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.

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Power & Passion


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RED

The color red is a powerful color.  Red is a color of extremes.  It is the color of love and hate.  We blush with embarrassment or get red in the face from increased blood flow when we are angry.  Red is primarily associated with blood. Red is the color of our blood and a vivid reminder of life and death.   It is the universal color for danger.    Red is energizing.  It excites the emotions and motivates us to take action. It stimulates the deeper passions within us, such as sex, love, courage, hatred, or revenge.  Can’t you just see the color red in these emotions?  What is the first thing that comes to your mind with the color red?

Our society reflects how the color red stimulates us psychologically.

  • Dominance – athletes wearing a red in combat sports had a bigger chance of winning. Red makes the person feel more aggressive and more powerful, boosting testosterone, but it also changes the perception others have.
  • Danger – Red captures attention. It is one of the most visible colors, second only to yellow – which explains why it is used on fire engines and stop signs to trigger alertness.  No wonder it’s so often used in warning signs.  Red has to do with the body’s fight-or-flight response, so too much red leaves the person feeling not just alert, but also stressed out.
  • Stimulates In light therapy treatment as a holistic or alternative treatment, red is used to stimulate the body and mind.  Wearing red can even change your physiology and balance of hormones.
  • Passion/Love – People wearing red are consistently rated as more attractive by others.  Red is often used to express love, as in Valentine’s Day.  The color red can stimulate the appetite, often being used in restaurants for this purpose. It also increases craving for food and other stimuli.  If you notice this about you, let me know?  Passion, is in all of us!  How do you express yours?
  • Life – Leviticus 17:14 says, For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof:

serveimage-6Things that effect us psychologically are expressed physiologically and visa versa.  Two emotion theories integrate the physiological component: the James-Lange theory of emotion holds that we perceive a stimulus, our body responds, and we interpret the body’s reaction as emotion.  The Cannon-Bard theory suggests that we experience an emotion and bodily changes simultaneously. The amygdala is a part of the brain that controls our experience of fear receives danger information and sends out instructions to prepare the body. The amygdala is involved in memory and it is believed to be an important brain structure in explaining the long-term effects of extreme fear experiences.  The left hemisphere is associated with emotions such as happiness, while the right hemisphere is more linked to emotions such as disgust.  Red relates respectively to the body, the mind, the emotions and the essential balance between these three.

There are a variety of red hues in foods under the chemical pigments Lycopene, Betanin, Anthocyanins that work to benefit us on a physiological level.  

  • Red stimulates the body and mind and to increase circulation. It energizes heart and blood circulation, it builds up the blood and heightens a low blood pressure. Energizes all organs and the senses hearing, smell, taste, vision and touch.
  • Red reduces the risk of macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness for older folks.
  • Red foods help you to shed weight and are active in drawing toxins from the cells. If you are subject to frequent colds and flu or you feel tired and depleted, they will boost your resilience greater protection against heart disease.
  • Vitamin C is found in red foods

One of the red colors in plants is a pigment called Lycopene.  Lycopene is one of over 600 known carotenoids – a color pigment), resized_300x225_lycopene2the color red, is a powerful antioxidant, which means that, among nutrients, it has a greater-than-average ability to “quench” the fiery darts of free radicals that cause damage to cells.

  1. It has been associated with a reduced risk of some cancers, especially prostate cancer, and protection against heart attacks. Look for tomato-based products for the most concentrated source of this phytochemical.
  2. Red fruits and vegetables are also sources of flavonoids, which reduce inflammation and have antioxidant properties.
  3. Antioxidants prevent cancer.  Antioxidants can be vitamins, minerals, or other phytochemicals (plant chemicals). Antioxidants help keep you young and prevent disease.  Antioxidants always work better in combinations.
  4. Lycopene is a fat-soluble carotenoid color, therefore it needs a type of fatty food to eat along with it.  Intake of fat along with carotenoids greatly helps to improve their absorption.  Lycopene is more easily absorbed by the body when heated. Lycopene has the highest capacity to help fight oxygen free radicals.
  5. Many whole foods that are red are naturally low-calorie, low-sodium foods.

The terms oxidative stress and free radicals are terms that describe the total burden placed on our bodies from our environment from toxins in air, food, and water.  Substances in our diets (such as vitamin C and vitamin E) can “quench”these flaming darts so that we can cope with the oxidative stress over time.  They help provide longevity.

Betacyanins exist as betanidin, betanin, amaranthin, isobetanin, isobetanidin and iso-amarathin depending upon substituents.

Betanin absorbs well from the gut and acts as an antioxidant.  Betanin is usually obtained from the extract of beet juice.  The color of betanin depends on pH; between four and five on the pH scale it is bright bluish-red, becoming blue-violet as the pH increases. Once the pH reaches alkaline levels betanin degrades by hydrolysis (reaction with water), resulting in a yellow-brown color.  Betanin has nearly no potential as an allergen.  Betalains are water-soluble phytochemicals (plant chemicals) synthesized from amino acid tyrosine.

