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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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10 Gross Ingredients Hiding in Your Energy Bars

10 Gross Ingredients Hiding in Your Energy Bars | zestful living | Scoop.it
Energy and protein bars make it easy to eat well while on the go, but how healthy are they really? We looked past label promises to really study the ingredient list—and were pretty shocked by what we found. We're talking fillers and emulsifiers that can cause sugar crashes, stomach problems, and even lead to weight gain. In other words, exactly the things you're trying to avoid. Before you buy another bar, familiarize yourself with these 10 red-flag ingredients.
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Are you grabbing energy bars to keep you energized and satiated throughout your busy day? As with all processed foods, you have to be aware that food manufacturers add extraneous non food ingredients to so called healthy foods as well as non healthy foods. Yes these type of products are time savers and convenient. However they do come with a hefty price in regard to your health. Consuming one a month won't make too much difference, but you know that isn't the usually the case.

 

Health tips: Make your own real energy bars and balls. Real quick hemp energy balls: in FP add hemp seeds and dates. Process. Roll into balls. Can roll in shredded coconut, raisins, cacao nibs or your fave add ins.  Nutritious seeds, nuts, nut butters, shredded coconut, fruit and even veggies/greens can be added. Pictured photo is dehydrated carrot pulp bars. You can make raw or baked. Simple, easy, and real time savers. Don't know how to cook. Get online there's tons of recipes, just follow and eat.

 

Here's an eye-opening article on "10 Gross Ingredients Hiding in Your energy bars" from eat clean.com by Allison Young for Prevention.com

 

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Digestive Problems Can Be Improved With These Simple Tips

Digestive Problems Can Be Improved With These Simple Tips | zestful living | Scoop.it
Digestive problems are no fun, but our bodies were created to heal themselves! If we work at it, we can improve digestion and health using these simple tips!
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Did you know that fiber is something that your body can't even digest, yet it plays such a key role in maintaining a healthy weight and digestive system? Are you experiencing some digestive problems like gas, bloating, acid reflux? The food you consume and how you eat are important factors in how your digestive system works. fiber is absolutely necessary for regulating your body's cleansing processes. Guess what? T Fiber isn't absorbed by your body, but rather it absorbs acids and impurities in your bloodstream and colon. The fact that fiber is undigestible, is how it works its magic. It thoroughly sweeps your digestive tract and colon, cleaning your insides and stimulating the wave like motion known as peristalsis. Peristalsis moves food through your digestive system and removes food that isn't assimilated. When your elimination system is working great, your whole body works better too. Chewing your food without rapid swallowing is also critical to a healthy digestive system. Consuming food is not a race to be finished first.  Sitting down and taking your time to eat slowly, chewing each bite 20-30 times before swallowing, not drinking a beverage while eating, and being mindful about the food you're tasting and eating will make a huge difference for you and your digestive system.

 

Health tips:  Eat dark leafy greens, the mild ones as well as the more bitter ones like mustard greens , dandelion greens, and kale. Eating food that is bitter helps increase nutrient absorption and decrease acid reflux. You can add bitter greens with other greens , veggies, an avocado for healthy fat, and a fruit to your green smoothies which will give your body the necessary fiber it requires to tone your digestive system. Choose organic when possible.

 

Here's a good article on "Simple tips to Help Improve Digestive Health" from DIYnatural.com by Dawn Combs.

 

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Top 5 Seeds to Pair With Greens for a High Protein Meal

Top 5 Seeds to Pair With Greens for a High Protein Meal | zestful living | Scoop.it
Want more protein in your diet? Here are 5 seeds that are great to pair with leafy greens to help you get pumped up and also keep your body healthy!
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You've probably read that most people, excluding athlete's don't need to consume huge amounts of protein daily. True, and did you know that one of the biggest nutrition myths is based on what protein actually is?  Proteins are made up of different combinations of amino acids and millions of variations exist within your body. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. all forms of life contain amino acids as well as other molecules. Twenty-two amino acids are found in protein chains and many that are used by your body on their own. Eight amino acids make up what is called a complete protein. A myth is that these essential eight are only found in animal products. Meat, eggs, and dairy do contain protein, but they are minor compared to dark leafy greens. For example spinach supplies more protein per calorie than ground beef. Plant foods contain simple protein that are easy for your body to break down and use for its nutritional requirements. The proteins found in animal products are very difficult to digest, and after being cooked, they're even harder to break down and utilize. Your body spends so much energy breaking down the proteins into amino acids that much of their nutritional value becomes invaluable. And research is showing that animal protein may contribute to many diseases. Plant foods are alkaline and help to counteract the acidity from foods you eat and from toxins in the environment.

