5 Herbs for Liver health!

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Your liver is one of the most important organs in your body. Aside from your brain and heart, your liver controls the toxin levels in your body. Responsible for cleansing the blood and converting waste products, the liver also helps digest carbs and fats. Heavy alcohol consumption, heavy drug use, and poor diet are all factors in poor liver health. Poor liver function can lead to diabetes, hepatitis, and cirrhosis. While an overall healthy lifestyle and diet will keep your liver health in top shape, these 5 herbs can provide extra health benefits.

Milk Thistle

Several studies show that milk thistle helps protect the liver and is often suggested as a treatment for alcoholic hepatitis and alcoholic cirrhosis. Also known as silymarin, milk thistle is one of the most recommended herbs for liver ailments. Milk thistle has the ability to repair existing liver damage.

Dandelion

Another amazing herb is dandelion. Often prescribed alongside milk thistle or mixed with milk thistle, dandelion improves the health of the liver. Mostly found in capsules, teas, or bought in extracts, dandelions are rich in vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc, and potassium. Due to dandelion’s rich vitamin and mineral content, it helps the liver stimulate bile production.

Burdock Root

A fairly unknown herb, burdock root is great for healthy liver function. It is a blood purifier and stimulates bile flow. Since it helps stimulate bile flow, this is great for people who already suffer from liver damage.

Artichoke

Most people know artichokes as a delicious vegetable. What many don’t realize is that artichoke is actually an herb. Also known as cynarin, this herb helps stimulate the flow and production of bile. Many who suffer from liver damage struggle with adequate bile flow and production. Another great side effect of an artichoke is that it reduces the risk of developing jaundice, as well as prevents the development of gallstones.

Turmeric

One of the most studied herbs, turmeric is extremely beneficial to liver health. Turmeric has the ability to reduce inflammation, which also includes inflammation related to the liver.

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Foods that have more Potassium than Banana!

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The potassium-rich foods in your diet will help you stay healthy while losing weight. Bananas are great, but any extra potassium while working out consistently is highly recommended due to the loss of electrolytes. Also, it gets boring eating the same thing all the time. These foods help you avoid getting bored and reaching for something full of artificial flavors and sugars.

Avocado

Bananas contain about 487mg of potassium, while avocados boast a remarkable 708mg in just one cup of sliced avocado.

Sweet Potato

One sweet potato is about 5 inches long or 130 grams in weight. One sweet potato can give you about 438mg of potassium. This root vegetable also has a high amount of complex carbohydrates that help rev up your glycogen use.

Plain Yogurt

One serving of plain yogurt is about 579 grams of potassium compared to a bananas 487mg. This snack also contains protein, which is great for those who are trying to lose weight by keeping you full in between meals.

Coconut Water

Some people love it and others hate it. However, coconut water is excellent to rehydrate with after an intense workout. With 480mg of potassium in just one glass, you are sure to replace your electrolytes without all the sugar of other sports drinks.

Spinach

Popeye’s favorite, spinach, packs 839mg of potassium! That’s nearly double of what a banana gives you. Add this leafy green to smoothies, burgers, salads, and so much more.

Broccoli Seeds!

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Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and kale contain a powerful and biologically active antioxidant – glucoraphanin. Through a process called hydrolysis, sulfur-containing glucoraphanin is metabolized into the biologically active isothiocynate sulforaphane, which is associated with a variety of positive effects stemming from its antioxidant activity.

For example, sulforaphane:

  • Releases hydrogen sulfide when cooked, producing a cardioprotective effect similar to that of garlic
  • Induces phase II enzymes, an important part of the body’s detoxification pathways
  • Increases expression of antioxidant enzymes
  • Exerts other protective antioxidant effects

Glucoraphanin is a type of glucosinolate, a sulfur-containing compound associated with a pungent aroma and spicy taste. Glucobrassicin and gluconastutin are two other types of glucosinolates – differentiated by their amino acid composition – produced by cruciferous vegetables like broccoli. When these glucosinolates go through hydrolysis, they enter their biologically active form, then called isothiocynates.

