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Natural Relief for Allergies

Are you struggling w/seasonal allergies? Headaches, sinus stuffiness, fatigue, runny nose, itchy eyes, feel like you’re under water? Instead of constantly taking medications there are many natural remedies to treat allergy symptoms as well as ones to boost your immune system which can actually eliminate them. Here are a few.

  1. For immediate relief try the herb freeze dried stinging nettle every 4 hrs instead of antihistamines.
  2. Wash pollen from hair, face and clothes before lying down to avoid spreading it on your pillow and bedding. Keep windows in bedroom closed at nite.
  3. Try nasal rinsing w/a neti pot or use a store bought bottle solution called Ayr. Rinsing the nostrils out (gently!) in the morning and evening with this mixture of warm water, sea salt and baking soda will clear out pollen and prevent sinus build up.
  4. Decrease intake of dairy products during this season. Dairy increases mucus and sets up a breeding ground for sinus bacteria to live and thrive in.
  5. Go green! Eating dark leafy greens (which are in season right now) will clear congestion and strengthen your respiratory system. Bump up your green tea intake. Drinking green tea daily will also, over time, build your immune system and help eliminate your allergies.  A great tasting one is Ban-cha (toasted green tea). Allergies are a lowered immunity response to stimuli.  Green tea is packed full w/phytonutrients and antioxidants which will boost your immune system.
  6. Try acupuncture.  It may have an immediate effect in relieving acute symptoms but I also found that it tends to have an accumulative effect in relieving allergies.

I highly recommend it for whatever ails you from muscle/joint pain to allergies/headaches/pms/menopausal symptoms.  It’s a good way to balance out your “chi” and keep your energy flowing throughout the body. It’s also a great compliment to the spring detox because it is one of the most efficient and effective ways to restore and renew yourself.  I always feel as though I just took a trip to Tahiti when I get a treatment. Ahhhhh….so relaxing.  If you’ve never tried it, you might give it a shot and see if it works for you.

Looking for a good practitioner? If you live in the NYC area, I highly recommend Kathy Yocum M.S.,L.Ac.  212-246-3153 or e-mail her for an appointment @ Kathy Yocum Acupuncture. She’s a terrific healer and is currently offering a special spring season package.

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Spring Detox-Day 1-Dandelions for Breakfast?

100_1147We have a great group of detoxers committed to starting their spring cleanse this weekend. Here’s a photo of some of us from the live detox class.  Congratulations to you all for taking this step to do some internal spring cleaning! In this spring cleanse we are particularly focusing on cleansing the two organs, the liver and the gallbladder, that according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, are the rulers over spring.

All the foods we are incorporating into this detox are spring foods, that are in season right now and that promote healthy liver/gallbladder cleansing. For instance, one in particular is dandelion greens. It is a potent liver detoxifier. Did you know that they are very high in vitamins and minerals and contain 15% protein? Who would of thunk it! A green that has protein in it. Here’s a recipe for breakfast using dandelion greens in your omelette that I made up this morning. Dee-licious!

Vegetable Frittata
Ingredients:
4 eggs
Water
Olive oil
A little ghee
Onions (chopped)
Red peppers (chopped)
Dandelion greens (cut up in pieces)
Mushrooms (chopped)
Broccoli (chopped)
Sea salt, fresh ground black pepper

Directions: Saute the vegetables in olive oil in a frying pan. (I add a smidgeon of ghee for flavor). Beat eggs separately w/a little water and then pour over sautéed cooked veggies. Cook on high heat pulling edges of cooked egg away from sides of pan w/spatula so to make sure most of egg gets cooked. Season w/salt and pepper. The center of egg will still be a little runny. Turn oven on broil and stick whole frying pan under broiler for no more than 1 or 2 minutes. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. Egg will cook thru, puff up and brown up a bit. You’re done! Serve w/side of fruit or salad.

