(NaturalNews) First, disregard everything negative you may have read or heard about avocados. Avocados are so nutritious that many consider them superfoods. Forget the stuff about fats and calories.
Calories are irrelevant if they’re nutritionally packed. It’s nutritionally empty calories that lead to obesity. Avocados contain good fats that are necessary for building nervous system and brain tissue and curbing cardiovascular tissue inflammation that leads to clogged arteries.
Good fats include Omega-3 fatty acids that health conscious folks scramble to acquire from fish oils and flax seeds. There are plenty of Omega-3s in an avocado. There’s also an abundance of oleic acid for Omega-6 fatty acids, which if unprocessed and not out of balance with Omega-3s support heart health. Cold pressed pure olive oil is an oleic acid provider also.
There’s also a considerable amount of protein in an avocado. It’s provided in a bundle of all the amino acids needed for complete proteins. This means your pancreas doesn’t need to work so hard providing enzymes appropriate for digesting meat whole proteins instead of seeking and destroying cancer cells.
Avocados also provide several carotenoids and flavonoids, such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin and others. They all promote heart and eye health as well as protect you from neuro-degenerative diseases. You’ll also get a healthy dose of natural vitamin E and magnesium. (http://www.naturalnews.com/029864_avocados_health.html)
By the way, avocados are fruits. Avocados from Mexico are inexpensive and are ranked high among the “clean 15″ list of plant foods with the least toxic residue. (http://www.drweil.com)
So if organic avocados pinch your pocketbook, it’s okay to go non-organic.
Here are some easy ways you can take advantage of avocado consumption, from the simple to the exotic.
* Simply cut up an avocado and put the pieces into a bowl of your favorite green salad. Add pure olive oil and raw apple cider vinegar or a vinegar of your choice, salt with real sea salt.
* Ignore overpriced, prepared guacamole. You can easily make your own fresh guacamole according to your individual taste. Simply mash up one or two avocados (depending on their sizes) with a fork in a large bowl.
Add some fresh lemon juice, finely chopped onions and tomatoes, and chopped cilantro. Chop part of a jalapeno into tiny bits (after carefully removing the hot seeds), and add them judiciously. Some like it hot, others don’t. Flavor to taste with sea salt.
Mix well. To help maintain freshness, leave the avocado pit in the mix. Cover and refrigerate when not in use.
* Like to know what one of the world’s busiest humans consumes to kick off his day- Check out Mike Adam’s, the Health Ranger’s cacao powder and avocado smoothie recipe here: http://www.naturalnews.com/036395_cacao_chocolate_superfood.html
* Here’s a unique salad recipe that combines avocado, highly nutritious kale, and olives
* This recipe for a raw breakfast is as simple as it gets, and gives you the benefits of apples and avocado. By the way, apples are not among the clean 15; they are in the dirty dozen of highly sprayed produce. Apples should always be organic. (http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp-recipe=1068760)
* Leave to a paleo site to offer an unusual avocado pudding (http://paleomg.com/5-ingredient-avocado-pudding/)
Test avocados for ripeness by gently squeezing. If it’s mushy, it’s a goner. If it’s hard, you may need to wait a few days before using it. If it yields slightly to a gentle squeeze, it’s ready now. Keep in mind that recipes like this aren’t written in stone. They’re suggestive guidelines.
You won’t get fatter eating avocados. You’ll get healthier. Stay away from the Weight Watchers syndrome of low fat diets with artificial sweeteners.
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Trans fat is the dreaded word that makes everyone cringe. You’re told to avoid it at all costs if you value your health, but you might not know why. Artificial trans fat is a product of hydrogenation that can clog your arteries and put your heart health at risk. You find it in processed foods, with fried foods being the worst offenders. Once you know how trans fats negatively impact your health, you can make better choices when it comes to fat consumption.
