Thursday, August 12, 2010

Get your GINGER on!

I am in LOVE with organic ginger root! I use it on everything! When in doubt,add ginger! it goes into my smoothies, salads, quinoa dishes etc...I am always so bummed when they are out of the organic root at my grocery store! Even though I new the benefits already, or at least I thought I did, seeing the rockin' top 20 list has got me even more excited. Thanks to! Save on expensive, fancy supplements & use therapeutic doses of ginger!

1. Highly valued as a spice, ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been used medicinally for thousands of years by Chinese physicians. Ginger acts as an antioxidant and has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and pain-killing properties. It also improves liver function and lowers cholesterol as well as having beneficial effects on the heart. Ginger has anti-ulcer activity and improves the function of the muscles in the gut while helping to relieve spasm. Ginger is also valued for its warming properties.
- Nicola Reavley, The New Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements and Herbs
2. Ginger helps the body to sweat, so toxins are drawn to the skin's surface. To prepare the ginger bath, place half-inch slices of fresh ginger in boiling water over a stove; turn off the heat, and steep for thirty minutes. Remove the ginger, and add that water into a tub already filled with hot water.
- Brenda Watson and Leonard Smith, The Detox Strategy: Vibrant Health in 5 Easy Steps
3. Try some ginger ale — ginger is a known stomach soother. It's best to drink flat ginger ale at room temperature (cold beverages will irritate an upset stomach). Take tiny sips, especially if you have already vomited. If you can keep that down, sip a bit more. If you're out of ginger ale, you can try making a cup of ginger tea (with grated gingerroot). Some people even find relief by nibbling on a gingersnap.
- Carol Turkington, The Hypericum Handbook: Nature's Antidepressant
4. Ginger juice produces better recovery from symptoms of nausea than ondansetron, a commonly prescribed drug during chemotherapy.
- Andreas Moritz, Cancer Is Not A Disease - It's A Survival Mechanism
5. Ginger has been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors in the colon in animal studies.
- Andreas Moritz, Cancer Is Not A Disease - It's A Survival Mechanism
6. Ginger root extract (gingerols) inhibits the growth of Helicobacter pylori in the digestive tract, which is a bacterium linked to stomach cancer.
- Andreas Moritz, Cancer Is Not A Disease - It's A Survival Mechanism
7. Ginger stimulates blood circulation. These effects make it useful in treating a number of disorders marked by swelling and pain, such as arthritis. A three-year study of fifty-six people with rheumatoid arthritis found that about 75 percent of the subjects achieved relief from pain and swelling by taking powdered ginger.
- Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies
8. If you take ginger for medicinal purposes, the powder form is the best because of its high concentration of nutrients. Take 4 grams (about 1 teaspoon) of powder divided in two to four doses over the course of the day. Ginger tea is a good herbal tonic for influenza because of its soothing qualities and its antiviral abilities. To make fresh ginger tea, cut a one-inch slice of fresh ginger-root into small slivers. Place the ginger in a pot and simmer at a near boil for about 15 minutes, then strain into a cup. Add a little honey to taste.
- Bradley J. Willcox, D. Craig Willcox, and Makoto Suzuki, The Okinawa Program: How the World's Longest-Lived People Achieve Everlasting Health
9. For centuries, ginger has been prescribed by Ayurvedic and Indian healers to treat the pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. Ginger contains natural anti-inflammatory agents called gingeroles. Fresh ginger, however, also contains compounds called shogaoles, which can cause stomach irritation in some people.
- Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D., Earl Mindell's Supplement Bible: A Comprehensive Guide to Hundreds of NEW Natural Products that Will Help You Live Longer, Look Better, Stay Heathier, ... and Much More!
10. Ginger tea aids digestion and soothes heartburn, and powdered ginger capsules, tea, or candy control motion sickness and nausea without causing drowsiness. Fresh ginger root relieves the sting of minor burns and can prevent and fight heartburn by absorbing stomach acid. A ginger compress can soothe carpel tunnel syndrome.
- Barrie R Cassileth, Ph.D., The Alternative Medicine Handbook: The Complete Reference Guide to Alternative and Complementary Therapies
11. Ginger supplementation helped to modulate immune activity in a beneficial direction, suggesting usefulness in control of chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases. Another study of ginger found that the herb could help control the risk factors involved in "syndrome X," which combine to greatly increase risk of type 2 diabetes — a condition that creates severe inflammation throughout the body because of the pro-inflammatory effects of high blood sugar and high insulin levels.
- Freedom Press, Natural Cancer Cures: The Definitive Guide to Using Dietary Supplements to Fight and Prevent Cancer
12. A double-blind study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association compared the effects of ginger and Dramamine, a common over-the-counter motion sickness drug, and found that ginger was actually more effective. In addition, ginger had none of the side effects — such as drowsiness — of the commercial drug. Ginger is an even more effective anticoagulant than garlic or onions; gin-gerol, one of its compounds, has a structure very much like that of aspirin, which also thins the blood. Ginger is a folk remedy for menstrual cramps.
- Gary Null, Get Healthy Now with Gary Null: A Complete Guide to Prevention, Treatment and Healthy Living
13. Ginger is an inexpensive, effective, and nearly universally available remedy for inflammation and pain. It is used to treat cramping that accompanies constipation and to relieve peptic ulcers. In China, ginger has been put to the novel use of helping to turn breech babies by giving the mother ginger teas before delivery.
- Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies
14. To test the ability of ginger to reduce inflammation, a preliminary clinical study was conducted on seven patients with rheumatoid arthritis in whom conventional drugs had provided only temporary or partial relief. One patient took 50 grams per day of lightly cooked ginger, while the remaining six took either 5 grams of fresh ginger or 0.1 to 1 gram of powdered ginger daily. All patients reported substantial improvement, including pain relief, increased joint mobility, and decreased swelling and morning stiffness.
- Michael Murray, N.D. and Joseph Pizzorno, N.D., The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods
15. Ginger has a long tradition of being very useful in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress, including the nausea and vomiting typical of pregnancy. Although the mechanism of action has yet to be elucidated, current thought is that this is due more to ginger’s effects on the gastrointestinal tract than to any effects on the brain.  Ginger’s anti-vomiting action has been studied in the most severe form of pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting, known as hyperemesis gravidum.
- Michael T. Murray, N.D., Joseph E. Pizzorno, N.D., Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised Second Edition
16. Ginger also can settle stomach upset caused by food allergies. Ginger inhibits the production of immune-system components called cytokines, chemicals that create a long-term tendency toward inflammation.
- Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies
17. In Japan, ginger's anti-parasitic effect is put to use in the preparation of sushi, which is traditionally eaten with pickled ginger. In the laboratory, ginger extracts have been shown to kill the anisakid worm, a parasite sometimes carried in raw fish, within sixteen hours, about the length of time the parasite would have to establish itself in the digestive tract after consumption of contaminated fish.
- Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies
18. Fresh ginger is used to help break down high-protein foods such as meats and beans and lessen the effect of uric acids in the body from eating these foods. Dried ginger feeds the properties of foods and herbs to the lower extremities — the colon, kidneys, ovaries, sexual organs, and legs; it also treats motion sickness, and is most convenient in the form of capsules or a tincture for this purpose. Ginger should not be used when signs of heat are present.
- Paul Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition
19. Ginger and cayenne are good remedies for exterior conditions such as the common cold.
- Paul Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition
20. Ginger tea is useful as a supplement in treating schistosomiasis, a parasitic disease increasingly prevalent among tourists returning to the United States
- Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, Prescription for Herbal Healing: An Easy-to-Use A-Z Reference to Hundreds of Common Disorders and Their Herbal Remedies

