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A Single Change to Drastically Improve Your Health in 10 Days

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A Single Change to Drastically Improve Your Health in 10 Days

 

What if there was one thing you could do to lower bad cholesterol and blood pressure, improve liver function and reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes – in just 10 days?

And you could still eat potato chips and pizza?

All you’d have to do it cut out added sugar. Not fruit, just the added sugar in processed foods.

 

A Groundbreaking Study Revealed..

A team of researchers from the University of California, San Francisco recently discovered that when 43 obese children were given a 10-day diet that was completely free of added sugar, their health drastically improved.1 Blood pressure and LDL cholesterol dropped. Fasting blood glucose and insulin levels decreased. Liver function tests improved.

The results were striking and immediate in indicating that simply cutting sugar can reverse metabolic disease in children.

Kids still ate many of the fun foods they’re used to and the same caloric intake – just no sweetened cereals, yogurts and pastries. Nothing sweet except fruit.

Virtually every aspect of metabolic health improved without a change in weight.

“This study demonstrates that ‘a calorie is not a calorie,’ said lead author Robert Lustig, MD, MSL, pediatric endocrinologist at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco. “Where those calories come from determines where in the body they go. Sugar calories are the worst, because they turn to fat in the liver, driving insulin resistance, and driving risk for diabetes, heart, and liver disease. This has enormous implications for the food industry, chronic disease, and health care costs.”

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About Those Low-Calorie, Low-Fat Foods…

The food industry spends big money to convince you that these “diet” foods are a healthy choice. The problem? The added sugar is literally poison in your system.

Forget about counting calories and start reading ingredients. Focus on whole foods without the added sugar.

There’s a reason that the Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends that no more than 10% of the calories we consume in an average 2,000 calorie a day diet come from added sugars. That’s approximately 12 grams of sugar and one can of soda is about 85% of that. If you then consider all the fruit juices, cereals, pastries and condiments, you see how easy it is to go well beyond the recommended maximum.

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It’s an Addiction

The form of sugar typically found in processed foods is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). This stuff has been getting a bad rap in recent years, leading the food industry to unsuccessfully campaign to rename it “corn sugar.” Now they’re calling an even sweeter version of it “fructose” in an attempt to steer clear of the notorious original name.

They’re running from the science which revealed that HFCS can cause chemical, behavioral and neurobiological reactions similar to those produced by addictive drugs such as cocaine.2

The study’s lead author, Dr. Francesco Leri, concluded that “addiction to unhealthy foods could help explain the global obesity epidemic.”

 

How to Quit

It’s simply a matter of doing something similar to what those 43 kids in the study did. Cut out added sugar.

 

Easier said than done, we know. Start by:

 1. Choosing more whole foods and less processed stuff.

 2. Add a bit less sugar to your coffee each day.

 3. Eat more fruit.

 4. Cut out one thing a week and start with soda!

5. Try a natural, lower glycemic sugar like Coconut Palm Sugar! It is made by evaporating coconut sap from the tropical palm flowers. Farmers gently cut the buds and collect the sweet nectar using traditional methods, then the syrup is kettle-warmed, dehydrated, and ground into crystals to make a delicious sweetener. Coconut palm sugar has a full, unique, delightful caramel taste and dissolves easily in liquids. 

 

Remember that over time, your palate can and will change. Someday the foods and drinks you love now may actually reveal themselves to be what they truly are: sickeningly sweet.

 

1 – “Isocaloric fructose restriction and metabolic improvement in children with obesity and metabolic syndrome.” Robert H. Lustig. Obesity: A Research Journal, Volume 24, Issue 2, pages 453–460, February 2016.

2 – “Addiction to unhealthy foods could help explain the global obesity epidemic, research suggests.” Canadian Association for Neuroscience. Francesco Leri, ScienceDaily, 22 May 2013.


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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Super Chocolate Nice Cream

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Is it breaking the rules to turn a smoothie into a decadent dessert? We don’t think so. This frozen treat contains our Superfood Smoothie Mix, bananas, cashews and a boost of cacao so it’s actually quite healthy! Sssh, don’t tell anyone!

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Freeze for 4-6 hours. Top with fresh fruits and cacao nibs if you desire. Enjoy!

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Supergreen Pesto Kelp Noodles

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If you’re ready to go beyond green smoothies to get your greens, then look no further than this creamy, savory pesto sauce. It’s a simple, creative way to get your greens using our Sun Is Shining. Truth be told, you can’t even tell it’s in there! Serve it up with our kelp noodles and you’ve got dinner in 10 minutes!

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

1 cup Cashews
1 bunch basil
1-2 garlic cloves
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp Sun Is Shining Supergreens
1/2 tsp Pink Himalayan Salt
3/4 cup water
1 package Gold Mine Kelp Noodles
1/2 cup sun dried tomatoes, soaked for 20 minutes (optional for garnish)

 

Directions:

Rinse and drain the kelp noodles and set aside.

Blend cashews, basil, garlic, nutritional yeast, olive oil, Sun Is Shining and salt, and water in a high speed blender until you get a creamy consistency. Add more water if needed.

Mix the pesto with the noodles and allow to sit for 10 minutes to soften.

Garnish with chopped sun dried tomatoes. Enjoy!

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Purple Power Pops

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Who needs store bought popsicles with added sugar? Homemade is so much better; it’s healthier, tastier, and guess what… it’s so easy! These fruity popsicles have a purple blast of superfood power in the form of the Chilean maqui berry. With just five ingredients, they’re a simple and delicious way to cool off on a hot summer day.  

Makes ~6 popsicles

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into popsicle molds or if you don’t have any, you can make your own with plastic cups or an ice cube tray and wooden popsicle sticks. Freeze 4-6 hours. Run molds under warm water for about a minute to remove popsicles. Enjoy!

 

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Choco Green Smoothie Bites

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Get your greens with these tasty little superfood bites! Loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein, they’re super quick to prepare and super yummy. Keep them chilled for a cold treat on a hot day!

Makes ~16 balls

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Directions:

In a mixing bowl, thoroughly combine the Superfood Smoothie Mix, oats, shredded coconut, hemp seeds, cacao powder, Sun Is Shining, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, mix the melted cacao butter, almond butter and yacon syrup. Then mix the dry and wet ingredients together. Add water slowly, 1 Tbsp at a time, until you have a moist consistency. Scoop 1 teaspoon at a time and roll into balls. Coat in shredded coconut, or dust in cinnamon if desired. Refrigerate and enjoy!

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Chocolate Superfood Pudding

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This pudding is the ultimate decadence with a superfood twist! It seems like a sinful chocolate pudding but it’s charged with our nutritious Superfood Smoothie Mix while avocado, banana and almond butter make it smooth and creamy. So grab a spoon and leave the guilt behind!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and blend on high till creamy. Refrigerate to chill or enjoy right away!

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Super Green Nice Cream

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Greens don’t have to taste bad and this recipe is here to prove it! This delicate ice cream has creamy cinnamon vanilla sweetness with floral undertones. Even though our Sun Is Shining is in there, you wouldn’t know it were it not for the color. We dare you to make this for someone who doesn’t like greens; this could very well change their minds!

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

Blend all the ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Freeze for 4-6 hours. Top with shredded coconut, cashews, or fresh fruit if you desire. Enjoy!

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New Research: Why Take Dangerous Statin Drugs When You Can Eat Four Of These Nuts, Once a Month Instead?

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New Research: Why Take Dangerous Statin Drugs When You Can Eat Four Of These Nuts, Once a Month Instead?

