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Top six alkaline foods to eat every day for vibrant health - Underground Health

Top six alkaline foods to eat every day for vibrant health - Underground Health | zestful living | Scoop.it
Poor diets are lethal. To combat the effects of such a diet, here are six of the most alkaline-forming foods to work into your everyday meals

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Balance is the key for our blood's PH level in our body. Eat more alkaline forming foods that are listed in this great article. Eat less of acid producing foods.

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, June 15, 2013 10:26 PM

Balance is the key — making more alkaline deposits than acid withdrawals!

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I'd extend this to the whole body's PH level....

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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?

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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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6 Reasons Tempeh Should Be Part of a Healthy Diet

6 Reasons Tempeh Should Be Part of a Healthy Diet | zestful living | Scoop.it
High in protein, probiotics and a wide array of vitamins and minerals, tempeh is a versatile ingredient that comes with a variety of health benefits. Indonesian
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Did you know that tempeh, a fermented soy product which is high in protein, contains probiotics for your gut, and is good choice in addition to legumes (beans, split peas, lentils) for a healthy meal?

 

This article gives you the complete skinny on tempeh.

 

Health Tips:  Eat a varied plant based real whole food regimen daily to get all the necessary plant nutrients your body needs to function optimally.

 

You could eat tempeh with greens , veggies, and whole ancient grains for one meal and have legumes with greens, veggies, and whole ancient grains for one or two other meals.

 

Eat seeds and nuts with your all your meals to boost your protein and healthy fat content. Eat a few pieces of ripe fruit for a sweet if you are healthy.

 

Read more about “6 Reasons Tempeh Should Be part of a Healthy Diet” from www.ecowatch.com by Rachael Link, Authority Nutrition.

 

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These Doctors and Nurses Are Going Vegan to Teach Their Patients How to Do it

These Doctors and Nurses Are Going Vegan to Teach Their Patients How to Do it | zestful living | Scoop.it
Doctors and nurses at a California medical center are helping their patients adopt a whole foods plant-based diet by making the switch along with them.
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Did you know that doctors and nurses at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fresno, CA are helping patients adopt a healthy plant based real whole food lifestyle by offering cooking classes and by adopting the plant lifestyle themselves?

 

These health professionals have seen positive benefits for their patients in switching from animal based to plant based.

 

Some of the better health outcomes involve reduced inflammation, less risk of chronic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, stress reduction, weight loss, more energy, better athletic performance, better digestion, better immune function.

 

Many well known physicians, including Dr Michael Greger, www.nutritionfacts.org,, Dr Neal Barnard, Physicians For Responsible Medicine, Dr. Colin T. Campbell, T.Colin Campbell for Nutrition Studies, Dr John McDougal, Dr. Michael Clapper, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr Caldwell Esseltyne, Dr, Gabriel Cousens, Tree of Life Center, Brian Clement, LD, PhD, Co-Director of Hippocrates Health Institute, and many others espouse a plant based real whole food lifestyle with no processed artificial food.

 

Both diabetes type 2 and heart disease can be reversed on a plant based real whole food lifestyle. It’s time for more mainstream docs to get on the plant based real whole food bandwagon.

 

Be sure to click on the links fin the article for more health/food related articles.

 

Health tips:  Eat real whole food as much as possible. Reduce or eliminate any processed store bought packaged food and make your own meals. Recipes online everywhere. 

 

Stay away from sugary sweets and learn from following recipes to make your own raw or baked  plant based desserts. Apiece or two of ripe fruit in season makes a delicious satisfying sweet treat.

 

Have cut up/sliced veggies available to eat raw or to use in cooking. Do a batch of beans, peas,  or lentils to have on hand for different meals. Store in glass jars in your fridge. Do the same with your whole grains.

 

Grow your organic raw sprouts to have inexpensive plant based food available year round. Get your garden going now as the weather warms.

 

Pile your plate high with greens, veggies, legumes (beans, split peas, lentils) and add an ancient whole grain and some nuts/seeds. Eat ripe fruit, including avocado with nuts, nut butter for another meal.

 

Like breakfast, try these easy meal options:  Make some overnight oats, quinoa, or buckwheat with nuts/berries for the morning. Or drink some green juices or a green smoothie with no fruit.

 

If breakfast isn’t your thing, skip it and drink two or three glasses of filtered water during the morning. Intermittent fasting works well and you only have to make two meals. Or eat breakfast and then an early dinner and skip lunch.

 

Read more about “These Doctors and Nurses Are Going Vegan to Teach Their Patients How To Do It” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Kat Smith.

 

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Is Eating Too Much Turmeric Unhealthy?

Is Eating Too Much Turmeric Unhealthy? | zestful living | Scoop.it
Some people are concerned about the possible side effects of high-dose turmeric and curcumin supplements. Turmeric is an Indian spice, medicinal herb, food dye
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Did you know that turmeric, the anti-inflammatory Indian spice is very potent? 

 

Researchers, using specialized technology, to count the number of breaks in DNA strands, measured the effects of participants’ blood after they ingested just one-eighth of a teaspoon of turmeric once a day for a week. 

