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How To Regenerate Your Gut Micro biome And Build Your Immune System.
(Gut Healing And Weight Loss)
#1. Avoid processed GMO food and minimize cooked food. Eat as much fresh raw organic fruits and vegetables as possible. Vegetables and fruit freshly picked and eaten unwashed are loaded with natural beneficial micro organisms. Grow your own or visit the farmers market. Cooking the food destroys these gut balancing/enhancing microbes.
#2. Use antibiotics only when absolutely necessary. Antibiotics kill good and bad bacteria throughout the entire body. If you have taken antibiotics in the past, use a powerful probiotic like Puradyme Liyfbiotic to rebuild intestinal flora and enhance immunity.
#3. Avoid tap water. Tap water contains chlorine which destroys healthy gut bacteria. Drink only pure water in glass bottles. Get a water distiller. Avoid plastic water bottles.
#4. Eliminate white sugar and alcohol as much as possible. Processed sugar and alcohol lead to fermentation and alter gut bacteria leading to a host of unfavorable bacterial overgrowth. If you are going to eat white sugar and/or alcohol make sure to take Puradyme enzymes after consuming to minimize bacteria and yeast overgrowth. (Enzymes also sober you up instantly)
#5. Avoid stress as much as possible and make sure to get a good nights sleep every night. Stress destroys your digestion and lowers you immunity. Never eat when stressed. Eat in a calm peaceful environment or not at all. Sleep regenerates the entire system. Go to bed as early as possible after sunset. This will calibrate your whole body to natures rhythms and strengthen you on every level.
#6. Avoid all conventionally grown food sprayed with pesticides to the best of your ability. These chemicals destroy your healthy gut bacteria, ruin your reproductive capacity and cause you to gain weight. If you are eating at restaurants or conventional food from the grocery store then you are exposed to pesticides and should take Puraliyf probiotics after eating to keep your gut healthy and clean.
If you want to stay healthy and have strong digestion and immunity in this world you must care for your gut health. Follow these recommendations and eat as much of your food raw organic unprocessed and when possible unwashed. Pluck and eat your way to health with fresh living foods. Fruits and vegetables are the key.
The probiotics enhance the microbiology from your mouth to your anus, keeping pathogens and viruses at a minimum and help offset the leaky gut and inflammation associated with GMOs and pesticides.
The enzymes help break down processed and cooked food. The more a food is processed and cooked the more there is a tendency to leave undigested waste matter in the small and large intestine leading to over acid conditions, mucous plaque and leaky gut inflammation.
Keep your gut clean and healthy with fresh organic fruits and vegetables, pure water, lots of sleep and Puradyme probiotics and enzymes.
If you have a fat bloated stomach take massive probiotic and enzyme therapy, go raw and get 6-8 colonics as close together as possible. You’ll lose 10-20 pounds and feel way more energy and mental clarity.
6 medium-large zucchini
1 small garlic clove
1 large handful fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon pine nuts (or blanched almonds)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium ripe avocados, pitted (OPTIONAL OR OMIT IF WANTING LOWER FAT CONTENT)
¼ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
Ground black pepper to taste
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
In a food processor combine garlic, pine nuts, and basil and pulse to mince.
Add lemon juice, avocado, oil, and 1 tablespoon of water. Process until completely blended and creamy, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed. If it’s too thick add more water, one tablespoon at a time. Take a taste and adjust seasoning.
Using a spiralizer create zucchini noodles (always read the directions for your spiral slicer as they vary by brand – I suggest a Spiralizer If you don’t have a spiralizer use a regular vegetable peeler to vertically peel long, thin strips of the zucchini. This will form more of a wider “noodle” from the zucchini, like fettuccini.
Place the noodles in a covered microwave safe dish and microwave them on high for about 2 minutes. Alternatively, you can cook them in boiling water for 2 minutes.
Transfer zoodles to a large serving bowl, add pesto and halved cherry tomatoes and mix well.
VOILA. BIG LOVE, AMI
Wild Blueberry Maca Bliss Cheesecake with Crumble topping
Chef Ami Beach from G-Zen Restaurant in Branford CT
For the crust:
2 cups raw Brasil nuts
1/2 cup dates
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 tsp sea salt
For the cake filling:
3 cups cashews, soaked overnight
3 cups wild blueberries or in season blueberries
15 dates, soaked for 1 hour
juice of 1 lemon
seeds of 1 vanilla bean (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
2 tsp dried lavender ( optional)
1 Tablespoon Maca Root
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup maple syrup or Raw Local Honey
1 tbsp coconut butter, melted
1 tbsp lecithin granules
For the crumb topping:
1/2 cup walnuts
1/4 cup dates
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup raw oat groats (optional)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of cardamon ( optional)
pinch of sea salt
For the crust:
1) Process the Brasil nuts in a food processor until they become a course meal, slowly add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
2) Press the crust into the bottom of an 8-inch springform pan and place in the freezer to firm up.
