Sunday, October 28, 2018

Cade (Rectified) (Juniperus Oxycedrus) Essential Oil Profile, Benefits, Properties

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  • Additional Name(s): Juniper Tar, Prickly Juniper, Prickly Cedar
  • Color: Generally Light to Medium Brown
  • Oil Consistency: Medium-Thick
  • Perfumery Note: Base
  • Initial Aroma Strength: Medium
  • Scent: Smoky, similar to the aroma of burning wood or tar.

Action: Fixative, calmative, antiseptic, analgesic, antimicrobial, antipruritic, disinfectant, parasiticide, vermifuge

Benefits, Indications: Cuts, dandruff, dermatitis, eczema, spots. Cade Essential Oil is used to treat skin issues such as eczema, dermatitis, hair loss, and age spots. It has a smoky, woody, leathery scent and used in fragrances, soap, and cosmetics. Cade emotionally brings in feelings of abuse that need to be grounded and released leading to laughter. It has been used for snakebites, leprosy, soothe toothaches, kill lice and their eggs, and heal skin conditions.

Chemical Constituents: Delta-Cadinene, torreyol, epicubenol, zonarene, b-Caryophyllene

Companion Oils: Cedarwood, clove bud, labdanum, origanum, rosemary, thyme

Precautions: Crude (unrectified) cade oil is potentially carcinogenic due to the presence of benzo[a]pyrene and should not be used internally or externally. Only rectified Cade oil should be used.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Common Household Cleaners Could be Altering Children's Microbiome

Razi Berry

The chemicals we use to clean our home may be detrimental to our children's microbiome. Because of the known links to weight gain, as well as metabolic changes and the gut microbiome, it is possible that these chemicals are contributing to the obesity epidemic seen in children. A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal looks at this topic.1

Study looked at the gastrointestinal flora (gut microbiome) of 757 infants

The study looked at the gastrointestinal flora (gut microbiome) of 757 infants from the general public (age 3-4 months). The weight of the children were measured at 1 and 3 years. Their exposure to disinfectants, detergents, and eco-friendly products used in the home were assessed.

Altered gut flora in 3-4 month old babies exposed to frequent use of disinfectants

Altered gut flora was most strongly associated in the 3-4 month old babies who were exposed to frequent use of disinfectants. They showed lower levels of Haemophilus and Clostridium bacteria but higher levels of Lachnospiraceae. An increase in Lachnospiraceae was also seen with increases in disinfectant use. The same associations were not seen with detergents and eco-friendly cleaners.

Lachnospiraceae

Disinfectants being used only weekly were seen to correlate with higher levels of Lachnospiraceae at age 3-4 months, as well as a body mass index that was higher than children not exposed. Babies in households using eco-friendly cleaners had different microbiomes than other children and were less likely to be overweight as toddlers.

"Those infants growing up in households with heavy use of eco cleaners had much lower levels of the gut microbes Enterobacteriaceae. However, we found no evidence that these gut microbiome changes caused the reduced obesity risk," the researchers said.

Use of eco-friendly products may be a byproduct of an overall healthy way of living

The use of eco-friendly products may merely be a byproduct of an overall healthy way of living, including diet and more playful activities that would also affect healthy gut flora as well as weight of children.

'Study provides novel information regarding the impact of these products on infant gut microbial composition'

"Antibacterial cleaning products have the capacity to change the environmental microbiome and alter risk for child overweight," write the authors. "Our study provides novel information regarding the impact of these products on infant gut microbial composition and outcomes of overweight in the same population."

Source:

  1. Moira K. Differding, Noel T. Mueller. Are household disinfectants microbially mediated obesogens? Canadian Medical Association Journal, 2018; 190 (37): E1095 DOI: 10.1503/cmaj.181134

Razi Berry is the founder and publisher of the journal Naturopathic Doctor News & Review  that has been in print since 2005 and the premier consumer-faced website of naturopathic medicine, NaturalPath.  She is the host of The Natural Cancer Prevention Summit and The Heart Revolution-Heal, Empower and Follow Your Heart, and the popular 10 week Sugar Free Summer program. From a near death experience as a young girl that healed her failing heart, to later overcoming infertility and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia through naturopathic medicine, Razi has lived the mind/body healing paradigm. Her projects uniquely capture the tradition and philosophy of naturopathy: The healing power of nature, the vital life force in every living thing and the undeniable role that science and mind/body medicine have in creating health and overcoming dis-ease. Follow Razi on Facebook at Razi Berry and join us at  Love is Medicine  to explore the convergence of love and health.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Virgin Cherry Moscow Mules

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Whether you're new to the AIP or have been navigating your special diet for a while, it can be disheartening to have to face the holiday season without being able to drink. Everyone else is loosening up, having fun, and you feel stuck on the sidelines.