A novel antioxidant is a broccoli seed extract standardized to yield 13 percent glucoraphanin, which metabolizes to sulforaphane and activates Nrf-2 pathways to produce:

  • Antioxidants for reducing oxidative stress
  • Phase 2 enzymes, detoxifiers vital for the body’s natural detoxification process

Oxidative stress is a process caused by free radicals – unstable molecules formed during both natural body processes and from exposure to toxins. Activation of Nrf-2 pathways help target harmful inflammation, thus limiting the extent and magnitude to which inflammation occurs. 

Oxidative stress and unhealthy inflammation is often a primary cause for systemic imbalances in the human body. These imbalances are connected to conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

Antioxidants!

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The benefits of antioxidants:

Here’s just a few:

  • Cellular nourishment and protection
  • Naturally increase your energy level
  • Assist your weight-loss efforts by reducing your appetite and improving your metabolism
  • Reduce inflammation and help relieve your stiff joints and achy muscles
  • Lower your risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and stroke
  • Protect your vision from age-related vision loss and blindness (ARMD)
  • Help you maintain strong bones
  • Support your immune function and increase your resistance to infections
  • Reduce allergy symptoms without drowsiness
  • Improve your mental acuity, protecting your mind and memory
  • Detoxify toxic metals and chemicals
  • Help slow aging of your skin and dulling of your hair
  • Restore healthy digestion
  • Inhibit the hardening of arteries

Some of the Unhealthiest Foods!

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Life is short, therefore, you like to indulge a little bit here and there. However, that bacon cheeseburger, diet soda, and fries once in awhile does more than just harm. These foods are laced with chemicals and dangerous additives that have severe effects on your health.

  • Fast Food Iced Tea

Harmful Ingredient: Propylene glycol alginate (E405)

While iced tea probably seems like the healthiest option, you’d be surprised at how wrong you really are. There is an ingredient known as, Propylene glycol alginate, also referred to as E405.Unfortunately, you can find E405 in anti-freeze and runway deicer. Propylene glycol alginate is a food thickener, stabilizer, and can cause cardiovascular or neurotoxic issues. It is widely used among the fast food chains in their iced teas.

Eat This Instead: Try steeping green tea in cool water for a few minutes instead of the traditional warm water. Either way, green tea is great for burning fat and keeping you alert.

  • Tile Fish

Harmful Ingredient: Mercury

All fish have trace amounts of mercury, however, tile fish is ranked #1 in dangerous levels of mercury. It is even more dangerous than shark or swordfish.

Eat This Instead: Atlantic Mackerel! It has the lowest trace amounts of mercury among all the different types of fish.

  • Microwave Popcorn

Harmful Ingredient: Trans Fats 

A lot of sources will say that popcorn is a great and healthy snack. However, microwave popcorn is not the exception. Air popped popcorn is a healthy and nutritious snack full of fiber and whole grains. On the other hand, the microwaveable brands are butter ‘flavored’ treats that are laced with diacetyl (DA). Studies show that diacetyl breaks down the layers of cells that protect one of the most vital organs: the brain.

Eat This Instead: Air pop some kernels! All you need is a brown paper bag, unpopped kernels, and a microwave. Pour a handful of kernels into a brown lunch bag. Next, fold the lunch bag over a few times until it is properly sealed and toss it into the microwave. You will know when the bag is ready when you hear a pop only once every five seconds. Enjoy!

  • Fast Food Chicken Nuggets

Harmful Ingredient: Diglycerides, Red #40, carrageenan

All chicken nuggets contain some amount of chicken, however, this mouthful of a chemical is what keeps the chicken nuggets looking good for months at a time. Even buying frozen chicken nuggets from the grocery store doesn’t keep you safe from the harmful additives. The purpose of this chemical is to also keep the limited organic material (i.e: chicken) inside the nugget looking good even if it is frozen for long periods of time.

