Bad Oils – Do you know the dangers?

ACCORDING to the Ministry of Health, four out of five Fijians are dying from non-communicable diseases including diabetes, cancer, lung and heart disease.

In case you didn’t know: Vegetable oils are bad. Bad news. Bad for your health. Bad for the environment. The word “vegetable” makes these oils sound good and healthy for us but nothing could be further from the truth

Unlike virgin coconut oil or olive oil that can be extracted by pressing, the manufactured oils have to be extracted in very unnatural ways. Today the average consumption in the US is 30 kilograms a year; per person! Even today, despite the fact that heart disease and cancer continue to rise at an alarming rate while butter consumption is down (and vegetable oil consumption is at an all-time high), people are still believing the hype and buying this very non-traditional, non-healthy food-like product.

So why are vegetable oils bad?

Vegetable oils are bad because they contain very high levels of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs). But did you know that the fat content of the human body is about 97 percent saturated and monounsaturated fat? Our body needs fat for rebuilding cells and hormone production.

And it can only use what we give it. Polyunsaturated fats are highly unstable. They oxidize easily, meaning they cause inflammation and mutation in cells. That oxidation is then linked to all sorts of potential diseases. Vegetable oils also contain a very high concentration of Omega 6 fatty acids. These fatty acids also oxidize easily.

Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce inflammation and protect against cancer. Unbalanced levels of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats have been linked to many types of cancers and a host of other problems.

Fiji Times

Prevent hand arthritis with exercise and natural remedies

Arthritis is a painful condition that can limit a person’s ability to complete daily tasks. But with the help of exercise and natural remedies, arthritis can be manageable.

How arthritis can affect your hands?
Arthritis in the hands can lead to pain, swelling, and stiffness, making it quite difficult to use the hands properly. You may find your grip has become weaker and tasks that were once easy – like turning a faucet on – have now become much more difficult.

Natural remedies for arthritis in hands

Ice packs: Just like an injury, when inflammation occurs it’s important to apply ice packs to reduce it

Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is a natural anti-inflammatory.

Honey and cinnamon: Combine a tablespoon of honey with half a teaspoon of cinnamon and consume each morning on an empty stomach.

Epsom salt: Epsom salt can help reduce stiffness, inflammation, and pain. It is packed with magnesium, which is essential for bone mineralization.

Olive oil

Garlic: should be consumed regularly to reduce inflammation and pain.

Fenugreek seeds: Fenugreek seeds are anti-inflammatories that also provide antioxidants.

Castor oil: Castor oil contains ricinoleic acid, which can bring down inflammation and reduce pain

Belmarra Health Online

Tired all the time? Boost Your Energy Levels with these foods!

There are natural ways to boost low energy, and nutritionist Sarah Flowers spoke to Express.co.uk to reveal her top tips.

“Despite being told that eating lots of carbohydrates will give us energy, we need to look at more nutrient dense ways to feed our body with slow releasing carbohydrates, such as sweet potato, quinoa and wholegrain rice.

“Although we consume high levels of refined carbohydrates; we are often devoid of essential nutrients as these cause blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you drained and lacking in energy and put you at risk of obesity and diabetes.”

Recommendations:

Sarah recommended adding Vitamin B to your diet: “To boost your energy levels, ensure you take a good quality B Vitamin Complex, which will deliver all essential B vitamins.

A magnesium deficiency can result in fatigue, so getting enough is important, as Sarah explained: “Magnesium is one of the main nutrients involved in our energy process and even a mild deficiency of magnesium can result in fatigue and even symptoms similar to chronic fatigue syndrome.

You may not have heard of Coenzyme Q10, but Sarah reckoned it is a key ingredient to add to your diet. She said: “This is one of the main nutrients needed in the manufacture of energy within the mitochondria.

Finally, Sarah noted that a healthy gut is linked to higher energy levels. To ensure a healthy gut flora, it is always beneficial to take a good quality probiotic

Express Daily Express

What the Oldest Person in the World Eats Every Day

Emma Morano, the oldest person in the world, turned 117 this week in lake-side Pallanza, Northern Italy. She credits her longevity to being single, drinking homemade brandy and eating a certain staple every day: two raw eggs.

