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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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6 Superpower Foods for Healthy Teeth and Gums » EcoWatch

6 Superpower Foods for Healthy Teeth and Gums » EcoWatch | zestful living | Scoop.it
But don’t overlook the powerful purification properties of simple, everyday foods. The following six are
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Today there are many holistic ways to care for your teeth, gums, tongue i.e. oral health. Eating real whole food also contributes to keeping your mouth healthy.

 

Health Tips:   Foods rich in potassium, magnesium, boron, zinc, phosphorus, vitamin C, compounds that fight inflammation, and low acid fibrous foods (apples, celery) which act like "dental detergents" help to purify your oral healthcare.

 

Here's "6 Superpower Foods for Healthy Teeth and Gums" from Ecowatch by Sayward Rebhal

 

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12 Health Benefits of Olive Oil

12 Health Benefits of Olive Oil | zestful living | Scoop.it
Homer the famous Greek poet called olive oil Liquid Gold. Considering the phrase you are what you eat, what would happen if you consumed Liquid Gold
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Olive oil from olives is a well known healthy mono saturated oil used in Mediterranean countries having numerous nutritional benefits.  Extra virgin Olive oil helps people with arthritis as it produces anti-inflammatory effects similar to ibuprofen. A naturally occurring chemical called oleocanthal, blocks the activity of the pro-inflammatory COX-2 enzyme.

 

Health Tips:  Make sure to use cold-pressed varieties of olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is best consumed on salads, drizzled on steamed veggies,  and in salad dressings. Heat damages the nutritional benefits.

 

Here's the skinny on extra virgin olive oil: "12 Health Benefits of Olive Oil" from green living by Diana Herrington.

 

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10 Reasons to Use Amaranth in Your Gluten-Free Recipes

10 Reasons to Use Amaranth in Your Gluten-Free Recipes | zestful living | Scoop.it
Amaranth is loaded with unique nutritional properties. Here are 10 reasons why you should add amaranth to your gluten free recipes.
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Are you cooking with amaranth, one of the ancient grains (really a seed like quinoa) which is also a complete protein and a nutritional powerhouse?  It's high in fiber, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, and iron. It's delicious and very versatile. Did you know it can be popped? It looks like tiny popcorn kernels. The leaves can also be eaten from the plant.

 

Health Tips:  Try new and different foods to whet your appetite and to encourage your family to eat a highly varied natural foods "live-it". You can prepare a tasty pudding or porridge with amaranth. Use 3 or 4 cups of water to 1 cup of amaranth. Cook on stovetop for 20 minutes on low after the water boils. Amaranth thickens towards the last 4 minutes of cooking. Add unsweetened shredded coconut or homemade or store bought coconut butter, dried fruit, cinnamon, or carob. Play with it - mix and match your fave add-ins.

 

Here's a comprehensive article on amaranth. "10 reasons to Use Amaranth in Your Gluten-Free Recipes" from (About) Food by Teri Gruss, MS. Gluten-Free Cooking Expert.

 

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The 12 most pesticide-contaminated foods (Infographic) - Food Revolution Network

The 12 most pesticide-contaminated foods (Infographic) - Food Revolution Network | zestful living | Scoop.it
Pesticides have been linked to cancer, developmental disabilities, endocrine disruption, and many other serious problems. This infographic from Juicing with G gives critical information about which are the most, and the least, pesticide contaminated fruits and vegetables. This chart does not address GMOs. So sweet corn shows up as being less contaminated with pesticides, mainly because the husk catches most of them. But if the corn is genetically modified, then it is itself literally registered with the EPA as a pesticide. Watch out for that! For more information about pesticides and food, check out these sources: http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/ http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php http://www.naturalnews.com/030005_GMOs_foods.html# http://www.alternate-energy.net/Gvid/index.php
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Real Food is medicine. It rejuvenates and energies your body and brain. Unfortunately the environment today is rife with pesticides, chemicals, toxins, you name it harmful additives, and so on. Environmental Working Group (EWG) has your back related to information through info graphics on the clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen produce. This info graphic does not include GMOs according to the authors.

 

Health Tips: Try to eat as clean as possible. Organic is your best bet. Local is great too, especially if you're buying from Farmer's Markets or CSA's where you can speak with the farmers who grow the produce. Your local co-ops are also a good safe place to do your grocery shopping.

 

Here's "the 12 Most Pesticide-Contaminated Foods (Infographic)" from The Food Revolution Network by Environmental Working Group.

 

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Time to eat organic.

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8 Things You Need to Know About Calcium

8 Things You Need to Know About Calcium | zestful living | Scoop.it
Discover some surprising facts about calcium that you probably don't know--by best-selling author of THE PROBIOTIC PROMISE, Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM.
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What do you know about calcium? It's an important mineral for your body. Did you know that when you lose fluids  due to vomiting or diarrhea or because you haven't been drinking enough  water, your body may be running loon key electrolyte minerals including calcium, potassium, and sodium? Every cell in your body needs electrolytes to function properly.

 

Health Tips: Consume flaxseed research shows that omega 3 fatty acids in flaxseed boost the level of calcium in your bones. Broccoli kale,, collard and turnip greens, boo choy, sesame seeds, blackstrap molasses, and cinnamon are high in calcium.

 

Here's an information packed post on all things related to calcium. "8 Thing You Need to Know About Calcium" from Greenliving by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

 

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8 Reasons to Eat More Mushrooms

8 Reasons to Eat More Mushrooms | zestful living | Scoop.it
If you're looking for a new food to boost your health and shake up your boring meal routine, mushrooms might be it. With over 100 thousand species of
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Are you eating mushrooms, those delectable fungi that have numerous health benefits? In Chinese medicine, mushrooms have been treasured for thousands of years.

 

Health Tips:  Add mushrooms (organic is best) to any meal for a mouth watering bite. Mushrooms jazz up healthy pizzas, are great in salads, stir-frys, in side dishes with quinoa or brown rice. Use portobello mushrooms for veggie burgers or create your own mushroom meal.

 

Here's an information packed article on everything you wanted to know about mushrooms. "8 Reasons to Eat More Mushrooms" from Greenliving by Diana Herrington.

 

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Factors That Promote Bone Health and Maintain Calcium: Plus 10 Non-Dairy Calcium Rich Foods

Factors That Promote Bone Health and Maintain Calcium: Plus 10 Non-Dairy Calcium Rich Foods | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Plant based foods are a rich source of calcium and boost bone health. Calcium is one of the key mineral electrolytes needed for your heart, muscles, and nerves to function optimally. Calcium also helps  your dental health. Magnesium helps escort calcium into your body as does vitamin D.

 

Health Tips: Seeds,(sesame) leafy greens (watercress, collards, turnip greens, bok choy), edamame, white beans, dried figs, blackstrap molasses, and cinnamon are loaded with calcium. Doing weight bearing exercises helps your bones to retain calcium too.

 

Here's an information packed post on "Factors That Promote Bone Health and Maintain Calcium: Plus 10 Non-dairy Calcium Rich Foods from Buynongmoseeds.com 

 

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7 Superfood Seeds to Add to Your Diet

7 Superfood Seeds to Add to Your Diet | zestful living | Scoop.it
Never underestimate the power of a seed. Just think about the bitty little things: They may be just a speck, but within than speck are the nutrients that will
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Seeds and nuts are small potent nutrient dense foods containing protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fat. All that from such a tiny little food. It's no wonder that Mother Nature's plants are medicinal and also taste delicious.

 

Health Tips:  Eat a variety of seeds and nuts throughout your day. Eat pumpkin seeds (most healthy grocery stores carry in bulk aisle. Choose organic), Use them in healthy energy bar desserts. Eat sesame seeds (think tahini). Add poppy seeds to your healthy cakes and cookies.. Sunflower seeds are everywhere. Use them in salads, nut butters, use for pesto, lentil loaf ( a meatless meal), healthy energy bar desserts or just eat a handful. Chia/flax, and hemp seeds are the 3 superseeds. Use them in smoothies, puddings, on porridges, overnight oats, and healthy energy balls.

