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11 #Superfoods That Work #Better #Together

11 #Superfoods That Work #Better #Together | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Teaming up two superfoods may be better than one when it comes to eating a balanced diet.
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Supercharge the Healing Power of #Garlic

Supercharge the Healing Power of #Garlic | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
By Sharon MoalemThis year-round pantry item will not only add flavor and spice to your dinner dish, but it comes with plenty of nutritional benefits that'll have you adding garlic to any and all possible meals. As a member of the onion family, the most powerful benefits of garlic lie in th

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Did you know that the herb garlic is a holistic/natural antibiotic which has protective properties due to its phytonutrients (plant nutrients) which are anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antioxidant rich. Several plant nutrients have been researched for their ability to protect cells from radiation damage including garlic, turmeric, goji berries, mint leaves, holy basil, green tea, broccoli sprouts, and others.

 

Garlic has "health promoting compounds that are absorbed into your bloodstream after you swallow it and which are then exhaled pungently from your lungs in your breath",

Dr Michael Greger, "How Not to Die" goes on to say that "garlic can potentially be used as an adjunct treatment for critical cases of pneumonia as it may help clear bacteria on its way out of the lungs". 

 

Garlic contains sulphur containing nutrients that help your immune, and cardiovascular systems, and joint health. Garlic is one of five veggies that completely stopped cancer growth- "breast tumor cells dead in their tracks". Dr Michael Greger, "How Not to Die".

 

Health Tips: The best plant based food to consume continue to be dark leafy greens, cruciferous veggies,and the allium family (onions, garlic, leeks). The last two groups are top cancer fighters.  "Garlic and onions have also been associated with significantly lower risk of PBH "- enlargement of the prostrate gland.

 

Garlic, cloves, and cinnamon followed by raw turmeric, pepper,and ginger are good herbs/spices that have been tested to help reduce gassiness after eating beans. Dr Michael Greger.

 

It's best to eat garlic raw if possible. Raw and living foods are rich in food based enzymes. Enzymes are protein molecules that initiate biochemical reactions in all livings things, plants, and animals as well. 

 

Read more about "Supercharge the Healing Power of Garlic" from www.ecowatch.com by Rodale Wellness and Sharon Moalem. 

 

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The Stars of Summer: Colorful, Fragrant and Diverse Produce

The Stars of Summer: Colorful, Fragrant and Diverse Produce | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
The summer season plays host to an incredibly colorful lineup of seasonal produce.
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#Calorie #Restriction Modifies #Risk Factors for #Age-Related #Diseases

#Calorie #Restriction Modifies #Risk Factors for #Age-Related #Diseases | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Sustained calorie restriction in humans has been shown to modify risk factors for age-related diseases and influence indicators associated with longer life span.

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Why the Food Industry Can’t Stomach Transparency on Food Labels - The Equation

Why the Food Industry Can’t Stomach Transparency on Food Labels - The Equation | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it

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The Union of Concerned Scientists counters arguments from the food industry against added sugar labeling.

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5 Ways That You Can #Lower Your #Blood #Pressure

5 Ways That You Can #Lower Your #Blood #Pressure | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
High blood pressure (also known as hypertension) puts you at risk for a heart attack, stroke or heart disease... The #1 killer in America.

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Did you know that consuming plant based real whole food and adopting health conscious lifestyle habits help you to lower your blood pressure?  High blood pressure is often referred to as hypertension. High blood pressure is a major risk factor for atherosclerosis. 

 

Are you aware that the number one risk factor for death in the world today is high blood pressure?  Hypertension is responsible for the deaths of nine million lives worldwide every year. This is a frightening statistic, especially so in the light that hypertension contributes to deaths from a variety of causes including aneurysms, heart attacks, heart failure, kidney failure, and stroke. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger, "How Not to Die".

Hypertension is also known as the "silent killer".

 

The American Heart Association states that normal blood pressure readings be 120/80. The first number (systolic) represents the pressure in your arteries as your blood pumps from the heart. The second number (diastolic) is the pressure of your arteries while the heart is resting between beat. Numbers over 140/90 are considered hypertensive.

 

Life extension, a research and development science based company suggests that it is recommended to maintain blood pressure at 115/75. According to Life extension, when blood pressure exceeds 115/75, there is an increased risk of heart attack and stroke.

 

People living in rural Kenya who primarily eat a low sodium  plant based regimen at age sixty, have average blood pressure readings at 110/70.

 

Increased blood pressure puts a huge strain on your heart and can damage the sensitive blood vessels in your eyes and kidneys. It can cause bleeding in your brain and cause some arteries to rupture. Sodium raises blood pressure in well defined ways.

