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Hyperglycemia (High Blood Sugar) Causes and Symptoms in Diabetes

Hyperglycemia (High Blood Sugar) Causes and Symptoms in Diabetes | zestful living | Scoop.it
Hyperglycemia is a serious problem in diabetes. Learn what causes hyperglycemia and how it can be prevented.
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Great information for people with diabetes and those that are prediabetic.

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Get tested if Diabetes runs in your family - watch out for symptoms

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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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This Is Your Brain on Gluten

This Is Your Brain on Gluten | zestful living | Scoop.it
A No. 1 bestseller by a respected physician argues that gluten and carbohydrates are at the root of Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. What to make of the controversial theory?
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Are you confused about gluten, what is it, should you eat it or not?  Many people just don't know who to believe or even why should they.

 

The better question to ask is, are you experiencing  cognitive (memory issues), digestive (as in leaky gut,  malabsorption of vitamins, allergies/sensitivities),  hormone imbalance, increased risk of infections, belly fat, muscle and joint pain, and migraines and more?  You can find more information and help @www.glutenfreesociety.org 

 

Health Tips:  For this of you with no known apparent health issues regarding gluten, you may want to consider going without   wheat, barley, and rye products (the well known gluten ingredients) for a week or two and note how you feel, look, and move. You may or may not be surprised. You probably will lose some weight unless you're eating excess processed foods.

 

Did you know that gluten is often included as a texturing or thickening agent in canned and packaged foods? Whether or not, you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivities, it's wise to avoid all processed refined foods. Choose instead plant based real food which offers an delectable array of fresh, frozen tantalizing wholesome goodness with every bite. Your body will reward you with great health.

 

Here's a very interesting rather long informative article from a few years ago, totally relevant today on "This is Your Brain on Gluten" from theatlantic.com by James Hamblin

 

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Top 10 super foods for your skin

Top 10 super foods for your skin | zestful living | Scoop.it
These foods stand out when it comes to sources of antioxidants and other important nutrients, such as protein, biotin and lutein which are crucial for a healthy skin.
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What you eat, digest, and absorb does matter in relation to your overall health and well being. Did you know that every plant has a different set of special nutrients consisting of their  various antioxidant rich components, other substances, and enzymes which are best consumed in their natural state?  These plant nutrients support the daily functioning  and repair of every organ, bone, and tissue in your body, and your body doesn't function properly without them. Antioxidants are plentiful in greens, veggies and fruits.

 

In some of the most potent plant nutrient antioxidants, you'll find dark blue and purple anthocyanindins, which are known for supporting the structure of collagen in your body's skin, muscles, and bones. They also protect your eyes from degeneration and fight free radical damage caused by inflammation.

 

Health Tips: Consuming dark leafy greens and brightly colored veggies and fruits plus herbs and spices supplies your body with a healthy amount of healing compounds. The food pigments that give each juicy blueberry and ripe tomato their rich colors support your body.

 

Boswellia. a respected herb in Ayurvedic healing, rejuvenates the skin by encouraging new cells to develop. It also helps oil production in the skin. Aloe vera is a well known herb that aids in   skin renewal. Aloe has antibacterial and moisturizing effects. Comfrey contains allantoin, a compound that helps stimulate the growth of new cells. Its astringent tannins form a protective surface over wounds that promotes healing. Use herbs only under the direction of a knowledgeable herbalist or doctor.

 

Here's an information packed article on "10 Top Super Foods for Your Skin" from HealthyandNaturalWorld.com

 

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The Ugly Truth: Vegetable Oils Are Bad

The Ugly Truth: Vegetable Oils Are Bad | zestful living | Scoop.it
Are vegetable oils as "heart healthy" as the food industry would like us to believe? Learn why vegetable oils are bad news and bad for your health.
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Are you still using vegetable oils to cook/bake or are you using oils like olive, and coconut?  Vegetable oils (polyunsaturated) are pro-inflammatary because their high omega 6 content overwhelms the small amount of omega 3s in the Western or Standard American Diet (SAD).

 

Studies show that oil made from corn, safflower, soybeans, peanut, and the man made oil, canola (rapeseed) are closely linked to chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes,  and cancer. They increase your risk for dementia. These vegetable oils and trans fats break down and oxidize. They have been highly processed in a lab, contain GMOs, and other questionable ingredients.

 

Health tips:  Omega 3 fats have been proven to be protective for your heart as they are anti-inflammatory. Eat plant based flax,  chia, and hemp seeds, nuts, avocados, and use extra virgin/virgin organic coconut and olive oil cold-pressed. You can use in small amounts for salad dressings, walnut and sesame oils.

 

Here's "The Ugly Truth About vegetable Oils" from thankyourbody.com 

 

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What are Probiotics? - Hippocrates Health Institute

What are Probiotics? - Hippocrates Health Institute | zestful living | Scoop.it

What Are Probiotics? Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that play a very important role in your health. They can be found everywhere inside and outside your body doing good deeds but, most reside in your gut. These desirable microorganisms include names like: • Lactobacillus acidophilus • Lactic acid bacteria • Bifidobacteria • Bifidobacterium longum • Escherichia …

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Are you eating fermented foods, which feed your gut and are you also taking probiotics, which boost your immune system and help protect your good bacteria?  Probiotic foods and supplements contain some of the same beneficial living microorganisms that inhabit your digestive tract and keep disease causing bacteria and viruses in control. And what's good for your gut is also good for your heart.

 

Health Tips:  Raw Fermented homemade foods or organic unpasteurized uncooked fermented are your best bets.

Anything sitting on a unrefrigerated shelf has been pasteurized, which means all its live organisms were killed when the product was heated. These foods are not what you want.

 

These probiotic foods can be found at healthy markets, farmer's markets, local farms, and in the refrigerated section of your grocery store or you can make your own:  Sauerkraut, kimchee. pickled or cultured veggies, miso, kombucha, water kefir, tamari. 

 

You can also make coconut yogurt at home using a probiotic capsule for the live culture. Also eat foods rich in sulfur like garlic, onions, cabbage, fresh organic pineapple (buy organic as this fruit is heavily sprayed).

 

Here's an excellent article on all things probiotics "What are Probiotics?" from Hippocratesinst.org by HHI administrator

 

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9 Things That Happen to Your Body When Eating Figs

9 Things That Happen to Your Body When Eating Figs | zestful living | Scoop.it
Find here how to use figs as a natural remedy.
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Are you eating figs, those sweet little fruits that pack a wallop of nutrition? Did you know that six fresh figs have about 891 mg of potassium, twice the content of a large banana? Every cell in your body needs electrolytes like potassium to function properly. Potassium helps to control blood pressure. Low intake of veggies and fruits ( potassium content) and high intake of sodium can lead to hypertension.

 

Figs are an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble

essential fiber which helps with weight management. Figs are also a very good source of calcium. Three or four figs supply your body with over 100mg of this key mineral.Are you aware that calcium is necessary for building and maintaining healthy bones and essential for supporting the functioning of muscles and nerves?


Health tips:  Dried Figs are available year round and are available fresh in the summer.  Since fresh figs are perishable, buy them a few days before consuming. You want them plump and tender with a rich deep color.


Figs are a member of the mulberry family. In some cultures, fig leaves are consumed as they have been shown to have anti diabetic properties. You can add figs to your green smoothies, salads, puddings, desserts. Some of the most popular figs are: Black Mission, Brown Turkey, and Calimyma.


Here's an information packed article on "9 Ways to Use Figs as a Natural Remedy" from HealthyandNaturalWorld.com


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The Benefits of Onions and Garlic: Nature’s Weapons against Cancer

The Benefits of Onions and Garlic: Nature’s Weapons against Cancer | zestful living | Scoop.it
Find out the benefits of onions and garlic and how it can be your weapon against cancer cells
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Are you eating onions and garlic,  two real whole plant based foods that protect your body from disease and cancer.  Onions  support your immune system, provide protection from cancer, protect your cellular DNA. Garlic assists in control of blood pressure and cholesterol and helps detoxify your body from heavy metals; especially mercury and cadmium.  Garlic is a natural antibiotic that neutralizes bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Both alliums are rich in sulfur helping to reduce inflammation.

 

In addition, onions are rich in cysteine, an amino acid used by the body to manufacture Glutathione, the master antioxidant in your body that blocks free radical damage in the eyes. Research show that people who eat the most onions  enjoy longer and healthier lives.

 

Garlic helps to keep platelets from  clumping together and forming clots. People taking blood thinner drugs need to be aware of eating too much garlic. 

 

Garlic increases the body's metabolic rate and makes losing weight easier. Fresh garlic contains high levels of anticancer compounds. The active healing ingredient, allicin, gives it a strong taste. 

 

Health tips: If your eyes always cry when you're peeling/cutting onions, chill the onion in the freezer for about half an hour before slicing it. a cold onion won't release as many eye-burning sulfur compounds. Don't cut the root end because that's where many of the tear causing chemicals are located. 

 

To get the full benefits of garlic, cut or mince a clove, then wait about ten minutes before cooking or eating raw. this gives the garlic time to release the anticancer chemicals. Eat a few whole cloves a week for maximum protection.

 

Here's an information packed article on "The benefits of Onions and Garlic: Nature's Weapons Against Cancer" from thetruthaboutcancer.com by Ty Bollinger

 

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I love onions and garlic,  a raw onion right out of the ground...... #foodie #HEALTH

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This Is What Sitting Too Long Does To Your Body

This Is What Sitting Too Long Does To Your Body | zestful living | Scoop.it
What happens to the sedentary body and how to fix
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Are you one of those people who can't sit still for long periods, who's always active and moving? Good for you because you're making a huge difference for your health.

 

Sitting for long periods without actively moving your body puts you at risk for poor posture, neck, back, spine, muscle, leg,  problems and disease.

 

Unfortunately in our society today, many people are sedentary because of their work, jobs, their leisure TV habit, and the mobile phone (neck text problems). Whatever the reason, make a regular habit to move more frequently throughout your day.

 

Health tips:  If you can, wake up one hour earlier or  do at your lunch hour some form of exercise:, bike, join a gym, do QiGong, yoga, walk, jog, run, hike. . On the weekend or your days off, join a local community sports club or connect with your neighbors and start your own activity group. Go hiking, backpacking. Attend exercise classes: Curves, Zumba,yoga, Qi Gong, swimming. Buy an old stationary bike and work your muscles.

 

Work on your garden, yard, clean house, garage, wash your car, organize your kitchen cabinets/pantry, cook with friends and organize a potluck or cookathon, walk a pet, get a massage, Just keep moving because your  body deserves it.

 

Here's an interesting article  with tips on "This is What Sitting too Long Does to Your Body" from natural blaze.com by Power of Positivity

 

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Is Your Gut Bacteria Making You Fat?

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Is Your Gut Bacteria Making You Fat?
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Your gut is the seat of your health and what you consume, digest, and absorb has a direct impact on the health of your immune system and in turn your body as a whole.

 

Health tips:  Eat real whole plant based food which your body recognizes and uses for fuel. Remember food is information for your body. You want to add superior raw materials like deep greens, dark pigmented veggies/fruits, healthy fats in small amounts, seed grains that won't spike your blood sugar (quinoa, buckwheat, millet, teff, amaranth), seeds, nuts, beans, peas, lentils, and other nutrient dense plant based foods.

 

Here is one of the very best articles detailing the state of your gut, the bacteria that inhabit it, why your gut bacteria can make you fat, i.e. everything you need to know about your gut, antibiotics, disease, including several excellent info graphics, plus a section on maternal health and new alternative therapies that "may one day serve as an effective means for treating obesity".  

 

Watch the videos, here's "Is Your Gut bacteria Making You Fat" from drjockers.com by Dr Jockers

 

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5 Ways to Prevent and Treat Cancer

5 Ways to Prevent and Treat Cancer | zestful living | Scoop.it
Cancer results because of in an imbalance in the system. So many people are walking around with tumors and don’t know it. We can do something to prevent them
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Have you seen the poster that reads, "Cancer is a business, not a disease"? It certainly seems that way when you look at it through the lens of mainstream medicine. Conventional medicine seems only interested in cutting out the diseased part, apparently forgetting or ignoring that the human body isn't comprised of individual organs, but of a whole unified system. When one part is cut out, the whole body is affected.

 

Conventional medicine also for the most part is  aligned with the pharmaceutical industry which  treats symptoms instead of finding the underlying cause. Unfortunately most mainstream oncologists today still aren't familiar with the beneficial role that nutrition plays in cancer prevention, even though research supporting it is overwhelmingly in favor of this approach. 

 

Health Tips:  Eat real whole plant based foods rich in antioxidants which block free radical damage and can prevent carcinogenic changes. Cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and others) as well as alliums (garlic, onion), and dark green leafy veggies are three of the most powerful anticancer foods as published in the journal Food chemistry.

 

There's plenty of evidence that all veggies/fruits show anticancer action as the vast majority of them contain pectin, a component of fiber. scientists at the U.K's Institute of Food Research showed that pectin binds to a protein involved in every stage of cancer development and seems to inhibit its action. Consume a wide variety of organic produce daily as well as legumes (lentils, beans, peas), seeds and nuts, mushrooms, green tea, herbs and spices.

