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What Big Pharma is Afraid Diabetes Patients Will Find Out ("lifestyle change makes a difference")

What Big Pharma is Afraid Diabetes Patients Will Find Out ("lifestyle change makes a difference") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Did you know that up to 90% of diabetes sufferers can treat the issue themselves through lifestyle choices? Big pharma does NOT want you to know this.

Here are some simple steps you can take to stop diabetes type 2 in its tracks and keep the Big Pharma goons from taking your life and life’s blood:

1. Exercise at least 30 minutes a day, six days a week. Give yourself one ‘cheat’ or ‘rest’ day, but get moving. It doesn’t matter if you walk, run, bike, swim, hike, play tennis, do karate, start a yoga or tai chi class, or any other form of exercise. 30 minutes a day will start to change your body’s chemistry and help regulate pancreatic reactions.

2. You probably have a sugar addiction. Eat healthy proteins in the morning to help keep you satiated longer and small meals throughout the day to keep you from grabbing cake, cookies, and doughnuts when your sugar levels get low. This is another important step in regulating glucose levels and helps even non-diabetic people.

3. Drink more water. It fills you up, helps the body with all its metabolic processes and can make your skin glow with health and vigor.

4. Stop smoking and drinking alcohol. These two habits can lead to diabetes type 2 all on their own. (See our effects of smoking article for more information on smoking).

Additionally, try utilizing cinnamon for diabetes –  it is becoming known as a ‘miracle’ solution, of sorts.

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Good looking: 6 surprising ways to improve your eyesight- New Scientist ("check out these suggestions")

Good looking: 6 surprising ways to improve your eyesight- New Scientist ("check out these suggestions") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
From clever screens to super foods and computer games: the vision-boosting tricks your optician won't tell you about
Phone screens that do the focusing for you

Put away those reading glasses. A new type of screen will make any page look just right for your eyes

The veggies that really do boost night vision

No, carrots can't help you see in the dark. But some other veggies might

Super lens implants are going mainstream

Novel kinds of artificial eye lenses are allowing both the short-sighted and long-sighted to see fine without glasses, even for reading

Keep moving if you want to keep seeing

One of the many benefits of exercising is that it helps to protect against various forms of blindness as we get older

Video games that can help you see better

Playing shoot 'em ups has a surprising benefit – it can train your brain to sharpen your vision

How time outdoors could protect kids' eyesight

The increase in short-sightedness in kids across the world is often blamed on time in front of a screen, but a lack of time outdoors may be the real problem






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"Not many of us have perfect eyesight, and we will develop problems as we get older. Until recently, glasses or contact lenses were just about the only options.
"But as we've learned more about the eye, we've come up with surprising ways to preserve or enhance vision, from changing what you eat to software that lets you read your smartphone without reading glasses."

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Study: Driving While Dehydrated 'Just as Dangerous as Driving Intoxicated' ("bring water in the car")

Study: Driving While Dehydrated 'Just as Dangerous as Driving Intoxicated' ("bring water in the car") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
According to a recent study published in the journal Physiology and Behavior, driving while dehydrated is just as dangerous as driving drunk.

In addition to drivers not bringing adequate beverages on long road trips, many do not stop intermittently to drink fluids when thirsty. In a haste to reach their destination, some drivers avoid all food and drink throughout their road journey. Doing so, however, may prove to be a neglectful habit that can endanger themselves, other occupants, as well as other drivers on the road.

The environmental conditions within an automobile or truck can also be quite conducive toward causing dehydration. Particularly during the hot and sunny summer months, the ambient air in a vehicle will naturally be drying. Turning up the air conditioner to compensate for the radiant heat emitted from the hot, black roadways only further contributes to the dehydration phenomenon. Windy days will even further exacerbate the situation.

All taken together, the task of driving long distances, on roads that are often in disrepair is not as easy as it once was. The stresses, both physical and psychological, can take a toll in such a way that low level dehydration can easily result. For these and other safety reasons, it is highly advisable that water or other beverages be brought on any short or long distance trip so that they can be sipped on when needed.

Both caffeinated drinks and alcohol are highly discouraged for obvious reasons. Coffee is a diuretic as is black tea. Green tea would be the best choice in a glass-lined thermos. All forms of alcohol are not only diuretics, they also grossly impair judgment and slow down reaction time.

Of course, when significantly dehydrated behind the wheel, drinking practically any fluid (except alcohol) is preferable to not drinking at all.

Bert Guevara's insight:

If you drive in warm weather, make sure you have water in the car and remember to take a sip once in a while.

 

"Lemon water, orange juice, and grapefruit juice are some of the more healthful alternatives that can keep you hydrated at the wheel. So are various herbal teas which do not contain any diuretics. Diluted fruit juices can also serve to quench one’s thirst and somewhat satisfy the appetite when food stops are not taken.

"One of the quickest and best way to rehydrate is to drink coconut water while on the road. The fresher the coconut water, the better – as it will also help balance electrolytes as well as replace trace minerals. It will also stave off hunger attacks while driving."

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Study: Average Attention Span Now 8 Seconds - Lower than a Goldfish ("no longer than 1 paragraph")

Study: Average Attention Span Now 8 Seconds - Lower than a Goldfish ("no longer than 1 paragraph") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A study from Microsoft involving 2,000 people has found that the average attention span has dipped to a low 8 seconds - down from 12 seconds in 2000.

There are many effects from smartphones and the like on the human body which are never written about. Information technology (IT) is much more powerful in unrecognized ways than is generally acknowledged.

Because these various IT devices are often very close to a person’s body, they can and do have profound effects on the human bioelectric field. The key factor in this ever-intensifying dynamic between human and technology is the length of time of daily interaction.

In other words, picking up a cellphone to make a couple of calls a day is one thing; being tied to your smartphone 24 hour a day, 7 days a week is something altogether different. Herein lies one of the key causes of the shrinking attention span. Additionally, constant exposure to cell phones near our heads may be dangerous.

Attention span is connected directly to the presence of mind necessary to sincerely engage in person-to-person interaction. How often do the younger generations eschew the focus of personal interaction for the sake of not missing the internet happening of the day? Things are now moving so quickly that many within the younger generations do not want to miss out on anything.

