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Shortest Day – Time to Plant Garlic !

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today it is Winter Solstice – our shortest day and according to tradition, this is the time to plant your garlic cloves so they can be harvested on the longest day, December 21,  just in time for Christmas. A great Christmas present for our health read below for some of the therapeutic benefits from eating garlic.

There is definitely more to the humble garlic bulb than meets the eye.  This herb has been valued across many cultures as a medicine, food, flavouring and preservative. It is one of the oldest cultivated plants with written records dating back to Ancient Egypt detailing its medicinal use.  Hippocrates cited its numerous uses therapeutically, it was given to the original Olympic athletes, therefore we can possibly regard it as our first performance-enhancing drug. It has also been used in Chinese medicine for the last 3,000years.

Today we use garlic as a delicious ingredient that adds nutritional punch and wonderful flavour to many dishes, but we also recognise and use garlic therapeutically. This could be due to the sulphur containing compounds such as the pungent and volatile allicin. This has been shown to have antimicrobial actions so helping our bodies fight colds, flu along with yeast infections such as candida.

Did you know garlic and its constituents have strong antioxidant properties, they are capable of scavenging those harmful free radicals that can be so damaging to our bodies? Garlic has also been shown to indirectly help our own internal antioxidant systems. Definitely another plus for including garlic in your diet.

Studies have also indicated garlic to assist with cardiovascular health as it seems to have a protective effect against atherosclerosis, helps naturally to decrease cholesterol levels, and helps lower blood pressure.

In this toxic world we live in, garlic can also assist us. In vitro tests have shown “garlic to prevent cadmium and arsenic-induced oxidative stress” (Braun & Cohen, 2015)

And there’s more … nutritionally garlic is a good source of B6, vitamin C, manganese, selenium, phosphorous, calcium, potassium, iron and copper (Murray and Pizzorno, 2005)

Don’t miss out, get into your garden or just use some pots and plant some garlic, your body will love you for it.

Garlic Aioli Recipe                                                                                                                      Ingredients                                                                                                                                                1 large egg,  1 1/2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice,  1 teaspoon of white wine vinegar,  1/4 teaspoon  Dijon mustard, 1/2 teaspoon of salt,  3/4 cup of virgin olive oil (divided), 1 garlic clove.

Method                                                                                                                                            Combine egg yolk, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 minced garlic clove in a medium bowl. Whisk until properly blended and colour should be bright yellow.

Using 1/4 teaspoon measure add a 1/4 of a cup of olive oil to the yolk mixture, a couple of drops at a time, whisking constantly. Note this takes around 4 minutes.

Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup of olive oil, ensuring it is added in a slow thin stream, whisking all the time until the mayonnaise is thick and lighter in colour. Cover and chill. It can be kept for two days. Use as a dip for your favourite vegetables or whenever you would use mayonnaise.

Note Raw egg is not recommended for infants, the elderly, immune compromised or pregnant woman.

Far Infrared Sauna

New Far Infrared Sauna

Our new Sun Stream Sauna with low EMF emissions is now up and running!

Health benefits of Far Infrared Saunas:

Detoxification:
Greatly assists our bodies detoxification processes, especially with the elimination of heavy metals and toxic chemicals.

Pain management: 
According to Jeffrey Spencer, the University of Southern California, “Infrared wavelengths penetrate the body to create heat… they increase blood flow to the muscles delivering more concentrated oxygen which creates more energy to heal.”

Raising Body Temperature:
This powerfully assists the body to kill bacteria, fungi, parasites, viruses and can assist with cancer treatments.

Cardiac Health:
Research has shown Sauna Therapy to help produce systolic blood pressure. A 2008 Study published in a Journal of Cardiology reported Far Infrared Sauna Therapy to be safe and effective in improving clinical systems and cardiac function, and may help improve impaired blood vessel function in patients suffering from high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.

And it just feels great! 🙂

Come and give it a try!

