Health boosting Miso soup

As I already wrote in my article about fermented foods, these foods are essential to keep the gut healthy. And a healthy immune system starts with a healthy gut. Miso soup is one way to get your share of fermentation. Miso is a paste made from soybeans, sea salt and koji. It ferments for about 3 months up to 3 years. One of the active ingredients in miso is zybicolin, which plays a major role in the detoxification of your body through pollution, radioactivity and chemicals in the soil and food system.

With this recipe you get all the benefits of the miso combined with all the benefits of the veggies in there, which makes this soup a mighty powerful health booster. For this recipe I've used kale, celery and carrots. But of course you...

Superb sprouts recipes

I try to eat sprouts at least a few times a week. They are one of the best locally-grown foods you can get and taste delicious and fresh in a salad, on a sandwich or just add a wisp in your homemade soup. Sprouts are the edible shoots of germinated crops like beans, seeds, nuts and grains.

Many grocery stores carry them but they can also be prepared at home. To sprout beans at home, for example, soak them in water and place them in a warm and dark place to stimulate germination. The sprouts should be regularly rinsed as they...

You can’t go wrong with turmeric

Turmeric. If you like to cook, chances are big it’s already present in your kitchen. Turmeric is quite a common spice in the Asian cuisine, especially the Indian. It gives those Indian curries their characteristic yellow color, together with a mild bittery taste. But did you know it’s also a powerful antioxidant and that is anti-viral and anti-bacterial? And that it seems to have great potential to fight cancer, especially colorectal cancer? Lately, turmeric has been the object of numerous anti-cancer studies.

There are over 80 different kinds of turmeric plants. The most used and also most promising when it comes to medical use is Curcuma Longa, related to ginger, and the substance within it, Curcumine, in particular. Curcumine has been...

The benefits of no alcohol

Drinking alcohol has been deeply rooted in our culture for already thousands of years. The majority of our society drinks. No less than 80 % of the Dutch population older than 19 drinks. And on an average they drink about 250 ml of alcohol a day. We all have the vague understanding that alcohol can do harm to our health, but hey, we’re having good time so we’ll order some more. But alcohol consumption greatly impacts our health; next to that it increases the risk of developing liver, throat, and mouth cancer. And some studies also show the link between alcohol and rectum, colon and breast cancer.

There is still belief that a single glass of red wine a day is healthy because of the resveratrol in it. But it is the alcohol itself that causes harm to our health. Alcohol is what is called a cocarcinogen, which means that it can boost...

Paint your nails toxic free

Since I’m a bit of nail-biter, I like to take good care of my hands and nails. If I make sure my nails are filed nicely and I put on some polish, then the urge to nibble on them disappears. I have a whole range of colors to match my outfits. Unfortunately, regular nail polish contains many toxic chemicals. And primarily the ‘toxic trio’ Formaldehyde, Toluene and Dibutyl phthalate you really need to avoid.

Formaldehyde is a chemical often used as a preservative, sterilizer and embalmer and added to polishes that are also considered as nail hardeners. But it's also a carcinogen, linked to nasal and lung cancers. Dibutyl phthalate makes the...

The health and healing benefits of extra virgin olive oil

As you might already know, I’m a big fan of oil in all its natural forms, including olive oil. For thousands of years people around the Mediterranean see have been using olive oil in numerous ways. Diseases like heart disease and cancer and also allergies are less common in those areas than in the rest of Europe. Beside the fact that olive oil is super delicious and can be used in many ways, it’s also very good for your health, at least when you use the extra virgin oil!

Extra virgin olive oil Extra virgin olive oil has many health and healing benefits, which "regular" olive doesn't have. Now, what is extra virgin exactly? Extra virgin olive oil results from the first cold press of the harvested olives...

Spring salad with hemp seeds

About time, but spring finally arrived! It’s the perfect season for fresh, nutritious salads. What to think about this one, with hemp seeds and fresh herbs. Spring never tasted so good!

Ingredients4 hands full mixed leafy greens (spinach and arugula are a great combination) 2 hands full of mixed fresh herbs (think cilantro, basil, parsely) 1 hand fullof hemp seeds 2 hands full of sprouts 1 hand full of pine...

Skin detox: dry brushing & scrubbing

Our skin is the largest elimination organ; it’s responsible for about 15% of our total body elimination. So detoxing your skin is a simple, effective and pampering way to cleanse your body from inside and out.

  Dry skin brushin Dry skin brushing is a great way to enhance the detox process of your skin. It's very easy, pleasant and has many health benefits. It stimulates the blood circulation, the lymphatic system and...

Detox Methods: Oil Pulling

Oil pulling. You must have heard of it since it’s becoming widely popular as a detox method. This Ayurvedic tradition is already thousands years old. And according to the old texts it cures over 30 diseases and conditions. Well, I’m not sure about that but it is a great way to improve your oral health.

  Oil pulling reduces plaque and improves your gum health. I've already wrote about Candida Albicans. Candida, as well as streptococcus, are also to be found in your mouth. Oil pulling on a regular base will keep those...


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