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8 Ways Your Clothes Are Hazardous To Your Health

8 Ways Your Clothes Are Hazardous To Your Health | zestful living | Scoop.it
We are happy to admit that we are obsessed with trends and fashion here at HuffPost Style. But even the most devoted fashion fans acknowledge that there are times when clothes are painful, both on the body and on the eyes.
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It isn't just your food, chemicals are everywhere. Great article.

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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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8 Health Benefits of Probiotics

8 Health Benefits of Probiotics | zestful living | Scoop.it
Probiotics can improve your health. Learn how taking probiotics can benefit weight loss, heart health, digestion, immune function and more.
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Did you know that when you nurture your gut, you are also nurturing your whole body? Your immune system is the seat of your health and when it is healthy, so are you. Your mood, your digestion, your brain all benefit when you increase your healthy bacteria.

 

According to Dr David Perlmutter, neurologist, scientists are now identifying specific strains of good bacteria that can treat different kinds of problems, including the flu and skin rashes. Feed your gut flora with plant based real whole food which your body recognizes and utilizes for its optimal functions.

 

Avoid or greatly reduce you intake and use of refined processed non food, sugars all kinds, gluten, GMOs, additives, antibiotics, OTC meds, drugs, proton pump inhibitors, antibacterial soaps, pesticides, fluoride, chlorine, industrial pollutants, chemicals, endocrine disruptors (BPA), flame retardants, and as many toxins as possible. These all damage your gut bacteria.

 

Your body is basically the same as your cave dweller ancestors. When you put synthetic man made  substances in it, it's going to react in a negative bad way because the body has never before experienced these things. Think leaky gut.

 

Health Tips: Eat fermented food homemade or store bought found in refrigerated aisles. Tempeh, kimchi, natto, cultured veggies, sauerkraut, coconut yogurt. Fermented food opens the door to gut diversity.

 

Consume plenty of pre biotic fiber found in asparagus, jicama, onions, garlic, leeks, dandelion greens, chicory, and Jerusalem artichokes. Without fiber in your food, you are malnourished no matter what else you eat.

 

Take a high quality probiotic in addition to consuming more pre biotic fiber and healthy plant based real whole food, including sprouts, blue-green algae, greens, veggies, fruit, legumes, nut/seeds, and ancient whole grains (quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, teff).

 

Read more about "8 Health benefits of Probiotics" from www.authoritynutrition.com by Dr Mary Jane Brown, RD.

 

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What I Tell My Patients To Eat For Liver Health

What I Tell My Patients To Eat For Liver Health | zestful living | Scoop.it
The liver is the largest internal organ we've got — but few of us pay it any mind until we've got a serious health problem. While we’re busy ignoring our liver, it’s busy managing hundreds of bodily functions, including supporting metabolism, controlling blood sugar, and regulating fat storage.
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Did you know that the liver is one of several systems in your body responsible for removing toxins from your body? Your kidneys, lymph, colon, lungs, and skin also are critical systems involved in this detoxification process. 

 

As more toxins accumulate in your body, they place severe stress on these six organs of elimination. With continuous accumulation, your liver, kidneys, and lymph systems become less efficient in their ability to excrete the waste products, which causes toxins to accumulate in the connective tissues and then in the organs,

 

Your body tries to compensate by having the endocrine or hormonal glands secrete hormones to help stimulate detoxification. over a period of time these glands become very inefficient and tired. The end result is an inefficient elimination system with toxin accumulation, coupled with reduced organ function, which produces a perfect environment for illness to develop and flourish.

 

So what specifically does the liver do? According to Dr Michael Greger, in “How Not to Die”, there are up to five hundred different functions that have been attributed to the liver. One of its main functions is to keep out the myriad of toxins from the food and drugs you consume. Drugs can be meds, OTC such as Tylenol and alcohol. 

 

Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to alcoholic fatty liver disease which can cause inflammation, with end result being liver scarring, and eventually death. The best advice is to drastically lower and/or abstain from any alcoholic drinks. 

 

The other fatty liver disease is not from alcohol but due to a very unhealthy diet, which unfortunately many people consume daily. The fact that non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become the most common cause of chronic liver disease in the U.S. affecting nearly seventy million people (about one in three adults) should come as no surprise.

 

No surprise again that the intake of sodas and meat is associated with NAFLD. Drinking just one can of soda raises the odds of you getting fatty liver disease by forty-five percent. And Dr Greger says, that those adults and kids eating the equivalent of fourteen chicken nuggets or more daily nearly triples the rate compared to those who eat seven or less.

 

Non alcoholic fatty liver disease is associated with the intake of sugar and fat. However, according to Dr Greger not all fat affects the liver in the same way. People who suffer from fatty liver inflammation were found to be consuming more animal fat and cholesterol but less plant based foods.

 

Over sixty thousand Americans die every year from liver disease with the death rates rising each of the last five years. Liver cancer has been rising  about four percent every year over the last decade according to Dr Greger. He says that liver dysfunction can run in families.

 

Health Tips:  Your best bet is to consume more plant based real whole food and very little or no animal based food to protect your liver. Some  foods may be more protective. Whole grains as opposed to refined grains appear in studies to be protective. Cranberries and dark pigmented veggies, and fruits are beneficial.

 

You can make your own cranberry juice without using harmful sugars by swapping in a few drops of organic liquid Stevia, add two cups of filtered water and you’re set.

 

Milk thistle nutritional supplement is also very helpful.

 

Read more about “What I Tell my Patients to Eat For Liver Health” from www.mindbodygreen.com by Dr Frank Lipman.

 

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The 17 Best Protein Sources For Vegans and Vegetarians

The 17 Best Protein Sources For Vegans and Vegetarians | zestful living | Scoop.it
Some worry that vegetarian and vegan diets might lack sufficient protein. This article lists 17 high-protein plant foods you can easily add to your diet.
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Did you know that the most common question people ask vegans is "where do you get your protein"? Just yesterday this subscriber was asked that very question and her response was "where do you get your fiber? Why is it that so many people have been led to believe that animal based food is the best and only source of protein? Think again.

 

Unless you're an athlete, your body doesn't require boatloads of protein. Animal based protein is difficult for your body to digest. Your body uses a lot of energy in breaking down these animal based proteins into amino acids that much of the nutritional benefits are used up.

 

 Plant proteins are easier for your body to break down and use for its nutritional needs. Plants all have protein in varying amounts which your body utilizes to function optimally.

 

Fiber, the essential indigestible food plays a  critical role in helping  your body regulate its detoxing process. Fiber sweeps your digestive tract, especially your colon and stimulates peristalsis that moves food through your digestive system and allows for regularity.