 

One of the craziest studies I read all year involved feeding people a single serving of Brazil nuts to see what it would do to the cholesterol levels of healthy volunteers. They gave ten men and women a single meal containing zero, one, four, or eight Brazil nuts, and found that the ingestion of just that single serving almost immediately improved cholesterol levels. LDL, so-called “bad” cholesterol levels in the blood, was significantly lower starting just nine hours after the ingestion of nuts, and by no insignificant amount, nearly 20 points within a day. Even drugs don’t work that fast. It takes statins around four days to have a significant effect.

But that’s not even the crazy part.

The researchers went back and measured their cholesterol five days later, and then 30 days later. Now, keep in mind they weren’t eating Brazil nuts this whole time. They just had that single serving of Brazil nuts a month before and their cholesterol was still down 30 days later. It went down and stayed down, after eating just four nuts… That’s nuts!

And no, the study was not funded by the Brazil nut industry.

shop-now-product-brazil-nutsInterestingly, four nuts actually seemed to work faster than the eight nuts to lower bad cholesterol and boost good cholesterol. These results suggest that eating just four nuts might be enough to improve the levels of LDL and HDL for up to 30 days, and maybe longer—they didn’t test past 30.

Now normally, when a study comes out in the medical literature showing some too-good-to-be-true result like this, you want to wait to see the results replicated before you change your clinical practice, before you recommend something to your patients, particularly when the study is done on only ten people, and especially when the findings are literally just too incredible to be believed. But when the intervention is cheap, easy, harmless, and healthy—eating four Brazil nuts a month—then, in my opinion, the burden of proof is kind of reversed. I think the reasonable default position is to do it until proven otherwise.

They concluded a single serving was sufficient “without producing liver and kidney toxicity.” What they’re referring to is the high selenium content of Brazil nuts—so high that four eaten every day may actually bump us up against the tolerable daily limit for selenium, but not something we have to worry about if we’re just eating four once a month.

I’d be curious to hear if anyone experiences similar results. Even if the study was just a fluke, Nuts May Help Prevent Death by improving the function of our arteries (Walnuts and Artery Function) and fighting cancer (Which Nut Fights Cancer?) and inflammation (Fighting Inflammation in a Nut Shell).

Even eating nuts every day does not appear to result in expected weight gain (Nuts and Obesity: The Weight of Evidence), so enjoy!

 


Original article from expand-your-consciousness.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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5 Soy-Free Vegan Foods That Have More Protein Than Beef

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5 Soy-Free Vegan Foods That Have More Protein Than Beef

 

Protein gets a lot of attention, especially in a plant-based diet where the issue of complete and incomplete protein comes into play, along with protein per amount of weight, which is something else to consider. For instance, we don’t need to combine foods as we once thought to form a complete protein (such as beans and rice). That protein myth died years ago, thankfully when we found out our bodies are capable of using all sources of amino acids to form complete proteins.

Not Just Grams…What to Consider When Measuring Protein

It’s also important to consider that amounts in grams aren’t the only thing that matters when measuring protein in a food. You should also consider how much percentage of total calories protein makes up in a food. For instance, beef and animal foods are high in calories and though they contain a good size amount of protein, per amount of calories, beef and animal proteins (even fish) are higher in cholesterol-forming saturated animal fats, where most of their calories come from. Plant-based foods on the other hand, have fewer calories, a variety of sources of amino acids that form complete proteins in the body, and per weight, their percentage of protein in the amount of total calories is relatively high.

Some plant-based foods are higher in protein percentage than others, however, so making sure to include a variety of plant-based foods in your diet is important for achieving the amount of protein your body needs. Beef contains 7 grams of protein per ounce for about 75 calories, so let’s compare some better plant-based options that don’t come with the health risks beef and animal proteins do.

Here are five foods with more protein per ounce than beef that also come with a higher percentage of protein per amount of calories:

 

 

1. Spirulina

 


Per ounce, this food is 65 percent protein, the highest amount of protein percentage of all foods. In just 1 teaspoon, you’ll get 4 grams of protein, which is unheard of for all other foods. Spirulina is also a great source of iron, providing 80 percent of your daily needs in just 1 teaspoon, for only a total of 30 calories. You can add this blue green algae to your smoothies to mask the taste, and know you’re getting in a nice dose of B vitamins, protein, iron, and vital trace minerals. Since it’s also alkalizing, spirulina also reduces inflammation, unlike animal foods that contribute to it.

 

 

2. Spinach

 


Spinach contains 51 percent protein (about 5 grams per cup for only 30 calories). It’s also a good source of iron and Vitamin C, and offers a delicious taste that is easy to enjoy. This much-loved green is also a great source of folate, an important vitamin for women that contributes to strength, brain function, and reproductive health. Adding a couple cups of spinach to your smoothie, salad, wrap, soup, or any other way, is an easy way to sneak in 10 grams of protein without the need for a powder whatsoever.

 

 

3. Hemp Seeds

 


Hemp is one of the best, easy-to-use foods that’s rich in all essential amino acids. Per ounce (about 2 tablespoons) has 10 grams of protein, is high in fiber, and most of its calories come from beneficial proteins and omega 3 fatty acids, along with some lesser-known beneficial omega 6 fatty acids that actually lower cholesterol. Unlike animal-based proteins and sources of fat, hemp is very alkalizing to the body and also boosts the mood and energy thanks to high amounts of magnesium. It can also increase metabolism due to it containing 45 percent of your daily iron requirements in just one ounce. You can also use hemp protein, another fantastic way to get this whole food into your diet. We enjoy it in smoothies, raw treats, but you can even stir it into oatmeal and bake with it in place of flour if you like.

 

 

4. Broccoli

 


Per calorie, broccoli has more protein than beef, which about 4.5 grams per 30 calories. Broccoli is also packed with amino acids, fiber, Vitamin B6 to improve your mood and is one of the best vegetables linked to fighting cancer. Red meat has repeatedly been linked to cancer, so give the florets more attention in your kitchen. Here are 12 Yummy Ways to Use Broccoli that will lead your muscles and heart to thank you over and over again!

 

 

 

5. Almonds, Almond Butter or Peanut Butter

 


Almonds and almond butter both provide 7 grams per protein in one ounce, along with heart-healthy fats and Vitamin E. They’re also a good source of calcium and provide high doses of beneficial magnesium. Peanut butter is another high source of protein, with 8 grams per two tablespoons of peanut butter. While higher in calories than beef per ounce, these nut butters are rich in amino acids per ounce and also recommended as a good source of plant-based protein, even by the USDA.

Combine all these foods into a smoothie for a crazy, high-protein meal that your body will love and one that will shock you in how great it tastes! You’ll never know it contains good-for-you veggies!

 

The No Beef Plant-Based Protein Smoothie

Serves:1-2

Ingredients:
•1 cup spinach
•4 frozen broccoli florets (gives it a surprisingly great thick texture and the other ingredients hide the taste)
•1/2 cup frozen organic mixed berries or blueberries
•1 tablespoon cacao powder (also a great source of protein and more iron than beef)
•2-3 tablespoons hemp seeds
•1 tablespoon all natural raw almond butter or plain, all natural peanut butter
•1 cup non-dairy milk like almond milk or water
•5 ice cubes
•sweetener of choice (stevia, 1/2 a banana, a date, a fig, or maple syrup)

Directions: Add all the ingredients to your blender, blend and enjoy!

