MACA ROOT by Vickie Kline

maca rootI recently heard about Maca Root from several sources and thought it would be good to find out more about it. I haven’t tried it yet, but plan to based on the information I found.

Maca root powder is the most common form and comes from the maca root. This root is reddish like radishes and is a plant from the Cruciferae family. Maca root is an immune system booster and reduces stress, which helps increase our bodies natural resistance. It contains vitamins B1, B2, B12, and C to maintain proper functioning of the heart, cell growth, and production of red blood cells. Anytime you increase your intake of B vitamins, your mood will be better too. With regular use of maca root powder, you may also notice these benefits:

  • increased energy
  • increase of endurance
  • alleviation of chronic fatigue
  • increase of fertility
  • relieve of menstrual symptoms
  • reduce of hormonal disorders during menopause
  • regulation of hormonal balance in the body
  • reduce of stress
  • improvement of memory, mental and academic abilities
  • providing the skin a youthful look

Currently, there are not harmful side effects associated with maca root powder. Although it is recommended that anyone suffering from cancer not take maca until further testing has been completed. It also is not recommended for women who are pregnant or using medications to increase fertility since it impacts hormones.

If you are interested in a natural way to feel better and increase your energy level, consider maca root.maca powder

Strive to be healthy!

Images courtesy of Azure Green and Superfood Spotlight

This information is not intended to diagnose or cure any medical problem. Always consult your physician before using any natural health remedies.

CSA by Vickie Kline

CSAIt’s that time of year again… time to think about your health and your eating plan for the new year. If you’ve adopted a more healthful attitude during 2013, take it one step further and consider joining a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. A CSA program is a great way to get healthful food and support local farmers. It’s a plan that works well for everyone.

A CSA allows customers to have access to high quality, fresh produce grown locally by regional farmers. CSA customers become “members” by paying the cost of an entire season of food upfront and purchasing a “share” of vegetables and fruits from a local or regional farmer. A full season of produce will typically run from $300 to $600, depending on the area where you live. This bulk payment enables the farmer to plan for the season, purchase new seed, make equipment repairs, etc.

Shares usually include 7 to 10 types of vegetables, enough for a family of 2 to 3 people, and are available weekly. But, ask the CSA farmer for more or less, depending on your personal needs. Often, the program will offer half shares for smaller households. It’s also possible to add eggs, meat, and spices to your order for an additional charge, depending on your area and the size of the CSA program.

As a CSA member, you invest in the farm by purchasing a share of  the crops produced. If weather conditions destroy the crop, you have lost your investment with no return. This is highly unusual, but again, something to consider depending on your location.

I am familiar with two CSA programs in my area of Wichita, KS,  – Home Grown Kansas and MGHonors. Doing a little research on the internet will tell you what’s available in your area and give more information on the specifics of each program.

My experience last year with a CSA program was wonderful. Each Wednesday, I picked up a bag containing everything from greens, to root vegetables, to fruits. It was always a fun surprise to see what was included, then plan my meals around that. For the times I received more than we could eat in one week, I froze the extra vegetables. When I had enough accumulated, I cooked them down and made a vegetable stock. So, this winter I’m still enjoying the benefits of the CSA program.

Check out the programs in your area. It’s a good way to eat healthy, support local farmers, and work your way toward a healthier lifestyle.

Strive to be healthy!

MISTLETOE BEYOND THE NEW YEAR by Vickie Kline

European mistletoeWhenever mistletoe is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind is kissing. Mistletoe may be the most romantic plant on earth, but also offers some impressive health benefits for a variety of conditions.

First, there are differences in mistletoe. American mistletoe is used for decorating and stealing a kiss only. European or Chinese mistletoe are the plants containing medicinal properties. Throughout this post, I am going to use the term mistletoe, but am referring to European or Chinese only…

Mistletoe is a semi-parasitic plant that grows on a variety of trees, including apple, elm, oak, and pine. The plant is considered an alternative form of medicine often used in traditional Chinese medicine and has been studied for treating various forms of cancer, in particular, solid tumors. European herbalists use mistletoe for the treatment of arthritis, epilepsy, headaches, and hypertension. Since the mistletoe extract demonstrates anti-cancer activity, it is often used for other various types of cancer treatment. The basis for using mistletoe as a medicinal property is based on the theory that the plant boosts immune function, which stimulates the body’s immune cells, thus promoting healing.

Studies show mistletoe is effective as an antispasmodic, for treating cough, asthma, epilepsy, nervous fits, hysteria, dizziness, immune disorders, and fertility problems. Chinese herbalists have used the plant for centuries to support the female reproductive system; it seems to improve fertility, erratic or absent menstruation, and pain associated with endometriosis. With the immune-enhancing abilities, the plant is also effective for inflammation and gout.

So, instead of thinking only of mistletoe as a way to steal a kiss, remember its medicinal properties that help you feel better and put you “in the mood” for that kiss.

Strive to be healthy!

This information is not intended to diagnose or cure any medical problem. Always consult your physician before using any health remedies.