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An Ancient Super Food Rediscovered

December 1, 2013 by  
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Most people would be surprised to find out that the number-one cause of premature aging and disease in the Western world is the over-consumption of food. This is true not only because too much food can make us fat, but also because everything we eat must be processed by our bodies, which requires an expenditure of energy. Because the body has to be continually processing calories, we suffer much wear and tear. Within each cell of the human body, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthful fats, and other important nutrients are the important parts that create energy and repair the wear and tear that our body is continually fighting. The modern diet is extremely abundant calories, but yet extremely light on these healing, renewing substances. A diet that is calorie-dense yet nutrient-poor has a serious effect on the state of our health, causing us to be overfed and malnourished.

Barley in the most energy-efficient food available in nature, having major implications for those who are concerned with maximizing longevity, avoiding disease, increasing athletic performance, and fighting obesity. Barley is much more than a supplement found at your local health food store, it is a complete food which has been converted into a super food through an all-natural process, making it so powerful and functional that it can be used to nourish those who are struck by famine. Actually, the United Nations uses it as a relief food for those in famine-stricken countries because of its ability to support human life better than any other single food.

In ancient Rome, sprouted barley gruel was used as a food for gladiators and also as a staple for the roman army. Sprouting is known as a way to transform grains or beans into a more nutrient-dense food that is easier to digest. The unique activating procedure, where the grain isn’t sprouted but pre-sprouted instead, uses a low-temperature process that was first used as a replacement for mother’s milk, as a formula for infants who were unable to nurse. The process that is used to activate barley preserves enzyme activity, vitamins, and minerals, bringing it just to the point where it’s ready to sprout then putting it into a state of suspended animation, where it is then transformed into a powder that mixes easily into any drink or recipe.

Barley transforms into a gel in the GI tract, slowing its passage through the body, which in turn allows maximum nutrient absorption. It also stabilizes glucose levels and is great for use by diabetics. Its composition is unique among others, being extremely energy dense, providing four hundred percent more energy than barley that hasn’t been pre-sprouted. Barley is often used to improve athletic endurance, help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, control hunger, boost the immune system, and detoxify the blood. It has a very low glycemic index, allowing it be used in low-carbohydrate diets. This super food is rich in soluble fiber and beta-glucans, which explains its healthy effects on cholesterol, blood sugar balance, and the immune system. The pre-sprouting process that is used also to increase the grain’s content of beta-glucan a substance known to boost the immune system. Have you had your barley today?

High Protein Foods

December 1, 2013 by  
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High protein foods are great for packing on extra muscle. To make sure that your diet is filled with muscle-building proteins, it is extremely important to consider which high protein foods you should consume during your daily eating routine. To help you select the best high protein foods for your diet, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most protein-packed foods that you can find in your average grocery store.

You will notice that the list covers a broad variety of high protein foods. This was done intentionally so that you can compare food types and have more options to add to your daily meals.

The list:

(all nutrition estimates are based on standard single servings)

Peanut butter (2 tbsp)

Protein- 8 g

Calories- 188

Fat- 16 g

Raw almonds (19 pieces)

Protein- 7 g

Calories- 180

Fat- 14 g

Almond butter (1 tbsp)

Protein- 2 g

Calories- 101

Fat- 9 g

Skinless chicken breast (1 cup)

Protein- 38 g

Calories- 258

Fat- 10.4

Ground beef (90% lean, 3 oz)

Protein- 23 g

Calories- 182

Fat- 9 g

Ground turkey (3 oz)

Protein- 22 g

Calories- 193

Fat- 11 g

Salmon (half fillet)

Protein- 39 g

Calories- 367

Fat- 22 g

Tuna (canned, 1 cup)

Protein- 39 g

Calories- 179

Fat- 1 g

Deli turkey (1 oz)

Protein- 4 g

Calories- 31

Fat- 1 g

Findings:

High protein foods vary substantially in protein, fat, and calorie content per serving. Some of the best high protein foods have high fat counts; however, it is important to consider that not all fats are bad for you, and some can be very beneficial to your diet- even if weight loss is your top priority. Almonds, for example, are rich in omega three fatty acids but low in saturated fats.

In general, if you are looking for an efficient way to increase your protein count but keep your calorie and fat intakes minimal, than fish and lean meats are an effective option. Canned tuna (hold the mayo) tops the list as the most efficient protein source. Skinless chicken breasts, deli turkey, ground turkey, and lean ground beef are also highly efficient high protein foods.

