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Candida and the Power of Green Superfoods

Candida and SuperfoodsWhen I was having my 3 year stint with candida (and the beginnings of interstitial cystitis) it was not a fun time but I learned alot. At one point I was invited to go to a workshop where a woman who had healed her own breast cancer was speaking about the importance of PH balance. I didn't know much about it and I hadn't made the connection yet but it intrigued me and I went. Turned out it was really fascinating and made sense to me. Ph balance is more important than I thought. I guess you can think about it this way. Swimming pools, if we are not diligent about keeping track of the PH readings, will start to grow ugly nasty bacteria. So will our bodies. If we feed our bodies nothing but acidic foods and thoughts we will create an acidic environment. Yeast, candida, and even cancer cells change in relationship to their environment.

Since I was struggling with candida for so long I decided it would be a good idea to test my PH. I got some PH testing strips and tested my urine and to my horror I couldn't even see a reading! The lowest reading was 5.0 (a healthy body should show a reading around 6.5 – ultimately 7.3). I couldn't see a reading at all. I took it over and over. The saliva reading was somewhat better but I compared mine to others and it was significantly lower and more acidic. This blew me away because I juice everyday so I thought I had it covered. Obviously I didn't have it covered or else I would not have been struggling with candida for so long. I had already changed my diet, I was taking a good probiotic everyday and even using anti-fungals. I didn't think there was anything else I could do.

Well, I had heard and read about green superfoods like chlorella, spirulina, barley grass, wheat grass, oat grass and how they raise PH levels so I decided to experiment. I began by using chlorella and spirulina and then added others and kept track of my PH. It wasn't long (a few days) before I started to notice my interstitial cystitis symptoms fading away. I also noticed my candida symptoms becoming less and less noticable!

This was about a year ago and I have continued to do well. So I maintain a regimen of watching my food, taking a probiotic everyday (though occasionally I forget but it doesn't seem to matter) and I hardly ever seem to need the anti-fungal anymore. I put the green powder in my vegetable juice in the morning and I feel like I'm drinking a glass of "green vitality." It's awesome.

It seems, for me, that this has been the missing link to getting control of candida and interstitial cystitis.

-By: Diane O'Connor

Hi! My name is Diane. I'm a 52 year old single woman, passionate about wellness, healthy living, meditation, yoga, spirituality, and holistic remedies. Started out in life with many physical issues and a Grandfather (Dr. Samuel K. Hockings) who was a Naprapath, Chiropractor and an Aquarian Age Healer. Lucky for me he was more than willing to share his talent and wisdom with me for as long as he was able.

Just sharing my thoughts, stories, experiences, and suggestions. Hoping to learn, grow and maybe offer some help along the way. I am passionate about good food (organic if possible), juicing, probiotics and superfoods like Chlorella and Spirulina. I also try and find the best ways to be healthy while also being thrifty. Simplicity is also a passion of mine.

See my website: http://www.honoringmenopause.blogspot.com

Acai Berries – Superfood or Part of the Health and Wellness Craze

The acai berry (pronounced ah-SAH-ee) snd its many benefits has spread throughout the country like wild fire. There's not a magazine, Internet site or even your own email that doesn't espouse the wonders of acai. Most people have heard about it through word of mouth because of their friends' and family members touting their positive experiences with these berries and their amazing abilities. However, instead of fading out like the latest fad, it has become even more popular. So what is the acai berry and what are the benefits that have claimed to change so many lives?

Acai berries are grown in the Amazon on palm trees. The berries are removed from the trees, loaded onto ships and sent to processing centers. They are made part of many types of foods, including shakes, juice and certain candy to name a few. More recently, acai is being used as powders and capsules for losing weight. But, the more popular use has been in functional health beverages or juice which is sold in local retail outlets or through product distributors.

