Autumn is just around the corner and we thought it would be a good idea to look at some simple ways to prevent one of the more common afflictions that occur at this time of year.
Throat irritations are an indication of a breakdown of our immune system which may be due to excess exposure to cold, .damp, tobacco smoke or other fumes but also a diet deficient in adequate or insufficient nutrients, stress, excessive or inadequate use of the voice, including held in emotional tension (anger, frustration etc.). In addition, if we have had tonsil or adenoid problems / operations as a child the tissue linings of the throat may be excessively sensitive. Whatever the cause our objective is to prevent or overcome the symptoms. How? Here are some suggestions:
Obviously, avoid unnecessary exposure to excessive cold and humidity. It is relatively common to see people even in mid – winter with an exposed waist area. This is often the cause of sudden backache colds and flu, coughs and throat irritations. In Chinese Medicine the Kidneys are recognised as very precious and delicate organs and need to be well cared for if we are to have a long and healthy life. Keep the waist wrapped up and warm and if you have a sensitive throat area protect it with a silk scarf, you will feel the difference.
Nutritionally make sure you have an abundance of fruit and vegetables (oranges grapefruit, lemons, carrots, parsley, broccoli, kiwis etc.) rich in vitamins C and A. An ideal remedy for the throat is fresh carrot juice made in a juicer and drunk straight after making. You can add some celery, apple or parsley to taste and if necessary dilute it with water. It should be drunk slowly, chewing and tasting it to allow the digestive components in the saliva to react with it. Carrots contain one of the highest levels of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant which your body uses as it requires it. It is essential for the healthy maintenance of the mucous membranes and is particularly important for the throat. The majority of people should be able to drink at least one glass of carrot juice a day, however if you are diabetic check your sugar levels.
Finally, Shiatsu can help restore emotional stability and also strengthen the immune system until the time your throat irritations become a thing of the past.
This salad is a complete meal in itself: lentils contain high levels of vegetable protein and iron. They are prepared with typical Mediterranean products which add flavour and texture to the robust lentils and complement it’s nutritional value with vitamins, calcium, anti-oxidants ( e.g. lycopene ) etc. A satisfying dish that’s not heavy and ideal for summer days.
For 3 to 4 persons you need:
– 300 hundred g Puy lentils
– 150 g. sliced roasted red peppers
– 6 – 8 drained and chopped oil-packed sun dried tomatoes *
– 2-3 lemons juiced
– 1 red onion
– 1 pkt. of mozzarella or other fresh cheese
– 1 handful basil and/or coriander leaves
– Extra virgin olive oil
– Salt and pepper
*We recommend that the tomato conserve is of Italian origin as the local Spanish ones tend to be of an inferior quality. Some Italian brands are very expensive but you can now get some at a reasonable cost in some of the bigger supermarkets.
-Wash and soak the lentils in water for about two hours, (in this way they should cook in about 20 minutes), and cook until tender but not mushy.
-In the meantime cut the onion into thin slices and marinate in a bowl with the lemon juice and prepare the other ingredients cut or torn into smaller pieces.
-When the lentils are done drain them and add them to the onions and lemon juice and stir in the other ingredients. Add olive oil salt and pepper to taste.
-Place some lettuce leaves on a plate and top with the lentil mixture.
Decorate as desired and serve.
Easy to make and delicious to eat.
Today we are giving you one of our preferred recipes. As you can see, all the ingredients are natural and healthy. We hope you like it.
120 ml. olive oil ( approx. one cup )
80 gms. sugar ( ideally panela )
Mix together to a smooth thick consistency
120 gms. ground almonds
80 gms. whole wheat flour
Half a teaspoon of cinnamon + a heaped tablespoon of sultanas.
Mix (A) and (B) together ensuring all ingredients are well integrated and pour the thick mass into a flat baking tin ( 26 / 28cm. diameter ). Decorate the top with split or whole almonds and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180ºC for 20 to 30 minutes.
Proper elimination is vital to the health of every organ, tissue and cell in the body, and yet we tend to give very little attention to this important process. The four organs responsible for elimination are: the lungs, skin, kidneys and colon.
The lungs to function optimally need to have some form of vigorous exercise, enough to cause deep breathing on a regular basis. Proper posture is also very important so that the lungs capacities are not restricted or obstructed. It is well known that the muscles involved in proper posture are not naturally maintained in proper tonicity. Good posture requires attention and habitual practice.
The skin removes wastes and toxins by sweating and it is important that we keep it hydrated, supple and clean so that it can function effectively. The skin not only gets rid of wastes but also absorbs many substances in which it is in contact, into the body. In our day to day activities we need to keep this in mind.
Periodic towel rubs, bodywork, shiatsu, massage etc. all help to keep the skin toned and functioning optimally.
The kidneys require their two litres of water every day to ensure the effective flushing out of all wastes and toxins and we need to help by not overburden them with excessive consumption of alcohol and sugary / carbonated drinks.
The colon needs roughage (fibre) in the food we eat to remove waste and toxins. Raw foods in the form of salads are generally the best for this. We should try to ensure that we do not go through a twenty – four hour period without going to the toilet .If it is necessary to use a laxative or colonic it should be only occasionally. Adequate water intake, exercise and regular bodywork will all help.