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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

How Michael Jackson’s Face Would Look Like If He Had Never Done Any Surgeries (9 pics)

Michael Jackson is not only famous for being the King of Pop but also for having multiple surgeries that had completely changed his face. His appearance had been changing progressively through the years. But here’s how Michael Jackson would have looked like at 50, if he hadn’t done any face operations.

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What he might have looked like in 2009.


Botox – The world’s deadliest poison. Use this Instead

According to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the botulinum toxin injected into the face from the popular drug Botox can move into the brain, where it may cause damage to the central nervous system.  Botox is a neurotoxin that is made from botulinum toxin A, part of the same family of poisons as botulism, a common cause of fatal food poisoning.  
And did you know that it has been classified as a category A substance by the centre of disease control and poses a very serious risk as a biological weapon?  Its potency far exceeds that of VX: the most toxic nerve gas ever synthesised.
 So instead of dangerous surgical procedures and injections, turn to natural treatments to ease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  
Better Than Botox Anti-Wrinkle Facial Scrub
Ingredients: 
1 tablespoon baking soda
½ tablespoon raw Manuka honey 
1 drop of clove essential oil
1 drop o frankincense essential oil (WHERE TO FIND) 
1 drop of  geranium essential oil
Directions:
  1. Mix the baking soda and honey together until it looks like a paste.  Add one drop each of clove, geranium and frankincense essential oils.
  2. Place a warm washcloth over your face and hold on skin for a minute or so to open up your pores.
  3. Gently rub it onto your skin and leave it on for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing off.
  4. Rinse off with warm water.

WHY YOUR GRANDPARENTS DIDN’T HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES…BUT YOU DO

Did your grandparents have food allergies? Mine sure didn’t. A stark comparison to the growing epidemic of food allergies, worsening with every generation.
So why didn’t your grandparents have food allergies? It’s really quite simple… 

1) THEY ATE SEASONAL REAL FOOD.

Food came from farms and small markets in the early 1900’s, and because food preservatives were not widely used yet, food was fresh. Because of the lack of processed food, their diets were nutrient dense allowing them to get the nutrition they needed from their food.
For babies, breast milk was valued and it was always in season.

2) THEY DIDN’T DIET, AND PLAY RESTRICTIVE GAMES WITH THEIR BODY AND METABOLISM. THEY ATE FOOD WHEN FOOD WAS AVAILABLE.

Our grandparents did not fall victim to fad diets, food marketing, calorie counting, and other detrimental dieting habits that are popular today (in part because the marketing infrastructure didn’t exist yet). Because of this they had a healthy metabolism, and ate according to their body’s needs and cravings.

3) THEY COOKED FOOD AT HOME, USING TRADITIONAL PREPARATION METHODS FROM SCRATCH.

Buying processed food was not an option, and eating out was a rare luxury. Lucky for our grandparents these habits actually increased their health.

4) THEY DIDN’T EAT GMOS, FOOD ADDITIVES, STABILIZERS AND THICKENERS.

Food was not yet treated with additives, antibiotics and hormones to help preserve shelf life and pad the pockets of food producers in the early 1900’s at the expense of the consumer’s health.

5) THEY ATE THE WHOLE ANIMAL THAT INCLUDED MINERAL RICH BONE BROTHS AND ORGAN MEATS.

Animal bones were saved or bought to make broths and soups, and organ meats always had a special place at the dinner table. These foods were valued for their medicinal properties, and never went to waste.

6) THEY DIDN’T GO TO THE DOCTOR WHEN THEY FELT SICK OR TAKE PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS. DOCTOR VISITS WERE SAVED FOR ACCIDENTAL INJURIES AND LIFE THREATENING ILLNESS.

When they got a fever, they waited it out. When they felt sick, they ate soups, broths and got lots of rest. They did not have their doctor or nurse on speed dial, and trusted the body’s natural healing process a whole lot more than we do today. Their food was medicine, whether they realized it or not.

7) THEY SPENT LOTS OF TIME OUTSIDE.

Our grandparents didn’t have the choice to stay inside and play on their phones, computers and gaming systems. They played on the original play-station:  bikes, swing-sets and good ol’ mother nature!

AND WHAT DO THESE THINGS HAVE TO DO WITH FOOD ALLERGIES?

Nutrition affects EVERY cell in our body. The health of our cells is dependent on diet and lifestyle. Cells create tissues, tissues create organs,  and we are made up of a system of organs. Ifyour nutrition is inadequate, the integrity of each cell, tissue and organ in your body will suffer, thus you may be MORE sensitive to certain foods.  

