Tuesday, November 10, 2015

If You Know What's Good For You ... (Part 21)

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The Cancer-Fighting Benefits of Leafy Greens
Posted by: Ty Bollinger
November, 2015
Under their mothers’ watchful eye, children through the ages have eaten bland, bitter, and boring servings of spinach in the interest of their health and well-being. Thankfully, cooking shows and the internet have shown us how to prepare colorful, delicious versions of veggies that used to make us want to run away from the dinner table. The health benefits of leafy greens are so compelling that a little extra research into how to serve them is worth it. 
Any book on healthy eating talks at length about the best fruits and vegetables for your total wellbeing. You may have heard that you’re supposed to consume rainbows of food every day in order to best support your anti-cancer lifestyle. 
Rainbows include the color green.
Fruits are the easy part! Most people actually enjoy eating all sorts of citrus, melons, apples, and berries on a regular basis. Even carrots or strips of brightly colored peppers will slip into a child’s lunchbox – properly disguised as a “fun” food rather than a “good for you” one. They are crunchy and the perfect vehicle for a healthy snack such as hummus. 
Unfortunately, when it comes to the dark green, leafy vegetables, many moms and dads are stumped on how to entice their kids to eat them. They look healthy. They smell healthy. Kids aren’t fooled for a minute!
Even with kale exploding to the forefront of the most recent health trends, you might be confused about what to do with the other choices available to you beneath the gentle water mists in the produce department. 
Spinach isn’t just for dips in a bread bowl, kale isn’t as confusing as you think, and lettuce doesn’t always belong drowned in salad dressing and croutons. 
Popular Leafy Greans to Add to Your Anti-Cancer Diet
•Arugula, endive, and other delicate lettuces
•Romaine lettuce
•Swiss chard
•Spinach
•Kale
•Parsley
•Collard, mustard, and beet greens2
Dark leafy green vegetables are bursting with carotenoids, folate, chlorophyll, and fiber. These compounds help stop or slow the growth of some forms of cancer. They are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, iron, and calcium – dozens of antioxidants that battle and remove free radicals from your body.  The benefits of leafy greens affect your entire body in positive ways!
They are essential to help you stay young, keep your vision healthy, lower bad cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart disease, protect your bones, and lower your personal cancer risk according to a recent study published in the Journal of American Dietetic Association. Colorectal cancer doesn’t stand a chance if you power up your day with plenty of leafy greens. 
Women who are pregnant should particularly up their intake of leafy greens and other folate-rich foods to aid in fetal development. 
Organic or Non-Organic Leafy Greens?
According to the Shoppers’ Guide to Pesticides in Produce, compiled by the non-profit Environmental Working Group (EWG), leafy greens are one of the foods that still carry a high pesticide load after washing and storing normally. 
As a general rule of thumb, if you’re not going to peel off the outside of a vegetable, it really is best to buy organic whenever possible. Organic produce can be more expensive in many cases, but your health should take priority if the difference is only pennies per pound. 
How Many Leafy Greens Do You Need?
Basic guidelines for dietary consumption say that adults and teenagers should consume at least 2 cups of dark leafy greens per week. Children between the ages of 4 and 8 years should have approximately 1 cup. Two and 3-year-olds should have about ½ cup per week. 
Remember that is just a guideline! Greens are powerhouses of nutrition, have a low glycemic index, and don’t pack a lot of calories, so don’t be afraid to eat more. A lot more. You’re not likely to overdose on chard or mustard greens. 
Preparation and Storage of Leafy Greens
Whether or not you choose organic greens, make sure you wash and store them properly. Fill your sink or a large bowl with cold water. You can add a sprinkle of apple cider vinegar for the best results. Place the greens into the water and agitate gently with your hands. This removes any sand, grit, or bacteria attached to the leaves. 
Don’t soak the greens. Once you’ve moved them around, rinse them well and place in another bowl or on a clean kitchen towel to dry. If you have a salad spinner, give them a spin. Remove any leaves that are wilted or beginning to yellow. 