The little purple berry has been named one of the best superfoods which means it is very healthy to consume. However, many people are not aware of the many benefits of the berry. The first and most notable is the simple fact that the acai berry in any form, provides stamina and energy. The antioxidants contained in the berries improves mental alertness, body detoxification, sexual function, and maintenance of several major body systems such as the cardiovascular and digestive systems.

Additionally, the acai berry contains anthocyanins and falvonoids which are powerful antioxidants in their own right. They play a role in cell protection in the body, protect against free radicals which are defined as harmful byproducts produced in the body and it is also believed that it helps with aging and may reduce the risk of cancer.

The most prominent is the fact that the acai berry contains 33 times the anthocyanins of red wine grapes. Anthocyanins have been found to demonstrate many potential medical effects as the treatment of fibrocystic breast disease and diabetic retinopathy. It also contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, C and E, which are vital in every diet. A complex of essential amino acids matched with valuable minerals is very important for proper muscle contraction and regeneration.

There are some people that eat acai berries to address various health conditions. But depending on which study you read or website, there are naysayers that claim the acai berries have no known health benefit. However, other studies show that the properties contained in the little berry has produced evidence that shows the nutritional and health benefits are really genuine. Of course, it remains up to the person consuming the product to know for sure.

-By: Janice Willingham

The acai berry is popular for a reason. It has some impressive health benefits such as being able to fight off infection and relieve prostate enlargement. For more information, please visit my website at http://www.goforitpromotions.com/healthysolutions.

Acai Berry Superfoods – Are Acai Berries Really That Healthy?

The Health Benefits of Acai Berries

Acai Berries on the Palm Tree"Acai Berries are superfoods!" We're hearing it everywhere now. But is it true? Are Acai Berries really that healthy? In time when every food seems to be artificial and medical companies stuff us with the newest cures for everything, some people try to find help using natural products to cure the various health problems.

Over time we forgot how powerful nature can be, after all we only duplicate its achievements in medicine. That is why a category of super foods has been invented, foods so packed with healthy nutrients that they can be called natural medicine or superfoods.

Probably the most wide spread family of superfoods are vegetables from 'Allium' family – vegetables like garlic, onions or leeks. This not very glamorous group of vegetables, contains flavonoids, which stimulate production of antioxidants in the liver, thus detoxifying your body.

Up until today  blueberries where one of the most famous superfoods. They have a high number of antioxidants (ORAC value), anthocyanins and phytochemicals, preventing aging, cancer and numerous brain diseases. Blueberries are the food of choice for many healthy people in Europe and the USA.

Recently, the spotlight has been taken off the Blueberries by a new berry, the Acai Berry.

Is the Acai Berry the #1 Superfood?

When acai berries where first introduced to the public eye, there were numerous talks about how healthy it is. However, publicity seemed to focus all of it's attention on the very high antioxidants level, leaving in the background wealth of other healthy details about this berry.

The first thing I want to mention about the Acai Berry, is the very high level of anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are located mainly in peels of vegetables/fruits. They offer a very powerful protection against harmful free radicals, which develop as a result of exposure to radiation, the UV light, smoking, smog and various other metabolic processes.

Not only that, they also preserve delicate antioxidants within the fruit. While, you may have heard that red whine has a large number of anthocyanins, Acai has 10 to 30 times more, depending on the quality and ripeness of the berries. Acai berry is also very high on dietary fiber. 100 grams of Acai berries contain 45 grams of fiber.Acai Berries are rich in healthy unsaturated fats from omega family, which have been proven to help you with anything from your brain to preventing cancer. In Acai you will find mainly the most important omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids.

Additionally, acai berries contain a lot of protein and amino acids. Acai has 19 different amino acids, which are crucial for growth, maintenance and repair of your body tissues. Our bodies can produce only 11 of these amino acids, so you have to supply the rest with your diet.

Acai also offers three different plant sterols: sigmasterol, campesterol and B-sitosterol. These three sterols are invaluable to health of your heart. This concludes the benefits of Acai Berries. Even if you don't believe in the weight loss hype of acai berries (acai berries are beneficial for weight loss due to stopping the carving for food), these berries are still the best choice of superfoods! With more than 100,000  (102,700 μ mol TE/100 gram),it is the world's antioxidant richest fruit known today!