Eat This Instead: Cut organic chicken breast into pieces, dip into a mixture of egg and breadcrumbs, and bake at home in your oven. They are tasty and you know exactly what is going in them.

  • Fruit Juice

Harmful Ingredient: Fructose

With claims like “it’s all natural!” and “organic,” it’s easy to get swept away by the marketing when it comes to buying fruit juice. While it may be 100% juice, this beverage is often packed with as much sugar as 4 Krispy Kreme donuts or 36 grams of sugar per cup. The sweet flavor you might love comes from fructose, which is a type of sugar associated with the development of visceral adipose, also known as, belly fat.

Drink This Instead: Instead of drinking another glass of fruit juice, why not just try some good old fashioned, hydrating water. Simply slice up some grape fruit, limes, or lemons for an extra kick of flavor. You can also add mint or berries as well.

  • White Sugar

Harmful Ingredient: Sugar

The CDC has stated that Americans eat a whopping 82 grams of added sugar per day. This is 37 grams above the recommended daily intake. Refined white sugar is bleached in a process that entails the sugar going through “bone char” or “natural carbon”. These are just fancy terms for charred cattle bones. Confectioner sugar and brown sugar can also be culprits to this gross process.

Eat This Instead: Stick to organic cane or coconut sugar. These both can be found at your local supermarket.

  • Sugary Cereal

Harmful Ingredients: Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), refined carbs, added sugar

Consuming too much-refined sugar can eventually lead to obesity. Sugar wreaks havoc on the body. Also, other illnesses and disease that are caused by eating refined sugar are diabetes and heart disease. Most breakfast cereals pack more sugar into one serving than an entire Krispy Kreme Boston donut. Even worse, many popular varieties like Frosted Flakes and Fruity Pebbles are also laced with Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT) or BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole), ingredients that are banned in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and much of Europe because they are thought to be carcinogenic.

Eat This Instead: Flax and oats cereals are low-sugar picks that don’t contain any scary chemicals.

  • Diet Sodas

Harmful Ingredients: Caramel coloring, brominated vegetable oil (BVO), Bisphenol A (BPA), aspartame

Your favorite diet soda isn’t as innocent as the marketing would lead you to believe. Diet sodas like Diet Coke and Diet Dr. Pepper all contain artificial coloring, flame retardants, and fake sugars. Nearly all diet sodas contain the very dangerous ingredient, aspartame. This dangerous artificial sweetener has been known to raise glucose levels and overloads the liver resulting in excess fat. Diet Mountain Dew and Fresca aren’t safe bets either. Other sodas contain an ingredient called BVO, which is a chemical used in rocket fuel and flame retardants. This may negatively affect thyroid hormones.

Eat This Instead: Most companies have phased out BVO use in their sodas, but all diet drinks still contain aspartame.

  • Coffee Creamer

Harmful Ingredients: Titanium dioxide, trans fats, added sugar

Want to know what your sunscreen and coffee creamer have in common? They both contain titanium dioxide. This is also known as a radiation blocker that doubles as a whitening agent. The additive has been proven to cause liver and tissue damage in mice. Aside from all of this information, creamers are loaded with trans fats. These are cleverly disguised as hydrogenated oil. Most, if not all, of Coffee Mate’s products, have this scary ingredient. It has also been shown to diminish memory in adults under 45 years old.

  • Processed Meats

Harmful Ingredients: Nitrate, excess sodium

Deli meats like bacon, sausage, or lunch meats could be putting your life at risk. Many of these meats contain nitrates, which is a preservative that interferes with the body’s natural ability to process sugar. This can increase the risk for diabetes and also puts you at risk for developing thyroid or colon cancer. Processed meats are also loaded with sodium which is a known contributor to diseases like hypertension. Sodium can also make you bloat and can increase your risk of developing heart disease.

