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001: Welcome To The Ultimate Health Podcast [Podcast]http://drjessechappus.com/introduction-ultimate-health-podcast/ http://drjessechappus.com/introduction-ultimate-health-podcast/#respond Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:24:52 +0000 http://drjessechappus.com/?p=6889 Click here for the shownotes. If you enjoyed the podcast, please take a second and leave us a rating and review over on iTunes – we greatly appreciate it! Once on that page, simply click the “View in iTunes” button to leave your review. We make sure and read them all and they boost our…

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From Chaga To Cordyceps – Miracle Mushroomshttp://drjessechappus.com/chaga-reishi-cordyceps-medicinal-mushrooms/ http://drjessechappus.com/chaga-reishi-cordyceps-medicinal-mushrooms/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:12:40 +0000 http://drjessechappus.com/?p=6840 We couldn’t survive without fungi No I’m not talking about candida that causes us to crave sweets or the colourful and hairy molds that spoil our food. The organisms in kingdom fungi are vast and include mushrooms, yeasts, molds, rusts, smuts, puffballs, truffles, morels and molds. More than 90% of the world’s plants require a…

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chaga, reishi, cordyceps
We couldn’t survive without fungi

No I’m not talking about candida that causes us to crave sweets or the colourful and hairy molds that spoil our food. The organisms in kingdom fungi are vast and include mushrooms, yeasts, molds, rusts, smuts, puffballs, truffles, morels and molds.

More than 90% of the world’s plants require a fungal symbiosis to grow, thus there wouldn’t be much oxygen for us to breathe without these forgotten allies.

Another problem would be the organic debris that would build up and fill the whole planet without the fungi and bacteria. These organisms break up organic debris and recycle it back into the soil.

But there are even more ways for us to take advantage of these fungi…

Meet medicinal mushrooms

In Asia the people have used mushrooms in their daily lives for thousands of years. It is obvious that if these didn’t work, they would have dropped their use. But clearly the mushrooms kept their place and it is clear for us to see why. The so called medicinal mushrooms have given us many important pharmaceutical medicines from penicillin to the first statin drugs and anticancer treatments. Actually, about 40 % of western medicines nowadays utilize mushrooms.

Instead of taking the isolated compounds, we recommend ingesting the mushrooms in their whole, natural form. This goes for foods as well. It could be said that culinary mushrooms aid in promoting health but medicinal mushrooms take things to the next level. What are the best of the best when it comes to medicinal mushrooms? The following “Big Three” are at the top of the chart: chaga, reishi and cordyceps.

“Black gold” on birch trees – chaga mushroom

The native cultures in Siberia have been using chaga for centuries. It’s typically found growing on birch trees as a dark black spot that looks like burnt wood. It can grow to the size of a human head. Hundreds of scientific studies are supporting the traditional beliefs that chaga is a good immune system supporter, cure for stomach issues and even a cure for cancer. It is said that Tsar Vladimir Monomakh, who ruled in 12th-century Russia, cured his lip cancer using chaga.

During the world wars chaga mushroom was also used as a coffee replacement because of its energy enhancing benefits and enjoyable taste. It is one of the easiest medicinal mushrooms to use: simply go to the forest, tear the fungus from a tree (make sure you have a permission to do so), break it up, boil it for a few hours, and drink the resulting tea. With all medicinal mushrooms it is essential to break down their hard cell walls by hot water and/or alcohol to make the benefits available.

the king of medicinal mushrooms

Herb for the immortals – reishi

Ling zhi, reishi’s Chinese name translates to “spirit plant.” There are records of its use that date back thousands of years. Reishi is a famous adaptogen which means that it helps the body in adapting to challenging conditions. It helps people to relax when they are under too much stress, and on the other hand it increases energy for those whose energy levels are low. Also better sleep quality is almost always experienced with the use of this sacred mushroom.

the queen of medicinal mushrooms

Fuel for the cells – cordyceps

There is a specific strain of cordyceps that was allowed only for the emperors in China not more than some 100 years ago because of its high value. These little mushrooms grow in the wild only on the Tibetan mountains above the tree line, starting from 4 kilometers up. Cordyceps is a great oxygen intake enhancer and it helps us to produce energy on the cellular level.

The stimulating effect coffee has on the body is a false energy that can tax your adrenal glands. That is why I love to get my energy boost from cordyceps mushroom or tweak a cup of joe with it! Especially when combined with licorice root, cordyceps is known as a great adrenal gland supporter.

