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11 Proven Health Benefits of Garlic (No. 1 is My Favorite)

11 Proven Health Benefits of Garlic (No. 1 is My Favorite) | zestful living | Scoop.it
This is a detailed article about garlic and its health benefits. Here are 11 ways that garlic can improve your health, supported by science.
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Are you a garlic lover or do you avoid garlic due to its distinctive scent and garlic breath? Better to start eating more garlic as it is a powerhouse of nutrition and makes your other foods taste even better. Do check with your health care provider if you have a bleeding disorder or are taking blood thinning meds before you increase your garlic intake.

 

You can chop a couple of garlic cloves and add to a stir-fry, add to soup, salads, and veggies. Are you aware that it's best to wait a few minutes or more after you cut or mince a clove of garlic before eating raw or cooking?. This action helps to give the necessary time to release all the anti-cancer compounds.

 

Here's 11 Proven Health Benefits of Garlic.  How do you use garlic, what's your favorite recipe?

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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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Untangling Alzheimer’s

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Breakthroughs in understanding dementia are leading to new healthcare approaches. Nutrition, lifestyle, and sleep may be the keys to prevention.
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Did you know that Alzheimer’s disease is an inflammatory disorder which if prevention is initiated earlier in life, the disease can be stopped? New information is coming to light which is changing the direction physicians are taking in finding answers for this newest epidemic. 

 

And readers of this site might have guessed that nutrition, lifestyle habits, and sleep would have something to do with the way moving forward.

 

Health Tips:  Consume organic plant based food rich in essential fiber daily. Eat fermented foods, including cultured veggies sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, Take a high quality probiotic daily and feed your gut flora with produce which contains prebiotic fibers.

 

Exercise and do some form of movement everyday. Walking, jogging, running, swimming, dancing as well as aerobic, high interval, tabata, resistance with weights are some types for you to do.

 

Avoid consuming pro-inflammatory foods such as highly processed, all sugars and chemical laden, GMOs, junk food, fast food, tap water, sodas. Also avoid chemical/pesticide pollutants in your home and in your skincare products.

 

Speak to your doctor about taking less meds. Only take an antibiotic if you have a very serious infection. Stop using acid blockers, protein pump inhibitors (PPIs), and antacids. Greatly reduce use of over the counter meds (OTC).

 

Read more about this very interesting, timely, and important article “Untangling Alzheimer’s” from www.experiencelife.com by By Michael Dregni.

 

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How Eating the Rainbow Can Help Protect Against Cancer

How Eating the Rainbow Can Help Protect Against Cancer | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Did you know that humans are the only species who eats another species? This fact is extremely telling. Regardless of whether animal based food comes from factory farms or from organic grass fed animals, consuming animal based food is not natural period.

 

Dairy and other animal based foods are pro-inflammatory. Plant based foods are anti-inflammatory and consuming organic plant based offers more suppression of cancer than eating conventional produce. 

 

According to Dr Michael Greger in his book, “How Not To Die” he states that conventional produce appears to have twice the levels of cadmium, a toxic heavy metal in the food supply along with mercury and lead. “The cadmium is thought to come from the phosphate fertilizers that are added to conventional crops”.

 

Most people though are concerned more with pesticide levels. Dr Greger recommends eating as much produce as possible, regardless of whether its organic or not.

 

Health Tips: Pile your plate high with sprouts, sea veggies, greens, land veggies, nuts/seeds. Consume ripe fruit and perhaps some organic whole ancient grains, if you experience no digestive issues.

 

Mushrooms as well as legumes make an excellent plant based source for your so called “meat” dish. Or if you just have to have animal based, make it your side dish instead of your main and eat it just a few times a week.

 

Read more about “How Eating the Rainbow can Protect Against Cancer” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Heather McClees.

 

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Tips and Tricks to Use Turmeric in the Kitchen

Tips and Tricks to Use Turmeric in the Kitchen | zestful living | Scoop.it
Turmeric is a strange looking root, even though it's incredibly healthy for you. So what are you supposed to do with it? Here's some tips to show you just that and more!
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Did you know that turmeric, the powerful Indian spice can be used in cooking as well as pastes for skin health?  Both turmeric and curcumin (one of its compound) have been shown in over five thousand studies and fifty clinical trials to be anti-inflammatory powerhouses. Turmeric helps prevent some DNA damage caused by smoking

 

If you have to sit for long periods of time, a study found that consuming turmeric with curcumin can improve endothelial function just as well as an hour a day of aerobic exercise. Just remember to exercise later in your day.

 

Health tips:  Dr Michael Greger recommends using one quarter teaspoon a day of turmeric with other salt free herbs and spices that you like. 

 

Read more about “Tips and Tricks to Use turmeric in the Kitchen’ from www.onegreenplanet.org by Jonathan Engels.

