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- Garlic [lowers inflammation], inflammation is linked to premature aging and diseases such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, autoimmune disease, and inflammatory disease like arthritis. -- In one study women who took garlic had lower levels osteoarthritis in the hip.

- The antioxidants in garlic [prevent oxidation] and protects the heart.
- Garlic contains natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal properties, and [boosts the immune system].
- The sulfur compounds relax the blood vessels, opens up circulation, less stress on the heart, lowers blood pressure, [increases circulation], the flow of oxygen and nutrients.

Read more …[inflammation] Secret Benefits of Garlic - ABC News (video)

TODAY's diet and nutrition expert Joy Bauer answers viewers' questions about their diet dilemmas, including how to increase vitamin D absorption by eating more dairy.

Vitamin D
- Absorption assisted by fat and some proteins
- Can be absorbed from fat-free dairy products
- Supplements should be taken with large meals

Bottled vs. Brewed Green Tea
- Bottled has lower (significant) polyphenol content

Read more …Diet S.O.S.: Dairy and Vitamin D; Bottled vs. Brewed Green Tea - Today (video)

A diet meant to stop hypertension is also shown to reduce kidney stones.

- DASH: Dietary, Approaches to, Stop, Hypertension
- A diet high is fruits, vegetables, nuts, and dairy product but low in red meat and sugar drinks.
- May reduce hypertension and prevent kidney stones.
- The study group that ate this diet also seemed to have high citrate levels an important salt that prevents calcium stones.

Read more …DASH Diet May Help Reduce Kidney Stones - ABC NEWS (video)

- "A number of controlled clinical trials —— have concluded that cranberry juice really is effective for preventing urinary tract infections,"
- Estimates suggest that urinary tract infections (UTIs) account for about 8 million medical visits each year, at a total cost of more than $1.6 billion.

The results suggest that the beneficial substances in cranberry juice could reach the urinary tract and prevent bacterial adhesion within 8 hours after consumption of cranberry juice.

Read more …New evidence on how cranberry juice fights bacteria that cause urinary tract infections -...

There is a much discussion today about good health and body chemistry.  This has spawned a broad movement toward achieving balanced pH.  For most, this means consuming more foods that produce alkalizing effects and less foods that create acidifying effects.  The rationale dates back to work done by Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg who in 1931 was awarded the Nobel prize in Physiology / Medicine.   Dr. Warburg looked at a complex relationship between acidic body chemistry, toxicity (caused by fermenting sugars), low oxygen states and corresponding sub-optimal performance of the body.

Since most of us develop an acidic body chemistry over time, we need alkalizing foods to restore pH balance.  Wheatgrass juice is a powerful alkalizer.  It is also a preferred food because it seems to possess the ability to single-handedly change people's body chemistry when used in sufficient amounts.  As a result, it is exactly the kind of food needed to help jump start the processes of the body.  It is also the perfect food to consume when life's challenges (like traveling for work) get in the way of the lifestyle choices you prefer.  For many, consuming wheatgrass juice is like have a license to exist in the world around us.

It is important to note that we don't want our bodies to be either alkaline or acidic; rather, we are trying to achieve balance.  We love our wheatgrass juice; but don't think it appropriate to live on it alone.  You can help your body build a solid long term foundation by using some wheatgrass juice and making great choices at the grocery store.


Maintaining a balanced pH level in the body is critical for longterm good health. The problem with the typical North American diet is that our bodies can become overly acidic. Why is this important? Acidosis creates many health problems and a pH balanced body resolves them. The rationale dates back to work done by  Dr. Otto Heinrich Warburg who in 1931 was awarded the Nobel prize in Physiology / Medicine.   Dr. Warburg looked at a complex relationship between acidic body chemistry, toxicity (caused by fermenting sugars), low oxygen states and corresponding sub-optimal performance of the body.

Wheatgrass juice is a powerful alkalizing agent which can help body gain and maintain a balanced pH. Your local health food store usually has pH test kits available. Note that the the perfect pH level for human blood ranges between 7.2 and 7.35. Your testing kit should have instructions which discuss the various ranges of all bodily fluids.


The various foods and beverages you consume release either alkaline or acidic residues into your body when your body digests them. As these residues are released into your body, your body attempts to filter the residues out and maintain proper body pH balance. So if, for example, you eat a lot of acid producing foods like meat, cheese, and sweets, your kidneys would pull minerals from your body like potassium, magnesium, calcium, and sodium to counteract the acid and keep your body pH in check.

By being careful about food pH and consuming foods that are more in-line with your slightly alkaline body pH, you can ease the strain on your kidneys and lessen the need for your body to surrender important minerals in the name of maintaining body pH. Examples of alkaline-producing foods are fresh vegetables, some fruits, nuts, and legumes.


Another key component of the Living Foods Lifestyle® is freshly juiced wheatgrass. Wheatgrass juice is an effective healer because it contains chlorophyll, all minerals known to man, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, and K. Wheatgrass is extremely rich in protein, and contains 17 amino acids, the building blocks of protein.

Ann Wigmore Natural Health Institute

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