Singing – an amazing natural therapy

Singing is therapy!

You don’t have to be a perfect singer. You don’t even have to be reasonably good. Everyone can sing, even if they sing out of tune! But singing is amazingly good for your health in many ways. Just watch this video to find out how. “What happens to your brain when you sing? Professor Sarah Wilson from The University of Melbourne explains.”

Singing can benefit people who suffer from Histamine Intolerance by improving their overall health. Of course, it is only one of the many useful tools that can help us, including the all-important tool, diet.

Singing in groups

Oh, and singing in a group, with other people, is even better for your health.”Benefits for individual mental health that are associated with singing in groups include increased levels of social connectedness, increased sense of belonging, physical and emotional benefits, and reduced personal stress,” according to research conducted by the Wellness Promotion Unit at Victoria University.

Singing is free, it doesn’t require any special equipment, and it can be done at any time.  So, sing at the top of your voice when you’re driving your car and no one else can hear you, or belt out a ballad in the shower, or enjoy a quiet harmony with your partner, or join a local choir.

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Broccoli Soup with Turmeric

Recipe of the month: SEPTEMBER

‘Is Food Making You Sick?’ contains more than 150 strictly low histamine, low histidine, low oxalate and antihistamine recipes.

Broccoli Soup with Turmeric

(Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
Makes 4 servings

When our bodies do not produce sufficient quantities of daomine oxidase enzymes (DAO), we can become histamine intolerant. The intestinal mucosa is where much of the body’s DAO is produced. By protecting the intestinal mucosa, we may help boost our natural production of DAO.

Broccoli is a member of the brassica family of vegetables. Vegetables in the brassica family contain sulforaphane, a chemical that stimulates the body’s natural ability to fight cancer and protects the mucosa of the small intestine.

Turmeric is a golden spice that contains the powerful anti-inflammatory compound curcumin. Studies have shown that curcumin not only possesses pain relieving properties, but also has a protective effect on the intestinal mucosa. Curcurmin’s absorption is greatly increased when it is eaten with piperine, a compound found in black pepper.

Nigella sativa, also known as black cumin or black seed, has anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-bacterial, and anti-histamine properties.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon rice bran oil
1 small white onion, diced (1/2 cup)
1 stalk celery, diced
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 large head of broccoli with stems removed and cut into florets
1 bay leaf
5 cups vegetable stock
1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1/8 teaspoon ground nigella ‘blackseed’
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup cream (or 1 small chayote – Sechium edule – chopped,  if you wish to have creamy soup with fewer calories)
1/2 tsp amchoor powder

Method:

1. In a large saucepan with a lid, warm the oil over a medium heat. Add diced onions and celery. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until soft. This should take 3 to 5 minutes.

2. During the last 1 to 2 minutes of the cooking process, add garlic and turmeric. Turn down the heat to low and continue to cook, while stirring frequently so that the garlic and turmeric will not burn.

3. Add vegetable stock, broccoli florets, bay leaf, black pepper, ginger, blackseed and remaining 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cover pot with lid and cook over medium-low heat until broccoli is tender. This should take 25 to 30 minutes. (If you are using chayote, now’s the time to add it.)

4. When the broccoli is cooked to tenderness, remove saucepan from heat and add cream. Puree soup with a stick blender (or in a bench-top blender) until it is smooth and creamy. Taste the soup and add more salt if you think it’s needed.

5. Pour hot soup into bowls and garnish with a dash of cream, a pinch of black pepper and a sprinkling of amchoor powder. Serve immediately.

 

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