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This Is Your Brain On Junk Food

This Is Your Brain On Junk Food | zestful living | Scoop.it
Food companies are spending millions of dollars to design foods with addictive sensations. What can you and I do about it? Is there any way to counteract the money, the science, and the advertising behind the junk food industry?

Via The BioSync Team
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Read how the food companies trick you into craving junk food by making certain foods more addictive and tasty than others.

 

Steven Witherly, a food scientist has spent the last 20 years studying the why of addictive junk food. Read the entire article to get links to his excellent report, "Why Humans Like Junk Food".

 

Witherly says there are 2 factors that make eating pleasurable: one is the sensation of eating the food. This includes tastes, smell, and mouthfeel - which is very important. Food companies spend millions of dollars to discover the satisfying level of crunch in a potato chip or the perfect amount of fizzle in a soda. These factors all combine to create the food your brain craves.

 

The second factor is the actual macronutrient makeup of the food - blend of proteins, carbs, and fats it contains. And in the case of junk food, the manufacturers are looking for the perfect combination of salt, sugar, and fat that excites your brain, and gets you coming back for more.

 

So what can you do about this craving because as you probably know by now, junk food is unhealthy and causes a myriad of chronic diseases, weight gain, obesity, and even death in certain individuals. 

 

As you begin eating less and less processed foods, you begin to go through a transition period known as "gene reprogramming".

 

Best strategy is to avoid buying these products. If you can't do that then try to reduce the amount you buy/eat by using his strategies.

 

"Outer ring" and "5 ingredient rule". 

Shop on the outer ring of the grocery store where the produce section is located and the eggs, meats, fish etc. Remember you're really wanting real whole food, food that you're body recognizes, and food that serves your body.

 

.If the product has more than 5 ingredients, then put it back on the shelf. It most likely is trying to trick you into buying.

 

Eat a variety of foods and eat Rainbow Foods. These are the foods that contain the antioxidants, the phytonutrients, the minerals, and vitamins that your body craves.

 

Instead of eating a chip with a dip of unknown ingredients. try eating carrots, celery, red, orange peppers with hummus or nut butters. You'll still get the crunch and your body will thank you by keeping you healthy. Just remember to chew slowly and you'll get a great mouthfeel. Plus your digestive system will be happy.

 

And there are better alternatives to handling stress than eating junk foods which really do not comfort you in the long run. Listen to music you like, get up and dance with your special ones, breathe deeply and let out a pleasurable sound, try yoga, meditation, take a nature walk, sing in the shower, laugh for no reason - a great stress reducer, help someone else and you'll forget your problems.

 

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Learn how food scientists and manufacturers have created food addictions by design and read tips to counter the cravings including the "outer ring strategy" and "5 ingredient rule".


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10 Impressive Benefits of Carrots

10 Impressive Benefits of Carrots | zestful living | Scoop.it
Nutrient rich carrots offer many health benefits including improved skin health, oral health and eyesight. Carrots also help improve digestion and cardiovascular health.
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Did you know that even though carrots are healthy beneficial root veggies, they are many times sweeter than the ones grown a hundred years ago?

 

Carrots, beets, and sweet potatoes can be eaten as healthy sweets in place of processed and/or commercial sugary desserts.

 

Health tips: Many plant based real whole food consumers make raw and baked carrot cakes, carrot cookies and sweets made with beets and sweet potatoes.

 

You’ll find a wealth of recipes online. You won’t need to add any additional sweetener as these root veggies are sweet enough by themselves.

 

Choose organic and or locally grown.

Read more about “10 Impressive Benefits of Carrots” from www.organicfacts.net

 

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Eating a Plant-Based Diet: How to Get Started

Eating a Plant-Based Diet: How to Get Started | zestful living | Scoop.it
The food we put into our bodies and feed our families is both deeply personal and often undervalued. It’s not about individual nutrients and calorie counting. It’s about the whole package—how our food makes us…
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Did you know that there are many people around the world who advocate for plant based real whole food? There are many different but similar programs related to the plant based lifestyle.

 

Here’s one from a Facebook friend, Kenden Alford speaking about her program which aligns with Dr John McDougal, T.Colin Campbell, and Jeff Novick.

 

Kenden’s Facebook page is Jewish Food Hero. Check her out as she has very interesting, thought provoking posts.

 

She advocates for filling the center of your plate and the food you consume with minimally-processed plant based foods.

 

She promotes simplicity so there’s no worry if you're not getting enough of some nutrient and there’s no guilt.

 

Kenden offers a Plant based Shopping List and a Simple Meal Guide to help you.

 

Health Tips: Start with greens, land and sea veggies, add some sprouts for high protein and rich nutrients, and algae, Next add the legumes your choice, whether it be beans, lentils, split peas. Add in nuts and seeds to pair with your greens and veggies.

 

Add a healthy whole grain if that works for you. Quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet or oats and barley are good choices. Finish with a ripe whole piece of fruit or eat your fruit separately from the produce as this subscriber does.

 

Read more about “Eating a Plant Based Diet: How To Get Started” from www.jewishfoodhero.com by Kenden Alford.