 

Don’t Forget…

You can also use other foods high in protein and amino acids such as pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, maca powder, goji berries, and even oats and quinoa or teff. Remember that plant-based foods have everything we need when we eat a variety of them and be sure to get enough during the day.

What’s your favorite source of plant-based protein?

 


Original article from onegreenplanet.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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What are the health & nutritional benefits of pomegranate?

 

Six Health Benefits of Pomegranate

Do you feel like your diet is missing something? Have you been trying to lose weight, improve your digestion, or just feel better overall? As someone who struggled with her weight for years before finally finding weight loss methods that work, I want to share with you one of my favorite fruits.

The pomegranate has helped immensely in my weight loss and health improvement journey. There are a wide variety of positives associated with consumption of pomegranate fruit, juice and seeds. I’ve investigated six health benefits of pomegranate below.

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1. Pomegranate Aids In Weight Loss & Management

Pomegranate aids in weight loss for many reasons (source). First and perhaps most important – pomegranate seeds are low in calories. One serving (about 3/4 cup) of seeds has only 83 calories, making them the perfect snack for people who are watching their weight.

Pomegranate seeds are also high in fiber, with one serving boasting 4 grams. Fiber is important for everyone, but especially those focused on weight loss because it will help you feel full longer. This means you will be less likely to overeat.

 

2. Health Benefits For Men

Pomegranate juice can decrease a man’s risk of impotency by helping manage arteriosclerosis. Arteriosclerosis is a condition in which blood vessels become blocked, causing many serious health effects including impotence. It is the high level of antioxidants found in pomegranates that helps with arteriosclerosis.

Pomegranates and pomegranate juice can also help treat and prevent prostate cancer. In trials, it has been found that pomegranate juice, because of its high phytochemical content, helps to inhibit the growth of cancer cells and prevent it from metastasizing (source).

 

3. Health Benefits for Women

The pomegranate doesn’t discriminate – it just helps men and women in different ways! Pomegranate juice is very good for pregnant women. It contains important vitamins that expectant mothers need, including niacin, folic acid, potassium, calcium, and vitamin C, as well as iron and fiber (source).

Pomegranate juice can also help pregnant women by reducing cramps and sleep difficulty. It also helps the baby by increasing blood flow, decreasing his or her risk for brain damage.

For women, pomegranate juice prevents estrogen-responsive breast cancer cells from growing. The juice has a phytochemical inhibits aromatase, which is used to create estrogen, which in excess increases your risk of having breast cancer.

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4. Beauty Benefits For Everyone

Pomegranate benefits your biggest external organ – the skin – as much as it does your internal organs. Pomegranate offers all kinds of benefits for the skin and overall appearance, including the following (source):

Regenerate cells

Pomegranate protects the epidermis (outer layer of the skin) and dermis (second layer of the skin) by encouraging skin cell regeneration. This aids in the repair of tissues, promotes healing wounds, and encourages circulation to the skin.

Protect from the sun

Consuming pomegranate gives the skin compounds that help protect against free radicas, which in excess, can cause sun damage, cancer and sunburn. The oil from a pomegranate contains the antioxidant ellagic acid which helps inhibit skin tumors, protecting the body from skin cancer.

Slow aging process

Pomegranates slow down the appearance of aging. They help prevent common signs including hyperpigmentation, age spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. Pomegranate also softens the skin and produces elastin and collagen, creating a more youthful appearance. Your skin will be firmer, smoother, and more youthful.

Help with all skin types

Pomegranate will help you put your best face forward. If your skin is dry, pomegranates can help, which is why their extract is often added to skin care products. Their molecular structure can penetrate deep into most skin types to add extra moisture.

If your skin is oily or combination, pomegranate can sooth acne breakouts while minimizing the scarring that can occur after a breakout.

 

5. Prevent All Kinds Of Illnesses

Pomegranates don’t just provide vitamins for pregnant women. Everybody needs vitamins C and K, and pomegranates provide 17 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin C and 20 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin K (source).

Vitamin C is important for a healthy, functioning immune system, as well as fast wound healing, healthy gums, and the manufacture of collagen and elastin. It also enhances iron absorption. Vitamin K is crucial for strong, healthy bones and proper blood clotting.

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6. Decrease Other Bad Things In The Body

For men and women who are trying to lose weight, it is especially important to make sure you are keeping your cholesterol and blood pressure in check. Pomegranate lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol) (source).

Many overweight men and women also suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure) which can lead to a variety of problems, including heart disease, heart attacks, aneurysms, and kidney failure (source). Drinking just 1.7 ounces of pomegranate juice per day can lower blood pressure by as much as 5 percent.

Pomegranate can also decrease the risk for osteoarthritis by preventing cartilage deterioration, and it prevents plaque from building up in the arteries, which can lead to heart disease and high blood pressure.

With so many great health benefits of pomegranate, everyone should try to include more in their diet. Some people avoid pomegranates because they are difficult to cut up and serve, but this video shows you how to do it easily:

Get yourself a fresh pomegranate or some pomegranate juice from the grocery store today, and start consuming it regularly. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you start to notice improvements in your weight loss and improved health endeavors!


Original article from healthambition.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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Introducing Shilajit Capsules!

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Feel the power of the Himalayas!

We captured the raw power of one of our most potent superfoods and made it even easier to add to your daily routine.

By popular request we bring you the “Conqueror of Mountains”:

Encapsulated Shilajit Extract!

Nothing but pure shilajit in a vegan-friendly capsule… no additives, no gelatin, no preservatives. Just 700mg of raw power in a capsule!

What makes our Shilajit so potent and powerful?

Coming from high in the Himalayan Mountains, our shilajit is on average 40%-60% fulvic acid. Fulvic acid is known for several major health benefits:

 

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Contains high mineral content and enhances the bioavailability of trace minerals.

This allows us to absorb greater amounts of nutrients more efficiently from all the other foods we eat.

 

 

 

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Strong antioxidant activity1 helps deliver minerals and nutrients directly to cells. This helps protect against damage and effects of aging.

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.

 

brainBrain Health & Mental Clarity

Shilajit is known to be capable of improving cognitive disorders and acting as a stimulant of cognitive activity in humans.2  It is further recognized for its potential to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.4

Also has been found to mitigate the effects of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.3

 

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Heart Health & Anti-Inflammatory Effect

Proven to produce a significant reduction in LDL [bad] cholesterol, as well as significant improvement in HDL (good) cholesterol.1 Researchers concluded that this suggests cardio protective activity.5

Also found to have significant anti-inflammatory effect pertaining to arthritis.6

 

 

 

The Sunfood Difference

Our Shilajit is extracted from a high elevation in the Himalayan Mountains where there are much less contaminants.It is the safest and most beneficial shilajit in the world, retaining all of its mineral and nutrient content.

Our shilajit is 40%-60% fulvic acid, the main active compound.

 

 

Sources:
1 – “Shilajit: Evaluation of Its Effects on Blood Chemistry of Normal Human Subjects,” SMS Medical College, India, 2003
2 – Cornejo A, Jiménez JM, Caballero L, Melo F, Maccioni RB. Fulvic acid inhibits aggregation and promotes disassembly of tau fibrils associated with Alzheimer’s disease. J Alzheimers Dis. 2011;27(1):143-53. doi: 10.3233/JAD-2011-110623
3 – “Shilajit attenuates behavioral symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome by modulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and mitochondrial bioenergetics in rats,” Banaras Hindu University, India, 2012
4 – “Shilajit: A Natural Phytocomplex with Potential Procognitive Activity,” International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Feb. 23, 2012.
5 – “Shilajit: Evaluation of Its Effects on Blood Chemistry of Normal Human Subjects,” SMS Medical College, India, 2003.
6 – “Antiulcerogenic and antiinflammatory studies with shilajit,” Banaras Hindu University, India, 1990.