For the filling:
- Rinse cashews and dates and blend them in a food processor until well mixed. Add the rest of ingredients, aside from coconut butter and lecithin granules and blend until a smooth and creamy texture.
- Add the coconut butter and lecithin granules and blend to combine. Pour onto prepared crust and place in the freezer.
For the crumble topping:
1) Pulse the walnuts and dates briefly in a food processor and add the rest of the ingredients and pulse lightly to combine.
2) Crumble the topping evenly onto the cheesecake filling, pressing gently. Keep the cheesecake in the freezer until ready to serve.
Prepare for instant Bliss on your tastebuds.
Recipe by Ami Beach
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MAKES 2-3 GYROS WRAPS
1 yellow organic tomato
1 organic zucchini, peeled
2-4 tsp organic flax seeds
raw coconut vinegar to taste
organic cumin or sesame seeds for decoration
blend all the ingredients, spread on the backing paper evenly, there should be no holes, experiment with the thickness, dehydrate for 8-12h at 105°F/41°C, or back it in your oven at a very low temperature with door slightly open to keep the ingredients “raw”
if the sheets turn out to dry, you can rehydrate them by sprinkling them with a little water, they will get softer again
lettuce, washed and dried
cucumber, peeled sliced
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, soaked for 2h or longer
fresh dill for decoration
dried spices (oregano, cumin, back pepper, sage, parsley
blend all the ingredients but dill, add chopped dill, keep refrigerated
1/2 cup organic raw walnuts
1 organic red tomato
1 organic zucchini with peel on and saved peel from the wrap
1tbs organic flax seeds
1 tbs organic phyllium seed powder
1 organic red bell pepper
organic garlic to taste
dried organic spices (parsley, chili pepper, basil, black pepper, cinnamon, oregano, sage, onion, bay leaf)
organic smoked paprika for decoration
blend all the ingredients, place on a backing paper sheet, make 2 thicker and one very thin sheet, if you like you can create gyros like pieces, or just spread it evenly to safe space, sprinkle with smoked paprika powder,
dehydrate or 10-14h on 105°F/41°C
let’s put it all together and have a party!
• 1 cup dates
• 1 cup) raw almonds
• 1 heaping tablespoon coconut butter
• 1 heaping tablespoon coconut oil
• 2 teaspoons matcha powder
• ¼ cup desiccated coconut
• 2 teaspoons (matcha powder for rolling)
1 Soak dates in hot water for 15 minutes (or longer).
2 If making the coconut/matcha mixture to roll bliss balls in, add the 1/4 cup coconut and 2 teaspoons of the matcha powder to your food processor and turn on until you have a fine green powder.
3 Drain dates and add them with the rest of the ingredients to your food processor.
4 Process for 45-60 seconds at a time, scraping down the sides in between.
5 Add a little extra coconut oil if necessary.
6 Roll mixture into balls, coating them in the coconut/matcha powder as you go.
7 Store in the fridge.
Voila in 10 minutes or less with 5 Ingredients or less, you have these amazingly healthy and delicious snack or dessert!
Have you ever walked by a seemingly harmless plant and accidentally brushed up against it, only to feel a slight stinging or prickly pain? Chances are you have … and you very well may have come in contact with a stinging nettle plant.
While you may curse the plant for the temporary discomfort, stinging nettle is actually a beneficial perennial that treats several conditions. Perhaps its most popular use is turning the leaves into stinging nettle tea, which is a common natural allergy relief remedy. It’s also proven to benefit skin, bone and urinary health as well.
So how can this plant that seems like something to stay away from at first contact actually become a medicinal go-to? Let’s find out. This has been my Go To herb this fall/winter and I can’t say enough about its benefits and healing properties!
What Is Stinging Nettle?
Stinging nettle, or urtica dioica, is a perennial flowering plant that has been used medicinally for ages, dating back as far as Ancient Greece. Today, stinging nettle can be found all over the world, but its origins are in the colder regions of Europe and Asia. The plant usually grows between two to four feet high and blooms from June to September. It grows best in nitrogen-rich soil, has heart-shaped leaves, and produces yellow or pink flowers.
