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Are fermented foods good for you?

When I was first diagnozed with autoimmune disease called Hashimoto more than 10 years ago, I researched a lot and came to conclusion that all autoimmune disorders live in our intestinal tract (gut). It means that there are more pathogenic bacteria in the gut then there are beneficial bacteria. Re-balancing the gut bacteria will lead to reduced inflamation and therefore help to manage autoimmune conditions. Re-balancing can be done through diet (fermented foods), probiotics, and digestive enzymes. I am going to talk about the diet aspect of re-balancing gut bacteria, specifically fermented foods. For thousands of years, people around the world have consumed fermented foods. The process of fermenting foods not only preserves them, but improves their flavor and enhances their digestibility and nutrient status. One of the most important functions of the fermentation process is that it produces beneficial bacteria. A healthy balance of gut flora is critical for immune health, nutrient absorption, weight control, detoxification, and more. Beneficial bacteria are affected by processed foods, sugar intake, antibiotics, acid-reducing medications, toxins, and chronic stress. Fermentation is the process where beneficial bacteria such as lactobacilli and yeasts break down foods sugars, starches, and proteins into lactic acid, carbon dioxide, and enzymes, which produce more beneficial bacteria. The lactic acid produces an environment that inhibits pathogenic and opportunistic bacteria. Proper fermentation must be done with salt, NOT vinegar. Salt is antimicrobial in nature, and will inhibit the growth of putrefying bacteria while the lactic acid preserves the vegetables. Also, salt aids in the proper activation of enzymes. The salt should preferably be non-iodized and unprocessed as this contains minerals that... read more

Why it is so hard to change your diet?

Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to change your diet? You know that healthy diet is good for your body, but you just can’t follow it or it is easy to sidetrack to your “normal” diet. You may realize first hand the tricks that your mind can play on you. This presentation by Douglas Lisle provides some clues into the human brain and how our minds work.  He will explore the “pleasure trap” that many of us have fallen victim to in the past.  A path of self destruction caused by an over-excitation of our brain’s pleasure center and over production of a neurotransmitter known as dopamine. Our brain follows three criteria for survival as this video discusses.  This video may change the way you look at yourself and those around you.  It also describes what food scientists are exploiting with respect to our brain and... read more

Making Smart Nutrition Choices

Making sure that you’re getting proper nutrition every day can be a daunting task. There are a lot of suggestions out there on how you can get better nutrition. Here are a few suggestions that will hopefully help you get better nutrition and make you a healthier you. While red meat is expensive, it is an important part of your diet. Lean red meat, like steak, provides large amounts of protein while avoiding excess amounts of saturated fat and carbohydrates. When paired with a healthy starch and vegetable, it makes for a perfect meal. If money is a problem, chicken and pork are also equally healthy. Healthy Food Pack your own snacks for school, trip or a flight. Food at airports and on planes can be quite expensive and selection can be limited. To save money and ensure you have healthy food that you enjoy, bring your own. This also can be a lifesaver if you end up in one of the stuck-for-hours-on-the-runway nightmare scenarios. When considering nutrition for a child, it is important to make it a positive and entertaining experience. This is important because your child needs nutrients, and they also need a reason why they should eat healthy food. Some ideas would be to cut a sandwich into fun shapes, or use unique colored vegetables. Suppose you are deciding whether to eat meat or not. There are two types of considerations. One is whether meat is “clean” food. Is it raised on a “factory farm” under toxic conditions? Is it loaded with hormones, nitrites and nitrates? If so, it is not a healthy food. The other... read more

Fitness Tips for a Better Day

8 Fitness Tips to Live A Healthier Lifestyle Getting physically fit is obviously a worthy goal. True, it can seem daunting in the beginning, especially if you are new to fitness. The advice offered below is step one towards better daily fitness routine. Implementing any of the tips will get you started on your way to better health. Even if you are using your fitness program to build muscle, you can benefit from cardiovascular exercise. Cardiovascular exercise will help build the endurance of your muscles, as well as, increase your lung capacity so you can work out longer without becoming fatigued. In addition, it increases blood flow to your muscles so you can gain more muscle mass from other exercises. It is important to take your activity level at work into account when designing a fitness regimen. This is especially important in the beginning. If you work on your feet all day walking may be very easy for you, but adding a few more miles on to your daily total could kill your feet. If you sit at a desk all day, on the other hand, your general fitness level will be low and something as simple as a mile or two walk could be a great way to get you started being active. If you are a woman and uncomfortable working out in front of men, check out the many new chains of female-only gyms (check out GoodLife, Mademoiselle Women’s Fitness, Womens Fitness Clubs of Canada). Many women are self-conscious of their image, especially those who may be just beginning to take fitness seriously. It can be intimidating... read more

Isagenix Scam or Not?