 

Health tips: Fiber as you know is abundant in greens, veggies, and fruit. When you consume more fiber rich raw and living plant foods, you feel more full and satisfied without eating excess junk and other refined processed non foods which are loaded with chemicals, pesticides, GMOs and sugars.

 

If you eat soy products, make sure to buy organic and fermented which helps your gut bacteria. Ninety-five percent of conventional soy is GMO so you want to avoid consuming the harmful chemicals.

 

Your best plant protein source is sprouts, not from processed commercial breads, but from greens, seeds/nuts, ancient grains, and legumes (lentils, beans, peas). Sprouts provide ten to thirty percent more protein than mature plants.

 

Spirulina and chlorella are also very rich in plant protein.

 

Read more about The 17 Best Protein Sources For Vegans and Vegetarians" from www.authoritynutrition.com by Alina Petre, MS, RD.

 

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Fiber Could Be The Secret To Living Longer, New Study Suggests | Care2 Healthy Living

Fiber Could Be The Secret To Living Longer, New Study Suggests | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Fiber is your secret weapon when it comes to your diet. Here's what the science says about how it may help us lead longer, happier lives.
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Did you know that fiber may be the key to living a longer healthier life? In studies with humans, fiber appears to influence healthy aging. 

 

Inadequate fiber consumption may be a risk factor for breast cancer. According to Dr Michael Greger “How Not to Die," every twenty grams of fiber you eat from plant based real whole food,  per day is associated with a 14 percent lower risk of breast cancer. However Dr Greger says that breast cancer risk may not be reduced  until at least twenty-five grams of fiber are consumed each day. And most women today do not even consume the fourteen grams daily.

 

Vegetarians may get about twenty grams daily, but healthier vegetarians may average thirty-seven grams a day and vegans forty-six grams daily. Therapeutic whole food plant based regimens used to reverse chronic disease average about sixty grams a day. Maybe it's time to amp up your game.

 

Women who eat a lot of greens are less likely to get breast cancer. Crucifers (broccoli and others) boost the activity of detoxifying enzymes in your liver. Broccoli appears protective among premenopausal women, but collard greens work for all ages.

 

 Dr Greger says that even if you’re fighting breast cancer or in remission, green veggies may still be protective. Finding the root cause is key and sulforaphane, a compound found in cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and others has been shown to suppress the ability of breast cancer stem cells to form tumors.

 

“Researchers at John Hopkins University asked women scheduled for breast reduction surgery to drink broccoli sprout juice one hour before their procedure. After the researchers dissected the breast tissue post surgery, they found evidence of significant sulforaphane buildup”. Dr Greger says that “we now know that the cancer fighting nutrients in broccoli do find their way to the right place when we swallow them”.

 

Health Tips: For best results eat at least a quarter of a cup a day of organic broccoli sprouts. Many healthy markets, food co-ops, and CSAs carry them. You can also order the seeds online and grow your own for pennies a day.

 

Read more about “Fiber Could Be the Secret to Living Longer, New Study Suggests” from www.care2.com by Elise Moreau.

 

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A Greater Emphasis On Nuts To Replace Animal Proteins Reduces Inflammation

A Greater Emphasis On Nuts To Replace Animal Proteins Reduces Inflammation | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Did you know that by consuming nuts on a regular basis, you can extend your life by an extra two years? One handful (a quarter of a cup) five or more days a week, says Dr Michael Greger, in his newest book “How Not to Die”, Nuts boost your metabolism. When you eat nuts, you burn more of your own fat.

 

In fact not eating enough nuts and seeds was the third leading dietary risk factor for death and disability in the world according to the Global Burden of disease Study. In major study after major study, people who eat more nuts tend to live longer and suffer fewer deaths from cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger, “How Not to Die”. 

 

 Peanuts, though technically legumes, were given to women at high risk of heart disease in the form of a tablespoon of peanut butter as well as other tree nuts for five days or more a week in the Nurses Health Study by Harvard University Researchers. The results showed that these women “appeared to nearly halve their risk of suffering a heart attack compare to women who ate a serving or less a week”.

 

Dr Michael Greger says that this cross protection between tree nuts and peanuts extends to fibrocystic breast disease. And adolescent girls in high school who ate one or more servings of peanuts a week appeared to have significantly lower risk of developing  lumpy breasts, which Dr Greger says is a marker for increased breast cancer risk.

 

Even though nuts and nut and seed butters might contain almost two hundred calories, Dr Greger says it’s definitely better than eating junk processed food. And you won’t gain weight. There have been about twenty clinical trials on nuts and weight and not one showed the weight gain you might expect. “All the studies showed less weight gain than predicted, no weight gain at all, or weight loss”. And nuts help you to feel fuller faster.

 

Health Tips: Eat more walnuts as they have the highest antioxidant and omega 3 levels. Plus consumption of walnuts helps you burn quite a lot of your own fat.

 

If you have nut allergies, consider seeds and seed butters. Dr Greger says if you have diverticulosis, you can eat nuts and seeds as these foods appear to be protective. Do check with your own health care professional.

 

Read more about “A Greater Emphasis on Nuts to Replace Animal Proteins Reduces Inflammation” from www.naturalblaze.com by Karen Foster from PreventDisease.com 

 

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B Vitamins: How to Get Them in a Vegan Diet

B Vitamins: How to Get Them in a Vegan Diet | zestful living | Scoop.it
Just like you don't have to eat animal foods to get enough protein, you also don't have to eat them to get your Bs either. Here are some awesome sources of B vitamins found abundantly in a vegan diet if you don't want to opt for a supplement.
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Did you know that vitamin B12 plays a critical role in your metabolism? B12 is a group of cobalt containing compounds that are known as cobalamins. B12 plays a role in DNA synthesis, red blood cell formation, and is involved in the functioning of your nervous system and immune system. This information comes from Hippocrates Health Institute.

 

Getting B12 is absolutely essential. You either get it from the food you consume or take a supplement. Even many non plant based eaters are deficient in this important vitamin. Dr Michael Greger, Nutrition Facts.org recommends taking 250 mcg/day and for those over sixty-five, he recommends taking 1,000 mcg/day of cyanocobalamin. This is the preferred supplemental form according to Dr Greger.

 

Hippocrates Health Institute recommends a bacterial form of B12 such as LifeGive Ocean Energy and/or B12 Forte which can be found on their site www.hippocratesinst.org  This information is for educational purposes only. 

 

Why the B vitamins are so important? Emotional stress can deplete a lot of the B' vitamins, even if you're eating a real whole food regimen. Stress as anyone of you know goes hand in hand with fatigue. If you're taking certain drugs, you can run low on the B's. Low levels can cause fatigue, difficulty in concentrating, and a sleep problem.

