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Summer is right around the corner and with it, summer’s tempting, yet often very unhealthy, side dishes for the family picnic. But what if you could take a picnic classic and turn it into a deliciously healthy treat instead? This recipe out of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Lifestyle Medicine gives you super cancer-fighting cabbage, plus a splash of inflammation-reducing omega 3’s! A 2008 study found that red cabbage consumption was linked to not only to cancer prevention but to brain and heart health as well! Enjoy some cole slaw this summer – without the guilt! Read more »
This recipe is super quick, super healthy and super good! The best part about it is its ability to help you get a flatter stomach due to the 6 beautiful grams of fiber in both the back beans and the brown rice. A 2011 study found that adding soluble fiber to your diet helped to reduce belly fat right under the skin. In fact, researchers found that for every 10-gram increase in soluble fiber eaten per day, visceral fat was reduced by 3.7% over five years. This recipe takes all of 10 minutes to make and can be packed up for lunch for several days! Read more »
Ditch your coffee store muffin! Most of us associate bananas with potassium – but did you know that one banana provides over 20% of our recommended daily amount of B6? Why is this something you should be excited about? Because B6 plays a number of essential roles in the body: B6 is needed to process carbohydrates, synthesize amino acids and neurotransmitters in the body, and reduce overall inflammation. These banana muffins are also gluten-free, high in fiber, and low in calories, sodium and sugars. Who knew something that tastes so decadent could be so good for you! Read more »
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Health Benefits of Green Tea
It's difficult not to gush about green tea.
More than a decade's worth of research about green tea's health benefits -- particularly its potential to fight cancer and heart disease -- has been more than intriguing, as have limited studies about green tea's role in lowering cholesterol, burning fat, preventing diabetes and stroke, and staving off dementia.
"I believe in green tea based on everything written about it," says Katherine Tallmadge, RD, LD, a nutritionist and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. "Green tea, white tea, black tea -- I like all of them."
Still, real-world evidence is lacking; most of the consistent findings about green tea's health benefits have come out of the lab.
The few large-scale human studies that have focused on green tea's impact on heart disease and cancer are promising, but many of those were conducted in the East, where green tea is a dietary mainstay. The outcomes are likely influenced by other lifestyle factors such as high consumption of fish and soy protein, says cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, MD, a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association and medical director of the New York University Women's Heart Center.
But Goldberg agrees with other health professionals: green tea has important antioxidants and compounds that help in maintaining good health.
Green Tea's Powerful Antioxidants
Green tea's antioxidants, called catechins, scavenge for free radicals that can damage DNA and contribute to cancer, blood clots, and atherosclerosis. Grapes and berries, red wine, and dark chocolate also have potent antioxidants.
Because of green tea's minimal processing -- its leaves are withered and steamed, not fermented like black and oolong teas -- green tea's unique catechins, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), are more concentrated.
But there's still a question of how much green tea you need to drink to reap its health benefits. EGCG is not readily "available" to the body; in other words, EGCG is not always fully used by the body.
"We must overcome the issue of poor bioavailability [and other issues] in order to get the most out of their benefits," says Tak-Hang Chan, PhD, professor emeritus in the department of chemistry at McGill University in Montreal. Chan has studied the use of a synthetic form of EGCG in shrinking prostate cancer tumors in mice, with success.
Green Tea vs. Cancer
Marji McCullough, ScD, RD, the American Cancer Society's strategic director of nutritional epidemiology, says human studies haven't yet proven what researchers like Chan have discovered in the lab: green tea's EGCG regulates and inhibits cancer growth and kills cells that are growing inappropriately.