Strawberries – The Unknown Super Food

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What’s the first thought that comes to your mind, when you think of strawberry – a mouth-watering dessert of strawberries mixed with fresh cream? To end an interesting evening on sweet note, this is just the right dessert. Strawberries serve more than just fulfilling the sweet tooth. It is packed with hordes of health benefits, making a nutritious fruit for mind and body.

Eat this succulent fruit in its raw form or serve it as jams, syrups, salads, smoothies, wine, juices, and more. Strawberries are full of vitamin C, potassium, sodium and iron as well as being low in calories. Not just delicious, a strawberry is also a great skincare additive, especially due to its mildly astringent properties. Strawberry flesh and juice is recommended mainly for oily skin to improve texture, minimize greasiness and encourage a healthy and more radiant complexion. The ellagic acids in strawberries appear to inhibit the growth of tumors (cancer cells). They are also a good source of salicylic acid that removes dead cells and clean pores.

Strawberry helps in soothing sunburned skin, skin blemishes as well as discolored teeth. An alternative to placing cucumber on the eyes, place a sliced strawberry to reduce the puffiness. They are known to fight heart disease and provide a number of vitamins and minerals that support overall human health. By adding strawberries to your diet, we build a healthy immune system. In addition to various nutrients and minerals, strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, as well as folic acid, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Packed with immense health benefits, strawberries when added to beauty recipes for skin exude magic… Try out these homemade recipes made with this luscious fruit as main ingredient.

Kiwi Cucumber Strawberry Facial Cleanser – Blend 5 to 6 strawberries, 1 kiwi, peeled and 1/2 cucumber to a smooth paste, not a runny mixture. If the mixture is slightly runny, add bit of oatmeal until the potion is of proper consistency. Apply to your face and neck area with gentle massage to exfoliate the skin. Let the paste settle on your skin for 10 minutes and then rinse well with warm water. Your skin will feel fresh and clean.

Strawberry Facemask – Combine 2 or 3 ripe strawberries with 2 tbsp of finely grounded oats and 1 drop of lemon essential oil to form a paste. Spread the paste on to the face and neck area with fingertips. Relax for 20 minutes. Rinse off with cool water followed by a toner and moisturizer. The pieces of strawberry seeds aid in the skin treatment process.

Antioxidant mask with Strawberry and Papaya starring – ½ papaya, 4 strawberries, 1 tbsp rolled oats, 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp fresh lemon juice. Grind the oats, blend papayas and strawberries until smooth and warm honey until it is flowing freely. Combine and mix well all the ingredients. Apply this mixture on the face and let it remain for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water followed with moisturizer.

For beautiful and radiant skin – mash 1 or 2 strawberries mixing it with water to form a smooth paste. Apply the paste on your face, neck overnight. Rinse it in the morning.

Face Lifting Face Pack – 3 to 4 strawberries, 5-6 grapes, 1/2 pear, 1/2 apple and 1 ounce of orange juice. Before putting this paste on apply a coat of honey which is later on covered with this fruit mixture. Leave it for 30 minutes and then rinse it with lukewarm water. For the final rinse use vinegar to give your face, a perfect lift.

Strawberry Mask – 4 to 5 strawberries, 1 tbsp. milk and 1 tbsp. cornstarch. Mix all the three ingredients to make a paste to be applied on your face for 20 minutes. Rinse it first with warm water, then cold water. You can better this pack by using a mild astringent and then use a light moisturizer. You can use this pack for week.

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautions while following instructions on the recipes from this article. Avoid using if you are allergic to something. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.

Want To Lose Belly Fat? Eat This Precious Spice Daily

December 1, 2013 by  
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Cinnamon can reduce belly fat! Yes! That is what I said.

Cinnamon is one of the oldest spices known to man. In fact it was considered more precious than gold. The early Egyptians used it for flavoring foods and for medicinal purposes and it’s even mentioned in the bible.

Today most people only think of cinnamon as a spice for apple pie or sweet potatoes and gingerbread cookies. But cinnamon is in fact so much more!

Quite by accident the Maryland USDA Research Center discovered the wonders of cinnamon. They were conducting a study on how certain foods affected glucose (blood sugar) levels in the body. When it came to apple pie (with cinnamon) they expected it to have an adverse effect on the body. To their utter surprise, it lowered glucose levels in the blood. This merited further study.

In December of 2003, the Dept. of Human Nutrition in Peshawar, Pakistan, a study was underway to determine how cinnamon affected glucose levels, triglyceride and good and bad cholesterol on 60 patients with type 2 diabetes.