Eat This Instead: Boar’s Head All Natural Roasted Turkey breast is free of nitrates and is relatively low in sodium. Applegate Natural’s Natural Slow Cooked Ham and Organic Bacon are also good alternatives.

  • Deep Fried Foods

Harmful Ingredient: Hydrogenated Oil

Fried chicken, fried mozzarella sticks, and fried calamari, and even french fries are trouble for your body. Aside from wreaking havoc on your waist line, these fried treats are made with hydrogenated oil. This has been known to cause depression in certain individuals. Hydrogenation is a process that turns vegetable oil into a more solid form, making it a more shelf-stable product. Hydrogenated oils contain trans fats that contribute to depression, clogged arteries, and heart disease.

Eat This Instead: Always oven bake your food.

  • Chinese Food

Harmful Ingredient: Monosodium glutamate

MSG is often associated with Chinese food. It is a flavor enhancer used in other types of foods like soups, processed meats, and more. Research has shown that MSG is one of the worst additives you can consume. It can cause an increase in appetite, ultimately causing you to consume more foods with MSG.

Eat This Instead: Steamed Veggies and Brown Rice

  • Energy Drinks

Harmful Ingredient: Sugar, glucose, caffeine

Ever wonder why energy drinks taste like medicinal cough syrup? You’re not really getting any energy out of these drinks. They are overpriced cocktails of chemicals that are loaded with scary artificial sugars and sweeteners.

Drink This Instead: Green Tea. It is all natural and one of the best energy boosters. It has also been shown to boost your metabolism and give you better focus.

  • Ice Cream

Harmful Ingredients: Soybean oil, titanium dioxide, artificial coloring

Most ice creams, yes, even the premium ones, are loaded with sugar and soybean oil. Some even contain harmful artificial coloring agents and titanium, which is the same additive that gives sunblock its white hue.

Eat This Instead: Try a frozen banana homemade ice cream instead.

  • Bottled Smoothies

Harmful Ingredient: Caramel coloring, pectin, fructose, xanthan gum

Grab and go breakfasts are convenient but they certainly not healthy.  These grab and go smoothies are packed with sugar, preservatives, and are really lacking any sort of real nutrition.

Drink This Instead: Start making your own smoothies at home.

  • Breakfast Biscuits

Harmful Ingredient: Trans fat

Making biscuits from scratch takes forever, and the majority of the packaged varieties are chock full of trans fats, an artificial fat—invented to make baked goods more shelf-stable—that’s been linked heart disease. Buttermilk Biscuits reads “0 grams” in the trans fat column, it’s made with hydrogenated soybean oil— that there are traces of the dangerous fat in the biscuits.

Eat This Instead: Thomas “nooks and crannies” save you from trans fats and will save you 90 calories.

  • Pancake Syrup

Harmful Ingredients: High fructose corn syrup, caramel coloring

Your favorite syrup brands like Aunt Jemima and Mrs. Buttersworth are made with two ingredients that are harmful to your health. They contain high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring.

Eat This Instead: The best syrup for your health are Honey and Maple syrup.

Smile More this Year!

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Smiling and laughter are beneficial for your mind, body and overall well-being. Smiling has well-documented social benefits. A genuine smile can make you seem more likable, attractive, intelligent and even trustworthy. But did you know that smiling more often—regardless of your mood—can improve your health and help you live longer?

Research has shown that there a number of health benefits contributed to smiling and laughing. In addition to improved health, these simple facial expressions and common human behaviors can have a distinctive positive affect on other factors all areas of your life. When you smile and laugh, a number of physiological changes occur in your body, mostly without you being consciously aware of it happening.

There are a variety of benefits from smiling, including some health benefits too:

Improved Mood- Smiling can boost your mood when you’re feeling blue, and may be beneficial for people struggling with anxiety and depression. Making yourself smile when you’re feeling down helps improve your mood and increases positive thoughts.

