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6 Best Foods to Eat While Pregnant

6 Best Foods to Eat While Pregnant

6 Best Foods to Eat While Pregnant

Now, when you’re pregnant, everyone everywhere will chastise you if you don’t take care of your body and the developing baby’s health. They’ll tell you what not to eat, what not to drink, and what not to do. But enough of what you can’t do, let’s talk about the things you can do! Less forceful advice and more encouraging words, please. So with that in mind, let’s discuss in more detail about the foods you should eat, for the development of your child of course. Here are the 6 best foods to eat while you are pregnant.

 

Essential Vitamins & Nutrients

Before we talk about the actual best foods to eat, I’d like to take a moment to go over the most important things you should be getting out of your diet. Because remember, you’re eating for two now and you’ll want to give your baby the right vitamins and nutrients he or she needs in order to flourish. Here are some of the most crucial:

  • Protein – Makes you super strong. A key component for your baby’s body building, cause there’s no gym in your womb. Look toward lean and clean proteins.
  • Complex carbs – Look for complex carbs found in whole grains and veggies for energy and fiber. Although they say simple is always better, that’s not true when it comes to carbohydrates, so stay away from simple carbs such as refined sugars and white flour.
  • Healthy fats – Fats help to metabolize vitamins, but you’ll want healthy fats such as in dairy, eggs, olive oil, and avocados. However, there’s a fair amount of calories in fatty foods, so you’ll want to limit the amount you consume accordingly.
  • Calcium – You’ve seen all those commercials of how milk builds healthy bones and teeth, right? Well it’s true because of calcium, and you’ll need tons of calcium in your case since you’ll need to have enough calcium for your baby’s body as well as your own.
  • Iron – Important for producing hemoglobin, which carries oxygen through the bloodstream. Extremely vital for supplying your baby with oxygen as well as its own blood supply. You’ll need about twice as much iron as is normally suggested by health experts, which equates to about 30 milligrams a day.
  • Vitamin A & Beta Carotene – For healthy skin, bones, and eyes. Also contributes to cell growth.
  • Vitamin B1, B2, B3 – B1 for high energy and nervous system regulation. B2 for maintaining energy, good eyesight, and healthy skin. Finally, B3 for healthy skin, nerves, and digestion.
  • Vitamin C – Helps build collagen, which is a protein that makes up bones, cartilage, muscles, and blood vessels.
  • Vitamin D – Helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorous.
  • Vitamin E – For body development and helps it to use red blood cells and muscles.
  • Zinc – Recently, it was found that zinc helps a lot in aiding fetal growth.
  • Folic Acid – Absolutely crucial if you’re pregnant. Folic acid, or folate, helps to produce more blood as well as keeps enzymes working. It also prevents neural tube defects, which are serious birth defects of the spinal cord and brain, as well as other types of serious defects. Most prenatal vitamins contain enough folic acid, although getting it naturally from real foods is always the best method.

So, now that we got that health stuff out of the way, let’s move right into the type of foods that your baby as well as your body will love!

6 Best Foods to Eat While You Are Pregnant

1. Fruits & Veggies

Your parents told you this as you were growing up, and you’ll say the same to your child. Fruits and veggies are essential for a wholesome diet. Go for dark, leafy greens, sweet potatoes, carrots, peppers, and colorful fruits such as mango, berries, bananas, and avocados. Also, broccoli has tons of calcium and folate, so if you haven’t developed a taste for it, now’s the time!

2. Water

Not technically a food but you should be getting lots of it either way. That’s because during pregnancy, your blood volume increases by up to 1.5 liters. Water, in turn, keeps you hydrated and keeps your body working as it should to keep nutrients and vitamins flowing to the fetus.

3. Legumes

Lentils, peas, beans (navy, pinto, etc.), chickpeas, soybeans, and peanuts fit in this category. They provide tons of fiber, protein, iron, folate (super important!), and calcium.

4. Nuts

Nuts are full of important minerals and vitamin E, and they’re especially easy to carry around for a quick snack. High in healthy fats and can be added to a variety of dishes, go with nuts such as walnuts, almonds, peanuts, pecans, cashews, and pistachios.

5. Whole Grains

A good source of complex carbs, you’ll want to stick with whole grains such as oats and quinoa. They also have fiber, B vitamins, and magnesium.

6. Orange Juice

Orange juice has folate, potassium, and vitamin C, and is a lot healthier than the majority of sugary drinks. However, you don’t want to drink a ton of orange juice day to day, a glass in the morning is more than ideal. For the rest of the day, keep hydrated with water.

About the Author: Janecia is a writer for E Online LPN Programs, a website dedicated to those who want to become LPNs, as well as learn more about the profession whether it’s online classes, training, job outlook, career tips, job description, and more.

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This Simple Trick Can Protect You from Chinese Chemical-Tainted Garlic

California used to be the U.S.’s primary supplier of garlic, but no more. Now, up to 30% of U.S. garlic actually comes from China. Chinese garlic is not grown, harvested, or shipped following the safety regulations that domestic garlic is. If you buy and use garlic from China, you may be ingesting harmful chemicals without your knowledge. Fortunately, a look-over should allow you to tell whether your garlic is domestic or Chinese.

This Simple Trick Can Protect You from Chinese Chemical-Tainted Garlic

Chinese garlic is often irrigated with dangerous pesticides. Two, in particular, are Phorate and Methyl parathion are toxins that damage the nervous system. This harms both organisms in the soil and people who come in contact with it. Since it travels long distances, Chinese garlic is treated with bleach to inhibit bugs and mold and keep its appearance. Not only are these chemicals not safe to eat, but they also damage the environment.

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Even without treating the garlic itself, growing conditions in China are not helpful for producing healthy plants. Unchecked industrial pollution has led to high levels of cadmium and other toxic heavy metals in the water and soil. Many crops are irrigated using untreated sewage or water containing industrial chemicals. Not only can these be taken up by crops, but garlic is also in constant contact with the tainted soil. Simple washing, soaking, or peeling may not even be enough to make it safe to eat.

Even if Chinese garlic weren’t grown under suspect conditions, locally grown garlic is better for your health. The antifungal, antibacterial, and antiparasitic component of garlic — allicin — is naturally converted from alliin when fresh garlic is chopped. Garlic stored for a long time has much lower levels of alliin, which creates much lower levels of allicin. Shipping garlic around the world involves storing it for long periods of time. That means that even safely-grown imported garlic is less healthful than domestic garlic.

How to spot it:

The best way to spot Chinese garlic is to look for weight-cutting measures. Since it’s expensive to ship tons of garlic overseas, Chinese suppliers try to save money by reducing weight. Chinese garlic will generally be smaller, lighter, and more slender than domestic garlic. It will almost always have any extra weight (like the roots and stem) trimmed off. If you have tasted domestically-grown garlic, Chinese garlic will not taste as rich or flavorful when you compare the two.

It’s always better to buy locally-grown produce whenever it’s available. It creates less harm to the environment because it doesn’t need to be shipped for long distances. Domestic produce is grown under stringent safety guidelines, and it often tastes better. Spotting Chinese garlic can also mean the difference between fresh garlic and old garlic full of chemicals and bleach.

Alternatively, you can grow your garlic in a container and you’ll get fresh and organic garlic from your own kitchen!

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What Do Chocolate, Wine and Green Tea Have In Common?

Looking at the three foods in the title, you’d be forgiven for thinking that they don’t have much in common. However, this is a common misconception as green tea, chocolate and wine are all in fact superfoods, meaning they are providers of some amazing health benefits that other foods could only dream of. You might be questioning how chocolate and wine could have a significant impact on your health, but it’s true… read on to find out why you should be doing all you can to pack these 10 super ingredients into your diet.

