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How Nature Resets Our Minds and Bodies

How Nature Resets Our Minds and Bodies | zestful living | Scoop.it
The research behind an understanding that natural environments refocus our attention, lessening stress and hastening healing

Via Margarita Tarragona, The BioSync Team
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Great article. To me it's just common sense - being out in nature or looking out a hospital window viewing trees has to be less stressful than looking a the side of a building.

Nature is healing and it affects how our bodies respond.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, April 4, 2013 11:12 AM

Nature as an extremely effective treatment intervention!

Henry David Thoreau, writing inThe Atlantic in June 1862, said, "I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least -- and it is commonly more than that -- sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements."

Read More:  http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/03/how-nature-resets-our-minds-and-bodies/274455/


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Kirk Fontaine's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:28 AM

It is interesting to learn how nature and the enviromment has an effect on how we recover from illnesses 

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 5, 2013 10:53 AM

Great scoop!  Thanks Kirk!

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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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The BioSync Team's curator insight, November 17, 2013 8:18 PM

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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4 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Mushrooms

4 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Mushrooms | zestful living | Scoop.it
Mushrooms can help in the fight against cancer. A study in the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms found that chaga mushrooms inhibited cancer
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Did you know that mushrooms, especially Medicinal mushrooms have been used for 5,000 years for nutritional and medicinal purposes in East Asia?  

 

Health Tips:  Maitake mushrooms are classified as adaptogens, herbs that help the body adapt to stress and resist infection. These mushrooms have been shown to significantly boost your immune system and build immune reserves. Maitake is a proven cancer fighter. Take under supervision of health professional. 

 

Reishi mushroom ranks as one of the best Chinese tonics and has been reported to boost energy, help the body resist disease and stress, and promote longevity. Reishi is also considered an adaptogen and Western herbalists recommend it as an immune stimulant. It's used to treat allergies, asthma, and mushroom poisoning. Reishi is also a cancer fighter and is probably the most widely available medicinal mushroom. It is available as food, teas, syrups, tinctures, and tablets. Avoid if you have allergies to other mushrooms or molds. Take under doctor's care if taking blood thinning meds.

 

Shiitake mushroom is good for preventing high blood pressure and heart disease, controlling cholesterol levels, building resistance to viruses, and fighting diseases like cancer. shiitake contains polysaccharides (complex sugars) that stimulate the immune system to fight colds. It can be eaten as food and is available in tinctures and tablets. Avoid if you have bladder cancer.

 

Chaga mushroom is highly sought after due to its high levels of antioxidants and healing properties. Chaga is rich in vitamins, A, B, C, D, E and minerals such as manganese, iron, calcium, zinc, selenium. Chaga contains powerful anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-candida, and anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Chaga is rich in beta-glucans which strengthen and reinforce the immune system which is great for people with auto-immune disorders, such as chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, lymphoma, bursitis, shingles, and PCOS. Chaga tea is very beneficial.

 

Read more about "4 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Mushrooms" from www.ecowatch.com by Michelle Schoffro Cook, Care2.

 

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10 Potent Foods That Kill Pain Fast

10 Potent Foods That Kill Pain Fast | zestful living | Scoop.it
4. Tahini Made from ground sesame seeds, tahini is a delicious dish which delivers a high dose of magnesium, a mineral most people don’t get enough of.  Magnesium has a long list of amazing health benefits including the ability to fight muscle tension.  To treat head-aches and sore muscles, whip up a batch of raw tahini using this guide.  5. Turmeric Curcumin, a natural phenol… [read more]
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Did you know that plant based real whole food is anti-inflammatory and can help alleviate pain?   Medicinal herbs and spices have the highest concentration of antioxidants. Antioxidant rich foods protect against stroke, can help decrease artery stiffness, prevent blood clots from forming, and lower blood pressure and inflammation.

 

Health Tips:  All plant food have anti-inflammatory effects, but some plants are better than others. Berries and dark leafy greens have been found to be significantly better at dousing systemic inflammation than more common lower antioxidant produce, such as bananas and lettuce. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger's new book, "How Not to Die".

 

When you buy produce, opt for the darker pigmented varieties as in red onions, beets, purple cabbage, carrots, potatoes, green or orange cauliflower as these have more antioxidants. The more bitter and pungent greens and veggies appear, the better for your health. Sharp colors and flavors, these are the antioxidants. Think bright orange turmeric, yellow ginger, and cumin. Use these herbs in place of common salt for more flavorful and colorful meals.

