October 26, 2010
As we come out of summer and into fall now is the time to pacify the excess buildup of heat that occurs in the body during the summer. It is important to decrease the tastes of pungent, salty, and sour and to increase the tastes of sweet and bitter. This means to avoid sour tasting fruits such as pineapple, strawberry, and fermented foods such as yogurt and fermented vegetables. Now is an excellent time to be adding pears, and grapes to the diet. The sweet tastes of these foods helps to pacify the excess heat of the summer. This can be continued until the end of October when we are deeper into the fall. It is a good idea to fast one day a week on juices and warm soups.
Here is a simple recipe that can be a breakfast, dessert or snack.
Pears with Almond Cream
serves 4 as dessert or a light snack
4 pears, peeled and sliced into 8 pieces each
1/2 cup raw almonds, soaked for 8 hours & peeled
2 tbs. raw honey
1/4 tsp. vanilla powder
2/3 cup water
2 tbs. hunza raisins
Arrange the pears into 4 bowls. Place almonds, honey, vanilla and water into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth a creamy.
Place about 2 spoonfuls of cream onto the pears in each bowl. Sprinkle each bowl with a 1/2 tablespoon of hunza raisins.
For almonds, vanilla powder and hunza raisins we suggest shopping at Vivapura.
October 22, 2010
The Renew Yourself Blog is going to feature a new weekly post where you can ask Dr. George Cromack health related questions. If you have something you would like to ask the doctor e-mail him at drgeorgecromack[at]hotmail[dot]com.
Question: I am having trouble sleeping, is there anything I can do?
Insomnia is often caused by excessive air element when it is in the head region. This causes the mind to race. It is important to try to reestablish a normal sleep cycle by getting to bed before 10p.m and rising by 6a.m. After 10p.m vata or the air element starts to increase and causes us to make it more difficult to fall asleep.
Massaging the feet and lower legs with warm sesame oil as well as the back of the neck and hands and forearms will also decrease the excessive air element and be soothing. Additionally one can do nasaya which is done by dipping the little finger in warm sesame oil and putting a few drops of the oil on the inside of the nose, laying down and tilting the head back and snorting the oil vigorously into the sinuses . This is soothing and has a nutty taste to it. Taking 3 mg. Of melatonin before sleep as well as 5http may also be beneficial as melatonin production is dramatically decreased by the time one reaches 50. Massaging the acupressure point heart 7 on both wrists for about 5 minutes also beneficial.
For more stubborn cases of insomnia there are two different Ayurvedic herbal combinations that work very well. The combination Deep Rest is beneficial for those having difficulty falling asleep, and the formula Blissful Sleep is beneficial for those that fall asleep then wake up in the middle of the night. These formulas are available by special request by contacting me at email@example.com.
Additionally I would recommend doing alternate nostril breathing for 5 minutes before retiring.The technique for doing alternate nostril breathing and pictures and instructions how to find heart 7 are available in my book Renew Yourself at RenewYourself.net.
Having a properly designed orthopedic pillow may also help. I recommend the tempurpedic pillows available on my website RenewYourself.net.
Remember, these columns are simply the opinions of Dr. Cromack and do not replace visits to your own personal physician. Always discuss health issues and any changes you make in your diet, supplement use and/or exercise with a doctor that knows you and your health issues.
October 19, 2010
I am often asked about distilled water, vs. spring water. Distilled water is pure H20. Contrary to popular belief our bodies do not assimilate the inorganic minerals that are in spring water or any other type of water other than distilled water. Rain water is distilled water also but in a polluted environment may uptake some of the environmental pollution.
The job of fruits and vegetables is to convert the inorganic minerals in the earth to organic minerals which our body can assimilate. If we could assimilate inorganic minerals we could suck on rusty nails to get our iron requirements or eat dolomite and stones to get calcium and magnesium. In fact the inorganic minerals in non distilled water are stone-like and leading to deposits in the joints which cause stiffness and plaque in the vascular system which causes arthrosclerosis.
I use the waterwise 4000 which makes up to two gallons a day of pure H20 distilled water. After making 5 gallons of water my distiller has about a tablespoon of stone like material left behind…better in the distiller than in my body. The average person can easily take in several pounds of stone like material in a twenty to thirty year period of time.
The myth that distilled water leaches minerals out of the body is simply that, a myth. It is important to restructure the water after it is distilled by adding a pinch of Himalayan sea salt, crystal energy or shaking the water back and forth in a glass container. Peter Ragnar who is close to 80 and can bend steal horseshoes with his bare hands, Dr. Norman Walker who lived to the age of 116 and Paul Brag who died body surfing at age 90 due to a blow to the head by a surfboard all drank distilled water.
You can contact me firstname.lastname@example.org for a coupon code and further discount on all water distillers featured in the appliance section of my site. I like the waterwise distillers as they are economical, do a good job and are dependable.
October 17, 2010
We are in the midst of a massive blog overhaul! We have a new look and in the coming week we will have a lot of new content.
In the coming days there will be lots of new articles and information from Dr. George Cromack, author of Renew Yourself. In the coming weeks we will even feature a regular post where Dr. Cromack will answer reader questions.
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