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This creamy, chipotle-seasoned pasta is sure to please! It’s healthy and delicious and makes a perfect meal for family dinners. Pair it with a vibrant fresh salad for extra nutrients and healing properties.
Tomatoes: Harness critical micronutrients, phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals to support many functions of the liver. Lycopene is a beloved nutrient that the liver uses to shield itself from cell damage, plus lycopene helps the liver detox red blood cells safely,
smoothly, and efficiently. The fruit acids in tomatoes help keep the gallbladder healthy, helping rid sludge from the gallbladder and even reduce gallstone size.
Garlic: Deserves to be heralded as medicine for our world today. Used to enhance vitality since ancient times, garlic is more important for our well-being now than ever before. To give garlic its proper due would take a book on its own. Suffice it to say that garlic is multifaceted, playing many different roles in protecting a person’s health, and has substantial reach in what it can do for someone. Garlic is antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal (including anti-mold), anti-parasitic, and rich in the phytochemical allicin, a sulfur compound that prevents disease.
1/3 cup mashed avocado
1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, more if needed
1/2 to 1 tsp chipotle seasoning, to taste
1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp tomato paste
1/3 cup crushed tomatoes
2 tbsp lemon juice
Sea salt, to taste (optional)
3 zucchinis or 1/2 lb. brown rice, sweet potato, chickpea or lentil noodles
2 tbsp roughly chopped fresh cilantro, to serve
Spiralize the zucchini. If using brown rice, sweet potato, or bean noodles, cook them in salted boiling water until tender. Drain and set aside.
Make the sauce by combining the avocado, almond milk, chipotle seasoning, garlic, onion powder, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, lemon juice and sea salt in a blender and blending until smooth. The sauce should be thick but pourable - add a bit more almond milk if necessary.
Place the sauce in a large saucepan and heat until just warm. Don’t heat it too much or the sauce may become gluggy. Add the spiralized zucchini or noodles and toss to coat.
Divide the pasta between serving bowls and top with chopped cilantro. Serve immediately.
For more on the healing properties of dozens of different foods, check out my #1 NY Times best-selling book, Medical Medium Liver Rescue: Answers to Eczema, Psoriasis, Diabetes, Strep, Acne, Gout, Bloating, Gallstones, Adrenal Stress, Fatigue, Fatty Liver, Weight Issues, SIBO & Autoimmune Disease.
This item posted: 11-Feb-2020 - Disclaimer
Dig into all the flavors of tacos in this vibrant, fragrant and delicious salad! This Taco Salad is the perfect choice if you like your salads to be hearty and satisfying. Make it for yourself and enjoy the leftovers the next day or serve it up to the whole family for lunch or dinner.
Romaine is a fantastic leafy green that is high in omega-3, calcium, iron and vitamin C. It's high silicon content helps to repair and renew joints, bones, arteries, and connective tissues. Romaine lettuce has antispasmodic properties that aid the cardiovascular system and the digestive tract. It also contains sedative compounds that relax the nerves and calm the body.
Avocado is easily digested and contains over 25 essential nutrients including iron, magnesium, and essential fatty acids that help the body to function optimally. Avocados increase the body’s ability to assimilate nutrients, so they are a wonderful addition to green leafy salads to ensure proper absorption of all the vitamins and minerals.
3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 avocado, diced
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
1 cup diced red peppers
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
1 tsp olive oil (optional)
1 cup cooked black beans (drain and rinse if from a can)
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 cup Fresh Tomato Salsa (recipe on the blog)
Juice from 1/2 lime
Sea salt (optional)
1 corn-free and gluten-free tortilla, cut into 2 inch strips* (see tortilla suggestions below)
To make the tortilla chips, preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Arrange the tortilla strips on the baking sheet and brush very lightly with oil (if using). Place in the oven and bake for 2-4 minutes, until golden and crisp. Remove and set aside.
