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Living an Inspired Life

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How do you live a truly inspired life? The foundational elements consist of four “well-balance” points.

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Play is an inherent piece of who we truly are. Children have a wonderful sense of being in the moment through play. When you keep that child like quality, you too can have an inspired life.

 

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The BioSync Team's curator insight, March 5, 2014 6:01 PM

You will find that this playing in the sandbox of life attitude will affect the bio-chemistry of your system nurturing health and fostering happiness.


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The Foundational Elements


1)  Happiness and enjoyment
2)  Activity – both mental and physical
3)  Being comfortable in your body
4)  Having a sense of humor


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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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12 Natural Antibiotics That Our Ancestors Used Instead of Pills

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Read more about "12 Natural Antibiotics That Our Ancestors Used Instead of Antibiotics" from www.realfarmacy.com 

 

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Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Read more about "Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water" from www.ecowatch.com by Joe Leech, Authority Nutrition.

 

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Amazing Facts About Vitamin K - Herbs Info

Amazing Facts About Vitamin K - Herbs Info | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Did you know that plant based real whole food is the best and richest source for all your vitamin/mineral needs?  Yes it is critical for you to take a supplement for vitamin D and B12.

 

Many people, maybe you,  are deficient in what is known as "shortfall nutrients": fiber, the minerals calcium, potassium, magnesium, and the vitamins A, C, D, E, K.  These are the nutrients found in  unprocessed plant food. Consume the foods rich in these nutrients.

 

Health Tips:  Beans, peas, lentils known as legumes fill you up with nourishing goodness and give you that second meal effect. Adding cruciferous veggies like broccoli, cabbage, kale and other crucifers plus sprouts, and a big salad of greens/veggies with a piece of fruit for dessert; sets you up for nutrition heaven. Your body gets satisfied and you are rocking the boat.

 

Caveat: if you're on the drug warfarin, known as coumadin, consult your doctor because too much vitamin K, which is concentrated in greens can undermine the effectiveness of the drug.

 

With plant based real whole foods everyday is a party day because you get to eat what you like and in return your body thrives. "Greens are associated with the strongest protection against major chronic diseases". This information comes from "How Not to Die", by Dr Michael Greger, www.nutritionfacts.org 

 

Read more about "Amazing Facts About Vitamin K" from www.herbs-info.com 

 

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12 Awesome Ways to Use Avocados

12 Awesome Ways to Use Avocados | zestful living | Scoop.it
Avocados can be uses for much more than simple salads or guacamole. The healthy oils in avocados have a wide variety of uses for skin and body treatments.
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Did you know that avocados are one of the most versatile plant based real whole food you can eat? Avocados as you've read many times on this site create a creamy texture which can be swapped in for oils, butter, milk, cream sour cream, yogurt, and cheese.

 

Studies show that avocados help keep your heart healthy, fill you up so you're not as hungry after eating a meal, and lower your blood sugar. Avocados unlike dairy have no cholesterol, saturated fat, milk sugar,lactose, or excess hormones. Best of all avocados and other plant based food don't harm animals.

 

Avocados not only help your heart, but they are kind to your skin, hair, and scalp. Read the article to discover other nifty uses for avocados.

 

Health Tips:  Avocados create that whipped fluffy texture found in so many recipes. Avocados add oodles of creaminess to your smoothies so you don't have to use yogurt or even bananas which add too much sweetness.

 

Brownies anyone? Yes you can make delicious brownies using avocados and even decadent fudge. What about frozen ice cream, avocados to the rescue. 

 

Read more about "12 Awesome Ways to Use Avocados" from www.ecowatch.com by Zoe Blarowski, Care2.

 

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Turmeric latte: the ‘golden milk’ with a cult following

Turmeric latte: the ‘golden milk’ with a cult following | zestful living | Scoop.it
Cafes from Sydney to San Francisco are spicing up their menus with cold-pressed turmeric juice added to almond, cashew or coconut milk. It’s a healthy alternative to coffee, it tastes great – and it’s easy to make your own
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Did you know you can make a turmeric nut milk latte beverage which is an anti-inflammatory that helps your body fight arthritis, cancer, and infections? Turmeric has been used by ayurvedic practitioners for thousands of years.

 

Turmeric nut milk lattes are spicing up menus in cafes all over the world. It's a definite healthy alternative to caffeinated drinks. 

