Category Archives: Blood Pressure

JUICING with Wild Herbs!

Linda and I juice lots of wild herbs…..but we must be careful to juice the ones that are historically known to help heal certain stomach or body ailments. Some herbs are never to be touched, but the Dandelion is one of our favourites, yet so many of us don’t even know about their powerful healing properties!

For example, this is the time of year when everybody is irritated that the dandelions keep growing wildly in their front yard ~ pestering us with their wild yellow blossoms and difficult to pull out weeds that are attached to them.

Yet did you know those wild dandelions are actually one of the most powerful healing herbs known to us?

It’s true!

Dandelions are known to help dissolve gallstones, help detoxify the liver, help clean out impurities in our bloodstream and dissolve kidney stones, etc.,……help heal gastro-intestinal disorders, diabetes, indigestion….we could go on forever!

Hum….I’m sure your doctor didn’t tell you this unless of course you live in Switzerland, Poland or China. It’s one of the top 6 herbs in Chinese medicine, yet when juiced in its raw state…it goes to another entire level of healing.

Here’s one of our favourite Dandelion Tonics you can juice right in your own home!

(we have combined certain types of fruits and other vegetables that are in harmony with the dandelion)

Handy-Dande -Tonic (makes over 1 quart)

14 Carrots

2 cups Dandelion Leaves

1 cup Chard (rainbow or regular)

1 large lime with skin

2 Cucumbers (unwaxed)

3 Green Apples

This fantastic tonic, when consumed daily (1 quart per person) can help ease digestive troubles, or even gallbladder atttacks in just a few days. Some people say that within hours they feel better.

This tonic also tastes FANTASTIC!

Please try it and let us know your thoughts and reactions.

Here’s to Juicing the Healthy Way!

Jay Kordich

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Here’s some information you may find interesting about Dandilion Greens:

According to the USDA Bulletin #8, “Composition of Foods” (Haytowitz and Matthews 1984), dandelions rank in the top 4 green vegetables in overall nutritional value. Minnich, in “Gardening for Better Nutrition” ranks them, out of all vegetables, including grains, seeds and greens, as tied for 9th best. According to these data, dandelions are nature’s richest green vegetable source of beta-carotene, from which Vitamin A is created, and the third richest source of Vitamin A of all foods, after cod-liver oil and beef liver! They also are particularly rich in fiber, potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and the B vitamins, thiamine and riboflavin, and are a good source of protein.

These figures represent only those published by the USDA. Studies in Russia and Eastern Europe by Gerasimova, Racz, Vogel, and Marei (Hobbs 1985) indicate that dandelion is also rich in micronutrients such as copper, cobalt, zinc, boron, and molybdenum, as well as Vitamin D.

Much of what dandelions purportedly do in promoting good health could result from nutritional richness alone. Vogel considers the sodium in dandelions important in reducing inflammations of the liver. Gerasimova, the Russian chemist who analyzed the dandelion for, among other things, trace minerals, stated that “dandelion [is] an example of a harmonious combination of trace elements, vitamins and other biologically active substances in ratios optimal for a human organism” (Hobbs 1985).

Recent research, reported in the Natural Healing and Nutritional Annual, 1989 (Bricklin and Ferguson 1989) on the value of vitamins and minerals indicates that:

* Vitamin A is important in fighting cancers of epithelial tissue, including mouth and lung;

* Potassium rich foods, in adequate quantities, and particularly in balance with magnesium, helps keep blood pressure down and reduces risks of strokes;

* Fiber fights diabetes, lowers cholesterol, reduces cancer and heart disease

risks, and assists in weight loss. High fiber vegetables take up lots of room, are low in calories, and slow down digestion so the food stays in the stomach longer and you feel full longer;

* Calcium in high concentrations can build strong bones and can lower blood pressure;

* B vitamins help reduce stress.
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The Secret To Lowering Blood Pressure with Watermelon

With summer just around the corner, here’s the latest news about watermelon and why watermelon juice is even more powerful than just eating the fruit.

Fruits and vegetables are powerhouses of nutrition and benefits for the body. Of course we know that juicing is a great way to release these benefits for the body. However with watermelon there are nutrient benefits only a juice machine can supply. I’ll tell you about that secret benefit in a moment.

Watermelon is one of the most powerful of the fruits and it makes a great tasting drink during the summer months or any time you can get your hands on a watermelon and it couldn’t be any easier to juice.

Why should you care about Lycopene?
Watermelon is chock full of phyto-nutrients which are naturally occurring compounds that are bioactive, this means they react with the human body to trigger healthy reactions and healing. One of the stars of the phyto-nutrients is Lycopene. You’ve probably heard it’s in tomatoes. See the red? Did you know there are higher concentrations of lycopene in watermelon than in tomatoes? We know lycopene is an anti-oxidant that protects the heart, the prostate and the skin. It’s an amazing nutrient for the body. Watermelons are also an excellent source of vitamin C, of beta carotene, great for potassium and magnesium.

The new research about phyto-nutrient Citrulline
But this doesn’t even begin to tell the whole story about watermelon and here’s why you need a juicer.                  See the white rind? Scientists have discovered this white rind has high concentrations of citrulline, one of the rising stars among the phyto-nutrients now being studied. They have found citrulline is quite important for the body. Did you know when you consume citrulline, the body converts it to the amino acid arginine by using enzymes, and arginine works wonders on the heart and circulation system and maintains a good immune system as well.

This citrulline-arginine relationship boosts nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels, the very same thing Viagra does. This helps with high blood pressure and other heart problems. Watermelon has been shown in the latest studies to lower blood pressure just as effectively as statin drugs do and with zero side effects.

Now why would you want to take drugs and medicines when all the medicine you need is right here in these foods? Watermelon is a powerhouse my friends, and most of the benefit is concentrated in the white rind. It’s in the red too, but in smaller amounts, but with a juicer, you get ALL the benefits of the watermelon.

The Secret for using a Juice Machine
Nobody eats the white rind of a watermelon, but you can juice it. That’s how you can receive 100% of the food value from that watermelon. Just cut up some strips, skin, red, white rind and all and run it through your juicer for great tasting juice and all of the nutritional benefits at the same time. Go find yourself a nice sized watermelon and make a quart or two of juice for you and your loved ones. Also you’ll be amazed at how much juice you get from just a few large strips of that watermelon. Make sure you use the skin and the white rind too. That’s how you receive all the benefits. That’s why having your own juice machine is so important.

Let me know if you enjoy freshly made watermelon juice as much as I do. Write a comment on this blog post below. Thanks for spending the time with us and don’t hesitate to let us know if this information is useful to you.  Till next time,  Jay.
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Beet Juice may help fight dementia

New research suggests drinking beet juice increases blood flow to the brain. This indicates beets may help fight the progression of dementia in older people. Researchers are centering in on the high nitrate level in beets, also found in other green leafy vegetables, because nitrates open up blood vessels and this may be the reason for the increased brain blood flow.

Previous studies have shown drinking beet juice can lower blood pressure. This new study looked at the areas of the brain that may be affected by the beet effect. Their results indicated “increased blood flow to the white matter of the frontal lobes, which are the areas of the brain most commonly associated with the degeneration that leads to dementia and other cognitive conditions”.

Jay suggests adding beets to just about any of your vegetable juice recipes. However he cautions you to start with adding just a 1/4 of a beet to your juice combo and then increasing this daily until your body becomes accustomed to them.

Drinking Beet Juice Increases Blood Flow to Brain and May Fight Dementia