Harmful Effects of Diet Sweeteners

Harmful Effects of Diet Sweeteners

by Cherie Calbom

Diet sweeteners and diet sodas are gaining in popularity. They are advertised as better than their sugar-sweetened counterparts, but they are actually worse than sugar.

Side Effects of Diet Sweeteners
Bad for your kidneys. Researchers found that diet cola is associated with a two-fold increased risk for kidney decline. In an 11-year-long Harvard Medical School study of more than 3,000 women, it was found that kidney function started declining when women drank more than two sodas a day. Kidney decline was not associated with sugar-sweetened sodas, therefore researchers suspect that the diet sweeteners are responsible.

Linked with metabolic syndrome.
According to a University of Minnesota study (2008) with almost 10,000 adults, just one diet soda a day is linked to a 34% higher risk of metabolic syndrome—symptoms that include belly fat and high cholesterol that puts you at risk for heart disease.

Causes weight gain.
A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that drinking just two cans of diet soda a day increase the waistline by 500%. Artificial sweeteners disrupt the body’s ability to regulate calorie intake.

Get drunk faster.
Cocktails made with diet soda make you drunk faster, according to a study out of the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia.

Contain mold inhibitors—sodium benzoate or potassium benzoate.
Regular sodas don’t contain them. These chemicals have the ability to cause severe damage to DNA in the mitochondria to the point that they totally inactivate it – they knock it out altogether,” says Peter Piper, a professor of molecular biology and biotechnology at the University of Sheffield in the U.K. These preservatives have also been linked to hives, asthma, and other allergic conditions, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Dissolves tooth enamel.
Adults who drink three or more sodas a day have worse dental health, says a University of Michigan analysis of dental checkup data. Soda drinkers had far greater decay, more missing teeth, and more fillings.

Contains BPA
—a hormone disruptor, which has been linked to heart disease, obesity, and reproductive problems.

12 FOODS TO BOOST YOUR MOOD & ENERGY!

12 FOODS TO BOOST YOUR MOOD & ENERGY!

JAMES COLQUHOUN (FILMMAKER, FOOD MATTERS & HUNGRY FOR CHANGE)

So it’s 3PM, you’ve been sitting in front of a computer screen all day and you’re definitely struggling. Unfortunately, while your work day is coming to an end, chances are your day probably isn’t! Once you make it home through busy peak hour traffic, you still have to cook dinner, walk and feed the dog and maybe even take care of some of those household chores before bed.

Fatigue breaks us down not only physically but also emotionally and wreaks absolute havoc on our precious immune systems, making us way more susceptible to illness and depression. Not a fun time for anyone! So it’s really important that we fuel our bodies the right way and boost our mood and energy naturally instead of turning to caffeine and sugar-filled snacks. While they might give you a temporary hit, they won’t do your body any good in the long run; they will only slow you down and leave you even more tired!

So next time you feel that pesky slump coming on, have some of these energy-boosting foods on hand and see for yourself just how well they help get you through the rest of your day.

Salmon

Salmon is a great source of the energy-boosting goodness that is essential omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for energy production, brain activity and circulation. On a side note, it’s also great for maintaining heart health! You just can’t go wrong with a nice piece of salmon.

Banana

Bananas are one of the world’s best foods for supplying your body with energy. Rich in potassium and B vitamins, they can provide your body with a more sustained release of energy. The supply of vitamins and carbohydrates in bananas make you feel full, help slow down digestion and keep blood sugar levels stable.

Coconut

The oils that are found in coconut provide a super nutritious source of energy as it primarily consists of medium chain triglycerides, a type of fat that is turned into energy quickly and efficiently. Coconut is utilized by the body to actually produce energy rather than store it as fat. That’s what we want! Coconut is an awesome food to prevent you from feeling sluggish throughout the day.

Lentils

Lentils and other legumes, like kidney beans and chickpeas, help stabilize blood glucose levels and prevent those mid-afternoon crashes you’ve struggled through so many times before. By incorporating lentils into your lunchtime meal, you will stretch your energy levels that little bit further and avoid the slump altogether.

Eggs

Now eggs are an absolutely awesome source of iron and protein! They are also naturally rich in B-vitamins which are responsible for converting food into energy. Eggs are sure to give you a sustainable hit of energy which will last throughout the whole day.

Kale

Kale truly is a superfood! High in vitamins and minerals, kale is one of the best vegetables you can fuel your body with and is a real energy booster as it provides you with the essential minerals of copper, potassium, iron and phosphorus. To get the most out of the energy boosting benefits of this super veggie, ensure you cook it instead of eating it raw as it makes it easier for your body to digest and absorb all those important nutrients.

Ginger Tea

Forget the afternoon coffee and grab a ginger tea instead! Not only will the coffee keep you up all night and disrupt your body clock, caffeine is also known to contribute to nervousness, increased heart rate and restlessness. Doesn’t sound like fun to us! Ginger-infused tea is filled with antioxidants and nutrients that will give you that afternoon boost without the caffeine consequences. All you need to do is boil water with some fresh ginger for 5-10 minutes and add a squeeze of lemon before drinking. Yum!

Nuts

Almonds, cashews and hazelnuts are all high in magnesium, which plays a major role in converting sugar into energy, and are also filled with fiber to keep your blood sugar levels even. Keep a bag at your desk and just a handful at 3PM will give you longer lasting energy than a cup of coffee ever will.

Quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced keenwah – you’re welcome!) is a gluten-free grain that contains more protein than any other grain or rice. It is so rich in amino acids that it is considered a complete source of protein; high in lysine, methionine and cysteine. Even better, it is also high in folate, magnesium, phosphorus and manganese, making it a nutrient-packed source of carbohydrates for lasting energy levels. This is the ultimate food to boost your mood!