Raw Honey – The Sweet Superfood!

Honey – The Cleansing Superfood

Cleansing Superfoods - Raw Organic HoneyHoney has been eaten for thousands of years. When some of the tombs were opened in Egypt, they found honey that had been put there for the entombed so they would have it in their next life. The honey had crystallized and was still perfectly good, even though it had been there for 5,000 years!

The majority of honey that you would buy in a supermarket is not the same honey that has been eaten for thousands of years. Only careful and minimal processing will preserve the many nutritive benefits of honey. Honey should never be heated during extraction or the enzymes will be destroyed, nor should it be fine filtered.

The fine filtering of honey removes much of what makes raw honey a healthy and desirable food. This would include particles of pollen, beeswax and propolis. When the pollen is still present in the honey it is said to provide relief to allergy sufferers. Small amounts of pollen act as an inoculant against large amounts in the air that trigger reactions like the runny nose and itchy eyes of hay fever. As honey is predigested it is very easy for the body to digest. When it is consumed with carbohydrates like porridge or toast, the enzymes in the honey help with the digestion of carbohydrates. Different honeys from different nectar sources are quite different. They have different combinations of sugars, minerals and enzymes. For example, very dark honeys have a high mineral content. Lighter honeys are lower in minerals and are usually milder in taste.

Another benefit to honey is that it is a good source of antioxidants so play a big role in the prevention of cancer as well as heart disease. It can also be used as a moisturiser to be later removed with splashes of water. Not only will it moisturise the skin but it will also help combat acne with only a small amount being needed for both uses. Bee keepers who regularly eat honey are said to live long and healthy lives.

Honey is a natural antiseptic. Medical journals cite more than 600 cases in which honey was employed to treat wounds by preventing infection. Honey contains an antimicrobial agent, which prevents infections by killing the bacteria in and around your wound. Many types of bacteria can't survive in honey so wounds heal, swelling eases and tissue can grow back.

Some interesting facts about bees are:

Honey bees are the only insect to produce food for humans, a healthy hive contains approximately 40-60 thousand bees. During the honey production period a bees life span is only 4-6 weeks.

Bees visit approximately two million flowers to make one pound of honey.

Bees travel an average of 1,600 round trips in order to produce on ounce of honey, each round trip being as far as 6 miles. To produce 2 pounds of honey bees travel a distance equal to 4 times round the earth!

Queens lay approximately 1,500 to 2,000 eggs per day at a rate of 5 to 6 per minute. One queen lays between 175,000 and 200,000 eggs per year.

So don't put their hard work to waste, go and get your self some raw honey and think about how much hard work has gone into that small amount you eat!

By: James J White

James White is a level 1 coach at Dax Moy Personal Training Studios, Islington, where he works with clients to achieve rapid fitness and fat loss results.

To find out more or to contact James with questions related to this article. http://jameswhitepersonaltraining.co.uk

5 Superfoods For Better Health

A List of 5 Top Superfoods for your Health

The more I read and study, the more evidence I find that what you eat makes a huge difference in your overall health. Many foods promote disease while others prevent disease. The more nutrient rich food you eat, the better it is for your health.

Following is a list of 5 superfoods that are very good for your health.

1. Blueberries – Blueberries rank at the top of all fruits in terms of having the highest antioxidant capacity. They contain anthocyanins (more than red wine) which protect against cancer. They are a good source of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, manganese, selenium, and zinc. Blueberries, along with other fruits, can prevent or delay visual problems. They are high in fiber, low in calories, and contain anti-inflammatory compounds. Blueberries, like cranberries, help prevent urinary tract infections.

2. Broccoli – Broccoli, a member of the cabbage family, offers incredible health benefits. It is a very good source of carotenoids, calcium, folate, and Vitamins A, K, and C. A diet high in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale, and cabbage is shown to prevent several types of cancer. Broccoli is a low glycemic food, a good source of fiber, and has been found to be cardio-protective.

