Got Protein?

February 17, 2012

Greetings, Enota Fmily.

We all know that we need protein to live.  But,  what do you picture when you hear the word protein?  Today’s post will talk about such topics as What is protein?  What are the types of protein?  And,  just how much protein do I need each day?

What is protein?

Proteins are part of every cell in our bodies.    Proteins in our bodies  are constantly being broken down and replaced.  (The protein in the foods we eat is converted into amino acids that are later used to replace these proteins in our bodies.)  Protein is found in:  meats, poultry, and fish;  eggs;  milk and dairy products; legumes (dry beans and peas); tofu;  nuts and seeds;  grains and some vegetables.  (There is some protein in some fruits, but for the most part it’s not enough to count.)

What are the types of protein?

Proteins are made up of amino acids.  There are 20 different amino acids that join together to make all types of protein.  Some of these amino acids can’t be made by our bodies,  so these are known as “essential amino acids”  because it is   essential that our diet provide them.

 Complete proteins are those that provide all of the essential amino acids.   Animal-based foods,  dairy products,  and eggs are complete proteins.

Incomplete proteins are those  that are low in one or more of the essential amino acids; and,  complementary proteins are two or more incomplete proteins that together create adequate amounts of all the essential amino acids.  For example,  rice and beans together provide all the amino acids your body requires;  but, separately they don’t.  And, you don’t have to eat them at the same meal… eating the two items within the same day will still allow your body to combine their amino acids.

How much protein do I need?

Generally speaking, about one third of your diet should be protein. The  Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for adults is 46 grams for women and 56 grams for men.

Examples of  protein

 in common foods:

1 cup of milk has 8 grams of protein
A 3-ounce piece of meat has about 21 grams of protein
1 cup of dry beans has about 16 grams of protein
An 8-ounce container of yogurt has about 11 grams of protein
Added together, just these four sources would meet the protein needs of an adult male (56 grams). This doesn’t count all the other foods that add smaller amounts of protein to his diet.

Most people in the United States eat far more protein than required.  Usually this doesn’t harm the body unless you have certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease.  Of course,  intake of many protein sources is high in calories and fat, so you might want to cut back on certain protein sources such as fatty meats, cheese, and dairy.


Since many vegetarians avoid eating all (or most) animal foods, they must rely on plant-based sources of protein to meet their protein needs.  A vegetarian diet can easily meet the recommended protein needs of adults and children.

Some of the issues surrounding animal- based  protein sources (mainly meats)  are high amounts of saturated fats, steroids and antibiotics that have been given to the animal. Also, if the animal was fed something loaded with pesticides, you will be eating them too!  All these substances are absorbed by the animal and passed along to you.

6 Little-Known Protein Sources:

#1: Alfalfa sprouts:  Add alfalfa sprouts to  salads or sandwiches. The calories in these sprouts are 40% protein.

#2:  Almonds: Almonds are filling, a great substitute snack in place of chips or candy bars;  and 15% of their calories are from protein.  2/3 of a cup of almonds provides all the protein an adult male requires for the day.

#3: Hemp protein:  Just three  Tbs of hemp protein powder is enough protein for an adult’s daily needs!  By having Hemp protein in a shake for breakfast you are starting your day with a good energy supply. In blender, mix 1/2 cup almond milk or coconut milk with 1 cup water, 1 Tablespoon hemp protein, and a banana;  blend until smooth.

#4:  Hummus:  Hummus, made primarily of pureed garbanzo beans  is a great source of protein ( 25% of its calories) and is a no-fat food!  Great for weight loss!  Use cucumber slices rather than chips to further increase your level of health.

#5:  Spinach:  The calories in spinach are 49% protein!!!  Spinach is an incredibly healthy food.  IF you are looking to lose weight and/or build muscle,  spinach is an ideal food.

#6:  Sunflower Seeds:   Protein makes up 17% of the calories in sunflower seeds.  They make a great snack or you can use them on a salad.

Long-story-short:   Try to get your protein  from natural, easily absorbed sources such as the ones listed above. Your body will appreciate it!