 

Caveat: if you suffer from gallstones avoid turmeric as it may trigger pain. And be careful eating too much turmeric as it may increase the risk of kidney stones.

 

Read more about "10 Potent Foods That Kill Pain Fast" from www.naturallivingideas.com by admin.

 

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10 Superfoods That Will Keep You Healthy This Winter

10 Superfoods That Will Keep You Healthy This Winter | zestful living | Scoop.it
Superfoods can help fight off infection. Try incorporating these 10 superfoods from Door to Door Organics to keep you feeling your best this winter.
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Did you know that Mother Nature's medicinal herbs, spices and real whole plant based food are the true superfoods for your body and brain? What are superfoods? They are foods that contain high concentrations of life enhancing plant nutrients, as well as healthy fats, proteins, and complex carbs that help release their sugars into your bloodstream in a slow, steady way.

 

These super stars are important every day of the year as they boost your immune system, supply abundant electrolytes and other minerals, vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, enzymes, essential fatty acids, and true nutrition which your body requires to function optimally. Eating foods with no or low refined sugars and other processed food have been shown to have a lower incidence of many health problems usually associated with the Western diet.

 

Health Tips:  Are you aware that hemp seeds are often called the most complete food because they're rich in the needed ratios of omega fatty acids: 3,6, and 9 and they are high in protein? They are also high in most minerals and many vitamins. Remember to add them to your green smoothies, salads, puddings, desserts.

 

Read more about "10 Superfoods That Will Keep You Healthy This Winter" from www.ecowatch.com by Cole Mellino.

 

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11 Tricks to Stop Unhealthy Food Cravings

11 Tricks to Stop Unhealthy Food Cravings | zestful living | Scoop.it
The types of foods that people crave are highly variable, but these are often processed junk foods that are high in sugar. Cravings are one of the biggest 
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Did you know that when you crave certain food what you're really craving is the minerals your body is lacking? When you eat organic plant based real whole food you'll get the vitamins, minerals, plant nutrients, amino acids (building blocks of protein), and antioxidants your body needs to function optimally.

 

Sometime around mid afternoon you may think your hungry, when you're really dehydrated and require water. Drinking more filtered water throughout your day and between meals helps keep your body dehydrated and keeps you full.

 

Health tips: Consume pulses (lentils, split peas, beans) for a hearty lunch with heaps of veggies and some greens or microgreens.  Legumes or pulses help you to feel full longer.

 

Taking a power walk, swimming or riding a bike are good exercises to do to keep your mind busy and active and off your obsession with food. 

 

Read more about "11 Tricks to Stop Unhealthy Food Cravings" from www.ecowatch.com by Adda Bjarnadottir Authority Nutrition.

 

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15 Best Foods for Detoxing Your Body

15 Best Foods for Detoxing Your Body | zestful living | Scoop.it
Help ward off the harmful effects of pollution, food additives, second-hand smoke and other toxins with delicious fruits, vegetables, nuts, oils and beans.
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Did you know that all plant based real whole food is the very best of ingredients you can put in your body to ward off illness, diseases, and help you live zestfully into your 90s and beyond?

 

 From Superfoods which are food containing the highest amount of life enhancing phytonutrients (plant nutrients) to Medicinal herbs like cinnamon and clove helpful for diabetes. Then there's ginger and turmeric aiding digestion and preventing cancer cells from growing, and oregano and thyme, calming symptoms of colds and strongly antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-oxidant.

 

Health Tips:  Every day eat heaping plates of greens, veggies, a few fruits, some nuts and seeds, legumes,  and some ancient grain if you don't have any gluten issues. For every processed refined sugary food you eat, consume twice as much of the real plant based food. These foods naturally help detox and heal your body.

 

You're taste buds will recognize the difference and soon you'll be eating more of the plants and less of the other. Then you'll really notice how good you feel and how much more energy you have to play with your kids, pets, your partner/spouse. Life is good. What are you waiting for?  Get started now on your wellness path to vitality.

 

Read more about "15 Best Foods for Detoxing Your body" from www.ecowatch.com by Michelle Schoffro Cook, Care2.

 

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11 Foods to Avoid If You Want to Lose Weight

11 Foods to Avoid If You Want to Lose Weight | zestful living | Scoop.it
Here are 11 foods to avoid when you’re trying to lose weight. From french fries to candy to fruit juices to pizza to ice cream to white bread to cookies
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Did you know that consuming plant based real whole foods, moving throughout your day, and following a healthy lifestyle is the best way to lose weight and be healthy for a lifetime.  Ditch the sugary junk food, the animal based food, a sedentary lifestyle, and negativity.

