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Why is Kale So Healthy?

by Institute for Vibrant Living

A nutritional powerhouse, the leafy green kale is becoming known as ‘the new beef’ and ‘the queen of greens’ in recognition of its exceptional nutrient richness, health benefits and delicious flavor.

Grocery stores nowadays typically stock a variety of kale known as Tuscan, Italian black or dinosaur kale, with smoother leaves and a divine mellow flavor. Kale | Heath Benefits | Institute for Vibrant Living

Regularly consuming a wide variety of natural, unprocessed vegetables has many wide-ranging benefits for your health - and choosing super-nutritious kale on a regular basis has massive health benefits, including cancer protection and lowered cholesterol.

Kale, also known as borecole, is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet. It belongs to the Brassica family that includes cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, collards, broccoli and Brussels sprouts.

What makes kale so exceptional? Let us count the ways.

  1. One cup of chopped kale contains 33 calories and 9% of the daily recommended allowance of calcium, 206% of vitamin A, 134% of vitamin C and a whopping 684% of vitamin K. It is also a good source of copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus.
  2. Kale’s health benefits are mainly linked to the high concentrations it contains of antioxidant vitamins A, C and K as well as its sulphur-containing phytonutrients.
  3. Carotenoids and flavonoids are the specific antioxidants associated with many of kale’s anti-cancer health benefits. Kale is also rich in the eye-health promoting lutein and zeaxanthin compounds.
  4. Beyond antioxidants, the fiber in kale binds to bile acids and helps to lower blood cholesterol levels, reducing the risk of heart disease - especially when kale is cooked instead of raw.
  5. Kale is also super-rich in vitamin K, which is why regular kale consumption is believed to reduce the overall risk of developing or dying from cancer. Vitamin K is also found in parsley, spinach, collard greens and cheese and is necessary for normal blood clotting, antioxidant activity as well as bone health.
  6. Consuming too much kale can pose problems for people taking anticoagulants such as warfarin, the high levels of vitamin K may interfere with the drugs - so it’s always a wise idea to consult your doctor before adding kale to your diet.

Although vegetable choices abound in summer, there are fewer in-season choices during fall and winter other than kale and other dark, leafy greens that thrive in cooler weather.

To find the freshest kale, look for firm, deeply colored leaves with hardy stems. Smaller leaves are generally more tender and milder in flavor. In general, kale leaves range from dark green to purple to deep red in color. 

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Source: Health Benefits of Kale, the ‘Queen of Greens’

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Top Health Tips for a Healthy Heart

by Institute for Vibrant Living

As you know, diet plays a huge role in determining if your blood pressure levels are normal or frighteningly high. If you have read our blood pressure eBook, then you know that the best diet for blood pressure is an alkaline diet that mirrors the Mediterranean style of eating.

Basically, that includes low- to moderate-acid fruits and vegetables, fish, lean protein, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and some dairy. Pretty straight-forward, right?

But did you know that there are also three really fun—and in one case, downright exotic—foods that have been scientifically proven to lower blood pressure levels. These include chocolate, hibiscus tea, and beets.

Download our FREE Healthy Heart Tips and learn more about how adding chocolate, hibiscus tea and beets to your diet can help keep your heart healthy.

Free Heart Health Tips

Additional heart health tips:

Limit Unhealthy Fats
Saturated fats and trans fats are the cause of raised cholesterol which in turn causes a build-up of plaque in your arteries – the cause of heart attacks. Every packaged food shows its exact content on the label so you can start to learn which products to avoid. 
 
Butter, margarine, cream and shortening are high in saturated and trans fats, and anything made from them such as pastry, cookies, gravy, cream-based sauces and fried foods. Substitute butter with a low-fat substitute and choose monounsaturated fats such as canola oil or olive oil for cooking, in moderation.
 