Lower Blood Pressure- Smiling and laughing more appear to help lower your blood pressure, which is good news for your heart health. Laughter causes an initial increase in heart rate, followed by a period of muscle relaxation and a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure, which helps reduce your risk of developing heart disease.

Stress Relief- As smiling can result in a lower heart rate, so the stress hormone cortisol is reduced. Cortisol is more active when we feel stressed or anxious and contributes to the unpleasant feelings. Stress generally causes increases in heart rate and blood pressure. So, maintaining a smile when stressed provides you with both psychological and physical health benefits.

Better Relationships- People who smile are perceived as being more likable than people who don’t smile. Being likable makes it easier to build and maintain better relationships with people, which is important for your overall health and well-being. So, keep a smile on your face to help create stronger, healthier social bonds.

Pain Relief- Smiling and laughter both have been shown to lessen pain. They release endorphins that lift our moods. Endorphins make us feel happier and less stressed. They also act as the body’s natural pain killers. For sufferers of chronic pain, laughing and smiling can be very effective in pain management.

Longevity- The effects of a good smile extend past just the exterior good looks. People who smile more often live longer too, around 7 years longer than most according to one study. It releases stress, helps the heart, and much more to keep you healthy longer.

Contagious- Smiling can be contagious! Around 50% of people smile back. This spreads the health benefits throughout those around you and it comes back to you several times as well.

Build Attraction- Smiling makes people more attractive. Smiling is an attractive expression, which is more likely to draw people to you rather than push them away. Smiling makes you appear more approachable.

Earn Success- A smile can appear confident, self-assured, and on top of your work. A happy, positive expression will serve you well in life.This is particularly  true for challenging situations such as job interviews: a smiling, relaxed persona indicates confidence and an ability to cope well in stressful situations.

Stronger Immune Function- Smiling appears to help boost your body’s immune system. Laughter and positive thoughts release signaling molecules in your brain that fight stress and illnesses, while negative thoughts decrease your body’s immunity. Even if you’re feeling blue, crack a smile and reap the numerous health benefits of smiling.

Studies suggest that smiling, forced or not, can have a positive effect on your mood, decrease stress levels, and even make everyone around you feel better.

So, maybe laughter really is the best medicine!

Hemp Oil Benefits!

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The hemp oil is derived from the legal part of the cannabis plant (the stalk and seeds are the legal parts, the flowers and the leaves are not).

 

Hemp Oil contains natural, plant-based compounds called Phytocannabinoids that support the endocannabinoid system (ECS), the body’s primary regulatory system. Evidence shows that the ECS regulates various cellular, intestinal, immune response and stress response functions to support physiological homeostasis in the body. This ranges from simple functions, like eating, sleeping and relaxing, to complex functions, such as neuroplasticity, metabolism and inflammatory processes. A well-balanced ECS encourages favorable conditions in body systems, impacting the body’s ability to manage metabolic stress and support overall health and well-being. The ECS and a healthy diet may support key resolution pathways to inflammation, energy balance and metabolism through nutrient-rich omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fibers from a whole food matrix in the form of phytonutrients.

 

Why Use Hemp Oil?

 

  • Supports the endocannabinoid system
  • Supports the body’s natural inflammatory response function
  • provide antioxidant activity
  • Consists of a combination of natural omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA, DPA and EPA

Why Consume Omega-3 Fatty Acids?
A large percentage of the U.S. adult population falls below the recommendations for omega-3 fatty acid consumption, including ALA, EPA and DHA, which are required for normal systemic body functions and must be obtained from dietary sources. Omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids are precursors of specialized lipid mediators (eicosanoids), which play an important role in the regulation of inflammation and the immune response. A balanced combination of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids favors healthy inflammation processes and supports the resolution phase of the inflammation processes by regulating various systemic functions in the body, including cardiovascular, pulmonary, immune and endocrine systems.