But, in my experience, indulging in an adult beverage has never been worth the pain it causes my body. With cramping, migraines, and nausea on the table… well, alcohol starts to look a lot less appealing. But that's what mocktails are for!

With the addition of cherries and sparkling water instead of vodka, these Virgin Cherry Moscow Mules will slake your thirst and make it look like you're part of the party… without any of the nasty side effects. To your health!

Virgin Cherry Moscow Mules
 
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • 6 sweet cherries, pitted
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 3 ounces sparkling water
  • 6 ounces ginger beer
Instructions
  1. In a glass, muddle the cherries with the lime juice.
  2. Stir in the sparkling water.
  3. Fill a copper mug with ice.
  4. Pour the cherry mixture into the mug, then top off with ginger beer.
Notes
I recommend making your ginger beer at home as few store-bought brands are AIP compliant. Here is my ginger beer recipe. A great alternative is ginger kombucha.

 

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Children Taking Multiple Drugs May Be at Risk for Drug-Drug Interactions

Razi Berry

A recent research study from the University of Illinois at Chicago estimates that 20 percent of children regularly use a prescription medication, and that one in 12 of those children are at risk of a harmful drug-drug interaction (DDI).1 Adolescent girls are at the highest risk of these adverse events.

Researchers looked at medication use patterns of more than 23,000 children and teens living in the U.S.

Researchers retrospectively looked at medication use patterns of more than 23,000 children and teens living in the U.S. based on data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2003 and 2014.

Almost 20 percent of children had used at least one prescription medication

It was noted that almost 20 percent of children had used at least one prescription medication, and nearly 14 percent used routine medications for chronic problems. 7 percent used acute medications.  Chronic medication use was defined as taking at least one prescription medication for more than 30 days and acute medication as taking at least one for medication for less than 30 days.

Medication use seemed to increase with age, from 14 percent in children younger than 5 years to 22 percent in adolescents between the ages of 13 and 19 years.

Psych meds such as these commonly contain black box warnings for adverse effects

The most common prescription drugs used were respiratory medications – bronchodilators and leukotriene inhibitors used in for asthma – and psychotherapeutic drugs – CNS stimulants and antidepressants. Psych meds such as these commonly contain black box warnings for adverse effects like suicidal thoughts, serotonin syndrome and even sudden death.

Lead author Dima M. Qato, assistant professor of pharmacy systems, outcomes and policy at the UIC College of Pharmacy, says the findings not only provide valuable insight on how many young people in the U.S. regularly use prescription medication, but more importantly show that polypharmacy - the use of multiple medications simultaneously - is also common and comes with a potential risk.

7.5 percent of children were seen to use multiple medications simultaneously

Approximately 7.5 percent of children were seen to use multiple medications simultaneously, and 1 in 12 of them were at risk for a major DDI based on the medications being taken. Among adolescent girls, this number increased to 1 in 5 being at risk for a DDI.

Majority of these potential risks involved antidepressants

The majority of these potential risks involved antidepressants. The most common potential DDI was an increase QT interval, which is an abnormal cardiac rhythm that can actually cause sudden death in otherwise healthy children. Increases in QT interval is often asymptomatic.

Difference in gender largely due to a higher concurrent use of antidepressants with acute medications

The difference in gender was largely due to a higher concurrent use of antidepressants with acute medications, such as NSAIDS, anti-emetics, and macrolide antibiotics.

Study noted that it was very common for medications used to be associated with an increase risk in suicide

Additionally, the study noted that it was very common for medications used to be associated with an increase risk in suicide, and they are often used in combination. An example of this was that more than half of teen girls taking antidepressants also were using at least 2 other psychotropic medications or birth control.