Store in a zip top bag with a folded paper towel to absorb any excess moisture but leave the bag open a bit to promote air circulation. Fresh greens, stored properly, should last up to 5 days in your crisper drawer.
How Should You Eat Your Leafy Greens?
There is no end to ways to serve up your leafy green benefits. Experiment with different methods and seasonings to find the way you like them best.  Some people like their greens raw or only lightly wilted. 
If you’re just beginning to incorporate these vegetables into your diet, you may want to begin by mixing a handful of greens into your salads. Baby greens, available in almost every grocery store, are bite-size and easy to toss into your bowl. Greens can be steamed or quickly sautéed. Add some fresh garlic, squeeze on some lemon juice, or sprinkle some red pepper flakes to add some zing. 
Leafy greens can add an energizing boost to your breakfast smoothie that will last for hours. Mild greens such as baby spinach will blend into a smoothie and the kids won’t even taste it. (Just watch the colors of the other items in your smoothie. For example, too much green spinach in a strawberry smoothie can end up looking gray). Use leafy greens in your lunchbox as a salad or instead of iceberg lettuce on your sandwich. For dinner, you can hide finely diced leafy greens in your spaghetti sauce or layer in lasagna. 
In order to receive the greatest nutritional oomph, you should eat your greens with a small amount of a healthy fat. Carotenoids and vitamin K are fat-soluble and you increase your absorption by combining your greens with healthy oils such as olive or coconut oil. Even grass-fed butter because it’s a healthy fat, too. No matter which method you choose, don’t be afraid to mix it up.
You can find (literally) hundreds of delicious recipes to add the benefits of leafy greens to your eating plan. These gorgeous dark veggies are going to be delicious and you may even be surprised at how much you learn to love them. 
Your mom will be so happy too that you’re finally eating your vegetables!
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The Strange But Incredible Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss, Immunity and More
Posted by: Dr. David Jockers DC, MS, CSCS
November 2015
Apple cider vinegar is said to have been used by Hippocrates for treating wounds and healing sore throats and coughing. Today, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is used to cook, clean, and most importantly… to improve our health!
The fermentation process is critical to producing the primary ingredient found in the vinegar: acetic acid. The 5-6 percent concentration of acetic acid contributes to the sour, pungent taste, and is also responsible for the numerous health benefits of apple cider vinegar.
Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefit #1: Stabilizes Blood Sugar
Researchers have found that cider vinegar stabilizes blood sugar and reduces the glycemic index of foods. The anti-glycemic properties of ACV is critical to regulating the sugar levels in type-2 diabetics and was found to significantly stabilize blood sugar in a 2003 study comparing a pickled cucumber with a fresh cucumber.
In fact, it is possible that cider vinegar acts in much the same way as does the common diabetic drug metformin does without the unwanted side effects and increased risk for other diseases.
The simple strategy of complementing a meal with apple cider vinegar can significantly improve blood glucose sensitivity. A study published by the Diabetes Journal in 2007 recorded a 4-6 percent reduction in fasting glucose levels following treatment of only 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar before a meal. Another study found that women who ate a morning meal containing vinegar exhibited a 55 percent decrease in blood glucose levels.
Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefit #2: Aids in Weight Loss
When consumed daily, apple cider vinegar may regulate satiety and appetite. Studies support the weight loss effects of ACV reporting decreases in visceral fat, BMI, and triglyceride levels to name only a few benefits. The physiological processes by which cider vinegar acts on the body also contributed to the anti-glycemic properties previously discussed.
ACV may interfere with enzymes responsible for carbohydrate synthesis and blood glucose concentration. Cider vinegar also improves the tolerance level of the liver against lipogenesis and fatty acid synthesis resulting in the improvement of cholesterol levels. The detoxification and improved health of the liver stimulates the excretion of fecal bile acid and further aids in weight loss.
Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefit #3: Promotes Alkalinity
Today’s Western diet contains foods ridden with pesticides, sugar, and salt that have been synthesized in a laboratory instead of naturally developed from land. Our bodies are susceptible to homeostatic imbalances resulting from lack of nutrition and metabolic acidosis.
The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar was identified as a key contributor to neutralizing hormones in the intestines and stomach therefore promoting alkalinity. Further research emerges supporting that an alkaline diet is critical to reducing your risk of sickness, lowered immunity, chronic illness, and morbidity.
Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefit #4: Stimulates Immune Support
Apple cider vinegar assists in detoxifying the lymphatic system and regulating homeostatic functions of the human body. Researchers believe that antioxidants are found in cider vinegar which reduced the oxidative damage done to the body by free radicals and improves the health of our blood and organs.
Cider vinegar was recently determined to be a strong antimicrobial agent and alternative to toxic and expensive chemical disinfectants. One of the most fatal bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is resistant to disinfectants but is found to be killed by acetic acid.5 Especially in patients who are immunosuppressed, apple cider vinegar is an excellent natural antimicrobial tonic to rid of harmful bacteria and provide immune support.
12 Unique Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar
1. On Food When You Eat: Both acetic acid and enzymes found in ACV break down vegetables, grains, and most especially meat. Otherwise a large quantity of hydrochloric acid is required to properly digest protein.
2. In Recipes: The tangy sweet flavor is delicious when paired with many foods. Try adding in ACV to home-made guacamole, hummus, and quinoa dishes.
3. Disinfect Wounds and Burns: Apply ACV to minor cuts, large wounds, and burns to speed up the healing process. The anti-microbial properties of ACV help reduce pain and risk of infection.
4. Treat and Cure Acne: Wash your face with an ACV mixture 2-3 times daily. Combine 1 part ACV with 3 parts water.
5. Remove Warts: Completely remove warts within 7-15 days. Saturate a cotton ball with ACV and place it on the wart holding it in place with a band-aid. Allowing the wart to soak in ACV, repeat this process every 24 hours until wart is gone. (It is normal for the wart to become inflamed and throb during the first couple days of treatment.)
6. Treat Dandruff: Eliminate dandruff in one week by saturating your hair with a 50/50 mixture of ACV and water. Leave the mixture in for 15 minutes before washing. Repeat this routine each night for one week.
7. Energize and Detoxify: Improve your energy levels and detoxify your body. Drink a mixture of 1 tbsp of ACV in 1 cup of water after waking up or in the mid-afternoon when your energy begins to slow down.
8. Treat a Sore Throat: Take 1-2 tbsps of ACV and mix with 2 oz of water. Gargling with this mixture will naturally disinfect your mouth and throat while improving immune function.
9. Stop Hiccups: Drink 1 tbsp of ACV. The concept of drinking pure ACV is that it will overstimulate nerve endings in the throat and prevent further spasms.
10. Reduce Bruising: Soak a cloth with ACV and gently rub over bruises to reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process.
11. Detox Bath: Adding 1 cup of ACV to your bath helps you cleanse toxins from your body. An ACV detox foot bath is also a great remedy if you are experiencing athlete’s foot or toenail fungus.
12. Clean Your Home: Prepare a spray bottle with ACV and water in a 1 part ACV and 4 part water mixture for an all-purpose cleaner.
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Foods Kept in Plain Sight May Reveal the Source of Your Weight Management Problem
By Dr. Mercola
November 09, 2015

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/11/09/added-sugars-processed-foods.aspx
According to recent research, the types of ready-to-eat foods you leave in plain sight on your kitchen counters can be used to predict your weight.
According to Professor Brian Wansink, who specializes in how house design affects eating habits, this is one of the ways in which you may trick yourself into gaining weight.
If a food is left out, you're far more apt to eat it than if it's tucked away in a cupboard, so what you leave out can make a significant difference in your overall diet and, ultimately, your weight and health. As reported by the Epoch Times:1
"The study2,3 looked at photographs of more than 200 kitchens in Syracuse, New York, to test how the food environment relates to the body mass index (BMI) of the adults at home.
