A new study published this week has found that eating leafy green vegetables could hold the key to promoting gut health. While there are many factors that promote gut health, eating leafy green vegetables is an easy yet powerful way to do just that.
The study, conducted by a team of researchers from Melbourne, Australia and York, UK, has found that an unusual sugar molecule found in green vegetables feeds the ‘good’ bacteria in the gut, promoting their growth in the gut and reducing the number of bad bacteria, thus improving gut health.
Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity have been on the rise, but an abundance of research shows that healthy eating patterns and regular physical exercise reduce the risk of chronic diseases and lead to longer lifespans. We also need essential supplements to provide sufficient living nutrition to promote cellular health needed for optimal health.
Under the 1990 National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research Act, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and of Agriculture (USDA) must publish a report outlining nutritional and dietary information and guidelines for the general public. The jointly published report seeks to educate medical professionals and the general public on new nutritional research that can lead to a healthier, and longer living, populace.
Remember when your heart was pounding out of your chest, your palms became sweaty and you felt nauseated before a big exam or speech in school? If anything traumatic has ever happened in your life, do you remember being physically and mentally exhausted in the aftermath? How about dizzy after having the flu or in between meals? All of these examples highlight the adrenal system.
The adrenals are part of our intricate endocrine system that releases hormones throughout the day, all working together to help our bodies run efficiently. In fact the whole system is a giant feedback loop that is exquisitely controlled. Unfortunately, it can get overwhelmed.
The hypothalamus in the brain stimulates the pituitary which then activates the adrenal cortex to produce hydrocortisone, cortisone, aldosterone and sex hormones like estrogen, or testosterone (although these are mostly produced in the actual sex organs). These regulate metabolism, cardiac function, blood pressure support, inflammation, immune system support and the ability to fight off infections, sexuality, and much more.
For example, one of the most important things that cortisol, released by adrenal cortex, does is to control immunity (IgA) in your gut. Hence, if you’re stressed, the immune response in your gut suffers, increased gut wall permeability occurs and good bacteria gives way to bad bacteria, causing immune dysregulation.
But that’s not all… The adrenal glands also have an adrenal medulla (the inside part of the gland) which is responsible for the famous fight of flight syndrome that occurs when adrenaline or epinephrine/norepinephrine, is released. It is regulated by the sympathetic nervous system and can be quieted by some simple Eastern medicine techniques.
In a world where meaning is malleable, you can twist the truth however you want. You can create a story to make worthwhile endeavors look bad. You can make harmful practices appear attractive. The mental health system has recently taken a shot at making healthy food choices appear dangerous, if you can imagine, especially when those choices are your top priority. Clinicians are actively diagnosing patients with orthorexia nervosa, the extreme desire to eat pure food.
by: Mike Bundrant (NaturalNews)
This is not a parody. It’s actually happening.
If you have a strong desire to eat pure, uncontaminated food, then you could be suffering from a mental disorder per this new medical labeling trend.
Are you tired of this cold and gloomy winter weather? Many of us are frustrated, tired, experiencing more colds and illness, and even a bit depressed. You are not alone in this! These symptoms are more common this time of year; however, there are many easy, natural, common sense solutions.
While spring is just around the corner here in the U.S., we still have several more weeks of winter to contend with. You don’t have to continue to deal with these symptoms of what is often referred to as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Here are some great tips and healthy habits to maintain vibrant health and a great mood all winter long!
Superfoods are quite the rave these days. Every month, there seems to be a new super fruit or vegetable that you may have never seen or even heard of before. Their amazing benefits are often touted in such a way that they seem more than super. They actually seem magical!
The truth is, there is no superfood that will give you magical powers. Sorry to burst your bubble! Most superfoods are truly amazing but, individually, they are limited. The key is to incorporate an abundance of these foods in your daily diet. Your body needs a variety of healthy foods in order to thrive and achieve real wellness.
That doesn’t mean that you have to go on an exotic and expensive grocery trip to pick up sacha inchi, salsify and maca. The good news is that most superfoods are inexpensive and commonly found either in your own garden or in your local produce market. Try adding a variety of these common superfoods to a green smoothie to super charge your daily nutrition.
Here is a fantastic infographic from Evoke.ie to help you understand what you need to know.
Eating healthy is almost synonymous to staying healthy. Almost 80 percent of the positive effects you reap from a wholesome lifestyle can be attributed to a balanced and nutritious diet, with the remaining 20 percent coming from exercise.
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Unfortunately, most Americans are uninformed about what actually constitutes healthy eating. In a poll of more than 1,200 American adults, nearly 90 percent said their diet was either “somewhat,” “very,” or “extremely” healthy. However, 43 percent of the survey respondents said they drank at least one sugary soda or sweetened drink every day. A third of the respondents also said they were at an ideal weight, when they actually were overweight or obese.
It’s hard to get anywhere near your wellness goals if you’re misinformed about what foods are truly healthy.
I believe that one key aspect of eating well is ditching highly processed, fast food meals, and opting for fresh, whole, locally grown foods – organic as much as possible – packed with valuable vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. An excellent example of this would be superfoods.
Medical professionals from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine have unveiled five easy-to-follow guidelines for cancer prevention. Their findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition in June 2014. These steps have merit and are great advice for anyone who is looking to prevent cancer, who is struggling with disease or whose immune system is compromised.
by: L.J. Devon, Staff Writer (NaturalNews)
Cancer may come on sudden, but it is not some random act. An accumulation of dietary decisions and toxin exposures brings the cells to a compromised state. Learning how to empower the immune system with the right foods can restore cellular health. Learning how to avoid overexposure of certain chemicals, byproducts, fungi, heavy metals, pesticides, hormone disrupters and petroleum products can help prolong quality of life.
How many times have you started a new diet or exercise routine – expecting great results – only to be left disappointed or frustrated with your outcome? You are not alone. You may be missing this key that will help you get the best results.
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Often, we focus too much on our desired results and not enough on the best way to get there. As W. Edwards Deming said “You can expect what you inspect.” That is, we don’t get what we expect, we get what we inspect.
Mr. Demings has been called the ‘Father of Quality’. His influence has helped people produce many great products and services for nearly one hundred years. However, disregarding this important concept regularly leads to poor products and poor results. This applies not only to business and industry but to your life and health as well.
Amazing new research shows how your lifestyle changes your genes to improve your cardiovascular health. We have seen many studies documenting that healthy changes to your diet, exercise and stress management improve your heart health. However, this research shows us how those changes actually take place at the molecular level. It’s all in your genes! Rather, it is all in how you express them.
Everybody knows that we need to exercise and watch what we eat. We know that eating a lot of fried foods and unhealthy fats with little to no exercise leads to poor health. These lifestyle habits cause excessive inflammation resulting in elevated cholesterol and increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD).