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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?

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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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Lycopene, the Powerful Nutrient That May Help Prevent Cancer

Lycopene, the Powerful Nutrient That May Help Prevent Cancer | zestful living | Scoop.it
Lycopene is a super star when it comes to good health and cancer prevention. We find it in the news regularly. So what is it? Lycopene is what gives red
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Spring has arrived in the U.S. and in  many other countries. Time to plant your garden and/or purchase delicious tomatoes from health markets, grocery stores. Tomatoes and some other produce are rich in lycopene,  an antioxidant compound that gives produce its bright red color. The more colorful, brighter the pigments of produce, the better for your overall health. Eating foods rich in healthy veggies and fruits protects heathy cells in your body from free radical injury. Lycopene and other antioxidants, vitamin C, and isoflavones block this free radical damage and can prevent carcinogenic changes. 

 

Health Tips: Did you know that if you know how to identify the most nutritious tomatoes in the market, you can triple or quadruple your intake of lycopene? From the fabulous book, "Eating on the Wild side: The missing Link to Optimum Health" by Jo Robinson, health writer, food activist, and investigative journalist, you discover how over the course of four hundred generations, nutrients were eliminated and replaced the once wild fruits and veggies with better-tasting, easy to harvest varieties that are full of starch and sugar, but lack the vitamins, minerals, an polyphenols of the original wild versions. Jo show you how to enhance and retain the nutritional value that remains. Your tip is to choose the darkest red. In fact small dark red tomatoes have the most lycopene per ounce, and they're more sweeter and more flavorful. Did you know that cooked tomatoes are more nutritious than raw? Tomato paste has up to 10 times the lycopene as raw tomatoes. Choose tomato products in glass jars. Tomatoes are acidic and cans have a plastic lining that contains a harmful substance known as (BPA) bispheol A. Don't be fooled by BPA free on some cans. That chemical is also harmful. You can also buy aseptic containers, coated paper containers, which allow food to be stored without refrigeration.

 

Here's "Lycopene, the Powerful Nutrient That May Help Prevent Cancer" from GreenLiving by Diana Herrington.

 

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Power Up with These 10 Plant-Based Protein Snacks

Power Up with These 10 Plant-Based Protein Snacks | zestful living | Scoop.it
Heres a look at some great vegan sources of protein that can serve as midday snacks or be added to healthy meals
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 Are you one of those people that doesn't think  that the amount of plant based protein is enough to fuel your day? This is one of those urban myths. Most people consuming the Western Diet (SAD) eat way more unhealthy food that touts itself as healthy protein. Animal products do contain protein with but with a hefty  price in relation to your health. Many chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, cancer and digestive issues have been linked to animal protein intake. 

 

Health Tips: Protein is needed to maintain lean muscle mass and your body uses plant based proteins just as well as animal based. Protein is comprised of  different combinations of amino acids  Plant foods contain simple  proteins that are easier for your body to break down in order to digest:  greens, sweet potatoes,  pumpkin, green beans, avocado, chickpeas and coconut meat.  

 

Here's "PowerUP with These 10 Plant based Protein Snacks" from Greenliving by Chris Sosa.

 

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How Good Gut Health Can Boost Your Immune System » EcoWatch

How Good Gut Health Can Boost Your Immune System » EcoWatch | zestful living | Scoop.it
Getting your gut bacteria healthy is one of the most important things you can do to get and stay healthy. If your bacteria are sick, so are you! The food we eat
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Did you know that 70-80% of your immune system resides in your gut? Your gut bacteria needs to be healthy to help you fight off sickness, colds, and digestive disorders that are all food related. What you eat, digest, and absorb does indeed affect not only your health but the health of the friendly bacteria that reside in your gut. Since the late 1800's, when food manufacturers developed technology to make refined white flour more accessible to more people, the food you consume has changed dramatically. Refined processes strip away needed fiber and kill off beneficial bacteria. You may not know but your gut bacteria are basically in charge of your health, emotional and mental well-being, Therefore it's essential to feed them healthy real whole food. Prevention is a whole lot easier than suffering with chronic  digestive diseases.

 

Health Tips:  Reduce drastically or avoid completely all processed refined foods and sugars. If this doesn't work for you, then begin with 1 food  item and gradually increase removing fake food ingredients from your regimen. Add pre and probiotics and/or digestive enzymes to repopulate your good bacteria. Eat fermented foods which are natural probiotics. Foods such as cultured unpasteurized veggies, miso, natto, tempeh, water kefirs, kombucha and others. Eat real whole food including healthy omega 3 fats (flax, chia, hemp seeds, nuts and other seeds. Consider reducing or avoiding gluten. Choose organic when possible for all foods to avoid toxic chemicals, additives, emulsifiers, and GMOs. If you're taking drugs be aware of drug muggers. Check online with SuzyCohen.com America's Pharmacist.

