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Ginger For Muscle And Joint Pain Relief?

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According to new research, ginger can reduce pain and inflammation in muscles and joints.Ginger For Muscle And Joint Pain Relief | Institute for Vibrant Living

Ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine in India, as a natural anti-inflammatory therapy to soothe upset stomachs and diminish nausea - and recent studies show it may help relieve pain and inflammation as well.

In one study, arthritic patients were given small amounts of ginger daily for three months. The majority showed significant improvements in pain, swelling and morning stiffness.

Another study concluded that ginger extract could be an equally effective, safer substitute for nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The effects of a highly concentrated ginger extract were compared to placebo in 247 patients with knee osteoarthritis.

Ginger was seen to reduce pain and stiffness in knee joints by 40 percent over the placebo. This may be because ginger affects certain inflammatory processes at a cellular level thanks to its anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, antioxidant and analgesic properties.

Ginger blocks the formation of the inflammatory compounds prostaglandins and leukotrienes, while also breaking down inflammation and acidity in the fluid within joints.

While many forms of ginger provide health benefits, capsules appear to provide the best therapeutic benefits. Ginger capsules should be taken with food - because although small amounts of ginger can help settle a sour stomach, concentrated doses can actually cause stomach upset.

Before taking ginger, get professional advice - especially if you’re taking a blood-thinning medication for any other health conditions, as ginger may reverse the effects of these drugs.

If you enjoy the tangy taste of fresh ginger, a few tablespoons of grated ginger has been reported to help ease muscle pain caused by exercise. Fresh or dried ginger can also be added to stir fries, curries, soups, or made into tea.

As you age, your synovial fluid - the natural lubricating fluid that protects your joints from deterioration - breaks down, leading to more friction and wear on the cartilage surfaces of the joints. IVL’s Trimotion supplement contains Hyaluronic Acid (HA), one of the main components of synovial fluid which plays a critical role in tissue hydration and lubrication.

Trimotion also contains ginger - and given its ability to provide relief from muscle and joint pain, why not order Alleviate for your muscle and joint pain today?

Source: Is Ginger Better Than Drugs For Muscle and Joint Pain Relief?   

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The Many Health Benefits Of Nutrient-Rich Wakame

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People living by the coast of the world’s great seas and oceans have been eating seaweed for thousands of years. The Native Americans ate it, as did many prehistoric cultures - and it is common in Asian cuisine today.

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Science has confirmed that seaweeds are a very healthy food, extremely nutrient rich and containing 10 times as much fiber and over twice as much protein as cabbage. At the same time, a 20 gram serving of kelp contains just nine calories.

More than that, brown algae seaweeds including kelp, wakame, and others have been shown to have tremendous medicinal properties especially because of their content of bioactive compounds called fucoidans.

Wakame, an edible brown seaweed or kelp common in Japanese, Korean and Chinese cuisines, has been shown to have beneficial effects on stroke, hypertension or high blood pressure (BP), viral infections, tumors, oxidation and inflammation while promoting a good immune system.

In fact, there are few foods in nature that are so chockfull of nutrients and health benefits. Wakame is a great source of the following minerals and vitamins:

  • Magnesium - known to be critical in the contraction and relaxation of muscles, function of certain enzymes in the body, production and transport of energy and protein production.
  • Iodine - needed for the process of converting food into energy. It also maintains the balance of the thyroid gland and is needed for the production of thyroid hormones.
  • Calcium - every 100 grams of raw wakame contains 150 milligrams of calcium, which is necessary for strong healthy bones and prevention of osteoporosis.
  • Iron - essential for the production of red blood cells and prevention of anemia.
  • Vitamins A, C, E, and K - all important for skin health and repair, along with boosting the immune system.
  • Vitamin D - promotes absorption of calcium for healthy bones and enhances the nervous, muscle and immune systems.
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) - is needed for proper use of nutrients in carbohydrates, fats, and proteins in the foods we eat. It is also necessary for red blood cell production. Riboflavin functions as an antioxidant and works in the body with other vitamins such as niacin, folate, and vitamin B6.
  • Folate - helps make new cells and is especially important for infant development.
  • Lignans - these natural chemicals are thought to play a role in preventing certain types of cancer, particularly breast cancer.

Source: The Many Health Benefits of Nutrient-Rich Wakame.

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The Power Of Peppermint, Revealed

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Did you know that peppermint was a favorite herbal medicine in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome?

In fact, peppermint leaves have been found in Egyptian pyramids dating back to 1,000 BC.

A member of the aromatic mint family that you may already have stored away in your pantry, you may know of peppermint as a flavoring agent, or perhaps as something that goes into a comforting cup of herbal tea.

The Power Of Peppermint | Institute for Vibrant LivingHowever, very few people are aware of peppermint’s wide range of experimentally confirmed health benefits.

Peppermint is actually a hybridized cross between water mint and spearmint - and the latter is also known to have remarkable health benefits. 