Goji Berries

Goji berries have been used for literally thousands of years in Chinese medicine to help increase energy and enhance the release of hormones. They increase the body’s ability to handle stress and support healthy mood, mind and memory- all while giving you the get-up-and-go energy you need to get through the day! And they taste pretty good too. What more could you want?

Asparagus

It’s no secret that low energy levels have a major effect on your mood and there is nothing worse than feeling sluggish AND down! Luckily, you can boost your mood with asparagus. It is one of the best plant-based sources of tryptophan which helps create serotonin, one of the brain’s primary mood-regulating neurotransmitters. The high levels of folate also add to asparagus’ happiness-promoting profile!

Raw Cacao

Okay, okay, we get it. Sometimes you do need that little hit of sweetness in the afternoon. And there is nothing wrong with that if you do it the right way! By allowing yourself a little treat every now and then will stop any sugar binges in the future. Nibbling on a square or two of dark chocolate energizes the body by providing an excellent source of iron and magnesium. Just please make sure it is at least 70 percent!

Note from Rhonda: And don’t forget to keep yourself hydrated.  Low energy is one of the first symptoms of dehydration.  I don’t drink any water except Kangen Water which comes from a medical grade ionizer from Japan.  To learn more, request a FREE eBook at www.usakangenwater.net

Top 10 Magnesium Rich Foods Plus Proven Benefits

Top 10 Magnesium Rich Foods Plus Proven Benefits

by Dr. Axe

Magnesium rich foods are essential for cellular health and over 300 biochemical functions in the body. Unfortunately, around 80% of American’s may have a magnesium deficiency and the majority of them don’t even know it! 

A study published in BMC Bioinformatics found thatyour body has 3,751 magnesium binding sites.

This indicates that magnesium benefits are far greater than previously imagined. Because your body requires and uses magnesium for so many different functions, you can quickly become low in magnesium especially if you are not consuming enough high magnesium foods.

 

Some of the major functions that require magnesium are: 

  • Protein synthesis
  • Nerve function
  • Blood sugar control
  • Neurotransmitter release
  • Blood pressure regulation
  • Energy metabolism
  • Production of the antioxidant glutathione

Are You Getting Enough Magnesium? 

Magnesium deficiency is dramatically under-diagnosed because it does not show up on a blood test!

Only 1% of the magnesium in your body is stored in your blood and the majority of it is stored in your bones.

Some of the main health challenges that have been linked to a magnesium deficiency include:

  • Hormone imbalance and PMS
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart Attack
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • Constipation
  • Tension or Migraine Headaches
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Chronic Fatigue

As you can see, increasing your intake of high magnesium foods is essential to your health.

How to Increase Your Magnesium Intake

If you think you might be low in magnesium, your best way to address this issue is tostart consuming foods that are high in magnesium.

Buying foods from your local farmers market and foods that are certified organic may have higher levels of magnesium. The soil from conventional farms is depleted of magnesium because they do not rotate their crops or let the land rest. Also, they typically only put nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium back in the soil, but leave out magnesium.

Typically, the foods you’ll find that are highest in magnesium are green leafy vegetableswhich are packed with chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is known as the “life blood” of a plant and has the ability to absorb the sun’s light and turn it into energy.

One major difference between human blood and chlorophyll is that human blood hasiron at the center of the cell, but plants have magnesium at the center of the cell.

That being said, green leafy vegetables aren’t the only foods rich in magnesium and chlorophyll, here are the top 10 foods high in magnesium that you will want to add into your diet.

Top 10 Magnesium Rich Foods

(Men RDA 400mg and Women RDA 310mg a day)

#1 Spinach 1 c: 157 mg (40% DV)

#2 Chard 1 c: 154 mg (38% DV)

#3 Pumpkin seeds 1/8 c: 92 mg (23% DV)

#4 Yogurt or Kefir 1 c: 50 mg (13% DV)

#5 Almonds 1 oz: 80 mg (20% DV)

#6 Black Beans ½ c: 60 mg (15% DV)

#7 Avocado 1 medium: 58 mg (15% DV)

#8 Figs ½ c: 50 mg (13% DV)

#9 Dark Chocolate 1 square: 95 mg (24% DV)

#10 Banana 1 medium: 32 mg (8% DV)

Other foods that are also high in magnesium include: salmon, coriander, cashews, goat cheese and artichokes.

Magnesium rich Foods Infographic Chart

The Most Common Causes of Magnesium Deficiency

Most common causes of magnesium deficiency include:

  • Consuming less than 3 servings of vegetables per day
  • Excess alcohol consumption
  • A diet high in sugar and phytic acid
  • Taking prescription medications like antibiotics and diuretics
  • Poor digestive absorption due to leaky gut

Magnesium More Crucial Than Calcium

Most of the press and research over the last 50 years has gone towards calcium supplementation. But if you look at the statistics, supplementing with magnesium is even more important.

Eating a ‘traditional diet’ or ‘primal diet’ will give you a pretty close 1:1 or 2:1 ratio of calcium to magnesium. But today most people are consuming the ‘SAD Diet’ (Standard American Diet) and we now have a 3.5:1 ratio, which causes low levels of magnesium.

Also, remember this, for you body to utilize calcium you need to have magnesium as a cofactor. So, there are millions of people taking calcium supplements without magnesium, and they have zero improvement to show for it!

Magnesium Benefits Studies and Research

There is also a large amount of medical research on the health benefits of magnesium with well over 10,000 studies. Here are 5 key areas where magnesium has been proven effective.

Cardiovascular Disease – A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which was done on 241,378 participants, found a diet high in magnesium could reduce the risk of a stroke by 8%. Another study found that increasing magnesium through diet decreased the risk of a heart attack by 38%.

