Sea Salt and Thyroid Function

Preventing Thyroid Cancer


“You have cancer” are words nobody wants to hear from their doctor, no matter where the cancer is located in your body. Sadly, cancer kills more of us in the West than anything except heart disease.
Thyroid cancer includes four different types of malignant tumors within this tiny gland responsible for regulating your metabolism. Since thyroid cancer often demonstrates no pain or symptoms in its early stages, it can spread to other organs in your body before it is detected.  Most people don’t realize it, but thyroid cancer strikes all ages — from young children to the elderly.

The thyroid is a tiny, master gland in your neck.  I like to think of it as in the shape of eagles wings, so if you conquer your thyroid problems, you will feel like you are soaring on eagles' wings!  It has great hormonal influence on your body - from regulating your heartbeat to regulating your sexual organs, to effecting every cell in the body including your energy levels, moods, fatigue levels. Thyroid hormones regulate your metabolic rate and therefore low levels of thyroid hormone can cause weight gain.

In addition to these symptoms, low thyroid function can cause:
Heart disease, cancer, depression, artritis, bad circulation, decreased hearing, ezcema, migranes, brain fog, hypertension, diabetes, and infertitily issues; all due to low thyroid function.

You can diagnose low thyroid activity in various ways.  Look at your tongue - is it swollen and does it feel too big for the mouth?  Do you have a puffy face?  Are you anemic?  Do you have dry skin and slow reflexes?  Test your morning body temperature - with a thermometre under your arm or mouth first thing in the morning.  A colder than average body temperature could signify a thyroid illness, as does difficulties swallowing or feeling a lump in the neck. If you are concerned, visit your GP if you & carry out appropriate blood tests with him/her.

Two, natural, holisitic ways to treat low thyroid function are the following:

1)  You need to avoid soy and soy products.  Soy is commonly know as a health food, but it is not.  It inhibits the absorption of basic minerals and nutrients including iodine into the blood stream and our bodies.

2) Iodine is very important to up the function of your thyroid.  This is readily available in unrefined natural sea salt - not normal table salt.


With 600 Brits dying every single day from cancer, there’s no time to waste; switch from using normal table salt to unrefined sea salt, and check out my recipes which are low fat and contain sea salt by clicking here.

One of my favourites is Chicken and Coconut Curry Recipe including Sea Salt:-

Ingredients
  • Chicken Breasts x 5
  • 2 red onions
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 5 tablespoons of dessicated coconut
  • 4 tablespoons of tomato paste/puree
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons garam massala
  • 2 tablespoons mild curry powder
  • one teaspoon of sea salt
  • one teaspoon of chili flakes
  • Optional cornflour to thicken the sauce

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Protect Yourself from Brain Diseases


Brain Diseases Now on the Rise
Don't Get Caught Up in the Epidemic 
You see, brain diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's now occur:
  • Earlier in life . . .
  • More frequently . . .
  • To a much more severe degree . . .
You've probably observed how many expensive assisted-living homes for those with dementia are cropping up all over the country — with their locked wards to prevent folks from wandering off.
Fortunately, there's good news.

While not widely known, there are many simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of developing a neuro-degenerative disease.

That's why I hope you take a few minutes from your busy schedule to read this blog article. I promise you will not regret it.

One major factor in the development of Alzheimer's involves a common substance you probably consume on a daily basis.

If You Have a Fondness for Sugar,
I Have Some Bad News . . . 

High levels of sugar in your diet damage your brain. 

New evidence continues to demonstrate this link.

In a recent study of 980 elderly people followed for four years, those with the highest intake of calories had a 50 percent increased incidence of dementia.
So why would eating lots of sweets and carbohydrates increase your risk of dementia?

Well, there are three scientific reasons:

Reason 1: Sugar dramatically increases your metabolism, and high rates of metabolism become a major source of free radical production. (Pesky free radicals damage your cells and impair their function.)

Reason 2: High levels of sugar in your body cause the sugar to react with various critical proteins, including enzymes that repair DNA damage caused by free radicals.

Reason 3: Continued high sugar consumption prevents your cells from absorbing the sugar needed to produce energy — a condition called insulin resistance. Another recent study found a high incidence of insulin resistance in those with Alzheimer's dementia. The worst form of sugar is high Fructose corn syrup.

So if you want to avoid this disease, you can see that minimizing your sugar and simple carbohydrate intake is crucial.

See my healthy recipe ideas on my youtube account.

But one special recipe which will fortify brain power and encourage you into clean eating is my Spinach Creamy Dip Recipe here:-



Enjoy and stay healthy!

Lou X

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The Beauty of Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate is jam-packed full of nutrients & antioxidants which can improve your health & lower the risks of heart disease and cancer.

It is the extract from the seed of the cocoa plant that has all the health benefits.  This means you should buy the good quality dark chocolate which has the highest percentage of cocoa.  It's a bit more expensive, but after reading this blog article, you will see it is well worth it!