The women in the study who kept fresh fruit out in the open tended to be a normal weight compared with their peers.
But when snacks like cereals and sodas were readily accessible, those people were heavier than their neighbors — by an average of more than 20 pounds.
'It's your basic See-Food Diet — you eat what you see,' says Brian Wansink, professor and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and lead author of the paper in the journal Health Education and Behavior."
Soda and Breakfast Cereal Top List of Obesity-Related Foods
Those who kept soda out in the open and within easy reach weighed an average of 24 to 26 pounds more than those who didn't.
And while processed breakfast cereals are widely advertised as being healthy for your heart and weight, people who kept cereal on their counters weighed an average of 20 pounds more than those who didn't have cereal in their counter.
This study is hardly an example of rigorous science showing that cereal makes you fat, but it's still an interesting observation that falls right in line with the nutritional facts. Most cereals are chockfull of sugar, and excess sugar is the number one culprit of obesity and chronic disease.
Cutting Sugar Can Improve Child's Health in Less Than Two Weeks
As reported by The New York Times,4 recent research shows that cutting added sugars can improve a child's health in as little as 10 days. The study5 was led by Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist who has long argued that added sugar is toxic when consumed in too-high amounts.
"Obese children who cut back on their sugar intake see improvements in their blood pressure, cholesterol readings, and other markers of health after just 10 days, a rigorous new study found...
In the new study, which was financed by the National Institutes of Health... [t]hey removed foods with added sugar from a group of children's diets and replaced them with other types of carbohydrates so that the subjects' weight and overall calorie intake remained roughly the same.
After 10 days, the children showed dramatic improvements, despite losing little or no weight. The findings add to the argument that all calories are not created equal, and they suggest that those from sugar are especially likely to contribute to Type 2 diabetes and other metabolic diseases..."
The study reduced the amount of added sugars from an average of 27 percent of daily calories down to about 10 percent, which is in line with the most recent recommendations by the federal government's Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, issued in February.
Study Pins the Blame on Refined Sugars and Processed Fructose
It's worth noting that while the children in Dr. Lustig's study ate the same percentage of carbohydrates as they normally did, all added sugars, such as sugar cane and corn syrup, were replaced with starches instead.
From a health standpoint, the children were not placed on an ideal diet — they were fed hot dogs and baked potato chips, for example, but this was done specifically to demonstrate that not even sugars are metabolically identical.
Refined sugar and processed fructose such as high-fructose corn syrup is FAR more harmful than glucose and other sugars found in whole foods. As Dr. Lustig told Time magazine:6
“I’m not suggesting in any way, shape or form that we gave them healthy food. We gave them crappy food... and processed food — and they still got better.
Imagine how much even better they would have gotten if we didn't substitute and took the sugar out. Then they would have gotten even better yet. That's the point."
On average, the children (aged eight to 18) saw the following improvements in their lab work and disease markers after this short intervention:
•LDL cholesterol fell by 10 points
•Diastolic blood pressure fell five points
•Triglycerides were reduced by 33 points
•Fasting blood sugar dropped by 53 percent
•Insulin levels also significantly improved
Sugar Is Natural, but It Can Still Be Toxic
In an article7 for the Huffington Post, Dr. Lustig writes about the toxic impact of added sugars, noting that:
"The naysayers will say, 'But sugar is natural. Sugar has been with us for thousands of years. Sugar is food, and how can food be toxic?'... Sugar by itself furnishes energy, and that's about it... Fructose, the sweet molecule in sugar, contains calories that you can burn for energy, but it's not nutrition, because there's no biochemical reaction that requires it.
In excess, it can fry your liver, just like alcohol. And this makes sense, because where do you get alcohol from? Fermentation of sugar. Too much sugar causes diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease, and tooth decay. When consumed in excess, it's a toxin. And it's addictive – just like alcohol..."
