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The Amazing Healing Properties of 13 Common Fruits

The Amazing Healing Properties of 13 Common Fruits | zestful living | Scoop.it
Fruits elicit not only joy in the eating of them -- incidentally, the word fruit stems from the Latin word frui, meaning "to enjoy, use" -- but they also nourish and protect the body with powerful, built-in medicinal activity. Fruits are, of course, by design a "perfect food," intended to entice animals to consume them in order to help disseminate their seed.
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Who doesn't love the delicious satisfying sweet taste of fruit?  Fruit has amazing medicinal benefits. Are you aware that humans cannot like animals,, produce vitamin C from glucose? We have a biological dependence on obtaining vitamin C from external sources.

 

Read this interesting article on the Amazing Healing Properties of 13 Common Fruits. And be sure to eat a few pieces of fruit (organic preferable) every day to get all the health benefits and to add sweetness into your meals. A good idea is to try a new fruit every day or at least once a week So what's your favorite fruit?

 

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Healing Properties of Fruits

Fresh fruits are good for our bodies, because they are jam packed with vitamins and minerals. Even many doctors and healthy specialists, encourage their patients and clients to eat much fruits daily. In general, fruits are good for us, but, did you know that some fruits have amazing healing properties?
1) Coconuts- are good to help in the fight against gastric ulcers. The milk and the water of the coconut have anti-ulcerogenic properties.

2) Cherry- helps in the fight against inflammation and pain. Anthrocyanins is a compound found in cherries, that is effective in pain and inflammation reduction.

3) Cranberry- the cranberry extract, is effective in the prevention of urinary tract infesction in women.

4) Elderberry- this fruit is used as remedy to anti-respiration, this is due to its active compound, "flavonoids".

5) Grapefruit- this fruit, including the seeds, have been known to be effective in the fighting against urinary tract infections.

6) Lemon- lemonade has been known to be effective with persons who has kidney stones.
7) Kiwifruit- this fruit has been known to lower cholesterol, when used with hawthorn.

8) Papaya- new research shows that unripened papaya, when applied to skin ulcers, has a positive effect rate of 72%.

9) Pineapple- the compound bromelain, when extracted from the pineapple, has been shown to be effective in some cancers.

10) Pomegranate- this fruit contains potent plant estrogen, and may function as a regulator for hormones.

11) Plantain- this fruit has been known to be effective in the treatment of diarrhea, clinical research confirms that plantain is valuable in its management.

12) Strawberry- this fruit is good in the help of cardiovascular health, it has also been shown to relax the lining of the blood vessels. This works to help to reduce blood pressure.

13) Watermelon- this fruit contains amino acids, which helps with the natural dilation of the blood vessels and the reducing of blood pressure.

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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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Best Anti-Aging Foods | Health Digezt

Best Anti-Aging Foods | Health Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
From time to time, most of us wish we could stop the clock on the aging process, but scientists still haven't found the key to keeping us forever young. As we get older, the body's machinery begins to function a little less smoothly and we become susceptible to age-related and degenerative diseases. But there are certain foods that can help counteract the negative effects aging has on the body.
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Anti-aging is another word for longevity. While every person ages everyday, there are lifestyle changes which when practiced can slow the aging process, decrease your susceptibility to develop chronic diseases, and help you to be proactive in your later years.

 

Health Tip: Eat healing real whole foods that serve your body,  anti-inflammatory foods that nourish and protect you,, consume medicinal herbs and spices used for thousands of years as Mother Nature's proprietary medicines, walk everyday and keep active,  take up cooking as a new hobby and create delicious meals in your kitchen, to delight your senses while improving your health..  Laugh. Your attitude keeps you young.

 

Here's "Best Anti-Aging Foods" from Health Digezt.

 

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Elevate Your Mood and Get Happy With These 11 Foods!

Elevate Your Mood and Get Happy With These 11 Foods! | zestful living | Scoop.it
Down in the dumps or need a little pick-me-up? These foods keep you feeling great naturally, thanks to their special nutrient content. A happy mood is just a few bites away!
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Plant based foods are alive and vibrant and make you feel good when you eat them. The fiber in complex carbohydrates helps your brain maintain levels of feel good serotonin to keep your mood upbeat.

