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Processed Meats: Dangerous for Human Consumption ("time to switch to fresh home-cooked food")

Processed Meats: Dangerous for Human Consumption ("time to switch to fresh home-cooked food") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
The World Cancer Research Fund recently completed a detailed review of 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Upon conclusion it is evident that processed meats can be dange...

What are processed meats?
Processed meats include bacon, sausage, hot dogs, sandwich meat, packaged ham, pepperoni, salami and nearly all meat found in prepared frozen meals. Processed meats are usually manufactured with a carcinogenic (linked to promote and cause cancer) ingredient known as sodium nitrate. Sodium nitrate is primarily used as a colour fixer by meat companies to make the packaged meats look bright red and fresh. Monosodium glutamate is also added on a regular basis to enhance the savoury flavour.

Food items to check carefully:

Beef jerkyBaconSausagePepperoniHot dogsSandwich meatDeli slicesHamFrozen pizzas with meatCanned soups containing meatFrozen meals with meatRavioli and meat pasta foods


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Natural Way to Mitigate the Effects of Alcohol Consumption ("a little dry yeast b4 the 1st gulp is ok")

Natural Way to Mitigate the Effects of Alcohol Consumption ("a little dry yeast b4 the 1st gulp is ok") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A simple, inexpensive ingredient can help slow the impairment of speech and cognition when we do drink alcohol - dry yeast. Always drink responsibly.

While over-consumption of alcohol is never smart for anyone, there is that rare occasion when even the former teetotaler might have a little too much wine or beer at a party. But thanks to a simple, natural ingredient, you can mitigate – not eliminate – the unwanted effects of drinking alcoholic beverages and help slow the impairment of speech and cognition – dry yeast.

This little trick, of course, doesn’t change the fact that many alcoholic drinks are full of empty calories and high levels of sugar, but if you are going to indulge and you have a low tolerance, you can use active dry yeast –the same little packets you find in your own kitchen cabinets or grocery store aisle for making bread – to break down the molecules of alcohol into more benign constituents: carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. This is essentially what happens when your body metabolizes alcohol in the liver, but active dry yeast (ADY) contains a special enzyme called alcohol dehydrogenases (ADH).

By eating one teaspoon of ADY before drinking a beer, for example, the enzymes in your stomach will help to break down the alcohol before it gets into your blood stream, thus lessening the side effects of alcohol, such as drunkenness. Once alcohol is in the bloodstream, it passes into the brain impairing judgment. ADY allows this process to be largely impeded.

Bert Guevara's insight:

This simple procedure can make alcohol bypass the brain, in case you want to drink and drive later. This fulfills the saying that you have to put alcohol in the stomach, not in the brain.

"By eating one teaspoon of ADY (active dry yeast) before drinking a beer, for example, the enzymes in your stomach will help to break down the alcohol before it gets into your blood stream, thus lessening the side effects of alcohol, such as drunkenness. Once alcohol is in the bloodstream, it passes into the brain impairing judgment. ADY allows this process to be largely impeded."

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Coffee and Honey Shown as Superior Cough Treatment ("enjoy your brew while curing the cough; it works")

Coffee and Honey Shown as Superior Cough Treatment ("enjoy your brew while curing the cough; it works") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
According to some research, combining coffee and honey could be more effective at treating certain coughs than the commonly-prescribed systemic steroids.

The study was specific to something known as a post-infectious cough, or PPC. PPC is a cough that can stick around for weeks after an upper-respiratory infection or common cold. Not only can that nagging cough that doesn’t seem to go away long after your cold is gone can be irritating, it also can lead to a lack of sleep, irritated throat and airways, and general malaise.

Conventional treatments for PPC often include steroids, codeine, antihistamines, bronchodilators, and even narcotics. These drugs all come with other negative health effects—a laundry lists of side-effects that can sometimes be worse than the PPC they intend to treat.

The researchers concluded:

“Each year, billions of dollars are spent on controlling and trying to cure cough while the real effect of cough medicines is not quite reliable.1,45 Even though PPC is reported to account for only 11–25% of all cases of chronic cough8 and it is not associated with disability and mortality, it can cause morbidity and is responsible for medical costs…13

Honey and coffee are natural edible substances that are safe, agreeable, less expensive than medicines, and easily available. Moreover, they have proved to be effective in a short period of time.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Using honey on your coffee - a concoction to beat the cough.

"According to the work published in the Primary Care Respiratory Journal, this natural combination could be more effective at treating certain coughs than the commonly-prescribed systemic steroids."

