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How to Make Kale Tea Recipe and Health, Digestion Warnings

All about the amazing wonder food, kale. Includes nutrition information, salad and dinner cooking recipe information, and the recipe for kale tea.

This page is about kale; including nutrition and diet information (especially concerning lutein, zeaxanthin, AMD) and an extremely easy recipe for kale tea. If you are here just for the kale tea recipe, simply scroll to the green tea cup marker a little after the middle of the page. Do peruse the digestion and health notes.

What Is Kale and Availability – The Basics

Kale is a dark, green, leafy vegetable from the cabbage family; other examples being cauliflower, brussels sprouts, broccoli, etc. However, kale can also be regarded as a lettuce for the purposes of most salad recipes.

Kale is one of the foods which is often included in what might be called the super food or wonder food category. The nutritional content and the benefits derived therefrom makes this a food one wants as part of their regular diet.

In addition to it's nutritional value, there is growing evidence kale actually inhibits and can even fight some diseases; most notable of these being macular degeneration, cataracts, and some forms of cancer.

Store Availability and Forms

Any competent grocery store will have it. You can buy kale fresh and whole in the produce section. Or, if your store is doing their job right, you can buy it already in pieces, shredded, sliced, diced, minced, etc.

For a food so rich in nutritional value and benefits, the price is amazingly low. If the price isn't low, find another store.

Kale Benefits and Nutrition Data

Percentages and amounts (in milligrams) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet and 3.3 oz. kale servings. "~" is the mathematical symbol used to identify a number as an approximation.
  • Lutein and Zeaxanthin: ~600%. These are the two nutrients that have made kale famous. The body of evidence continues to mount that lutein and zeaxanthin actually inhibits and/or wards off macular degeneration. There is even some evidence lutein and zeaxanthin can reverse macular degeneration to some extent. Kale is the number one food source for lutein. Spinach is usually recognized as coming in second. You can buy lutein in pill form, but the FDA states they have not confirmed the quantity or quality of lutein in these products. The generally accepted daily dosage for lutein is 6 mg. The average American diet falls woefully short of this amount. A 3.3 oz. serving of kale has ~37 mg of lutein and zeaxanthin.
  • Beta Carotene: ~7 mg. An antioxidant, precursor that converts to vitamin A. Antioxidants are generally believed to help prevent certain kinds of cancer.
  • Potassium: 420 mg. 12%.
  • Calcium: 15%.
  • Iron: 8%.
  • Vitamin K: 950%.
  • Vitamin A: 290%.
  • Vitamin C: 190%.
  • Thiamine (Vitamin B1): 6%.
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2): 8%.
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3): 4%.
  • Vitamin B6: 15%
  • Folate aka Folic Acid (Vitamin B9): 6%.
  • Phosphorus: 6%.
  • Magnesium: 8%.
  • Copper: 15%.
  • Manganese: 35%.

Kale Recipe Basics

Kale requires a little more chewing effort than the other cabbage-category items or lettuce. It also has a tendency to make a person feel full sooner than usual. One might want to adjust portions accordingly, particularly as to salads.

Salad Recipes

Kale Salad Recipes

By the simple process of adding kale to the other ingredients, pretty much any salad recipe is also a kale recipe. The only decision is how much kale to include. The more kale included, the more the kale taste and other effects are emphasized. Only you can decide how much is enough and how much is too much.

Vegetable, Stews Casseroles, Chili Recipes

Kale Hot Meal Recipes

A Surprising Note About Cooked Kale

Cooking kale almost doubles the amount of lutein metabolized. This has to do with the heating process unlocking certain components of the kale molecular structure, releasing lutein which would otherwise not be available for the digestive system. It should be mentioned that cooking/boiling/heating usually degrades the nutritional value of most food. The kale-lutein molecular structure is unusual in this respect.

Virtually all casserole, stew, hot vegetable, and chili recipes can include the addition of kale. However, with these dishes, the determining factor is how much kale do you wish to include with the existing recipe ingredients.

If your objective is one of nutrition only, then you would add only so much kale. If, however, you are creating a true kale casserole or true kale hot vegetable dish or stew, or chili concoction; then you would add enough to result in making kale the predominant taste. It is a matter of degree only you can decide.

In whatever case, this is where the sliced/diced/minced/max-shredded form is used. Stems and full leaves are not recommended.

