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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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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
Sandi Cornez's insight:

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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12 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency (and How to Get More)

12 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency (and How to Get More) | zestful living | Scoop.it
Millions of Americans are Vitamin D deficient and they don't even know it. So if you notice any of these signs, get your levels checked.
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Did you know that not taking enough vitamin D can cause health problems? Vitamin D influences about 3,000 genes out of around 30,000 in your body. And that’s one of the main reasons it affects many diseases such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, and others. This information comes from Dr. Mercola.

 

Vitamin D is really a hormone which you get from sun exposure, foods you consume, and supplementation. The term refers to either vitamin D2 or D3, but D3 (chemical name 25-hydroxy vitamin D) is real vitamin D—it's the same substance produced naturally through your skin by sun exposure.

 

Quite a number of well tested and confirmed studies have linked vitamin D deficiency to cancer. Researchers agree that increasing levels of vitamin D could prevent other chronic diseases that kill almost one million people in the world annually.

 

Other studies show that 60% of people with type 2 diabetes have vitamin D deficiency. Different studies show low levels in the elderly, children, and women. African Americans and other dark skinned people and people living in northern latitudes make less vitamin D.

 

Health Tips: The best way to get your vitamin D is through sun exposure. Years of misinformation from many health professionals and the media have led to most people staying out of the sun and slathering on sunscreens (the majority have mostly toxic ingredients). Go to the United States Naval Observatory site where there is a video which provides practical guidelines on how to use natural sun exposure to optimize your vitamin D benefits. You want to get tanned, not sunburned. 

 

There are two types of rays. Watch the video. One type will give vitamin D (the UVB rays) and exposure to the other (UVA rays) will give you cancer. When the UVB rays are not present during the year in your area, take vitamin D supplementation. Between 10 am and 2 pm is an ideal time to be outside on a sunny day.

 

You need to take whatever dosage is required to obtain a therapeutic level of vitamin D in your blood. Your blood serum level is the important piece, not the dosage. Dr Mercola recommends this site www.grassrootshealth.net which has done the research and determined the average dose of oral vitamin D that most adults need to reach 40 ng/ml. (nanograms per millilmeter) The 40 ng/lm is still below the updated 50-70 ng/lm so you may need more than the number calculated (8,000 I.U.) Remember this number is for most adults, not everyone may fit in this category. Check with your healthcare professional. 

 

GrassRootsHealth site will mail you a test kit if you agree to pay for the test and you don’t need to go to a blood drawing lab. It’s a finger prick. 

 

Getting the correct test is the key. “There are TWO vitamin D tests currently being offered: 1,25(OH)D, and 25(OH)D. The correct test your doctor needs to order is 25(OH)D, also called 25-hydroxyvitamin D, which is the better marker of overall D status. This is the marker that is most strongly associated with overall health. Next, the "normal" 25-hydroxyvitamin D lab range is 20-56 ng/ml. This conventional range is really a sign of deficiency, and is too broad to be ideal. In fact, your vitamin D level should never be below 32 ng/ml, and any levels below 20 ng/ml are considered serious deficiency states”. This information comes from Dr Mercola.

 

Vitamin D3, not vitamin D2 for your oral supplementation. MyKind Organics has a very good vegan D3 liquid without animal based lanolin.

 

Read more about “12 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency (and How to Get More) from www.eatlocalgrown.com 

 

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Americans could prevent roughly half of all cancer deaths by doing these four things

Americans could prevent roughly half of all cancer deaths by doing these four things | zestful living | Scoop.it
Many cancer cases and deaths among white Americans could be prevented if they quit smoking, avoided heavy drinking, maintained a relatively low BMI and got enough exercise.
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Did you know that plant based real whole foods are the best cancer fighting food you can consume? Cancer thrives in an acidic environment. Greens, veggies, and fruits contain beneficial alkaline minerals: magnesium, calcium.  Most of the byproducts of metabolism in our bodies are acidic. Consuming alkaline foods helps counteract this acidity. Without minerals, vitamins have no function. They need each other to work properly.

 

People who eat food rich in plan based whole food have lower rates of cancer.

 

Health Tips:  Herbs and spices are rich sources of antioxidants and plant nutrients that can inhibit carcinogen formation and activation and demonstrate anti-tumor activity. Specific herbs and spices have been studied for their protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects: garlic, chives, onions, parsley, rosemary,thyme, watercress, horseradish, dill, bay leaves, turmeric, and tea.

 

The Brassicas or cruciferous veggies are known cancer fighters: broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collards, Brussels sprouts, watercress, radish, and others in the family. Specific foods have been shown to be cancer protective: apples, black beans, cranberries, black pepper, Ceylon cinnamon, chili peppers, cacao, flaxseed, greens, Indian gooseberry, licorice (small amounts with no sugar), mushrooms, nori seaweed, nuts, especially walnuts, red rice. sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turmeric.

 

Choose produce that has been allowed to ripen on the vine and is grown locally so that the plant’s production of antioxidants and phytonutrients will be maximized. Adopt healthy lifestyle habits, exercise every day, get 7-9 hours sleep every night, practice mindfulness, meditation, qigong, or tai chi, yoga.

 

Consumption of animal based foods has been shown to increase risk of cancer. Research has shown an association between increased risk of cancer and the consumption of these foods: cooked meats, cows milk, eggs and cheese, farm raised catfish, smoked fish, poultry, vapors from cooking meat.  Certain tumors thrive in an anti-inflammatory setting. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger, www.nutritionfacts.org 

 

Other exposures come from chemicals in food such as acrylamide in French fries, GMOs, industrial pollutants, fluoride, alcohol, nicotine, chemicals in some mouthwashes, red dye #3, Statin drugs, Yerba mate. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger, www.nutritionfacts.org

 

Read more about “Americans Could Prevent roughly Half of all Cancer Deaths by Doing These Four Things” from www.latimes.com byMelissa Healy. 

