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The Top 9 Best Herbs For Kidney Cleansing

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The Top 9 Best Herbs For Kidney Cleansing

 

Out of the 783,936 annual deaths from conventional medicine mistakes, approximately 106,000 of those are the result of prescription drug use [1]. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, two-hundred and ninety people in the United States are killed by prescription drugs every day [2].

We’ve become a society that instantly turns to medication and drugs whenever something is wrong. Our dependance on medications has gone up tremendously, with few people realizing the healing power of food, which is real medicine. It seems that almost any drug out there, as well as any disease can be cured or treated with the right food. This has been proven time and time again. We’ve become so used to taking drugs that when food is thrown into the picture, people often become confused and gaze at the one recommending it in disbelief, often paying no attention to the truth about food.

While you are considering medication, it’s also important to consider the food you are eating and what changes you can make to help cure whatever ailment you suffer from.

“Let food by thy medicine” – Hippocrates

“The first duties of the physcision is to educate the masses not to take medicine” – William Osler, Canadian physician and one of the four founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital

There are many essential parts to the body that, in today’s toxic world, need extra attention and care if you want to keep them healthy and functioning properly. Your kidneys are important for a number of reasons, one of them being that they regulate water. Kidneys remove excess water from the body, or retain it when the body is lacking. They also help remove excess wastes from the body through urine, and also help regulate minerals in the body like sodium, potassium, calcium and phosphate.

Kidneys also help to remove wastes like eureka and creatinine. Many waste products are toxic if they are not removed from the body, chemical waste that is produced in the body is removed by the kidneys.

Last but not least, kidneys produce hormones. These hormones circulate in the bloodstream and regulate various bodily functions like blood pressure, the production of red blood cells and the uptake of calcium from the intestine. They also produce an active form of vitamin D.

The kidneys play a key role in the detoxification of the body, and here’s how you can ensure they stay healthy and clean.

Sources are provided for you to see the legitimacy of the claims, but we recommend that you further your research if truly interested.

1. Chanca Piedra

Chanca piedra, or “stone breaker,” is a favorite in South America for supporting the kidneys and clinical trials have confirmed the plant’s effectiveness. It’s common in regions and its widespread use has earned it a positive reputation in Ayurvedic medicine as a helpful herb for kidney, bladder and liver health.

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2. Goldenrod

Goldenrod was used extensively among many Native American tribes for promoting urinary tract health. Research has found that the herb tones the urinary tract and is helpful for detoxifying the kidneys. (source)(source)

3. Hydrangea Root

Hydrangea root was popular among Native Americans and early settlers, both of whom used the plant for promoting kidney and bladder health. Hydrangea root acts as a solvent and is thought to smooth the jagged edges of kidney stones. Hydrangea root also appears to help the body properly use calcium, an action that may be helpful for discouraging kidney stones from forming in the first place. (source)

4. Celery Root

Both the root and seeds of celery have been used for centuries as a natural diuretic. What positive feature do diuretics have? They can help your body eliminate toxins by increasing urine output. Celery root has long been considered a stimulating tonic for the kidneys as it contains nutrients like potassium and sodium. (source)

5. Gravel Root

Also known as Joe Pye weed, gravel root has a long history of use by Native Americans and early American colonists for promoting kidney and urinary health. Its effectiveness may be partly due to its euparin content — a solvent with potent activity against harmful organisms. [6] This may explain why many believe it’s effective at discouraging infections. (source)

6. Uva-Ursi

Also called “bearberry,” uva-ursi has been used by many cultures. It’s an astringent that can soothe and tone the urinary tract and research has also found evidence to support its traditional use for cleansing the kidneys. (source)

7. Marshmallow Root

As a soothing herb, marshmallow root may calm the tissues of the urinary tract. It’s also a gentle diuretic that encourages urination. Few scientific studies have examined the effects of marshmallow, the herb, not the white puffy snack, but they have a long history in traditional healing systems. Studies do confirm that they help sooth irritated mucous membranes. (source)

8. Dandelion root

Often mistaken as an annoying weed with no useful purpose, dandelion is actually loaded with benefits — both the leaf and the root. [9] Dandelion root, specifically, is a diuretic and promotes waste elimination. (source)

9. Parsley

A favorite herb among chefs, parsley is an aromatic, flavorful herb commonly used in herbal medicine. As a diuretic, it’s helpful for reducing the build up of toxins in the kidneys and entire urinary tract. (source)

Sources:

(1) 1. Null, G PHD. (2011). Death by Medicine. Mount Jackson, VA: Praktikos Books.

(2)4. Starfield, B. (2000). The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Vol 284, No 4. Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

http://www.kidney.org/kidneydisease/howkidneyswrk.cfm

http://www.healthdigezt.com/top-10-best-herbs-for-kidney-cleansing/

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The Black Seed: Scientific Nutrition for the Whole Body.

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The Black Seed: Scientific Nutrition for the Whole Body.

By Daud Scott; CHNP; CPT.

In our ‘one stop shop’ mentality of living these days, there are some foods and herbs that provide a power house of nutrition, health as well as healing benefits in a very compact way. If you have never heard of Black Seed before, you may want to keep reading to see just exactly what this powerful seed can do for your health. It has been said that “The Black Seed has a cure for every aspect of ill health except death.” Within the holistic healing communities; both practitioners and their clients consume Black Seed to treat the whole body, and in cases to treat specific ailments: many consider the Black Seed that powerful. Just what exactly is Black Seed and why are such claims made about this?

Known by its scientific classification name Nigella Sativa, Black Seed comes from an annual herbaceous plant that grows in various parts of the world including Asia, Saudi Arabia, Northern Africa and the Mediterranean. Usually Black Seeds are no longer than 3 millimeters in length and it originates from the buttercup Ranunculaceae family, this is not the size of the whole flower but rather the seed portion of the flower. Its flower color ranges in blueish purple to deep white. As the flower blooms it self reproduces and in that stage many of the seeds are white. Once the fruit capsule has fully matured it opens up and the once white seeds turn black once exposed to the air however the whole flower is not what we consider “Black Seed”. “Black Seeds” are the edible seeds that the buttercup flower produces and these can be consumed as is, ground in a powder or cold pressed into an oil. The Black Seed has also been known to be called by other names such as ‘Kalonji’, Black Cumin, Black Onion Seed, Black Caraway, Fennel Flower and Nutmeg flower, however due to its intense dark color it has been more commonly called “Black Seed”.

Historically, it has been the opinion that Black Seed was used in Egypt, Greece and the Far East as a Holistic medicine meaning consumed on a regular basis if not daily in order to prevent disease in ill health in general. Ibn Sina, a Persian Philosopher who lived during a period within the Golden Age of Islam wrote of the healing properties of the Black Seed. Ibn Sina is known in the Western world as “Avicenna”. Although Ibn Sina wrote books on a variety of topics ranging from Philosophy, Psychology and Music, he also wrote the Canon of Medicine. The Canon of Medicine is a 5 volume encyclopedia collection on all the medical knowledge that existed at that time. It was highly regarded as a very important contribution to the field of medical health and was one of the most used medical text books in Europe from the 13th to the 17th centuries. Ibn Sina stated in the Canon of Medicine that “The Black Seed stimulates the body’s energy and helps the body recover from fatigue”.

The Black Seed is highly nutritious in its content and contains 8 of the 9 essential amino acids, dietary fiber, Vitamin A, calcium, iron and Arginine, which happens to be essential for the growth of the infants. As more knowledge and study on the Black Seed began to occur, it was determined that it was used to treat headaches, toothaches, nasal congestion and intestinal worms in ancient times. While many still consume Black Seed today to treat these same symptoms, much more scientific study has been done on its curative powers only to reveal that it may alleviate and may in fact decrease some of the most common ailments that Humanity is facing today.

While knowledge of how Black Seed was used in previous times is good to know for historical value, how does using Black Seed in modern times relate to Humanity’s more chronic and persistent problems and health issues? It seems in fact that people have come to know the Black Seed for other curative properties which also includes treatment for Type 2 Diabetes. In a scientific study in 2010 it was concluded that with a minimum dosage of 2 grams of Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) per day it may be a beneficial adjuvant to oral hypoglycemic agents for patients who are dealing with Type 2 Diabetes. Oral hypoglycemic agents are taken to treat diabetes mellitus by lowering glucose levels in the blood. The Black Seed can stand as an alternative to having to use these agents and at a much lower cost. The average cost for 8 ounces (228 grams) of Black Seed is less than $3.00.

Thymonique, an active constituent within Black Seed was shown be more superior to fluticasone in an animal study. Fluticasone furoate is a synthetic drug that is usually added in nasal sprays used for the treatment of allergies, congestion, sneezing, itching and runny nose. In the same study conducted on humans, it was shown that when Black Seed was boiled and administered it had a potent effect on opening asthmatic airways. This stands as excellent news for those seeking a natural method to alleviating breathing complications without always resorting to needing a prescription.

People dealing with issues related to poor liver function can use Black Seed Oil as a treatment. The results in a study related to Black See Oil indicated that GSH (glutathione), SDH (sorbitol dehydrogenase), LDH (lactate dehydrogenase), G-6 Pase (glucose 6 phosphate), Serum Protein (total protein in serum) and phospholipids (long chain of hydrogen and carbon molecules) were attenuated (to make bacteria or viruses less virulent); diminution of collagen content and improvement in liver and kidney architectures were observed with regular use of Black Seed Oil. The diminution of collagen content as is relates to the liver is important because large amounts of it can contribute to cirrhosis and the disruption of normal liver architecture.

Black Seed can be used to treat symptoms related to allergies like eczema, bronchitis and allergic rhinitis. In a study, Clients were given between 40 to 80 milligram of Black Seed per day and it was concluded as per subjective feelings of the Client that the Black Seed was effective in relieving their symptoms related to allergies. Black Seed is able to do this by boosting the body’s immunity which inhibits inflammation during allergic reactions.

Black Seed Oil has even been shown to treat toothaches and mouth pain in general. To do this the oil is applied to the affected area and then repeated for fifteen seconds. The oil can also be mixed with a glass of warm water and gargle as another method of treatment for tooth aches and pains. This natural form of healing for toothaches is more ideal due to the fact that it is economical, doesn’t require a visit to the dentist and contributes to the reduction of the infection in the mouth due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Even in the world of modern day Cancer therapy, Black Seed has been used as an alternative treatment. In 1997 a scientific study was conducted on Black Seed Oil’s efficacy in fighting cancer. Nigella Sativa (Black Seed) was shown to have the ability to block the growth of tumors and even dissemination in the metastasis of tumors. While studies like these have been conducted sporadically, have those in the fields of Healthcare ever considered what the present world of Cancer treatment would look like if a consideration was given to add more natural treatments like Black Seed into the equation? Black Seed are able to reduce the population of Cancer cells by altering their cellular morphology. The greater the concentration of Black Seed Oil to treat the Cancer cells the greater level of cell death.

