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Top 12 Cholesterol-Lowering Foods

Top 12 Cholesterol-Lowering Foods

1. Vegetables (Especially Greens!)

No doubt about it, nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory vegetables are one of the most high-antioxidant foods. Loaded with phytochemicals that fight free radical damage, they slow down the aging process and keep arteries flexible and healthy. Many dark leafy greens, like spinach and kale, contain very few calories but offer protection against heart attacks by helping artery walls stay clear of cholesterol buildup. While nearly every type is a good choice, vegetables — including benefit-rich beets, onions, cabbage, broccoli and artichokes — are especially useful for upping your fiber intake and protecting heart health.

2. Nuts

Nuts of all kinds make a good source of healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. They also provide a decent amount of fiber. Certain nuts including almondsspecifically supply antioxidant flavonoids, plant-based compounds that improve artery health and reduce inflammation. Studies show nuts have a consistent “bad” LDL cholesterol-lowering effect, especially in individuals with high cholesterol and diabetes. They can help prevent damage from forming within artery walls and protect against dangerous cholesterol plaque buildup, in addition to fighting weight gain and obesity.

3. Chia Seeds and Flaxseeds

Flaxseed’s benefits extend to being the richest source of the plant-based omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). They also rank number one in terms of providing hormone-balancing lignans. Both chia and flaxseeds are extremely high in soluble and insoluble fiber, which can support detoxification and gut health and help with weight loss.

The soluble fiber content helps trap fat and cholesterol in the digestive system so that it is unable to be absorbed. Bile is then excreted through the digestive system, forcing the body to make more, using up excess cholesterol in the blood and lowering cholesterol overall. Use some seeds on your oatmeal, yogurt, in baked goods or blended into smoothies.

4. Olive Oil

Olive oil Benefits include being another anti-inflammatory ingredient that’s full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids which lower LDL cholesterol. Use extra virgin olive oil to make homemade salad dressings, add some to sauces, or use it as a flavor-boosting ingredient for stir-fries or marinades.

5. Avocados

Avocados are one of the world’s greatest sources of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, the type that can help raise HDL cholesterol while lowering LDL. Avocados also contain high levels of soluble fiber and stabilize blood sugar levels, in addition to supplying anti-inflammatory phytochemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein. Besides making guacamole, get creative with these avocado recipes and add it to smoothies, salads, eggs or even desserts.

6. Salmon 

As one of the world’s best sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats, the nutrition of salmon is also valuable because it’s linked to lower rates of heart disease, cognitive disorders, depression and many other conditions. Other sources of omega-3 fatty acidsinclude fatty fish like sardines, mackerel and herring. All can help raise good cholesterol while also supporting a healthy weight and better brain function.

7. Gluten-Free Whole Grains/Ancient Grains

One hundred percent whole grains are tied to better heart health, mostly because they are a great source of fiber. However, because gluten is a common sensitivity and can promote inflammation, I recommend focusing on gluten-free grains like quinoa, rolled oats, buckwheat and amaranth. These tend to be easier to digest, can be used in all the same ways as wheat or wheat flour, and provide plenty of nutrients, too. Oats, for example, contain a compound called beta-glucan, a substance that absorbs cholesterol.

8. Green Tea

Green tea is considered the number-one beverage for anti-aging. Not only is it a rich source of cancer-fighting antioxidants, it’s also supportive for heart health since it prevents LDL cholesterol levels from rising. Epidemiological studies suggest that drinking green tea can help reduce atherosclerosis and risk of heart disease, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation in arthritis cases, and also improve bone density and brain function.

9. Beans and Legumes

Beans are known for packing in fiber, which slows the rate and amount of absorption of cholesterol. They also contain antioxidants and certain beneficial trace minerals that support healthy circulation. Try nutritious black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, mung beans and other varieties in soup, salads and, of course, hummus!

10. Turmeric

Consider turmeric the king of all spices when it comes to fighting inflammation. Turmeric benefits include lowering cholesterol, preventing clots, fighting viruses, killing free radicals, increasing immune health, balancing hormones and more. Turmeric contains the active ingredient called curcumin, which has been studied in regards to protection against numerous inflammatory diseases including heart disease, cancer, ulcerative colitis, arthritis and more.

11. Garlic

Garlic is one of the most well-researched heart healthy ingredients there is. For example, the benefits of raw garlic has been shown to reverse disease because of its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antidiabetic and immune-boosting properties! Garlic has been found to lower cholesterol, prevent blood clots, reduce blood pressure and protect against infections, so use some every day however you can, whether in sauces, soups, roasted veggies or marinades.

12. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes provide a good dose of filling, artery-sweeping fiber in addition to loads of vitamins and antioxidants. They’re also low in calories, low on the glycemic index (which means that they won’t spike your blood sugar) and high in potassium.

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Loco For COCO (ChoosIng betWeen virgin aNd reFined)

 

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Coconut oil is incredibly versatile, healthy, beneficial and a natural solution to many “problems.”

However, not all coconut oil is created equal.

There are 2 main type of coconut oil: virgin and refined.