 

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The Vitamin Discovery That May Help Prevent Pancreatic Cancer | Care2 Healthy Living

The Vitamin Discovery That May Help Prevent Pancreatic Cancer | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Discover the vitamin that plays a critical role in preventing pancreatic cancer-by best-selling author of BE YOUR OWN HERBALIST & 60 SECONDS TO SLIM, Dr. Cook.
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Did you know that some of the most potent plant nutrients antioxidants are found in the color pigments in the phenol and terpene groups? The colored varieties of terpenes include the orange, yellow, or red cartenoids, such as beta-carotene, lutein, and lycopene. 

 

They also include the yellow and orange limonoids found in citrus. These carotenoids are associated with protection from cancer and macular degeneration while limonoids are associated with protection for the lungs. Carotenoids convert into vitamin A in your body.

 

Health Tips: Consuming a wide variety of greens (sprouted), veggies, legumes, nuts/seeds, whole ancient grains, fruits, sea veggies, and algae provide your body with important vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and other micronutrients that can help treat health problems.

 

Read more about “The Vitamin Discovery That May Help Prevent Pancreatic Cancer” from www.care2.com by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

 

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The Importance of Sleep - Hippocrates Health Institute

The Importance of Sleep What Is Sleep? What is the first thing that comes to your mind after a long tiring day at work or a day out in the woods with your friends? One thing that can help you get over the stress of the daily mundane life as well as the thrill of …
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Did you know that total sleep allows your body, mind, and soul to relax and rejuvenate? Here’s the complete skinny on why sleep is so critical for your total body and brain.

 

Health tips:  It’s recommended that children and teens get between 12 and 10 hours of sleep each night. Adults between ages of 18 and 64 get 7-9 hours of sleep a night an those older than  64 get 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

 

Try to shut off your screens about 1-2 hours before bedtime. Drinking a cup of chamomile herbal tea puts you into a sleepy mode. Take some time for silence and reflection. Reading a book or journaling is helpful. Taking a bath with lavender essential oil and epsom salts helps to get you into the sleepy relaxation mode. Epsom salts contain magnesium which relaxes your muscles.

 

For those of you who require some herbs for sleep:

 

Combined extracts of Lemon Balm and Valerian have been studied as a treatment for insomnia. Valerian improves quality of sleep and relieves insomnia. It’s good for a racing worried mind. 

 

California Poppy is a great herb for insomnia due to restlessness and anxiety (and it’s safe and gentle enough for children). Take a tincture of 30-40 drops twice daily. Second dose closer to bedtime.

 

Ashwaghanda, an adaptogen has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine while today herbalists recommend it for people with high blood pressure, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and impotence associated with exhaustion or anxiety, as it treats stress without sapping energy.

 

Another good adaptogen is Rhodiola Rosea which acts like a hormone thermostat. Rhodiola helps balance cortisol levels in your body, either raising or lowering it as needed. It’s useful for people with high stress.

 

Before taking herbs, always check with a knowledgeable herbalist or Naturopath.

 

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What Your Cravings Mean | Care2 Healthy Living

What Your Cravings Mean | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Learn what your cravings for sweets, salty foods, cheese, meat, and more mean. Article by best-selling author of The Life Force Diet, Dr. Michelle Schoffro Cook
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Did you know that by understanding what your body tells you when you’re experiencing physical cravings can help you to make wise food choices to satisfy the craving?

 

As you’ve read before on this site, when you experience physical cravings it’s your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. And the something could be you’re dehydrated and need pure filtered water.

 

It also might mean you’re not consuming enough of a certain vitamin or mineral, your blood sugar is out of whack, your hormones are stressed, you’re low in iron, or you have a fatty acid deficiency. 

 

Contrary to this article consuming wild fish will not help with fatty acids. Better to eat sea veggies which fish eat

 

Health Tips:  When your body has issues, it’s usually because you aren’t consuming whole plant foods rich in necessary fiber which your body requires. Consuming these types of food every day, can cause inflammation which causes disease: 

 

 Refined processed sugary, junk foods with no nutrients.

 Pro-inflammatory foods (vegetable oils, animal based foods, unhealthy fats, artificial    sweeteners, fructose, chemical additives and other fake foods, GMOs, and sodas).

Gluten.

Excessive sodium consumption

 

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The Ultimate Gluten-Free Vegan Baking Substitution Guide

The Ultimate Gluten-Free Vegan Baking Substitution Guide | zestful living | Scoop.it
Need help with your vegan baked goods? Look no further than this simple baking guide which will give you everything you need to make delicious substitutions!
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Did you know that baking with Gluten free flours requires a whole new set of rules, such as different flours, different techniques, and different times? For those of you who asked no worries, here’s your ultimate gluten free plant based  baking substitution guide.

