Telomeres and Longevity

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Eating to extend the life of your telomeres is an important part of the anti-aging process. Telomeres are the tiny strands of DNA that shorten over time because of poor dietary choices (lack of veggies and fruit), inflammation, and everyday stress. Research has shown that reducing cellular inflammation can dramatically slow the shortening of telomeres. Diet plays a huge role in reducing inflammation and should be a top priority. Specific nutrients essential to extending life provide the necessary building blocks to support DNA health and extend your natural lifespan.

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Folate has always been overlooked in its role in Longevity and anti-aging. Researchers reporting in The Journal of Nutrition found that men with the highest levels of folate in their blood have the longest telomeres when compared to those with the lowest levels. Along with a diet higher in folate, you may want to supplement your diet with quality vitamin B12 and the entire B-vitamin family which is also associated with having longer telomeres. Sulfur-rich proteins that come from nuts and seeds are also important in having good telomere health.

Most adults in the United States is mineral-deficient. Independent research projects have come to the conclusion that the minerals zinc and magnesium are needed to complete the DNA sequencing process during the creation of cells. Not having these nutrients can lead to shortening of the telomeres and acceleration of the aging process. A shortage in the diet of trace minerals can speed the aging process significantly. Plant source trace minerals can be found at any reputable supplement store.

Vitamin C has been shown to slow the shortening of telomeres in endothelial cells, which can be very important in slowing or even preventing cardiovascular disease. Vitamin E tocotrienols have been shown to restore the length of telomeres while reducing DNA damage, making it possible for a nutrient to reverse the shortening of telomeres and reverse an underlying cause of aging.

There is no mysterious secret to longevity. Anyone one who eats a diet high in an abundant variety of veggies and a wide assortment of fruits can slow the shortening of telomeres. There was a study of 30 men with prostate cancer who were asked to adopt healthier lifestyles, including a low-fat, plant-based diet. The researchers found that the addition of a healthy lifestyle increased telomerase activity significantly. Refined sugars/starches and the high consumption of processed fats and oils do nothing positive for the health of telomeres and can speed the shortening process. Eat lots of veggies daily to help extend longevity

Randy Powell, Eating-veggies.com

 

 

 

Dairy Milk May Be Unhealthy

I know you’ve heard it before. Don’t drink cow’s milk because it isn’t healthy for humans. Memories of cold cereal in the morning and that glass of milk when I got home from school are still fresh in my memory. Yet its kind of hard to ignore the facts that are being shoved in my face daily about dairy products contributing to inflammation and Heart disease. A strong argument in favor of animal fats not being responsible for heart disease is being discussed but for now, I’m leaning away from dairy products.

With alternative milk choices being sold everywhere, choosing a plant-based milk substitute is getting easier and easier. Please make an educated choice and see what works best for your body. Learn more about the good and the bad of drinking the milk of another species of animal. The following article was written by Amanda Froelich of Trueactivist.com. It explains in plain language why you must eliminate dairy from your diet and why. I hope you learn and enjoy! 

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How The Dairy Industry Tricked Humans Into Believing They Need Milk [Watch]

ByAmanda Froelich


Despite the fact that one can get their daily recommendation of calcium, potassium, and protein from fruits and vegetables, the dairy industry has spent billions of dollars to convince consumers otherwise.

Got Milk? We sure hope not. Despite being a somewhat tasty addition to coffee, tea, and delectable treats, the ingredient – when pasteurized – is highly toxic to the human body. In fact, physicians such as Dr. Willet, who has conducted many studies and reviewed the research on the topic, believe milk to be more of a detriment to the human body than an aid.

This is because despite popular belief, the food has never been shown to reduce fracture risk. In fact, according to the Nurses’ Health Study, dairy may increase risk of fractures by 50%! This concerning finding is supported by the fact that countries with lowest rates of dairy and calcium consumption (like those in Africa and Asia) have the lowest rates of osteoporosis.

Considering that approximately 3/4 of the world’s population is unable to digest milk and other dairy products, it seems clear the food is not an ideal substance for consumption. However, the average consumer doesn’t know this. From celebrity endorsements to advertisements by the dairy industry, most have been taught to believe that dairy is an ideal food for optimum health.

