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Fresh Grapes Are So Good for You

By |October 10th, 2017|

Sweet juicy red, green or purple grapes are delicious and have so much to offer our body.  This tiny fruit has been found to help keep our heart strong, improve our memory, and have an ingredient to assist the ‘fountain of youth’. […]

Stevia is the Most Amazing Healthy Sweetener!

By |August 29th, 2017|

The ‘sweet leaf’, stevia sweetener, does not create an insulin response and actually nourishes the pancreas which helps regulate blood sugar.   The stevia plant is incredibly sweet and also incredibly good for you. The leaf is 30 times sweeter than sugar while extracts are 300-400 times sweeter. This is good for Sugar Addicts.

Are you unsure about what the Best Healthy Sweetener is? Learn about all the benefits of stevia as a sweetener below.

6 Sweet Benefits of the Stevia Sweetener

  1. Excellent for Diabetics

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Summer is the Time to Enjoy a Healthy Picnic with Tasty Food

By |August 15th, 2017|

Picnics are a wonderful way to spend a sunny summer day with family and friends.  I love it when it is spontaneous! Go to a park, a lake, the sea side or by the riverside.  It is even fun to picnic in the backyard.

Our bodies love being nourished from the earth, the sky, and the clean air.

7  Tips For a Healthy Picnic

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What Stimulates Love More: a Kiss or Chocolate?

By |February 8th, 2017|

Chocolate will give you a bigger buzz than a kiss! This was what a study discovered with couples in long-term relationships.

Red Meat Linked to Kidney Failure

By |September 8th, 2016|

A diet high in red meat has been found to cause the kidneys to fail.  It was found that those who ate the most of red meat had a 40% higher risk of developing ESRD (end-stage renal disease) commonly known as kidney failure.

ESRD is the final stage of chronic kidney disease; the kidneys stop doing their job to keep the body alive and the only way for survival is to have dialysis or a kidney transplant.

There was research using data from the The Singapore Chinese Health Study followed 63,257 Chinese adults, aged 45-74 for an average of 15.5 years.  They found a strong relationship with those eating big quantities of red meat and ESRD.  There were 951 cases of ESRD occurred showing a very clear trend. It is interesting that they found no association of the consuming of poultry, eggs, fish or dairy products.   Soy and beans were actually found to be somewhat protective.

Woon-PuayKoh, researcher and her team examined the data from the Singapore Chinese Health Study linking the data with the Singapore Renal Registry holding the records of all Singapore ESRD patients. The goal was to find the role of different protein sources on ESRD outcomes.

“We embarked on our study to see what advice should be given to CKD patients or to the general population worried about their kidney health regarding types or sources of protein intake. Our findings suggest that these individuals can still maintain protein intake but consider switching to plant-based sources; however, if they still choose to eat meat, fish/shellfish and poultry are better alternatives to red meat.”said Dr.Koh.

The research found that kidney failure was less when red meat was replaced in one’s diet with proteins like fish and poultry.  The study found that when one serving of red meat is substituted with another protein, there was a 62% reduction of developing ESRD.

“It is best to eat red meat in moderation. For example, instead of eating red meat for every meal or daily, it is advisable to replace it with other meat such as poultry and fish, or plant-based protein such as soya and legumes for alternate meals or days,” said professor Woon-Puay Koh, from the Duke-NUS Medical School.

Red meat consumed in China is mostly pork; it is 97% of the red meat intake.  The other proteins were eggs, dairy, shellfish, fish, soy, legumes, and poultry.

Kidneys are necessary!

To survive we need our vital organ, kidneys.  To make sure we survive we were given two kidneys.  If both kidneys fail we will not live.

  1. One of the important things kidneys do is remove the waste from our body (drugs, urea, ammonia, and other toxic substances). Build up of waste can be very damaging to the body.
  2. They remove excess water from the body.
  3. Kidneys help control blood pressure.
  4. Help make red blood cells and maintain the body’s calcium levels.

What happens for those at risk of ESRD is that the kidneys slowly stop working over 10 to 20 years.

To learn more about the symptoms of ESRD go to The National Library of Medicine for the list.

