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B12 Deficiency: A Serious Silent Epidemic That’s Affecting Us All

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B12 Deficiency: A Serious Silent Epidemic That’s Affecting Us All

 

There are two common criticisms that vegetarians and vegans are accustomed to hearing on a regular basis from those who either disagree or refuse to accept their dietary choice.

The first is the famous protein myth, which centres around the idea that without meat in their regular diet vegans and vegetarians are bound to be protein deficient. Although many meats are widely recognized as a great source of protein, there are way more non-meat related protein packed options, many of which outperform popular meats in a per serving protein content comparison (find out more HERE, HERE or HERE).

The second is the argument centred around the all important nutrient B12, and for good reason as numerous studies have been done showing that it can be substantially harder -if not impossible -to come by in a vegetarian or vegan diet. It’s this subject that I would like to centre this article around, to help us all better understand B12, why we all need it and why so many of us are lacking it, regardless of whether or not we eat meat regularly.

 

What Exactly Is B12?

Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps to keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy, all while helping to make DNA -the genetic material in all of our cells. B12 is essential in preventing megaloblastic anemia which can make people feel both tired and weak.(2) The daily suggested intake of B12 varies based on age, but ranges from 0.4 – 2.8 mcg.

Traditionally B12 can be found in a variety of fish, -such as mackerel, clams and crabs -eggs, certain dairy byproducts and fortified soy products amongst several other things found in a conventional diet.(3) Since B12 is not found in any non-fortified plant based foods the commonly held belief is that animal-derived foods are the only true source of this essential nutrient.

However, the truth is that no foods -neither animal or plant -naturally contain vitamin B12.

Vitamin B12 is a microbe (bacteria) produced by microorganisms and is the only vitamin that contains a trace element: cobalt.(7) How certain animal meats manage to become a source of B12 is that the animal tissue stores the bacteria-synthesized B12 in that which they also consume.

 

B12 Deficiency Is Impacting Us All

A recent Tufts University study found that 40% of people aged 26-83 have B12 levels in the low-normal range, a value that becomes even more significant considering that the measurement scale varies from country to country.(1) The other astonishing factor is that the deficiency has been found to be just as common in younger generations as it is in the elderly, making it an oddball from most degenerative issues.

Despite this seemingly widespread deficiency, B12 related symptoms continue to be blindly suffered by many since it is not tested for routinely. Common side effects of a B12 deficiency include:

•Fatigue/ Tiredness
•Weakness
•Constipation
•Loss of Appetite/ Weight Loss
•Megaloblastic Anemia

It is also worth noting that there are four stages to B12 deficiency: 1) a decline in blood levels of the vitamin, 2) low cellular concentrations of the vitamin, 3) an increased blood level of homocysteine, decreased DNA synthesis rate, 4) macrocytic anemia. (1)

 

The Real Culprit

Believe it or not, historically most would receive a sufficient amount of B12 daily simply by being in close contact with farm animals since cow, chicken, sheep and many other animal feces all contain large amounts of active B12. Since these feces are regularly used as a manure to grow crops, B12 would be consumed as a residue bacteria living on un-sanitized vegetables.

The real culprit as to why we now live in a society swamped in B12 deficiency is that we have manufactured an un-natural environment. Our surroundings have and are continually sanitized and stripped of their natural nutrients by fanatical washing, powerful cleansers, antiseptics and antibiotics.(8)

Am I suggesting that our overall move toward cleanliness was a mistake that we should take back? Absolutely not, but our B12 deficiency may be one of the major unwanted side effects to this particular stride “forward.”

 

How To Get Enough B12, No Matter Your Dietary Choice

Whether you eat all meats, are a vegan or any other dietary choice in between there are a growing number of ways to ensure that you getting enough B12 in your regular diet. The first and most important step is to begin monitoring your B12 levels, especially since it is not tested for routinely. Ask a trusted practitioner to help you get a reading of your current B12 level and also closely monitor your own life for any of the above mentioned symptoms.

If you are B12 deficient look into a dietary choice or supplement that best fits you. B12 is available in a variety of ways, including but not limited to as a vitamin supplement, as an injection and as droplets. Thanks to a recommendation, one particular B12 source that has recently caught the attention of several CE members is E3Live. According to the product description E3Live is a wild-grown, organic, USDA approved, certified kosher liquid superfood that has more blood-building, oxygen attracting chlorophyll than any other food. It is said to contain every mineral, including human active Vitamin B12.(5)

Sources:
(1) http://chriskresser.com/b12-deficiency-a-silent-epidemic-with-serious-consequences
(2) http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-Consumer/
(3) http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/foods-high-in-vitamin-B12.php
(4) http://www.patient.co.uk/doctor/Macrocytosis-and-Macrocytic-Anaemia.htm
(5) http://www.breathing.com/e3live.htm
(6) https://www.e3live.com/
(7) http://www.vibrancyuk.com/B12.html
(8) https://www.drmcdougall.com/misc/2007nl/nov/b12.htm


Original article from collective-evolution.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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Hemp Seed Pesto with Zucchini Noodles

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This amazing recipe was shared with us from our friend Marina at Soul in the Raw. Her recipes are always inspiring and delicious, we love to bring her creations to you!

These Zucchini Noodles with Hemp Seed Pesto taste so fresh and full of life! It’s 100% Raw and Vegan – fits all diets and lifestyles!

Hemp seeds are truly a nutritional powerhouse! They are loaded with omega 3s and 6s – the ratio is a little heavy on the 6s, but they still have plenty of omega 3s. Omega fatty acids are good for heart health and brain health – keeping your mind sharp and mood right!

Their amino acid profile is to die for – they’ve got all 20 amino acids, and even all 9 essential amino acids. They also have iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc, and A, B, E and even, wait for it, D vitamins! But you should still get some time in the sun anyway!

Go eat some hemp right now, seriously. I think I’ve just convinced myself to go have a giant salad with hemp seeds. Or, this awesome noodle dish.

 

Hemp Seed Pesto ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

  • 3/4 Cups basil leaves

  • 3/4 Cups spinach leaves

  • 1 large garlic clove

  • 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast

  • Juice of ½ a lemon

  • ¼ teaspoon of Pink Himalayan Salt (more or less to taste)

 

 

Directions for Hemp Seed Pesto:

  • Add all ingredients into a food processor (or blender), and process until the consistency is thick and smooth. Use salt and lemon to adjust flavor to your preference.

  • Mix pesto with noodles, and enjoy!

 

Direction for Noodles:

  • Spiralize 1 large zucchini. If you don’t own a spiralizer slice it into thin strips.

 

Mix your pesto with your zoodles and enjoy your delicious homemade entree!

Zucchini Noodles with Hemp Seed Pesto - Sunfood Recipes

 

 

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Sunny Taco

Sunny-Taco

This amazing recipe comes our friend Marina over at soulintheraw.com. For the full recipe click here: Raw Vegan Taco Tuesday.

This is a spicy, savory, light and delicious dish that will totally satisfy your craving for Taco Tuesday! Sometimes you’re in the mood for a scrumptious taco, but you don’t want all the fat and grease. This is the perfect option! Made with Coconut Wraps, sunflower seeds, veggies, and a dazzling assortment of spices for a mouthwatering entree!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds soaked in water for 2 hours, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes ground into powder
  • 2 cups roughly chopped Carrots
  • 3 cups roughly chopped cauliflower
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 teaspoons cumin

 

Directions:

  • Use a small blender with a dry container (like a magic bullet or coffee grinder) to grind your sundried tomatoes into a fine powder. Place pre-soaked sunflower seeds and ground sundried tomatoes in the food processor, and process until a texture of “ground beef” results.
  • Add carrots and cauliflower and process again. Finally, add ACV and all spices and grind. Wrap in your delicious Sunfood coconut wrap, and add some salsa, sour cream, and guacamole to make your delicious complete tacos.
  • Makes 4 servings

 

Original recipe here: http://soulintheraw.com/product/raw-vegan-taco-tuesday-recipes/

 

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23 Studies on Low-Carb and Low-Fat Diets – Time to Retire The Fad

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23 Studies on Low-Carb and Low-Fat Diets – Time to Retire The Fad

 

Few things have been debated as much as “carbohydrates vs fat.”

Some believe that increased fat in the diet is a leading cause of all kinds of health problems, especially heart disease.

This is the position maintained by most mainstream health organizations.

These organizations generally recommend that people restrict dietary fat to less than 30% of total calories (a low-fat diet).

However… in the past 11 years, an increasing number of studies have been challenging the low-fat dietary approach.

Many health professionals now believe that a low-carb diet (higher in fat and protein) is a much better option to treat obesity and other chronic, Western diseases.