 

Here's a comprehensive information packed post on "How Good Gut Bacteria Can Boost Your Immune System" from EcoWatch by Dr Mark Hyman.

 

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15 Junk Foods Disguised as Health Food » EcoWatch

15 Junk Foods Disguised as Health Food » EcoWatch | zestful living | Scoop.it
Modern wheat is less nutritious and has some properties that make it much worse for people who are intolerant to gluten.
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Are you confused as to what ingredient (food)  may be healthy or unhealthy? It's not surprising since there's so much health advice being given that's it hard to know which is which. Let's make this real simple for you.  1. Real whole food doesn't come in a package. box, or bag with an ingredient list  you can't pronounce and is a mile long. Yes apples, oranges, and other fruits sometimes are bagged, but the only ingredient is (name that fruit).  Same with greens and other veggies that are bagged. Real food means that it came from nature, not processed in a lab.  2. Any food that is  highly processed that has the word "refined" on the label. Refined means that the healthy nutrients have been stripped away and replaced with unhealthy fats, sugars, harmful additives, GMOs, and artificial ingredients created in a lab. Unfortunately even products labeled "organic" can have unhealthy ingredients such as cane sugar, agave, and fad new lab created sweeteners like Truvia. Sorry folks. sugar in any form is not healthy. Part of the problem is the addictive aspect of these ingredients whereby you end up eating more and more and cravings set in. 

 

Health Tips:  Buy more produce than any other real food in your grocery store. As much as possible buy in the bulk aisle organic real food as in nuts, seeds, whole grains, herbs and spices, beans, peas, lentils. Get in the habit of making your own (DIY) nut butters, snack bars, and meals. Yes it does take some time. Isn't your health worth it? If your budget allows. look for certified organic, that's 100% organic with no GMOs. Buy healthy fats such as extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil. Stay away from vegetable oils. Remember junk fake food is still the same  unhealthy junk fake food no matter whether it's labeled gluten-free or vegetarian/vegan. If you do consume animal based products, buy grass-fed, organic and do consider reducing your consumption. You'll be helping your body and planet Earth.

 

Here's a comprehensive information packed post on "15 Junk Foods Disguised as Health Food" from EcoWatch by Kris Gunnars Authority Nutrition. 

 

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11 Reasons to Ditch Processed Foods

11 Reasons to Ditch Processed Foods | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Are you on the clean eating bandwagon yet? Regardless of which regimen you choose: Plant based, Mediterranean, Paleo, or another healthy alternative, it's best to reduce or completely ditch processed foods. Did you know that food manufacturers add harmful additives, chemicals, and GMOs to packaged food in addition to adding in more sugars, sodium, and unhealthy oils?  None of this fake food is healthy food even though much of it is marketed as such.

 

Health Tips:  Convenience is fine, however have you ever considered doing it yourself (DIY)? Making your own healthy snacks, healthy fast food, and healthy meals? Don't know how to cook? There's tons of free recipes healthy ones online. Or sign up for cooking classes,  meet some other neat people, and exchange recipes. Cooking's not your thing. Team up with a friend, partner, or learn to make a week's worth of healthy dishes that you like, make them on a weekend, freeze, and eat during the week. At some point you have to be responsible for what you're consuming if you want to be healthy. 

 

Here's "11 Reasons to Ditch Processed Foods" from Rodale News.

 

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1 Daily Teaspoon of This Spice Will Transform Your Life

1 Daily Teaspoon of This Spice Will Transform Your Life | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Cinnamon is one of the most widely used aromatic spices for digestion. Cinnamon is a superstar of antioxidants reducing free radicals which cause inflammation. Have you taken a whiff of cinnamon lately? Your nasal membranes absorb odor molecules. Cinnamon is good for people coping with depression because the aromatized molecules have been shown to trigger the release of antidepressant neurotransmitters. Studies show that cinnamon can help reduce stress as well as depression. Other studies show  cinnamon lowers blood sugar and can keep your brain young and active. Cinnamon is rich in calcium also.

 

Health Tips: Purchase Ceylon cinnamon which is a higher quality cinnamon. Most organic brands are Ceylon cinnamon. Did you know that cinnamon helps you to satisfy your sweet tooth? Sprinkle some on a sliced apple or add to your morning oatmeal, smoothie, or even your tea and coffee. To help with stress, buy

 cinnamon essential oil or simmer a few organic cinnamon sticks in a pan of water and inhale the scent for a few minutes.


