Fruits and the keto diet: What to eat and what to avoid

The ketogenic or keto diet is a popular diet known to help people lose fat. It involves taking a restricted amount of carbohydrates while increasing fat consumption to be used as energy. This means that you have to give up quite a few foods to cut your carbs, which include fruits. Should you be able to eat fruit when on a keto diet or should you kiss “nature’s candy” goodbye? Continue reading

Top anti-inflammatory foods and supplements

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  • Chronic inflammation is a hallmark of virtually all disease, including cancer, obesity and heart disease. Your diet plays a significant if not primary role as it can either trigger or prevent inflammation
  • Leafy greens, berries and mushrooms are potent anti-inflammatory foods. People with autoimmune diseases may want to limit vegetables high in lectins, though, as they may cause more problems than they solve
  • Traditionally fermented and cultured foods are anti-inflammatory staples that work their “magic” by optimizing your gut flora. Examples include kefir, yogurt, natto, kimchee, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, olives and other fermented vegetables
  • Marine-based omega-3 fats found in fatty cold-water fish that are low in environmental toxins are important anti-inflammatories that are particularly crucial for brain and heart health
  • Other anti-inflammatory foods and supplements include green tea, spices such as cloves, ginger, rosemary and turmeric, herbal remedies such as white willow bark, maritime pine bark and Cat’s claw, and supplements such as resveratrol, curcumin, capsaicin, vitamin D, zinc and SAM-e

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Smoking Is Major Factor in Alzheimer’s Disease

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Approximately 7.7 million new cases of dementia are identified every year, amounting to one new case diagnosed every four seconds

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How Probiotics May Aid Your Weight Management

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Your intestinal bacteria are part of your immune system, and researchers are discovering that microbes play instrumental roles in countless areas of your health, including your weight Continue reading

How Agricultural Chemicals and Hospital Stays Contribute to Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease currently afflicts about 5.4 million Americans, including one in eight people aged 65 and over

Research suggests zinc deficiency can contribute to Alzheimer’s by promoting accumulation of clumps of defective proteins in your brain, which is one of the hallmarks of the disease Continue reading

The Dangers of a Low Fat Diet

Over the years there has been a large amount of media hype promoting the need for a low fat diet.  The supposed dangers of eating fat being increased risk of heart attack, stroke and the growing obesity rates.  Every time I read an article about how bad fat is, hear a news report about another study or find a recipe promoting the low fat lifestyle, Continue reading

Plant-Based Diets Can Remedy Chronic Diseases

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 63 percent of the deaths that occurred in 2008 were attributed to non-communicable chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, Type 2 diabetes and obesity — for which poor diets are contributing factors. Yet people that live in societies that eat healthy, plant-based diets rarely fall victim to these ailments. Continue reading

Eat These for Maximum Liver Protection

Your liver has a tough job sometimes keeping up with all the chemicals and toxins we live with and ingest. One of the signs of toxic buildup in your liver is the accumulation of body fat. How are these two seemingly completely different symptoms linked? It’s because your body uses fats as a way to protect your other vital organs. You make body fat for the specific purpose of storing toxins as far away from your vital organs as possible. Continue reading