Category: Health

Look and Feel Younger: How to Naturally Slow Down Aging

Why do some 40 year olds look 60? And conversely, why do some 60 year olds look 40? Whether you like it or not, aging is the natural process we all go through. But what if I told you how to turn back the clock? I am going to share with you how to naturally slow aging by improving your lifestyle, following an healthy diet, and taking targeted supplements.

Lifestyle Recommendations

• Exercise: This is a big one! Activity keeps you young by lubricating your joints, supporting detoxification, improving lean muscle mass, and improving your cardiovascular health.

• Sleep:  A restful night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do to prevent aging.  Aim to get between 7- 9 hours of sleep  in a completely dark, cool room. (Grab my Free “How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep Guide” CLICK HERE )

Foods that Cause Faster Aging

• Refined Sugar: The number one food that speeds aging. It causes glycation which damages cells and causes wrinkles.

Artificial sugar and other artificial ingredients: These contain a large number of chemicals which can speed up the aging process.

• Trans fats and hydrogenated oils:  These processed fats promote inflammation which leads to premature aging, heart disease, and certain types of cancer.

• Alcohol: Although an occasional glass of red wine is said to be beneficial for health because it has an anti-oxidant known as resveratrol, the overall consumption of alcohol is a bad idea. It’s pro-inflammatory and speeds up the aging process.

• Grains: All grains are pro-inflammatory unless they are sprouted. Grains cause glycation, which speeds up the aging process.

Supplements to Slow Aging Effects

• Omega-3 fats:  The omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA found in fish oil are powerful anti-inflammatories and may reduce age-related cellular damage. (1000 mg daily)

• Green Powder: Contains foods high in antioxidant compounds like chlorella, spirulina, grass juices, wild berries, and herbs that are known to slow aging. (1 serving per day)

• Resveratrol: Found in the skin of red grapes resveratrol has been shown to reduce cellular damage and slow aging. (250-500 mg daily)

• Adaptogen Herbs:  Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, Holy Basil, Ginseng. These herbs lower cortisol levels and reduce the damaging effects stress can have on the body. (500-1000 mg daily)

• Co-enzyme Q10: Acts as a powerful antioxidant by supporting heart function and is also required for the energy production of cells critical for preventing premature aging. (150 mg 2x daily)

Essential Oils to Slow Aging Effects

Frankincense, lavender, myrrh and sandalwood can be used as potent anti-aging remedies. They’re high in antioxidants and contain compounds that naturally balance hormones and reduce cellular damage. Try adding 2 drops of frankincense to your drinking water, once per day to slow the aging process.

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4 Clues that You Have a Thyroid Problem and 5 Natural Fixes that Work

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You’ve been to the doctor and he says you’re fine but you don’t feel good. You’ve told him you’re tired all the time, you’re having trouble losing weight, you’re constipated and you can’t remember even the simplest things. The doc said “it’s all in your head”. He showed you the blood tests and pointed to the numbers and said “look they are all in range, you’re OK”.

Approximately 25 million Americans have a thyroid problem, and most of them don’t know it. Most thyroid imbalances are caused by an under-active thyroid gland called Hypothyroidism,

The thyroid is the master gland of metabolism. How well your thyroid is functioning is directly related to every system in your body. If your thyroid is not running optimally, then neither are you.

Most conventional doctors use only one test (TSH) to screen for problems but there are other important tests that are needed to tell the whole story. Another huge problem is they only use the ‘normal’ lab reference range as their guide rather than listening to their patients symptoms.

If you suspect that you might have a thyroid problem these are the tests I suggest you ask for:

  • TSH
  • Free T4
  • Free T3
  • Reverse T3
  • Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb)
  • Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb)

5 things you can do to improve your thyroid function:

  1. Make sure you are getting Iodine, Zinc, Selenium, Iron, Vitamin D and B vitamins in your diet.
  2. Get your adrenal glands tested. They work hand in conjunction with your thyroid. Reducing stress with activities such as yoga, Pilates or even just taking a walk in nature will all help support your adrenals.
  3. Address any digestion issues you might have. A properly functioning gut is crucial to good health.
  4. Try a gluten-free diet and I don’t mean buy gluten-free junk food at the grocery store. Choose foods that don’t have gluten in them to begin with.
  5. Switch to glass. BPA (Bisphenol A) and other endocrine disrupting chemicals are found in plastics (think plastic water bottles) which can negatively affect your thyroid gland.