 

Health tip: Did you know that foods rich in B vitamins help influence your mood? B vitamins are water soluble so any excess leaves your body via your urine if you're taking supplements. Be sure to eat foods high in folate such as green leafy veggies  such as spinach, romaine lettuce, turnip greens,  asparagus, beans, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. Folate is most closely associated with mood and depression.  Folate is used by the body to manufacture  a variety of chemicals that keep nerves healthy and repairs damage to DNA within nerves.  B-6 is essential as well. Eat additional leafy greens such as spinach, kale, chard, also, legumes, and bananas which are high in B6. Everyone needs to take B-12 supplements. Deficiencies in B-12 are a common cause of depression and also memory problems. Eat healthy omega 3 fats which are mood-boosting, such as flaxseeds and walnuts.  Avoid sugar as it's not only a toxin, but for many people sugar makes depression worse.

 

Here's the skinny on foods that increase your happy moods: "Elevate Your Mood and Get Happy With These 11 Foods" from OneGreenPlanet.org by Heather McClees.

 

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13 Early Warning Signs of Diabetes You Shouldn’t Ignore

13 Early Warning Signs of Diabetes You Shouldn’t Ignore | zestful living | Scoop.it
As type 2 diabetes is a serious condition that can cause dangerous complications, it is important to detect it as soon as possible. Find here 13 early warning signs of diabetes you shouldn’t ignore.
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Diabetes  is a growing epidemic in this country which can be treated with wise food choices and a walking practice. Are you aware that every time you eat carbohydrates, your body breaks them down into different sugar molecules? The important one is glucose. Glucose is the fuel your cells use for energy. When it's in your blood, it's called blood glucose. During digestion, glucose enters your bloodstream. Cells require insulin to help take in the glucose to be converted to fuel. Insulin is a hormone that helps escort glucose from the bloodstream to cells. Insulin is produced by the pancreas. Insulin gets released into bloodstream when the pancreas senses that glucose levels are rising, usually after meals, so more cells open to let in  the fuel they need. When your cells don't respond to insulin effectively, type 2 Diabetes occurs. 

When glucose levels are consistently elevated, it means that insulin isn't working well enough so cells aren't opening up to let the fuel in and your pancreas makes more. This is known as insulin resistance and is the first stage of type 2. Some people will experience symptoms of fatigue and dizziness. Others will experience no symptoms and are unaware they have this disease. Diabetes damages nerves, blood vessels, and organs.

 

Health Tip:  If you have a family history of diabetes or identified risk factors, of obesity and hypertension, start testing as early as age 30.  Early testing and diagnosis is critical. Make wise healthy food choices and start a program of walking daily. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder which can be improved. Prevention is key. Be carb smart choosing complex carbs as found in real whole foods high in fiber such as veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, peas, lentils, ancient grains and healthy whole grains like oats. Avoid or greatly reduce consumption of white refined flours, sugars, grains found in processed foods.

Make small lasting changes daily. Swap out a sugary breakfast cereal for oatmeal or a green smoothie.

 

Here's a comprehensive important article on "13 Early Warning Signs of Diabetes You Shouldn't Ignore"  from HealthyandNaturalWorld.com

 

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Simple, Healthy Foods That Are Easy to Digest

Simple, Healthy Foods That Are Easy to Digest | zestful living | Scoop.it
For those dealing with digestive difficulties, a plant-based diet can greatly improve not only nutrition, but also digestive health. Some foods, however, are easier to digest than others. Many are also full of extra benefits that further aid digestion. Here are some of our favorites!
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Is your digestion causing you difficulties? Stress and food choices are the usual suspects.

 

Health Tips:  Simple ways to nourish your digestive tract involve starting to eat more plant based  whole foods,  limiting processed foods high in white flours, sugars, grains, avoiding alcohol and caffeine, swapping out healthier foods for less nutritional ones. Example eat sweet potatoes in place of fries. Eat half your lunch at a restaurant and bag the remainder for lunch the following day. Carry a treat bag  filled with nuts, seeds, cut up veggies, an orange or banana, or avocado for those sudden hunger urges. Make your swaps do-able, so you will follow through. And notice how you feel after you consume your food choices. Are you fatigued, bloated, gassy, or anxious?. Taking notice will help you to become more aware of foods that don't serve you.

