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Nine reasons to never eat processed foods again

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Nine reasons to never eat processed foods again
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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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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.

 

Here's an information packed post on "Magnesium Deficiency: Top 10 Foods to Eat" from Naturalblaze.com by Anya V

 

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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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10 Super Green Foods To Eat Every Day - Herbs Info

10 Super Green Foods To Eat Every Day - Herbs Info | zestful living | Scoop.it
Check out our list of 10 of the best green foods. We've also researched and found the science behind the claims and included it in our full report.. click the link to learn more! :)
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Did you know that all green foods are amazingly beneficial for your body?  Green is the color of vibrant health for you. Are you aware that  green foods are now considered the most important food source for humans due to their essential fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and other nutrients? Greens are loaded with nutrition and are Mother Nature's original "fast food". Green foods don't take much time for your body to digest and absorb. Thereby they help you save your energy for other activities.

 

Health Tips: Try this experiment, look at the foods you regularly consume, and think about how you and your body feel when you eat them. Are you eating something sugary for breakfast or mid morning? Do you feel exhausted from a sugar crash or does your skin look pale or very dry. Perhaps you're dehydrated. Now look at a juicy cucumber, a bunch of spinach, or some fresh kiwi. They're all full of color and nutrients which they impart to you when you eat  or drink them, as in a green smoothie. Eat real whole plant based foods which are alive, rewarding you with youthful and glowing skin, abundant energy, a clear mind, and great health keeping you zestfully thriving into your 90's and beyond.

 

Here's a great site with fabulous articles. This one on "10 Super Green Foods to Eat Every day" from herbs-info.com

 

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The 10 Most Functional Foods In The World Which Destroy Cancer Cells

The 10 Most Functional Foods In The World Which Destroy Cancer Cells | zestful living | Scoop.it
There is no such thing as a cancer cell that cannot be defeated by the human immune system. The difference between cancers that grow and those that don't are what we put in our bodies to prohibit their growth.
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This article speaks to the health benefits of Functional Foods in regard to cancer and inhibiting tumors.  Functional foods, according to the Mayo clinic, are foods that have a potentially positive effect on on health beyond basic nutrition. For example green foods are functional foods because they support your gut health. If you remember, 70-80% of your immune system resides in your gut. The food you consume, digest, and absorb is a major determinant to getting cancer. Studies show there are certain foods that have an immediate neutralizing effect on cancer cells, while other foods can fuel their growth. Nutrition plays a huge role in cancer prevention.

 

Health Tips: Eat anticancer foods aka functional foods to keep your immune system healthy and reduce your risk of cancer. The most powerful anticancer activity in nature is found in three groups of vegetables: Crucifers (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and cabbage), alliums (onions and garlic), and dark leafy green veggies. Eating all types of veggies (including medicinal mushrooms; maitake and shiitake) sea veggies, and other high fiber foods (beans, peas, lentils, nuts, seeds, ancient grains as in amaranth, and quinoa),, as well as herbs like turmeric, ginger, astragalus, and others. Staying hydrated, exercising, laughing, and sleeping well are all important as well.

 

Here's an information packed post on "The 10 Most Functional Foods in the World which Destroy Cancer Cells" from eatlocalgrown.com

 

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Turmeric Repairs Damaged Liver Tissues, Promotes Overall Liver Health

Turmeric Repairs Damaged Liver Tissues, Promotes Overall Liver Health | zestful living | Scoop.it
by Elizabeth Renter, Turmeric, it gives curries their smoky, pungent taste and gorgeous yellow hue. But this root is far more than just tasty—it’s one of the most valuable plant-based medicines in existence. Research has connected turmeric to a variety of wonderful benefits, including and especially the promotion of liver health. The Role of Turmeric…
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Are you adding turmeric to your meals? Turmeric is the main anti-inflammatory herb of ayurvedic medicine. It's primary compound curcumin fights viral infection, cancer, and arthritis via its powerful antioxidant action. Curcumin also protects the liver, stimulates the gallbladder, and scavenges free radicals. Curcumin is an excellent herbal remedy for situations where high levels of antioxidants are needed.Numerous studies link cur cumin to diabetes related conditions. Curcumin is a potent cancer preventative and can help recovery from cancer by stimulating the immune system. Curcumin also helps to relax blood vessels to lower blood pressure. And in regions of the world where turmeric is consumed regularly, as in India,  the rates of Alzheimer's disease are much lower than in western cultures.