Choose Low-Fat Protein
Protein is essential for a healthy body, but cut out the fatty options. Substitute fatty meat, beef burgers and processed meat products such as sausages with low fat options such as chicken breast, lean ground meats or soy products. Fish is heart healthy as oily fish has omega-3 fatty acids which actually lower blood fats called triglycerides. Change to low-fat milk and use egg whites or egg substitute in place of cholesterol-laden egg yolks.
 
Eat More Fresh Vegetable and Fruit
Bulky and high in vitamins and minerals, vegetables and fresh fruit are a good source of dietary fiber. Raw vegetable croutons or fresh fruit make it easy to have a heart-healthy snack. Stir-fry vegetables and fruit salad made with a little sugar-free apple juice make an excellent meal or dessert in themselves. The things to avoid are high sodium canned vegetables, fried vegetables, canned fruit in syrup and fruit with sugar added.
 
Reduce Salt (Sodium)
Sodium has been found to cause high blood pressure which raises the risk for heart disease. The recommended daily maximum intake is 2,300 mg which is about a teaspoonful. Few of us add that much salt at the table, but salt is present in many processed foods. Canned soups, prepared meals and savory snacks, nuts and chips are very high in sodium so check the label and restrict your intake accordingly. Buy reduced sodium versions of salt, soy sauce and canned soups where possible.
 
Choose Whole Grains
Substitution rather than total abstinence is the best way to tackle your new heart healthy diet. Choose whole grain bread, flour, rice and cereal rather than refined “white” products which have had all the fiber and goodness processed out. Whole grains help regulate healthy blood pressure which leads to a healthy heart. Pies, cakes, corn bread, doughnuts, buttered popcorn and high-fat crackers should be a very rare treat for those serious about keeping their heart healthy. 
 
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What are the Best Recipes to Keep Your Heart Healthy

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Your diet can make or break your best health intentions. And this is especially true when it comes to your blood pressure.

If you are eating an inflammatory, acidic, highly processed, sugar-laden, salt-filled diet, then medications and even supplements will only hold you over for so long. Soon, you’ll need to either up your dosage, take it more frequently, or start adding in prescription after prescription just to offset your damaging diet.

Fortunately, the reverse is also true. If you clean up your diet and choose foods that are alkaline rather than acid, rich in antioxidants and fiber, and low in sodium, then you can not only work to get off medications, you may be able to maintain healthy blood pressure levels for life. And, best of all, the solutions can be downright delicious!

To help you lower your blood pressure naturally and delectably, download and try these heart-healthy recipes.They all boast high antioxidant levels, amazing amounts of fiber, powerful anti-inflammatory oils and spices, and low to no sodium. 

Heart Healthy Recipes

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Top 3 Mocktails Recipes

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One of the easiest habits is to have a stash of delicious "mocktails" to enjoy when you want to relax and unwind without undoing all your healthy choices.
 
Enjoy!
 
Top 3 Mocktails Recipes
 
   
Virgin Mary   
  • 1 cup low-sodium spicy V8 juice   
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce   
  • 2 dashes celery salt   
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice   
  • dash hot sauce   
Instructions: 1. Mix well and serve over ice. Garnish with a celery stalk.
   
Kissing on the Beach   
  • 1/3 cup mango puree   
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate juice   
  • 1/3 cup orange juice   
  • 1/3 cup mineral water   
  • ice   
 Instructions: 1. Blend well in a blender and serve in margarita glass. Garnish with orange wedge and mango.
 
 Lemon Drop Faux-Tini   
  • 1 cup mineral water   
  • 1 dropperful liquid lemon stevia   
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice   
 Instructions:  1. Shake well and serve in a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
 
 
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National Pie Day. What is your favorite kind of pie?

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Today take advantage of National Pie Day and make a decadent crustless, sugar-free pumpkin pie. Not only can you indulge guilt-free, but the cinnamon and cloves have even been shown to boost your sex life. 
 
