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Reverse type 1 diabetes with a raw food diet

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Reverse type 1 diabetes with a raw food diet
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When we put the right nutrients into our body, our body will heal itself.

 

This article backs up that statement. Dr Kirt Tyson, a Naturopathic doctor who practices in Arizona changed his food regimen when his blood sugar spiked to 300mg/dL. Dr Tyson was known as a fast food junkie and he also was diagnosed as Type 1 Diabetes.

 

Within 2-3 weeks of completely cutting out junk food, sugar, meat, dairy, and fruits, Dr Tyson eating a raw food regimen consisting of nuts, seeds, and vegetables stopped his insulin dependence.

 

Whe he checked his blood sugar, the level had dropped to an acceptable safe range of 76mg/dL. Today he says he only needs insulin if he becomes sick.(which causes blood sugar levels to rise).

 

The American Diabetes Association website lists top super foods for diabetics: nuts, seeds, walnuts, flax, vegetables - the darker and leafier the better such as collards, mustard greens, kale, spinach, beet greens.

 

Other diabetics who follow a raw food regimen list these foods as being beneficial:

Chia, hemp seeds, almonds, pecans, fenugreek leaves, dandelion leaves.

 

According to the World Health Organization, 20 million people worldwide have Type 1 Diabetes.

 

Great health is always a choice.

 

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This Is Your Brain On Junk Food

This Is Your Brain On Junk Food | zestful living | Scoop.it
Food companies are spending millions of dollars to design foods with addictive sensations. What can you and I do about it? Is there any way to counteract the money, the science, and the advertising behind the junk food industry?

Via The BioSync Team
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Read how the food companies trick you into craving junk food by making certain foods more addictive and tasty than others.

 

Steven Witherly, a food scientist has spent the last 20 years studying the why of addictive junk food. Read the entire article to get links to his excellent report, "Why Humans Like Junk Food".

 

Witherly says there are 2 factors that make eating pleasurable: one is the sensation of eating the food. This includes tastes, smell, and mouthfeel - which is very important. Food companies spend millions of dollars to discover the satisfying level of crunch in a potato chip or the perfect amount of fizzle in a soda. These factors all combine to create the food your brain craves.

 

The second factor is the actual macronutrient makeup of the food - blend of proteins, carbs, and fats it contains. And in the case of junk food, the manufacturers are looking for the perfect combination of salt, sugar, and fat that excites your brain, and gets you coming back for more.

 

So what can you do about this craving because as you probably know by now, junk food is unhealthy and causes a myriad of chronic diseases, weight gain, obesity, and even death in certain individuals. 

 

As you begin eating less and less processed foods, you begin to go through a transition period known as "gene reprogramming".

 

Best strategy is to avoid buying these products. If you can't do that then try to reduce the amount you buy/eat by using his strategies.

 

"Outer ring" and "5 ingredient rule". 

Shop on the outer ring of the grocery store where the produce section is located and the eggs, meats, fish etc. Remember you're really wanting real whole food, food that you're body recognizes, and food that serves your body.

 

.If the product has more than 5 ingredients, then put it back on the shelf. It most likely is trying to trick you into buying.

 

Eat a variety of foods and eat Rainbow Foods. These are the foods that contain the antioxidants, the phytonutrients, the minerals, and vitamins that your body craves.

 

Instead of eating a chip with a dip of unknown ingredients. try eating carrots, celery, red, orange peppers with hummus or nut butters. You'll still get the crunch and your body will thank you by keeping you healthy. Just remember to chew slowly and you'll get a great mouthfeel. Plus your digestive system will be happy.

 

And there are better alternatives to handling stress than eating junk foods which really do not comfort you in the long run. Listen to music you like, get up and dance with your special ones, breathe deeply and let out a pleasurable sound, try yoga, meditation, take a nature walk, sing in the shower, laugh for no reason - a great stress reducer, help someone else and you'll forget your problems.

 

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Learn how food scientists and manufacturers have created food addictions by design and read tips to counter the cravings including the "outer ring strategy" and "5 ingredient rule".


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9 Protein-Packed Chia Seed Pudding Recipes

9 Protein-Packed Chia Seed Pudding Recipes | zestful living | Scoop.it
While it’s easy to toss chia seeds in water and chug away, we like them in all sorts of recipes—especially ones that taste like dessert (but are secretly super healthy).
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Have you added chia seeds, hemp or flaxseeds, or all three to your daily meals? Seeds are one of the best foods for your brain and both chia and hemp seeds are complete proteins, rich sources of omega fatty acids, rich in iron, and nutrient dense.  

 

Chia seeds contain potassium, calcium, and magnesium in high amounts, and  high amounts of water and fiber that help your body absorb these nutrients much easier. Chia also contains phosphorus and B vitamins. Chia is tasteless and absorbs the flavor of the ingredients you add.

 

Health Tips:  Did you know that chia has blood sugar stabilizing effects? Chia helps keep blood glucose levels stabile thanks to soluble fiber unlike animal products.

 

If you want to add more protein to your meal, use a combination of nutrient dense seeds, such as pumpkin, hemp, and chia, all rich in protein and amino acids, along with protein rich greens as in spinach, kale, and spirulina. Add in ancient grains high in protein as in amaranth or quinoa, wild rice, and GF oats.

 

Here's an assortment of recipes using chia seeds: "Chia seed Pudding: 9 Protein Packed Chia Seed Recipes" from greatest.com by Tara Fuller.

 

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Dried Fruit: Is it Good or Bad for You?

Dried Fruit: Is it Good or Bad for You? | zestful living | Scoop.it
Information about dried fruit is very conflicting. Some say it is a nutritious, healthy snack, while others claim it is no better than candy. It's certainly h
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Are you consuming dried fruit in place of sugary snacks or instead of whole fruit?  Dried fruit is whole fruit that has been dried with most of the water content removed. Fruit is a healthy complex carbohydrate. Eat it with some protein and healthy fat.

 

Dried fruit has a similar nutritional content as fresh fruit as to antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals. However the vitamin C content is reduced. According to Dr Michael Greger's health video, dried apples and raisins reduce cholesterol. The best dried fruit are Goji berries. Purchase from Asian markets where goji berries are labeled as lyceum and cost much less.

