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4 Unexpected Reasons To Eat Celery Now

If you’re like most Americans, you have no grand love affair with celery.

Yes, you know it’s good for you, as all vegetables are good for you.

But the specifics on why celery is “good for your heath” might elude you.

Fact is there’s quite a bit of untold goodness when it comes to celery. And there’s plenty of science to back up the advice to keep on eating this juicy vegetable.

We know now celery is capable of helping you

  • Enhance your immune system
  • Digest food better
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Lose weight

And here’s how celery accomplishes this.

4 Benefits of Celery

1. Enhances the immune system: Celery contains special nutritive compounds that are actually anti-microbial. This means in the presence of these compounds bacteria are unable to replicate and have trouble growing. How do we know this?  In 2009 the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology performed a study that proved both celery seed and celery plant observed the anti-microbial effect of these compounds.

Their research led them to conclude celery is a natural immune enhancer.

2. Aids digestion: Dr. Axe observes how celery can help both with digestion as well as bloating.

He writes:

Celery seeds contain an odorless and oily compound known as NBP that has a diuretic effect and helps the body to detox. In studies involving rats, urine volume was significantly greater when rats were given celery extract compared to a control group. (6)

The digestive benefits of celery are partly due to its diuretic effect. This could also be one of the possible anti-hypertensive mechanisms of celery seeds that helps to lower blood pressure. Because it improves circulation within the intestines, it’s also useful for improving digestion by helping to relieve bloating and puffiness from water retention.

3. Lowers inflammation: Associated with the same group of compounds that help celery fight infection are antioxidants which reduce the chances of developing diseases associated with chronic inflammation.

Included in this list are polysaccharides and flavonoid and polyphenol antioxidants that have been shown to scavenge for free-radials and neutralized them.

Dr. Axe writes:

Researchers have identified over a dozen different types of antioxidants that are responsible for the benefits of celery — these include such phenolic acids as caffeic acid and ferulic acid, plus flavaols like quecetin. This makes celery useful for treating a wide range of conditions that are made worse by inflammation: joint pain (such as from arthritis), gout, kidney and liver infections, skin disorders, irritable bowel syndrome and urinary tract infections, just to name a few.

4: Weight Loss: This is one of the more enticing reasons to eat celery. The reason celery can help with weight loss is because it contains nutrients aiding in the metabolism of lipids (fats). Despite what you might believe, celery is anything but “empty.”

It is quite nutrient dense as it has electrolytes, vitamins, and minerals which all aid in ideal health.  As it is full of fiber, it can also help you eliminate excess food matter from the intestines which is helpful for losing weight quickly.

Point blank, celery is good for you.

But don’t think that gives you a license to enjoy it with all the peanut butter and blue cheese you want.

 

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Aging
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How a New Drug Made Bones Stronger, But Increased the Number of Fractures?

On April 13 the Journal of American Medicine published a study showing researchers who administered a drug known as Reclast to help strengthen the bones of elderly women noted fractures actually increased.

Dr. Susan Greenspan, a professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh was the author of the study.

In her research she said “Two surprising findings emerged.”

First it was able to improve bone strength, both in the bones of the old women they gave the drug too as well as more robust seniors. Secondly there was no correlation between these seemingly stronger bones and the number of fractures the subject acquired.

Greenspan said “We first wanted to see if frail elders could even tolerate such treatment, and whether it would improve bone density. However, we had expected to see a positive trend of fewer fractures. But if anything, there were more fractures in the treatment group.”

She did counter “that could well be just a chance finding.”

The truth is pharmaceuticals don’t always work the way they’re intended.

The truth is we know that one of the best ways to protect bones is not through the use of pharmaceutical drugs, but by operating within a strict diet that contains all of the required components for stronger bones.

What one researcher was able to show was when the body was deficient in Vitamin K2, osteoporosis was more likely to be encountered.

Part of the reason is because Vitamin K2 is absolutely essential for several processes that draw calcium out of the blood and into the bone and teeth where they belong.