Enota Mountain Retreat

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Ready for Winter Weather?

February 15, 2012

Hello, again,  Enota Readers!

Are YOU Ready for Winter Weather?   Despite an unusually mild winter,  it has snowed in the North Georgia Mountains a couple times in the past week.  And although it is mid-February, many of us remember  big snow storms in the month of March!  So, even though there’s a lot of wishful thinking that spring will be early this year, we can’t become complacent.  Just in case,  let’s review emergency preparedness for winter storms…

Of course, the main point of any preparedness plan is to be ready BEFORE the announcements of inclement weather!   Getting ready before winter storms strike includes two main steps:

#1:  Create a home emergency preparedness closet with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your home as well as other items your family needs..  Ask yourself questions such as, “What is my family’s usual routine?  How can we make this experience safe, less-than-scary,  maybe even enjoyable?”  Household emergency supplies should include enough water,  food,  and other supplies to last a few days without power or help.  Things to have on hand include:   Food that doesn’t require heating or refrigeration,  such as canned meats, soups and stews,  cereal,  and energy bars.  Take into consideration your family’s likes and dislikes, food intolerances, etc.  Having a bunch of nearly-inedible food will not be comforting to your loved ones.

Be sure to include a manual can opener,  paper plates, and plastic cups and utensils.

Have at least 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days),  and don’t forget the pets!  They will need water (and food), too.

Also have on hand:  Flashlights and batteries,  a battery-powered radio and clock, cell phone. Other items, depending on your family’s habits and needs:  games,  puzzle books, etc.,  a first-aid kit,  cold-weather clothing and blankets for each family member.

 Make a plan and practice the plan with your family.  Stay informed and aware of approaching  weather  so that you are prepared for whatever the weather throws your way.  And,   even if you already have an emergency closet, read on… there might be a new idea or two… something you overlooked.

 #2:  Vehicle kits for  winter road travel  are also a good idea.  Keep your vehicle emergency kits up-to-date for the season!  (What if you were stranded in your vehicle?  How safe would you be?  And, for how long?)  Be sure to have warm blankets, first aid kit, water, protein snacks, pet supplies.

Road conditions can change in an instant. Before traveling, give cars a winter preparedness exam:

Check antifreeze;  Check and replace older batteries; Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line;  Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation;  and,  make sure that vehicles  contain the following emergency supplies:  Jumper cables,  ice scraper, bag  of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter  (the bag’s extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires),  a small shovel to dig away wheels or shovel dirt under wheels; flares or reflectors; and, emergency backpacks for each family member.  Each persons’  emergency backpack should include:  coat, hat,  and gloves;   snow-proof boots;  nonperishable food;  and a few dollars and a bit of change.

Other Cold Weather Considerations  (Info from FEMA)

  • Stay indoors during the storm.

  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.

  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.

  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.

  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.

  • Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.

  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.

  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.

  • If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).

  • Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.

  • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.

  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

    And, remember, Spring really

    IS just around the corner!

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180, Hiawassee GA 30546

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Start Your Garden NOW!

February 13, 2012

Greetings, Enota Family!

Yes, it DOES seem early to be thinking about Spring planting,  but now is actually the perfect time!  Even though the temperature in the North Georgia Mountains is in the teens,  it’ll be Spring “just around the corner.   Planning and prepping your garden is just as important as the planting.

Here are ten things to do

for your garden NOW:

#1:  Take a walk through the area where you plan to have your garden plot(s) this year.  Take note of anything that needs attention before planting time…  mold or fungus,  insect infestation,  fallen tree limbs,  etc.  Many of these problems can be addressed now; and, if they need to be cared for later, you will have notes as to what needs to be done prior to planting.  Cleaning up the garden space now will also prevent garden pests later…

#2:  If you haven’t already done so, plan your garden.  Look through seed catalogs,  sort through seeds you already have, and decide what you want to plant and where.  Do the math now, and it will prevent problems later.  DO the research to see how much room a grown plant will require,  how much light it will need,  where it would thrive in your garden… ( Many pests will winter-over in last years’ plants…)

#3: More math!!!  Decide whether you want to begin early with seedlings started indoors and plan accordingly; determine which vegetable varieties you want to grow and what the appropriate planting time for each is.  Be sure to buy seeds appropriate for your zone!