 

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How Walnuts Alter Your Gut Microbiome For The Best

How Walnuts Alter Your Gut Microbiome For The Best | zestful living | Scoop.it
"Our results show for the first time that walnut consumption may reduce colon tumor development," said Principal Investigator Dr. Daniel W
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Did you know that walnuts, high in monounsaturated fat contribute to heart health as a top plant source for omega 3 fatty acids? Walnuts contain some omega 3s in the form of ALA. Omega 3 fats thin your blood so it can flow freely and prevent dangerous clots from forming. as omega 3s are anti-inflammatory, they protect blood vessels from becoming inflamed. This inflammation usually triggers artery disease.

 

Walnuts boost your mood because of their healthy fat. They also help your brain. Walnuts contain vitamin B6 and E, two vitamins which support a healthy nervous system, clear memory, and focused thinking. Walnuts and almonds are very rich in vitamin E. A Mayo clinic study found that women who received extra vitamin E had a decrease in hot flashes. Nuts are one of the few whole food sources rich in E.   A third of a cup of walnuts provides 40% of your daily needs of vitamin E.

 

Health Tips: Eat a few handfuls of walnuts daily to get all the healthy benefits of walnuts. A quarter cup of walnuts provides about the same omega 3s as a three ounce piece of salmon. Do both your body and salmon a favor and consume the healthy nuts. Let the bears eat the salmon.

 

Read more about “How-Walnuts-Alter-your-gut-microbiome-for-the-best.html by www.naturalblaze.com 

 

This article (How Walnuts Alter Your Gut Microbiome For the Best) appeared first at Natural Blaze and may be republished with attribution.

 

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Top 17 Vegan Sources Of Omega 3 Fatty Acids | Care2 Healthy Living

Top 17 Vegan Sources Of Omega 3 Fatty Acids | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Discover the best plant-based sources of Omega 3s--from best-selling author of THE PROBIOTIC PROMISE & 60 SECONDS TO SLIM, Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, DNM.
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Did you know you can get all the omega 3 essential fatty acids your body needs from real whole plant sources without worrying about taking fish oils and pollutants/mercury toxicity  Fish don't produce omega 3s. They get it from sea veggies.

 

Your body requires omega 3s. It is recommended that you get your omega 3s from EPA/DHA (long-chain) and ALA (short chain).  Wonder how fish and fish oil became such a huge multibillion dollar business? In part because the American Heart Association recommended them to individuals with a high risk for heart disease and told them to ask their physicians about omega 3 fish oil supplementation.

 

However the science doesn't support this recommendation. According to Dr Michael Greger, www.nutritionfacts.org in his new book, "How Not to Die, Dr Greger reports that a "systematic review and meta-analysis study published in the Journal of the American Medical association poked at all the best randomized,clinical trials evaluating the effects of omega 3 fats on life span, cardiac death, sudden death, heart attack, and stroke".

 

"These included studies not only on fish oil supplements but also studies on the effects of advising people to eat more oily fish". Here's what they found. "Overall, the researchers found no protective benefit for overall mortality, heart disease mortality, sudden cardiac death mortality, heart attack, or stroke". And for an individual who already had a heart attack and wants to prevent another one, no benefit was found.

 

And the idea that omega 3 fats in fish  and fish oil supplements being good for you originated with a "notion that Eskimos were protected from heart disease". But, that appears to be a  complex myth, says Dr Greger. There were some early studies that looked promising and then some later studies that disagreed because the three thousand men in the study had a higher risk of cardiac death- DART studies in the 1980s.

 

"The conclusion after putting all the studies together, researchers concluded that there was no longer any justification for the use of omega 3s in everyday clinical practice". "The director of Lipids (fats) and Metabolism at Mount Sinai's cardiovascular institute said, given this and other negative meta-analyses, our job (as doctors) should be to stop highly marketed fish oil supplementation to all our patients".

 

If your doctor isn't aware of this information, direct him to Dr Greger's book, "How Not to Die", page 29. Dr Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. He proudly serves as the director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

 

Health Tips: Flaxseeds (ground) are on the top of the list for omega 3 plant sources of omega 3s. Flaxseeds are rich in ALA, which your body converts to EPA and DHA. Chia/hemp seeds, walnuts, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach, green beans, and strawberries are some top plant sourced omega 3s.

 

Blue-green algae, sometimes known as AFA is a super source of EPA/DHA as well as sixty-five vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. You can purchase online or through a vegan/nutrition oriented doctor.

 

Read more about "Top 17 Vegan Sources of Omega 3 Fatty Acids" from www.cae2.com by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

 

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Daily Ginger Reduces Risk of Both Hypertension and Heart Disease

Daily Ginger Reduces Risk of Both Hypertension and Heart Disease | zestful living | Scoop.it
The new study adds to an ever growing body of science supporting the potential health benefits of ginger. Researchers have noted the precise mechanism.
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Did you know that ginger is the most widely available and widely used herbal remedy on our planet?  Ginger is used by billions of people for food and medicine.

 

Ginger has played an important role in Asian medicine for thousands of years. It has traditionally been used to calm nausea,  to stimulate the appetite, and for migraine headaches.

 

Ginger is an inexpensive, effective, and mostly universal  available remedy for inflammation and pain.  Are you aware that just one-eiighth of a teaspoon of powdered ginger worked just as well and as fast as a top selling billion dollar drug for the treatment of migraine?

 

 The ginger caused one side effect, an upset stomach in about one out of twenty-five people according to Dr Michael Greger, in his book  "How Not to Die". "The people on the drug reported dizziness, a sedative effect, vertigo, and heartburn". Plus ginger is so inexpensive compared to costly drugs.

 

With herbs, you only need to take small amounts to get real health benefits. Taking too much can cause adverse effects. One-eighth of a teaspoon of ginger powder three times a day also helps drop the pain level for menstrual cramps. And ginger can reduce the amount of menstrual bleeding.

