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Flu Tea

This tea is a fantastic remedy when taken at the first signs of infection, expecially if you are experiencing mild chills and/or fever.

Place the following ingredients into a mug:

  1. Juice of 1 lemon
  2. 1 teaspoon of finely chopped or grated fresh ginger or ¼ teaspoon dried ginger
  3. A pinch of chili powder or a little chopped fresh chili
  4. 1-2 cloves of garlic crushed or finely chopped
  5. 1-2 teaspoons honey (if desired)

Pour over boiling water and let infuse, covered, for about 10 minutes. Rug up, stay warm and enjoy this delicious brew. It will encourage a mild fever and induce sweating. Fever is one of the body’s first defences against infection and assisting this process will often result in a quick resolution of the symptoms.

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Brown Rice Reduces the Risk of Type 2 Di

Brown Rice Reduces the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Brown rice reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes whilst white rice increases the risk.
A number of studies looking at the effect of rice on type 2 diabetes risk have found the following:
• White rice – people who had at least 5 servings per week had a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those who had less than 1 serve per month
• Brown rice – people who had at least 2 servings per week had a lower risk for developing type 2 diabetes than those who consumed less than 1 serve per month
You can see from this data that 2 servings of brown rice per week can help to prevent type 2 diabetes. Whereas on the other hand the more white rice that is consumed the greater the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
This information is particularly beneficial for those people who already have type 2 diabetes or who are at risk of developing it.

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Brown Rice Better Than White…. There is

Brown Rice Better Than White….
There is little doubt that brown rice is more nutritious than white rice. It is less processed, higher in good quality soluable firbre and higher in nutrients. When brown rice is milled and polished to turn it into white rice a number of nutrients are greatly reduced. These include B complex vitamins (especially vitamin V3, B1 and B6), iron, manganese and phosphorus. Almost all the fibre and essential fatty acids are lost.

Brown rice helps improve digestive health
Rice bran is a soluable fibre and is high in brown rice but not white. It is a valuable source of food for the ‘good’ intestinal bacteria and can help to relieve a number of digestive complaints. It can help where there is excessive bloating and flatulence and is particularly beneficial after antibiotic possibly in conjunction with a good probiotic supplement.

Feeding beneficial intestinal bacteria is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve digestive health. There is only space in the gut for a finite number of organisms. It stands to reason, the higher the population of ‘good’ bacteria the lower the population of ‘bad’ bacteria.

Other sources of soluable fibre include oats (oat bran), psyllium husks, slippery elm powder. Fruit and vegetables also contain soluable fibre.

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Losing Weight – The whole fruit is best…

Losing Weight – The whole fruit is best………

One of the best ways to lose weight is to eat less and the easiest way to eat less is to reduce feelings of hunger.
A study published in 2009 in the journal Appetite showed that eating a whole apple with skin reduced hunger and had a longer lasting effect than apple in other forms eg apple juice, apple juice with added fibre, apple sauce, apple without skin. In other words, eating a whole unpeeled apple made people feel full for longer.
For me there are no surprises in this research and you can actually improve on this result by having a few nuts such as almonds with the whole fruit. The addition of the nuts slows down the absorption of sugar from the fruit and gives a feeling of fullness for even longer and lowers the glycaemic index (GI). This means you have lower insulin secretion and a longer, more sustainable energy release.
Although the occasional unsweetened fruit juice will not do you a lot of harm it is important to ensure that the majority of your fruit intake is from whole fruit.

PubMed link

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An Apple A Day…… We have all heard the s

An Apple A Day……
We have all heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Well, according to research carried out in Poland this old saying appears to be true, at least in the case of bowel cancer.
Researchers found that eating as little as 1 apple per day seemed to reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer. The risk reduction correlated with the number of apples per day.
It is thought that the protective effect is probably caused by antioxidants in apples. These antioxidants inhibit cancer onset and the growth of cancer cells.
Fresh fruit and vegetables generally provide lots of antioxidants and should be eaten in significant quantities everyday. In light of this research it might be worth adding an apple a day to your diet.
To read the abstract go to this PubMed link:

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