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?
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.
Contrary to mainstream medical belief, safe, natural, and nontoxic treatments can alleviate the symptoms of senile dementia. Research has demonstrated how these remedies can aid in preventing the onset of senile dementia.
Sandi Cornez's insight:
When this curator asks people today what their greatest health challenge is most of them say they fear getting Alzheimer's disease, they fear losing their memories, and aging too fast before their time.
Mainstream medicine has told us that memory loss and confusion is just a normal part of growing older, to just accept it. Modern medicine on the other hand realizes that staying alert and focused as one ages can be the norm, not the exception.
People who have serious changes in their personality, memory, mood, behavior may suffer from dementia (a group of symptoms that are caused by changes in the way the brain functions) And senile (meaning old) dementia refers to the onset of these symptoms in older people. according to the author, he most common conditions with dementia as a symptom include Alzheimer's disease and vascular disease, both specific to older individuals.
By following a healthy lifestyle, consuming brain healthy foods and taking nutritional supplements to boost the nutrients in the food you're eating,, you can preserve your mental abilities as you age.
Read the full article to get all the specific steps to improve your environment and food regimen to protect your brain against symptoms of cognitive decline associated with senile dementia.
Toxic free environment, continued community involvement, exercise, memory skills and brain boosters, weight management, coping strategies, and nutrition - eating foods in their natural state as much as possible, and buying organic because these foods have more trace minerals like chromium, magnesium, selenium, and zinc which are critical for your brain's health.
Foods such as omega-3 fatty acids found in flax and walnuts have major anti-inflammatory benefits, consuming antioxidant rich foods such as dark leafy greens, citrus foods, nuts, seeds to name a few. The B vitamins play an important role in fighting the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, specifically Vitamin B3 - niacin.Green peas, crimini mushrooms, peanuts, fish, and animal proteins. B-12 which reduces inflammatory, memory compromising homocysteine levels can be found in egg yolks.
There are now numerous studies which support taking nutritional supplements. Always consult with your health care provider. If your health care provider isn't knowledgeable about nutrition, you might want to consider getting another doctor.
The author also lists alternative holistic treatments that may have benefits in this arena. This curator has written about these nutrients in other posts. Please read the full article.
Taking action now, today can prevent cognitive decline and help make your later years zestful.
So what does eating like a whale or dolphin have to do with humans, you may ask. Plenty it turns out.
A study by the University of British Columbia and University of La Rochelle in France found that whales and dolphins despite their huge size don't eat everything in the ocean. Some require calorie rich diets to survive while others are built to live off low quality prey, and it has nothing to do with how big they are.
Bottom line for humans is to eat nutrient dense high quality real food than simply eating for the sake of eating as some people do.
Part of choosing high quality foods is to stay away from food additives and colorings. Think real food that is found on the perimeter of your grocery store.
And become a reader of labels to be informed as what is really in your food - the food found in boxes, bags, cartons on the shelves. The article comments on the fact that many cheeses that vegetarians choose, even ones with labels that say rBST or rBGH free, contain rennet which is made from the stomach lining of calves - definitely not vegetarian. The rennet has an enzyme that aids in the cheese making. process. Rennet won't be on the label, but the word "enzyme" will be in the ingredient list. Better to be food saavy and aware.
A healthy "live-it" food regimen consists of lots of healthy fats, fiber rich complex carbohydrates which deliver sustained and energy throughout the day and which are an excellent food for weight loss, and a smaller amount of high quality protein. Think avocados, olive oil, nuts, vegetables/fruits (preferably organic or pesticide free), legumes - beans, peas, lentils which fill you up, whole - oatmeal, barley, brown rice and ancient grains - quinoa, buckwheat, millet, teff, farro, Choose your source of high quality protein wisely. Think plant food sources like spirulina, spinach,kale, Swiss chard, nuts, seeds, lean meats (for non vegetarians/vegans) grass fed, pasteured, wild caught fish - salmon.
Whatever food regimen you follow, taking a cue from these beautiful marine animals can help your body tremendously.
The future of cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment will not be found in your medicine cabinet, rather in your kitchen cupboard or in your back yard growing on a tree. Pomegranate Found To Prevent Coronary Artery Disease Progression A new study published in the journal Atherosclerosis confirms that pomegranate extract may prevent and/or reverse the […]
Sandi Cornez's insight:
Pomegranate fruit and juice is a powerhouse of antioxidants that keeps arteries clear. Studies show that drinking pomegranate juice also drives down blood pressure in people with hypertension. In addition to its proven ability to reduce artery plaque, pomegranate juice contains powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds that protect joint cartilage.
