Sweet Potato & Spinach Curry

Serves 4
5 mins prep
30 mins cooking

Ingredients:
600g Sweet Potatoes, diced
1 tbsp Olive Oil
100g Rogan Josh Curry Paste
400g Tinned Chopped Tomatoes
400g Tinned Lentils, drained
260g Fresh spinach
50ml Water
100g Greek Natural Yoghurt

Serve with rice

1. Boil the sweet potatoes for 10-15 mins until tender, then drain.

2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or pot and fry the sweet potatoes and curry paste for 2 mins.

3. Add the chopped tomatoes, lentils and 50ml water and cook for 5 mins.

4. Stir in the spinach and cook for 1-2 mins until wilted.

5. Serve with rice and a spoonful of yoghurt.

Notes:

– Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin C. The orange variety of sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene which the body converts to vitamin A – an antioxidant that helps to fight cancer. In addition, sweet potato is rich in vitamin E, which is vital for healthy skin.

– Tomatoes are also full of vitamin C. They are also packed with lycopene, a type of caroenoid, that helps to prevent cancer. Tomatoes contain high levels of beta-carotene – necessary for the production of vitamin A. This helps to maintain a healthy thymus gland, which plays a vital role in immune response. In addition, tomatoes are a good source of vitamin E, which helps to protect the body from toxins.

– Spinach is rich in carotenoids, which the body converts to antioxidant vitamin A to help trigger immune response to fight infections. The vegetable helps to prevent lung, breast and cervical cancers, as well as fight heart disease. Its vitamin C content keeps skin and mucous membranes healthy, while its B vitamins improve energy and nervous system conditions. Spinach is also rich in zinc, required to promote T-cell activity.

– Lentils are rich in B-vitamins, which help to boost the body’s immune system, aiding the fighting of bacteria and other invaders. They contain minerals important for immunity too, including the antioxidant selenium, and iron which is vital for healthy blood. Lentils are also a good source of plant oestrogens and can help boost energy.

(Source book: The Top 100 Immunity Boosters by Charlotte Haigh)

How To Get 100% Vitamin D Daily

calinRecently I found out that my vitamin D levels were classed as “insufficient” and was put on a course of tablets to correct it. As you know, I’m not a fan of pills and as the days are getting shorter and sunlight is in less supply, I was very interested to find out that there is now another way of getting 100% of your recommended vitamin D, every day.

Yoplait have brought out yoghurts and drinks which are full of vitamin D goodness. Just one Cal-in+ drink has 100% of your daily recommended allowance. So, no surprises, I bought some and they are quite nice. Result.

Vegetable Bake

Serves 4
10 mins prep
1hr 5 mins cooking

Ingredients:

800g Tinned Chopped Tomatoes
2 tbsp Fresh Oregano, chopped
4 Garlic cloves, crushed
3 tbsp Olive Oil
2 Aubergines, sliced
1 Onion, finely sliced
650g Sweet Potatoes, thinly sliced
200g Feta Cheese or Greek Cheese, crumbled

Serve with a mixed green salad, fish or chicken.

1. Preheat oven to 200c or gas mark 6.

2. Combine the tomatoes, oregano, garlic and 2 tbsp of the oil in a saucepan. Season and simmer over a medium heat for 15 mins until the sauce thickens, stirring occasionally.

3. While the sauce is cooking toss the aubergine and onion in the remaining oil with some seasoning then arrange over the base of a roasting tin and cook in the oven for 15 mins.

4. Layer the roasted vegetables with the potatoes, cheese and tomato sauce in a 2 ltr ovenproof dish, seasoning each layer. Finish with a layer of potatoes and finally tomato sauce.

5. Bake in the oven for 45-50 mins until the vegetables are tender and the top is golden. Leave to stand for 5 mins for the flavours to settle before serving with either broccoli or a green salad.

Notes:

– Garlic helps boost heart health by actively lowering cholesterol levels, and allicin, a volatile oil found in the bulb, may help suppress the formation of tumors. It is also a powerful antioxidant, thanks to its amino acids, helping it to enhance overall immune function.

– Tomatoes are also full of vitamin C. They are also packed with lycopene, a type of caroenoid, that helps to prevent cancer. Tomatoes contain high levels of beta-carotene – necessary for the production of vitamin A. This helps to maintain a healthy thymus gland, which plays a vital role in immune response. In addition, tomatoes are a good source of vitamin E, which helps to protect the body from toxins.

– Onion has an exceptionally high level of the flavonoid quercetin, a strong antioxidant which can block the formation of cancer cells.