6 of the Most Filling Foods to Eat on a Diet

Learning to control your appetite is a fundamental step toward maintaining a healthy diet. As it turns out, this ability is influenced just as much by what you eat as it is by how much you eat. Individuals looking to lose weight should focus their diets on lean proteins and high-volume — that is, high fiber and water content — foods, Dr. Wayne Campbell said to WebMD; high-volume foods bulk up your meals and help your stomach feel fuller.
These six foods incorporate these nutritional values in a way that will appease your appetite without costing too many calories. 
1. Cottage cheese
One half-cup of cottage cheese costs you just 103 calories while packing in an impressive 11.7 grams of lean protein, and that same serving contains just 4.5 grams of fat, according to USDA data. Insufficient protein levels have been linked to the desire to eat, Campbell told WebMD, and snacking on high-protein, low-calorie foods like cottage cheese will stave off serious food cravings until meal time. A glass of milk can offer similar benefits, but these same studies indicate that eating solid foods can help your stomach feel fuller. Try some cottage cheese mixed with honey or berries for a low-calorie and satisfying snack. 
2. Watermelon
A full cup of diced watermelon consists of just 46 calories, says the United States Department of Agriculture(USDA), and it also offers a high water content per serving. Snacking on two cups of the refreshing fruit will cost you fewer than 100 calories, providing you with sufficient water and fiber levels to keep you satisfied until your next meal. Dailyburn adds that those two cups will also have you halfway toward your recommended daily Vitamin C intake! In fact, high fiber and low calorie contents are a common quality in the fruit family —  all the more reason for adding apples, oranges, and berries to your snack-time rotation. 
3. Popcorn
No, we’re not talking the movie theater kind. Calorie for calorie, this snack food is one of the best sources of fiber: three cups of air-popped popcorn contain 93 calories and 3.5 grams of fiber, and given how quickly we tend to down the stuff, those fiber levels add up quickly. Time magazine adds that because popcorn takes up more room in your stomach than, say, potato chips, you’ll feel much fuller after snacking on the air-popped snack. Pro tip: Sprinkle some red pepper on your popped treat before eating — one Purdue University study showed that people who added just a half-teaspoon of the spice reported feeling fuller after eating. 
4. Spinach
Leafy greens such as spinach and kale offer huge nutritional benefits along with low calorie contents. Per two-cup serving, raw spinach contains 14 calories, 1.7 grams of protein, and 1.3 grams of fiber, reports the USDA. For a satisfying snack low in calories but heavy on nutritional advantages, try a bed of leafy greens with a light, low-fat dressing and a portion of lean meat. Sites like Dailyburn also recommend switching up your leafy green intake with a “Green Smoothie,” which combines various leafy greens with fruits, vegetables, and milk or milk substitutes for a nutrient-rich on-the-go snack. 
5. Eggs
Eggs are versatile, tasty, and nutritionally advantageous. One egg contains 78 calories and 6.3 grams of protein, reports the USDA. In fact, “Eggs are one of the few foods that are a complete protein, meaning they contain all nine essential amino acids that your body can’t make itself,” Joy Dubost, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, told Time. A study at St. Louis University found that subjects who ate eggs for breakfast consumed 330 fewer calories throughout the day than the subjects who ate bagels, Time reports, suggesting a link between those amino acids and the suppression of hunger hormones. 
6. Turkey
Lean meats such as turkey offer high-protein solutions for the low-calorie dieter. For example, the USDA says that a three-ounce serving of roasted skinless turkey breast contains just 116 calories while offering an incredible 25.1 grams of protein and just 1.7 grams of fat. Similarly, a half-chicken breast contains 142 calories, 26.7 grams of protein, and 3.1 grams of fat, making it another nutritionally excellent choice in the lean meats category.

