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.


  • 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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Three Tips to Help Weight Loss

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2011 06:36 Written by Flax Thursday, 23 December 2010 10:40

For those of you who are dieting or trying to lose weight, here are three tips to help you out.
Personally, I don’t believe in dieting, I think it backfires and you wind up gaining more weight than you ever lost-but I know some of you out there are die-hard dieters. I believe in healing with whole foods, changing your diet to achieve balance, which in of itself regulates your weight.
Here are three tips, using whole foods which help to lose weight short-term and to keep it off long-term.

1. Switch to Atlantic Grey Sea Salt. Regular table salt is processed and lacks the minerals that salt should have. The average person eats 17% more salt than they should. Switching salt means that your body gets the minerals it craves and isn’t constantly looking to eat more salt. This translates into less salt in your diet. Less salt means less water retention and less desire for salty snacks such as potato chips and salty nuts. Also eating a lot of salt leads to cravings for sweet. Cutting salt also reduces sweet cravings.

2. Switch to olive oil with 0.5% acidity. Rancid fats and oils enter our liver and pollute it. An unhealthy liver leads not only to unhealthy food cravings but also disease. A simple way to start liver cleansing is to use only healthy oils that are not rancid. These are olive oil with 0.5% acidity and flax oil that has been refrigerated. Since flax oil is a fortune and not very tasty, I recommend olive oil. Be aware that olive oil turns rancid when heated to 200 c/ 450 f degrees. That mean you should never use it for frying, or if you do combine it with water, that will keep down the temperature, or do a quick stir fry, where the oil doesn’t get as hot.

3. Eat 5-15 gr. of seaweed a day. Sea vegetables perform wonders. One of which is that they remove fat from the body. If you are losing weight than you should definitely be eating seaweed because than the fat comes off and you don’t look like you are starving. If you are not losing weight than you should be eating seaweed as well. It will aid in regulating your body and it reduces cravings for unhealthy foods.

These are all small changes but they go a long way!

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Ten Reasons I Love Seaweed

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2011 06:37 Written by Flax Tuesday, 7 December 2010 04:50

Sesame Soba Noodles with Wakame

Sesame Soba Noodles with Wakame

Here are 10 reasons that I love seaweed which have nothing to do with health benefits:

  1. It comes dried, it doesn’t spoil and it can sit in your pantry for months.
  2. It can fit in your pocketbook and be added to your lunch.
  3. It is light-weight, no heavy supermarket bags.
  4. It is inexpensive, cheaper than other dark green leafy vegetables.
  5. You only need to eat five grams a day.
  6. It doesn’t stain.
  7. It’s organic.
  8. It’s bug free.
  9. Eating it makes me feel alive and energetic.
  10. Eating seaweed makes me look great!

Here are 10 health reasons to explain why I eat seaweed every day.

  1. It helps to prevent and cure cancers and tumors.
  2. Used to treat goiter, arthritis, rheumatism, high blood pressure, prostate and ovarian problems, lymphatic swellings, leukorrhea, diabetes, male sterility, heart pain, asthma, and anemia.
  3. Helps with water metabolism (edema).
  4. Great source of healthy calcium.  Seaweed has ten times more calcium than milk.
  5. It cleanses the liver and removes toxins.
  6. It  prevents and eliminates cellulite.
  7. It’s anti-ageing.
  8. Seaweed is full of nutrients  It is one of the most complete and balanced foods that exsist.
  9. Aids in weight loss, specifically abdominal weight.
  10. It makes my skin glow and my hair shine.

Some people tell me that they don’t like it.  I say, you just haven’t yet learned how to prepare it.  Try some of my delicious seaweed recipes like my  nutritious noodle recipe or cucumber hiziki salad.  Another easy option is to eat sushi everyday.  Five grams of seaweed is the equivalent of 2 sheets of nori (the seaweed used in sushi.)   I can promise you that once you begin to eat seaweed, you will never look back.

And when people start complimenting your appearance, just smile and say; “Seaweed”.

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