While best known for the stinging reaction that occurs when the skin comes into contact with the fine hairs located on its leaves and stems, when processed and used medicinally, stinging nettle has a number of helpful health benefits, according to the Department of Dermatology at the Penn State University College of Medicine. (1)
Most stinging nettle products are made from the stem and leaves, but the roots also have pharmacological qualities. The herb has anti-inflammatory qualities that can affect treatment of many health issues. (2) The aboveground parts have typically aided in allergy relief and other breathing-related problems. The roots are able to provide relief for urinary disorders and enlarged prostate as well.
Why Does It Sting?
Stinging nettle contains a number of chemicals, such as serotonin, histamine and acetylcholine, some of which can be very irritating. These chemicals cause the stinging irritation on skin and are found at the base of the fine hairs on the nettle.
When brushed up against, the fragile tips of the hair break off and the remaining hair becomes a small needle, able to deliver the chemicals into the skin. The reaction can cause pain, redness, swelling, itching and numbness.
5 Benefits of Stinging Nettle
Despite its reputation for pain, stinging nettle is used to help a number of ailments. Studies have shown stinging nettle has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-ulcer, astringent and analgesic capabilities. (3)
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the plant has been used most commonly throughout history as a diuretic and for treating painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia. Today, it’s used primarily to treat urinary issues, as well as allergies and joint pain.
The most proven health benefits of using stinging nettle help with the following:
1. Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and Urinary Issues
BPH symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate gland pressing on the urethra. BPH sufferers experience varying levels of increased urges to urinate, incomplete emptying of the bladder, painful urination, post urination dripping and reduced urinary flow.
Doctors are still not entirely sure why stinging nettle alleviates some of these symptoms, but many clinical studies infer that it contains chemicals that affect the hormones that cause BPH. When taken, it also directly affects prostate cells. Stinging nettle root extract has also been shown to slow or stop the spread of prostate cancer cells. (4) It’s usually used in combination with saw palmetto and other herbs. The root of the plant is primarily used in connection with urinary issues.
Stinging nettle is used as a successful general diuretic and can help urine flow as well. It’s also used in home remedies for bladder infections.
2. Osteoarthritis and Joint Pain
Arthritis sufferers often experience joint pain, typically in the hands, knees, hips and spine. Nettle works alongside nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to allow patients to decrease their NSAID use. Because prolonged use of NSAIDs can cause a number of serious side effects, this is an ideal pairing.
Studies also show that applying nettle leaf topically at the site of pain decreases joint pain and can treat arthritis. Nettle can also provide relief when taken orally. Another study published in the Journal of Rheumatology shows stinging nettle’s anti-inflammatory power against other autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. (5)
3. Hay Fever
Histamine production in the body creates the adverse reactions related to allergies. Allergies cause uncomfortable congestion, sneezing, itching and more.
Stinging nettle’s anti-inflammatory qualities affect a number of key receptors and enzymes in allergic reactions, preventing hay fever symptoms if taken when they first appear. (6) The leaves of the plant contain histamine, which may seem counterproductive in allergy treatment, but there is history of using histamines to treat severe allergic reactions. (7)
There is also evidence that in severe reactions, low plasma histamine levels (as opposed to high levels) are present. Another global study from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine found that stinging nettle use for allergy relief was rated higher than placebos in a 98-person, randomized, double-blind study. (8)
Certain products containing stinging nettle have shown, when applied to the skin, can reduce bleeding during surgery. The product, called Ankaferd blood stopper, is made up of alpinia, licorice, thyme, common grape vine and stinging nettle, and has also shown evidence of reducing bleeding after dental surgery. (9)
Eczema is a dry, itchy rash that can last on sufferers for a very long time. Because of stinging nettle’s antihistamine and anti-inflammatory qualities, it can be a natural treatment for eczema, as the Penn State University College of Medicine study referenced above notes. Sufferers can use a combination of nettle taken orally to tackle the eczema internally, as well as a cream to provide relief from the rash’s itch and redness.
More research is needed, but stinging nettle is also said to:
• Promote lactation
• Stimulate hair growth
• Help control blood sugar in patients with diabetes
• Reduce bleeding connected to gingivitis
• Treat disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract
• Provide relief from water retention
• Prevent or treat diarrhea
• Decrease menstrual flow
• Provide asthma relief
• Heal wounds
• Treat hemorrhoids
• Stimulate contractions in pregnant women
• Treat insect bites
• Treat tendonitis
• Treat anemia
How to Use Stinging Nettle
Stinging nettle can be harvested or products can be purchased from a local health food store. Before purchasing or making a stinging nettle product, it’s important to identify whether your ailment needs the aboveground parts or the roots, as they have different pharmacological qualities.