While we are cleaning out our bodies in this detox don’t forget to clean your heart. Throw away negative thoughts and habits you’ve been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each and every day. This would be a good week to start meditation. If you already meditate-good for you. If not, here’s a simple meditation practice that can get you started. Daily OM Meditations

Follow us on this spring cleanse at www.JoanneDiMauro.com

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I Love You With All My Liver


It’s Time for a Detox.  Happy Spring! Do you have spring fever yet? I do and at this time of year I always feel the need to clean out my home and clear my internal house too. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the organs in our body that rule over the spring season are the liver and the gall bladder.  They carry out essential bodily functions, particularly digestion and processing of all nutrients we take into our bodies.  The liver is the largest internal organ of the body and is located in the right upper abdomen.  While life depends on our lungs, heart and circulation to bring oxygen, blood and nutrients to all cells of the body, the liver provides essential support to these processes.  It stores and distributes nourishment for the entire body. Everything gets filtered thru the liver first where it gets metabolized, packaged, stored or shipped out for use by other organs.

When alcohol, drugs, prescription medications or other poisons such as pesticides, chemicals and preservatives in the food we eat enter the body, they are also sent directly to the liver for processing.  Here they are detoxified and by-products are shipped out of the body through excretion. The liver halts all other metabolic processes until it metabolizes these substances first which can cause various problems such as fat accumulation in the liver (fatty liver). Think of your body as an amazing machine (which it is!) that operates most of the time, at utmost efficiency, but when we abuse it with over-consumption of chemicalized processed junk food, conventionally farmed raised meat, chicken & dairy products, excess sugar, alcohol, and tobacco, the liver basically shuts down production until it can filter through the junk!

We can’t live without our liver, yet it has an amazing capacity to regenerate itself after surgery, injury or illness.  Given the many vital activities of the liver we should express our feelings for others by saying “I love you with all my liver” instead of “with my heart.”  It’s not so romantic but it makes a valid point!

The sister organ to the liver is the gallbladder.  One of the liver’s many functions is to manufacture bile (detergent like substance that helps digest fats) which is then stored in the gallbladder for use when we ingest fats.

There are many natural food substances that support healthy function of the liver and gallbladder such as apples, fresh apple juice, beets and beet juice, and apple cider vinegar which help protect us from the chemicals, alcohol, and fatty foods that we consume.  Olive oil is also a great nutritive and fresh lemon and lemon water are good detoxifiers for the liver as well.

A whole foods spring detox is a great way to transition from the heavier, fatty winter foods to lighter spring seasonal foods.  These lighter foods will cleanse the organs, re-boot your system and help you lose weight in the process. A whole foods detox is just that-no starvation, you will be eating whole foods all during it. For example a typical dinner in my spring detox is: fillet of sole or flounder braised with sliced leeks, minced shallots and lemon with a side of greens and grains. I will be offering my Spring Detox Teleclass, Wed April 27th from 6:30-7:30 pm EST. For more information and how to register go to: Spring Detox Event

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Spring Cleaning

dandelion-380x5401It’s the time for spring cleaning, out with the old, in with the new! For good mental and physical health, we actually have two “houses” that need to be spring-cleaned: our dwellings and our physical bodies. Just as we accumulate “stuff” in the form of outgrown clothes, magazines, rusty bicycles, tools and random keepsakes, so our bodies accumulate old food residues and toxins that need to be cleaned out.

Spring is the best time to provide a cleansing detox for your body. It will help eliminate excess fat that may have crept on during the winter, re-energize your adrenal system, build up your immune system and revitalize your entire digestive system including the liver, small intestine and large intestine. Making sure your entire digestive system is clean and working properly is key to maintaining good health. We are exposed to so many toxins from the food supply, environment and internal stress that it is essential to help your body get rid of those toxins. Join us for our whole foods Spring Detox/Cleanse.

To spring clean your body, give it a break from rich and complicated foods by either cleansing or fasting for a short period of time. Cleansing means paring down your food to just simple fruits and vegetables, lots of water and whole grains. Fasting means limiting most foods and drinking lots of water, fresh vegetable and fruit juices, teas and soups.

Without much energy going towards digestion, more energy is available to the rest of your body and mind. Cleansing and fasting can sharpen your concentration, help you gain insight and promote spiritual awareness. It can also lead to improved immune function, clear up congestion and allergies and improve digestion.

