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Turmeric and Diabetes: This Spice Proven to Fight Diabetes...Again!

Turmeric and Diabetes: This Spice Proven to Fight Diabetes...Again! | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Without a doubt, there is a clear connection between turmeric and diabetes, with the spice proven to fight against the disease.

Turmeric and curcumin have been shown in previous research to also fight inflammation and oxidative damage – two processes which help a number of diseases to appear and develop, including type 2 diabetes. One study published in the journal Nutrition shows how turmeric normalizes insulin and triglyceride levels while boosting antioxidant defenses; keeping triglyceride and insulin levels low effectively reduces your risk for numerous health conditions like metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and – you guessed it – diabetes
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Nonsmokers Often Exposed to Secondhand Smoke Without Realizing It, Study Says ("so many victimized")

Nonsmokers Often Exposed to Secondhand Smoke Without Realizing It, Study Says ("so many victimized") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Nonsmokers can be exposed without knowing it, suffer health risks, researchers say.

Nonsmokers can be exposed to secondhand cigarette smoke without realizing it, and be unaware that they are at increased risk for lung cancer and heart disease, a new study suggests. 

The discovery highlights the need for a more accurate way to assess secondhand smoke exposure than having patients fill out questionnaires. 

"A crucial finding of this study is that nonsmokers are exposed to secondhand smoke without even realizing it," said lead researcher Dr. Raja Flores. He is chair of thoracic surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. 

The researchers used blood levels of cotinine, a byproduct of nicotine, as a marker for secondhand smoke exposure in more than 20,000 nonsmokers. 

The investigators found a significant increase in years of life lost across all levels of cotinine in the blood. The lowest levels of cotinine were associated with 5.6 years of life lost and the highest levels with 7.5 years of life lost. Increased cotinine levels were associated with lung cancer, all cancers and heart disease, though the study did not prove a cause-and-effect link. 

"Questionnaires show that responders do not know they were exposed to smoke, but cotinine blood levels are more accurate in determining their exposure and subsequent risk of lung cancer and other smoking-related disease," Flores said in a school news release.

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What you don't know may be killing you or making you die younger. The lesson: when somebody begins smoking, or if you smell smoke, stay away immediately!

"The researchers used blood levels of cotinine, a byproduct of nicotine, as a marker for secondhand smoke exposure in more than 20,000 nonsmokers. 
"The investigators found a significant increase in years of life lost across all levels of cotinine in the blood. The lowest levels of cotinine were associated with 5.6 years of life lost and the highest levels with 7.5 years of life lost. Increased cotinine levels were associated with lung cancer, all cancers and heart disease, though the study did not prove a cause-and-effect link. 
"Questionnaires show that responders do not know they were exposed to smoke, but cotinine blood levels are more accurate in determining their exposure and subsequent risk of lung cancer and other smoking-related disease," Flores said in a school news release."
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10 foods that can help prevent prostate cancer ("you can enjoy eating while protecting yourself")

10 foods that can help prevent prostate cancer ("you can enjoy eating while protecting yourself") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Here are 10 healthy foods that can help decrease your prostate cancer risk. 
1. Broccoli 
Experts agree eating a diet rich in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, collard greens and kale is one of the best ways to ward off prostate cancer.
2. Salmon 
“People who follow the Mediterranean diet have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer,”...
3. Brazil nuts 
“One of the most important minerals for prostate cancer protection is selenium,” Espinosa said.
4. Tomatoes 
Tomatoes contain lycopene, a carotenoid—or plant pigment—which may prevent prostate cancer.
5. Walnuts 
A diet that includes whole walnuts or walnut oil slowed prostate cancer growth in mice and reduced levels of the hormone IGF-1, which has been linked to prostate cancer, ...
6. Berries
Some of the best foods to combat oxidative stress include blueberries, raspberries and strawberries, which are high in anti-oxidants and have a low glycemic index.
7. Coffee 
A meta-analysis published in the journal Cancer Causes and Control found that drinking four to five cups of coffee a day might be associated with a reduction in prostate cancer.
8. Carrots 
Men who eat three servings of carrots a week are 18 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer, ...
9. Pomegranate juice 
Pomegranate is rich in antioxidants and research suggests that pomegranate juice may ward off cancer. 
10. Soy
Although it’s not clear that eating soy-rich foods alone can prevent cancer, laboratory studies show that treating prostate cancer cells with the isoflavones found in soy protein may interfere with the pathways in prostate cancer cells that are related to inflammation and the growth and spread of cancer, 
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“We have enough data to support that eating properly can significantly reduce the risk of prostate cancer,” said Dr. Geo Espinosa,anaturopathic and functional medicine doctor in New York City.

"It’s well known that diets high in saturated fats like those found in meat and dairy are associated with a higher risk for prostate cancer.
"And although one particular diet has not been shown to prevent prostate cancer, men who follow a vegan diet had a 35 percent lower risk than those who followed a non-vegetarian, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian, or semi-vegetarian diet, according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition."
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Is Grass-Fed Beef Really Healthier? Here’s Everything You Need to Know ("debate rages on red meat")

Is Grass-Fed Beef Really Healthier? Here’s Everything You Need to Know ("debate rages on red meat") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Five tips and tricks for selecting the best red meat.

When it comes to red meat, quality is crucial. In search of top notch beef, most health conscious consumers look for a "grass-fed" label. But to select the best burgers, steaks, and jerky, here's what you really need to know. 

First things first, grass-fed beef is better for you 

It's much leaner than its conventional counterpart. It's also higher in key nutrients, including antioxidants, vitamins, and a beneficial fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) that's been tied to improved immunity and anti-inflammation benefits. Plus, grass-fed beef packs about 50% more omega-3 fatty acids than standard beef (although the amount is still far lower than the total omega-3s found in fatty fish like salmon). Grass-fed beef is also less likely to contain “superbugs”—bacteria that have become resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics—so it’s considered superior from a food safety perspective as well.  

But "grass-fed" doesn’t have an official definition 

There's no USDA marketing standard for grass-fed meat, and independent certifications have varying criteria. To true proponents of grass-fed meat, the label indicates that the cattle have only been fed their mother's milk and grass and other greens throughout their lives; and they've had access to pastures during the growing season. But because there's no standard, meat labeled as "grass-fed" could potentially be from cattle that only spent a relatively short time eating grass. When possible, look for a label that says “100% grass-fed.”

