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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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Skip the Package and Buy These Foods in Bulk to Save Money and a Lot of Waste

Skip the Package and Buy These Foods in Bulk to Save Money and a Lot of Waste | zestful living | Scoop.it
It helps us cut down on the amount of waste we are producing, especially when folks reuse bags.
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Did you know the best way to save money, help the environment, and get the exact amount you need for your healthy meals is to be buy in bulk? Bulk bins are showing up in mainstream supermarkets as this good trend is becoming more known.

 

Health Tips:
Stores usually supply small plastic bags with zip locks and also small paper bags/sacks. Some stores will let you bring your own glass jars.

 

You can reuse both the plastic and paper bags many times. The paper bags are better for the environment.

 

All plant based foods can be bought in bulk. Always opt for organic and from bins that are changed daily. If you don’t know, ask the store manager. The reason you want organic is to avoid pesticides.

 

Most bulk items in healthy markets are labelled organic anyway. Make sure to ask a manager in a conventional market if you don’t see labels.

 

From whole grains, to nuts/seeds/nut/seed butters, to dried fruits, to coconut flakes, to teas, to herbs/spices, to raw cacao, to carob, and others. If you ever wanted to sample a certain food, with bulk you can just take a small amount to see if you like it.

 

However make sure to use what you buy within a reasonable amount of time. Storing herbs/spices for years is not recommended. They will lose their flavor and go bad.

 

When buying flaxseeds, be sure to grind and then use within a short period of time. Flaxseeds go rancid if not used within a couple of months. Flaxmeal in bags needs to be used quickly as well.

 

When buying nuts/seeds opt for raw rather than roasted. When nuts are roasted at a high heat unless a dehydrator (low heat) is used, those nuts are carcinogenic.

 

Read more about “Skip the Package and Buy These Foods in Bulk to Save Money and a Lot of Waste” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Jonathon Engels.

 

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Top 8 Plant-Based Diets Myths You Should Ignore | Care2 Healthy Living

Top 8 Plant-Based Diets Myths You Should Ignore | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Here are common plant-based diet myths you should ignore
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Did you know that myths abound about plant based lifestyles? Take protein for example.

 

All protein comes from plants. Animals eat plants as well as humans. Vitamins and minerals come from plants.

 

Health tips:
People only need, unless one is referring to athletes about 0.8 grams of protein/day. For example, one tablespoon of almond butter contains as much protein as you would get from the same quantity of meat.

 

Plant based food is anti-inflammatory while animal based is inflammatory. Regardless of whether you’re consuming grain-fed or grass-fed animal based foods, your body doesn’t get what it requires to function optimally.

 

There’s no fiber, no phytochemicals which are found in plants and correlate to reduced disease and obesity. Back to the example of almond butter.

 

Almond butter is a rich source of fiber which helps your digestion and nourishes your tissues. Almonds can help control blood pressure and reduce LDL cholesterol. Almond butter contains important omega 3 fatty acids which are essential for maintaining heart health.

 

One other myth that many people still cling to is that the choice of the food they consume has no bearing on their health. What one consumes affects every aspect of who you are.

 

What is your belief system around food? Are you aware that your body can heal itself.

 

Are you happy with your life? Your emotional state and your attitude are good indicators for your health and wellness journey. Listen to your body. Pay attention to the words you use.

 

Read more about “8 Plant based diet Myths You Should avoid” from www.care2.com by Brian Syuki.

 

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5 Amazing Teas That Calm Inflammation | Care2 Healthy Living

5 Amazing Teas That Calm Inflammation | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Inflammation is often directly affected by what we eat and drink. Here are the anti-inflammatory teas that you should be adding to your diet!
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Did you know that certain herbal teas can ease inflammation? Mother Nature’s medicinals as well as plant based foods can help fight inflammation.

 

Inflammation is your body’s response to irritation or injury, generally involving redness, swelling, and warmth.

 

Health tips:
Chaga tea is anti-inflammatory. Chaga medicinal mushroom contains powerful antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, anti-candida, and anti-parasite properties. Chaga mushrooms grow together with birch trees.

 

Chaga contains a very high amount of super oxide dismutase (SOD), an enzyme that promotes the breakdown of free radicals and has been shown to be very effective in the treatment of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, gout, scleroderma, osteoarthritis, and cataracts.

 

Chaga’s anti-inflammatory properties also make it effective for irritable bowel disease, arthritis, asthma, celiac disease, tendonitis, and acne.

 

Chaga tea is very beneficial. Add one teaspoon of Chaga extract to eight ounces of hot water. Chaga has an earthy flavor.

 

Read more about “5 Amazing teas hat Calm Inflammation” from www.care2.com by Lauren Bowen.

 

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How Your Body Reacts to Stress

How Your Body Reacts to Stress | zestful living | Scoop.it

A little tension can keep you on your toes. Too much can break down the system
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Did you know that stress is a major player in how your body responds to it? Unless you’re living under a rock or in a monastery, then you have to expect some stress in your life.

 

When your body goes into stress mode, you may experience increased blood pressure, reduced blood supply to your digestive system, and your immune system becomes suppressed.

