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Pumpkin Everything

With the chilly weather returning so quickly everyone is gearing up for Fall and with that means its pumpkin everything season again. While it might be annoying to see it plastered in all products until Christmas. Pumpkins surprisingly have a lot of health benefits.

The Seeds

Most people cook these after craving their pumpkins. Have a tasty snack but WEB MD states: Pumpkin seeds are rich in the amino acid tryptophan, the famed ingredient in turkey that many think brings on the need for that post-Thanksgiving feast snooze. While experts agree that it’s likely the overeating rather than the tryptophan lulling you to sleep, the amino acid is important in production of serotonin, one of the major players when it comes to our mood.

Also like most seeds and nuts, pumpkin seeds can help your heart.  They are naturally rich in certain plant-based chemicals called phytosterols that have been shown in studies to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol.

The Pumpkin

Most people only think of it as a desert or an added flavor or scent to our festive traditions, but it can be utilized for so much more.

Most people reach for the Banana after a workout to restore the body’s electrolytes and help with muscle function. Turns out, a cup of cooked pumpkin has more of the refueling nutrient potassium, with 564 milligrams to a banana’s 422.

Pumpkin is also packed with vitamin C and rich in carotenoids, the compounds that give the gourd their bright orange color, including beta-carotene, which the body converts into a form of vitamin A for additional peeper protection.

Pumpkin also has beta-carotene  which may play a role in fighting certain cancers and help smooth wrinkles.

Its also a great source of fiber. Most people associate fiber with bran but not squash, however pumpkin has three grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories, it can keep you feeling full for longer on fewer calories.

Harmony Presents: A World Healing Concert

Harmony Wellness is proud to present an evening of sublime music by world class musicians SHINE, ANDREW KIM, CURTIS ANDREWS and GREG VALOU, playing a variety of international instruments including the Didjeridu, Sitar, Hang, Sansula, Percussion, and Bass weaved into healing harmonies.

This concert will be held at ‘The Kutir’, a beautiful garden backyard setting with an elegantly adorned stage surrounded by trees and flowers with a big grassy dance floor space.

Harmony Wellness is a multidiciplinary clinic in False Creek that offers Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Registered Massage Therapy, Clinical Counseling, Nutrition, Intuitive Healing and more.
We at Harmony Wellness are so pleased to welcome you to this evening of music, dance and healing vibration with our shared community and celebrate wellness, connection and fun!

There will be light refreshments and snacks provided. Please bring your own water bottle/ mug as well as something comfortable to sit on.

The cost is $20 (cash only)
We encourage you to buy tickets ahead of time as we expect it to sell out. Tickets can be purchased at Harmony Wellness Centre- 678 Leg In Boot Square (604.737.7721) and at the door.

Doors open @ 5:30pm, please come on time as we will need to be rapping up by 11pm, to respect the neighborhood we live in.

Join us for an amazing evening of World music with sounds that inspire, heal and enliven.

We are looking forward to sharing this evening with you and hope that you leave feeling inspired and renewed.

12 Health Tips

Here are our Health Tips for YOU! Throughout the year.

 

1- peppermint

Soothe with Mint –Tame tension headaches by rubbing peppermint oil, Tiger Balm, or white flower oil into your temples. All three remedies contain menthol, which has analgesic properties.

2- ginger

Sip Ginger — The volatile oils in ginger have long made it a useful herbal remedy for nasal and chest congestion. Pour 2 cups of boiling water over a 1-inch piece of peeled, grated ginger; steep for 10 minutes; and strain. Add a pinch or two of cayenne pepper to the water and drink as needed.

3- rosemary1

Sniff Rosemary –According to some research, catching a whiff of this aromatic herb may increase alertness and improve memory. To stay sharp, try smelling fresh rosemary or inhaling the scent of rosemary essential oil before a test or meeting.

4-bitters

Embrace Bitters — Combat a yen for sugar by following a Chinese medicine approach: Eat foods such as endive, radicchio, cooked greens, and olives.

