Hippocrates Health Institute http://hippocratesinst.org Just another WordPress site Fri, 29 Jul 2016 18:29:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Hemp Milk http://hippocratesinst.org/hemp-milk Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:08:31 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=58277 When it comes to organic fibers for used clothing hemp has always been a classic option, but what about hemp in your diet? Hemp seeds have an excellent balance of Omegas 3 and 6, and to top it off hemp seeds also provide us with all essential amino acids making them a complete protein! Hemp milk […]

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When it comes to organic fibers for used clothing hemp has always been a classic option, but what about hemp in your diet? Hemp seeds have an excellent balance of Omegas 3 and 6, and to top it off hemp seeds also provide us with all essential amino acids making them a complete protein! Hemp milk is exceptionally creamy and rich.

Yield 7-8 cups. Stir if separation occurs, keeps in a fridge for 3 days.

Ingredients:

2 Cups Organic Shelled Hemp Seed

5 Cups Filtered Water

Technique:

  1. Combine shelled hemp seeds and water in a high speed blender.
  2. Blend on high for 20 seconds.
  3. Remove the pulp by straining through a nut milk bag. (You can save your pulp for later to make a dehydrated cracker or crust)
  4. Serve it up and enjoy!

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Gluten and Inflammation http://hippocratesinst.org/gluten-and-inflammation Wed, 27 Jul 2016 17:34:04 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=58267 Do you know someone with any of the following symptoms?  •           Gas •           Bloating •           Abdominal discomfort •           Fatigue •           Allergies •           Depression or anxiety •           Metal fog •           Iron-deficiency anemia •           Constipation •           Bone or joint pain •           Arthritis •           Osteoporosis •           An itchy skin rash •           Abdominal bloating and pain •           Tingling numbness […]

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Do you know someone with any of the following symptoms? 

•           Gas

•           Bloating

•           Abdominal discomfort

•           Fatigue

•           Allergies

•           Depression or anxiety

•           Metal fog

•           Iron-deficiency anemia

•           Constipation

•           Bone or joint pain

•           Arthritis

•           Osteoporosis

•           An itchy skin rash

•           Abdominal bloating and pain

•           Tingling numbness of hands & feet

•           Seizures or migraines

•           Missed menstrual periods

•           Infertility or recurrent miscarriage

•           Canker sores inside the mouth

•           Chronic diarrhea

•           Vomiting

•           Irritability and behavioral issues

•           Dental enamel defects

•           Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

•           Psychiatric disorders

•           Schizophrenia

•           Autoimmune disease

 

Any one of these symptoms could be caused by celiac disease which can be traced back to the over consumption of gluten-containing foods.

The word gluten comes from the Latin word meaning “glue.” It is a type of protein primarily found in the seeds of grains such as wheat, rye, spelt, and barley. Gluten helps foods maintain their shape, acting as an adhesive that holds the various ingredients in mixed foods together. For example, the naturally occurring gluten in wheat is what helps bread dough stick together and keep its shape as it is mixed, kneaded, risen, and baked.

Humans encounter several problems with the long-term over consumption of gluten containing foods. The enzymes necessary for the natural digestion of gluten is contained in the seed of the grain. However, these enzymes are very heat sensitive and are destroyed by the cooking process. The gluten protein is a bit more stable and is able to partially survive the application of heat. So, when we eat baked bread we are consuming a twisted gluten protein without the naturally occurring enzymes that are necessary for the digestion of gluten making it very difficult for the body to break it down and convert into usable nutrients.

The body tries to compensate for this lack of enzymes in baked bread by overproducing its’ own digestive enzymes. However, we cannot make these enzymes fast enough or long enough to make up for the habitual consumption of enzyme-less foods. Many years of the practice of eating baked bread eventually leads to a sensitivity or intolerance to gluten-containing products due to an accelerated depletion of the body’s own enzyme stores. 

Baked and cooked gluten-containing products are the most inflammatory foods that one could possibly consume! Undigested gluten acts like an adhesive in our digestive system and forms a sticky substance that literally glues together the tender villi that line the walls of our intestines. This blocks the absorption of nutrients and causes inflammation and damage to the small intestine. If baked gluten is not eliminated from the diet this can lead to wheat allergies, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and celiac disease.

