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Chocolate Oat Cookies (raw, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free, 80/10/10)

 


RaHey, all! Here is that Chocolate Oat Cookie recipe I promised you a little while ago. Took me some time to get here after a couple of travels with family. These treats are gluten-free, sugar-free, flour-free, cholesterol-free, and super low in fat. In short, they are free from all the unhealthy ingredients that regular cookies have but still taste A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, so you can indulge without compromising your health!

Ingredients

4 cups gluten-free rolled oats (sprouted are best for digestion)

1 3/4 cups almond or other plant-based milk

1/4-1/2 cup raw cacao (depending on how much chocolate you want to taste)

2 tbsp. chia seeds

1 tbsp. stevia drops 

1/2 tbsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

1. Add rolled oats, raw cacao, milk, stevia, and vanilla into a large bowl and mix well until you get a sticky dough. (*I prefer to use already pre-soaked/sprouted oats as they contain less phytic acid that blocks the absorption of nutrients.)

2. Add chia seeds and mix well with the dough.

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3. If your dough is not too sticky,  shape it into cookies and place on the dehydrator sheets. If too sticky to handle, drop large spoonfulls onto the dehydrator sheets and begin dehydrating – you can always reshape them in the process as they are drying and become less sticky. *If you’re using regular un-sprouted rolled oats, let the dough sit on the sheets for 2-4 hours to pre-soak before dehydrating them (this is optional, to maximize digestion/absorption).

4. Dehydrate at 105°F for at least 1-2 hours, turning once during the process. The dehydration time will vary depending on the cookie texture you want. If you like them chewy – decrease the dehydration time.

These cookies keep well in the room temperature for a couple of days or refrigerated for up to a week. Although, they are so delish, they’re gone withing hours in our house ☺.

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Reishi – the “Mushroom of Immortality”

rerReishi is known as ling zhi (mushroom of immortality) in China and mannentake (10,000 year mushroom) in Japan. It is sometimes also referred to as the “herb of spiritual potency”, and  is an herbal mushroom known to have miraculous health benefits. There are six different types of Ganoderma lucidum: red, purple, green, white, yellow, and black. The red mushroom is the most well-studied and is said to possess the most healing properties. The Japanese government officially lists reishi mushrooms as a cancer treatment.  It is known that Reishi mushroom benefits your immune system more than any other herbal adaptogen on the planet (with the exception of other similar medicinal mushroom species). Because of its rich history and long tradition of medicinal use, Ganoderma lucidum (in the strictest sense) is now one of the few mushroom species whose DNA has been fully sequenced (16,113 genes).

I am extremely fond of Reishi mushroom as its list of health benefits is endless. Lingzhi Mushrooms (Reishi) are excellent for finding, decomposing and flushing out subpar cellular matter throughout the body. They can be called miniature pharmaceutical factories that produce hundreds of medicinally-interactive compounds Paul Stamets, author of Growing Gourmet & Medicinal Mushrooms and educator of mushroom cultivators world-wide says,

“Reishi is remarkable for its diversity of genes coding for cytochrome P450 enzymes. These enzymes not only afford this species a broad arsenal for producing secondary metabolites for digesting nutrients, but may also confer benefits to human health such as enhancing the degradation of toxins and free radicals and increasing the liver’s metabolic efficiency. The variety of these enzymes, among more than 400 active constituents that have been found, indicates to me that mushrooms such as Reishi are like miniature pharmaceutical factories that can produce hundreds of medicinally-interactive compounds.” (source)

Reishi appear shiny and brilliant when wet and dry to a dull, dusty color. All species of Ganoderma are defined as polypores. This means they have no gills on their undersides and release spores through small pores. If you flip a reishi mushroom over you will see the flat, corky area where spores are released.Originally found in China, Japan, and Korea, reishi now grows on hardwoods throughout the world. They prefer tropical and subtropical climates. (source)

It is non-toxic and can be taken daily without producing any side effects.

