The Great Herb Shatavari, Awaken and Rejuvenate the Reproductive Organs

Shatavari - Asparagus racemosus

Shatavari is one of the prime rejuvenating herbal medicines in Ayurveda.

 The name translates to "she who possesses 100 husbands", referring to the herbs rejuvanitive effect upon the female reproductive organs.  It is also effective in a number of other systems of the body and is therefore of use to both men and women.

Proven qualities: Protects stomach lining Heals duodenal ulcers Enhances immunity Blocks carcinogens Detoxifying aphrodisiac

Reduces uterine spasm Opens airways ease alcohol withdrawal diarrhea and constipation infertility Stabilizes blood sugar It is commonly recommended for women who are having menstrual problems,

particularly when irritability and mood swings are prominent.

Its cooling influence may also benefit women as they have  hot flashes going through menopause.

Shatavari is beneficial in cooling off an irritated digestive system as expressed by heartburn, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome. It can also be helpful to soothe irritation in the urinary tract.

Men may benefit from the herb as well in the treatment of impotence.

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Your Skin is Your Largest Organ, So Treat it Right!

 

Today I was in the mall with my daughter and I decided to finally check out the store Lush. If you are unfamiliar with them like I was, Lush is  an all natural body product store, they do not use animal testing, all products are handmade, and only use fresh organic produce. Once I entered the store and saw how they use all the herbs that I recommend for aroma and massage therapy,  I knew I was in the right spot.  This gem of a store  has amazing products  and the people that work there are knowledgable and honest.  The aromas made my nose happy  and skin soaked up the moisture in the creamy lotions.   The body lotions can be found for every skin type and condition. The names of the products sounded like an ice cream store. Dream Cream has oat milk, lavender and chamomile to soothe and moisturize irritated skin. The products have a clean smelling, there are no heavy perfume smells since it is natural. The  Fresh Face Mask looked like dips for a party . The masks all refrigerated and last about 6 days since they are fresh. To  help keep my face looking youthful I tried the Ayesha mask.   It feels great on my skin and we will see if there are any noticeable results.

For teens there is  Cupcake, a chocolate mask for deep cleaning and calming to the skin. Some of the cleanser and masks look like they could be eaten. Since  our  skin  absorbs  into your system everything we put on it, you should be able to eat it as well. ( yuck I would not want to eat some of the things I have put on my skin) For a great relaxing night the Bath melts or Bath Bombs could make a regular bath into a top notch spa experience with great aroma therapy just add candles and music . An interesting product that they have is Toothy tabs, I have not tried it but it could be a great all natural alternative to the regular toothpaste. For all the people looking for natural deodorant, they have that too. They carry a powder  and also a bar. The sales person said she uses them both and it works great. I will test that out when I work out next in the 80 degree temperatures.

Lush seems to be a great way to take care of your skin with all natural ingredients and not make it yourself.

Have you tried their products?

Morning Tea to Start the Day Off Right

A Great way to start your day Every morning, on an empty stomach, drink a cup of warm water with 1/2 of a lemon or 2 to 3 Tablespoons of lemon juice. Add 1 Tablespoon of honey.

The great benefits Warm water helps in clearing the digestive system by washing away residual undigested substances in the intestine, stimulating better digestion in the process. It helps in flushing out toxins from the body.

Lemon’s benefit lies in its cleansing quality. It is very effective for cleaning the digestive tract thus facilitating better digestion and ultimately weight loss. Also, lemon is rich in vitamin C which helps prevent cough and cold.

The honey, contains enzymes that improve metabolism.That helps the body breakdown food better and absorb nutrients and faster conversion of stored fat into energy.

The best time to drink your morning coffee for the best benefit is actually 10:30 AM.     Normally, cortisol levels rise during the early morning hours and are highest about 7 a.m. They drop very low in the evening and during the early phase of sleep. So by 10:30 the cortisol levels have dropped and that cup of coffee with help.

Cortisol has many functions. It helps the body use sugar (glucose) and fat for energy and it helps the body deal with stress . Cortisol levels can be affected by many conditions, such as physical or emotional stress, strenuous activity, infection, or injury.

Ancient Wisdom, Designed to Refresh and Renew and Restore Health

Imperial Ancient Wisdom , Tonic Superfood What is that you ask? It is a great supplement that you should add to your diet. Thanks to Marcus I found this great supplement that can be added to your diet and it does many great things for your health. It has 5 ingredients, Duanwood Reishi spores, Astragaus, Schizandra, Goji berry, and He Shou Wu. Most people have never heard of these Chinese herbs so they do not know of their great benefits. I'll explain them and the great ways that I have been using the powder.