The consumption of genetically modified (GMO) wheat greatly accelerates the onset of intestinal inflammation and celiac disease. Expecting mothers who have wheat allergies or celiac disease are much more likely to have given birth to children who have type I diabetes. If the consumption of gluten is continued this could ultimately contribute to the onset of crohns, colitis, or colon cancer.

The only way grains should be consumed is in the organic living sprouted form or as wheatgrass juice. Wheatgrass is still a baby vegetable at the time of harvesting and at this tender young stage it contains no gluten. In fact, wheatgrass juice is nature’s finest medicine! It is a master tonic full of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients such as chlorophyll, beta carotene and many others. It is also a powerful detoxifier, blood builder, and cleanser.

A healthier alternative to wheat bread products is to use svelte or kamut. An even healthier option to consuming any cooked and baked grains are dehydrated flax crackers. A dehydrator is an ultra-low temperature convection oven which gently removes the moisture in food while leaving most of the enzymes and other critical micronutrients intact. Dehydration concentrates the flavors in foods. I find that dehydrated flax crackers help to satiate my cravings for starchy carbohydrates like bread.

 

Here is a recipe for making flax crackers:

2 cups flaxseed (freshly ground in a coffee grinder)

3/4 cup water. Add more as needed to make a workable dough

½ cup chopped onion

½ cup chopped celery

½ cup chopped red bell pepper

2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary

2 Tbsp. Coconut aminos

1/2 tsp garlic powder

A pinch of Himalayan pink salt (optional)

 

Mix all ingredients by hand thoroughly in a large bowl. Spread evenly about 1/8-1/4 inch thick onto the dehydrator trays covered with parchment paper or teflex sheets. Dehydrate for 8-12 hours until crispy. Enjoy!

Article by Brian Hetrich, Greenhouse Manager

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Organic Apparel – What makes it Organic? http://hippocratesinst.org/organic-apparel-what-makes-it-organic Wed, 27 Jul 2016 16:22:55 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=58260 Deciphering what makes a garment organic can be as tedious as writing a dissertation if you are not familiar with the manufacturing processes it takes to turn organic fibers into clothes. The steps the fibers go through from seed to sewn garment and everywhere in between are all part of the organic certification process. Just […]

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Deciphering what makes a garment organic can be as tedious as writing a dissertation if you are not familiar with the manufacturing processes it takes to turn organic fibers into clothes. The steps the fibers go through from seed to sewn garment and everywhere in between are all part of the organic certification process.

Just because a garment is “made with” organic cotton or another organic fiber does not mean that the garment was manufactured in a way that follows organic standards and is free of harmful chemicals. For instance, you can have a men’s dress shirt that is made with organic cotton. In the manufacturing process, they take the organic cotton, turn it into fabric and then may add chemical detergents and bleach to whiten the fabric. They then add harmful chemical dyes to the shirt to turn it a bright blue color and then finish the dress shirt with some toxic chemical finishers to make the shirt wrinkle free and stain proof. Now this dress shirt that is made with organic fibers is soaked full of chemicals that will remain within the fibers for the life of the garment. It may then end up in a landfill where these chemicals leach into our soil, waterways and our air.

To truly make an organic garment, you start with organic fibers such as cotton or hemp that are naturally grown without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. These fibers are then manufactured in a way that follows organic standards and is free of harmful chemicals. As an example, the same men’s dress shirt referred to above would be made from organic cotton by first being turned into fabric and left to remain its natural cotton color or lightened with natural hydrogen peroxide. To get the bright blue color in the shirt, organic plant-based dyes such as indigo could be used or low-impact dyes that are synthetic based but proven to be free of harmful chemicals could be added to achieve this color. No finishing agents would be applied to the garment for wrinkle free, stain proof, odor resistance, fire resistance, etc. Now this dress shirt is free of noxious chemicals which is better for the health of the wearer and at the end of this garments life cycle, if it finds its way into a landfill, it will biodegrade into the soil with much less of an impact than the first example.