 

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The Ultimate Spice Guide for Vegan Cooking

The Ultimate Spice Guide for Vegan Cooking | zestful living | Scoop.it
Herbs and spices are some of the most nutrient-dense and least inexpensive flavor tools we have at our fingertips. Here's 19 of the best and how we like to use them best!
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Did you know that herbs and spices are one of the top best ways to flavor your food, whether plant based or vegetarian or Paleo? Spices add flavors and delectable aromas.

 

From this article you will learn that there are 15 known flavor identifiers for spices. They do not fit into the usual basic tastes and flavor categories (sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umami (savory).

 

There is no salty. When you know more about these characteristics than it’s easier to decide which to use for your dish and which two pair well together.

 

Health Tips: The more you rely on herbs and spices, the better your food will taste as the flavors will come alive. When you use these spices, you’ll find you don’t need to use more than a pinch of sea salts.

 

Read more about “The Ultimate Spice Guide For Vegan Cooking” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Rhea Parsons.

 

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Which Milk for What Recipe: A Non-Dairy Milk Guide for All Your Cooking and Baking Needs

Which Milk for What Recipe: A Non-Dairy Milk Guide for All Your Cooking and Baking Needs | zestful living | Scoop.it
There are so many non-dairy milks to choose from! But which one is best for what, and how will each one change the taste of your recipes? Here, we've got answer, recipes, tips and more!
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Did you know that you can use plant based milks for all the food you make whether it be raw, cooked, or baked? Plant based milks are easy to make, more digestible for your body to absorb, except for coconut milk

have no saturated fat, have no milk sugar, no added hormones, and are anti-inflammatory.

 

You can choose from an assortment of different plant based milks whether you make your own or purchase. Try a few new ones to find out if you like them. This article lists quite a few which may not be familiar to you. Recipes included.

 

Health Tips: Food is fuel for your body. Eating food isn’t so much about feeling satiated as it is about being nourished. As you age, your body requires less food. Consume sprouts and sea veggies which have the most nutrition. From Brian Clement, LD, PhD, co-director Hippocrates Health Institute.

 

You can sprout chia, sesame, flax, and pumpkin seeds. To sprout, spread out and soak in non-bleached cheesecloth in the sun. Don’t soak in glass jar with water as they will turn moldy. 

 

When they swell up, the sprouted seeds have eight times more nutrients. You can then dehydrate them and grind them up to use in all kinds of recipes.

 

They can be used for salad dressings in place of oil or you can make hummus with them. Store your sprouted seeds in fridge.

 

Read more about “Which Milk For What Recipe: A Non-Dairy Milk Guide” from www,onegreenplanet.org by Rhea Parsons.

 

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The Link Between Magnesium and a Good Night's Sleep

The Link Between Magnesium and a Good Night's Sleep | zestful living | Scoop.it
You can try changing your sleep routine and curbing your caffeine intake, but sometimes these lifestyle interventions fall short. Supplements are another
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Did you know that consuming foods rich in magnesium helps with over 300 biochemical reactions in your body including sleep? 

 

Your body needs magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium (the electrolyte minerals) and others including trace minerals as well as vitamins and other nutrients, enzymes, and antioxidants.

 

When your body is deficient in these key substances then it doesn’t have the proper building blocks necessary to thrive. That’s when you start craving certain foods and also when you begin to notice symptoms of illness. 

 

This is your body’s way of saying, ‘i’m having an internal problem, please wake up and feed me what I need.”

 

Your body thrives on plant based real whole foods as it’s what your gut bacteria eat. Keep your trillions of gut flora healthy and you stay healthy too. What a simple concept, too bad most people seem to be unaware.

 

Why is it most people treat their car with such care, but neglect their body? 

 

Health tips:  Fresh in season organic, sustainable, or local produce (greens, veggies, fruit) and other plant based real whole foods are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and all the necessary phytochemicals (plant nutrients) your body requires. 

 

Add some sprouts, algae, sea veggies, and you have given your body the best gift it could ever receive. You’ve given it LOVE.

 

Read More about “The Link Between Magnesium and a Good Night’s Sleep” from www.ecowatch.com by Kerri-Ann Jennings Authority Nutrition.

 

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Pop a Pill for Heartburn? Try Diet and Exercise Instead

Pop a Pill for Heartburn? Try Diet and Exercise Instead | zestful living | Scoop.it
Proton pump inhibitors are linked to problems like nutrient deficiencies, joint pain, bone fractures, heart attacks and dementia.
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Did you know that taking acid blockers harm your body and don’t help acid reflux problems? Your stomach is mostly composed of acid which is needed for digestion. GERD is one of the common disorders of your digestive tract.

 

The two most common problems are heartburn and regurgitation of the stomach contents back up in the throat. This problem causes many hospital/doctor visits and can cause cancer. This disease has increased in the last number of years in the U.S.

 

High fat increase is associated with increased risk says Dr. Michael Greger, www,nutritionfacts.org while high fiber content appears to be protective. From studies done with volunteers it appears that high fat content relaxes the sphincter at top of your stomach which is supposed to keep the acid in the food down.

