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There’s reason to be optimistic this Earth Day ("climate issues reach mainstream concern")

There’s reason to be optimistic this Earth Day ("climate issues reach mainstream concern") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Guest post by Mark Tercek, The Nature Conservancy's President and CEO.
Earth Day is tomorrow. Yes, people and nature around the world face grim threats due to rising temperatures, increasingly frequent and intense natural disasters and increased demand for food, water, land and energy. But before you get too depressed, let me explain why this Earth Day, I’m optimistic. Poll after poll shows immensely broad and diverse support for conservation. We have seen a surge in protected areas around the world. More and more communities are incorporating nature into their planning to reduce risks from natural disasters. Outside the U.S., climate change is at the forefront of many national agendas and has transcended political divisions. And thanks to advances in science and technology, we know more about the environmental challenges we face than ever before—and how to address them. So what can we do to build on this momentum to keep April 22 as a day to celebrate? The complex challenges we face require a broad array of solutions. And I say the more solutions the better—it's encouraging to know that a diverse community of environmental NGOs is addressing these challenges from a variety of angles. While our approaches may differ, we are all working toward the same ultimate goal: a verdant, healthy planet where both people and nature thrive.
Bert Guevara's insight:
So what can you do this Earth Day to help protect, transform and inspire? First, support the environmental organization of your choice. Second, get engaged. Third, get young kids outdoors.
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Flourless Ginger Turmeric Cookies ("definitely healthy for the family")

Flourless Ginger Turmeric Cookies ("definitely healthy for the family") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
The Free Coconut Recipes Blog of Tropical Traditions, including gluten free recipes using coconut flour. : Flourless Ginger Turmeric Cookies

Servings: 15
Preparation Time: 10 minutes

 

1 cup coconut butter, softened (also known as coconut cream concentrate)*

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 heaping teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon turmeric powder

1/8 teaspoon or more black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees ºF.

Place the coconut butter, egg and vanilla in a food processor and combine.

Add in the sweetener, soda and all spices, blend until combined. 

Form dough into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Press each cookie down with your palm, these don't spread much

Bake in preheated oven 10-15 minutes or until a bit brown.

These cookies are fragile when warm, so let them cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheet. Remove and let them cool completely on a cooling rack. They will harden up as they cool.

Store in an airtight container.

Bert Guevara's insight:

This is a good way of taking turmeric - through biscuits.

An easy recipe for the health conscious.

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5 Big Benefits Of Coconut Oil

5 Big Benefits Of Coconut Oil | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
If it's not in your kitchen cabinet already, consider adding coconut oil to your collection....

To simplify things, here's an overview of some of the coconut oil's most noteworthy benefits:

Easy-to-Use Energy Source
Lauric acid, the predominant saturated fat in coconut oil, is a medium-chain fatty acid. The body uses these types of fatty acids differently than the long-chain fatty acids that make up a large percentage of other dietary fats. Medium-chain fatty acids are processed by the liver and are quickly converted into energy by our cells, which is why studies like this one from 2003, and another from 2008, suggest that these particular fatty acids may be beneficial for weight loss -- in moderation of course.

Good Cholesterol Booster
As far as blood cholesterol levels are concerned, consumption of solid fats like coconut oil that are rich in lauric acid have been linked to increases in both "good" (HDL) and "bad" (LDL) cholesterol levels. Though your "bad" cholesterol may go up, so should your good cholesterol. The evidence suggests coconut oil may have a neutral, or even slightly beneficial effect on cholesterol levels when used in place of other saturated, ortrans-fats.

Antimicrobial and Antioxidant Advantages
Coconut oil has long been revered for its bug-fighting properties. Though more research needs to be done in this area, coconut oil contains compounds thought to prevent or fight certain viral, bacterial and fungal infections like the flu, bronchitis, yeast infections, acne and more. Additionally, coconut oil, particularly unrefined or virgin coconut oil, contains phenolic compounds which have protective, antioxidant properties.

Convenient for Cooking
As far as cooking benefits are concerned, coconut oil is a more solid oil that is both mild in flavor and fairly heat stable. It works well for a variety of dishes, particularly baked goods and medium-heat sautes. The mild taste makes it a popular choice for curries or other dishes that benefit from a hint of tropical flavor.
Simple Skincare Solution
Coconut oil has benefits beyond food and nutrition. It doubles as a great make-up remover and moisturizer, especially during cold winter months when skin is more susceptible to dryness and cracking.

