Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Raspberry Chia Smoothie

This is a quick, but very powerful health enhancing recipe.

Raspberries are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. They are high in ellagic acid, a phenolic compound that is believed to prevent cancer, inhibit the proliferation of cancerous cells within the body and stop the growth of some tumors.

Raspberries are perfect wight management fruit. Fiber helps slow the digestive process so you will feel full longer. Manganese is a trace mineral that helps keep your metabolic rate high, which in turn helps burn excess fat.


Chia seeds are just as amazing! Chia is 16% protein, 31% fat, and 44% carbohydrate - of which 38% is fiber! Most of its fat content is the essential omega-3 fatty acid ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). They are low in calories. A single tablespoon has only 50-70 calories. They are rich in vitamin A, C, E, B vitamins including B12, minerals and amino acids. They are a valuable source of complete protein. 

By adding chia seeds to your diet you will experience
  • more energy
  • better sleep
  • increased muscle tone
  • improved digestion
  • great skin tone
  • mental sharpness
A number of medical studies now exist demonstrating the health benefits of chia seeds for diabetics. slow the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar, helping to lower and maintain a healthy blood sugar level, critical for anyone trying to manage this life-altering condition. Research shows that chia seeds help reduce cardiovascular risk factors in people with well-managed type 2 diabetes.

 Chia - the seeds of life

Best way to use chia seeds in smoothies is to soak them in water 20-30 minutes before use. They will coagulate and form a thick pudding. The longer you soak them, the more pudding-like they will become. Keep this in mind and do not put too much. One to two tablespoons per person should be enough. 

Another way to add chia to your raw food dishes is to use the grind chis powder. Explore your health food store's options or grind the seeds yourself using a good nut or coffee grinder.

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut water or unsweetened rice milk
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries 
  • 1 banana - optional - you may skip it if you are using rice milk
  • 3-4 Tbsp pre-soaked organic chia seeds
  • dash stevia
  • pinch pink Himalaya salt
Method:
  • Place all the ingredients in the blender and process until smooth. You may want to add a few ice cubes if you are using fresh raspberries. Adjust the amount of liquid if necessary. Enjoy in good company!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Raspberry Chia Smoothie

P.S.

As always, feel free to experiment with the ingredients. Depending on how much chia seeds you have added to your smoothie, you may want to add more coconut water or rice milk. Add a banana for a smoother texture.



         

Monday, August 27, 2012

Cucumber Salsa

This wonderful recipe was published by Bon Appétit magazine. Although this wonderful publication is not completely dedicated to raw food, it is a vital inspiration to any chef.


Like in any of the raw recipes that I publish in this blog, you may want to experiment with the ingredients. Feel free to adjust the amounts according to your personal taste and preferences. 

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups finely diced peeled cucumber
  • 1/2 cup finely diced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
  • 1 jalapeño (with seeds for an extra hot sensation), finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon virgin olive oil
  • pink Himalaya salt 
  • freshly ground black pepper
Method:
  • Place cucumber, onions, herbs and jalapeño in a mixing bowl.
  • Add lime juice and olive oil. Stir well.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Add more lime juice if needed.

Enjoy in good in good company with raw crackers or traditional tortilla chips.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

         

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Why Should You Eat Sprouted Foods?

If you find you have an intolerance to nuts, seeds, legumes, or even some grains, it might be worthwhile to consider soaking or sprouting them. Why? We soak/sprout our nuts in order to make their nutrients more bio-available to our bodies. In this quick article, we break down how soaking initiates the germination process, what the means for your digestion, and how it affects nutrient levels.


Sprouting Aids Digestibility 

Enzyme inhibitors, present in nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains, prevent the activation of enzymes within the seed that initiate the germination process. Enzyme inhibitors exist to prevent the seed from germinating while in storage. These enzyme inhibitors may hinder optimal digestion and absorption of nutrients. By way of hydrolysis, soaking these food items begins the germination process. This process also neutralizes a component of plant finer called physic acid, by means of activating phytase, which initiates the release of  phosphorus, calcium, iron, and other minerals in seeds. As a result of this process, soaking aids the digestibility of the stomach.

Sprouting Increases Nutrient Levels 

Studies have repeatedly shown that sprouted nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains have higher nutrient values over non-sprouted versions of the same items. Think about it, at the time of germination, the sprout is in need of the highest level of nutrients to grow. This means the nutrients within the seed will be at the highest point of availability. To prove this, specifically, studies have seen higher absorption rates of essential amino acids (proteins) and B-group vitamins of sprouted items. Also, A-group vitamins and C-group vitamins have shown similar improvements. The magnitude of nutritional improvement is dependent and influenced by type of nut/seed/legume/grain, its seed quality, and the conditions of sprouting. Choose organic, raw products and use alkaline water for optimal nutritional improvement.

Learn How to Sprout/Soak in Your Own Kitchen

For a comprehensive list of how to sprout various food items, check out these great instructions by Thomas Billing.

