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Five Ways To Never Be Stressed Again - Dr. Mark Hyman

Five Ways To Never Be Stressed Again - Dr. Mark Hyman | zestful living | Scoop.it
Everybody feels stress and knows it intimately, but very few of us think about what stress actually is. Stress is a thought. That’s it. No more, no less. If that’s true, then we have complete control over stress, because it’s not something that happens to us but something that happens in us. The dictionary definition …

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Excellent helpful information from Dr Mark Hyman on stress. Please do read the entire article.

 

Stress is as Dr Hyman says, all in our subconscious minds from our thoughts.. This curator has been for many years following the adage "change your words, change your results" and it works.

 

You can worry yourself into a real chronic illness. Of course we can be concerned, just not to the state of being helpless.

 

These steps work time and again.

 

1. Movement - getting up and standing, exercising, walking, running, jogging, dancing, dancing while cleaning the house with the vacuum cleaner (don't laugh - it works), swimming, hiking, camping, playing with your children, yoga and tai chi.

 

2. Breathing - Taking deep breaths has a biochemical affect on resetting the stress response. This technique is for women and men. Take a deep breath and let out a pleasurable "HA" sound, not AH. It's a different vibration in the body. Doing this as many times in a day as you need, begins to release oxytocin, the natural hormone in your body, which once released begins to evoke  feelings of bonding and trust reduces anxiety and promotes a sense of calmness and security. It transforms your body from the "flight or flight" response mode to a state of "creation and collaboration".

 

3. Taking a bath - this relaxes your muscles and is great just before bed. Using Epsom salts which contain magnesium, the relaxation mineral and baking soda plus drops of your favorite essential oil will put you into a state of bliss.

 

4  Sleep - getting a full night's rest is essential for a healthy body, mind, and spirit.

 

5. "Change your words, change your results - thinking differently opens up solutions to solve your problems.

 

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David Hain's curator insight, February 3, 2014 2:47 AM

Good advice here on a devil we all have to find a way of dealing with.

Heidi Cohen's curator insight, February 4, 2014 2:31 PM

We all experience stress. Here is one simple step that helps me. Let go of what no longer serves you. Breathe, connect your feet to the earth and as you exhale, let go, dissolve, release the tension outward. Breathe in and out! Think and do from what brings you joy. Entertain Yourself, pleasing Yourself, connecting with Yourself, being Yourself, enjoying Yourself, loving Yourself. Ignite your heart with love! 

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The components of anxiety, stress, fear, and anger do not exist independently of you in the world. They simply do not exist in the physical world, even though we talk about them as if they do.
—Wayne Dyer


  1. Move
  2. Breathe
  3. Bathe
  4. Sleep
  5. Think Differently


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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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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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7 Nutraceuticals That Will Boost and Detox Your Liver

7 Nutraceuticals That Will Boost and Detox Your Liver | zestful living | Scoop.it
Optimizing liver function helps ensure the body can effectively rid itself of pollutants, heavy metals and various other toxins...
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Did you know that your liver is one of the main detoxification organs in your body? In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver was regarded as the seat of your emotions. Taking very good care of your liver is one of the best steps you can take to ensure optimum function. In today's world with the accumulation of environmental toxins, pollutants, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, in the soil, the air you breathe, and the water you drink, it's necessary to take high quality nutraceutical supplements and organic herbs.to ensure that your liver is working at its peak performance. It's important to eat real whole  organic plant based food as much as possible to reduce pesticides. Growing your own produce, buying at a farmer's market, CSA, or your local food Co-Op does make a difference in relation to the amount of pesticides you ingest from the food you consume.

 

Health Tips: These herbs and supplements help your liver to function well. 1. The bitter principals in Dandelion (pictured) increase bile production and bile flow in your liver. This is helpful for those of you with sluggish liver function either due to poor food choices or heavy alcohol use. Dandelion helps the liver and helps reduce the risk of gallstones. Avoid taking if you already have gallstones. . 2. Burdock, a relative of the sunflower is another herb which is beneficial to your liver. The root is used for medicinal purposes. Burdock is a blood purifier. It clears congestion in the lymphatic, respiratory, and urinary systems. It can help eliminate excess fluids in the body and stimulate elimination of toxic waste materials, which relieves liver disorders and improves digestion. Burdock detoxifies the liver. 3. Milk Thistle, also known as Silymarin, an extract of milk thistle (the supplement form), is available in early spring is used in the treatment of liver diseases such as alcohol hepatitis, cirrhosis, liver poisoning, and viral hepatitis. There is no pharmaceutical equivalent, which is good. Milk thistle has other beneficial uses too. 4. Licorice is also beneficial for your liver as it purifies the liver and blood. 5. Wolfberry, Fo-Ti, and Schizandra are also liver protectors. 6. The supplement NAC,  N-aceytl-L-cysteine is a well known sulfur rich antioxidant which is a precursor to glutathione (master antioxidant). NAC  boosts the body's ability to handle free radicals and oxidative stress.  7. Glutathione, the master antioxidant supports your liver by eliminating toxic breakdown products of overdoses. Studies show that concentrations of glutathione in your liver are greater than in any other tissue in your body.  8. The mineral Selenium supports glutathione production.

