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What is Adrenal Fatigue?

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For years you have been trying to improve your health, lose weight and feel full of energy. Science tells us that losing weight is 80% diet and 20% exercise.

Is body weight just a mathematical calculation of calories?

Most people still believe that body weight is simply a matter of calories in via diet versus calories out via exercise.

But the truth need not be too mysterious or perplexing. The explanation that frequently makes far more sense is Adrenal Fatigue [...] and for part 2 [...]

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The oil pulling benefits with coconut oil you didn’t know about

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Oil pulling is an amazing health ritual I try never to forget. Simple, easy and clean, oil pulling is one of nature’s most efficient ways to detoxify the body. Why?

It has so many benefits that whole books have been written on the topic, but here are my TOP  REASONS for making oil pulling a part of YOUR morning routine: [...]

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10 effective ways to quickly start losing weight after menopause

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What is it about menopause that makes it so hard to keep off the weight?

Gaining weight is so common after menopause. “On average, women put on 1.5-4 pounds per year after age 50”, says Lauren Streicher, MD, an Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University’s medical school, The Feinberg School of Medicine. [...]

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7 Easy Tips to Balance your Hormones Naturally

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Hormone issues have increasingly become more of a focus in health discussions because they affect men and women throughout their lives, and keeping hormones balanced should be a health priority.

If you suffer from any of the following symptoms:

Fatigue
Skin issues
Weight gain
Weight around the middle
Trouble sleeping
Depression or anxiety
Fibroids
Unusual menstrual period patterns
PMS
Endometriosis
Infertility
PCOS or other issues,

then the chances are you that you have a hormone imbalance. This applies to both women and men [...]

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A Candida Diet Plan to solve all of your Candida Symptoms

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What is Candidiasis and who gets it? Why should I worry about it?

Candidiasis is an infection caused by a group of yeasts. There are more than 20 species of Candida, the most common being Candida albicans [1].

Examples of such infections are vaginal yeast infections (thrush), oral thrush, skin and nappy rash, and nail bed infections. These are the most common and well known forms of yeast infections.

But some people with weakened immune systems develop a systemic illness caused by Candida [...]

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How To Maintain a Healthy Colon

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Lets face it, digestive concerns aren’t a fun topic of conversation. In fact, many people have trouble talking to their own doctor about their concerns.

Others suffer in silent embarrassment, worry and discomfort over their rumbling and gurgling – the cramps, bloating, gas, constipation, or diarrhea.

The fact is that if your digestive tract isn’t operating efficiently, you have more to worry about than just your colon. Continue reading part 1 [...]part 2 [...] and part 3 [...]

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Could These Types of Stomach Bacteria Ruin Your Health?

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Did you know:

- 50% of world’s population may have H. pylori bacterium?

- 90% of people with stomach ulcers are infected with H. pylori?

What is Helicobacter pylori (stomach bacteria)? [...]

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Magnesium and Your Health

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Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body. If you don't have enough of it, your body simply cannot function at its best. Insufficient cellular magnesium levels set the stage for deterioration of proper metabolic function that typically snowballs into more significant health problems.

As reported by GreenMedInfo [1] researchers have now detected 3,751 magnesium-binding sites on human proteins, reflecting how important this mineral is to a great many biological processes. For example, magnesium plays a role in your body's detoxification processes and therefore is important for minimizing damage from environmental chemicals, heavy metals, and other toxins.

This important mineral is required by more than 300 different enzymes in your body, which play important roles in the following biochemical processes, many of which are crucial for proper metabolic function:
  • Creation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy molecules of your body
  • Proper formation of bones and teeth
  • Relaxation of blood vessels
  • Action of your heart muscle
  • Promotion of proper bowel function
  • Regulation of blood sugar levels
If you are interested to read more about Magnesium and various conditions:

Thyroid and Magnesium
Diabetes and Magnesium
PCOS and Magnesium
Osteoporosis and Magnesium