 

Health Tips: You can make your own at home. Turmeric can be added to your green smoothies, green juices, grated on top of your salads, veggies, added to teas. Dr Michael Greger, www.nutritionfacts.org says that just one-eighth (1/8) of a teaspoon every day helps to cut DNA damage in half. You can add the same amount of black pepper to boost the chemical compound curcumin.

 

Read more about the Asian spice taking cafes by storm "Turmeric Latte the 'Golden Milk' With a Cult Following" from www.theguardian.com  by Saba Imtiaz.

 

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Brain Health Begins in Your Gut

Brain Health Begins in Your Gut | zestful living | Scoop.it
David Perlmutter, a neurologist and author of Grain Brain, explains why you may want to give up gluten.
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Did you know that what you consume, digest, assimilate, and absorb does indeed matter as to your health and well-being?  Today you are learning that there is an important connection between your gut and your brain.

 

These microorganisms that inhabit your gut play a huge role in regulating the process of inflammation according to Dr David Perlmutter, neurologist and author of "Grain Brain". Inflammation leads to diabetes, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, autoimmune diseases, autism, and even depression.

 

You already know that eating massive amounts of sugar and its derivatives and ultra processed non food stuff contributes to chronic disease. Research shows that gluten, a protein in wheat, barley, and rye contains another protein "gliadin" which has been shown to induce "increased permeability of the gut lining". The "increased permeability" increases inflammation in your body when you eat food containing gluten. Most of you may be unaware of this fact.

 

Health Tips:  Consuming a complete real whole plant based food program with healthy fats (think avocado, nuts, some coconut/olive oil), deep greens, cruciferous veggies, other veggies, herbs and spices, sprouts, fermented food, algae, and some fruit is anti-inflammatory .These  nutrient dense foods have been demonstrated in numerous studies to be protective for your body, prevent chronic disease, cancer, promote longevity, and help you look, feel, and be well.

 

Read more about this excellent article "Brain Health Begins in Your Gut, an Interview with David Perlmutter" from www.eomega.org by David Perlmutter.

 

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A Cup of Blueberries a Day Protects Against Two of the Most Degenerative Diseases Known to Man | AltHealthWorks.com

A Cup of Blueberries a Day Protects Against Two of the Most Degenerative Diseases Known to Man | AltHealthWorks.com | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Did you know that blueberries and all berries offer protection against cancer, boost your immune system, and guard your liver and brain?  Berries are the healthiest fruits.

 

The dark pigmented colors are the antioxidants so it's important not to peel apples. Antioxidants combat free radicals which lead to inflammation. Berries are second only to herbs and spices for their antioxidant abilities.

 

Blueberries are known to increase memory. Tart cherries help with arthritis/gout and better sleep. Goji berries have high concentrations of melatonin and zeaxanthin (helps with vision loss). Black currants have been shown in a study to improve the symptoms of computer eyestrain. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger, "How Not to Die".

 

Health Tips:  Fresh organic berries or flash frozen berries are your best bet. You can eat the berries as is or make plant based ice cream for a super summery treat. When you make jam most of the anthocyanin pigments are lost.

 

Read more about "A Cup of Blueberries a Day Protects Against Two of the Most Degenerative Diseases Known to Man" from www.althealthworks.com by Yelena Sukhoterina.

 

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New research reveals sun benefits that AREN'T linked to vitamin D

New research reveals sun benefits that AREN'T linked to vitamin D | zestful living | Scoop.it
Even taking the skin-cancer risk fully into account, scientists say that getting a good dose of sunshine is statistically going to make us live longer, healthier and happier lives.
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Did you know that the sun IS your friend and offers other health benefits not attributed to just vitamin D? Yes, vitamin D is critical for your health as it helps you build strong bones and teeth. Yet these other sun benefits are important too. Read about this new research.

 

Scientists and others have known for awhile now that avoiding the sun isn't smart. Read the article to get all  the heart healthy benefits. Of course the sun makes you feel good too and lifts your mood.

 

Health tips: Be wise and get out in the sun for short periods. Older adults, especially need more sun exposure as  their vitamin D levels are low. Being outside, whether in nature or working outside is critical for your body.

 

Are you worried about skin cancer? Then use a safe sunscreen recommended by Environmental Working Group (EWG). Most sunscreens sold today are filled with chemicals which do much more harm than you being out in the sun. Wear wide brimmed hats and sunglasses.