 

Ginger also helps with allergies, asthma, arthritis, bursitis, fibrocystic breasts, atherosclerosis, high cholesterol, cancer indigestion, morning sickness, motion sickness, nausea, vomiting, colds, influenza, strep throat, parasitic infection, and seizure disorders. For a major illness, please consult with your healthcare professional before taking ginger or any herb or drug.

 

Ginger can increase the potency of prescription medications used to prevent blood clots, such as aspirin, Plavix, warfarin (Coumadin), and others. Combing ginger with these meds could result in unexpected bleeding. If you take any medicine to induce sleep, check with your doctor first before taking ginger.

 

Ginger is safe for pregnant women. However don't take more than about four teaspoons of freshly grated ginger root.

 

Health Tips  Use organic powdered ginger or raw ginger root daily in your food/recipes. Ginger adds a healthy kick to whatever you're preparing. Ginger lemon tea using fresh ginger and lemon is comforting to drink when a bout of upset tummy occurs.

 

Read more about "Daily Ginger Reduces Risk of Both Hypertension and Heart Disease" from www.naturalblaze.com by Dave Mihalovic.

 

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10 Chocolate Ice Cream Recipes That Are Rich, Creamy, and Dairy-Free

10 Chocolate Ice Cream Recipes That Are Rich, Creamy, and Dairy-Free | zestful living | Scoop.it
Get ready to bookmark every single one of these 10 rich, creamy, and dairy-free chocolate ice cream recipes.
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Did you know that today is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day? So go ahead and enjoy delicious cooling plant based real whole food ice cream without the dairy baggage. It's June, summer is around the corner and boy is it hot already.

 

Health Tips: A simple recipe is to freeze banana slices in a container. Let thaw a bit and put in vitamix/heavy duty blender with either the thick cream from a can of cold coconut milk or an avocado. Add raw carob or raw cacao, some frozen or fresh berries.

 

Choose ice cream or high setting and blend, using your tamper to push down the banana slices. Pour into a container and freeze for a few hours. Scoop out and enjoy. You can add raw sliced nuts, cacao nibs, or more berries. No cane sugar or healthier alternative is needed as the bananas and berries are sweet enough.

 

Some of these recipes do use cane sugar and/or powdered sugar. Your choice, but if you are avoiding sugar, then swap out for 5-10 drops of liquid organic Stevia or a few Tablespoons of grade B maple syrup. Taste to your liking. Stevia is 300 times sweeter than sugar so very little is needed.

 

Read more about "10 Chocolate Ice Cream Recipes That Are Rich, Creamy, and Dairy-Free" from www.onegreenplanet.org by Goji Berry, Chief Happiness Officer, One Green Planet.

 

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Dairy is So Yesterday. Step into the Future With These 20 Cheese Recipes That are Dairy-Free

Dairy is So Yesterday. Step into the Future With These 20 Cheese Recipes That are Dairy-Free | zestful living | Scoop.it
Step into the future with these cheese recipes that are dairy-free and amazing.
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Did you know you can have your cheese and eat it too with plant based real whole food? Ditch yesterdays dairy with its hormone baggage. Harvard University nutrition experts are vey concerned that the hormones in dairy products and other growth factors may stimulate the growth of hormone-sensitive tumors.

 

"A 2015 meta-analysis found that high intakes of dairy products-milk, low-fat milk, and cheese, but not non dairy sources of calcium-appear to increase total prostrate cancer risk" from Dr Michael Greger's new book "How Not to Die". Pollutants and pesticides are also a concern in animal based food. Dr Greger says that best way to minimize your exposure to industrialized toxins is to eat as low as possible on the food chain, which equates to a plant based plan.

 

Health Tips:  Today everyone can purchase or make your own delicious and nutritious plant based cheese. From creamy spreadable cheese, melty cheese, to rich cheese sauces, the recipes are endless.

 

Plant based cheeses can be made from nuts, seeds, and even veggies. So what are you waiting for, get your cheese on now!

 

Read more about "Dairy is so Yesterday, Step Into the Future With These 20 Cheese Recipes That Are Dairy-Free" from www.onegreenplanet.org by Goji Berry, Chief Happiness Officer, One Green Planet.

 

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The 21 Best Low-Carb Vegetables

The 21 Best Low-Carb Vegetables | zestful living | Scoop.it
Vegetables are a very important food group on a low-carb diet. Here are 21 healthy and delicious vegetables that are low in carbs.
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Did you know that complex carbs i.e. greens, veggies, fruit, nuts, seeds, and legumes, are  beneficial for your body? Complex carbs are digested slowly and release their sugars into your bloodstream at a slow, steady pace because their fiber is intact.

 

The carbs you have been told to reduce and/or eliminate are the simple , quickie carbs which have the fiber stripped from them. These are the highly refined processed food and sugars which cause your blood glucose to swing wildly. These foods create a sugar rush followed by a sugar crash. These foods harm your gut and your brain.

 

Health Tips: Even though many people refer to avocados and tomatoes as veggies, they are fruits. Mushrooms are technically referred to as fungi, not veggies. Zucchini and cucumbers are also classed as low sugar fruits.

 

It's a really good idea for your body to not mix veggies and fruits together in a recipe. Have your fruit with some protein/healthy fats such as an apple and some nut/seeds and then at another meal eat your greens, veggies , legumes with plant based protein and healthy fats.

 

Read more about "The 21 Best Low-Carb Vegetables" from www.authoritynutrition.com by Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE.

 

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Amazing Health Benefits Of Pineapple - Herbs Info

Amazing Health Benefits Of Pineapple - Herbs Info | zestful living | Scoop.it
The pineapple is native to southern Brazil and Paraguay, the modern fruit having been developed by native peoples from an almost inedible wild species. The most significant nutritional elements of pineapple are high quantities of vitamin C, manganese and the enzyme bromelain. Click the link to learn more!
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Did you know that bromelain, a protein digesting enzyme is extracted from the stem and fruit of the pineapple plant? Bromelain is best known as a digestive aid and for its anti-inflammatory effects after traumatic injuries and surgery.

