ORANGE JUICE…D-D-D-DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE.

Just watching some BBC TV 2 “Rip Off Britain” food programme, according to some UK university who tested concentrated orange juice(which is a commodity on the stock exchange , it can be stored unlike fresh) AND freshly squeezed orange juice, to see vitamin C and anti-oxidant content.Their tests showed little difference.We need to remember that many science facilitates of some universities are funded by pharmaceutical and processed food industries, it is common knowledge int eh field of nutrition, quoted by Dr Colin T Campbell, Professor Emirus at Cornel university in USA, that too many government nutritionist are on the pay roll of these companies.

Fresh Orange Juice..is not cheap :)

Fresh Orange Juice..is not cheap :)

There is no way that orange juice that is concentrated, the process involves boiling the orange juice for a long period of time to evaporate the water, there is no way that this orange juice has  a similar genuine vitamin C content as fresh because vitamin C is  HEAT SENSITIVE VITAMIN.

Heat and storage methods can degrade the amount of vitamin C in the juice. Pasteurization, for example, uses high heat to kill microbes, but a great deal of vitamin C can be lost through this process. Vitamin C is also lost over time, so the fresher the orange, the more vitamin C it tends to have.

 

Commercial producers of concentrated orange juice add artificial vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid to bump up with nutritional data.

 

Vitamin C is also called ascorbic acid, and food manufacturers have found an easy way of adding ascorbic acid to foods such as juices to up the quota of vitamin C listed on the ingredient label.

Home Made is Best

Home Made is Best

 

It is better to eat a whole orange instead of orange juice, since whole foods have higher nutritional content than processed. For example, in addition to 98 mg of vitamin C, one large orange supplies 4.4 g fiber, 74 mg of calcium and 131 mcg of beta-carotene — nutrients that are all lost in the juicing process.

Vitamin loss can be induced by a number of factors. Obviously, losses of vitamins depend on cooking time, temperature, and cooking method. Some vitamins are quite heat-stable, whereas others are heat-labile. From textbooks in nutrition, such as Kreutleret al. [1987], many other factors than heat can destroy (some) vitamins, such as: solubility in water, exposure to air (oxidation), exposure to light (UVs), heat, acid and alkaline solutions, storage losses, etc. Here is a tabular summary:

FACTORS THAT CAN INDUCE
VITAMIN LOSS

Nutritional Element

Is substance susceptible to losses
under given condition?

Soluble
in Water

Exposure
to Air

Exposure
to Light

Exposure
to Heat

Vitamin A

no

partially

partially

relatively stable

Vitamin D

no

no

no

no

Vitamin E

no

yes

yes

no

Vitamin K

no

no

yes

no

Thiamine

highly

no

?

> 100°C

Riboflavin

slightly

no

in solution

no

Niacin

yes

no

no

no

Biotin

somewhat

?

?

no

Pantothenic Acid

quite stable

?

?

yes

Folate

yes

?

when dry

at high temp

Vitamin B-6

yes

?

yes

?

Vitamin B-12

yes

?

yes

no

Vitamin C

very unstable

yes

yes

yes

(table, continued) http://www.beyondveg.com/tu-j-l/raw-cooked/raw-cooked-2e.shtml

http://bodyunburdened.com/dirty-secret-behind-pure-squeezed-orange-juice/

 

http://weeklybite.com/uncategorized/making-homemade-orange-juice/

 

http://vitamins.lovetoknow.com/which-orange-juice-has-most-vitamin-c

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We don’t want Old Mac Donald’s Farm

Little happy tears in my eyes as I watch this, children with brilliant teachers, teaching their parents and elders

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SUGAR WARS

SUGAR WARS

“Sugar in fruits is also bad for you” it is a fallacy dictated by secular scientists and doctors, sponsored by big business.

Refined sugar ,that means processed sugar, is a commodity on the stock exchange,think about it.

TOO MUCH SUGAR IN SWEETS

TOO MUCH SUGAR IN SWEETS

Whole foods, whole fruits ,that Allah has made, are complete in their complimentary make-up and are not detrimental to mankind.They contain  fibre, vitamins,anti-oxidants, water, all components that compliment each other for maximum nutrition.