3. Nuts – Nuts contain heart-healthy fats and are high in fiber. They contain antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and are a good source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Nuts can help reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Most nuts are high in arginine which can help reduce cholesterol levels and blood pressure. You should have several small servings per week to get the greatest benefits.Some choices: almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, walnuts, pistachio nuts

4. Quinoa – Quinoa is usually listed as a grain but is actually the seed of a plant related to spinach. It is lower in sodium content and higher in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, and zinc than wheat, barley, or corn. Quinoa is a complete high quality protein (has all 8 essential amino acids). In fact, The World Health Organization rates the quality of the protein in quinoa to be at least equivalent to that in milk. It is gluten-free, low glycemic, and high in fiber. It can be used as a substitute for any grain.

5. Salmon– Salmon is an excellent source of omega 3, a fatty acid that helps reduce inflammation. It is high in protein, low in saturated fat, and low in calories. It is a good source of Vitamins D and B12, selenium, and magnesium. Salmon promotes cardiovascular health, can help control high blood pressure, and can lower your risk of several types of cancer. The cold water variety is best.

I hope you are already eating some or all of these superfoods. If you aren't including these foods in your diet, you might consider adding some or all of them.

By: M Conley Stone

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Anti Aging Superfoods For Looking Younger

Look and Feel Younger Thanks to Superfoods

Skin Care for Healthy SkinSometimes you may wonder if there is more you can be doing for yourself then just your skin care regime. If there is someway to facilitate your skin's natural ability to regenerate itself past the use of the anti aging creams and moisturizers that are part of your daily routine right now. You can actually facilitate your skin looking younger and more radiant by watching what you are eating and watching your diet. Several anti aging diets have been touted to assist your skin in maintaining its youthful appearance let us look at a few.

1. Low GI Diet.

The Glycemic Index Diet focuses on decreasing the amount of blood sugar in your body. The typical diet today consists of a lot of highly processed foods which break down into sugar. Sugar the body cannot use to regenerate itself or assist in maintaining the healthy skin. The anti aging diet encourages the consumption of fruits and vegetables which are low in sugar and healthier for the body generally speaking. When your body as a unit is healthier it becomes more able to take care of itself and regenerate its cells keeping your skin younger and healthier looking.

2. The Antioxidant Diet

A diet high in antioxidants has been proven to reduce the number of free radicals in your body overall. The free radicals have been proven to cause the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. An anti aging diet which reduces the amount of free radicals ultimately assists in delaying the onset of fine lines and wrinkles.

3. Dr Perricone's Diet.

Touted as a wrinkle cure diet and a natural facelift diet, this diet is high in antioxidants and the essential fatty oils necessary to facilitate good skin health. Both the Perricone Diet and the 28 day Perricone diet contain Super foods which fuel the body making it more energized and healthy. The diet rich in needed nutrients helps the body to regenerate itself leading to a natural face lift without the benefits of creams or surgical procedures.

4. The Okinawa Diet

Balancing the amount of the right carbohydrates, fat, fiber and proteins is a cornerstone to this diet. The diet encourages eating low sugar content foods and low density calorie foods to increase you lean body mass and decrease your overall fat body mass. Along with encouraging exercise this diet works to make the body healthier and in turn help you look younger and more fit then before.

But regardless of the diet you actually choose it is critical that you take good care of yourself and your body to maximize your chances at a more youthful appearance. Decreasing your body fat and increasing your body lean mass goes a long way not only to helping you feel your best but to helping your body be its best and most able to heal itself from the natural wear and tear that comes from aging.

