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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!

 

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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

50 Super Foods!

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50 Superfoods that can help lower your risk of….

Below are some of the suggestions. There are a lot of other foods that are also healthy to eat.

Cardio health Hypertension Bone health Anti-cancer
Almonds

Avocados

Cashews

Hazel nuts

Herring, Atlantic

Mackerel, Atlantic

Olive oil

Pecans

Pistachios

Salmon, pink

Trout, rainbow

Tuna

 

Apples

Asparagus

Bananas

Beans, Kidney

Broccoli

Cabbage

Cantaloupe

Cauliflower

Eggplant

Grapefruit

Honeydew melon

Nectarines

Orange juice

Green Peas

Potatoes

Prunes

Raisins

Squash

Sweet potatoes

Watermelon

Broccoli

Buttermilk

Dandelion greens

Milk

Molasses

Salmon, pink (with bones)

Sardines

Yogurt

Apples

Apricots

Bananas

Beans, Baked

Beans, Kidney

Blackberries

Broccoli

Buttermilk

Cabbage

Cantaloupe

Carrots

High fiber Cereals

Collards

Dandelion greens

Endive, raw

Kale

Milk

Molasses, blackstrap

Mustard greens

Salmon, pink

Sardines

Spinach

Squash

Sweet potatoes

Watermelon

Yogurt

 

So stay Healthy as your lunch can crunch disease….

 

 

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.

Toxic metal- Mercury!

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Eating contaminated fish is the foremost source of mercury exposure in the US. It is also released into the air by coal-burning power plants and factories. Mercury passes through the gastrointestinal wall and is disseminated throughout the human body in just 30 hours. The toxic effects of mercury can damage the kidneys and the central nervous system. High mercury intake during pregnancy can spur irreversible damage to the fetus too.

Among all the fruits, strawberries were shown to capture more than 95 percent of all the mercury. The reason strawberries were effective at removing mercury is because they are the only common fruit that has seeds on the outside. These tiny seeds are attached to a dense bundle of plant fibers at the heart of strawberries, which are strong and difficult to digest by people. Strawberry fibers pass through the body more or less intact in the same way insoluble vegetable fibers pass through the body.

Simply eat more strawberries with every meal, especially when consuming fish like salmon, sushi and tuna. If you are not a fan of strawberries, you can substitute them with citrus fruits eaten whole with the fibers intact.

It should be noted that these anti-heavy metal foods only protect against mercury consumed through food. They will not protect the body from mercury that is inhaled through the air nor stop mercury toxicity caused by dental fillings.

The list was originally published on Natural News by Mike Adams in 2015.

Dietary Mercury Binding foods: Clean Chlorella: 99%, Barley Grass: 89%, Hemp Protein: 98%, Acai Berries: 88%, Brown Rice: 53%, Peanut Butter: 96%, Wheat Flour: 86%, Strawberries: 95%, Nori Powder: 85%, Beets: 20%, Cilantro Leaf: 95%, Hawaiian Sprirulina: 83%, Raspberries: 92%, Blueberries: 83%, Cacao Powder: 91% Mangos: 73%, Wheat Grass: 90% Ground Mustard: 72%, Coconut Granola Cereal: 89%.

Heavy Metal- Aluminum!

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Aluminum is the most widely used metal on the planet. It used for some of the most simple and intricate products made- from soda cans to airplanes. Aluminum, the heavy metal isn’t without its share of risks. Overexposure to aluminum, particularly through drinking water, has been implicated in neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. The risk of overexposure to aluminum is greater than it has ever been before. Unlike minerals and vitamins, the human body does not need aluminum to function.

Drinking water usually has anywhere from 0.01 to 0.15 mg per liter of aluminum. However, some potable water contains 0.40 mg per liter or more. Although this accounts for only a fraction of total dietary aluminum, its continued consumption through the water supply may contribute largely to the total aluminum absorbed. Other problematic sources of aluminum include tea, antacids, various food additives, cans, cookware and certain antiperspirants.

Aluminum is a neurotoxin, so it should come as no surprise that it’s been linked to degenerative brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. In the same way that overexposure to cigarette smoke damages the lungs, overexposure to aluminum damages the central nervous system. Studies (American Journal of Epidemiology & Ontario study) found that the odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease are approximately 2.5 times greater for communities with drinking water containing more than 100 mg per liter of aluminum than communities below this level.

To reduce your daily aluminum intake, consider using storage containers instead of aluminum, avoid processed edibles and opt for whole organic foods with safe packaging. Also increase intake of Silica rich foods due to its ability to remove aluminum from the body. Sources of silica include oats, millet, barley, potatoes and whole wheat grains, to name just a few.

Benefits of Cod Liver Oil.

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Cod Liver Oil is better than ordinary Fish Oil because it has naturally occurring vitamins A and D along with omega-3 fatty acids and also small amounts of naturally occurring CoQ10.

Other Benefits of Cod Liver Oil:

  • Supports immune system response
  • Supports healthy eyes and skin
  • Supports epithelial tissue
  • Supports bone and tooth health
  • Supports musculoskeletal system
  • Supports the body’s natural inflammatory response function
  • May support mood challenges and liver function

So instead of only consuming EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty, Cod Liver Oil has many benefits for healthy living.