Read the full article for all the research details
Here's a hypertension sun tea beverage that will keep you hydrated with numerous health benefits:
Makes 1/2 gallon
2 quarts of water
2-4 decaffeinated green tea bags or 1/4 cup green tea leaves
1- 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened pomegranate juice
3-4 TBSPs of hibiscus leaves (wrap in cheesecloth)
Place all ingredients in a 32 ounce glass jar with a screw on lid. Set out in the sun to brew for 2-3 hours. Sweeten with your favorite healthy sweetener - flavored Stevia or raw honey or drink as is.
HaFennel can help neutralize cancer and encourage weight loss
Sandi Cornez's insight:
Have you tried adding fennel to your meals? Fennel, the delicious Mediterranean staple has numerous health benefits which have been known about since Roman times. Did you know that every part of the plant is edible - the bulb, stalks, leaves and seeds? And it makes the most mouth watering soups.
Benefits of fennel:
Crunchy and sweet when raw, tender and mildly anise-licorice flavored when cooked; dried fennel seeds bought separately can be used like pumpkin, cumin, or caraway to flavor soups, stews, breads, or other foods; fennel tea aids in digestion. Steep two teaspoons in boiling water for five minutes. Fennel has been used to assist bodily functions of the kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, and digestive system.
Fennel is a potent antioxidant, is rich in phytoestrogens, and a respectable source of Vitamin C, folate, potassium, and fiber. The latter three have a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system while also helping to remove carcinogenic toxins from the colon.
Specific studies done at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center showed that it has exceptional anti-inflammatory properties.
And other studies in Germany show that fennel can assist in suppressing appetite as well as activating metabolism.
Experiments in India show that fennel seeds have a chemopreventive effect
Researchers in Granada, Spain found that fennel can somewhat help with sleep.
Read the entire article for specifics on each study.
Good advice for people to incorporate into their daily lives. People who live in the area that encompasses what is known as the "Mediterranean" are on average healthier and live longer than most North Americans on the standard American diet (SAD)/
Many healing foods grow abundantly in this region of the world - mineral rich figs, antioxidant laden pomegranates, nutritious citrus, olives, nuts, and flavorful herbs and spices that possess unique medicinal properties. plus a wide selection of vegetables and fruits which contain healing compounds.
Fresh produce contains the highest concentration of nutrients of any food group. And studies show that eating more fresh veggies and fruits boosts the antioxidant levels in your blood and neutralizes a range of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, while reducing symptoms of chronic conditions such as arthritis, hypertension, and insulin resistance.. And it helps slow down the aging process.
And the Mediterranean Sea is also plentiful with fish and seafood which contain high levels of healing omega-3 fatty acids.
Here's 10 quick life lessons that this woman's children taught her. Read the whole article to get all the juicy details.
On your health journey, there are critical tests that need to be measured at each stage of your life as you age. Consider it a pro-active approach that prevents problems from happening. Conventional medicine waits for significant bad news and then launches into fix it mode. Health conscious individuals realize this is nonsense. Being pro-active prevents problems from occurring.
Begin with a yearly test starting in your 20's get a baseline of this metabolite in your blood which has been shown to be a risk factor in cardiovascular disease and brain degeneration. Homocysteine is a sensitive marker for B vitamin deficiency, including folic acid deficiency and it is an inflammatory amino acid.
Elevated levels in the blood have been associated with damage to the lining of arteries and atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of arteries) and increased risk for stroke, heart disease, blood clot formation, and accelerates the development of dementia.
Other possible causes of high homocysteine levels include low levels of thyroid hormone, kidney disease, psoriasis, some medicines, or genetics.
Reduce your sugar and simple carbohydrates (no fiber, high gycemic) as these can deplete key B vitamins and magnesium. Individuals who have gut issues can have poor absorption of these minerals which can result in high homocysteine.
Eating more vegetables and fruits, dark leafy green veggies can help lower your homocysteine level by increasing how much folate you get in your "live-it". Good sources of folate include lentils, asparagus, spinach, and most beans. High quality omega-3 fatty acids and medium chain fats in coconut oil also help to lower homocysteine levels.
If your homocysteine levels are high and food doesn't lower them, you can also supplement with pre-methyated forms of B vitamins, including B-12, Pyridoxal 5, Phosphate, ribolflavin, trimethylglycerine, magnesium, and choline. And two of this curators favorites are included - N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) and lipoic acid. These two help to boost glutathione and lower homocysteine levels.