Healthy Recipe Crustless Pumpkin Pie | National Pie Day
 
Crustless Pumpkin Pie   
Serves 8   
     
 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk   
1/2 Truvia or powdered stevia   
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon   
1 teaspoon ground ginger   
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves   
1/4 teaspoon salt   
3 large eggs  
15 ounces canned pumpkin puree  
1/4 cup ground flaxseed  
1/3 cup raw walnuts, chopped   
1 teaspoon safflower oil   
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon   
1/2 teaspoon stevia   
   
Instructions:   
  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Coat 9" pie plate with coconut oil and set aside   
  3. Mix almond milk through flaxseed in large bowl and mix well. Pour into pie plate.   
  4. In small bowl, combine walnuts, safflower oil, cinnamon, and stevia.
  5. Stir until the walnuts are well coated.   
  6. Sprinkle walnut mixture over pumpkin and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.   
  7. Let cool for one hour, then cover and chill overnight. 
 
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Tips on How Not to Sabotage your Health Goals

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Top Tips on How to Keep Your New Year's ResolutionsAnother weekend, another potential hazard to all of your hard work this month. Don't give in the mid-month slump!
 
Take some time today to thoughtfully plan out your weekend.
  
Extend your five minute walk beyond your neighborhood and explore a new part of your community at large.
 
Shop for the ingredients you'll need to make chili and your spinach salad.   
 
Mix up a bag of nut-laden trail mix. Add in fun dried fruits like dried banana or even strawberries or blueberries. Kick up the heat with a dash of cayenne pepper!
 
If you haven't tried yoga, why not give it a try? Rent a video or take advantage of a free introductory class at a local yoga studio.
 
Make Sunday an electronic-free day. Silence your phones, unplug your computer or tablet, and leave the TV off. Instead, meet friends in real time and catch up live.
   
Don't let the weekends sabotage your health goals. Make them work for you rather than against you! And keep up the great work with your New Year Resolutions!
 
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Happy Hot Head Chili Day!

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Happy Hot Head Chili Day! What a great opportunity to try a vegetarian option. Toss in inflammation-fighting cayenne pepper and blood sugar-lowering cinnamon and you have a meal that is healthy AND delicious.
 
 
Hot Head Chili Day Vegetarian Chilli
 
Bean-There Chili   
Serves 4   
      
2 tablespoons olive oil   
2 onions, chopped   
1 carrot, chopped   
2 red peppers, chopped   
1 tablespoon garlic, minced   
24-ounce can kidney beans   
12-ounce can black beans   
2 teaspoons cinnamon   
1 tablespoon chili powder   
2 teaspoons cumin   
2 teaspoons oregano   
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg   
1 cinnamon stick   
1 teaspoon sea salt   
1 teaspoon pepper   
2 cans low sodium tomatoes, chopped and undrained   
   
Instructions:     
1. Saute onion, carrot, pepper, and garlic in olive oil. Cook until all vegetables are soft.
2. Add beans and cook five minutes.   
3. Add cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and cinnamon stick and cook 2-3 minutes.
4. Add salt, pepper, and tomatoes and simmer 45 minutes.   
5. Serve warm.   
   
 
 
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Heart Healthy Recipes

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When it comes to heart health, you cannot do much better than omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Omega-3s help promote optimal blood flow, blood pressure, and coagulability or "thickness" of the blood, while studies have shown a stunning 29 percent reduction in heart disease for every 10-gram increase in fiber.
 
Fortunatly, you can benefit from both of these nutrients in one delicious meal. Not only is this salad packed with heart-healthy omega-3s, but it is also has natural, plant-based fiber. Heart Healthy Recipes
 
Salmon Salad
Serves 2
 
2 grilled fresh salmon steaks (about 4 ounces each), sliced into 1/2” thick slices
2 cups romaine lettuce torn into bite-size pieces
1 cup red leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar, divided
1 tomato, sliced
1/2 pound fresh green beans, cooked
2–3 hard boiled eggs, sliced
10–20 small black olives, pitted and coarsely chopped
 
  1. Place lettuce in a large bowl and toss with 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar. 
  2. Portion the dressed lettuce and tomato slices onto two large plates. 
  3. Toss green beans with other 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon vinegar. 
  4. Place egg slices around outer rim of plates and green beans in the center. 
  5. Top with salmon slices and chopped olives. 
 
