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Try a Great Recipe with Many Health Benefits

Countless studies have suggested that increasing consumption of naturally-grown foods like mushrooms decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight. Enjoy some healthy mushrooms in a great soup today…

Hot and Sour Soup



Dried shitake mushrooms (5 pieces)
Dried wood ear mushrooms (5 pieces)
Vegetable broth (1, 32 oz)
Fresh ginger (1 Tablespoon)
Garlic (1 teaspoon, minced)
Rice vinegar (1/4 Cup)
Soy sauce (1 Tablespoon, low sodium)
Tofu (1/2 lb, reduced fat firm, drained and cut into small cubes)
Corn Starch (2 ½ Tablespoons)
Green onions (1/2 Cup, chopped)
Dark sesame oil (1 Teaspoon)


How to Prepare:

Place mushrooms in a bowl containing boiling water and cover with a lid. Let it stand for 10 minutes until mushrooms are tender. Drain and cut them into thin slices. Add 2 cups water, broth, garlic and ginger in a large saucepan over medium heat and bring it to boil. Now, add mushrooms and simmer for 5 minutes. Mix vinegar, tofu and soy sauce. Bring it to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the remaining water to corn-starch and stir the mixture properly. Add this mixture into broth mixture and let it boil. Reduce heat and simmer for three minutes. Stir frequently and let the soup thicken. Now , add egg whites to the soup and stir constantly with a wooden spatula. Remove from heat and add green onion, cilantro and sesame oil.

Learn More about Detoxification

Detoxification, more commonly known as “detox” is a process of clearing toxins from the body.  Many of these toxins come from diet, medication, and environmental exposure. The toxins stimulate the formation of harmful free radicals, that scientists now believe cause premature aging, degeneration, chronic ailments and decay. 

Do you need to detox?  Check out the nine most common signs that indicate that you should do a body detox to restore and rejuvenate your health…

1. You feel lethargic
2. You can’t lose weight
3. You feel irritable
4. Your skin is breaking out
5. You are often constipated
6. You have puffy eyes
7. You are bloated
8. You are suffering from food addiction
9. You are suffering from multiple symptoms (like brain fog, digestive problems, fatigue, headaches and allergies.)

If you have many, or even all, of these symptoms, don’t be alarmed, it’s not uncommon.  There are a variety of ways to detox, one of them is a foot detox. See future blogs for more information regarding detoxification and some of the benefits. Contact Gilead for more information about a foot detox or with any questions. 517-319-5818

You can find out more information like this from Dr. Don Colbert’s booklet included in the 21 Day Detox kit, also at Gilead.

Warm Spring Salad

Quinoa is a nutrient rich food that has recently been deemed one of the world’s healthiest foods.  It is anti-inflammatory and rich in anti-oxidants.  I offers our bodies manganese,  copper, phosphorus,  magnesium, fiber,  folate, and zinc.  

Enjoy this wonderful salad, while enjoying all of the benefits of quinoa….

Warm Spring Salad

Quinoa (1 cup, uncooked)
Extra virgin olive oil (½ tbsp, extra virgin olive oil)
Leek (1, sliced into rounds or half moons)
Garlic cloves (2 minced)
Asparagus (1 bunch, broken off and chopped into 1-inch pieces)
Strawberries (1 cup diced-optional)
Peas ( ¾ cup, fresh or frozen)
Parsley (1 cup, roughly chopped)
Extra virgin olive oil (2-3 tbsp, to taste)
Sea Salt to taste
Lemon zest for garnish

How to Prepare:
Rinse quinoa in a fine mesh strainer and place into a medium pot. Add 1.5 cups vegetable broth (or water) and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to low-medium, cover with tight-fitting lid, and cook for 15-17 minutes, or until fluffy and all the water is absorbed. Fluff with fork, remove from heat, and let sit covered for 5 minutes. 
Meanwhile, grab a very large skillet or wok.  Sauté the leek and garlic in the oil for about 5 minutes over medium heat. Season generously with salt. Add in the asparagus and sauté for another 5-10 minutes or until the asparagus is just tender, but still a bit crisp. Stir in the strawberries (optional), peas, and parsley. Heat for a few minutes and then remove from heat.
Whisk together the dressing ingredients (olive oil, lemon juice and ¼ tsp fine grain sea salt) to taste.  Pour dressing onto skillet mixture and stir in the cooked quinoa. Season to taste with salt and enjoy! This would also be lovely with nuts or seeds sprinkled on top.

Beet and Carrot Smoothie

Enjoy a fantastic smoothie that will fulfill your hunger and boost your energy! Beets are an excellent source of folate and a very good source of manganese, potassium, and copper. They are also a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron, and vitamin B6.

Beet and Carrot Smoothie

Red beet (1 peeled & chopped)
Carrot (1 medium-sized peeled & coarsely chopped)
Sweet apple (1 coarsely chopped)
Ripe pear (1 coarsely chopped)
Fresh lemon juice (2 tablespoons)
Fresh ginger (2 teaspoons minced)

How to Prepare:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Your refreshing and healthy smoothie is ready! 


Nutritious Kale Salad

There are many excellent ways to enjoy healthy eating.  Kale is one of them. It is an amazing source of energy, and of Vitamin C and B6. It is also an excellent way to detox your system.  Try this great recipe from Dr. Colbert...

Nutritious Kale Salad

Kale leaves (4 Cups)
Radish (1 peeled and cut into small pieces)
Avocado (1/2 chopped)
Celery (1 stalk chopped)
Red onion (1/3 Cup chopped)
Pomegranate seed (handful)
Hemp seed (1-2  teaspoons)
Edible oil (avocado, extra virgin flaxseed 1 teaspoon)
Sea salt

How to Prepare
Clean kale leaves thoroughly, and chop them finely. Place chopped kale leaves in a large bowl and oil. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and sprinkle some sea salt. Keep the mixture to marinate for a while. Mix all the chopped vegetables with marinated kale leaves. Top up with hemp seeds, and your dish is ready to eat. 


See more recipes like this in the booklet provided with this fantastic offer!!....