Fibromyalgia - A study published in Magnesium Research examined how magnesium may improve outcomes for fibromyalgia. The research indicated that increasing magnesium consumption reduced pain and tenderness and also improved immune blood markers.

Type 2 Diabetes - Diets high in magnesium foods can also significantly lower the risk oftype 2 diabetes because magnesium plays a role in glucose metabolism. An increase of 100 mg/day of magnesium was found to decrease the risk of diabetes by 15% in a meta-analysis of the data.

Osteoporosis – Magnesium is an essential mineral for bone formation and for the utilization in calcium. In fact, more than half of the magnesium in the human body is stored in the bones. A study published in Biology Trace Element Research found that supplementing with magnesium slowed the development of osteoporosis.

Migraine Headaches - Magnesium food deficiency has been linked to migraine headaches because of it’s importance in balancing neurotransmitters in the body. A study published in Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics found that taking 300mg 2x of magnesium reduced the frequency of migraine headaches.

Best Magnesium Supplements

If you think you might be more severely magnesium deficient and you want to improve your levels more quickly you may consider taking a magnesium supplement.

For supplementation I recommended taking either magnesium chelate, magnesium citrate, magnesium glycinate or magnesium theonate.

Also, using magnesium oil is an excellent option to naturally increase magnesium levels. Putting magnesium oil topically on the skin can lead to faster levels of absorption. You can rub magnesium oil on your feet before bed and is great for improving insomnia, twitching or restless leg syndrome.

I don’t recommend Magnesium oxide, because it can turn into Magnesium hydroxide in the body that can damage the intestinal walls and is also poorly absorbed.

If you want to learn more about how to overcome low magnesium levels, check out this article on Magnesium Deficiency.

Have you Experienced the benefits of taking Magnesium?

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NOTE from Rhonda:  Make sure you are also hydrating your body with the healthiest water available on planet Earth.  Kangen Water is produced from a Japanese medical device and is loaded with antioxidants, alkaline and micro-clustered.  To learn more, request a FREE eBook at www.usakangenwater.net

12 Fruits & Veggies With The Most Pesticides (2015 Dirty Dozen)

12 Fruits & Veggies With The Most Pesticides (2015 Dirty Dozen)

BY EMI BOSCAMP, MBG EDITORIAL
FEBRUARY 25, 2015 7:39 AM EST

We’re guessing that you don’t always rinse off your apple before biting off a chunk. (Neither do we!) But after reading the Environmental Working Group’s annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, you might think twice before taking that bite.

Every year, the EWG breaks down which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticides and which have the fewest. Their mission is to make food supply more transparent in order to help you decide when it’s worth spending extra for organic produce.

For the fifth year in a row, apples have topped the “dirty” list, because of the chemicals applied to the crop before and after harvest to preserve them. And for the second consecutive year, avocados topped the “clean” list, with only 1% of samples showing any detectable pesticides. We’ll take any excuse to eat more avocados.

So if it works within your budget, the EWG recommends buying organic whenever possible. And if it’s just not doable right now, their guide can help you make more informed choices. The EWG recommends that you eat more fruits and vegetables — even if you’re exposed to pesticides — but now you’ll have a better strategy.

Some key findings from the report:

  • The average potato had more pesticides by weight than any other produce.
  • A single grape sample and a sweet bell pepper sample contained 15 pesticides.
  • Single samples of cherry tomatoes, nectarines, peaches, imported snap peas and strawberries showed 13 different pesticides apiece.

The fruits and veggies with the most pesticides (the “Dirty Dozen Plus“) are:

  1. Apples
  2. Peaches
  3. Nectarines
  4. Strawberries
  5. Grapes
  6. Celery
  7. Spinach
  8. Sweet bell peppers
  9. Cucumbers
  10. Cherry tomatoes
  11. Snap peas (imported)
  12. Potatoes

The “Dirty Dozen Plus” includes:

  1. Hot peppers
  2. Kale / Collard greens

And the fruits and veggies with the least pesticides (the “Clean Fifteen“) are:

  1. Avocados
  2. Sweet corn
  3. Pineapples
  4. Cabbage
  5. Sweet peas (frozen)
  6. Onions
  7. Asparagus
  8. Mangos
  9. Papayas
  10. Kiwi
  11. Eggplant
  12. Grapefruit
  13. Cantaloupe
  14. Cauliflower
  15. Sweet potatoes

Note From Rhonda:  One thing I do that REALLY helps is…I wash all of our produce with strong (11.5 pH) Kangen Water.  Kangen Water with that high of a pH will emulsify oil.  The sprays they’re using on our fruits and vegetables are oil based so washing them with just regular water will NOT remove the chemicals.  The Kangen Water machine from Japan will also provide the healthiest drinking water available on planet earth.  To learn more, request a FREE eBook at www.usakangenwater.com

Amazing Japanese Water Cure

Amazing Japanese Water Cure

DRINK WATER ON EMPTY STOMACH

It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:

Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.

METHOD OF TREATMENT

  1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 22 ounces of water
  2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minutes
  3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal..
  4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours
  5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 22 ounces of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it.
  6. According to the Japanese Medical Society, the above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and promote a healthy life

The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:

  • High Blood Pressure – 30 days
  • Gastric – 10 days
  • Diabetes – 30 days
  • Constipation – 10 days
  • Cancer – 180 days
  • TB – 90 days
  • Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards – daily

This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.

The Japanese Medical Society recommends making this procedure an ongoing and routine part of our daily life.

They say: “Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active!”

This makes sense … the Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals, not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating! Nothing to lose, everything to gain…

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.

It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.