Dandelion greens are in season now and are potent liver and kidney detoxifiers. Chop the leaves and add them to salads or lightly sautee them alone or w/other greens in water or a little olive oil and garlic w/a squeeze of fresh lemon (also good detoxifier). Another way to get those greens into your spring detox diet is slip them into your smoothie in the morning for breakfast.

Did you know that dandelion leaves are very nourishing; they are 15% protein, and high in vitamins and minerals? One cup of dandelion greens contains 112% daily recommendation of vitamin A, 32% of vitamin C, and 535% of vitamin K. They also contain 218 mg potassium, 103 mg calcium, and 1.7 mg of iron.

While you’re cleaning out your body and home, don’t forget to spring clean your heart. Throw away negative thoughts and habits you’ve been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each and every day. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is no room for life’s gifts and surprises to enter in.

(Sources:Integrative Nutrition, http://www.nutritiondata.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2441/2)

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Food Focus: Greens

kale in colanderLeafy greens are some the easiest and most beneficial vegetables to incorporate into your daily routine. Densely-packed with energy and nutrients, they grow upwards towards the sky, absorbing the sun’s light while producing oxygen.

Members of this royal green family include kale, collard greens, swiss chard, mustard greens, arugula, dandelion greens, broccoli rabe, watercress, beet greens, bok choy, nappa cabbage, red or green cabbage, spinach and broccoli.

How do greens benefit our bodies? They are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous and zinc, and are a powerhouse for vitamins A, C, E and K.  They are crammed full of fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll, and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Their color is associated with Spring – a time of renewal and refreshing, vital energy. In traditional Asian medicine, the color green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity. Greens aid in purifying the blood, strengthening the immune system, improving liver, gall bladder and kidney function, fighting depression, clearing congestion, improving circulation and keeping your skin clear and blemish free.

Leafy greens are the vegetable most missing from the American diet, and many of us never learned how to prepare them. Start with simply sautéing them w/garlic and olive oil.

Then each time you go to the market, pick up a new green and try it out. Soon you’ll find your favorite greens and wonder how you ever lived without them.

(adapted w/permission from Integrative Nutrition)

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Recipe of the week: Raw Kale Salad

kale in colanderHappy Spring! Well almost-it’s still cold here in NYC but spring is just around the corner. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the color associated with spring is of course, green! and the organs that rule over spring are the liver and the gallbladder.  This is the season to clean out those organs and nourish them with dark leafy greens. King kale (and it’s called that for a reason!) is one of the super green foods loaded w/vitamins and minerals and fiber. It is so strong and sturdy I think of it as a rake cleaning and clearing out all the sludge, fats and toxic residues that sit in our bodies from all the heavy winter eating!

Try this simple delicious raw kale recipe.  Make it ahead of time and it keeps in the frig for a few days. Also the longer it sits in the dressing the softer the kale becomes.  The lemon softens the kale to just the right texture and it doesn’t get mushy like most salad greens.

If you get inspired to clean up your internal house, join me for my spring detox (April 26, 27th-live event or teleclass) where I will guide you thru a 5-7 day whole foods spring cleanse.  Don’t worry you won’t starve or need to buy expensive supplements. We’re eating food all throughout it.  Check my events page for info coming soon. Joanne DiMauro website

Enjoy the kale salad!

Ingredients:

1 head of kale cut up (w/o stems)

1 cut up apple

Currants or raisins

Slivered almonds

Parmesan cheese to taste

Dressing:  2 TBS olive oil, 2 TBS lemon juice from fresh lemon, tsp honey

Mix all together and that’s it!  Simple and delicious! It’s a hit w/everyone.

1 head of kale cut up (w/o stems)

1 cut up apple

Currants or raisins

Slivered almonds

Parmesan cheese to taste

 Dressing:  2 TBS olive oil, 2 TBS lemon juice from fresh lemon, tsp honey

Mix all together and that’s it!  Simple and delicious! It’s a hit w/everyone.

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