Try out this great vegan chocolate drink which contains one teaspoon of powered cocoa:-
Ingredients: one mango, one avocado, one tablespoon of cocoa powder, 500ml of coconut milk (you can use almond milk instead).

A 100g bar of dark with 70-85% cocoa contains:-
  • 11g of fibre.
  • 67% RDA for Iron
  • 58% RDA for Magnesium
  • 89% RDA for Copper
  • 98% RDA for Manganese
  • And loads of potassium, phosphorus, zinc & selenium
Now, 100g of dark chocolate is also rich in calories and fat, but these are healthy fats; mainly saturated and monounsaturated with small amounts of polyunsaturates. Even so, you should still be careful with the quantity you eat as you could get fat!!

But it's not that simple; research has shown that it isn't just the amount of calories that determines your weight, but the character of those calories. We think of chocolate as full of empty calories, but they seem to have a serious impact on our bodies' metabolic functions, and those can be enough to offset the addition of all those calories in the first place.  

This means that because of dark chocolate boosting our metabolic function, it can help in weight loss & weight regulation.

Plus, according to studies, the flavonoids & antioxidants in dark chocolate can help decrease the risk of heart disease and reduce blood pressure. Dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. These include polyphenols, flavanols, catechins, among others. 1 study showed that cocoa and dark chocolate contained more antioxidant activity, polyphenols and flavanols than fruit, incl blueberries and Acai berries.
All of this basically means that dark choc is great for heart and brain function.  The antioxidants help reduce stress and ease depression, the minerals mentioned above help control blood sugar levels and of courthey aid in weight loss.

In addition to all of these health benefits, the "good" bacteria in our guts (Bifidobacterium) and lactic acid bacteria feast on chocolate. The resulting compounds, or bi-products, are absorbed by our body, and they lessen the inflammation of cardiovascular tissue, which can reduce the long-term risk of stroke and heart disease.
In terms of the exact chemistry involved, cocoa powder contains several polyphenolic, or antioxidant, compounds such as catechin and epicatechin, and a small amount of dietary fibre. Once they reach the colon, the microbes take over. The fibre is fermented and the large polyphenolic polymers are converted into a smaller, more easily absorbable form.  This is all great for digestion, metabolic rate and general well-being. No more feeling groggy!

Please see this video below for a quick and easy way to eat dark choc:



Ingredients: 100g of 85% dark chocolate, strawberries, blueberries and black grapes. You also need a saucepan and cocktail sticks!

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The Health Benefit of Bananas plus Some Great Healthy Banana Recipes

The banana has always intrigued me.  It is so different from other fruits; it is not what I would call a traditional fruit.  It is less juicy and has a weird texture.  It can be very popular with many, and extremely unpopular with others due to its slimey nature!

This observation of mine awakened an interest in bananas, so I decided to investigate their health benefits. Firstly, my studies took me to discover the nutritional elements a banana contains:

A banana (average weight around 126 grams) contains 110 calories, 30g of carbs and 1g of protein.  They are fat-free, and contain no salt or cholesterol.
1) Please view the below video of a healthy, super-low fat banana cake recipe I invented...

Ingredients
1 banana, 2 egg whites, water for cooking (alternatively you can also bake these in the oven on a medium heat!), a pinch of salt, a shake of cinnamon, optional: fresh fruit, a dab of honey.

Method
1. Mash banana in a bowl
2. Mix in eggs, a pinch of salt & the dab of cinnamon
3. Place a small frying pan and warm it to medium/high temperature
4. Add a small amount of water & wait until it is sizzling
5. Pour the liquid on the pan into ideal sizes
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until the liquid is all used up
7. (optional) add fresh fruit or any of the optional ingredients, but it tastes quite good on its own.

Hmmmm...delicious!  I can almost taste them in my mouth! ;)

2) I love the delicious, familiar flavour of banana loaf.  My mum sometimes made it when I was younger.  Here is my own healthy take on the famous loaf recipe:-

Ingredients:
5 or 6 very ripe bananas, 4 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of dessicated coconut, raisins, 2 cups (200g) 50% fruit museli (or any other museli), 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of allspice, 1 teaspoon of ground 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Method:
Heat oven on 350 degrees farenheit (175 degrees centigrade). Mash up the bananas with a fork, put to the side.  In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients, adding the bicarbonate of soda at the end. Whisk the ingredients together, slowly add the mashed up bananas. Add to loaf tin with parchment paper as the lining.  Bake in the oven for around 50 minutes.

Bananas also contain tryptophan, an amino acid that plays a role in preserving memory & boosting people's moods...something my husband thinks I need!!

I would love to hear what you think about this recipe - you can DM me on myoutube channelmy Instagram page, my facebook page, my pinterest page and my twitter account.   

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