 

Health tips: Seeds and leafy greens are two of the top plant based proteins and many seeds are also complete proteins plus great sources of omega 3s. Pumpkin seeds are definitely the best, followed by hemp, chia, sunflower, and sesame seeds. These seeds pair well with any green. Here's a yummy green smoothie recipe using pumpkin seeds and kale: 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds, 1/8 cup hemp protein powder or hemp seeds, 2 large pitted dates (can omit), 1/2 avocado, 1-2" grated raw ginger, kale leaves and/or spinach,  2 cups filtered water (can use nut milk), 1 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (optional). Soak pumpkin seeds an hour and discard soak water. combine all ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.

 

Here's an excellent article with fabulous recipes on "Top 5 seeds to Pair with Greens for a High Protein Meal" from Onegreenplanet.org by Heather Mcclees.

 

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10 Dairy-Free Foods Packed With Calcium

10 Dairy-Free Foods Packed With Calcium | zestful living | Scoop.it
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need milk to obtain calcium. Check out these dairy-free foods that are packed with calcium.
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Did you know that plant based foods are rich sources of calcium? If you're having stomach problems consuming dairy or don't want to eat it, try plant based foods for all your calcium needs. Your body requires calcium, one of the essential electrolytes, for strong bones and teeth. With calcium, you also need to take vitamin D, K, foods rich in boron, and magnesium.

 

Health tips:  Chia and hemp seeds are excellent sources of calcium. both are also great sources of omega 3s and are  complete proteins. Chia contains more calcium than salmon. Both seeds can be used puddings, desserts, salads and hemp makes a delicious dairy free milk. Sesame seeds are also rich sources of calcium.  Sesame seeds are the main ingredient in Tahini, a dairy free butter and can be used in salads, hummus, desserts. Dark leafy greens are another rich source of plant based calcium. Watercress also has more calcium than salmon. Fruits as in figs, black currants, and oranges are very good ounces of calcium. Six dried figs contain the highest amount of plant based calcium.  Blackstrap molasses, a nutritious sweetener is a good source of calcium. Almonds and almond butter (pictured), and almond milk (homemade) are another great source of calcium.  There are so many nut milk varieties to choose from today like coconut milk, pecan milk, pistachio milk, oat milk, and many others. Beans as in white, pinto, and navy are good sources of calcium. Veggies as in fennel, broccoli, and artichoke are good sources of calcium. And amaranth (fave) seed grain is loaded with calcium. Most of  these plant based sources are also rich in other minerals and vitamins.

 

Here's an excellent information packed article on "10 Dairy-Free Foods Packed with Calcium" from Onegreenplanet.org  with recipes.by Lindsey Little.

 

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11 Foods High In Magnesium

11 Foods High In Magnesium | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Are you eating foods rich in magnesium, the essential mineral that is responsible for over 300 biochemical processes in your body? Did you know that magnesium is the key player in cellular energy dynamics? Your body requires magnesium for maintaining proper nerve and muscle function which aids your immune system, heart, and bones. In people with diabetes low magnesium reduces insulin production and makes cells less sensitive to its effects. Are you experiencing  headaches, migraines, muscle spasms and tightness, poor blood pressure, anxiety, poor sleep, dehydration, and constipation? You may be deficient in magnesium as are many people today due to the fact that most soils are depleted from necessary minerals, even some organic soils. 

 

Health Tips: Consume plant based foods such as spinach, broccoli, mustard greens, Swiss chard, artichoke hearts, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower seeds, almonds, pine nuts, legumes (chickpeas, split peas, lentils), buckwheat and buckwheat flour which is ground buckwheat and dark chocolate with no added sugar. Take ionic magnesium supplement. If you’re taking pharmaceutical drugs, remember most are drug muggers which deplete minerals.

 

Here’s an information packed article on “11 Foods High in Magnesium” from buynongmoseeds.com

 

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5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Multiple Colored Fruits & Vegetables

5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Multiple Colored Fruits & Vegetables | zestful living | Scoop.it
Different colors indicate different nutrients. Find here why you should eat multiple colored fruits & vegetables
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Are you eating the bright colored pigmented veggies and fruits? Fresh produce is alive and vibrant full of life enhancing nutrients which you receive when you eat or drink them. See how you feel after you bite into a juicy red pepper, cucumber, or pear. When you consume foods made by Mother Nature that need no preparation or are lightly steamed, this is when you experience excellent health as this is the food your body recognizes and can use to repair your cells and reduce damage.

 

Health Tips:  In your market look for vibrant hues of reds, oranges (bell peppers,  cherry tomatoes, and melons), vibrant greens like kale, collards, and Swiss chard, vivacious reds of beets and cherries, and luscious  deep purples of grapes, eggplant, and plums. Always try one new veggie/fruit a week. The more veggies you consume, the healthier you'll be. Veggies and fruits are easier for your body to digest, so it doesn't have to work as hard digesting and assimilating. Remember when you consume sugar laden refined processed foods, your body doesn't get the nutritional requirements it needs and you'll be eating foods that are very difficult to digest.