 

Health Tips:  Turmeric is available as a yellow powder and tincture. You can buy raw turmeric root and grate it into your meals. Curcumin is available in capsules. To get the nutritional benefits of turmeric, add a teaspoon of powder with black pepper and some coconut oil or olive oil to your soups, veggies, and salads. Curries are another tasty way to get turmeric into your body. you can also make turmeric milk using coconut milk or nut milk. Grated turmeric root or powder can be added to your green smoothies.

 

Here's an information packed article on "Turmeric repairs Damaged Liver tissues, Promotes Overall Liver Health" from Myscienceacademy.org

 

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11 Foods That May Be The Fountain Of Youth | Idea Digezt

11 Foods That May Be The Fountain Of Youth | Idea Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
1. Eating sweet potatoes has lots of benefits, including keeping your skin firm. Every time you eat a sweet potato you do your whole body a favor, including your face. “Sweet potato is an incredibly healthy food filled with carotene (key ingredient for glowing skin), vitamin C and B6, biotin and fiber and a strong antioxidant,” says Stephanie Middleberg, a New York based dietitian and founder of Middleberg Nutrition. It’s also a good source of copper, which helps your body produce collagen, making the tubers a cheaper and less painful delivery system than facial injections. But how you eat your sweet potatoes matters, too: Sweet potato fries are not necessarily a healthier choice than regular ol’ French fries. “It really depends how they are cooked,” says Keri Gans, a New York-based registered dietician and the author of the The Small Change Diet. “If they are deep fried, then don’t be fooled, you’re still eating a French fry.” Try making some baked sweet potato fries instead, so
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Did you know that eating plant based foods is one of the best ways to nourish your body giving it what it recognizes so it can function in a healthy way to repair cells, rebuild and restore muscle, lose unwanted fat, and reduce damage. Plant based whole foods are rich in nutrients, antioxidants, are anti-inflammatory, are cancer fighters, promote longevity, help to hydrate you, give you energy, clear thinking, and taste so delicious. 

 

Health Tips:  Are you someone who thinks healthy food doesn't taste good? Healthy food is mouthwatering goodness in each bite. Eating healthy and being healthy. What could be better? Maybe you're not into cooking and don't like the store bought packaged "healthy food". Have you tried plant based "fast food" as in veggies and fruits - just wash, eat, and enjoy or nuts/seeds - just pop in mouth and delight in crunchy, nutty taste?  Did you  know you can make fabulous frozen delights by peeling bananas, tossing berries, mangoes and other fruits of your choice in your freezer? And topping with cinnamon, carob, raw cacao, coconut shreds, nut butters, cacao nibs. Do you own a food processor or blender or have strong hands? There's numerous easy to make recipes you can prepare which take very little time and will astound your tastebuds. Online healthy recipes are everywhere on and off the internet. Surprise yourself by exploring new plant based recipes from around the world.  You just might fall in love.

 

Here's an information packed post on "11 foods That May Be the Fountain of Youth" from Ideadigezt.com

 

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10 Aloe Vera Benefits - Why You Need It In Your Home

10 Aloe Vera Benefits - Why You Need It In Your Home | zestful living | Scoop.it
Aloe vera is one of the world's most powerful medicinal plants. Here we explore the ten best aloe vera benefits you may not know about.
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Do you take aloe vera daily? You can drink the juice from this medicinal plant and use it on your skin. Aloe is a prickly, gray green succulent, native to Africa but cultivated around the world. It's an immune stimulant, laxative, and anti-inflammatory agent. It also promotes the absorption of nutrients through the digestive tract and normalizes blood sugar. Aloe is used for burns and wounds. Aloe gel is a mild anesthetic that relieves itching, swelling, and pain.High quality aloe vera juice helps to ease digestive disorders like ulcers,  Crohn's disease , and helps your intestinal gut flora.