This is worrisome considering leading cause of death in older children is suicide

This is worrisome considering that the leading cause of death in older children is suicide. And suicidality was noted in the article to not be a potential DDI that is considered in current drug interaction software. This means that healthcare practitioners may not be aware of the potential suicide risks in using these medications.

Source:

Dima M. Qato, G. Caleb Alexander, Jenny S. Guadamuz, Stacy Tessler Lindau. Prescription Medication Use Among Children and Adolescents in the United States. Pediatrics, 2018; e20181042 DOI: 10.1542/peds.2018-1042

Photo by Jelleke Vanooteghem on Unsplash


Razi Berry is the founder and publisher of the journal Naturopathic Doctor News & Review  that has been in print since 2005 and the premier consumer-faced website of naturopathic medicine, NaturalPath.  She is the host of The Natural Cancer Prevention Summit and The Heart Revolution-Heal, Empower and Follow Your Heart, and the popular 10 week Sugar Free Summer program. From a near death experience as a young girl that healed her failing heart, to later overcoming infertility and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia through naturopathic medicine, Razi has lived the mind/body healing paradigm. Her projects uniquely capture the tradition and philosophy of naturopathy: The healing power of nature, the vital life force in every living thing and the undeniable role that science and mind/body medicine have in creating health and overcoming dis-ease. Follow Razi on Facebook at Razi Berry and join us at  Love is Medicine  to explore the convergence of love and health.

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Got Kidney Stones? A Roller-Coaster Ride May Help

By Dr. Mercola

Can a roller-coaster ride hasten the passage of kidney stones? While the pairing of an agonizingly painful health condition with an amusement ride may seem too outlandish to believe, research out of Michigan State University (MSU) has been recognized with a 2018 Ig® Nobel Prize for showing that it's possible.1

Keep in mind the Ig (for ignoble) is a spoof of the real Nobel Prize. Since 1991, it has been awarded every fall at a ceremony held at Harvard University. Organized by the scientific humor magazine The Annals of Improbable Research, the Ig acknowledges 10 unusual or trivial scientific research projects that "[make] people laugh and then think."2

Lest you assume human clinical trials were used to demonstrate the potential of roller coasters to facilitate the passing of kidney stones, you should know the outcomes were based only on anecdotal evidence and experiments with a silicon model.

Now that the Ig award has shed some light on an unusual treatment for kidney stones, let's take a closer look at how these stones form and what you can do more practically to prevent and treat them.

Spoof Nobel Prize Awarded for Using Roller Coasters to Bust up Kidney Stones

As discussed in the featured video, researchers from MSU teamed up to prove that fast-paced, looping roller coaster rides can be useful to help dislodge kidney stones. Their results, published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association in 2016,3 validate the effectiveness of a roller-coaster ride to ease the passage of small kidney stones through a silicon urinary tract.

In a pilot study, Dr. David Wartinger, Professor Emeritus in MSU's department of osteopathic surgical specialties, used a backpack to transport a validated, synthetic 3D model of a hollow kidney on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The model, which was held at kidney level, contained urine and a number of kidney stones.

He analyzed 20 rides using variables such as kidney stone volume, the silicone model's placement on the roller coaster and the frequency of simulated stone passage. After partnering with Dr. Marc Mitchell, urologist with The Doctors Clinic in Poulsbo, Washington, Wartinger went on to analyze 60 roller coaster rides involving various kidney models.

They discovered sitting in the back of the coaster yielded the best passage rates, with 23 of 36 stones being successfully expelled. They also concluded stones located in the upper chamber of the kidney showed a 100 percent passage rate. About their research, Wartinger said:4

"In all, we used 174 kidney stones of varying shapes, sizes and weights to see if each model worked on the same ride and on two other roller coasters. Big Thunder Mountain was the only one that worked. We tried Space Mountain and Aerosmith's Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and both failed."

What's the Best Type of Roller-Coaster Ride to Release Kidney Stones?

Based on his experience with different types of roller coasters, Wartinger told MSU Today that "some roller coaster rides are too fast and too violent with a G-force that pins the stone into the kidney and doesn't allow it to pass."

The ideal ride, he noted, is "rough and quick with some twists and turns."5 The best results were realized when riding a moderate-intensity roller coaster that did not involve any upside down or inverted movements.

