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Whats Cool About Coconut

Whats Cool About Coconut

A switch to a raw, vegan, natural foods lifestyle requires a little creativity and a lot of getting used to. It may feel at first as if we are giving up more than we are gaining.

When I became a ‘raw dude’ I expanded my tastes by experimenting and trying different foods that I previously paid little or no attention to. One of these newfound treasures was coconut.

I am blessed to live in a tropical climate where coconuts grow in abundance so that also had an influence on my desire to include more coconut in my daily diet. I’ve heard amazing things about the healing properties of coconut oil- some of which I will share in this article in hopes that you’ll be convinced to give coconut a try.

You can’t keep a good oil down!

The false and misleading information that has been widely distributed marking coconut oil, or saturated fats, as bad was pushed by the corn oil industry. As we know, whenever huge profits are at stake, the truth is hidden and replaced with lies to support the profit agenda.

However, coconut oil which is far more nutritious and beneficial than corn oil, safflower oil, peanut oil, soybean oil, and even olive oil- contains no dangerous trans-fatty acids. Trans-fats can raise LDLs, commonly known as ‘bad’ cholesterol, and lead to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and more.

Coconut oil increases metabolism and supports healthy weight loss.

Coconut oil’s saturated fat is a medium-chain fatty acid which means it is digested more easily than other fats. Whereas, other fats are stored in the body’s cells, the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil are rapidly broken down and converted into energy putting less strain on the liver, pancreas, and digestive system. By activating the metabolism, coconut oil is outstanding for those with thyroid issues.

Coconut oil is antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-cancerous. It enhances the immune system by destroying lipid-coated viruses such as HIV, herpes, influenza, and various pathogenic bacteria.

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Raw Food Diet: Benefits, Risks and How to Do It

Raw Food Diet: Benefits, Risks and How to Do It

Raw Food Diet: Benefits, Risks and How to Do It

Eating raw foods is natural. Our bodies thrive on all that is fresh and vital. A raw food diet (or increasing the amount of raw food that you eat) is bound to bring a feeling of increased well-being.

Raw food diets are based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, preferably organic, such as a variety of fresh fruits and vegies, nuts, seeds, grains, dried fruit, fresh juices and purified water.

Why Raw Foods?

Basically a vegetarian diet, the raw food diet promotes eating and drinking ‘living’ foods. Living foods and juices contain the maximum amount of fibre found in raw produce, fibre that can be lost in processing. Such foods are easily metabolised and tend to be lower in calories than the average diet.

Heating food above 116°F destroys enzymes in food that aid in digestion and in absorption of food, diminishing its nutritional value.

Benefits of a Raw Food Diet

A diet of at least 75% raw food offers numerous health benefits, such as increased energy, improved skin appearance, better digestion, weight loss and reduced risk of serious illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

A raw food diet contains little or no saturated fats, is low in sodium, high in potassium, magnesium, folate and fibre.
Raw food diets are also excellent detox diets. Different combinations of raw, living foods and juices can be used for colon cleansing, liver cleansing, kidney cleansing and skin cleansing.

The Basics of a Raw Food Diet

Any fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, seeds, beans, nuts, legumes, young coconut milk – even seaweed – can be menu items of a raw food diet. Your choice of foods may depend on your reasons for dieting, for example:

– sprouted brown rice slows glucose absorption and improves the metabolism

– cabbage supports healthy cellular function; radish leaves act as an anti-oxidant, as does Shitake mushroom

-carrots are a great source of vitamin A as well as encouraging healthy vision and a healthy cardio-vascular system

You can use a sprouter such as the Easy Green automatic sprouter to sprout seeds, grains, beans – even wheatgrass. Sprouts could be called a ‘super food’ – organic sprouts contain enormous levels of proteins, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, chlorophyll pigments and enzymes, and are the ideal natural supplement.