The composition of an apple is not the same as cake, or fizzy drink or a spoon of sugar which is devoid of the former nutrients. Http://Youtu.Be/6uaweklrily

“body processes them differently. fructose breaks down in your liver and doesn’t provoke an insulin response. glucose starts to break down in the stomach and requires the release of insulin into the bloodstream to be metabolized completely. don’t get the idea that because the sugar composition is the same in fruit and cake, they’re interchangeable. (seriously, they’re not.) for one thing, fruit offers good stuff like vitamins, antioxidants and water, while candy and desserts are nutritionally void. fruit also tends to have less sugar by volume. half a cup of strawberries: 3.5 grams of sugar. half a cup of strawberry ice cream: 15 grams.” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/29/fruit-sugar-versus-white-sugar_n_3497795.html http://youtu.be/6uaWekLrilY
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WHEY TOO MUCH PROCESSED MILK

Most nutritional business wants you to buy their products rather than their information, which is often lacking because the people selling to you are not qualified nutritionist.

A qualified nutritionist will teach you, show you and give you information, when applied, will empower you to make conscious choices when she is not around.

 When you are ready to invest in yourself, I would love to hear from you.

Until such time…

 The dairy industry, especially in the USA, needs to find an outlet for dairy produce, as people are moving away from drinking milk to healthy alternatives like nut milks, they need to find somewhere to channel diary as it’s an invested commodity stock.

Too many of these  so called health weight loss or training drink contain powdered whey protein, this is just another processed form of milk. Not good for you in the long run. Or worst than that, some protein shakes actually contain some sort of dried beef meat.

Whey From Cow's Milk

Whey From Cow’s Milk

According to the Mayo clinic “ Whey protein may cause abnormal heart rhythms, changes in cholesterol levels, headache, increased diabetes risk, increased fracture or osteoporosis risk, kidney dysfunction, liver damage, stomach or intestine symptoms (acid reflux, bloating, constipation, cramps, gas, increased bowel movements, movement problems, nausea, reduced appetite, swelling of limbs, and upset stomach), and thirst. Whey protein may lower blood sugar levels. Caution is advised in people with diabetes or low blood sugar, and in those taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect blood sugar. Blood sugar levels may need to be monitored by a qualified healthcare professional, including a pharmacist, and medication adjustments may be necessary.

Whey protein may increase the risk of bleeding. Caution is advised in people with bleeding disorders or in those taking drugs that may increase the risk of bleeding. Dosing adjustments may be necessary.

Whey protein may interfere with the way the body processes certain drugs using the liver’s “cytochrome P450″ enzyme system.

Whey protein may cause low blood pressure. Caution is advised in people with low blood pressure or in those taking drugs or herbs and supplements that lower blood pressure.

Drowsiness or sedation may occur. Use caution if driving or operating heavy machinery.

Use cautiously in people who take medications, including agents that affect the immune system and agents that lower cholesterol.

Use cautiously in people with stomach or intestine disorders.

Avoid in people with known allergy or sensitivity to milk or milk products, including cow’s milk, sheep’s milk, goat’s milk, and mare’s milk.

Avoid in people who are avoiding the use of dairy products.

Avoid using whey protein long-term and in excessive amounts.

Only approved sources of whey protein should be used in infant formulas.

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

There is a lack of scientific evidence on the use of whey protein during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Only approved sources of whey protein should be used in infant formulas. Allergic reactions have been reported with exposure to whey protein, including diarrhea, failure to thrive, infant colic, and rash.”

If you want quick unhealthy results, this powders that you mix with water twice a day are the answer.

If you truly wan to make conscious choices about want you eat, what you put into your body investing in a personal nutritionist who will show you, teach you over a short space of time, what you can do to help yourself where ever you may find yourself.

Who’s in it for the long game?

 

USEFUL READING

http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/whey-protein/safety/hrb-20060532

 

 

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TICKLY COUGH

I noticed, myself included that a number of us have a tickly cough  that turmeric/haldi just won’t shift.

Then I remembered my 12 tissue salts, that we were taught about as part of my clinical nutrition diploma, which was really more a  naturopathy course, alhmdulilah thank God.

Calcarea phos (calcium phosphate) Tissue salt number 2 ,is good for annoying coughs.

Tissue Salts...watch the potency

Tissue Salts…watch the potency

Of 6x potency I took 8 tablets before bed and had no more coughing till I woke up tis morning, when I took 6 more.