 

Quick nutritious energy ball recipe: 1/2cup cashews, grated ginger, 3-4 dates (you decide level of sweetness for you),fav nut butter, raw carob or cacao. Add to food processor and pulse. When mixture turns to a ball, make your own little balls. Can roll in coconut, Hemp/Chia/Sunflower seeds or your choice. Freeze and take out a few when you need extra energy and/or food. Yummy.

 

Here's a comprehensive article on nutritional benefits of seeds with added recipes from Greenliving by Melissa Breyer from Treehugger.

 

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How Changing Your Diet Can Change Your Heart

How Changing Your Diet Can Change Your Heart | zestful living | Scoop.it
National Wear Red Day—Feb. 6 this year—brings attention to the fact that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women.
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Did you know today is "National Wear Red Day" bringing attention to the fact that heart disease is the number 1 killer of women?

Swapping out processed food and unhealthy sweeteners as well as meat and dairy products, GMOs for more plant based foods will make a huge difference in overall health for not just women, but families as well.

 

Health tips:  Pile a rainbow of different kinds of produce high in the  center of your plate. Surround it with some plant based protein/healthy fats (beans/ lentils/peas/hemp/chia/pumpkin, seeds, nuts or nut butters, coconut/olive/sesame/walnut seed oils) for starters. When planning your meals, think outside of the traditional meat/potato/side dish of veggies, bread/dessert which has been shown in numerous studies to be harmful for your heart and body. 

 

Here's an information packed post on how changing the food you eat can change your heart. "How Changing Your Diet Can Change Your Heart" from Care2Causes Editors by Cameron Wells , M.P.H. R.D.

 

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Now i understand why people say "try to have a balanced diet". In this case, having too much intake of proteins might lead to a heart disease. Hence, to have a healthy body and not 'changing your heart', try to have an equal amount of carbohydrates, proteins, vegetables and fruits.

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5 Things That Happen if You Quit Sugar for Life

5 Things That Happen if You Quit Sugar for Life | zestful living | Scoop.it
In fact, you’ll notice numerous positive things happen when you decide to quit sugar for life.
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Are you wanting to reduce or just avoid eating sugar? Is it easy? Depends on the person. Is it worth it? Definitely YES! Best for most people is to do small swaps and then after a few weeks or a month, make bigger swaps until you can walk away with no guilt. 

 

Health tips:  Swap out fruit and use dates, figs, prunes, raisins, bananas, apples, pears, pineapple, kiwi, mango, berries, and melons for your healthy desserts. and to top your oatmeal. Cinnamon and carob add a hint of sweetness. Use organic extracts for additional flavor. Always have a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts with you when out and about. If you have an occasional sugary food, don't beat yourself up over it. Swallow and move on to a healthier option for next time.

 

Here's 5 nutritional benefits you get when you just quit sugar. "5 Things That Happen if You Quit Sugar For Life" from Realitieswatch.com by Kayla Matthews.

 

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The Perfect Seed: Why Everyone Should Add Pumpkin Seeds to Their Diet

Forget the meat, dairy, eggs, and cheese! Here’s why pumpkin seeds are a better source of protein and higher in overall nutrients. Check out the benefits of this super seed!
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Are you eating pumpkin and pumpkin seeds? Both are nutritional superstars. Pumpkin is loaded with beneficial antioxidants and fiber, and is a top beta carotene food, Pumpkin seeds are high in protein, are a great source of folate, essential fatty acids, and rich in magnesium ( mineral that improves metabolic efficiency of heart cells and relieves chest pain).

 

Health Tips: Buy organic pumpkin and raw organic pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin makes a nice addition to smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes, side dishes, puddings, and desserts. Pumpkin seeds are great eaten as is or as toppings for your recipes.

 

Here's a fantastic information packed post on all things pumpkin plus amazing recipes. "The Perfect Seed: Why Everyone Should Add Pumpkin seeds to their Diet" from onegreenplanet.org by Heather Mcclees.