Bert Guevara's insight:

So, is coconut oil all it's cracked up to be?

Due to its high lauric acid content, virgin coconut oil is a great substitute for other types of saturated fats, such as lard and butter, and trans fats, such as vegetable shortening. But, despite having several great qualities, coconut oil is still a fat, and all fats are calorie-dense so it's best to use in moderation.

Which brings me to my next point. It's great for cooking, but should it be the only oil you use?

For beauty purposes it can be, but it's probably best not to rely on just one cooking oil. Using it in addition to other types of cooking oils will not only produce better results depending on the type of dish you're preparing, but will also provide a variety of other important fats, like those heart-healthy Omega-3s.

Bottom Line: If it's not in your kitchen cabinet already, consider adding coconut oil to your collection.

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4 Natural Food-Solutions for Boosting Brain Health ("to counter noise effects, try food boosters")

4 Natural Food-Solutions for Boosting Brain Health ("to counter noise effects, try food boosters") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Want to keep your brain healthy but don’t know where to start? In addition to exercising regularly, begin eating these 4 foods to preserve brain health.
1. Hot Chocolate

Really? Hot chocolate for brain health? Yes, researchers with Harvard Medical School found last year that a few cups of hot cocoa each day could help memory and fight cognitive decline in the elderly.

2. Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba has long been recognized as a food-solution for brain health. You can find it in nearly any drug store, sold as a supplement. One of the oldest trees in the world and originating in China, ginkgo biloba can be found in nearly any drug store sold as a supplement.

3. Coconut Oil

In just a single daily serving, coconut oil can begin repairing neural pathways, improving memory and brain function, according to a report from Christina Sarich. Sarich says it’s the medium chain triglycerides that can be credited with the health benefits. These fatty acids are not only good for your brain, but your entire body, even working to reduce belly fat.

4. Spirulina

An algae which has been around since at least 9th century, when it was used in the Kanem Empire of Chad in Africa, spirulina has been shown to destroy cancer, cleanse the body of heavy metals, and boost academic performance.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Are you feeling any memory gaps and slowing down of the brain functions?

"Truthfully, staving off cognitive decline isn’t terribly difficult – it just takes a little knowledge and effort. Eating healthful foods in general while avoiding processed junk is always a great advice for boosting any aspect of health, and that is true here as well. Though there are indeed some specific foods that can help more than others."

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Consistent Loud Noises Hurt Brain’s Ability to Function ("damage to the ear & brain may be permanent")

Consistent Loud Noises Hurt Brain’s Ability to Function ("damage to the ear & brain may be permanent") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Noise pollution is more than annoying. Researchers found that consistent loud noises hurt the brain’s ability to function, especially when decoding speech.


Noise is defined as any unwanted sound – it can be a jack hammer incessantly drilling away on the roads outside your apartment on a busy city street: the sound of loud, irritating cell phone ringing, the low hum of a train, or monorail that is located near your domicile. It could even be the decibel-shattering music coming from that car next to you on your morning commute.
Increased urbanization has led to more sound pollution, and while scientists already figured out that this unwanted noise can lead to sleep deprivation, concentration issues, headaches, and irritability, UTD scientists now say it can even impair how our brain processes human speech in a quiet environment.
Consistent loud sounds damage the tiny hairs in our ears that act as receptors. Once they are damaged, they can’t grow back.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Sound and noise pollution may be all around, you don't mind it anymore. But it has serious effects to the brain.

"Increased urbanization has led to more sound pollution, and while scientists already figured out that this unwanted noise can lead to sleep deprivation, concentration issues, headaches, and irritability, UTD scientists now say it can even impair how our brain processes human speech in a quiet environment."

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5 Foods to Eat for Cancer Prevention ("can be included in regular diet, cheap and easy to find")

5 Foods to Eat for Cancer Prevention ("can be included in regular diet, cheap and easy to find") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Many of the top researched cancer-fighting foods are easy to find and simple to incorporate into your diet. Here are 5 foods to eat for cancer prevention.
1. Foods Rich in Lycopene

A recent study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute specifically looked at the effects of lycopene on angiogenesis in prostate cancer. They found remarkable results, determining “lycopene was associated with reduced risk of lethal prostate cancer and with a lesser degree of angiogenesis in the tumor.”