Let’s take a closer look at 5 things you must know about coconut oil:

VIRGIN(NutOrganic Virgin Coconut Oil) REFINED(Organic Refined Coconut Oil)
  • Coconut scent and flavor
  • Neutral scent and flavor
  • Heat up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Heat up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Made from fresh coconuts
  • Made from dried coconuts
  • Unrefined
  • Steam refined, no chemicals used
  • Certified organic and non-GMO
  • Certified organic and non-GMO

 

How Is Coconut Oil Made?

VIRGIN REFINED
Fresh coconut meat is scooped out of the shell then cold pressed.

The result is leaving behind just the oil.

Has a pure coconut flavour.

 

Made from dried coconut meat, or copra.

Gently steam refine the oil to achieve a neutral flavour.

NOTE: Some companies use harsh chemicals to produce refined coconut oil – beware!

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How Can You Use Coconut Oil?

From baking and cooking to body and hair care, coconut oil has MANY uses. Both virgin and refined coconut oil can be used interchangeably, based on your personal preference for the coconut taste and smell.

When cooking, refined coconut oil has a higher smoke point of 400 degrees, which makes it ideal for stir-frying, baking and sautéing. It also has a neutral flavor which makes it preferable when a coconut flavor is not wanted.

Which Coconut Oil Is Better For YOU?

BOTH!

They share the same nutritional profile. It is up to YOU to decide; depending on if you enjoy a coconut aroma and taste, both refined and virgin coconut oil have 63% medium chain triglycerides, including 50% lauric acid.

How To Shop For Coconut Oil

When buying coconut oil, there are some key characteristics you should look for.

  • Certified organic
  • Verified non-GMO
  • Confirm that virgin coconut oil IS:
    • Cold-pressed
    • Made without hexane
    • Never deodorized or bleached
  • Confirm that refined coconut oil:
    • Has never been refined using harsh chemicals
    • Be sure to check that it is steam-refined

What is YOUR favourite and most creative use for coconut oil?

I love to use mine to brush my teeth and eat my breakfast eggs with.

 

The mighty moringa Tree of Life

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Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing tree native to South Asia and now found throughout the tropics. Its leaves have been used as part of traditional medicine for centuries, and the Ayurvedic system of medicine associates it with the cure or prevention of about 300 diseases.

Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” “drumstick tree,” or “horseradish tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition: protein, calcium, beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium… you name it, moringa’s got it. No wonder it’s been used medicinally (and as a food source) for at least 4,000 years.

The fact that moringa grows rapidly and easily makes it especially appealing for impoverished areas, and it’s been used successfully for boosting nutritional intake in Malawi, Senegal, and India. In these areas, moringa may be the most nutritious food locally available, and it can be harvested year-round.

Personally, I grew a moringa tree for two years and I can attest to the fact that it grows like a weed. For those living in third-world countries, it may very well prove to be a valuable source of nutrition.

However I don’t recommend planting one in your backyard for health purposes as the leaves are very small and it is a timely and exceedingly tedious task to harvest the leaves from the stem to eat them.

The leaves are tiny and difficult to harvest and use, so you’ll likely find, as I did, that growing one is more trouble than it’s worth. That being said, there is no denying that moringa offers an impressive nutritional profile that makes it appealing once it is harvested…

6 Reasons Why Moringa Is Being Hailed as a Superfood

         1.A Rich Nutritional Profile

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

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

     

    2. Antioxidants Galore

    Moringa leaves are rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid. The latter, chlorogenic acid, has been shown to slow cells’ absorption of sugar and animal studies have found it to lower blood sugar levels. As noted in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention:5

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

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

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

    3. Lower Blood Sugar Levels

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

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

    4. Reduce Inflammation

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

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

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

    5. Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels

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

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

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

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

    6. Protect Against Arsenic Toxicity

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

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

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

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

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

    Moringa Leaves May Even Purify Water… and More

    From a digestive standpoint, moringa is high in fiber that, as the Epoch Times put it, “works like a mop in your intestines… to clean up any of that extra grunge left over from a greasy diet.” Also noteworthy are its isothiocyanates, which have anti-bacterial properties that may help to rid your body of H. pylori, a bacteria implicated in gastritis, ulcers, and gastric cancer. Moringa seeds have even been found to work better for water purification than many of the conventional synthetic materials in use today.

    According to Uppsala University:

    “A protein in the seeds binds to impurities causing them to aggregate so that the clusters can be separated from the water. The study… published in the journal Colloids and Surfaces A takes a step towards optimization of the water purification process.

    Researchers in Uppsala together with colleagues from Lund as well as Namibia, Botswana, France, and the USA have studied the microscopic structure of aggregates formed with the protein.

    The results show that the clusters of material (flocs) that are produced with the protein are much more tightly packed than those formed with conventional flocculating agents. This is better for water purification as such flocs are more easily separated.”

    There is speculation that moringa’s ability to attach itself to harmful materials may also happen in the body, making moringa a potential detoxification tool.

    How to Use Moringa

    If you have access to a moringa tree, you can use the fresh leaves in your meals; they have a flavor similar to a radish. Toss them like a salad, blend them into smoothies, or steam them like spinach. Another option is to use moringa powder, either in supplement form or added to smoothies, soups, and other foods for extra nutrition. Moringa powder has a distinctive “green” flavor, so you may want to start out slowly when adding it to your meals.