 

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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Chocolate-Cherry Smoothie Bowl

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This amazing recipe comes our friend Marina over at soulintheraw.com.

Looking for something fruity, chocolately, and naturally sweet? Then try this quick and easy to make superfood boosted smoothie bowl! Made with Maca Powder – an adaptogen that helps with hormone balance and increasing energy – along with Carob Powder – an amazing chocolate substitute that is naturally sweet, high in fiber, and a great source of calcium. This superfood smoothie bowl will really satisfy any chocolate craving and is great for any time of the day!

Ingredients:

  • shop-now-recipe-page-img1 tablespoon maca (start with less if you are just beginning to use maca)

  • 2 medium frozen bananas

  • 1.5 cups frozen cherries

  • 5 Medjoul dates

  • 1 tablespoon raw carob powder

  • 1 tablespoon acai powder

 

Directions:

  • Freeze your peeled bananas when they are completely ripe and have black spots on them.

  • Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth, and top with your favorite toppings like goji berries, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, and freeze dried fruit.
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The Love Smoothie Bowl

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This amazing recipe comes our friend Marina over at soulintheraw.com.

Get in the mood with The love smoothie bowl! This wonderfully sweet bowl, featuring Maca Powder, will help balance out your hormones and boost libido in both men and women!

shop-now-recipe-page-imgIngredients:

  • 2 cups chopped non-GMO papaya
  • 7 medium organic strawberries
  • 4 medium frozen bananas
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 drop ginger essential oil
  • 1 drop organic vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon Maca Powder (start with less if you are just beginning to use maca)

 

Directions:

  • Freeze your peeled bananas when they are completest ripe and have black spots on them.
  • Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth, and top with your favorite toppings like goji berries, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, and freeze dried fruit.
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Hormonal Imbalances and the Power of the Maca Root

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Marina Yanay-Triner of Soul in the Raw is a certified health and nutrition coach. She specializes in raw veganism, and coaches one on one as well as teaches raw vegan classes in San Diego. Her goal is to show people how easy raw veganism can be, and how fun and creative it is to add more raw foods to their lifestyles. She began her raw vegan journey as a result of a powerful healing story in her family, and discovered her own body and a new connection to herself in the process. Click here for instant access to Marina’s free guide + recipes: 10 Foods we should eat Every Single Day.

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Hormonal Imbalances and the Power of the Maca Root

I was driving from work one day, and had trouble breathing from the pain. My cramps were out of control. I forgot to take my Ibuprofen with me, the Ibuprofen that I used to take 10 pills of in 1 day every first day of my period.

The pain was mind-blowing, so I stopped the car along the side of a busy road with the intention of resting for a minute on the curb to avoid a car accident.

As soon as I unbuckled my seat belt, I passed out straight onto one of the lanes of this busy road. I woke up bleeding, with a woman standing over me screaming, “are you ok?”

ambulanceI was confused, and the next thing I saw was the ambulance, as I was throwing up on the side of the road and telling them, “It’s just my period, that is how it is every month”. They couldn’t believe it.

In this article, I want to talk about sneaky symptoms that we may have in our bodies, like painful periods, headaches, skin issues, thinning hair, migraines, and so much more, and where they come from.

If you have some physical or emotional issues that are mysterious and unexplained, stay tuned, because this might be the guide for you.

I will tell you my story of hormonal imbalance, explain the differences between symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women and men, and show you how Maca can be a safe and effective way to guide your body to balance.

I will then share two of my favorite and most delicious Maca recipes with you, so you can start incorporating it right now!

My Story

painkillerEvery single month since I was 15 years old, for 1 day, I was disabled.

I had to keep the Ibuprofen with me at all times, especially since that almost fatal incident I just told you about. Before 15, my periods were calm, unnoticeable even. They came and went.

When I changed my diet to raw veganism, my symptoms greatly improved, but they did not go away.

It was so depressing to me, because I believed I was doing everything I could to achieve better health, but better health was not coming.

It took me many years to research and understand the causes. This painful period made me take countless days off of work and lay in bed in agony.

I always had an intuition that certain events in my life, occurring right around 15, were impacting this.

When I was 15 years old, my life changed drastically. I was raped. A few years later, I went to get help, and found out that I am suffering from PTSD.

I had no clue what Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was, but when I learned about it, I was ecstatic – I finally understood myself and my behaviors, and realized that seemingly strange thoughts and behaviors of mine were happening for a reason.

It’s amazing how so many parts of our body are connected – the emotional and physical walk hand in hand, and in this case, my hormones were intimately connected to the events that made me go to war with being a woman.

Emotional trauma snuck its way into physical imbalance, and my female hormones were out of whack due to PTSD.

hormone-imbalancesMany studies have confirmed that there is a connection between hormonal imbalance and PTSD. During a thermography screening, I was told that I had too much estrogen in my body.

I remembered that, but didn’t pay much attention. Until I started reading and analyzing, making the clear connection between PTSD, my estrogen levels, and my horrible cramps.

You must be frustrated with me right now. Perhaps you are suffering from cramps, or other symptoms that are confusing to you, mysterious even.

Well, don’t lose hope just yet, because I am about to tell you some facts and solutions that you can try to feel balanced, back to yourself again!

What are Hormonal Imbalances

Many women and men suffer from hormonal imbalance, so much so that we are not even aware of what our bodies feel like when we are balanced.

We might think of hormonal issues as they relate to aging, but perhaps many of us are not aware that hormonal imbalances can happen at any age.

The average age for hormonal imbalances is 35 for both women and men.

depressionHormones are chemical messengers produced by the endocrine system. They impact nearly every function in the body, such as metabolism, appetite, sleep, cell growth and repair, fertility and reproduction, as well as emotional health and more.

Hormone imbalance can cause symptoms that effect a person’s emotional and physical health, and they differ slightly between the sexes.

The onset of these is driven by poor diet and lack of exercise, and progress and worsen over time. Because hormonal imbalance sets in gradually, it is very hard to tell it’s there from the onset.

Symptom Differences Between the Sexes

crampsWomen who suffer from hormonal imbalances can experience symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, PMS and irregular periods, headaches and migraines, emotional instability, irritability, depression, and anxiety.

They can also experience things like forgetfulness, trouble concentrating, feeling lightheaded, random weight gain, insomnia, fatigue, pain and stiffness in the joints, heart palpitations and abdominal bloating.

They can get oily skin and acne, or very dry and flaky skin, hair thinning or increased growth of hair, virginal dryness or pain during intercourse.

Men may experience decline in sex drive and difficulty achieving an erection, loss of muscle, endurance and energy, weight gain in the abdomen, depression, trouble concentrating, and lowered self-confidence.

Symptoms also include irritability, anger, high blood pressure and cholesterol, joint pain and stiffness, sleep apnea, insomnia, and hair loss and urinary issues.

As you can see, these symptoms cover almost every single bodily function simply because hormones impact almost all of our bodily functions.

These symptoms and many more also lead to clinical conditions like allergies, cancer, autoimmune disease, diabetes, hypoglycemia, heart disease, and more.

Testing for Hormonal Imbalance

consult-your-doctorTesting for hormonal imbalance can be done by your doctor, or using functional diagnostics like the Adrenal Stress Index, hormone panels, sensitivity testing (to see whether you are sensitive or allergic to certain foods), and blood panels.