When shopping for organic apparel:

  1. Look for garments that have the GOTS Certified Organic Label. This label certifies that the garment has been manufactured following the organic standards, from the way the organic cotton was grown all the way through to the fabric and garment’s manufacturing process. *It is important to note there are many clothing companies that follow the organic standard of practices that do not have a GOTS label on their apparel. The GOTS Certification takes a large monetary investment that not all companies can make. This is why it is important to know what the organic protocols are to help you determine if the garment is made following proper standards.
  2. Choose clothing that is made with pure fibers such as organic cotton and hemp that was grown without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
  3. The most pure of organic apparel are those that are undyed, naturally lightened with hydrogen peroxide or those that have been colored with organic plant-based dyes and free of any other chemical agents and finishes.
  4. Refrain from purchasing clothing made from fibers such as recycled polyester mixed with organic cotton, as the harmful chemicals that are used in the making of the polyester as well as the breaking down of the plastic fibers to turn them into clothes is very harmful and contaminates the organic fibers it is combined with.
  5. Fibers such as organic bamboo (at this point in time) are also not truly organic in the way they are processed. Chemical agents are used in the breaking down of the bamboo fibers to turn them into fabric. Thus, even if the garment follows organic standards in the rest of its manufacturing processes, the chemicals added in the manufacturing of the fibers are not the most ideal.
  6. Look for organic apparel that has 10% or less of spandex added into the fibers as having over 10% can compromise the organic nature of the fibers. Made from 100% organic fibers is the most ideal. *Spandex can be necessary in some garments such as athletic and intimate apparel styles to hold its shape on the wearer and to lengthen the life cycle of the garment.
  7. Refrain from buying garments that are labeled fire resistant, stain proof, water proof, static proof, wrinkle free, odor proof, etc. as they are finished with toxic chemicals that can be very damaging to our health.

Following these tips will guide you the next time you are looking to add some new organic clothing into your wardrobe. Just like with the food we eat, it is important to do your research, choose organic and vote with your dollars. Support the companies that are following the most health giving practices; this in turn will support your optimal health as well as the health of our environment.

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Edible Flowers http://hippocratesinst.org/edible-flowers Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:51:40 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=57431 Having a diversity of different kinds of plants in your garden is a good thing. I normally like to recommend a combination of fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs. A careful and thoughtful combination of companion plants that compliment one another allow for shared nutrients while attracting beneficial insects, encouraging pollinators, discouraging harmful bugs and pests, […]

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Having a diversity of different kinds of plants in your garden is a good thing. I normally like to recommend a combination of fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs. A careful and thoughtful combination of companion plants that compliment one another allow for shared nutrients while attracting beneficial insects, encouraging pollinators, discouraging harmful bugs and pests, and helping to build the soil.

The addition of edible flowers to your garden is not only an excellent way to add diversity but, they also obviously can add another dimension of beauty to your garden. And, they provide you with yet another crop that you can harvest for food. Edible flowers can be eaten raw and can be added as a garnish to soups, salads, and entrees. Not only are they a colorful and beautiful addition to your meals but they are loaded with nutrition. For example, flowers such as dandelion, purslane, marigolds, nasturtiums, rose petals, and zinnias are rich in vitamins A and C. Plus, they taste great! 

Not all flowers are edible and not all edible flowers taste good. Here is a partial list of some of the other edible flowers that I like: 

  • Anise hyssop (Agastache foeniculum)
  • Basil (Ocimum basilicum)
  • Bergamot (Monarda didyma)
  • Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)
  • Chinese hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)
  • Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum spp.)
  • Dianthus (Dianthus spp.)
  • English daisy (Bellis perennis)
  • Geranium (Pelargonium spp.)
  • Hollyhock (Alcea rosea)
  • Lavender (Lavandula spp.)
  • Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
  • Okra (Abelmoschus esculentus)
  • Passionflower (Passiflora spp.)
  • Red clover (Trifolium pratense)
  • Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus)
  • Violet (Viola odorata)

Article by, Brian Hetrich, Greenhouse Manager

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Detoxification Yields Unexpected Benefits http://hippocratesinst.org/detoxification-yields-unexpected-benefits Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:47:28 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=57404 Having been an Olympic gymnast and recreational athlete, I have always been conscious about my body and my overall health. Over the last twenty years, I have often chosen to spend my vacations at health spas. Hippocrates turned out to be much more than a health spa. My experience at this unique healing institute surpassed […]

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Having been an Olympic gymnast and recreational athlete, I have always been conscious about my body and my overall health. Over the last twenty years, I have often chosen to spend my vacations at health spas. Hippocrates turned out to be much more than a health spa. My experience at this unique healing institute surpassed all my expectations.