 

Here's an information packed post on "5 Reasons Why You Should Eat Multiple Colored Fruits and Vegetables from HealthyandNaturalWorld.com

 

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18 Health Benefits Of Cayenne Pepper

18 Health Benefits Of Cayenne Pepper | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Are you adding spicy foods to your meals? As part of a family of potent tropical peppers which contain enzymes that are key to your endocrine function, cayenne is among the most alkalizing foods. It is known for its antibacterial properties and is a rich source of vitamin A making it a helpful food in fighting off harmful free radicals that lead to stress and illness. Cayenne is also rich in  vitamin  B complex , C and essential minerals magnesium, potassium, copper, zinc, manganese, and selenium. Studies show that capsaicin, the powerful compound in cayenne has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic,  and anti-diabetic properties. With cayenne , a little works very well to get the healing benefits.

 

Health Tips:  Cayenne pepper is known to increase your body temperature which increases the calories that are burned. Half a teaspoon does it taken with food. Spicy, hot , pungent foods are great for relieving congestion and open breathing passages and they taste great. Even if you're not a big fan of that pungent flavor, try a little mixed into some avocado for a tangy salsa and/or guacamole. Both your tastebuds and your body will love you.

 

Here's an information packed post on "18 Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper" from Buynongmoseeds.com

 

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See What Happens if You Eat 7 Walnuts a Day

See What Happens if You Eat 7 Walnuts a Day | zestful living | Scoop.it
Here's what happens to your body when you eat 7 walnuts every day.
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Are you adding walnuts to your meals? Walnuts help to boost your mood and your brain as they are a top omega 3 plant food. They contain some omega 3s in the form of alpha-linoleic acid. This refers to the fact that your body converts to the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Did you know that eating a quarter a cup of walnuts provides about the same amount of omega 3s as a three ounce piece of salmon? Walnuts help your heart and arteries. Combining complex carbs with a protein source at every meal as in eating a handful of walnuts with some sliced fruit or a small piece of dark chocolate will help slow the rate of glucose keeping your energy levels stable and controlling your hunger. Walnuts are rich in vitamins B-6 and E, which supports a healthy nervous system, clear memory, and focused thinking. A third of a cup of walnuts supplies about 40% of your vitamin E needs. Research confirms that women who snack on nuts daily have fewer hot flashes. And nuts have been shown to help you lose fat and increase your lifespan if eaten daily.

 

Health tips:  Plan ahead and always carry some healthy snacks with you when you’re away from home. Cut up slices of raw veggies and fruits with an assortment of nuts and seeds is good to have on hand. You can also pack a piece of fruit and some homemade walnut butter for the ultimate in snacking indulgence. And at home, remember that organic unrefined walnut oil is lovely for salads. And one teaspoon of walnut oil or flaxseed oil keeps your omega 3 levels high.

 

Here’s an information packed article on “Here’s What 7 walnuts can do For Your Health” from HealthyandNaturalworld.com

 

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How Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight Naturally

How Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight Naturally | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Are you drinking green tea? Did you know that green tea is 5,000 years old, but its health and healing benefits have recently been discovered by modern medicine?  Green tea is plentiful in an antioxidant compound known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (ECGC) that has 20 times the potency of vitamin C which makes  it a staunch defender of free radical damage.   The polyphenol catechins in green tea are powerful enemies of cancer cells. A new study in Molecular Nutrition and Food research reports "that ECGC found in green tea may kill oral cancer cells by triggering a process in the mitochondria (energy hub of body) which leads to cell death while leaving healthy cells alone".     Other research shows that green tea's compounds block the inflammatory cytokines that destroy cartilage to arthritic joints. Green tea also boosts your immune system. Decaffeinated green tea helps reduce stress. An amino acid in green tea called L-theanine has the ability to calm your nervous system and creates alpha wave levels in your brain to create a state of relaxed alertness. Other studies have found that just by drinking two cups of green day daily reduced the risk of cognitive dysfunction. Green tea has been shown to have thermogenic properties that rev up your body's metabolism and increase the number of calories it burns. Two or more cups daily is recommended.

 

Health tips: You can buy genuine Japanese green tea varieties, including fermented ones as in matcha, sencha, and gyokuro which have more of the ECGC than most Chinese green tea varieties. Choose organic. Your choice. The polyphenol levels are in both decaffeinated and caffeinated teas. It's a good idea to not boil  tea, but to steep it for 10 minutes or so for catechin release. then drink within an hour. A refreshing summertime beverage is green tea and pomegranate juice or green tea with mint leaves or sun brewed green tea with hibiscus leaves/tea. Create your own hydrating healthy beverage using green tea.

 

Here's an information packed article on "How green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight Naturally" from inspire amaze.com by Kris Gunnars Authority Nutrition.