 

Here's an information packed article on "5 Ways to Prevent and Treat Cancer" from EcoWatch by Dr Mark Hyman

 

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5 surprising ways your gut affects your weight, mood, and stress level

5 surprising ways your gut affects your weight, mood, and stress level | zestful living | Scoop.it
Turns out, it doesn't matter if you're working out hard and eating well, if your gut is out of whack.
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Did you know that the state of your gut affects your weight, mood, and stress.  When your G.I. tract is compromised, it places a huge burden on your liver, your brain, and other organs, and can trigger more health problems.

 

The key to fabulous health  is improving  the health of your G.I. tract aka your gut. So what are the causes of an unhealthy gut?

Poor quality food choices and nutritional deficiencies. These are

 due to the Standard American Diet (SAD) i.e. processed refined non food, which is devoid of key minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients; and which is loaded with unhealthy fats, sugar, and simple carbs (commercial white flours, breads, cookies, crackers, cold cereals, snacks, etc.).In addition, it's lacking in essential fiber, which is necessary for good elimination of waste and toxins and naturally occurring enzymes which are necessary for proper digestion.


Another cause of unhealthy gut is food sensitivity, including chemical, pharmacological, enzyme deficiency, food allergy or food intolerance. Infections and malabsorption, stomach acid imbalance, overuse of pharmaceutical drugs, stress, and sedentary lifestyle also contribute to an unhealthy gut.


Health Tips: Eat real whole plant based food which contains complex carbs, amino acids and omega 3-6-9 complete protein, healthy fats, and healthy sweeteners (dates, raisins, figs, other fruits, maple syrup grade B, coconut sugar), and fermented foods (miso, homemade sauerkraut, kimchi, and cultured veggies, homemade Kombucha and water kefir, homemade coconut yogurt, tempeh, and natto). Recipes abound online


Take high quality probiotics and or digestive enzymes. Probiotics support the health enhancing bacteria that live in your gut. They help keep harmful bacteria and other microorganisms in check, protect against food poisoning, lessen side effects of antibiotics, improve your immune function, and help in the manufacture of B vitamins, and with fermented foods improve the efficiency of your G.I. tract.


Here's an information packed article on "5 Surprising Ways Your Gut Affects Your Weight, Mood, and Stress Level" from wellness wire and wellandgood.com


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Who doesn't eat under different moods?  Eating is such a social experience, its not surprising that your gut affects and visa versa

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Here is another great article on digestion http://elanveda.com/ayurvedic-cleanse/
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8 Vegetables You Should Eat Raw

8 Vegetables You Should Eat Raw | zestful living | Scoop.it
Cooking vegetables is usually a good idea, but heating cruciferous vegetables actually destroys their unique anti-carcinogenic potential. That's because
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Did you know there are many veggies you can eat raw, even ones you would never think you could? True as this subscriber discovered when accidentally peeling red cabbage into very fine thin shreds. Not wanting to steam the shreds, she tried eating them and realized that she could indeed chew them without any problems. 

 

Cooking veggies does help break down cell walls, yet some veggies can be easily eaten raw while still preserving their nutrients. Cooking at lower temps as in steaming and dehydrating work best for nutrient preservation for those other veggies.

 

Health Tips:  If you're not consuming too many veggies and/or fruits, then obviously if cooking works better for you, then cook your veggies. However, if you're eating mostly plant based try eating some cruciferous veggies while in their raw state to get even more health benefits.

 

This subscriber recently made a kale/spinach/chard salad by mixing the dressing onto the tough kale leaves and other veggies and letting it marinate all day in the fridge. WOW was the response from the guests at our community potluck. The kale wasn't tough at all. In fact you would think it was steamed. Now if you're one of those people who can't eat kale due to other reasons, then use a different veggie like Brussels sprouts.

 

And with broccoli, you can substitute broccoli sprouts which have 10 times the health benefits of mature plants. In fact sprouting makes food more digestible because it helps the seed to release its enzymes. Enzymes aid your body to break down and digest the sprouts and other food you eat with the sprouts. Also sprouts add texture and flavor to your foods. Some are spicy, grassy, tangy, bitter, crunchy, and creamy. You can buy sprouted foods or you can make your own as it's fun to do.

 

Here's "8 Vegetables You Should Eat Raw" from EcoWatch by Reynard Loki AlterNet

 

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Did you know there are many veggies you can eat raw, even ones you would never think you could? True as this subscriber discovered when accidentally peeling red cabbage into very fine thin shreds. Not wanting to steam the shreds, she tried eating them and realized that she could indeed chew them without any problems. 

 

Cooking veggies does help break down cell walls, yet some veggies can be easily eaten raw while still preserving their nutrients. Cooking at lower temps as in steaming and dehydrating work best for nutrient preservation for those other veggies.

 

Health Tips:  If you're not consuming too many veggies and/or fruits, then obviously if cooking works better for you, then cook your veggies. However, if you're eating mostly plant based try eating some cruciferous veggies while in their raw state to get even more health benefits.

 

This subscriber recently made a kale/spinach/chard salad by mixing the dressing onto the tough kale leaves and other veggies and letting it marinate all day in the fridge. WOW was the response from the guests at our community potluck. The kale wasn't tough at all. In fact you would think it was steamed. Now if you're one of those people who can't eat kale due to other reasons, then use a different veggie like Brussels sprouts.

 

And with broccoli, you can substitute broccoli sprouts which have 10 times the health benefits of mature plants. In fact sprouting makes food more digestible because it helps the seed to release its enzymes. Enzymes aid your body to break down and digest the sprouts and other food you eat with the sprouts. Also sprouts add texture and flavor to your foods. Some are spicy, grassy, tangy, bitter, crunchy, and creamy. You can buy sprouted foods or you can make your own as it's fun to do.

 

Here's "8 Vegetables You Should Eat Raw" from EcoWatch by Reynard Loki AlterNet

 

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H2O Alkalizer's curator insight, August 10, 11:32 AM

Did you know there are many veggies you can eat raw, even ones you would never think you could? True as this subscriber discovered when accidentally peeling red cabbage into very fine thin shreds. Not wanting to steam the shreds, she tried eating them and realized that she could indeed chew them without any problems. 

 

Cooking veggies does help break down cell walls, yet some veggies can be easily eaten raw while still preserving their nutrients. Cooking at lower temps as in steaming and dehydrating work best for nutrient preservation for those other veggies.

 

Health Tips:  If you're not consuming too many veggies and/or fruits, then obviously if cooking works better for you, then cook your veggies. However, if you're eating mostly plant based try eating some cruciferous veggies while in their raw state to get even more health benefits.

 

This subscriber recently made a kale/spinach/chard salad by mixing the dressing onto the tough kale leaves and other veggies and letting it marinate all day in the fridge. WOW was the response from the guests at our community potluck. The kale wasn't tough at all. In fact you would think it was steamed. Now if you're one of those people who can't eat kale due to other reasons, then use a different veggie like Brussels sprouts.