    You can also use organic, cold-pressed moringa oil (or ben oil), although it’s expensive (about 15 times more than olive oil). As mentioned, while I don’t necessarily recommend planting a moringa tree in your backyard (a rapid-growing tree can grow to 15 to 30 feet in just a few years), you may want to give the leaves or powder a try if you come across some at your local health food market. As reported by Fox News, this is one plant food that displays not just one or two but numerous potential healing powers:

    “Virtually all parts of the plant are used to treat inflammation, infectious disorders, and various problems of the cardiovascular and digestive organs, while improving liver function and enhancing milk flow in nursing mothers. The uses of moringa are well documented in both the Ayurvedic and Unani systems of traditional medicine, among the most ancient healing systems in the world.

    Moringa is rich in a variety of health-enhancing compounds, including moringine, moringinine, the potent antioxidants quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin, and various polyphenols. The leaves seem to be getting the most market attention, notably for their use in reducing high blood pressure, eliminating water weight, and lowering cholesterol.

    Studies show that moringa leaves possess anti-tumor and anti-cancer activities, due in part to a compound called niaziminin. Preliminary experimentation also shows activity against the Epstein-Barr virus. Compounds in the leaf appear to help regulate thyroid function, especially in cases of over-active thyroid. Further research points to anti-viral activity in cases of Herpes simplex 1.”

[-] Sources and References
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  •  Uppsala University December 5, 2013
  •  Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects Volume 460, October 20, 2014, Pages 460-467
  •  Fox News November 12, 2014
  • The many uses of the mighty moringa tree By Dr Mercola
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What to do if you want to quit smoking

If You Want to Quit Smoking, Do This First

I believe the “secret” to quitting smoking is to get healthy first, which will make quitting much easier. Exercising is part and parcel of this plan, as research shows people who engage in regular strength training double their success rate at quitting smoking compared to those who don’t exercise. Healthy eating is another crucial aspect that can’t be ignored. In short, if you want to quit, here are the three basic tips to get you started:

  1. Read through my comprehensive free nutrition plan to get started eating right.
  2. Develop a well-rounded exercise regimen. It is your ally to fighting disease and to quitting smoking.

 

      3. Strength training is an important part, but also remember to incorporate high-                       intensity interval exercises like Peak Fitness, core-strengthening exercises,                             stretching and regular non-exercise movement  (like walking and cutting back on                   sitting).

 

This can help clear out emotional blockages from your system (some of which you might not even realize are there), thus restoring your mind and body’s balance and helping you break the addiction and avoid cravings.

Once you are regularly doing these three things, then you can begin to think about quitting smoking. At this point many are ready to try quitting “cold turkey.” If you need a distraction, these six things to do instead of smoking may help. Finally, if you’re a parent, talk with your children about the risks of smoking, smokeless tobacco, and e-cigarettes. The easiest pathway to not smoking is to avoid starting in the first place.

Six Things to Do Instead of Smoking

If you’re thinking of quitting, read below for the three steps you should take first. But when you’re ready, the following strategies, recently posted by TIME,3 may help, especially in the early days and hours:

  1. Chew carrots: A healthy snack can help you beat nicotine cravings (and the urge to bring something to your mouth). Carrots, celery, radishes, bell pepper slices, and other fresh veggies would all work for this purpose.
  2. Distract yourself: Surround yourself with people who are supportive of your choice to quit and who can help take your mind off of cravings.
  3. “Snap” your cravings away: Wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap it if you’re considering giving in to a craving. The sting will distract you and give you a moment to remember all of the reasons why you’re quitting.
  4. Exercise: Exercise helps fight addictions by releasing natural feel-good endorphins and easing stress and anxiety.
  5. Take a shower: This is another calming distraction, plus when you feel clean and fresh, you’ll be less likely to want to light up.
  6. Listen to music: Take your mind off of cravings with your favorite relaxing tunes, or put on an upbeat tune and dance to celebrate your new “smoke-free” self.
  7. One other thing you can try is watch Allen Carr’s easy way to stop smoking video on youtube.

References

http://www.mercola.com

http://eft.mercola.com

E-Cigs Are Worse Than Advertised

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By Dr. Mercola

Diacetyl is an artificial flavor that’s most well known for adding a buttery taste to microwave popcorn. Its been linked to respiratory damage, including inflammation and permanent scarring of the airways, dubbed “popcorn lung,” in workers at a microwave popcorn plant.

If you smoke e-cigarettes, there’s a good chance you’re doing so in order to reduce your health risks compared to smoking tobacco cigarettes. But, you should know that even e-cigarettes come with risks, including exposure to the “popcorn lung” chemical diacetyl and other chemicals with every puff.

‘Popcorn Lung’ Flavoring Chemical Found Widely in E-Cigarettes

There are over 7,000 e-cigarette flavors on the market, and Harvard researchers recently selected 51 of them to determine their contents. The flavors chosen were specifically selected for testing because they were deemed to be appealing to youth.

Nearly all of the flavors (47 out of 51) contained flavoring chemicals. Diacetyl, for instance, was detected in 39 of the 51 flavors tested.

Simply avoiding “buttery” sounding flavors is not enough if you’re looking to avoid it, as the chemical was also detected in fruit-flavored, alcohol-flavored, and candy-flavored e-cigarettes.