 

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The powerful health benefits of tree nuts

The powerful health benefits of tree nuts | zestful living | Scoop.it
(NaturalHealth365) Nuts have been an incredible and wholesome source of nutrients for thousands of y...
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Are you eating nuts? Nuts have been shown to help you boost your longevity and lower cancer rates, but you have to continue eating them and the same amount. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger, NutritionFacts.org.  Did you know that consuming a few handfuls of nuts daily will not affect your weight?  Eating nuts is one of the best things you can do for your brain and nut consumption has been associated with a reduced risk for chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and Celiac disease.  All nuts are rich in vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant and a fat soluble vitamin. Nuts are loaded with anti-inflammatory omega 3s. Nuts and seeds are rich in magnesium, which like calcium helps relax muscles and helps with sleep. Nuts are also rich in potassium, essential for proper adrenal function. Eat almonds, peanuts, and pecans.

 

Health Tips:  All nuts are good for your health and delicious. This article lists the best nuts to consume. If you haven't tried different nuts, consider doing so. You may find a new nut that you love eating. You can consume nuts raw or try the sprouted organic varieties. You can also make your own sprouted nuts by  soaking first, then dry in a dehydrator or roast in oven. Nuts are great additions to your salads, green smoothies, puddings, desserts, trail mixes, and a better healthier alternative than eating junk food candy.

 

Here's an information packed article on "The Powerful Health benefits of Tree Nuts" from NaturalHealth365.com by Dr. David Jockers.

 

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Health Benefits of Eating Cherries | OrganicMedic

Health Benefits of Eating Cherries | OrganicMedic | zestful living | Scoop.it
While they seem to be in abundance especially during the summer, cherries are actually difficult to grow since they have a short shelf life and are vulnerable
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Are you eating cherries, those delicious summer fruits which are rich sources of anthocyanins?, Anthocyanins are antioxidant flavonoids that have impressive anti-inflammatory effects and provide the dark pigmentation in berries and cherries. Cherries are a sweet way to ease your arthritis pain. Anthocyanins produce the same anti-inflammatory benefits as drugs, but without the unpleasant side effects. The benefits of tart cherries include rapid muscle recovery after exercise, and fast relief from minor aches, discomfort, and stiffness that can appear after muscle exertion. In human studies researchers have shown the muscle supporting benefits of tart cherries. Tart cherry juice has also been shown to reduce factors contributing to painful joints such as gout and to reduce oxidative damage. Tart cherry juice also helps in improving sleep.

 

Health Tips: Today you can enjoy cherries year round with frozen and dried cherries. You can also buy tart cherry extract supplements. There are many different types of cherries from Rainier  and Chelan (NW cherries),  to Bing, and other varieties. Available June through August. You can eat right off the stem, in your fave desserts, salads, sauces, put in green smoothies, freeze for later, can for preserved jams and jellies, and toss in a healthy trail mix. Grab some cherries and enjoy as they have a short growing season.

 

Here's an information packed post on "Health Benefits of Eating Cherries" from Organicmedic.com

 

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11 Proven Benefits of Olive Oil (No. 5 Can Save Lives)

11 Proven Benefits of Olive Oil (No. 5 Can Save Lives) | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Are you using olive oil on your salads and in salad dressings? Olive oil has long been recognized as a beneficial staple of the Mediterranean Diet. Now new evidence shows that olive oil by itself helps in reducing cardiovascular disease risk factors: poor lipid (fat) profiles, hypertension, and endothelial dysfunction. This information comes from Life extension. Although olive oil is a heart healthy mono saturated fat, a growing body of research suggests that the polyphenols in the content of virgin olive oil may contribute most to olive oil's beneficial effects. One of the polyphenols that occurs in the highest amount in olive oil has been shown to have important cardiovascular benefits.  Spanish researchers published the first direct evidence that consuming polyphenol rich olive oil enhances HDL function. Olive oil increases HDL and improves its function. 

 

Health Tips:  Buy cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil as the olives are of a better quality, processed with better care, and less refinement and usually have the highest amount of polyphenols. Refined olive oil is a much lower quality product. Be alert that there is a major problem in the olive oil industry today. Buy from a reputable brand. Although the Olive Oil Producers Association says that extra virgin is heat stable, take that with a grain of salt. Your choice to use for cooking or use extra virgin coconut oil which has a higher smoking point. Small amounts like 1-2 tablespoons are better.