In this article, I have analyzed the data from 23 of these studies comparing low-carb and low-fat diets.

All of the studies are randomized controlled trials, the gold standard of science. All are published in respected, peer-reviewed journals.

The Studies

Most of the studies are being conducted on people with health problems, including overweight/obesity, type II diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Keep in mind that these are the biggest health problems in the world.

The main outcomes measured are usually weight loss, as well as common risk factors like Total Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol, Triglycerides and Blood Sugar levels.

 


 

1. Foster GD, et al. A randomized trial of a low-carbohydrate diet for obesity. New England Journal of Medicine, 2003.

Details: 63 individuals were randomized to either a low-fat diet group, or a low-carb diet group. The low-fat group was calorie restricted. This study went on for 12 months.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost more weight, 7.3% of total body weight, compared to the low-fat group, which lost 4.5%. The difference was statistically significant at 3 and 6 months, but not 12 months.

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Conclusion: There was more weight loss in the low-carb group, significant at 3 and 6 months, but not 12. The low-carb group had greater improvements in blood triglycerides and HDL, but other biomarkers were similar between groups.

 


 

2. Samaha FF, et al. A low-carbohydrate as compared with a low-fat diet in severe obesity. New England Journal of Medicine, 2003.

Details: 132 individuals with severe obesity (mean BMI of 43) were randomized to either a low-fat or a low-carb diet. Many of the subjects had metabolic syndrome or type II diabetes. The low-fat dieters were calorie restricted. Study duration was 6 months.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost an average of 5.8 kg (12.8 lbs) while the low-fat group lost only 1.9 kg (4.2 lbs). The difference was statistically significant.

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Conclusion: The low-carb group lost significantly more weight (about 3 times as much). There was also a statistically significant difference in several biomarkers:

Triglycerides went down by 38 mg/dL in the LC group, compared to 7 mg/dL in the LF group.

Insulin sensitivity improved on LC, got slightly worse on LF.

Fasting blood glucose levels went down by 26 mg/dL in the LC group, only 5 mg/dL in the LF group.

Insulin levels went down by 27% in the LC group, but increased slightly in the LF group.

Overall, the low-carb diet had significantly more beneficial effects on weight and key biomarkers in this group of severely obese individuals.

 


 

3. Sondike SB, et al. Effects of a low-carbohydrate diet on weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor in overweight adolescents. The Journal of Pediatrics, 2003.

Details: 30 overweight adolescents were randomized to two groups, a low-carb diet group and a low-fat diet group. This study went on for 12 weeks. Neither group was instructed to restrict calories.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost 9.9 kg (21.8 lbs), while the low-fat group lost 4.1 kg (9 lbs). The difference was statistically significant.

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Conclusion: The low-carb group lost significantly more (2.3 times as much) weight and had significant decreases in Triglycerides and Non-HDL cholesterol. Total and LDL cholesterol decreased in the low-fat group only.

 


 

4. Brehm BJ, et al. A randomized trial comparing a very low carbohydrate diet and a calorie-restricted low fat diet on body weight and cardiovascular risk factors in healthy women. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2003.

Details: 53 healthy but obese females were randomized to either a low-fat diet, or a low-carb diet. Low-fat group was calorie restricted. The study went on for 6 months.

Weight Loss: The women in the low-carb group lost an average og 8.5 kg (18.7 lbs), while the low-fat group lost an average of 3.9 kg (8.6 lbs). The difference was statistically significant at 6 months.

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Conclusion: The low-carb group lost more weight (2.2 times as much) and had significant reductions in blood triglycerides. HDL improved slightly in both groups.

 


 

5. Aude YW, et al. The national cholesterol education program diet vs a diet lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein and monounsaturated fat. Archives of Internal Medicine, 2004.

Details: 60 overweight individuals were randomized to a low-carb diet high in monounsaturated fat, or a low-fat diet based on the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP).

Both groups were calorie restricted and the study went on for 12 weeks.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost an average of 6.2 kg (13.6 lbs), while the low-fat group lost 3.4 kg (7.5 lbs). The difference was statistically significant.

Conclusion: The low-carb group lost 1.8 times as much weight. There were also several changes in biomarkers that are worth noting:

Waist-to-hip ratio is a marker for abdominal fat. This marker improved slightly in the LC group, not in the LF group.

Total cholesterol improved in both groups.

Triglycerides went down by 42 mg/dL in the LC group, compared to 15.3 mg/dL in the LF group.

LDL particle size increased by 4.8 nm and percentage of small, dense LDL decreased by 6.1% in the LC group, while there was no significant difference in the LF group.

Overall, the low-carb group lost more weight and had much greater improvements in several important risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

 


 

6. Yancy WS Jr, et al. A low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet versus a low-fat diet to treat obesity and hyperlipidemia. Annals of Internal Medicine, 2004.

Details: 120 overweight individuals with elevated blood lipids were randomized to a low-carb or a low-fat diet. The low-fat group was calorie restricted. Study went on for 24 weeks.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost 9.4 kg (20.7 lbs) of their total body weight, compared to 4.8 kg (10.6 lbs) in the low-fat group.

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Conclusion: The low-carb group lost significantly more weight and had greater improvements in blood triglycerides and HDL cholesterol.

 


 

7. JS Volek, et al. Comparison of energy-restricted very low-carbohydrate and low-fat diets on weight loss and body composition in overweight men and women. Nutrition & Metabolism (London), 2004.

Details: A randomized, crossover trial with 28 overweight/obese individuals. Study went on for 30 days (for women) and 50 days (for men) on each diet, that is a very low-carb diet and a low-fat diet. Both diets were calorie restricted.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost significantly more weight, especially the men. This was despite the fact that they ended up eating more calories than the low-fat group.

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Conclusion: The low-carb group lost more weight. The men on the low-carb diet lost three times as much abdominal fat as the men on the low-fat diet.

 


 

8. Meckling KA, et al. Comparison of a low-fat diet to a low-carbohydrate diet on weight loss, body composition, and risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease in free-living, overweight men and women. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, 2004.

Details: 40 overweight individuals were randomized to a low-carb and a low-fat diet for 10 weeks. The calories were matched between groups.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost 7.0 kg (15.4 lbs) and the low-fat group lost 6.8 kg (14.9 lbs). The difference was not statistically significant.

Conclusion: Both groups lost a similar amount of weight.

A few other notable differences in biomarkers:

Blood pressure decreased in both groups, both systolic and diastolic.

Total and LDL cholesterol decreased in the LF group only.

Triglycerides decreased in both groups.

HDL cholesterol went up in the LC group, but decreased in the LF group.

Blood sugar went down in both groups, but only the LC group had decreases in insulin levels, indicating improved insulin sensitivity.

 


 

9. Nickols-Richardson SM, et al. Perceived hunger is lower and weight loss is greater in overweight premenopausal women consuming a low-carbohydrate/high-protein vs high-carbohydrate/low-fat diet. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 2005.

Details: 28 overweight premenopausal women consumed either a low-carb or a low-fat diet for 6 weeks. The low-fat group was calorie restricted.

Weight Loss: The women in the low-carb group lost 6.4 kg (14.1 lbs) compared to the low-fat group, which lost 4.2 kg (9.3 lbs). The results were statistically significant.

Conclusion: The low-carb diet caused significantly more weight loss and reduced hunger compared to the low-fat diet.

 


 

10. Daly ME, et al. Short-term effects of severe dietary carbohydrate-restriction advice in Type 2 diabetes. Diabetic Medicine, 2006.

Details: 102 patients with Type 2 diabetes were randomized to a low-carb or a low-fat diet for 3 months. The low-fat group was instructed to reduce portion sizes.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost 3.55 kg (7.8 lbs), while the low-fat group lost only 0.92 kg (2 lbs). The difference was statistically significant.

Conclusion: The low-carb group lost more weight and had greater improvements in the Total cholesterol/HDL ratio. There was no difference in triglycerides, blood pressure or HbA1c (a marker for blood sugar levels) between groups.

 


 

11. McClernon FJ, et al. The effects of a low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet and a low-fat diet on mood, hunger, and other self-reported symptoms. Obesity (Silver Spring), 2007.

Details: 119 overweight individuals were randomized to a low-carb, ketogenic diet or a calorie restricted low-fat diet for 6 months.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost 12.9 kg (28.4 lbs), while the low-fat group lost only 6.7 kg (14.7 lbs).

Conclusion: The low-carb group lost almost twice the weight and experienced less hunger.

 


 

12. Gardner CD, et al. Comparison of the Atkins, Zone, Ornish, and LEARN diets for change in weight and related risk factors among overweight premenopausal women: the A TO Z Weight Loss Study. The Journal of The American Medical Association, 2007.