 

Are you aware that real food has no ingredients and no labels? Processed highly refined sugary non food is loaded with ingredients and most are either GMO, chemical additives, and/or hidden sugars.

 

You have to be good detectives, read labels, and ascertain that what's in the package is the real deal. Whatever you do, don't just  accept the food manufacturers wording on the front of the box.

 

The wording: "Natural, sugar free, multi-grain, fat free, gluten-free, something" is meaningless. Stay away from the word "natural" as it's anything but. The product may have no sucrose (table sugar), but may still have hidden sugars or artificial sweeteners. Any word ending in "ose" is still sugar. Multigrain usually means GMO and also has gluten in it.  With grains, you have to be very careful, if you're gluten sensitive.  Most grains have been cross contaminated. With Fat-free, be careful, because that usually means extra sugar and salt are added.

 

When you purchase produce, you're getting real whole food. Save money by buying nuts, seeds, organic and/or certified organic ancient grains, herbs and spices in bulk from a local healthy market,  food co-op, and/or Farmer's Market or CSA where you know the store and produce managers,or  the farmers.

 

If you live in one of those food deserts, find a reputable online healthy organic company that delivers and also gives back to the less fortunate. No family should have to do without nutritious food.

 

Speak to your representatives and start a community garden in your neighborhood and/ or with friends start discussions with your city council to encourage healthy markets to build in your area.

 

Read more about "11 foods to Avoid if You Want to Lose Weight" from www.ecowatch.com by Hrefna Palsdottir, Authority Nutrition

 

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6 Power Foods that Help Fight Cancer

6 Power Foods that Help Fight Cancer | zestful living | Scoop.it
Here are six  foods that help fight cancer, from flaxseed lignans, to tomatoes, to garlic, to avocados, to cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage,
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Did you know that dark green leafy veggies, alliums (garlic, onions), and cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, arugula,  Brussels sprouts) are three of the very best cancer fighting plant based real whole food ingredients that you you want to include in your weekly meal plans? Consuming any plant based real whole food rich in fiber, nutrient dense, and detoxifying will make a huge difference for your over all health.

 

Health Tips:  If you're relatively healthy and fit, and already eating plant based, you might want to consider eating two meals a day stretched out over six or more hours.  Eat an early lunch or brunch and then have your dinner later. You can fill up on filtered water when you wake until your first meal. then drink more filtered water between meals and a few hours before bedtime.

 

When you consume plant based ingredients, you're already getting all your antioxidants, vitamins, minerals which give you plenty of energy and help you feel lighter. These are the anti-inflammatory foods. If you want or feel you need to take supplements, you can always do so. Vitamin D, the B complex, and magnesium are recommended.

 

If you're still making changes to your food regimen, add more plant based ingredients and less of the animal based and processed food, which are pro-inflammatory.  You'll feel and look better.

 

Read more about "6 Power Foods That Help Fight Cancer" from www.ecowatch.com by Diana Herrington, Care2

 

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The secret to best health and longest life is clear: eat right, eat well, and don't eat too much.

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30 Easy Ways to Lose Weight Naturally

30 Easy Ways to Lose Weight Naturally | zestful living | Scoop.it
Here are 30 easy ways to lose weight naturally, which are supported by science. When it comes to weight loss, protein is the king of nutrients. Whole foods
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Did you know the best way to lose weight and to love how absolutely delicious your food tastes is to eat nothing but real whole plant based food? Everyday is a fabulous feast for your body, mind, and soul. Come join me and live life as it was meant to be lived.

 

Health tips:  When you consume real whole organic food, you don't need to supplement unless you want to increase your vitamin/minerals. The weight comes off easily when you eliminate all processed highly refined non food and sugar.

 

A new fave is slow roasting for a few hours at 250 degrees root veggies with mushrooms, garlic/onion, topped with nutritional yeast. Mmmm so delectably nourishing on a cold rainy winter day.

 

Read more about "30 Easy Ways to Lose Weight Naturally" from www.ecowatch.com by Adda Bjarmadottir, Authority Nutrition.