Once this “sludge” reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

— Reported by a Japanese Medical Society

Note From Rhonda:  I drink Kangen Water and would HIGHLY recommend it.  Kangen Water comes from a medical device manufactured in Japan for the past 40 years and is used in their top hospitals and clinics.  It is loaded with antioxidants, alkaline and micro-clustered.  To learn more, request a FREE eBook at www.usakangenwater.net   And you can watch a demo at www.kangendemo.com

5 Common Chemicals That Are Making You Fat & Depressed

5 Common Chemicals That Are Making You Fat & Depressed

BY VANI HARI

We’ve all heard that if we eat too many calories, we’ll get fat. But there’s more to it: it’s not just the calories, but the chemicals, in our food that contribute to obesity.

Some of these chemicals — called “obesogens” — trigger our bodies to store fat even though we might be restricting calories. The effects are complex: some of these chemicals increase the number of fat cells, others expand the size of fat cells and still others influence appetite, cravings, fullness and how well the body burns calories. In addition to obesogens, other synthetic food ingredients have been shown to help us pack on the pounds and leave us feeling depressed, even when when we think we’re eating healthy.

To stop feeling that way, here are the top five chemicals to avoid in food.

1. Growth Hormones & Antibiotics 

Several drugs, growth hormones, steroids and antibiotics are routinely given to conventionally raised animals to fatten them up on less food. Residues from some of these drugs have been found in meat samples, so you very well could be eating these growth-promoting drugs every time you eat a steak. These drugs are believed to contribute to the obesity epidemic and are poorly regulated in the U.S.

How to avoid: Choose only certified organic grass-fed meat and dairy products (preferably local). Treatment with growth hormones and growth-promoting antibiotics isn’t permitted in organically grown animals. As an added benefit, organic grass-fed beef has been shown to contain more conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which may actually help you lose weight.

2. Artificial & Natural Flavors

All of the chemicals that make processed food taste good — monosodium glutamate (MSG), artificial flavors and natural flavors — are just cheap replacements for the real thing and can cause you to eat more than you would otherwise.

With the innocuous-sounding term “natural flavors,” companies can put whatever they want in your food that’s generally recognized as safe, including naturally occurring glutamate bi-products like MSG, known excitotoxins. These excitotoxins cause your taste buds to experience irresistibility when it comes to food.

How to avoid: Steer clear of processed foods, particularly those that have artificial flavors, natural flavors, monosodium glutamate or other “processed free glutamic acid” additives like autolyzed yeast extract and hydrolyzed proteins.

3. Artificial Sweeteners

Think you’re going to lose weight by switching from regular soda to diet? Think again. Researchers have discovered that artificial sweeteners like those in Diet Coke, can affect gut bacteria, leading to more weight gain. If that isn’t bad enough, the artificial sweetener Aspartame has been linked to mood swings and depression.

How to avoid: Don’t eat anything with artificial sweeteners (sucralose, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, saccharin) in the ingredient list. Limit your sugar intake overall, but choose unrefined sweeteners such as coconut palm sugar, maple syrup, raw honey and dried fruits such as dates.

4. Pesticides

Out of all the common pesticides Americans are regularly exposed to, the majority of them are “endocrine disruptors“, making them obesogens. Even in tiny amounts, endocrine disruptors have the ability to disrupt major weight controlling hormones (catecholamines), interfere with the natural hormone systems that regulate metabolism and lead to weight gain.

How to avoid: Minimize your exposure to pesticides by choosing certified organic produce and products. (Synthetic pesticides are prohibited in organic farming.) If organic isn’t available, choose fresh produce that’s on the Environmental Working Group’s “Clean 15″ list of produce with the least pesticide residue.

5. Plastics

Whether it’s a bottle of salad dressing or container of leftovers, most of us are exposed to plastics on a daily basis. Many of these plastics contain substances such as phthalates or bisphenol A (BPA), known endocrine disruptors that have been directly linked to increased fat storage. These chemicals have the ability to leach into food and have infiltrated our society so much that they’ve been found 93% of urine samples tested in America.

How to avoid: Choose your water bottles, storage containers, straws and eating utensils wisely, and stock up on those made from glass or stainless steel instead of plastic. Glass jars make an affordable option for storing food.

Vani Hari is a revolutionary food activist living in North Carolina and the author of the new book, The Food Babe Way that contains the 21 essential habits she taught herself to take control of her health.

Note From Rhonda:  One of the easiest ways to detox your body of harmful chemicals is with Kangen Water. It is micro-clustered which means it has a smaller structure so it’s much more effective at hydrating your cells and flushing out waste.  Kangen Water is 6 times more hydrating.  To learn more, you can request a FREE eBook at www.usakangenwater.net

Natural Treatments For Menopause

Natural Treatments For Menopause

I decided to write this post myself since I’m at that age (56) where I can definitely speak from experience.  Not having to deal with a monthly menstrual cycle sure is nice but the pay off can be a bit challenging.  The main two things I’ve had to deal with are hot flashes and depression.  I’m sure it could be a whole lot worse but I just want to share some things that I know have eased and / or eliminated the symptoms.

