What Are The Benefits of Ginger Oil?

Ginger has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties, which make a potent home remedy.  You can use it for pain relief or motion sickness also.

Benefits of Ginger Oil

Ginger oil has many benefits associated with anti-inflammatory, digestive, antiseptic and stimulating properties.

  •  Pain-Ginger and ginger oil can help reduce day-to-day progression muscle pain, and may reduce exercise-induced muscle soreness.
  • Nausea, especially morning sickness-Ginger oil helps promote proper digestion, and can be a great remedy for spasm, dyspepsia, indigestion, and flatulence.  It can also increase your appetite, which is good for people who are trying to gain weight.
  • Food poisoning-Ginger oil’s antiseptic and carminative properties can help treat food poisoning, as well as intestinal infections and bacterial dysentery(chronic indigestion).
  • Respiratory issues-Ginger oil can help relieve and treat coughs, flu, asthma, breathlessness, and bronchitis.  Fresh ginger can actually remove mucus from the throat and lungs,  and is commonly added to tea for its soothing effects.
  • Heart ailments-Using ginger oil regularly can reduce your risk of blood clots and arteriosclerosis, as well as help decrease bad cholesterol levels in your blood.
  • Chronic disease-Research in the journal of Nutrition suggests that a daily intake of 2 to 4 grams of ginger may help prevent chronic diseases.

What Is Ginger Oil?

Ginger oil comes from ginger root  (Zingiber officinale), a pungent, gnarled ground rhizome.  It is a member of the Zingiberaceae plant family.  It is a perennial herb  that grows three to four foot high with narrow spear-shaped leaves, white or yellow flowers and small tuberous rhizomes with a thick or thin brown skin.

Ginger Root
Ginger Root

Ginger has been valued for thousands of years for its medicinal and culinary properties, especially in ancient Chinese, Indian and Greek cultures.

Uses of Ginger Oil

When used topically, ginger oil can help relieve aches and pain as well as promote blood circulation.

Aromatherapists also use ginger for it’s soothing and warming properties to help alleviate digestive problems.

  • Apply two to three drops in a diffuser, or on a cotton ball and inhale.  This will help  revitalize your body, mind and soul.
  • Mix tow to three drops in an ounce of carrier oil, and use as a massage oil.  This helps relieve backache, arthritis, muscle pain and stimulate our circulatory system.
  • Inhale by diffuser or vaporizer to relieve sinusitis, sore throat, and runny nose.  It can also work as a decongestant.

How to Make Ginger Oil

You can make you own ginger oil diffusion at home.

Ingredients:

Fresh ginger, 1 1/2 cups olive oil, Oven-safe bowl, cheese grater.

Procedure:

Rinse a cup of fresh ginger, including the skin, and let dry for a few hours.  Pour the olive oil in an oven-safe bowl.  Chop the ginger and the shred with cheese grater.  Add to the olive oil and mix well.  Put the mixture in the oven on low heat (150 degrees) for at least 2 hours.  Pour the mixture through unbleached cheese cloth and filter the ginger bits out.  Transfer the ginger oil into clean bottles and store in a cool dry place.  The infusion will last up to six months.

Ginger is one of the very few “superfoods” that is actually worthy of the term.

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars For Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

 

Who Needs Superfoods?

“Superfoods” Are For Everyone!

“Let food be they medicine and medicine be thy food.” Hippocrates

Even People who are healthy can make a few tweaks and impact their life.  Imagine a superfood-not a drug-powerful enough to help you lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, and put you in a better mood?  Also, did I mention no side effects?

You don’t need specific foods for specific ailments.  Incorporating a variety of superfoods will help you maintain your weight, fight disease, live a better quality of life for a longer period of time.