 

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Grapefruit, Not Just For Weight Loss Anymore | Care2 Healthy Living

Grapefruit, Not Just For Weight Loss Anymore | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
“So far I've always kept my diet secret but now I might as well tell everyone what it is. Lots of grapefruit throughout the day and plenty of virile young men
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Did you know that the dietary factor best able to boost DNA repair is citrus fruit? "Within two hours of consuming citrus, your DNA becomes significantly more resistant to damage". This information comes from Dr Michael Greger's new book, "How Not to Die:".

 

Health Tips:  eat whole fruit as opposed to juices, except for green juices. Are you aware that drinking orange juice every morning may increase skin cancer risk? Adding zest to your meals increases the benefits and provides a flavorful taste. Freeze your lemons, limes, and oranges to make it easier to grate for the zest.

 

Do check with your doctor if you're taking prescription meds, as grapefruit can suppress the enzymes that help clear drugs and less drug clearance means higher levels in your body. Higher levels can increase side effects of drugs.

 

Read more about "Grapefruit, Not Just For Weight Loss Anymore"  from www.care2.com by Diana Herrington.

 

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Blood Pressure Knowledge - Herbs Info

Blood Pressure Knowledge - Herbs Info | zestful living | Scoop.it
Learn all about blood pressure with our infographic and free written tutorial!
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Did you know that consuming a plant based real whole food regimen with both raw and cooked veggies is associated with lower blood pressure? Studies have found that loading up on beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils helps also.

 

The ideal blood pressure is probably around 110/70. If you're one of the seventy-eight million Americans who already have high blood pressure, then lifestyle changes are in order recommends the American Heart association and the CDCP.

 

Since the cause of high blood pressure isn't prescription deficiency, then changing you're food consumption and exercise regimen is what's needed.

 

Are you aware that studies have shown for decades that adding meat significantly elevated blood pressure in a matter of days? 

 

Health Tips:  Eating just a few tablespoons a day of ground flaxseeds appears to be two to three times more powerful than adopting an aerobic exercise program for reducing high blood pressure. Although exercise is also recommended.

 

Nitrate rich veggies like beets and greens are rich in natural nitrates, which your body can convert into nitric oxide. To keep your blood pressure running smoothly, you need to give your body antioxidant rich plant foods throughout the day to fight free radicals and let nitric oxide (NO)  keep your arteries fully functioning.

 

The top ten food sources of nitrates: Arugula, Rhubarb, Cilantro, Butter leaf lettuce, Meschun Greens, Basil, Beet greens, Oak leaf lettuce, Swiss chard, and Beets. this list is from Dr Michael Greger's new book, "how Not to Die". Eating a big salad every day will fill the bill.

 

Read more about "Blood Pressure Knowledge" from www.herb-info.com 

 

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8 Climate-Friendly Superfoods That Will Be All the Rage in 2016

8 Climate-Friendly Superfoods That Will Be All the Rage in 2016 | zestful living | Scoop.it
These superfoods are good for your health and the climate, too. They support the immune system, reduce inflammation, support mental health, boost energy, and
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Did you know that there are many healthy foods which may be new to you and some that are not that you will read about this year? You can try adding a new food into your daily regimen as a swap for a food you may want to discontinue consuming. Some of these foods may be good for the climate, but just not as good for your body. Make wise choices for what works for you.

 

Health tips:  Add loads of organic greens, veggies, legumes (aka pulses), nuts, seeds, some ancient grains, and some fruits to your meals every day. These are the foods your body needs to function properly. These foods are fiber rich, will fill you up, are anti-inflammatory, are nutrient dense, contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes which your body requires to do its work.

 

You may not particularly like insects, but they are a necessary part of nature. Be respectful to all living beings and consider eating plants, not animals and/or insects.

 

Read more about "8 Climate Friendly SuperfoodsThat will be All the Rage in 2016" from www.ecowatch.com by Cole Mellino.

 

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Yeast Is A Cause of Cancer And Turmeric Can Kill Both, Research Confirms

Yeast Is A Cause of Cancer And Turmeric Can Kill Both, Research Confirms | zestful living | Scoop.it
Greenmedinfo.com - Natural Health Resource - The world's most widely referenced, open access, natural medicine database, with 20,000+ study abstracts and growing daily
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Did you know that turmeric, the Ayurvedic spice and its chemical compound curcumin have shown anti fungal activity in regards to yeast infection? There are over 800 studies detailing the health benefits of this remarkable root.

 

Health Tips: Since absorption of curcumin is difficult, adding black pepper to your soups helps your body to better absorb this compound. You can take a high quality supplement as well.