It’s also been shown to help to reduce the incidences of coronary heart disease because it pulls the same calcium out of the blood preventing arterial calcification.

It’s important to note that in many cases the reliance on drugs to treat a health problem is too little too late.

It’s not to say they aren’t helpful.

But working to prevent problems from the get-go is generally a more advisable treatment regimen to pursue.

 

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Aging, Diet, Foods
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The Most Studied Nutritional Supplement You’ve Never Heard Of…

If it wasn’t for this nutritional supplement the polio vaccine would have never been discovered.

And a top medical anthropologist by the name of John Heinerman, PhD said that without this substance we wouldn’t exist.

It’s also reputed to be one of the most studied, if not the most studied nutritional substance in all of supplementdom.

And you’ve likely never heard of it.

Known as colostrum, this substance is only found in the milk of mammals shortly after they give birth.  Hence its nickname of “first milk”

The exciting news about colostrum is there are a wealth of studies that point to its use as being sort of a cure-all for a number of conditions and disease.

It is known to help with the following:

  • Anti-Aging
  • Increased athletic performance
  • Improve symptoms of leaky gut
  • Aids digestion
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Improves the immune system

And much more.

But what makes it so special in the first place?

The truth is colostrum is so incredibly important for the growth and development of all mammals that without consuming it in the first few days, to weeks of existence, all infants would die.

The reason colostrum is so beneficial is because it passes on much-needed antibodies and proteins essential for the growth of infants.

As sovereign laboratories  writes:

As our first food it provides the infant with the ability to ward off and fight infection of all types,[7] helps stimulate lean muscle, bone, brain and nerve cellular growth and development. It stimulates epithelium cell growth in our intestines to close stomach and intestinal openings that are there at birth to allow colostrum’s components to reach all of our body structures to enhance growth and create perfect health.[8]

Colostrum readies the body for nutrition and helps populate the bowel with healthy flora and fauna and enhances their growth and colonization.[9] It stimulates the body to utilize stored and ingested fat for fuel, and stops catabolism (the use of our own muscle tissue for fuel between meals) so we can grow strong and obtain radiant health.[10]

How many times do we see breastfed newborns with their perfect skin and incredible health and wonder at the process that colostrum and mother’s milk delivers.

And yet you likely have never heard about it until now.

The reason has nothing to do with a grand conspiracy.

It’s more that until recently it hadn’t been isolated for sale as a supplement.

Only within the past few years when it was discovered as a great supplement to help heal Leaky Gut did it really begin to become popular.

It’s also believed that you will begin to see more and more about colostrum and its health benefits in the near future.

To discover more about the effectiveness of colostrum visit  www.pubmed.gov and search colostrum, bovine colostrum, immunoglobulin, cytokines, interleukin, Lactoferrin or any of the other components of colostrum.

You will find a great collection of peer reviewed studies that help support many of the claims surrounding colostrum, and will hopefully turn you into a colostrum user yourself.

By the way, it is perfectly compatible with anyone with a dairy allergy as it contains neither casein, or lactose.

As always, consult a physician before taking this, or any other nutritional supplement.

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If You Have Stomach Troubles Knowing What FODMAPS Is Could Help

You’ve likely never heard of FODMAPS.

Chances are you will in the near future, and that’s because FODMAPS is the new “Gluten Free.” Or it could be.

The reason the Gluten Free diet exploded in popularity is because many people who switched to it began to feel better.

Their symptoms of bloating, gas, diarrhea, mind fog, etc. began to go away.

But this wasn’t true of all people who went gluten free.

Some ditched the gluten and still felt terrible, and they didn’t know why.

The reason might be they have a reaction to FODMAPs.

FODMAPs stands stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These are sugars (fructans) and fibers the body has a tough time digesting. So it’s not just gluten that can cause the symptoms so many Americans deal with.

FODMAPs was discovered by a physician named Sue Shepard who herself was a sufferer of gluten intolerance.