 

Most people use breathing techniques, get out in nature, or meditate. Others use counting and/or exercise to help.

 

These solutions work. However today in our fast paced lifestyle, people like you may be under intense chronic stress daily. This type of stress creates more stress and ultimately damages your body.

 

Today more than ever it’s important to learn to identify triggers for stress so you can prevent the stress from accelerating into a full blown attack. The place to look is your emotions.

 

When you’re calm, you are focused and your emotions are neutral, but when you become stressed out, then the emotion of fear takes center stage.

 

It’s the age old story of running from the saber tooth tiger. Only today the tiger has been replaced with a constant myriad of problems, issues that drives you up the wall to the point you go into attack mode.

 

Health tips:
When the saber tooth tiger is on your path, just stop and breathe letting out a pleasurable sound of Haaaaaaaaa. Do this as many times during the day as you need.

 

This is called Oxytocin breathing, scientifically proven method and it works.

 

It works with both women and men and was created by Ellie Drake. You can do it sitting or standing.

 

Remember you’re saying Ha not ah. Oxytocin is the bonding hormone in your body.

 

Read more about “How Your Body Reacts To Stress” from www.smithsonianmag.com by Holly Blake, The Conversation.

 

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Signs You May Have An Iron Deficiency | Care2 Healthy Living

Signs You May Have An Iron Deficiency | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Are you dragging yourself around, struggling to find enough energy to complete your daily tasks? If so, you might have an iron deficiency. The Role of Iron in
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Did you know your body will tell if you have an iron deficiency? If you’re easily fatigued you may have an iron deficiency. Iron

 

There are two types of iron: heme (animal sourced) and non-heme (plant sourced). You want the plant sourced non-heme.

 

Heme iron is associated with cancer and heart disease risk. Heme iron is also associated with a higher risk of diabetes. This information from Dr Michael Greger in his book, “How Not To Die”.

 

Health Tips:
Dr Greger states that women who eat plant based foods do not appear to have higher rates of iron deficiency anemia than women who eat a lot of meat. If you’re a pregnant woman make sure to get enough iron intake from plant food.

 

The most nutritional sources of plant based non heme iron are legumes (beans, peas, lentils), green leafy veggies, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and whole grains.

 

Avoid drinking tea with meals as tea can inhibit iron absorption. Phytates in the seeds of plants have been shown to detoxify excess iron in your body.

 

Read more about “Signs You May Have an Iron Deficiency” from www.care2.com by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

 

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Dr. Mark Hyman: Are You Still Consuming Dairy?

Dr. Mark Hyman: Are You Still Consuming Dairy? | zestful living | Scoop.it
We have no biological requirement for this food, and yet, we've been told over and over again that dairy is a great source of calcium, milk makes healthy bones
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Did you know that now even Functional Medicine docs are getting on the anti-dairy bandwagon? Let’s face it folks, dairy has so many strikes against it, that maybe now would be a good time for you to stop eating this inflammatory food.

 

Dairy like other inflammatory foods has been heavily promoted by its industry for decades. Dairy milk is for calves to fatten them up, not for human consumption. Consuming dairy leads to fractures, weak bones, respiratory, digestive, and hormonal issues.

 

You get all the calcium your body needs from plant based real whole food

 

Health tips:
Are you congested all the time, suffer with sinus issues as this subscriber was almost thirty years ago? Are you having digestive, hormonal, and/or bone issues?

 

Like yogurt, then try coconut yogurt from a firm young coconut or you can also use organic coconut milk.

 

Recipe: Put coconut flesh, a little filtered water or fresh coconut water and a probiotic in your blender. You want a smooth creamy mixture.

 

Put this coconut cream mixture in a glass jar to ferment in a warm area of your kitchen for about 8 hours or less in warmer weather.

After fermentation, you can add a little organic liquid Stevia or other sweetener of your choice or just add fresh berries to the mixture.

 

This keeps in your fridge for about a week unless you eat it all.

 

Read more about “Are You Still Consuming Dairy?” from www.ecowatch.com by Dr Mark Hyman.

 

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7 Best Vegan Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

7 Best Vegan Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids | zestful living | Scoop.it
Omega-3 fatty acids are an important part of the diet and essential to your health. If you don't eat fish because of dietary reasons or personal preference
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Did you know that the best sources of omega 3s are from plants? Fish get their omega 3s from sea veggies and so can you.

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Sea veggies, leafy greens and certain types of algae are the best source for omega 3s (EPA and DHA). Next up are ground flaxseed, chia, hemps seeds, and walnuts.

 

Your brain is composed of about 60 percent fat. DHA is an essential building block in the your brain and the retina of your eye. Algae is rich in DHA.

 

Your body requires essential fatty acids everyday as it cannot produce them. There are two types of fats your body can’t make. You have to get them from the food you eat.

 

The two fats are alpha-linoleic acid ALA which are omega 3s and linoleic acid which is omega 6s. Omega 3s reduce inflammation and omega 6s promote inflammation.

 

One tablespoon of ground flaxseeds gives you 1.6 grams of ALA. Flaxseeds need to be ground for good digestion.

