A home remedy for gout and arthritis

Simple broth recipe to help beat gout and arthritis

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Here is a really simple remedy to help manage your gout and arthritis;

So;  tart cherries every day for gout.  We have known this for a while, but eating cherries every day can get costly.

But did you know that Black bean broth, contains the same active ingredients as the cherries, that is; anthocyanins.  These help to break down and eliminate uric acid from the blood.

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Blueberry and pomegranate juice also help in the same way.

In Taiwan, black bean broth has been a traditional remedy for gout.

The bean broth can be made from most black beans (avoid black soy beans apparently)

Basic Recipe: 

200g black beans

2 litres water

100g ginger

  1. Rinse the black beans.
  2. Chop the ginger into coin-sized slices.
  3. Add the ginger and the beans to the pot, and bring to the boil. Simmer for 90 minutes.
  4. Separate the beans from the broth.
  5. Drink 2-3 cups (half a liter) of the broth at a time.
  6. Use the beans in a dish with some rice or in a curry for example.

In this recipe, the ginger is offers anti-inflammatory properties and also helps improve the taste. (Recipe courtesy of Earth Clinic)

Regular mugs of this bean juice will provide essential repair nutrients and will also slow the build up of uric acid in your, blood and tissues.  It is the crystalised uric acid that causes the pain.

Of course if you can’t stomach necking this straight down, then eating the beans with the juice, in for example a re-fried beans recipe will also do the trick.

Beans, beans are good for your heart…

Gemma xxx

 

 

Sexual Healing; Heat up your kitchen with this Black Bean Salsa.

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I have taken this recipe from:  Intercourses:  An Aphrodisiac Cookbook, by Martha Hopkins

Have you been feeling like you have been falling apart  for too long now?  Feeling all fifty shades of grey? The heat in this recipe should put some voom into your life!

There are some great benefits to this salad:

  • Black turtle beans have come out on top of the other beans in a recent test for antioxidant properties and are fantastic for your colon.
  • Anti inflammatory properties of coriander – particularly for skin disorders.
  • The ‘Love fruit’ mango, is known for its aphrodisiac properties, high in vitamin E it helps to regulate sex hormones and is also packed with antioxidants and helps to alkalise the body.
  • Massive amounts of vitamin C in the peppers, will also help you to absorb iron.  Taking iron supplements can be quite toxic for the body so improving absorption through increasing vitamin c intake may be a better way to boost your levels.

Black bean salsa bowl

Recipe: Black Bean Salsa

  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 green pepper
  • 1/4 red pepper
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 115g canned black beans (or pre-cooked dried beans)
  • 75ml (3 fl oz) pineapple juice
  • 1 small bunch coriander
  • 1 tbls ground cumin
  • 1/2 tbls finely chopped green chilli
  • salt and pepper
  1. Soak the black beans and cook for 1 1/2 hours if using dried beans.
  2. Combine the mango, peppers, onion, black beans, pineapple juice and lime juice, coriander, cumin and chilli in a bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  Chill.

Caution

Keep an eye on your symptoms for a couple of days after this salad.  If you find that any of your conditions worsen, particularly inflammation of the joints; then you may need to consider taking out the nightshade family from your diet for a while, to see if they are triggering your symptoms.

The nightshade family consists of Tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, aubergines, chillies and paprika, watch out too for curries and curry sauces, pastes and powders.   Use black pepper instead to add heat to your food.  Black pepper also aids digestion.

Also if you are having a time of flare ups there may already be too much heat in your system so don’t add fuel to the fire, concentrate instead on some cooling foods such as cucumber or melon.  Alternatively you can help to balance the heat by serving this black bean salad with some chilled non dairy coconut yoghurt – my latest find in Waitrose and health food shops.

Eat, pray, love.

Gemma x

Flax Seed Tea: the all important recipe for Hydration

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Recipe: Flax Seed Tea

Over the last few weeks I have been presenting a huge case for drinking plenty of water, especially if you have an autoimmune condition.  I have blogged about it and also uploaded my first video on it, for this Autoimmune series:  The five top reasons that you should be drinking more water if you suffer from an autoimmune disease.  So by now you should have got the message but also made a start on getting more of that life giving fluid into your body.

But what if your body just doesn’t absorb all that water?  What if instead it pours out of you like water from a hanging basket (when it doesn’t have enough water retaining gel in it)?

This gel can mean life or death to your plants through the summer and the Flax Seed Tea that I am about to show you,  can become your own water retaining gel.  The viscosity of this tea means that it will spend longer in your colon, giving it plenty more time to be absorbed along with all that gorgeous water in it.

Flax seeds are well known for their omega 3 fatty acid content (and if you don’t know much about that, sit tight because there will be plenty more about that over the upcoming weeks), but flax seeds drunk as a tea offer a huge benefit in the form of hydration.

 

“… if you are stressed your body can be like  a badly watered hanging basket. The water just goes straight through, hardly touching the sides! Linseed tea helps, because it is slightly gelatinous, this soothes and relaxes the colon, and allows it to absorb more water.”

I have posted a recipe before on making flax seed tea, but I believe that this one that Keith uses may allow the seeds to hold onto more of its therapeutic nutrients.

Flax seed tea recipe

Flaxseed tea saucepan

  1. Put 1 teaspoon of flax seed into a saucepan.
  2. Add 1 litre of fresh, filtered water
  3. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  4. You can then sieve off the seeds if you wish (I keep mine in)
  5. Use this “gel” to make further cups of tea for the day by adding hot water to warm it again.  (Use about 1/4 – 1/3 cup flax seed tea and top up with hot water)

Hydration is the biggest benefit of flax seed tea that I am bringing to you today.  However regular drinking of flax seed tea offers many more therapeutic effects.  The mucilage in flax seed tea helps to:

  1. Soothe a sore throat and heartburn,
  2. Relax irritated lungs
  3. Sweep the colon and calm inflammation within it.  (Don’t take if suffering from a bowel obstruction)
  4. Reduce gas, bloating and abdominal cramps
  5. Relieve constipation

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Drink 1-2 cups of this flax seed tea per day in addition to 1-2 litres of water, to get your body water tight.

Wishing you all a very happy Easter

Gemma x