As you can see, testing for hormonal imbalance must be very comprehensive and include many facets of your physical and emotional health.

There are also wonderful starter tools online, where you can complete a quiz to see whether your hormones are balanced or not, though you should not rely on these for definitive answers, but only as starting points to understand your body better. An example of such a test can be found here.

Restoring Hormonal Balance

With proper treatment and the help of some incredible superfoods, hormonal imbalances could be corrected.

There are many supplements and herbs that can be taken to restore hormones, and of course each person’s unique physiology will be positively impacted by a different herb.

2261---Maca-Powder-8oz,-v4.2-smallBut here, I want to address a superfood that worked for me in restoring my hormonal balance.

It has made a difference in my internal feeling of calmness, and in the pain I have experienced during my periods. And that superfood is Maca.

Now of course, taking Maca without changing your lifestyle, exercise, and outlook on life will probably not accomplish what you are looking for. Start by adopting a whole-foods, plant-based and high raw vegan diet.

Exercise and move in a way that makes you feel good and happy inside. And do everything you can to be happy, calm, and positive.

I have used Louise Hay’s meditations to bring peace into my heart (you can find those on YouTube). We are all unique, and each of us should try a different method to feel more at peace.

Regardless of what you choose, healing your mind and emotions is critical for healing hormonal issues and of course, PTSD, if this is also something you are dealing with like me.

The Health Benefits of Maca

Maca is a perfect superfood to add to your regimen, because unlike prescription drugs, it does not have side effects.

Maca is a cruciferous root vegetable from the Andes Highlands in Peru, and is in the same family as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. It is nicknamed the Peruvian ginseng.

Like other supplements, Maca can be taken in small amounts for a prolonged period of time to truly feel its healing capacities.

Start by taking ½ teaspoon per day, and transition to a daily dose of 1 daily tablespoon, rotating between a few days on and then a few days off.

Here are a couple easy-to-make recipes:
The Love Smoothie Bowl
Chocolate-Cherry Smoothie bowl

Maca’s unique earthy taste feels very nourishing and grounding to me, and goes very well in sweet raw vegan treats, smoothies, and desserts. It is perfect in raw vegan dishes because it loses its benefits when overheated.

maca-rootsMaca is rich in the vitamins B, C, and E, and minerals like calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, as well as protein.

It is very important to note that just 1 tablespoon of Maca powder contains 54.5 mg of Lysine (while the RDA is about 40mg per kg, depending on age), an amino acids that is often missing in many vegan diets.

It increases energy and stamina, and is taken by many endurance athletes for increased performance.

It is great for promoting sexual function in men and women, boosting libido, increasing endurance, and of course, balancing your hormones and increasing fertility.

Maca is also said to relieve menstrual issues like cramps, hot flashes, anxiety, mood swings, depression related to menstruation and menopause.

A 2008 study in the Journal of the North American Menopause Society found that taking maca relieved symptoms of anxiety, depression, and sexual dysfunction.

Another study published in the Internal Journal of Andrology in 2000 found that maca had a significant impact on subjective perception of general and sexual wellbeing in adult male patients with mild erectile dysfunction.

Maca also restores red blood cells, aiding in anemia and heart disease, keeps your bones and teeth healthy, and promotes quick healing from wounds. It also helps increase muscle mass.

Many also say it helps with acne and blemishes, and helps the skin deal with extreme temperatures better.

Dr. Hugo Malaspina, a cardiologist practicing complementary medicine in Lima, Peru, explains that what makes maca so effective is its ability to encourage the ovaries and other glands to produce hormones, rather than introducing hormones from outside the body.

Maca is wonderful for dealing with anxiety, stress, depression and mood swings, something which I have personally experienced.

If you have cancer related to hormones or high blood pressure, it is important that you ask your doctor before taking maca. Be sure to avoid taking Maca if you are pregnant or lactating.

 

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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Six Leafy Greens That Are Healthier Than Kale

Six Leafy Greens That Are Healthier Than Kale

Nowadays kale is so popular that there are people walking around with t-shirts bearing its name, resembling that of a famous Ivy League college (that would be Yale in case you’re wondering).

The dark leafy green that no one wanted is now showing up in everything from smoothies to salad recipes to kale chips.

In just a few short years, it’s gone from an afterthought to one of the biggest symbols of the organic food movement, and there’s no denying it’s spot as one of the healthiest overall foods out there.

But if you’re like me you probably gotten, well, a little bit tired of it. Just because it’s cheap and ridiculously healthy doesn’t mean we need to eat it every day, especially when there are so many more interesting things to throw in our salads.

And contrary to popular belief, kale isn’t the be-all, end-all of leafy greens when it comes to being the healthiest — there are actually plenty of similar greens (with more flavor in my humble opinion) to try that are more nutritionally dense, and sometimes by a big margin.

Six Foods That Have More Nutrients Per Ounce than Kale

Kale is still a wonderful value at as little as $1.99 for a bunch even in the organic section. But can you really call it the #1 superfood among greens?

Not according to the 2014 CDC study ‘Defining Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables: A Nutrient Density Approach.’

It ranked produce on a scale of 1-100 to find out which foods were the most nutritious. Kale checked in at a respectable nutrient density score of 49.07.

But the following greens have it beat:

1. Chicory– Resembling the dandelion green, this unheralded veggie can be added to salads. It checked in with a nutrient density score of 73.36. It has a nice profile of Vitamins A, C, and E among others.

2. Spinach– Long thought to have less nutrients than kale, spinach actually scored far better with a total of 86.43.

It’s a great source of Vitamin K, Vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), manganese, folate and more.

3. Beet Green– Think you should throw these away? Think again!

They scored a whopping 87.27 in the study. Add these to your diet for added Vitamin A, K and lutein/zeaxanthin (for vision health).

4. Chard– Also known as Swiss chard, this cousin of collard greens came in at 89.27. It’s a great change-of-pace to kale and a wonderful source of Vitamins A, K, and the important mineral magnesium.

5. Chinese Cabbage– Most people know this veggie as bok choy but few actually buy it. That’s a big mistake!

Bok choy scored a 91.99 on the nutrient density scale and is rich in silica for great hair, skin and nails as well as Vitamins A, B and K.

6. Watercress– A great source of magnesium, folate, pantothenic acid and many different vitamins and minerals, watercress comes in at #1 with a perfect score of 100.

It’s so easy to pass up in the grocery store and so hard to find that we don’t see it passing kale in terms of its reputation for being a top health food any time soon.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pass up a chance to add it to your shopping cart if you get the chance…your body will thank you!

 


Original article from althealthworks.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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10 Health Benefits of Cucumbers

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10 Health Benefits of Cucumbers

 

Cucumbers are the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world. They are known to be one of the best foods for your body’s overall health, and are often referred to as a superfood. Cucumbers are often sprayed with pesticides so it is important to buy organic or even better, grow them yourself.

Here are 10 proven health benefits of cucumbers.

 

1. A quick pick-me-up

Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins, which are vital for brain function and mood. Need a pick-me-up? Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.

 

2. Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins

Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.

 

3. Skin and hair care

If you don’t like to eat the skin, it can be used for skin irritations and sunburns as aloe would be used. Place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth.

 

4. Fight cancers

Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.

 

5. Home care

Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up. Instead of WD40, take a cucumber slice and rub it along a squeaky hinge and your door will stop squeaking.