The 8 Most Nutrient Dense Foods on Earth

We all know which foods we do best to avoid (right?). Despite the alluring appeal of Oreos, Mountain Dew or McAnything, processed foods provide little nutrition and a whole lot of risks. But when it comes to the good stuff—what are the best foods to put into our bodies? While experts all agree we need a variety of foods for a healthy diet, do you know which are the healthiest of the bunch? The answers may surprise and delight you.
1. Spirulina: While the thought of eating lake algae might gross you out, spirulina is actually pretty tasty, especially blended into a smoothie or hidden in a chocolate bar. It has more antioxidants than any other food on earth and is loaded with protein and minerals making it the most nutrient dense food.
2. Kale: According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, kale is the most nutritious food, loaded with minerals, vitamins, fiber and amino acids, as well as important antioxidants that reduce inflammation and can prevent cancer. It’s also delicious and an easy to prepare, versatile food.
3. Hemp Seeds: What do you get when you combine protein, fiber, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins and minerals? Hemp, of course. This easily digestible seed is versatile, easy to use and extremely tasty, too.
4. Chocolate: Yes, you read right. Cacao beans are so nutrient-dense that scientists haven’t even begun to identify all the benefits in the little bean yet. Don’t grab a Snickers though—the good stuff is found only in raw cacao beans or nibs (or really, really dark chocolate). Minerals, vitamins and tons of antioxidants are great for your heart, skin, and release chemicals in the brain that make you feel like you’re in love.
5. Broccoli: Mom was right, you should eat your broccoli if you want a healthy digestive system and to decrease your risk of cancer. Broccoli has a wide range of yumminess too, from soups and stews to stir fry.
6. Spinach: Popeye was onto something with that spinach fixation. But skip the canned stuff and stick with fresh or frozen for an antioxidant, protein and fiber-rich burst of healthy goodness. Fresh or cooked, spinach’s sweet and hardy flavor brightens any meal.
7. Chia: The Aztec warriors may have died out, but their legacy is alive and strong in the chia seed. This yummy, unassuming ancient favorite is loaded with omega fats, protein and fiber. Dr. Weil says it’s a better choice than flax because “chia is so rich in antioxidants that the seeds don’t deteriorate and can be stored for long periods without becoming rancid.”
8. Berries: Unlike other fruit, berries tend to be less sugary and full of vital vitamins, minerals and those free-radical avenging antioxidants. Wild berries are always a great choice, especially black raspberries.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

What Does Extra Virgin Olive Oil Do to Our Arteries?

The relative paralysis of our arteries for hours after eating fast food and cheesecake may also occur after consuming olive oil. Olive oil was found to have the same impairment to endothelial function as high-fat foods like sausage and egg breakfast sandwiches. (See my video below for an illustrative chart with different foods.)
Studies that have suggested endothelial benefits after olive oil consumption have measured something different: ischemia-induced dilation as opposed to flow-mediated dilation. There’s just no good evidence that’s actually an accurate index of endothelial function, which is what predicts heart disease. Hundreds of studies have shown that the ischemia-induced dilation test can give a false negative result. 
Other oils have also been shown to have deleterious results on endothelial function. A significant and constant decrease in endothelial function appears within three hours after each meal, independent of the type of oil and whether the oil was fresh or deep fried. Olive oil may be better than omega-6-rich oils or saturated fats, but it still showed adverse effects. This was the case with regular, refined olive oil. But what about extra-virgin olive oil?
Extra-virgin olive oil retains a fraction of the anti-inflammatory phytonutrients found in the olive fruit, and so doesn’t appear to induce the spike in inflammatory markers caused by regular olive oil. What does that mean for our arteries? Extra-virgin olive oil may have more of a neutral effect compared to butter, which exerted a noxious effect that lasted for up to six hours—basically right up until our next meal. In the largest prospective study ever to assess the relationship between olive oil consumption and cardiac events like heart attacks, there was a suggestion that virgin olive oil may be better than regular olive oil, but neither was found to significantly reduce heart attack rates after controlling for healthy dietary behaviors like vegetable intake, which tends to go hand-in-hand with olive oil intake.
There have also been studies showing that even extra-virgin olive oil, contrary to expectations, may significantly impair endothelial function. Why then do some studies suggest endothelial function improves on a Mediterranean diet, which is rich in olive oil? It may be because the Mediterranean diet is also rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, and walnuts. Fruits and vegetables appear to provide some protection against the direct impairment of endothelial function produced by high-fat foods, including olive oil; therefore, improvements in health may be in spite of, rather than because of, the oil. In terms of their effects on post-meal endothelial function, the beneficial components of the Mediterranean diet may primarily be the antioxidant-rich foods, the vegetables, fruits, and their derivatives, such as balsamic vinegar. Adding some vegetables to a fatty meal may partially restore arterial functioning and blood flow. 

Lemon and Baking Soda Shown To Be Powerful Healing Combination

Wouldn’t the misled doctors and the big pharma be embarrassed to find that cancer could be cured with nothing more  than lemon and baking soda? It would probably make them mad. All of their billions in profits would disappear.

LEMON AND BAKING SODA MIRACULOUS COMBINATION: 10, 000 TIMES STRONGER THAN CHEMOTHERAPY!

