Category : Diet

Diet, Digestion, Foods, Natural Cures
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Can Rotten Food Heal Your Upset Stomach?

15049370_sOne of the most under-diagnosed conditions in the United States is leaky gut.

Leaky gut, otherwise known as intestinal permeability, occurs when food and medicines ingested over the course of time begin to degrade the lining of the walls of the intestine.

What happens then is undigested food proteins are allowed to transfer into the bloodstream which results in both inflammatory responses as well as autoimmune responses. Leaky gut can ultimately result in the formation of autoimmune conditions and chronic disease which can severely reduce your quality of life.

Not to mention leaky gut is one of the main causes of upset stomach that millions of Americans deal with on a daily basis.

So how do you cure leaky gut.

Well, aside from eliminating the consumption of foods in the Standard American Diet (SAD), you can also include fermented foods in your diet.

So what is fermented food?

According to Katie of WellnessMama.com

Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactofermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics.

Natural fermentation of foods has also been shown to preserve nutrients in food and break the food down to a more digestible form. This, along with the bevy of probiotics created during the fermentation process, could explain the link between consumption of fermented foods and improved digestion.

Cultures around the world have been eating fermented foods for years, from Sauerkraut in Germany to Kimchi in Korea and everywhere in between. Studies have even shown the link between probiotic rich foods and overall health (PDF). Sadly, with the advances in technology and food preparation, these time-honored traditional foods have been largely lost in our society.

As you noticed, Katie mentioned that fermented foods contain probiotics.

Probiotics are bacteria that help in the digestive process.

They also help to keep harmful bacteria in check.

As long as you there are more helpful bacteria in your gut than harmful ones, your health won’t be affected negatively.

As soon as the balance shifts in the direction of harmful bacteria that’s when leaky gut can set in.

And fermented foods contain billions upon billions of these probiotics.

That’s why if you manage to eliminate foods from the SAD diet (corn, soy, wheat, dairy, beans, GMOs) and add fermented foods (kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, pickles, kefir) you’ll find upset stomachs are soon a thing of the past.

The only thing you need to keep in mind is that while fermented foods contain a number of healthy bacteria, there are a few much needed strains they don’t have.

CLICK HERE to Learn More about Essential Probiotics You Need in Your Diet

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Degenerative Diseases, Diet, Digestion, Immune System
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America’s New #1 Killer?

13683570_sWhen people think of natural killers, they think of cancer, and heart disease, and other similar conditions.

If that’s what you automatically think of when you think of serious health conditions, then you’re correct to assume they’re pretty dangerous.

But surprisingly the main culprit for most of these disease might be something you’ve never even thought of, much less heard of.

And in in all likelihood since this condition leads to many of these common health conditions, it might be safe to call it America’s #1 killer.

The culprit here is Leaky Gut.

Leaky gut (or intestinal permeability) is more than likely one of the leading causes of the large majority of health conditions seen in the U.S.

Part of the reason is the Standard American Diet (SAD) is detrimental to the body’s intestinal system. By eating food that your body wasn’t designed to handle your body will then develop diseases that can often be fatal.

Think of what would happen if you put rocks in your car’s gas tank.

That’s leaky gut in a nutshell.

Now here’s how leaky gut affects your health.

When you eat food, the food is digested and then passed into your intestinal tract for the extraction of nutrients. As food moves through your intestines, only wholly digested proteins are meant to move through your body’s intestinal lining into the blood stream.

But what happens when you eat a SAD, is undigested food begins to pass through the intestinal lining. This can trigger two very harmful effects, inflammation and an autoimmune response (where your body attacks its own tissues). Both inflammation and auto-immune responses can have catastrophic affects on your health.

Take a look at the conditions that inflammation alone can produce in the body.

  • Asthma
  • Acne
  • Heart Disease
  • Chron’s Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cognitive Heart Failure
  • Lupus
  • Stroke
  • Gall Bladder Disease

And a lot more.
Autoimmune conditions include:

  • Addison’s disease
  • Celiac disease – sprue (gluten-sensitive enteropathy)
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Graves’ disease
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sjogren syndrome
  • Type I diabetes

And typically all of these conditions are caused by leaky gut.

So how exactly does leaky gut begin?

First it has everything to do with what kind of foods are eaten. Food like gluten, beans, soy, any kind of sugar, corn, dairy, and anything artificial begin to erode the lining of the intestines. As this happens holes begin to emerge. These holes eventually allow for food material to pass into your blood stream

The result as already explain is both inflammation and auto-immune disorders begin to develop.