 
 
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Detox Smoothies

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With the new year comes new promises to start get back on track. Maybe you want to clean up your act a bit, lose weight, and just get healthier overall. While those sound like big, general goals, they all have one thing in common—Detox Smoothiesdetoxification.
 
There are many detox plan on the market…and many of them are quite good. But one simple way to detox every day is with a detox drink. Not only is this a simple, gentle solution, but it is delicious as well!
 
Energizing Elixir
 
4 ounces carrot or apple juice
4 ounces filtered water
½ to 1 teaspoon powdered vitamin C
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
 
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix well. The taste may through you off a bit at first. If you need to, add a ½ cup frozen berries. But stick with it…it’s well worth it!
 
 
 
 
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Low GI Recipe: Grandma Ginny's Granola

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Whole grains and raw nuts and seeds are a mainstay for great digestion. However, there’s only so many slices of bread, servings Low GI Recipe: Grandma Ginny's Granola | Institute for Vibrant Livingof rice, or handfuls of walnuts a person can consume.

Fortunately, you can get all the amazing benefits of whole grains with Grandma Ginny’s Granola. In addition to oatmeal and flaxseed, this recipe also boasts fiber-rich coconut and currants.

Grandma Ginny's Granola

Serves 20

  • 4 cups oatmeal
  • 2 cups soy flour
  • 1 cup almonds, sliced
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds, raw
  • 1 cup coconut, unsweetened
  • 1 cup flaxseed, ground
  • 2/3 cup currants
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Grease 13x9-inch baking dish.
  3. Combine oats, flour, almonds, sunflower seed, coconut, flaxseed, and currants in a large bowl. Set aside.
  4. Combine oil, honey, and vanilla in a small bowl. Pour over oat mixture and blend well.
  5. Pour mixture into baking dish and bake for 40-45 minutes or until browned. Stir mixture every 10-15 minutes.          
  6. Cool on baking rack. Can be stored in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.

 

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Green Drink Smoothie Recipe

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Green Smoothie to Help Regulate Your DigestionAn easy way to kick off great digestive health with a fantastic green drink breakfast smoothie.

Berry Heavenly

Serves 1

1/2 cup plain kefir (liquid yogurt)
½ cup water|
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
½ cup frozen strawberries
½ cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop All Day Energy Greens

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Serve chilled.

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All Day Energy Greens Review Video Blog

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Watch the latest customer review of All Day Energy Greens. 
Learn more about All Day Energy Greens here: http://www.ivlproducts.com/Superfoods/All-Day-Energy-Greens-174---The-Best-Energy-Supplement.axd

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What is the best High Performance Diet for Athletes?

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According to a report by an Oregon State University researcher, athletes should eat high fiber, low-fat food balanced with their training High Performance Diet for Athletesregimen for high performance - and to maintain muscle and burn fat.
 
Competitive and recreational athletes may either want to lose weight without losing lean muscle, or gain weight, mostly lean muscle. This is very difficult to do with caloric restriction - they may not have enough energy to exercise or they may feel tired, putting themselves at risk of injury.
 
All the evidence shows that counting calories does not work - what does work is regular maintenance of a healthy lifestyle, even during breaks or when not in training.
 
Ideally, an athlete's optimum body weight should include the following criteria:
  • Minimizing health risks, along with good eating habits.
  • Taking genetic makeup and family history into consideration.
  • Weight appropriate for age and level of physical development.
  •  Maintaining weight without dieting or otherwise restricting food intake.
According to the OSU researcher’s report, it is important to adopt a low-energy-dense diet and consume a large amount of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, fish and low-fat dairy regularly.
 
Beverages high in sugar, especially soda and alcohol should be minimized. Ideally, half of every plate of food should be filled with fruits and veggies, while overly refined and processed food should be avoided completely.
 