Sprouts can be used in salads and soups, or can be juiced. Fresh juices are a great ready energy supply and a good quality juicer, such as the Kempo Greenpower juicer, produces living juices that are full of essential nutrients.
A great juicing recipe to complement a raw food diet is carrot juice with potato, fennel and apple. Simply juice 4 medium carrots, 2 apples, 1 small potato and 1 small stalk of fennel.

 

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19 ‘Health’ Foods Moms Should STOP Eating

19 ‘Health’ Foods Moms Should STOP Eating

19 ‘Health’ Foods Moms Should STOP Eating

MICROWAVE POPCORN

Popcorn is filled with healthy fiber and grains, but only if you get the air-popped versions. The pre-packaged microwave popcorns available in grocery stores are actually one of the worst foods on the planet, thanks to additives and chemicals used in popular brands like Jolly Time and Jiffy Pop. Many brands contain heart-harming trans fats and the dangerous butter-flavor additive, diacetyl, an ingredient shown to harm the brain. Even worst, the bags are also lined with perfluorooctanoic acid which is the same toxic stuff found on Teflon pans.

CANNED SOUPS

Like popcorn, soup can be an incredibly healthy meal, but not when you buy it in a can. First of all, canned soups fall under the “processed food” label, meaning it’s loaded with sodium—even in the low-sodium varieties. Then there’s the added fats and sugar that can up the calories considerably. However, the cans are the real reason to stop buying it forever. The plastic lining in many of the popular soup brands contains Bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine disruptor that can impact a woman’s reproductive system and the health of a child.

DRIED FRUIT

Fruit is good—but in moderation. The same goes for dried fruit, but it’s actually best to stay away from the dried versions of your faves. Why? The fructose in fruit gets more concentrated when dried out, making it more potent in smaller doses. Also, many companies top their dried fruits with additional sugars and coating, making it even more sugary.

LOW-FAT PEANUT BUTTER

Peanut butter is a health food full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and muscle-building protein, but too much of the good stuff is eliminated when you opt for the wrong kinds (often the low-fat version). The fats are part of what gives peanut butter its taste, so taking it out will leave you with a bland nut butter you won’t want to eat. Manufacturers know this, so they replace the fat with tasty sugars. This isn’t good. Instead, go for the “full fat” versions of peanut butter and eat in moderation, or grind your own peanuts for natural butters with nothing added.

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2017 Recipes: Stay Healthy This Year With Spiced Apples.

Spiced-Apples

This year, we are concentrating on low calorie desserts. In case your new year resolution is to stay healthy this year, this recipe is perfect for you. Chin up guys, it’s spiced apples.

Here is what you need;

8 Granny Smith apples

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup cinnamon red hot candies

Here is what you should do with what you have.

First things first, peel, core, and slice your apples. Next, place all your ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl.  The next step involves you microwaving on high for about 15 minutes. Don’t forget to stir each 5 minutes.
Cover with plastic wrap and let cool. Serve warm, and enjoy.

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5 Ways Juicing Can Be Harmful to Your Health

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Juicing is generally safe if you do it for only a few days at a time. However, juice fasts do carry some risks when they are prolonged.

  1. Inadequate Fiber

Whole fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of fiber, but that fiber is removed in the juicing process. Fiber is an essential part of a healthy diet. Eating enough of it is important for optimal digestion because it keeps the beneficial bacteria in your gut healthy and may reduce constipation for some people.

Additionally, it may lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. By juicing, you significantly reduce your fiber intake, which may result in health consequences.

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The Effect of Juicing on Weight Loss You Should Know

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Juicing is the process of extracting the liquid from fruits and vegetables, while removing the solids. This can be done by hand or with a motor-driven juicer. The juice from fruits and vegetables doesn’t contain any skin, seeds or pulp. It does contain some nutrients and antioxidants, but without the beneficial fiber of whole fruits and vegetables.

Some people use juicing as a so-called “detox” method. However, there are no scientific studies showing that replacing solid food with juice will detoxify the body. Your body is able to get rid of toxins on its own through the liver and kidneys, so using juice as a detox treatment is completely unnecessary.

