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Empowering Women With Food

Some of the primary health issues of concern to women are heart disease, cancers (lung and breast cancers are the top 2), diabetes, hypertension, obstructive lung diseases, flu and pneumonia, and kidney disease. Of course, there are others.

Of the diseases above, the ones that may be considered food-related are the metabolic conditions: heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. All of these have been shown to have their roots in insulin resistance. Helping women reverse these conditions with food and exercise is a specialty of mine, and I have a solid track record of doing so.

(Even colds and flu may be considered food-related to the degree that foods will either support the immune system or derail it.)

Another health concern for pregnant women is – or should be – autism in their babies. The risk of autism is greatly increased if the mom-to-be has one or more of the metabolic conditions listed above, and/or high cholesterol, high triglycerides or polycystic ovary syndrome.

Does Changing Diet Help Reverse Metabolic Conditions?

Most health information states that weight loss will lead to reversal of metabolic conditions. And yes, weight loss can and will absolutely help.

But how wonderful is it that just eating differently can set the changes in motion – even before the weight loss happens?

My approach focuses on setting metabolic changes in motion AND making them stick. To the degree that I show women how to eat in a way that can reverse insulin resistance and its associated diseases, I love being able to say that my work can and does empower women.

Dry Fruits

1. Dry fruits help you fight cancer

Dried apricots and apples can help you keep cancer away. Actually, these two contain phytonutrients that serve as antioxidants. Aside from this, they are a great source of fiber, iron, Vitamin A and C.

2. Skin health

Your skin is an important part of your immunity. If you want to keep your skin fresh, moisturized and glossy, we suggest that you eat dried mangoes. As a matter of fact, dry mangoes are heavy with lots of vitamins, fatty acids and phytonutrients.

3. Potassium

Dry prunes and apricots contain a lot of potassium and sodium. Both of these play a great role in balancing the water levels in your body. The fact of the matter is that potassium helps your body maintain blood pressure.

4. Fiber

For better digestion, your body needs adequate amount of fiber. Actually, fruits, such as fig and cherry contain a lot of fiber. So, they should be part of your healthy diet. Moreover, cherries are on the list of fruits that contain a lot of antioxidants.

5. Iron

As far as iron goes, dry apricots and prunes are your best choice. They help you prevent anemia. Apart from this, you can opt for raisins as they are heavy with iron, phosphorous, magnesium, and potassium, to name a few. Eating them on a regular basis keeps your blood circulation in check.

Vitamin C For Longer Life

• SAY GOODBYE TO THAT COMMON COLD

The best step to take for the enhancement of the immune system in our body is by the consumption of this mentioned vitamin. It is because of this property of enhancing our immune system that makes this vitamin eligible enough to protect us from the common cold and cough we face usually. It has the tendency of absorbing iron, this leads to the strengthening of the body’s resistance against infections. It is because of this resistance that the body is protected from the disturbing cold.

• CALM DOWN THOSE HYPERTENSION LEVELS NOW

Hypertension has a lot of risks that it can give rise to if it is not taken care of at the early stages. You should always remember to not elevate this hypertension level as the higher it gets, higher are the risks of the development of certain cardiovascular diseases which can only make the health worse. One of the basic steps that you can take in order to avoid the rising level of this condition is consume food that is high on the proportion of vitamin C, they are the perfect medicine for lowering the blood pressure of the body.

• A FIGHTER AGAINST CANCER

Cancer is an epidemic that has been scattering worldwide and affecting various lives. However, a lot of research has led us to certain statistics that say that a high consumption of as much as fresh fruits and vegetables that you can manage to have will help you to lower the risks of the occurrence of cancer. Here is where the role of the particular vitamin being discussed comes in which has a very strong hold against cancer taking place in the stomach, colon, esophagus, rectum, mouth, throat, vocal chords and lungs.

All about Juicing

We are individuals with different opinions, lifestyle, biological make-up, and dietary needs. That being said, every one of us can weigh out the pros and cons of juicing. One big factor in determining whether it is good or bad for us is health. By health, we also mean the illnesses we have or are more likely to develop.

If we have a family history of diabetes, juicing may not be a good option. Juicing only fruits produces a beverage high in calories as there is more sugar in it, mainly fructose. Our blood sugar will also increase if we drink fruit extracted juices.

When we combine fruits and vegetables, we lessen the sugar concentration, but it is not just about the sugar. It is also about the balance of the other minerals in the juice. If we choose the wrong fruits or veggies, there is a tendency our bodies would react to a certain excess of a mineral. Minerals mostly found in fruits include potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. Potassium and calcium contribute to heart health.