Other key points of the report include:
  • Eat breakfast daily - up to 80% of people who lost at least 30 pounds in a year and kept it off were regular breakfast eaters. Eat a breakfast rich in high-fiber whole grains, fruit, high-quality protein such as egg whites and low-fat dairy. Skip processed cereals.
  • Get plenty of protein - most athletes get plenty of protein, but they are not always strategic about refueling after exercise and spreading their protein intake throughout the day. Some athletes may need to get as much as 30% of their calories from protein - and spreading that protein out throughout the day is the best strategy. Nuts, beans and legumes are an excellent source of protein, along with meat.
  • Exercise regularly - many seasonal athletes can pack on pounds during off-season, making it that much harder to get performance-ready.
  • Avoid fad diets - combining caloric restriction with intense training can actually make it more difficult to lose weight. Severe weight loss can also make an athlete stressed out and tired.
While this report is aimed mainly at competitive and recreational athletes, these tips are meant for anyone who wants to make their diet healthier.
 

 

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Are You At Risk For Osteoporosis?

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Nearly nine million US adults suffer from osteoporosis, while more than 48 million have low bone mass - placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis and broken bones.

Which can you do to lower your risk? You can protect your bones by trying a new bone healthy recipe or adding a new exercise to your regular routine.

The first and most important thing is to be aware of the factors that increase your risk for osteoporosis, which include but are not limited to:

  • Gender - women are much more likely to develop osteoporosis than men.Osteoporosis Risk Factors
  • Age - the older you are, the greater your risk of osteoporosis.
  • Race - you're at greatest risk of osteoporosis if you're white or of Asian descent.
  •  Family history - having a parent or sibling with osteoporosis puts you at greater risk.
  • Frame size - people with small body frames are at higher risk because they have less bone mass to draw from as they grow older.
  • Hormone levels - osteoporosis is more common in people who have too much or too little of certain hormones. For example, reduction of estrogen levels at menopause is one of the strongest risk factors for osteoporosis. Similarly, men experience a reduction in testosterone as they age, which weakens bone.
  • Thyroid problems - if your thyroid is overactive or if you take thyroid hormone medication, you may experience bone loss.
  • Dietary factors - osteoporosis is more likely to occur with low calcium intake, which contributes to reduced bone density, bone loss and a greater risk of fractures. So always make sure you consume enough calcium, vitamin D, lean protein, fruits and veggies and healthy fats in your diet to keep your bones strong and healthy.  
  •  Eating disorders - people with anorexia are at higher risk.
  • Gastrointestinal surgery - reduction in stomach size or a bypass or removal of part of the intestine limits the amount of surface area available to absorb nutrients, including calcium.
  • Sedentary lifestyle - lack of sufficient movement and exercise raises risk, while any weight-bearing exercise is beneficial, such as walking, running, jumping, dancing and weightlifting. Health experts recommend a minimum of 30 minutes or more 5 days every week for overall health and lowered risk for many diseases, including osteoporosis.
  • Excessive alcohol consumption - regular consumption of more than two alcoholic drinks a day raises osteoporosis risk, likely because alcohol interferes with calcium absorption.

If you have any further questions about your risk for osteoporosis, consult your physician or healthcare giver - in the meantime, you can work on reducing your risk by altering your lifestyle habits as described above.

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ADHD Diets for Children - Top 10 Foods

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Do diets help children with ADHD?

Children’s brains grow and change dramatically during their formative years - and what they eat affects their brain development and cognitive skills. Here are some brain-healthy foods that can help your kids stay sharp while also benefiting their brain development:

ADHD Diets for Children

Eggs - are rich in protein and contain important nutrients such as choline, omega-3 fats, zinc, and lutein, which help your kids concentrate better. Combine with whole-grain breads or tortillas for a satisfying meal.

Greek yogurt - fat is important for brain health. A full-fat yogurt keeps your child’s brain cell membranes flexible, efficient and active. Combine with fiber and colorful fruits like strawberries and blueberries for a healthy snack.