#4:  Oh, my!  Even more math!  Next, lay out your garden plan on graph paper, noting how much space you will need for each species, and placing them in appropriate areas for the amount of sunlight they each require.  (Remember, the sun is much higher above the horizon in the summer than during the winter.)

#5:   Be realistic while you are still in the planning stage!  How much can you and your family take care of?  And, how much do you want to produce?  If you plan on canning, freezing,  or dehydrating,  you will want to plant more than what your family can eat during the harvest season.  But, if you don’t plan on preserving the extras,  it’s a shame to end up throwing good produce in the compost heap!

#6:  Winter is the perfect time to take care of fruit trees. Pruning is very beneficial and doing so while the trees are dormant is perfect timing.  Late winter is also a good time to start spraying dormant oil on fruit trees and shrubs to manage winter pests

#7:  As winter ends, certain steps should be taken to prepare the soil for spring. Preparing the soil in a garden will increase the growth of a crop or flower bed, and it can be done during the winter.  Tasks that should  have been done in the autumn include removal of weeds and  dead crops.  A layer of compost should have also be added. If these things were not done in the autumn, do them now;  it’s not too late.

#8:  Once the ground has begun to thaw,  start digging up the garden beds and preparing the soil for planting. (Digging in wet , saturated soil is counterproductive, so do this chore during a dry spell.)  Adding compost as you go,  dig the garden beds about 8 to 12 inches deep.

#9:  Mulch your garden after you’ve prepared the soil.  Mulch helps to keep the temperature of your garden soil more constant.   Mulch will keep new seedlings warm once you’re at the planting stage.

#10:   Start seedlings.  Although many vegetables  can be directly planted outdoors,  starting  seeds indoors can be   educational  and might give you an earlier harvest.  For children,  preparing seeds for sprouting and watching them grow is an invaluable biology lesson.  Some plants that do well when started inside include  broccoli, Brussels sprouts,  cabbage,  cauliflower,  cucumber,  lettuce, melons,  spinach,  squash,  tomatoes,  zucchini,  and nearly any herb.

Remember,  depending on your planting zone,  some vegetable seeds can be planted outdoors in the late winter.  Sowing them after the soil has been properly tilled and organic matter has been added is ideal. Crops such as  asparagus, leeks, lettuce, peas, onions, and spinach  can be sowed during this time.

Doing prep work now will

make your planting and

gardening more enjoyable

throughout the spring and


And for a hands-on organic gardening experience, book your reservation at Enota.  We have organic vegetable gardens and herd gardens as well as various farm animals,  including chickens, cows, goats,  and rabbits to name a few…  You can learn about organic farming while having a relaxing and restoring vacation!  We’d love to see you soon.

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email:

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Fountain of Youth?

February 10, 2012

Greetings, Enota Family!

Today we;re going to talk about a “fountain of youth”… a natural substance that has many healthy benefits – coconut oil!  What is it?  What’s so good about it?  What diseases and conditions does it affect?  What are its uses?

What is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is the oil obtained from the dried meat of coconuts.  It is as an edible fat as well as for making soaps, etc.  One of the substances found in coconut oil is lauric acid. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin; and,  monolaurin helps  deal with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria  and heliobacter pylori, as well as  harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.  Although the exact mechanism is unknown,  coconut oil has many health benefits and is used extensively in traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicine.  Only recently have Americans begun to appreciate the uses and benefits of coconut oil.

