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Healthy Foods to Eat on a Budget

If you are on a tight budget, finding healthy foods at the grocery store may seem like a challenge, but there are healthy and economical choices in every aisle of the store. As tempting as all that junk food out there may sound, it really can be cheaper to eat food prepared at home. And with a little imagination and experimenting with herbs and spices in the kitchen, it will taste better as well. The first key to healthier eating is to have more healthy foods available to eat at home. So stop going to the drive-through and don’t buy any more pre-packaged, over processed foods that you probably have in your kitchen now. Get yourself organized by creating a meal plan and a grocery list for the foods you need to prepare those meals. The next step is to go to your local grocery store and start buying whole foods that you can prepare at home with whatever kitchen resources you have there.

Increasing your consumption of whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables, will actually make your food selections in general much simpler. If the foods you are chosing contain more than 5 ingredients and include a lot of unfamiliar, unpronounceable items, you may want to reconsider buying them. Counting calories, carbs, or fat grams won’t be as necessary when you select foods that are more a product of nature than a product of industry. Finding healthy foods to eat at the grocery store is pretty simple. They are found in the “fresh food” sections like the produce and refrigerated meat and fish departments. The frozen and dry aisles also contain good healthy foods, although there are many unhealthy distractions there as well.

Healthy foods you should have available at home to cook with include whole foods (food in its most natural state), fruits and vegetables, dairy products (low-fat milk, yogurt, cheese and eggs), seafood, lean cuts of pork, beef and chicken, naturally sweetened whole juices and lots of water.

The kind of foods to avoid include refined grains (white flour or white rice), refined white sugar, any form of corn syrup and anything out of a box that contains more than 5 ingredients.

Making the switch to eating healthy food does require a change in mindset, along with some imagination and preparation. It will help to make a weekly meal plan, and from that a good, organized grocery list to take to the store with you. This will help keep you focused and cut down on the number of trips you make to the grocery store.

Source by Blake Bowie

Chemistry, Nutritional Supplements Or Whole Foods – To Maintain the Health Tripod, Body-Mind-Spirit

Increasingly, as if there is a “new” discovery parade for the latest cure-all, probiotics have come again to the forefront. As I read the varying articles and studies, I am struck by how far afield we have come from normal, common sense.

In order to maintain a healthy body, there is a tripod of health: body, mind, and spirit. Knock out one leg of that stool, and the stool topples over. Probiotics, diet, dietary supplements address only the “body” leg of the health tripod. So let’s start there.

Anything taken externally, whether it is natural or medical (chemical or surgical) in support of the physical, has only ever been intended as temporary support until we have regained or achieved the necessary consciousness to support complete and perfect health; much as you might use a crutch to recover from a broken leg. When the leg is healed, we throw the crutch away as we should throw the supplements and medications away.

The body knows how to be well and healthy, as this is its natural and inherent state. Think of all the times you’ve had a cold, or the flu or a cut or bruise. They always go away. The body, created by Infinite Intelligence, does not need to know how to be well, but rather is always striving to return to health, its normal set-point. Our job, as a conscious human being, is to make the choices – all of our choices – that support Life. That is to say choices that are probiotic.

These choices, if we are living naturally and following our internal prompts, always feel good, fun, joyful, and delicious. The body, itself, tells us what it needs with respect to nutrition; and we, if we are listening and aware, then eat those foods. The body tells us when it is tired and needs rest; if we are listening and living naturally, we fall asleep and awaken refreshed. The body tells us when it is cold; and if we are listening, we go inside, don a coat or sit by the fire. The body tells us when we are full; if we are listening, we stop eating, pleasantly satiated. The body because of its Innate Intelligence – the Life Force that enlivens it, is constantly directing us if we are listening.

This same Innate Intelligence or Life Force is present in all living things: animal, vegetable and mineral. It quite simply is the “spirit” leg of the heath tripod. So it is essential that we pay attention to the still small voice within guiding us in all things, including health, always towards our good.

The “mental” component of the tripod is where all the trouble begins and ends. The human mind with its hubris and arrogance believes that it is the infinite intelligence rather than our spirit Infinite Intelligence (knowing). The human mind is what confounds and complicates everything, over-shouting the still small voice every chance it gets. The human mind will argue with the information of Innate Intelligence that we don’t have time to eat, or we can’t afford to eat healthy food, or that we don’t have time to be home resting. The human mind will argue that a vitamin supplement is a quick fix, that a “professional” knows more than I do; that in a decision between ethics and money, money wins. The human mind will tell you to stay in the job your hate, because the money is good; and it will tell you to take the “safe” road, because it is afraid and lives in the land of Lack. These are the decisions that we make every day that lead us into life styles and relationships that are as toxic to the body and chemicals are.

For example, as science attempts to unravel the secrets of good nutrition and health, they omit or ignore or discount the concept of Infinite Intelligence or Life Force, because they don’t understand It and cannot quantify It. Therefore, they believe that by isolating certain nutrients, that the benefits of that nutrient are complete in relationship to the biological body and cells. For example, scientists study, let’s say, Vitamin C. They isolate it out from its original state that it is found in, let’s say, an orange. They identify it by its chemical composition and name it Vitamin C of a certain type. Then a nutritional company or a drug company will duplicate that chemical complex and manufacture it synthetically and patent it. Why? Because you cannot patent the Vitamin C in an orange, but if you create your own synthetic clone of it, you can patent that and then sell it as “a vitamin supplement”. It’s about money; and the marketing is about making you believe – contrary to your own knowing and Innate Intelligence (common sense), that it’s better to buy the pill rather than simply eat the whole food, the orange. This whole process is the human mind process; not common sense, not Innate Intelligence, and not your Knowing.