 

Here's an information packed post on "7 Nutraceuticals That Will Boost and Detox Your Liver" from Naturalblaze.com by Jeffrey Sutton.

 

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Natural Sources of Vitamin A | StethNews

Natural Sources of Vitamin A | StethNews | zestful living | Scoop.it
Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin found in meat, fish, poultry, dairy and many other animal products. It is also available in some plant-based foods in the
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Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, and K are key vitamins for your health. Vitamin A is important for bone growth, reproduction, , and immune system health. It also helps your skin, your vision, your teeth, your skeletal and soft tissues. It is water soluble and available in two forms. One is plant based found in produce (veggies and fruits). The other is animal based. In plants, your body converts beta-carotene, an antioxidant into vitamin A. Studies show that people who consume more beta-carotene foods and have higher blood levels of vitamin A are less likely to have problems with night vision.

 

Health Tips: Eat these plant based foods rich in beta-carotene: bright yellow and orange fruits as in grapefruit, cantaloupe, apricots; veggies as in carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and winter squash. Other sources: broccoli, spinach,  and most dark green leafy veggies. Look for the deep, bright pigmented veggies/fruits. Vitamin A deficiency causes  vision problems and you're more likely to get infectious diseases. 

 

Here's "Natural Sources of Vitamin A" from Stethnews.com

 

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Fight inflammation with these delicious smoothies!

Fight inflammation with these delicious smoothies! | zestful living | Scoop.it
Do you or anyone you know have ADD/ADHD, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, chronic pain, celiac, allergies, lupus, rheumatoid arthrit...
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Are you suffering from chronic inflammation? Inflammation, not chronic is your body's response to irritation, infection, and injury. It can have different names when it appears in different parts of the body. For example, when it's in your joints, it's called arthritis. when in sinuses, it's sinusitis. The "itis" denotes the chronic inflammation, which is persistent and which activates your immune system. Chronic inflammation is a major player in the development of degenerative diseases as in type 2 diabetes, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease. The danger of low level inflammation is that it is silent. You may have for example stress induced inflammation, which persists undetected for years, or decades causing cell death throughout your body. Chronic inflammation leads to loss of youthful functions. It contributes to the deterioration of the aging process. Chronic inflammation can be triggered by cellular stress and dysfunction, caused by excessive calorie consumption, elevated blood sugar levels, and oxidative stress. As you can see, what you eat and your lifestyle habits play a huge role in the inflammatory process.

 

Health Tips:  There are foods which are anti-inflammatory and ones which are pro-inflammatory. It's best to consume anti-inflammatory foods as much as is possible or all the time. Homemade or DIY Green smoothies are one of the best anti-inflammatory foods for your body. Green juices are great too as is consuming real whole plant based food and herbs/spices/fermented foods (organic and local) as much as possible. Don't beat yourself up if you eat some of the pro-inflammatory foods like white sugars, all sugars, white flours, breads, crackers, rice, gluten, refined processed foods, vegetable oils, microwave popcorn, GMOs, etc. Your body will let you know in the form of headaches, migraines, rashes, skin issues, joint and body pain, morning stiffness, foggy brain, cravings, illness, gas, bloating, constipation, and allergies. Listen to your body. It has all the answers. Introduce anti-inflammatory foods slowly if you've not been eating them  Again green smoothies are a beneficial way of getting the nutrient dense goodness of dark leafy greens, fresh veggies, and one small piece of fruit, into your body on a daily basis. You'll always get protein and the minerals your body craves. Eat foods produced by nature. This is true nutrition, it's what your body requires to keep you vibrant and zestfully alive through the years.

 

Here's a neat article with a super info graphic on anti-inflammatory foods vs pro-inflammatory and some smoothie recipes. (If you have blood sugar issues, one piece of fruit is more than sufficient). "Fight Inflammation with These Smoothies" from Transformyourfood.com

 

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12 Reasons Why You Should Consume More Cucumbers

12 Reasons Why You Should Consume More Cucumbers | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Are you eating cucumbers, those high water content veggies that are really fruits? Yes, cucumber is a fruit in the melon family. Who knew? Cucumbers are loaded with nutritional benefits and taste so good. There's two kinds: slicing and pickling. Pickling cukes are smaller and have thinner skins, which are great for pickles. Did you know that cucumbers have plant lignans, phyto (plant) estrogens? These weak estrogens occupy space on your body's estrogen receptor sites that might be otherwise occupied by stronger estrogens, substances like plastics and petrochemicals, which enter through environmental sources. By occupying these sites, lignans and other plant estrogens protect against estrogen driven cancers.

 

Health Tips:  Cucumbers are rich in vitamin C and K and other nutrients including antioxidant flavonoids: apigenin (dilates blood vessels), quercetin, (reduces inflammation) and others. Cucumbers are best stored in your fridge. Eat the skins which have nutrient richness. Choose organic as cucumbers are heavily sprayed. Cucumbers are super great in green smoothies, salads, cold gazpacho soup, and are delicious frozen in your filtered water.