Your Best Magnesium Source: REAL Food

Most people can keep their magnesium levels in the therapeutic range without resorting to supplements, simply by eating a varied diet, including plenty of dark-green leafy vegetables. However, it is important to remember that the magnesium content of your foods depends on the richness of magnesium in the soil where they're grown. GreenMedInfo lists more than 20 foods that are exceptionally high in magnesium, including the following (for the full list, please refer to the original report). All listed portions equate to 100 grams, or just over three ounces:

Seaweed, agar, dried (770 mg)
Spices, basil, dried (422 mg)
Spice, coriander leaf, dried (694 mg)
Flaxseed (392 mg)
Dried pumpkin seeds (535 mg)
Almond butter (303 mg)
Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened (499 mg)
Whey, sweet, dried (176 mg)


Magnesium Supllements

Magnesium citrate -- Magnesium citrate is the most popular magnesium supplement, probably because it is inexpensive and easily absorbed. Since citric acid is a mild laxative, magnesium citrate functions as a constipation aid as well as a magnesium source. It is a great choice for individuals with rectal or colon problems but is unsuitable for those with loose bowel movements.

Magnesium taurate -- Magnesium taurate is the best choice of magnesium supplement for people with cardiovascular issues, since it is known to prevent arrhythmias and guard the heart from damage caused by heart attacks. Magnesium taurate is easily absorbed (magnesium and taurine stabilize cell membranes together), and it contains no laxative properties.

Magnesium malate -- Magnesium malate is a fantastic choice for people suffering from fatigue, since malic acid -- a natural fruit acid present in most cells in the body -- is a vital component of enzymes that play a key role in ATP synthesis and energy production. Since the ionic bonds of magnesium and malic acid are easily broken, magnesium malate is also highly soluble.

Magnesium glycinate -- Magnesium glycinate (magnesium bound with glycine, a non-essential amino acid) is one of the most bioavailable and absorbable forms of magnesium, and also the least likely to induce diarrhea. It is the safest option for correcting a long-term deficiency.

Magnesium oxide -- Magnesium oxide is the most common form of magnesium sold in pharmacies, but it is non-chelated and possesses a poor absorption rate.

Of the many forms of Magnesium supplements available today, a newer form called Magnesium Threonate shows particular promise due to its ability to penetrate cell membranes, even those in your brain.

I want to remind you that calcium and magnesium also needs to be balanced with vitamin D and K2. These four nutrients perform an intricate dance together, with one supporting the other.

Suggested Magnesium daily dose between 400-600mg.


References:

1. Green Med Info, December 5th 2012 

2. Dr. Dean's book, The Magnesium Miracle

3. NutritionalMagnesium.org

4. Dr. Mercola






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Halloween - Healthy Treats, no Tricks

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Halloween marks the beginning of “sugar season” – the long stretch of holidays where treats seem to be everywhere. Combined with the colder, shorter days that kick up cravings for more serotonin-boosting carbohydrates, this increase in sugar consumption can wreak havoc on your health.  Kids love sugar.  But adults can’t resist them as well.  Whether you keep these little goblins and ghouls at bay with candy or you have another secret weapon (some folks swear by coins and toothbrushes!), don’t let the poor souls fall victim to hydrogenated fats, high-fructose corn syrup or artificial preservatives, colors and flavors.

But you don’t have to get spooked by all that Halloween candy.  Skip the trick-or-treating and try one of these fun activities instead:

-         Carving Jack-o-Lanterns: The folklore behind this tradition is that these decorative gourds were carved into scary faces to protect your home from the Undead. Don’t forget – you can save the seeds you scoop out of the inside and roast them for a healthy and tasty snack.

-        Parading Around: Get dressed up and show off your costume in your local Halloween parade or at a Halloween party. There are plenty of costume options to buy online, or you can have fun getting creative by making your own.  Need inspiration? Dress up as of one of your favorite movie star, book characters, rock star, politician, or media personality. Brainstorm by searching for costume ideas on Pinterest.

Don't give out candy at all!  Hand out stickers, glow sticks, creepy spider rings, Play-Doh, or any type of small toy.  Try handing out oranges, apples, juice boxes, and boxes of raisins.  I just learned that one of my friends plan on doing just that – a basket of apples on her front porch.