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Become a FunGuy

My strong belief is that no matter what diet you prefer, you will get more bang for your buck by introducing a few top medicinal mushrooms to your diet. Personally I maintain the best feeling when dosing high on fresh spring water, wild herbs, mushrooms (both medicinal and edible ones) and berries. I tend to include all of these in my daily smoothie with an avocado and coconut oil. When choosing your food, look for the most original and native species with strong and bitter flavours as these usually indicate food worth eating! Also go for the deep, rich colours.

Nine out of ten people see and feel the benefits when incorporating the medicinal mushrooms to their diet. Consistent 110% performance, a general sense of wellbeing and a balanced mind-body-connection are just a few of the benefits. Also, you won’t have to worry about getting sick. What do you have to lose? Become a FunGuy, give it a try!

Just one more thing before running to the forest. Though hunting for wild mushrooms is a lot of fun and rewarding, please do so with caution and be sure about your identification. It is safest to buy the best available preparations made with the mushrooms you are interested in.

four sigma foodsThe writer Lari Laurikkala is a Finnish food enthusiast and a teacher of natural living. He is changing the world one mushroom-eater at a time as the product manager of Four Sigma Foods, a company specializing on medicinal mushroom and herbal products.

Jesse here… Be sure to head over to Four Sigma Foods’ website and subscribe to their informative newsletter… these FunGuys rock!

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MSM “The Beauty Mineral”http://drjessechappus.com/msm-the-beauty-mineral/ http://drjessechappus.com/msm-the-beauty-mineral/#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 23:43:14 +0000 http://drjessechappus.com/?p=6642 There are so many supplements on the shelf these days… I know it can be overwhelming. Which supplements are necessary? What brands are legit? How much do I take? You may be confused. I’ve been there too. To be honest, I’m not big on supplementing. I believe in a diet that consists of an array…

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methylsulfonylmethaneThere are so many supplements on the shelf these days… I know it can be overwhelming.

Which supplements are necessary? What brands are legit? How much do I take?

You may be confused. I’ve been there too.

To be honest, I’m not big on supplementing.

I believe in a diet that consists of an array of organic, whole foods. This will provide the body with nearly all of its nutritional needs. But we need to throw in a few critical supplements to THRIVE!

That being said, MSM is one of the supplements that we can all benefit from.

MSM or Methyl-sulfonyl-methane is an organic sulfur compound that is in every cell in the human body.

    Health benefits of MSM
  • MSM is known as “the beauty mineral” for good reason. It helps your body produce collagen and keratin which are critical components of healthy hair, skin and nails. Regular supplementation of MSM will lead to a clearer complexion and stronger hair and nails.
  • MSM is important for detoxification. Sulfur is required to produce glutathione which is one of the body’s primary antioxidants. Glutathione is the most important part of our detoxification system. It binds to toxins such as heavy metals and directs them out of your body through your stool. MSM also aids in detoxification by increasing the permeability of your cells allowing them to flush out toxins and bring in nutrients more easily.
  • Degenerative diseases (eg. osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis) can be caused by calcium deposits in the body – MSM helps to break up this bad calcium.
  • MSM supplementation helps repair damaged cartilage in joints of the body. It can also decrease pain and swelling, reduce stiffness and improve circulation. MSM promotes healthy connective tissues including muscles, tendons and ligaments. These are some of the reasons I often recommend MSM supplementation to my patients.
  • MSM has a normalizing effect on blood sugar by helping the body produce insulin.
  • MSM helps reduce allergies, inflammation and scar tissue.

…Now you can see why I’m so excited about MSM and I hope you are too!

    Can I get enough MSM from the foods I eat?

    MSM is found in fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products but we typically don’t get enough through our diet. This includes us health nuts.

    When we cook at high temperatures the MSM in the food escapes in the steam.

    Solution: Try to include some raw or minimally processed foods into your diet – you don’t need to become a raw foodist.

    Most of the dairy available today has been pasteurized which reduces the MSM content by 50%.

    The soils are commonly depleted of MSM. This means the fruits and vegetables grown in these soils contain a minimal amount of MSM.

    Plants covert the minerals in the soil into a form our bodies can use. So, fruits and vegetables are only as nutrient dense as the soil they are grown in.