So, what foods give you the most lycopene? Tomatoes are a great source and are widely available. Other good sources of lycopene include: watermelon, guava, papaya, red bell peppers, asparagus, mango, and red cabbage.

2. Turmeric

Turmeric is one of the most powerful, researched anti-cancer foods out there. Its active component curcumin has been found to reduce certain types of tumors by 81%! Researchers at UCLA found that curcumin is the component harnessing the ability to actually block cancer growth. Not surprisingly, the cancer-fighting ability that turmeric possesses makes up only a single facet of the many benefits of turmeric.

3. Garlic4. Ginger5. Cruciferous Vegetables
Bert Guevara's insight:

Eating more of these powerful foods could reduce your risk of developing obesity, heart disease, and even cancer. Luckily, many of the top researched cancer-fighting foods are both easy to find and simple to incorporate into your diet.

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These healing foods have been shown to have strong cancer-preventing properties. 

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3 Reasons To Keep Your Phone Away from the Bed ("change a dangerous habit before it hurts you")

3 Reasons To Keep Your Phone Away from the Bed ("change a dangerous habit before it hurts you") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Ever fall asleep while Insta-scrolling on your smartphone—or purposely leave it on your bed while you snooze? You’re not alone: 44% of cell phone owners…

You’re not alone: 44% of cell phone owners have slept with their phone next to their bed to make sure they didn’t miss any crucial calls or texts, according to the Pew Internet Project. But while you may have good intentions, snuggling up to your phone could be hazardous to your health.

You could set your pillow on fireYou could keep yourself awake


The health risks of cell phones are murky



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Organic Food Contains up to 60 Percent More Antioxidants - Epoch Times (like eating 2 more portions")

Organic Food Contains up to 60 Percent More Antioxidants - Epoch Times (like eating 2 more portions") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Organic Food Contains up to 60 Percent More Antioxidants
Epoch Times
Organic food really is better for you, revealed the largest review of published data on organic food ever conducted.

They determined that, overall, organic produce contains between 18 and 69 percent higher polyphenolic content compared to conventional produce, which is substantial considering the amazing health benefits of this class of antioxidants. Polyphenols, as you may already know, have been linked to a reduced risk of chronic disease, including serious cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as cancer.

Organic produce is so superior, in fact, that eating it is like eating 1-2 extra portions of fruit and vegetables daily, admit researchers. In other words, eating one organic apple may be the nutritional equivalent of eating three conventional apples, at least as far as antioxidant levels are concerned.

During the Newcastle review, scientists found that organic produce contained up to 50 percent less cadmium than conventional produce. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists cadmium as among the 275 most hazardous substances on Earth, and chronic exposure to it through food is known to inhibit calcium metabolism, damage kidneys, induce lung damage and even cause autism.

Similarly, organic produce was found to contain significantly lower levels of pesticide and herbicide residues. Conventional produce, it turns out, often contains up to four times more chemical residue than organic produce, which is reason enough to skip what the factory farms are producing and stick with the clean stuff, even if it’s slightly more expensive.


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Why go to all the trouble of eating organic?

“This study demonstrates that choosing food produced according to organic standards can lead to increased intake of nutritionally desirable antioxidants and reduced exposure to toxic heavy metals,” stated Prof. Carlo Leifert, lead author of the study. “This constitutes an important addition to the information currently available to consumers which until now has been confusing and in many cases is conflicting.”

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Eating Fish Makes Your Brain Healthier, Study Says - TIME ("sorry, fried fish sticks don't count")

Eating Fish Makes Your Brain Healthier, Study Says - TIME ("sorry, fried fish sticks don't count") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
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Eating Fish Makes Your Brain Healthier, Study Says
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Eating fish is linked to more gray matter in the part of the brain that controls memory, according to a new study.

As the number of people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s continues to grow, identifying lifestyle modifications that benefit the brain is a popular area of research. In the study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers looked at 260 people who reported their diets and underwent MRI scans, and discovered that those who ate baked or broiled fish weekly had more gray matter in their brains, which could mean better memory (sorry, fried fish sticks don’t count).

Interestingly, the researchers actually did not find an association between how the brains looked and the levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the participants’ blood. Prior studies have found that omega-3 fatty acids, commonly found in foods like fish and nuts prevent brain decline, but more recent research is questioning their effect, since omega-3 supplements do not always have an effect on memory loss. The researchers concluded there are likely other perks from eating fish besides their omega-3s.

