Health Benefits of Lemon Water

Relieving digestive problems can be done through food and beverages that you may already have in your own kitchen.

Squeeze juice from 1 lemon into a glass of water.

Constipation, upset stomach gas pains, kidney stones and edema? Can all be uncomfortable and difficult to overcome. A solution that works and practiced in many countries is Drinking Lemon Water.

There is a natural way to soothe body pain,or reduce flatulence and relieve constipation, providing your body with the necessary fluid intake, Vitamin C  and potassium to flush out excess sodium, keeping your organs (i.e. heart, kidneys ) and muscles healthy and the electrolytes in balance. 

 

Malic Acid, a common ingredient used in over the counter “upset stomach” medication, is a “Naturally occuring Organic element” within lemons.  The alkaline malic acid is introduced to the stomach working with the pH balance and then into the intestinal tract, reducing the negative effects of enzymes that contribute to gas and bacteria. 

The SECRET HEALTH HINT comes from one of the many benefits of a lemon.  A simple recipe will provide immediate results:

1.  Squeeze the juice of 1/2 a lemon into a glass of water. Do this once or twice a day if you are under 150 pounds/83 kilo’s, once in the morning and once at night.

2.  Over 150 pounds/ 83 kilo’s, squeeze the juice of 1 whole lemon in a glass of warm water, twice a day.

Fiber  and exercise will also “get things moving” and should be a regular part of ones daily dietary intake.  

Food and beverages that may assist in synthesizing bile salts and secreting bile acids, returning you to comfort are: berries, watermelon, celery, spinach, dandelion, artichokes, fennel or dandelion tea and spices like fennel seeds, turmeric, or red pepper flakes. (see quantities below.) All credited to contributing to the success of a healthy body. (Suffer from IBS?  Include these foods & beverages in your daily intake.) 

Lastly, keep your muscles toned by scheduling a walk 20 minutes per day to improve your overall digestion and stay in a regular way! 

 

By Kimberly Crocker-Scardicchio

Include the following foods into your daily routine to relieve stomach discomfort and promote regular bowel movements.

 

1/3 cup berries of choice

1/2 cup watermelon

1-2 stalks celery

1 cup spinach salad

1/3 cup sauteed dandelion greens

1/4 cup artichokes

1/3 cup sliced fennel

12-18 fennel seeds can be chewed on per day

1/4 tsp turmeric added to potatoes, rice or pasta

1/8 tsp of pepper flakes to soups and vegetables

Drink plenty of water and tea! 2-4 cups of fennel or dandelion tea a day will also relieve discomfort of the stomach.

More nutrtion articles to read:

Fast Relief: Fennel Seeds Combat Gas and Upset Stomach  and  Turmeric to Ease Acid Reflex

References

http://www.health.harvard.edu/press_releases/benefit_of_drinking_green_tea

Nephron Protectively due to effects of Vitamin C

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23009987

Anti-bacteria activity reversed by Vitamin C and E

How much does the average American weigh?

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Each body is unique. Make sure that you are at your ideal weight for your height.

The ideal waist circumference (WC) of women should be 31.5 (78.75 cm) for a women that is 5′ 3″ (157.5 cm) and for men 34.5 (80.25 cm)  at 5″ 9″  (172.5 cm), according to research.  The WC is moderately increased for women and for men based on height. Changes in medical research are moving from basing their studies on the average white male 5′ 10″ and 180 pounds (175 cm 81 kg) and taking into consideration family history and origin. Updated perimeters in how individuals are now measured and weighed, allow doctors and dietitians to better utilize standards, while considering the individuals physical frame and familial background. However, the question is what are the current averages and how are do Americans measure up to the ideal circumferences?

Another study was released from the National Center of Health Statistics on the average weight of an American Woman, at 164.7 pounds and for a man 190 pounds. Measured average height, weight, waist circumference and BMI for Adults ages 20 years and over with adults of 45-64 years old caring the bulk of the weight.

Increase of weight over the years compared to other countries comes from the influence and consumption of more calories in processed, junk and fast foods.  Additionally, the lack of movement or exercise are contributing factors to obesity on the rise, among all Americans, despite the gender or age of the individual.