Additionally, leaky gut can be caused by the use of antibiotics (which kill healthy gut bacteria) and the use of NSAIDs (ibuprofen) which create an environment where acids and enzymes can eat through your intestinal walls.

The truth is adjusting your diet to where you avoid all off the aforementioned foods, as well as staying away from most medicines, can help fix a leaky gut.

When the gut is repaired, then the chances of developing many of the more common diseases of civilization that kill so many are severely reduced.

One of the easiest ways to fix leaky gut is to adjust diet.

But if you’ve tried to adjust your diet and still have symptoms associated with leaky gut (“Headache, brain fog, Rashes, hives, and skin problems, gas bloating and gastrointestinal problems”) then you might need to fix your gut flora.

CLICK HERE to See if You’re Living with a Common Parasite That Could Be Wrecking Your Gut Health

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Cancer, Degenerative Diseases, Diet, Joint Pain
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This Powerful Root is One of the Most Potent Foods Known to Man

8554525_sIt is well known and well documented that plant based nutrition is on par, if not superior to, drugs created by mankind. But even amongst the natural, alternative remedies in the world there are a few stellar “superstars.”

One such superstar is Turmeric root.

Turmeric is actually a popular spice used in curries across Asia. Responsible for the distinct yellow/orange color, turmeric’s deep yellow oxide hue is an indication of the powerful nutritional properties contained within.

So what’s so special about Turmeric root?

Turmeric contains Curcumin, which is one of the most potent anti-inflammatory agents known to man, natural or not.

As chronic inflammation is known to cause many of the chronic, degenerative diseases seen in the western world, any amount of natural anti-inflammatory agents added into your diet are going to be wonderful at helping to prevent the eventual onset of diseases.

By adding curcumin into your diet you can safely fend off disease such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis, cancer, metabolic syndrome, and a host of other conditions.

The way in which Curcumin works are several fold:

1. Curcumin fights inflammation by blocking NF-kB.

This molecule is known to travel inside of cell nuclei and then “switch on” the genes related to inflammation. Many experts agree that NF-kB plays a major role in chronic diseases.

2. Curcumin acts as a powerful anti-oxidant.

As oxidative damage is known to be one of the primary mechanisms for creating disease such as cancer, etc. anything you can add into your diet that helps to fight the occurrence of free radical formation (which occurs during oxidization) is going to be to the benefit of your health.

Curcumin’s chemical composition allows it to neutralize free radicals as they move through the body.

Additionally, the substrate of curcumin’s chemical make-up also allows it to fight synergistically with the body’s own antioxidant enzymes as well, essentially helping to boost your body’s free radical fighting power.

Very few substances in the natural world work so harmoniously with the body as curcumin does.

3. Curcumin works to boost the brain’s performance ability.

Curcumin has been observed in some studies to increase one of the brain’s essential growth hormones. Working in the brain to boost Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), Curcumin can actually help to improve function inside of the brain.

The exact mechanism by which this happens is still unknown. But the conclusion researchers are making is that with curcumin at work in the brain, brain diseases and age-related decreases in brain function can be reversed.

Though scientists have yet to decide exactly how this looks inside of the human brain, it is reasonable to assume that as curcumin works to enhance BDNF, it might help you become smarter and improve your memory.

And these are just a handful of benefits provided by curcumin.

Now one thing you should know is that while curcumin is found in Turmeric root, on average, turmeric root is only 3% curcumin by weight. This means that you should seek to supplement your curcumin intake with supplements, which are easy to find and affordable.

Keep this in mind too…

When taking curcumin, it’s also important to take it with a substance known as piperine.

Piperine is found in foods like black pepper, and can also be found in supplements. Studies have showed piperine can increase the absorbption of curcumin by as much as 2000%.

Why to STOP eating whole wheat bread, vegetable oils & these cereals (plus the “side dish” that causes heart attacks)

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Diet, Foods
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3 Foods Americans Eat that Are Banned in Other Countries

IMG_4332.JPGMany Americans consider their health and healthcare to be among the best in the world, but the sad truth is that Americans are perhaps the biggest consumers of processed and artificial foods and ingredients. There are many products in our grocery stores that contain additives or ingredients that are banned in other countries.

Here are 3 examples:

1. Milk and Dairy Products with rBGH
rBGH, or recombinant bovine growth hormone, is a synthetic version of BST – natural bovine somatotropin, which is a hormone that cows produce. This artificially produced hormone is engineered from E. coli bacteria and injected into cows for the purpose of increasing milk production.