The first group was given between 1 to 6 g of cinnamon per day and the second placebo. After 40 days the cinnamon group had a reduction in glucose levels between 18 and 29%. Triglycerides reduced by 23 to 30% and LDL cholesterol 7 to 27% and overall cholesterol 12 to 26%. In fact this group continued to register lower levels even after 20 days of not taking the cinnamon! The placebo group had no real changes. This is good news for diabetics and people with heart disease.

In a study done with rats, one group was given a high fructose diet with cinnamon and the other a lower amount of sugars. The end result was both groups did the same. Even though the rats ate high fructose, cinnamon causes the body to lower glucose levels and manage insulin levels and making it possible to shrink the belly fat.

If you add cinnamon to your daily diet either by sprinkling on foods or taken as a capsule or liquid herbal tonic, this may help you in the battle of the bulge. To speed up the process, add an aerobic activity or brisk walking, plenty of water and fresh vegetables and you’ll feel better and look better.

Cinnamon is a delicious way to help you lose weight. Happy eating!

Acai Berries Are The New Superfruit

December 1, 2013 by  
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Berries and chocolate. Generally a great combination, right? What if there was a berry that had a cocoa flavor in it? Well as nature would have it, there is. This extraordinarily nutritious berry is called the acai berry (pronounced a-sigh-ee). While it doesn’t exactly taste like pure chocolate, the bitterness of cacao is incorporated into acai’s intense flavor. The flavor is actually hard to pinpoint as some of its juices have been compared to bitter raspberries while others claim acai produces a salty aftertaste (like say, olives.) Ok, I’m the one that said that. But the flavor is not the only thing that makes acai so unique.

From the rainforests of the Amazons, acai berries have been consumed by Brazilians for centuries. But recently, more and more of these grape-sized berries are falling from the South American palm trees into juice bottles around the world.

Labeled the antioxidant superfood, it’s known for its substantially large amounts of antioxidants and nutritional value. Acai has double the cancer-fighting power of blueberries, the formerly known antioxidant contest frontrunner. Consumption of the berry not only helps prevent and attack cancerous cells, but it is said to boost energy and overall immunity as well. Actually, the list of supposed and even validated benefits is virtually endless from improved digestion to better circulation, and even better sleep. It is based on these extraordinary characteristics that acai has been referred to as the most healthful fruit in the world.

But, if you’re a juice producer looking for a new venture, many juice and smoothie producers have already jumped the gun on capitalizing on the healthful fruit. While the trend is still fairly recent, grocery store shelves are already well stocked with the likes of organic acai juices, yogurt drinks, smoothies, and even teas.

And the bottles of these products make many a pretty promise. I’m actually drinking an “Organic Acai Antioxidant Superfood Smoothie” right now that claims it’s sufficient for a meal replacement. Is that true? Well, it sure seems to satisfy my nutritional needs as the Nutrition Facts label shows sufficient amounts of protein, carbohydrates, fat, potassium and even omega-3 fatty acids! And…actually it’s the only thing I’ve eaten today so far and I don’t think I’m hungry! Maybe this stuff really does work (Don’t try this at home though folks, acai shouldn’t be the only thing you eat all day.)

Acai has also shown promises of preventing heart disease, as it has 10-30 times the amount of cardiovascular-fighting phytochemical called anthocyanin found in red wine. You may have heard of these phytochemicals from the French Paradox that enumerates the oddity of heart disease’s rare occurrence in France despite their high fat intake. The concept bears the phytochemicals in the red wine responsible for their continued health.

With all these benefits filling the air, the fruit sounds perfect right? Well I’m not here to tell you that it isn’t, but I am here to tell you to be cautious about how much acai you consume. There is such a thing as an antioxidant overdose that has adverse effects such as weakness, fever and toxicity. So, with a fruit so jam-packed with antioxidants, one must be careful. Experts suggest discussing with your doctor what your optimal dosage of antioxidants is.

Sources:
Acai Berry Fruit Guide
Sambazon SuperGreens Revolution
Mona Vie Acai Drink

Cheia Vida Is The Best Health Drink

December 1, 2013 by  
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Cheia Vida by Alive Worldwide is a wonderful product and literally everyone I show it too loves it. It is a multi-functional drink that is a energy drink, a weight loss drink, Speeds metabolism, and is loaded with antioxidant support.

