Happy New Year!

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We all make New Year resolutions. This year make it one to improve your health so you can live to a ripe healthy old age. Start the year off with better nutritional choices in eating and supplements (click on FYI Healthtalk Store – in my health links). Begin 2017 by laying for yourself a foundation for good health and happiness not only for now, but for many years to come.

To all my faithful readers – HAPPY NEW YEAR , and a NEW YOU!  

May love increase, may joy abound, may negativity cease, and may all the the world rejoice in peace!

God Bless!

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

MAY YOUR CHRISTMAS BE BLESSED WITH LASTING GIFTS OF LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP!…

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(Recipe from ‘Natural awakenings’ magazine)

Yields: About 5 cups

Popcorn:
1 tsp coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup popcorn kernels

Maple Snickerdoodle Topping:
1 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Sea Salt to tase

Heat the coconut oil in a medium saucepan, with a lid over medium heat. Add 3 kernels of popcorn and wait for them to pop. Once the test kernels start to pop, add the rest of the popcorn, cover and allow to pop, shaking occasionally until popping slows to a near stop. Pour popcorn into a large bowl and set aside.

For the topping, whisk together the coconut oil, maple syrup and cinnamon, until well combined. Pour over the popcorn and mix well. Sprinkle the top with a few pinches of sea salt, mix again and taste.

Serve immediately….and as the kids would say – YUMMY, YUMMY IN MY TUMMY!

If you have your own way of making popcorn – feel free to use it. I put the coconut oil in the bottom of my dry pop, popcorn popper. You can air pop it, microwave pop it, whatever works for you. It’s the topping that makes it so delicious.

Have a wonderful day enjoying your families and friends. May God Bless
you all with safety and good health!

Inflammation = Health Issues

It seems like every time you hear about or read about different health issues, the word Inflammation  comes up. All kinds of things come to mind e.g. swelling, pain, redness, heat, infection etc. It seems to be attached to every dis-ease, or health problem and person can have.

The Webster’s dictionary tells ugetty_rf_photo_of_ankle_swollen_from_injurys that “inflammation is a local response to cellular injury that is marked by capillary dilatation, leukocytic infiltration, redness, heat, and pain and that serves as a mechanism initiating the elimination of noxious agents and of damaged tissue.”

Generally, inflammation has a connection to infection – the result of contamination to a body organ or part after the invasion of a disease producing substance or agent such as bacteria.

So basically, inflammation and infection go hand in hand or interact with each other. Alone or together they can set into motion a sequence of events that can lead to many varied health issues.

Two such issues to be addressed today are – (1) Arterial thrombosis and (2) Venous thrombosis/Pulmonary embolism.  Arterial or vascular thrombosis issues often crop up with an increase in age, and generally without outward symptoms. (1)Arterial thrombosis is the involvement of platelet aggregation which forms around the clogged points in the arterial system which can cause an irregular heartbeat known as atrial fibrillation. (2) Venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are major causes of disability and death. Venous seems to be the most dangerous of the two – being “the formation of a blood clot inside a vein that can obstruct flow in the localized affected part of the venous circulatory system.” The difference between the two is the Veins contain valves while Arteries do not. A venous blood clot that has traveled to the lung is referred to as a Pulmonary Embolism.

All of these conditions are problematic. All have different risk factors. I will try to break each one down to so as to be understood by the common layperson.

Arterial Thrombosis – The symptoms of arterial thrombosis include mild to severe pain in the affected arm or leg, swelling of an arm or leg, redness or color change, and warmth of the skin. People with artificial heart valves or atrial fibrillation are at high risk for developing a thrombus. A thrombus (clot) can break loose and travel up a carotid artery, where it can cause an acute ischemic stroke. As well, it can travel through the circulatory system, block the blood flow to the lungs which in turn causes pulmonary embolism issues.

Pulmoheartandlungsnary Embolism – The symptoms are chest pain, shortness of breath, and a fast heartbeat.

