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Broccoli For Lupus health

 

Alright, ladies and gents. I hope today finds you feeling well and, if not, at least hopeful. I’m sorry. I’ve totally backslid on the replacement articles, partially because it takes about 10 hours to do the research and write one of these things. Well, that’s pretty much the whole reason. I’ve had almost zero time these days.

 

So, in the spirit of “some is better than none,” here’s a quicky change you can make today that will benefit your health greatly and help keep the weight down. (Don’t we all want to lose weight?)

 

The key: broccoli.  Broccoli instead of potato chips.  Broccoli instead of pasta.   Broccoli instead of anything processed, basically.  Yeah right, right?  It’s a recent discovery that I’m completely in love with that you will probably fall head-over-heels for, too.  I’m not saying replace everything boxed in your cabinet with broccoli, but it’s a great start and change-up.

 

 

If I had more time, you’d have ten paragraphs here about the chemicals that go into creating, processing, and preserving boxed and bagged foods.  But we’re going to skip that and go right into recipes.  Measurements aren’t exact.  Dad calls it “dump-and-pour” cooking.  Most cookbook and recipe writers would tactfully instruct you to spice “to taste.”  So yeah, all that.  Don’t have a lot of energy to cook?  Great news. These recipes literally take less than 5 minutes to make. That’s quicker than you make stove-top mac and cheese or even ramen, and they are so much better for your body.  (Remember the article on Sauerkraut? Broccoli falls in the same family and offers many similar health benefits.)

 

So, here goes.

 

Broccoli Parmesan

Great side, snack, or substitute for those sodium and fat-laden potato chips.

 

Chop broccoli heads into bite size pieces.  I usually just give the stalk a good whack or two with the knife and collect all the goodies on top. Save the stalk for another recipe coming up.

 

Pour a table spoon or two of olive oil in the pan. Toss the broccoli in. SprinkleHerbs de Provence on top. Toss. Heat until broccoli is hot and starting to cook. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese “to taste.” Make sure it’s REAL Parmesan. Not the fake crud. And check the sodium content on different cheeses before you buy. The lower, the better. Toss for another minute or so. Donezo. Enjoy.

 

Broccoli Pasta

If you’re like me, you’re a total pasta fiend. Admittedly, it is such an amazing comfort food and I could eat it all day every day if someone kept putting it in front of me. But all those processed carbs? Yeah, not so good for blood sugar or your waist line or your lupus.  This recipe has incredible texture, taste, and flavor and I actually prefer it now to regular pasta. Mom woulda nevera guessed she’d ever hear those words come from me, but it just happened.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

 

So those stalks you saved. Cut them up into penne-sized pieces. Again, a table spoon or so (depending on how much you’re making) of olive oil goes in the pan along with the stalks. Sprinkle with Herbs de Provence, Basil, or Italian Seasoning. Saute for 3-5 minutes (to your desired crunchiness. I think leaving a good crunch keeps me feeling fuller longer, gives it better texture and more flavor. But again, that’s a personal preference). Toss in desired amount of pasta sauce. (Again, check sodium content on pasta sauce. Organic, low-sodium is always the best to buy. Homemade is always the best, period.) Toss until pasta sauce is warm (probably less than a minute). Serve and enjoy.

 

Lemon Broccoli

You can use this as a side or snack. I make a bunch of it before going into the field and store in the cooler to eat throughout the day. Mom throws it all in tinfoil and grills it – which is what first really turned me onto broccoli.  It is seriously amazing.

Crop broccoli heads off stalks. A tablespoon of olive oil in the pan. Throw the broccoli in and sprinkle with Herbs de Provence and lemon juice and a teeny tiny bit of garlic salt. Continue tossing and cook to your desired texture. Serve. 

 

Bon appetit! http://lupusrash.org

How Massage And Meditation Can Reduce Heart Problems

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Regardless of a person’s age, the techniques involved in massage therapy results in enhanced feelings linked to well-being reduced stress and relaxation. The right massage techniques can circulate the blood more efficiently, that results in dropping the blood pressure and slowing down the heart rate.

Regular massages can decrease risks associated with a type of stress like cardiac arrhythmias. This is when the heart is pumping less effectively, which means less blood is able to reach the vital organs and the brain. Various studies have gone on to prove that consistent massage programs have the ability to decrease systolic and diastolic blood pressure. When the blood pressure is maintained at a healthy level it contributes towards reducing the risks of suffering from a heart attack.

Massage therapy releases muscles that are contracted and pushes the venous blood into the heart, which eases any strains or pressure that the heart may be experiencing. Many experts suggest that massage is a drug-free alternative, non-invasive, and a humanistic approach that allows the body to heal in a natural way.

How Meditation Reduces Heart Problems

Many years ago, when the connection between the body and the mind were first under investigation, the first findings linked to meditation focused on hypertension, strokes and heart attacks. A heart that is healthy has to be free from disease. Yet, “heart health” when it comes to a holistic viewpoint also includes the emotional and subtle characteristics of the heart. This includes compassion, tenderness, acceptance, and love. The entire system which includes how a person feels thinks and breathes all meet up at this sensitive spot known as the heart.

Medical Research Studies about Meditation

Studies have consistently proven that sudden life changes or emotional shock such as the death of a loved one or losing a job has made individuals extensively more susceptible to disease. This is inclusive of heart attacks and heart disease.

A ground-breaking study conducted by Dr. Dean Ornish from the Harvard Medical School went on to establish that following a holistic lifestyle that includes meditation, had the ability to reverse fatty plaques which block the coronary arteries, which happen to be the main cause for most heart diseases. These comprehensive programs involve stress management, massage, diet, exercise, and meditation.

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Achieving Balance Through Meditation

“Balance” is a word that may seem intangible to many, but this happens to be the chemical markers in association with all the benefits that meditation can bring about. Negative effects linked to stress placed on a heart, along with recovery processes from this stress, are all driven by neurotransmitter and hormone production throughout the person’s body. With meditation, it is possible to regulate and rebalance these biochemicals.

One of the main stress hormones is known as cortisol. Meditation has been discovered to reduce the levels of cortisol consistently. A deeper relaxation achieved through meditation is what triggers a person’s brain into releasing dopamine and oxytocin which are the beneficial neurotransmitters.

Oxytocin is what triggers the reaction which supports the abilities of a person to de-stress as well as how to behave more calmly when experiencing stressful situations. In addition, oxytocin immediately relieves stress symptoms such as high blood pressure as well as offering calming effects that are more long-term.

Meditation along with massage therapy has the ability to restore a person to a standing rest-rate that is deeper. Once a person is able to reach a balanced state, the immune system becomes stronger and in association with the heart, resistance t

owards stress will increase. These two factors significantly reduce the major risks associated with strokes and heart disease. Be sure to schedule regular massages with the best Columbus massage therapist to supplement your meditation regiment.