 

6. Relieves bad breath

Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

 

7. Hangover cure

To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.

 

8. Aids in weight loss and digestion

Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.

 

9. Reduces cholesterol, helps to regulate blood pressure and aids insulin production

Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers have also found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help balance cholesterol levels. In addition, cucumbers contain high levels of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure, which makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

 

10. Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain

Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels.

 


Original article by Alex ‘Earthie Mama’ Du Toit for wakeup-world.com

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Maple syrup joins the ranks of broccoli and blueberries as new ‘one-stop shop’ superfood

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‘Superfood’: Maple syrup is packed with compounds that could help fight Type 2 diabetes

 

Blueberries, broccoli and fish rich in Omega 3 are among the best known superfoods. But now something rather sweeter can be added to the list of healthy foods containing high levels of antioxidants that boost the immune system.

Maple syrup is even being described by scientists in America as a ‘one-stop shop’ for beneficial compounds.

Tests on the syrup, which is made by boiling sap from the maple tree, found that it contains compounds which could help manage Type 2 diabetes, as well as acting as anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agents.

Researchers identified 54 compounds, twice as many as the syrup was previously thought to have. Five were found to be unique to maple syrup.

Several of the syrup’s polyphenol, or water-soluble, compounds inhibited the enzymes that convert carbohydrates to sugars, raising the prospect of a new way of managing Type 2 Diabetes.

They also found that many of the antioxidant compounds, which prevent the oxidation and ageing of the body’s cells, aren’t found in other natural sweeteners.

Dr Navindra Seeram, who led the research at the University of Rhode Island, said: ‘We don’t know yet whether the new compounds contribute to the healthy profile of maple syrup.

‘But we do know that the sheer quantity and variety of identified compounds with documented health benefits qualifies maple syrup as a champion food.

‘It is a one-stop shop for these beneficial compounds, several of which are also found in berries, tea, red wine and flaxseed, just to name a few.’

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Explaining the science behind the findings, he said: ‘We found a wide variety of polyphenols in maple syrup. We discovered that the polyphenols in maple syrup inhibit enzymes that are involved in the conversion of carbohydrate to sugar.

‘In fact, in preliminary studies, maple syrup had a greater enzyme-inhibiting effect compared to several other healthy plant foods such as berries.’

‘By 2050, one in three people will be afflicted with Type 2 diabetes, so finding a potential anti-diabetic compound in maple syrup is interesting for the scientific community and the consumer.’

The findings of Dr Seeram’s team were presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in California.

Genevihve Biland, marketing director for the Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers, one of the sponsors of the research, said: ‘Given its amazing potential for human health and great nutritional value, maple syrup is a natural choice for a healthy lifestyle.’

 


Original article from dailymail.co.uk

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The 7 Most Prescribed Drugs in the World and Their Natural Counterparts

 

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The 7 Most Prescribed Drugs in the World and Their Natural Counterparts

 

We don’t have to live in a medicated world, but we certainly choose to. The crux of the matter is that we refuse to proactively think about prevention because we reactively commit to treating the symptoms of underlying health problems. This is the allopathic model. We want the quick fix so we can continue our poor lifestyle and dietary habits. It doesn’t have to have to be this way, but it is. We can blame doctors, the medical institutions and healthcare systems all we want, but self-responsibility is our only recourse if we are ever to surface from this mess. There are no excuses–if you’re taking one of these drugs, consult with a Natural Health Practitioner this week about phasing out your medication and phasing in these powerful natural foods and remedies.

Of the over 4 billion prescriptions written every year, the United States and Canada make up more than 80% of the world’s prescription opioids (psychoactive medications). Between 1997 and 2012 prescription opioids increased in dosage by almost 500%. Pharmaceuticals and medical errors are now a leading cause of death. Painkillers are the leading cause of accidental death.

In the last 15 years of life, people are experiencing more pain for longer periods than at any point on our historical record. If you think life expectancy has increased to the benefit of mankind, you’re not looking at the numbers.

78% of U.S. prescriptions written in 2010 were for generic drugs (both unbranded and those still sold under a brand name). The most prescribed drugs aren’t always the best selling drugs, there’s a difference.

Prescriptions for pain, cholesterol reduction, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, antacids, antipsychotics, diabetes and antibiotics make up 100% of the most prescribed drugs.

Make a commitment to yourself right now and start incorporating some of these amazing foods into your diet with no consequence of side effects. When you accept this, you will get off prescription medications for good.

Check out the top 7 most prescribed drugs and the best natural remedies to treat and prevent disease.

 

1. HYDROCODONE (Acetaminophen/Vicodin/Oxycontin)

Use: For Pain

Currently the single most prescribed drug in the world. More and more doctors are getting huge payouts from pharmaceutical companies to promote these hydrocodone, especially generic drugs. They make up more than 20% of the top prescribed medications.

Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told Fox News that doctors are handing out narcotics like candy. These patients also happen to have a wide array of hydrocodone based substances to choose from. Some doctors are giving patients prescriptions for narcotics for even minor injuries.

How it Works:
It is an orally psychoactive compound that works as a narcotic and analgesic. It is biotransformed by the liver into several metabolites. It is highly dependent on metabolism by the Cytochrome P450 pathway.

Consequences:
Respiratory depression; bradycardia; coma; seizures; cardiac arrest; liver damage; and death. Inherited genes such as the Cytochrome P450 affects metabolic pathways–some cannot process it at all, whereas a smaller percentage can get even more strength from it than usual.

Natural Foods:
Ginger, turmeric, berries, cayenne pepper, celery/celery seeds, cherries, dark green veggies, walnuts.

See: Natural Healing Remedies: 10 Foods That Fight Inflammation And Pain

 

2. STATINS (Generic versions of Lipitor/Zocor/Crestor)

Use: Reduction of LDL Cholesterol

Approximately 15% of the top prescribed medications are generic statins. A study published in January 2012 in the Archives of Internal Medicine linked statins to 48 percent increased risk for type-2 diabetes.

The are NO scientific studies ever documented which have proved through causation that lowering LDL cholesterol prevents disease. The obsessed culture of lowering cholesterol may actually be causing cancer.

How it Works:
Statins artificially lower cholesterol levels by inhibiting a critical enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which plays a central role in the production of cholesterol in the liver.

Consequences:
Inflammation and pathological breakdown of muscle, acute kidney failure, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, interference with sex hormones and death.

Natural Foods:
Nuts, spinach, apples, turmeric, cranberries, tomatoes, green tea, fatty fish, beans, alfalfa herb, capsicum fruit, garlic, psyllium, fenugreek seeds, butcher’s broom, licorice root, hawthorn berry.
See:
New Data Shows Lycopene Reduces Heart Disease Up To 26 Percent
Two Apples a Day More Effective At Reducing Heart Disease Than Statin Medications
Top 5 Foods and Herbs To Control Cholesterol
World Renown Heart Surgeon Speaks Out On What Really Causes Heart Disease

 

3. LISINOPRIL (Prinivil/Zestril) AND NORVASC (Amlodipine)

Use: Reduction of High Blood Pressure

In combination, Lisinopril and Norvasc make up a whopping 23% of the top prescribed medications. This makes them the most prescribed generic medications (if combined) for cardiovascular disease and blood pressure. Individually, Lisinopril constitutes approximately 14% and Norvasc about 9%.

How it Works:
Lisinopril is typically used for the treatment of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and heart attacks. Norvasc is used for hypertension and angina. It accomplishes this by inhibiting the influx of calcium ions into vascular smooth muscle and cardiac muscle so it essentially interferes with the metabolism of calcium.