Read this important article to find our how you can develop high levels of homocysteine. And be pro-active in your health journey by getting yearly tests. Remember it's your life - your choice. Be wise.
In the summertime, you might change your wardrobe to show off more skin and keep cool. To help your skin look its best and protect it from sun damage, try incorporating more...
Sandi Cornez's insight:
It's a well known fact that foods we consume affect how your body looks, feels, and performs. A growing body of research demonstrates that facial wrinkles are a reliable indicator of internal health. And did you know that what keeps your brain young also keeps your skin young? These 4 plus foods nourish your skin in every season.
1. Berries - Dark berries are rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals which play a role in the aging process. Think blueberries, raspberries, strawberries. Eat them fresh or frozen. They add more than color to your Green Smoothies.
2. Nuts and Seeds - High in the omega-3 good fats EPA.. These fats fortify the skin by building healthy cell membranes to keep waste products our of the skin cells and help the cells retain moisture. Omega-3's also help improve the elasticity of blood vessels, thus improving blood flow,giving your skin a healthy glow. And nuts also help increase acetylcholine, a very important nutrient that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain, for learning and memory, and also in the skin. It provides moisture to your body. Dry wrinkled skin may be a clue that your memory is fading as well. Flaxseeds and sunflower seeds are rich in antioxidant pheolic acids. You can add them to your Green Smoothies and/or your baking.
3. Sweet Potatoes and Yams - Like berries they are high in antioxidants to fight off free radicals. These delicious veggies help give your skin a smooth, even complexion. Other yellow and orange fruits and veggies also are best bets for healthy skin. Think carrots, apricots.
4. Spinach and other dark green leafy veggies.
6. Beans, peas and lentils
7. Green and white teas
8. Water - the lifeblood of your body, essential for healthy skin, because proper hydration ensures that your skin stays supple and soft in any type of weather.Drink pure, filtered, or ionized water every day. Drinking water before a meal will help with digestion. Boost your hydration with these water packed foods: watermelon, cucumber, jicama, and soup.
Remember what you consume, absorb, and digest has a direct correlation on how your body looks, feels, and performs. Eat and drink healthy to be healthy every day.
If you wanted to create the perfect smoothie with anti-cancerous properties; potent anti-inflammatory, as well as an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal constituents, look no further than adding turmeric. Although turmeric has a lightly bitter taste, you won’t even notice it in this delicious recipe that will have you craving it daily. Who needs medication when […]
Sandi Cornez's insight:
Green smoothies - nutritious , energizing, cleansing, healing drinks that boost your metabolism.
Here's a new twist - adding powdered tumeric with these benefits: great digestive aid, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic effects, and a host of other protective properties.
Since tumeric has a slightly bitter taste, blending it with sweet fruit makes all the difference.
Here's the recipe from PreventDisease.com:
Turmeric Smoothie Recipe
1 cup hemp or coconut milk 1/2 cup frozen pineapple or mango chunks 1 fresh banana 1 tablespoon coconut oil 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (can be increased to 1 tsp) 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1 teaspoon chia seeds 1 teaspoon maca (optional)
This recipe is best consumed in the morning on an empty stomach. Not only will it increase your energy for the first half of the day, but it will clear your mind and infuse your body with some of the most powerful antioxidants in the world. Now that’s a great breakfast idea!
This curator looks forward to making this Tumeric Smoothie.
Does diabetes mean drugs? Not necessarily! In this week's UltraWellness blog, Dr. Mark Hyman brings you the last installment of his two-part discussion on diabetes. You'll learn why medications aren't always the answer -- and how you can prevent and even reverse diabetes with his comprehensive plan.
Sandi Cornez's insight:
Dr Mark Hyman offers his 5 Steps to Reverse Diabetes. Dr Hyman and other holistic wellness doctors and research scientists, nutritional biochemists, Naturopathic doctors and others in this field know that Diabetes type 2 is a metabolic disorder and can be reversed.
The wisdom is in eating a healthy plant based food regimen or "live-it", which includes dark leafy greens, veggies/ fruits, nuts, seeds, healthy fats like avocado, whole ancient grains like quinoa, millet, buckwheat, and amaranth, avoiding gluten, processed foods, sugar, white flours, and I would add GMOs, movement of some sort daily, positive attitude/mindset, adding herbs and spices into preparation of food, drinking healthy beverages, and pure, filtered, or ionized water daily.