Other chemicals, including acetoin and 2,3-pentanedione (also known as acetylpropionyl), which are chemically similar to diacetyl, were found in 46 of the products tested. The researchers noted in Environmental Health Perspectives:

Due to the associations between diacetyl, bronchiolitis obliterans, and other severe respiratory diseases observed in workers, urgent action is recommended to further evaluate this potentially widespread exposure via flavored e-cigarettes.”

Earlier this year, separate research detected diacetyl or propionyl in 74 percent of the sweet e-cigarette liquids tested.

Among those that contained diacetyl, close to half would expose e-cigarette users to levels that exceed workplace limits designed to protect workers from the chemical’s hazardous effects.

Further, reading labels of e-cigarette flavors cannot guarantee protection, as they don’t always disclose all the ingredients in the product. The Harvard researchers told NBC News:

Two companies explicitly stated that their products do not contain diacetyl in written communication, yet in our testing we did find diacetyl in their product.”

Highly Reactive Free Radicals Found in E-Cigarette Aerosols

E-cigarettes are widely believed to be a “safe” alternative to smoking when in fact accumulating research shows they, too, contain health-harming additives and ingredients that are inhaled and absorbed by your body (and those around you).

Whether or not e-cigarettes are actually “healthier” than tobacco cigarettes remains to be seen. By some accounts, they may even be worse. As reported by Prevent Disease:

Some experts are comparing replacing tobacco with e-cigarettes to heroin users switching to the painkiller methadone. The replacement may have its own risks, but is it safer, probably not.”

E-cigarettes produce aerosols, which are liquid particles suspended in air, instead of smoke. Researchers recently tested these aerosols and found the presence of highly reactive free radicals.

In cigarette smoke, highly reactive free radicals are associated with cancer, heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Researcher John P. Richie Jr., professor of Public Health Sciences and Pharmacology, told Prevent Disease:

The levels of radicals that we’re seeing are more than what you might get from a heavily air-polluted area but less than what you might find in cigarette smoke …

The identification of these radicals in the aerosols means that we can’t just say e-cigarettes are safe because they don’t contain tobacco. They are potentially harmful. Now we have to find out what the harmful effects are.”

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also detected a potentially deadly antifreeze chemical called diethylene glycol in an electronic cigarette cartridge, along with tobacco-specific nitrosamines, which are linked to cancer.

Secondhand E-Cigarette Smoke Contains Toxic Metals

As with tobacco cigarettes, just being around those who “vape,” the term used for e-cigarette smoking, could pose health risks. In a 2014 study by researchers from USC Viterbi, e-cigarettes were found to have 10-fold fewer carcinogenic particles in their vapor relative to smoke from conventional cigarettes.

However, the e-cigarettes emitted higher levels of certain metals, including nickel, zinc, and silver.”Some of these metals are extremely toxic even in very low amounts,” the study’s lead researcher noted,adding in a statement:

The metal particles likely come from the cartridge of the e-cigarette devices themselves – which opens up the possibility that better manufacturing standards for the devices could reduce the quantity of metals in the smoke.

Studies of this kind are necessary for implementing effective regulatory measures. E-cigarettes are so new, there just isn’t much research available on them yet.”

There have been other studies to detect toxic metals, including nanoparticles, in e-cigarette vapor, however. One study found metals including tin, copper, nickel and silver, silicate beads, and nanoparticles.

In some cases, such as the tin particles, the amounts were greater than you might be exposed to from smoking a conventional cigarette. Since metals build up in your body over time, symptoms may be attributed to other causes and people often don’t realize they have been affected by metals until it’s too late.

A Concerning Number of Teens Are Taking Up Vaping

E-cigarettes, which have only been around for less than a decade, have already amassed a larger following, with an estimated 10 percent of U.S. adults and 13 percent of high school students currently “vaping.” E-cigarette use among middle and high school students tripled from 2013 to 2014.

Currently, e-cigarettes are unregulated, which means the more than 450 brands on the market are sold with no labeling or testing requirements.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently considering extending its regulatory powers over cigarettes to include e-cigarette devices.Mitch Zeller, J.D., director of FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products, said:

“In today’s rapidly evolving tobacco marketplace, the surge in youth use of novel products like e-cigarettes forces us to confront the reality that the progress we have made in reducing youth cigarette smoking rates is being threatened …

These staggering increases in such a short time underscore why FDA intends to regulate these additional products to protect public health.”

Aside from the inherent health risks from the e-cigarettes and flavorings, the devices may also serve as a gateway to tobacco. A study published in JAMA Pediatrics revealed that young people who use e-cigarettes are more likely to start using conventional cigarettes than their peers who do not.The authors noted:

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) may help smokers reduce the use of traditional combustible cigarettes.

However, adolescents and young adults who have never smoked traditional cigarettes are now using e-cigarettes, and these individuals may be at risk for subsequent progression to traditional cigarette smoking.”

Do E-Cigarettes Really Help You Quit Smoking?

E-cigarette use is especially prominent among current and former cigarette smokers, many of whom use them to help break their smoking habit. But, does it really work? A study published in late 2014 showed that smokers who used e-cigarettes daily were more likely to quit tobacco, but those who used them intermittently were six times less likely to quit smoking tobacco in the following year.

There’s also data showing that ex-smokers, some of whom hadn’t smoked for five years, were taking up (or relapsing) with e-cigarettes,which means they’re being exposed to a new set of health risks. Everyone is different, of course, and there are success stories too.

