Cloves…

 

     clove dryCloves make that sweet aromatic smell that you find emanating from ginger bread, pumpkin pie and so many foods around the holidays. They are a great addition to pea soup, ham, baked beans even chili. Cloves are the unopened buds of the evergreen clove tree. They are originally pink and turn brown afterclove flower they are allowed to dry. Besides adding a unique taste to food, they have an abundance of antibacterial and germicidal properties. They have been used for centuries to fight infection, relieve digestive problems and help with some forms of arthritis and gum disease. Traces of their use go back as far as 300 AD in China. Their are at least 36 different ingredients contained within cloves which is why  they are considered a strong antioxidant.

 

 

Hemp…A Sustainable Fabric

  There seems to be confusion as to whether hemp for clothing, oil, food etc. is grown from the same hemp3plant as that which is smoked. There is a difference. There are different variants of the plant. The high amount of psychoactive drug compounds in the plants that are used commercially is extremely low. However just connection to the word “Cannabis ” has made it illegal to grow here in the states. This is not so in other countries where the fabric made from hemp is considered extremely environmentally friendly. It has no need to be grown using pesticides or insecticides and is drought resistant while improving soil conditions. It is not necessary to use toxic chemicals or sophisticated technology when fabric is produced from its stalks. Hemp has been used for thousands of years and is great for local economies as well as being a great sustainable fabric.

Glymphatic System…

           
  One mystery that has always puzzled scientists is how does the brain cleanse itself?  The lymphatic brainsystem is responsible for sucking up waste and toxins but does not extend to the brain and the spinal column.  The glymphatic system was discovered last year and attributed to how the brain is able to rid itself of toxins. However it can only happen during the period of deepest sleep. It is during this period when our brain cells actually shrink and the space between the cells enlarges enabling them to be washed by cerebral fluid in turn beginning the cleaning process. The fluid then washes the waste into the veins and out through the liver. One of the proteins thought to be circulated is that which is responsible for developing amyloid plaque. This plaque is now thought to be a marker for later developing Alzheimer’s disease.
 

 

Whey Protein…

Whey Oatmeal
 
 
 
 
 
Whey Protein Powder – not just for Shakes…                                                 
     By now most of you have heard of Whey Protein Powder. It has been shown to preserve muscle mass as we age, increase strength, build our immunity and encourage weight loss. In choosing one try to stay with an isolate which has most of the carbohydrates and fat removed. A Whey Yogurtgood portion of the American diet consists of too many carbohydrates, that is why it is necessary to increase the protein portion for better balance in your diet.  Protein powders do not contain empty calories like most fast food and processed snacks.  Their origin is from real foods. Vegetarians especially can benefit greatly from whey protein.  This is because vegetarian sources of quality protein are limited. As for the rest of us, instead of only using it as part of a protein shake before or after a workout, add it to those foods that you feel need an extra boost of protein.  Add it to oatmeal, stir it in plain yogurt, blend it in pancake mix or mix a little with your milk and pour it over dry cereal.