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Chai Tea

Wonderful aromatic tea, a drink traditionally found in India and Nepal.

Place three mugs full of water or 50:50 water and rice milk or oat milk into a pan. Add a few crushed cardamom pods, whole cloves, cinnamon bark or powdered, and a few slices of fresh ginger. Bring to a boil gradually, simmer for a short while, then remove from the heat and add some green tea, allow it to steep for a couple of minutes. Try not to sweeten with anything. Only if you have to sweeten your tea add a little Stevia (easy to find in most supermarkets).

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It is one of the oldest medicinal herbs held in high regard by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. The seeds smell a little like celery but have a mild bitter/sour taste and are often used in curries.

Studies have shown fenugreek seeds help to stabilize blood sugar levels, very useful when you are trying to change to a healthy diet. This helps reduce cravings for certain foods enouraging you to make better food choices. A very important aspect in reducing pain and inflammation.

It helps lung congestion aiding in bringing up mucus, this is why opera singers use to use it to clear phlegm.

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Tuna is a great low-fat protein source. It is a good detoxifier and immune booster. If you can’t get fresh tuna use some fresh salmon instead. It has all the basic merits that tuna has. Tuna contains ‘essential fatty acids’ such as omega-3 that are anti-inflammatory helping to reduce pain. Omega-3 is good for burning excess fat, stabilizing blood sugar levels. These essential fatty acids keep the circulatory system healthy, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and protects against stroke. This fish is rich in selenium, an important antioxidant attacking free-radicals and removing toxins from the body.

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What could be better than a handful of cherries?

They are very nutritious and very delicious. They contain a plant compound called ellagic acid; it’s like a super nutrient helping to protect us from all sorts of health problems and is profoundly anti-aging.

They are also anti-spasmodic helping to calm digestion.

Relieves headaches and helps gout.

They also contain powerful cleansing properties and have a mild laxative affect.

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Limes like lemons are very good cleansers for the liver.

A drink made with ½ the juice of a lime in a little warm water first thing in the morning before you drink or eat anything else. Do this every other day, for about 90 days. Limes like lemons can kick start the metabolism and are alkaline forming in the body. Use fresh lemon or lime as often as possible in salad dressings or marinades. See also Lemon.

It’s amazing that you can cook (so to speak) fish with just lime or lemon juice, when you think about it. The citric acid in limes, lemons and grapefruit, has the same effect on the protein in fish and other seafood as heat does! We all know the dish ceviche, very popular in Mexico, Central and South America. Just about any fish will do for ceviche, plus shrimp, clams, lobster, conch and squid (tenderized first).

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This fruit is a super star, high in pectin higher than pears, a soluble fiber that helps cleanse the intestines (helps to gently relieve constipation) and helps detox the body. Very important in conditions like arthritis to keep the bowels working well, helping to reduce imflammation, aches and pains.

They lower cholesterol levels. Apples contain a plant compound called malic acid which helps to break down and eliminate fatty deposits in the body’s cells. Apples also help relieve inflammation and the pain associated with arthritic type conditions. Help to stabilize blood sugar levels and are filling. They make a good snack.

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