What Do Chocolate, Wine and Green Tea Have In Common

Green Tea

According to researchers at the University of Scranton, drinking green tea can prevent the hardening of arteries, which goes some way to preventing heart attacks, strokes and serious blockages in the lungs. So, why not swap regular tea for a green tea every once in a while, a healthy substitute your heart will certainly thank you for.

Dark Chocolate

Much to many people’s surprise, dark chocolate contains antioxidants which can lower blood pressure, improve blood flow and generally keep your heart healthy. Chocolate also lifts your mood, which means you can be happy and healthy at the same time. Choose a chocolate which is 70% cocoa for and enjoy the added benefits of your daily treat.

Red Wine

In moderation, red wine is considered a superfood, or super-drink. Surprisingly, it contains vitamins A, B, K and G and a small percentage of calcium and iron, which makes it great for staving off colds and can even help with weight loss. If you’re a fan of the red tipple then consider purchasing a wine from Sardinia, Chile or France as they’re said to produce the healthiest grapes.

Bok Choy

This green superfood contains a good amount of vitamin B which is used to aid healthy digestion, reduce stress and keep skin healthy. It also contains potassium, which can help to regulate the heartbeat. Not only is bok choy great for your whole body, it’s really easy to get into your diet. Include it in a stir fry dish, try chicken and bok choy soup or even make yourself a bok choy salad. It is even included in a range of healthy Chinese takeaway dishes, which include mainly steamed vegetables, fish and soups – it’s true, take a look at your local menu.

Goji Berries

These berries are a huge source of vitamins and minerals containing all 8 essential amino acids as well as vitamin A, C, iron and antioxidants – pretty amazing for a small berry! Research has shown that they can help to improve your immune system and help you stay on track with a diet as they contain a lot of energy in small servings. You can make a variety of snacks with these berries so try out this vanilla almond goji berry granola for breakfast or these whole wheat goji muffins.

Parsley

Parsley has a range of health benefits that many people are probably not aware of.  Most significantly, it can help to reduce inflammation so can improve symptoms of arthritis. This is due to an oil called eugenol which can help to prevent swelling in the joints. Parsley’s pretty easy to get into your diet as it’s one of the most commonly used herbs; if you’re unsure though, try this roast beef with spicy parsley tomato sauce recipe for your Sunday roast.

Tomatoes

This fruit/vegetable is considered a cancer-fighting superfood. They contain lycopene, which fights heart disease, along with vitamins A, C and E which, research has suggested, helps to prevent cancer. Tomatoes are such a common ingredient included in many salads and pasta sauces, you should have no problem featuring them in your diet at least a few times a week.

Salmon

Fish is often discussed for its health benefits due to its inclusion of omega 3 and amino acids. Salmon in particular is rich in minerals such as calcium and vitamins A and B. It’s also known to improve memory and keep your brain active for longer. For a quick and easy meal, try cooking a salmon fillet with lemon juice and sweet potato fries on the side.

Kale

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A great replacement for cabbage and definitely something to try adding to your diet, kale contains a large amount of vitamin C (about 4 times as much as spinach), as well as an extraordinary amount of vitamin K to help prevent blood clots. One of the most popular recipes including kale is kale chips, it’s also a regular feature in many smoothie recipes too.

Walnuts

Eating just 14 walnut halves can provide you with twice as much alpha-linolenic acid as your target daily amount. Surprisingly, they also contain omega 3, so, similarly to salmon, they can also improve memory and even coordination. Try adding some chopped walnuts on top of a pasta dish or salad, or for a real treat try this low fat coffee and walnut cake recipe.


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What to Eat to Protect Yourself from Heart Attack?

Coronary artery disease is a very common condition, especially with those who eat a standard American diet full of hydrogenated oils and sugar. Roughly 1,000,000 people will have a heart attack this year. Of those, roughly 500,000 will die. Heart disease is the number 1 killer of both men and women in many countries, including America.

What to Eat to Protect Yourself from Heart Attack

What is Coronary Artery Disease?

Coronary artery disease is a condition caused by blockage or narrowing of the arteries that feed your circulatory system. This occurs when cholesterol adheres to the damaged parts of your blood vessels. This damage is caused by daily fluctuations in blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and stress. Over time, these deposits can become hard and turn into dangerous plaque that narrows the passages of your arteries.

Adding these ten foods to your diet can provide support to your circulatory system and boost your overall health:

Tumeric

Tumeric is becoming all the rage for health-conscious foodies. It’s active component, curcumin, helps to reduce tissue inflammation, reduce fat storage and even fight cancer. Best, it helps to keep platelets from clumping together to prevent the development of cardiovascular disease. A common way to consume it is to juice fresh roots with carrots and leafy green vegetables. Juicing is the best way to absorb turmeric in its purest form. But if you don’t have a juicer available, you can also add powdered turmeric to your diet.

Watermelon

Watermelon contains arginine. Arginine produces the nitric oxide that your body needs to maintain a healthy blood pressure and keep your circulatory system supple and flexible. Watermelon also reduces blood pressure because it contains more citrulline than any other food. Citrulline lowers blood pressure by helping the body to eliminate waste.

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Avocados

Avocados are very high in the good kind of fats that you need to eat every day. The monounsaturated fat in avocados can reduce LDL cholesterol while increasing your HDL cholesterol levels.

Sardines

Fish that are high in omega-3s and vitamin D can help to lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels. They are also an excellent source of vitamin B12, which protects heart health by reducing homocysteine levels.

Berries

Berries are a nutritional powerhouse. They pack an enormous amount of nutrition into a tasty, low-calorie package. The anthocyanins and flavonoids in berries help to decrease blood pressure and dilate blood vessels. In fact, one study showed that women who ate more than three servings of berries a week reduced their risk of heart attack by 32%. Now that’s a tasty way to stay heart-healthy!

Citrus Fruits

People often recommend drinking orange juice for potassium and vitamin C, but many juices contain added sugar. They can also raise blood sugar too high because they lack fiber. Instead, it’s better to eat fresh citrus fruits. Just one lemon contains half your daily need for vitamin C and oranges are loaded with potassium. Beware grapefruit if you are on cholesterol-lowering statins because they can interfere with the effectiveness of the drug.

Unsalted Nuts

Nuts are a super yummy snack packed with fiber and vitamin E. Studies have shown that people who eat nuts have a healthier weight than those that don’t, which reduces the strain on your circulatory system.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

here’s a reason that the Mediterranean diet is known to be so healthy. Four tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil a day can help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke by 30%. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil reduce both cholesterol and blood sugar.

Grapes

Grapes, especially black seeded grapes, are very high in resveratrol which acts like antioxidants to protect your body from the damage that can cause a higher risk for cancer and heart disease.

Green Tea

Green tea contains catechins, which have a very healthy anti-oxidant effect. A 2006 study published in the JAMA Network showed that those who drank four or more cups of green tea a day reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease by 20%.

You can also reduce your risk for coronary artery disease by exercising more, quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, reducing your intake of sugar and hydrogenated oils and reducing your stress level to prevent dangerous fluctuations in your blood pressure. And don’t forget to laugh every chance you get. A happy body is a healthy body.

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White vs. Brown: Which Eggs Better to Buy?

Many people have a preference for the color of the eggshells they buy. Some feel that brown is more wholesome and nutritious, while others cannot imagine eating anything but a white egg. Does the color of the egg make a big difference in taste? Which eggs better to buy? Recently, many have been shocked to learn that the eggshell’s color does not affect the nutritional value of the egg. It won’t affect the quality, flavor, or characteristics. Why are the brown eggs so much more expensive if they don’t provide any additional nutrients? The answer is quite simple.

White vs. Brown Which Eggs Better to Buy

The Brown Egg Price Increase

Hens that lay brown eggs are much larger than those that lay white eggs. Yes, hens dictate the color of eggs based on their genealogy. Each breed has the predisposition to produce a specific color of the egg. Industry professionals know which chicken will lay what kind of eggs. For example, white leghorns lay white eggs. The Rhode Island Reds lay brown eggs. Chicken farmers quickly learn which chicken will give them the egg color they want.