 

Here's "12 Reasons Why You Should Consume More Cucumbers" from buynongmoseeds.com

 

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5 Wonderful benefits of Sunflower seeds | Health Digezt

5 Wonderful benefits of Sunflower seeds | Health Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
Mix ‘em with cereals, sprinkle ‘em over salad, top ‘em over bread, or simply enjoy them all on their own—there’s so many ways to enjoy the nutty, delicious
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Are you adding more seeds to your meals? Sunflower seeds, which are given to us from the amazing sunflower plants have a very high oil content (polyunsaturated). They were used by Native Americans for 5,ooo years. They are rich in protein and vitamin E, a powerful fat-soluble antioxidant for a healthy nervous system, clear memory, and focused thinking. They are also high in selenium  (another potent antioxidant which improves your body's ability to recognize and fight early cancer cells) and magnesium plus copper, vitamin B-1, B-3, and B-6. Sunflower seeds and pistachios have the highest  plant sterols which lower cholesterol.

 

Health Tips:  Sunflower seeds have a mild nutty taste and can be  eaten as a healthy snack, added to salads, plus you can make your own sunflower seed butter as pictured above. You can find sunflower seeds in bulk bins sold either shelled or unshelled. Make sure the store you purchase from has a good turnover rate and that the seeds aren't yellow as that indicates rancidity. Choose raw sunflower seeds over the oily salty ones. To make your own sunflower butter, use a seed grinder or food processor and add a small amount of organic extra virgin coconut or olive oil to the ground seeds until you get a desired thickness. You can add other ingredients or not. Always your choice.

 

Here's "5 Wonderful Benefits of Sunflower Seeds" from HealthDigezt.com

 

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107 Everyday Uses for Coconut Oil | Everyday Roots

107 Everyday Uses for Coconut Oil | Everyday Roots | zestful living | Scoop.it
There’s been a lot of hype about coconut oil lately, and there are so many claims being made that it sounds nothing short of a miracle. Well it’s really not a cure-all, and what works for other people may not work for you, but it still is pretty dandy to have around. With a little bit of...
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Are you using coconut oil for more than just consumption? Coconut oil is the "go-to" ingredient you may want to try in place of other not so healthy substances that are not food related. Coconut oil makes for a lovely moisturizer and does soften your skin. As for food, coconut oil is one of the healthy fats, is rich in lauric acid, a natural antiviral and antibacterial compound that also makes mother's milk protective. It's also rich in myristic acid, an important fatty acid used by your immune system to fight tumors. coconut oil is composed of medium chain fatty acids which gives you a boost in energy so you feel like exercising. There are numerous anecdotal reports of people losing weight with coconut oil and how coconut oil can help with dementia. 

 

Health Tips:  When shopping, look for extra virgin organic oconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil and unrefined seed oils as well as walnut oil for salads. Avoid the polyunsaturated vegetable oils like safflower, corn, soybean, cottonseed, canola, and sunflower oils. These oils oxidize quickly in your body, creating free-radical molecules that deplete your body of its antioxidants and damage organs. Use coconut oil for stir-frys and baking as it has a high smoking point, not so olive oil. If your oil becomes rancid, discard it immediately.

 

Here's the most comprehensive article on all things with coconut oil. "107 Everyday Uses for Coconut Oil" from Everydayroots.com by Claire Goodall.

 

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7 of the Healthiest Carbs You Can Eat

7 of the Healthiest Carbs You Can Eat | zestful living | Scoop.it
For a few decades now, carbohydrates have been considered by many to be the be-all-end-all of worst types of foods to eat. But, not so fast; carbs are an
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Are you confused about which carbs are beneficial and which are harmful? Are you craving carbs? People who crave carbs usually get them in the form of sugary snacks. these are known as simple carbs which lower your energy and create havoc for those of you suffering from depression. Most processed foods  contain refined carbohydrates which are absorbed and metabolized very quickly, causing a rebound effect. Soon after eating them, you may experience low levels of blood sugar and serotonin, resulting in fatigue, and an urge to sleep, plus a sad mood. The carbs which provide a study influx of glucose and tryptophan, an amino acid that's converted into serotonin, which provides a calming effect,  are known as complex carbs. If you want a mood enhancing emotional pick me up, complex carbs are the way to go.

 

Health Tips:  Top complex carbs are veggies and fruits, fresh or frozen; sweet potatoes, winter squash, legumes as in peas, beans, lentils; ancient grains (really seeds) as in quinoa, amaranth, millet, buckwheat (no relation to wheat), and teff. These are gluten free also. Some whole grains as in oats, barley, and wild rice. And let's not forget nuts. Complex carbs contain essential fiber and nutrients your body requires for day to day functioning. Complex carbs are digested slowly, and are whole foods that remain in their natural state as in plant based foods. These foods are potent disease fighters and help you maintain a good weight.

 

Heres "The 7 Healthiest Carbs You can Eat" from care2.com/greenliving.