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Man Reverses Stage IV Prostate Cancer with Baking Soda and Molasses ("goal is alkalinity or high Ph")

Man Reverses Stage IV Prostate Cancer with Baking Soda and Molasses ("goal is alkalinity or high Ph") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Could you use something as simple as baking powder or baking soda to reverse cancer? One man, Vernon Johnston, did just that with prostate and bone cancer.

After Vernon was diagnosed, Vernon’s brother Larry told him to work on raising his pH since cancer cannot thrive in a high or alkaline pH. Larry recommended cesium chloride to raise Vernon’s pH levels into a high alkaline level physiologically. ...

That’s when he discovered the remedy of baking powder or bicarbonate of soda with maple syrup. Not having maple syrup in his kitchen, he decided to use the molasses that was handy. He was anxious to kill the cancer before it killed him.

Vernon recorded his daily treatment in a diary. His self applied treatment was the last phase of what he called his “dance with cancer”. The protocol he used included a good diet to promote alkalinity along with mineral and vitamin supplements, and lots of sunshine.

Vernon also practiced breathing exercises to assist the increased oxygenation initiated by the sudden pH rise from sodium bicarbonate. Anaerobic cancer cells cannot tolerate oxygen.

Molasses was all Vernon could use, but it worked and actually wound up creating a more solid mineral base for his nutritional support. Most experts recommend more than one protocol if one is doing it alone at home. Keep in mind that part of any alternative cancer therapy involves abstinence from processed foods and sugars – sugars especially fuel cancer growth.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Read how baking soda and molasses successfully combated cancer.

"After a few weeks, Vernon received a medical examination that confirmed his complete reversal of prostate and bone cancer. His 2008 story was written up in a local Anza area California newspaper, The Valley News in 2009. And yes, Vernon is still telling his story today."

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14 Ways to Live a Longer, Healthier Life ("it's nothing but practical living with tomorrow in mind")

14 Ways to Live a Longer, Healthier Life ("it's nothing but practical living with tomorrow in mind") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
These tips will reverse your aging

1. Drop some pounds.

2. Cap your drinks.

3. Ease your stress.

4. Keep learning.

5. Connect.

6. Extend a hand.

7. Work out often.

8. Reconsider your protein.

9. Give up smoking.

10. Enjoy your joe.

11. Sleep better.

12. Have more sex.

13. Go Mediterranean.

14. Know your history.

Check out your score.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Your lifestyle can either kill you or make you live longer.

"The answer is more complicated than counting the number of candles you blew out on your last birthday cake. Your daily habits can either add or subtract years from your life—like how much you exercise, or how stressed you allow yourself to be. Read on for 14 things you can start doing today to live a longer, healthier life."

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Yes, You Can Still Eat Cheese And Be Healthy. Here's How ("in heaven there is no cheese; so why not?"

Yes, You Can Still Eat Cheese And Be Healthy. Here's How ("in heaven there is no cheese; so why not?" | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
We love cheese in all its many iterations. Halloumi, paneer, mozzarella, burrata, cheddar, blue, brie ... the list goes on. But do our bodies love cheese as much as our tastebuds do?

Cheese is not necessarily unhealthy and can even fit into a weig...

Cheese is not necessarily unhealthy and can even fit into a weight-loss plan, Heather Mangieri, MS, RD, CSSD, creator of Nutrition CheckUp.com, tells The Huffington Post. "Cheese helps deliver key nutrients that the body needs, like protein," she says. Women and men should consume about 46 and 56 grams of protein a day, respectively, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And cheese can be an excellent source of protein -- 4 ounces of low-fat cottage cheese contains 13 grams of the stuff, and a slice of Swiss has about 7.5 grams, according to the U.S Department of Agriculture.

Still, there are a few things you should know if you're going to incorporate cheese into a nutritious eating plan. Here are four things to keep in mind:

1. You don't have to say 'no' to full-fat.

2. Greasiness isn't necessarily unhealthy.

3. There's no "best" cheese.

4. Cheese can contain a lot of sodium.

Bert Guevara's insight:

The bottom line when it comes to cheese: Enjoy it -- wisely! "The key is moderation," says Mangieri. "I know that's an overused term, but it is important." We couldn't agree more.

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10 Foods That Protect Your Vision ("eye health by eating the appropriate food")

10 Foods That Protect Your Vision ("eye health by eating the appropriate food") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Looking at the connection between eye health and diet, AARP explores how antioxidants and nutrients—including omega-3 fatty acids

With summer almost officially here, perhaps you’ve already planted edible flowers in your garden or begun eating healthy berries by the handful or added a pitcher of antioxidant-rich green tea to the fridge.