Modern science shows that peppermint benefits gut health in many ways:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) - it was discovered in the late 90s that enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules were both safe and effective in the treatment of IBS, including in children.
    • In one trial, 75% of children receiving peppermint oil had reduced severity of pain associated with IBS within 2 weeks
    • A 2005 trial in adults concluded that ‘peppermint oil may be the drug of first choice in IBS patients with non-serious constipation or diarrhea to alleviate general symptoms and to improve quality of life’
    • In a 2007 trial, 75% of patients receiving peppermint oil saw an impressive 50% reduction in their total IBS score, and
    • A January 2014 study found that peppermint oil effectively relieved abdominal pain in diarrhea-predominant IBS.
  • Colonic spasms - peppermint oil has been shown to be both a safe and effective alternative to standard drugs for its ability to reduce spasms during barium enemas.
  • Gastric emptying disorders - peppermint speeds up gastric emptying, indicating a possible use in the clinic for patients with gut disorders.
  • Functional dyspepsia - a 2000 study found that 90 mg of peppermint oil and 50 mg of caraway oil resulted in 67% of patients reporting ‘much or very much improved’ in their symptoms of functional dyspepsia.
  • Infantile colic - a 2013 study found that peppermint is at least as effective as standard therapies in the treatment of infantile colic.

Like all plant medicines, you must be careful when using extracts and essential oils of peppermint.  More is not always better.

For instance, a recent study on the use of rosemary in improving cognitive performance in the elderly found that a lower dose (750 mg) was very effective in improving memory recovery. However, the highest dose (6,000 mg) had a significant memory impairing effect.

This is why an occasional nightly cup of relaxing peppermint tea may be a far better option for maintaining your gut health rather than taking large doses of peppermint after a serious gut problem has already set in.

Source: The Power of Peppermint, Revealed.   

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Essential Oil Of Cumin Offers Relief From Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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New research from Tehran University of Medical Sciences shows that essential oil of cumin can significantly reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), also referred to as inflammatory bowel disease.

Up to 20% of Americans are typically diagnosed with IBS at any given point in time - a condition that is becoming increasingly prevalent worldwide, with no known treatment in sight.

The Tehran University study followed 50 IBS patients who reported having watery and irregular stools, painful elimination, abdominal pain, nausea and other symptoms. More than half the patients in the study had diarrhea-dominant IBS, while the rest had constipation-dominant IBS. The average duration of IBS was three years.Relief From Irritable Bowel Syndrome | Institute for Vibrant LivingFirst, the doctors in the study ruled out other disorders and also excluded patients who had known food allergies.

Next, the patients were followed for four weeks with cumin treatment and reported their symptoms every two weeks. Cumin treatment consisted of consuming 10 drops of a 2% essential oil of cumin twice a day. Patients were then followed for an additional four weeks after the treatment ended.

Encouragingly, all of the patients reported an improvement in their IBS symptoms during the four weeks of treatment.

Before treatment, 28% of patients had severe abdominal pain and 44% had moderate abdominal pain. Following treatment, none of the patients reported severe abdominal pain, while 22% still reported moderate abdominal pain.

This pain relief continued through to four weeks after but then returned, although reduction of pain continued for four weeks after treatment ended.

In the constipation group, patients went from between two and six bowel movements per week to between six and 12 bowel movements per week after four weeks of treatment.

In the diarrhea group, the patients went from between 14 and 50 bowel movements per week to between six and 23 bowel movements a week.

So both groups had improved bowel movement frequency. This improvement persisted through four weeks after stopping the treatment, though in both groups there was a trend back to their original scores after stopping the treatment.

The researchers also found that 76% of the patients had mucus in their stool before treatment. This went down to zero at the end of four weeks of treatment.

Among diarrhea-dominant patients, all of the patients had watery or loose stools. This went down to 11% of the patients after four weeks, and 88% had normal stools.

Before the treatment, 42% of the patients had mild or moderate nausea. After the treatment, 90% had no nausea and 10% had mild nausea.

Before treatment 87% in the constipation group had painful bowel movements. This went down to 25% after four weeks of treatment.

In summary - four weeks of treatment with essential oil of cumin offered relief from symptoms of IBS on multiple levels.

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Does Vitamin D Deficiency Contribute To Weight Gain?

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For those of you struggling with your weight - do you remember weight-loss experts claiming that the solution was very straightforward - that all you had to do was burn more calories than you consumed?

Easier said than done.

It turns out weight gain and loss are both strongly influenced by many factors, including genetics, gender, age, hormones, stress levels, exposure to toxins and health status. Even social and environmental factors count.

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Recently, some studies have linked weight gain to vitamin D deficiency. For instance, women whose vitamin D levels were normalized through supplementation during a diet and exercise program lost more weight.

In another study, the benefits of weight loss - lower blood pressure (BP), lower blood sugar and insulin levels, and lower blood lipid levels - were greater in participants who took calcium and vitamin D during their weight-loss program.

A third study showed that people of Asian Indian decent were much more susceptible to obesity and insulin resistance when they were deficient in vitamin D.

The link between vitamin D and weight loss is not clearly understood. Some health experts have speculated that vitamin D receptors (cellular proteins that specifically bind to vitamin D and help it to carry out its functions inside cells) on fat cells tell them whether they should be burned as energy or stored as excess body weight.

Additionally, brain vitamin D receptors that control metabolism and hunger levels may need enough vitamin D to function properly as well.

Vitamin D has also been shown to reduce systemic inflammation seen in overweight people. In other words, having adequate vitamin D levels lessens the stress of carrying extra body weight.

Besides weight gain, vitamin D deficiency has been linked to depression. The listlessness of depression can lead to inactivity, contributing to weight gain. Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to poor blood sugar control, contributing to weight gain and diabetes risk.

