Toxins

Apple Cider Vinegar!

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Traditional use of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) are vast. To name a few, it has been used to ease digestion, aid in flu prevention, reduce inflammation, regulate pH balance, alleviate allergic symptoms, ease nausea and heartburn, detox regimens, and for a number of skin conditions. ACV also does seem to show some potential for managing hunger and weight control.

A study published in the Journal of Functional Foods found that sipping on apple cider vinegar before a meal can help reduce the release of sugar into the blood and improve insulin sensitivity.

Also remember to only purchase raw, unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar like Bragg’s or Spectrum Naturals apple cider vinegar. Try mixing 2 tablespoon into a glass of warm water with some lemon juice, and drink everyday.

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Top 8 Anti-inflammatory Foods!

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Inflammation can be good and bad for the body. If you have ever injured yourself, it becomes swollen and warm. That’s good/healthy inflammation as the immune system is healing the body. But when the immune system goes into overdrive and starts attacking healthy cells and tissues that is bad and unhealthy inflammation. If inflammation is ignored it becomes chronic and can lead to debilitating conditions and diseases, like autoimmune, IBS, arthritis, and premature aging.

Common signs of inflammation include:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pains
  • Bloating and digestive problems
  • Skin issues- acne, rashes, dry patches, etc.
  • Puffiness

Top 8 Anti-inflammatory foods:

  1. Wild Salmon– has the omega-3 fatty acids. Wild caught salmon has shown most effective anti-inflammatory agents. Other sources of omega-3 to be added in your diet are herring, sardines, and anchovies.
  2. Turmeric– active component curcumin has been used for centuries in east medicine.
  3. Dark Chocolate (80% cacao or higher)- contains the phytonutrient resveratrol. Its also an antioxidant in red wine. Resveratrol has been shown to protect DNA, flight inflammation and protect cells from free radicals.
  4. Green Tea– an antioxidant has been very popular in Asia. It plays significant role in reducing cardiovascular disease, preventing cancer and lower rates of neurocognitive decline.
  5. Chili Peppers– The anti-inflammatory capsaicin in chili peppers has a bonus ability as a painkiller too.
  6. Coconut Oil– is full of healthy fats which helps burn body fat and improve brain function. It’s also anti-inflammatory so make it the cooking oil of choice.
  7. Ginger– provides boost to immune system and has healing properties. Ginger’s ability to modulate the immune system makes it powerful anti-inflammatory.
  8. Green Vegetables (Broccoli, Swiss Chard, Bok Choy)- contain large amounts of vitamins and minerals. Green vegetables are high in antioxidants that fight free radicals and prevent and reduce inflammation in the body.

Your diet is important factor determining your level of inflammation and your overall health. Processed foods, sugar, fried foods and alcohol must be limited/ avoided in order to keep inflammation low.

Stay healthy!

 

Omega-3: Omega-6

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In the American diet vegetable oil is the one source of fat. These days there is increasing concern of which omegas are healthy and in what ratio.

So many Omegas: Which ones are good? Omega-3 or Omega-6:

Omega-6 fats fall under the “bad fats” category and are pro-inflammatory, and there is evidence that higher consumption of these fats is related to brain disorders. American diet is extremely high in omega-6 fats which are found in many vegetable oils, including safflower oil, corn oil, canola oil, sunflower oil and soybean oil.

Our hunter-gatherer ancestors consumed omega-6 and omega-3 fats in a ratio of roughly 1:1. Today we consumed ten to twenty-five times more omega-6 fats and have dramatically reduced our intake of healthy omega-3 fats.

The following chart lists the omega-6 and omega-3 content of various vegetables oils.

Oil Omega-6 Content Omega-3 Content
Canola 20% 9%
Corn 54% 0%
Cottonseed 50% 0%
Fish 0% 100%
Flaxseed 14% 57%
Peanut 32% 0%
Safflower 75% 0%
Sesame 42% 0%
Soybean 51% 7%
Sunflower 65% 0%
Walnut 52% 10%

So seafood is great source of omega-3 fatty acids and even wild meats- beef, venison and buffalo. But if animals are fed grains (corn and soybeans) then they will not have adequate omega-3 in their meat. Hence it’s better to consume grass-fed beef and meats to get all the vital nutrients in our diet.

