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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 11:01 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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Anti-Aging Foods and Beyond - Hippocrates Health Institute

Anti-Aging Foods and Beyond - Hippocrates Health Institute | zestful living | Scoop.it
By Brian Hetrich What causes us to age? Scientist who study Gerontology are not exactly sure. Some believe it is due to genetics, exposure to the sun, breathing, eating, or some kind of predetermined biological clock. One thing gerontologists all agree on is that that chronological age has little bearing on biological age. In other …
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Did you know that your chronological age has nothing to do with your true age? Yes you can be biologically younger. Science has known for a long time that what you consume and how you live your life aka lifestyle have a direct bearing on how you age.

 

Have you heard of telomeres?  Think of the plastic tip at the end of your shoelaces. When your cells replicate themselves, the tip gets a little shorter. This article explains in detail.

 

From research Dr Dean Ornish did it is known that "just three months on a whole foods plant based diet including exercise can significantly boost teleromase activity". Teleromase is an enzyme found in certain plants and in humans. Read about the follow up study results.

 

Health tips:  No matter how you chew it, plants are the bang for your buck for longevity and healthy aging.  Sprouts are the most nutrient dense land based food while blue green algae (spirulina and chlorella) are the most nutritious in fresh water and sea veggies are the best from the ocean.

 

Read more about "Anti-Aging Foods and beyond" from www.hippocrateshealthinstitute.org by Lindsay Johnson.

 

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Amazing Health Benefits Of 20 Fruits And Vegetables

Amazing Health Benefits Of 20 Fruits And Vegetables | zestful living | Scoop.it
Apricots are known for their anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties, making them an excellent option for boosting your immune system. Studies have also suggested that they are effective in managing inflammatory bowel disorders like ulcers
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Did you know that plant based real whole food packs the highest nutritional value for you and your family's health? All plant food is anti-inflammatory and many are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and enzymes all necessary to help your body thrive.

 

Health Tips:  Avocados are a rich source of monosaturated healthy fat which is high in oleic acid. Avocados contain glutathione, the master antioxidannt, an essential nutrient for your liver health. They are loaded with vitamins and minerals making them a go to food for daily consumption.

 

Because avocado skin isn't consumed, you can buy conventional safely. Avocados can be used in place of sour cream, yogurt,  and milk, in place of butter or oil for baking, mashed in guacamole and other spreads, added to smoothies, and eaten as is for a delicious quick nutrient rich lunch. Love avocados.

 

Read more about "Amazing Health Benefits of 20 Fruits and Veggies" from www.herbs-info.com 

 

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These 10 Superfoods Can Help Balance Your Hormones and Reduce Inflammation

These 10 Superfoods Can Help Balance Your Hormones and Reduce Inflammation | zestful living | Scoop.it
Hormonal imbalances and inflammation are common conditions that are often the culprit behind joint pain, fatigue, high blood pressure, headaches and bloating
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Did you know that #plantbased real whole food is anti-inflammatory and provides relief for hormonal issues?  You can decrease levels of steroid hormones by avoiding animal based food, including meat, dairy, and eggs.

 

Health tips:  Avoid fish as well due to industrial pollutants, known as xenoestrogens, as well as hormones found in animal protein and milk as these are thought to be in part responsible for early onset puberty in girls. This information from Dr Michael Greger, www.nutritionfacts.org 

 

Flaxseeds , mushrooms,, collard greens, and seaweed are all plant based foods which help to reduce breast cancer risk. Other greens, veggies also help to lower cancer risk and fight inflammation in your body.

 

Read more about "These 10 Superfoods Can Help Balance Your Hormones and Reduce Inflammation" from www.ecowatch.com by Brian Ssyuki, Care2.

 

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Are Frozen Fruits And Vegetables Healthier Than Fresh? | Care2 Healthy Living

Are Frozen Fruits And Vegetables Healthier Than Fresh? | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
It may seem like a natural assumption that fresh fruits and vegetables are more nutritious. But research shows this can be a false assumption.
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Did you know that there are two camps regarding fresh and frozen food? One touts the health benefits of modern technology that freezes produce very quickly. The other camp says that when food is frozen the food is basically dead in thirty minutes. If you have to freeze, keep in freezer for a very short time. Flash frozen is a little better.

 

From reading this article, one might think that this modern freezing technology is the same as flash frozen. Do the best you can for what works for you and your family.

 

Health tips:  If you can eat as much sprouted raw organic food as you're able as this type of food delivers the true bang for your buck and bang for your nutrition as sprouts are 30-100 times more potent than mature plants. Eat a handful when you're hungry, juice them, or top on your other mains/sides.