The best dietary sources of vitamin D include fatty fish such as cod, tuna, mackerel and salmon. Cow's milk and eggs also have vitamin D.

While your skin can manufacture vitamin D from sunlight, this process can be affected by the season, the weather, how far north you live, pollution levels and even sunscreen. This is why most people are encouraged to take dietary supplements to reach the recommended blood levels of vitamin D.

And while adding vitamin D supplements to your diet is a great first step toward shedding unwanted pounds, these lifestyle changes can also help:

  • 30 minutes of exercise five or six times a week
  • Cutting out processed foods and added sugars
  • Eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and
  • Replacing animal fats with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated oils present in olive oil, flaxseed oil and avocados.

Source: Does Vitamin D Deficiency Contribute To Weight Gain?   

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Why You Should Be Eating Cruciferous Vegetables At least Once A Week

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As you probably already know, consuming fruits and vegetables regularly is very beneficial for your health and may even extend your lifespan. What many people don’t realize is just how good these foods are for you and how exactly they benefit your health.

For instance, broccoli should be in the weekly menu of every person on the planet. That’s because the entire family of cruciferous vegetables - including broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower - contain lots of fiber, along with many vitamins and minerals - all of which are believed to be why cruciferous vegetables help to prevent colon cancer.

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Not only that, cruciferous vegetables contain the protective compounds isothiocyanates and indoles, which help to fight disease by reducing inflammation and preventing DNA damage.

Scientific research shows a strong correlation between eating broccoli at least three times a month and a significant reduction in incidence of various types of cancer.

For instance, in a study from Roswell Park Cancer Institute, researchers found that individuals who ate broccoli three times a week showed a 40 percent reduction in their rates of bladder cancer.

Similarly, women with breast cancer diagnosis who increased their consumption of cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, reduced their risk of cancer recurrence by 35 percent. Amazingly, they also cut their mortality rate by 62 percent!

Along with the US, researchers in Switzerland and Italy have studied data collected across various studies and reached similar conclusions about the positive link between cruciferous vegetables and cancer.

The most notable results were a 32 percent reduced rate of kidney cancer among individuals who ate cruciferous vegetables at least once a week. Similarly, a 17 percent reduction in oral, breast and colorectal cancers as well as a 28 percent reduction in esophageal cancer were seen in association with cruciferous vegetable consumption.

In other words, people who eat cruciferous vegetables roughly once a week are on average much healthier with a significant reduction in cancer risk relative to their counterparts who rarely, or never, eat vegetables.

The difference in their cancer rates is so significant that everyone - including you - should seriously consider increasing their cruciferous vegetable intake.

Source: Broccoli: Role in Cancer Prevention

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Carbohydrate Digestion Strongly Linked To Obesity

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Interesting new research indicates that obesity may be genetically linked to how our bodies digest carbohydrates.

Scientists investigated the relationship between body weight and a gene called AMY1, which is responsible for an enzyme found in saliva known as salivary amylase. This is the first enzyme that food encounters when it enters your mouth, beginning the process of starch digestion that continues in your gut.Carbohydrate Digestion Linked To Obesity | Institute for Vibrant Living

Typically everyone has two copies of each gene, but sometimes the number of copies in DNA can change. For instance, the number of copies of the AMY1 gene varies significantly between people - higher numbers of copies of this gene may have evolved in response to our shift towards diets containing more starch, relative to prehistoric times.

Researchers from Imperial College London looked at the number of copies of the AMY1 gene present in the DNA of thousands of people from the UK, France, Sweden and Singapore. Overall, they found that people who had a low number of copies were at greater risk of obesity.

First, genetic data from a Swedish family sample of 481 participants - recruited on the basis of sibling-pairs where one was obese and the other non-obese - was analyzed. The researchers used these data to identify all genes whose copy number differences influence body mass index (BMI).

They found that the gene coding for the enzyme salivary amylase (AMY1) had the greatest influence on body weight. They then investigated the relationship between the number of times the AMY1 gene was repeated in the DNA of each individual and their risk of obesity in approximately 5,000 subjects from France and the UK.

The researchers also expanded their study to include approximately 700 obese and normal-weight people from Singapore, and demonstrated that the same relationship between the number of copies of the AMY1 gene and the risk of obesity also existed in non-Europeans.  

Scarily, the chance of being obese for people with less than four copies of the AMY1 gene was a staggering eight times higher than in people with more than nine copies. Every additional copy lowered the odds of being obese by nearly 20 per cent.  

This is an important discovery because it suggests that how we digest starch and how the end products of complex carbohydrate digestion behave in the gut are important factors that determine the risk of obesity.

Further research is needed to understand whether or not altering starch digestion can improve the ability to lose weight or even prevent the onset of obesity. Also, there might be a link between such genetic variations and risk of metabolic disorders such as diabetes.

Health experts are now starting to develop a clearer picture of genetic factors affecting the psychological and metabolic processes that contribute to obesity. Previous studies have found rare genetic variations that cause extreme forms of obesity, but they only occur in only a small number of people. This study is novel in that it identifies a genetic variation that is both common and has a relatively large effect on the risk of obesity in the general population.

Source: Carbohydrate digestion strongly linked to obesity

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Daily Peanut Consumption Offers Multiple Health Benefits

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A new study has found that daily consumption of peanuts leads to many positive health benefits.