    Supplementation

    Ongoing supplementation of MSM is beneficial for everyone… even the healthiest of people. If you are trying to achieve one of the health benefits stated above, consistent supplementation is a must.

    As we age, MSM concentrations in ours bodies naturally decrease. People over 50 should strongly consider supplementing.

    MSM is easily absorbed and used by our bodies. It is a very safe compound and the body is able to flush out whatever it doesn’t use. If you are allergic to sulfur or are prone to kidney stones you will want to avoid MSM supplementation. For the average person the recommended dosage is 1500 to 6000 mg a day – this will vary depending body size. I recommend starting with 500 mg and working up over time.

    Ok, so there is ONE negative thing about MSM… It tastes terrible! Remember the slogan of Buckley’s cough syrup? “It tastes awful. And it works.” The same goes for MSM… it is very bitter.

    I find the best way to get MSM into my body is by adding the powder to a small cup of water (filtered of course), stirring it in and then chugging the whole thing back. You may want to have a handful of goji berries or a banana close by to use as a chaser.

    If you are brave you can add some MSM to your smoothie or juice but I wouldn’t recommend it – MSM will likely throw off the taste.

    Don’t let the bitterness sway you from giving MSM a try – the flavour is definitely tolerable and the pros hugely outweigh this con. I like using the powder but MSM comes in capsules as well.

    I always talk about the importance of quality when it comes to anything that is going in or on your body. If you are going to take the time and money to supplement, only buy the best products available – MSM is no exception.

    You want to avoid MSM that is derived from a petroleum source. The best MSM supplement is produced by a company called Omica Organics and it’s made from a natural plant source. This is the product I use and recommend.

    Detoxification

    When you start taking MSM your body will begin to detoxify. This may cause some negative symptoms to come up that will fade over the first couple of weeks. Possible symptoms include a rash, tiredness, headaches and diarrhea. Don’t think of these as a bad thing, the greater the symptoms the more toxins you are releasing from your body. If your symptoms become too intense, simply lower the dosage.

    Have you ever supplemented with MSM? If so, share your experiences below with the other readers. I would love to hear from you too!

    To your health!
    Jesse

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My Approach To Chiropractichttp://drjessechappus.com/my-approach-to-chiropractic/ http://drjessechappus.com/my-approach-to-chiropractic/#respond Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:37:08 +0000 http://drjessechappus.com/?p=6568 Have you ever been treated by a chiropractor? It’s important to note that your experience may vary greatly from one chiropractor to the next. There are a number of practice styles and techniques out there. It is important to find the right chiropractor for YOU. There are 2 reasons for the diversity within the chiropractic…

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chiropractorHave you ever been treated by a chiropractor? It’s important to note that your experience may vary greatly from one chiropractor to the next. There are a number of practice styles and techniques out there. It is important to find the right chiropractor for YOU.

There are 2 reasons for the diversity within the chiropractic profession:

1) There are a number of chiropractic colleges throughout the USA and Canada. Different schools emphasize different material within the curriculum.

2) There are a number of techniques and courses offered to chiropractors outside of their core education. New skills are learned and brought into practice.

What do I do as a chiropractor?
I treat stiff/irritated joints and tight muscles of the body. This doesn’t always mean waiting until there is pain to treat. Tissues often become tight and stiff long before pain occurs. Regular chiropractic maintenance is a great idea to prevent injuries and keep you feeling great! Another thing to keep in mind is that the cause of your pain is not always local – it may be originating from another area of the body.

My treatments include chiropractic adjustments and mobilizations (slow rhythmic movements), Active Release Techniques (soft tissue therapy), acupuncture and gua sha depending on the injured tissue. I spend a great deal of time working one on one with each of my patients. Regular treatments take around 20 minutes and the majority of this time is spent releasing tight muscles.

Chiropractic adjustments and mobilizations – The purpose of these therapies is to get stiff/irritated joints moving properly again. The bones are not being moved into a new alignment but they are getting their normal motion restored. These treatments also cause a relaxing effect on the surrounding muscles. Mobilizations are an excellent alternative to adjustments in cases where the patient is uncomfortable with being “cracked.”