Kale Chips Recipe

Kale chips are beginning to become well known. They could very well be the healthiest snack food in existence. They are easy to make. However, I am going to defer to the kale recipe the USDA cane up with as to the proper instructions. You won't be able to eat just one.

The Easy Kale Tea Recipe
and a Digestion Note and Health Warning

Kale Tea Recipe

Do you want the nutrition, but don't want to deal with the recipes and cooking? Many people just drink kale tea.

Kale tea is not difficult to make, though do note the following health and digestion warnings, etc.
  1. Put 2, 3 or 4 medium-to-large pieces of kale in a microwaveable cup, depends on cup size. If you are a first-timer, probably best to start with just two pieces.
  2. Fill to seven-eighths full of water; push the pieces under water if need be.
  3. Microwave for 4:44 minutes:seconds (your microwave results may vary).
  4. Stir it. Let cool. Stir again.
  5. Remove the medium-to-large pieces.
  6. You have your kale tea. And it's perfectly fine to drink any remaining, little pieces which happen to be floating around; after all, it's kale.
Once you are a pro, you will probably do the following...
  1. Stuff the bottom half of a microwaveable cup full of kale.
  2. Fill to seven-eighths full of water; push the pieces under the water if need be.
  3. Microwave for 4:44 minutes:seconds (your microwave results may vary).
  4. Stir it. Let cool. Stir again.
  5. Doesn't bother to remove any of the kale.
  6. Drinks all the liquid.
  7. Empties cup of the remaining kale into trash or refills cup a little over half full of water, microwaves for another 3:33 minutes:seconds, drinks second cup of weaker tea.
Boiling water. And of course, there is certainly nothing wrong with...
  1. Boiling the water on the stove.
  2. Pouring the water into your prepared cup.
  3. Letting it sit awhile and stir.
  4. Etc.
Keeping in mind the high concentrations of nutrients, don't go overboard. Drink no more than one cup the first time or so. See how your digestion handles it.Do it when you plan on being home for the next few hours.

This is also a good time to mention that too much vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and certain other vitamins and minerals on a regular basis, can actually be deleterious to one's health. On the other hand, even just one ounce of kale is a lot of kale; so you don't have that much to worry about. One full ounce of kale is about a third of the above specified nutritional percentages. Just keep in mind what other foods and liquids you are regularly consuming.

What with kale tea being so packed with vitamins and minerals, it can be used to occasionally replace a meal in weight loss programs. Kale tea is also a worthy appetite suppressant. For that matter, it would be perfect for use in the infamous Military Diet.

Beware Riverside County Medi-Cal Social Services in Hemet, California - A Review

The old and current card for existing California Medi-Cal recipients.
Card remains valid.

Department Of Public Social Services (Self-Sufficiency)
541 N San Jacinto St, Hemet, CA 92543
Department of Social Services

Never, ever, give Riverside County Medi-Cal Social Services in Hemet, California any piece of paper without getting a receipt for it. Never, ever, upload or mail anything to Riverside County Medi-Cal Social Services in Hemet, California. They will claim they never received it. Failure to follow this advice will give you immeasurable grief (based on personal experience).

It gets worse. They will also outright lie to you. They will tell you over the phone that everything is fine, then 2-3 months later you will start getting notices in the mail saying that you owe money. This will be because either:
  • They reneged on everything and never bothered to tell you.
  • They messed up, discovered their error, messed up again when semi-fixing it, and then tried to cover it up instead of warning you about it. By the time you discover it, it's too late to request a State Hearing to get the rest of it cleaned up.

On other occasions, they've sent me ultimatums with due dates earlier than when they sent out the letter. Then you discover your Medi-Cal insurance and/or QMB have been cancelled; again without any notification or warning whatsoever.

Be advised that once you have the Medi-Cal mess straightened out; Medi-Call apparently doesn't tell the subsidiary plans that things have been fixed, IEHP being an example. You have to call IEHP or whoever and get it straightened out on your own. Also, if you had Denti-Cal; you may have lost that as well.

These are not isolated occurrences. These incidents have been going on for years.