 

Bromelain helps the digestion of proteins, stops blood clot formations, and has antiviral properties. It has been used to treat heart disease, arthritis, upper respiratory tract infection. It's also used to promote the healing of wounds caused by burns.

 

Health tips: Check with your health care provider for more information on taking bromelian for your individual health issues. Some people are allergic to pineapple and will experience skin reactions or bouts of asthma.

 

Pineapples are usually very sweet so eating a few slices a day would be fine. You can add pineapple with one banana and some coconut milk to create DIY plant based ice cream. Buy organic as pineapples are heavily sprayed.

 

Read more about "Amazing Health Benefits of Pineapple" from www.heerbs-info.com 

 

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7 Delicious Things to Do With Non-Dairy Milk You Haven’t Tried Yet

7 Delicious Things to Do With Non-Dairy Milk You Haven’t Tried Yet | zestful living | Scoop.it
Try these delicious ways to use non-dairy milk that perhaps you haven't considered yet.
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Did you know that plant based dairy free milks are healthier, more nutritious, delicious, and kinder to the planet? Today there  are so many different nut milks to choose from to either purchase or DIY.

 

Some plant based milks like hemp are rich in many nutrients -vitamins, minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium,, riboflavin, phosphorus,  omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, amino acids, iron, and zinc. Animal based milk comes with excessive animal hormones and separation of mother cow and her calf.

 

Health Tips:  Besides using nut milk as a beverage, are you aware there are scads of other fun ways to incorporate plant based milks in your daily life?  Ever run out of nut milk and need it for a recipe? Here's a simple easy way to make more. Use filtered water and a tablespoon or two of organic homemade or store bought nut butter with no added sugar. Add to your vita mix or blender and it's ready for your recipe.

 

Read more about "7 Delicious Things to do With Non-Dairy Milk You Haven't tried Yet" from www.onegreenplanet.org by Heather McClees.

 

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12 Natural Antibiotics That Our Ancestors Used Instead of Pills

12 Natural Antibiotics That Our Ancestors Used Instead of Pills | zestful living | Scoop.it
Over the last several decades, over-use of antibiotics has reached a
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Did you know that over use of antibiotics in the U.S. has created a serious drug resistant and superbugs problem?  Antibiotic residues can end up in the meat you eat. Years ago long before the pharmaceutical industry became powerful, people used natural holistic plants from nature to heal their bodies.

 

When you take a round of antibiotics, you lose much of your healthy bacteria. It's recommended for you to take probiotics when you take antibiotics to replace the lost good bacteria. Also eat fibrous food rich in prebiotics. Foods rich in fiber help to populate beneficial bacteria in your gut for support for your immune and gastrointestinal functions.

 

Health tips:  Eat plant based food rich in sulphur like garlic, onion, and cabbage.. Sulphur containing foods support your liver in its production of glutathione, the master antioxidant. which is in every cell of your body and which neutralizes free radicals to reduce inflammation.

 

Prebiotic rich foods are found in asparagus, leeks, cruciferous veggies  and some root veggies. Fermented foods contain probiotics. Eating more greens, veggies and fruits and exercising often can boost your immune system to  help you fight off respiratory infections like the common cold. "

 

Continuing to consume plant based foods can help prevent you from becoming another food poisoning statistic by reducing your exposure to some of the deadliest food borne pathogens". Dr Michael Greger, "How Not to Die".

 

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Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water | zestful living | Scoop.it
Lemon water is simply the juice from lemons mixed with water. Lemon water is a source of plant compounds called flavonoids. Many have antioxidant properties
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Did you know that lemon juice which contains the antioxidant vitamin C helps to keep your fruit salads from turing brown?

However, there are many myths about lemons and the supposed health benefits of drinking water with lemon which this article discusses.

 

Here's something you may not know.  Lemons have more sugar than oranges according to Dr Brian Clement, Hippocrates Health Institute. One half lemon in a quart of filtered water is fine for healthy people.

 

Health Tips:  If you're just starting to drink more water and don't care for the taste, you can add a small slice of lemon or lime to your large glass of filtered water or add in a few drops of liquid Stevia. 

 

Eating organic nutrient dense plant based real whole foods paired with seeds/nuts, sprouts, cruciferous veggies, green salads, and a small piece of fruit will give your body what it needs to thrive and you will look, feel, and be better at any age.

 

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9 Easy Steps To A Healthier, Happier Gut: A GI Doctor Shares

9 Easy Steps To A Healthier, Happier Gut: A GI Doctor Shares | zestful living | Scoop.it
The biggest factor in digestive health is what you eat. But don’t worry, you don’t have to completely adjust your diet to see better digestion. Here are nine easy steps I recommend for a healthier, happier gut.
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Did you know that what you eat, digest, absorb, assimilate, and eliminate affects your mood, behavior, digestion, your gut flora (bacteria), immune system, brain i.e your whole body? Your body is composed of a unit, not separate parts.

 

Your body usually manifests symptoms; a rash, a burning sensation in your chest area, stomach cramps, constipation, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, brain fog, and many other health problems. Symptoms are your body’s way to alert you something is wrong and needs a correction. When you focus on just the symptom instead of the underlying cause, you basically are running in circles while your body is adding more symptoms, and the health problem gets worse. Bottom line: listen to your body and take immediate action.

 

Health tips: One way besides going to your healthcare professional is to take stock of what you’re consuming daily. You’ve learned that certain foods harm your body when taken in excess. Are you eating sugary, chemical laden, processed non fiber food? Are you drinking your calories with fruit juices, sodas, caffeinated chemically created beverages? Are you eating more animal based and very little plant based foods? 

