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Health & Diet

   MeiDei  Specific benefits of ginger;
February 26 at 22:52 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Started the sliced ginger in vodka. It has been steeping for only 3 days but smells great.
March 3 at 16:17 EST .

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   MeiDei  OK, you convinced me, vodka gets some ginger today & next month I think I'll have it w/orange juice. Will start my cranberry orange infusion today too, might just add a little ginger to that one as well.
March 5 at 15:05 EST .

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   MeiDei  Since the above post - & while I was transferred between 3 different medical facilities for over 2 months - someone found my jug of vodka & had at it - remind me to take a giant hissy-fit when I'm up for it ; )
June 17 at 16:32 EST .

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   MeiDei  Hat Tip to Texas Toast article:

Herb & Spices
Rosemary and basil are anti-inflammatory
Cumin, turmeric, and sage fight dementia
Cayenne, coriander and cinnamon help to regulate insulin and burn fat
Lemon grass, nutmeg, bay leaves and saffron have a calming effect
Turmeric fights cancer and helps prevent Alzheimer's disease
Oregano is anti-fungal and antibacterial
Garlic, mustard seed and chicory are excellent for the heart
Basil and thyme help your skin become softer and smoother
Turmeric, garlic, basil, cinnamon, thyme, saffron, garlic and ginger boost the immune system
Coriander, rosemary, cayenne, allspice and black pepper help banish depression.
February 9 at 18:28 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Apple Cider Vinegar with "mother". Braggs is one, but pricey at $6.89 at our store for a qt. Found WalMart organic brand for $4.44 qt. I bought some because I want to make Fire Cider. Good for colds and flu. Takes 3 weeks to marinate the vegs(onion, garlic, fresh ginger ). If you have access to fresh Tumeric that's good too, but not here.
January 29 at 16:52 EST .

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   BirdsNest  The fire cider will be ready in about 10 days but I tasted it yesterday. I like the taste. Once it is steeped I am supposed to strain out the solids and add cayenne and honey. I may skip the honey, as I said I already like the flavor.
February 8 at 07:13 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Fire Cider finished. Tastes really good. Gave half to my friend who is an EMT and is always around sick people. I am making her a whole qt. just for her. One spoonful daily...anything to keep the cold or flu away.
February 16 at 09:59 EST .

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   MeiDei  Here's an article on the benefits of a glass of pineapple juice a day:
January 25 at 19:04 EST .

   7 people like this.

   Escaped commieny  I agree, I eat fresh pineapple chunks from Publix for pain also have been eating blueberries until my tongue turns purple. The bromelain works better than Aleve and much healthier on your system.
January 26 at 06:00 EST .

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   MeiDei  Maybe I'm wrong but if [in my case] your white count is normal that cancels cancer. Think & stay positive.
January 26 at 17:50 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Has anyone made a cake or bread with gluten free flour? I got a recipe for GF Banana Bundt Cake. Recipe calls for 6 ripe bananas. Made the cake. Beautiful. Nice crunch on outside. But I don' t know. I can' t taste the bananas. But the texture is wonky. Just short of crumbly. I will deliver the cake to a friend( minus the missing slice ) and get her to critique it. She wants to be GF. I was curious. No more.
January 14 at 19:52 EST .

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   MeiDei  Just read this article, it seems different flours are good/bad depending on which use. Rice flour is popular & in most stores, don't know about the others.
"1. White Rice flour. This is what I use as my all-purpose gluten-free flour. I like it for dredging, thickening — really anytime I need a tablespoon or so of regular flour (like in this chocolate cake recipe ). It has a very mild taste and seems to play nicely with most foods. For the record, rice pasta is also not too shabby! Like most GF flours, rice flour has a different density than regular AP flour. If you want to use it interchangeably in a recipe, you should weigh it instead of measuring it cup for cup. I use rice flour as the base for my cornbread — no xanthum gum required! — and also for my fish and chip batter. These cornmeal cakes are also great. If cornmeal was a flour, I would put it in a tie for number one!

2. Millet flour. I have my mom to thank for introducing me to millet flour. It’s certainly not the most common, but I’ve found nothing better for getting a nice crispy coating on pan-fried meat or fish. My mom uses it all the time during the summer when she cooks up little vineyard sole with tartar sauce (try it with fried calamari too ). It also works great with any dish that calls for dredging like this chicken fricassee.