I noticed I have been coughing up quite easily a grey green phlegm, this is a good sign that the body is detoxing. I’ll keep on taking 4  till coughs goes, Insha’Allah.

Calcium phosphate is also good for bones and teeth, which I have been having trouble with lately.

Its also good for anemia, yes that’s me, lack of vitality and tiredness.

 The following is taken from natural news web site that gives you the complete lsit of all 12 tissue salts and their history,

Its worth investing in these simple homeopathic like  remedies  and getting to know that uses.

“ Tissues salts belong to a branch of medicine known as biochemistry, which was developed towards the end of the 19th century by Dr Wilhelm Heinrich Schuessler.
Dr. Schuessler studied cremated human bodies, and found that these 12 tissue salts made up the bulk of the remains. He recognised them as the material basis of the organs of the body and also identified the 12 Tissue/Cell Salts in every human cell.

  1. Calcarea fluor (calcium fluoride)

2. Calcarea phos (calcium phosphate)
3. Calcarea sulph (calcium sulfate)
4. Ferrum phos (iron phosphate)
5. Kali mur (potassium chloride)
6. Kali phos (potassium phosphate)
7. Kali sulph (potassium sulfate)
8. Magnesia phos (magnesium phosphate)
9. Natrum mur (sodium chloride)
10.Natrum phos (sodium phosphate)
11. Natrum sulph (sodium sulfate)
12. Silicea (silica)”

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/024674_salt_tissue_salts_body.html#ixzz3Tb8gY4Ne

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LATEST NUTRTION ADVICE FOR CHILDREN

This morning I thought I would look and see what’s the latest nutrition and advice.

Number one on the google search British Nutrition Foundation

 

http://www.nutrition.org.uk/healthyliving/healthyeating/8tips.html [online 5th march 2015]

8 HEALTHY EATING TIPS FOR KIDS-health eating for 1-3year olds.

Their first point is “Base your meals on starchy foods: bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, noodles” and point two is “ Eat lots of fruit and veg”.

 like The Tree Of Life this information is twisted around the wrong way.

Point one should stress fruit and veg and base your meal around fruit and veg.

Cereal are cheap fillers, comfort foods, used to make  meal of meat go further in terms of filling tummies.

However I would say to all young mums, if I could live my life over again I would definitely introduce veggie based meals to my children instead of pasta and  rice.

If you are going down the fill them up with quick cheap starchy carbs then please please please stick to whole meal.

The Great Wheat Robbery

The Great Wheat Robbery

If your children are difficult then mix wholemeal pasta or rice with loads of veggie sauces.

 According to Dr Liala Afrika, white rice, and flour are stripped of essential mineral and vitamins that help good mental health.

Too many behavior problems in children  are linked to the lack of these mineral from diets that are high in refines starchy white carbohydrate.

 We always need to remember these products ;whit rice and white flour are commodities on the stock exchange and will be promoted through the media at an opportunity. Please note in the last 2-3 years, the rise in baking programmmes that hardly ever tell you to use whole meal flour or rice.

I have to add this  extract from the World’s Healthiest Foods web site:-

“The health benefits of wheat depend entirely on the form in which you eat it. These benefits will be few if you select wheat that has been processed into 60% extraction, bleached white flour. 60% extraction—the standard for most wheat products in the United States, including breads, noodles and pastas, baked goods like rolls or biscuits, and cookies—means that 40% of the original wheat grain was removed, and only 60% is left. Unfortunately, the 40% that gets removed includes the bran and the germ of the wheat grain—its most nutrient-rich parts. In the process of making 60% extraction flour, over half of the vitamin B1, B2, B3, E, folic acid, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, iron, and fiber are lost.

Since 1941, laws in the United States have required “enrichment” of processed wheat flour with vitamins B1, B2, B3 and iron in response to the problems created by 60% extraction. Since not nearly as much of these B vitamins and iron are replaced as are removed from 60% extraction flour, “enriched” seems an odd word to describe this process.

If you select 100% whole wheat products, however, the bran and the germ of the wheat will remain in your meals, and the health benefits will be impressive! Our food ranking qualified whole wheat (in its original non-enriched form) as a very good source of dietary fiber and manganese, and as a good source of magnesium.