Because there’s so much misinformation surrounding the subject, Vox recently created a video which illustrates the facade of the dairy industry. One of the points made is that despite the fact that consumers can get the daily recommendation of calcium, potassium, and protein from fruits and vegetables, the dairy industry has spent billions of dollars to convince the populace otherwise.

If you were taught that one must drink milk to grow up “big and strong,” you’re not alone. However, now is the time to get educated on the facts.


Because milk is very mucus-forming in the human body, it is believed to contribute to allergies, ear infections, Type 1 diabetes, anemia, and even constipation. In addition, the food may contribute to various types of cancers as consumption of the product increases the body’s level of insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1).

The good news is that there are plenty of tasty, creamy dairy alternatives that are not only easy-to-make, they’re affordable. ‘Milks’ from rice, almonds, cashew, hemp, and even coconut can be found in most grocery stores, and some companies even sell dairy-free ice cream – such as Ben & Jerry’s! In fact, the non-dairy milk market has surged within the past few years. Almond milk sales, in particular, have increased by 250 percent from 2000-2015 to almost $895 million.


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I’m sure you have heard the phrase “you are not a baby cow” when being told that you shouldn’t drink cow’s milk. It is true. This milk in its raw form is designed to supply the nutrients for a 65-pound newborn calf that will grow to be over 1200 pounds. Be careful what you feed your children. Making the wrong choices may be putting the future of their health in jeopardy. Use plant-based foods for your calcium needs. 

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com

POPULAR FOOD MYTHS (PART 2)

#2. Genetically Modified Wheat Causes Obesity

 The Misconception:

If you’re one who keeps up with the latest diet trends, then you know a new villain has emerged to take its place among the ranks of trans fat and high-fructose corn syrup as the prime culprit behind America’s fatassness epidemic: wheat. Specifically, the genetically modified Frankenstein wheat your grocery store is trying to pass off as food.

Yes, thanks to years of being selectively bred for things like increasing crop yields and better disease-resistance, today’s amber waves of grain have gone from wholesome to homicidal, not only decreasing a person’s lifespan by exponentially increasing his or her surface area, but also exacerbating medical conditions ranging from arthritis to irritable bowel syndrome.

If those dangers sound overblown, you’re right. If you’re wondering who’s behind it, well …

The Guy You Can Thank for It:

Dr. William Davis.

Davis is the disappointingly robotless Bolivar Trask of the diet world: one man willing to make a stand against the murderous mutants lurking in our midst. His ludicrously named book Wheat Belly has reached seven-digit sales numbers and spent dozens of weeks on The New York Times best-sellers list, and for good reason — it’s packed with painstaking, abundantly backed research revealing that wheat literally addicts you to eating, that the extra genetic components of contemporary wheat are transforming us all into walking skin-sacks of inefficacy, and that the cure for our national health woes is the complete elimination of wheat from our diet.

Actually, that description is being way too generous — most of his “research” is based on his own personal observations and anecdotal evidence, meaning that the good doctor claims to have personally observed dramatic improvements in his patient population after putting them on a diet of his own design (now available for the low, low price of $16.99). Seems legit.

The wonky lynchpin of Davis’ theory is that when a person digests wheat, a specific variety of peptide is produced. These wheat peptides then interact with the body’s opioid receptors (the same receptors that narcotics bind to), turning us all into honest-to-goodness wheat junkies. And, no different from when a human body becomes addicted to more nefarious substances, a veritable cascade of unhealthiness ensues.

Now, to be fair, in an article published in Cereal Foods World, Dr. Julie Jones compared his claims against currently available scientific data and found that about half of what he says is pretty much spot-on. Unfortunately, it’s the more fantastical half that Dr. Davis yanked straight out of his wheat-free (and, as a result, admittedly svelte) rear end.

And while we’re on the subject of diet advice you got from your yoga instructor …

#1. You Need Yogurt (and “Probiotics”) to Fix Your Poop

The Misconception:

At some point, the world decided that you should be able to set your watch by when and how often you poop. And then the world decided that no one wears watches anymore because it’s not fucking 1985, but you get our point: if you’re not popping a squat twice a day, every day, then you’re simply not normal, and you’re in need of fixing.