For those who wants to follow tradition with “sweets”, I did some research and I found these healthy alternatives:
  •       “Power Snacks” by Conscious Food
  •       “Superfood Chocolate” by OmBar
  •       Trumi Bars use freeze dried fruit & raw cacao nibs to pack in antioxidants & other phytonutrients!
  •        Trek or Naked bars – raw food bars, which combine crunchy oatie bits with real fruits and nuts.
  •       Nuts, seeds and dried fruit
  •       Freeze Dried Mixed Fruit
  •       Sunny Citrus Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks,made with real fruit juice
  •       EnviroKidz Organic Chocolate Koala Mini Crispy Rice Bars Made with four grams of whole grains these organic chocolaty mini treats may be gluten free, wheat free and low in fat and sodium but they get high marks for sweet and crunchy deliciousness
  •     Surf Sweets - Halloween Sour Worms, not my 1st choice, but it uses natural ingredients like black carrot juice concentrate and turmeric (from the ginger family) to color candy, and organic fruit juice and evaporated cane juice to sweeten
 
For at home party try to make some fun snacks.  What would you think about making

Green Eye Balls

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  • 150g Medjool dates, pitted (about 9)
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla paste or extract
  • 1 teaspoon acai powder
  • Small pinch of coarse sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons kelp or matcha powder, to coat
  1. Place all ingredients except the kelp/matcha powder in a food processor, and whizz till a sticky dough forms.
  2. Transfer the mixture into a bowl and pop in the fridge for 15 to 20 minutes – it will be near impossible to scoop and rolls the truffles if not – it needs to firm up a little first.
  3. Once cooled and a little firmer, scoop 1 teaspoon of mixture out and roll into a ball, then coat in the kelp powder. Repeat till finished – this mixture should make about 14 truffles. No need to store in the fridge – the kelp coating will also prevent them from sticking now.
Mini Green (Bloody) Monster Shots

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  • 3 frozen bananas (peel before freezing)
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon acai powder
  • 1-2 cups spinach or 1 graded raw beetroot
  • 1 teaspoon baobab powder
  • chia seeds, if desired
  • ice, if desired
  1. Blend all ingredients together and frost the glass
  2. For the frosting - Mix raw brown sugar with a few drops of food colouring or fresh beetroot juice and dip the top of glass in before adding the juice.
 Caramel Apples

This healthy caramel apple recipe has just enough caramel to give a nice hint of salty-sweet flavor in each bite for a tasty dessert.  
  • 1/3 cup packed coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped unsalted nuts, such as peanuts or pecans
  • 6 small apples

1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and coat with cooking spray. Coat a tablespoon measure with cooking spray.

2. Combine sugar, syrup, oil and salt in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat; as soon as the syrup starts to lightly bubble around the edges, cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute more. Add nuts and cook, stirring constantly, until the sugar is melted and the mixture darkens, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

3. Working quickly, spoon about 1 tablespoon of caramel over each apple. Repeat, spooning another tablespoon of caramel over each apple, turning as you pour.

4. Let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes. Insert popsicle/craft sticks into the tops. Press any stray strands of caramel back onto the apples. Let cool for at least 30 minutes.


Tips & Notes

Make Ahead Tip: Store in parchment paper at room temperature for up to 1 day. | Equipment: Wooden popsicle/craft sticks

Shopping Tip: Choose unbruised, firm apples with smooth skin. Store for up to 4 months in the refrigerator.

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                                     How will you celebrate Halloween?

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To your health,

                                                                 ~ Vilma B 



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Why is MSG so harmful and where it is hidden

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I just finished watching "Truth about cancer" documentary.  It was a well done and very informative doc-series. One of the things it came up was MSG.  
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is often disguised under many other names and therefore, you may not be able to detect it in a list of ingredients unless you know what to look for.  You will likely see that MSG is in almost everything processed: soups, chips, ramen noodles, gravy, sauces, salad dressings, corn oil, broth and so many other items.  I could not describe any better the worrisome effects of MSG than this article [...]

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