 

When you consume in excess of four times the amount of omega 6 to omega 3 fats, your body tends to create excess inflammation. Omega 6s are found most in animal based and processed food.

 

Smaller amounts of omega 3s are found in raw fruits and non-green veggies such as winter squash. Wakame, dulse, kombu, and nori (all sea veggies) contain both EPA and DHA. Purslane, a healthy edible weed contains EPA and DHA omega 3 fats. Wild berries also contain omega 3s.

 

Read more about “7 Best Vegan Sources of Omega 3 Fatty acids” from www.ecowatch.com by Rachael Link, MS. RD, Authority Nutrition.

 

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Top 4 Herbs That Build Strong Bones | Care2 Healthy Living

Top 4 Herbs That Build Strong Bones | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Discover the best herbs to build strong bones & prevent osteoporosis-by best-selling author of BE YOUR OWN HERBALIST & 60 SECONDS TO SLIM, Dr. Michelle Cook.
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Did you know that certain herbs as well as plant based foods can also protect your bones so you don’t have to consume any dairy?

 

Dairy causes congestion and respiratory issues for many adults and children. Dairy causes hormone issues, fractures, and may lead to osteoporosis.

 

Health Tips:
Dandelion may be considered a weed by many people, but this herb has so many health benefits for your body.

 

The leaves contain high levels of potassium and are a diuretic while the roots act as a blood purifier that helps your kidneys and liver to remove toxins from the blood.

 

Dandelion improves appetite and digestion, helps with anemia, is a rich source of iron and other vitamins. Dandelion contains more carotene than carrots. Dandelion helps with bladder infections.

 

Dandelion is a mild bitter. Bitters activate a reflux that increases the secretion of digestive juices by the lining of the stomach.

 

Dandelion helps increase release of bile which relieves constipation. Dandelion helps with irritable bowel syndrome.

 

And dandelion is a rich source of boron which helps to preserve bone . It’s also a rich source of calcium and has some silicon.

 

Read more about “4 Herbs That Build Strong Bones” from www.care2.com by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

 

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Chaga mushroom: Nine potential health benefits

Chaga mushroom: Nine potential health benefits | zestful living | Scoop.it
What are chaga mushrooms and what are their potential health benefits? How are chaga mushrooms used and what are the possible risks?
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Did you know that chaga mushrooms and other mushrooms are medicinal, healing fungi which help support your immune system? Mushrooms get their healing properties from sunlight as do other plants.

 

Health Tips:
Maittake and shittake mushrooms can be eaten raw as well as portobello mushrooms. Japanese and Chinese mushrooms are beneficial raw. This information from Brian Clement, LD, PhD, co director Hippocrates Health Institute.

 

If you’re going mushroom hunting, you have to be knowledgable to identify which ones are safe for human consumption as some mushrooms are toxic to humans.

 

Check out both www.hippocrateshealthinst.org and www.treeoflifecenter.com for raw mushroom recipes. Tree of Life is from Dr Gabriel Cousens.

 

Read more about “Chaga Mushrooms: Nine Potential Health Benefits” from www.medicalnewstoday.com by Zawn Villines.

 

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Compound Found In Strawberries May Help Prevent Alzheimers Disease And Cancer | Care2 Healthy Living

Compound Found In Strawberries May Help Prevent Alzheimers Disease And Cancer | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Discover the amazing healing properties of fisetin found in strawberries--bestselling author, BOOST YOUR BRAIN POWER IN 60 SECONDS & 60 SECONDS TO SLIM, Dr Cook
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Did you know that new research shows that a compound found in strawberries may prevent Alzheimer’s disease and cancer? Fisetin is a powerful antioxidant which has been shown to be brain protective.

 

Every year new research into plant based real whole food’s compounds is showing the promise of nature’s bounty for your health and well-being.

 

Health Tips:
Choose food that is fresh, whole, and ripe, minimally processed, and eat within a few days. If you can swing it, buy only organic or certified organic to avoid harmful GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, and additives.

 

If you try it, you can do it. Eat at least 50-80 percent raw food. Consume sprouts, fermented foods which are rich in living plant cells, healthy bacteria, and enzymes.

 

Add in to your large salad the sprouts, all types of greens and cruciferous veggies (can be steamed),some root veggies such as carrots, sweet potatoes, (steamed), other veggies (cucumber, zucchini, red peppers, onions, garlic, and any others you prefer.

 

Season with herbs/spices, (high in antioxidants) and if you like nutritional yeast. Greens and veggies are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories.

 

Add in omega 3 fats as in hemp, ground flax, or chia seeds. You can add oil or ground seeds. Chia seeds can be sprouted, but not in water.

 

Also add in some raw walnuts which contain omega 3s. You can also add avocado and other types of raw nuts which also are healthy fats.

 

If you like juicing, drink in the morning. You can also drink green (no fruit added) smoothies with avocado.

 

Fruit can be eaten in the morning or for the evening meal with avocado which is a fruit. Again you can eat with raw nuts/sees and/or homemade nut/seed butters.