 

Read more about "Yeast is a Cause of Cancer and Turmeric Can Kill Both, Research Confirms" from www.greenmedinfo.com by Sayer Ji, Founder.

 

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13 Herbs and Spices That Can Reduce Inflammation | Care2 Healthy Living

13 Herbs and Spices That Can Reduce Inflammation | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Find out 13 herbs and spices you can use to reduce inflammation naturally.
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Did you know that it's far better for your body to take small amounts of Mother Nature's medicinals known as herbs and spices than take pharmaceutical drugs to help with inflammation?

 

Drugs which are derived from herbs consist of one, and sometimes two medically active chemical compounds, carrier compounds and a buffer.

 

Herbs and herbal formulas usually contain dozens and even hundreds of active ingredients. The many different ingredients act on your body, and on one another, simultaneously. This makes the active ingredients of the herb more effective. It also helps to prevent toxic reactions that lead to side effects. Herbal remedies are more likely to correct body imbalances without creating additional problems.

 

Health Tips:  Most of you are familiar with the herbs you read about or use daily. Turmeric, ginger, cloves, green tea, cinnamon, cayenne, garlic, rosemary, sage, parsley, and thyme. There are many more immune boosting, antioxidant rich herbs and herbs which are known as adaptogens (helping your body to adapt to stress and infection).

 

Here are a few others:  Echinacea, Elderberry, Ginseng, , Hawthorn, Milk Thistle, and Quercetin. There are many others as well. More on that later.

 

Read more about "13 Herbs and Spices That Can Reduce Inflammation" from www.care2.com by Zoe Blarowski.

 

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13 Herbs and Spices That Will Reduce Inflammation in Your Body

13 Herbs and Spices That Will Reduce Inflammation in Your Body | zestful living | Scoop.it
Chronic inflammation has been linked to a wide variety of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and ADD. These 13 herbs 
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You must know by now from reading this curation site that herbs and spices, which are Mother Nature's medicinals have the highest concentration of antioxidants. Antioxidants in food help to lower inflammation. Inflammation as you know in its chronic state leads to disease and cancer.

 

Health tips:  Did you know that the vibrant colors in the produce aisle are antioxidants? From A (allspice) to V (vanilla) and everything in between, herbs and spices are your go-to food to help alleviate pain and inflammation.

 

Are you aware that cilantro is one of the oldest herbal remedies.? Taking about twenty sprigs of cilantro daily for two months reduces inflammation levels in people suffering from arthritis and also helps gout sufferers.

 

Here's something you may not know, but red pepper powder, one and a half teaspoons worth  taken daily for a month improves stomach pain and nausea for chronic indigestion sufferers. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger's new book, "How Not to Die".

 

Read more about "13 Herbs and Spices That will Reduce Inflammation in Your Body" from www.ecowatch.com by Zoe Blarowski, Care2.

 

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7 Foods That Keep You From Overeating

7 Foods That Keep You From Overeating | zestful living | Scoop.it
There are foods we can enjoy that prevent us from overeating. For example, avocados help suppress appetite. Avocados eaten in moderation can help regulate
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Did you know that consuming plant based real whole nutrient dense food will keep you satisfied for hours? Drink filtered water between meals which will keep you hydrated and fill you up.

 

Health Tips:  If you need to eat between meals, choose raw organic veggies/fruit and slather on organic nut butters, hummus, miso dressing (tahini, lemon juice, chickpea miso), cookie dough spread (cooked organic garbanzo beans, organic peanut butter, grade B maple syrup, and raw carob or cacao), or your fave dip.

 

Another consideration is any single or combo of sprouted lentils, beans, quinoa, buckwheat, arugula, broccoli, pea shoots, sunflower, and radish. Sprouted foods have 10 to 30% more protein than mature plants and will fill you up for hours.

 

Read more about "7 Foods That Keep You From Overeating" from www.ecothwatch.com by Alex A. Kecskes, Care2.

 

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When you think about it, this makes sense. High protein + high fiber = feeling full. 

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4 Foods That Age You Faster

4 Foods That Age You Faster | zestful living | Scoop.it
If you eat highly inflammatory foods on a regular basis, they can do real damage to your body’s regulatory functions, leading to disease, cellular degeneration and yes, wrinkles. 
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Did you know that the number one food that ages you faster in well defined ways is high consumption of sugar, aka sweet poison? Know anyone with uncontrolled diabetes? This is being on the fast track to high speed aging. 