 

45 studies have shown that high fat meals with meat increased the cancer risk. Red meat apparently is more associated with cancer in the esophagus, while poultry is associated with cancer at the top of the stomach.

 

In a study it was determined that consuming egg yolks is a risk factor for GERD. Eating egg yolks induced an increase in the plasma level of cholecystokinin (CCK) which is involved in the “occurrence of transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxation’. Eating meat also causes this problem.

 

Plant based food, including beans, veggies, fruit had decreased risk of cancer in whole foods not in pill form. Half reduction has been shown with people eating plant based whole foods. 

 

Protein pump inhibitors are harmful as they cause nutrient deficiencies, bone fractures, and pneumonia. PPIs also have been shown to decimate your gut bacteria. They are however a huge cash cow to the tune of Billions of dollars for the pharmaceutical industry.

 

Health tips:  The best veggies to consume would be red-orange (carrots, pumpkins, tomatoes) and green veggies, berry juice, apples, and citrus fruit. Do eat more plant based real whole foods because the more these type of foods you ingest, the less of the inflammatory food you will be consuming.

 

Read more about “Pop a Pill For Heartburn? Try Diet and Exercise Instead” from www.newyorktimes.com by Jane E Brody.

 

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14 Healthiest Vegetables on Earth

14 Healthiest Vegetables on Earth | zestful living | Scoop.it
Some vegetables stand out from the rest with additional proven health benefits, such as the ability to fight inflammation or reduce the risk of disease.
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Did you know that plant based real whole food is the best food you can put in your body to reduce inflammation and lower your risk of disease? When you consume complete plant based real whole food, you are putting prevention into action.

 

What does prevention in action mean for you? Diseases begin decades before they manifest. They begin in childhood mostly due to the food you’re consuming and your lifestyle habits. 

 

Unfortunately, the Western or Standard American Diet known as SAD was based on faulty logic and faulty science.

 

Then it was perpetuated through deceptive marketing practices, poor Government practices, greedy pharmaceutical companies, and a medical establishment that needs an overhaul.

 

Most mainstream medical doctors only get about 12-24 hours of instruction in nutrition in medical school. It’s only after they graduate and begin having patients that some of these doctors realize what they’ve been taught is missing information. 

 

There’s a disconnect from what their patient tells them to what is occurring in patients’ bodies. Some of these doctors also have the same diseases and health issues as their patients.

 

For some of these brave doctors the lightbulb goes on and they begin their real education to find out the cause of the illness or disease and not just to mask the symptoms with pharma drugs as they were taught in medical school.

 

What if you start early in life to eat what your body needs instead of what you’re feeding it? This is prevention in action.

What if you stop eating processed, pro-inflammatory foods you’ve been told were good for you? Yes, prevention in action.

 

(Think sugars, vegetable oils, white flours, processed food with no fiber, artificial lab created food/beverages, junk food, fast food, and pro-inflammatory dairy and other animal based foods).

 

Health Tips:  It’s not too late to begin today your new wellness journey. Always check with your physician if you’re taking prescription drugs. 

 

You can introduce your health provider to peer reviewed studies, to science information, or send them to science based nutrition sites, including Dr Michael Greger’s www.nutritionfacts.org and Brian and Anna Marie Clement www.hippocrateshealthinst.org  Hippocrates even offers classes in nutrition for medical doctors.

 

Your body is a miracle and will fight for you if you allow it to thrive.

 

Science now, in the last five or so years is learning about the gut microbiome. It seems your gut bacteria all trillions of them crave plant based fibrous foods. When your gut flora is healthy, so are you and vice-versa.

 

Start adding more fiber rich plant based real whole foods to your meals, Cut way back on your sugar and processed food /beverage habit,

 

Drink filtered water with flavored Stevia or with lemon/frozen fruit. Add legumes in many of your meals. Start slow with beans if you haven’t eaten them previously.

 

 Lentils and split peas are easier on your digestive system. Add some ancient whole grains, including quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet with some of your meals.

 

You can certainly eat oats too, but for those of you with gluten issues be aware that cross contamination does occur.

 

Eat ripe fruit for your sweet.  Do add sea veggies, including dulse, arame, kelp, nori, and others as you become more familiar with these highly nutritious foods, which one would add to this article.

 

Cost for plant based foods is reasonable considering the high cost of animal based foods. Yes even organic is less money than animal based foods when you buy your plant based real whole foods in the bulk aisle.

 

Yes you may have to learn to cook or for those of you who want convenience, many companies now offer plant based meal delivery. Many new plant based processed foods are in the marketplace as well. 

 

Do read labels. Organic jellybeans is not a food, no matter how pretty the packaging.

 

After all is said and done, this is your health and your life. Aren’t you worth taking great care of?

 

The choice is always yours to make. Choose wisely and zestfully live into your 90’s and beyond.

 

Read more about “14 Healthiest Vegetables onEarth” from www.ecowatch.com by Rachael Link, Authority Nutrition.