 

The results: the number of cells with DNA damage could be cut in half. From Dr Michael Greger, “How Not to Die”.

 

Dr Greger says that it’s not known what long term effects of high doses would be.  Studies have only lasted a month.

 

Taking cur cumin supplements is not the same as ingesting turmeric.

 

Supplement companies isolate the one main active ingredient, similar to what drug companies do. Herbs are composed of many active ingredients which all contribute to the benefits of the herb.

 

Curcumin supplements add much higher amounts and some add black pepper as well which boosts the level even higher which might cause DNA damage. Also there is always the threat of toxic metal contamination. 

 

If you do use cur cumin supplements always purchase from a reputable science based company.

 

Health Tips:  Just add a quarter teaspoon of organic turmeric to your meals daily. Remember to also take other herbs and spices as each one has different benefits for your health.

 

For example, saffron helps with Alzheimer’s disease, fenugreek improves muscle strength and weight lifting power output. Ginger helps with headaches.

 

Read more about “Is Eating Too Much Turmeric Unhealthy”? from www.ecowatch.com by Dr. Atli  Amarson.

 

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11 Reasons To Stop Eating Dairy | Care2 Healthy Living

11 Reasons To Stop Eating Dairy | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Dairy products are not the health foods we've been told they are. Here are 11 reasons to avoid them, by best-selling author of The Life Force Diet, Michelle
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Did you know that there are healthier and tastier foods than dairy? Dairy is inflammatory, addictive, and comes with unwanted hormone baggage.

 

Dairy causes congestion and other respiratory issues. School children taken off dairy products had less respiratory illness, could breathe better, and had less absences. Factual anecdotal story.

 

Health Tips:  Raw nuts and seeds make delicious plant based cheese. Avocado and coconut create creamy dishes.

 

Avocado has no cholesterol, milk sugar, or saturated fat, yet it is a healthy fat. Avocado’s fiber content helps regulate your blood sugar. 

 

You can use avocado in place of butter, cream, sour cream, milk, eggs, and even oil. You can make smoothies, puddings, brownies, snacks, salad dressings, fillings. Coconut can sub for yogurt.

 

Read more about “11 Reasons to Stop Eating Dairy” from www.care2.com by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

 

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Foods With More Potassium Than A Banana | Care2 Healthy Living

Foods With More Potassium Than A Banana | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
When you're looking for a potassium-rich food, you probably reach for a banana, but there are a lot of plant-based foods with more potassium than a banana.
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Did you know that potassium, an essential electrolyte is an important mineral for your body which helps with adrenal health. blood pressure, bones, and potassium pulls sodium from your cells and lessens fluid retention?

 

Your body requires magnesium, potassium, calcium, and sodium. Every cell in your body needs electrolytes to function properly.

 

Don’t trust your tastebuds as food with a lot of sodium doesn’t always taste salty. Baking soda used in baked goods is a source of sodium as are bagels.

 

Most restaurant meals have much more sodium than is needed. Use herbs and spices.

 

Health Tips:  Consuming plant based real whole food gives you many varied ways to add potassium to your meals. Avocado also is rich in potassium as is sea veggies (kelp), sunflower seeds, winter squash, spinach, and  lima beans.

 

Read more about “12 Foods With More Potassium Than a Banana” from www.care2.com by Becky Striepe.

 

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7 Ways To Avoid Gas From Beans | Care2 Healthy Living

7 Ways To Avoid Gas From Beans | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
There are hundreds of varieties of legumes, and every one of them is good for your body in some way. Some of the varieties include peas, lentils, garbanzo
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Did you know that even if you’re new to eating beans, you can still eat them without worry about flatulence?

 

Beans and other legumes (chickpeas, split peas, and lentils) provide your body with protein and are also considered a veggie. Legumes help you feel more satisfied longer.

 

Health Tips:  Skimming off the starch or foam is a well known trick cooks use with beans, lentils, split peas, and grains.

 

Eat raw or lightly steam your cut veggies, a varied assortment, including sweet potatoes/yams, red cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower, carrots/parsnip, red onion or leeks, mushrooms, and your choice of greens.

 

Add beans, sprouted raw lentils, or other legumes, your veggies, grated sea veggies, seasonings (nutritional yeast, mustard seed powder or your faves), and top with pea shoot microgreens or sunflower shoots.

 

This dish is not only filling and delicious, but it supplies your body with all the necessary vitamins and minerals and other plant nutrients.

 

Read more about “7 Ways to Avoid Gas From Beans” from www.care2.com by 

Diana Herrington.

 

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"Beans, beans, 

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The more you eat,

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10 Health Benefits of Flaxseeds

10 Health Benefits of Flaxseeds | zestful living | Scoop.it
Flaxseeds are emerging as a superfood as more scientific research points to their health benefits. Just one tablespoon provides a good amount of protein, fiber
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Did you know that consuming a few tablespoons of ground flaxseeds daily helps with lowering blood pressure and flaxseeds are one of the richest plant sources of the all important omega 3 fatty acids?

 

Flaxseeds have the most lignans, which are plant estrogens that can reduce the effects of your body’s own estrogen.