Conducted at Purdue University, this study included over 150 men and women who incorporated peanuts into their daily diet for 12 weeks. Study participants were randomly assigned three 0.5-ounce portions of three peanut flavors or just 1.5 ounces of one flavor, which were eaten as a snack or as part of their meals. Researchers took blood samples every four weeks and other health measurements every two weeks.

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Regardless of flavoring, peanut consumption were seen to offer significant health benefits to participants with elevated serum lipids and blood pressure (BP).

Further, peanuts significantly decreased mean diastolic BP in all participants. For people with high BP, the changes were greatest over the first two weeks of the study and were sustained throughout the 12 weeks.

Interestingly, the findings were similar for salted and unsalted peanuts. While all participants decreased their BP, those who ate salted or unsalted peanuts had slightly greater decreases than those who consumed spicy or honey-roasted peanuts.

In addition, as shown previously daily peanut intake reduced total serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels in participants who had high levels at the start. High BP is the most important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, while high blood cholesterol is another major risk factor.

Study researchers believe these results may be due to the arginine found in peanuts, which promotes the production of nitric oxide - a chemical that dilates blood vessels, potentially lowering BP.

USDA data show that peanuts contain more arginine than any other whole food, including other nuts. Not only that, peanuts are the most nutrient-dense nut and contain more protein than any other nut.

They contain eight essential nutrients, are an excellent source of niacin and manganese, and are a good source of fiber, vitamin E, magnesium, folate, copper and phosphorus.

Peanuts also have potassium, phytosterols, resveratrol and healthy fats - all of which benefit health and help to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

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Does Higher Protein Intake Lower Stroke Risk?

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According to a recently published meta-analysis from China, people with diets higher in protein - especially from fish - are less likely to have a stroke than those who consume less protein in their diets.

Globally, stroke is one of the most common causes of disability and death. Many health experts believe that nutrition can be an effective strategy in the prevention and management of stroke.

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A meta-analysis is a way of statistically contrasting and combining results from different studies to identify patterns among study results, sources of disagreement among those results, or other interesting relationships that become obvious in the context of multiple studies.

The amount of protein that led to the reduced risk in this particular meta-analysis was moderate - no more than 20 grams per day. According to the study authors, larger studies are needed before definitive recommendations can be made, but they say the evidence so far is compelling.

This meta-analysis looked at all of the available research on the relationship between proteins in the diet and stroke risk. Seven studies with more than 250,000 participants - who were followed for an average of 14 years - were included.

Participants with the highest amount of protein in their diets were 20 percent less likely to develop a stroke than those with the lowest amount of dietary protein. These results were compensated for other factors that could have affected the risk of stroke, such as smoking and high cholesterol.

Overall, for every additional 20 grams per day of protein that people consumed, their risk of stroke decreased by 26 percent.

The study authors state that if everyone's protein intake were at this level, it would lead to more than 1.4 million fewer deaths from stroke each year worldwide, along with fewer incidents of disability from stroke.

Previous studies looking at the effects of diet on stroke risk have also similarly concluded that the percentage of daily protein intake was lower in patients who suffered strokes compared to those who didn’t.

Note that this meta-analysis does not support increased consumption of red meat, which has been associated with increased stroke risk. Two of the studies were conducted in Japan, where people eat less red meat than westerners do and more fish, which has been associated with decreased risk of stroke.

In other words, these results also indicate that stroke risk may be reduced by replacing red meat with other protein sources such as fish. Interestingly, the reduced risk of stroke was stronger for animal protein than vegetable protein.

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Want 5 Reasons To Eat More Blueberries?

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Want 5 Reasons To Eat More Blueberries?Powerful flavonoid and anthocyanin antioxidants found in blueberries may have a rejuvenating effect on the brain - slowing down and even reversing the effects of stress and inflammation on brain cells. What’s more, these antioxidants may also neutralize free radicals linked to the development of cancer, heart disease and age-related conditions.

Blueberries have only 80 calories per cup and are loaded with fiber that keeps you fuller longer. They are also an excellent source of manganese, which plays an important part in bone development and converting carbohydrates and fats into energy.

What else can this super-fruit do for your health and wellbeing?

Provide a high dose of vitamin C - one serving of blueberries gives you almost one-fourth of your daily requirement of vitamin C - the most powerful antioxidant of them all - packing 14 milligrams per cup.

Benefit heart health - heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US. A recent study showed that blueberries reduced the risk of heart disease in women who ate three or more servings of blueberries a week. This heart protective effect is believed to be due to their high content of anthocyanins.

Reduce cancer risk - not only do anthocyanins give blueberries their blue color, they may also neutralize cancer-causing free radicals and even block tumor cells from forming, according to a study which examined the effects of blueberries on prostate cancer.

Fight UTIs - urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by bacteria that take hold and grow inside the urinary tract, causing an infection. Blueberries can help ward off these infections, because they contain substances that inhibit bacteria from binding to bladder tissue.

Boost brain health - studies on rats show that object memory loss, which occurs with age, can be prevented and even reversed by feeding blueberries to older rats. In another study of nine human subjects, older adults who were given blueberry juice scored higher on memory tests.

Blueberries are just one of 42 of the healthiest fruits present in a single delicious glass of Go Ruby Go - a mix of healthful, life-giving all-natural phytonutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds like nothing else available on the market today.

