Archive for the ‘Health’ Tag
Cranberries are one of my favorites. They have been since I was a child with my Grandmother serving them up all year long.
You will find the juice in my fridge 365 days of the year. I never run out. Seems it would be my drink of choice. When I really want a treat Cranberry Juice on chocolate ice cream is a delight A Cranberry Shake I guess you can call it. My Grandmother started me on this.
The berries are harvested from mid-September and ends in November. They are native to North America and it is believed Native Americans served them up to staving English Colonists. Likely they were on the first Thanksgiving table.
Native Americans used then as food, medicine and as a dye.
I enjoy them fresh. The recipe is on the bag. Never cared for the canned sauce although I did see a sliced and deep fried thing with it. Sliced and breaded with corn flakes. Not bad. I tried it once. Can’t figure why I never did it again?
Are they healthy? You bet!
A source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium.
Cranberries are a little tart so most of the calories we acquire from the come from the sugar we add. I like the tart and cut the sugar in half for the recommend amount on the bag. Using it like jam it’s great on toast. I add the dried version to cookies and cakes and toss some on my cereal too. When putting together my stuffing a couple tablespoons adds to the culinary delight.The Cranberry Jam keeps for months in the refrigerator and you can freeze it too.
Jonathan Chapman otherwise known as Johnny Appleseed. Jonathan Chapman was a real person and he lived from 1774 until 1845.
He was a nurseryman and really did spread the apple tree around the early American frontier. He died on March 18, 1845 at the age of 70 in Fort Wayne, Indiana where he was laid to rest.
The fruit has been around for thousands of years in Asia and Europe and brought to the Americas by the European Colonists. Today China and the USA produce the most.
This is the time for apples and the Gala variety I have been getting at my local farmers market are the best. I have had a taste for apples of late and the ones from the grocery do not compare to the locally grown from the farmers market. Crispy and sweet. I wish I could share one with you!
An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away.
They are an excellent source of antioxidants and effective in reducing the risk of certain cancers. Positive effects on heart disease, cholesterol, and weight loss.
Do you have heartburn? Try an apple. Certain varieties do better with different people. Test a couple different kinds to find the one that works best for you.
We can enjoy them in so many ways. One of my favorites in salsa. You will find a lot of different recipes online. I use a Granny Smith in mine. Great with chips and really good with pork.
Apple Cider vinegar. How often do we use that?
Applesauce works well in mashed potatoes. Give it a try.
I bought a peck yesterday. I have an apple and some cheese when a sweet snack is on my mind.
The vendors around me were great people. All of them have good stuff to offer. The whole market is that way. Fresh milk and butter without hormones. The same for eggs. Grass raised beef. All kinds of organic vegetables. All kinds of mushrooms, even morals, and fresh asparagus. Lamb and domestic rabbit. I wanted one of everything.
The gentlemen right next to me operated a loom. He made rugs from what he called uncycled material. Bath towels, blue jeans, milk jugs, and such. Really cool rugs.
Down a ways from me there was homemade hot sauce and salsa. The salsa wasn’t as good as mine but I tasted one of has hot sauces. It was a mustard based sauce and really good. Great flavor and good heat.
I have never tasted grass feed beef. The gentlemen had every cut you can think of and even hamburger. The fat content has to be lower so I wonder about the flavor. You may have to adjust the cooking times and heat especially on the roasts. I have cooked Buffalo many times and because of the lower fat content it’s a little different. You’ll have it dry and tough if you prepare it like beef.
Cows were never meant to eat corn. It messes up their stomachs and without all the antibiotics pumped into them they will get sick. It is said that back in the day the Texas Longhorn was lower in cholesterol and fat and a lot healthier than today’s beef.
The cost of most of theses items is some what higher than the norm. Of course the price of groceries is outrageous the days.
I lost track of how many people stopped and spoke with me. Most people were aware of the negative side effect of oral pain medications and became excited about our alternative.
I gave out lots of free samples and even made some sales. People are calling me and the discussion continues. From the results of the free trial pack continuing with this alliterative is a great choice for them.
I will be returning this Saturday. Hope to see you there.
The market’s web site is http://southbendfarmersmarket.com/
PS. No vine ripened tomatoes yet.
Forget The Pain And Ibuprofen
We all know Ibuprofen. There are several brand names associated with this non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Found as an over the counter pain reliever and fever reducer. There are higher dosages available by prescription.
Discovered in the 1960s Ibuprofen received a patent in 1961. Becoming available in England in 1969 and the United States in 1974 by prescription only. Not until 1984 was it made available as an over the counter medicine by the FDA.
Because of the anti-inflammatory properties the drugs have become popular with arthritis suffers. Other common uses include headache, toothaches, menstrual cramps, and, at times, acne. Over all any mild to moderate pain.
Also a vasodilator some negative side effectshave been associated with the drugs use especially with people afflicted with heart and circulatory problems.
Pay close attention to dosage recommendations. Always consult your Doctor on extended use.
Research has shown it not to be quite as effective as acetylsalicylic acid and the drugs effects wear of faster. Commonly know by it’s brand name “Aspirin” trade marked by the Bayer Corporation. One plus the drug is not as irritating to the stomach and intestinal tract.
Please take this warning to heart or liver if you will. Never take a medication with alcohol. It is a well known fact the liver is a stupid organ. The liver will always process alcohol first leaving the ingredients of a medication waiting it’s turn. Setting there it destroys liver cells. The liver is one organ that has the ability to rejuvenate it’s self but when the damage become to great there is no turning back.
Nausea and Vomiting, Ulcers and bleeding, Elevation of Liver Enzymes (Liver Damage), Diarrhea, Constipation, Headache, Dizziness, Rash, Hearing Loss. Difficult or Slow Breathing. Renal Problems (Kidney Damage). Heart Attack and Stroke.
