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Magnesium’s Magnificent Healing Properties

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Magnesium’s Magnificent Healing Properties

Magnesium is a powerful mineral occurring naturally in our body and that many people are severely lacking. This can have a pretty negative effect since it aids in the function of over 300 different enzymes and biochemical reactions in the body. The best way you can tell if you are deficient is to eat foods that are rich in magnesium or try supplementing and see how you feel. You will likely notice a difference right away. Magnesium rich foods are things like assorted nuts, legumes and green leafy vegetables. Another great way to get your magnesium is a secret that our grandparents knew, to soak in a warm bath with Epsom salts.This allows you to directly absorb it through your skin.

What are just some of the great benefits of magnesium?

It supports bone strength. Half of our magnesium is stored in our bones, so supporting those levels is hugely important for us to maintain healthy bones. Magnesium also helps the transportation of calcium, another mineral in our body that prevents the loss of bone density, especially as we age.

Prevention of type-2 diabetes. Magnesium helps with carbohydrate metabolism and directly influences insulin activity, which controls our blood glucose levels. Studies have shown that for every 100 mg of magnesium we intake, there is a 15% decrease in the direct risk of getting type-2 diabetes.

Digestive support. Magnesium plays a big role in the digestive process because it is a coenzyme in the intestines that assists in the natural production of hydrochloric acid in the gut necessary to break down the food we eat. It’s also great to naturally relieve constipation.

Supports heart health. Magnesium aids in maintaining a normal heart rhythm, strengthening our muscles, especially the heart which is one of our biggest muscles, and aids in rebuilding our blood vessels. It plays a key role in the prevention of an irregular heartbeat, cardiovascular disease and heart attacks.

Helps with migraines, insomnia and even depression. It has even worked to cure severe psychiatric issues such as panic attacks, anxiety, and even a difficult agitative state. Magnesium not only significantly reduces the severity of all of these conditions, but also lowers their recurrence rate.

Great stress reliever. When we are hit with stress, magnesium can play a key role in relieving it immediately by relaxing the body as part of a natural hormonal response and naturally lowers blood pressure.

Premenstrual symptoms reliever. As a natural muscle relaxer, magnesium also aids in the relief of premenstrual cramps, and acts as a diuretic eliminating fluid retention that causes bloating and breast tenderness.

It’s hard to believe how much this natural mineral can do for us each day. Try adding it to your diet and see how you feel!

What Are The Benefits Of Eating Organic?

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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:

  1. You avoid all pesticides and herbicides.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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:

  • Strawberries
  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Peaches
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Potatoes
  • Hot Peppers
  • Nectarines
  • Dark leafy greens
  • Zucchini

A few of my favorites from the Clean Fifteen list:

  • Avocados
  • Mushrooms
  • Kiwi
  • Mangoes
  • Onions
  • Asparagus
  • Papayas
  • 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!

What’s The Secret To a Long Healthy Life? Maybe Living On An Island In The Mediterranean

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What’s The Secret To a Long Healthy Life? Maybe Living On An Island In The Mediterranean

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There are people who live in the Greek islands who reach the age of 90 with no problem. They live 8 to 10 years longer before getting cancer and cardiovascular disease. They are content and happy and have about a quarter the rate of dementia as the average American. In fact, there are a disproportionate number of centenarians (people who live past 100) who live here.

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So what is the key to this extraordinary health? They eat foods that boost longevity and mental clarity and contentment. They cook the only way they know how, the way their ancestors did for centuries. The famed Mediterranean diet has lots of local herbal tea loaded with antioxidants, many beans daily, fish twice a week, meat only five times a month, two or three cups of coffee a day, two to four glasses of red wine a day, and lots and lots of olive oil. They consume daily servings of fresh greens that come straight from their own organic gardens. They rarely if ever consume anything processed and very little refined sugar.

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Their diet is only one explanation to this longevity. Their low key and relaxed way of life and sense of community contributes to this. They wake up naturally, work in their own gardens, eat a late lunch, take an afternoon nap and their evenings are very social spending lots of time with supportive family. Whenever possible, they relax and enjoy their meal, real homegrown food that is whole and healthy.

