by Lisa Breitenwischer, CHHC
The start of each New Year brings trends and innovations that everyone will be talking about. Having never been one to follow trends, I shared five recommendations in last month’s Newsletter to increase good health for the New Year. The list is not so much trendy, but rather long lasting lifestyle and dietary recommendations to start you on a path to better health and keep you there for years to come. Here is Part 2, for your BEline to Good Health. Happy New Year, Happy You!
1. Moringa Leaf –
Moringa has become known as one of the most impressive herbal supplements to hit the holistic health market. Research shows that just about every part of the moringa plant can be utilized in some way, whether it’s to make a potent antioxidant tea or produce an oily substance that lubricates and nourishes the skin. Moringa is an excellent source of protein, vitamin A, potassium, calcium and vitamin C. It has 2x the amount of protein of yogurt, 4x the amount of vitamin A as carrots, 3x the amount of potassium as bananas, 4x the amount of calcium as cows’ milk, and 7x the amount of vitamin C as oranges. It also provides antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, balances hormones, slows the effects of aging, and helps improve digestive health. My favorite brand is Organic Leaf Powder by Organic India; I mix 1 teaspoon into my morning smoothie.
2. Ghee –
Dairy Free! Ghee is clarified butter that is made by boiling off the milk fats and water from organic butter, leaving only the pure, golden oil behind. Because there is no milk residue in ghee, it is not considered dairy, does not need refrigeration, and can last for months. Some of the benefits: protects the GI tract, can balance cholesterol levels, reduce inflammation, dairy/lactose free, rich in omega 3 & 6, stimulates the liver to make new bile.
3. Fiber 40-50 grams per Day –
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors ate 100g of fiber per day. The US Dietary Reference Intake suggests 25-38g of fiber per day (from food not supplements). Average American intake is only about 10-20g of fiber per day. Why should you increase your fiber? Fiber scrubs the gut of excess mucus & toxins and attaches to toxin-carrying bile and escorts it to the toilet. Fiber provides food for the good bugs that proliferate in the intestines (without enough fiber, these beneficial bacteria will starve), keeping your gut healthy. Finally, fiber can lower blood sugar levels and cut cholesterol. Increase your fiber today, it’s easier than you think!
4. Plant Based Protein Powder –
For people who suffer from Lactose Intolerance, IBS, or Crohn’s disease a plant based protein is the way to go. Even if you don’t have digestive issues, a plant based protein can still be a clean option for those looking for additional protein in their diet. Learn more info on 5 of the cleanest plant based protein powders.
5. Papaya: Natural Antacid –
While eating fruit after a meal isn’t generally recommended, as it can have a negative effect on your digestion, papaya is one of the few exceptions. Papaya, a tropical fruit, is a rich source of valuable proteolytic enzymes, such as papain, that can greatly aid in the digestive process. As an enzyme, papain is one of the most effective at breaking down meat and other proteins, comparable to the enzyme pepsin that we produce in our pancreas. Additionally, since papaya is a soft fruit, it doesn’t require much digestion itself, meaning some of its enzymes may move into the small intestine before large amounts of stomach acid is produced. Once in our intestines, papain and other papaya enzymes can help clear undigested protein-based debris and waste products. Aside from helping to reduce bloating and flatulence issues, proteolytic enzymes may also aid more serious digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome and help prevent fungal candida overgrowth in the gastrointestinal tract. Check out Emy’s previous article to learn more about this wonder fruit.