 

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7 Health Benefits And Uses For Milk Thistle | Care2 Healthy Living

7 Health Benefits And Uses For Milk Thistle | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Discover the surprising health benefits of this maligned weed and how to effectively use it--by best-selling author of BE YOUR OWN HERBALIST, Dr. Michelle Cook.
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Did you know that milk thistle is a potent protector for your liver? Silymarin is the compound in milk thistle that protects your liver from cellular damage while stimulating regeneration of liver cells.

 

Silymarin helps with diabetes related to liver damage. Silymarin helps with alcoholism, cirrhosis, and hepatitis. 

 

It also increases the production of bile, a fluid created in your liver that helps break down fats in the small intestine. Increasing the flow of bile helps protect the intestinal lining in Crohn’s disease, and relieves constipation. Milk thistle also reduces the frequency of psoriasis outbreaks.

 

Milk thistle can also help with ovarian cysts and seizure disorders. Milk thistle also maintains the body’s supply of glutathione, the master antioxidant which helps slow the the progress of Parkinson’s disease.

 

Silybinin, another compound in milk thistle protects the kidneys from chemotherapy drugs. 

 

Health Tips:  Milk thistle is mostly used in supplement form as it is less effective as seeds, teas, and tinctures. 

 

Read more about “7 Health Benefits and Uses For Milk Thistle” from www.care2.com by Michelle Schroffro Cook.

 

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21 Vegetarian Foods Loaded With Iron

21 Vegetarian Foods Loaded With Iron | zestful living | Scoop.it
Iron is a nutrient necessary for good functioning of the human body. A diet lacking in iron can result in low energy levels, shortness of breath, headaches
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Did you know that you can get all the non-heme iron your body needs from plant based real whole foods? 

 

Phytates in the seeds of plants have been shown to detoxify excess iron in your body, which if not detoxified can create a very harmful kind of free radical called hydroxyl radicals. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger in his book, “How Not To Die”.

 

Animal based meat contains the type of iron (heme) which is associated with colorectal cancer and lacks the phytates to kill off the harmful free radicals. Heme iron is found in blood and muscle.

 

Iron acts as a pro oxidant as it can generate cancer causing free radicals. Too little iron and you get anemia and too much may increase risk of cancer and heart disease.

 

Dr Greger writes that when a sufficient amount of iron is in your blood, your body is about five times more effective at blocking the absorption of excess iron from plant foods than from animal foods. 

 

Heme iron is also associated with higher risk f diabetes, but non-heme iron from plants is not.

 

Health Tips:  The healthiest sources of iron from plant foods are green leafy veggies, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. If you drink tea, drink in between meals as tea can inhibit iron absorption.

 

Consuming plant based foods rich in vitamin C, including bell peppers and broccoli can improve iron absorption.

 

Read more about “21 Vegetarian Foods Loaded With Iron” from www.ecowatch.com by Alina Petre, Authority Nutrition.

 

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The Food Chain is Broken! Where Is Your Nutrition Coming From? - Hippocrates Health Institute

The Food Chain is Broken! Where Is Your Nutrition Coming From? - Hippocrates Health Institute | zestful living | Scoop.it
Sadly, the current statistics reveal that most of us are overweight or obese. These are harsh words to start an article but to resolve this crisis, it is mandatory that we accept these facts. Most doctors in practice have it all wrong. It is not their fault because medical schools do not seem to be …
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Did you know that oxidative stress and inflammation play a major role in causing diseases and neurodegenerative disorders?

 

What you consume and the soil the food is grown in has a direct bearing on the current epidemic of obesity and malnutrition.

 

Health Tips:  Food that has absolutely no nutrition will not and can not help your body to function.

 

Inflammatory foods, GMOs, pesticides, processed foods, sugars, vegetable oils (fake canola, corn, soybean, peanut, safflower, cottonseed), fast food, and junk food cause harm to your body.

 

Plant based real whole foods contain needed fiber, enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients everything your body needs to function optimally. Choose local, organic, and sustainable. 

 

Buy from real farmers at Farmer’s Markets, Food Co-ops, healthy markets or CSAs. Or buy online if you live in a food desert.

 

Read more about “The Food Chain is Broken! Where is Your Nutrition Coming From” from www.hippocrateshealthinst.org by Dr Howard Fisher.

 

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Get Good Gut Health With Prebiotics And Probiotics

Get Good Gut Health With Prebiotics And Probiotics | zestful living | Scoop.it
We all want our gut to feel good. No one wants a gut that is in constant turmoil possibly leading to serious conditions of Crohn’s disease, ulcerativ
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Did you know that you can take preventative steps to be free of disease and protect your immune system by feeding your gut flora with prebiotic fiber from plant based real whole food, by eating probiotic rich fermented food, and by taking a quality probiotic supplement?

 

When your gut bacteria are healthy, so are you. The seat of your health is found in your immune system. The old adage, you are what you eat has come full circle as now today more and more physicians are waking up to this reality based in fact.

 

What you eat, digest, absorb, and assimilate does indeed have a profound effect on your gut, your brain, and your entire body. Your lifestyle choices/habits, all effect your microbiome.