Possibly Effective for:

Duanwood Reishi spores-

  • Herpes-related pain. Some people report that hot water extracts of reishi mushroom decreases pain when conventional treatment doesn’t work.
  • Boosting the immune system.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Viral infections.

 

Astragaus-

  •  Help with aging.
  • Improve energy.
  • Stimulate the immune system during conditions such as the common cold.
  • Blood disorders.
  •  HIV/AIDS.

Schizandra- 

  • Improving liver function in patients with hepatitis.
  • Improving concentration, coordination, and endurance.

Goji berry-  

  • Diabetes.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Blood circulation problems.
  • Sexual problems (impotence).
  • Dizziness.
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

He Shou Wu- 

The direct English translation of he shou wu is "Black-haired Mr. He."

  • Liver and kidney problems.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Insomnia.
  • Lower back and knee soreness.
  • Premature graying.
  • Dizziness.

Is Imperial Ancient Wisdom for you?

This is a tasty supplement that helps restore health. It has  great health promoting properties that  can help revitalize you. It also must be used with caution.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding , on blood thinners, have GERD or peptic ulcer, epilepsy, low blood pressure or clotting disorders should not use it.

“Auto-immune diseases” such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other immune system conditions: Astragalus might make the immune system more active. This could worsen the symptoms of auto-immune diseases. Avoid using astragalus if you have any of these conditions. ( Web MD)

It may increase the risk of bleeding, so caution is advised to those with bleeding disorders or those taking drugs that may increase the risk of bleeding also  might make existing liver disease worse.

 

How to use the powder?

Recipes 

Ancient Wisdom is easy to use. I added a scoop to my brownie mix and it blended nicely with the chocolate flavors. I also added it to my coffee in the morning and tried the  Cacao Cappuccino recipe, this was a nice morning treat.  It can also be added to a smoothie  for quick convenience.

 Cacao Cappuccino

2 cups of hot tea or coffee

2 Tablespoon of Cacao powder

 1 Tablespoon Maca powder

1- 2 Tablespoons Coconut oil

1 Tablespoon Honey or agave

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 scoop Ancient Wisdom

Stir till smooth  and coconut oil is melted.

For more information on Imperial Ancient Wisdom please check out their web site

 

Nutrition Warriors LLC is not affiliated, associated, endorsed by or connected  with Imperial Wisdom.

Sources

Web MD:  http://www.webmd.com/drugs/index-drugs.aspx

Dr Oz : http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/astragalus-root-right-you

 

 

The Secret to Better Skin

 

Vitamin C is important for optimal performance. The body can not manufacture vitamin C so it must rely on our diet for its daily requirement. Helps maintain healthy

Maintain healthy Cholesterol levels

Retain capillary strength and vascular function

Support immune function

Support peripheral circulation

Mayo Clinic says-  "Other studies have suggested that vitamin C may also:

 

It found that higher vitamin C intakes were associated with a lower likelihood of a wrinkled appearance, dryness of the skin, and a better skin-aging appearance.

Vitamin C is also needed to help regenerate Vitamin E, which is needed for healthy immunity.

Foods that contain Vitamin C

  • Cantaloupe, 1 cup (8 ounces): 59mg
  • Orange juice, 1 cup: 97mg
  • Broccoli, cooked, 1 cup: 74mg
  • Red cabbage, 1/2 cup: 40mg
  • Green pepper, 1/2 cup, 60mg
  • Red pepper, 1/2 cup, 95mg
  • Kiwi, 1 medium: 70mg
  • Tomato juice, 1 cup: 45mg.

A study by Boston University showed that supplementation with grape seed extract and vitamin C has a positive influence on healthy blood flow to support optimal cardiovascular health.( USANA)

Vitamin C is one of the nutrients sensitive to stress,  it is the first nutrient to be depleted in alcoholics, smokers, and obese individuals, it makes it an ideal marker for overall health."

Vitamin C can enhance the absorption of iron when the two are eaten together.

