Sunday, November 29

Month: November 2016

Diet, Wellness

Featuring: Farm to Fastfood – What American Presidents Ate Over the Years

George Washington, the first US President had simple eating diets. He enjoyed nuts, fish, and Madeira Wine. Thomas Jefferson may have been America's first foodie. The Founding Father developed a taste for French cuisine, grew a vast vegetable garden and cherished a farm-to-table diet. The 11th President, James Polk was known to be a finicky eater. Abraham Lincoln was more of a modest eater. According to historians, the 16th president "liked apples and hot coffee," and didn't demand much in a meal. The eighteenth president Ulysses S. Grant enjoyed coffee and was fond of rice pudding. Franklin D. Roosevelt enjoyed hotdogs, fruit cake, and toasted cheese. On the other hand, Ronald Reagan was known for his sweet tooth. The country's 40th president munched on jelly beans to qu...
Diet

7 Winter Wonder Foods to Stay Naturally Warm

Every food ingredient has a natural property and there are some specific foods that help keep your body warm so as to combat the cold weather so that you don't easily fall ill. Check these foods that you should definitely include in your diet this winter season: Ginger - reduces high cholesterol level and is a great option to keep the body fit during winters. Honey - also keeps the body warm and combats cold, flu or cough during winters. Buts - some of the best sources of good cholesterol, vitamins, fibre and Omega-3 fatty acids. Cinnamon - a wonderful spice to shield you from the dipping temperatures. Garlic - has antibacterial properties to keep one away from the common winter diseases such as cold, cough and throat irritations. It keeps the cholesterol level in check. ...
Diet, Wellness

Who Would have thought? ‘Healthy’ Foods that Nutritionists would never eat

Here are a few foods you may think are healthy although the science tells us otherwise. Rice malt syrup Often considered ‘much’ better than sugar, the truth is that rice malt syrup is a refined sugar. The sugar mix of rice malt syrup is 3% glucose, 45% maltose and maltotriose 52% so while it may be fructose free, it does not mean calorie free so not only is it misleading to claim it is free of sugar, but it will contribute to an excessive calorie intake when over consumed just as regular sugar will. Coconut water While coconut water, especially when served in a real coconut parades as the ultimate health drink for hydration, with 18g of sugars, or almost 4 teaspoons per 250ml serve it is still a high sugar choice of fluid. Almond milk Popular on paleo regimes and for those who ...
Wellness

Turmeric, the spice of life

Turmeric - a member of the ginger family – that, before it’s washed, looks a bit like an ugly carrot. Turmeric is not a root, but a rhizome, which means its stem is where all the good stuff is found. Scattered to the wind, it’s a sacred part of Hindu ceremonies. It’s also been used as a dye for fabrics -- it’s even what gives mustard its bright, yellow hue. But the very thing that makes turmeric so colorful -- a compound called curcumin -- is what some researchers say also makes it a powerful weapon against disease. Biophysicist Ajay Goel has been studying its medicinal qualities at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. “We’re doing clinical trials on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, diabetes,” said Goel. “And it seems to have an effect on all these di...
Diet, Wellness

5 Reasons to Add Spirulina to Your Diet

Spirulina, a blue-green alga commonly found in powdered, supplement form, is one of the stars of this class—and one that you may have unknowingly consumed. Over 1,400 studies have already been conducted, with results proving that adding spirulina to your diet can drastically improve your overall health and wellness. Let’s take a look at the top five ways. Cancer Prevention According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “A number of animal and test tube studies suggest that spirulina increases production of antibodies, infection-fighting proteins and other cells that improve immunity and help ward off infection and chronic illnesses such as cancer.” Cholesterol Reduction & Prevention of Atherosclerosis Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels is important, as people with ...
Genetically Modified Foods

GMO Tobacco Plants Reveal the Promise of Hyper-Productive Food Crops

Researchers specializing in genetic modification have developed a super­powered strain of tobacco plants that grow substantially faster and more efficiently than conventional crops, according to a new report published in the journal Science. How did the experiment work? The researchers inserted genes into the DNA of tobacco plants that they believed would increase three specific proteins that are involved in photosynthesis, the process of turning sunlight into energy. "The objective was simply to boost the level of three proteins already present in tobacco," Long explained. By boosting these proteins, the researchers reasoned that the plants would grow more with the same amount of sunlight. Once they had produced multiple modified tobacco plants, they selected the three most producti...
Remedies

Marijuana may help combat substance abuse, mental health disorders

Contrary to research that suggests marijuana may act as a gateway drug, encouraging the use of other harmful substances, a new study indicates it may have the opposite effect. Marijuana may be an effective 'exit drug' The researchers came to their conclusion after conducting a systematic review of 60 studies assessing the effects of either medical or non-medical marijuana on mental health and substance abuse. The analysis revealed that medical marijuana shows potential for treating symptoms of PTSD, depression, and social anxiety. "Research suggests that people may be using cannabis as an exit drug to reduce the use of substances that are potentially more harmful, such as opioid pain medication," Zach Walsh, an associate professor of psychology at the University of British Colu...
Remedies, Wellness

A mix of Topical and Ingested Natural Ingredients Key to Anti-Aging Skin

While the eyes are the window to our soul, our skin is a mirror to our physical and emotional wellbeing. Our general health, our nutrition, our lifestyle and our emotional state are all reflected in the way our skin looks. So, there is real truth in the saying “beauty starts from the inside." Many ingredients play in both topical and ingestible products. Examples would be collagen or collagen peptides, lipids and different antioxidants and vitamins. In fact, research shows that by utilizing a combined approach one can experience better results. For example, providing carotenoid antioxidants via topical and ingestible treatment led to greater accumulation in human skin compared to each delivery method alone. So, how can we maintain and support skin longevity? Collagen is the major ...
Botanicals

What the Reversed Kratom Ban Teaches Us About Drug Advocacy in America

You may not be familiar with the drug kratom, but many Americans are. Kratom is known to relieve pain and anxiety, and has often been used to ease the challenges of getting off of more harmful drugs, namely opioids. The DEA was slated to ban kratom until late September, when an outpouring of public activism by kratom users led to an indefinite delay on such a ban. Earlier this year, the DEA announced its intent to place kratom on the list of Schedule I drugs. This is the most restrictive category of banned substances that includes drugs like heroin and LSD. The DEA describes a Schedule I like so: “Schedule I drugs have a high potential for abuse and the potential to create severe psychological and/or physical dependence.” Kratom users have used the drug to help them kick their OxyContin...
Diet, Wellness

Be Happy and Gay! These 7 Nutrients are Guaranteed to Boost Happiness Levels!

If you’ve been feeling a little moody lately (or if those PMS symptoms are getting you down), perhaps it’s time to look at your diet. You might be lacking in a few important nutrients that could be the reason why your happiness levels are down and you feel lethargic and unmotivated Let's put the pep back in your step and the smile back in your face! Magnesium - its role in the development of serotonin means it is a major contributor to how happy you feel throughout the day. Low levels of magnesium have been linked to a higher risk of depression. Chromium - helps the body regulate insulin, which in turn regulates your brain's level of serotonin, norepinephrine, and melatonin, the chemicals your brain uses to manage emotion and mood. While a standard, well-balanced diet should ease ...