Ghee vs. Butter

For years, my yogi friends have been talking about the magic of ghee.  Frankly, I was only ever half listening to the conversation – until recently when I became obsessed with buckwheat pancakes.  That obsession could take up another article but suffice it to say that for the past 4 weeks I have been having a pancake a day – and it’s now one of the main reasons I get out of bed.  I could not resist having butter with my pancake but every day as I slathered it on  I began to wonder – is this healthy? Are my thighs exploding?  My pants have been feeling a little tight lately…

During a weekend prowl of the most expensive grocery store in Geneva – Globus – I came across a jar of ghee.  It cost $20 and yes – I bought it.  After spreading it on my pancake this morning, I can report: I am hooked.  (Although for $20 I think I can make it myself…) A little research brought me to this fascinating article by Delia Quigley:

The Health Benefits of Ghee Continue reading

Cranberries – a Superfood You Never Really Considered

Most women think that cranberries are useful only for helping eradicate or prevent UTI infections.  But the health benefits of cranberries are far more wide-ranging and even a tad surprising.

Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) is a small round red colored fruit which is native to America.  It typically grows in bogs.  If you’ve ever been in Nantucket you may have seen its extensive bogs.  Nantucket is home to some of the largest contiguous cranberry bogs in the world where cranberries have been grown since 1857. American cranberry is one of the only three species of fruit native to North America. The other species are blueberry and bilberry.  Cranberry gets its name from “crane-berry” because its stem and flower resemble the head, neck, and beak of a crane.

Cranberries are high in vitamin C and fiber and only 45 calories per cup. In disease-fighting antioxidants, cranberries outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable–including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries, and cherries.   They have strong antibacterial effects in the body and eating cranberries prevents viruses and bacteria from attaching itself to the body.  Something else to think about before sleeping with someone you don’t know well! (While women often drink unsweetened cranberry juice to treat an infection, there’s no hard evidence that works.) The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding research on the cranberry’s effects on heart disease, yeast infections and other conditions, and other researchers are investigating its potential against cancer, stroke and viral infections.

One cup of whole cranberries has 8,983 total antioxidant capacity. Only blueberries can top that: Wild varieties have 13,427; cultivated blueberries have 9,019. Continue reading

What You Have to Control in Order to SLOW Aging and Boost Immunity

Ladies,

The survey questionnaire I use as a basis to understand the habits of my private clients in order to formulate a routine is focused on the following areas of quotidian life:

• Food sources
• Eating schedule
• Frequency of eating at restaurants, ordering in
• Cooking habits
• Alcohol, recreational, pharmaceutical, homeopathic drug habits
• Use of vitamins and supplements
• Cookware and food/drink storage types
• Use of microwave
• Use of plastic at home
• Water source and home filtration
• Home cleaning products
• Personal care, bath, cosmetic, beauty products
• Bedroom – electronic devicess, TV, darkness of room, type of mattress, cleanliness
• Electromagnetic Fields in/near your home/life – radiation exposure
• Detoxifying the body on a regular basis – colonics and cleanses
• Family health history
• Exercise routine and frequency
• Stress levels and management – massage, therapy, acupuncture, meditation, touch
• Spirituality and connectedness – giving back to the world
• Love – friends, pets, children

Are you aware why each of these areas is important to overall health which includes but is not exclusive to anti-aging?

If any of you have any questions or want to see articles on certain topics please feel free to email me directly! I want to know what YOU think and what you want more information on!

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Inflammation in the Body Can Cause Pre-Mature Aging and Sickness

You’ve heard the word. You’ve probably heard about it in relation to diet. Cut your finger accidentally and the area will swell, redden, and heat up. This type of acute inflammatory response is the body’s reaction to trauma, and it’s an essential part of the healing process. But inflammation can be harmful when it hangs around too long and refuses to leave. When the inflammation switch refuses to turn off, the body operates as if it is always under attack (the older we get, the more likely this is to happen). White blood cells flood the system for weeks, months, and even years. Continue reading