My primary goal in attending the program was to learn how to thoroughly detoxify my body, purify my mind, and transform the quality of my life. At first I found it overwhelming, and the lifestyle changes were challenging. But as I immersed myself fully in the wheatgrass and juice therapies, organic living food, colon cleanses, far-infrared sauna, exercise, and other detox therapies, it became much easier.

At the end of three weeks, I felt energized, empowered, and transformed. Since then, my eyesight has improved, and I find that it is much easier to maintain my ideal weight. My participation in the Hippocrates Program was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, equivalent to my participation as a gymnast in the XIVth Olympiad in London in 1948.

—Rose Voisk, New York

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Hippocrates Four Core Nutrients to Support Optimal Health http://hippocratesinst.org/hippocrates-four-core-nutrients-to-support-optimal-health Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:18:39 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=57398 Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12 is a group of cobalt-containing compounds that are collectively called cobalamins. At Hippocrates we recommend a bacterial form of B12, such as Ocean Energy and B12 Forte. Methylcobalamin and 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin (also known as adenosylcobalamin) are the coenzyme forms of vitamin B12 that play a role in human metabolism. Vitamin B12 plays […]

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Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 is a group of cobalt-containing compounds that are collectively called cobalamins. At Hippocrates we recommend a bacterial form of B12, such as Ocean Energy and B12 Forte. Methylcobalamin and 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin (also known as adenosylcobalamin) are the coenzyme forms of vitamin B12 that play a role in human metabolism. Vitamin B12 plays a role in DNA synthesis, red blood cell formation and is involved in the functioning of the nervous system and immune system.

If one is deficient in vitamin B12, it may create some of the following conditions: macrocytic anemia, psychiatric symptoms (including memory loss, depression, confusion, delirium, and paranoia), glossitis (inflammation of the tongue), hyperpigmentation of the skin, orthostatic hypotension, impaired capacity of leukocytes (white blood cells) to kill bacteria.[i] [ii]The neurological disorders of vitamin B12 deficiency may become irreversible if not treated in a timely manner.

Probiotics

Probiotics are bacteria or yeast organisms that can have beneficial effects on human health. Probiotic organisms are believed to work in part by enhancing digestion and immune function, by competing with pathogenic microorganisms for binding sites on mucosal surfaces, and by producing chemicals that inactivate or kill pathogens. At Hippocrates, we use LifeGive Instinct Probiotics to support optimal gastro—intestinal health. A lack of sufficient amounts of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) weakens your immune system and leaves you more susceptible to bad bacteria that can make you sick. When the digestive tract is healthy, these beneficial bacteria filter out and eliminate things that can damage it, such as harmful waste products.

Digestive Enzymes

Enzymes are typically proteins that act as biological catalysts. Digestive enzymes help to break down your food for greater absorption. You are what you absorb. Digestive enzymes can take stress off of the stomach, pancreas, liver, gallbladder and small intestine by helping break down difficult-to-digest proteins, starches and fats. As we age, the acidity of our stomach acid becomes more alkaline. In respect of enzyme production, this means there is an increased potential for the acidic “trigger” to fail when food enters the intestine. If the acidity trigger fails, then the “signal” isn’t given to secretin, which in turn prevents pancreatic secretions from releasing. If you have any type of digestive health challenge such as acid reflux, gas, bloating, leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, malabsorption, diarrhea or constipation, then digestive enzymes can help.

Blue Green Algae (AFA – Aphanizomenon flos-aquaec)

Organic blue-green algae (AFA) is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Blue-green algae has a high concentration of nutrients, over 65 vitamins, minerals and enzymes and is a complete protein. Chlorophyll is a very important part of the blue green algae. Its molecular structure is almost the same as that of the hemoglobin, which is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body. Oxygen is the prime nutrient, and chlorophyll is the central molecule for increasing the oxygen availability to your system. Chlorophyll is vital for the body’s rapid assimilation of amino acids. Blue-green algae is one of the richest sources of chlorophyll, a well-known agent for its antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and blood building benefits. Blue-green algae contains phytonutrients. Phytonutrients contain protective, disease-preventing compounds that interact with other plant nutrients to produce a synergy that can help fight many diseases.

 

[i] Kaplan SS, Basford RE. Effect of vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiencies on neutrophil function. Blood 1976;47:801–805.

[ii] Skacel PO, Chanarin I. Impaired chemiluminescence and bactericidal killing by neutrophils from patients with severe cobalamin deficiency. Br J Haematol 1983;55:203–215.

