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Boost Your Immune System!

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We are almost in middle of September and Fall is just around the corner. Clod and Flu are just a fact of a cooler season. The good news is, that we don’t have to suffer from cold and flu symptoms every year! In Chinese Medicine we believe in prevention. By using right herbs and supplements and slight change in your life style we can stay away from those nasty symptoms!

Picture is courtesy of Herbalife

Refine sugar, fatty foods, and alcohol have a linear relationship with making your immune system deficient; simply by avoiding them in your diet you can help your body to fight against seasonal viruses. Instead try to bring more vegetable and leafy greens in your everyday diet. If you find it difficult to find a way to eat more vegetable and greens every day, you can juice them! You might lose the fiber, but you consume more amount compare to just chewing on them. If you don’t wanna loose that Fiber, making smoothies will serve them for you. Either way Vitamins, enzymes, Minerals, and protein in veggies refresh your body cells and restore your immune system.

Here are the list of few herbs and supplements that can tremendously help you throughout the season:

1-Vitamin C

Have been advocated for optimizing both immune function and antioxidant support.

2-Vitamin D

Researchers found that Vitamin D is crucial to activate Immune System, T cells. Without adequate amount of Vit D, T-Cells will stay in dormant state and won’t be able to fight with foreign pathogens.

3-Echinacea

Traditionally is used  for fever, sore throat and stuffy nose. It boosts Immune system, and shorten severity of colds.

4-Probiotics

Stress, medication, processed foods, environmental contaminants and lifestyle are contributing factors which upset the delicate balance of the intestinal flora. Having a balanced gut flora plays and important role in immunological process.

As many of you may know, you can purchase your professional brand, and high quality supplements and Vitamins at www.Nutritionboutique.ca

Hope you all stay healthy and happy 🙂

Hummus Recipe

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Hummus

you need:

2 Cups cooked chickpeas (Drained)

2 Clove of garlic (Grated)

3 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1 Tablespoon Tahini

1/2 Cup Water

1/3 cup chopped Cilantro

Salt & pepper

In a blender mix all the ingredients untill you get a creamy mix.

You can always add more water untill you get your desired consistency.

I love making hummus, it is super easy and it’s yummy 🙂 also it is a good source of fiber and protein.

Enjoy !


What is Gluten and why one should chose gluten free diet?

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Shekoufeh Demoing for Glutenull

In the past 2 weeks I had an opportunity to do some demos for Glutenull Bakery Company. They are the only Certified gluten-free bakery in west Canada. While I was doing the demo and sampling out the gluten-free breads and sweets, many people were wondering what Gluten is and why we should avoid it in our diet. So I decide to write a post about it since it might be a question for many of us.

Gluten is composite form of several proteins which can be found mainly in wheat, Rye, Barley, Spelt, and Oats. In Latin it means “glu” and literally it is like glue, which in baking is useful for making dough and cause the bread to rise and become chewy.

Many people have sensitivity to Gluten or they are gluten intolerance that can alter their health. According to Canadian Digestive Health Foundation 20 million people suffer from Digestive problems every year, and from those 330 000 people suffer from Celiac disease. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disorder that absorptive lining of small intestine get damaged that is no longer able to absorb nutrients such as Protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and basically anything that is required for good health.

You don’t have to have celiac disease to avoid Gluten, in many situations people with only some sensitivity which increases over the time can show up wide range of symptoms that I listed below:

  • Weight loss or weight gain
  • Nutritional deficiencies due to malabsorption e.g. low iron levels
  • gastrointestinal problems (bloating, pain, gas, constipation, diarrhea)
  • Fat in the stools (due to poor digestion)

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  • Aching joints
  • Depression
  • Eczema
  • Head aches
  • Exhaustion
  • Irritability and behavioral changes
  • Infertility, irregular menstrual cycle and miscarriage
  • Cramps, tingling and numbness
  • Slow infant and child growth
  • Decline in dental health

So bottom line, if you think you have Gluten intolerance or some sensitivity; avoid Gluten! If you are not sure your digestive problem is related to Gluten you can simply avoid Gluten for 2-4 weeks, if you feel better, then here you go….stay off of Gluten. Also there is a test that you can ask from your health practitioner that will determine if you have Celiac Disease.

Spring Cleanse

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Almost all of us we start to clean our houses and get rid of junks in our closet and back yards in spring, but few of us think about cleansing our body!

In winter, naturally people tend to eat more and store more fat, and as spring kicks in, body needs to push out all the toxins and debris; so it is important to help your body to do its job. In Chinese Medicine Liver pertains to spring, and Liver is in charge of filtering the products of digestion and converting useful chemicals into vital substances needed for many body processes. The Liver is also the body’s first line of defense, filtering and storing potentially harmful substances to prevent them entering the blood stream and reaching the brain. So imagine our poor liver that has to cope with all the pollutions that somehow get into our body such as pesticides, synthetic food additives, and unknown effect of genetically modified products.  If you have allergies, sharp headaches, prolonged fatigue, recurrent flu and colds, and even some stubborn skin conditions, you should start cleansing your liver/body.

Here are few easy steps that can help to cleanse your body:

  1. Start your day with a glass of pure filtered water and half lemon squeezed. Try to keep your body hydrated at all the time. Lemon water makes your body alkaline and stimulate your liver to remove free radicals.
  2. Milk thistle and dandelion are two herbs that directly can have effect on liver. They help liver to combat damage from pollutants and toxins, and protect liver and prevent any further damage. Also Milk thistle helps to reduce cholesterol level. In addition, Dandelion has a mild laxative effect which helps to remove the toxins. You can take these herbs as tea or take them with your daily supplements.
  3. Add Garlic and Turmeric to your cooking spices. Garlic has detoxifying properties, and it is anti-parasitic and anti-fungal, and provides minerals and vitamins to help your liver heal. Garlic will work with your increased water intake to remove fatty deposits and promote new cell growth.Turmeric stimulates bile production which helps natural detoxification, also reduces inflammation and it has anti-bacterial function.
  4. Increase green leafy vegetables to your diet. Green Vegetables are good source of antioxidant and they keep your body alkaline. Also because of the fiber in them, the process of elimination will be faster and easier.

Although there are so many detox-herbal supplements in market that you can use for liver cleansing, I found these 4 steps so easy to use, which they can be adapted into our life style. I hope you will have a happy cleansing and enjoy your day with more energy 🙂