Details: 311 overweight/obese premenopausal women were randomized to 4 diets: A low-carb Atkins diet, a low-fat vegetarian Ornish diet, the Zone diet and the LEARN diet. Zone and LEARN were calorie restricted.

Weight Loss: The Atkins group lost the most weight at 12 months (4.7 kg – 10.3 lbs) compared to Ornish (2.2 kg – 4.9 lbs), Zone (1.6 kg – 3.5 lbs) and LEARN (2.6 kg – 5.7 lbs). However, the difference was not statistically significant at 12 months.

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Conclusion: The Atkins group lost the most weight, although the difference was not statistically significant. The Atkins group had the greatest improvements in blood pressure, triglycerides and HDL. LEARN and Ornish (low-fat) had decreases in LDL at 2 months, but then the effects diminished.

This study was covered in detail here.

 


 

13. Halyburton AK, et al. Low- and high-carbohydrate weight-loss diets have similar effects on mood but not cognitive performance. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2007.

Details: 93 overweight/obese individuals were randomized to either a low-carb, high-fat diet or a low-fat, high-carb diet for 8 weeks. Both groups were calorie restricted.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost 7.8 kg (17.2 lbs), while the low-fat group lost 6.4 kg (14.1 lbs). The difference was statistically significant.

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Conclusion: The low-carb group lost more weight. Both groups had similar improvements in mood, but speed of processing (a measure of cognitive performance) improved further on the low-fat diet.

 


 

14. Dyson PA, et al. A low-carbohydrate diet is more effective in reducing body weight than healthy eating in both diabetic and non-diabetic subjects. Diabetic Medicine, 2007.

Details: 13 diabetic and 13 non-diabetic individuals were randomized to a low-carb diet or a “healthy eating” diet that followed the Diabetes UK recommendations (a calorie restricted, low-fat diet). Study went on for 3 months.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost 6.9 kg (15.2 lbs), compared to 2.1 kg (4.6 lbs) in the low-fat group.

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Conclusion: The low-carb group lost more weight (about 3 times as much). There was no difference in any other marker between groups.

 


 

15. Westman EC, et al. The effect of a low-carbohydrate, ketogenic diet versus a low-glycemic index diet on glycemic control in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Nutrion & Metabolism (London), 2008.

Details: 84 individuals with obesity and type 2 diabetes were randomized to a low-carb, ketogenic diet or a calorie restricted low-glycemic diet. The study went on for 24 weeks.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost more weight (11.1 kg – 24.4 lbs) compared to the low-glycemic group (6.9 kg – 15.2 lbs).

Conclusion: The low-carb group lost significantly more weight than the low-glycemic group. There were several other important differences:

Hemoglobin A1c went down by 1.5% in the LC group, compared to 0.5% in the low-glycemic group.

HDL cholesterol increased in the LC group only, by 5.6 mg/dL.

Diabetes medications were either reduced or eliminated in 95.2% of the LC group, compared to 62% in the low-glycemic group.

•Many other health markers like blood pressure and triglycerides improved in both groups, but the difference between groups was not statistically significant.

 


 

16. Shai I, et al. Weight loss with a low-carbohydrate, Mediterranean, or low-fat diet. New England Journal of Medicine, 2008.

Details: 322 obese individuals were randomized to three diets: a low-carb diet, a calorie restricted low-fat diet and a calorie restricted Mediterranean diet. Study went on for 2 years.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost 4.7 kg (10.4 lbs), the low-fat group lost 2.9 kg (6.4 lbs) and the Mediterranean diet group lost 4.4 kg (9.7 lbs).

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Conclusion: The low-carb group lost more weight than the low-fat group and had greater improvements in HDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

 


 

17. Keogh JB, et al. Effects of weight loss from a very-low-carbohydrate diet on endothelial function and markers of cardiovascular disease risk in subjects with abdominal obesity. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2008.

Details: 107 individuals with abdominal obesity were randomized to a low-carb or a low-fat diet. Both groups were calorie restricted and the study went on for 8 weeks.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost 7.9% of body weight, compared to the low-fat group which lost 6.5% of body weight.

Conclusion: The low-carb group lost more weight and there was no difference between groups on Flow Mediated Dilation or any other markers of the function of the endothelium (the lining of blood vessels). There was also no difference in common risk factors between groups.

 


 

18. Tay J, et al. Metabolic effects of weight loss on a very-low-carbohydrate diet compared with an isocaloric high-carbohydrate diet in abdominally obese subjects. Journal of The American College of Cardiology, 2008.

Details: 88 individuals with abdominal obesity were randomized to a very low-carb or a low-fat diet for 24 weeks. Both diets were calorie restricted.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost an average of 11.9 kg (26.2 lbs), while the low-fat group lost 10.1 kg (22.3 lbs). However, the difference was not statistically significant.

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Conclusion: The low-carb group lost more weight. Triglycerides, HDL, C-Reactive Protein, Insulin, Insulin Sensitivity and Blood Pressure improved in both groups. Total and LDL cholesterol improved in the low-fat group only.

 


 

19. Volek JS, et al. Carbohydrate restriction has a more favorable impact on the metabolic syndrome than a low fat diet. Lipids, 2009.

Details: 40 subjects with elevated risk factors for cardiovascular disease were randomized to a low-carb or a low-fat diet for 12 weeks. Both groups were calorie restricted.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost 10.1 kg (22.3), while the low-fat group lost 5.2 kg (11.5 lbs).

Conclusion: The low-carb group lost almost twice the amount of weight as the low-fat group, despite eating the same amount of calories.

This study is particularly interesting because it matched calories between groups and measured so-called “advanced” lipid markers. Several things are worth noting:

Triglycerides went down by 107 mg/dL on LC, but 36 mg/dL on the LF diet.

HDL cholesterol increased by 4 mg/dL on LC, but went down by 1 mg/dL on LF.

Apolipoprotein B went down by 11 points on LC, but only 2 points on LF.

LDL size increased on LC, but stayed the same on LF.

•On the LC diet, the LDL particles partly shifted from small to large (good), while they partly shifted from large to small on LF (bad).


 

20. Brinkworth GD, et al. Long-term effects of a very-low-carbohydrate weight loss diet compared with an isocaloric low-fat diet after 12 months. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2009.

Details: 118 individuals with abdominal obesity were randomized to a low-carb or a low-fat diet for 1 year. Both diets were calorie restricted.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost 14.5 kg (32 lbs), while the low-fat group lost 11.5 kg (25.3 lbs) but the difference was not statistically significant.

Conclusion: The low-carb group had greater decreases in triglycerides and greater increases in both HDL and LDL cholesterol, compared to the low-fat group.

 


 

21. Hernandez, et al. Lack of suppression of circulating free fatty acids and hypercholesterolemia during weight loss on a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2010.

Details: 32 obese adults were randomized to a low-carb or a calorie restricted, low-fat diet for 6 weeks.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost 6.2 kg (13.7 lbs) while the low-fat group lost 6.0 kg (13.2 lbs). The difference was not statistically significant.

Conclusion: The low-carb group had greater decreases in triglycerides (43.6 mg/dL) than the low-fat group (26.9 mg/dL). Both LDL and HDL decreased in the low-fat group only.

 


 

22. Krebs NF, et al. Efficacy and safety of a high protein, low carbohydrate diet for weight loss in severely obese adolescents. Journal of Pediatrics, 2010.

Details: 46 individuals were randomized to a low-carb or a low-fat diet for 36 weeks. Low-fat group was calorie restricted.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost more weight and had greater decreases in BMI than the low-fat group.

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Conclusion: The low-carb group had greater reductions in BMI. Various biomarkers improved in both groups, but there was no significant difference between groups.

 


 

23. Guldbrand, et al. In type 2 diabetes, randomization to advice to follow a low-carbohydrate diet transiently improves glycaemic control compared with advice to follow a low-fat diet producing a similar weight loss. Diabetologia, 2012.

Details: 61 individuals with type 2 diabetes were randomized to a low-carb or a low-fat diet for 2 years. Both diets were calorie restricted.

Weight Loss: The low-carb group lost 3.1 kg (6.8 lbs), while the low-fat group lost 3.6 kg (7.9 lbs). The difference was not statistically significant.

Conclusion: There was no difference in weight loss or common risk factors between groups. There was significant improvement in glycemic control at 6 months for the low-carb group, but compliance was poor and the effects diminished at 24 months as individuals had increased their carb intake.