 

If you're consuming fruit, opt for ripe fruit. You might consider growing your own fruit trees for all you can pick value. Grow your own veggies, greens too in a garden plot or in containers on your deck, patio, front yard. Eat fresh, meaning raw or lightly steamed.

 

Read more about "Are fozen Fruts and Vegetable Healthier Than Fresh"? from www.care2.com by Zoe Blarowski.

 

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The health benefits of popular foods

The health benefits of popular foods | zestful living | Scoop.it
Looking at the health benefits associated with a wide range of popular foods. If you're wondering what foods you should be including in your diet, look no further.
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Did you know that all plant foods are not created equal? Which is one very good reason to eat a varied nature made food regimen. Some plant based food and food groups (like the crucifers and alliums) have special vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients not found elsewhere in such abundance.

 

Cruciferous veggies contain sulforaphane which Dr Michael Greger says is an "amazing liver-enzyme detox-boosting compound". And if you make your own broccoli sprouts or purchase, you are getting about 30 times more protein than mature plants. Plus you have fresh produce whenever you want it without having to go to the grocery store.

 

Health Tips: Eat more green veggies as research shows that those who eat two or more servings daily have a significantly decreased risk of a certain type of breast cancer that is hard to treat, estrogen and progesterone-receptor negative. From Dr Michael Greger, "How Not to Die".

 

Other key plant foods: flaxseeds, one of the richest sources of plant based omega 3s and lignans. Lignans are plant estrogens that can reduce the effects of your body's own estrogen. "Lignan intake is associated with significantly reduced breast cancer risk in post menopausal women." 

 

Read more about "The Health Benefits of Popular Foods" from www.medicalnewstoday.com by Joseph Nordqvist.

 

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74 Alkaline Foods to Naturally Balance Your Body

74 Alkaline Foods to Naturally Balance Your Body | zestful living | Scoop.it
Trying to go alkaline? It’s easier when you know which foods help your body stay get to and stay in an alkaline state. A general rule of thumb is that you can eat these foods without worrying about any acidic effect they’ll have, although some are more alkaline than others. It isn’t necessar
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Did you know that it's best to eat a variety of plant based real whole food daily to get all the beneficial nutrients that each plant offers. When food is broken down in your body, it produces an alkaline effect. Think citrus fruits. Don't worry about if the food is acidic or not, if it's plant based you can safely consume it and still get all the vitamins and minerals your body requires.

 

Health Tips:  Plant foods are nutrient dense, fiber rich, taste delicious, and are real food your body recognizes and uses for all its functions. When you consume non food like sugary processed, your body is always starving because what it needs is vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Plus these type of so called food are habit forming.

 

Read more about "74 Alkaline foods to Naturally Balance Your Body" from www.bembu.com 

 

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20 Amazing Vegan Cheeses You Can Make at Home

20 Amazing Vegan Cheeses You Can Make at Home | zestful living | Scoop.it
From smooth and spreadable to ooey-gooey melty goodness, these vegan cheeses rock!
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Did you know you can make your own delicious healthy cheese at home or buy new varieties of plant based cheese in your grocery market? Why would you want to make your own when you can buy dairy cheese, you may ask. 

 

Cheese is one of the most acid producing foods. Animal based foods have been associated with increased asthma risk. Removing eggs and dairy from asthmatic children's lungs has been shown to improve lung function in as few as eight weeks. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger "How Not to Die".

 

Cheese and other dairy products contain hormones, especially growth hormones. A 2015 meta-analysis study found that high intakes of dairy products: milk, low-fat milk, and cheese appear to increase total prostrate cancer risk.

 

Here's an interesting fact for you to ponder. Dairy products are a leading cause of excessive gas which is caused by poor digestion of the milk sugar lactose.

 

Health tips:  Organic plant based real whole food makes the best non-dairy food bar none. From cheeses, nut milks, desserts, mains to sides; you will eat to live and live well you will.

 

With so many people jumping on the plant based wagon, isn't it time for you to get your hands dirty growing your organic garden or ordering from online CSAs, joining a food co-op, or shopping at Farmer's Markets? Take back your health, save money by not having to run to the doctor or E.R., and live zestfully into your 90's and beyond.

 

Read more about "20 amazing Vegan Cheeses You Can Make at Home" from www.onegreenplanet.org by Goji berry, Chief happiness Oficer, One green Planet.