 

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9 Dishes That Get Creative With Cauliflower

9 Dishes That Get Creative With Cauliflower | zestful living | Scoop.it
America’s next top brassica is versatile in the kitchen.
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Did you know that cauliflower comes in a rainbow of colors as well as being one of the fabulous cruciferous veggies?  Cruciferous veggies contain compounds that help protect cartilage and also block pain the way that COX2 arthritis drugs do, but without drugs side effects, and with beneficial effects that last longer. Potent anticancer activity is found in three groups of veggies: Crucifers (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and cabbage), alliums (onions and garlic), and dark leafy greens.

 

 

 

Health Tips:  Did you know that cauliflower is a top omega 3 plant food as are cabbage, broccoli, kale, spinach, green beans, strawberries, walnuts and flaxseeds? Impressive right? Cauliflower is  the new darling of the foodie world. How are you cooking with cauliflower?

 

Here's "9 Dishes That Get Creative With Cauliflower" from Takepart.com

 

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5 Omega-Rich Seeds You Should Include in Your Daily Diet » EcoWatch

5 Omega-Rich Seeds You Should Include in Your Daily Diet » EcoWatch | zestful living | Scoop.it
Many seeds, including chia, pumpkin, sesame, sunflower and flaxseeds, provide rich sources of protein, fiber, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Omega 3
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 Seeds, especially chia, hemp, flax, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower are powerhouses of nutrition, rich protein sources, and are loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and are high in healthy fats (omega 3s).

 

Health Tips:  Flaxseed is one of the best sources for  alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), one of the heart healthy omega 3 fats and it contains 77 times more lignans than any other plant food.  Lignans are close relatives to the hormone estrogen. They are known as phytoestrogens (plant based) Lignans and other plant estrogens protect against estrogen driven cancers. Ground flaxseed has been shown to reduce hot flashes. Ground flax or flax meal needs to be kept in a tightly closed container in your fridge or freezer. It quickly spoils when exposed to air. You can also take flaxseed oil daily to keep your omega 3 levels high.Flaxseed and chia seeds are great thickeners too. Use them in your smoothies, puddings, or in baking.

 

Here's "5 Omega-Rich Seeds You should Include in Your Daily Diet" from EcoWatch by Radha McLean.

 

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Boost Your Immune System With Fermented Vegetables » EcoWatch

Boost Your Immune System With Fermented Vegetables » EcoWatch | zestful living | Scoop.it
Want to boost your immune system, increase the nutrient content in your food, improve your
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Are you eating fermented foods?  The Chinese have eaten fermented cabbage for more than 6,000 years and in many Asian countries people make their own fermented cultured veggies as in carrots, eggplant, turnips, and cucumbers. Koreans love the dish known a kimchi, a spicy hot fermented condiment of cabbage and other veggies.  All fermented food contains active bacteria cultures that are beneficial to your immune system. Did you know that fermented foods are much easier for your body to digest thereby giving you more energy as your body doesn't have to work so hard in breaking them down.

 

Health Tips:  Have you tried organic miso? (Miso is made from soybeans) Choose organic to reduce pesticides. You have to try this delicious spicy (as you choose) recipe. Stir fry  or steam thin slices of red cabbage and greens of your choice in coconut oil, add 1/2 tsp to 1 or more TBSP of organic Miso (found in Asian markets and some healthy markets). You can eat as a veggie dish or add filtered water and seasonings/herbs and eat as a soup with gluten free noodles. Nourishing goodness for your body's health.

 

Here's a very comprehensive article on "Boost Your Immune System with Fermented Vegetables" from EcoWatch by Kaare Melby fro Organic Consumers Association.

 

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10 Foods That Look Like The Body Parts They're Good For

10 Foods That Look Like The Body Parts They're Good For | zestful living | Scoop.it
Article by Erin Janus|  Hippocrates said, “let food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food.”  And it just so happens that many natural whole foods closely resemble the organs and body parts they’re good for!  In occult teachings, (occult simply means that which is hidden), this is we
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By now you know that food truly is your medicine and your spice cabinet  is your medicine cabinet. Have you ever wondered why some foods resemble your body parts? it isn't an accident that many plant based foods look like the organs and body parts they  help.

 

Health Tips:  Have you noticed how walnuts resemble your brain? Walnuts also contribute to heart health with omega 3 content. Omega 3s thin the blood so it can flow freely and prevent harmful clots from forming. Walnuts are rich in vitamin E  (a potent antioxidant for a healthy nervous system) and in arginine (amino acid that acts like a vasodilator, keeping artery walls flexible and relaxed to enhance blood flow. Did you know walnuts boost your mood, clear your memory and help you to be focused? Eat a small handful a day.

 

Here's an interesting information packed article on "10 Foods That Look Like the Body Parts They're Good For" from erinjanus.com

 

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Why You Should Be Eating Hemp Seeds Every Day(includes delicious recipe)!

Why You Should Be Eating Hemp Seeds Every Day(includes delicious recipe)! | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Are you eating hemp, chia, and/or flax seeds everyday?  They are each an abundant source of omega 3 fatty acids alpha-linoleic acid (ALA) and easy to digest protein sources. Both chia and hemp seeds are complete proteins and contain all 3-6-9 ratios of omega 3s. All three seeds are energy boosters. Omega 3 ALA has been proven to keep cholesterol and blood pressure in check.