According to Dr. Lustig, this similarity is precisely why kids are now developing alcohol-related diseases such as Type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease, even though they're not drinking alcohol.
Less Sugar, More Veggies Can Make Big Difference in Health Decades Later
If you have young children, I strongly advise you to take this information to heart, as one's childhood diet can have long-term health ramifications. For example, according to a recent study8,9 published in the journal Circulation, the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat can affect your heart health 20 years later.
People between the ages of 18 and 30 who ate seven to nine servings of fruit and vegetables per day were 25 percent less likely to have significant coronary calcium in their arteries 20 years later, compared to those who only ate only two to four servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Another recent scientific review10 confirmed that cutting down on refined sugar and processed fructose improves heart health.
Drinking just one to two servings of sugary beverages per day was found to raise a person's risk of:
•Heart disease by 35 percent
•Type 2 diabetes by 25 percent
•Stroke by 15 percent
Frank Hu with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health told Forbes:11
"Since we rarely consume fructose in isolation, the major source of fructose in the diet comes from fructose-containing sugars, sucrose, and high-fructose corn syrup, in sugar-sweetened beverages. Our findings underscore the urgent need for public health strategies that reduce the consumption of these drinks...
Part of the problem is how fructose behaves in the body... While glucose is escorted by insulin into cells to be used as fuel, fructose doesn't need the escort. It's processed in the liver, where it can be converted into triglycerides, otherwise known as blood fats. These can lead to insulin resistance, which is a leading cause of not only diabetes, but of heart disease."
The infographic below, published by Prevention,12 shows how sugar drives inflammation and affects virtually every aspect of your health, from your skin to your joints, your heart, and even your genitals.
Recommended Daily Sugar Limits
The American Heart Association and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend limiting your daily added sugar intake to nine teaspoons (38 grams) for men and six teaspoons (25 grams) for women. The average American, however, consumes around 20 teaspoons of added sugar a day, and this is quite clearly far too much for your body to handle. A meta-review13 published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings found that once you reach 18 percent of your daily calories from added sugar, there's a two-fold increase in metabolic harm that promotes pre-diabetes and diabetes.
I strongly recommend limiting your daily fructose intake to 25 grams or less from all sources, including natural sources such as fruit — regardless of whether you're male or female. That equates to just over six teaspoons of total sugar a day. If you're insulin resistant, which applies to about 80 percent of Americans, you'd be wise to limit your total fructose to 15 grams per day until your insulin resistance is resolved.
Task Force Issues New Common-Sense Guidelines to Prevent Diabetes
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now urges all overweight Americans over the age of 40 to get their blood sugar tested at least once every three years, even if they don't have symptoms of diabetes.14 This is a very inexpensive test and I recommend checking your fasting blood sugar and fasting insulin on an annual basis, regardless of your age or weight, and to take proactive steps to address elevated blood sugar levels as insulin resistance is the first step toward diabetes and chronic disease.
Previously, the task force recommended diabetes screening for people with high blood pressure, but not for overweight people without symptoms of diabetes. However, more recent studies have found that lifestyle changes are "consistently beneficial" for preventing or delaying the disease. This is a perfect example of how it can take conventional medicine decades to reach even the most common-sense conclusions, as I've been teaching how to prevent diabetes through diet and exercise ever since I started this newsletter nearly 20 years ago.
Now, finally, these strategies are becoming more widely recognized by the conventional medical community. According to task force member Dr. Michael Pignone:
"The Task Force found screening adults ages 40 to 70 who are overweight or obese can identify individuals with abnormal blood glucose levels before it progresses to diabetes and that offering or referring them to intensive lifestyle interventions can help prevent or delay complications from the disease."