And grass-fed isn't the same as organic


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What should you know about "grass-fed" beef.

- First things first, grass-fed beef is better for you.
- But "grass-fed" doesn’t have an official definition.
- And grass-fed isn't the same as organic.
- It's worth finding out how specific farms operate.
- There are healthier ways to eat red meat.
"Finally, be sure to pair your red meat with nutrient-rich whole foods. So instead of piling cheese and bacon on your burger in a white flour bun, wrap the meat in romaine leaves, and top with tomato, red onion, and avocado. Then serve it with even more veggies (vinegar-based slaw, for example, or broccoli sautéed in EVOO) and a healthy starch, like a side of black beans or a baked sweet potato. These kinds of combos are the best way to enjoy grass-fed beef as part of an overall healthy eating pattern, which is key to disease prevention and wellness."
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The Case for Eating Butter Just Got Stronger ("middle-of-road-food, better than sugar, worse than olive oil")

The Case for Eating Butter Just Got Stronger ("middle-of-road-food, better than sugar, worse than olive oil") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Study shows butter is not linked to heart disease, is only slightly linked to higher mortality and might be protective of type 2 diabetes.

It looks like butter may, in fact, be back. The creamy condiment is a “middle-of-the-road” food, nutritionally speaking—better than sugar, worse than olive oil—according to a new report, which adds to a growing body of research showing that the low-fat-diet trend was misguided. The new study analyzed nine papers that included more than 600,000 people and concluded that consuming butter is not linked to a higher risk for heart disease and might be slightly protective against type 2 diabetes. This goes against the longstanding advice to avoid butter because it contains saturated fat. 

To be clear, the new study doesn’t say butter is a health food, rather that “it doesn’t seem to be hugely harmful or beneficial,” says study author Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts in Boston. This is in line with the new thinking from a growing number of nutrition scientists who say that cutting back on fat, even the saturated kind, is doing more harm than good. 

“In my mind, saturated fat is kind of neutral overall,” Mozaffarian says. “Vegetable oils and fruits and nuts are healthier than butter, but on the other hand, low-fat turkey meat or a bagel or cornflakes or soda is worse for you than butter.”

In the study, published Tuesday in the journal PLOS ONE, the researchers looked at people’s butter consumption and their risk for chronic disease and found no link to heart disease. In four of the nine studies, people who ate butter daily had a 4% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. More research is needed to understand why, but it may be due in part to the fact that dairy fat also contains monounsaturated fats that can improve blood sugar and insulin sensitivity.

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Good news for those who love butter. It's alright!

"It looks like butter may, in fact, be back. The creamy condiment is a “middle-of-the-road” food, nutritionally speaking—better than sugar, worse than olive oil—according to a new report, which adds to a growing body of research showing that the low-fat-diet trend was misguided."
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Muscle Cramps: Home Remedies and Causes | Organic Facts ("there are many natural remedies")

Muscle Cramps: Home Remedies and Causes | Organic Facts ("there are many natural remedies") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Whether you are an active person or not, everyone has experienced a muscle cramp at some point in their life. While these are typically brief annoyances, for athletes or for those who regularly suffer from muscle cramps, it is important to understand how and why they occur, and some of the best ways to naturally treat …

Home Remedies for Muscle Cramps 

Calcium: One of the most important minerals in the body is calcium. From bone mineral density to nervous system functioning, calcium plays a key role in all of our activities.

Electrolytes: There is a good reason why so many energy drinks advertise the presence of electrolytes, as these important minerals are essential for fluid transfer and muscle movement in the human body.

Wintergreen Oil: If you want to eliminate muscle cramps quickly, one of the best topical applications comes in the form of wintergreen oil.

Heating Pads: If you apply heating pads to the affected area of a muscle cramp, it can induce blood flow to the area, which can re-oxygenate and hydrate the tissues, thus easing the tension of the cramp.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar has many different benefits for the body, and is used for everything from improving the health of the skin to optimizing digestion. However, apple cider vinegar is also rich in potassium, which is essential for the release of muscle cramps.

Clove Oil:

Stretching:

Vitamin E: ... When it comes to muscle cramps, vitamin E is recommended because it has been shown to boost blood flow through the arteries, which can make it much harder for muscle cramps to form.

Water: Dehydration is probably the most common reason for a muscle cramp.

Bert Guevara's insight:
For people like myself, who complain about periodic cramps, there are natural remedies. Check out the article.

"When you get a cramp, it is your muscle involuntarily contracting, and while it is usually temporary, it may prevent your use of the muscle for a period of time. This can be caused by using the muscle too much, straining the muscle, or dehydration, in most cases. However, the reason that chronic muscle cramps can be serious is that they may indicate an underlying medical condition that could be much more dangerous. Some muscle cramps can be caused by nerve compression, inadequate or blocked blood supply, or mineral deficiencies. If not addressed, these issues will continue, along with the painful cramps."
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4 Health Rumors You Seriously Need to Stop Believing ("don't let rumors run your life; be informed")

4 Health Rumors You Seriously Need to Stop Believing ("don't let rumors run your life; be informed") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Is it okay to eat fish during pregnancy? Does cracking your knuckles cause arthritis? Does eating soy mess with your fertility? Here's what you need to know about some of the most common health myths.

The rumor: It's bad to eat fish during pregnancy  

The truth: Nuh-Uh! While there are certain foods that pregnant women should avoid, moms-to-be can continue eating most kinds of fish worry-free. A recent study in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that eating three to four servings of fish (including tuna!) per week while pregnant was linked to increases in kids' IQs. Just continue to avoid eating the highest-mercury fish: swordfish, shark, king mackerel, and tilefish. 

The rumor: Underwire bras cause cancer 

The truth: Nope! Some people still claim that underwire bras could compress the lymphatic system of the breast, making toxins build up. The reality? Newer research has demonstrated that neither the style of bra you wear nor the length of time you wear it has any effect whatsoever on breast cancer risk. 

The rumor: Cracking fingers leads to arthritis 

The truth: Phsaw! If the popping isn't painful, it's fine. Studies show that knuckle crackers are no more likely to develop arthritis than folks without this habit. 

The rumor: Eating soy messes with fertility 

No! Animal studies have suggested that consuming more soy might affect fertility due to its phytoestrogens, but there's scant evidence that this is the case for humans. In fact, research suggests that women who get their protein from mostly soy and plant foods are less likely to have ovulation issues. 

