Organic Foods Proven to be Safer

Organically grown foods may offer greater health and safety than foods conventionally grown

Scientists have long recognized the dangers of cadmium (Cd) exposure to the human body. This heavy metal is emerging as a major cause of vascular disorders, common cancers, osteoporosis, and kidney disease, and can also cause damage to the body’s reproductive and neurological systems. While tobacco smoke can be a significant source of exposure for smokers, the primary source of cadmium exposure for nonsmokers is through consumption of contaminated plant-based foods. A survey of all previous pertinent research (meta-analysis), appearing recently in the British Journal of Nutrition, concluded that organically grown foods are on average 48 percent lower in Cd than conventionally grown foods. Now, in an invited commentary appearing in the same journal, Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute cardiovascular research scientist James J. DiNicolantonio, Pharm.D., and Mark F. McCarty, B.A., place this finding in the context of the growing epidemiology linking Cd exposure to adverse health outcomes, and conclude that consistent consumption of organic foods over a lifetime could be expected to favorably influence health and mortality risk.

Find out more here: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/283167.php

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Acai Berry Smoothie

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You can’t find acai berries are your local grocery story but they are the superfruit of berries with high fiber content, low glycemic index, and a high ORAC value. However we’ve brought in a new freeze dried acai powder from Organic Traditions. As the name says the product is organic and has an ORAC value of 2390 per 5g serving.

In this smoothie I also add frozen blueberries, protein powder, pecans, and kale to make for a healthy and tasty morning starter.

To Make Smoothie:

Combine all ingredients in high speed blender or food processor.

  • 1 Scoop Protein Powder
  • 1 teaspoon of Organic Traditions Freeze Dried Acai Berry Powder
  • 8-10 pecans
  • ¼ cup frozen blueberries
  • Handful of kale
  • 6 oz. almond milk

Acai Berry Powder 3.50 Ounces by Organic Traditions

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Blueberry Eye Health Smoothie

Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and especially rich in anthocyanins. In fact anthocyanins may be helpful for people with cataracts and help to slow cataract progression.

We use almonds as they are high in vitamin E. The spinach is another ingredient that helps you with eye help.  One ounce of almonds has 1/3 of the daily requirements of natural vitamin E.

Finally we add a little bit of carrot to add some beta-carotene to help night vision.

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Add to blender

  • ½  cup blueberries
  • 1 raw carrot chopped up
  • 1 oz. raw almonds
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 serving  Plant Head Protein Vanilla
  • 6 oz. almond milk
  • Few ice cubes to chill

Mix on high speed until all ingredients are smooth.

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Addicted to Junk Food

Is junk food making us lose appetite for balanced diet?

People can learn to like healthy foods, brain scans suggest 

Junk isn’t just bad for your body but it also affects your ability to eat a balanced diet. While it is putting on excessive weight it changing your desires to eat a healthy and balanced diet. A junk food diet over times leads to overeating and obesity by changing self-control.

The researchers believe that a junk food diet damages the circuits for reward in parts of your brain and make it difficult to limit your intake of food. These foods become highly addictive.

However a second article from Medical Foods Today, discusses that we can re-educate our brains behavioral based weight loss to undo the damage caused by junk foods. In a 6 month period of time participant were able to change the way the reward centers in the brain responded to foods.

The participants needed to reverse their addiction to unhealthy food as well and increase their love for healthy foods.

For me I’ve found the making sure I eat only healthy foods and totally avoiding “junk food” is the best way for me to lose weight and stay healthy. I found that after 2 weeks on the raw food diet my taste buds changed and I found the idea of junk food unappealing.

But as you can see from above it is best to avoid junk foods as they do have long term effect in your health and behavior.

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/281872.php

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/281643.php

 

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Banana Apple Smoothie

Do you love a smoothie for breakfast?

My friends are getting old and now they all want to slow aging with a morning smoothie. I thought I’d share my recipe with you.

I highly recommend the Vitamix as I really like a very smooth smoothie. However my friends love their NutriBullets.

banana apple smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 apple cut in small pieces skin left on
  • 8 walnuts
  • teaspoon of bee pollen
  • ½ inch of ginger root
  • Few ice cubes
  • 4 oz of hemp, almond, soy, or coconut milk. May add more to taste.
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Eating Junk Food May Worsen Overeating

Eating Junk Food May Block Signals to Stop Overeating

Eating Junk Food May Worsen Overeating

Eating Junk Food May Worsen Overeating

Self-control doesn’t come easily when it comes to eating junk food. While many of us typically blame ourselves for weak willpower, a new study this week indicates the food we eat may actually change our brain in a way that makes it harder for us to move on to other foods when we’ve had enough of the junk. Previous research has shown that many animals, including humans, have a built-in mechanism for balancing their food intake. When a person eats a lot of a certain type of food, their brain starts to decrease the appeal of the taste of that food. As this happens, a person tends to stop eating that food and moves on to something else, naturally balancing out their diet. But there are ways around this. Prior studies had indicated that eating a lot of rich, high-calorie foods could weaken this barrier in favor of the reward these tasty treats can provide, but no research had formally confirmed this hypothesis.

Find out more here: http://blog.doctoroz.com/in-the-news/eating-junk-food-may-block-signals-to-stop-overeating

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Eating Junk Food May Worsen Overeating

Eating Junk Food May Block Signals to Stop Overeating

Eating Junk Food May Worsen Overeating

Eating Junk Food May Worsen Overeating

Self-control doesn’t come easily when it comes to eating junk food. While many of us typically blame ourselves for weak willpower, a new study this week indicates the food we eat may actually change our brain in a way that makes it harder for us to move on to other foods when we’ve had enough of the junk. Previous research has shown that many animals, including humans, have a built-in mechanism for balancing their food intake. When a person eats a lot of a certain type of food, their brain starts to decrease the appeal of the taste of that food. As this happens, a person tends to stop eating that food and moves on to something else, naturally balancing out their diet. But there are ways around this. Prior studies had indicated that eating a lot of rich, high-calorie foods could weaken this barrier in favor of the reward these tasty treats can provide, but no research had formally confirmed this hypothesis.

Find out more here: http://blog.doctoroz.com/in-the-news/eating-junk-food-may-block-signals-to-stop-overeating

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Some Carbohydrates May be Lethal

Deadly Carbohydrates May Be the Lethal Sugar/Cancer Connection

The Healthy You

The Healthy You

A new study shows what researchers have suspected for years—consuming carbohydrates dramatically increases the risk for a common type of breast cancer, a kind that is notoriously hard to treat, according to an article scheduled for publication in the Oct. Life Extension Magazine. The study, published earlier this year in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, revealed that postmenopausal women with previous breast cancer were two times more likely to have recurrence if their carbohydrate intake remained stable or increased after surgery. While the study focused on reducing future cancer recurrences, it has tremendous implications for women who have not yet experienced breast cancer, as well as for everyone concerned about preventing cancers in the future. “There is growing interest among the scientific community in the relationship between carbohydrate consumption and cancer, with a special focus on breast cancer,” says Michael A. Smith, M.D. and senior health scientist for Life Extension.

Read more info here: http://www.alternativemedicine.com/news-item/deadly-carbohydrates-may-be-lethal-sugarcancer-connection

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Some Carbohydrates May be Lethal

Deadly Carbohydrates May Be the Lethal Sugar/Cancer Connection

The Healthy You

The Healthy You

A new study shows what researchers have suspected for years—consuming carbohydrates dramatically increases the risk for a common type of breast cancer, a kind that is notoriously hard to treat, according to an article scheduled for publication in the Oct. Life Extension Magazine. The study, published earlier this year in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, revealed that postmenopausal women with previous breast cancer were two times more likely to have recurrence if their carbohydrate intake remained stable or increased after surgery. While the study focused on reducing future cancer recurrences, it has tremendous implications for women who have not yet experienced breast cancer, as well as for everyone concerned about preventing cancers in the future. “There is growing interest among the scientific community in the relationship between carbohydrate consumption and cancer, with a special focus on breast cancer,” says Michael A. Smith, M.D. and senior health scientist for Life Extension.

Read more info here: http://www.alternativemedicine.com/news-item/deadly-carbohydrates-may-be-lethal-sugarcancer-connection

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Mediterranean Diet Prevents Heart Disease

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Latest evidence of the effects of the mediterranean diet in prevention of cardiovascular disease.

Probably the most effective mechanism in the prevention of cardiovascular disease is to eat right and exercise. One of the most effective diets in the prevention of cardiovascular disease is the Mediterranean diet.

In this recent article found the Mediterranean diet did in fact reduce cardiovascular events. The reason for this may be the fact that it helped to reduce blood pressure, improve glucose metabolism, improve cholesterol levels and decrease inflammation.

The Mediterranean diet is that healthy lifestyle choice. Not only is it healthy but it makes for delicious eating.

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.govI /pubmed/25115436?dopt=Abstract

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