Kale, and cruciferous veggies in general, that you might be putting in your smoothies will make you warm. This is because, along with all the awesome benefits of this food group, they contribute to vasodilation. Vasodilation occurs when blood vessels expand, allowing larger amounts of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the muscles of the body. What results is that wonderful feeling of skin and muscle swelling which is called the “pump” after an intense workout, or the “runner’s high” after an invigorating run. There are several ways to increase vasodilation. As mentioned, intense exercise is the best way to open up your blood vessels. However, for the elderly or infirmed who cannot participate in rigorous exercise, massage is used to better circulate the blood and increase vasodilation. Or if you are an athlete that needs targeted/localized increased blood blood to promote healing... Essential oils are often used for this purpose which combines the beneficial elements of such natural ingredients as lemon, lemongrass, marjoram, cypress and myrtle, all of which have been used since ancient times to dilate capillaries and improve circulation. Prescription vasodilators can also be obtained through a doctor, blah blah blah. Call if you need to.
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Your Face - Your Health meets the Green SmoothieEveryone would love love love to have the Vogue model's skin. Did you know that your skin is a direct reflection of your health status. Your skin and your mouth. Interesting. Toxins and what not, not filtered by the filtration systems in the body try to come out the skin. And sometimes get stuck. Acne. Eczema. Etc. And winkles. Wrinkles are not just caused by the sun. Free radicals, a natural bio-product of living and breathing and blinking and all the other mundane stuff that we do; those bad boys hurt our skin cells and cause wrinkles. And a whole plethora of other things that generally cause us to be ill, unhappy and die. What about those brown spots on your skin. Age spots. Those aren't just a normal thing to happen to the skin, but an indication that perhaps your liver isn't filtering out all the toxins and the body and needing to put it somewhere, puts the toxins in the skin. OUCH! All of this information is from a great book, Do You Have the Guts to Be Beautiful. Written by Jennifer Daniels, MD and Mitra Ray, PH.D. Check them out at www.fromheretolongevity.com. Wonderful stuff. It's simple stuff that they suggest, down to earth, holistic and generally very accessible for all. So lets chat about this green smoothie. YUM YUM YUM. My experience with it is that it has taken away my sugar cravings. And that's a MIRACLE. It will do a ton of good things for you. Get rid of wrinkles, age spots and sags under the eyes. The kale that you use in the smoothie is one of the most nutrient dense veggies around and we generally only find it on our plate as a garnish at the restaurants. And we probably don't eat it. It's great great great for you. And in the smoothie, you won't taste it. 2 out of three of my kids will DOWN the smoothie. Ha ha ha. Mom wins one!!! Or I could probably call that two or three with all the nutrition in it. Not to mention how healthy flax seed is for you. Fiber and a natural source of omega-3. Good stuff for the heart. Freshly ground is best, from the bag is better than nothing. More from the book, because it's so very interesting. Get a mirror and see what you see. [tie_list type="checklist"]
- Horizontal Lines above eyebrows - waster accumulation in your intestines
- Vertical lines between eyebrows - liver is not removing poisons
- Bags under the eyes - Eating bread, sugars, processed juices, pastas
- Blue circles under eyes - Bread and diary
- Big ears/ nose getting a bulb with age - hormones in animal products
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Kale: A Power FoodKale is absolutely rich and abundant in calcium, lutein, iron, and Vitamins A, C, and K. Kale has seven times the beta-carotene of broccoli and ten times more lutein. Kale is rich in Vitamin C not to mention the much needed fiber in the daily diet. The "Icing on the Kale" are the natural occurring all important phytochemicals sulforaphane and indoles which research suggests may protect against cancer. Let's not forget the all important antioxidant Vitamin E. The naturally rich sulfur content of kale deserves a bit more discussion. Science has discovered that sulforaphane, helps boost the body's detoxification enzymes, possibly by altering gene expression. This is turn is purported to help clear carcinogenic substances in a timely manner. Sulforaphane is formed when cruciferous vegetables like kale are chopped or chewed. This somehow triggers the liver to produce enzymes that detoxify cancer causing chemicals, of which we all are exposed on daily basis. A recently new study in the Journal of Nutrition (2004) demonstrates that sulforaphane helps stop breast cancer cell proliferation. So, check this thought out!!! There is a SUPER easy way to get your kids to eat kale. Fantastic! Don't worry about working too hard on this smoothly. I start with putting some water or good juice in, or a bit of both, turning on the blender and then start adding stuff in while it's running. Of course I tend to make a big mess so...Point is, just rinse off the kale and then rip off the leafy parts off the big thick stalk. When you leave the blender running long enough, it gets chopped up just fine. You can play around with what you put in for liquid. Plain water, 1/2 juice. Maybe think about something with less sugar. For the kids, you might be more successful when you add some juice. Motts Light Apple Juice is a great choice.
Flax seed: Another Power FoodAlthough flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its healthy reputation primarily to three ingredients: [tie_list type="starlist"]
- Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
- Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75- 800 times more lignans than other plant foods
- Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.
- Blocking enzymes that are involved in hormone metabolism.
- Interfering with the growth and spread of tumor cells.
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