“We Are Not Powerless Victims To Our Genetics” Bruce Lipton

For great health look after your cell environment. Put junk into your blood, get junk blood. We can be the masters of our own health.

Today Dr Bruce Lipton gave a fascinating lecture at South Pacific College on the Biology of Belief. He spoke about the genes not be the controller of life and that our cell’s environment has a profound affect on the viability and health of the cells and ultimately our health. Epigenetics (control above the genes) means we are not powerless victims to our genetics but can change the environment of our cells  and become masters of our own health

What Affects Our Cell Environment? Dr Lipton spoke about the importance of nutrition and the signals that were being sent to our cells through chemical messengers such as hormones and neurotransmitters.

Nutrition – after all the fate of the cell depends on the composition of the blood, “put junk in get junk blood” = poor cellular environment.

Cellular Signals – this includes our own brain’s perceptions and beliefs (emotions) which affect the chemicals (hormones and neurotransmitters) made. Our brain can be thought of as a chemist making up a culture medium, the blood. These chemicals can be stress and inflammatory hormones which have an important role to play but are not always appropriate and can negatively impact our health, or those feel good hormones associated with attachment and feeling happy.

Become Masters of Your Own Health. Help provide a great environment for your cells by eating good nutritious food, avoid sugar and harmful additives but ensure a good intake of omega oils. Look to change your perception of life and what is a threat and what really isn’t – scary thoughts make scary cells. Love is a very powerful, positive emotion and should be fostered. Find your purpose, having a purpose and something important to do enhances life.

Love Yourself You Are Unique And Special 🙂

 

 

Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

SLEEP HYGIENE

Does the above picture of someone lying awake at night watching the hours tick by ring true to you? Read the sleep hygiene tips below to help improve your sleep.

Having great sleep hygiene involves creating habits that are necessary for getting a good nights sleep. Sleep hygiene is important for everyone and can prevent sleeping disorders. Even some small adjustments can be the difference between a good night sleep and a restless sleep. To have great sleep hygiene create the following habits:

  • Avoid caffeine close to bedtime
  • Avoid computer and cell phone use a couple of hours before bed. The blue/white light they omit disrupts your body’s circadian rhythm making sleep more difficult
  • Get regular exercise
  • Do something relaxing before bed
  • Do not bring problems to bed or go to bed straight after an argument.

Still having trouble sleeping? Call our Natural Health Clinic on (09) 4444527 to ask about other ways we can help including Herbal Formulas, Flower Essences, Buteyko Breathing Courses. Or visit our website for more information http://www.simplygreathealth.co.nz

An Easy Way To Reduce Sugar (and eat your chocolate)

An Easy Way to Reduce Sugar Intake :

We all know we should be reducing our sugar content as it negatively impacts our immune system and is very inflammatory to our body. BUT we like chocolate. Lynda Smith from Nutrition for Life demonstrates how by careful selection we can still have chocolate and greatly reduce our sugar consumption. The pictures above show the sugar content of a bar of milk chocolate (top) and a dark 90% cacao bar (lower bar). Note how the top bag is full of sugar.

Dark chocolate contains less sugar, and dairy. Cacao is the purest form of chocolate and is full of antioxidants and minerals such as magnesium. The greater the percentage of cacao the higher the antioxidant level and the less sugar that bar of chocolate will contain. The Naturopaths at Simply Great Health, Albany, believe this is a great way to reduce sugar and boost your immune system. If you have a very sweet tooth this change to dark chocolate will take a bit of time, but persevere you will grow to love it and just look at how much sugar you will be avoiding.

 

At Simply Great Health we promote Naturopathic approach for our consultations. Various services such as Hemaview Live Blood Analysis, Homeopathy and Therapeutic Supplements are practiced at our North Shore based center in Albany, Auckland.

