Saturday, July 23, 2011

Day 9 ~ Foodie Rehab Juice Fasting Journal & Recipes

Its day nine of this Juice Fast and the night before last was the first rough night I’ve had so far. I made a nice apple, pear, juice and then as an experiment I added one fresh raw beet. It tasted great but when it hit my tummy and started working its cleaning scrubbing bubble magic on the inside of my girly toxic rig. I started to feel nauseated, bloated and later like I was going to need to do some thinking in the bathroom. I drank a bunch of water to mellow it out and slept okay.

I awoke the next morning with a stuffy nose, and a mouth that felt like it was coated with marine grade boat varnish. Apparently beets work better than prunes. If I had any solid food in my system, It would be a pretty color I'm sure. I had to clean my tongue with a belt sander before I brushed my chompers.

My advice is to go easy on the beets. They will DETOX the hell outta you. Go slower, why suffer. I decided to head to my favorite beach and hill to get my exercise in this morning and get the yucky stuff moving on out. I feel better today. I love the green drinks, but kind of want some variety. I read of some folks who make home made strained clear vegetable broths and sip them for a cleansing warm supper. So last night I made one dangerous version of my own.

Spicy Juice Fasting Vegetable Broth

6 carrots
6 stalks celery
1 bunch kale
4 cloves garlic
1 large onion (chopped roughly)
2 leeks
1 bunch green onion
1 jalapeño pepper
1 cup fresh parsley
2 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

COOKING MUSIC SELECTION: Comfortable - John Mayer

In a large pot, add all the vegetables and then add water to fill almost to the top. Bring to a soft boil, and then turn heat down to low and cover. Let simmer for 1 hour. Strain liquid into a large bowl and place in containers or a pitcher in the refrigerator for when you want it. Heat a nice cup of spicy good broth when you feel like warm comfort during your fast, it may save you from wanting to break the fast when others are eating around you. 

Did you know that Cayenne Pepper has many healing and health enhancing qualities.

Cayenne Pepper- Weight loss
It is considered thermionic, meaning it can “rev up” metabolism and aid in weight loss. The reason this post was created was due to the increased weight loss experienced by fasters who were experiencing extremely slow weight loss rates during fasting. With the addition of cayenne pepper the weight loss rate increased that seems to indicate that cayenne pepper’s thermionic effect is amplified during fasting. This also validates the therapeutic value of the “Master Cleanse” which uses cayenne pepper with Maple Syrup.

Cayenne Pepper – Cardio Vascular
Cayenne pepper may help normalize blood pressure and body temperature, regulate heart rhythm, increase blood circulation. Cayenne pepper may stop bleeding when applied to wounds. Attributed Medicinal Properties for cardio vascular conditions are numerous. It reduces the likelihood of developing arteriosclerosis by reducing blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Cayenne also reduces the platelet aggregation and increases fibrinolytic activity. Cultures consuming a large amount of Cayenne pepper have a much lower rate of cardiovascular disease. Cayenne was frequently used historically to treat diseases of the circulatory system. It is still traditionally used in herbal medicine as a circulatory tonic (a substance believed to improve circulation) in many cultures.

Capsicum (cayenne pepper) is said to be unequal for its ability to boost circulation and increase heart action. Capsicum exerts a variety of desirable actions on the entire cardiovascular system. It has the extraordinary ability to enhance cardiovascular performance while actually lowering blood pressure. Capsicum has an energizing effect on the entire system. It has traditionally been used for overcoming fatigue and restoring stamina and vigor. It is a natural stimulant without the threatening side effects (palpitations, hyper-activity or rise in blood pressure) of most other stimulating agents.

Capsicum in Cayenne Pepper boosts peripheral circulation and stimulates organ secretion, expediting the therapeutic delivery and action of nutrients in the body. The remarkable ability of Capsicum to stimulate organ secretion and even heart action makes it one of the strongest natural stimulants known.

Cayenne has been known to stop heart attacks within 30 seconds. For example, when a 90-year-old man in Oregon had a severe heart attack, his daughter was able to get Cayenne extract into his mouth. He was pronounced dead by the medics, but within a few minutes, he regained consciousness. On the way to the hospital, he remained in a semi-conscious state, but the daughter kept giving him the Cayenne extract. By the time they got to the hospital, he had fully recovered and wanted to go home and mow the lawn.

