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Ease Arthritis, Inflammation and Joint Pain By Changing Your Diet

Plagued with achy joints? Your remedy may be found on your plate! New research published in the Annals of the ‘Rheumatic Diseases Journal’ has discovered that those who eat a high-fibre diet are less likely to experience osteoarthritic knee pain.

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Broccoli Can Stimulate Brain Regeneration, New Research Suggests

For decades it was believed that brain regeneration was not possible. But an accumulating body of research now reveals that common foods such as broccoli contain compounds capable of stimulating the repair and renewal of neural tissue.

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What Is Fasting? A Guide to the Different Types of Fasts
A fast is a voluntary practice in which people go for extended or structured periods without eating and drinking for spiritual, medical, or weight loss reasons. Others fast to protest or raise awareness for causes. Fasts vary widely depending on the type you’re following. Some fasts allow water, tea, coffee, or other fluids during the fasting period, but dry fasts go without. A fast may be intermittent, or it may extend for multiple days.

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Animal vs Plant-Based Protein: Which is Better for Blood Sugar

In a new study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, scientists compared animal proteins to plant proteins and evaluated their impact on Type 2 diabetes (T2D) risk. While high-protein diets, high-animal protein diets, and a diet of processed red meats have been linked to increased diabetes risk in many studies, this was the first time an animal-based protein diet was compared to a plant-based protein diet.

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15 Diverse Superfoods That Fight Inflammation

One of the simplest ways to prevent, and even reduce, chronic inflammation in the body is with your diet. By eating high-quality superfoods, including herbs, spices, vegetables and seeds, you can pack your meals with anti-inflammatory ingredients.

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The Astonishing Success of Fleet Farming: Breaking New Ground in the “Food Not Lawns” Movement

If you’re anything like me, our obsession with ornamental lawns seems nothing short of folly at best, sheer polluting waste at worst. Many are unaware that lawns are one of the largest sources of pollution in the US, with 40 million acres under cultivation. They absorb three million tons of chemical fertilizers and 30,000 tons of pesticides per year, and use 800 million gallons of gasoline for mowing.

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Mercury in Australia’s Derwent River Turns Healthy Food Source Into Health Hazard

Mercury, a naturally occurring element, has a reputation for being deadly, especially to the brain. The heavy metal is one of only two elements on the periodic table that's liquid at room temperature. In its liquid form, mercury shimmers with an iridescent light mesmerising enough to be displayed in the world's most beautiful art museums. But the element is deceptive and is a potent neurotoxin.

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Top 20 Ayurvedic Eating Tips to Improve Digestion

According to Ayurveda, there are three major guidelines when it comes to eating. They focus on How, When, and What we eat. In the West, we incessantly obsess over what to eat, constantly arguing over which is “the best” diet, while ignoring the value of how you eat and when you eat. We generally eat on the run, while driving, late at night, throughout the day, or in a rush. Many eat basically the same foods year round.

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Rice Bran Reduces Body Fat, Bad Cholesterol, Artery Damage

Rice bran is a healthy way to help you lose weight, improve your cholesterol levels and increase the health of your arteries. It also supplies a vast number of nutrients, phytochemicals and other healthy compounds. And for a supplement it’s fairly cheap. Sounds like a win-win-win right?

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Superfoods: Fuel for Self-Care

As an advocate for self-care, I speak about using food as a tool to take the best care of your body. As a holistic nutritionist, I work with people to optimise the meals they are eating each day so that they may be provided with the most nourishment.

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Seven Foods Rich in Iodine

The thyroid gland synthesises thyroid hormones and iodine is an essential trace mineral that is crucial for the thyroid to function properly. Eating foods rich in iodine ensures the thyroid is able to manage metabolism, detoxification, growth and development.

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Mushrooms are Nature’s Ancient Medicine

Mushrooms are accepted as culinary delights that are mixed in certain dishes or used as toppings on pizzas. But their tonic and healing qualities are unknown to most in the West. For centuries, Asian, especially Chinese, and Eastern European cultures have used various mushrooms as tonics for improving health and medicinally for curing a wide variety of diseases.

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Why Food is Actually Information

Despite being the condition for the possibility of all life itself, food is rarely appreciated for its true power. Far beyond its conventionally defined role as a source of energy and as building blocks for the body-machine, fascinating new discoveries on the frontiers of science reveal that food is also a powerful source of information.

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What should really be the takeaways from the most buzzed-about health studies?