Consequently, their attention spans are being shortened to accommodate that next “BIG” event which can only be experienced on the internet or by way of the smartphone.

The study also looked at how we use smartphones and found that 77 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds reach for their phone when they’re bored, 52 percent check their phone every 30 minutes or less, and 79 percent use their phone while they’re watching TV.”

Bert Guevara's insight:

Look at how technology has changed human behavior! Are you included in this?

 

“Our attention spans aren’t just down as a whole — we’re having trouble focusing in general. Forty-four percent of study participants said they have to concentrate really hard to stay focused on tasks, and 37 percent said they’re not able to make the best use of their time, which forces them to work late or on weekends. ...

"Effective stress management, or lack thereof, has always been a major contributor to the ability or inability to focus. This in turn affects our attention span. Unavoidably, attention spans will continue to shorten as long as information technology is allowed to intrude on our lives 24/7."

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Tongue Scraping: A Relatively Unknown Yet Very Important Health Practice ("better breath, taste")

Tongue Scraping: A Relatively Unknown Yet Very Important Health Practice ("better breath, taste") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
In some cultures, especially wherever Ayurveda is practiced, tongue scraping is considered equally important as teeth brushing. Should you be doing it?

Throughout various cultures in the world there are daily practices which are considered indispensable in order to maintain optimal health. In American society, brushing the teeth first thing in the morning is considered one of those absolute “do not miss.” In the Orient, especially wherever Ayurveda is practiced, tongue scraping is considered equally important as teeth brushing.

Because of what takes place in your mouth during a night’s sleep, it’s quite important that the tongue be scraped first thing each and every morning. There are different reasons for performing this health practice, as the following excerpt describes.

“Tongue scraping removes the nightly accumulations of toxins which inevitably coat the morning tongue. Don’t brush them off as they will only be pushed into the the top layer of the tongue.

If the tongue is coated with a white film in the morning it is a sign of the accumulation of toxins in the small intestine, large intestine and/or stomach. The location on the tongue will indicate which parts of the GI tract are dealing with the most toxicity.”

The silver tongue scraper in the photo below is very simply used by gently dragging it across the surface of the top of the tongue — from back to front — over the bathroom sink with warm water running for rinsing the scraper. Doing this a few times removes the white furry tongue growth which inevitably builds up after a night’s sleep.

Bert Guevara's insight:

There are actually five very good reasons for daily tongue scraping

#1 Improves the breath
#2 Improves your ability to taste
#3 Avoid toxins being reabsorbed into your body
#4 Improves dental health
#5 Get to know your tongue

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For the Longest Life: Your Waistline Should Be Half Your Height ("incentive for fitness")

For the Longest Life: Your Waistline Should Be Half Your Height ("incentive for fitness") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Want to know a newly found secret for living a long life? Research says the key to longevity is having a waist size that is no more than half your height.

Want to know a newly found secret for living a long and healthy life? Apparently it applies regardless of your age, gender, or ethnicity. The riddle of good health is solved in part with a simple formula, which predicts how many years of someone’s life will be lost to obesity. According to recent research, the key to longevity is having a waist size that is no more than half your height.

Here’s how you work out the formula for better health:

1. Measure the waist (circumference between the lowest rib and hip bone, around your middle), making sure not to breathe in to artificially expand your waistline.2. Subtract this number (in inches, centimeters, etc.) from your total height in the same way (inches, centimeters, etc.)

If your waistline is at least half your height or less, you can expect to live the average life expectancy of about 81. For every inch over the halfway point, you can expect to shave off several months, or even years from your total life span.

These calculations were devised by researchers at Cass Business School at City University, London who looked at the records of more than 300,000 adults with age differences spanning at least 20 years.

Dr Margaret Ashwell, the lead researchers of the study, said it should be used as a simple health check that anyone can do at home – and a simple reality check if your middle has started to bulge a bit.

Waist circumference is an important indicator of overall health because it shows the amount of central fat in the body – linked to high cholesterol, diabetes, and heart disease.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Have you checked your waistline lately? It may be the key to longer life.

 

Ashwell thinks the waist-to-height ratio is even more telling than the Body Mass Index (BMI) which is widely used by doctors today. She says if people rely on the BMI, they are not getting an accurate reading of their health.

Professor Les Mayhew, who was also involved in the study to be published by the Public Library of Science, said:

“There is now overwhelming evidence there should place greater emphasis on waist-to-height ratio as a screening tool.”



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Why They Didn’t Tell Us? A Beverage That Is 10,000 Times Stronger Than Chemotherapy!

Why They Didn’t Tell Us? A Beverage That Is 10,000 Times Stronger Than Chemotherapy! | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
We continue using chemotherapy even though there is no need! This drink saves lives and it has been proven in hundreds of studies, yet few people know that

The combination of lemon and baking soda are proven stronger “killer” cancer than chemotherapy for about a whopping 10,000 times. Why no one told us anything about this? Well, because there is no profit from healthy people.

They spend nothing. It’s that easy. Billions and billions of dollars that the pharmaceutical industry gets in their budget would no longer exist. Lemon is a proven anti-carcinogen. On the organism it produces a strongly alkaline environment in which cysts and tumors simply cannot dwell. Specifically, cysts and tumors feed on substances that create acidic environment in the body, and as long as the body is acidic tumor can grow. But as soon as you stop the flow of acidity in the body the tumor has no food and becomes stagnant. Therefore, soda combined with lemon is an exceptional fighter against cancer because of their effect is quite alkaline. Namely, combining it with coffee should be avoided and of course all the other ingredients of the body that creates an acidic environment and the result is certainly warranted. This magnificent fact discovered back in 1923 a German scientist Otto Heinrich Warburg, who for his cure for cancer even got the Nobel Prize, but nevertheless, people do not know the truth.