 

Sprouts, dark leafy greens, cruciferous veggies, alliums (garlic/onion family), blue-green algae, chlorella, herbs/spices, healthy fats (avocados, nuts, flaxseeds, chia/hemp, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, coconut, c.gold, olive oil), legumes/pulses (beans, lentils, split peas) raw carob, raw cacao, ancient seed grains (quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat, teff) are good choices for you to consider adding or increasing in your meal plans. These are the fiber rich foods which your body and the bacteria which inhabit your gut crave. Remember when your bacteria is healthy, so are you and when its sick, you are too.

 

How about your lifestyle habits, are you burning the candle at both ends? Sleeping 7-9 hours a night isn’t really that difficult when your focus is concentrated because you’re consuming more complex carbs and plant based protein. Are you exercising in short bursts with high intensity, like Tabata and others? Walking is still one of the best movements you can do. Swimming, dancing, jogging, biking anyone? Also try qi gong, tai chi, yoga - helps with focus and more.

 

Read more about “9 easy Steps to a Healthier, Happier Gut: A G.I. Doctor Shares” from www.mindbodygreen.com  by Dr Kenneth Brown.

 

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Co-op Veggies You’ve Never Seen Before And How To Cook Them

Co-op Veggies You’ve Never Seen Before And How To Cook Them | zestful living | Scoop.it
Your favorite co-op veggies explained!
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Did you know there are many different and unique kinds of veggies that your market may or may not carry that are healthy and good for you? It’s best to eat a widely varied assortment of produce every day or at least every week known as the rainbow.

 

Greens, veggies, and fruits contain anti-inflammatory plant nutrients providing your body with the enzymes, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and fiber it requires. Consuming more raw and living foods makes it easier for your body to digest, assimilate, and eliminate, giving your body more energy. This, in turn, helps your body to cleanse, heal, and repair itself so you feel more energized and healthy.

 

Why is fiber so important? Fiber is the indigestible part of plant foods. Greens, veggies, fruit, sprouts, nuts, and seeds contain the most fiber. fiber acts as a prebiotic catalyst, helping to populate beneficial bacteria in your gut which supports immune and G.I. function.

 

Fiber helps regulate blood sugar by allowing carbs in food to be slowly released into your bloodstream. Fiber helps to lower cholesterol. It also helps keep everything moving through your intestines, which prevents constipation.

 

Health Tips:  You’re going to love this one fact - including lots of filtered water and fiber rich raw and living foods into your meal plan makes it easy to feel full and satiated without eating more food.  A super simple way to lose fat. Make sure you’re moving throughout your day.

 

Prep on the weekend or the night before cut up veggies, fruits, add some nut/seeds to have on hand to munch on when you need to. Try adding a new green, veggie, fruit once a day or week to your meals. Variety is the spice of life.

 

Read more about “Co-op Veggies You’ve Never Seen Before and How to Cook Them” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Jeanette Trabilcy.

 

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Top 11 Science-Based Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Top 11 Science-Based Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds | zestful living | Scoop.it
Pumpkin seeds are loaded with nutrients that can improve health and fight disease. Here are 11 health benefits of pumpkin seeds, backed by science.
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Did you know that pumpkin seeds are nutritional superstars tiny bundles of fiber containing a wide range of nutrients from magnesium to manganese to protein and zinc?  Fruits, vegetables, sprouts, nuts, and seeds contain an abundance of dietary fiber. Pumpkin seeds also contain plant sterols, high fiber, and are anti-inflammatory.

 

Pumpkin seeds are heart healthy, provide immune support as they are a rich source of zinc. Zinc helps your body with cell growth and division, sleep, mood, taste, smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and men’s sexual function.

 

Pumpkin seeds as well as all raw nuts and seeds have an abundance of omega 3 fats. Pumpkin seeds are rich in ALA, which your body converts to EPA/DHA. You need all three.

 

Pumpkin seeds are known to be a good food source for men’s health. Research shows that both pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil are beneficial. Choose organic.

 

Health Tips:  Choose raw seeds to preserve the healthy fat. You can roast if you choose, but in a low setting for 10 or so minutes. Soaking raw seeds is beneficial to remove the phytic acid. You can then sprout, dry in a dehydrator. If you don’t have a dehydrator, use your oven on a very low setting. Best of all pumpkin seeds are delicious.

 

In place of junk carbs with no nutrients, opt for seeds and nuts for healthy snacks. Raw seeds make great additions to your salads, mains, green smoothies.

 

Read more about “11-Benefits-of-Pumpkin-Seeds” from www.authoritynutrition.com by MaryJane Brown, PhD, RD1.

 

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19 Prebiotic Foods That Should Be a Part of a Healthy Diet

19 Prebiotic Foods That Should Be a Part of a Healthy Diet | zestful living | Scoop.it
Prebiotics feed the friendly bacteria in your gut. They are a type of dietary fiber and should not be confused with probiotics. Chicory root, flaxseeds,
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Did you know that prebiotics which are dietary fiber are very important for the healthy bacteria in your gut? Prebiotics are not the same as probiotics. Prebiotics feed the good bacteria and change your micro biome for the better, creating gut diversity.

 

In Paleolithic times scientists have estimated that your ancestors ate about 120 grams/day of fiber. and were always on the move. Today in the U.S.  most people eat about 5 grams/day. And today most people have chronic diseases, cancer, and many have Alzheimer's.

 

Health Tips  Fermented food like kimchi, kefer, kombucha, cultured veggies, sauerkraut, miso  open the door for more gut diversity. They amplify the good bacteria. This affects your brain and reduces inflammation. Your gut bacteria regulate your neurochemistry, metabolism, moods, and weight.

 

Jicama, a Mexican root, leeks, dandelion greens, Jerusalem artichokes, Baobob fruit, garlic, and onions are some prebiotic foods you may want to consider adding to your daily meals. Without fiber, people are basically malnourished i.e. the body doesn't get the nutrients it needs to thrive.

 

When you eat more real whole organic plant based food, your microbial diversity will grow. When the ten thousand strains of bacteria in your gut are fed the food they crave, you will experience better health.