"Epidemiologically, one of the challenges is finding populations that drink enough green tea and have for a long time," she says. "With cancer, it's always difficult to find the exposure time," or the point at which cancer
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The Ins and Outs of Vitamins and Supplements
In the world of alternative health there are millions of potions, lotions, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements that all claim they will help you achieve ‘optimal’ health, but how can you separate the good from the bad and do we really need these supplements at all? Well, unfortunately there is not one simple answer and I am in know way qualified to give medical advice, but here is what I have discovered/learnt/know so far:
1. Many doctors will tell you that vitamins and supplements are dangerous. It still seems crazy to me that doctors believe these supplements actually pose a health risk, although you can have too much of a good thing, even vitamins. Ideally in a perfect world we would get all the vitamins and minerals we need from a balanced diet, but of course that is rarely possible nowadays, especially as a lot of the soil that our fruit and veg are grown in is nutrient-deprived so the food never gets all the nutrients in the first place. Then we cook, process, spray and modify all of these natural foods and what we are left with is something that simply cannot satisfy our nutrient needs. Anyway, back to the doctors, many claims come out about the potential risks of taking vitamins and supplements, and of course you must consider the possibility of vitamins and supplements not being right for you, but I am sure that prescription medication comes with far more side effects, deaths and illness than any vitamin supplement will ever give you. For more on this prescription medication vs. vitamins I would strongly recommend watching Food Matters, as it is explained in great detail through interviews with many experts.
2. There are lots of dodgy operators in the vitamin and supplements industry. As much as I like to believe that all people are honest and good and would only sell products that can actually live up to their claims, this is not the case. There are many products out there which are full of some not-so-nice chemicals, preservatives and other unnatural things, especially when it comes to protein and diet powders, shakes, bars and meal replacements. I would recommend reading the ingredients list on such products or asking for assistance when selecting one so that you get the highest quality product available. I am fortunate enough that my Mum works as a health consultant and has a whole range of reputable (and yummy) protein shakes and bars made from whey protein, but reading up on the Internet will help you to narrow down the best option and sort the good from the bad.
3. When it comes to herbs and spices, they are all good. Traditional Eastern remedies have utilised the healing power of herbs and spices for thousands of years, but only recently have scientists begun to investigate the direct benefits of these. Herbs and spices are a wonderful addition to your everyday diet and can do amazing things, such as cinnamon for blood sugar and diabetes, turmeric for cancer and inflammation and parsley for detoxification and cleansing. Almost every herb and spice has its benefits, so don’t be afraid to use them generously. These herbs and spices also come in the form of potions, lotions and supplements, many from Chinese herbalists and naturopaths. If prescribed and given to you by a practitioner these remedies are usually pretty safe and can prove quite magical in their healing properties.
4. Some people have specific deficiencies that mean they need more than others. Some people, like me, take supplements to correct deficiencies in their bodies. Vegetarians for example may need to take iron supplements, whereas I need high doses of zinc and B vitamins due to a genetic condition which means I have a permanent deficiency in these particular nutrients. For people with deficiencies, supplementation is a great and easy way to get the extra nutrients that they need/are missing in their diets.
5. High dose vitamin therapy appears to have the ability to reduce the severity and even reverse cancer. The Gerson Therapy, which involves drinking A LOT of vegetable juice, is based on the idea of our bodies having the ability to heal themselves as long as they have enough nutrients to do so. This idea of high dose vitamin therapy is one that I am extremely interested in, and so far from what I have read and heard it is proving quite successful in treating cancer and other chronic diseases including depression. (Depression and vitamins is also explored in Food Matters).
So, when it comes to supplements and vitamins, I think they can be very useful in combination with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle but always do your research and make sure that, just like what you are eating, what you are taking is the best quality and is safe.
HERE ARE MY PICKS ON THE MOST IMPORTANT SUPPLEMENTS TO TAKE EVERYDAY:**THERE IS ALOT OF NEWS ON PROBIOTICS AND PAPAYA IN THE NEWS OF DIABETES LATELY.... I HAVE BEEN TAKING THEM FOR YEARS.... THE CHEWABLES ARE THE BEST AND EASY TO TAKE.... THE SUBLINQUAL BCOMPLEX IS GREAT...THE ALIVE VEGGIE VITAMIN IS A GREAT CHOICE... AND THESE ARE THE MOST NEEDED SUPPLEMENTS LISTED BELOW....
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