By: Gerald Markowitz

Gerald Markowitz is a health advocate who has been researching natural skin care products that help maintain a youthful appearance. Find out more about some of the most effective treatments on his site http://www.HealthandSkinCareSite.com

Painting by: Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)

The 3 Best Raw Superfoods

A Short Superfoods List of the Three Most Important Superfoods

Raw Food Diet with Healthy GreensIf you could choose only three food types to ensure you lived healthily, what would they be? Surely if you could live on just three types of food, these would have to be the best raw superfoods that contain more nutrients than any other and ensure a long term balanced diet.

Raw Foods are the simplest, healthiest, tastiest food available to us. Simplest in that the nutrients are retained and not lost through cooking. Healthiest in that they give your skin a radiant glow and your hair shines; you shed pounds naturally and lose most of your bad cholesterol. Tastiest in that the combinations of food makes some fantastic recipes you will never have considered.

But which 3 foods should be chosen above all others?

Before any food is chosen, you need to be sure you drink plenty of water. Water combines with the food to help the body and digestive system function properly. Generally the rule of thumb is to drink 2 litres of water per day, but this will be higher if you are in a hot or dry place or have been exercising.

1. Smoothies

A smoothie is an amazing way to consume a wide variety of raw fruit and vegetables in an easy tasty way. Smoothies can be made very easily with a food processor or blender. They can be made with or without yogurt and you can mix in whole fruit which provide a fantastic source of protein, vitamins and minerals, whilst retaining the fruits' fibre which is important for stimulating digestion and combating water retention and bloating.

The beauty of smoothies is that you can combine whichever fruit or vegetables you have to hand so each smoothie is a different mix. A key element of a balanced diet is to consume a wide variety of different food.

2 Green Vegetables

The greener a vegetable, the healthier it is. Not a bad way to determine what to eat. Pretty much all green vegetables are bursting with nutrients and vitamins which boost your health and bodily functions.

The pick of the greens must be the following 5 vegetables:

  • Celery
  • Watercress
  • Broccoli
  • Spinach
  • Kale

These 5 have such a large range of nutrients and vitamins between them that just eating them raw would give your health a huge boost, providing a body detox and dramatically lowering cholesterol.

3. Seeds

Three seeds in particular possess wonderful qualities

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds

A combination of these 3 types of seeds makes a surprisingly filling snack and takes the edge off hunger pangs.

They are helpful to intestinal health, cleansing the digestive system and preventing constipation, while pectin, the soluble fibre in sunflower seeds, is especially powerful as a detoxifier. Sunflower seeds strengthen the eyesight, sesame seeds strengthen the heart whilst pumpkin seeds help in wound healing.

By: Christine Delareya

About the Author

Christine Delareya is keenly embracing the Raw Food lifestyle. She has been vegetarian for many years and several years ago was introduced to Raw and Vegan food. The greatest benefit it brings is no longer having to worry about her weight or cholesterol levels.

She has written articles on subjects which interest her for many years. Visit a site she contributes to which helps you to get started on a Raw Food diet http://www.compare-a-diet.com/raw-vegan-diet.html

Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits – Why Apple Cider is a Superfood

Apple Cidre – The French Superfood

Apple Cider - Healthy SuperfoodsWhat are some apple cider vinegar benefits? First of all, apple cider vinegar can be seen as a remedy and supplement, not simply a food or something you might use for salad dressing (though that's a perfectly good and healthy use for it!).

This is a natural food that comes from the fermentation of apple juice. It's actually the result of fermentation beyond what you'd do to create hard apple cider. So, the benefits of apple cider vinegar can be partly attributed to apples, and partly to the unique product created be the fermentation process.

In modern times, the medicinal uses for apple cider vinegar were probably best publicized by D.C. Jarvis a Vermont doctor who became familiar with the use of this product as a folk remedy. Used on animals as well as humans, Jarvis found that it could cure or prevent many common ailments, from colds and viruses to arthritis and digestive problems. More recently it has become a component of some natural diets, aiding in the weight loss process.