Someone with a heart problem should consult a physician before he can take a juice-only diet. Although this diet may be rich in iron and calcium, it can’t supply the nutritional quantity the body needs, especially the needs of the blood, muscles, and bones. Apart from carbohydrates, we need the other two macronutrients as well: protein and fats.

There is another type of carbohydrate, but it is indigestible. Fiber maintains normal blood sugar and helps reduce fats in the blood. If we understand the role of fiber, we may have second thoughts if we will eliminate it in our diet or not. It is important to consider that the fiber is lost as the pulp is removed in juicing. Without fiber, we will have a hard time defeating our cravings. Fiber helps cleanse the colon and, therefore, decreases the likelihood of us being constipated.

With the fiber being mentioned, there is no scientific evidence supporting the idea that juicing helps with weight management. It does not, in a day, burn fats that it can treat obesity. Obesity is a health problem that can only be managed if that person knows its root cause. Obesity may be a result of faulty genetics, metabolic disorder, or a result of an unhealthy lifestyle.

Another hype is that juicing helps with detoxification. Detoxification is a natural process our bodies are able to do. It is just a matter of taking care of the liver and kidneys. As said earlier, a juice-only diet may cause harm rather than benefit. Take the calcium as an example. The excessive intake of calcium may bring about kidney stones.

We also consider the freshness of the fruits and veggies in juicing. Some devotees claim that juicing prolongs the freshness of fruits and vegetables. This claim is not true since, like a freshly cut fruit, its open area will be exposed to air, making that brownish. That area undergoes chemical change, meaning, it is no longer that fresh as it was before.

Juicing in moderation is recommended as compared to making it a part of everyday diet. It is good if we are not used to eating fruits with many seeds, or if we do not like the taste of a certain vegetable. We can choose to add honey or a fruit juice to a vegetable mixture.

About Yummy Spa Water

Some spas will have their own special recipe for fancy water. One of the simplest is adding lemon to water and letting the juices blend. There are antioxidant benefits, and the drink is refreshing without being completely sour. Believe it or not, cucumber water also fits the bill of being refreshing as well, who knew simple could be so effective?

Other spas will take it one step further and add berries and mint leaves to water, giving a fruity effect, or make seasonal waters like apples and cinnamon for fall which tastes faintly like apple cider at an apple orchard, all while being cleansing and good for you.

We all know that the experts say we need eight glasses of water a day. With our bodies being made up mostly of water, this isn’t something that is just a fad, as water actually helps our body function better. The more water you consume the better your kidneys will function, your skin will appear healthier, and you will be ridding yourself of pesky fat cells every time you head to the bathroom. Being more hydrated helps your muscles work more efficiently and gives you more energy, but I know, water isn’t exactly a fun thing to drink. It has no taste and it’s, well, boring, but by adding just a few things to the mix, you get something just a little bit more fun to get you on track of getting in those eight glasses.

Just about any fruit and most vegetables work well when mixed with water. Ginger ground up and added with oranges is an interesting mix as is oranges and lemons together, a little bit of sweet,a little bit of sour but all delicious.

Eat Soaked Almonds

 

Almonds are rich in vitamins and have many essential minerals such as Zinc, Magnesium, and Calcium etc. It is recommended to eat them to stay fit as it has the power to fulfill your vitamin needs. Soaked almonds are tend to be healthier than the dry one as soaking eliminates the enzymes inhibitors that are not good for our health. Soaking the almonds overnight helps to reduce its bad inhibitors. Here are some of the benefits of eating soaked almonds.

  • Improve Your Digestion – Soaked almonds help to improve your digestion. Eating almonds help to empty the stomach faster and increases your digestion power. It is a fact that these almonds deactivate the enzymes that are not good for health. Many people complain of bad digestion and stomach gas that is occurs due to unhealthy diet or over eating. Adding almonds to your diet can help you to stay fit and improves your digestion.
  • Prevent From Heart Diseases – Eating soaked almonds can help you to lower your cholesterol. Vitamin E that is present in these nuts can prevent the risk of heart ailments. Almonds are best for heart health and highly recommended for the people who are suffering from a bad heart health. Adding these nuts in your diet can help you in many ways so, you should eat them to stay fit.
  • Good For Pregnant Women – Soaked Almonds are good for pregnant women as it has folic acid that reduces the risk of birth defect. It contributes to the development of fetus neurological system. It is highly recommended that pregnant women should eat at least 5 almonds in a day for the proper development of the fetus. It has many essential vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for a child health.

 

 

Worst Food Additives

1) HFCS – High Fructose Corn Syrup

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a highly-refined artificial sweetener made from corn starch and found in almost all processed food such as: bread and baked goods, salad dressing, candies, yogurt, soda etc. And according to some studies has become the number one source of calories in the US.