Enter probiotics, and the wonders that probiotic-infused yogurt can do for Jamie Lee Curtis’s poop chute, and presumably yours. What’s that you say? You never, ever, not once in a million years needed to know the intimate details of how often the Halloween lady drops a long, healthy deuce? Well …

The Guy You Can Thank for It:

Elie Metchnikoff.

Metchnikoff was a Nobel prize-winning, Russian zoologist who had a serious bone to pick with the human colon — he thought of it as a reservoir for all manner of rotting, malady-inflicting nastiness — as well as a serious hankering for some delicious yogurt.

See, Metchnikoff had spent a goodly amount of time observing mountain peasants in Bulgaria that were known for their long lifespans. He credited their longevity to their tendency to drink fermented milk products and, as a direct result, consume buttloads of bacteria that kept their colons squeaky clean. His claims kicked off a new craze in Europe in which slurping spoiled milk became fashionable and, though they didn’t have the fancy name for it yet, the probiotics craze was born.

Our fascination with probiotics may ebb and flow throughout the years, but it never completely dies out. Those Jamie Lee Curtis ads we mentioned? They were pretty much phased out after Dannon reached a $21 million settlement with the FTC because the ads were, perhaps fittingly, chock-full of shit. Also, in stark contrast to the European obsession with yogurt that happened during Metchnikoff’s lifetime, the European Food Safety Authority has ruled that, unless you’re suffering from some kind of specific gut malfunction, the benefits of probiotics are a big ol’ nil. Yet if you do a Google search for “probiotics” right now, you’ll find approximately a gajillion results for everything from drinkable versions to pill versions to suppositories. No shit.

Jason is an editor for Cracked. His Facebook page is unabashedly unhealthy.

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Hope you enjoyed the article. 

Randy Powell, Eating-veggies.com 

POPULAR FOOD MYTHS (PART 1)

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 There is a lot of nutritional information out there that is misleading or just outright “not true”. And then there is information that seems to work but isn’t endorsed by the medical community. What you can do is empower yourself with the ability to do a little research and choose for yourself what may work best for you. I tend to recommend everyone eat a diet very high in an abundance of veggies and fruits. I am not a medical expert, but I know what works for me. For some people, eating a grain-free high veggie diet may not satisfy them at some level so they will look for help elsewhere. 

 I am featuring an article this week that is eye-opening and full of useful information. I discovered this at CRACKED.COM and found it interesting. I hope you do to.

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5 BS Health Myths People Still Believe (Thanks to One Guy)

By R. Jason Benson, Joseph Joyce, Charles Angstrom

 If you woke up tomorrow and decided to switch to a perfectly healthy diet, your first step would be to try to find out what that actually is. At that point you’ll quickly find yourself in a shitstorm of conflicting information about what “science” says is good for you. The reason we haven’t solved problems like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes is because there’s still lots we don’t know about how the body interacts with food.

 So the problem becomes that it’s really hard to tell the difference between what is actual scientific consensus versus, say, a theory proposed by some random dude selling a cookbook. After all, it only took one high-profile “expert” to convince millions of people that …

#5. Salt Causes High Blood Pressure

 If you ask your parents (or maybe your grandparents, depending on how much of a whippersnapper you happen to be), there was once a time when salt was a glorious thing, enjoyed by the masses in wondrous abandon. If you went out to a nice restaurant, your entree was salt with a side of steak, and your dessert was a pack of unfiltered Camels. It was truly a magical era. 

 Then, sometime in the latter part of the 20th century, that all changed. Suddenly, science figured out that salt was a crystalline boogeyman stiffening our arteries and causing our blood pressure to rise to literally vein-popping levels. Dinner would never be the same, and it was all based on some pretty flimsy-ass science.

The Guy You Can Thank for It:

Lewis Dahl.

 The suggestion of a possible link between salt and high blood pressure had been floating around since 1904, but the theory didn’t really hit the mainstream until the 1970s, when Dahl from Brookhaven National Laboratory announced that he had discovered “unequivocal” evidence that salt caused hypertension. What exactly was said unequivocal evidence? Pretty simple, really: by giving some rats a daily dose of salt, he had induced high blood pressure.