When it is taken regularly, it can restore the body to its natural state, enabling all organs to function normally.

20170218_170456While mushrooms such as shitake, maitake, and cordyceps, all share similar immune boosting properties, Red Reishi has also the longest history and has been known to be effective in the treatment of the widest range of health conditions. Unlike other mushrooms, only Lingzhi has many important compounds such as triterpenes (ganoderic acid) that gives them a unique characteristic of being bitter in taste. Here are some of reishi’s awesome properties:

 

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-allergic activity (Preliminary studies indicated that ganoderic acids help alleviate common allergies by inhibiting histamine release, improve oxygen utilization and improve liver functions.
  • Bronchitis-preventative effect, inducing regeneration of bronchial epithelium
  • Antibacterial, against Staphylococci, Streptococci, and Bacillus pneumoniae (perhaps due to increased immune system activity)
  • Antioxidant, by eliminating hydroxyl free radicals
  • Antitumor activity (source)
  • Antiviral effect, by inducing interferon production
  • Life extending properties (1, 2)
  • Prevents the development of new fat cells in obese individuals (3)
  • Therapeutic effect on asthma (5)
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Heart health: It has been shown that Reishi mushroom benefits patients with coronary heart disease and hyperlipidemia, resulting in varying degrees of improvement in symptoms. One controlled study showed a Ganoderma extract being capable of reducing blood and plasma viscosity in hypertensive patients with hyperlipidemia. Yet another study showed the Ganoderma Lucidum extract was capable of lowering blood pressure and reducing cholesterol. Also, Reishi mushroom benefits those in high altitudes (such as mountain climbers) as it increases oxygenation of the blood (both an effect on the Heart system as well as the Lungs for TCM).
  • Improves adrenocortical function (The various sterols found in Reishi mushroom benefits the endocrine system by acting as hormone precursors. One study showed that taking reishi supplements before and after exposure to ionizing radiation helped prevent and minimize the negative effects of the radiation. This naturally helps protect the DNA from becoming damaged and causing accelerated aging.)
  • Therapeutic effect on liver disease (11-20)
  • Therapeutic effect on autoimmune diseases (6-10)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Significant ability to stimulate brain neurons (4)
  • Enhances bone marrow nucleated cell proliferation (source)
  • Cardiotonic action, lowering serum cholesterol levels with no effect on triglycerides, enhancing myocardial metabolism of hypoxic animals, and improving coronary artery hemodynamics
  • Central depressant and peripheral anticholinergic actions on the autonomic nervous system reduce the effects of caffeine and relax muscles
  • Enhanced natural killer cell (NK) activity in vitro in mice (source)
  • Expectorant and antitussive properties demonstrated in mice studies
  • General immunopotentiation (21-23)
  • Anti-HIV activity in vitro and in vivo
  • Improved adrenocortical function
  • Increased production of Interleukin-1 by murine peritoneal macrophages in vitro
  • Increased production of Interleukin-2 by murine splenocytes in vitro
  • Immune modulator – regulates and fine tunes the immune system (source)

Reishi in relationship to HIV

More than a decade ago researchers tested active compounds isolated from reishi mushroom called ganoderic acids that can inhibit HIV proteases and multiplication of HIV-1.  Reseachers now have studied the ganoderic acid compounds in reishi mushroom using a new technique to determine how chemical compounds may work in the body, this technique is called molecular docking. Based on this study two types of HIV target proteins were identified for ganoderic acid. This means that the reishi mushroom compounds  can attach to certain elements of the HIV virus and make them inactive, thereby killing their effect on the body. (source)

Screenshot_20170218-172113 The fact that ganoderic acid was found to interact with one of the most important features of HIV-1 protease indicates a huge potential that Reishi may hold the cure for HIV but further research is needed to prove this. It does, however, confirm what we have been seeing in people who improve dramatically when they take good quality broken spore ganoderma (reishi), some who were bedridden get back up on their feet miraculously after starting the supplement and for others it allows them to live the full life they have always wanted to.
 Several studies have shown that Reishi is one of the most powerful mushrooms with regard to antioxidant characteristics. (24,25) Reishi mushrooms boost total antioxidant capacity, an important measure of the vigor with which they fight oxidant damage. (24,25)

