The other morning when I was at the butcher to get some pork ribs to make bakuteh, the butcher who is ever full of handy tips told me to get a wedge of ‘fun kot’ (kudzu root) to boil it with the bakuteh herbs and […]
Month: September 2014
Our healthy organic brown rice noodles for dinner yesterday… The minced chicken meat and shimeji mushrooms were cooked with a head of garlic (minced in the blender), darkened and seasoned to taste with blackstrap molasses, organic soy sauce and pepper. The blackstrap tastes pretty […]
Many people don’t think about medical care until they have a problem, but there is nothing more important than you health. It is important to seek medical care quickly when something is wrong, but you can avoid many health problems by maintaining a positive relationship with your primary care physician.
It is recommended that you see your doctor once each year for a physical even if you do not currently have any medical concerns. This allows the doctor to establish a baseline for your health. Many times, it will also help your physician discover small problems before they become major issues.
When you visit your primary care physician on a regular basis, he will gain a good understanding of your overall health. If you are experiencing symptoms that are outside his level of expertise, you will likely be referred to a specialist.
Visiting a specialist is an excellent way to gain insight regarding a particular area of your health, but it’s very important to choose the right specialist. Your primary care physician will likely recommend a specific specialist to you. However, you need to check and make sure the specialist is covered under your insurance plan before you make an appointment.
It’s also a good idea to do your research to see if the specialist will likely be a good fit. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to research healthcare providers thanks to the Internet. Without even leaving your home, you can search for insurance information, patient reviews and more.
Many physicians now have websites for their practices. This is a great way to get to know them a little before your appointment. Websites vary by provider, but most include information about the doctor’s training, experience and education. You can also learn more about other doctors and staff members in the practice.
On the specialist’s website, you should be able to see which insurance providers are accepted. Many websites include the paperwork you will need to submit at your appointment. Print it out and complete in advance to minimize your wait time. Some sites even allow you to click and make an appointment instead of doing this over the phone.
Talking to your friends, family members and co-workers is another great way to find a specialist. Encourage them to provide honest feedback about doctors they have visited in the past. It’s important to learn about a doctor’s communication style and bedside manner to see if he will be a good fit for your personality and needs.
Homecooked dinner tonight, 4 Sept 2014. 1) Stir-fried cabbage and bok choy (both organic) with garlic (I used an entire head of garlic and pan fried the cloves of garlic uncut. I love munching on fried garlic cloves!) 2) Blanched ladies fingers, drizzled with Japanese […]
I bought a jar of organic unsulphured blackstrap molasses last week. After reading up the health benefits of blackstrap molasses, I wanted to give it a try too.
Instead of popping iron pills for anemia every other day, I thought I might as well pop something more natural like blackstrap molasses.
Blacsktrap is a natural stool softener that can improve the regularity and quality of your bowel movements. I thought that I could try feeding Cass with this too.
When I tried a teaspoon of blackstrap when I got home from the supermarket, I was disappointed. It tasted awful on my tongue and I do not think I can bring myself to swallow down a teaspoon of this black, thick and gooey stuff neat everyday.
I have yet to try marinating my meats with blackstrap and then grilling them to mask the taste. I am going to try doing this one of these days. And I think I can substitute our regular Chinese thick dark sauce with blackstrap as it tastes somewhat alike.
I will have some experiments to do in the kitchen soon and I hope that my kids won’t even be able to point out the unusual taste in their grilled chicken and dry noodles darkened with blackstrap 😉
Health Benefits of Blackstrap Molasses
1) Safe sweetener for diabetics – Unlike refined sugar, blackstrap molasses has a moderate glycemic load of 55. This makes it a good sugar substitute for diabetics and individuals who are seeking to avoid blood sugar spikes. Moreover, one serving of blackstrap contains no fat and only 32 calories, making it suitable for a weight loss diet.
2) Laxative qualities – Blackstrap is a natural stool softener that can improve the regularity and quality of your bowel movements.
3) Rich in iron – Two tablespoons of blackstrap contain 13.2 percent of our RDI of iron, which our bodies need to carry oxygen to our blood cells. People who are anemic (including pregnant women) will greatly benefit from consuming 1-2 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses per day.
4) High in calcium and magnesium – Blackstrap molasses contains a mineral profile that has been optimized by nature for superior absorption. For example, two tablespoons of blackstrap contains 11.7 percent of our RDI of calcium and 7.3 percent of our RDI of magnesium. This calcium-magnesium ratio is ideal, since our bodies need large quantities of magnesium to help absorb similarly large quantities of calcium. Both of these minerals aid the growth and development of bones, making blackstrap a good safeguard against osteoporosis and other bone diseases.
5) Additional mineral content – Two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses also contains 18 percent of our RDI of manganese (which helps produce energy from proteins and carbohydrates), 9.7 percent of our RDI of potassium (which plays an important role in nerve transmission and muscle contraction), 5 percent of our RDI of vitamin B6 (which aids brain and skin development) and 3.4 percent of our RDI of selenium, an important antioxidant.
6) Colon Health
Blackstrap molasses is a very good source of calcium, which helps cleanse the colon of toxins. Calcium is often associated with a reduced risk of colon cancer.
7) Good Source of Selenium
Blackstrap molasses is a good source of selenium, providing about 5% of the DV per tablespoon. Selenium plays a key role in thyroid function, antioxidant protection, cancer prevention, cardiovascular health and inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Selenium deficiency can lead to these and other health conditions.
8) Good Source of Vitamin B6
One tablespoon of blackstrap molasses provides 7.5% the DV of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is needed for the immunity, the nervous system, cell formation, blood health and energy production. It is also believed to have anti-inflammatory and anticancer properties.
9) Skin Health
Testimonials claim that blackstrap molasses is great for skin health and may help to cure eczema, psoriasis, acne and other skin conditions. Blackstrap molasses contains powerful antioxidants, which are believed to contribute to good skin health and lower the risk of lines, wrinkles and other skin conditions associated with premature aging.
With so many health benefits tagged to blackstrap, I really need to find innovative ways of concealing this syrup in the food for my kids and me! Or train my taste bud to accept it neat!
I still get the hand numbness and tingling sensation on my hands, especially on my right hand every morning when I wake up. I notice that the more I use the hand to carry heavy things, the more severe the hand numbness and tingling sensation […]