People also use juices as nutrition supplements and to lose weight. Neither of these uses is supported by research, but many people claim they work. There is not any formal research to support that juicing helps with weight loss.

 

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7 Foods You Shouldn’t Eat After Age 40

7 Foods You Shouldn’t Eat After Age 40

7 Foods You Shouldn’t Eat After Age 40

When you get to age 40 and below, according to research, it has been gathered that you must not attempt to eat some types of foods. When you do eat them, then you must make sure that you follow some of the suggestions stipulated below.

Pickles
According to the CDC, about 33% of adults have high blood pressure, and incidence increases with age. Since high-sodium foods can raise blood pressure even further (for salt-sensitive people), it’s especially important to maintain a low-sodium diet in your 50s, when your risk for heart disease and stroke are already elevated. This usually means avoiding foods that are pickled, cured, or highly processed.

On average, one pickle contains 1180 mg of sodium – almost an entire day’s allotment for an adult with high blood pressure!

Fast food
Fast food contains a ton of bad-for-you ingredients, including sugars, bad fats, large amounts of carbohydrates, and sodium, which impacts almost every system in the body.

Eating too much of it can even result in erectile dysfunction. Also, fast food usually contains trans fats, which can stiffen the look of your skin and make it look inflexible. According to Diet Myths Busted; Food Facts Not Nutrition Fiction by Ann A. Rosenstein, referenced in the Huffington Post, “Trans fats clog and stiffen the arteries and smaller blood vessels,” which makes the skin look old.

Soda
Staying away from soda at any age is a no-brainer, but the so-called “liquid candy” is an even bigger hazard when you’re dealing with abnormal blood sugar levels, a common problem for the 40+ crowd.

Soda can send your blood sugars soaring, increasing your risk for type 2 diabetes and promoting inflammation to boot. Studies also show that a high-sugar diet is linked to having unhealthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which are major risk factors for heart disease. (Side note: The empty calories from soda won’t fill you up like solid food will.) If you love bubbly beverages, swap the soda for naturally flavored seltzer, and add a splash of 100% fruit juice if it needs a flavor boost.

 

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The Awesome Power of Fiber Diet, Feel Full and Lose Weight at The Same Time.

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Research shows that eating fiber diet can help you lose weight. In fact, observational studies show that people who eat lots of fiber tend to weigh less and have less body fat than those who don’t.

This may be because high-fiber foods are both lower in calories and more filling than low-fiber foods. This means that high-fiber foods could help you eat less, without you even noticing.

This was reflected in one review of over 50 studies, which estimated that people who ate 14 grams more fiber per day automatically reduced their calorie intake by around 10%.

Interestingly, this effect was larger in people who were overweight or obese.

 

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5 Health Problems Associated with Eating Fast.

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Eating fast can not only increase your risk of becoming overweight and obese, it may also lead to other health problems. Below are 5 health problems associated with eating fast.

  1. Insulin Resistance

Eating too quickly has been associated with a higher risk of insulin resistance. This condition is characterized by high blood sugar and insulin levels. It is a hallmark of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

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How You Actually Lose Weight By Drinking Whole Milk

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A lot of people avoid drinking whole milk because they assume the extra fat and calories will make them to gain more weight. However, the opposite is probably true.

According to multiple studies, consuming high-fat dairy products, such as whole milk, may actually help prevent weight gain.

In a review, 11 out of 16 studies found an association between consuming high-fat dairy and a lower risk of obesity. One very large study discovered that women who consumed the highest amounts of high-fat dairy products were the least likely to become overweight over time.

Another study conducted using 1,782 men found that those who had a high intake of high-fat dairy products had a 48% lower risk of developing abdominal obesity, relative to men who had a medium intake. In the same study, the men who had a low intake of high-fat dairy products had a 53% higher risk of abdominal obesity.

 

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