One of the unhealthiest aspects of trans fat is that it contributes to cardiovascular disease. Trans fatty acids raise the level of bad cholesterol in your blood while at the same time lowering good cholesterol levels. Low-density lipoprotein is considered bad cholesterol because instead of removing cholesterol from your blood, it acts as a vehicle, transporting it to all of your tissues and organs. As it builds up in your blood, it sticks to your artery walls, which is a recipe for a heart attack or stroke.
Insulin is a crucial hormone that keeps your blood sugar levels in check. Although your body relies on glucose for fuel, high blood levels adversely affect your health. After studying the effects of trans fats on lab monkeys, researchers at Wake Forest University concluded that they impair glucose metabolism, causing insulin resistance. When your body becomes resistant to insulin, blood levels remain high, damaging the body. This is often a precursor to diabetes. Results were published in the July 2007 issue of the journal “Obesity.”
Trans fats have long been associated with an independent risk factor for weight gain and obesity. It appears that they can also negatively influence body-fat distribution. The Wake Forest University study noted that trans fat enhanced fat distribution to the stomach area, causing abdominal obesity. This is significant because belly fat on its own is a risk factor for heart disease. So if you’re aiming for a flat tummy and a healthy heart, avoid trans fat.
Not all trans fat is an unhealthy by-product of hydrogenation. Grass-fed animals produce trans fat naturally as a result of bacteria in their gut digesting the grass for them. This source of trans fat, found in beef and dairy, is completely different from artificial trans fat and potentially beneficial. Researchers found that conjugated linoleic acid — a natural trans fat — reduces body fat, according to study results published in the “American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”
Article reviewed by Leon Teeboom Last updated on: Nov 2, 2012
If Despi’s 2012 swimwear collection was focused around bold and trendy options that were clearly designed to reveal sexiness, this year, the options are much more diverse and cater to more than one need. Intricate patterns, spectacular tones, interesting prints and a concern with highlighting the best assets of every body type is the main focus of the new collection. To put the new options into the right perspective the photoshoot was taken on the spectacular Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro. Fab embroidery, fringes, bold tones, fab geometric details with a hint of boldness can be the ingredients you need for rocking a fab look all season long.
If you always go for sophisticated embroidery, lace details, edgy rope details, classic stripe patterns or colorful abstract ones, the new options are definitely tempting. Still, it’s important to make sure not to compromise fit and size in favor of a fab swimsuit. The palette of options is certainly varied enough to enable you to find spectacular options to dazzle every single time.
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Vitamins don’t yield energy directly as carbohydrates, proteins and fats do. Yet, as the root of the word “vitamin” indicates, they are vital. As is the case for all vitamins, your body only requires small amounts of B vitamins, including vitamin B-12. And like many vitamins, B-12 works as a team player to regulate body processes and keep you healthy and energetic.
Scientists generally classify nine vitamins as water-soluble and four as fat-soluble. Fat-soluble vitamins need fat to be absorbed or transported in your body, and any excess tends to get stored in fatty tissues. In contrast, water-soluble vitamins readily travel in your bloodstream, and your body can more easily excrete any excess in your urine. In the water-soluble category, vitamin C is the only non-B-complex vitamin, while B-12 and the remaining seven vitamins belong to the B-complex group.
Your body uses vitamin B-12 in different forms, all of which are attached to the mineral cobalt. You might even hear the terms vitamin B-12 and cobalamins used interchangeably. Its active forms in human metabolism are methylcobalamin and 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin. Vitamin B-12 is key to a number of processes, including amino acids and fatty acids metabolism, nerve cell function and synthesis of DNA, the genetic “blueprint” in every cell of your body. It also works with folate — another B vitamin — to help your body make red blood cells.
Most multivitamin supplements contain B-12. Alternatively, you can look for B-complex supplements or isolated vitamin B-12 preparations. In some cases of anemia or nerve dysfunction, a doctor may recommend prescription-strength B-12 as an injection or a nasal gel. The Linus Pauling Institute estimates that most over-the-counter or prescription preparations contain B-12 in the form cyanocobalamin, although you may also find methylcobalamine in some products. Your body must convert cyoanocobalamin into its active forms before using it.