If you are struggling with anxiety, irritability, depression, etc, remember…your brain is an organ and without the proper nutrients, it won’t function properly just like any other organ in your body.  I don’t claim to have all the answers but hopefully this list will help:

1.  Kangen Water ~ Your body is 75% water so the quality and quantity of your water is going to have a HUGE impact on your health.  If you are not familiar with Kangen Water, you can watch a demo at www.kangendemo.com and then watch a recorded webinar at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEXWL8LRcYo&list=UUhF_OorcLIl0uohf1iqF4_A

2. Truehope: The Leaders In Brain Health ~ This supplement has helped me so much…it has the vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your brain needs to make all the proper brain chemicals.  It really helps my mood and my ability to handle stress. Here’s the website: http://www.truehope.com/

3.  Protein Shake ~ I have a protein shake every day when I get home form the gym.  I like a raw, organic, vegan source of protein so I use Garden Of Life.  It comes in plain, vanilla, vanilla chai and chocolate.  Here’s what I put in my shake:  Kangen Water, protein, 1 Tbsp of coconut oil, 1 Tbsp of chia seeds, 1 Tbsp of ground flaxseeds, 1 cup of frozen organic berries and 4 or 5 ice cubes.  This makes a large absolutely delicious shake and is very filling.  For a change I will use the chocolate protein and then I add a frozen banana instead of the frozen berries.  Any time we have bananas that get too ripe, we just toss them in the freezer. It’s very easy to slice off the peel when you’re ready to make a shake.

Your body needs healthy fats and coconut oil is one of the best. The health benefits of coconut oil include hair care, skin care, stress relief, cholesterol level maintenance, weight loss, boosted immune system, proper digestion and regulated metabolism. It also provides relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength.

Chia seeds have a positive effects on your health including boosting energy, stabilizing blood sugar, aiding digestion and lowering cholesterol.

Ground flaxseeds ~ This tiny seed provides 3 incredible benefits for your diet. First, flax is a great source of fiber. Each tablespoon of flax contains about 8 grams of fiber. This helps keep the bowels regular. Because of all the fiber, be sure to start slow and build up. Otherwise, you may experience bloating. Second, flax is a plant source of omega-3. These essential fatty acids play an important role in the anti-inflammatory system of our body. Third, flax contains lignans which reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The lignans alter the way your body metabolizes estrogens into safer forms. As if this wasn’t enough, flax  has been shown to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. To reap the benefits, this requires a daily dose of 2 tablespoons.

4. Himalaya MenoCare ~ MenoCare® is a unique proprietary herbal formula which helps women cope with occasional challenges associated with menopause. It promotes physical and emotional comfort in menopausal and post-menopausal states. As well as assisting with occasional mood swings‚ sleeplessness‚ irritability and fatigue often reported by women. MenoCare® offers a broad approach to women’s health by promoting normal hormone utilization and assisting overall hormonal balance.  We order a lot of our nutritional products online from www.vitacost.com but lately they haven’t had the MenoCare supplement.  I did find it here: www.luckyvitamin.com

5. Exercise ~ Exercising relieves stress and enhances your overall quality of life.  A lot of women gain weight and lose muscle mass during menopause and exercise helps with both.  I think the key is to find something you enjoy.  For me it was joining the gym.  I go 4 to 5 mornings a week with my husband. He loves to lift weights and use the machines and I LOVE the classes.  Every day is something different so I don’t get bored.  I do yoga, dance and tone, step, zumba, etc.  I really, really enjoy it and that makes it easy to do.  I’ve made new friends so I look forward to going and I actually am disappointed if I can’t go for some reason.

I’m sure there are plenty more things that would help with menopause but hopefully this will give you a good start.  I’m a born again Christian so I rely on my faith all day, every day.  If I’m having a rough day, I just keep telling myself…

“I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me” and “this, too, shall pass.”

8 Real Foods To Eat Yourself Clean

8 Real Foods To Eat Yourself Clean

BY CAT ELLIOTT

Getting healthy and slimming down doesn’t have to be confusing or difficult.

By including the following seven foods into your diet, you can help yourself naturally detox and lose weight:

1. Coconut oil

Surprised to see fat topping the list for weight loss foods? Don’t be. Good fats do not make you fat. The way in which coconut oil is metabolized in the body means that it actually boosts your metabolism. Also include hemp seeds, chia seeds, flaxseed, avocado, and oily fish to help lose belly fat.

2. Blueberries

Loaded with antioxidants, resveratrol, vitamin C, potassium and fiber, blueberries are known to help lower your risk of heart disease and cancer, improve memory, improve digestion, are anti-inflammatory, and since they are so nutritionally dense with such little calories, they are a great addition to your diet to help you lose weight.

3. Apple cider vinegar

Raw, unfiltered & with the ‘mother,’ Apple Cider Vinegar has excellent anti-inflammatory, detoxing and healing properties (both when taken internally and applied externally), has a high probiotic content which helps improve your digestive health, and whilst it is acidic, when taken internally it has an alkalising effect on the body. Use it as a dressing, to cook with, add to sauces, or add a tablespoon of it to warm water in the morning to help boost your metabolism and flush out toxins.

4. Dark leafy greens

There are reasons your mother told you to eat your greens. Dark leafy green vegetables (think kale, spinach, chard, Silverbeet etc.) and greens powders, such as Spirulina, contain a compound called chlorophyll which helps to improve your digestive health, oxygenate your blood, has an alkalizing effect on the body, and provides you with loads of essential vitamins and minerals to help with your weight loss goals.

5. Green tea

Green tea helps to boost your metabolism, works as an, energy booster, weight loss promoter, protector against radiation damage, and a powerful antioxidant. (Tip: Don’t like it? Try white tea, it’s the same tea leaves but just harvested earlier than green tea so it tastes a lot milder and sweeter).

6. Cayenne pepper

Cayenne is extremely high in Vitamin A, B, and C, helps with digestion, aids in detoxing, promotes weight loss, has a thermogenic effect on the body, can help improve heart health, and it boosts your metabolism. Try including some with warm water and lemon juice in the morning, sprinkle it over dishes, or add to homemade sauces.

7. Chia seeds

These are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, complete protein, fiber, calcium (5x more than milk), magnesium, iron, zinc and are loaded with antioxidants. They help promote weight loss, boost energy levels and endurance, and aid in detoxification. Add them to baking, smoothies, use them as an egg replacement in baking, or make puddings with them as a breakfast or snack alternative as they absorb up to 12x their weight in liquids.