An Italian oncologist, Dr. Tullio Simoncini, has found a simple, very inexpensive and  effective cancer treatment centered around the use of sodium bicarbonate, taken orally or by infusion. This baking soda treatment is based on the thesis that “Cancer Is a Fungus” (also the title of Dr. Simoncini’s book). Sodium bicarbonate administered directly on the neoplastic masses is said to destroy the fungal colonies lying at the “heart” of the tumor. Dr. Simoncini is convinced that baking soda`s anti fungal action is the curative agent. He has observed the presence of Candida as the field wherein cancers thrive. He sees Candida as the cancer`s source. Thus, directly killing the fungus gets rid of the cancer. 
A 2009 study published in the journal, Cancer Research, is among the first to confirm that the alkalinizing effect of sodium bicarbonate can indeed stop cancer.By injecting sodium bicarbonate into a group of mice, the authors of the study were able to determine how the growth and spread of cancer tumors were effected by raising the pH of the organ affected by the cancer.The study results showed that baking soda indeed raised the pH and reduced spontaneous metastases in mice induced with breast cancer.

CANCER AND LEMONS

The connection between cancer and lemons isn’t something new. For years, scientists have wondered, “Is lemon a cancer killer?”
Studies have revealed that lemon extract can successfully destroy malignant cells in a wide range of cancers, including breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer. Several research studies also found that lemons can destroy cancer much more effectively than chemotherapy, and in a safer and healthier manner. Additionally, the studies also show that lemon extract therapy only affects malignant cells, leaving healthy cells unharmed.
Limonoids are chemicals, which are found in citrus peels and are responsible for the bitter taste. Limonoids are capable of slowing cancer cell growth and inducing apoptosis (cell suicide). This research was conducted in labs, which have shown that it worked in vitro and on animals.
Lemons contain 22 anti-cancer compounds, including limonene, citrus pectin and flavonol glycosides – which stop cell division in cancer cells.

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

7 Surprising Effects Of Cold Weather On The Body


Cold temperatures have a profound effect on our bodies in the winter time, but it might surprise you to learn that not all of them are negative! Keep reading to learn some surprising ways that cold weather affects our health, and what you can do about it.

Negative Health Effects Of Cold Weather 


Weakened Immune System
While going out in the cold doesn’t make you sick (the way your Grandma may have claimed) cold does have a suppressive effect on your immune system. Cold weather and respiratory disease, including flu, go hand in hand, explains the Harvard Medical School. “Some of this may have to do with a few infectious organisms, like flu viruses, thriving in colder temperatures, but there’s also evidence that exposure to cold temperatures suppresses the immune system, so the opportunities for infection increase.” 
Asthma Attacks
Breathing cold air in quickly through the mouth, such as when shoveling or playing outside, has been known to trigger lung spasms. Wearing a scarf or face mask can help, as can remembering to breathe through the nose to help warm air before it enters the lungs.
Migraines
With falling temperatures comes falling barometric pressure, an atmospheric change that can be so intense, it leads to sinus issues and migraines.
Low Libido
Just because it makes you huddle under the blankets doesn’t mean cold weather is great for your sex life. Minimal sunlight (which reduces serotonin production), combined with the cold’s depressive effect on neurotransmitters, tends to put our libido into hibernation.
Now let’s take a look at some of the positive ways cold weather can affect your health!

Positive Health Effects Of Cold Weather


Increased Fat Burn
It may not be enough to counteract all the holiday indulgences, but cold weather can help our body deal with fat more efficiently. In a 2012 study, researchers found that cold weather seemed to set “brown fat,” a type of fat found naturally in parts of the body that, when triggered, can burn off other “white” fat, into motion, and that simply being cold could cause significant calorie burn. The best way to maximize these effects is to get out and move around, even when the temperatures are chilly.
Reduced Inflammation
In a 2011 study, runners who were exposed to extremely cold temperatures recovered from exercise faster than those given other therapies or told to rest, The Atlantic reported. This means that getting out and exercising in the winter could result in less inflammation and soreness than summer exercise!
Better Brain Function
There’s some scientific evidence to suggest that our brains work better when we’re kept at cooler temperatures.  One well-known 1972 study that said 62 degrees was the temperature at which school children functioned optimally, while other research shows that people study better when the weather outside is “bad.”