 

A dietary intervention was performed on men with prostrate lesions from biopsies. Fifteen men ate three tablespoons of flaxseed a day for six months until their next biopsy. 

 

The men’s biopsies showed that there was a significant drop in PSA levels and biopsy cell proliferation rates.

 

Two of the men’s PSA levels dropped to normal and so a second biopsy wasn’t needed. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger, in his book, “How Not to Die”.

 

Health Tips:  Make sure to grind flaxseeds because eating them whole causes them to pass right through you without releasing their nutrients. Ground flaxseeds last about four months at room temp. Be sure to put them in a dark colored glass jar to store.

 

Ground flaxseeds and water can be used a flax “egg” in recipes where a binding agent is needed. Dr Greger says that you can bake with flaxseeds without damaging the lignans or omega 3 fatty acids. The same is not true for flaxseed oil.

 

Read more about “10 Health Benefits of Flaxseeds” from www.ecowatch.com by Dr Verena Tan, Authority Nutrition.

 

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5 Health Benefits of Almond Flour

5 Health Benefits of Almond Flour | zestful living | Scoop.it
Almond flour is particularly rich in vitamin E, a group of fat-soluble compounds that act as antioxidants in your body. Free radicals, which accelerate aging
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Did you know that nut, ancient grain seed flours, and chickpea flour (garbanzo beans) can be swapped for wheat, barley, rye, and spelt flours? 

 

Nut flours, including almond plus coconut flour (coconut is not a nut), sprouted buckwheat flour, chickpea flour, and rolling oat flour can be used  in raw and/or dehydrated flatbreads, cookies, snacks, energy balls, and other desserts.

 

What some of you may not be aware of is that the more whole, in its natural state a food is, the more nutrients it has. For example a whole apple is more nutritious than say applesauce and much more than apple pie.

 

By all means use nut flours or make your own, but also remember to eat the nut in its raw uncooked form as well.

 

Health Tips: As is the case with many organic fruits and veggies, consuming the skin is where the antioxidants reside and this is the same for almond skin. So you might want to use almond meal instead of almond flour or just don't blanch almonds in boiling water.

 

Read more about ‘5 Health benefits of Almond Flour’ from www.ecowatch.com by Ryan Raman, Authority Nutrition.

 

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Magnesium Deficient? Eat These Foods To Banish Migraines, Muscle Cramps and Brain Fog

Magnesium Deficient? Eat These Foods To Banish Migraines, Muscle Cramps and Brain Fog | zestful living | Scoop.it
The unsung hero of minerals, magnesium deficiency can result in brain fog, muscle cramps and migraines. Here's what to eat and what to take.
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Did you know if you crave certain foods, including chocolate you may be deficient in the mineral magnesium? Magnesium, one of the key essential electrolytes in your body is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions.

 

Magnesium is needed for your nerves, muscles, bones, digestion, metabolism, and blood pressure. Where to get your magnesium?

 

Health tips: If you guessed real whole plant based foods, including sea veggies which this article omits, you guessed right. Se veggies also known as seaweed have the highest mineral content of all your greens.

 

For supplementation, ionic liquid minerals are your best bet with the most bioavailability.

 

Read more about “Is Your Chocolate Craving a sign You’re Magnesium deficient?” from www.cleanplates.com by Jillian Tuchman, MS, RD.

 

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Salty Food Might Make You Drink Less, Not More

Salty Food Might Make You Drink Less, Not More | zestful living | Scoop.it

You can thank a future trip to Mars for a surprising new theory on how salt affects the body
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Did you know that new research suggests that consuming salty food doesn’t cause you to drink more water as it actually makes you drink less and consume more food? The study showed the participants were hoarding the water.

 

Health tips:  Consuming too much salt (sodium) may contribute to kidney stones, dry eye disease, obesity, heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger, www.nutritionfacts.org 

 

Your body does require more iodine which is best consumed by eating sea veggies also known as seaweed. Sea veggies are rich in mineral content and vitamins A,B, C, D, E, and K. 

 

Sea veggies also contain protein, fiber, enzymes, oxygen, plant nutrients and plant hormones. This information comes from www.Hippocrateshealthinst.org 

 

Something you might not be aware of, but the U.S. allows for phosphate salts to be used as a preservative for meat and poultry. These salts are banned in Europe. From Dr. Greger.

 

Read more about this interesting article ‘Salty Food Might Make You Drink Less, Not More” from www.smithsonianmag.com by Erin Blakemore.

 

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How May Plants Protect Against Diabetes? | Care2 Healthy Living

How May Plants Protect Against Diabetes? | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Protective properties of whole plant foods against diabetes include antioxidants, lipotropes, fiber, and the ability to suppress the estrogen-producing bacteria
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Did you know that meat consumption is a risk factor for diabetes? When people are put on a plant based regimen their antioxidants increase and this creates a reduction in diabetes as meat consumption drops.

 

Health tips:  Consuming more plant based real whole food which is rich in essential fiber can definitely make a huge difference in lowering cholesterol, lowering blood sugar,  and lowering chronic diseases.

 

Begin adding more legumes (beans, chickpeas, split peas, lentils) in place of animal based. Fill your plate with sprouts, greens, add land/sea veggies and maybe quinoa or some other ancient grain.