 

If you eat three meals, then have another big salad in the evening. You can also add sprouted ancient grains (quinoa, buckwheat, millet, amaranth) and sprouted legumes (beans, peas, lentils) to your salad. Your sprouts can be lightly cooked if you want.

 

Read more about “Compound Found in Strawberries May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease and Cancer” from www.care2.com by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

 

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Gotta love strawberries!
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How to Sprout Beans & Legumes - Hippocrates Health Institute

How to Sprout Beans & Legumes - Hippocrates Health Institute | zestful living | Scoop.it
Sprouted beans and legumes are at the pinnacle of their nutritional value. What’s even better is how easy it is to sprout them; theres no soil required! A tool we recommend to make the process even easier is the Easy Sprouter. Varieties of Beans & Legumes to Sprout: Adzuki Beans Whole Red Lentils Whole Green …
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Did you know how easy it is to sprout beans and legumes (peas, lentils)? Sprouting is the bang for your buck and your nutrition. Sprouting releases the enzymes in the seed.

 

Soil is not required for these type of sprouts. You can also use glass jars and a glass bowl for draining.

 

Health tips:
Sprouts have 10 to 30 percent more protein than mature plants. You can sprout adzuki beans, mung beans, lentils, fenugreek, garbanzo (chickpeas), alfalfa, clover, broccoli, radish, onion, beet, garlic, cabbage, and buckwheat for consuming.

 

Nuts and whole grains can also be sprouted.

 

Sunflower and pea can be both eaten and juiced. Wheatgrass is only for juicing because humans don’t have the digestive enzymes needed to liquefy the tough blades of grass. However your cat will love consuming wheatgrass.

 

All seeds for sprouting must be organic. You can grow a variety of different sprouts. Each offers different nutrients. You can grow enough sprouts for two to four cups a day depending on your eating regimen.

 

Read more about “How To Sprout Beans and Legumes” from www.hippocrateshealthinst.org

 

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21 Surprising Benefits of Aloe Vera

21 Surprising Benefits of Aloe Vera | zestful living | Scoop.it
Aloe vera improves the digestive and immune system, delays aging, reduces arthritis pain, heals wounds, cures nausea, eliminates ulcers, and lowers blood sugar levels
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Did you know that aloe vera is a medicinal plant which has numerous health benefits, including being an immune stimulant, is anti-inflammatory, accelerates wound healing, improves your digestive system and soothes ulcers, stops the pain of psoriases, and helps give your skin a glowing look?

 

Aloe has been used topically for thousands of years. But be aware of some modern products containing aloe which have little to no aloe vera.

 

Health tips: Aloe gel from your plant is always available for you. You can remove long aloe vera leaves without damaging the plant. Best time is mid afternoon when most of the sap has been moved into the leaf.

 

For those of you with digestive issues there is an aloe vera liquid available which is hand harvested from pristine soils and specially grown and selected to provide more biologically active aloe from the plant leaf’s inner gel.

 

This aloe vera plant contains fructooligosaccharides (FOS) which nourishes your micro flora in your gut.

 

If you are interested in learning more about this aloe vera or trying it for yourself, please connect with this subscriber.

Read more about “21 Surprising Benefits of Aloe vera” from www.organicfacts.net

 

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5 Ridiculous Myths About Cow’s Milk

5 Ridiculous Myths About Cow’s Milk | zestful living | Scoop.it
Milk is much more than just a drink, it is a cultural phenomenon that can be traced back thousands of years, but despite all the research proving milk to be detrimental to both our own lives and the lives of the cows, the milk myths still ring loud and clear.
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Did you know that the dairy industry has hoodwinked you, the customer for decades into believing that cow’s milk is good for your health? Nothing could be further from the truth.

 

Cow’s milk carries hormone baggage, doesn’t protect your bones, causes fractures, and was never meant for human consumption.

The dairy industry would fold quickly if they let calves stay with their moms and drink the milk meant only for them to grow bigger.

 

The dairy industry makes its profits from animal suffering. Tearing away a newborn calf from its mother, milking the mother cows constantly, harming the baby calves for ‘veal’, and never allowing cows to eat grass or be outdoors, and giving them antibiotics which has created a another disastrous health problem for humans.

 

Still want to drink cow’s milk? Your choice.

 

Health Tips:
Your body gets all the calcium it requires from plant based real whole food. From avocados to nuts (almonds), seeds (sesame, hemp, chia), and greens (watercress, spinach, kale, collard, turnip greens, asparagus), sea veggies, fruit (figs, blackstrap molasses), raw cacao) and from foods rich in the mineral Boron.

 

Foods high in Boron: Chickpeas, beans, lentils, almonds, avocado, prunes, raisins, apples, pears, oranges, red grapes, broccoli, and whole grains.

 

With calcium, you also need to be taking foods rich in magnesium and also ionic liquid magnesium, vitamin D3, foods rich in boron, strontium, and silica for strong bones.

 

Keeping active and moving in every decade is critical as well for strong bones. Weight lifting and resistance training are essential as well.