 

Golden raisins have more antioxidants than other dried raisins. Currants (smaller raisins) are healthier than their larger cousins (regular raisins). Eat dried raisins/currants or  eat grapes as the grape skin is the healthiest part. Dried prunes, raisins, apricots and dates contain iron.

 

Health Tips:  When choosing dried fruits, opt for organic as much as possible and purchase the dried fruit without sulfites  (preservative) and without added sugar. When using dried fruits like dates, raisins, prunes, apricots, black mission figs, goji berries in raw or baked desserts, remember a little bit goes a long way in the sweetener category.

 

You can make an easy raw energy snack with dried fruit and hemp seeds or a simple raw Brownie dessert in FP with dried fruit, nut butter, hemp protein powder/coconut flour/rolled oats, cinnamon, raw carob/raw cacao. Both are delicious, nutritious, and take very little time to make.

 

Here's the skinny on dried fruit "Dried Fruit: Is It Good or Bad for You?" from EcoWatch by Adda Bjarnaddotir

 

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7 Scary Things That Dehydration Does To Your Body - Plus 10 Super-Hydrating Foods For Rapid Recovery

7 Scary Things That Dehydration Does To Your Body - Plus 10 Super-Hydrating Foods For Rapid Recovery | zestful living | Scoop.it
Are you staying hydrated? Athletic performance can decrease by 20–30% if you lose as little as 4% of your water. 9-12% can be fatal. [read more]
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Are you staying hydrated throughout your day? Your brain is  composed of mostly water and needs good hydration. Did you know that even slight dehydration increases your body's stress hormones? When this happens, you get irritable and can't think as well. Increased levels of stress hormones over time, are associated with memory problems and obesity. Did you know that dehydration makes your skin look older and more wrinkled? 

 

Filtered or pure spring water helps cleanse your body of impurities and toxins, providing you're not getting an overload of toxins in your system. Most people in the U.S. spend their days in a state of mild dehydration without enough fluid in their circulatory system. This can deplete blood flow to vital organs, including your brain. Are you aware that depletion of blood flow means more fatigue? 

 

Did you know that dehydration is one of the main causes of constipation? When you eat plant based foods which contain fiber, you'll want to drink more filtered water. Water adds bulk to your stools and increases the fluid in your large intestine, softening bowel movements for easier elimination.  

 

Health Tips: Drink filtered water by sipping throughout your day. A good idea that is recommended is to drink one half or 50% of your body weight. So if you weigh, 130 pounds, drink 65 ounces of filtered water. Remember that about 20% can come from high water content produce. If your sweaty/perspiring, you'll need to drink more water to make up for the lost fluids. 

 

Begin your day with a glass or two of filtered water with lemon/lime or a pinch of organic pink sea salt which contains minerals. This is a good way to rehydrate after a night's full sleep.

 

Foods high in water content: cucumber, zucchini, cauliflower, watermelon,  other melons, tomato, celery, grapefruit,  and strawberries.

 

Here's an information packed article with neat info graphic on "7 Scary Things That Dehydration Does to Your Body - Plus 10 Super Hydrating Foods For Rapid Recovery" from herbs-info.com

 

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6 Foods That Fight Pain

6 Foods That Fight Pain | zestful living | Scoop.it
Since nature already provides us with what we need to deal with ailments we might have, why not try them? They may work better for you versus the synthetic options!
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Are you taking over the counter (OTC) meds for pain, muscle aches, discomfort, and inflammation? These type of common painkillers are just as harmful to your body as are pharmaceutical drugs. Both types have side effects as they are made from synthetic substances which often work short term, but increase the likelihood of more health issues down the road.

 

Did you see the strong heart attack,  stroke warning which the FDA recently issued for common painkillers like Motrin, Aleve, and Advil?  A new warning label is required for prescriptions and is recommended for these OTC meds.

 

Yes, it's easy to drive to the store and purchase something that's constantly recommended on TV and maybe even from your doctor, but does it really do what it says and help you? Or does it cause more health problems? Are you constantly taking these or do you just take on occasion? What if any side effects have you noticed after taking? How many more pills are you on? Have you gotten in touch with your body lately and learned to breathe, to relax, and allow it to tell you what's happening within it's core?

 

Why go get a synthetic which your body will have problems with when you can use Mother Nature's time honored herbs?. Chinese Medicine doctors and Ayurvedic practitioners have been using holistic herbs for centuries because they work gently and effectively. Your grandparents or even parents probably used them too and relied on them.

 

Health Tips:  Find a knowledgeable health practitioner who has a nutrition background to guide you.  You've read about ginger root and turmeric root and know by now these raw herbs can help your body. Use them daily. Just a little and see how you feel. There are many other herbs which can help ease your pain, discomfort, and which won't harm you.

 

Here's an information packed article on "6 Foods That Fight Pain" from Eatlocalgrown.com  by CollectiveEvolution.com

 

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10 Signs You Have A Magnesium Deficiency

10 Signs You Have A Magnesium Deficiency | zestful living | Scoop.it
By Steven Bancarz|  Are you often tired, depressed, anxious, or have trouble sleeping? Do you have heart pains, high stress, frequent headaches, and muscle weakness?  The answer to your problems may be far simpler than you think. Magnesium.  Magnesium is arguably the most important mineral
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Are you eating foods rich in magnesium, one of the essential minerals? Did you know that about 300 biological functions in your body depend on magnesium?  Magnesium is the key player in cellular energy dynamics.  

 

Like Chromium, an important trace mineral, many people with diabetes, perhaps you,  are often in short supply of both of these minerals, even if you eat balanced meals. Research shows that a deficiency in magnesium reduces insulin production and makes cells less sensitive to its effects. 

 

Magnesium levels affect brain chemicals thought to play key roles in migraines, and people who have migraines tend to have lower than normal amounts of magnesium in their brain.  Your best approach is to increase the amount and frequency of magnesium rich foods you eat.

 

Magnesium also helps protect your bones and your heart. Magnesium improves the metabolic efficiency of heart cells and relieves chest pain and other symptoms of angina.  This mineral relaxes the muscle walls of arteries in much the same way that prescription calcium channel blockers do.  