There’s no denying: We are living through tumultuous times. One of the names applied to them is the “post truth era.” That’s a disturbing notion. The sad fact is that health news, and especially coverage related to diet and lifestyle, have been in a “post truth era” for a long time. Exaggerating and distorting the significance of studies that really just add incrementally to what we know based on the overall weight of evidence is a profitable enterprise for many industries – but not good for your health, or the health of those you love. In this article we address the merits of exercise on the weekend, and the brain health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

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Yet another study confirms the holistic approach to health: Diet cures disease, NOT drugs

A groundbreaking study, conducted by a doctor at Seattle Children’s Hospital and published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology has demonstrated for the first time that dietary intervention alone can cause complete remission of symptoms in many cases of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

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  India’s Organic Rice Revolution Proves GMOs Are Unnecessary  

India’s Organic Rice Revolution Proves GMOs Are Unnecessary

In a world with an ever-increasing human population, increased food production is of obvious concern. With the world population projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, many people, especially those with connections to biotechnology and agrochemical companies, say that genetically modified food (GMO) is necessary in order to satisfy increased global demand for food. However, do we really need GMOs to feed the world?

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  Tree-Shaped Vertical Farms That Grow 24 Acres Of Crops   Tree-Shaped Vertical Farms That Grow 24 Acres Of Crops

By 2050, the world’s population is estimated to reach 9.7 billion people. Already, 795 million people go to bed hungry each evening. Catching up to – and alleviating – the problem of world hunger won’t be easy, but the task might be realised sooner if innovative tree-shaped vertical farms are invested in and constructed in the future.

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  red rose hips CROPPED.jpg   Twelve Diseases Treated with Rose Hips

Roses are beautiful, but rose hips are bursting with phytonutrients and health benefits. Indeed, they have a long history of being used to treat disease in traditional medicines around the world. We can now validate this with scientific research.

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  Cook these six vegetables for even greater health benefits  

Cook these six vegetables for even greater health benefits

"To cook or not to cook?" has been a topic of heated debate among some health food advocates. Raw food junkies claim that eating foods in their most natural state is the answer to all our issues and diseases, cancer included. They believe that cooking destroys essential vitamins, live enzymes and antioxidants vital to our health.

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  Climate Engineering Contamination: Staying Healthy in a World That Isn’t  

Climate Engineering Contamination: Staying Healthy in a World That Isn’t

There are many factors that influence your diet. In this article, we are going to focus on the impact social and cultural factors have on healthy eating. To fully understand the concept, let’s look at the basic nature of the human social environment.

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  How Culture and Society Influence Healthy Eating  

How Culture and Society Influence Healthy Eating

There are many factors that influence your diet. In this article, we are going to focus on the impact social and cultural factors have on healthy eating. To fully understand the concept, let’s look at the basic nature of the human social environment.

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  The Top 20 GMO Foods and Ingredients to Avoid – and Why  

The Top 20 GMO Foods and Ingredients to Avoid – and Why

In the very short time since GMO foods were first introduced, they have tainted ecosystems, created financial strains for farmers, and introduced unnatural elements into the local, national, and global food supply.

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  Mushrooms and Mycelium Help the Microbiome  

Mushrooms and Mycelium Help the Microbiome

Mushrooms are prebiotics that not only boost the immune system, but also balance the microbiome in favour of beneficial bacteria, resulting in better digestion and, amazingly, potential weight loss!

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Eating nuts daily reduces prostate cancer death rates by 33 percent

Men who have prostate cancer could significantly reduce their risk of death by regularly consuming nuts like peanuts, cashews, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts, a new study has revealed.

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  The Zero-Waste Revolution: A New Wave of Eco-Conscious Living  

The Zero-Waste Revolution: A New Wave of Eco-Conscious Living
1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted worldwide each year. It’s time to change our habits.Zero-waste is the latest trend among eco-friendly and sustainable-living circles — and it’s taking the world by storm. From legislation in France forbidding supermarkets from throwing away unsold food, to completely waste-free stores, to a restaurant owner who installed a fridge laden with uneaten food on the street to feed the needy, concerned individuals are taking a hard look at our oftentimes excessive and wasteful habits, and finding creative and innovative ways to close the loop.

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  9 Foods To Cut Your Risk Of A Deadly Stroke  

9 Foods To Cut Your Risk Of A Deadly Stroke
Five million people die from stroke every year. Those deaths can be cruel and lingering. These 9 foods can help keep you safe.

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Here's how to evaluate heating and cooling properties of food using traditional Chinese medicine
Did you know that almost all foods have a heating, cooling, or neutral effect? Understanding these properties is important when it comes to using food as medicine. For instance, tropical foods are much more cooling than those grown in temperate zones, Rebecca Wood explains in her book, “The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia: A Comprehensive Resource for Healthy Eating.”

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  How pomegranates can help every inch of your body - from oral care, to skin care, to fertility and more  

How pomegranates can help every inch of your body - from oral care, to skin care, to fertility and more
There is hardly a better superfood than pomegranates, and for all the good they do your body, they should be a daily part of your diet.

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  Ditch the soy: There's a lot more risk in this than you'd ever imagine  

Ditch the soy: There's a lot more risk in this than you'd ever imagine
In an attempt to eat better, many people opt to replace farm-fresh eggs and grass-fed meats with tofu, mostly likely because we've been "fed" a line by the soy industry that it is a healthier option.