According to the American Egg Board, brown egg-producing chickens require more feed to accommodate their larger size. The extra care and feed that these hens require is a huge expense to the farmer. Farmers pass that expense along to the consumer. Because a farmer can ask more for brown eggs, it is still a wise business investment to choose this type of laying hen. The market for these eggs continues to swell as the misconceptions of their added nutrients is widely believed. Now, to be fair, there is a microscopic amount of Omega-3’s fatty acids found among the brown eggs. However, the amount is so negligible that it does not affect the nutritional aspects.

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Do They Feathers Have Anything To Do With The Bird’s Eggs?

A widespread belief is that hens who have darker feathers and spots of red on their earlobes will produce brown eggs. On the other hand, white hens with white earlobes are said to produce white eggs. A specialist at North Carolina State University, Kenneth Anderson, says that this prevalent belief is false. It all goes back to the chicken’s genetics and not their feathers. The egg’s hue is dictated by their ancestors, not their downs. Some chickens will lay brown, white or green eggs. It is just the luck of the draw.

Which Egg is Best?

When it comes to the consumer, making the selection is likely to be on the eggs their parents bought. Most people feel comfortable buying for their families the types of eggs they were raised on. Chickens that lay the brown eggs require more care, so their eggs may be richer in color. Though it won’t affect the taste, many prefer these “organic” style eggs. The white eggs are just as healthy, though they lack at the beautiful color of their shell. When it comes down to it, there is no eggs better for you to buy, it is all about preference.

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How Baking Soda Boosts Athletic Performance?

If you’re just starting out on your fitness journey, it can be totally overwhelming when it comes to choosing a workout supplement. What’s worse, some of these products are way overpriced and may not deliver many results to you at all. The truth no one in the fitness supplement industry ever tells you is that help for your workout may be in your pantry. Baking soda, which is an essential item in the kitchen, can actually improve your athletic performance.

How Baking Soda Boosts Athletic Performance

What is baking soda?

Baking soda also known as sodium bicarbonate(NAHCo3), is commonly used in the kitchen as a leavening agent. Baking soda is chemically alkaline, so in our bodies, it acts as a buffer to resist pH change by neutralizing any added acid or base.

How does it work?

When we start doing any vigorous activity, our bodies break down the carbohydrates storage to be used for energy. Lactic acid is a substance that is a by-product of this metabolic process. Over time, more lactic acid continue to be produced, leading to higher levels of accumulation in the blood. Lactic acid accumulation in the muscles will cause it to feel fatigued or burning during a physical activity. Too much lactic acid in the blood can lead to a serious condition called lactic acidosis. You should be aware of this condition as it can be life-threatening.

This may be surprising to you but athletes had been using baking soda as a supplement since the 1970s. It is only recently that its usage has been popularized again. Baking soda acts to neutralize the lactic acid build-up in the body during a strenuous sports activity, delaying fatigue. There are still many types of research to be done to truly measure the effectiveness of baking soda in improving athletic performance, but the general consensus is that it does improve physical endurance.

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Benefits of baking soda

Long distance runners are known to practice ‘soda doping’ which is essentially taking baking soda before races to enhance their performance. Baking soda has also been used for health remedies. It may relieve the occasional heartburn or indigestion by drinking a half cup of water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda about one or two hours after meals. It could also be used as a natural, non-toxic deodorant and as a teeth whitening agent.

British researchers have found that baking soda can soothe skin irritations from psoriasis. It may also help soothe sunburns, insect bites or rashes. Besides that, it is widely used as a household cleaning solution.

How to use baking soda

Looking to add baking soda into your fitness supplement regime? The recommended dosage is of 0.1 to 0.2 grams per kilogram of body-weight for starters. It should be taken in combination with a small carbohydrate-rich meal about two to two and a half hours before exercising.

Take note that not everyone will respond well to baking soda. Although only effecting about 10% of users, the common side effects of baking soda are gastrointestinal distress. Frequent ingestion of baking soda may lead to irregular cardiac rhythms, muscle spasms, or seizures due to electrolyte imbalance. People who are pregnant or suffering from hypertension, kidney/cardiovascular diseases should not use baking soda as a supplement. This is because baking soda actually contains sodium, which can increase the blood pressure.

There is along that indicate the usage of baking soda can indeed improve athletic performance. It is just a matter of choice whether you decide to use this simple item or not.

You don’t need to spend money on expensive fitness supplement if you are creative and persistent enough in finding ways to solve your problems. Just remember when it comes to reaching your fitness goals, there is no miracle solution. Persistence is key. The most important thing to consider changing is your overall lifestyle, habits, and diet in order to succeed in your fitness journey.

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This Study Will Make You Eat an Egg a Day

Studies have shown that eating an egg a day can actually reduce the risk of stroke, a condition where a blood vessel bursts in the brain or a blood clot stop the flow of blood in the brain. Either type of stroke is a medical emergency and potentially fatal. Stroke is in the top ten causes of death in the United States.

According to studies conducted by the EpidStat Institute of Ann Arbor, Michigan between 1982 and 2015, the reduction in the risk of stroke from eating an egg a day is about 12 percent. This finding, which was published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, is part of an overall evaluation of the role foods thought to be high in cholesterol have on overall health.

This Study Will Make You Eat an Egg a Day

Both coronary heart disease and stroke were studied. Though the consumption of an egg a day didn’t seem to effect the risk of heart disease, it did have an impact on stroke. Medical and nutrition experts are not quite sure why this is.

About Cholesterol

Cholesterol is a type of fat that the body uses to make hormones and cell membranes. There are several types of cholesterol, but people are mostly interested in LDL and HDL cholesterol.

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Because the body can’t dissolve cholesterol in the blood, it needs to be transported by substances called lipoproteins, which are made in the liver along with cholesterol itself. Low-density lipoprotein or LDL is responsible for transporting most of the body’s cholesterol. Though it is not harmful when its levels are normal, it can adhere to the inside lining of the arteries. This can form plaques that put the person at risk for atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Optimal levels of LDL cholesterol are 100 to 129 milligram per deciliter.

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High-density lipoprotein or HDL is considered the “good” cholesterol. It’s considered good because it finds excess LDL cholesterol and carries it to the liver, where it can be reprocessed or excreted. This is how HDL cholesterol protects against cardiovascular disease. Optimal levels of HDL cholesterol are 60 mg/dL and over. The best levels for complete cholesterol levels are lower than 200 mg/dL.

About Eggs


One of the reasons that experts believe that eggs help lower the risk of stroke is that the yolk contains omega-3 fatty acids, which naturally lower levels of LDL cholesterol while increasing the levels of HDL molecules. Eggs not only help increase the amount of HDL in the bloodstream but allow it to do its job more efficiently. Eggs are also very high in choline and other B vitamins and give a person 100 percent of the daily values of vitamins A, D, E and K. Both vitamin A and E are antioxidants, which protect the body from being damaged by free radical molecules. This protection extends to the cardiovascular system.

Thanks to this study and others, people who were wary of eating an egg a day should take comfort. An egg a day not only doesn’t raise the levels of “bad” cholesterol but can actually reduce their risk of stroke.

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10 Reasons You Should Drink Coffee Every Day

Lots of people depend on at least one cup of coffee a day. It probably feels as though you have spent your entire life on a quest for the best instant coffee on the market. Most people love it for its ability to pick up your energy levels when you need a boost, but coffee also has lots of health benefits that you might not have known about. Whether you’re a one coffee per morning person, or you drink it day and night, now you can feel smug as you sip on a nice mug of hot coffee. Here’s a list of ten reasons to drink coffee every day.