Many reasons to be concerned about kidney failure.  See these facts:

  • 10% of the people in the world get chronic kidney disease; millions die every year.
  • 26 million American adults have kidney disease and most don’t know it.
  • Chronic kidney disease is on the rise, growing by approximately 8% each year according to the World Health Organization.
  • More than 2 million people in the world receive treatment with dialysis or a kidney transplant yearly.
  • Diabetes (type 2) and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of kidney […]

Very Best Foods for a Summer Detox

By |June 23rd, 2016|

Did you know that doing a summer detoz is a very good time to detox? This is because fresh organic fruit and vegetables are much more available and that it is warm so the body finds it is easier to be in a detox process. This is a natural process. When we detox, we eliminate toxins and begin to feel healthier and eenergized

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  1. Lemons are the best food for a detox in spring, summer and fall.
  • Are highly alkalizing for the body. This helps restore balance to the body’s pH.
  • Your liver loves lemons: The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile” says Back to Eden, Mr. Kloss.
  • Lemons stimulate bile production and they help cleanse the kidneys.

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  1. Watermelon is the number one food for a summer detox.
  • Is high in dietary fiber.  This helps keep the colon clean, helping cleanse your body.
  • Contains glutathione that helps improve liver function. Glutathione is the body’s most powerful antioxidant and detoxifying agent.
  • Is a good source of potassium. Potassium balances the high amounts of sodium in our diets which supports your kidneys and is great when cleansing.
  • Reduces inflammation: Less inflammation means lower toxic load in the body.
  • It is extremely alkaline-forming in the body. Fat cells contain toxicity and acid. Your body will not let go of fat cells while you are still acidic.
  • Contains high amounts of citrulline. This helps to create arginine which removes ammonia and other toxins from the body.
  • 1 cup of watermelon is only 47 calories. This is great for weight loss.

Read more about Watermelon Health Benefits.

cucumber

  1. Cucumbers are helpful in helping flush toxins out of the body. The high water content in cucumbers gets your urinary system moving.
  1. Raspberries are low in calories making them an ideal fruit for people who want to lose weight.
  • The glycemic index of raspberries is 3, meaning they are a low glycemic load food. They have a low effect on our blood sugar, helping us to maintain it and keeping it from spiking.
  1. Blueberries are one of the most healing foods.
  • Have been found to reduce inflammation in many studies on animals;
  • Have antiviral properties and help to block toxins from crossing the blood-brain barrier to gain access to the delicate brain.

 

celery slices

  1. Celery is filled with fiber that is good for weight loss and is about 95% water.

spinach

  1. Spinach alkalizing the body helps to balance the body.
  • Full of anti- inflammatory antioxidants. Fat cells produce chemistry that creates inflammation which can lead to Obesity.
  1. Avocados contain glutathione which helps the liver detoxify synthetic chemicals.
  • Can also lower cholesterol and dilate blood vessels while blocking artery-destroying toxicity.
  1. Flaxseeds have a balance of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which reduce inflammation.
  • Are high soluble and insoluble fibre. This helps stabilize blood sugar and promotes proper functioning of the intestines.

mint

  1. Mint leaves are great for summer cooling.
  • Help you […]

10 Winter Fruits and Vegetables

By |February 18th, 2016|

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The Benefits Of Kissing

By |February 10th, 2016|

Do you love kissing? Kissing is so good for us and full of health benefits.
Chocolate may have love benefits but kissing burns calories while chocolate adds calories.
Did you know that even Chimpanzees kiss with their mouth?
Here are some fun kissing facts for you in this infographic.
Kissing-Infographic-02 Infographic with permission by  byuidating.com.

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How To Accept Yourself – Instead of Making New Year’s Resolutions

By |January 3rd, 2016|

Would you rather lose 10 pounds that will probably be back by springtime, or would you rather gain a new perspective that will last for a lifetime?

This may sound like an unfair question, but it speaks to the difference between the permanent, life-changing process of learning to accept yourself, as opposed to achieving one or two superficial goals around the beginning of the new year.

Can you imagine a friendship or a romantic relationship in which one party says to the other:

“You know Sally (or Barry). Your teeth need to be whiter. I think I could like you or even love you IF you get your teeth whitened by next Tuesday. ”

The answer is not very likely because you know that by the next time these two come together, another request would emerge.

“You know, I’m happy with your teeth now. But you are definitely carrying a few extra pounds and your laugh is kind of weird. I know these are harder to deal with so I will (generously) give you a whole month to change. Then, I might really like you or even love you”.