The findings, like many others before this study, show that lifestyle behaviors really do matter when it comes to memory and overall health.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Eating home-cooked fish benefits the brain better than taking just the omega-3.

"... that those who ate baked or broiled fish weekly had more gray matter in their brains, which could mean better memory..."

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Ancient Medicine Uses Ginger as a Solution for Diabetes ("try 3-week intake + yoga")

Ancient Medicine Uses Ginger as a Solution for Diabetes ("try 3-week intake + yoga") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Research found that supplementing with ginger root powder for 3 weeks can effectively improve markers for diabetes, aiding those with diabetes Type 2.

... the plant Zingiber officinale (ginger) can help with proper insulin release, lipid metabolism, and has demonstrated antihyperglycemic effects. Ayurvedic medicine utilizes this healing remedy along with a few others to help diabetics control blood sugar levels and improve the function of their hearts.

The most active ingredients in ginger are the pungent principles: gingerols, and shogaols. Ginger has shown outstanding protective effects on the diabetic liver, kidney, and eyes, and reduces neural system complications. The pharmacokinetics, or bioavailability of ginger is superior as well. It can even be utilized as a safe, natural substitution for pharmaceutical insulin in diabetes type II patients in many cases.

In research just recently released, it was found that diabetes type 2 patients who took just 3 grams of powdered ginger root for three weeks experienced statistically improved levels of insulin sensitivity.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Try this 3-week challenge!

"Practicing this cleansing ginger diet just once a month can reduce toxic mucus in the body, reduce swelling and stiffness, help one lose weight, and control blood sugar levels. Even those who suffer from diabetes may discover that their insulin sensitivities are greatly reduced, or over time, completely eliminated."

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10 Causes of Hair Loss and Baldness ("check the source and remedy it; don't focus on the effect")

10 Causes of Hair Loss and Baldness ("check the source and remedy it; don't focus on the effect") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Can't figure out why you're experiencing thinning hair and baldness? It may help to understand the factors that play a role in hair loss, from pregnancy to medical conditions.

1. Hair loss from thyroid problems.

2. Thinning hair following pregnancy.

3. Hair loss due to medications.

4. Different types of Alopecia.

5. Physical Trauma: a shock to hair folicles.

6. Emotional stress.

7. Diet deficiencies.

8. Extreme hair care.

9. Infections that cause hair loss

10. Autoimmune Diseases That Affect Hair

Bert Guevara's insight:

I noticed this problem is not only for men of my age.

"Hair loss — whether baldness or noticeably thinning hair — can occur for a number of different reasons. Sometimes hair loss is a side effect of a health problem that needs to be addressed and will remedy itself when the health problem is properly treated."

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Organic foods have lots to give | Going Green | The Earth Times ("get up to 70% more anti-oxidants")

Organic foods have lots to give | Going Green | The Earth Times ("get up to 70% more anti-oxidants") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Organic food is tremendously healthy, and now we can prove it. Forget the fertilizer and pesticide and let’s get scientific about improving the organic production of all crops.

Polyphenols, phenolic aids, flavanones, flavanols and flavones, stilbenes and anthocyanins are all "substantially higher" in concentration in organics. The foods based on organic crops also benefit from this raised concentration of anti-oxidants. You ca check the percentages in the paper's abstract. What do these antioxidants do? They are heavily linked to reduced risks of chronic diseases that we currently suffer from such as CVD and neurodegenerative disease, and several cancers.

And the conclusion.? The scientific team here suggest the results of between 19 and 69% higher antioxidant levels are so meaningful that they represent one or two additions to the healthy 5 fruit and veg-a-day recommendations of health experts. So now we can relax with our 7-a-day with no extra effort! If you consider populations in the past and present who lived off the land and had few of the "modern diseases," it tends to make a ot of sense.

Probably just as important would be the dangers in absorbing toxic substances. Cadmium is a heavy metal used in pesticides and found here to be four times more concentrated in non-organic food, along with several other substances. Minerals and vitamins generally were distinctly different in concentration. If farmers use non-mineral fertilizers (ie. organic), the high eves of antioxidant and lack of cadmium seem to be maintained.

Bert Guevara's insight:

It is not true that there is little difference between organic and non-organic food.