According to the Linus Pauling Institute, only bacteria can make vitamin B-12; it doesn’t naturally occur in plants. Animal products are the richest sources of B-12, including liver, whole milk, eggs, oysters, shrimp and chicken. Many foods, particularly cereals, are also fortified with B-12. Natural, food-based B-12 usually occurs bound to protein, so your body must separate it in the stomach before use. In contrast, the manmade B-12 in fortified foods or supplements occurs in free form.
Article reviewed by Leon Teeboom Last updated on: Nov 1, 2012
(NaturalNews) Physical inactivity continues to be a significant underlying cause of chronic illness and early death in the U.S., as sedentary Americans succumb to the utilitarian comforts of modern technology. Lack of exercise, coupled with a largely processed food diet leads to potentially deadly diseases including cancer, dementia, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Stroke incidence continues to increase at a staggering rate, affecting 425,000 women each year, often leaving them unable to perform routine daily tasks and increasing mortality risk.
Researchers from Spain have published the result of a study in the journal Stroke that has determined walking at least three hours a week reduces the risk of stroke among women by nearly half, yet another important reminder of the health benefits of exercising on a consistent basis. The study team set out to assess the association between regular physical activity and cerebrovascular diseases, defined as conditions that develop as a result of problems with the blood vessels inside the brain such as stroke.
To conduct the study, scientists developed a cohort consisting of 13,576 men and 19,416 women, aged 29 to 69 years who were part of the European Cancer Project that was initiated during the mid-1990s. Participants responded to a physical activity questionnaire and were divided by gender, type of physical activity and how much time they had spent on physical activity.
After a 12 year follow-up period, 442 stroke cases were recorded and subsequently classified as 80 percent ischemic, 10 percent hemorrhagic, seven percent subarachnoid hemorrhage, and three percent unspecified. Interestingly, the researchers determined that physical activity was associated with a stroke reduction risk for women but not men. Women who walked at least 210 minutes (three and a half hours) a week showed a reduced risk for stroke of 43 percent compared to those who did not participate in physical activity.
The team also revealed that other types of exercise, regardless of intensity had no significant association in stroke risk reduction. The study’s authors concluded “Though the exact relationship among different types of physical activity and different stroke subtypes remains unclear, the results of this specific study indicate that walking, in particular, is associated with lower risk of stroke.” Walking briskly for 30 minutes on most days of the week is not only a perfect complement to weight management strategies, but also dramatically lowers the risk of a devastating stroke in women.
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Hogan is a brand known for its exquisite, luxury footwear, handbags and accessory designs and the capsule collection created in collaboration with Katie Grand, editor-in-chief of Love Magazine, doesn’t fall below the high standards imposed by the brand, on the contrary, the designs seem to keep up its high end appeal but address to a more youthful age group and a quick glimpse at the lovely collection titled Gang should be sufficient to bring out your inner wild child!
The capsule collection falls right within the guidelines of the spring 2013 trends, displaying proper styles featuring trendy colors, combo that oozes freshness and innocence judging from the fact that classic, somber designs usually don’t feature bold colors and leather heart applications.
The Gang collection by Katie Grand and Hogan have functionality at base but that doesn’t mean that they’re lacking style. The rectangular strappy bags can be carried by hand or be worn across the body depending on personal preference. “They might be brightly colored and decorated with hearts but they’re extremely practical” said Katie Grand and we believe every word she says as who can resist boldly colored bags that display heart shaped applications-!
To finish off your head-turning look turn towards the colorful oval sunglasses featured in the collection as they are just adorable, so dare to fall into temptation and refresh your look using accessories displaying achromatic, pink, yellow, green and blue, as color is what the spring/summer 2013 fashion season is all about!
(NaturalNews) Though they continually try to deny that the mercury and mercury-based components added to many medicines and vaccines are toxic to humans, mainstream medical authorities are having a much more difficult time these days defending their distorted position against sound science. One of the groups responsible for bringing this continually emerging science to light and pushing for real change is the non-profit advocacy group Coalition for Mercury-Free Drugs, also known as CoMeD.
