Chlorophyll: How to Get This Valuable Nutrient From Foods

STORY AT-A-GLANCE

  • Chlorophyll is a pigment that absorbs sunlight to help plants to make their own food, as well as give them their green color
  • Chlorophyll is generally known for its ability to help increase the production of red blood cells
  • According to the Journal of Food Science, dietary chlorophyll contains antioxidant and antimutagenic properties that may benefit your health by fighting free radicals throughout your body

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Survive the Flu Season With This Carrot, Orange & Ginger Soup (Recipe)

Look into natural ways to survive cold and flu season is a healthy choice, from drinking enough fluids to washing your hands regularly to stop viruses spread. You can also get help from some natural and delicious foods. One of the effective recipes is prepare soup with carrot, orange and ginger. Continue reading

5 Tips to Keep Halloween Healthy

When it comes to raising my 7-year-old daughter, one of the biggest challenges has been getting her to eat healthy. I’ve tried teaching her about nutrition, playing games, and yes-even a little bit of light-hearted bribery. But as it turns out, little girls are also little tanks that enjoy eating every delicious morsel in sight.

Halloween can be an especially difficult time of the year for health-minded parents like myself, thanks to the plethora of Snickers, Continue reading

Infographic: Organic vs. Conventional Foods

ovnHere is an excellent Inforgraphic showing the parallels in foods that are Organic and those that are either GM (Genetically Modified) or Conventional (use of pesticides and other harmful components of our food supply).  While the differences between organic foods and conventionally grown foods may not seem big, there can be some noticeable ecological and visual differences between the two. The biggest differences would be the use of pesticides and other types of chemicals Continue reading

Parsley Is a Powerful Detoxifier

parsleyDid You Know…

… that a popular food garnish is actually a powerful kidney and liver detoxifier?

     No more shoving parsley to the side of your plate as an un-edible garnish.  This little green herb is actually far more than decorative.  It’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, Continue reading

Reduce Memory Loss with Luteolin Found In Celery

The health benefits of celery are often overlooked because it is generally thought of as “crunchy water” and assumed to have no nutritional value.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Celery belongs to the Apiaceae / Umbellerifereae family and there are records its cultivation in Egypt, Europe and the Mediterranean as far back as 1323 BC when Pharaoh Tutankhamen was entombed with celery leaf garlands.

In the United States alone, more than one billion pounds of celery are harvested each year, primarily in Michigan and Florida. Continue reading

Shocking Revelation Study Has Made About Our Food

kidYou almost certainly have a significant amount of cancer-causing substances in your body. And, so does everyone you know. That shocking revelation is the conclusion of a wide-ranging clinical study that found that every single one of its test subjects tested positive for alarming levels of at least one known toxin. And, these are not the ill-defined “toxins” of the mainstream media—they are seriously harmful chemicals like arsenic, dioxins, DDE (what the body turns DDT into), dieldrin (a chemical linked to Parkinson’s disease, breast cancer, and other ailments), and Continue reading

The Best Cooked Vegetable for Your Health

Do you ever wonder what impact cooking has on the nutrients in your food? After all, if your take the time to make a home-cooked meal, you’ll want to get all the health benefits you can. Here’s some health news that you’ll want to consider before you make that next meal: some cooking methods are more nutrient-friendly than others, according to Spanish researchers.

The researchers, from the Department of Food Science at the University of Murcia, studied the influence of home- cooking methods on the antioxidant activity of vegetables. They covered all the standard cooking methods, which included boiling, microwaving, pressure-cooking, griddling, frying, and baking.

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The Nine Foods Most Contaminated by Pesticides

In 1991, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) began a program to collect data on pesticide residues in food. In May of that same year, the USDA began operating the Pesticide Data Program (PDA). The data from the PDA is published in an annual summary. This health e-letter is going to reveal the top nine foods in that summary deemed to be highest in pesticide residues.

Why worry about pesticides? They are considered hormone disrupters and, as such, can play havoc with your endocrine system. Pesticides can potentially cause cancer cells to grow and interfere with your cognitive and sexual functions. The best health advice would seem to be to avoid pesticide exposure as much as possible. On that note, here is a list of nine foods on the USDA’s black list for pesticide residues.