 

Read more about “5 Ridiculous Myths About Cow’s Milk” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Abigail Geer.

 

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10 Vegetables You Can Make Burgers With

10 Vegetables You Can Make Burgers With | zestful living | Scoop.it
Here are 10 examples of plant-based foods you can use to make awesome burgers.
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Did you know that plant based food is extremely versatile as you can turn any vegetable into a plant based burger or loaf? Nuts and seeds become plant based cheeses, milk, and butters.

 

Grains become flour for breads, cookies, cakes, pies. Fruit becomes ice cream, sorbet, and butters and jams/jellies.. Zucchini, cucumber, carrot strips can be turned into plant based pasta using a spiralizer or simple peeler.

 

Sprouting or regular buckwheat can be used for granolas, desserts. Ground flaxseeds or chia seeds can be used as a binder in desserts or other dishes. Bananas and applesauce work as well for binders.

 

Coconut meat becomes coconut milk or coconut yogurt. Greens can become plant based wraps for sandwiches.

 

Health Tips:

Plant based foods are not only versatile in the kitchen but they are the food your body understands. When you feed your body with food other than plant food your body can’t utilize it to perform its functions. Why give your body something that can harm it?

 

Plant based food is rich in essential fiber, vitamins, and minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, plant protein, phytochemicals, and other nutrients which your body needs to do its work so you can thrive.

 

Fiber not only keeps everything moving in your digestive system, but it also acts as a prebiotic which is the food your gut bacteria thrive on.

 

A plant based lifestyle based on more raw foods with an abundance of greens and sprouts and which includes some ground flax or chia seeds, and walnuts for adequate omega 3s and little to no processed foods is very healthy.

 

Plant based foods are anti-inflammatory and have been shown in clinical trials and through anecdotal information to help reduce disease, obesity, regulate hormones, blood sugar, blood pressure, support your immune and digestive systems, help your brain to function optimally, and help you to feel full and satisfied for longer periods without eating excess junk foods.

 

Read more about “10 Vegetables You Can Make Burgers With” from www.onegreenplanet.org by rhea Parsons.

 

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6 Healing Herbs To Help You Sleep Deeply | Care2 Healthy Living

6 Healing Herbs To Help You Sleep Deeply | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Use these 6 healing herbs to fall asleep fast and sleep deeply throughout the night.
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Did you know that Mother Nature’s medicinal herbs can help you fall asleep and stay asleep?


You can also take herbs that help with insomnia to curb your fatigue.

 

Adequate sleep is a main driver of a healthy body, mind, and spirit. Not getting enough sleep causes brain fog, poor decision making, and anxiety.

 

Removing stimulants such as caffeine, in the form of soft drinks and coffee helps. Also reducing over the counter meds (OTC) helps as well.

 

Reducing intake of all sugars helps. Not enough food in your body or too much food can also cause sleep issues.

 

Health tips:
Cordyseps, a Chinese medicinal mushroom can help with fatigue and boost energy levels as well.

 

Taking magnesium and calcium, two electrolyte essential minerals helps to improve symptoms of fatigue. The nutrient Co-enzyme Q10 helps fight fatigue as it is involved with cellular energy metabolism in your body.

 

Closing screens an hour before bedtime, reading before bed, taking a warm bath with epsom salts, spraying a few drops of lavender essential oil under your pillow all of these help to relax you to prepare you for a good night’s rest.

 

Taking the herb Eleuthero, another adaptogen like Ashwaghanda helps. Always consult with your health provider before taking any herbs.

 

Adaptogens work like a thermostat, calming you down and boosting your energy at the same time. Another good adaptogen that helps with sleep is Rhodiola Rosea which helps balance your cortisol levels in your body raising or lowering as needed.

 

California Poppy is a good herb which helps with anxiety and restlessness and it’s safe and gentle for children. Helps you to fall asleep and helps the quality of your sleep. Take as a tincture.

 

Meditation and journaling are also helpful to quiet your over active mind.

 

Read more about “6 Healing Herbs To Help You Sleep Deeply” from www.care2.com by Brian Syuki.

 

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These 10 'Healthy' Foods Are Actually Causing Inflammation

These 10 'Healthy' Foods Are Actually Causing Inflammation | zestful living | Scoop.it
You think these foods are healthy—but they actually cause inflammation.
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Did you know that marketing accounts accounts for part of your food choices when you shop? As you know food companies use all kinds of techniques to grab you the consumer to buy their product.

 

Some so called healthy labeled foods are anything but. However you may just buy them because you have always bought them, or you and your kids like them, or your friend told you to try.

 

That’s all well and good, but some of these foods are harming your body. You can try eliminating one at a time to see if you notice a difference in your body.

 

Anything processed is going to be suspect. Many of these items contain sugar, too much sodium, questionable ingredients like additives, artificial colors/flavors that your body doesn’t recognize and can’t utilize. Refined processed also can contain GMOs and pesticides.

 

Grains are a hot issue. Some healthcare docs recommend grains and some don’t.

 

Grains are starches and as such they can turn to sugar in your body. If you’re constantly downing processed grains, chips made of grains, breads, then depending on your body and what other unhealthy foods you’re consuming, you can experience intestinal issues.