As she said in an interview with Yahoo News.

“Exciting research shows that it may have been the fructans (sugars/fibers) all along that were triggers for symptoms in non-celiac gluten-sensitive patients,” Shepherd told Yahoo Food. “The scenario is possible when you think about it. People felt some improvement eating gluten-free foods, so assumed it was gluten that was the problem – but by restricting gluten, a person has actually simultaneously restricted some of their fructan intake when avoiding wheat, rye and barley,”

What that means for you (if you went gluten free and still feel bad) is the foods you eat in addition to gluten can be contributing to your ill health.

That means to get rid of the maladies associated with IBS, a reduction in foods containing FODMAPs can be key.

So how do you know if your foods are high in FODMAPs or not?

There are several ways, but the most important is going to websites like IBSDiets.org

On websites like that you can see which foods are high FODMAPs (not good for gut health) and low FODMAPs (acceptable to be eaten for gut health.

And some of the good news about the FODMAPs diet is it doesn’t require an entire adjustment to your diet.

As Yahoo News Notes the diet isn’t permanent like a gluten free diet:

Education is key to getting and maintaining relief, since there are major misconceptions about the diet. Shepherd said the biggest one is that people think it’s permanent one-step elimination. “Each individual has a different tolerance for the amount of FODMAPs they can ingest before getting symptoms, and sensitivity triggers also differ for each person,” she said. So while some foods on the list may bother your stomach, others may not.

The two-part process starts by completely cutting the FODMAP list of foods out of your diet for two months. “This first strict phase isn’t encouraged for the long-term – it’s only meant to be an eight-week restriction,” Shepherd said. Then, FODMAP-containing foods are introduced back into the diet to see what can be tolerated without symptoms arising again.

This is great news if you want to find out the exact foods that are killing your gut.

Shepard reasons that as many as 75% of people who go low FODMAP start to feel better.

That’s a good as reason as any to try it out.

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Disease
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Most Vegetarian Sources of Omega-3 Stink, Except This One

While nearly everyone seems to know about the importance of Omega-3s in the diet, most people don’t really know which ones they should be eating.

The American Heart Association makes it pretty clear. The first and foremost Omega-3s you should be eating are from fish sources.

In a statement in 2012 they noted:

 

Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown in epidemiological and clinical trials to reduce the incidence of CVD (cardiovascular disease) Evidence from prospective secondary prevention studies suggests that EPA+DHA supplementation ranging from 0.5 to 1.8g/d (either as fatty fish or supplements) significantly reduced subsequent cardiac and all-cause mortality.

In addition, they also noted omega-3s are helpful with the following health benefits

  • decrease triglycerides
  • lower blood pressure
  • improve cholesterol by increasing HDL and decreasing LDL,
  • improve endothelial function
  • reduce blood clotting
  • decrease stroke and heart failure risk
  • reduce cardiac arrhythmias
  • reduce inflammation that can damage artery lining that can lead to atherosclerosis.

But then JAMA did a study and questioned whether Omega-3s are helpful for heart health.

What was later discovered (by the AHA) is what’s most important is how well the body absorbs Omega-3s.

Which means for anyone who depends on plant sources of Omega-3s they might be in for a rude awakening.

Omega-3s are made of 3 different fatty acid chains. Medium length chains known as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and then the longer chain fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

The only known health benefits come from EPA and DHA.

Conversely your body doesn’t benefit from ALA consumption, which is the main type of Omega-3 found in almost all plant foods.

That means if you’re turning to plants like Walnuts, flax, chia, pumpkin seeds, hemp, etc. for your Omega-3 you might not be doing your body a lick of good.

You see, your body is not able to synthesize Omega-3s on its own which means you have to get it from dietary sources.

And vegetable sources don’t work (for the most part).

The most plentiful source is going to come from animal sources like:

  • Fish
  • Pasture Raised Chicken Eggs
  • Wild Game

And if you can’t find these in abundance you can always turn to supplements to get what you need.

