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Wine Society

Wine Society

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Wine society for wine lovers.

Let’s face it. We live in a wine society. Drinking wine is socially acceptable throughout the world. Wine has been enjoyed for many thousands of years in many different countries.

Also called vino, and fermented grape juice, It is believed that even Jesus Christ himself drank wine.

There are American wine societies, UK wine societies, and French wine societies, just to name a few.  A wine society’s purpose could be to educate interested members in all aspects of wine.

This could include attending conferences, participating in wine tastings, achieving certifications, and taking online classes to learn about the history, traditions, geography, and culture involved in making, and drinking wine.

Perhaps the most important aspect of joining a wine society is to make new friends.

Wine Clubs
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Wine clubs are set up to benefit it’s members.

Is a wine society the same as a wine club? Wine clubs can have many of the same features, and aspects of a wine society, but often times wine clubs are set up primarily to be a source or a provider of wines for it’s members.

These clubs allow their members to get lower prices on wine, and allow them to taste different wines from different countries, and regions that they likely wouldn’t have access to on their own.

Usually these clubs are set up to send you wines on a monthly basis, but there are also some who send on a quarterly basis for those more cost conscious, and/or who prefer to drink wine less often.

There are different wine clubs to suit many different needs and desires of it’s members.  Some wine clubs focus on only certain priced wines, or below a certain price.

Others provide wines from certain regions or countries of the world.  Still others emphasize only red wines, or white wines, or even dry wines.

There are even wine clubs that concentrate on specific grapes, such as Cabernet Sauvignons, or Pinots.

Perhaps the largest growth area of wine clubs is in the organic wine market or segment.

Delicious wine with no hangovers, or headaches. 

Organic wines
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Organic wines are free of additives.

Organic, or natural wines currently encompass the sector of wines that is enjoying the strongest growth of popularity.

As more and more people are asserting their need to be more health aware in both what they eat, as well as what they drink, organic wines are gaining more and more enthusiasts, and market share.

Organic wines are defined as two different types of organic descriptions on wine bottles. Wines can be made from certified organically grown grapes, containing no synthetic(man made) additives or pesticides.

Also organic wines can be defined as made from grapes that are organically grown, and not containing any additional sulfites, other than those sulfites that may be occurring naturally.

In the wine business’s attempt to produce wine in larger quantities, faster, cheaper,  and with more consistency, the wine industry has adulterated it’s product to the extent to where it is a chemical laden concoction that may do more harm to it’s drinkers than good.

 

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Wine additives can render wine unhealthy.

Additives are used to add coloring, make sweeter, change or improve flavor, change or bring  more color,  and a great deal more. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given it’s ok for 76 different additives for use in making wine.

If you are drinking non organic wines, here are some of the approved additives in your wine:

  1. Sugars
  2. Sulfites
  3. Soy flour
  4. Tartaric acid
  5. Ammonium phosphate
  6. Colorings like Mega Purple and Ultra Red
  7. Granular cork
  8. Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and chemical fertilizers
  9. Oak essence (real oak barrels are cost prohibitive)
  10. Commercial yeast
  11. Acetaldehyde
  12. Ascorbic acid
  13. Defoaming agents (polyoxyethylene 40 monostearate, silicon dioxide, dimethylpoly-siloxane, sorbitan monostearate, glyceryl mono-oleate and glyceryl dioleate)
  14. Gelatin
  15. Milk products (pasteurized whole, skim, or half-and-half)
  16. Oak chips or particles
  17. Albumen (egg white)
  18. Grape juice concentrates

and many more!

Components of World’s Healthiest Wines
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The healthiest wines have the least intervention.

So, let’s take this a big step further from just organic wines to super healthy wines.  Did you know it is possible to drink wine and not suffer a hangover, or headaches the next day?

It does sound too good to be true, but it is true.  When I first heard this claim I was very skeptical, but I had to find out if it was really possible.

Probably the biggest reason I cut way back on my wine, and other alcohol consumption is the hangover. Even days off of work can be miserable if you have a headache, and have to endure that tired, sluggish feeling all day.

Ok, not wanting to get a DUI is another big reason. I have often said, I wish somehow I could have a few or more glasses of wine without having to worry about being hungover the next day.

I love the taste of wine, and way it makes me feel, but I always pay for it in the morning after.  I have been into organic food, and living a healthy lifestyle for over 20 years.

I occasionally drank organic wine, and felt good about putting something healthy into my body, but I was still suffering from the dreaded hangovers.

It turns out, that there are ways of growing, and bottling wine that if done properly can greatly enhance the taste, experience, and prevent hangovers.

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The components needed to achieve this wonderful result are:

  •  Dry Farmed 

Dry farmed vineyards get their water from the rain, not from irrigation.  In so doing, deeper roots are created that  interact with more microorganisms in the soil. They extract, and absorb more nutrients. They bring about healthier vines and, as a result, create richer, more complex wines.

  • Bio Dynamic or Organic Farming

    Dry farms or bio dynamic farms use rain water only.

Healthy soil is the genesis of healthy wine.  Biodynamic, and organic farming allow for, and bring about a healthy soil.  Therefore, healthy vines require a vibrant soil full of beneficial microorganisms, and nutrient dense.

Unfortunately, in the last 50 years, the amount of pesticides sprayed on vines has grown 26 times. Grapes now have the dubious distinction of having some of the highest readings of synthetic pesticides of any farm crop.

Fortunately, organic and biodynamic farmers support the natural nutrient life in their farms, as well as the life in the soil itself. They use natural fertilizers like compost, compost teas, green manure, and cover crops.

They never use synthetic fertilizers. They use mechanical weeding instead of herbicides. They have livestock and grazing chickens to replace toxic insecticides.

Organic farms produce fruit as nature intended. These are the grapes you want for your wines.

  • No Sugar   
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    Sugar is a very unhealthy substance.

      

As you probably already know, sugar, especially refined sugar is highly detrimental to your health.  In fact, refined sugar is one of the least healthy substances on earth to put into your body.

Most U.S. wines are high in sugars. Some of this sugar content can be from added sugar. The other sugars are left behind from a shortened fermentation process.

Natural/organic wines allow all of the naturally occurring sugars to convert to alcohol when the wine ferments fully.  When no sugar is added and all the residual sugar is allowed to ferment, you have a sugar free wine.

  • No Additives  

Wine is not rocket science. It is simply fermented grapes. That’s all.  Grapes that are grown from an organic, natural healthy vineyard already consist of all they require to become wine.

But the process for today’s wine making is much more complex. There’s a lot of disruption, and corruption during the wine making growth stages.

The American FDA has given the green light to 76 additives for use in making wines.  38 of those 76 additives are considered GRAS, or Generally Regarded As Safe.

This begs the question, why were the other 38 additives that did not make the GRAS list approved, and allowed to be added to wines?

Additives can be used to change flavors, add coloring, increase sweetness, and a great deal  more.

  • Lower Alcohol

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    Alcohol by itself is toxic. The less consumed of it, the better.

It is no secret. Alcohol is toxic. Alcohol, like sugar, and red meat all feed cancer. It doesn’t necessarily cause cancer, yet it can certainly make it worse.  The more we can limit our intake of alcohol, the healthier we will be.

It’s well known and proven that excessive amounts of alcohol negatively affect your bodily functions and brain development. And don’t we all know how rough those hangovers and headaches feel after a night of too many alcoholic drinks!

This is why it’s so important to begin with less alcohol. Lower alcohol wines permit you to enjoy all the benefits and good taste of wine throughout the entire evening without being exposed to the negative aspects.

  • Laboratory Tested

The only requirement to be on a bottle of wine is the alcohol content. And even the alcohol content doesn’t need to be exact. It can vary as much as 1.5% as what is on the bottle.

The only way to find out what all is in a wine is to have it lab tested.  In addition to the alcohol content in a wine, a lab can test for all ingredients, including the 76 additives that the FDA approved.

But where in the world can you find a wine society or wine club that provides wine that meets all this stringent criteria?

I happened upon this wine club a few weeks ago.  They call themselves the only health-focused organic wine club in the world.  They also claim to be keto-friendly, low carb friendly, and paleo friendly.

So if you would like to experience the finest natural, organic wines that are lab tested for the highest standard of health, and that you can enjoy without the hangovers, and headaches.

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Herbs Weight Loss

Herbs Weight Loss

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Herbs have many health benefits, and some also aid in weight, and fat loss.

Diet is the key to good health, and successful weight and fat loss. Herbs weight loss is attained with a few changes in diet.

If you do not adhere to a healthy, balanced, moderate diet, and some exercise, any adjunct therapy such as using herbs will have less effect.