 

And with broccoli, you can substitute broccoli sprouts which have 10 times the health benefits of mature plants. In fact sprouting makes food more digestible because it helps the seed to release its enzymes. Enzymes aid your body to break down and digest the sprouts and other food you eat with the sprouts. Also sprouts add texture and flavor to your foods. Some are spicy, grassy, tangy, bitter, crunchy, and creamy. You can buy sprouted foods or you can make your own as it's fun to do.

 

Here's "8 Vegetables You Should Eat Raw" from EcoWatch by Reynard Loki AlterNet

 

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ChoyLeng's curator insight, August 11, 5:45 AM

Did you know there are many veggies you can eat raw, even ones you would never think you could? True as this subscriber discovered when accidentally peeling red cabbage into very fine thin shreds. Not wanting to steam the shreds, she tried eating them and realized that she could indeed chew them without any problems. 

 

Cooking veggies does help break down cell walls, yet some veggies can be easily eaten raw while still preserving their nutrients. Cooking at lower temps as in steaming and dehydrating work best for nutrient preservation for those other veggies.

 

Health Tips:  If you're not consuming too many veggies and/or fruits, then obviously if cooking works better for you, then cook your veggies. However, if you're eating mostly plant based try eating some cruciferous veggies while in their raw state to get even more health benefits.

 

This subscriber recently made a kale/spinach/chard salad by mixing the dressing onto the tough kale leaves and other veggies and letting it marinate all day in the fridge. WOW was the response from the guests at our community potluck. The kale wasn't tough at all. In fact you would think it was steamed. Now if you're one of those people who can't eat kale due to other reasons, then use a different veggie like Brussels sprouts.

 

And with broccoli, you can substitute broccoli sprouts which have 10 times the health benefits of mature plants. In fact sprouting makes food more digestible because it helps the seed to release its enzymes. Enzymes aid your body to break down and digest the sprouts and other food you eat with the sprouts. Also sprouts add texture and flavor to your foods. Some are spicy, grassy, tangy, bitter, crunchy, and creamy. You can buy sprouted foods or you can make your own as it's fun to do.

 

Here's "8 Vegetables You Should Eat Raw" from EcoWatch by Reynard Loki AlterNet

 

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The Science of Sleep: What Happens During the 5 Stages of Your Sleep Cycle [Infographic]

The Science of Sleep: What Happens During the 5 Stages of Your Sleep Cycle [Infographic] | zestful living | Scoop.it
Check out this infographic to learn the science of why sleep is so important.
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Are you sleeping 7-9 hours every night?  Getting a full night's sleep is also as important as eating clean, and keeping active to keep your body healthy and zestfully thriving.

 

When you don't get enough sleep, your body and brain are constantly stressed, which in turn weakens your immune system and leaves you more vulnerable to infections and degenerate diseases. Insufficient sleep leads to more accidents/falls. 

 

Insomnia can cause high blood pressure, diabetes, stoke, depression, and obesity.  Many people have occasional nights of poor sleep, but those with insomnia deal with this trauma almost every night. Not sleeping well means you're not concentrating well during the day, which affects your ability to make sound decisions. Insomnia can cause issues in every area of your life, from work, to social relationships, to lifestyle habits, and to your health. And the Nurses Health Study found a direct link between inadequate sleep and weight gain, with those getting five or fewer hours of sleep per night gaining substantially more weight than women who regularly got seven hours.

 

Your body does much of its healing during what's known as REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Research confirms that people who sleep well feel better and live longer. Sleep restores your body by slowing down every physiological process in your body, including heart rate, breathing, and blood pressure.

 

Insufficient sleep disrupts your body's hormone balance. Not sleeping well ages you faster.

 

Health tips:  What you eat, digest, and absorb has a direct bearing on how well you sleep. A good bedtime snack (about three hours before sleep) might include one or two foods rich in tryptophan, an amino acid your brain uses to make serotonin, the neurochemical that governs mood. when your brain is filled with serotonin, you become calm and drowsy. (Nuts like almonds contain both tryptophan and magnesium, both of which act like a muscle relaxant. Peanuts work as well.) Skip the caffeine, sugar, and alcohol.Take herbs under the direction of a health care practitioner.

 

Talking a brisk walk for at least a half hour or more during the day has been shown to help. Shut off all electronic devices about an hour or so before retiring as electronics stimulate your brain, disrupting your pineal gland's production of sleepy time melatonin. 

 

Keep your room on the cool side and keep it dark. Use ear plugs or turn on a fan to mask any noises.  Play gentle soothing type music, if this works for you. Or read before sleep. If you can't fall asleep after 30 minutes, go in another room and read something calming until you become sleepy.

 

Here's a neat info graphic with article on "the Science of Sleep: What Happens During the 5 Stages of Sleep Cycle" from Hubspot.com by Lindsay Kolowich

 

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5 Reasons To Eat More (Healthy) Fats (Plus A Recipe)

5 Reasons To Eat More (Healthy) Fats (Plus A Recipe) | zestful living | Scoop.it
The low-fat era is officially over! Here are 5 reasons to eat more healthy fats and why you should include more fat in your diet!
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Did you know that consuming healthy fat is good for your brain and body?  Your brain is about 60% fat. The billions of nerve cells in your brain require essential fatty acids to function properly. These are the well known omega 3s, EPA and DHA. DHA makes up a part of the gray matter of your brain. The fat in your brain forms cell membranes and plays an important role in how cells function. Your neurons are also rich in omega 3s. EPA improves blood flow, which boosts blood flow.

 

Saturated fat and cholesterol contain key nutrients necessary for growth, reproduction, hormones, and energy production, while providing protection from many degenerative diseases. Your body needs saturated fats like coconut oil, to properly use essential fatty acids..

 

Mono-saturated fats like olive oil are highly heart protective because they raise HDL cholesterol, lower LDL,  and reduce inflammation.  When purchasing these oils, look for the  words: "cold-expeller pressed" or unrefined. It's best for these oils to be darker colored bottles (brown, blue, green). Keep these oils in your fridge.

 

Low levels of omega 3s have been associated with depression, anxiety, obesity, and an increased risk for Alzheimer's and dementia.

 

Health Tips:  Boosting omega 3 fatty acids through the foods you eat,  Is one of the best things you can do for your weight, mood, brainpower, and longevity. Plant based foods high in omega 3s are walnuts, almonds,, cashews, pecans, peanuts, coconut, (other nuts),   olives, avocados, flax, chia, hemp seeds, dark leafy greens,(spinach),  cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts).

