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Liver Cleanse Juice

May 13, 2011
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Get rid of pimples, fine lines and a blah complexion by taking care of your body’s CEO, the liver. Think of your liver as the  un-oustable Chief Elimination Officer in charge of caring for your entire body, the health of which is reflected via your skin. When your liver is overwhelmed with toxins (crap you eat and put on your skin) break outs and other skin problems occur. While infomercials and 12-step programs promote fabulous, breakout-free,  ‘supple’ skin the bottom line is beauty comes from within, literally. So here are some simple steps to consider to help promote ultimate liver health.

Drink lots of water

Alcohol/ coffee in moderation

And eat green leafy veggies:

  • Chlorella
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Dandelion greens
  • Broccoli

For a super delicious juice you can make at home here’s a link to an easy to make at home recipe from our friend Neka Pasquale of

Body, Nourish, Nutrition Advice, Nutrition Bits, Recipes

Winter Health Tips: Miso Soup Recipe

February 17, 2010
Neka Pasquale practices chinese medicine (acupuncture and nutrition) in Marin County, CA

Neka Pasquale practices Chinese medicine (acupuncture and nutrition) in Marin County, CA

Neka Pasquale, founder of and wrote this back in 2010.

Eating foods that are warming like soups and stews help to keep our kidney energy healthy as is drinking chai tea on a cold day. Instead of eating cold foods straight from the refrigerator let them warm to room temperature. It is advisable to avoid phlegm and damp foods, such as dairy products, fired foods, cold foods like ice cream, all foods containing white sugar, white flour, and foods that are highly processed.

To stay healthy during the cold winter months:

-avoid overeating

-get a good night’s sleep

-stay warm

-eat healthy lots of organic fruits and vegetables

-wash hands regularly

-reduce stress with things like yoga, meditation, or acupuncture

-regular acupuncture can boost the immune system and prevent colds and flu

Easy Medicinal Miso Soup Recipe for Common Cold

4 tablespoons red miso paste

5 organic green onions/ scallions chopped

6 cups filtered water

Bring water to boil. Add miso paste and stir to dissolve. Cook for 10 minutes on very low flame. Chop scallions and sprinkle a tablespoon on top of miso broth.

This is an ancient Chinese remedy for the common cold. The soup is indicated for the beginning of a cold with a headache, stuffy nose, and slight fever. The miso paste strengthens the stomach energy and detoxifies which will help dispel the cold. The scallions are warming and pungent which promote sweating to relieve the cold and flu symptoms.

Body, Health Prevention, Nourish, Nutrition Advice

Keep those Kidneys Healthy!

January 10, 2010

By Neka Pasquale, Chinese medicine practitioner, accunpuncturist and nutritionist

Chinese medicine promotes living in harmony with the cycle of the seasons. The winter months are cold and rainy creating the perfect environment to go inward, reflect, and rest to consolidate your energy to be able to bloom and sparkle in the spring time

Winter is ruled by the water element, which is associated with the kidneys, bladder, and adrenal glands. In Chinese medicine the kidneys are the foundational source of all the energy of the body, controlling growth and development, reproduction, teeth, bones and hair. Kidneys also control the fluids of the body. If Kidney Essence is strong, hair will be healthy –thick and lustrous. If it is weak, hair will be thin and brittle and may turn gray at an early age. When the kidneys are weak we may experience exhaustion which can lead to issues like chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia as the fluids of the body nourish and lubricate the joints. When our bodies aren’t properly lubricated symptoms like joint stiffness, arthritis, and back pain can manifest.

Winter is the time to lower physical activity. To support being less active it’s a good idea to eat smaller meals incorporating warm soups, lightly steamed vegetables, and low fat foods into our diet. Avoiding cold raw foods during the winter will help keep the kidneys strong, as cold foods weaken the kidney energy. Hot fluids in winter keep mucus membranes and the bronchi hydrated and phlegm loosened.

Examples of smart meal and food choices for winter are:

  • Soups and stews
  • Yams and sweet potatoes
  • Miso and seaweed
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Onion
  • Walnuts
  • Chestnuts
  • Sesame, flax, and pumpkin seeds
  • Whole grains

Winter kidney warming tea: Water, 2 cups filtered, fresh Ginger root, 2 slices ½ inch thick, cinnamon sticks, 1 stick per 2 cups of water, fresh mint, wash 8-10 leaves tear before adding to water, agave nectar, 1 teaspoon for sweetness or stevia for those sensitive to sugar

Boil water and pour into teapot or large mug

Add ginger, cinnamon sticks, and mint

Cover and let sit for 5-10 minutes

Add agave or stevia to sweeten

Fresh ginger supports digestion, warms the stomach, and is anti-inflammatory.

Cinnamon strengthens kidney yang energy, promotes circulation as it warms the body.

Mint is spicy and cool used for flavor and to balance the heat of the ginger and cinnamon. In Chinese medicine this is used to treat headache, colds, sore throat and red eyes.