1. Celery clocks in at number one. Celery has no protective skin, so pesticides settle on the vegetable and in turn are directly ingested by you.

2. Peaches have a relatively thin skin and, according to the report, are often sprayed with multiple pesticides.

3. Strawberries are only in season for a short period of time in North America. The rest of the year, they are imported from countries Continue reading

6 Surprising Ways to Heart Longevity

February is Heart Health month, and by now, you’ve read all about the heart-healthy benefits of good fats, whole grains, and stress reduction — but did you know that you can protect your heart by flossing your teeth or topping your toast with marmalade? Read on to find out more surprising ways to keep your heart pumping strong!

Take this advice to heart, but if you have heart issues, don’t stop taking your medications; always consult with your physician any time you begin a new health regime.

1. Floss Your Teeth, Save Your Heart

Your dentist has been telling you for years about the importance of flossing. It turns out that flossing not only protects your teeth and gums, but also potentially your heart. For a long time, observational studies have found that people with periodontal disease have significantly higher odds of developing cardiovascular disease. While experts are not sure exactly why taking care of your teeth is linked with better heart health, they speculate that bacteria from your mouth may stick to the fatty plaques in your bloodstream, directly contributing to blockages. Another theory is that these oral bacteria travel through your body, triggering inflammation that causes the blood cells to swell, then narrowing an artery. While more studies are needed to confirm the connection, it’s never a bad idea to floss once a day!

2. A Nap a Day Keeps Heart Disease Away

One of the best ways to lower stress on your heart is to take a nap during the middle of the day. Chinese medicine has long observed that, in the body’s circadian rhythms, noontime is the peak hour for the heart. Therefore, Chinese doctors advise calming activities and rest at this time of day to maintain the health of the cardiovascular system. Researchers have found that men who napped at least thirty minutes a day were 30 percent less likely to develop heart disease than those who didn’t nap. A siesta is a sign of wisdom, not laziness!

3. Pets: Heartwarming and Heart Protecting

Getting a pet is a great boon to heart health. A study reported in the Medical Journal of Australia found that, in general, pet owners have lower blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels than people who do not own pets. Having a cat companion could cut your heart attack risk by nearly one third! According to a study by the Minnesota Stroke Institute, which followed over 4,000 cat owners during a 10-year period, being a feline owner can significantly decrease the chance of dying from heart disease. Another study, published in the American Journal of Cardiology, found that male dog owners were significantly less likely to die within one year after a heart attack than those who did not own a dog. Man’s best friend helps your heart in yet another way — all those daily walks add up to real cardiovascular benefits.

4. Peel Away Cholesterol with Orange Rind

Plaque in your arteries narrows the artery over time, impairing blood flow and dramatically increasing your risk for heart disease. Here’s a simple way to keep your arteries healthy: grate a little orange peel into your food regularly. In Chinese medicine, orange peel has been traditionally used to improve digestion of fatty and rich foods, and it is often found in traditional Chinese dishes with red meat. It turns out that orange peel may actually lower cholesterol better than some current medications, and without the side effects. Studies show that compounds called polymethosylated flavones (PMFs), found in pigments of orange and tangerines, reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) without altering the level of good cholesterol (HDL). Who would guess that orange-peel laden marmalade would also be good for lowering LDL cholesterol?

5. Celery: Just Juice It

High blood pressure is often the root cause of stroke, heart disease, and kidney failure. A time-tested Chinese remedy for this condition is fresh celery juice, which can be made with a blender or a juicer. Drinking one to two large glasses a day can help prevent high blood pressure or restore it to normal in those who already have high blood pressure. Studies have found that celery stalks are packed with more than a dozen anti-inflammatory agents, including apigenin, a cox2-inhibiting compound similar to some anti-inflammatory drugs.