Wartinger, who has since retired from MSU, does not think the research will extend to human trials because no one has expressed interest in continuing the work.6

Interestingly, the idea to pursue this research came about after a number of patients treated by the researchers reported passing kidney stones spontaneously after riding the same roller coaster in Disney's Magic Kingdom. About this anecdotal evidence, Mitchell and Wartinger stated:7

"The number of stone passages was sufficient to raise suspicions of a possible link between riding a roller coaster and passing [kidney stones]. One patient reported passing [kidney stones] after each of three consecutive rides on the roller coaster.

Many patients reported passing [kidney stones] within hours of leaving the amusement park, and all of them rode the same rollercoaster during their visit."

Based on his experience with different sizes of stones, Wartinger told Newsweek the benefits of roller coaster rides might apply only to small stones (up to 0.5 centimeters in diameter).8 Riding a roller coaster may not be beneficial for everyone with a kidney stone.

"You need to heed the warnings before going on a roller coaster," Wartinger advised. "If you have a kidney stone, but are otherwise healthy and meet the requirements of the ride, patients should try it. It's definitely a lower-cost alternative to health care."9

Another option, Wartinger says, is to take annual maintenance rides to reduce your chance of future issues. Roller coaster rides might also be beneficial to flush out remnants that are sometimes left behind after lithotripsy - a procedure used to break apart kidney stones deemed too large to pass naturally.

"The problem though is lithotripsy can leave remnants in the kidney which can result in another stone," Wartinger said. "The best way to potentially eliminate this from happening is to try going on a roller coaster after a treatment when the remnants are still small."10

Important Facts About Your Kidneys

Because your kidneys are only about the size of your fist and are safely tucked inside your body in your lower back, you may not pay much attention to them. That said, these bean-shaped organs are vital to your well-being and they stay plenty busy around the clock. According to the National Kidney Foundation, your kidneys have five top jobs, including:11

  • Balancing your pH levels - Your kidneys help maintain a healthy balance of the chemicals that control your body's acid levels by either removing or adjusting acid levels and buffering agents
  • Controlling your blood pressure - Because your kidneys need pressure to work properly, they play a role in raising or lowering your blood pressure through fluid levels and the making of a hormone that causes your blood vessels to constrict
  • Keeping your bones healthy - Your kidneys make an active form of vitamin D and also balance your calcium and phosphorus levels, which are necessary to make your bones strong
  • Making red blood cells - A hormone called erythropoietin is made by your kidneys and it tells your bone marrow to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen from your lungs to supply your body's energy needs
  • Removing wastes and extra fluid - Your kidneys filter about 200 quarts of blood daily that results in about 1 to 2 quarts of urine (containing extra fluid and waste products), which is sent to your bladder for removal from your body

What Are Kidney Stones?

Kidney stones (renal calculi) are hard deposits made of chemicals, minerals and salts that form inside your kidneys. They are just one of several conditions known to contribute to chronic kidney disease. Your kidneys are also affected by diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as by congenital or genetic conditions like polycystic kidney disease.

Most often, kidney stones result when your urine contains too little liquid and too much waste. Stones can begin as crystals, which in turn attract other elements to create a solid object that will continue to increase in size unless it is passed out of your body in urine. A few of the kidney stone-forming chemicals in your body are: calcium, cystine, oxalate, phosphate, urate and xanthine.12

Once formed, a stone may remain in your kidney or travel down your urinary tract into your ureter. Smaller stones may pass out of your body in urine without too much pain. Bigger stones that do not move often cause a backup of urine in your kidney, ureter, bladder or urethra, which can be extremely painful. With respect to kidney stones, the National Kidney Foundation estimates:13

  • More than half a million people visit the emergency room annually for issues related to kidney stones
  • The average person has a 10 percent chance of experiencing a kidney stone in his/her lifetime
  • The lifetime risk of having a stone is roughly 19 percent in men and 9 percent in women
  • In men, the first episode often occurs after age 30, but could be earlier
  • Diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity may increase your risk of kidney stones

Symptoms of a Kidney Stone

The sizes and shapes of kidney stones vary as much as the people who have them. Some are as small as a grain of sand, while others are pebble size. In rare cases, kidney stones can be as large as a golf ball! When stones are too large to pass, doctors act to remove the stones or break them into smaller pieces that potentially can be passed out of your body.