 

Here's a great article on "Simple, Healthy FoodsThat Are Easy to Digest" from OneGreenPlanet.org

 

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Surprising Health Benefits Of Papaya | Health Digezt

Surprising Health Benefits Of Papaya | Health Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
Papaya is great for the skin and can be used as a face pack to get its benefits. It helps to get rid of acne and it helps to open clogged pores. The fermented flesh of papaya also called as papain helps to dissolve the dead cells, giving fresh and glowing skin as a result. Papaya is a fruit that is rich in fiber and lowers cholesterol levels. It contains enzymes that help prevent oxidization of cholesterol, which in return helps to prevent heart-attacks. The antioxidants in papaya help in controlling premature ageing. This quality of the papaya helps you to get a younger look. The seeds of papaya too possess medicinal properties. They are very good in treating intestinal worms in the body. Papaya helps in preventing constipation and aids in digestion. The enzyme papain is a digestive enzyme that helps in natural digestion. Papaya juice helps in curing infections of the colon by clearing the pus and mucus from it. You need to take it regularly to heal quickly. Papaya is good to cure the
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Have you eaten papaya? Papaya is rich in  fiber,  potassium, vitamin C, and E, and in beta-carotene (antioxidants that fight inflammation). Papaya also contains lycopene  (protective antioxidant) also found in tomatoes, grapefruit, and watermelon.

 

Health Tip: Eat foods high in potassium, like papaya, figs, bananas, cantaloupe, winter squash, spinach, avocado, green beans, potato, nuts, beans, lentils, and tomato sauce. Potassium causes arteries to relax and dilate, allowing more blood to circulate with less force. Papaya also like avocado is good for your skin. A bowl of cut up papaya and cut up cantaloupe makes for a delicious luscious looking fruit salad for company.

 

Here's everything you wanted to know about "Surprising  Health Benefits of Papaya" from Health Digezt

 

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Dark Chocolate Sweet Potato Chips

Dark Chocolate Sweet Potato Chips | zestful living | Scoop.it
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What a decadent find while trolling for healthy posts for you. Two of my favorite foods combined to create food heaven with just 5 ingredients.

 

Health Tip: Sweet potatoes are one of the best foods you can eat (organic preferred). Don't take my word for it.  Dr Michael Greger, Nutritionfacts.org agrees. Sweet potatoes are high in beta-carotene,  a plant pigment that protects against cancer. They are one of the best sources for feel good carbs - complex carbohydrates and a top food rich in fiber. and in the trace mineral chromium.  Chromium is key for helping  people with blood sugar issues. It helps insulin to process sugar more efficiently. Many people are deficient in chromium. Dark chocolate make sure to buy 70% or more with no added sugar. (organic preferred). Organic raw cacao powder can be used. The sweet taste of sweet potatoes precludes any need for additional sweetener.

 

Here's this fabulous recipe and to die for photo images:: "Dark Chocolate Sweet Potato Chips" from Minimalist Baker.

 

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The 16 Most Surprising High-Fiber Foods

The 16 Most Surprising High-Fiber Foods | zestful living | Scoop.it
Fiber doesn’t just help you out in the bathroom, it also lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and hypertension. You might be surprised that oatmeal barely made this list—check out what did.

Via Demarcio Washington
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Are you eating foods high in fiber?  The fiber in certain foods is an important part of the healing process in your body. Certain foods such as processed which are devoid of fiber become the trigger that makes you ill. Your body and digestive tract require foods high in fiber, real food that your body recognizes. Eating foods high in fiber is one of the best ways to help you live longer with less weight. Fiber fills you up so you're not hungry an hour after you eat. Fiber helps balance your blood sugar.

 

Health Tip:  Load up on veggies all kinds, fruits, legumes (peas beans, lentils), nuts and seeds, ancient grains as in quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat (it's a seed), millet, teff, gluten free oatmeal, and homemade fermented foods which contain active bacteria cultures, beneficial to your G.I. tract and your immune system. Avoid white flours, grains, sugars.  Do drink loads of filtered water as fiber absorbs a lot of liquid in your intestines and your stools need lubrication. Room temp or warm water is best.

 

Here's one of the most comprehensive articles on "The 16 Most Surprising High-Fiber Foods" from Greatist by Nick English.

 

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10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Cinnamon

10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Cinnamon | zestful living | Scoop.it
Here are 10 health benefits of cinnamon that are supported by scientific research.
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Cinnamon , an aromatic spice  used in cooking throughout the world is very high in antioxidants, making it a delicious anti-inflammatory food.  Studies show that cinnamon lowers blood sugar in people with diabetes.  Cinnamon helps to keep your brain young and active.

 

Health Tip:  There are two types of cinnamon: Ceylon (organic) and Cassia. To be sure the cinnamon you purchase is not GMO, look for Organic on the label. Use cinnamon in sweet dishes as well as savory ones. It gives an added zing to all your foods.

 

Here's an information packed article on "10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Cinnamon from Greenliving by Authority Nutrition.

 

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13 Healthy Reasons to Eat More Walnuts

13 Healthy Reasons to Eat More Walnuts | zestful living | Scoop.it
Walnuts benefit your heart, brain, bones and more. Here's why you need to eat more of them.
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Walnuts are antioxidant rich benefitting your heart, high in vitamin E which helps to reduce inflammation/hot flashes,  and contain vitamin B6 which is essential for a healthy nervous system, memory, and focused thinking. Walnuts are  one of the top omega 3 foods, mood and brain boosting food, and help you to lose weight.

 

Health Tip: Hungry? Eat a handful of walnuts with a small piece of fruit for a healthy snack.  The fruit slowly releases glucose because of its fiber content so no sugar rush, just steady energy.. The protein in walnuts also digests slowly so you feel fuller longer.

 

Here's an evidence based article listing the "12 Healthy Reasons to Eat More Walnuts" from greenmedinfo.com by Margie King.

 

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4 Best Vitamins to Boost Brain Power | Health Digezt

4 Best Vitamins to Boost Brain Power | Health Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
If you feel like you're lacking in brain power, the problem may lie in your diet. Proper nutrition is essential for maintaining top brain function, and it is possible that you simply aren't getting enough brain vitamins in your daily meals. In this regard, you may want to supplement or adjust your diet to include more vitamins, specifically those that benefit the brain. Here are four vitamins that can help improve brain power and short-term memory, and boost your overall cognitive performance. 1. Folic Acid Folic acid controls the levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine is known to damage brain cells when at elevated levels, so adequate supplementation with folic acid is strongly advised if you lack brain power. Folic acid has also been reported to improve short-term memory and alertness. If you take folic acid, you will feel more mentally alert, instead of being sluggish and lethargic. You can find folic acid supplements in most local drugstores. Foods rich in folic acid
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Is your brain feeling sluggish, are you suffering with poor memory, poor decision making, loss of focus? Or are you feeling anxious or depressed?  Your brain, cells, and body are affected by what you eat and what foods/vitamins you're not consuming. 

Rule number one - nutrition affects every aspect of who you are.

So doesn't it make sense to feed your brain and body with foods that nourish it, foods that help it to function at its best?

 

Health Tip:  Eat healthy fats as in omega 3s which are composed of EPA and DHA. DHA  makes up a large amount of the gray matter in your brain. The fat in your brain plays a critical role in how cells function.  Plant foods high in omega 3 fatty acids are avocado, walnuts, and dark green leafy veggies.. Olive oil, sesame oil, walnut oil, and unrefined coconut oil are healthy oils. Also take  high quality organic non-GMO supplements. Avoid unhealthy fats as in vegetable oils, margarine, trans fats, and those found in processed foods. These  may have a longer shelf life, but  actually decrease your life expectancy and drain your brain. Berries also  help your brain and the are high in antioxidants. Herbs and spices are also brain healthy. Consider adding turmeric, saffron, sage, basil, thyme, oregano, ginger, and rosemary to your meals. 

 

Certain nutrients in supplements and vitamins also help boost your brain. Here's "4 Best Vitamins to Boost Brain Power" from HealthDigezt.com source 3fatchicks.com 

 

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4 Huge Reasons Why Soy Should be Avoided

4 Huge Reasons Why Soy Should be Avoided | zestful living | Scoop.it
Soybeans and most of the products made from them may actually rob the body of nutrients, destroy thyroid function, and cause many other health issues.
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Do you consider soy a healthy food? This is another controversial food topic. 

 

Health Tip: Fermented foods are healthy for your body. There are some soy products which are fermented such as tempeh, miso, natto. These can be safely eaten.  If you're wanting more protein in a  vegan/vegetarian meal plan, choose nuts/seeds,  ancient grains such as quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat,  choose dark leafy greens like spinach which is high in protein, beans, peas, and lentils.

 

Here's a highly informative article on "4 Huge Reasons Why Soy Should be Avoided" from Natural Society by Barbara Minton.

 

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8 Natural Ways to Help Prevent Cancer

8 Natural Ways to Help Prevent Cancer | zestful living | Scoop.it
Discover some of the best ways to prevent cancer--by best-seling author and publisher of the free-ezine World's Healthiest News, Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, ROHP.
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You know by now that plant based real whole foods have the nutrients your body needs to be optimally healthy. Eating sugar and processed foods filled with toxic chemicals, additives, and GMOs feed cancer and are deadly for your body.

 

Health Tip:  Eating organic as much as possible is your best bet to protecting your body from  carcinogenic materials. Eat a rainbow of produce every day - foods rich in antioxidants, like quercetin - apple peel, onions,  vitamin C - guava, red bell pepper, kiwi, strawberries, grapefruit juice and vitamin E - olive oil, nuts and seeds. Eat foods rich in flavonoids,- blueberries, bilberry, cranberries,  foods high in carotenoids - carrots, yams, pumpkin, sweet potato, winter squash,  and other veggies. Eat  foods high in cysteine, an amino acid used by your body to manufacture Glutathione, a powerful antioxidant that blocks free radical damage.  Asparagus is one of the best sources of cysteine. Onions and avocado are also cysteine rich. Flavor your foods with  organic spices and herbs. Pump up your potassium and magnesium. Take vitamin D3 and eat foods rich in calcium. Drinks filtered water throughout your day, especially in the morning when you first wake up.

 

This information packed article gives additional ways to prevent cancer. Here's "8 Natural Ways to Prevent Cancer"  from Greenliving by Michelle  Schoffro Cook.

 

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15 Foods that will make you Glow : Glow Foods | Health Digezt

15 Foods that will make you Glow : Glow Foods | Health Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
Feeling ruddy in the face? Pores feeling a little big? Dry skin? Sallow color? Fear not—the answer might just be under your nose, literally on your plate. Not only is your skin the largest organ in your body, it’s also the most visible, and it’s at risk of being damaged by the effects of free radicals in our atmosphere. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness and wrinkles. By now we are all pretty well-schooled in avoiding UV rays (with daily and relentless sunscreen applications), but what nutrients can we feed our skin with to make it glow? According to nutritionist, Maria Patricia Restrepo, “Artificial foods are the biggest no-no, as they literally suck the liveliness from our skin.” With that in mind, she recommends instead “opting for live, fresh foods—food that exists in its original state.” She notes that great skin can be helped by eating high levels of the chemical elements needed for optimal connective tissue found in foods such as
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Real whole healing food found in the produce aisle of your grocery store has the amazing ability to help your body prevent and sometimes reverse most common health conditions. Your skin will be the first organ in your body to reveal the healthy or sick state of your body.

 

Health Tip: Want glowing skin? Then eat foods such as found in the produce section, organic preferred. Did you know that you can eat as many veggies and a few fruits in a day as possible and not gain any extra weight? Fresh veggies, a few fruits, organic herbs and spices,  nuts, seeds, G.F. oats, ancient grains, healthy fats and a wee bit of dark chocolate/raw cacao are your best sources for healing foods. Make wise food choices for your glowing skin and healthy body.

 

Here's "15 Foods That Will Make You Glow:Glow Foods from Health Digezt.

 

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6 Healthy Reasons to Add Lemon to Your Water » EcoWatch

6 Healthy Reasons to Add Lemon to Your Water » EcoWatch | zestful living | Scoop.it
Adding fresh lemon to water ups the benefits without adding many calories and brings antioxidant vitamin C, boosting the immune system, freshening breath
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Lemon and other citrus fruits make healthy additions to your filtered water adding the nutritional benefits of vitamin C which helps to prevent cell damage and promote cell renewal. 

 

Health Tip: Lemon juice can be used as a food preservative to keep other fruit from browning. You can add lemon zest to recipes for an additional zing to your recipes.  Hot tea with lemon helps to soothe a sore throat.

 

Here's "6 Healthy Reasons to Add Lemon to Your Water" from EcoWatch by Anastasia Pantsios

 

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10 Ways Eating Plant-Based Can Improve Your Mood (and Your Health)

10 Ways Eating Plant-Based Can Improve Your Mood (and Your Health) | zestful living | Scoop.it
A plant-based diet that full of unadulterated vitamins and minerals straight from the earth (which is where animals get their nutrients from, mind you), is the best way to improve your health and mood.
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Eating more plant based foods rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients from Mother Earth  have been shown to improve your overall health and well-being. 

 

Health Tips:  Eat more veggies and fruits every day as these foods will nourish you and your body for a lifetime. Eat lots of healthy fats to protect your heart like avocados, nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, and seed oils. Eat legumes as in beans, peas,and  lentils. Consume real whole food and healthy ancient grains like quinoa, millet, amaranth, buckwheat, teff, and farro.  Eat fermented foods like homemade sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, and kefirs. Reduce or totally avoid all processed foods and GMOs as these cause you to age faster and cause chronic diseases due to inflammation. Make wise choices.