Greens - full of folate and vitamins, greens like spinach and kale lower odds of getting dementia later in life. You can either whip these greens into smoothies or add them to soups and omelets; or simply sauté them for dinner drizzled with a little olive oil - which helps your body absorb vitamins.

Purple cauliflower - low in sugar, high in fiber, and full of folate and vitamin B6 that manage mood, memory and attention, purple cauliflower also contains inflammation-fighting nutrients. Add as a component to stir-fries or roast and puree to make a nutritious dipping sauce for carrots and other veggies such as peppers, celery, and radishes.

Fish - cold-water oily fish are an excellent source of vitamin D and omega-3s, which protect your child’s brain against cognitive decline and memory loss. Salmon, tuna, and sardines are all rich in omega-3s. The simplest way to prepare fish is to grill, or roast it with herbs and spices.

Clean, lean meat - animal fat is where pesticides and antibiotics accumulate, which can contribute to brain fog. For better behavior and focus in your child, choose lean, grass-fed meats free of artificial ingredients, dyes, flavoring, preservatives and sweeteners.

Nuts and seeds - packed with protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, nuts and seeds boost your child’s mood and keep his or her nervous system working well. To get the full benefits of seeds, spread sunflower seed butter - rich in folate, vitamin E, and selenium - on a whole-grain cracker or bread. Or make pesto by combining nuts with olive oil and dark leafy greens to make a healthy sauce with whole-grain pasta. You can also simply lightly sauté them in olive oil and add to salads.

Oatmeal - protein- and fiber-rich oatmeal helps keep your child’s heart and brain arteries clear. In one study, kids who consumed sweetened oatmeal performed better on memory-related tasks than those who ate sugary cereal. For extra flavor, add cinnamon - which has been shown to protect brain cells.

Apples and plums - satisfy your child’s sweet tooth and also contain quercetin, an antioxidant that fights cognitive decline. Always buy organic and wash well.

Turmeric - the compound curcumin in turmeric can actually help your child’s brain grow. In fact, studies show curcumin fights inflammation and blocks Alzheimer's plaque formation. Visit an Indian restaurant or experiment with Indian recipes.

Another blog post that might be of interest to you: Brain Foods: How To Concentrate Better 

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Top 10 Brain Foods for Kids.

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Can Heart Attack Risk Factors Be Lowered By A Mediterranean Diet?

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Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet uses olive oil for cooking and is typically rich in fruits and vegetables, beans, nuts and seeds, whole grain bread and unrefined cereals. Dairy products, eggs, fish and poultry are consumed in low to moderate amounts, with little or no red meat and moderate consumption of wine.

 

Combined with a healthy lifestyle - increased physical activity, moderate alcohol consumption and not smoking - this diet has previously been shown to lower death rates caused by heart disease.

Further, the Lyon Diet Heart Study tested the effectiveness of a Mediterranean-type diet in people who had already suffered a first heart attack. During a 4-year follow up period, patients following this diet showed an amazing 50-70% reduction in their risk of recurrent heart disease.

Now the results of the PREDIMED study, aimed at assessing how effectively the Mediterranean diet prevents heart disease, show that when supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or tree nuts it reduces the risk of death by heart attack, myocardial infarction or stroke by 30 percent.

A total of 7,447 people with major risk factors for heart disease participated in this new study. They were divided into three groups: those who consumed either a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or a Mediterranean diet supplemented with nuts (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts), or a low-fat diet.

A dietician visited the patients every three months, who also attended dietary training group sessions. Moreover, they were provided with shopping lists, menus and recipes adapted to each type of diet and each season of the year.

Participants who followed the two types of Mediterranean diet freely received either extra-virgin olive oil up to one liter per week or 30 grams of nuts every day. After five years, those who followed the two types of Mediterranean diet both showed a significant reduction in their risk of risk of death by heart attack, myocardial infarction or stroke.

These results are both novel and promising because they prove that a high-vegetable fat diet is healthier for the cardiovascular system than a low-fat diet.

Maybe it’s time you added extra-virgin olive oil and nuts to your diet? What is your favorite Mediterranean recipe?