 

Health Tips:  Taking B12 and other B complex vitamins, including B6 is as important as taking vitamin D3, and magnesium. Yes you can also eat plant based real whole food to get your complement of B vitamins, except for B12. You would have to take two teaspoons worth of fortified nutritional yeast three times a day to your plant based B12 according to Dr Greger. 

 

Read more about "B Vitamins:  How to Get Then in a Vegan Diet" from www.onegreenplanet.org by Heather McClees.

 

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Should You Avoid Starchy Vegetables? | Care2 Healthy Living

Should You Avoid Starchy Vegetables? | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Is spinach always better than peas?
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Did you know that all plant based veggies are nutritious and beneficial for your health? These include: 

 

  1. Sprouted greens (arugula, broccoli, radish, pea shoots, sunflower shoots). Sprouting helps make food more digestible so the seed can release its enzymes. Sprouted foods are 10 to 30 times more nutritious than mature plants.

 

 2.  Dark leafy greens (Arugula, beet greens, collard greens, dandelion greens, kale, fave greens, mustard greens, sorrel,   spinach, swiss chard, carrot tops, and turnip greens). Greens have more calcium than dairy foods supporting your bones and are rich in chlorophyll which is a blood builder, oxygenates your blood, and helps cleanse it. Chlorophyll gives you antioxidants which neutralize free radicals to prevent disease. Greens are cancer fighters and support your liver.

 

3.  Cruciferous (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, arugula, watercress, Brussels sprouts, radishes, mustard greens, turnip greens, and bok choy). These veggies are cancer fighters.

 

4.  Alliums (garlic, onion, green onions, leeks). Garlic is a natural antibiotic, supports your liver, as do onions which also support your immune system, prostrate health, and cancer.

 

5.  Root veggies (beets, carrots, parsnip, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, yams). Beets have cardio-protective effects and support athletic performance. Carrots are a top beta-carotene food. Parsnips are an under-rated veggie, sweet and earthy. Pumpkin is high in magnesium and supports heart health, eye health, promoting fertility and giving immunity a boost. Sweet potatoes are one of the best all round veggies to consume.

 

6.. Starchy veggies (corn (buy organic as 95% of corn is from GMO), peas, parsnip, potatoes, pumpkin, butternut squash, and sweet potatoes. Peas are a good source of plant protein. Butternut squash is another top beta-carotene foods.which are effective against cancers. Potatoes are a member of nightshade family.

 

7. Nightshade family includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, and tobacco (which is a plant). Some people suffering with arthritis have problems with the alkaloids in these veggies. Alkaloids can block your body’s normal repair of collagen in joints. Do yourself a favor and skip the tobacco. Your lungs will thank you.

 

8. All other veggies: asparagus, bell peppers, eggplant, okra, sea veggies, snap peas, summer squashes, tomatoes, zucchini and any others that were missed. Bell peppers very high vitamin C content. Eggplant supports heart health, maintains weight and blood cholesterol levels and has anti-cancer effects. Nori, hijiki, wakame, arame, kombu and kelp are just a few of several varieties of sea veggies with potent effects on cancer. They are a rich source of many wonderful minerals, including magnesium, calcium, iron, and bioavailable iodine. Tomatoes are really a low sugar fruit which are a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant combatting cancer.

 

Mushrooms are from the fungi family, not really veggies. 

 

Health Tips:  Eat as many greens/veggies each day as you can. Greens/veggies are the very best food you can consume and will help you to stay thin, providing you’re not consuming any highly processed non foods and sugars. Eat the rainbow, dark pigmented have the most antioxidants which fight inflammation. Opt for red cabbage over green, purple carrots over orange, red onions over yellow. Buy organic when you can as well. Consuming organic has been shown to reduce pesticide levels.

 

Starchy veggies fill you up and are so much better for you than refined processed non foods. Eat a varied assortment of different greens/veggies every day. Pile your plate high with greens/veggies, whether it’s a salad or your main dish with some beans, lentils or chickpeas. Your body, brain, and gut bacteria will love you.

 

Read more about “Should You Avoid starchy Vegetables” from www.care2.com by Terita Heath-Walz.

 

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What To Eat For Longevity (According To A Major New Harvard Study)

What To Eat For Longevity (According To A Major New Harvard Study) | zestful living | Scoop.it
There seems to be more opinions on optimal eating patterns than there are stars in the sky. So when a major scientific contribution to nutrition comes out, it's important to take note.
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Did you know that  a major new study, from Harvard authored by  some of the world's leading experts in longevity and nutrition published the largest study comparing animal based protein sources to plant based protein sources?  This study spanned 32 years and examined over 120,000 participants. The researchers found that the higher consumption of animal protein sources , the higher the rate of cardiovascular disease and mortality. Read the article for all the details.

 

Health tips:  If you're a pet person, you know how much your dog, cat, bird, hamster, rabbit, turtle, ants, or other animal/insect  means to you. You would never consider eating them. Then why do you think it's okay to consume cows, pigs, goats, sheep, poultry, or other animals? Just consider this the next time you go food shopping.

 

There are so many delicious, versatile plant protein sources to choose from, including Chickpeas aka garbanzo beans These are legunes/pulses. They have a mild nutty flavor, contain large amounts of protein, fiber, and resistant starch, which helps blunt your hunger and reduces your  food cravings.

 

Chickpeas can be used in mains, salads, soups, desserts (chickpea cookie dough). The aquafaba liquid in canned garbanzo beans can be whipped into a whipped cream, omelettes, and any other food you make using egg whites. Chickpea flour can be used for crepes, flatbreads, falafels. There's tons of fab recipes online or if you just don't want to cook for whatever reason, there's the newest plant based products hitting store shelves every day. So what are you waiting for: get started today on your new wellness journey to better health.

 

Read more about "What to Eat For Longevity (According to a Major New Harvard Study)" from www.mindbodygreen.com by Dr Joel Kahn.

 

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Why Do Plant Based Diets Help Rheumatoid Arthritis | Care2 Healthy Living

Why Do Plant Based Diets Help Rheumatoid Arthritis | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Rheumatoid arthritis may be triggered by autoimmune defense against a urinary tract infection bacteria. Sufferers put on a plant-based diet experience benefits.
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Did you know that rheumatoid arthritis is a gut related disorder? Your health is influenced by the bacteria.that reside in your gut.

 

Certain foods decimate your gut. Yes, all the usual suspects: sugar/fructose/artificial sweeteners, refined processed non food, junk food, gluten, including breads, baked goods, pastas, sodas.

