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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Day 261



Thoughts: Hangover Cures ...

Best foods to nurse a hangover. Think of the following foods as your medicine and you will get over your hangover by pushing out the toxins ...


APRICOT

Nature: slightly cool, sweet and sour

Actions:
regenerates body fluids, clears heat, detoxifies, quenches thirst.

Conditions:
dehydration, thirst, cough.

Nutrition:
Apricots are a good source of beta-carotene and vitamin C. They are fiber-rich and an adequate source of potassium.

ASPARAGUS
Nature: cooling

Actions: clears heat, detoxifies, promotes blood circulation.

Conditions: constipation, cancer, hypertension, high blood cholesterol, arteriosclerosis.

Nutrition: Asparagus is high in folate and a good source of Vitamin C and beta carotene. It also contains glutathione, a phytochemical that has antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties. Asparagus contains inulin, a carbohydrate that increases the bacterial flora in the gut.

BANANAS
Nature: cold

Actions: clear heat, lubricate lungs, lubricate intestines, lower blood pressure, aid alcohol intoxication.

Conditions:
constipation, thirst, cough, hemorrhoids, hypertension, alcohol intoxication.

Nutrition:
Bananas are an excellent source of potassium and Vitamin B6. Bananas also help soothe the stomach, providing a natural antacid effect. According to the International Journal of Cancer, women who ate 75 servings of fruit and vegetables a month cut their risk of kidney cancer by 40%. Those women who ate bananas 4-6 times a week cut their risk by 50% compared to those who did not eat bananas (January 2005).

BAMBOO SHOOT

Nature: cool and sweet

Actions: strengthens the stomach, relieves food retention, resolves mucus, promotes diuresis, cuts or emulsifies fats, relieves alcohol intoxication

Conditions: diabetes, indigestion, stomach distention and fullness due to greasy food, diarrhea, dysentery, rectal prolapse, edema

Nutrition: Bamboo shoots are a good source of potassium, thiamin and vitamin B6.

BASIL
Nature: warming

Actions: induces sweating, harmonizes stomach, antidote for seafood poisoning.

Conditions: wind-cold, vomiting, diarrhea, seafood poisoning.


BEETROOT (BEET)

Nature: cool and sweet

Actions: nourishes blood, tonifies the heart, calms the spirit, lubricates the intestines, cleanses the liver

Conditions: anemia, heart weakness, irritability, restlessness, habitual constipation, herpes, constipation, liver intoxication from drugs or alcohol.

Nutrition:
Beets are a great source of folate, potassium and manganese. Their dark red-purple color comes from the pigment, betacyanin, which has anticarcinogenic and antimutagenic properties

BROCCOLI
Nature: cooling

Actions: clears heat, promotes diuresis, brightens eyes, aids summer heat problems.

Conditions: conjunctivitis, nearsightedness,
difficult urination.

Nutrition: Broccoli is loaded with nutrients. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and A, folate, potassium and fiber. Broccoli contains two anti-cancer compounds - sulforaphane and indoles.

CARROTS
Nature: cooling

Actions: clears heat, detoxifies, strengthens all
organs, benefits the eyes, relieves measles, lubricates the intestines.

Nutrition: Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene and vitamin K. They also contain anti-cancer pigments called carotenoids. Furthermore, carrots produce a natural pesticide, falcarinol, that has been shown to reduce colon cancer.

CAULIFLOWER
Nature: cool and sweet

Actions:
lubricates the intestines, strengthens spleen. This vegetable is weak in action.

Conditions: constipation, weak digestion.

Nutrition: Cauliflower is an excellent source of vitamin C and folate. Like other cruciferous vegetables, cauliflower contains anticancer compounds called sulforaphanes.

CELERY
Nature: cooling

Actions: tonifies kidneys, stops bleeding, strengthens spleen and stomach.


CHINESE CABBAGE (NAPA CABBAGE)

Nature: cold and sweet

Actions: clears heat, lubricates the intestines, promotes urination, diaphoretic.

Conditions:
irritability, restlessness, constipation, difficulty urinating.

CUCUMBER
Nature: cooling

Actions: clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves
irritability, promotes diuresis.

Conditions:
edema of the extremities, jaundice, diarrhea, epilepsy.

DAIKON RADISH
Nature: cool. pungent and sweet

Actions: removes stagnant food, moistens lungs, resolves mucus, quenches thirst, relieves alcohol intoxication.

Conditions: bronchitis, sore throat, dry cough, coughing of blood, painful urination, excess of mucus, alcohol intoxication, food retention.