The many benefits of whole wheat products are being recognized more and more by consumers. Even though many health-conscious individuals have been cutting back on their intake of total carbs and refined wheat products (by about 10% between 1997-2007), the demand for whole wheat products has actually increased during that same time period. This trend fits in well with a Mediterranean diet approach to health, which looks to lower overall carbs but higher whole grains, including whole wheat.”

 http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=66

http://wholegrainscouncil.org/whole-grains-101/what-is-a-whole-grain

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READ THE LABELS

Narrated by Abu Hurayrah (RA), the Prophet of Allah (saws) said, “a time will come upon the people wherein a man will not bother what he intakes; whether from Halal source or Haram” (Bukhari).  This doesn’t just mean where the money comes from to pay for the thing, but it means the thing itself.

reading labels

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THE SPIRITUAL ABILITY TO OVERCOME.

The lotus is a beautiful exotic flower with a deep meaningful symbolism that would do all people well to learn and apply in our lives.

The lotus has appeared in visual imagery since the time of the ancient Egyptians.

The theory of this ancient metaphor is one of the keys to success.

Lotus Since Ancient Egyptians Times

Lotus Since Ancient Egyptians Times

The lotus is a special flower in that it opens to the sun and close when it gets dark

Allah has put sings in His Creation for those who see.

Lotus is known as Padma (Nelumbo nucifera) and is looked at as a sacred plant.

the sacred lotus, is an aquatic plant that plays a central role in Indian religions such as HinduismBuddhism, and Jainism.

The lotus can grow in sewage and rises up towards the sun to become one of the most elegant of flora.

Lotus Rise Above the Earth and Water Towards the Sun

Lotus Rise Above the Earth and Water Towards the Sun

When one reads the Hindu literature and interprets the metaphor, we see that this symbols of beauty rises from the mud, the earth, sometimes sewage and blooms and reveals the god/goddess.

This is symbolic of our ability to rise, by the grace of the Divine and our  desire to overcome the lower aspects of life , in this we will bloom and reveal our potential as amazing human beings.

11th century Confucian scholar Zhou Dunyi said

 “I love the lotus because while growing from mud, it is unstained.”

 My mother always told me from a young age,

“rise above it”

When situations occur, like the current attacks on our beloved prophet Muhamad, salah al laihi wa salem, (may the peace and blessings of God be upon him),in these immature cartoons, we have to rise above it  like the lotus. The lotus is not only sacred, regal and beautiful but also a source of  sacred medicine. Anything Allah has provided us for a cure needs to be honored as sacred, this doesn’t mean we worship it but it means that we respect and aprecilove the gifts we have been given by the Divine.

I had to include all of the  following article as it is so rich in information and hard to find.

LOTUS SEED: FOOD AND MEDICINE

by Subhuti Dharmananda, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon

The lotus (Nelumbo nuciferasee Figure 1) is a fresh-water plant that grows in semitropical climates. It originated in India and was brought to other countries, ranging from Egypt to China, about 2,000 years ago. It is cultivated extensively in Southeast Asia (mostly in China), primarily for food, with much smaller amounts for herbal medicine. All parts of the plant are utilized, but the primary reason for its current widespread cultivation is to collect the rhizomes (sometimes referred to as roots) and seeds. The whole plant is harvested in late summer when the seeds have matured.

The rhizomes are a food used extensively in China and Japan, sold whole or in cut pieces, fresh, frozen, or canned. They are consumed as a vegetable, usually fried or cooked in soups. Japan is one of the primary users of the rhizomes, representing about 1% of all vegetables consumed there. Japan grows its own lotus but still has to import 18,000 tons of lotus rhizome each year, of which China provides 15,000 tons.

Fruit of the Lotus Contains the Seeds

Fruit of the Lotus Contains the Seeds

Lotus seeds (lianzi) are a major product of southern China, though production figures are not available. There is substantially less weight of the dried seeds per plant than the weight of the fresh rhizomes, so the total production quantities may be on the order of a few thousand tons. Additionally, lotus leaves are used as a flavoring and a wrapper for rice preparations in making dim sum; the plumules (large seed cases) are dried for use as decorations. Lotus stems are used in preparing salads and the dried flowers are used in cooked dishes, such as Mandarin Duck and Lotus Flowers; the fresh flowers are a common decoration. The bitter lotus embryos within the seeds, and the lotus stamens are primarily used as medicines rather than foods.