8. Fiber-rich foods

Beans (including chickpeas, black beans and kidney beans), lentils, quinoa, fruits, vegetables, and other foods loaded with fiber help to keep you full for longer, and also help with keeping you regular. Two things that are super important for permanent weight loss.

Note From Rhonda:  One of the very best things you can do to clean out your system is to drink Kangen Water.  Because of it’s smaller structure, it is 6 times more hydrating and is much more effective at flushing the toxins out of your cells.  To learn more, request a FREE eBook at www.usakangenwater.net 

Understanding Disease

Understanding Disease

by Raymond Francis

The next major advance in health will be determined by what people are willing to do for themselves. However, willingness is only part of the equation-the other is knowing what to do.

In my book Never Be Sick Again, I outlined a new model of health based on the revolutionary concept of one disease. As varied and complex as “diseases” appear to be, all disease is the result of malfunctioning cells. Cellular malfunction is then the one disease. Modern medicine believes there are thousands of diseases, but viewing all diseases as one presents a profound opportunity-the opportunity to take the mystery out of disease and to gain power over it.

The enormous pandemic of chronic and degenerative disease sweeping the world today is characterized by complex neuro-immuno-hormonal-gastro-intestinal dysfunction. Complexity aside, all disease occurs at the molecular and cellular level, and we now know that virtually all disease has common causes and common solutions.

There is only one disease and there are only two causes of disease: deficiency and toxicity. Cells lacking what they need or exposed to something harmful will malfunction. Unless cells malfunction, there can be no disease. The thousands of different diseases we experience are merely the effects of thousands of combinations of deficiencies and toxicities acting through a combination of inherited genes, the environment, and our beliefs, thoughts, and emotions. Preventing or reversing disease is about preventing and reversing cellular malfunction.

The amount of disease in America today is astonishing. More than three out of four Americans have a diagnosable chronic disease. This is happening because almost all Americans are in toxic overload and are chronically deficient in one or more nutrients. Our unprecedented exposure to toxic chemicals is impairing cellular machinery, causing cellular malfunction and disease. Chronic deficiency of even one nutrient will decrease the efficiency of all the others, causing cellular malfunction and disease.

As the amount of deficiency and toxicity in our society continues to increase, illnesses that used to affect only the elderly are now epidemic in younger people. Children are born with defective brains and immune systems. Historically, cancer affected only 0.1 percent of the population. A century ago it was 3 percent. Today, half our population will get cancer in their lifetime. Unless we get this chronic disease epidemic under control, the economic and social effects on our nation will be catastrophic.

Fortunately, we have the knowledge to end this epidemic. By addressing how to prevent and reverse the two causes of cellular malfunction, we can prevent and reverse almost all disease. But first we must educate-prevention being our most important tool. Let us examine some of the cellular malfunctions that are common denominators of disease and explore how we can prevent and reverse them. First, let’s examine the sodium/potassium ratio in the cell.

Sodium and potassium are minerals critical to cell function, but they must be in balance. Modern dietary practices create serious imbalances. Our ancestors consumed low sodium, high-potassium diets. Their sodium/potassium ratio was a healthy 1:4, the result of eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Our current ratio is reversed to an unhealthy 4:1, the result of too much salt (especially in processed foods) and too few fresh fruits and vegetables. Cells function as little batteries. They have an electrical charge created by the difference in the amount of potassium inside the cell and the amount of sodium outside. By changing the sodium/potassium ratio in our diet, and consequently inside each cell, we damage the “battery of life” and interfere seriously with the body’s self-regulation and repair functions. For example, increasing the dietary sodium of laboratory animals will accelerate cancer metastasis. Preventing and reversing this common cause of disease is simple: eat less salt and eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. That’s how easy it is to achieve power over disease!

Another common denominator of disease is abnormal cellular pH. Normal cellular pH is 7.4; maintaining it is critical. If your cells become too acidic or too alkaline, certain functions are inhibited and others enhanced. This causes cellular malfunction and disease-cancer is commonly a disease of too much acidity. Where is this acidity coming from? It’s coming from a diet rich in acid-forming foods such as sugar, white flour, milk products, and cola drinks. Colas combine sugar with phosphoric acid producing a powerful acidic effect. Cutting acid-forming foods from your diet, while eating a diet rich in alkaline foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, and supplementing with minerals will work to balance pH and to prevent and reverse disease. It’s that easy!

Improperly constructed cell membranes are another common cause of disease. Each cell has a wall called the cell membrane. Everything that goes in or out of the cell has to pass through the membrane, a “gatekeeper” making sure only the right things go in and out. Improperly constructed cell membranes cause cellular malfunction and disease. To prevent and reverse disease, the billions of new cells we create every day must be constructed with the proper building materials. The vegetable and hydrogenated oils common to our diet are the wrong building materials. Historically the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 oils in our diet was a healthy 1:1. Today it is an unhealthy 20:1. Fish and flaxseed oils are the preferred building materials. Cut out all processed oils and supplement with healthy oils. How easy it is!

Common to almost all disease is a process called inflammation. Inflammation generates free radicals, which damage cell membranes, DNA, and cellular machinery. The result is aging and disease. To prevent or reverse aging and disease, it is necessary to prevent or reverse inflammation. Inflammation is caused primarily by eating the standard American diet. Sugar, white flour, milk products, farmed fish and meat, and processed oils are all pro-inflammatory. By consuming a diet high in pro-inflammatory chemicals and low in anti-inflammatory chemicals, most of our population is now suffering from chronic inflammation and disease. Making matters worse, the American diet makes people fat. Two out of three Americans are overweight, and fat cells produce a constant flood of inflammatory chemicals. To prevent and reverse inflammation, avoid inflammatory foods and eat a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, and antioxidant supplements. It’s that easy!