This brings us back to the “body” portion of the health tripod. All the things we do to and for the physical body to maintain or to regain physical health. These things include medicine, alternative therapies, nutrition, supplements, and the food we eat.

So let’s go back to the clone of Vitamin C which is not Real Vitamin C. First of all, it has been separated out of its natural habitat of the orange and no longer has the synergistic benefits of all the other nutrients found within that Infinite Intelligence-created orange. The other nutrients within the orange were gathered together by Infinite Intelligence in the orange with the Vitamin C to work together one with the other – like a symphony shall we say. All together they release their blessings of nutrition to the consumer in a concert. One triggers the other, one enhances the other, and within the human body, they trigger certain enzymes or other mechanism to break it down and with nutritional perfection and elegant harmony are absorbed into the body where they nourish and sustains the cells, the fundamental building block of the body. This is the symphony of naturally occurring whole foods in the act of nourishing the living body. The clone has no idea of the music.

While it is not quite the stuff of Frankenstein for science to understand food and nutrition in relationship to the human body, it is when these elements are separated out from the Whole Picture and peddled to convey the same efficacy as the Real thing, which they cannot do. Recall for a minute the actual Frankenstein creation: he was patchwork parody of the Real human, not elegantly Real.

When these synthetically created nutritional clones are ingested into the Real body, the body in fact does not recognize them and either sloughs them off (every wondered why your urine is so bright yellow when you’re taking vitamin supplements ) or they are treated as toxins. If the body identifies them as toxins (foreign substance), it will attempt to eliminate it from the body or surround it with fat cells much like putting the bad guy into solitary confinement. [Did you ever wonder why we are so fat in such large numbers?] Seems to me, via common sense, my own Innate Intelligence just like yours, that the more toxins – synthetically/chemically produced foods (neo-nutrition) we consume, the more toxins the body is attempting to cope with and so produces the fat to surround and contain them to protect the vital organs of the body. The living body’s single imperative, after all, is to live. This is basic biology 101.

The rube is that most of the food available for consumption grown here in the United States is synthetically altered in some fashion. First the seed, itself, is genetically modified from its original Infinite Intelligent state. Monsanto has done a grave and potentially catastrophic disservice to the world by altering seed – again for the reason of patent – so that now farmers have to buy seed every year.

Haven’t you noticed that you can’t grow a new corn crop from the old corn seed or that this year’s tomato seed will not grow a next generation of tomato? My own Innate knowing noticed this phenomenon years ago and thought then that this was very strange. Especially when the natural process of pollination would have eventually – by evolution – evolved a new seed that was adapted to a particular climate or locality or pest. Once again, it is the mandate of all living things – Life Force, Innate Intelligence – to Live. And in so doing, living naturally and organically, every living thing will change and become naturally stronger and more resilient to its environmental challenges or perish. In the human body, this job is particularly handled by the immune system.

All you have to do is look to the cock roach to see the amazing ability of Infinite Intelligence to adapt for Life (probiotic). It is this very process of adapting and changing to environmental challenges – evolution they called it in high school – that creates the very nutrition – antioxidants for example – that we ingest through eating a whole food, that helps our bodies meet their own environmental challenges.

However, as a result of these genetically modified seeds that require chemicals in the form or herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers to grow, the essential nutrition that we require to be healthy is now absent from these food; and in addition, these foods contain more toxins (synthetic chemicals) that we ingest into our bodies. These are not whole foods; they are corrupted foods.

As a result of these corruptive foods, the front line digestive and immune systems are seriously compromised. When the digestive system is compromised, we cannot be nourished. When the immune system is compromised, we fight disease.

This is where the recent surge in demand for organically grown, non-genetically modified foods has arisen. Simply put, organic, whole, Real foods contain more potent and available nutrition for our bodies to use; and they come complete with Innate Life Force as well as without toxins. Studies prove that these foods are as much as 60% higher in available nutrition than industrially grown foods.

The long term effects of synthetically grown foods are now evident by the number of Americans who are sick. Diabetes has become a “life style” complete with its own magazines for diabetic living. Immune diseases are epidemic: multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome to name but a few and not to mention cancer and heart-related disease. Every one of these dis-eases can be directly traced back to our food supply and the resulting epidemic of malnutrition in Americans and the toxin load.

Better living cannot be found through chemistry when it comes to health, food, nutrition and the environment. Synthetic chemistry and its manipulation for profit makes corporations rich, farmers poor, and kills people.

By about 40 years of age, the body begins to show the effects of this deadly combination of slow poisoning with the accumulation of toxins compounded by years of malnourishment. The drip, drip, drip effect reaches critical mass and the body cannot manage any more, cannot cope, and begins to break down showing myriad symptoms of dis-ease. Nutrition is what the body uses to repair and rejuvenate itself, but without the proper nutrition derived from whole foods, the cells themselves cannot restore, renew or replenish to their natural state of health. Toss on the load of accumulated toxins, and it is, “Houston, we have a problem.”

This brings us to rebalancing the Health Tripod.

The medical world has evolved into a lucrative business of treating symptoms of disease with more synthetic drugs with no intention of addressing the cause. It is a mindset of sickness, not wellness. At its core medicine believes neither in the fundamental Infinite Intelligence of the body nor its ability to heal itself. But rather as its centerpiece are sickness, disease and decay.

Alternative health methodologies are more inclined to honor the Infinite Intelligence of the body and treat symptoms of dies-ease with probiotic methods: moving energy (Life Force) in the body, support with herbs and nutrition in addressing the physical complaint. In addition most of these modalities will, to greater or lesser degrees, address the other two legs of the Tripod: mind and spirit as well. All these methods are good for you, as long as the mind leg of the tripod believes and knows this as well. If you do not believe in the Infinite Intelligence of your body, you should opt for medical treatment.