Place the black beans in a medium-sized bowl and add the ground cumin, chili powder, garlic powder and sea salt (if using). Mix well and set aside.
Add the chopped romaine, avocado, red onion, red cabbage, red peppers, cilantro, beans and salsa to a bowl. Add the lime juice and season with sea salt (if using). Mix well before serving.
Serves 2 to 4
* You can choose to use a store bought corn-free and gluten-free tortilla such as Almond Flour Siete Tortillas or Sweet Potato Potapas Tortillas. Or for tortillas with the cleanest ingredients you can make your own from the Sweet Potato Tortillas or Potato Tortillas recipe on the Medical Medium blog
This item posted: 07-Feb-2020 - Disclaimer
A favorite tasty treat for a snack or dessert. This Strawberry Banana bread is quick to whisk together, and then you can pop it in the oven and enjoy the inviting aromas that fill up your home while you wait for it to cook. This recipe is gluten, dairy and egg free, and also low in fat.
Bananas: The fructose in banana is liver’s favorite source of food. It provides quick fuel to the liver and wakes up sleepy cells, increasing their ingenuity and work output. Soothes the linings of the intestinal tract and also soothes the nerves attached to the intestinal tract. Bananas are a powerful antiviral food and contrary to popular belief, they are also one of the most antibacterial, anti-yeast, antifungal foods. A great food to combine with other nutrient-rich foods or to take with supplements, because they improve the liver’s ability to absorb nutrients.
Strawberry Banana Bread
3 ripe bananas (yields about 1 1/2 cups mashed)
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 1/2 cups gluten-free oat flour
1/2 tsp sea salt (optional)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup roughly chopped strawberries
2 whole strawberries, thinly sliced, for topping
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper.
Place the bananas in a bowl and mash with a fork or potato masher. Add the maple syrup, coconut sugar, vanilla extract and almond milk. Mix well.
In another bowl, combine the oat flour, sea salt, baking powder and baking soda. Whisk until lump free. Add the wet ingredients and fold gently until you get a uniform batter.
Add the chopped strawberries and stir very gently, just enough to incorporate them.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan and bake in the oven for 45-55 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool completely before slicing.
For more on the healing properties of dozens of different foods, check out my #1 NY Times best-selling book, Liver Rescue.
This item posted: 06-Feb-2020 - Disclaimer
For anyone who loves spicy foods, this raw "sriracha" recipe is going to turn things up in the kitchen. It's loaded with spicy flavor and is incredibly delicious. It can be used on top of pasta, noodles, added to sandwiches or wraps, or used as a dip or marinade! This recipe is super clean, fat-free and a total taste sensation.
Bell peppers are the base of this recipe and contain an impressive amount of vitamin C with up to as much as six times as oranges. They are also packed with vitamin A and beta carotene which can help boost the immune system, improve vision, and help protect the eyes against cataracts. They are also an excellent source of potassium, fiber, thiamine, beta carotene, folate, zeaxanthin, and lycopene and have been shown to help prevent blood clot formation and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Sun-dried tomatoes, which gives this recipe its rich, savory flavor are are packed with vitamins C, K, A, and B-complex, as well as potassium, chromium, biotin, and beta carotene. This amazing array of nutrition makes sun-dried tomatoes excellent for helping to nourish the adrenal glands, reduce stress damage, build the immune system, protect against skin damage, and improve cardiovascular health. Sun-dried tomatoes are also an excellent source of lycopene, a super-antioxidant, which is known to help prevent breast, pancreatic, intestinal, bladder, cervical, colorectal, lung, skin, endometrial, and prostate cancers.
If you like spicy foods, you will love this recipe as it will have you coming back for more with every bite.
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until well combined. If using sun-dried tomatoes that are very dry, soak for 30 minutes prior in cool water. Adjust red pepper to reflect desired heat. Enjoy!