Tragically, children today do not have to wait to get sick. They are born sick. The deficiencies and toxicities of the parents affect the health of the fetus, thereby affecting that child’s health for a lifetime and the health of grandchildren yet to come. In the early 20th century, Francis Pottenger, M.D. proved that eating processed foods affected the health of the children and grandchildren of parents eating such a diet. Today processed foods are the staple of our diet. That’s why most of our children are born with abnormal brains and bodies, even if it’s not immediately apparent. The brains of our children are getting smaller, and reduction in brain size has been accompanied by an epidemic of behavioral disorders, violence, suicides, and poor academic performance.

To maximize lifelong health, a growing fetus must be supplied with all the raw materials it needs, and it must be protected from toxins that could disrupt its delicate construction process. Unfortunately, this rarely happens in America today. Instead, fetuses are commonly deficient in essential raw materials and are exposed to numerous toxins. Poor nutrition in utero and during infancy programs genes for the early on-set of major chronic diseases. Good nutrition is also required for detoxification. Without nutrients to support detoxification pathways, toxins persist and do more damage.

Among the many toxins passed from mother to child causing disease in the unborn is mercury. Mercury, from dental fillings, vaccinations, and fish, interferes with enzymes that control how the fetal brain is structured. Even minor changes in brain structure will affect behavior, learning, higher-level thinking, and other brain functions, including control of the immune, hormonal, and digestive systems. Fluoride is another problem. Fluoridated water, toothpaste, and fluoride-contaminated foods pose an enormous health risk to the unborn, lowering their IQs and dumbing down our population. Aspartame, another common hazard, is an artificial sweetener found in diet drinks and foods. It breaks down into a number of highly toxic chemicals that can damage fetal DNA, alter brain function, and contribute to cancer. To ensure the health of the unborn, we must supply a fetus with everything it needs and protect it from harm.

No discussion of disease would be complete without addressing how modern medicine contributes to deficiency, toxicity, and disease. Medical intervention is one of our leading causes of disease, and arguably our leading cause of death. Medicine’s archaic and unscientific approach to health and disease has led to a series of epic blunders: x-rays, vaccinations, unnecessary surgery, and prescription drugs. Each of these cause cellular malfunction and have devastating effects on health.

X-rays, which are mostly unnecessary, damage DNA and cellular machinery and have been cited as essential cofactors in 60 percent of cancers and 70 percent of heart disease. Vaccinations have been cited as “a medical assault on the immune system.” Perhaps the greatest blunder of all has been antibiotics. Antibiotics fundamentally alter body chemistry, causing disease of every description.

Antibiotics alter the microbial balance in the gastrointestinal tract, leading to a cascade of events with devastating effects. The gastrointestinal tract functions both as a brain and as a master endocrine gland that controls the immune system. Changing the balance of microorganisms in the gut alters its chemistry, affecting both the nervous and the immune systems. The resulting malfunctions are largely responsible for our epidemic of neurodegenerative disorders (Alzheimer’s, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, etc.) and immune disease (allergies, asthma, arthritis, lupus, AIDS, etc.). Abnormal gut flora contributes to cellular deficiency by inhibiting digestion and the production of critical nutrients, and by causing malabsorption. It contributes to toxicity through the production of abnormal bacterial and fungal endotoxins. These toxins interfere with protein synthesis and the production of energy, causing fatigue and ultimately increasing cell death. Since antibiotics are almost completely unnecessary, there being safer and better alternatives, it makes sense to avoid them. How easy it is!

Knowing that disease is the result of malfunctioning cells and understanding what makes them malfunction gives us the power to prevent and reverse disease. By paying attention to providing our cells with what they need, avoiding toxins, and living a good lifestyle, we can put an end to our epidemic of chronic disease. Begin today to make these changes, and you will go beyond health as you know it.

Raymond Francis is an M.I.T.-trained scientist, a registered nutrition consultant, author of Never Be Sick Again and Never Be Fat Again, host of the Beyond Health Show, Chairman of the The Project to End Disease and an internationally recognized leader in the field of optimal health maintenance.

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The 11 Most Significant Factors Guaranteed To Depress Your Immune System

The 11 Most Significant Factors Guaranteed To Depress Your Immune System

by MAE CHAN

From our environment, to our food, medicine and lifestyle, we are surrounded by things that depress our immune system. Knowing the culprits can make a big difference in how long and how often you encounter illness.

1. Sugar

Sucrose suppresses the immune system, leads to weight gain and leaches precious minerals from your body. Even in small amounts, sugar is detrimental to your health. Eating or drinking 100 grams (8 tbsp.) of sugar, the equivalent of about two cans of soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by forty percent. The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours. In contrast, the ingestion of complex carbohydrates, or starches, has no effect on the immune system. It plays significant effect on your hormones, throwing your body out of balance and into a state of biochemical chaos. If you eat sugar, morning, noon and night, your body is always in this state of chaos leading to disease. Furthermore, sugar is actually an anti-nutrient, meaning that it leaches nutrients from your body! Because certain nutrients are removed from sugar in the refining process, your body cannot process it. So, it leaches minerals from your body to attach to the refined sugar molecules in order to move the sugar through your body.

2. Lack of Sleep

You may have noticed you’re more likely to catch a cold or other infection when you’re not getting enough sleep. Not getting enough sleep can lead to higher levels of a stress hormone. It may also lead to more inflammation in your body. Although researchers aren’t exactly sure how sleep boosts the immune system, it’s clear that getting enough usually at least 7 hours for an adult — is one key for good health. Lack of sleep also effects the secretion of melatonin.Melatonin is a powerful hydroxyl radical scavenger, and is more than twice as effective as vitamin E at scavenging peroxyl radicals.