 

Here's an information packed article on "10 ways Eating Plant Bsed Can Improve Your Mood and Your Health" from OneGreenPlanet.org 

 

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Try These 5 New Ways to Use Pumpkin and Squash in Your Kitchen

Try These 5 New Ways to Use Pumpkin and Squash in Your Kitchen | zestful living | Scoop.it
Hey pumpkin pies and baked squash rings are great, but even those magical delights get tiresome after awhile. Give the old pumpkin and squash a new spin in your kitchen. Here are 5 easy ways to use them today!
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This is the time of the year for pumpkin and squash, two of the healthiest orange hued Beta-carotene veggies. These are complex carbohydrates that provide a slow steady influx of glucose,  tryptophan (amino-acid) which is converted to serotonin which produces a calming effect. Complex carbs help reduce anxiety and give you an emotional pick me up so perfect for this time of year with all the busyness and stress.

 

Health Tip:  Eat loads of winter squash which is high in alpha-linoleic-acid, an omega 3 fatty acid that lowers harmful blood fats and keeps your heart beating in a steady rhythm. And it tastes delicious too. Winter squash is also rich in potassium, which is vital for good blood pressure..

 

Loving  and creating recipes is a favorite of mine which is why this post spoke to me showcasing two fabulous Fall/Winter veggies. Here's "Try These 5 New Ways to Use Pumpkin and Squash in Your Kitchen" from OneGreenPlanet.org by Heather McClees.

 

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Powerful Spices That Heal: Cancer, Diabetes, and More | Health Digezt

Powerful Spices That Heal: Cancer, Diabetes, and More | Health Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
There is good reason for the season: Doctors and nutritionists agree that the same can be used as your medicine cabinet essential spice rack, when it comes to the prevention and treatment of disease. Research consistently shows that many spices and herbs have medicinal value, can help prevent everything from cancer to the common cold. We asked experts Glen Aukerman, MD, at Ohio State University Medical Center of Integrative Medicine Center Medical Director, and Dr. Ruth Knill, Latin America and the Caribbean, China TCM spices and herbs, the best improvement in overall health. Here are their picks, plus an easy way to work them into your diet. 1. Cumin: prevention of cancer Working principle is: It is not surprising that many spices lower incidence of cancer researchers in India, cumin is a staple food. Research shows that this spice curcumin inhibited enzymes that help cancer cells invade healthy tissue, but also to the development of new tumor blood vessels, helping them grow. Trying
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Spices and herbs are your best friends for well-being as they are Mother Nature's proprietary medicines which have shown preventative help for many diseases as well as the common cold.

 

Health Tip:  Cumin has demonstrated the potential to work as well as an anti-diabetes drug to reduce levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in people with diabetes. Cumin is also a potent antioxidant.  Chili is one of the most widely used spices in the world. It's heat and bite come from capsaicin compound which offers pain relief for those with osteoarthritis. Chili also helps to increase metabolism and may reduce risk of blood clots that can lead to heat attacks and strokes.  Just a small amount on food works wonders for all spices.

 

Here's an information packed article on "Powerful Spices That Heal Cancer, Diabetes, and More" from HealthDigezt.com.

 

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7 Health Benefits of Garlic and Why You Should Eat Some Right Now!

7 Health Benefits of Garlic and Why You Should Eat Some Right Now! | zestful living | Scoop.it
Health Benefits of Garlic
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Are you a garlic lover? Garlic is a real food nutraceutical i.e. holistic medicine in food form).  Whole baked garlic cloves assist in control of blood pressure and help detoxify your body of heavy metals, mercury and cadmium. Garlic neutralizes dozens of bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Cooked or raw garlic is a sure health winner.

 

Health Tip: Did you know that many of garlic's healing powers come from sulfur containing compounds, including allicin, and others.?Eating garlic daily lowers incidences of many cancers such as ovarian, and colorectal. Fresh organic garlic is best.. Chopping, mincing, or pressing garlic before cooking enhances its health  promoting properties by boosting the level of the healing compound allicin. To get all the health benefits, let garlic sit for 5 to 10 minutes before using. Avoid burning garlic as the taste becomes bitter and it loses its healing properties.  A real treat are roasted garlic heads. Use them as a topping for roasted or steamed veggies or instead of using olive oil on salads or baked organic potatoes. Set your oven to 350 degrees and cook as desired. Roasting makes garlic less pungent and sweeter.

 

Here's everything you wanted to know about garlic "7 Health Benefits of Garlic and Why You Should Eat Some Right Now" from GarlicShaker.com by Matthew  Garlic Shaker.