 

Get in the dirt and plant a garden with your children. Get a pet. All bacteria is not your enemy. Avoid antibacterial hand sanitizers. Unless you have a life threatening infection, stop going to the doctor for antibiotics. Use herbal remedies which have worked for thousands of years. Avoid GMOs. Eliminate or drastically reduce your consumption of highly refined processed non food,  and sugar.

 

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10 AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF WATERMELON - Healthy Hubb

10 AMAZING HEALTH BENEFITS OF WATERMELON - Healthy Hubb | zestful living | Scoop.it
    Sticky summer hands rinsed in trickling pools and sprinklers can mean only one thing: watermelon season has arrived! Not only are watermelon slices loaded with flavor and hydration, but they also offer your body bountiful health benefits that will see you skipping throughout the summer. Native to South Africa, these beautifully dense globes of health have travelled the world, rising to popularity as the ultimate summer essential, both for enjoyment and as an investment in wellbeing. Here are some of the intriguing kicks that you’ll get out of your next juicy indulgence: IT IMPROVES CIRCULATION Watermelon flesh and
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Did you know that with summer around the corner it's time for sweet juicy watermelon? Watermelon is an ideal summer food to quench your thirst on a hot day while also giving you fantastic health benefits.

 

Watermelon is rich in lycopene, a carotenoid antioxidant also found in tomatoes, papaya, apricots,  and pink grapefruit. Lycopene may lower the risk of developing prostrate cancer. It also helps lower the blood level of antigen, a protein connected to prostate inflammation. Another study found that people who had the highest blood levels of lycopene were more than 30% less likely to develop atherosclerosis.

 

Watermelon also contains thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid,  magnesium (responsible for over 300 biochemical actions in your body), phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, and betaine. All vitamins and minerals needed by a healthy body.

 

The B vitamins help with mood, especially folate which is most closely associated with mood and depression.Doctors have known that people who suffer from depression have low levels of folate. You want folate, not folic acid which is the synthetic form.

 

Watermelon helps with asthma, prevention, reduction of low blood pressure, regulation of digestion, promoting healthy hair and skin. Watermelon also has a seductive side. It contains citruline, a compound that acts like a low dose of Viagra to stimulate production of arginine.

 

Arginine increases levels of nitric oxide (NO) in your blood and relaxes blood vessels so they can accommodate more blood flow. Boosting NO also also eases high blood pressure and angina. Eat your watermelon down to the rind because that's where  the most citruline is found. Choose yellow watermelon because that has the most citruline.

 

Health Tips:  Eat yellow watermelons rich in citruline as well as pink ones. Eat down to the rind and you can also find recipes to make pickled rind. Make watermelon and other summer fruits your go to healthy snacks/desserts this summer.

 

The more greens, veggies, and fruits you consume, the healthier you will be. Choose organic for more antioxidant power. If you're not eating the skin, you can choose local or conventional produce. You can always ask about spraying at your market.

 

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How We Have Been Tricked Into Thinking Milk Is Good For Us

How We Have Been Tricked Into Thinking Milk Is Good For Us | zestful living | Scoop.it
It's safe to say that World Milk Day (1 June) just hasn't caught on. Despite the efforts of the dairy industry, it seems few people are interested i
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Did you know that the Beverage Guidance Panel which provides "recommendations on the relative health and nutritional benefits and risks of various beverage categories" ranked whole milk in a grouping with beer, with a recommendation for zero ounces a day? 

 

Just so you know the panel consisted of  knowledgeable people such as "Dr Walter Willett, chair of the nutrition department of Harvard University School of Public Health and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical school". The panel was concerned about links between milk and prostrate cancer, as well as aggressive ovarian cancer". This information comes from Dr Michael Greger in his new book, "How Not to Die".

 

Are you aware that people who eat dairy-free, plant based real whole food have been found to have "significantly lower blood levels of pollutants (PCBs) implicated in the development of Parkinson's Disease? A very large meta-analysis study consisting of "three hundred thousand participants estimated that Parkinson's risk may increase 17% for every daily cup of milk consumed". From "How Not to Die", Dr Michael Greger's new book.

 

Milk not only causes suffering for humans, but also to animals, and the environment. Isn't it time you switched to complete plant based sources for your milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, and cream?

 

Health tips:  Beans are good sources of calcium as are dark leafy greens, nuts and seeds, lentils. Lentils are a rich source of bone boosting boron.  Chickpeas, , other beans, almonds, walnuts, veggies like broccoli, fruit - bananas, prunes, figs, raisins, avocado, oranges, red grapes, and pears are rich in boron. Boron works in bone cells to support bone density and helps your body utilize calcium, vitamin D, magnesium, , and other trace minerals that keep your bones healthy.

 

Hemp seeds make a super delicious milk as do almonds, cashews, coconut or any other nut you prefer. Same with plant based cheese as nuts and seeds and even veggies do the trick. In place of oil or butter, in your baking recipes,  you can use almond, coconut butter, or any other nut butter you like. Avocados make wonderful creamy dishes.

 

With plant based ingredients you get a bonus of good health plus essential fiber, healthy fat, vitamins, minerals, protein, and enzymes. Isn't it time to get your plant based real whole food on?

 

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How just ONE course of antibiotics raises the risk of depression

How just ONE course of antibiotics raises the risk of depression | zestful living | Scoop.it
Could antibiotics also be a major cause of Britain’s spiralling epidemics of depression and dementia, as well as other mental disorders such as delirium and anxiety?
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Did you know that antibiotics harm your gut bacteria, brain, and body? They are grossly overused by people in the U.S. and U.K. Antibiotics are good for life threatening infections, but not for every little sickness you have.

 

Bacteria in your gut has been shown to affect not just your digestion, immune system, but your brain and ergo your body as well. Some of the consequences of using/taking too many rounds of antibiotics is getting C.-difficille.