Nuts: To soak nuts, follow these great directions by Kim Harris at the Nourishing Gourmet.

Grains: To soak grains, follow these directions by Jenny at the Nourishing Kitchen.

         

Article source here

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Something Hot! - A Delicious Spicy Pear Juice

A simple but quite refreshing juice. The chili will definitely wake up your senses and make your blood run a bit faster. You can adjust the amounts according to your personal taste. The ingredients below yield two glasses of juice.


Ingredients:
  • 6 ripe pears
  • 2 hot chili peppers
Method:
  • Cut the chili peppers lengthwise and remove the seeds.
  • Wash the pears and cut into halves. Leave the skin on.
  • Throw the ingredients into your juicer and process on a medium speed.

And as always, enjoy in good company!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

P. S. To learn about health benefits of chili peppers, please click here

         



Sunday, August 19, 2012

Health Benefits of Chili Peppers

Chili pepper also called chile pepper or chilli pepper - from Nahuatl term "chilli" - is the fruit of a plant from the genus Capsicum, in the nightshade family, Solanaceae. Chili peppers originally grew in America, but spread around the world after the discovery of the continent by Christopher Columbus. 


The fiery fruit found its way into many ethnic cuisines. Its medicinal qualities were quickly discovered and applied for variety of ailments. Modern science confirms most of the popular uses.

The main active compund that gives chili peppers their intensity when ingested or applied topically is capsaicin (8-methyl-N-vanillyl-6-nonenamide). Several other related chemicals, collectively called capsaicinoids, work in synergy to the same effect.

Chili contains vitamin A, C, B6, and folate. When ripe and red, it contains significant amounts of beta carotene. The hot fruit is also an important source of phosphorus, iron, sodium,  magnesium and silica. They are also rich in lycopene, lutein, and zeaxantin - compounds that help fight free radicals in the body.

Regular intake of chili peppers delays oxidation of serum lipids, and lowers and improves insulin and glucose profiles following a meal, both of which contribute to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. 

Australian researchers also demonstrated that the amount of insulin required to lower blood sugar after a meal is reduced if the meal contained chili pepper. When chili was consumed on regular basis, the insulin requirements dropped even more.

The benefits of chili may even increase with a higher body mass index - an obesity indicator. In obesse individuals, chili not only significantly reduces the amount of insulin required to lower blood sugar levels after a meal, but it also results in a lower ratio of C-peptide to insulin, an indication that the rate at which the liver is clearing insulin has increased. 

The levels of C-peptide in the blood also indicate how much insulin is being produced by the pancreas. The pancreas produces proinsulin, which splits into insulin and C-peptide when it is secreted into the bloodstream. Each molecule of proinsulin breaks into one molecule of C-peptide and one molecule of insulin. Lower levels of C-peptide indicate that less insulin has been secreted into the bloodstream. Since chili positively affects this ration, regular consumption of chili may help prevent adult diabetes.

Capsaicin improves the ratio of bad versus good cholesterol in blood and stimulates the liver enzyme responsible for the fat metabolism.

Scientists found out that chili stimulates blood circulation and is a great anticoagulant. Both, capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin reduce platelet aggregation and the activity of blood clotting proteins in blood samples. Regular consumption of hot peppers may help reduce the risk of thrombosis and prevent stroke.

A team of scientists found out that capsaicin has the potential to induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in the cells of the prostate cancer. The cancer cells alter their genetic information to avoid the genetically programmed apoptosis. Capsaicin demonstrated the ability to interfere with this maneuver and slow the proliferation of the cancer cells and the development of prostate tumors.

Hot peppers can provide some relief for cold and sinus problems because capsaicin has as expectorant effect. It increases lung function and facilitates the elimination of mucus.   

There is a strong scientific evidence that capsaiconoids in chili boost metabolic rate. This brings hope to many who wish to lose weight. Chili stimulates receptors in the bowel when a spicy meal is eaten and increases thermogenesis. Increased heat means increased energy expenditure and thus the boost to the metabolic rate. It must be said, however, that excessive consumption of hot chili peppers may irritate stomach in sensitive individuals. A safer option for weight loss is available on the market in form of a non-irritant capsaicin pill.

Capsaicin has been used externally with great success to control pain. Such conditions as painful joints, arthritic inflammation, muscle pain, athletic injuries, and frostbite improved considerably with topical application of capsaicin containing ointments. Scientists in Scandinavia found out that capsaicin increases the DNA synthesis and triggers production of pain suppressing collagenase and prostaglandin.

Since capsaicin improves blood circulation, hot chili may be used as an aphrodisiac. It is wise, however, to avoid contact with the genitalia as the stinging may have an adverse effect. 

Adding a little chili to daily meals not only makes a bland diet tastier and more appealing, but, most importantly, helps prevent disease and improve many degenerative conditions associated with aging.

By Dominique Allmon

*Information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.





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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Super Green Vanilla Protein Smoothie

Thanks to David "Avocado" Wolfe I discovered the priceless Sunwarrior raw protein supplement. I mean RAW! I use it in combination with other raw ingredients to make super-rich, super-healthy, super-tasty  smoothies.