LOTUS SEED AS FOOD

The seeds are roasted or candied for eating directly; made into a paste for producing sauces and cake fillings (in mid-Autumn it is customary to serve “moon cakes” which have a filling made of lotus seeds and walnuts); and cooked in soups, usually with chicken or beans. An example of the latter is a soup presented at banquets for newlyweds, made with red beans and lotus seeds. Red beans (hongdou) represent strength, while lotus seeds (lianzi) symbolize the newlyweds being blessed with a child each year. The soup is also presented at the New Year’s festival.

Red Bean and Lotus Seed Soup

  • 14-ounce package red beans (also known as adzuki beans)
  • 1.5 ounces lotus seeds
  • 1 piece dried tangerine skin, soaked in hot water 10 minutes until soft
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar

In a large pot, combine 7 cups cold water, red beans, lotus seeds and tangerine skin. Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce heat and simmer, covered, with pot lid slightly ajar, for 1 and 1/4 hours to 1 and 1/2 hours or until beans become tender. When beans are tender and open, and lotus seeds soften, add sugar; stir. Turn off the heat, pour into a heated tureen and serve. Makes 6 servings. Because the soup is sweet, it is also served as a desert. Another desert preparation is:

Cream Lotus Seed Soup

  • 8 ounces lotus seeds
  • 8 ounce can of crushed pineapple
  • 4 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup of sugar (I would replace with honey or date syrup)
  • 8 maraschino cherries

Soak the lotus seeds in water overnight; combine drained lotus seeds and 3 cups water and bring to boil over medium heat for 15 minutes; remove from heat and drain. Smash the cooked lotus seeds in a blender and pour the resulting paste into a big bowl. Dissolve the cornstarch in four tablespoons of water, pour into a small cup and set aside. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil over medium heat in a non-stick pot, then add the sugar, salt, pineapple, and lotus paste. Return to a boil and mix in the cornstarch liquid. Stir constantly until smooth and thickened. Reduce the heat and simmer for one minute. Remove from heat, pour into a large bowl, place pieces of the cherries on the top and serve hot. Makes 6 servings.

Yet another example is this one with lotus and longan:

Sweet Lotus Seed Soup Dessert

  • 9 ounces lotus seeds
  • 3.5 ounces longan
  • 3 ounces rock sugar(I would replace with honey or date syrup)
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate soda

Put dried lotus seeds into a basin. Put just enough cold water to cover the lotus seeds and add bicarbonate of soda. Set aside for 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Drain, then wash thoroughly. Bring 5 cups of water to a boil. Add soaked lotus seeds and cook until the seeds turn soft. Add dried longan and rock sugar. Simmer until longan turns soft and sugar dissolves. Serve this dessert either hot or cold. In Asia, this mixture is flavored with pandan leaves (two leaves are added during the last few minutes of simmering the longan and sugar).

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Lotus seeds have been analyzed to determine their nutritional value. In 100 grams (yielding about 350 calories of energy), there are 63-68 grams carbohydrate (mostly starch), 17-18 grams of protein, and only 1.9-2.5 grams fat; the remainder is water (about 13%), and minerals (mainly sodium, potassium, calcium, and phosphorus). As a protein source, lotus seeds are relatively good, with a one ounce serving (of dried seeds) providing 5 grams. The seeds are low in fiber and not a good source of vitamins. All the recipes given above are very low in fat, but high in carbohydrates.

MEDICINAL USES OF LOTUS SEED AND OTHER LOTUS PLANT PARTS

Lotus seeds are classified as astringents, being sweet and neutral, and benefiting the spleen, kidney, and heart. The sweet taste and nourishing qualities of the seed are responsible for the benefit to the spleen; this helps stop diarrhea associated with qi deficiency. The astringent quality helps prevent loss of kidney essence, so the seeds are used to treat weak sexual function in men and leukorrhea in women. The seed also has calming properties that alleviate restlessness, palpitations, and insomnia (more so in the whole seed with embryo). The medicinal dosage is 6-15 grams when it is combined with other herbs that have similar applications and double that when used as the main ingredient (the amount in the bean and lotus soup is about 7 grams per serving and in the cream lotus soup and sweet lotus desert about 37-40 grams per serving).