 

Health Tips:  If you have aloe plants, you can use the leaves in your green smoothies. The best time of day for cutting is mid afternoon when the plant has moved a large amount of sap into the leaf. Drinking very high quality aloe juice with standardized concentrations of polysaccharides is highly recommended. You want the most extensively tested aloe vera. This subscriber is happy to chat with you and answer any questions.

 

Here's an information packed post on "10 Reasons Why Every Home Should Have an Aloe Vera Plant" from naturallivingideas.com

 

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Instantly Change Your Mood by Putting These Items in Your Mouth | StethNews

Instantly Change Your Mood by Putting These Items in Your Mouth | StethNews | zestful living | Scoop.it
You may find this hard to believe, but it is true that whatever you put in your mouth could alter your mind. One proof is after eating heavy lunch, you will
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You must know by now that the food you eat, digest, and absorb affects every aspect of who you are; your behavior, your thinking, your moods, and your health. Eating too much sugar  and processed foods with hidden sugars  can have you  experience intense mood swings which are like a roller coaster ride soaring uncontrollably from high to low. Many studies show that sugar and artificial sweeteners are highly addictive for many people, creating a very dependence in the brain and leading to feelings of misery, hopelessness, and unhappiness when removed. If this is happening to you, keep a journal of what you eat and how you feel afterward. You may want to connect with a doctor who understands nutrition and its role in your health. Did you know that people who process sugar poorly have a significantly smaller hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning. Depression is tied to heart disease. Take a high quality B complex along with eating real whole plant based foods.

 

Health Tips:  To save your brain, start eating  brightly colored, antioxidant fiber rich veggies and fruits as well as healthy fats like avocado, nuts (walnuts), flax, chia, and hemp seeds, coconut and olive oils, whole grains like amaranth and quinoa, and legumes (beans, peas, lentils). Get plenty of exercise throughout your day, and get quality sleep of 7-9 hours. Eating healthy complex carbs with every meal helps your brain maintain levels of feel-good serotonin which keeps your mood on the sunny side.

 

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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.

 

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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

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(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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10 Health Benefits of Broccoli

10 Health Benefits of Broccoli | zestful living | Scoop.it
Broccoli has exceptional anticancer properties, especially for breast cancer
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Are you eating cruciferous veggies like broccoli (pictured above)? Broccoli is rich in antioxidants and compounds  that boost your immunity, protects you from heart disease and vision loss. Broccoli drives down the risk of cataracts and  builds bone. Consuming broccoli and its cruciferous relatives (kale, cauliflower, and cabbage) is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of cancer. Broccoli and other crucifers help protect your cartilage and block joint pain the same way that COX-2 arthritis drugs do, but without  drugs harmful side effects and the crucifers compounds have longer lasting effects. Broccoli , cabbage, and cauliflower are also  top omega 3 plant foods and contain essential fiber.

 

Health Tips:  Consuming brightly colored pigmented veggies, either raw or steamed is one of the best ways to get high quality nutrition into your body on a daily basis. Try to eat as many veggies as possible with every meal. Veggies have no calories, so you can eat your fill and still eat more. Rather than eating calorie restricted foods, which are usually filled with chemical additives and highly refined substances,  choose veggies instead helping your body to be nourished instead of malnourished. Veggies are  also easily digested by your body. And if you garden, consider planting broccoli and other crucifers. You don't need much space as you can do container gardening or even the new trend vertical gardening. There are many ways to give your body what it craves. So what are you waiting for? Begin today and feel fabulous.

 

Here's an information packed post on "10 Health Benefits of Broccoli" from Aboutnutritionfacts.com and info graphic via Natural Healthy Concepts.