 

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Nutella is Poisonous for You and Your Kids - Living Traditionally

Nutella is Poisonous for You and Your Kids - Living Traditionally | zestful living | Scoop.it
I used to love Nutella when I was kid–that is before studying nutrition and discovering its harmful ingredients. The scariest thing that people don’t know about Nutella is that it contains monosodium glutamate (MSG), also known as E621. It’s cleverly hidden inside an artificial flavor called vanillin which is labeled on every Nutella jar. It …
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Did you know that many commercial products deemed healthy are anything but? Nutella is one such product that screams "devour me". Better watch out, you may be the one taking the fall.

 

These ultra highly refined processed foods are on the store shelves for one reason and only one reason. That reason is the company's bottom line. If Big Food, Big Ag cared even one iota about their customers well-being, they wouldn't use toxic chemical laden ingredients that harm you and our planet.

 

Health tips:  This gal nails it when writing about the toxic non food ingredients that created Nutella. If you're buying this product, save your health and money and DIY. She gives two fab recipes.

 

Read more about "Nutella is Poisonous for You and Your Kids" from www.livingtraditionally.com by Anya V. and  Natasha Longo.

 

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10 Worst Foods to Eat in the Morning

10 Worst Foods to Eat in the Morning | zestful living | Scoop.it
Here are the 10 worst foods you can eat in the morning. A healthy breakfast diet includes fiber, protein and healthy fat that gives you energy and makes you
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Did you know these are some of the worst foods to eat anytime, not just in the morning? If you want to be energized and feel good in the morning first begin drinking filtered water, several glasses full. with sliced lemon or a tiny drop of organic liquid Stevia, or plain, your choice.

 

An hour later you can eat some nutrient dense real whole food, raw or lightly steamed if you eat breakfast. Think avocado. If you don't eat breakfast, keep drinking the filtered water. Many people, maybe you do, eat later in the day. There's no rule that says you must eat three meals a day. Eat when you're hungry and eat real whole plant based nutient dense food that you're body recognizes and can use to maintain its necessary functions.

 

Health Tips:  You can make healthier versions of pancakes, waffles, muffins if you really want to. Check www.onegreenplanet.org for delicious plant based recipes to get you started.

 

Have you ever considered eating organic hummus and raw veggies as a meal and not as an appetizer or a snack? Making your own ensures you know what all the ingredients are. This a fiber, protein, healthy fat rich meal that tickles your taste buds. Think outside of the box when preparing your meals. Make it fun. your body will love you.

 

Read more about "10 Worst Foods to Eat in the Morning" from www.ecowatch.com by Franziska Spritzler, Authority Nutrition.

 

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11 Plant-Based Foods Packed With Zinc

11 Plant-Based Foods Packed With Zinc | zestful living | Scoop.it
You focus on getting enough iron, calcium and protein, but do you think about zinc? The essential trace mineral is responsible for proper immune function
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Did you know that zinc, an importnt trace mineral  is needed for a healthy immune system? Zinc helps regulate your hormones within cells,  helps your thyroid, and blood sugar function properly. It also aids in the breakdown of carbs for energy and helps protect against poor skin and nails. Zinc helps your body be able to smell and taste as it affects the major sensory organs in the body.

 

Zinc is also important for a healthy metabolism. You may know about zinc as a cold and flu fighter. It combats free radicals that leads to sickness and helps protect your overall immune system throughout your body. Zinc also helps with wound healing.

 

Healps Tips:  Are you aware that zinc is the second most abundant mineral in your body aside from iron? Many whole plant based foods are rich in zinc. Beans, peas, broccoli, swiss chard, spinach, asparagus, green beans, raw nuts, raw seeds, miso, raw cacao, chaga mushrooms, whole grains, and fortified nutritional yeast are all rich in zinc.

 

Read more about "11 Plant-Based Foods Packed with Zinc" from www.ecowatch.com by Zoe Eisenberg, Care2.

 

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10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism and Lose Weight

10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism and Lose Weight | zestful living | Scoop.it
The word metabolism is often used interchangeably with metabolic rate or the amount of calories you burn. It is easier to lose weight if you have a high
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Did you know you can boost your metabolism and lose weight by consuming organic plant based real whole food, eliminating processed and sugar laden non food stuff, through exercise, and sleeping 7-9 hours a night.

 

Health Tips: Drink filtered water throughout your day and skip the caffeinated beverages. Coffee dehydrates your skin. Better to drink green tea. If you like coffee, drink it after your morning glasses of water.