10 Reasons You Should Drink Coffee Every Day

Coffee for Brain Power

There are claims that coffee can make you more intelligent, improve your memory and keep your brain healthy. Studies have shown that it can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. Its energy boosting qualities help keep the brain alert and less tired. This helps improve memory recall, attention, your reaction times, retention of facts and information and reasoning skills. It is said to boost short-term memory and cognitive ability with just a single cup per day. Daily coffee consumption can also improve brain health more generally and reduce the risk of brain diseases.

Energy Booster

One of the main reasons people drink coffee is for its energy boosting qualities. This is because it contains the stimulant caffeine. While coffee is a drug and is addictive, it can help you feel more awake and energetic by increasing neurotransmitters such as Dopamine.

Improving Athleticism

Caffeine stimulates your nervous system and makes you more alert. It helps counteract fatigue. This alert feeling can transfer into a great workout. Lots of people take a shot of espresso before a weightlifting or long distance running session, for this reason. It won’t make you stronger, but it will help you feel more capable and energetic. Many athletes know the benefits of coffee for athletic performance and endurance. The Journal of Applied Psychology found that athletes who consumed caffeine with carbs had 65% more glycogen in their muscles than those who consumed carbohydrates alone.

Stress reliever

Whether you drink coffee or not, the smell is an undeniably pleasant and powerful scent. You might have heard the saying ‘wake up and smell the coffee’ and you should do just that! Simply smelling coffee can relieve stress levels caused by sleep deprivation, according to researchers at the Seoul National University. The act of drinking coffee can help reduce stress levels further, probably why it promotes happiness …

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Coffee for Happiness

For those who drink coffee, you’ll already know that it makes you very happy! It helps fight against low moods and even has benefits against clinical depression. According to the National Institute of Health and Harvard studies, women who drank 4 or more cup of coffee a day had between 10 and 20% less risk of becoming depressed. Having said that, 4 cups exceeds the daily recommended intake of 300mg (around 3 cups). Taking time out and the social aspects of coffee drinking can relieve stress which boosts mood.Neurotransmitters that affect our mood are affected by the caffeine found in coffee (especially dopamine and serotonin). In addition, coffee is packed full of antioxidants that help us feel good. Thanks to its anti-depressant qualities, it has also been linked to reducing suicide rates in men and women (by up to 50%). Moderation is key to avoid a caffeine crash, which can make your mood lower.

Neurotransmitters that affect our mood are affected by the caffeine found in coffee (especially dopamine and serotonin). In addition, coffee is packed full of antioxidants that help us feel good. Thanks to its anti-depressant qualities, it has also been linked to reducing suicide rates in men and women (by up to 50%). Moderation is key to avoid a caffeine crash, which can make your mood lower.

Coffee as an antioxidant

Antioxidants help prevent or stop cell damage caused by oxidants all around us (such as pollution, alcohol, and smoke) and made in the body to fight virus and disease. Antioxidants are an important protectant in our bodies against cell damage. There are more antioxidants in coffee than fruit and vegetables, according to studies, and coffee drinkers consume most of their antioxidants from their coffee. There are over a thousand antioxidants in coffee. This could explain the many health benefits of coffee in terms of fighting illness and diseases.

Improve Liver Health

Coffee is said to protect the liver from damage including liver disease and event liver cancer. It is especially useful if you consume alcohol and prevents cirrhosis of the liver (often caused by alcoholism). A 2006 study over 125,000 people aged over 22 who drink a cup of coffee (at least) daily, were 20% less likely to develop cirrhosis. Its detoxifying property is perhaps why coffee is so appealing when you have over indulged on alcohol. Daily coffee drinkers have been found to have a reduced number of harmful enzymes in the liver.

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Speeds up Metabolism

Studies have shown that caffeine can help fat loss because it boosts our metabolism and increases fat burn rate by up to 30% … one of the reasons it is found in fat loss pills and fitness performance supplements. Black coffee is a better option than white, as milk can add calories and cause weight gain! Coffee is also said to reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, which is often caused my excess weight.

Increased Fertility

Coffee can improve your sexual health and sex life. Studies show that men who consume 250mg or more of caffeine a day have an increase in, and better quality, semen. As such, it can improve fertility in males. What’s more, coffee-drinking men are less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.

Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease

The many antioxidants present in brewed coffee help fight against inflammation that can clog the arteries and cause heart disease. According to a study in the Netherlands over 15 years, with over 35,000 moderate coffee drinkers, they were found to have 25% less risk of developing heart disease compared to those who drank no coffee. Also, contrary to popular belief, coffee reduces heart
palpitations!

So there we have it – a cup of coffee or a few cups a day can work wonders in many ways, including the ten points outlined above.

Author Bio
Martha Purdue is the founder of www.drinkal.com. She has written about some of the most interesting facts and recipes She has discovered. She just loves writing about her favorite beverages to share her passion about coffee, tea, and espresso.


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8 Amazing Health Benefits of Protein

You’re probably aware that protein is one of the building blocks of a healthy diet. But do you know why? What is it that makes protein so great? Why do doctors and nutritionists recommend that adults take in 40-50 grams a day? Most importantly of all, how can you actually get more protein in your diet?

If you’re wondering why protein intake is the foundation of health and wellness, here are just eight things to consider.

8 Amazing Health Benefits of Protein

1. It fills you up.

There’s a reason why so many diets encourage the consumption of high-protein foods. In addition to being a healthy alternative to things like sugar, it also fills up your stomach and gives you a feeling of fullness long after you’ve finished a meal. This is mainly because of the thermogenesis it causes inside of your body. Long story short, if you’re hoping to shed a few pounds before the holidays, eat meals that are rich in protein.

2. It builds muscle.

If you’re trying to bulk up, protein is the secret ingredient to looking like a Men’s Fitness cover model. Not only does it stimulate your tendons and ligaments on a molecular level, but it also encourages the formation of lean muscle mass. You’ll put on the right kind of muscle in a shorter amount of time when you regularly consume protein.

3. It stabilizes your blood sugar.

Do you suffer from diabetes or other blood sugar disorders? Or maybe you’re just tired of experiencing those mid-morning crashes after the coffee has worn off. The good news is that protein has been proven to slow down the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream, so it can help to keep your glycemic levels nice and even while you go about your day.

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4. It strengthens your bones.

Calcium is the chemical that gets thrown around the most when talking about bone health, but protein is just as important. In fact, without protein, calcium has a harder time absorbing and metabolizing into the bones! If you want to do right by the skeleton inside of you, try to get your daily recommended amounts of calcium and protein. You’ll appreciate the effort when you’re a senior citizen without osteoporosis.

5. It improves your mood.

You’ve probably already heard of “feel good” hormones like serotonin and dopamine. But did you know that protein helps to synthesize them? It has a tangible effect on the neurotransmitters in your brain, and it helps to release those happy-making chemicals inside your body when you’re stressed or upset. The next time you’re looking for a natural way to beat the blues, consider a healthy protein shake.

6. It stimulates your mind.

Speaking of brains, let’s talk about the way that amino acids can boost your brain function. Studies have proven that people with healthier diets are smarter, more alert and more cognitively aware than others, and it’s been suggested that protein plays an important role in this. Protein is needed to create everything from enzymes to brain hormones, so if you aren’t getting enough, you’re losing function and therefore brainpower from their lack.

7. It helps you sleep.

No one likes to toss and turn, but few people realize that the solution might be right there in the pantry. Research into the link between food and rest has shown that protein can help you get a deeper night’s sleep for longer periods of time. Scientists think it might have something to do with the way it affects chemical transfers in the brain, but no one is completely sure. They just know that protein is good for ZZZs.