But as you slide on your sunglasses to block out the afternoon sun, have you considered your eye health?

If not, you are probably not alone. There is good news, however. A recent study in the journalThe Archives of Ophthalmology has found that fewer older Americans are developing macular degeneration, which is a major cause of vision loss in older people. Importantly, the study suggests that a healthy diet could be one factor responsible for the decrease in the occurrence of this vision disorder.

Looking at the connection between eye health and diet, AARP explores how antioxidants and nutrients—including omega-3 fatty acids, lutein and vitamins C and E—play a role in defending against macular degeneration as well as glaucoma and cataracts.

Here is AARP’s list of foods that could be beneficial to eye health:

Bert Guevara's insight:

Eye health can be enhanced by the food we eat. Check out this list.

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7 Ridiculously Easy Ways To Protect Your Bones At Any Age ("attention: 50+ year old seniors, rise up!")

7 Ridiculously Easy Ways To Protect Your Bones At Any Age ("attention: 50+ year old seniors, rise up!") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
These methods will help you lower your risk of breaking a bone and avoid osteoporosis.

1. GO GREEN: Dark leafy greens-like kale, collard greens, spinach, and romaine-are loaded with calcium, an essential nutrient for building stronger bones. And, the NOF suggests getting calcium from food first, supplements if needed.

2. GRAB THE ALMONDS: Nuts are an important food for good health, but almonds in particular offer the added bonus of delivering lots of calcium.

3. LEARN TO LOVE PLAIN YOGURT: Strained Greek yogurt is particularly high in calcium and many people prefer its thicker texture. 

4. KNOW YOUR VITAMIN D LEVELS:

5. WALK OR RUN EVERY DAY: 

6. DO PUSH-UPS:

7. TAKE IT SERIOUSLY: A broken bone can wreak havoc with your physical, mental, emotional and financial health. Not only can it cause someone to be immobilized, it can be fatal.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Bone management is not that difficult after all. Here are practical tips, especially for those above 50.

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Daily Cup of Coffee can Save the Eyes, Preserve Vision ("not only does it keep you awake & alert")

Daily Cup of Coffee can Save the Eyes, Preserve Vision ("not only does it keep you awake & alert") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A new study found that the chemical constituents of coffee can help prevent the deterioration of eyesight and possible blindness due to retinal damage.

It isn’t the caffeine in coffee that helps you see straight, comprising only 1 percent of raw coffee, on average, but the chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that has extreme health-boosting properties.

Chlorogenic acid is a conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which has anti-carcinogenic, anti-atherosclerotic, and anti-oxidizing properties in the body. It turns out that chlorogenic acid also helps to support the retinal tissue – a thin layer across the eyes and back wall which has millions of light-sensitive cells and important nerve cells which help communicate what we ‘see’ to the brain.

Retinal tissue is also highly metabolic, requiring high levels of oxygen, which can make it prone to oxidative stress, or the detriment of free radicals. It is free radicals that eventually damage the tissues and cause sight deterioration. CLA is likely effective due to its antioxidant levels, since antioxidants are known to inhibit oxidation. There is even a world conference where scientists meet just to discuss antioxidants and oxidative stress; the issue is paramount to human health.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Keep the coffee flowing ... it's the cheapest brew with so many benefits.

"It isn’t the caffeine in coffee that helps you see straight, comprising only 1 percent of raw coffee, on average, but the chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that has extreme health-boosting properties.

"Previously conducted studies on java have found that it also reduces the risk of diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, prostate cancer, and other neurodegenerative disorders."

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The New Rules Of Healthy Cooking ("fresh updates of healthy kitchen stuff you used to avoid")

The New Rules Of Healthy Cooking ("fresh updates of healthy kitchen stuff you used to avoid") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it

Why you should cook with some packaged foods—and how a once maligned fat is staging a comeback.

New rule: Butter belongs in your kitchen.

New rule: Explore the packaged-foods aisles. 

New rule: Avocados are the new bran. 

New rule: Frozen-milk cubes will change your morning.

New rule: Make an egg scramble instead (and not just for the protein). 

Bert Guevara's insight:

What used to be avoided by the healthy cook, is now passe. There are many new discoveries which change the choices we make in the kitchen.

Read and be updated.