 

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These 8 Foods Will Completely Change Your Skin and Make it Glow

These 8 Foods Will Completely Change Your Skin and Make it Glow | zestful living | Scoop.it
Food can be medicine for your skin when you eat certain choices. These eight magical foods will help your skin glow thanks to their abundant sources of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Get your glow on the natural, plant-based way!
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Are you aware that your skin is the first place in your body where symptoms of a health problem will show up?  Your food choices have a direct bearing on the health of your skin as does the environmental exposures you encounter daily.

 

Health Tip: Eat a variety of anti-inflammatory foods and herbs rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  Eat foods rich in omega 3s and vitamin E.  One of the very best foods you can eat that helps not only your skin, but your overall health are avocados. They are so versatile and can be combined with just about any other plant ingredient to create a delectable dish. Or just eat them as is.  Another skin supportive food is Aloe vera, an herb which is an anti-inflammatory agent. Aloe soothes the skin, inside and out.

 

Here's an information packed article on "These 8 Foods will Completely Change your Skin and Make it Glow" from OnegreenPlanet.og

 

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5 Holiday Foods That Serve the Body Well

5 Holiday Foods That Serve the Body Well | zestful living | Scoop.it
All holiday foods aren’t unhealthy for us, despite most being incredibly delicious and indulgent. Here we show you five foods that make amazing, healthy vegan dishes from breakfast all the way to dessert!
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What to eat during the holidays? From October through March, you're bombarded with  invitations to eat tasty indulgent foods at gatherings and to purchase for home meals. Not all of these foods are necessarily bad/unhealthy for you. It just takes a bit of food magic a.k.a. swapping to create that delicious irresistible dish that is  not only healthy, but so satisfying..

 

Health Tip: Think avocados (creamy goodness for salads, main dishes and desserts - hint- dark chocolate, nut butter). Add, sweet potatoes, carrots, winter squashes (filling with a hint of sweetness, add cinnamon and dark chocolate (raw cacao), coconut).  For main dish, entrees,  stuff with your favorite green veggie, legumes (chickpeas, lentils, beans, split peas) or ancient grains (quinoa, teff, amaranth, millet).  Use seasonal fruits such as pears, apples, cranberries to create luscious easy to make desserts. add dark chocolate, coconut, cinnamon, and nuts for extra splash. Create hearty winter soups with winter squash and apples/pears. Use your imagination to create real food dishes that arouse your senses. Add spices for tantalizing flavors. You can always eat before you go to an event and spend your time meeting interesting people rather than trying to balance your plate and beverage and eating too quickly. 

 

Here's an interesting article on "5 Holiday Foods That  Serve the Body Well"  from OneGreenPlanet.org

 

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Top Vegan Sources of Immune-Boosting Zinc

Top Vegan Sources of Immune-Boosting Zinc | zestful living | Scoop.it
Discover the best plant-based sources of immune-boosting zinc--by the publisher of the free ezine World's Healthiest News, Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD, ROHP.
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Zinc  is a key mineral for your body's immune system. It stimulates the activity of about 300 enzymes. It also promotes wound healing and is beneficial to hair,  skin health, and your eyesight. Zinc supports healthy prostrate for men.

 

Health Tip:  Eat these plant based foods rich in zinc: beans, spinach, flax, sesame,  and pumpkin seeds, garlic, peanuts/nut butter,  cashews, chickpeas (garbanzo beans),  peas,  and mushrooms. You can also take zinc lozenges for colds and zinc supplements as well

 

Here's more vegan sources for zinc. "Top vegan Sources of Immune-Boosting Zinc" from Greenliving by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

 

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How Trans Fats Damage Your Memory | Health Digezt

How Trans Fats Damage Your Memory | Health Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
HOW TRANS FATS DAMAGE YOUR MEMORY New research shows that trans fats don't just clog your arteries; they may damage memory in young people, too. According to the study, young and middle-aged men who consume large amounts of trans fats displayed a considerably reduced ability to recollect words during memory tests. The study found that men with the highest quantities trans fats in their diet suffered as much as a 10 percent decline in the words they could remember. Study author Dr. Beatrice Golomb, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego, said, "The higher the trans fat consumption, the worse the performance". Trans fats are a kind of dietary fat that raises LDL ("bad" cholesterol) and decreases levels of HDL ("good" cholesterol). Low levels of trans fats are naturally present in milk and meat products, but artificially created trans fats like hydrogenated oils are commonly used in junk foods. Trans fats are added to increase the shelf life of foods. Trans fat
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Here's more damaging science based evidence against the use of trans-fats (hydrogenated and/or polyunsaturated fats) which are found in vegetable oils, (corn, canola, soybean, safflower, and sunflower), margarine, and processed foods (fast food, chips and crackers, baked goods, store bought salad oils, dressings, dips, mayonnaise, granola bars, veggie burgers, and microwave popcorn,  These foods are highly inflammatory. Food scientists created them so that baked goods would have a longer shelf life without spoiling. However what might be good for the food manufacturers bottom line is dangerous for your body, your joints, your heart, and now your memory.