 

With this meal you have all the protein, fiber, enzymes, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals your body needs to function well.

 

Find out why vegetarian women have less estrogen blood levels than do their animal based counterparts.

 

Read more about “How Might Plants Protect Against Diabetes” from www.care2.com by Dr. Michael Greger, nuritionfacts.org 

 

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Brands use this psychological trick to make you think you're buying "healthy" foods

Brands use this psychological trick to make you think you're buying "healthy" foods | zestful living | Scoop.it
Don't let yourself get manipulated by master marketing.
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Did you know that Big Brand companies try to trick you into buying their not-so healthy products by using a marketing ploy known as “healthy halo”? Do your own due diligence and be market savvy.

 

Avoid product labels that promote:

“Natural”, “sugar free”, agave, organic evaporated cane sugar“ 

Soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil, safflower oil, peanut oil. These are high omega 6 inflammatory oils.

“Fat-free”, “low-fat”, “healthy”, “lite”. 

“Refined” this means that all the healthy nutrients have been stripped out and the product is loaded with GMOs. Chemicals, additives, and emulsifiers are not real food.

Even with the organic and local label, you have to read the ingredient list. Too much sodium and sugar is usually added.

 

Health tips: Processed food, all sugars/artificial sweeteners/hidden sugars. animal based foods, junk foods, fast food are not real whole food. These are all inflammatory foods which when eaten in excess everyday  cause inflammation which leads to chronic diseases, other health issues, and sometimes premature death.

 

Your body requires fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, plant nutrients known as phytochemicals. Without these nutrients your body cannot function properly.

 

Greens, veggies, and fruit known as produce don’t come with labels, other than signs for organic, certified, organic, or local. Legumes (beans, chickpeas, split peas, lentils) and nuts/seed, ancient grains are best purchased in the bulk aisle. 

 

Buying bulk items, you save money getting just the amount you want, don’t have to deal with endocrine disrupting hormones (BPA, BPS, BPF) in the lining of canned foods, and you know exactly what’s in container.

 

If you do buy some processed foods, make sure there’s five or less ingredients on the label and you can read and understand the wording.

 

Read more about “Brands Use this Psychological Trick to Make You Think You’re buying “healthy” foods” from www.mic.com by Melissa Kravitz.

 

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14 Healthiest Vegetables on Earth

14 Healthiest Vegetables on Earth | zestful living | Scoop.it
Some vegetables stand out from the rest with additional proven health benefits, such as the ability to fight inflammation or reduce the risk of disease.
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Did you know that plant based real whole food is the best food you can put in your body to reduce inflammation and lower your risk of disease? When you consume complete plant based real whole food, you are putting prevention into action.

 

What does prevention in action mean for you? Diseases begin decades before they manifest. They begin in childhood mostly due to the food you’re consuming and your lifestyle habits. 

 

Unfortunately, the Western or Standard American Diet known as SAD was based on faulty logic and faulty science.

 

Then it was perpetuated through deceptive marketing practices, poor Government practices, greedy pharmaceutical companies, and a medical establishment that needs an overhaul.

 

Most mainstream medical doctors only get about 12-24 hours of instruction in nutrition in medical school. It’s only after they graduate and begin having patients that some of these doctors realize what they’ve been taught is missing information. 

 

There’s a disconnect from what their patient tells them to what is occurring in patients’ bodies. Some of these doctors also have the same diseases and health issues as their patients.

 

For some of these brave doctors the lightbulb goes on and they begin their real education to find out the cause of the illness or disease and not just to mask the symptoms with pharma drugs as they were taught in medical school.

 

What if you start early in life to eat what your body needs instead of what you’re feeding it? This is prevention in action.

What if you stop eating processed, pro-inflammatory foods you’ve been told were good for you? Yes, prevention in action.

 

(Think sugars, vegetable oils, white flours, processed food with no fiber, artificial lab created food/beverages, junk food, fast food, and pro-inflammatory dairy and other animal based foods).

 

Health Tips:  It’s not too late to begin today your new wellness journey. Always check with your physician if you’re taking prescription drugs. 

 

You can introduce your health provider to peer reviewed studies, to science information, or send them to science based nutrition sites, including Dr Michael Greger’s www.nutritionfacts.org and Brian and Anna Marie Clement www.hippocrateshealthinst.org  Hippocrates even offers classes in nutrition for medical doctors.

 

Your body is a miracle and will fight for you if you allow it to thrive.

 

Science now, in the last five or so years is learning about the gut microbiome. It seems your gut bacteria all trillions of them crave plant based fibrous foods. When your gut flora is healthy, so are you and vice-versa.

 

Start adding more fiber rich plant based real whole foods to your meals, Cut way back on your sugar and processed food /beverage habit,

 

Drink filtered water with flavored Stevia or with lemon/frozen fruit. Add legumes in many of your meals. Start slow with beans if you haven’t eaten them previously.

 

 Lentils and split peas are easier on your digestive system. Add some ancient whole grains, including quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet with some of your meals.

 

You can certainly eat oats too, but for those of you with gluten issues be aware that cross contamination does occur.