 

Anytime your immune system is compromised as with taking antibiotics, Pharma drugs,  OTC meds these also increase inflammation. And inflammation as you know leads to chronic diseases, cancer, Alzheimer's depression, Parkinson"s IBS, , and possibly autoimmune diseases, 

 

Health tips:  Consume more plant based real whole food, including fermented organic food, prebiotic fiber which nurture your gut bacteria (onions, leeks, garlic, asparagus, Jerusalem artichoke, raddichio, dandelion greens, jicama, and others).Take a good quality probiotic to grow your microbial diversity and  recolonize your gut.

 

Try to consume more raw living food than cooked food and consume sprouts, blue-green algae, chlorella, wheatgrass juice if possible. If you never try it, you'll never know if you like it and better yet how your body feels.

 

Read more about "Why Do Plant Based Diets Help Rheumatoid Arthritis" from www.care2.com by Dr Michael Greger.

 

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25 Delicious Vegan Sources of Protein (The Ultimate Guide!)

25 Delicious Vegan Sources of Protein (The Ultimate Guide!) | zestful living | Scoop.it
There used to be a myth that we needed to consume different types of foods to form
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Did you know you can have all the protein your body requires (hint it's not as much as you think) and get your necessary fiber at the same time?  There are so many plant based sources of protein for you to try that you might need a guide to get you started.

 

First things first, your body, unless you're an athlete, only requires 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight each day—that’s about 50 grams for someone who weighs 150 pounds—which most people achieve easily. From Dr Michael Greger, www.nutritionfacts.org 

 

Protein is made up of different combinations of amino acids. Plant proteins contain simple proteins that are easy for your body to break down and utilize for all its nutritional needs. The proteins found in animal based food are very difficult for your body to digest and cooking makes it even harder to break them down.

 

Health Tips:  Legumes (beans, lentils, peas) are a super healthy protein and veggie all in one. The American Institute for cancer research recommends consuming legumes with every meal. Also it's important to eat at least two servings of greens with every meal or one big serving if you're only eating two meals a day.

 

The chlorophyll in greens is very important for your body's assimilation of protein. One of the best sources for chlorophyll is blue-green algae (organic). It's well known as an anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and has blood building benefits.

 

With plant based real whole foods you can eat any veggie/protein combination of foods with either a serving of quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, or teff or just by itself without any whole grain  Some prefer eating ripe fruit as a separate meal. 

 

Go ahead try some new protein sources today, fabulous recipes included. Let your tastebuds wake up to plant based goodness.

 

Read more about "25 Delicious Vegan Sources of Protein (the Ultimate Guide)" by www.onegreenplanet.org by Admin.

 

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Blood glucose health is getting worse in American adults

Blood glucose health is getting worse in American adults | zestful living | Scoop.it
Obesity is stabilizing in the United States, but blood glucose problems and diabetes are still on the rise, suggesting a need for ongoing intervention.
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Did you know that consuming more plant based real whole food and ditching sugary foods can make a significant difference for  your health, especially if you suffer from type 2 diabetes?  Consuming the Western diet consisting of ultra refined processed non food, excessive sugar/fructose and salt intake, and high animal based fat consumption has contributed to the epidemic of diabetes in the U.S. and around the world.

 

High blood sugar aka blood glucose can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and can also damage your nerves, creating a condition known as neuropathy that can cause numbness, tingling, and pain. Extra sugar damages the blood vessels in your body. Excess body fat is the number one risk factor for type 2 diabetes, as up to 90% of people who develop the disease are overweight. this information comes from Dr Michael Greger, "How Not to Die".

 

Are you aware that even thin people who eat high fat foods can be carrying  excess fat? Dr Greger says that "the number of individual fat cells in your body doesn't change much in adulthood, no matter how much weight you gain or lose. They just swell up with fat as the body gains weight. So when your belly gets bigger, you're not creating new fat cells, you're just cramming more fat into existing ones". 

 

Health Tips:  The more plant based real whole food you eat, the less risk you have for developing diabetes. From a "study of eighty-nine thousand Californians, people who ate meat just once a week may,cut their rate of getting diabetes by 28 percent". "Those who cut out all meat except fish appear to cut their rates in half"."Those who eliminated all meat and fish cut their risk by 61 percent" and "those who cut out dairy and eggs too may drop their rates to 78 percent on a daily basis".

 

The difference is in the type of fat consumed. Plant based fats including avocado and nuts are more likely to be protective against the harmful effects of saturated fats found in meat, dairy, and eggs.

 

Type 2 diabetes can be reversed with a complete plant based food program and the beneficial effects of eating very healthy plant food extends beyond weight loss. Isn't it time for you to feel better?

 

Read more about "Blood Glucose Health is Getting Worse in American Adults" from www.medicalnewstoday.com by Yvette Brazier.

 

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5 Health Benefits of Probiotics

5 Health Benefits of Probiotics | zestful living | Scoop.it
By Stacy T. SimsTo put it simply: Bacteria follow the food you eat. The easiest way to manipulate your gut flora is by enriching your diet with a variety of probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics are the actual bacteria that live in your gut. Prebiotics are the substances that the bacteria eat. Foo
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Did you know that some of the best ways to help your gut flora thrive is by feeding it prebiotic fiber (plant food)? Your gut flora consist of bacteria aka microorganisms that inhabit it. Why is this important for you to know?

 

Studies show that when you supplement with probiotics (healthy bacteria) you are strengthening your immune system to reduce the risk of getting upper respiratory tract infections (colds). Scientists today are learning more about these microorganisms and how they affect not just your gut, but your brain as well.

 

Humans it seems co-evolved with bacteria. When you're stressed as many of you are today in this fast paced world, your hormone levels, your insulin response, your lack of critical sleep are all affected. 

 

The type of food you consume, the meds you might be taking or the OTC meds, especially the proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) as well as statins. Most people maybe you,  don't know that your body requires acid for digestion.

 

Many of you today take antibiotics which can really mess with your gut flora. Yes antibiotics have their place for life threatening infections, but not for every other health problem. Always remember that nature's pharmacy was here first and still does the good job for your body.

 

Health tips:  Eat fresh plant based produce which gives you both prebiotics and probiotics. Eat fermented food like sauerkraut and cultured veggies, kimchi, miso, etc. Eat foods rich in prebiotic fiber including jicama, asparagus, leeks, onions, garlic, dandelion greens, and Jerusalem artichokes.

 

According to Dr Michael Greger, "How Not to Die, veggies and fruit are covered with millions of lactic acid bacteria. some of which are the same type in your probiotic supplements. If you've taken antibiotics or use meds, OTC, statins or PPIs, then do take probiotics and also consume as much fresh raw produce as possible.

 

Read more about "5 Health Benefits of Probiotics" from www.ecowatch.com by Rodale Wellness, written by Stacy T. Sims.