 

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Top 10 Herbs For Diabetes

Top 10 Herbs For Diabetes | zestful living | Scoop.it
Studies have demonstrated that herbs can help diabetics through any of the following mechanisms: increased insulin secretion and sensitivity,
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Did you know that every time you eat carbs, your body breaks them down into various sugar molecules? The main one is glucose. Glucose is the fuel your cells use for energy. When it's in your blood is called blood sugar.  During digestion, glucose seeps through the intestinal wall and enters your bloodstream. Cells can't take in glucose to be converted to fuel without insulin. Insulin is the hormone that escorts glucose from the bloodstream into your body's cells. Insulin is produced by the pancreas. When the pancreas senses that glucose levels are rising, using after meals, then insulin is released into the bloodstream, so more cells open up to let in the fuel they need. Type 2 diabetes begins when your cells don't respond to insulin efficiently. When glucose levels are consistently elevated, it means that insulin isn't working well and then your pancreas makes more of it. When cells don't open up in the presence of insulin, they have what is called insulin resistance. This is the first stage of type 2 diabetes, and when this happens your cells aren't getting enough glucose. Type 2 diabetes is considered a metabolic disorder that affects every organ in your body, including your brain. One of the most scary things about diabetes is that it typically displays no symptoms in its early stages. A huge number of people with diabetes aren't even aware they have it. This condition is now referred to as pre-diabetes. Many people with type 2 have it for more than ten years before it's diagnosed, having already suffered damage to the small blood vessels, which harms circulation and deprives the body of good nutrition. The body can literally starve, when untreated, even though there is plenty of food. Telltale signs are excessive thirst and hunger, with frequent urination. The excess sugar that is not metabolized is stored as fat, which is why it is very easy for those with diabetes to gain weight. Fatigue, blurred vision, frequent infections, and slow wound healing are other symptoms. Lifestyle changes and your food choices do make a difference.

 

Health Tips: If you're dealing with type 2 diabetes, you have to be carb smart. Consume a simple carb like a processed store bought cracker/cookie and it will spike your blood sugar in minutes. Simple carbs are refined carbohydrates which have had the essential fiber stripped during processing. Complex carbs are your best friends because they are digested more slowly and release their sugars into your bloodstream at a slow, steady rate, because they have all the essential fiber intact. Top fiber rich foods are leafy greens, veggies, sweet potatoes,, oats, beans, seeds, nuts, ancient grains like buckwheat (seed related to sorrel and rhubarb), and some fruit like apples and citrus fruits. Herbs and spices which have been used for thousands of years also play a huge role. Studies show that Cinnamon (pictured) can significantly reduce glucose levels in people with diabetes. Fennugreek, used in curries has been shown to improve blood sugar. Tarragon works also to control excessive thirst and reduce appetite. Cilantro and coriander, different names for same plant, are also good for diabetes. And let's not forget antioxidants and minerals like Chromium which helps the insulin to process sugar more efficiently. It does this by making your cells less resistant. Romaine lettuce and other leafy greens are chromium rich as are onions, fresh basil, and tomatoes.

 

Here's an information packed article on "Herbs for Diabetes" from herbs-info.com

 

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7 Nutraceuticals That Will Boost and Detox Your Liver

7 Nutraceuticals That Will Boost and Detox Your Liver | zestful living | Scoop.it
Optimizing liver function helps ensure the body can effectively rid itself of pollutants, heavy metals and various other toxins...
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Did you know that your liver is one of the main detoxification organs in your body? In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver was regarded as the seat of your emotions. Taking very good care of your liver is one of the best steps you can take to ensure optimum function. In today's world with the accumulation of environmental toxins, pollutants, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, in the soil, the air you breathe, and the water you drink, it's necessary to take high quality nutraceutical supplements and organic herbs.to ensure that your liver is working at its peak performance. It's important to eat real whole  organic plant based food as much as possible to reduce pesticides. Growing your own produce, buying at a farmer's market, CSA, or your local food Co-Op does make a difference in relation to the amount of pesticides you ingest from the food you consume.