Notes: Stores well in the fridge for approximately 5 days
This item posted: 14-Jan-2020 - Disclaimer
Healing doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a sweet treat when you need one! The Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies I am sharing with you today are delicious and have none of the harmful ingredients often found in some store-bought kinds. The bright pop of raspberry jam nestled in a rich, nutty dough makes these gorgeous cookies a wonderful treat for yourself, to share with friends or family, or pack into your children's school lunchboxes.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Whisk together the almond flour, baking soda, and sea salt in a mixing bowl and set aside.
Process together the tahini, coconut sugar, and vanilla extract in a food processor until smoothly combined. Add the almond flour mixture to the food processor and pulse until well combined. If mixture is still crumbly, add water by the tablespoon as needed until smooth dough forms.
Form the dough into 1-inch balls and roll them in the sesame seeds before placing them onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Leave at least 2 inches between the cookies. Press a thumbprint into the center of each cookie and place the cookies into the oven. Bake the cookies for 8 to 10 minutes.
Remove the cookies from the oven and fill each one with 1 teaspoon of raspberry jam. Place the cookies on a wire rack to cool.
This item posted: 14-Jan-2020 - Disclaimer
These delicious black bean burgers offer a perfect, healthy alternative to other burger recipes without sacrificing the taste. The rich flavor of the patties combined with a variety of fresh, juicy and creamy toppings makes a wonderful meal to enjoy with family or friends. Serve in a gluten free bun to keep the meal entirely gluten free.
1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2) In a sauté pan, heat 1/4 cup of water. Add onions and garlic over high heat, stirring until cooked through, about 5 minutes. Add more water if needed to keep from sticking.
3) In a food processor, pulse walnuts, ground chia seeds, parsley, thyme, sage, poultry seasoning, paprika and sea salt until coarse crumbles are formed. Set aside in a medium mixing bowl.
4) Place black beans, garlic and onions in the food processor and pulse five times until roughly combined. Add shredded zucchini and pulse three more times. Add to the contents of the mixing bowl.
5) Mix all ingredients together until well combined.
6) Form into small patties about 3 inches across and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
7) Bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
8) Serve in gluten free buns with the toppings of your choice.
This item posted: 14-Jan-2020 - Disclaimer
“If you have a shaky history with sodium and the word makes you nervous, let me assure you that the sodium in celery juice is beneficial. Even if you’re on a low-sodium diet, you can still have celery juice. It’s not like eating a food that’s had table salt—or even healthier salts like Himalayan rock salt or Celtic sea salt—thrown on it. While your body does not see regular salt added to food as a friend, it accepts the sodium from celery juice as one of its own.
Celery juice is on your side. It actually removes crystallized toxic salts that have been in your organs for years. Now, if you get a blood test when you’re on celery juice, it could show elevated sodium. What the test is really detecting are these old, toxic salts that celery juice is rounding up and sending out of your body. Plus, chances are you haven’t given up table salt, so the blood analysis is picking up on that salt in your system as well. Blood testing isn’t nuanced enough to pick up on the difference.
A blood test could detect some sodium from celery juice, too, although it’s going to be what I call macro sodium, a common form of plant sodium that’s entirely healthy and needed. It’s so beneficial and balancing that it doesn’t spike the blood—meaning that if a blood test is displaying elevated sodium, celery juice’s sodium isn’t causing it. Elevated sodium levels are also not caused by celery juice’s sodium cluster salts. A blood test isn’t sensitive enough to pick up on celery juice’s sodium cluster salts; testing isn’t geared to find them, because they’re a subgroup of sodium that hasn’t been discovered yet by research and science.
So celery juice’s beneficial macro sodium only stabilizes the blood; it won’t lead to high sodium readings. Again, though, it could take a little time to get to those stabilized readings, or they could come and go, because (1) it’s really easy to overindulge in table salt, since it’s practically everywhere, and that’s going to show up on a blood test, and (2) periodically, celery juice is going to be clearing out pockets of old, toxic salt as it reaches them deep in the organs, and that’s going to throw off blood test interpretations.