 

Read more about "New Research Reveals Sun Benefits that AREN'T Linked to Vitamin D" from www.dailymail.co.uk by John Nash for the Daily Mail.

 

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Cashews: Nutritional Information, Health Benefits

Cashews: Nutritional Information, Health Benefits | zestful living | Scoop.it
Read all about the nutritional properties of cashew nuts, along with a list of their potential health benefits and ways to incorporate them in your diet.
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Did you know that you can soak raw cashews to make cheeses and cheesy sauces? Cashews are one of many versatile nuts with beneficial ingredients for your health. 

 

Cashews are rich in compounds that dialate blood vessels so that oxygen rich blood can flow to your brain, where it's needed for peak performance. Raw cashews are good sources of magnesium and copper. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in your body. Copper helps your bones.

 

Nuts help fight heart disease,  help lower cancer risk, lower risk of obesity and diabetes, and eating a handful a day helps with weight loss.  Raw nuts help lower elevated blood sugar levels and high blood pressure to combat metabolic syndrome.

 

Health tips:  Keep all nuts in a cool dark place, a fridge works well.. Before using, soak your raw nuts for 4-8 hours, dry in dehydrator or roast on low. heat  Then you can make cashew cheeses, sauces, milks, or just eat as is. Cashews are a healthy fat and protein.

 

Read more about "Cashews:Nutritional Information, Health benefits" from www.medicalnewstoday.com by Megan Ware, RDN, LD.

 

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Fish Oil–Is It Your Friend or Foe? - UC Davis Integrative Medicine

Fish Oil–Is It Your Friend or Foe? - UC Davis Integrative Medicine | zestful living | Scoop.it
This article is part 5 of our series on Sugar, Oil, and Salt (SOS). Among the many myths that swirl around food these days, fish oil consumption is a recurring one. Over the years, fish oil has gained an unassailable reputation as a cure-all, protecting against heart disease, fending off arthritis and diabetes, and improving …
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Did you know that fish oil doesn't prevent heart disease? Read about the Eskimo myth which was disproved in the 1930s. Yes you do need omega 3 fatty acids, but from plant based sources such as algaes and seeds.

 

Omega 3s, specifically DHA helps your brain. Plant based sources are from alpha linoleic acid (ALA) which converts to DHA and you only require a little bit. Read article to find out how much.

 

Health Tips: This site has previously written about omega 6 vegetable oils being harmful to your health while omega 3s and 9s are good for your body. Consuming too many omega 6 fats leads to heart disease.

 

Take just one or two tablespoons of ground flaxseeds daily or chia, hemp seeds, or walnuts to get your required amount. Blue-green algae and sea veggies are also rich sources of omega 3s. In fact fish get their omega 3s from eating sea veggies.

 

Read more about "Fish Oil is it Friend or Foe" from www.ucdintegrativemedicine.com by Rosane Oliveira.

 

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MiNDFOOD - The Recipe for a Healthy Gut

MiNDFOOD - The Recipe for a Healthy Gut | zestful living | Scoop.it
We have known for a long time that there are trillions of bacteria 
in our digestive tracts, but scientists are only beginning to understand 
the link between these microbiota and our overall wellbeing.
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Did you know that what your gut bacterial microorganisms eat is who you are? Scientists are discovering the links between the trillions of bacteria in your gut, your health, and how consumption of certain foods can make a difference.

 

Your gut is the seat of your health and what food you eat does make a difference in terms of staying healthy or getting sick. Plant based real whole food which is fiber, nutrient rich and known as functional/anti-inflammatory food is the best food for your gut bacteria.

 

Health Tips:  Prebiotic food  is indigestible fibers that feed your beneficial gut flora, which are known as probiotics. Prebiotics are nonliving dietary fibers that help probiotics grow and thrive. Prebiotics are found in asparagus, onions, garlic, leeks, cruciferous veggies, some root veggies, including chickory, burdock, dandelion greens, beets, and Jerusalem artichoke.

 

Fermented or cultured foods is an ancient form of preservation in which food is transformed by bacteria  to break down all foods carbs and proteins and help your digestion. Miso, kimchi, cultured veggies and sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir are some fermented foods you can make or buy. these foods are never pasteurized because that process kills the bacteria.

 

Read more about ""The Recipe For a Healthy Gut" from www.mindfood.com by Sarah Harvey.