In a human study, Reishi mushrooms were given to healthy volunteers as a single 1,100 mg dose. (26) Plasma antioxidant capacity rose rapidly to a peak at 90 minutes, while urine antioxidant capacity (a measure of what has been in the body) rose by 29% after 3 hours. Neither study showed any evidence of toxicity or side effects.

Reishi Safeguards Liver Function

“Your liver is the direct recipient of toxic threats both from the environment and from destructive molecules produced within your body. While it is well protected with its own antioxidant and detoxification systems, oxidation and inflammation eventually take their toll, leaving the aging liver at risk for decreased function, increased accumulation of toxic injury, fibrosis, and cancer. Fortunately, Reishi mushrooms offer direct protection against such threat.  (11)

Studies show, for instance, that pre-treating animals with Reishi spores can protect them when they’re exposed to cadmium, a highly toxic metal capable of causing massive liver failure.(27) Researchers found the spores decreased the cadmium accumulation in liver, while “pushing” the toxic metal into the liquid matrix of the cells. Once there, the mushroom spores increased the production of a cadmium-binding protein that removes the toxin from the body.(12)

Reishi mushroom extracts similarly protect liver tissue from the toxic effects of certain bacterial infections. In animals with such infections, Reishi polysaccharides inhibit inflammation in liver cell.(13)  Other studies reveal that Reishi polysaccharides restore natural liver antioxidant systems to normal function following an infection, while inhibiting liver enzymes that produce excessive oxidative stress (14,15). Reishi mushrooms limit the activity of beta-glucuronidase, an enzyme that is elevated in many liver conditions, including inflammation, cirrhosis, and jaundice. (15,16)

One of the most exciting potential applications for Reishi mushrooms in liver disease is in the condition called liver fibrosis, which is the final stage of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Statistics have shown that non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the most common form of liver disease, ultimately affecting 20 to 30% of the population. (16-19) In an animal model of toxin-induced liver fibrosis, treatment with Reishi extract reversed the fibrosis even after it was well-established. (20) This is an exceptional result, because in most cases, liver disease that has advanced to the stage of fibrosis is considered irreversible.” (source)

Breaking News on Reishi Mushrooms and Cancer Prevention

“New compounds are being discovered within extracts of Reishi mushroom on a regular basis; at least 3 were identified in late 2012 alone.  These discoveries are shedding light on Reishi extracts’ remarkable, multi-targeted anti-cancer properties.

Most intriguing are findings that add to our knowledge about Reishi and the phenomenon of immune surveillance. New cancer cells appear in your body every day, but your healthy immune system normally searches these out, quickly activating killer cells to destroy developing cancers before they can form tumors.

Advancing age, coupled with the onset of other chronic illnesses, and exposure to various environmental toxins (and even some medications), means that your immune system’s ability to carry out immune surveillance wanes. And, if just one abnormal, cancer-prone cell escapes detection and destruction, it can develop into a full-blown malignancy with tremendous swiftness.

Meta-Analysis Conducted on Reishi for Cancer Treatment

An evaluation of all available clinical trials on the use of Reishi in cancer treatment was published in June 2012.

While there was insufficient data to demonstrate efficacy Reishi by itself, when Reishi was given alongside radiation and/or chemotherapy, patients were 50% more likely to respond positively compared to those given chemo/radiation alone. the results in cancer patients receiving Reishi showed the expected increases in immune cells known to enhance tumor response and stimulate host immunity.