Here's an information packed post on "1 Daily Teaspoon of This Spice Will Transform Your Life" from Buynongmoseeds.com


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5 Health Benefits You Never Knew About Organic Food

5 Health Benefits You Never Knew About Organic Food | zestful living | Scoop.it
The term 'Organic Food' conjures up images of alfalfa sprouts, mixed greens, and bland, tasteless vegetables that seem about as appealing as eating dirt. With only a cursory thought, it would seem to be logical to assume that simple, natural foods mi...
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Are you eating organic food or considering switching and not sure just what is organic food? Well it's not all raw, sprouted, or tasteless veggies. Organic is delicious, nutritious real whole food  which does spoil if not used within a week or two.  Be aware that some processed foods are labeled organic. You do have to read labels checking for GMOs unless the package says, "Non-GMO.  Produce (greens, veggies/fruits) are labeled organic and have been proven to have more nutrients than conventional bought produce. Although you're pretty safe with thick skinned produce where the skin isn't consumed. In the bulk aisle, there's a fabulous assortment of whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes (beans, peas, lentils) which are labeled organic and are a better monetary value than the packaged varieties. 

 

Health Tips:  Certain organic food items like chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are easier for your body to digest and are  a healthy plant based protein source. Know when you purchase organic plant based foods, you're helping your body and  you're helping Mother Earth. The more organic foods bought, the more farmers will switch to organic farming.

 

Here's a helpful article on "5 Health Benefits You Never Knew about Organic Food" from Huffington Post by Jonha Revesencio.

 

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12 Symptoms of Kidney Disease That You Must Know | Health Digezt

12 Symptoms of Kidney Disease That You Must Know | Health Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
12 Symptoms of Kidney Disease That You Must Know Most people are not aware of the fact that kidney diseases can be silent killers. They may not show any symptoms for a long time till the situation becomes critical. It is important to recognize the symptoms of kidney diseases to catch them early. Here is a list of twelve such symptoms you should look out for: Changes in your urinary function : The first symptom of kidney disease is changes the amount, frequency of your urination. There may be an increase or decrease in amount and/or its frequency, especially at night. It may also look more dark colored. You may feel the urge to urinate but are unable to do so when you get to the restroom. Difficulty or pain during voiding : Sometimes you have difficulty or feel pressure or pain while voiding. Urinary tract infections may cause symptoms such as pain or burning during urination. When these infections spread to the kidneys they may cause fever and pain in your back. Blood in the urine :
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Did you know that kidney disease can be a silent killer as many symptoms don't show up right away, only to show up when the situation becomes critical? Kidney disease is the 8th leading cause of death in this country. Chronic stress affects your kidneys as well. Are you aware that Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure?

 

Health Tip:   Dr Michael Greger, Nutrition Facts.org says that eating a "varied plant based diet containing foods such as Indian gooseberry, spinach and apples may provide protection against kidney disease, whereas white bread, french fries, and betel nuts may promote kidney cancer and that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is toxic".  Harvard researchers did a study showing that people eating animal based diets lost protein in their urine. People on vegan diets with kidney  disease did better within 1 week when treated.  Pay attention to your body and the changes that occur and see your healthcare professional when you see one or more of the 12 symptoms described in this article. Prevention is key.

 

Here's an information packed post on "12 Symptoms of Kidney Disease That You Must Know" from HealthDigezt.com

 

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12 Foods to Boost Your Mood & Energy!

12 Foods to Boost Your Mood & Energy! | zestful living | Scoop.it
Next time you feel that pesky slump coming on, have some of these energy boosting foods on hand and see for yourself just how well they help get you through the rest of your day.
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Fatigue, low energy, that mid afternoon slump hits all of you in one way or another. So how do you reenergize your body and brain? Many people instinctively reach for some sort of caffeine like coffee and while it will give you an instant boost of energy, it also restricts blood flow to the brain and dehydrates your brain and body making it harder for you to think. Some people reach for energy drinks which are loaded with more caffeine which have been shown to harm your heart. Recurring fatigue dulls memory and concentration and makes it difficult for some people to stay awake. Not getting enough quality sleep, eating certain foods as in poor nutrition, dehydration as in not drinking enough filtered water throughout the day, Vitamin B-12 deficiency, adrenal fatigue, low thyroid function, and stress are all contributors to fatigue. 

 

Health Tips:  Fatigued? Reach for plant based protein in the form of hemp, pumpkin, and chia seeds, nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts),  and nut butters without added sugar,  beans (kidney, black beans, adzuki, and garbanzo, aka chickpeas make good choices for lunchtime as do lentils), green peas (keep a frozen bag in freezer to snack on during your day),  Start your day off with  a protein filled breakfast or brunch of oats, quinoa, amaranth, or teff porridge or a healthy green smoothie of kale or spinach, nut butter,and/or coconut butter avocado, grated ginger, lemon juice for a little acidity, 1 fruit of your choice, healthy green powder with spirulina, and a little raw cacao, carob, and cinnamon. Combining high quality protein with complex carbs controls your hunger and sustains your blood sugar for steady energy. You might also consider taking a B complex. Check with your healthcare professional.

 

Here's "12 Foods to Boost Your Mood and Energy" from FoodMatters.tv by James Colquhoun

 

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8 Vegetables That Are Healthier Than Kale

8 Vegetables That Are Healthier Than Kale | zestful living | Scoop.it
It's no stretch to say that the past few years have been all about kale. This once humble vegetable, more used as a plate garnish than anything else, has turned
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Certainly kale has received quite a bit of attention as a superstar dark leafy green. Yet did you know that every dark leafy green is a superstar in its own way? Just by eating more of these nutritious greens every day you are feeding your body the nutrients, minerals, vitamins that it requires for optimal performance.

 

Health Tips:  A little known green that doesn't get much attention is watercress. This curator has posted the many benefits of watercress on her Facebook page many times.  This peppery salad green contains four times more calcium than milk and up to six times more magnesium. Watercress as well as spinach, Swiss chard, Beet greens, kale,  mustard greens, red or green leaf lettuce, winter and butternut squash, cilantro leaves, carrots, hot chili peppers, and pumpkin are all top Beta-carotene foods.  All leafy greens are very rich in calcium, critical for bone strength. They contain vitamin K which maintains adequate levels of calcium in your body.

 

Here's a great little article touting the health benefits of Greens: "8 Vegetables That are Healthier Than Kale" from Greenliving by Kate Waldeck.

 

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On a Budget? Here are Some Healthy, Filling Foods Everyone Can Afford

On a Budget? Here are Some Healthy, Filling Foods Everyone Can Afford | zestful living | Scoop.it
If you’re on a budget but also want to eat healthy, then we’ve got 10 foods to share with you that will help keep you full, healthy, and keep your budget in line too.
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While many people budget for food, the choice to eat healthy is high on their list. Eating clean and green is one such way to reduce your cost output while also helping Mother Earth. Yes there are many plant based foods that won't cost you a whole lot of money.

 

Health Tips:  Root veggies as in sweet potatoes, beets, and carrots are filling, delicious, nutritious, and can be incorporated into many different meals. Celery is the bang for your buck veggie - so many stalks, so many meals/snacks. Bulk beans, lentils, and split peas are so economical for the amount of food you receive. Buy organic apples in bags to save more money. Many markets have lower prices on bagged fruit. Bananas are usually low in price and you can buy conventional because you're not consuming the skin. Stock up when your market has sales/discounts (usually stores rotate these sale days once a month). This is a good time to buy flaxseeds (grind your own) or buy flax meal in bags. The price may seem high, but the bag will last you two to three months in the fridge. Very economical. Flax is your best source of omega 3s and high in essential fiber. One  to two tablespoons  sprinkled on your morning oats or added to your green smoothies is all you need. Oats are another great money saving ingredient and they come in all different varieties. Buy bulk for best prices. Buying frozen produce is often less expensive and just as healthy. Check for sales and buy organic. Buy the red or green leaf lettuce or romaine lettuce and save money. Both are great healthy choices. Take the time to scoop out your market so you know when the sale days will be and check with store managers. Eating healthy and saving money is possible and the rewards for you are limitless. To your good health.

 

Here's an information packed article with fabulous recipes on "On a Budget? Here are Some Healthy Filling Foods everyone can Afford" from OneGreenplanet.org by Heather McClees.

 

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6 Anti-Anxiety Foods To Calm Your Mind!

6 Anti-Anxiety Foods To Calm Your Mind! | zestful living | Scoop.it
Do you suffer from stress or anxiety? There are natural foods you can eat to help combat your thoughts and feelings. Discover the top 6 foods that can help calm your nerves and stress levels without the need for the doctor's prescription pad.
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Are you stressed out and/or suffering from bouts of anxiety? Did you know that the food you eat affects every aspect of who you are? Eating certain foods can make a difference for, your feelings, thoughts,  moods, and attitude.