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Your Eating Problem May Be a Sleeping Problem ("get 7-9 hrs of sleep and recover balanced life")

Your Eating Problem May Be a Sleeping Problem ("get 7-9 hrs of sleep and recover balanced life") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Good sleeping habits are a lot like healthy eating habits. They take time and energy, which means they're the most difficult to change exactly when you need them most.

Why do we eat more when we sleep less? A number of factors seem to be at play:

First, there’s the most obvious reason: if we’re awake longer, we have more time to think about food and, of course, eat food. If we’re up late watching TV or browsing the web, there’s a good chance we’re also snacking, right? During “downtime” we’re more likely to eat out of boredom, just because the food’s there and there’s nothing else to distract us. This seemed to be a primary contributor to weight gain in the new study, since the sleep-deprived group ate most of their “bonus” calories late at night, during their extra waking hours.

Skimping on sleep also messes with appetite regulation. It drives up levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates hunger, and suppresses leptin, a counter-hormone that helps you feel full. When your sleep tank is low, this hormonal imbalance makes it easier to “cave” to food temptations.

Previous studies show that people are more likely to eat high-carbohydrate and high-fat foods — and more snack foods — when their sleep is cut short. The research isn’t 100% consistent here, but it may be that we’re changing what we’re eating as we’ll as how much — and that could make it easier to pack on the pounds.

Bert Guevara's insight:

"Seven to nine hours of shut-eye per night is ideal for adults, but every little bit helps. My own advice is to focus on maximizing your evening efficiency ... but if you streamline your routine and cut out some of the unnecessary distractions (checking email for the 10th time, checking Facebook for the 15th time, getting sucked into neurotically organizing your refrigerator at 10:30 p.m.), it is possible to corral a few more precious minutes of sleep. And the payoff is huge, from a health perspective as well as a sanity perspective. Here’s to a better night’s sleep."

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Are Eggs High In Cholesterol? ("you can take it daily and live a healthy life")

Are Eggs High In Cholesterol? ("you can take it daily and live a healthy life") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it

Eggs are packed with vital nutrients. Given the fact that it contains all nutrients in just the right proportions to create a new life, this is pretty much understandable. You can imagine the balance and abundance of nutrition that it offers. Still, there is an air of doubt about their regular consumption.

It’s true that the egg yolk is full of cholesterol, but we often oversee the fact that they are excellent sources of all essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins. Regular egg consumption does not elevatethe blood cholesterol level directly. The credit for a deranged lipid profile actually goes to a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits. A healthy and active person may take up to 4 egg whites and 2 egg yolks per day. Egg white is a rich source of riboflavin and quality protein, while egg yolk provides Vitamin A, B vitamins, calcium, phosphorous, lecithin and iron.

Bert Guevara's insight:

"Eating eggs as a part of your regular diet is actually not bad to your health. Yolk is known to increase thegood cholesterol (HDL) levels in blood, and does not have any direct effect on the LDL cholesterol levels."

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Study: Turmeric can Protect the Aging Brain from Decline ("the spice that makes your brain younger")

Study: Turmeric can Protect the Aging Brain from Decline ("the spice that makes your brain younger") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A study indicates that turmeric can protect the brain from age-related brain dysfunctions, including stroke, dementia, and neurodegenerative disease.

According to the study, published in the journal Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry, this brain-protection effect is a result of something called uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2) and its role in reducing oxidative stress in the brain.

As GreenMedInfo reports, curcumin, the compound in turmeric that gives it its distinctive color, may be able to upregulate UCP2, protecting the brain from oxidation and related age-related damage.

In addition, the researchers noted, the curcumin promoted phosphylation of AMPK and eNOS, both related to improved endothelial function and cardiovascular risk factors. The curcumin was also able to reduce production of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) , which is associated with decreased oxidative stress and cell damage.

But this is far from the first study to link turmeric and curcumin to brain benefits. It’s the consumption of turmeric in countries like India that is often credited with their low rates of Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.


Bert Guevara's insight:

To senior citizens, the wonder brain spice is here with us. Start by using turmeric in your cooking.

"While science attempts to sort out how turmeric is able to fight disease and degeneration that is often considered untreatable by conventional medicine, we can still experience the benefits now by adding this deep-flavored root to our cooking."

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Saturated Fat Isn't the Health Demon You Think It Is ("another look on the issue of fats in our diet")

Saturated Fat Isn't the Health Demon You Think It Is ("another look on the issue of fats in our diet") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A new book makes that case that the low-fat obsession has made us less healthy

The book comes as new research has raised questions about the long-held connection between fat intake, cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. A meta-analysis published in March looked at dozens of past nutritional studies and found no evidence that eating saturated fat—chiefly found in meat, butter and cheese—increased heart attacks and other cardiac events, nor did it find evidence of less heart disease in people eating unsaturated fats like those found in olive oil or vegetable oil. In 2013, a prominent cardiologist argued in BMJ that the long-held advice to reduce saturated fats has actually increased the risk of obesity and heart disease.