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Purple Cauliflower Health Benefits and Recipe

Everyone is familiar with the white cauliflower. But did you know there are purple, orange, and yellow cauliflower varieties, also? Purple cauliflower tastes mild and slightly sweet. It gets its beautiful color from the presence of the antioxidant anthocyanin, which is also found in red cabbage, purple carrots and berries.

Anthocyanins are considered one of the most important nutrients for eye health. Research also suggests that anthocyanins may help alleviate certain inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, due to their strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Anthocyanins also help to lower your cancer risk. A 1-cup (100 g) serving of fresh purple cauliflower contains about 400 milligrams of anthocyanins.

Cauliflower is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables.

  • Arugula
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Collard greens
  • Horseradish
  • Kale
  • Radishes
  • Rutabaga
  • Turnips
  • Watercress
  • Wasabi
  • 1 cup of cruciferous vegetables contains approximately 12 grams of fiber
  • Cruciferous vegetables contain protein, as much as 25 percent of the daily value in three cups
  • Cruciferous vegetables, especially kale and collard greens, provide high amounts of vitamin K, which may have benefits for fighting cancer and inflammation

Glucoraphanin (class of compounds called glucosinolates) is known for it’s as anticancer properties in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and kale. When you chew purple cauliflower, the glucoraphanin is broken down into a compound called sulforaphane which  causes cancer cells to self-destruct without harming your healthy cells. (Dr. Rod Dashwood)

For every 1 cup serving (100 g) of purple cauliflower,  12 g of fiber. 100 % of the recommended daily values, (DV), of vitamin C. 25% DV of vitamin K, 14 % DV of folate and 11 % DV of vitamin B6, 12 % DV of manganese and 9 % DV of potassium.

Buying Tips: Choose cauliflower that looks fresh. Cauliflower loses it nutritional value over time. You want to eat cauliflower as fresh as possible to get the biggest nutritional punch. Cauliflower that’s been in the grocery store, (or your refrigerator) for several days contains significantly less vitamin C than freshly harvested produce.

Fight Cancer • Boost Heart Health • It’s Anti-Inflammatory • It’s Rich in Vitamins and Minerals • Boosts Brain Health • Digestive Benefits • Antioxidants and Phytonutrients 

Roasted Purple Cauliflower and Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients

  • Purple Cauliflower (can use white, orange or yellow)
  • Brussel Sprouts (trimmed, cut in half)
  • Garlic (peeled and diced)
  • Olive Oil (look for good quality, glass bottle)
  • Sea Salt (to taste)
  • Black Pepper (to taste)
  • Rosemary (fresh) (or 1/2 tsp dried)

Directions

Step 1
Combine cauliflower and Brussels sprouts in a large bowl. Drizzle oil on top. Add garlic, rosemary and pepper and toss well.
Step 2
Spread vegetables in single layer on large baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and put into preheated oven at 375 degrees. Stir occasionally to keep from over cooking on one side.
Step 3
Roast until vegetables are tender and beginning to brown at edges, 30 to 45 minutes.

Purify the Air in Your Home with this Scientific Solution

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Pollution not only increases risk of respiratory illnesses, heart disease, learning disabilities, and even cancer, but can also accelerates aging. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “studies of human exposure to air pollutants by EPA indicate that indoor levels of pollutants may be 2 to 5 times—and occasionally more than 100 times—higher than outdoor pollutant levels.”

They add that indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health.

We can reduce indoor pollution by vacuuming and dusting frequently, opening a window as much as we can, and investing in a quality air filter. But there’s another way to make indoor breathing easier while adding a nice atmosphere to our indoor spaces. Buy more houseplants! Any greenery helps, but there are certain plants that clean the air better than the rest.

For maximum efficiency, use 15 to 18 plants in a house that’s 1800 to 2000 square feet.

Think one plant for every 100 square feet.

You don’t have to buy that many at first. Invest in a few, and then propagate additional ones off the original. (my favorite way to get new plants!)