So why not benefit from the many amazing health benefits of blueberries - a true super-fruit - and order Go Ruby Go today?

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Eating Alkaline Foods Helps Regulate Body pH Levels

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Eating alkaline foods can have the important effect of regulating your body's pH levels.  In general, a diet consisting of at least 50% alkaline foods is recommended.  In this article, we will look at some of the alkaline Regulate Body pH Levels | Institute for Vibrant Livingfoods that you can eat to regulate your body's pH level.  We will also address how you can get more of these important foods into your diet.

Many experts believe that alkaline foods can help you purify your body.  The best part about eating in this fashion is that the foods that are recommended for this diet or are also foods that are extremely good for your overall health.  For example, most vegetables are alkaline, especially if consumed raw.  This means that the superfoods you have heard so much about, such as spinach and broccoli, have more benefits than you may have already realized!

The simple fact is that most vegetables will help you regulate your body's pH level.  Yet, most fruits also fall into this category as well.  The simple fact is that by switching to a diet that is largely made up of fruits and vegetables, it is possible to greatly increase your overall health.  Not only does such a diet come with alkaline benefits, but there are also other benefits as well.  Fruits and vegetables are loaded with anticancer and anti-inflammatory compounds that are vital to good health.  Foods, such as green leafy vegetables and berries, have been shown to be high in antioxidants, anticancer and anti-inflammatory compounds.   This means that if you want to look and feel better then eating a numerous daily servings of fruits and vegetables is a must!

You might be thinking that you can't work more fruits and vegetables into your diet, but with some effort, you may find that there are easy ways to do just that.  The first step is to evaluate your diet and look for easy ways that you can switch out one type of food for another.  For example, the more processed foods, saturated fat, salt and sugar that you can eliminate from your diet, the better off you will be both in the short term and over the long haul.

Processed foods are generally acidic and they throw off the body’s pH balance.  When the body’s pH levels are imbalanced, it can lead to everything from obesity and acne to heart attacks.  Caffeine, animal proteins, and sugar can all contribute to an imbalanced pH level.  The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism recently published a study that showed that a diet high in acidic foods could actually contribute to bone loss.  However, when we eat alkaline foods, it can reverse this trend.

Snacking on fresh fruit and keeping frozen fruit on hand are two easy ways to improve your diet and increase the number of alkaline foods that you are eating.  Another is to switch out a couple of processed meals every week for salads.  Fast food is, of course, your enemy, plain and simple.  Often the "healthy salad" that you think you are eating at a fast food establishment is often loaded in fat, salt and even sugar!  Skipping the fast food and the processed food will work wonders on how you feel over your lifetime.

How healthy are your eating habits?

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What are Antioxidants and How Do They Benefit My Health

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The old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” may, after all, have some medical grounding. Recent tests found that the polyphenol antioxidants in apples may be the fountain of youth, at least if you are a fruit fly! What are Antioxidants and How Do They Benefit My Health | Institute for Vibrant LivingStudies still have to be carried out on humans but it is already accepted that antioxidants help fight the dangers of free radicals in our bodies and help slow down the aging process.

How do Antioxidants Work?
The one weapon we have to protect cells from damaging free radicals is antioxidants. Vitamin E has been shown to have unique antioxidant and anti-aging properties. It works by countering the free radicals that are produced in the body through everyday functions such as exercise and breathing.

Antioxidants react with and neutralize these unstable molecules, known as free radicals, before they have chance to attach themselves to other cells causing cell damage, premature aging, heart disease and even cataracts.

Vitamin E also reduces inflammation in disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, improves circulation and slows the development of plaque which can narrow the artery walls, all things that older people are likely to suffer from.

Where can I Get More Antioxidants?
Examples of antioxidants are lycopene, beta-carotene, vitamins A, C and E, selenium and other substances. Vitamin E is found in vegetable oils, sunflower seeds and wheat germ oil. Vitamin C can be sourced naturally in tomatoes, strawberries and citrus fruits such as oranges, while selenium is found in seafood and whole grains.
 
Foods such as tea, red wine, chocolate, apples, pears and dark berries are all full of flavenoids, along with broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. These cruciferous vegetables are also high in a substance called isothiocyanate. Carrots are a good source of carotenoids and links have been made showing that those people with a diet high in carotenoids may enjoy longer lives.

Antioxidant Supplements
Daily multivitamin supplements include a proportion of vitamin C and vitamin E and this is a good way to ensure that minimum daily requirements are met. However, a generous measure of antioxidants can be found in superfood supplements such as Berry Essentials, a powerful fruit punch developed by nutritionists and doctors to combine the properties of herbs, fruits, berries and vegetables in a natural cocktail of potent antioxidants. Berry Essentials also has many other benefits to help fight the aging process in addition to its generous antioxidant properties.

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http://www.fountainofyouthonline.net/anti-age/a-must-know-about-antioxidants/
http://www.fyiliving.com/diet/nutrition/anti-aging-secret-eat-an-apple-a-day/
http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/prevention/antioxidants

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Learn Why You Should Be Eating KiwiFruit

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According to a study from New Zealand, consuming two kiwifruits a day as part of a healthy diet has a positive effect on blood Kiwifruit - A Heart Health Supplementlipid levels in men with high cholesterol levels - more so than eating a healthy diet alone.