 

Health tips:  You can make delicious hemp seed butter, hemp milk, and use hemp seeds in raw vegan desserts.  Use your food processor or heavy duty blender. Hemp seeds are also great in green smoothies and/or you can use hemp protein powder as well. Hemp milk contains omega 6 fatty acids, all 10 amino acids (complete protein), calcium, folic acid , riboflavin, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron and vitamins A, B-12, D, and E. It is creamier and thicker than most other nut milks with a distinctive taste.

 

Here's "Why You should Be eating Hemp seeds Everyday (Includes delicious recipe)" from Organic Health.

 

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The 10 Most Functional Foods In The World Which Destroy Cancer Cells

The 10 Most Functional Foods In The World Which Destroy Cancer Cells | zestful living | Scoop.it
There is no such thing as a cancer cell that cannot be defeated by the human immune system. The difference between cancers that grow and those that don't are what we put in our bodies to prohibit their growth.
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This article speaks to the health benefits of Functional Foods in regard to cancer and inhibiting tumors.  Functional foods, according to the Mayo clinic, are foods that have a potentially positive effect on on health beyond basic nutrition. For example green foods are functional foods because they support your gut health. If you remember, 70-80% of your immune system resides in your gut. The food you consume, digest, and absorb is a major determinant to getting cancer. Studies show there are certain foods that have an immediate neutralizing effect on cancer cells, while other foods can fuel their growth. Nutrition plays a huge role in cancer prevention.

 

Health Tips: Eat anticancer foods aka functional foods to keep your immune system healthy and reduce your risk of cancer. The most powerful anticancer activity in nature is found in three groups of vegetables: Crucifers (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and cabbage), alliums (onions and garlic), and dark leafy green veggies. Eating all types of veggies (including medicinal mushrooms; maitake and shiitake) sea veggies, and other high fiber foods (beans, peas, lentils, nuts, seeds, ancient grains as in amaranth, and quinoa),, as well as herbs like turmeric, ginger, astragalus, and others. Staying hydrated, exercising, laughing, and sleeping well are all important as well.

 

Here's an information packed post on "The 10 Most Functional Foods in the World which Destroy Cancer Cells" from eatlocalgrown.com

 

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Turmeric Repairs Damaged Liver Tissues, Promotes Overall Liver Health

Turmeric Repairs Damaged Liver Tissues, Promotes Overall Liver Health | zestful living | Scoop.it
by Elizabeth Renter, Turmeric, it gives curries their smoky, pungent taste and gorgeous yellow hue. But this root is far more than just tasty—it’s one of the most valuable plant-based medicines in existence. Research has connected turmeric to a variety of wonderful benefits, including and especially the promotion of liver health. The Role of Turmeric…
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Are you adding turmeric to your meals? Turmeric is the main anti-inflammatory herb of ayurvedic medicine. It's primary compound curcumin fights viral infection, cancer, and arthritis via its powerful antioxidant action. Curcumin also protects the liver, stimulates the gallbladder, and scavenges free radicals. Curcumin is an excellent herbal remedy for situations where high levels of antioxidants are needed.Numerous studies link cur cumin to diabetes related conditions. Curcumin is a potent cancer preventative and can help recovery from cancer by stimulating the immune system. Curcumin also helps to relax blood vessels to lower blood pressure. And in regions of the world where turmeric is consumed regularly, as in India,  the rates of Alzheimer's disease are much lower than in western cultures.

 

Health Tips:  Turmeric is available as a yellow powder and tincture. You can buy raw turmeric root and grate it into your meals. Curcumin is available in capsules. To get the nutritional benefits of turmeric, add a teaspoon of powder with black pepper and some coconut oil or olive oil to your soups, veggies, and salads. Curries are another tasty way to get turmeric into your body. you can also make turmeric milk using coconut milk or nut milk. Grated turmeric root or powder can be added to your green smoothies.

 

Here's an information packed article on "Turmeric repairs Damaged Liver tissues, Promotes Overall Liver Health" from Myscienceacademy.org

 

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11 Foods That May Be The Fountain Of Youth | Idea Digezt

11 Foods That May Be The Fountain Of Youth | Idea Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
1. Eating sweet potatoes has lots of benefits, including keeping your skin firm. Every time you eat a sweet potato you do your whole body a favor, including your face. “Sweet potato is an incredibly healthy food filled with carotene (key ingredient for glowing skin), vitamin C and B6, biotin and fiber and a strong antioxidant,” says Stephanie Middleberg, a New York based dietitian and founder of Middleberg Nutrition. It’s also a good source of copper, which helps your body produce collagen, making the tubers a cheaper and less painful delivery system than facial injections. But how you eat your sweet potatoes matters, too: Sweet potato fries are not necessarily a healthier choice than regular ol’ French fries. “It really depends how they are cooked,” says Keri Gans, a New York-based registered dietician and the author of the The Small Change Diet. “If they are deep fried, then don’t be fooled, you’re still eating a French fry.” Try making some baked sweet potato fries instead, so
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Did you know that eating plant based foods is one of the best ways to nourish your body giving it what it recognizes so it can function in a healthy way to repair cells, rebuild and restore muscle, lose unwanted fat, and reduce damage. Plant based whole foods are rich in nutrients, antioxidants, are anti-inflammatory, are cancer fighters, promote longevity, help to hydrate you, give you energy, clear thinking, and taste so delicious. 