 

People who are obese also tend to have a magnesium deficiency.  Research shows that magnesium works well with CoQ10 aka CoEnzyme Q10 and L-Carnitine. Please check with your health professional.

 

Health tips:  Eat more pumpkin seeds (organic raw sprouted pumpkin seed butter pictured), sunflower seeds, pine nuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), white beans, , artichoke hearts, dark green leafy veggies such as spinach and Swiss chard. Figs and buckwheat flour are rich in magnesium too.  Taking a high quality ionic magnesium supplement is recommended if you're not getting plenty of magnesium from the foods you consume.

 

Here's an information packed article on "10 Signs You Have a Magnesium Deficiency" from Spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com by Steven Bancarz

 

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How probiotics and prebiotics team up in your gut

How probiotics and prebiotics team up in your gut | zestful living | Scoop.it
Probiotics are like helpful houseguests. You have to feed them to keep them around.
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Are you eating fermented foods, prebiotics,  and probiotics for good digestion and a healthy GI tract i.e. your gut? What are prebiotics? Prebiotics are the foods that feed your healthy bacteria. One type of soluble fiber called fructooligosaccharides (FOS) (found in veggies, fruits, grains) and an aloe juice product is a preferred meal for healthy bacteria. 

 

Health Tips:  Incorporating all three (fermented foods, prebiotic foods and taking a high quality probiotic supplement) with your daily meals, providing you are consuming all or mostly all healthy plant based foods will help your digestion to run smoothly. 

 

Asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, garlic, onions, and bananas are the veggies rich in FOS. Fermented foods have been shown to preserve nutrients in foods and help break foods down to a more digestible state. Do your best to make your own fermented foods or buy organic products that have not been pasteurized. Pasteurization kills the health benefits. You can save money making your own fermented foods as store bought are spendy and don't last as long. Homemade fermented foods last longer due to lacto-fermentation.

 

Probiotics improve your immune system, bowel health, and help your digestion. Fermented foods give your body the benefits of probiotics.

 

Here's an information packed article on "How Probiotics and Prebiotics Team up in Your Gut" from WashingtonPost.com by Ellie Krieger

 

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5 Reasons You Should Eat Probiotic-Rich Fermented Foods

5 Reasons You Should Eat Probiotic-Rich Fermented Foods | zestful living | Scoop.it
Eating probiotic-rich fermented foods is associated with less social anxiety, according to a new study published in Psychiatry Research. Good gut health helps
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Did you know that your immune system is the seat of your health? The health of your gut is just as important as the health of your brain, your liver, and other organs. When your G.i. tract is compromised it places a tremendous toll on your organs and can  set off a firestorm of health problems; physical, emotional, and mental.

 

When you eat sugars and processed non foods which are filled with nutritional deficiencies  being devoid of minerals, vitamins, nutrients and rife with unhealthy fats (industrial seed oils like soybean, cottonseed, safflower, and canola), simple carbs which spike your blood sugar (white flours, rice, sugar, refined processed breads, crackers, cookies etc), gluten, ,dairy foods, alcohol, sodas, and `artificial sweeteners, preservatives, additives, emulsifiers, and GMOs; you're setting up a cascade of free radicals that cause inflammation in your body.

 

Wait there's more. Another cause of unhealthy gut is food sensitivities, including chemical, pharmacological, enzyme deficiencies, food intolerances, allergies. Infections, malabsorbtion, stomach acid issues, overuse of pharmaceutical drugs, overuse of antibiotics, consumption of animal foods from factory farms, stress, and lack of exercise also contribute to an unhealthy gut.

 

Health Tips:  Eat real whole plant based foods. Try to eat organic/certified organic as much as possible.  Eat foods that have been fermented and take Probiotics and or digestive enzymes ( help digest carbohydrates).. Eat foods that contain Prebiotics. Don't just take probiotics and eat unhealthy because that won't work. Add fermented foods to your meals at least once a week. Probiotics (high quality supplements) and fermented food will protect your gut. And take organic organic herbs as well from a qualified Herbologist.

 

Here's an easy delicious recipe for making sautéed veggies with miso. Miso comes several ways, with organic soybean, organic chickpeas (garbanzo beans), and organic black bean). Asian health markets and many other healthy grocery stores carry it. Make sure it's organic and non-GMO if you buy the original which is soybean based. In your skillet, sauté with filtered water, tamari, or a healthy oil like coconut, your fave veggies (red cabbage, daikon radish, onions, garlic, zucchini, kale or spinach any leafy green will do). (pictured above). Add sliced tempeh (fermented food) or garbanzo beans or any other plant protein you like.  When sautéed to your liking, add a few drops of rice vinegar (organic) and the miso. For beginners add 1-2 teaspoons. You can add 1 or 2 TBSP as you adjust to this zingy  flavorful taste. Eat with quinoa, brown rice, buckwheat or plain. This is a meal fit for a queen or king.

 

Here's an information packed article on "5 Reasons You Should Eat Probiotic-Rich Fermented Foods" from EcoWatch by Julia Westbrook, Rodale News

 

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Benefits of beets documented to defeat cancer

Benefits of beets documented to defeat cancer | zestful living | Scoop.it
Benefits of beets documented to defeat cancer
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Are you eating beets? Beets may be small, but they pack a wallop of good nutrition. And beet greens are loaded with beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium,  calcium for your bones, iron, and sulphur.  Beets help your heart, liver, and digestive system.

 

Did you know that beets and other leafy greens are converted into nitric oxide (NO), a gas that opens arteries wider, so blood is able to flow with less pressure?  Beets are antihypertensive veggies that deserve a place at your table.

 

Mother Nature was smart as she created plant based foods that mimic the benefits plants have on your body. Beets are bright with red, purplish, and bright orange-yellow colors as pictured above. The red beets look like the color of blood and so beets cleanse and purify your blood which helps your liver function.

 

Beets are high in antioxidants, folate, fiber, iron, and betaine. Beet fibers and nutrients help your body flush out toxins. and now beets have been shown to have cancer fighting benefits too.

 

Health tips:  You can grate beets and put them on your salad or you can steam beets. Beets can be juiced with carrots, ginger, and cucumbers or try beets, celery, apple, and kale. Beets work in green smoothies too.

