Gain Reduce Or Stabilize

Cannabilizing other animals is not a smart weight reduction method – short or long-term.

It isn’t healthy, it isn’t kind and neither is it efficient.

Plants are the only wise choice to make when looking to gain, reduce or stabilize weight.






 

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Fat-Free Creamy Cauliflower Dressing

FAT-FREE CREAMY CAULIFLOWER DRESSING

Sometimes fat-free gets complicated – till the cauliflower appears from out of nowhere and shows us how to do it! This is one version. Try your own and see how it develops! Then share it here!

Makes 4-1/2 cups

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Old Habits Never Die?

Old habits die hard?

Not so fast.

Old habits can die and they can die easy.

I go to bed earlier than I used to. I feel more refreshed in the morning, and feel better about the day I’m in.






 

Ginger Root for Migraines 

 

Ginger Root for Migraines

Many successful herbal treatments start like this: Some doctor learns that some plant has been used in some ancient medical tradition, like ginger for headaches. Well, the physician has patients with headaches and so tries advising one with migraines to give it a try since it’s just some safe, common spice. At the first sign of a migraine coming on, the patient mixed a quarter teaspoon of powdered ginger in some water, drank it down, and poof! Within a half-hour, the migraine went away. It worked every time for them with no side effects. That’s what’s called a case report.

In my video, Ginger for Migraines, I show the remarkable case report, but case reports are really just glorified anecdotes. Case reports have played an important role in the history of medicine, though. AIDS was first discovered as a series of case reports. Some young guy walks into a clinic in Los Angeles with a bad case of thrush, and the rest is history. Reports of an unusual side effect of a failed chest pain drug led to the billion-dollar blockbuster, Viagra. Case reports may represent the weakest level of evidence, but they are often the first line of evidence, where everything starts. The ginger and migraine report isn’t helpful in itself, but it can inspire researchers to put the treatment to the test.

The problem is, who’s going to fund it? The market for migraine drugs is worth billions of dollars. A quarter teaspoon of powdered ginger costs about a penny. Who would fund a study pitting ginger versus the leading migraine drug?…

Finish reading: Ginger Root for Migraines | NutritionFacts.org






 

11 Impressive Benefits of Horseradish 

Benefits of horseradish include its ability to aid weight loss, lower blood pressure, build strong bones, boost the immune system, and stimulate healthy digestion.

Horseradish is a powerful and pungent plant that is connected to a wide variety of health benefits, including its ability to aid weight loss, lower blood pressure, alleviate respiratory conditions, build strong bones, improve immune system health, stimulate healthy digestion, promote heart health, and lower the chances of neural tube defects in infants. Perhaps most notably, horseradish can prevent cancer due to its extremely high levels of glucosinolates.

Horseradish is actually a member of the Brassicaceae family, meaning that it is closely related to wasabimustardcabbage, and broccoli. It is closer in application wasabi and mustard, because when the thick, white root (the active ingredient) is sliced, the breakdown of those plant cells release enzymes that break down the sinigrin found in the root. This releases mustard oil, which is a pungent and irritating chemical that affects the sinuses and eyes of those who smell it. This is why horseradish is so popularly used as a spicy burst of flavor in a number of dishes, or a lightly applied condiment to certain types of steak.

Horseradish originated in Southern Europe and Western Asia, where it has been referenced throughout history. The power and importance of this root has been known for thousands of years, and it is now available all across the world. It is used mainly in culinary practices in the western world, but it has medicinal applications in the East, and some of those health benefits are urging more people to consume it around the world. Ironically enough, horseradish is actually poisonous to horses!…

Finish reading: 11 Impressive Benefits of Horseradish | Organic Facts






 

Even moderate drinking linked to changes in brain structure

By Kate Kelland | LONDON

Drinking even moderate amounts of alcohol is linked to changes in brain structure and an increased risk of worsening brain function, scientists said on Tuesday.