[Update] The above and various versions of this have now happened to me multiple times. Based on my previous experiences, the following will now also happen again:
  1. Even though fixed, the Hemet Medi-Cal office will still pass along the original false information on to the State of California.
  2. State of California then automatically passes along the false information to Social Security. This includes the withholding of the QMB payment from Social Security.
  3. Chaos will then automatically ensue as to my monthly Social Security retirement benefits amount re QMB and such. Last time this happened, it took 1-2 months before it hit; slow pipeline apparently.
  4. Then it eventually gets mostly fixed within another 2-3 months, again the slow pipeline issue. The last time, some money was permanently lost, as in gone forever. This was because of the previously mentioned no-warning issue. This time, I know it's coming; so I may be able to recover all of it.
It's probably going to be a lost cause, but I will call social Security and warn them what is coming down the pike. It's a long shot, but maybe they have the capability to be prepared and abort the sequence before or when it happens. We shall see. Am not hopeful. I'll post updates as they happen. I've also fired off an email to the relevant California State site. Here's a list of Federal/State sites that might actually help you.

[Update: Research seems to indicate the above description is a state-wide problem. Research also indicates that the frontline California Medi-Cal social services workers are treated even worse than the California Medi-Cal patients. So when the inevitable happens to you, let the worker know you know and understand.]

The new and current card for new and existing California Medi-Cal recipients.
Both cards are valid.

A side note. You will need one of the above cards when you go to Hemet Social Services Medi-Cal office to submit your paperwork at the imaging kiosk. When you use the kiosk, it will automatically give you a receipt.

Or so
Department Of Public Social Services (Self-Sufficiency)
541 N San Jacinto St, Hemet, CA 92543
Department of Social Services

[update] Have now been told via other comments  case number is enough.

About Eye Needle Pain from Retina Injection Treatment - Patient's Perspective

The actual process of what happens during the AMD retina needle injection treatment from a patient's point of view.

This page is written by a patient for the purpose of alleviating other patient's fears and concerns  associated with the needle injection in the eye, retina treatment.

Description includes what happens before, during, and after the procedure; as well as what to expect the next day or two afterward. This is a patient's description and does not give medical advice, though things the doctors office said are reported and a couple of government website resources are included.

This was a whole new experience for me and as a side note, I had no idea what to expect; so I decided to get the grocery trip and all the chores done beforehand. Turned out to be the wise thing to do. You are not really going to feel like doing much of anything for the first couple of days afterward.

Wet Macular Degeneration and the Needle in the Eye Injection Treatment; Overall Procedure Description; After Effects

Quick Introduction

As a patient, I just had this done to me February 2018 (now includes updates from my March 2018 treatment,). Here is a description of the actual treatment, procedures involved, and the experiences before, during, and after. These are my own, personal experiences; your results may vary. It should also be mentioned there are needle-in-the-eye, retina injection treatments for diseases other than AMD and different stages of AMD and also there are different medicines that are used; so what the retina specialist informs/instructs you may be different than what the retina specialist informed/instructed me.

The Actual Eye Needle Injection

Since the purpose of this page is to eliminate as soon as possible the dread concerning what you are wondering will happen and the expected pain involved, am starting with the description of the needle retina injection first. It is good news.
  • Sedatives may have been offered to you earlier.
  • You will sit down in a somewhat reclining chair.
  • A very small needle will be injected in probably a hand vein, purpose being to inject a dye to assist the doctor when viewing your eye(s) yet again. It was barely a pinprick, over within just a few seconds.
  • The doctor will inform you he will not be putting the needle in your eye until he is actually ready to do so. In other words, you don't have to sit/lie there wondering when it is going to happen.
  • Yet more eye drops will be put in your eye(s) and the doctor will be looking into your eyes with bright lights yet again.
  • There will be a burning feeling in your eyes. The burning will get worse; but then subsides.
  • Your eyes will be watering all over the place, don't worry about it.
  • The doctor and assistant will be wearing surgical masks. No one is supposed to do any unnecessary talking, including you
  • The doctor will place a small device on your eye, purpose being so you don't blink during or immediately after the injection.
  • The doctor will inform you he is ready to make the injection and will instruct you to look in a certain direction and to concentrate on looking in that direction.
  • By now, the eye drops have made your eye totally numb.
  • The injection will be in the side of the eye, not the front.
  • You won't see the needle.
  •  You won't feel the needle.
  • The needle will be in and out before you even know what happened.
  • The hole the needle created seals itself immediately.
So basically, there's discomfort during the process, but you don't have to be concerned as to the pain aspect. The bark of the concept is worse than the bite of the actual event. Speaking of discomfort, there will be some of that before and after the injection as well. What follows is about the before and after experiences. As with the needle injection, knowing what to expect will pretty much remove the stress factor. 