Some of Coconut Oil’s Benefits:

The health benefits of coconut oil include hair and skin care,   weight loss,  maintaining cholesterol levels,  stress relief,  increased immunity and bone strength,   proper digestion and metabolism,  relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer.   (We will talk about these in more detail throughout this post.)  Coconut oil has antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal,  and antibacterial properties. Coconut oil consists of about ninety percent  saturated fats,  with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids.  Most of the saturated fats are medium-chain Triglycerides, which assimilate well in the human body.  The unsaturated fat is primarily lineolic acid, which aids in weight loss.  Contrary to your first reaction,  coconut oil will not raise your cholesterol or make you gain weight;  it is the exact opposite!  Read on…

Uses for Coconut Oil:

Heart Diseases:

Because it contains large quantities  of saturated fats,  there is a popular misconception that coconut oil is not good for the heart.  However, coconut oil is actually beneficial for the heart!  It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.  The saturated fats present in coconut oil  do not lead to increase in LDL levels.    It also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis

Hair  and Skin Care:

Coconut oil provides  natural nutrition for hair and skin.   It is an excellent conditioner and provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair.  Regular massage of the head with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs, even if your scalp is dry.  (It works for your pets, too!)   Coconut oil is also an excellent massage oil for your skin;   It acts as an effective moisturizer on all skin types.   Because of its antioxidant properties,  coconut oil also delays the  wrinkling and sagging of skin which normally occurs with age;  and,  is used in  treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.

Weight Loss and Energy:

People who live in tropical coastal areas and eat coconut oil daily are not overweight.   Coconut oil  contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight.  It is also easy to digest and aids  in the healthy functioning of the thyroid.  It also  increases  body metabolism by removing stress on pancreas,  thereby burning  more energy and helping overweight people reduce weight. Coconut oil is also often used by athletes and body builders because it contains lesser calories than other oils,  its fat content is easily converted into energy,  and it does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries.  Coconut oil helps in boosting energy and endurance, and enhances the performance of athletes.


Coconut oil taken internally  helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.  It  helps improve  digestion and  prevent various stomach and digestion  problems such as  irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc., that cause indigestion. Coconut also oil helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases.


Coconut oil  strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid  all of which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.


 Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also helps in effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.   Coconut oil is also useful in treating pancreatitis and in dissolving kidney stones.

Bones and Teeth:

As mentioned earlier, coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals.  These include calcium and magnesium which are necessary for strong teeth and bones.  Thus coconut oil is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.  It also stops tooth decay.

Wow! This is good stuff!  Start

incorporating coconut oil into

your life and watch it improve

your health!

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email:

official web site:

Hello, again, Enota readers!

Today we’re going to talk about the alternative medicine practice of iridology.  What is it?  What is its history?  How does it work?   What does it reveal?  We think you will find this subject another glimpse into the complexity of the design of the human body.

What is Iridology ?

Iridology is a non-invasive assessment procedure to help determine the state of health of your body.   By inspecting the  iris of the eyes and comparing with charts,  practitioner get a glimpse into your health status.  The iris contains lots and lots of  nerve endings which are connected to the optic nerve, the base of the brain, and all  body tissues. The premise of iridology is that  these neural connections between the eye, the brain, and all the body parts can interpret  the function of body parts and overall health.  A weakness in your body’s tissues often show up in the eye before they show up in medical tests!

Iridology  examines the iris of the eye for markings and discolorations in order to determine possible health problems.  Different sectors of the iris correspond to different areas of the body, and certain  markings indicate possible vulnerabilities in those areas.

History of Iridology:

The first recorded description of Iridology analysis is  found in “Chiromatica Medica”,  a famous work published in 1665 and reprinted in 1670 and 1691 by Philippus Meyeus.  Later, in the early 1900’s,  the Germans contributed to the fireld of iridology through a minister who was also a natural healer;  Pastor Felke described certain notable signs in the iris and developed a form of homeopathy for treating certain illnesses.  The Felke Institue in Germany was established as a center for iridology training and research.  Then,  in the 1950’s,  Dr. Bernard Jenson began giving iridology classes in his home in North America.  His work in Iridology Analysis  as well as Nutrition are  seriously embraced by students around the world.

Nevertheless,  much of

“traditional medicine”

 does not recognize

iridology as a “proper  science”… You

decide for yourself!

How Does Iridology Work?