Indeed, its easy handling and cheap cost made it the number one granulated sugar replacement: The amount of refined sugar we consume has declined over the past 40 years, while we’re consuming almost 20 times as much HFCS.

HFCS is linked with weight gaining, it increases your LDL (“bad” cholesterol) levels, and contributes to the development of diabetes and tissue damage, among other harmful effects.

Also, recent researches published by the American Association for Cancer Research found that the fructose in HFCS promotes cancer growth, specifically pancreatic cancer.

2) Sodium Nitrate & Sodium Nitrite (NaNO3- NaNO2)

Both of them are chemical compound used as a food additive to preserve and give to cured meats, smoked fish and poultry a nice red pinkish color. Although their purpose seems harmless, these ingredients are highly carcinogen and their consume is linked with gastrointestinal cancer and heart diseases.

In fact, under certain conditions, they can form nitrosamines compounds, molecules that cause cancer in animals and humans.

Also, in massive doses, nitrite – and nitrate, which under some conditions changes to nitrite – can lead to a condition called methemoglobinemia. In our body, nitrites, indeed, have the ability to change the structure of the hemoglobin into methemoglobin: the binding of oxygen to whom results in an increased affinity for oxygen in the remaining heme sites. This leads to an overall reduced ability of the red blood cell to release oxygen to tissue and it may occur in tissue hypoxia.

Can’t give up on eating salami, bacon or ham? Choose the uncured ones.

Sodium Nitrate is listed under its INS number 251 or E number E251, Sodium Nitrite has the E number E250.

3) MSG – Monosodium Glutammate

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups and processed meats. While the Glutamic acid is naturally present in our bodies, and in many foods, such as tomatoes and cheese, the ones exploited by the processed-foods industry is chemically produced through hydrolysis of vegetable proteins with hydrochloric acid to disrupt peptide bonds or by the fermentation of starch, sugar beets, sugar cane or molasses.

The substance produced has the ability to excite our taste buds and make everything taste delicious, which wouldn’t be a big deal if it hasn’t been shown that high levels of MSG can seriously screw with brain chemistry causing damage to areas of the brain unprotected by the blood-brain barrier.

4) Artificial Colors

Food dyes are one of the most common ingredients in processed food used with the purpose to make your meals or drinks more desirable and appealing.

Nothing against that if they wouldn’t have been linked to some serious health problems.

Blue #1 and Blue #2 (E133)

Banned in Norway, Finland, and France. May cause chromosomal damage.

Found in candy, cereal, soft drinks, sports drinks and pet foods.

Red dye #3 (also Red #40 – a more current dye) (E124)

Banned in 1990 after 8 years of debate from use in many foods and cosmetics. This dye continues to be on the market until supplies run out! Has been proven to cause thyroid cancer and chromosomal damage in laboratory animals, may also interfere with brain-nerve transmission.

Found in fruit cocktail, maraschino cherries, cherry pie mix, ice cream, candy, bakery products and more!

Yellow #6 (E110) and Yellow Tartrazine (E102)

Banned in Norway and Sweden. Increases the number of kidney and adrenal gland tumors in laboratory animals, may cause chromosomal damage.

Found in American cheese, macaroni and cheese, candy and carbonated beverages, lemonade and more! (source Food Matters website)

The slogan “Eat the Rainbow” is still cool but go natural, please!

5) BHA & BHT

BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole), also listed with the label of E320, and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are two organic compound widely used by the food industry as preservatives due to their antioxidants proprieties as they can prevent rancidification of food containing fats.

Although declared safe from FDA, The U.S. National Institutes of Health reported that they may form cancer – cause reactive compounds in our body potentially leading to cancer.

Also, they can disturb your hormone and neurological system.

BHA is in tons of food: pick up a bag of chips, a box of cereal, a package of frozen sausages or simply eat a gum, and you have a high probability to find BHA and or BHT (or even worse, both of them) in the ingredients list.

Reading Food Labels

It’ll Give You the Information You Need To Make Smart Choices

If you are like most people if you do examine food labels the very first thing that you likely listen to is how many calories listed. But calories are really all about circumstance and do not tell the entire story. You have to be paying attention to the serving size these calories are predicated on. A fast glance at the food label of a pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream recorded at 270 calories may not seem like very much. But that is not the entire story! The Serving Size is really 1/2 cup and also for 4 servings. This means that you’ll just eliminate consuming 270 calories should you restrict yourself to just 1/4th of the pint. Yes, that also means that one night once you opted to complete a whole pint in once you ate over 1000 calories!