Active Release Techniques (ART) – This procedure is used on tight/tender/shortened muscles anywhere in the body. ART can release trigger points and break up scar tissue/adhesions. The technique is simple – the involved muscle is shortened, tension (pressure) is applied by hand to the involved tissue, then it is lengthened. This all sounds very simple but the touch takes years to perfect and the treatment is extremely effective. To fully restore a muscle it can take a few treatments but patients usually feel a great deal of relief after the first session. I find most of my patients require extensive muscle releasing as part of their treatments. This is nearly always the case with patients that have repetitive type jobs (eg. line work) or sedentary jobs (eg. office workers) – both of these jobs cause a great deal of stress to the body.

Acupuncture – Tiny needles are inserted into the involved muscles – usually painlessly. This technique relaxes tight muscles, releases natural painkillers in the body, decreases bruising/swelling and increases blood flow to the area. I usually use electrical stimulation (non-painful) to get a better response and the needles are left in for 5-10 minutes.

Gua sha – This traditional Chinese treatment is effective at loosening tight muscles/tendons/ligaments and it is great at breaking up scar tissue. The Gua sha technique involves gliding a small jade tool across the skin releasing the tight underlying tissues. A creme is applied to the skin to decrease any friction. Gua sha is great for treating the larger, more superficial muscles of the body.

By utilizing the above techniques I consistently get outstanding clinical results with my patients.

    I have excellent success treating:
  • Low back pain – this includes scoliosis (pain down the leg or legs)
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches – I can’t tell you the number of patients that have had their headaches totally alleviated within a few treatments when the cause is tight upper neck muscles.
  • Any other joint or muscle issue in the body.

Chiropractors often practice very differently from one another. It’s important for each of us to put our flag in the ground and be clear about our treatment techniques and style – this allows patients to make an informed decision about their care. As a new patient, make sure and do your research before choosing a chiropractor that is right for you.

To your health!
Jesse

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Coconut Water Wins Over Gatoradehttp://drjessechappus.com/coconut-water-healthy-sports-drink/ http://drjessechappus.com/coconut-water-healthy-sports-drink/#respond Fri, 31 Jan 2014 03:10:25 +0000 http://drjessechappus.com/?p=6251 Searching for a healthy alternative to Gatorade? Look no further. Coconut water is nature’s sports drink. It’s the perfect beverage for hydrating before, during and after your workouts. Let’s start out by having a look at what is in a typical bottle of Gatorade… Ingredients In Gatorade Orange (from the Pepsico website): Water – No…

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young coconut waterSearching for a healthy alternative to Gatorade? Look no further. Coconut water is nature’s sports drink. It’s the perfect beverage for hydrating before, during and after your workouts.

Let’s start out by having a look at what is in a typical bottle of Gatorade…

Ingredients In Gatorade Orange (from the Pepsico website):

Water – No mention of any filtering which likely means tap water. Unfiltered tap water often contains the chemicals chlorine and fluoride which are both toxic to the body.

Sugar – Is harmful to your health in a big way. Consuming sugar leads to inflammation in the body, feeds cancer cells and suppresses your immune system.

Dextrose – A simple sugar – just what this drink needs… more sugar.

Citric Acid – An artificially created chemical that has a tangy taste. It has been found to cause tooth erosion in kids. It has also been shown to irritate the digestive system.

Natural Flavor – A blanket term that hides the exact ingredients used in a product. The purpose of these ingredients is to add flavour rather than boosting the nutritional content. This term includes meat and dairy so vegetarians and vegans should be aware.

Salt – Heavily processed table salt (sodium chloride). Anti-clumping agents are added to table salt which contain high amounts of aluminum. Sugars are added as stabilizers and to mask the bitter taste of the aluminum.

Sodium Citrate – A preservative and flavour enhancer that adds a sour/salty taste.

Monopotassium Phosphate – A soluble salt.

Gum Arabic – A stabilizer made from tree sap.

Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate – Adds density to the drink (makes it thicker) and stabilizes the flavour.

Glycerol Ester of Rosin – This oil soluble food additive keeps oil mixed evenly in water (beverage stabilizer) and is a thickening agent.

Yellow 6 – Made from petroleum, this food dye may contain cancer causing chemicals and has been show to cause adrenal tumors in animals.

As you can see, Gatorade is loaded with unnatural ingredients that promote disease in your body – I recommend staying clear. But don’t worry, coconut water is a healthy alternative. This nutrient dense drink is extremely hydrating (contains 95% water).

Where Can I Get Coconut Water?