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Fruit and Vegetables Reaching an Alarming State of Nutrient Depletion
What if our food has been getting less and less nutritious? What if modern intensive farming methods — many of which solved malnutrition problems when they were first introduced — have affected the mineral and vitamin content of what we eat? Could having a constant supply of varied produce and introducing genetically modified foods be compromising nature’s goodness?

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Is the Paleo Diet Right for You?
There are many lofty claims being made about the benefits of the Paleo diet, but are they really true? With such a bombardment of dietary advice from so-called experts—much of it based on outdated standards and flimsy science at best—it can be difficult separating fact from fiction.

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The Healthiest Broccoli Smoothie That Fights Against Cancer and Regulates Blood Pressure
Broccoli is a dark green leafy vegetable which is loaded with lots of essential minerals and vitamins and packed with tremendous health benefits. It’s a powerhouse of iron, calcium, protein, vitamin A and vitamin C. It also contains rich antioxidants that fight against many infections and illnesses, including cancers.

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Top 20 Addictive Foods – Are You Hooked?
Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan and the New York Obesity Research Center at the Mount Sinai – St. Luke's Hospital in New York wanted to know what foods felt addictive to real people.

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  Soy Isoflavones for Menopause – or for Cancer?  

Soy Isoflavones for Menopause – or for Cancer?

The debate on the health benefits—and risks—of concentrated isoflavones from soy products, red clover and kudzu (phytoestrogens) goes on. Fermented soy products have been used for years, most notably in the East, to help women manage menopausal symptoms including hot flushes. As more research has been carried out, some of it showing very clear beneficial effects, more supplements containing concentrated phytoestrogens have come onto the market, including in the EU.

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40% of Americans now expected to develop type 2 diabetes during lifetime

Type 2 diabetes is increasing among Americans at an alarming pace. Researchers have been tracking the number of confirmed cases over the last 26 years, combining data from death certificates and interviews for a population of 600,000 adults.

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5 Food Medicines That Could Quite Possibly Save Your Life

Though Mother Nature's formulas are proprietary, she does not grant patents
~ Sayer Ji

Some of the most powerful medicines on the planet are masquerading as foods and spices. While they do not lend themselves to being patented, nor will multi-billion dollar human clinical trials ever be funded to prove them efficacious, they have been used since time immemorial to both nourish our bodies, and to prevent and treat disease. So valued were these in ancient times that they were worth their weight in gold, and entire civilizations either rose to great power or collapsed as a result of their relationship to them.

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5 Foods We Were Told Not Consume That Are Fantastic For Your Health

There are numerous examples of foods we were told not to consume, but are now at the top of grocery lists, thanks to a savvy public who are no longer fooled by irresponsible recommendations based on corporate greed. We have become more informed on the downfalls of short-sighted advice from old-school nutritionists, who really had very little understanding of nutrition at all. Here are the top 5 things we now know are great for our health, but didn’t used to because of limited perspectives on food education.

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10 lifestyle tips to boost immunity anyone can implement with ease

A depressed immune system lowers the body's ability to fight off all sorts of diseases, from the simple common cold to cancer. A body with a weak immune system is more susceptible to infections and diseases; infections and diseases then cause further damage to the body and its immune system; this results in a vicious cycle which can cause a persons' health to degenerate. Here are some important dietary and lifestyle tips to help boost one's immunity and break out of this downward spiral.

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  16 Foods That’ll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps   16 Foods That’ll Re-Grow from Kitchen Scraps

Looking for a healthy way to get more from your garden? Like to know your food is free of the pesticides and other nasties that are often sprayed on commercial crops? Re-growing food from your kitchen scraps is a good way to do it!

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31 Ways Turmeric Protects Against The Post-Industrial 'Chemical Apocalypse'

Living in a post-industrial world awash in toxic chemicals this ancient healing spice may be the ultimate answer to regaining your health.

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A Gluten For Punishment: The Whole Grain Assault on Health

Among thoughtful and informed medical providers and public alike, there is an ongoing transition toward recognising adverse health effects from grains as being common and normal rather than rare and abnormal. Not all medical providers, of course, support this change in perspective and some are downright hostile toward it. Likewise, a segment of the public seems to be irritated by the gluten-free trend and consider it just a silly fad.

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A guide to balancing your omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid intake

There's a good reason why nutritionists consider omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to be "essential" acids. These polyunsaturated fats, which are responsible for building cells and maintaining nerve and brain function, cannot be manufactured by our bodies. This means that we must obtain them from food sources in order to remain healthy.

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Anyone suffering from poor health needs to do these three things

In every case I've ever seen where unhealthy people with disease riddled bodies later became vibrantly healthy, they all had to do three things.

