FYI On Your Detox

19 February, 2013 0 comments Leave a comment

Seven foods that will naturally cleanse your liver

by Jonathan Benson, naturalnews.com staff writer 

(NaturalNews) The primary way in which your body expels toxins is via the liver, which detoxifies and cleanses your body by continuously filtering the blood of poisons that enter it through the digestive tract, the skin, and the respiratory system. But when your liver becomes overworked as a result of stress or excessive exposure to toxins, your entire system can be thrown off balance, and your health severely compromised.

Since the liver is also responsible for producing bile, another form of detoxification that is metabolically necessary for the breakdown and assimilation of fats and proteins from your food, it is exceedingly important that your liver be properly maintained. Without a well-functioning liver, your body will be unable to cleanse itself and absorb nutrients, which is a recipe for a health disaster.

"The thousands of enzyme systems that are responsible for virtually every body activity are constructed in the liver," writes Dr. Karl Maret, M.D., about the importance of vibrant liver function. "The proper functioning of the eyes, the heart, the brain, the gonads, the joints, and the kidneys, are all dependent on good liver activity."

"If the liver is impaired from constructing even one of the thousands of enzyme systems the body requires, there is an impairment in overall body function and a resultant greater metabolic stress on the individual."

So here are seven important foods you may want to begin incorporating into your diet in order to maintain a healthy liver.

Garlic, grapefruit, green tea, and green vegetables

Garlic contains numerous sulfur-containing compounds that activate the liver enzymes responsible for flushing out toxins from the body. This bulbous relative of the onion also contains allicin and selenium, two powerful nutrients proven to help protect the liver from toxic damage, and aid it in the detoxification process.

Grapefruit is rich in natural vitamin C and antioxidants, two powerful liver cleansers. Like garlic, grapefruit contains compounds that boost the production of liver detoxification enzymes. It also contains a flavonoid compound known as naringenin that causes the liver to burn fat rather than store it (http://www.dailymail.co.uk).

Green tea is loaded with catechins, a type of plant antioxidant that has been shown in studies to eliminate liver fat accumulation and promote proper liver function (http://www.nature.com/ijo/journal/v26/n11/abs/0802141a.html). This powerful herbal beverage also protects the liver against toxins that would otherwise accumulate and cause serious damage.

Leafy green vegetables such as bitter gourd, arugula, dandelion greens, spinach, mustard greens, and chicory also contain numerous cleansing compounds that neutralize heavy metals, which can bear heavily on the liver. Leafy greens also eliminate pesticides and herbicides from the body, and spur the creation and flow of cleansing bile.

Avocados, walnuts, and turmeric

Rich in glutathione-producing compounds, avocados actively promote liver health by protecting it against toxic overload, and boosting its cleansing power (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/12/001219074822.htm). Some research has shown that eating one or two avocados a week for as little as 30 days can repair a damaged liver.

Walnuts, which contain high levels of l-arginine, an amino acid, glutathione, and omega-3 fatty acids, also help detoxify the liver of disease-causing ammonia. Walnuts also help oxygenate the blood, and extracts from their hulls are often used in liver-cleansing formulas.

Turmeric, one of the most powerful foods for maintaining a healthy liver, has been shown to actively protect the liver against toxic damage, and even regenerate damaged liver cells. Turmeric also boosts the natural production of bile, shrinks engorged hepatic ducts, and improves overall function of the gallbladder, another body-purifying organ.

To learn more, visit: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/liver-cleanse-foods/

Is Fasting Right for Me?

19 February, 2013 0 comments Leave a comment

Do you wonder whether fasting is good for you? Medical research finds periodic fasting is good for your health, and your heart...

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Study finds routine periodic fasting is good for your health, and your heart

Fasting found to reduce cardiac risk factors, such as triglycerides, weight, and blood sugar levels

Murray, UT (4/03/11) – Fasting has long been associated with religious rituals, diets, and political protests. Now new evidence from cardiac researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute demonstrates that routine periodic fasting is also good for your health, and your heart.

Today, research cardiologists at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute are reporting that fasting not only lowers one's risk of coronary artery disease and diabetes, but also causes significant changes in a person's blood cholesterol levels. Both diabetes and elevated cholesterol are known risk factors for coronary heart disease.