5-probiotic

Pop a Probiotic — To keep yeast infections at bay, head for the vitamin aisle. Supplementing with “good” bacteria (for example, Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium) may help restore the balance the of bacteria living in the female genital tract and inhibit the growth of yeast in women with recurrent infections. Foods such as naturally fermented sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir, as well as yogurt with active cultures, also contain these bacteria.

6-moisture

Keep Capsaicin Cream on Hand –For sore muscles and joints, apply a cream or ointment that contains capsaicin, the active ingredient in chile peppers, two or three times a day. The heat from the peppers has been shown to help relieve pain.

7-tulsi

Take Tulsi — Research suggests that this Ayurvedic herb, also called holy basil, may help manage levels of the stress hormone cortisol, helping to boost your mood. Look for teas and supplements in health-food stores and follow package directions.

8-avacado

Eat Avocados — For dry skin, incorporate more avocados into your diet. They’re rich in monounsaturated fat and vitamin E, both of which promote healthy skin. Try them on salads and sandwiches, and even in smoothies.

9-acupuncture5

Try Acupressure or Acupuncture for a queasy tummy — Calm a queasy stomach with this quick acupressure trick: Use your index and middle fingers to press down on the groove between the tendons that run from the base of your palm to your wrist. Wristbands that apply pressure to this spot are available at drugstores and online.

10-lekorice

Use Licorice — Treat canker sores, painful spots on the inside of the mouth, with deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), which appears to soothe mucous membranes. Buy in powder form and mix with a little water to make a paste; apply it to the sore as needed. DGL is also great for heart burn and acid stomach.

11-liquorice

Drink Mint Tea — Ease occasional indigestion by sipping a cup of peppermint tea after your meal. Peppermint improves the flow of bile, which moves food through the digestive tract more quickly. Use peppermint with caution if you have acid reflux; it can make that problem worse.

12-fennel

Chew Some Fennel Seeds — Fennel seeds are considered a carminative, a substance that helps relieve gas. Chew and then swallow about half a teaspoon of the seeds after meals.

Recipe for Spring

Kale Salad with Avocado and Apple

Ingredients:

*1 bunch of kale, thick stems removed and coarsely chopped
*1 ripe avocado, diced
*sea salt and freshly ground pepper
*1 small garlic clove, peeled and minced
*3 tablespoons olive oil

* juice from a quarter lemon
*1 carrot, peeled and sliced into thin half moons
*1 small, green apple, sliced thin
*1 scallion, green part only, thinly sliced
*1 large handful of raw or toasted pine nuts (or toasted almonds)
*1 handful of dulse flakes- optional
*1 handful fresh mint, chopped- optional (parsley or cilantro or all 3 are excellent options)

* 1/3 cup of crumbled goat feta

Directions:

1. Place kale in a large bowl with the avocado. Add salt, garlic, and olive oil. Mix very well, “massaging” the greens for about 3 minutes.
2. Reserve a small handful of the carrot and apple slices for garnish, then gently fold the rest into the kale mixture with the scallion, pine nuts, dulse flakes, and mint. Taste and season with additional sea salt, if necessary (the dulse is salty, so it be careful you don’t add too much).

Spring Vegetable Garden Minestrone

This is a spring staple.  Most of the ingredients grow locally.  Cook the vegetables very minimally in order to benefit from the easy digestion of cooked vegetables, but to preserve some of the enzymes found in raw vegetables.

  • 4 cups veggie stock
    1 bunch asparagus, sliced into bite sized pieces
    2 carrots sliced into 1/8 inch rounds
    1 cup canned chick peas, drained and rinsed.
    1 zucchini sliced into bite sized pieces
    1 cup watercress, large stems discarded
    1/4 cup basil, sliced thinly into ribbons
    1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped.
    2 green onions, sliced

  • Bring stock to a gentle simmer in a medium saucepan.  

  • Add asparagus, carrots, and zucchini, and simmer for 1 minute.  

  • Remove from heat, and stir in chickpeas, watercress, basil, parsley and green onion.  

  • Season with Salt and Pepper.