As a result of the medical model heavily influencing our Western thought, even alternative therapies have adopted “medicine-like” models for treatment of dies-ease, such as prescribing supplements and herbal remedies for regular use. But these should not be taken as “medicine” on a long term basis, but rather used intermittently to support the body until body/mind/spirit regains balance.

This brings us to the current phase in American healthcare, which is the onslaught of “natural supplements”. But once again, the consumer must be educated and cautious, as some of these are the products of the chemical laboratory too, and not the products of whole grown food. As previously discussed, these “nutritions” when isolated from their synergistic fellows in the whole food form do not supply the same healthful effects to the body. They are often more chemistry and always without the support of the rest of the nutritional army found in a whole food. This is largely what you see on the shelves at the drug store, the vitamin store and online. They are a poor relation to natural whole food nutrition. And remember, the body may identify these as toxins as well, sloughing them off or storing them in fat, but certainly not imparting any Real nutrition to the body for use.

Here is where the consumer must take responsibility for his/her own health and come to understand the options clearly: synthetic chemistry, synthetic supplements, or whole organic food and whole food superfood supplements.

No longer can we afford to be ignorant of what is being offered to us out there for “health” benefits. You must be intelligent and use your own good common sense for regaining and maintaining optimum health.

Two things are required, fundamental and essential, for complete and perfect health: 1. complete pure untainted available nutrition; 2. the body’s ability to process and absorb the nutrients.

1. Complete, pure and untainted nutrition comes from organically grown whole foods, period.

a. Buy organically grown/raised foods whenever and wherever possible in the widest variety possible. Try growing some of your own. There’s a reason that foods are available with seasonality. Infinite Intelligence has provided us the vast and complete range of nutrients our bodies need for cellular health with a veritable buffet of foods: animal, vegetable, and fruits in balance and moderation, and more importantly, as your body uniquely informs you.

b. When buying a supplement, you must determine that it is, in fact, a whole food supplement. Often times these are called superfoods. A working definition of superfood might be any food that is high in enzymes, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, Chlorophyll, and antioxidants. In a perfect world the goal would be to be free of anything manufactured and obtain complete nutrition from your wide spectrum variety of whole food selections. A word of warning: be certain that the whole food supplement, the superfood, is organic.

2. Probiotics are essential to the absorption and assimilation of whole food nutrition.

1. First of all, the “new” probiotic supplements are not some new invention or creation of modern science. They are natural, living organisms that are found in the intestinal tract. In fact, they are found in the intestinal tract of every creature that digests food and makes waste. Probiotics (good bacteria) are provided to us naturally by Infinite Intelligence in whole plant foods (vegetables, fruits and grains).

2. It is most important to understand, is that probiotics are living organisms with a life, a function and a mission. Their function is perhaps to say they are the front line troops of your body’s immune system. In the digestive tract it is their job to keep any “bad” bacteria in check. When “bad” bacteria are out of balance and in control, the body cannot absorb nor assimilate the nutrition required for Innate Intelligence to restore the body to complete and perfect health

3. Probiotics aid in the digestion and elimination of waste materials from the body. If the body is not eliminating its own waste and toxins, they are stored, via fat; and in the colon, if not eliminated completely, set up an environment of decay: the perfect culture for dis-ease.

4. Warning: probiotic is word being used on labels now to get you to buy.

First, the product itself must be organic (yogurt, kefir, kambucha). Second the cultures must be LIVE.

5. If you are purchasing a superfood enriched with probiotics as a dietary supplement (addition); then once again, be certain that the superfood is organic and that the probiotics have been cultured in the sun (not killed by heat); and that they haven’t been cultured from fecal matter.

Just like with vitamin supplements, manufactured probiotics are present in the market place as well. When a manufacturer can identify a probiotic in nature (in food), it isolates it by its chemical composition and manufactures it synthetically, patents it and gives it a patented name. As with synthetically created vitamins, patented probiotics will be treated by the body as yet another foreign substance. The body then has to either discharge and eliminate it, or store it in fat. The supposed “cure” has just added to the problem.

Since the digestive system is the most critical place where nutrition is either absorbed and assimilated and made available for cellular health or not, this is a particularly sinister place to introduce synthetics, because neither will the nutrition be made available to the body nor should the body have to cope with yet another chemical impostor of the Real.

It is appalling to me that we find ourselves in this place in the year 2008. What’s more I cannot understand how we could be so morally bankrupt as to arrive at methodically poisoning our people for the sake of money. But the truth of the matter is that each of us has to take charge of our own health and wellness and no longer entrust it to “others.”

The formula to regain and maintain health until you die is simple: body, mind, spirit. And the rule is that when any one of the three becomes out of balance, the stool falls.

You most probably will address your health only when you notice a physical symptom, but that is your opportunity to address the mind and spirit aspects of your life, as well; for one or both of those aspects are out of sync if your body is ill.

We are an integrated being. Just as the knee bone is connected to the shin bone, the body is connected to the mind is connected to the spirit. The body is merely the casing that contains mind and spirit for a physical adventure here on earth; and I think you will agree that without health, the physical experience is less than optimal, to be sure.

If you are trying to regain (or maintain) your God-given state of complete and perfect health, by all means use what methods and practices that you feel are correct and appropriate to support your physicality whilst you do the necessary explorations in mindset and spirit, bringing you back to your perfectly balanced Health Tripod.

What we think, what we believe is what we experience. With the experience of something that is unpleasant and not fulfilling comes the opportunity to release the beliefs and mindsets that got us here, and to choose new thoughts and new ideas that are probiotic – pro Life – and support us in complete and perfect health. The Whole Tripod.