6. Heart Health with Hawthorn Berries

Widely used since the seventeenth century by European herbalists, the hawthorn berry was traditionally considered a digestive aid for heavy meats and rich foods, as well as a potent activator of the circulatory system. Today it is used to cleanse the blood of plaque and other toxins. Recent European studies of this bioflavanoid-rich plant have confirmed its cardiovascular benefits, including lowering blood pressure during exertion, strengthening the heart muscle, and improving blood flow to the heart and throughout the body. Additionally, hawthorn has also been shown to lower cholesterol and balance blood sugar. You can make hawthorn berry tea or take it in supplement form. Available in powder, capsules, and liquid extracts, a typical dosage is up to 500 mg daily.

Bonus Tip: If you want to take your heart health one step further, you can try taking tonic herbs that support a robust and open cardiovascular system, such as Super Clarity.

You can find many more ways to protect your heart and live to 100 in Secrets of Longevity: Hundreds of Ways to Live to Be 100, which is now available on Kindle. If you are interested in a lifestyle program, designed to transform your health and lengthen your years, check out my new book Secrets of Longevity 8-Week Program.

May you live long, live strong, and live happy!

Courtesy of Dr. Mao

Home Remedies Series – Alcoholism

Home Remedies Series – Alcoholism

An occasional alcoholic drink is the starting point for alcoholism. Over a period of time, a person who drinks occasionally gets habituated and regular drinking becomes the norm. Quite a lot of people have to indulge in social drinking due to societal and group pressure, while others find an escape route through drinking to evade responsibilities. They are under the misconception that drinking is a form of stress relief.

Alcoholism treatment using Grapes

The restricted diet of grapes for about a month is a vital home remedy for alcoholism. As this fruit contains a very pure form of alcohol, it acts like a healthy alternative to alcohol. The ideal process is to take three meals a day of fresh grapes every five hours. To make this treatment successful, the alcohol should develop strong will power to stop drinking.

Alcoholism treatment using Apples

Apples when eaten regularly and liberally help in removing intoxication and reduce craving for wines or any other kind of liquor.

Alcoholism treatment using Dates

Dates are beneficial in treating alcoholism. Rub together 3-4 dates in half a glass of water and have the alcoholic drink this two times a day for a period of about a month.

Alcoholism treatment using Bitter Gourd

Juice extracted from bitter gourd leaves is the perfect remedy for alcohol intoxication. It is basically useful for the damaged liver. Mix three teaspoons of the juice with a glass of butter milk and consume every morning for a month.

Alcoholism treatment using Celery

The juice of raw celery creates a sobering effect on the alcoholic patient. In half a glass of water, an equal quantity of celery juice should be mixed and consumed once everyday for a month. This is a very successful home remedy to cure alcoholism.

Build up body’s nutritional integrity, juice fast

To prevent the patient from pining for stimulants like alcohol, it is most important to feed ample amounts of nutrients back in his body. To begin with, the patient should be put on purification juice-fast for at least ten days. As this fast will progress, the patient will steadily experience less craving. This will break his drinking pattern and preferably the patient should start on a diet of several small meals a day rather than three large ones.

The alcoholic needs to exercise regularly and include outdoor activities in his daily schedule.

Optimum diet and fresh fruit juice

Even after the successful completion of the juice fast, the patient should continue to have an intake of fresh fruit juices and plenty of water. He should eat a healthy diet of such essential nutrients like wholegrain cereals, seeds and sprouts, fresh fruits, nuts and vegetables. Although at the beginning of the treatment, the patient should be given an appropriate replacement to alleviate the craving if and when it occurs. A glass of fresh fruit juice and eating healthy snacks like candy or Soya beans etc will curb his cravings which might increase the urge for drinking in the stages immediately after the treatment.

Avoid refined food products such as white flour, white sugar, white rice, macaroni products. This can be substituted with brown rice, brown sugar, leafy vegetables and other whole grain products.

Firm willingness of alcoholic to stop drinking

The alcoholic should be motivated to break the ‘alcohol habit’ through a strong determination to do so and by being consistent in maintaining his food habits. To try to give up alcoholism at once is almost impossible, so the alcoholic should make a firm decision to make a clean break out of the habit of drinking.

Warm-water enema and physical exercises

Take a warm-water enema daily to rinse out the bowels during the first ten days of the ‘juice fast’. Plenty of rest and outdoor physical activities and exercises are recommended.

Avoid smoking as it increases the craving for alcohol.