How Sugar Industry Turned Unnecessary Luxury into a Food Staple
Sugar was not a part of the average man's daily diet until very recently, and the sugar industry spent a lot of money to convince people it was an essential nutrient. In the 1940s, it was common knowledge among doctors and dentists that sugar was completely unnecessary, and that it could be harmful. But by the 1970s, a dramatic change in consciousness had occurred, thanks to the influence of the sugar industry, and today added sugars hide in 74 percent of processed foods under more than 60 different names.15,16
Time magazine17 recently featured a series of sugar commercials from the 1960s, in which sugar is promoted as an essential nutrient for energy — and, believe it or not, for weight loss. For example, one ad says:
"After practicing baton twirling, Judy climbed the apple tree to rescue the cat, skated to the store for bobby pins. Now she's home from dancing class. She needs a sugarless, go-less soft drink like a kangaroo needs a baby buggy. What are little girls made of? Sugar. For energy."
Another ad aimed at working women suggests that drinking a soft drink or eating a candy bar just before mealtime will reduce your appetite and keep your energy high. Sugar was also promoted as "the willpower you need to undereat." A series of ads from 1972 carry the slogan, "Sugar. It isn't just good flavor, it's good food."
These campaigns were so successful that even though you don't see deceitful ads like this anymore, many people are still under the mistaken belief that you "need" sugar for energy. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you eat correctly, your body can easily create all the sugar you need, your food cravings will quickly vanish, and your energy levels will remain stable for hours on end once your body becomes fat adapted, which means relearning how to use healthy fat rather than sugar as its primary fuel.
Sugar Industry Uses Tobacco Industry's Play Book to Fool Consumers
The sugar industry operates in much the same way as the tobacco industry did back in its heydays. For over 30 years, the tobacco industry knew that nicotine was addictive and caused lung cancer, and this information was purposefully withheld from the public. Big Tobacco executives even lied during Congressional testimony, stating they had no knowledge of adverse health effects.
Today, the sugar industry is being equally evasive,18 either dismissing or downplaying the scientific evidence showing that excessive sugar consumption is a primary driver of obesity, metabolic dysfunction, and chronic disease. Andy Briscoe, the head of the Sugar Association, has even made appeals to the scientific advisory committee making recommendations for the 2015 US dietary guidelines to go easy on sugar.
The committee recommended Americans consume no more than 10 percent of their daily calories in the form of added sugars, citing "strong and consistent evidence" that sugar is associated with obesity and other health risks. Briscoe went so far as to say19 "'there was no 'proof of cause and effect' linking 'added sugars' intake with serious disease,' nor any 'significant scientific agreement' to justify telling the American public sugar is 'a causal factor in a serious disease outcome.'"  Briscoe has also gone on record with the following, quite ludicrous and wholly inaccurate, statements:20
"Obesity is a serious concern in America, but sugar is not the culprit... Sugar has been used safely by our grandmothers and their grandmothers for centuries... All-natural sugar is currently being scapegoated for all kinds of health problems, despite the fact that Americans consume less of it now... Every major, comprehensive review of the total body of scientific literature continues to exonerate sugars intake as the causative factor in any lifestyle disease..."
Food Swaps That Can Help Improve Your Health
As shown in Dr. Lustig's study, even minor changes in your diet can make a big difference in your health. The key is to get rid of the added sugars. And, while I certainly do not promote eating processed foods like baked chips, even "crappy food," as Dr. Lustig put it, can be tolerated to a greater degree as long as you've eliminated the added sugars. Paste Magazine21 recently listed a number of food swaps that could help improve your health. For example, you can:
•Replace power and cereal bars with trail mix (nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. Just avoid the dried fruit if you're insulin resistant or diabetic, as they tend to be very high in fructose)
•Replace chips with kale chips, pea crisps, seaweed chips, or roasted chickpeas
•Replace white rice with Heirloom Forbidden Rice — a very dark, purplish rice high in antioxidants
•Satisfy your candy craving with dark chocolate (minimum 60 percent cacao). You can also make your own homemade chocolate treat (see video below)
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The Importance of Microbes
Ultimately, your health (and even your weight) is largely dependent on the healthy bacteria in your gut, and sugar is just one of many ingredients in processed food that decimate your intestinal health. Your gut microbiome can also have a significant influence on a child's brain development, as well as your mental health at any age. As noted by Scientific American:22
"[R]esearchers are starting to uncover a vast, varied system in which gut microbes influence the brain through hormones, immune molecules and the specialized metabolites that they produce... Recent studies also demonstrate that gut microbes directly alter neurotransmitter levels, which may enable them to communicate with neurons."
