The Soy Debate – Is It Good For You Or Not?
The soy controversy is highly debated these days among nutritionists. On the one hand, soy has become extremely popular, and on the other hand, the potential health risks have also become widely recognized. So, is it healthy or not so healthy to consume soy products?
The known benefits to soy:
- It can be prepared in many different ways as an alternative to meat products.
- It’s a source of protein for vegans and vegetarians.
- Soy milk is a common alternative to cow’s milk for people who are lactose sensitive or lactose intolerant.
- Some studies have shown that consuming soy is helpful in increasing HDL (our good cholesterol) and possibly it has antioxidants that protect an increase in our LDL levels (the bad cholesterol).
- Even more recently, there have been some studies done on the isoflavones found in soy. Their estrogen like properties can support bone strength and improve the symptoms of women going through menopause.
The potential health risks to soy:
- Soy that is grown in America is genetically modified and usually not labeled as such.
- There are recent studies showing that soy contains phytoestrogens. If you consume too much soy in your diet you can actually produce too much estrogen in the body, which is especially unhealthy for young children and males. In women, this can lead to an increased chance of developing breast cancer or uterine fibroids.
- Soy phytoestrogens can also cause thyroid disease and an increased risk of autoimmune disease, especially in babies or young children. It’s a very popular alternative formula for infants when they can’t tolerate regular cow’s milk products.
- Many of the meat replacement soy products, such as soy burgers, are highly processed containing unnatural toxins and can contain high levels of unhealthy preservatives and high levels of sodium.
- Some people have an allergic reaction to soy and don’t feel well after consuming it or even develop hives or general itching. You may not realize it is the culprit because soy is hidden in a lot of processed foods.
The best you can do is educate yourself so you can make your own informed decision on whether or not soy is good for you and your family. If you do choose to consume soy, edamame is a good choice because it is not processed, as well as fermented tofu.
What Are The Benefits Of Eating Organic?
When it comes to fruits and vegetables especially, eating organic is highly beneficial. The main difference between eating conventionally farmed produce and organic is that organic growers do not spray their farms with herbicides and pesticides. The chemicals used have been positively linked to numerous health problems such as cancer, unhealthy hormone changes and toxicity in the nervous system and brain. These toxic chemicals were designed to kill small pests instantly, so how can it be healthy for people to ingest? Washing the produce before eating it helps, but definitely does not remove all of it. A toxic chemical residue remains.
Some great reasons to eat organic:
- You avoid all pesticides and herbicides.
- The produce is typically 25% more nutritious with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, so it’s worth it to pay a little more! You’re still getting your value from it.
- It supports responsible and sustainable farming techniques, eliminating these toxic chemicals from getting into our environment (air, soil and water supply). In turn, the farmers are also protected from their toxicity.
- It actually tastes better!
The Environmental Working Group, or EWG, keeps a great list of absolute foods that you should ONLY eat organic, called The Dirty Dozen, and also a list of the Clean Fifteen that are the conventionally grown foods that are safe to eat. Here is a link to their website http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/summary.php
Based on their recommendation, here are the foods you should always eat organic:
- Cherry tomatoes
- Summer squash
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Hot Peppers
- Dark leafy greens
A few of my favorites from the Clean Fifteen list:
- Sweet potatoes
You should always wash your fruits and veggies with a veggie wash before eating them, but at least buying all of these foods as organic, assures you that you’re not consuming ANY bad chemicals!
Support a responsible organic farmer and buy organic today!
20 Great Healing Qualities Of Ginger
Ginger is a fantastic root that does truly amazing things for your health….. more than you can imagine!
Here are just a few of its health benefits:
- Helps with poor circulation
- Acts as a catalyst for motivation
- Eases muscle and joint pain
- Eliminates inflammation
- Reduces painful menstrual cramps
- Eases migraine pain
- Has the ability to slow or kill colon and ovarian cancer cells
- Reduces nausea, motion and air sickness
- Reduces morning sickness
- Lowers blood fat levels
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lowers cholesterol levels
- Reduces arthritic pain and loss of movement
- Treats the symptoms of cold and flu
- Acts as an antihistamine and decongestant
- Stimulates the appetite
- Clears the “microcirculatory channels of the body, such as flaring sinuses
- Improves flatulence
- Treats stomach cramps
- It might even be an aphrodesiac
I would say it’s a good idea to include ginger in your daily diet and keep it on hand for lots of great health benefits! ( :
WOW….those are words to remember!!