 

Are you eating inflammatory foods, processed food, GMOs, sugars, fast food? Are you on meds?

 

Do you use over the counter drugs (OTC), protein pump inhibitors (PPIs), take statins, or take antibiotics? These are substances that decimate your gut bacteria.

 

Speak to your health care professional. Do not stop taking your meds.

 

Health Tips:  Your gut bacteria thrive on plant based prebiotic foods rich in fiber. Fiber is necessary as it regulates your body’s cleansing processes and plays an important role in helping you maintain a healthy weight and digestive system.

 

Choose plant based coconut yogurt and water kefir in place of inflammatory dairy products.

 

Probiotics form a lining along the walls of your intestines creating a physical barrier to hinder invasion of bad bacteria.

 

Probiotics help with allergies, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce inflammation, help you synthesize nutrients from your food, and give you energy. This information comes from www,hippocrateshealthinst.org 

 

Read more about “Get Good Gut Health With Prebiotics and Probiotics” from www.huffingtonpost.com by Dr David Samadi, Contributor, Chairman of Urology, Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lennox Hill Hospital, Professor of Urology at Hofstra School of Medicine.

 

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FDA Refuses to Ban Toxic Chemical Used in Baby Food Packaging

FDA Refuses to Ban Toxic Chemical Used in Baby Food Packaging | zestful living | Scoop.it
Perchlorate is approved for use in packaging for dry food such as baby rice cereal, flour and spices. A group of health and environmental organizations
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Did you know that chemicals do not belong in your food or in food packaging? Chemicals are toxins which have have been proven in thousands of different studies to harm your body.

 

Chemicals are neurotoxins which harm your gut, your brain, and ultimately, your health.

 

Why does our government allow agencies like the FDA to ignore proven science in favor of chemicals which harm all of us, and especially our most vulnerable citizens babies?

 

The FDA and other agencies have been negligent in protecting us for decades. This isn’t something new.

 

This particular chemical, perchlorate has been proven to migrate into food and scientists know that it threatens fetal and infant brain development at even lower levels than previously thought.

 

Part of the problem with food products that occurs in the U.S. is that food corporations are allowed to do their own studies instead of using third party testing. 

 

Food as well as water, and the air all of us breathe needs to be clean. Chemicals and other types of toxins do not belong in the food, water, and air. And isn’t just humans, but all life is affected.

 

If you haven’t already petitioned your elected officials, then now would be a good time to get involved. This isn’t a partisan issue, this is an issue for your health and well being. Write letters, call everyday.

 

Health Tips:  Do your very best to eat organic/local, to eat food that is whole and not processed or packaged in a box, container, bag. Local means that the food is sourced within 100 or less miles from your home.

 

Don’t fall for a label that reads organic jellybeans or other sugary junk. Jellybeans are pure sugar and other garbage that decimates your gut bacteria which leads to inflammation and chronic diseases.

 

Don’t buy packaged foods that have more than 5 ingredients. You have to understand all the words on the label. And yes unless you’re familiar with the product, you have to read the labels.

 

Read more about “FDA Refuses to Ban Chemical Used in Baby Food Packaging” from www.ecowatch.com by Tom Neltnor, Environmental Defense Fund.

 

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The Amazing Health Benefits of Mushrooms And How To Cook Them

The Amazing Health Benefits of Mushrooms And How To Cook Them | zestful living | Scoop.it
If mushrooms are an afterthought in your cooking life—we're not asking about the shroom—it’s time to shine a spotlight on these healthy yummy fungi.
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Did you know that mushrooms are considered one of the best medicinal foods from Mother Nature?/ Mushrooms are delicious as well, especially when prepared using a complete plant based real whole food recipe.

 

Health Tips: Mushrooms are a healing food. one of the best mushrooms are Chaga from birch trees. Chaga are high in vitamins A, B, C, D, E and minerals including manganese, iron, calcium, zinc, and selenium.

 

Mushrooms help to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, regulate blood pressure, and improve immune response to infection.

 

Chaga is considered an anti-cancer preventative medicinal. It’s also rich in beta-glucans which strengthen your immune system helping people who suffer from chronic fatigue , fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel disease, shingles, bursitis, and PCOS.

 

Chaga contains the highest level of superoxide dismutase (SOD), an enzyme that promotes the breakdown of free radicals which cause inflammation.

 

Chaga has been shown to be very effective in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, gout, osteoarthritis, and cataracts.

 

Chaga tea is very beneficial. It has an earthy taste, sweeten with organic liquid Stevia or cinnamon and carob.

 

To learn more about mushrooms, read or view TED/TALKS related to Paul Stamets, the renowned mycologist and discoverer of immunological and bioremedial properties of mushrooms.

 

Read more about “Why You Need to Eat More ‘Shrooms (we’re Not Talking That Other Kind)” from www.cleanplates,com by Colleen de Bellefonds.