The discovery expands upon a 2007 Intermountain Healthcare study that revealed an association between fasting and reduced risk of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death among men and women in America. In the new research, fasting was also found to reduce other cardiac risk factors, such as triglycerides, weight, and blood sugar levels.

The findings were presented Sunday, April 3, at the annual scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology in New Orleans.

"These new findings demonstrate that our original discovery was not a chance event," says Dr. Benjamin D. Horne, PhD, MPH, director of cardiovascular and genetic epidemiology at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, and the study's principal investigator. "The confirmation among a new set of patients that fasting is associated with lower risk of these common diseases raises new questions about how fasting itself reduces risk or if it simply indicates a healthy lifestyle."

Unlike the earlier research by the team, this new research recorded reactions in the body's biological mechanisms during the fasting period. The participants' low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C, the "bad" cholesterol) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C, the "good" cholesterol) both increased (by 14 percent and 6 percent, respectively) raising their total cholesterol – and catching the researchers by surprise.

"Fasting causes hunger or stress. In response, the body releases more cholesterol, allowing it to utilize fat as a source of fuel, instead of glucose. This decreases the number of fat cells in the body," says Dr. Horne. "This is important because the fewer fat cells a body has, the less likely it will experience insulin resistance, or diabetes."

This recent study also confirmed earlier findings about the effects of fasting on human growth hormone (HGH), a metabolic protein. HGH works to protect lean muscle and metabolic balance, a response triggered and accelerated by fasting. During the 24-hour fasting periods, HGH increased an average of 1,300 percent in women, and nearly 2,000 percent in men.

In this most recent trial, researchers conducted two fasting studies of over 200 individuals — both patients and healthy volunteers — who were recruited at Intermountain Medical Center. A second 2011 clinical trial followed another 30 patients who drank only water and ate nothing else for 24 hours. They were also monitored while eating a normal diet during an additional 24-hour period. Blood tests and physical measurements were taken from all to evaluate cardiac risk factors, markers of metabolic risk, and other general health parameters.

While the results were surprising to researchers, it's not time to start a fasting diet just yet. It will take more studies like these to fully determine the body's reaction to fasting and its effect on human health. Dr. Horne believes that fasting could one day be prescribed as a treatment for preventing diabetes and coronary heart disease.

To help achieve the goal of expanded research, the Deseret Foundation (which funded the previous fasting studies) recently approved a new grant to evaluate many more metabolic factors in the blood using stored samples from the recent fasting clinical trial. The researchers will also include an additional clinical trial of fasting among patients who have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease.

"We are very grateful for the financial support from the Deseret Foundation. The organization and its donors have made these groundbreaking studies of fasting possible," added Dr. Horne.

 

Evidence mounts - support I-522

09 February, 2013 0 comments Leave a comment

An article about the proliferation of super weeds, the escalation of chemical warfare, the cost to our health, & economy and how we are paying for the scorching of the earth in a tactic called  "burndown" which means a complete flattening of all vegetation in a field with a broad-spectrum herbicide. There are plenty of links to follow in the article if you want to go down the rabbit hole. 

And, there is hope.

"In a 2012 study I'll never tire of citing, Iowa State University researchers found that if farmers simply diversified their crop rotations, which typically consist of corn one year and soy the next, year after year, to include a "small grain" crop (e.g. oats) as well as offseason cover crops, weeds (including Roundup-resistant ones) can be suppressed with dramatically less fertilizer use—a factor of between 6 and 10 less." 

 

 

I-522: Let the Food Fight Begin!

06 February, 2013 1 comment Leave a comment

Juice fans: today we get all political on you! Before we dive in, let me first acknowledge that no one at Strawberry Moon has any political experience nor do we pretend to know all the intricacies of the issues we may address. We’ve said it numerous times our goal is to get involved and try to make things better.  

Initiative I-522 “The People’s Right To Know Genetically Engineered Food Act” is a statewide campaign to establish mandatory labelling of foods produced through genetic engineering in Washington. If you are just joining this food fight, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are the result of taking the genes from one species and inserting them into another. Thanks to Dow corn is now engineered with human genes. Tomatoes have been engineered with shrimp genes and we now have spider goats.  Seemingly normal goats that excrete silk in lactation so, yes, that might be silk in your milk

According to the website of political organization Label It Wa campaign efforts have collected over 350,000 signatures, which is enough to place the initiative before the Washington legislature this year. 