'And if you subtract 35% oxygen, cancer cells can create in just two days. Thus, the cause of cancer today is acidified organism and cells without oxygen. In his work “The metabolism of tumors,” Dr. Warburg showed that all carcinogenic forms fulfill two basic conditions: blood acidity and hypoxia (lack of oxygen). He found that the tumor cells are anaerobic (do not breathe oxygen) and cannot survive in the presence of high concentrations of oxygen. Tumor cells can survive only with the help of glucose in the environment without oxygen. Therefore, cancer is nothing but a defense mechanism, which our cells use to survive in an acidic environment without oxygen. What affects the acidification of the body and the occurrence of cancer? The answer is very simple: food. Most people today, unlike twenty years ago, are eating food that is acidifying the body so it is not surprising that the occurrence of this disease is in the systematic increase.

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Another natural anti-cancer that costs so little, but is so effective. Find out for yourself.


"This drink saves lives and it has been proven in hundreds of studies, yet few people know that the drink is so amazing. People simply do not believe, probably because it is a very accessible and cheap food, but it really is so. Did you know that lemon and baking soda can be stronger than chemotherapy?"

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10 Things That Are Germier Than a Toilet Seat ("being aware will make us conscious of hand washing")

10 Things That Are Germier Than a Toilet Seat ("being aware will make us conscious of hand washing") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
You touch these filthy items every day—and don't wash your hands afterward

1. Your cell phone

That thing you're pressing to your face? There's a 16 percent chance it has fecal matter on it, London researchers found.

2. Your grill

You probably cleaned your toilet more recently than you cleaned your grill—and that's not a wise choice, considering the latter comes in contact with your food. 

3. Your 'clean' laundry

Crap clings to your underwear, whether you can see it or not. 

4. Your toothbrush

When you flush your toilet, it can spray aerosolized droplets over 20 feet,

5. Your kitchen sponge

Your sponge is probably the nastiest thing in your kitchen. 

6. Elevator buttons

Going up? That elevator button could be crawling with more bacteria than a toilet, a new study from the University of Toronto found. 

7. Your keyboard

How often do you chow down a hoagie at your desk while tapping away at your computer?

8. The ATM

Each button you touch has an average of 1,200 germs—including cold and flu viruses and E. coli, according to University of Arizona researchers.

9. The gas pump

Don't munch on car snacks after filling up your tank. More than 70 percent of gas pump handles have germs that can spread disease, a Kimberley-Clarke study found.

10. Everything else in the bathroom

Your hands could actually be germier after washing them than they were before. That's no exaggeration:

Bert Guevara's insight:

Parents should teach all these to their children. Majority of adults are also unaware of these daily germ sources.

 

"Here's a disgusting fact: Fecal matter is everywhere. You're probably fastidious about washing your hands after using the bathroom, but what about after using your own cell phone? Your toothbrush? No? Well, E. coli could be stewing on both those things and other items that you get your paws on every day."

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10 things you touch frequently that are nastier than your toilet bowl.

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5 Foods We Thought Were Bad For Us, Now Turn Out to Be Good ("don't be deprived by myths; update menu")

5 Foods We Thought Were Bad For Us, Now Turn Out to Be Good ("don't be deprived by myths; update menu") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
And 4 other foods we are still debating.

Here are five nutritional flip-flops, and a few more where the jury is still out.

1. Eggs. There was a time not very long ago when eggs were looked upon as cardiovascular time bombs. High in dietary cholesterol, it was said that eating a lot of eggs would result in gummed-up arteries and a high risk of heart attack. Most recent studies, however, cast these assumptions aside. Unless you are diabetic, there is no evidence that dietary cholesterol results in plaque building up in your arteries (studies on diabetics have shown possible correlation but nothing definitive).

2. Saturated fat/red meat. Good and bad news about saturated fat has been bouncing to and fro like a ping-pong ball for several decades. One of our primary sources of saturated fat is red meat (burgers, steaks, beef hot dogs and the like). From the early- to mid-20th century, we were encouraged to consume lots of meat because it was a great source of protein, B vitamins and numerous other nutrients. 

3. Butter. Butter’s stock has gone up and down for 150 years. As far back as 1855, people were told to use oil instead of butter. Like a close-fought basketball game, the duel between margarine and butter has been classic, but it seems that butter has finally gained the upper hand. 

4. Coffee. For many years, coffee was the victim of flawed studies linking it to cancer and heart disease. Problem was, these studies did not take into account other factors, like coffee-drinkers might also be cigarette smokers. The result was that many people gave up coffee, albeit reluctantly.

5. Avocados. Only a few decades ago the avocado was considered a sinful treat. As studies coming out in the 1970s and '80s extolled the dangers of fat, the poor avocado suffered in silence as it was swept up in the low-fat tsunami of scientific opinion.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Eggs, red meat. saturated fat, butter, coffee, avocados. They are all good; just eat them all in moderation.

 

"Remember when eggs were bad for us before they were good for us? Or when certain heart disease was the devil’s bargain we made for loving a good cheeseburger? You may be excused for the vertigo you experience from all the flip-flops, twists and turns written over the years about the goodness or badness of any number of foods. For all of the “scientific” studies of nutrition and health, the bottom line is that we knowsomething about the food we eat. But truthfully, the science behind what we ingest and how it affects our health is in its infancy."

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9 ways to fall asleep faster - CNN.com ("urban stress & anx often deprive us of sleep")

9 ways to fall asleep faster - CNN.com ("urban stress & anx often deprive us of sleep") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Sweet dreams are made of these! If you're always wide awake at bedtime, here's expert advice for how to fall asleep fast tonight.

If you feel wide awake when your head hits the pillow at night, you're not alone. Approximately 60 million Americans report having experienced insomnia in any given year, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Even worse, 40 million Americans suffer from long-term sleep disorders.

Missing sleep is nothing to yawn about. "Chronic sleep deprivation has lots of negative consequences," says Sonia Ancoli-Israel, fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. She notes that the health risks associated with missed zzz's can include poor cognitive function, problems with attention and concentration, dementia and an increased risk of heart disease.

Are you getting enough shut-eye? Most adults need seven to eight hours of sleep a night, according to Dr. Ancoli-Israel. "People are so busy in their everyday lives and something has to give. They give up on sleep rather than something else," she says.