I recommend a non gmo, organic, plant based diet, with organic whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes, with non farm raised fish, anti-biotic, and hormone free dairy, and anti-biotic, hormone free, grass fed meats eaten sparingly.

Raw food is almost always preferable over cooked food, especially fried food. Fermented food, and drink is also very healthy.

Sauerkraut is a good example of fermented food. Organic wine is an example of a good fermented drink.

Herbal Usage Theory

Herbal usage is often a a very basic healing art.  It has been known for many centuries as the Art of Simpling.  Because an individual herb could be used to treat a wide array of illnesses, herbs became known as simples.

The three principles of simpling are:

  1. Use the herbs that grow close around you.
  2. The use of mild herbs
  3. These mild herbs must be used in large doses
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Medicinal teas are much stronger than beverage teas.

There is a huge difference between herbs used as a beverage, and herbs used for medicinal purposes.  Large amounts of mild herbs must be utilized to effect results for medicinal reasons.

There are many herbs that aid in weight, and fat loss. Certain herbs work well by themselves, and there are also herbal formulas that have been assisting people that need to lose weight for thousands of years.

China, and India both have a long history of working with herbs, and developing herbal formulas for many different health purposes.  These formulas, concoctions, or tonics if you like, are useful for both preventing illness, and disease, as well as treating chronic health conditions. Herbs have, and are being used for even the most serious of maladies, such as cancer.

When properly used, herbs are the surest, and safest medicinal treatments available.  Herbs can however, if used improperly cause imbalance in the body.  Herbs weight loss can be powerful, and very effective, so it is wise to stay within the constraints of the herbalists instructions.

There are various ways to utilize herbs such as tinctures, compresses, capsules, and teas. For our purposes with losing weight, capsules, and teas are appropriate.

Fat Burning Herbs

With these herbs weight loss can be achieved.

Ginger

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Ginger burns fat, suppresses appetite, and aids in digestion.

This health superstar has been used medicinally in Asia and other countries for thousands of years. It’s main claim to fame is it’s ability to detoxify, and to aid in the digestive process.

Ginger works by increasing the fat burning properties of foods, and at the same time suppresses the appetite by reducing cravings and hunger.

Ginger, in addition to it’s many other health inducing properties, can improve circulation, and cleanse the body by removing toxins by sweating.

The optimal way to benefit from ginger is by eating it raw, it is also very effective as a tea, pickled or fermented, and added to other dishes such as stir frys, and in soups.

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Green Tea
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Green tea contains catechins which aid in weight loss.

Green tea is a beverage that has been enjoyed for thousands of years. It is common in China, and throughout Asia and the surrounding region.  Another nutritional powerhouse, it is thought that it’s high content of polyphenols is the catalyst behind it’s positive reputation.

Green tea has the ability to burn abdominal fat, and it is thought that it’s catechin content is the reason.

Green tea has become universally popular due to it’s healthy constituents, as well as it’s good taste.  Be sure that you buy the real green tea, and not a lesser, unhealthy grade.

Burdock Root
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Burdock root burns fat, suppresses the appetite, and is a diuretic.

Burdock has been a popular cuisine addition in China and Asia for centuries. It’s root has also been used in China and the rest of Asia medicinally for just as long.

In Europe, and the Americas, burdock has never been favored in cooking, but like the east, it’s medicinal properties have been known and utilized for many moons.

Like ginger, burdock root has the ability to decrease the appetite, while at the same time stimulate fat burning. It is also a diuretic which can help balance excess water weight gain.

Cinnamon
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Ceylon cinnamon has the most belly fat burning benefits.

The most common type of cinnamon, at least in the United States is Cassia cinnamon.  Not surprisingly, based on the way we process, and adulterate our foods, it is also the least nutritious.

The best cinnamon for nutritional benefit, and weight/fat loss is Ceylon cinnamon.  Ceylon is a country, formerly known as Sri Lanka, where this wonderful herb or spice comes from.

Ceylon cinnamon can be recognized by it’s distinctive shape. It resembles a scroll or a newspaper that is rolled up.  It works by controlling insulin levels, which lowers blood sugar levels, so that excess fat or adipose tissue does not build up.

It is particularly effective in burning fat that is stored around the belly. This is the most dangerous fat, as it surrounds many organs. Excessive abdominal fat can lead to or be an indicator of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and even cancer.

In addition to controlling insulin levels, Ceylon cinnamon also increases metabolism, and fat burning, as well as, suppresses hunger.

Chickweed
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Chickweed burns fat, suppresses appetite, aids digestion, and is a diuretic.

Chickweed is plant that originates in Europe, but has also been utilized in North America for centuries. It is grown as a cooling herb for medicinal applications, as well as a vegetable for consumption as a food for both humans, as well as for poultry.

You may have seen this herb as an ingredient in medications, and supplements that are used for obesity, and weight control. It is ubiquitous (available everywhere), and is very popular in weight loss circles for it’s attributes for aiding the riddance of fat.

It can be consumed in foods as a steamed vegetable, or without cooking, in salads. It has fat burning capabilities, aids in digestion, and is an appetite suppressant. It is also a useful diuretic.

Fat and Weight Reducing Herbal Formula

A word of caution. I recommend enlisting the services of a trained herbalist before attempting any herbal remedies or concoctions yourself.  They can advise and direct you so that you don’t waste time, money, or although unlikely, cause you or others potential harm.

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The goal of herbal therapy is to restore balance.

The goal of an herbal therapy is to restore, or bring about yin and yang, balance, or dynamic equilibrium in the whole person, not just the body.

This herbal formula is a blending of the best of proven Chinese and Western herbal uses that bring about balance in circulation, detoxification, and normalize elimination, in addition to assisting in the emulsification of adipose or fat tissue.

This herbs weight loss mixture brings about tonification and mild detoxification that is needed for effectively treating persistent overweight issues or conditions.

  • Rhubarb-5%
  • Cleavers-4%
  • Kelp-12%
  • Licorice root-3%
  • Stephania(Chinese)-8%
  • Mustard Seed-8%
  • Astragulus-8%
  • Mate-5%
  • Atractylodes-6%
  • Watercress-5%
  • Poria cocos-4%
  • Chaparral-8%
  • Cascara sagrada-5%
  • Echinacea-10%
  • Ginger-4%
  • Fennel seed-5%

Ginger, cayenne, and mustard seed activate the metabolism; kelp regulates and balances thyroid metabolism; watercress contributes vital mineral and vitamin supplementation; cleavers, atractylodes, poria, and stephania assist in dissolving fat, and cure edema or water weight gain;

rhubarb, and cascara bring about normal elimination; fennel, and licorice are considered harmonizers; and chaparral, and echinacea work together to detoxify

This powdered herb formula should be taken in two 00 capsules, 3 or 4 times a day. Exercise with stretching, and a long walk, once a day is also important to include.

Dandelion tea, 2 to 3 cups per day will help normalize low blood sugar conditions that are common in those with a poor eating habit history.

Theses herbs, and herbal formulas can greatly assist you in your weight, and fat loss efforts. If you live a healthy lifestyle with a balanced plant based diet, clean water, clean air, and consistent moderate exercise you will gain the most benefit from using the herbs listed above.

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How to Destress

How to Destress

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Learning how to destress is vital to your quality of life.

Chances are, if you have lived in this world for any length of time, you have encountered stress. Chances are also good that you are already aware of some methods of how to destress in your life, and possibly even currently using some of these methods in your daily life.

What is stress?  Stress has been defined as an emotional or mental state, or feeling of pressure or strain caused by negative, or very challenging circumstances, or perceived negative or challenging circumstances.

Stress is your body/mind’s way of reacting to any type of stressor, or anything that causes stress.  Typical stressors are work/job, family obligations, social situations, driving in traffic, financial needs, or health issues.

Stress can cause high blood pressure, anxiety, weight gain/obesity, digestive issues, skin problems like eczema, hair loss, sleep loss, and if untreated for long periods, stress can lead to more serious chronic illnesses like heart disease, and even cancer.

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Drinking Alcohol and how to destress

Many people, in an effort to deal with or alleviate the stress they feel, turn to alcohol, and other drugs, including both over the counter, prescription, and illegal drugs such as marijuana ( legal in some states ), cocaine, methamphetamine, and/or heroin.

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Drinking alcohol can have a negative or positive effect on stress.

Alcohol in excess can deplete the body of needed B vitamins, as well as other vitamins, and minerals. Turning to alcohol to combat stress is usually very counterproductive.

However, it has been shown that if you can limit your alcohol intake to 1 to 2 moderate drinks per day, it can have a beneficial destressing  result, at least temporarily.