One final note: we are dynamic beings, therefore constantly changing. The requirement to pay attention (be aware) and make conscious choices moment to moment is the essential job of spirituality and self-mastery, which a life long process. You never get it done.

Applying your spirit, listening to the Innate Intelligence within, will always lead you to your good. Always.

Source by Kathy Kirk

20 Foods That Are Good for Healthy Bones

Our body is composed structurally of bones as the primary support. Bone health is considered essential for everyone since weak bones make our life miserable. Essential nutrients for healthy bones can be obtained through various natural foods. The following food types promote healthy bones.

1. Milk

Milk has a high calcium content value. Calcium is very necessary for healthy bones since it forms the structural part of the bones. The bones are composed of interlocking calcium crystals performing the role of mechanical support. A glass of fat milk daily can give approximately 300mg of calcium. Females should drink at least two glasses of milk every day for healthy bones. Drinking milk in adulthood often saves one from several bone-related diseases such as osteoporosis.

2. Yogurt

Yogurt has numerous medical advantages. No other food product is better than dairy products in ensuring healthy bones. If you are not comfortable with the taste of milk, then you should try eating yogurt as it contains the same amount of calcium as milk. Therefore, eating yogurt is a good alternative and an ideal approach to meeting the bodies daily need for calcium. 8 ounces of plain yogurt contains roughly up to 450 milligrams of calcium. Additionally, yogurt contains numerous different supplements, for example, vitamin D, B, potassium, magnesium, and proteins. Vitamin D is a key segment and the most beneficial of these supplements for making the bones stronger.

3. Cheese

Cheese is the most well-known in dairy products. It appears worldwide in various food items as well as in bakeries. Cheese has its own unique heavenly taste. Those individuals who don’t consume milk or yogurt can increase the numerous medical advantages they receive by eating cheese. Cheese is loaded with numerous supplements, for example, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B and D. One ounce of Swiss cheese gives 200mg of calcium. Adding a little cheese to your food assists in strengthening your bones.

4. Sardines

Sardines are rich in calcium, and vitamin D. Calcium gives basic help to bones while vitamin D increases the power of your body to ingest calcium. 3 ounces of sardines results in the calcium equivalent of a glass of milk. Sardines are rich in vitamin B 12, which ensures low levels of homocysteine in the body. Raised levels of homocysteine, generally, can quicken osteoporosis as well as bone degeneration.

5. Sesame Seeds

Eating sesame seeds is a brilliant decision for stronger bones. They contain calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, dietary filaments, copper, selenium, and zinc. Calcium and phosphorus help in strengthening the bones. Copper is an antioxidant and plays a protective role by the alignment of collagen fibers within the bones. Zinc helps in keeping osteoporosis at bay.

6. Salmon

Anyone wanting to have stronger bones is advised to take food rich in vitamin D as well as Omega 3 fatty acids. These are abundant in salmon. Calcium deposition and absorption into the bones is done by vitamin D while the omega three fatty acids perform protection of the bones against inflammation and damage.

7. Collard greens

Collard greens also contain calcium, vitamin K, vitamin D and A. All these components help in strengthening bones.

8. Spinach

Spinach is undoubtedly a fantastic source of vitamin K, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamin A as well as folate. A cup of spinach is estimated to provide 25% of the total amount of calcium required by the body. All the above nutrients are beneficial for bone strength.

9. Fortified Cereals

A good source of vitamin D and calcium. Calcium for strong bones and joints. Vitamin D plays a significant role in bone health.

10. Tofu

Many people describe tofu as tasty. However, they are not fully aware of the nutritious content. Tofu has a high calcium content, making it a perfect alternative food for bone health. Tofu is recommended for consumption due to the high content of calcium in it. This is estimated to be 77%, hence, it is highly recommended for the body.

11. Soybeans

According to research, soybeans promote the health of an individual through fighting osteoporosis which is a disease related to bone thinning. They contain the natural flavones which are antioxidants necessary for bone protection. However, they provide minimal amounts of calcium so they are mostly valuable as an antioxidant to fight osteoporosis.

12. Beans

Beans serve many purposes in the body, including maintaining healthy bones. They are a rich source of protein, as well as calcium, as well as other trace elements. However, they are most preferred because they have a low-calorie value so they can be consumed in high amounts without causing weight gain.

13. Orange Juice

According to studies, bones are composed of collagen proteins at the central core, and this cross-link gives structural support to the bones. This is also aided by the interlocking crystals of phosphates as well as calcium. All these nutrients are found in vitamin C, and orange juice is one of the best sources for them.

14. Nuts

Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds, contain omega three fatty acids, which are polyunsaturated and powerful antioxidants, which provide protection to bones from many diseases. The antioxidants decrease bone reabsorption through osteoclast inhibition, which is a cell that is responsible for bone matrix breakdown. They also help calcium absorption and prevention of inflammation.

15. Leafy Vegetables

Vegetables are known to possess other nutrients needed by the body, especially the green ones. Dark leafy vegetables are a good source of vitamin K, magnesium, folic acid, calcium and potassium hence, they can act as a substitute for dairy products because they provide the same nutrients.

16. Eggs

Eggs are also a necessity for the maintenance and growth of bones. Their contribution is due to the possession of vitamin B complex as well as vitamin D.

17. Tuna

Apart from the sun, one may opt to use other sources of food that are sources for vitamin D. A good example is tuna fish, which has a good amount of vitamin D, necessary for making the bones to be strong.

18. Kiwi

Kiwifruit is a magical food because it is a natural source of vitamin C, which promotes the synthesis of collagen fibers in bones. Similar to oranges, they are also delicious. Sweet prunes also aid the bones in being fracture-free. They are regarded as a super healthy food with research proving that they can efficiently lower the chances of being affected with the osteoporosis infection, as well as fractures, which is good news for women who are in the post-menopausal stage, who usually have a high possibility of suffering from joint and bone problems. The nutrients contained in the prunes include vitamin C, K as well as antioxidants that are essential for maintaining the health of the bones.