Celery juice’s complicated structures of beneficial sodium are elevated above other types, with different jobs and responsibilities. This is an entirely different make and model of sodium. It serves as a critical component of neurotransmitters—better said, it’s the ultimate neurotransmitter chemical. It’s what makes celery juice the most powerful electrolyte beverage on the planet. Nothing can surpass or even equal it.
Let’s talk more about the undiscovered subgroup of celery juice’s sodium that I call sodium cluster salts. “Sodium” and “salt” may sound a bit redundant, and yet it communicates that they are mineral salts that cluster around the macro sodium in celery juice. That is, sodium cluster salts are a separate acting group of compounds that surround the element we know as sodium in celery, all of it arranged in a structured form, almost like our solar system. Trace minerals also reside in these living, moving clusters. Some trace minerals are bonded to the sodium cluster salts themselves, and some simply float inside the clusters.
There is information for us within these clusters. That’s rare. For the most part, plants are all about themselves. (Sound a bit like humans sometimes?) The information they contain is largely geared to sustaining themselves in their habitat, to accessing nourishment, to survival. Celery is different. Some of its information is for us, or for other animals consuming it. Sodium cluster salts aren’t there as a defense mechanism or to keep the celery healthy as it’s growing; they aren’t there to keep the plant alive. They’re for us. Sodium cluster salts contain information for our own well-being that’s activated when it enters our bodies. Information from the plant—the herb—itself and information from the sun as the plant was growing. Information about its purpose and how it can help the creature consuming it. Information about the complex job of extending our lives. Even if celery is grown in poor soil, it will still possess its cluster salts.
All salt is not the same. Although it can be easy to believe that sodium is sodium whether it’s in the ocean, a vegetable, soil, rock, or a salt lake, it’s not. If viewing it properly in a chemist’s lab, a technician would discover the various salts contained within the sodium in celery juice. That technician would find that the salts cluster around each other, acting as one—as the sodium in no other herb, vegetable, or mineral does. Not even the salt in the ocean behaves in the particular way that this humble herb’s does.
The sodium cluster salts in celery juice are able to neutralize toxins as they’re floating through the bloodstream and organs. That means that when the cluster salts touch them, they disarm the troublemakers, making them more friendly and acceptable to the body and less toxic, so that they don’t do harm to our human cells and organ tissue.
Toxic heavy metals are a particular type of toxin that celery juice’s sodium cluster salts take on. Heavy metals have a destructive, active charge to them that causes the metals to be damaging to liver cells, brain cells, and other cells throughout the body. Cluster salts defuse the charge, rendering them inactive and less aggressive, specifically disarming toxic heavy metals such as copper, mercury, and aluminum.
Sodium cluster salts also fight off unwanted bacteria and viruses. (You’ll read so much more about this ability throughout the next chapter.) Tricky bugs such as strep can’t become resistant or immune to them, the way they can to pharmaceutical antibiotics, so the cluster salts keep on working as you drink celery juice over time. Celery juice’s mineral salts are able to kill off bacterial, fungal, and viral overgrowth as they travel through the small intestine and colon, and even once they’re absorbed into the bloodstream and pulled up into the liver through the hepatic portal vein. They’re an incredible antiseptic in this way, enhancing your entire body’s immune system.
These mineral salts are also able to support the liver in producing bile. That’s partly because the cluster salts enter the bile to make it stronger and partly because the celery juice rejuvenates the liver overall, allowing it to function properly and produce bile more efficiently. This is one aspect of what makes celery juice extraordinary for the liver.
To recap: The sodium in celery juice is suspended in living water within the celery. Inside that living water are sodium cluster salts, tightly connected to it. So the cluster salts surround and suspend sodium, and they’re also varieties of sodium themselves. The different forms of sodium become one and they’re also separate. That’s how celery juice is structured. Medical research and science haven’t identified this yet because they haven’t tried to look beyond “celery has salt.” It’s not nearly that simple. If they analyze it superficially, it’s going to look like salt. If they analyzed it further, they would be able to separate out and identify the different varieties of sodium within celery juice. And then they would be closer to identifying all that these sodium cluster salts do for our health.