Even if you don't suffer from insomnia, odds are you've experienced nights when you've tossed and turned, wondering why you can't drift off. "Everyone has a bad night now and then," says Dr. Ancoli-Israel. But if you get tense and worried about not being able to sleep, your frustrated mindset could make it even harder to relax into slumber the following nights.

The consequences of missing even a few hours of sleep can be serious. Research shows that short-term sleep deprivation can cause you to crave high carbohydrate and high sugar foods. It can even make it harder to choose healthy options when grocery shopping. Plus, one sobering study revealed that drowsy drivers who had been awake for 18 hours were just as impaired as drivers who had been drinking.

 

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

Read about these 9 tips if you have troubling getting enough sleep.

 

1. Do a 60-minute wind-down.

2. Take a warm bath or shower.

3. Put on socks.

4. Try the 4-7-8 exercise.

5. Don't get in bed until you actually feel sleepy.

6. Practice calming techniques during the day, not at night.

7. Get out of bed.

8. Hide your clock.

9. Vent on paper.

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Here's Your New Science-Backed Reason to Eat More Cheese (it provides food for the good bacteria")

Here's Your New Science-Backed Reason to Eat More Cheese (it provides food for the good bacteria") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Your good bacteria love stinky fromage as much as you do

When people gorged on dairy products—but especially cheese—their microflora seemed to change. In their feces, researchers saw some metabolites that they know are related to the metabolism of the microflora: short-chain fatty acids like butyrate and propionate both appeared at increased concentrations compared to the control diet. They also had lower levels than the control group of TMAO, a metabolite produced when the body metabolizes choline, which is found in many animal-derived foods, especially red meat. (Lower levels seem to be a good thing; other research has shown that TMAO may help transport cholesterol to the arteries and predicts mortality rates.)

The findings suggest that cheese and milk might help modify the gut bacteria to decrease production of TMAO, the authors write. “I was surprised,” says study co-author Morten Rahr Clausen, a postdoc in the department of food science at Aarhus University in Denmark. “I didn’t expect to find anything in the cheese that would change the microflora.”

he researchers can’t be sure whether the increase in gut-friendly compounds came directly from the cheese or if they were formed by the microbiota, Clausen adds—but they could still have a beneficial effect either way. “I’m not completely sure why, but it seems like the cheese and also milk, but mainly cheese, affects the microbiota after eating cheese and that might affect the composition of the lipids in the blood,” he says.

The study adds a new dimension to our understanding how fermented milk products interact with the body. “The previous mechanism was that calcium binds the fatty acids and they’re just flushed through the gut,” he says. “Our study suggests another mechanism that the cheese might work through.”

Bert Guevara's insight:

True cheese is good; make sure its not "cheese food".


"The researchers can’t be sure whether the increase in gut-friendly compounds came directly from the cheese or if they were formed by the microbiota, Clausen adds—but they could still have a beneficial effect either way. “I’m not completely sure why, but it seems like the cheese and also milk, but mainly cheese, affects the microbiota after eating cheese and that might affect the composition of the lipids in the blood,” he says.

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We need to eat more cheese.

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The Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life ("less is better than none; little more won't hurt")

The Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life ("less is better than none; little more won't hurt") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Two new studies suggest that the ideal dose of exercise for a long life is a bit more than many of us currently believe we should get, but less than many of us might expect.

Exercise has had a Goldilocks problem, with experts debating just how much exercise is too little, too much or just the right amount to improve health and longevity. Two new, impressively large-scale studies provide some clarity, suggesting that the ideal dose of exercise for a long life is a bit more than many of us currently believe we should get, but less than many of us might expect. The studies also found that prolonged or intense exercise is unlikely to be harmful and could add years to people’s lives.

No one doubts, of course, that any amount of exercise is better than none. Like medicine, exercise is known to reduce risks for many diseases and premature death.

But whether that amount of exercise represents the least amount that someone should do — the minimum recommended dose — or the ideal amount has not been certain.

Scientists also have not known whether there is a safe upper limit on exercise, beyond which its effects become potentially dangerous; and whether some intensities of exercise are more effective than others at prolonging lives.

So the new studies, both of which were published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine, helpfully tackle those questions.

Bert Guevara's insight:

We all need to exercise -- no excuses.

"Exercise has had a Goldilocks problem, with experts debating just how much exercise is too little, too much or just the right amount to improve health and longevity. Two new, impressively large-scale studies provide some clarity, suggesting that the ideal dose of exercise for a long life is a bit more than many of us currently believe we should get, but less than many of us might expect. The studies also found that prolonged or intense exercise is unlikely to be harmful and could add years to people’s lives.

"No one doubts, of course, that any amount of exercise is better than none. Like medicine, exercise is known to reduce risks for many diseases and premature death."

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Why do we have allergies? ("it's not a disease; it is a protective body reaction to be controlled")

Why do we have allergies? ("it's not a disease; it is a protective body reaction to be controlled") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Allergic reactions to everything from pollen to peanuts make life a misery for millions. But why does our body over-react? Carl Zimmer reports.

Like many adaptations, allergies weren’t perfect. They lowered the odds of dying from toxins but didn’t eliminate the risk. And the immune system might sometimes round up a harmless molecular bystander when it responded to an allergy alarm. But overall, Medzhitov argues, the benefits of allergies outstripped their drawbacks.

That balance shifted with the rise of modern Western life, he adds. As we created more synthetic chemicals, we exposed ourselves to a wider range of compounds, each of which could potentially cause damage and trigger an allergic reaction. Our ancestors could avoid allergens by moving to the other side of the forest, but we can’t escape so easily. “In this particular case, the environment we’d have to avoid is living indoors,” 

Over the next few years, Medzhitov hopes to persuade sceptics with another experiment. It’s unlikely to end the debate, but positive results would bring many more people over to his way of thinking. And that might eventually lead to a revolution in the way we treat allergies.

But understanding the purpose of allergies could lead to dramatic changes in how they’re treated. “One implication of our view is that any attempt to completely block allergic defences would be a bad idea,” he said. Instead, allergists should be learning why a minority of people turn a protective response into a hypersensitive one. “It’s the same as with pain,” said Medzhitov. “No pain at all is deadly; normal pain is good; too much pain is bad.”