 

Clostridium difficille or C-diff is a huge bacterial threat and according to Dr Michael Greger, " in How Not to Die, C diff infects an estimated quarter-million North Americans yearly and kills thousands at a cost of $1 billion dollars a year. This is no small potatoes.

 

Besides taking antibiotics prescribed by a physician, another way to get C diff is through consuming factory farmed meat. "The CDC found that 42% of packaged meat products sold at three national chain grocery stores sampled contained toxin-producing C diff bacteria". Apparently the U.S. has the highest reported levels of C. diff meat contamination in the world. Not good at all people.

 

C. diff in your body is somewhat sneaky. It lies in wait in your gut until you take an antibiotic that disrupts your normal gut flora reducing your good  healthy bacteria, and then it strikes wreaking havoc with your body. It can cause a range of inflammatory bowel conditions and a life threatening condition, toxic megacolon. From Dr Greger. Cooking does not wipe this bad bug out. And those alcohol based hand sanitizers can't wipe it out either.

 

Health Tips: Opt for a plant based real whole food plan as greens, veggies , herbs, and other plant foods are rich in essential fiber, which your healthy bacteria seem to crave. When your good bacteria are well, then so are you.  Ditch all animal based food/products and help yourself and Planet Earth.

 

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Not Chia or Flax: 5 Other Seeds You Should Include In Your Diet

Not Chia or Flax: 5 Other Seeds You Should Include In Your Diet | zestful living | Scoop.it
Broaden your seed horizons!
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Did you know that seeds and nuts are rich in healthy plant based protein, fats, essential fiber, vitamins and minerals that give you the nutrients your body needs to thrive? Raw seeds and nuts are little bundles of goodness just waiting to be soaked to release all their nutrients.

 

Why soak. Raw seeds and nuts contain phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors which you want to remove before consuming. Phytic acid binds to minerals in your digestive tract, making it impossible for your body to absorb them and physic acid can also lead to mineral deficiencies. Phytic acid initiates the sprouting process, which makes fats and proteins more digestible.

 

Enzyme inhibitors prevent your own enzymes from working properly and breaking down the food you're eating. Soaking seeds and nuts in room temp filtered water helps remove physic acid and neutralize enzyme inhibitors, allowing you to absorb and assimilate all the nutrients.

 

Soak, drain, and use in your recipes. Soaking raw nuts and seeds for a few hours releases the enzyme inhibitors, making them "alive", even if you don't sprout them. Some nuts you keep the soak water, check with your recipe.

 

Health Tips:  Buy organic seeds and nuts as with conventionally grown, you run the risk of irradiation, pesticides, or GMOs.You can make seed and nut milks, seed and nut butters, seed and nut bars, cookies, brownies, and other desserts. You can also make incredibly delicious veggie burgers, nut/seed loaves, pestos, cheese, hummus, or eat them as is. Use only raw nuts/seeds for soaking/sprouting.

 

Read more about Not Chia or Flax: 5 Other Seeds You Should Include in Your Diet" from www.ongreenplanet.org by Jen Unruh.

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5 Facts You Should Know About Pesticides on Fruits and Vegetables

5 Facts You Should Know About Pesticides on Fruits and Vegetables | zestful living | Scoop.it
In the 2016 edition of its Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, EWG breaks down the latest research on pesticide levels on fruits and vegetables and
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Did you know that because of heavy spraying of pesticides and the use of glyphosate on conventionally grown plants, it is  very highly recommended that you buy organic for all your produce? Yes if you're not eating the thick skins of certain veggies and fruit, you can buy local or conventionally grown. However there are some important caveats to that general rule.

 

Pineapples, and papayas are both very heavily sprayed and 95% of conventionally grown corn  and soy are genetically modified or engineered. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently declared glyphosate, Monsanto's herbicide weed killer as a carcinogenic.It is sold in Big Box stores as Round Up Ready. Round Up can remain intact in the soil for years and do massive damage to soil says Jeffrey Smith

 

With glyphosate, the plants don't die when sprayed and the glyphosate travels from the roots into the plant itself. When you and your family eat food that came from a plant sprayed with glyphosate, the bacteria in your gut are affected through a particular pathway in the body. Humans have more bacteria in our body, than we have cells. You are bacteria driven.

 

Dr Stephanie Senoff, research scientist from MIT, Jeffrey Smith,  Institute for Responsible Technology,  Andrew Kimbrell, Public Interest Lawyer for Center for Food Safety, and many others have warned about the dangers of Glyphosate and GMOs for years. It has never been tested, the EPA approved it by listening to Monsanto scientists. Real bright were',t they?

 

Jeffrey said in a talk that EWG (Clean 15, Dirty Dozen) may not test for Round Up, so they're not looking for residues and Bt toxins. Which is why corn gets into their Clean 15 list. He goes on to say that Round Up is antibiotic causing negative bacteria, which affects autism, autoimmune, Parkinson's, sleep, mental health issues, blood sugar, and hunger issues. It's an endocrine disruptor.

 

Health Tips: Certified organic does not allow any GMOs or pesticides. Non-GMO process does require testing, but there could be cross-contamination, especially with corn and soy.

 

At a Farmer's Market, you can ask where did the seeds come from or if berries have been sprayed or not. For your own garden you can purchase organic seeds at the SeedSavers exchange, Heirloom Organic or look online for others.

 

More people are saving organic seeds today as so many of the old seeds have been lost due to Monsanto. You and everyone else who cares needs to take responsibility. This is our heritage. It defines our culture.

 

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5 Superfoods You're Probably Not Eating, But Should Be

5 Superfoods You're Probably Not Eating, But Should Be | zestful living | Scoop.it
Interested in making the most of what you eat? Try including these five superfoods in your diet—moringa, mung beans, aronia, turmeric, maple syrup.
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Happy Memorial Day to my U.S. readers. Observe a moment of silence to those valiant souls who gave their lives to protect yours. 

