"14He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; 15And wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man' heart." Psalm 104:14,15
The past year has been a difficult one for me as I have experienced joint pains, muscle spasms, nerve pains, numbness and tingling, etc. So far no specific diagnosis has been reached. However, through visits to a couple of doctors and three chiropractors, hours of online research, and the input and suggestions of friends, the Lord has shown me some foods and supplements that can give relief from some of the inflammation.
I would like to share some of the things that have been a help to us with our problems. Perhaps they will be a help to someone else as well.
(On top of the above mentioned problems, I also have a number of food sensitivities. Christy also is experiencing some food sensitivities and some symptoms which indicate there is inflammation going on in her body. Therefore, recipes will take these food sensitivities into consideration. Feel free to take and modify them according to your own needs.)
This is very delicious. However, it does use raw eggs. There is always a danger of salmonella on raw eggs, so handle with care. I usually wash the eggs well with a tiny amount of dish detergent and then rinse thoroughly. They are then sprayed with hydrogen peroxide to remove any other bacteria.
To make smoothie, place the following in blender
½ cup frozen cherries (good for joints)
1 capsule acidophilus* (opened and sprinkled in)
Powdered ginger to taste - (anti-spasmodic for muscles)
Powdered cinnamon to taste
1 scoop cordyceps mushroom supplement** - (anti-inflammatory)
2 raw eggs - mildly anti-inflammatory and also soothes an irritated stomach
Optional: add a little brewer’s yeast*** for more energy
Blend all until very smooth.
I drink this about 4 mornings a week.
*The acidophilus I use is Longest Living Acidophilus™ by Futurebiotics
**The cordyceps supplement we use is called CocoCeps which is ™ of Madre Labs, available from iherb
This supplement does contain chococolate and has a small amount of caffeine. According to my chiropractor Dark chocolate is anti-inflammatory when eaten in moderation but becomes inflammatory when combined with milk.
***The Brewer’s Yeast we use is from Solgar and is made from fermented beets. It is non-active yeast and is debittered.
Orange/lemon Green Tea Ginger Drink
This is a great drink for energy. I like to take it with me when I go out, especially in the summer. It can be made with just lemons or with oranges and and one lemon. If using just lemons, use 2 lemons instead of the 3 oranges and 1 lemon. Make in a 3 to 4 cup container.
3 oranges - mildly anti-inflammatory
1 lemon - mildly anti-inflammatory
6 pieces of crystallized ginger - anti-spasmodic and soothing to muscles
1 capsule of green tea - decaffeinated, Life Extension brand
Optional: 1 packet emergen-C; if you are needing extra electrolytes
Honey or sugar to taste (sugar and honey are both inflammatory, especially sugar, but sometimes this drink needs a little sweetness.☺)
Seltzer water enough to fill the 3 cup container.
Note: this drink does contain quite a bit of natural and other sugars. Please use with caution if you have sugar problems.
A Mostly Anti-inflammatory Lunch
Beef Liver Gravy
Tapioca starch or flour - 3 Tbsp. - (Tapioca starch is available in an Asian Market); potato starch or corn starch can also be used
Tapioca starch can be very inflammatory; use in small amounts or use 3 Tbsp. of flour instead
2 tsp. beef liver extract - I use Solgar brand tablets. They have no additives. If ground to powder, they can be used for gravies or beef stock. Red meats are considered to be inflammatory, but beef liver is considered to be beneficial.
Curry powder to taste - strongly anti-inflammatory; also thought to be useful for cancer prevention; be careful not to use too much or gravy will be bitter; also use curry with caution if you have a tendency to develop kidney stones
Salt to taste - unprocessed sea salt (the one with all the colorful crystals); has natural trace minerals
Onion and garlic powder to taste
Other spices as desired for taste - use only plain, natural spices.
Mix starch with cold water and allow to set for at least 5 minutes
Add the other ingredients and mix thoroughly
Cook on medium heat (maybe lower if using a gas stove) until mixture boils and thickens. Stir frequently.
Asparagus is moderately anti-inflammatory. If you use frozen, check the bag to make sure nothing else is added. When using the frozen, you can easily break off the stringy parts before adding the pieces to the pan. The sprigs of asparagus will snap easily where the stringy part ends and the easy-to-chew part begins.
Add about 4 tablespoons of your gravy to the asparagus. If necessary add water to keep the asparagus from burning.
Add a small amount of salt to taste. It shouldn’t need much since the gravy already has salt in it.
Note: Barley is not anti-inflammatory. It is moderately inflammatory. It is, however, less inflammatory than rice though slightly more inflammatory than wheat. Most grains are somewhat inflammatory, but they can be combined with anti-inflammatory foods. Also, flour is best used right after it is ground. When it sits at room temperature very long it becomes rancid and becomes more inflammatory. We get organic barley for $1.00 a pound at Ingles, and a friend grinds it for us.
4 ½ cups barley flour
¼ cup expeller pressed canola oil
Pinch of salt
3 tsp. baking powder*
1 ½ cups water
Mix all ingredients and make large drop biscuits on an ungreased stainless steel cookie sheet. If using wheat instead of barley, the cookie sheet should be greased. If using wheat-free flour, the cookie sheet does not need to be greased. However, wheat-free flour bisuits or cookies do stick very badly to non-stick cookie sheets.
*Homemade Baking Powder
Most baking powder has cornstarch in it. If allergic to corn, try this homemade baking powder
1 part baking soda
1 part cream of tartar
1 part tapioca starch or potato starch
Mix all thoroughly and use as you would regular baking powder.
Well, I hope this has been a help to someone. The smoothie and meal certainly were yummy! I’ll try to post again another time about other recipes or supplements good for inflammation and/or food sensitivities.
Have a great Lord’s Day tomorrow.