 By 1976, the president of Tufts University, Jean Mayer, was labeling salt “the most dangerous food additive of all.” The U.S. Senate was recommending that Americans reduce the salt in their diets by as much as 85 percent. The New York Times was blaming salt for “high blood pressure, heart and kidney disease, and stroke.” Salt apparently wasn’t satisfied with some measly high blood pressure — it had become food evil incarnate, haunting our entire freaking anatomy.

 There was just one slight problem. You see, in order to induce high blood pressure in those aforementioned rats, Dahl had pumped them full of … hang on, let us grab our calculator real quick … almost 15,000 percent more sodium than the average American’s consumption. Countless more recent studies have utterly failed to back up the relationship between salt intake and high blood pressure. Not only that, but it turns out that we actually need salt to, you know, live. Mothers unnecessarily restricting the salt intake of their young children have even sent them into shock or, holy shit, outright killed them. 

 The truth is that science is still trying to figure out what causes high blood pressure — maybe it is salt for some people, or just certain types of salt. But there’s a reason we get a new “stop eating ________!” warning every few years or so — food science is complicated as shit. It’s hard to figure out what problems are caused by diet versus genetics, or any of the billion other environmental factors that can slowly murder you behind your back. And the biggest mistake you can make is to declare one part of your diet to be The Bad Guy and just ignore everything else.

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Fight Inflammation with Good Nutrition

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 Winning the war against low grade inflammation can be won by making effective dietary changes by eating an anti inflammatory diet. Eating an Alkaline diet meal plan daily can significantly change your health. I will be the first to say that I have moments where the taste of a double cheeseburger floods my memories and my mouth starts to water. I also know what eating that kind of meal will do to my health so I choose to not stress myself physically. Processed foods and fried foods are very tasty and I have a lot of memories of their flavors but they put a lot of stress on various functions of the body and I just don’t want that. Avoiding the foods that cause low level inflammation is important to preventing or even reversing the potential of developing illness and disease. Eat an abundance of veggies and fruits everyday.

 The foods that cause low grade inflammation in the body are also acid-forming foods. Eating omega 6 fats, grains such as wheat, rice and corn products and the consumption of dairy products are known to be pro-inflammatory and should be eaten sparingly if at all. Processed omega 6 fats are used in most deep frying and is eaten abundantly in America. Reducing pro-inflammatory foods can reduce the odds of developing disease, help control blood pressure and assist in melting away unwanted excess body fat. Anti-inflammatory foods are the easiest way to get control of your health before the situation calls for prescription drugs.

 The following article was published on the blog at MindBodyGreen.com. They are a reputable heavy-hitter in the world of Internet health information and are a good source for nutritional news. This particular article is written by Lori Shemek.

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 9 Inflammation-Fighting Vitamins & Minerals (And Where You Can Get ‘Em)

By Lori Shemek
April 28, 2015 5:34 AM EDT

Some vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are particularly useful in our fight against inflammation. Here’s a list of some of the phytonutrients that should always be part of your life.

1. Vitamin A & Provitamin A

Beta-carotene is a provitamin that converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is also an antioxidant that helps protect the body against free radicals. We can boost the vitamin A in our bodies by eating a wide range of vegetables including broccoli, carrots, dandelion, spinach, cantaloupe, kale, sweet potato, and collard greens.

2. Vitamin B

People who have low levels of vitamin B6 tend to have high levels of C-reactive protein, which is a measure of inflammation within the body. Vegetables that are high in B vitamins, including B6, include mushrooms, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and bell peppers. Animal sources include turkey, chicken, cod, and tuna.

Folate (folic acid) is another B vitamin associated with inflammation. A short study in Italy suggests that even a low-dose, short-term daily folic acid supplement could reduce inflammation in people who are overweight. Good sources of folate include black-eyed peas, lima beans, chickpeas, dark leafy greens, and asparagus.

3. Vitamin C

A large number of studies show the anti-inflammatory benefits of foods that are high in the antioxidant vitamin C. Good lower sugar sources include tomatoes and tomato juice You can also find vitamin C in many other fruits with a low to moderate sugar content including grapefruit and lemons. Try starting your day drinking water and lemon juice, which will give your vitamin C a morning boost.

4. Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps reduce inflammation and insufficient vitamin D is associated with a range of inflammatory conditions. In combination with calcium, vitamin D also promotes weight loss. There are estimates that say that two-thirds of the population in the United States is vitamin D deficient. We get vitamin D naturally when we are out in the sun. In addition, we get it in foods such as fish, egg yolks, and organ meats. It’s also found in foods that have been supplemented with vitamin D, such as milk.

5. Vitamin E

This is another antioxidant vitamin that can help reduce inflammation. We find vitamin E naturally in nuts and seeds, including almonds and sunflower seeds, as well as in vegetables such as spinach and fruits like avocado.

6. Vitamin K

Vitamin K can help reduce inflammatory markers; research shows that it may help protect against heart disease, as well as osteoporosis. Very few of us are getting enough vitamin K in our diets. There are two types of vitamin K: vitamin K1, which we find in leafy vegetables like kale, cabbage, cauliflower, and spinach; and vitamin K2, which is found in liver and eggs.

7. Coenzyme Q10

This is an antioxidant that appears to have anti-inflammatory properties. We can find it naturally in sardines, mackerel, salmon, beef liver, olive oil, walnuts, peanuts, parsley, broccoli, avocado, and spinach.

8. Glutathione

Another antioxidant and free-radical fighter with anti-inflammatory properties (free radicals are unstable atoms or groups of atoms that can cause cell damage), glutathione can be found naturally in asparagus, avocados, spinach, garlic, tomatoes, grapefruit, apples, and milk thistle.

9. Magnesium

This is mineral can help reduce inflammation. Low magnesium is associated with high stress. Stress, as most of us know, can trigger cravings for foods such as chocolate or other refined carbohydrates. Stress also alters dopamine levels in the brain, and dopamine is a magnesium-dependent neurotransmitter. It’s estimated that 70 percent of all Americans are deficient in magnesium. This is an amazing statistic because magnesium is found in a large variety of foods, including dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, avocado, almonds, and many legumes. A magnesium deficiency is particularly common among men and women who are overweight That many of us are not getting enough of this mineral speaks to the poor quality of nourishment that exists in many of our lives.

Excerpt from How to Fight FATflammation © 2015 by Lori Shemek, M.D. Reprinted with permission from HarperOne.

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To your Good Health,

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com

Prevent Heart Disease with Anti-Oxidants!

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 Contrary to what many people may think about human longevity, you can live much longer than you may think. Much disease is due to the fact that so many people in the modern world are constantly eating a diet that is killing them. Heart disease is America’s top killer yet the diet that fuels this epidemic is eaten everyday by most people. Many simply don’t know better but most just don’t care.  

Eat an assortment of vegetables for antioxidant benefits. The following article was published on the blog at Mindbodygreen.com. This is a simple list of foods that you absolutely should work into your daily diet. Unprocessed foods are always the best choices as natural foods keep your body young and increases its ability to fight off disease. Since Heart disease is STILL the number one killer on the planet, it might be best to give this article some attention.

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9 Foods That Will Help You Prevent Heart Disease

By Dr. Mitchell Gaynor 

 

Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. Too often, heart disease is thought of as a sudden disaster — the clutching of one’s arm or pounding, crushing chest pain.

But the truth is that heart disease is more like the long arc of a baseball in the air; we notice its movement as it approaches us, but in reality, the ball has been descending for most of its flight.

But by the time full-fledged clinical heart disease is apparent, with symptoms like chest pain, most of the damage has already been done. The good news is that if you make the basic right decisions about diet, you are already protecting yourself against the bulk of the risks.

The battle against heart disease, as with all the conditions I cover in my new book, The Gene Therapy Plan, is part of a lifelong commitment to actively pursue health through good lifestyle choices, ones that “turn on” your health-promoting genes. Below is a list of heart-healthy foods and substances that I recommend to my patients at risk of heart disease.

1. Bring in the omega-3s.

Omega-3 fats found in cold-water fish like salmon and cod, as well as supplements, have been shown to lower blood pressure.

2. Remember the “Q.”

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a powerful, natural, antioxidant found in the majority of cells in the body; it also converts food into energy. A meta-analysis revealed that CoQ10 lowered blood pressure when taken at prescribed doses.

