Feb 212015

Soy- Healthy or Unhealthy - www.RadianceCentral.com

Soy is always a hot topic of debate, especially amongst health enthusiasts, vegans, and vegetarians. Some are for it, others completely against it. It can get quite confusing because there are so many different opinions. Decades ago we were told to eat it regularly for optimal health and disease prevention, and nowadays we’re told to stay away from it! Throughout Asia, soy is part of many traditional diets, and these populations certainly aren’t suffering from the health issues that some claim soy is connected to.

The Soy Debate Simplified

The best way to understand why there is such a divided and opposing opinion about soy, it’s best to first look at the soy foods and products people are eating. In Asia, they eat food made out of whole soy beans, many of these foods are fermented, which makes it easier to digest and releases some of the anti-nutrients. When studies were done on the benefits of soy, the studies were based on whole soy beans. Soy beans are very high in protein, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Cultures that eat a lot of soy beans are eating cooked, whole soy beans like edamame, and foods made out soybeans (that could also be fermented) like tempeh, tofu, miso, natto, traditional soy sauce, etc.

Over the last few decades, there have been studies and research revealing the benefits of soy. Those in the West (USA, Canada, etc.) got really excited about the beneficial findings. Soy became regarded as a superfood, especially amongst vegan and vegetarian circles due to the high amount of plant-based protein and nutrients. The problem with soy’s gain of popularity in the West was that soy byproducts were already in people’s diets without people being aware of it. If you go to any grocery store or health food store, and look at the ingredients of most pre-made food items (sauces, dressings, crackers, breads, chips, cookies, ice cream, etc.) they usually have some sort of soy byproduct in it, like soy bean oil, hydrolyzed soy protein, soy lecithin, and other processed soy ingredients. These byproducts are used as thickening agents, fillers, cheap oils, stabilizers, etc., and none of them are healthy. There is a HUGE difference between whole soy beans and isolate soy byproducts. And, if your diet is already full of soy byproducts, you certainly don’t want to be adding even more soy to it, even if it’s considered healthy. As we already know, “having too much of anything, is never really a good thing”.

In addition to all the processed food containing soy byproducts, many people in the West who are eating soy foods, aren’t necessarily eating whole soy bean food items like tempeh, edamame, and natto, but instead are eating processed soy products like tofu hot dogs, soy cheese, soy protein powder, and commercial soy milk. If you look at the ingredients listed on any of these processed food items, I’m sure you won’t even be able to pronounce majority of the ingredients, let alone know what they are, or where they come from. There’s a huge difference between a tofu hot dog and a piece of tempeh!!!

So is soy healthy or not?

Well, I think foods made out of whole soy beans like tempeh, tofu, edamame, natto, miso, etc. are healthy, and fine to eat. One thing consumers should be looking out for is making sure the soy beans and foods made out of soy are Non-GMO, and the label should indicate that. If buying organic soy, the label should indicate both organic and non-GMO, not just organic.

What about the isoflavones / phytoestrogens and goitrogens?

Well, soy is not the only food on the planet that has isoflavones / phytoestrogens, and goitrogens, in fact many vegetables, seeds, and grains have these compounds. Because soy must be cooked or fermented in order for it to be edible (raw soy is toxic), some of the goitrogens, anti-nutrients, and other unhealthy compounds are destroyed during the cooking and/or fermenting process. To protect your health, you do want to be mindful of your portions, cut out all processed food that contains soy byproducts, and have as much overall variety in your diet as possible. I believe having small quantities of tempeh, edamame, tofu, miso, natto, etc.. a few times a month is perfectly acceptable, but I do recommend being mindful of the portions, using these foods more like a condiment rather than as a main meal. If you have pre-existing hormone or thyroid issues, then of course it would be best to avoid soy completely.

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Feb 052015

Ginger & Epsom Salt Bath Recipe - www.RadianceCentral.com

Ginger & Epsom Salt Bath Recipe - www.RadianceCentral.com

A few years ago a participant from my monthly online juice fasting program raved about adding powdered ginger to baths to add extra heat for the body. This was a great idea, especially for those that are doing fasting in cold winter months and find that their body temperature drops significantly while fasting. Since then, I’ve been experimenting with many different ways of using ginger in my baths, and I have found that I much prefer using fresh ginger juice, and adding some epsom salt to the bath to boost the therapeutic and anti-inflammatory effects. I have to also mention that combining ginger and epsom salt is great at easing congestion, opening up air passage ways if someone has a cold, cough, or flu, and improving circulation.

Overall this bath recipe can be used if someone is sick with a cold, flu, or cough, it also can ease aches and pains either from sickness, inflammatory conditions, or strained muscles from exercise, and is also great as an end of the day bath to promote better quality sleep and deep relaxation.

Ginger & Epsom Salt Bath Recipe - www.RadianceCentral.com

For this bath recipe, I find it’s much better to juice fresh ginger root as opposed to using dried ginger powder. The reason being is not all spices are created equal, many times manufactures add fillers, flours, and powders to “cut” the spice, and therefore you’re not getting the pure spice, but spice mixed with fillers. Also you never know how old the powder is, and dried spices lose their strength and potency over time. In all, I truly believe “fresh is best!” If you do fall in love with this bath recipe and you are short on time, you can juice a larger batch of ginger juice and freeze the extra ginger juice in an ice-cube tray for later use. If you don’t have a juicer, you can alternatively make fresh ginger tea by boiling and then steeping chopped ginger root and pouring the tea into the bath water.