Food For Medicine – How to get 40% more vital nutrients without trying

Plants help provide the essential nutrients our bodies need for vitality and health. Micro greens contain up to 40% more nutrients than fully mature plants. So what better way to experience the health benefits of these than to grow your own.

Microgreens

Growing microgreens is an excellent way to eat young nutrient filled greens. Harvest time is typically 7-14 days. Common varieties include alfalfa, basil, beets, broccoli, celery, chervil, coriander, cress, fennel, flax, lettuce, mizuna, mustard, parsley, peas, radish, red clover, rocket, spinach, and more.

Guide to growing

Materials

  • Organic or untreated seed
  • Small trays/containers
  • Spray bottle
  • Organic seed raising growing mix

 

  • Prepare your shallow seed tray (or egg tray carton, or other small container with drainage holes) with organic seed raising soil mix, approx. 2 cm depth and lightly press. Alternatively use wet cotton wool balls / strips.

Trouble shooting

 

  • For larger size seeds i.e. peas/beans/beets it is recommended to soak to seed in water for 24 hours before sowing to enhance germination.
  • Leggy seedlings indicate lack of light, move to a brighter position and rotate the tray to encourage even growth.
  • Mouldy seedlings – don’t flood the seedlings, try sowing fewer seeds in the tray and increase air circulation by moving to a more breezy area.
  • Plant different varieties into separate trays/containers as they do vary in germination times.
  • Scatter the seed generously over the soil and cover with a very thin layer of soil (0.5 cm). Water using a spray bottle to dampen the soil. If using cotton wool, no need to add any soil. Leave in a warm, protected spot until germination begins. Cover with a paper towel (optional to prevent the seed from drying out). Then move to a bright position i.e. sunny window sill or sheltered outdoor area.
  • Water regularly using the spray bottle, avoid letting the seeds dry out and do not drown as this encourages rot.
  • Once the seedlings are approx. 4 cm tall, they are ready to snip with scissors. Cut above the soil line. Rinse if any soil is attached and sprinkle directly onto your salads. You can choose to cut at the cotyledon leaf or at the true leaf stage or wait and grow onto baby leaf stage.
  • Sow small amounts of seeds regularly i.e. every week or second week to ensure a continuous supply.

 

At Simply Great Health we promote Naturopathic approach for our consultations. Various services such as Hemaview Live Blood Analysis, Homeopathy and Therapeutic Supplements are practiced at our North Shore based center in Albany, Auckland.

Would you like to know more Health Tips

Do Pineapples Help With Arthritis Pain?

Studies have found proteolytic enzymes help short circuit many pain pathways. They help reduce inflammation and swelling as well as assist in toxin and waste removal from your blood. Pineapple contains proteolytic enzymes such as bromelain. There is evidence that suggests that these enzymes have anti-inflammatory properties and may well help reduce pain and stiffness associated with arthritis much like non steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) but without the dangers associated with long term use of NSAIDS.

Note there are some drug/nutrient interactions with bromelain increasing the action of warfarin and other blood thinners, it also increases the absorption of most antibiotics.

Infra Red Sauna – The Many Health Benefits

Sauna’s can help your body with the removal of some heavy metals such as lead, mercury and cadmium,  BPA from plastics as well as other toxins in your body. BUT there’s more…an article published in Harvard Health Publications stated that a study in Finland found regular sauna use was associated with lower death rates from cardiovascular disease and strokes. The University of Eastern Finland found that frequent saunas may reduce the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimers disease. To try our sauna for yourself email info@simplygreathealth.co.nz or phone 0210505053/094444527

For information on our sauna click on the following link http://simplygreathealth.co.nz/far-infrared-sauna/

Tips For A Better Night’s Sleep

SLEEP HYGIENE
Having great sleep hygiene involves creating habits that are necessary for getting a good nights sleep. Sleep hygiene is important for everyone and can prevent sleeping disorders. Even some small adjustments can be the difference between a good night sleep and a restless sleep. To have great sleep hygiene create the following habits: