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10 reasons we don’t need GM foods

10 reasons we don’t need GM foods | zestful living | Scoop.it
by Earth Open Source, 23 May 2014 Source: http://earthopensource.org/index.php/reports/10-reasons-we-don-t-need-gm-foods Media Release “10 reasons we don’t need GM foods”, a new short report from the authors of “GMO Myths and Truths”, was published on 23 May 2014 as a free download by the sustainability and science policy platform Earth Open Source. Claire Robinson, co-author of the new …Read More »
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A short report listing the 10 reason we don't need Genetically Modified (GM) foods. Free download available.

 

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How many food allergies are DUE TO GM foods?

in the 70's I knew 1 kid with Peanut butter allergy....now every other kid can't enjoy PBnJ because of US food system/greed.

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This Is Your Brain On Junk Food

This Is Your Brain On Junk Food | zestful living | Scoop.it
Food companies are spending millions of dollars to design foods with addictive sensations. What can you and I do about it? Is there any way to counteract the money, the science, and the advertising behind the junk food industry?

Via The BioSync Team
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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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5 Omega-Rich Seeds You Should Include in Your Daily Diet » EcoWatch

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Boost Your Immune System With Fermented Vegetables » EcoWatch

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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10 Healing Herbs and Spices for Optimum Health » EcoWatch

10 Healing Herbs and Spices for Optimum Health » EcoWatch | zestful living | Scoop.it
Anything spicy helps increase the body's metabolism and circulation, including
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Herbs and Spices are your body's best friend. They are both food and medicine and have been used for thousands of years by  Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic health practitioners. Many of them have been used traditionally to promote cleansing in the body.  In cooking spices and herbs offer great flavors and give in return good health. A little is all that's needed.

 

Health Tips:  Here's a few more spices that you might consider adding into your medicine cabinet. 1. Chili has over 3,000 varieties and is a widely consumed spice in the world. The heat and bite from a chili comes from the compound capsaicin, which can offer pain relief to those of you with osteoarthritis. It can also help increase metabolism and may reduce the risk of blood clots that can lead to strokes and/or heart attacks. 2. Cumin, an Indian study demonstrated that this spice has the potential to work as well as an anti diabetes drug to reduce levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in those with diabetes. Cumin is also a potent antioxidant. 3. Cilantro. This isn't technically a spice, but cilantro has huge health benefits. It is high in antioxidants, acts as a digestive aid, can help prevent urinary tract infections, and has been found to have antibacterial and antifungal effects. Choose organic if available to reduce pesticide load from harmful toxins.

 

Here's "10 healing Herbs and Spices for Optimum Health" from EcoWatch by Sandeep Godiyal from Natural News.

 

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20 Awesome Uses For Herbs To Heal Body And Mind | Idea Digezt

20 Awesome Uses For Herbs To Heal Body And Mind | Idea Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
For nearly every prescription treatment plan for what ails us is a plant, herb, or any other natural substance which has been used as a treatment for more than 100 years by naturalists and herbalists. But how effective are these folk remedies, really? Evidence on most of those treatments continues to be somewhat inconclusive, however you might be surprised to understand exactly how many beneficial herbs you may be keeping in your spice rack. Important note: Just like the majority of things of this nature, this isn't professional medical advice. Always search for your doctor’s advice on any type of treatment, natural or otherwise, before you take it.   1. Sage: Fight Alzheimer’s Basics: This grey-green herb has a faint and pleasant smell, and much like rosemary has been said to boost memory recall. While this claim hasn’t been tested, studies have found that sage is a somewhat useful treatment for people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. How to use it: Sage can be
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Herbs are Mother Nature's proprietary medicines which have been used for thousands of years by Chinese Medicine, Ayurvedic practitioners and by Western herbalists. Some work alone and others work in combination with modern drugs. Some are taken internally and others are used on the body. It's important to know the differences. Always consult with a knowledgable health professional for health issues. For dietary considerations, a little is all that's needed. Herbal medicine has a timeless ability to improve conditions for individuals and can help you  achieve a better state of health for your body, mind, and soul.

 

Health Tips: Here's some herbs you may or may not be familiar with.  1.  Echinacea's common name is purple coneflower. They are native to the U.S. east of the Rocky mountains. Echinacea is used as an immune booster to treat colds,  flu,  fight infection, and reduce inflammation. 2.  Fenugreek is the hard brown, red, and yellow seed of the fenugreek plant, a member of the legume family. Native to the Mediterranean, fenugreek is cultivated for medicinal use in China, India, Morocco, and turkey.  It has been used as both a medicine and food spice. Fenugreek contains powerful antioxidants that have beneficial effects on the liver and pancreas and it is used to ease digestive tract issues. Fenugreek is used as ground seeds, capsules, or teas. 3.  Lemon Balm is a mediterranean member of the mint family. The dried leaf of the herb is used in herbal medicine. Lemon balm has been used for generations to relieve anxiety and sleeplessness. It has antibacterial and antiviral properties, and helps to relieve cramps and gas. Lemon balm is available in creams and teas. 4.  Thyme is an aromatic garden herb in the mint family. the leaf is used in herbal medicine. Thyme is a strong antiseptic, used externally for infected wounds and internally for respiratory and digestive infections. Thyme also helps reduce  headaches. Thyme is good for an herb garden along with lavender, mint, sage, rosemary, oregano, dill,  and parsley

 

Here's an excellent article on "20 Awesome Uses for Herbs to Heal Body and Mind" from ideadigezt.com 

 

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The Food Group That Might Turn Off Cancer Genes

The Food Group That Might Turn Off Cancer Genes | zestful living | Scoop.it
Discover one of the best anticancerous foodsby bestselling author of THE PROBIOTIC PROMISE 60 SECONDS TO SLIM Dr Michelle Schoffro Cook PhD DNM
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Are you eating cruciferous veggies as in broccoli, cauliflower, kale, cabbage, and broccoli sprouts? In study after study, the most powerful anticancer activity in nature is found in three groups of vegetables: cruciferous, alliums (onions and garlic), and dark green veggies.

 

Health Tips: Broccoli sprouts are the bang for your buck veggie. they are a rich source of plant nutrients called indoles, including indole-3-carbinol (I3C) which boosts beneficial hormones in your body, while depressing other hormones that fuel prostrate and breast cancers. Broccoli sprouts are also a concentrated source of sulforaphane, a protective compound and sprouts have been shown to contain anywhere from 30-100 times more sulforaphane than mature broccoli. Broccoli sprouts are available in most healthy markets. You can also grow your own and there's directions in this article showing you how to do that. Another potent broccoli chemical is dimdolymethane (DIM). It is produced in your body from (I3C) as you chew and digest broccoli. Another good tip is to eat broccoli and tomatoes together providing more cancer fighting action in combination.

 

Here's "The Food Group That Might Turn Off Cancer Genes" from  Greenliving by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

 

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This Is One Of The World's Healthiest Foods - Find Out Why

This Is One Of The World's Healthiest Foods - Find Out Why | zestful living | Scoop.it
It is called the miracle food and it's one of the most nutritious foods known to human kind, with a near perfect balance of carbohydrates, fats, protein, vitamins and minerals.
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Are you eating quinoa, the amazing seed "grain" which grows in an array of colors; red, white, and black?  Quinoa is gluten free and is a complete protein with all nine amino acids, rich in fiber, magnesium, and iron.

 

Health Tips:  Did you know it's a good idea to rinse quinoa before cooking?  Quinoa seeds are coated with a bitter substance, saponin, that protects the seeds from predators. Some store bought quinoa is pre-rinsed, although it's a good idea to rinse anyway, just to be sure. You can cook quinoa in about 15 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of quinoa to 2 cups of boiling water. Cook on low heat. Fluff with fork and enjoy.  You can bake with quinoa flakes (like rolled oats) and quinoa flour. You can grind your own white quinoa in a coffee grinder to make quinoa flour.

 

Here's "5 Healthy reasons to Eat Quinoa" from HealthyandNaturalWorld.com

 

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Lycopene, the Powerful Nutrient That May Help Prevent Cancer

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Power Up with These 10 Plant-Based Protein Snacks

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

 

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

 

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

 

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How Good Gut Health Can Boost Your Immune System » EcoWatch

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

 

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

 

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

 

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15 Junk Foods Disguised as Health Food » EcoWatch

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Important Facts About Magnesium And Your Health - Natural Health Zone

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

 

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

 

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Best 15 Herbs And Foods To Cleanse Your Blood

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

 

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

 

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

 

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22 Delicious High-Fiber Foods

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

 

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

 

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

 

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5 Nuts Not Grown in California

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Is Your Salt Killing You?

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

 

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

 

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

 

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11 Super Health Benefits in Just One Celery Stalk

11 Super Health Benefits in Just One Celery Stalk | zestful living | Scoop.it
Celery is a storehouse of amazing health benefits--time to discover them!
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In traditional Chinese Medicine, celery is a time-honored treatment for high blood pressure. It is a simple veggie that has huge benefits for your health. A chemical, compound in celery, apigenin dilates blood vessels and reduces the circulatory force of your bloodstream. Another chemical relaxes arteries and reduces the level of adrenaline and other hormones that cause blood pressure to rise. Celery is mostly water and yet it is high in essential minerals. It is rich in potassium, a key electrolyte mineral which neutralizes sodium's pressure raising effects. Celery is high in sodium. 

 

Health tips:  Celery is a good veggie for weight loss because it's very low in calories and high in essential fiber. Plus it's one of the  real food fast foods - quick to prepare and oh so crunchy. Eating a few stalks of celery can help to curb your hinger. Eat it with nut butter or vegan homemade cheese. Celery is best steamed for cooking to retain its nutrients. Celery juice makes for a nutritious pick me up beverage.

 

Here's "11 Super Health Benefits in Just One Celery Stalk" from greenliving.

 

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10 Foods That Make You Smarter » EcoWatch

10 Foods That Make You Smarter » EcoWatch | zestful living | Scoop.it
Many recent studies have shown how certain nutrients can positively affect the brain, specifically in areas of the brain related to cognitive processing or feelings
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Did you know that you can change your brain to make it smarter? Your brain makes the decisions that keep you healthy, happy, and headed in the right direction. Your brain also makes bad decisions and can mess with your health leading you to an early demise. When your brain works right, you do as well. Your brain requires the proper fuel to feed it.

 

Health Tips: Do you know your important numbers, your risk factors for chronic diseases and Alzheimer's? Get tested by a competent healthcare professional who is knowledgeable about nutrition, good lifestyle habits,  and is not a pill pusher. Make it a priority to eat as many veggies, some fruits , nuts, seeds, whole grains like oats, ancient grains which are really seeds, healthy fats as in coconut, olive oil, and avocado as is possible every day. Opt for organic to avoid pesticides.  Consume anti-inflammatory foods which are plant based. Reduce or stop eating sugar completely. Reduce your consumption or stop buying processed fake foods which contain very little nutrition, chemicals and GMOs which harm your body. Get 7-9 hours quality sleep each night. Did you know that chronic insomnia triples your risk of death from all causes? Get yearly tests, on your blood count, thyroid,  and a general metabolic panel which tests the health of your liver, kidneys, fasting blood sugar, and cholesterol. Find out your C-reactive protein level, which is a measure of inflammation. Also have your homocysteine levels checked, associated with poor arterial health. Find out your serum ferritin levels, a measure of excess iron levels. Higher levels have been associated with stiffer blood vessels and vascular disease. Have  your vitamin B and D levels checked. Your health professional may want to schedule other tests as well as those listed.

 

Here's "10 foods that Make You Smarter" from EcoWatch by Michael Gonzales-Wallace.

 

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Top 10 Superfoods for Spring

Top 10 Superfoods for Spring | zestful living | Scoop.it
I'm the first to admit that the term superfood gets thrown around a lot in media and marketing, but that doesn't mean we should turn our backs on the
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All organic produce are superstars in their season. What does superfood mean? These plant based whole foods are bursting with colorful  vibrant nutrients and aliveness which you receive when you eat them. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals,  enzymes, and  leafy greens are rich in chlorophyll which oxygenates and rebuilds your blood helping your body to absorb the nutrients and support good PH balance.

 

Health Tips:  Eat as many leafy greens as you possibly can every day. Green smoothies work best as they help you to get the essential fiber your body requires to cleanse itself and tone your digestive system. Consume a variety of fresh or frozen produce each day: veggies and fruits. Always be open to trying a new veg or fruit.

 

Here's "Top 10 Superfoods for Spring" from GreenLiving by Melissa Breyer with added recipes.

 

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5 Ways to Include Superfood Hemp in Your Meals » EcoWatch

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

 

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

 

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

 

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What to Do When Organic Isn't an Option

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Stuck without organic? Here's your solution.
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You've heard that organic is best for your food purchases, however organic doesn't always work for you for a variety of reasons. Consumer reports to the rescue. 

 

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

 

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

 

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Ancient Anti-Inflammatory Beet & Ginger Juice

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Top 10 Best Foods to Cleanse Your Liver

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

 

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

 

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

 

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