Friday, April 27, 2012

How Much Water should I Drink each Day?

It is not clear how much water intake is needed by healthy people, though most advocates agree that 6-7 glasses of water (approximately 2 liters) daily is the absolute minimum amount required to maintain proper hydration.
If you don’t regularly measure in liters, then many recommend that your minimum daily drinking water intake should be 1/2 ounce of water per lb. of body weight. For example, a 200 lb. man should be drinking at least 100 ounces of water daily, or almost 3 quarts of water.

Like mother earth herself, the average human body is comprised of approximately 70% water. It is no exaggeration then to say that water is “the basis of vitality and long life”. After all, water makes up 82% of your blood, 75% of your muscle, 25% of your bone, and 76% of your brain tissue!
And staying well hydrated not only keeps all your vital organs humming along, it helps to beautify your skin, lubricate your joints, and boost your energy levels.

It is estimated that as much as 75% of the population is not fully hydrated. In fact, Chronic Dehydration contributes to and even produces pain and many degenerative diseases that can be prevented and treated by increasing your daily water intake. This, alone, should be incentive enough.
So...Drink UP!!!

Deborah Mumm
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Alkaline Foods--What are they?

 I got this chart today on the Alkalinity levels of foods and drinks we consume frequently.  It is worth sharing.
And, yes, lemons are Alkaline once they enter your stomach.  Hard to believe, but true. That is why Lemon Water is good for you.
Of course, drinking Kangen Water will help keep you alkaline all day also.  Eating a more alkaline diet will also aid in the prevention of Cancer and other diseases you do not want.

Have a Healthy Day....

Deborah Mumm
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Saturday, April 14, 2012

8 Great Gluten-Free Foods

A nice article so you can discover the 'other' flours if you want to be Gluten-Free!

8 Great Gluten-Free Foods You Need to Know
By Katrine van Wyk

You can certainly live a delicious and gluten-free life without resorting to cardboard crackers or highly processed, gluten-free baked goods and cookies!

There are plenty of nutritious alternatives out there that also happen to be gluten-free. Whether you just want to cut back on your intake of this hard-to digest, glue-like protein, have an allergy or sensitivity to gluten or you simply want some new ideas to supplement in to your diet – these foods will rock your boat!

1. Quinoa

Quinoa is actually a seed, a member of the grass family and not even a grain at all! It is however often referred to as a grain because of having similar flavor and cooking properties. This now hugely popular (read trendy!) food can be found in all sort of salad combination, in protein bars, crackers and even chocolate! I love making a bowl of quinoa, topped with steamed vegetables and a big poor of creamy sauce from herbs and nuts (very much inspired byCafĂ© Gratitude! ) One of the huge benefits of quinoa, especially for someone living on a plant based diet, is that it contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein!

2. Millet

This is quinoa’s somewhat dryer sister and another great source of protein for people on a plant based diet. Millet is in fact a mineral-rich seed often found in birdseed mixes (fun fact!) It makes a mean mashed potato substitute when mixed and mashed up with some steamed or roasted cauliflower. Leftover cooked millet makes an easy breakfast porridge when mixed with some almond milk, cardamom, raw honey and fresh berries.

3. Amaranth

Amaranth is a super tiny seed similar to millet and quinoa and also a great plant source of protein, especially of the essential amino acid lysine, which other grains are low in. It is even thought to help lower cholesterol. Amaranth works great in soups, stews and porridges. The seeds are very fine and tend to get bit creamier and binding when cooked (think pudding and porridge texture!) Amaranth flour also works well in pancakes and breads. And talk about sustainability! Amaranth grows very rapidly and is thought of as a weed in many areas.

4. Brown Rice Mochi

You may have heard of mochi int eh form of  ice cream treats at Japanese restaurants. But, did you know there is also a delicious baked pastry version. Made with only brown rice this is as clean as it gets. With plenty of different flavor varieties to choose from for flavor (from dried fruit , nuts and seeds) you can satisfy both a sweet and savory craving with these warm and chewy treats. Cut up a few squares, pop it in the oven for 10 minutes and watch them rise to the occasion. I love dipping mine in some applesauce and almond butter!

5. Buckwheat Noodles

Love yourself some stir-fry or udon soup? Try using 100% buckwheat noodles next time. They have a really smooth texture and a hearty flavor that can stand up well to spicy foods.  Buckwheat is good for your cardiovascular system and great source of magnesium!  And despite it’s name, buckwheat is not related to wheat and does not contain any gluten!