 

Health tips: Real whole foods contain vitamins and key minerals which are vital for healthy brain function. Vitamins B6 and E found in walnuts keep your nervous system healthy, clear memory, and focused thinking. Cashews are very rich in tryptophan, an amino acid your brain uses to make serotonin, the "feel-good" neurochemical that governs mood. Berries are rich in antioxidants which are good for relieving stress. Complex carbs (veggies, fruits, legumes, sweet potatoes, winter squash, oats, raisins, nuts) provide a slow steady influx of glucose, tryptophan, and serotonin. And let's not forget dark chocolate (raw cacao without sugar). Dark chocolate contains the compound phenylethylamine which increases levels of  feel better endorphins.  Dark chocolate also stimulates your body's production of nitric oxide, a naturally occurring gas that dilates blood vessels and enhances circulation. All important for brain health and mood.

 

Here's an information packed article on "6 Anti-Anxiety Foods to Calm Your Mind" from Hungryforchange.tv

 

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5 Ways to Include Superfood Hemp in Your Meals » EcoWatch

5 Ways to Include Superfood Hemp in Your Meals » EcoWatch | zestful living | Scoop.it
Available in concentrated protein, shelled seeds, or oil, there are unlimited ways to include hemp
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Are you adding hemp seeds and/or hemp protein to your daily meals? Did you know that hemp is considered a complete protein as it contains all nine essential amino acids? Hemp also is rich in vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, sulfur, calcium, zinc, sodium, iron, omega 3-6-9 fatty acids, and fiber.

 

Health Tips:  Hemp is a very versatile plant and is nutrient dense. You can add hemp protein to your smoothies as a thickener as well as for the health benefits. Raw cold milled organic , non-GMO is best.  You can make protein balls, energy bars with hemp seed as well as dehydrated crackers, vegan cheese,  hemp milk, and hemp seed butter. Did you know it's more economical to make these foods at home than buying store bought?

 

Here's "5 ways to Include Superfood Hemp in Your Meals" from EcoWatch by Kaye Spector.

 

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What to Do When Organic Isn't an Option

What to Do When Organic Isn't an Option | zestful living | Scoop.it
Stuck without organic? Here's your solution.
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You've heard that organic is best for your food purchases, however organic doesn't always work for you for a variety of reasons. Consumer reports to the rescue. 

 

Health Tips:  In addition to these great tips, remember you can feel safe buying produce that is not organic when you're not consuming the thick skin as in avocados, bananas, winter squash, pumpkins,  and eggplant. There may be others not listed. You can also buy local and in season and speak with the farmer at the farmers' markets. Sustainably grown is an option if available in your area. Many times frozen organic is lower in price than fresh. Look for sales in your grocery store.

 

Here's an information packed post "What to Do When Organic Isn't an Option" from Rodale News

 

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Ancient Anti-Inflammatory Beet & Ginger Juice

Ancient Anti-Inflammatory Beet & Ginger Juice | zestful living | Scoop.it
This juice has been used by ancient cultures to remove toxins and to kill inflammation - it will make a big difference to your health.
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Beets are nutritional superstars containing compounds that provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification support for your body. Beets are a source of betaine which is made from the B complex vitamin choline.  Choline regulates inflammation. Beet greens are a valuable source of lutein and zeaxanthin carotenoid plant nutrients that support eye health. 

 

Ginger is the most widely available and widely used herbal remedy in the world. Ginger is an inexpensive, effective, and universally available herb for inflammation and pain. Ginger is an age old remedy for morning sickness and is best known to quell  a queasy stomach and nausea. Ginger is useful for treating health disorders marked by swelling and pain, such as arthritis. Ginger is also an effective treatment for colds, flu, and strep throat.

 

Health Tips: Beets are best eaten raw as in juices, smoothies and/or steamed for no more than 15 minutes.  The longer beets are cooked, the compound betalain gets destroyed. Ginger can be eaten raw, cooked or dried.

 

Here's an information packed post and delicious beet and ginger juice recipe: "Super Anti-Inflammatory Beet and Ginger Juice" from HealthyandNaturalWorld.com

 

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20 Everyday Superfoods You Should add to Your Grocery List NOW!

20 Everyday Superfoods You Should add to Your Grocery List NOW! | zestful living | Scoop.it
Here are 20 of the best foods packed with nutrition to keep you healthy on a plant-based diet!
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You have to eat that's a given. So why not eat the very best foods that serve your body, and brain? These delicious nutrient dense  foods have been shown to have extra health benefits.

 

Health Tips: First on your list of superstar foods you might consider to add is more produce. Choose organic if you're eating the skin. However be aware that pineapple,  papaya, and corn are heavily sprayed. Next up to consider are whole grains. Oats are an economical healthy choice. There are GF varieties if needed. Healthy fats are critical for your body and brain. Flax, chia, hemp seeds, extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil. Choose organic over refined. Also add nuts and nut butters rich in healthy fats and plant based protein. And don't forget herbs and spices to liven up your food. Remember the bulk aisle is your friend.

