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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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Nutrition Facts about Bell Pepper or Sweet Pepper | StethNews

Nutrition Facts about Bell Pepper or Sweet Pepper | StethNews | zestful living | Scoop.it
Bell peppers belong with the chili pepper family, but they have a mild taste that is perfect for salads. They are used in pizzas and are many people’s favorite
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Are you eating bell peppers, members of the chili pepper family? Bell peppers are high in vitamin C.  Red  bell peppers have about 140 mg each. An orange has about 60 mg.  Did you know that people with diabetes need vitamin C as it competes with glucose to get into their cells? Add more vitamin C to your meals to give it a better chance to succeed. Vitamin C also helps your vision.  Did you know vitamin C increases your body's ability to take in iron. Try orange slices on a spinach salad.

 

Health Tips:  Here's top 10 vitamin C foods: Guava 188 mg/1/2 cup,  Red bell pepper,  raw 142mg/1/2 cup, Orange juice, fresh squeezed 76 mg, 1/4 cup,  Kiwi 70 mg/1 medium,  Grapefruit juice 60 mg/1/4 cup,  Strawberries 49 mg/1/2 cup,  Brussels sprouts, cooked 48 mg/1/2 cup,  Broccoli , cooked  37mg/1/2 cup,  Cauliflower, cooked  28 mg/1/2 cup, and Kale, cooked  27mg/1/2cup.

 

Red bell peppers go well in salads,  as a snack with hummus or nut butter,  as a topping for plant based pizza,  in chickpea omelets, in ancient grains (quinoa, amaranth, millet, teff), with other raw or cooked veggies, in soups, tomato sauce or any way you like them.

 

Here's "Nutrition Facts About Bell Pepper or Sweet Pepper" from Stethnews.com

 

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5 Foods More Beneficial for Your Skin Than Chemical Treatments

5 Foods More Beneficial for Your Skin Than Chemical Treatments | zestful living | Scoop.it
Skip the store-bought stuff and try eating your way to beauty. It’s not only less expensive, but an easy way to stay full, healthy, and have clear skin in one easy step
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Are you experiencing skin rashes  acne, or other skin issues and want them gone now?  Rather than driving to the store for a beauty pill/lotion or even going to your dermatologist, consider eating real whole plant based food.  Did you know that what you consume, digest, and absorb has a direct influence on how your body behaves, how you look and feel? When you're consuming mostly high sugar refined processed junk foods filled with chemicals, pesticides, GMOs, and other toxins, your body doesn't recognize these ingredients and is still craving nutrient dense foods which help it to perform daily cell repair functions. When your body doesn't get the real foods it requires, health problems arise, and usually your skin is the first place that these issues show up.

 

Health Tips:  Plant based real whole foods are nutrient dense containing minerals, vitamins, fiber, and enzymes which your body uses to fuel itself. Are you eating pumpkin and pumpkin seeds? Pumpkin is an amazing veggie, filled with key fiber, folate, iron, magnesium,  beta-carotene, and is a low sugar food. Pumpkin can be eaten year round and it's one of the best foods for your body. You can buy pumpkin in the aseptic containers (pictured above) or in cans. Just be aware that there is no such thing as BPA-free. The substance used to replace BPA in the lining of cans is just as harmful as BPA. And of course in the Fall and Winter months, you can buy real whole pumpkins. Organic preferred. Pumpkin can be added to smoothies, salads, puddings, mousse, as a veggie by itself, added to energy snacks,  main dish entrees. The list is endless. Pump up with pumpkin and see how good you look and feel.

 

Dark leafy greens are one of the best foods to clear up your acne and rashes. Are you adding whole food green powders to your other greens in your smoothies? This gives you a more potent flavor and adds more greens to the mix. Try it and see for yourself.

 

Here's another excellent information packed article on "5 Foods More Beneficial for Your Skin Than Chemical Treatments"  with recipes from onegreenplanet.org by Heather McClees.

 

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21 Zero Calorie Foods to Help You Slim Down

21 Zero Calorie Foods to Help You Slim Down | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Did you know that plant based foods are easier for your body to digest than animal based food? Plant based foods are rich in nutrients your body requires to function optimally.  Eating a variety of greens, veggies, and fruits offers you a broad spectrum of plant nutrients, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes  which aids you in weight loss and supports repair of cells, organs, bones, and tissues in your body. Plant based foods are Mother Nature's proprietary medicines.

 

Health Tips:  Did you know that leafy greens contain large amounts of chlorophyll which is the body's purifier?  Chlorophyll oxygenates and rebuilds your blood, which then optimizes your body's ability to absorb nutrients and support pH balance. The alkalizing and oxygenating effects of chlorophyll encourage the expulsion of excess fat and waste products from your body. 

 

Here's "21 Zero-Calorie Foods to Help You Slim Down" from buynongmoseeds.com

 

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How to Go Plant-Based in 5 Easy Steps

How to Go Plant-Based in 5 Easy Steps | zestful living | Scoop.it
Think going plant-based is complicated? It’s not at all! Here’s how to do it in 5 easy steps.
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Are you perhaps curious about what's involved in going plant based? Well here's the skinny on how really simple it is. The only one who makes it complicated is you. 

 

Health tips:  Try going plant based for a month.  You don't have to do it all at once unless you are that type of person. Start with baby steps and eliminate dairy or meat first depending on what you're eating now. If you're a vegetarian like this subscriber was, eliminate eggs first or dairy. This subscriber wasn't eating dairy, hadn't eaten it in over 30 years due to the congestion and sinus issues it caused. Maybe you like eggs and want to keep that protein, think your body needs it. Guess again. In one week this subscriber stopped eating eggs and never missed them. Why because she was eating more raw foods and sprouted foods which gave her all the protein her body craved. She also stopped eating gluten (bread) that same week and has never looked back. She didn't have any gluten type issues, just thought maybe it might be a good idea. It was a fabulous idea for her. She's back to the weight she had in her twenties, hitting 100 pounds and loving it. She's short stature so 100 pounds works for her. It may not work for your body type. See how you feel at the end of a month. If you feel you have more energy and less fatigue; are more clear headed, less confused;  like how you feel,  not getting sick all the time;  digestion and elimination are better, losing weight or inches, liking the new recipes, then consider eating plant based for another month and so on.  Do what works for your body. There's no right or wrong. You'll never know how your life/your health can change if you never take the time to make it happen. And in the process, you'll discover your humanity for all of life's creatures.

 

Here's an excellent article showing you just how easy it is to go plant based with delicious recipes. "How to go Plant-Based in 5 Easy Steps" from Onegreenplanet.org by Rhea Parsons

 

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8 Things That Happen When You Finally Stop Drinking Diet Soda

8 Things That Happen When You Finally Stop Drinking Diet Soda | zestful living | Scoop.it
Ever think, “Why should I give up diet soda?” Here are some great reasons.
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Are you giving up drinking diet and/or regular soda? For those of you who still don't know, diet soda does not help you lose weight, rather it does the opposite. Did you know that soft drinks as well as coffee, tea, and alcohol are dehydrating beverages? Drinking these beverages is murder on your skin, internal organs, connective tissue, and brain.  And if you're looking for energy from the caffeine boost, you're looking in the wrong place. Stimulants will never give you real energy. They give you stress. Your adrenals and nervous system take a hit. Excess caffeine accelerates aging through dehydration, increasing stress hormone levels, and disturbing restful sleep. Did you know that soda and coffee are bone-busting beverages, which are acid forming and deplete calcium and magnesium? Did you know that thirst drives you to the soda  machine and/or coffee pot? If you stay hydrated , you can eliminate this trigger.

 

Health tips: Drink filtered water throughout your day. Your body and brain are composed of mostly water and water is essential for all repair functions in your body.  Drink herbal teas and/or juices. When you reduce your artificial sugar intake from drinking the sodas, you won't want to drink them again as they'll have a sweet and cloying taste your tastebuds won't want. Drinking more water will help if you have headaches, muscle aches, hangover, fatigue, constipation, and heartburn. Drinking more water also helps reduce fluid retention and edema. If you provide your body with enough filtered pure water, it will not have to retain water in the tissues. Avoid diuretics as they are a temporary solution. 

 

Here's an information packed article on "8 Things That Happen When You Finally Stop Drinking Diet Soda" from Yahoo Health by  Jordan Davidson originally from Prevention.com

 

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How Much Walking You Need To Lose Weight

How Much Walking You Need To Lose Weight | zestful living | Scoop.it
Walking off pounds - how much walking you need to lose weight without going on a diet.
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Are you walking and/or doing some form of exercise every day? The health of your bones and body depends on it. Sitting for prolonged periods of time is harmful. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise you can do to tone your body, lose inches, lose weight, and get you out in nature or at least out of the office/home.

 

Apps and pedometers are the rage today. If that works for you, this article has a number of different pedometers to choose from. You can also just count your steps. 

 

Health tips: Nature offers beautiful trails whether it be in a nearby park, a forest, campground, or a hike. School campus's have tracks, many communities offer walking trails, and office complexes have places designated for walking. And you can always walk in your neighborhood, walk your dog, walk to the grocery store, walk your child to school, take the bus to work and walk home depending on the mileage. 

 

Did you know you can also lose inches and weight by just eating a whole food plant based regimen, have loads of energy to walk, and feel and look great?  If you have health issues, do consult with your health professional before starting a serious walking program.

 

Here's an informative article on 'How Much Walking You Need to Lose Weight" from HealthyandNaturalWorld.com

 

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Trying to Lose Weight? Food Matters More Than Fitness

Trying to Lose Weight? Food Matters More Than Fitness | zestful living | Scoop.it
For anyone staring at a number they aren't happy with on their bathroom scale, the advice has been pretty consistent over the years: Eat less, move more.
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Are you  eating healthy and exercising every day at least 30 minutes (walking counts)? You will gain muscle and lose weight. Are you kidding yourself that you're eating healthy because you eat a green salad every few days, while still mainly eating processed fake foods with very little nutrients, almost no fiber, and with hidden sugars? Yes eating the green salads is a great start. Now it's time to cut way back or avoid completely those processed junk foods which are causing numerous health problems for you.  Now start your exercise program, drink filtered water throughout your day, and get a good night's sleep and you'll begin to feel better, lose some inches and pounds.

 

Are you trying to lose weight through exercise while continuing to eat junk food? It's not going to happen. You can't out exercise a poor food eating regimen. It doesn't matter what type of food you eat either. If you're Vegan or Paleo or consuming Mediterranean type food and mainly eating out of boxes, bags, cans, cartons loaded with sugars, white flours, GMOs, additives, emulsifiers, preservatives, chemicals, and other harmful non food ingredients, losing weight isn't in the cards for you.

 

Tossing those boxes, cleaning up your pantry/kitchen cabinets, and throwing out those frozen dinners, microwave popcorn, or any other so called food with a list a mile long and no words that can be pronounced, is one of the best things you can do for your health and the health of your family.

 

Health Tips:  Consume real whole plant based foods that your body recognizes and can use for fuel for repairing cells and reducing damage. When you eat those boxed processed foods, your body doesn't recognize the ingredients because they're not real whole food. They're also habit forming due to the harmful toxic ingredients food manufacturers add to make you crave these fake foods. Did you know packaged refined foods cost more than they appear to? They contain little if any nutritional value , which means they don't fill you up, so you tend to eat more of the same. This causes more problems as you're eating past your body's capacity to digest what you're eating.

 

Know where you'll really save money? Healthcare/medical care. when you invest in your health, you keep more money in your purse or wallet and you're not paying doctor co-pays. By buying organic, non-GMO, and/or local, you're helping your body be healthy and it will reward you through your years.

 

Here's an interesting article on "Trying to Lose Weight? Food Matters More Than Fitness" from Thrivemarket.com by Jennifer Still

 

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Stop Getting Sick: 4 Ways to Boost Your Gut Health

Stop Getting Sick: 4 Ways to Boost Your Gut Health | zestful living | Scoop.it
The studies are clear: your gut health is at the epicenter of your body's total immunity. Here are 4 ways to boost it to optimum levels.
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Did you know that 75-85% of your immune system is located in your G.I. tract (your gut)? You've read this many times on this page. Keep your immune system healthy by feeding your gut"s bacteria what it wants and you're on your way to a healthier you.  This isn't something new.  Greek physician and father of modern medicine, Hippocrates famously said,  "All disease begins in the gut".


What's new is that your gut is now considered your "second brain"  and as such many of your systems, especially your digestive system are directly affected by what and how you feed your gut. 


According to Dr Melina Jampolis, a physician focusing on nutrition and fitness, she says "we are beginning to understand that the health of the gut and the bacteria that colonize the gut (the micro biome) are critical to many aspects of good health, including brain health".

 

Health Tips:  You've read it before on this page. 1. Chew your food well. This increases digestive efficiency, especially in the your stomach, where food needs to be mixed well with gastric acids. 2. Eat slowly savoring your food. Adequate stomach acid activates gastric enzymes and starts protein breakdown.  3. Don't drink while you eat your food. Very cold ice water as many people drink, can reduce the activity of enzymes in your saliva and stomach. 4. Eat mindfully. Good digestion requires a relaxed stress free state of mind and body. When you're stressed and anxious, this condition alters the production of hydrochloric acid in your stomach and tightens abdominal muscles, interfering with normal peristalsis (wave like motion) that moves food through your digestive system.  5. Eat fiber rich whole plant based real food such as dark leafy greens and veggies and low sugar fruits (avocado, lemon, lime, tomato, cucumber, bell peppers, squash, zucchini). You don't need a fiber supplement just eat real food which your body recognizes and uses for fuel. Fiber regulates your body's cleansing processes.  6. Avoid or reduce your consumption of all refined sugars. Sugar feeds the yeast and bad bacteria in your intestinal tract. 7. Eat fermented probiotic rich foods such as Miso, Tempeh, raw sauerkraut, Kimchi, coconut yogurt,  water kefir, cultured veggies, and take a high quality probiotic supplement.

 

Here's good information with a video on "Stop Getting Sick: 4 Ways to Boost Your Gut Health" from Naturalsociety.com by Anthony Gucciardi

 

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Good Carbs, Bad Carbs: 7 Common Myths About Carbohydrates | Idea Digezt

Good Carbs, Bad Carbs: 7 Common Myths About Carbohydrates | Idea Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
Here are some myths about carbs that you should be aware of, explained  to help you navigate the seas of nutrition. 1. All carbs are the enemy There are carbs in almost every food, even vegetables! Complex carbohydrates in grains and starchy veggies have health benefits and nutrients too. A wide variety of foods consisting of mostly whole, low sugar options is ideal. Just do a little research into what carbs are better for you. (Spoiler alert, white bread and sugar will be on the naughty list). But you can enjoy whole grain or grain-free baked goods as occasional treats, even if you’re living a low carb lifestyle. 2. Gluten is the cause Celiac disease is very real, and those who have it should absolutely avoid gluten. But for those who seem to experience gastrointestinal issues when eating glutenous grains and are not celiac, you could be misdiagnosing yourself as “gluten sensitive”. Recent studies have been pointing to the more likely possibility of a sensitivity to fructans, a
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Are you confused about carbs? Let’s make it easy for you. There’s simple carbs and complex carbs. Simple carbs are the white flours, sugars, white rice and processed refined store bought junk foods which are highly pro-inflammatory. Consume a simple carb like a processed store bought cracker/cookie and it will spike your blood sugar in minutes. Simple carbs are refined carbohydrates which have had the essential fiber stripped during processing. The less simple carbs you eat, the better you will feel.  Complex carbs are produce; veggies and some fruits, legumes (peas, beans, lentils), nuts, squashes, starchy veggies as in sweet potatoes, oats, wild rice, and ancient grains as in buckwheat.  Complex carbs are your anti-inflammatory best friends because they are digested more slowly and release their sugars into your bloodstream at a slow, steady rate, because they have all the essential fiber intact. Complex carbs help uplift your mood.

 

Health Tips:  Top fiber rich complex carbs are dark leafy greens, veggies, sweet potatoes, winter squash, oats, ancient grains (quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet), apples, citrus fruits, berries, beans, pumpkin and flax seeds, and nuts like almonds. When you consume foods in their natural state, foods from Mother Nature, you are giving your body what it needs to function optimally.

 

Here’s “Good Carbs, Bad Carbs: 7 Common Myths About Carbohydrates” from ideadigezt.com

 

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12 Cool Hacks to Get the Most from Your Veggies

12 Cool Hacks to Get the Most from Your Veggies | zestful living | Scoop.it
Since man first figured out how to domesticate plants we've been trying to make them more palatable. Most edible wild plants are too bitter, sour, astringent, tough, full of seeds, or dry to be enjoyable. Here's some great tips to help you out...
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Greens and veggies, whether garden grown by you, store bought, or wild are your best source of goodness for your body. Most of you aren't used to eating wild edible plants which for the most part have that bitter taste, yet your tastebuds were originally designed so to speak for bitter, sour, salty, sweet tastes. Wild plants contain more antioxidants and other plant nutrients too.

 

Health tips:  Dandelion greens, mustard greens, kale, and other bitter greens become enjoyable when you combine them (blending in a green smoothie) with other greens, cucumber or celery, an apple or pear, cinnamon, nut butter, ginger root, lemon juice, fresh mint leaves, raw cacao/carob. The addition of ginger, mint leaves,  and lemon help to mask the bitter flavors.

 

Here's an interesting article on "12 Cool Hacks to Get the Most from Your Veggies" from eatlocalgrown.com.  Source from Jo robinson's book "Eating on the Wild Side: the Missing Link to Optimal Health"

 

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Milk Could Be Killing You, Drink This Surprising Alternative Instead - Herbs Info

Milk Could Be Killing You, Drink This Surprising Alternative Instead - Herbs Info | zestful living | Scoop.it
A major new scientific study has discovered that milk doesn't really protect against bone fractures and may even be causing... [read more]
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Are you aware that the Dairy Industry markets to keep consumers in the dark about the so called nutritional benefits of cows milk? The only thing the Dairy Industry is interested in is its bottom line. Dairy industry funded studies about milk’s so called health benefits have been accused of bias.  And what’s even more unethical are the milk marketing lobbyists who lobby the USDA for milk subsidies and the fact that the USDA allows this to occur. Drinking milk from animals doesn’t confer any health benefits, especially when most people in the U.S. are buying milk from conventionally raised cows who live in disgusting inhumane cages for much of their short lives and who are forced to consume unnatural feed and given antibiotics to make them fatter. Is this the milk you want your family to drink?  Cow’s milk causes congestion/sinus issues in young children/adults who are lactose intolerant and also digestive upset regardless of whether the milk is from conventionally raised or so called humanely raised cows. Humans weren’t meant to drink milk from another species. A new study published in the British Medical Journal reveals that milk doesn’t reduce risk of fractures and doesn’t support bone health which the Dairy Industry claims it does. The study shows that “increase in milk intake is actually associated with higher risk of mortality, as well as higher incidence of fractures”.  Read the full article for more information  on the study. 


Cows milk may have a lot of calcium, but also contains PCBs, and other industrial pollutants, steroid hormones, banned pesticides, no antioxidant content (same as Coca cola) and milk may also block nutrients. According to Dr Michael Greger, NutritionFacts.org, milk from cows “may increase risk for acne, an expanding waistline, increased mucus production, canker sores, twin births, premature puberty, life threatening events, autism, and SIDS (crib death) in infants, Parkinson’s disease, cancer promotion, and mortality”. Still want to drink cows milk?

 

Health Tips:  Consume dark leafy greens as the calcium is much better absorbed than from cows milk and greens contain essential fiber, folate, plant nutrients, and other nutrients missing in calves milk. Broccoli, kale, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, bok choy, watercress, sesame seeds (think Tahini), almonds, nut milks are rich in calcium.  If you want to eat yogurt, make your own from coconut or nuts. It’s delicious. Eat enough protein as protein is good for your bones. Consume (legumes) cooked dried beans, peanuts as well as nuts, veggies, and whole ancient grains. Tempeh, fermented soy is both rich in calcium and protein. Eating lots of veggies and fruits help keep your blood alkaline which protects bone health. They contain vitamins K and C, potassium, magnesium, and boron all needed for bone health. Don’t forget vitamin D which everyone needs. Exercise doing weight bearing exercise as well as walking to keep your muscles strong. Use sea salt and stay away from regular salt and alcohol.

 

Here’s an interesting important article on “Milk Could Be Killing You, Drink This Surprising Alternative Instead” from herbs-info.com

 

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Top 14 Foods That Protect Against Cancer Development

Top 14 Foods That Protect Against Cancer Development | zestful living | Scoop.it
Discover the Top 14 Foods That Protect Against Cancer Development - It has been proven scientifically that what we eat may cause us cancer. Find out here which foods can help prevent cancer and which foods promote cancer development.
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It’s well known that what you consume, digest and absorb affects every aspect of who you are from your behavior, moods, to how your body feels, your attitude, your memory and cognition. Eating daily foods which are considered anti-inflammatory such as plant based real whole foods are your best bet to prevent or reduce your risk of cancer and other diseases. Your lifestyle habits including exercise/movement,  your weight, and supplementation of essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients contribute to your overall health. Your body thrives in an alkaline environment, requiring antioxidants which fight free radicals. Consuming processed refined fake foods as well as sugar, artificial sweeteners, animal products, vegetable oils, simple carbs (white flours/sugars/breads,crackers etc), emulsifiers, additives, pesticides, chemicals, GMOs, and toxins all contribute to a pro-inflammatory environment in your body which leads to chronic disease and cancers.

 

Health tips:  Eat dark leafy greens, veggies, fruits, legumes (peas, beans, lentils), cruciferous veggies (broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower), healthy fats as in extra virgin coconut and olive oils, avocado and seed oils, seeds and nuts, herbs and spices, and consume organic/certified organic, nonGMO as much as possible. 

 

Here’s an information packed article “Discover the Top 14 Foods That Protect Against Cancer development” from HealthyandNaturalWorld.com

 

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34 Ways to Eat Watermelon at Every Meal

34 Ways to Eat Watermelon at Every Meal | zestful living | Scoop.it
Ready to get your watermelon on? These awesome recipes will keep you hydrated while you sip, slurp, and bite into the watery fruit’s serious health benefits.
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Are you eating juicy watermelon this summer? With the July 4th Holiday coming it's time to plan your watermelon days.  Did you know that watermelon has a seductive side? It contains citruline, a compound that acts like a low dose of Viagra to stimulate production of arginine, which increases nitric oxide (NO) in your blood and relaxes blood vessels so they can accommodate more blood flow? Boosting NO also helps to ease high blood pressure and angina. Watermelon is also rich in lycopene, the protective antioxidant found in tomatoes, cooked foods like tomato sauce, and in papaya, and pink grapefruit.

