Wonderful walnuts

Walnuts are a wonderful health-giving and nutritious snack. They provide protein, slow-release energy, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc, and vitamins B6 and E. The oil contained in walnuts is very special. There is seven times more polyunsaturated fat than saturated fat. This in conjunction with the antioxidant properties of walnuts makes them an ideal treatment for anyone with heart, circulatory, high blood pressure and cholesterol problems.

Spanish and American scientists have discovered that eating a handful of walnuts a day significantly lowers cholesterol levels.

Engraved clay tablets dating from 2,000 B.C. showed walnuts growing in the hanging gardens of Babylon! And the Greeks and Romans treated them as a royal food. The most widely grown variety is the English walnut. I well remember my dad cracking walnuts at Christmastime, when I was a little girl. Add them to your shopping list this week…

Spirulina

Spirulina is a naturally digestible food that aids in protecting the immune system, reducing cholesterol, and in the absorption of minerals.It supplies nutrients which cleanse and heal, but also it curbs the appetite. Thus it is ideal for those who are fasting. Someone suffering with hypoglycemia may find spirulina helpful as its high protein content helps stabilise blood sugar levels.

Spirulina is grown in hot climates and produces twenty times as much protein as soybeans grown on an equal size piece of land. It is rich in vitamin B12, which is really important for vegetarians. Some research demonstrates that it cures liver cancer.

Have a look for spirulina in your health local health stores!

Perfect pears

We have a pear tree in the back garden. The blossom is just beautiful in the Spring, and the fruit is delicious in the Autumn.The pears are of the Conference variety, which I love. I enjoy the crunch! Many people prefer Sweet Williams because they are softer and more golden. The best way to ensure that you are eating organic food which is packed with prana (life-force) is to pick it from your own garden and consume immediately.

Pears are a good source of the soluble fibre pectin. This helps to regulate bowel function, and increases the amount of cholesterol eliminated by the body. Pears contain vitamins A,C and E. They also contain potassium, which prevents cramp during exercise. Dried pears make an excellent snack which contains significant amounts of iron. Convalescents find pears easy to digest and wonderfully restorative.

Oat couture

Oats contain calcium, potassium, magnesium, protein, polyunsaturated fats and vitamins B and E. Well-known for lowering the cholesterol level, oats also nourish the nervous system and build strong bones and teeth. Folk-lore recommends oats to alleviate depression. Taking oats each morning wards off constipation, and they are also used in many different ways for the skin. Try oats to heal and sooth eczema, psoriasis and dry skin.

Oats are becoming very fashionable!

Linseed is lovely!

Linseed comes from the flax plant. I have sprouted linseed on my cereal each morning. I remember being told that it is a cleanser for the digestive system, and particularly the bowels.

Flaxseeds or linseed are rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, magnesium, potassium and fibre. They are a good source of the B vitamins, protein and zinc. They contain no cholesterol and can be added to cereal, yogurt, salads, soups and fresh juices.

Flaxseed oil is an alternative. This has been demonstrated to help arthritis, pain, swelling and inflammation. It lowers cholesterol.You may want to put it on your shopping list this week…

Keep going on your chosen nutrition

I have observed with my yoga students that, whilst they would finish any medication from the doctor, they are less committed with supplements or food choices. They tend to try it for three days and then give up. Keep going! If you bring grapefruit into your weekly diet to lower your cholesterol, keep it up. If you start taking kelp tablets, keep them up. If you take one yoga posture into your daily routine, keep up the practice. Persistence pays off!

A herbalist once told me that everything you need to be well is already growing in your garden! Once Spring comes and we’re out in the garden again, we’re around nature which heals us. Till then, keep up your chosen foods and supplements religiously.

Grapefruit gives you your Vitamin C

Certain medications do not mix with grapefruit, so do check it out.If you are not taking any contra-indicated pills, grapefruit is a magnificent way to start your day! Half a grapefruit gives you your daily supply of Vitamin C. Check out pink grapefruits, too, which are sweeter. This fruit is an excellent source of potassium and bioflavanoids. These are important for your heart and circulation. The soluble fibre pectin helps with the elimination of cholesterol. Pink grapefruit gives you antioxidant caratenoids which helps to protect you from heart disease and cancer. Vitamin A, which is great for the skin, the mucous membranes and the immune system is derived from the betacarotene in grapefruits. All round good fruit!

Garlic

Apparently, garlic was brought to Britain by Roman centurions who put fresh cloves between their toes to prevent foot rot! Of course, some of the used cloves took root and soon became firmly established. For centuries garlic was the most widely used medicinal plant in the world.New research has shown its benefits in heart and circulatory conditions, as it helps to eliminate cholesterol..It also reduces the amount of unhealthy fats which are produced by the liver. Athlete’s foot, constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion, bronchitis, cataarh, sore throats and colds can all be helped by garlic. And it’s great for flavouring Indian and Italian dishes!

Going nuts for cashews!

Choosing foods which heal rather than harm you is adhering to the yogic principle of ahimsa.Eating in a calm, peaceful way is respecting the sattvic state of being. Cashew nuts are packed with soluble dietary fibre, vitamins, minerals and health-promoting phyto-chemicals that help protect us from diseases and cancers. They are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids which help lower harmful LDL cholesterol while increasing good HDL cholesterol. Cashew nuts supply manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. They are rich in the B vitamins and an enzyme which is particularly helpful for the eyes. One of my students told me that a handful of cashew nuts per day is equivalent to one Prozac tablet!