Bert Guevara's insight:
Just like old habits, old medical rumors are hard to shake. Here are the facts versus fiction on some persistent health hearsay (cancerous underwear! toxic fish!) so you can stop worrying once and for all.
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10 foods that are tough on your teeth ("very useful info on what to avoid & what to advise children")

You can still eat them, but you might want to give a good brush afterwards.

Here are 10 foods to watch out for: 

1. Sticky candy: Sugar isn't good for your teeth — period — so that old advice about avoiding candy to help your teeth is solid. But sticky candy, like caramels and taffy are by far the worst offenders. 

2. Citrus fruits and juices: We love lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges for their tang, but that flavor comes from the natural acids in the fruits, which are the same kind of acids that wear away tooth enamel over time, weakening your chompers. 

3. Soda: ... but it's the citric and phosphoric acids that really make soda so bad for your teeth. And sports drinks are even worse, according to a 2008 study. 

4. Dried fruit: ... due to its sugariness and chewiness (and propensity for getting stuck between teeth), though it's certainly better for the rest of your body than Twizzlers. 

5. Cookies and crackers: They both turn into a carb- and sugar-rich paste that likes to sit in between your teeth. The more refined the ingredients in the snack foods, the more likely they are to sink in between molars, offering plenty of fuel for hungry, destructive bacteria. 

6. Pickles: 

7. Alcohol: All boozy drinks tend to dry out your mouth, but hard liquor and wines do this more than mixed drinks and beer. 

8. Ice:  

9. Potato chips:

Bert Guevara's insight:
Be gentle on your teeth. Read the article to find out which food items are tough on your teeth. If you have to eat them, then here is what you can do ...

"How do you avoid the worst of the effects? Drink water (or rinse with water) after you eat, or brush your teeth. Chew sugarless gum (the saliva that will be stimulated by chewing will neutralize acids), and always eat these foods with veggies or other foods that will dilute their impact. 
"So, consider eating an apple with your dried fruit, some carrots with your potato chips, and pair your pickles with some cheese, for example."
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Why Full-Fat Dairy May Be Healthier Than Low-Fat ("ditch the low-fat myth, stick to whole foods")

Why Full-Fat Dairy May Be Healthier Than Low-Fat ("ditch the low-fat myth, stick to whole foods") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Is whole milk healthier than skim milk? Reconsider a low fat diet. Here's the truth about dairy and fat in your food...

Skim milk or whole? Non-fat yogurt or full-fat? For decades, public health officials have treated these decisions as no-brainers. Cut the dairy fat, they’ve maintained, and you’ll sidestep calories without missing out on good stuff like calcium and protein. Win-win. But they might have been wrong, a chorus of experts now say. 

A recent review published in the European Journal of Nutrition of the existing research on dairy fat came to some surprising conclusions: People who eat full-fat dairy are no more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes than people who stick to low-fat dairy. When it comes to weight gain, full-fat dairy may actually be better for you, the review found.

The belief that fat isn’t a health villain has been gaining traction the last few years, especially as data has piled up showing that low-fat diets don’t work. And while national health organizations seem to be softening their stance on fat, they still recommend reaching for low- or non-fat dairy at the supermarket. 

Their justification: “Research has shown consistently that nutrient-rich foods—that is, foods that pack a lot of micronutrients into every calorie—are healthier,” says Isabel Maples, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Maples says reduced-fat dairy provides calcium, potassium, and other good things Americans need in their diet, and does so with fewer calories than full-fat dairy. She says reduced-fat dairy also contains less saturated fat. 

Kratz doesn’t disagree with Maples’s comments. But he says they make assumptions about dairy that aren’t backed up by existing evidence. “Data should be weighed more heavily than assumptions,” he says. “And the data don’t support the notion that eating full-fat dairy is worse for your health than reduced-fat or non-fat dairy.”

Bert Guevara's insight:
While they are still debating, you can be less guilty with full-fat dairy. Eating fresh real dairy products have their corresponding nutritional value.

"Dairy’s fatty acids may also play a role in gene expression and hormone regulation. In simple terms, these acids may crank up how much energy your body burns, or limit the amount of fat your body stores. “We don’t know any of these things for certain,” Kratz adds. “But they could help explain why our findings show full-fat dairy consumption is preferable to low-fat when it comes to a person’s risk for obesity.” 
"Holmberg, the author of the Scandinavian study, calls dairy “paradoxical,” and says it’s not possible to judge dairy’s health effects based only on its macronutrient content. “It is important to study the effect of real food and not just nutrients,” she adds.
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15 Tips For A Total Digital Detox ("discover life outside of social media and live healthier")

15 Tips For A Total Digital Detox ("discover life outside of social media and live healthier") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Here are 15 tips: 
1. Buy or use a chair with better back and neck support for when you are using a computer or tablet. 
2. Refrain from bending your neck over your phone when texting, and try to be mindful of having better posture. 
3. Use the speakerphone setting on your cellphone to reduce holding the phone to your ears (many headphones can offer as much radiation as a smartphone to the head, though potentially less heat). 
4. Switch off broadband and wifi routers at night and when you aren't using them. 
5. Make sure to eat healthily when sitting at your computer (or engaging in other digital activity) -- don't let the familiarity of the activity be a reason for sugar snacking.
6. Switch off your devices for set periods of time and fully focus on the physical world. Two good times to start with are meal times and bedtime. 
7. Turn off "push notifications" and "alerts" on your smartphones and tablets so you have to decide when to go in to check emails and other messages rather than be constantly alerted and notified. 
8. Spend more time out walking — in the woods, on the park, in order to breathe fresh air and get away from the pull of devices. 
9. Resolve to give loved ones, friends and colleagues your full physical attention when they need it. No more phones buzzing in pockets or on your lap. 
10. Prune your "social media garden." Leave online groups you never engage in, prune your Facebook friend list, stop following blogs, people and sites you never read. Unsubscribe from mailing lists. 
11. Declutter your various desktops, tidy files into folders and delete where necessary. Delete apps you never use. Clear your various inboxes, especially those overloaded with unread mails. 
12. Visit your privacy settings on the different social media platforms you use, get more clued up and take control over who sees what and when in your social media life. 
13. Practice not responding immediately to everything that comes to your attention; choose more consciously when to respond. 
14. Cut down the number of hours you spend online and on different devices. 
15. Think about what parts of your digital life you really value and love and resolve to enjoy those more mindfully. Make your digital realm the realm you want it to be.
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Are you a digital addict? You may need a DETOX! 
Check out these suggestions.