As an example of a therapy for diarrhea, one ounce of lotus seed is soaked in warm water for a few hours, then an adequate amount of rock sugar is added (to taste), and the mixture is simmered until the lotus seeds are well done. To this thick soup a cup of tea-made by steeping 5 g of black tea in boiling water-is added to yield the medicinal food. Traditional herb formulas for diarrhea are described in the next section.

Inside the seed there is a green embryo that is quite bitter; it is usually removed before the seed is provided as a food product. The embryo (lianzixin; heart of the lotus seed), is classified as bitter and cold and benefiting the heart; it dispels pathogenic heat from the heart to treat fidgets and spontaneous bleeding due to heat. The bitter components are isoquinoline alkaloids with sedative and antispasmodic effects. The alkaloids dilate blood vessels and thereby reduce blood pressure. Small amounts of the alkaloids are found in the seeds with embryo removed, and these may contribute an antispasmodic action for the intestines, helping to alleviate diarrhea.

The lotus leaves (heye) are also bitter, but neutral, and are said to benefit the stomach, spleen, and liver. They are used for treatment of summer heat syndrome and dampness accumulation; they also contain the lotus alkaloids with hypotensive effect. Lotus leaf has become popular for lowering blood lipids and treating fatty liver; it is commonly combined with crataegus, which promotes blood circulation and lowers blood fats, for that purpose. Lotus stems (hegeng) are used medicinally in the same way as the leaves for treatment of summer heat and are used also to treat tightness in the chest due to obstruction of qi circulation.

Lotus stamen (lianxu) is sweet, astringent, and neutral, benefiting the heart and kidney; it is mainly used for preventing discharge, such as treatment of leukorrhea or for frequent urination. It contains flavonoids and a small amount of alkaloids. Lotus nodes, the rhizome nodes (oujie), are astringent and neutral, benefiting the liver, lung, and stomach. They are mostly used to control bleeding. All the parts of the lotus have some antihemorrhagic effect, but the rhizome nodes are relied upon for that purpose specifically. The active component for reducing bleeding is not yet established, though quercetin and other flavonoids may play a role by improving capillary wall strength. By charcoaling the lotus plant parts, as is sometimes done, a hemostatic effect is assured, as charcoal itself has this effect (it promotes blood coagulation).

TRADITIONAL FORMULAS WITH LOTUS SEEDS

There are some well-known traditional formulas relying on lotus seeds as an important component. The best known is Sheng Ling Baizhu San (Ginseng and Atractylodes Combination), which is comprised of lotus seed, ginseng, hoelen, atractylodes, licorice, coix, dolichos, dioscorea, cardamon, atractylodes, and platycodon. The herbs tonify the spleen and aid circulation of moisture. The formula is indicated for weak digestion with chronic diarrhea. First described in the Hejiju Fang (1110 A.D.), Shen Ling Baizhu San has been made into a popular patent remedy.

Another lotus seed formula is Qipi Tang (Lotus and Citrus Combination), which is also a therapy for weak digestion leading to diarrhea. The formula contains lotus seed, ginseng, atractylodes, hoelen, licorice, alisma, dioscorea, citrus, and crataegus. All the ingredients are used to improve digestion and aid circulation of moisture to alleviate diarrhea. The formula Sishen Tang (Four Wonders Decoction; also called Dioscorea Combination) is made with lotus seed, dioscorea, hoelen, euryale (a seed from a relative of lotus), and coix. It is used for indigestion and diarrhea, and is considered a mild sedative.

A formula using lotus seed for a different application is Qingxin Lianzi Yin (Clear the Heart Lotus Seed Drink; or simply, Lotus Seed Combination), comprised of lotus seed, ginseng, astragalus, ophiopogon, plantago seed, lycium bark, hoelen, scute, and licorice. It is used for urinary disorders, including urinary stones, kidney inflammation, and urinary tract infection; it is also used for disorders of the reproductive organs, such as prostatitis and leukorrhea. The formula addresses a combination of dampness accumulation (ginseng, astragalus, lotus seed, hoelen, and licorice tonify the spleen to aid moisture circulation; plantago seed and hoelen drain excess moisture) and heat (lycium bark, scute, and ophiopogon clear heat, and are selected for persons of weaker constitution). The damp-heat syndrome leads to tenderness, swelling, and pain in the lower abdomen, urinary irregularity, and discharge of fluids.