As you may imagine, the larger the stone, the more noticeable your symptoms and the greater the likelihood of pain, which some have suggested can be as intense as childbirth. You can recognize a kidney stone according to the following symptoms:14

Blood in your urine

Fever and chills

Nausea or vomiting

Severe pain on either side of your lower back

Stomachache that persists or other pain that doesn't go away

Urine that smells bad or looks cloudy

Types of Kidney Stones

Two of the most common types of kidney stones are calcium oxalate and uric acid stones. Less common varieties are cystine stones, which reoccur and have a genetic link, and struvite stones, which are caused by an infection in your upper urinary tract. Here's a little more detail about the two common types:

  • Calcium oxalate - Your body typically creates this type of stone due to inadequate calcium and fluid intake, but other conditions may cause their formation. As the name implies, these stones are formed when calcium combines with oxalate in your urine.
  • Uric acid - A diet high in purines, a natural chemical compound found in foods such as organ meats and shellfish, contributes to a higher production of monosodium urate in your body. Given the right conditions, higher levels of urate can lead to the formation of kidney stones. Uric acid kidney stones tend to run in families.

What Causes Kidney Stones?

Certain factors influence your risk of developing kidney stones. As a general rule, if you drink too little water, you put yourself at increased risk of stones because your kidneys need plenty of water to flush out waste products. Below are some of the other possible causes of kidney stones:15

Dehydration from not drinking enough liquids

Diet too high in oxalate, protein, salt or sugar (including high fructose corn syrup)

Digestive diseases like Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis

Infections or obstructions

Exercise (too little or too much)

Family history and genetics

Obesity

Weight-loss surgery

Your risk of kidney stones increases if you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) or have undergone weight-loss surgery. With respect to these conditions, the National Kidney Foundation states:16

"It is important to know that kidney stones are more common if you have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). These conditions affect your body's ability to absorb fats properly. When fat is not absorbed the right way, the fat binds to calcium and leaves oxalate behind. The oxalate is then absorbed and taken to the kidney, where it can form stones.

Similarly, following gastric bypass surgery, your body absorbs less calcium from your digestive system. Because of this, higher levels of oxalate are found in the urinary tract. The buildup of oxalate can form crystals, which can form kidney stones."

Ways to Prevent Kidney Stones

Because a lack of fluid is a common cause of kidney stones, drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways you can prevent their development. If you are dealing with a chronic condition such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obesity, you are at an increased risk of developing kidney stones.

Given the link between kidney stones and a diet high in purines, I recommend you limit your protein intake to one-half gram per pound of lean body mass. Most people need just 40 to 70 grams of protein daily, which is much less than you may be eating, particularly if you are consuming the standard American diet.

If you're prone to kidney stones, excess amounts of red meat can be particularly problematic because they decrease your body's levels of citrate, which is the chemical in your urine responsible for helping to prevent kidney stones from forming in the first place.

Most Americans consume far more protein than they need, which can heighten your risk of kidney stones. When you consume more protein than your body needs it has to remove even more nitrogen waste products from your blood, which stresses your kidneys. This predisposes you to chronic dehydration.

If you are prone to kidney stones or at increased risk, you would be wise to avoid the following foods, which contain high amounts of oxalate:

Almonds

Okra

Rhubarb

Beets

Spinach

Swiss chard

Chocolate

Tea

Keep in mind you need sufficient amounts of magnesium because it helps prevent calcium from blending with oxalate to create the most common type of kidney stone. Magnesium, if you get enough, is a mineral that has the capacity to actually help prevent kidney stones.

Beyond your kidneys, your body also needs magnesium for the healthy function of most cells, including your heart and muscles. Unfortunately, most Americans suffer from magnesium deficiency.

Safe and Effective Ways to Treat Kidney Stones

In case you are not keen on riding a roller coaster as a possible treatment for kidney stones, you may want to check out my article How to Get Rid of Kidney Stones Effectively as well as the one titled How to Prevent and Treat Kidney Problems With Food.

In these writeups I share a lengthy list of natural remedies and foods to help you dissolve stones and encourage them to pass through your system.

Whatever you do, I advise against taking prescription drugs (including opioids) and over-the-counter (OTC) diuretics and pain relievers unless absolutely necessary. These medications are often accompanied by harsh potential side effects that may further damage your health and derail your recovery.