"The term "digital detox" suggests, as with an alcohol or drug detox, that we are imbibing so much of a substance that it is potentially poisoning us. Can digital interaction actually poison us? There is growing, but not yet conclusive evidence, that too much digital activity could be harming us physically. Phones on high volume with constant use could adversely affect our hearing, constant tapping onto a screen might give us repetitive strain syndrome neck and back problems, and the heat from mobile devices might be penetrating our skulls and frying our brains. There's also growing evidence that Wifi signals might impact on the quality our sleep."
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The Benefits of Drinking Water with Honey ("make sure its original honey; benefits are numerous!")

The Benefits of Drinking Water with Honey ("make sure its original honey; benefits are numerous!") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Many of you are already familiar with honey and its benefits and uses for beauty. Honey is a very healthy food, loaded with benefits and many properties that can significantly improve your health and fight off disease. Its effects are even more powerful when mixed with water and consumed regularly. 
Numerous studies are confirming that honey mixed with water offers many benefits for your health and is an excellent way to consume it regularly. In this article, we’ll explain the important benefits of drinking water and honey on an empty stomach.  
LOSE WEIGHT 
Honey is a food that provides a feeling of satiety and helps control nervous snacking. Dissolving a tablespoon of honey in water can help you lose weight by helping you feel fuller in addition to controlling the mechanism in the brain responsible for sugar cravings.
FIGHT ARTHRITIS
A study conducted by the University of Copenhagen showed that participants who consumed water with honey experienced relief from aches and pains in a matter of minutes. Because of this, drinking water with honey is recommended for fighting and preventing arthritic pain.
REDUCE CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
Another study determined that participants with high cholesterol can lower their levels by up to 10% within 2 hours. Water and honey can prevent heart disease and circulation problems. To take advantage of this property, participants consumed two tablespoons of honey with 16 ounces of water. 
STRENGTHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM 
Honey possesses antibiotic and antibacterial properties that help ward off bacteria and viruses that cause infections like cold and flu. Water with honey on an empty stomach is an excellent remedy for boosting immune defense and preventing all types of illness.
Bert Guevara's insight:
Unadulterated honey has so many benefits:
LOSE WEIGHT
FIGHT ARTHRITIS
REDUCE CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
STRENGTHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
COUNTERACT FATIGUE
BOOST OF ENERGY
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS:
Effective remedy for a “lazy intestine”. 
· Great alternative for combating problems like bronchitis, asthma and other respiratory ailments. 
· Helps remove toxins that accumulate in the body. 
· Cleans the digestive tract and fights parasites. 
· Great for cleansing due to its antibiotic and antibacterial properties. 
· Improves intestinal function and kills microorganisms.
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Health Benefits of Pineapples | Organic Facts ("cures cough & colds, digestion, lose weight, etc.")

Health Benefits of Pineapples | Organic Facts ("cures cough & colds, digestion, lose weight, etc.") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Pineapples can improve respiratory health, cure cough and colds, improve digestion, help you lose weight, strengthen bones, improve oral health.

Pineapples are a funny-looking fruit with a serious impact on health, and their health and medicinal benefits include their ability to improve respiratory health, cure coughs and colds, improve digestion, help you lose weight, strengthen bones, improve oral health, boost eye health, reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, increase heart health, fight off infections and parasites, improve the immune system, and increase circulation.

Arthritis Management: One of the most celebrated uses of pineapple in terms of health is its ability to reduce the inflammation of joints and muscles, particularly those associated with arthritis, a truly debilitating disease that affects millions of people around the world. Pineapples contain a relatively rare proteolytic enzyme called bromelain, which is primarily associated with breaking down complex proteins, but it also has serious anti-inflammatory effects, and has been positively correlated with reducing the signs and symptoms of arthritis in many test subjects.

Immune System: A single serving of pineapple has more than 130% of the daily requirement of vitamin-C for human beings, making it one of the richest and most delicious sources of ascorbic acid.

Tissue and Cellular Health: One of the commonly overlooked benefits of vitamin C is its essential role in creating collagen.

Cancer Prevention: In addition to the antioxidant potential of vitamin C in the battle against cancer, pineapples are also rich in various other antioxidants, including vitamin A, beta carotene, bromelain, various flavonoid compounds, and high levels of manganese, which is an important co-factor of superoxide dismutase, an extremely potent free radical scavenger that has been associated with a number of different cancers. Pineapple has directly been related to preventing cancers of the mouth, throat, and breast.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Another powerhouse fruit for everyone.

"Pineapples are a funny-looking fruit with a serious impact on health, and their health and medicinal benefits include their ability to improve respiratory health, cure coughs and colds, improve digestion, help you lose weight, strengthen bones, improve oral health, boost eye health, reduce inflammation, prevent cancer, increase heart health, fight off infections and parasites, improve the immune system, and increase circulation."
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‘Superfood’ doesn’t mean anything, so let’s stop using it ("there are superior foods but examine 1st")

‘Superfood’ doesn’t mean anything, so let’s stop using it ("there are superior foods but examine 1st") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Although some foods have superior nutritional value, there’s no incentive for manufacturers to define terms like superfood. The ambiguity hides the true facts.

WE HUMANS are suckers for a promise that is too good to be true – especially if it offers a shortcut to health and longevity. That is one of the appeals of “superfoods”, which are sold as if they contain a magical elixir of life that will wash away the sins of an otherwise poor diet and inactive lifestyle. 

It is easy to dismiss such claims as marketing hype and wishful thinking. But that is too hasty. Foods vary in their nutritional value. Is it possible that some deserve the title of superfood? 

Answering that question turns out to be very difficult, not least because the definition is so vague. Despite thousands of websites and lifestyle articles devoted to superfoods, there is hardly any published research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. What is out there is, more often than not, industry-funded, published in alternative health journals and too eager to jump to scientifically questionable conclusions. 