Back in her teens, Morano was told by a doctor to start eating three eggs a day for her anemia. Up until a few years ago, she did just that.

It’s well established in the scientific community that a balanced, whole foods diet plays an integral part in overall health and wellness. But can diet impact longevity as well?

Your diet alone can both cause and reverse inflammation, a dangerous precursor to many prevalent diseases that can take you out early, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Since healthy foods can prevent or delay the onset of disease, it only makes sense that food and the aging process go hand-in-hand.

In fact, scientists have discovered that the Mediterranean diet is particularly effective at increasing life expectancy. It’s no wonder, too. This heart-healthy diet contains plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, lean meats and olive oil — all good things!

The Alternative Daily

Get Rid of Cholesterol with One Powerful Natural Antibiotic

This natural antibiotic is none other than basil. According to research, basil helps to fight bacteria, viruses, and other chronic diseases

Not many people know about the fact that basil contains powerful antioxidants that can help cleanse the arteries from LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol. Basil is rich in essential nutrients like Vitamin K, Vitamin A, and beta-carotene. These antioxidants also protect us from free radicals. These nutrients further prevent cardiovascular diseases.

Apart from this, regular intake of basil leaves gives us a hoard of other health benefits like helping our body fight against ailments like diarrhea, constipation, headaches, cough, flu, kidney problems and other diseases as well.

BoldSky Health

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 quit smoking and quickly fell in love with the candy

More fun facts on the Presidential Diet over the years at CNN.com

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.

Whole Grains – during winters, they keep the body warm. These grains give you extra energy during the winters to keep you going

Turmeric – it tends to generate heat once consumed.

Indian Express

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 which to avoid animal milk, unsweetened almond milk contains few calories per serve and literally no sugars. However, these milk are generally low in almond content with the most common brands containing as little as 2% resulting in a ‘milk’ that is low in protein and calcium.

Breakfast biscuits
While some European cultures enjoy a light breakfast of coffee and a few sweet biscuits, it is then a big jump to claim that they are a ‘healthy’ breakfast choice. With just 4g of protein, plenty of carbs, up to 10g of sugars and just 3g of fiber, there are many, many other more nutritious breakfast options than a sweet packet of biscuits.

More at News.com.au

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 different conditions?” Cowan asked.

“Absolutely. It is such a wonderful compound that has been shown to work in every single instance people have tried.”

Goel says thousands of studies have shown that, in a concentrated enough dose, the curcumin in turmeric has not only proven to be an effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory but also shows promise in preventing and even treating something as serious as cancer.

Café Gratitude’s co-owner, Ryland Englehart, said, “In a petri dish, that can knock out, like, diseases. I mean, it’s crazy. It’s become a phenomenon. It is the buzz word in the health world.”

So much so, Google’s Food Trends Report called turmeric a rising star of 2016.

Cowan asked Englehart if turmeric was as good as its hype.

CBS News

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 high cholesterol are at twice the risk of developing heart disease. And with spirulina, you can lower cholesterol naturally, while also preventing atherosclerosis—the thickening and hardening of the arteries that can lead to heart attacks and strokes.

Lower Blood Pressure
In addition to lowering cholesterol levels, spirulina has also been shown to significantly improve blood pressure. The algae contain a pigment called phycocyanin and, using animal subjects, scientists have discovered that phycocyanin possesses antihypertensive effects, which means, essentially, that it helps to lower blood pressure.

Encourage Weight Loss
Though green vegetables aren’t typically known for their protein content, spirulina is actually made up of about 62 percent protein, and if you’ve ever tried to shed a few pounds, you know how important it is to add enough high-quality protein to your diet.

Eliminate Candida
At proper levels, candida is a fungus that aids in nutrient absorption and digestion. But when candida overproduces, it can become a serious concern that leads to a wide variety of negative and serious health problems. In fact, invasive candidiasis is a leading cause of mycosis-related death in the United States, and candida overgrowth has become the hallmark sign for most autoimmune diseases today.

Observer