My mother smoked for all of her adult life, and when she decided to give up smoking, she used an electronic cigarette in the process and found it helpful. So, I encourage you to do your own research if you’re thinking of using e-cigarettes to help you quit and continue in your effort to fully quit.

References

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/12/02/smoking-alternatives.aspxhttp://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/12/02/smoking-alternatives.aspx

10 Natural remedies for kidney stones

10 Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones

The kidneys are one of the most important organs in the human body. The kidneys help to detox and filter impurities from the blood, as well as waste products from your urine. Kidney stones form when the kidneys are not able to process toxins efficiently. Specifically, a crystallization of unprocessed minerals builds up. Kidney stones cause pain and possible blockage of urine flow.

The following are some simple natural remedies that may help soothe the discomfort of kidney stones and speed up the body’s natural healing process.

1. Lemon Juice, Olive Oil, and Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

This is one of my favorites and easily one of the most effective remedies for kidney stones and the pain they cause. At the first symptom of stone pain, mix 2 oz of organic olive oil with 2 oz of organic lemon juice.

Drink it straight and follow with a 12 ounce glass of purified water. Wait 30 minutes. Then, squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon into 12 ounces of purified water, add 1 tablespoon of organic raw apple cider vinegar and drink. Repeat the lemon juice, water and apple cider vinegar recipe every hour until symptoms improve.

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2. Uva Ursi

Uva Ursi is a common folk remedy for kidney stones. Not only will it help fight off infection in the kidneys, but it may also help reduce pain and cleanse the urinary tract. 500mg three times a day is recommended for kidney stones.

3. Dandelion Root

Organic dandelion root is a great kidney tonic and cleanser. Taking up to 500 mg twice a day may be beneficial.

4. Kidney Beans

The shape of this bean may be indicative of its healing potential. An effective urinary home remedy for kidney stones, traditionally the pods were used as a medicinal tonic.

Try removing the beans from inside the pods, and then boil the pods in purified hot water for six hours. This liquid can be strained through cheese cloth, cooled and taken throughout the day for one day to ease kidney stone pain.

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5. Horsetail

Horsetail tea is an effective natural remedy for kidney stones. Drink up to 3-4 cups of horsetail tea daily or 2 grams of the herb in capsule form daily.

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6. Pomegranate Juice

We’ve all heard that pomegranates have many health benefits. But, more specifically, the seeds and juice of pomegranates can be considered another natural remedy for kidney stones. This may be related to their sourness and astringent properties. I prefer eating organic pomegranates and drinking freshly-squeezed pomegranate juice.

7. Magnesium

Studies show that people with recurrent kidney stones who took magnesium supplements had a 92.3 percent improvement rate in reduction of kidney stones. 300 mg of magnesium orotate is recommended daily for prevention and reduction of stones.

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8. Organic Celery

Celery in vegetable form and celery seed are great urine-promoters and kidney tonics. Regular use of celery seed, as a spice or as a tea, may prevent kidney stone formation.

9. Basil

A kidney tonifier, basil tea can be taken throughout the day for overall kidney health. If you have kidney stones, try taking one teaspoon each of basil juice with raw honey daily for up to six months. It’s believed that folk remedies with pure basil juice can help induce stone expulsion from the urinary tract.

10. Change in Diet

Unhealthy food intake is a primary cause of kidney stones. Cut down on the amount of soda and energy drinks you consume. Avoid processed foods and alcoholic beverages. Add more fruits and veggies to your diet, especially those listed above.

Kidney_stone_01-1.jpg11. Bonus! Inversion Table

It sounds odd, but some research suggests using an inversion table can help pass stone fragments after extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy. Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy, in short, is when a targeted shock wave is sent through the body to break up stones. It seems that inversion therapy helps the body push out the stones.

I also recommend reading the book “The Green Body Cleanse” to learn how to avoid kidney stone forming foods and beverages.

Remember that the remedies listed above are not intended to replace medical care. If you’re experiencing a lot of pain from kidney stones, see your doctor immediately. For optimal health, I recommend performing a colon cleanse, liver and gallbladder cleanse, chemical and toxic metal cleanse and even a harmful organism cleanse at least 1-2 times a year.

Do you have a favorite kidney stone remedy I missed? If so, please leave a comment below.

Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Eartheals does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Eartheals are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

References

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/remedies-for-kidney-stones

The healthiest Bread in the World

No Grain Sourdough  superFood bread

By Dr Eric Berg


Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup arrowroot flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 1⁄2 Tbsp. very finely ground chia seed
  • 2 Tbsp. organic psyllium husk powder

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 1⁄4 cup filtered water
  • 2 tsp. maple syrup (This is consumed by the yeast , which lowers the glycemic index)
  • 1 egg

DIRECTIONS:

