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November 2017 Morning Beverages

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November 2017

The Bridge Card/Double Up Buck program will run through December 30 at the Monroe Farmers Market.

Chantelle will be coordinating the program at the market.  She is selling healing and homemade tea, heirloom vegetables, and sourdough breads on Saturdays from 7am-12noon.

Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-½ hour $30.00; 1 hour $50.00

  Call 734-240-2786 to make appointment

Ionic Foot Bath now available by appointment-1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00

Family Farms Co-op: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Orders due via email November 1 and November 15 by noon; Pickup November 3 and November 17 from 2:30-3:30-at VFW Hall 1620 Dix-Toledo, Southgate

 First Friday Downtown Monroe November 3 Bonus Discount Day 5% off for First Friday

Join many businesses with art exhibits, food and drink specials.

Transitions for Women a support group for women that have lost their partners-Next Meeting November 18

Meeting at Health Matters at 3PM

Tree Lighting Downtown Monroe November 18

Yoga with Shannon: Saturday sessions Christ Lutheran Church 8:15-9:15 AM

Yoga with Chantelle-Monday, and Wednesday- Calendar available at the Store

This will be the last classes I have through the Monroe County Education-If you would like to have training on various health and wellness concerns please e-mail me topics you are interested in or call the store at 734-240-2786

Community Education Classes at Health Matters: Sign up for fall classes through Monroe Community Education


Family Guide to Homeopathy November 7 6:30-7:30 #K52

Kitchen Transition November 14 6:30-7:30 #K54

Store Update:  Congratulations to the winners of the Non-GMO grocery bags we were able to donate $299.40 for the cause.  Thank you for your support.


Healthy Happenings: Morning Beverages:

Last month I started to consume coffee again after about 30 years.  I had been concerned about the amount of caffeine in coffee and switched to herbal and or green tea for their health benefits.  New information has been emerging about the antioxidants and health protection coffee can provide.  I drink one cup of organic “Bulletproof” coffee per day for the natural boost to my energy levels.   I will Due to concerns about the welfare of the coffee producers and supporting sustainable environmental practices I will drink only organic/fair trade coffee We found out sometime ago that most countries that grow coffee don’t regulate the use of chemicals and pesticides.  While some of these chemicals are banned or regulated in the United States and Europe, they’re legal in many countries that produce large coffee crops. 

Another problem with our coffee addiction is what we are adding to our coffee, artificial creamers, sugar, and syrups for flavor.  This practice turns a potentially healthy beverage into another sweet treat.  Many of the fancy “coffee beverages” have been turned into “milk shakes” containing 200-400 calories.  Coffee itself contains 2-4 calories.  I prefer drinking coffee with real cream or natural milk along with the grass fed butter (Kerrygold is the brand most recommended), with MCT or coconut oil blended for 30 seconds with a stick blender to combine.  I do add a small amount of stevia or xylitol to taste.  

Many people have reported that they feel full for several hours after consuming one cup. I am still trying to like coffee again but some of you might want to give this a try. 

·         Health Benefits of Coffee:

1.      Antioxidants-coffee shows more antioxidants activity than green tea and cacao.

2.      Caffeine provides a short term memory boost. 

3.      Coffee may help protect against cognitive decline.

4.      Coffee is healthy for your heart.  There is some evidence that coffee may support heart health by protecting against arterial damage caused by inflammation.

5.      Coffee may help curb certain cancers.  Researchers have found ties between regular coffee drinking and lower rates of liver, colon, breast, and rectal cancers.

6.      Coffee may lessen your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

7.      Coffee drinking has been shown to decrease liver enzyme levels.  Elevated levels of liver enzymes typically reflect inflammation and damage to the liver.

8.      Coffee can enhance exercise performance.

9.      Coffee curbs depression.  It is known that caffeine activates neurotransmitters that control mood, including dopamine and serotonin. 

10.  Coffee guards against gout.   The antioxidants in coffee may decrease the risk of gout by decreasing insulin, which in turn lowers uric acid levels.

·         Cons of Drinking Coffee:

v  Anxiety some people may experience increase in anxiety, irritability, and nervousness when consumed excess. 

v  Insomnia coffee can also impact sleep quality and cause insomnia.

v  Hypertension coffee can raise blood pressure for about one hour after consumption.  However, no correlation has been found between coffee drinking and long-term increases in blood pressure or the incidence of cardiovascular disease.

