Living Abundant Life
Why Vitamin K2 is so important
1. Bring water to light boil, turn off heat add the hibiscus flowers and cinnamon sticks. Cover and steep for 20 minutes.
2. Strain tea into desired container, add sugar and orange slices and serve over ice. Garnish each glass with a lemon slice.
Hibiscus Tea by Food network
Vitamin K2 is Kiwi’s new additional nutrient in her family diet. Have you heard about Vitamin K2 and its’s benefits? In 1929, Vitamin K was discovered by the dentist Weston Price as an essential nutrient for blood coagulation. Vitamin K2 plays an important role in the metabolism of calcium, the main mineral found in your bones and teeth. So what does it do? Vitamin K2 keeps calcium in our bones and teeth and out of our blood vessels! That is a huge health benefit! We all have heard that calcium build-up in the arteries is a major risk factor for heart disease. Keeping calcium where it needs to be is essential to our health.
Foods Rich in Vitamin K2 are:
1. Grass-fed butter
2. Organic cheese
3. Organic grass-fed meat
4. Organic egg yolk
5. Fermented foods such as Natto (fermented soybeans)
Natto. Have you eaten Natto before? Some of you are asking what is Natto? Natto is a Japanese probiotic fermented soybeans with Bacillus subtilis. (The inoculation of rats with Bacillus subtilis derived from natto did not produce any signs of toxicity.*) It is known as a Japanese superfood. Although Natto has a lot of health benefits, people tend to either love it or hate it because of its unique smell and texture. Some of the health benefits of Natto are,
1. Rich in Vitamin K, especially Vitamin K2
2. Contains Nattokinase (people use NK for Heart disease,
high blood pressure, poor circulation and many more conditions)
3. Preventing stroke
4. Packed with probiotics
5. Promotes bone health (keeping Calcium in your ones and out of your blood vessels.) If you would like to try Natto, you can ask for it at your local Asian store.
Hibiscus tea It was Hawaii where I first saw gorgeous Hibiscus flowers. Soon I found out, not only they are pretty to look but they have many health benefits. Hibiscus has been used by different cultures throughout history and people have been using tea to lower body temperature, treat heart and nerve diseases. Benefits of Hibiscus tea are as follow,
Packed with antioxidants
May help lower blood pressure
May boost liver health
May help with constipation
Could promote weight loss
Contains compounds that may help prevent cancer
Could help fight bacteria
48 ounces water
3 tablespoons hibiscus flowers
2 cinnamon sticks
1/8 cup sugar
1 small orange, sliced
1 lemon, cut into wedges
Licorice Root extract helps my itch skin. I recently rubbed Licorice root extract on my problem spot. I stopped feeling itchy right away and soon the red spots disappeared. Applying hydrocortisone cream was is an option of the shelf but not my choice. Using licorice root extract topically seems to help slow the breakdown of cortisol in the affected area therefore this natural remedy has very effective. Licorice root basically helps our body to preserve and efficiently use your bodies natural cortisol. So what are the health benefits of Licorice Root?
While licorice root has many beneficial properties, we are careful not to take high dose or take it for a long period of time.
Graviola also known as Soursop has a long, rich history of use in herbal medicine. Graviola produces many active compounds and chemicals. Since the 1940s, scientists have been studying its properties worldwide. According to three separate research groups, Annonaceous acetogenins the natural compounds being produced by Graviola in its leaf and stem, bark and fruit seeds has significant antitumorous properties. This natural compounds also has selective toxicity against various types of cancer cells without harming healthy cells.
According to the study published in March of 2002 by researchers in Japan, Annonacin (chemical compound found in Graviola) in reference to the antitumor activity and toxicity, annonacin might be used as a lead to develop a potential anticancer agent.
Graviola is an immune system booster. We have known people who have taken it for bad acne problems, frequent urination & just preventative anti-cancer purposes and have had great success with no side effects. Some advocates out there claim that we should take an occasional break of several days or weeks after undergoing a Graviola regime.
People are using Graviola
1. for cancer (all types)
2. for antimicrobial and antifungal infections
3. for internal parasites and worms
4. for high blood pressure
5. for depression, stress, & nervous disorders
Maca root is another one of my favorite superfoods. Maca root may be recognized as the “Peruvian ginseng”, and is a member of the radish family. This superfood is loaded with protein and fiber. Grown in central Peru high up in the Andes Mountains, Peruvians have been cultivating Maca root and utilizing it in both foods and medicines for centuries.
So what are the benefits of Maca root?
Maca root powder definitely boosts my energy when I feel tired. I mix Maca powder in my smoothies or oatmeal. Since this root boosts energy, I only take this superfood in the morning or before work out so I will not throw off my sleep cycle.
Baobab is native to Africa and it is called the African tree of life. This unique fruit is the only fruit in the world that dries naturally on the branch after baking in the sun for six months! Baobab fruit is loaded with:
Baobab fruit is full of vitamins which is a great source of antioxidants. This fruit does not contain pesticides or chemicals since they grow naturally in Africa. Our family adds Baobab powder to our smoothies to maintain our good health!
Boswellia known as Indian frankincense is extracted from the gum resin of Boswellia serrata trees which are native to Africa and Arabia. Why is Boswellia good for us? According to Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (NMCD) publised in MY 2013, “*Boswellia can reduce pain and improve mobility in people with osteoarthritis in joints. Research shows that it might decrease joint pain by 32% to 65%.”
People are using as an anti-inflammatory agent. In fact, I had a knee pain last month and started taking Boswellia. My knee pain went away completely after taking Boswellia for two weeks. Boswellia may have side effects, so we need to use it wisely.
How to Eat Natto
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