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Archive for the ‘Dr. Oz’ Category

Organic Spices for Your Health

 

Chicken Soup

Adding organic spice to your food not only improves flavor, it improves health.  Grandma was right when she suggested making homemade chicken soup when you weren’t feeling well.  My grandma’s recipe included an abundance of flavorful spices:

  • Bay Leaf - tonic for nerves, sedating.  Its oil is antibacterial & antifungal.  Clear breathing passages & remove congestion by using bay as a steam inhalant.  Bay is also known to reduce blood pressure and strengthen heart health as well as it’s an excellent cleanser for the spleen, liver, glands and joints.  Amazing, right?
  • Rosemary – circulatory tonic for energy & vitality.  Rosemary also strengthens heart health and helps maintain healthy blood pressure.  It can help circulation issues caused by Diabetes and it’s a natural anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiviral, and antimicrobial.  In addition it has antioxidants to help prevent aging, and Rosemary is used in many ways to reduce hair loss and restore hair growth.
  • Thyme – I love Thyme.  It’s a natural bronchodilator, antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and antiseptic. Thyme is also a great respiratory tea and a thyme steam will disinfect the air in a sick room!

In an Asian soup recipe you might find some more exotic organic spices:

  •  Star Anise – a calming spice that’s used to relieve digestive stress.  Star anise can help relax digestive muscles, ease spasms, indigestion and gas and in Chinese medicine it is used for hernias and relieving children’s colic.
  • Turmeric – dates back 4,000 years in Ayurvedic (life-knowing) medicine. A holy herb, turmeric is used in all Indian recipes.  Dr. Oz and Dr. Mercola have both recommended turmeric for daily use.  It’s recognized as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.  Lab studies have shown turmeric to be an anti-cancer spice and there is evidence that it helps keep Alzheimer’s at bay. Wow! (Turmeric is an ingredient in Curry)

I don’t like pills.  Pills require your digestive system to work correctly, and if the pill is a capsule, there is the assumption that the capsule will dissolve properly.  Additionally, even if everything dissolves and distributes as hoped, it is still not as direct and immediate as ingesting an herb or spice through your mouth (tea, tincture or food) or skin (salves, herbal oils). 

Organic is also important when it comes to herbs and spices in order to avoid ingesting chemicals and pesticides.

This is just the beginning!  Once you get started, the wide variety of organic spices available through Good Life To Go make it fun to build your spice collection.  As I’ve said many times, save those spice containers from the ‘grocery store’ spices, because that’s what you paid for.  Of course, I love collecting eclectic bottles and using them as spice jars. The quality of spice, even organic spices, off the grocery store shelf are not anywhere near the quality of the bulk organic spices available online at https://www.goodlifetogo.net/store

African Mango Seed – Increased Metabolism (weight management)

High quality African Mango Seed Powder – $4.50/oz

African Mango Seed (Irvingia Gabonensis) has been recognized recently by Dr. Oz in First for Women, (issue date January 2, 2011). Dr. Mehmet Oz called the African Mango a “breakthrough supplement” and a “miracle in your medicine cabinet that can help you lose 10 pounds.” Dr. Oz says, “There are brand new studies that have come out showing that African Mango actually acts like a super-potent fiber. And because of that, it’s highly effective in sequestering cholesterol and taking it out of your body.”

Unfortunately it seemed that the only way to take advantage of this colorful natural fruit supplement, which has been used locally for centuries on the western coast of Cameroon, was in chemically created pill form.  After much research we finally found a supplier of organic/wildcrafted and cwoc products that carried the African Mango Seed Powder.

Just add to your morning smoothy, water or juice to take advantage of this whole food super-supplement!

At Good Life To Go we believe that original raw whole foods are the best way to benefit from natural health solutions.  Avoid pills whenever possible – we don’t trust what’s in the pills, we don’t trust our digestive systems to distribute the pill correctly, and we don’t trust capsules to dissolve.  Herbs, teas, tinctures and whole food supplements are our recommended methodologies for health management.

Books We Like

20,000 Secrets of Tea
by Victoria Zak

Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health by Rosemary Gladstar