It will take more than a few studies and this new book to sway the court of public-health opinion, but for now, here’s what Teicholz’s research reveals about saturated fat:

1. The war against fat was started by one man:

2. Reducing fat has caused us to eat more carbs, which is not good:

3. That’s true even of supposedly “healthy” unrefined carbs:

4. Women have been particularly hurt by the demonization of fat:

5. We shouldn’t be so quick to ban trans fats:

6. We’ve been eating saturated fat for thousands of years:

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

The debate goes on: for and against fat.

I will not take a side now. It's up for you to read and discern.

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Not all fats are the same. I trust saturated fats over trans fats any day. 

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The Real Benefits of Easy Do-it-Yourself Loose-Leaf Tea ("a lot better & safer than commercial tea")

The Real Benefits of Easy Do-it-Yourself Loose-Leaf Tea ("a lot better & safer than commercial tea") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
The best way to make sure you are drinking quality tea is to make it yourself from fresh organic herbs. Here are the benefits of DIY loose-leaf tea.

The best way to make sure you are drinking non-GMO, pesticide-free tea, without added plastics or other toxins, is to make it yourself from fresh organic herbs. Don’t worry; it isn’t as hard as it sounds.

Once you’ve had a cup of freshly brewed, organic, homemade, whole-leaf, or small-leaf tea, you’ll never go back to store-bought, teabags. There is simply no comparison. Plus, the benefits of tea are compounded with a DIY batch, and they are many:

Tea is a known cancer fighter. This is due to the high level of antioxidants concentrated in a single glass, since you are essentially drinking water infused with the utmost nutrition from the leaves, stems, and roots from medicinal plants. Check out the connection between just green tea and cancer here.Tea is full of catechins. These can boost endurance, inhibit weight gain, reduce cardiovascular risks, and slow the aging process. Catechins, a form of antioxidant, can also treat neurological impairment, and reduce LDL cholesterol. Even drinkers of ‘English’ tea, who like to add milk to the beverage, can still enjoy high levels of catechin absorption.Tea hydrates the body, even when it is caffeinated, and can boost mood.Tea helps to fight free radicals, and LDL oxidation. It has a very high ORAC value; this means that your DNA is protected and you are less likely to contract a host of different diseases.Different teas offer different healing properties to the body. Both black tea and green tea, for example, can improve vascular functioning and protect the heart, while chamomile tea, made from one of the oldest medicinal herbs in history, can aid sufferers of hay fever, inflammation, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, insomnia, ulcers, wounds, gastrointestinal disorders, rheumatic pain, and hemorrhoids.
Bert Guevara's insight:

It's Tea Party time!

"What has changed; however, is how tea is grown, transported, and packaged. Most of us are used to using tea bags since they seem much more convenient than loose-leaf teas. The only problem with this, aside from the fact that many teas are grown using pesticides, which then become concentrated when the tea is brewed, is that in order to put tea in teabags, the plants which comprise the tea must be chopped into very small tea leaves, which more easily become oxidized – losing a large portion of their flavor, phytonutrients, and medicinal value."

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Eating Dark Chocolate can Reduce “Excess Body Fat” in One Week ("bring out & eat those chocolates")

Eating Dark Chocolate can Reduce “Excess Body Fat” in One Week ("bring out & eat those chocolates") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A new study has revealed that eating dark chocolate can reduce the markers for heart disease and even reduce belly fat in a single week.

A new study from researchers with the Department of Neuroscience, Division of Human Nutrition at the University of Tor Vergata in Rome has revealed that eating dark chocolate can reduce the markers for heart disease and even reduce belly fat in a single week.

Published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences, “Effects of dark chocolate in a population of Normal Weight Obese women: a pilot study” looked at the effects of a 100 gram dark chocolate bar taken for one week in women who fit the study prerequisites.

During the study, women aged 20 to 40 years old received 100 grams of dark chocolate with about 70% cocoa for 7 days. Blood lipid profiles, blood pressure, abdominal circumference, and biochemical parameters were measured throughout. The results? Good cholesterol (HDL) went up and bad cholesterol (LDL) webt down. Other cardiovascular disease markers including interleukin-1 receptor antagonistwas reduced and abdominal circumference decreased.