Apple cider vinegar can be seen as a "superfood," something that is good for the body as a whole. Skeptic will sometimes see this as reason for suspicion -how can one food or medicine be good for everything? But if we look at the body holistically, this is not so mysterious. If something has a beneficial effect on the immune system, for example, this will make it an excellent preventative for any number of ailments.

Some of the more common claims made for this superfood include:

  • Cider is Beneficial for digestion
  • Cider is good for increasing metabolism and weight loss
  • Cider prevents or reduces severity of allergies
  • Cider prevents or reduces frequency or severity of colds and other respiratory ailments
  • Cider is beneficial for kidney stones and bladder problems
  • Cider is helps reduce symptoms of arthritis and other muscle and joint ailments.
  • Cider is helps alkalize the body (even though vinegar tastes acidic, it has an alkalizing effect after digestion)

At the same time, we should not think of apple cider vinegar -or anything else- as a cure-all. No food or supplement can make up for eating a poor diet or lack of exercise over a long period of time. However, when combined with a healthy lifestyle, this product can help you feel better, lose weight, and possibly be less susceptible to many common health problems.

How should you take apple cider vinegar? There are several options. You can use it as a food, making salad dressings for example. You can take it straight out of the bottle, several tablespoons per day for example. If you find it too hard to take straight, it can be diluted with water. Some people simply dislike the taste of vinegar and would prefer not to taste it at all. If you fall into this category but would still like to enjoy its benefits, you can find supplements in capsule form that you can swallow.

Fortunately, this is not a terribly rare or expensive item, so you can try it and start to experience apple cider vinegar benefits for yourself.

Where Do I Get My Protein on a Raw Food Diet?

Raw Food Protein Sources

Amino Acid Illustration - Protein and SuperfoodsSince I started my raw foods diet in June 2010, one of the most frequently asked questions from my friends was where I would get my protein from? Recently even my brother expressed his concern about my protein needs. It was then I realized how important this question really is, I feel that it is my responsibility to fully explain the protein sources to those who are interested in raw food diet or maybe are concerned for themselves or their friends or family members.

Let's first look into what protein actually is…

We have all learned in school that our body consists to more than 65% of water, making up for our primary building block. The second most abundant building block of our body is protein. Our hair, skin, nails, organs, muscles, bones, and every single cell is made up of protein molecules. All protein molecules consist of a chain of amino acids. You may have heard the term "essential amino acids" – these are amino acids that cannot be used by a human body. Up to today we know about20 essential amino acids that we must include in our diet to receive the full protein requirement. (apples contain 18 of these amino acids) All plants have at least some protein because all of them contain at least one or more amino acids; the building blocks of protein.

The difference between complex proteins found in meat, dairy, and fish and the individual amino acids found in plant food is explained very well by Victoria Boutenko in her book "Green for Life:"

"It is clear that the body has to work a lot less when creating protein from the assortment of individual amino acids from greens, rather than the already combined, long molecules from protein, assembled according to the foreign patterns of a totally different creature such as a cow or a chicken"

When you eat leafy greens and other vegetables that contain lots of protein, you get  custom made amino acids for your body, freshly made with sunshine and chlorophyll, which the body will use to repair and to rebuild its parts according to your needs. Your body is a perfect working machine in need of the right fuel; you wouldn't put diesel into a Ferrari tank would you?

Myoglobin - Animal ProteinBut this is exactly what happens when you feed your body with complex animal proteins. Your body has a hard time trying to make a perfect molecule of protein out of someone else's molecules, which consist of totally different combinations of amino acids.  In addition to this already bad result, your body will most likely also receive a lot of unnecessary parts that are hard to digest and do more harm than they would do good. These parts would be floating around in your blood similar to waste for a long time, causing allergies and many other health problems. Just look at the picture; honestly, who would want to eat something that looks like that?

Soy proteins are meanwhile also known to do more harm than good and you should not consume soy products more than twice a week, The best plant based proteins are found in Spirulina, in Chlorella and in Seaweed. Spinach and other Leafy Greens from the superfoods section are also very good protein sources. And we should not forget Raw Cacao and Fresh Coconuts. If you don't mind eating an egg every then and when; organic eggs are near to 100% protein and totally healthy, especially for people who are exercising a lot and try to build some muscles!