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Green Synergy Festival happening August 20-22nd!

NEW announcement! My good friend, Ariane Glazer's dream was to put together a regional midwest healthy living festival. Her dream has come a reality. She has put together the most amazing weekend and its all happening next weekend. The Green Synergy Festival takes place the weekend of the 22nd in August at Ronora Retreat Center in Michigan. Check out the details below. There are some special discounts before a certain date so be sure to check it out! Plus, there are DAY passes for those that would enjoy a 90 minute drive up to the Michigan location for the day.

Green Synergy Festival

Healthy Weekend Getaway!
August 20-22, 2010 

See how great you can feel!
 Just show up and we’ll take care of everything!

Leading Wellness Experts and Workshops
Raw Culinary Classes
Yoga and Meditation, Nature Walks
Music and Dancing
Kids Activities, facilitated by GreenKids from Canada
Vibrant, Healthy Delicious Meals
Healers, Bodywork, Massage!

Explore the full potential of your health!
Gain invaluable experience and knowledge!
Be inspired to live green every day!

Speakers: Victoria Boutenko, Tim VanOrden, Chavah Aima, Elaina Love, Andrea McNinch, Kathy Kelly, Hon. Carol Moseley-Braun, Rae Sikora and JC Corcoran, Chris Whitcoe, Dr. Jane Fresne, Yoga Dan, Hello Kitchen Chefs, Mercy for Animals, and many more !

ONLY $250 for the Festival Package! *

Valued at $1,275. 
Day passes now available for $90 a day!

Ariane 847 674 2499 or

Organic, Raw, Vegan Meals created by Hello Kitchen: All organic, local from family farms, fresh and made with pure love! All Gluten-free. Diabetic option. Nutritious, yummy meals for 3 days, a value of $150.00 – INCLUDED.

Accommodations are at an extra charge, $25/per person for camping (entire weekend) or $50/pp – shared room (entire weekend). Limited rooms at the Lodge, sign up today! Lodging upgrades and family rates available – please call 847 674-2499 or
* Cost is $250 per adult and $50 per child for Lisa Persico referrals.

TRANSPORTATION: Ronora Lodge, the Festival venue is located in Watervliet, MI, 2 hours from Chicago. Carpooling is being organized by the Festival.

2 Breakfasts ($30 value) Green and Fruit Smoothies, Granola with Nut Mylk, Chia pudding, Fresh Fruit
2 Lunches ($50 value) Mexican and Asian Menus
2 Dinners ($60 value) Italian and New Americana Menus
2 Snacks ($10 value) Granola, Chips, Cookies

This packed weekend is valued at $1,275!!
Day Passes are $90/day, includes all meals, preregistered preferred.
Call or email Ariane today at 847-674-2499 or