Stress has negative effects on the bodies organs, and systems.  It depletes B vitamins, affects liver function, adrenal function, and pancreatic function.

B vitamins, which are made in the small intestine, and the adrenal glands are involved with energy.  We make adrenaline when we sleep, and if we do not get 5 straight hours of uninterrupted sleep at night, we make less than 30% of the amount of adrenaline we need during the day to give us the energy we need to function adequately.

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Sleep 7 to 8 hours per night to reduce stress.

Experts agree that we need 7 to 8 total hours of sleep a night in order to allow our bodies to regenerate it’s stores for the immune system.

Melatonin

Foods that can hinder how to destress.

Drinking caffeinated coffee can flog the adrenals, put a load on the kidneys, deplete B vitamins, negatively affect sleep, create a carcinogenic atmosphere in the body, and, as a result, contribute to added feelings of stress.

Refined sugar is also a definite no no when it comes to helping stress. It is well documented that refined sugar is detrimental to your mood, and overall mental health.  It is one of the worst so called foods to put in your body, causing a never ending list of health problems.

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Avoid refined sugar, and refined flour foods like these sweet rolls.

Some grains, such as wheat, barley, and rye can create mood problems, and can even cause severe depression, and other brain, and mental issues. It is thought that the gluten content in these grains is to blame.

Processed foods ( I hesitate to call them foods as they have removed all or virtually all of any nutrient value they originally contained ) are notorious for creating many health issues, not the least of which are moodiness, and irritability. A better defintion of processed foods, is dead foods.

Most processed foods, which come in a can, bottle, box, or bag will do you more harm than good in almost every case, and should not be eaten, if at all possible.

How to destress with foods
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Eating tryptophan rich foods like turkey has a calming effect.

Tryptophan rich foodsTryptophan is an amino acid that is found in many foods, most notably turkey.  Tryptophan is converted to serotonin in the body, and has a calming affect.  Other foods rich in tryptophan include walnuts, free range eggs, and pumpkin seeds.

Dark chocolate  Good news for those of us that love chocolate. It is not a myth that eating

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Eating dark chocolate combats stress. and can help lift your mood.

Dark chocolate produces chemicals in the brain that bring about a euphoria or a feel good mental state. Be sure to only eat organic dark chocolate that doesn’t contain refined sugar or other potentially harmful ingredients.

Fermented Foods  

Fermented foods are foods in which natural bacteria feed on the starch, and sugar within the food, and in turn makes lactic acid.  This process is called lactofermentation.

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Eating fermented foods is beneficial toward reducing stress.

This process has many health benefits.  It generates beneficial enzymes, acts as a preservative for the food, makes B vitamins, makes different types of probiotics, as well as the heralded Omega-3 fatty acids.

B vitamins are particularly effective in alleviating, and combating stress, and fermented foods provide a highly bio available form of these nutrients that the body can easily absorb, and utilize.

Some common fermented foods are: sauerkraut, yogurt, tempeh, miso, natto, kefir, pickles, and apple cider vinegar.

Some common fermented drinks are: beer, wine, and mead.

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How to destress with dark leafy, green veggies

Dark, leafy, green veggies contain high levels of folate, which has been shown to help the body produce serotonin, and dopamine, the mood regulators, and thus fend off depression, and elevate mood.

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Green leafy vegetables help stress levels.

These powerful vegetables include: swiss chard, spinach, mustard greens, kale, collard greens, turnip greens, and romaine lettuce.

Asparagus, although not a dark, leafy green, is also high in folate, and provides the same calming affect.

Avocados are also high in folate, and they contain other B vitamins which are very beneficial in reducing feelings of stress.

How to destress with berries

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Eating berries helps mental processes, and stems stress.

Many berries, especially blueberries are high in anti oxidant content, which has many health benefits including improving cognition, which is the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.

Every type of berry has a high content of Vitamin C, which is known to be helpful in reducing stress, blood pressure, and cortisol levels.

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Walnuts are a powerful anti stress food.

Nuts

What you may have heard about nuts is true. They contain many nutrients that are beneficial to our health.  Two different nuts are particularly useful in stress reduction. They are walnuts, and cashews.

Walnuts are shaped like a brain. Coincidence? I think not.  Pardon the pun.  They contain folate, tryptophan, and melatonin, and can increase seratonin levels in the brain.  These processes help reduce stress, and can produce feelings of well being, and relaxation.

Cashews  are a great source of the mineral zinc.   Higher levels of zinc have been shown to alleviate anxiety, and depression.  They also contain B vitamins, Omega 3 fatty acids, and tryptophan, which combine to  decrease stress.

Herbs that help with how to destress

In addition to the various foods that help alleviate stress, there are many herbs that can contribute to the battle to combat stress.  The  best known stress fighting herbs are:

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The Kava plant is known for reducing anxiety and stress.

Kava Kava:  This herb is common to Polynesia, or the south Pacific islands.  Also known as just Kava, it has a calming mental effect when the roots are brewed.

It is useful in relaxing anxiety, and even social anxiety, without any known side effects as with pharmaceutical drugs used for the same purpose.

 

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Indian Ashwagandha has helped people with stress for thousands of years.

Ashwagandha  Having Indian Aruydvedic medicinal beginnings, this useful herb has been used for thousands of years to alleviate anxiety, and stress.  It is the roots of Ashwaganda that contain the active ingredients that produce it’s positive effects.

 

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Chamomile makes a relaxing, destressing tea.

Chamomile  This versatile herb can be used as a tea, or as a supplement. It is known to be an excellent nerve, and mind calming tonic.  It is perhaps best known as a sleep inducing herb that has been used as such for hundreds of years.

 

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Passion flower is a beautiful herb, and helps anxiety, stress, and sleep.

Passion Flower  Another Polynesian wonder herb, this beautiful color laden plant can also help alleviate stress, and extreme anxiety, and is an excellent mind calming sleep aid.  A positive side effect is as an aphrodisiac.

 

 

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Just smelling lavender can bring about relaxation.

Lavender  Although lavender can be calleda flower, and is also often used as an essential oil.  It’s scent alone is often enough to bring about a state of relaxation, and peacefulness. Lavender is an age old secret for inducing sleep in infants.  Drinking the infused tea is another method of producing it’s destressing properties.

Using foods and herbs to help you deal with our stressful world, is an easy, and positive step. It is however, only part of the destress equation.  You should also include moderate exercise, meditation, massage, time away from work, communing with nature, and discovering your spiritual side, in your stress fighting arsenal.

In learning how to destress, take heed to the old adage,” take time to smell the roses”, or in other words, slow down and enjoy life.

The foods we eat, and our lifestyles can either help us minimize or  alleviate stress, or it can add stress to our lives. It is important that we keep stress under control, and we can do it with a few simple changes in diet, and lifestyle. What will you choose to do?

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Top Foods Fight Cancer

Top Foods Fight Cancer

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Top foods fight cancer

Welcome to Top Foods Fight Cancer. If you knew that by eating certain foods, and by not eating other foods, you could cut your cancer risk by over 90%,  you would do it, wouldn’t you?  It is true. You can do it.  Your diet for cancer is vitally important.

Did you know that at the turn of the century in the year 1900, just over a hundred years ago, cancer was almost unheard of? What changed? What are we doing differently than what our ancestors did?

As more and more people migrated to the cities from the farms, a demand was created for food to be provided for the city residents. It was discovered that if this food could be preserved, and processed,  it could increase profits.

An entire industry was born that was, and is dedicated to processing, and adulterating foods for unaware people that needed the convenience of going to a store to buy their needed food staples.

In addition, it was discovered that by adding chemicals to crops, both before and after planting, that the harvest could have a greater yield, and make more money for the farmer, and others in the food supply chain.

Cancer was uncommon at turn of last century.

Most folks in this time, around the year 1900, worked outdoors for 12-14 hours a day, most every day. Skin cancer was simply non existent.  The reason why cancers are so common today, is primarily  our poor diet.

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Standard American Diet is truly SAD.

In America, it is known as SAD, Standard American Diet.  We now know that skin cancer is primarily caused by bad oils in our diet, called partially hydrogenated, or hydrogenated oils, as well as other heated oils.

These and other bad oils that are so ubiquitous in our diet, cause skin cell membranes to lose their ability to excrete wastes, and absorb nutrients.

As a result, exposure to the sun can go from being good for us, by providing much needed vitamin D3, to causing serious issues to our skin health.

It’s true that top foods fight cancer, but unfortunately, it’s also true that bad foods feed cancer, and can make it worse.

Other bad foods to avoid include smoked meats, grilled or barbequed meats, red meat, processed meats, refined sugar, and other processed foods.