 

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10 Reasons To Eat Way More Nuts & Seeds

10 Reasons To Eat Way More Nuts & Seeds | zestful living | Scoop.it
If I had a dollar for every time I told patients to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds … well, you probably know where this is going. Why nuts and seeds? What is it about that
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Are you nuts for nuts? Nuts contrary to popular opinion are healthy and help you lose weight. Sunflower, sesame, pumpkin, and flaxseeds are rich in vitamin E which reduces inflammation and helps fight cancer. and contain healthful fats, vitamins and minerals such as magnesium (vital for brain function). Nuts such as walnuts contain vitamin B-6 and E, helping your nervous system, helping you to focus and walnuts contain a good source of alpha linoleum acid (ALA) the healthy omega 3 fat. Almonds help to boost your brain and mood. Pecans and peanuts contain choline which helps your memory. Cashews are loaded with compounds that dilate blood vessels so oxygen rich blood can flow to your brain to help function at your best.

 

Health Tips:  Are you eating a handful of nuts and seeds daily? Did you know you can save money and make your own delicious sugar free  healthy nut butters? Just buy organic raw nuts, grind them in your food processor, add your favorite spices and voila yummy nut butter. If you want you can also soak your nuts first and then dry them (air dry or dehydrate at low setting) before you grind them. The possibilities are endless.

 

Here's an information packed post on "10 reasons to Eat Way More Nuts and Seeds" from MindBodyGreen.org by Dr Joel Kahn.

 

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Whole grains, nuts, and seeds are more important than you may think.

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Top 10 Superfoods to Reduce Belly Fat

Top 10 Superfoods to Reduce Belly Fat | zestful living | Scoop.it
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You know that what you eat, digest, and absorb affects every aspect of who you are. Therefor it's just commonsense, that the foods you're putting in your mouth are causing your fat issues. That and perhaps not exercising, moving your body daily.

 

Health Tips: Certain foods will help you lose your belly fat. Did you know that consuming  foods rich in healthy fat such as nuts will help you lose weight?  Eating foods with a high water content as well as eating beans and lentils  will help you feel full longer.

 

Here's "10 Superfoods to Reduce Belly Fat" from Natural Cures not medicine.

 

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The Best Cancer Fighing Smoothies

The Best Cancer Fighing Smoothies | zestful living | Scoop.it
Cancer is a disease that seems to be on the rise day by day but smoothies (with the right ingredients) can be a great weapon in your cancer fighting arsenal.
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It helps to get an early start on incorporating healthy real whole food into your meals, but it's never too late to begin. Green smoothies are one way to add nourishing powerful foods.

 

Health Tips: Add  healthy fats as in avocado, nuts, chia and flaxseeds;  dark leafy greens, high in chlorophyll which oxygenates and rebuilds your blood; anti-inflammatory herbs and spices as in ginger,  turmeric, and cinnamon;  high antioxidant raw cacao, berries, and other superstars as in coconut water, oil, butter;  essential minerals as in magnesium (dark leafy greens), potassium (avocado), vitamins, A,B,C,E.

 

Here's an information packed article with helpful tips and recipes for: "Delicious Cancer Fighting Smoothies" from HealthyandNaturalWorld.

 

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Problems With The U.S. Food Supply You Need To Know

Problems With The U.S. Food Supply You Need To Know | zestful living | Scoop.it
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You know there's problems with the food in this country - U.S. Unhealthy, toxic ingredients are added to your food without your knowledge. This sentence in the article sums up perfectly what is happening: "The U.S. is one of the few countries that produces and processes food in the way that defies science and common sense". Did you know that only about .14 percent of every dollar you spend at the grocery store goes to farmers? Guess where the other 86% goes?  And you must know by now that processed foods for the most part are composed of very little nutritious food. Are you aware that many foreign countries have banned food manufacturing practices that are commonly used in the U.S? Just look at what the organic French farmer said and you'll better understand the enormity of this issue which affects all of us at some level.

 

Health Tips: Buy real whole food and learn how if you don;t know to prepare it yourself. Take some cooking classes or go online and watch food making videos. There's just no excuse today that stands up to the fact that you are what you eat. If you continue to eat processed fake foods, you will get sick. Of course it's always a choice. Begin today. 

 

Read this highly informative article with videos included and take back your health. "Problems With the U.S. Food Supply You Need to Know" from Buynogmoseeds.com.