Weight Loss

Here is a graph that shows the difference in weight loss between studies. 21 of 23 studies reported weight loss numbers:


The majority of studies achieved statistically significant differences in weight loss (always in favor of low-carb). There are several other factors that are worth noting:

•The low-carb groups often lost 2-3 times as much weight as the low-fat groups. In a few instances there was no significant difference.

•In most cases, calories were restricted in the low-fat groups, while the low-carb groups could eat as much as they wanted.

•When both groups restricted calories, the low-carb dieters still lost more weight (7, 13, 19), although it was not always significant (8, 18, 20).

•There was only one study where the low-fat group lost more weight (23) although the difference was small (0.5 kg – 1.1 lb) and not statistically significant.

•In several of the studies, weight loss was greatest in the beginning. Then people start regaining the weight over time as they abandon the diet.

•When the researchers looked at abdominal fat (the unhealthy visceral fat) directly, low-carb diets had a clear advantage (5, 7, 19).

LDL Cholesterol

Despite the concerns expressed by many people, low-carb diets generally do not raise Total and LDL cholesterol levels on average.

Low-fat diets do lower Total and LDL cholesterol, but it is usually only temporary. After 6 to 12 months, the difference is not statistically significant.

There have been some anecdotal reports by doctors who treat patients with low-carb diets, that they can lead to increases in LDL cholesterol and some advanced lipid markers for a small percentage of individuals.

However, none of the studies above noted such adverse effects. The few studies that looked at advanced lipid markers (5, 19) only showed improvements.

HDL Cholesterol

One of the best ways to raise HDL cholesterol levels is to eat more fat. For this reason, it is not surprising to see that low-carb diets (higher in fat) raise HDL significantly more than low-fat diets.

Having higher HDL levels is correlated with improved metabolic health and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Having low HDL levels is one of the key symptoms of the metabolic syndrome.

18 of the 23 studies reported changes in HDL cholesterol levels:

You can see that low-carb diets generally raise HDL levels, while they don’t change as much on low-fat diets and in some cases go down.

Triglycerides

Triglycerides are an important cardiovascular risk factor and another key symptom of the metabolic syndrome.

The best way to reduce triglycerides is to eat less carbohydrates, especially sugar.

19 of 23 studies reported changes in blood triglyceride levels:

It is clear that both low-carb and low-fat diets lead to reductions in triglycerides, but the effect is much stronger in the low-carb groups.

Blood Sugar, Insulin Levels and Type II Diabetes

In non-diabetics, blood sugar and insulin levels improved on both low-carb and low-fat diets and the difference between groups was usually small.

3 studies compared low-carb and low-fat diets in Type 2 diabetic patients.

Only one of those studies had good compliance and managed to reduce carbohydrates sufficiently. This lead various improvements and a drastic reduction in HbA1c, a marker for blood sugar levels (15).

In this study, over 90% of the individuals in the low-carb group managed to reduce or eliminate their diabetes medications.

However, the difference was small or nonexistent in the other two studies, because compliance was poor and the individuals ended up eating carbs at about 30% of calories (10, 23).

Blood Pressure

When measured, blood pressure tended to decrease on both low-carb and low-fat diets.

How Many People Made it to The End?

A common problem in weight loss studies is that many people abandon the diet and drop out of the studies before they are completed.

I did an analysis of the percentage of people who made it to the end of the study in each group. 19 of the 23 studies reported this number:


The average percentage of people who made it to the end of the studies were:

Average for the low-carb groups: 79,51%
Average for the low-fat groups: 77,72%

Not a major difference, but it seems clear from these studies that low-carb diets are at the very least NOT harder to stick to than other diets.

The reason may be that low-carb diets appear to reduce hunger (9, 11) and participants are allowed to eat until fullness.

This is an important point, because low-fat diets are usually calorie restricted and require people to weigh their food and count calories.

Individuals also lose more weight, faster, on low-carb. This may improve motivation to continue on the diet.

Adverse Effects?

Despite the concerns expressed by many health experts in the past, there were zero reports of serious adverse effects that were attributable to either diet.

Overall, the low-carb diet was well tolerated and had an outstanding safety profile.

It is Time to Retire The Fad

Keep in mind that all of these studies are randomized controlled trials, the gold standard of science. All are published in respected, peer-reviewed medical journals.

These studies are scientific evidence, as good as it gets, that low-carb is much more effective than the low-fat diet that is still being recommended all over the world.

It is time to retire the low-fat fad!

 


Original article from authoritynutrition.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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6 More Reasons Why Moringa Is Taking Over the Superfood World

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6 More Reasons Why Moringa Is Taking Over the Superfood World

1) Rich Nutritional Value

Moringa leaves are loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and more. One hundred grams of dry moringa leaf contains:1

  • 9 times the protein of yogurt
  • 10 times the vitamin A of carrots
  • 15 times the potassium of bananas
  • 17 times the calcium of milk
  • 12 times the vitamin C of oranges
  • 25 times the iron of spinach

 

2) Antioxidants Galore

Moringa leaves are rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid. The latter, chlorogenic acid, has been shown to slow cells’ absorption of sugar and animal studies have found it to lower blood sugar levels. As noted in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention:2

“The leaves of the Moringa oleifera tree have been reported to demonstrate antioxidant activity due to its high amount of polyphenols.

Moringa oleifera extracts of both mature and tender leaves exhibit strong antioxidant activity against free radicals, prevent oxidative damage to major biomolecules, and give significant protection against oxidative damage.”

Further, in a study of women taking 1.5 teaspoons of moringa leaf powder daily for three months, blood levels of antioxidants increased significantly.3

 

3) Lowers Blood Sugar Level

Moringa appears to have anti-diabetic effects,4 likely due to beneficial plant compounds contained in the leaves, including isothiocyanates. One study found women who took seven grams of moringa leaf powder daily for three months reduced their fasting blood sugar levels by 13.5 percent.5

Separate research revealed that adding 50 grams of moringa leaves to a meal reduced the rise in blood sugar by 21 percent among diabetic patients.6

 

4) Reduces Inflammation

The isothiocyanates, flavonoids, and phenolic acids in moringa leaves, pods, and seeds also have anti-inflammatory properties. According to the Epoch Times:7

“The tree’s strong anti-inflammatory action is traditionally used to treat stomach ulcers. Moringa oil (sometimes called Ben oil) has been shown to protect the liver from chronic inflammation. The oil is unique in that, unlike most vegetable oils, moringa resists rancidity.

This quality makes it a good preservative for foods that can spoil quickly. This sweet oil is used for both frying or in a salad dressing. It is also used topically to treat antifungal problems, arthritis, and is an excellent skin moisturizer.”

 

5) Maintains Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Moringa also has cholesterol-lowering properties, and one animal study found its effects were comparable to those of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin.8As noted in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology:9

“Moringa oleifera is used in Thai traditional medicine as cardiotonic. Recent studies demonstrated its hypocholesterolemic effect.

… In hypercholesterol-fed rabbits, at 12 weeks of treatment, it significantly (P<0.05) lowered the cholesterol levels and reduced the atherosclerotic plaque formation to about 50 and 86%, respectively. These effects were at degrees comparable to those of simvastatin.

… The results indicate that this plant possesses antioxidant, hypolipidaemic, and antiatherosclerotic activities, and has therapeutic potential for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.”

 

6) Protects Against Arscenic Toxicity

The leaves and seeds of moringa may protect against some of the effects of arsenic toxicity, which is especially important in light of news that common staple foods, such as rice, may be contaminated.10 Contamination of ground water by arsenic has also become a cause of global public health concern, and one study revealed: 11

“Co-administration of M. oleifera [moringa] seed powder (250 and 500 mg/kg, orally) with arsenic significantly increased the activities of SOD [superoxide dismutase], catalase, and GPx with elevation in reduced GSH level in tissues (liver, kidney, and brain).

These changes were accompanied by approximately 57%, 64%, and 17% decrease in blood ROS [reactive oxygen species], liver metallothionein (MT), and lipid peroxidation respectively in animal co-administered with M. oleifera and arsenic.

Another interesting observation has been the reduced uptake of arsenic in soft tissues (55% in blood, 65% in liver, 54% in kidneys, and 34% in brain) following administration of M. oleifera seed powder (particularly at the dose of 500 mg/kg).

It can thus be concluded from the present study that concomitant administration of M. oleifera seed powder with arsenic could significantly protect animals from oxidative stress and in reducing tissue arsenic concentration. Administration of M. oleifera seed powder thus could also be beneficial during chelation therapy…”


 

Original article by Dr. Mercola for wakeup-world.com

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Fruity Protein Nice Cream

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Looking for a new & refreshing way to get your protein? This delicious, frozen, fruity treat will do the trick! It’s so tasty you won’t even know there’s protein in there.