 

Eat ripe fruit for your sweet.  Do add sea veggies, including dulse, arame, kelp, nori, and others as you become more familiar with these highly nutritious foods, which one would add to this article.

 

Cost for plant based foods is reasonable considering the high cost of animal based foods. Yes even organic is less money than animal based foods when you buy your plant based real whole foods in the bulk aisle.

 

Yes you may have to learn to cook or for those of you who want convenience, many companies now offer plant based meal delivery. Many new plant based processed foods are in the marketplace as well. 

 

Do read labels. Organic jellybeans is not a food, no matter how pretty the packaging.

 

After all is said and done, this is your health and your life. Aren’t you worth taking great care of?

 

The choice is always yours to make. Choose wisely and zestfully live into your 90’s and beyond.

 

Read more about “14 Healthiest Vegetables onEarth” from www.ecowatch.com by Rachael Link, Authority Nutrition.

 

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7 Health Benefits And Uses For Milk Thistle | Care2 Healthy Living

7 Health Benefits And Uses For Milk Thistle | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Discover the surprising health benefits of this maligned weed and how to effectively use it--by best-selling author of BE YOUR OWN HERBALIST, Dr. Michelle Cook.
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Did you know that milk thistle is a potent protector for your liver? Silymarin is the compound in milk thistle that protects your liver from cellular damage while stimulating regeneration of liver cells.

 

Silymarin helps with diabetes related to liver damage. Silymarin helps with alcoholism, cirrhosis, and hepatitis. 

 

It also increases the production of bile, a fluid created in your liver that helps break down fats in the small intestine. Increasing the flow of bile helps protect the intestinal lining in Crohn’s disease, and relieves constipation. Milk thistle also reduces the frequency of psoriasis outbreaks.

 

Milk thistle can also help with ovarian cysts and seizure disorders. Milk thistle also maintains the body’s supply of glutathione, the master antioxidant which helps slow the the progress of Parkinson’s disease.

 

Silybinin, another compound in milk thistle protects the kidneys from chemotherapy drugs. 

 

Health Tips:  Milk thistle is mostly used in supplement form as it is less effective as seeds, teas, and tinctures. 

 

Read more about “7 Health Benefits and Uses For Milk Thistle” from www.care2.com by Michelle Schroffro Cook.

 

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21 Vegetarian Foods Loaded With Iron

21 Vegetarian Foods Loaded With Iron | zestful living | Scoop.it
Iron is a nutrient necessary for good functioning of the human body. A diet lacking in iron can result in low energy levels, shortness of breath, headaches
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Did you know that you can get all the non-heme iron your body needs from plant based real whole foods? 

 

Phytates in the seeds of plants have been shown to detoxify excess iron in your body, which if not detoxified can create a very harmful kind of free radical called hydroxyl radicals. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger in his book, “How Not To Die”.

 

Animal based meat contains the type of iron (heme) which is associated with colorectal cancer and lacks the phytates to kill off the harmful free radicals. Heme iron is found in blood and muscle.

 

Iron acts as a pro oxidant as it can generate cancer causing free radicals. Too little iron and you get anemia and too much may increase risk of cancer and heart disease.

 

Dr Greger writes that when a sufficient amount of iron is in your blood, your body is about five times more effective at blocking the absorption of excess iron from plant foods than from animal foods. 

 

Heme iron is also associated with higher risk f diabetes, but non-heme iron from plants is not.

 

Health Tips:  The healthiest sources of iron from plant foods are green leafy veggies, legumes, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. If you drink tea, drink in between meals as tea can inhibit iron absorption.

 

Consuming plant based foods rich in vitamin C, including bell peppers and broccoli can improve iron absorption.

 

Read more about “21 Vegetarian Foods Loaded With Iron” from www.ecowatch.com by Alina Petre, Authority Nutrition.

 

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The Food Chain is Broken! Where Is Your Nutrition Coming From? - Hippocrates Health Institute

The Food Chain is Broken! Where Is Your Nutrition Coming From? - Hippocrates Health Institute | zestful living | Scoop.it
Sadly, the current statistics reveal that most of us are overweight or obese. These are harsh words to start an article but to resolve this crisis, it is mandatory that we accept these facts. Most doctors in practice have it all wrong. It is not their fault because medical schools do not seem to be …
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Did you know that oxidative stress and inflammation play a major role in causing diseases and neurodegenerative disorders?

 

What you consume and the soil the food is grown in has a direct bearing on the current epidemic of obesity and malnutrition.

 

Health Tips:  Food that has absolutely no nutrition will not and can not help your body to function.

 

Inflammatory foods, GMOs, pesticides, processed foods, sugars, vegetable oils (fake canola, corn, soybean, peanut, safflower, cottonseed), fast food, and junk food cause harm to your body.

 

Plant based real whole foods contain needed fiber, enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients everything your body needs to function optimally. Choose local, organic, and sustainable. 

 

Buy from real farmers at Farmer’s Markets, Food Co-ops, healthy markets or CSAs. Or buy online if you live in a food desert.

 

Read more about “The Food Chain is Broken! Where is Your Nutrition Coming From” from www.hippocrateshealthinst.org by Dr Howard Fisher.

