Miso soup

    Ingredients ½ Tofu cake, cut to small cubes 1tbsp Wakame seaweed soaked in warm water 1 tbsp Green onion chopped 600cc Water 3 tbsp Miso   Instructions Boil water and add dashi konbu (seaweed for stock) or use fish stock. Remove soaked Wakame seaweed from the water and squeeze. Add the miso to the pot and stir to melt then add the tofu and Wakame, and turn off the heat. Serve with green onion.   You can use different ingredients, like egg, spinach, watercress, radish, etc. You can serve as a main dish, add what ever you like: Meat, potatoes, shitake mushrooms, radish, gobo, other vegetables, fish, etc.     Chieko El-Jisri is an author of “A Patient’s Perspective” which is about a caregiver’s guide to assisting people with dementia. If caregivers lack patience and attempt to rush or force things instead of calmly dealing with their dementia patients, conflict can be created between them. Dementia patients cannot explain their own behaviour and are not responsible for their actions. The caregiver should endeavour to...
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Health Benefits of Rockmelon

  The health benefits of rockmelon includes improved immune system strength, healthy skin and eyes, reduced chances of cancer, healthy lungs, and decreased stress levels, prevention of arthritis and management of diabetes. The nutritive benefits of cantaloupe are derived from the high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, potassium, niacin, dietary fibre, and folic acid.   Vitamin A – 68% Vitamin C 61% Potassium – 8% Folate – 5% Niacin – 4% Fibre – 4% Carbohydrate – 3% Magnesium – 3% Manganese – 2% Copper – 2% Calories – 2% Protein – 2%   Health Benefits of Rockmelon   Cancer Prevention: Rockmelons are rich sources of beneficial nutrients, including beta-carotene, an essential carotenoid that the body requires. It has been linked to reducing a number of different types of cancer, and the phytochemicals present have also been linked to anti-tumour behaviour. The nutritional content plays an integral role in the prevention of cancer and the eradication of free radicals, the harmful byproducts of cell metabolism that can lead to a number of dangerous conditions, including heart disease and cancer. Immune System Booster: Contains Vitamin C which scavenges disease causing free radicals and act as an...
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Health Benefits of Pineapples

      Pineapples have medicinal benefits which include their ability to improve respiratory health, cure coughs and colds, improve digestion, help you lose weight, strengthen bones, improve oral health, boost eye health, reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, increase heart health, fight off infections and parasites, improve the immune system, and increase circulation.   They have huge health benefits due to its wealth of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, including potassium, copper, manganese, calcium,magnesium, vitamin C, beta carotene,  thiamin, B6, and folate, as well as soluble and insoluble fiber, and bromelain.   Nutrients- Vitamin C – 80% Manganese – 46% Vitamin B6 – 6% Fibre – 6% Copper – 6% Folate – 5% Thiamin – 5% Carbohydrate – 4% Magnesium – 3% Potassium – 3% Calories – 2% Protein – 1%   HEALTH BENEFITS OF PINEAPPLES Arthritis Management: It has the ability to reduce the inflammation of joints and muscles, particularly those associated with arthritis. Pineapples contain a relatively rare proteolytic enzyme called bromelain, which is primarily associated with breaking down complex proteins, and it also has serious anti-inflammatory effects Boosts Immune System: A single serving of pineapple has more than 130% of the daily requirement of vitamin-C Tissue and Cellular Health:...
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Beef and Veggie Stir Fry

    Beef and Veggie Stir Fry [Makes 2 servings] 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut oil 500gm/1 pound lean beef (like rump or fillet steak), cut into thin strips 1 brown onion, halved, thinly sliced 1 large red pepper, cut into short, thin strips 1 cup of broccoli, cut into approx. 4cm lengths 125g baby corn, cut into thirds 1 carrot, peeled and sliced into think sticks 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tablespoon water 2 tablespoons Oyster sauce 1 1/2 tablespoons Tamari (or low salt soy) sauce – Heat a wok or fry pan over a high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of the oil, and add the beef strips and stir-fry for1-2 minutes or until the beef is browned and just cooked. Transfer to a plate. – Heat remaining oil in the wok over medium-high heat. Add the onion, pepper, broccoli, corn and garlic. – Stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the water, cover and cook for another 2 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender. – Add the...
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Emotions Behind Our Face

  Our body stores our thoughts, feelings and energies which can manifest into a disease or disorder if it’s toxic and does not get released. This is part of the mind body spirit triad where every physical illness manifests internally in our body from the emotional, mental and spiritual level. In order to heal, we need to change our thoughts and take action to change our beliefs, as our body is giving us feedback as to what is not functioning properly.   According to Louise Hay (1984) “You Can Heal Your Life” and Inna Segal (2007) “The Secret Language of Your Body”, here are the emotions stored around our face-   BRAIN The brain symbolise the body’s computer and switchboard. It contracts mental viruses, in the form of negative thoughts, worries and stresses. This leads to feeling out of control, depressed, bored, disinterested, disheartened, sleepy, hazy, scattered, conflicted or confused.   EARS The ears represent the capacity to hear. When there are problems with the ears, it usually means something...
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Health Benefits of Watermelon