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So what advice can you take from this? Don’t take life too seriously, eat well and enjoy the company of whoever you are with!

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Food Is Fuel For Your Body

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What are you fueling your body with?

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So goes the saying….”you are what you eat”. Hmm….think twice about the fuel you feed your body each day. It’s counting on you ( :

So Why Is Protein Getting So Much Focus?

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So Why Is Protein Getting So Much Focus?

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People are consumed with protein, but are they consuming enough protein? It is a vital part of our daily diet and we definitely need to make it a priority and get our kids to focus on the lifestyle habit for life.

For the most part, we try to eat it with breakfast, lunch, dinner and incorporate it with our snacks. Getting enough is important but overeating it is also not doing us any more favors, it’s only necessary to eat so much….and throughout the day or we can’t use it effectively.

So why is protein so vital? Proteins are made up of many amino acids which are considered to be the building blocks of our cells and body. Eating protein from an array of healthy food sources allows our body to grow healthily and stay healthy with a lot of vitality.   

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What are some important functions of protein:

  • a significant role in growth and the maintenance of our all our body systems
  • responsible for making healthy hair, nails and skin (cell renewal)
  • contribute to bone and muscle health and growth
  • significantly contribute to our ability to heal
  • enzymes aid in multiple bodily functions, including digestion
  • proteins actually make up hormones, such as insulin, a protein hormone, that balances our glucose level
  • maintain fluid balance
  • as amazing transporters they move throughout your body providing it with all the essential nutrients and molecules

The new trend is to focus on healthy sources of protein and avoid processed carbs and high glycemic fruits as much as possible. Eating a healthy portion of solid protein for breakfast every day can even aid in weight loss and add sustained energy to your day by jump starting your metabolism. Be sure and eat whole protein food sources for at least 1-2 meals a day, such as from meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cottage cheese or yogurt. It’s a great idea to supplement with a high quality whey protein smoothie as a snack once or twice a day as well in between meals.  

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You probably need more grams of protein each day than you think and it’s harder to eat healthy portions of protein than processed foods and refined sugars. Choosing whole protein sources in a diet combined with other necessary healthy fats and complex carbohydrates (and vegetables) is part of your personal recipe for success in your quest for health.

Eat well and make sure your focus starts with a healthy portion of protein!

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8 Great Herbs To Spice Up Your Cooking!

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8 Great Herbs To Spice Up Your Cooking!

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Herbs, fresh or dried, are a wonderful addition to your home cooked dishes. They are great for adding flavor and to help to bring out the seasonings and flavors of other ingredients in your meal. Herbs can help increase flavor without needing to add salt and they add to the nutritional value.

Spices all originate from plants: flowers, fruits, seeds, barks, leaves, and roots. They can help preserve foods for longer periods of time and many have antibacterial and antiviral properties. The aromatic flavorings can transform a dish without adding calories or fat.

Here are 8 great herbs to try:

Cinnamon

It has the highest antioxidant value of any spice, with the amazing ability to reduce inflammation, lower blood sugar and blood triglyceride levels.  It helps alleviate nausea, increases sensitivity to insulin and aids in the burning of fat and provides you with manganese, iron and calcium. Because it has antimicrobial properties, it can help extend the life of foods you add it to.

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Thyme

It is a member of the mint family and is well-known for being used in French cooking and goes nicely with poultry. The essential oils in it have strong antibacterial properties and are often used to treat sore throats or mouth infections. It is known for its cancer fighting properties.

Basil

The bright green leaves are tasty and rich in beta-carotene and other carotenoids, which promote heart health. It has both anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties and has been known to aid in resolving digestive disorders. It’s most known for using in Italian cooking, but it is a versatile herb that can be added to practically anything. Fresh is the best.

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Dill Weed/Seed

It is most known for its stomach settling ability (possibly one reason why pregnant women crave pickles?). It contains a variety of nutrients and is best used in uncooked recipes or in foods cooked at low temperatures to retain them. It is a great addition to any type of dish with fish, to dips and dressings, to omelets or to chicken dishes. It has wonderful antibacterial properties.

