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Those busy Bees

While bees are making their rounds to the various trees and flowers they are doing an incredible job at gathering some valuable cargo.

Not only do our neighborhood bees collect pollen; they also pick up propolis, a resin obtained from the buds of some trees and flowers. These bees must be pretty smart: The resin they’re picking up is a helpful antibiotic! Bees spread this around their nest to protect it from bacteria and viruses. Propolis is found in some toothpastes to help prevent low grade infections in humans. Some believe propolis can improve energy by stimulating thymus activity.

 

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A little on the liver

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine the liver is in the Wood-Element  category.

The liver is thought of as being the most congested of all internal organs. Excessive fat, chemicals, intoxicants, and denatured food all disrupt the natural functions of the liver. The energy flow of the liver can be measured through our emotions. A liver free of toxins can reduce the amount of stress in ones life.

 

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Garlic – A great medicine

This is the most pungent of the onion family members. This pungent plant promotes circulation and sweating for those willing to put up with its powerful smell.

Garlic helps in the removal of toxins from the body. Garlic tea can help reduce poison oak when applied to a cool cloth. It can be used to prevent dysentery when traveling: chew up to a clove before consuming suspected food or water. Hold a clove of garlic in your mouth for at least 15 minutes to help reduce cold symptoms. It can also be used for foot odor. Sprinkle garlic powder on clean, wet feet. Let dry before wearing socks. Remember to save some for dinner.

Source: Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford

 

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Picking the right fruit

A lot of the fruit in grocery stores has ripened and ready to eat. As a result what you buy in the store doesn’t always hold up at home. When shopping for fruit it’s important to conceder a few simple things.

Once ripe, fruit doesn’t last long but the life can be preserved if refrigerated. Avoid fruits with scrapes and especially bruises. These spread rapidly throughout  the fruit.  Tropical fruits take longer in transit and are often shipped when the fruit is still green. They may soften but are not truly ripened as sugars and flavors have not yet been developed within the fruit. Pick fruit that is heavy for its size. They are the ripest. I have found that my local Farmer’s Market always has seasonal fruits that keep longer than store bought fruits.

 

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Going Vegetarian

You’ve done your homework and want to try a new way of living! Eating a diet free of meat can be difficult task for many Americans. Here are a few simply things to keep in mind when transitioning from a meat to meatless diet.

Go gradually. Give it a week or so. Cut out meat 1 day a week, then 2 days and so on. You may find it helpful to cut out beef first, then pork, chicken and turnkey and finally fish. Remember to cut down on eggs and dairy. You’re not replacing the meat with eggs and dairy. Consume more plant based proteins like legumes, nuts, and grains. All contain protein. Visit vegetarian restaurants to get ideas to use at home. Be creative. It doesn’t have to be a bowl of salad every night. Finally, have fruits available for snacks any time of the day. Good luck with your new life!