3. Go nuts.

Nuts are another good option to protect against heart disease. They’re full of good fats, they lower LDL (the so-called “bad” cholesterol) and protect against coronary heart disease. Both pine nuts and almonds are good choices.

4. Get “D” good stuff!

Vitamin D has been shown to contribute to heart health in many ways. It blocks hormones that are released by the kidney that are involved in raising blood pressure in the body. Vitamin D also lowers the risk of a heart attack and mitigates other factors that can affect the heart such as the calcification of blood vessels and heart tissue scarring.

5. Crunch on cabbage.

Red cabbage contains anthocyanins and is rich in vitamin C; a study reports that boosting vitamin C levels helps to prolong the life of people with heart failure. Red cabbage has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels.

6. Learn to love tomatoes.

Tomatoes contain lycopene, a phytonutrient that provides the reddish pigment. Besides adding the bright red color to tomatoes, lycopene is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrient that plays a role in reducing bad cholesterol.

7. Enjoy some tart cherries.

Yes, these tangy and tart treats are powerful antioxidants. They also contain anthocyanins, which provide cherries with their red-pigmented color, fight free radical formation, and reduce inflammation. Chronic inflammation worsens the development of plaque formation within blood vessels, which contributes to heart disease.

8. Get olive leaf for arterial health.

Oleuropein is found in olive leaf extract, and has been found to reduce blood pressure. Oleuropein also pinpoints hardened arteries by reducing arterial resistance and stiffness as well as enhancing endothelial function to decrease blood pressure. It’s found in both olive oil and in olives.

9. Say yes to dark chocolate. And grapes.

Flavanols are nutrients found in foods including cocoa, grapes, and many teas. Cocoa flavanols (found in cocoa powder, for example) are important nutrients that are thought to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. There’s also some research suggesting that they reverse age-related memory decline in older adults.

While the types of foods that we eat play a huge role in promoting or preventing heart disease, we can’t forget the importance of physical activity, which also helps protect against the development of heart disease. So combine good nutrition and physical activity to optimize your health.

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Eat an abundance of veggies and fruits everyday.

Dr. Mitchell Gaynor’s latest book, The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny Through Diet and Lifestyle will be released in April from Viking and is already listed in Amazon’s Top Sellers. Eat a variety of anti-inflammatory foods as part of your alkaline diet

 

Randy Powell

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Veggies Can Reduce Inflammation!

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  When you change your diet for the cause of improving your health, one of the important changes that you can make is to eat foods that reduce the amount of Inflammation in the body. Much of the food that most overweight people consume consistently are foods that are classified as pro-inflammatory. Pro-inflammatory foods increase the inflammatory response and can do damage over the years. Pro-inflammatory foods will increase inflammation, increase the pain that comes with inflammation and may also raise your chances of developing Heart disease, cancer anf Type 2 diabetes. Loading up on fast foods, high-fat meats, sugar, and processed foods will increase inflammation in your body.Foods that are made of wheat, cow milk and refined oils are some of the foods that contribute very heavily to the Inflammation problem found in many modern countries. Avoid deep fried foods as the omega 6 fats that are used in commercial food preparation can cause long term health issues.

   Alkaline foods that fight Inflammation

  Anti-inflammatory foods are foods that reduce Inflammation in the body and tend to be plant based in origin. Veggies, fruits and raw nuts are very healthy and should make up a large percentage of your daily food intake. Grains such as wheat can create inflammation on a cellular level throughout your body and can cause disturbances at many physiological levels. Eating a diet that is based in plant nutrition can help heal a body that has been ravaged by poor eating choices made in the past. Processed foods that can be made from a box or food choices that can be made at a drive-thru fast food window are not choices that can become a healthy body. You can become a much healthier individual if you eat a diet of 60-80% alkaline foods every day and avoid pro-inflammatory foods. Beat Inflammation with better food choices

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Reverse Obesity and Inflammation with Raw Plant Foods

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 Eating a diet high in a multitude of raw veggies, fruits and nuts can be very effective in fighting Inflammation and obesity. These foods can replace the pro-inflammatory foods in your diet such as wheat, rice and most dairy. Raw plant foods contain phytonutrients that are effective in healing and maintaining various bodily functions. When you eat a diet high in foods that you are naturally designed to eat, your body can optimize your health without the excess fats, calories and empty carbohydrates that people consume endlessly everyday. Eating raw plant foods in abundance will provide you with a very nutrient dense diet.