 

Health Tips: You might be surprised to learn that not only does the food industry add salt to chips, nuts  and pretzels. It also adds salt to meat as it draws in water , increasing its weight. Another sick fact is that the poultry industry injects chicken carcasses with salt water to artificially inflate their weight, yet as Dr Michael Greger says, they can still be labelled "100 percent natural". 

 

You've read on this site that your tastebuds can change in as little as three weeks. Begin today and start adding herbs and spices to your food for a healthier taste sensation. You can do the same thing with sweets too.

 

Purchase very little processed non food, drastically reduce your intake of sugars, and vegetable oils, reduce or eliminate your consumption of animal based foods, and consume much more plant based whole food including legumes (beans, lentils, peas), greens, veggies, fruit (pomegranate),, nuts/seeds, some ancient whole grains, sprouts, blue-green algae, chlorella.

 

Get more exercise while eating healthier to help you reduce your body weight. Walking works as does aerobic exercises. Later as you're body adjusts,  you can add high intensity workouts and weight lifting.

 

Consume a few tablespoons of ground flaxseeds as they have been shown to be two to three times more effective than adopting an aerobic exercise program. Doing both ups your protection. Watermelon also offers protection, but you have eat about two pounds a day which is not recommended. 

 

Consume nitrate rich veggies, including beet greens, beets, and other greens, cilantro, rhubarb, basil, arugula, swiss chard, and butter leaf lettuce.  When you eat nitrate rich veggies, your body converts the nitrates into nitric oxide (NO) which signals the muscle fibers in the walls of your arteries to relax and allow more oxygenated blood flow in.

 

Athletes drinking nitrate rich beet juice have shown greater endurance while using less oxygen, making their bodies energy production more efficient. From Dr Michael Greger. "No drug, steroid, supplement, or intervention had ever before been shown to do what beet juice could do".

 

Read more about "5 Ways That You Can Lower Your Blood Pressure" from www.healthywildandfree.com by Admin.

 

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#Pathogens On #Produce And How Best To Avoid Them - Nutrition Action

#Pathogens On #Produce And How Best To Avoid Them - Nutrition Action | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Food poisoning from vegetables is just as serious as food poisoning from meats and dairy. Here are some things to look out for.
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#Cutting #Sugar Rapidly #Improves #Heart #Health Markers

#Cutting #Sugar Rapidly #Improves #Heart #Health Markers | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Obese children who cut sugar from their diets saw improvements in markers of heart disease after just nine days.

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A mere 9 days of a sugar-restricted diet greatly improved cardiovascular risk factors, such as triglycerides, in children with obesity and metabolic syndrome.

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#Pomegranate finally reveals its powerful #anti-aging secret

#Pomegranate finally reveals its powerful #anti-aging secret | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Pomegranates have proven their anti-aging potential: intestinal bacteria transform a molecule contained in the fruit with spectacular results. Although tests in humans are still underway, scientists have already published the initial promising results from animal studies in the journal Nature Medicin

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Time to Stop Dumping on #Potatoes - ConscienHealth

Time to Stop Dumping on #Potatoes - ConscienHealth | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Some nutrition experts have been dumping on potatoes as a culprit for obesity. But the data don't support their dire warnings.
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No #one-fits-all #healthy #diet exists

No #one-fits-all #healthy #diet exists | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it

Search on for genes to explain why weight, cholesterol, insulin vary in mice on same food plan
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EATING RIGHT  Different genetic strains of mice had varying reactions to eating a ketogenic diet (example of foods shown), a high-fat, low-carb diet. The results back up recent evidence that people’s responses to foods may differ widely.
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Weight gain may depend on how an individual’s genes react to certain diets, a new study in mice suggests.

Four strains of mice fared differently on four different diets, William Barrington of North Carolina State University in Raleigh reported July 15 at the Allied Genetics Conference.

One strain, the A/J mouse, was nearly impervious to dietary changes. Those mice didn’t gain much weight or have changes in insulin or cholesterol no matter what they ate: a fat-and-carbohydrate-laden Western diet, traditional Mediterranean or Japanese diet (usually considered healthy) or very low-carbohydrate, fat-rich fare known as the ketogenic diet.

In contrast, NOD/ShiLtJ mice gained weight on all but the Japanese diet. Those mice’s blood sugar shot up — a hallmark of diabetes — on a Mediterranean diet, but decreased on the Japanese diet.  