 

Yogurt is another one of those hot topics. Dairy yogurt is still dairy and as such it can be problematic for many of you. Dairy is inflammatory.

 

Health tips:
In place of so much processed food, try buying real whole foods and make your own fruit juice, add fresh fruit to organic cooked cereals. You can make your own healthy granola and also energy bars.

 

You can use gluten free or not rolled oats and buckwheat groats (found in bulk aisle), walnuts, sunflower seeds, spices, coconut flakes (optional), bananas, and coconut oil for your granola.

 

For cereal krispies use buckwheat groats with applesauce, spices, sesame seeds. You can also use sprouted buckwheat. Recipes abound online.

 

In place of dairy yogurt try making your own nut or coconut (really a fruit) yogurt. You can use the meat of a real coconut or just use coconut milk. You can make almond yogurt too. Just add a probiotic capsule and ferment in a warm place in your kitchen for 8 hours.

 

The ancient grains: quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, teff are good choices for grains as they are not actually real grains, but seeds. Soak, drain and cook or soak , drain, and sprout your choice.

 

For your sweet, choose fresh ripe fruit which you can add to cooked desserts as well as eating raw. There’s always organic liquid Stevia just 3 drops is enough. Also use spices and raw carob to add more sweetness.

 

Take the time to make a few of your own healthy foods for the week. You’ll be helping your body, and saving money by not purchasing all those boxes, packages of foods that can harm your health.

 

If you have kids, involving them is a sure way to help them learn how to cook (a valuable skill) and you’ll be teaching them about good nutrition by using real whole plant based food. Sometimes it’s the kids who teach the parents.

 

Read more about “These 10 ‘Healthy’ Foods Are Actually Causing Inflammation” from www.mindbodygreen.com by Dr Becky Campbell

 

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The real story on lectins

The real story on lectins | zestful living | Scoop.it
Is there any truth to the claim that beans, grains, nuts, tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers are harmful to our health because they contain lectins?
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Did you know that plant lectins, proteins that bind to carbs during digestion, are safe for you to consume, are healthy and have longevity benefits?

 

If you have a specific food allergy because of your individual response to a lectin in a food, then the article states it’s best to avoid that food.

 

Many people have been concerned about eating certain plant foods, mainly beans because of a concern by certain doctors about lectins being disease causing.

 

Beans and other plant based foods are healthy with proven scientific studies of their efficacy.

 

Read the full article for the complete skinny on lectins.

 

Health Tips:
With so much information on health and wellness it’s easy to get confused about what to consume, what to avoid. Always check the source from where the information arises.

 

Doctors who specialize in plant based wellness with no agenda other than helping as many people as possible to achieve good health are a good resource.

 

Plant based real whole foods have been shown in countless clinical trials and in anecdotal responses to be beneficial for the human body.

 

These foods are rich in essential fiber, nutrients (antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, enzymes) that the body needs in order to function optimally.

 

Read more about “The Real Story on Lectins” from https://www.drfuhrman.com

 

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This Is An Astonishingly Easy, Affordable, and Effective Way to Treat Depression Naturally

This Is An Astonishingly Easy, Affordable, and Effective Way to Treat Depression Naturally | zestful living | Scoop.it
See why this natural depression treatment could help fight depression and how to use it effectively.
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Did you know that every system in your body relies on magnesium to function? It’s the fourth most common mineral in your body and half of the magnesium in your body is stored in your bones. Magnesium plays a huge role in cellular energy.

 

Most people in the U.S. today are deficient in this essential mineral. Magnesium is an electrolyte mineral very necessary for your heart/blood pressure, relaxes muscles, your bones, and your brain as it prevents migraines, lowers risk of stroke, and helps with depression.

 

Magnesium also helps to improve bowel regularity.

Many medications like blood pressure drugs deplete magnesium in your body.

 

Health tips:

Make sure to consume organic plant based food rich in magnesium. Foods grown in depleted soils lack essential minerals.

 

Nuts (Brazil, pine) and seeds as in pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, and flaxseeds are rich in magnesium. Greens, beans, and whole grains are good sources of magnesium.

 

The best way to get minerals into your body is with liquid ionic minerals. Plant based organic food, magnesium oil, and Epsom Salts are high on the list.

 

Read more about “This is an Astonishingly, Easy, affordable, and Effective Way to Treat Depression Naturally” from www.foodrevolution.org

 

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Avocado 101: Nutrition facts and health benefits

Avocado 101: Nutrition facts and health benefits | zestful living | Scoop.it
Avocados contain a range of nutrients and are associated with various health benefits, including a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Learn more.
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Did you know that avocado is really a fruit, but contains very little sugar and is a healthy fat all in one delicious package? Avocados are high in monounsaturated fat, fiber, vitamins B, C, E, and K and rich in potassium, helping your heart, and copper.

 

Consuming avocados does not make you fat. Avocados help to fill you so you may eat less non healthy food.

 

Read the full skinny on avocados.