For now, however, Medzhitov would just be happy to get people to stop seeing allergies as a disease, despite the misery they cause. “You’re sneezing to protect yourself. The fact that you don’t like the sneezing, that’s tough luck,” he said, with a slight shrug. “Evolution doesn’t care how you feel.”

Bert Guevara's insight:

The debate goes on, but one school of thought says that allergies are natural body reactions to protect it against harm. It is not a disease that we can immune ourselves; but we have to learn how to use allergic reactions to strengthen the body.

"But understanding the purpose of allergies could lead to dramatic changes in how they’re treated. “One implication of our view is that any attempt to completely block allergic defences would be a bad idea,” he said. Instead, allergists should be learning why a minority of people turn a protective response into a hypersensitive one. “It’s the same as with pain,” said Medzhitov. “No pain at all is deadly; normal pain is good; too much pain is bad.”

"For now, however, Medzhitov would just be happy to get people to stop seeing allergies as a disease, despite the misery they cause. “You’re sneezing to protect yourself. The fact that you don’t like the sneezing, that’s tough luck,” he said, with a slight shrug. “Evolution doesn’t care how you feel.”

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5 Ways to Boost Happiness Naturally without Antidepressants ("be social, eat healthy & be physically fit")

5 Ways to Boost Happiness Naturally without Antidepressants ("be social, eat healthy & be physically fit") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Depression does not require antidepressants! Here are 5 things people can do to boost their happiness levels without ever popping a pharmaceutical pill.

1. The Easiest Way to Feel Better, by Far, is to Exercise. In study after study, scientists have proven that just moving your body makes you feel better. Exercise boosts dopamine levels and oxytocin levels – two hormones responsible for happiness and love; one dampens pain, the other makes you feel ‘bliss.’

 

2. Spend Time with Friends and Family - Spending time with friends and family or even interacting with social media friends across cyber space can boost levels of seratonin and oxytocin, and even help you to live longer.

 

3. Get Outside - The Science of Nature’s Influence on Your Health, Happiness and Vitality, believes that the energy from mountains, trees, plants and water can improve your sleep and mental outlook. 

 

4. Sleep More - Our circadian rhythms are absolutely vital to good mental health. 

 

5. Improve Your Diet - Foods for depression can be much more effective than a bottle of junk made by Big Pharma. ... Try leafy greens, nuts, and foods high in Omega 3s to get an immediate happiness boost.

Bert Guevara's insight:

If you are caught in the TRAP of urban life and can't find the happiness you are looking for, it is not too late to pause, pray and reflect; get counseling; take the NEW WAY. Don't rely on pills; they won't be enough.

"This pill-popping became the norm, even though clinical studies suggest there are numerous natural remedies that can help us feel better, without the pricey and life altering side-effects that many of these drugs can cause.

"Indeed, many individuals can find relief from depression with simple lifestyle changes, even just dietary changes. Even the spice turmeric has been shown to treat depression better than Prozac, one of the best selling, yet least effective anti-depressants of all time."

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The Organic Effect - YouTube ("this family took a urine test & discovered the toxins they ate daily")

Want to know what happens in your body when you switch from eating conventional food to organic? Watch this! The study was conducted by the Swedish Environme...

We use all of the below listed chemicals together, too, and we don’t really know what their synergistic results are:

Insecticides, the most widely used of all types of pesticides invented to kill insects, but are likely killing beneficial creatures likes bees and butterflies.Herbicides meant to destroy weeds or unwanted vegetation.Fungicides meant to protect seeds against fungi living in soils.Bactericides that were supposed to control harmful bacteria but have given rise to super-bugs and antibiotic resistant bugs that don’t respond to medicine.Virucides to suppress viruses which have also contributed to very strong mutant viral strains.Nematicides meant to control nematodes (roundworms).Miticides to kill mites and ticks.Rodenticides meant to control rodents.

All these chemicals are pervasive in our environment.

The brief, 90-second video above explains what happens to a Nordic family of five when everyone – children included – test their urine before starting an all organic diet, and after. What they find is absolutely incredible. You’ll never want to eat conventional foods again.

This family could be yours. It could be in the United States, South America, Japan, China , Africa – anywhere.

Watch the 90-second video; it could be the trigger that helps change your life for the better.

Bert Guevara's insight:

This video tells it all! I suggest you watch it and discover the effect of buying commercial cheap food.

In the Philippines, it is now common to hear young people afflicted with cancer and other life-threatening anomalies.

 

"As said by Dr. Jesse Henley, pesticides kill pests by damaging their cellular structure. Though pesticides, fungicides, growth regulators, and herbicides were meant to control how a plant grows, there is no doubt that they affect us too – and we are using more pesticides and herbicides than ever.

"Strangely, these chemicals aren’t destroying pests – they are likely destroying us."

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Don't we all eat about the same things.

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Forget Crest and Colgate - Use Coconut Oil Toothpaste! ("here's a DIY coco-toothpaste that's natural")

Forget Crest and Colgate - Use Coconut Oil Toothpaste! ("here's a DIY coco-toothpaste that's natural") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Did you know that mainstream toothpastes expose your body to several unwanted toxins? Here is why you need to use coconut oil toothpaste instead.

Mainstream toothpastes contains sodium fluoride, an added ingredient that is also used as rat poison. Replacing your toothpaste that contains this toxic industrial byproduct that detrimentally affects your brain with a natural bacteria-killing, Alzheimer’s-reversing substance is much more appealing, isn’t it? Coconut oil cleans the mouth and also acts as an antibacterial to help keep plaque build up from forming on your precious pearly whites. This is why some choose coconut oil when performing the healthy practice of oil pulling.Why use a substance to clean your teeth that has been linked to tumor-formation in rats? FD&C Blue Dye #1 and 2 are used in toothpaste and other food products and even given the FDA’s stamp of approval, but they are no good for your health and certainly shouldn’t be used on a daily basis. Coconut oil is a holistic remedy for bleeding gums, a sore jaw, and dryness of the lips, tongue and mouth. Does your toothpaste do that for you?If you use name-brand toothpastes – they likely contain triclosan, a known endocrine disruptor. When the endocrine system isn’t working right, your hormones are basically going to be in a free-fall. Ditch the triclosan and use coconut oil since it can actually help remove sensitivity from teeth and make them stronger.Instead of using toothpastes that contain foaming agents in the form of sodium laurel sulfate (SLS) that have been linked to the formation of cancer sores, try using a coconut oil massage or coconut oil pulling. This practice can significantly reduce decay-causing Streptococcus mutan, a bacteria which causes plaque and you guessed it – strep throat.