Watch this engaging video and learn how to change your food choices and lifestyle so you too can be healthy and vibrant through your golden years.
The average liver takes a beating (the average college kid’s liver at least). Alcohol, soft drinks, fast foods, conventionally-grown foods, and prescription and non-prescription drugs all wreak havoc on the average person’s body at a constant pace. That is a lot of work for a liver to do without a break. Here are a few […]
Sandi Cornez's insight:
Your liver is the most overworked organ in your body. Treating it well will serve you with a healthy body.
Some plant based foods that will help to cleanse your liver naturally:
1. Garlic - A small amount has the ability to activate liver enzymes that helps your body flush out toxins. And garlic has high amounts of allicin and selenium, two natural compounds that aid in liver cleansing.
2. Grapefruit - High in Vitamin C and antioxidants, grapefruit increases the natural cleansing processes of the liver.
3. Leafy dark green veggies - one of the best liver detoxifiers. High in plant chlorophylls, greens literally soak up environmental toxins from the blood stream, helping to neutralize heavy metals, chemicals, and pesticides. Dark leafy greens such as mustard greens, beet greens, chard, collard greens, arugula, spinach, dandelion greens help the creation and flow of bile,; the substance that removes waste from the organs and blood.
4. Green and orange veggies - artichoke, Bruissels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, and carrots which have specific liver -support benefits.
5. Avocados - this nutrient dense delicious healthy fat (fruit) helps the body to produce glutathione, the master hormone, which is necessary for the liver to cleanse harmful toxins. Recent studies report that liver health improves when one eats avocados.
6. Flaxseed oil - a liver toning oil as well as other cold pressed organic oils such as olive oil, and hemp seed oil are great in moderation. They help the body by providing a fat (lipid) base which can suck up harmful toxins in the body, taking some of the burden off the liver.
7. Walnuts - with high amounts of the amino acid arginine, walnuts help the liver in detoxifying ammonia. Walnuts are also high in glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids which support normal liver cleansing.
8. Tumeric - helps boost liver detox by helping enzymes that actively flush out known food carcinogenics.
9.. Herbal green tea - high in catechins, a type of plant antioxidant that has been shown in studies to eliminate liver fat accumulation and promote proper liver function.
10.Give specific attention to gutathione-support nutrients such as N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) and these liver support herbs - silymarin and wolfberry as you age.
Sprouts you see them at the salad bar and probably, like myself you never paid much attention to them. This curator discovered the many nutritional benefits of sprouts this past summer.
Sprouts are not just for the salad bar. When you grow your own organic food for pennies per pound, you are enjoying fresh food every day loaded with antioxidants, essential amino acids, and many other immune boosting nutrients. All this and no need for soil or farming knowhow.
Here are 6 ways that an indoor organic garden can benefit you and your lifestyle.
1. Lower the cost of food.
Did you know that seeds can multiply 7-15 times their weight. You get triple the amount of food for a very low cost.
2. Greater nutritional value
Let's face it, we all know about soil depletion, lack of nutrients in our food if we're eating conventional foods, not to mention the toxic chemicals and GMOs (genetically modified organisms) that big Ag adds which destroys our health. Organic sprouts have more nutrients, a greater concentration of proteins, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, RNA, DNA, and bioflavonoids compared to the mature version of the plant.
3. Chemical free
When growing 100% organic, you never need to add any toxic chemicals, GMOs, pesticides, fungacides, synthetic fertilizers, or any other cancer causing chemicals. When you grow your own indoor garden, you always know the source of your food. It's like having food security.
4. Quick and easy.
Even in winter, you can enjoy organic fresh living food all year round.
5. Improve your immune system
Growing your own organic sprouts which are easy to digest can supply a large supply of enzymes to improve your digestion and immunity. Key point here. Without enzymes, there is no life.
6. Better for Mother Earth
Growing your own will dramatically reduce the time in transit fuel costs associated with conventionally grown agricultural products.
Sprouting is easy and fun to do and you know you are making a difference for your health and the health of our Planet.
Not many people realize they have two brains. Yes, you read that right. And your second brain may have more to do with your health that you ever imagined.
Sandi Cornez's insight:
It's true many people don't realize they have two brains. Our mental brain and our gut brain. And for women, our gut brain is our wisdom center. And as it turns out, our gut brain has more to do with our health than we are aware.
Our gut brain or belly brain as the article calls it is connected to our cranial mental brain by the vagus nerve. And as such the same hormones and neurotransmitters that are found in our mental brain are in our gut brain.