*** caffeine affects every person differently, so is you find the need to cut you coffee consumption  remember it takes about 6 hours for the effects of caffeine to wear off, so drink it early in the day, or switch to decaffeinated coffee which contains 2-12 mg of caffeine. 

***If you choose to drink decaffeinated coffee remember to process matters.  Most coffee is decaffeinated using harmful chemicals as solvents to extract the caffeine.  The Swiss water method or supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2 extraction) is the preferred methods.

·         How Much is Too Much:

v  Two to three cups per day in considered average. 

v  The amount of caffeine in brewed coffee may contain as little as 80 to as much as 200 mg of caffeine per cup depending on the size (an average cup probably contains about 100mg).



·         Green, Black, and White Tea:

All of these teas come from the same plant Camellia sinensis all contain unique antioxidants called flavonoids.  The most potent being ECGC which may help against free radicals that contribute to cancer, heart disease and clogged arteries.

v  Green Tea is made with steamed tea leaves and has a high concentration of EGCG and has 32 mg of caffeine per 8 ounce cup.  Brewing is a little tricky.  I was told to use green tea leaves and add a pinch to not quite boiling water, and steep only 1-2 minutes.  This preserves the quality of the tea, and as a bonus you can reuse the tea leaves one more time.

v  Black Tea is made with fermented tea leaves and has the highest caffeine content; 53 mg  per 8 ounce cup.

v  White Tea is uncured and unfermented.  One study showed that white tea has the most potent anticancer properties compared to more processed teas. White tea contains 15 to 20 mg of caffeine per cup.

v  Oolong Tea has been found to lower bad (LDL) cholesterol.  Dr. Oz recommends this type of tea to assist weight loss. Oolong tea contains

45 mg of caffeine per cup.

**** We have all of these teas, and many more, in bulk for your convenience.


Maurine is happy to provide her opinion on diet and nutrition, supplements and lifestyle choices. This information is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the advice of your physician and is not to be considered medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Should you have any concerns please contact your physician directly.


As always, contact your pharmacist regarding any potential vitamin/drug interactions.  Notify physician regarding any alternative remedies.


Organic Fruits and Vegetables delivered every other week-

Raw cow & goat milk and Amish grass fed meat e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

call 1-269-476-8883

Store News:

v  Local Delivery to shut-ins available

v  Bridge Cards accepted at the store.

v  Family Discount Day: Every Wednesday get 5% off of entire order.

v  Free Muscle Testing

v  Ionic Food Bath available by appointment only; 1/2 hour $35.00; 1 hour $50.00



Save the Earth Tip: Self-preservation   To avoid the potentially detrimental impact of synthetic preservatives such as parabens in your toiletries and cosmetics, choose self-preserving organic products such as moisturizing body oils made from cocoa butter or shea butter or sunflower, peppermint, coconut, or spearmint oils.  They last naturally for up to 18 months.


Words to Live ByEvery time you smile at someone, it is an act of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.  Mother Teresa




Recipes of the Month


Bulletproof Coffee adapted from Dave Asprey

            1 cup of light-medium roast organic coffee

            1 teaspoon organic coconut oil or MCT oil

            1 Tablespoon organic grass-fed unsalted butter or Ghee

            ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

            A few drops of stevia


Place all ingredients in a blender or I use an immersion  blender.  Mix on high speed for 30 seconds until frothy.

            Drink immediately.


Maurine’s Barley Granola


            ¾ cup barley flakes

            ¼ cup ground organic flaxseeds

            1/3 cup hemp hearts

            1/3 cup chopped pecans

            ¼ cup pure maple syrup

You can add dried fruit after baking the granola.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl.  Spread granola into a rimmed baking pan that has been lined with parchment paper.  Bake 10-11 minutes turning         

the pan and stirring every 3 minutes until golden brown.   Let cool then add dried fruit if desired.  Store in glass container in refrigerator for freshness

            I add a tablespoon or two to my plain whole fat yogurt several times a week.  It also makes a “healthier” cereal for breakfast.  Enjoy with a cup of the

            Bulletproof coffee or a cup of tea.


Maurine Sharp Natural Nurse

Health Matters Herbs and More 17 E. Second St. Monroe, Michigan 48161


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November 2017 Morning Beverages

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