Betalains  are classified into 2 groups:

1. Betacyanins (RedPinkPurpleViolet)

2. Betaxanthins (Yellow – Orange)

Other dietary sources of betanin and other betalains include the opuntia cactus (round flat cactus), Swiss chard, and the leaves of some strains of amaranth.

Anthocyanidin comes from two Greek words which mean “blue flower”.  In fact, they can be purple (e.g. concord grapes), or even blue (e.g. blueberries). The differences in color are caused by differences in the pH (that is, the acidity/alkalinity) of the plant tissues. But, Anthocyanidin contains two main sugars that produce the red color found in strawberries called pelargonin and cyanidin.  Red is quite acidic.  Since strawberries are somewhat acidic, their anthocyanins, pelargonin and cyanidin reflect red light (the acid in strawberries, at a pH below 3, gives them their sourness), whereas the more alkaline fruit of blueberries causes their anthocyanins to reflect blue light (the alkalinity of a blueberry’s skin, pH higher than 11, is what makes it slightly bitter-tasting). Anthocyanins are also a good source of tannins, which prevent bacteria from attaching to cells,” says Kasik-Miller of more reasons to relish red.  Tannins are astringent or boldly bitter in flavor. Their main characteristic is that they bind and precipitate proteins. They can have a large influence on the nutritive value of many foods

Here is a small list of Red Food Sources and their health benefits from the red in them:  (please be sure to complete the poll at the end)

  1. serveimage-7Cherries fight inflammation
  2. serveimage-8Pomegranates help to reduce the buildup of plaque in arteries and lower blood pressure
  3. serveimage-9Beets for 19% of the growth of healthy new cells
  4. serveimage-10Red chiles an antioxidant in chiles protect blood vessels and  increases the body’s metabolic rate and may stimulate brain chemicals that help us feel less hungry
  5. serveimage-11Red peppers – fight bacteria
  6. serveimage-12Tomatoes rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that fights skin aging and may be beneficial against cancer and heart disease.
  7. serveimage-13Watermelon An enzyme called nitric oxide synthase (NOS) is a muscle relaxant. For example, when nitric oxide (NO) tells the smooth muscles around our blood vessels to relax, the space inside our blood vessels can expand, allowing blood to flow more freely and creating a drop in blood pressure
  8. serveimage-14Apples – combat free-radical damage to artery walls
  9. serveimage-15Cranberries have anthocyanins, not lycopene – prevent yeast infections in some women.
  10. serveimage-16Kidney beans – combat free-radical damage to artery walls
  11. serveimage-17Strawberries – reduce the risk of cancer, antioxidants in strawberry may also help to retard aging of the brain, and is an effective dental cleaner
  12. serveimage-18Red raspberries – protect against heart disease and age-related mental decline. Eating red raspberries may prevent cancer by inhibiting the abnormal division of cells and promoting the normal death of healthy cells.
  13. serveimage-19Guava – lycopene found in pink-fleshed guavas may further reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and protective effect against exercise-induced asthma
  14. Pink and serveimage-20Ruby Red Grapefruit – responsible for disease and age-related cell damage.
  15. serveimage-21Red grapes – resveratrol results in a dramatic reduction in heart-attack risk factors.

Have you noticed the most the red foods deal with the blood.  Life is in the blood.  Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood:…”

How much life in these red hued fruits and vegetables is a part of your diet?

Putting it all together:  The color red is the color of energy, passion, and action.  Red is a warm and positive color associated with our will to survive.  It also stands to reason that since red is primarily associated with blood that it would be closely linked with our most physical need for heart protection, to cardiovascular health, and to protecting us on the deepest cellular levels.  Red is life or death.  Which will you choose?  Life is truly in the blood.

the_blood_of_jesusOn a Spiritual note:  Red is known as the color of passion and action.  The creator of red displayed the ultimate passion and action through His love on the cross.  His cleansing blood was given for all mankind once and for all.  Romans 5:9 shares “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.”  If you have not already given your life to Him, it is not too late.  Will you let Jesus stimulate your heart into action by trusting him with it and live with him throughout eternity?  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only b
egotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

Make it your mission in life to not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Remember you cannot do this with Jesus the true life-giver.  John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:…” 

Sources:

  1. http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/110308p34.shtml
  2. http://www.antioxidants-for-health-and-longevity.com/benefits-of-vitamin-e.html
  3. http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2011/02/10/eating-by-color-red/
  4. http://www.healwithfood.org/health-benefits/guava-fruit-superfood.php
  5. http://highered.mheducation.com/sites/0072937769/student_view0/chapter11/index.html
  6. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/02/24/are-you-or-your-family-eating-toxic-food-dyes.aspx

Watermelon

Watermelon

        Conventionally grown Watermelons are not among the dirty dozen of the most heavily sprayed produce. Instead, they are actually among the fifteen most clean of non-organic fruits and vegetables.  Other good news is that Watermelondon’t lose as much nutritional value cut and stored in the fridge as most other produce.