Over the years, we have covered a number of stories here at NaturalNews that address the dangers of mercury which, contrary to popular belief, is still added to multi-dose vial influenza shots and various other vaccines commonly administered to young children (http://www.naturalnews.com). All this time, CoMeD has been on the front lines trying to raise awareness about the presence of mercury in vaccines, as well as urging lawmakers and other appropriate authorities to protect our children by taking action against the continued use of mercury in modern medicine.
“We recognize that organic mercury-based compounds are a proven neurotoxic risk to susceptible men, women, and children at levels below 1 part per billion (1 part in 1,000,000,000),” explains CoMeD on its website about the group’s core values. “We seek a world in which no mercury-based ingredient is knowingly added to any medicine, and the ingredients used in medicines have the lowest levels of mercury that the best practical technologies afford.”
Back in 1999, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recognizing the inherent neurotoxic effects of mercury exposure, actually made recommendations that the adjuvant preservative known as Thimerosal, which is about 50 percent mercury, be completely removed from vaccines. But the agency’s public petition fell on deaf ears, as today the neurotoxin continues to be added to vaccines (http://www.naturalnews.com/031678_mercury_autism.html).
“We have scientific studies clearly demonstrating that mercury causes neurological damage, and we have a cost-effective alternative that has already been used to replace Thimerosal as the preservative in vaccines,” explains Dr. Paul G. King, Ph.D., a science adviser to CoMeD.
CoMeD is also involved with efforts at the global level to ban mercury from all vaccines and medicines worldwide, a topic of discussion at the upcoming Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to prepare a global legally binding instrument on mercury (INC5), which will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from January 13-18, 2013. If such efforts are a success, U.N. member nations would be restricted from further using mercury in medicine and vaccines (http://www.bolenreport.com/Mark%20Geier/vaccine%20industry%20panic.htm).
“No vaccine should be used as a delivery system for an undisclosed poison, for this is a denial of the right of informed consent and of the medical directive to do no harm,” explained Rev. Lisa K. Sykes, President of CoMeD, to members at INC4 back on June 29, 2012. Rev. Sykes’ son Wesley became permanently disabled when she received a mercury-containing vaccine while still 28 weeks pregnant with him (http://mercury-freedrugs.org)
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If you want to live longer and be healthier, you need to be more health conscious. Fitness is crucial for everyone because it helps avoid sickness and fosters a situation where the mind and body are in balance. Have a glance at this article to learn some tips about how to get fit.
Maintain a daily journal, recording everything you do. Make note of the exercise routines you do, what you eat and other parts of your fitness plan. You can even note the day’s weather. This will help you notice trends associated with highs or lows in your fitness plan. If you choose not to exercise for the day, explain your reasons in your journal.
Jogging helps build your stamina immensely for exercising. The tip is to start out slowly but to build up the time that you jog every week. Have a goal of keeping your heart rate beating at 75% of your personal max. This for many is somewhere in the 120 to 150 bpm range.
In order to increase muscle mass and completely change your body, strength training is a must. When you speed up your metabolism by taking part in strength training, you can achieve more in terms of calories burnt. Give every muscle group a minimum of 24 hours rest between each workout.
Increase your workout “densities” to lose more weight. Your weight-loss results will improve if you reduce the duration of your workout while maintaining (or even increasing) the number of exercises you do. Make your exercises “denser” by shortening breaks in between intervals or remove breaks altogether between your sets. This will make you lose more weight.
If you perform repetitive movements, try counting backwards from your desired total. That way, you will know how many really remain, and you will stay motivated to complete them.
A few different exercises are recommended if you want to spice up a workout routine. As odd as it sounds, this will help you avoid starting a routine in your routine; thus keeping things fresh and lively, always coming back for more. Also, it’s important to switch exercises to get more muscle groups involved to get the maximum benefits from working out.