19. Meat Proteins

Calcium, collagen proteins, and vitamins are the components of our bones. Hence, proteins are a necessity required for not only proper growth, but also the flexibility of the bones. It is, therefore, a requirement that one’s diet consists of high protein food as well as meat. However, caution should be taken since too much consumption of meat is harmful to overall health.

20. Apples

Apples contain Quercetin, which helps in building collagen, a major component of the cartilage. Apples keep the skin, cartilage and bones healthy and strong.

Source by Bob Tom

Health Foods – That May Not Be So Healthy

When it pertains to weight loss, a one-size-fit-all diet plan does not have great results. This is far more important considering that although some could be fine and also wholesome, they can on the other hand be detrimental for several individuals.

However, you will find lots of individuals who assume that since a food item is considered “healthy” and “good” suggests that they are totally free to eat just as much of it as they would like while not having any sort of consequence.

The argument regarding which food is good or not will possibly remain a never-ending one. There seem to be lots of divisive beliefs cropping up now and again. Having said that, there are particular things which just about everyone accept are not ideal whenever you might be looking to reduce weight as well as live a healthy life.

Exactly how bad any particular food item may be thought to be is actually debatable considering that any food item could be eaten in moderation without it having any kind of negative effect upon the individual.

It’s thus essential to take into account the overall quality as well as effects of some of the foodstuffs that you are eating just as much as you like right now while you may be reasoning that they would have zero influence upon your weight loss endeavors.

It is quite astonishing to notice many individuals eat so much highly processed foods thinking that they are truly nutritious for them.

Below are a number of common foods men and women are eating trusting that they’re eating wholesome foods.

Salad Dressings

Whereas the salad by itself is known as a way of consuming a healthy and balanced food, the dressing applied can nevertheless make it totally “harmful.” Plenty of the regular salad dressings contain a whole lot of sugar and used primarily vegetable oils including canola or soy oil. These kinds of toppings easily help to make the salad as harmful as the other foods the individual could be avoiding.

You could as an alternative dress your salads by using olive or vinegar oil. You could also look for a number of the far healthier salad dressings that don’t have added preservatives, vegetable oils and sweeteners.

Conventional Soy

All soy contains high quantities of phytoestrogens which many experts dispute to be either wholesome or unhealthy. At the same time, most conventional soy is mostly genetically improved and therefore raises a whole lot of wellness and safety questions. Try and keep soy intake to a minimum and also opt for the organic and whole food variants.

Yogurt

The majority of classic yogurts tend to be filled with lots of artificial sweeteners and/or sugar. The homemade yogurt or the ones that you are able to get from fresh milk from a local ranch are often very nourishing. Make use of Greek yogurt or get a very good high-quality organic plain yogurt then include your own preferred toppings.

Whole Wheat Bread

Thinking about it, wheat isn’t truly that much of a wholesome meal. So, including the “whole” to it isn’t going to essentially make it any better. Many of these kinds of food items include added quantities of sugar, oils, and also other unnatural ingredients. However, you can minimize the amount of the gluten or wheat which you consume in your diet.

Diet Drinks

This is yet another hugely controversial topic seeing that a number of people claim that the synthetic sweeteners they possess are usually worse compared to sugar. Then again, there are some data that are suggesting that they do have an indirect impact on weight addition. Drinking them in moderation is okay but remember that they will be replacing several much better beverage options including coffee, tea, or even pure water. Therefore think twice.

Source by Marcus J Michael

Discover the Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

If you're like most Americans, you don't eat a lot of fermented foods. Fermented foods are more popular in the Chinese, Korean and Japanese culture where fermented soy products like tempeh and kimchee are a dietary staple. In fact, the only exposure many Americans get to fermented foods is when they eat a container of yogurt with active cultures – but that's rapidly changing.

Fermented products are growing in popularity including fermented beverages like kombucha, a beverage prepared from fermented mushrooms, and kefir, a fermented milk drink. More natural food stores are carrying fermented foods and beverages because of the health benefits they offer.

What Are the Health Benefits of Fermented Foods?

One reason fermented foods and beverages are good for you is because of the natural probiotics they contain. Probiotics are "good bacteria" that keep disease-causing bacteria in check by competing for the same resources. There's only so much room available in your gut for bacteria and when the good guys move in, they push the bad ones out. Unfortunately, most people who eat Westernized diets don't get many natural probiotics in their diet. That's changing as yogurt and other fermented foods grow in popularity.

Probiotic bacteria not only keep bad bacteria in check, they also help to "tune up" your immune system. You may not know it but 70% of your immune system lies in your gut – so nurturing your gut immunity with probiotic bacteria keeps your intestinal tract healthy.

Some studies also show these friendly bacteria offer added resistance against infection. Plus they offer potential benefits for treating irritable bowel syndrome, some types of diarrhea and for preventing vaginal yeast infections. If you have gas and bloating after meals, probiotics may help with these symptoms because fermented foods are a natural source of intestine-friendly bacteria.

Fermenting Foods Reduces Anti-Nutrients

Another benefit to fermenting foods, especially soy, is it inactivates anti-nutrients that block the absorption of minerals from the foods you eat. Soy contains phytates, compounds that reduce the absorption of minerals like iron, zinc and calcium from your gut. Fermenting soy inactivates phytates, making it a healthier way to eat soy.

Examples of fermented soy foods you can buy at most natural food markets are miso and tempeh. You may have enjoyed a cup of miso soup at a Japanese restaurant and not realized you were doing good things for your intestines. Believe me – your intestines would thank you if they could.