Venous Thrombosis – is a condition where the blood clot travels through the veins. Most of you have heard of this connected mostly with air travel, where sitting for a long period of time reduces the flow of blood in lower leg veins. Other risk factor causes can be too much TV watching, the use of oral contraceptives, advanced age, pregnancy, severe obesity, recent surgery, trauma, and cancer.  You can check your risk factor by having your personal physician do a Thrombotic Risk test which should include Inflammatory Markers, Insulin Resistance Markers, Blood Cells, and Lipid Markers. Often Compression stocking are suggested to help reduce that stagnation of blood in the lower legs. Symptoms in this case can include, pain, swelling, and heat.

Againth, I sound like a broken record which plays the same thing over and over, when I reiterate a lifestyle change to set the healing process into action which will help reduce the cause for all of the above, to include; quit smoking, get more exercise on a regular basis, eating a healthy diet (Detox Diet Plan), and the use of supplements as needed. Nutrients that can help these conditions are green tea, Omega 3 (fish oil), grape seed extract, (or you can eat Black grapes), pomegranate, garlic (I recommend a Cayenne Garlic Combination in Capsules – Visit our Store), flaxseed oil, curcumin, taurine, and magnesium.

Two new supplementations being studied, and which are obtainable, are Nattokinase, and French Maritime Pine Bark. Both are products of Life Extension.

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REMEMBER – Inflammation is linked to these issues. It has taken most of you a lifetime to get your body’s issues to where they are now. Repairing the damage is a slow process. Do Not expect to be healed overnight. Your body takes its own sweet time to heal itself. THE TIME TO IMPLEMENT PREVENTATIVE MEASURES IS NOW. I hope and pray that it is not too late for any of you. Take it one step at a time. Do not fall into the trap of self diagnosis because of bad experiences or because of what I write or anyone else writes about this subject. You need to consult with a knowledgeable Naturopathic physician, or Detoxification Specialist, keeping in mind that NATURAL HEALING METHODS TREAT THE CAUSE AND NOT THE SYMPTOMS!

(Sited – Life Extension Magazine)

Become a HEALTHIER YOU! May God Bless!

Nuts, Nuts, and more Nuts

We are still in the wintry holiday season….which starts with Thanksgiving and goes until New Year’s Day when we start again to make resolutions hoping to change our lives.

With the holidays comes the question of food – what to eat and what not to eat?  In my Detox Diet Plan, I recommend that you eat lots of raw fruits and vegetables until you are comfortable with the Plan. Are you ready to add NUTS?

I love nuts…but are they all good for detoxification.  Is there a healthy reason for eating them?

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PEANUTS – for years were at the top of the list for nuts. I always bought peanuts, all kinds, in the shell, dry roasted, party, spanish, boiled, and etc. Today peanuts are highly processed, and have a high fat content. I will talk more on that later in the blog. Over the last few year other nuts have come to the front of the pack. They include almonds, pecans, walnuts, macadamia, hazel, cashew, Brazil, Pistachios, pine nuts and many seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin, and lately cantaloupe, star fruit, watermelon, flax and many more.  It can boggle your mind.

So – what is there to know about these nuts and seeds? I will touch on some and elaborate on the one’s that fit best into the Detox Diet Plan.

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PISTACHIOS – My favorite, have, through research been revealed as a healthy snack. In 2011 a research paper stated that “pistachios eaten with a meal high in carbohydrates lowered blood glucose response.” Further studies show that pistachio consumption correlates with weight control, have anti-inflammatory benefits, may lower LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol, lower triglyceride levels and contain a broad spectrum of essential vitamins and minerals, protein , fiber and phytochemicals.

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ALMONDS – The almond is a species of tree native to the middle east, the Indian Subcontinent and North Africa. “Almond” is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree. (Wikipedia) Their benefits are suggested by  nutritionist all over the world for use in many ways to include: eating raw as a healthy snack; as the base for almond butter, almond milk, almond flour and even in fragrances and body lotions. Nutritionally, almonds are a very good source of Vitamin E, manganese, biotin and copper, magnesium, riboflavin (Vitamin B2), and phosphorus. Unfortunately they contain FAT. The good news is…..that a portion size of 1/4 cup of almonds is heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. They are low in Cholesterol and Sodium. Before you get carried away to make a meal of them – REMEMBER – EAT in Moderation.