The Doctor Visit Before the Eye Needle Injection Visit

The usual chart exam, the usual other tests, the doctor doing the usual dilating and looking into your eyes with the bright lights, the usual picture taking, and whatever other tests might be called for. I only mention this because it might give the false impression that everything has been taken care of and only the eye injection(s) remains when you go to your next appointment; such is not the case. They are only getting started.

The Eye Injection Visit Procedures Before the Actual Needle Injection Is Done

Sedatives may be available. Your will be subjected to more eye drops, more tests, more bright lights, more eye pictures (dozens?), more technicians/doctors shining more bright lights in your eyes than you can imagine. You will also be bombarded with all sorts of important information during this entire process. By the time it is time for the actual needle injection, you will be pretty much one confused, disoriented, temporarily light and eye drop blinded mess. You will be guided into the eye injection room.

[The actual injection procedure is described earlier,
right after the quick intro in case you missed it]

After the Eye Needle Injection Procedure

I somehow ended up back at the front desk. I was handed a piece of paper and told it was my next appointment; Since I temporarily couldn't read the side of a barn, I told her I would take her word for it. [March update: am at the exit counter being handed my next appointment. I suddenly said, "Where's my glasses?" Turns out I was wearing them.]

This would be a good time to mention that sometime during all of the above and immediately afterwards, I was informed that:
  • Keep eyes closed.
  • Do not watch TV or use computer. Forget about reading.
  • Do not rub, touch, bump eye.
  • Do not let water get near eye for three days at least.
  • Put the prescribed anti-bacterial drops in eye(s) four times a day for four days. Real pain in the neck for me, I missed the eye more often that hit. Fortunately, apparently the prescription takes that into account; sufficient quantity was provided to get the job done.
  • Do not engage in manual labor or other strenuous activities for four days. [March 2018 update: was informed this has more to do with doing anything that raises blood pressure than anything else.]
  • Was warned about possible pain afterwards, but so far none. If there is pain, was told to take OTC painkillers; but if really severe pain or severe vision loss, then to immediately call them.
  • Was forewarned to expect the floaters.
It should also be mentioned, do not even think of trying to drive home. For that matter, taking a few days off work and also skipping driving at all during that time is highly recommended.

My Black Spots Floaters Experience

  • While waiting for my ride, I noticed I had six, black floating  floaters. They must of been heavy. Whatever direction I moved my eyes or head, gravity dragged them downward. Two were large; two were medium, two were small.
  • Since I was supposed to keep my eye closed and no TV/computer/exercise or such; when I got home, I just went to bed and was actually able to fall asleep. When I woke up. the two smallest floaters were gone. [March 2018 update: deliberately got up extremely early; when I got home, went to bed and was able to sleep through to the next day.]
  • By the end of the day, the two large floaters and two small floaters had changed to one large and three small.
  • The next morning was seeing just one medium-to-small floater. That little critter hopped all over the place as I was working on the computer. A few hours later, that floater also departed the scene.
  • [March 2018 update. Only one medium-to-large black spot floater immediately afterwards this time. Disappeared in less than 30 hours.]

I Decided to Call the Office and Ask Them a Few Questions. Here Are the Answers.

  • The floaters are the actual medicine dissolving.
  • Do not consume anything for the next few days that thins the blood, this includes alcohol. However, high blood pressure medication is apparently fine. For that matter, I don't even know if blood pressure medication thins the blood or not; better safe than sorry. Might depend on which medication is used, there are dozens; be sure the doctor knows.
  • Vision can remain blurry or be double vision for a day or maybe two. The eye drops also cause blurriness for a few minutes.
  • The TV and computer ban only applied for the remainder of the treatment day.

Couple of Extra Reminder Notes

  • The day after treatment, there was still blurriness and double vision issues in the morning. By around noon, all had cleared up.
  • By the next day, I was feeling downright cheerful again; but still no desire to do much.

Some Macular Degeneration Federal National Institute of Health Resources

The greatest fear is that of the unknown. Now you know what to expect. Not the most fun experience one will ever have, but certainly not the worst.

Low Potassium and Muscle Spasms or Cramps in Elderly - Potassium Foods and NSAIDs

Muscle spasms, also known as muscle cramps, are painful indeed. Do you suffer from occasional or even not so occasional muscle spasms, foot cramps, leg cramps, etc.? The cure might be as simple as eating a meal rich in the mineral potassium.