Other examples of probiotic-rich foods are sauerkraut, kimchi (fermented cabbage), fermented cheeses and soy sauce. Just as there are fermented foods, you can nurture your intestines with probiotic beverages like kefir and kombucha.

Fermented Beverages: Another Source of Probiotics

Kefir is a probiotic -rich beverages that has the consistency of thin yogurt and is available in a number of flavors at natural food markets. It has a slightly tart taste like yogurt, but you can blend it with fresh fruit for a sweeter taste. You can even make your own kefir at home.

Kombucha is fizzy and has a rather tart taste. Some companies that produce it like Synergy add flavors like lemon, strawberry and cranberry to it to give it more mainstream appeal. Being an acquired taste, some people don't like it when they first try it but after drinking it a few times, its fizzy effervescence becomes addictive for some.

How to Enjoy the Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

You can enjoy the benefits of probiotic bacteria by simply eating a container of yogurt with active cultures every day. If you're a little more adventurous, give kefir or kombucha a try. There are ways to make eating kefir more fun. Try making a kefir parfait by adding nuts, seeds, fresh fruit and spices to kefir. It's a healthy way to start the morning. Sip on a bottle of flavored kombucha as a healthy replacement for soft drinks.

Why not make your own sauerkraut? You'll get the benefits of the probiotic bacteria and the anti-cancer compounds in cabbage at the same time. Sauerkraut you buy in cans at the grocery store don't contain live probiotics. Here's a video to show you how:

When buying cheese, skip the packaged cheese at the grocery store and buy aged cheese with natural probiotics. Fermented soy is rich in isoflavones, natural compounds that may reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer. You can buy miso at most natural food markets and use it to make soup, sauces and salad dressings. You can also add it to soups and stews for greater health benefits.

You'll want to avoid using high heat since it can destroy the probiotic bacteria. Try tempeh, another fermented soy product, as a substitute for meat. It's a good choice for meatless Mondays. By scouring the web, you'll find a number of tasty recipes using tempeh.

Next time you're at your local natural food market, pick up some kimchi. It's a popular vegetable side dish in Korea made of fermented cabbage and other fermented veggies. It has a spicy taste that's as tongue tingling as it is healthy. In fact, you can ferment your own vegetables at home using a starter culture you buy at health food stores or online.

The Bottom Line?

Enjoy the health benefits that fermented foods and beverages have to offer. You might discover you enjoy the taste as much as you do the health benefits.

References:

British Journal of Nutrition / Volume 107 / Issue 06 / March 2012, pp 876-884.

Eden Foundation. "Fermented Food: Safer to Eat"

Source by Dr.

7 Healthy Foods for You

Eat healthy and delicious food so that your body can get enough proteins. Add low fat foods in your diet if you want to have a perfect body. If you are a lazy person then an oven can be your best friend. It is probably the best way to cook meat, veggies, and fruits using an oven. I would like to suggest seven foods that I would cook in an oven.

1. Baked Halibut Steaks

I have put halibut in my list because it is healthy and delicious. The halibut steaks recipe is divided into two parts. First you have to make a special sauce. In the second part you prepare halibut and bake it. It takes 50 minutes to cook halibut steaks.

2. Baked Aubergine

It has sweet potatoes and miso paste that makes it delicious. You can experiment by adding few ingredients of your choice. It has same procedure as halibut, but the taste is different. It takes 50 minutes to cook Roasted Aubergine.

3. Vegetable barbecue

Wooden skewers are best for cooking veggie barbecues. The recipe is simple, just dip veggies in barbecue paste and cook in an oven. It takes 20 to 30 minutes to cook. Eat it with Indian mango sauce and chapatis.

4. Japanese Teriyaki

You have to prepare sauce and then pour it on chicken. You may be thinking that the recipe is same as halibut, but it is not. You have to brush sauce every 10 minutes on the chicken until it is cooked. This brushing gives it a new kind of flavor.

5. Garlic Bread

Garlic bread tastes like pizza. It is an Italian finger food that can be cooked in an oven. Pour olive oil on the bread and bake it until it is golden brown. Gently rub garlic and tomatoes on baked bread and bake it again.

6. Vegetable fried rice with eggs

It is good for you because it has a variety of ingredients. You just need couple of eggs, peas, baby carrots, and soya sauce to prepare it. You can change the recipe by adding chicken instead of eggs. You will probably eat a full bowl of rice.

7. Cajun chicken

It is a combination of spices, cheese, and chicken. First you have to cut chicken into flat pieces. Prepare filling and put it inside chicken pieces. Cover it and sprinkle Cajun seasoning over the chicken. Bake it for 40 minutes or until the chicken is cooked.

Source by Sether Riaz

Foods to Make Kids Grow Taller?

Although genetic factors play some role in determining your child’s height, healthy eating may make your child grow taller. What are the healthy foods for kids? This is a question that is frequently asked by parents all over the world.

The following is a list of top 5 kid’s healthy foods which according to experts will help your child to grow taller.

Spinach

Spinach is rated highly on the list of the healthiest healthy foods for kids because of its high quantities of calcium and iron. These two elements which have been found to be highly vital in helping children grow taller. Spinach is also easily digestible.

Carrot

Carrots are a very good source of vitamin A which promotes protein synthesis in the human body. The vitamin A content is highest when the carrot is raw. However, very few children can eat a raw piece of carrot. To ensure that your child benefits from the vitamin A nutrition, the parents can use it for making various kinds of dishes. For example prepare carrot juice and add sweetener or flavors. You can also shred carrot and add it to beef, pork or chicken

Fresh Milk

Fresh milk is listed as kid’s healthy food because it is extremely rich in calcium which is very important for the formation and development of strong bones. Milk is also easily digested and absorbed in to the body stream. Although the drinking of milk does not act as guarantee for the increase in height, if it is lacking in the body, the child will show symptoms of retarded growth. Therefore, you should encourage your kids to drink as much as milk as they can.

