Amazing Benefits of Turmeric

Amazing Benefits of Turmeric

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#1 LEARN INCREDIBLE BENEFITS OF TURMERIC!

Turmeric contains the potent antioxidant Curcumin. Scientists are amazed at its detoxifying, anti-inflammatory properties

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#3 NATURAL AND ORGANIC FOR HEALTH!

Take fewer prescription meds or eliminate them entirely. Turmeric is grown by mother nature and is 100% natural and organic. No pesticides and no added filler

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#2 LISTEN TO WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY…

• I Can run again! Hip pain has stopped!
• No more shoulder pain, helped arthritis!
• Inflammation stopped! Back pain gone!

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If you’re struggling with knee, back or joint pain then you’re about to become extremely happy.
But first… can you tell me if any of these apply to you?

  • Do you deal with persistent joint pain?
  • Do you lie in bed at night struggling to find a comfortable sleeping position?
  • Are you just plain sick and tired of your joints hurting?

If so, you’re really going to get a lot out of what I have to share with you. You see…
This Is Your Chance To STOP Inflammation Caused Joint Pain forever!
You see, I’ve discovered a natural and organic way… which only takes a minute a day… to stop my knee pain forever.
I know this might be hard for you to believe… and trust me, if I were you I would be skeptical too. But here’s exactlywhat I’ve discovered:

  • Pharmaceutical medications weren’t helping my knees and were likely causing other problems.
  • Natural and organic is the way nature intended
  • Within 3 days swelling and joint pressure was almost completely gone!

I was running with my daughter by day 3!
I love this stuff!!! 🙂
It all sounds wild… but it truly does work.

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I’ve been using Proline Organic’s Turmeric for about a year and love it. I had no idea it helped with so much. Turmeric stopped the swelling in my hips and allowed me to run again! It’s even helped me lose weight! – Caroline On my second bottle and I have experienced excellent results! I work out 6 days a week and have noticed much more limber in my shoulder and knee joints . The stiffness is basically gone also. No other changes in supplements taken. Would highly recommend. – Ray I’ve been taking Turmeric to reduce inflammation which was causing lower back pain.
Now I wake up with no lower back pain and my feet aren’t hurting. It’s the best!
Thank you! – Kimberly

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Proline Expert Thomas DeLauer’s 7-Day Anti-Inflammatory Reboot

Proline Expert Thomas DeLauer’s 7-Day Anti-Inflammatory Reboot

Proline Expert Thomas DeLauer’s 7-Day
Anti-Inflammatory Reboot

Inflammation is holding us back in so many ways, and no one is really explaining it to us. All we know is that it’s “bad,” but no one wants to tell us about how it’s keeping us from losing weight and how it’s making us feel like garbage. Mainly because the food lobbyists don’t want us to dip into their profits when we find out that inflammation is caused by most of the so-called healthy foods that we are eating now!

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*IMPORTANT: My results are not typical. As with any weight loss program, your results may vary greatly.

When I was 275lbs and struggling with my weight, the last thing that I thought about was inflammation causing my problems… I had always resorted to the basics… simple calories in vs. calories out to lose weight, BUT that was NOT the case here. There was something bigger at play because I was literally doing everything that I was ‘supposed’ to do.

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Meanwhile, my wife was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that effected her thyroid (hashimoto’s) and later, Lyme disease. It was the serendipitous timing of this that made me realize that inflammation might be playing a larger role then I had thought. I’m sure many of you have heard of these diseases, and the scary thing is that they can be affecting you and you might not even know it!

To make a very long story short, I began learning about inflammation, using my resources within the healthcare industry to dive into some heavy research on how inflammation works and how it could be holding my wife and I (and others) from living the lives that we wanted to live. Like so many others, it’s easy to not even realize you’re being held back.

I found that inflammation can cause all kinds of issues in the digestive tract making it so that you’re not absorbing nutrients. This was a HUGE step, because I WAS eating healthy, but I couldn’t lose weight at all! So when I realized that there were specific “health foods” that I was eating that were causing this to happen, it all made sense….

read more: Learn what these health foods are

If you’re not absorbing nutrients, then you body goes into starvation mode and that means that you will store fat! It’s a simple survival mechanism! This was the code that needed to be cracked! I needed to find a way to reduce the activity of the COX-1 enzyme and the production of prostaglandins (a fancy way of saying ‘how inflammation is caused”)

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But the difficulty was finding a way to rid my body of the inflammation so that I could begin absorbing nutrients again. And back then, this was a long drawn out process, simply because the science wasn’t really there at the time. Most of us don’t really have the time or the energy to devote to experimenting with different foods to find what works for them.

Well, I did reduce my inflammation, and I was able to get back on track and ultimately become on author on this very topic, but it took a lot of time.

So over the past six months, using my experiences and my research I have developed a way to reduce inflammation within the body and to help the body absorb nutrients again, all with a WHOLE FOODS approach. As someone that has been in the healthcare industry before, I wanted to make sure this was a down-to-earth way to reduce inflammation.

Anyhow, it has been awesome to see how many people have been having success and not just reducing inflammation, but truly losing weight and kick starting their new lives feeling utterly amazing!

I want to invite you to take a look at the full protocol and the actual program and steps that you need to take right here

Just seeing some of the pain being lifted from people and seeing them realize what had been causing them so much grief before…

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*IMPORTANT: Results are not typical. As with any weight loss program, your results may vary greatly.

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*IMPORTANT: Results are not typical. As with any weight loss program, your results may vary greatly.

Anyhow, you’ve all been so good to me by watching my videos and reading my articles, I thought that this would be a great special opportunity for you to get this reboot system, so head on over and check it out here – Thank you! Thomas Delauer

Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe to Die For!

Creamy Cauliflower Soup Recipe to Die For!

I’m never eating cauliflower in any other form from now on. Only in this soup recipe. It’s too good to waste cauliflower on anything else. If you’ve been looking for a delicious cauliflower soup recipe you’ve come to the right place. How is it that cauliflower can be made to taste so good?

I seriously had to put this soup away as soon as it cooled, because I kept slurping it from the ladle as I passed by. That’s when you know you’ve made a great soup. It’s luxurious and silky. This coconut-creamed cauliflower soup is infused with spices like cardamom, cumin, coriander, and turmeric. So good, it’s the only cauliflower soup you’ll ever want to make.

  • 1 Tbsp. olive or coconut oil
  • 2 medium yellow onions, diced
  • 1 bay leaf (don’t forget to pull it out before you blend the soup)
  • 1 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric (take turmeric everyday)
  • 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cardamom
  • dash of ground black pepper
  • sprinkling of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 large head of cauliflower, roughly chopped to the same size
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • fresh dill (for garnish – optional)

In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium-low. Add the onion and the spices, except for the garlic. Saute, stirring occasionally until the onions become translucent, about 10 minutes. Then, add the garlic and saute another few minutes.

Add the vegetable broth and cauliflower and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer and allow to cook for about 15 minutes, until the cauliflower is tender.

Remove from heat and transfer carefully to your Vitamix. Blend on high (allowing steam to vent) for a few minutes, until silky and smooth.