A fully raw and vegan recipe, it’s full of natural sweetness, vitamins, antioxidants, amino acids, omegas, and of course… protein. It’s a great way to indulge in a guilt-free dessert while giving your body vital nutrients that it needs. There’s no better excuse to eat some ice cream!


pea-button2Ingredients:

 

 

Directions:

Add all ingredients into blender and pulse until smooth. Refreeze if necessary. Top with garnish of your choice and enjoy!

 

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Protein Banana Pancakes

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Rejoice! It is possible to make delicious, protein-packed pancakes without milk or eggs. These vegan pancakes use almond milk and bananas as a substitute and griddle up perfectly.

This recipe features Hemp Protein Powder for a boost of lean muscle building protein, along with heart & gut healthy fiber. These healthy pancakes are also full of potassium, essential amino acids, and omega-3 & 6 fatty acids.

This simple and easy to make breakfast is a great way to add plant-based protein into your daily diet. Get your day started right, or let your inner child out and have breakfast for dinner!


hemp-button2Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  • Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mash banana and mix with milk. Add wet mixture into dry mixture and combine into a batter-like consistency – it will be slightly chunky.
  • Heat griddle or frying pan on medium-high heat and use coconut oil as grease to prevent sticking. Drop spoonfuls of batter onto griddle, cook each side 2-3 mins depending on preference.
  • Top with bananas, fruit, and Yacon or Maple Syrup as sweetener. Enjoy!

 

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Great Balls of Protein

Great Balls of Protein

Don’t let these sweet chocolaty treats fool you – they are super healthy! Dates, Cacao Powder, Cashews and Yacon Syrup create unbelievably yummy “dough” while Rice & Pea Powder adds a power-punch! Great for on-the-go mornings, post-workout snack or for a guilt-free afternoon indulgence!

(makes ~10 balls with 3 – 4g of protein per ball)


rice-pea-button2Ingredients:

 

 

Directions:

  • Place all ingredients in food processor or blender and mix well.
  • Roll into teaspoon sized balls using an ice cream or cookie scoop.
  • Roll each ball into topping of choice (Cacao Nibs, Coconut Flakes, etc.)
  • Store in refrigerator

 

Enjoy!

 

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Spinach & Chickpea Sun Wrap

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This delightful recipe comes from our friend Elana over at klean-slate.com. This light and refreshing dish is great for a lunch entree that will really hit the spot. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe with us Elana (be sure to visit her and check out all her other amazing recipes)!

There are days when cashew cream slathered on bread sounds mighty delicious and then there are days (more often than not) where something fresh and green makes my body swoon. 

In this recipe I’m bringing together a refreshing, nutritious, DEFREAKNLIOUS green salad and a gluten-free, NON-GMO, low calorie, Sunfood Coconut Wrap that’ll leave you swooning for days. 

Aside from the surprising amount of flavor this wrap packs, it’s perfectly filling–leaving you pleasantly satisfied versus couch ridden.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup chickpeas
  • 1 ½ cup chopped spinach
  • ½ cup homemade or store bough cabbage kraut* (see below)
  • 2 chopped green onions
  • 1 ½ Tbsp of Sunfood Hemp Seeds
  • ¼ squeezed fresh lemon
  • ½ mashed avocado
  • 1 Sunfood Coconut Wrap

 

Directions:

  • In a large bowl mix your chopped spinach, onions, chickpeas, cabbage kraut (you can add 1 tsp of liquid from the kraut if you prefer a little more tang), hemp seeds and mashed avocado.
  • Next, cut the lemon in half (or quarters depending on your preference) and squeeze it over the salad.
  • Mix well.
  • Place 1 coconut wrap onto a plate and begin to place your salad on half, close to the edge.
  • After the salad is placed, begin to tightly roll your wrap. Don’t be afraid to help your wrap along by continually pushing the salad under each roll. This will make it less likely for your wrap to fall apart later.

 

*Now let’s discuss Kraut
On top of being highly nutritious, kraut tastes fantastic! It was the perfect additional tang and texture I was looking for when I envisioned this dish. As well, it couldn’t be easier to make. Sure, the prep takes a few days, but afterwards you’ll be swimming in homemade kraut–ready to be eaten on its own or in a dish. The combinations are endless and the benefits immense.

Sun Wrap progress

Enjoy!

Original recipe: http://www.klean-slate.com/klean-slate-blog/sunfood-sun-wrap

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6 Reasons To Eat More Mexican Food

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6 Reasons To Eat More Mexican Food

 

I’m originally from Mexico, and one of the things I miss most about my country — besides my family and friends — is the amazing vegetation and delicious food we have back home.

Below I’ve gathered a list of some of Mexico’s local superfoods that have crossed borders over the years and made it to the Superfood Hall of Fame.

1. Amaranth

Without a doubt, amaranth is one of the richest and most nutritious foods of Mexico. It’s become a go-to for athletes because it’s pretty convenient to transport and is really high in protein.

Amaranth is also high in minerals such as calcium, iron, and phosphorus. There’s a lot of ways in which it can be consumed, but the most common is to simply add it to your cereal and/or yogurt.

Try this Amaranth Porridge.

2. Cacao

Apart from being delicious, cacao is high in antioxidants, which helps the body fight against free radicals, making it a rejuvenating food. Cacao also increases serotonin levels in the brain, giving us a pleasant feeling and increasing overall well-being.

I recommend incorporating it into your daily diet by adding cacao nibs to your smoothies or having a small piece of dark chocolate.

Try this Creamy Vegan Hot Cacao.

3. Chia

The word chia means “strength” in Mayan. This fiber-packed plant is well-known as a remarkable source of energy. Highly digestible protein and a good dose of omega-3s are also part of the package deal you get by pouring organic chia seeds into your morning smoothie.

They’re great for detoxing your whole system, reducing cholesterol, and maintaining optimum blood sugar levels.

Try this Anti-Inflammatory Superfood Chia Seed Pudding.

4. Avocado

Along with cacao, avocado is probably the most popular superfood these days. It stimulates the formation of collagen, helping us combat aging, and it reduces the levels of bad cholesterol (while increasing the levels of good cholesterol).

On top of that, it is also rich in vitamin K, which is essential for blood clotting and maintaining strong bones.

Try this Superfood Guacamole.

5. Edible Cactus (or Nopales)

Edible cactus is also known as nopales, nopalitos, or cactus pads. It’s a very popular vegetable in Mexico and other Central American countries.

Nopales are very low in calories and high in phytochemicals, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Try them on a salad or add them to a juice.

6. Spirulina

This blue-green algae is by far the best source of plant-based protein. Ounce per ounce, spirulina has three times as much protein as a steak. It’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory.

Just add spirulina to your smoothies to feel more energetic and support your liver.

Try The Ultimate Spirulina Smoothie.

 


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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Energizing Moringa Tea

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A cup of Moringa Tea will give you a kick of caffeine-free energy that’s bright and clear, without jitters like coffee or espresso. It has a taste similar to green tea and will leave you feeling mentally sharp and ready to tackle all your daily activities.

Have a cup at lunch and you’ll still feel energized and ready to go after work. Just be sure not to drink this too late in the day, or you’ll be up all night!

Moringa powder contains a huge variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and more. It is a nutritionally complex green superfood that simultaneously nourishes, strengthens, and detoxifies the body!

Ingredients

  • 8-12oz Hot water
  • 1-2 teaspoons Moringa Powder
  • 1 teabag
  • 1 teaspoon Honey or Coconut Palm Sugar (optional)
  • 4oz Almond Milk (optional – sweetened or unsweetened)

 

Directions

  • Add Moringa Powder to individual tea bag (the more Moringa, the bigger the buzz so build up gradually!)
  • Place teabag in hot water. Steep for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add Honey for sweetener
  • Add Almond milk for a smoother & creamier milk tea

 

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Super Chia Pudding Pie in a Jar

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Craving a smooth, creamy, cool, and crunchy snack? This pie in a jar is perfect! Chia pudding is loaded with healthy omega fatty acids, magnesium and fiber. Great for your brain, heart and gut! With Superfood Smoothie Mix to add some delicious nutrition and a cashew and date crust, this is a healthy breakfast, dessert, or anytime snack!

 

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

  • Stir together milk, Chia Seeds, and Yacon Syrup. Refrigerate 4-6 hours until thickened. Once thickened, take half the chia pudding and add Superfood Smoothie Mix and Maqui Berry Powder, stir until mixed well.

  • Next, blend dates and cashews until chunky. Add more dates if too dry.

  • In a jar, layer cashew & date mix, and alternate layers of chia pudding. Garnish with fresh fruit or nuts of your choice. Enjoy!

