Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Did You Know...
. . . that coconuts are one of the wonder foods on earth that amply
provides for all human needs? They can even save your life!
Few people (even fewer doctors) understand
how important the coconut is to stabilizing blood sugar; lowering cholesterol; healing; hydration; and even replacing blood plasma in an emergency.
Referred to as kalpa vriksha
(Sanskrit for "the tree that supplies all that is needed to live") in
ancient India, the coconut palm has been recognized as a top immune booster,
antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral and antibacterial
remedy for thousands of years all over the world. Yet, it has only been
recently that modern researchers have begun to fully discover the massive
health benefits this amazing fruit seed offers.
To give just one example of coconuts'
live-saving properties, they were used extensively in the Pacific during World
War II. Since blood plasma supplies were scarce, it was very common for
medics to siphon pure coconut
water from young coconuts to be used as
emergency plasma transfusions for soldiers who were injured. Since
coconut water is nearly identical to human blood, it was suitable for people of
Because of its strong antioxidant
properties, the coconut can be used to:
==> Lower cholesterol
==> Improve digestion
==> Ward off wrinkles
==> Stabilize glucose
==> Fight off viruses
==> Build cells
==> Regulate hormones
==> Increase thyroid production
==> Lose weight
==> Increase metabolism
==> Fight infections
==> Stave off memory loss
==> Kill bacteria
Considered one of the most treasured
foods of all time, coconut products -- including coconut flesh, coconut water, coconut oil, and coconut
cream -- each deliver superb health
Coconut oil, for instance, is considered
the best and safest oil to use for cooking -- even superior to extra virgin olive oil when it comes to giving the body what it needs for optimum
health. Unlike other fats and oils that we typically use for
cooking and baking, coconut oil does not form polymerized oils or dangerous trans fatty acids in our bodies, which can raise our cholesterol levels; clog our arteries and even make our skin sag and wrinkle.
Plus, this ultra-safe oil can give your body important antioxidants that
can help build stronger cells and improve your overall health and well being.
Here are a few ways that you can use
coconut products to stave off disease and to recapture the look and feeling of
Coconut Water - The coconut is a natural water filter. It takes almost 9 months for a coconut to filter
every quart of water stored within its shell. This makes the resulting
coconut water completely pure and sterile, which is one reason why it can be
used for blood
Another benefit of coconut water is the
fact that it has the highest concentration of electrolytes than anything else
found in nature. This makes it an excellent source of hydration.
Coconut Oil - In addition to being superior for cooking
and baking, coconut oil also makes a superb topical oil that can help to
naturally rid the skin of dangerous toxins. It also gives the skin the
perfect mix of hydration and antioxidants that it needs to stay healthy, smooth
and younger-looking longer.
Another great benefit of coconut oil is in
protecting your teeth from the bacteria that can cause cavities and disease.
Simply rubbing a little fresh coconut oil on your gums and teeth can keep
them stronger and healthier than virtually any other dental treatment.
Most people don't realize that coconut
oil can actually help you lose weight! Yes, simply changing your cooking oil from the unsaturated fat variety to coconut oil can help
you lose those extra pounds. Here's why: Unsaturated fats found in canola, corn and other vegetables oils, as well as
margarine suppress the metabolism, which makes it harder to lose
weight -- and easier to gain it. Over time, this metabolism suppression
may result in 20-30 pounds of excess weight that your body cannot get rid of.
Coconut oil, on the other hand, helps to increase thyroid function and boost
your metabolism -- 2 important components to shedding unwanted pounds.
Coconut Cream - The best skin treatment product one can use
to achieve flawless
skin may quite possibly be coconut
cream. Unlike traditional skin creams which can actually introduce fats
and oils to the skin that will break it down over time, making it look older, creams
derived from the coconut can actually replenish the skin, giving it a more
youthful and healthy glow than most other skin care products
on the market.
When it comes to buying coconut products,
coconuts are not all created equal. Wild coconuts are always best,
but can be hard to obtain if you don't live in a tropical country.
Whether you are using this wonder food to boost your immune system;
increase your metabolism or fight wrinkles, using products from young
coconuts will help you reap the most benefit.
coconuts contain the purest unsaturated fat, compared to the fat found in the
more mature varieties. This is why they offer the most rejuvenation
properties for the body's tissues. But how can you tell how old a
coconut is? Young coconuts are usually green in color and oddly shaped.