And our gut brain produces serotonin and dopamine, the 'feel good' chemicals. Are you aware that without adequate levels of these two, you may experience depression, insomnia, and other emotional distress? The symptoms you get are your warning signs telling you to pay attention to your gut.
Your gut brain influences mood and your immune system. Did you know that over 70-80% of your immune system is located in your G.I. tract? It's no wonder people are experiencing so many digestive issues. What you eat, consume, digest, and absorb directly influences your digestion and hence your immune system.
Today too many people are chasing the easy way out - pop a pill for instant relief. Except, popping pills for symptoms causes more health issues, like being in a drug induced fog all the time. Isn't it time to get to the root cause and change your food lifestyle?
Each person is different and requires an individual assessment. However, there are some basic guidelines for everyone.
1. Stay away from meats including chicken that have antibiotics. These antibiotics kill both the harmful flora in your gut and the healthy bacteria leaving you defenseless. Purchase pasteured grass fed meats/chicken.
2. Avoid as mucn as possible sugar and processed foods, high carb intake as in white flour, wihite rice, white pasta as these foods feed the bad flora and cause chronic diseases and cancer.
3. Stay away from irritants like MSG, food preservatives and enhancers. Reduce your intake of gluten. Did you know that 99% of the wheat consumed today is a hybrid that was developed in 1970?
5. Do increase your intake of fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir, miso, Kombucha tea. Even just a tablespoon will add to your inner ecosystem the good bacteria.
6. Consider taking probiotics which add healthy bacteria as opposed to antibiotics which harm them.
Vitamin D and cholesterol are needed to prevent Alzheimer's, and Coconut Oil provides needed fuel for the brain.
Sandi Cornez's insight:
Vitamin D is necessary for your body to perform at optimum levels. Getting 20 minutes of sun everyday is extremely helpful and without sunscreen which blocks your body's ability to produce vitamin D.
And cholesterol is a necessary compound for your good health. Did you know that 25% of the cholesterol in your body is in your brain? Cholesterol is needed for neuron transport. Having too little of this beneficial compound can negatively affect your brain function causing not just impaired memory and dementia, but it increases your risk of depression and a host of other serious issues. Read the full article to find out more about vitamin D, cholesterol, and the depletion of sulfate and its importance for your body.
Coconut oil may protect you from Alzheimer's disease by providing your brain with additional fuel supply. Are you aware that your brain manufacturers its own insulin to convert glucose into the fuel it needs? Recent discoveries indicate that your brain can become "diabetic". Your brain can become insulin resistant as in diabetes.
Read the full article to find out how coconut oil may help and read about other strategies for Alzheimer's prevention.
Being proactive with your health starting today can make a huge difference in your overall wellness now and in your future.
Medical researchers are hopeful that a parasitic fungus found on Tibetan caterpillars may hold the key to defeating cancer. Discover the power of cordyceps.
Sandi Cornez's insight:
Cordyceps, a fungus is known as Cordyseps sinensis and is one of the honored and revered in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has been used since before the 15th century.
Usually prescribed to restore energy, boost the immune system, promote longevity, and improve quality of life and has also been used to treat serious health conditions.
It grows in the high altitudes of Tibet.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center recognizes the anti-cancer properties as in antitumor, radioprotective, and antidiabetic effects. Read the full article for all the health details.
Cordyseps is non-toxic and safe, plus being nutritious to consume. The International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms states that the fungus contains essential amino acids, several essential B-complex vitamins, and vitamins E and K. And beneficial fatty acids, oleic acids the same found in olives are present.
This curator is familiar with Cordyseps as it is one of the many ingredients in a cell renewal formula called Xtra.
Magnesium consumption linked to lower risk of hip fractures
Sandi Cornez's insight:
Just about every biological function in your body depends on magnesium. And many people are deficient in this critical mineral. Nearly half the magnesium in your body is found in the skeleton.
Norway has one of the highest rates of hip fracture in the world. with 9,000 cases per year. Since this is a major problem, researchers sought to determine whether different levels of magnesium and calcium in drinking water were correlated with rates of hip fracture.
Magnesium, calcium, and Vitamin K all play a role in bone strength. In the study regions with higher magnesium content had significantly lower rates of hip fracture in both women and men.