 Obesity is simply a symptom of a diet high in foods that cause Inflammation. Refined starches, processed fats and high fructose corn syrup are causes of inflammation and should be avoided when possible. High fructose corn syrup is a processed sugar that should be left out of the diet when possible due to the problems that it causes internally. Anything deep fried in processed oils should be avoided. Deep fried carbs such as fried rice, fried chicken, french fries and funnel cakes are some of the examples of deep fried cooking. Omega 6 fats are the oils used in most cooking today and it has been well researched and published that Omega 6 fats cause Inflammation and should be greatly reduced in the diet. Saute or stir fry your vegetables in coconut oil instead of that processed “vegetable” oil that you buy at the grocery store.

 If you consume foods that can be eaten in their raw state on a daily basis, you can slow the aging process and increase your ability to prevent disease. The minerals and phytonutrients that your body needs can be found in a diet rich in an abundant variety of different vegetables and fruits found at your local grocer or farmers market. These raw plant foods have a anti-aging effect on most people and can give you the feeling of being energetic and light on your feet. The effects that a diet high in raw plant foods has on Obesity and blood pressure are legendary and should be seriously considered by anyone who is carrying an excessive amount of body fat. The body fat lost while eating a lot of raw plant foods has a positive influence on your blood pressure and your overall heart health. You won’t find many doctors who will tell you to NOT eat a diet high in veggies and fruits.

 I have found that by not eating wheat, rice and corn, I can maintain a healthy weight and I don’t feel the joint pain that I use to feel. Avoiding the consumption of grain products is becoming popular because people are finding that it works in relieving their physical ailments! Obesity, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes have been shown to improve significantly when avoiding grain products consistently. Don’t just become “gluten free”. You have to avoid eating wheat, rice, corn, rye and barley completely if you want to enjoy the true benefits of a grain-diet. Reverse Inflammation with a diet abundant in veggies, fruits and nuts

Randy Powell, Eating-veggies.com

 

Eat a Nutrient-Dense Plant Based Diet

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 One of the advantages of eating a plant-based diet is that the consumer is ingesting quite an abundance of nutrients. A nutrient dense diet is healthier and more effective than a high-calorie diet of junk. The point of eating is to feed the body. It is not to satisfy your taste buds only. The call of hunger is your body trying to tell you that it needs nutrition. If you give your body food that is devoid of minerals and vitamins, the call of hunger will come again in a few short hours. We must focus more attention on feeding our body the nutrient-packed vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans that it desires to maintain our health.

 The following article explains the difference between juicing your plant foods and blending them into smoothies. I personally believe in using the whole fruit, the way nature intended but others say that the pure juice is what your body really wants. This article is written by Allison Aubrey and is very knowledgeably written. It was published originally by NPR.

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At a time when Americans consume, on average, only about one serving of fruit and one serving of vegetables a day when we’re supposed to consume five to 13 servings, the appeal of juice and smoothies is pretty obvious.

Juice can be a convenient way to get more servings of fruit and veggies. And, hey, making your own juice concoctions at home can be fun.

So, here’s the question: What’s the better gadget, a juicer or a blender? Does one do a better job of boosting the nutrients in the fruit (and veggies)?

We dug up a study from 2012 in which food scientists at Texas A&M University evaluated both techniques.

They decided to make grapefruit juice using three different gadgets: a Vitaprep blender, a hand squeezer and a White-Westing electric juicer.

What they found is the blended juice had significantly higher levels of beneficial phytonutrients compared to the juice made with a juicer (the electric juicer and hand juicer had about the same levels).

In particular, the blended juice had about a seven-fold higher content of a compound called naringin.

Naringin is a flavonoid that has been shown to have cancer-fighting properties as well as strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities that may be beneficial for the treatment of diabetes and other metabolic disorder.

None of this is to say that blending your grapefruit will have a measurable impact on your health.

But, if you’re looking to boost nutrients, this study does show that how you process juice can have a big impact on the levels of flavonoids.

The authors of the paper tell The Salt they did not expect such a significant difference.