Stay Healthy and Merry X-mas to you all!

Pictures by Yassine Mrabet and Aza Toth

 

 


                  

Powerful Superfoods To Loose Weight

A Most Comprehensive List Of Superfoods

Food Pyramid - Superfoods for Weight LossSuperfoods provide excellent nutrients,therefore you should implement as many superfoods into your daily diet as possible. Superfoods will help to fuel your body with an optimum of nutrients as well as reducing any kind of inflammation. If you're working out, it allows your body to recover easier between workouts. Being less tired lets you achieve higher goals easily and you will make faster progress in loosing weights.

Make sure you incorporate as many of these foods as you can on a daily basis to stoke your metabolism fat burning furnace.

Fruits: These fruits are high in antioxidants, which help with disease prevention and contain flavonoids. Flavonoids help with eyesight and coordination. These dark colored fruits are also a good source of fiber and boost your immune system.

Super Fruits

  • Acai Berries
  • Blueberries,
  • Goose berries (Amalaki)
  • Blackberries
  • Guava (great source of lycopene)
  • Himalayan Goji Berries
  • Raspberries
  • Dried Plums

Bean/Lentils: Beans are a great source of protein and fiber as well as low in calories. They help to stabilize blood sugars and provide isoflavones that help to prevent certain forms of cancers and heart disease.

Super Beans

  • Mung Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Lima beans
  • Lentils
  • Black Beans,
  • Red Beans

Oils: Particulary Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It is a heart healthy fat that helps to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. It contains anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps to control cravings

Super Oil

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Nuts: Great source of fiber, phytoestrogens, vitamin B6, niacin, magnesium, healthy monounsaturated fats, and protein. These nuts help to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and seem to help maintain healthy blood vessels.

Super Nuts

  • Cashew Nuts
  • Almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Hazelnuts

 

Fish: Most fish contain the potent Omega 3 fatty acids we so desperately need. Fish is potent in a very good way. It helps your body store less fat and helps your body convert fat to energy. It is a great anti-inflammatory as well as wonderful brain food. The ADA recommends that you consume 1.5-3gms of Omega 3 fats a day. One serving of the choices below will provide almost 4 gms of Omega 3 fats.

Super Fish

  • Mackerels
  • Wild caught Salmon
  • Blue Fin Tuna

Vegetables: Dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach contain carotenoids that improve your immune system and is full of vitamins and minerals. Don't forget about these other powerful vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale and other cruciferous vegetables that contain cancer fighting properties as well as a great source of fiber which aids in weight loss. Carrots are a great source of beta carotene , which can reduce the risk of cancer, tomato contains lycopene another powerful antioxidant that also reduces the risk of cancer.

Super Vegetables

  • Spinach
  • Carrots
  • Tomato
  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Cauliflower
  • Beets
  • Cabbage
  • Swiss Chard
  • Purslane

Green Tea: Not only is non-caffeinated fluid good for you, but research has shown that green tea may be one of the best disease fighting fluids you can consume. It is very high in antioxidants and scientists have shown that is has reduced cancer in individuals by as much 60%. It actually inhibits the growth of cancer cells. Studies have indicated that it reduces overall cholesterol levels as well as increasing the ratio of HDL (good) cholesterol to LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Green Tea is good to prevent:

  • Impaired immune functions
  • Cancer
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Inflammation / Infection

Besides all this, green tea has also benefits to those wanting to loose weight. Researchers showed that those that consumed green tea extract burned more calories than those that consumed caffeine or a placebo. At least two liters of green tea per day will therefore help you to loose some extra weight.

If you implement eat as many of these superfoods as you can in your daily meals your body will be burning maximum calories while running at peak efficiency and  to stoke the fat burning furnace called your metabolism. The result is obvious; Weight Loss!

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