 

Beets are a root veggie and taste delicious  when roasted with other root veggies as in carrots, sweet potatoes. Add red cabbage, onions, garlic cloves, Brussels sprouts or any veggie you like. Top with nutritional yeast (B vitamins and protein) and you have a hearty Fall dinner. You can make beet soup cold or hot. Beets can be used with cabbage in fermented kraut dishes. 

 

If you have a dehydrator, you can dehydrate sliced beets and use the crushed beet powder for your lips or as a blush.  

 

Isn't it time you added beets to your meals and helped your body at the same time? You can't beat beets.

 

Here's an information packed article on Benefits of Beets documented to Defeat Cancer" from Naturalnews.com  by Jonathan Landsman

 

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4 Incredible Juice Recipes for a Complete Kidney Cleansing

4 Incredible Juice Recipes for a Complete Kidney Cleansing | zestful living | Scoop.it
These delicious juices will help you to detox your kidneys
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Did you know that your liver and kidneys are the main detoxifying  organs in your body, but with multitude of chemicals from the environment, hardly anyone has a well working liver.  Your liver works 24/7 365 days of the year. When it becomes overworked and chronically fatigued, your body starts experiencing a dizzying array of side effects. Since the liver has to do more for a variety of reasons most caused by toxic overloads, it has pass on its workload to the kidneys.

 

Your kidneys may be weak as well due to added pressures from your colon which had its own set of dysfunctional issues. You're now experiencing your own health issues like chronic low back pain, bags under your eyes, all due to toxic chemicals. Now when your kidneys can't handle its toxic load, your bladder gets stressed. You  may experience frequent urination and bladder infection. This is known as the domino effect. 

 

And it gets uglier. From toxic colon to toxemia, to toxic liver, kidneys affected, then bladder, and lastly lymph system becomes toxic. What's left is for you to cleanse, detox, and purify your body and your house.

 

Health Tips:  Now would be a really good time to finally eliminate all those processed non foods you've been ingesting and all the sugars. . Eat real whole plant based foods. Start juicing and making green smoothies. Also, you might want to forgo stopping at the fast food places. Make your own fast food - cut up a banana or apple and slather with nut butter. Time to clean out your medicine cabinet and replace over the counter meds with organic herbs. If you take prescription drugs, please check in with a qualified doctor who understands nutrition. Don't stop taking your meds without first speaking with a medical doctor.

 

Clean out your toxic household products and  toiletries. Please don't throw chlorine and other poisons down the sink as this goes to the water supply. Every community has a "toxin collection day". Find out when your community schedules and drop off all your toxic items on that date. There are many other things you can do to reduce your toxic load.

 

Check in with your community as to drop off sites for items that have been coated with flame retardant materials. Buy clothes and furniture at thrift stores and recycle or give to friends/neighbors. Purchase a water filter or whole house water filtration if you're just drinking from tap water which is a chemical disaster. Stop using and buying food and beverages in plastic. Our oceans are filled with plastic which kills marine life.

 

Walk more, take public transportation if your city/town has it, bike, carpool. Write to your Congress person or start a petition to stop chem trails from messing with our air quality. There's many more things you can do to reduce your toxic load. Connect with other like minded people and brainstorm ideas. 

 

You and everyone else has a right to live in  a toxic free environment. Let's wise up and start today to create this for our children, ourselves, and our planet. Remember it's always a choice.

 

Here's an information packed article on "Feeling tired Lately? Try These Kidney detox Juices" with recipes from HealthyandNaturalWorld.com 

 

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70 Reasons To Eat More Flaxseed - Page 1 | GreenMedInfo | Blog Entry

70 Reasons To Eat More Flaxseed - Page 1 | GreenMedInfo | Blog Entry | zestful living | Scoop.it
The science has never been clearer: flaxseed deserves to be top of the list of the world's most powerful medicinal foods. For just pennies a day it may protect against dozens of life-threatening health conditions.
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Did you know that plant based foods are Mother Nature's proprietary medicines? The more of these foods you ingest, the healthier for your body and ultimately, you. Some of these real whole foods are potent medicinals. Did you know that flaxseeds are one of the best sources of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), one of the heart healthy omega 3s?  According to Harvard researchers people who get the most ALA in their foods may reduce the risk of heart disease by about 30%. Omega 3's are the inflammation fighting fatty acids. 

 

Flaxseeds as well as sunflower, pumpkin, and sesame seeds all contain healthful polyunsaturated fats with vitamins, protein, and minerals such as magnesium for healthy brain function. Flaxseeds are a top fiber food and they also lower cholesterol. These omega 3 healthy fats boost your mood.

 

Health Tips:  Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of ground flax meal or ground flax seeds to your porridge or oatmeal, green smoothies, salads, veggies, fruit, coconut yogurt, puddings, and desserts.  Ground flax seeds/meal with warm filtered water makes a super  binder for baked goods and dehydrated foods. Keep flax in your fridge in a dark colored glass jar once opened. You can also take flaxseed oil and drizzle on your salad or veggies.

 

Here's the definitive skinny on all things flax "70 Reasons to Eat More Flaxseed" from Greenmedinfo.com by Sayer Ji Founder.

 

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Researchers uncover connection between gut health and mood

Researchers uncover connection between gut health and mood | zestful living | Scoop.it
We have all heard the old adage "you are what you eat", but science is discovering even more of a connection between our digestive tract and our overall health
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Did you know science is discovering new connections between your gut health and your mood?   Did you know that 70-85 % and more of your gut is based in your immune system?. The health of your immune system depends on your gut. Here's a fascinating look at what's happening in your gut micro biome and how thinking in new ways can improve the health of all of us.

 

Health Tips: Let go of your sugar habit.  Eat some fruit. Stop giving your body processed junk that it doesn't recognize and gunks it up.  Eat real whole plant based food that is alive and without packaging. Get up and move. Do some form of exercise everyday. Eat fermented foods and take a probiotic. Avoid antibiotics except for severe instances.