"The danger is lies in recent papers stating there is no difference between organic and non-organic foods. This thorough review of 343 publications reverses that opinion quite curtly and shows the confidence we have in organics is not misplaced!"

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5 Ways Watermelons can Boost Your Health

5 Ways Watermelons can Boost Your Health | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Despite its light fruit pulp and high water content, watermelon is actually a nutrient dense food. Check out the many health benefits of watermelon below.
1. HydrationWatermelons contain what’s called electrolytes, which are important because they are what your nerve system, heart, and muscles use to maintain voltages and carry electrical impulses that make them function. They are mainly salts or chlorides such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and others.

2. Cardiovascular Health

 

The amino acid L-citruline, contained in watermelon, boosts heart muscle strength and increases arterial flexibility. It is clinically proven to lower blood pressure, too. Watermelon’s high amino acid L-citruline content was measured for efficacy with a trial involving seven athletes in Spain. They discovered higher rates of heart rate recovery and reduced muscle soreness.

 

3. Metabolic Syndrome/Diabetes


Not only does watermelon offer higher L-arginine serum levels that protects diabetes Type 2 and metabolic syndrome, studies have also determined that watermelon actually helps stabilize blood sugar. Recent research has reversed the advice of reducing fruit intake by diabetics to encouraging its consumption.


4. Immune System Strength


Watermelon pulp is large and red, which means lots of lycopene! Lycopene is well known as the prostate’s best food-friend for preventing infection or cancer. Though the positive properties of this antioxidant and other flavonoids in watermelon don’t end there.

5. General NutritionA 10 ounce wedge contains one-third of the recommended daily value of vitamins A and C as well as several essential minerals, including potassium for reliable heart functioning.
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In case you haven't heard, watermelons offer super benefits, including stabilized blood sugar levels.

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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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Watching A Pair Of Smoker's Lungs Vs. A Pair Of Healthy Lungs Is Pretty Crazy ("smokers, check out")

Watching A Pair Of Smoker's Lungs Vs. A Pair Of Healthy Lungs Is Pretty Crazy ("smokers, check out") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it

Maybe looking at an actual pair of human lungs will convince smokers that it's actually pretty dang bad for you.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Maybe a video comparison will give the right message to smokers.

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The Benefits Chocolate has on Blood Pressure, Weight, & More ("bring out those dark choco bars now!")

The Benefits Chocolate has on Blood Pressure, Weight, & More ("bring out those dark choco bars now!") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
How beneficial is chocolate? Research has shown that consuming dark chocolate can lower blood pressure, prevent oxidative stress, and boost heart health.

The cardiovascular benefits of chocolate come largely from its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s loaded with flavanols like quercetin and theobromine.

It’s these flavanols that were credited in a recent study for providing better coronary artery protection than coffee and green tea. An ongoing study, according to NaturalNews, is looking at the preventative effects of cacao’s flavanols and polyphenols on coronary heart disease.

A study published last year looking at the historical uses of chocolate said that modern research has only begun to touch on all of the heart healthy benefits of the plant. The abstract reads: “The consumption of cocoa/chocolate increases plasma antioxidant capacity, diminishes platelet function and inflammation, and decreases diastolic and systolic arterial pressures.”

Know your chocolate. A milk chocolate bar or a pint of chocolate ice cream will not have these many listed benefits, or at the very last, not to the same degree as other more nutritionally-rich chocolates. Instead, chocolate with the highest levels of cocoa per ounce will deliver the most bang for your buck without adding as much sugar to your diet. The answer in simple terms? Dark chocolate.

Bert Guevara's insight:

A bar or two a day, keeps the doctor away!

"Look for chocolate with at least 70% cocoa listed. You can further seek out organic, fair trade chocolates free of ingredients like soy lecithin. 

"Enjoy the the many dark chocolate health benefits now! Have a small square or two per day to help keep your heart healthy and even keep cravings at bay."

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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer ("old men need the sunshine for Vitamin D")

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Aggressive Prostate Cancer ("old men need the sunshine for Vitamin D") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Research indicates that a deficiency in the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D, could lead to particularly aggressive forms of prostate cancer

Lead researcher Dr. Adam B. Murphy of the Department of Urology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, says vitamin D has known impacts on both benign and malignant prostate cancer cells, and that a lack of the vitamin could even predict the potentially deadly cancer.

“Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that is known to affect the growth and differentiation of benign and malignant prostate cells in prostate cell lines and in animal models of prostate cancer,” said Adam B. Murphy, M.D., MBA, assistant professor in the Department of Urology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. “In our study, vitamin D deficiency seemed to be a predictor of aggressive forms of prostate cancer diagnosis in European-American and African-American men."


Bert Guevara's insight:

Older men need regular sunshine to activate Vitamin D to prevent prostate cancer. Morning outdoor exercise is the best.

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5 Blood Sugar-Regulating Foods for Diabetics ("cinnamon, oatmeal, broccoli, ginseng, salmon")

5 Blood Sugar-Regulating Foods for Diabetics ("cinnamon, oatmeal, broccoli, ginseng, salmon") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Whether you have Type 2 or Type 1 diabetes, you can benefit from eating foods that help stabilize blood glucose levels. Here are 5 beneficial foods.
1. Cinnamon

A study published in the journal Diabetes Care in 2003 found daily consumption of cinnamon had positive effects on blood sugar, along with several other markers. The 40-day study period concluded with reductions in blood serum glucose levels of 18 to 29%. But it also worked to reduce triglyceride levels (23-30%), LDL cholesterol (7-27%), and total cholesterol (12-26%).

Cinnamon for diabetes could be one of the most effective known dietary solutions out there.

2. Oatmeal

Because oatmeal is a slow-digesting carbohydrate, it won’t raise blood sugar levels as quickly or as much as other carbs. It’s a better option over white toast, for example. In addition, it can help control weight, a factor in the management of diabetes Type 2 specifically.

3. Broccoli

Like oatmeal, broccoli is high in fiber and is a good replacement for other starchy options. Vegetables like potatoes and corn, for instance, can cause spikes in blood sugar. In addition, broccoli is a good source of chromium, which has been shown to help stabilize blood sugar levels.

4. Ginseng

Ginseng, a root, has been shown to lower fasting and post-meal blood sugar levels. It can be added to the diet as a tea or found in the supplement aisle.

5. Salmon

Salmon is all protein and no carbohydrates, a good mix for blood sugar regulation. Further, it is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which are great forboosting heart health—something diabetics must be cautious of. Like broccoli, salmon is also a good source of chromium.

When it comes to controlling diabetes, we often think of what is on the do not eat list. But foods like these are important additions that can improve your health and make the disease easier to manage.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Whether you have Type 2 or Type 1, you can benefit from eating foods that help stabilize blood glucose levels. Some of these foods include:

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Control diabetes.

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Obesity 'linked to 10 cancers' ("Cancer of uterus, gallbladder, kidney, cervix, thyroid, leukaemia")

Obesity 'linked to 10 cancers' ("Cancer of uterus, gallbladder, kidney, cervix, thyroid, leukaemia") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Being overweight raises the risk of developing some of the most common cancers, according to a study of more than five million adults in the UK.

Doctors often warn being overweight can increase the risk of developing cancer, but this study highlights those forms of the disease where the risk is greatest.

Led by scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine researchers gathered data on five million people living in the UK, monitoring changes to their health over a period of seven years.

They found each 13-16kg (2-2.5 stone) of extra weight an average adult gained was linked firmly and linearly to a greater risk of six cancers.

How big this risk was varied depending on tumour type.

Cancer of the uterus had the highest increased riskgallbladderkidneycervixthyroidleukaemia had the lowest rise in risk.

Dr Krishnan Bhaskaran, who led the research, said: "There was a lot of variation in the effect of BMI on different cancers.

"For example, risk of cancer of the uterus increased substantially at higher body mass index, for other cancer we saw a more modest increase in risk or no effect at all.

"This variation tells us BMI must affect cancer risk through a number of different processes, depending on cancer type."

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The Benefits of Eating More Raw Foods ("great advantages for a healthy life without extra cost")

The Benefits of Eating More Raw Foods ("great advantages for a healthy life without extra cost") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A raw food diet, an even a high-raw diet, has huge advantages. Otherwise, nobody would do it! (Either as a short-term plan or long-term.)
Let’s take a good look at what the benefits are, but also understand where these benefits come from.
Easy weight managementLow-toxin dietNutrient DensityPhytochemicalsLow Toxic LoadIncreased immunityEliminating Everything Else That’s Bad for You
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Let’s take a good look at what the benefits are, but also understand where these benefits come from. Once we are clear about the benefits and what creates them in the raw food diet specifically, we can design an approach that combines the best from both raw and cooked worlds.