For more information on Usana please contact me  http://www.usana.com/webhosting/nutritionwarriors?page=contactMe

Sources

Mayo Clinic and Usana

Eat your peas! Here is the great reason why

 

Growing up your Mom would tell you eat your peas! And like most kids you did not like them. I remember my youngest brother eating them like he was taking pills. It was painful to watch  as he would take a mouth full of water and only a few peas in his mouth as he would try to swallow them whole. He would continue this grueling task till the pile of peas on his plate were gone. My other brothers and I would laugh at his funny tradition. The funny thing is if he ever tried them he would have realized they were tender sweet  morsels fresh from the garden. Now as an adult he actually enjoys eating his peas and we will  now see if his sons are like him and don't eat their peas. There are many varieties of peas. Peas date back as far back as the biblical days. Peas are rich in Vitamin B and folate, which are important for in proper metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. They also provide antioxidant protection.

 

Garden Peas - Snow Peas -Great in a stir fry or in a salad

Snow Pea, orange and jicama salad

  • 4 cups snow peas (about 12 ounces), trimmed
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 small jícama, peeled and cut into matchsticks

for full recipe go to http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/snow_pea_orange_jicama_salad.html

Sugar Snap Peas - I like these raw on a salad or dipped in hummus or cooked lightly

  1. Spread sugar snap peas in a single layer on a medium baking sheet, and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle with shallots, thyme, and kosher salt.
  2. Bake at 450 in the oven for 6 to 8 minutes, until tender but firm.

Green Peas promote bone health. The vitamin K that is found in peas helps activate the protein in the bone. It can help fight off osteoporosis. Peas also support your cardiovascular health as well.. These little peas help repair blood vessels that leads to a healthy heart. and helps the blood clot. The potassium and magnesium helps regulate blood pressure and the fiber helps lower cholesterol levels. Peas also help promote eye health by protecting against oxidative stress. People with a diet high in lutein and zeaxanthin have less risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. Peas a re a great source of energy producing cells and systems in the body. The high Vitamin B helps with the metabolism of protein , carbohydrates and lipids. They are also important in normal blood cell formation and function. The iron in them helps fight off anemia, fatigue, learning problems and decreased immune functions. 1 Cup of green peas provides 17% of your Daily Value of protein and 9% of the daily value of carbohydrates and is 134 calories

Source

The World's Healthiest Foods

Eating Well

Best Foods to Eat for Healthy Nails

 

Dry brittle nails can be a result of a deficiency in iron. Foods that are rich in iron are eggs, spinach and fortified cereals. If you pair them up with Vitamin C rich foods such as citrus, bell peppers, and tomatoes it will help the body absorb the iron.

A folate deficiency can make the nails look dull. Great foods that contain folate are lentils, beans and spinach

For brittle flaking nails include more fatty acids in your diet to moisturize the nail beds. 2 Tablespoons of flax-seed oil or flax-seeds is an easy addition to your diet.

For strong hard nails eat about 6 ounces of protein like salmon, mackerel, lean meat, roast turkey, pork loin and cornish hens. The protein helps make keratin. Keratin is what helps make the nails strong. Great ways to eat these foods smoothies or juicing fortified cereal with strawberries an omelette with green and red peppers. For an extra kick and some salsa spinach salad with tomatoes

Your finger nails can tell a doctor a lot about your overall heath. Many illness can be found by inspecting a persons fingers.

The answers to your health problems could be found at the  tip of your fingers.

Mayo clinic has some good pictures of nail conditions and the health issues that it could be caused by

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nails/WO00055

Source

Readers Digest July 2013

Mayo Clinic

Sharpen your mind by eating beets

 

These gems are great anti inflammatory and for detoxification.

These colorful root vegetables contain powerful nutrient compounds that help protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer. These  vegetables are rich in antioxidant  carotenoids, and in particular, beta-carotene.

The nitric acid in beets increases the blood flow in your body including the brain that are associated with degeneration and dementia.

Eating beets raw packs more nutrients.  A great way to eat them raw is by juicing at adding them to a salad.

A great way that I like to eat beets is by roasting them

Oven Roasted Vegetables

 

  • 4 beets ( Different colors looks nice )
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into wedges
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 apple sliced
  • add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar if you want it sweeter

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425°. In a  bowl, whisk oil,
  • vinegar and seasonings. Pour over vegetables and toss to coat.
  • Transfer to two greased  baking pan. Bake, uncovered,
  • 30-40 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Yield: 7
  • servings.
Nutrition Facts: 1 cup equals 152 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 347 mg sodium, 24 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber,
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