair.
    • Encourages cell and tissue growth
    • Supports Normal Fetal Development
    • Promotes Sperm Viability
    • Great for the Heart (helps metabolize homocysteine into methionine, an essential amino acid)
    • May Reduce the Risk of Stroke
    • Encourages Normal Cholesterol Levels
    • Provides Neurological Support known to encourage the creation and absorption of neurotransmitters
    • Great for Colon Health
    • Reduces the Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
    • It has a positive action on cardiovascular, neural and psycho-emotional health.

Other less prominent nutrients that support the healthy properties of radishes are:

    • riboflavin (regulating the thyroid activity)
    • good amounts of copper (Copper is one of the minerals required for coding enzymes, producing melanin and tissues in our body.)
    • vitamin B6 (Vitamin B6 helps in building many amino acids which help in proper transmission of nerve impulses)
    • magnesium known to help muscle spasms (helps in maintaining normal muscle and nerve function
    • manganese (strong antioxidant that scavenges the free radicals in the body and is essential for the metabolization of cholesterol, carbohydrates, and protein.)
    • calcium (bone and teeth)

Interesting Facts:

  1. Night of the Radishes: In Oaxaca in Mexico, December 23rd is known as “The Night of the Radishes” (Noche de Rabanos). The festival features depictions of all kinds of subjects, including nativity scenes – all carved from radishes!
  2. Did you know radishes can cure ills? Radishes can help with stomach ache and hiccups (but too many can make you burp …. !)
  3. *Hot weather, hot radishes: If it’s a long, hot summer, you get hotter radishes and similarly when it’s milder you get cooler radishes.
  4. Ancient Wages: Radishes, onions and garlic were paid as ‘wages’ to the Ancient Egyptian labourers who built the Pyramids.

Sources:                                                                                                  NUTRIENT BALANCE INDICATOR™ at Nutritiondata.self.com

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!
WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.

Please visit Catherine’s Pinterest boards by clicking this link:  Catherine’s Place.   There, you will find a variety of healthy sources, natural solutions, recipes, God’s Creation, and SO MUCH MORE.  Grab yourself a healthy snackmake yourself comfortable, and take time to browse through the wealth of information and be not only inspired but uplifted.

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Blueberries, Little Blue Dynamos

In 1974, the USDA declared July as National Blueberry month.  In the 1990’s health researchers began to explore the antioxidant activity in Blueberries.  In 2010 Blueberries became “little blue dynamos” and are considered a “superfood” since they’re full of antioxidants and phyto-flavinoids, both protect body from stress and cell damage.

1. Blueberries are Low in Calories, but high in nutrients ~ Blueberries are among the most nutrient dense berries. A 1 cup serving (148 grams) of Blueberries contains: Fiber: 4 gram, Vitamin C: 24% of the RDA, Vitamin K: 36% of the RDA, Manganese: 25% of the RDA, Water about 85%

2. Blueberries are the King of Antioxidant Foods ~ Antioxidants help our cells fight stress by neutralizing other environmental damaging effects that cause damage to our cells by 20%.   Blueberries are believed to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of ALL commonly consumed fruits and vegetables.

3. Blueberries Reduce DNA Damage ~ which may help protect against aging and cancer.  Oxidative DNA damage (like rusting metal) is part of everyday life and is the reason for the aging process.  It is said to occur tens of thousands of times per day, in every single cell in the body.

4. Blueberries Protect Cholesterol in The Blood From Becoming Damaged ~ Oxidative damage is not limited to our cells and DNA.  It is also problematic when our circulating LDL lipoproteins (the “bad” cholesterol) are oxidized.

5. Blueberries May Lower Blood Pressure ~ Blueberries appear to have significant benefits to 8% reduction in the risk for developing high blood pressure (hypertension). The anthocyanins (blue, violet, red pigments) in Blueberries help open blood vessels, which allows for smoother blood flow and a lower risk for high blood pressure.

6. Blueberries May Help Prevent Heart Disease ~ In a 2013 study on 93,600 nurses, eating plenty of blue, violet, red pigments linked to a 32% lower risk of heart attacks.

7. Blueberries Can Help Maintain Brain Function and Improve Memory ~ Oxidative stress can accelerate the brain’s aging process, having negative effects on brain function.  According to animal studies, the antioxidants in Blueberries tend to accumulate in areas of the brain that are essential for intelligence.  They appear to directly interact with aging neurons, leading to improvements in cell signaling.  Human studies have also shown promising results. (BrainMemory)

8. Blueberries Can Have Anti-Diabetic Effects ~ Research suggests that these blue, violet, red pigments in blueberries can have beneficial effects on insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism.  In a study of 32 obese subjects with insulin resistance, a blueberry smoothie caused major improvements in insulin sensitivity (Diabetic).  Improved insulin sensitivity should lower the risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, which are currently some of the world’s biggest health problems.

9. Blueberries May Help Fight Urinary Tract Infections ~ Urinary tract infections are a common problem in women.  It is well known that cranberry juice can help prevent these types of infections.  Blueberries are highly related to cranberries, and contain many of the same active substances as cranberry juice (UTI).  These substances are called anti-adhesives, and help prevent bacteria like E. colifrom binding to the wall of the bladder.

10. Blueberries May Help Reduce Muscle Damage After Strenuous Exercise ~ Strenuous exercise can lead to muscle soreness and fatigue, in part, by local inflammation and oxidative stress in the muscle tissue (Muscle). Blueberry supplementation may reduce the damage that occurs at the molecular level, minimizing soreness and reduction in muscle performance.  In a small study of 10 female athletes, blueberries accelerated muscle recovery after strenuous leg exercises (Recovery).