8. It fights the effects of aging.

Protein is the fountain of youth that you’ve been looking for all along. Not only will it help to prevent age-related bone disorders like sarcopenia, but it also plays an important role in synthesizing the nutrients and antioxidants that you need to combat aging. Have you ever heard of glutathione? It’s one of the natural ways to reduce carcinogens, and it can’t be created without protein.

These are just a few of the health benefits that you’ll enjoy when you include more protein in your diet. The best way is a natural way, of course, but if you lack the time or energy to create an intricate meal plan, you can always turn to protein supplements like ProCharge® Liquid Protein. They’ll offer the same perks as real protein, but you won’t have to choke down a chicken breast to get it!


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Essay: My Food Habits Help Me Stay Healthy

Research has long shown that choosing a health-conscious diet is beneficial to the body. It is advised that we eat foods from the five food groups: vegetables, fruit, dairy, grains, and proteins. However, we are frequently inundated by fad diets that seek to alter the proper balance. Therefore, I would like to share the food habits that help me stay healthy.

Although junk food can be quite tempting, and fast food often serves a purpose, these are poor food choices. In fact, they are major contributors to obesity and type II diabetes. People are at a disadvantage because their lives are often so rushed that they feel there is no time to make proper meals. However, there are ways to better plan so that you can incorporate healthier food into your daily intake. I will share that here as well.

Essay My Food Habits Help Me Stay Healthy

Fruits and Vegetables

We need to address fruits and vegetables at the beginning because they are probably the first to go when it comes to eating on the run. Fast food establishments rarely offer the rainbow of fruits and veggies for your enjoyment. In fact, the food you purchase at their restaurants (a term I will use loosely) is usually very high in carbohydrates.

Do not misunderstand, I am not suggesting that carbohydrates are unacceptable. I am, however, reminding you that a balanced diet, one deemed healthy, will be just that: balanced. You cannot overload on one group in the food pyramid. So, you will need to start eating more fruits and veggies if you hope to alter your diet into a healthier one.

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And, do not forget the value of fruits and vegetables. That food pyramid we referenced earlier recommends that you get 9 servings of fruits and vegetables. If you try to cover half your dinner plate with vegetables you will make a great step towards improved health. This is because fruits and vegetables have been proven to provide protection against cancer and heart disease.

Eat Natural and Limit Liquid Calories

If you are like most people, a large portion of your daily caloric intake can be found in the things you drink. You might have a proclivity toward sweet tea or soda. These things are eating up your calorie allowances and adding far too much sugar to your diet. Sugar is fine in moderation, but when you indulge in extra sugary drinks throughout the day, you are causing damage to your teeth and potentially increasing your probability of developing diabetes.

Get rid of the liquid calories. And, eat natural! Try to rid yourself off processed foods. When you are able to get rid of the Twinkies and Spam, you will also stop ingesting detrimental manmade chemicals. The more natural and organic things you utilize in your diet, the less toxic pesticides you will poison yourself with. And, there is research that shows organic foods have increased percentages of antioxidants and nutrients.

If you want to have consistent access to these types of foods, you can grow your own. There are a number of options for urban vegetable gardening. Or, there are farmers who create collectives that will allow you to pay a set fee for the month and then you can receive baskets of fresh-from-the-farm fruits and vegetables. Sometimes the farmers even have delivery services.

Think Superfoods

In a world where most people are thinking about supersizing when it comes to eating, it is in your best interest to start considering the superfood options. These foods are high in essential nutrients and minerals and can make a tremendous difference in your pursuit of a healthier diet. While these foods are phenomenal by themselves, there is strength in numbers, so consider pairing them when you add them to your menu.

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Superfoods include blueberries, salmon, avocado, broccoli, walnuts and yes, even dark chocolate. Some would even say that guacamole is the perfect food. If that puts a smile on your face do not hesitate to indulge in its goodness. In fact, guacamole is slam full of lycopene which helps fight cancer and beta-carotene which contributes to a healthier immune system. I really enjoy my guacamole.

Be a Smart Snacker

Listen, we all have those moments when we just want to eat something. The important thing is making sure that we choose the right substances to snack on. As much as you might want to eat those goldfish or little caramel squares, you should come prepared to snack. This means creating little snacking sacks or containers.

Consider going everywhere with a granola bar or a piece of fruit. You can also pack little Ziplocs with an ounce of nuts. You do not want to overdo the nut intake because they are pretty high in calories. Maybe you would be better served by a reduced fat version of string cheese. Whatever snack you pack, make sure you are aware of its caloric value so you don’t overindulge.

Other Suggestions

I have long been on a journey to eat healthier so that I can maintain a healthy lifestyle and physique. These are some of the other things I have utilized in maintaining my physical well-being. Consider utilizing some of these suggestions to make a difference in your own health:

Use Healthy Alternatives

It is easy to recognize that your diet needs to change, but more important is the fact that you have to be certain to choose healthy alternatives. Switch fried chicken for grilled fish to replace trans-fats with healthier versions.

Water

I cannot tell you how big a difference this can make in your life. You are probably walking around dehydrated thinking that you are hungry when you are really thirsty instead. So, drink lots of water.

Read Labels

It may sound boring, but if you want to eat less processed foods and decrease your intake of refined sugar, reading the labels is an important step. This way you will know what you are putting in your mouth.

With these suggestions you can change your life and your health!
Author: James D., Essay service – AdvancedWriters.com


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The Miracle That is Black Pepper

Most of the best supplements available in the market today are all-natural. Why is that, you may ask. This is because natural supplements are considered to be safer and cost a lot lesser than other synthetic supplements. With the greater number of people who prefer natural supplements these days, the demand also became higher.

Some of the best combination of natural products used for supplements in the market today is the turmeric and black pepper. When these two are combined, a modern-day miracle supplement is produced, known as Bioperine™.

The Miracle That is Black Pepper

This is made through the extraction of curcuminoids from the turmeric. This is one of its most active agents in healing the body. Curcuminoids have properties that are able to reduce inflammations. It also boosts the body’s immune system, providing some of the best defenses for the body. However, turmeric alone can’t do the entire job. This is where black pepper comes into play.

Black pepper has Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and flavonoids that do well in beating certain cancers. It also has carotenoids, an antioxidant that helps in reducing the toxic level substances within the body. As we know, these toxins are some of the leading causes of cancers.

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Black pepper also helps in stimulating digestion. It can stimulate the stomach walls, making more Hydrochloric acid, the main ingredient when it comes to the digestion of food. Black pepper can also treat colds and flu because of its Vitamin C component. This can be consumed by adding some black pepper to honey. Another benefit of black pepper is weight loss. Most reduction supplements in the market include black pepper in their active ingredients.

One of the reasons why black pepper is one of the most sought after natural supplements today is because of its bioactive component called piperine. This component helps in the treating the ailments we’ve discussed above. It is also one of the most potent ingredients of Bioprene. When combined with turmeric, piperine and turmeric are better absorbed in the body.

In our bodies, turmeric is not as bioavailable in its raw nature. However, when taken with agents such as piperine, the absorption of these two increased by 2000 times. This makes curcumin from turmeric easily available in the body, achieving the optimal levels in much lesser time in absorbing some of the most important vitamins and minerals.

To add an addition to the already fascinating benefits of black pepper, it is also a powerful antidepressant. That’s why you shouldn’t be afraid to add some spice to your food. Not only will it taste better, but it will also do wonders for your mind and body.

Author Bio:

Maggie Martin is currently completing her Ph.D. in Cell Biology. When she is not busy in the university, she takes interest in a variety of things such as lifestyle, food, health, herbal medicine, and the benefits of turmeric. Follow her on Twitter @ maggiemartink

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Lowering Stomach Acid Doesn’t Help GERD, Here’s What You Need to Do

Acid reflux has a starring role in countless TV ads today. “Put the fire out with our specific anti-heartburn product!” shout the headlines. A man races forward with a fire hose and blasts a bowl of chili. But have you ever noticed that stomach acid suppression doesn’t really eliminate acid reflux? Symptoms may be reduced for a while, but GERD just keeps coming back up.

Acid reflux is defined as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD. GERD does not suddenly appear because someone ate a bowl of hot chili. In fact, GERD, with its symptoms of coughing, bloating and sometimes vomiting is a disease of unhealthy digestion, not a disease of too much acid at all.

Lowering Stomach Acid Doesn't Help GERD, Here's What You Need to Do

What’s in the gut?

The millions of microbes living in your stomach have far more serious roles to play than anti-acid TV actors. They not only assist with digestion, but they have receptor sites. These receptor sites feature signal molecules, such as hormones and neurotransmitters. These hormones or lack of them directly effect mental health, as well as digestion.

When we think of mental health, we imagine brain tissue and neurons calling all the shots. Scientific American reported that: “Scientists are increasingly convinced that the vast assemblage of microfauna in our intestines may have a major impact on our state of mind.”

This poses the chicken/egg question: Which came first, TV ads for anti-depressants, or ads for anti-reflux products?

The way the TV ads approach GERD is to temporarily lower the production of stomach acid or, to go for the burn. In reality, acid is what the body needs more than anything. That is because the real reason for GERD may be an overabundance of a questionable bacteria. The bacteria thrive in low-acid conditions.

H. phylori and GERD

There is serious conflict about the role that H.pylori plays in digestive health. There is a lot of bad news about H.pylori, such as its high percentages in ulcer patients, 80-100 percent found in those with duodenal ulcers and 70 percent of those with gastric ulcers.

H. Pylori is thought to begin with infecting a person somehow, but no one knows exactly the mode of transmission. It is known that those living with family members diagnosed with H. phlori infection are often infected also. Eighty-five percent of those diagnosed have no symptoms, but some have the typical manifestations of GERD.

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If stomach acid suppression with medications doesn’t help GERD, what does?
Beneficial bacteria. Beneficial bacteria are found in certain foods.

Fermented foods

Most of us assume that eating some yogurt from a local market will work well, but most of these highly sugared products contain scarcely any probiotic bacteria at all. A good plan for yogurt would be to purchase raw, whole milk and yogurt culture and make your own. There are yogurt makers on the market, but it is very simple to make in an insulated container.

Besides yogurt, raw sauerkraut is very effective because the juice stimulates the stomach acid that is really lacking in GERD. Adding pickles, kombucha and kimchi is very beneficial for restoration of good digestive flora.

Whole foods

Most people with acid reflux note that suffering begins with consuming refined products. Whole grains such as brown rice, oats, legumes and quinoa are very important to healthy digestion.

Eggs are great because they are high in amino acid L-glutamine. L-glutamine is essential for tissue repair and a proper immune system. Scrambled eggs combined with a whole food such as black beans makes a delicious and healthful meal.

Herbs

Ginger is a potent weapon against H.pylori, and thus can even prevent ulcers from forming. Chamomile soothes conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, and it has antibacterial properties as well as an anti-inflammatory effect.

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What should a person combating GERD avoid?

Some of the food and drink we consume habitually have a negative effect upon GERD recovery. Coffee and soda stimulate acid reflux, and smoking or using tobacco products do the same. Fatty or processed foods promote an immediate response of acid reflux in many people.

A condition like Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease is an indication of unbalanced digestive flora, either through medications, improper foods, or H.phylori. Conquering GERD takes knowledge of proper foods and persistence, but restoring digestive bacteria with whole foods will result in much better health and mental well-being.

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7 Healthy Foods to Take on Road Trip

Vacation! The perfect moment of the year when you can relax and taste the beauty of life with no limits. Traveling by car offers you and your family better flexibility because you can plan in detail the places and activities of the road trip.

7 Healthy Foods to Take on Road Trip

However, there is an important aspect of the trip that should be planned with care as much as the other details: food. While traveling, fast-foods or restaurants can be tempting as you may want to try local food or you just want to have a rich meal since you can’t cook. Although there is nothing wrong with enjoying a few treats now and again, financially speaking, it would cost you more than if you prepared food for the road trip.

Speaking from a dietary point of view, it is advisable to stick to your eating habits while traveling. Why? When you travel, the frequency of your meals a day and their quality can be affected by the outdoor activities and lack of time.

If your eating habits and frequency of your meals are affected, it is more likely that your body would be affected as well by the changes. Stomach cramps or weight gain/loss are two of the side effects of an irregular eating schedule. Luckily, there are many snacks and meals you can prepare for the trip, which can save you time, money and keep you healthy at the same time.

Here are 7 healthy foods you can take on the road trip:

1.Fruits

Fruits are the best snack you could have at breakfast or in between meals as they are rich nutrients and could be a sweet treat for kids as well. Since fruits are not a satiable snack, DrDietitian Jessica Central suggests that combining fruits with proteins would level the blood sugar and also make you feel fuller. Nuts, cereals or cheese are a great combination with fruits!

2. Vegetables

Whether you consume veggies all together as a salad, garnish or as a small snack, they are always a good choice for trips. Raw or cooked, vegetables are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and minerals, which keep away bad cholesterol and assure a proper function of the bowel.

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3. Yogurt

Yogurts contain active bacteria which promote a good function of your digestive system. Moreover, consuming it before or on vacation can prevent your stomach from getting any “unfriendly” bacteria. Make sure that you place the yogurt on ice cubes in a cooler in order to keep it fresh and safe.

4. GoPicnic packs

GoPicnic offers a wide range of meal boxes (such as turkey pepperoni, hummus, crackers, kosher, etc.) for all dietary requirements such as gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian. If you want to maintain a normal weight level while on a road trip, GoPicnic also offers low-fat meals. You can always grab a pack from Amazon, Walmart or other name providers. Don’t forget to club your online order with latest coupons from Frugaa and save a fortune.

5. Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Having a dessert after lunch or dinner is a crave that both kids and adults have. Peanut Butter Banana muffins are the right choice if you travel by car: they aren’t messy and they can easily be preserved. They will not only make your day sweeter, but they will also be a good source of fiber and protein.

6. Whole-grain Pretzels

Feel like eating something crunchy? Whole-grain pretzels are the right salty snack which can satiate your craving. Avoid potato chips even if their multi flavors tempt you. Pretzels are less fatty and contain more iron than potato chips.

7. Olives

Another alternative to satisfy the salty craving are olives which provide you vitamin E and heart-healthy fats. Black, green, mixed or tapenade, olives can be served with your salad or with whole-grain crackers.
Another important aspect of your health whether you travel or not is hydration. Make sure you drink plenty of water as it regulates your body’s temperature and assures a good level of energy.
Planning your diet for the trip can be fun, cheap and healthy.


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She Claims That This ‘Autism Diet’ Cured Her Son

Approximately one in every 2,000 kids had autism back in the 1970s. Today, the number has surprisingly skyrocketed to one in every 150, a disturbing fact for both health experts and parents. The fact that the mainstream health community does not acknowledge any particular cure for this disorder is equally concerning.

Fortunately, open-minded researchers the likes of Dr. Kenneth Bock have continually studied alternative treatments. As much as it might come as a shock, gluten and dairy-free dieting are among the most promising treatments thus far. Although this Autism diet might seem like an unlikely remedy, one mother swears it works. Tracy Fox says the dietary switch worked miraculously for her son Ethan Fox, curing his autism altogether. His son had never slept for more than two consecutive hours.

According to his mother, Ethan Fox was diagnosed with autism at the tender age of six. The diagnosis came after they had lived far down the rabbit hole for two years, further than Tracy could ever have imagined. Back then, Ethan could not sleep for more than two hours in a row. According to his mother, Ethan never spoke, not ever. In fact, the only time she heard her son’s voice was when he screamed in the middle of the night.