But what if you’re a vegetarian or a vegan who doesn’t want to rely on animal based products to supplement? What then are you left to do?

The answer is turn to the plant sources fish eat.

In particular algae and phytoplankton.

If you want, you can try eating what you can from the sea.

That’s a pretty tough task to accomplish.

If you wan to go the supplement route instead then consider getting natural supplements that use algae and phytoplankton to create Omega-3s.

With these products you’re getting the EPA and DHA you need for superior health while also eliminating the use of any animal based product.

Regardlesss of whether you’re a vegetarian or not, most people have included in their diet one plant food that’s harmful to their health

Curious what it might be?

Click here to see Which plant food HARMS your metabolism & heart (caused heart attacks in New Zealand study)

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Disease, Health Studies, Natural Remedies
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Why Being Optimistic Could Save Your Life

In the realm of medicine, observational studies show how one condition can be correlated to another condition.

One of the more encouraging observational studies to make the news is how optimism can actually have a beneficial boost on your health.

At least that’s what’s been shown by more than a handful of studies.

What researchers have been able to determine is those who are optimistic generally have better health than those who aren’t. In particular they’ve been able to notice that their hearts and their immune systems work in an enhanced function comparatively

Scott Barry who writes for Scientific American wrote an article about these associations.

What he noted is quite enlightening.

He writes:

This conception is important because optimism is particularly associated with positive immunological functioning and health. A 2012 review conducted by Julia Boehm and Laura Kubzansky concluded that in healthy populations, “optimism and vitality are consistently associated with reduced risk of incident cardiovascular events.” In fact, across both healthy and patient populations, optimism was “the most reliably associated with a reduced risk of cardiac events.

The association gives people yet another reason to practice optimism.

So how exactly does it work to promote heart health.

Well the one thing we know is it isn’t optimism that makes people’s hearts healthy, but what optimism foes for their mind and their body.

What was noted in those studies is that optimistic people are less likely to engage in risky practices likes smoking, drinking excessively, maintaining a poor diet etc.

By following through with those practices it gives both their body, as well as their heart, a chance to live without added stress that can contribute to cardiovascular disease.

But again, optimism isn’t what causes a healthy heart

As Barry wrote

As this review (which includes 10 studies) suggests, the link between optimism and a healthy heart is real and robust. But this is just an association. This research doesn’t mean that optimism causes a healthy heart. It’s possible that being healthy causes people to be more optimistic. Or even another variable might be at play here that causes both optimism and a healthy heart to be related. While there is increasing evidence that high well-being does cause better health and longevity, we definitely need more research that follows people up over a long period of time and looks at the precise mechanisms that cause these factors to be related.

What we know about cardiovascular health is for most people their hearts are affected by the food they eat.

And what most people don’t know is there’s a popular food that can really hurt their heart.

Some people even think it’s healthy…

Not sure what it is?

CLICK HERE to see The Plant Food that HARMS Your Metabolism & Heart (Caused Heart Attacks in New Zealand Study)

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Evidence Shows This Common Beverage Can Help Fight Cancer

What you may or may not know is what you drink can have a pretty significant affect on your health.

What researchers have found is there’s a particular drink, an ancient beverage, that’s quite adept at helping improve health in a really big way.

The beverage in question is green tea.

The reason green tea is receiving so much love from researchers is because of a group of flavonoids called catechins.

In particular is the catechin known as Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). EGCG is an antioxidant, and as you know antioxidants have the extraordinary power to fight free radicals and resist cancer.

Now in terms of antioxidant power it’s believed that EGCG is anywhere from 25 to 100 times more powerful than other antioxidants like Vitamins C and E.

And what makes green tea so special is it has some of the highest concentrations of EGCG in the world.

Which makes green tea of one of the most potent natural cancer fighters known to man.