In this study, 85 adult men with high blood cholesterol levels consumed a healthy diet over 12 weeks.

In four out of these twelve weeks, they switched from eating two portions of fruit daily to two portions of kiwifruits. The healthy diet without kiwifruits served as the control diet.

The study authors found that following a healthy diet led to positive changes in body weight, waist circumference and percentage of body fat in the first four weeks, even without kiwifruit consumption.

Further, levels of both total cholesterol and LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol were reduced, while levels of HDL ‘good’ cholesterol increased significantly during the first four weeks.

Eating two kiwifruits did not cause any further changes in body weight and had no significant effects on total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. However, HDL cholesterol levels were significantly higher with the kiwifruit supplement relative to the control diet alone - and although the difference was relatively small, study authors believe this could translate into a 3-6% risk reduction of developing heart disease.

Further, in carriers of a gene associated with greater risk of elevated blood lipid levels, eating two kiwifruits a day also reduced triglyceride levels significantly - which was not seen in non-carriers.

Powerful antioxidants called polyphenols present in kiwifruits are the most likely reason why they act as a heart health supplement.

Overall, this study suggests that following a healthy, balanced diet can positively affect body weight and composition along with regulating blood lipid levels. Further, eating kiwifruits may provide an additional heart healthy benefit by raising HDL cholesterol levels.

Kiwifruits are just one of 42 fruits present in a single delicious glass of Go Ruby Go fruit superfood - a mix of healthful all-natural phytonutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds like nothing else available on the market today.

So why not order Go Ruby Go and get your daily dose of kiwifruit, nature’s heart health supplement?

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Video Blog Update: What are Superfoods?

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Liquid Chlorophyll

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Liquid ChlorophyllChlorophyll is a green pigment found in some bacteria, algae and plants. It’s an extremely important biomolecule that is critically necessary for plants to absorb energy from sunlight.

Consumption of liquid chlorophyll has many health benefits, mainly because its molecular structure is absolutely identical to hemoglobin except for the center atom. In hemoglobin this is iron, whereas in chlorophyll it is magnesium.

Liquid chlorophyll helps to do the job of hemoglobin by replenishing red blood cells, boosting energy and improving wellbeing. It also cleanses the body, fighting infection, healing wounds and promoting the health of the circulatory, digestive, immune and detoxification systems.

Five health benefits of liquid chlorophyll consumption include:

CANCER PROTECTION

Chlorophyll protects against carcinogens by blocking the metabolism of harmful chemicals known as pro-carcinogens that damage DNA in the liver and other organs.

ANTIOXIDANT AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORY ACTIVITY

Liquid chlorophyll is packed with antioxidants, which are absorbed better since it’s in a liquid state. Antioxidants are important in neutralizing free radicals that damage cells. Liquid chlorophyll also contains high levels of vitamins A, C and E, and has been shown to reduce inflammation.

RED BLOOD CELL FORMATION

Liquid chlorophyll increases red blood cell formation, improving circulation and utilization of oxygen in the body. It also helps to purify blood and regulates blood pressure.

IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTER

Chlorophyll is a great immune boosting phytonutrient that fights against infection by killing germs.

BYE-BYE BAD BREATH

Liquid chlorophyll is a deodorizer that eliminates odors in the mouth and throat. Regular consumption helps to maintain a healthy digestive tract, removing the underlying reason for bad breath.

Green drinks are an excellent, dense source of alkalizing, chlorophyll rich greens that are easily assimilated by the body.

Also, green food in general, such as salads, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, Asian greens, green capsicum, asparagus, peas, beans, kale etc. contain chlorophyll - so eat up and empower your health today.

Learn more about the Institute for Vibrant Livings Green Drink: All Day Energy Greens. Includes ALL of the vitamins needed for the human body.

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Health Benefits of Liquid Chlorophyll.

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What Are The Benefits And Risks Of Regular Energy Drink Consumption?

by Institute for Vibrant Living

Energy drinks are very popular nowadays, especially with teens and athletes - perhaps you’re a fan as well.

A recent study looked at the benefits and risks that come with regular energy drink consumption. In 2003, 16% of teens reported consuming them regularly - however, consumption had risen sharply to 35% by 2008. In fact, one study found that 50% of students drank at least 1-4 of these drinks in a typical month.

A sharp increase in energy drink-related emergency room visits led to demands that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) look into the effects of energy drinks on health.

Currently, the amount of caffeine added to energy drinks is not regulated by the FDA, so labeled amounts are often inaccurate. Also, the claims made by manufacturers on the ability of such drinks to maintain energy levels have not been verified.

The study authors examined the most common ingredients - caffeine, guarana, taurine, ginseng, sugars and B vitamins - and assessed their effects on health.

Levels of caffeine, the main ingredient, vary widely between brands. Energy drinks may contain higher levels of caffeine than indicated on the label.

 Benefits And Risks Of Regular Energy Drink ConsumptionA typical cup of coffee contains 80-120 milligrams of caffeine, while tea has 50 mg and a 12-ounce cola roughly 65 mg. On the other hand, a 16-ounce Red Bull contains 154 mg while a 24-ounce Wired X505 contains 505 mg. While there is no prescribed safety limit for caffeine, excessive consumption has been linked to high BP, premature birth and even possibly sudden death.