During the most difficult period of this experience, a social worker advised Tracy that she needed to accept a few facts. For starters, Ethan would have to be institutionalized before he turned five. Secondly, he would never attend a general education school or graduate from high school. And lastly, he would never have a girlfriend.

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Despite this heartbreaking news, Tracy wasn’t about to give up hope, not just yet. She consequently stumbled upon Dr. Bock’s work while researching extensively on this disease. Ditching dairy and gluten was arguably the simplest of Dr. Bock’s recommendations for children with autism. Tracy noticed that Ethan slept through the night after three days of adhering to Dr. Bock’s advice. He has not had problems since. Today, Tracy champions autism awareness as well as the Autism Diet as treatment.

You might be wonder what diet has to do with autism. As it turns out, the relationship between diet and autism is profound and interwoven. According to Dr. Kenneth Bock, when it comes to autism, a significant gut-brain connection exists even though it remains hugely under-recognized. He adds that through the Autism diet, autism patients lose the fog, stop their stimming and sometimes say their very first words. The effects can be quite profound.

According to experts, children who have autism have high gluten or casein sensitivity. Studies show the brains of autistic children treat gluten and casein as false opiates, causing impaired social, cognitive, and speech patterns. Recent scientific findings back this theory seeing as observations show that autistic patients have elevated levels of peptides. Peptides react with both casein and gluten, producing the opiate-like effects.

Conclusion
Despite the potential of the gluten and dairy free diet, researchers are yet to call it a winner. The reasons for this include the need to figure out why the treatment works for just some children. Consulting a dietary counselor before you decide to go with this treatment plan is important. Although casein-gluten-free dietary plans are readily available today, few parents have the necessary experience and knowledge to determine its viability. A diet that provides all the requirements for the healthy growth and development of a child is important. Additionally, foods containing casein and gluten are primary sources of essential vitamins, protein and important minerals like calcium, and zinc.

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Drink Ginger Water Daily If You Suffer from Migraines, Arthritis or Heartburn

Ginger root and ginger water have been used for their health benefits for centuries. In fact, long before it was kept in the spice cupboard, it was stored in the medicine chest. Ginger has a lot of manganese, potassium, iron, and phosphorus, along with a multitude of vitamins. It’s truly a superfood that helps with a wide range of health issues.

Ginger can be used to treat anything from digestive issues to pain to joint inflammation. If you’re plagued by any of these and more, you may want to give an all-natural ginger remedy a try.

Making Ginger Water

One of the greatest recipes for all-natural ginger water is actually very simple to make. Here is what you need:

  • half a lemon
  • ginger – 2inch piece
  • water – 3 cups
  • raw honey

Grate a big piece of ginger and add 3 cups of water. Add juice of half a lemon. Add some honey for better taste and mix the ingredients. It can be enjoyed hot or cold and tastes amazing.

Serve your ginger water hot in the winter for a soothing beverage that will make you feel warm and cozy. In the warmer months, drink it chilled or over ice to access health benefits and feel refreshed. Keep reading to see how it can help treat joint pain and inflammation, migraines and heartburn.

Ginger Water for Joint Pain and Inflammation

One reason ginger water works so well to relieve joint inflammation and pain is that it has natural antioxidants. It also has some painkilling properties. If your pain is caused by arthritis, you’re in luck. The Arthritis Foundation recently published an article about the positive effect ginger has on arthritis pain.

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If your joint inflammation or pain is caused by exercise or exertion, not to worry. Ginger water works in exactly the same way, so you can harness the same healing properties.

Ginger Water for Migraines

If you suffer from migraines, there is evidence to suggest that natural remedies containing ginger help to relieve pain. The reasons for this aren’t certain, but it’s thought that some oils in ginger stop processes in the body that may trigger migraines.

Many migraine sufferers also have symptoms such as nausea and upset stomach, both of which can be treated with ginger water. If you experience no relief from migraines with regular medication, give ginger a try. It’s unlikely to make your migraine go away completely, but will help lessen pain and treat unpleasant symptoms.

Ginger Water for Heartburn

The health benefits of ginger when it comes to heartburn aren’t well-researched. There is evidence that the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger can help swelling in the esophagus go down. This can be useful for heartburn, but other studies show that too much ginger can actually make it worse!

If you would like to treat your heartburn with ginger water, it may help. However, drink it in small doses and stop if you feel pain or swelling getting stronger.

In addition to the above conditions, ginger is well-known for its use to treat an upset stomach. A simple cup of ginger water when you feel nausea coming on can be one of the best treatments available.

For full effectiveness, sip ginger water slowly over a period of time. Always have a backup supply in the refrigerator to keep your health in tip-top shape!
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Easy Remedy for Asthma, Insomnia, Arthritis and More

Easy Remedy for Asthma, Insomnia, Arthritis and More

A mixture of milk and garlic does not create the perfect recipe, but when it comes to the culinary benefits, this delicacy is a cut above the rest. While many fruits and vegetables come with an array of health benefits, nothing comes close to a combination of garlic and milk. With 500mm of warm milk, ten cloves of fresh garlic, 250mm of boiled water, and three teaspoons of sugar, you can wave the following diseases goodbye:

Remedy for Asthma and Pneumonia
When it comes to curing asthma, garlic is a renowned remedy in its right. However, if you are suffering from pneumonia, consuming a glass of garlic-milk three times daily will relieve the symptoms and eliminate the disease.

Cardiovascular complications
Most cardiovascular complications arise because of the accumulation of cholesterol in your blood. When cholesterol starts to build up in the blood, it forms some clots that can either block the arteries or coagulate in your heart. Such clots can compromise the performance of the circulation system. Garlic helps to dissolve cholesterol in the blood. Garlic-milk is the best remedy against such clots and consuming this drink on a daily basis can keep the heart problems at bay.

Jaundice
Many people have jaundice due to the accumulation of toxins in the body. Garlic is instrumental when it comes to the elimination of these toxins since it improves the performance of your liver. By activating the enzymes in the liver, garlic initiates the detoxification process in a natural way. Your liver also requires a lot of sulfur to function properly. Since garlic is rich in sulfur, it has now become the ideal remedy for jaundice.

Arthritis, Insomnia and Chest complications

Consuming garlic-milk regularly is one of the best ways to cure arthritis. Arthritis is synonymous to the inflammation of joints. Garlic-milk will not only soothe the pain but will also initiate the healing process and get you back on your feet in a short while. Since garlic has plenty of soothing compounds, it can alleviate the sleeping problems as well. Therefore, garlic acts as a remedy against Insomnia. Garlic can relieve your chest complications and eliminate the persistent coughs if you mix it with turmeric. As a potent antibacterial remedy, garlic can decongest your chest easily.

Tuberculosis
Persistent chest problems can lead to tuberculosis. Fortunately, you can take advantage of the numerous sulfur compounds in garlic to fight tuberculosis. You can also add a teaspoon of honey to accelerate the recuperation process.

Stomach complications
Your stomach relies on the immune system to stay healthy and function properly. If your immune system takes a dip, the digestive system will suffer. Garlic-milk has lots of antiseptic qualities that not only boost your immune system but also trigger the release of digestive juices in the stomach. In addition to improving the digestive system, garlic supports the lymph in detoxification and getting rid of the harmful toxins.

Impotence
Garlic is vital in the treatment of a vast array of ailments that affect the reproductive system. Garlic is, therefore, indispensable when it comes to curing impotence among men and women. Garlic also contains plenty of allicin and selenium. These elements are vital during the secretion of bile. Bile dissolves the fat that accumulates around the liver to give your natural detoxification system a new lease of life.

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CNS complications
Garlic is the key solution against the ailments that plague your central nervous system. Garlic-milk is instrumental in the elimination of various CNS complications, such as sciatica. With garlic-milk, you will get rid of these complications and improve your body’s coordination.