If the stones have still not released after trying one or more of the natural methods, or if you have a stone that is too big to pass on its own, you may need to consider a removal procedure.

Some of the recommended treatments include: shockwave lithotripsy (SWL), ureteroscopy, percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) or open surgery. That said, make sure you exhaust the natural options before electing surgery, and make sure you're familiar with the effects of these procedures.

As a potential last resort before surgery, assuming you have a smaller stone and are in good health, you may want to consider taking your kidney stone out to an amusement park. You just might be one of the lucky people who is able to pass a kidney stone after being bounced around at top speed on your favorite roller-coaster ride. While it sounds a bit crazy, you just might find relief.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Beet and Blueberry Chop Salad

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Chop salads aren't really a new thing. They've been a trend for at least five years now, but I love them (and I don't give two shakes about food fads anyway, I do what I like by golly… you know like become an AIP early adopter!), 'cause you get a little of everything in one bite!

Even when I make a traditionally "pretty" salad, I actually chop it like crazy before I eat so I can enjoy all those flavors and textures in every bite, not hunt and peck with my fork. In order to clearly show our lovely readers all the veggie goodness in this recipe I photographed it arranged like a typical salad, but note when you make yours it will all be tossed and jumbled together. I particularly like this salad as a batch cooked salad for weekday lunches with a grilled chicken thigh.

Oh! One other thing, I know there's probably going to be some iceberg lettuce haters out there, but stop the hate. Iceberg is the lightest of the green, leafy veggies, but it is high in fiber and has Vitamin A and K in it, so it's not as devoid of nutrients as the bad rap it gets. Plus, it's going to make this salad extra crunchy! Yes, please!

Beet and Blueberry Chop Salad
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 4 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 4 cups chopped iceberg lettuce
  • 1 large golden beet, peeled
  • 1 large cucumber, diced
  • 4 large radishes, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1¼ cups blueberries, divided
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup water
  • Sprinkle of sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a very large, preferably shallow bowl, throw in spinach and iceberg lettuce.
  2. Use the grating attachment on food processor, grate beet. Sprinkle over greens.
  3. Layer in cucumber, radish, and 1 cup blueberries.
  4. In a blender or food processor, pulse remaining ¼ cup blueberries, vinegar, olive oil, water, and salt until you have a emulsified dressing.
  5. Drizzle ¼ cup of the dressing over the salad. Store the remaining dressing in a jar in the refrigerator.
  6. Take two sharp knives and slice across each blade throughout the salad, chopping and mixing all ingredients until you have roughly bite-size pieces.
  7. Serve immediately with or without protein of your choice.
Notes
Photographs were taken to emphasize each ingredient in the salad, but the chopped salad will actually have all ingredients well mixed unlike the photos.

 

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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Spicy Chicken and Cauliflower Curry Recipe

Curry is a noteworthy dish from Indian cuisine. According to BBC Food, the word originates from the Tamil word "kari," which means spiced sauce, and was originally a "thin, soup-like, spiced dressing served in southern India, amongst many other stew-like dressings for meat and vegetables."
Today, curry is loved and appreciated around the world, with many countries having their own version of how to cook this dish. Singaporeans, for example, mix curry in their noodles, while the Dutch add it to their ketchup to dip their fries in. In the U.S., chicken is a popular ingredient used when cooking curry, as shown in this recipe by Mercola.com employee, Rachel Saenz.
It doesn't make sense at first to cook spicy food especially in the summer heat. But did you know that it actually may help cool you on a hot day? An article from the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) of Australia reports that eating hot food may lower body temperatures by releasing the heat inside your body. With that in mind, curry is perhaps one of the tastiest ways to keep yourself cool during this warm season.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T7Ar9G3LKQ&feature=youtu.be

 
Ingredients:

  • 4 pieces organic free-range chicken of your choice (breast, thighs or drumsticks)
  • 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 serrano, minced
  • 1 tablespoon monk fruit
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped

Procedure:

  • Coat the chicken generously with coconut oil and then sprinkle paprika, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of curry all over the chicken.
  • Coat the pan with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and lightly brown the chicken.
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  • Add the onion, garlic, ginger and serrano to the pan. Cook until the onion softens, about five minutes.
  • Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of curry powder and cook until fragrant, about two minutes.
  • Add coconut milk and chicken broth, then stir in the monk fruit.
  • Add the chicken back to the pot and cook for one hour or until done.
  • Add chopped cauliflower and let it cook an additional 10 minutes.