 

Here's an information packed post on "11 Proven Benefits of Olive Oil" from Inspireamaze.com by Joe Leech, Dietician

 

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Top 14 Foods That Protect Against Cancer Development

Top 14 Foods That Protect Against Cancer Development | zestful living | Scoop.it
Discover the Top 14 Foods That Protect Against Cancer Development - It has been proven scientifically that what we eat may cause us cancer. Find out here which foods can help prevent cancer and which foods promote cancer development.
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It’s well known that what you consume, digest and absorb affects every aspect of who you are from your behavior, moods, to how your body feels, your attitude, your memory and cognition. Eating daily foods which are considered anti-inflammatory such as plant based real whole foods are your best bet to prevent or reduce your risk of cancer and other diseases. Your lifestyle habits including exercise/movement,  your weight, and supplementation of essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients contribute to your overall health. Your body thrives in an alkaline environment, requiring antioxidants which fight free radicals. Consuming processed refined fake foods as well as sugar, artificial sweeteners, animal products, vegetable oils, simple carbs (white flours/sugars/breads,crackers etc), emulsifiers, additives, pesticides, chemicals, GMOs, and toxins all contribute to a pro-inflammatory environment in your body which leads to chronic disease and cancers.

 

Health tips:  Eat dark leafy greens, veggies, fruits, legumes (peas, beans, lentils), cruciferous veggies (broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower), healthy fats as in extra virgin coconut and olive oils, avocado and seed oils, seeds and nuts, herbs and spices, and consume organic/certified organic, nonGMO as much as possible. 

 

Here’s an information packed article “Discover the Top 14 Foods That Protect Against Cancer development” from HealthyandNaturalWorld.com

 

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The 11 Best Natural Antibiotics and How to Use Them | The Health Coach

The 11 Best Natural Antibiotics and How to Use Them | The Health Coach | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Did you know that holistic natural antibiotics were used for years before the discovery of penicillin? Yes, there is a time for drug based antibiotics when the infection is life threatening and all other remedies have been tried. Otherwise, natural antibiotics must be the remedy of choice. Today drug based antibiotic use is being abused by the mainstream medical community which has led to antibiotic resistant superbugs.  Researchers are discovering that even a short dose of drug based antibiotics can cause compromised gut infection for a longer duration than previously thought. Mother Nature has been around for thousands of years providing potent and effective alternative treatments. Everything you need for colds, flu, sinus infections, stomach upset is to be found in your garden, your pantry,  and your health market.

 

Health Tips:  Use Mother Nature's proprietary plants, herbs, spices for healing. Do take high quality probiotics and eat fermented foods. Be aware that if you're taking drug based antibiotics regularly, probiotics and fermented foods can only help somewhat. You have to get off the drug based antibiotic roller coaster and let your gut heal and this may take some time. Be patient and allow for healing to occur. Once it does, stay off drug based antibiotics. Trust Mother Nature to take good care of you and she will.

 

Here's an excellent article on "The 11 best Natural Antibiotics and How to Use Them" from TheHealthCoach1.com by Sarah, the Healthy Home Economist.

 

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7 Beverages To Stop Consuming Today - Healthy Holistic Living

7 Beverages To Stop Consuming Today - Healthy Holistic Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
    by Natasha Longo Lately I’ve been focusing on all the foods we should stop consuming, but what about beverages which can account for up to 30 percent of our daily calorie intake? Many...
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You're trying diligently to be healthy buying real whole food so don't forget about the beverages you and your family consume. Most people drink a lot more than just filtered water throughout the day. If you're consuming processed sodas, sports drinks, big name specialty coffee/tea drinks, drinks sweetened with artificial sugars, processed orange/fruit juice,  dairy milk, and tap water you'll want to take a second look at these chemically toxic sugar laden, nutritionally deficient poisons. Reading labels you'll see words you can't pronounce which is a very good indication that this beverage isn't Mother Nature made. There's a good clue right  there to not purchase the item. As for tap water, most municipalities add the poison fluoride to the water. And for those  places who don't add fluoride, there are still dangerous chemicals, pharmaceutical drug residues, and other pollutants in the water. A good home water filtration system or an under the sink/countertop water filter plus a shower filter is recommended. For those of you consuming cow's milk, whether it be pasteurized or raw, it's your choice of course. Just be aware that humans are the only species that consume another species milk. The dairy industry and big agriculture have a vested interest in keeping you as a customer, even while they allow animals to suffer needlessly.

 

Health tips: Drink certified organic or fair trade beverages. Make your own coffee lattes with coconut milk and powered by dates. There are many varieties of nut milks to buy or make your own. Drink Green tea, pomegranate/hibiscus tea, flavored filtered water - flavor with frozen fruits, lemons, limes, and of course drink lots of plain filtered water throughout your day.

 

Here's an excellent article on "7 beverages to Stop Consuming today" from healthy-holistic-living.com by Natasha Longo.

 

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How Matcha Tea Will Change Your Life

How Matcha Tea Will Change Your Life | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Are you drinking Green tea, specifically Matcha green tea from Japan which is very high in antioxidants (ECGG)? Matcha is the go to tea today. The antioxidant known as ECGG has 20 times the potency of vitamin C making it a great free radical fighter. The polyphenol catechins in Matcha are powerful enemies of cancer cells. Matcha also contains L-Theanine which helps you to relax and reduce your stress levels. Matcha has also been shown to help you lose weight. For more on green tea read my other post on this site "How Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight Naturally".