   •   Watermelon is rich in electrolytes and water content, melons are nature’s gift to beat tropical summer thirst.
   •   Watermelon are very low in calories (just 30 calories per 100 g)  They are plentiful in numerous health promoting phyto-nutrients and anti-oxidants essential for optimum health.
   •   Watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin-A. 
…Both beta carotene with vitamin A help support good eyesight and prevent glaucoma.
…Vitamin-A is also required for maintaining healthy mucosa and skin. 
…Vitamin A is known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
   •   Watermelon is rich anti-oxidants. These antioxidants have been found to offer protection against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers. phytochemicals present in watermelon have the ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen-free radicals.
   •   Watermelon is an excellent source of lycopene, are surprisingly superior to raw red tomatoes  Studies suggest that lycopene offers certain protection to skin against harmful UV rays.
   •   Watermelon offer an abundant source of minerals potassium and magnesium. Potassium is important for cardiovascular health, brain health, helps the kidneys eliminate kidney stone forming calcium as well as assists with the body’s fluid retention that helps control heart rate and blood pressure. Therefore it offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases.
   •   Watermelon contains a surprise nutrient vitamin B, especially B1 (thiamine) important for maintaining electrolytes and nervous system signal transmissions and B6 (pyridoxine) for enzymatic functions that convert food into cellular energy.  It is also an excellent source of Vitamin C, which is a major antioxidant.

Make sure you find the watermelons with the black seeds. Don’t throw out the seeds.  They are protein-packed treasures.  They’re also packed with protein, vitamin B, magnesium, and monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, inflammation and risk for heart disease and stroke.

RINSE food thoroughly and drain. Soak the seeds overnight, then roast them in the oven.  They make a great snack.

“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.

Layers of benefits! Onions

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The onion has layers on health benefits.

Heart health:  natural blood thinner and lower blood pressure.  Onions may prevent plaque build-up in arteries, heart attacks, and strokes.

Anti-inflammatory:  relaxes the airway muscles and helps relieve those who suffer with asthma and those who deal with rheumatoid arthritis.

Immune system:  onion’s antioxidants help encourage a strong immune system. Onions also reduce allergic reactions.

Anti-Cancer:  inhibit cancer cells in “breast, colon, prostate, ovarian, endometrial, and lung tumors.”

Digestion:  Helps keep you regular.  Onions contain a special type of soluble fiber which promotes good bacteria growth in your intestines, and may help reduce the risk of developing gastric ulcers.

Regulating blood sugar:  The sulfur in onions helps lower blood sugar by triggering increased insulin production.

Bone density in older women:  Lowers risk of hip fracture.

REDUCE THE TEARS:  

First chill the onions for 30 minutes. Then, cut off the top and peel the outer layers leaving the root end intact.

CAUTIONS: 

Green onions may interfere with blood thinning drugs.

Onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion. It’s not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator. It’s already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit.  Because they are a magnet for bacteria, they make a good poultice for bacterial infections.

Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

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

The Beetroot

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The Beetroot 

This rugged, grungy-looking root is a beautiful crimson power food.  It is packed with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C, choline, folic acid, iodine, manganese, organic sodium, potassium, iron, calcium, copper and phosphorus.  Just like Popeye’s spinach power food, beets are the red spinach.

Beets are one of the best sources of both folate and betaine. These two nutrients work together to lower levels of homocysteine in your blood reducing the inflammation that can damage your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease.

Beet leaves and stems are also packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants preventing oxidation and cell damage.

Beets prevent oxidation of LDL and protect the heart against heart attack and stroke.  “Look and feel younger!” “Reverse the aging process!” “Boost your energy!”

Beets have an abundant supply of folic acid which plays an important role in fetal development. It is required for the formation of the spinal cord and protects the child from congenital disorders.

Beets have mineral silica to absorb calcium efficiently to help you prevent conditions like osteoporosis.  (Drink one glass of beet juice a day)

Beets are a great food for diabetics because it breaks down sugar at a slow rate preventing rapid increase in blood glucose levels.

Beets are loaded with iron, a mineral that is important for the formation of hemoglobin that transports oxygen to various parts of the body. With regular intake of beets, you can easily treat as well as prevent iron deficiency anemia.

Beets are the natural Viagra releasing nitric oxide into the body, increasing blood flow. It also has boron, a mineral that is important for the production of the male hormone testosterone.

Beets have rich stores of soluble fibre, acting as a natural laxative. It sweeps the colon and helps regulation of bowel movements.  A Howard University study shows a reduced tumor growth rate by 12.5 percent in breast cancer and helps prostate cancer patients.

Beets boost signal transmission from the brain to different parts of the body. A study carried out by the University of Exeter, UK, showed that drinking beet juice could help proper functioning of the brain and beat the onset of dementia.

Eat them fresh and raw, not from a jar. Heating beets actually decreases their antioxidant power. Antioxidants are nutrients (vitamins and minerals) as well as enzymes (proteins in your body that assist in chemical reactions).

RECIPE:

For a simple single-serving salad, wash and peel one beet, and then grate it on the widest blade of a box grater. Toss with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the juice of half a lemon.  (I like mixing carrots and beets grated and putting in raisins, 1T. Vegenaise/Mayo as a variation.)

Promoting a lifestyle of preventative care!

WELLNESS PRINCIPAL:  Health comes from within. 

You cannot buy it in a bottle.