Smoked meats, either smoked to preserve the meats, or as a cooking method, are both carcinogenic, and should be put on your do not eat list.

Grilled or barbequed meats create a char on the surface of the meat. These chars are called heterocyclic amines, and are known to cause cancer.

Many processed meats such as packaged bologna, and other canned, or packaged meats contain the carcinogenic food additives sodium nitrate, and sodium nitrite.

Other dangerous, cancer causing food additives to avoid are Butylated HydroxyAnisole (BHA), a preservative found in crackers, butter, cereals, beer, and added fat foods.

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Refined sugar feeds cancer.

Refined sugar is everywhere in processed foods. These sugars are quite possibly the most harmful substance we can put in our bodies. They feed cancer, and should be avoided like the plague.

Good, healthy alternatives to refined sugar are raw, unheated honey, organic stevia, organic agave nectar, and organic maple syrup.

Always read the labels on food packaging, and if it contains any of these aforementioned cancer causing agents or additives, I suggest looking for an alternative.

The Glycemic Index will give you the effect of blood glucose levels of most foods.  Avoid the high glycemic, and medium glycemic foods, especially the processed, and refined foods.  Low glycemic foods that are real foods are best, and are top foods fight cancer.

It is also known that alcoholic beverages are harmful, and carcinogenic. Many of these beverages are fermented, like wine, and beer, and are less harmful than many other alcoholic type drinks, but the alcohol is the problem, and the less consumed of it, the better.

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Is Coffee Good or Bad for us?

As many as 400 million cups of coffee are consumed by Americans every day, and some 400 billion cups of coffee are drank worldwide  in a year.  Safe to say that Americans love coffee.

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Americans love coffee.

This statement could make you unhappy if you are like me, and love your morning coffee.

Coffee creates a carcinogenic atmosphere in the body, not to mention it puts a load on the kidneys, flogs the adrenals which can cause anxiety, is a diuretic, and contains caffeine that constricts blood vessels( which can actually be a positive for migraine headaches )

Coffee does however,  have good anti oxidant properties, and organic coffee enemas with good anti infective herbs are a very effective liver detox, and cleanser.

Coffee has also been shown to have positive effects on preventing colon cancer. By drinking one to two cups of joe per day, you may be able to lower your colon cancer risk by up to 50%.

Coffee has also been shown to help prevent Parkinsons disease, can help with Alzheimers disease,  reducing the risk of adult onset, or Type ll diabetes, reduce the risk of Asthma attacks, and  relieve Migraine headaches.

Coffee can help reduce LDL, or bad cholesterol, and also helps lower inflammation in the body.

There are many foods that we can eat that can protect us from, and help us fight, and defeat cancer. Here is the list:

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Cancer fighting food groups.

9 Top Foods Fight Cancer Food Groups

These top foods fight cancer in a powerful way. There are nine groups of food that provide strong cancer busting properties. These foods can block formation of cancer cells.  They can stop the formation of blood vessels that feed the tumors, and as a result, halt their growth.  These powerful nine food groups can also stop the migration of cancer into adjoining tissues.

Cruciferous vegetable group: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, collard greens, kale, arugula, bok choy, chard, turnip, rutabaga, spinach

Onion(Allium) vegetable group: onions, garlic, scallions, asparagus, shallots, chives, leeks, water chestnuts

Fruit group: citrus fruits, berries, red or purple grapes, pears, cantaloupe, honey dew melon

Solanace group: tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, tomatillos, goji berries, peppers, sweet potatoes, beets and beet root

Mushroom group: shiitake, baby bellow, enoki, white button, portabello

Legume goup:  peas, green beans, wax bean, soybeans(tofu), lentils, pinto beans, lima beans, black beans, red beans, chick peas, garbanzo beans, navy beans, split peas, black eyed peas, fiddlehead

Nuts and Seeds: walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seed

Grass group: oats, corn, wheat, rice, bamboo shoots, millet

Umbelliferous group: celery, carrots, fennel, parsley, cilantro, dill

Top foods fight cancer, and so do many herbs.

Herbs that fight cancer

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Echinacea is one of many herbs that fight cancer.

Blood Root

Butcher’s Broom

Astragalus

Turmeric ( Curcumin )

Echinacea

Milk Thistle

Feverfew

Goldenseal

Red Clover

Skullcap

Sweet Wormwood

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Wheat grass is another cancer fighting herb.

Wheatgrass

Hare’s Ear or Thorowax

Cancer Bush ( Sutherlandia )

Sheep’s Sorrell

Pau D’ arco

Dang Shen Root

Chaparral

Berberis

Cat’s Claw

Marijuana (Cannabis)

Top foods fight cancer, and so do many compounds, or supplements.

Compounds (supplements ) to fight cancer

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Vitamin D3 from the sun can be an effective cancer fighter.

Vitamin E  You want the natural vitamin E, d alpha tocopherol, not the synthetic version of vitamin E, dl alpha tocopherol.

Fish Oil   You want fish oil that is high in Omega 3 fatty acids, with high levels of EPA, and DHA. Be sure the supplement is not from farm raised fish, and that the fish oil has not gone rancid.

Selenium  This mineral is found in many foods, with highest amounts in yellow fin tuna, Brazil nuts, and Halibut.

Vitamin D3  Best source of D3 is good old sunshine, ideally about 2 hours a day. If this is not possible, next best source is USP Grade Cod Liver oil. The benefits of vitamin D3 are many.

This compound has been shown to help prevent most, if not all cancers.  The research is strong showing the many benefits of D3 for those with cancer, as well, especially skin cancers.

Since skin cancer patients are told not to go out in the sun, their levels of D3 are usually less than the rest of the population.  It is thereby vital to supplement with D3 in order to give the immune system the ammunition it needs to fend off cancer.

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Turmeric ( Curcumin )  Excellent anti-inflammatory, effective as a pain reliever, anti-oxidant, and effective against many cancers.

Resveratrol  Found in organic red grape skins, has many health benefits, including activating the longevity gene, as well as effective against cancer cells.

Grape Seed Extract  a powerful anti oxidant, part of the OPC, oligomeric proanthocyanidin family.

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Nuts are one of many foods high in B vitamins.

B Vitamins  The B’s can help prevent many diseases, including heart disease, and even brain diseases like Alzheimer’s.  Also involved in proper functioning of many cellular processes.

Coenzyme Q10  Assists in cellular energy.  Also helpful for heart, muscle, kidney, and brain issues.

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Chlorella  a super green that contains high levels of beta carotene, minerals, and vitamin B-12.

Indole 3 Carbinol (I3C),  Effective against many cancers, especially those cancers with a hormonal base.

Modified Citrus Pectin  Has shown ability to limit metastases of cancer cells.

The role of the PH in fighting cancer.

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Most people are acidic, not alkaline.

Top foods fight cancer, and can even help raise your PH. It is now known that cancer cannot live in an oxygen rich environment. Your PH is the level of acidity/alkilinity in your blood, and tissues.

Generally, the more acidic you are, the less oxygen you have, and the more alkaline you are the more oxygen you have.  Most people have an acidic ph.  Ideally though, you want to be slightly alkiline, between 6.4-7.0 on the PH scale to achieve your optimum oxygen levels.

The best way to find out what your PH levels are, is to buy a roll of PH paper, and test your first morning PH by taking a piece of the PH paper and running it under your urine.

Be sure to do this before eating or drinking anything.  You then compare this paper with the color chart to know your PH level.

Most people are in the low to mid 5’s on the scale, which is quite acidic, and can be directly attributed to the lack of minerals in our diets, and/or our inability to digest our food properly in order to absorb these nutrients.

Top 10 Most Alkaline Foods (Eat these foods) These Top Foods Fight Cancer

10.  Cauliflower

  9.   Kiwi

  8.  Carrots

  7.  Celery

  6.  Sweet Potato

  5.  Bananas

  4.  Swiss Chard

  3.  Kale

  2.  Spinach

  1.  Beet Greens

Top 10 Most Acidic Foods (Avoid these foods)

10.  Refined Sugar

  9.  Coffee

  8.  Alcohol

  7. Vegetable Oils

  6.  Nuts

  5.  Eggs

  4.  Legumes

  3.  Glutenous Grains

  2.  Dairy

  1.  Meats – Beef, Chicken, & Turkey

What are the best ways to alkalize the blood, and tissues to raise the PH?  The best way to boost the PH is by taking Okinawan Sango Marine Coral Calcium.

More Cancer Fighting Foods

These top foods fight cancer, and some may grow in your own back yard.

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The Soursop, or Graviola is a delicious cancer fighting powerhouse.