 

Health tips:  Drink 1-2 cups of green tea daily for maximum benefits. Matcha tea can also be used in baking. It's best to steep 10 minutes after the water boils for delicious tea.

 

Here's an excellent article on "How Matcha Tea will Change Your Life"  from buynongmoseeds.com

 

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Quinoa Nutrition: Are You Curious About Quinoa?

Quinoa Nutrition: Are You Curious About Quinoa? | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Are you eating quinoa, the seed known as an ancient grain that's a complete protein? Quinoa is gluten free and is rich in magnesium, potassium, calcium, zinc, manganese, phosphorus, iron, vitamins B and E, and essential fiber. Quinoa is considered an anti-inflammatory food and its flavonoids have anti-viral, anti-cancer, and anti-depressant effects. 

 

Health Tips:  You can buy white, red, and blended quinoa. It cooks in 15 minutes and comes out perfect every time. Boil 3 cups of filtered water and add 1 cup quinoa and seasonings. Cook 15 minutes and enjoy. Quinoa can be added to soups, salads, veggie homemade burgers, desserts, or served in place of rice. It's mild flavor goes with many different recipes. Quinoa can be soaked first before cooking and it can be ground into a GF flour. 

 

Here's an information packed article on "Quinoa Nutrition: Are You Curious About Quinoa?' from Buynongmoseeds.com

 

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A Breakfast Cooked While You Sleep!? Yes, It’s Possible!

A Breakfast Cooked While You Sleep!? Yes, It’s Possible! | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Did you know you can "cook" your food overnight by soaking it in a glass jar with all the ingredients you want to eat in the morning? Yes possible and very healthy, especially when you use plant based ingredients. The less cooking heat you use, the better and since this "Overnight Oats" meal is so easy to make, you'll be wanting to make it all the time. The possibilities for added ingredients to go with the oats is endless. The health benefits are equally awesome - magnesium, potassium, calcium, fiber, zinc, protein, and omega 3s.

 

Health Tips: Soak raw oats gluten free with coconut  or nut yogurt, chia or hemp seeds, dried or fresh fruit with some cinnamon and carob or raw cacao. You can pour your fave nut milk on top or use filtered water, give it all a stir and put in the fridge overnight. In the morning it will become creamy and delicious. 

 

Here's some interesting recipes for overnight oats "A Breakfast Cooked While You Sleep!? Yes It's Possible." from buynongmoseeds.com

 

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10 Of The Worst Food Ingredients To Never Eat Again

10 Of The Worst Food Ingredients To Never Eat Again | zestful living | Scoop.it
We've produced a simple guide to some of the worst offenders when it comes to food ingredients. When you check food labels, be sure to check for... [read more]
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Did you know that there's real food and fake chemically derived food? Did you also know that food manufacturers try to trick you  into buying the junk food in the container by labeling their product with false advertising with words like "all natural" on the package front? Many families don't take the time to read labels or just scan quickly missing or never noticing the harmful ingredients in the package. Many of these processed foods have a longer than normal shelf life and some like "Twinkies" never expire. These are man made chemicals, not real wholesome food from Mother Nature which rots if not eaten within a short period of time. Your body was never designed to consume  refined processed fake food with questionable ingredients aka chemicals/toxins/pesticides/GMOs.

 

Health Tip:  Every chemically derived ingredient you consume is tied to some type of chronic illness/disease. Whether it's the actual chemically induced ingredient or in a can (of food) with a chemical lining, these are toxic to your body and your health. When you eat real whole plant based food (Pictured) from Mother Nature, you're giving your body what it needs to function at its best.

 

Here'a an information packed article on "10 of the Worst Food Ingredients" from herbs-info.com

 

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Your Diet is Causing Inflammation and Arthritis Flare-ups - Here are 7 Foods that Fight Arthritis

Your Diet is Causing Inflammation and Arthritis Flare-ups - Here are 7 Foods that Fight Arthritis | zestful living | Scoop.it
Find out what foods you should and shouldn't eat to prevent the inflammation associated with arthritis.
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Did you know that what you eat affects every aspect of who you are from your behaviors to your moods, and attitude about life? The foods you consume are either anti-inflammatory or pro-inflammatory. Since the advent of processed foods from cans and boxes in the U.S. in the early 1900s to today’s explosion of processed junk foods loaded with highly inflammatory sugar and chemicals, pesticides, additives, GMOs, the incidence of chronic inflammation has soared and so has chronic disease. Pro-inflammatory foods trigger the release of inflammatory chemicals in your body that are directly responsible for your pain and the chronic disease such as arthritis. that’s one of the reasons it’s important to not just eat more anti-inflammatory foods, but to also reduce considerably or avoid completely all processed fake foods.