 

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15 Bright, Fresh, Lemony, and Dairy-Free Desserts For Summer

15 Bright, Fresh, Lemony, and Dairy-Free Desserts For Summer | zestful living | Scoop.it
Try these 15 fresh, bright. and dairy-free desserts made with lemons!
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Did you know you can have your cake, slice your pie, bite into your muffins, cookies, and snacks, even enjoy ice cream without ever having to use dairy products? Dairy is so yesterday. No more hormone baggage, no more digestive issues, no more congestion, and no more increased risk of bone and hip fracture.

 

With dairy free you can feel good about the food you consume knowing you’re keeping your body healthy and respecting animals rights to live freely without harm. Are you aware that 

humans are the only species that drinks another species milk? 

 

Health tips:  Plant based real whole foods rich in calcium include greens, broccoli, beans, chia  and hemp seeds, figs, and almonds. Boron is a trace mineral which helps to keep your bones strong. Foods rich in boron include seed, nuts, raisins, grains, and raw cacao.

 

In place of oil or butter, you can swap in nut or seed butters, and also coconut butter.

Avocados can replace all your dairy as they have a wonderful creamy texture, no cholesterol,  and are a healthy fat.

 

Remember you can swap out any of the sweeteners used in these recipes for organic liquid Stevia, just a few drops .

 

Here’s your recipe fix for the week. Read all about “15 Bright Fresh, Lemony and Dairy Free Desserts For Summer” by www.onegreenplanet.org by Goji Berry, Chief Happiness Officer, One Green Planet.

 

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15 Reasons Sweet Potato Is A Staple Food For Diabetics

15 Reasons Sweet Potato Is A Staple Food For Diabetics | zestful living | Scoop.it
Sweet potatoes belong to the Convolvulaceae or morning glory plant family, are dicotyledons (or “dicots” for short, with the prefix “di” referring to the fact that they have two embryonic seed leaves), and are known by the scientific name of Ipomoea batatas. Sweet But Not Really A Potato Sweet potatoes,
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Did you know that sweet potatoes are considered an all round veggie as they are one of the three best whole food sources of potassium, the electrolyte mineral which helps reduce stroke? The others are greens and beans. Sweet potatoes are a member of the root veggie family, including carrots and beets. 

 

Most Americans are deficient in potassium as they don’t eat enough plant based real whole foods. And if you think you’re getting enough of this critical mineral because you’re consuming bananas, think again. You’d have to eat a dozen bananas daily to just get the bare minimum recommended amount of potassium. There are many other plant foods to consume to get your potassium.

 

Are you aware that the risk factor for stroke may begin accumulating in childhood? A recent study followed hundreds of kids from junior high school to adulthood. “The researchers found that a low fiber intake early on was associated with stiffening of the arteries leading up to the brain - a key risk factor for stroke”.

 

Consuming just a little more fiber from real whole foods like sweet potatoes can make a huge difference on artery health later in life. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger, in “How Not to Die”.

 

Sweet potatoes help make insulin work more efficiently. The more sweet potatoes you eat, the more stable your blood sugar levels will be.  Sweet potatoes are rich sources of chromium , an important trace mineral which helps in the prevention of diabetes type 2. Consume more sweet potatoes and eat white potatoes every once in a while.

 

Health Tips:  Sweet potatoes can be eaten raw, as zoodles or grated. They can be steamed, boiled, and roasted. Tomato sauce, winter squash, figs, spinach, papaya, cantaloupe, avocado, celery, and  green beans are other good sources of potassium.

 

Read more about this excellent article “15 Reasons Sweet Potato is a Staple Food For Diabetics” from www.curejoy.com by Dr. Janardhana Hebber.

 

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DIY Home Remedies: How Onions Can Cure Your Ailments

DIY Home Remedies: How Onions Can Cure Your Ailments | zestful living | Scoop.it
Onions have never really made a splash on the medicinal food scene. Well, until today.
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Did you know that alliums, including onions, garlic, shallots, leeks are rich in sulfurous compounds that have anti-viral properties? Onions are a good source of the antioxidant quercetin that supports your heart and also reduces allergy symptoms. Onions and garlic fight infection and boost your immune system.

 

Onions, chives, garlic are some herbs and spices which have been studied for their protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Garlic is one of the oldest plant based medicinal foods. Garlic may also be protective against radiation damage and it contains allicin, important for liver detoxification.

 

Onions, shallots, and leeks also support your liver in its production of glutathione, the master antioxidant which neutralizes free radicals which can lead to inflammation. Glutathione is found in every cell of your body.

 

A healthy liver plays a key role in relieving digestive issues, such as gas, bloating, sluggish  metabolism, and constipation. Your liver regulates blood sugar levels which when not in balance can cause sugar cravings, fatigue, and brain fog.

 

Here’s an interesting fact for you concerning garlic. Garlic has health promoting compounds which when absorbed into your bloodstream after swallowing it are exhaled pungently from your lungs in your breath. For this reason says Dr Michael Greger, in “How Not to Die”, “garlic can be potentially used as an adjunct treatment for critical cases of pneumonia, as it may help clear bacteria on its way out of the lungs”.

 

Health Tips: Garlic and cauliflower are healthy sulfur rich foods. Cloves, cinnamon, and garlic are great for reducing gas. These five veggies stopped cancer cell growth completely in vitro against eight different types of breast cancer: cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, green onion, leek, and garlic. From Dr Michael Greger, in “How Not to Die”.

 

Eat more red onions than yellow or white for the higher antioxidants. Alliums, including green onions, garlic, and leeks and cruciferous veggies, including broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale have the most cancer fighting compounds.

 

Read more about “DIY Home Remedies: How Onions Can Cure Your Ailments” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Jonathon Engels.

 

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9 Diabetes Superfoods and How to Prepare Them

9 Diabetes Superfoods and How to Prepare Them | zestful living | Scoop.it
Learn all about nine different superfoods for people with diabetes. This article looks at walnuts, Ezekiel bread, and chia seeds among others.
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Did you know all plant based foods are super good for you with some having different combinations of nutrients which help reduce your risk of inflammation and chronic diseases 

such as diabetes and heart disease? Every plant contains a varied assortment of micronutrients: vitamins, trace minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients. This combination of nutrient groups is what makes a diverse food plan so essential.

 

Phytonutrients support the daily functioning and repair of the organs, bones, and tissue in your body. Your body needs these phytonutrients to function optimally. 

 

They are antioxidant rich, including chlorophyll found in greens, polysaccharides which include indigestible plant fibers (think prebiotics), and those like beta-glucan which activate your immune system (think medicinal mushrooms) and has the ability to prevent infection, inhibits tumors, and is extremely helpful for liver diseases.

 

Your body requires other nutrients in the form of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. No one nutrient contributes to a healthy regimen. That’s why it’s critical you consume a wide variety of many plant based real whole foods every day with each meal.