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Apple Cider Vinegar – 23 Research-Backed Benefits

Apple Cider Vinegar has a plethora of useful and medicinal properties. There have been resources written on all the amazing benefits that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has regarding multiple physical ailments as well as cleaning and DIY purposes. ACV is a cheap and effective multi-purpose cleaner, you can add it to your water, tea and salad dressings for a refreshing zing and capitalise on the multiple health benefits you’ll be receiving.

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Avoiding Gluten Good For More Than Just Coeliacs, Study Confirms

If listening to your body has led you to identify gluten as a health problem and you feel better after removing it, it is probably a very good choice. A study just out adds to an already extensive body of research that the rapidly expanding gluten-free movement is not a fad as critics claim.

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Beginners Guide to Edible Mushrooms

Although mushrooms get good press as a low-calorie, high fibre, low-cholesterol, low-sodium decoration for your pizza, there is much more to the mushroom story than that. Mushrooms have been valued for their culinary and medicinal properties for thousands of years and the Egyptians reserved them by law for the pharaoh. Hieroglyphics dating back 4,600 years depict their royal ancestry as well as their association with immortality.

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  Cabbage beats Chemo for Cervical Cancer  

Cabbage beats Chemo for Cervical Cancer

Mainstream medicine's cancer treatments of radiation and chemotherapy are far from a cure. But new research shows some common vegetables may be more effective in battling cancer.

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Cabbage: natural medicine for cancer, diabetes and more

The robust and abundant cabbage, which is closely related to other leafy green vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, has a long history as both a food and medicine. For example, the Ancient Greeks would routinely prescribe cabbage or cabbage juice to treat constipation or mushroom poisoning, while the Ancient Egyptians consumed cabbage before meals to lower the intoxicating effects of wine. The British even brought cabbage to the trenches of World War I since its leaves helped to treat trench foot and bandage ulcers.

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Calling time on eating little and often

While governments, dieticians and even many nutritionists still remain firmly bound to the “eat little and often” bandwagon, an increasing body of evidence is emerging suggesting the exact opposite gives most of us our best chance of long, healthy lifespans. The latest addition is a comprehensive study just published in the journal Cell Stem Cell from a group led by Prof Valter Longo – the gerontologist and cell biologist who has been at the forefront of research in this field.

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Cayenne pepper can relieve pain, boost metabolism and more

The cayenne pepper is the hot chili pepper of the Capsicum annuum plant, which is native to northern South America and southern North America. A nightshade fruit that is related to the bell pepper, jalapeno and paprika, cayenne peppers are often dried and ground into a powder and then used to prepare spicy meals. Many cultures also like to add them to cakes, chocolates and even beverages.

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Check Out These Healthy, Gluten-Free Alternatives to White Flour

It's not difficult to find research lamenting the poor nutritional value of enriched white flour. Consuming this omnipresent flour - which has been processed, bleached and stripped of all its nutrients - has been repeatedly linked to constipation, diabetes, cancer and more. Often, these conditions are related to white flour's notoriously high concentrations of gluten, which negatively affects the health of most people - not just those with gluten intolerance or coeliac disease.

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Cleanse and protect the liver with these nutritious whole foods

According to the Canadian Liver Foundation, the liver performs more than 500 different functions in the body on a day-to-day basis. It helps filter chemicals such as drugs and alcohol from our blood, regulate our hormones and blood sugar levels, manufacture blood proteins, bile and enzymes, and much more. In fact, there are few biological operations that the liver doesn't aid to some extent.

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Coconut Water: Far More Than Just a Refreshing Beverage

Few beverages on this planet are as biocompatible to the human body and its hydration needs as coconut water. Indeed, coconut water has been reported to have been used for intravenous hydration and resuscitation of critically ill patients in remote regions of the world for over half a century. It is also an excellent preserving medium for avulsed teeth (and semen!), besting even Hank's balanced salt solution, a commonly used medical solution.

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Conventionally bred 100% non-GMO "Green Super Rice" resists salt water, droughts and disease, increases yield without fertilizer, pesticides

The argument that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are needed to feed the earth's growing population holds less and less water as new research emerges, particularly with new understandings on how to utilise centuries-old techniques involving conventional crossbreeding.

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Crouching Garnish, Hidden SuperFood: The Secret Life of Kale

Could kale, a less domesticated, dishevelled form of cabbage, really be one of the most potent healing foods in existence today?

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Cucumbers can help treat cancer, inflammation and dehydration

Cucumbers seem to have a mixed reputation in the natural health world. A lot of people assume that these cylindrical green fruits, which originated from southern Asia but are now cultivated worldwide, are lacking in the nutrition department because they are comprised of approximately 96 percent water.

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Cultivate vibrant health and a clear mind with the wisdom of Ayurveda

The ancient yogis of India recognised long ago that "we are what we eat" and devised a system of guidance to promote the most harmonious state of mind and body. The term "sattva" is the central guiding principle behind a diet which cultivates a sense of love, connection and peace. The foundation of sattva is the idea of non-harming - namely, vegetarianism where food is naturally grown, free of harmful pesticides, chemicals, hormones, irradiation and, in our modern day, GMOs.