 

Boost your metabolism with food your body recognizes and uses. Try sprouts or make your own sprouted lentils, beans, peas, quinoa, buckwheat, nuts/seeds. Sprouted broccoli has 30 times the protein of mature plants. Sprouted foods aid your digestion and are high in enzymes which act as catalysts for your body's functions.

 

Eat sea veggies which help your thyroid and help to detox the body by preventing assimilation from heavy metals like cadmium. Medicinal mushrooms boost your immune system. Herbs and spices have the highest level of antioxidants, protecting you from free radical damage/inflammation.

 

Read more about "10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Metabolism and Lose Weight" from www.ecowatch.com by Helen West, Authority Nutrition.

 

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Do You Get Enough Fiber? - Hippocrates Health Institute Video

Do You Get Enough Fiber? Learn more now at: http://hippocratesinst.org/the-benefits-of-living-foods-nutrition The Benefits of Raw/Living Food Nutrition B
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Did you know that plant based real whole food is the only food that contains fiber, needed for your body? Fiber plays an important role in helping you maintain healthy weight and for your digestive system.

 

Fiber regulates your body's cleansing processes. it sweeps your entire digestive tract, especially your colon, cleaning your insides and stimulating peristalsis (wavelike motion) that moves food through the digestive system.

 

When your elimination system works as it should, your whole body feels better because your detoxification processes are working and waste is being removed on a daily basis.  When you consume foods rich in fiber, you don't overeat, because your body is satiated.

 

Health Tips:  Eat as much raw plant based food as you can and balance it with lightly steamed cooked food. Eat when you're hungry, not at preset times like the traditional breakfast, lunch, dinner.

 

Place plant based food in the center of your smaller plate or use a bowl. If you're just transitioning to plant based, add a very small portion of animal based food or processed food towards one side. Try to eat this way during the week. Your body will adjust and your taste buds will slowly adapt to finally tasting what real delicious nutrient dense food tastes like. 

 

Watch the video "Do You Get Enough Fiber"? from Hippocrates Health Institute.

 

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3 Super Greens You Haven’t Tried Yet, But Should

3 Super Greens You Haven’t Tried Yet, But Should | zestful living | Scoop.it
The study ranks the fruits and vegetables by their concentration of 17 key nutrients: potassium, fiber, protein, calcium, iron, thiamin, folate, zinc, niaci
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Did you know there are many different greens in your grocery market that you might want to consider trying as all greens are beneficial for your wellness?  Many of you probably stick with your tried and true faves and while that's good you're still missing out on new taste sensations,  more nutrients, and more cancer/disease protection.

 

Health tips:  Watercress, radicchio, and baby turnip greens are personal faves. Watercress has more calcium than a glass of milk and a peppery flavor similar to arugula. It zips up a bland salad.

 

Radicchio, escarole, and leaf chicory are Mother Nature's beauties. You can use them as green wraps for your plant based spreads/dips or to enliven your salads.

 

Turnip or baby turnip greens plus the turnips can be steamed lightly with other greens/veggies. Add some chickpea miso and apple cider vinegar and you have the makings of a delectible mouthwatering meal.

 

Read more about "3 Super Greens You Haven't Tried Yet, But should" from www.ecowatch.com by Terita Heath-wlaz,  Care2.

 

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Western diets high in meat, dairy and salt are eroding good bacteria

Western diets high in meat, dairy and salt are eroding good bacteria | zestful living | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of Alberta have found that most people across North American and Western Europe only eat half the recommended amount of fibre - risking their health.
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Did you know that the bacteria in your gut react differently depending on whether you are consuming a plant based or animal based food regimen?  Studies done show that those consuming an animal based diet are more inclined to suffer chronic disease. 

 

A certain study was done where vegetarians were given animal based food and within four (4) days time their microbiome (gut) was showing major damage. Other studies show that when people eat plant based real whole food, their gut produces more short chain fatty acids whose function is to suppress inflammation. When these people ate animal based food, there was less of the short chain fatty acids and thus more inflammation. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger www.nutritionfacts.org

 

Health tips:  If you're just starting to eat plant based, create your plate so that you have heaping amounts of  veggies/greens/legunes in the center with a small portion of animal based off to the side. Consider eating animal based once or twice a week only.

 

Try some plant based organic brands of "meat-like" meals or make your own on the other days of the week. More companies are creating new vegan/plant based products. Be sure to choose organic/non-GMO and do read labels as you don't want any highly refined processed or sugar laden ingredients either.

 

You will notice a change in your taste buds after three weeks and by this time, you might be able to let go of your meat/dairy/egg habit. Your body will thank you by feeling better. When your gut flora are sick, you're sick too and when they're healthy, so are you.

 

Read more about "Got a Gut Feeling  About Digestive Health? Western Diets High in Meat, Dairy, and Salt Are Eroding Good Bacteria" from www.dailymail.co.uk by James Draper for MailOnline.

 

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Why blueberries really ARE the best food for your health

Why blueberries really ARE the best food for your health | zestful living | Scoop.it
A recent study at the US Department of Agriculture placed them top of the list when it comes to antioxidant activity - compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables.
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Did you know that blueberries and other berries really are the best fruiit for your health as they offer protection against cancer, boost your immune system, help your liver and brain? Berries are very high in antioxidants due to their vibrant anthocyanin pigments. Antioxidants fight free radicals which cause inflammation in your body.

 

Health tips: Are you aware that berries are second only to herbs and spices for their high levels of antioxidants? Blueberries clock in about 380 units with wild blueberries doubling that number. Apples on the other hand have about 60 units and bananas about 40. But the bang for your antioxidant buck are blackberries coming in at a whopping 650 units.

 

Blueberries are well known for helping with focus and memory issues as well as night vision. Enjoy eating your berries, whether fresh picked or from the grocery market. If you want cream on your berries, try cashew or coconut yogurt cream as dairy has been shown to block some of the beneficial effects of berries.

 

Read more about "Why Blueberries Really ARE the Best Food for Your Health" from www.dailymail.co.uk by Megan Campbell for the Hippocratic Post.

 

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5 Ways a Plant-Based Diet Can Build and Preserve Your Muscle Mass

5 Ways a Plant-Based Diet Can Build and Preserve Your Muscle Mass | zestful living | Scoop.it
A plant-based diet not only contains adequate calories needed to build muscles, but many foods are also structured uniquely to help compliment one another in their ability to assist with lean muscle formation.
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Did you know that plant based real whole food  can help you build and maintain muscle? Plant based food is anti-inflammatory and provides all the necessary vitamins, minerals, and amino acids needed for energy, muscle repair and aids in building protein cells in your body.

 

Health Tips: It's best to eat a varied natural food regimen and with plant based foods you have more variety to choose from. With seeds/nuts you can make milks, cheese, and eat as is. Nuts are both a protein source and healthy fat.

 

Consuming plant based food helps you with your exercise/fitness routines/programs. If you work out on a regular basis, then you know about sore muscles. Soreness can be caused by inflammation and anti-inflammatory foods can make a huge difference in reducing exercise-induced inflammation.

 

Studies on athletes show that berries have muscle soothing effects and cherries can help reduce muscle pain in long distance runers and help in recovery from marathons. If you have lactic acid build up, the bioflavonoids in citrus may help. his information comes from Dr Michael Greger, "How Not to Die".

 

Read more about "5 Ways a Plant-Based diet Can Buidl and Preserve Your Muscles" from www.onegreenplanet.org by Heather McClees.

 

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Some carbs linked to lung cancer, even non-smokers at risk

Some carbs linked to lung cancer, even non-smokers at risk | zestful living | Scoop.it
The wrong carbs — white bread, potatoes, processed food — can lead to lung cancer.
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Did you know more studies today are showing that eating plant based food, particularly produce definitely helps to reduce risk of disease? Highly refined processed food stuff, including breads, pastries, even white potatoes in excess all contribute to spiking your blood sugar in minutes. These are known as simple carbs or as the article refers to them as "wrong carbs".

 

Health Tips:  Simple carbs have a high glycemic index, little to no nutrients and the fiber has been stripped away. Greens and veggies are complex carbs which are nutrient dense and rich in fiber helping you control the amount of food you take in without allowing you to feel hungry.

 

Simple carbs can lead to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, metabolic syndrme and now according to this article, also to lung cancer.  Isn't it about time to get your veggies on?

 

Read more about "Some Carbs Linked to Lung Cancer, Even Non-Smokers Are at Risk" from www.nydailynews.com by Jacqueline Cutler, New York Daily News.

 

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9 Health Benefits to Adding Avocado Oil to Your Diet

9 Health Benefits to Adding Avocado Oil to Your Diet | zestful living | Scoop.it
Avocado oil is not as well known as olive oil, but it has many benefits, largely related to its content of antioxidants and healthy fats, such as Oleic Acid
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Did you know that consuming healthy fat is good for your brain which is composed of about 60% fat and good for your body too? Your body burns fat, not glucose.

 

Are you aware that the number of individual fat cells in your body doesn't change as you age? When you gain weight or your belly gets bigger, what you're doing is cramming more fat into existing cells. Thinking of this image makes one want to stop eating altogether.

 

There is a difference between plant fats and animal fats. As you consume more plant based food, your risk of dabetes drops. Fat known as palmitate, saturated fat found mostly in meat, dairy and eggs causes insulin resistance. Being organic has nothing to do with this effect.

 

Health Tips::  Consuming more monosaturated fat found mostly in nuts, olives, and avocados may protect against the harmful effects of the saturated fat. Saturated fat causes damage in muscle cells. Monosaturated fats tend to be detoxified by the body or safely stored away. 

 

People eating plant based food have been found to have better insulin sensitivity, better blood sugar levels, better insulin levels, and much more improved function of their cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger, "How Not to Die".

 

Plant foods are nutrient dense, satiating, and low in calories. Veggies and fruits contain about 80-90% water. Both fiber and water can bulk up the volume of foods without adding extra calories. This means you can eat more food and gain less weight.

 

Use all healthy oils in small amounts. If you want the benefits of avocados, eat them rather than using the oil.  One tablespoon of oil can contain over 100 calories, eat the whole food or fruit as avocado is a fruit. You can also mash avocado and use as an oil.

 

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8 Produce Picks For Better Blood Pressure - Herbs Info

8 Produce Picks For Better Blood Pressure - Herbs Info | zestful living | Scoop.it
Here's our 8 produce picks for better blood pressure, including links to the scientific studies.
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Did you know some plant based foods work better for different organs of your body? And are you aware that heart disease starts in childhood?

 

Some early history may help you make different choices as to what you consume. Three doctors who advocated lifestyle changes Dr Nathan Pritikin, Dr dean Ornish, and Dr Caldwell Esseltyn were able to take patients with advanced heart disease, put them on plant based regimens similar to Asian and african populations who didn't suffer from heart disease, and were able to totally reverse their patients' heart disease. Your body can heal itself.

 

Researchers are finding that certain foods, such as in meats, seem to harbor bacteria that can trigger inflammation. These endotoxins eventually may end up in your intestines where they trigger the inflammatory reaction in your arteries. This information comes from Dr Michael Greger, "How Not to Die".

 

Health Tips: Are you eating lentils from the legume family? Lentils are rich in prebiotics which feed your healthy bacteria, which feed you with beneficial compounds that relax your stomach and slow the rate in which sugars are absorbed into your body. This is called the "second meal effect". You can feel satiated when eating less. Sprout your lentils and other legumes for more power packed protein. Beans and peas fall into this category of legumes. Eating three half cup servings a day. 

 

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7 fermented foods you should be eating

7 fermented foods you should be eating | zestful living | Scoop.it
Fermentation isn't just an ancient way of preserving food, it's a full-blown health movement. Here's why, and what you should be eating.
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Did you know that fermented food is good for your gut as it increases your diversity of healthy bacteria and heals your body? Your gut is rich in microorganisms and your health is influenced by your bacteria.

 

When you change the balance of your gut and the food you consume, this affects your blood sugar and your risk for diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer's. The bacteria that inhabit your gut eat the food you do. When they are healthy, so are you and when they are sick, you are too.

 

Health tips:  Foods to remove, avoid, and eliminate: sugar, artificial sweeteners, prescription medications (check with your doctor), over the counter meds like Ibuprofen, processed non food, chlorine and fluoride in your water, and antibiotics. Replace with fermented food, foods rich in sulfur (cabbage, garlic, onions, leeks, take high CFU (colony forming unit) probiotics, and eat other prebiotic foods including raddichio, and asparagus.

 

Take vitamin D, consume algae and sea veggies for omega 3 DHA.  Fat helps to turn on genes which reduce inflammation.

 

Read more about "7 Fermented Foods You Should Be Eating" from www.wellandgood.com by Jennifer Kass.

 

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10 Super Healthy Foods High in Magnesium

10 Super Healthy Foods High in Magnesium | zestful living | Scoop.it
Magnesium-rich foods include dark chocolate, avocados, nuts, legumes, tofu, seeds, whole grains, fatty fish, bananas and leafy greens. Magnesium is an
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Did you know that the electrolyte mineral magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical reactions in your body including bone, muscle, and nerve function? Magnesium is one of the most critical minerals for your body and magnesium deficiency is on the rise.

 

Magnesium, calcium, potassium, vitamin D and K are essential for building strong bones. Research shows that people who eat the most produce have greater bone density and a lower risk for fractures.

 

Magnesium affects several brain chemicals thought to play major roles in migraines and people who have migraines have lower than normal amounts of magnesium in their brain.