You can find answers, though, if you look hard enough. By picking apart the boldest superfood claims, comparing their nutritional profiles with less exotic fare and talking to experts, we have come to some evidence-based conclusions, not all of which go against the grain (see “Miracle meal or rotten swindle? The truth about superfoods“). In short: some things marketed as superfoods are nutritionally superior to other, similar foods. Many more are not.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Nothing beats an informed choice. There are foods that may qualify as "super", but not all that claim to be one are authentic. Many are just marketing stunts.
Do your own research and find out which are really superior than the rest.

"You can find answers, though, if you look hard enough. By picking apart the boldest superfood claims, comparing their nutritional profiles with less exotic fare and talking to experts, we have come to some evidence-based conclusions, not all of which go against the grain (see “Miracle meal or rotten swindle? The truth about superfoods“). In short: some things marketed as superfoods are nutritionally superior to other, similar foods. Many more are not."
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8 astonishing benefits of walking ("40 minutes a day can have astonishing benefits for free")

8 astonishing benefits of walking ("40 minutes a day can have astonishing benefits for free") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Regular exercise is a known indicator of good health, but did you know that just a 40 minutes walk once a day could have astonishing health benefits?

Here are eight reasons to take those extra steps and make walking a part of your healthy lifestyle: 

- It deflects diabetes. New research links brisk walking to a significant risk reduction for developing type 2 diabetes. 

- It soups up your sex life. Sex and exercise go hand-in-hand. In a study of women between 45 and 55 years old, those who exercised, including brisk walking, reported not only greater sexual desire, but better sexual satisfaction, too. 

- It saves you on gym costs. In this economy, people are cutting excesses, and that includes trips to the health club. In an American Heart Association survey, a quarter of the 1,000 people questioned had axed their gym memberships sometime in the previous six months. 

- It can get you off meds. Using data from the National Walkers’ Health Study, including more than 32,000 women and 8,000 men, researchers found that those who took the longest weekly walks, not necessarily accumulated the most mileage per week, were more likely to use less medication. 

- It can help fade fibromyalgia pain. A small study found that in women 32 to 70 years old, those who walked 60 minutes, performed light exercises, and stretched three times a week for 18 weeks reported significant improvements in walking and mental capacity, and were less tired and depressed. 

- It helps you beat breast cancer. Women who walk regularly after being diagnosed with breast cancer have a 45 percent greater chance of survival than those who are inactive, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. 

- It can save your mind. Italian researchers enlisted 749 people suffering from memory problems in a study and measured their walking and other moderate activities, such as yard work. 

Bert Guevara's insight:
Just get up and do it. If it's raining, you can do it in the mall.

"Walking is known to melt your thighs and perk up your bum. But its healthy resumé boasts some even more impressive accomplishments, from cash savings to increasing the odds of survival for breast cancer patients. A lot of attention has been paid to getting in 10,000 steps of walking, jogging or running a day. A 40-minute, two-mile walk will chip away half of those steps, and everyday activities can usually accumulate the other half."
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6 Prebiotic Foods You Should Add to Your Diet ("digestive health, immunity, anti-inflammatory, etc.")

6 Prebiotic Foods You Should Add to Your Diet ("digestive health, immunity, anti-inflammatory, etc.") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

These nondigestible carbohydrates feed the good bacteria in your gut, which have been linked to digestive health and improved immunity.

I bet you’ve heard a lot about the benefits of probiotics—but what about prebiotics? These nondigestible carbohydrates feed the good bacteria in your gut, which have been linked to digestive health, improved immunity, anti-inflammatory effects, and more. 

Because prebiotics help probiotics flourish, eating more of them is a smart wellness strategy. Indeed, a 2012 study found a link between a diet high in prebiotics and a reduced risk of developing colorectal cancer. Other research has suggested that prebiotics increase calcium absorption and may improve bone density. And one small study tied prebiotics to increased satiety after meals. 

You’re probably already eating some prebiotic foods simply because you like them. But I advise my clients to be strategic about getting prebiotics on a regular basis. And there may be a few prebiotic foods you haven’t tried yet. Here, six of the top prebiotic sources, plus easy, tasty ways to add them to your diet.

Asparagus 

Raw asparagus, specifically. (When it comes to prebiotic produce, raw is usually the way to go because cooking can break down some of the beneficial matter in certain foods.)

Bananas 

For an extra prebiotic boost, look for bananas that are not quite fully ripe.

Garlic 

The best form of garlic for prebiotics is—you guessed it—raw.

Onions 

Raw and cooked onions are both great sources of prebiotics, and of course, there are countless ways to enjoy them.

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I bet you’ve heard a lot about the benefits of probiotics—but what about prebiotics? 

"These nondigestible carbohydrates feed the good bacteria in your gut, which have been linked to digestive health, improved immunity, anti-inflammatory effects, and more.
"Indeed, a 2012 study found a link between a diet high in prebiotics and a reduced risk of developing colorectal cancer. Other research has suggested that prebiotics increase calcium absorption and may improve bone density. And one small study tied prebiotics to increased satiety after meals."
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26 Weight-Loss Myths You Shouldn't Believe ("desperation to thin out can lead to many misconceptions")

26 Weight-Loss Myths You Shouldn't Believe ("desperation to thin out can lead to many misconceptions") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Get the truth behind 26 weight loss myths so you can lose weight quickly and keep the pounds off for good.

When it comes to losing weight, there are a lot of misconceptions and just plain half-baked advice out there. Not only can believing them derail your diet efforts, it can also mess with your health. We consulted with experts to pinpoint the most notorious (and plan-sabotaging) weight-loss myths, and get the truth about how you can shed pounds safely and smartly. Oh, and if someone tries to offer you any of these "tips"? Just cue up your favorite workout mix, put your earbuds in, and tune them out.

Myth: A detox is a good way to make a clean start

Myth: Cut 3,500 calories, lose a pound

Myth: Carbs are the enemy

Myth: If you want results, you have to hit the gym hard

Myth: Fat makes you fat

Myth: Late-night meals lead to weight gain, period

Myth: Certain treats just have to go

Myth: A little competition will keep you motivated

Myth: Low-fat foods will help you lose weight

Myth: It takes a lot of time and effort to lose weight

Myth: It's bad to cheat on your diet

Myth: If you're exercising a lot, you don't really have to watch what you eat

Myth: All sugar is the enemy

Myth: Healthy food doesn't taste good

Myth: Meal-replacement shakes should be avoided at all costs

Myth: Skipping meals will help you cut calories

Myth: To lose weight, you have to get used to feeling hungry

Myth: You can eat as much healthy fat as you want

Myth: Alcohol is out

Myth: Labels don't lie

Myth: You can't fight "fat genes"

Myth: You don't need to track your food intake

Myth: A calorie is a calorie

Myth: Green is always good

Myth: Nixing gluten results in weight loss

Myth: Once you find an eating-and-exercise plan that works, you're home free


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More Aggressive Type 2 Diabetes Treatment May Lead to Longer, Healthier Life ("live 8 years longer")

More Aggressive Type 2 Diabetes Treatment May Lead to Longer, Healthier Life ("live 8 years longer") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Researchers also found lower risk of complications such as heart and kidney disease, vision problems.