Plants that will Help Clean the Air in Your Home

  • Spider Plant: formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
  • Golden Pothos: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
  • Snake Plant (Mother-in-Law’s Tongue): benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene and toluene.
  • Bamboo Palm or Reed Palm: formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.
  • Chinese Evergreen: benzene, formaldehyde.
  • Peace Lily: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and ammonia.
  • English Ivy: mold and mildew, formaldehyde, benzene, xylene, and toluene.
  • Gerbera Daisies: benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene.
  • Red-Edged Dracaena (Dracaena Marginata): benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene.
  • Warneck Dracaena: benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, and toluene.
  • Weeping Fig: formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.
  • Chrysanthemum: formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, xylene, toluene, and ammonia.
  • Boston fern: formaldehyde, xylene and toluene.
  • Philodendron: formaldehyde.

 

Sources:
“Benefits Stemming from Space Exploration,” NASA, September 2013,http://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/files/Benefits-Stemming-from-Space-Exploration-2013-TAGGED.pdf.
“Plants Clean Air and Water for Indoor Environments,” NASA,http://spinoff.nasa.gov/Spinoff2007/ps_3.html.
Luz Claudio, “Planting Healthier Indoor Air,” Environmental Health Perspectives, October 2011; 119(10): a426-a427,http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3230460/.
Heather L. Papinchak, et al., “Effectiveness of Houseplants in Reducing the Indoor Air Pollutant Ozone,” Hort Technology, April-June 2009; 19(2): 286-290, http://horttech.ashspublications.org/content/19/2/286.full.
Patricia M. Webb, “Indoor Plants for Clean Air,” Penn State Extension, January 16, 2008, http://extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/clarion/news/2011/indoor-plants-for-clean-air.
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Resources to Help You Locate Organic and Locally Produced Food

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The following organizations can also help you locate organic and locally produced foods. If you know of a resource that isn’t listed here please let me know so I can add it here.

  • Local Harvest — This Web site will help you find farmers’ markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area where you can buy produce and grass-fed meats.
  • Eat Wild: With more than 1,400 pasture-based farms, Eatwild’s Directory of Farms is one of the most comprehensive sources for pastured foods in the United States and Canada.
  • Farmers’ Markets — A national listing of farmers’ markets.
  • Eat Well Guide: Wholesome Food from Healthy Animals — The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants, inns, and hotels, and online outlets in the United States and Canada.
  • FoodRoutes — The FoodRoutes “Find Good Food” map can help you connect with local farmers to find the freshest, tastiest food possible. On their interactive map, you can find a listing for local farmers, CSAs, and markets near you.
  • Vital Choice Seafood — Trusted source for the wild salmon and seafood!

Why and How to Get More Purple Potatoes into Your Life for Better Health

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If you’ve been following me, you’ve probably heard me say “eat the rainbow” a million times. That’s because colorful foods are packed with important antioxidants and other very important nutrients.  Each color group has it’s own combination of  vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are natural compounds found in plants. They protect us against disease and help keep us healthy.

Here is a very basic list of each color group and it’s benefits

  • Red: Very heart healthy and gives strength support to our joints
  • Orange: A great source of Vitamin C. Helps keep our eyes healthy
  • Yellow:  Good for our skin and digestive system
  • Green: Helps our entire body and strengthens our immune systems which means less colds
  • Purple: Purple/blue foods are excellent for our brains and they help us with our memory and also help keep some cancers away

This post will concentrate on purple. Although there are many purple foods, one of my family’s current favorites is the purple potatoe. Purple foods contain anthocyanins, which are a class of  phytonutrients.There is research that suggests that anthocyanins  promote eye and heart health, decrease cancer cell proliferation and more. You can find anthocyanins in teas, honey, wines, fruits, vegetables, nuts, olive oil, cocoa and cereals.

Purple Potatoes

Today, purple potatoes are grown in thousands of varieties in the US and are available year-round. They can be found in some grocery stores, health food stores and farmers markets. 7,000 years ago they were reserved for Incan kings in their native home Peru. They were considered food for the gods.

According to the USDA website, potatoes with the darkest colors have more than four times the antioxidant potential than other potatoes. Purple potatoes are as nutrient dense as Brussels sprouts, kale or spinach as far as their antioxidant properties go. They have a slightly nutty flavor.

Here’s one of my favorite ways to get more purple into my life:

Purple Baked Fries

Ingredients

  • purple potatoes
  • Coconut oil
  • garlic salt
  • onion powder
  • dill (optional)

Directions

Step 1
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Wash potatoes, cut out any bad spots
Step 2
Coat with coconut oil. Sprinkle desired seasoning. I've listed my favorite above. Mix up for even distribution.
Step 3
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until slightly crispy. Mix often for even cooking and to prevent burning.