Cayenne Pepper- Vasodialation- Lowers Blood Pressure
Cayenne Pepper is considered to be a vasodilator. Vasodilation refers to the widening of blood vessels resulting from relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, particularly in the large arteries, smaller arterioles and large veins. When vessels dilate, the flow of blood is increased due to a decrease in vascular resistance. Therefore, dilation of arterial blood vessels (mainly arterioles) leads to a decrease in blood pressure.

Cayenne Pepper – Gastrointestinal
Cayenne Pepper may heal ulcers and improve digestive system. Cayenne has been used as medicine for centuries for various conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, including stomachaches, cramping pains, and gas. Cayenne can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the peristaltic action in the intestines. It aids elimination and assimilation, and helps the body to create hydrochloric acid, which is so necessary for good digestion and assimilation, especially of proteins.

Cayenne Pepper – Rheumatism & Arthritis
Rubbed onto the skin, Cayenne Pepper is a traditional, as well as modern, remedy for rheumatic pains and arthritis due to what is termed as a “counterirritant” effect. A counter irritant is something that causes irritation to a tissue to which it is applied, thus distracting from the original irritation (such as joint pain in the case of arthritis).

Cayenne Pepper – Cooling Effect
Many people consume lots of hot peppers in tropical climates such as India and Mexico as the heat produced by eating spiced food will induce perspiration, which actually helps a person to cool off. This cooling effect is due to Vasodilation causes by Cayenne Pepper occurs in superficial blood vessels of warm-blooded animals when their ambient environment is hot; this process diverts the flow of heated blood to the skin of the animal, where heat can be more easily released into the atmosphere.

Cayenne Pepper- Pain Reduction
Cayenne helps to relieve pain, not only due to its endorphin enhancing properties, but also when diluted and used topically it helps to block the transmission of substance P, which transports pain messages to the brain. Cayenne contains a pungent resin-like substance known as capsaicin. This chemical, the active ingredient of pepper spray or mace, relieves pain and itching by affecting sensory nerves. Capsaicin temporarily causes various neurotransmitters to release from these nerves, leading to their depletion. Without the neurotransmitters, pain signals can no longer be sent. The effect is temporary.

Cayenne Pepper- Headaches
The reducing in headaches with the usage of cayenne pepper may be attributed to vascular dilation as many headaches can be caused b y vascular constriction. This may prove helpful in reducing the headaches caused by caffeine withdrawals during fasting as caffeine withdrawals cause vascular constriction.

When you get a headache, the blood vessels in your head swell, putting pressure against your skull. That’s where the pain comes from… the pressure. Sometimes when you have a throbbing headache, that’s actually your blood pumping through the swollen vessels. Cayenne pepper is a stimulant and vascular dilator reducing pressure in the arteries causing the swelling to go down.

Cayenne Pepper- Memory
Fasting commonly increases concentration and memory which maybe additionally enhanced by the usage of Cayenne Pepper during fasting.

Cayenne Pepper - Mucus
Cayenne Pepper reduces the mucus from colds and coughs.

Cayenne Pepper - Dyspepsia
In a recent letter to the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine, three Italian doctors describe how they were able to reduce patients’ reported dyspepsia symptoms by more than half - by prescribing red pepper powder. In a study of 30 patients with functional dyspepsia, half of the participants received a placebo, while the other half took 2.5 grams of red pepper powder each day (divided into capsules taken before each of three meals). Both groups took their respective treatments for five weeks, and rated their symptoms each day on a scale of zero to three (higher scores indicated more severe symptoms). By the third week, the red pepper group showed a significant advantage over the control group. And by week five, the pepper group’s symptoms had declined 60 percent from their baseline scores – while the control group’s scores had only decreased about half as much. The symptom scores included ratings for pain, a feeling of fullness, nausea, and an overall score. The red pepper powder produced significant gains in all four areas.

Cayenne Pepper – Active Medicinal Ingredients
Cayenne’s primary chemical constituents include capsaicin, capsanthine, beta carotene, flavonoids, and vitamin C. Cayenne causes the brain to secrete more endorphins. Cayenne Pepper is a very high source of Vitamins A and C, has the complete B complexes, and is very rich in organic calcium and potassium.

So eat more hot stuff boys and girls!

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