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  Drinking coffee can help protect healthy brain function as you age   Drinking coffee can help protect healthy brain function as you age

Coffee often gets a bad reputation because of all of the sugar and additives that are mixed in with it. Companies like Starbucks welcome diabetes by selling espresso drowned in inane amounts of sugar. Their newest Frappuccino line contains 400 percent the daily recommended amount of sugar, which equates to 30 cubes of sugar per beverage!

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Five Traditional Foods That Everyone Should Be Eating for Exceptional Health

Oftentimes, the most simple solution to avoiding health problems can be found in the past - namely, time-honoured foods that are rooted in tradition and wisdom. Long-established cultures, through observation and a close connection with the land and its people, developed exceptionally nourishing food staples. A modern revival of these most basic, yet remarkable, foods is on the upswing - with the following five edibles leading the way.

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Flaxseed May Be A Potent Ovarian Cancer KILLER

Ovarian cancer has the unfortunate distinction of being the most deadly gynaecological cancer known to conventional medical practice today, while also being one of the most frequently misdiagnosed conditions (i.e. 'overdiagnosed'), with five times more women without ovarian cancer ending up having surgery than those with ovarian cancer – a devastating though largely unpublicised fact.

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Food monopolists are taking over the world food supply

There was a reason why our founding fathers were weary of monopolies - because they knew that too much power and influence in too few hands was not conducive to liberty and freedom. That's one reason why they would likely be concerned about control of the global food supply these days - because too few food multinationals have a grip on commodity markets, "with potentially dramatic effects for consumers and food producers alike," Britain's Independent reported recently.

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Food of the Ancient Kings

The following compilation describes a long list of the most valuable foods on the planet, which were sought by kings of ancient civilizations. Olive oil was used to anoint kings; chia seeds were used as an energy source by Aztec warriors, and only the emperors of ancient China's Ming Dynasty were allowed to eat of the "forbidden rice" (black rice). The Romans fed their gladiators barley. And the "New World" discovery of America by Europeans was nothing more than an attempt to find a new path to the spices of India. Little did Columbus and his crews know that the Native Americans already figured out natural remedies long, long before that. These ancient cultures traded too.

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Four Diseases That Can Be Reversed Naturally Without Pharmaceutical Drugs

Despite the medical model which relies on pharmaceutical intervention for every known illness, there are well over one hundred common diseases that can be reversed naturally. That’s the difference between treatment for profit and healing for wellness.

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Four food preparation methods to maximise nutrition that are more healthy than cooking

Due to poor agricultural practices and excessive food processing, the food that ends up on our plate is typically a shadow of its former self in regards to nutritional content. To make matters worse, we tend to cook these nutrient deprived foods and further destroy their nutritional value.

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First-ever study reveals food dyes in brand-name foods

Acknowledgment that food dyes (and other ingredients) cause behavioural problems in some children has spurred certain companies to remove dyes from some of their foods. However, until a new study by Purdue University scientists, the amount of dye in packaged food has been kept a secret. Published in the journal Clinical Pediatrics, the research reports on the dye content of scores of breakfast cereals, candies, baked goods and other foods.

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Health Basics: Processed ‘Vegetable’ Oils Fuel Inflammation and Cancer

What if you bought a brand new car or truck and you immediately filled it with used oil and ethanol-laden gasoline? How soon would you experience major engine malfunctions, and how soon compared to a new car that you gave only the cleanest oil and gas possible? Many people perceive vegetable oils as healthy, but excessive consumption of vegetable oils leads to actual structural changes within our fat stores and within our cell membranes.

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Health Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

A glass of lemon water to start your day can help keep the doctor away. Why do I say that? According to Hippocrates “All disease begins in the gut”, and modern research has also concluded that an unhealthy gut environment impacts the immune system and leads to a myriad of diseases.

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History behind the ancient and powerful Maca

Maca, or Lepidium meyenii, is an herbaceous biennial plant from the Peruvian Andes and Bolivia. It is used as a root vegetable and medicinal herb. Used by the Andean people for more than 2,000 years, its rich history includes being used as a currency during the Incan empire due to its value for enhancing energy and libido. It is still sold in Peru today, and marketed for building strength, promoting stamina, improving sexual function, and enhancing fertility. Its fibre content also means it is used as a laxative.

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How To Clean Your Arteries With One Simple Fruit

The future of cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment will not be found in your medicine cabinet, rather in your kitchen cupboard or in your back yard growing on a tree.

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Inflammation: Tame This Silent Killer With Food-Based Solutions

The bane of health, chronic inflammation, is at the root of most disease. Cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cardiovascular troubles and periodontal issues are all influenced by an overactive inflammatory response. Fortunately, we have a powerful ally against inflammation residing in our kitchen. Through select foods and dietary adjustments, we can subdue this unruly beast and create a solid foundation for a healthy future.