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Essentialhealth's curator insight, August 11, 7:49 AM

You can add raw into your life to suit your needs and lifestyle.  Going completely raw isn't for everyone.Try going raw all day and then a cooked evening meal if you prefer.  Maybe half the week raw and the other half cooked.  Just get some good organic raw food into your life!

Jackie Sue Griffin's curator insight, August 11, 9:20 AM

Nature's bounty

Eric Larson's curator insight, August 11, 6:36 PM

We all need to be eating more raw vegetables.

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Could Coffee Prevent Tooth Decay and Help Fight Plaque? ("take it black and strong but in moderation")

Could Coffee Prevent Tooth Decay and Help Fight Plaque? ("take it black and strong but in moderation") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
A new study suggests moderate consumption of black coffee could protect your teeth from decay and actually help fight plaque. Could it be true?

A new study suggests moderate consumption of black coffee could protect your teeth from decay and actually help fight plaque.

Researchers with Federal University in Rio de Janeiro tested the effects of coffee on donated baby teeth. The scientists used an extract from Coffeea canephora, a bean that makes up about 30 percent of the world’s coffee.

Using the donated baby teeth, the researchers cultivated biofilms using bacteria in saliva samples. These biofilms cause dental plaque, a cause of tooth decay. When exposed to a solution of the coffee extract, the bacteria were broken down.

“Dental plaque is a classic complex biofilm and it’s the main culprit in tooth decay and gum disease,” explained Antonio. The researchers believe the coffee’s antioxidant compounds could be responsible for the benefits.

But, they advised caution. The coffee tested was black and strong, and it was applied in moderate amounts.

This is far from the first study, which was published in the Letters in Applied Microbiology, to implicate coffee in boosting health. Earlier this year, a study published in the journal Diabetes Care identified both regular and decaffeinated coffee as having anti-diabetes benefits.

In that study, daily coffee drinkers saw their risk of diabetes drop when compared with those who abstain from java or only drink it on occasion. Those who drank three cups a day saw the risk drop to 79%, and those who drank six cups of coffee had a relative risk of only 67%.

Bert Guevara's insight:

Another benefit of taking coffee - black and strong.

"Coffee is an ancient bean and beverage with numerous health benefits. But that doesn’t mean drinking some frothy, sweetened, fancy drink from your local coffee shop is good for you. If it’s the coffee itself that is healthy, best stick with something strong and black."

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Cinnamon for Diabetes - Could this be the Simplest Solution? ("fantastic friend of diabets; so handy")

Cinnamon for Diabetes - Could this be the Simplest Solution? ("fantastic friend of diabets; so handy") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Many diabetics don't know you can use cinnamon for diabetes - this spice can be key for lower fasting glucose (blood sugar) levels, helping all diabetics.

Here is how cinnamon can positively affect your metabolism and help with diabetes:

Cinnamon improves the sensitivity of insulin by slowing the emptying of your stomach following meals.Cinnamon enhances your antioxidant defenses. According to a study published in 2009, “Polyphenols from cinnamon could be of special interest in people who are overweight with impaired fasting glucose since they might act as both insulin sensitizers and antioxidants.”Glucose metabolism can be increased nearly 20-fold thanks to cinnamon. This increase greatly improves blood sugar regulation.Cinnamon acts as an insulin substitute and possesses “insulin-like effects” due to a bioactive compound.Proanthocyanidin, a bioflavonoid in cinnamon, could alter insulin-signaling activity in your fat cells.

As reported by us in the past, cinnamon has a wealth of other health benefits. Other benefits of cinnamon include:

Reducing bad cholesterolPromoting cardiovascular healthPreventing heart diseaseTreating arthritisAlleviating menstrual painReducing inflammation
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So many ways of taking cinnamon in daily meals! It's a matter of having it nearby, even with coffee.

"While cinnamon is just another valuable tool to help control diabetes, there has also been a connection made between turmeric and diabetes, as well as magnesium, foods rich in vitamin K, and oil from wild almond trees known as sterculia foetida."