 

Health Tips:  Are you someone who thinks healthy food doesn't taste good? Healthy food is mouthwatering goodness in each bite. Eating healthy and being healthy. What could be better? Maybe you're not into cooking and don't like the store bought packaged "healthy food". Have you tried plant based "fast food" as in veggies and fruits - just wash, eat, and enjoy or nuts/seeds - just pop in mouth and delight in crunchy, nutty taste?  Did you  know you can make fabulous frozen delights by peeling bananas, tossing berries, mangoes and other fruits of your choice in your freezer? And topping with cinnamon, carob, raw cacao, coconut shreds, nut butters, cacao nibs. Do you own a food processor or blender or have strong hands? There's numerous easy to make recipes you can prepare which take very little time and will astound your tastebuds. Online healthy recipes are everywhere on and off the internet. Surprise yourself by exploring new plant based recipes from around the world.  You just might fall in love.

 

Here's an information packed post on "11 foods That May Be the Fountain of Youth" from Ideadigezt.com

 

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10 Aloe Vera Benefits - Why You Need It In Your Home

10 Aloe Vera Benefits - Why You Need It In Your Home | zestful living | Scoop.it
Aloe vera is one of the world's most powerful medicinal plants. Here we explore the ten best aloe vera benefits you may not know about.
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Do you take aloe vera daily? You can drink the juice from this medicinal plant and use it on your skin. Aloe is a prickly, gray green succulent, native to Africa but cultivated around the world. It's an immune stimulant, laxative, and anti-inflammatory agent. It also promotes the absorption of nutrients through the digestive tract and normalizes blood sugar. Aloe is used for burns and wounds. Aloe gel is a mild anesthetic that relieves itching, swelling, and pain.High quality aloe vera juice helps to ease digestive disorders like ulcers,  Crohn's disease , and helps your intestinal gut flora.

 

Health Tips:  If you have aloe plants, you can use the leaves in your green smoothies. The best time of day for cutting is mid afternoon when the plant has moved a large amount of sap into the leaf. Drinking very high quality aloe juice with standardized concentrations of polysaccharides is highly recommended. You want the most extensively tested aloe vera. This subscriber is happy to chat with you and answer any questions.

 

Here's an information packed post on "10 Reasons Why Every Home Should Have an Aloe Vera Plant" from naturallivingideas.com

 

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Instantly Change Your Mood by Putting These Items in Your Mouth | StethNews

Instantly Change Your Mood by Putting These Items in Your Mouth | StethNews | zestful living | Scoop.it
You may find this hard to believe, but it is true that whatever you put in your mouth could alter your mind. One proof is after eating heavy lunch, you will
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You must know by now that the food you eat, digest, and absorb affects every aspect of who you are; your behavior, your thinking, your moods, and your health. Eating too much sugar  and processed foods with hidden sugars  can have you  experience intense mood swings which are like a roller coaster ride soaring uncontrollably from high to low. Many studies show that sugar and artificial sweeteners are highly addictive for many people, creating a very dependence in the brain and leading to feelings of misery, hopelessness, and unhappiness when removed. If this is happening to you, keep a journal of what you eat and how you feel afterward. You may want to connect with a doctor who understands nutrition and its role in your health. Did you know that people who process sugar poorly have a significantly smaller hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory and learning. Depression is tied to heart disease. Take a high quality B complex along with eating real whole plant based foods.

 

Health Tips:  To save your brain, start eating  brightly colored, antioxidant fiber rich veggies and fruits as well as healthy fats like avocado, nuts (walnuts), flax, chia, and hemp seeds, coconut and olive oils, whole grains like amaranth and quinoa, and legumes (beans, peas, lentils). Get plenty of exercise throughout your day, and get quality sleep of 7-9 hours. Eating healthy complex carbs with every meal helps your brain maintain levels of feel-good serotonin which keeps your mood on the sunny side.

 

Here's "Instantly Change Your Mood by Putting These Items in Your Mouth" from Stethnews.com

 

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7 Benefits of Fermented Foods - Oh Lardy

7 Benefits of Fermented Foods - Oh Lardy | zestful living | Scoop.it
Why should you add fermented foods to your diet? There are so many health benefits of fermented foods! You should eat them daily!
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Do you know about the nutritional benefits of fermented foods? Fermented foods are rich in enzymes and beneficial microorganisms that help your digestion. Fermented foods promote healthy fora in your digestive tract, and help you absorb vitamins (particularly vitamin B-12 and C), minerals, and omega 3 fatty acids more effectively from the foods you consume. They also regulate the level of acidity in your digestive tract, act as antioxidants, and boost your immunity. Plus fermented foods contain the same compounds found in cruciferous veggies, which are responsible for their cancer fighting and prevention boosters. Be wary of commercial store bought fermented ingredients which have been pasteurized. Better to make your own and get the real health benefits.