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Kimchi Packs Proven Health Benefits

Koreans have been enjoying salted and fermented vegetables known as kimchi for about 2000 years. Kimchi is typically served with steamed rice at every Korean meal. But this spicy dish is much more than a condiment. Researchers in Korea recently published a comprehensive review of the health benefits of kimchi as a probiotic. In it they cite 130 studies attesting to the amazing healing properties of this humble food.

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Lion’s Mane: a Smart Mushroom Choice for Memory, Mood and Clarity

Easily grown at home, and a relatively inexpensive therapeutic food, lion’s mane is a beautiful mushroom with cascading spines instead of gills that shows potential in slowing the progression of neurological disorders — including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Research has also found the mushroom to be beneficial in treating symptomatic depression and anxiety associated with menopause.

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  Mass Extinction Underway But Fungi Can Help!   Mass Extinction Underway But Fungi Can Help!

Not since 66 million years ago has the Earth seen such a rapid mass exodus of species, only this time the extinction event is caused by humans. Could fungi help to lessen the impact of this harrowing event?

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Man Finds Rheumatoid Arthritis Relief, with Raw Plant-Based Diet

After suffering the physical changes brought on by rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for nearly three decades, Curt Griffing did what many people with RA wish they could do: He found relief.

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Milk Linked to Fractures: 10 Better Foods For Strong Bones

Science has once again shattered the myth that milk makes strong bones. A new Swedish study links drinking milk to higher rates of bone fractures and even death.

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More good news for chocolate eaters - cocoa flavanols lower risk of obesity and diabetes

It should come as no big surprise to alternative health followers that many foods in their unprocessed form contain a host of protective compounds that have repeatedly been shown to promote human health. Fruit and vegetables contain flavonoids that protect vegetation from disease and pests, and many provide antioxidant support to help prevent a large variety of chronic illnesses when consumed by people. Dark chocolate has received extensive research coverage over the past several years to explain how natural compounds from cocoa protects against vascular conditions including cardiovascular disease and stroke.

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Mushrooms and onions contain immune-enhancing polysaccharides and phytonutrients

Plants have had to evolve through various environmental stressors and have developed very sophisticated systems to protect them from predators and the elements. These complex systems offer humans unique survival advantages through reducing oxidative stress and improving immune system coordination.

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Nearly 300,000 suicides in India so far from GMO crop failures

The Western media is steeped in denial about the true damage being caused by genetically modified (GM) crops, especially in the developing Third World. But despite the lies you may have heard from mainstream news sources, nearly 300,000 Indian farmers have committed suicide since 1995 as a direct result of mounting debt and crop failures associated with GMO crops, and mainly cotton crops that were forcibly converted to patented, transgenic varieties owned by Big Biotech.

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'Nightmare Bacteria' Reveals Need for Natural Medicine

Globally, great fear has been generated by the CDC (US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) Director’s recent description of a "Nightmare Bacteria" resistant to all medications, capable of killing 1 in every 2 people whose blood becomes infected with it. But isn't the primary problem that the drugs aren't working, and that natural medical solutions are needed now more than ever?

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Plantain, a common driveway weed, is one of nature's most powerful medicines

It's known to pop up as a persistent weed in gardens, on lawns and even in driveway cracks. But plantain is one of the most medicinally powerful "nuisance" plants that you probably aren't taking advantage of for your health, perhaps to your own detriment.

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Plant ‘milk’ Can Be A Probiotic Alternative To Conventional Yoghurt

For many people, getting the benefits of probiotics from eating conventional animal-based yogurt is not a possibility due to gluten or lactose intolerance, milk allergies or a vegan diet. However recently, a group of scientists from the Polytechnic University of Valencia have demonstrated that certain plant "milks" can be a potential substitute to conventional animal-based yogurt. The group has illustrated how certain plant milks have the capability to support viable colonies of probiotic bacteria. This research has the potential to offer a healthy substitute (besides probiotic capsules) for animal- and soy-based yogurts.

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Pistachio: Potent Medicine for Heart and Airway

For thousands of years Ayurvedic medicine has utilised the galls of the pistachio tree to treat asthma, skin conditions and heart conditions. Now science is showing us the proof.

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'Poor man's' heavy metal detox - boost health without breaking the bank

Living in an increasingly toxic world, we're hard-pressed to keep health in top form - even when we adopt an ultra-clean diet. As a rule of thumb, extra help is needed now and again to clear out accumulated environmental toxins. Be that as it may, intensive juice fast retreats or pricey detoxification protocols are oftentimes out of reach financially for many. It can be downright frustrating.

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Power-Packed Longevity Fruit a Boon for Diabetics (and Health Enthusiasts Too)

A fruit belonging to the gourd family is causing quite a stir among health conscious consumers as an all-natural sweetener that won’t aggravate diabetes or contribute to maladies like cancer, heart disease, obesity, candida or tooth decay. Many times sweeter than sugar, Luo Han Guo (Siraitia grosvernorii) only contains 2 calories per serving and will not elevate blood sugar levels. The secret to its sweetness is found in mogroside, a compound from the same glycoside family as stevia.