Iridiology practitioners  use equipment such as a flashlight and magnifying glass, or slit-lamp microscopes  and cameras to examine a patient’s irises for tissue changes.  Features such as specific pigment patterns and irregular stromal architecture also reveal things about the patient’s health.  Markings and patterns are compared to an iris chart that correlates zones of the iris with parts of the body. Typical charts divide the iris into approximately 80-90 zones.  (For example,  the zone corresponding to the kidney is in the lower part of the iris, just before 6 o’clock.)

The above-noted practitioner,  Dr. Bernard Jenson said it this way:   “Nerve fibers in the iris respond to changes in body tissues by manifesting a reflex physiology that corresponds to specific tissue changes and locations.”   Details in the iris reflect changes in the tissues of the corresponding body organs; thus,  bodily conditions translate to a noticeable change in the appearance of the iris.

What  Can the Eye Reveal?

Some of the  specific things the eye can tell you is if you have an allergy to dairy,  have a  low metabolism,  or are under high stress.   The eye also  holds information about your genetic predispositions for cancers,  heart disease, and many other conditions.   Iridology  will not diagnose a particular condition, but will point you in the direction of a weakness in a part of your body.  It can indicate problems in all organs of the body, including the heart, lungs, liver, spleen,  brain, etc.

How Does an Iridology Eye Chart Work?

An Iridology eye chart is set up into zones that correlate with certain areas of the body.    Iridologists are trained to read patterns that come in the form of dark gaps,  streaks,  white spots,  arcs,  and rings in the iris.  For example,  a dark gap might mean dying or scarred tissue on the part of the body its zone corresponds to.


The communication system between each of the fibers in the eye—from the nervous system that controls activity to the reception centers represented in the iris is  an intricate  piece of machinery.   The eye is an organ consisting of a million strings.  The energy passing  through these strings gives a different look, a different color, a  different combination,  changing the form and color of the iris according to the energy that flows through it.  Iridology offers us a unique insight to the inner working of our bodies.

All of our body structures —organs, glands, bones,  etc.— are designed to work together, even though they each have specific individual functions.    Like a crumbling house,  when one structure begins to deteriorate,  a note of disharmony is sounded to the brain and  all other parts of the body via changes in the blood,  hormonal secretions and nerve conduction.   As the metabolism shifts in response to an organ malfunction,  every cell in the body is alerted. The  importance of the irises is their capacity to reveal abnormal tissue changes visually to the trained observer.

We hope you have enjoyed this posting and that you can appreciate the beauty and miraculous design of the human body.  Books on Iridology are available on the internet and most cities and towns  have practitioners of this art.  Give it a try for an interesting peek at your body’s inner workings.

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

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Rejuvenate with Rejuvelac

February 6, 2012

Greetings, Enota Family!

Today we’re going to talk about rejuvelac – what it is, its’ benefits, and how to make it.  We hope you will learn something new today, and that you will consider adding rejuvelac to your health regimen.

What Is Rejuvelac?

 Rejuvelac is a fermented beverage made from  water in which you soak  wheat berries, spelt or rye.    It’s  usually a pale yellowish  color and it’s a little  bit fizzy.  Rejuvelac can be bought in the store or made at home by sprouting grains, then adding them to a large jar of water,  allowing them to sit for two or three days at room temperature.  (We’ll have a recipe at the end of this post.)  Rejuvelac may also be used as a starter for sourdough bread, and nut cheese.

How Often Should I Take Rejuvelac?

Drinking rejuvelac daily is ideal, because it acts on your gastrointestinal system.  It’s okay to drink extra rejuvelac if you feel the need;  it can’t harm you.

What are the Benefits of Rejuvelac?

One of the main benefits of  rejuvelac is that it  increases the amount of beneficial bacteria in the gut and colon.    These beneficial bacteria act as a digestive aid by helping to partially pre-digest food, making it easier on the stomach and colon.

Another important function of rejuvelac is that it  combats bad bacteria in the intestines.  The good bacteria found in rejuvelac acts similar to an “antibiotic action” against disease by overwhelming bad bacteria. This generally helps to keep the immune system healthy, and can fight off unknown invaders that may lead to a cold or the flu. It also may help protect against food poisoning.