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, arrowroot flour, coconut flour and sea salt.
  • Heat water to 105-110°F . Add 2 tsp of maple syrup and stir. Add the yeast and let stand for 10 minutes. The yeast should bubble or foam – if it doesn’t start over.
  • Stir the finely ground chia and psyllium powder into the yeast mixture. Let stand 1  minute to thicken, then whisk.
  • Pour thickened yeast – chia mixture into the dry ingredient and mix with a wooden spoon until thick and fully combined. The dough will be slightly sticky, but workable. Knead for 1 minute.
  • Put kneaded dough back into the bowl, cover with a damp cloth and place in a warm spot to rise for one hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place a pizza stone (or cooking sheet) in oven to preheat.
  • Divide dough into two balls. Place dough balls on a square of parchment paper or a cutting board. Dip your hands in water and shape into nice rounded shapes. Brush with egg wash, if desired. Use a serrated knife to cut a tic-tac-toe pattern on the top.
  • Slide the prepared dough onto the preheated stone or cooking sheet. Bake 35-40 minutes. PLEASE NOTE – baking time can vary – the measure of doneness is an internal temperature of 205-210°F.
  • Let cool completely on a wire rack.(Not allowing the loaf to fully cool before cutting  may result in a gummy interior.) When completely cool, slice and serve or store in an airtight container. To re-crisp crust, toast or reheat in a 375°F degree oven for 5-10 minutes.

 

Ingredients Nutritional Information almond flour.jpegAlmond Flour

Almond flour has a nutritional advantage over many processed flours in that it contains the same nutrient profile as whole almonds. Whole or ground, almonds have more nutrients per serving than any other tree nut. The terms almond flour and meal are often used interchangeably. Almond meal is coarse and prepared from whole almonds with skins. Made from blanched almonds after the skin’s been removed, almond flour has a finer texture.

Energy Nutrients

One quarter-cup serving of almond flour contains 138 calories, 5 grams of protein and 11 grams of fat. Of the 11 grams of fat, 7 grams are heart healthy monounsaturated fats, and less than 1 gram is saturated fat. Almond flour is naturally cholesterol free. A quarter-cup serving contains 6 grams of carbohydrates and is a good source of fiber, with 3 grams per serving.

Vitamins

Almond flour is an excellent source of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that serves to protect cells against damaging free radicals and support immune function. A quarter cup of almond flour provides 40 percent of the recommended dietary allowance for vitamin E. Almond flour is also a good source of the B vitamins folate and niacin.

Minerals

Almond flour contains several key minerals for bone health, including calcium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. One-quarter cup of almond flour provides nearly 7 percent of the recommended dietary allowance for calcium. Cup for cup, almond flour has almost as much calcium as milk. Almonds are also a good source of iron, providing approximately 14 percent of the recommended dietary allowance.

Heart Health

Consuming a diet rich in monounsaturated fats, like those found in almond flour, can help lower cholesterol, reduce the risk of blood clots and lower blood pressure. The American Heart Association recognizes that whole and ground almonds meet total fat, cholesterol, sodium and vitamin requirements, qualifying them as heart-healthy food. Almonds and almond flour can display the AHA Heart-Check mark symbol on product packaging.

Baking with Almond Flour

Almond flour is an excellent grain-free baking option. Its protein and fat content makes it an ideal option for quick breads, muffins, cookies and bars. The protein, fat and fiber in almond flour will also contribute to satiety, the feeling of fullness between meals, which can assist with weight management. In many recipes, almond flour can replace wheat flour in a one-to-one ratio for seamless substitution. Store almond flour in the refrigerator to preserve freshness between uses.

arrowroot.jpgArrowroot four

  • Arrowroot is very low in calories; 100 fresh roots carries just 65 calories; less than that of potato, yam, cassava, etc. Its chief starch compose of amylopectin (80%) and amylose (20%). Its powder is fine, odorless, granular starch that is found utility in the food industry as thickener and stabilizing agent.
  • It has relatively more protein than that of other tropical food sources like yam, potato, cassava, plantains, etc.
  • As in other roots and tubers, arrowroot too is free from gluten. Gluten-free starch is used in special food preparations for celiac disease patients.
  • Fresh roots indeed are good source of folates. 100 g arrowroot provides 338 µg or 84% of daily required levels of folates. Folate, along with vitamin B-12, is one of the essential components that take part in the DNA synthesis and cell division. Diet rich in folate when given during preconception periods and during pregnancy may help prevent neural-tube defects and other congenital malformations in the offspring.
  • Arrowroot contains very good levels of B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, pantothenic acid and riboflavin. Many of these vitamins take part as substrates for enzymes in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism in the body.
  • Further, it contains moderate levels of some important minerals like copper, iron, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, and zinc. In addition, it is an excellent source of potassium (454 mg per 100g or 10% of RDA). Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure.
  • coconut-flourCoconut Flour

1. Aids in Metabolism

Some of the many health benefits of coconut flour nutrition include its high levels of healthy saturated fats in the form of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA). These are used by the body easily for energy and help to support a healthy metabolism, balanced blood sugar levels, and more.


2. High in Fiber

Coconut meat itself supplies an impressive 61% dietary fiber! And because fiber essentially cannot be absorbed by the body, some of the calories and carbohydrates found in coconut flour aren’t even absorbed and used, but rather they move right through the digestive tract helping to take toxins and waste along with them.


3. Helps Maintain a Healthy Blood Sugar Level

Coconut flour is a low glycemic food and does not spike blood sugar levels. In fact studies show that consuming products that contain coconut flour can help to lower the overall glycemic impact of the food and to support stable blood sugar levels. This means that coconut flour nutrition has health benefits for people with diabetes and those who are working towards reaching a healthy weight too.