 

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3 Reasons Flax Seeds Are The Duct Tape Of Health | Care2 Healthy Living

3 Reasons Flax Seeds Are The Duct Tape Of Health | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Find out about the health benefits of flax seeds and why these superfoods are a cheap, effective solution to today's health problems.
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Did you know that  consuming flaxseeds is one of the best preventative measures you can take for your health? Ground flaxseeds work to lower blood pressure. Eating just a few tablespoons daily appears to be two or three times more potent than doing an aerobic high intensity exercise program. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger, "How Not to Die".

 

Flaxseeds also extend a woman's menstrual cycle by about a day. this means you'll have fewer periods during your life and perhaps less estrogen exposure and reduced breast cancer risk. From Dr Michael Greger, "how Not to Die"

 

Consumption of ground flaxseeds  in a study lowered men's cancer-cell proliferation rates while increasing their rate of cancer-cell clearance. Ground flaxseeds also may be able to prevent prostrate cancer from advancing. From Dr Michael Greger, "How Not to Die".

 

Health Tips: Flaxseeds are rich in fiber and lignans, which your body requires to fuction optimally. Buy whole flaxseeds and grind them as eating them whole just passes them through your body without releasing any of its nutrients. Flaxseeds are a top omega 3 fatty acid.

 

Flaxseeds have a nutty sort of flavor and can be used as flax "eggs" in baking. Use one TBSP ground flax with three TBSP water. Mix until it gels and add to your recipes. You can make crackers or breads. Bake or use a dehydrator for low heat. They bind well.

 

Read more about "3 Reasons Flax Seeds Are the Duct tape of Health" from www.care2.com by Diane Vukovic.

 

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8 Plants With Unexpected Health Benefits

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Food Revolution: Grow Food At Home

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Bananas: Are They Fattening or Will They Help You Lose Weight?

Bananas: Are They Fattening or Will They Help You Lose Weight? | zestful living | Scoop.it
Bananas are high in many nutrients and provide many health benefits. They contain lots of fiber, carbs and some essential vitamins and minerals. Bananas are
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Did you know that unripe green bananas are high in what's known as resistant starch which can slow down the absorption of sugar from food in your body?  This helps keep your blood sugar levels stable and helps you to feel fuller longer.

 

Resistant starts acts like soluble fiber which means it's resistant to digestion. Resistant starch works because it functions like soluble fermented fiber. It passes through your stomach undigested and ends up in your colon where it feeds the friendly bacteria in your gut.

 

Health Tips:  Most people eat ripe yellow bananas which are high in sugar. If you're healthy and eat a complete plant based plan with no processed non food, then eating one ripe banana a day should be fine.

 

Bananas and other fruits are easy fast food. Remember to eat other fruits besides bananas to get all the antioxidant benefits that the darker pigmented fruits (berries, cherries) offer.

 

Consider in place of oils, using mashed bananas or fresh applesauce with no added sugar. You can also sub in mashed or canned pumpkin, soaked prunes, or avocado. 

 

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What are the Health Benefits of Walnuts?

What are the Health Benefits of Walnuts? | zestful living | Scoop.it
Learn all about the health benefits of walnuts. This article provides both nutritional information and recipes for these single-seeded stone fruits.
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Did you know that walnuts are considered food for your brain as they contain vitamins B6 and E, which promote a healthy nervous system, a clear memory, and focused thinking? Vitamin E also has been shown to reduce inflammation. Almonds also help to boost your brain and mood.

 

Walnuts and other nuts are  cancer fighting omega 3 plant foods. Walnuts contain some omega 3s in the form of alpha linoleic acid (ALA). It's important to eat all forms of omega 3s (EPA/DHA and ALA).

 

Health Tips:  Getting enough sleep every night (7-9) hours, handling stress in your life, doing daily exercise also helps to preserve your brain and improve brain function. 

 

Choose fruit and nuts/nut butter for a healthy snack or one of your meals. Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil along with walnut oil are great omega 3 healthy fats. Keep in your fridge as they are perishable.

 

To maximize nutrient absorption, pair some nut/seed butters with your greens. Think a creamy tahini (sesame seed) dressing on your salad or walnuts in your pestos, or toasted sunflower seeds on your veggies. The list is only limited by your imagination.

 

Read more about "What Are the Health Benefits of Walnuts?" from www.medicalnewstoday.com by Megan Ware, RDN, LD.