One of my concerns while eating raw food is to consume adequate amount of whole protein. We need a complete nutrition in order to stay healthy and there is never a problem with vitamins, minerals and enzymes, but the raw food "diet" - especially the vegan variety - removes many protein sources form one's plate. Deficiencies are very common among vegans, but they can be easily corrected by simply adding whole, raw, vegan protein supplements.


Ingredients:
  • 2 scoops Vanilla Protein powder
  • 1 scoop  Ormus Greens
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves, packed
  • 1 bunch flat parsley
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 Bourbon vanilla bean  
  • 1 Tsp flax oil
  • 2 cups purified water

Method:
  • Pour water into your blender. Add spinach, parsley leaves and banana. Blend for 30 seconds. 
  • Add Ormus Greens and Vanilla Protein. Blend again.
  • Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Add them to your blender. Add flax oil. Blend until smooth. Serve in tall glasses. Enjoy in good company.

Splicing the vanilla bean

Do not discard the vanilla bean after you removed the seeds. You can use it to scent your nut milk. Simply put it in the jar of your favorite freshly made nut milk and close the lid. Refrigerate. After only a few days your milk will have the most wonderful, natural vanilla flavor.

In radiant health - Dominique

         


The information below is taken from the Sunwarrior website:

"Protein is the most abundant molecule, apart from water, in the body. We always think of muscle when we talk of protein and amino acids, but these essential building blocks are used in every cell throughout the body.

Protein facilitates digestion and the absorption of nutrients. It helps carry these nutrients into cells. It removes waste and toxins. Protein combines with vitamins and minerals to move oxygen from the lungs to the cells that desperately need it to survive and to allow proteins to act as antioxidants, cleaning up free radicals that do cellular damage and contribute to aging. Protein aids the immune system in recognizing and removing threats to our health and wellness. Protein even goes into hormones our bodies use to balance and regulate hundreds of systems and functions, from blood sugar to emotions.

Protein can be this extremely versatile molecule thanks to what goes into it and how it is made. The body synthesizes proteins from amino acids, forming them into long chains. Some of these amino acids can be made by the body and some must come from diet. These chains can then twist and fold into unique shapes with practically endless possibilities in the chain combinations, the twists, the folds, and also in function. The bonds in these chains make protein very strong and elastic, like a spring, perfect for muscles and enzymes that need to move, shift, and react. 

Proteins do have a weakness though. Their kryptonite: heat. Heat breaks the bonds that hold the twists and folds together, destroying any abilities that protein might have once had. Many of the enzymes we eat in food help break down other proteins during digestion and also make many vitamins and minerals easier to absorb, but cooking removes these benefits. Heat can also create cross bonding between proteins where denatured chains randomly link to other chains. These cross bound proteins are harder to digest and put to use, so many of the amino acids are lost to the body and discarded as waste.

There are other problems with the protein we eat. Since the body doesn’t store amino acids, we do need a daily supply, but too much can be harmful. Excessive protein bogs down digestion, can supply way more calories than we need, and do harm to the liver and kidneys. Too little is also a problem, making us weak and more susceptible to disease and illness.

Sunwarrior strives to provide a clean, healthy amount of quality protein with a balanced amino acid profile, not too much, not too little. This protein is also raw, undamaged by heat, and ready for maximum absorption. Sunwarrior can be easily added to vegan protein smoothies for the best, plant-based amino acids in and amazing performance out, without the downsides of gluten, denatured proteins, allergens, or phytoestrogens that can be found elsewhere. Take a look at Warrior Blend and Sunwarrior Classic today and discover the difference for yourself."

Images source here 

*information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.
 

Dying to Look Good

Usually people who chose healthier diets also are very particular about other choices they make daily. Grooming products, household cleaning products, fabrics, etc. fall under scrutiny. Choosing wholesome foods, but bathing in dangerous chemicals makes little sense nor is desired. And yet, many people are still unaware of dangers even so called "organic" products are posing. Read the label. The rule should be - if you cannot eat it, don't put it on your skin.

Read this article and give it a thought. Share it if you know someone who might need this information.

In radiant health - Dominique


The Disturbing Truth About What's Really in Your Cosmetics, Toiletries and Personal Care Products

By Christine Farlow, D.C.

"When scientists sampled Andrea Martin's blood and urine to see what toxins she'd picked up from the world around her, she got a surprise. 'I had 95 chemical contaminants in my little body. And it was very mind blowing,' said Martin. The test results indicate that we all pick up tiny amounts of an astounding number of chemicals that are known to be dangerous in larger doses. Martin and eight others were tested by Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York and an advocacy organization called the Environmental Working Group. On average, the nine participants had traces of 53 chemicals known to cause cancer in human or animal tests. In addition, they had an average of 62 chemicals toxic to the brain or nervous system, plus 55 associated with birth defects."