Dr. Mercola writes:

In a study examining the effects of green tea or green tea components on the prevention and progression of ovarian cancer cells, scientists found “significant associations” between green tea consumption and decreased incidences of ovarian cancer, as well as more positive prognoses due to green tea’s potential to generate the effects of cisplatin, a chemotherapeutic agent.1 Another study reported its potential to protect against breast cancer.2

Scientists reported that the known chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic properties in green tea was prompting further investigation, due to the evidence of possible preventive biological effects of tea polyphenols on human cancer cells.3

One interesting study showed a notable link between green tea consumption and an improvement in bladder dysfunction due to hormone deficiency in post-menopausal women.4 The research attributed this to the catechin content, with its strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

And the truth is there’s quite more evidence to show how good green-tea is for fighting cancer.

For instance one study was able to show that women who drank green tea on a regular basis were up to 22% less likely to develop the most common cancer known to women, breast cancer.

And another study indicated when men drank green tea they had a 48% reduction in the likelihood they would develop the most prevalent  mens’ cancer, prostate cancer. That’s a remarkable reduction of nearly half.

More astonishing? In a study of 69,710 Chinese it was shown that green tea consumption has helped to reduce colo-rectal cancers by as much a 57%!

These numbers are nothing to sneeze at.

And more amazing is how EGCG doesn’t just stop there.

In fact the antioxidants is believed to help with:

  • Weight loss
  • Brain function improvement
  • Cardiovascular disease reduction
  • Impeding the development of Type-II diabetes

And much more.

The few caveats to green tea consumption is it should always be consumed separate from added sugar. And, the higher quality the better, as lower quality green tea has high e=levels of dangerous fluoride.

If you are going to add green tea to your diet one of the first things you should do is make sure you have a healthy gut.

A healthy gut allows you to experience the best of health, as well as extract the nutrients from green tea.

CLICK HERE to Discover an Important Health Warning about Gut Parasites You Likely Have

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Health Studies, Natural Remedies
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The Hidden and Deadly Dangers of America’s Most Common Pain Killer

Odds are you have some of this in a medicine cabinet at this very moment.

And whether you realize it or not, every dose you take, or hand out to loved ones, could be potentially life threatening.

The drug in question is acetaminophen.

You might know it by its brand name of Tylenol.

Whatever you call it, this drug is one of the most problematic in the world. Mainly because of its pervasiveness as well as the wealth of misinformation surrounding it.

The reason acetaminophen is so dangerous is because it can quickly cause liver failure. Even small amounts are enough to cause immense amounts of harm.

PBS notes:

“Taken over several days, as little as 25 percent above the maximum daily dose – or just two additional extra strength pills a day – has been reported to cause liver damage, according to the [Food and Drug Administration]. Taken all at once, a little less than four times the maximum daily dose can cause death…

Warnings on liver damage were added to the drug’s label in 2009 by the FDA, 32 years after an expert panel convened by the agency advised it was ‘obligatory’ to do so. The recommendation was a part of a broader safety review of acetaminophen, which the report says has not yet been completed.”

 

A large number of the people who die from liver failure as a result of acetaminophen poisoning do so in what’s known as a “staged overdose.”

Staged overdoses are often more deadly than a single time overdose because the consumer has used acetaminophen for so long that it has virtually destroyed the livers ability to function any longer.

That’s why part of the problem is balanced on the shoulders of the consumer.

Here’s how a staged overdose happens.

Many consumers will take more than one acetaminophen containing drug at a time, despite the significant danger.

Frequently they’ll be taking one medication for one ailment, and another for a different ailment.

Over time the use of the drug will have adverse effects on the liver as the organ is subjected to a constant overload of acetaminophen which will eventually cause severe liver damage.

And that damage can eventually result in death.

Despite the FDA’s knowledge of the harm associated with acetaminophen, very little has been done to help keep people safe from this drug.

A recent recommendation was made to have all manufacturer’s to reduce the amount contained in “extra-strength” to 325mg, down from 500 mg.

It’s not mandatory and less than 50% of manufacturer’s have complied.