In a 30-year study that looked at the brains of 550 middle-aged heavy drinkers, moderate drinkers and teetotallers, the researchers found people drank more alcohol had a greater risk of hippocampal atrophy – a form of brain damage that affects memory and spatial navigation.

People who drank more than 30 units a week on average had the highest risk, but even those who drank moderately – between 14 and 21 units a week – were far more likely than abstainers to have hippocampal atrophy, the scientists said.

“And we found no support for a protective effect of light consumption on brain structure,” they added.

The research team – from the University of Oxford and University College London – said their results supported a recent lowering of drinking limit guidelines in Britain, but posed questions about limits recommended in the United States.

U.S. guidelines suggest that up to 24.5 units of alcohol a week is safe for men, but the study found increased risk of brain structure changes at just 14 to 21 units a week.

A unit is defined as 10 milliliters (ml) of pure alcohol. There are roughly two in a large beer, nine in a bottle of wine and one in a 25 ml spirit shot.

Killian Welch, a Royal Edinburgh Hospital neuropsychiatrist who was not directly involved in the study, said the results, published in the BMJ British Medical Journal, underlined “the argument that drinking habits many regard as normal have adverse consequences for health”.

“We all use rationalizations to justify persistence with behaviors not in our long term interest. With (these results) justification of ‘moderate’ drinking on the grounds of brain health becomes a little harder,” he said…

Finish reading: Even moderate drinking linked to changes in brain structure, study finds | Reuters






 

13 Amazing Benefits of Manganese 

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13 Amazing Benefits Of Manganese

Some of the health benefits of manganese include a benefit to healthy bone structure, bone metabolism, and helping to create essential enzymes for building bones. It also acts as a co-enzyme to assist metabolic activity in the human body. Apart from these, there are other health benefits of manganese including the formation of connective tissues, absorption of calcium, proper functioning of the thyroid gland and sexhormones, regulation of blood sugar level, and metabolism of fats and carbohydrates.

Manganese is a mineral naturally occurring in our bodies in very small amounts. Manganese is an actual component of manganese super oxide dismutase enzyme. It is a powerful antioxidant that seeks out the free radicals in the human body and neutralizes these damaging particles, thereby preventing many of the potential dangers they cause.

The body may contain, at most, 20 mg of manganese, which is concentrated in our kidneys, pancreas, liver and bones. Manganese is very important for the normal functioning of the brain and proper activity of our nervous system throughout the body. As far as research can tell, it is an essential trace mineral for every form of life.

Deficiency Symptoms Of Manganese

The symptoms of manganese deficiency include high blood pressure, heart ailments, muscular contraction, bone malformation, high cholesterol, poor eyesight, hearing trouble, severe memory loss, shivers and tremors. Even though some medical experts argue that manganese deficiency is quite rare, more than 35 % of the world population is thought to be deficient. Poor dietary habits are the leading cause of such deficiencies.

In some cases, calcium and iron are believed to interfere with the appropriate use of manganese in the human body. Eye problems, sweating, fast heartbeats, weakness, and severe cramps may be some of the deficiency symptoms. Severe deficiency may cause infertility in women, pancreatic damage, heart ailments and osteoporosis

Finish reading: 13 Amazing Benefits of Manganese | Organic Facts






 

Best Foods for Acid Reflux

Best Foods for Acid Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common disorders of the digestive tract. The two most typical symptoms are heartburn and regurgitation of stomach contents into the back of the throat, but GERD is not just burning pain and a sour taste in your mouth. It causesmillions of doctor visits and hospitalizations every year in the United States. The most feared complication is cancer.

You start out with a normal esophagus. If the acid keeps creeping up, your esophagus can get inflamed and result in esophagitis. Esophagitis can transform into Barrett’s esophagus, a precancerous condition which can then turn into adenocarcinoma (a type of cancer). To prevent all that, we need to prevent the acid reflux in the first place.