Are GMOs healthy for people and the planet? Opinion is mixed. Currently, genetically modified foods are considered by our government to be as safe as their traditional counterparts but an increasing amount of evidence is showing in vitro allergic reactions, increased toxicity, decreased nutritional value and the creation of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains. We here at the Moon choose to use the purest ingredients.  That is why we are taking steps to work with local farmers to ensure we are not using any genetically modified ingredients.

We've seen battles over food labeling shot down by big business. In California, an attempt to pass a similar initiative, Prop 37, was defeated after a $45 million campaign waged by biotech, pesticide and junk food companies convinced voters that biotech foods are safe. This massive campaign once again proves that “might is right” and that those with the most money will defeat any attempt we make at real policy change. 

As the initiative builds in Washington we can expect companies like Monsanto and Kraft, creators and profiteers of GMOs, to wage a similar campaign trying to defeat this measure. Washington state wheat farmers have endorsed I-522. Wheat is our state’s third largest export commodity. There are currently 50 countries that mandate disclosure or even ban GMO’s. Farmers feel if we are to meet labeling and import requirements of other countries me must do something to protect the integrity of our export trade. 

Opponents of the initiative say that labeling will hurt farmers and drive up food prices. Activists say GMOs are a menace to our soil and food supply. Opponents say GMOs require less pesticides so it’s better for our soil and that there is no scientific evidence of it being harmful to our health. Farmers say that Roundup Ready crops are now producing super weeds that are resistant to pesticides so now there is a push to engineer plants that are resistant to even stronger pesticides which may only create stronger mutant weeds and pests. So we’ve got super weeds, super bugs, antibiotic resistant bacteria an increasing number of food allergies and goats making spider silk -- WHAT ARE WE TO DO?!

Some will say I-522 is too little to late. The initiative may not be the most comprehensive and progressive initiative in food labeling but it is a start. Until we reform the political system policy change may not fix many of the problems we face but we have to try. Here are some things we can do:

1. Demand transparency. Ask local farmers at the markets for transparency in food production by labeling food that hasn't been grown or produced with GMO seeds. If we can’t pass an initiative forcing food companies to tell us if GMOs were used in the process perhaps we should only purchase from those that tell us no GMOs were used. 

2. Go guerilla. Start labeling the food ourselves. Label It Yourself provides ready-made warning labels for GMO foods.  It may be a controversial action but if we put labels on GMO foods ourselves maybe the FDA will see people want and have the right to know what they are doing to our food supply. 

3. Shop local. Can we make a change if we tell the major supermarkets we want GMO labeling? If they will not push to provide them can we create an alternative food infrastructure? Buying from local organic companies that proudly produce GMO free? Big Food can spend money to stop the labeling but if we don’t buy GMO foods their efforts will repeat no rewards. 

What are we waiting for? Get involved. Let us know what you think. 

rule #1

16 August, 2012 0 comments Leave a comment

First rule of Strawberry Moon - This Is Not A Diet. There is, or rather should be, no such thing as a "diet" in the sense of a temporary alteration in eating habits, in order obtain a prior weight or conceived ideal size. Any temporary eating change will lead only to temporary changes in weight. A diet in the best sense of that term is essentially a life-style choice to be followed indefinitely. Any use or reference of the word diet on this site is meant as a derivative of the Greek diaita ‘a way of life.’


Zero Waste

12 August, 2012 0 comments Leave a comment

 


give it a rest

09 August, 2012 0 comments Leave a comment

The US has whipped itself into a feeding frenzy over a chicken sandwich. Maybe it's time to give it a rest. How about a Gandhi inspired revolution? It's great for the body and has been said to open the mind to higher thought.

Let the blogging begin

18 June, 2012 0 comments Leave a comment

Welcome to our website and blog. Billy is not only a glutenous pre diabetic, the little monster is also a litter bug. The lessons here - can you control your urges & appetite? can you learn to consume responsibly?