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates
Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!
WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.
          Please visit Catherine’s Pinterest boards by clicking this link:  Catherine’s Place.   There, you will find a variety of healthy sources, natural solutions, recipes, God’s Creation, and SO MUCH MORE.  Grab yourself a healthy snackmake yourself comfortable, and take time to browse through the wealth of information and be not only inspired but uplifted.

Sugar Snap Peas

    Sugar Snap Peas

We don’t usually think about green peas as an exotic food in terms of nutrient composition—but we should. They also contain a unique assortment of health-protective phyto-nutrients (plant nutrient)
Peas are really little powerhouses of nutrition that are a great for your health.

1.  Weight Management:

Peas are low-fat but high everything else.  A cup of peas has less than 100 calories but lots of protein, fiber and micro- nutrients.

  2.  Stomach cancer prevention:

Peas contain high amounts of a protective nutrient that works to prevent stomach cancer.  You only need 2 milligrams per day of this phyto-nutrient (plant nutrient) to prevent stomach cancer.  A cup of peas has at least 10.

3.  Anti-aging, strong immune system, and high energy:

Peas contain high levels of anti-oxidant.

  4.  Prevention of wrinkles, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, bronchitis,  osteoporosis and candida
Peas contain strong anti-inflammatory properties. Excess inflammation has also been linked to,
heart disease, cancer, and aging in general.
•  Vitamin C and vitamin E, and a good amount of the antioxidant mineral zinc
•  Omega-3 fat in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).

  5.  Blood sugar regulation:

High fiber and protein slows down and regulates the pace of how fast sugars are digested.
The anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory prevent or reverse insulin resistance (type 2 diabetes)
All carbohydrates are natural sugars and starches with no white sugars or chemicals to worry about.

  6.  Heart disease prevention:

The many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds support healthy blood vessels. The formation
of plaque along our blood vessel walls starts with chronic, excessive oxidative stress and inflammation.
The generous amounts of vitamin B1 and folate, B2, B3, and B6 reduce the risk factor for heart disease.

7.  Healthy for the environment:

•  Peas work with bacteria in the soil to ‘fix’ nitrogen from the air and deposit it in
the soil. This reduces the need for artificial fertilizers since one of their main
ingredients is nitrogen.
•  After peas have been harvested the remaining plant easily breaks down to
create more organic fertilizer for the soil.
•  Peas are also able to grow on minimal moisture so they are a perfect crop in
many areas not needing irrigation or using up valuable water supplies.

  8.  Prevent constipation:

The high fiber content in peas improves bowel health and peristalsis.

  9.  Healthy bones

Just one cup of peas contain 44% of your Vitamin K which helps to anchor calcium inside the bones. It’s B
vitamins also help to prevent osteoporosis.

10.  Reduces bad cholesterol:

The niacin in  helps reduce, the production of triglycerides and VLDL (very low-density lipoprotein,
which results in less bad cholesterol, increased HDL (“good”) cholesterol, and lowered triglycerides.

“Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates

Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.

Broccoli

November, 2014, LWC DeRoos Drumbeat

Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 7.54.03 PMBroccoli

One of the good mood foods is broccoli which has stress-relieving vitamin B6. It also contains folic acid which is important in fighting depression.  These little trees also have 2 days’ worth of vitamins C and K in each serving.

1. Cancer prevention: Broccoli has cancer fighting, immune boosting properties. A combination of anti-flammatory, antioxidant and detoxification properties, work together in cancer prevention.  Research is strongest showing a decrease in prostate cancer, colon cancer, bladder cancer and ovarian cancer.

2. Cholesterol reduction: Like many whole foods, broccoli is packed with soluble fiber that draws cholesterol out of your body.

3. Reducing allergic reaction and inflammation: Known to lessen the impact of allergy-related substances on our body.  Broccoli has a phytonutrient (flavonol) called Kaempferol, helps lessen allergy-related substances. Broccoli has significant amounts of omega 3 fatty acids, which are well known as an anti-inflammatory.

4. Powerful antioxidant: Of all the cruciferous (cross bearing) vegetables, flowering vegetables with four equal petals arranged crosswise, broccoli stands out as the most concentrated source of vitamin C, plus the flavonoids (colorful pigment chemicals) necessary for vitamin C to recycle effectively.

5. Bone health: Broccoli contains high levels of both calcium and vitamin K, both of which are important for bone health and prevention of osteoporosis.

6.  Heart health: The anti-inflammatory properties may be able to prevent (or even reverse) some of the damage to blood vessel linings that can be caused by inflammation due to chronic blood sugar problems.

7. Diet aid: Broccoli is a good carb and is high in fiber, which aids in digestion, prevents constipation, maintains low blood sugar, and curbs overeating.

8. Detoxification means cleaning the blood.  Thorough chewing of raw Broccoli or other cruciferous vegetables increases metabolism, protects against oxidative stress, neuroinflmmation, and cell death, which may benefit neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s Disease.  Isothiocyanates helps to enhance the removal of dangerous toxins that threaten our cells.

Extra information:  The compounds glucosinolate (secondary metabolites necessary for metabolism) contact with plant myrosinase (an enzyme) and increases the amount of isothiocyanates (compounds against oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and cell death) when absorbed.

9. Alkalizing– a healthy alkaline balance where our bodies internal fluids affect every cell in our bodies.  Germs are less likely to get a foothold and cause problems with yeast, fungus, and molds.

Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within.  You cannot buy it in a bottle.