Parsley

It’s very rich in vitamins C, B 12, K and A. It acts as a diuretic, so it’s great to add into your diet if you are feeling bloated or water-logged. It’s great to add to a green juice or smoothie.

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Oregano

This herb is commonly used in Italian sauces. It’s rich in antioxidants and also has powerful antibacterial properties. It is an antiviral, antibacterial, anticancer and antibiotic! It has been known to treat Giardia better than any other medicine. It is just packed full of antioxidants as well. Its oil and leaves are known medicinally for cough, fever, congestion, and body aches. A couple teaspoons added to a soup will help recovery from illness.

Cilantro

This refreshing herb is a bright addition to Mexican dishes and salsas because its fresh flavor lends itself well to many of the spicy flavors often used in Latin dishes. It is rich in magnesium and iron, it’s a good source of fiber, lowers blood sugar and helps the body fight against salmonella.

Rosemary

It has a high concentration of the antioxidant carnosol, which new research is showing that it may have benefits in cancer treatment. It’s easy to grow, low maintenance and fast growing.  It has a pungent unique pine/lemony scent that tastes delicious sprinkled on any meats or vegetables, whether roasting in the oven or on the barbecue. Water boiled with this can be used as an antiseptic.

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When it comes to buying fresh herbs, a great rule of thumb is to look for whatever is in season in your area. Most herbs are available year round, but they can be expensive. Try growing your own herb garden! It’s a blast and so easy. Fresh herbs are the best and not only add wonderful flavor without calories, they may also serve up health benefits as healing foods.

What is your favorite herb to cook with?

Obesity A Disease? Some Experts Say “Yes, it’s true”

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How do you define disease? Is an epidemic something to be concerned with? Yes. The obesity epidemic is dire, because nearly 36% of adults in the U.S. and almost 20% of children are obese. This puts them all at risk for stroke, heart disease, diabetes and a multitude of other diseases that are preventable. The short explanation of this syndrome is a poor diet, lacking protein nutrition and being overrun with trans fats, fast foods, processed foods, salt, sodas and many other poor choices in their diet followed up by a sedentary lifestyle without exercise.

Stress is a also MAJOR component of your lifestyle. Regardless of what you do, this can have a big impact on your health and how you feel. Believe it or not, it affects every action in your body, even on a cellular level. Worry, anger, bitterness, stress….none of which you can control from others or the outside world, actually controls your body. So….just let it go!!! Find ways to relieve it. You’ll live longer and be healthier. A great saying is…. “5% of life is the actual event, and 95% of life is how you respond to that life event”. Just think about that for a minute…..it’s a big difference. Find your balance and you’ll be so much happier.

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Now, many physicians are starting to believe this actually is a disease, or better said, a metabolic syndrome that is rampant, one that requires immediate treatment as well as prevention. Although the average healthy person might say it is really just laziness and overeating, it is being discovered that genetics and metabolic challenges, even hormones and age are playing a large role in obesity. The key is regulating your hormones (especially thyroid, but also testosterone in men), making sure your liver is supported and the main thing is to change your lifestyle habits and stay on top of them.

The key is to turn off your insulin requirements and its overstimulating of insulin output…..stop snacking, regulate your meals by limiting your calories and even drinking a meal replacement drink for breakfast and lunch, or focus on solely protein intake….then having just a lean protein dinner with green vegetables only….no carbs, no alcohol, no caffeine. The goal is to reset your body’s computer. For some, it can take only days or a week or two, for others in a more severe state, it might take 6-8 weeks. Exercise is not the only answer, but can speed the process up. Weight loss, however, is essential, so achieving that through a strict and limited diet or a combination of that with cardio exercise might be what it takes.

You’ll feel amazing…..and…..you’ll even LOSE WEIGHT!!! And…..keep it off!

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Drugs and surgery are not the answer. We each have a responsibility regarding our bodies and our weight. This obesity didn’t happen overnight and we can’t restore it overnight. Like anything of importance, if you focus on it, you will make it happen.

Live happy and eat well. ( :

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