You can achieve excellent physical fitness with the use of dumbbells and barbells along with the bench. To get the most out of these kinds of exercises, to need the right bench. If you can touch the wood against your back, it’s a good idea to find a different one. Over time, a bad bench can weaken your spine.
Reward yourself for doing a good job! As you accomplish a short term goal that you had set for yourself, it’s OK to reward yourself for that accomplishment. You can track your progress this way and give yourself encouragement to keep going.
Exercise needs to be one of your top priorities. Exercise the same way you shower- every day. Make a list of the exercises you have for the day and check them off as you would a grocery list. This way, you guarantee you will get exercise each day.
Maintain a fitness log detailing your fitness activities for the day. Make a note of workouts, and remember to include additional exercises done that day. See how much you walk every day with a pedometer. Writing down your progress helps you to accomplish all of your goals.
m. workout routine. Start of slowly by just adding a few minutes of exercise here and there such as walking. You can use this to help you establish good habits that can be added to over time. It also helps start you day on the right foot.
Fitness is very important, but some people think it has to be a long process that takes weeks to see results. This is far from the truth! By exercising and drinking more water, you can start having a healthier body. Remember the tips in this article if you’d like to be more fit.
Most people like to see tangible, visible signs of improvement in order to stay motivated to lose weight. Motivation is an absolute key for anyone who hopes to stay with a diet program for the long haul. Do not always weigh yourself, but keep some clothes you do not fit into around. You can shed some light on the changes in your body by trying these clothes on once a week as you diet.
Many people are starting to be self-aware of their obesity and are looking at different weight loss methods. Unfortunately, most people have no idea how to lose weight properly. Use the guidelines written here to aid you in losing weight.
Try to reduce your emotional stress if you want to be successful with dieting. Exercise can improve depression by releasing endorphins. Working out releases endorphins back into the body, and these raise your mood and help to achieve weight loss.
If you are someone who struggles with their weight, you shouldn’t see this as a phase in your life. Your life is altered permanently, because maintaining the weight loss is every bit as important as losing the weight initially.
Start out slow. Start out by giving one unhealthy habit up and slowly start to incorporate better eating habits over time. Make your changes slowly instead of trying to exercise regularly and convert your entire diet all at once.
Have some milk before a meal and increase your weight loss options. A glass of milk can give a sense of fullness that may help you to eat less during the meal. Milk is rich in calcium, which help keep your bones strong and call also help build muscle.
It is proven that a bowl of cereal 5 times a week can help you to shed extra weight. It causes you to ingest both fiber and calcium. Not all cereals are created equal, however, so you need to steer clear of certain kinds. Look for cereals that are whole grain, high in fiber, and low in added sugar.
Once you have accepted the fact that you’re overweight due to your own doing, forgive yourself and move on. Once you realize this, you can begin to move on. Never allow yourself to dwell on an unhealthy past, but rather stay focused on your new sense of motivation and commitment.
Eat your largest meal in the middle of the day. If you eat something light, such as a sandwich, for your afternoon meal, eat it in the evening instead. You burn far more calories in the daytime and less in the evening, so it makes much more sense to consume more in the daytime and far less at night.
Try chewing some sugarless gum to help stick to your weight loss diet. The act of chewing gum can help suppress your appetite. You do, however, want to make sure you aren’t using gum too much because it could become unhealthy.
Try cutting all dairy out of your diet and then see what impact that has on your weight. Sometimes people who are lactose intolerant or have a milk allergy do not realize they have this problem. Milk allergy can cause weight gain and bloating without you understanding the cause for it.
Do not drink soda. Soda is sweet but it is bad for you. Instead, drink at least eight glasses of water a day to feel and look good. If you miss your sweet drinks, try drinking natural, home sqeezed fruit juice instead.
Reading this article should have helped you to feel confident that you can successfully lose weight. Remember that the hints here only work if you apply them. Start working at it today and you’ll see results soon.