Could you imagine yourself saying this to your friends and loved ones?

Of course not, but that is exactly how we treat ourselves. We decide that we can only be happy and love ourselves if we make changes to our body or finances (or whatever) and we make resolutions to do so.

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Making New Year’s Resolutions like this is not only potentially problematic with our psychological health; it also has very little chance of success.

Although 40 to 50 % of the population makes New Year’s resolutions, only 8% ever achieve their goals. These successes were probably short attainable goals rather than lofty long term goals. Experts like psychologist Lynn Bufka recommend setting manageable goals, so we have a better chance of succeeding.

It’s totally OK to improve yourself. It’s wonderful to create better habits and buff up and be healthier, but it is so much easier and holistic if you start with an acceptance of yourself.

How Do We Do That?

1. Find the Good Within Ourselves and Be Thankful For It

This includes parts of our personality and activities which we can think about and can make a list of. For example, “I care about the environment. I’m a good cook. I can run like the wind.”

Yes, write it down, make a list and be thankful for it. Research has shown that gratitude is linked to better relationships and healthier habits.

2. Be Realistic About Our Limitations

Recognize that everyone is totally unique and has a different function in life. Everyone, including you, is doing their best given the circumstances. I like this short affirmation by Farnoosh Brock:  “I accept myself. I love myself. I forgive myself for what I didn’t know until I learned it.”

3. Be As Compassionate and Forgiving to Yourself As You Would Be to Others.

If your friend was feeling bad about not getting top marks on an exam, would you berate them for it? That’s exactly what we do to ourselves. Be a good friend to yourself every time self-judgment or criticism come up in our mind. Give your friend (you) the benefit of the doubt.

Forgive yourself sign on old wood with a blurred sunset sky and sea on background

4. Watch for the Inner Positive Feelings

We have many positive thoughts and feelings and experiences during the day but we tend to remember the problems since they have to be dealt with and […]

Smoking Is Not The Only Cause of Lung Cancer

By |December 12th, 2015|

Lung cancer is the most prevalent cancer in the world. More people die from it than any other cancer, according to the World Health Organization.

Fact:  85–90 percent of those who died from lung cancer in the United States were smokers.  According to the Harvard Family Health Guide, 15,000 nonsmoking Americans die each year from lung cancer, which indicates that other harmful factors need to be addressed to help combat this widespread cancer.

5 Ways That Lung Cancer Develops in Non-Smokers

We know that cigarette smoking is definitely the main cause of lung cancer. Still, there are many cases of lung cancer that occur in non-smokers.

Research has identified many environmental factors and everyday hazards that will increase a non-smoker’s chance of developing lung cancer.

1. Radon Gas

Radon gas is considered to be the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. According to the WHO, it’s estimated to cause between 3 and 14 percent of all lung cancers, depending on the average radon level in the country.

What is radon gas? It is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas formed when uranium and other radioactive elements decay. It’s invisible, tasteless and odorless, making it easy to go unnoticed. It’s found in rocks, soil and even sometimes water. Some homes are built on soil with natural uranium deposits and it can become radon-contaminated.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that one out of every 15 homes in the U.S. contains dangerous levels of radon gas. Learn whether you should have your house tested in A Citizen’s Guide to Radon, produced by the EPA.

2. Passive Smoking

Tobacco smoke has more than 7,000 chemicals of which hundreds are toxic and about 70 are known to cause cancer. Secondhand smoke kills 600,000 people worldwide annually. While smoke-free laws are becoming more widespread, only 18 percent of people in the world are protected by national smoke-free laws.

When a nonsmoking woman lives with a smoker, she has a 24 percent increased risk for developing lung cancer. When a non-smoking man lives with a smoker, he has a 37 percent increased risk for developing lung cancer, when compared with other non-smokers. Exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke is never safe according to the WHO Fact Sheet.

We all deserve to have access to tobacco-smoke free air. Having laws that ban smoking in public places have helped to reduce this danger of lung cancer in non-smokers and children, but further action is necessary. The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, an affiliate of the American Cancer Society, is working to make more places smoke-free.