 

Health Tips: Consider consuming an abundance of life giving raw plant foods in their natural state every day. Add organic into the mix and you're reducing your pesticide GMO load. 

 

When you cook food and/or can food you’re depleting the enzymes, which help your digestion. Chewing your food well at least thirty-two times each bite helps to release the enzyme and give your body a head start with the digestive process. This process helps you to feel much lighter and more energized 

much more so than you would if you heat your food at a high temperature.

 

The article recommends sprouted bread which you most certainly can eat. However remember this product is still commercially processed.  Rather than consuming a processed possibly gluten sprouted food, you might consider sprouting your own organic seeds, whether it be greens, nuts, whole ancient grains, the choice is yours. The difference in nutrient content between the two is humongous. 

 

Also please consider ditching the eggs and yogurt listed in the Prep section of article and swap out for avocado or aquafaba liquid found in cans of garbanzo beans (makes eggy dishes), and make your own coconut yogurt. Plant based real whole food has you covered in every food creation.

 

Read more about: “9 Diabetes Super Foods and How to Prepare Them” from www.medicalnewstoday.com by Megan Ware, RDN, LD.

 

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Adaptogens Can Reduce Stress And Boost Energy Levels | Care2 Healthy Living

Adaptogens Can Reduce Stress And Boost Energy Levels | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Adaptogens help the body manage stress and energy levels. Here are some of the most commonly loved herbal adaptogens.
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Did you know there is a special group of herbal ingredients used to improve the health of your adrenal system? Your adrenal system manages your body's hormonal response to stress.

 

Adaptogens strengthen your body's response to stress and support its ability to cope with anxiety and fight fatigue very slowly and gently without causing jitteriness or crashes. Adaptogens adapt their function to your body's basic needs.

 

Adaptogens have been used for thousands of years by Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic practitioners to boost energy. Adaptogens are unique in they can calm you down and boost energy at the same time without overstimulating you. They help to normalize your body imbalances.

 

Health Tips:  Always consult with your healthcare professional before starting any new herbal formulas.

 

Read more about "Adaptogens Can Reduce Stress and Boost Energy Levels" from www.care2.com by Maggie McCracken.

 

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The truth behind strawberries: Expert reveals the benefits

The truth behind strawberries: Expert reveals the benefits | zestful living | Scoop.it
London-based dietitian Nigel Denby says strawberries are one of the world's healthiest foods and contain a range of phytonutrients, which have a range of health-boosting effects.
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Did you know that strawberries, pomegranates, and small white mushrooms may suppress a potentially cancer causing enzyme? The results of the Harvard Nurses health Study found that “Less than one drink a day was associated with a small increase in breast cancer risk”. From Dr. Michael Greger, “How Not to Die”. “A compound in red wine appeared to suppress the activity of an enzyme known as estrogen synthase, which breast tumors can use to create estrogen to fuel their own growth”. The skin of dark purple grapes is the source of the compound.

 

Since consumption of alcoholic beverages has been shown to have adverse health risks, you can get all the benefits by eating purple grapes with seeds and strawberries, as well as pomegranates since they too have seeds. The seeds are the ones that appear to be the most effective at suppressing this compound.

 

Strawberries and other berries also appear to be effective at countering the effects of pesticides and in another study from Harvard University in which 130,000 people participated, the people who ate the most berries (strawberries and blueberries) had a significantly lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

 

Berries help protect your liver by inhibiting the proliferation of cancer cells in the liver. The potential health benefits of strawberries include: reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, blood pressure, constipation, allergies, diabetes and depression.

 

Wild strawberries were used since ancient Roman times and were used for a wide variety of medicinal purposes such as alleviating inflammation, fever, kidney stones, bad breath, gout and more.

 

Health Tips: Berries were the definite winner of the fruit having the most antioxidant power. Blackberries came in at 650 units per cup, next up are blueberries at 380 units, raspberries at 350 units, cranberries at 330 units, and strawberries at 310 units per cup. The wild varieties usually have double the amounts.

 

With summer still very much here in the U.S. and Europe, make sure you take advantage of all the delicious juicy fresh berries in season and flash freeze some for use later.

 

Read more about “They Can Save Your Sight and Prevent Cancer – Why YOU Should Tuck Into a Punnet of Strawberries This Weekend” from www.dailymail.co.uk by Nigel Denby, for The Hippocratic Post.

 

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9 Foods Power Packed With Vitamin C

9 Foods Power Packed With Vitamin C | zestful living | Scoop.it
By Sharon MoalemMice do it, cats do it, dogs do it and even elephants do it. For some unknown reason humans and our primate cousins (and, yes, guinea pigs, too) are the only mammals that cannot make their own vitamin C. While the rest of the mammalian world happily and effortlessly takes glucos
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Did you know that it's best to get your antioxidant/vitamins from the food you consume? If you're eating organic, you may still need to take some food based supplements and definitely if you're eating conventional produce do take critical minerals, including magnesium, potassium, vitamin D3, and B complex vitamins. Antioxidants fight free radicals which can lead to inflammation and disease.

 

Antioxidants help keep your food from turning brown or oxidizing. That's one reason many people use lemon juice on fruit salad. Antioxidant rich foods were found to help prevent stroke, from a Swedish study. A database of the most antioxidant rich foods was published by sixteen researchers measuring than three-thousand foods, beverages, herbs, spices, and supplements. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger in his new book, "How Not to Die".  

 

Dr Greger says that, on average plant based foods contain "sixty-four times" more antioxidants than animal based. The researchers stated that meat, fish, and other animal based foods were low in antioxidants. Even iceberg lettuce which is mostly water contained 17 units to salmon' which has only 3 units.

 

Health Tips:  The food category that averages the most antioxidants is herbs/spices. Buy organic to avoid pesticides and sprinkle, grate, or slice liberally on your foods. Foods rich in antioxidants, such as berries and greens help put out systemic inflammation much better than bananas and lettuce, says Dr Greger.

 

Consume a varied plant based rainbow regimen daily . Your health depends on it.

 

Read more about "9 Foods Power Packed With Vitamin C" from www.ecowatch.com by Sharon Moalem From Rodale Wellness.

 

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5 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds and How to Add Them to Your Diet

5 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds and How to Add Them to Your Diet | zestful living | Scoop.it
By Karen ReedThis article was reposted with permission from our media associate Positive Health Wellness.
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Did you know that seeds are tiny bundles of goodness; i.e. the "whole plant in a tiny package"? Flax, chia, hemp, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame seeds are fiber rich protein sources. These seeds reduce inflammation

 

Flaxseeds and chia  contain healthy omega 3 essential fatty acids and hemp seed contain a balanced  1:3 ratio of omega 3 and omega 6. Seeds are good sources of magnesium and B vitamins. Both magnesium and B vitamins are found in most plant based real whole foods.