4. Helps Digestive Health

Coconut flour also helps with healthy digestion, has a high nutrient density, and can aid in heart health too. Studies have shown that coconut flour has the ability to help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and serum triglycerides in people who have raised cholesterol levels. Coconut flour has this positive effect because of its high supply of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber plus its healthy MUFA fat content.


Coconut Flour Nutrition Facts 

 A ¼ cup serving (or about 28 g.) of coconut flour has roughly :

  • 120 calories
  • 4 grams of fat
  • 4 grams protein
  • 10 grams of fiber
  • 16 grams carbohydrates
  • 2 grams of sugar

A little bit of coconut flour goes a long way, and in many recipes, you can get away with using only 2 tablespoons of coconut flour, but still getting great results. Just 2 tablespoons of coconut flour delivers 5 grams of fiber, only 8 grams of carbs, and has just 60 calories. This makes it ideal for those following a lower calorie weight loss plan, watching carbohydrate intake, and looking to increase satiating fiber in their diet.

sal-rosaSea Salt

1. Rich in Trace Minerals

High-quality sea salts typically contain 60 trace minerals. In the case of Himalayan sea salt, the number is said to be 84. Either way, sea salts are a great source of minerals.

It’s become harder and harder to obtain trace minerals from the foods we eat due to the lack of nutrient-rich soil. However, trace minerals are still abundant in our planet’s seas and oceans, from which we get a variety of sea salts.

2. Helps Avoid Dehydration and Balance Fluids

Here’s how sodium works within the body: Essentially, water follows salt, which means if you increase sodium too much, water retention also occurs. At the same time, the opposite is also true: A loss in sodium results in a loss in water, potentially causing dehydration and extreme thirst.

By consuming sea salt daily, you also ensure that you maintain sufficient sodium levels, and this helps balance your sodium-potassium ratios. Sodium and potassium are two electrolytes that work together to ensure that there is proper fluid balance in your body’s cells as well as your blood plasma and extracellular fluid.

3.  Excellent Electrolyte Source

The minimal processing of unrefined sea salt enables it to retain much of its natural mineral content. Sea can contains many of the major electrolytes, like sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium, that are absolutely essential to good health.

Electrolytes have so many important functions — from regulating your heartbeat to allowing your muscles to contract so you can move. Sea salt in moderation can help in avoiding an electrolyte imbalance, which can cause all kinds of serious negative symptoms, including some that are potentially deadly.

4. Proper Brain, Muscle and Nervous System Function

As a provider of sodium, sea salt is not just good for — it’s essential for proper brain, muscle and nervous system function. As I already said, sodium is a regulator of water in your body. It’s also required for the transmission of electrical signals in the body. Why is this so important? Without the proper transmission of electrical signals in the body, so many things can get thrown off.

Without this communication system working as it should, the brain, muscles and nervous systems are especially inclined to suffer. Both too much and too little sodium cause cellular malfunction. So as much as you hear about making sure you don’t get too much salt in your diet, it’s also absolutely just as important to make sure we get enough.

5. Digestive Health Aid

Not getting enough salt in your diet can actually negatively impact your digestive health. If you don’t get enough salt in your diet, it can lead to your body not producing enough hydrochloric acid (HCL) in your stomach. If you have low stomach acid, it can seriously throw off your digestive system. Consuming the right amount of sea salt helps your body produce proper amounts of HCL since sea salt provides chloride, which is the building block of stomach acid.

6. Nutrient Enhancer

Having enough stomach acid also helps our bodies to absorb vitamins and minerals like calcium, zinc, iron, folate and B12. So consuming a high-quality sea salt regularly can help your body absorb more nutrients from the foods that you eat. This is great news since it’s not only what you eat, but how your body processes what you eat, that gives your body the nutrients it needs on a daily basis.

black-chia-seedsChia Seeds

Chia seeds are a quick and easy-to-use source of protein, healthy fats, dietary fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, all rolled into one neat package. Although they have similar health benefits to flax seeds, chia seeds may soon edge these out because they don’t have to be ground prior to consumption, and they don’t go rancid as quickly either.

In fact, chia seeds are said to last up to two years with no refrigeration, courtesy of the high levels of antioxidants they contain. Drew Rosen, nutrition and cooking teacher at New York City’s Whole Foods Market Tribeca, told ABC News:

“Chia seeds are going to absolutely replace flax seeds… They’re the absolute best source of omega three fats on the market, hands down, when you consider the ratio of omega three to omega six.”

Their high concentration of the plant-based omega-3 fat alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is one of their major claims to fame. Chia seeds contain up to 40 percent oil, with 60 percent comprised of omega-3.

ALA is considered essential because your body can’t make it, so you need it in your diet—or its long-chain animal-based derivatives (like the omega-3 found in seafood and krill oil).

While chia seeds have been found to increase levels of both ALA and another omega-3 fat EPA, they don’t increase the omega-3 fat DHA. While your body can convert ALA into DHA/EPA, it does so at a very low ratio, and only when sufficient enzymes (that many people are deficient in) are present.