In the last three decades, the incidence of this cancer in the US has increased six-fold, an increase greater than that of melanoma, breast, or prostate cancer. This is because acid reflux is on the rise. In the United States, we’re up to about 1 in 4 people suffering at least weekly heartburn and/or acid regurgitation, compared to around 5% in Asia. This suggests that dietary factors may play a role.

In general, high fat intake is associated with increased risk, whereas high fiber foods appear to be protective. The reason fat intake may be associated with GERD symptoms and erosive esophagitis is because when we eat fatty foods, the sphincter at the top of the stomach that’s supposed to keep the food down becomes relaxed; so, more acid can creep up into the esophagus. In my video Diet & GERD Acid Reflux Heartburn, you can see a study in which researchers fed volunteers a high-fat meal—a McDonald’s sausage and egg McMuffin—compared to a low-fat meal (McDonald’s hot cakes), and there was significantly more acid squirted up in the esophagus after the high-fat meal.

In terms of later stages of disease progression, over the last twenty years, 45 studies have been published on the association between diet and Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer. In general, they found that meat and high-fat meals appeared to increase cancer risk. Different meats were associated with cancers in different locations, though. Red meat was more associated with cancer in the esophagus, whereas poultry was more associated with cancer at the top of the stomach. Plant-based sources of protein, such as beans and nuts, were associated with a significantly decreased risk of cancer…

Finish reading: Best Foods for Acid Reflux | NutritionFacts.org






 

How Much Water Should We Drink Every Day?

How Much Water Should We Drink Every Day?

More than 2000 years ago Hippocrates (460–377 BCE) said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” What does that mean when it comes to water? Water has been described as a neglected, unappreciated, and under-researched subject, and further complicating the issue, a lot of the papers extolling the need for proper hydration are funded by the bottled water industry.

It turns out the often quoted “drink at least eight glasses of water a day” dictum has little underpinning scientific evidence . Where did that idea come from? The recommendation was traced to a 1921 paper, in which the author measured his own pee and sweat and determined we lose about 3% of our body weight in water a day, or about 8 cups (see How Many Glasses of Water Should We Drink in a Day?). Consequently, for the longest time, water requirement guidelines for humanity were based on just one person.

There is evidence that not drinking enough may be associated with falls and fractures, heat stroke, heart disease, lung disorders, kidney disease, kidney stones, bladder and colon cancer, urinary tract infections, constipation, dry mouth, cavities, decreased immune function and cataract formation. The problem with many of these studies is that low water intake is associated with several unhealthy behaviors, such as low fruit and vegetable intake, more fast-food, less shopping at farmers markets. And who drinks lots of water? People who exercise a lot. No wonder they tend to have lower disease rates!…

Finish reading: How Much Water Should We Drink Every Day? | NutritionFacts.org






 

Weight Loss Aids

Weight loss aids are not meant to allow you all you can eat whenever you want to eat it, while losing all you want to lose.

Weight loss aids assist you in your goal to eat less. That’s it. That’s what they do, when they’re actually being effective in doing it – and like all substances, they’re not always effective.

Your body/brain gets accustomed to the method, makes an adjustment to it, then out of the blue, it no longer works as it once did, so you have to search for something else. And you do that. We all do it. Keeping weight off is a complex process when you like to eat – and most of us do.

I used to worry about using some weight loss aids long-term and their possible harmful side effects, but that isn’t a concern any longer, since the aids stop working before that harm is even close to becoming harmful. For instance by blocking the absorption of some vital nutrients.

So, what I’m slowly finding is that those aids, once given up by me, need not be given up forever. Go back to what once worked every now and then and it will work again short-term.

That’s what we need to look for in any aid. Short term. Long term always leads to dependency and we don’t want that additional burden.

Go easy on yourself during the discovery process of what works for you and doesn’t. It’s upsetting, I know, to find something that works, only to wake up one morning and it no longer does the same job the same way. That’s nature taking care of its birds. YOUR LIFE MATTERS.