3. Asbestos

A study at Turin University, Italy found asbestos caused 107,000 lung cancer deaths in 2004, and 1,523,000 people were left on disability from exposure. Sadly, 125 million people in the world are exposed to asbestos at the workplace according to WHO Assessment of Asbestos.

Asbestos-related lung cancer takes between 15 and 35 years to develop. When you add cigarette smoke to those exposed to asbestos, it drastically increases the risk of developing asbestos lung cancer by 50 to 84 times.

Asbestos is a natural mineral which has been used in North America since the late 1800s as a thermal and insulation material. When the fibers of asbestos are disturbed, they release microscopic fibers into the air and when inhaled, can become trapped in the lungs.

Asbestos use is now limited or banned in many countries including the United States, but there are still 125 million people exposed to it worldwide. WHO, in collaboration with many organizations, is working towards eliminating the use of all types of asbestos.

In the past century, asbestos has been incorporated into thousands […]

Surprising Benefits of Sweet Potatoes & Tips For Cooking Them Right

By |December 10th, 2015|

You can mash them or bake them, or give them a quick fry and sweet potatoes are always delicious!

This starchy superstar is a delicious treat and has become a sentimental staple at Thanksgiving dinners. The good news is that sweet potatoes are actually very nutritious as well as being exceptionally delicious. Read on to discover their health benefits, their history and trivia, and tips for cooking them just right.

Don’t let the ‘sweet’ in sweet potatoes scare you.
They actually have a lower glycemic index then white potatoes. That means they are less likely to produce insulin resistance and its accompanying health problems, including weight gain. Sweet potatoes are a smart carb, very rich in carotenoids, vitamins A, B6, C, potassium, iron and fiber. They provide a wealth of health benefits and are a great addition to your meals.

Did you know that sweet potatoes were cultivated and consumed before the white (Irish) potato?

13 Surprising Health Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

1.  Maintains Healthy Blood Sugar Levels

Yes, sweet potatoes are sweet, but they have a low glycemic index meaning the sugar is released slowly into the bloodstream. Most consumed starchy foods raise blood sugar rapidly; with sweet potato you will not get a blood sugar spike, but you will get a steady amount of energy. Research at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences found the Beauregard sweet potato to be a low-glycemic index food.

2. Treatment for Diabetes

A study of 61 people with type 2 diabetes saw that those who took the extract, Caiapo, from the sweet potato daily for 3 months had their blood sugar drop with no significant adverse effects.

Caiapo has been used without medical prescription for years in Japan as a food additive for prevention and treatment for diabetes.

“We’re hoping that diet, particularly the consumption of sweet potatoes, will become a more widely used tool in the treatment of diabetes. It has the potential to be more cost-effective than drugs.” – Dr. Jon Allen, CALS professor of food science.baked sweet potato-443x295

3.  Immune System is Strengthened

Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin C, Beta Carotene and vitamin E that support a healthy immune system and are powerful disease-fighting antioxidants.

4. Helps Keep the Heart Healthy

They are a great source of B6 vitamins, which break down homocysteine, a substance that contributes to the hardening of blood vessels and arteries. – Harvard University School of Public Health.

Also, being a good source of potassium, they help the heart by lowering blood pressure according to the American Heart Association. Potassium is also an important electrolyte that helps regulate your heartbeat.

5. Reduce the Chances of Stomach Ulcers

Functional Foods in Health and Disease did a study in 2012 on how effective sweet potatoes were in healing an ulcer. The sweet potato had a potent ulcer healing effect!

6. Good for Weight Loss

Sweet potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, which slows down digestion so you eat less. This also helps with regular bowel movements.

7. Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Purple Sweet Potato

A study found the extract of the purple sweet potato to be anti-inflammatory.

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Sweet Potatoes are High in Beta-Carotene (Vitamin A)

1 cup Sweet potato, cooked, baked in skin = 769 percent daily recommended intake of Vitamin A, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Vitamin A is an antioxidant that protects cells from damage caused by free radicals believed to contribute to some chronic diseases.

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Beta-Carotene also […]

Sweet Colourful Bell Peppers are Full of Health Benefits

By |October 22nd, 2015|

Colourful bell peppers add a sweet, light crunchiness to a meal.  Their bright red, yellow, orange or green adds vibrant beauty to any meal, whether it’s a salad or a stir fry.

Health Benefits of Sweet Bell Peppers […]