Long term use, over three months, has been linked with erectile dysfunction as have all NSAIDs.
Because Ibuprofen is found in so many over the counter medications people taking several meds at once have the potential of over dose. When treating the cold or flu pay attention to the ingredients. Over dose is possible.
When it comes to pain relief we have a safe and effective topical lotion without the dangerous side effects of NSAIDs.
According to the Mayo Clinic relieving stress with laughter in no joke and maybe just what the doctor ordered.
Laughter increases your intake of oxygen, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles. What does that add up to? Increased blood flow. Also shown to improve your immune system. Stimulating endorphin’s in the brain that make us feel good. Even relieving pain. I’s not just short term. Evidence shows there are long term benefits.
A good laugh can be found anywhere. Even by yourself, at yourself. Of course its better to share the activity with another. My children are fun and playing with the grandchildren delivers a belly laugh consistently. Have a pet? I don’t recall my fish giving me a chuckle but little Pomeranian dog Dillon gives me a lot of pleasure and playing with him cracks me up everyday. Activity ups the ante on the benefits. Motion increases the blood flow. Any motion can be considered exercise. Laughter, motion, and blood flow. Your body loves all three.
Charlie Chaplin said “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” Mark Twain wrote “Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”
Music also has many beneficial and positive effects on a person’s well-being. It has also been shown to get the attention of Alzheimer patients. Studies all so show listening to music can reduce chronic pain and depression.
Music is all so to be found everywhere. It’s in the trees, the birds, and the breeze. I love the outdoors, fresh air and the sun. By the way, the sun delivers vitamins D,C K B, and E. Good stuff.
How easy is it to add motion to music? I have never been a great dancer but that’s not a consideration for me. Just plain fun. My dancing has the ability to spread the laughter bug.
No matter what kind of music you enjoy turn in on. There is always something new to discover.
Listen to some music, laugh with a few friends and see if you don’t feel better. Even if your healthy and happy it wont hurt.
I’m positive there is someone for you to share a laugh with right now. One thing to remember, Laughter is music!
“Take a music bath once or twice a week for a few seasons, and you will find that it is to the soul what the water-bath is to the body.”~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Our topical pain relief lotion can all so bring laughter and music into your life. Days without pain make it so much easier.
We can experience muscle pain for several different reasons. Strains from overdoing an activity and bruising. Cramps and spasms.
Fibromyalgia is not well understood. People experience tender spots and pain. These sites seem to move from place to place on a daily basis. There are no diagnostic tests currently to diagnose this condition. Fibromyalgia is very difficult for doctors to diagnose. Touching a member of my family, my little sister has the condition greatly affecting her daily activities.
An other condition given the name Myofascial Pain Syndrome or MPS. An other way of describing pain and inflammation in the muscles. This syndrome can be a source of chronic pain. This is interesting because the place the pain is felt may not be the source where the pain is generated. It’s called a trigger point and deemed referred pain. Not only triggered from a muscle but a ligament or tendon. May also vertebra and disks in the back.
Repetitive motion and general fatigue can be a contributor to this condition. On the opposite end lack of motion can be a factor.
There are more than 600 muscles in our bodies, voluntary and involuntary. Good muscle health begins with exercise and diet. Foods low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium), and added sugars. Fat-free or low-fat milk and dairy products. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains. Eggs, beans, fish, lean meats, nuts, and poultry.
Have a muscle cramp? Eat a banana.
Keeping our muscles healthy and in good shape is the first step to keeping our selves pain free. Knowing your boundaries during activity and exercise. When you do over do it and experience pain we have a top flight solution. No adverse side effects as when taking a pill. No waiting an hour for the relief to take effect. Revitalizing tissue and promoting healing.
Rub a dab on and the pain will be gone.
The National Media will usually start picking up on an issue
when a celebrity is touched by a problem.
We usually hear of addictions and rehab being a part of a famous individuals life. Weather it be a movie star, rock star ,or sports figure. A death become front page. I suppose they are just not willing to take on big business and the pharmaceutical companies. Prescription or over-the-counter drugs put 1.3 million Americans at risk of death each year.
The National Media has really grasped the story of the dangers of prescription drugs in light of Whitney Houston’s tragic death. They are standing up and taking notice to what prescription drugs are doing to people.
It is reported that over 30,00 people die in America alone from oral pain medications.
We all love Whitney, her music and movies. Such a tragedy to lose such a beautiful soul at her young age. Her music will always be with us.
We will Always Love You Whitney!
Physicians widely agree smoking increases the sensation of pain. This was the first question I was asked when my doctor was trying to diagnose the pain in my arm. He told me smoking has an effect on your threshold of pain.
Of course the health risks of smoking are well known. Some suffer from the same life threatening illnesses as smokers and never had a cigarette in their life. Can this all be blamed on second had smoke?
Very difficult to quite smoking, just ask me. I stopped for 2 1/2 years once. Why I started up again I’ll never understand.
I am an advocate for blood flow. Send the fuel to the engine. Smoking lowers the octane so to speech.
Pain sufferers should not smoke but this is true for all of us.
Serving people affected by pain since 1997. The American Pain Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves people affected by pain.
Their mission is to educate, support and advocate for people affected by pain.
Add to their great work the Military and Veterans Pain Initiative. Reaching out to our mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters of the military who are dealing with pain and their loved ones.
Operating on contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations any donation is greatly appreciated.
There is a lot of information here. Support groups and chat rooms.
There are over 200 million people dealing with pain in the US alone. Chances are you know at least one. Please pass this information on.