Another astringent formula is Jinsuo Gujing Wan (Pill of Golden Lock; also called Lotus Stamen Formula), comprised of lotus stamen and lotus seed, dragon bone, oyster shell, tribulus, and euryale. All the ingredients have some astringent properties. Its basic function is to restrain (like a lock) any further loss of essence due to disease or aging. It is often used for urinary disorders, especially frequent urination and turbid urine. Jinsuo Gujing Wan, first described in Yifang Jijie (Analytic Collection of Medical Formulas, by Wang Ang, 1682), has been made into a popular patent remedy.

March 2002

INTERSTING READING

http://www.itmonline.org/arts/lotus.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Padma_(attribute)

http://www.livestrong.com/article/179060-the-benefits-of-lotus-seeds/

http://www.kushiinstitute.org/the-healing-properties-of-lotus/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrQJUvg_OjI

 

 

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DETOX DAIRY DUBAI DAY 10 – HEALTHY HABITS

“Repetition is  the key to knowledge”

“Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.”

“Practice makes perfect” 

These sayings all sound very well but when you are feeling down and out, and life seems like a ball of string wrapped up like spaghetti, it sometimes seems hard to make a start so why bother? When you have reached that point where you know you have to make a start somewhere you have arrived at a great place because you have arrived at t place where you want to change.  That’s fantastic.

Islamically Allah love s small deed done consistently narrated by Bukhari and Muslim hadith.

Good deeds have to be for self-first, prayer doesn’t benefit Allah, it benefits self, meditation doesn’t benefit the higher power, it benefits self, self has to be in balance for more good to flow through it and from it.

So let’s start with small good habit s for self

WATER FOR VITALITY

When we raise ourselves from the dead, when we rise from sleep in the morning, after brushing our teeth from the toxins that have accumulated from the sleeps naturally detoxing action, we need to drink water or water infused with something complete naturally. Water conducts electricity and we are electromagnetic circuits

I drink water and lemon, someone said it’s an Islamic Sunnah, I don’t know about hat and would be open to evidence, but I do know that it’s a good way to start the day.

lemon and water  tex

Then I have a herb tea with honey, apple cidar vinegar with honey or chai masala minus the milk or any kind and dairy. We all really need to educate ourselves more about herbs and spices. The Creator  provided them not just to make curry taste nice but for medical reasons.

Accordingly to Islamic medicine  ibn al Jawziyyah, “it is said that this is a guidance for the person of astute mind,  he who drinks an electuary, meaning a herbal tea infused with honey for at least three mornings a month, then he won’t fall ill.”

Brain, Mind Tea

Brain, Mind Tea

I would tend to disagree slightly bearing in mind the time we live in now, environmentally factors like masses of toxins in the air, toxins in food and excesses use o pharmaceutical drugs, one would be wise and astute of mind in the 21st century to drink a herbal tea with honey every morning where possible.

Then S-T-R-E-T-C-H

S-T-R-E-T-C-H

S-T-R-E-T-C-H

What starts good ends good, that what they say in Morocco. This routing applied daily will inshallah raise your consciousness and awareness of  what you put in your body and on your body.

It will inshallah also develop your mind and soul as you begin to clear out the old toxic ways that you used to start your day.

May Allah make it easy for us ALL to purify our mind body and soul ameen

 

 

 

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DETOX DIARY DUBAI DAY 9- AUTO IMMUNE DISEASES JUST THE BEGINNING

This detox dairy is not about quick weight loss of shocking the body out of the over dose of alcohol or fatty rich food eaten over the winter  seasons. The reason for this detox diary is to raise awareness of the growing number of illnesses that are under the umbrella of auto immune disease and how detoxing our bodies  by long term life style changes will help combat these illnesses.This dairy is about empowering you to mold your future starting with your mind body and soul

I am not able to write much to day but I will say this,

”Stick to the healthy routine, water lemon, apple cidar vinegar and honey or whatever type of herb tea and honey that suits your body, then fruit  and or smoothie, watch the temptations throughout the day and if you really must have starchy carbs have them before 2pm (unless you are looking to put on weight )so you will burn them up for bed”.

Do you exercises, even if it just some stretches

That’s all but just to let you know I’m reading this interesting book,

the immune epidemic

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