What is saffron …?

… and what do I use it for?

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Saffron originally comes from the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush. Saffron is extracted from the stigmas of a crocus species – the bulbous plant with the name autumn crocus (because it blooms in the northern hemisphere in autumn) – in a very laborious way and then has to be processed.  That is why real saffron is almost unaffordable and has been falsified in many ways for 500 years. Today it comes mainly from Spain, Southern France, Italy, Greece, Pakistan and Valais (Switzerland). Saffron contains saffron bitter picrococin (this substance has a toxic effect in large quantities).

It has a beneficial effect on digestion and acts as a cardio stimulant.
Saffron goes well in rice dishes, whether sweet or salty, and fits well for the preparation of sauces.

 

The Matter with the Healthy Fats

The matter with the oil – or rather healthy fats! How much oil can a Metabolic Balance participant actually consume?MB (2019-06-09)

If you want to lose weight with Metabolic Balance, you are recommended to forgo oil for the first 14 days.  Afterwards it is important to include high-quality oils in your daily regime again. It should be 3 tablespoons per day. Many clients also eat more and feel great about it.

We recommend to take at least 1 tbsp flax-seed oil per day.  Flax seed oil contains omega-3 fatty acids and is the star of recent research to prevent diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. However, reliable studies are not available yet.

The ratio of flax seed oil to other oils should be 1:2, even better would be 1:1.
Oils may be mixed. Only for few oils heating is recommended.
You may also use oils from oil seeds and nuts that are NOT on your plan.
So do not hesitate to experiment, enjoy and have a good time!

 

Rosemary – herbal Power-House

Rosemary often grows wild in the Mediterranean region.  In our climate it thrives quite well in the warm season in your backyard or in pots.  The plant smells pleasant and intense because the narrow leaves are rich in essential oils.

The distilled essential oil is used for topical application with joint and muscle rheumatism and circulatory disorders.

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Rosemary is one of the most popular herbs in our kitchen. Its fine-needled foliage has a unique, spicy aroma.  This spice goes wonderfully with many Italian dishes, especially meat in all possible variations. It’s especially delicious on grilled meat.  It’s best to sprinkle on top before serving, cut into small pieces. Food seasoned with rosemary is not only delicious, it is also easy to digest. A herb infused oil prepared with rosemary goes particularly well with meat dishes.

The Gender of Fennel

Visiting my mom I went to the farmer’s market for her to buy some fresh produce, including Fennel, which she likes to eat raw. On my way out she calls after me and says: “Watch out and get a female fennel!” – – –fennel-1614693_1920 (Pixaby by Peter-facebook)

After a long thinking pause … “Say whaaat???”. Needless to say: “Mama knows best!”

Back on my LapTop I researched the topic and found a really interesting article by Marissa from Sicily, Italy.
Find the article about male and female fennel on her blog All Things Sicilian
[ Picture by Peter-facebook on Pixaby ].

Having said that – and the discussion is still out if it is the female or the male fennel that tastes better – look for the round fennel, with thicker stalks. That fennel has less “threads” (filaments) and is overall more tasteful and delicious. Marissa also implies, that at the end of the season you rather find the flatter fennel.

Food for Thought:

The Center of Science in the Public Interest (CSIP)hand-1549136_1920 just published a very interesting Info-Graphic on facebook, which linked to the following article. Giving food for thought: What to Eat – the Grandparents’ Diet!

Photo #hand#hold#care by 41330  (pixabay)

Let’s think about the world we bequeath to our children and grandchildren!

Spice with Cinnamon …

… not only on Christmas. Cinnamon is an incredibly healthy and tasty spice! It is high in antioxidants, helps to kecinnamon-2847867_1920ep insulin in check, qualifies as an anti-microbial food, its scent is known to boost brain function and it is used as a traditionally warming remedy.

Many practitioners – in traditional and alternative medicine – are recommending the usage of cinnamon. How healthy and tasty to spice your daily apple with cinnamon!

Read more about the proven benefits published by the healthline and the nutrition details on The World’s Healthiest Foods.

Picture by karen_escobar84 via pixabay

Heartburn and Drugs for Acid-Related Disorders

Many of us are more or less familiar with heartburn. Spicy-hot food, sweets, alcohol, coffee, eating at a late hour or being overweight are just some of the reasons we may get heartburn. And to get rid of these unpleasant symptoms, more often than not we reach for acid reducers or antacids. In Germany, one in every eight individuals take antacids, of which Omeprazole, Pantoprazole or Lansoprazole are some examples. In the U.S. Milk of Magnesia, Maalox, Pepto-Bismol, Tums and many more are known OTC acid reducing drugs. They’re fast-acting and allow us to enjoy everything we eat and drink without suffering the consequences. Yet those OTC-meds are not as harmless as they are frequently portrayed – especially if taken over a long period.tums-1528834_1920

Antacids, otherwise known as proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, block an enzyme referred to as a “proton pump”, which is found in the parietal cells of the stomach lining. Stomach acid is produced in the parietal cells and then transported into the stomach with the aid of the proton pump. If the proton pump is blocked, very little or no acid is transported into the stomach. It is this mechanism that relieves heartburn sufferers.