FVB/NJ mice didn’t get fat on the Western diet, but became obese and developed high cholesterol and other health problems on the ketogenic diet. The opposite was true for C57BL/6J mice. They became obese and developed cholesterol and other problems linked to heart disease and diabetes in people on the Western diet, but not on the ketogenic diet. They also fattened up on the Mediterranean diet.

The results indicate that “there’s no universally healthy diet,” Barrington said. The findings echo results of a human study in which blood sugar rose in some people after eating some foods, even when the same food had no effect on other people (SN: 1/9/16, p. 8). Such individual reactions to food suggest that diets should be personalized.

Barrington and colleagues are working to find the genes that control the mouse strains’ varying responses to what they eat. There is still no way to predict how people will fare on a given diet, he said.


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5 #Food #Swaps to Reduce Your #Cancer #Risk

5 #Food #Swaps to Reduce Your #Cancer #Risk | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
We can prevent up to one-third of cancers just by eating better and moving more. Here are 5 swaps you can start making to slash your risk.
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Ceylon vs Cassia - #Not #All #Cinnamon Is Created #Equal

Ceylon vs Cassia - #Not #All #Cinnamon Is Created #Equal | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Not all cinnamon is created equal. Ceylon (true) cinnamon is healthy, while the Cassia variety can be harmful in large amounts.
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AMA Wire®: 5 #Nutrition #Facts #misconceptions that sabotage patient health

AMA Wire®: 5 #Nutrition #Facts #misconceptions that sabotage patient health | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
The fight against diabetes and heart disease also means fighting nutritional misunderstandings and offering sound advice to patients.
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#Romans had #no #need for #dentists, because of one #food they didn’t eat

#Romans had #no #need for #dentists, because of one #food they didn’t eat | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Modern dental hygiene would have been quite unnecessary for ancient Romans living in Pompeii, as research has revealed that they had impressively healthy teeth.
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#Special #K #Nutritious? Not So Fast, Says Regulator - ConscienHealth

#Special #K #Nutritious? Not So Fast, Says Regulator - ConscienHealth | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Special K is the latest health-oriented food brand to be rebuked for unsubstantiated health claims. Are such claims endangered? We hope so.
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Cutting Down on #Sweets Can Help #Kids' #Hearts

Cutting Down on #Sweets Can Help #Kids' #Hearts | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Risk factors improved after just 10 days of sugar restriction, study finds

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"Sugar is uniquely metabolized to fat in the liver, which leads to fat accumulation in the bloodstream, driving heart disease. As long as we focus on total calories rather than on what those calories are and how they are metabolized, the obesity, diabetes and heart disease epidemics will continue."

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New Seattle doctors learn to prescribe food as medicine

New Seattle doctors learn to prescribe food as medicine | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
You don’t expect to see doctors in a kitchen. Normally you’d find newly minted doctors at Swedish Cherry Hill hospital seeing patients. Instead, a group of

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“Food makes a big difference, in fact, much bigger difference than pharmaceutical medications we use when used diligently.” Dr. Tanmeet Sethi

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What Is #Tamarind? A Tropical #Fruit With #Health #Benefits

What Is #Tamarind? A Tropical #Fruit With #Health #Benefits | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Tamarind is a tropical fruit that is high in nutrients and has several health benefits and uses. Learn more about tamarind here.
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The #Herb That Has #People In This #Italian Village #Living Past 100

The #Herb That Has #People In This #Italian Village #Living Past 100 | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Acciaroli, a small fishing village south of Naples, has an unusual concentration of citizens over the age of 100, with very low rates of Alzheimer’s and heart disease. Their use of rosemary may be why.

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Did you know that herbs and spices have the most antioxidants than any other food you consume? Rosemary like sage contains  antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. It is also antiseptic, and antispasmodic. In European folk remedies it was used both internally and externally for sickness including nervous disorders, upset stomach, headaches. baldness, arthritis, pain, strains, and bruises. 

 

Today rosemary is know as the memory herb. It contains compounds that prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine, a brain chemical that allows the nerve cells responsible for memory and reasoning to communicate with each other. Rosemary also improves circulation to the brain.

 

Rosemary increases the activity of an enzyme that removes free radicals associated with chronic inflammation. Rosemary contains flavonoids which have been shown to inhibit the growth of pancreatic cancer.

 

Rosemary also helps to relax muscles, including muscles of the digestive tract and uterus. Rosemary relieves intestinal cramps and spasms. It also eases bloating and stops flatulence. There are bitter substances in rosemary which help to simulate the release of bile, which helps the digestion of dietary fat and lowering cholesterol levels.