Rather than having to wait decades for these medical answers, you already hold them in your hands. You’ll find out so much about the surprising and potent benefits of sodium cluster salts throughout this book, particularly in the next chapter, “Relief from Your Symptoms and Conditions.”
- Excerpt from Medical Medium Celery Juice: The Most Powerful Medicine of Our Time Healing Millions Worldwide. Find out about the many ways celery juice helps you and answers to frequently asked questions in this New York Times best-selling book.
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IN THIS VIDEO: Kimberly went from living a life full of running, cycling, hiking and yoga to waking up one morning with neurological symptoms. Despite seeing the best doctors, both conventional and alternative, being diagnosed with Lyme disease and Hashimoto’s, and on numerous medications, she was getting worse and worse. She had neurological fatigue, tingles, numbness, ocular migraines, tremors, and more. Watch her share how she was able to heal when she finally found the work of Anthony William, Medical Medium. Thank you so much, Kimberly, for sharing your story and inspiring and helpign so many!
To understand the undiscovered truth about Lyme disease, read this excerpt from Medical Medium Celery Juice: The Most Powerful Medicine of Our Time Healing Millions Worldwide: “You may be interested to know that Lyme disease is a chronic viral infection. While you might have been diagnosed with a bacterial infection, the symptoms of Lyme are viral. Even if bacteria such as Borrelia are present, they’re not causing what makes Lyme patients suffer. The symptoms of Lyme are neurological, and bacteria don’t create neurological symptoms because they don’t produce neurotoxins. Only viruses feeding on toxic heavy metals such as mercury, aluminum, and copper—as well as gluten, eggs, dairy, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides that are inside our livers and other parts of our bodies—create the neurotoxins that cause Lyme disease.”
For more on the true causes of Lyme disease, Hashimoto’s, neurological fatigue, migraines, tingles and numbness, and hundreds of other symptoms and conditions, plus how you can heal them, check out Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal at http://amzn.to/1VsZ4Qr and Medical Medium Thyroid Healing: The Truth behind Hashimoto's, Graves', Insomnia, Hypothyroidism, Thyroid Nodules & Epstein-Barr at http://amzn.to/2mfPiJ0
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The best juicer for juicing celery is a cold press masticating juicer. Masticating juicers more gently and slowly extract the juice from celery and don’t generate as much heat during the juicing process. This helps to preserve as much of the nutrients in your celery as possible and minimize oxidation.
My favorite masticating juicer for celery juice is the MM900HDS Omega Low Speed Masticating Celery Juicer–it’s so good we have licensed our name for use on this model. This juicer was specially designed to extract as much juice as possible from celery specifically–more than any other juicer model. This means you will use less celery to get your sixteen ounces or more of celery juice than you would if you used another juicer model. The result is that you spend less money on celery.
Masticating juicers such as this one also juice celery with very little heat being generated. When a juicer generates too much heat in the juicing process it oxidizes the celery and diminishes its nutrient value more quickly. The MM900HDS Omega Low Speed Masticating Celery Juicer produces high-quality, cold-pressed juice. It uses a low speed of 80 RPMs, which results in minimal heat buildup and oxidation and more nutrient-rich juice.
This juicer is a dual stage juicer, which means the juice is first extracted by crushing the fruit or vegetable. Then, before the pulp is ejected, the pulp is squeezed during the second pressed stage. This results in a higher yield of juice and a very dry pulp. The MM900HDS Omega Low Speed Masticating Celery Juicer has an adjustable celery end cap attachment for maximum celery juice output and extraction and also includes a standard adjustable end cap for juicing other produce. There are 3 adjustable pressure settings on each.
Another benefit of the MM900HDS Omega Low Speed Masticating Celery Juicer is that it’s quiet. This makes it the perfect juicer for making celery juice first thing in the morning–because celery juice is best consumed in the morning on an empty stomach–without waking up anyone else in your home.