 

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10 Nutritional Deficiencies that May Cause Depression

10 Nutritional Deficiencies that May Cause Depression | zestful living | Scoop.it
I’m not sure why more psychiatrists don’t first test for nutritional deficiencies before dispensing Zoloft or Prozac, and especially antipsychotics like Seroquel and Zyprexa. The good ones will send you to get lab work done before upping your meds...
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Are you aware that nutrition affects every aspect of who you are? Your body health, your behaviors, attitudes, moods, emotions are all affected by what you eat, digest, and absorb. So why then don't all healthcare professionals consider nutrition when helping patients/ clients? It's just common sense.The human body is an integrated and whole system.

 

Health tips:  Minerals, vitamins, enzymes, fiber, complex carbs, proteins, and fats plant nutrients, medicinal herbs and spices are what real whole food is. It's okay to take supplements to assist even when eating  totally organic. Vitamin D,  B-12, and other B vitamins as in folate, magnesium, potassium, and chromium which many people are deficient in.

 

Here's an information packed article on "10 Nutritional Deficiencies That May Cause Depression" from World of Psychology by Therese J. Borchard.

 

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What Women Should Eat to Live Longer | NutritionFacts.org

What Women Should Eat to Live Longer | NutritionFacts.org | zestful living | Scoop.it
A competing risks analysis of the Harvard Nurse's Health Study compares the danger of smoking cigarettes to the danger of animal product consumption (cholesterol) and the benefits of plant foods (fiber) to the benefits of exercise.
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Here's one of the longest running studies done on women's health that began in 1976, The Harvard Nurses Health Study. Women submitted questionnaires on their lifestyle, health behaviors, and medical histories. Thirty-five years later the Risk factors for mortality was published with a Competing Risk Analysis allowing for comparing different risks to one another. Interesting results.

 

Health Tips: Watch the short video to find out the results.

 

Here's Dr Michael Greger, NutritionFacts.org video "What Women Should Eat to Live Longer".

 

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Turmeric Curcumin vs. Exercise for Artery Function | NutritionFacts.org

Turmeric Curcumin vs. Exercise for Artery Function | NutritionFacts.org | zestful living | Scoop.it
For those who sit most of the day and are unable to use a standing or treadmill desk or take frequent breaks from sitting should consider the regular ingestion of the spice turmeric to protect endothelial function.
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happy Valentine's day. What are you doing for your heart health today and everyday?  Are you taking a stand for your health asks Dr.Michael Greger, NutritionalFacts.org. Moving throughout your day is your best solution to help your heart and keep the blood flowing. Here's ways: walking, using stand up desks, taking quick breaks, swimming, going to the gym, playing with your kids or pets, cleaning house, jogging, riding a bike 

 

Health Tips: Move and use turmeric in your cooking, smoothies or take curcumin supplements. Eating plant based real foods does make a difference for your heart health.

 

Here's Dr Greger, "Tumeric Curumin vs Exercise for Artery Function".

 

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7 Food Sources for the Nutrients You Most Likely Lack

7 Food Sources for the Nutrients You Most Likely Lack | zestful living | Scoop.it
It's ironic but true. Even though more than two thirds of Americans over the age of 20 are overweight or obese and this percentage is on the rise, at the same
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Even while many people are obese  according to this article "more than two-thirds of North Americans over the age of 20" are obese",  many others are lacking in nutrients needed for the human body to function properly. These nutrients can be obtained easily through eating plant based foods.

 

Health Tips: The electrolyte minerals composed of calcium, magnesium, and potassium are key minerals for your nervous system, your heart, and muscles. Produce is rich in fiber, which helps your blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol, digestion, heart, and reduce cancer. Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K are all essential for your body and plant based foods fit the bill. For vitamin B-12 and D, take a supplement.  Natto, a fermented soy food contains more K2 than any other food source for strong bones.. In place of dairy foods, which can cause health issues like congestion and skin conditions,  eat leafy greens, almonds, dried figs, and other plant based foods.

 

Here's "7 Food Sources for the Nutrients You Most Likely lack" from Greenliving by Networx.com and Laura Firszt.