Conclusion
Surprisingly, this wonder drug has become a common remedy to an array of medical problems that have proved too difficult or costly to cure for ages. The benefits of garlic-milk in the contemporary medical arena seem too good to be true. However, for many people, this unusual combination is now an indispensable remedy for asthma, insomnia, impotence and more. Today, this recipe is quite popular because of its sheer ability to cure stomach problems, tuberculosis and a host of other diseases.

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Health and Food Thyroid

These 2 Iodine Rich Foods Destroy Your Thyroid from the Inside

Protect Your Thyroid by Avoiding These 2 Iodine Rich Foods

You may be privy to public talk that too much intake of iodine is toxic and causes thyroid problems. Although the average amount of iodine ingested varies from one person to the other, the recommended quantity is 150 mcg a day. Considering the amount recommended, getting sufficient iodine from a single meal is quite easy.

These 2 Iodine Rich Foods Destroy Your Thyroid from the Inside
These 2 Iodine Rich Foods Destroy Your Thyroid from the Inside

For example, fish served with potatoes provide more than enough iodine without the inclusion of other iodine sources such as iodized salt. Considering the potentially adverse effects of too much iodine, avoiding foods that contain it in high amounts is therefore important. Play it safe by avoiding iodine rich food such as the two listed below.

1. Seaweed, kelp, and any other sea vegetable excessively rich in iodine

The extremely high iodine content of these types of food is counter-productive for your thyroid. For instance, many types of seaweed contain about 4,500 mcg of iodine per ¼ oz., 30 times more than the daily recommended intake.

Assuming the Japanese have no thyroid issues despite consuming large amounts of iodine rich foods such as seaweed is unwise. Studies show a significant increase in the prevalence of thyroiditis and hypothyroidism in the regions of Japan with higher levels of iodine consumption.

The study revealed that apart from contributing to chronic thyroiditis, excessive ingestion of iodine also impacts the prevalence of hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, the higher the amounts of iodine consumed, the worse it gets.

2. Iodized Salt

During the mid to late 1800’s, people from various nationalities used iodized salt to minimize the prevalence of enlarged thyroid glands (goiter). However, the deficiency of iodine was a much bigger issue back then. Today, the significantly higher content of iodine in common foods means that iodine deficiency remains uncommon. As little as ¼ tsp. of iodized salt can provide the recommended daily amount of iodine. As such, continual use of iodized salt might have a significant impact on your daily iodine intake. Studies show that the introduction of iodized salt to iodine deficient populations usually has adverse effects.

Although silent iodine prophylaxis eliminated the deficiency of iodine in Greece, it was accompanied by an increased prevalence of autoimmune thyroiditis. Another study suggests that thyroiditis is linked with papillary carcinoma more commonly than any other thyroid tumor. Since the observations indicated an association between high iodine intake and increased papillary carcinoma, iodized salt increases the risk of thyroiditis.

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It is a well-known fact that people suffering from hypothyroid rapidly lose sodium through urine. The result is an increased need for salt once they become hypothyroid. Unfortunately, increasing the use of iodized salt compounds this problem further, increasing the risk of iodine toxicity. Getting your iodine from alternative dietary sources and avoiding iodized salt altogether is, therefore, advisable.

Do not fall for unproven or un-scientific tests

Many practitioners supporting high iodine doses for hypothyroidism recommend scientifically invalid tests to determine an individual’s potential for iodine deficiency. Although there is always a chance that you are iodine deficient, proper testing is necessary. Evaluate the possibilities of iodine deficiency or toxicity through a urine collection test to determine the amount of iodine excreted, or measure your iodine intake.

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Focus on natural foods that contain healthy amounts of iodine

A naturally healthy dietary plan containing suitable quantities of iodine makes for one of the easiest ways to avoid iodine toxicity. Avoid iodized salt, iodine supplements, and other foods containing abnormally high amounts of iodine. This is an important and necessary step to ensuring the proper regulation of thyroid functions while avoiding iodine toxicity.

Conclusion

Taking iodine supplements when you’re not deficient and over-consuming foods rich in iodine often leads to severe health issues. As such, ensuring you ingest the recommended amount of iodine is important. Today, you can easily access relevant information about the different types of food available and the amounts of iodine each contains. Do not base your health on myths and blind belief, especially since they are everywhere.

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Health Benefits of Foods

7 Miraculous Benefits of Bone Broth You Didn’t Know

Bone broth was once a staple in our ancestors’ diets, lauded for its healing and body rejuvenation properties. Made from the bones of chicken, fish or cattle, the broth is easy to prepare beverage that can be customized to include healthy vegetables, spices, additional meats and other ingredients of your choice. Modern eating patterns which include purchasing deboned chicken breasts, fish fillet or ground beef have edged out the ingredients needed to prepare bone broth but this healthy beverage is making a comeback as more and more people realize its myriad health benefits. Below are just a few of the miraculous health benefits you stand to gain by incorporating bone broth into your diet:

1. Gut Health
Bone broth is rich in gelatine, which has been shown to heal Leaky Gut Syndrome, a condition in which the intestines permeability is increased, allowing larger food particles to pass through. Gelatine seals off and heals these holes in the intestine, providing much-needed relief to people suffering from this painful condition.

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2. Stronger bones
Boiling bones, especially those from cattle and other large animals helps to extract minerals such as calcium, magnesium, silicon, phosphorous and others which are necessary for bone health. Bone broth is especially important for people who are lactose intolerant as it provides an alternative source of calcium.

3. Reduced inflammation
Inflammation is the body’s reaction to harmful stimuli such as pathogens and other irritants. Modern diets that contain foods that are high in preservatives, food color, and other additives have to lead to a rise in inflammation which has been shown to cause and aggravate conditions such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and ulcerative colitis. Bone broth contains glucosamine, a compound which has been shown to promote the production of collagen and reduce joint pain and inflammation.

4. Fighting infection
There is a reason chicken stock has long been used as a cure for colds and flu. Chicken and other stock are chockfull of minerals and other compounds that improve the body’s immunity and help to fight disease. For instance, chicken stock contains an amino acid known as cysteine, which helps to thin mucus and allow for its easy expulsion from the body.

5. Healthier skin, nails and hair
Bone broth is rich in the amino acids proline and glycine which help to rebuild skin cells. Further collagen, the compound responsible for firming up your skin also helps to improve its elasticity and remove fine lines or wrinkles. Gelatine and collagen also support hair and nail growth, giving you stronger nails and luscious hair.

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6. Weight loss
Bone broth is full of healthy fats which leave you feeling fuller for longer after consumption. Further, as broth is relatively low in calories, it makes a healthy snack which means you can consume moderate amounts of it without worrying about weight gain. Feeling fuller for longer also means that you will be less likely to reach for unhealthy high fat and high sugar snacks which further aids with weight loss. Used with supplements such as Dr Oz’s Garcinia Cambogia which helps to suppress appetite, broth can be an integral component of a successful weight loss plan.

7. Increased mineral availability
The degradation of today’s soils due to overuse and pollution has meant that the minerals necessary for our bodies to function well have been leached from the soil, completely destroyed, or are only available in trace amounts. This means that crops are very low in the minerals we need and we must get these through supplementation or other sources of food. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to get minerals such as calcium, potassium, silicon, phosphorous and others is through bone broth. Boiling bones extracts these minerals and makes them easily available to us in liquid form. Further, a little can go a long way as a small amount of bones can produce a large volume of broth which can be consumed over a long period, making broth more cost effective than other sources of the minerals we need.

Bone broth is a cheap and healthy source of nutrition, providing much needed minerals and amino acids, as well as helping the body to combat infection and disease. Chockfull of easy to absorb nutrients, stock should be integral component of the diet of anyone looking to gain numerous health benefits easily and in a cost effective manner.


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