Average American Adult Female:
Height : 5″4″ inches or 160 centimeters
Weight : 164.7 pounds or 74.70 Kilograms
Waist circumference: 36.5 inches or 91.25 centimeters
Body Mass Index (BMI 18-24 healthy): 28

The average male’s health statistics are as follows

Average American Adult Male:
Height (inches): 5′ 9″ or 173.25 centimeters
Weight (pounds): 191 pounds or 86.6 Kilograms
Waist circumference (inches): 39.0 inches or 97.5 centimeters
Body Mass Index (BMI 18-24 healthy): 28

Interestingly, the BMI for both men and women are the same.  Should the BMI be addressed?

  1.  Both DNA and Hormones play a role in how one gains or loses weight.  This is evident with the aging process and such diseases as hypo or hyper thyroidism.
  2. Additionally, a specific gene can now be determined and linked to obesity.  However, a two year dietary plan can be implemented to curve the palate and adapt a new way of meal preparation and daily intake for an individual.

    Body type depends on Ethnicity. Weight distribution is determined by dietary intake and amount of exercise

You should know that BMI is addressed in a Doctors or Dietitians office based on bone structure for diverse builds: petite, medium and large.

Determining weight for women has followed a set equation.

  1.  5′ = 100 pounds
  2.  for each inch over or under 5 feet is 5 pounds ( 5 in. x 5 =25 pounds)
  3. 15 pounds on either side of the final number is a health cushion and should not be exceeded or underachieved.
  4. 10 % is added or deleted for body type
  5. Large frame woman; 5’5″= 125 lb.’s + 12.5 lb.’s (10 % added for large)= 137.5 lb.’s +15 lb.’s (allotment) = 152.5 lbs
  6. Petite frame woman; 5’5″= 125 lb.’s 12.5 lb.’s (10 % reduced for petite)= 112.5 lb.’s +15 lb.’s (allotment) = 127.5 lbs

Body types are determined by Ethnicity Weight distribution depends on  dietary intake & amount of exercise

For a man the same rules would apply except the starting point is different

  1. 5’=106 pounds
  2. Each inch over 5 feet is 6 pounds ( 5 in. x 9 = 54 pounds)
  3. Each inch under 5 feet, reduce 5 lb’s (58″ 106 lb.’s – 10′ lb’s = 96 lb’s +15 lb’s (allotment) =111 lb’s)
  4. 15 pounds on either side of the final number is a health cushion and should not be exceeded or underachieved.
  5. 10 % is added or deleted for body type
  6. Large frame man; 5’9″= 160 lb.’s + 16 lb.’s (10 % added for large)= 176 lb.’s +15 lb.’s (allotment) = 191 lb.’s
  7. Petite frame man; 5’9″= 160 lb.’s – 16 lb.’s (10 % reduced for petite)= 160 lb.’s – 15 lb.’s (allotment) = 145 lbs
The height and weight for both men and women will be continually reviewed as the individual measurements are linked to nutritionally linked pathologys: Cardio Vascular Disease, Diabetes, Liver Disease and High Cholesterol to name a few.

Eat Know How’s objective is to provide the reader an understanding in “Knowing the Healing Power of Food”.  Making a few dietary changes by implementing EKH Recipes on a daily basis are packed with nutrients, tried and proven in EKH’s Cooking Classes.

Take time to browse articles on The Benefits of Lemon Water. Match up Recipes to Cholesterol and Triglyceride Reducing Foods. Lastly, learn how to modify salt in recipes by Using Herbs and Spices; Substitute the Salt Shaker

Check with your Doctor or Dietitian to confirm and advice on a plan to reduce food intake and advice on nutritional intake that is right for your. Read more on which Natural Appetite Suppressants to use, providing a feeling of fullness and nourishes your body.

MUST READ; FOODS TO REDUCE BLOATING & PROMOTE DIET

By Kim Crocker-Scardicchio

Literature Research
 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/bodymeas.htm
 http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/obesity/bmi_tbl.htm
 http://www.dietarysoftware.com/webmanual/1-bee.htm

Wound Healing, Tap Water vs Salt Water

From skinned knees to surgical wounds. How do nurses and doctors promote wound healing?

A cut, or wound is quickly attended to by first cleansing it with soap and water, thoroughly rinsing it, then allowing it to dry.  What happens next? Research on utilizing tap water or salt water for further cleansing of surgical wounds was performed on patients who were followed over a period of six weeks. Researchers and patients documented their daily results.