 

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Top 20 Most Under-Rated Healing Herbs You Need To Know About

Top 20 Most Under-Rated Healing Herbs You Need To Know About | zestful living | Scoop.it
Share this post... When you think of cooking, what herbs come to mind? Rosemary, Basil, Oregano, Peppermint, and Sage? Perhaps Lavender, Thyme, and Tarragon make your list as well. There is a long list of common kitchen herbs which are staples in the lives of most natural living enthusiasts. We grow them for their medicinal properties or to use as flavoring in our favorite dishes.… [read more]
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Herbs are Mother Nature's proprietary medicine. There are many common herbs which you may be using such as rosemary and sage which aid memory, peppermint and lavender which aid digestion, and others. However there are also many lesser known botanicals which also have healing benefits.

 

Health Tips:  You can grow your own herbs or purchase from reputable herbalists local or online. Having a herb garden allows you to have at your fingertips your own medicinals. Be knowledgeable about considerations for use as some people with certain health conditions would do well to avoid certain herbs. You might be familiar with cilantro, known for detoxing. .  Did you know that cilantro leaves come from the herb coriander?

 

Here's a very comprehensive list of "Top 20 Most Under Rated Herbs You Need to Know About" from Natural Living Ideas by Janice Taylor.

 

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7 Myths About Omega Fatty Acids

7 Myths About Omega Fatty Acids | zestful living | Scoop.it
Discover the most common myths about Omega fatty acids--by best-selling author of THE PROBIOTIC PROMISE & 60 SECONDS TO SLIM, Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM.
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In case you didn't already know here's the skinny on all things related to omega fatty acids. There's omega 3s, 6s, 7s, and 9s. Basically omega 3s are anti-inflammatory and good for your health. omega 6s are pro-inflammatory, (caveat - organic sesame and peanut oil can be used sparingly as they contain beneficial alpha linoleum acid (ALA). Omega 7s which are healthy are mainly found in sea buckthorn berries and oil. Omega 9s are high in olives and olive oil which are anti-inflammatory.

 

It's best to cut back on omega 6s which are often found in processed foods. Excess omega 6 has been shown to interfere with the production of hormone like substances called prostaglandins that help control blood pressure and modulate inflammation. These oils are pro-inflammatory: vegetable oils as in corn, soybean, canola, safflower, cottonseed, and peanut oil. Refined foods are pro-inflammatory and these vegetable oils are also found in crackers, cookies, and other snack foods.

 

Health Tips: Improve your ratio of omega 3, 6, 9s by eating real foods high in omega 3s. Nuts and seeds, raw and/or organic such as walnuts, flax and hemp seeds are good choices. Use small amounts of unrefined and/or organic healthy oils. Never heat any oil to its smoking point because it is carcinogenic and toxic and causes inflammation. Refrigerate delicate omega 3 oils (seed oils).

 

Here's all you need to know about omega fats: "7 Myths About Omega Fatty Acids" from Greenliving by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

 

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10 Reasons to Eat More Carrots

10 Reasons to Eat More Carrots | zestful living | Scoop.it
Carrots are more than a tasty addition to soups, salads and juices. They are also good for your body’s overall health, especially that of the skin, eyes,
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Are you eating carrots? Carrots and other beta-carotene veggies with bright vivid colors are known to be cancer  fighters. Your body converts beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant to vitamin A.

 

Health Tips:  Did you know that beta-carotene can't get into your body unless it's combined with a little fat? Eat carrots and other vivid produce with avocados, nut butters, coconut/olive, and other healthy oils. Cook your carrots to get the most benefit from the high fiber content. Cooking helps break down the fiber to allow beta-carotene to be released. Steaming is best way to cook carrots. You can still eat raw or juiced carrots. Save the pulp from juicing and create delicious dehydrated raw treats for your family.