 

Other major age robbers:  fried foods, highly refined processed non food, simple carbs (white flour, boxed commercial cookies, pies, cakes), salad dressings, ketchup), microwave popcorn, trans fats, charred food, well or overcooked animal food, and all pro-inflammatory food. And let's not forget caffeinated beverages and so called energy drinks which are dehydrating to your skin.

 

If  you're a healthy person, contrary to what the text under the photo says, there is no such thing as moderation for food that is charred or grilled.

 

Health Tips: Antioxidants found in plant based produce and other antioxidants like alpha lipoid acid, NAC, vitamins, and others help fight free radical damage which causes inflammation which leads to chronic disease and cancer. Plant foods contain sixty-four times more antioxidants than animal food.

 

Reduce and/or eliminate your consumption of all sugars (words ending in "ose" high fructose corn syrup, hidden sugar,  and artificial sweeteners), refined processed fake food, dairy,  vegetable oils. 

 

Read more about "4 Foods That Age You Faster" from www.ecowatch.com by Jordyn Cormier, Care2.

 

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Why Eating Pomegranate Could Save Your Life

Why Eating Pomegranate Could Save Your Life | zestful living | Scoop.it
Greenmedinfo.com - Natural Health Resource - The world's most widely referenced, open access, natural medicine database, with 20,000+ study abstracts and growing daily
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Did you know that pomegranate fruit is a nutrient dense highly absorbable antioxidant superfood revered as a symbol of vibrant life? Every part of this fruit originally from ancient Persia (Iran today), has a medicinal purpose. 

 

Pomegranate contains biologically active compounds (punicanolic) acid provides cellular support to help with inflammation. This is a heart healthy food.

 

Studies show that compounds in pomegranate inhibit the formation of 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 reduce blood pressure in people with hypertension. Pomegranate juice also helps to protect joint cartilage.

 

Health tips:  Pomegranate fruit is available from September to January in most health markets. The juice is available year round, buy the one with no added sugar. the juice and seeds inside the tough outer layer are delicious and of course edible.

 

Cut your pomegranate into four parts and scoop or push out the edible seeds and juice. You can sprinkle the seeds on salads or just devour as you're deseeding. They are so good.  Add pomegranate juice to your green tea for a thirst quenching beverage that will hydrate you and keep you heart healthy.

 

Read more about "Why Eating Pomegranate Could Save your Life" from www.greenmedinfo.com by Sayer Ji, Founder.

 

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17 Science-Based Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

17 Science-Based Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids | zestful living | Scoop.it
Omega-3 fatty acids are incredibly important for your body and brain. This article lists 17 science-based health benefits of omega-3s.
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Did you know that plant based real whole food is the best way for you to get your omega 3 fatty acids?  Essential fatty acids are fat your body cannot make, so they need to be obtained from the food you consume. 

 

Omega 3s reduce inflammation. Alpha linoleic acid (ALA) is an omega 3 essential fatty acid (EFA). which has a positive effect on cardiovascular health, neuroprotection, anti-inflammation, and your immune system.

 

DHA is an essential building block of tissue and retina in the eye. It helps with brain function, including the formation of certain neural transmitters, and plays plays an important role during fetal development, early infancy, and old age.

 

EPA is converted into hormone like substances  (prostaglandins), which regulate cell activity and healthy cardiovascular function.  DHA and EPA act as a source of energy, insulate the body against heat loss, prevent skin from drying and flaking, and cushion tissues and organs. It's important to eat all three sources of omega 3s- ALA, DHA, EPA.

 

Are you aware that most people in the U.S. eat too many omega 6s which are pro-inflammatory? When you eat more than four times the amount of omega 6s to omega 3s, you tend to create excess inflammation.

 

Health Tips:  Omega 6 fats are mostly found in animal and processed food. Omega 3 fats are found in dark leafy greens, flax, chia, and hemp seeds, and certain types of algae. Omega 3 fats can also be found in smaller amounts in fruit and non green veggies. Winter squash has a high concentration of (ALA)


  Consuming greens, edible weeds like purslane, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and lots of flax, chia, hemp seeds contains a good amount of omega 3s. Healthy fats help lower blood glucose and insulin resistance.


Plant based sources of high in DHA and EPA are blue-green algae which are rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. You don't need to toxic fish. Just eat what the fish eat to get your DHA/EPA: sea veggies, plankton, and algae, and cyanobacteria.


You can also purchase online vegan sources of DHA/EPA. The more plant based you buy, the more companies will provide sources.