3. Chickpea flour. I recently became obsessed with Socca. It’s a simple Italian chickpea flour based pancake that seriously satisfies those bready cravings. I make it all the time as a side dish, where the bread basket would ordinarily be. Baked Falafel is another easy favorite and uses a couple tablespoons of the stuff.

4. Buckwheat flour. I admit, I don’t have tons of uses for buckwheat flour. But these savory buckwheat crepes are a breakfast go-to much in the way pancakes are for most people. You can serve anything you want inside of them, which makes them a great vehicle for leftovers. Here’s a great cake recipe from Smitten Kitchen and muffins from Yummly.

5. Masa Harina. Mexican is my favorite gluten-free cuisine, and masa harina is the base of a lot of dishes. Warning: masa is different from corn flour and should not be used interchangeably. You can make homemade corn tortillas. Or, my favorite sandwich bread alternative, arepas. It also is a nice thickener for chili if you don’t want too soupy consistency.

For more gluten-free ideas, visit Feed Me Phoebe"
If recipes above are of interest here is the original link:
January 15 at 08:51 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Raw Beets Boost Heart Health

For example, raw beets have been shown to lower blood pressure by an average of four to five points in a matter of hours.1 This effect is due to the naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body.2

Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure. In fact, medicinally, nitrates are used to treat angina and congestive heart failure, and research shows a glass of beetroot juice has the same effect as prescription nitrates.

This is part of an article from I could not figure out how to copy the link, it came to me in an e-mail about a month ago. I LOVE beets so this is good for me.
January 4 at 09:45 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  DH was using 'Superbeets' by Neogenics Labs, expensive and clotted in the containers, made a mess on the truck, we switched to Life extension Nitrovasc, alpha-lipoic acid and L-arginine caps.
January 4 at 15:23 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Priced fresh beets today $1.79 for 3 medium beets.
January 5 at 18:37 EST .

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   MeiDei  $2.99 for 3 med/small today at my go-to store - passed. Are they in short supply since the food icons are all getting on the beet juice wagon?
January 5 at 18:56 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I am a big believer in Elderberries and their ability to ward off flu. Found this recipe today. I won't be making it into gummies but the syrup is good to have around this time of year.
January 4 at 08:05 EST .

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   Escaped commieny  we picked elderberries right off the bush, growing up, maybe that is why we were never sick.
January 4 at 15:28 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I have 3 big bushes but can never seem to get them picked when they are ready. I did one year and froze 10 bags. They were in a friends' freezer, which failed or someone pulled the plug and we lost all of the elderberries. Some friend. I tried not to be pizzed off but I surely was.
January 5 at 18:40 EST .

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   MeiDei  Breaking News: A Handful of Nuts Lowers Death Risk

A recent meta-analysis of 29 studies from across the globe suggests that nuts may help reduce your risk of mortality from a variety of diseases. Researchers validated the link between daily nut intake and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, total cancer cases, all-cause mortality rates, and mortality rates from diseases including respiratory disease, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, infectious diseases, and kidney disease. Here's what you need to know - read full article at link. Additionally, pisachios are beneficial for lungs.
December 21 at 15:22 EST .

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   MeiDei  Swap Your Hot Chocolate for This Healthy, Warm Treat

In case you haven’t heard, turmeric is having a major moment. Turmeric has a number of uses and health benefits, from easing inflammation to increasing circulation to protecting the heart and brain. And even better: You can whip up the spice into a warm, creamy treat on a freezing-cold day. Here’s how.

What you need: One cup of milk (both dairy and non-dairy varieties work ), half a teaspoon of ground turmeric, half a tablespoon of ground ginger, a quarter teaspoon of vanilla extract and maple syrup or honey to taste.

What you do: Add all the ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk until combined. Turn the heat to medium high and whisk vigorously until it begins to foam--but never allow it to boil. When the thickness is to your liking, remove from the heat and pour into a mug.
December 21 at 14:35 EST .