 

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Get Good Gut Health With Prebiotics And Probiotics

Get Good Gut Health With Prebiotics And Probiotics | zestful living | Scoop.it
We all want our gut to feel good. No one wants a gut that is in constant turmoil possibly leading to serious conditions of Crohn’s disease, ulcerativ
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Did you know that you can take preventative steps to be free of disease and protect your immune system by feeding your gut flora with prebiotic fiber from plant based real whole food, by eating probiotic rich fermented food, and by taking a quality probiotic supplement?

 

When your gut bacteria are healthy, so are you. The seat of your health is found in your immune system. The old adage, you are what you eat has come full circle as now today more and more physicians are waking up to this reality based in fact.

 

What you eat, digest, absorb, and assimilate does indeed have a profound effect on your gut, your brain, and your entire body. Your lifestyle choices/habits, all effect your microbiome.

 

Are you eating inflammatory foods, processed food, GMOs, sugars, fast food? Are you on meds?

 

Do you use over the counter drugs (OTC), protein pump inhibitors (PPIs), take statins, or take antibiotics? These are substances that decimate your gut bacteria.

 

Speak to your health care professional. Do not stop taking your meds.

 

Health Tips:  Your gut bacteria thrive on plant based prebiotic foods rich in fiber. Fiber is necessary as it regulates your body’s cleansing processes and plays an important role in helping you maintain a healthy weight and digestive system.

 

Choose plant based coconut yogurt and water kefir in place of inflammatory dairy products.

 

Probiotics form a lining along the walls of your intestines creating a physical barrier to hinder invasion of bad bacteria.

 

Probiotics help with allergies, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce inflammation, help you synthesize nutrients from your food, and give you energy. This information comes from www,hippocrateshealthinst.org 

 

Read more about “Get Good Gut Health With Prebiotics and Probiotics” from www.huffingtonpost.com by Dr David Samadi, Contributor, Chairman of Urology, Chief of Robotic Surgery at Lennox Hill Hospital, Professor of Urology at Hofstra School of Medicine.

 

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FDA Refuses to Ban Toxic Chemical Used in Baby Food Packaging

FDA Refuses to Ban Toxic Chemical Used in Baby Food Packaging | zestful living | Scoop.it
Perchlorate is approved for use in packaging for dry food such as baby rice cereal, flour and spices. A group of health and environmental organizations
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Did you know that chemicals do not belong in your food or in food packaging? Chemicals are toxins which have have been proven in thousands of different studies to harm your body.

 

Chemicals are neurotoxins which harm your gut, your brain, and ultimately, your health.

 

Why does our government allow agencies like the FDA to ignore proven science in favor of chemicals which harm all of us, and especially our most vulnerable citizens babies?

 

The FDA and other agencies have been negligent in protecting us for decades. This isn’t something new.

 

This particular chemical, perchlorate has been proven to migrate into food and scientists know that it threatens fetal and infant brain development at even lower levels than previously thought.

 

Part of the problem with food products that occurs in the U.S. is that food corporations are allowed to do their own studies instead of using third party testing. 

 

Food as well as water, and the air all of us breathe needs to be clean. Chemicals and other types of toxins do not belong in the food, water, and air. And isn’t just humans, but all life is affected.

 

If you haven’t already petitioned your elected officials, then now would be a good time to get involved. This isn’t a partisan issue, this is an issue for your health and well being. Write letters, call everyday.

 

Health Tips:  Do your very best to eat organic/local, to eat food that is whole and not processed or packaged in a box, container, bag. Local means that the food is sourced within 100 or less miles from your home.

 

Don’t fall for a label that reads organic jellybeans or other sugary junk. Jellybeans are pure sugar and other garbage that decimates your gut bacteria which leads to inflammation and chronic diseases.

 

Don’t buy packaged foods that have more than 5 ingredients. You have to understand all the words on the label. And yes unless you’re familiar with the product, you have to read the labels.

 

Read more about “FDA Refuses to Ban Chemical Used in Baby Food Packaging” from www.ecowatch.com by Tom Neltnor, Environmental Defense Fund.

 

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Natural Wound Care at Home: 7 Products You Need for Your Homemade First Aid Kit

Natural Wound Care at Home: 7 Products You Need for Your Homemade First Aid Kit | zestful living | Scoop.it
When you’re sick or injured, it’s even more important to adhere to your natural lifestyle. When a cut, bruise, scrape, or other minor first aid injury arises, try these products instead.
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Did you know that real natural holistic herbal remedies have always existed for you to use for wound care at home?  Using Mother Nature’s toxic free herbs is the safest way to heal from injuries.

 

A wound is a general term for an injury that involves tissue (usually the skin or underlying skeletal muscles) being torn, cut, punctured, scraped, or crushed.

 

Health tips:  Calendula is an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic substance  for minor injuries and topical infection and irritation. Calendula gels are used for insect bites and burns.

 

Berberine, the active component of Barberry, an effective herb for fighting bacterial infection reduces the incidence of infection in first and second degree burns.

 

Lavender Essential oil is an antiseptic. Lavender acts to heal burns by stopping the action of prostaglandins, hormone like substances, which cause swelling and pain.