As individual consumers, you don't have to rely on water companies to boost their magnesium intake for you. You can increase your magnesium by consuming dark leafy greens like spinach and Swiss chard, broccoli and mustard greens, raw sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nuts like Brazil nuts, buckwheat flour, pine nuts, cooked brown rice, oatmeal, cooked artichoke hearts, beans such as white and kidney beans, legumes including chickpeas, lentils, and split peas, fruits high in vitamin C, fruits high in fiber such as apples, pears, berries, and oranges.
And eating foods rich in magnesium, not only helps your bones. A study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that higher magnesium intake was correlated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer. And another study found an association with lower risk of stroke. And eating magnesium rich foods will protect your heart. Vitamin C from oranges provides significant benefit to people with hypertension and heart disease. And studies show that low levels of magnesium can be a contributing cause of restless leg syndrome. And people who have migraines tend to have lower than normal amounts of magnesium in their brain.
Studies show many health benefits from eating fermented foods
Sandi Cornez's insight:
Fermented foods aren't really a new fad. They've been around for at least 6,000 years. The Chinese have eaten fermented cabbage that many years, and across Asia, families have made their own fermented vegetables - carrots, turnips, eggplant, and cucumbers.
It's just that with the advent of processed junk foods that so many people consume, mainstream medicine's love affair with antibiotics, and manufacturers of antibacterial products that fermented foods are coming back in fashion.
Fermented foods are rich in enzymes and beneficial microorganisms that aid digestion and promote healthy flora in our digestive tract, and they help us to absorb vitamins (particularly Vitamin C and B-12), minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids more efficiently from the other foods you eat. Fermented foods regulate the level of acidity in your digestive tract, act as antioxidants, and boost immunity.
You can say, as your digestive tract goes (in terms of being healthy) so goes your immune system. All fermented foods contain active bacteria cultures that are beneficial not only to your GI tract, but also to your immune system. They contain healthful bacteria that live in your intestine and are critical for digestive health.
Studies show that eating fermented foods also has a positive effect on heart disease, arthritis, obesity, gum disease, and mood.
Some fermented foods to try;
Sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, cheeses made with nuts, live culture, no sugar yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sourdough breads, soy sauce, and fermented vegetables.
An amazing new study finds this ancient healing spice might have life-saving properties in diabetes.
Sandi Cornez's insight:
The amazing potent healing spice Tumeric and its compound Curcumin has done it again. In a new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry concluded that "curcumin extract may be used as anti-arteriosclerosis in type 2 Diabetes patients because of its benefits and safety".
And considering the harmful life-threatening side effects of conventional medicine, this heart saving benefit is encouraging.
Another recent study published in the American Journal of Cardiology found Tumeric's "cardiovascular benefits may be as powerful as exercise".
Read the full article for all the details
. Your spice cabinet holds the secret to safe, affordable, time-tested, easily accessible food which helps to prevent disease.
Turmeric has been used in India for over 5,000 years, which is likely why still today both rural and urban populations have some of the lowest prevalence rates of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in the world. A recent study on patients with AD found that less than a gram of turmeric daily, taken for three months, resulted in 'remarkable improvements.'
Sandi Cornez's insight:
Tumeric, the Indian powerhouse spice is an essential ingredient for your kitchen cabinet, replacing your medicine cabinet. If you haven't added it yet, then consider the outcome of this study with patients with Alzheimer's Disease.
A recent study on patients found that less than a gram of tumeric daily taken for three months resulted in "remarkable improvements".
Alzheimer's Disease is considered the most common form of dementia, defined as a serious loss of cognitive function in previously unimpaired individuals, beyond what is expected in normal aging.
By 2050 it is estimated that there will be 1 in 85 persons affected by this disease.
Conventional medicine utilizes drugs which have been documented as a mistake and can result in serious neurological harm.
People are beginning to be more responsive to holistic therapies using food, spices, and other food ingredients. Tumeric has been used medicinally and as a culinary herb for over 5,000 years in Indian culture. and studies of Indian culture reveal they have a much lower incidence of Alzheimer's Disease than in Western countries.
Read the article to learn about this study, other studies and other protective effects of Tumeric and its compound Curcumin. Plus GreenMedInfo.com research page contains 97 holistic substances of interest which you may be interested in reading.
Remember your food choices and environmental exposures determines largely your risk for neurological issues. Choose wisely.
New research is confirming that cherries are more than just great-tasting. They are medicinal, able to reduce inflammation and increase sleep quality.
Sandi Cornez's insight:
Cherries are nature's goodness and are a medicinal functional food, able to reduce inflammation and increase sleep quality.