 

Health tips:  For those of you who are avoiding using sugar in your baked goods, swap out fruit and veggies for the sugar. Soak some fruits and add the soak water to the mixture. as well.  Applesauce, mashed bananas, sliced zucchini, sweet potato puree, carrot puree, squash puree, pumpkin puree, and mashed beets work well too.

 

The oil can be replaced with the applesauce and/or bananas.. Small amounts of oil are fine for salads, hummus, dips, and spreads, but not for cooking with heat.

 

You can also use sprouted beans, such as chickpeas and black beans to make delicious and nutritious raw desserts. Any of the gluten free whole grains, such as quinoa, buckwheat, and amaranth can be sprouted first and then ground into flours.

 

Read more about “The Ultimate Gluten Free Vegan Baking Substitution Guide” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Goji Berry, Chief Happiness Officer.

 

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An Unbiased Look at Leaky Gut Syndrome

An Unbiased Look at Leaky Gut Syndrome | zestful living | Scoop.it
Some medical professionals deny that leaky gut exists, while others claim it causes all sorts of diseases. Here's an unbiased look at the evidence.
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Did you know that consuming certain inflammatory foods and some of your lifestyle habits are compromising your gut and contributing to what's known as ‘leaky gut’ also known as intestinal permeability?

 

Many health professionals and physicians support eliminating certain inflammatory foods, such as highly refined processed prepared packaged foods, sugars, and gluten as well as avoiding taking/using NSAIDS, protein pump inhibitors, prescription drugs, and antibiotics. 

 

David Perlmutter, MD, Neurologist said on a recent interview: “We need to understand that, the more antibiotics are being used, the more likely it is that the disease is not fully eradicated in the long run, because of increased gut permeability and inflammatory responses, ultimately translating to mitochondrial dysfunction”.

 

Inflammatory foods, chemical additives/emulsifiers, GMOs, and other meds decimate your gut.

 

Hippocrates, the Greek physician and father of modern medicine said “all disease begins in the gut.”  When you eat sugary processed junk food with no nutrients, unhealthy fat, and other inflammatory animal based foods your gut becomes dysfunctional, and your sick gut bacteria multiplies.

 

Health tips: Your body requires fiber, especially prebiotic fiber which is found in sea veggies, algae, greens, veggies, ripe fruit, nuts/seeds, legumes (beans, lentils, peas), and whole ancient grains (quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, teff). Eat organic as often as possible.

 

Read more about “Is Leaky Gut Syndrome a Real Condition? An Unbiased Look” from www.authoritynutrition.com by Becky Bell, MS, RD

 

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5 Health Benefits Of Cardamom | Care2 Healthy Living

5 Health Benefits Of Cardamom | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
The delightful spice is a flavorful addition to your health-promoting spice arsenal.
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Did you know that cardamom is both a medicinal herb native to tropical China and Vietnam and is closely related, but not the same, to the cardamom grown in India and Sri Lanka as a spice? Cardamom is used in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

Cardamom prevents indigestion and normalizes elimination of stool and urine. The essential oil is antibacterial and anti fungal. The spice has the same benefits as the herb.

 

Health tips:  Use cardamom as a tea, in cakes, in smoothies, or any plant based sweet.

 

Read more about “5 Health benefits of Cardamom by www.care2.com by Jordyn Cormier.

 

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Alzheimer’s And Atherosclerosis Of The Brain | Care2 Healthy Living

Alzheimer’s And Atherosclerosis Of The Brain | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
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Did you know that an inefficient blood supply to your brain has very grave consequences on brain function? Coronary artery disease, degenerative brain disease, and dementia are all linked.

 

Health tips:  Eating plant based real whole food helps delay the progression of artery disease and may be useful for preventing or treating Alzheimer’s disease.

 

Watch the video which shows what cerebral arteries should look like: open and clean, allowing blood to flow, versus what atherosclerosis in your brain arteries look like, clogged with fat and cholesterol, closing off the arteries and restricting blood flow to your brain. You choose what kind of brain arteries you want in your head.

 

Read more about “Alzheimer’s and Atherosclerosis of the Brain” from www.care2.com by Dr Michael Greger, www.nutritionfacts.org 

 

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Starchy Vegetables: Good or Bad?

Starchy Vegetables: Good or Bad? | zestful living | Scoop.it
If you're someone who tries to limit your intake of starchy vegetables because of the words "high-carbohydrate" and "high-calorie," consider two ways that these underdog veggies can improve your health—one of which is unique to starchy vegetables.
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Did you know that starchy veggies are very important foods to consume? According to Dr John McDougal, there is worldwide data showing that people who ate starch based plant food didn’t have heart disease. They also weren’t obese, didn’t have diabetes type 2. 