 

Health Tips: These herbs and supplements help your liver to function well. 1. The bitter principals in Dandelion (pictured) increase bile production and bile flow in your liver. This is helpful for those of you with sluggish liver function either due to poor food choices or heavy alcohol use. Dandelion helps the liver and helps reduce the risk of gallstones. Avoid taking if you already have gallstones. . 2. Burdock, a relative of the sunflower is another herb which is beneficial to your liver. The root is used for medicinal purposes. Burdock is a blood purifier. It clears congestion in the lymphatic, respiratory, and urinary systems. It can help eliminate excess fluids in the body and stimulate elimination of toxic waste materials, which relieves liver disorders and improves digestion. Burdock detoxifies the liver. 3. Milk Thistle, also known as Silymarin, an extract of milk thistle (the supplement form), is available in early spring is used in the treatment of liver diseases such as alcohol hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver poisoning, and viral hepatitis. There is no pharmaceutical equivalent, which is good. Milk thistle has other beneficial uses too. 4. Licorice is also beneficial for your liver as it purifies the liver and blood. 5. Wolfberry, Fo-Ti, and Schizandra are also liver protectors. 6. The supplement NAC,  N-aceytl-L-cysteine is a well known sulfur rich antioxidant which is a precursor to glutathione (master antioxidant). NAC  boosts the body's ability to handle free radicals and oxidative stress.  7. Glutathione, the master antioxidant supports your liver by eliminating toxic breakdown products of overdoses. Studies show that concentrations of glutathione in your liver are greater than in any other tissue in your body.  8. The mineral Selenium supports glutathione production.

 

Here's an information packed post on "7 Nutraceuticals That Will Boost and Detox Your Liver" from Naturalblaze.com by Jeffrey Sutton.

 

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Natural Sources of Vitamin A | StethNews

Natural Sources of Vitamin A | StethNews | zestful living | Scoop.it
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin found in meat, fish, poultry, dairy and many other animal products. It is also available in some plant-based foods in the
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Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, and K are key vitamins for your health. Vitamin A is important for bone growth, reproduction, , and immune system health. It also helps your skin, your vision, your teeth, your skeletal and soft tissues. It is water soluble and available in two forms. One is plant based found in produce (veggies and fruits). The other is animal based. In plants, your body converts beta-carotene, an antioxidant into vitamin A. Studies show that people who consume more beta-carotene foods and have higher blood levels of vitamin A are less likely to have problems with night vision.

 

Health Tips: Eat these plant based foods rich in beta-carotene: bright yellow and orange fruits as in grapefruit, cantaloupe, apricots; veggies as in carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and winter squash. Other sources: broccoli, spinach,  and most dark green leafy veggies. Look for the deep, bright pigmented veggies/fruits. Vitamin A deficiency causes  vision problems and you're more likely to get infectious diseases. 

 

Here's "Natural Sources of Vitamin A" from Stethnews.com

 

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Fight inflammation with these delicious smoothies!

Fight inflammation with these delicious smoothies! | zestful living | Scoop.it
Do you or anyone you know have ADD/ADHD, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, chronic pain, celiac, allergies, lupus, rheumatoid arthrit...
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Are you suffering from chronic inflammation? Inflammation, not chronic is your body's response to irritation, infection, and injury. It can have different names when it appears in different parts of the body. For example, when it's in your joints, it's called arthritis. when in sinuses, it's sinusitis. The "itis" denotes the chronic inflammation, which is persistent and which activates your immune system. Chronic inflammation is a major player in the development of degenerative diseases as in type 2 diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease. The danger of low level inflammation is that it is silent. You may have for example stress induced inflammation, which persists undetected for years, or decades causing cell death throughout your body. Chronic inflammation leads to loss of youthful functions. It contributes to the deterioration of the aging process. Chronic inflammation can be triggered by cellular stress and dysfunction, caused by excessive calorie consumption, elevated blood sugar levels, and oxidative stress. As you can see, what you eat and your lifestyle habits play a huge role in the inflammatory process.