 

Did you know there are certain plant based real whole foods that are more nutritionally potent for your body's health? You may want to begin adding some of these foods into your daily meal planning.

 

Remember you can never go wrong with dark leafy greens as they  offer the most nutrition of all. Eating greens every day may be the best medicine you can give your body to prolong your life. What's greens secret sauce, you may ask? Chlorophyll., the whole body purifier.

 

Next up is herbs and spices. Are you using the sense of smell to help you choose the most powerful antioxidants by the flavors from the spices?  The flavors are the antioxidants. The more bitter and pungent, the more intense colors and intense flavors is what you want. Think turmeric, cayenne, ginger, cinnamon and others.

 

Last but not least is sprouts, the nutritional bang for your buck. You can sprout in water or soil. When using water, please use filtered water as tap water which contains chlorine, chemical and drug residues will render your sprouts and any food dead. If you only have tap water and your budget doesn't allow for too much expenditure, buy yourself an inexpensive Brita filter, which is far better still than using your tap.

 

Health Tips:  Eat a varied plant based real whole food plan every day. To the above, add your crucifers: broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, bok choy, arugula, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, horseradish, mustard greens, radishes, turnip greens, and watercress. Cruciferous veggies are amazing cancer fighters.

 

Also add nuts/seeds, especially flaxseeds as well as root veggies: beets, sweet potatoes, and carrots. Also add berries, apples, pears an any other fruit you like. Just eat more of the greens and veggies than the fruits. You can add low sugar fruits: tomatoes, cucumber, zucchini. And of course healthy fats like avocados, nuts, and a little of coconut, olive, or camelina oil.

 

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8 Plants With Unexpected Health Benefits

8 Plants With Unexpected Health Benefits | zestful living | Scoop.it
Here are some super-special plants you can eat. These eight foods are just a sampling of how plant-based foods contain unexpected healing powers.
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Did you know that some plant based real whole foods have more special nutrients than others? Every plant offers some nutrition, others offer more. Look for the dark greens, legumes,  nuts, seeds, cruciferous veggies, root veggies, berries, and herbs/spices.

 

Any of the dark leafy green veggies are worth their weight in gold in regards to health benefits. Greens are rich in chlorophyll, which is the whole body purifier. Chlorophyll is what hemoglobin does in the human body.

 

Chlorophyll oxygenates and rebuilds your blood which in turn optimizes your body's ability to absorb nutrients and neutralizes cancer causing free radicals. Chlorophyll also helps to detoxify your body and regulates blood sugar. Greens are also rich in essential fiber.

 

Legumes consisting of beans, peas like chickpeas, and lentils offer your body the second meal effect which helps you feel satiated. It's a good idea to eat some legumes with every meal. Always choose organic for all your plant based foods.Legumes are very nutrient dense foods. You can sprout them and when you do, their antioxidant power doubles, triples, and even quadruples.

 

Health Tips: Besides eating beans and chickpeas in main dishes, you can also add them into healthy desserts. Just use a little grade B maple syrup or a few drops of liquid Stevia. You'll be amazed at the taste and think of the nutrition you're getting. Chocolate bean brownies, chickpea cookies and more.

 

Are you adding protein powder to your smoothies? Why not add sprouted lentils instead? You'll get way more healthy protein than any powder can give you. Or you can add sprouted sunflower or pea shoots. Delicious and so nutritious.The true bang for your nutritional buck.. 

 

In addition to beets (love beets), sweet potatoes are another very healthy root veggie. You can grate them into salads or even into your green smoothies, or steam lightly.

 

Read more about Healthiest Plants to Eat:" from www.rodalewellness.com by Gene Baur.

 

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Nation’s Largest Health Care Organization Wants to Make Plant-Based Diets the New Normal

Nation’s Largest Health Care Organization Wants to Make Plant-Based Diets the New Normal | zestful living | Scoop.it
A Nutritional Update for Physicians was published in the official journal of Kaiser Permanente, the largest managed care organization in the United States. It told physicians that healthy eating may best be achieved with a plant-based diet, defined as a regimen that “encourages whole, plant-based …
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Did you know that Kaiser Permanente wants doctors to recommend a whole foods plant based plan that encourages plant foods and discourages meats, dairy, eggs, and processed refined non food stuff for their patients?  If the country's largest health care organization is behind this healthy eating program, then isn't it time you jumped on the bandwagon too?

 

Health Tips:  Consuming real whole plant based food's one downside is that you're physician may tell you to stop taking your prescription drugs because you won't need them anymore.You might just call that an upside.

 

Read more about "Nation's Largest Health care Organization Wants to Make Plant-Based Diets the New Normal" from www.foodrevolution.org  by Michael Greger, M.D..

 

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Food Revolution: Grow Food At Home

Food Revolution: Grow Food At Home | zestful living | Scoop.it
Growing your own food provides security, greater nutrition, saves money, and is lots of fun.
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Did you know that organic sprouts are the biggest bang for your buck? By growing your own sprouts you can feed you and your family all week. Some sprouted foods have 30% more nutrients than mature plants. Anyone can do this, it's easy and fun to watch your food grow.

 

Here's something you might now know. Sprouts are protection fighting plants. They are rich in oxygen, helping to protect against viruses, bacteria, and abnormal cell growth that can't survive in oxygen rich environments. 

 

Health Tips:  Here's an easy economical way to grow your own food so you never run out. Even if you choose to only sprout greens, you're getting the best nutrition on the planet. Sprouting helps increase the bioavailability of the minerals, protein and fiber of the food. And sprouting helps Planet earth.

 

Sprouts are the best for your digestion and contain over 200 more enzymes than raw veggies and fruits. Enzymes help you to ingest more vitamins, minerals, amino acids (protein), and essential fats from the food you consume.

 

Read more about growing sprouts, dangers of GMOs, urban gardens, and more "Food Revolution: Grow Food at Home" from www.naturalblaze.com by Neenah Payne.

 

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