However, rBGH is banned in over 30 other countries, including Australia, New Zealand and Canada, because of its health concerns, such as increased risk for colon, prostate and breast cancers.

To avoid rBGH, look for labels that say “rBGH-free” or “No rBGH”.

2. Drinks With Flame Retardent
If you have ever had any citrus flavored sodas or energy drinks such as Mountain Dew, you’re also getting a healthy dose of a substance called BVO, or brominated vegetable oil. BVO was originally used by chemical companies as a flame Retardent.

Banned in Japan and Europe, BVO can accumulate in human tissue and breast milk, and in large doses can cause reproductive and behavioral issues. It can also lead to an iodine deficiency, creating further problems such as skin rashes, acne, loss of appetite, fatigue or even cardiac arrhythmias.

3. Arsenic in chicken
Drugs containing arsenic are approved for use in animal feed in the US. These drugs are used to make animals grow quicker and make their meat appear pinker which leads people to think they are fresher.

These arsenic laced drugs are banned in Europe. While the US FDA’s stance is that these products are safe because the arsenic in it is organic (making it less toxic than the inorganic form, a known carcinogen), studies show that organic arsenic can transform into inorganic arsenic. Supermarket chicken have been found to have elevated levels of inorganic arsenic.

These are just three of many substances found in foods that are eaten daily by millions of Americans. Is it time for the US to wake up and stop allowing potentially dangerous chemicals into our food supply?

See more – Why to STOP eating whole wheat bread, vegetable oils & these cereals (plus the “side dish” that causes heart attacks)

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Diet
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You May Be Eating Black Mold Every Day without Even Knowing It

IMG_4140.JPGBring up the topic of black mold and you will see fear and disgust on people’s faces. Black mold is a particularly insidious form of mold that is very toxic to humans and difficult to eradicate from homes.

Did you know that you might be eating it every day?

Many food products contain citric acid, a harmless sounding ingredient. It is widely used as a preservative to extend shelf life and prevent spoiling. It also enhances savory flavors with it’s acidic and slightly sour taste, and induces cravings by intensifying the other flavors in the food.

Technically, citric acid is a form of vitamin C, so it seems innocuous enough – perhaps even making one imagine citrus fruit and fresh orchards as sources for this chemical.

Unfortunately, the actual picture behind citric acid is a little grimmer and darker. Although citric acid is a naturally occurring substance found in citrus fruits like lemons, oranges and grapefruit, in reality, the citric acid used as a food additive is a hidden genetically modified (GMO) ingredient manufactured using the mold Aspergillus niger that feeds on corn syrup and glucose. It has been known to set off allergenic responses for sensitive consumers.

This process was discovered in the early 1900s by food chemist James Currie and to this day most manufactured citric acid is made through the same method of fermenting mold with GMO corn.

The process is a complicated, technical and often secretive and competitive one, beginning with highly processed corn syrup, moving on to the fermentation process using a genetically modified strain of Aspergillus niger (black mold), which causes the catabolism of glucose sugar by the mold, which then results in secretion of citric acid into the culture broth.

While the FDA has labelled manufactured citric acid as “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS), it may be a good idea to start reading your food labels and finding out more about the potential dangers of this “harmless” food ingredient.

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

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Diet, Foods, Toxins
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When You Find Out What’s in Your Diet Coke You Might Never Drink Another One Again

9141167_sOne thing that recent research has proven is a diet high in sugar has horrible effects on your health.

It’s a sad reality, especially since many of our favorite foods contain sugar. So what many people do to avoid sugar is switch to some low-calorie or zero-sugar “diet” counterparts.

Slam on the breaks before you do that.

The most prevalent low calorie, dietary supplement, is also the world’s most dangerous.

If you don’t already know, Aspartame is the world’s most frequently used artificial sweetener. Owned by the Monsanto company, it’s estimated that 75% of all the negative reactions to food additives are a reaction to Aspartame.

Aspartame is in almost everything. Diet sodas, diet foods, diet candies, gum. It’s nearly impossible to get away from it.

But what about Aspartame is so bad?

First off, every single component of Aspartame has adverse affects on your body’s health. Aspartame is made of Aspartic acid, Phenylaline, and Methanol.

Both Aspartic acid and Phenylalanine are needed for some of the body’s basic functions. However, when the body is presented with too much of these substances it can have some pretty damaging effects.

Aspartic acid is an excitotoxin. That means it works as a neurotransmitter and can over stimulate brain cells, causing them to absorb excess calcium which then leads to the formation of free radicals. Over time this can cause the development of a myriad of negative symptoms and even aggravate already present chronic health issues.