 

Health Tips:  When consuming watermelon, eat down to the rind because that's where more of the citruline is found. And if you can buy a yellow watermelon, because it contains a higher concentration of citruline.

 

Did you know you can make ice sorbets, popsicles,  juices, green smoothies, chilled soups, salads, salsa, and snacks using watermelon? Or just enjoy a mouthwatering slice.

 

Here's some watermelon recipes to get you in the mood "34 Ways to Eat Watermelon at Every Meal" from thegreatist.com by Ellen Thompson.

 

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7 Steps for a Healthier Heart! | Healthy Wealthy Wise Blog | Savvy Team

7 Steps for a Healthier Heart! | Healthy Wealthy Wise Blog | Savvy Team | zestful living | Scoop.it
  One Australian dies every 12 minutes from it. It's the most costly disease for our healthcare system costing $1.8 Billion for medications alone in
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Are you taking good care of your heart? Heart disease is the number one leading killer in the U.S. and Australia, yet it is preventable.  In the U.S., it's about 1 in 4 deaths every year.  Did you know that heart disease often starts in childhood?  Heart disease is also called cardiovascular disease.  There are differing theories on what is now considered primary causes.  Elevated cholesterol and inflammation of the arteries are two such causes. 

 

Health Tips:  Evidence suggests that consuming plant based foods may not only protect against, but also reverse heart disease. Plant foods are the only source of heart healthy fiber. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger, NutritionFacts.org.  Other scientists have conducted research showing that consumption of plant polyphenol concentrates (those found in pomegranate, green tea, and red grapes) protect nitric oxide production, which helps restore youthful function and structure to your endothelial arterial linings.  

 

It is critical to have your blood tested yearly as there are other proven factors such as elevated glucose, insulin, triglycerides, LDL, homocysteine, C-reactive Protein, oxidative stress, low HDL, and low testosterone (in men) that silently destroy endothelial function.  Most people can reduce elevated homocysteine by ensuring proper intake of folate, vitamin B-12, and B-6. This information comes rom Life Extension.  

 

Be sure to eat plant based foods rich in potassium and magnesium (produce). Take high quality supplements such as B-Complex, CoQ10.  Consume spices such as organic cinnamon,( superstar antioxidant),  ginger (makes blood thinner), capsaicin (puts heat in chili peppers), and curry - Turmeric (protection from clots and more). Exercise and get 7-9 hours sleep every night.

 

Here's good information on "7 Steps for a Healthier Heart" from SavvyTeam.com by Corey Sievers.

 

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Top 5 Health Benefits of Avocado | Healthiest Foods

Top 5 Health Benefits of Avocado | Healthiest Foods | zestful living | Scoop.it
There's some amazing avocado benefits for your health. If you would like to lose weight, improve your skin and lower your risk of many life-threatening diseases, here's why it's worth eating more avocados.
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Are you eating avocados or are you afraid they'll make you gain weight?  That's a common myth for many of us.

 

Avocados are one of the best foods you can eat, rich in vitamin E and glutathione (the master antioxidant). They are loaded with heart healthy mono saturated fat, which comes from their oleic acid (think olive oil and nuts) and potassium. Eating avocado increases your beneficial HDL cholesterol, drives down triglycerides, and reduces inflammation.  Avocado enhances the absorption of beta-carotene (carrots, squashes, pumpkins, beet greens, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, watercress, cilantro leaves) and lycopene (watermelon, tomatoes). Clinical research confirms that eating avocados and other heart healthy fats such as olive, coconut oil, nuts, and homemade hummus definitely helps with lifelong weight loss. And mashed avocado makes for a good skin beauty mask too.

 

Health Tips:  Avocado is a super food to take along when you're traveling on an airplane. At home eat an avocado at least 3-4 times a week or more. Avocado goes great in sweet and savory salads, salsa, guacamole, mousse,  pudding, and out of hand. In smoothies, it gives a creamy texture. The new trend is to fill avocado with spreads like hummus, baba gnoush, or any homemade spread you like. Some folks eat the pits too. How do you like your avocado?

 

Here's an information packed article on "The Top 5 Health Benefits of Avocado" from healthiest foods.co.uk

 

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These Are The Symptoms Of Fatty Liver And Here Is How To Heal It

These Are The Symptoms Of Fatty Liver And Here Is How To Heal It | zestful living | Scoop.it
These Are The Symptoms Of Fatty Liver And Here Is How To Heal It
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Fatty liver causing health problems for you?  Are you aware that many health issues in your body start many years, even decades before you first notice symptoms?  Did you know that high insulin levels can lead to fat in your liver called fatty liver disease? As fat builds up in your liver, it becomes resistant to insulin and keeps pumping out blood sugar all day long leading eventually to diabetes (type 2). Fatty muscle leads to fatty liver which leads to fatty pancreas. Metabolic syndrome, characterized by abdominal obesity, high fasting sugars, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure set people up for fatty liver disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger, NutritionFacts.org.

 

Health tips: Eating plant based foods has been shown to reduce the risk of Metabolic syndrome as well as other chronic diseases. Natural supplements such as liver supporting herbs: Milk Thistle (Silymarin), Wolfberry, and Glutathione support nutrients such as N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) are recommended. Eat liver supporting veggies as listed in this article like broccoli (pictured above). Avoid processed refined fake food and high intake of sugars.