Another Reason You May Want to Avoid Wheat

Gluten isn’t the only bad-boy in your brioche. To the intrigue of those with non-celiac wheat sensitivities, researchers have discovered another, more powerful inflammatory protein on the scene.
According to recent research, the proteins known as amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs) are likely to cause some of the gastrointestinal inflammation some experience when consuming wheat. In fact, ATIs may prove to be more inflammatory than gluten. While only 4 percent of the proteins found in wheat are ATIs, they have the potential to be highly damaging. It seems that ATIs from wheat trigger a powerful immune reaction in the body. In research, consuming pure ATIs caused inflammation not only in the gut, but also the lymph nodes, kidneys, spleen and brain. While no sane person would ever consume pure ATIs, the strong results do beg for dietary awareness. 
The findings of the research, presented at the 2016 United European Gastroenterology conference, suggest that the influence of ATIs may even contribute to the development of non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Additionally, ATIs may worsen diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, lupus, multiple sclerosis and inflammatory bowel disease. According to Medical Daily, “…all research is pointing to one conclusion – chronic diseases are worsened by ingestion of wheat ATIs.
So, what does this mean for your diet? If you have a wheat sensitivity, it may be comforting to know that science is beginning to accept that your condition is not all psychosomatic. There are forces in wheat beyond gluten that may impact our individual health. On the other hand, if you already have a chronic inflammatory disease, it may be time to take a second look at your wheat consumption. Perhaps toy with removing wheat products from your diet for 2 to 4 weeks, and take note of how your symptoms react. Yes, giving up wheat is hard, but it’s worth it if you’ll experience vastly improved health.
If you avoid wheat because it makes you feel horrible, you’re not alone. However, only a small percentage of people who avoid wheat actually suffer from a diagnosed allergy like celiac. The rest of us—those with real but undiagnosable wheat sensitivities—fumble through life, feeling like gluten-free frauds, constantly criticized for our seemingly arbitrary lifestyle choice. The good news is that scientists are proving that it is not all just in your head. Finally.

Why Your Multi-Vitamins Might Cause More Harm Than Good

New studies on how antioxidants actually work in our bodies suggest we are overdoing it on the supplements.
Many people take a multivitamin. It seems like an easy way to ensure you are staying healthy, but do you know exactly what’s in that pill? And did you know that some brands have 200 to 2,000 percent more than the recommended daily intake for each vitamin? It’s a common but misguided belief that more is better.
This belief is especially problematic when applied to vitamins and polyphenols (such as resveratrol) that act as antioxidants. That’s because they’re actually more effective at low doses.
Antioxidants are so-called because they protect cells in the body from oxidative damage. This damage has been linked to cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Older research on vitamins showed that in vitro (in a petri dish) they can soak up free radicals and thus prevent oxidative harm. But new research shows that in vivo (in the body), the way vitamins work is completely different: they actually make harmful free radicals! 
So why are they good for us then? This small amount of toxicity activates systems in the body that are already set up to protect us from the damaging effects of oxidation.
This means that we need only small quantities—such as what you find in fruits and vegetables—to trigger the body’s self-protection system. Anything beyond that could be overload, and cause more harm than good.
This is the principle of hormesis: that whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. More specifically, hormesis is when small doses of a poison or stressor trigger systems in the body that will make it more prepared to deal with higher doses or bigger stressors.
The body’s self-protection system includes enzymes and proteins that can:
  • Reverse oxidation
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Clean out the pesticides we ingest with our food
  • Get rid of toxic metals
  • Destroy damaged proteins that can be toxic if they accumulate in our cells
Usually the body doesn’t have these systems working at maximum capacity, but antioxidants can fire them up.
Cell damage due to oxidation is a normal part of life on earth, and we and other animals have evolved ways to both prevent and repair such damage.
But, there is a tipping point. When the stress and harm to cells become too much, they can lead to disease. That’s why ramping up the body’s ability to maintain that balance is important.
Try these herbs, roots, fruits and vegetables that have been shown to turn on the body’s natural antioxidant ability:
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Olive leaf
  • Grapes
  • Cocoa
  • Green tea
  • Curcumin
  • Pomegranate
  • Broccoli seeds and sprouts
Studies referred to in this article:
Redox Homeostasis: The Golden Mean of Healthy Living” published in Redox Biology
Neurohormetic Phytochemicals: An Evolutionary – Bioenergetic Perspective” published in Neurochemistry International