Sources:

http://www.reasors.com/healthwell/nutrition/nutrition-purplepotatoes.php

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1082894/

http://www.todayiatearainbow.com/about/benefits-of-eating-a-rainbow/

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How to Stay Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

 

chickensoupA steaming bowl of chicken soup is so comforting on a cold day,especially if you aren’t feeling well. Not only is it nutritious, it’s also delicious!  If you are sick, the hot soup will help soothe a sore throat and also ease cold and flu symptoms as congestion and coughs. I make this soup in bulk and freeze it so I have it  on hand as an immune booster or a quick meal.

Comforting Chicken and Kale Soup

Ingredients

  • Organic Chicken
  • Carrots, chopped
  • Celery Stalks
  • Turnips
  • Parsley
  • Onions
  • Kale, flat leaf, chopped
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Peppercorns
  • Water or Chicken Stock

Directions

Step 1
Place the chicken in a large pot. Cut 3 of the carrots, 2 of the celery stalks and one onion into small pieces. Add the cut vegetables to the pot. Add salt, peppercorns, ¼ of the parley and enough water or chicken stock to cover (about 8-10 cups). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 40 minutes.
Step 2
Transfer the chicken to a bowl and let cool.
Step 3
Strain the broth, discarding the used vegetables. Return the broth to the pot. Add the remaining carrots, celery, onion, parsley and turnips to the broth. Simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. When the chicken is cool enough to touch, cut or shred the chicken and add it to the soup.
Step 4
Add the chopped kale, simmer for 5 minutes or until the kale is tender.
Step 5
Serve and enjoy.

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How To Make Your Own Bone Broth

Directions

Step 1
Save and freeze all the leftover bones from chicken. Add the frozen bones to water in your biggest pot and add sea salt, pepper, Kombu for extra minerals and 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar. Vinegar will help to extract the nutrients from the bones. Add diced carrots, celery, and parsley (you could also add any leftover veggie peels or other vegetable scraps that you would ordinarily throw away).
Step 2
Bring to a boil and then down to a simmer on low heat. Cover and let cook for at least 3-4 hours up to overnight. (boil for several hours or more to get the maximum nutrients from the bones & cartilage.) When done, uncover and let cool. Once cool strain into mason jars or other glass containers. Leave about one inch of room from the top. I leave 1 jar in the refrigerator to use during the following week and freeze the rest.

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Sure-fire Ways to Reduce Stress and Avoid Disease

 

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Everyone gets stressed out from time to time. But when it goes on for  a long period of time that’s when you put your health in danger. Chronic stress can cause serious health problems especially for women.  Adrenal fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, weight gain, abnormal periods and heart disease are just some of the negative effects chronic stress can cause. Our bodies are built to handle acute stress (the fight or flight response) which is short-lived, but not chronic stress, which is steady over a long term.

Chronic stress can come from many different sources like high pressured jobs, loneliness, family life, marriage, even traffic. When the body remains in a constant state of alarm, it affects virtually every system in the body, either directly or indirectly. It’s estimated that up to 90% of doctor’s visits are for conditions in which stress at least plays a role! That’s why it’s so important to learn stress management techniques and make some healthy lifestyle changes to protect yourself from the negative impact of chronic stress.

Here are some of my favorite stress busting strategies:

Lifestyle :

  • Take a walk
  • Get a good night sleep
  • Healthy diet
  • Exercise
  • Get a pet

Stress Management Techniques:

  • Deep belly breathing
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Soothing music

Incorporate one or all of these stress reducing activities to your life and see your stress levels plummet. Even small changes will yield big results. You can fight stress and keep yourself healthy even during very crazy times as long as you know how to cope. These simple changes and activities can help you keep stress under control and stop it from damaging your health.

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3 Steps to Toxic Free Personal Products

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How many personal care products do you use everyday? Toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, cosmetics, deodorant, soap or body wash, maybe some, baby lotion or moisturizing lotion? The average adult uses 9 personal care products each day, that contain known or probable human carcinogens.

Your skin is very porous, so putting a harmful chemical on it is just as bad as eating the toxin. According to the EWG an organization that promotes personal care product safety, the FDA doesn’t require certain chemicals to be listed on the labels.