Rejuvelac is an excellent source of many nutrients,  including vitamin B12.   Vitamin B12 is difficult to find in foods, particularly in the vegetarian diet,  yet this vitamin is essential to maintain healthy nerve cells.  Vitamin B12  also helps your cells metabolize the macronutrients of foods,  including fats,  carbohydrates and protein.

Another possible benefit of rejuvelac is that it may decrease inflammation.   Although it has not been scientifically proven that Rejuvelac is anti-inflammatory,  an article in the “Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology” in 2008,  entitled Health,  Probiotics,  and Inflammation states that beneficial bacteria may prevent intestinal inflammation. This may be due to its role in breaking down food and providing anti-inflammatory vitamin B12.

Rejuvelac Recipe:  Makes a half-gallon


1 cup of wheat grains,  from a health food store.

2  quarts  filtered water.

2  quart  wide mouthed glass jar.


1. Rinse the seeds  in water to remove dust and debris.

2. Add the seeds  to the glass jar;  fill it with filtered water and cover with gauze held securely in place with an elastic band.  (Or, you can buy a mesh canning lid made for sprouting;  or, make your own sprouting lid by poking holes in a canning lid.)  Soak for 12 hours.

3.  Pour off the soak water and refill.  Set the jar  out of direct sunlight. Give the jar a gentle twirl every 12 hours.  Once a light foam develops the Rejuvelac should be ready for use.  It may take anywhere from 2-5 days to ferment the Rejuvelac,  depending on the room temperature in your kitchen.   Rejuvelac should have a pleasant yeasty smell and a lemon like flavor.

4.  Once the Rejuvelac is ready, carefully pour the liquid into a clean container;  refrigerate.  The sediment can be used to make a second culture;  refill the jar with filtered water and ferment for another 24-36 hours.  Decant the Rejuvelac and refrigerate;   discard the  grains and  sediment. Rejuvelac should keep in the fridge for a week or more, and will gradually sweeten with time.

     *** NOTE:  Since it’s made of sprouted seeds  and is a fermented liquid,  it’s possible for Rejuvelac to go bad.    You can generally tell if  Rejuvelac is okay by the smell and taste.   It’s  good practice to observe,  smell,  and taste the Rejuvelac periodically to become accustomed to the changes that occur.  All bacteria and yeasts have an optimum incubation temperature;  refrigeration  inhibits the growth of some organisms but may give an opportunity for others to flourish.

Hot weather might promote  growth of “bad” organisms before the “good” organisms get started.  In this case the culture will smell putrid. If  Rejuvelac smells bad,  discard it and  sterilize the jar before re-using.  In hot weather,  a few drops of lemon juice juice may provide an environment less suited for the pathogenic organisms.

Try It!    It’s easy,  and

REALLY good for you!

And, remember,  for another way of rejuvenation, come visit us here at Enota where it is always beautiful and relaxing.  Book your reservation now for a visit in the North Georgia Mountains.

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

(706) 896- 9966      email:

official web site:

Greetings, Enota Family!

Today we’re going to talk about reflexology.  What is it?  How long have people been practicing it? How is it done? What does it feel like?  What does it reveal?

What is reflexology?

Reflexology is a form of bodywork that focuses primarily on the feet and hands, although some recent research has been done on “reading” the human ear as well.    Some form of  reflexology dates back centuries;  but, the first recorded scientific research  was in 1915 when Dr. William H. Fitzgerald introduced  what he called “zone therapy” .   Then, in the 1930’s,   American physiotherapist Eunice Ingram further developed  zone therapy into what is now known as reflexology.

Reflexology is the practice of applying pressure to the feet and hands utilizing  thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil, cream or lotion.    A system of zones and reflex areas  reflect an area of the body in relation to areas on the feet and hands.    Scientists believe that applying pressure to areas on the feet and/or hands will send signals that balance the nervous system or release endorphins,  reducing pain and stress on the corresponding body part.

What is the history of reflexology?