Intensive management of type 2 diabetes can make a difference in how long and how well you live, even if you don't start until middle age, researchers report.

Two decades after the study began, the researchers found that people in the aggressive treatment group lived almost eight years longer. 

Not only that, they lived better—their risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and blindness all dropped. The only complication that didn't seem to improve was nerve damage caused by diabetes.

"Early, intensified intervention in type 2 diabetes patients with microalbuminuria with both target-driven pharmacological (medication) and behavioral actions increased life span. And, that extra life length is free from severe and feared complications," said study senior author Dr. Oluf Pedersen. He's a specialist in internal medicine and endocrinology for the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. 

Microalbuminuria is the presence of small amounts of protein in the urine. It's a signal the kidneys aren't working properly and the first sign of diabetic kidney damage, according to the American Diabetes Association.

Behavior modification was also a big part of the intensive treatment. Study volunteers were instructed on how to make healthy diet and exercise changes, and they were given help to quit smoking.

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Being a victim of type 2 diabetes makes one concerned about health issues. What is the upside? 
By improving personal health care, while treating diabetes, the average age increase is EIGHT YEARS.

"Two decades after the study began, the researchers found that people in the aggressive treatment group lived almost eight years longer. 
"Not only that, they lived better—their risk of heart disease, kidney disease, and blindness all dropped. The only complication that didn't seem to improve was nerve damage caused by diabetes."
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10 Small Things You Can Do Every Day to Get Smarter ("intelligence is a work in progress")

10 Small Things You Can Do Every Day to Get Smarter ("intelligence is a work in progress") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Here are 10 simple tricks to try every day to help you get smarter.

1. Be smarter about your online time. Replace a few minutes of skateboarding dogs with something more mentally nourishing, suggest several responders. 

2. Write down what you learn. It doesn’t have to be pretty or long, but taking a few minutes each day to reflect in writingabout what you learned is sure to boost your brainpower.

3. Make a ‘did’ list. A big part of intelligence is confidence and happiness, so boost both by pausing to list not the things you have yet to do, but rather all the things you’ve already accomplished. 

4. Get out the Scrabble board. 

5. Have smart friends. It can be rough on your self-esteem, but hanging out with folks who are more clever than you is one of the fastest ways to learn. 

6. Read a lot. OK, this is not a shocker, but it was the most common response: Reading definitely seems essential. 

7. Explain it to others. “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough,” 

8. Do random new things. 

9. Learn a new language. No, you don’t need to become quickly fluent or trot off to a foreign country to master the language of your choosing. 

10. Take some downtime. It’s no surprise that dedicated meditator Azula Altucher recommends giving yourself space for your brain to process what it’s learned—“sit in silence daily,” she writes–but she’s not the only responder who stresses the need to take some downtime from mental stimulation. Spend some time just thinking, suggests retired cop Rick Bruno. He pauses the interior chatter while exercising. “I think about things while I run (almost every day),” he reports.

Bert Guevara's insight:
When a questioner keen on self-improvement asked the community, “What would you do to be a little smarter every single day?” lots of readers–including dedicated meditators, techies, and entrepreneurs–weighed in with useful suggestions. Which of these 10 ideas can you fit into your daily routine?
1. Be smarter about your online time.
2. Write down what you learn.
3. Make a ‘did’ list.
4. Get out the Scrabble board.
5. Have smart friends.
6. Read a lot.
7. Explain it to others.
8. Do random new things.
9. Learn a new language.
10. Take some downtime.
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Health Benefits of Watermelon | Organic Facts ("know the benefits and live healthier")

Health Benefits of Watermelon | Organic Facts ("know the benefits and live healthier") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The health benefits of watermelon include the prevention of kidney disorders, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and heat stroke

As for accessing the total medicinal benefits of watermelons, it is highly dependent on the variety of watermelon and the ripeness. Beta carotene and lycopene is usually bio-available in the highest quantities once the watermelon is completely ripe, and don’t be afraid to eat some of the watermelon rind; there are quite a few nutrients in there as well, particularly the roughage and fiber.

The long list of healthy or beneficial effects of watermelons are mainly derived from its unique nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds. These include significant amounts of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, fiber, protein, and a very large amount of potassium. Furthermore, they contain vitamin A, vitamin B6, niacin, thiamin, and a wide variety of carotenoids and phytonutrients, including lycopene! 

These components of watermelons contribute to its major impact on health; let’s explore some more details of those benefits below.

Kidney Disorders:

Prevents Heat Stroke:

High Blood Pressure:

Prevents Cancer:

Diabetes:

Heart Care:

Macular Degeneration:

Impotence:

Other Benefits: Lypocene is found to be effective in repairing damaged tissues. Watermelon seeds are rich in beneficial fats and proteins. Watermelons also contain phytonutrients which have very good effects on the health and proper functioning of internal organs, eyes, and the secretion system.

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Eating watermelons becomes better when you know what it contains and what it can do for you.

"The health benefits of watermelon include the prevention of kidney disorders, high blood pressure, the prevention of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, heat stroke, macular degeneration and impotence.
"The long list of healthy or beneficial effects of watermelons are mainly derived from its unique nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds. These include significant amounts of vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, fiber, protein, and a very large amount of potassium. Furthermore, they contain vitamin A, vitamin B6, niacin, thiamin, and a wide variety of carotenoids and phytonutrients, including lycopene!"
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FDA bans common ingredients in antibacterial soaps and body washes ("better to use plain soap & water")

FDA bans common ingredients in antibacterial soaps and body washes ("better to use plain soap & water") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The agency said that makers of some products had failed to prove they were better than plain soap and water in stopping the spread of infections.