There’s an abundance of data on ways that Reishi extracts boost immune surveillance and enhance detection and elimination of emerging cancer cells from the body. And in late 2012, several new studies revealed that these mushrooms have substantially deeper and more advanced mechanisms than had been previously suspected.  The mechanisms of how Reishi identifies and then attacks cancer cells are extremely sophisticated and effective. We know that cancer cells evade immune system surveillance by “hiding” their abnormal surface markers. These types of molecular changes not only permit primary cancer to arise, but also contribute to relapses of cancer following chemotherapy.

Reishi extracts force cancer cells to reveal their telltale markers, flagging them for destruction by immune killer cells.4 At the same time, Reishi extracts induce the production of specific molecules that the immune system needs to complete the killing process. Ultimately, Reishi extracts enhance the killing of cancer cells by normal immune killer cells, and reduce the amount of chemotherapy drugs required to finish the job.

In addition to their impressive immune-surveillance-boosting properties, Reishi extracts have numerous other ways of attacking cancer:

  • Reishi compounds, particularly the triterpenes and polysaccharides, limit tumors’ growth rate by blocking the abnormal reproductive cycles of cancer cells.
  • Some of these compounds are directly toxic to cancer cells, while sparing healthy tissue.
  • Reishi compounds inhibit metastatic processes and decrease the expression of genes involved in cancer cell survival, proliferation, invasion, and metastasis.
  • Reishi compounds also trigger the programmed cell death called apoptosis that’s suppressed in malignant cells.

Together, all of these effects of Reishi mushrooms are shown to reduce the size and growth rates of human tumors, both in animals and in human clinical trials.

The most dramatic impact has been shown in colorectal cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer death among cancers that affect both men and women.

Clinical studies show that Reishi extracts suppress the development of adenomas, which are pre-malignant masses found in the large intestine.

What You Need to Know

Remarkable Benefits of Reishi

  • Recent studies show that Reishi mushrooms have hundreds of components in three distinct classes of bioactive molecules, making them ideal for combating the complex and multifactorial diseases we face with advancing age.
  • Reishi extracts prolong life spans in animal experiments by 9 to more than 20%.
  • Reishi boosts the immune system’s vigilance against cancer cells, potentially reducing the risk of developing a detectable and deadly tumor.
  • Reishi extracts can suppress an overly vigorous immune response, helping to quell symptoms of allergies, asthma, and autoimmune diseases.
  • Independent of their immune-modulating effects, Reishi mushrooms’ active molecules are showing promise in the battle against neurodegenerative diseases, obesity and diabetes, and liver disease.
  • If there is such a thing as the “ideal” supplement, capable of attacking multiple complex diseases each with multiple causative factors, Reishi mushrooms are surely an outstanding candidate.” (source)

Summary

Reishi mushrooms provide a broad-spectrum approach to the treatment and prevention of many of today’s age-related diseases. With their diverse molecular makeup, they offer a broad spectrum of actions that attack aging at its root. This is seen clearly in research demonstrating Reishi’s ability to prolong the life spans of laboratory mice by 9% to more than 20% —the equivalent of 7 to nearly 16 years in human terms.

This is further demonstrated in research that has uncovered its powerful anti-cancer activity. Reishi mushrooms contribute to enhanced immune surveillance that can seek and destroy cancer cells before they can form threatening tumors.

Finally, studies have shown that Reishi extracts have a role in the prevention or mitigation of asthma, allergies, and autoimmune disorders, while offering protection against neurodegeneration, obesity and diabetes, and liver diseases of many kinds. (source)

Tips

*Chinese medicine recommends 3-4 g of dry leaves or Reishi powder daily to maintain good health or 10-12 g in the case of a serious illness.

*To make Reishi tea, cook over low heat  the desired amount of powder in 1-2 cups of water, let it cool down and sip in the morning or during the day. You may add lemon juice, almond milk, and/or a sweetener of your choice if desired.

*For best quality and potency buy wild harvested broken spore Reishi/Ganoderma powder.