Robert Gannon set out to explore how surgical wounds would heal.  “Griffiths et al (2001), (the same experts who assisted the Cochrane database review), carried out a double-blind randomized control trial of Tap Water versus 0.9% Saline Water (salt water) in 49 subjects.

  • Male and female participation was almost equal
  • Average age of 75 years old
  • Wounds studied were a mix of chronic and acute surgical wounds.
  • Explores the importance of warming cleansing solutions before use.

The results that were found have promoted changes within hospital and how wound healing is initiated. The surgical wounds were cleansed and then allowed to dry for a total of 40 minutes as researchers and patients documented the results over a period of 6 weeks.

Conclusion for cleansing with Tap Water

  • Soaking with Tap Water can be an inappropriate choice for regular wound irrigation as it may be detrimental to cells (Towler, 2001) causing cells to burst.  Duly demonstrated by adding water to a suspension of red blood cells causing them to lyse  (loosen or destroy) (Lawrence, 1997)
  • Cleanse wounds with room temperature water as a part of a normal hygiene routine using only a gauze. Do not soak wounds for long periods (Flanagan, 1997).
  • 34.7% of the patients had healed wounds in six weeks using  tap water.

Conclusion with the benefits of Cleansing with 0.9% Saline Water 

  • Room temperature saline water assisted in a faster healing process
  • Cleansing with saline water  (salt water) and with a gauze proved  most effective and quickest way to promote healing of a wound.
  • A total of 61.5% of those given saline healed after six weeks.

Cleansing with salt water made at home is an effective method to promote wound healing.

HOME REMEDY:  Combine 2 Ingredients into a clean glass.

  • 1/2 Tablespoon Fine Sea Salt  or table salt 
  • 1 cup room temperature water

Wash your hands with soap and water before applying.  Stir until salt dissolves. Apply to wound with sterile gauze or clean tea towel. Allow to air dry for 40 minutes before covering with gauze or band-aid. Repeat three times a day. 

RECOGNIZE THE LIMITS of the situation and if a Nurse Practitioner or Doctor should be contacted:

  •  If bleeding persists for 20 minutes.  Stitches may be needed.
  • Any infections that persist after 48 hours.
  • Fever.
  • Swelling is a sign of something more serious.

SALT WATER REMEDIES for the MOUTH:

  • Use salt water as a mouth rinse when your tongue is white! This is a sign that influenza, a cold, or a yeast infection is present.
  • Salt water rinses for tooth ache or after removal of wisdom teeth.
  • Rinsing with 2 Tablespoons of white vinegar or apple cider vinegar will kill germs within the mouth. Rinses should be done three to four times a day.

By: Kimberly Crocker-Scardicchio

References:

  • Gannon, R. (2007) Wound cleansing: sterile water or saline? Nursing Times; 103: 9, 44-46.  http://www.nursingtimes.net/nursing-practice/clinical-zones/wound-care/fact-file-wound-cleansing-sterile-water-or-saline/201829.article
  • Griffiths, R.D. et al (2001) Is tap water a safe alternative to normal saline for wound irrigation in the community. Journal of Wound Care; 10: 10, 407-411.
  • McGuinness, W. et al (2004) Influence of dressing changes on wound temperature. Journal of Wound Care; 13: 9, 383-385.
  • Lawrence, J.C. (1997) Wound irrigation. Journal of Wound Care; 6: 1, 23-26.Selim, P. et al (2001)
  • Evidence-based practice: tap water cleansing of leg ulcers in the community. Journal of Clinical Nursing; 10: 3, 372-379
  • Towler, J. (2001) Cleansing traumatic wounds with swabs, water or saline. Journal of Wound Care; 10: 6, 231-234.

Sore Throat Remedy

Cinnamon, Ginger, Honey and Turmeric all contain properties to fight against colds and influenza.

YES!! Healing your throat can be overcome by using nature’s products so why not give it a try! Four simple items is all that is needed and quickly found at your local grocer.  Honey, cinnamon, turmeric or ginger have a combination of everything needed to fight influenza, colds and germs. The active components are: antibacterial, antifungal, antimricrobial, and antiviral.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 teaspoon honey (Also 1 tablespoon of honey will do!)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric (or Ginger)

On the spoon of honey,  place both turmeric and cinnamon. With a toothpick, swirl the spices into the honey. Can be eaten off the spoon 3 times a day, or add to hot tea and drink!