 

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Why A Walk In The Woods Is Vital For Your Health: The Science Behind Forest Bathing | Care2 Healthy Living

Why A Walk In The Woods Is Vital For Your Health: The Science Behind Forest Bathing | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Did you know there’s a way to lower your stress levels naturally and it’s called “forest bathing? This concept was developed in Japan in the 1980’s. It’s the same principle that people have been doing since time began.

 

Walking in the woods or walking in some sort of natural area has been shown to relieve stress, relax tension, and help bring your body back into balance.

 

Health Tips: Even if there’s no natural area near where you live, you can create your own little garden of relaxation. Just plant some pretty flowers in a small area where you can go to zone out.

 

Breathe deeply through your nose and out through your mouth and allow your body to gently let go of life’s ills. You can play some music you like and close your eyes and feel the pressures of the day fall away.

 

Read more about “Why a Walk in the Woods is Vital For Your Health: The Science Behind Forest Bathing” from www.care2.com by Zoe Blarowski.

 

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See Why Plant-Powered Health Care Is Going Mainstream

See Why Plant-Powered Health Care Is Going Mainstream | zestful living | Scoop.it
Could the future of health care be plant-based? See how Kaiser Permanente doctors, medical professionals, and members are going plant-powered and changing the future of health care.
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Did you know that mainstream health organizations, like Kaiser Permanente in California are waking up to the health benefits of consuming plant based real whole food?

 

In 2013 they recommended that their physicians recommend plant based to all their patients.

 

Today they’re going full in as some medical staff is adopting plant based consumption for themselves as well as recommending to their patients.

 

The doctors realize that they need to be doing what they’re telling their patients to do and everyone is seeing great health benefits.

 

Kaiser in CA is even sponsoring farmer’s markets and online educational materials. Kudos to this medical organization for understanding and learning more about nutrition which as you know affects every aspect of who you are.

 

Health Tips: How would you like to reverse your diabetes and heart disease? Start with Prevention in Action.

 

Later when you’re totally on board and feeling super great then you can go beyond prevention to complete plant based and more of a raw food lifestyle.

 

Read more about “See Why Plant-Powered Healthcare is Going Mainstream” from www.foodrevolution.org

 

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10 Habits That May Be Harming Your Gut Health | Care2 Healthy Living

10 Habits That May Be Harming Your Gut Health | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Are you unknowingly harming your gut health?
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Did you know that the food you consume and your lifestyle habits can interfere with how your gut functions? The trillions of gut bacteria appear to prefer real whole plant based foods and a clean healthy lifestyle.

 

Health Tips:  When your gut bacteria are well so are you. These bacteria feed on prebiotic fiber, including jicama, onions, garlic, chicory, asparagus, beans, and other plant based real whole food.

 

Unless you're suffering with an infection, steer clear of antibiotics. Raw garlic is Mother Nature's medicinal antibiotic.

 

Taking a probiotic capsule as well as eating fermented food, including sauerkraut, kimchi, cultured veggies, miso, tempeh, and coconut yogurt also help support your gut micro biome.

 

Read more about "10 Habits That May Be Harming Your Gut Health" from www.care2.com by Maggie McCracken.

 

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Want to Lose Weight? Go Vegan

Want to Lose Weight? Go Vegan | zestful living | Scoop.it
This article explains how a vegan diet can help you lose weight and shares some tips on how to follow this diet in a healthy way. Weight loss
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Did you know that by consuming a complete plant based real whole food regimen with no processed foods, fast foods, junk food, sugar and by exercising you can maintain a healthy weight for your body? You will be fit and feel fabulous.

 

Health Tips:  Plant based foods are high in fiber and other plant nutrients essential for your body to function optimally.

 

They are anti-inflammatory and by consuming plant foods daily you are supporting prevention in action strategies to help keep you healthy for a lifetime.

 

Read more about ‘Want To Lose Weight? Go Vegan” from www.ecowatch.com by Alina Petre, Authority Nutrition.

 

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7 Reasons Why You Should Eat Cucumbers

7 Reasons Why You Should Eat Cucumbers | zestful living | Scoop.it
Cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.
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Did you know that cucumbers are classified as low sugar fruit?  They are water and fiber rich and high in essential nutrients. Like apples and other fruits, the peel has the most antioxidants and is best eaten.

 

Health Tips:  All plant based real whole food is necessary for the human body as it allows your body to function optimally.

 

Sprouts, algae, greens, land and sea veggies, some ripe fruit, legumes (beans, split peas, and lentils), nuts/seeds, and whole ancient grains are recommended.

 

Read more about ‘7 Reasons Why You Should Eat Cucumbers’ from www.ecowatch.com by Rachael Link, Authority Nutrition.

 

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Chlorophyll: Concentrated Sun Power - Hippocrates Health Institute

Chlorophyll: Concentrated Sun Power - Hippocrates Health Institute | zestful living | Scoop.it
Chlorophyll is a phytonutrient found in all green plants and is the basis of all plant life. It is the molecule that traps the most elusive of all powers – light. Chlorophyll is the first product of light and therefore contains more light energy than any other element. We humans are all solar-powered, once removed. …
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Did you know that chlorophyll oxygenates and rebuilds your blood which optimizes your body’s ability to absorb nutrients? Chlorophyll’s alkalizing and oxygenating effects support the cleansing of excess fat and waste from your body.