 

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12 Super Nutritious Foods To Eat More Of

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12 Super Nutritious Foods To Eat More Of

 

We’re over a month into 2016. You’ve made lists of intentions, resolutions, goals, desires, hopes, dreams. But have you made a list of nutritious foods, spices, and other nutrient-rich items to consume weekly, if not daily?

It can be easy to focus on popular superfoods and neglect other essential nutritious foods that our bodies crave for optimal health.

I try to incorporate these 12 foods into my meals daily. I hope you’ll join me in adding these staples to your life too!

1. Turmeric

Turmeric is a fantastic post-workout recovery “food” because it helps to reduce inflammation. In addition, turmeric is a very powerful antioxidant to help fight cancer, autoimmune illnesses, and promote heart health.

To use: Sprinkle organic turmeric powder on savory dishes.

Note: Curcumin is activated with ground black pepper and because turmeric is fat-soluble, it’s advisable to take with a healthy fat such as avocado or coconut. My favorite way to use turmeric is to make Golden Milk!

2. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is proven to be a nutritional powerhouse. It helps fight diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and Parkinson’s, promotes strong cardiovascular health, and is a super-strong antioxidant to fight off free radicals.

Cinnamon also helps keep insulin stable so blood sugar stays controlled. Great news for pre-diabetics or those with diabetes.

To use: Sprinkle on a warm bowl of steel-cut oats, mix a little with sunflower butter, raw honey, banana, ginger, and add to the top of your sweet potato.

Note: Use Ceylon cinnamon vs. commercial cinnamon (cassia).

3. Cacao

Everyone likes chocolate, right? But all chocolate is not created equal. Raw cacao is the superfood part of chocolate, meaning it’s unprocessed and retains essential nutrients.

Raw cacao contains up to four times the antioxidants of processed cocoa powder! Raw cacao is also bountiful in minerals such as iron, magnesium, and potassium, in addition to omega fatty acids.

To use: Make a plant-based hot cacao, or sprinkle cacao on top of a warm bowl of steel-cut oats for chocolate oatmeal.

4. Spirulina

Besides the vibrant cheerful green color, the nutrient profile of spirulina is also something to get excited about: vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin B12, and iron, to name a few. This blue-green plant-based superfood from the sea also contains protein.

Spirulina is even touted as being good for the heart and an anti-inflammatory.

To use: I personally like to sprinkle on top of organic sprouted-grain pasta, salads, smoothies, and even soups.

5. Hemp hearts and powder

I eat hemp daily, as it’s packed with plant-based protein! Hemp is a complete protein, which means it contains all the essential amino acids.

Additionally, hemp contains other vitamins and minerals that are crucial to our well-being; iron, vitamin B6, zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus.

To use: Sprinkle hemp hearts on soups, salads, pasta, and eat straight from the bag! You add hemp protein powder to smoothies and baked goods.

6. Apple cider vinegar

Another “food” you may not think of that has amazing health benefits is apple cider vinegar (ACV). It contains enzymes, potassium, helps to balance pH in the body, aids in digestion, and is great for colds and sore throats.

All of these internal benefits show up in external ways, such as clearer and healthy skin!

To use: Add a tablespoon to your water bottle or make a “shot” with it and have first thing in the morning. If you’re physically active, this makes a perfect electrolyte.

Note: Not all ACVs are the same, so be sure to use the unfiltered kind in a glass bottle. I use and recommend Braggs.

7. Unrefined sea salt

Most people fear all salt, but that’s simply not necessary. The salt from the earth is actually essential for our health! (Man-made salt like that found in fast food is, indeed, not healthy for us.)

Unrefined sea salt contains essential trace minerals. One of the best health benefits of these particular salts (e.g., Celtic, Himalayan, etc.) is that helps to balance our hormones.

To use: You can start the day with unrefined sea salts in warm water and sprinkle on any food you’d like.

8. Brazil nuts

This particular nut often gets overlooked in the wide array of other nuts on the shelf, but it shouldn’t.

Brazil nuts are packed with nutrients such as selenium, B and E vitamins, zinc, iron, and calcium that all add up to health benefits like radiant skin, heart health, balanced hormones, and a healthy immune system.

To use: Have a handful of Brazil nuts daily.

9. Avocado

It’s difficult to pick my favorite healthy fat, but avocado is certainly at the top of the list!

Just as our bodies need the right salt, they also need the right fat for optimal health. Avocados are rich in fiber; vitamins C, E, and B6; copper; folate; and, of course, healthy fat.

Avocados give our health overall nutritional value but on a micro level they aid in heart health, weight management, stabilizing blood sugars, and reducing inflammation. I often say that an avocado a day will keep the doctor away because of the previous health benefits.

To use: Eat it plain, use in place of mayonnaise, or smash it up with unrefined sea salt and nutritional yeast for a quick, nutritious snack.

10. Coconut

Following closely on the heels of the magnificent avocado is the equally wonderful coconut.

Another healthy fat, the coconut is packed full of nutrients like iron, vitamins C and B6, and magnesium. Besides coconut oil, there’s coconut flour, shredded coconut, coconut water, coconut milk.

To use: Swap coconut oil for butter, make Golden Milk with full-fat coconut milk, and experiment with coconut flour in recipes.

11. Beets

Red (and golden) beets are amazing superfoods because they boost energy levels, decrease inflammation, and help naturally detoxify your body. Naturally high in iron, beets are incredible for women.

To use: Besides juicing beets, you can cook them and drizzle with extra-virgin coconut oil and sprinkle with real salt. (See? You just got three superfoods right there!)

Note: Try to eat beets weekly rather than daily.

12. Leafy greens

No superfood list would be complete without greens. While I love kale and eat it just about daily, there are other greens that are also worthy of consuming — and it’s good to have a variety of greens on our plates.

Arugula, spinach, mache, collard greens, red-leaf lettuce, Swiss chard, watercress, and parsley are all examples of wonderful leafy greens to incorporate into your life on a daily basis. Because there are so many leafy greens to choose from, you’ll never grow bored.

To use: Make a salad, whip up a stir-fry with Swiss chard, use raw collard greens as wraps, sprinkle meals with parsley, or juice.

Note: Be sure to buy organic leafy greens to limit your exposure to pesticides.

What superfood on this list surprised you? What are you excited to try first? I’d love to hear which ones you’re going to incorporate.

 


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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Constantly Tired? Here are 12 Herbs to Increase Energy and Vitality

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Constantly Tired? Here are 12 Herbs to Increase Energy and Vitality

 

How difficult is it for us to achieve a work-life balance? How much more difficult is it to achieve a life-energy balance?

If you are constantly tired, or struggle with your energy levels through the day, a few ancient herbal formulas can help you achieve the balance you never thought possible.

Skip your daily sugar boost, coffee or red bull because in the long-term they will always let you down. Adaptogenic herbs will give you sustained energy and vitality while allowing your mind to think freely, calmly and without excessive stimulation.

What are Adaptogenic Herbs?

Adaptogenic herbs demonstrate a nonspecific enhancement of the body’s ability to resist a stressor, increasing your resistance overall against physical, chemical and biological stressors. Modern herbalists say adaptogenic herbs are plants with properties that exert a normalizing influence on the body, neither habit-forming, over-stimulating nor inhibiting normal body function, but rather exerting a generalized tonifying effect.

Herbal formulas found in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic medicine restore a healthy stress response typically using traditionally prepared formulas, however each herb can be taken on its own. Here are 12 of the best.

12 Herbs to Increase Energy and Vitality

1. GREEN TEA
Instead of reaching for a cola mid-day, try brewing a cup of green tea. Green tea drinkers experience an increase in the activation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with working memory, which you need for problem solving and focus.

Green tea is made solely from the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. It has become the raw material for extracts which are used in various beverages, health foods, dietary supplements, and cosmetic items. Users should be aware the some sources of green tea may contain excess levels of fluoride so it’s important to purchase from companies that do not use irrigated sources of fluoridated water.

2. RHODIOLA
Rhodiola rosea (Golden Root, Roseroot, Aaron’s Rod) is effective for improving mood and alleviating depression. Its effects are potentially mediated by changes in serotonin and dopamine levels.

Used for centuries in Asia and Scandinavia, Rhodiola is still relatively new to the Western market, but its popularity is growing, in large part because of what an incredibly versatile — and relatively inexpensive.

3. MACA
Maca (Lepidium meyenii) is an annual plant native to the high Andes of Peru and Bolivia. It has been harvested and used by humans in the Andean Mountains for centuries.

Darker colored maca roots (red, purple, black) contain significant amounts of natural iodine, a 10-gram serving of dried maca generally containing 52 micrograms of iodine.