 

Here's a fascinating TedTalk and article on "Researchers Uncover Connection Between Gut Health and Mood" from intellihub.com by Kristen Anderson

 

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Ingredient of the Week: Chia Seeds, the Chameleons of the Kitchen

Ingredient of the Week: Chia Seeds, the Chameleons of the Kitchen | zestful living | Scoop.it
No longer just a great head of hair on your favorite terra cotta character, these mighty seeds are incredibly adaptable.
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Are you adding chia seeds to your foods?  Did you know that chia seeds are a complete protein having the proper combination of omega 3-6-9?  Chia seeds are rich in protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium,  and other nutrients. Chia seeds are gluten free. Given their high amount of calcium, chia seeds may help with bone health. Chia seeds also help your heart due to their magnesium and omega  3 protection.

 

Health Tips:  Chia seeds work as a thickener in puddings, smoothies, soups, popsicles. Out of eggs, in baking, use chia seeds and warm water. Works like a charm. Chia seeds absorb any liquid and as such they are great to take while on a hike. Just pop some chia gel in your mouth and be easily hydrated.

 

Here's an information packed article on "Ingredient of the Week: Chia Seeds, the Chameleons of the Kitchen" from Thrive Market by Kathryrn Bloxsom 

 

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Consume 2 of These Nuts Daily to Prevent Cancer, Heart Disease & Maintain Thyroid Function

Consume 2 of These Nuts Daily to Prevent Cancer, Heart Disease & Maintain Thyroid Function | zestful living | Scoop.it
You only need to consume 2 of these nuts daily to prevent cancer, heart disease and to keep your thyroid in top condition.
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Are you noshing on nuts daily?  No matter which way you chew them, it seems nuts are powerhouses of nutrition. In studies nuts have been shown to improve arterial function, increase longevity, suppress the growth of breast cancer and pancreatic cells,  help you to lose weight, and lower LDL cholesterol.

 

In a study it was shown that just 4 Brazil nuts eaten in a month lowered cholesterol. Find out more about this study and other interesting facts about nuts @nutritionfacts.org. Walnuts,  pecans and guess which other nut are considered the best overall nuts?

 

Brazil nuts like pumpkin seeds and some other plant based foods are rich in magnesium, potassium, fiber, and protein. Brazil nuts are also a rich source of selenium, a potent antioxidant that's been shown to protect the cardiovascular system as well as the prostrate gland. This trace mineral can also help control depression, because it's used by the body to produce glutathione, the master antioxidant that fortifies the brain.

 

Studies have shown that people who don't get enough selenium are more likely to develop depressive symptoms.  Selenium also improves your body's ability to recognize and fight  early cancer cells.  In a different study, people who had low blood levels of selenium were found to be more susceptible to osteo-arthritis (OA).

 

Health tips:  Just eating 4 Brazil nuts in a month has been shown to lower cholesterol. Consuming plant based foods like Brazil nuts provides your body with trace minerals like selenium and essential minerals as in magnesium/potassium which give your body protective and preventative nutrients for great health and longevity.

 

Here's an information packed article on "Brazil Nuts - Health Benefits and How Much to Consume from HealthyAndNaturalWorld

 

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12 Most Effective Herbs for Sleep and Relaxation

12 Most Effective Herbs for Sleep and Relaxation | zestful living | Scoop.it
Before you rush to the drugstore to buy an over-the-counter sleep medication, try one of the following natural sleep remedies. They will help you fall asleep and stay asleep and they may also promote muscle relaxation.
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Are you one of the countless thousands of people who feel drained and rundown everyday because you have problems falling asleep at night? Constant fatigue dulls memory and concentration, plus making it difficult for many people to stay awake during the day. 

 

Research shows that sleepy drivers are just as dangerous as drink drivers. Over 100,000 car crashes yearly are attributed to fatigue. Many people turn to caffeinated beverages to get a wake up buzz while others take sleeping pills.

 

Most people require at least 7-9 hours of sleep a night. Did you know that not sleeping long enough or well enough is one of the key causes of fatigue?  Yet many more people do get enough sleep and still experience a constant sense of tiredness. 

 

Too much caffeine, stress, poor nutrition,  vitamin B-12 deficiency, and having adrenal fatigue can cause fatigue. Many other underlying health conditions also affect fatigue such as anemia, depression, diabetes, cancer, and it can also result from having low thyroid function.

 

Health Tips:  Mother Nature's proprietary herbs and the foods you consume can make a difference for your sleep and energy levels. Certain foods make you sleepy, while others provide vitality boosts.

 

The best energy foods are high quality organic plant based proteins, (hemp, chia, flax, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower seeds, nuts, legumes, sprouts, amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, GF oats, spinach, kale, spirulina, seaweed)  organic complex carbohydrates (produce, whole ancient grains, nuts, seeds), and organic healthy fats (avocado, nuts, coconut, olive, hemp oil).

 

Herbs for insomnia, which is a state of inadequate sleep which everyone experiences at some times in their life. Insomnia maybe transient, caused by short term stress, changes in schedule or surroundings, or jet lag. It can be short term caused by protracted stress as in surgery or short term illness.

 

After three weeks, insomnia is considered  chronic caused by an imbalance in your body or your emotions.  Anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and some meds can contribute to chronic insomnia. Breathing difficulties as sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, which causes uncomfortable jumpy sensations in the legs.

 

Helpful herbs: chamomile, kava, passionflower, rooibos, St. John's wort, schisandra, valerian, wild lettuce, and hops.

 

Please consult a knowledgeable health care practitioner for your individual needs.

 

In addition to organic herbs and food which help with sleep issues, you can also listen to an audio on iTunes with an accompanying storybook by Dr Caroline Wheeler, MD titled Storytime for Restful Sleep: The Secret Garden - illustrated on Amazon. Storytime is designed to help adults sleep better. Dr Caroline has a lovely soothing voice.

 

Here's "The Best 12 Herbs For Insomnia" from HealthyAnd NaturalWorld.com

 

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When You Eat Just 3 Tablespoons of These Seeds – This will Happen to You

When You Eat Just 3 Tablespoons of These Seeds – This will Happen to You | zestful living | Scoop.it
Eat only 3 tablespoons of these seeds and 8 things will happen to you
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Are you eating seeds as well as nuts everyday?  Pumpkin seeds as well as sunflower seeds are rich in folate, one of the essential B vitamins. Folate is the one most closely associated with mood and depression. Doctors have known for a long time that people with a form of anemia caused by low folate often suffer from depression. Folate is used by your body to manufacture a variety of chemicals that keep nerves healthy and repairs damage to DNA within nerves.

