Sunday, October 25, 2015

Gut Health: Part 2

Gut Health: Part 2

The number one cause of death in the U.S. is heart disease.
We have the power to supply our heart with "clean blood".  Or, we 
can power our heart with "dirty blood", which leads to disease and death.

From the ancient wisdom of Hippocrates; "All disease begins in the gut"

Here are five ways to transform your body's health.

*Skip processed foods that leak endotoxins into your blood.
Processed foods can cause the cells lining the GI tract to separate,
and allow the toxic bowel contents to leak directly into our bloodstream
and arteries.  In a 1997 study at the University of Maryland's school 
of Medicine, volunteers eating a McDonald's Egg McMuffin showed
signs of artery damage within one hour. And a bacterial toxin called 
endotoxin was circulating in the bloodstream causing inflammation
and injury in the heart and lungs.  Keep your blood clean by avoiding 
processed foods, including processed sandwich meats rich in endotoxins
from dead bacteria.

*Avoid grilled foods.
Grilling or barbecuing foods creates a chemical reaction' especially
meats, that creates advanced glycation end products (AGEs)
These harmful chemicals enter our bloodstream and cause inflammation
 and aging reactions.  To clean up your blood, skip charred and grilled foods, 
especially animal products.

*Choose a plant-based diet to lower your TMAO blood levels
Eating meat leads to the increased production a chemical called
TMAO in our GI tract reaching our heart arteries and stimulates Coronary
Artery Disease.
In contrast, people who eat a plant-based diet mostly have "clean blood"
free of TMAO.

*Eat more fruits and vegetables to fight cancer.
In a study of prostate cancer patients  by Dr Dean Ornish,  demonstrated that eating 
a plant-based diet for three months, produced a change in the blood of patients that rendered
it capable of killing prostate cancer cells. Their blood cells literally became "chemotherapy"
without the side effects. 

*Eat more fruits and vegetables to heal your arteries.
In another study, patients with heart disease eating a plant-based diet for three months
altered the activity of genes involved with artery inflammation and damage.  It turned 
off those genes and turned on those genes which favored healing and health.

Our heart and arteries are innocent bystanders of the blood we bathe them in.
We can control the nature of our blood by the foods we consume. The health 
of our GI tract influences the status of our heart and arteries.By eating a diet rich 
in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants we can create clean blood
throughout the body.
Clean plant-based nutrition, stress management, clean air, clean water and sound 
sleep can transform your health!
This information was from an article by Dr Joel Kahn.

Have a great week.
Be kind.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

Gut Health: Part 1

We are super organisms!
Gut Health: Part 1

We have over 100 trillion microbial bacteria living on and in our bodies.
For every human cell there is 10 resident microbes, making us more microbial than human.
You could say we are super organisms!

Our lifestyles and standard american diets are "starving" our good micro biome in our intestines.
The overindulgence of bad diets( processed foods, junk food, sugar, meat and dairy, etc.) are depleting the good bacteria that keeps us healthy.  In the process, it encourages the overgrowth of the wrong bacteria. The resulting imbalance makes us prone to disease, obesity, and negatively affects our metabolism, hormones and cravings. Even our immunity and genes our affected.

Processed foods, sugar(not fruit) etc. all cause inflammation and negative effects on our bodies.  
Chronic inflammation is involved in diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and much more. This type of food serves as "fertilizer" for pathogenic microorganisms and yeast, causing them to multiply rapidly.

For optimum health, a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods along with cultured or fermented foods,
which are high in probiotics is best.

and a easy Vegan Coleslaw 
also check out Bananas For A Superlife
This might be an overload of resources but...10 Foods for Great Gut Health

Let's live a Super Life!

Have a great week.
Be kind.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Wonders of Chia seeds

The Wonders of Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are one of the oldest sources of nutrition.
It's been documented to have been consumed by the ancient Aztecs and Mayans as early 
as 3500 B.C.  Both for nutrition and medicinal purposes.
They are rich in nutrients and are easy to use.  They can be eaten raw, soaked in juices and 
added to a variety of different foods,  like cereals, puddings, baked goods,smoothies, 
salads, quinoa and veggie dishes.

They have an amazing ability to absorb water and fat.  So they can be used to thicken sauces
and even as an egg substitute in recipes.

Here are some benefits:

*They are high in antioxidants, which helps fight free radical damage in the body
*They are typically Non-GMO, organic, and non-irradiated.
*They are very low carb (1 gram per ounce).High in fiber, helping to support
a healthy digestive system.
* They are a great source of protein( appr. 14%) Which helps to reduce appetite
and improve muscle repair.
*They help in weight loss, with the high fiber content and ability to absorb water,
making you feel full.
*They support healthy bones.  Gram for gram, they have more calcium(18%RDA in one ounce) than 
most dairy products. They are also high in phosphorus,magnesium and protein. 
*They help to detoxify the body.  They have the highest combined plant source
of omega-3, fiber and protein. They help to support your natural detoxification,
repair your cells and support a healthy digestive system.
*They are a natural beauty food. A blend of healthy fats and minerals including
zinc,which promotes healthy skin, hair and nails.
*They protect your heart. One tablespoon of chia provides 100% of RDA for omega-3 ALA.
Omega -3 helps to lower cholesterol and maintains proper artery function.
*They reduce the risk of colon cancer. With their high fiber content it helps improves 
intestinal health and regularity.
*They are gluten-free and are great for lowering blood pressure and inflammation.

I eat them everyday:
 As a gel on oatmeal with fruit, by sprinkling ground seeds on salads 
or adding to smoothies.
The possibilities are endless.

Here's a pudding recipe from the: The Plantpower Way

Cacao Chia Pudding
1/2 cup chia seeds
Filtered water
1/4 cup raw honey or maple syrup
4 pitted/soaked dates
1 small avocado
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons cacao powder

In a small bowl, soak chia seeds in 2 cups water, 
stir until they expand and become a gel.(3-4 min)
If using dates, soak them in water for about 30 minutes.
In a Vitamix or blender,
Add avocado, coconut oil, honey or dates and cacao powder
Pour in chia seed gel and blend on high.
Place in serving bowls and chill for 2 hours or devour immediately!

There will be no post next weekend.
Our son and I will be in Atlanta participating in the Atlanta Spartan Super

Have a great week.
Be kind.