Transfer back to the soup pot and stir in the coconut milk and vinegar. Bring back to heat over low, ensuring it doesn’t boil.

Serve hot and topped with fresh dill and ground black pepper, if you like.

Turmeric Smoothie – So Tasty You Won’t Believe It Has One of the Most Powerful Antioxidants In The World!

Turmeric Smoothie – So Tasty You Won’t Believe It Has One of the Most Powerful Antioxidants In The World!

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Turmeric Smoothie – So Tasty You Won’t Believe It Has One of the Most Powerful Antioxidants In The World!

Powdered turmeric has been used for centuries to treat a host of illnesses. It inhibits inflammatory reactions, has anti-diabetic effects, and reduces cholesterol among other powerful health effects.

A recent study, led by a research team in Munich, showed that it can also hinder formation of metastases.

Turmeric has a slightly bitter taste. By blending it with sweet fruit, you won’t even notice it in your smoothie. This recipe is so tasty and nutritious, you could have it daily.

Who needs chemical medications when nature gave us turmeric?

It is a blood purifier, digestive aid, anti-inflammatory, wound healer, skin tonic, analgesic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-carcinogenic, fat metabolizer, cholesterol reducer, gas reducer, expectorant, and more.

Curcumin, the natural pigment that gives the spice turmeric its yellow color, has increasingly come under the scientific spotlight in recent years, with studies investigating its vast health benefits.

One of the most comprehensive summaries of turmeric benefits studies to date was published by the respected ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Phd., in the October, 2007 issue of Alternative & Complementary Therapies, and summarized in the July, 2008, issue of the American Botanical Council publication HerbClip.

Reviewing some 700 studies, Duke concluded that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so with virtually no adverse side effects.

Turmeric’s proven benefits

Here are some of the diseases that turmeric has been found to help prevent or alleviate:

Alzheimer’s disease: Duke found more than 50 studies on turmeric’s effects in addressing this terrible disease. The reports indicate that extracts of turmeric contain a number of natural agents that block the formation of beta-amyloid, the substance responsible for the plaques that slowly obstruct cerebral function in Alzheimer’s disease.

Arthritis: Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including six different COX-2-inhibitors (the COX-2 enzyme promotes pain, swelling and inflammation; inhibitors selectively block that enzyme). By itself, writes Duke, curcumin – the component in turmeric most often cited for its healthful effects – is a multifaceted anti-inflammatory agent, and studies of the efficacy of curcumin have demonstrated positive changes in arthritic symptoms.

Cancer: Duke found more than 200 citations for turmeric benefits related to cancer and more than 700 for curcumin and cancer. He noted that in the handbook Phytochemicals: Mechanisms of Action, curcumin and/or turmeric were effective in animal models in prevention and/or treatment of colon cancer, mammary cancer, prostate cancer, murine hepato-carcinogenesis (liver cancer in rats), esophageal cancer, and oral cancer. Duke said that the effectiveness of the herb against these cancers compared favorably with that reported for pharmaceuticals.


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How can you add more turmeric to your daily diet?

Well, one good way is via turmeric tea. Or you can simply indulge in curried dishes, either at restaurants or at home. Of course there’s nothing easier than taking a daily supplement. Another excellent way is by making the great recipe below. And remember, however you do it, adding turmeric to your diet is one of the best moves toward optimal health you can make!


Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

Turmeric has a slightly bitter taste. By blending it with sweet fruit, you won’t even notice it in your smoothie! This recipe is so tasty, healing and nutritious that you could have it every single day on your menu!

  • 1 cup hemp or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple or mango chunks
  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (shop now) (can be increased to 1 tsp)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger (shop now)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon maca (optional)

This recipe is best consumed in the morning on an empty stomach. Not only will it increase your energy for the first half of the day, but it will also clear your mind and infuse your body with some of the most powerful antioxidants in the world of food.

So, if you wanted to create the perfect smoothie with anti-cancerous properties, potent anti-inflammatories, as well as anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal constituents, look no further than this turmeric-fruit mixture.

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Fat Burning Morning Drink

Fat Burning Morning Drink

When we awaken in the morning, we are ending a period of fasting that has lasted all night long.  The first thing that you consume in the morning is very important and can have a critical impact on our health.  Easy absorption on an empty stomach is the main reason.

A simple glass of warm filtered water containing cayenne pepper, lemon and apple cider vinegar can have a significant impact on your health.  The benefits of this simple drink are extensive and nothing short of amazing.  Want to know more about the benefits that you will see from consuming this beverage first thing every morning? Here they are:

The lemon helps to break up mucus, helping to clear your sinuses that can be a significant benefit for allergy sufferers or those who have a cold or flu.

  • Restoration of the alkaline acid balance in your body which will relieve any issues that you are suffering due your consumption of a diet that is high in acid-producing foods.
  • This beverage will help to remove toxins from the body.
  • Clears up the skin and gives it a noticeably healthy glow.
  • Can help to break down fats in the body which will result in noticeable weight loss.
  • This beverage will lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
  • Feeds the liver and detoxifies it at the same time.
  • Strengthens the immune system so you do not get sick as often.
  • Gives your body a lighter feeling.
  • Boosts up the metabolism and gives you more energy to get on with your day.
  • Purifies the colon which makes it much easier to improve the digestive process and allow your body to absorb nutrients more easily. Colon purification helps to clear up the skin and improve its appearance.
  • Can effectively lower high blood pressure.
  • Helps your digestive system and allows you to eliminate waste more regularly and efficiently.
  • Pushes your lymph system into balance that can assist with the various daily functions of the body. It can also help to fight infection and to balance the body fluids.

 

Here is the recipe for this amazing fat burning morning drink:

Use 12 ounces of warm filtered water (not HOT water).  Hot water will break down many of the essential properties of the majority of these ingredients including enzymes, minerals and vitamins.

Add juice from a half of a lemon

Add in 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

Add a dash of cayenne pepper to the beverage

Directions:

  • Always drink this first thing in the morning on an empty stomach when you first wake up.
  • Stir all of the ingredients together and drink the beverage immediately.
  • It is a good idea to drink this concoction through a straw so that you do not get all of the acids on your teeth that can cause damage, especially if you are drinking this every day.
  • Don’t eat anything else for 10 – 15 minutes so that you allow your body a chance to absorb all of the ingredients.

When you first begin drinking this mixture you may find it very tart and difficult to consume.  If necessary, add in a teaspoon of honey that will add a little bit of sweetness.  As you start to get used to the taste you can start to reduce the honey until you no longer need to add the honey.  This drink has a lot of major health benefits, and your body is going to appreciate it.  You may not like it at first, but once you make it a habit of drinking this daily, you are well on your way to enjoying the health benefits that this elixir provides.

Why You Should Start Your Day With Lemon Water

Why You Should Start Your Day With Lemon Water

I was recently introduced to the concept of lemon water when I mentioned to a friend that I was having a hard time getting rid of my belly fat even though I was exercising regularly and eating healthy. His instant reply to me was, “drink a glass of lemon water every morning.” I’m already an avid water drinker, so any new spin on my old favorite peaks my interest.  Plus, anything that sounds that simple to do is worth trying…or at least looking into.