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Rosehips Melt Belly Fat Naturally

Rosehips are the fruit of the rose plant. They've been used medicinally for thousands of years. New research shows they may help in the battle against obesity.

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  The 9 Best Fermented Foods For Your Gut   The 9 Best Fermented Foods For Your Gut

Fermented food has made a comeback in recent years, partially thanks to the popularization of Weston A. Price teachings. Fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi aren’t considered to be the most appealing types of food; however, research exploring these and other fermented products on gut, brain, and body health has revitalized public interest.

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The Health Benefits of Beetroot

Hailed as a superfood, the humble beetroot (also known as beet) is a little treasure trove of health affirming goodness. It seems that a lot of people never venture further than pickled beetroot – not realising that there is a whole culinary beetroot world out there waiting to be discovered. Beets come in different colours (like white and orange), although they are most commonly known for their deep reddish/purple colour. The unique, earthy tap roots are the part that people most often eat, yet it is useful to know that the green leaves are totally edible and filled with beneficial nutrients too. In this article I am going to explore some of the most celebrated health benefits of this wonderful plant food.

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The Importance of Eating Seeds for a Healthy Diet
– Tips, Benefits & Recipes

Seeds are an essential addition to any healthy diet – they aren’t usually as revered as nuts, although they certainly deserve to be. Filled with a beneficial compliment of essential fats, protein, a vast array of different nutrients and phytonutrients, they play an important role in supporting health. Seeds are the embodiment of universal life force; each seed, a little power house of massive potential, designed to grow into an impressive, abundant plant. They are simply bursting with goodness.

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This Fatty Food Promotes A Healthy Heart and Waistline

The myth persists that high fat foods gunk up your arteries and pad your hips. But it's just not true especially when it comes to the highest fat fruit on the planet – the avocado (Persea americana). In fact, science gives high marks to avocadoes when it comes to protecting your heart and maintaining a healthy weight. Recently the HASS Avocado Board commiss

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Turmeric Produces 'Remarkable' Recovery in Alzheimer's Patients

Turmeric has been used in India for over 5,000 years, which is likely why still today both rural and urban populations have some of the lowest prevalence rates of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in the world. A recent study on patients with AD found that less than a gram of turmeric daily, taken for three months, resulted in 'remarkable improvements.'

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Quinoa's many health benefits

One of quinoa's biggest drawcards is that it is a complete protein source which is good news, particularly for vegetarians and vegans. According to at least one source, one cup of cooked quinoa contains 16 percent of our recommended daily allowance (RDA) of protein. Moreover, this protein contains all eight essential amino acids, making quinoa a rare example of a plant-based complete protein source (most plant foods are deficient in some amino acids, such as lysine). Protein, of course, aids the growth and repair of cells, supplies energy to our bodies and much more.

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Record growth of organic food consumption in the U.S. and India

There has been record growth in the sales of organic and non-GMO food in some of the world's largest produce markets, a good thing for consumers and advocates of clean, wholesome, non-bioengineered commodities.

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Spirulina Truly Is An Exceptional Food In Every Imaginable Way

This is a one of a kind food that you should immediately start adding to your diet as often as possible. Spirulina is mainly found growing in the alkaline lakes of Central and South America and is now recognised as one of the most nutritious foods in the world, as it contains all the essential amino acids so important to maintain and enhance health, including five of them that the human body cannot generate on its own, as per a study conducted at Kansas University back in 2005.

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Sugar Substitutes for Diabetics: Five Sugars That Are OK to Eat

Over the past 25 years, the prevalence of diabetes has risen substantially in the U.S. Today, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes, including 7 million people who have not yet been diagnosed. Almost 2 million men and women are diagnosed with diabetes each year which is more than 5,200 each day. What's more, diabetes plays a primary or contributing role in nearly a quarter of a million deaths annually in the U.S.

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The Amazing Healing Properties of Fermented Foods

Between the hard and fast dichotomies of cooked and raw, dead and alive, is this beautiful thing called fermented. A place where many of the digestive challenges associated with raw foods (e.g. enzyme inhibitors, anti-nutrients, lectins) are overcome in favour of not just preserving their benefits (e.g. enzyme activity, vitamin content, life energy), but amplifying them. Also overcome are the adverse consequences of cooking, e.g. enzyme destruction, vitamin activity degradation, oxidized fats, denatured proteins, etc., while still benefiting from the enhanced digestibility and assimilation that certain cooking applications offer. Fermented food is in many ways the complementary union of cooked and raw, as well as their transcendence – an image, not unlike the Tai Chi, comes to mind.

