Cayenne

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Native to Central and South America, today cayenne is widely used in Mexican, Cajun, and some Asian cuisines. Hot and spicy, it has a very noticeable warming effect when consumed – thanks to the high concentrations of the active compound capsaicin. Widely studied, cayenne is decidedly warming and has numerous potential health benefits including increasing metabolism and core body temperatures. Cayenne (Capsicum frutescens), is a member of the Solanaceae (Nightshade) Family. It is rich in vitamin C, and helps relieve chills, coughs and congestion. Its trademark heat and warming effects, which greatly exceed that of most other red peppers, is […]

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Turmeric

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It’s important to know that the vast majority of studies on turmeric have not examined the spice itself, but rather one of its constituents called curcumin. When you hear about the benefits of turmeric on a website or on a health news report on television, you are mostly likely hearing about the benefits of curcumin. This aspect of the health research can be very confusing! The dried powdered spice that many people use in recipes comes from the root (rhizome) portion of the plant Curcuma longa. The unprocessed form of this root bears a strong resemblance to ginger root, and […]

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Chakras and the Rainbow Diet

Taken from Dr. Cousens book, Spiritual Nutrition It is useful to think about the multi-colored rainbow diet from a phytonutrient point of view. In my book Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet, I correlate these colors with the chakras, beginning with red and the root chakra. Some of the phytonutrients that are associated with the red color are reservatrol, ellagic acid, and quercitin. These are found in tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, and cherries. For the color orange, we have the carotenes. They are found in mangoes, carrots, apricots, cantaloupe, peppers, squash, sweet potatoes, yams, and pumpkins. Yellow is limonene, found […]

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Understanding Chakras

Taken from Spiritual Nutrition by Rabbi Gabriel Cousens, MD To more fully understand the process of Kundalini awakening and to understand the process of energy assimilation so we can create a diet that supports the Kundalini unfoldment, we must explore the chakra system as one of three main subtle energy systems of the human organism.. This lays the foundation for understanding the awakening of consciousness and relationship of nutrition to spiritual development. The chakra system is a subtle energy system that has been described for thousands of years in spiritual traditions. In Sanskrit, the word chakra means wheel. It has […]

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Instructions for Sprouting

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Excerpt from Dr. Cousens’ book, Conscious Eating: There are several methods for sprouting, including using a glass jar, a sprouting tube, sprouting basket, sprouting bag, or organic soil. Generally, I recommend the glass jar method or organic soil, depending on the type of sprout. The glass jar method works well with all of the sprouts in the Conscious Eating recipes, except for buckwheat and sunflower sprouts (greens). These, as well as wheatgrass, are best grown in an organic soil base. People often enjoy growing a variety of sprouts in the same jar. Alfalfa and clover is one combination; fenugreek and […]

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Lavender

Most of us know that this little purple plant is good for one thing or another, but what are those amazing health benefits of lavender that people always rave about? Here you go. Ancient texts tell us that lavender essential oil has been used for medicinal and religious purposes for over 2,500 years. The Egyptians used it for mummification and as a perfume. The Romans used it for bathing, cooking and for scenting the air. What are we using lavender for today? Breathing in the smell of lavender has been rumored to have a calming effect; turns out, it’s true. Research […]

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Pomegranate and Digestion

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The Benefits of Pomegranate: Pomegranate peel, bark and leaves are used to calm disorders of the stomach caused by any kind of digestive problems. Pomegranate benefits your digestive system by providing B-complex vitamins that help your body efficiently convert fat, protein and carbohydrates into energy. One fruit provides 25% of the folate and about 1/6 of the thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B-6 you need daily. It also provides 11 grams of fiber, more than twice the amount of fiber in a bowl of bran flakes. Fiber helps food move through your body effectively, assisting with digestion. Pomegranate also plays a […]

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The Beauty of Skin Brushing

The skin is the largest organ in the body and aids tremendously in the detoxification process. Saunas and sweating have been shown to be one way of utilizing this huge organ but skin brushing is also effective.  Your skin is an organ of elimination. One third of your body’s toxins are excreted through the skin and dry brushing helps to unclog pores and excrete toxins that become trapped in the skin. Regular scrubbing is important because it unclogs pores allowing skin to release toxins trapped daily inside the body. Excerpt from There is a Cure for Diabetes by Dr. Gabriel […]

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Heavy Metals

Of the 70,000 chemicals and heavy metals used commercially in the world today, 65,000 of them are considered hazardous to our health. Just as choosing organic foods is a way to avoid ingesting many of these hazardous chemicals, becoming aware of the other main sources of heavy metal toxins is very important. Understanding the water one drinks and uses is increasingly essential in reducing toxin intake. According to Diet for a Poisoned Planet by David Steinman, less then 1% of the earth’s surface water is safe to drink! According to the United States Dept. of Labor, “Toxic metals, including “heavy metals,” are […]

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Essential Oils

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From Dr. Cousens: “Essential oils are a higher note of live foods. Aromatherapy has been used throughout the world for at least 3,500 years although I suspect it was even before that. The epicenter of that appears to be the Middle East, particularly with Egypt and the Arabian countries, and Israel. Three thousand three hundred years ago in Israel they were using the essences and fragrances in the Temple ceremonies. Essential oils are not a new thing. In the Middle Ages some aroma oil blends uses are modifications of such amazing immune strengthening anti-pathogenic formula blends that were used successfully […]

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