 

Health Tips:  You can ferment veggies as in cabbage for sauerkraut or other veggies in a culture, make spicy hot kimchi, a Korean staple, create your own spicy delicious miso veggies and soups, make coconut yogurt  and water kefirs and kombucha teas. Tempeh (a soy and also bean product with a chewy nutty flavor and meat texture) and Natto (thins the blood and destroys blood clots like expensive drugs) are two other protein rich foods which are fermented. Choose organic to reduce pesticides.

 

Here's the "go-to" site for all fermented foods. How-To Videos included.  "7 Benefits of Fermented Foods" from ohlardy.com with Tamara Mannelly.

 

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Health Benefits of Eating Kiwi | StethNews

Health Benefits of Eating Kiwi | StethNews | zestful living | Scoop.it
None other than Time magazine has included kiwi fruit as one of the 50 best foods to eat. Packed in its small body and green fleshy meat is a lot of vitamin C.
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Are you eating kiwi, the tiny fruit that packs a nutritional punch? Kiwi are rich in vitamin C. Researchers found that combining leafy greens (chard, spinach, and turnip greens) which are rich in vitamin E and zeaxanthn (antioxidants) shown to relieve arthritis pain with foods rich in vitamin C like oranges and kiwis, provides relief that is as effective as taking NSAIDS like ibuprofen. One kiwi packs more than 100mg of vitamin C, more than an orange (60mg). Broccoli has about 116mg and red pepper tops at 140mg. Kiwis also contain the amino acid, arginine, which dilates blood vessels and promotes easier circulation.

 

Health Tips:  Kiwi (originally known as Chinese gooseberries), but changed to honor the native bird of New Zealand, has the ability to protect your DNA from oxygen related damage. Kiwi is high in fiber which is good for binding and removing toxins from the colon. And fiber rich foods are helpful in keeping blood sugar levels of diabetics under control. Kiwi fruit is high in potassium which supports heart health.  When selecting kiwis, hold them between your thumb and forefinger and gently apply pressure. The sweetest kiwis will yield gently to pressure. You can eat the skin which has nutrients and fiber. Eat as is, mix in veggie and fruit salads, use in puddings, green smoothies, cold soups with cantaloupe and cashew cream, as a chutney with other ingredients, and in fruit pies.

 

Here's "Health Benefits of Eating Kiwi" from Stethnews.com

 

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Important Facts About Calcium And Your Health - Natural Health Zone

Important Facts About Calcium And Your Health - Natural Health Zone | zestful living | Scoop.it
Calcium is a mineral that the human body can't do without. Aside from our bones getting the bulk of their structural component from calcium, it's also responsible for... [read more]
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Calcium is one of the key electrolytes in your body and is a main component of bones. It is one of the best substances for maintaining strong bones or replacing bone that is lost. Did you know that the best time to start making your skeleton strong is in your bone-formation years? If you missed this window, you can still greatly improve your bone density by eating calcium rich foods.

 

Health Tips:  Depending on your food regimen, there are numerous sources of calcium containing foods. Plant based sources also contain vitamins C and K, the minerals potassium and magnesium also critical for bone health. Plant based sources include: sesame seeds, turnips (baby turnip greens pictured), Bok choy, broccoli, collard greens, watercress, kale, artichokes, amaranth (ancient grain), kidney and adzuki beans, blackstrap, figs, oranges, dates, molasses, and cinnamon. Choose veggies with dark bright colors. Eat raw and cooked. Boron and silica are also good for your bones.

 

Here's a neat infographic "Important facts About Calcium and Your Health" from Naturalhealthzone.org

 

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Important Facts About Magnesium And Your Health - Natural Health Zone

Important Facts About Magnesium And Your Health - Natural Health Zone | zestful living | Scoop.it
Magnesium is an essential element in all life forms; plants, animals, and humans. Vital in nerve transmission, heart function... [read more]
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Are you magnesium deficient? Many people are both magnesium and chromium deficient. There are over 300 biochemical processes in your body that magnesium regulates, including bone, muscle, and nerve function. Magnesium, calcium, potassium, and vitamin K are all essential minerals for building strong bones. Research show that people who eat the most produce have greater bone densities and a lower risk of fractures. Researchers have also found that magnesium levels affect several brain chemicals thought to play key roles in migraines, and people who have migraines have lower than normal amounts of magnesium in their brain.

 

Health Tips:  Dark leafy greens are one of the best sources for magnesium. Eat Swiss chard (pictured), Spinach, Broccoli, and Mustard Greens as well as nuts, as in Almonds, Cashews ,Peanuts,  Pine, and Brazil nuts;; seeds as in Pumpkin and Sunflower; beans as in Navy and Black beans, Chickpeas, Lentils, and Split Peas; Whole grains as in Quinoa.Brown rice,, Oatmeal and Artichoke hearts. 400mg daily and take a supplement too if you're not getting enough from the foods you consume. 