 

Here's an information packed article on "5 reasons to Eat More (Healthy) Fats (Plus a Recipe) from Foodmatter.tv by James Colquhoun

 

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10 Warning Signs of Potassium Deficiency

10 Warning Signs of Potassium Deficiency | zestful living | Scoop.it
Potassium deficiency is more common than you think and may have serious consequences. Find out its 10 warning signs.
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Are you having heart palpitations, fatigued, losing fluids due to vomiting or diarrhea, or not drinking enough filtered water?  Your body is probably running low on key electrolyte minerals; including calcium, sodium, and potassium. Potassium is essential for cellular energy.

 

Every cell in your body needs electrolytes to function properly. However potassium doesn't work alone as it must be balanced with magnesium. In some studies, up to 90% of participants had significant boosts when they received extra potassium and magnesium at the same time.

 

Potassium is also important for proper adrenal function. Loading up on plant based foods is beneficial to your blood pressure, because potassium pulls sodium from your cells and lessens fluid retention. In the Standard american Diet (SAD) sodium consumption is three times higher than potassium. Another good reason to ditch those processed junk foods.

 

Potassium causes your arteries to dilate and relax, allowing more blood to circulate with less force.  Magnesium relaxes tiny muscles and blood vessels to promote better blood flow. Studies show that people who increase their consumption of both potassium and magnesium tend to see a decrease in blood pressure.

 

Health tips: Doesn't it make sense to fill up on real whole plant based foods rich in both potassium and magnesium to protect your heart health?  So eat your potassium and magnesium rich dark leafy greens as in Swiss chard and spinach and eat other veggies and fruits. Buy organic or local if possible. Crimini mushrooms, celery, eggplant, avocado, and sweet potatoes are some potassium rich sources.

 

Celtic and Himalayan sea salts are also rich in electrolyte minerals and can be added to your filtered water. Homemade Green juices and green smoothies are also rich in these needed minerals. Be wary of coconut water as most brands have added sugar which defeats the purpose.

 

Here's an information packed article on "Potassium Deficiency - Causes, Symptoms, and What to do" from HealthyandNaturalWorld.com

 

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Cure Everything with Onion | StethNews

Cure Everything with Onion | StethNews | zestful living | Scoop.it
Your pantry has been storing a source of health treasure that has magical healing properties: raw onion. They can fight off bacteria and also contain various
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Are you transitioning from cooked onions to raw onions as this subscriber is doing?  Did you know that sprouted and raw food is called Living food?

 

Try to eat onions as often as you can as onions support your immune system and offer protection from cancer. Researchers found that people who eat the most onions have lower rates of ovarian, colon, and throat cancer. Onions are rich in antioxidants, protect your cellular DNA, are a good of cysteine, an amino acid used by the body to manufacture glutathione, the master antioxidant, that blocks free radical damage in the eyes.

 

Tufts University scientists found that eating a raw yellow or white onion every day pushed up HDL by about 30%. The flavonoids in onions are good for cardiovascular health. And did you also know that onions build stronger bones? And like leafy greens, onions are rich in chromium. Studies show that people with diabetes who eat more onions tend to have lower fasting blood glucose levels and lower LDL.

 

Health Tips:  Add raw onions to your salads and veggies. And if you eat fried foods, add an onion to protect your arteries and heart. Eating onions daily will also drive down prostate cancer risk.

 

Here's "Cure Everything with Onion" from Stethnews.com 

 

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First Ground Breaking Study Shows How Rhodiola Rosea Protects People From Viral Infections

First Ground Breaking Study Shows How Rhodiola Rosea Protects People From Viral Infections | zestful living | Scoop.it
Rhodiola's efficacy was confirmed in a 2011 review of 11 placebo-controlled human studies - this herb does so much!
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Are you taking herbs that are known as adaptogens? Adapta what you say? Adaptogens are a special group of herb ingredients that reduce the effects of stress. They help enhance your body's ability to cope with anxiety and fight fatigue, in a slow, steady way without stimulant jolts and crashes. They 'adapt' their function to your body's needs.

 

Adaptogens have been used in to improve athletic performance and Russian cosmonauts took Ginseng, an adaptogen to improve their energy and alertness in space. Chinese medicine doctors and Asian Ayurvedic doctors have utilized adaptogens for thousands of years. Adaptogens are also used by Western herbalists and are ingredients in some high quality nutraceutical supplements.

 

Health Tips:  Some well known herbs that are adaptogens:

Ginseng, Eleuthero (muscle spasms, joint pain, insomnia, fatigue, improves memory), Ashwagandha (increase vitality, endurance, stamina, promote longevity, strengthen immune system), and Rhodiola Rosea (helps balance cortisol levels in your body, supports cellular energy metabolism, positively affects brain function, depression, and heart health). Please consult with a knowledgeable doctor before taking any of these herbs.

 

Here's an information packed article on "First Ground Breaking Study Shows How Rodiola Rosea Protects People From Viral Infections" from naturalblaze.com by Mae Chan

 

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8 Superfoods You Don't Even Know About

8 Superfoods You Don't Even Know About | zestful living | Scoop.it
By now we know all about quinoa and kale, but there are plenty of other superfoods, including purslane, celeriac, amaranth, rooibos, fiddleheads, skyr, maca
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Are you eating plant based foods, rich in nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes? These foods are all super foods, however there might be some ones that are new for you that you;ll want to try.

 

Pictured is amaranth, one of this subscriber's faves. This seed "grain" is highly nutritious, containing lysine, an amino acid making amaranth a complete protein (having all essential amino acids), plus high in protein with about 26 grams/1 cup. Amaranth is a good source for calcium, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium,and  iron, helping your heart and bones.

 

Amaranth is versatile as you can eat other parts of the plant, i.e. its seeds and leaves. Amaranth can be "popped" like popcorn and is usually used as a grain as a porridge,. Amaranth flour can be used as well in baking.

 

Another food that is highly versatile and healthy is chickpea flour (also known as garbanzo bean flour or besan). Chickpea flour is another fave because there are numerous ways you can use this flour in your recipes. It can be used in plant based omelets ( has an "eggy"flavor"), crepes, pancakes, flatbreads, plant based pizza flour, plant based burgers, grain free cookie/cake recipes. Chickpeas can be sprouted for grinding into flour or you can buy organic garbanzo bean flour (Bob's Red Mill).

 

Health tips: The more plant based foods you eat, the healthier you will be. Explore the world of plants, get your family/children involved in creating, making, or following an online recipe. Let your tastebuds come alive and you will love how you feel and look.

 

Here's an interesting article on "8 Superfoods You Don't Even Know About" from EcoWatch by Katie Waldeck

 

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5 Factors That Make You Pack on Pounds (That Almost Nobody Knows About)

5 Factors That Make You Pack on Pounds (That Almost Nobody Knows About) | zestful living | Scoop.it
Five scientifically-backed factors that contribute to Americans’ expanding waist lines that most people have no idea about.
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Are you gaining weight, think you're eating healthy, exercise, and don't know why you're still putting on pounds?  Guess what? Obesity is not simply eating too many calories and not exercising enough, according to this article. Of course, this makes sense because as you now know, lifestyle  and environmental factors play a huge role too.