The rule applies to 19 active ingredients -- including the most common, triclosan and triclocarban -- in liquid soaps, bar soaps and other items. Manufacturers will have one year to remove the ingredients from their products or to take them off the market, the agency said. 

Triclosan typically is used in liquid antibacterial soaps, while triclocarban is used in bar soaps. 

"Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement. “In fact, some data suggests that antibacterial ingredients may do more harm than good over the long-term.” 

Theresa Michele, FDA's director of the division of nonprescription drug products, said in a call with reporters that the "vast majority" of the more than 2,000 antibacterial products on the market contain at least one of the banned ingredients.

She said the agency had asked manufacturers for data showing that the long-term use of the ingredients was safe, as well as evidence that the antibacterial products were more effective than soap and water in curbing the spread of illnesses and infections. But she said the companies either didn't provide the data or the material submitted wasn't convincing.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Have you checked your anti-bacterial soap lately? You may be using banned substances like triclosan and triclocarban.
Be an informed consumer!

"Theresa Michele, FDA's director of the division of nonprescription drug products, said in a call with reporters that the "vast majority" of the more than 2,000 antibacterial products on the market contain at least one of the banned ingredients. 
"She said the agency had asked manufacturers for data showing that the long-term use of the ingredients was safe, as well as evidence that the antibacterial products were more effective than soap and water in curbing the spread of illnesses and infections. But she said the companies either didn't provide the data or the material submitted wasn't convincing.
"Michele said some manufacturers, including Johnson & Johnson and Procter & Gamble, have already taken steps to phase out use of some of the banned ingredients."
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7 Surprising Benefits of Exercise ("look at the free benefits that you are missing due to laziness")

7 Surprising Benefits of Exercise ("look at the free benefits that you are missing due to laziness") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

New research is revealing that even small amounts of physical activity trigger dozens of beneficial changes in the body...

You probably have a vague sense that exercise is good for you—and you’ve probably heard that it’s “healthy for the heart.” But if you’re like most people, that’s not enough motivation to get you to break a sweat with any regularity. As I report in the TIME cover story, “The Exercise Cure,” only 20% of Americans get the recommended 150 minutes of strength and cardiovascular physical activity per week, more than half of all baby boomers report doing no exercise whatsoever, and 80.2 million Americans over age 6 are entirely inactive.

That’s bad news, but emerging evidence shows that there are plenty of compelling reasons to start moving at any age and even if you’re ill or pregnant. Indeed, scientists are learning that exercise is, indeed, medicine. “There is no pill that comes close to what exercise can do,” says Claude Bouchard, director of the human genomics laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana. “And if there was one, it would be extremely expensive.”

You can read the whole story for more, but here are some of the amazing things that happen to a body in motion. 

1. Exercise is great for your brain.

2. You might get happier.

3. It might make you age slower.

4. It’ll make your skin look better.

5. Amazing things can happen in just a few minutes.

6. It can help you recover from a major illness.

7. Your fat cells will shrink.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Hi lazybones! New research is revealing that even small amounts of physical activity trigger dozens of beneficial changes in the body.

"You can read the whole story for more, but here are some of the amazing things that happen to a body in motion. 
1. Exercise is great for your brain. 
2. You might get happier. 
3. It might make you age slower. 
4. It’ll make your skin look better. 
5. Amazing things can happen in just a few minutes. 
6. It can help you recover from a major illness. 
7. Your fat cells will shrink.
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Discover Why Honey Is Still The Best Antibiotic ("over-reliant on antibiotics? there are other ways")

Discover Why Honey Is Still The Best Antibiotic ("over-reliant on antibiotics? there are other ways") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Doctors carelessly prescribe antibiotics for viral infections, which is useless since antibiotics are only effective for breaking up bacterial infections. To make matters worse, over-prescription and over-consumption make future infections harder to fight, since antibiotics deplete the good bacteria in the gut. 
In this medical travesty, antibiotic-resistant bacteria are rising up, adapting to the singular mode of action that the prescription antibiotics lean on. The CDC has recently identified 20 resistant strains of bacteria, thanks to reckless dependency on these prescriptions. A 2013 report by the CDC sounds the alarm, reporting that over 2 million people contract antibiotic-resistant infections each year. Conventional antibiotics are making users sicker in the long run, more vulnerable and more prone to infection. 
As this disturbing trend continues, scientists are looking for simpler answers. Researchers from the Salve Regina University in Newport, Rode Island, are rediscovering the reasons why raw honey is still one of the best natural antibiotics around to this day.
Lead author Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D., presented the findings at the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. She reports, "The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance." 
Meschwitz said that honey uses a combination of weapons, including polyphenols, hydrogen peroxide and an osmotic effect. Honey is practically an ambidextrous fighter, using multiple modalities to kill bacteria. 
One of those fighting methods is its osmosis effect. This effect comes from honey's high-sugar concentration. In this process, water is drawn from the bacteria cells, leaving the pathogens no option but to dehydrate and die off.
Bert Guevara's insight:
Try honey first before retreating to antibiotics. Why?

"Honey is so powerful for destroying bacteria that it should be the first mode of treatment when treating a bacterial illness. Doctors should prescribe honey first, since it attacks bacteria from multiple angles. Prescribed antibiotics should be the "alternative" therapy or the last resort. Honey is more powerful because it prevents the formation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Conventional antibiotics fail because they only target the essential growth processes of bacteria. This allows bacteria to build up a resistance over time, while the user also destroys the good bacteria in their gut."
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Omega 3s Linked to Lower Risk of Diabetes Complications ("reduces retinopathy - a cause of blindness")

Omega 3s Linked to Lower Risk of Diabetes Complications ("reduces retinopathy - a cause of blindness") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Eating oily fish may lower a person's risk for diabetes-related vision problems, study suggests

The researchers found that the individuals who reported consuming at least 500 mg a day of a type of omega-3 fatty acids, which was the equivalent of eating two servings of oily fish a week, had a significant lower risk of diabetic retinopathy, which is a complication that can cause vision problems and even blindness. 

The researchers didn’t look at why the omega 3s may have prevented the diabetes complication, but argue the anti-inflammatory effects of the unsaturated fats may be at play. Other research has suggested that the inflammation damping effects of omega 3s could aid heart health. Some researchers suggest the effects of omega 3s for some conditions may be overhyped. You can read more about the benefits and the debate here. 