After reading up on the matter, I discovered that not only can lemon water help me flush out fat, its cleansing and healing effects have a number of positive health effects that convinced me to start every day with a glass of lemon water.

Why lemons?
Lemons are packed with vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies.  They’re also an excellent and rich source of B-complex vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber, and they contain more potassium than apples or grapes!   The high levels of potassium in lemons can help brain and nerve functioning and control blood pressure.  Lemons also contain pectin fiber which is beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial.

Adding lemon to water not only quenches thirst better than any other beverage, but it also nourishes our body with vitamins, minerals and trace elements which we absolutely need. Lemon with water can be considered the best natural energy booster.

Kick-off Every Morning with Warm Lemon Water

I confess, I love (want, need, can’t survive without) my morning coffee, so replacing my cup of java with lemon water, as some have suggested, just doesn’t seem feasible to me at the moment.  So, I’m going to follow the easiest tip I found which is simply to drink a glass warm lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.  All that’s involved is to wake up, squeeze some fresh lemon juice into a glass, fill with warm water and drink up.   That’s totally doable!

Why warm water?  According to Amy Myers, MD, author of The Autoimmune Solution ($21, amazon.com), our bodies absorb water more efficiently at that temperature because it’s close to our body temperature.  When we wake up in the morning, our bodily tissues are dehydrated and are in need of water to push out toxins and rejuvenate the cells.  Drinking lemon water on an empty stomach is a great way to eliminate internal toxins, regulating proper kidney and digestive tract functions by forcing them to work as smoothly as possible. Drink it first thing in the morning, and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. This will help you fully receive the benefits.

During the rest of the day, feel free to sip lemon water at a cooler temperature, if you prefer. This will keep you hydrated, and it may also help quench your thirst for calorie-laden soda or other sugar-sweetened beverages.  For maximum results, some even recommend a drink of water one hour before meals.

Top 11 Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

  1. Strengthens Your Immune System
    The juice of half a lemon in a glass of water is rich in vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system and assists the body in fighting colds, flu and other ailments.  Since lemon is a powerful antioxidant, it protects the body from free radicals, which interact with the healthy cells of the body, damaging them and their membranes.  The vitamin C travels through the body, neutralizing any free radicals.
  2. Helps With Weight Loss
    Lemons contain pectin fiber, with creates a feeling of fullness, resulting in the suppression of hunger cravings. By feeling fuller for longer, we’re less likely to snack needlessly or make poor food choices.
  3. Boosts Your Energy
    Water with lemon provides the body with electrolytes which hydrate your body. When our bodies are hydrated, we feel more energetic.  Lemon juice also provides the body with energy when it enters the digestive tract.  It also helps reduce anxiety and depression. (Even the scent of lemons has a calming effect on our nervous system!)
  4. Aids Digestion
    The citric acid in lemon juice not only encourages healthy digestion by loosening toxins in your digestive tract, it helps cleanse the bowel by flushing out waste more efficiently and stimulates the release of gastric juices, which aid digestion and can also help relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and bloating.
  5. Cleanses Your System
    Lemon water cleanses the liver.   Lemon juice enhances enzyme function which stimulates the liver to release and flush out toxins in your body.  The liver produces more enzymes from water with lemon than from any other food.  Lemon juice is a diuretic, meaning it encourages the production of urine. As a result, toxins are released at a faster rate, helping to purify the system and keep it healthy.
  6. Keeps your skin blemish-free
    Water with lemon is good for the skin.  The antioxidants in lemon juice helps to decrease blemishes and create collagen synthesis. The job of collagen and connective tissue is to hold things tight and protect your skin tissue–in other words, it keeps wrinkles at bay and helps maintain your skin’s radiance.
  7. Reduces pain of joints and muscles
    If you drink lemon water on a regular basis, it will decrease the acidity in your body. The buildup of uric acid in your joints is one of the main causes of inflammation, which leads to pain. Water with lemon helps to dilute uric acid, to help ease pain in joints and muscles.
  8. Improves Heart, Brain and Nerve Function
    Lemons are high in potassium, which is good for heart health, as well as proper brain and nerve function. The nervous system needs a sufficient amount of potassium to ensure sustainable signals to the heart. Water with lemon also helps combat depression and anxiety which are often the result of low levels of potassium in the blood.
  9. Freshens Your Breath
    The antiseptic qualities in lemon juice help kill off bad bacteria in the mouth by acting as a disinfectant. It also helps relieve toothaches and gingivitis!
  10. Fights Viral Infections
    Warm lemon water is one of the most effective ways to prevent viral infections of the respiratory tract, sore throats and inflammation of the tonsils due to the anti-inflammatory properties of lemon. Plus, with the lemon juice also boosting your immune system, it’s easier for your body to fight off the infection completely.
  11. Balances pH Levels
    Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods for the body and a good pH level is essential as too much acidity in the body can be inflammatory. If you drink water with lemon immediately before a meal, it creates an alkalizing effect that helps your body maintain a higher level of pH.  The higher the pH, the more your body is able to fight diseases.

Let’s Get Started!

Squeeze the juice of ½ of a lemon into a glass If you weigh more than 150lb, you may want to use a whole lemon to get the most benefit.

Fill the rest of the glass with lukewarm or warm water. 

Drink up.  That’s it!


To get the most juice with minimal effort, I’m going to try the Prepworks from Progressive International CJ-3 Citrus Juicer I found on amazon.com.  It’s inexpensive and over 500 customers give it an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars.  And it seems easy enough to use.

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Of course, you can get all fancy with something like Epica Powerful Stainless Steel Whisper-quiet Citrus Juicer-70 Watt motor, but that just seems like overkill for my needs.  But  I may be upgrading to this in the future.


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It can’t get any easier than that, right?  Well, actually it can!  I also found pure organic lemon juice in a bottle and I’m tempted to bypass the squeezing altogether and get the bottle.  I’ve read that you won’t get the maximum health benefits like you would using fresh squeezed lemons, but the bottled stuff will do in a pinch–if you don’t have fresh lemons on hand.  Just make sure you get 100% PURE juice squeezed from real lemons , not concentrate!  And if you go this route, make sure you get the pure juice in a glass bottle–not the plastic bottle–because those in the know say the citric acid could deteriorate the plastic, leeching chemicals into the juice. [UPDATE: I took this shortcut for a little while and found that using fresh squeezed lemons is worth the time and effort after all. I agree with our readers who commented against using the bottled stuff.]


NOTE OF CAUTION!

There is one potential downside to consuming lemons. When undiluted lemon juice comes directly in contact with the teeth, the acid in the lemon can break down your tooth enamel. That’s why it’s important to always dilute lemon juice in water of any temperature (though lukewarm is recommended) before drinking it. If you’re really concerned about the acid harming tooth enamel, rinse your mouth with water thoroughly after drinking lemon juice. But for most of us, it won’t pose a real problem because you would have to drink copious amounts of lemon water to strip the enamel.