 

Here's an information packed post on "Important Facts About Magnesium and Your Health" from Naturalhealthzone.org.

 

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Best 15 Herbs And Foods To Cleanse Your Blood

Best 15 Herbs And Foods To Cleanse Your Blood | zestful living | Scoop.it
Proper blood cleansing can have a profound impact on your health. Detoxifying the blood can help remove harmful toxins and thereby improve the function of the kidney and liver as well help you to achieve optimum wellness.
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Are you needing a cleanse to detox the multitude of toxins that assault your body everyday? The easiest way to cleanse your body is with your fork or by drinking green smoothies. Organic herbs and food are the bang for your buck and what do know, they really work too. Your body is constantly detoxifying itself. When your elimination system is working properly, you feel so much better because your kidneys, liver, intestines, lungs, and skin are wide open and ready to handle the waste being removed from your blood and organs on a daily basis.

 

Health Tips:  Green smoothies, veggies, fruits, and leafy greens are healing foods that help your digestive tract and in turn, your whole body. Here's a warming and cleansing smoothie: . 3 cups chopped apple (your fave), 1 cup chopped cucumber, 1 small piece of raw ginger peeled (you can use a small grater), 2 cups of either chopped dandelion greens( from your yard if no spraying done)  or chopped kale, 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice or orange juice.

 

Here's an information packed post on "Best 15 Herbs and Foods to Cleanse Your Blood" from HealthyandNaturalWorld.com

 

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22 Delicious High-Fiber Foods

22 Delicious High-Fiber Foods | zestful living | Scoop.it
Fiber is incredibly important. It escapes digestion in the stomach and ends up reaching the gut. There, it feeds the friendly gut bacteria, leading to all sorts
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Are you eating fiber rich foods? Fiber is key to a healthy digestive tract. Did you know that certain foods can be an important piece of the healing process or the very trigger that can make you sick? Are you aware that celiac disease, constipation, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and chronic gas are all food related? Gluten can be an issue for some of you. For people who are gluten intolerant, any amount of gluten sets off an autoimmune response which triggers intestinal inflammation. Wheat, barley, and rye are the main culprits and some oats  and even some other Gluten-free flours can be contaminated by wheat in the manufacturing process. If you're in the habit of mostly eating processed foods, your large intestine could be compromised.

 

Health Tips:  Eating real whole food is best. Here's a sampling of some healing foods: veggies/fruits (insoluble fiber),. herbs that attack gas as in ginger, fennel seed, and chamomile tea;  omega 3's as in flax,  chia, and hemp seeds, beans which are high in soluble fiber as in chickpeas which are easier to digest.  Also drinking lots of filtered water, taking a probiotic or eating fermented foods as in miso, cultured veggies, water kefir, and movement as in walking are very important.

 

Here's  a comprehensive list of "22 Delicious High-Fiber Foods" from GreenLiving by Kris Gunnars Authority Nutrition.

 

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5 Nuts Not Grown in California

5 Nuts Not Grown in California | zestful living | Scoop.it
National almond, walnut and pistachio crops are very thirsty, and predominantly grown in drought-stricken California; if you’re looking for alternatives,
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Are you looking for different nuts to consume than the usual ones like almonds, walnuts, and pistachio? These nuts also happen to require huge amounts of water which is in short supply right now in California. Fret not for there many other nut varieties and seed varieties as well that are beneficial for your health that are grown elsewhere in the U.S.

 

Health Tips:  Did you know that seeds have more protein and minerals than nuts and less saturated fat? Seeds are higher in most amino acids and some are complete proteins. Many seeds are high in zinc. Sunflower seeds, sesame seeds (think tahini), pumpkin seeds contain healthful polyunsaturated fats with vitamins and minerals such as magnesium (think healthy brain function). Pumpkin seed butter is delicious and pumpkin seeds are also rich in B vitamins. Hemp seed butter has a mild nutty flavor and hemp seeds are rich in chlorophyll, magnesium, iron, vitamins B & E. Make your own (DIY) seed butters or buy minimally processed with no added sugar, salt or other ingredients.

 

Here's "5 Nuts Not Grown in California" from GreenLiving by Kara from Treehugger.

 

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Is Your Salt Killing You?

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Is Your Salt Killing You?
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To salt or not and which salt to choose for your health is an important consideration. Most salt today has been refined leaching out key minerals and adding harmful chemicals. Even the more preferred sea salt is now so processed that it isn't considered safe to consume. Your body requires essential electrolyte minerals, including calcium, sodium, and potassium to function optimally. Most processed foods contain unhealthy salt and the amounts are way too high. Your body needs sodium to generate nerve signals and muscular contractions.

 

Health tips:  Pink salt is healthy for you. Himalayan crystal salt is a well known brand which is very pure and minimally processed. First thing in the morning drink room temperature water with Himalayan salt to begin your day.

 

Here's a comprehensive article on "Is Your salt Killing You" from DRJockers.com

 

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