Bert Guevara's insight:

How to Make Coconut Oil Toothpaste

As coconut oil has been hailed as a ‘miracle dental breakthrough,’ it’s time to start creating your own coconut oil toothpaste. The recipe for creating this toothpaste varies from household to household, however the list of following ingredients as well as the instructions are generally agreed upon. Of course you could always do more research into what people use and make your own alterations.

Ingredients for Coconut Oil Toothpaste

- 6 tbsp coconut oil

- 6 tbsp baking soda

- 25 drops essential oil (whatever you prefer, peppermint, eucalyptus, grapefruit, cinnamon, etc. Optional.)

- 1 tsp stevia (also optional)

 

Directions for Coconut Oil Toothpaste

1. Mix baking soda and coconut oil in a bowel or small container until it forms a paste or creamy-like consistency. You can start by heating the coconut oil so it’s easier to work with.

2. Add the essential oil and/or stevia and mix.

3. Pour into a mason jar and seal it up until ready to use.

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Coconut oil over fluoride?

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Inhaler ban raises costs for people with asthma ("more reasons to clean the air we breathe")

Inhaler ban raises costs for people with asthma ("more reasons to clean the air we breathe") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A 2008 ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has ended up being particularly costly for people with asthma.

A 2008 ban on chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) has ended up being particularly costly for people with asthma.

The ban changed the type of albuterol inhaler available in the U.S., and since then costs have gone up and inhaler use has gone down, according to a new study.

Albuterol inhalers prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness due to asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Generic albuterol inhalers using CFCs were banned and were replaced by more expensive inhalers using hydrofluoroalkane (HFA).

Chlorofluorocarbons deplete the ozone layer and have been gradually phased out of use since 1987, but until 2005 the Food and Drug Administration had said CFC inhalers are essential medicines, so they were exempt.

The FDA reversed that decision in 2005 and CFC albuterol inhalers were no longer manufactured, the authors explain in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The active medication in the replacement HFA inhalers is exactly the same. Only the propellant has been changed, according to Dr. Rita F. Redberg of the University of California, San Francisco, who wrote a commentary accompanying the new study.

The inhaler switch “had minimal or no environmental benefits, but great benefits to pharmaceutical companies,” Redberg told Reuters Health by phone.

Since the HFA inhalers are newer and still under patent, these branded inhalers are more expensive than the CFC generics had been.

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

This is another case of protecting the environment vs the cost to man. There must be a better and cheaper way of making inhalers for people with asthma.

 

“Here’s an example of a really well intended public policy geared toward improving the environment, but the question is in this particular case whether or not the reduction in use of these propellants was worth it,” he said.

"About 20 million people in the U.S. have asthma, and their use of these inhalers probably does not have a significant effect on the ozone layer, he said."

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How Music 'Radically' Improves the Brain, Dementia, and Alzheimer's ("turn off noise; bring on music")

How Music 'Radically' Improves the Brain, Dementia, and Alzheimer's ("turn off noise; bring on music") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A scientific research study has now shown how serious mental afflictions like Alzheimer's disease can be treated with certain kinds of music.

Music therapy has proven to be an extraordinary healing modality for many years now. Those fortunate individuals who have music in their life on a regular basis typically have a more positive frame of mind and emotional comportment. Truly uplifting music triggers a whole set of favorable responses from the human body and psyche.

A scientific research study has now shown how serious mental afflictions can also be treated with certain kinds of music. As the following excerpt demonstrates, both dementia and Alzheimer’s disease have been shown to respond quite favorably for those who really “belt out their favorite show tunes.”

“A recent research study found that those suffering from moderate to severe dementia did particularly well singing show tunes from movies and musicals such as ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Oklahoma!’ in group settings and had a marked improvement in their remembering skills versus those who simply listened during the sing-alongs.”

There is an evolving school of healing which recognizes the integral role that the mind and emotions play in the development of disease. This school of Mind/Body/Spirit Medicine also recognizes the beneficial effects that sound healing and music therapy can have on all sorts of diseases and illnesses.

Not only have serious diseases gone into remission, but chronic degenerative disease can see dramatic improvement with a steady ‘diet’ of emotionally moving and uplifting music.

Bert Guevara's insight:

For aging adults, it's time to invest in quality music. Buy good speakers or headphones. Start looking for downloadable music; a lot of old tunes are free anyway. Turn off the news in the evening and spend time listening to the music you like.

 

"If music, song, and dance can produce these kinds of positive effects for people who are ailing, think of what uplifting music can do as a preventative measure. Getting a daily dose of music might very well be one of the best lifestyle practices that an individual can engage.

Perhaps a new twist on the old adage will emerge in healthcare circles that goes something like this: “Singing a happy song a day keeps the doctor away.” Wouldn’t that be great?"

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Organic Gardening - National Wildlife Federation ("learn some tips in managing your organic garden")

Organic Gardening - National Wildlife Federation ("learn some tips in managing your organic garden") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Learn some organic gardening tips.

Eliminating Pesticides

In the natural world, virtually everything is sought out and "eaten" by something else. In the American garden, insecticides, fungicides and herbicides often take the place of healthy soil and mechanical and natural controls. Pesticides are meant to kill. If there is a safe pesticide, it is one that kills only the target organism and leaves no trace in the environment. Few pesticides meet these very selective criteria.

Eliminating Fertilizers

Most commercial fertilizers boost plant growth rapidly. Too commonly, these high potency fertilizers are used in excess, and end up as phosphorus and nitrate pollution of ground water and small streams. Poisoning of aquatic life and severe oxygen deficiencies may result from these chemicals reaching our water sources.