Stinging nettle products come in dried or freeze-dried leaf form, extract, capsules, tablets, as well as a root tincture (suspension of the herb in alcohol), juice or tea. There is currently no recommended dose, because so many stinging nettle products have varying amounts of active ingredients. Work with your doctor to determine the right dosage.
Some of the more common stinging nettle uses include:
1. Nettle Tea
Stinging nettle leaves and flowers can be dried, and the dried leaves can be steeped and made into a tea. There are many variations of nettle tea recipes that feature a number of other herbs like raspberry leaf, echinacea or goldenseal.
2. Cooked Nettle
Stinging nettle leaves can be stemmed and cooked similar to spinach. Once cooked, they can be added to soup or stew. Nettle has also been pureed and used in recipes like polenta, green smoothies, salads and pesto.
3. Topical Nettle
Stinging nettle extract and root tinctures can be applied directly to joints and painful areas of the body. Stinging nettle is also available in cream form.
4. Stinging Nettle Capsules and Tablets
Stinging nettle capsules and tablets can be taken orally. There is inconclusive evidence on whether stinging nettle capsules or tablets for allergy relief are better ingested on an empty stomach or not. If there is concern about upset stomach and other side effects, take stinging nettle with food.
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2 Cups Chopped Carrots
4 Dried Figs
1⁄2 Cup Raisins
1⁄4 Cup Shredded Coconut
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp. Nutmeg
1⁄2 tsp. Allspice
Add all ingredients to food
processor. Using s blade, pulverize
until carrot cake consistency.
2 Cups Coconut Almond Yogurt
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
1⁄2 tsp. Sea Salt
3 Tbsp. Cashews
Add all frosting ingredients to
blender. Blend on high until smooth and simply frost
the “cake: and dig in!
It’s that easy.
• 1 cup pecans, soaked overnight
• 1 cup walnuts, soaked overnight
• ½ cup cashews or macadamias, soaked overnight
• 1 cup gluten free oats
• 1 tablespoon mixed spiced (pumpkin spice)
• 2 teaspoons ground ginger
• (9ozs) grated carrot
• ½ cup raisins, soaked 1 hour
• Zest of 1 orange
• ½ teaspoon sea salt
1/2 c cup coconut flakes
1 Grind all ingredients in a food processor until broken down to desired consistency.
2 Mix in a bowl with the date paste.
3 Dehydrate overnight, for around 8 to 12 hours at 115 degrees F.
4 Store in a sealed container for up to 2 weeks.
• 1 cup soft dates, such as medjool
• 1 cup orange juice
1 Blend dates and orange juice together in a high-speed blender until smooth. You can add a little water to get it to blend if you don’t have a strong enough blender.
BIG LOVE AMI XX
For the Quickest and Healthiest Mint Chocolate Chip smoothie.
Try adding the following ingredients in a high-speed blender or vitamix Seriously you can’t go wrong. The more spinach or spiralina you use, the Greener in color. The more cacao or cacao nibs ( for added crunch in your mint chocolate chip crunch smoothie) the darker and chocolatey it will be. Add one to two frozen banana and 4-8 oz’s of water and add the following ingredients using your intuition. Add any sweeter like coconut nectar, maple, or stevia to taste. Its the most delicious and refreshing Mint Chocolate Frappe you have ever tasted. The thicker you want it, simply add more frozen banana, or if you prefer it thinner, use more filtered water or coconut water. Have fun with it!
A fast-acting source of energy full of potassium, antioxidants, amino acids and fructooligosaccharides, which stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestine.
A powerful green full of bone-strengthening vitamin K, spinach also is high in vitamins A and B, iron, magnesium and dietary fiber, supporting the eyes, liver and digestive system.
Cashews have an ideal ratio of healthy fats and protein, containing copper for skin and hair, magnesium for muscle and nerve response and vitamin K for bone health.
With an incredibly high concentration of antioxidants, cacao also boosts serotonin levels, calms the nervous system and regulates heart rate due to its iron, fiber and magnesium content.
A powerful detoxifier, chlorella helps also helps support a healthy immune system, boosts brain power and keeps your eyesight strong all from its single-cell green algae content.
ORGANIC VANILLA BEAN
Vanilla contains vanilloids, which reduce inflammation and have cognitive-enhancing agents. Vanilla also has antioxidant properties, and its taste and smell create a calming effect.
A soothing, leafy herb, mint soothes the stomach and promotes digestion. Mint is also packed with antioxidants, and acts as a natural decongestant and diuretic.