 

Here's an information packed post on nutritional benefits of eating more carrots. "10 Amazing Health Benefits of Carrots".from Greenliving by Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati 

 

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Amazing Facts About Vitamin E - Natural Health Zone

Amazing Facts About Vitamin E - Natural Health Zone | zestful living | Scoop.it
Vitamin E is the collective name for what is actually a group of fat-soluble compounds that take eight naturally existing chemical forms; namely, alpha-tocopherol, beta-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, alpha-tocotrienol, beta-tocotrienol, gamma-tocotrienol, and delta-tocotrienol.
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Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant consists of a group of fat-soluble compounds (8) all ending in "tocopherol". Vitamin E protects your eye health, reduces inflammation in arteries, may protect against Alzheimer's disease when taken with vitamin C,  and protects against prostrate cancers.

 

Health Tips:  These plant based foods are good sources of vitamin E: almonds, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, leafy greens, olive oil, sesame seed oil, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkins, papaya, and others in lesser amounts.

 

  Here's a neat info graphic and list of food sources of vitamin E.

"Amazing facts about vitamin E" from Naturalhealthzone.org.

 

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9 Reasons You Should Eat Cabbage » EcoWatch

9 Reasons You Should Eat Cabbage » EcoWatch | zestful living | Scoop.it
If you want beautiful glowing skin, and an immune system powerful enough to fight off just about anything
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Are you eating cabbage, one of the most beneficial cruciferous family of veggies? Cabbage and other crucifers have compounds that help protect cartilage and also block joint pain the same way that drugs do, without drugs side effects. Crucifers also have powerful anticancer properties as do alliums and dark green veggies. Cabbage which is high in vitamin C, sulphur,  and contains glutamine, an amino acid  that boosts stomach circulation and accelerates ulcer healing properties. And crucifers are potent plant based foods for reducing inflammation.

 

Health Tips:  Cabbage can be eaten raw as in a slaw, can be fermented for even more nutrition, can be steamed, boiled, and roasted. Roasted root veggies of which cabbage is one make a scrumptious meal. Roast at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes  (depending on your oven) with cut up beets, cauliflower, carrots, sweet potatoes/yams, parsnips, broccoli, and add onion and garlic.  Pour in 1/2 cup or so of filtered water and top with nutritional yeast. You can add a veggie pattie, or tempeh if desired to last part of roasting.

 

Here's an information packed post on "9 Reasons You Should Eat Cabbage" from Ecowatch by Diana Herrington.

 

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11 Ways To Create Flavor Without Gluten, Dairy, Sugar Or Soy

11 Ways To Create Flavor Without Gluten, Dairy, Sugar Or Soy | zestful living | Scoop.it
Toxins, stress, infections, poor diet and eating processed foods can lead to something called a "leaky gut," a condition in which cells in the gut react to foods, chemicals and toxins in such a way
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Are you someone who is suffering with "leaky gut"? Leaky gut is, a condition which causes cells in your gut to react to foods, toxins, and chemicals in a way that causes a break in the intestinal lining to allow small particles of food to enter your bloodstream triggering an immune response which causes food sensitivities and inflammation. Yo may be sensitive to these types of food:  processed fake foods, sugar, gluten, dairy, soy, and alcohol. Even people who don't have "Leaky gut" would be wise to avoid or reduce these types of food from their meals. There are plenty of healthier foods to eat which can liven up your meals and keep you with a robust gut.

 

Health tips:  Use organic herbs and spices when you cook. Cinnamon livens up your desserts and helps with blood sugar issues. Ginger adds amazing taste  when grated into foods and aids your digestion. Ginger and cinnamon work well together. Cayenne wakes up your taste buds and gives a special oomph to chocolate treats. Just a little of any herb/spice  is all you need for immense flavor. Consider using organic seed oils mixed with vinegars as dressings for salads or to pour over roasted veggies. Use homemade or organic hummus for salads. Use chia, hemp, and flax seed for thickeners in your dishes and reap the benefits of omega 3-6-9 fatty acids. . Did you know that citrus fruits and zest can add zing to your salads, side dishes, and desserts? Use organic raw dates in place of refined sugar for all your sweets. Cinnamon, carob, and coconut butter offer a hint of sweetness too. Use avocado in place of dairy for creaminess in smoothies, puddings, salads, and desserts.

 

Here's an interesting article on "11 Ways to Create Flavor without Gluten, Dairy, Sugar or Soy" from MindBodyGreen.org by Amy Valpone.

 

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