Cheia Vida has many ingredients harvested from the Amazon Rainforest in a very earth friendly way. The ingredients include Acia berries for total antioxidant support (even more antioxidants than orange juice or blueberries) and their are a host of other benefits of Acai you can read about on my website. Cheia Vida also contains Cha De burgre, a natural stimulant and mood enhancer that has long been known about in brazil and other countries but is new in the USA. Also it contains Yerba Mate, also a known natural mood lifting stimulant.

Also Cheia Vida contains Green tea another excellent source of many healthy ingredients. Cheia vida alo has anti-fungal properties and has a colon cleansing effect that is excellent.

Cheia Vida actually helps your body accept less fatty deposits from the food you eat while it controls your appetite making it the best weight loss product I’ve ever seen. In fact I’ve lost over ten pounds without really trying to. I was using it primarily for the energy boost effect, but found after a week and a half I lost over ten pounds.

This product is real and although it is a MLM company, Alive worldwide also supplies all of its associates with a retail website, with a simple shopping cart style for those not interested in the home business aspect. This way, you can buy Cheia Vida quick and simple without “joining” anything. Many of our distributors have had great success with these retail sites.

Is Zrii Really A Chopra Center Endorsed Juice?

December 1, 2013 by  
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I couldn’t believe my ears! Could it really be? Would this be the company that brings credibility back into network marketing?

You can imagine my reaction when I found out about a health juice called Zrii that just came into the MLM arena and is backed by the world famous Chopra Center! The Chopra Center has never endorsed a third party product before…let alone an mlm product.

For those of you who don’t know about the Chopra Center, it is a world famous health and well-being facility co-founded by some of the world’s most recognized doctor’s, Deepak Chopra and David Simon. For a network marketing company to have a product endorsed by the Chopra Center…let’s just say I’ve never seen anything like it in the history of the mlm industry.

Not only does each bottle of juice have the Chopra Center endorsement on it, but the Chopra Center along with Drs David Simon and Deepak Chopra will be at some of the Zrii conferences talking about the Zrii lifestyle and amalaki. Amalaki is the cornerstone of ayurvedic medicine which is traditional Indian medicine over 5000 years old. People in India consider amalaki to be a holy fruit. In fact, some of the ancient medical texts list over 5000 herbs and fruits and amalaki is touted as being superior to all of them.

When people hear about a network marketing company that is backed by the Chopra Center, they pay attention. Having such a well recognized, world brand such as the Chopra Center adds unbelievable credibility to Zrii. But, that isn’t all that Zrii has going for it…

Zrii is founded by a mega-millionaire named William F. Farley. Bill Farley is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in American history. His friends consist of Presidents and many celebrities, one of which is Deepak Chopra. In fact, it was the doctors from the Chopra Center that first introduced Bill to amalaki. They told Bill that there is no other fruit in the world that compares to amalaki and that it is relatively unheard of in the West.

Bill knew that liquid nutrition is the wave of the future so he put together a team of 5 doctors that formulated an ayurvedic juice known today as Zrii, amalaki being the main ingredient. Zrii is not just a fuit juice but a powerful ayurvedic formulation backed by the prestigious Chopra Center. But more importantly, Zrii is an opportunity unparalleled in the network marketing industry. It has not even had its pre-launch and already the world is starting to awaken to its magnificence.

I have never witnessed so many leaders coming into one company in such a short period of time. I truly believe that this company is going to revolutionize the industry as we know it. The credibility it brings is unmatched.

If you have ever considered starting your own home business now is the time! For those of you who have never really made it in network marketing, now is your chance to prove yourself. The world is at your doorstep…people are scrambling to get into this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and you are hearing about this at the very beginning!

Larch Arabinogalactan And Australian Bush Plum

December 1, 2013 by  
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Larch Arabinogalactan is produced from the wood of the larch tree; it is in fact a polysaccharide powder. It is a fine off white powder that has a mild smell of pine trees, and tastes a little sweet. It is readily soluble and can be used with juice or water. It is made up of galactose, arabinose, and a trace of glucuronic acid.

The Western Larch is a member of the pine tree family. It grows naturally in the Pacific northwest of the USA. This makes it readily available for research and manufacture of dietary supplements.

It is a source of dietary fiber and helps boost your immune system. It has many uses: Larch Arabinogalactan has been found to help protect the body against cancer and it is also a powerful anti allergy and anti-inflammatory substance.

Limited research has been done on Larch Arabinogalactan, and there are many more uses that need to be looked into. Because it is easy to take, it is very convenient for the consumer to take as a diet supplement.