 

In WW1 in Denmark animal based foods weren’t consumed and the data is very clear. These people eating plant based foods resembled many plant based real whole food consumers today. who are healthy, mostly trim, and fit.

 

Health Tips:  Consuming both non starch greens and veggies and starchy veggies as well as nuts/seeds, legumes (beans, peas, lentils), whole ancient grains, and some ripe fruit has been shown in numerous studies to be the healthiest regimen.

 

Still not sure. You can always go to www.nutritionfacts.org Dr Michael Greger’s non profit site to get all your questions answered.

 

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The Benefits of Organic Turmeric - Hippocrates Health Institute

The Benefits of Organic Turmeric - Hippocrates Health Institute | zestful living | Scoop.it
Turmeric may be one of the most powerful plants on the planet at fighting and potentially reversing disease Turmeric is used today for inflammation, arthritis, heart disease, skin, liver, gall bladder and digestive problems, Alzheimer’s, cancer and other conditions It contains compounds with medicinal properties, called curcuminoids, the most important of which is Curcumin, which …
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Did you know that Turmeric is used today for inflammation, arthritis, heart disease, skin, liver, gall bladder and digestive problems, Alzheimer’s, cancer and other conditions? Turmeric’s main active compound curcumin is a potent anti-inflammatory antioxidant.

 

Dr Michael Greger in his book, “How Not to Die” recommends you to take a quarter teaspoon of dried turmeric every day.

 

Cooked and raw turmeric may offer different properties. Cooked appears to offer better DNA protection, while raw may have greater anti-inflammatory effects. You can use it both ways.

 

Health tips:  Adding a quarter teaspoon of black pepper (piperine) to the turmeric, a quarter inch of fresh turmeric root or the dried  the level of curcumin in your blood shoots up by 2,000 percent. Even a tiny pinch of black pepper can boost curcumin blood levels.

 

No matter which way you consume it, be careful as it can stain. Many people prefer a turmeric latte with plant based nut milks. Curry based dishes make good mains. Others use fresh turmeric with pumpkin dishes. You can add dried turmeric to hummus. The possibilities are endless.

 

Read more about “The Benefits of Organic Turmeric” from www.hippocrateshealthinst.org 

 

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6 Easy Ways to Cut Back On Meat If You’re Not Ready to Give it Up Just Yet

6 Easy Ways to Cut Back On Meat If You’re Not Ready to Give it Up Just Yet | zestful living | Scoop.it
So whether you want to go 95 percent vegan or you just want to dabble in plant-based cooking, here is a list of ways you can cut down on your meat consumption without taking the full veg plunge.
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Do you know you can ease into consuming more plant based food? If you’re not quite ready to give up all your animal based foods, here are 5 ways you can begin to make a discernible difference for your health and the health of our planet.

 

Health Tips:  Chickpeas (garbanzo beans) are a versatile legume, also a protein and veggie which gives you the second meal effect so you feel satiated.. Check out all the different ways you can incorporate chickpeas into your food meals from onegreenplanet.org 

 

Read more about “6 Easy Ways to Cut back on Meat If You’re Not ready to give it Up Just Yet” from www.onegreenplanet.org by Rachael Curit.

 

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Why Seaweed Is One of the Healthiest Foods on Earth

Why Seaweed Is One of the Healthiest Foods on Earth | zestful living | Scoop.it
If you don't eat some form of seaweed regularly, then you are seriously missing out. It is one of the healthiest and most nutritious foods on the planet.
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Did you know that seaweed also known as sea veggies are one of the most nutritious foods you can consume? Sea veggies contain rich mineral content, such as iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, iodine, sodium, potassium, silica, germanium, and phosphorus, and many more. 

 

Sea veggies also contain proteins, fiber, canteens, enzymes, oxygen, plant nutrients, and photo (plant) hormones. Sea veggies also contain vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K.

 

Sea veggies help normalize blood pressure, are a blood prefer, normalize thyroid related disorders such as being overweight and lymph system congestion.

 

Sea veggies grow in salt water everywhere on this planet. There are multitudes of different types.

 

They are classified into different categories by color as either brown, red, or green sea veggies. Each has a distinct shape, texture, and taste. Kelp, arame, dulse, nori, wakame, Irish Moss, and Kombu are some well known sea veggies.

 

People all over the world have been consuming sea veggies for thousands of years. It’s a good idea to consume sea veggies as most land veggies are grown in depleted soils with loss of needed minerals.

 

Sea veggies absorb the minerals from the ocean and convert them into living organic mineral compounds that our bodies can recognize and use.

 

This information comes from Hippocrates Health Institute.

 

Health tips:  Are you aware that your body requires iodine as it is an key component of your thyroid hormones? Your thyroid hormones regulate many different biochemical processes in your body. 

