Spirulina

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Smoothie of the day: peppermint tea, coconut milk, almond milk, bananas, spinach, spirulina. #raw #vegan

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Bet you’ve always been curious to know more about this superfood! In fact, did you know that the correct pronunciation makes this food rhyme with Carolina? As in- Nothing could be finer than a glass of spirulina in the morning?

Did you know that spirulina has the highest protein content of any natural food? It contains over 500% more protein than tofu, higher than 300% more protein than fish or beef.

And that’s just a start! Check out other benefits here.

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March Is Stomach Month

This week let’s continue with the year-long series of: The Organ of the Month. March is the month when you can do something spectacular for your stomach.

Here are some factoids about wonderful stomachs- Did you know that your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks so that it doesn’t digest itself? Other creatures’ stomachs are equally interesting. For example, did you know that ants have two stomachs? One stomach keeps food for the ant while the second stomach holds food to be shared with other ants. Lastly, did you know that when you blush, the lining of your stomach also turns red?

So, with such an interesting organ in your body you might ask, “What can I do that is nice for my stomach?”

Ginger tea made from the fresh root is very good for your stomach in most instances. Find the fresh roots at your local supermarket, cut out two medium-sized pieces and put them into boiling water for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, throw away the two used pieces of ginger. What’s left is the ginger water (tea) and you can drink it hot or cold- whatever your preference.

A second good thing for your stomach is the third exercise in this video. Check it out
here.

Just for fun…..

Veggie Abundance by apple_pathways
Veggie Abundance, a photo by apple_pathways on Flickr.

Looking for tricks to remember better eating habits?
Try this-

EAT LESS CRAP
C carbonated drinks
R refined sugar
A artificial sweeteners and colors
P processed foods

EAT MORE FOOD
F FRUITS AND VEGGIES
O ORGANIC LEAN PROTEINS
O OMEGA 3 fatty acids
D drink water

Delicious Flowers

Cherry Blossoms by Calsidyrose
Cherry Blossoms, a photo by Calsidyrose on Flickr.

Back again from warmer climates where they are enjoying their cherry blossoms. It reminded me of the pickled cherry blossoms my Japanese friend brought for me to taste. It was a fun way to enjoy this timeless icon of spring.
It is still a bit early for cherry blossoms to be blooming here in northern California but they aren’t too far behind. This week the pear tree blossoms popped- always the official start of the riotous flowers of spring. It made me excited to think of all the edible flowers available to adorn your favorite dishes. In the Chinese materia medica we use many flowers as herbal medicine but this list today is just for fun.
(Just remember- don’t eat any flowers that have been sprayed with anything undesirable including chemicals or animal “by-products”.)

A good list includes:

Calendula flowers
Dianthus (aka Sweet William)
Nasturtium
Pansy
Tulip.

When in doubt, keep it out (of your mouth that is!) Always consult with an expert in your area.

And if you are still in the throes of winter where you are, never fear spring is near.

Did You Know?

Question Marks by Don Moyer
Question Marks, a photo by Don Moyer on Flickr.

Did you know that acupuncture originated in China well over 2,000 years ago making it one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world?

Did you know that acupuncture became more widely known in America starting in 1971 after New York Times reporter James Reston received acupuncture in China for an attack of acute appendicitis and wrote about it after returning home to the US?

Did you know that acupuncture practiced here in the US is a combination of all other forms of traditional Asian medicine including concepts and techniques from China, Korea, Japan, France and Germany?

-Or that in 1997 the Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture reported from the National Institutes of Health that thousands of medical practitioners, i.e. acupuncturists, dentists, doctors and others were already  using acupuncture?

Lastly, did you know that in 2002 the largest, most comprehensive survey of CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) used by Americans showed that approximately 8 million US adults had used acupuncture up from 2 million who had used acupuncture in 2001?

How Many Acupuncturists?

United State in Plates by drummerjoe
United State in Plates, a photo by drummerjoe on Flickr.

Can you guess how many acupuncturists are currently practicing in the US? Probably more than you are thinking. There are 6,825 in California alone. Even North Dakota can boast that they have 10 practitioners.

The answer is: 21,852!