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   Suejeanne  B-150 for Bursitis
Black Cherry Juice for Gout
Apple Cider Vinegar for middle-of-the-night leg cramps
Bob's Red Mill Ground Flax Seed for personal issues (or non-issues, as the case may be )

Hi, everyone - just thought I would give some health tips in case you have any of these things plaguing you and aren't able to get in to the doctor right away -

B-150 complex for bursitis

They have these at GNC and other vitamin stores (I go to GNC and stock up when they have BOGO )

you want to be sure to get B-150's - not B-50's, not even B-100's (though they might help in a pinch ) B-150's are a B-complex tablet that have the entire spectrum of the B-vitamins. Take ONE in the morning and ONE at night (like 6 am and 6 pm ) - drink lots of water all day and when you take the tablet - do this for four days and stop for a few days - resume and do again for 4 days if the bursitis didn't go away in the first round (it might even go away on the third day of the first round, but complete the round ). Don't overdo and take more than 1 twice a day

Bursitis means irritation of the bursa - it's part of the sympathetic nervous system - you might feel it in your shoulder blade area or anywhere along the path of the bursa, down to your forearm, perhaps it bothers you more when you do some little kind of movement or it really bothers you when you are in really cold air-conditioning - you find yourself squeezing your arm, trying to make the ache go away - maybe you haven't found out from your doctor yet that it is bursitis and when it hits you for the first time, you feel like you could have ten different dreadful awful things going on. Then you find out it is bursitis which is no big deal in itself but over time, it isn't good for your stomach and overall health to be taking a bunch of aspirin or Feldene - I know for myself that nothing really took the pain down and I did not want to get into pain pills -

maybe the first time you get it, you left the window open or somehow got a chill on your back or shoulder the night before, walking the dog - maybe when you were younger, you pulled something in that same arm/shoulder and when the weather turns cold, and there you are - so, get some nice hot packs too, wear a sweater and maybe try the B-150's

Black Cherry Juice for Gout

RW Knudsen makes "Just Black Cherry Juice" which was pretty good, available at most grocery stores, Whole Foods, Sprouts - but there is also Langer's, I believe - and perhaps others -

Of course you need to go to your doctor and get the proper medicine to treat the gout but if you just woke up this morning
December 15 at 23:21 EST .

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   Suejeanne  with the unmistakable symptoms of a gout flareup and you can't get into the doctor's office until tomorrow - or later - have someone run to the store and get some black cherry juice for you - it seems to take the horrible flaring pain out - then you need to go on a proper diet where you watch out for foods which cause the purines to build up in your system, then those crystals form and get jammed up in places like your big toe - women can get gout as well, after menopause -

Apple Cider Vinegar for middle-of-the-night leg cramps - about a tablespoon in a big glass of water

Bob's Red Mill Ground Flax Seed - I just get the less expensive one - $2.49 as opposed to about $5.49 for organic - about a 1/4 cup added to a half cup of Fiber One every morning at the same time (with milk added or water if you don't have any milk on hand ) - gradually, things will be jake - much better IMHO than Miralax or other things like that which I have seen my loved ones/friends try - such things seem to be a snare and a delusion because eventually they have some other effect and there you are back to square one again, or worse.

These are just my tips, given in the spirit of Merry Christmas - I am not a medical doctor and I did not stay at a Holiday Inn Express - just wanted to share things that might make things better for someone out there.
December 15 at 23:35 EST .

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   Suejeanne  about the B-150's for bursitis - just wanted to emphasize that if the bursitis goes away in the first round, then don't do a second round. You might have another flare-up down the road someday and you will have the B-150's on hand (you were out shoveling snow when you were supposed to let the kid down the street do it )
December 15 at 23:39 EST .

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   MeiDei  Some of us like poppy seeds (salad dressing, bagels, jelly roll, cakes ) but just learned ingesting them can give a [false] positive on a blood or urine drug test.
Read more here: It might be wise not to indulge for a few days before having routine blood work done, just as a cautionary measure. If you don't trust Snopes see here:
December 5 at 11:22 EST .

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   BirdsNest  I did find poppy seeds at WalMart for half the price of the ones I had bought from a local store. Needless to say I took those back, and with that money I bought 2 bottles of poppy seeds.
Luckily I don't need to be drug tested!!
December 11 at 07:56 EST .

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