Immune-Boosting Ice Pops
Have you ever noticed our kids get sick a lot from Halloween until Valentine’s Day? HMMMM, there are a lot of Holidays in between that time that focus on candy. Sugar depresses the immune system. Vitamin C is needed by white blood cells so that they could phagocytize viruses and bacteria. White blood cells require a 50 times higher concentration inside the cell as outside so they have to accumulate vitamin C.There is something called a “phagocytic index” which tells you how rapidly a particular lymphocyte can gobble up a virus, bacteria, or cancer cell.
In 1970, Linus Pauling, discovered that white blood cells need a high dose of vitamin C and that is when he came up with his theory that you need high doses of vitamin C to combat the common cold.We know that glucose and vitamin C have similar chemical structures, so what happens when the sugar levels go up? They compete for one another when entering the cells. And the thing that mediates the entry of glucose into the cells is the same thing that mediates the entry of vitamin C into the cells. If there is more glucose around, there is going to be less vitamin C allowed into the cell.
It doesn’t take much: a blood sugar value of 120 reduces the phagocytic index by 75%. So when you eat sugar, think of your immune system slowing down to a crawl.
Simple sugars aggravate asthma, cause mood swings, magnify personality changes, muster mental illness, fuel nervous disorders, increase diabetes and heart disease, grow gallstones, accelerate hypertension, and magnify arthritis. Since sugar lacks minerals and vitamins, they draw upon the body’s micro-nutrient stores in order to be metabolized into the system.
So what are you and your kids starting your day with? A bowl of cereal and skim milk? A Poptart? To keep your kids healthy and focused, try organic eggs! And have these tasty ice pops in the freezer for a tasty treat!
Someone mentioned they used my Sweetened Condensed milk recipe to make the tastiest Ice Pops! And they were right!
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- 2 ripe avocados, chopped
- 1/3 cup(+ 2 TBS) "Healthified" sweetened condensed milk
- Juice of 2 limes (40ml)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or water)
- 3 TBS confectioners Swerve
- ⅛ teaspoon Celtic sea salt
- Healthy additions (optional):
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera
- 1 tablespoon l-glutamine powder
- 1 tablespoon grass-fed, powdered collagen
- Place the avocado, "healthified" sweetened condensed milk, lime juice, almond milk, natural sweetener, salt and any healthy additions you prefer in a blender or food processor and blend.
- Mixture will be thick but still pour-able.
- Pour into popsicle molds and tap on counter to remove any air pockets. Freeze for 3 hours or until set.
Traditional Ice Pops = 45 calories, 0g fat, 0g protein, 11g carbs, 0g fiber
"Healthified" Ice Pops = 80 calories, 7.5g fat, 0.75g protein, 3g carbs, 1.9g fiber
83% fat, 3% protein, 14% carbs
TESTIMONY OF THE DAY
Update from John!: “I have actually since (the first before/after photo collage) lost another 25 lbs and I feel better than ever! And trust me some of Maria’s recipes were life saving!”