Centrifugal juicers will still juice celery, but they just won’t extract as much juice or preserve as many nutrients. Celery juice made in a centrifugal juicer and consumed right away is still healing. However, if you are able to use the MM900HDS Omega Low Speed Masticating Celery Juicer, the juice produced will be higher quality, richer in nutrients, you’ll get more juice from less celery.
As mentioned, the MM900HDS Omega Low Speed Masticating Celery Juicer was built to maximize juice extraction from celery, however it also juices fruits, vegetables, leafy greens and wheatgrass so you can use it for any juice you desire. You can find out more about the MM900HDS Omega Low Speed Masticating Celery Juicer on Omega’s website.
This item posted: 12-Jan-2020 - Disclaimer
Leafy greens get a little bit of attention in health circles, but for most people, they are not ever given a thought. If anything, the focus is on vegetables and rarely leafy greens. Whichever diet you subscribe to—vegan, paleo, vegetarian, keto or just a standard American diet—if you’re not getting enough leafy greens, the future of your health is in jeopardy. That might seem like a strong statement, but it’s the truth. If you’re not consuming enough raw leafy greens regularly, you will eventually experience some health challenges. Raw leafy greens, such as lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, mâche, watercress, collard greens, purslane and kale, are that critical for our wellbeing.
Source of Elevated Biotics & Enemy To Bad Bacteria
Still undiscovered by research and science, elevated biotics are a type of microorganism found on raw leafy greens that I brought to light in Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal. These microorganisms are responsible for producing the ultimate methylated form of B12 that absorbs into the channels of your body and finds its way back to your liver when called for. As I share in Medical Medium Liver Rescue: Answers to Eczema, Psoriasis, Diabetes, Strep, Acne, Gout, Bloating, Gallstones, Adrenal Stress, Fatigue, Fatty Liver, Weight Issues, SIBO & Autoimmune Disease, “this B12 is the liver’s number-one most important mortar to hold together all the bricks that build the castle of your health. When there’s enough of it, the liver stores ample amounts to send into the bloodstream as an assistant to almost every vitamin, mineral, and other nutrient that it releases to aid your body in any way. It’s the B12 that makes everything go right”. To understand where to find these elevated biotics and exactly how they work in the body to perform critical functions, you can read Life-Changing Foods and Liver Rescue. These elevated biotics on unwashed (or very lightly washed), organic, raw leafy greens also help to repopulate your intestinal tract with good bacteria.
Additionally, raw leafy greens sweep the walls of the intestines, gently massaging your duodenum, small intestine, and colon, clearing away bad bacteria and rancid fats and proteins that have gone undigested for years. This build up is part of the reason someone can experience bloating or gastritis—and simply taking a probiotic isn’t going to fix it. Probiotics don’t kill bad bacteria. They don’t kill streptococcus or E.coli. A high quality probiotic definitely has a place in health, but they don’t do even a fraction of the healing work that elevated biotics do. The trace minerals found in leafy greens are prebiotics that feed good bacteria and kill off bad bacteria.
If your stomach feels uncomfortable when you eat raw leafy greens, it means you have colonies of bad bacteria that have been building up in your gut, elevating levels of inflammation, and over sensitizing the nerves of your intestinal lining. This translates to intestinal discomfort whenever you eat anything that’s not soft, smooth and fiberless, like a piece of white bread, an egg or plain chicken. These foods sit in the stomach and become gooey, making you feel you’re digesting them well, when, in truth, you’re actually not digesting them well because these particular foods don’t digest well in general. They are sticky foods and hang around in the intestines.