5 Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

If you’ve already decided you don’t like Brussels sprouts, it’s probably because at some point in your life someone served you some where their tasty, nutty, sweet flavor was boiled away. When you learn how to cook them properly, you may find them totally yummy!
Brussels sprouts look like mini cabbages and are in fact in the same family.
5 Health Benefits of Brussels Sprouts
1. Keeps Bones Strong and Healthy
Brussels sprouts are full of vitamin K, which is responsible for good bone health.  One cup of Brussels sprouts has over 270 percent of your daily vitamin K requirement. Studies have found vitamin K to be helpful in increasing bone density  and reducing fractures in osteoporosis patients.
2. Helps Fight Cancer
The research for how Brussels sprouts helps fight cancer is vast. Here are a few highlights.
  • Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable, which have been shown to lower overall cancer risk, according to research at Oregon State University.
  • People who ate greater amounts of Brussels sprouts had a lower risk of cancer, as stated at the National Cancer Institute fact page.
  • Cruciferous vegetables inhibit and regulate cancer-causing genes. Cruciferous vegetables are “key to eliminating cancer,” according to research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
  • Also, Brussels sprouts are a glucosinolate-containing cruciferous vegetable, which a 1995 study found reduces colon cancer.
 3. Lowers Cholesterol 
When Brussels sprouts are steamed, the fiber components bind with intestinal bile acids, helping them to pass out of the body. This creates a need in the body to replenish lost bile acids, using the existing supply of cholesterol, thus reducing it. Uncooked Brussels sprouts do have some ability to lower cholesterol, but it’s low compared to the process of steaming, according to the Western Regional Research Center.
4. Provides A Good Source of Protein When Combined with a Whole Grain
Brussels sprouts contain a good quantity of protein. There’s 4 grams of protein in one cup of Brussels sprouts. You will get the most protein when you eat them with a whole grain as they need the balance of other amino acids.
5. Promotes Weight loss
One cup of Brussels sprouts has only 56 calories. They are low in fat and have 4 grams of fiber. This fiber has many benefits for your digestive system and gives you that ‘full’ feeling. They are nutrient dense so your body is also satisfied long term.

Brussels Sprouts Trivia
  • They are spelled Brussels sprouts, NOT Brussel sprouts and NOT brussel sprouts.
  •  A team of scientists with local schoolchildren lit a Christmas tree in London, England from the energy of 1,000 Brussels sprouts!
  • Brussels sprouts are used in Chinese medicine to improve digestion.
  • Brussels sprouts are the most hated vegetable in Britain and America!

Brussels Sprout Nutrition
One serving of Brussels sprouts will meet your needs for vitamin C and vitamin K for the day. Brussels sprouts are one of the top 20 most nutritious foods as scored by the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index.

5 Interesting Reasons You Should Cry More

The past few weeks have been hard for Americans of many walks of life.

Most of us wiped the tears away quickly, telling ourselves that there were more constructive things to do than blubbering “like a child,” but that’s not exactly true.
According to quite a bit of scientific research, crying is a natural and necessary emotional response to stress, and that not crying can actually have a negative effect on our health!
So, whether you do it while wrapped in a hug from a loved one, or all alone, here are a few reasons to let yourself cry more often.
Interesting Facts About Crying 
  • 85 percent of women and 73 percent of men felt less sad and angry after crying.
  • Women cry an average of 5.3 times a month, while men cry an average of 1.3 times per month.
  • The average adult bout of crying lasts 6 minutes.
  • Tears are more often shed between 7 and 10pm (aka when we’re tired)
 5 Health Benefits Of Crying 
Relieves Stress 
The research of William H. Frey II, Ph.D., a biochemist and director of the Psychiatry Research Laboratories at the St. Paul-Ramsey Medical Centre, suggests that we feel better after crying because it removes chemicals that build up during stress. “We don’t know what those chemicals are, but we do know that tears contain ACTH, which is known to be increased in stress,” reports Dr. Frey. Basically, crying could be a way to purge stress-causing chemicals from the body.
Lowers Blood Pressure
According to several studies, blood pressure and pulse rate plunged immediately following therapy sessions during which patients cried.
Reduces Manganese
Manganese, a trace mineral which affects mood, brain and nerve function, is found in up to 30 times greater concentration in tears than in blood serum. Again, it could be that crying is a way for your body to shed manganese and regulate mood.
Flushes Out Toxins
Tear production does more than just keep our eyes from drying out. “Tears also contain lysozyme, which is both antibacterial and antiviral, and glucose, which nourishes the cells on the surface of the eye and inside the eyelids,” explains the Huffington Post.
Cleans Out Your Nose
When crying, tears travel through the tear duct to the nasal passages, where they encounter mucus. When enough tears mix with the mucus, it loosens and is shed, keeping the nose moist and bacteria free, says psychiatrist Judith Orloff, MD, author of Emotional Freedom.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

You’ve Been Told Bacon is Bad for You But This is What the Actual Science Says About Bacon

Sadly most people assume that bacon and other tasty high-fat foods are very dangerous. But what if bacon is actually good for us? What if it actually provides many health benefits? It’s finally time to hear what the actual science and medical tests have to say on the matter of bacon’s nutritional benefits to our health. 