 

Magnesium regulates over 300 biochemical functions in your body and is important for a healthy nervous system, regularity, energy, sleep quality,and enzyme production. B vitamins help boost your mood, help your metabolism, energy, focus, and digestion.

 

Health Tips:  Pumpkin seeds aka pepitas can be eaten raw or lightly toasted. Delicious either way. You can grind and use in raw plant based snacks or make pumpkin seed butter. Sunflower seeds are a versatile, inexpensive, nutritious seed which can be added to salads, pestos, overnight oats, nut butter, snacks/desserts.

 

Sesame seeds are used to make tahini and can be used same as pumpkin seeds.  Energy balls can be rolled in hemp or chia seeds. Both can be used in raw plant based snacks, desserts, nut milks, and use hemp for nut butters.

 

Read more about "5 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds and How to Add Them to Your Diet"  from www.ecowatch.com by Positive Health Wellness.

 

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5 of the Most Nutritious Vegetables on the Planet

5 of the Most Nutritious Vegetables on the Planet | zestful living | Scoop.it
By Maggie McCrackenKale, cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cauliflower may all look different, but they're actually remarkably similar. These five veggies are all part of the Cruciferae family. We laymen commonly refer to them as cruciferous vegetables. In addition to being closely related
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Did you know that consuming cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower may make you more resilient at a sub cellular level? Scientists often study smokers to test the effects of how dietary interventions can prevent DNA damage. 

 

In one such study, longtime smokers were asked to eat twenty-five times more broccoli than most Americans eat - a single stalk/day. Compared to those smokers who avoid broccoli, the broccoli eating smokers had forty-one percent (41%) “fewer DNA mutations in their bloodstream over ten days.

 

To prove that the broccoli wasn’t just boosting the activity of the detoxifying enzymes in the livers of the subjects, which would help “clear the carcinogens before they made it to the smokers cells” the scientists performed another test. “The DNA was extracted from the subjects’ bodies and exposed to a known DNA damaging chemical”. “The genetic material from the broccoli eaters showed significantly less damage”. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger, in his newest book, “How Not to Die”.

 

If you smoke, this doesn’t mean that you can eat a stalk of broccoli before lighting up and “expect to erase the cancer causing effects of cigarette smoke”. It doesn’t work that way. However, you can consume these veggies whether your trying to quit smoking or you’ve been exposed to cigarette smoke, and who hasn’t been, to help prevent further damage. 

 

Crucifers are potent cancer fighters. According to Dr Michael Greger, certain compounds in broccoli may have the potential to suppress metastatic spread in lung cancer patients. Also researchers have found that kale may help control cholesterol levels.

 

Compounds in cruciferous veggies are necessary for the “maintenance of your body’s intestinal defense”. Broccoli is an immune system booster. Your body uses a lot energy to maintain your immune system. Your ancestors ate mainly plants. The presence of veggies in your gut “works as a signal” to prime your immune system. The immune boost you get from consuming crucifers “protects you against not only pathogens found in food, but also against pollutants found in the environment”.

 

Health Tips:  Eat a serving of any cruciferous veggie daily or at least three/four times a week. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, arugula, bok choy, horseradish, daikon radish, regular radish, wasabi, and watercress can be eaten raw or lightly steamed. You can also sprout broccoli, radish, arugula or purchase organic.

 

Dr Greger recommends chopping fresh crucifers and waiting forty minutes to cook, because at this point he says, the cancer fighting compound sulforaphane has been made, so the enzyme is no longer needed to achieve the critical benefit. Enzymes get destroyed when heated. If you cook it first, he says, and then blend it say for soup, you’re mixing the precursor sulforaphane with an enzyme that’s been inactivated by cooking. Dr Greger says to blend first, then wait forty minutes and cook it.

 

However, if you try this method with frozen store bought cruciferous veggies, they lack the ability to form sulforaphane because the veggies are flash cooked before they’re frozen for the very purpose of deactivating the enzymes. This process works for shelf life, but when you take the veggie out of your freezer, the enzyme is inert, which means that the life giving nutrients are dead. 

 

Dr Greger says you can “You can make some sulphoraphane by adding back some enzyme”. Mustard greens grow from mustard seeds. You can buy organic mustard powder and sprinkle some on frozen broccoli that’s been cooked. And yes, he says, the sulforaphane starts growing again.

 

Read more about “5 of the Most Nutritious Veggies on the Planet” from www.ecowatch.com by Maggie McCracken.

 

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Could magnesium regulate blood pressure?

Could magnesium regulate blood pressure? | zestful living | Scoop.it
A new meta-analysis finds that a median dosage of 368 mg of magnesium daily may moderately reduce blood pressure in patients with high blood pressure.
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Did you know that consuming greens, veggies, legumes, nuts/seeds, ancient grains, herbs/spices, and fruit i.e. a plant based real whole food plan is the very best way for you to prevent chronic diseases, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease? And the best part is you can begin today to take back your health.

 

Consume as many raw and living foods as you can each day. These foods are very high in plant nutrients, which contain protective, disease preventing compounds that together create a synergy that helps combat many diseases. These foods contain beneficial minerals, including magnesium, potassium, and calcium.

 

Chlorophyll is a phyto-nutrient found in dark leafy greens oxygenates and builds your blood, has antioxidant properties, and has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antibacterial benefits.

 

Lycopene, another phyto-nutrient, which helps your heart is found in juicy watermelon, tomatoes, papaya, apricots, and pink grapefruit. Lutein helps your vision and is found in summer squash and leafy greens.. Beta-carotene is found in sweet potatoes, carrots, and other orange, yellow pigmented produce. These orange, yellow, or red varieties are all known as carotenoids which  are associated with protection from cancer and macular degeneration.

 

Health Tips:  Consume a variety of  plant based real whole food with every meal. Eating plant food allows you to eat more and feel satiated longer. If you eat mostly processed non food, which has very little if any vitamins and minerals, your stomach may be full, but your body is still hungry for needed nutrients. And when this occurs, your brain doesn't send the "I'm satisfied" signal called the leptin signal to your body, so you just keep on eating and storing more fat.

 

And when you start craving certain foods, it's mostly because your body is starved for these needed nutrients. Consuming real whole plant based food gives you all the nutrients, protein, and enzymes your body requires for you to be zestfully alive into your 90's and beyond.

 

Read more about "Could Magnesium Regulate Blood Pressure" by www.medicalnewstoday.com by Hannah Nichols.