Read more about "17 Science-Based benefits of Omega 3 fatty Acids" from www.authoritynutrition.com by Freydis Hjalmarsdottir.


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Omega 3's are so important.  Here's why

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Is Your Chocolate Real? Cacao vs Cocoa: What You Need To Know...

Is Your Chocolate Real? Cacao vs Cocoa: What You Need To Know... | zestful living | Scoop.it
Are you actually eating real chocolate? The disappointing answer is most likely not. However it's actually easy to tell - if you know what to look for.
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Did you know there's a huge nutritional difference between dark cacao and cocoa?  Dark cacao is the antioxidant boosting raw unrefined chocolate, the one with all the vitamins and minerals like magnesium. Cocoa, is the processed refined chocolate with little of the dark cacao and usually contains sugar.

 

Which one would you rather have for your body? As usual food manufacturers  often falsely advertise the cocoa as healthy when it's definitely not. Be aware and read labels. You want to read the words "raw, unrefined, GMO free with no sugar". 

 

Health Tips:  Dark cacao comes in powder and as cacao beans. When you buy chocolate bars, check to see how high the cacao is. You want at least 85%. The problem is that most all these bars have evaporated cane sugar in the ingredients. Try to find ones without any sugar or other sweeteners.

 

You know you can make your own delicious dark chocolate. Use raw organic cacao butter, extra virgin raw coconut butter, and grade B maple syrup. Chocolate never tasted so good. Use this chocolate for your real hot cocoa with coconut milk.

 

Read more about "Is Your Chocolate Real? Cacao vs Cocoa What You Need to Know" from www.herbs-info.com 

 

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What to Eat When You’re Broke

The lower your income is, the more difficult it is to be particular about what you feed your family.Food manufacturers that target lower income shoppers with more affordable products tend to include more GMOs and toxic ingredients in their offerings.
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Did you know there are oodles of ways to buy nutritious food no matter the size of your budget? You just need to know where to look after you've weighed the pros and cons.

 

Health tips: Do your body and Planet Earth a healthy favor and opt for plant based real whole food protein instead of animal protein and dairy. Are you aware that you can make delicious cheese with nuts and seeds? Use raw organic for best results and always soak your nuts or seeds before making your cheese.

 

Read more about all the ways to save money purchasing GMO free, organic food to keep your body healthy. "What to Eat When You're Broke" from www.eatlocalgrown.com 

 

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6 Foods That Fight Inflammation - Get Healthy U

6 Foods That Fight Inflammation - Get Healthy U | zestful living | Scoop.it
Learn why inflammation is so harmful to the body and what these 6 foods can do to naturally fight it.
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Did you know that all real whole plant based foods fight inflammation as they are anti-inflammatory foods? Some like dark leafy greens, alliums (garlic and onion), and cruciferous veggies (broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage) are extra cancer fighters. Medicinal mushrooms (fungi) are immune boosters. 

 

Anytime you invest in your health by consuming nutrient dense plant foods, you are protecting your body and preventing disease. Eat as much raw living food as you can and add lightly cooked foods to your regimen. Raw foods give you more energy and help you feel more alive with a greater feeling of well-being.

 

Health tips: Add sprouted seeds, nuts, and ancient grains to help you better digest your food through enzymes and proteins that act as catalysts for your body's functions.  Also add sea veggies which help to detox your body by preventing assimilation of heavy metals, such as cadmium and other environmental toxins.

 

Remember to drink half your weight in filtered water every day, throughout your day. Also remember that plants are rich in omega 3's, with sources of ALA, EPA, and DHA. Flax, hemp and chia seeds are good ounces of ALA and also winter squash. Best sources of EPA/DHA  are found in wild berries, wild edible weeds like purslane, and sea veggies.

 

Seaweed including wakame, dulse, kombu, and nori contain both EPA and DHA. Wakame also has high levels of calcium, iodine, thiamine, and niacin. Are you aware that fish get their  EPA/DHA from sea veggies?  So eat the sea veggies and let the fish live their lives.

 

Read more about "6 Foods That Fight Inflammation" from www.gethealthyu.com by Alexa Erickson.