Showcasing just a couple dark chocolate health benefits, the researchers concluded:

“Our findings suggest that regular consumption of DC could be useful in maintaining a good atherogenic profile, due to the favorable effects on HDL cholesterol, lipoprotein ratios and inflammation markers.”

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

It's alright to indulge!!!

"If you spend anytime reviewing natural health news and research, you already know the health benefits of chocolate are no joke. More and more we are learning that you don’t need to make excuses to indulge in high quality dark chocolate."

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15 Ways I Use Coconut Oil Every Day ("going nuts over coconut oil; daily practical uses u didn't know")

15 Ways I Use Coconut Oil Every Day ("going nuts over coconut oil; daily practical uses u didn't know") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
There are many ways to use coconut oil. Learn about 15 uses for coconut oil in this post.

15 Ways I Use Coconut Oil Every Day:

- Put it on my legs before shaving in the shower rather than using scary Shaving Cream.

- Slather it on after a shower instead of spending time making or buying expensive Body Lotion.

- Use it in place of rancid vegetable oils in Baking.

- Use it for Popping Popcorn instead of vegetable oil.

- Use it for Sauteing delicious veggies.

- Use it as a all-natural Lubricant. (Don’t worry.. it’s in a different bottle than the one for kitchen use.)

- Take it by the spoonful as Appetite Regulator

- Mix it with a little bit of baking soda to make a super easy, cheap, effective, natural Deodarant.

- Use it as the base for making Chocolate.

- Use it as a natural Gel if my hair gets fly-aways.

- Place a bit on the ends of my hair for Conditioner.

- As a replacement for Nipple Cream for us lactating mothers

- Sometimes as Baby Lotion instead of my beloved olive oil.

- As Face Lotion.

- As a quick Lip Balm.

Bert Guevara's insight:

If I were a poet I would write an ode to coconut oil. It might start something like this:

“Oh, Coconut Oil, how I love thee. Let me count the ways.”

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Good for detox too as made popular by Bruce Fife in his Coconut Cures book.

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America Is Running Out of Water | VICE United States ("unsustainable overuse = vanishing resource")

America Is Running Out of Water | VICE United States ("unsustainable overuse = vanishing resource") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Although most Americans believe water scarcity occurs only in countries where Angelina Jolie campaigns for peace, two of the world’s most overexerted rivers are right here in the United States.

Although most Americans believe water scarcity occurs only in countries where Angelina Jolie campaigns for peace, two of the world’s most overexerted rivers are right here in the United States. According to the World Resource Institute, both the Colorado and Rio Grande suffer from extremely high stress, meaning that we annually withdraw more than 80 percent of each river’s renewable water supply, and at least a third of the US exhibits medium to high water stress or greater.

In the United States, we are so used to turning on the taps and getting clean water that we forget this is not the way it is in many parts of the world, or that in a state like California we need about 80 percent of the water we apply to grow the food we eat. We urbanites forget about the huge needs of water for agriculture and the problems that drought can cause for farmers and ranchers, even in a rich country like the United States.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Not only in America do we need a sustainable water resource management program. In the Philippines, much of the effort is dependent on business and government.

We all need water and all available water conservation efforts should be applied.

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Broccoli - an anti-air pollution food ("flush out pollution substances through urine")

Broccoli - an anti-air pollution food ("flush out pollution substances through urine") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it

A new study published in Cancer Prevention Research found that broccoli compounds help us flush out benzene through our urine. A known carcinogen, benzene can be found anywhere from paint thinner to car exhaust.

When research subjects drank tea made of boiled broccoli sprouts for 12 weeks, their excretion rate of the chemical shot up by 61 percent. The beverage also upped the level of acrolein—a pollutant inhaled from sources such as tobacco smoke and power-plant emissions—by 23 percent in the participants’ urine.

“This study points to a frugal, simple, and safe means that can be taken by individuals to possibly reduce some of the long-term health risks associated with air pollution,” said lead researcher and Johns Hopkins University professor Thomas Kensler in a statement.

Sprouts pack higher levels of the chemical-fighting stuff, but regular broccoli has it too—just a lot less. The more bitter the broccoli, the better—though you’d still have to eat about 1.5 cups of the vegetable each day to get the same benefits as the study’s subjects did, Kensler told The Wall Street Journal.

But like any other superfood, broccoli sprouts are by no means a magic shield against health hazards such as China’s toxic smog.

“Air pollution is a complex and pervasive public health problem,” Kensler said. “Government leaders and policy makers [need to] define and implement more effective regulatory policies to improve air quality.”