 

Reference: “Grain Brain”- David Perlmutter

Pollution!

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How to Deal with All the Pollution?

Limit your exposure.

Replace the substances in the house, yard, and skin care products with clean natural alternatives.

Avoid processed food, eat fresh and organic.

Tune up the body’s natural detoxification ability. Supplement with Vitamins and Minerals to boost your immune system.

Perform a whole body purification/ detoxification a minimum of once per year.

 

Boost Mood & Calm Nerves!

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8 Foods to boost your Mood and calm Nerves

  1. Dark green leafy vegetables

Spinach, kale and other dark greens are high in folate. Folate helps us to make serotonin and dopamine. Both of these are neurotransmitters that fight depression and stress.

  1. Turkey

Turkey is one of those foods that is linked to happy memories and that is good for us too! It is high in tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid that shifts to serotonin in our bodies. When we eat foods high in tryptophan we are less likely to argue. Other foods high in tryptophan include cage-free eggs and pumpkin seeds.

  1. Foods that are fermented

We know you are thinking of wine and beer here, but let’s look elsewhere! When a food is fermented it contains good bacteria that can help boost your mood.Good choices include yogurt and kombucha tea.

  1. Wild caught salmon

Wild salmon is good for us for so many reasons, and it is a mood booster too. Salmon contains omega-3 fats that studies show helps cut anxiety by 20%.

  1. Blueberries

Blueberries and blackberries both contain anthocyanins. These are what gives them their deep color. They also help the brain make dopamine, a good mood chemical. Blueberries also help us build more of the white blood cells that boost the immune system.

  1. Pistachios

Did you know that these delicious nuts help to dilate your arteries? This means that you have less vascular constriction, and that means less stress on your heart.

  1. Dark chocolate

Chocolate makes us feel better for lots of reasons. In addition to its delicious taste, it also contains anandamide. This is a neurotransmitter that blocks pain and depression. One study showed that eating just 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate a day makes us feel calmer.

  1. Avocado

The delicious green fruit gives us loads of minerals and vitamins and healthy fat. It also keeps our moods steady by helping us to feel full and controlling our blood sugars.

The Liver!

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Blood passes thru liver at the rate of three pints per minute.The most metabolic organ has 600 known functions.

Regulatory functions:

  • Carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism
  • Storage of glycogen, Vitamins A, D, B, iron, & copper
  • Detoxifies substances

Only organ to have two separate sources of blood supply

  • Hepatic artery
  • Portal vein

Foods That May Support Phase One Modulation

Nutritional yeast, Whole grains, Brassicas, Citrus, Green tea, Berries

Foods That May Support Phase Two Modulation

Glutathione: Brassicas, asparagus, avocado, walnuts

Amino Acid: Protein-rich foods (high quality meats), glycine

Methylation: Green leafies (folate), Beets (betaine), eggs (choline), meats (B12).

Sulfation: Egg yolks, red pepper, garlic, onion, shallots, brassicas

Glucuronidation: Sulfur-rich foods above, citrus fruits

Acetylation: Yeast, whole grains, peppers (B vitamins), cabbage, citrus fruits (vitamin C)

Toxins in our organs- Kidneys!

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6 Essential ways your Kidneys are keeping you alive right now….

  1. Your Kidneys filter all of your blood every hour. All of your blood passes through your kidneys every four minutes.
  2. Your kidneys help regulate your blood pressure.
  3. Your kidneys are responsible for assimilating vitamins and nutrients. Low blood sugar, headache, fatigue, drowsiness, low energy- these are all linked to poor nutrient assimilation by your kidneys.
  4. Your kidneys manage the production of red blood cells. Your red blood cells carry oxygen to every cell in your body. If your kidneys are not working efficiently, your red blood cell count can waver drastically.
  5. Your kidneys help to regular all body fluids. If you suffer from dehydration (too little water) or edema (too much water), your kidneys are definitely out of balance.
  6. Your kidneys are the only organ that produces active Vitamin D for you. Vitamin D promotes strong, healthy bones and reduces your risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension and osteoporosis.

So for these top reasons everyone needs to cleanse their Kidneys.