 

Sea veggies protect your thyroid from the damaging effects of fluoride and they boost your immune system. Two tablespoons for an adult and one tablespoon for a child.

 

Sea veggies are usually eaten in small quantities powdered or finely chopped.For large pieces it’s recommended that you soak in warm water for 10-20 minutes until they are soft enough to slice.

 

This also removes some of the excess salt. Make sure to drain the soak water as it is much too salty to use.

 

Read more about “Why Seaweed is One of the Healthiest Foods on Earth” from www.authoritynutrition.com by Alina Petre, MS RD.

 

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Doctors Wouldn't Tell You About These 15 Essential Oils for Allergies

Doctors Wouldn't Tell You About These 15 Essential Oils for Allergies | zestful living | Scoop.it
Discover the top 15 essential oils for allergies that are backed by science. This article has detailed usage instructions and easy recipes.
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Did you know you can use Mother Nature’s medicinals which are herbs and spices and essential oils from the herbs to give you relief from allergic reactions?

 

Essential oils are potent antioxidants which like herbs and plant based foods neutralize free radicals which cause inflammation in your body. Chronic inflammation leads to chronic diseases.

 

Many essential oil constituents have anti-bacterial, anti fungal, anti-infectious, anti-microbial, anti tumor, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, and antiseptic properties. Essential oils are the volatile liquids that are distilled from plants and their parts, such as seeds, bark, leaves, stems, roots, flowers, and fruit.

 

When you use essential oils for healing this is commonly known as aromatherapy. Aromatherapy has been used for many thousands of years originating in the Middle East.

 

The constituent parts of the essential oil can be affected by several variables: part(s) of plant from which the oil was produced, soil condition, fertilizer (organic or chemical), geographic area, climate, altitude, harvest season and method, and distillation process.

 

Just one drop can have powerful health effects. The best essential oils are the pure therapeutic grade.

 

Health tips:  Always work with a professional herbalist who understands about interactions with certain medications. Never put undiluted essential oils on your skin. Coconut and jojoba oils are good carrier oils. 

 

Carrier oils enables your essential oil to stay on your skin longer or reduces the potency if you have any type of sensitivity. Pure filtered water can also be used. Always use the correct number of drops on the bottle or diffuser. 

 

Read more about “The top 15 essential Oils For Allergies - Updated and Backed by Science” from www.healthyandnaturalworld.com by Jenny Hills.

 

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Cheese: Kick The Habit! | Care2 Healthy Living

Cheese: Kick The Habit! | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered that animal milk cheese contains morphine and other addictive substances. No wonder that last slice of pizza is so hard to resist!
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Did you know that dairy cheese is addictive, as in having a “deep seated craving”? In 1981 researchers discovered that animal milk contains morphine, a highly addictive drug which has been used to reduce pain.

 

A protein known as casein found in cow’s and other species milk breaks apart during digestion and releases casomorphines. The article states that there is about 6 grams of casein in one cup of milk. 

 

When you consider that baby calves are killed tin order to extract rennet from their stomachs to make veal, you might never want to have anything to do with dairy again, let alone eat it.

 

Dairy and its products are pro-inflammatory and the dairy industry uses deceptive practices to fool you the buyer into thinking it’s offerings are the highest and best.

 

Health Tips:  Today there are so many delicious plant based cheeses on the market to fabulous online recipes. Everyone’s taste buds are different.

 

Buy one new plant based cheese a week or try a new recipe until you find the cheese you like. Click the links in this article and also check out www.onegreenplanet.org for tasty plant based cheese recipes. 

 

Read more about ‘You CAN Kick the Cheese Habit. Here’s How” from www.care2.com by Angel Flinn.

 

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Benefits of the Mung Bean Sprout! - Hippocrates Health Institute

Benefits of the Mung Bean Sprout! - Hippocrates Health Institute | zestful living | Scoop.it
Enjoy your sprouts! It is a good idea to have a variety of sprouts in your diet. Every sprout offers different nutrients. By having a variety of sprouts you will have a more balanced nutritional profile. Today, we will explore some of the many benefits of mung bean sprouts. Mung bean sprouts are an important …
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Did you know mung bean sprouts as well as other kinds of sprouts are some of the best foods you can consume in terms of nourishing your body? Read why mung bean sprouts can help if you have blood sugar and other health issues.

 

Health Tips: Consuming sprouts, sea veggies, and algae may just become your go to plant based real whole foods protocol for a healthier you.

 

From more protein and cancer fighting compounds than mature plants (sprouts) to more minerals and vitamins than land based veggies (sea veggies and algae), you’re providing your body with foods rich in protective nutrients.

 

Read more about “Benefits of the Mung Bean sprout” from www.hippocrateshealthinst.org by Brian Hetrick Greenhouse Manager.