Bert Guevara's insight:

Broccoli can help flush out air pollutants through your urine.

Check out how broccoli and Brussels sprouts can become anti-air pollution food.

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10 Healthy Habits Thatll Keep Your Blood Pressure Down - Hypertension Center - Everyday Health

10 Healthy Habits Thatll Keep Your Blood Pressure Down - Hypertension Center - Everyday Health | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
If you have high blood pressure or want hypertension prevention, lifestyle changes can help. Learn 10 ways to manage hypertension and lower blood pressure.

Studies have shown that certain lifestyle changes can result in significantly lower blood pressure. So if your doctor has diagnosed you with high blood pressure, he or she may recommend that you take up some new, healthier habits to help get it under control. Most of these lifestyle changes can also help prevent high blood pressure if you don't already have it — the guidelines for hypertension preventionand management are often one and the same.

1. Eat a Balanced Diet

2. Reduce Salt Intake

3. Maintain a Healthy Weight

4. Exercise Regularly

5. . . . .

 

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Blood pressure issues are becoming very prevalent, not only for elderly people, but also for young adults. Simple lifestyle changes can keep your blood pressure down. Check them out!

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7 Factors That Raise a Man's Risk for Osteoporosis

7 Factors That Raise a Man's Risk for Osteoporosis | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Men are more likely than women to become disabled or die from an osteoporosis-related bone break. But some simple steps can reduce that risk.
What Raises a Man's Osteoporosis Risk?

Many of the same risk factors that affect women apply to men, too, but men also face some unique challenges when it comes to maintaining bone health and reducing their osteoporosis risk.

1. Age. “The main risk for male osteoporosis is simply getting older,” ... This bone remodeling process is balanced, for the most part, until age 50. After that, he said, the amount of bone being reabsorbed into the body exceeds the amount being put back, leading to thinning, weakened bones. 

2. Loss of testosterone. As men age, testosterone levels naturally decrease, and this likely contributes to the age-related loss of bone. 

3. Not getting enough calcium and vitamin D. Calcium and vitamin D play a critical role in bone health. Calcium is a mineral essential to building strong bones, and vitamin D helps the body absorb the calcium in your diet. Men older than 50 need about 1,000 milligrams (mg) of calcium each day.

4. Not getting enough exercise. Try to get in at least 30 minutes a day. Exercises that make you work against gravity, called weight-bearing exercises — like walking, jogging, basketball, soccer, and hiking — help maintain bone health. 

5. Smoking. The use of tobacco is directly linked to decreased bone density.

6. Drinking too much alcohol. Overindulging can speed up bone loss.

7. Taking certain medications. Many common medical conditions and the medicines used to treat them can cause bone loss. Included are depression, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and drugs like steroids and some medications used to treat heartburn and cancer. 


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If you are male and 50+ in age, then you should read this.

"It's a common misconception that osteoporosis only affects older women. In fact, men over 50 are more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than to get prostate cancer."

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5 Fun Benefits of Lemon Water You may Not Know ("i never knew lemon in drinking water was that good")

5 Fun Benefits of Lemon Water You may Not Know ("i never knew lemon in drinking water was that good") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
More than simple water, drinking lemon water offers a wide array of benefits. Here are 5 fun benefits of lemon water you may not know about.
1. Nutritional Potency

Lemon is packed with nutrients. It is loaded with vitamin C, B vitamins, fiber, magnesium, iron, calcium, and more potassium than apples and grapes.

2. Digestion3. Complexion

Again, hydration is excellent for promoting healthy skin, but adding lemon to your water can go one step further. The antioxidants in lemon water help fight the signs of aging and can even decrease blemishes. 

 

4. Weight Loss

When you want to lose weight, one of the greatest pieces of advice is to drink more water. 

5. Increased energy

Lemon essential oil is used in aromatherapy to brighten the mood, to wake you up and get you moving. But in lemon water, lemon juice can provide similar benefits. For this reason, many people find drinkingwarm lemon water in the morning a good alternative to coffee, even using it to aid in caffeine withdrawals.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Rehydrate the healthier way -- use lemon.

"Lemon water is inexpensive and loaded with benefits. Make sure you are washing the lemons thoroughly before squeezing their juices into your water or slicing the fruit and putting it directly in your glass."