 

Here's an information packed article on "Fatty Liver - Signs, symptoms, and How to Prevent it" from Healthyand NaturalWorld.com

 

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There’s a Lot You Don’t Know about Okra | 1mhealthtips

There’s a Lot You Don’t Know about Okra | 1mhealthtips | zestful living | Scoop.it
Okra, or “lady’s finger” is one hell of a vegetable. It’s an edible pea pod that you can actually eat raw. If you’re not a fan of the ‘green’ taste, you can
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Have you tried okra yet? Have you heard of okra is a better question? Okra is one of the nutritious veggies of North East African origin. the plant is cultivated in tropical and warm climates for the fibrous fruit or "pods".

 

Okra is a perennial plant which are rich sources of essential fiber, minerals, and vitamins. The "pods" contain mucilage substance that helps with Peristalsis (wave like motion) that moves food through your digestive system and helps with constipation. 

 

The pods contain healthy amounts of vitamin A which helps with vision. Vitamin A also helps maintain healthy mucus membranes and skin.  Fresh pods are good sources of folate (B vitamin), vitamin C, and other B complex vitamins. Pods also like other veggies are rich sources of vitamin K (helps with vitamin D and calcium to strengthen bones).

 

Health Tips:  Fresh immature okra pods are available year round in grocery stores. Ask if you don't see them at your favorite healthy market. the pods have a rich green color and neutral flavor. Look for crispy immature pods. Eat them while fresh. Wash thoroughly. 

 

Chop or slice and add to salads, soups, stews. They can also be pickled like other veggies. Find recipes online. Okra leaves may be eaten as well like beet greens and dandelion leaves. Eat raw or lightly steam.

 

Here's an information packed article on "There's a Lot You Don't Know About Okra" from 1mHealthTips.com by Harris Thompson.

 

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15 Popular Foods That Contain Hidden Trans Fat

15 Popular Foods That Contain Hidden Trans Fat | zestful living | Scoop.it
The FDA ordered food processors to stop using partially hydrogenated oils in the next three years, but trans fat can still be found in small amounts in popular
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Have you heard the term "trans fat" and just not sure what it means? Trans fats are partially hydrogenated oils which are man made and even worse for you than omega 6 oils which are pro-inflammatory when too many are consumed. Food scientists created trans fats so that baked goods  would last longer on the store shelf without spoiling. These harmful trans fats increased the bottom line of bakers and became a disaster for your arteries and joints. Trans fats are one of the most pro-inflammatory fake substances you can eat. There is no safe allowable level of trans fat consumption. If the FDA had done its homework, these synthetic arterial clogging fats would never have been allowed in the first place.

 

Health Tips: Eat real whole plant based foods and stop buying fake junk processed foods with artificial, man made, synthetic, poisons that harm your body and health. Look for the words "hydrogenated or any other polyunsaturated fats which are found in vegetable based oils (corn (mostly GMO), safflower, soybean (mostly GMO), sunflower, and the lab created oil canola). Best are organic or certified organic non GMO, Fair Trade extra virgin coconut and olive oils, macadamia, walnut, sesame seed oil, hemp seed oil, pumpkin  seed oil. Use seed oils sparingly as dressings for salads.

 

Here's an information packed article with helpful info graphic on "15 Popular Foods That Contain Hidden Trans Fats".

 

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7 Best Foods For Stronger Bones - Herbs Info

7 Best Foods For Stronger Bones - Herbs Info | zestful living | Scoop.it
You could be suffering from low bone density without even knowing it. Hormonal changes, lifestyle, and the food we eat... [read more]
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How strong are your bones? Are you eating plant based real whole foods which support bone health and taking vitamin D3? Did you know there's a difference between bone mineral density ("an excellent indicator of compressive strength - resisting breaking by being crushed by a static weight") and bone quality strength (an accurate indicator of tensile strength - resisting breaking while being pulled or stretched")? 

 

From an article on "Osteoporosis Myth - The Dangers of High Bone Mineral Density" from GreenMedInfo.com, one reads "In some cases having higher bone density indicates that the bone is actually weaker".  This article is recommended for reading.

 

Health tips: Consuming plant based real whole foods such as dark leafy greens, complex carbs as in veggies and ancient grains (quinoa, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, teff), legumes (peas, beans, lentils), and tempeh- all good sources of protein, healthy fats as in nuts/seeds, coconut and olive oils, and vitamin C (remember broccoli has more vitamin C than an orange), and raw fruits. Your lifestyle habits also come into play. Exercise and getting enough sleep are important as well.

 

Here's "7 Best foods for Stronger Bones" from herbs-info.com

 

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10 Tips to Give Your Vegetables a Long and Happy Shelf Life — The Vegetable Butcher

10 Tips to Give Your Vegetables a Long and Happy Shelf Life — The Vegetable Butcher | zestful living | Scoop.it
We all experience it — the anxiety that comes with bringing fresh produce home from the market, a little worry that settles in around day three when you haven't yet used the new inventory. The first day holds so much promise and excitement for all the potential dishes that will come. There's a new recipe for cauliflower hummus (wink, wink) you want to try. You expect to cook a beautiful bunch of Swiss chard with garlic and herbs, and wilt it down into a frittata filling. There are zucchini, eggplants, and peppers you plan to stew into ratatouille. One crazy work day after another and all of a sudden you feel an overwhelming sense of concern (and guilt) that you won't get to those veggies before they expire. You can almost feel the spinach wilting, the cucumbers shriveling, and the heirloom tomatoes leaking their juice onto your kitchen counter.
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Are you consuming your delectable greens and veggies or they wilting in your refrigerator before you get to use them? This seems to be a common thread. You wait for the Farmer's market day, eagerly anticipating the rows of fresh beautiful produce and the delicious meals you're planning to create. You pick the ones that speak to you, take them home, and put them in the fridge. Days pass and suddenly an overwhelming sense of guilt hits you square in the gut as you realize you haven't used all those greens/veggies, haven't made those marvelous recipes, and you might have to toss all the money you spent with  the wilted, almost dead veggies down the compost/drain.  Yes veggies and greens won't last forever as it seems processed food does. Did you know you can extend the shelf life longer than you think?