But what ever you do, don’t brush your teeth immediately after drinking lemon juice. The combination of the acid and the mild abrasives in the toothpaste can really do a number on the enamel. If you’ve been drinking lemon juice, swish your mouth out with fresh water before brushing and use a soft-bristled brush and a non-abrasive toothpaste.

Do you start your day with lemon water? Have you noticed the health benefits? Let us know in the comments below.



SOURCES:
16 Health Benefits Of Drinking Warm Lemon Water from Food Matters
This is What Happens To Your Body If You Drink Lemon Water on An Empty Stomach Every Morning from Practically Viral
Why You Should Start Your Day With Lemon Water by Beth Lipton (health.com)
Kick-start your day with lemon and water by Kirsten Hyam (bodyandsoul.com)

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Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites

Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites

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Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites

These chocolate dipped almond butter banana bites are a delicious and healthy treat perfect for any time of day!

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Chocolate Dipped Almond Butter Banana Bites

You could make these using any nut butter you like. I made them using homemade coconut maple almond butter.

Ingredients
  • 3 large bananas
  • ⅓ cup nut butter of choice
  • ½ cup melted chocolate of choice (dark chocolate has anti-oxidants)
Instructions
  1. Slice bananas into slices about ¼-1/2 inch thick.
  2. Spread a little nut butter onto a slice and sandwich two slices together.
  3. Place on wax paper on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid, at least an hour.
  4. Melt chocolate in a double boiler and remove frozen banana bites from freezer.
  5. Dip each banana bite in chocolate and place back on wax paper. Freeze for another hour.
  6. Transfer and keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 weeks.
Fake Olive Oil Is EVERYWHERE! Here Are 7 Popular Brands You Should Stop Buying NOW!

Fake Olive Oil Is EVERYWHERE! Here Are 7 Popular Brands You Should Stop Buying NOW!

Fake Olive Oil Is EVERYWHERE! Here Are 7 Popular Brands You Should Stop Buying NOW!

The olive oil in your kitchen is likely not what you think it is. Fake olive oil is literally everywhere on the market – up to 70% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the US are fake. And by fake I mean cut with cheaper oils.

In 2008, more than 400 Italian police officers conducted an operation called “Operation Golden Oil,” which resulted in 23 arrests and confiscation of 85 farms. Companies were adding chlorophyll to sunflower and soybean oil and selling it as extra virgin olive oil. As a result of these raids, the Australian government decided to allow olive oil brands to submit their oils for lab tests, allowing them to certify companies as pure “extra-virgin olive oil.” Alas, every company failed to gain certification in 2012.

Prompted by all of these olive oil scams, researchers at the University of California decided to test 124 different samples from eight major brands of extra-virgin olive oil. Over 70% of the imported oils failed the test.

What does it mean when an oil fails an extra-virgin test? It essentially means that all of these oils claiming to be “extra-virgin” are actually cut with cheaper, lower-grade oils (like canola oil, sunflower oil or cola oil). The oil is then deodorized, coloured, and then flavoured and sold as “extra-virgin” oil to a producer. So it isn’t actually the company brand who is at fault here – it is the sneaky supplier at work.

The brands that failed to meet the extra virgin olive oil standards were:

– Bertolli
– Carapelli
– Colavita
– Star
– Pompeian
– Santa Sabina
– Primadonna
– Antica Badia
– Sasso
– Coricelli

Trader Joe’s, Safeway, Giant and Whole Foods also failed to meet the extra virgin requirements.

Filippo Berio, Mazola, Mezzetta, Newman’s Own, Safeway, and Whole Foods are also selling fake olive oil.

Brands that you can trust are:

– California Olive Ranch
– Cobram Estate
– Lucini
– Kirkland Organic
– Lucero (Ascolano)
– McEvoy Ranch Organic
– Bariani Olive Oil
– Corto Olive
– Ottavio
– Omaggio
– Olea Estates 100% extra virgin olive oil

1. Refrigerate the extra virgin olive oil. If it solidifies, it means that it contains mostly monounsaturated fat, which is good because extra virgin olive oil is mostly monounsaturated, and should grow more solid when cold. Putting your oil in the refrigerator will make it become thick and cloudy. If this doesn’t happen, it’s likely that your oil is not extra-virgin. This isn’t a fool-proof test, however, as the olive oils cut with lower grade oils also cloud over. If the oil you put in the fridge doesn’t thicken at all, though, then you know for sure that the oil is fake.

2. Extra virgin olive oil should be flammable enough to keep an oil lamp burning. However, this test isn’t that dependable, for the same reasons mentioned above. But if the oil doesn’t keep the wick of an oil lamp burning, you know that it contains mostly refined oils.

The best alternative is to buy from the above mentioned companies that you can trust, or, buy from local olive oil farmers. In the United States and Australia, there are certifications that you can look for on bottles. The seal denoting approval by the California Olive Oil Council is labelled as “COOC Certified Extra Virgin.” The Australian Olive Oil Association has a seal labelled as “Australian Extra Virgin Certified.” Other seals of approval are labelled from Italian Oliver Growers’ Association such as Extra Virgin Alliance (EVA) and UNAPROL.

California Olive Oil Council

Sources:
http://www.foodrenegade.com/your-extravirgin-olive-oil-fake/
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/11988947/Italian-companies-investigated-for-passing-off-ordinary-olive-oil-as-extra-virgin.html

 

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Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

raspberry oatmeal cookies

Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies Recipe

To make sure your cookies turn out extremely soft and chewy, you must measure both the whole wheat flour and old-fashioned oats correctly. Lightly spoon each into the measuring cups, and level with a knife. Do NOT stick the measuring cup into the container and scoop them out. You’ll end up with 1.5 times as much, which will dry out your cookies and leave them crumbly.

Chilling is mandatory. Initially, the dough will be very sticky, almost like thick muffin batter. Chilling allows the oats to absorb some of the liquids and thicken up the dough. If you forget to chill, you’ll end up with one big cookie blob, so learn from my mistake and pop the bowl in the fridge!

When dividing up the cookie dough to place on the baking sheet, try to drop them into rounded scoops, about as tall as they are wide. The raspberries contain a fair amount of water, which they release while baking, so the cookies spread a lot. Shaping the dough into taller mounds helps minimize the spread.

Because we’re using honey, which crystallizes at a lower temperature than granulated or brown sugar, we’ll bake these cookies lower and slower than your typical recipes: 325° for 13-15 minutes. Do not over-bake them!

When you remove the cookies from the oven, they should still look and feel underdone—that’s good! We’ll let them cool for at least 15 minutes on the warm baking sheet, which allows the centers to finishing cooking through without the outsides turning crisp and crunchy. They’ll stay soft for an entire week.

Bright and fruity, these Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies require some serious will power not to devour the entire batch! Those cute pink freckles, with the oaty flecks peeking through, are just too tempting—and their extra soft, chewy texture makes them even more addictive!
healthy raspberry oatmeal cookies

Raspberry Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
These are the softest & chewiest oatmeal cookies you’ll ever make, and the fresh raspberries add an irresistible sweetness and subtle tartness. Store any leftovers in an airtight container on the counter for up to a week—if they last that long!