Consequences:
Cancer, blood disorders, development of breasts in men, impotence, depression, tachycardia, enlargement of gums, inflammation of the liver, elevated blood glucose, hepatitis, life threatening skin conditions.

Natural Foods:
Any foods high in vitamin C (chili peppers, guavas, bell peppers, thyme, parsley, dark leafy greens, broccoli), any foods high in magnesium (chocolate, green leafy vegetables, Brazil nuts, almonds, cashews, blackstrap molasses, pumpkin and squash seeds, pine nuts, and black walnuts) and any foods high in potassium (mushrooms, bananas, dark green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, oranges and dates). Coconut oil/water and CoQ10 are also very effective for lowering blood pressure.
See:
Magnesium Reduces Blood Pressure Naturally Without Side Effects
Low Salt Diets Do Not Decrease Blood Pressure, Period
Vitamin C Supplements Reduce Blood Pressure Without Side Effects Associated With Medication
Low Potassium Linked To High Blood Pressure

 

4. SYNTHROID (levothyroxine sodium)

Use: Hypothyroidism

A synthetic form of the thyroid hormone thyroxine, generic Synthroid makes up more than 11% of the top prescribed medications. It’s used to treat hypothyroidism. The related drug dextrothyroxine (D-thyroxine) was used in the past as a treatment for elevated cholesterol but was withdrawn due to cardiac side-effects.

How it Works:
It replaces the thyroid hormone which is naturally occurring in the thyroid gland essentially halting natural production.

Consequences:
Long-term suppression of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) causes cardiac side-effects and contributes to decreases in bone mineral density (high TSH levels are also well known to contributes to osteoporosis.) May also cause elevated blood glucose levels, heart failure, coma and adrenal insufficiency. TSH directly influences the whole process of iodine trapping and thyroid hormone production so use of synthroid directly affects how the body metabolizes iodine.

Natural Foods:
Any foods containing iodine such as seaweed, kelp, radish, parsley, fish, seafood, eggs, bananas, cranberries, strawberries, himalayan crystal salt. Also, copper, iron, selenium and zinc are essential in the production of thyroid hormones. Exercise a minimum of 20-30 minutes per day — enough to raise the heartbeat.
See:
Seaweed Extracts Can Help You Lose Weight, Mostly Body Fat
8 Critical Nutrients Lacking In More Than 70 Percent of Diets
The Number One Reason So Many Women Have Trouble Losing Weight

 

5. PRILOSEC (omeprazole/generic versions of nexium)

Use: Antacid

A proton pump inhibitor which constitutes just over 8% of the top prescribed medications. Omeprazole is one of the most widely prescribed drugs for reflux disease (GORD/GERD/LPR) and ulcers internationally and is available over the counter in some countries.

How it Works:
It suppresses gastric acid secretion by specific inhibition of the gastric acid ions in cells. The absorption of omeprazole takes place in the small intestine essentially turning off the switch which promotes healthy digestion of foods. Omeprazole is also completely metabolized by the cytochrome P450 system.

Consequences:
Angina, ulcers, tachycardia, bradycardia, palpitations, elevated blood pressure, development of male breasts, inflammation of the pancreas, irritable colon, mucosal atrophy of the tongue, liver disease/failure, elevated blood sugar, muscle weakness, skin conditions, tinnitus, inflammation of the eyes, urinary frequency, testicular pain, anemia and blood cell disorders.

Natural Foods:
Grapefruits, probiotics, broccoli sprouts, manuka honey, mastic gum, marshmallow tea, glutamine, slippery elm, deglycyrrhized liquorice (DGL), aloe vera juice, baking soda, pickle juice.
See:
Grapefruit Heals Stomach Ulcers
Broccoli Sprouts May Prevent Gastritis, Ulcers and Stomach Cancers
Manuka Honey Reverses Antibiotic Resistance, Treats Disease

 

6. AZITHROMYCIN AND AMOXICILLIN

Use: Antibiotic?

In combination, azithromycin and amoxicillin contribute towards a mind-blowing 17% of the top prescribed medications. Then we wonder why we have antibiotic resistance. On their own, each contributes about 8.5%. Azithromycin is one of the world’s best-selling antibiotics and derived from erythromycin. Amoxicillin is usually the drug of choice for children.

How it Works:
Inhibits the synthesis of bacterial cell walls and interfering with their protein synthesis. These drugs also inhibit the protein synthesis of good bacteria needed for immunity and proper digestion.

Consequences:
Inflammation of the liver, inflammation and destruction of the stomach lining, destruction of healthy bacterial populations, inflammation of the colon, allergic reactions, obesity, human antibiotic resistance.

Natural Foods:
Sunlight (vit D), garlic, coconut oil, turmeric, foods high in nicotinamide(vit B3) such as salmon, sardines and nuts. Also manuka honey, olive leaf extract, green tea, pau D’Arco, rose water, myrrh, grapeseed extract, golden seal, oregon grapes, oregano oil, andrographis paniculata, and probiotics.
See:
Garlic Proven 100 Times More Effective Than Antibiotics, Working In A Fraction of The Time
Before Antibiotics Ever Existed, Sunlight Was Used To Treat Diseases With Great Success
The Most Potent B Vitamin That Combats Infections Better Than Antibiotics Ever Could

 

7. GLUCOPHAGE (metformin)

Use: Oral anti-diabetic drug

Glucophage drugs round up the top 7 but the prescription rate of this drug is rapidly increasing. It makes up about 7% of the top prescribed medications. It is the first-line drug of choice for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, in particular, in overweight and obese people. It also acts to indirectly lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

How it Works:
By suppressing natural glucose production by the liver, the drug activates an enzyme which plays an important role in insulin signaling, whole body energy balance, and the metabolism of glucose and fats.

Consequences:
Lactic acidosis, impaired liver/kidney function, decreasing thyroid stimulating hormone and testosterone, increased homocysteine levels, malabsorption of vitamin B12, B12 deficiency, bladder cancer, heart failure. The biggest consequence of diabetes drugs is that it causes pancreatic function to substantially decrease inhibiting several hormones and causing other imbalances which are never correctable without abstaining from the drug.

Natural Foods:
Black tea, Sunlight (vit D), potentially coffee (more research needed), turmeric, nuts, chia seeds, green leafy vegetables, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, red grapes, steel cut oatmeal, broccoli, spinach, green beans and strawberries. 90% of all cases of diabetes can be resolved by eating foods with a low glycemic load, and pursuing both weight training and aerobic exercise.
See:
Study on Black Tea Consumption From 42 Countries Shows It Lowers Diabetes Risk
Two More Bombshells For Vitamin D: It Prevents Both Type I Diabetes and Cavities
Coffee’s Anti-Diabetes Benefit
Healthy Diet, Moderate Exercise Reduce Diabetes Risk Better Than Drugs
How Turmeric Has An Anti-Diabetic Effect On The Body

The drugs on which we spend the most money are those that are still new enough to be protected against generic competition. That’s why drugs like Abilify and Seroquel (antipsychotics), as well as Plavix (blood thinner) and Advair Diskus (asthma inhaler) don’t make the list.

Sources:
drugwatch.com
guardian.co.uk
mercola.com
webmd.com
wikipedia.org


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3 Foods You Should Be Eating For A Bloat-Free Belly

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3 Foods You Should Be Eating For A Bloat-Free Belly

 

There are many reasons we gain weight, one of which is inflammation. Though it’s a natural, healthy response our bodies use for protection (think about when your ankle swells up after a sprain), it can sometimes become a chronic issue.

