Since this is my final newsletter for 2015, I’ll keep it short and sweet….I promise. Which reminds me, I should thank you for your patience in reading mypainfully long missives every month. I am passionate about health... no seriously, and, unfortunately for you, just as passionate about passing on everything I learn. I can only hope that you have gained something from my constant “snooping” around like Miss Marple, flushing out the bad guys, and championing the good. If, this year, I have helped you in just one small way that has made even the tiniest difference to your life, that is good enough reward for me.
Tired of plain old lemon juice in water?
I have often written about the wonderful detoxing abilities of juice from just a quarter of a lemon in hot water first thing in the morning. But day after day maybe this could become a bit boring, although I can’t imagine ever not looking forward to mine. If you would like to bump up the cleansing effect of lemon juice, make this superfood tonic:
In ½ a glass of water add 2 ice cubes, juice of 1 lemon, 1T apple cider vinegar, 1/2t honey and a dash of cayenne pepper.
What makes this such a great tonic? Well there is vitamin C in the lemon juice to boost your immune system, probiotics, prebiotics and enzymes in the apple cider vinegar, antifungal and antibacterial properties in honey and cayenne pepper is naturally cleansing, stimulates circulation and neutralizes acidity. And so we have an excellent morning beverage for a total body detox.
Treat gout with apple cider vinegar
Sounds crazy doesn't it but although apple cider vinegar is acidic on the tongue it does not cause acidity in the blood. ACV acts to help create an alkaline-forming state in the body by stimulating digestive juices, including bicarbonate, that's released by the pancreas. This highly alkaline substance neutralizes the acidic vinegar and stomach acids, helping to balance the pH. Mix 1 to 2 tablespoons of vinegar in a glass of water and drink all at once. You may certainly add a little honey if you can't tolerate the sourness.
This may not work for everyone with gout but it really can’t harm you. All being well, it should help you break down purines better, improve the digestion process and lower uric acid levels in the blood. According to Thomas Baroody, author of Alkalinize or Die, "having a pH balance that is acid can cause gout, but shifting the scale toward alkalinity can get rid of gout and prevent it from coming back". Baroody says drinking apple cider vinegar can break up uric acid crystals and prevent them from reforming in the joints. He says you may notice an increase in symptoms, at least initially, because the uric acid may cause some inflammation as the crystals dissolve, but these symptoms should subside within a couple of weeks. Read more about this here: Can apple cider vinegar treat gout?
Just be sure you get a good quality one from a health shop, with the "mother" still intact. And as I already said, this may not be a solution for everyone with gout so please don't shoot the messenger. You will only know once you have tried it.
Of course staying hydrated also helps alot to prevent gout attacks. It removes excess uric acid from the blood stream thus preventing uric acid buildup. So drink plenty of good quality water.
Supplements that help: High dose vitamin C, believe it or not, helps break down uric acid crystals. I would recommend Natural Vibrance Super Natural C and also their Fields of Green to alkalinse, alkalinise, alkalinise.
Eat the whole egg
Why would we not eat the yolk and the white when nature put it all in one package, surely intending for us to eat it all? The much-maligned egg yolk is an excellent source of nutrients and the egg white provides superior animal protein. And contrary to popular opinion, eggs do NOT raise cholesterol. In fact a good free range egg can actually lower cholesterol. This article should answer all your questions: Are whole eggs or egg whites better for you?
The 80/20 Rule
It's okay to go a little 'off plan' during the holidays. Sometimes the stress that comes with avoiding “off the plan” foods plus the guilt that happens when you’ve allowed yourself to indulge can be worse for your health than just eating the food itself! As long as you stay on track with 80% of your food choices (and speak to Santa nicely), you'll emerge from the festive season feeling pretty good about yourself.
If you know a smoker who is trying to quit, please point them in the direction of www.quitsmokingnaturally.co.za where we have a holiday season promotion on Vice-Breaker. Help your friend or family member to make a New Year's Resolution that sticks this time round.
And now it's almost Christmas, so before I break my promise and take up any more of your time, I'll end my final newsletter for 2015 with my sincerest wish that you and your family enjoy the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of New Years, and if you're travelling anywhere, be safe.
PS: I have attached the latest product list although it hasn't been updated, in spite of the fact that the ridiculous rand dollar exchange rate hit me hard this week when a shipment of our omega-3 products arrived. So for now, just a heads up that there will be some nasty but necessary price increases of some brands which will take effect on 1 January, without further warning.
I'll be available until Monday 21 Dec to dispatch urgent orders but will then take a break until Monday 4th January to spend precious time with my precious family.
Nutritional Therapist (BSc (Hons) HDE, Dip Clin Nutr) The Orchards Nutrition Centre - Somerset East Tel: 042 243 0339 Cell: 084 531 0786 Email: email@example.com
The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only and not to be construed as medical advice. It is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or in any way replace qualified medical supervision. For any medical conditions, consult with your healthcare provider before using any products. Abundant health to you all.