Optimal wellness for our body is having a slightly alkaline pH balance, which creates the right amount of oxygen in our blood for all of our cells to function normally. By having an acidic pH can lead to a higher chance of disease. Of course, acidic foods are fine to eat, but we need to maintain the balance of our blood pH levels slightly towards the alkaline side. It takes a conscious effort sometimes to achieve this, because we all tend to eat more from the acidic side.
An acidic pH can occur from eating too many acidic foods, but also from emotional stress, toxic overload, or anything that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. In response, the body will try to compensate by using alkaline minerals to create the right balance. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.
It’s interesting that our emotions can have just as much effect on our pH levels as what we eat and drink!
Symptoms of having higher acidic pH levels are commonly digestive issues, an overgrowth of yeast (candida), fatigue, mood swings and irritability, inflammation and challenges with the immune system response. The best way to combat this is to eat or drink plenty of alkaline foods and by drinking lots of water….and checking your emotional state of mind!
The ideal diet should consist of 60% alkaline foods and 40% acid foods to maintain good health. If your goal is to restore back to good health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline foods and 20% acid foods.
A list of typical acidic foods:
Almond Milk, Beer, Black Beans, Blueberries, Bread, Canola Oil, Cashews, Cocoa, Coffee, Corn, Corn Syrup, Cranberries, Dairy, Deep Fried Food, Garbanzo beans, Hard Alcohol, Lentils, Meats of all kinds, Mustard, Oatmeal, Olives, Olive Oil, Pasta, Peanut Butter, Pecans, Quinoa, Rice, Rye, Seafood, Soda, Sugar, Tahini, Tobacco, Vinegar, Walnuts, Wine.
A list of alkaline foods:
Almonds, Apple Cider Vinegar, Apples, Apricot, Asparagus, Avocado, Bee Pollen, Beets, Blackberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Celery, Cherries, Chili Peppar, Cinnamon, Coconut, Cucumber, Curry, Dates, Figs, Eggplant, Garlic, Ginger, Grapes, Grapefruit, Green Leafy Veggies, Honeydew Melon, Kale, Lemon, Lime, Mineral Water, Miso, Mushrooms, Mustard, Onion, Orange, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Peppers, Probiotic Cultures, Pumpkin, Radishes, Raisins, Raspberries, Sea Salt, Spinach, Strawberries, Sweet Potatoes, Tamari, Tangerines, Tofu, Tomatoes, Watermelon and Whey Protein Powder!
Enjoy all of your favorite foods and try to be consciously aware of eating more foods from the alkaline side for optimal health!!
Adding spices to an upset digestive tract may not sound good, but there are some spices that actually heal your digestive system and improve digestion. Some act as anti-inflammatory agents and even reduce bloating and gas, plus many other great things.
Here are some suggestions of spices to use, that I bet you already have in your kitchen. You can spice up your food towards healing and a comforted stomach:
1) Cumin (one of my favorites). It originated in the Mediterranean and was used by the Greeks, Egyptians and anyone living in the area. It is a pungent spice that can absolutely make a dish delish. A great bonus of consuming cumin, is it relieves flatulence (gas)! That’s always positive. It has also been found to improve the immune response and improve cholesterol. This is a common spice used in Mexican dishes and also some Indian foods, and believe it or not, it can give instant relief. Try it, you’ll love it.
2) Turmeric (another favorite that is fun to try). The spice from this root has a long list of powerful properties, but to name a few….it is anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and it has traditionally been used to heal burns, bruises and cuts plus drinking it in the raw juice form aids in digestion and lowering acid levels in your gut.
3) Black Pepper. This is a daily spice that everyone loves, but I bet you didn’t know that it can actually stimulate the digestive organs in a very positive way. It gets the flow of saliva in your mouth going as well as the gastric juices in the stomach. It also contains lots of great things, like vitamin K, manganese, iron, fiber and copper.
4) Coriander. It is commonly known as the “anti-diabetic” plant. It is also a powerful anti-oxidant for your cells from the oils of these seeds. It can work to relax the contractive muscles of the digestive tract in conditions like IBS and has the ability to lower cholesterol levels. It has even been known to help control blood sugar levels.
5) Cardamom. It is native to the evergreen forests of India and frequently made into Ayurvedic medicine to treat digestive problems, mouth ulcers and even depression. It’s a peppery, citrusy and somewhat sweet spice that detoxifies, solves halitosis, is a natural diuretic, antioxidant, anti cancer, lowers blood pressure and so many other things. It is also another reliever of flatulence and a digestive booster.
Wow! There’s so much to gain from consuming these amazing exotic spices, especially for digestive issues. I barely even touched on what each of these do. Get creative in your cooking and enjoy the benefits they each have to offer.