This is why consuming animal-based omega-3s in addition to plant-based omega-3s is very important. That being said, the ALA omega-3s in chia seeds have been linked to a number of health benefits, including:

Lowering triglycerides and supporting healthy cholesterol levels

Lowering blood pressure and heart disease

Anti-inflammatory activity

Liver-protective properties

Anti-diabetic action

Protection against arthritis, autoimmune disease and cancer

In addition, chia seeds contain a number of additional phytochemicals, each with its own unique benefits. This includes myricetin, quercetin, and kaempferol, known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties, and caffeic acid.

Chia Seeds May Promote Weight Loss and Reduce Risk of Chronic Disease

In a study of 67 metabolic syndrome patients, those who drank a beverage containing chia seeds for two months experienced weight loss as well as a reduction of triglycerides and blood glucose levels.

It’s thought that the combination of fiber and protein in chia seeds, along with the gel-like texture it takes on when combined with liquid, contributes to feelings of fullness and satiety.

Among people with type 2 diabetes, supplementing with chia seeds for 12 weeks resulted in reduced systolic blood pressure and significant decreases in A1C, a measure of a person’s average levels of blood glucose.

Fibrinogen, a natural clotting agent that when lowered improves blood flow, was also decreased, as was an inflammatory marker called hs-CRP, which went down by 40 percent. What else is healthy about chia seeds?

Fiber

Chia seeds contain about 10 grams of fiber in just two tablespoons. Mounting research suggests a high-fiber diet can help reduce your risk of premature death from any cause, likely because it helps to reduce your risk of a number of chronic diseases.

This includes type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Most people need upwards of 50 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories consumed, but most Americans get nowhere near this amount.

Minerals

Just two tablespoons of chia seeds provide 18 percent of the daily recommended value for calcium, 35 percent for phosphorus, 24 percent of magnesium, and about 50 percent for manganese. These minerals are important for bone health and as reported by SF Gate:

These nutrients help you prevent hypertension and maintain a healthy weight, and are important for energy metabolism and a part of DNA synthesis.”

psillium-huskOrganic Whole Husk Psyllium

You’ve already seen why fiber is so important to your well-rounded diet. Plus, you’ve discovered how Organic Whole Husk Psyllium is so effective at delivering your daily recommended allowance of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber.

    1. The support for heart health you desire.

Soluble fiber, such as the fiber in Organic Whole Husk Psyllium, when included in a low saturated fat and cholesterol diet, has been shown to help lower cholesterol.

In fact, clinical studies have shown that, when taken daily as a part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, 7 grams of soluble fiber from psyllium may help reduce heart disease risk by helping to lower cholesterol – both total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels.* One serving of Organic Whole Husk Psyllium provides 4.3 grams of this soluble fiber.

So, it doesn’t matter whether you’re in your thirties or sixties, man or woman, I believe that now is the right time for you to start taking your heart health seriously.

Organic Whole Husk Psyllium gives you one of the easiest tools you can use to help support your heart health. Your heart may just thank you!

    1. The ‘probiotic difference’ you deserve

There are trillions of microorganisms that live in your digestive system – some are good,  but others do not provide any benefit. When it comes to your health and wellbeing, they play an incredibly important role and your fiber intake can make a big difference.

“Beneficial flora” are microorganisms that assist with digestion and absorption of your food, help support your immune system, and contribute to your body’s overall heath and function.

Since less desirable flora in the gut must compete with the helpful microbes already in residence, daily probiotic use can be an effective measure to help us keep the balance of intestinal flora tipped in favor of beneficial flora.

Probiotics are foods and supplements that actually contain these living beneficial microbes. Probiotics can help support your body’s natural and healthy flora and support a healthy balance.

How does all this relate to fiber? Well, it’s simple.

Beneficial bacteria love to feed on fiber (such as that found in Organic Whole Husk Psyllium). Whereas, less desirable bacteria like to eat refined sugars and fats – which Organic Whole Husk Psyllium may help reduce within your digestive system.

Note: We are proud to offer our Complete Probiotics with Organic Whole Husk Psyllium as an incredible package to help you reach your optimal health goals (see below for details and to order yours today).

    1. The organic choice you want

Since Organic Whole Husk Psyllium is your all-organic choice, you can feel confident that you are consuming psyllium grown without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers – plus, it contains no additives or sweeteners.

Additionally, the Psyllium in Organic Whole Husk Psyllium was grown using organic crop rotation practices, so there is no risk that Organic Whole Husk Psyllium has been contaminated by previous crops that were treated with chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.

    1. One of the easiest ways to add fiber to your diet

Adding fiber to your diet has never been easier. Take three times a day to add as much as 18 grams of dietary fiber to your diet.

    1. Help maintain your digestive health and perhaps even your optimal weight*

You know that Organic Whole Husk Psyllium may help relieve occasional constipation and contribute to optimal digestive health. But, did you know that a high-fiber diet may also contribute to a sense of fullness which may prevent overeating?

Now, maintaining your optimal weight may not be such a struggle when you keep a diet rich in fiber starting with Organic Whole Husk Psyllium.

As you can see, there’s never been a better time for you to start taking control of your health and wellbeing – and I believe that Organic Whole Husk Psyllium is one of your best options

 

 

References

https://draxe.com/coconut-flour-nutrition/

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/arrowroot.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/52081-almond-flour-nutrition-information/

https://draxe.com/10-benefits-celtic-sea-salt-himalayan-salt/

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/07/06/chia-seeds-benefits.aspx

http://organicindia.mercola.com/psyllium.aspx