Ginger & Epsom Salt Bath Recipe - www.RadianceCentral.com

Healing & Detoxifying Ginger Epsom Salt Bath
1/2 cup freshly pressed Ginger Root Juice*
1/4 cup Epsom Salts
*If you have a small bath tub or super sensitive skin, decrease the amount of Ginger Root Juice to 1/4 Cup.

1- With a juicer, juice the fresh ginger root.
2- As you are filling the bath with warm/hot water, add the fresh ginger root juice and epsom salts.
3- Make sure epsom salt is fully dissolved in the bath water and ginger juice is evenly mixed in.
4- Immerse yourself in the bath and try to stay in the bath for at least 20 minutes.
5- Be careful not to splash water into your eyes.
6- No need to rinse your body off after the bath, when finished taking the bath, just pat yourself dry.
7- For full detoxification and healing effect, make sure to drink plenty of water following the bath and prepare to have a deep, sound sleep!

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Feb 032015

Turmeric Tonic Recipe -www.RadianceCentral.com

Tumeric Tonic Recipe -3- www.RadianceCentral.com Over the last week I’ve been doing a video series of different remedies for cold and flu (Healing Chicken Soup Recipe, Lemon Remedy For Sore Throats). Here is another great addition to one’s healing arsenal – fresh turmeric! Turmeric, which contains a high amount of curcumin, is known as a potent anti-inflammatory, so when someone is sick and having aches and pains, either from fever or being run-down, having a fresh turmeric tonic is a great way of reducing pain, inflammation, and swelling. This remedy is also great for those that have chronic pain and inflammation from arthritis, bursitis, fibromyalgia, and other inflammatory conditions. Taken regularly, turmeric is known for it’s great healing qualities!

Turmeric Tonic Recipe -2- www.RadianceCentral.com

In today’s video, I demonstrate how to make a turmeric tonic using freshly grated turmeric root. I love this tonic, I find it very easy to prepare and even though turmeric is potent, it’s not spicy like fresh ginger, so it’s much easier to drink.

Personally I much prefer to make this tonic by hand by grating and soaking the fresh turmeric. Turmeric stains, hardcore, (especially white appliances), so I would never juice large quantities of turmeric with my juicer (unless I want to dye my juicer bright yellow!), Throwing in a small piece a turmeric in the juicer with other vegetables is fine, it doesn’t stain the juicer much, but making straight turmeric juice will. So best to grate it and use a plate or cutting board you don’t mind staining (this is my warning!). I have to say it worth the extra effort, and it really doesn’t take much time to prepare.

If you love turmeric as much as I do, you should definitely make my homemade Indonesian Yellow Curry, this is a turmeric lover’s dream come true! Click here for the recipe!

Turmeric Tonic Recipe -4- www.RadianceCentral.com

Fresh Turmeric Tonic
2 tbsps freshly grated Turmeric
Hot Water (enough water to cover the grated turmeric)

1 bowl or cutting board (to grate the turmeric)
Fine mesh strainer
2 cups/glasses (one to soak the turmeric in, another to strain it into)

1- Finely grate the fresh turmeric on a cutting board or in a bowl/plate.
2- Put the grated turmeric in a glass or bowl and cover with hot water.
3- With a spoon, stir well so the turmeric and water are mixed thoroughly.
4- Let stand uncovered for 15-30 minutes.
5- Before straining, stir one more time.
6- With a fine mesh strainer, strain the soaked turmeric into a glass, make sure to press out all the liquid that has been absorbed into the grated turmeric.
7- Drink immediately! Best to drink it in one shot as opposed to sipping it. If need be, you can sweeten it with a little honey, maple syrup, or coconut palm sugar.

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Jan 302015

Natural Sore Throat Remedy - www.RadianceCentral.com

This is the easiest and quickest sore throat remedy. All you need is a lemon! You’ll never need to waste your money on throat syrup or lozenge again! Also, this is not only a great remedy to use when you have a flu or cold, but also if you ever do a fast or cleanse and develop sore throat, cough, or congestion – definitely try this wonderful natural remedy out!

Lemon Sore Throat Remedy Directions:
1- Cut a lemon wedge and remove any seeds.
2- Bite into the lemon wedge and swallow the fresh lemon juice (do not sprinkle any sweetener on the lemon wedge).
3- Refrain from drinking any liquids/water or eating any food for at least 15-20 minutes.
4- Repeat every 2-3 hours until sore throat is gone.

Caution: If you have weak dental enamel or sensitivity to citrus fruit, don’t do this!

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Dec 092014

Recently I received a question asking which carbohydrate foods I recommend to somene who has issues metabolizing sugar properly like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), insulin resistance, sugar sensitivity, etc. Personally, what I find to be most important is first to get onto a super healthy diet eliminating all the processed food and junk food. After that, if need be, in today’s video I go over what other modifications and adjustments one can make to their already healthy diet to maintain balanced blood sugar levels.

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