Another diet supplement, which also draws from natural sources, is the Australian Bush Plum, or better known as the Black Current in Europe. These taste exceptionally good and can be used much the same manner as a regular berry. It is made into sweets and syrups like Ribena, as well as cough lozenges. It has been used for many years for cough lozenges in England and due to its vitamin C content, is given to fight colds, coughs, and sore throats.

The Australian bush plum, as its name suggests, is native to Australia and grows from 6 inches to about 2 feet in height. It grows freely through the north and central parts of Australia. The aborigines have used these fruits since ancient times. They are also cultivated in England and known as black currents.

The Australian bush plum has the largest amount of vitamin C in any other food. As such, it is good for protecting the body against free radicals, which are produced by the liver when metabolism takes place. It is now used in conjunction with Glyconutrients to make a powerful antioxidant diet supplement.

Both these natural products are used with the Glyconutrients as diet supplements. The advantage is that they have little or no side effects, because they are all natural products. As more research is done, they will become more readily available and more uses will be found. As with all diet supplements, it is always good to consult your doctor before you take them to be sure you have no underlying problems that can cause conflicts.

Using Antioxidant Food For Health

December 1, 2013 by  
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Fighting against diseases such as cancer – and maintaining a healthy lifestyle – has become something of a pastime among those who are tuned in to continuing research. And what research has shown is an ever-present connection between diet and the sustenance of the body’s health. Antioxidants – the buzz word of modern health talk – have garnered quite a bit of attention as of late, as has those foods that contain them. Antioxidant food varies in is form but provides consistent results – to help protect the body against illness.

Antioxidant food contains nutrients that work to combat free radicals – those molecules in the body that attack healthy cells. Free radicals develop from molecules that become unstable due to poor diet as well as environmental factors such as smoking. Molecules are considered unstable when they begin attacking healthy cells to find their missing electrons. These rebel molecules have been linked to many different types of cancer.

Those nutrients found in antioxidant food work to stabilize these rabid molecules. Included in antioxidant food are such things as fresh fruits and vegetables – fruits such as apricots, watermelon, and tomatoes and tomato products, all of which contain lycopene; green leafy vegetables such as spinach which contain the antioxidant lutein; vegetables rich in beta-carotene such as carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes; and foods rich in Vitamins A (eggs and milk), C (fruits and vegetables), and E (nuts and broccoli) that have also been shown to be high in antioxidants. On the more enjoyable side – dark chocolate and even red wine have been shown to be acceptable antioxidant food.

Finding antioxidant food that satisfies health requirements as well as meeting your specific enjoyment requirements, can take a little time. Work with your doctor to identify antioxidant food that you can implement into your lifestyle. Your effort will be rewarded with a healthier body and a life of ongoing vitality.

Are Vegetables May Be Laced With Antibiotics ?

December 1, 2013 by  
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Careful what you eat, especially if you are allergic to certain antibiotics. Recent studies have shown that some vegetables absorb the antibiotic chemicals from the soil they are grown in. Why? Animal manure.

In our vast food chain, it seems that we have come across the ultimate irony. Humans are now being punished by their own attempts to optimize the animal and plant food industries. Instead of people being superior to animals and plants in the food chain, we’re now being “kicked in the pants,” so to speak.

Here’s the explanation: Animals raised for human consumption are often fed antibiotics in order to make them stronger and larger, making them more marketable animals, according to the Journal of Environmental Quality’s report on antibiotic infused crops. In raising these animals, their manure is also collected to be used for soil in raising crops. This manure, used as soil, has now been found to transfer the antibiotics put in the animal feed to the very plants that grow in this soil. In other words, by feeding animals antibiotics to capitalize on the market, we are actual introducing a potential danger in human consumption.

Devastated reactions have come from slow food movements, driving home the point that it is important to know where your food comes from. If you have an allergy to certain antibiotics, it could be very dangerous to consume a potato laced with antibiotics. But, with the way America sells its food in grocery stores, it would be hard to know, wouldn’t it? Not only is it hard to figure out which crops have these problems, but it is known that animal manure is very commonly used as soil across the world.

So far, the animal antibiotics have been found in such foods as corn, lettuce, and potatoes. Potatoes have been found to have the highest amounts of these antibiotics because its actual food closely encounters the soil. Actual dangerous effects of this problem have not yet been fully analyzed. In the meantime, it has been advised by study conductors that those with allergies to any sort of antibiotics should be careful.

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