3. Vaccines

Contrary to the advice of medical professionals, vaccines hamper the immune system and do not enhance it. Vaccines contain many chemicals and heavy metals, like mercury and aluminum, which are in-themselves immuno-suppressing. Mercury actually causes changes in the lymphocyte activity and decreases lymphocyte viability. Vaccines also alter our t-cell helper/suppressor ratios … just like those seen with AIDS. This ratio is a key indicator of a proper functioning immune system. They suppress our immunity merely buy over-taxing our immune system with foreign material, heavy metals, pathogens and viruses. The heavy metals slow down our immune system, while the viruses set up shop to grow and divide. It is like being chained and handcuffed before swimming.

4. Drugs

More research on hundreds of different drugs are suggesting that the they increase a person’s susceptibility to infection by crippling immune function. Researchers found that certain people taking antibiotics had reduced levels of cytokines — the hormone messengers of the immune system. Many medications counter the synergistic effects of immune cells which network with tissues and organs that work together to defend the body against disease, infection and viruses. Most medications also contain a high level of specific toxins which inhibit good bacteria in the gut which a prime source of immunity in human beings. Consequently, long-term use is associated with a greater frequency of infections and longer durations in those who consume them.

5. Alcohol

Alcohol is known to cause long-term serious consequences for a persons body and mind. Drinking a couple of glasses of wine each day has generally been considered a good way to promote cardiovascular and brain health. But a Rutgers University study indicated that its still a risky behavior that can decrease the making of adult brain cells by as much as 40 percent. Alcohol also impedes the ability of the immune system to fight infection and disease. Excessive alcohol consumption or long term alcohol abuse can lead to immune deficiency in two ways — nutritional deficiency and reducing white blood cells. Alcohol impairs the normal digestion of nutrients due to damage caused to the cells in the digestive tract and by interfering with the secretion of enzymes needed for digestion. Alcohol can also impede the ability of the liver to store important vitamins.

6. Refined Grains

Refined grains, such as white flour, instant rice, enriched pasta, and many types of fast food contain few nutrients and little fiber compared to the natural whole grains they are derived from. Prolonged and excessive consumption of refined grains and highly processed foods containing pesticides, chemical additives, and preservatives can weaken the immune system and make you vulnerable to developing chronic conditions. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria is significantly hampered for up to 5 hours after eating 100 gm of processed foods. Our modern diet of processed foods, takeaways and microwave meals could be to blame for a sharp increase in autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, including alopecia, asthma and eczema.

7. Chronic Stress

Mild stress can be a very a good thing for the body. The way we manage, react and deal with stress is the most significant factor in how stress affects our body. Many people ignore stress but it has a major influence on our immune system. Chronic stress — caused by stressful situations or events that last over a long period of time — raises cortisol levels of the body which decreases the production of ‘good’ prostaglandins. Chronic stress can make you more susceptible to colds and the flu, as well as more serious health problems like heart disease, diabetes and other diseases. By practicing stress-reducing activities like yoga, meditation and laughter, you can keep your body from going into chronic stress mode.

8. Lack of Vitamin D

When vitamin D binds to specific receptors, it sets off a chain of events by which many toxic pathogens and agents including cancer cells are rendered harmless. However, if there is not enough vitamin D the system can become overwhelmed and disease can develop. It’s one of the reasons that people living closest to the equator have a much lower incidence (or absence) of the common cold and disease in general which generally increase in locations further from the equator. Although vitamin D can be obtained from limited dietary sources, it is the directly exposure from the sun during the spring and summer months where we get the highest amounts of absorbable levels of the sunshine vitamin. Just 30 minutes exposing your torso to the sun in warmer months is equivalent to roughly 10,000 units (UI) of vitamin D.

9. Dehydration

Chronic dehydration can have a variety of different affects on chronic diseases. Some evidence indicates that dehydration may be related to susceptibility to specific cancers. It is vital to maintain a good level of hydration to assist in eliminating byproducts of any illness and help the immune system fight off infection. Dehydration can affect your energy and your sleep, and the ability to get toxins/waste material out of the body.

10. Anxiety and Fear

All negative emotions release something that can affect the functions of the body. Holding negative feelings too long can wear out the immune system and as a result, cortisol levels will increase dramatically. The dangers of modern life have a stranglehold on people’s imaginations. Sociologists call the phenomenon a risk society, describing cultures increasingly preoccupied with threats to safety, both real and perceived, but most definitely imagined. Fear creates a sense of urgency in the body and stimulates the sympathetic system to react. This signals defects causing infections pathogenetic mechanisms. Anxiety and fear influence the entire state of the body, hormonal levels and the way our immune cells are able to defend us.

11. Food Industry Additives and Toxins

Food industry additives and colors are one major cause of ADHD, asthma, cancer and many other disease creating a toxic environment for our health. Every year, food manufacturers pour 15 million pounds of artificial food dyes into U.S. foods — and that amount only factors in eight different varieties, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). In addition to considerations of organ damage, cancer, birth defects, and allergic reactions, mixtures of industry food toxins cause autoimmune disease.

Sources:
askdrsears.com
preventdisease.com
webmd.com
mayoclinic.org

Mae Chan holds degrees in both physiology and nutritional sciences. She is also blogger and and technology enthusiast with a passion for disseminating information about health.

Note From Rhonda: One of the very best ways to strengthen your immune system is by drinking Kangen high antioxidant, alkaline, micro clustered water.  It’s been proven that your body can heal itself if you are slightly alkaline and remember, your body is 75% water.  To learn more, request a FREE eBook at www.usakangenwater.net