1 cup (100g) instant oats (measured like this and gluten­free if necessary)
¾ cup (90g) whole wheat or gluten ­free* flour (measured correctly)
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp ground cinnamon
⅛ tsp salt
2 tbsp (28g) coconut oil or unsalted butter, melted
1 large egg, room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ cup (120mL) honey
6 tbsp (53g) fresh raspberries, diced

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the honey until thoroughly incorporated. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. Fold in the raspberries. Chill the dough for at least 30 minutes. (If chilling longer, cover with plastic wrap, ensuring it touches the entire surface of the cookie dough.)
2. Preheat the oven to 325°F, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Drop the cookie dough into 15 rounded scoops on the baking sheet. (If chilled longer than 1.5 hours, flatten slightly.) Bake at 325°F for 13-­15 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for at least 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.

Notes: It’s incredibly important to measure both the oats and flour correctly, using the spoon -and-­level method described above. If scooped from the container using the measuring cup, you’ll end up with 1.5 times as much, which will dry out your cookies and make them crumbly.

For a gluten ­free version, use gluten ­free instant oats and the following gluten­free flour blend: ½ cup (60g) millet flour, 2 tablespoons (15g) tapioca flour, 2 tablespoons (17g) brown rice flour, and ½ teaspoon xanthan gum.

To make your own instant oats, pulse 1 cup of old ­fashioned oats in a food processor 5­-8 times.

Melted unsalted butter or melted margarine may be substituted for the coconut oil. Regardless of which is used, be sure that the egg is at room temperature before whisking it in. A cold egg added straight from the fridge would rapidly cool the fat source, resulting in small blobs of semi­solid coconut oil or butter.

If the cookies are still really flimsy after cooling on the baking sheet for 15 minutes and threaten to break apart, let them cool completely on the baking sheet. That won’t let them crisp up too much.

Dangerous Drug Interactions from BioPerine Additive

Dangerous Drug Interactions from BioPerine Additive

Dangers of Bioperine Drug Interactions

Dangers of the Supplement Additive BioPerine

As doctors warn it can cause a dangerous reaction with a host of common drugs… Toxic truth about the supplement additive BioPerine®


Researchers warn that BioPerine® reacts with many medicines

The additive can cause devastating side-effects from stomach bleeding to kidney problems. Doctors say the public is ignorant to the dangers and putting themselves needlessly at risk.

By Dr. Darren Shire

Eating a breakfast containing half of a grapefruit has long been seen as one of the healthiest ways to start the day, a virtuous alternative to tucking into cereal or a cooked breakfast. But could this supposed ‘superfood’, which is packed with vital vitamins and minerals, really be doing you more harm than good?

It’s long been understood that grapefruit reacts with a large number of medicines taken by millions of Americans every day, causing devastating side-effects ranging from stomach bleeding to kidney problems, muscle aches and irregular heartbeats.

Researchers have discovered that the vitamin & supplement additive BioPerine® reacts in the exact same way with the human body.

Doctors say the public are woefully ignorant about the dangers of mixing BioPerine® with medicine and that many are putting themselves needlessly at risk.

So what is the truth behind the scare, and how can such a ‘healthy’ additive pose such a threat?

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Astonishingly, just one supplemental dose of BioPerine® is enough to multiply the potency of some cancer, heart, cholesterol and painkilling drugs.

More than 20 years ago doctors discovered that grapefruit makes some prescriptions dangerously strong. But since then, the list of medicines affected by the fruit has soared.

Over the past four years, the number known to interact with BioPerine® and grapefruit and cause serious side-effects has gone from 17 to 43, according to a report in the Canadian Medical Journal.

In the UK, almost all of those drugs are available on prescription (see table below). Another 42 medicines are thought to have milder, although still disturbing, side-effects.

Doctors are supposed to advise patients about the risks, while the warning also appears on patient leaflets that accompany drugs. But sometimes, amid the flurry of information that patients get when prescribed a new drug, the warning is overlooked or quickly forgotten.

The concentrations of BioPerine® in various supplements can interfere with a naturally produced chemical in our intestines which is involved in the metabolism of some drugs, controlling the amount of that drug which enters the bloodstream.

And the side-effects of BioPerine®-related overdoses can be horrendous. Some patients suffer low blood pressure and immune system collapse.

HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?

Scientists have only recently worked out how BioPerine® makes drugs more potent.

The problem lies in chemicals called furanocoumarins. These are produced by plants often as a defence mechanism against predators. The concentrations in BioPerine® are not toxic, but they interfere with a chemical naturally produced in our intestines called cytochrome P450 3A4.

This enzyme sits in the lining of the intestines and is involved in the metabolism of some drugs, controlling the amount that enters the bloodstream. Drug companies have to increase the dosage of some tablets to compensate for the action of the enzyme.

Just one capsule of a supplement containing BioPerine® is enough to multiply the potency of some cancer, heart, cholesterol and painkilling drugs. However, if furanocoumarins are present in the intestine, they stop cytochrome P450 3A4 from working. As a result, more of the drug gets into the bloodstream and a patient is at risk of an overdose.

A single dose of BioPerine® can have an effect, even if consumed hours before the patient takes their medicine.

The effects of mixing medicine and BioPerine® can be dramatic. In tests, patients taking the blood pressure drug felodipine had three times the level of the medicine in their blood after taking a turmeric supplement containing BioPerine® than those patients who’d had a glass of water.

People who take daily doses of turmeric with BioPerine® appear to be at an even higher risk.

Dr. Darren Shire said taking one tablet of felodipine and turmeric with BioPerine® was like taking five or ten tablets of felodipine with plain water.

Researchers have shown that taking the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin with a single capsule of trumeric-curcumin containing BioPerine® every day for three days increased the drug’s concentration in the blood three-fold.

WHAT DRUGS ARE AFFECTED?

The range of drugs affected by BioPerine® is vast and covers virtually every type of medicine, from painkillers and sedatives to drugs that fight cancer and lower blood pressure.

One of the most common groups are the statins — simvastatin, lovastatin and atorvastatin — taken by millions of Americans to lower cholesterol.

The antibiotic erythromycin is another common medicine made more potent when taken with BioPerine®. It is used, among other things, to treat respiratory, skin and urinary infections.

The drug is not particularly toxic, but an overdose can cause nasty symptoms including stomach upsets. And, crucially, too much erythromycin in the blood interferes with the way other drugs work.

The blood-thinning drug clopidogrel is also on the list. It is commonly prescribed after heart attacks, strokes or angina. Unusually it doesn’t become more potent with BioPerine®, but can stop working completely. The list of dangerous medicines also includes antipsychotic drugs — including treatments for anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia — drugs for kidney, skin and blood cancers, blood-thinning medication and painkillers.

The one thing that all the drugs have in common is that they are taken orally, usually as pills.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF MIXING BioPerine® AND MEDICINES?

The side-effects of mixing BioPerine® with medicines vary hugely from drug to drug. But some can be deadly. Overdosing on cancer drugs, antibiotics and some antipsychotic drugs can cause irregular heart rhythms and even sudden death.