Reflexology has been rediscovered  many times throughout history.   Archeological evidence reveals reflexology medical practices in Egypt (2330 BCE),  China (2704 BCE, ) and Japan (690 CE).

In the 1800’s reflexology re-emerged in Europe and Russia.  However,  reflex therapies were soon abandoned and replaced with the use of  “modern”  modalities such as surgery and drugs.   (Interesting that the “modern” therapies are invasive, while the ancient ways are gentle… seems a bit backwards…)  Ancient Chinese techniques were re-discovered in the 1980’s and have spread throughout Asia.    Today,  reflexology is widely-accepted as good medical practice in the East.  A recent discovery is doing reflexology with the ear;  scientists have mapped out pressure points and their corresponding body parts much like the traditional feet and hands therapy.  Although not as well-known, this method has proven successful.

How does reflexology work?

The  theory behind reflexology is that there are reflex areas on the feet and hands that correspond to specific organs, glands, and other parts of the body.  Reflexologists  believe that applying pressure to the reflex areas can promote health in the corresponding organs through energetic pathways.

 For example:

the heart and chest correspond to the ball of the foot

the liver, pancreas and kidney are in the arch of the foot

and, the tips of the toes reflect the head

What are the benefits of reflexology ?

Research has shown that  reflexology is  beneficial in many ways.  A survey of 170 reflexology studies from 21 countries shows that reflexology is effective,  impacting a variety of physical and psychological concerns,  including:

Benefits mental health:  Research demonstrates that reflexology can reduce depression (11 studies) and anxiety (9 studies).   Anxiety,  as well as pain, nausea and vomiting were also decreased in post-chemotherapy patients.

Enhances medical care: Reflexology helps where nothing else can for  phantom limb pain sufferers, neuropathy patients, and hemodialysis patients to name a few.

Improves blood flow:  Studies show that reflexology work increases blood flow to the feet,  brain,  kidneys and intestines.

Promotes  relaxation:  Studies using EEG’s to measure patients’  brainwaves  have confirmed that  relaxation occurs during and after reflexology.  From the moment the reflexologist’s hands start their work, the relaxation begins,

Reduces pain: Pain reduction following reflexology work is documented in 27 studies including research showing impact on individuals of all ages and health states.  Reflexology has successfully reduced post-operative pain and resulted in the use of much less post-op analgesics!

Generally speaking,  the benefits of reflexology have to do with the reduction of stress.  Because the feet and hands help set the tension level for the rest of the body,  they are an easy way to interrupt  stress signals and reset  the body’s equilibrium.  Reflexology is a complement to standard medical care.  It should not be construed as medical advice, and it should not be a replacement for traditional  medical help.

What is a typical reflexology treatment like?

Usually a reflexology treatment lasts 45 minutes to an hour.  It should begin with a consultation about your health.  If you have foot ulcers, injury, or blood vessel disease such as blood clots, consult your doctor before having reflexology.  Let the therapist know if you are pregnant. (Reflexology is not contraindicated during pregnancy;  it has been shown to be beneficial for morning sickness, etc;  however, the reflexologist needs to know about pregnancy as part of your medical history.)

You are then asked to remove your shoes and socks and sit comfortably in a reclining chair or on a massage table. Otherwise you remain fully clothed.   The reflexologist will assess the feet and then stimulate various points to identify areas of tenderness or tension.  The reflexologist then uses brisk movements to warm the feet;   pressure is then applied from the toes to the heel according to your comfort.  The touch during a session is firm, so if you are ticklish, it shouldn’t make you giggle!  Usually, after a treatment most people feel calm and relaxed; but, occasionally a patient might experience tearfulness – this is part of the healing process and the sadness will pass.

The reflexologist can provide you with a relaxing experience and educate you on how to do it yourself.  You can easily provide self-reflexology work, using pressure techniques to break up the stress patterns in your feet and hands.  Apply pressure using a foot roller or a golf ball for the hands.

We hope you have learned a bit about reflexology and that you will try it!  And,  for a different kind of relaxation experience,  book a reservation here at Enota.  Enjoy the beauty and serenity of the North Georgia Mountains…  You’ll be glad you did!

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