It is highly beneficial for reducing fatigue, enhancing energy and endurance, as well as being a superlatively effective adaptagen for everyday living. Maca contains 55 phytochemicals that are known to have vitality-enhancing effects in the body, in addition to being incredibly mineral dense and nutritious.

Maca has the ability to heighten libido and improve semen quality. Its favorable effects on mood, may decrease anxiety and improve sexual desire. The effects of Maca are due to the root’s unique nutritional profile, which provides optimum levels of nutrients utilized by the body’s endocrine system. It may even alleviate medication-induced sexual dysfunction caused by pharmaceutical antidepressants.

4. ASHWAGANDHA
Ashwangandha (Withania somnifera) is one of the premier restorative herbs in Ayurvedic medicine. It is known to help stabilize mood and support optimal physical and emotional well-being. It is also known to improve memory and focus and endurance. It is believed to reduce the effects of stress on the body. The berries and leaves of ashwangandhaare locally applied to tumors, tubercular glands, carbuncles, and ulcers.

5. SCHISANDRA
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) is a deciduous woody vine native to forests of Northern China and the Russian Far East. Its berries are used in traditional Chinese medicine, where it is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs. They are most often used in dried form, and boiled to make a tea. Medicinally it is used as a tonic and restorative adaptogen with notable clinically documented liver protecting effects. It supports the immune system, relieves anxiety, increases energy, and it can improve mental clarity. It’s sometimes called the “five flavors berry,” because it tastes sour, bitter, sweet, salty and acrid all at once.

6. CORDYCEPS
Considered the “ginseng of mushrooms”, Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) are known to have a truly awesome effect on endurance and stamina. Research has shown that Cordyceps are highly effective in treating respiratory ailments, enhancing aerobic performance, increasing sex drive, strengthening the immune system, as well as having anti-stress properties. Researchers have also noted that a polysaccharide isolated from Cordyceps has a hypoglycemic effect and may be beneficial for people with insulin resistance.

7. PANAX GINSENG (ASIAN GINSENG)
Panax ginseng roots are taken orally as adaptogens, aphrodisiacs, nourishing stimulants. It is perhaps one of the most studied medicinal herbs in the world — and might be one of the most widely used. It is a proven anti-inflammatory, can regulate blood sugar and can even inhibit some characteristics associated with cancer.

It’s used most commonly to promote a sense of well-being and endurance, as an anti-depressant, for memory and calmness, for energy (it’s one of the ingredients in most energy drinks).

8. HOLY BASIL
Holy Basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum) has been found in many studies to be equivalent to many modern painkillers. It is also know to protect from radiation poisoning. Within the tradition of Ayurvedic medicine, it is used to alleviate stress, headaches, colds, digestive problems and inflammation. Recent studies have also shown that it’s also a powerful antioxidant and may even be able to reduce blood glucose levels and cholesterol.

9. ASTRAGALUS
Astragalus has a history of use as a herbal medicine and is used in traditional Chinese medicine. Either alone or in combination with other herbs, has potential benefits for the immune system, heart, and liver, and as an adjunctive therapy for cancer.

Found to help restore compromised immune response due to excessive stress and toxicity from the environment. Cited as being extra beneficial for those with chronic immune deficiencies, it is recommended above Echinacea for its ability to provide deeper assistance to those who’ve consumed large quantities of antibiotics and have become susceptible to infections. Astragalus is consumed through capsules, tinctures, or in a tea. For best results, it is used for several weeks to several months at a time.

10. HE SHOU WU
He Shou Wu (Fallopia multiflora) is also known as polygonum multiflorum, and is predominantly referred to as such in Pubmed. It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a tonic to slow down the aging process. It is a restorative herb, calming to the nervous system, and has also been shown to promote hair growth, alleviate insomnia, and may aid with learning and memory.

11. REISHI MUSHROOM
Traditional Chinese medicine uses reishi to “calm the spirit.” Reishi, (literally “supernatural” mushrooms) have been used for more than 2,000 years, making them perhaps the oldest mushroom to be used medicinally. They can be helpful to reduce anxiety, alleviate insomnia, combat fatigue, and lower blood pressure.

12. OREGANO
Especially when used in oil of oregano, this herb is an excellent for detox and vitality. Add a twice daily dose of oil of oregano (1-2 drops in 8oz of water–for a bonus healing infusion, add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the water for its healthy bacteria and its reputation for internal healing and detoxifying). Oil of oregano also has extremely high levels of antioxidants which help protect the body from chronic conditions. It boosts the immune system, aids in digestion (good digestion=higher energy as more nutrients are absorbed), and helps rid the body of parasites (yet another potentially hidden cause of chronic fatigue).

 


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The Benefits of Hemp Protein

What is Hemp Protein?

The hemp plant is known for its incredible versatility as an industrial crop and its raw seeds have recently gained popularity as a heart-healthy superfood. By grinding the seeds into a fine powder, we are able to create an excellent plant-based protein powder, perfect for vegan, vegetarian or hypoallergenic lifestyles.

Per serving:
15g Protein  |  4.5g EAA  |  2.1g BCAA


How is it different?

Hemp Protein is 50% protein by weight which is lower than other plant-based proteins. However, this is because it’s an excellent source of fiber. One serving has 28% daily recommended fiber which contributes to healthy digestion and feeling fuller for longer (which can help with weight loss).

Hemp Protein is also a good source of Omega-6 and Omega-3. These omega fatty acids are the reason for hemp’s popularity as a heart-healthy food. Omega-3s have been shown to reduce cardiovascular disease risk, as well as inflammatory responses in the cardiovascular system, arrhythmia, and stroke.1 Omegas can also support healthy brain function and cognitive abilities, including memory and mood.2

In addition, Hemp Protein contains a wealth of vitamins and minerals in significant amounts including Manganese (225% Daily Value), Magnesium (90% DV), Iron (80% DV), Phosphorous (48% DV), Zinc (40% DV), Copper (33% DV), Folate (30% DV),Vitamin B1 (30% DV), Vitamin B6 (24%), and Vitamin B3 (21%).

Hemp Protein is ideal for building muscle, assisting with weight loss, aiding healthy digestion, supporting heart and brain health and providing vital nutrients to strengthen immunity.

Shop Hemp Protein products here: 8oz Hemp Protein, 2.5lb Hemp Protein

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References:
1. “Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Disease: New Recommendations From the American Heart Association.” Kris-Etherton PM, Harris WS, Appel LJ, 2003.
2. “Fatty acid analysis of blood plasma of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, other types of dementia, and cognitive impairment.” University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, 2000.

 

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Benefits of Supergreens & Protein

What is Supergreens & Protein?
Supergreens & Protein is a harmonious blend of Vanilla Rice Protein Powder (made from sprouted whole grain brown rice) and Sun is Shining™ Green Superfood. This special mix was created to combine all your daily nutrition into one easy smoothie, and allow for superior absorption of nutrients and amino acids.

Per serving:
21g Protein  |  8g EAA  |  4g BCAA

How is it different?
The addition of Sun is Shining™ brings 19 green superfoods to this protein including spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass, kale, spinach, kelp, alfalfa and more. This results in a much higher amount of vital nutrients which promote a strong immune system. Each serving contains 150% daily vitamin B12, 70% iron, 60% vitamin A, and 15% calcium.

Including Sun is Shining™ also adds a specialized enzyme complex and probiotic complex which help your body more efficiently absorb nutrients and protein. This can decrease recovery time, as your muscles receive the nutrients they need more efficiently. Enzymes and probiotics also improve digestion, keeping your gut healthy which is crucial for promoting normal immune function.

Supergreens & Protein is ideal for building lean muscle, recovering from athletic performance, promoting a healthy gut, boosting immune function and improving digestion.

Shop Supergreens and Protein products here: 8oz Supergreens & Protein2.5lb Supergreens & Protein

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Benefits of Rice & Pea Protein

What is Rice & Pea Protein?
This is a 50/50 blend of two highly concentrated vegan protein sources. Combining rice protein and pea protein results in higher essential amino acid content than either has on their own, and a wider variety of branched-chain amino acids.

Per serving:
23g Protein  |  12g EAA  |  5g BCAA


How is it different?
This blend was designed with a focus on providing a substantial amount of amino acids that are vital for muscle health. Essential amino acids help repair muscle & connective tissues and support healthy muscle growth. Branched-chain amino acids have been shown to reduce the muscle damage associated with endurance exercise.

The high EAA and BCAA content may help with recovery after a workout and improve athletic performance. The blend also results in slightly lower calorie and lower sodium content than pure Pea Protein.