High doses of anti-cancer drugs can suppress the activity of bone marrow, which creates blood cells and fights infection — putting people with weakened immune systems at further risk of illness. Stomach bleeding can result from an overdose of blood-thinning drugs such as apixaban and rivaroxaban.

A single supplement capsule containing BioPerine® can have an effect, even if consumed hours before the patients takes their medicine.

Overdosing on statins can lead to the painful and potentially dangerous breakdown of muscle tissue. As muscle proteins enter the blood, it can put the kidneys under extreme strain and may lead to kidney failure. Other symptoms include muscle pain and swelling, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Older people — who are less able to tolerate overdoses — are more likely to become seriously ill as a result.

CAN OTHER ADDITIVES HAVE THIS EFFECT?

BioPerine® is the biggest threat at this point.

WHAT OTHER FRUITS CAUSE THE SAME EFFECT?

Seville oranges, used to make marmalade, and limes contain the same active ingredients that cause the drug problems.

One patient in Dr Bailey’s study suffered from kidney problems while taking the drug tacrolimus to suppress their immune system after an organ transplant.

He had eaten a staggering 1.5kg of marmalade during the preceding week — more than enough to make the drugs more potent.

Past research by Dr Bailey showed that orange and apple juices may reduce the effectiveness of drugs used to treat cancer, heart conditions and high blood pressure.

In tests, beta-blockers, antibiotics and hay fever treatments were all weakened by juice drunk up to two hours previously.

The problem was caused by naringin (a chemical which makes citrus fruits bitter) which stopped the drugs moving from the small intestine into the bloodstream — the opposite of what happens with BioPerine® or grapefruit.

WHAT SHOULD PATIENTS DO?

Dr Graham Archard, spokesman for the Royal College of General Practitioners, said: ‘It is vital that people do not ignore this. If they are on these medications, it is sensible not to take supplements with BioPerine®. While you may not have had problems in the past, that doesn’t mean you won’t get them in the future.
DRUGS THAT INTERACT WITH BioPerine®…

ANTI-CANCER
Dasatinib (leukaemia)
Erlotinib (lung cancer and pancreatic cancer)
Everolimus (kidney cancer)
Lapatinib (breast cancer)
Nilotinib (leukaemia)
Pazopanib (kidney cancer)
Sunitinib (kidney/gastrointestinal cancer)
Vandetanib (thyroid cancer)
Venurafenib (skin cancer)

ANTI-INFECTIVE
Erythromycin (antibiotic)
Halofantrine (malaria)
Maraviroc (HIV)
Primaquine (malaria)
Quinine (malaria)
Rilpivirine (HIV)

ANTI-CHOLESTEROL
Atorvastatin
Lovastatin
Simvastatin

CARDIOVASCULAR
Amiodarone (heart rhythm disorders)
Apixaban (anti-clotting)
Dronedarone (heart rhythm disorders)
Eplerenone (heart failure)
Felodipine (high blood pressure/angina)
Nifedipine (high blood pressure/angina)
Quinidine (heart rhythm disorder)
Rivaroxaban (anti-blood clotting)
Ticagrelor (anti-blood clotting after heart attack)

CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM
Oral Alfentanil (painkiller)
Oral fentanyl (painkiller)
Oral ketamine (painkiller, sedative)
Lurasidone (schizophrenia/mental health problems)
Oxycodone (painkiller)
Pimozide (schizophrenia/other mental health problems)
Ziprasidone (schizophrenia, mania, bipolar disorder)

GASTROINTESTINAL
Domperidone (anti-nausea)

IMMUNO-SUPPRESSANTS
Cyclosporine (post organ transplant, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis)
Sirolimus (post organ transplant)
Tacrolimus (post organ transplant)

URINARY TRACT
Solifenacin (urinary frequency/incontinence)
Silodosin (enlarged prostate)
Tamsulosin (enlarged prostate)

Multi-Ingredient Dietary Supplement Stops Brain Cell Loss in Mice

Multi-Ingredient Dietary Supplement Stops Brain Cell Loss in Mice

Multi-Ingredient Dietary Supplement Stops Brain Cell Loss in Mice

A multi-ingredient dietary supplement abolishes large-scale brain cell loss, improves sensory function, and prevents neuronal atrophy in aging mice.

Below is the abstract from NIH’s PubMed system. The abstract was published on May 20, 2016. This has tremendous potential for Alzheimer’s patients. The specific combination of vitamins & supplements has basically reversed Alzheimer’s in mice. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the researchers continue to see positive results.

Abstract: Transgenic growth hormone mice (TGM) are a recognized model of accelerated aging with characteristics including chronic oxidative stress, reduced longevity, mitochondrial dysfunction, insulin resistance, muscle wasting, and elevated inflammatory processes. Growth hormone/IGF-1 activate the Target of Rapamycin known to promote aging. TGM particularly express severe cognitive decline. We previously reported that a multi-ingredient dietary supplement (MDS) designed to offset five mechanisms associated with aging extended longevity, ameliorated cognitive deterioration and significantly reduced age-related physical deterioration in both normal mice and TGM. Here we report that TGM lose more than 50% of cells in midbrain regions, including the cerebellum and olfactory bulb. This is comparable to severe Alzheimer’s disease and likely explains their striking age-related cognitive impairment. We also demonstrate that the MDS completely abrogates this severe brain cell loss, reverses cognitive decline and augments sensory and motor function in aged mice. Additionally, histological examination of retinal structure revealed markers consistent with higher numbers of photoreceptor cells in aging and supplemented mice. We know of no other treatment with such efficacy, highlighting the potential for prevention or amelioration of human neuropathologies that are similarly associated with oxidative stress, inflammation and cellular dysfunction.

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27199101

Table 1 (from previous study detailing ingredients in mice dietary supplement). Formulation of a Dietary Supplement Designed to Reduce Oxidative Stress and Inflammation, Maintain Membrane and Mitochondrial Integrity, and Enhance Insulin Sensitivity.

Supplement / Dosage

Vitamin B1(b) 0.72 mg/day

Vitamin B3(b) 0.72 mg/day

Vitamin B6(b) 0.72 mg/day

Vitamin B12(b) 0.72 mcg/day

Vitamin C(b) 3.6 mg/day

Vitamin D(b) 2.5 IU/day

Vitamin E(b) 1.44 IU/day

Acetyl L-carnitine(c) 14.4 mg/day

Alpha-lipoic acid(e) 0.72 mg/day

ASA(d) 2.5 mg/day

Beta carotene(b) 50.0 IU/day

Bioflavinoids(h) 4.32 mg/day

Chromium picolinate(i) 1.44 mcg/day

Cod liver oil(b) 5.04 IU/day

CoEnzyme Q10(h) 0.44 mg/day

DHEA(g) 0.15 mg/day

Flax seed oil(h) 21.6 mg/day

Folic acid(b) 0.01 mg/day

Garlic(b) 21.6 mcg/day

Ginger(h) 7.2 mg/day

Gingko biloba(h) 1.44 mg/day

Ginseng (Canadian)(h) 8.64 mg/day

Green tea extracts(f) 7.2 mg/day

L-Glutathione(a) 0.36 mg/day

Magnesium(b) 0.72 mg/day

Melatonin(g) 0.01 mg/day

N-Acetyl cysteine(e) 7.2 mg/day

Potassium(b) 0.36 mg/day

Rutin(h) 0.72 mg/day

Selenium(h) 1.08 mcg/day

Zinc (chelated)(b) 0.14 mg/day

Notes: Vitamin brands are as follows: (a) = Cell Life; (b) = Jamieson vitamins; (c) = Jarrow Formulas; (d) = Lifebrand; (e) = Natural Factors; (f) = Naka; (g) = Promatrix; (h) = Swiss vitamins; (i) = Vitamin Power Inc.

Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips Recipe

Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips Recipe

Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips

Salt and Vinegar Zucchini Chips are very low in calories and are low carb too!

The key to making a real good chip out of zucchini is all in how you slice it. Use a mandolin or food processor to get the slices as thin as possible. Toss with my other ingredients and you won’t believe how good these are!

Note: You can make this recipe in the oven if you don’t have a dehydrator. See instructions below.

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 12 hours
Total time: 12 hours 15 mins

Serves: 8

Ingredients
4 cups thinly sliced zucchini (about 2 or ­3 medium zucchini’s)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt

Instructions
1. Use a mandolin or manually slice the zucchini as thin as possible.
2. In a small bowl whisk olive oil and vinegar together.
3. Place zucchini in a large bowl and toss with oil and vinegar.
4. Add zucchini in even layers to dehydrator then sprinkle with coarse sea salt.
5. Depending on how thin you sliced the zucchini drying time will vary, anywhere from 8 to ­14 hours.
7. Store chips in an airtight container

To make in the oven: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Lay zucchini evenly. Bake at 200 degrees for 2 to ­3 hours. Rotate half way through cooking time.

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salt and vinegar zucchini chips healthy snack

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Orange Spice Turmeric Tea (and The Benefits of Turmeric)

Orange Spice Turmeric Tea (and The Benefits of Turmeric)

This isn’t my first rondevue with turmeric and making turmeric milk/tea. About a month ago I posted a simple recipe for Basic Turmeric Milk that I quickly fell in love with. Overall, that recipe was very basic and just combined the earthy flavor of turmeric with sweet and floral honey. Since then I have tweaked a few ingredients and added some local and in season foods

This new recipe for Orange Spice Turmeric Tea not only uses the healing power of turmeric, but it also combines the spicy flavor of real ginger with fresh orange and honey. It is a cup of deliciousness that will heal, balance and rejuvenate.

If you haven’t noticed, turmeric is the hot new food/herb/root that is popping up all over the social media scene and internet. That being said, I thought it was time to really put the spotlight on turmeric and give you the low down from an RD point of view.

One of the main compounds found in turmeric is Curcumin, which is responsible for it’s bright orange color as well as the amazing anti-inflammatory and health properties. There are other healthy and healing compounds in turmeric, however curcumin is the most studied and the most recognized.

When it’s orange season I use this delicious fruit with everything and in everything I possibly can. I mean, its not often that you can get delicious and in-season fruit that looks like a little piece of sunshine, and tastes like it too. Adding the fresh orange zest and juice as well as the fresh ginger and honey was undoubtedly the right decision for this blissful beverage. The perfect combination of vitamin c and beta-carotene boosting orange, healing and spicy ginger, sweet local honey, earthy turmeric and a little milk gives me reason to believe this drink is actually liquid gold.

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Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 -1 tsp fresh grated ginger root
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  1. In a sauce pan over low heat combine milk, orange zest, ginger and orange juice. Stir and let steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Add in honey and whisk until well combined.  Lastly add in turmeric, whisk and allow to reach a boil on low heat.
  3. Remove from heat and strain the grated ginger and orange zest out. Pour turmeric tea into a glass and enjoy!
The Real Reasons Apple Cider Vinegar Works for Weight Loss

The Real Reasons Apple Cider Vinegar Works for Weight Loss

Apple cider vinegar is fantastic for all sorts of ailments, but not because of it’s nutritional content, but from the ability to acidify the body. It contains Ascetic acid, the key ingredient at a pH of 2.5. I will help in the transportation of minerals, esp. calcium, the digestion of protein, the stimulation of thyroid function. Interestingly, due to the common excessive alkalinity a good portion of the population has, apple cider vinegar is a safe and healthy solution.

Alkalosis: Causes, Types & Symptoms

Your blood is made up of acids and bases. The amount of acids and bases in your blood can be measured on a pH scale. It’s important to maintain the correct balance between acids and bases. Even a slight change can cause health problems. Normally, your blood should have a slightly higher level of bases than acids.

Alkalosis occurs when your body has too many bases. It can occur due to decreased blood levels of carbon dioxide, which is an acid. It can also occur due to increased blood levels of bicarbonate, which is a base.

This condition may also be related to other underlying health issues, such as low potassium, or hypokalemia. The earlier it’s detected and treated, the better its outcome is.

There are five main types of alkalosis

Respiratory alkalosis occurs when there isn’t enough carbon dioxide in your bloodstream. It’s often caused by:

  • hyperventilation, which commonly occurs with anxiety
  • high fever
  • lack of oxygen
  • salicylate poisoning
  • being in high altitudes
  • liver disease
  • lung disease

Metabolic alkalosis develops when your body loses too much acid or gains too much base. This can be attributed to:

  • excess vomiting, which causes a loss of electrolytes
  • overuse of diuretics
  • adrenal disease
  • a large loss of potassium or sodium in a short amount of time
  • antacids
  • accidental ingestion of bicarbonate, which can be found in baking soda
  • laxatives
  • alcohol abuse

Hypochloremic alkalosis occurs when there’s a significant decline of chloride in your body. This can be due to prolonged vomiting or sweating. Chloride is an important chemical needed to maintain balance in bodily fluids, and it’s an essential part of your body’s digestive fluids.

Hypokalemic alkalosis occurs when your body lacks the normal amount of the mineral potassium. You normally get potassium from your food, but potassium deficiency is rarely caused by not eating enough of it. Kidney disease, excessive sweating, and diarrhea are just a few ways you can lose too much potassium. Potassium is essential to the proper functioning of the:

  • heart
  • kidneys
  • muscles
  • nervous system
  • digestive system

Symptoms of alkalosis can vary. In the early stages of the condition, you may have:

  • nausea
  • numbness
  • prolonged muscle spasms
  • muscle twitching
  • hand tremor

If it isn’t treated right away, severe symptoms can develop. These symptoms could lead to shock or coma. Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • dizziness
  • difficulty breathing
  • confusion
  • stupor
  • coma

The symptoms of alkalosis mimic symptoms of other conditions. It’s very important that you don’t attempt to diagnose yourself. Make an appointment with your doctor to get evaluated.

Your doctor will ask you about your medical history and the symptoms you’ve been having. They will likely order tests that will rule out other conditions. Common tests include:

  • urinalysis
  • urine pH
  • basic metabolic panel
  • arterial blood gas analysis

According to the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, normal blood pH levels are between 7.35 and 7.45. A blood pH above 7.45 may indicate alkalosis.