If you have problems getting to sleep or staying asleep, consider drinking an 8 ounce glass of unsweetened tart cherry juice or eating a bowl of fresh cherries before going to sleep to improve your sleep quality naturally.
Cherries contain natural melatonim and cherry juice has been found to decrease oxidative stress and inflammation following strenuous exercise.
Here is information from one of the many studies done on cherries: Research from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR - results found that drinking tart cherry juice 2 times daily for three weeks led to significant reductions in inflammation markers. The lead researcher said "that it's promising that tart cherries can help, without the possible side effects associated with arthritis medications."
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis. Are you aware that athletes can be at risk for developing osteoarthritis? Dr Kuehl, the lead researcher also found that athletes who drank tart cherry juice during training reported significantly less pain after exercise than those that didn't drink the tart cherry juice.
Anthocyanins, are the antioxidant compounds in tart cherries, Their anti-inflammatory levels have been shown to be comparable to some well known pain medications.
Nature's foods are real medicine without side effects. Have you had your bowl of tart cherries today?
This year alone, nearly 600,000 Americans will lose their lives to cancer. Could a primary reason be as simple as what people are not eating regularly? Here is an excellent anticancer shopping list to use as a guideline.
Sandi Cornez's insight:
It seem everyone except the old school medical establishment knows that nutrition affects every aspect of our well-being - our moods, our behaviors, out thinking, and our wellness.
What we eat, absorb, and digest, our lifestyle choices are directly related to our sickness/disease or our wellness/great health.
The article states that there are volumes of scientific evidence proving that diet (live-it) and nutrition play a leading role in cancer development. See links and references.
It is also well known that cancer cannot live in an alkaline environment with research showing that tumor growth increases in an acid environment. The majority of people in the U.S. .consume an excess of acid-forming foods, Blood in the body is maintained at a slightly alkaline level between 7.2 and 7.4.
Eating alkaline foods keeps the blood pH in its ideal range, which is important for the prevention and treatment of cancer. The 80-20 rule applies here. Eat 80% of alkaline forming foods such as those available from many raw veggies and fruits, nuts, seeds, ancient grains and some whole grains and legumes. (Please read the article for all lists of foods).
Very important also are the cruciferous veggies - kale, broccoli, cabbage, bok choy, cauliflower, mustard greens, arugala, watercress, turnips, and Brussels Sprouts. These veggies contain detoxifying compounds which have been proven to help prevent and reverse cancer. See references.
Green foods are rich in blood purifying chlorophyll and other important phytonutrients for detoxifying the system and rejuvenating organs. Laboratory tests have established that chlorophyll inhibits the activity of carcinogens at a molecular level.
Red foods - research confirms that strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, tart cherries, cranberries, and goji berries are high in immunosupportive and cancer fighting nutrients. such as lycopene and carotene. And many are high antioxidant as well.
Fiber, not a food itself yet is an important component of veggies, fruits, ancient and whole grains. Research suggests that high fiber intake may lower incidence of certain cancers such as breast, uterine, colorectal, and prostate.
Olive oil - use in moderation, has been shown to have anti-cancer properties. Choose extra virgin cold-pressed.
Mushrooms - several varieties have powerful healing properties. Even white button mushrooms.
Seaweeds used in Chinese Medicine for treating cancers helps to soften hardened tumors.
Spices offer numerous health promoting benefits.
From this list, it's pretty evident that consuming a mostly or total plant based food regimen is the solution to our health care crisis in the U.S..
A promising new study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition reveals that the popular kitchen spice ginger may be an effective treatment for the prevention of diabetes and its complications.
Sandi Cornez's insight:
The popular kitchen spice Ginger, in the same plant family (zingberacea) that includes the medicinial powerhouse Tumeric which was recently proven to be 100% effective in preventing the development of Type 2 Diabetes, in prediabetics; may also be an effective treatment for the prevention of diabetes and its complications.
Read the full article for all the information.
Ginger is already proven to have anti-diabetic properties. Go to Pubmed.gov for the full listing of studies.on both Ginger and Tumeric.
The amount of ginger used amounted to 1.6 grams which is about one quarter of a teaspoon. A key point is that lower doses of spices may actually be more beneficial than larger doses.
Everybody feels stress and knows it intimately, but very few of us think about what stress actually is. Stress is a thought. That’s it. No more, no less. If that’s true, then we have complete control over stress, because it’s not something that happens to us but something that happens in us. The dictionary definition …
Excellent helpful information from Dr Mark Hyman on stress. Please do read the entire article.