The brown hairy ones are mature coconuts, and while they offer a lot of
healthy benefits, they aren't nearly as good for you as younger varieties.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Food as Medicine
HEADACHE? EAT FISH!
Eat plenty of fish -- fish oil helps prevent headaches.
So does ginger, which reduces inflammation and
HAY FEVER? EAT YOGURT!
Eat lots of yogurt before pollen season.
Also-eat honey from your area (local region)
TO PREVENT STROKE DRINK TEA!
Prevent build-up of fatty deposits on artery walls with regular doses of
tea. (actually, tea suppresses
appetite and keeps the pounds from invading....Green tea is great for our
INSOMNIA (CAN'T SLEEP?) HONEY!
Use honey as a tranquilizer and sedative.
ASTHMA? EAT ONIONS!!!!
Eating onions helps ease constriction of bronchial tubes.
(onion packs place on chest helped the respiratory ailments
and actually made breathing better).
Salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines actually prevent
arthritis. (fish has omega oils, good
for our immune system)
UPSET STOMACH? BANANAS - GINGER!!!!!
Bananas will settle an upset stomach.
Ginger will cure morning sickness and nausea.
High-acid cranberry juice
controls harmful bacteria.
BONE PROBLEMS? EAT PINEAPPLE!!!
Bone fractures and osteoporosis
can be prevented by the manganese in pineapple.
MEMORY PROBLEMS? EAT OYSTERS!
Oysters help improve your mental functioning by supplying much-needed
Clear up that stuffy head with garlic. (remember, garlic lowers
COUGHING? USE RED PEPPERS!!
A substance similar to that found in the cough syrups is
found in hot red pepper. Use red (cayenne) pepper
with caution-it can irritate your tummy.
BREAST CANCER? EAT Wheat, bran and
Helps to maintain estrogen at healthy levels.
LUNG CANCER? EAT DARK GREEN AND
A good antidote is beta carotene, a form
of Vitamin A found in dark green and orange vegetables.
ULCERS? EAT CABBAGE ALSO!!!
Cabbage contains chemicals that help heal both gastric
and duodenal ulcers.
DIARRHEA? EAT APPLES!
Grate an apple with its skin, let it turn brown and eat it to cure
this condition. (Bananas are
good for this ailment)
CLOGGED ARTERIES? EAT AVOCADO!
Mono unsaturated fat in avocados lowers cholesterol.
HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE? EAT CELERY AND OLIVE
Olive oil has been shown to lower blood pressure.
Celery contains a chemical that lowers pressure too.
BLOOD SUGAR IMBALANCE? EAT BROCCOLI AND PEANUTS!!!
The chromium in broccoli and peanuts helps regulate insulin and blood sugar.
Kiwi: Tiny but mighty. This is
a good source of potassium, magnesium, Vitamin E
& fibre. It's Vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.
Apple: An apple a day keeps the doctor
away? Although an apple has a low Vitamin C content, it has antioxidants
& flavonoids which enhances the activity of
Vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon
cancer, heart attack & stroke.
fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant
power among major fruits & protects the body from cancer causing, blood vessels clogging free radicals. (Actually, any berry is good for you..they're high in anti-oxidants and they actually
keep us young.........blueberries are the best and very versatile in the
health field........they get rid of all the free-radicals that invade our
Orange: Sweetest medicine.
Taking 2 - 4 oranges a day may help keep colds
away, lower cholesterol, prevent &
dissolve kidney stones as well as lessen the risk
of colon cancer.
Watermelon: Coolest Thirst Quencher.
Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a
giant dose of glutathione which helps boost our immune system. They
are also a key source of lycopene
- the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients
Found in watermelon are Vitamin C & Potassium. (watermelon also has natural
substances [natural SPF sources] that keep our skin healthy, protecting
our skin from those darn UV rays)
Guava & Papaya: Top awards for Vitamin C. They
are the clear winners for their high Vitamin C
content. Guava is also rich in fibre which helps prevent constipation.
Papaya is rich in carotene, this is good for your eyes. (also good for gas and
Tomatoes are very good as a preventative measure for men, keeps those
prostrate problems from invading their bodies......GOOD AS
Very informative - spread the information