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References

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  21. Cheng KC, Huang HC, Chen JH, et al. Ganoderma lucidum polysaccharides in human monocytic leukemia cells: from gene expression to network construction. BMC Genomics. 2007;8:411.
  22. Chang YH, Yang JS, Yang JL, et al. Ganoderma lucidum extracts inhibited leukemia WEHI-3 cells in BALB/c mice and promoted an immune response in vivo. Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2009 Dec;73(12):2589-94.
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  24. Yegenoglu H, Aslim B, Oke F. Comparison of antioxidant capacities of Ganoderma lucidum (Curtis) P. Karst and Funalia trogii (Berk.) Bondartsev & Singer by using different in vitro methods. J Med Food. 2011 May;14(5):512-6.
  25. Abdullah N, Ismail SM, Aminudin N, Shuib AS, Lau BF. Evaluation of selected culinary-medicinal mushrooms for antioxidant and ACE inhibitory activities. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012;2012:464238.
  26. Wachtel-Galor S, Szeto YT, Tomlinson B, Benzie IF. Ganoderma lucidum (‘Lingzhi’); acute and short-term biomarker response to supplementation. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 2004 Feb;55(1):75-83.
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How to heal your body from candida and yeast overgrowth on a high carb diet within DAYS

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A lot of people with candida and yeast overgrowth issues when switching to a high raw lifestyle and beginning eating a lot of fruits, don’t get these issues resolved or these issues may even worsen.  Does this mean that fresh living foods and fruits are bad for us? Of course, not! Living foods are the most nourishing, vibrant, easy to digest. They can help our bodies heal themselves on a cellular level, make our immune and other body systems  strong and properly working. The only thing we need to do is learn a couple of simple rules – one of them is how to intelligently get out of our body’s way and allow it to do its job.  Most health conditions begin when we feed our body the wrong kind of fuel and lead an unhealthy lifestyle. The common mistake most people make on a high raw or fully raw diet is eating  HIGH AMOUNTS OF FAT.  When we are eating a high carb diet, the fat intake must be low. If we’re eating high amounts of fat, the diet has to be low carb. This rule is crucial for our optimal health, energy, vitality, and overall well-being.

The mistaken notion that eating fruit causes blood-sugar problems underlies most admonitions to steer clear of fruit, especially sweet fruit. Granted, high blood sugar does lead to candida outbreaks, chronic fatigue, hyper- and hypoglycemia, diabetes, and a host of other conditions and diseases, even cancer. Too much sugar is indeed bad for you, though it is almost impossible to get too much sugar from consumption of fresh fruits if you’re a healthy person. Eating fruit is not the cause of high blood sugar, as it is not that simple. When the system is not gummed up with excess fat, the sugar even “high glycemic” fruit moves easily in and then out of the blood. Blood sugar levels in a healthy individual do not vary much in spite. (source)

When fruits are eaten whole, with their fiber intact, as part of a LOW-FAT diet, their sugars do indeed enter the bloodstream relatively quickly. But then they also exit just as quickly, making them the ideal food, one that provides the perfect fuel for human consumption.  The American Diabetes says, “The use of added fructose as a sweetening agent is not recommended; however, there is no reason to recommend that people with diabetes avoid naturally occurring fructose in fruits, vegetables, and other foods.” (source)

The raw food movement is renowned for its use of great quantities of nuts, seeds, avocados, olives, flax and olive oil, coconuts, and other high-fat foods. On a high-fat diet, whether cooked or raw, people experience nutritional deficiencies, plummeting energy, hormone imbalances, intense cravings, and mood swings… everything goes haywire, not the lest of which is blood sugar. On a high-fat diet, the sugar gets trapped in the bloodstream, and the body works overtimes, sometimes to the point of exhaustion and disease, in an effort to move the sugar out of the bloodstream. Meanwhile, the sugar backs up in the blood, creating sustained, elevated blood sugar that wreaks havoc on the body in the form of candida, fatigue, diabetes, etc.