The best coconut water comes directly from a young green coconut. In warmer climates these coconuts can often be found with the outer green covering still intact, right off the tree. Young coconuts can also be found at Asian grocery stores, Whole Foods Market, and once in a while I see them at a regular supermarket. Store bought coconuts have the outer green layer removed leaving behind a white fibrous husk. They have a flat bottom, pointed top and are covered in Saran Wrap. Opening young coconuts is a skill – do your research on the proper technique and be careful!

There are some companies making quality packaged coconut waters that are great to have on hand. The only drawback of buying coconut water extracted is that most companies pasteurize it – the heat destroys the enzymes in the coconut water, leaving it lifeless. Also, look for a brand that is not from concentrate and that doesn’t have any additional ingredients.

    Health Benefits of Coconut Water:
  • Rigorous exercise causes you to lose electrolytes in your sweat (eg. sodium, chloride and potassium). Coconut water helps replenish these electrolytes and keeps you hydrated.
  • Helps alkalize your body – typical Western diets are highly acidic which leaves your body more susceptible to disease.
  • Compared to a typical sports drink, coconut water has been shown to be equally effective at rehydrating after a hard workout.
  • Provides the body with magnesium, zinc, iodine, selenium, manganese, sulfur, B vitamins, vitamin C and calcium.
  • Loaded with antioxidants, enzymes and amino acids.
  • Improves skin health by decreasing wrinkles and age spots.
  • Contains a large amount of plant hormones called cytokinins which are anti-cancer and have an anti-aging effect on your body.
  • Falls extremely low on the glycemic index with a score of 3 (10 or less is considered low).

The Ultimate Workout Drink

If you are looking for an epic drink to consume before and during your workouts, I have a recipe for you. This is a concoction my girlfriend introduced me to and it has taken my workouts to a whole new level. Thank you!

Here are the ingredients…

1 1/2 cups of coconut water
1 scoop of Vega Energizer – I prefer the acai berry flavour over lemon lime.
1 tsp of a green powder of your choice – My favourite for this mix is Sunwarrior Ormus Supergreens.

Stir the above ingredients together and enjoy this delicious, energizing drink. The combination of kombucha, yerba mate and green tea found in Vega Energizer gives you a nice boost of clean energy for your workout. This drink also makes for a healthy alternative to coffee in the mornings to get you off on the right foot.

Have you ditched the traditional sports drinks yet? What have you subbed in?

To your health!
Jesse

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Hibiscus Tea For A Healthier Youhttp://drjessechappus.com/hibiscus-tea-health-benefits/ http://drjessechappus.com/hibiscus-tea-health-benefits/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 02:28:47 +0000 http://drjessechappus.com/?p=6458 I am a tea fanatic… I’m rarely without a mug within arms reach. Making tea is an opportunity to supercharge your water into an herbal infusion. With so many healthy herbs available today, your tea options are nearly limitless. I’m always on the lookout for new healthy teas to add to my stash. Some of…

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Chilled Hibiscus Tea
I am a tea fanatic… I’m rarely without a mug within arms reach.

Making tea is an opportunity to supercharge your water into an herbal infusion. With so many healthy herbs available today, your tea options are nearly limitless.

I’m always on the lookout for new healthy teas to add to my stash. Some of my current favourite teas include Longevity Tea, tulsi, yerba mate, and green tea. Most recently, hibiscus tea was added to the list.

Hibiscus tea was said to be the drink of choice by the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. There are over 200 species of hibiscus plants but the one used medicinally is Hibiscus sabdariffa. It’s a tropical shrub with yellow flowers that are red in the centre. Hibiscus tea is made from the plant’s red calyx which is a cup-like structure that supports the flower. This tea is extremely good for you and makes for a great addition to your healthy routine.

    Potential health benefits of hibiscus tea:
  • Extremely high in vitamin C.
  • Helps keep your blood pressure in a normal range.
  • Helps normalize cholesterol levels.
  • Loaded with antioxidants.
  • Decreases uric acid levels in people suffering from gout.
  • Helps keep your weight within a healthy range.
  • Antibacterial and antifungal properties.
  • Relaxes the smooth muscle of the intestines. This can help relieve an upset stomach and other digestive issues.
  • Supports cardiovascular health.
  • Helps control inflammation in the body.
  • It appears to inhibit the growth of human cancer cells in lab studies.