Are you looking to easily add extra fruits and vegebales to your daily routine?

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Green Drink Recipes Quickly and Easily

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Green Drink Smoothie RecipesGreen drink recipes can help you maintain alkalizing pH levels, lose weight, fight fatigue and overall be a healthier person. This isn't something that replaces your current diet, it adds to it — it is my belief that adding, rather than subtracting, is a much more effective (and easier) way to reach your goals.

Green superfood powder can be mixed with water, juices, or blended into a shake with fresh fruit like bananas and berries. You can even mix it with protein powder for a complete meal replacement and other superfoods and sweeteners.

Here are our favorite Green Drink Smoothie Recipes:

Boost Mental Clarity

  • 1 scoop All Day Energy Greens
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice (organic is best)
  • 1 cup plain or vanilla yogurt (organic is best)
  • 1 banana, cut up (organic is best)
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • Combine all ingredients in blender, blend for 30 seconds.

Fight Fatigue

  • 1 scoop All Day Energy Greens
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped (organic is best)
  • 1 cup carrot, chopped (organic is best)
  • 1 cup apple juice (fresh, organic is best)
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • Combine all ingredients in blender, blend for 30 seconds.

Alkalize

  • 1 scoop All Day Energy Greens
  • 1 cup blueberries (organic are best)
  • 1 apple, cut (fresh and organic are best)
  • 1 banana (organic is best)
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt (organic is best)
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon spirulina powder
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • Combine all ingredients in blender, blend for 30. Garnish with apple or banana slice and enjoy!


Lose Weight

  • 1 scoop All Day Energy Greens
  • 1 mango, cut (organic is best)
  • 1 papaya, cut (organic is best)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tablespoon spirulina powder
  • 1/2 cup soft hemp seed
  • 1/2 cup crushed ice
  • Combine all ingredients in blender, blend for 30 seconds

What is your favorite All Day Energy Green Smoothie Recipe?

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5 Tips to Avoiding Memory Loss

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5 Tips to Avoiding Memory LossThere are proactive ways to enhance the memory.  Simple, healthy changes in lifestyle can have a positive impact on brain health.  Take a look at these five easy tips to avoiding memory loss.

Exercise the brain.  To challenge the mind and enhance memory skills, play board games that involve strategy; do word, number or jigsaw puzzles; read; try new recipes; learn a foreign language or take up a musical instrument.

Eat a healthy diet, and stay hydrated.  Adequate nutrition can go a long way toward preventing memory loss.  Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, which are high in brain-boosting antioxidants.  Foods rich in omega-3 fats, like salmon, walnuts and flaxseed are also good for the brain.  Avoid high saturated and trans fat content, which can raise cholesterol levels and increase the risk of stroke. 

Make sure to consume six to eight glasses of pure water daily.  Aging adults are especially prone to dehydration, which left unchecked can cause confusion, drowsiness, memory loss, and other dementia-like symptoms.

Control alcohol intake.  Excessive alcohol can be poisonous to brain cells and cause temporary memory loss.  Alcohol abuse can also raise the risk of dementia over time.  Health experts suggest a limit of one to two drinks for daily alcohol intake.

Get plenty of sleep.  Lack of sleep affects memory consolidation, which refers to the process of forming and storing new memories.  Limited sleep can also inhibit the growth of new neurons in the brain, cause memory loss, disturb concentration and affect the ability to make decisions.

Don’t smoke.  Smoking can cause constriction in the arteries, preventing the delivery of oxygen to the brain. This can increase memory loss and the risk of stroke.

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Top 5 Supplements to Add To Your Smoothie

by Health News

There are a variety of vitamin supplements that can be added to smoothies that have all sorts of healthy properties. These ingredients can all be purchased at your local whole foods store or through natural supplement websites. 

