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Ever since the yo – yo dieting trends started to take hold back in the 80’s, eggs have gotten a bad rap as being an unhealthy food. Well, now you’re going to get the truth! Eggs are actually one of nature’s perfect foods that gives you all kinds of great nutrients all conveniently packaged in a low - glycemic, easy to fix food. Ironically, most of those nutrients are in the part of the egg most of you have been throwing away - the yolk!
Here’s what you've been missing . . .
One reason many people freak out over eggs is because the cholesterol “number” is so high, and most of it is concentrated in the yoke - the best part, by the way! If only they knew the facts about cholesterol.
The cholesterol in eggs is dietary cholesterol, which means it’s good for you - your body needs it and can use it. For many years egg cholesterol was made out to be the bad guy / girl and associated with low – density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol. This couldn't be farther from the truth. In fact, the dietary cholesterol from eggs has been found to increase the “good” cholesterol called high – density lipoprotein or (HDL).[i]
In fact, eating whole eggs is more nutritious and healthier for you compared to eating egg substitutes according to one study.[ii]
To take this one step further, just too clear up some myths about LDL cholesterol, these numbers cannot be interpreted on their own, they must be considered in ratios to one another; and most importantly, the LDL number on your cholesterol panel must be further analyzed in terms of particle size.
If you have a high LDL number it's not necessarily a bad thing. It’s only bad if the particle size is small, which means it can penetrate the arterial walls and cause plaque to build - up. On the other hand, if the particle size is large, that’s good, because it won’t be able to pass through the wall. Unfortunately, too many doctors don’t order the right blood work, and fail to interpret blood chemistry within the framework of “optimal health” ranges.
In Chinese medicine, cooked eggs are warm in nature with a sweet flavor. The nutritional value of the egg white is associated with benefiting the lungs, while the egg yolk benefits the heart and the kidneys.
They have a nourishing effect by supplementing the Qi and blood, nourish yin, have the ability to calm the fetus in pregnant women, moisten the lungs, and clear lung heat.
Eggs are considered a preferred food for the elderly due to their nourishing effects, and are generally used to treat patterns of deficiency.
Some of the indications are: fatigue, weakness, malnutrition, insomnia, red eyes, heart palpitations sore throat, dry cough, etc.
The final word . . . EGGS are AWESOME! They’re full of nutrients that you need, they’re economical, easy to cook, you can prepare them a million different ways, and they should definitely be a regular part of your diet.
Be sure to:
Don’t pay much attention to the USDA stamp, they’re just another useless government agency that fails to do their job; in this case, regulating labels, expiration dates, quality and farm conditions. The best thing you can do is investigate the farm you purchase from, to insure a high quality product.
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Posted by: Scott Stewart, MSAc., LAc., Dipl.Ac.
If you need a little extra help boosting your immune system, you can take an herbal supplement like Jade Windscreen (Yu Ping Feng Pian). This is a tried and true formula that has been used for over a thousand years for boosting the immune system. This a great formula that's 100% natural, with no toxic substances added; unlike the flu shot. These herbs boost your first line of defense - the innate immune system, whereas the flu shot attempts to work with the second line of defense / the adaptive immune system. When strengthening your immune system it's the innate system that's important, because that's what comes into contact with pathogens first.
In fact, there's more evidence for the use of herbs to boost the immune system compared to the flu shot. When you get vaccinated you become the guinea pig, because there are no long - term studies on these vaccinations before they release them to the public.
The herbs used in Yu Ping Feng Pian are a combination of natural antivirals / antibacterials, and natural immune boosters. The two primary herbs in this formula have been extensively researched in both the East and the West. The Chief herb being:
Huang Qi [Radix astragali]- a.k.a Astragulus in Western botanical medicine, is a really awesome herb! In Chinese medicine (CM) Huang Qi has the following actions:
Huang Qi (astragulus) is in a category of herbs called adaptogens. I truely believe mother nature designed these herbs specifically for Westerners, because their claim to fame is allowing the organism to adapt to any non - specific environmental stressor, while providing resistance to such factors. Adaptogens normalize and balance regardless of the pathological condition. The Western botanical actions are as follows:
The second herb in this formula is Bai Zhu [white atractylodus], which is considered the deputy in the formula, is also a big immune upregulator, and biomedically, Bai Zhu can boost white blood cell counts when they're low; and help prevent acute intestinal infection. In CM Bai Zhu has the following functions:
Fang Feng [Saposhnikovia divaricata] is the assistant in the formula; its functions are:
Modern research shows that this herb has antipyretic features (abates fever), alleviates pain and convulsion, inhibits inflammation, and has both antiviral and antibiotic effects.
The Kan formula above has 4 additional herbs added for additional support (Shan Yao, Hei Zao, Gui Zhi, Bai Shao). These herbs also have immune up-regulating actions, anti-inflammatory abilities, as well as, antiviral and antibacterial functions.
Herbs are what nature gave us and intended for us to use for healing. When you use an herbal formula, you know exactly what is in there - herbs. A vaccination on the other hand, is synthetic, untested, and contains substances that are harmful to your health, and things you likely would not want to ingest or have your child ingest like: human and animal cell lines (usually taken from fetal tissue), human and animal blood serum, toxic chemicals, additives, antibiotics, etc. The point here is that, 1) vaccinations are not natural, 2) just take care of yourself (eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep), 3) if you need an immune booster, take something natural like an herbal formula that has 1000's of years of clinical efficacy. There is no need to worry about cold and flu season. vaccinations are profit driven, when you get a vaccination you're contributing to a trillion dollar global industry and lining the pockets of Big Pharma. Be smart and stay healthy!
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