A Daily Carrot!
"I don't get moldy in your refrigerator unless you leave me in there for several months. This is a testament to my anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. I get these characteristics because I grow underground where I developed them as protection from other organisms. – The Carrot"
One very special food that we recommend to all of our clients to incorporate into their eating habits right away is a daily carrot. Everything else can be integrated at a later date, but just adding a daily raw carrot, even if everything else remains unchanged, can provide a world of benefit. It is simple and does not require a lot of time or effort.
A daily carrot | carrot salad aids the body in its natural detoxification process. Carrots are a root vegetable, and root vegetables that live underground fight bacteria, parasites and fungi. When you consume a raw carrot daily, it acts like a natural antibiotic that can help fight any bacteria over growth in the digestive system. The fibers in a raw carrot also bind to and eliminate unused hormones like estrogen.
Don't believe us? Here is a kind and cool testimonial from Erin:
"I met with Melissa, and after one conversation, she encouraged me to start eating one whole, organic carrot every day before lunch. We talked about hormone imbalances in the body, and I am someone who has been suffering with this for many years. When I was 14 I was diagnosed with poly-cystic ovarian syndrome, and have had many symptoms since including chronic headaches, cysts that burst, and painful periods. I was eating my daily carrot for a little over two weeks, and was surprised by my period because I had NO WARNING SYMPTOMS. Not one cramp. This was HUGE and brought about by one small dietary change! And I can't thank Melissa and her team enough for helping me begin my journey to better health since that first meeting. They are worth their weight in gold, talk to Melissa about the carrot!!
Seriously thank you!"
More Benefits of the Raw Carrot
"Many people find that the daily use of a raw carrot eliminates their PMS, headaches, allergies, eliminates constipation, acne and bloating and other symptoms relating to hormonal imbalances. What is even more amazing is how quickly this can take place, but we will warn you – it might take a few days for your GI system to adapt to the raw carrot. Not to be misleading, just like anything else, the raw carrot is not considered a magic pill but can be used very effectively along with a balanced diet. “More is better” is also a motto we strongly encourage you to reconsider. Although carrots are a great source of beta-carotene, the ability of the body to convert this to vitamin A is limited when thyroid function is less then optimal. Low thyroid function is intimately related with hormonal imbalances, meaning you cannot have one without the other. Additionally, the excess build up of beta-carotene in the tissues can lead to further interference of vitamin A conversion, place a toxic load on the thyroid and interfere with progesterone synthesis. So if you notice you are turning into an Oompa Loompa, you may be overdoing it! Issues converting beta-carotene can result in orange calluses and under more extreme conditions, a yellowish-orange tint to the skin."
Too Time Consuming?
If you find that making the carrot salad is too time consuming, then just eat the carrot. The important part is to incorporate a daily carrot. The carrot salad recipe has added benefit, and will give you the most bang for your buck but eating the carrot alone is still very beneficial. The coconut oil and vinegar act as mild germicides and are used to intensify the bowel-cleansing effect of the salad.
Eating the carrot with a meal could interfere with the absorption of vitamins and minerals from other foods. However, for those of you who struggle with hypoglycemia, eating the carrot with your meal, and in combination with additional root vegetables or fruit, is what we recommend to clients to avoid hypoglycemic reactions.
How to Make the Carrot Salad:
• 1 grated medium carrot (grating the carrot length-wise will increase its antiseptic properties)
• 1 tsp. of coconut oil or olive oil (or a combination of both)
• 0.5 - 1 tsp. of organic white vinegar or some people use raw apple cider vinegar, and/or lemon juice
• Pinch of Mortons Canning and Pickling salt to taste
Skip the Baby Carrots
The long fiber strands are what is beneficial about the carrot. This is why it is recommended to use the medium-long carrots and not substitute with baby carrots, as they do not provide he same benefits and on top of this they are usually sprayed with chlorine but that is besides the point.
Where To Find Quality Carrots (and other produce)
Located in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, we have access to a bunch of great produce and food. The East End Food Coop and Whole Foods Market carry great quality medium-large carrots as well of a bunch of other food that we recommend to our clients.
"There are interesting associations between vegetable “fiber” and estrogens. Because of my own experience in finding that eating a raw carrot daily prevented my migraines, I began to suspect that the carrot fiber was having both a bowel-protective and an antiestrogen effect. Several women who suffered from premenstrual symptoms, including migraine, had their serum estrogen measured before and after the “carrot diet,” and they found that the carrot lowered their estrogen within a few days, as it relieved their symptoms."
1. Rob Turner (Functional Performance Systems)
2. Raw Carrots And Hormone Balancing by EastWest Healing
3. Natural Estrogens by Raymond Peat, PhD
4. Raymond Peat, PhD on the Benefits of the Raw Carrot by Rob Turner
5. Raymond Peat Inspired Nutrition - Carrot Salad by Danny Roddy
6. The Benefits of a Raw Carrot Salad Recipe by EastWest Healing