How to incorporate hibiscus tea into your routine
The easiest way to enjoy hibiscus tea is by steeping the hibiscus calyxes for 20 minutes until the water takes on a dark red colour. This prolonged steeping maximizes the health benefits although you can steep to your desired strength. When it comes to tea, I like to keep things simple and drink it plain. If you have more of a sweet tooth feel free to add a bit of honey, maple syrup or other healthy sweetener of your choice. Since hibiscus tea is naturally caffeine free you can enjoy it at any time of the day including right before bedtime.

Try refrigerating your hibiscus tea and drink it chilled as an alternative to water. You can even carry cold tea in your water bottle and drink it throughout the day – add in some chia seeds for additional fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. The tart, fruity taste and bright red colour of this drink make it enjoyable to sip on. Drinking chilled hibiscus tea is an easy way to keep hydrated.

Hibiscus tea is an excellent base for smoothies (cold and fruity) and elixirs (warm and herbal) – this will ramp up the nutrition of these drinks taking them to the next level.

Choosing your water
One of the most important factors when brewing any tea is water quality. I recommend using only spring (not in plastic bottles) or filtered water. Adults are made up of around 60% water and for children the percentage is even higher – don’t you want to replenish your body with the best water possible?!?

Consuming hibiscus tea is a healthy habit for you and your family to embrace… Drink up.

What is your favourite tea and why?

To your health!
Jesse

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Moringa “The Miracle Tree”http://drjessechappus.com/moringa-oleifera-superfood/ http://drjessechappus.com/moringa-oleifera-superfood/#respond Thu, 19 Dec 2013 02:49:34 +0000 http://drjessechappus.com/?p=6369 Lately, there has been a lot of buzz in the health world over moringa. With so many superfoods on the market these days, I hadn’t researched or tried this plant until recently. A few weeks ago my girlfriend Marni and I came across some moringa powder she had stuffed away – she gave it to…

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moringa oleiferaLately, there has been a lot of buzz in the health world over moringa. With so many superfoods on the market these days, I hadn’t researched or tried this plant until recently. A few weeks ago my girlfriend Marni and I came across some moringa powder she had stuffed away – she gave it to me (lucky guy). This led to my research on the health benefits of moringa and now I’m taking it daily.

The moringa tree is native to Africa and southern India and is truly a miracle tree. There are 12 types of moringa – the one that has become popular in today’s health community is Moringa oleifera.

This moringa tree is extremely beneficial as all parts of this plant serve in promoting health – this includes the leaves, flowers, seeds, bark and roots. Moringa is a highly sustainable food source because it grows from seed to a full sized tree in as little as 65 days! It is a very hardy tree – at the end of the dry season when other foods are commonly scarce the moringa tree is in full leaf. Moringa trees have been used to prevent malnutrition in developing countries (tropical) particularly among nursing mothers and infants.

Moringa leaves
Moringa is most commonly sold as a green powder that is made solely of the plant’s leaves. This tart powder can be mixed with hot water to form a tea. Other ways of consuming moringa leaf powder include adding it to juices, smoothies and baked goods (healthy ones of course). It can also be mixed into soups or used to top off a salad. The nutritional value of the dried leaves keeps for months without refrigeration.

    The health benefits of moringa leaves include:
  • Contain 46 types of antioxidants which promote longevity and anti-aging. Antioxidants protect against free radical damage, helping to prevent against cancer and degenerative diseases.
  • Have 7 times the vitamin C of oranges.
  • Used by midwives to increase breast milk production in lactating mothers.
  • Contain 3 times the potassium of bananas.
  • High in iron, vitamin E and magnesium.
  • High in amino acids. Moringa contains all of the essential amino acids, making it a complete protein.
  • Have 4 times the vitamin A of carrots (critical for proper eye development).
  • Contain 4 times the calcium of milk.
  • Moringa leaf consumption has also been linked to weight loss, boosting the immune system, lowering blood pressure and improving digestion.

Moringa seeds
The moringa seeds serve a special purpose as they have the ability to purify water. This is especially useful in developing countries where clean water is hard to come by. The ground up seeds contain a positively charged protein which attracts negatively charged particles such as bacteria, clay and other toxic materials. When these charges bind, masses are formed. These unwanted masses can then be removed by filtration or by allowing the water to settle.

Pressing the seeds produces “Ben oil” which compares with olive oil in nutritional and antioxidant value. Ben oil is clear, odourless and it has a sweet taste. It has an indefinite shelf life and doesn’t go rancid like many other oils on the market.