There are toxic chemicals in almost every shampoo, conditioner, hairspray, styling gel, hair dye and perm. There are chemicals in our soaps, lotions, deodorants, perfumes, shaving creams and aftershaves. We use toothpaste and mouthwashes filled with chemicals and dyes. We take our clothes to the “dry” cleaners where they are immersed in a poisonous chlorine-based solvent called percholoroethylene or “perc”, which is carcinogenic and linked to chronic kidney, liver and gastrointestinal problems and reproductive disorders.

Toxic chemicals in personal-care products don’t just stay on our skin and in our hair. They literally get stuck in our bodies- in our tissues, our fat cells, our organs and in our brains. Have you noticed the latest craze in pharmaceuticals? The patch. There’s an epidermal patch for everything, from quitting smoking to birth control. Patches work as a delivery system because 60 % to 80% of what comes in contact with your skin enters your bloodstream and will circulate throughout your body within one minute. The more dilute the chemical the more available it is. Three researchers with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Quality Engineering in Boston concluded that greater amounts of chemical toxins could be delivered through bathing, due to skin absorption, than if they had actually been taken by mouth. Many people don’t think about their skin being absorbent - if we did, we would never put anything on our skin that we didn’t consider safe enough to eat! The reality is, we are "ingesting" our shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, mouthwashes, deodorants and body lotions. If everything we put on our skin, on our hair and in our mouths is going into our bloodstream, wouldn’t it be a good idea to use products that aren't laden with toxic chemicals?

Believe it or not, finding personal care products that aren't toxic is even harder than finding uncontaminated food. "Over 800 neurotoxic chemical compounds are used in the cosmetic and perfume industries." ("Rub A Dub Dub - Is Cancer in Your Tub?" 1999) The FDA doesn’t regulate cosmetics nearly as stringently as it regulates drugs. The agency spends only 1 percent of its overall budget on investigating cosmetics. Many shampoos, toothpastes and cosmetics with labels that read "herbal" and "natural" are also loaded with toxic chemicals.

What you need to know about "natural" personal care products 

"There is no legal definition for 'natural', and a chemist's definition of organic simply requires that the molecule contain carbon. This means in simple terms that there are no legal guidelines and boundaries for manufacturers, controlling the substance of their 'all-natural' claims. Thus, it is all in the wordplay and so-called 'natural' cosmetics can still contain potentially harmful or irritant chemicals preservatives, cheap, chemically derived aesthetic and texture enhancing additives, chemically derived sudsing agents, artificial colorants and fragrances. The proof is in the labeling. Most people tend to think that a shampoo bottle, whether sold in a health food store or not, which costs four times as much as a regular shampoo, with pictures of flowers and the labels "all-natural" and "herbal extracts" in an attractive, earth-tonish, environmentally friendly bottle, is a safe and healthy choice for washing hair. Well, one need only read the ingredients of the "natural" shampoo and compare it to any conventional brand sold in every drugstore." (www.uncleharry's.com/infobase)

The Most UN Wanted List
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Mineral oil
  • Polyethylene glycol
  • Propylene glycol
  • Sodium lauryl and laureth sulfate
  • Chlorine
  • DEA -diethanolamine
  • MEA - monoethanolamine } a class of chemicals known as alkanolamines
  • TEA - triethanolamine
  • FD&C dyes
  • Artificial fragrances
  • Imidazolidinyl urea
  • DMDM Hydantoin
  • Parabens -butyl, ethyl, methyl and propyl
  • Aluminum
  • Fluoride
  • Talc
  • Dioxins 

Alcohol

Mouthwashes with an alcohol content of 25% or higher have been implicated in mouth, tongue and throat cancers. Alcohol acts as a solvent in the mouth, making tissues more vulnerable to carcinogens. Men had a 60% higher risk and women a 90% higher risk of these cancers, compared to those not using the mouthwash. (National Cancer Institute 4/22/91) Cool Mint Listerine has an alcohol content of 21.6% and has a Warning Label.

Mineral Oil

Petroleum derivative; eye and skin irritant; may cause acne, birth defects; potential carcinogen Polyethylene Glycol Can break down into formaldehyde

Propylene Glycol

A colorless liquid used in anti-freeze solutions, paint, floor wax, and brake fluid as well as cosmetics, toothpaste, shampoos, deodorants and baby wipes. Propylene glycol is a humectant - it keeps things from drying out. “Propylene Glycol: Implicated in contact dermatitis, kidney damage and liver abnormalities; can inhibit skin cell growth in human tests and can damage cell membranes, causing rashes, dry skin and surface damage.” Material Safety Data Sheets

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) 

This stuff is in 90% of all shampoos, soap, bubble bath and toothpastes on the mass-market and even in "natural" products, like Tom's of Maine.

