Archive for the ‘Food/Nutrition’ Category

Maybe you’ve started off on a new health or dietary approach by making a list of all the foods and beverages that you are going to avoid. This approach is not very effective in the long term for a number of important reasons: → Read more

We know they’re good for us, but some days it can be harder than others to get our greens in! We’ve come up with 10 easy ways for you to add more greens to your day so you can benefit from all of their cleansing, alkalizing properties even when life gets crazy! → Read more

Until just a couple of years ago, kale did not get nearly the same attention as other leafy greens like spinach or Swiss chard. Many people had not even tried kale and were not quite sure how it was prepared! Fortunately, that has all been changing in these past couple of years as people start to understand more about the amazing nutritional value that kale has to offer – and the amazing health benefits it offers as well. Whether it is chopped in a salad, sautéed in olive oil and garlic or put in a juicer and added to the morning smoothie, kale has got what it takes. → Read more

Is there a difference between the two aside from a few vowels?

The studies that boast of chocolate’s amazing health benefits are not referring to your average store-bought chocolate bar (damn misleading researchers). The chocolate that they’re referring to is raw cacao.

Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing un-roasted cacoa beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cacoa and removes the fat (cacao butter).

Cocoa looks the same but it’s not. Cocoa powder is raw cacao that’s been roasted at high temperatures. Sadly, roasting changes the molecular structure of the cacoa bean, reducing the enzyme content and lowering the overall nutritional value.

What are the health benefits of raw cacao?

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Buying fruits and vegetables from the grocery store can be an unsightly experience. In most cases you are getting produce that is covered with germs and pesticides. In addition to that, our foods are covered with “food-grade” waxes including petroleum. Simply rinsing your fruits and veggies with plain water will not reduce the number of germs and pesticides that are lurking. Listed below are effective yet inexpensive ways of reducing the bad while maintaining the good. → Read more

Your love for avocados is oh-so right, according to a new study that finds that eating an avocado a day can improve bad cholesterol levels — at least in overweight and obese people.

Avocados have gotten a bad rap in the past because they’re high in calories and fat. But it’s their richness in monounsaturated fat that researchers say gives avocado its ability to lower bad cholesterol. → Read more

Chi Chi Chi Chia!

Chia seeds are much more than the Chia Pet that we remember from back in the day. Although flax seeds receives much of the spotlight, chia seeds provides many more benefits than flax seeds. Chia seeds come from a plant related to the mint family and is typically grown in the southwestern part of the United States and Mexico. The Mayan word for chia is strength. Which should now come as no surprise that they are recognized as being one of the most powerful superfoods around. Yes, these little seeds pack an amazing punch by being great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals, proteins, greatest source of Omega-3, an loaded with antioxidants.

Unlike flax seeds, chia seeds are easily digestable providing with those EFA’s, fiber, antioxidants minerals, protein, and fiber that we need. Chia seeds have relatively no taste so it can be sprinked on foods such as salads, cereal, yogurt, smoothies.

One to four tablespoons of dry chia seeds daily will offer you these benefits:

Weight loss: Chia seeds can act as an appetite suppressant making you feel full before consuming an entire meal. This happens because when chia seeds are exposed to water, the size and weight of the seed expands.

Diabetes Control: slows the conversion rate of carbohydrates into sugar. This ensures constant and steady energy throughout the day. Is also known to reduce the risk of Type II diabetes as well.

Excellent source of fiber: Each chia seed is covered with a layer of soluble fibers that aid in its gelling action. The external of the seed consist of insoluble fiber, which is not digested in the body and so does not add to the calorie content. This fiber helps in the smooth movement of food through the digestive tract and aids in its complete digestion. The soluble fiber and gel coating aids in keeping the colon hydrated and also ensures the effortless movement of food.

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From raw cacao to goji berries, superfoods pack a punch when it comes to boosting your health and energy levels. We just can’t get enough of them! These powerful, nutrient-packed foods are amazing for your health and wellbeing. So full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and more – they’re incredibly potent in comparison to other foods pound for pound.

If superfoods are fairly new to you, here’s 7 of our top reasons to fall in love with them!