Quality
As with any superfood, quality is number one. Look for organic and minimally processed (raw) moringa. The vast majority of moringa is grown in India which often has poor quality control. Look for moringa that is a vibrant green colour, avoiding powders that are brown or have been processed with high heat.

If you are looking for a new superfood to add some diversity to your healthy lifestyle, I would suggest giving moringa leaf a try. It packs a nutritional punch that is tough to match.

To your health!
Jesse

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How To Protect Yourself From Cell Phone Radiationhttp://drjessechappus.com/protect-from-cell-phone-radiation-emf/ http://drjessechappus.com/protect-from-cell-phone-radiation-emf/#respond Fri, 29 Nov 2013 02:11:51 +0000 http://drjessechappus.com/?p=5975 The use of cell phones has exploded in recent years. 2013 stats show that 91% of people on the planet have a cell phone. The average age a child gets his first cell phone is now 13. More and more, cell phones are playing a central role in our fast paced lifestyles. The advent of…

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The use of cell phones has exploded in recent years. 2013 stats show that 91% of people on the planet have a cell phone. The average age a child gets his first cell phone is now 13.

More and more, cell phones are playing a central role in our fast paced lifestyles. The advent of smartphones has allowed us to check email, take photos and use GPS which has increased the time we spend on these devices.

Why does all this matter? Well, do we really know if there are any negative health effects caused by this new technology?

Is your cell phone causing you health problems?

Cell phones emit an electromagnetic field (EMF) also called electromagnetic radiation that can be absorbed by the body when it comes in close contact with the phone. The World Health Organization has stated that cell phone radiation is a possible carcinogen and people should try to reduce their exposure.

Since cellphones are a relatively new phenomenon and the technology is changing so rapidly there isn’t conclusive research stating that cell phone radiation is harmful to your health… at least not yet. No solid research doesn’t mean cell phones are safe and we shouldn’t be concerned. I don’t know about you but I prefer to err on the side of caution in matters like this and be proactive about my health.

A couple of things to consider…

1. Many families are disconnecting their home phones and opting to each carry a cell phone instead. More time spent talking on a cell phone = increased radiation exposure.

2. Any side effects of the radiation will be more harmful to children than adults. Kids have thinner skulls, ears and skin which allows the radiation waves to travel even further into the children’s brain. Children should avoid making calls on cell phones unless there is an emergency.

    How can you protect yourself?
  • Get a protective case – A company called Pong has created a cell phone case that redirects cell phone radiation away from your head and neck. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has radiation limits that must be met before a cell phone is allowed onto the market. Pong cases are tested in an FCC-certified lab and reduce exposure to radiation by up to 95% below the FCC limit. Other bonuses of the Pong case are that it boosts your signal strength and it reduces dropped calls.
  • Use a land line when you’re at work or home – This can dramatically decrease your radiation exposure. Note: most cordless phones these days also emit the same type of radiation as cell phones. Yes, you want to use a classic type of home phone that is wired to the base.
  • Turn off your cell phone when possible – This not only protects you from the radiation of the cell but will also give you a break from the bombardment of emails, texts, notifications etc.
  • Ground yourself – Have your feet planted barefoot on the earth – this is the simplest and most natural way to help block cell phone radiation. Grounding mats that connect to your electrical outlet are convenient for in home use.
  • Use an air-tube headset – These devices keep the EMF away from your head by delivering the sound through an air-tube that extends about 4 inches off the earpiece. They sound great and are a relatively cheap solution.
  • When your cell is on, make sure to keep it at least 6 inches away from your body – This may mean carrying it in a bag or purse. When driving be sure to remove it from your pocket and place it in an empty cup holder.
  • Use your speakerphone – This allows you to keep the phone at a safe distance while talking on it.
  • Avoid using your cell phone in areas where the reception is poor – When you have low signal strength your phone works harder and produces more radiation.

Cell phones aren’t going away any time soon – their popularity continues to gain momentum and for good reason, they are powerful tools. Until more research comes out on the safety (of lack thereof) of cell phone radiation, the best we can do is protect ourselves using the strategies above. Enjoy using your cell phone responsibly.