Gary Young, founder of Young Living, calls sodium lauryl sulfate, “One of the most toxic ingredients you can put on your body”. Sodium lauryl sulfate is a petrochemical. It was originally used as a degreasing agent for cleaning car engines and garage floors. It is also an ingredient in agent orange. Manufacturers of shampoos and toothpastes love it because it is a cheap detergent that produces a lot of foam and bubbles which we all equate with cleansing. Sodium lauryl sulfate is the #1 cause of loss of eyesight in children and allergies in adults. It interferes with the oxygen uptake of the pineal and pituitary glands. It is a major contributor to asthma, emphysema, TB, candida and fungi overgrowth in the intestines. It inhibits enzyme secretion in the body. Put sodium lauryl sulfate on your skin and scalp and its residue ends up in your heart, liver, lung and brain. Sodium lauryl sulfate damages your immune system. Sodium lauryl sulfate is rapidly taken up and accumulated by eye tissues and Put sodium lauryl sulfate on your skin and scalp and its residue ends up in your heart, liver, lung and brain. Sodium lauryl sulfate damages your immune system. Sodium lauryl sulfate is rapidly taken up and accumulated by eye tissues. It may cause cataracts. Gary Young - “It is a deadly, deadly poison.”

Ironically, sodium lauryl sulfate is used in clinical studies to irritate skin tissue and it also corrodes hair follicles and impairs our ability to grow hair! How many years have you been rubbing shampoo with sodium lauryl sulfate onto your scalp? "Americans love foamy products, and sodium lauryl sulfate is what makes all that foam in most shampoos and toothpastes. But SLS causes drying of the skin, and it dries and abnormally degreases skin's protective lipid barrier. When you dry up that barrier you expose the skin and gum tissue to bacteria." ("What's the Brush?" Alternative Medicine, August 2002) One of the best ways to absorb supplements or medications is to put them under the tongue. If your mouth is the premier absorption site in your body, what do you think happens when you put toothpaste containing sodium lauryl sulfate in your mouth?

Chlorine

“Chlorine is one of the most toxic and reactive elements known to man. During World War I, the Germans used chlorine gas as a chemical weapon of warfare. There are many studies showing that chlorine causes cancer, birth defects and miscarriages in pregnant women.” ( “Tap Water Poisons - Proving Toxicity After the Fact” 27 June, 2001. www.alternativemedicine.com/digest) A bath and shower filter is more important than a drinking water filter!

A person can absorb 600% more contaminants in a ten-minute shower than drinking chlorinated water all day.

The EPA now reports that people who drink and bathe in chlorinated water are 50% more likely of developing cancer. A professor of water chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh claims that exposure to vaporized chemicals in water supplied through showering, bathing and inhalation is 100 times greater than through drinking water. (The Nader Report - Troubled Waters on Tap. Center for Study of Responsive Law.) In a lifetime, 50 lbs. of toxic waste and pollutants may enter a body from drinking water and at least 450 lbs. may enter the body through skin absorption.

"Many people are unaware that a large number of our prescription anti-depressant drugs are laced with chlorine. Examples of chlorinated and fluorinated drugs include Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft. Hydrochloride is another orally administered antidepressant." (Young Living article "Chlorine - The Deadly 'Protectant'") DEA Diethanolamine is found in over 600 home and personal care products, including shampoos, conditioners, bubble baths, lotions, cosmetics, soaps, laundry and dishwashing detergents. Proven to cause cancer when applied to the skin of rats. Dr. Samuel Epstein, author of The Safe Shopper’s Bible, and the world’s leading authority on toxicology, has issued a stern warning regarding the use of cocamide DEA or lauramide DEA. DEA has been linked with kidney, liver and other organ damage, according to several government -funded research studies.. This is because it cannot be easily excreted from the body, but instead builds up in the fatty tissues of the liver, brain, kidney and spleen with repeated oral and dermal exposure.

“The FDA accepts that the presence of DEA and TEA in cosmetics can pose a significant consumer health threat. In the 1970s it published a notice in the Federal Register in which it urged the industry to remove these products from cosmetics.” (Steinman and Epstein, 1995, Young Living Newsletter)
FD&C Dyes Many commercial products use FD&C dyes. Many of these are coal tar dyes, which may be carcinogenic. Some artificial colors have been linked to digestive and immune system problems. Artificial colors are thought to increase allergies and hypersensitivity in children.

Artificial "fragrance"

Eighty to ninety percent of materials used in fragrance are synthesized, mostly from petroleum products. Materials used in fragrance (such as some phthalates) are suspected hormone disruptors.
Imidazolidinyl urea Strong irritant; causes contact dermatitis, may contain formaldehyde

Parabens

Most of us know the synthetic preservatives - the Parabens and their children - Butyl, Ethyl, Methyl and Propyl. We use them every day! Parabens are hormone disruptors.

Aluminum 

 Many deodorants and anti-perspirants contain aluminum compounds. Aluminum acts as a toxin in your body. “Dr. Daniel Perl, Director of Neuropathology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, suggests, ‘…avoid aerosol antiperspirants. Aluminum in aerosol form may be more readily absorbed into the brain through nasal passages.’” (The University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, April 1993 v.9n7 p.1) “Studies link aluminum to Alzheimer’s disease…The evidence is strong enough that the prudent person will eliminate all food and cosmetic sources of aluminum and will use aluminum cooking utensils only if they’re coated,” suggests Gary Price Todd, M.D., author Nutrition, Health and Disease.