 

Lavender oil protects burned skin from bacterial and fungal infection. Use topically with a carrier oil.

 

Read more about “Natural Wound Care at Home: 7 Products You Need For Your Homemade First Aid Kit” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Taji Mortazavi. 

 

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The Cheese Trap: Fighting Diabetes with a Dairy-Free Diet

The Cheese Trap: Fighting Diabetes with a Dairy-Free Diet | zestful living | Scoop.it
Have you ever felt pulled to a certain food? Maybe it’s chocolate, potato chips, a hamburger, or a bowl of ice cream. For some people,…
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Did you know that dairy cheese may be addictive? Many people who switch to a plant based lifestyle have the most problem letting go of dairy cheese.

 

Nuts are one of the best ways to ditch dairy as nuts are high in plant protein and rich in essential omega 3 fats. You can also use avocado and even banana to replace dairy.

 

Health Tips:  You can make delicious plant based cheese from nuts and seeds. Or you can now buy yummy plant based cheese in your healthy markets.

 

Both types are just as tasty as dairy cheese. You won’t really know how good it is and how great you feel until you make the effort.

 

Raw cashews, macadamia, almonds, pine nuts, Brazil nuts, sesame, sunflower and hemp seeds can be used to make all kinds of different plant based cheese.

 

Adding nutritional yeast to raw cashews adds an extra boost of cheesiness to dishes like macaroni and cheese.

 

Adding a teaspoon of a quality probiotic to your raw cashew nut and filtered water mixture will ensure your intestinal micro flora will help nurture your gut and re-colonize it with healthy bacteria.

 

Really great fermentation requires a strong probiotic and a warmer kitchen. Add garlic or other herbs to your own raw cheese.

 

Read more about “The Cheese Trap: Fighting Diabetes With a Dairy-Free Diet”  from www.nutritionstudies.org by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC.

 

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11 Ways Flame Retardants Hurt Your Health

11 Ways Flame Retardants Hurt Your Health | zestful living | Scoop.it
Learn more about the unsafe fire-safety chemical you need to avoid.
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Did you know that chemicals known as flame retardants can harm your health and the health of your children? 

 

Are you aware that most people may be more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease from toxic pollutants in the environment that build up in the food supply and eventually affect the brain? This information from Dr Michael Greger, in his book, “How Not To Die”.

 

Every few years the Center for Disease Control (CDC) measures the levels of chemical pollutants in the bodies of thousands of people in the U.S. all across the country.  

 

Women’s bodies are more likely to be contaminated with heavy metals, toxic solvents, endocrine disrupting chemicals, fire retardants, chemicals from plastics, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and banned pesticides such as DDT, which in 1962 Rachael Carson wrote about in her breakthrough best seller, “Silent Spring”.

 

Pregnant women harbor on average about 50 different chemicals in their bodies.  DDT residues were found in 95 percent of umbilical cord samples taken from more than three hundred women who had recently given birth. DDT was banned decades ago and is still showing up.

 

Men tend to have even higher levels of certain pollutants than women. Dr. Greger writes that women who never breast fed had about the same level of certain toxins as men. The longer babies are breast fed, the lower women’s levels fall. What you consume now could affect the toxic levels in your grandchildren.

 

The foods that contribute the most heavy metals: Arsenic is the number one food showing up in poultry among preschool age children, and for their parents, tuna is number one. The top source for lead is dairy and the top source for mercury is seafood.

 

In the food supply today, most DDT comes from animal based, particularly fish as the oceans are the world’s garbage dump. Same is true for PCB’s, more banned chemicals used as insulating fluid for electrical equipment. PCB contamination is found in fish, fish oil, followed by eggs, dairy, and then other meats, writes Dr Greger.

 

The lowest contamination was found at the bottom of the food chain in plants. Another great reason to eat more plants based foods.

 

This chemical was banned about 50 years ago, Hexachlorobenzene and it’s found today mainly in dairy and meat, including fish. PFC’s known as perfluorochemicals are found in fish and other meats.

 

The most concentrated source of dioxins in the U.S. are found in butter, eggs, and processed meat. Eating eggs, not only harms your body, but every male chick is routinely killed in industrial farming.

 

These chemicals can rain down on us. Once they get into the food chain, these chemicals can work their way up at increasing concentrations.

 

Consider this scenario. A dairy cow still living may eat seventy-five thousand pounds worth of plants. The chemicals in the plants get stored in her fat and build up in her body. Overtime one of you eats a burger, you’re now eating everything that cow ate. Why not just eat the plants themselves and skip the animal?

 

Health Tips: The very bast way to minimize your exposure to industrial pollutants would be to eat as low on the food chain as possible which equates to a plant based real whole food lifestyle.

 

Read more about “11 Ways Flame Retardants Hurt Your Health” from www.rodalewellness.com by Julia Westbrook.

 

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Top 75 Sources of Plant-Based Calcium

Top 75 Sources of Plant-Based Calcium | zestful living | Scoop.it
A list of my top 75 favourite sources of calcium - all dairy free, healthy, and 100% plant-based.
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Did you know that plant based real whole foods have your back for all your calcium needs? Here are 75 plant based sources just for you.