Organic Pest Control Tips

Prevention:

Talk with your neighbors about not using chemical pesticides.

Plant native plants which can hold their own against native pests.

Build healthy soil to have strong healthy plants - compost.

Gradually eliminate plants that always get sick - they are probably not native.

Weatherstrip your house at windows and doors to keep pests out and heat/ac in.

For aphids, do not over fertilize with nitrogen because they seek fresh plant growth.

Attract birds to your yard by planting appropriate plants.

Prune and destroy infested wood.

Remove garden debris like old boards so slugs don't have a wet spot to live.

Get to know your beneficial bugs and don't hurt them!

Craneflies and moles live in the lawn, so reduce your lawn size.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Managing your organic garden needs a lot of common sense and some simple science. Check out these tips.

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The Truth behind 5 Food Myths ("live free from food myths and enjoy your meals without the guilt")

The Truth behind 5 Food Myths ("live free from food myths and enjoy your meals without the guilt") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Think sweet potatoes are superior to regular potatoes, and red meat will kill you? You may want to read this

Myth #1: "High protein intake is harmful to your kidneys."

What science really shows: Nearly 2 decades ago, Dutch researchers found that while a protein-rich meal did boost GFR, it didn't have an adverse effect on overall kidney function.

 

Myth #2: "Sweet potatoes are better for you than white potatoes."

What science really shows: White potatoes and sweet potatoes have complementary nutritional differences; one isn't necessarily better than the other.

 

Myth #3: "Red meat causes cancer."

What science really shows: No study has ever found a direct cause-and-effect relationship between red-meat consumption and cancer.

 

Myth #4: "High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is more fattening than regular sugar is."

What science really shows: Both HFCS and sucrose—better known as table sugar—contain similar amounts of fructose. 

 

Myth #5: "Salt causes high blood pressure and should be avoided."

What science really shows: Large-scale scientific reviews have determined there's no reason for people with normal blood pressure to restrict their sodium intake.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Update you diet restrictions and free yourselves of food myths. Find out if you have also been stuck with beliefs that need to be replaced.

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12 Proven Benefits of Avocado (No. 5 is Very Impressive) [you may not have heard of its super benefits]

12 Proven Benefits of Avocado (No. 5 is Very Impressive) [you may not have heard of its super benefits] | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it

Here are 12 health benefits of avocado, that are supported by scientific research.

1. Avocado is Incredibly Nutritious

 

2. They Contain More Potassium Than Bananas

 

3. Avocado is Loaded With Heart-Healthy Monounsaturated Fatty Acids

 

4. Avocados Are Loaded With Fiber

 

5. Eating Avocados Can Lower Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels

 

6. People Who Eat Avocados Tend to be Healthier

 

7. The Fat in Them Can Help You Absorb Nutrients From Plant Foods

 

8. Avocados Are Loaded With Powerful Antioxidants That Can Protect The Eyes

 

9. Avocado May Help Prevent Cancer

 

10. Avocado Extract May Help Relieve Symptoms of Arthritis  

 

11. Eating Avocado May Help You Lose Weight

 

12. Avocado is Delicious and Easy to Incorporate in The Diet

 

 

Bert Guevara's insight:

In case you are still doubting the properties of this super fruit, here are scientific findings of how nutritious is the avocado.

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Some of these facts you may already know,

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Test finds 60% of raw shrimp tainted with bacteria, including superbug MRSA ("better if from the wild")

Test finds 60% of raw shrimp tainted with bacteria, including superbug MRSA ("better if from the wild") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A jumbo problem?

If you’re one of many people who eat shrimp regularly, this may give you pause: A new study by Consumer Reports found that 60% of the raw shrimp that it tested was tainted with bacteria, including some with a dangerous, drug-resistant strain.

Most shrimp is farmed in exporting countries like Thailand, Vietnam, India, and Indonesia, which provide 94% of the US supply. And conditions are pretty gross: If ponds aren’t properly managed, “a sludge of fecal matter, chemicals and excess food can build up and decay,” Consumer Reports said in its study, “How Safe is Your Shrimp?” Shrimp are often given heavy doses of antibiotics to ward off bacteria and algae that thrive in their crowded tanks and ponds.

Shrimp exports from the three biggest exporters—Thailand, Vietnam and China—have suffered in recent years due to an outbreak of early mortality syndrome (EMS), a bacterial disease, which has hurt restaurant chains like Red Lobster.

Consumer Reports tested 342 frozen samples purchased from supermarkets and other food retailers in 27 US cities. Sixty percent were contaminated with bacteria like salmonella, E. coli, and listeria. Two percent of the samples tested positive for the superbug MRSA(Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), a scary strain of drug-resistant bacteria that causes hard-to-treat, life-threatening infections. Three percent of samples had illegally high levels of antibiotic residue.

Raw, farmed shrimp from Bangladesh and India were the most likely to carry bacteria, with 83% and 74% tainted, respectively. Raw, wild-caught shrimp from Argentina and the United States were the least likely to be tainted, at 33% and 20%, respectively.

But the presence of drug-resistant strains suggests that shrimp farms are overusing antibiotics, which can give rise to more dangerous and hard-to-treat superbugs strains.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Shrimp tastes so good, demand is high; so they have to farm it. There lies the problem. Farmed shrimp has its problems, specially if eaten raw.

 

"Harmful bacteria can be neutralized if shrimp are cooked properly—though they can still contaminate other food if they are not prepared carefully. And finding that 60% of shrimp had some levels of bacteria pales in comparison to some other foods: a similar Consumer Reports study found 97% of raw chicken contained harmful bacteria.

"But the presence of drug-resistant strains suggests that shrimp farms are overusing antibiotics, which can give rise to more dangerous and hard-to-treat superbugs strains.

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Organic Food Industry Explodes as Consumer Demand Spikes » EcoWatch ("wiser buyers spend for health")

Organic Food Industry Explodes as Consumer Demand Spikes » EcoWatch ("wiser buyers spend for health") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A new report from the Organic Trade Association shows organic food sales in 2014 were the highest ever. The USDA will propose standards for organic seafood

Fruits and vegetables—the number one selling organic category—raked in $13 billion in sales, a 12 percent increase from the prior year. Organic fruits and vegetables now account for 12 percent of all produce sold in the nation. Organic dairy also jumped 11 percent in sales last year to $5.46 billion, the biggest percentage increase for that category in six years. Organic food has consistently far outshone the three percent growth pace for the total food industry, the OTA said.