 

Health Tip: Stick with healthy fats/oils as  in olive, sesame, walnut,  unrefined flaxseed, unrefined coconut oils. Refrigerate omega 3 oils (seed oils). Eat more foods high in omega 3s and less in omega 6s (polyunsaturated).

 

Here's an interesting article on "How Trans Fats Damage Your Memory" from Health Digezt.

 

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Celery Discovered To Fight Listed Cancers

Celery Discovered To Fight Listed Cancers | zestful living | Scoop.it
If you need another reason to add more celery into your diet, researchers have now identified a compound in the vegetable that demonstrates anti-tumor activity. Effective against several types of cancer — including those of the pancreas, ovaries, liver, small intestine, stomach, lung and breast — apigenin has been shown in vitro to significantly inhibit…
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Are you eating celery every day?  Celery is made up of mostly water and fiber and rich in essential nutrients.  It is considered  a revered treatment for high blood pressure in Chinese Medicine.  Studies today show that people wheat more celery  experience  increased reduction in blood pressure. Celery contains a compound called apigenim  which dilates blood vessels and reduces the circulatory force of your bloodstream.  Apigenim has also been found to have anti-tumor activity.

 

Health Tip:  Buy organic as celery is one of the Dirty Dozen veggies to have the most pesticides. For convenience,  cut up veggies to use for salads and stir-frys or just to have on hand to nibble when hungry. Keep in glass jars in fridge.  Snacking on celery helps you to feel full and gives you the crunch you might be wanting. Celery and nut butter makes a great combo healthy snack.

 

Here's an information packed article about the new research. "Celery Discovered to Fight Listed Cancers" from We Support Organic www.fnfh.org 

 

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Magnesium Deficiency: These Are The Symptoms!

Magnesium Deficiency: These Are The Symptoms! | zestful living | Scoop.it
Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests – only 1% of the body’s magnesium is stored in the blood.Most doctors and laboratories don’t even include magnesium status in routine blood tests. Thus, most doctors don’t know when their patients are deficient in magnesium, even though studies show that…
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Magnesium is one of the very key electrolyte minerals your body requires. Most people are deficient in this critical mineral. It is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in  your body. It helps to maintain nerve and muscle function,  heart health, bone health,  brain function, helps with diabetes, migraines, fatigue, and thirst.

 

Health Tip:  Eat loads of these foods rich in magnesium: pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, Braziil nuts, almonds, and peanuts,  spinach and other green veggies,   buckwheat flour,  pine nuts,  white beans,  Swiss Chard, and, artichoke hearts.  Also  if you're  taking pharmaceutical drugs, take a magnesium supplement that helps to replace the magnesium that many drugs deplete. If you experience any of the symptoms listed in this comprehensive article, start taking magnesium supplements and eat more foods that contain magnesium.

 

Here's one of the most well researched articles on magnesium. " Magnesium deficiency: These are the Symptoms" from We Support Organic and sources from FHFN.org and NaturalSociety.com

 

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12 Super Foods for Improving Digestion | Health Digezt

12 Super Foods for Improving Digestion | Health Digezt | zestful living | Scoop.it
Digestion is that imperative course of action in which our body performs the job of breaking down the food we have had and unlocking all the essential
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You've heard or read about these actions related to your digestive system: eating, digesting, and absorbing..  All three are essential for optimal digestion to occur. You eat by chewing well so that the food gets digested as it passes through the digestive system.  When you chew well, the nutrients from the foods get absorbed.  Chewing begins the digestive process by adding enzymes that break down carbohydrates. If you're not digesting the meal properly and assimilating the nutrients, you're not getting the nutrition you need. 

 

Health Tip:  It's important to eat foods that don't take much energy to digest and absorb, foods that are colorful and nutritious, foods that give your body fuel for energy. Eat real whole food, food produced by Mother Nature without man-made intervention (think toxic chemicals, additives, preservatives, GMOs)  Your body is healthy and vibrant therefore you need to eat healthy and vibrant food and drink filtered water.

 

Here's an information packed article on "12 Super Foods for Improving Digestion" from HealthDigezt.com

 

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(Amy) Foods that help digestion. The top twelve super foods that improve digestion. Foods that help the body digestion and stay on the imperative course of action of breaking down food.