 

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25 Vegan Sources For Calcium | Care2 Healthy Living

25 Vegan Sources For Calcium | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
The dairy industry markets milk as the best food for healthy bones, but vegan sources for calcium are often better for your bones than milk!
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Did you know that you don't need dairy products to get your calcium? Harvard University recently told the USDA that dairy was not considered a healthy food. The milk marketing board and dairy industry lobbyists have pitched their spiel for years that milk was needed for strong bones.  Not so.

 

Most animal based food eaters are deficient in calcium, as well as potassium, magnesium, boron, and vitamins A, C, D, E, and K.  Meat eaters get some calcium, protein, and iron from their animal based food, but they also get a dose of extra baggage in the form of dairy hormones and saturated fat.

 

Health Tips: Plant based real whole food is rich in all the minerals, vitamins, amino acids (protein), enzymes, and other nutrients your body requires to grow strong bones and healthy bodies. And with plant based you can have your "milk" and cheese too.

 

When you switch to a plant based food plan, it may take some time for your body to adjust as it cleans out all the waste from animal products and gets  used to eating nature's food. Introduce more fiber rich foods slowly as well as beans.

 

Avocados can give that creamy mouth feel you love as well as nut butters for all your recipes. Eat varied nutrient dense meals every day. Remember with plant based, you can mix and match your ingredients.

 

What does this mean? In place of whole grain flours, you can use coconut flour,  oats,  shredded coconut, nuts, and DIY protein rich fiber (think chia, flax, hemp seed).In place of oils, you can swap in coconut butter, nut butters, and avocado.

 

Read more about "25 Vegan Sources for Calcium" from www.care2.com by Becky Striepe.

 

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10 Most Toxic and Dangerous Foods That Cause Cancer Which Should Never “Get In Your Mouth”

10 Most Toxic and Dangerous Foods That Cause Cancer Which Should Never “Get In Your Mouth” | zestful living | Scoop.it
Nowadays, the biggest threat to our wellbeing seems to be the food we consume. Thus, regardless of the claims of nutritionists, the foods as are listing here today have been subjected to an excessive preparation and are abundant in chemicals and harmful compounds. Therefore, they are far from the food they used to be before […]
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Did you know that real whole food is information your body uses to perform it's functions? When you constantly eat highly refined processed non food stuff, sugar and its derivatives, you are ingesting substances which your body doesn't recognize and cannot utilize.

 

Your body is malnourished when you don't feed it what it needs. This fake food is also inflammatory and causes symptoms to appear on your face and other body parts. These symptoms unless addressed at the root cause will morph into chronic diseases.

 

Health Tips:  Real whole food is made from nature, not made in a lab. Plant based food is what your body craves and when you consume these ingredients, you're helping your body and bacterial microorganisms to thrive. You look, feel, and act well, because you are.

 

You can't go wrong with plant based food. Eat meals that are nutrient dense such as  nuts/seeds with greens/ veggies or nuts/seeds with fruit . Ancient grains like quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat  go well with  greens/veggies. Add in some sprouts, fermented foods, algae for more vitamins and minerals and enjoy.

 

Limit your intake of healthier sweeteners. Try organic liquid Stevia which works wonderfully for your plant based desserts. If you do buy processed food, check the label. Any word that is hard to pronounce is probably a chemical and you might consider not purchasing. It's always your choice.

 

Read more about "10 Most Toxic and Dangerous Foods That Cause Cancer Which Should Never 'Get in Your Mouth'" from www.healthyfoodhouse.com by Admin.

 

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Hey Vegetarians and Vegans: It's Time to Debunk the Protein Combining Myth

Hey Vegetarians and Vegans: It's Time to Debunk the Protein Combining Myth | zestful living | Scoop.it
Protein combining is all about amino acids. The idea is that plant-based proteins don’t provide all of the essential amino acids, so you need to eat
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Did you know that plant based foods have all the needed amino acids (protein) that your body requires to function optimally? Whether you're a vegetarian/vegan or a newbie just switching to consuming more plant foods you can forget about the protein combining myth and just eat a variety of plant based foods.

 

Listen to Dr Michael Greger, www.nutritionfacts.org in this short video explain how the myth got started (really funny, you don't want to miss) and that all amino acids (protein) originate from plants.

 

Health tips:  Are you aware that vegan bodybuilders and olympic athletes thrive on plant based food? Maybe it's time for you to ditch meat, dairy, eggs and get on the "Food for Planet Earth" program.