Soursop or Graviola

This prickly,  green colored fruit is found in tropical regions.  It is native to the Americas.  Also known as the Guyabano, this large fruit can weigh as much as 15 pounds.

It has been shown to selectively kill cells of 12 different types of cancer including prostate, lung, pancreatic, breast, and colon. It also does not harm healthy cells in the process.

Soursop also has many other health benefits like anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, helps blood issues, bone health, anti-infective, helps skin conditions, nerve health, and heart health.

Blushwood Berry

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The cancer fighting Blushwood berry is found in Queensland in North Australia.

This amazing fruit is found in the Queensland rain forests of Australia.  It is very effective against cancerous tumors of the neck, and face.  It is also a wonderful treatment against skin cancer, even melanoma.

It works quickly, and has eradicated large tumors in as little as a few weeks. The Blushwood Berry, and it’s derivative appear to be effective against surface cancers, and not against internal cancers.

 

Bitter Melon
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Bitter melon is grown throughout Asia, and Africa, and is useful against many cancers.

Also called bitter gourd, bitter apple, wild cucumber, and bitter cucumber this green warty fruit/vegetable has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.  It is grown widely throughout Asia, and Africa. It’s extract, and juice has been found effective against many cancers including stomach, liver, breast, pancreatic,  colon, and leukemia.

It has shown the ability to kill cancer stem cells, the most stubborn part of any tumor to kill, and also works by cutting the energy source of the cancer, and eventually killing it.  Bitter melon is also rich in vitamins, and minerals, and has anti-viral, anti-diabetic, and anti-oxidant properties.

Apricots
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Apricot kernals contain strong anti-cancer properties.

Apricots, or more specifically apricot kernals have shown many health benefits, including anti-cancer activity.  Also called laetrile, amygdalin, or vitamin B17, apricot kernals have been around for thousands of years, especially in the cool, arid climates where the trees grow naturally.

Countries where the apricot tree grows naturally include, China, Armenia, and India, among others.  Although many other fruits also contain amygdalin,  apricot kernals have the highest concentrations, as well as accompanying enzymes.

These substances have shown ability to help breast cancer, and other cancerous tumors.  Apricot kernals are relatively inexpensive, and easily found online, and in health food stores. There are still locations outside of the United States where apricot kernal’s B17 and laetrile therapies are available.

Consumption of apricots, and apricot kernals have been attributed as a major cause of the long lives, and great health of a civilzation called the Hunzas, where it is not uncommon for people to live as long as 135 years with no signs of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or arthritis.

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Raw, organic honey is a powerhouse of nutrients.

Honey and Cinnamon  

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Ceylon cinnamon contains more nutrition than other cinnamons like Cassius.

Raw, unheated honey, and organic Ceylon cinnamon are necessary for optimum results.  Research in Australia, and Japan has shown that advanced cancer of the stomach, and bones have seen near miraculous results when honey and cinnamon are combined.

Patients suffering from these kinds of cancer should daily take one tablespoon of honey with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder three times a day for one month.

This combination is also amazingly effective for flu, arthritis, heart disease, bladder infections, colds, upset stomach, gas, skin infections, weight loss, hearing loss, and much more.

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Essential Oils that Fight Cancer

Not only do top foods fight cancer, but so do essential oils. Essential oils are not foods per se, but their natural, positive, zero side effect activity in fighting cancer is too important to omit.  Essential oils have been around for millenia, and have a myriad of health benefits, including fighting cancer.

There are 5 essential oils in particular that show direct positive effects against cancer.

Oregano Essential Oil

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Wild oregano has many medicinal qualities including anti-cancer.

This is not the oregano that is found as a spice in most supermarkets in the US. Rather, it is wild oregano that is native to the Mediterranean.

In addition to it’s anti-microbial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties, the carvacrol in oregano is effective against prostate cancer cells.

Oregano essential oil also contains the active constituent carnasol which stops the growth of colon, breast, prostate, and skin cancer cells.

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Frankincense is anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Frankincense essential oil is made from the resin or sap of the Boswellia tree found commonly in the Middle East, and Asia.

Frankincense has been utilized for thousands of years for healing, and for religious practices.  Boswellic acid is the main active ingredient in frankincense, and also has strong anti-inflammatory properties.

Traditionally, China, and India have used frankincense as part of their medical protocols for treating many health issues, including cancer.

Frankincense essential oil has shown significant anti-tumor activity against pancreatic cancer cells, as well as bladder cancer cells. In addition,frankincense doesn’t harm healthy cells, and has none of the side effects normally caused by allopathic cancer treatments such as radiation, and chemotherapy.

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Chamomile treats many conditions, including cancer.

Chamomile Essential Oil 

Chamomile is perhaps the oldest known herb used for medicinal purposes, having been used since antquity.  Originating in Italy, and Germany, it’s active ingredients are flavonoids, and terpenoids.

Chamomile tea is it’s most common use, but the essential oil of chamomile is far stronger, and more potent for medicinal uses.

Apigenin has been indicated as the bioactive ingredient in chamomile essential oil.  This constituent is able to block the formation of cancer cells in breast, prostate, skin, and ovarian cancers.

As with other essential oil cancer therapies, with chamomile there are no side effects, and the healthy cells of these affected tissues, and organs are left intact.

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Thyme has many practical uses, and medicinally has anti-cancer properties.

Thyme Essential Oil 

Thyme has been used over the centuries for various purposes like culinary, and to treat conditions, and illnesses.  In ancient Egypt it was used for embalming. In ancient Greece it was used in their baths, and in their incense.

Thyme was commonly used to prevent nightmares in medieval Europe.  The active constituent thymol has shown significant prowess in eliminating cancer cells associated with lung cancer, prostate cancer, and breast cancer.

Thymol seems to have the ability to initiate many cytotoxic events towards cancer cells, while maintaining healthy cells, and without causing side effects.

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Rosemary is very aromatic, and has anti-tumor activity.

Rosemary Essential Oil

Rosemary essential oil have many uses, and is commonly used in cooking, in pest control, and as a pleasant fragrance in bathroom products.

It contains plant compounds that are therapeutic, and many powerful phytochemicals, and has a high degree of cell and DNA protective antioxidants.

Rosemary essential oil’s active agents show strong tumor fighting abilities with skin cancer, liver cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, ovarian, and even blood cancer.

Rosemary essential oils cause zero side effects, and leave healthy cells untouched.

Yes, top foods fight cancer, and herbs can also help fight, and prevent cancer.  There are also many foods that can bring on the atmosphere in the body that can cause, and worsen cancer.

It can be as simple as staying away from the cancer causers, and eating the cancer fighters and cancer preventing foods and herbs  to help  bring about healthy states where cancer is far less likely to do you harm.

It is important to look at the causes of cancer, and not just the symptoms.  Cancer is often caused by a complex series of infections.

If a condition persists, think infection.

Yes indeed, top foods fight cancer. Your diet is a very important aspect of your health. It is also an area that you can control.  Take charge of your health!

Steven Stay has written a very interesting, and informative blog about his experience with cancer. I highly recommend you check it out.   Click here to read it. 

Thank you for reading Top Foods Fight Cancer. I hope you have found it informative, and useful.  May God bless you with optimum health.

Envita

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

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Best Foods Digestion

Best Foods Digestion
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Best foods digestion are not the Standard American Diet.

Learning best foods digestion is one of the most important factors in your overall health.  It is estimated that one of three Americans experience some form of stomach distress.   Companies that provide Prilosec, Tums, and Rolaids, makers of antacids,  are worth billions of dollars.

There is an epidemic of chronic illness in our country. At the turn of the 20th century, around the year 1900, less than 4% of the country was chronically ill. Today, 2017, some 53% of the American population is chronically ill.  We can attribute most of that figure to our poor diet, and our inability to digest our food.

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Some of the many diseases or conditions that can be caused by poor digestion are:

There are 3 key components to the digestive process:

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Hydrochloric acid works like magic to aid digestion.

1. Hydrochloric acid levels  Hydrochloric acid plays a key role in digestion in the stomach. As food enters the stomach the HCL breaks it down, kills any pathogens, and allows the nutrients to be sent to the blood stream and then to the cells of the body.

As we age, the levels of HCL decrease due to the amount of cooked, processed food we ingest. Usually around the age of 40, the HCL levels in the stomach have decreased enough to where some of the food we eat sits in the stomach instead of being digested, and rots, turning into lactic acid.

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This is the acid that can force open the esophageal sphincter, and cause heartburn, indigestion, and GERD, gastric esophageal reflux disease. In severe cases esophageal cancer can be caused.  Without adequate levels of hydrochloric acid, we are opening ourselves up to many potential health problems.