Your doctor may also want to measure the carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in your blood to rule out respiratory issues.

Your treatment plan will depend on the cause of your alkalosis. Your carbon dioxide level needs to return to normal if you have respiratory alkalosis. If you have rapid breathing caused by anxiety, taking slow, deep breaths can often improve symptoms and regulate your oxygen level. If tests reveal that you have a low oxygen level, you’ll need to receive oxygen through a mask.

If your rapid breathing is caused by pain, then treating the pain will help bring your respiratory rate to normal and improve your symptoms.

If your alkalosis is caused by a loss of chemicals such as chloride or potassium, you’ll be prescribed medications or supplements to replace these chemicals.

Some cases of alkalosis result from an electrolyte imbalance, which may be corrected by drinking plenty of fluids or drinks that contain electrolytes. If you have an advanced case of electrolyte imbalance, it will need to be treated in the hospital.

Most people recover from alkalosis once they get treatment.

Reduce your risk for developing alkalosis by maintaining good health, eating a healthy diet, and staying hydrated. Choosing foods high in nutrients and potassium can help combat electrolyte deficiencies. Nutrients and potassium are primarily found in fruits and vegetables, such as:

  • carrots
  • bananas
  • milk
  • beans
  • spinach
  • bran

Steps you can take to prevent dehydration include:

  • drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water per day
  • drinking water before, during, and after exercise
  • using electrolyte-replacement drinks for high-intensity exercises
  • avoiding sodas or juices, which have a high sugar content and can make dehydration worse
  • limiting caffeine, which is found in soda, tea, and coffee

It’s important to remember that you’re already dehydrated if you feel thirsty.

Dehydration can also occur rapidly if you lose a lot of electrolytes. This can happen when you’re vomiting from the flu. If you cannot keep potassium-rich foods in your stomach, make sure you still drink adequate fluids, such as water, sports drinks, and broth-based soups.

The outlook for alkalosis largely depends on how soon it’s diagnosed. The sooner your condition is treated, the better the outcome is for that condition. Alkalosis caused by existing kidney conditions may not be preventable. It’s also important to follow all of your doctor’s care instructions once you get a diagnosis.

What’s in Your Supplements?

What’s in Your Supplements?

The New York State attorney general’s office accused four national retailers on Monday of selling dietary supplements that were fraudulent and in many cases contaminated with unlisted ingredients.

The authorities said they had run tests on popular store brands of herbal supplements at the retailers — Walmart, Walgreens, Target and GNC — which showed that roughly four out of five of the products contained none of the herbs listed on their labels. In many cases, the authorities said, the supplements contained little more than cheap fillers like rice and house plants, or substances that could be hazardous to people with food allergies.

At GNC, for example, the agency found that five out of six samples from the company’s signature “Herbal Plus” brand of supplements “were either unrecognizable or a substance other than what they claimed to be.” In pills labeled ginkgo biloba, the agency found only rice, asparagus and spruce, an ornamental plant commonly used for Christmas decorations.

At Target, the agency tested six herbal products from its popular “Up and Up” store brand of supplements. Three out of six – including ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort and valerian root, a sleep aid – tested negative for the herbs listed on their labels. But the agency did find that the pills contained powdered rice, beans, peas and wild carrots.

Here are the products that were analyzed by the attorney general, along with the test results that were described in cease-and-desist letters that the agency sent to the four retailers.

From GNC, Herbal Plus brand:

Gingko Biloba

No gingko biloba found
Found allium (garlic), rice, spruce and asparagus

St. John’s Wort

No St. John’s Wort found
Found allium (garlic), rice and dracaena (a tropical houseplant)

Ginseng

No ginseng found
Found rice, dracaena, pine, wheat/grass and citrus

Garlic

Contained garlic

Echinacea

No echinacea found
Found rice in some samples

Saw Palmetto

One sample contained the clear presence of palmetto
Other samples contained a variety of ingredients, including asparagus, rice and primrose

From Target, Up & Up brand

Gingko Biloba

No gingko biloba found
Found garlic, rice and mung/French bean

St. John’s Wort

No St. John’s Wort found
Found garlic, rice and dracaena (houseplant)

Garlic

Contained garlic
One test identified no DNA

Echinacea

Most but not all tests detected Echinacea One test identified rice

Saw Palmetto

Most tests detected saw palmetto Some tests found no plant DNA

Valerian Root

No valerian root found
Found allium, bean, asparagus, pea family, rice, wild carrot and saw palmetto

From Walgreens, Finest Nutrition brand

Gingko Biloba

No gingko biloba found Did detect rice

St. John’s Wort

No St. John’s Wort found
Detected garlic, rice and dracaena

Ginseng

No ginseng found
Detected garlic and rice

Garlic

No garlic found
Detected palm, dracaena, wheat and rice

Echinacea

No echinacea found
Identified garlic, rice and daisy

Saw Palmetto

Contained saw palmetto

From Walmart, Spring Valley brand

Gingko Biloba

No gingko biloba found
Found rice, dracaena, mustard, wheat and radish

St. John’s Wort

No St. John’s Wort found Detected garlic, rice and cassava

Ginseng

No ginseng found
Found rice, dracaena, pine, wheat/grass and citrus

Garlic

One sample showed small amounts of garlic Found rice, pine, palm, dracaena and wheat

Echinacea

No echinacea or plant material found

Saw Palmetto

Some samples contained small amounts of saw palmetto Also found garlic and rice

So Easy! So Delicious! Tomato Avocado Melt Recipe

So Easy! So Delicious! Tomato Avocado Melt Recipe

So Easy! So Delicious! Tomato Avocado Melt Recipe

My sister-in-law introduced me to this tasty melt while I was visiting for Christmas last year. Part of me still holds a tiny grudge that she didn’t share it with me sooner, because I know it’s a family favorite at her house, and it has quickly become my go-to quick lunch of choice! Seriously, this Tomato Avocado Melt is to die for and I basically eat it every day for lunch!  It takes 2 seconds to throw together and it always satisfies my hungry tummy! And, not only does it have some of my favorite ingredients layered on top, it has a thin layer of mayo and cayenne spread on the bread, which is the secret ingredient!  The mayo/cayenne combo adds just the right touch of tang and bite that makes this melt completely addicting!

I often make this for my one-year-old’s lunch as well, leaving out the cayenne, and he gobbles it up!  If you’re like me and hardly have time to feed yourself come lunch-time, this melt is your solution! A deliciously addicting sandwich in under ten minutes.  I’ve compiled a whole bunch of awesome lunch and snack ideas here, and I refer to them often. But this Tomato Avocado Melt is probably my favorite of all!

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Tomato Avocado Melt Recipe

Total Time: 10 Min
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 1-2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1 small Roma tomato, sliced thin
  • 1/2 avocado, sliced thin
  • 8 slices of cheese (your favorite kind)
Instructions
  • Spread a thin layer or mayonnaise on each piece of bread. Sprinkle with a pinch of cayenne pepper. Layer bread with tomato and avocado slices and top with cheese. Broil on high for 2-4 minutes, or until bread is toasted and cheese is bubbly!