Because all carbohydrates, fats, and proteins that we eat are converted to simple sugar (glucose) if it is to be used by the cells for fuel, the way out of this cycle is not to eat less sugar, but to consume less fat. When fat levels drop, the sugar starts to get processed and distributed again, and the yeast levels decrease because there’s no excess sugar available for it to eat. The candida microbe is extremely short lived. If people suffering from candida and yeast overgrowth would follow a low-fat diet, most of them would find that their candida issues were completely gone in a matter of a few DAYS. Of course, they may still have the underlying pancreatic and adrenal fatigue issues to resolve. Health comes only from healthful living. Also “most type 2 diabetics produce plenty of insulin. Dietary fat hinders its function,” states Dr. Douglas Graham. (source)

I have included a couple of video testimonials of people who were able to heal themselves from candida, and one from Loren Lockman that explains the sugar-fat relationship and tips on how and when to eat fats. Good luck on your journey to health!

 

** article is for information purposes only and is not intended to treat or diagnose illnesses and health conditions.

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Liver Cleansing and supporting Foods

liver foods collectionsThe liver has many important functions that keeps a person healthy. It removes harmful material from the bloodstream and helps digest food. A functioning liver works as our bodies’ fat-burning organ: It converts nutrients from the food we eat into essential blood components, storing vitamins and minerals and producing proteins and enzymes to maintain hormone balances in our bodies. Our livers also help our immune system fight infections, remove bacteria from the blood and make bile, which is essential for digesting our meals.

Problems with your liver can be inherited or can occur if your body is infected by any viruses or harmful chemicals, according to The Mayo Clinic. Mistreating your liver can raise the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, chronic fatigue, headaches, digestive problems, allergies and many other ailments. Although the immune system protects our body from many dangers, it is the liver that protects the immune system from becoming overloaded.

But the good news is the liver is the only visceral organ that possesses the remarkable capacity to regenerate. The liver can regenerate after either surgical removal, disease, or after chemical injury. It is known that as little as 25% of the original liver mass can regenerate back to its full size.

These foods below can help protect, regenerate, heal your liver. Add them to your diet, reduce stress, and cut out or, at least, reduce your intake of animal products such as meat, dairy, and others that are high in cholesterol.

1. Beets and Carrots
Beets are a high-antioxidant vegetable that contain a number of nutrients that have been shown to be cleansing and detoxifying. A few of these include betaine, which helps the liver cells eliminate toxins; pectin, a fiber which clears the toxins that have been removed from the liver so they don’t reincorporate back into the body; and betalains,  pigments with high anti-inflammatory properties to encourage the detoxification process. (1)

Carrots are one of the top sources of carotenoids called beta-carotene, which the body converts into vitamin A. Carotenoids also help keep your liver healthy. The liver produces bile, which removes wastes, but bile stays in the liver or gallbladder until fats enter the small intestine and trigger its release. Carotenoids are fat-soluble, so when you eat a carrot, they stimulate bile to flow and remove wastes. 


2. Grapefruit
High in both vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver. A small glass of freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice will help boost production of the liver detoxification enzymes that help flush out carcinogens and other toxins. (2)


3. Cruciferous Vegetables
These are a rich source of bi-functional modulators to balance both detox pathways in the liver. These include watercress, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and brussel sprouts. The cruciferous vegetables contain phyto-nutrients such as sulforaphane, which is an isothiocyanate and a potent inducer of phase 2 liver detox enzymes.

4. Avocados
Avocados can help the body produce a type of antioxidant called glutathione. Glutathione is needed by the liver to filter out harmful substances and protect liver cells from damage. … In addition to glutathione, avocados are rich sources of Vitamin C and Vitamin E, antioxidants that neutralize free radicals.