1,4-Dioxane is a known carcinogen that can cause some serious side effects. A carcinogen is substance that is directly involved in causing cancer. Even though it is harmful, 1,4-Dioxane is used as a solvent in many personal care products even some leading healthy brands. The big problem here is that you might or might not find on the label. Here is the EPA’s summary of 1,4-Dioxane:

  • 1,4-Dioxane is used as a solvent.  Acute (short-term) inhalation exposure to high levels of 1,4-dioxane has caused vertigo, drowsiness, headache, anorexia and irritation of the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs in humans.  It may also irritate the skin.  Damage to the liver and kidneys has been observed in rats chronically (long-term) exposed in their drinking water.  In three epidemiologic studies on workers exposed to 1,4-dioxane, the observed number of cancer cases did not differ from the expected cancer deaths.  Tumors have been observed in orally exposed animals.  EPA has classified 1,4-dioxane as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen.

http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/hlthef/dioxane.html

3 Steps to Become Toxin Free

1) Before buying any product that you will use on your skin read labels and then do some research. Chances are if it has the USDA Organic seal on it you’re safe. Dr. Bronner’s is one brand that I found to be free of the nasty stuff.I use Dr. Bronner’s Organic Pure Castile Liquid Soap. You can find it here.

2) EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Database is a great resource. You can enter product names in the search box and then instantly get a product summary, ingredient concerns and even suggestions on where to purchase.  http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/  To make buying healthy products even easier try Skin Deep Mobile App. Just scan the bar code. It’s free. Get it here.

3) And of course you could always make your own. Many ingredients you already have in your kitchen can be used to make personal care products. Coconut oil, and sugar can be used to replace your body scrub. Olive oil is a good make up remover. Baking soda, coconut oil and essential oils (mint) can be used for toothpaste. Here’s where I have gotten many recipe ideas for making safe product for me and my family.

Please comment and let me know what your favorite brands are. Also please post any favorite DIY recipes for a personal products that you love. Thanks and I look forward to reading your comments.

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3 Easy Ways to Beat Midlife Weight Gain

Is the shape of your body changing, as you’re getting older? Were you once a healthy pear shape but recently you have noticed your body changing into an unhealthy apple shape?

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• Pear-shaped body: wider hips and thighs, with more weight below the waist

• Apple-shaped body: wider waist and belly, with more weight above the waist

The sad fact is that most women in the United States are overweight by the time they reach midlife. Aging and poor lifestyle choices are the main causes. Additionally, as we get older our metabolism slows down. Several studies have shown that peri-menopause, regardless of age, is associated with increased fat in the belly area as well as decreased lean body mass (muscle). When we reach our midlife years we have to work harder to keep the same body we had in our younger years.

Excess weight raises the risk of many diseases, including cardiovascular disease (which is particularly linked with excess fat in the belly area), type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and some types of cancer (including breast and colon). Luckily, there are some things you can do to prevent midlife weight gain.

1. Clean up your diet

Add whole foods to your diet and stop eating the junk. Find out if you have any food allergies; if you suspect that you do eliminate those foods from your diet for at least 2 weeks. At midlife we need to adjust the balance of our macronutrients—proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. We need more good fats to help with dwindling hormone production, fewer carbohydrates to keep blood sugar low, and moderate amounts of protein to build muscle. However, too much protein can also cause weight gain.

2. Get Some Sleep

Some people brag about functioning on little sleep, but we pay a huge price when we stay up late and get up early. Studies show that sleeping less than 5 hours per night promotes weight gain. The amount of sleep you get affects levels of ghrelin and leptin, the hormones that regulate hunger. Ghrelin is the hormone that tells you when to eat and leptin is the hormone that tells you to stop eating. When you are sleep deprived, your body secretes more ghrelin and less leptin, which leads to weight gain. Lack of sleep also leads to fatigue, which generally leads to a decrease in physical activity which leads to increased fat.

 2. Stay Active

The best exercise for losing weight is the one you’ll do on a consistent basis. In my opinion, whole body workouts are the best for us mid-lifers. The more muscles that are used the more calories can be burned and the greater the weight loss will be. Exercising isn’t only for weigh loss, it also helps balance hormones and improves mood. Working out intensely raises the heart rate and burns even more calories. Interval training, where short bursts of intense activity are followed by a recovery period, is especially helpful. Strength training is also important because it will helps to build muscle, which raises the metabolic rate and causes you to burn more calories. Strength training also has an added benefit called “after burn”.

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