A several years ago I was looking for something to loose my baby weight. I had only 12 lbs to lose and I didn’t want to do any serious weight loss program or restrict my calories intake as I was still breastfeeding my second baby. I started my fitness routine by taking pilates classes, but still nothing really happened, until… One of the ladies on a tradeshow recommended me to take a look at Isagenix products. Before taking a look I was searching the internet about wether Isagenix is a scam or not. Probably that’s what many people do who tend to think critically. Of course, I found out that this program is not for everyone, but a lot of people who have tried it had very satisfying results. Another fact I liked was that I don’t have to count calories and I still can continue breasfeeding! It was a good fit for me and I decided to try it. I lost a couple of pounds in the first 3 days and withing a month or so I lost those 12 lbs I wanted to release! I also liked the convenience of products and variety. Since then I always have Isagenix shakes and snacks in my pantry. So, if you are still wondering how to lose weight fast, Isagenix weight loss products are an ideal solution. The products have helped millions of people to lose excess body fat and enhance their performance and energy. Isagenix products are based on scientific research and they have been proven effective. There are three main products that can help you achieve your weight... read more

Isagenix Body Cleanse Systems

The Isagenix Diet helps to restore optimal health using two different programs. There is a 9 Day Cleanse and a 30-Day cleanse. It is natural, very effective and safe way for weight loss. It has been used worldwide for more than ten years with astounding results. It is a complete nutritional cleansing program which ensures that you are in great health and achieve your desired weight. It works by burning fat and cleaning the stomach and related organs. If you have been feeling uncertain, stressed and you look several years older than you really are, Isagenix cleanse program will revitalize you. What is body cleansing? It is medicinal or physiological removal of toxins from the human body. Why is it Different Most body cleansing systems come with unbearable trips to the bathroom, fatigue, hair and muscle loss and terrible appearance that ages one. It is fraught with restrictions on foods to be eaten and liquids that taste awful. You may lose weight, but at a cost to your health. They often slow down metabolism and the result – you can regain the weight. It becomes much more difficult to lose the regained weight. Isagenix cleanse is not a short term weight loss program, it nourishes your body by removing impurities and toxins that can lead to future weight gain. This restores perfect health to your body. The Isagenix 9 Day Cleanse and Fat Burning program works by giving you a jump start by encouraging you to eat herbs, minerals and vitamins that keep the body supported naturally while detoxifying it and the digestive system. It is a body cleanse... read more

Isagenix Reviews: Cleanse to Lose Weight

Gaining weight might just be the easiest task in the world. On the other hand, losing weight can be a monumental task. Of course, we are all too familiar with the common phrase, “Health is wealth”, but only a few amongst us actually hold that to be true. No matter how hygienic we claim to be, we simply cannot escape the millions of toxins that are present in the environment. In this contemporary world, detoxifying the body is pivotal to maintain strong immunity cells and healthy body. If you want to know how to lose weight fast, you must check on the exclusive reviews given below for all your weight related problems. The company, Isagenix International LLC, is striving endlessly towards providing people with healthy products. The company has come a long way since its inception in 2002 and its quality products are selling like hotcakes. We have come across several of their products and we will be reviewing them. These products are claimed by many as a must-try if you regularly seek an answer to the question ‘how to lose weight fast ?’ .These Isagenix reviews should give you a clearer indication of how the products work. Before we begin, be assured that all Isagenix products are reviewed by its Scientific Advisory Board. Isagenix Shakes The first Isagenix review that we have decided to go with is the Isagenix Shake. It is also known as The IsaLean Shake and it made its entrance to the market in 2002. The Shake can be considered a perfect meal replacement as it provides one with all the essential nutrients namely proteins, carbohydrates,... read more

Sprouting 101

Spring is the season of rejuvination. As the nature is waking up from long winter months, our bodies are adjusting to season changes as well. It is a gret season to cleanse your body and adjust your nutrition to include more vegetables, some fruits, and … sprouts! I usually start sprouting at the end of February. In spring our bodies are low on natural vitamins, minerals and enzymes as there are very limited supply of freshly grown vegetables and fruits. That’s why sprouting is amazing way to boost your nutrition with nature goodness. Because sprouts are “live food” they have lots of minerals and live enzymes. Plus they taste great and can add some flavour (sometimes I even use sprouts instead of spices) in salads, shakes, smoothies, soups, sandwiches, etc. So how to make life happen from the seeds? There are three basic steps to follow. 1. Put 2 tbsp of seeds in a glass jar and pour water so that all seeds are fully covered. On top I put two or three layers of cheesecloth and secure it with elastic. Some seed will sink, while others will stay floating. Leave seed soaking in the water overnight. Rinse with fresh water in the morning and have them soaking again. You continue doing this step until you see seeds start opening up and a tiny white sprouting tail shows up.                       2. Wash seeds with water and this time turn the jar upside down. At this point you want to have seeds wet, but not sunk in the water completely.... read more

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