GARLIC
Nature: hot

Actions:
anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food or blood, reduces abscess.

Conditions:
combats cancer and high blood cholesterol, aids infections, diarrhea, dysentery, vomiting, and coughing of blood.

GINGER
Nature: hot

Actions: promotes sweating, anti-toxin, antidote
for seafood poisoning.

Conditions:
common cold, cough due to coldness (clear or white mucus), vomiting, diarrhea, cold type arthritis.

GRAPEFRUIT
Nature: cold

Actions: strengthens stomach, aids digestion,circulates chi, detoxifies alcohol intoxication.


Conditions:
decreased appetite, weak digestion, stomach fullness, alcohol intoxication, dry cough.

ORANGES
Nature: cooling

Actions: lubricates lungs, resolves mucus, increases appetite, strengthens spleen, quenches thirst, promotes body fluids.

Conditions:
thirst, dehydration, stagnant chi, hernia

PARSLEY
Nature: slightly warming

Actions: promotes digestion, removes stagnant food, regulates flow of chi, induces measles eruption.

Conditions: food retention, indigestion, measles, seafood or meat poisoning.

PEARS (ESPECIALLY PEAR APPLES)
Nature: cold

Actions: regenerates body fluids, quenches thirst, calms the heart, lubricates lungs, relieves restlessness, promotes urination, clears heat, detoxifies, lubricates the throat, dissolves mucus, relieves cough.

Conditions:
cough (heat in the lungs), excess mucus, irritability, thirst, dry throat, hoarse throat, retina pain, constipation, difficult urination, skin
lesions, alcohol intoxication.

PEAS
Nature: neutral

Actions: strengthens digestion, strengthens spleen and stomach, promotes diuresis, lubricates intestines.

Conditions: indigestion, edema, constipation.

POTATO

Nature: cooling

Actions: relieves ulcer pain, strengthens spleen, harmonizes stomach, tonifies chi, lubricates intestines, promotes diuresis.
Conditions: ulcers, constipation, eczema, skin lesions.

PUMPKIN

Nature: cooling

Actions: kills worms, resolves dampness, reduces fever, relieves pain, stabilizes hyperactive fetus, stops dysentery, benefits diabetes.

Conditions: dysentery, diabetes, ulcerations of the lower extremities, eczema, stomachache, the feeling of "steaming bones", intestinal worms, antidote for opium.

SQUASH
Nature: cooling

Actions:
clears heat, detoxifies, promotes diuresis, quenches thirst, relieves fidgetiness.

Conditions: skin lesions, difficulty urinating, edema, summer heat, irritability, thirst.

STRAWBERRIES

Nature: cooling

Actions: lubricates lungs, promotes body fluids, strengthens spleen, detoxifies in alcohol intoxication.

Conditions: dry cough, sore throat, difficult urination, food retention, lack of appetite.

SWEET POTATO / YAM

Nature: cooling

Actions: strengthens spleen and stomach function, tonifies chi, clears heat, detoxifies, increases the production of milk.

Conditions: bloody stools, diarrhea, constipation, jaundice, edema, ascites, night blindness, diabetes, breast abscess.

WATERMELON
Nature: cold

Actions:
quenches thirst, relieves irritability, dispels summer heat problems, promotes diuresis, detoxifies.

Conditions:
sores, dry mouth, summer heat irritability, bloody dysentery, jaundice, edema, difficult urination.

The Daikon Radish relieves alcohol intoxication

Challenges: I think a man ought to get drunk at least twice a year just on principle, so he won't let himself get snotty about it. ~Raymond Chandler

Triumphs: I picked our largest tomato today! I have been watching it everyday grow into the biggest tomato I have ever seen :) I will make it a happy home in a salad and in our bellies :)

What I Ate Today:

Food fest 1: A nectarine from the farmers markets, very sweet. A avocado from the Spanish store which came from Mexico. The yummiest sweetest, smoothest avaocados I have tasted!

Food fest 2: The last Peanut Butter Chocolate Ball!

Food fest 3: Strawberries and peanut butter! It may resemble the taste of peanut butter and jelly. I love it as a snack, and the peanuts are simply ground up peanuts to make a peanut butter, add a drop of olive oil or coconut oil/milk to make it a paste consistency!

Food fest 4: Rice, Beans and Avocado! mmm!

Food fest 5: some blueberries from the farmers markets :)

Recipe: The recipe for Beans, Rice and Avocado is available on The Earth Diet website and the book released later this year.

Exercise: Strecthing my body :) loves a good stretch!

104 days to go!!!

Source:
www.acupuncture.com

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