By: Kimberly Crocker-Scardicchio

Recommended Daily Intake of Vitamins & Minerals

Recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals and actual breakdown of Vitamin Content for Vegetables and Fruits with a glance at Mineral Content on Fruit and Vegetables Informative links that nicely graphs the proper milligrams of vitamins and minerals that should be ingested on a day to day basis with warnings about how they may create organ sensitivity or organ damage.

Eat Know How.  Know the Healing Power of Food

Recommended link: Vitamins and Minerals

Fennel Seeds to Restore Health

Fennel field typical in Mediterranean Countries

Across the fields of the Mediterranean country of Italy, yellow-flowered green feathery leaves gently move in the breeze. The “Florence Fennel” or Finocchio (feen o key oh) produces a vegetable and seed commonly used in promoting digestion at kitchen tables within Europe, India, Southeast Asia and North Africa.

Foeniculum Vulgare (genius) is listed under the species Apiaceae, or hollow stemmed plants, grouped with other family members including: anise, carrot, caraway, cilantro, cumin, dill, parsley and parsnip.The fennel seed is both green (soft and easy to chew) and yellowish in color (used in cooking) and full of nutrients.

Fennel seeds promote digestive healing. Limited to 1/2 tsp per day.

A dozen fennel seeds chewed on at a time will soothe and relieve various ailments in both men and women.

  • Breath freshener
  • Ease gum soreness
  • Assists in digestion
  • Combats acid reflux
  • Relieves flatulence, gas, stomach ache
  • Creates bile to promote bowel movement. Unclogs liver.
  • Due to their “expectorant properties”, fennel seeds ease coughs and treats bronchial congestion,  asthma
  • Reduces menstrual cramps, hot flashes, night sweats, water retention. Functions as a phytoestrogen and improves libido.
  • Curves stress eating!  ( 12 seeds 3x’s a day) Fennel Seeds or Flax Seeds are a natural “Appetite Suppressant” contributing to weight maintenance, or weight loss
  • Used to improve anxiety and depression
  • Lowers Blood Pressure
  • Fennel seeds can be purchased in the grocery isle that sells herbs and spices.
Eaten raw, steamed or boiled, fennel is encouraged to be part of ones nutritional intake. The texture of the smooth white fennel bulb when sliced releases a gentle aroma of lemon and licorice. The mouth feel of the vegetable is similar to celery. Full of fiber, it is an easy snack to pack, or consumed as an after dinner palate cleanser. Gently boil sliced fennel and green leaves for about 10 minutes. Pour water from pan into a mug and slowly drink water to promote intestinal healing.

Fennel can be eaten raw, steamed or boiled

FENNEL’S Nutrient Composition: “Fennel seeds contain antioxidants, dietary fibers, vitamins A, B and C. Minerals that promote healing are also present: copper, iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, selenium, zinc and magnesium. Its active components anethole, limonene, fenchone, anisic aldehyde, chavicol, myrcene, cineole and pinene are what make fennel seeds effective in their many restorative and curative functions in different body systems like the digestive system, respiratory system and the female reproductive system.”
WARNINGS: Fennel seeds oil is considered volatile. Those who experience plant allergies should approach fennel consumption with caution. Consult with your doctor before consuming fennel seeds if: pregnant, experience allergies or before giving to a child or baby.  Important to note that research has not proven fennel’s ability to calm colic in babies.
By: Kimberly Crocker-Scardicchio

Turmeric & Saffron to Cleanse & Heal Body

Turmeric cleanses the body

Go for it….Spice up your life!  Scientific research has revealed what the people of India have known for centuries! Turmeric and Saffron, whether combined with pharmaceuticals, or taken by themselves, cleanse the skin and cure what ails you; both spices functioning as natures prized antibiotics.

Turmeric and its cousin Saffron contain a polyphenol called “curcumin”, an  antioxidant that is associated with reducing nutrition related pathologies. They are bland tasting, turmeric has a rich yellow color that we associate with “Curry”  and saffron is orange and string-like. These wonderful seasonings are slowly taking on the health importance that they deserve.