 

Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are also high in essential fatty acids, so eat them for healthy snacks in place of packaged snacks. Work pumpkin seeds into your meals everyday as they are a high fiber food and fill you up.

 

Did you know that pumpkin seeds are among the richest sources of magnesium, a mineral that improves the metabolic efficiency of heart cells and relieves chest pain and other symptoms of angina?

 

Pumpkin seeds also are cancer fighters through the action of two of their plant nutrients. And pumpkin seeds contain zinc which is another key player related to cancer.

 

Health Tips:  Eat pumpkin seeds for your heart, your brain, your nervous system, and your bones. Pumpkin seeds as well as sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and flaxseeds contain healthful polyunsaturated fats along with vitamins, protein, and minerals like magnesium and vitamin E which are vital for healthy brain  function. Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, nuts, and leafy greens protect your bones being good sources of magnesium.

 

It's best to soak both raw organic seeds and nuts to remove phytic acid, which is a naturally occurring inhibitor of mineral absorption. soaking also breaks down some of the hard to digest proteins in these foods. Soak for about 8-24 hours in warm filtered water. You can then use your dehydrator to dry them on a low setting or roast in oven for about 10-15 minutes, checking frequently so they don't burn.

 

You can make pumpkin seed butter same as you do for nut butters. You may want to add a little less coconut oil for lubrication. Some seeds don't need any oil. You'll have to play with it.

 

Here's an information packed article on "8 Healthy Reasons to Eat Pumpkin Seeds Every Day" from HealthyandNaturalWorld

 

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13 Reasons to Avoid Pesticides

13 Reasons to Avoid Pesticides | zestful living | Scoop.it
Check out Naturally Savvy's top reasons to avoid pesticides and save your health.
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Why is it a good idea to avoid pesticides?  Pesticides are lab engineered chemicals designed to halt, thwart, and ultimately kill the progression of pests, insects which land on food crops, farms, play areas, parks, forests, yards, gardens, neighborhoods, and golf courses. Most of the man made chemical toxins have not been tested for short or long term exposure related to health implications.  Yet each year, newer pesticides are created and enter the environment.

 

Every person in this country even newborns have been exposed to a dizzying multitude of chemicals, pesticides, toxins since the day they were born. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, there are at least 1,000 toxic chemicals that deserve attention which they're not getting. American citizens have no assurances at this time that the most dangerous chemicals will be regulated or banned in a timely manner.

 

Chemical safety reform doesn't  seem to be a top priority for the U.S. Congress. The herbicide 2,4-D from Dow chemical has been labeled "possibly carcinogenic to humans". This was the decision by an organization of the world's leading cancer experts. The government recently approved this toxic chemical for use on genetically engineered (GMO) crops. According to Mary Ellen Kustin, Senior Policy Analyst for Environmental working group (EWG), "we have known for decades that 2,4-D is harmful to the environment and human health, especially for the farmers and farm workers applying these chemicals to crops".

 

Exposure to 2,4-D has been associated with a higher risk for Parkinson's Disease, immune system problems, and hypothyroidism.  Glyphosate, the most commonly used herbicide in the U.S. and an ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup, on 1,500 endangered species is slated to finally be studied by the EPA for the next five years.

 

Health Tips:  Buy organic and/or certified organic real whole plant based foods and grow your own produce. Be a health activist for your family in regard to environmental toxins, pesticides, chemicals, herbicides, fungicides, air and water quality. 

 

Also be an environmental activist signing petitions, writing or calling your Congress person. You and your family's health and well being is most important and it's time for Congress and the government to start paying  attention to the American public and not to corporate interests and lobbyists.

 

Follow groups like EWG,  Center for Food Safety,  Institute for Responsible Technology, Food and water Watch.

 

Here's an excellent article on "13 Reasons to Avoid Pesticides" from NaturalSavvy.com by Deborah Mitchell

 

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Top 15 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs For Aches and Pains - Healthy Holistic Living

Top 15 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs For Aches and Pains - Healthy Holistic Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
If you’re currently taking drugs for your inflammation, then you need to read this article. First things first – chronic inflammation doesn’t need to be your enemy. That is, as long as you know how to properly...
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Did you know by making simple lifestyle changes you can reduce your risk of getting inflammation which causes chronic disease?  First on your list would be to consume real whole plant based foods and reduce or eliminate all processed food and sugar. Real whole plant based foods are the original anti-inflammatory foods your body craves. You'd be surprised how your body responds when you give it the nutrients it needs. And when your body feels better, so do you.

 

Health tips:  Did you know that processed foods are biologically dead? Is this what you really want to eat? Probably not. when you grocery shop, use your hands and nose to feel/smell food that's ripe (hint more nutrients). When you incorporate the highest quality of food, which means the greater nutritional value, you're sending your body a love letter.

 

Go to Farmer's Markets on the weekends or during the week, if possible. Most of these foods are picked by hand ensuring you get the best bang for your buck.  If you're buying non organic, look for "locally grown" or "sustainably grown".

 

In your community, shop at a local market, not a big supermarket. Three good reasons: 1.  the travel time it takes for food to be displayed in your store. The longer the food sits in the truck, the less nutritional quality.  2.  And when you buy in your community, your money stays there.  3. Shopping local lets you learn more about the farmers whose produce you're buying and you have more say about what you want to see on the shelves.

 

Consider a CFA (Community food Association) and/or grow your own food in your own container/yard or in a community garden where you can meet others and collaborate on what you grow. Growing foods acknowledges your interconnectedness with nature and lets your children see where food really comes from.

 

Here's an information packed article on "Top 15 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs for Aches and Pains" from Healthy-Holistic-Living.com  originally published on Waking Times.

 

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Ten Unexpected Signs You Should Stop Eating Gluten Immediately | Family Health Freedom Network

Ten Unexpected Signs You Should Stop Eating Gluten Immediately | Family Health Freedom Network | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Gluten is a controversial topic for many people and yet there are scores of people who have digestive problems when consuming this ingredient. It's always helpful to be knowledgeable and aware about what goes in your body in order to make good informed decisions relating to certain foods.