1. They’re Nutrient Rich!

With mineral depleted soils and year old fruit and vegetables in our supermarkets, we need foods that are loaded with nutrients to get everything we need. That’s where superfoods come in! They’re from some of the most remote, untouched locations of the world, and are packed full of goodness in every bite!

2. They Fight Off Disease!

Thanks to the overflowing, highly absorbable amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other phytochemicals, they help fight and prevent a whole host of chronic diseases! Move over synthetic multi-vitamins!

3. You Only Need A Little To Gain A Lot!

Most superfoods are so incredibly potent that you need only the smallest amounts as part of your daily diet to significantly boost your nutrition! That makes them some of the most cost-effective, potent sources of nutrients you can get, in the most readily absorbed and unprocessed form!

4. They Improve Your Appearance!

Superfoods are known for their ultra-potent antioxidant content and alkalizing properties which combine to help reduce redness, inflammation, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, and rough dry skin. Giving you that gorgeous healthy glow from the inside out!

5. They Give You Loads Of Energy!

Want to know our secret for bubbling energy no matter what life throws at us? Despite a healthy lifestyle overall, we supplement with energizing superfoods when we need an extra boost! If it’s not oxygenating greens and algaes, or metabolism-boosting seaweeds, it’s one of the most stimulating of all – raw cacao!

6. They Help You Feel Amazing!

When your body is flooded with goodness, you can’t help but notice a difference! Our favorite superfoods for an instant pick me up are those that are green as they’re extremely rich in chlorophyll! Chlorophyll has a very similar molecular structure to human blood, increases hemoglobin when consumed. Higher amounts of hemoglobin in the bloodstream means more oxygen-rich blood, the first and most important element that cells need to thrive!

7. They’re Waistline Friendly!

The potency of these amazing wholefoods means that a little goes a very long way! You don’t need much to reap the incredible nutrient-rich benefits, meaning they won’t affect your waistline, in fact, they’ll likely help you lose weight!

Source: Food Matters








(TRFW News) Apple cider vinegar has been long-touted to help lose weight and keep it off, but does this tart drink really work? Apple cider vinegar is a fermented beverage made from apples and a specific yeast culture beneficial for our gut health. It’s been recommended for everything from indigestion, to bloating, and even detox. (1) But what about weight loss? Does Apple Cider Vinegar Really Help You Lose Weight? Several studies say that apple cider vinegar does, in fact, help people not only lose weight, but also helps them stop overeating. The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar has been proven to lower body mass index by suppressing body fat accumulation.

During a twelve-week study, those who took at least 15 milliliters of apple cider vinegar a day lost more weight, had a lower BMI, and had a reduction in the inches of their waistline, compared to those who did not use apple cider vinegar. All subjects in the study were the same size, age, and height. (2) Another study also showed that apple cider vinegar lowers the glycemic index, which helped individuals eat at least 200-300 calories less per meal. (1) The study goes on to say that those who ate a higher carbohydrate meal and supplemented with apple cider vinegar before-hand ate significantly less and had a lower glycemic response as a result. (4)

Making the Best Decision for You…

So, the question many of you may have, is should you use apple cider vinegar for weight loss? Though that’s obviously a personal decision, this ancient drink does contain beneficial bacteria that may help improve digestive health and also aid in immune health. (1) It’s normally recommended to pour 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar into a glass of room-temperature water and drink it before your meals, however, you could also use it as a salad dressing or perhaps dilute it with water and add lemon and stevia to silence the strong taste of the vinegar. Keep in mind that apple cider vinegar is not recommended for drinking straight, since the acidity can be abrasive to teeth enamel. Once inside the body, however, it produces an alkaline response that can reduce inflammation and possibly help remove headaches, heartburn, candida overgrowth, blood pressure issues and various stomach problems. (3,4)

Buying the Right Kind of Apple Cider Vinegar…

Be sure to buy apple cider vinegar that is raw, organic, and contains the “mother” which is the beneficial yeast culture responsible for its health benefits. (1) Most commercial apple cider vinegars sold in stores are not organic and raw unless they specifically say so. Keep this tart miracle vinegar in your cabinet as a raw food staple and see what it can do for you!

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