 

Health Tips:  Some pro-inflammatory foods to skip are the vegetable oils (corn, cottonseed, safflower, soybean, sunflower, and canola (which isn’t even from a plant, but a man made oil).  Did you now that too much omega 6s make your joints stiff? Polyunsaturated vegetable oils are from omega 6 fats. Polyunsaturated fats can also be from omega 3s which are anti-inflammatory. Use more extra virgin olive oil for your salads which are mono-saturated. Use extra virgin coconut oil for stir-frys or small amounts of sesame oil.  These are the healthy fats. Be careful with gluten if it affects your body. And of course stay away from packaged sugary foods, white flour, white rice, and all refined store bought products which are highly pro-inflammatory. Stick with veggies and fruit, herbs and spices, unrefined foods, organic and certified organic as much as possible, non-GMO, nuts/seeds, small amounts of ancient grains (amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, teff). These are anti-inflammatory foods. Eating flax, hemp, and/or chia seeds will give you all the omega 3 healthy fats your body needs without resorting to fish oil capsules. Make sure to take enough vitamin D3, B-complex, and ionic magnesium as most people are deficient in these key nutrients. Keep moving and laughing.

 

Here’s an information packed article on “Arthritis-Foods to Eat and foods to Avoid” from HealthyandNaturalWorld.com 

 

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Calcium for Healthy Bones - Discover Better Sources of Calcium Than Dairy Products

Calcium for Healthy Bones - Discover Better Sources of Calcium Than Dairy Products | zestful living | Scoop.it
For years we believed that we need to eat dairy products to provide calcium for strong and healthy bones, but the truth actually lies elsewhere. Read here to get more information.
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Did you know that calcium is essential for your body to function well?  Calcium is one of the key mineral electrolytes including sodium, and potassium. Calcium relaxes muscles like magnesium and calcium is one of the best substances for maintaining strong bones or replacing bone already lost. Science now knows that plant based foods are rich in calcium and have higher calcium absorption.

 

Health Tips:  Leafy greens like watercress are very high in calcium as are nuts, tahini, cruciferous veggies ( cabbage, kale, broccoli), sweet potatoes, figs, beans, parsley, tofu, and fermented natto.  Boron, vitamins D3, K1 and 2 are also needed for strong bones. Natto contains more K2 than any other food source. 

 

Here's an excellent article on "Calcium For Healthy Bones - Discover Better Sources of Calcium than Dairy Products" from HealthyandNaturalWorld.com 

 

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Magnesium Deficiency: Top 10 Foods to Eat

Magnesium Deficiency: Top 10 Foods to Eat | zestful living | Scoop.it
Signs You Have Magnesium Deficiency and How to Cure It
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Are you eating foods rich in magnesium?  Did you know that magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical functions in your body and is the key player in cellular energy dynamics? your body requires magnesium to function optimally. Like chromium, many individuals are often deficient in magnesium. In people with diabetes, low magnesium reduces insulin production and makes cells less sensitive to its effects. Magnesium increases the strength of intestinal contractions and improves bowel regularity. It also encourages the wavelike contractions that move waste products through your body. Magnesium improves the metabolic efficiency of your heart cells and relieves chest pain and other symptoms of angina and magnesium helps to reduce your risk of heart disease. It relaxes the muscle walls of arteries better and safer than prescription drugs. It's used in emergency situations for people with extremely high blood pressure or irregular heartbeat. Low magnesium levels affect several chemicals thought to play a key role in migraines.

 

Health Tips:  Eat magnesium rich foods and take high quality ionic magnesium, especially if you're taking drugs to lower your blood pressure. Many drugs deplete minerals in your body and are known as drug muggers, a phrase coined by Suzy Cohen, pharmacist. Pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium as are leafy greens like spinach (pictured), broccoli, mustard greens, nuts like almonds, pine nuts, buckwheat flour (buckwheat is a seed), sunflower seeds, chickpeas, split peas, lentils, white beans, Swiss chard, artichoke hearts, and other plant based foods.

 

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Health Benefits of Eating Pomegranate | OrganicMedic

Health Benefits of Eating Pomegranate | OrganicMedic | zestful living | Scoop.it
For some, eating pomegranates reminds them of Hades and Persephone, when the god of the underworld handed the fruit to Demeter’s daughter, forcing her to spend
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Are you eating pomegranates when in season or drinking pomegranate juice with no added sugar? Pomegranate is a nutrient dense highly absorbable antioxidant superstar revered as a symbol of vibrant life. Every part of this fruit originally from ancient Persia has a medicinal purpose. A biologically active compound found in pomegranate includes punicanolic acid that provides cellular support to help with inflammation. It is a heart healthy fruit.  Studies show that compounds in pomegranate inhibit the formation of what is known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs) that accumulate in your brain, kidneys, arteries, and skin as you age. Pomegranate juice keeps arteries clear and protects against prostrate and other cancers. Studies show that drinking pomegranate juice helps reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension. Pomegranate juice also helps protect joint cartilage. 