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Probiotics aid in the digestion of dairy products like cheese.

2. Probiotics

There are both good and bad bacteria in the gut.  The good bacteria, also known as probiotics help aid digestion, and absorption of food. They also help sweeten the breath, and eliminate gas problems.

They normalize bowel movements, and acidify the colon. They also assist in the ability to digest dairy products, especially those dairy products that have not been aged sufficiently.

The food source for probiotics is fermented foods, of which there are many. Without good bacteria in the gut that fermented foods can provide, digestion can’t happen.

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Cooked food like this lasagna spend our body’s enzyme stores.

3. Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes are also a key player in the digestive process. These catalytic enzymes are found in the pancreas, the mouth, the stomach, and the small intestine.

As we age, due to stress, and because we eat large amounts of cooked food, we spend these important enzymes, and eventually are in an enzyme deficit situation.

These enzymes break down proteins, sugars, carbohydrates, and fats primarily in the small intestine, speed the digestive process, and allow it to complete.

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Whole, raw fruits and vegetables have their own enzymes, and don’t require supplementation in order to be digested properly., and are truly best foods digestion. Cooked foods, on the other hand, are either low in enzymes or completely deficient in them, and do require enzyme supplements to do the job of aiding digestion.

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Fermented foods, among others aid the digestive process.

Foods that aid digestion

There are many foods that can actually help with digestion.

Raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds,  legumes.  These raw foods contain their own digestive enzymes that catalyze the digestive process, and don’t deplete your stomach’s stores of precious hydrochloric acid, or digestive enzymes such as pepsin.

Fermented foods.  

Best foods digestion also includes fermented foods. Fermented foods aid in digestion, and boost immunity. The most common fermented foods are yogurt, sauerkraut, pickles, kimchi, natto, kefir, tempeh, miso, cacao, sourdough, apple cider vinegar, and various other vegetables.

It is relatively easy, and inexpensive to ferment your own foods.  As an example, sauerkraut is quite easy to make.

You will need a cabbage, preferably organic, a large mason jar, a cutting board, sharp knife, some sun dried sea salt, and some filtered or distilled water, about a half a liter for this batch.

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Salt is a key ingredient in fermenting foods.

Do not use chlorinated water.  Simply take a cabbage, cut it up into small pieces.  Place the cabbage into your bowl, save a few good size pieces dry to place on top of the mixture in the jar to help give it an air tight seal. In your jar, pour a half liter of filtered or distilled water, and about a tablespoon of your sun dried sea salt.

Stir the sea salt in the jar’s water, and pour it into the bowl with your cut up cabbage. Massage the mixture in the bowl with your hands.

With your hands, take out the cabbage and place in the jar, pressing down as you go to keep the air out.  Once you have the jar almost full, add the water from the bowl into the jar.

Fill it close to the top, about 90% full, and then add the dry pieces of cabbage that you saved to give it an air tight seal, or as close as you can get it. Seal the jar tightly, but not too tightly, and some pressure will build with time, and expand the mixture.

Be sure to place a plastic bag or something else underneath the jar to catch any water that may seep out. Leave on your counter for about 5 to 7 days.

Once you open the jar, you can  place it in the refrigerator, or a cellar that is approximately 55 degrees fahrenheit.  This will halt the fermentation process.  Many other vegetables can be fermented in a similar fashion.

If you don’t want to ferment your own food, or only on occasion, no problem.  Fermented foods are available at most supermarkets, but best to buy them at markets that specialize in organic products such as Whole Foods, Fresh Thyme, Trader Joe’s and many others.

It is a good idea to eat at least one fermented food with each meal.

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Many drinks are fermented, such as beet kvass.

Many drinks are fermented, and have been enjoyed for many centuries, such as wine, beer, beet kvass, mead, kombucha, buttermilk, and ginger ale.

Unfortunately, in this day and age, many of these products have been adulterated with chemicals, preservatives, and much of the ingredients are from GMO, genetically modified organisms which render many of these drinks as ineffective, and may even be harmful for you.

If you can create these drinks yourself, you can assure yourself that the result will be pure, and it is your best bet. If not, try to buy organic, non GMO products from health food, or organic stores. Fermented foods and drinks qualify as best foods digestion.

Soothing Foods

Some foods help coat the inside of your colon, and are soothing to your intestines, such as raw aloe vera, slippery elm bark, raw eggs, Irish moss, and chia seeds.

Easily digestible foods

Some foods will not necessarily aid in digestion, but they will at least not create a burden to your digestive processes.  Fresh non farm raised fish, such as wild Alaskan salmon, free of antibiotics, and hormones that is either prepared raw, or baked can be easily digested.

Free range chicken, free of antibiotics and hormones that is not fried, and ideally baked, is easy on your tummy.

Lean meats that are free of antibiotics, and hormones, grass fed, and not fried, are much easier to digest than typical fatty red meats that are so common in our American diet.  More best foods digestion.

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Coconut oil has many healthy benefits like aiding digestion.

Coconut oil:  expeller pressed, unrefined, organic coconut oil contains fatty acids and anti microbial properties that aid digestion.

Ghee or clarified butter: unlike regular butter, at room temperature, ghee won’t spoil and rancidify.  In fact, ghee retains it freshness and flavor for as long as a year.  Ghee aids in digestion by stimulating the secretion of acid in the stomach that help break down food.

Bone broth: bone broth contains a gelatanious substance that attracts and holds moisture that helps seal and heal the gut. which supports optimum digestion.  Bones from organically raised, grass fed, anti biotic free, and hormone free animals should be used.

Zucchini: zucchini is high in fiber, and provides an effective cleansing on the entire digestive tract, especially the intestines.  It prevents cancer causing toxins to settle in the colon, and it acts as a mild laxative, and cleans the walls of the colon.  The majority of nutrients are found in the skin, so it is best not to remove it.

Ginger: ginger helps produce, saliva, gastric juice, and bile to assist in digestion. As a tea, it’s phenolic compounds like gingerol, and other volatile oils, are the reason why it provides such a beneficial effect on the digestive system.

These are the best foods digestion. You will gain many health benefits by including some or all of these foods in your diet.

Fixing your digestion is the single most important thing you can do for your health.  Digestion is foundational for a healthy body.

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Burn Fat or Store Fat?

Burn Fat or Store Fat?

Have you ever wondered if foods, and habits have an impact on your body’s fat burning? It’s true. You really can have control of fat burning, and conversely, fat storage by the foods you eat. The diet decisions we make will determine whether we burn fat or store fat.

Certain foods and behaviors ignite hormones like leptin that tell your body to either burn fat or store fat.

Behaviors that tell your body to burn fat.
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Sleep is important in fat burning.

Sleep  It is vitally important to our overall health, and fat burning efforts that we get at least 7 hours of restful, uninterrupted sleep per night. Ideally, at least 5 consecutive hours of uninterrupted sleep. This means not getting up to go to the bathroom, to put the cat out, of for any other reason. Without this sleep, burning fat may not happen. This is also important for our overall health.

Melatonin

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Exercise can enhance fat burning.

Exercise

You ask if exercise can burn fat or store fat? Lower intensity exercise such as walking, outside or on a treadmill,  is good to burn fat.  If it has been a while since you have exercised at all, it is important to start with walking until you build up to a sustainable level, like walking for a half hour to an hour at a time.

You can increase the aerobic benefit of walking by adding hills.  Once you have achieved a reasonable level of fitness from walking, you can then add interval training to increase the level of fat burning.

Interval training is short intense periods of exercise with rest in between.  In fact, interval training can bring about 4 1/2 times more fat burning than sustained exercise like walking on a treadmill.

Foods that tell your body to burn fat.
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Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli tell your body to burn fat.

Cruciferous vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, and cabbage, can help liver function, and can lower and balance estrogens that are unhealthy,  They contain potassium, and other minerals, and vitamins.

Protein

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Proteins like salmon in small portions can increase fat burning.

Protein can generate fat burning if you eat less than 6 ounce servings per meal. Some examples are beef, salmon, and eggs.  Your liver must be functioning well or your protein intake should be less. If so, consider detoxing your liver with coffee enemas, and anti-infective herbs.

Foods rich in Potassium

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Potassium rich foods like avocados assist fat burning.

Potassium rich foods allow sugar to be stored as sugar rather than stored as fat. Sugary foods or foods that convert to sugar will be stored as fat without the presence of potassium.

Potassium is needed to keep blood sugar levels balanced, and to eliminate sugar cravings. People that have a sweet tooth, are probably deficient in potassium.  The RDA, recommended daily allowance of potassium is 4,700 mg., which is the equivalent of 7-10 cups of vegetables.