It should be evident on just these few examples of what Black Seed can treat; that it is truly a Holistic and multi-functional seed and oil that seems to show that it really can treat different ailments within the body. It has also shown that its high nutrient content also make it an ideal food that should be consumed on a regular basis for optimal health, so what’s the best way to consume the Black Seed? Naturally, the Black Seed can be purchased in its original seed form and it can also be purchased in its oil form.

The best way to take the seed is to heat them first on low heat and stir every few minutes. After this they can be placed in a coffee grinder and ground into a fine powder and placed into vegetarian capsules and taken as is or with meals. For Black Seed Oil use when treating cancer it should be taken as 3 tables daily with adding garlic and a regimen of regular exercise for it to be the most effective. To strengthen the immune system, one teaspoon should be taken with fresh juice or raw honey one hour before breakfast daily. If you are wondering which is better to take I would say that the oil is more ideal for faster absorption in the body, as reported by the Clients treated in my nutrition practice.

As a Certified Holistic Nutritionist I not only place Black Seed on the meal plans of my Clients, but have also used it consistently since 2008 as a means of stabilizing health and keeping illness at bay. If you happen to live in or near any major U.S. city you are usually able to find black seed and its oil at international markets, health food stores and places that specialize in the sale of healing herbs. Even if you don’t have access to the Black Seed at any of the stores near you, there are several options for purchasing it online. Prevention is the key to having supreme health and the Black Seed, in all of its forms just may be the essential food that you have been looking for that lives up to its reputation as a nutritional healing agent.

With love and health to you and your loved ones for a life time.

 

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7 Foods to Support Kidney Function

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Your kidneys provide vital service to your body — they filter waste from your blood and send it to your bladder. They also regulate blood pressure, manage water re-absorption, control the acidity in the body, and balance electrolyte levels. Considering their importance, eating a diet to promote kidney health could be one of the best things you can do. The following seven foods will support your kidneys and make their job easier.

Foods to Support Kidney Function

1. Cherries
These tasty little fruits help reduce redness and swelling and contain a healthy amount of vitamin C as well as vitamin K, folate, vitamin B6, magnesium, and citrate. The tarter the cherry, the higher the level of citrate. Citrate reduces uric acid in the blood stream which can lead to gout and arthritis. [1] Those who eat cherries have been found to have lower uric acid levels and a lower risk of gout attacks. [2]

2. Cranberries
Cranberries also offer high levels of vitamin C and manganese. Women have traditionally used it to fight off UTIs. Recent research has found pure cranberry juice (not the sugary stuff) diluted in water reduced urinary levels of oxalate and phosphate which reduce the formation of kidney stones. [3]

3. Cinnamon
Cinnamon is known for its ability to help regulate glucose levels. This can help the body manage glucose better and offer protection from blood sugar disorders. Excess glucose that results from diabetes can cause damage to the kidneys. Another study confirmed that cinnamon can be used as a supplement without concern for increased oxalate risk. [4]

4. Kidney Beans
The shape and name of these beans may suggest which organ benefits most from its healing potential. Kidney beans are known for as an effective home remedy for kidney stones. In ancient times, the pods served as medicinal tonic.

To reduce kidney stone pain, remove the beans from the pods and in a slow cooker, boil the pods in purified water for 6 hours. Once finished, strain the liquid and let it cool before drinking. Drink throughout the day.

5. Olive Oil
Like fish, olive oil provides a healthy serving of nutrient dense, unsaturated fats. Olive oil is also the basis for the ‘Mediterranean Diet.’ A recent study found individuals suffering from chronic kidney disease who adopted this diet experienced improvements in both symptoms and survival. [5] The active components in olives improve the life of those suffering from chronic kidney disease and will certainly provide kidney support to those looking to maintain kidney health.

6. Java Tea
Also known as Orthosiphon stamineus, this herb has been a standard of folk medicine for a long time. It has typically been used for kidney disorders. A recent study has confirmed it to support the kidneys, as well as the flushing the liver and gastro-intestinal tract. It also offers potentials for blood sugar stabilization, antioxidant protection, and blood pressure stabilization.[6]

7. Onions (and garlic!)
Both onions and garlic contain quercitin. Quercitin is a powerful flavonoid associated with antioxidant benefits and potency against redness and irritation. Research has found quercitin helps provide a protection against kidney damage for smokers. [7] For non-smokers, the bonus protection provided by quercitin combined with improved fat metabolism helps protect the body’s filters.

If you enjoy these foods regularly, know that you’re doing your kidneys a favor. If you’re looking for ways to improve kidney function, adding these foods to your diet can help!

Did I miss a food that you eat to support your kidneys? Please weigh in and leave a comment below!

– Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

 

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The Amazing Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds

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The Amazing Health Benefits Of Chia Seeds

 

I am often hesitant about fad supplements, products that become popular overnight, or that claim to have great health benefits. However, the recent trend toward consuming chia seeds has not disappointed me!

I decided to incorporate chia into my family’s dietary routine, as it assists in weight loss as well as reducing glucose levels which can benefit diabetics.1 My whole family has benefited from its addition to our meals, and my husband has found chia to be the solution to reducing his sugar cravings. Many people consume chia before a meal to reduce hunger, and I’ve found it to be a great breakfast drink. I feel energized, satisfied and awake after a nice glass.

Although I’m not a long distance runner, indulging in chia loading is better than carbohydrates or energy drinks to enhance athletic performances for endurance events.2 Research has also demonstrated that the beneficial effects of omega-3, as found in chia, has helped those suffering with mood disorders. A meta-analysis of trials involving patients with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder provided evidence that omega-3 in chia reduces symptoms of depression.3 Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven in increase brain function and decrease depression. So, incorporating chia into your diet on a regular basis helps not just your physical health but also your mental health.

The optimal daily consumption of chia is four tablespoons throughout the day, but you can gradually work your way up to that amount starting with one tablespoon a day.4 Adding just two tablespoons of chia seeds to your daily diet will give you approximately seven grams of fiber, four grams of protein, 205 milligrams of calcium, and a whopping five grams of omega-3. Chia has both soluble and insoluble fiber, which is a great benefit. That’s why the seeds expand in liquids without losing any of the fiber content. If you consume four tablespoons per day of chia, you get 14 grams of fiber. By comparison, one packet of oatmeal has only four grams of fiber.

Although we eat a lot of salmon, no one in my family is very fond of taking fish oil supplements as a source of healthy fats. As chia is a very stable source of omega-3 fatty acids, we use it regularly to supplement our diets. A mere 3½ tablespoons contains as much omega-3s as a 32-ounce piece of salmon. Chia seeds can also be ground into flour as an alternative for those with gluten allergies, such as my oldest son.

Chia is often served in drinks or smoothies, but if you don’t want to use it in a drink it’s easy to sprinkle on your oatmeal, directly on your meals, or stir it into a Greek yogurt. Chia has a neutral flavor, so it goes with just about anything. And, as a bonus, chia seeds can be stored for long periods of time in your refrigerator or pantry without going rancid, which makes it easier to save money by purchasing them in bulk.

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(1) Guevara-Cruz, M., Tovar, A. R., Aguilar-Salinas, C., Medina-Vera, I., Gil-Zenteno, L., Hernández-Viveros, I., Torres, N. (2012). A dietary pattern including nopal, chia seed, soy protein, and oat reduces serum triglycerides and glucose intolerance in patients with metabolic Syndrome1-4. The Journal of Nutrition, 142(1), 64-9. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/915212280?accountid=134574

(2) Travis, G. I., Jason, C. C., & Phillip, A. B. (2011). Omega 3 chia seed loading as a means of carbohydrate loading. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 25(1), 61-65. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/848543163?accountid=134574

(3) Ross, B. M., Seguin, J., & Sieswerda, L. E. (2007). Omega-3 fatty acids as treatments for mental illness: which disorder and which fatty acid? Lipids in Health & Disease, 621-39. doi:10.1186/1476-511X-6-21

(4) Coates, W. (2012). Chia: The complete guide to the ultimate superfood. Sterling Publishing: New York, NY.

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Why Healthy People Have Heart Attacks & What You Can Do To Prevent One

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Why Healthy People Have Heart Attacks & What You Can Do To Prevent One

 

Every day, people are told by their doctors that they are healthy. That their likelihood of having a heart attack is miniscule. That they’re safe because they are taking medication to lower their cholesterol. Unfortunately, these patients are often being misinformed.

All strokes and heart attacks are potentially preventable. The key lies in correctly identifying and treating the root causes of cardiovascular disease (CVD). As founders of the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center, we have devised a new model for detecting and preventing CVD, which empowers people to take charge of their medical destiny.

We believe that people need to partner with their health care providers to create a personal care plan based on their unique risk factors. This involves taking advantage of widely available, inexpensive tests that can reliably identify the early signs of cardiovascular disease up to 30 years before it becomes a silent killer.

Unfortunately, many people do not understood what really causes heart disease. For example, contrary to popular understanding, most heart attacks don’t strike in severely blocked arteries (the ones that surgeons target for bypasses and stents). Instead, what is critical is inflammation of the arterial walls.

This inflammation can destabilize plaque, causing it to rupture and tear the blood vessel lining, creating a clot. Therefore, unlike the current standard of care—which is largely concerned with blockages—we focus on detecting silent, asymptomatic plaque and inflammation.

When you go to your health care provider, you need to press for an in-depth examination of your health. Things that can signal the presence or greater likelihood of heart disease, but which are too often ignored are:

1. Genetic predisposition

More than 50% of Americans carry one or more gene variants that dramatically increase risk for heart attacks and strokes. Moreover, family history alone can be a poor predictor of heart attack risk. Therefore, talk to your health provider about genetic testing, particularly the 9P21, ApoE, KIF6, and IL-1 genotype tests. Cardiovascular events are not inevitable, even for people with high-risk genes. Knowing your DNA means that you can customize your treatment plan.

2. Metabolic syndrome

Although most people have never heard of it, metabolic syndrome, a dangerous cluster of abnormalities that greatly magnifies the threat of heart disease, stroke, or diabetes, affects more than 50 million Americans. However, because the syndrome’s cluster of disorders frequently don’t spark any obvious symptoms, it’s easy for people to go undiagnosed, especially if they don’t get regular physicals.