 Top Reasons why bacon is good for you

Loaded with Protein: The protein found in bacon is extremely valuable to maintaining our energy levels and a fully functioning, healthy body, with a minimum of those nasty, waist, thigh and butt expanding, fat-building carbohydrates.
Fights Inflammation: If you suffer from inflammation, bacon is your best friend. Because of its high monounsaturated fat content, bacon can improve tryglycerides, lower blood pressure, and keep you feeling satiated. 
Eat Fat, Get Thin: Why the Fat We Eat Is the Key to Sustained Weight Loss and Vibrant HealthHealthy Fat: Bacon is loaded with saturated fat. Your brain, which is mostly made up of saturated fat and cholesterol, is a fatty acid powerhouse. In fact, every nerve pathway, insulin spike, and enerFat, being one of the greatest sources of concentrated energy, is the preferred fuel for the heart, and it contains substantial amounts of vitamins D, K, A, and E.
Brain Boosting: Bacon is  full of a vital nutrient called “choline,” which helps increase our intelligence and memory. Studies have shown that choline improves memory, intelligence testing and reduces the speed of damage to the brain from dementia.  
Loaded with Essential Vitamins & Minerals: Bacon has one of the highest amounts of essential amino acids (meaning your body needs them but can’t make them) out there, including tryptophan (important for brain health), leucine (builds muscles), and glutamic acid (essential for your nervous system).From bacon, we receive: 65% of our Recommended Daily Intake of Thiamin (Vitamin B1) as well as 47% of our Niacin (Vitamin B3), 38% of our Vitamin B12, 36% of our Zinc, 24% of our Vitamin B6, 22% of our Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), 22% of our Phosphorus, 10% of our Pantothenate, 10% of our Magnesium, 9% of our Iron and the Protein to fat balance in bacon is actually 4 to 1, which is one of the highest protein to fat balances found in any meat, fish or fowl found on Earth.
Effective Mood Elevator: Bacon is a natural mood enhancer that helps encourage positive mental states. In fact, bacon is an addictive substance that has a neurological impact on the brain.

Protects the Heart: Bacon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which are the same nutrients found in fish. The healthy benefits of omega fatty acids are the reduced cholesterol and improved overall health in the heart. In fact several studies that show that the Omega-3 Fatty Acids and “choline” found in bacon can actually protect the heart.

Having said that, make sure your pork is pasture-raised and the pigs live in their natural setting eating pig-appropriate food. Only then pork can be a nutritious part of your diet.

20 foods for health and longevity

If you eat unhealthy food, it will have a deteriorating effect on your body and health, which in turn will certainly affect your lifespan. Dr. K.M. Sunesara says that you can enjoy robust energy and good health even when you reach old age. Today, Priya Kathpal - Nutritionist, Mumbai shares a list of best foods for overall health and longevity. Follow these foods and live better for longer...



Food for health and longevity # 1: Salmon

Salmon is a very good source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D. Omega-3 fatty acids helps to prevent inflammation in your body and help keep your heart healthy. A healthy heart means a healthy individual. Priya says - it is beneficial if you have salmon with the bones, as it can be a good source of calcium, which can keep your bones in good health. Eat salmon at least 2-3 times a week, if you want to live a healthy life.



Food for health and longevity # 2: Almonds

Almonds are rich in essential minerals like potassium, folic acid, protein, monounsaturated fat and vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and monounsaturated fat is an anti-inflammatory. Hence, eating at least a handful of almonds every day will significantly reduce your risk of various heart ailments and help you live longer.



Food for health and longevity # 3: Water

Your body is made up of water, thus to maintain good health, nourishing your body with adequate water is essential. Sufficient intake of water will help to keep you hydrated. A hydrated person is also a robust, energized person. Hence, make it mandatory to drink at least 10-12 glasses of water daily.



Food for health and longevity # 4: Black raspberries

If you want to eat healthy, then start eating these tiny, sweet berries as a snack every day. These berries are not only tasty and sweet but also loaded with super powers to fight against various diseases. Their richness in phytonutrients helps to keep dangerous diseases like cancer and other heart problems at bay. Start eating these yummy berries as a snack or as a dessert or morning breakfast, by mixing them with yogurt or cereals.



Food for health and longevity # 5: Olive oil

This oil is your gateway to good health and longevity. Loaded with health benefiting factors like monounsaturated fats and other beneficial compounds, olive oil is also devoid of trans fats and other saturated fats. Priya says - prefer extra virgin oil for maximum benefits, as it helps in increasing the good cholesterol and also possesses anti-inflammatory properties.



Food for health and longevity # 6: Broccoli

Broccoli is loaded with numerous healthy substances. It is rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, calcium and iron. It also possesses antioxidants like sulforaphane, which helps to protect healthy cells from damage. Priya adds - to get maximum benefits from this vegetable, it should be eaten raw.