Eggs

Eggs have very high content of protein. The highest content of protein is found in the egg’s albumen. Many parents are concerned that the cholesterol content may have negative impact on the health of kids. However, this should not cause worry because you can limit the cholesterol intake of your child by limiting the intake of eggs to only one or two per day.

Black Soybean

Soybean is a protein rich kid’s healthy food. Black soybean has the highest protein content and is therefore recognized as one of the best foods to feed your children if you want them to grow taller.

From the above list, it can clearly be seen that diet high the best healthy foods for kids are those which are high in proteins, calcium, iron, and vitamin A. In addition the already stated benefits, proteins are important because they cause secretion of the Human Growth Hormone which causes growth.

The proteins also improve the functioning of pituitary gland which naturally secretes the HGH. Although it is known that calcium increases the density of bones, it is not clear whether it increases their length. Nevertheless, a diet rich in calcium is highly recommended because it is very important in the development of strong bones.

Fruits and vegetables are also recommended as healthy foods for kids because they help boost immunity and prevent attack by diseases which may retard growth.

Source by Candice Hubbard

The Astonishing World of Biotic Foods

Probiotic food is defined as viable (live) micro-flora that can act as dietary supplements and provide health benefits to the host (humans, in this case) through their effects in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. They are used in the preparation of fermented dairy products, and have the potential to be successfully incorporated in fermented vegetables and meats. Probiotics have manifold health-beneficial effects, ranging from immunity enhancement to alleviation of lactose intolerance. There are ample scientific evidence of probiotics reducing the risk of rotavirus-induced diarrhea and colon cancer.

Prebiotics, as the name suggests, are essentially the nourishment provided for the probiotic bacteria. Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients / dietary fiber present in different fruits and vegetables, like apples, bananas, onions, and garlic, which stimulates the growth of, or the activity of, one or a limited number of bacteria in the colon, consequently benefiting the host. There is a strong need for more research on prebiotics, in order to be able to provide strong and conclusive evidence of their health-promoting effects. However, recent studies have provided valuable insights into how the intake of prebiotics may result in improved mental health.

The global probiotic market is estimated to reach a value of almost USD 65 billion by 2022. Probiotics have a robust position in the functional foods market. Almost half of the functional foods available in the market comprise of fermented dairy products. A report by a market research firm estimates that the global probiotic yogurt market is poised to grow at a CAGR of 6.5% during the period of 2017-2022. There is growing awareness about the health benefits of yogurt among the consumers and an increasing popularity of probiotic dietary supplements.
Probiotics include bacteria (Lactobacilli, Bifidobacteria, Streptococcus, etc.), as well as yeast. These bacteria are found to increase lactase enzyme production, which prevents lactose intolerance by completely digesting the milk sugar, ie, lactose. Apart from this, probiotics exhibit myriad health benefits, like the prevention of diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome by enhancing immunity. Moreover, the growing demand for probiotics stems from the fact that they induce health benefits that are not limited to just gut. Probiotic is emerging as one of the more popular functional foods, moving beyond its digestive health benefits, with conclusive clinical evidence suggesting the positive role probiotics play in some mental health disorders, in reducing cholesterol and minimizing the severity of certain allergies and eczema. Probiotic in the liquid form is the most popular and leading segment, as the majority of the new product launches in the market are primarily probiotics-based functional beverages.

The global prebiotic market is estimated to reach a value of about USD 8 billion by 2022, primarily driven by the growing interest in gut-based treatments. Such interest is supported by recent scientific evidence validating the positive impact of gut bacteria on overall health and wellbeing. The preventive approach to healthcare is becoming increasingly popular; consequently, there is a surge in the demand for functional foods. Growing concern for high rates of infant morbidity and mortality, as pointed out by WHO, also augments the growing demand for prebiotics. Weight-management diets are also emerging, and increasing number of consumers are opting for fiber-rich foods, thus strengthening the overall demand for prebiotics. The future growth trajectory of prebiotics hinges upon large-scale application of prebiotics, especially in nutraceutical products, thus making the food & beverage application as the fastest growing segment for prebiotics.

The prebiotic inulin-type is poised to lead the market. It is a soluble dietary fiber, which, when undergoing the intestinal fermentation process, greatly nourishes the healthy micro-flora (Bifidobacterium). Inulin is also found to improve taste, texture, and moisture in food products, thus providing an essential value addition. Galactooligosaccharide (GOS) is another popular prebiotics; it contains a mixture of substances produced from lactose. Its slightly sweet taste makes it an ideal sweetener for infant foods.

As far as the regions are concerned, the developed regions of North America and Europe represent the major portions of the market share, for both prebiotics and probiotics. Increasing consumer awareness and rising concern about improving digestive health are driving the markets in these regions. These regions have consistently witnessed the introduction of innovative functional products to cater to the growing demand for prebiotics and probiotics. Asia-Pacific, led by India, Japan, and China, represents the fastest growing market for prebiotics and probiotics, as the markets in this region are either yet to be penetrated or have experienced insufficient market penetration. Rising disposable income among the rapidly growing middle class in this region is allowing the latter to make discretionary purchases of more nutrient-rich and health-promoting foods, thus driving the market growth.
The global markets for prebiotics and probiotics are highly and moderately fragmented, respectively. The key players are increasingly investing on R&D for healthy product claims, launching new products that are adding variety to the markets, thus providing greater choice to the consumers, while expanding the players' regional presence.