 

Health Tips:  You can get magnesium by eating real whole organic plant based food. Unprocessed plant foods have more protective nutrients that you may be lacking. Dark leafy greens are one of the best sources: swiss chard, mustard/collard greens, spinach, beets, and broccoli.  More plant sources of magnesium:  Almonds, cashews, Brazil and pine nuts, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, chickpeas, lentils, split peas, artichoke hearts, Quinoa, brown rice, and oatmeal.

 

Avoid consuming any fish as most fish contains mercury and other toxic chemicals. If you need extra magnesium take a high quality  ionic liquid supplement. 

 

Other ways to get more magnesium, take a bath with epsom salts which will relax your tired cramped muscles. Make your own magnesium oil, recipes online.

 

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10 Reasons Eating Sprouts Should Be a Part of Your Daily Diet

10 Reasons Eating Sprouts Should Be a Part of Your Daily Diet | zestful living | Scoop.it
Sprouts truly are the best locally-grown food, yet not enough people eat or grow them. Considering there many health and environmental benefits, it’s time
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Did you know sprouts are truly the bang for your buck? These little nutrient dense gems are locally grown and provide your body with more protein than mature plants. Sprouts help your digestive system by creating less work and taking less energy so you feel more energized and lighter.

 

Health Tips:  You can prchase seeds from your health market, order online, or from seed catalogs. There's several methods for you to experiment to see what works best. The jar or bowl method is one of the easiest. There are many online videos showing you the steps.

 

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5 Tips to Having High Energy All Day Long

5 Tips to Having High Energy All Day Long | zestful living | Scoop.it
To have high energy all day long you have to be sure you're eating the right things. From eating zinc-rich foods to including B1, B2, niacin, folic acid
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Did you know that by consuming plant based real whole food, with no animal based food, no processed non food stuff and sugar, you can maintaintain high energy all day? Your body craves real food. This isn't considered a "diet", but rather a zestful lifestyle change for you.

 

Raw plant based food are living foods that makes it easier for your body to digest, absorb, and eliminate. This allows your body to have more enenergy.left over to detox, heal, and repair itself so you feel more energized and lighter.. You can eat some cooked lightly steamed plant food as well. Think 80/20% which works well for many of you.

 

Health Tips:  Plant foods are also high in vitamins and minerals , including B vitamins, necessary for energy. Your body requires these to function optimally.. Sprouted foods are very nutrient dense which helps you feel full on less calories. they are also high fiber and high water content essential for the body's processes. 

 

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Carrots? No, it's grapes that are great for your eyes

Carrots? No, it's grapes that are great for your eyes | zestful living | Scoop.it
Generations of children have had to be cajoled into eating their carrots with the promise that the vegetables are good for their eyesight. Now new research has delivered a much sweeter deal.
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Did you know that all plant based real whole food benefit your  body, each in its own way? Carrots may not be great for your eyes afterall, but they are a great source of vitamin A and are a cancer preventative. Carrot juice improves the function of your liver and digestive tract.tones and clears your skin, and slows cell degeneration due to antioxidants.

 

Health tips: Grapes are also associated with prevention of cancer plus heart disease, high blood presure, decreasing risk of obesity, and support healthy skin. Plus they're delicious. You can freeze grapes and pop them into your filtered water or your mouth for a real cool taste sensation.

 

Read more about "Carrots? No It's Grapes That are Great for Your Eyes - and Could Reduce the Risk of Blindness Later in Life" from www.dailymail.co.uk by Daily Mail Reporter.

 

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Did you know that all plant based real whole food benefit your  body, each in its own way? Carrots may not be great for your eyes afterall, but they are a great source of vitamin A and are a cancer preventative. Carrot juice improves the function of your liver and digestive tract.tones and clears your skin, and slows cell degeneration due to antioxidants.

 

Health tips: Grapes are also associated with prevention of cancer plus heart disease, high blood presure, decreasing risk of obesity, and support healthy skin. Plus they're delicious. You can freeze grapes and pop them into your filtered water or your mouth for a real cool taste sensation.

 

Read more about "Carrots? No It's Grapes That are Great for Your Eyes - and Could Reduce the Risk of Blindness Later in Life" from www.dailymail.co.uk by Daily Mail Reporter.

 

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Did you know that all plant based real whole food benefit your  body, each in its own way? Carrots may not be great for your eyes afterall, but they are a great source of vitamin A and are a cancer preventative. Carrot juice improves the function of your liver and digestive tract.tones and clears your skin, and slows cell degeneration due to antioxidants.