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WALNUTS – have been noted as having more nutritional value than Pecans. As a fiber, it is safe to eat them everyday; alone, in salads, added to casseroles and vegetables. A Walnut is the nut of any tree of the genus Juglans. Technically a walnut is the seed of a drupaceous nut and this is not a true botanical nut. (Wikipedia). Walnuts have been claimed as the World’s Healthiest Nut. They are an excellent source of anti-inflammatory Omega 3 essential fatty acids – in the form of alpha-linolinic acid (ALA). They are also a good source of manganese, copper, molybdenum and biotin the B vitamin. They contain heart healthy fats. As for Walnuts vs Pecans…both are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fatty acids. They are an excellent source of protein for vegans and vegetarians.

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HAZELNUTS (Also known as FILBERTS) – Are considered one of the lowest fat nuts. They are the nut of the hazel, derived from the genus species Corylus. Hazels are rich in energy and many other health-benefiting nutrients. They are heart healthy and brain boosting, skin improving and may even protect against cancer. They are a sweet flavored nut and are rich in protein and Vitamin E. Can be used in baking and as a snack. I love them.

The BRAZIL NUthT – comes from South America. Little known is the fact that Brazil nuts have the ability to stimulate growth and repair and boost heart health. The selenium they contain improves thyroid function, protects against cancer, lowers LDL, and fights inflammation.  This is also one of my favorites, but I have such a hard time cracking the shell.

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COCONUT – Has come into a good place in the last few years. In the past most people just thlooked at the coconut as an exotic that came from Hawaii and a few other countries, had little nutritional value, had shells that no one wanted to bother with as far as removing, but were delicious as long as the coconut had been mechanically processed for eating purposes.  Coconut Macaroons have always been my favorite cookie. Coconut oil is now on the rise being suggested as good for weight loss, hair growth, thyroid function, skin care and etc, etc, etc. This nut needs it own Blog for its pro and con information. It is on my agenda so look for it down the road (so to speak).

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PINE NUT – Expensive (usually over $10.99/lb) but is a great nut to add to the Detox Diet Plan. The eating of Pine Nuts dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times when they were commonly preserved in honey. Pine nuts were a common food for Native American Indian tribes but are also a staple in other countries. You may know of them by other names to include: Indian nut, pignon, pinolos, pinhao and as I learned of them, Pinon Pine (pinus nembroides, or pinis pinea). They are grown extensively in the USA in  Utah, Nevada and Colorado. They are a nut low in fat and can be used in many recipes. I first ate them in a Turkey dressing on Thanksgiving…mmmm good. They are edible seeds of the female cone of the pine trees. They are small, elongated in shape, ivory in color and about 1/2″ long with a soft texture, and sweet buttery flavor – to me. They can be roasted  They are a healthy source of essential minerals, vitamins and heart healthy mono-unsaturated fatty acids that help to cut cholesterol levels in blood. It’s emollient property helps to keep
skin protected from dryness. It is used in various traditional medicinal applications.

Now let’s talk about SEEDS.

The two I like are Sunflower and Pumpkin seeds.

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SUNFLOWER SEEDS – are about 6mm to 10 mm in length and have a conical shape with a smooth surface.  The outer coat, referred to as the hull, encloses a single, gray-white edible kernel. They come from the Sunflower – each sunflower head may hold several hundreds of edible oil seeds. They are crunchy and nutty and considered as a healthful food.  The benefitting nutrients values are minerals, antioxidants and vitamins. Their calories come from fatty acids – the good ones to include poly unsaturated linoleic acid and mono-unsaturated oleic acid that helps lower LDL (Bad cholesterol) and increases HDL (the good cholesterol in the blood). They are also considered a good source of protein, amino acids, natural antioxidants, chlorogenic acid (which helps reduce blood sugar levels), Vitamin E, B-Complex Vitamins, and essential minerals to include: calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium and copper.

The seed is harvested when they turn brown and dry. Buy only the good seeds. Avoid thin, shriveled up seeds or old stock. Store at room temperature in a bin or jar. Once the kernels are hulled (shelled), it is best to store them in an airtight container inside the refrigerator. Like most seeds they can be eaten as a snack, in salads, sprinkled over veggies, casseroles, baked goods and are now, I just found out are available as Sunflower Seed Butter, sold as Sun Butter, which is a suitable alternative in peanut allergies.