Way ahead:
It is beyond doubt that both prebiotics and probiotics benefit human health. Market sentiments are strong, especially in the light of growing health-consciousness, observed globally. The well-established and documented safety profile of novel emerging prebiotics and probiotics is the first step in the direction of sustainable and organic growth of the market. The regulatory approvals, seen as a hurdle to this market, rely strongly on the robust safety data for different products, apart from the genuineness of different health claims.

Probiotics suffer from one major problem, namely, they are heat- and acid-labile; therefore, a relatively small number of living probiotic organisms reach the gut. However, the high-quality combination of prebiotics and probiotics is expected to confer, through symbiosis, enhanced health-benefits in a manner so that the body can effectively and wholly be utilized the full health potential of probiotics. This is achieved by making the latter available at the large intestine and especially, the colon. There is growing scientific evidence about the synergistic effect produced on gut and overall health if high-quality probiotics and prebiotics are taken together.

Source by Rohith Sampathi

Top Foods For Good Health – Super Foods For Great Health!

Good health is like a boon for people. People strive a lot just to maintain good health. Tops foods for good health assist in it as it is full of all the required mineral and vitamins. Health and fitness both are the essential part of healthy life. Healthy diet leads to healthy body and mind. There is variety of tops foods for good health which can help you in gaining good health.

Now people have to do less hunt for getting their living as everything is available at a phone call. It has restricted the life of people and lessens the physical activities done by them which are required to keep fit body. More so, people have become habitual of eating spicy and variety of junk foods which are all very harmful for good health. This change in life style is the major factor responsible for increased health problems. However, becoming healthy and fit is not a big deal, for this you just need to take care for your diet. Foods such as whole gains bread, salads, and nutritive food provide not only energy as well as keep your body fit. Healthy food helps every part of your body in functioning normally.

Top healthy food that should be part of your daily diet are:

o Walnuts, almonds and nuts
o Fruits
o Brown rice and whole grains
o Avocado
o Beans and soy
o Vegetables
o Berries

Nutrients keep your body functioning properly without any disease. If you are taking proper nutrients through tops food for good health then it will automatically keep your body, mind, hormonal changes and metabolic working well. Tops food for good health saves your body from getting damaged due to any disease. Fruits and vegetables are the source of obtaining good health. Fruits are full of nutrition and minerals which keeps your body vigorous. Instead of eating every time you should try to eat less but tops food for good health. Drink enough water especially during summer as it prevents health problems like dehydration.

There are countless benefits of eating healthy as it helps you remain free from any health danger and also assist you in leading a happy life.

Source by Jim Andrews

9 Healthy Foods to Improve Your Mood

What food should we be eating? Which foods should we avoid? What will happen to us if we indulge in our favorite foods?

Eat this healthy food. Avoid eating this food. You will gain weight if you eat this. There is too much fat, sugar, salt, or empty calories in this food. We have all heard so many warnings against eating so many foods that many of us have lost the pure joy of eating food that makes us feel good. We feel guilty and even ashamed when we indulge our dietary preferences – which are often not the foods we are being told to eat.

An article by Jessica Hulett at aol.com provides us with some valuable and comforting information about some of the foods we may have been feeling guilty about eating.

* Eggs – High in fat and cholesterol, perhaps. But eggs are also chock full of high quality protein that will boost your energy and Vitamin D that increases serotonin and naturally improves your state of mind.

* Whole Grains – Avoid carbohydrates to lose weight, perhaps. But a moderate portion of complex carbhohydrates (e.g., rice or oatmeal) will help release insulin into your bloodstream and alleviate your stress. Even simple carbohydrates can elevate your mood temporarily but will lead to a much quicker drop in insulin and a subsequent emotional crash.

* Spinach – Popeye had the right idea, eating spinach to make him strong (This not is for those of us who remember watching Popeye cartoons when we were kids). One portion of spinach will provide more than half of the daily allowance of folic acid, which increases your brain serotonin levels (for uplifted moods) and magnesium (for calm and relaxation of muscles).

* Salmon – Although farm raised salmon may have some increased mercury and other chemicals, a piece of salmon provides 3/4 of the daily allowance for selenium (to keep you calm and allevaite irritability and anxiety). And as most of us already know, salmon contains omega 3 fatty acids that help to keep our moods stable.

* Chocolate – In an old Woody Allen movie, he once said “One day they will tell us that chocoate is good for us.” Well that day has come. That delicious, soothing, melt in your mouth chocolate bar can provide your body with “phenylethylamines, a neurotransmitter that releases endorphins in the brain and makes you feel giddy.” And that sweetness affects the brain’s pleasure center. Even milk chocolate has its benefits but, of course, the more bitter dark chocoate is even more beneficial.

* Turkey, Chicken, Tuna and Soybeans – These foods contain tryptophan, a nutrient that helps you feel calm and relaxed.

* Lentils – This food is a complex carbohydrate that contains lots of folate that may keep moods balanced and prevent the mood swings of depression and mania.

* Berries – Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries – and some we are not as familiar with such as gogi berries – are high in fiber and also provide the natural sugar high that makes us feel good.

* Your Favorite, High Calorie, Non-Fiber, Sugar, Salt and Fat Filled Foods – The Rosicrucians taught many wise things about life, healing, magnetism, and even nutrition. One statement that always stayed with me is that if you eat something you truly dislike or if you are in a stressed out mood while you eat, you will not get the full nutritional benefit, no matter how much nutrition is packed into that food. And, if you eat even the most non-nutritous food that you absolutely love eating, your body will absorb more of whatever nutritional value does exist in that food.

Dietary choices are based upon bodily signals about chemical needs, emotional signals about chemical needs and the sensual pleasure derived from different aromas, flavors, textures, colors, temperatures and memories associated with different foods. Next time your body seems to crave a particular food, notice what is going on in your body, your life, your moods and all of your senses.

Source by Erica Goodstone, Ph.D.