Likewise, Phenylalanine is present in the brain. However, when the body is presented with too much Phenylalanine, it the stores it in the blood and it ravages the brain. It’s been show that Phenylalanine can have adverse affects on the formation of baby’s brains and also contributes to the formation of a host of mental disorders in adults.

Both Aspartic Acid and Phenylalanine comprise 90% of the total Aspartame molecule, which is why most diet sodas and most sticks of gum can have some really serious consequences.

Here’s a list of what these two ingredients can do to the body.

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Numbness
  • Slurred speech
  • Muscle spasms
  • Weight gain
  • Rashes
  • Hearing loss
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Tachycardia
  • Insomnia
  • Vision problems
  • Seizures
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dizziness
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Schizophrenia
  • Emotional disordes
  • Depression
  • Seizures

It’s not a pretty list at all.

Lastly, Aspartame contains methanol. Methanol is also known as wood alcohol and is a very potent neurological toxin. It is processed by the body and then forms formaldehyde, which can turn out to be extremely damaging to the functioning of the brain and the nervous system.

The EPA even has guidelines on how much methanol should be ingested. Their limits say it’s about 7.8mg per day. On average, a liter of a diet drink with Aspartame as a primary ingredient contains about 52mg of methanol. That’s considerably more than you should ever consume in a 24-hour period!

The adverse health effects produced by Methanol are equally discouraging. Methanol poisoning’s effects include:

  • Retinal damage
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances
  • Numbness and shooting pains in the extremities
  • Behavioral disturbances
  • Weakness
  • Ear buzzing
  • Dizziness
  • Blindness

And much, much more.

The combined effects of these three ingredients are pretty staggering. In a rush to move away from sugar people have done a considerable amount of harm to themselves.

Do yourself a favor, ditch the diet drinks.

Use natural sweeteners like Stevia or Erythritol instead.

And while you’re at it, help support your body’s immune system with one of nature’s most effective treatments.

Ionic silver is a blend of trace minerals and pure silver that can greatly enhance your body’s ability to fight off infections and disease.

CLICK HERE to Learn More About The Amazing Health Benefits of Ionic Silver

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Diet, Foods
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Why Did This Frozen Food Reviewer Quit His YouTube Channel in the Middle of Filming?

What would make a popular YouTube personality quit his channel in the middle of a video?

IMG_4139.PNGJust two months ago, Gregory Ng, the “Frozen Food Master”, abruptly ended his video and abandoned his entire channel, “Freezerburns”, where he had been reviewing roughly 1000 microwaved frozen meals since 2008.
In the video, he pauses after putting a piece of Viking helmet shaped chicken nugget in his mouth from a $2 kids meal, disgustedly declares it’s not good, points out that it is basically breading with a “hint of chicken”, and says,

You know what? I can’t do this anymore. This is horrible. We should not be feeding our kids this. We should not be eating frozen food anymore. I’m done with this.

So what would make a successful YouTube personality quit a channel that had over 700 episodes, 1000 food reviews, and was getting up to 100,000 viewers per episode? Was this just some kind of planned stunt to get attention?

Turns out, Ng had been going through some personal changes in recent years, becoming an advocate for a healthy active lifestyle. He had even quit Freezerburns temporarily in 2012, claiming that recording videos for the channel was becoming his “daily downer”. He returned to the show shortly after, with ideas to make it better.

While he doesn’t believe all frozen food to be unhealthy, he believes the stereotypical frozen meal to be laden with sodium and fat, among other additives. He began to feel corrupted by the lure of fame and internet traffic, and over time began to question his motivations to keep the show going.

His plan originally was to keep the channel going through the end of the calendar year, but as you can see in the video, he got angry during this particular review, getting upset at the commercialization aspect of the meal and the fact that it was an unhealthy, cheap meal targeted at kids. That fueled his impulsive decision to just walk off right there and then.

So does this talented YouTuber have plans for a different video series in the future? He says yes, that he has already been working on another online video based project, one from his soul rather than solely from the careful strategizing of tapping a profitable niche.

However, Ng says, he is done eating things on camera.

Here’s a food you can feel good about eating… Sun Warrior Protein Blend… perfect for smoothies AND it includes all amino acids.

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Diet
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Study Shows Drinking Cow’s Milk Causes Early Death

IMG_4407.JPGThe British Medical Journal has published research showing that long term milk consumption has adverse effects on health and may impact mortality rates negatively.

