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Happy Thanksgiving, Blessings, Thoughts, & Meditation

Happy Thanksgiving

I was reading the Radiance Sutras last night and found Sutra #50 that totally relates to and celebrates the Spirit of Thanksgiving. I especially recommend considering this Sutra #50 as a Thanksgiving meditation or to read before your Celebratory and Glorifying meal.

Also, I like the word-concept Thanksgiving. Not only does it mean giving thanks but the active verb of giving takes you outside of yourself to connect with the whole of Self.

All the very best,

Steve

All around you, in every moment,
The world is offering a feast for your senses.
Songs are playing, tasty food is on the table,
Fragrances are in the air,

Colors fill the eyes with light.
You who long for union,
Attend this banquet with loving focus.
The outer and inner worlds Open to each other.
Oneness of vision, oneness of heart.

Right here, in the midst of it all, Mount that elation,
ascend with it, Become identical
With the ecstatic Essence Embracing both worlds.

Many Health Benefits of Pumpkin & Pumpkin Seeds

Happy Thanksgiving! 

We may have just passed Halloween, but there is still a lot of pumpkin season left to enjoy, including the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, where pumpkins often make an appearance in the form of decorations, pumpkin pie and more.

There’s a lot more to pumpkins than just decorations and occasional pie baking, though. Pumpkins are rich in carotenoids, including beta-carotene, which your body converts to a form of vitamin A, and plays a role in cancer prevention, says the National Cancer Institute. Those same carotenoids are free-radical busters, generate numerous very important internal benefits, and help support your skin health and reduce wrinkle appearance.

In fact, just one cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin is loaded with pre-vitamin A-Carotene — over 200 percent of the recommended daily intake. Unlike pre-formed vitamin A from animal sources, pro-vitamin A- Carotenes are extremely safe, besides being effective, even at high therapeutic dosages. Carotenes are important for healthy vision, including seeing in dim light as well as vital cell health, bone growth, reproductive health and immune system health. They also help your skin and mucous membranes fight off bacteria and viruses more effectively.

Pumpkin also provides a good source of fiber – approximately three grams per one cup – as well as only 49 calories, helping you stay full longer on fewer calories.

Pumpkin is also a great source of polyphenol antioxidants such as lutein and xanthin as well as vitamin K, a vitamin that helps support overall health in the body, plus assists with calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D absorption.

Likewise, pumpkins are rich in vitamins C and B, including folate, niacin, vitamin B6, thiamin and pantothenic acid. And don’t forget about the minerals in pumpkins – including calcium and potassium. And when it comes to potassium, a cup of cooked pumpkin has more potassium than a banana – 564 mg compared to 422mg. Potassium can help to restore the body’s electrolyte balance following a heavy workout and can also help muscles function at their best.

One cup of cooked pumpkin delivers more than 11mg of vitamin C, or nearly 20 percent of the 60mg the IOM recommends for women’s daily needs. It also adds a boost to men’s vitamin C daily requirements of 75mg.

Now for pumpkin seeds: The seeds provide concentrated sources of protein, minerals and vitamins as well as good sources of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which support heart health and more. Nuts and seeds, including pumpkin seeds, are naturally packed with plant-based phytosterols, which are shown in studies to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol. Those same plant sterols have also been linked to fighting certain cancers. In fact, 100g of pumpkin seeds (about one cup) will give you ample protein and iron as well as niacin, selenium and zinc – but not cholesterol.

Pumpkin seeds are rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which is necessary for the creation of serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that, among other things, supports mental health as well as a healthy mood, sleep and a sense of calm or relaxation.

Pumpkin seeds are also rich in the mineral zinc — which is important for several areas of your body, especially your reproductive and immune systems. The zinc is bound with protein and some vitamin E, both of which enhance zinc absorption.

You see? Pumpkins really are great! There are many health perks to pumpkins and their seeds, so be sure to enjoy them this Thanksgiving, this autumn, as well as all year long.

Happy Thanksgiving! Additional Pumpkin Facts.

  • Native Americans used fresh or dried pumpkin seeds for food and medicine.
  • Pumpkin seeds are widely enjoyed by many health conscious people throughout the U.S. and world. The seeds are an excellent source of protein, essential fatty acids, zinc, and more. Zinc is great for both the immune system and reproductive systems. You can eat the seeds dry, reconstituted, or sprouted.
  • Organic pumpkin seeds are preferred.
  • Pumpkins are rich in potassium, pro-vitamin A carotenes, and many other important nutrients.
  • Besides pies, pumpkins are incredible in soups – very sweet and hardy – and in other dishes!
  • Pumpkin flowers are edible.
  • Pumpkins were once recommended for removing freckles and curing snake bites.
  • The largest pumpkin ever grown weighed 1,140 pounds.
  • Pumpkins are 90 percent water.
  • 80 percent of the pumpkin supply in the U.S. is available in October.
  • Native Americans flattened strips of pumpkins, dried them and made mats.
  • The pumpkin carving tradition actually started with the carving of turnips. When the Irish immigrated to the U.S., they found pumpkins a plenty and they were much easier to carve for their ancient holiday!

Sending you much thanks, appreciations, and gratitudes!

Steve

happy thanksgiving

Our Founder Steve’s Fun Health Facts #517 – #521:

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Steve’s Health Fact 517:

What kind of car does a citrus fruit drive?