 

Eating processed junk foods high in sugar with little to no nutrients for quite a number of years and getting by with a little exercise is a recipe for metabolic disaster. Diseases don't develop quickly. Before symptoms become apparent, serious harm is being done to nerves, blood vessels, and organs in your body.

 

And, in addition, having exposure to chemical/carcinogenic toxins in your water, air quality, cosmetics, food, home, location, pharmaceutical and over the counter drugs can take you out causing inflammation, the activation of your immune system in response to infection, irritation, and injury. Inflammation leads to fatigue, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, mood changes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, ,liver and kidney disease, cancer and the list just goes on and on.

 

Health tips:  Are you aware that what you eat, digest, and absorb directly impacts how your body works?  When you consume fake,  high sugary foods which put your body on a never ending roller coaster, your body gets very sick, very tired, very fat, and very foggy because your body doesn't recognize these poor raw materials and can't utilize them. Your body also may have gluten sensitivities. Be aware and consult with Functional Medicine, Integrative Medicine, NDs, Homeopathic, Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic doctors who are knowledgeable in Nutrition.

 

Do what you can to avoid or eliminate as many environmental toxins, pesticides in the food you buy,  chemicals in the med/OTC drugs you take, the endocrine disruptors like BPA found in the lining of canned foods and others EDs. Drink filtered or pure water, not tap and not bottled.

 

Take vitamin D, B-Complex, and other high quality supplements, make it a habit to engage in regular exercise on a daily basis, laugh and play often, learn how to cook your meals, connect with others frequently, stay positive as much as possible. Yes, there will be down times. It's part of life. Live zestfully into your 90's and beyond.

 

When you eat real whole plant based foods rich in plant nutrients and vitamins, minerals, enzymes, your body uses these for fuel to promote repair and reduce damage in your cells that occurs as you naturally grow older. These nutrients help to build and restore muscle, store fat where it is needed, so you stay thin.

 

Your  lifestyle choice, which would you rather have? A sick, decrepit, frail, pain ridden body or a healthy, vibrant one ready to engage in life?

 

Here's another information packed article on "5 Factors That Make You Pack on Pounds (That almost Nobody Knows About) from eatlocalgrown.com 

 

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8 Surprising Health Facts About the Superfood Spinach

8 Surprising Health Facts About the Superfood Spinach | zestful living | Scoop.it
Full of nutrients and delicious taste, spinach is a winter superfood. But what’s the best way to eat it? Read the following surprising facts about this
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Are you eating dark leafy green veggies, like spinach, Swiss chard, kale, beet greens, arugula?  These type of veggies consistently rank  tops for plant based foods. Spinach contains around 13 different flavonoids, substances that have strong anticancer effects.

 

Eating just a couple of 1/2-1 cup servings a week can slash your risk for macular degeneration by 50%. Spinach is also a great protector of your lungs and heart, builds strong bones, and cuts your risk of cancer.

 

Spinach, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and green beans are also top omega 3 plant foods. In addition, spinach, asparagus, turnip greens, and romaine lettuce are rich in folate. Spinach contains  both magnesium and potassium, helping your heart, blood pressure. Cardiovascular function improves when you eat plant based foods. 

 

Spinach, rich in antioxidants is also brain food as it protects against age-related problems of the central nervous system and brain.  Leafy green veggies, including spinach and cruciferous veggies provide a protective effect odor mental decline.

 

Spinach also helps with intestinal contractions and bowel regularity due to the magnesium content. Magnesium also contains compounds that encourage peristalsis, wavelike contractions that move waste products through your intestines. 

 

Health tips:  Drink green smoothies and/or green juices as blending helps to break down particle size so you can better access all the minerals, vitamins, and plant nutrients. Not chewing well and digestive fluids don't allow for breaking open the soluble and insoluble fibers like cellulose and pectin which dark leafy greens contain. Blending greens,  veggies, fruits offers a smaller particle size than extensive chewing does.

 

You can also make what's known as a smoothie bowl and add other plant ingredients: seeds, nuts, raw carob/cacao, unsweetened coconut flakes or your fave add ins. 

 

Here's an information packed article on "8 Surprising Health Facts About the Superfood Spinach" from EcoWatch by Shubhra Krishan, Care2

 

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7 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Magnesium

7 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Magnesium | zestful living | Scoop.it
Symptoms of magnesium deficiency can go unnoticed. Here’s 7 common signs you may be low in this vital nutrient.
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Are you eating magnesium rich foods? Magnesium is one of the essential minerals your body requires as it is involved with more than 300 enzymatic reactions and is the top player in cellular energy dynamics.

 

Magnesium is important for a healthy nervous system, strong bones, energy, sleep quality, better blood flow, and regularity.  It is often in short supply in people with diabetes, even when consuming a balanced food regimen. Research conforms that a deficiency of magnesium reduces insulin production and makes cells less sensitive to its effects. studies also show that low levels of magnesium can be a contributing cause of restless leg syndrome.


Health Tips:  Are you aware that magnesium is found in almost all plant based foods with dark green leafy veggies  and pumpkin seeds being the richest sources. Sunflower, and other seeds, nuts,  beans, chickpeas, lentils, split peas, squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, seaweed, avocados, dates, figs, raisins, bananas, and healthy ancient grains as in quinoa, amaranth are all good choices. Raw cacao is the densest source. So indulge once in awhile.


Triggers that zap magnesium levels for some people: sugar, salt,  and junk foods as well as stress, anxiety and having chocolate cravings. Some pharmaceutical drugs can also deplete magnesium from your body.


Here's an information packed article on "7 Signs You're Not Getting Enough Magnesium" from foodmatters.tv by James Colquhoun

 

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Study: Carbs, Junk Food 'Definitely' Linked to Depreesion

Study: Carbs, Junk Food 'Definitely' Linked to Depreesion | zestful living | Scoop.it
One study is reporting that women who reach for comfort foods during sad times are more likely to develop full-blown depression after menopause.
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Pay attention:  this article refers to simple carbs, the ones referred to as "comfort" foods like mac n' cheese, pasta, fresh baked bread and refined processed non/junk/fake foods. When you eat these type of foods, the pancreas pumps out insulin which lowers blood levels of every single amino acid except tryptophan.

 

In her, book, "Food and Mood" by Elizabeth Somer, M.A,  R.D., she writes that "amino acids compete with each other to gain access to the brain. By eliminating  other amino acids, insulin makes it easy for tryptophan to hit the target. Once tryptophan is elevated, serotonin (feel good hormone) rises, which puts the comfort in comfort foods". And this how most popular antidepressant drugs work, especially the (SSRIs) selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors of which Prozac is the best known. this class of antidepressants relieves depression by increasing brain levels of serotonin, which is more or less what happens when you eat a piece of bread or a bowl of cereal.