 

Health tips:  Dr Michael Greger debunked the phytate issue in his book “How Not To Die”, but the myth still persists. The myth that phytates inhibited mineral absorption.

 

The old belief stemmed from a series of lab tests done on puppies and rats from 1949 that suggested that phytates had a bone softening  anti calcifying effect. 

 

But newer studies with real humans, on phytates show that people who eat more high phytate foods tend to have a greater bone mineral density, less bone loss, and fewer hip fractures.

 

Phytates have been shown to detoxify excess iron in the body which Dr Greger says can create a harmful kind of free radical, known as hydroxyl radicals. Phytates and fiber are two important protective compounds found only in plant foods. 

 

You can still soak your nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains or not. Dr Greger says that phytates may also help protect against colorectal cancer.

 

Some good side effects from phytates:

High phytate intake has been associated with less heart disease, less diabetes, and less kidney stones.

 

Read more about “Top 75 Sources of Plant- Based Calcium” from www.begoodorganics.com by Buffy Ellen.

 

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10 Plant-Based Foods That Enhance Recovery

10 Plant-Based Foods That Enhance Recovery | zestful living | Scoop.it
Conquer your post-workout with full confidence with these 10 foods!
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Did you know that plant based foods, including beetroot juice help to speed recovery for your exercise workouts? Plant based foods are anti-inflammatory, fiber rich bundles of goodness.

 

Choose complex carbs (veggies/fruits) which won’t give you a sugar rush like simple carbs do (white sugars, all sugars, white flour, white potatoes, pasta, commercial breads, pastries, cookies).

 

Health tips:  Plant based real whole food is rich in fiber needed by your body to function properly. The fibers in plant food (choose ripe fruit), veggies, and whole ancient grains slow the absorption of glucose in your bloodstream.

 

You can’t go wrong with any real whole plant based food. Eat a variety to get all the plant nutrients (phytochemicals), antioxidants, amino acids (proteins), enzymes, vitamins, minerals that fuel your body.

 

Choose sprouts, greens, legumes (beans, chickpeas, split peas, lentils), nuts/seeds, land and sea veggies, whole ancient grains, and ripe fruit.

 

Read more about “10 plant Based foods That enhance recovery” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Heather McClees.

 

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Breakfast Is At Risk If We Don't Do Something About The Bees | Care2 Healthy Living

Breakfast Is At Risk If We Don't Do Something About The Bees | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Bee populations are declining more rapidly than expected. Native bee species are at risk for extinction, and that it putting some of our greatest foods at risk.
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Did you know that without the pollination of crops by bees 70 out of 100 most consumed foods you enjoy will be gone from the food chain? The impact on human health could be huge. 

 

A study funded by the National science foundation found that essential minerals, such as calcium for the development of bones and teeth are found in crops produced by pollinators. 

 

The carotenoids found in bright colored pigmented orange, red, and yellow veggies and fruits which are associated with protection from cancer and macular degeneration are also pollinated by bees.

 

The researchers estimate that up to 40 percent of key nutrients found in veggies and fruits could be lost without the bee pollinators.

 

 Bees and other pollinators are experiencing declining numbers in recent years due to environmental pesticides, lack of floral resources, and Colony Collapse disorder.

 

Health tips:  Urge your local big box stores to stop selling bee killing pesticides such as Neonicotinoids. These pesticides, that have been shown to kill bees and other pollinators are now showing up in the Midwest in treated drinking water.

 

Another thing you can do is petition your Congressional legislators and Senators.

 

You could also stop consuming raw honey as this is food for the bees.

 

Read more about “Without Bees, You Can say Goodbye to These Breakfast foods” from www.care2.com by Jordyn Cormier.

 

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10 Plant-Based Foods Packed With Protein

10 Plant-Based Foods Packed With Protein | zestful living | Scoop.it
The continuing debate over how much protein the average person needs has done little to change our hunger for it. And who can blame us? Protein is one of the basic building blocks of life.When most people think of protein though, images of cheese, eggs and a leg of lamb pop into their head. Di
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Did you know that plant based real whole foods supply your body with all the necessary protein it needs to function optimally? Most people eat way too much protein which harms the body, especially when they are consuming inflammatory foods such as animal based.

 

Animal based foods contain no fiber which is essential for your body’s processes, Without fiber your digestive tract and colon get gummed up which lead to further health issues. Fiber regulates your body’s cleansing processes so you feel lighter.

 

Health Tips:  To get the most protein for your buck sprout your greens, legumes, nuts/seeds, ancient grains. Sprouting is economical and easy to do.

 

Remember to get the benefits of sulforaphane in crucifers (broccoli family greens) eat greens raw to get benefits or after cooking add a teaspoon of mustard greens powder to the veggies. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger, in his book, “How Not to Die”.

 

Another way to get more protein is to pair your greens and veggies with sprouts, nuts, and seeds. You can pair fresh fruit with nut butters/nuts/seeds.. Remember avocado is a low sugar fruit as is tomato, zucchini and cucumber.

 

Read more about “10 Plant Based Foods Packed With Protein” from www.ecowatch.com by Care2.

 

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