6. Chia Pudding

Folklore attests that the chia seed was cultivated by the Aztec and was so valued that it was given as an annual tribute by the people to the rulers. So, we’re talking real, ancient super food here, people! You already know these six reasons why you should eat chia, so let’s get right into the cooking!

It can be turned into a delicious and decadent pudding simply by adding your nut milk of choice, some vanilla extract, a spoon of raw cacao or carob and something sweet like honey, maple syrup or stevia. You can also stir and sprinkle chia seeds in to any smoothie recipe or your morning porridge!

7. Zucchini Noodles

That’s right. This is a great pasta and noodle alternative and it’s all about the cutting technique. If you are looking to cut down on calories, carbs and starches, these “noodles” are sure to satisfy that pasta craving! Use a spiral slicer or a mandolin to get the thin, long spaghetti like strips, dress with some fresh tomato sauce or a nutty pesto. Tada!

8. Lettuce Wraps

Need a carrier for all your stuffing? You can certainly skip the grains and pseudo-grains all together and go for leaves. Romaine and Boston lettuce leaves are big enough to hold a variety of fillings, just like a taco-shell or tortilla. You can also try to quickly blanch large collard green leaves and use those as alternative wraps. I also love using nori - think sushi maki and hand rolls. Roll up some nut butter, your favorite chopped vegetables, some avocado and a sprinkle of sprouts.

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen 

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Learning Site For Kangen Water Questions

 Would you like to learn more about Enagic and the Kangen Water its units create?
Here is a great site loaded with videos, scientific info, photos and more so you can learn why Kangen Water is different than other waters.
Save this site for the future....

Kangen Library

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

10 Super Foods

 These ten health foods are some of the healthiest that fit within these three criteria....
*  Are a good source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
*  Are high in phytonutrients and antioxidants, like Vitamins A and E and beta carotene.
*  May help reduce the risk of heart disease and other health conditions.

These 10 Super foods are all easy to find too!  They are listed here in alphabetical order.

1)  Apples ~ Apples are awonderful souce of soluble fiber that can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels.  They are are a great source of Vitamin C... an antioxidant that protects your body's cells from damage.

2)  Almonds ~ Almonds are packed with nutrients - fiber, riboflavin, magnesium, iron and calcium.  Almonds have more calcium than any other nut.  They are also good for your heart. They have monounsaturated fat which is a healthier type of fat that helps to lower blood cholesterol levels.

3)  Blueberries ~ Blueberries are a rich source of plant compounds.  Blueberries may help prevent urinary tract infections.  They also help improve short-term memory and promote healthy aging.

4)  Broccoli ~ Broccoli is a great source of Vitamins A and C.  It is also a good source of calcium, potassium, folate and fiber.

5)  Red Beans ~ Red beans, like small red beans and dark red kidney beans, are good sources of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and thiamin.  They are a great low fat source of protein and fiber.   Red beans may help prevent chronic diseases like heart diesease and cancer.

6)  Salmon ~ Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids - a type of fat that makes your blood less likely to form clots that can cause heart attacks.  Omega-3's also protect against irregular heartbeats that may cause sudden cardiac death, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of a stroke.

7)  Spinach ~ Spinach is high in Vitamins A and C and folate.  It's a good source of riboflavin, vitamin B-6, calcium, iron and magnesium.  It may also keep your hair and skin healthy.

8)  Sweet Potatoes ~ Sweet Potatoes are high in the antioxidant beta carotene.  These help slow the aging process and reduce the risk of some cancers.  Sweet potatoes are a good source of fiber, Vitamins B-6, C and E, folate and potassium.  Like all vegetables they are fat-free (until you add the butter) and low in calories.

9)  Vegetable Juice ~  Vegetable juice has most of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients found in the original vegetables and is an easy way to include vegetables in your diet.  Tomato juice and vegetable juice includes tomatoes, which are a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant which may reduce the risk of heart attack and cancers.  Some vegetable juices are high in sodium so read the label for the low-sodium variety.

10)  Wheat Germ ~  At the center of the wheat grain is the wheat germ.  It is a highly concentrated source of nutrients and also contains protein, fiber and some fat.  It is easy to sprinkle in foods, cereals and mixes. It's good in pancakes.

So, now see how many of these Super Foods you can add to your daily diet.  They are good for you , but taste good too.  Have fun eating to be healthy.

Deborah Mumm, The Allergy Queen 
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