Fluoride 

Fluoride levels as low as one part per million - the amount added to city water supplies - cause a breakdown of collagen, which makes up about thirty percent of the body. This amount of fluoride, coupled with a poor diet, not only contributes to wrinkling, but to speeding up the entire aging process: weakening of bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons.

Fluoride is a toxic waste product. After years of propaganda and lobbying by the smelting industries, the Public Health Service officially endorsed fluoridation of our nation's water supply in 1950. Since then, two-thirds of the nation's reservoirs have been fluoridated. "In 1977, congressional hearings revealed that the government had never cancer-tested fluoride. An investigation by the NCI was ordered and twelve years later, in 1989, upon completion of the study, it was determined that there was 'equivocal evidence' that fluoride caused bone cancer in male rats." "Zia's Essential Connection", Vol. 3, Issue 7, July 2003

"Studies have found an association between elevated fluoride and decreased IQs in children. Fluoride facilitates the uptake of aluminum into the brain producing amyloid deposits that are associated with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Just over two grams of fluoride (roughly a teaspoon) is enough to kill a 160-pound adult, while just 300 mg. is enough to kill a 20-pound child. For decades, we have been told a lie, a lie that has led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans and the weakening of the immune systems of tens of millions more. This lie is called fluoridation. A process we were led to believe was a safe and effective method of protecting teeth from decay is in fact a fraud. In recent years it's been shown that fluoridation is neither essential for good health nor protective of teeth. What it does is poison the body. We should all at this point be asking how and why public health policy and the American media continue to live with and perpetuate this scientific sham." Gary Null, Ph.D. ("Fluoridation: Cavity Preventer or Toxic Waste?" Young Living Newsletter)
 
As of April 7, 1997 the FDA required warning labels on all fluoride dental care products (toothpaste).

Talcum powder

Talc is chemically similar to asbestos, a known cancer causing substance. Talc is found in body and baby powders, cosmetics, even condoms.

“A possible tie between talcum powder and ovarian cancer, long suspected because of talc’s chemical similarity to asbestos, was strongly supported last week when a study found a higher risk of cancer among women who dusted themselves with talc or used feminine deodorant sprays. The study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, found that women who used talcum powder in the genital area had an increased ovarian cancer risk of 60% and women who used feminine deodorant sprays had a 90% increased risk.” (U.S. News and World Report, March 17, 1997 v.122n10p.77)
 
Dioxin

The paper industry uses chlorine to bleach paper and paper products. Dioxin is a chemical byproduct of the manufacturing of chlorine-bleached paper. Dioxin is believed to be the single most carcinogenic chemical known to science. The EPA has found dioxin to be 300,000 times more potent a carcinogen than DDT. Dioxins are “potent endocrine disruptors” and have been linked to a host of women’s health problems. Dioxin is in bleached coffee filters, disposable diapers, paper towels, sanitary napkins, tampons and bathroom tissue…I can’t imagine how much dioxin is absorbed by babies who are wrapped in disposable diapers 24 hours a day for 2 years...

Studies show that 40-70 percent of the dioxin in bleached coffee filters can leach into your coffee. Dioxin found in paper milk cartons also leaches into the milk you drink. Thanks to chlorine pollution, Americans ingest a daily amount of dioxin that is already 300 to 600 times greater than the EPA’s so-called “safe” dose.

Dr. Edward Fujimoto warned against freezing drinking water in plastic water bottles, as this releases dioxin from the plastic into the water. Hot coffee in styrofoam cups also causes the toxins in the styrofoam to leach into your coffee. Dr. Fujimoto also warned against putting food containing fats into a plastic container and then heating them in a microwave, as this will release dioxins into the food. Also, use paper towels instead of saran wrap to cover food when you are nuking it, as heating the saran wrap (a plastic) causes it to drip poisonous toxins into your food. (An even better health tip - throw your microwave out.)

Phthalates

"Scientists have found chemicals called phthalates, which are know to cause birth defects in animals, in many personal care items like makeup, hairspray, soap and also plastic food wrap." Phthalates are hormone disruptors.

About one billion pounds of 25 different phthalate compounds are produced each year, and they tend to accumulate in fat tissue and are easily absorbed through the skin. Major sources: plastic wrap, soft plastics, including soft plastic toys, plastic medical equipment and some personal care products.

*This information is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

Friday, August 17, 2012

8 Healthy Easy-to-Make Raw Salad Dressings

One of the most horrifying experiences for me is to watch people eat salads without a dressing. I can virtually see all the fat-soluble vitamins going down the drain. Very often this nutritional "crime" is perpetrated by health and weight conscious people who seem not to understand how the human physiology works.


People fail to understand that fat is absolutely vital to our health. The human brain needs essential fatty acids in order to function properly. The liver and gall bladder cannot perform their function without fat. And yet, people are afraid to come near the olive oil bottle. Salad dressings are important for our nutrition, but like with everything, the amount and the quality is vital. Your salad does not have to swim in oil. And you never have to buy a commercially made dressing. Not even if the label say it's organic.