Superfood Blueberries
Superfood Blueberries

20 TOP SUPERFOODS THAT OFFER SUPER HEALTH PROTECTION

  1. Avocado-In addition to excellent fat, they enhance your body’s absorption of nutrients and inhibit inflammatory conditions.  They are high in potassium.
  2. Beans-Loaded with nutrition and taste beans provide B vitamins, Calcium potassium, folate, fiber and protein.
  3. Blueberries-Berries are loaded with vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.  Their antioxidant power helps free radicals in check and fight inflammation.
  4. Broccoli-A cruciferous veggie that may reduce risk for diseases such as arthritis, cancer and heart disease.
  5. Coconut Oil-Provides a mix of medium-chain fats, including C6, C8, C10 and C12 fats.  It is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral.
  6. Dark Chocolate-70-85% dark chocolate is loaded with fiber, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese.  It also has potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.  Consumed in moderation it a great superfood AND it tastes good.
  7. Fermented Cabbage-Fermenting adds beneficial microbes and help balance intestinal flora and boost your immunity.
  8. Garlic-Contains the compound allicin which has potent medicinal properties, it is highly nutritious and has very few calories.
  9. Kale-High nutritional density of all green leafy vegetables, with essential and non-essential amino acids.  Vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin C. Lutein and zezxanthin for eyesight.
  10. Kiwi-More vitamin C than oranges, loads of fiber to promote cardiovascular and blood sugar support.  Reduces cancer risk, provides bone and connective tissue support and lung health.
  11. Oats-Oats provide fiber, good carbohydrate that helps to stabilize blood sugar, removes bad cholesterol, protects against heart disease and boosts the immune system.
  12. Onions-Another anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer food. They have compounds that protect against cardiovascular disease and neurological dysfunction or decline.  They also help prevent obesity and diabetes by inhibiting enzymes in digestive tract.
  13. Oranges-Reduced risk of cancer, lung an respiratory health.  Oranges are high in vitamin C and antioxidants, provide an immunity boost, fiber, potassium and anti- inflammatory benefits.
  14. Pumpkin-It is a very low calorie vegetable.  It is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
  15. Wild Caught Salmon-Clean fish like salmon, sardines or anchovies once or twice a week may increase your life span by reducing risk of cardiovascular disease.
  16. Spinach-Rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants, Vitamin K1(good for veins and arteries), magnesium and folate (good for short term memory)
  17. Sprouts-Concentrated nutrients, essential fatty acids and enzymes.  They also protect against chemical carcinogens.
  18. Tea (green)– A powerful anti-oxidant.  Also helps lower cholesterol and inhibit cancer cell growth.
  19. Yogurt-Organic grass fed milk yogurt provide beneficial bacteria along with protein, calcium, B vitamins and cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid (CLA)
  20. Walnuts-One quarter cup of walnuts proved 100 percent of the daily recommended value of plant-based omega-3 fats, manganese, molybdenum and biotin.

Eating a healthy, nutrient-dense diet is a potent preventive strategy and eating more organic foods and healthy fats in your diet are key considerations. 

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

Why Is Bone Broth So Beneficial?

Benefits of Bone Broth

My grandmother would think it was unthinkable to waste any part of an animal carcass.  Most cooks mastered the art of simmering cartilage, bones, hooves and skin to produce a hearty broth.  Over time, broth has become a dietary staple for the health conscious and those struggling with digestive and autoimmune diseases.

Bone Broth Preparation
Bone Broth

What Is Bone Broth, Bone Broth and Stock?

Broth is made with meat and bones.  It is typically simmered for a short period of time 45minutes to 2 hours.  It is light in flavor, thin in texture and rich in protein.

Bone Broth is made with bones, typically cooked first and meat removed from the bones except for a small amount.  Bone broth is typically simmered for a very long period of time (often in excess of 24hours).  By adding acid such as vinegar the minerals and nutrients are leached from the bones into the broth.  The bones will crumble when pressed lightly.

Stock is made with bones and a small amount of meat.  Most often cooked previously. Stock is simmered for a moderate amount of time (3 to 4 hours).  To ensure your are getting the best quality both use organically raised, pastured or grass-fed animals.

Nutrients and Amino Acids

If you eat a diet of sugary carbohydrates and processed foods, you increase inflammation in your body.  Amino acids such as glycine, proline and arginine are found in bone broth and all have anti-inflamatory benefits.  Bone broth reduces joint pain and inflammation through minerals that your body can absorb such as chondroitin sulfates, glucosamine and other nutrients that are in the boiled down cartilage.

Consuming bone broth regularly can help support your joints.  It also helps with weight loss through the gelatin that makes you feel full.  In addition the glycine in bone broth has a calming effect, which may help you sleep better.

Here are six major benefits of bone broth.

  1.  Protects Joints
  2. Good for the Gut
  3. Maintains Healthy Skin
  4. Supports Immune System Function
  5. Boosts Detoxification
  6. Aids Metabolism

Bone Broth Nutrition

Bone broth could be called “natures multivitamin.”  It is packed with over 19 easy-to-absorb, essential and non-essential amino acids (the building blocks of proteins).  It is collagen/gelatin, which help form connective tissue.  It provides  nutrients that support digestive functions, immunity and brain health.

Did you get that?  Bone broth benefits literally every part of your body, from your gut to your brain, from your muscles to your ligaments.

It is relatively low in calories yet very high in minerals and other chemical compounds that many people are lacking.  Is their any doubt that bone broth makes a great everyday addition to your diet?

Here is another incredible benefit from the collagen found in bone broth:  It can make your skin look amazing!  Donna Gates, author of “Body Ecology,”  says bone broth benefits your skin because it makes it supple and can decrease cellulite!  She says cellulite come from a lack of connective tissue.  Gates explains that consuming collagen-rich bone broth can reduce cellulite and tighten your skin, making you look younger-adding it to the long list of bone broth benefits.

I recommend consuming eight ounces one to two times daily as a soup, a plain beverage or doing a bone broth fast to get all these wonderful bone broth benefits.

I am Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

 

 

What Is Green Tea’s Health Benefit?

Health Benefits of Green Tea

What is Green Tea’s biggest benefit?  It’s about the catechin content, Says Beth Reardon, RD, a Boston nutritionist.  Catechins are antioxidants that fight and may even prevent cell damage.  Green tea is not processed much before it’s poured in your cup, so it’s rich in catechins.