 

All plant based food contain protein, some like sprouts, legumes (beans, chickpeas,, lentils), spirulina, chlorella, nuts/seeds, greens, quinoa, amaranth are rich sources. Everyday eat a varied nutrient dense plant based plan and you'll be on top of your game.

 

Read more about "Hey Vegetarians and Vegans: It's Time to Debunk the Protein Combining Myth" from www.ecowatch.com by Becky Striepe, Care2.

 

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Daily chocolate intake linked to lower risk of diabetes, heart disease

Daily chocolate intake linked to lower risk of diabetes, heart disease | zestful living | Scoop.it
There is some welcome news for chocolate lovers; new research suggests eating chocolate every day may lower the likelihood of diabetes and heart disease.
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Did you know that consuming a little dark chocolate, made from raw cacao, not processed cocoa may lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease?  Dark chocolate by itself has very high antioxidant levels and antioxidants help reduce free radical damage.

 

Health tips: Eating 70% or higher dark chocolate with no cane sugar is very highly recommended. Most of the dark chocolate bars in grocery stores, food co-ops are sweetened with cane sugar and too much of it. You can easily ingest 15-20 gr just of the sugar alone, which is a metabolic disaster waiting to happen. You have to be persistent to find the ones that are sweetened with either a little coconut sugar, dates, or maple syrup.

 

This bar (pictured) is made in Oregon from stone ground raw chocolate and sweetened with just one (1) date with just 5 gr of sugar. Dates by themselves are nature's candy and they are very sweet so one  a day is just right. It's made with 83% cacao which is high in antioxidants.

 

You can also make your own dark chocolate using organic cacao butter, organic raw cacao, and a tiny bit of your preferred sweetener. Mine is grade B maple syrup. Is it good? Yes from the comments of many many people who have sampled it.

 

Just remember, a little of everything goes a long way. Your body wasn't designed for you to eat tons of sugar laden foods, ultra processed non food stuff, and/or cane sugar sweetened chocolate bars.

 

Read more about "Daily Chocolate Intake Linked to Lower Risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease" from www.medicalnewstoday.com by Honor Whiteman.

 

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A handful of walnuts a day keeps heart disease at bay

A handful of walnuts a day keeps heart disease at bay | zestful living | Scoop.it
Researchers from a Barcelona hospital and Loma Linda University looked at cholesterol levels of 700 elderly men and women and found snacking on nuts reduced artery clogging cholesterol
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Did you know walnuts pack a powerhouse of nutrition  in every bite? Walnuts resemble your brain and help save it too as they are high omega 3 fatty acid food. Omega 3s reduce brain inflammation.  Walnuts also contain vitamin B6 and E, which promotes a healthy nervous system, clear memory, and focused thinking.

 

Being rich in omega 3 fatty acids also help your heart. Omega 3s are anti-inflammatory and therefore prevent blood vessels from becoming inflammed. This type of inflammation usually triggers artery disease. 

 

Health Tips:  You can boost your mood by eating a few handfuls of walnuts daily. Walnuts are a good healthy fat and protein source to top off your coconut yogurt, overnight oats, or other fave dish.

 

Many people, maybe you have deficiencies in vitamin  D and E. As these are fat-soluble, it may be difficult for your to absorb unless you take them with a little fat. Consuming walnuts and other nuts solves the fat-soluble issue.

 

Read more about "Walnuts Keep Heart Disease at Bay: Nuts Found to Lower Cholesterol Without Causing Weight Gain" from www.dailymail.co.uk by Fiona Macrae, Science Correspondent for the Daily Mail.

 

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5 Ways Eating Processed Foods Messes with Your Body

5 Ways Eating Processed Foods Messes with Your Body | zestful living | Scoop.it
Foods that have been chemically processed or highly refined can mess with the healthy workings of your body. Here are five areas of your body that processed
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Did you know that eating complete real whole plant based food has been shown in study after study to reverse heart disease and help prevent against diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases. Scientists now know that there is a direct correlation between food you consume and your gut and brain health.

 

Highly processed refined, chemically processed, and sugar laden non food stuff harms your body by causing massive inflammation leading to weight gain and disease. Your body thrives on real food made from nature not made in a lab. Real plant based food nourishes your body, gives it energy to perform its optimal functions, and helps you to look, feel, and be better for a lifetime.