Stress is as Dr Hyman says, all in our subconscious minds from our thoughts.. This curator has been for many years following the adage "change your words, change your results" and it works.
You can worry yourself into a real chronic illness. Of course we can be concerned, just not to the state of being helpless.
These steps work time and again.
1. Movement - getting up and standing, exercising, walking, running, jogging, dancing, dancing while cleaning the house with the vacuum cleaner (don't laugh - it works), swimming, hiking, camping, playing with your children, yoga and tai chi.
2. Breathing - Taking deep breaths has a biochemical affect on resetting the stress response. This technique is for women and men. Take a deep breath and let out a pleasurable "HA" sound, not AH. It's a different vibration in the body. Doing this as many times in a day as you need, begins to release oxytocin, the natural hormone in your body, which once released begins to evoke feelings of bonding and trust reduces anxiety and promotes a sense of calmness and security. It transforms your body from the "flight or flight" response mode to a state of "creation and collaboration".
3. Taking a bath - this relaxes your muscles and is great just before bed. Using Epsom salts which contain magnesium, the relaxation mineral and baking soda plus drops of your favorite essential oil will put you into a state of bliss.
4 Sleep - getting a full night's rest is essential for a healthy body, mind, and spirit.
5. "Change your words, change your results - thinking differently opens up solutions to solve your problems.
It sheds important new light on diseases such as Alzheimer’s, and on all your diet and lifestyle choices.
Sandi Cornez's insight:
Have you heard of Epigenetics, a relatively new field of science which is shedding new light on diseases such as Alzheimer's and on your food and lifestyle choices?
This is about your genes and the surprising growing research that suggests it's not just your physical traits or illnesses that you might be passing on to future generations, instead your DNA might be affected by behavioral epigenetics too.
There are social implications and for the medical community, the implications could be hugely important. The message here is that our past has not locked us into a scary future. Instead look at the mistakes you are making now and what they might mean for you and future generations. More research is definitely needed regarding vaccines.
Epigenetic research suggests that maintaining sufficient nutrient levels will significantly affect your current and future health. Help your genes to express themselves in a healthy way.
Please read the entire article and as many of the links as you can for detailed information on this exciting new field and the research that is available to us.
In today’s busy world, it’s hard to find the time to eat healthy.
Sandi Cornez's insight:
For those of you who are finding it difficult to eat healthy in our fast paced world today, here's some good simple tips to begin incorporating into your lifestyle.
It is important to plan ahead and have an idea of the kind of healthier foods you will be open to eating so that when you are faced with diffeerent situations such as going to restaurants, or eating elsewhere; you stick with that plan.
It's best to carry with you some high protein snacks that you can make at home. It's not that difficult and it will save you from making unhealthy choices when you are gone a long time and haven't eaten within 3-4 hours. Nuts are a great and easy choice. Choose raw or organic almonds, walnuts, pecans, or your favorite nut. Cut up some organic veggies and slather on some nut butter. You can pack a healthy sandwich - your choice of food, or low sugar yogurts, or fruit and a green smoothie in a glass jar. Best of all these small items will fit into a glass container or thermos which you can carry easily in a backpack or briefcase. And do carry pure, filtered, or ionized water.
At restaurants ask your server what the healthy options are and order something from those choices. With a salad, you can have your dressing on the side. An oil and vinegar or squeezed lemon is always a good choice.
if you're eating meat, choose grilled chicken over hamburger or get the meat and forgo the extras. Instead of fries, get a baked potato or other veggie if available and fruit. Choose water, hot or iced tea in place of sodas.
Read the full article for the other food suggestions.
Making small helathy changes every day does add up and over time you will begin to notice a measuarable difference in your health and the health of your body.
Check out these healthy, gluten-free alternatives to white flour
Sandi Cornez's insight:
Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you know by now that white processed flour is deadly for your health.
And even if you're not having digestive issues or have been diagnosed with Celiac disease, gluten free flours can still benefit your health and add a distinct flavor change for your baking. This curater has been using buckwheat flour in her baking and she loves the flavor and many health benefits associated with buckwheat.
Buckwheat is really a seed, not a grain. It has a nice earthy flavor and combined with organic ground almonds, it makes a wonderful bread. It is high in fiber and protein (including all 8 essential amino acids), rich in trace minerals (magnesium and copper), low in fat and calories, and contains 2 flavanoids - quercitin and rutin, protecting you from cell inflammation and damage.
Read the full article for information on the other two gluten-free flours.