 

this article is about new research that proves that grapes are the ones that can help people have good eyesight and that carrots are not good for the eyes. grapes can protect against chemicals that are bad for you. it can also help you from going blind later on in life. i think that this article isn't biased because it show who made the research and it simply states facts. i also think that this article is reliable because it shows who made the research and what the results were.

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Did you know that all plant based real whole food benefit your  body, each in its own way? Carrots may not be great for your eyes afterall, but they are a great source of vitamin A and are a cancer preventative. Carrot juice improves the function of your liver and digestive tract.tones and clears your skin, and slows cell degeneration due to antioxidants.

 

Health tips: Grapes are also associated with prevention of cancer plus heart disease, high blood presure, decreasing risk of obesity, and support healthy skin. Plus they're delicious. You can freeze grapes and pop them into your filtered water or your mouth for a real cool taste sensation.

 

Read more about "Carrots? No It's Grapes That are Great for Your Eyes - and Could Reduce the Risk of Blindness Later in Life" from www.dailymail.co.uk by Daily Mail Reporter.

 

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The Many Incredible Health Benefits of Eating Garlic: Boosting Your Immune System

The Many Incredible Health Benefits of Eating Garlic: Boosting Your Immune System | zestful living | Scoop.it
Eating garlic can provide a wide variety of health benefits. This includes reduced risk of heart disease, improved mental health, fighting colds and the flu
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Did you know that garlic is a medicinal antibiotic from Mother Nature? As an herb, garlic is a protective antioxidant having anti-inflammatory properties and can inhibit carcinogenic formation and activation.

 

Health Tips:  Garlic also has anti-viral properties, sulfur containing nutrients that help your immune system, your heart, and your joints. Garlic contains a sulfur based compound, called allicin, which is a very important helper of liver detoxification. Allicin aids your liver by ridding your body of mercury, certain food additives, and the hormone estrogen.

 

Sulfur also supports your liver in its production of Glutathione, the master antioxidant, the compound in every cell in your body that neutralizes free radicals.  Raw garlic gives a tasty zing to your recipes as in hummus, pesto, soups, salads. and main dishes.

 

Chopping, dicing, or mincing garlic and letting it sit for 10 minutes before consuming or cooking is recommended as the compounds in garlic need to mature to release their full complement of healing benefits.

 

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Did you know that garlic is a medicinal antibiotic from Mother Nature? As an herb, garlic is a protective antioxidant having anti-inflammatory properties and can inhibit carcinogenic formation and activation.

 

Health Tips:  Garlic also has anti-viral properties, sulfur containing nutrients that help your immune system, your heart, and your joints. Garlic contains a sulfur based compound, called allicin, which is a very important helper of liver detoxification. Allicin aids your liver by ridding your body of mercury, certain food additives, and the hormone estrogen.

 

Sulfur also supports your liver in its production of Glutathione, the master antioxidant, the compound in every cell in your body that neutralizes free radicals.  Raw garlic gives a tasty zing to your recipes as in hummus, pesto, soups, salads. and main dishes.

 

Chopping, dicing, or mincing garlic and letting it sit for 10 minutes before consuming or cooking is recommended as the compounds in garlic need to mature to release their full complement of healing benefits.

 

Read more about "The Many Incredible Health Benefits of Eating Garlic: Boosting Your Immune System" from www.ecowatch.com by Helen West, Authority Nutrition.

 

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Demarcio Washington's curator insight, April 1, 9:01 PM

Did you know that garlic is a medicinal antibiotic from Mother Nature? As an herb, garlic is a protective antioxidant having anti-inflammatory properties and can inhibit carcinogenic formation and activation.

 

Health Tips:  Garlic also has anti-viral properties, sulfur containing nutrients that help your immune system, your heart, and your joints. Garlic contains a sulfur based compound, called allicin, which is a very important helper of liver detoxification. Allicin aids your liver by ridding your body of mercury, certain food additives, and the hormone estrogen.

 

Sulfur also supports your liver in its production of Glutathione, the master antioxidant, the compound in every cell in your body that neutralizes free radicals.  Raw garlic gives a tasty zing to your recipes as in hummus, pesto, soups, salads. and main dishes.

 

Chopping, dicing, or mincing garlic and letting it sit for 10 minutes before consuming or cooking is recommended as the compounds in garlic need to mature to release their full complement of healing benefits.

 

Read more about "The Many Incredible Health Benefits of Eating Garlic: Boosting Your Immune System" from www.ecowatch.com by Helen West, Authority Nutrition.

 

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