The real responsibility lies on health practitioners to inform their patients of the dangers associated with acetaminophen.

And many have.

They have stressed that people should begin to shy away from using acetaminophen for every ache and pain. And many have told their patients matter of factly if they would change their diet and their lifestyle, they wouldn’t need to worry about the aches and pains they always deal with anyways.

If that sounds like something you could benefit from the link below might be of some use to you.

CLICK HERE to See the Surprisingly Simple Way to Turn Your Health Around

 

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What Scientists Got Wrong about Red Meat’s Affect On Your Health

For some time scientists have been saying if your diet is high in red meat the chances are high you’re going to get sick and die.

The verbiage wasn’t quite that simple, but it’s pretty much the basic gyst of things.

According to many reports, the associations between red meat and cancer were consistent. But then scientists went back to look at the data and came away with a different set of conclusions.

Red meat actually isn’t harmful.

According to the Mayo clinic: “Red meat. About 100 grams (roughly the size of a deck of cards) a day was not associated with a higher risk for heart disease and only a slightly higher (but not statistically significant) risk for diabetes.”

And Eating well noted

In a new Australian study, women who reported eating 1 to 2 ounces of beef or lamb a day were half as likely to have major depression or anxiety disorder compared to those who ate less than 1 ounce daily. That may be because beef and lamb in Australia are typically grass-fed, “which means their meat is higher in omega-3 fatty acids, which appear to be protective against anxiety and depression,” says lead author Felice Jacka, Ph.D., of Deakin University’s School of Medicine.

In fact, there are 3 other reasons red meat is far healthier than they could have imagined.

  1. Contains High Levels of Vitamin B-12: Unlike a plant based diet, Red meat actually contains vitamin B-12 which is essential for the healthy function of the human body. Vitamin B-12 is required in the methylation process, and the methylation process is absolutely essential for proper regulation of many of your body’s natural functions.Without B-12 you could begin to develop a series of problems including Pulmonary Embolism, Addictive Behavior, Insomnia, Autism,  Down’s syndrome, Frequent miscarriages, Bipolar or Manic Depression, Atherosclerosis or more.

    Red meat is one of the best sources of B-12 on the planet. It’s a nutrient that’s very difficult to get from plant sources, and to get B-12 from vegetables would require pounds upon pounds of plant food a day.

  2. Has Vitamin K2: Vitamin K2 is another vitamin that you simply can’t get from plants. And it’s one of the most important vitamins for the the development of bones as well as to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.Vitamin K2 works with Vitamin D as well as calcium and magnesium to help ensure that bones grow effectively.  It also has been shown to help fight inflammation as well as works to keep your brain healthy.
  3. Is High in Omega-3s: As noted in the Australian study, red meat (grass fed) is very high in Omega-3s. Much more so than conventionally grown meat. The other caveat to this is Omega-3s found in meat are the best kind of Omega-3s for the human body.Plant sources of Omega-3 contain ALA (alpha linoleic acid) which can’t be used all that effectively by your body. On the other hand, the type of Omega-3s found in red meat (and fish) are DHA/EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid). This form of Omega-3 is the kind your body uses to help fight inflammation, protect your heart, and boost brain activity.

    Your body cannot convert ALA to DHA/EPA with effectiveness, so it must get it from animals that do. And red meat is the right answer.

Now all of this being said, there are some problems with red meat.

This is where scientists got it right.

When red meat comes from conventional farming methods it is high in inflammatory fats like Omega-6. These fats can cause inflammation in the body which could potentially cause cancer, heart disease, and other health problems.

Likewise animals that have been treated with hormones and antibiotics can transfer those chemicals into you body which can also create problems.

But if you eat read meat, have a healthy diet high in vegetables, and stay away from fake processed foods you should be fine.

One thing you might not understand is there’s a particular “health food” that actually isn’t all that healthy at all.

CLICK HERE This plant food HARMS your metabolism & heart (caused heart attacks in New Zealand study)

 

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