 

Health tips:
Many of you eat avocado as a veggie with tomatoes, onions, and salsa in guacamole. Some of you like the trendy avocado toast and/or stuffed avocado.

 

Avocado also makes a delicious creamy chocolate mousse and is very tasty eaten with other summer fruits like berries with a little nut butter.

 

Avocado can be used in place of dairy for creamy dishes. Avocados can also be frozen in slices giving you an extra frosty creamy texture similar to frozen bananas.

 

Read more about “Avocado 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits” from www.medicalnewstoday.com by Adda Bjarnadottir, MS.

 

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11 Protein-Packed Vegan Foods

11 Protein-Packed Vegan Foods | zestful living | Scoop.it
We need only a sufficient amount of each amino acid daily. Dietitians confirm that plant-based foods contain a wide variety of profiles, and vegans are pretty
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Did you know that you can never run out of plant based real whole food protein? From the top down that is from sprouts to ancient grains (buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, millet, and teff) plants have you covered in the protein department.

 

All protein comes from plants. Cows eat plants. So skip the middle “cow” and consume just the plants for your protein.

 

Health Tips:

Sprouts, algae, greens, crucifers, root, land and sea veggies, legumes (beans, peas, lentils), nuts and seeds are all rich in plant based real whole food protein. You don’t need to eat beans with rice.

 

You can eat beans with quinoa or buckwheat which is better for your blood sugar. Rice like white potatoes turns to sugar quickly and rice has been shown to contain arsenic, better to limit eating it

 

Read more about “11 Protein-Packed Vegan Foods” from www.ecowatch.com by PETA.

 

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Why Dairy Doesn't Support Bone Health - Hippocrates Health Institute

Why Dairy Doesn't Support Bone Health - Hippocrates Health Institute | zestful living | Scoop.it
Dairy industry media marketing campaigns tell us that “no matter what your age, dairy’s nutrients are an essential part of promoting good bone health,” the National Dairy Council’s website claims.1 There is “overwhelming scientific evidence,” says the Council, that consuming milk, cheese and yogurt throughout your life “may delay or minimize age-related bone loss and thereby …
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Did you know that studies have proven that dairy doesn’t support bone health? Dairy is inflammatory, is acid based and too much of animal based protein strains your kidneys.

 

Osteoporosis, a bone degeneration disease has been a health problem in the U.S. and in other countries for years. If calcium from dairy is so beneficial according to the dairy industry, why is this disease still occurring?

 

Health Tips:
Calcium from plants is the best source for the human body. Dark leafy greens, crucifers (broccoli, kale,),beans, sesame and sunflower seeds, almonds, and pistachio nuts are rich sources.

 

In addition to calcium, your body also requires magnesium, boron, silica, strontium, and vitamin D plus sunshine. Boron helps to preserve bone density.

 

Chickpeas, beans, lentils, walnuts, avocados, raisins, prunes, figs, red grapes, oranges, apples, pears, and bananas are good sources of boron, a trace mineral.

 

Almond, coconut, pistachio nut milk and nut butters plus sesame and sunflower seed butters, coconut yogurt and coconut kefir will also help to support you bones.

 

Read more about “Why Dairy Doesn’t Support Bone Health” from www.hippocrateshealthinst.org

 

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Plant-Based on Pennies: 10 of the Healthiest Foods to Eat that Cost Just Under $1 Per Serving

Plant-Based on Pennies: 10 of the Healthiest Foods to Eat that Cost Just Under $1 Per Serving | zestful living | Scoop.it
Focus on eating these 10 delicious whole plant-based foods on a regular basis, and fill your grocery cart and your dinner table with them as much as possible. Your wallet and your health will thank you!
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Did you know that regardless of what this article says, sprouts are the bang for your buck?

 

A half a cup of most sprouts equates to 2 cups and just 2 tablespoons of broccoli and radish seeds equates to 2 cups, one cup of sunflower and pea shoots fills a 10 x 10 tray.

 

Sprouts are very economical, easy to grow, rich in plant based protein, fiber, and essentials vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, and best of all they taste delicious.

 

The other veggies listed of course are delicious and nutrient based as well. Be careful with rice, white, brown, and even wild contain too much arsenic.

 

Find out more from Dr Michael Greger, www.nutritionfacts.org video. Also rice breaks down to sugar, best to eat minimally.

 

Health tips:
You can sprout adzuki beans, mung beans, garbanzo beans, green and red lentils, fenugreek, broccoli, radish, sunflower, pea shoots, onion, garlic, beet, cabbage, clover, buckwheat, and other nuts, grains. You can use soil, water, or a sprout bag.

 

When you buy organic sprouting seeds, easy directions are given. Non organic seeds do not sprout.

 

Grow a variety of different sprouts to get a variety of nutrients. This will give you balanced nutrition. Remember wheatgrass is only for juicing. Sunflower and pea shoots can be juiced as well as eaten.

 

To get the most nutrients from your veggies, sprout and eat raw. Steaming retains some nutrients and is your best choice when you cook. Of course if you prefer grilling in the summer, do so.