There are many reasons why more consumers are buying organic, including the perception that it’s healthier, more sustainable and has fewer pesticides. As we previously reported, the Rodale Institute found that there is 7 percent pesticide residue in organic foods as opposed to 38 percent in conventional produce.

The U.S. is the top grower of corn and soybeans in the world and yet we are importing these products because about 90 percent of U.S. corn and soybeans are genetically modified, and thus, cannot be certified as organic. As a result, imports to the U.S. of Romanian corn rose to $11.6 million in 2014 from $545,000 the year before and soybean imports from India more than doubled to $73.8 million, according to Bloomberg News.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Consumer education leads to a greater demand for better products. Organic food will find its place in every table as health concerns influence spending patterns. This trend is happening in most countries, including the Philippines.

 

"Looks like organic food has gone from a new-age trend to a staple in supermarkets and many American diets. According to a new analysis from the Organic Trade Association (OTA), organicfood sales in 2014 jumped 11 percent to $35.9 billion, claiming almost 5 percent of the total food sales in the U.S."

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Sound reasons for this to happen,

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Man Reverses Stage IV Prostate Cancer with Baking Soda and Molasses ("cheap natural medicine works")

Man Reverses Stage IV Prostate Cancer with Baking Soda and Molasses ("cheap natural medicine works") | 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.

Vernon did not undergo any harmful orthodox treatments after he was diagnosed. That meant his alternative therapy would be more effective. He optimistically ordered the cesium chloride, but it got lost in the mail. So he frantically looked for another source of raising his pH level into the alkaline range.

That’s when he discovered the remedy of baking soda 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.

Cancer cells reportedly thrive on fermenting sugar instead of respirating oxygen for their survival. Maple syrup acts like a Trojan horse to allow high pH bicarbonate of soda to enter cancer cells and shock them with a sudden surge of alkalinity to oxygenate them and lead to their demise.

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 and make your own conclusions.


"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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Why You Should Be Eating Watermelon Seeds, Instead Of Spitting Them Out ("just like eating peanuts")

Why You Should Be Eating Watermelon Seeds, Instead Of Spitting Them Out ("just like eating peanuts") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
They've got protein, people!...

You may have once believed that swallowing a watermelon seed would ignite the growth of an enormous fruit inside your belly. So instead of ingesting, you diligently plucked out each individual seed before chomping into the juicy fruit. Or you kept an arsenal of seeds in the pocket of your cheek to use as spitting ammo against your older brother.

But these seeds will not bud fruit inside your body and they shouldn't be tossed or shot at an annoying sibling. Instead, they should be eaten. (Here's the catch: You shouldn't eat them straight from the fruit. To make the most of them, the seeds need to be sprouted and shelled.) Once sprouted, shelled and dried, watermelon seeds become edible, protein-packed treasures. Just a one-ounce serving (about 1/8 of a cup) boasts 10 grams of protein -- comparable to the amount found in your Greek yogurt breakfast.

"Sprouted" seeds are germinated and oftentimes are higher in nutrients than their non-sprouted versions. Sprouting removes compounds in the food that make it difficult to absorb all of its nutrients, increases nutrient density and makes the food easier to digest. In the case of watermelon, the seeds are stripped of their black shells and resemble seeds.

But any old seed this is not. Truly, these seeds are a robust snack: They're packed with protein, vitamin B, magnesium, and monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, inflammation and risk for heart disease and stroke.

If you've ever daringly chewed on a seed while munching on the fruit, you know they taste nothing like watermelon. Watermelon seeds are most similar to sunflower seeds in flavor, but a little less nutty and thick. They'd taste great topped on salads, blended into trail mix or eaten out of the palm of your very own hand.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Butong pakwan mabuti sa katawan.


"Truly, these seeds are a robust snack: They're packed with protein, vitamin B, magnesium, and monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, inflammation and risk for heart disease and stroke."

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Nuts Are a Nutritional Powerhouse ("going nuts over peanuts & other nuts for longer life")

Nuts Are a Nutritional Powerhouse ("going nuts over peanuts & other nuts for longer life") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A series of studies found that the more nuts people consumed, the less likely they were to die at any given age, across classes and ethnic groups.

However, these studies were conducted almost entirely among relatively well-to-do, well educated, white individuals, and despite the researchers’ care in controlling for other factors that could have influenced the results, there remained the possibility that characteristics of the participants other than nut consumption could account for their reduced death rates.

Now, strong links between nuts and peanuts and better health have also been found in a major study of people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and varied ethnic groups — blacks, whites and Asians — many of whom had serious risk factors for premature death, like smoking, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.

The results were published in March in JAMA Internal Medicine by researchers at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Their study, conducted among more than 200,000 men and women in the Southern United States and Shanghai, found that the more nuts people consumed, the lower their death rates from all causes and especially from heart disease and stroke.

And while it is true that more people today are allergic to nuts, and to peanuts in particular, than ever before, two recent studies have pointed to ways that may prevent children from developing a nut allergy. The first study, published last year in JAMA Pediatrics, found that women who consumed the most nuts or peanuts during their pregnancies were least likely to have children with this allergy. The reduction in risk was highest among children whose mothers ate nuts five or more times a month.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Going nuts for a longer life.

"... Dr. Mattes and colleagues reported that consuming peanut butter or peanuts for breakfast helps to control hunger, stabilizing blood sugar and reducing the desire to eat for up to 8 to 12 hours. (My favorite breakfast: half a banana, sliced, with each slice topped by a half-teaspoon of crunchy peanut butter.)

"Nuts are also rich sources of dietary fiber, and almonds, Brazil nuts, peanuts and walnuts may actually help prevent constipation, countering my long-held concerns about their effects on digestion. Other beneficial substances in nuts include vitamins, antioxidants and other phytochemicals. All of which adds up to nuts as a nutritional powerhouse."

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