The new study is limited in the fact that the people in the study lived in Spain, where the Mediterranean diet is followed by many people and the diet has lots of documented health benefits due to being high in vegetables, fruits and healthy fats. Still, as Dr. Michael Larsen of the University of Copenhagen wrote in a corresponding editorial to the study, “[The study] provides food for thought for those who wish to fight the complications of diabetes by clever eating.” 

He concludes, “It seems a safe bet now to spread one’s food intake to include the gifts of our oceans and forests, while we consider how they can be protected for future generations and wait for large and ambitious studies of the effects of diet on diabetic retinopathy.”

 

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Is your diabetes causing poor eyesight? Try omega 3 from oily fish.

"The researchers found that the individuals who reported consuming at least 500 mg a day of a type of omega-3 fatty acids, which was the equivalent of eating two servings of oily fish a week, had a significant lower risk of diabetic retinopathy, which is a complication that can cause vision problems and even blindness."
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To Live Longer, Study Suggests Getting Protein From Plants, Not Meat ("fish & chicken not that bad")

To Live Longer, Study Suggests Getting Protein From Plants, Not Meat ("fish & chicken not that bad") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Study suggests that people who eat more red meat die sooner than those who get their protein from plants.

How much protein you eat—and where that protein comes from—may affect your lifespan, suggests research published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. The new analysis, conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital, found that people who ate a lot of animal protein had a higher-than-average risk of dying over the next few decades, especially if they favored processed red meat over fish or poultry. Those who ate more plant-based protein, on the other hand, had a lower-than-average risk of death. 

The new research included data from two prior long-term studies, which collectively had more than 170,000 total participants. The people in these studies were tracked for 26 to 30 years and also asked to answer questions about their health and eating habits every few years. On average, they received about 14% of their daily calories from animal protein, and 4% from plant-based protein. During this time, more than 36,000 of them died. 

After adjusting the results for lifestyle and other risk factors, the researchers found that those who ate the most animal protein—defined as any type of meat, eggs, or dairy—had a slightly increased risk of death. People who ate less animal protein and consumed more protein from plant-based sources—breads, cereals, pastas, beans, nuts, and legumes—were the least likely to die during the study.

The news isn’t all bad for meat lovers, though. The increased risk of death only applied to people who had at least one "unhealthy lifestyle" factor, such as being a heavy drinker, a smoker, or overweight or obese, or getting very little exercise. For participants who led overall healthy lifestyles, the link disappeared.

Bert Guevara's insight:
The enemy is processed and unprocessed red meat. If you can't help animal meat, fish and chicken is better. Otherwise, this study suggests plant-based protein food.

"Indeed, when they broke down the study results into specific types of animal protein, they found that the link between animal protein and increased risk of death applied primarily to people who ate lots of processed and unprocessed red meats (including beef and pork), and not to fish or poultry.
“Our findings suggest that people should consider eating more plant proteins than animal proteins,” said Dr. Song, “and when they do choose among sources of animal protein, fish and chicken are probably better choices."
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Health Benefits of Guava | Organic Facts ("treats diarrhea, dysentery, cough, cold, high blood")

Health Benefits of Guava | Organic Facts ("treats diarrhea, dysentery, cough, cold, high blood") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The health benefits of guava include treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, cough, cold, skin care, high blood pressure, weight loss, scurvy, etc.

What makes guava special is that protecting the fruit does not require excessive use of chemical pesticides as in the case of grapes, apple, and other so-called “exotic” fruits. It is one of the least chemically treated and sprayed fruits.

Some of the surprising and brilliant health benefits are listed below. 

Weight loss: Guava is very helpful for those who want to lose weight without compromising their intake of proteins, vitamins and fiber. Guava is very high in roughage and rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals, but it has no cholesterol and a low number of digestible carbohydrates. ...

Diabetes: In a related benefit to blood pressure mentioned above, an intake of guava can also help those patients who suffer from diabetes. The high level of dietary fiber in guava helps to regulate the absorption of sugar by the body, which decreases the chances of major spikes and drops in insulin and glucose in the body.

Eyesight: Guavas are extremely good sources of vitamin-A, which is well known as a booster for vision health.

Cancer Prevention: One of the most celebrated and important benefits of adding guava to your diet is its ability to inhibit the growth and metastasis of cancerous cells. There have been numerous studies done in recent years on guava’s effects primarily on prostate cancer, breast cancer, and oral cancers.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Did you know this? Read the whole article and find out so many more benefits of guava. Teach your kids to like it.

"The health benefits of guava include the treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, cough, cold, skin care, high blood pressure, weight loss and scurvy."
"One of the most celebrated and important benefits of adding guava to your diet is its ability to inhibit the growth and metastasis of cancerous cells. There have been numerous studies done in recent years on guava’s effects primarily on prostate cancer, breast cancer, and oral cancers."
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How 'Pokémon Go' is improving mental health ("it'll force u to walk and make friends; what's wrong?")

How 'Pokémon Go' is improving mental health ("it'll force u to walk and make friends; what's wrong?") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

The hit augmented reality game encourages players to get outdoors, which is having a marked effect on physical and mental health.

It's been less than a week since "Pokémon Go" was unceremoniously dropped into the hands of the smartphone-wielding masses, and players have already managed to troll Westboro Baptist Church, get robbed at gunpoint and even stumble across a dead body. The response to the augmented reality game has been explosive — not unlike the initial release of "Pokémon Red and Blue" in the late 1990s. 

But perhaps the most groundbreaking part of this phenomenon is the staggering number of people venturing outdoors. Some self-proclaimed nerds are working muscles that haven't been worked in years. Gizmodo perfectly encapsulates this sentiment in the giggle-worthy story, Sore Legs Become Pandemic As Pokémon Go Players Accidentally Get Exercise. 

And while the physical effects of putting one foot in front of the other for an hour or more are a no-brainer, there's also a whole new group of people discovering the mental and emotional comfort of spending time in nature.

The act of experiencing nature is widely touted for its inherent healing properties. In fact, a leisurely stroll along a forested path can go a long way toward improving your outlook on life.


Bert Guevara's insight:
There is something good about this app. Just pick a safe area and start hunting and the rest happens.

"In addition to the physical and mental health benefits of being active in the great outdoors, "Pokémon Go" is also a great way for players to hang out with friends or meet new people. That's because the game isn't just about which gym you've conquered or what rare pokémon you've caught; it's also about the interpersonal connections you're making in the process."
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