 

Article by Tom Fisher, RN, BA

 

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HHI Kimchi http://hippocratesinst.org/hhi-kimchi Tue, 19 Jul 2016 18:29:47 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=7318 Kimchi Recipe 1 Head Green Cabbage, Finely Sliced 1 Carrot, Shredded 4 Large Red Peppers, Finely Chopped 9 Scallions, Sliced (Reserve Bottom of Scallions) 1 Fresh Hot Pepper, 1/2 Tsp Cayenne to taste Kombuk Seaweed, Soaked, (As Needed) 2 Tsp. Chopped Ginger 3 Oz. Soaked Kombu Water 1 Apple, Cut in Half and Seeded 2 Cloves […]

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Kimchi Recipe

1 Head Green Cabbage, Finely Sliced

1 Carrot, Shredded

4 Large Red Peppers, Finely Chopped

9 Scallions, Sliced (Reserve Bottom of Scallions)

1 Fresh Hot Pepper, 1/2 Tsp Cayenne to taste

Kombuk Seaweed, Soaked, (As Needed)

2 Tsp. Chopped Ginger

3 Oz. Soaked Kombu Water

1 Apple, Cut in Half and Seeded

2 Cloves Garlic

Outer Cabbage Leaves (As Needed)

Technique

  1. Mix cabbage, carrot, peppers, and scallion in large bowl.
  2. Put scallion bottoms, hot pepper or cayenne, garlic, ginger, and water in blender and liquefy.
  3. Mix thoroughly with cabbage mixture.
  4. Place half of the cabbage mixture in a ceramic or glass container. Press down firmly.
  5. Place the apple in the center of the cabbage.
  6. Place the remaining ½ if the shredded cabbage on top, always pressing it down firmly.
  7. Cover the top of the cabbage with a layer of hydrated kombu seaweed.
  8. On top of the Kombu, place a layer of cabbage leaves.
  9. Place a heavy weight on top of the cabbage leaves, making sure that the entire container is covered and that no foreign matte can enter the mixture. The cabbage will begin to foam and bubble as a result of the fermentation process. Leave out at room temperature.
  10. Let stand for 3-5 days.
  11. Discard the cabbage leaves, Kombu, and apple in the middle.
  12. Place the mixture in a container for storage and refrigerate.

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Hippocrates Ambassadors http://hippocratesinst.org/hippocrates-ambassadors Wed, 13 Jul 2016 20:54:14 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=56588 Hippocrates now has over a hundred passionate and informed Ambassadors around the world, all of them making a difference by ‘Sharing the Gift of Vibrant Health’ in their home community. Are you a graduate of the 3-week Life Transformation, the 9-week Health Educator Program, or a Health Care Professional who helps their clients transform their […]

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Hippocrates now has over a hundred passionate and informed Ambassadors around the world, all of them making a difference by ‘Sharing the Gift of Vibrant Health’ in their home community. Are you a graduate of the 3-week Life Transformation, the 9-week Health Educator Program, or a Health Care Professional who helps their clients transform their lives through natural means? Then click here to discover the exciting support and  incentives we have developed for our Ambassador community. We’d love to have you join us!

Thank you for your interest in being part of Hippocrates’ exciting new Ambassador Program. The timing for this program could not be better! The opportunity to join an effective and passionate family of Ambassadors around the world is now available.  

 Our goal is to reunite and empower the world-wide Hippocrates family and share the Gift of Vibrant Health. This can be achieved with consistent HHI-approved presentations, tools and education, aimed to facilitate connections for a more effective outreach and world impact.

A rapidly growing population of health-conscious individuals who desire empowering lifestyle knowledge surrounds us. As an “Ambassador,” you can share Hippocrates and the Life Transformation Program with the knowledge that you will be recognized and rewarded for your caring and outreach in your own communities.  

Tools at your disposal will include:

  • A Resource Area offering landing pages which you can link to your emails and/or website which will register with Hippocrates a prospect’s interest in attending the Life Transformation Program. This landing page notifies HHI that the lead comes from you!
  • Notification when one of your qualified prospects contacts Hippocrates and expresses interest for more information or when planning a reservation.
  • Hippocrates-approved marketing presentations to introduce Hippocrates during your events or informational sessions.
  • Templates for flyers you can personalize for events.
  • Pre-approved business materials including business cards
  • A monthly newsletter to keep our community of Ambassadors connected; with tips for effective marketing and event creation, news with the latest happenings and links you can share with contacts that will provide Brian’s travel schedule, special programs and products.
  • An Ambassador Coordinator available to answer your questions.
  • A great incentive program for referring your friends and family to experience Hippocrates.