 

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6 of the Healthiest Gluten-Free Grains

6 of the Healthiest Gluten-Free Grains | zestful living | Scoop.it
By Julia WestbrookIf you've sworn off grains because of the gluten, you could be missing out on a belly full of important nutrients and impressive health benefits."Even if you're gluten sensitive, you don't have to give up all whole grains," said Arthur Agatston, MD, author of The South Beach Die
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Did you know that the word "gluten" comes from the Latin word meaning "glue"? Gluten is a type of protein mostly found in the seeds of grains, including wheat, barley, spelt, and rye. Gluten helps foods retain their shape by helping to hold various ingredients together. An example is the gluten in wheat which helps bread dough stick together and keep its shape when mixed, kneaded, and rolled.

 

  Most health professionals, but not all of them, agree that seed grains are gluten-free.

 

These seeds are known as the ancient grains: quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, teff, and kamut. Others, including corn, oats, and wild rice are also thought to be gluten-free.

 

Here's a quick skinny on the health problems and confusion surrounding gluten grains and gluten-free grains. Humans have been consuming grains since the dawn of modern agriculture, yet since the mid twentieth century more people than ever before have consumed excessive amounts of highly refined processed grains.

 

The human body requires enzymes for digestion. The enzymes for digestion of gluten containing foods are contained in the seed of the grain. However these enzymes are extremely heat sensitive and are destroyed by cooking. The gluten protein is stable enough to withstand some heat, however, the baked bread you eat is without the naturally occurring enzymes needed for proper digestion. Without the enzymes, it is very difficult for your body to break it down and convert into usable nutrients.

 

Your body is a miracle and compensates for the lack of enzymes by over producing its own digestive enzymes. The main health problem occurs because your body cannot make these needed enzymes fast enough or long enough to keep up with your over the top consumption of enzyme-less foods. Your continual practice of eating gluten containing foods leads to a myriad of sensitivities and/or intolerances due to an accelerated depletion of your body's enzymes.

 

Baked and cooked gluten containing products are considered one of the worst inflammatory foods to consume. "The undigested gluten literally glues together the tender villi that line the walls of your intestines. This action blocks the absorption of nutrients and causes inflammation and damage to the small intestine  If the baked gluten is not eliminated it can lead to wheat allergies, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and Celiac disease". This information comes from Brian Hetrick, Green House Manager, Hippocrates Health Institute.

 

Other health professionals, including Dr Peter Osborne, 

 http://www.glutenfreesociety.org advocate not consuming any gluten-free seed grain. There is always the chance of cross-contamination. This subscriber has no affiliation with either of these two sites. This information is strictly for educational uses.

 

Health Tips: You can consume whatever gluten or gluten free grain you choose. if you do want to eat quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, and teff, you can by soaking first and then sprouting. After sprouting, you can use the ancient grains in raw dishes. Some people just soak the grain and then cook.  Soaking removes some of the naturally occurring physic acid, which inhibits mineral absorption, and breaks down some of the hard to digest proteins. Your choice. Purchase organic.

 

Many people drink wheatgrass juice. It's considered a baby veggie and at the time of harvesting contains no gluten. It is considered a master tonic containing vitamins, minerals,and plant nutrients. It's also a potent detoxifier, blood builder, and cleanser.

 

You can also make flax crackers, flaxseed bread, and other snacks using a dehydrator, which is a low temperature convection oven which gently removes the moisture in food, but leaves in the needed enzymes and other nutrients.

 

Read more about "8 of the Healthiest Gluten-Free Grains" from www.ecowatch.com by Julia Westbrook.

 

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The Top 10 Healthiest Seeds On Earth

The Top 10 Healthiest Seeds On Earth | zestful living | Scoop.it
Follow this guide for how to eat the 10 healthiest seeds in the world to transform your diet and your health in many beneficial ways.
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Did you know that beans, nuts, and ancient whole grains (quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, teff)  are seeds? Plants require nutrient rich soil, water, air and sunlight to grow. The seed  itself possesses everything it needs to mature into a plant or a tree. As Dr Michael Greger says in his book "How Not to Die, "whether you're eating a black bean, a walnut, a grain of brown rice, or a sesame seed, in essence you're getting the whole plant in a tiny little package".

 

In order to release the energy, life force within a raw seed, soaking and/or sprouting are necessary. The sprouted beans, nuts, and grains are rich in enzymes, which help your body break down and digest the sprouts, and all the other food you eat with the sprouts.  Some like broccoli sprouts are high in certain compounds, including sulphoraphane which triggers you body's natural cancer protection.

 

Health Tips:  Eat a wide variety of plant based real whole food with every meal everyday. Consuming a couple of tablespoons of ground flaxseeds everyday is one of the best and simple ways for lowering your blood pressure. Flaxseeds are also one of the very best sources of plant based omega 3 fatty acids because of their lignin (plant estrogen) content.

 

Buy flaxseeds whole in the bulk aisle of your market and grind them. Buying in bulk costs much less than buying the ground flaxmeal. If you do buy it this way, use it rather quickly as it can become rancid if you let it sit in your fridge too long a time.

 

This article showcases some of the very best seeds you can eat for your health. Read more about "The Top Ten Healthiest Seeds on Earth" from www.naturalblaze.com 

by John Summerly.

 

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The 6 Foods You Need To Clear Brain Fog & Boost Energy

The 6 Foods You Need To Clear Brain Fog & Boost Energy | zestful living | Scoop.it
To beat brain fog and energize your body, you should eat to optimize your blood flow and prevent oxidative stress. Luckily, many whole foods are packed with these antioxidants and nutrients, so they'll leave you feeling sharp, focused, and energetic as ever.
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Did you know that consumption of plant based real whole foods supports a healthy, vibrant, energetic body able to think clearly and make decisions? Eating foods that are anti-inflammatory, foods rich in antioxidants  which helps prevent oxidative stress and nourishes you.

 

The problem for many of you is your excessive consumption of highly refined processed non foods  too much sugar, and junk foods, which put a huge burden on your body by giving it what it doesn't need and can't utilize for its functions. Your body works when it gets real nutrition from nature which contains essential  fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids (protein)

 

Health tips: Eat all the greens and veggies you want. Eat ripe fruit. As much as you can eat raw living foods (local/organic if possible). Load up on raw nuts/seeds, herbs/spices, ancient gluten free whole grains if that works for your system. Eat beans, lentils, peas which will satiate you, and are rich in protein, iron, zinc, folate, and potassium. Soak and sprout your raw living foods if you can to derive more nutrients from them. 

 

The more raw and sprouted food you consume, the less hungrier you will be and the more focused you will be. Eating this way helps you maintain a healthy weight. You will discover what food was meant to taste like: delicious and full of goodness.

 

Read more about "The 6 Foods You Need to Clear Brain Fog and Boost Energy" from www.mindbodygreen.com by Brenda Godinez.

 

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