Spicy honey dressing
  • 1/4 cup virgin flax oil
  • 1 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 3 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • pinch of pink Himalaya salt
In a bowl whisk flax oil with honey. Add balsamic vinegar. Whisk again. Add chili flakes and mix well. Add salt to taste. Ready!

Herb dressing
  • 1 cup minced medley of fresh herbs: dill, parsley, cilantro, basil
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • Celtic salt & black pepper taste
In a bowl mix herbs, spring onions and garlic. Add olive oil and balsamico. Mix gently. Add salt and pepper to taste. Ready!

Honey mustard dressing
  • 3 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp organic grainy mustard
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp purified water
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • Celtic salt & black pepper to taste
In a bowl whisk honey, olive oil and mustard into a smooth dressing. Add water if the dressing is too thick. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Japanese dressing
  • 2 Tbsp organic miso paste
  • 1/4 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp raw sesame seed oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp light Japanese soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions 
In a bowl mix miso paste, sesame oil and lemon juice. Add water to obtain the right dressing consistency.  Add ginger, salt and pepper to taste. Add spring onion and mix gently. Ready!

Avocado dressing
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 tsp hot pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water 
Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Adjust the amount of liquid to obtain nice creamy dressing. Enjoy!

Mexican dressing
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1 green jalapeño pepper, minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil
  • Celtic salt to taste
In a bowl whisk olive oil and lemon juice. Add garlic, cilantro and jalapeño. Mix gently. Add cumin and and Celtic salt to taste. Ready!

Almond butter ginger dressing
  • 1/2 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup purified water
  • 1 tsp grated ginger root
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • Celtic salt & black pepper to taste
In a bowl whisk almond butter, olive oil, water and lemon juice until you receive smooth dressing. Adjust liquids if necessary. Add ginger and garlic. Mix well. Add salt to taste. Enjoy in good company!

Spicy yoghurt paprika dressing
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 hot chili pepper
  • 1 cup natural organic yoghurt
  • 3 Tbsp organic flax oil
  • 1/4 tsp Celtic salt
In a food processor blend bell pepper, chili and yoghurt into a smooth and creamy dressing. Add flax oil and salt and process for another 30 seconds. Enjoy on leafy greens or as a dip! Replace yoghurt with cashew butter if you are a vegan.


These are my favorite recipes. They are easy and quick. They are here to give you an idea what you can concoct in you kitchen using simple ingredients. There is absolutely no limit to your creativity. Feel free to experiment with different spices and herbs, and use different kinds of oils and nut butters. Always use best raw, organic ingredients you can afford to buy.

Dress your salads! Salad dressings make salads not only more interesting, but also so much healthier.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2012

         

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Raw Beet Salad with Fresh Herbs and Ginger

Beets are probably one of the most important ingredient in a raw food diet. They are a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin are the two best-studied betalains from beets, and both have been shown antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties as well as great support of the body's own detoxification processes.


The detox support provided by betalains includes support of some especially important Phase 2 detox steps involving glutathione. Although these betalain pigments are also present in other foods (like the stems of chard or rhubarb), the concentration of betalains in the peel and flesh of beets is the highest.

Beets are also an excellent source of folate and a very good source of manganese, potassium and vitamin C. Beets are a good source of digestive-supportive dietary fiber, free radical scavenging copper, bone-healthy magnesium, and energy-producing iron and phosphorus.

Add beets to your diet as often as you possibly can.


This simple salad also includes ginger, chilli and cilantro. Together with beets they offer an optimal liver support and help detoxify your body.

Ingredients:
  • 3-4 beets
  • 2 slices of ginger
  • 1 small bunch of fresh herbs: cilantro, dill, flat parsley and spring onions
  • 3 Tbsp virgin flax seed oil
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp raw honey
  • 1/3 tsp hot chilli flakes
  • pinch of pink Himalaya salt


Method:
  • Wash and peel the beets. Cut them lengthwise into quarters and slice into thin slices. Place in a large mixing bowl.
  • Mince the ginger and mix with beets.
  • Mince fresh herbs and gently mix them with beets and ginger. Set aside.
  • Make dressing whisking flax oil, balsamic vinegar and honey in a small bowl. Add chilli flakes and salt and mix vigorously.
  • Pour dressing over beet salad and mix thoroughly. Serve in individual bowls with raw flax crackers. Enjoy!

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Finished!


         

Juice or Smoothie?

A few people asked me recently what is better on a raw food diet - juice or smoothie. I am a passionate raw foodie and for me the question does not sit quite right. Neither is "better" and when you decide to go raw, you are not really dieting. You simply change the way you nourish your body and your mind.


Personally, I do not like monotony in my life and I love my food to be colorful and as versatile as possible. And I love both, smoothies and juices, as both are nutritious, tasty and rather easy to make.