 

Here's an information packed post on "20 Everyday Superfoods You Should Add to Your Grocery List Now" from OnegreenPlanet.org by heather McClees.

 

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Top 10 Best Foods to Cleanse Your Liver

Top 10 Best Foods to Cleanse Your Liver | zestful living | Scoop.it
Liver health is essential as the liver deals with toxins - which are present in higher quantities in the modern industrialized world. This quick reference guide will help you to choose the best foods for cleansing the liver to support your overall health... click the link to learn more and please share! :)
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Did you know that your liver is mainly responsible for removing toxins from your body and removing excess estrogen? Today there are numerous higher quantities of toxins everywhere; in your food, air, water, environment. So what's a conscious healthy person, like you do to reduce your toxic load?  Real whole plant based food, herbs, and botanical extracts to the rescue.

 

Health tips:  Eat real whole food starting with dark leafy greens, foods rich in beta-carotene like carrots,  artichokes,, Brussels Sprouts, cabbage, broccoli,  and other plant based foods listed in this article. Liver support herbs such as  Milk Thistle aka Slymarin, Wolfberry, Schizandra, burdock (a blood purifier), and dandelion are helpful. Always check with a health care professional knowledgeable in this area of expertise. One way you can help your liver is to limit your consumption of alcohol. Did you know your size matters? Remember what damages your liver the most are mainly the harmful substances you eat, drink, and breathe. You can reduce your exposure by not standing too close to buses, cars (exhaust), drinking filtered water throughout your day, and doing your best to avoid pesticides in food. Choose organic as much as is possible for you. 

 

Here's  "The 10 Best Foods to Cleanse Your Liver" from herb-info.com

 

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6 Things the World’s Most Successful Diets Have in Common » EcoWatch

6 Things the World’s Most Successful Diets Have in Common » EcoWatch | zestful living | Scoop.it
The Mediterranean diet, paleo diet, a whole-foods, plant-based diet and others have stood the test of time because they focus on six universal rules to
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Are you confused as to what constitutes a healthy "live-it? With so many choices, you may just decide to throw in the towel and continue to eat foods that may not serve your body. This article breaks down the 6 commonalities that the more successful ones share. Top of the lis:t  drum roll please - and the winner is veggies.  You guessed right.

 

Health Tips:  Which ever regimen you choose is always your choice. However, be open to trying new ingredients (new foods). Fill the center of your smaller plate with healthy produce as in veggies. Then you can add healthy food of your choice to the sides of the plate. The best part is you can eat as many veggies as you want. 

 

Here's an interesting helpful article on "6 Things the World's Most Successful Diets Have in Common." from Ecowatch by Kris Gunnars from Authority Nutrition.

 

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Amazing Health Benefits Of Nuts - Herbs Info

Amazing Health Benefits Of Nuts - Herbs Info | zestful living | Scoop.it
Nuts are rich in protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and phytoesterols - all of which have... [read more]
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Are you noshing on nuts? Nuts and seeds are two of the best ingredients you can consume for your health. Nuts are nutrient dense foods rich key minerals and vitamins and one of the best snacks for your brain. All nuts are rich in vitamin E, which reduces inflammation in your arteries and inhibits the oxidation of cholesterol. Nuts like walnuts help your cognition, memory,  and thinking. Some nuts like cashews have compounds that dilate blood vessels so oxygen rich blood can flow to the brain, which is needed for optimum performance. Nuts are rich in heart protecting mono saturated fats. Nuts contain the amino acid arginine, which dilates blood vessels, allowing more blood to reach your heart under lower pressure. 

 

Health Tips:  Eat several small handfuls of nuts daily to protect your heart, your brain,  and your overall health. Nuts have preventative effects  on many diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Did you know that Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds are rich in selenium which improves your body's ability to recognize and fight early cancer cells? And nuts have been proven to help you lose weight.

 

Here's an information packed post on "Amazing Health Benefits of Nuts"  from Herbs-info.com

 

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10 Mind Blowing Uses for Aloe Vera – You’ll Never Buy Expensive Products Again!

10 Mind Blowing Uses for Aloe Vera – You’ll Never Buy Expensive Products Again! | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Do you have an aloe plant and/or use aloe vera for your skin? Dis you know you can also drink aloe juice? Aloe vera is a gray-green succulent perennial plant which is cultivated around the world. It's an immune stimulant, laxative, and anti-inflammatory,  Aloe vera promotes the absorption of nutrients through your digestive tract and normalizes blood sugar. It also helps other types of health conditions. 1. Burns and other wounds. Aloe vera juice speeds healing because it increases the amount of oxygen carried by the blood to the cells. Aloe gel is a mild anesthetic that relieves itching, swelling, and pain. Aloe helps repair damaged cells and prevents burns from scarring. 2. Cancer stops the processes of inflammation necessary for tumors to gain new blood supplies and the growth of tumors. 3. Constipation. 4. Diabetes. 5. Frostbite. Aloe prevents a decrease of blood flow to frozen tissues. 6.Kidney stones. 6. Radiation exposure. Aloe protects against skin damaging X-rays. Aloe is an effective antioxidant that absorbs free radical damage. 7. Skin disorders and wrinkles. Aloe has anti-bacterial and moisturizing effects. Research at the University of Maryland found that a compound in aloe kills viruses that cause herpes and shingles. 8. Surgery recovery. 9. Ulcers. Aloe soothes peptic-ulcer inflammation caused by excess acid, aspirin,   non-steroidalanti-inflammatory drugs  (NSAIDS), and alcohol. 10. HIV-AIDS. Aloe soothes lining of digestive tract, increasing nutrient absorption.

 

Health Tips:  Aloe vera gel from the live plant can be added to smoothies and used on your skin.  Be sure to purchase liquid aloe vera from a reputable  science company that ensures the potency of the molecular weight polysaccharides which are the biologically active compounds responsible for many of Aloe's beneficial effects.  One company this curator recommends is Univera. Their Aloe product contains biologically active ACTIValoe, a standardized 200:1 Aloe concentrate from the aloe leaf inner gel fillet. Most store bought aloe liquid products are basically water. 

 

Here's an information packed post on "10 Mind Blowing Uses for Aloe Vera-You'll Never Buy Expensive Products Again" from Buynongmoseeds.com 

 

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5 Food Habits That Age You

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Some poor eating habits do more than make you fat and tired - they age you from the inside out. Here are 5 food habits you want to kick for health and longevity.
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Eating habits usually develop at an early age and can be changed at any age.  As you know by now what you eat, absorb, and digest affects every aspect of who you are. What you also know is that there are multitudes of food advice everywhere today:  from what and when to eat, which new diets to follow, how to lose weight/fat, which new health book to buy, the best food app, and on and on. There is also something called "common sense' and eating in a way that helps your body be healthy and fit. Oh yes it's sometimes fun to follow the crowd, but when it comes to your health and wellness, you might consider eating foods that work for Your body.  Everyone's body is a little different. And as you age, you might need to eat in a way that works better for this stage of your life. You see, there's no one right "live-it" or food regimen that works for everyone.

 

Health Tips:  Unfortunately, it seems to take a major  illness or disease to sometimes awaken us to the fact that perhaps it's the food we're consuming that's making us not only fat, but also sick, tired, foggy, and seriously ill.  You can do a test similar to what food allergy doctors do. Start eliminating one food that you know you eat way too much of. Try this for a week and see what if any changes happen in your body. Continue this test with other foods. This is a simple proven way for you to figure out which are your trigger foods (foods that make you ______fill in the blank. Maybe it;s too much sugary foods. Did you know that sugar ages you in well defined ways?  You can cut back and substitute more healthier foods like organic fruits, using cinnamon, carob, or organic food extracts for the sweet taste without the toxic overload to your system. This article refers to agave as a healthy alternative. Your choice as always. However know that agave is 50-55% fructose, worse than sugar. If you do use it, please  use sparingly, a little goes a long way. And whatever you use, don't substitute artificial sweeteners which are known carcinogens.

 

There's some good information in this article: "5 Food Habits That Age You"  from Greenliving by Megan from Experience Life.

 

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Probiotics 101: Everything You Need to Know » EcoWatch

Probiotics 101: Everything You Need to Know » EcoWatch | zestful living | Scoop.it
Having the right bacteria in your gut has been linked to numerous health benefits, including weight loss, improved digestion, enhanced immune function, better skin
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Did you know that fermented foods contain active bacteria cultures that are beneficial to your gut and your immune system? Probiotics of this type is produced through a process known as lacto-fermentation where fermented foods contain healthful bacteria that live in your intestine and are necessary for your digestive health. Your immune system depends on beneficial bacteria for its strength and vitality. Probiotics can come from live cultures in food and from supplements (choose high quality).

 

ealth Tips: Try to eat a little fermented food every day. If you've quit dairy, you can still eat yogurt made from coconuts and/or nuts. It's delicious. Just add a little  of the coconut water to your food processor or blender with the meat from the coconut  and add 1 TBSP of probiotic powder or liquid. Blend until smooth. Let it ferment 1 or 2 days in your fridge for a creamy healthy yogurt. Some ideas for other fermented foods: organic miso, tempeh, raw sauerkraut, water kefir, cultured veggies, kimchi, and natto.

