God’s Pharmacy–Ginger

Ginger is commonly found in gingerbread, pumpkin pie, and as a condiment to sushi.  Not only does it add spicy flavor, but ginger contains properties that may benefit your health in more ways than one!

Ginger is affective against influenza viruses and has killed staph bacteria and salmonella in test tubes.

Many find ginger to be a helpful remedy for nausea, vomiting, and motion sickness.  You might want to carry some ginger capsules or tea bags when you travel.

Warm ginger tea is helpful for reducing mucus congestion in sinuses, throat, and lungs.  You can use organic ginger tea bags or ground ginger spice, but fresh ginger root is even better.  Peel and grate or chop about 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger root.  Add to 2 cups of boiling water, reduce to simmer, cover, and steep for 30 minutes.  Drink a cup of warm tea every 2 to 3 hours.

Ginger tea or capsules make good digestive aids to help soothe digestion, especially in cases of nervousness, stress, or illness.

Ginger contains lecithin, which helps break down fats, making it useful for the cardiovascular system and weight control.

Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties, making it beneficial for headaches, joint pain and stiffness, musculoskeletal aches and pains, etc.

Enjoy a cup of warm ginger root tea to help overcome a chill and increase circulation.

Tip:  Ginger is warming and peppermint is cooling.  Combine these two for a nice balance.

Add ground ginger to pancake batter, oatmeal, soup, baked goods, smoothies, and stir-fries.  Use fresh ginger root to spice up fish, chicken, and beef dishes.

Caution:  Avoid ginger if you have peptic ulcers.

One of my favorite reference books:  20,000 Secrets of TEA by Victoria Zak.  I found mine for $5 at Barnes & Noble.  Here’s a link to one on Amazon:

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist & Health Coach

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.  It does not take the place of any medical care that you may need.  Consult your health care provider about making dietary and lifestyle changes that are right for you.

Support your health with sulfur–nature’s detoxifier and “beauty mineral.”

Sulfur is part of the immune system and aids the liver in detoxifying chemicals and toxins from the body.  This helps protect us from illness, including chronic disease and cancer.

Sulfur is also necessary for repairing the body and promoting the health of hair, skin, nails, and joints.  It’s known as nature’s “beauty mineral.”

Sulfur is found in insulin, the hormone that regulates carbohydrate metabolism.

Sulfur is a component of bile, which is made by the liver to help digest fats.

Sulfur-rich foods include onions, garlic, egg yolks, legumes, and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, mustard greens, horseradish, radish, daikon, kale, turnips, rutabaga, arugula, bok choy, collard greens, watercress, wasabi, and mustard seeds).

Boost your immune system with a serving or two of sulfur-rich foods in your daily diet.

Note:  If you have a weak thyroid, it may be beneficial for you to lightly steam cruciferous vegetables.  Cooking reduces compounds that may interfere with iodine uptake, a nutrient needed to make thyroid hormone.  Overcooking can reduce sulfur compounds.

Nature’s Sunshine sells an MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane) supplement that is a form of organic sulfur commonly used to help strengthen connective tissues and reduce inflammation, including that in the lungs, muscles, and joints.  Find it at www.learningtobehealthy.mynsp.com.

Keep learning to be healthy!

Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist, CNHP

1 Corinthians 10:31–“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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My home and travel first-aid essential: Colloidal Silver

Long before modern antibiotics, silver was used. In centuries past, people would place pieces of silver in drinking water to prevent the growth of bacteria. Today preparations of silver are often used to protect the eyes of newborns from viruses and to prevent infection from burns. Around the world, especially in Russia, China, Japan, and Germany, silver has long been used with bandages and other medical supplies as an anti-infection agent.

Colloidal silver is a form of silver that is suspended in water for both oral and topical use.  I consider it a staple for my home and travel first-aid kits.

When I worked in a health store many years ago, a customer told me the story of how she had used colloidal silver to heal her father’s leg after it had developed an infection following amputation.  She was told  by the hospital to expect gangrene to set in and to call hospice.  Her research lead her to colloidal silver, which she applied externally to his leg until it healed.  He lived almost two years after that, and his death was unrelated to his leg.

Silver has been tested and found effective against a host of disease-causing microorganisms. It works by disabling a specific enzyme that many unwanted microorganisms need to breathe. Studies on Silver Shield by Nature’s Sunshine show that it has equal or broader spectrum antibacterial activity than any one antibiotic tested.  It is also antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-parasitic, antiviral, and antiseptic, and is approved as non-toxic by the Environmental Protective Agency (EPA). Silver Shield will not cause discoloration of the skin and is safe for regular use by both adults and children. Silver Shield can be ordered at www.learningtobehealthy.mynsp.com.

I used colloidal silver often with my own children to help combat bacteria and viruses, and now use it with my grandchildren (I put it on all of their “ouchies”).  At the first sign of illness, I use 1/2 to 1 teaspoon orally.  It’s virtually tasteless, so no one complains!

I apply it topically with a cottonball to help combat eye infections and soothe minor burns (I keep a bottle in my kitchen). When our family lived in Mexico for almost a year, our two sons contracted an eye infection that was common to the region.  Instead of getting the recommended antibiotic, I applied the colloidal silver to their eyes with cottonballs, and it cleared!  Note:  To prevent recontamination, do not use the same cotton ball on each eye.  More serious infections may require medical intervention.

My husband has had success in using it as a mouthwash and gargle for tooth infections and sore throats, and as ear drops for ear infections. I carry it with me in a small spray bottle to spray on cuts and burns, as a quick sanitizer (hands, toilets, hotels, etc.), or when I suspect food poisoning or contaminated water.

It can also be placed on a bandage before covering a wound. With so many antibiotic-resistant bacteria and new viruses surfacing, Silver Shield is a must for our first-aid cabinet!

I do not recommend taking colloidal silver, including Silver Shield, as a daily supplement.  I use it medicinally, as needed, for first-aid and minor conditions.  If you have a more serious infection or illness, you may need to seek medical treatment.

Keep learning to be healthy!
Lisa Hernandez, Certified Nutritionist, CNHP

1 Corinthians 10:31–

“Whatever you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for God’s glory!”

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