A lime-ousine.

Consuming high levels of flavonoids from citrus fruits can have significant effects on reducing specific markers of inflammation, according to a recent study. In previous studies this class of phytochemicals has been shown to have benefits in various aspects of human health including cardiovascular, brain and eye health, and has also been shown to possess anti-cancer properties.

Source: Selected Dietary Flavonoids Are Associated with Markers of Inflammation and Endothelial Dysfunction in U.S. Women.

Learn more about specific foods, herbs, and supplements that work as antioxidants for different specific parts of the body in our NHI Combination Certified Nutritionist Consultant (CNC)™ and our Certified Clinical Master Herbalist (CCMH)™ Residential Program which is on Wednesday nights. Also, note our Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist (CCMA)™ Residential Program on Monday nights. You can join both programs at anytime – the sooner the better – See our NHI Schedule for more information. NHI’s in-depth discussion of antioxidants in both programs is one of many reasons that make our programs renowned for their quality and comprehensiveness. Also, note our five comprehensive Distance Learning Programs!


Steve’s Health Fact 518:

I have a patient who believes in preventative healthcare.

He prevents me from caring for his health.

Consuming higher dietary levels of potassium could result in substantially lower risks of experiencing a stroke as well as improving overall cardiovascular health and reducing the chances of developing heart disease.

Potassium is integral to supporting proper muscle contraction and heart muscle rhythm. Deficiency of potassium can result in abnormal blood pressure and heart arrhythmia.

Source: Potassium Intake, Stroke, and Cardiovascular Disease


Steve’s Health Fact 519:

An old couple was watching TV one evening, and the husband got up to go to the kitchen. His wife told him to get her some iced tea, and knowing that the years had taken their toll on his memory, she told him to write it down.

“I can remember iced tea,” he protested.

“But I want sugar in my tea, too” she told him, “so write it down.”

He told her he could remember iced tea with sugar.

“I want a slice of lemon, too.” she said, “Just write it down.”

He left the room grumbling to himself. A few minutes later he came back with a plate full of mashed potatoes for her.

“Now look what you’ve done!” she yelled at him, “You forgot my gravy!”

The United States is the second leading country in the world for deaths per capita caused by iron-deficient anemia.

Iron is especially important to a developing fetus as the element plays a major role in the formation of various parameters of memory and learning. Iron deficiency in utero appears to adversely affect gene expression and specific intercellular signaling pathways, subsequently impairing hippocampal development. The hippocampus is the area of the brain primarily responsible for memory and learning.

Source: The Role of Iron in Learning and Memory.

There are many foods rich in easily absorbed iron, including dark, leafy greens and dark beans or legumes. Medicinal herbs that are well documented to provide even better absorption and utilization of iron include yellow dock root, dandelion root, nettles leaf, dark sea vegetables, and beet root. Learn more about specific foods, herbs, and supplements that work as for different specific parts of the body and different specific problems in our NHI Combination Certified Nutritionist Consultant (CNC)™ and our Certified Clinical Master Herbalist (CCMH)™ Residential Program which is on Wednesday nights. Also, note our Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist (CCMA)™ Residential Program on Monday nights. You can join both programs at anytime – the sooner the better – See our NHI Schedule for more information. NHI’s in-depth discussion of antioxidants in both programs is one of many reasons that make our programs renowned for their quality and comprehensiveness. Also, note our five comprehensive Distance Learning Programs!


Steve’s Health Fact 520:

SPF-75.

EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate), the polyphenol extract from green tea, is known for its many health benefits including anti-inflammatory, cancer protective and antioxidative properties. Now, according to a recent study, this powerful extract has also been shown to help protect the skin from the sun’s harsh UV radiation and improve various aspects of skin health, structure and appearance.

Source: Green Tea Polyphenols Provide Photoprotection, Increase Microcirculation, and Modulate Skin Properties of Women.


Steve’s Health Fact 521:

In NYC, they hail taxis. In Napa, they hail cabs.

In a small part of the brain stem or medulla oblongata, called the Rostral Ventrolateral Medulla (RVLM), is located the region responsible for controlling the heart and blood pressure.

In animal models, a recent study showed that excess estrogen, which can lead to excessive oxidative stress, can adversely affect this area of the brain causing an increase in blood pressure. Resveratrol, the polyphenol found in red grapes, wine, and certain medicinal plants, was shown to counteract the oxidative damage caused by the estrogen and, in turn, lower blood pressure in the affected animals.

Source: Chronic estradiol-17β exposure increases superoxide production in the rostral ventrolateral medulla (RVLM) and causes hypertension: reversal by resveratrol.

Learn more about specific foods, herbs, and supplements that work as for different specific parts of the body and different specific problems in our NHI Combination Certified Nutritionist Consultant (CNC)™ and our Certified Clinical Master Herbalist (CCMH)™ Residential Program which is on Wednesday nights. Also, note our Certified Clinical Master Aromatherapist (CCMA)™ Residential Program on Monday nights. You can join both programs at anytime – the sooner the better – See our NHI Schedule for more information. NHI’s in-depth discussion of antioxidants in both programs is one of many reasons that make our programs renowned for their quality and comprehensiveness. Also, note our five comprehensive Distance Learning Programs!