    Watermelon contains vitamin A, B6 and C, calcium, magnesium, fibre, protein, potassium, niacin, thiamin, and a wide variety of carotenoids and phytonutrients, including lycopene.   Vitamin C – 13% Vitamin A – 11% Carbohydrate – 3% Potassium 3% Fibre – 2% Calories – 2%   Thiamin – 2% Magnesium – 2% Manganese – 2%   The health benefits of watermelon include- Reduces the risk of kidney disorders – Watermelons contain a lot of potassium, which is very helpful in cleaning or washing out the toxins in the kidney. It also reduces uric acid in the blood, which reduces the chances of kidney damage and the formation of renal calculi in that organ. Since it contains high water content, it induces frequent urination which helps clean the kidneys. Aids in lowering high blood pressure- it contains potassium and magnesium which brings down blood pressure. The carotenoids in watermelon also prevent hardening of artery walls and veins, which helps to reduce blood pressure, blood clots, strokes, heart attacks, and atherosclerosis Helps prevent cancer –  it has lycopene which is being linked to cancer prevention such...
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Health Benefits of Cucumber

      The flesh of a cucumber is rich in vitamins A, C, and folic acid while the hard skin of cucumbers is rich in fibre and a range of minerals include magnesium, molybdenum, and potassium.   Vitamin K 21% Vitamin C 5% Potassium 4% Manganese 4% Magnesium 3% Pantothenic Acid 3% Calcium 2% Folate 2% Fibre 2% Carbohydrate 1% Protein 1%   Health Benefits of Cucumber Strengthens our connective tissues- cucumber contains silica, a trace mineral that contributes greatly to strengthening our connective tissues Promotes muscle flexibility- the magnesium content of cucumbers ensures proper blood circulation and relaxed nerves. Helps regulates blood pressure Heals many skin problems- under eye swelling, sunburn, psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Cucumbers also contain ascorbic and caffeic acids which prevent water loss, therefore cucumber is frequently applied topically to burns and dermatitis Keeping skin well toned Promotes healthy hair growth Provides bright and glowing complexion Prevents splitting of the nails on the fingers and toes since cucumbers are so rich in minerals Regulates body’s blood pH and neutralize acidity due to high alkaline levels Helps gastric issues Normalizes body temperature during summer Prevents kidney stones- Cucumbers are a...
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Health Benefits of Carrots

    Most of the benefits of carrots can be attributed to their beta carotene and fibre content. This root vegetable is al Most of the benefits of carrots can be attributed to their beta carotene and fibre content. This root vegetable is also a good source of antioxidant agents. Furthermore, carrots are rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin B8, pantothenic acid, folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.    Vitamin A 276% Vitamin K 12% Fibre 12% Manganese 8% Potassium 7% Folate 7% Vitamin B6 5% Copper 5% Iron 5% Carbohydrate 3% Calories 2% Protein 1%   Health Benefits of Carrots: Reduce cholesterol- research revealed that cholesterol level drops by an average of 11 percent if seven ounces of raw carrots per day are taken for three weeks Prevention from heart attacks Prevents certain cancers- The average carrot contains about three milligrams of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of several cancers, notably lung cancer.  Other researchers found that eating fibre rich carrots reduce the risk of colon cancer by as much as 24 percent. Another study shows that women who ate raw carrots were five to eight times less...
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Health Benefits of Blueberries

      One cup of fresh blueberries contains: 84 calories 0 grams of cholesterol 1.1 grams of protein 0.49 grams of fat, 21 grams of carbohydrate  3.6 grams of dietary fibre (14% of daily requirements) 24% of daily vitamin C 5% vitamin of B6 36% of vitamin K   Blueberries also provide iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, manganese, zinc, copper, folate, beta-carotene, folate, choline, vitamin A and vitamin E. In addition to anthocyanins, blueberries contain a diverse range of phenolic compounds such as quercetin, kaempferol, myricetin and chlorogenic acid – all of which contribute to their antioxidant capacity.5   Health benefits of blueberries- Decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight. Can also improve short-term memory loss and motor coordination Help prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract Assist in weight loss Fight wrinkles Fight Alzheimer’s The iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, manganese, zinc and vitamin K in blueberries all contribute to building and maintaining bone structure and strength. They are free of sodium and contain potassium, calcium, and magnesium, all of...
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Health Benefits of Strawberries

    Strawberries are rich in the essential nutrients vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, and fibre. One cup of fresh strawberries contains 160 percent of the daily recommended quantity of vitamin C, for only 50 calories. This nutritional powerhouse also contains the mighty antioxidants anthocyanins, ellagic acid, quercetin, and kaempferol, which have all been shown to have protective effects against certain types of cancer.   Nutrition Facts Serving Size: 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries (166 grams) Calories: 50 Protein: 1 gram Carbohydrates: 11.65 grams Dietary fibre: 3.81 grams Calcium: 23.24 milligrams Iron: 0.63 milligrams Magnesium: 16.60 milligrams Phosphorus: 31.54 milligrams Potassium: 44.82 milligrams Selenium: 1.16 milligrams Vitamin C: 94.12 milligrams Folate: 29.38 micrograms Vitamin A: 44.82 international units   Health benefits of Strawberries- Boost immunity Contains Vitamin C The antioxidant properties in strawberries may help to prevent cataracts Strawberries help fight cancer as it has ellagic acid which has been shown to yield anti-cancer properties like suppressing cancer cell growth Strawberries contain antioxidants lutein and zeathancins. Antioxidants are scavengers to free-radicals and neutralize the potentially...
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