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The 7 Easiest Vegies to Grow In Poor Soil

As wonderful as growing your own food is, soil quality is often an issue. While most plants and vegetables thrive in loamy, well-draining soil, amateur and pro farmers/gardeners must still contend with compact, clay soil, acidic soil, rocky soil or other soil types that are not ideal for growing food.

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Top 5 kitchen items for the home health medicine cabinet

I remember the days when my medicine cabinet was filled with over-the-counter drugs along with prescription medications. Those days are gone. These are the top five kitchen items my family uses for first aid and healthcare.

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Top 8 Food and Herbs for Healing Cancer

With 44% of men and 39% of women now being diagnosed with cancer, it has become more important than ever to understand the foods that will not only nourish your body, but also detoxify it of any cancer-causing agents. Here are some of the most potent cancer destroying foods and herbs.

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The Power of Raw Foods To Heal

Recipes for raw dairy, fish and meat exist in almost every country. Their power to heal are well known in endemic cultures. Weston Price discovered that isolated groups thrived for centuries eating their local nutrient dense diets, included raw foods. Pottenger proved conclusively the power of raw food diets to ensure the health of generations of cats. Holistic practitioners today recognise the healing ability of raw foods.

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Two Popular Foods May Turn Food Against The Brain

A new study published in the open access journal Nutrients titled, "The Prevalence of Antibodies against Wheat and Milk Proteins in Blood Donors and Their Contribution to Neuroimmune Reactivities," implicates two of the Western world's most popular foods in various forms of immune-mediated brain damage and dysfunction, including gluten ataxia and multiple sclerosis.

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  Understanding Inflammation … and How To Eliminate It Naturally  

Understanding Inflammation … and How To Eliminate It Naturally

One of the most common physical symptoms people suffer is inflammation. It is a sign that the body has initiated self-healing, but when inflammation is prolonged, it can result in excessive free radical activity and tissue damage.

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Mushroom extracts for even-toned, hydrated skin

Mushrooms are an often overlooked source of skin-loving nutrition because of their status as a member of the nightshade family which gives some a negative association with the fungus. While it is true that some mushrooms can contain trace organic toxins and should be moderately consumed, there are also some compelling medicinal benefits for the skin that must be considered.

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Miracle ‘grass’ encourages longevity while dispelling disease

More potent than ginseng, jiaogulan is a powerful antidote to aging, cancer, cardiovascular disease, stress and fatigue. It even helps to maintain proper weight. Known as an immortality elixir, this herb has been used for centuries throughout Asia. Often referred to as 'miracle grass,' jiaogulan has a long history of use.

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How to avoid deceptively 'healthy' junk foods while shopping

An increasing number of "junk" food items are now being repacked and rebranded as health food items, with claims that they contain things like added vitamins and minerals, or no trans-fats. But oftentimes such items are still just junk foods with deceptive labels, and consumers need to be aware of this when browsing the grocery store aisles in search of foods that are truly healthy for them and their families.

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8 Unexpected High Protein Foods for Vegetarians

It’s well documented that vegetarians have less heart disease and colorectal cancer, as well as type 2 diabetes and obesity, but many wonder if a vegetarian diet can provide adequate protein. A new study however, puts this question to rest, finding that vegetarians are not lacking in this nutrient.

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Four Reasons To Add More Kale To Your Diet

Kale is a form of wild cabbage with purple or green leaves and was one of the commonest green vegetables in Europe until the latter part of the Middle Ages. It grows well into winter, and some growers even claim that it tastes sweeter when subjected to frost. Cooked kale is a popular addition to potato and meat-based dishes; though - like all leafy green vegetables - it can also be eaten raw.

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The Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Most of you have probably heard about Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), however, did you know that it has been used for many hundreds, if not thousands of years. In fact, Hippocrates ( the father of medicine) used AVC back in around 400 B.C. for its health giving qualities. Even today, many use it as a common household remedy. More and more people are becoming attuned to its amazing health benefits.

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Wakame: An Iodine-Rich Seaweed With Impressive Fat Burning Properties

Wakame is an edible brown seaweed native to the cold and temperate coastal areas of Korea, China and Japan. It has a delicate flavour and a slippery texture. Dried or salted wakame is often incorporated into a variety of East Asian dishes, including miyeok guk, miso soup and tofu-based salads.

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Why It’s Time To Cut Down on Food Packaging

A new report serves as a timely reminder that the modern practice of covering our food in endless acres of plastic may not be the best idea for our health. And yet, despite its measured tone, the report was painted as alarmist by an industry-friendly media. But should you be concerned and make efforts to reduce your exposure to food packaging of all kinds? Read on and make your own mind up.

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Why living longer, healthier lives is the sustainable option

Healthcare systems across the world, and especially in the industrialised countries, are under increasing pressure – thanks, we are told, to the ‘burden’ of an ageing, infirm population. So does that mean that living longer isn’t sustainable? Should we, in fact, feel pangs of guilt for making diet, lifestyle and health management choices that will help us to live longer, healthier, happier lives? We say: absolutely not!

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