Studies have determined that “Curcumin” impacts health as an: “antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anticancer activities and thus has a potential against various malignant diseases, diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and other chronic illnesses.

The positive impact of the medicinal properties are mediated through the regulation of various:  transcription factors, growth factors, inflammatory cytokines, protein kinases, and other enzymes”, states The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. They further attest curcumin to be the “Spice of Life” saying that, “Curcumin exhibits activities similar to recently discovered tumor necrosis factor blockers (e.g., HUMIRA, REMICADE, and ENBREL), a vascular endothelial cell growth factor blocker (e.g., AVASTIN), human epidermal growth factor receptor blockers (e.g., ERBITUX, ERLOTINIB, and GEFTINIB), and a HER2 blocker (e.g., HERCEPTIN).”   All evidenced in the country of India which has been duly of having lower occurrences of heart disease and cancer.

Saffron comes from the crocus flower

Many comparisons have shown that individuals who leave India are diagnosed with a health disease, not otherwise documented in previous family history, after moving into a western society.  Duly noted, the main difference in dietary intake was a lower to “no” amounts of turmeric being consumed in their meals.

Turmeric is not as costly as saffron and is readily available with other herbs and seasonings in stores, or in 300 mg capsule form in the vitamin and mineral grocery isle.

Introducing turmeric into meal preparation is very easy to do. 1 teaspoon added to rice, pasta, potato’s, soups and vegetables are good ways to switch from the salt shaker to a healthier spice that heals and makes your body work and function better. Saffron is more costly and commonly used in the Italian dish Risotto Milanese, however, it also provides the same healing benefit as its close relative.

MANY HOME REMEDIES USING TURMERIC

  • With a few grains, turmeric’s antiseptic properties help to heal cuts, wounds, kitchen burns and abrasions. Make a paste of Turmeric and Raw Honey; 1 teaspoon honey and 1 teaspoon turmeric.  Adjust amount to wound, apply to wound and cover with a gauze. 3 x’s/day.
  • Gently rub a small dusting of turmeric onto area of face to reduce facial hair growth. Massage into skin with a dampened tea bag.
  • A mixture of 1 teaspoon turmeric and 1/4 cup yogurt rubbed onto the abdomen to reduce stretch marks during pregnancy. Rinse off after 5 minutes.
  • Added 1/4 teaspoon to individual meals through out the day, keeps various diseases a bay.
  • Mixture of 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, 1/8 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon mustard oil rubbed into gums to combat gum infections. Rinse with warm water.
  • Accredited for reducing anemia and sore throats by eating a paste made of 1 teaspoon raw honey & 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric. 3 x’s/day.
  • Stop diarrhea by drinking, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric to 1 glass of water
  • Sick with an infection? Combine: glass of milk  and stir in 1/2 teaspoon turmeric , 1 teaspoon honey. Drink this natural antibiotic 2 times a day.
  • Medicinal use for pathologies have duly noted an intake of 1-2 teaspoons of turmeric  3x’s a day inhibits growth of tumors, improves function of pancreas, reduces incidence of heart attack.
  • Combat GERD or “Acid Reflux” by consuming 1/8 teaspoon turmeric (a 300 mg capsule) before dinner. Also consider Fast Relief: Fennel Seeds Combat Digestive Problems and

Gas Pains Drink Lemon Water

  • Heal Acne by combining in a bowl 1/2 tsp water, 1/4 tsp turmeric and 1/8 tsp salt. With a cotton ball gently dab a small amount of  paste onto acne and allow skin to absorb ingredients overnight. In the morning, gently cleanse to remove and refresh skin.
For modern western medicine practices, the excitement around the ancient asian spices brings hope on the horizon for how meal preparation can enhance an individuals overall health. The many benefits of polyphenol curcumin are continuously being researched: Inflammation, Arthritis, Irritated Bowel Syndrome, Kidney Disease etc. Present studies  have shown that curcumin inhibits the proliferation of tumor cells in cultures, human and animal studies. Curcumin’s many strengths and limitations are being seriously explored and are bringing new opportunities to healing ones body.
By, Kim Crocker-Scardicchio
Recipes

Lentil Soup
Replace the Salt Shaker
Chicken Curry
Pork or Beef Roast with Vegetables
Risotto Milanese
Spices to Lower Inflammation
Health Benefits of Saffron

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