 

Health Tips: In old Europe remedies, rosemary baths were used to prevent bacterial infection from complicating eczema. Rosemary baths stimulate blood circulation to the skin. Rosemary contains camphor which increases the blood supply to the skin. When you use rosemary in the bath, it helps to reduce pain in rheumatic muscles and joints. Rosemary baths also help to improve circulatory issues, as in low blood pressure, varicose veins, bruises, and sprains.

 

Using small amounts of fresh or dried rosemary in cooking poses no problems. It's best to always purchase organic herbs and spices. When using rosemary as an essential oil, be sure to work with a trained knowledgeable herbalist. Rosemary is a uterine stimulant and it should not be used during pregnancy. Continuous usage is best avoided by women with heavy menstrual flows. 

 

Read more about "The Herb That Has People in This Italian Village Living Past 100" from www.mindbodygreen.com by Dr Joel Kahn. Recipe included.

 

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#Pineapples Halt Harmful #Gut #Bacteria

#Pineapples Halt Harmful #Gut #Bacteria | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Enzymes found in roots and stems of pineapples show promise in the war against superbugs.

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How the #Government Supports Your #Junk #Food #Habit

How the #Government Supports Your #Junk #Food #Habit | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
The most popular junk foods come from crops that are heavily subsidized by the federal government.

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“I think it’s safe to say that what happens at the top of the food chain has an impact on what happens at the bottom. Agricultural policies are just not aligned with public health goals.”

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Freedhoff: #Hospital #food should #heal, not make you #sicker

Freedhoff: #Hospital #food should #heal, not make you #sicker | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Our health care institutions have the unique opportunity to serve as role models for others on proper diet.

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Hospital food should heal, not make you sicker.

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9 #Health #Benefits of Eating #Oats and #Oatmeal

9 #Health #Benefits of Eating #Oats and #Oatmeal | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
Oats are one of the world's healthiest and most nutritious foods. Eating oats and oatmeal has many benefits for weight loss and optimal health.
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5 Reasons to #Eat #Colorful #Foods

5 Reasons to #Eat #Colorful #Foods | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
By Elise MuselesThere are lots of reasons to load up on deeply pigmented fruits and vegetables, but for me, the best reason is that it makes me happy. We feel invigorated and energized just looking at brightly colored meals—not to mention all the health benefits our bodies get from eatin

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Did you know that the dark pigmented greens, veggies and fruits have the most antioxidants in the plant world? Every plant has a different set of special plant nutrients consisting of their various antioxidant rich groups. Many of these plant nutrients come from antioxidant rich phenols and terpenes.

 

Plant nutrients support the on-going daily functioning and repair of every organ, bone, and tissue in your body and your body doesn't function without them. The darker the color the more concentration of plant nutrient antioxidants.These are the healing compounds.

 

Here in the phenol group you find dark blue and purple anthocyanins which support the structure of collagen in the body's skin, muscles, and bones. The dark blue and purple pigments also lend support for your vision by protecting against free radicals caused by inflammation.

 

Darker pigmented terpenes include the orange, yellow, or red carotenoids such as beta-carotene, (carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash), lutein (dark leafy greens), and lycopene (watermelon, tomatoes, pink grapefruit, papaya). Also included is the yellow and orange limonoids found in citrus. Carotenoids are associated with protection from cancer and macular degeneration. Limonoids also help protect the lungs.

 

Health Tips: Eat a rainbow of produce every day. Many Americans only eat the colorless, beige  fruits (bananas) and other foods (white potatoes, white bread, white rice, white pasta, white flour).

 

Enliven your health. Which would you choose: red cabbage or light green cabbage; red onion or white/yellow onion? According to Dr Michael Greger, "How Not to Die" red onions have 76 percent more antioxidants than white with yellow in between. Red cabbage  may contain eight times more antioxidants than the green variety.

 

Some veggies/fruits like cauliflower, parsnips, daikon radish, jicama are whitish. These white foods are good for your body. Consume them. You can also find green and purple cauliflower in specialty health markets, food co-ops, farmers markets, and organic online CSAs. 

 

The dark colored food pigments that give juicy blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries or dark leafy greens their healing colors also help support your body. Yes you can eat white potatoes and bananas, but also eat more of the rainbow of colors everyday.

 

f you live in a food desert, connect with neighbors, food justice groups, Legislators to start a community garden and grow your own healthy produce using compost. Mother Earth News online has very good resources in their articles. Everyone of you deserve to eat healthy food. Let's do our best to find ways to provide food so no one, especially young children go to bed and wake up hungry.

 

Read more about "5 Reasons to Eat Colorful Foods" from www.ecowatch.com by Elise Museles.

 

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Do Lucky Charms count lol