Despite the fact that they may even contain the same ingredients, juice is different than smoothie. They are prepared differently and they differ in their consistency. And you can add "things" to smoothies that cannot be processed by a juicer. A smoothie will keep you satiated; a juice will quench your thirst. And both will help you consume more fruit and vegetable.


Juice

A juice is made when a liquid is extracted from a fruit or a vegetable. To make a juice we use juicers, citrus presses, and juice extractors. These kitchen devices remove the fruit or vegetable pulp leaving a good tasting liquid.

Juices contain much less fiber than smoothies and essentially are the water and nutrients, including the pigments, of fruit and vegetable used in preparation. They also contain all the enzymes, but are less satiating than smoothies. The body usually takes less time to process the juice, but you will need much more fruits and vegetables to make the same amount of juice as you normally would if you made a smoothie.

You can use any fruit and vegetable alone or in combination with other fruits and vegetable, but there some fruits like banana or ripe avocado that do not juice well. You do not also want to juice an eggplant or a zucchini. And, of course, some combinations are tastier than others. To be on the safe side, especially if you do not have much experience, follow suggested recipes. In no time you will be able to develop intuition and understand what goes together and what doesn't.

Juices should always be  made out of fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs. If you decide to add spices such as cinnamon or black pepper, you add them to a pitcher after you processed the other ingredients.

And last, but not least. Do not throw away the pulp. You can compost it or use it as a base to make other vegetarian or vegan dishes. Simply add a little juice and freeze it for later use.
 

Smoothie

Smoothies are the favorite "meal replacements" in the world of healthy and beautiful. They are not only tasty, but also very nutritious. They can, indeed, replace a meal and are rather easy to make. All you need is a good blender and a little fantasy.

Unlike juices, they can be made from a very wide range of ingredients, especially those that do not juice well, or cannot be juiced at all. They are usually made from fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables and often have some liquid component added as a base. This can be yogurt, kefir, milk, nut or grain milks, water, coconut water or freshly squeezed orange juice. Many recipes include a variety of other ingredients such as:
  • herbs 
  • spices 
  • nuts 
  • seeds
  • sprouts 
  • legumes 
  • powdered protein 
  • raw eggs
  • superfood supplements such a s barley grass, açai or spirulina. 
Smoothies offer more variety than juices since the list of ingredients is endless.


Smoothies are creamy and thick and can actually be eaten with a spoon. They contain fruit and vegetable fiber and all the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients of the ingredients used in preparation. When made properly, with a source of complete protein, they constitute a balanced and satiating meal that will keep you nourished for a few hours. They are good for breakfast or lunch, but can be taken any time during the day.

Depending on your personal needs and your lifestyle, you can supercharge your smoothies. You can add ingredients to enhance your stamina, boost your immune system, help you lose weight, detoxify your body or increase your mental performance.

Conclusion

I always encourage diversity and suggest that you try both, smoothies and juices. Simply follow your heart and the seasons. And use best ingredients you can afford. It's your precious body you are trying to nourish.

If you are a raw food beginner or do not have much time to design your own recipes, you may want to try out some suggestions from a good raw food "cook" book or from raw food blogs like mine. People on raw food believe that there is nothing better for your health than food in its most natural state and they love to share their experience. Just this time, you may really want to follow the crowd.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Juice inspiration by James: Apple Pear Guava Juice 
made with a super-powerful Champion juicer

Dominique Allmon©2012

         


Monday, August 13, 2012

Raw Zucchini Pasta with Basil Pesto

Very often people on raw food tell me that they miss all the comforting pasta dishes they used to eat before embarking on a raw journey.

I love pasta and I used to miss it as well until I discovered that one can actually use vegetables to make raw noodles.


Squashes such as zucchini are perfect! They are rather neutral in taste and very easy to cut: using circular cutter you can make spaghetti; with the help of a simple vegetable peeler you can make tagliatelle. Experiment!

When your pasta is ready simply add the raw pasta sauce of your choice. Ready! Simple, quick and nutritious. And most importantly, raw.

Ingredients:

for the pasta:
  • 1 large zucchini or a squash of your choice
  • 1Tbsp freshly pressed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • pinch Celtic sea salt
for the pesto:
  • small bunch of fresh, organic basil leaves
  • handful of raw, organic pine nuts
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 6 Tbsp of virgin olive oil
  • small chunk of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (if you are a vegan add crushed almonds instead)
  • pinch Celtic salt to taste


Method:
  • Wash and dry the zucchini.
  • Using a vegetable peeler make thin "pasta" ribbons out of zucchini. Proceed slowly, but do not worry if they break. Gently mix the zucchini ribbons with lemon juice, olive oil and salt. This will make the noodles tender.
  • Portion the ready pasta onto pasta plates.
  • Make pesto using a mortar and a pestle or a food processor. For instructions please click here. Skip the cheese if you are a vegan and use more nuts instead.
  • Put a generous amount of this wonderful pesto on the pasta. Decorate with fresh basil leaves and raw pine nuts. Enjoy in good company!
In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique



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