What is gluten? Gluten is a protein found in grains from seeds that sprout off grass. According to Dr Peter Osborne, an expert in this gluten arena, there are thousands of proteins. So far about 400 have been found. Gluten is found in more than just the usual suspects, wheat, rye, barley, oats. Gluten is also found in rice, corn, and millet. Research showed markers of inflammation in these foods. Dr. Osborne says that if people continually  eat gluten,  inflammation will eventually show up.

 

Maybe you're one of the people who was told they have Celiac disease, which is considered an auto-immune disease or maybe you're having digestive issues and don't know the reason or your doctor doesn't know. Genetic testing is recommended to find out exactly yes or no. 

 

According to Dr Osborne, gluten acts like a drug where you experience different responses when consuming it. You may have been told you have a certain disease or disorder which you might have, the cause could be from your consumption of gluten.

 

Did you know that gluten free products doesn't always mean gluten free?  Dr Osborne recommends people eliminate all grains. He says he has tested thousands of patients and those who have eliminated wheat, rye, barley, and oats feel better, but he says that their issues don't go away and do not heal. 

 

The average person doesn't get the diagnosis until around age 45. Gluten is correlated with auto-immune diseases. Environmental toxins, GMOs, and the Government Food Pyramid all contribute to gluten issues.

 

Health tips: Eat real whole plant based foods without labels. .

. Do your best to eliminate bread, pasta, and cereals. Take food with you when you go out or ask to speak to the chef. Unfortunately gluten is in many foods, but not in veggies, fruits, nuts, legumes.

 

If you're having unknown health issues or digestive issues, educate yourself to be a smart shopper. Visit www.glutenfreesociety.orgfree to get educated. This subscriber has no affiliation with this site.

 

Here's an information packed article on "10 Unexpected Signs You Should Stop Eating Gluten Immediately" from fhfn.org FamilyHealthFreedomNetwork

 

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Discover All Advantages of Peppermint Oil

Discover All Advantages of Peppermint Oil | zestful living | Scoop.it
The essential peppermint oil has very interesting indications for use which are supported by numerous clinical studies. It was officially approved as a cure, which is taken orally against: bloating, irritable bowel, cold and cough.
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Are you using Mother Nature's proprietary medicinals like peppermint for your health and well-being?  Peppermint is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint that was first cultivated near London in 1750. Today it grows everywhere. Peppermint leaves contain a volatile (essential) oil that is 50-75 percent menthol. This oil is the basis of most medicinal preparations of peppermint.

 

Peppermint is a general stimulant. Peppermint teas are used in many countries to quell indigestion and calm queasy stomachs. The herb has a long history as a digestive aid and as a treatment for colds, coughs, , and fever. Peppermint kills microorganisms that can cause food poisoning, relieves the pain of sprains and strains, and helps fresh bad breath. Peppermint is also good for nausea and vomiting.

 

Peppermint is also helpful for specific health conditions. When applied topically, peppermint oil can relieve headache. Researchers in Germany found that peppermint oil  applied to the forehead, has the same pain relieving effect as 1000mg of acetaminophen (which has recently been found to be harmful when taken daily) Applying peppermint oil to the temples can also relax muscles and decrease tension.

 

Health Tips: If you're drinking peppermint tea on a regular basis, take a few days break after about a week. If peppermint grows in your garden, you can add some leaves to your green smoothies and other homemade dishes.

 

When using essential oils purchase organic 100 percent pure. These oils are made through non chemical processes (steam distillation) and are safe to use externally  Before applying essential oil to skin, always dilute the oil first. A carrier (or base). oil can be used for this purpose. Use a pure, unperfumed oil like olive, almond. Chemicals in synthetic oils are not recommended. For best results and more information on inhaling essential oils and using them, work with a skilled aromatherapy practitioner.

 

Here's an information packed article on "Discover All advantages of Peppermint Oil" from forhealthbenefits.com 

 

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Better Than Botox: 10 Foods that Reduce Wrinkles

Better Than Botox: 10 Foods that Reduce Wrinkles | zestful living | Scoop.it
Find out why these foods are the best alternative to botox.
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You know by now that that what you eat, digest, and absorb  affects every aspect of who you are. If you're eating processed non foods with myriads of toxins and loads of sugar, then inflammation of some sort will show up in your body, on your skin. Depending on what you eat, you can literally age faster. Who knowingly would want to do that? Always make wise food choices that support your health.

 

Health tips: Did you know that plant based real whole foods provide your body with the nutrients it needs and recognizes in order for you to have that youthful look and glowing complexion? When you eat a varied plant based regimen you have the energy you need, you don't get sick as much or your illness is of much shorter duration. Plant based foods support your whole body health.

 

Here's an information packed article on "Top 10 Foods Against Wrinkles"  from HealthyandNatural.com

 

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The Vitamin Found To Destroy Cancer Cells

The Vitamin Found To Destroy Cancer Cells | zestful living | Scoop.it
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By now you know that antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, plant nutrients, chlorophyll, and others like fibers , and beta-glucan (found in mushrooms) are essential for a varied diverse food regimen. No one nutrient by itself gives you everything you need for fabulous health. When you eat a variety of dark leafy greens, veggies, fruits, nuts/seeds, sprouted raw foods, herbs, and spices you'll be giving your body what it craves and you'll get the best nutrition ever and you'll feel energized and alive.

 

Vitamin E, a fat soluble nutrient,  is a potent antioxidant with numerous health benefits such as reduced risk of diabetes, improvement for your vision,  reduces inflammation in your arteries, inhibits oxidation of cholesterol, and paired with vitamin C, may offer protection against Alzheimer's and dementia.

 

Health Tips:  Another reason to cut back drastically or eliminate completely your sugar habit: Did you know that eating sugary foods and simple carbs creates massive amounts of free radicals which lower levels of vitamin E? 

 

Consume dark leafy greens, nuts, like almonds (pictured above),  walnuts, pecans, peanuts,sesame and sunflower seeds, olive  and sesame oil.  The type of vitamin E, in sesame seeds, pecans, walnuts, and sesame oil called gamma-tocopherol has been shown to limit the multiplication of cancer cells, in prostate and lung cancers. If you're not getting enough vitamin E from foods you eat, then supplement with a high quality product.

 

Here's an information packed article on "The Vitamin Found to Destroy Cancer Cells from Inspireamaze.com by Barbara Minton  Natural Society.