This large scale study tracked over 100,000 Swedish people from ages about 39-74 for over two decades. The results were that the more cow’s milk people drank, the more likely they were to experience bone fracture or die during that period.

Notably, the risks were more pronounced for women – who are traditionally a group encouraged to drink milk to prevent osteoporosis. In the study, women who drank three or more glasses of milk a day had almost double the chance of death during the study compared to those who drank one glass or less, one glass being 200ml.

Problems with pasteurization
There are several issues noted with this food, especially the pasteurized version. First of all, the pasteurization process destroys nutrients and enzymes like vitamin C, water soluble B vitamins and phosphatase, an enzyme crucial for calcium absorption.

Second, magnesium is also destroyed during pasteurization, minimizing the calcium absorption rate. Add to this the fact that pasteurization creates calcium carbonate which cannot enter your cells without a chelating agent, and you have a situation where your body actually has to pull calcium from your bones in order to buffer the calcium carbonate. It is no wonder that America, one of the highest dairy consumers in the world, also has the highest rate of osteoporosis.

Milk causes inflammation
When lactose in milk breaks down, it releases a byproduct called galactose. Galactose causes inflammation. The British study found that the more milk people drank, the more inflammatory molecules were present in their urine.

Cancer from Milk?
One of the most powerful growth hormones identical in humans and cows is called Insulin-like Growth Factor ONE (IGF-1). Diets that are higher in calories and animal proteins tend to boost this hormone. Milk boosts this hormone. Unfortunately, IGF-1 is a key factor in the rapid growth and spread of breast, colon and prostate cancers, as well as encouraging accelerated aging. A report from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research found that in numerous studies, cancer risk were parallel to milk consumption.

For all these reasons, it is not recommended to consume high amounts of milk, especially pasteurized milk. There are far more risks than advantages when it comes to the nutritional value.

See also: Why to STOP eating whole wheat bread, vegetable oils & these cereals (plus the “side dish” that causes heart attacks)

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Diet, Weight Loss
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What? Fat Helps You Burn Fat?

One Ticket toYes, it’s true.

The fact is fats have been demonized by many in the food and medical industry because of bad science.

When the food pyramid was being fashioned in the last 70s, the thought at the time was in order to lose weight you had to cut your fat intake.

“Experts” incorrectly assumed that fat, being higher in calories per gram, was to be avoided if you want to lose weight.

And so they created dietary guidelines around this thought.

Too bad it’s not true.

Take a look at “Fat 101.”

Your body is actually designed to run off of fat as its main energy source.

Not carbs.

That’s because when fat is broken down it forms ketones, and ketones are used as an extremely efficient way to energize your body. When the body uses fat as its primary energy source it’s called ketosis.

On the other hand, carbs are an inefficient fuel source. Truth is, when your body encounters carbs it “tucks” them away to use as energy later on. Those carbs actually turn into fat.

Even your brain, which typically uses glucose to operate, does well when it’s deprived of carbs.

Thats because when your body is using only ketones your liver produces a ketone-like substance called beta-hydroxybutyrate (or beta-hydroxybutyric acid). And beta-hydroxybutyrate is an extremely efficient fuel source for your brain.

But to understand how eating fat makes you lose fat you just need to think of your body as a “fat burning machine.”

Most people who eat a diet that is high carb will have constantly fluctuating levels of blood sugar (glucose). When your blood sugar moves up and down as often as it does with a high carb diet, you’ll eat more (because of insulin spikes) and you’ll create more fat.

You see, eating fat doesn’t cause you to store fat. Eating carbs causes you to store fat.

Insulin spikes make your body believe that the food you just ate needs to be stored (as fat) immediately. That’s why carbs are so dangerous for people who want to lose weight.

When you want to lose weight you have to keep your insulin levels flat.

The only way to accomplish this is by eating a diet that is high in both fat and protein, and low in carbs.

Ideally, you’ll want a ratio where fat and protein are 80-90% of your total calories ingested.

And typically you’ll want to consume more fat because it’s easier for your body to turn into energy.

Now you can’t jut eat any kind of fats to make this work for you.

First, you need to eat animal fats, or other healthy fats like coconut oil or olive oil. You also need to avoid inflammatory fats like vegetable oils (soy, grapeseed, canola, soy, peanut). That’s because inflammatory fats like this can cause other adverse health effects, as well as limiting your ability to lose fat.

Animal fats that come from wild caught, pasture raised, grass fed animals will be high in Omega-3s, CLA (a type of fat) and other nutrients that are all associated with weight loss.

And while you’re at it, you need to reduce your intake of one of nature’s hidden “fat makers”…

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

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