 

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People are loving bright purple ice cream - made from sweet potato

People are loving bright purple ice cream - made from sweet potato | zestful living | Scoop.it
A bright purple ice cream made from the flesh of a type of sweet potato has been taking over social media.
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Did you know that plant based ice cream is to live for, especially when there’s no inflammatory dairy and sugar type sweetener? Sweet potatoes as the name implies are the sweet.

 

Health Tips:  If you live in the Philippines then these luscious purple sweet potatoes will be your go to. In the U.S. there’s a variety of sweet potatoes and yams to choose from. There’s always good ole bananas and berries. Don’t forget ice cream sandwiches either.

 

Are you aware that avocado and cashews make a healthy yummy ice cream? Here’s a super delicious recipe from Sarah Britton from her outstanding My New Roots cookbook (2015).

 

Ice Cream Ingredients:

1 cup raw cashews soaked for 4 hours

1/4 cup plus 2 TBSP pure maple syrup - Hint you can swap in banana for the maple syrup.

1 small ripe avocado, sliced

2 TBSP coconut oil, melted

14 ounces food grade peppermint oil or about 40 leaves, lightly packed fresh mint

Prep:

Drain and rinse cashews. Combine in blender or food processor with all ingredients and 1/2 cup filtered water. Blend on high until smooth. Taste for sweetness and minty flavor.

Put into airtight glass container and put in freezer until frozen, 3 to 4 hours or overnight.

 

Remove the ice cream from freezer about 20 minutes before consuming. You can also put a scoop of this ice cream between raw chocolate cookies for ice cream sandwiches.

 

Raw Chocolate Cookies Ingredients:

1/4 cup pure maple syrup - Hint you can swap in 3 drops of organic liquid Stevia for the maple syrup.

3 TBSP coconut oil

2 TBSP cacao butter

5 TBSP raw cacao powder - Hint you can choose raw carob in place or 2 1/2 TBSP raw cacao powder and 2 1/2 TBSP raw carob.

Pinch of fine sea salt.

1/4 cup cacao nibs ( can be optional), crushed raw nuts your choice

Prep:

In a small double boiler or in a glass bowl sitting in a pan of simmering filtered water melt the coconut oil and cacao butter and add the liquid Stevia. Remove from heat and whisk in the raw cacao/carob powder.

On a parchment lined baking sheet, drop about 1 TBSP of chocolate per cookie and let spread into a thin wafer. Sprinkle with 1 TBSP cacao nibs or crushed nuts. Repeat until you have 12 cookies. 

Freeze cookies until solid, then remove the parchment and store the cookie’s in an airtight glass container in the freezer for up to 1 month. If they last that long.

 

 

Prep: 

Put a scoop of ice cream on one cookie, then place another cookie on top, sandwiching them together. Roll the sides in cacao nibs or crushed nuts. If desired, you can serve right away or put in an airtight glass container in the freezer until you are ready to enjoy, up to 2 weeks.

 

For Valentine’s Day you can swap out the peppermint oil/mint leaves for strawberry extract and a few strawberries.

 

Read more about People Are Loving Bright Purple Ice Cream-Made From Sweet Potato from www.metro.co.uk by Imogene Groome.

 

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How Sleep Loss Adds to Weight Gain

How Sleep Loss Adds to Weight Gain | zestful living | Scoop.it
Losing sleep tends to make people eat more and gain weight, and now a new study suggests that one reason may be the impact that sleep deprivation has on the brain.
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Did you know that sleep loss can lead to weight gain? According to this study, a sleepy brain seems to respond more strongly to junk food and has less ability to thwart that impulse.

 

Lack of stroke and even too much of it, states Dr Michael Greger, in his book “How Not to Die” is associated with increased stroke risk.

 

Health tips:  Try to get 7-9 hours sleep and also go to bed around the same time every night. This practice helps your circadian clock stay in balance. When you do you have a late night, take a short nap the next day if your body tells you to. 

 

You can also eat more healthy dark leafy greens and other plant based foods, such as pumpkin seeds, almonds, avocados rich in the mineral magnesium which your body requires. Your body uses magnesium in over 300 biochemical reactions, including nervous function. Magnesium deficiency can lead to anxiety.

 

Read more about “How Sleep Loss Leads to Weight Gain” from www.well.blogs.nytimes.com by Anahad O’Connor.

 

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How to Control Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)

How to Control Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) | zestful living | Scoop.it
One out of three adult Americans have hypertension (high blood pressure) and nearly 20% do not even know it. Most people who have hypertension have…
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Did you know that one out of three people in the U.S. have hypertension also known as high blood pressure and about 20 percent don’t have any symptoms? High blood pressure can be reversed with the adoption of a real whole plant based food regimen.

 

Dr Michael Greger, in his book “How Not to Die” states that there is an overconfidence in the power of pills and procedures for disease prevention by the public and also by doctors.

 

People when asked, widely estimate the abilities of mammograms and other tests to prevent cancer deaths or the power of certain drugs like Lipitor to prevent fatal heart attacks.

 

He goes on to say that “the dirty little secret is that most people surveyed said they wouldn’t be willing to take many of these drugs if they knew how little benefit these products actually afford”. Some of the most common drugs in the U.S. are ineffectual. 

 

Dr Greger says that “when it comes to cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood thinning drugs, the chance of even high risk patients benefitting from them is typically less than 5 percent over a period of five years” Doctors and drug companies “oversell the benefits by conveniently not mentioning how tiny these benefits actually are”.

 

And of course no one is addressing the root cause of patients diseases. While consuming a real whole food plant based regimen Dr Greger says “may work twenty times better, potentially offering an absolute risk reduction of 60 percent after fewer than four years”. 

 

In 2014 Dr Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. published “a case series of about two hundred people with major heart disease showing that a healthy enough plant based diet may prevent further major cardiac episodes in 99.4 percent of patients who follow it”.

 

You can still take your meds if warranted, but have a better understanding of how limited the contents of your medicine cabinet are in contrast to your kitchen cabinet/refrigerator are.

 

Health Tips:  Consume a complete plant based real whole food regimen by avoiding processed refined packaged foodstuffs, sugars, fructose, and all the other artificial fake trappings associated with the middle aisles of your grocery store.

 

Exercise 30 -45 minutes each day,. Get quality sleep each night. Avoid alcohol and smoking. Practice meditation and/or mindfulness techniques and breathe deeply. Laugh often. Connect with friends and make new connections, join groups, volunteer, and stay active.

 

Read more about “How to Control Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)” from www.nutritionstudies.org by Jill Edwards, MS, CES.

 

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Potent Compounds Discovered To Treat Pain And Inflammation | Care2 Healthy Living

Potent Compounds Discovered To Treat Pain And Inflammation | Care2 Healthy Living | zestful living | Scoop.it
Discover the herb that contains 2 potent anti-pain & anti-inflammatory compounds-by the author of BE YOUR OWN HERBALIST &BOOST YOUR BRAIN POWER IN 60 SECONDS.
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Did you know that the herbs sage and rosemary are powerful medicinals for pain and inflammation? Both are also known to help memory.

 

Clary Sage essential oil was widely used during the Middle Ages for female problems, kidney, skin, digestive disorders, inflammation, sore throats and wounds. 

 

Health tips:  Always consult with a qualified herbalist. Sage can be used in cooking and teas.

 

Read more about “Potent Compounds Discovered to Treat Pain and Inflammation” from www.care2.com by Michelle Schoffro Cook.

 

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Stay Calm Every Day with These Anti-Stress Foods

Stay Calm Every Day with These Anti-Stress Foods | zestful living | Scoop.it
Feeling stressed? Try eating these 7 healthy foods to help your body deal with stress.…
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Did you know that stress can be a real killer leading to chronic diseases and illnesses?  Today more than ever stress can be both internal and external.

 

Instead of reaching for the familiar comfort foods such as processed sugary sweets, white breads, pasta, cookies, and sodas which  make your stress worse and mostly contain no required nutrients, opt instead for plant based real whole foods. 

 

Other good ways to de-stress: breathe deeply and let out a pleasurable breath as in oxytocin breathing. Try yoga, tai chi, qi gong. Mediate, practice mindfulness, laugh often, socialize with other like minded people.

 

Play and/or listen to music, paint/draw and/or be creative, get a pet and/or play with pets. Volunteer, organize and form your own groups. Dance, swim, walk, and any other forms of movement/exercise.

 

Health Tips:  These plant based foods contain stress reducing/relieving minerals such as magnesium, zinc, and the B vitamins, supporting healthy nerves and brain.  The omega 3 fatty acids found in nuts, /seeds, and avocados also contribute to brain health. You always win as plant based foods are anti-inflammatory.

 

Read more about “Stay Calm Every Day With These Anti-Stress Foods” from www.foodrevolution.org by Maria Marlowe.

 

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B Vitamins – Tree of Life Center US

B Vitamins  –  Tree of Life Center US | zestful living | Scoop.it
B vitamins are a class of water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism. Though these vitamins share similar names, research shows that
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Did you know that B vitamins are water soluble vitamins that play key roles in cell metabolism? This article gives a good overview of most of the B vitamins.

 

Vitamin B9: Folate is essential for proper cognitive function. Folate is the whole food form which you can find in supplements as well as foods. Folic acid is the synthetic form found in many supplements. Choose folate.

 

Folate helps control homocysteine, a marker of inflammation and by itself a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. This B vitamin is linked to clear thinking.

 

Vitamin B12 is a group of cobalt containing vitamins called colbalamins. Methylcolbalamins is the coenzyme form of B12 that plays a role in human metabolism. B12 plays a role in DNA synthesis, red blood cell formation, and is involved in the functioning of both the nervous and immune system. This information comes from www.hippocrateshealthinst.org 

 

Health tips:  Folate is found in leafy green veggies, such as spinach, turnip greens, and Romaine lettuce, and asparagus.. It also occurs naturally in chickpeas (garbanzo beans), kidney beans, lima beans, pinto beans, and lentils.

 

Vitamin B12 is best taken in supplement form. There’s two bacterial forms, Ocean Energy and B12 Forte from Hippocrates and a whole food nutritional supplement from Garden of Life called Vitamin Code.

 

Read more about “B vitamins” from www.treeoflifecenterus.com 

 

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Ancient Wisdom of Healing Plants - Hippocrates Health Institute

Ancient Wisdom of Healing Plants - Hippocrates Health Institute | zestful living | Scoop.it
Herbs have been used for food and medicine since the dawn of history. Healers in ancient traditions around the world have always shared their knowledge on how to use plants for health and healing. This knowledge was usually passed down from one generation to the next within families. I have been fortunate to have been …
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Did you know that Mother Nature’s medicinal healing herbs have been used since the dawn of life began? Today is a perfect time to begin the process of healing.

 

Health tips: Try one new herb/spice each week. Focus on how this herb is making a difference for your wellness journey. Share your results with others.

 

Read more about “Ancient Wisdom of Healing Plants” from www.hippocrateshealthinst.org by Ellen Kamhi, PhD, RN, AHG, AHN-BC www.naturalnurse.com 

 

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Diet Tips for Crohn's Disease

Diet Tips for Crohn's Disease | zestful living | Scoop.it
How does Crohn’s disease affect diet and nutrition? Learn about diet tips and other dietary considerations for people with Crohn’s disease.
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Did you know that in a study with over 60, 000 people those given more animal protein had an increased risk of getting ulcerative colitis? Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are both inflammatory bowel diseases.

 

Animal protein has more sulfur containing compounds amino acids (protein) which give off the rotten egg smell. These compounds produce hydrogen sulfide which Dr Michael Greger, www.nutritionfacts.org says act as free radicals or bacterial poison. Consumption of more meat creates more sulfide in your intestines and damages your DNA.

 

Your gut flora require fiber rich foods known as prebiotics. When there’s no prebiotic fiber which comes from plant based foods, then your body is literally starving itself. This creates what’s known as Dysbiosis - an imbalance which leads to chronic diseases.

 

Contrary to what this article states, antibiotics can never be a healthy way to modify the gut flora. If you have a major bacterial infection, yes antibiotics are needed, but be aware that just one round can decimate your gut flora

 

This information from Dr David Perlmutter. Do click the link because there is some good information on who shouldn’t take antibiotics and why not and on side effects from different antibiotics.

 

Are you aware that diverticulosis is the most common disease in the U.S.? This is considered a new disease.

 

In 1907, there were just 25 cases. It wasn’t even listed in the new medical textbooks in 1916.

 

But in 1971, diverticulosis was named a Deficiency Disease. The deficiency was for Fiber. And here it’s now 2017 and most people still don’t eat enough fiber rich foods. An easy way to tell is to look at how many people are suffering with these intestinal disorders.

 

Health Tips:  Always check with your physician, hopefully one who has a nutrition background. Eating 1/2 cup of beans daily will help your gut flora. Beans have what’s known as resistant starch which your gut bacteria thrive on. Consume sprouts, algae, sea veggies, greens, veggies, nuts/seeds, whole grains, and ripe fruit daily.

 

Stop eating fake, artificial, non fiber foods and stop eating foods which are inflammatory. Yes Animal based, sugars, refined processed and even organic processed, vegetable oils, GMOs. Help your body, help planet Earth, and help wildlife whose homes are being destroyed because of your food choices. One big issue is with Palm Oil.

 

When you stop buying packaged, boxed, prepared fake foods you help to cut down on the recycling issue. You also help to reduce garbage in landfills and reduce plastic in the oceans.

 

Most of you wouldn’t think of consuming whales, sea turtles, gorillas, elephants, lions, or other wildlife. Well many of us feel the same way about cows, pigs, bison, sheep, chickens, and other farm animals.

 

Before you bite into what’s at the end of your fork, think twice. Think about the animals and think about what you’re teaching your kids by example.

 

Read more about “Diet Tips For Crohn’s Disease from www.medicalnewstoday.com by Jon Johnson, Reviewed by Natalie Butler, RD, LD.

 

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