Prepare for Flu Season

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We’ll soon be in winter when the immune system is often at its weakest. If you get a cold, do remember that standard medications may not be the most appropriate when a natural immune booster may be a better choice. Many medicinal plants also block infections, strengthen the immune system and alleviate inflammation. For example, ginger and thyme have an expectorant effect, eucalyptus oil relieves coughing and echinacea and sea buckthorn strengthen the immune system. At the onset of a cold it certainly makes sense to start with natural remedies. However, if you don’t feel better after a few days, you should see your health care provider.

Prepare for the Flu-Season!

Are you dreading the upcoming season of runny noses and watery eyes? Then we have a great tip for you: if you want to strengthen your immune system in fall, you should think about your nutrition. Studies show that especially vitamins A, C, E and beta carotene, but also the trace elements zinc and selenium as well as secondary plant extracts play a key role in fighting off colds and flu. These micro-nutrients activate the immune cells, stimulate the formation of antibodies and also influence the production of natural killer cells. So remember to add plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables to your daily menu! Citrus fruits, kiwi, sea buckthorn and rose hips are nutritious vitamin C provider. Sauerkraut and green bell pepper also contain many vitamins to support a healthy immune system.

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Meal Preparation & Clean Eating!

Meal prep and clean eating are easy with your Metabolic Balance plan. Simply pack your daily power lunch box with vegetables from your plan and one portion of protein. Plus an apple of course! Ready – Steady – Go!

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Shelf Life of Food – “Best Before” vs. “Use By”

Do you know the difference between “best before date” and “use by”?

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It’s important to understand the difference between what food manufacturers and producers mean by a best before date and a use by date.

A best before date means manufacturers give you a guide of when their foods will still taste good. You may not know this, but in order to find out the best-before dates on foods, manufacturers expose their products to a so-called stress test. Climatic conditions such as an incubator, refrigerator or humid room temperatures can artificially cause food to age rapidly. The decisive factors for determining if food is still at its best are the product’s taste, smell, consistency and nutritional composition. When the manufacturer knows these, they can suggest the optimal best before date and often add in a little buffer time. This means that almost all packaged foods can still be used after the best before date has expired. Dry foods such as rice, pasta, semolina, salt, honey and sugar have practically an unlimited shelf life. We suggest that you rely on your senses and common sense.

However, this is different for “use by” dates. This date is printed on perishable products such as ground meat, fresh poultry or smoked salmon. After the “use by” date has expired, this product may not be sold and should not be eaten either.

Summer Fun – Happy & Healthy BBQ

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We’re often told that barbecuing food isn’t healthy for us! So let us gather a few tips so that you can get your BBQ going healthily without the release of cancer causing substances.

  • Use good quality charcoal or briquettes without chemical residues
  • Always try to prevent fat from dripping onto glowing embers to avoid harmful smoke
  • Do not use smoked or salted meat for grilling
  • Do not attempt to reduce or extinguish flames with alcohol such as beer, wine or similar drinks
  • It is better to grill in foil, or foil trays and baskets rather than directly on the grill

Invite family and friends and enjoy the rest of the BBQ season!

Regulate Your Acid-Alkaline Balance!

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Did you know how important our acid-alkaline balance (ph-balance) is for our metabolism? Our western diet (often with too little fresh food, too much coffee and alcohol) and lifestyle (too little exercise) is generally very acidic. If the equilibrium of the acid-alkaline balance is too acidic then our metabolism also goes out of balance. An over-acidified metabolism breaks down less fat, is much slower and draws valuable minerals from bones and cartilage to neutralize acids. This can accelerate degenerative joint diseases such as rheumatism and osteoarthritis. We cannot assess from the flavor of foods which foods are acidic for the body. For example, lemon, which is sour, has a nice alkalizing effect on the body, whereas chocolate, which is sweet, has an acidic effect. 

If you want to know if your body is too acidic, you can buy urine test strips at the pharmacy and simply test your acid-base levels daily. These may be ideal to check in which state your acid-alkaline balance before and while on your personal Metabolic Balance nutrition plan. You can also support your body with regular alkaline baths and alkaline body-lotions and creams.

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

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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
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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.