  1. Brewers Yeast: A great source of selenium, chromium, potassium, magnesium, sodium, copper, manganese, iron, and zinc.
  2. Bee Pollen: Contains high concentrations of vitamin B-complex and vitamins A, C, D, and E.
  3. Green Tea Powder: The potent antioxidants in green tea have been said to help reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, and high cholesterol.
  4. Spirulina: Contains over 60% all-digestible vegetable protein with a high concentration of beta carotene, vitamin B-12, iron and GLA, an essential fatty acid.
  5. Wheat Germ Oil: A rich source of vitamin E and essential fatty acids.

Top 5 Supplements to Add To Your Smoothie

Check out this smoothie recipe, which offers a healthy and tasty balance of protein and carbohydrates to keep your engine running throughout the day! Bananas, which are an excellent source of potassium, dietary fiber and Vitamin B6, provide a rich and creamy base, and soy milk is a great source of isoflavones which aid in the prevention of many cancers, heart disease and osteoporosis.

TROPICAL TREAT - Serves Two

  • Place all ingredients in a blender:
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 2 medium bananas, sliced
  • 2 scoops vanilla soy protein powder
  • 1/2 cup chunked cantaloupe
  • 1/2 cup chunked canned or fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk

Place lid on blender, and pulse until ingredients begin to mix. Set blender on "blend" for about 30 seconds and then move to "ice crush" or your highest blending button for 20 to 30 more seconds. Pour, and enjoy this quick and healthful smoothie – a taste of the tropics!

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10 Superfoods For The Holidays

by Nancy Maneely

Superfoods Health Recipes HolidayWhen you’re a kid, the holidays are a time to anticipate Santa, toys and treats. But let’s face it: Most of us grownups are looking forward to the food! This is THE time of year when indulgence is permissible – even expected.

While a certain amount of gastronomic revelry is OK, remember to indulge in small portions or you will pay the price after the New Year. And sampling foods that would be off-limits any other time of year is fine, too, within limits.

Still, there’s no reason to skip smart, healthy food choices when they can be part of your seasonally scrumptious menus. Here are the nutritional superfoods that deserve a place of honor at your holiday table.

1.       Sweet Potatoes – These contain Vitamin A as beta-carotene, more than any other fruit or vegetable ... plus, a unique combination of heart healthy nutrients: potassium, fiber, and Vitamin C.

2.       Cranberries – High in overall antioxidant capacity per gram. One cup contains up to 18% of the recommended Daily Value of fiber, 20% manganese and 18% Vitamin C.

3.       Pumpkin  – Your favorite squash pie packs a healthy dose of Vitamin A as beta-carotene, as well as the eye-healthy phytochemicals lutein and zeaxanthin.

4.       Tangerines and Apples – Add some to your salad! They contain pectin, a soluble fiber that helps you feel fuller and may protect your heart by supporting healthy blood cholesterol levels.

5.       Nuts – Make your green beans almondine! Sprinkle walnuts over your salad or dessert! Walnuts, almonds and other nuts contain heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids: They help lower your cholesterol when eaten as part of a balanced diet. Add them to recipes, and leave a bowl of whole nuts (along with a festive nutcracker) on display for holiday guests.

6.       Wild Rice, Quinoa – If you are feeling adventurous, substitute these protein-rich whole grains for bread in stuffing. Here’s a great recipe from the Mayo Clinic staff.

7.       Carrots – With a simple yogurt dip, these will be a hit with all ages. Rich in beta-carotene, a sweet/savory side dish featuring carrots (add a little lemon juice, salt, butter and sugar substitute) will add color and nutrition to your holiday table.

8.       Acorn Squash – A good source of Vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber. Cut in half, bake add a dash of maple syrup and sprinkle with crushed nuts.

9.       Cauliflower and broccoli – High in Vitamin C, low in calories, these cruciferous vegetables also contain compounds known as isothiocyanates, which inhibit the growth of cancer cells. Broccoli is also high in beta-carotene and calcium.

10.   Red Wine – Polyphenols, specifically the antioxidant resveratrol, support heart health. If you drink alcohol, health experts recommend limiting yourself to moderate levels (a glass or two a day).