 

This is the perfect dish for leftovers. The sauce gets very flavorful and thickens when stored in the refrigerator overnight.

Curry Contains a Mixture of Healthy Spices That Can Promote Wellness

 

Curry powder is a cooking ingredient that is made by blending together various spices, and the amount of each constituent differs depending on who made it, or how much you want (if you make your own homemade curry powder). Furthermore, the spices in curry powder can be added or removed, leading to varying degrees of taste and spiciness. At any rate, curry powder constitutes a combination of these spices:


Turmeric

Cumin

Coriander

Ginger

Nutmeg

Fenugreek

Cinnamon

Cardamom

Cloves

Black, red and white pepper

Each spice has its own unique set of nutrients that can potentially benefit your health. For example:

  • Turmeric: This yellow spice contains the active ingredient curcumin. Studies have shown that it may help manage inflammation, as it can prevent the activation of inflammatory genes. , In other studies, the curcumin found in turmeric can help fight free radicals, thus boosting your antioxidant capabilities. ,
  • Cinnamon: Researchers have discovered that consumption of cinnamon may help reduce LDL cholesterol levels, while simultaneously maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. Diabetics may benefit from cinnamon as well, as it has been found to help improve insulin resistance. ,
  • Fenugreek: According to a study published in the Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, fenugreek has a hypoglycemic effect. Participants who consumed fenugreek powder were able to lower their blood sugar levels by 13.4 percent four hours after intake.
  • Cardamom: In a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, cardamom exhibited chemopreventive results in chemically induced skin cancer in mice subjects. This finding suggests that the spice may have a beneficial application in preventing skin tumor growth in humans.
  • Ginger: The main active compound in ginger is gingerol, which has been found to have effective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. In one example, participants who consumed 2 grams of ginger for 11 days had reduced muscle pain.

Use Free-Range Chicken for Healthy Protein Intake

Chicken is a great source of healthy protein, which is essential for maintaining proper biological functions. For example, it can help reduce spikes in your blood glucose levels by slowing down the digestion of sugar. Protein can also help maintain muscle mass and boost recovery, which is beneficial for athletes and bodybuilders.
However, be aware of your protein consumption, as too much of it can have drawbacks to your health. Excessive protein intake can activate your mTOR pathway, which may increase your risk of cancer. To stay on the safe side, I suggest that your intake should be limited to one-half gram per pound of lean body mass per day. A 1-ounce serving of chicken typically contains 6 to 9 grams of protein, so use this benchmark to compute how much chicken you need to cook for this dish.
Don't forget to choose free-range chicken as well, as it can reduce your risk of antibiotic resistance, as well as foodborne illnesses.

Coconut Milk Adds Healthy Fats to Round Out the Dish

A curry dish isn't complete without coconut milk. This delicious liquid is made by soaking coconut flesh in hot water. From there, the liquid is pushed through a cheesecloth to create the milk, and the process is repeated to create a smoother viscosity. This is generally ideal for curried meats and soups.
Since coconut milk is made from the flesh, you get all of its healthy nutrients, minus the fiber. Research has shown that coconut can benefit your health in varied ways, such as:

  • Promoting healthy cardiovascular system: Various studies have noted that coconuts can benefit your blood circulation, such as lowered LDL cholesterol levels. , ,
  • Protecting your digestive system: The fat found in coconut milk may help fight stomach ulcers. One study notes that coconut milk reduced the size of ulcers in rats by as much as 54 percent.
  • Fighting microbes: Coconut has been found to be an effective agent against disease-causing bacteria and viruses, including the ones in your mouth. ,

Add Excitement to Your Meals by Eating Curried Meals

Those who are into spicy dishes will definitely love the taste of this chicken curry recipe. It's probably one of the healthiest dishes you can eat, as it also contains cauliflower, a vegetable that contains sulforaphane and other compounds. Research has shown that sulforaphane may help lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. In addition the glucosinolate in cauliflower may help reduce the risk of cancer. If you haven't tried curry before, now's the best time to hop on that train.