 

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Black Seed Confirmed Through Biomedical Literature To Have Over 20 Pharmacological Actions

Black Seed Confirmed Through Biomedical Literature To Have Over 20 Pharmacological Actions | zestful living | Scoop.it
Black seed is actually more of a description than a proper name - it is, indeed, a true healer in many forms; able to help cure almost every illness known.
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Did you know that all seeds are protective? Black cumin seed is no exception and has  been shown in numerous studies to be effective in alleviating allergic rhinitis to having a significant anti-diabetic type 2 effect, improving oxidative stress, having a prophylactic effect, showing protective effects on metabolic syndrome in menopausal women, and more protective effects.

 

Health Tips:  Eat a variety of plant based real whole food every day. Pair your greens with seeds and nuts for more nutrient dense goodness in every bite.

 

Read more about "Black seed Confirmed Through  Biomedical Literature to Have Over 20 Pharmacological Actions" from www.naturalblaze.com by April McCarthy.

 

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Viral Alternative News: Cutting These 8 Habits Will Help You Lose Weight

Viral Alternative News: Cutting These 8 Habits Will Help You Lose Weight | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Did you know that when you adopt a true plant based real whole food regimen without consuming any processed food and stop eating bread, the weight will just fall off? Try it and find out for yourself. You'll wonder why you didn't always eat this way.

 

You'll have so much energy, no brain fog, little if any joint issues, and a zest for life because you're consuming anti-inflammatory food. You'll discover what real food was meant to taste like.

 

Health Tips:  For those of  you who just can't find the time to cook daily meals, you can either cook your meals on the weekend and freeze into convenient take out packages or you can buy the least processed organic veggie based main dish you like and add a can of beans or other vegetable based protein to it, make a salad, eat a piece for fruit for dessert and you have dinner.

 

Remember to keep moving and drink filtered water throughout your day. Get at least 7-9 hours quality sleep each night. Be mindful of the lovely food, your companions at the meal, and remember to chew each bite at least 30 times slowly.  Chewing carefully and consuming food slowly has a direct bearing on how well your digestion works

 

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Why You Can't Stop Eating the Top 10 Most Addicting Foods | Care2 Healthy Living

Why You Can't Stop Eating the Top 10 Most Addicting Foods | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
A recent study revealing the top 10 most addicting foods says the chart-toppers are designed specifically to give eaters instant gratification.
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Did you know that many processed foods, especially ones loaded with sugar, white flour, dairy, chemical additives, greasy fats, and salt are highly addictive? Food manufacturers know just how to create what they refer to as the perfect taste that keeps you coming back for more and more and more.

 

The problem with eating these highly refined foods which contain hardly any nutrients needed for your body is that your blood sugar spikes, the hormone, leptin which tells your body you're full is inactivated, and your body puts on extra abdominal weight . Over the years, chronic inflammation becomes the norm.

 

Health tips:  Here's an easy way to feel full longer and help you to stop eating more of these highly processed inflammatory foods. Start adding legumes to your meals. Make a lentil, split pea and/or bean soup for your biggest meal of the day. Add loads of your favorite cut up veggies, some turmeric powder, black pepper to activate the curcumin compound in turmeric, and nutritional yeast or vegetable broth.

 

Read more about "Why You Can't Stop Eating the top 10 Most Addicting Foods" from www.care2.com by Megan Martin Thrive Market.

 

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5 Surprising Alzheimer's Triggers

5 Surprising Alzheimer's Triggers | zestful living | Scoop.it
Avoid the Alzheimer's triggers on this list to help possibly lower your risk of developing the disease.
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Did you know that besides consuming certain foods, there are other factors which can contribute to your risk for Alzheimer's disease? Promoting an attitude about gratitude in your life helps to dispel negative thoughts and reduces stressful situations from constantly occurring. 

 

Health Tips: Eating real whole plant based foods ( powers up your brain) and moving throughout your day ( moves oxygen to your brain through better blood flow helping your memory and triggers your body's production of nerve growth factors and hormones responsible for creation of new brain cells) are two fantastic ways to reduce your risk of Alzheimer's and other dementia.

 

Be sure to check your prescription drug usage for anxiety, depression, allergies, high blood pressure, and pain. Make a list of the drugs you're taking and take it to your doctor. Ask if you can cut back or stop using any of them that might be causing brain fogginess.

 

Do what you can to reduce chronic stress. Changing your food regimen can help. Make sure to take vitamin D, B vitamins, and herbs. Learn and practice a new stress relief technique like yoga, tai chi, qi gong, and meditation. These programs have been shown to increase positive emotions in the brain.

 

Read more about "5 surprising Alzheimer's Triggers" from www.rodalewellness.com by Leah Zerbe.

 

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