Many of the foods we eat on a regular basis increase levels of inflammation. Things like sugar, artificial sweeteners, refined grains, unhealthy fats, stress and too much sitting turn the entire body into a hot, swollen mess that retains fluid, and feels sick and run down. By substituting a few low-stress, high-nutrient superfoods into your diet, you’ll be able to reduce irritation, shed excess fluid, increase energy, and feel slim and sexy for summer.

These are three go-to superfoods I use to keep my inflammation down:

 

shop-now-product-chia-seed1. Chia seeds

Why: Chia seeds absorb many times their own weight in water and are high in fiber, so you’ll feel fuller, faster and stay satisfied longer. They’re also a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

While a 2:1 or 3:1 balance of Omega-6 to Omega-3 fatty acids has shown to reduce inflammation, many Western diets are imbalanced at 15:1 or more. Ultimately, the Omega-3s in chia seeds can help offset imbalances and reduce inflammation.

How: Sprinkle them into smoothies, add them to salads or try making chia seed pudding.

 

 

shop-now-product-coconut-oil2. Coconut oil

Why: Coconut oil is the darling food of the health world right now, and for good reason. Not only is it anti-inflammatory, it boosts your metabolism, helps balance hormones and is anti-microbial, all culprits of inflammation. In particular, virgin coconut oil that hasn’t been treated with chemicals or high heat can actually stop the effects of chronic inflammation.

How: Cook with it, bake with it, sauté in it, add it to your smoothies.

 

 

shop-now-product-hemp-seeds3. Hemp seeds


Why: Hemp seeds are a great source of plant-based protein, and protein intake has shown to be helpful for curbing appetite, increasing feelings of satiety and reducing food intake later in the day. The seeds also have a perfect Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio.

How: Sprinkle them into smoothies, add them to salads, make your own hemp milk or mix up some hemp cilantro dip. Just be sure to avoid heating or over processing your hemp as it can be easily damaged.

 

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3 Whole Food Supplements that Go Beyond Multivitamins

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3 Whole Food Supplements that Go Beyond Multivitamins

 

There’s no denying that multivitamins can have a positive effect on the human body (just make sure they actually contain the vitamin, food, or herb advertised). But the problem is that most multivitamins are a collection of isolated nutrients selected and combined by the company making the product. Many natural health authorities have pointed out that when nature does the selecting and combining, the end product is a whole food with a much better nutritional profile.

 

Why Whole Food Supplements are Better

Across the spectrum of the natural health world, one thing is agreed on by virtually everyone – eating whole foods is better for health than eating processed foods. Could it be any different with supplements? Most multivitamins are the supplement equivalent of processed foods, being comprised of isolated, refined, processed, and often synthetic nutrients combined in a capsule.

Like processed foods, processed vitamins have been stripped of their wholeness and integrity, which includes synergistic and balancing nutrients, enzymes, and co-factors. In their refined state, they can act more like drugs in the body. Processed minerals can act like crushed rock, and often very little is digested and assimilated.

Small amounts of nutrients in whole food form are several times more effective than larger doses of isolated nutrients. Food forms are slowly digested and absorbed, and their nutrients become available over a several hour time span. Much of a large dose of isolated nutrients is lost because the body can use only a small amount at one time.

Dr. Joseph Mercola puts the difference between isolated nutrients and nutrients from whole foods this way:

“The perfect example of this difference can be seen in an automobile. An automobile is a wonderfully designed complex machine that needs all of its parts to be present and in place to function properly. Wheels are certainly an important part of the whole, but you could never isolate them from the rest of the car, call them a car or expect them to function like a car. They need the engine, body and everything else.”

Going Beyond Multivitamins

Here are 3 fairly inexpensive whole food supplements that can provide the depth of nutrition most health-conscious people are seeking. If you have a closet full of isolated nutrients that have cost a fortune, one of these three may be able to replace them all and provide a better outcome.

 

1. Bee Pollen

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This is the food bees make to feed to their young, and it is considered one of nature’s most perfect foods. Bee pollen has been used around the world to improve vitality and endurance for many generations.

Bee pollen contains more than 96 nutrients needed for life, including an abundance of antioxidant carotenoids such as beta carotene, lycopene, zeaxanthin, the complete B and E complexes, along with vitamins C, D, as well as protein. It’s one of only a few foods containing vitamin D, and it has a wealth of trace minerals that include iodine, magnesium, and selenium. Linoleic acid is the only fatty acid essential for human nutrition that cannot be made in the body.

Bee pollen contains a noticeable amount of linoleic acid, it has an impressive amino acid profile, and is 25% pure protein and 15% non-GMO lecithin. What’s more, since this food was made for baby bees, there is nothing for the body to break down – everything is immediately available to be used, as the glucoside content helps transport nutrients into the blood stream.

The nutrients in bee pollen have a significant positive impact on the health of the immune system. They can help build resistance to allergies by lowering the body’s sensitivity to pollen. Because bee pollen is collected from flowers, it contains small amounts of the substances aggravating seasonal allergies. Consuming these small amounts can have a profound effect on building resistance.

There is a growing body of research showing that bee pollen may be effective for preventing and treating various cancers as well.

 

2. Spirulina

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These tiny blue-green single cell algae thrive in an alkaline environment and have synthesized a wealth of minerals into their structure, including selenium and magnesium – the minerals deficient in many Americans. Spirulina contains the full B and E complexes, and a high level of xanthophylls, (that yellow/orange pigment that is a precursor for vitamin A).

Other antioxidant pigments include phycocyanin, the purple pigment of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin (what make blueberries special and play a part in healthy liver function), and anthocyanin, the red pigment of astaxanthin, the carotenoid that is nature’s sunscreen. Spirulina has a high level of chlorophyll, the green pigment that functions in plants as hemoglobin does in humans.

Spirulina is also rich in polysaccharides, the name for essential sugars sometimes referred to as glyconutrients. Research has shown less body inflammation, improved metabolism, and balanced alkaline/acid in those using chlorophyll.

This green superfood is also rich in complete protein, which provides all eight essential amino acids in a form much easier to digest that the protein found in animal products. It is rich in enzymes and fatty acids, the primary ones being palmitic, gamma linolenic (GLA), and essential linolenic. These fatty acids help stimulate skin and hair rejuvenation, maintain bone health, regulate metabolism amd maintain the reproductory system.

 

3. Alfalfa

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Alfalfa is unique because it grows 15 feet into the ground, allowing it to reach resources other food-plants can’t reach. As a result, it is one of the most mineral-rich foods, with optimal levels of magnesium, calcium, potassium, and trace minerals such as selenium, copper, sulfur, and zinc. What’s more, its minerals are in a balanced form that promotes proper absorption.

Alfalfa is known for detoxifying the urinary tract, purifying the blood , creating alkalinity in the body, aiding constipation and digestive problems, reducing atherosclerotic plaque, and supporting the pituitary gland.

Amazingly, alfalfa produces 4740 IUs of vitamin D per pound, and a decent amount of vitamin U (S-Methylmethionine), that has shown promise for healing ulcers. Like bee pollen and spirulina, alfalfa is an excellent source of high grade vegetable protein.

Since much alfalfa is now genetically modified, buy only organic alfalfa.

Although the price of bee pollen has risen quite a bit since the death of so many bees, each of these supplements can be bought for the same or less than multivitamins comprised of isolated compounds. That’s a bargain!

 


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