Please contact me with any questions you may have and to receive the Ambassador Agreement. We look forward to beginning this exciting journey with you!

Linda Frees

Ambassador Coordinator

lfrees@hippocratesinst.org

Tel: 561-471-8876 ext: 2112  /  Fax: 561-228-0791

 

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Asparagus Crimini Mushroom Salad http://hippocratesinst.org/asparagus-crimini-mushroom-salad Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:25:21 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=56567 Asparagus is a great source of folic acid which can help reduce stress. Enjoy this flavorful salad with a good book followed by a cup of your favorite tea. Ingredients for the salad: 1 Bunch Asparagus – cut the tips and slice on a bias 2 Cups Cremini Mushrooms, quartered 1/2 Sliced Onion 2 Red Peppers, julienned Ingredients […]

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Asparagus is a great source of folic acid which can help reduce stress. Enjoy this flavorful salad with a good book followed by a cup of your favorite tea.

Ingredients for the salad:

1 Bunch Asparagus – cut the tips and slice on a bias

2 Cups Cremini Mushrooms, quartered

1/2 Sliced Onion

2 Red Peppers, julienned

Ingredients for the dressing:

2 oz. Lemon Juice

2 Cloves Garlic

1 Tbsp. Dried Thyme

1 Tbsp. Dried Oregano

1/4 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper

1/4 Tsp. Kelp Powder

6 oz. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions: Blend the dressing ingredients till creamy. Toss with salad ingredients. Enjoy!

 

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Growing and Enjoying Ginger http://hippocratesinst.org/growing-and-enjoying-ginger Wed, 13 Jul 2016 17:36:07 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=56557 Ginger root is a popular ingredient for culinary use especially in Indian and Asian flavored cuisine. With its pungent aroma and sharp, spicy flavor ginger adds another dimension to sauces, soups, teas, and green drinks. Ginger is also used for its medicinal properties as it has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Therapeutically, ginger has traditionally […]

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Ginger root is a popular ingredient for culinary use especially in Indian and Asian flavored cuisine. With its pungent aroma and sharp, spicy flavor ginger adds another dimension to sauces, soups, teas, and green drinks. Ginger is also used for its medicinal properties as it has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Therapeutically, ginger has traditionally been used for:

  • Relieving muscle and joint aches and pain
  • Help with digestion issues
  • Reducing nausea
  • To help fight the flu and common cold
  • Boosting the immune system

The part of the ginger plant that is most commonly used is the rhizome which is a subterranean part of the plant stem that grows horizontally and produces shoots above and roots below. Ginger is a perennial plant that grows in India, Southern Asia, and the tropical regions around the world. It also grows well in here in South Florida at the Hippocrates Health Institute. Each year we grow dozens of ginger plants in the Hippocrates Organic Garden for use in our kitchen and for the benefit of our guests. It is best eaten raw but, it can also be dried and ground to a powder and put in capsules and taken orally.

If you live in a tropical region like South Florida you can grow ginger outdoors. In other parts of the world you can grow ginger indoors as a potted plant. Either way, you should use rich, well-drained soil such as a good organic potting soil. Choose a sunny location or partial shade. Purchase the raw ginger rhizomes online or from your local grocery store or Asian market. You can break off the branches of the rhizomes to create more plants. Plant the rhizome pieces two inches deep and twelve inches apart. Keep the soil moist but not too wet or the root may rot. Fertilize with compost tea or side dress each plant with compost once every two weeks.

It takes eight to ten months for the plant to reach maturity. During this time the plant will grow leaves 3 – 4 feet high. Eventually, the plant will bloom a stunningly beautiful white and purple flower. Shortly afterwards the plant will start to turn yellow and the leaves will dry out. That’s the signal when your ginger is ready to dig up. Cut the dried leaves off from the rhizome and gently brush the dirt off. Do not rinse with water as this may cause the rhizome to rot. It is now ready to use. Save a few pieces of root and start more plants for the next season. You can store any excess in an air-tight container kept in a cool dark place where it will keep for up to 6 months.

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