Food Labels Help You Hit Nutritional goals

Many Americans are not getting numerous crucial nutrients that they want. Among the most typical reasons why is simply because plenty of people don’t have any idea what exactly they are eating. As an instance, are you getting enough fiber in your daily diet? Many Americans aren’t. 1 way to change this is to first determine how much fiber you are already eating daily and subsequently adjusting your diet plan so. Begin with assessing the quantity of fiber to the food labels of everything you are already eating. When you’ve figured out exactly what your present average daily consumption is, you may start selecting foods with high fiber content to raise this figure.

Whilst food labels may supply you with lots of the info you want to make healthy food selections, it may frequently be beneficial to utilize an expert to help you ascertain what nutritional targets you need to try for. Why don’t you operate with a free gym trainer and think of a strategy together? If it sounds like something which may assist you.

Food Acids

Malic Acid: This is a component of many of the foods that we eat daily; mainly contained in candies, diet sodas and other artificially sweetened drinks due to its ability in masking artificial flavors and alternative sweeteners. The food that is most famous for its high malic acid content is the apple. Other fruits with a very high concentration of the acid are lychees, peaches nectarines, cherries, tomatoes, bananas, mangoes, and strawberries.

Tartric Acid: This compound is naturally found in many plants, particularly in grapes, tamarinds, pineapples, potatoes, carrots and bananas. It is also one of the especial acids found in wine. Tartaric acid can be added to food when a sour taste is desired. Tartaric acids have a dual role of an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory which can help boost the immune system and promote overall wellness.

Acetic Acid: Acetic acid, also known as ethanoic acid, is a sour-tasting compound best known for the sour taste and pungent smell in vinegar, pickles, and sourdough bread. Its produced by fermenting and oxidizing ethanol and the distillation of wood. Acetic acid has many functions, but it is mostly used as a chemical reagent, fungicide, herbicide, and solvent in a variety of industries such as food, agriculture, cosmetics and cleaning.

Oxalic Acid: Oxalates or Oxalic acids is a compound occurring in many plants and vegetables. It is also produced in the body by metabolism of glyoxylic acid or ascorbic acid and does not go through metabolism but excreted in the urine. The body is known to absorb oxalic acid from only a handful of foods, including peanuts, pecans, cocoa, guava, rhubarb wheat bran, spinach, beets and beet greens and chocolate.

Benzoic acid: A natural source of benzoic acid is gum benzoin, which comes from certain tree barks, but, it can also be made by synthetic means. Benzoic acid is very useful as Preservatives to make food products last longer, and also eradicate harmful yeast and bacteria. Benzoic acid is present in various products, including Cranberries, prunes and plums sauces, jams, jellies and candied fruits.

Butyric acid: Butyric acid also known as butanoic acid, is a saturated short-chain fatty acid with a 4-carbon backbone occurring in the form of esters in animal fats and plant oils. Butyrate is produced as end-product of a fermentation process such as, decomposition of butter solely performed by obligate anaerobic bacteria. It is found in milk, especially sheep and buffalo milk, goat, cheese and butter.

Lactic acid: This is an organic compound which is white and water-soluble in its solid state and colourless in its liquid state. It is produced both naturally and artificially but naturally present in many foodstuffs via natural fermentation in products such as cheese, yogurt, soy sauce, sourdough, meat products and pickled vegetables. Lactic acid in food products usually serves as either as a pH regulator or as a preservative. It is also used as a flavouring agent.

Summer Foods

Yogurt – For those who are fine with the dairy products intake, yogurt is the best option to get the high proteins and burn the fat better. Blend your fruits and veggies with plain yogurt to make delicious colorful smoothies or simply get the dose of protein from the frozen variety topped with fresh fruits instead of flavored ones.

Watermelon – This summer staple is the savior to treat your sweet tongue and hydrate those dry out beauties. Basically, it curbs down the cravings for a dessert and saves you from gulping down hundreds of calories. Melons are loaded with the high water content, which keeps you hydrated on the sun scorching days and increases the overall calories expenditure. Bonus, it has fewer calories than other summer fruits.

Iced Green Tea – In a truly genius move, sipping up this sassy sugar-free iced tea instead of a glass of wine at any time of the day saves you from alcohol consumption as well as high calories content. It strokes your appetite and gives you chills down to the nerves. Green tea promotes weight loss and it is super easy to combine minty flavors with the hydrating drink free from the fizz.

Cucumbers – You must have heard about the benefits of eating the refreshing vegetable in summers. All of them are so true as it keeps the body hydrated and gives you healthy glowing skin in no time. Another reason to eat this veggie is our salad platter is incomplete without it. So whenever you think of salad don’t forget to add cucumbers for its reaping benefits.