Due to this sensitivity, when you eat something that isn’t totally soft and smooth and contains fiber, such as lettuce or kale, and you experience some discomfort or symptoms, the leafy green appears to be the problem food. But in reality it’s just because you have sensitive nerves that you feel these foods moving through your intestines. Raw leafy greens and other healing foods are actually helping to clean away the build-up of bad bacteria and rancid fats and proteins that are causing you to be sensitive in the first place. Eating foods like grass fed butter, eggs, and cheese, while soft and smooth feeling, only propagate the bad bacteria causing these issues. You can understand more of the reasons why these foods are best avoided if you have any chronic symptom or illness in Liver Rescue.
Another element is that when you’re stressed, your adrenals purge and flood your body with adrenaline. That adrenaline gets into the intestinal tract and destroys good bacteria and microorganisms in the gut, creating a playground for bad bacteria.
Mineral Salts, Electrolytes, and Vitamins
Leafy greens hold precious and vital mineral salts that are critical for our health. As I share in Life-Changing Foods, “for our bodies to function optimally, we need to have enough mineral salts in our diets. Leafy greens such as spinach provide bioavailable forms of potassium, sodium, and chloride that mean everything when it comes to keeping our systems strong so we can fight off the Unforgiving Four (see Life-Changing Foods to learn about these four factors that cause illness and symptoms today) and other invaders. Leafy greens are also rich in trace mineral salts that contain particularly bioavailable forms of the minerals that the body craves (and that science has not yet discovered).
Mineral salts allow information to travel throughout the body so it can keep itself in balance no matter what’s occurring. They are instrumental in the electricity created by the heart and brain that governs all the other organs in the body. Mineral salts keep the heart pumping and create the neurotransmitters needed to take information from point A to point B in the brain—that is, from neuron to neuron. Mineral salts keep the kidneys and adrenals functioning and create hydrochloric acid in the gut so that your body can break down and assimilate what you eat.
Mineral salts are also temperature-regulating for the entire body; they stop us from overheating and prevent us from getting cold. Without mineral salts, we would be constantly susceptible to dehydration, severe edema, and unproductive diuretic conditions. They are that integral to keeping you alive and well so that you’re in the best place to deal with whatever comes your way.
The sodium cluster salts in celery juice, which are a subgroup of sodium, are a special and powerful example of how healing mineral salts are. Sixteen ounces of celery juice on an empty stomach in the morning specifically targets bad bacteria, destroying it so the dead bad bacteria can then become a food source for good bacteria to feed off of. While celery is an herb, it warrants mentioning here because it is such a powerful healing food. To ensure you receive its benefits, you have to know how to drink it in the right way, which is what I describe in Medical Medium Celery Juice: The Most Powerful Medicine of Our Time Healing Millions Worldwide. Raw leafy greens contain their own types of mineral salts and different leafy greens can contain different minerals. For example, spinach contains trace bioavailable iodine, chromium, sulfur, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese, all critical for neuron support. Even if you drink celery juice, you still need your leafy greens.
Leafy greens are critical forms of electrolytes. Vitamin A, B, folic acid, healing alkaloids, disease fighting compounds, and micronutrients for restoring the endocrine system can all be found in leafy greens. These powerful foods provide a unique group of nutrients that feed all organ systems. Without leafy greens, the rest of your diet just won’t be enough to keep you healthy, especially considering the types of viruses and bacteria we face today, which cause symptoms such as headaches, tingles and numbness, body aches and pains, fatigue, brain fog, and many more.
If you worry about getting enough protein, fret no more. Leafy greens have the most bioavailable and assimilable proteins you can find, readily available for your body to take up. Leafy greens help reverse all protein-related diseases, such as gout, kidney disease, kidney stones, gallstones, gallbladder disease, osteopenia, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Protein not breaking down can contribute to these diseases and cause deterioration of the body.