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Infographic: The Green Lifestyle vs. The Typical Lifestyle - Ways2GoGreen Blog ("give it a shot")

Infographic: The Green Lifestyle vs. The Typical Lifestyle - Ways2GoGreen Blog ("give it a shot") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Infographic: The Green Lifestyle vs. The Typical Lifestyle - Ways2GoGreen Blog

This infographic lets us know through much research what has a total lower cost: the typical lifestyle or the green lifestyle. We will look at infancy, childhood, college age, responsible family and empty nesters. Which one will save you more green?


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Check out this comparison of the "Green Lifestyle" vs the typical way of life. Be informed and make the choice or take the leap.

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6 Great Exercises for People With Diabetes - Type 2 Diabetes Center - Everyday Health ("just do it")

6 Great Exercises for People With Diabetes - Type 2 Diabetes Center - Everyday Health ("just do it") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Studies show exercise plays a vital role in managing type 2 diabetes, yet not enough people are physically active. Learn the best exercises to battle diabetes.

Do you get enough exercise? If you're like many Americans, the answer is no — and that's especially true for those of us with diabetes. Studies show as few as 39 percent of people with type 2 diabetes participate in regular physical activity, compared with 58 percent of other Americans. And that's a shame, because working out can help increase insulin action and keep blood sugars in check, says Sheri Colberg-Ochs, PhD, a professor of exercise science at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. Exercise also helps you lose weight and improve balance, important because many people with type 2 diabetes are at risk for obesity and for falls, Colberg-Ochs says.

Here are six great workouts you can easily work into your daily routine. Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen, and go slowly at first. Over time, you can increase the length and intensity of your exercise routine.

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Diabetes shouldn't bring you away from exercise. Just begin doing any of the suggestions right away.

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Green Tea and Tomato to Naturally Treat Multiple Cancers ("the powerful combination of two anti-ox")

Green Tea and Tomato to Naturally Treat Multiple Cancers ("the powerful combination of two anti-ox") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
There are numerous foods which work together to deliver a one-two punch to halt cancerous tumor development. Green tea and tomatoes are two of those foods.

Tomatoes, as well as many other fruits, are full of a compound called lycopene – an antioxidant. It is a major carotenoid found in foods responsible for their red, orange, or yellow color. People who eat foods high in lycopene are known to have less incidence of cancer overall.

Green tea is also a known cancer fighter. Sipping on green tea sourced organically, and not full of pesticides, is one of the healthiest beverages you could drink. (Also, make sure your tea isn’t full of fluoride, as some teas can be). Green tea is loaded with antioxidants, having profound effects on the body. Just one of the compounds in this tea, called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), can help stop cancer, improve brain functioning, and even help maintain a healthy weight. One study published in the journal Nutrients calls EGCG one of the ‘most effective cancer chemopreventative polyphenols.’

A Harvard study on green tea says that is can help with the prevention of numerous cancers, including: skin, breast, lung, colon, esophageal, and bladder cancer. Indeed, the connection between green tea and cancer is astounding.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Another powerful combination of 2 anti-oxidants that give greater cancer-fighting results.

"Utilizing anti-cancer foods together creates a synergistic effect, and can even compound their abilities to keep cancerous cells from forming. Food pairings are known to have increased disease-fighting abilities, so eat your tomatoes (or other lycopene-full foods) and drink your tea. A healthier lifestyle awaits when you do."

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10 Surprisingly Sugary Foods - Healthy Recipes Center - Everyday Health ("warning for hidden calories")

10 Surprisingly Sugary Foods - Healthy Recipes Center - Everyday Health ("warning for hidden calories") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Maintaining a low-sugar diet requires attention to detail and being a food label detective. Learn about foods that pack in added sugar to avoid missteps.

“Sugar is part of our natural foods. It’s part of our rutabaga and carrots,” says nutritionist Donna Weihofen, RD, of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison. “Nature doesn’t mean for us to give up on sugar.”

The natural fructose sugar found in fruits and vegetables and lactose sugar in milk and dairy is part of a healthful diet. The problem lies with processed foods packed with high amounts of sugar (namely sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup). And it’s not just the obvious culprits, like soda, candy, and cakes. Manufacturers have snuck sugar into many low-calorie, low-fat, so-called health foods — some which don’t even taste sweet! Are you consuming more sugar than you realize? Watch for these top sneaky sources of added sugar, and learn what to eat instead.

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

Be an intelligent consumer and know where the "unhealthy" sugar is hiding in your food.

"Even though consuming a lot of added sugar is not a good idea, you can’t — and probably shouldn’t — steer clear of everything that has natural sugar in it. Though fruit and many root vegetables contain sugar, you also benefit from the vitamins, minerals, and fiber in these foods."

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