Yes, I was indeed surprised and so was everyone in the lab,” Rammohan Uckoo, a researcher at the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center at Texas A&M, tells us by email.

So, what explains the difference? “The blended juice had the highest pulp content, which corresponds to the maximum levels of naringin,” Uckoo says.

In addition, the blended juice contained more of the fruit’s segment membranes — those white layers of papery fiber that line the outside of each segments — which have higher concentrations of flavonoids.

It’s long been known that how we process or cook our foods can influence nutrient levels. For instance, just last week we reported on a study that suggested orange juice might unlock more beneficial phytonutrients, compared to an equivalent amount of fruit.

And when it comes to absorbing nutrients, we’re sometimes better off cooking and adding a little fat. As we’ve noted, to get the most of fat-soluble carotenoids found in carrots and tomatoes, adding a little olive olive can help our body absorb the beneficial antioxidants.

The bottom line, according to nutrition researchers, is that a diverse diet that includes a broad range of vegetables and fruits — both juice and whole fruits — is likely the best strategy for health. “It’s really about your dietary pattern,” says Jeffrey Blumberg, a nutrition scientist at the Antioxidant Research Laboratory at Tufts University who has long studied these issues.

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  The advantages of eating a diet high in veggies and fruits are life-changing and should be considered by anyone who wishes to improve or optimize their physical condition. Eating an Alkaline diet can reverse Inflammation. This is the way that your body wants to digest nutrients and you should feed your body plenty of what it wants! Eat a diet of 60-80% alkaline foods every day. This leaves you room for foods that you like but shouldn’t eat a lot of. Balancing the pH level of your diet is important if you want to give your body the minerals and phytonutrients needed to provide you with quality health.

 

Eat a diet of roughly 60-80% alkaline foods daily

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com

DEHYDRATION AND TYPE 2 DIABETES

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 A topic that has become a serious problem among those people who have developed Type 2 diabetes is dehydration. The need to drink fluids throughout the day is essential to keeping your blood sugar levels under control. Some folks may avoid the issue by not drinking at all. You need to stay hydrated, especially if you have high blood sugar levels. Your body will try to manage these levels by flushing extra sugar out of your system through your urine — using a lot of fluid to do so.

  • Water. “It’s fine to squeeze lemon, lime, or fresh mint leaves into your water without significantly affecting carbohydrate content,” Villalobos says.
  • Tea. Caffeinated, decaffeinated, and herbal teas are all good choices for type 2 diabetes patients. But as soon as you add sugar or other sweeteners, you’re adding carbs. Be sure to count these added calories.
  • Coffee. I love my dark roasted coffee, And I drink it black. Caffeinated or decaffeinated black coffee is fine. Be sure to skip the sugar in coffee, or use a sugar substitute, and use fat-free (skim) milk.
  • Diet carbonated drinks. I’m not a fan of diet soda. There is evidence that diet beverages trigger your brain into thinking that sugary carbs are on the way and when they don’t show up, the brain squeezes the hunger trigger.
  • Diet powdered drinks. Same as above. I’m not a fan. Powdered mixes that provide fewer calories than sugar sweetened drinks are a great way to make water taste sweet.
  • Club soda. Club soda or seltzer water can give you that carbonated sensation without calories or carbs. As with plain water, you can ramp up the flavor of club soda with a squeeze of lemon, lime or just a splash of real fruit juice.

  Not drinking enough fluids throughout the day can lead to higher blood sugar readings as your body struggles to get the sugar out of your system. If your blood sugar levels are constantly running in the 200’s [milligrams per deciliter, or mg/dl], you can become dehydrated. If you have high blood sugar over 250 mg/dl, chances are your doctor will want you to drink extra fluids to help bring down your blood sugar. Water should always be your first choice for dehydration but if you don’t have a choice then you can choose any non-alcohol or non-caffenated drink available.

  As a goal, aim for a minimum of two quarts of water every day. Never much more than a gallon unless you are training heavily. And remember that you do get some hydration from foods such as soups and fruits. Raw veggies and fruits are packed full of nutrient-rich hydration in the form of living juice! If the weather is hot then always keep in mind to drink more fluids to compensate for what is lost due to the heat. Make clean water a major part of your Alkaline eating style!

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com