 

Sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, cabbage, zucchini, squash can all be spiralized raw or you can cook them..These veggies can be used in place of white pasta which spikes your blood sugar.

 

Instead of buying tortilla or other wraps, try collard greens, large spinach or chard leaves for green wraps. You can steam collard and chart lightly.

 

Sprouted raw garbanzo beans make a tasty hummus. Sorrel, a green which has a lemony flavor can be added to hummus for a different taste experience.

 

Be sure to include healthy omega 3 fats as in ground flaxseeds, chia, hemp, and sesame seeds and also walnuts. Don’t forget sea veggies high in essential fatty acids and rich in essential iodine.

 

Read more about ““Plant based on Pennies:10 of the Healthiest foods To Eat That Cost Just Under $1 per Serving” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Heather McClees.

 

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Ceylon cinnamon: Health benefits, uses, and more

Ceylon cinnamon: Health benefits, uses, and more | zestful living | Scoop.it
Cinnamon is a widely-used spice in cooking, but Ceylon cinnamon may also help protect against diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and other conditions.
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Did you know that the spice cinnamon, specifically Ceylon cinnamon has health benefits for Diabetes type 2, blood pressure, and Alzheimer’s disease? All spices are very high in antioxidants which help put out the inflammatory fire.

 

Health Tips: Buy organic spices as many times non organic contains pesticides and other questionable ingredients. Cinnamon can be used in place of sugar to heighten the sweet flavor in raw desserts, nut butters, and in porridges.

 

Read more about “Ceylon Cinnamon: Health Benefits, Uses, and More” from www.medicalnewstoday.com by Katherine Watson.

 

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How To Use Science To Keep Your Fruits And Veggies From Spoiling | Care2 Healthy Living

How To Use Science To Keep Your Fruits And Veggies From Spoiling | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Did you know there are scientific ways to help you keep your produce from spoiling? Fruit is usually picked before it’s ripe to avoid decay during transport.

 

If you have fruit trees eating this fruit is the best because when it’s ripe you get to eat it immediately. Same with veggies, greens in your garden.

 

There is truly so much food waste when people buy in quantity and produce is usually, not always though forgotten in the fridge. Buy only what you’re going to use that week and eat it.

 

It takes awhile to grow veggies, to pick, to transport to Farmer’s Markets and/or grocery stores. Labor, time, water, and fuel are all involved.

 

Consider this information when you purchase and plan your meals accordingly so your produce is consumed before you have to dig through your fridge to wonder what that odd smell is.

 

Health Tips:
You can revive veggies and greens in a little cold filtered water soak. Please don’t use tap water unless it’s filtered.

 

Chlorine and chloramine from your tap water do not belong on your food.

 

If your produce is past the cold water revive, you can still use it. Use a food processor or blender and make pureed veggies and fruits.

 

You can also freeze for use later in recipes. Just mark your container with date and item. If you have a dehydrator you can dry fruits and veggies which is another super way to preserve freshness.

 

Some folks like to use ice cube trays for herbs. Chop your parsley or basil, put in a little filtered water in an ice cube tray and freeze. When you need fresh herbs, pop out a cube or two and you’re good to go.

 

Some of you like to peel your fruits and veggies, but the peel is where the antioxidants reside. For those of who don’t like eating these save the peels and scraps as well for soups.

 

Broccoli stems are very nutritious, peel off the hard outer layer and cut up to add to your steamed veggies.

 

Remember to compost instead of using trash containers. Food waste doesn’t belong in landfills.

 

It often is dumped and the decomposition doesn’t occur properly and methane builds up to toxic levels which increases climate change. You can use your compost in your garden or community garden which is a much more responsible way to dispose of this food.

 

These types of produce belong on your counter, not in your fridge:
Apples, bananas, citrus, papaya, jicama, persimmon, pineapple, plantains, pomegranates, tomatoes, watermelon.

 

These items can ripen on your counter and then go in your fridge:
Avocado, stone fruits, pears, kiwi.

 

These produce items can be kept in a cool dry pace. Keep the high ethylene producers away from each other to slow down ripening:
Winter squash, peppers, onions (ethylene), potatoes (ethylene).

 

Everything not listed goes in your fridge. Store your mushrooms in a paper bag.

 

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Turmeric Curcumin For Prediabetes | Care2 Healthy Living

Turmeric Curcumin For Prediabetes | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
A study on the use of the turmeric pigment curcumin to prevent diabetes in prediabetics is published with extraordinary results.
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Did you know that turmeric’s well known compound curcumin has been shown in a clinical trial to possibly have an anti-diabetic effect?

 

Please note that Dr Greger points out that pre diabetes is a disease in itself and can be cured with a plant based regimen.

 

Health Tips: You can use turmeric root, turmeric powder, and people from India make a paste from a small hard piece of turmeric.

 

There’s also curcumin supplements, but chewing the food is always better than swallowing a pill.

 

The food contains all the compounds from the plant while capsules usually contain just one compound. The food comes from nature while the pill comes from a lab.

 

Read more about “Turmeric Curcumin For Pre-Diabetes” from www.care2.com by Dr Michael Greger, www.nutritionfacts.org

 

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