Guarana is a South American plant that contains a caffeine-like compound called guaranine. One gram of guarana is equal to 40 mg of caffeine. In spite of this, guarana is usually not included in the total caffeine tally. And since the FDA has not tested guarana for human consumption, its risks and benefits are almost completely unknown.

Sugar in the form of sucrose, glucose, or high fructose corn syrup ranges from 21 grams to 34 grams in every 8 ounces of a typical energy drink. Teens who consume 2 or 3 drinks daily could be taking in 120-180 mg of sugar - or 4-6 times the maximum recommended daily intake - placing them at risk for obesity and dental problems.

Taurine is a common amino acid that supports brain development and regulates mineral and water levels. The amount of taurine consumed from energy drinks is higher than from a normal diet - as yet there is no evidence that this is unhealthy. In fact, many energy drinks that claim to be healthy contain excess, unregulated amounts of vitamins or minerals you can normally get from your diet.

The problem is, you never really know how much of these ingredients you are consuming, because the quantities are masked behind the term 'proprietary blend' or 'energy blend.'

Ginseng is believed to boost athletic performance, strengthen the immune system and improve mood. According to the study authors, there is not much proof of this - and there isn't enough ginseng in energy drinks anyway.

B vitamins and other additives in energy drinks can improve mood and even fight heart disease and cancer, but again their amounts in energy drinks aren’t enough to have any meaningful effects.

Adolescent consumers have no idea what these ingredients do. They assume that because they can buy it off the shelf, it must be safe for them. In reality, very little is known about the risks and benefits of various additives in energy drinks and how they affect health when consumed over the long term. Not much is known either about how energy drinks and alcohol interact as well as how they affect medications and antidepressants.

Therefore, study authors have urged physicians to be aware of energy drink consumption and suggest educating both teens and their parents on the potential negative health consequences of consuming energy drinks regularly.

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What’s in Your Energy Drink?

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Healthy Recipe: Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad with Ginger-Lime Dressing

by Nancy Maneely

There are so many great things about this recipe, it’s hard to know where to begin!Healthy Recipe: Chicken Strawberry Spinach Salad | Institute for Vibrant Living

The basics are lean, high-protein chicken breast and one of our favorite nutritional superfoods, spinach. The fats, which you can adjust to your taste and dietary preference, consist of just enough oil to sauté the chicken and a little mayo or yogurt for the dressing. Strawberries bring additional antioxidant-rich nutrients, as well as color and flavor. Toss in some almonds for essential vitamins, minerals, fiber and heart-healthy phytochemicals. And, the lime juice, garlic, ginger and black pepper not only contribute unbeatable flavors to this wonderful salad, they provide an extra antioxidant boost as well!

This is a tasty summertime treat your whole family will love. And not even the kids will suspect your real motive for serving this is to offer them a healthy alternative to fat and sugar laden, overprocessed meals. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons olive or canola oil
  • 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast half - cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise (or yogurt)
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons milk
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, stems removed
  • 4 fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

1. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place chicken in skillet, season with garlic powder and cook 10 minutes on each side or until juices run clear. Set aside.

2. In a bowl, mix mayonnaise, lime juice, ginger and milk.

3. Arrange spinach on serving dishes. Top with chicken and strawberries, sprinkle with almonds and drizzle with dressing. Season with pepper to serve.

Yield: 2 servings

Nutritional Information (amount per serving):

Calories: 242
Total Fat: 17.3g
Cholesterol: 40mg
Sodium: 117mg
Total Carbs: 7.5g
Dietary Fiber: 2.4g
Protein: 15.8 grams

Source: Allrecipes.com

 

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Antioxidants: Key to heart health

by Nancy Maneely

Antioxidants Heart HealthHave you ever seen an old bicycle or one of those metal patio chairs that has been lovingly reconditioned to look new? The key to this process is scrubbing off the old accumulated rust and applying a couple of coats of rust-resistant paint. The new coating resists oxidative damage from the elements and keeps the object looking shiny and new for years.

Think of an aging heart as an aging, well-used bicycle. There’s potentially a lot of good years of life left in it, but it needs some care and protection. Regular activity and healthy foods can extend the life of this heart, and the key to this protection is the application of “rust-resistant paint” – well, the organic equivalent, which is antioxidant nutrients.

Antioxidants are found mainly in plant foods in the form of polyphenols. The science is complex, but a simple way to be sure of getting an antioxidant-rich diet is to eat a colorful array of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

When it comes to heart health, certain foods contain anti-coagulants and antioxidants that act as protective factors and anti-inflammatory agents. Here are some of the biggest nutritional superstars:

Blueberries – The blue in blueberries comes from the anthocyanin pigment. Anthocyanins are called phytochemicals (phyto is the Greek word for plant) or nutraceuticals because they act as antioxidants protecting the body’s cells against undesirable oxidative changes.

Green tea – Research studies show that green tea is a potent antioxidant that may reduce cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood clotting damage to arteries. One cup of green tea has more antioxidants than a serving of strawberries.

Fresh oregano – The U.S. Department of Agriculture ranks fresh oregano the highest per gram of any herb, fruit, or vegetable in antioxidants – four times as much as blueberries!

Fresh garlic – This lowers blood pressure, may help lower total cholesterol, acts as a blood thinner, and functions as an antioxidant.

What is your favorite heart-healthy dish incorporating these nutritional superfoods?

