A study published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders that included 65 overweight and obese adults suggests that an almond-enriched low calorie diet (which is high in monounsaturated fats) can help overweight individuals shed pounds more effectively than a low calorie diet high in complex carbohydrates. The research now says that those on the almond-enriched anti-inflammatory diet consumed 39% of their calories in the form of fat, 25% of which was monounsaturated fat.
The pomegranate is one of nature’s powerful super foods. It contains certain polyphenols that can help fight against some of our toughest health challenges like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. This fruit is packed with strong anti-oxidants that help support the body with many of the challenges we see today. The amazing part is that there is a secret ingredient that can potentially beat many symptoms off the flu, may reduce inflammation, reduce risk of heart disease, and can lower cholesterol. “The most important new issue is the cardiovascular protection of pomegranate,” says Prof.
Not only does Vitamin A strengthen "entry points" into the human body, such as mucous membranes, the lining of the eyes, respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts, it is also essential for the lymphocytes, or white blood cells, that fight infection once in the body. Vitamin A, when converted into the retinal (retinaldehyde) form, is vital for healthy eyes. It allows the eye to effectively distinguish between light and dark, thus improving night vision. Furthermore, vitamin A is believed to fight against cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and other age-related ocular diseases.
Most of the quality, pure, therapeutic grade essential oils are low-heat distilled extracted, however, citrus essential oils come from the rind of the fruit (not the juice) and are most often cold pressed. Lemon essential oil is one of the least inexpensive yet has many health benefits. One of it’s most important chemical constituents is limonene(which is in all citrus oils), which has been extensively researched for it’s protective and defensive influence on a cellular level.
In spite of the fact that in recent years, sunscreen usage has risen dramatically for skin cancer prevention, according to EWG (Environmental Working Group, www.ewg.org), cases of skin cancer have tripled from 7.89 in 1975 per 100,000 population to 23.57 in 2010. With the many warnings of skin cancer, many of us look at the sun as our enemy. However, most people often do not get enough good daily sunshine and thus most often lack enough Vitamin D for building and maintaining strong and healthy bones. Vitamin D3 also plays an important role in the metabolism of calcium, as well as the functions of the heart, eyes and nervous system. Being outside in the early morning for 15-30 minutes on a good brisk walk or bike is so good for adults and children too.
Creamy, rich, and sweet, bananas are a favorite food for everyone from infants to elders. Sports enthusiasts appreciate the potassium-power delivered by this high energy fruit. Bananas are one of our best sources of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Since the average banana contains a whopping 467 mg of potassium and 1 mg of sodium, a banana a day may help to prevent high blood pressure and protect against atherosclerosis.
When I was a young mother, I was experiencing a number of emotional and physical challenges. With the help of a naturopathic physician who put me on a whole foods diet, many cleanses, whole food supplements, and herbal medicines, I had a complete turn around in my health. But it wasn’t until 2 years later that I realized that my seasonal allergies had all disappeared since this period of time. From that diet change and thorough body cleansing, I never have experienced seasonal allergies since, and mine were some of the worst too…pollens, grasses, weeds…I was so miserable! That was over 35 years ago!
Our foods are gradually becoming the stars of the beauty world. Whether we're reusing old tea bags for under eye puffiness or tightening our pores with turmeric these unconventional treatments are just as good, if not better, than what we'd pay for at the beauty counter. We asked our communities to share the amazing beauty benefits of another common household wonder called apple cider vinegar.
How about you….do you love tasty foods that are simple to make, and nutritious too? The best flavors come from pure therapeutic essential oils that are meant for internal use, so you can add them to your foods.
Wild orange is one of those essential oils that is high in antioxidants,uplifting, energizing, alkalizing, stress reducing. You can inhale it, rub in on your temples or wrists, drop it in your water, and it is a great addition to your foods: smoothies, yogurt, dips, treats, more. Here are some ideas - you will love them!
ORANGE GRANOLA PARFAITS
(this make a super delicious breakfast - your family will love you!)
A study published in the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders that included 65 overweight and obese adults suggests that an almond-enriched low calorie diet (which is high in monounsaturated fats) can help overweight individuals shed pounds more effectively than a low calorie diet high in complex carbohydrates. Those on the almond-enriched low calorie diet consumed 39% of their calories in the form of fat, 25% of which was monounsaturated fat. In contrast, those on the low calorie diet high in complex carbohydrates consumed only 18% of their calories as fat, of which 5% was monounsaturated fat, while 53% of their calories were derived from carbohydrate.