Rice & Pea Protein is ideal for superior amino acid content, building, repairing, and reducing damage to muscle tissues during exercise. 

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Benefits of Pea Protein

What is Pea Protein?
Pea Protein is derived from yellow peas, providing a highly digestible and bioavailable protein powder. It is 80% protein by weight, a very high ratio similar to brown rice protein. This makes it more concentrated than other vegan sources of protein such as hemp and sacha inchi. This also means it has a higher amount of amino acids than other protein sources.

Per serving:
24g Protein  |  10g EAA  |  5.3g BCAA


How is it different?
Pea Protein is rich in branched-chain and essential amino acids and it is especially high in Lysine. Lysine has been studied for its ability to help balance blood glucose1, as well as its ability to increase muscle strength2, and reduce anxiety.3

Each serving of Pea Protein also contains 39% daily value of iron. Effects of iron deficiency include gastrointestinal disturbances and impaired cognitive functionimmune function, exercise or work performance, and body temperature regulation4. It’s crucial to make sure your diet contains sufficient iron.

Pea Protein is ideal for building healthy muscles and connective tissues, improving athletic performance and maintaining proper iron in your diet.

Shop Pea Protein products here: 8oz Pea Protein2.5lb Pea Protein

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References:
1. Kalogeropoulou D, La Fave L, Schweim K, Gannon M, Nuttall F. Lysine ingestion markedly attenuates the glucose response to ingested glucose without a change in insulin response. Am J Clin Nutr. 2009.
2. Unni U, Raj T, Sambashivaiah S, et al. The effect of a controlled 8-week metabolic ward based lysine supplementation on muscle function, insulin sensitivity and leucine kinetics in young men. Am J Clin Nutr. 2012.
3.Smriga M, Ghosh S, Mouneimne Y, Pellett P, Scrimshaw N. Lysine fortification reduces anxiety and lessens stress in family members in economically weak communities in Northwest Syria. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2004.
4. Clark SF. Iron Deficiency Anemia. Nutr Clin Pract 2008.

 

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How to Make Your Own Alkaline Water

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How to Make Your Own Alkaline Water

 

Water is slowly becoming the most precious resource in our world. There’s no way around it, it makes up 70% and 80% of our brains and bodies respectively. Water is, in every sense of the word, vital to our existence. Alkaline water offers the best levels of hydration and minerals.

To keep your body nice and hydrated, drink two cups of water first thing in the morning. With them you’ll be able to counter the natural rate of dehydration you have while sleeping.

If you’re an avid coffee drinker, make sure you drink alkaline water before your daily wake-me-up because coffee and other diuretics can further increase your levels of dehydration.

Unfortunately most of the of the water that’s accessible to you is either bottled or tap water, both are prone be full of metals, antibiotics, hormones, and chlorine.

Why You Shouldn’t Drink Impure Water

Instead of improving your hydration levels and providing the essential minerals your body needs, these types of water make your body do all work to filter out the hazardous materials. This in turn makes us vulnerable to a range of health issues.

Unreliable water can cause a series of complications, ranging from hindering your immune system to upsetting your body’s acid and alkaline balance. It also makes you extremely vulnerable to any contamination in public water sources or water bottlers.

Bottled water is not only vulnerable to contaminants in its bottler’s system; it also carries the danger posed by the bottles themselves. PET plastic bottles can release heavy metals and chemicals that affect your body’s hormonal balance.

Tap water itself has its own complications, mostly because the majority of public water systems do not have the capacity to control what pharmaceutical compounds enter the supply.

Unfortunately, we still don’t know the full effects of these chemical residues.

If your body becomes too acidic, you’re likely to experience low levels of energy, persistent fatigue, digestive complication, and it can sabotage weight management.

The good news is that these side effects can be bypassed by drinking alkaline water.

At first glance, drinking alkaline water might seem like a costly affair. The price for alkaline filtration system can go up to three thousand dollars.

But fret not, here’s my recipe for homemade alkaline water.

Ingredients:

-A full pitcher of filtered water (use any standard water filter)

-One organic lemon

-One tablespoon of pink Himalayan salt (I can’t stop saying how amazing it is)

Instructions:

-Fill your pitcher with filtered water.

-Cut your organic lemon into quarters, and add them to the pitcher (Do not squeeze them).

-Add the tablespoon of the pink Himalayan salt.

-Let the water sit overnight at room temperature.

And you’re now ready to start the morning.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, I also recommend using Find A Spring to plan a trip to stock up on natural spring water straight from the source.

 


Original article from realfarmacy.com

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This Is What Happens When You Drink Honey Water Every Day

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This Is What Happens When You Drink Honey Water Every Day

 

Honey has been a sweet nectar of healing for centuries. Honey can be used as a food, a medicine and a beauty treatment. When you drink honey water, you have a tasty, sweet beverage that gives you several wonderful nutrition and health benefits.

Honey contains many essential nutrients and it is a supersaturated solution of sugars. Honey contains small amounts of proteins, enzymes, amino acids, minerals, trace elements, vitamins, aroma compounds and polyphenols, all of which help support our health and well-being.

A tablespoon of honey has small amounts potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, chromium, zinc, riboflavin, folic acid, selenium, and other trace nutrients that are essential to your diet.

The main nutritional components of honey are carbohydrates, which are mainly fructose and glucose. Although honey is a high carbohydrate food, its glycemic index varies depending on the type of honey source that the bees used to produce it.

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU DRINK HONEY WATER EVERY DAY
Because honey contains a high amount of natural sugar, diabetics should consult with their doctors prior to adding honey to their diets.

When we combine the nutrition of honey with the hydrating power of water, we get a sweet, nutritious drink that gives you enough healthy benefits to add it to your daily diet.

1. DIGESTIVE HEALTH
The antioxidants of honey are helpful for the prevention, cure and treatment of some stomach disorders such as ulcers, gastritis and gastroenteritis. Researchers believe that honey intake stimulates the sensory nerves in the stomach, which helps reduce ulcers. Other researchers are studying how honey helps relieve diarrhea in children and rats. Drinking honey water can also help reduce gas and bloating.

2. IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOST
Honey can be applied topically to minor wounds and burns to help healing as an anti-inflammatory. In one study, honey healed infected post-operative wounds more quickly than antiseptic washes followed by gauze and was associated with fewer adverse reactions after treatment.

Honey also stimulates antibody production to help fight off illness. Honey’s health potential has even been studied with regard to fighting cancer. Drinking honey water can also help with your oral health by helping to prevent the buildup of dental plaque and gingivitis.

3. FLUSH TOXINS
Not only will a glass of honey water keep you hydrated, but it will also help to flush toxins from your system. Manuka honey is a variety that has particularly potent antifungal, antibiotic and antibacterial properties.

Adding lemon to the honey water adds citric acid which will help the body to naturally flush out unwanted toxins. You can read more about the benefits of drinking lemon water in this article.

4. CLEAR SKIN
The antibacterial nature of honey makes it an excellent remedy for acne. Drinking honey water helps clear your skin from the inside, but you can also apply it directly to the skin.

5. LOSE WEIGHT
Honey keeps blood sugar more stable than other sources of carbohydrates like refined sugar. As a result, your body has a supply of energy on hand to use but your stable blood sugar should help stave off cravings. Some sport nutritionists recommend honey water for before, during and after sustained periods of intense exercise.

Also a tablespoon of honey in a 12 oz glass of water has about half the calories of any drink sweetened with sugar. Saving calories on a sweet beverage that is healthier for you will help reduce your overall caloric intake.

6. REGULATE BLOOD SUGAR
Although honey is high in sugar and carbohydrates, the effect on blood sugar is much reduced compared to that of refined sugar. Some researchers believe that it is a synergistic effect of both the fructose and glucose in honey that might contribute to the relatively low glycemic response after consuming honey.

Diabetics should still exercise caution, but drinking honey water could be a way to keep sweetness in your diet without having to be concerned about having a spike in blood sugar.

7. SOOTHE A SORE THROAT
Honey is a remedy for sore throat that has been used for centuries. Try warm honey water when you are feeling under the weather. Add a slice of lemon to the warm water for an added vitamin C boost.

Some people drink a hot toddy when they are feeling sick. A hot toddy would be the same honey, hot water and lemon recipe as above with an added shot of whiskey. This is an old remedy that your grandmother may have recommended for a cold.

8. PREVENT HEART DISEASE
Honey is loaded with antioxidants which help protect your heart by lowering bad cholesterol. Darker honey contains even more of the health benefits so aim for these varieties when you shop.

Do not feed raw honey to infants under one year old. Non-sterilized raw honey may contain bacteria that adult immune systems can handle but that infant immune systems are not yet developed enough to fight.

 


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