 

Green plants are rich in chlorophyll purifying the whole body. Chlorophyll has been found to neutralize cancer causing free radicals, detoxify your body of drug residues and heavy metals, and regulates blood sugar.

 

Chlorophyll improves your dental hygiene, infections, skin disorders, and reduces inflammation. Chlorophyll also cleanses your digestive tract.

 

Health Tips:  Wheatgrass juice is a rich source of living chlorophyll. All green plants contain chlorophyll and the dark leafy varieties are your best choices. Have you tried these varieties?

 

Beet greens, fava greens, turnip, mustard, collard greens, kale, sorrel, or chard, spinach, arugula, and assorted greens.

 

The cruciferous veggies, including broccoli, watercress, kale, mustard, turnip greens and others are also top greens to eat every day.

 

Read more about “ Chlorophyll, Concentrated Sun Power” from www.hippocrateshealthinst.org by Brian Hetrick.

 

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6 Reasons Tempeh Should Be Part of a Healthy Diet

6 Reasons Tempeh Should Be Part of a Healthy Diet | zestful living | Scoop.it
High in protein, probiotics and a wide array of vitamins and minerals, tempeh is a versatile ingredient that comes with a variety of health benefits. Indonesian
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Did you know that tempeh, a fermented soy product which is high in protein, contains probiotics for your gut, and is good choice in addition to legumes (beans, split peas, lentils) for a healthy meal?

 

This article gives you the complete skinny on tempeh.

 

Health Tips:  Eat a varied plant based real whole food regimen daily to get all the necessary plant nutrients your body needs to function optimally.

 

You could eat tempeh with greens , veggies, and whole ancient grains for one meal and have legumes with greens, veggies, and whole ancient grains for one or two other meals.

 

Eat seeds and nuts with your all your meals to boost your protein and healthy fat content. Eat a few pieces of ripe fruit for a sweet if you are healthy.

 

Read more about “6 Reasons Tempeh Should Be part of a Healthy Diet” from www.ecowatch.com by Rachael Link, Authority Nutrition.

 

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These Doctors and Nurses Are Going Vegan to Teach Their Patients How to Do it

These Doctors and Nurses Are Going Vegan to Teach Their Patients How to Do it | zestful living | Scoop.it
Doctors and nurses at a California medical center are helping their patients adopt a whole foods plant-based diet by making the switch along with them.
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Did you know that doctors and nurses at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fresno, CA are helping patients adopt a healthy plant based real whole food lifestyle by offering cooking classes and by adopting the plant lifestyle themselves?

 

These health professionals have seen positive benefits for their patients in switching from animal based to plant based.

 

Some of the better health outcomes involve reduced inflammation, less risk of chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, stress reduction, weight loss, more energy, better athletic performance, better digestion, better immune function.

 

Many well known physicians, including Dr Michael Greger, www.nutritionfacts.org,, Dr Neal Barnard, Physicians For Responsible Medicine, Dr. Colin T. Campbell, T.Colin Campbell for Nutrition Studies, Dr John McDougal, Dr. Michael Clapper, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr Caldwell Esseltyne, Dr, Gabriel Cousens, Tree of Life Center, Brian Clement, LD, PhD, Co-Director of Hippocrates Health Institute, and many others espouse a plant based real whole food lifestyle with no processed artificial food.

 

Both diabetes type 2 and heart disease can be reversed on a plant based real whole food lifestyle. It’s time for more mainstream docs to get on the plant based real whole food bandwagon.

 

Be sure to click on the links fin the article for more health/food related articles.

 

Health tips:  Eat real whole food as much as possible. Reduce or eliminate any processed store bought packaged food and make your own meals. Recipes online everywhere. 

 

Stay away from sugary sweets and learn from following recipes to make your own raw or baked  plant based desserts. Apiece or two of ripe fruit in season makes a delicious satisfying sweet treat.

 

Have cut up/sliced veggies available to eat raw or to use in cooking. Do a batch of beans, peas,  or lentils to have on hand for different meals. Store in glass jars in your fridge. Do the same with your whole grains.

 

Grow your organic raw sprouts to have inexpensive plant based food available year round. Get your garden going now as the weather warms.

 

Pile your plate high with greens, veggies, legumes (beans, split peas, lentils) and add an ancient whole grain and some nuts/seeds. Eat ripe fruit, including avocado with nuts, nut butter for another meal.

 

Like breakfast, try these easy meal options:  Make some overnight oats, quinoa, or buckwheat with nuts/berries for the morning. Or drink some green juices or a green smoothie with no fruit.

 

If breakfast isn’t your thing, skip it and drink two or three glasses of filtered water during the morning. Intermittent fasting works well and you only have to make two meals. Or eat breakfast and then an early dinner and skip lunch.

 

Read more about “These Doctors and Nurses Are Going Vegan to Teach Their Patients How To Do It” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Kat Smith.