 

Health Tips:  1. Storing your greens - when you get home let them sit in cold filtered water before removing to the fridge. This revitalizes them. Dry and store in either plastic bags or those new veggie cloth bags.  2. Keep your greens away from the coldest part of your fridge, usually the back, unless you're using the next day in a green smoothie.  3. Store greens either in the produce bin or on the bottom shelf near the front of your fridge where you'll easily see them when you open the door.  4. Did you know that some produce doesn't get stored in your fridge (tomatoes, fruit, onions, garlic, and potatoes)? Store in a cool dry place.  5. Change your plans. You can always use wilted veggies in a different recipe. Instead of a raw salad, use your greens in a stir-fry or with miso for a tangy fermented dish. Wilted veggies also go well in stir-frys or roasted. You can always add  wilted veggies to homemade hummus  or baba ganoush in your FP.   6. For summer, toss your grapes, berries, lemons, limes in your freezer to pop in filtered water for a refreshing drink or just pop in mouth to cool down.

 

Here's a lovely site with good information on "10 Tips to Give Your Vegetables a Long and Happy Shelf Life" from the kitchn by The Vegetable Butcher

 

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10 Foods to Cleanse and Care For Your Liver

10 Foods to Cleanse and Care For Your Liver | zestful living | Scoop.it
Your liver is like Grand Central Station to your body. What do you want coming in and going out? Keep your liver healthy with these foods, along with some other special tips so you can keep the bad guys out and welcome the good guys in!
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Are you #eatingclean to help your liver do its job? Your liver works 24/7,  365 days of the year cleaning up what enters it and aiding in what goes out. Your liver is a powerful detoxifying machine detoxifying your blood from harmful environmental toxins, carcinogens, alcohol, and harmful food ingredients in addition to its other functions which help your body to operate efficiently. The more harmful foods you eat, the more your liver has to work to flush out the toxins and the less it works producing more nutrients. Your body requires nutrients to function optimally.  Did you know that bitter edible greens contain the most nutrients? These are foods your liver loves as well as other plant based ingredients. These whole foods are antioxidant and fiber rich thus assisting your liver and helping it to produce more nutrients.

 

Health Tips:  Did you know you can blend strong tasting bitter greens like dandelions, mustard, and arugula with ingredients that complement and tone down their bitterness? Sweet and savory ingredients work well. Try your best to avoid consuming refined sugars, artificial sweeteners, even organic sugars, processed fake foods, whether store bought or purchased in coffee and restaurant outlets, alcohol, and antibiotic hormone laced animal products. These ingredients are not your liver's friend.

 

Here's an information packed article on "10 Foods to Cleanse and Care for Your Liver" from onegreenplanet.org by Heather McClees.

 

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28 Foods to Alkalize Your Body

28 Foods to Alkalize Your Body | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Are you #eatingclean? Did you know your body is alkaline, not acidic? When you eat too many processed fake foods with little if any nutrients that the body needs for metabolism, your body becomes sluggish and if you’re aware, you start noticing all sorts of health issues popping up. Processed foods strip away food’s wholesome goodness, as well as fiber plus food manufacturers add non essential additives, preservatives, emulsifiers, toxic chemicals, salt and sugar. So try to opt for the least processed foods and/or avoid buying any. You want to be eating more of the food you know is healthy for you starting with produce (veggies/fruits), healthy heart protective fats, avocado, nuts/seeds, coconut and olive oil, and ancient grains (quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, teff). Dark leafy greens and veggies belong in the center of your plate piled high.

 

Health Tips:  Here’s some basic fundamentals for you:  1. Eat more foods in their natural state. Whole fruits and veggies. Eat an apple, rather than applesauce or apple pie unless the apples are from your garden and the applesauce and pie is homemade. Eat veggies without store bought sauces and creams or make your own healthy version. The closer a food is to its original form, the better it is for you.  2. Read or scan the label. Healthy foods contain less ingredients and if the words are non-pronounceable, then leave it on the shelf.  3. Know the harmful ingredients. These ingredients (they’re not real food) have no place in your home kitchen because they affect your cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar. a. Trans-fats as in partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and shortening found in cookies, crackers, snacks, and microwave popcorn. The by-product of hydrogenation - trans fats - raises LDL cholesterol and lowers good (HDL) cholesterol, increasing your risk for heart attack and stoke. b. Food coloring found in baked goods, cereal, condiments. Synthetic food dyes have been linked to many health problems. c. Artificial sweeteners, if you don’t know by now,  research shows that these fake so called sugars overstimulate your sugar receptors making you crave sweet foods so you can’t stop eating them - a metabolic recipe for disaster. d. High fructose Corn syrup (HFCS) watch out for anything “corn sweetener” on the label. These are simple sugars that cause blood sugar and insulin spikes, more cravings, no matter how much you’ve already eaten. Caveat here -eating too much fructose whether from fake food or too much fruit causes health issues. Fructose goes to your liver where it’s converted to fat. Best to eat one or a few of natural whole fruits if you have any blood sugar issues. Check with your healthcare professional for your specific issues. e. Nitrates and Nitrites These are hidden additives used to preserve the color of meat, and are associated with ovarian and kidney cancers according to the NIH AARP Diet and Health Study. f. Be a smart shopper and shop in the produce and bulk aisles of your health/grocery market for most or all of your food. Herbs and spices are usually found in bulk as are nuts/seeds, GF flours and ancient grains, and specialty foods like chia/hemp/flax seeds good for omega 3s. You can usually save money buying in bulk as you buy just the amount you need plus there’s no extra packaging to dispose of in your trash. Other specialty foods you might want to buy are organic Tempeh and Miso, fermented soy foods which aid your digestion, contain live active cultures full of probiotics. These products are usually found in your store’s colder aisles. Fermented sauerkraut is best made at home as store bought  is usually pasteurized, defeating purpose of fermentation. 