The good news is that you can diagnose yourself by checking yourself for a large waist, high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol, high triglycerides, and a high fasting blood sugar. If you have three or more of these five warning signs, you have metabolic syndrome.

3. Plaque deposits

We call plaque in your arteries, “kryptonite.” It can even bring down Superman. One very effective imaging test for finding out if you have kryptonite in your arteries is the Carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) test, which directly examines the arterial wall. Painless and noninvasive, the cIMT scan can also be used to find out how “old” your arteries are. Inside the body of a healthy 40-something can hide the arteries of someone two or three decades older!

4. Insulin resistance

Most medical providers aren’t doing an adequate job of screening for insulin resistance (IR), even though it affects about 150 million Americans. IR delivers a devastating one-two punch because it’s the leading cause of vascular blockages and of chronic inflammation, the “fire” in arteries that ignites cardiovascular events.

Make sure your doctor administers the oral glucose tolerance test, the gold standard of blood sugar testing, to be sure you are being most effectively evaluated. Don’t be fooled; you could have normal blood sugars and still have IR.

5. Waist circumference

This simple measurement (which most healthcare providers don’t check!) is a more accurate predictor of heart attack and stroke risk than your weight or body mass index (BMI).

You can check your waist circumference by wrapping a tape measure around the top of your pelvic bones.

There are ethnic differences in “failing” scores. A waist measurement above 35 inches for a woman, or above 40 inches for a man, is one “strike” for Caucasians, African Americans and Hispanics.

However, for Asians, the abnormal numbers are 31 inches and 35 inches for women and men respectively, and for Japanese the numbers to watch for are 31 inches for women and 34 inches for men.

Early detection is the big loser in our healthcare system, especially when it comes to heart disease. Go to your health care provider, and go armed with information about what kinds of tests you want, and why.

Education is the key to wellness. It’s never too late to optimize your care and take control of your heart health, no matter what your symptoms or lack thereof.

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Why You Should Eat More Plants & Fewer Animals (Lessons From Finland)

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Why You Should Eat More Plants & Fewer Animals (Lessons From Finland)

 

In the early 1970s, young men in Finland were dying from heart attacks at the highest rates in the industrialized world. In the North Karelia region of the country, home to 180,000 people, every family knew the pain of watching a young and fit man die young. While the Finns had very little obesity and very few sedentary jobs (factors that should have protected them from heart disease), they had high blood cholesterol and elevated blood pressure, and smoking was rampant.

In 1972, the Finnish government launched the North Karelia Project with the goal of lowering the quantity and type of fats eaten and to improve smoking rates. They coordinated an education program in schools, medical facilities, media, work sites, supermarkets, and even worked with the food industry to emphasize the health risks of smoking and offer tips to quit.

Residents were asked to switch from butter to vegetable oil-based margarine and replace whole milk with low-fat milk. By 1977, the drop in heart deaths was sufficiently impressive to roll the project out to the entire country and over 30 years of data are available.

Did the residents respond? They sure did. The rate of using butter on bread fell from 90% to less than 5% and one third of the population began to drink skim or 1% milk, up from zero at the outset. Overall dietary fat intake dropped and saturated fats fell to 16% of calories.

Beginning in 1979, the government introduced an additional goal of eating vegetables six to seven times a week. By 2004, about a quarter of the men and one third of the women of Finland were reaching that goal. Smoking in men fell from 52% to 31% and remained under 20% in women, the lowest in Europe.

What were the results?

The results for dying at a young age were stunning. In North Karelia, men between the ages of 35 and 64 years enjoyed a drop in overall death by 62%, heart attack deaths fell 85%, all cancers deaths dropped by 65%, and lung cancers decreased by 80%. For the entire Finnish nation, the chances of dying from a heart attack during working years was reduced by a whopping 80%! When researchers looked at what caused the dramatic improvements in health, they found that the most powerful factor was the drop in animal saturated fat.

The lessons of Finland are powerful and point to ability of simple, coordinated, and consistent messages to the public and our families to not smoke, reduce animal fat intake, and increase vegetables and fruits in our diets to avoid unnecessary family tragedies from early deaths. The message that butter and animal fat is healthy is often heard and may confuse you but the health boom in Finland teaches a powerful lesson that cannot be ignored.

My advice as a cardiologist with decades of experience?

If anyone recommends you eat a diet high in animal fats, ask them if they have any long-term data on preventing heart disease, the number-one killer in the world.

Heart attacks are preventable and putting your fork in a plant (instead of an animal) remains your best health decision. Imagine a world where six out of seven heart attack obituaries disappear, six out of seven funeral home tables are empty, six out of seven hospital CCU beds for heart attacks are empty. Imagine all the people whose lives we could save …

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7 Ways to Fight a Sugar Hangover

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7 Ways to Fight a Sugar Hangover

 

Feeling droopy after a major sugar-binge? Maybe you hit the chocolate bar clearance a little too hard or you didn’t want that leftover pie to feel lonely. Even when you’re on the healthy diet bandwagon, these things happen—especially if you’re cutting loose with your friends or work stress has you foaming at the mouth for a bag of Oreos. Regardless of what triggered your binge-fest and subsequent sugar hangover, getting your bod back on track is a piece of cake (sorry not sorry).

Here are 7 easy ways to run post-binge damage control:

1. Don’t starve yourself
The excess insulin swirling around in your bod after a sugar binge has this pesky habit of making you feel hungry—and usually, what you end up craving are more sugary foods. (“Me want cookie!”) Do yourself a favor and resist the urge to hoover another pastry. Instead, turn to eating foods that your body will break down slowly, such as high-protein low-carb meals and snacks. This will help realign your blood sugar—and help you avoid another icky sugar hangover.

2. Plan ahead
Recognize what triggers you to buy out the bakery section: Late nights at the office? Fights with your beau? Netflix dates with your besties? If you know the specific times you’ll be splurging on your diet, try and plan ahead by eating super-healthy beforehand or fitting in a light sweat sesh afterward. You got this.

3. Drink water
There’s nothing more swoonworthy during a sugar hangover than a bucket of coffee, but the caffeine buzz will only get you so far. Instead, guzzle plenty of H20, which can help flush out some of the extra sugar you’ve eaten.

4. Makeover your midnight snacks
A recent study published in the journal Brain Imaging and Behavior found that midnight snacks aren’t as satisfying as the snacks we munch on during the day. It turns out the brain’s reward center is on sleep mode at night (you know, like we should be), making it easy to over-consume. If you just can’t help yourself, swap out your usual midnight snacks with healthier eats.

5. Sleep
When you don’t get enough sleep, you’re more likely to make bad decisions. This is especially true when it comes to our snacking habits, according to a 2013 study from UC Berkeley. It makes sense: When you feel a coma coming on, who has the energy to make a healthy meal? It’s much easier to just go ahead and reward yourself with a gooey donut over steamed vegetables. As a preventative measure, stop a sugar hangover before it starts by scoring enough shuteye.

6. Ditch the guilt
The worst thing you can do is feel bad that you binged. In the grand scheme of things, it was just one meal. As long as the the ratio of healthy meals you eat far exceeds your moments of weakness, that’s all that matters. As my dad always says, “Just do your best.” The extra stress will only make you want more sugar.

7. Pick up where you left off
Eating healthy is hard work (take it from someone who totally sucks at it), and it’s okay to slip up. Don’t punish yourself—just pick up where you left off with those healthy meals of yours. Making your diet a strict regime will do nothing but make you crave junk food more, and make eating healthy a total suckfest. Just keep these techniques handy when you fall off the wagon, and soon you’ll be all, “What sugar?”

What tricks do you use to survive a sugar hangover?

 

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The Little-Known Substance That Can Help You Detox

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The Little-Known Substance That Can Help You Detox

 

In an ideal world, you would be eating perfectly natural unprocessed foods all the time, just from the tree or off of the ground. There would be no pollution. The air and water would be pure and free from chemicals.

But we don’t live in an ideal world, and it’s obvious that our food chain, water supply and air have been poisoned and are not of the best quality. Environmental toxins and heavy metals have been shown to affect human health. So it’s important to cleanse our bodies to stay healthy to prevent disease.

Activated Charcoal

There are many ways and methods to rid your body of toxins and they often work best in combination. Today I’d like to share one safe, cheap and extremely effective method that can make a tremendous difference in your health: activated charcoal.

Activated charcoal adsorbs (binds to and helps eliminate from the body) poisons, chemicals and intestinal gases that have thousands of times more weight than it has, making it very effective in detoxing and eliminating toxins and poisonous substances from the body.

The action of activated charcoal actually involves adsorption, not absorption, of toxins. Adsorption is the electrical attraction of toxins, but not beneficial nutrients, to the surfaces of the fine charcoal particles. The charcoal itself is not absorbed into the body, so the toxins attached to the charcoal particles exit via the bowels. Don’t be surprised by black stools. Black stools can actually be a good indicator of how long it takes for your food to be fully digested and eliminated. Take notice of the time when you first take the charcoal.

How to use it

Although some detox protocols suggest up to 20-35 grams of charcoal per day, even 1 gram does an amazing job. Due to how porous it is, just 1 gram of activated charcoal has a surface area about one tenth the size of a football field. In my detox protocol, the recommended amount is 1-2 grams per day. It’s best to consume it in-between meals.

Caution! If you’re taking prescription medication, activated charcoal might treat it as poison and reduce its effectiveness. So make sure to take it at least 2-3 hours before or after taking your medication. You should consult your doctor, if you’re taking medication.

It is also important to drink lots of water when you’re taking activated charcoal. As charcoal passes through the gastrointestinal tract, it’s constantly picking up toxins, either those that have entered the body through ingestion, breathing, or skin contact, or those resulting from the body’s metabolism. While charcoal grabs onto these toxins, your body still needs help to move the mass along until it is all eliminated from the body. That is where water and fiber intake is so vital.

So go ahead and get some activated charcoal in the pharmacy. And don’t forget to eat lots of fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, plus drink plenty of water for hydration. Good luck!

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4 Surprising Health Benefits Of The Newest Superfood

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4 Surprising Health Benefits Of The Newest Superfood

 

Hemp is one of the oldest cultivated plants known to man — and also one of the world’s most versatile plants. It’s currently being used in everything from fabric to fuel, paper and building material. And of course, it’s also a food.

Before we explore its superfood status, let’s clarify one thing: although growing hemp is restricted in the United States, purchasing and eating hemp food products — like seeds or oil — is perfectly legal. While hemp is a member of the plant genus Cannabis, it has little to no psychoactive potential.

America is one of the only industrial nations that prohibits hemp cultivation, although the U.S. imports more hemp than most other nations in the world.

While there’s still limited research on the plant’s nutritional power, hemp has recently started to gain popularity as a nutrition powerhouse. Here’s why

1. It’s loaded with protein.

Hemp contains all 20 amino acids, including the 10 essential amino acids our bodies can’t produce. One ounce of hemp seeds packs in about 10 grams of protein. This makes hemp one of the most complete plant-based sources of protein available.

2. It’s full of essential fatty acids.

Hemp seeds are also a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which the body needs for energy production, nervous system function, skin health, brain development, immune system support, and cardiovascular health. They’re essential fatty acids because our bodies don’t produce them.

Some research also finds that the ratio of fatty acids found in hemp seed oil is well balanced and optimal for health. In general, Americans consume as much as 25 times more omega-6 than omega-3, and some studies suggest that this unbalanced ratio can contribute to cardiovascular diseases and autoimmune diseases.

3. It contains natural fatty acids.

In addition to the omega fatty acids, hemp seeds and oil contain some fats that are even more difficult to find. These are gamma-­linoleic acid (GLA) and stearidonic acid (SDA), which help the body convert omega fatty acids more efficiently.

Research on GLA suggests it can improve the condition of skin, hair and nails, lower high blood pressure, and decrease inflammation in your body.

SDA and GLA can’t be found in flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, soybeans, pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts.

4. It can help support your immune system.

Hemp seeds are also high in vitamin E and zinc, both of which can help support your immune system. Plus, they contain magnesium, iron, potassium and dietary fiber.

How to Add Hemp to Your Diet

Drizzle hemp oil over foods or salads in place of your usual olive oil. Add hemp seeds to salads, cereal or yogurt, or hemp protein powder to your morning smoothie. You can even enjoy chocolate bars with hemp seeds in them. Not matter how you choose to eat them, hemp can increase both the flavor and health benefits of many meals.

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Reverse Insulin Resistance With These 8 Foods

 

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Reverse Insulin Resistance With These 8 Foods

 

Over 80 million Americans have insulin resistance that can lead to diabetes. And you could be on the road to diabetes for 10 years or more and never even know it. Here’s what happens.

The hormone insulin directs your cells to open up and take in glucose from the blood. With insulin resistance, your cells become desensitized to insulin. They ignore the instructions to open up and take in glucose. Your body keeps producing more insulin to try to get the message heard. But it doesn’t work. And your insulin levels rise higher and higher.

Those chronically high insulin levels cause rapid weight gain, premature aging, high blood pressure, heart disease, and higher cancer risks. Eventually they lead to type 2 diabetes.

Herbs, spices and foods are your first line of defense. Here are eight that can help restore and maintain your cells’ sensitivity to insulin.

1. Turmeric: 100% Effective In Preventing Diabetes

A 2009 study found curcumin, an active compound found in turmeric, was 500 to 100,000 times more effective than the prescription drug Metformin at activating glucose uptake.[i]

In another study of 240 pre-diabetic adults, patients were given either 250 milligrams of curcumin or a placebo every day. After nine months, NONE of those taking curcumin developed diabetes but 16.4% of the placebo group did. In other words, the curcumin was 100% effective at preventing Type 2 diabetes.

2. Ginger: Lowers Fasting Blood Glucose by 10.5%

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial 88 diabetics were divided into two groups. Every day one group received a placebo while the other received 3 one-gram capsules of ginger powder. After eight weeks, the ginger group reduced their fasting blood sugar by 10.5%. But the placebo group INCREASED their fasting blood sugar by 21%. In addition, insulin sensitivity increased significantly more in the ginger group.[ii]

In another study, researchers proved that 1600 mg per day of ginger improves eight markers of diabetes including insulin sensitivity.[iii]

Many other studies prove the value of ginger for diabetes. For a complete list of studies visit Green Med Info’s page on Ginger Health Benefits.

3. Cinnamon: Less Than Half a Teaspoon A Day Reduces Blood Sugar Levels

Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices and most popular spices. It’s been used for millennia both for its flavoring and medicinal qualities.

Cinnamon has been shown to normalize blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics by improving the ability to respond to insulin. A meta-analysis of eight clinical studies shows that cinnamon or cinnamon extracts lower fasting blood glucose levels.[iv]

Cinnamon works in part by slowing the rate at which the stomach empties after eating. In one study subjects ate about a cup of rice pudding with and without about a teaspoon of cinnamon. Adding the cinnamon slowed the rate the stomach emptied from 37% to 34.5% and significantly slowed the rise in blood sugar levels. Even less than a half of a teaspoon a day reduces blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetics.[v]

Here are 5 more reasons to eat cinnamon every day.

4. Olive Leaf Extract: Results Comparable to Metformin

University of Auckland researchers proved that olive leaf extract decreases insulin sensitivity.

In a randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study, 46 overweight men were divided into two groups. One group received capsules containing olive leaf extract and the other group received a placebo. After 12 weeks, olive leaf extract lowered insulin resistance by an average of 15%. It also increased the productivity of the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas by 28%.[vi]

The researchers noted that supplementing with olive leaf extract gave results “comparable to common diabetic therapeutics (particularly metformin).”

5. Berries Lower After-Meal Insulin Spike

Studies show the body needs less insulin for sugar balance after a meal if berries are also eaten. In a study of healthy women in Finland, subjects were asked to eat white and rye bread with or without a selection of different pureed berries. Starch in the bread alone spikes after-meal glucose levels. But the researchers found that adding berries to the bread significantly reduced the after-meal insulin spike.

Strawberries, bilberries, lingonberries, and chokeberries were effective. So was a mixture consisting of strawberries, bilberries, cranberries, and blackberries.[vii]

6. Black Seed (Nigella Sativa): Just 2 Grams Reduces Insulin Resistance

In a study of 94 diabetic patients, researchers prescribed either 1, 2 or 3 grams a day of Nigella sativa capsules. They found that at the dose of 2 grams per day, black seed significantly reduced fasting blood glucose and insulin resistance. The higher dose of 3 grams per day did not result in additional benefits.[viii]
Black seed has been treasured for thousands of years for its healing properties. It is sometimes referred to as Roman coriander, black sesame, black cumin, and black caraway. It’s been called the remedy for everything but death.

7. Spirulina Increases Insulin Sensitivity by 225%

In a randomized study of insulin-resistant patients, researchers compared the power of spirulina and soy to control insulin levels.[ix] They assigned 17 patients to receive 19 grams of spirulina a day. The other 16 patients received 19 grams of soy. After eight weeks the spirulina group on average increased their insulin sensitivity by 224.7% while the soy group increased their insulin sensitivity by 60%.

In addition, 100% of the spirulina group improved their insulin sensitivity while only 69% of the soy group improved.

8. Berberine Just As Good as Three Different Diabetes Drugs

Berberine is a bitter compound found in the roots of several plants including goldenseal, barberry, and Oregon grape. Studies prove it’s just as good as prescription diabetes drugs.

Chinese researchers compared berberine to metformin in a pilot study of 36 patients. They found berberine lowered blood sugar levels just as well as metformin in just three months. The patients also significantly decreased their fasting blood glucose, and their after-meal blood glucose.

In the same study, researchers gave berberine to 48 diabetics for three months. After only one week, berberine lowered both fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels. In addition, their insulin resistance dropped 45%.[x]

Other researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 14 studies involving 1,068 participants. They found berberine performed just as well as metformin, glipizide and rosiglitazone. Those are three of the top diabetes drugs on the market.[xi] And berberine has no serious side effects.

 

Original article from greenmedinfo.com

 

 

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Outlawed Berries Boost Brain Power and Mood

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Outlawed Berries Boost Brain Power and Mood

 

Over a hundred years ago Congress outlawed black currants. Today this forbidden fruit is making a comeback and may help improve your mood and brain power.

In 1911 the U.S. Congress outlawed the commercial cultivation of currants. Black currants quickly became known as the “forbidden fruit.” And Americans were deprived of one of the healthiest foods on earth.

Now researchers have found that black currants (Ribes nigrum) are good for keeping our brains young and agile.

In a study published in the Journal of Functional Foods researchers from Northumbria University in the U.K. suggest that black currants may even help manage mental decline associated with aging, or help people with brain disorders like Parkinson’s or depression.[i]

In the study, 36 healthy adults aged between 18 and 35 years consumed 250 ml of one of three drinks. They drank either an anthocyanin-enriched New Zealand black currant extract (Delcyan™ from Just the Berries); or a cold-pressed juice from a black currant cultivar called “Blackadder;” or a sugar and taste-matched placebo with no black currant content.

The participants were then given a set of demanding mental performance tests. The results showed that after consuming the black currant drinks, the participants had improved mental performance indicators such as accuracy, attention, and mood. In addition, mental fatigue was reduced.

The researchers also found that the juice from the Blackadder berries strongly reduced the activity of a family of enzymes known as “monoamine oxidases” (MAO). These enzymes help remove the neurotransmitters norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine from the brain. In other words they regulate neurotransmitters that affect mood and cognition.

Compounds in the berries acted like MAO inhibitor drugs used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, depression, stress, and anxiety. These drugs stop MAOs from clearing out neurotransmitters, making more of these brain chemicals available.

But MAO inhibitor drugs have serious side effects. The researchers suggested that black currants could be used as a functional food ingredient to support brain health or manage Parkinson’s symptoms.

Black currants help with a long list of other health conditions. They have been used to treat gout, diarrhea, and liver problems. Black currant is also used topically for healing wounds and treating insect bites.

The leaves, fruit, and seed oil of black currants are used to make medicines. In Europe black currant products are widely used as herbal remedies. They ease PMS and menopause symptoms. They are also used as a diuretic, and to treat colds, flu, and fevers. Black currant juice is also alkalizing to the body.

Studies show that black currants or compounds from black currants:

 

The seed oil from black currents has also been shown to be an effective treatment for rheumatoid arthritis.  According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, black currants contain gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an omega-6 fatty acid.  Studies suggest GLA may relieve symptoms such as joint pain, stiffness, and tenderness, and may help decrease the need for pain medication.  Black currant seed oil is available in capsules as a dietary supplement.

In addition to GLA, black currants are rich in anthocyanins.  These red, blue, and purple pigments are powerful antioxidants with proven benefits against cancer, aging, inflammation, and neurological diseases.

Black currants also contain three or four times the vitamin C of oranges, as well as the essential B vitamins pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and thiamin (vitamin B1).

These little berries are native to northern Europe and Asia. If you live in the U.S. and think you’ve been eating dried currants your whole life in scones and other recipes, you’re probably wrong.

Black currants were banned in the U.S. because of a belief that they carry a fungus that kills pine trees. Once black currant cultivation was outlawed, small dried grapes from the island of Zante, Greece were christened “currants.” That’s what you’ll typically find in the U.S. and they’re often sold as “Zante currants.”

Some states began lifting the ban in 1966 but some states still have it in effect.  In 2003 farmers overturned the ban in New York state and are now raising fresh black currants.  You can find the real deal frozen or dried, or in juice, nectar, or extract form online.

Fresh black currants are very tart.  The red and white varieties are much sweeter.  Use the black currants for making jellies and jams if the tartness is too much for you.  They’re also used to make the liqueur crème de cassis.

You can also make infusions and teas out of the plant’s fresh or dried leaves. Or look for black currant tea in health food stores or online.

 

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A Simple Practice To Help You Sleep Easier, Feel Happier & More

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A Simple Practice To Help You Sleep Easier, Feel Happier & More

 

Essential oils are a mainstay in my life. Whether to calm cramps or anxiety, sleep or breathe better, or regulate body temperature, I use essential oils to bring me to my healthiest here and now.

Learning about essential oil therapy — aromatherapy — is as intricate as any discipline, and if you’ve been drawn to aromas even the littlest bit, I encourage you to follow your senses and seek out trusted aromatherapy pioneers to better understand this world of wellness.

But you don’t need to make aromatherapy education a hobby in order to benefit from healing properties of essential oils. Here are six ways to use essential oils right now:

1. For a better night’s sleep …

… place a couple drops of essential oil (lavender, clary sage, lemongrass) on a tissue. Move the tissue beneath your nose from one nostril to the other. Passing it back and forth beneath your nose will give you a complete experience of the aroma and its benefits. Favor this tissue method over placing essential oils directly on skin before bed as essential oils are stimulating and can wake you from sleep if worn on your body.

2. For headache relief …

… blend a combination of lavender, peppermint and camomile essential oils, and apply to the temples (these oils have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties). Additionally, black pepper oil helps with headaches by dilating blood vessels, thereby relieving tension and allowing blood to flow freely.

3. To reduce stress …

… try tapping essential oils beneath your hairline along the back of your neck. This will also help bring your body into alignment and your mind into focus. Oils like ylang ylang, jasmine and lavender are good for reducing stress whereas basil, rosemary and grapefruit help with mental clarity. This is a great treatment when working under deadline or before getting behind the wheel of a car.

4. For a jolt of inspiration …

… try placing frankincense, rose, neroli or sandalwood on the crown of your head. The 7th chakra (the crown chakra) is located on the top of your skull and is considered the place through which we connect with higher power and good. A drop of essential oil on the crown of your head can provide inspiration to transform an experience.

5. To open your chest and breathe easier …

… dot essential oils along your collarbone to bring consciousness and awareness to your throat, shoulders and chest. The scent and sensation will prompt you to lengthen your collarbone, opening space for your lungs and encouraging you to breathe deeper. Aromas like lavender and eucalyptus are famous for this, but you can combine those with others that smell good to you like cardamom, vanilla, lime or cinnamon.

6. For all-day benefits …

… apply oils on your wrists or hands. The underside of your wrist is a great place for oils that help regulate body temperature like clove, ginger or vetiver to warm and fir, mint or lavender to cool. You can also massage oils between your thumb and forefinger — your hands move along your body and in front of your face all day, so you’ll get pleasant whiffs of the scent throughout the day.

Remember: You only need a drop or two of any essential oil to experience therapeutic benefits. Essential oils are potent, so it’s important to dilute them a bit before applying to skin to prevent irritation. If you want to blend your own, combine essential oils with a carrier oil like jojoba, castor or almond oil in a ratio of one-part essential oil to four-parts carrier oil.

As you embrace aromatherapy and begin customizing blends for your tastes and needs, experiment with scenting your own body oils, hair rinse and homemade cleaning products. You’ll feel like a modern day alchemist!

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Original article from mindbodygreen.com

 

 

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Natural Antibiotic Ointment aka Natural Neosporin

Natural Antibiotic Ointment aka Natural Neosporin

 

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Neosporin is the automatic go to for the majority of people when they get scrapes, cuts and any other skin injuries. Neosporin is an antibacterial topical ointment that promotes healing. Although most of us have used this ointment for years, one quick read over the ingredients list and we might want to question what we are putting on our skin.

Ingredients include Neomycin Sulfate Polymxin B, Bacitracin Zinc, Pramoxine and more all mixed in petroleum jelly. There are many side effects associated with these ingredients such as allergic reactions, muscle twitching, convulsions, hearing loss, fetal harm, rashes, hives, tightness in the chest, and the list goes on. Neosporin costs about $10 an ounce with all of these unknown ingredients in it. Yet Mother Nature provides us with a bounty of ingredients that are just as healing and beneficial without the side effects. Should there be a breakdown in basic civil services, for whatever reason, you should know how to make an all natural, yet potent, topical antibacterial solution.

In the recipe below, each ingredient contains many healing properties. The base is a combination of oils that are anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-fungal. The herbs have various medicinal properties as well. Beeswax is a skin protectant, keeping irritants off the skin while allowing air circulation into the injured area. Witch Hazel helps to clean and disinfect wounds while speeding up the healing process. These are just some of the incredible benefits of this natural antibiotic ointment.

Ingredients:
•1/2 c. coconut oil
•1/2 c. almond oil, grapeseed oil, or olive oil
•1/2 c. healing herbs of your choice (chamomile, calendula, comfrey, lavender, plantain leaves)
•4 Tbsp beeswax
•2 tsp witch hazel
•15 drops lavender or tea tree essential oils (optional)

Directions:
1.Put herbs in a glass jar and pour oil over herbs. Make sure they are submerged.
2.Put glass jar into a saucepan half filled with water. Heat on low heat for 30 minutes. Stir often.
3.Strain the herbs from the oil with a coffee filter, cheesecloth, t-shirt, etc.
4.Place strained oil in the jar back into the saucepan with water.
5.Add the beeswax. Stir well.
6.Take off the heat once it is fully melted
7.Add witch hazel and mix
8.Once cooled, put into a container of choice.

* Apply to scrapes, cuts, burns, diaper rash, dry skin, athlete’s foot, etc.
** This ointment should be kept in a cool, dark place. Good for up to a year.

 

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5 fantastic beet recipes for meatless monday to beet the heat

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5 fantastic beet recipes for meatless monday to beet the heat

 

Beets might seem like a winter staple, but our summertime beet recipes are just as tasty and very creative! We love serving up beets warm in winter, but summer Meatless Monday recipes call for cooler beet recipes, like salads, both raw and cooked.

We’ve united our favorite beet recipes to give you some to choose from. Roast the beets in hot coals if they need to be cooked, so you can keep your kitchen cool.

These grilled beets with rosemary vinegar are marinated with the flavor of herbs and balsamic before being grilled. The resulting beets are very tasty hot, but go ahead and make extra to chop up and eat cold in a salad. Either way, they’ll be delicious!

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Beets are just as tasty raw as they are cooked — the proof is in this raw beet ravioli recipe with a luxurious cashew filling. Flavored with nutritional yeast and mustard, the filling is the perfect counterbalance to the earthiness of beets. But if you’ve never tried them raw, you’ll also get to know their natural sweet, freshness in this recipe!

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Any pre-cooked beets are perfect in this impressive stacked beet salad. Cooked beets are layered with avocado slices for a fun play on colors and textures. Sprinkle goat cheese crumbles and toasted pine nuts over the top for even more flavor. This can also be done with pickled beet slices if you prefer.

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Dressing beets up with fruit is a great way to highlight their natural sweetness. This golden beet salad juxtaposes the differing hues of bright yellow beets and deep blackberries for a seasonal salad you’ll love. Garnish with chive flowers for an impressive finish.

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Play with candy-striped chioggia beets in a raw beet salad that combines tons of different flavors and textures. The key to mastering this colorful salad is to play with plating — dress up the ingredients by slicing and dicing them in different ways, to highlight them and allow them to play off one another. When a salad is this beautiful, it’s the perfect centerpiece and main dish for your Meatless Monday table!

 

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25 Vegan Sources for Calcium

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25 Vegan Sources for Calcium

 

When folks find out you don’t eat dairy, after they tell you they’d die without cheese they often will ask how you get enough calcium in your diet without milk products. The dairy industry has done a great job marketing milk as the best way to build healthy bones, but you can actually get calcium from all sorts of plant-based sources, and they’re often better for your bones than dairy products!

We need between 1000 and 1200 milligrams of calcium per day for healthy bones, and it’s not just vegans who need to plan carefully to get enough calcium each day. Over 75 percent of Americans are deficient in calcium, so plenty of omnivores aren’t getting enough, either. No matter what your diet, you just need to make sure to include two or three servings of calcium-rich foods and/or calcium-fortified foods in each meal, and you’ll be able to hit that target for bone health.

Unlike milk, plant-based calcium sources contain vitamins C and K and the minerals potassium and magnesium, which are all important for bone health. Next time someone asks you where you get your calcium, you can tell them it comes from some of the 25 vegan sources below!

25 Vegan Sources for Calcium
1. Kale (1 cup contains 180 mg)

2. Collard Greens (1 cup contains over 350 mg)

3. Blackstrap Molasses (2 tablespoons contains 400 mg)

4. Tempeh (1 cup contains 215 mg)

5. Turnip Greens (1 cup contains 250 mg)

6. Fortified non-dairy milk (1 cup contains 200-300 mg)

7. Hemp milk (1 cup contains 460 mg)

8. Fortified orange juice (1 cup contains 300 mg)

9. Tahini (2 tablespoons contains 130 mg)

10. Almond butter (2 tablespoons contains 85 mg)

11. Great northern beans (1 cup contains 120 mg)

12. Soybeans (1 cup contains 175 mg)

13. Broccoli (1 cup contains 95 mg)

14. Raw fennel (1 medium bulb contains 115 mg)

15. Blackberries (1 cup contains 40 mg)

16. Black Currants (1 cup contains 62 mg)

17. Oranges (1 orange contains between 50 and 60 mg)

18. Dried apricots (1/2 cup contains 35 mg)

19. Figs (1/2 cup contains 120 mg)

20. Dates (1/2 cup contains 35 mg)

21. Artichoke (1 medium artichoke contains 55 mg)

22. Roasted sesame seeds (1 oz. contains 35 mg)

23. Adzuki beans (1 cup contains 65 mg)

24. Navy beans (1 cup contains 125 mg)

25. Amaranth (1 cup contains 275 mg)

Sources:

Veg Paradise
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8 Things To Do With Avocados That AREN’T Guacamole

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8 Things To Do With Avocados That AREN’T Guacamole

 

Unless you’ve been hiding in a cave without access to the internet, you know that avocados are experiencing an unprecedented moment of glory.

Once mistakenly thought of as an artery-clogging, fatty fruit that should be avoided, avocados are now enjoying their new-found celebrity as one of the healthiest foods we can eat. I couldn’t be happier as a chef, health and fitness advocate and avocado FREAK!

The avocado tree is native to the Americas, thriving from Mexico to Colombia when first encountered by Europeans in the 15th century.

I thought I was pretty well versed in avocados until I was in Hawaii last year and got to hang with the Fruit Hunter, Ken Love, and got schooled on the myriad of varieties of avocado indigenous to the Hawaiian islands. I couldn’t believe it. I was in avocado heaven.

Turns out there are hundreds of varieties. So the obvious question is: how can there be hundreds of varieties of avocados and only one dish made with them? (Guacamole, right?)

I’m here to put on my chef’s hat and share 8 things to do with avocados that aren’t guacamole.

1. Smoothie

My day nearly always starts with avocado. Just cutting into the fruit and seeing that gorgeous pastel yellow-green flesh puts a smile on my face. The easiest way to get that goodness into your gut is to use it as a creamy base for a green smoothie.

I’ll toss avocado, kale, ginger, banana, honey and almond milk in the blender for a silky smooth, filling breakfast.

2. Avocado toast

This is a classic. I happen not to eat gluten, so rather than bread, I use toasted nori and add some avocado, a few thin slivers of jalapeño, a squeeze of lime, cilantro and crunchy sea salt.

For the adventurous, add some radish or radish sprouts or even some good-quality canned tuna with olive oil.

3. Lettuce with avocado vinaigrette

I love bibb, butter and Boston lettuces. To amp up a simple salad, I use avocado as the base for a vinaigrette.

Put an avocado, a clove of garlic, some lemon or lime juice, a little full-fat organic kefir, some green herbs like basil or tarragon and extra virgin olive oil into a blender and blend until smooth.

Toss with the lettuce and herbs, cherry tomatoes and sunflower seeds or nuts.

4. Avocado salad

Dice an avocado into half-inch chunks, drizzle with coconut oil, lime juice and add some hearts of palm, a little cilantro, mint and basil and some thinly sliced shallots.

5. Grilled avocado

Yup. I cut the fruit in quarters, leaving it in the skin, then season with salt and pepper and grill lightly on all sides, then serve with a sprinkle of Japanese togarashi spice, a squeeze of lemon and some sea salt and sesame oil.

6. Avocado cups

Scoop the flesh out of the fruit, dice it up and toss with some grapefruit, fresh herbs, olive oil and spoon it back into the skin. If you’re into dairy, a little burrata or fresh mozzarella make a decadent addition and a perfect little snack.

7. Chilled soup

This is a delicious summery starter. It will oxidize after a little while, so it’s best made and served within a few hours.

In the blender, blend a few avocados, garlic, kefir or coconut milk, toss in some cilantro and coconut oil, season with salt and pepper and chill quickly in the fridge. Serve with thin slices of Serrano chilies a drizzle of olive oil and top with cilantro leaves.

8. Scrambled eggs …

…and avocado. This is a favorite and it’s not just for breakfast. I actually love eggs for lunch or dinner — and avocado just makes it that much better. I whisk a few eggs, then sauté some vegetables over low heat in olive oil.

Maybe some shallot rings, summer squash, green beans, then I add in the eggs and gently fold them together. When they are nearly set, but still a little wet, I add diced avocado. For a supercharged meal, add a tablespoon of chia seeds to your eggs 5 minutes before scrambling them.

These are by no means precise recipes. The wonderful thing about cooking is that it’s about expression and improvisation. If you don’t like cilantro, try basil!

Cook from the heart, cook for the body and cook with love. And remember #realfoodheals!

 

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The Insane Coconut Oil Weight Loss Hack (explained)

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The Insane Coconut Oil Weight Loss Hack (explained)

 

(guest blogger) – One of the biggest questions I get about coconut oil is, “how do I eat it and what does it do?” And “why didn’t it do that for me?” You want to lose weight, cut fat, have energy and basically stomp all over the world daily. You want to break down cubicles and smash stop signs at will. You’ve heard Coconut Oil can help you do this, but you’ve tried it and it didn’t seem to work. Or your friend tried it and said it didn’t work. Or you just have no clue what’s happening with it and suspect it’s just another fad.

I wrote this to clear the air for you.

What I want to do with this article is discuss exactly how I eat it and why it probably works the way it does for me (and why it can fail someone). This is divided up by the theory of what is likely causing it to be a success or failure for weight loss and improved mental clarity, as well as how to ingest and and what to expect.

No, I’m not a Doctor, if your Doctor told you not to eat coconut oil, this article isn’t for you. This is anecdotal: meaning, this is how I do it and what my experiences have been for 5+ years worth of self experiments. These are my regimens which I feel work, and insight into why I think specific regimens fail or succeed for people looking for weight loss and improved mental health. This is long and detailed, but this basic understanding could lead you to weight loss and an overall better well being.

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I don’t like the taste though, its just weird to put in my mouth.

This article isn’t for you. If you can get over trifles, keep on reading. If you aren’t even willing to deal with a “weird taste,” then this isn’t an article that will help you out.

What happens when I eat coconut oil?

I eat coconut oil straight. There are a variety of ways to ingest coconut oil, I however choose to eat it straight using a spoon. I do it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. I’ve perfected this formula through trial and error. I only eat coconut oil from bottles which have “cold pressed” on them. If it says Expeller Pressed or it says nothing at all, I pass. Terms like “virgin” or pictures of palm trees do not play into the equation on the matter.

When I eat it, I get high. You read that right.

This is to say that I feel happy, positive, energetic and like I could win a WWE match. My skin gets warm. If the temperature is cold outside, this effect helps a lot. My brain goes into extreme focus mode. I can focus on task with extreme discipline, for example, reading long documents or articles. I can zone out on it, shutting the rest of the world out. I eat it for this reason primarily, but weight loss (management) is a part of it. However, they are very closely related. If you do things following my specific way, you will feel this mental clarity and you will either lose weight or manage it, depending on your weight situation. Many people do not see these two benefits, but if they did things correctly they’d almost have to reap these benefits. So let’s get into all that….

First, let’s grasp a concept that’s likely at work here.

Your body has a metabolic system. You have a metabolism. Your metabolism, in the simplest of concepts, allows your body and brain to burn resources for energy. The resource we are talking about here are foods. But food is vast and complex, something so many of us have been introduced to in the past decade with the onset of paleo diets, gluten free diets and low carb (the list goes on). The body sees your food as complex as well, and it prioritizes how it sources it.

The point is: your body and brain need energy and your metabolism uses food to supply that energy. To understand coconut oil and it’s effects is in understanding this principle.

If you stop eating carbohydrates for 3 days, your body will most likely begin to produce ketones. You will begin to enter a state of ketosis. You could get ketostixs at a CVS and urinate on them to test this. Ketosis is really a metabolic state. The body in all cases will look for the easiest possible source of energy for both the body and brain. Most of the time, this means carbohydrates.

Have you ever been out to a dinner and had time start to slip away because some coworker of yours begins telling long drawn out boring stories? Or have you ever been on a bad date? Before you went out, maybe you said “I’m not drinking tonight.” But then things got late, like past the time you naturally stay out (or up for that matter). So you suddenly decide to have a beer or a glass of wine. If you had to explain this, you’d simply say your coworker was a jackass, or the date you were on was so hideous, you needed a drink to get through it.

That’s kind of correct.

But really all you did was change your metabolic energy source to something more easy to source. Alcohol will always prioritize before carbs when it comes to metabolic structure. They will burn more immediately. When you drink a glass of wine, or a beer, you feed your body a new, faster source. Your body will stop burning carbs as the priority and start burning the booze. This creates fast energy (and later a fast drop off and probably a raging hangover). But what else happens? Your body layers the alcohol before the carbs. If you ate pasta at dinner, even in your sedentary state of listening to your crappy Tinder date’s diatribes about his or her amazing cats, your body was trying to burn off the pasta. Once the Chardonnay hit the bloodstream, it stopped, creating a situation which allows pasta to convert to fat storage.

Basically, you are becoming a fat ass because the booze is taking over (you thought it was calories, right?)

Your body loves carbs. And this article is not an abomination against carbs (or booze for that matter). I eat carbs and I drink booze. I don’t do that well with some fruity (fructose) carbs. But that’s neither here nor there, everyone is different. Your body really loves to burn carbs for energy. It loves to use glucose converted carbs to supply the brain with energy. Now, you can change this. You can shift gears. You are in control.

Obviously, you could go down a glass of your old friend Chardonnay, but that’s not really the goal here. So the other method to change this is to go 3 days without carbs. And this, once again, enters you into a state of ketosis. Ketosis means that your body’s metabolic system has realized that carbs are gone, so it begins the process of converting fat to energy. Fat is a super stable energy, way more reliable than carbs are. You don’t crash ever on fat energy. The brain loves it. And furthermore, well, you are burning fat for energy. If you have a weight issue, you are likely burning the extra fat, as well. Translation: you are losing weight.

I love certain aspects of ketosis, but I also don’t like certain other aspects, which is pretty important in terms of the role coconut oil plays. In ketosis, your brain will feel sharper (anecdotal and via my own experiences). It should be noted that studies on ketosis are lacking, but it is generally considered safe and healthy. I suggest you read The Scientific American later on to get a better grasp on the concept. Ever known that low carb friend that said “man when I was low carb I just felt so good, my head was clear!” If you haven’t, search low carb forums. This is what’s happening. It’s fat meeting the brain.

For now, I’m going to keep it simple and layman, basing things on what’s worked for myself. So we get it, Ketosis means the body is burning fat. It should help your brain focus easier and it should contribute to weight loss. Because there is a lack of carbs, your body is no longer put in a position to crave sugars, so your appetite lowers significantly. Most people who go into ketosis react with splendor because they can’t believe how little they are craving food. Their entire lives have been this production of weight watchers and calorie counting and torture when waiters ask if they want desert, but suddenly they are managing their appetites with ease and control. (again, read low carb forums, this is a common thing said).

But where does it fail? Well, for some people, it doesn’t fail. For many others, there are issues that seem to be impasses. For me, I get nasty insomnia. When you eat lower carbs, you should expect shorter, but more productive sleep, however, you need some sleep. In ketosis, I lay awake all night ready to do pushups and body slam opponents off the ropes. Ketosis kills the sex drive for many (me included). There isn’t a lot of research for why these scenarios unfold, but a quick search of the web reveals many diet sleuths trying to solve it. Ketosis is easy and makes managing your weight easy so people try to find ways to solve the issues. Another issue is that carbs can be really good for digestion. The stomach needs bacteria, namely prebiotics. You will want to bookmark this article for later about resistant starches, you will notice that many test show people remain in ketosis even when using them.

Problems with ketosis can go beyond insomnia and lowered sex drive. Culturally it can be difficult to harness it at all times. We live in a society whereas carbs are the token item on every restaurant menu. If you eat carbs, you break ketosis within a matter of minutes. Remember, the body loves to burn them. It’s also a lot of meat, which can be costly, and an extreme lack of good fibers for the gut (again, prebiotics). And hey. maybe you want to be vegan? I am looking out for you folks also here!

But that moment you enter ketosis and you feel your body slimming (you will dump fluids) and you feel that “high” from the brain being fed ketones, you almost want to force it to work.

I began reading about every way imaginable to take advantage of ketones for weight loss and mental clarity. Intermittent fasting was one way, whereas you limited meals to shorter time spans. For example, you might eat 1 meal per day, or maybe you only eat meals from noon to 5pm and that’s it. This approach is very telling, because in essence, it is allowing extreme spaces between foods (between carbs).

But what about the space you already have naturally given yourself? We know full blown ketosis takes 3 to 5 days to enter.

But what if we could hack that?

Enter the Coconut Oil hack.

This isn’t me opening a debate from the medical community, this is me putting forth how I think things work. You can have Blood Sugar tested and you can easily purchase ketostix to figure things out on your own. You can conduct your own science here. At the end of the day, your weight and how you feel tell you a lot.

I believe one of the more extensive issues in the Standard American Diet is within breakfast. For years breakfast has been symbolic of a time to carb load. The logic is there, kind of, but it seems incredibly flawed. The idea is that you wake up from a fast and you give your body and brain it’s preferred energy source. This has long been an easy sell to everyone. And hey, maybe for some or many, it works. But in doing this we don’t harness the ideas which support mental clarity and weight loss.

When you sleep at night, you stop eating. By the time you wake up, you are maybe 10 to 12 hours since your last meal. Remember, the body looks for energy sources from the metabolism, so when you sit up out of bed, walk the dog, and begin thinking, your body is sourcing energy. But the advantage here is that it is looking for carbs and seeing its been 10+ hours, the carbs aren’t there in full force. The advantage here is that your body is priming itself to lose some weight. When you eat a banana, you pretty much shit on that idea (sorry for the language, it is just what’s happening).

The solution then would be to avoid carbs for breakfast and well, for lunch. Give your body a carb break, allow it to burn off remaining carbs and search for fat options. Now, the issue here is that full on ketosis should take 3 days. If you eat carbs at dinner, you will blow that.

Coconut Oil can help. Coconut Oil, I believe, is going to force ketosis on you if you allow it the opportunity. How do you do that?

When you wake up, you eat only coconut oil, or coconut oil with light protein (you don’t want to slam 3 steaks because your body can utilize an overabundance of protein and turn it to carbs). At lunch you want to enter more proteins and a little more coconut oil. If you do this, you will feel a buzz.

Within 30 minutes, you will feel an uplifting energy, a positivity and incredible focus. This is the brain sourcing ketones. You will feel your skin warm up. This is the body burning fat (check out thermogenesis). Normally cold at your office because some assclown blows the AC all day? No problem, you won’t feel that.

The coconut oil forces a state of ketosis because I believe your metabolism prioritizes the coconut oil much like it prioritizes the chardonnay. And this is huge. This means that your body is burning fat all day. This means that your focus and energy are killer amazing. Coconut oil has MCT or Medium Chain Triglycerides in it. This is the hack. Instead of going a full 3 days without carbs, you do 17 hours and then you eat carbs.

So why do people go wrong?

Because coconut oil is pushed as a supplemental superfood, most believe they can do whatever the want with it. Want to make cookies with coconut oil? It is possible. Add it to oatmeal or a baked potato? No problem. This isn’t me telling anyone that it isn’t still good for them, of course it is, but you aren’t harnessing the true power of it for the goal you most likely have.

Often times this is exactly what people do, they add to something carb rich. But if we consider the concepts written here to be true, that’s probably not the right approach. For years, I’ve gotten very polarizing reactions to ingesting coconut oil. For some, they tell me “it didn’t do anything, they noticed nothing.” But for many others, they say “it made me super focused and energetic.” I began to notice that the difference here typically seemed to be how it was ingested. Those who felt nothing were using it with carbs, for example, in oatmeal or on toast. They used it as a replacement for butter. They swapped fat for fat.

What should have been happening was ingestion of coconut oil in an isolated, or low protein setting, so as to allow the current carb fast to be expedited into ketosis. When you wake up, you are winning. You haven’t eaten. While many people rely heavily on this time to refuel with carbs, it may not be the best method. Instead, you can harness that carb fast and use coconut oil to shuttle yourself into a thermogenic, fat burning state.

So what would your day look like?

8am (or when you awake): 1 TBSP coconut oil.

10am: 2 eggs, boiled or cooked in coconut oil. (if you can, just skip this meal entirely)

11am: 1 TBSP coconut oil.

noon: protein (chicken, steak, eggs, pork or seafood), veggies.

5pm: protein (chicken, steak, eggs, pork or seafood), starch (yam, potato, rice), veg, fruit, nuts.

Bedtime: starch for sleeping (this means you eat a small potato or some oatmeal to help you sleep)

The 5pm meal is going to allow you to carb refuel, which should knock you out of long term ketosis. However, you should reap the rewards of your short term, coconut oil induced ketosis throughout the day.

The benefits?

1) Weight loss (your body will burn fat for energy).

2) Higher mental clarity (the brain loves ketones, google ketones and alzheimers).

3) Decreased appetite. This is the hook. Avoiding that sugary lunch is going to be no problem because when you have ketones present, you will not crave sugar. This not only decreases a blood sugar yo-yo situation and insulin storing fat on your body, but it also lowers your calories naturally.

Can I still eat carbs in the morning with it?

You can do whatever you want. But remember, when you eat carbs, your body prioritizes carbs for the energy source. So really it isn’t likely you will feel the full brunt of the effect. This is fine, it really only matters what you are looking for. I put coconut oil on baked potatoes sometimes, I enjoy it.

I heard people drink it in coffee.

This is true. And I’ve done this a lot. But let’s really get into this. Coffee is not a true energy source. I really don’t want to get all into this because it upsets people greatly. Coffee is fine. If you sleep at night and don’t deal with anxiety during the day, nothing all that wrong with drinking it.

Coconut oil is a much more powerful, real energy source. It’s super legit. The metabolic structure of your body accepts it. Coffee isn’t even in the same realm. The power and energy and focus you get from coconut oil is stable, you won’t crash off like on coffee. That said……sure, you can do this. If you already drink coffee and it’s how you want to do it, then go with it. But, make sure you are dealing with black coffee, not coffee that has added sugars or fake sweeteners. You don’t want to elicit an insulin response and tell your body carbs are coming.

Also, remember, you are adding in powerful energy. This shouldn’t be taken lightly.

I workout, how do I handle this?

Coconut oil was born to make your workouts extra amazing. Not only will your energy be off the charts, but your focus will be that of laser accurate. Many people still believe in carbs before a workout, but I don’t see that as the correct approach. Most body builders go with fat and protein before a workout, carbs after. Carbs help resupply muscles with glycogen, so they heal you up nicely (even build muscle if that’s what you want). When you take carbs before your workout, your body sources them, when they run out, so do you. Coconut oil doesn’t run out.

What about my stomach?

Coconut oil can clean you out. It can do this because it’s an antibacterial substance, but also because, well, it’s fatty oil. Sometimes it causes me to go to the bathroom pretty fast. Other times not at all. If I went out the night before and cheated up with some beer and nachos, I can pretty much expect coconut oil to make me pay once or twice in the bathroom. Also, when you just eat coconut oil, you aren’t eating something fibrous or hearty until later, so really, you might just have a looser stool due to that. Again though, I’m not a Doctor, if you have other issues or suspect you have other issues, go get that checked out.

Do I need to workout?

Working out always helps, but you don’t have to. Working out will speed up the process, but don’t overdo it, particularly if you don’t already workout. If you haven’t worked out in a while, trying doing a set of 30 jumping jacks, a 10 second plank and 10 air squats. Then rest for 1 minute. Then do over. That kind of workout, as easy as it may sound, can really go well with a ketogenic state.

 

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8 Rules I Followed To Lose 150 Pounds In A Year

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8 Rules I Followed To Lose 150 Pounds In A Year

 

Seven years ago, I set out on one of the best adventures of my life. I finally committed to shedding excess weight and getting into the best health of my life after being plus-sized my entire life.

Over the course of a year, I lost 150 pounds. I was half the size I once was, and I’ve been able to maintain this weight loss for the last six years. These days, I truly feel like I hit the weight-loss jackpot. Here are some of the ways that I struck solid gold with my weight-loss journey (and how you can, too):

1. I started out by examining what I was eating on a daily basis.

I’m frequently asked, “How did you get started?” The truth is, I didn’t read a lot of diet and fitness books before I made the decision to start making better choices. I knew there wasn’t a perfect answer or plan.

I started out by examining what I was eating on a daily basis. When I recognized that I was making poor food decisions, I set out to change that. I also started taking walks around my neighborhood with my dog more frequently. My short walks eventually transitioned into getting a gym membership when I realized the walking alone wasn’t motivating enough for me.

2. I improved my environment and support system.

I ditched my daily television sitcoms and gossip magazine habits that sent intrusive “not good enough” messages to my mind.

I also sought out personal cheerleaders that were on the same path. The less time I spent with negative influences, the more optimistic my outlook became and the more capable I felt.

3. I stepped out of my comfort zone.

Getting a gym membership was one of the scariest moments for me. I was mortified at the thought of being the only 300-pound woman in a gym surrounded by relatively fit people. I didn’t want to be judged.

After I got the gym membership, I quickly realized that no one gave me dirty looks or said anything cruel to me. It was all a worst-case scenario in my head.

4. I learned that a diet wasn’t a set of rules.

I learned to embrace dieting as a way to teach me what kind of foods I enjoyed (and didn’t), what macronutrients are, and what healthy portions looked like. Even after maintaining my weight loss all these years, I never follow a set meal plan or diet perfectly. A diet is a guide, not rigid rules to beat yourself up over.

5. I realized that exercise is not a punishment.

So many people go into a fitness routine as a way of punishing themselves for being overweight or for eating too much junk food. Because I like to feel good, I focus on physical activities that I enjoy.

I spend most of my workouts on long runs (because that’s what I’ve grown to love). I also lift weights, bicycle, go hiking, swim and take fitness classes. But the majority of my exercise comes from something that is sustainable (and pleasurable) for me. Physical activity is a reward.

6. I’ve learned to notice when my stress level is affecting my health (and happiness).

Stress can be our downfall if we let it. My body weight has fluctuated anywhere between five and 30 pounds over the last six years of weight-loss maintenance. In my case, it’s likely due to un-checked stress.

I’ve spent a good deal of time as a full-time student while working a full-time job, volunteer mentoring, transitioning into my new role as a wife, dealing with family tragedies and starting my health coaching business.

Over the years, I’ve learned to notice when my stress level is affecting my health (and happiness). That’s when I ask for help from others. I’m not super woman, and that’s OK.

7. I got crystal clear on my motivations.

From the first day of my weight-loss journey, I made a list of reasons why I wanted to lose weight and keep it off. My motivations for wanting to achieve my goal were very specific and emotional to me.

8. I decided I was worth it.

I spent countless years of my life striving to please someone else. I tried to be the best at things to earn approval.

When I finally understood that it wasn’t selfish to deserve happiness and good health, I could take actions from a place of self-acceptance. I was able to dedicate time to do more workouts, plan my meals, get enough rest and just allow myself to experience life without a set of conditions. I allowed myself to feel like a winner most days.

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10 High-Protein Vegetables You Should Start Eating Today

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10 High-Protein Vegetables You Should Start Eating Today

 

On my weight loss healing journey, my starting place for radically transforming my health was to eat real foods, especially vegetables.

Within a few weeks of eating real foods, especially protein-rich vegetables (in combination with other healthy protocols), I began to have more energy and to feel my excess weight release easily and naturally, even after years of trying. Best of all, I began to feel like myself again.

Here is a list of 10 high-protein vegetables that you can add into your life for more energy and to help create vibrant health naturally.

1. Peas

Not only are peas one of my favorite kitchen additions, but they are an excellent source of protein. Peas can be enjoyed fresh or frozen and have some of the highest protein available of any vegetable. So, next time you are looking for a little protein boost, remember to add in a handful of peas to your meal.

2. Spinach

You might already know spinach as a popular “super food”, but now you can eat it knowing that it is also a great source of protein, too. This vegetable is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and within that deep dark green color is also plenty of protein.

3. Kale

Truly one of the best greens and vegetable choices out there, kale is the definition of a super food. Make it into a salad, add it to soup or casserole, or blend a handful into a green smoothie, knowing that you are getting your protein.

4. Broccoli

As well as protein, broccoli is also high in fiber, antioxidants and minerals. With a broad range of vitamins on offer, you can use cooked or raw broccoli as a main menu item. Eat broccoli in salads, soups, or simply steamed by itself with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

5. Sprouts

There are so many different varieties of fresh sprouts available and the thing I love about them is that they are living until you pick them. (You can’t get any fresher than that.) Sprouts make a healthy addition to sandwiches, salads and soups. Try mixing the various kinds of sprouts that are available, as the different varieties are all delicious.

6. Mushrooms

With a firm texture and immune boosting properties, especially the cordycep, reishi and maitake varieties, mushrooms make a tasty, nutritious and filling main meal. I like to cook them under a hot grill with a drizzle of olive oil. When they are almost done, simply top them with a little freshly chopped garlic and parsley and then bake them a little longer (to cook the garlic). Serve them with freshly scrambled organic eggs for a healthy weekend brunch.

7. Brussel Sprouts

This cruciferous vegetable is not only high in protein, but also fiber. I remember as a little girl not being very keen on brussel sprouts. Fortunately, my taste buds have evolved! Try roasting them in a baking tray with a drizzle of oil and a dash of sea salt for a delicious variation.

8. Artichokes

You can eat artichokes in many different ways including blended, steamed or roasted. They are so delicious and filling (thanks to the high protein) that you may very well may make them the main part of your meal, as happened in the ancient Jewish Ghettos in Rome many years ago!

9. Asparagus

Not only are asparagus high in protein, but they also assist your body with detoxification. Asparagus are also high in fiber, which fills you up and leaves you feeling satisfied and satiated after eating.

10. Corn

In addition to its high fiber content, a serving of corn packs a solid protein punch. Best eaten fresh from the cob, you can also get the benefits off-season through frozen or canned kernels.

For more ideas on how to heal your body and life naturally, you can download a free chapter of my book called Losing Weight is a Healing Journey here.

 

Original article by Katrina Love Senn for mindbodygreen.com

 

 

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Why You Should Eat Avocados Every Day (If You Aren’t Already!)

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Why You Should Eat Avocados Every Day (If You Aren’t Already!)

 

It’s no secret that I love to eat. My favorite food of all? Avocados. I’m bananas for them! Avocados are truly one of nature’s little miracle foods and I encourage you to enjoy them several times a week. These little green gems can do so much to help keep you well from head to toe, they’re simply too good to pass up. Here are a few thoughts on why you need to get to know them better — and eat them more often:

1. Relax. Avocados won’t make you fat!

The heyday of food-fat-phobia is over. If you’re still avoiding avocados because of some misguided, left-over-from-the-80’s belief that avocados will make you fat, you’re barking up the wrong tree. You’re also missing out on an excellent source of monounsaturated fat – the good fat also found in olive oil – that helps boost heart health.

What’s more, those good fat and fiber-rich avocados can also help curb hunger. Studies indicate that meals which include avocado tend to increase feelings of satiety for longer than those without, so consider adding a few avocado slices to your daily diet to help tame between-meal munchies.

2. An avocado is a creamy, delicious, nutrient-bomb.

As with many superfoods, it’s what’s inside that counts, and avocados are a nutritional goldmine. What’s inside? In addition to “good” monounsaturated fat, avocados pack plenty of health-boosting nutrients to help your body thrive. Underneath the tough green exterior lies over 14 minerals; protein, complete, with all 18 essential amino acids; soluble fiber, to trap excess cholesterol and send it out of the system; phytosterols; polyphenols; carotenoids; omega 3s; vitamins B-complex, C, E and K, to name a few.

3. They do amazing things for your long-term health.

OK, so avocados are packed with nutrition, but what does it all mean in practical terms? It means a belly that feels fuller longer; a brain that’s being well-supplied with the nutrients needed to function optimally now and down the road; and a body that’s receiving the nutrition it needs to help protect it from heart disease, diabetes, cancer, degenerative eye and brain diseases.

What’s more, all those nutrients, good fats and fiber in avocados can help naturally lower LDL and raise your good HDL cholesterol, help regulate blood sugar and tamp down inflammation throughout the body and brain. With benefits like these, it’s easy to see why it’s called a superfood.

4. Avocados play well with others.

With their distinct fresh green flavor and creamy (dairy-free!) texture, avocados play well with lots of the other foods on your plate. What’s truly remarkable though is that the research indicates that avocados can help with the absorption of carotinoids, the compounds found in orange and red fruits and veggies that can help protect against cancer. So while they may seem a bit indulgent, avocados could turn out to be lifesavers. Here few ways to dig in:

  • Add a quarter of an “avo” to your morning shake – or try my Chocolate Avocado smoothie.
  • Enjoy an avocado half as a nutritious side dish with your morning eggs instead of potatoes or toast.
  • Spread a few avo slices on toasted paleo bread for a quick pre-workout or mid-day snack.
  • Add a half an avo to your lunchtime salad to keep you full till dinner — and hold the mayo!
  • Add as a delicious “mix-in” for quinoa, beans or wild rice.
  • Top hot or cold soups with chunks of avo to add fiber and “super-size” the nutrients in your bowl.
  • Blend with lemon juice, water, vinegar, spices and whip into a nutritious creamy salad dressing or blend in a touch more liquid and drizzle the zesty sauce over chicken and fish dishes.
  • Top burgers, egg dishes, chicken or fish with avo slices, or mash into guacamole.
  • Blend up your own super-nutritious home-made baby food by combining avocado with fruits and veggies to get little ones off to a healthy start.

 

5. Treat them right and they’ll return the favor.

At times it can be tricky to find an avocado that’s ready to eat with tonight’s dinner, so a little advance planning is necessary. True avo aficionados recommend buying a few firm ones at a time and then strategically staggering the ripening process so the avocados are ready when you are – and don’t all turn ripe at the same moment.

To expedite ripening, AvocadoCentral.com suggests sealing one or two avocados at a time into a brown paper bag, along with an apple or banana. Over the course of 2 to 3 days, the brown-bagged fruit will release gasses, which will aid the ripening process. Remove the ripe-and-ready-to-eat avo, replace with a firm unripe one, reseal the bag, and repeat!

Some tips:

  • Buying avocados? The good news is that conventionally grown avos make the Environmental Working Group’s Clean 15 List, meaning they’re relatively free of pesticides, and are OK to eat as an alternative to organic versions.
  • Cut into your avocado before it’s fully ripened? Spritz the exposed fruit with lemon juice, cover or wrap tightly and let it ripen in the fridge for a day or two. If that’s not enough, salvage the fruit, cut into chunks and add to your next smoothie.
  • How you cut and peel your avo matters more than you might think. To do it right, wash the outer skin and pat dry. Cut in half lengthwise. Pop out the seed with a spoon or tap a knife across the top of the seed to slightly imbed it and twist (but be careful not to hit your fingers). Instead of scooping out the fruit, peel skin off gently with your fingers to get the maximum nutritional bang for your buck. Turns out, the dark green fruit closest to the skin is the most nutritious.
  • Need more tips and how-to’s on just about everything avocado? Take a look at AvocadoCentral.com.

 

Original article from mindbodygreen.com

 

Sunfood’s “Natural Solutions” does not promote or suggest natural cures, natural healing or natural remedies for any disease, disorder or ailment thereof. This information should be treated as educational material gathered and discovered from various studies, clinical trials and customer reviews. It is designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, and independent conclusions in regards to natural products and alternative health choices. It is best to consult with your healthcare practitioner before attempting any form of natural cure, natural healing or natural remedy to any health issues.

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