 

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Top 23 Anthocyanin Rich Superfoods And Their Amazing Benefits - Herbs Info

Top 23 Anthocyanin Rich Superfoods And Their Amazing Benefits - Herbs Info | zestful living | Scoop.it
Anthocyanins, responsible for vibrant red, blue and purple colors in fruit, are now widely considered to have amazing benefits for eye health, liver... [read more]
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Have you seen or heard the word "Anthocyanins" and wondered what they are? Anthocyanins are the blue, purple, or red pigments in fruits, veggies, and other plants and belong to the group of phytonutrients (plant nutrients) known as phenols. These pigments have shown promising benefits in treating cancer, inflammation, diabetes, bacterial infections, and other disorders.

 

Health Tips:  Eat a variety of plant based real whole food plants as in bright, vivid colored veggies and fruits. Put grapes into your freezer for a cooling sweet summer sensation that pops your tastebuds.  Add frozen berries to your filtered water. Prepare tasty protein filled snacks using eggplants, tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, and garlic - baba ganoush. Grate red radishes and use for toppings on your fave veggies. Add red onions, garlic and red cabbage to your summer salads and stir frys. Get creative with your foods and enjoy the delicious nutritious summer bounty of fresh veggies and fruits.

 

Here's a helpful list of "Top 23 Anthocyanin Rich Superfoods and Their Amazing Benefits"  and neat info graphic from herbs-info.com

 

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How to Improve Your Gut Health & The Ultimate Buddha Bowl

How to Improve Your Gut Health & The Ultimate Buddha Bowl | zestful living | Scoop.it
I'm pretty much a gut-guru after spending the majority of my LIFE in gut pain. It all started when I was a child and my parents had me on dozens of antibiotics as a child every.single.gosh.darn.time. I was sick. OY! Those quick fixes back in the 80's have cost me tens of thousands, YES tens of thousands of dollars to fix my gut (digestive problems) and whip it into shape. The trick? Well, it's not so easy. It's taken me years to master what's going on inside. There's SIBO, Candida, bad bacteria and so much more that's lurking inside your stomach, small intestine and large intestine. My digestion has always been weak and ALL my health issues have streamed from my lovely gut. Once I started focusing on my screwed up gut and killed off the pathogens, parasites, yeast, bad bacteria and everything else hanging out and partying in there- I was a NEW gal. I've worked with so many clients who have issues from asthma to acne and it all stems from poor gut health. Fix [...]
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As  you previously read here in this site, 70-85% of your immune system is located in your gut.  It's so important for you to understand that what you consume, digest and absorb, has a direct link to what occurs in your immune system,  your digestive system, your heart, other organs, and your brain. Now some of you may not care, and that's your choice. For others of you who do care and want to make changes to help your body thrive, start today by reducing and/or eliminating processed junk foods loaded with fake ingredients, chemicals, hidden sugars, GMOs, pesticides, and food your doesn't recognize

 

Health Tips:  While you're reducing your food toxic overload, you might consider checking out your beauty care products, your home care products, the water you drink, prescription and/or over the counter meds, and yes even the very air you breathe. Unfortunately environmental toxins are everywhere today. So do your best to eliminate as many  as you can through the products you buy. Use DIY products that are plant based.

 

And unless you're having a severe infection, stay away from antibiotics which harm your good bacteria which inhabit your gut. Opt for fermented foods and high quality probiotics.

 

Here's an information packed article on "How to Improve Your Gut Health and the Ultimate Buddha Bowl" from thehealthyapple.com by Aime Valpone

 

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50 Superfoods You Should Be Eating - Mamavation

50 Superfoods You Should Be Eating - Mamavation | zestful living | Scoop.it
Could your food be doing more for you? We've compiled a list of 50 superfoods that you should be eating to boost your health.
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Imagine building a house with cardboard and twigs instead of stone and brick or even cob. The cheaper your raw materials (processed refined chemical /pesticide laden foods, sugar, white flours, GMOs, gluten, grains that spike your blood sugar, unhealthy processed refined vegetable oils). Just like cardboard and twigs, the faster your house falls apart, so does your body.

 

Health Tips:  When you add superior raw materials (deep greens, dark pigmented veggies/fruits, healthy fats, ancient grains (seeds) that don't spike your blood sugar, nuts, other seeds, herbs, spices, and clean filtered water, green juices, and green smoothies) i.e. real whole plant based foods; you're adding raw materials high in nutrients that your body recognizes. These foods your body uses for information as fuel, to promote repair and reduce damage in your cells as you naturally grow older, restore muscle, store fat where it's needed, so you stay thin, and a myriad of other tasks to function optimally.

 

You do have a choice in how you want to grow older. Choose wisely what works best for your body.

 

Here's "50 super foods You Should be Eating" from Mamavation.com by Jenny.

 

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These Anti-Inflammatory Foods Can Reboot Your Body

These Anti-Inflammatory Foods Can Reboot Your Body | zestful living | Scoop.it
Sure, reaching for a bottle of ibuprofen can help, but before you head to the medicine cabinet, consider trying a diet full of anti-inflammatory foods instead.
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Are you in pain, have a rash, acne, feel bloated, gassy, or any number of common hurts, don't reach for over the counter pain meds. Reach instead for real whole plant based foods which are anti-inflammatory and won't cause side effects.

 

Health tips:  Have you tried fermentation?  All fermented foods contain active bacteria cultures that are beneficial to your GI tract and your entire immune system.  Fermented foods are probiotic and contain healthful bacteria that live in your intestine and are key for digestive health. Try to eat a little fermented foods (cultured veggies, kimchi, miso, kefir, kombucha tea, unpasteurized sauerkraut and coconut yogurt) every week or everyday. Your immune system is the seat of your digestive health.

 

Use herbs and spices, eat produce and flax rich in fiber, stay away from dairy which can cause constipation. Ginger, fennel seeds, and chamomile tea are beneficial for gas attacks. Sip filtered water throughout your day to stay hydrated, and walk everyday to improve your muscle tone in your digestive tract and encourage bowel movements.  

 

Here's "These anti-Inflammatory Foods Can Reboot Your Body" from Thrive Market by Dana Poblete

 

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