Category Archives for "Superfoods"
Antibiotics are being massively over-prescribed, and that is bad news for a number of reasons, the most devastating is that they cause long term damage to our cells.
There are lots of things we can do to boost our immunity with no downsides.
One is to increase our use of particular ‘superfoods’.
There are many superfoods that get plenty of mentions on the internet, and you may already be using some – such as turmeric, aloe vera, chlorella and spirulina.
They all have great health properties and I recommend them all.
Here are some others, less well known:
Noni, a fruit from Australia and India combats inflammation and boosts immunity, and may be good for cancer pain relief
Mangosteen: a small purple tree fruit grown in Southeast Asi.
In the 19th century, the mangosteen was given the nickname “the queen of fruits,” due to a rumour that they had been particularly sought by Queen Victoria.
It’s health effects are possibly down to a group of chemical called xanthonoids. Effects include immune boosting, improved pancreatic and cardiovascular function, decreased inflammation & antibacterial properties.
Bonus, it’s an AMPK activator like ganoderma (the mushroom in the green tea & coffee I drink) – see this video https://youtu.be/cyhyFbuA3pM
Acerola Cherry – stops the growth and spread of lung cancer.
Japanese Knotweed – this one is a real surprise.
We know it as a weed, but it has more than 100 chemical compounds that may have beneficial uses.
Boosts the immune system and may be effective against the deadly flesh eating MRSA
May help with Asthma, and protect the liver, heart and brain from stroke, Alzheimer’s’ and Parkinson’s.
May also help improve sleep.
So should you get all of these in your diet?
It would certainly seem like a good idea, and I do so almost every day, because the ‘Fruits & Greens’ powder we sell at the clinic contains everything I’ve mentioned above and far more.
You can pick some up on your next visit if you are not already using it. Or we can post it to you anywhere in the UK (and probably the USA too).
Hello, this is Chris Pickard at Body in Balance in Hertfordshire, and this is the Superfood series. And when I’m speaking about superfoods, I’m talking about plants. So these are plant superfoods.
What is a superfood? Pretty much a superfood is any particular plant that seems to have either much higher levels of a specific nutrient than most other plants or it’s got some unique benefits or some unique chemicals inside it that give it amazing properties. So I’ve already covered a few and we’ve got more to come. And today talking about something that a lot of people have heard of. Kelp. Now kelp is a seaweed. It’s actually a brown seaweed, but most kelp tablets seem to be green. And it comes from the coast of Japan and Korea mainly. It’s very rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. So pretty much good for the heart, the nerves, the blood and the bone.
But most people seem to take kelp because of a particular constituent, iodine. Now iodine is really important for the thyroid gland, and the thyroid gland is really important for producing energy. So lots of people think iodine, if you’ve got low energy, take some iodine. Also, often people think of iron as well. So kelp can help with both of those. But iodine isn’t just good for the thyroid. I will come to the side effects at the end as well. Iodine is also really good for proper brain health. It’s critical for the development of brains. And it’s critical for the brain to think properly as well. It’s also very beneficial for your immune system, so a lot of alternative cancer experts really, really want to check that you get enough iodine, if you have a serious immune problem.
Now in recent years we’ve found other things inside kelp that tell us why it’s so amazing and why there are so many other things that are attributed to having lots of Kelp. One is a protein called fucoxanthin. And fucoxanthin seems to help aid weight loss, it helps liver function, and it seems to also decrease the resistance to certain chemotherapy drugs. So if you have cancer and you’re put on chemotherapy, and chemotherapy can kill you, well when you take it alongside fucoxanthin it seems to actually make the cancer cells much less resistant to resisting the chemotherapy drugs. So you need less of the chemotherapy drug to have the same effects, which means it’s safer for you. There’s also something called fucoidan, which is a glyconutrient. And fucoidan seems to have antiinflammatory properties, seems to maybe have anti-herpetic, so anti-herpes as well, and seems to also help lower cholesterol.
Now there is a danger with kelp. There’s two. One is if you have too much of it, you could get too much iodine, and too much iodine is linked with an overactive thyroid which can cause health problems. So don’t go eating bags and bags and bags of kelp and having lots and lots and lots of iodine, unless you know you have a massive deficiency. But small amounts, absolutely ideal.
Now the other thing with lots and lots of kelp is where it’s grown, especially off the coast of Japan. It can be full of heavy metals, pollution and now radioactive material, thanks to the Fukushima disaster. But the kelp grown off the waters of Korea seem to be actually pretty healthy, pretty clean. And I only tend to use kelp, and in fact all of the superfoods, as you find out at the end, I use lots of them but only in small amounts so I get no side effects, just all the benefits.
Thank you very much for watching and stay tuned for the next one. If you missed the previous ones, look in the description below. I’ll have a link to all the other superfood series and subscribe to make sure you get the next one, or look out to see if the actual video’s already up and then you can go and watch the next video in the series.
Thank you very much for watching. Be magnificently healthy.
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