Unfortunately, it also has hidden risks, especially if acid blockers are taken frequently and regularly. Because stomach acid also acts as a disinfectant, killing bacteria that you eat with your food. If little or no stomach acid is produced, the bacteria are able to migrate into the intestines unobstructed and modify the composition of the gut bacteria – for the worse.
Another point is that protein is also digested in the stomach. Low stomach acid levels raise the pH of the stomach, with the result that proteins are only partially broken down. Large protein molecules then enter the gut, some of which are unable to enter the bloodstream and start to rot. Some of the large protein particles are absorbed through the gut lining, but are considered as foreign bodies, which can result in allergies.
The modified pH of the stomach also makes it more difficult to absorb minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc, and in the long run contributes to a large deficit of vital nutrients which may result in symptoms such as exhaustion, fatigue, cramps, dizziness, and much more.
The parietal cells are not only responsible for producing stomach acid; they are also required for the production of what is known as the “intrinsic factor”. The intrinsic factor facilitates the absorption of vitamin B12. When absent, vitamin B12 deficiency is the inevitable result.

Heartburn can often be managed with a few simple changes to your eating habits and lifestyle – without any kind of medication. Experts recommend losing weight if you are overweight, restrict alcohol and coffee consumption, and eating less fried and spicy food. Instead, try including more steamed vegetables, potatoes and millet in your diet. Also, prefer non-carbonated water, herbal tea or diluted vegetable juices to quench your thirst.

Quick fixes for heartburn
– Medicinal clay or zeolite
– Soaked ground flaxseed or psyllium husks
– Potato juice
– Chew a few almonds or hazelnuts, mixing them well in your mouth with saliva, then swallow this pulp in small portions.

Silvia Bürkle
Medical Advisory Body, Metabolic Balance.

Our Health and Immune System in Winter Times

IMG_6114The human immune system is a central component of the body’s defenses, protecting the body from invading bacteria and viruses. But not only the immune system must be supported, also the skin has an increased need for care. Cold and dry heating air remove moisture from the skin. It narrows the skin vessels, the production of sebum is reduced and the formation of the central skin barrier is shut down. As a result of this combination, the skin becomes uncomfortably dry, brittle and cracked. In order that the skin does not suffer and it radiates vitality even in the cold season, a combination of external and internal care is a “must”. Dry skin can be prevented with the help of Omega 3 fatty acids, which are abundant in sea fish and cold pressed vegetable oils such as flax seed oil and rapeseed oil (oil colza). It is also important that the fluid reservoirs are filled up and we are hydrated. Even if in winter the feeling of thirst is something sparse, we must drink enough. It is recommended to drink plenty of herbal teas, ginger water and mineral water.

In addition to the above mentioned cold-season-care, we should also ensure that the body is sufficiently supplied with vitamins. The vitamins A, C and E fight together against the cell-damaging free radicals, strengthen and support the connective tissue, prevent the skin from becoming chapped and dry. Vitamin B5 (panthothenic acid) is the vitamin that can bind moisture and give the skin a radiant complexion. Vitamin B3 enhances skin protection and relieves redness.

An ideal vitamin supplier for the cold season is cabbage, which is available harvest-fresh even in cold regions in the winter. Looking at the typical vitamin-rich winter vegetables such as Brussels sprouts and kale the first frost on the fields even enhances its taste. But beetroot, Teltower turnip, turnip, salsify and parsnip are also rich in vitamins and minerals.

A vitamin-rich diet, regular exercise, plenty of drinking, sufficient sleep and sauna visits ensure that you can enjoy the cold season with all its most beautiful sides and your skin survives the winter unscathed.

source: metabolic balance® Gesundheitsbrief February 2018

An Apple a Day …

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“An Apple A Day” is a fundamental rule in our metabolic balance® Program – for many good reasons! Reader’s Digest Magazine listed 8 of them:

1. Apples fight Alzheimer’s
2. Apples prevent colon cancer
3. Apples stabilize blood sugar
4. Apples boost gum health
5. Apples prevent high blood pressure
6. Apples help you lose weight
7. Apples fend off heart disease
8. Apples fight high cholesterol

The proverbial advice “An Apple a Day keeps the Doctor away” first appeared in print in 1866 reports Medical News Today. Foods like apples certainly fall into the category of Food is Nature’s Medicine – especially from a preventative point of view! Take a look at Mother Nature’s Pop Science Guide to Apples. To quote from the subtitle of the post on Mother Nature’s Network web page, “the apple is one of Earth’s most iconic foods, symbolizing everything from health and beauty to evil and ingenuity. In honor of these gravity-revealing, doctor-repelling superfruits, MNN offers a graphical tribute to apples’ enduring popularity.”