– Sweet potatoes are a good source of vitamin C. The orange variety of sweet potatoes contain beta-carotene which the body converts to vitamin A – an antioxidant that helps to fight cancer. In addition, sweet potato is rich in vitamin E, which is vital for healthy skin.

Source: The 100 Top Immunity Boosters by Charlotte Haigh

Ginger Tea

Now that its started to get a bit cooler, here’s something that will help to keep colds at bay and give your immune system a bit of a boost. Not only that but ginger tea is great for reducing stress and lifting your mood.

Serves 4
5 mins prep

Ingredients:

4oz Ginger, grated
4 cups Water
4 tsp Honey

1. Put the water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the ginger and let it simmer for 15-20 mins.

2. Let the mixture cool for 5 minutes.

3. Using a strainer pour the water into 4 cups.

4. Add a teaspoon of honey in each cup, stir and serve.

Healthy Breasts & Lymph

According to the video below, research shows 74% of the world’s population have an iodine deficiency and that when levels are low there is an increased risk of breast cancer, but when levels are high tumor growth is decreased. Not only that but it appears that iodine is a great lymph mover too!

In the Orient, sea vegetables have been used for centuries in the treatment of cancer. Women in Japan for example, who live on average to be 80 have the lowest risk of breast cancer simply by including seaweed in their diet. It’s the anti-cancer compounds found in sea vegetables such as kelp, which inhibit oestrogen-dependent cancers and that makes eating them a really powerful way to reduce the risk of breast cancer. The mineral salts found in sea vegetables also help to move lymphatic fluids by enhancing lymphatic drainage.

In the West we don’t tend to eat sea vegetables but there are other foods we can eat which contain iodine:

  • Seaweed
  • Cod
  • Sea bass
  • Haddock
  • Salt (iodized), not exposed to air for more than 4 weeks
  • Baked potatoes with the skin on
  • Cow’s milk
  • Fish sticks
  • Shrimp
  • Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Tuna, canned in oil
  • Boiled eggs

Source: Natural Body Healing

Breast Cancer & Vitamin D

The chances are that if you are reading this blog you have already had breast cancer or know someone who has. However, whether you have had it or think you might be at risk of it, this is important

There is a link is seems between Vitamin D and breast cancer and that according to research, the vitamin can kill human cancer cells. The results fall short of an immediate cancer cure, but they are encouraging, medical professionals say.

JoEllen Welsh, a researcher with the State University of New York at Albany, has studied the effects of vitamin D for 25 years. Part of her research involves taking human breast cancer cells and treating them with a potent form of vitamin D. Within a few days, half the cancer cells shriveled up and died. Welsh said the vitamin has the same effect as a drug used for breast cancer treatment. “What happens is that vitamin D enters the cells and triggers the cell death process,” she told “Good Morning America.” “It’s similar to what we see when we treat cells with Tamoxifen,”a drug used to treat breast cancer.

People should take care not to read too much into laboratory studies, said Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News’ senior health and medical editor. Positive effects in a petri dish or in rats may not necessarily mean similar results in humans, he said.

To ensure adequate vitamin D intake, Besser recommended that people check their diets and get enough sunlight. Thirty minutes of sun twice per week, generally between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. should be sufficient. It’s also impossible to overdose on vitamin D from the sun. In general, most experts recommend you continue to use sun protection when ultraviolet (UV) radiation levels are moderate or high.

WARNING: This video clip is hard hitting particularly for those at risk of breast cancer and especially recurrence.

More research is needed to better understand the link between vitamin D and breast cancer so checking your vitamin D level as part of routine health check might make sense. Still, it’s important to know that taking too much vitamin D through supplements can also be harmful.

If you’re being treated for breast cancer, you might want to talk to your doctor about the results of these studies. Ask if checking your vitamin D level makes sense for you. If it’s low, you and your doctor can decide if a vitamin D supplement is right for you.

Source: ABC News and Breastcancer.org

Reduce Swelling – Eat Pineapples

pineappleHere’s a super WOW tip: Eating pineapple before surgery can help reduce swelling. But wait, did you know that research shows that pineapples may reduce lymphoedema swelling too! And if that wasn’t enough good news for one day, pineapples are also highly effective at cancer prevention and treatment.

That gets a huge tick from me and a bucket load of gold stars!

Note: To enhance the body’s healing mechanisms and promote overall good health, add fresh pineapple to your diet whenever possible. Always choose fresh fruit because it has the most healing properties. Most of the bromelain in canned pineapple is destroyed by the heat of the canning process.

Source: Alternative Medicine, Natural News and Dr Kevin Brenner