 

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Is Eating Too Much Turmeric Unhealthy?

Is Eating Too Much Turmeric Unhealthy? | zestful living | Scoop.it
Some people are concerned about the possible side effects of high-dose turmeric and curcumin supplements. Turmeric is an Indian spice, medicinal herb, food dye
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Did you know that turmeric, the anti-inflammatory Indian spice is very potent? 

 

Researchers, using specialized technology, to count the number of breaks in DNA strands, measured the effects of participants’ blood after they ingested just one-eighth of a teaspoon of turmeric once a day for a week. 

 

The results: the number of cells with DNA damage could be cut in half. From Dr Michael Greger, “How Not to Die”.

 

Dr Greger says that it’s not known what long term effects of high doses would be.  Studies have only lasted a month.

 

Taking cur cumin supplements is not the same as ingesting turmeric.

 

Supplement companies isolate the one main active ingredient, similar to what drug companies do. Herbs are composed of many active ingredients which all contribute to the benefits of the herb.

 

Curcumin supplements add much higher amounts and some add black pepper as well which boosts the level even higher which might cause DNA damage. Also there is always the threat of toxic metal contamination. 

 

If you do use cur cumin supplements always purchase from a reputable science based company.

 

Health Tips:  Just add a quarter teaspoon of organic turmeric to your meals daily. Remember to also take other herbs and spices as each one has different benefits for your health.

 

For example, saffron helps with Alzheimer’s disease, fenugreek improves muscle strength and weight lifting power output. Ginger helps with headaches.

 

Read more about “Is Eating Too Much Turmeric Unhealthy”? from www.ecowatch.com by Dr. Atli  Amarson.

 

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11 Reasons To Stop Eating Dairy | Care2 Healthy Living

11 Reasons To Stop Eating Dairy | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Dairy products are not the health foods we've been told they are. Here are 11 reasons to avoid them, by best-selling author of The Life Force Diet, Michelle
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Did you know that there are healthier and tastier foods than dairy? Dairy is inflammatory, addictive, and comes with unwanted hormone baggage.

 

Dairy causes congestion and other respiratory issues. School children taken off dairy products had less respiratory illness, could breathe better, and had less absences. Factual anecdotal story.

 

Health Tips:  Raw nuts and seeds make delicious plant based cheese. Avocado and coconut create creamy dishes.

 

Avocado has no cholesterol, milk sugar, or saturated fat, yet it is a healthy fat. Avocado’s fiber content helps regulate your blood sugar. 

 

You can use avocado in place of butter, cream, sour cream, milk, eggs, and even oil. You can make smoothies, puddings, brownies, snacks, salad dressings, fillings. Coconut can sub for yogurt.

 

Read more about “11 Reasons to Stop Eating Dairy” from www.care2.com by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

 

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Foods With More Potassium Than A Banana | Care2 Healthy Living

Foods With More Potassium Than A Banana | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
When you're looking for a potassium-rich food, you probably reach for a banana, but there are a lot of plant-based foods with more potassium than a banana.
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Did you know that potassium, an essential electrolyte is an important mineral for your body which helps with adrenal health. blood pressure, bones, and potassium pulls sodium from your cells and lessens fluid retention?

 

Your body requires magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium. Every cell in your body needs electrolytes to function properly.

 

Don’t trust your tastebuds as food with a lot of sodium doesn’t always taste salty. Baking soda used in baked goods is a source of sodium as are bagels.

 

Most restaurant meals have much more sodium than is needed. Use herbs and spices.

 

Health Tips:  Consuming plant based real whole food gives you many varied ways to add potassium to your meals. Avocado also is rich in potassium as is sea veggies (kelp), sunflower seeds, winter squash, spinach, and  lima beans.

 

Read more about “12 Foods With More Potassium Than a Banana” from www.care2.com by Becky Striepe.

 

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7 Ways To Avoid Gas From Beans | Care2 Healthy Living

7 Ways To Avoid Gas From Beans | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
There are hundreds of varieties of legumes, and every one of them is good for your body in some way. Some of the varieties include peas, lentils, garbanzo
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Did you know that even if you’re new to eating beans, you can still eat them without worry about flatulence?

 

Beans and other legumes (chickpeas, split peas, and lentils) provide your body with protein and are also considered a veggie. Legumes help you feel more satisfied longer.

 

Health Tips:  Skimming off the starch or foam is a well known trick cooks use with beans, lentils, split peas, and grains.

 

Eat raw or lightly steam your cut veggies, a varied assortment, including sweet potatoes/yams, red cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower, carrots/parsnip, red onion or leeks, mushrooms, and your choice of greens.

 

Add beans, sprouted raw lentils, or other legumes, your veggies, grated sea veggies, seasonings (nutritional yeast, mustard seed powder or your faves), and top with pea shoot microgreens or sunflower shoots.

 

This dish is not only filling and delicious, but it supplies your body with all the necessary vitamins and minerals and other plant nutrients.

 

Read more about “7 Ways to Avoid Gas From Beans” from www.care2.com by 

Diana Herrington.

 

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