Food for health and longevity # 7: Eggs

To maintain the health of the muscle, muscles tissues and immune system, sufficient amount of protein is necessary. Eggs are one of the best sources to help us maintain good health especially of the immune system. Eggs are loaded with amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. Hence, to keep your body going to complete your daily tasks, sufficient level of protein is needed. Priya says - eggs are also rich in cholesterol, especially the yellow part, so if you have an issue with regards to cholesterol then it is recommended that you speak to your doctor.



Food for health and longevity # 8: Pineapple

If you want to live a healthy lifestyle then include this fruit in your diet. Pineapples are juicy and delicious, and also very healthy and nourishing. It is packed with several essential vitamins and minerals, which help in speedy recovery, promote good joint health and reduce the risk of asthma and asthma inflammation.



Food for health and longevity # 9: Strawberries

These red, juicy fruits are also one of the healthiest foods. Their richness in antioxidants and other essential nutrients help in increasing your lifespan by decreasing your risk to various heart diseases, inflammatory ailments, and also manage your weight. So for a healthy heart and a healthy you, start eating this yummy fruit daily.



Food for health and longevity # 10: Beans

All types of beans are great for health. Consumption of beans helps in fulfilling your daily allowance of calories, fiber and protein. This is a good protein alternative for all the vegetarians. Due to their richness in soluble fiber, it helps in lowering cholesterol. Beans also promote the growth of healthy bacteria in your intestine, which further helps in swift functioning of your digestive system.



Food for health and longevity # 11: Avocados

Avocados are one of the healthiest foods available on the planet. Avocados possess almost 25 essential nutrients, which are needed to maintain good health. The fat present in avocado is mostly monounsaturated, which helps to lower bad cholesterol and boosts good cholesterol. Besides its richness in antioxidants also helps in preventing cell damage, due to the presence of folate which helps in repairing DNA in cells. Daily consumption of avocados helps in preventing cancer, protects breast health, and promotes a healthy heart.



Food for health and longevity # 12: Blueberries

Blueberries possess maximum number of anti-oxidants, vitamin C, vitamin K and loads of other macronutrients. Presence of these essential nutrients helps in boosting your immune system by raising the hemoglobin and oxygen concentration in your body. The presence of Anthocyanin - anti-oxidant helps in neutralizing the damages causing radicals and thus prevents ageing and combats various diseases.



Food for health and longevity # 13: Whole grains

Whole grains possess many anti-ageing properties like vitamin E, fiber and other wealthy antioxidants. Consume whole grains daily in the form of millet, oatmeal or pasta. Priya says - eating oats in the morning for breakfast, is the best tip to live a healthy long life. Whole grains help in preventing high cholesterol, regulate blood sugar and prevent diabetes.



Food for health and longevity # 14: Dark chocolate

Yes! Chocolate is good for you and it also helps in increasing your lifespan by promoting good health. As it is made from cacoa beans, it is a power house of various antioxidants. Their richness in antioxidants like flavonoids does good to your heart by reducing inflammation and preventing blood clots. As it has a low glycemic level, it also helps to manage your blood sugar level.



Food for health and longevity # 15: Sardines

This fish is the powerhouse of various vital nutrients like protein and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Besides its richness in amino acids, it is also loaded with calcium, magnesium and zinc which helps to promote good mental and bone health and thus prevents Alzheimer's and osteoporosis.



Food for health and longevity # 16: Spinach

Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach are populated with various essential nutrients and plus they are low in calories. Fresh spinach is high in antioxidants like flavonoid, which helps in preventing various types of cancer like ovarian cancer and prostate cancer. Daily consumption of spinach also improves the health of your heart, brain and prevents fast-ageing.



Food for health and longevity # 17: Flax seeds

These tiny, mighty seeds are one of the most nutritive foods available. They are loaded with magnesium, manganese, potassium, essential fatty acids and fiber. Presence of phytochemicals helps in fighting against diabetes. Besides, it also helps to combat high cholesterol, cancer, constipation and heart disease.



Food for health and longevity # 18: Yoghurt

Yoghurt is a balanced food. It contains a little bit of everything like carb and protein. Yoghurt helps in fueling your brain and also aids your digestion as it has probiotic properties. Priya says - include plain yogurt daily in your diet. 




Food for health and longevity # 19: Beetroot


This dark red vegetable is loaded with various health promoting factors. It is loaded with potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamin A, folic acid, carbohydrates, proteins and powerful antioxidants. Daily consumption of beetroot helps in improving stamina, blood flow, lowers blood pressure, lowers cholesterol and stabilizes blood sugar.




Food for health and longevity # 20: Prunes


Their richness in various antioxidants helps in fighting against various diseases and prevents ageing. They are also loaded with fiber which helps in efficient bowel movement. Eat prunes as an evening snack for a healthy life.