Nutrition Workshop #2: The Liver.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 May 2011 09:39 Written by Flax Tuesday, 24 May 2011 09:39

Liver-Spleen Relationship

  • Digestive System

Liver-Kidney Relationship

  • Aging and Dryness

Liver-Heart Relationship

  • Heart Disease

Liver Qi Stagnation

  • Anger, impatience, frustration, resentment, violence, belligerence, rudeness, edginess, arrogance, stubbornness, aggression, impulsiveness, explosive personality.
  • Tendons, eyes, circulation, menstruation, hormones, skin disease, allergies, arthritis, migraines, headaches, gall stones, stomach pain.

Healing the Liver

  • Eat less.
  • Eat less saturated fats, hydrogenated fats, rancid oils, refined oils, rancid nuts and seeds.
  • Chemicals and toxins in food and water.
  • Alcohol.
  • Processed and refined food.

Eat more Healthy Liver Foods

  • Pungent and bitter foods:  Watercress, onion family, turmeric, basil, bay leaf, cardamom, marjoram, cumin, fennel, dill, ginger, black pepper, horseradish, rosemary, mint, melissa, angelica.
  • Raw and sprouted foods
  • Whole grains
  • Apple cider vinegar and lemon
  • Bitter foods: rye, romaine lettuce, asparagus, quinoa/amaranth, alfalfa, radish, dandelion, chamomile, mung beans and sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, celery, cucumber, rhubarb.
  • Mushrooms
  • Chlorophyll rich foods, barley and wheat grass, spirulina, wild blue-green algae, seaweeds (especially kelp).  These contain both GLA and Omega 3 and accelerate liver rejuvenation.

Seaweeds

  • Contain 10-20 times the minerals of land plants plus an abundance of vitamins and elements.
  • Contain all of the minerals found in our blood.
  • Grow in a saline solution and are easily absorbed by our bodies.
  • Detoxify: Chemicals, heavy metals and radioactive materials.
  • Soften masses.
  • Transform phlegm.
  • Diuretic and help with water metabolism.
  • Lymphatic cleansers.
  • Alkalize the blood
  • Alleviate stagnant liver qi.
  • Benefit the thyroid.
  • Beneficial to weight loss.
  • lowers cholesterol and fat in the blood
  • Rejuvenates the lungs and the GI tract.
  • Excellent source of iodine, calcium, and iron.

Kelp is the most effective for helping with obesity, low thyroid function, high blood pressure, blood clots, edema, anticoagulant.

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Nutrition Workshop #1

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2011 08:59 Written by Flax Tuesday, 17 May 2011 04:38

Principles of Nutrition:

Food Pyramid:

  • 1% sugar and fats (including fruits)
  • 10% max. protein, includes animal protein and legumes
  • 40-50% grains
  • 50-60% vegetables

Water:

  • 2 Liters a day, filtered water. 
  • Water should be at least room temperature.

Fats:

  • Olive oil (5% acidity or less)
  • Flax seed oil
  • Sesame oil (small amounts)
  • Evening primrose oil
  • Borage oil

Dairy:

  • Never
  • Goat products are preferable
  • Not to be replaced with soy

Animal Products:

  • Try to slowly eliminate animal products from the diet.  Look for higher quality products or organic produce. 

Salt:

  • Atlantic Grey Sea Salt

Seaweed:

  • Between 5-15 gr. of seaweed every day using as many varieties as possible.

Vegetables:

  • Use organic produce as much as possible.
  • Eat a daily mix of orange (carrots, pumpkin, squash),  white (radish, turnip, kohlrabi, parsnip),  and green leafy vegetables (lettuce, seaweed, kale, collard).

Grains:

  • Whole grains
  • Avoid wheat and focus on other grains such as; rice, spelt, rye, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, wild rice, barley…

Fruits:

  • Fruits count as a sugar and should be eaten in very small amounts.
  • Apples are the healthiest of the fruit, especially green apples.
  • Other than apples, pears, peaches, and nectarines are ok.  Avoid the sweeter fruits and melons, such as mango and watermelon.

Exercise:

  • The two that I recommend the most are walking and exercises that come from the Eastern practices.

Awareness:

  • Become more in tune with your body, your moods/cravings and intuition.
  • Keep a food journal of the time of day that you eat and what you eat it.
  • Restrict eating to daylight hours, preferably until 6 p.m.
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