Juicing Leafy Greens
One fantastic way to get the benefits of leafy greens is to juice them. Try juicing some celery and/or cucumber with leafy greens like spinach, kale or romaine, and some apple, lemon and ginger if you like. If you’re wondering why you should juice your greens when your ancestors were simply picking them from the garden and eating them, the answer is simple—we are living in a different world now. The toxins, pollutants, viruses and bacteria that we are up against now are so much worse than they’ve ever been. Bad bacteria are building up in our digestive tracts by the millions. Streptococcus, E.coli, C. diff, staph, and even bad fungus; they sit inside our intestinal tracts, thriving and taking up space, making it harder to absorb the nutrients we need. We also have sluggish and stagnant livers that are overburdened by toxins and pathogens, which means they aren’t functioning optimally. Plus we are loaded with toxic heavy metals and viruses.
Juicing increases the potency and the quantity of the critical nutrients we receive from raw leafy greens and helps to replenish deficiencies. It also takes out some of the work for your digestive system. Freshly made juice with raw leafy greens is essentially pre-digested, making it a liquid infusion for your cells that’s easily absorbed.
If you’re afraid of raw vegetables and salads because you find them irritating to the gut, that probably means you have a hypersensitive intestinal tract. Juicing is a wonderful remedy for anyone with digestive sensitivities. Plus you can also get larger quantities of raw leafy greens into your diet with a juice than if you ate them whole or even blended them (blending is another healing way to include raw leafy greens, such as in the Medical Medium Spinach Soup).
None of this means you shouldn’t eat your greens, but juicing can be a vital key to recovering your health and healing deficiencies.
Cooking and Leafy Greens
Oftentimes people like to cook leafy greens, such as collard greens, spinach, bok choy, swiss chard, and kale. While these greens are incredibly healing in their raw form, it’s best to avoid cooking them. When leafy greens are steamed, sauteed, fried, roasted or cooked in any other way, it alters the naturally occurring oxalic acid (which is not at all harmful when leafy greens are raw) and makes it into a form that becomes less usable by the body. This is one reason leafy greens are best consumed raw.
Raw Leafy Greens
Butter lettuce, arugula, mache, watercress, swiss chard, red and green leaf lettuce, romaine, spinach and kale are all alkalizing greens that make great salads. They can also be added into smoothies. Most people will find spinach is a mild addition to smoothies, sauces, dressings and raw soups.
Most people have never eaten enough raw leafy greens, so they’re already deficient in the mineral salts and nutrients these special foods can provide. Now that you know how important leafy greens are, you can start including plenty of them every day. At a minimum, every adult should consume at least two and a half cups of chopped raw leafy greens per day. For someone with a chronic illness or symptom, much more per day would be helpful to bring back their health, along with the other healing information I share in the Medical Medium book series. A pound a day of leafy greens could be very helpful for someone in this situation. If you can’t manage it every day, take baby steps. Can you have a big green salad or my spinach soup twice a week? Can you add 2 cups of spinach into your favorite fruit smoothie? Can you have a green juice a few times per week? Start there and take it one day at a time.
It’s also important to include certain green powder supplements for their specific healing properties and concentration of nutrients, including spirulina and barley grass juice powder. These two green powders are very special and when both are taken daily, they act as a multi-vitamin and multi-mineral that is helpful for healing and as one powerful step to assist in the prevention of future deficiencies and symptoms. My Heavy Metal Detox Smoothie is an ideal way to get these powders into your diet daily and also includes the herb cilantro and the sea leaf vegetable dulse. While these foods aren’t leafy greens, they are also vitally important.
To understand more about how leafy greens can help you, I recommend reading Life-Changing Foods. Leafy greens help with depression, infertility, anxiety, adrenal fatigue, insomnia, skin disorders, hormone imbalances, heart palpitations, brain fog, dizziness—the list goes on. Leafy greens also help rebuild your body’s hydrochloric acid, strengthen digestion, limit pancreatic issues, and help prevent diabetes in the future. If your current diet regimen or health professional isn’t telling you to eat leafy greens, that diet is falling short. It’s important to become your own health expert and empower yourself with the information you need to heal and take care of your health in the future. Leafy greens is one great way to do that.
This item posted: 07-Jan-2020 - Disclaimer
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