There could be a couple dozen medical reasons for muscle spasms. If you go to the doctor or a medical clinic, they will be more than happy to help you. They will arrange for you to be given all sorts of medical tests. They will call in a few specialists along the way. There will be lots and lots of appointments for you to keep. Yes, they will do all this for you.Why? Because they really care. The several thousand dollars they will bill you is entirely incidental and will never even have entered their thoughts during the entire process.

Did you know low potassium in your diet is the most common cause of frequent muscle spasms and cramps? Maybe, just maybe, you would like to eliminate that possibility first before embarking on the above adventure.

Everyone knows bananas have potassium. But it turns out hey are actually number 10 on the high-potassium nutrition food list. What’s number one? I was pleased to discover lima beans graced that spot. And there are more ways to cook and prepare them than you can shake a banana at. And they are all delicious.

Foods Rich in Potassium

  • Lima Beans (as mentioned)
  • Spinach
  • Baked Potatoes
  • Salmon
  • Avocados
All of them are more potassium-enriched than bananas.

So give yourself a diet rich in potassium (don’t go overboard) for a few days and see how it goes. The muscle spasms and cramps just might go away and your problem is solved. It worked for me, foot and leg muscle spasms in my case.

And do be careful about too much potassium. Too much potassium is even worse than too little potassium. Your heart muscle, for one, will not take kindly to it. I've found when I start to feel the beginnings of muscle spasms, a single potassium-rich meal solves the problem.

Here is a page from the National Institute of Health which has more information about potassium and includes an expanded food list. It also has some very necessary warnings.

Beware NSAIDs

If you happen to know your muscle spasms, cramps, or other muscle pains were caused by too much muscle strain or other physical activity; ibuprofen actually works. You can buy Advil or you can buy the store generic brand with the exact same dosage for half the price. It should be mentioned ibuprofen is part of a class of drugs known as NSAIDs. In addition to general warnings about NSAIDs, NSAIDs don't get along well with a lot of other medicines and prescription medications. If you are taking other medicines or prescription medications, be sure to read what those medications have to say about being mixed with NSAIDs. I also found out recently doctors won't do elective surgery if the patient has recently been taking ibuprofen; turns out ibuprofen thins the blood and surgeons don't like that when it comes to surgery.

Also, the FDA is now saying NSAIDs increases one's chances of having a heart attack or stroke. Moderate doses for a few days are fine, but high doses or usage for more than a few weeks is not a good idea. My doctor also informed me recently that the kidneys are not very thrilled about NSAIDs either.

How to Grow a Potato in Water

Important Poison Warning!!!

The green sprouts growing from the potato are extremely poisonous. They contain a toxic nerve agent that can kill you. As any parent will tell you, kids eat plants. If you have any children in your household, it is strongly recommended that you:
  1. Read this page at the federal website, MedlinePlus.
  2. Abort this project.
And if you have a kid who already happens to be engaged in this project, you need to decide what to do about it. See final paragraph.

How to Grow a Potato in Water

First, find yourself a nice, fresh, large potato at your grocery store.

Position the potato on end halfway into a container at least as tall as the potato. If it looks like a nice fit with lots of room under the potato and some room around the sides of the potato, take potato out and stick some toothpicks (or whatever) around the middle of the potato. The objective of the toothpicks is to extend beyond the container rim and support the potato above the bottom of the container. Reinsert the potato.

Add water. Treat as you would most indoor houseplants.

White roots will start to grow in the water. Green sprouts or vines will start to grow in the air. Keep the potato watered as needed. Eventually you will have a full-blown plant to deal with. You will see vines or leaves.  Vines like to cling to things, so position your potato adventure accordingly. As an example, you don't want the vines and your kitchen curtains to become new, best friends.

When the potato plant is on the verge of outgrowing the container, it's time to plant it in a regular plant pot with your favorite mulch. Treat the roots as delicately as possible when making the transfer. The container must be large enough to bury the entire potato on end with all of the green leaves/vines above ground.

If your potato has gone the vine route, come up with something you can place next to the container for the vines to cling to. Continue to regularly water and watch the plant continue to grow.

You've got yourself a new houseplant. As long as the thing doesn't turn into a Triffid, you should be ok.

Share This Page with Every Parent You know!

Growing a potato in water also happens to be a very common and popular kid project. Seems like most of them get around to trying it sooner or later. Parents need to be aware of the very real potential danger.