To your health!
Jesse

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Boost Your Immune System With Reishi Mushroomhttp://drjessechappus.com/boost-your-immune-system-with-reishi-mushroom/ http://drjessechappus.com/boost-your-immune-system-with-reishi-mushroom/#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2013 23:45:19 +0000 http://drjessechappus.com/?p=6234 In a recent YouTube video, David Wolfe talked about 3 categories that make up a healthy diet – foods, superfoods and superherbs. I was intrigued by this breakdown. Here is what I took from his video… Food provides your body with calories/energy in the form of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. The healthiest forms of these…

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the queen of mushroomsIn a recent YouTube video, David Wolfe talked about 3 categories that make up a healthy diet – foods, superfoods and superherbs. I was intrigued by this breakdown.

Here is what I took from his video…

Food provides your body with calories/energy in the form of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. The healthiest forms of these macronutrients come from fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and other whole foods.

Superfoods have an above average nutrient profile – they generally provide a high nutrient to calorie ratio. Consuming a diet that contains an array of superfoods will help make sure you are getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs to keep it healthy and performing at its peak state.

Superherbs play a unique role in maintaining your health by boosting immunity, promoting general health/well being and extending longevity. They fall under the category of tonic herbs which can be taken daily and are never toxic to your body.

You might be asking – what does this have to do with reishi mushroom?! Well, reishi mushroom just happens to be one of the top superherbs on the planet and is known as the “queen of mushrooms” or “mushroom of immortality.” If you are new to superherbs reishi is the perfect choice for a beginner due to its overwhelming number of health benefits.

    The health benefits of reishi mushroom include:

  • Helps modulate and improve the immune system with its beta glucans and polysaccharides. It acts bidirectionally and ramps up or brings down the immune system to normalize it. An overactive immune system can present as autoimmune disorder, allergy or an inflammatory condition.
  • Helps you cope with stress.
  • Promotes cardiovascular health.
  • Provides general feelings of calmness, relaxation and peacefulness.
  • Reduces side effects from radiation and chemotherapy.
  • Promotes longevity.
  • Calms the adrenal glands.
  • Reduces cholesterol in the blood.
  • Its adaptogenic properties help the body deal with physical and mental stress.
  • Prevents tumor growth and proliferation.
  • Increases antioxidants in the blood.
  • What Is The Best Type of Reishi?

    Duanwood reishi. It is grown on a certain type of wood (duanwood) and the whole process is very controlled – the government regulates that no pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals are used during the growing process.

    Also look for wild crafted reishi – make sure it is harvested in a sustainable manner. I’m currently using a wild reishi extract from Giddy Yoyo that is made from mushrooms of Northern Canada.

    Quality Is Everything

    Just like with any health food or supplement you need to pay close attention to the source – not all reishi is created equally. Poor quality reishi may be grown on rice, corn, grains or sawdust – these haven’t been scientifically shown to have the same medicinal benefits as duanwood. These unnatural foods don’t provide the reishi with the proper nutrients = a lower quality product. Just like we are what we eat… the same goes for mushrooms.

    Why Can’t You Just Grind Up The Mushroom And Eat It Whole?

    The active constituents of reishi are bound up in chitin which is an indigestible fiber made from the same material as a lobster shell. Without proper processing the mushroom will go right through you without providing any health benefits.

    Look For Dual Extraction

    There are two ways of extracting the active ingredients from a reishi mushroom. The first involves using hot water – this is called a decoction. The other method uses alcohol and is called a tincture. Each of these methods extracts different constituents from the mushroom because some are water and others are oil soluble. To avoid missing out on any health benefits it is best to consume a product that uses a dual extraction method of processing.

    Consumption

    To achieve the health benefits associated with reishi mushroom it is best to consume it daily – consistency is key. It is not the type of herb you use to fight off a current cold or when a health crisis arises and is best taken proactively. That being said… if you are dealing with a health issue you are going to want to consume reishi as well – better late than never.

    I find the easiest way to take reishi is as a supplement. You can use drops under your tongue or take capsules – these methods help with consistency. Reishi tea is a great addition to a healthy routine but regular consumption with this method can be a challenge. To make a medicinal tea the mushroom must be heated in a crock pot or over the stove for a long period of time in clean water. Reishi powders work well in smoothies and elixirs but just make sure the active ingredients have already been extracted.

    If you are looking to break through a current plateau in your healthy lifestyle, give superherbs a try starting with reishi mushroom – you won’t be disappointed.

    To your health!
    Jesse

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