Source:
HealthCheck Systems: Understanding Free Radicals and Antioxidants

 

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The Health Benefits of Superfoods

by Health News

In the past few decades it has been determined that signs of aging like wrinkles and diminished skin elasticity are enhanced by oxidation, a process in which damaging free radicals begin to break down DNA.  Research is The Health Benefits of Superfoods | Institute for Vibrant Livingshowing that we can slow the aging process with the consumption of antioxidant-rich foods.  Studies also show that the amount of antioxidants consumed is directly proportional to longevity.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends eight to ten servings of fruits and vegetables per day, but not all of these have the same effect.  The effects of antioxidants are measured by a food’s oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC).

Check out these ORAC-rich fruits and vegetables, and implement them into your daily diet to generate a youthful appearance. 

  • Avocado
  • Berries
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Red Grapes
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli

Here are a few other superfoods that have shown great potential for enhancing a youthful appearance. 

Acai Berries – These tiny, purple berries can be found in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil.  In addition to boosting energy, this antioxidant-laden superfood is said to promote healthy hair, nails and skin.  Acai is available in supplement form in various powders and caplets.

Red Ginseng – A study published in the December, 2009 edition of the Journal of Medicinal Foods showed that red ginseng reverses wrinkles.  The study examined a group of female volunteers over the age of 40. The subjects took three grams of red ginseng extract daily for 24 weeks, and it was found that facial wrinkles were significantly reduced and collagen levels were increased.  Collagen is a product made from proteins in the body which is necessary for healthy skin.  Further, a gene that destroys collagen was inhibited and elastin, a protein that enhances skin elasticity, was increased.

Resveratrol - This important nutrient can be found in the skin of red grapes and in blueberries, cranberries and pomegranates.  Besides supporting cardiovascular health, resveratrol is said to promote a youthful appearance.  In addition to the fruits mentioned above, resveratrol supplements are available in whole foods stores and through natural supplement websites.

Sea Buckthorn Berries – This small, sour berry is found in harsh environments of Eastern Asia and is packed with vitamin C, providing 12 times more than an orange.  It is said to provide weight loss and immune system support and to foster good hair, nail and skin health.  Typically the fruit cannot be found in your local grocery store, but liquid and caplet supplements are available in stores and online.

Soy – Research that is soon-to-be-published in the British Journal of Pharmacology has concluded that soy can have positive effects on age-related skin changes in post-menopausal women. 

As adequate estrogen levels are required for youthful skin in women, an ovariectomy can accelerate aging of the skin.  This study examined the effects of soy on the skin of ovariectomized rats.  Researchers began treating rats six months after ovariectomy with genistein, a soy-derived isoflavone, for a period of 12 weeks.   At the end of treatment, the thickness of collagen and skin strength was significantly improved, which suggests that soy therapy might be a reliable alternative for age-related skin changes in post-menopausal women.

Everyone wants to look young for as long as possible and adequate nutrition is an easy fix.  In addition to a daily vitamin and mineral supplement, it might be worth a try to incorporate some of the foods above into your daily diet for a more youthful appearance.


Sources:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/food_and_drink/article6986044.ece
http://theview.abc.go.com/blog/top-7-superfoods-women

Cho, S. et al.  Red ginseng root extract mixed with Torilus fructus and Corni fructus improves facial wrinkles and increases type I procollagen synthesis in human skin: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study.  Journal of Medicinal Food, 2009 Dec;12(6):1252-9.

Polito, F. et al.  Genistein Aglycone, a Soy-derived Isoflavone, Improves Skin Changes Induced by Ovariectomy in Rats.   British Journal of Pharmacology.  2011 Aug 9. doi: 10.1111/j.1476-5381.2011.01619.x. [Epub ahead of print]

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Healthy Recipes: Brain-Boosting Berry Salad

by Nancy Maneely

One of the best things about summer is looking forward to the bounty of fresh berries. Whether you grow them in your garden or harvest them at the grocery store, it’s the time of year to enjoy them in quantity at lower Healthy Recipes | Superfoods | Institute for Vibrant Livingprices.

Two of our favorites, blueberries and strawberries, recently made news headlines with a study that found that they are brain-boosting superfoods!

Blueberries and strawberries, which are high in flavonoids, appear to reduce cognitive decline in older adults, according to a study recently published in Annals of Neurology, a journal of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society. The researchers reported that cognitive aging could be delayed by up to 2½ years in elderly who consume greater amounts of the flavonoid-rich berries.

Flavonoids are compounds in plants that contain powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Health experts say stress and inflammation contribute to cognitive impairment, and increasing consumption of flavonoids could alleviate the harmful effects.

Fruit salads are always enhanced with the addition of fresh berries. But if you to really power up those brain cells, try this berries-only fruit salad. Serve as an appetizer, summer side dish or dessert. Whether served alone in elegant stemware glasses or with your favorite shortcake recipe, it’s a can’t-miss combination.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered lengthwise
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Directions

Mix strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries together in a bowl. Sprinkle with sugar.  Delicious just like this – you simply can’t go wrong with this combination of berries! Or, for a special treat, drizzle with a high quality balsamic vinegar, toss and let rest for a few minutes. Then serve over vanilla bean ice cream or frozen yogurt.

What is your favorite way to enjoy fresh berries?

Source:
Science Daily: Eating more berries may reduce cognitive decline in the elderly