 

Here's everything you wanted to know about probiotics: "Probiotics 101: Everything You need to Know" from Ecowatch by Kris Gunnars Authority Nutrition.

 

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Make Clean Eating More Doable and Appealing in 2015 With These Tips

Make Clean Eating More Doable and Appealing in 2015 With These Tips | zestful living | Scoop.it
Clean eating can seem intimidating and boring, but it doesn’t have to be. Clean eating can be both simple and enjoyable. Check out these tips to make it more doable and more interesting!
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Are you considering making the switch to real whole food aka clean eating? Not sure where to begin and maybe a little scared of giving up your fave comfort foods. Sure this is new territory for many of you and it can be a little daunting until you learn the ropes. Not really much different than any other endeavor you aspire to.  Yet learning can be enjoyable and fun and think of all the innovative ideas for meals, interesting recipes, and delectable ingredients you'll discover in your new journey to better health.

 

Health Tips:  Shop the outside of your grocery store because that's where real whole food is located. From: superstar powerhouses of nutrition as in dark leafy greens like kale, collards, Swiss Chard, spinach, arugula, beet turnip, and mustard greens, and dandelion greens to delicious , crunchy, and satisfying veggies as in carrots, celery, zucchini, cucumbers, red, yellow, orange, and green peppers, to yummy comforting root veggies as in carrots, beets, parsnips, sweet potatoes, to  superhero cruciferous veggies as in broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, and to all the other magnificent veggies and fungi like mushrooms,  yet to be discovered. Let's not forget sweet luscious fruit like pears, apples, bananas, oranges, tangelos, mandarins, grapefruit, lemons, limes, berries, cherries, mangoes, pineapples, papayas, starfruit, pomegranate, tomatoes, figs, dates, apricots,, and creamy avocados. Next up is the bulk aisle for whole grains as in oats, quinoa, buckwheat, millet, teff, brown rice, barley, faro, and freekah. Also in bulk aisle are the legumes (beans, lentils, split peas) , nuts of all shapes and sizes, seeds as in pumpkin, sunflower, sesame, chia, and flax. Hemp seeds are usually bagged. You'll also find coconuts and other clean eating foods that may be pre-cut, in compostable containers or bagged pre-washed greens  in the perimeter aisles. When you get home, rinse these pre-washed greens in filtered water if buying and store in fridge.

 

Here's a comprehensive article on how to make clean eating doable and appealing. Here's ""Make Clean Eating More Doable and Appealing in 2015 with These Tips" from Onegreenplanet.org by Heather McClees.

 

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29 Health Benefits of Celery

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29 Health Benefits of Celery By Paul Haider Celery is A Powerful Anti-inflammatory Food Grows – Regular celery and wild celery grows all over the world in one form or another. History – Celery goes all the way back to 1000 BC… and celery was used by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians. 1. Anti-inflammatory – [...]
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Are you eating celery for more than just as a snack with nut butter? Celery is a powerhouse veggie as it is an anti-inflammatory food. In ancient times celery was prized by traditional Chinese medicine as a treatment for high blood pressure. Recent studio show that people who eat more celery experience significant drops in blood pressure. Celery contains the compound, apigenin, which dilates blood vessels and reduces circulatory force of bloodstream. It's also high in essential nutrients.

 

Health Tips:  Celery as you can read is a good veggie to incorporate into your meals. Celery is a high water content veggie and high in fiber too so  you can eat as much as you want. It's also crunchy and fills you up so you're not as hungry.

 

Here's an information packed article on "29 Health Benefits of Celery" from FitLife.tv by Paul Haider 

 

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Bad Circulation? You Need These Powerful Herbs

Bad Circulation? You Need These Powerful Herbs | zestful living | Scoop.it
Heart disorders claim the lives of millions worldwide every year, and statistics are pointing out to how the numbers are increasing. Our poor diet, unhealthy
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Do you have heart issues? Are you using herbs, botanical extracts,  and eating clean and green? Healthy lifestyle eating habits including exercise/movement all contribute to helping you keep your heart strong and healthy.

 

Health Tips:  Fresh and/or frozen organic produce (greens, veggies and fruit) are antioxidant rich which helps to neutralize harmful free radical damage and oxidation. Veggies and fruits have even more protection than antioxidants. They contain natural blood thinners that work like aspirin to prevent blood clots and keep your circulation flowing smoothly. Herbs and botanical extracts also improves heart health and promotes circulation.

 

Here's an information packed article on "Bad Circulation? You Need These Powerful Herbs" NatureHacks.com

 

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