5. Lemons and limes
Lemons and limes aid in cleansing, boosting immunity, balancing pH levels. The vitamins and minerals contained in lemons, help to loosen toxins from the body thereby flushing unwanted materials from the digestive tract. The citric acid in lemons helps maximize enzyme function, which stimulates and aids the liver in detoxification.
6. Milk Thisle seeds (ground)
Milk thistle contains silymarin and silybin, antioxidants that are known to help protect the liver from toxins, including the effects of alcohol. Not only has silymarin been found to increase glutathione (a powerful antioxidant that is crucial for liver detoxification), but it also may help to regenerate liver cells.
7. Garlic & Onion
Garlic has compounds that can flush away toxic from your stomach. It is rich in selenium, Allicin, and enzymes that clean the liver.
There are many key compounds in onions that promote liver health. Folic acid – is essential for protein metabolism and the formation of red blood cells. Liver disease is often accompanied by a deficiency in folic acid.
8. Chlorella & Cilantro Combo
Chlorella eaten with food or dosing chlorella 1 hour prior to a cilantro dose will bind the neurotoxin in the bile with the chlorella and carry it out in the feces. Cilantro causes the liver to release the bile. Cilantro is also an important source of organic selenium, a very important mineral in heavy metal detox.
9. Apples
Apples are rich in pectin, the soluble fiber that helps remove toxins and cholesterol from the blood, which helps your liver big time! They’re also rich in malic acid, a naturally cleansing nutrient that removes carcinogens and other toxins from the blood.
10. Green Tea
Green tea is packed with catechins, an antioxidant compound that in the proper dose delivers big benefits like lower cholesterol and reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.
11. Turmeric
Turmeric supplementation helps prevent high cholesterol levels in the blood and reduces the risk of fatty liver disease by regulating the enzymes responsible for cholesterol metabolism. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
12. Olive oil, hemp oil, flax oil
Liver damage is caused by inflammation and oxidative stress; extra virgin olive oil (also cold-pressed hemp and flax oils) can reduce this stress. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce inflammation throughout the body (a common cause of many chronic diseases). These need to be used sparingly – they best pair up with greens and vegetables (salads).

 

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Zucchini Rolls

Ingredients

3-4 small zucchinis

1 cup pine nuts, soaked 2-4 hours

2 tbsp. yellow mustard

1 1/2 -2 tbsp. lemon juice

3-5 radishes

Himalayan salt to taste

1 clove garlic

handful of herbs of your choice (optional)

Instructions

  1. To make the filling, place pine nuts, yellow mustard, lemon juice, herbs, salt, and a clove of garlic in a food processor and process into paste.
  2. Slice zucchini into paper-thin slices on a mandolin or a with slicer.
  3. Cut radishes into thin circles.
  4. Spread a little of the filling onto one zucchini slice. Add several radish circles here and there.
  5. Roll up. Repeat with the rest. Serve right away.

zucchini rolls www.rawandnot.com veronica naprie

 

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Coconut Macaroons

Fresh coconut and coconut cookies on dark wooden background

Ingredients

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1/2 cup almond meal

2 tbsp. melted coconut oil

2 tbsp. maple syrup or honey

1/2 tsp. vanilla or almond extract

*extra coconut flakes for rolling

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.  Mix well together.
  2. Shape into balls.
  3. Roll in coconut flakes.
  4. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container.

Fresh coconut and coconut cookies on dark wooden background

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Raw Creamy Pumpkin Soup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

2 cups chopped pumpkin

Flesh of 1 coconut or 3/4 cup cashews

1-2 cups water (depending on desired thickness)

1 clove garlic

1 small onion

1 tsp salt

1/2 inch ginger

1 good pinch cayenne pepper

Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Throw all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. (Tip: add water slowly as the blender is working until the desired consistency is reached).
  2. Serve with raw sour cream right away or warm up before consuming.

 

 

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Blueberry Oatmeal Milkshake

blueberry oatmeal smoothie almond milk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients

1 cup almond milk

1 frozen banana

3/4 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1/3 cup rolled oats

more almond milk if needed

Sweetener of your choice (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place the oats in the blender and pulse until finely ground.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend on high until smooth. Add more almond milk if needed. Enjoy right away. This milkshake is very filling and can keep you full longer.