Studies on Green Tea’s Remarkable Benefits

There are many studies that show positive effects of green tea consumption on improved brain function, as well as cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and cancer, particularly prostate cancer are disease that researchers have noted might be suppressed or killed by green tea’s active ingredients.  Studies show a lower risk of atherosclerosis, stomach cancer, bladder cancer, esophageal cancer, skin cancer, ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer all from regular green tea consumption.

A study showed that one-half cup of green tea represents the same antioxidant potential as 2.5 pounds of fresh fruit.

Tea with Lemon
Tea with Lemon

Time, Type and Temperature for Brewing Tea

There are three main varieties of tea-green,black and oolong, how the tea leaves are processed makes all the difference.  Then there is also white tea, which researchers believe have similar health characteristics to green tea. Matcha tea, which means “powdered tea,” is actually green, but have several other differences that set it apart.  While regular green tea involves soaking the leaves, either loose or in a bag and pitching them, matcha green tea is actual leaves ground.

Temperature does make a difference for your tea.

White or green teas (full leaf) 170-185 F or 76-85C. When the water boils, turn off the heat and let the water cool for 30 seconds for white tea 60 seconds before pouring it over the leaves.

Oolongs (full leaf) 185-210F or 85-98C.

Black teas (full leaf) Water must be a rolling boil (212F or 100C).  The most common mistake is to steep black tea with water that is not hot enough, which can prevent the active substances in black tea from developing.

Use the amount of water in proportion to the amount of tea you have added.  For example 5 cups of water for 5 teaspoons of tea.   Drink while it is hot; freshly brewed tea is superior to tea that has been sitting for a few hours.  FYI adding milk can reduce the potency of some of the antioxidants, but adding lemon can boost the benefits.

To make your tea experience more enjoyable here is a device that I love.  It is an electric tea pot that you can control the temperature that it heats to according to the tea you are brewing.  It is the Cusinart Perfect Temp Tea Kettle

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 Pillars for Health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

 

 

Habits of Happy People

Habits of Healthy People

Habits of Happy People

For most of us we have many habits that do not require much thought  or discipline.  We wake up and start processes that are routine.  Forming good habits makes things easier, and it is possible to create ones that can increase positive emotions.  Here are some habits of happy people you can incorporate to make you happier and healthier.

  •      Give Thanks.  In his book The Happiness Equation, Neil Pasricha says, “If you can be with simple things, then it will be simple to be happy”.  Train your brain to look for positives instead of negatives.
  •      Say Something Nice. A shift in how you communicate can help you to get in a more positive mindset and create contagious optimism, causing the person you’re speaking with to share something more positive as well.
  •      Limit checking your email to a couple of times a day and deactivate alerts on your cell phone; unplug from all electronics at least 30 minutes before bed.  Choose one day a week to take a complete break from email and social media.  Do something once a day without your phone.
  •    Be Mindful. Stop worrying about the past and worrying about the future.  Mindfulness is being aware of your thought, feelings at the moment.  You can reduce stress and increase positive emotions.  Focus your attention on your breathing and senses, and be fully present in the moment a few times a day.
  • Get Things Done. Start with first things first.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed and ineffective about the things you need to accomplish, just take one step today.  If you are paralyzed by your inability to make a decision, remind yourself that often, one choice isn’t that different from another.  Make a decision and move on.
  • Get Some Exercise. Exercise is good for us physically and mentally.  It helps keep weight in check and makes you feel like you are rewarding yourself.  In Happiness  is a Habit, author Michele Phillips says doing something that moves your body every day, but not just for the sake of exercising.  “It will be boring, tedious and you won’t stick to it”, she writes.  Think about doing things you love, such as gardening, hiking, swimming, biking or dancing.  Find a friend to partner with.  Make it fun.
  • Know What Makes You Happy. Take time to reflect on what gives you joy (like your family, hobbies, and interests).
  • Schedule Time for Happiness. If you have an hour free, so you spend it doing something fun?  Or, do you spend it doing housework, or tackling an extra work project?  The latter is a “minor form on insanity”, according to happiness researcher Robert Biswas-Diener, PhD.
  • Socialize, Even with Strangers.  Find little ways to connect with others, including strangers, on a daily basis.  The more you mingle and chat with people around you, the more cheerful and brighter your mood is likely to be.
  • Do Acts of Kindness. When people make it a point to conduct one act of kindness a day, something magical happens… they become happier. Simple acts of kindness such as a compliment, letting someone ahead of you in line, etc. – are contagious and tend to make all those involved feel good.

The best part of habits of  happy people is the feeling of happiness-whether you feel optimism, joy, well-being.personal achievement, or all of the above. People who are in good spirits have a better out-look on life. Generally they eat better, exercise, and sleep better than those who are not.   Positive thoughts and attitudes are able to strengthen your immune system decrease pain and chronic disease, and provide stress relief.

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.