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PUMPKIN SEEDS – This seed has provided the most interesting research I’ve met. The botanical name is Cucurbita pepo from the name of the Cucurbitaceae family (which the pumpkin from which the seeds come, is actually considered a fruit). Wow, this is worse than me doing genealogy research. Like the pine nut pumpkin seeds and their oil dates back in use to the time of the Greeks and the origin is unknown other than it dates back to before 5000 B.C. They were found in Mexico and before that – who knows. The use for them in ancient times was for healing damaged skin such as burns. I also found that heat destroys its healthy properties – so I ask, why do they roast them? The oil is a good source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, both of which are found to increase energy and mental focus. Traditional medicinal use includes treating parasites and worms and as well, bladder infections. They too are a heart healthy snack food and if eaten an hour or so before bedtime can induce a good nights sleep. They are also known as being beneficially used “to address” prostate issues. (Works cited include: American Botanical Council and “Medical Herbalism” by David Hoffman).

Pumpkin seeds are high in protein, phosphorus and iron, magnesium, manganese, and zinc. It is a diet-friendly fiber, curbs hunger, and has Vitamin A (for eye health). They serve as a great topping on salads, eggs, in soups and wraps.

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PEANUTS – I am going to end with a note about Peanuts – which are simple legumes – included in the beans and lentils family. They are high in protein, folate, Vitamin E and basically the rest of the same nutrients as their legume friends. Today, the drawback or a caution deals with allergies, especially in children, which can also crop up later in life in adults. One of the reasons for allergies has to do with Aflatoxins, a fungus peanuts are susceptible to. It’s naturally occurring and is known as a carcinogen that is many times more toxic than DDT. This would be particularly hazardous to persons prone to liver disease and it would be wise to avoid eating them just to be on the safe side. I recommend, eat at your own discretion.

NOTE: Nuts and seeds are structural foods and are a good source for strengthening the whole body.

The healthiest nuts for Detox are noted in their descriptions. Just remember – eat in moderation – do not make a meal of nuts, they can cause acid issues in the stomach. They are energy robbing and will slow or stop the cleansing process. They all are great as a snack, and I recommend that you eat them raw – usually 1/4 to 1/2 cup. Keep in mind always – the Alkaline/Acid balance of 80% Alkaline to 20% Acid that you are trying to support throughout the Detox Diet process.

Happy Holidays and God Bless!

Junk Food

I probably could put this in the ‘Tip Column’ but decided it was worth a short Blog.  I read all the time to keep up with the latest information on what is happening in the world in regards to our health.  I came across an article in the Life Extension magazine that caught my attention and thought it would be good to share. It was about JUNK FOOD. It talked about an article in a BMC Medicine report stating “that older individuals who eat an unhealthy Western diet have smaller brains, which researchers say is further proof that junk food has a terrible impact on health.”

Anything that has to psychology-544405__180do with the ‘brain’ interests me, since I had a brain tumor in 1999. Luckily (or should I say ‘I was blessed’), it was successfully removed and was benign. Continuing on, a study conducted by researchers at Deakin University and the Australian University suggested that “older adults who consume more junk foods, such as sweet drinks, salty snacks, and processed meats have smaller left hippocampi” (a curved elongated ridge that extends over the floor of each ventricle of the brain [Websters Dictionary]). It also shows that “older adults who eat healthier foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and fish, have larger left hippocampi.” Other factors that affected this were gender, levels of physical activity, smoking, education, and depression.

These findings that “consuming junk foods accelerates brain atrophy have substantial relevance for both dementia prevention and mental health.”  Also included could be, “cognitive decline, and mental disorders such as depression and anxiety in older people” (Felice Jacka).

We should not discount how the effect of eating  junk foods also impacts other age groups.  “The hippocampus is critical to learning memory throughout life, as well as being a key part of the brain involved in mental health.” This study underscores how important GOOD NUTRITION is for children, adolescents and adults of all ages.

Wow!  This is pretty heavy information and hopefully it will impact your way of thinking in regards to the eating of JUNK FOODS. Of course the breakdown of the body organs because of eating junk foods does not just happen overnight. It takes years and, as with many health issues does not show up until the senior years.  Good reason to start healthy eating habits when you are very, very, young.

May your blessings be many, until next time…..