 

Health tips:  Complex carbs, on the other hand provide a slow, steady influx of glucose, tryptophan and serotonin. Top complex carbs are produce (veggies/fruit) followed by legumes (peas, beans, lentils), sweet potatoes, winter squash, raisins, nuts, seeds, wild rice, oats, and barley.

 

Taking B complex vitamins, especially folate, the vitamin most closely associated with mood and depression is highly recommended. folate is used by the body to manufacture a variety of chemicals that keeps nerves healthy and repairs damage to DNA within nerves. Pumpkin and sunflower seeds are rich sources of folate. They're also high in essential fatty acids. Fresh veggies have the most folate so consume within a few days of purchasing. Steam or eat raw to get the most nutrients. Eat plant based protein with every nutrient dense meal.

 

Vitamin B-12 is also critical for brain function because deficiencies are a common cause of depression and memory problems. B-12 is used by the body to produce the myelin sheath that insulates nerve fibers. Once the coating starts to break down, you can experience memory loss, confusion, and fatigue. B-12 also plays a key role in the production of red blood cells. It's recommended that everyone no matter your food regimen, take B-12 as many people are deficient in this critical vitamin.

 

Vitamin D is another essential vitamin/hormone to be taking. Many people experience seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a depression like mood disorder. Exposure to sunlight is an effective approach as is taking the vitamin.

 

Here's an interesting article on "Study:  Carbs, Junk Food 'Definitely' Linked to Depression" from Natural society by Julie Fidler

 

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10 Early Signs of Liver Problems To Look Out For

10 Early Signs of Liver Problems To Look Out For | zestful living | Scoop.it
Keeping an eye open for any early signs of liver problems is an essential part of maintaining a holistic health lifestyle. Without a fully functioning liver, both your...
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Are you protecting the health of your liver?  Your liver is one of the hardest working organs in your body, working 24/7 365 days/year as it performs thousands of daily tasks and filters every drop of blood that flows through it. Did you know that your liver produces chemicals to fight viruses and bacteria, and antihistamines to neutralize substances that promote growth of cancer?

 

Because your liver is such a powerhouse, scientists estimate that  up to 80% of the liver can be damaged  without producing any symptoms. Are you aware that your liver regenerates itself every six weeks? Your liver is essential for detoxification, yet with the multitude of chemicals from the environment almost no one has a well-working liver.

 

What happens when your liver is constantly overworked? Your liver will work overtime for you until it is chronically fatigued. Then your body starts experiencing a dizzying array of health problems. 

 

Health tips:  Be good to your liver and your body by eliminating sugar, artificial sweeteners, food preservatives,  additives, processed refined food, fast food, Dairy, white flour, simple carbs, wheat and wheat products, and as many environmental toxins as you can (smog, petrochemical, tobacco, alcohol, heavy metals, pharmaceutical drugs, over the counter (OTC) meds).

 

Drink healthy filtered water each day. Divide your weight in half and drink that amount in ounces every day. Example a woman weighing 130 pounds would drink 65 ounces. You can add a pinch of sea salt for increased hydration. Also eat more high water content foods - cucumbers, radishes, zucchinis, melons, jicama, berries. Avoid tap and bottled water.

 

Eat fresh organic produce - greens, veggies, fruits (fresh squeezed lemon juice in your filtered water, apples, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, citrus, dandelion greens, squash, watercress, zucchini). Cruciferous veggies contain compounds which help in enzyme production in your liver. These liver enzymes flush out carcinogens and other toxins, and have been shown to lower risk of cancer. Eat bitter greens as in arugula, mustard greens, dandelion, and chicory which help increase production of bile, which further helps remove toxic residues. Dark leafy greens (spinach, chard, kale, beet greens)  are rich in chlorophyll which aid in eliminating toxins from your bloodstream.

 

Here's an information packed article on "10 Early Signs of Liver Problems to Look Out For" from Realfarmacy.com by Michelle Toole

 

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Meet the 75 Brands Still Lacing Your Food with a Dangerous Chemical

Meet the 75 Brands Still Lacing Your Food with a Dangerous Chemical | zestful living | Scoop.it
Food and beverage containers are among many household items that still today contain BPA and other endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
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Are you buying canned foods to save money or for convenience? You may not realize that the lining in canned foods comes from BPA (bisphenol-A), which is a known endocrine disruptor, chemicals that may interfere with your body's endocrine and hormonal system.

 

Your endocrine system is a set of glands and the hormones they produce. "Endocrine disruptors can increase production of certain hormones, decrease production of others, imitate hormones, turn one hormone into another, interfere with hormone signaling, tell cells to die prematurely, compete with key nutrients, bind to essential hormones, and accumulate in organs that produce hormones"; according Environmental Working group (EWG).

 

Health tips: Buy fresh or frozen organic produce and make your own homemade soups.  Beans, dried peas, and lentils can be purchased in the bulk section of your grocery store. Most times these items are priced much lower than canned products, even ones on sale; plus you can get just the amount you want. 

 

You can also purchase tomato products, baby foods, fruit sauces in glass jars or make your own. Most everything you buy in cans can be either homemade or bought in either glass jars or the aseptic box containers.

 

The more you learn to be self reliant by planting your own garden, learning to cook and preparing your own meals; the more you are taking control of your health and the health of your family. 

 

Here's an information packed article with several neat info graphics on "More Than 75 Brands Still Lacing Your Food with a Dangerous Chemical" from liveinthenow.com by Dr Joseph Mercola

 

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7 Products Big Food Wants You to Think Are Healthy

7 Products Big Food Wants You to Think Are Healthy | zestful living | Scoop.it
Coconut water, omega-3 enhanced foods, granola, yogurt and vitamin-infused water are just a few of the foods Big Food wants you to believe are healthy ...
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Are you buying foods touted as healthy and hoping the hype is correct?  Sure it's far easier to follow the crowd when buying products marketed with the words "all natural" "healthy and natural" "low sugar".  Welcome to the club. We've all gone this route at one time or another. Guess what? Marketing advertisers for Big Food don't have your best interests at heart.

 

Yes, some of these so called healthy foods may have some healthy ingredients, but if you carefully read the labels, you'll read  that they contain way too much sugar, have too much fat, are too expensive,  are misleading, and are harmful for the environment, not to mention they are processed foods which have to be enriched.

 

Health Tips:  Eat real whole plant based foods which don't have to be enriched. They come that way naturally from Mother Nature. You want to drink coconut water, buy a coconut and drink the water from the nut. Or drink filtered water with a slice of lemon/lime. Eat potassium rich foods like avocado and other produce.

 

Did you know you can make your own nut milks? The easy way is to make your own homemade nut butter of your choice. Take 2 TBSP of nut butter, add 1-2 cups of filtered water, some spices, sweetener, if desired, put in blender and voila nut milk.

 

Consider who the manufacturer is when you buy packaged foods. If the manufacturer is a company that consistently produces products that are harmful for your body and also opposes GMO labeling, why would you ever buy other so called health products from them?

 

Are you aware you can make your own healthy yogurt and it's not dairy? Coconut and other nut sources make delicious yogurt and plant based cheese using probiotics.

 

Begging to differ with the article regarding alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) as not having any compelling health evidence. This statement is erroneous.  Flaxseeds are rich in ALA, which your body converts to the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Walnuts and winter squash are also two top sources for ALA. Although consuming processed  enriched foods is not this subscriber's recommendation, it's best to eat whole foods in their natural state.

 

You want granola? Make your own. There are numerous healthy recipes online. Involve your kids and have a "family" day preparing healthy snacks you can feel good about letting your kids eat.  Or make raw energy snack bars: 1/4 cup raw nuts of your choice or 1/8 cup of 2 different types,  7 or 9 organic pitted chopped dates (can use raisins), 2 TBSP extra virgin organic coconut oil or 2 TBSP organic nut butter (no added sugar), 1 Tsp vanilla, 1/2-1 TBSP grated ginger, 1 Tsp organic cinnamon. Process nuts, sweetener, and spices in FP.  Add in 2 TBSP organic coconut flour, 2 TBSP organic Hemp protein powder (protein powder of your choice), 2 TBSP GF rolled oats, 1 TBSP raw carob or raw cacao powder, 1 TBSP chia seeds. Process until the mixture gets gooey and thick. Can double recipe. Top with raw cacao nibs or coconut butter.  Spread in ceramic baking dish with fingers and put in fridge.

 

Here's "7 Products Big food Wants You to Think Are Healthy" from EcoWatch by Larry Schwartz AlterNet

 

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5 Foods That Destroy Your Immune System

5 Foods That Destroy Your Immune System | zestful living | Scoop.it
Food plays a large role in supporting--or destroying--immune system function, and knowing which ones to avoid may be helpful for reducing disease risk.
Sandi Cornez's insight:

Are you protecting your immune system?  Did you know that your immune system is the seat of your health? The heath of your gut is just as important as the health of all your other organs including your brain. When your GI tract is compromised, it places a tremendous toll on your organs and your immune system goes on a rampage causing numerous health problems, physical, mental, emotional.

 

You now can see that keeping your immune system strong and vibrant is key to your good health. You also know that what's on the end of your fork affects how you feel and perform  Your lifestyle habits, whether you're active or sedentary, how much sleep you get, and your toxic exposure all play a huge role in keeping you healthy and fit.

 

Health Tips:  Consume a varied organic as much as possible,  real whole plant based food regimen. Reduce, reduce, reduce both sugary and processed non food consumption. Add more raw, sprouted, and fermented foods to your meals because these foods are beneficial for your gut health. Take a high quality probiotic too.

 

Make sure your taking vitamin D,  B complex vitamins, especially B-12, folate (B-9), and B-6. Eat dark leafy greens every day. It's easy when you drink a green smoothie. These are blended drinks which are easier for your body to digest. Try adding one blended drink/meal a day and see how much better you feel. Green juices are also good for your gut health. If you purchase, make sure there's no added sugar. And stay hydrated by drinking filtered water and consuming high water content produce.

 

Here's an information packed article on "5 Foods That Destroy Your Immune System"  from globalhealingcenter.com by Dr Edward F Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DABFM

 

This www.scoop.it/t/zestful-living site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for more healthy food/water tips @http://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

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Demarcio Washington's curator insight, August 7, 12:07 PM

Are you protecting your immune system?  Did you know that your immune system is the seat of your health? The heath of your gut is just as important as the health of all your other organs including your brain. When your GI tract is compromised, it places a tremendous toll on your organs and your immune system goes on a rampage causing numerous health problems, physical, mental, emotional.

 

You now can see that keeping your immune system strong and vibrant is key to your good health. You also know that what's on the end of your fork affects how you feel and perform  Your lifestyle habits, whether you're active or sedentary, how much sleep you get, and your toxic exposure all play a huge role in keeping you healthy and fit.

 

Health Tips:  Consume a varied organic as much as possible,  real whole plant based food regimen. Reduce, reduce, reduce both sugary and processed non food consumption. Add more raw, sprouted, and fermented foods to your meals because these foods are beneficial for your gut health. Take a high quality probiotic too.

 

Make sure your taking vitamin D,  B complex vitamins, especially B-12, folate (B-9), and B-6. Eat dark leafy greens every day. It's easy when you drink a green smoothie. These are blended drinks which are easier for your body to digest. Try adding one blended drink/meal a day and see how much better you feel. Green juices are also good for your gut health. If you purchase, make sure there's no added sugar. And stay hydrated by drinking filtered water and consuming high water content produce.

 

Here's an information packed article on "5 Foods That Destroy Your Immune System"  from globalhealingcenter.com by Dr Edward F Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DABFM

 

This www.scoop.it/t/zestful-living site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for more healthy food/water tips @http://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell

rianne krielaart's curator insight, August 8, 10:33 AM

Are you protecting your immune system?  Did you know that your immune system is the seat of your health? The heath of your gut is just as important as the health of all your other organs including your brain. When your GI tract is compromised, it places a tremendous toll on your organs and your immune system goes on a rampage causing numerous health problems, physical, mental, emotional.

 

You now can see that keeping your immune system strong and vibrant is key to your good health. You also know that what's on the end of your fork affects how you feel and perform  Your lifestyle habits, whether you're active or sedentary, how much sleep you get, and your toxic exposure all play a huge role in keeping you healthy and fit.

 

Health Tips:  Consume a varied organic as much as possible,  real whole plant based food regimen. Reduce, reduce, reduce both sugary and processed non food consumption. Add more raw, sprouted, and fermented foods to your meals because these foods are beneficial for your gut health. Take a high quality probiotic too.

 

Make sure your taking vitamin D,  B complex vitamins, especially B-12, folate (B-9), and B-6. Eat dark leafy greens every day. It's easy when you drink a green smoothie. These are blended drinks which are easier for your body to digest. Try adding one blended drink/meal a day and see how much better you feel. Green juices are also good for your gut health. If you purchase, make sure there's no added sugar. And stay hydrated by drinking filtered water and consuming high water content produce.

 

Here's an information packed article on "5 Foods That Destroy Your Immune System"  from globalhealingcenter.com by Dr Edward F Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DABFM

 

This www.scoop.it/t/zestful-living site is being curated by Sandi Cornez. Follow Sandi for more healthy food/water tips @http://www.facebook.com/wisdomfromthewell