 

Here’s a good article with neat info graphic on “28 foods to Alkalize Your body” from buynongmoseeds.com 

 

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Health Benefits of Dates - Over 7 Reasons to Eat a Date Fruit

Health Benefits of Dates - Over 7 Reasons to Eat a Date Fruit | zestful living | Scoop.it
Whether fresh or dry, the health benefits of dates are still just as plentiful. The date fruit provides benefits for the heart, brain, and colon.
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Are you eating dates, those delicious sweet fruits that are so healthy and taste like heavenly candy? As dates are very sweet just a few dates make a dessert taste special. Dates are one of the oldest fruits and according to Dr Michael Greger, NutritionFacts.org are one of the very best fruits to use for sweeteners. Dates are rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, fiber, vitamin B-6, manganese, copper. Dates contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber is so necessary for regulating your body’s cleansing processes. And you now know from another post that fiber absorbs acids and impurities in your bloodstream and colon, but is not digestible by your body. Fiber cleans your insides efficiently so you feel lighter and have more energy. Fiber keeps you regular and helps reduce risk of colon cancer, colitis, and hemorrhoids. Dates also help your heart lowering your blood pressure due to the potassium and magnesium content. Dates are anti-inflammatory as well due to the magnesium content, and very important is a reduced risk for stroke again due to magnesium. Magnesium, potassium and calcium are essential minerals for your body to run optimally. Plant based whole real foods contain these key minerals. Because dates contain B-6, they help to boost brain health too. Read the full article for all of dates amazing health benefits.

 

Health Tips:  Add a few dates, figs, or raisins to your green smoothies. Dates, mint leaves, raw cacao powder or carob, cinnamon, spinach or other fave greens, cucumber, almond or other nut milk, vanilla bean or extract makes an absolutely delicious mint chocolate cream smoothie you and your kids will love. Open a date and fill with a walnut for heavenly candy. Add dates to your homemade energy bars, hemp seed energy balls, avocado chocolate mousse, homemade raw or baked GF breads, cookies, pies. Eight or nine dates is equal to about 1 cup. You can make soaked pureed dates and keep handy in fridge for adding to recipes. You can also purchase date sugar. Remember a little goes a long way. Organic preferred. If you’re trying to cut back on refined or artificial sweeteners, consider dates or other fruits for your desserts. Your body will thank you and you’ll love what dates do for all your sweet treats.

 

Here’s an information packed article on “health Benefits of Dates - Promoting Heart, Brain, and Digestive Health” from NaturalSociety.com by Mike Barrett.

 

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Watermelon Recipes, Facts, and Everything Else You Need To Know

Watermelon Recipes, Facts, and Everything Else You Need To Know | zestful living | Scoop.it
Watermelon recipes along with all the watermelon facts you'll ever need to know. Such a wonderful fruit with many varied uses and packed with nutrition.
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Do you just love watermelon, that luscious mouth watering fruit that signals summer is here?


Watermelon is not only delicious, it’s also nutritious. Watermelon isn’t technically a melon, but who cares. The red color of watermelon contains lycopene, an antioxidant found in tomatoes and watermelon has more lycopene than any other fruit or veggie. Watermelon is a very high water content food which will keep you hydrated on a hot summer day. Watermelon is low in sugar, high in potassium for regulating blood pressure, also rich in vitamin A, B6, and C. Watermelon”s rind contains the amino acid citrulline which is a nitrous oxide stimulator which helps to relax blood vessels.

 

Health Tips:  Fresh juicy watermelon is perfect for green smoothies and juices. Add 3-4 cups of chopped watermelon with fresh or frozen cranberries or other berries, some aloe leaves or aloe liquid, fresh raw ginger, and either spinach or kale leaves. blend and enjoy. You can also grow watermelon in your garden. Directions provided in this article. To choose a really good ripe watermelon, give it the thump test by smacking it with your palm gently. It should sound hollow and it should be heavy. Watermelon like avocado makes for a nifty beauty conditioner for your face.

 

Here’s an information packed article with recipes on “Everything You Need to Know About Watermelon” from DIYNatural.com

 

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10 Gross Ingredients Hiding in Your Energy Bars

10 Gross Ingredients Hiding in Your Energy Bars | zestful living | Scoop.it
Energy and protein bars make it easy to eat well while on the go, but how healthy are they really? We looked past label promises to really study the ingredient list—and were pretty shocked by what we found. We're talking fillers and emulsifiers that can cause sugar crashes, stomach problems, and even lead to weight gain. In other words, exactly the things you're trying to avoid. Before you buy another bar, familiarize yourself with these 10 red-flag ingredients.
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Are you grabbing energy bars to keep you energized and satiated throughout your busy day? As with all processed foods, you have to be aware that food manufacturers add extraneous non food ingredients to so called healthy foods as well as non healthy foods. Yes these type of products are time savers and convenient. However they do come with a hefty price in regard to your health. Consuming one a month won't make too much difference, but you know that isn't the usually the case.

 

Health tips: Make your own real energy bars and balls. Real quick hemp energy balls: in FP add hemp seeds and dates. Process. Roll into balls. Can roll in shredded coconut, raisins, cacao nibs or your fave add ins.  Nutritious seeds, nuts, nut butters, shredded coconut, fruit and even veggies/greens can be added. Pictured photo is dehydrated carrot pulp bars. You can make raw or baked. Simple, easy, and real time savers. Don't know how to cook. Get online there's tons of recipes, just follow and eat.

 

Here's an eye-opening article on "10 Gross Ingredients Hiding in Your energy bars" from eat clean.com by Allison Young for Prevention.com

 

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