Plants are the source for much of what we put into our bodies. Premchit discusses the nutritional and medicinal benefits of organisms vital to human life.
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In my last article I talked about the enjoyment and vitality that comes from eating the ‘right’ types of bacteria, as in live yoghurt and fungi, as elements of Ambrosia Therapy.
In this article I take a look at humble plants, humble yet splendid in their service to man and woman. Plants truly keep the planet, and us, alive, in their diversity of forms and tastes, and in their diversity of preparation methods for eating.
In addition to our eating plants in their ‘solid’ form, we also can consider them as Plant Ambrosia when eaten in the form of fruit and vegetable juices, herbal tisanes, true teas and even red (as well as white) wines.
Fruit and Vegetable Juices
Drinking freshly made juices and eating enough whole foods to provide adequate fibre
is a sensible approach to a healthful diet.
Jay Kordich (1923- AD)
For thousands of years people have recognised that consuming specific fruits and vegetables in juice form is a very effective approach to achieving and maintaining a positive state of health. The expression ‘juice therapy’ is frequently referred to and regularly practiced by millions of people around the world today, as it has been in the Ayurveda medicine tradition for at least 5,000 years.
Juice therapy is defined by one medical dictionary as being: ‘The use of concentrated nutritional elixirs of fruit and vegetable extracts for nutritional maintenance; illness prevention; detoxification; and adjunctive treatment of allergies, digestive disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, skin diseases, and other conditions such as hypotension, bronchitis, obesity and insomnia’.
During juice therapy, the cleansing and eliminating functioning of the bowels, kidneys, liver, lungs and the skin improves and increases amounts of accumulated metabolic waste and toxins that are eliminated. At the same time, the juices provide a physiological rest to the digestive system, whilst still supplying a diverse range of concentrated nutrients for energy and restoration.
The benefits of juice therapy include:
In addition, research has shown that fruit and vegetable juices reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes and heart disease, among other maladies.
Fruit and vegetable juices have very good cleansing and purifying effects, which commences as soon as the juice is consumed. Due to the highly effective eliminating property of juices, some symptoms related to the cleansing and purifying processes may occur in some people — these symptoms are temporary; they are a part of the process and will disappear as the toxins are eliminated from the body.
Whilst most juices are relatively mild in their effects on the body, the symptoms of drinking more juices than perhaps you usually do may include: abdominal pain, bad breath, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, mild fever, sleeplessness and weight loss. However, there is nothing to worry about; just ease up on the juices until you get used to drinking them in the quantity you want.
Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage.
Kakuzo Okakura, Book of Tea
More than 60,000 years ago, Neanderthals began using healing herbs, and today more than 4 billion people use healing herbs as their primary medicines. Medicinal herbs are available to prevent, treat symptoms or cure almost all chronic ailments — after all, up to 25% of all prescription medicines contain active plant ingredients.
The simplest, yet still a very effective, way to experience the enjoyment and therapeutic benefits of healing herbs is by drinking tisanes, which are infusions made with hot water and the dried parts of plants that are not from the Camellia sinensis tree, from which true teas (black, green and white) are made. A tisane can be made using the dried parts of the chamomile, ginger or peppermint plants, for example.
Herbal tisanes may be utilised for a range of health benefits, including: to achieve a more calm and relaxed state of mind; support cardiovascular health; promote efficient digestion; enhance the elimination of toxins and waste products; increase energy levels; and for overall wellness.
True Tea - Black, Green, White
Drinking a daily cup of tea will surely starve the apothecary.
True tea, from the Camellia sinensis tree, is one of the healthiest beverages, owing to the polyphenols contained in the leaves, which have very powerful antioxidant properties while many likewise possess anti-cancer properties.
Polyphenols comprise different groups of substances, such as anthrocyanins, catechins, flavonoids and isoflavones. These lower blood cholesterol, blood sugar, the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, stimulate metabolism and release dopamine for improved mood and relaxation.
Good wine is a good familiar creature if it be well used.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616 AD)
Red wine contains resveratrol, a polyphenol also found in cranberries and blueberries, which is a powerful antioxidant known to reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease in addition to containing anti-ageing properties.
The optimal consumption of red wine has indicated a reduction in the risk of heart attack in middle-aged people by 30 to 50 percent; the optimal consumption of red wine is one glass per day for women and two glasses per day for men.
Recent research indicates there appears to be a direct link between the incidence of drinking alcohol and breast cancer in women; however, if a woman consumes sufficient amounts of folic acid (Vitamin B9), the risk of breast cancer reduces and even disappears.
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Next article I will share with you my ‘Enjoy Much More Ambrosia List’ — the ambrosias to eat for a long life of joy and vitality.
16/01/2012 - 10:58