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Why Butter Isn’t All that Bad ("better than margarine; good 4 fat-soluble vitamins + good cholesterol")

Why Butter Isn’t All that Bad ("better than margarine; good 4 fat-soluble vitamins + good cholesterol") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Is butter bad for you, or might this vilified food actually have some value? Here is why butter is better than margarine and may actually boost health.

The Western Diet shifted several decades ago, eventually leading to the low-fat craze and the belief that fats caused disease. But as we are now finding out, this isn’t necessarily true. Saturated fats like those in butter don’t necessarily contribute to heart disease. As a matter of fact, it’s the highly processed carbohydrates that we need to be wary of instead.

Sweden recently became the first country to formally reject the low-fat idea, by developing national dietary guidelines that favor lower carbohydrate consumption and higher fats. This followed the results of a study from the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment which found that health markers could be dramatically improved with a lower carbohydrate lifestyle.

For decades, butter was shoved to the side while margarine took over, but as this article presents, butter is actually much better for you. Butter is a source of many beneficial nutrients—things like vitamins A, D, E, and K2—all fat-soluble vitamins which are best absorbed by the body when included in a high fat package like butter.

Butter also contains trace minerals like copper, zinc, chromium, iodine, selenium, and manganese. It is rich in healthy cholesterol that protects the brain, intestines, and nervous system.

But not all butter is created equal. Butter from grass-fed cows, for instance, will have higher amounts of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which protects the body against cancer and aids in the building of muscle. Raw butter, or that which hasn’t been pasteurized, contains something known as the Wulzen factor, a hormone-like substance that may be effective at preventing arthritis.

Bert Guevara's insight:

In heaven there is no butter; that's why eat it here and now!

Butter is a source of many beneficial nutrients—things like vitamins A, D, E, and K2—all fat-soluble vitamins which are best absorbed by the body when included in a high fat package like butter.

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Some good qualities in butter.

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Mother with Severe Vascular Dementia More Aware of Daughter after Starting Coconut Oil ("start habit")

Mother with Severe Vascular Dementia More Aware of Daughter after Starting Coconut Oil ("start habit") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
After only 4 days on the oil, she is happy to let me leave the house because she is becoming more AWARE of things.

Use the coconut oil!

My mum has vascular dementia made worse by a terrible fall 5 years ago. I do what I can, but before she had coconut oil she was a very ‘happy little cabbage’ but would drop into massive depressions.

After only 4 days on the oil, she is happy to let me leave the house because she is becoming more AWARE of things. She refers to herself in the 1st person rather than ‘she’ this, ‘she’ that….and is understanding more and more about my life.

She’s vegetarian, mainly vegan, and on mo drugs so this may have spurred the process on…

But whatever…she is starting to consider ME now, and knows who I am!

 
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Learn how to source your VCO (virgin coconut oil). Check out your nearest health store.

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Could Pumpkin Seeds Reverse Balding? ("there may still be hope using cheap oil from pumpkin seed")

Could Pumpkin Seeds Reverse Balding? ("there may still be hope using cheap oil from pumpkin seed") | The Healthy & Green Consumer | Scoop.it
Researchers analyzing 76 balding men found that 44 percent of the group taking pumpkin seed oil had slightly or moderately improved hair growth.

According to GreenMedInfo, researchers with Pusan National University in the Republic of Korea have confirmed that pumpkin seed oil is able to increase hair growth among balding men.

In analyzing the photographs, the researchers found 44 percent of the group taking pumpkin seed oil had slightly or moderately improved hair growth. Just over half (51%) were unchanged. Only one patient had slightly more baldness at the end of the six month period.

By contrast, in the placebo group, 28 percent had increased baldness, 64 percent were unchanged, and 7.7 percent had slightly or moderately improved hair growth.

The pumpkin seed oil resulted in virtually no side effects, with only one participant complaining of a mild stomachache. On the other hand, conventional treatments are often so unpleasant, people stop taking them and resign themselves to their baldness.

Oral finasteride, commonly prescribed for baldness, can result in erectile dysfunction and gynecomastic (the development of male breasts). Minoxidil, a topical treatment, can leave the scalp itchy and scaly.

Bert Guevara's insight:

In case you are losing hope with your scalp, here is a new finding which may help.

"This isn’t the first study to link pumpkin seed oil to improved hair growth. Previous research has suggested the oil inhibits an enzyme known as 5-alpha reductase, known to slow or stop hair growth by interfering with hormones."

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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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