 

Health Tips:  Pomegranate fruit is available from September to January in most markets. Pomegranate juice is available year round. The juice and seeds inside the tough outer layer are edible and well worth the effort it takes to deseed. You can sprinkle the seeds on salads as pictured above. You can add some pomegranate juice to your green tea for a thirst quenching  summer beverage that will hydrate you and keep you  heart healthy.

 

Here's an information packed post on "Pomegranate: Not Just Another antioxidant" from Organicmedic.com

 

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12 Antioxidant-Rich Foods to Boost Your Immune System » EcoWatch

12 Antioxidant-Rich Foods to Boost Your Immune System » EcoWatch | zestful living | Scoop.it
Here are 12 naturally anti-inflammatory foods that are full of antioxidants which boost your immune system, fight disease and reduce inflammation
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Did you know that real whole plant based foods are rich in antioxidants, are anti-inflammatory, boost your immune system, protect you from disease and vision loss, build strong bones, and cut your risk of cancers?  Antioxidants help reduce free radical damage which causes inflammation. Veggies and fruits are rich in salicylic acid, a natural anti-inflammatory substance very similar to the active ingredient in aspirin. Better to get the anti-inflammatory benefits without bleeding problems caused by aspirin. Anthocyanin pigments, a group of antioxidant flavonoids that have major anti-inflammatory effects,  are responsible for the bright colors of many fruits and veggies such as cherries, pomegranate, and berries. Their impressive quality is the ability to fight hard against free radical molecules that initiate disease and cartilage damage. Anthocyanins are one of the most powerful antioxidants you want to eat as much of as possible. You can also take a blueberry and/or pomegranate extract high in anthocyanin content to reduce body weight gain from consuming too many of these fruits. 

 

Health tips:  Herbs such as ginger, clove,  and turmeric also have anti-inflammatory properties. Green tea is plentiful in the antioxidant  known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) that has 20 times the potency of vitamin C, making it one of the top fighters of free radicals. Choose organic for all herbs,, teas. You can add fresh ginger root (a 1-2" piece) to your green tea for a refreshing springtime drink. Or you can drink blueberry-pomegranate-green tea. The possibilities of deliciousness coupled with nutritional benefits from consuming antioxidant rich foods are unlimited.

 

Here's an information packed post on "12 Antioxidants-Rich foods to Boost Your Immune System" from EcoWatch by Diana Herrington.

 

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Parsley Benefits: It's Not Just For Garnish Anymore!

Parsley Benefits: It's Not Just For Garnish Anymore! | zestful living | Scoop.it
Parsley benefits? It's a great herb for garnishes and more! Its healthy, green appearance perks up most any plate. But parsley is good for more than garnishes!
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Are you adding the super star parsley to your foods? Parsley is a member of the carrot family, is low sodium,  and contains two different kinds of potent compounds: volatile oil components and flavonoids. The volatile oil neutralizes certain types of carcinogens and qualifies parsley as a "chemoprotective" food that protects healthy tissues from the toxic effects of anticancer drugs. Parsley boasts highly active volatile components such as myristicin, apiol, and the more common eugenol. Eugenol is an effective antibacterial and antimicrobial agent. It can be used as an anesthetic and antiseptic for tooth and gum disease. More promising is that eugenol has been shown to help reduce blood sugar levels. Myristicin helps prevent oxidative damage and it also provides beneficial anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Parsley's volatile oils also help to neutralize certain toxic chemicals found in smoke and charcoal grilled foods. Parsley's flavonoids help protect cells against damage from oxygen free radicals. Luteolin, a specific flavonoid supports the metabolism of carbohydrates and provides anti-inflammatory activity. Parsley is rich in chlorophyll which is a purifier for your body. Consuming chlorophyll oxygenates and rebuilds your blood, which then optimizes your body's ability to absorb nutrients.

 

Health Tips:  There are three parsley types: curly leaf (pictured), flat leaf or Italian parsley, and the less familiar parsley root or Hamburg parsley. Parsley has a vibrant flavor and can be used  as an ingredient in soups, roasted or fresh veggies, a topping for quinoa, buckwheat, or millet, in salads, and in your green smoothies. Parsley is a main ingredient in tabbouleh, a Middle Eastern salad which can be made from bulgur or quinoa, tomatoes and cucumbers Parsley can also be added to hummus and dips. You can grow parsley in your herb garden and it will return year after year.

 

Here's an information packed post  with recipes on "Benefits of Parsley: Not Just for garnish Anymore" from DIYNatural.com by Debra Maslowski.

 

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