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Artichokes are high in fiber,and can speed fat burning.

Fiber

Fiber, preferably from veggies, can speed up your fat burning metabolism, and decrease or slow your hormones that store fat.

Fat

Fat doesn’t burn fat or store fat. Fat neither causes fat storage, or fat burning. It would take a diet of 5% carbs, or carbohydrates, and 70% fat to bring about the fat burning state of ketosis.

Foods that tell your body to store fat

These foods answer the question burn fat or store fat, as store fat.

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Breads are from grains, and can signal insulin to store fat.

Grains and Starches

Grains like muffins, breads, cereals,  and crackers, and starches, such as rice, and potatoes all trigger an increase in the production of the fat storing hormone insulin.

Fruits

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Figs are high in sugar, and can slow fat burning.

Fruits contain more sugar than vegetables, and as a result can increase insulin levels, spike blood sugar levels, and decrease the fat burning process.

Fruits do however, contain fiber, which is pro fat burning, so very light intake of some fruits is acceptable, and will have a neutral effect. Check the glycemic index for very low sugar containing fruits.

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Sugary foods like honey will hinder fat burning.

 Sugars (including hidden sugars)

Many foods, especially American foods contain added refined sugar.  Always check the label before you buy any food product to be sure it is not high in sugar content.  Beware of juice, deli meats, alcohol, yogurts, and many other processed foods, and drinks.

In the presence of sugar, all 6 hormones that burn fat are negated or rendered ineffective.  The worst culprits are brown sugar, table sugar, honey, and syrups. The exception is wild, raw, untreated, unheated honey. Even this wonderfully delicious, nutritional superstar should be eaten moderately to guard against fat storage.

To make matters worse, if you add a protein like meat or fish to sugars, you can increase fat storage by two times, or 200%.

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Large amounts of protein over 9 ounces will negate fat burning.

Too much protein

If you eat more than 9 ounces of protein at a sitting, you will increase the fat storage hormone insulin by double or 200%.  If you can keep your protein intake to 6 ounces or less ideally, you will be able to burn fat instead of store it.

MSG – Monosodium Glutamate

MSG or Monosodium Glutamate, is a flavor enhancer that is designed to increase your appetite. Quite often, MSG is in certain foods, but is hidden as another name on food labels.

Some of the other names for MSG are modified food starch, or natural flavors. MSG can increase the fat storing hormone, insulin by 3 times or 300%.

MSG is also considered an excitotoxin, and can excite nerve, and brain cells to death. Needless to say, avoid this food additive like the plague.

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Some soy products like this bean curd can help with fat burning.

Soy protein isolate, soy protein powder, and soy milk

All three of these soy foods can increase estrogen, and as a result, increase insulin by 300% or three times, and store more fat.  Sprouted soy, and fermented soy like tempeh, tofu, and miso, in small portions is healthier to eat, and won’t store fat.

Stress

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Too much stress can activate the fat storing hormone cortisol.

Too much stress can activate the fat storing hormone known as cortisol.  Stress has a cumulative effect on the body, and it’s fat processes.

Inflammation, and pain may also spike cortisol levels. There are many ways to help decrease stress, such as proper sleep, massage, meditation, exercise, vacations from work, and B vitamins.

Learn these hormone triggers, and which foods burn fat, and you will be on your way to a slimmer, healthier you. Which would you rather do, burn fat or store fat?

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Bible Foods that Reduce Fat

Bible Foods that Reduce Fat
In my research, I found that there are several Bible foods that reduce fat, and also improve your overall health.
 For those of us that are Christians, the authoritative source is the Bible.  I became curious to see if the Bible mentions foods that may help in fat loss.
What I found may surprise you as it did me.  Hopefully this will encourage you to put some of these Bible foods that reduce fat in your own diet.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar helps dissolve fat.
Apple cider vinegar helps dissolve fat due to it’s super strong enzymes. It also excretes the fat right out of your body’s system.
When you drink apple cider vinegar, even in small amounts as 2 tablespoons in water or juice, it quickly breaks up stored fat in cell tissues.
A folk medicine doctor claims that his patients who sipped two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in water with each meal, without any special diets lost up to 100 pounds in one year.
All this without additional exercise or other dieting.

2. Celery, and Celery Seed

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Celery can help curb your appetite.
Celery won’t by itself provide a dramatic fat loss, but it is well known that this versatile vegetable can help.
When eating celery, you burn more calories in the chewing and digesting of it, than is absorbed by your system. It also contains fiber, which provides a feeling of fullness, that may curb your appetite further.
Celery seed contains a diuretic component, that causes excess water to flush away, which can be a big help to women with water weight gain, and fluid retention.

3. Charoset

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Charoset is a Passover fat loss food.
Charoset is one of the symbolic foods on the Passover Seder Plate.
Charoset is a combination of chopped apples, raisins, and walnuts in a sweet, spiced red wine sauce.
It is thought that the high serotonin content of the walnuts, which make you feel full, is the reason  that eating  charoset can help control fat levels.
At the very least, eating walnuts can help control food cravings, which, of course, can help you lose fat.
Charoset also has a positive effect on the thyroid gland. The thyroid hormone, thryoxin regulates your body’s energy utilization, and metabolic rate.
As a result, your thyroid hormones affect your ability to generate energy, burn fat, and establish, and maintain a healthy metabolism.
Eating charoset has been shown to increase thyroxin as much as 100%.
More Bible foods that reduce fat.

4. Wheatgrass

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Wheatgrass speeds up your fat burning metabolism.
Wheatgrass helps by speeding up blood circulation, increasing the metabolic rate, and by improving digestive powers.
As a result, more fat is melted in the body, and you receive more nutrition from the food you eat.
In addition to Bible foods that reduce fat there are also Bible herbs that reduce fat.
5. Dandelion
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Dandelion is a very effective diuretic.

Dandelion leaf tea is considered one of the finest diuretics known. In ridding the body of fluid retention, it is useful in weight loss, hepatitis( liver disorder ), nephritis( kidney disorder), and cystitis.

It is also useful in clearing up obstructions in the spleen, pancreas, gall bladder, and kidneys. It is also of great benefit to the stomach, and intestines.

6. Elderberry
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Elderberries have diuretic, and detoxifying properties.

Due to elderberry’s diuretic, and detoxifying properties, people lose weight by eating the elderberry. Elderberry is also useful in treating nerve spasms, Sciatica, and Rheumatoid arthritis.

Strong elder flower tea is effective when mixed with yarrow, and peppermint for asthma, colds, and flu.

7. Mustard Greens
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Mustard greens can boost metabolism, and burn fat.

Mustard greens are the richest food source of tyrosine, one of the thyroid hormones. They are number one of a list of tyrosine rich foods that also includes cabbage, watercress, spinach, soybeans, peanuts, and oats.

By boosting thyroid hormone levels, you will be able to generate energy, burn fat, and establish, and maintain a healthy metabolism.

8. Kelp
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Kelp can boost metabolism, and burn fat.

Kelp mentioned in Jonah 2:5 as weeds or seaweeds is the richest food source of iodine, the other thyroid hormone.

As with the tyrosine rich foods, kelp will boost thyroid hormone levels, and, as a result, you will be able to generate energy, burn fat, and establish, and maintain a healthy metabolism.

9. Wine
Red wine. Bible foods that reduce fat.
Red wine has some fat burning properties.

Wine is mentioned throughout the Bible. In fact, it is believed that Jesus himself drank wine.  Despite the calorie content in alcohol. 7 calories per gram, the resveratrol in red wine expresses genes that convert white fat into beige fat, and thus increase fat burning.

Although the jury is still out as to whether drinking red wine is a good fat loss strategy by itself, it is now known that if moderation is practiced, drinking red wine will at least not cause weight/fat gain, and may well assist in fat loss.

Organic wine has less alcohol content. Approximately 14% for main stream wines, and about 12% with organic, clean wines.  These organic wines, if truly organic will spare you hangovers, and headaches as well.

And because they have much less sugar than ordinary wines, they won’t slow down your fat burning metabolism. So, not only are there bible foods that reduce fat, but also bible drinks that reduce fat.

Bible foods that reduce fat

Bible verses about food – weight loss

Among the many bible foods that reduce fat, are many passages that are related to food, and what God’s will is for us regarding food.

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Bible tells us how we should treat food.

1 Corinthians 10:31 “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

5. Romans 12:1 Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice–alive, holy, and pleasing to God–which is your reasonable service.

 Genesis 2:9 And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 1:29
And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

Leviticus 11:4-44

Nevertheless, among those that chew the cud or part the hoof, you shall not eat these: The camel, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. And the rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. And the hare, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is unclean to you. And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you.