 

Health Tips:  Want the secret to beautiful skin? Yes coconut oil moisturizes your skin, but it;s the dark leafy greens that keep it supple and blemish free. Consume green smoothies and juices, eat one or two large salads a day, use greens as raw wraps for fillings, spreads, dips, and if you're adventurous, eat raw just for the heck of it.

 

Don't forget your green sprouts. Buy organic sprouts online or at your seed store. Fill tray with healthy nutrient rich organic soil about 1 inch. Layer the sprouts on top. Use filtered water and empty out excess water. A second tray helps to collect water. Cover with a heavy object to get the sprouts growing. In just a few days your sprouts have begun to show green shoots.

 

You can remove heavy object and watch nature in action right in your own home. When sprouts have tiny leaves and are a few inches high, cut with scissors or use your fingers. Leave about an inch or so of the green shoots in the soil and your sprouts will keep producing healthy organic green food year round. 

 

You can eat right from the tray, juice sprouts, use in your green smoothies, add to salads and veggies, share with friends. These sprouts have 30 to 100 times more protein than mature plants. And they taste delicious. Imagine green food for just pennies a day and real nutrition your body craves. What are you aiting for. Get started today.

 

Read more about "5 Ways Eating Processed Foods Messes With Your Body" from www.ecowatch.com by Jordyn Cormier, Care2.

 

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6 Alternatives to Milk: Which Is the Healthiest?

6 Alternatives to Milk: Which Is the Healthiest? | zestful living | Scoop.it
There are many non-dairy milk alternatives for those that have allergies or are lactose intolerance, including soy, hemp, almond, rice, coconut and flax
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Did you know that studies show that dairy milk causes fractures and a high intake of milk and cheese appears to increase total prostrate cancer risk?  Isn't it time you made the switch to plant based milk? 

 

Dr Dean Ornish and others demonstrated that consuming a complete plant based real whole food regimen was able to reverse prostrate cancer growth.  Eliminating eggs and dairy has been shown to improve asthmatic children's lung function in about two months.

 

Health tips:  Nut and seed milks are plentiful these days. Making your own ensures you know what ingredients are in your plant based milk. Nuts can extend your life iabout two years if you continue to eat a handful or so daily.

 

You can make pecan, hazelnut, and pistachio  nut milk as well as almond. A benefit of making your own is you get to use the nut pulp in other recipes or add to your smoothies.

 

In addition to nut and seed milks, you can also make or buy nut/seed butters. You can make or purchase nut cheese as well. Cashews make a delicious plant based cheese , sauce, or cream cheese, sour cream. From sesame seeds made into tahini, you can create tangy dressings or sauces. Ginger and peanut sauce work wonders for raw wrap meals.

 

Read more about "6 Alternatives to Milk: Which is Healthiest?" from www.ecowatch.com by Alex A. Keckes, Care2.

 

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Can Certain Activities Slash Alzheimer’s Risk in Half? | Live in the Now

Can Certain Activities Slash Alzheimer’s Risk in Half? | Live in the Now | zestful living | Scoop.it
We hear all the time how exercise is good for the brain. Yet according to a new study, any physical activity can cut the risk of Alzheimer’s in half.
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Did you know that exercise like gardening, dancing, walking, playing with your grand kids, and other forms of movement can cut the risk of Alzheimer's disease in half? Exercise increases brain volume in healthy people and those with mild cognitive difficulties.

 

Scientists and most of you  have known for awhile now that the brain can grow new neurons. Another lesser known fact is that burning calories increases grey matter in the brain in parts of the brain associated with learning, memory, and performing more complex cognitive tasks. Read the full article to discover the significant results associated with these findings.

 

Health tips: Are you aware there is a proven gut brain connection? What you consume  and your lifestyle habits have a huge impact on how your body  and brain function. Modern mediine is waking up to the fact that the body is not made up of disparate organs, but is a unified whole. 

 

Plant based real whole food has been shown in numerous studies to block toxins. Those consuming completely plant based food have been found to have extremely lower levels of dioxins in their bodies and decreased contamination with flame retardant pollutants. It appears that the more plant based food you eat and the longer you go without ingesting animal based food, the lower your levels fall.

 

Guess what? What's good for your heart is good for your brain because clogging of the arteries inside the brain with plaque is thought to play a key role in the development of Alzheimer's disease. Veggies, peas, bean, lentils, fruits, and other plant based food are protective.

 

Read more about "Can Certain Activities Slash Alzheimer's Risk in Half?" from www.liveinthenow.com by Mary West.

 

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