 

Health Tips:  There are foods which are anti-inflammatory and ones which are pro-inflammatory. It's best to consume anti-inflammatory foods as much as is possible or all the time. Homemade or DIY Green smoothies are one of the best anti-inflammatory foods for your body. Green juices are great too as is consuming real whole plant based food and herbs/spices/fermented foods (organic and local) as much as possible. Don't beat yourself up if you eat some of the pro-inflammatory foods like white sugars, all sugars, white flours, breads, crackers, rice, gluten, refined processed foods, vegetable oils, microwave popcorn, GMOs, etc. Your body will let you know in the form of headaches, migraines, rashes, skin issues, joint and body pain, morning stiffness, foggy brain, cravings, illness, gas, bloating, constipation, and allergies. Listen to your body. It has all the answers. Introduce anti-inflammatory foods slowly if you've not been eating them  Again green smoothies are a beneficial way of getting the nutrient dense goodness of dark leafy greens, fresh veggies, and one small piece of fruit, into your body on a daily basis. You'll always get protein and the minerals your body craves. Eat foods produced by nature. This is true nutrition, it's what your body requires to keep you vibrant and zestfully alive through the years.

 

Here's a neat article with a super info graphic on anti-inflammatory foods vs pro-inflammatory and some smoothie recipes. (If you have blood sugar issues, one piece of fruit is more than sufficient). "Fight Inflammation with These Smoothies" from Transformyourfood.com

 

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12 Reasons Why You Should Consume More Cucumbers

12 Reasons Why You Should Consume More Cucumbers | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Are you eating cucumbers, those high water content veggies that are really fruits? Yes, cucumber is a fruit in the melon family. Who knew? Cucumbers are loaded with nutritional benefits and taste so good. There's two kinds: slicing and pickling. Pickling cukes are smaller and have thinner skins, which are great for pickles. Did you know that cucumbers have plant lignans, phyto (plant) estrogens? These weak estrogens occupy space on your body's estrogen receptor sites that might be otherwise occupied by stronger estrogens, substances like plastics and petrochemicals, which enter through environmental sources. By occupying these sites, lignans and other plant estrogens protect against estrogen driven cancers.

 

Health Tips:  Cucumbers are rich in vitamin C and K and other nutrients including antioxidant flavonoids: apigenin (dilates blood vessels), quercetin, (reduces inflammation) and others. Cucumbers are best stored in your fridge. Eat the skins which have nutrient richness. Choose organic as cucumbers are heavily sprayed. Cucumbers are super great in green smoothies, salads, cold gazpacho soup, and are delicious frozen in your filtered water.

 

Here's "12 Reasons Why You Should Consume More Cucumbers" from buynongmoseeds.com

 

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5 Wonderful benefits of Sunflower seeds | Health Digezt

5 Wonderful benefits of Sunflower seeds | Health Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
Mix ‘em with cereals, sprinkle ‘em over salad, top ‘em over bread, or simply enjoy them all on their own—there’s so many ways to enjoy the nutty, delicious
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Are you adding more seeds to your meals? Sunflower seeds, which are given to us from the amazing sunflower plants have a very high oil content (polyunsaturated). They were used by Native Americans for 5,ooo years. They are rich in protein and vitamin E, a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant for a healthy nervous system, clear memory, and focused thinking. They are also high in selenium  (another potent antioxidant which improves your body's ability to recognize and fight early cancer cells) and magnesium plus copper, vitamin B-1, B-3, and B-6. Sunflower seeds and pistachios have the highest  plant sterols which lower cholesterol.

 

Health Tips:  Sunflower seeds have a mild nutty taste and can be  eaten as a healthy snack, added to salads, plus you can make your own sunflower seed butter as pictured above. You can find sunflower seeds in bulk bins sold either shelled or unshelled. Make sure the store you purchase from has a good turnover rate and that the seeds aren't yellow as that indicates rancidity. Choose raw sunflower seeds over the oily salty ones. To make your own sunflower butter, use a seed grinder or food processor and add a small amount of organic extra virgin coconut or olive oil to the ground seeds until you get a desired thickness. You can add other ingredients or not. Always your choice.

 

Here's "5 Wonderful Benefits of Sunflower Seeds" from HealthDigezt.com

 

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