“These you may eat, of all that are in the waters. Everything in the waters that has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers, you may eat. 10 But anything in the seas or the rivers that does not have fins and scales, of the swarming creatures in the waters and of the living creatures that are in the waters, is detestable to you. 11 You shall regard them as detestable; you shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall detest their carcasses. 12 Everything in the waters that does not have fins and scales is detestable to you.

13 “And these you shall detest among the birds;[a] they shall not be eaten; they are detestable: the eagle,[b] the bearded vulture, the black vulture, 14 the kite, the falcon of any kind, 15 every raven of any kind, 16 the ostrich, the nighthawk, the sea gull, the hawk of any kind, 17 the little owl, the cormorant, the short-eared owl, 18 the barn owl, the tawny owl, the carrion vulture, 19 the stork, the heron of any kind, the hoopoe, and the bat.

20 “All winged insects that go on all fours are detestable to you. 21 Yet among the winged insects that go on all fours you may eat those that have jointed legs above their feet, with which to hop on the ground. 22 Of them you may eat: the locust of any kind, the bald locust of any kind, the cricket of any kind, and the grasshopper of any kind. 23 But all other winged insects that have four feet are detestable to you.

24 “And by these you shall become unclean. Whoever touches their carcass shall be unclean until the evening, 25 and whoever carries any part of their carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening. 26 Every animal that parts the hoof but is not cloven-footed or does not chew the cud is unclean to you. Everyone who touches them shall be unclean. 27 And all that walk on their paws, among the animals that go on all fours, are unclean to you. Whoever touches their carcass shall be unclean until the evening, 28 and he who carries their carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening; they are unclean to you.

29 “And these are unclean to you among the swarming things that swarm on the ground: the mole rat, the mouse, the great lizard of any kind, 30 the gecko, the monitor lizard, the lizard, the sand lizard, and the chameleon. 31 These are unclean to you among all that swarm. Whoever touches them when they are dead shall be unclean until the evening. 32 And anything on which any of them falls when they are dead shall be unclean, whether it is an article of wood or a garment or a skin or a sack, any article that is used for any purpose. It must be put into water, and it shall be unclean until the evening; then it shall be clean. 33 And if any of them falls into any earthenware vessel, all that is in it shall be unclean, and you shall break it. 34 Any food in it that could be eaten, on which water comes, shall be unclean. And all drink that could be drunk from every such vessel shall be unclean. 35 And everything on which any part of their carcass falls shall be unclean. Whether oven or stove, it shall be broken in pieces. They are unclean and shall remain unclean for you. 36 Nevertheless, a spring or a cistern holding water shall be clean, but whoever touches a carcass in them shall be unclean. 37 And if any part of their carcass falls upon any seed grain that is to be sown, it is clean, 38 but if water is put on the seed and any part of their carcass falls on it, it is unclean to you.

39 “And if any animal which you may eat dies, whoever touches its carcass shall be unclean until the evening, 40 and whoever eats of its carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening. And whoever carries the carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until the evening.

41 “Every swarming thing that swarms on the ground is detestable; it shall not be eaten. 42 Whatever goes on its belly, and whatever goes on all fours, or whatever has many feet, any swarming thing that swarms on the ground, you shall not eat, for they are detestable. 43 You shall not make yourselves detestable with any swarming thing that swarms, and you shall not defile yourselves with them, and become unclean through them. 44 For I am the Lord your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not defile yourselves with any swarming thing that crawls on the ground.

As you can see, the bible has much to say about what we should, and should not eat, and also tells us the bible foods that reduce fat.

Bible foods that reduce fat are readily accessible both in print in the Bible, on the internet, and in retail stores.

The Bible is a great resource for all areas of our lives. I like to turn to it for many things to help guide me to strive to achieve a fulfilling, purposeful life.

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Cooked Foods vs. Raw Foods

Cooked Foods vs. Raw Foods
Can I eat my favorite foods, and still lose fat?

Cooked foods vs. raw foods. Which is better? Does cooking my food make it unhealthy? Is it better to eat raw, uncooked foods? Is there a healthy way to cook foods?

The importance of eliminating fat from our bodies cannot be over stated. Even one pound of excess fat can lead to chronic inflammation, which can lead to cancers, and other problems.

So, it is more than just looking great in a swim suit, it is vital for our health, longevity, and quality of life to lose the excess fat.

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Belly fat is not flattering, or healthy.

In today’s world, there are millions in advertising money spent to promote fast food chains, grocery store chains,  and restaurants, and the unhealthy foods they provide.

Add in media hype, and it is difficult to determine if eating cooked foods has a negative effect on our fat loss, and overall weight loss goals, or not.

How does eating these foods affect my overall health?

And, of course, there is never any mention of how eating these foods could effect our overall health. Certainly the message from these folks is, don’t worry about it, if it tastes good, it can’t be bad for you.

The unfortunate truth is, it can, and is bad for us to eat cooked foods, both from a fat loss/weight loss perspective, as well as an overall health perspective.

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Cooking foods renders them unhealthy?

No argument for cooked foods vs. raw foods.

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Cooking our food can have numerous negative effects.

When we cook foods, we destroy the active enzymes in the food. Enzymes help to transport the food into the cell.

Cooking also destroys most, if not all of the nutritional components in the food. This is a double whammy.

Not only is it then difficult to transport the food to the cell, but the food that does get through to the cells is lacking in nutritional value, which the cell needs to live, and function.

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As a result, the cells, by not receiving the nutrition they need,  don’t signal the brain that they are full, and makes you want to eat more until the cells are satiated.

There is not a healthy way to cook foods. There are ways that are less harmful than others. For instance, did you know that smoked meats are carcinogenic, cancer causing?

Did you know that the grill marks on your grilled meats  contain heterocyclic amines, and are also carcinogenic?

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If you must cook your food, steaming vegetables, and meats are the least harmful ways to go about it. Keep in mind though that anytime you heat food, you destroy it’s beneficial constituents.

We start out with 30 million methyl groups. By eating cooked foods without a digestive aid, such as pancreatic enzymes, or by not adding hydrochloric acid we lose 1800 methyl groups per day, and by eating raw, or uncooked foods, we lose 1200 methyl groups per day.

Food cooked beyond the boiling point speeds up demethylation. Demethylation is considered one of the main ways in which we age.

It is a consensus among longevity experts that methyl groups determine aging. So, by eating cooked foods, we are effectively losing up to one third of our lifespan.

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Cooked foods vs. raw foods

Eating raw foods or uncooked foods, on the other hand, have their nutritional components, and enzymes in tact, so your cells become satiated more quickly, and signal the brain that you are full, which then makes it easier to stop eating.

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Non GMO, organic fruits, and vegetables are best.

I am not a fan of  GMO, genetically modified fruits, and vegetables. I recommend eating non GMO foods to the extent possible.

It is better to eat organic foods. By eating organic, you are more likely to get the nutrition that the food was designed to provide.

You can avoid most, if not all of the pesticides, chemicals, waxes, artificial colors, and dyes that are prevalent in non organic foods.

So, by eating non organic, not only are you not getting the nutrition you need now, but you are also setting yourself up for more health issues down the road.

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Our ancestors worked outdoors for 10+ hours a day. Skin cancer was unheard of.

In the year 1900, only 4% of the U.S. population was chronically ill.

Today, it is estimated that over 53% of us have some type of chronic illness.

The Standard American Diet, SAD, is mostly responsible for this fact.

How is it possible that our ancestors spent 10-14 hours a day in the sun, yet skin cancer was unheard of until we began adulterating our food?

Skin cancer, it is now known, is caused primarily by bad oils in our diet.

Changing our diet is within our control, and it is the biggest factor, by far, in determining whether we live we live a long, fit, healthy life, or whether we live shorter, pain filled, unpleasant lives.

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Drinking enough clean water is vital to our health, and appearance.

Certainly other factors are involved too, such as what we drink, the quality of the air we breath, exposure to chemicals, how we handle stress, and to a lesser extent genetics.

The human genome project found that less than 1/2 of 1 percent of all diseases have a genetic predisposition at it’s core.

I bring this up because a lot of us like to use genetics as an excuse why we aren’t well, or can’t get well.

The truth is, more likely that we are exhibiting negative learned behaviors that have been passed down in our families for generations.

No more excuses. It is up to us to change our habits, and change our lives for the better.

Cooked foods vs. raw foods? The answer is clearly raw foods. The more raw, organic, fresh, uncooked foods we eat, and the less cooked foods we eat, the healthier we’ll be.

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