Scientists have also started paying careful attention to the microbial composition of soil, noting that this is really where it all starts. Without healthy soils, we in turn will have a hard time staying healthy. As noted by National Geographic:
"Healthy soil's impact is wide-ranging but three big effects are: its ability to improve human health, its ability to halt soil erosion, and its potential to slow the effects of climate change."
The importance of microbes for human and environmental health has now become fairly well-recognized, although there are still many unanswered questions. In fact, the emergence of microbiome research may be one of the most important new fields of science, capable of addressing both human health and environmental destruction at the same time.
Now, members of the Unified Microbiome Initiative Consortium (UMIC), which includes researchers from 50 different scientific organizations, are calling on the US government to launch a Unified Microbiome Initiative23 — a cross-agency and cross-institutional program to support and coordinate microbiome research. As reported by Tech Times:24
"The UMIC believes such a program would lead to breakthrough discoveries in different fields, including medicine, renewable energy, ecosystem management, and commodities production."
Optimizing Your Gut Flora May Be One of Your Most Important Disease Prevention Strategies
All of this information should really drive home the point that your diet can make or break your health, and processed foods as a rule will do the latter. If you seek to optimize your health and weight, eating REAL FOOD is key. Not only will this automatically eliminate most or all added sugars from your diet, it'll also cut out a wide variety of food additives and chemicals that have never been tested for safety.
Eating real, whole, unadulterated foods is a foundational strategy to normalize your microbiome, and promote optimal health. In addition to that, you'd be wise to consider adding fermented foods and/or a probiotic supplement to your diet, and to avoid items that are harmful to your microbiome.
•Fermented foods are the best route to optimal digestive health, as long as you eat the traditionally made, unpasteurized versions. Healthy choices include lassi (an Indian yoghurt drink, traditionally enjoyed before dinner), fermented grass-fed organic milk such as kefir, various pickled fermentations of cabbage, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers, onions, squash, and carrots, and natto (fermented soy). Some of the beneficial bacteria found in fermented foods are also excellent chelators of heavy metals and pesticides, which will also have a beneficial health effect by reducing your toxic load. As an added bonus, they can also a great source of vitamin K2 if you ferment your own using a starter culture with K2-producing bacteria.
•Probiotic supplement. Although I'm not a major proponent of taking many supplements (as I believe the majority of your nutrients need to come from food), probiotics is an exception if you don't eat fermented foods on a regular basis. It's also highly recommended during and after taking a course of antibiotics.
Items to avoid include:
Antibiotics, unless absolutely necessary (and when you do, make sure to reseed your gut with fermented foods and/or a probiotic supplement) Conventionally-raised meats and other animal products, as these animals are routinely fed low-dose antibiotics, plus glyphosate-contaminated genetically engineered grains, which have also been implicated in the destruction of gut floraProcessed foods (as the excessive sugars, along with otherwise "dead" nutrients, feed pathogenic bacteria)
Chlorinated and/or fluoridated waterAntibacterial soapAgricultural chemicals, glyphosate (Roundup) in particular
Help Support Vaccine Awareness Week
From November 8th to 15th we launch Vaccine Awareness Week. With aggressive efforts by pharmaceutical companies, medical trade groups, and the government to restrict or eliminate all non-medical vaccine exemptions, it's critical for you to act now to protect your legal right to make informed, voluntary vaccine choices.
Thankfully we have organizations such as the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) to provide information on vaccine safety and informed consent protection in the public health system. This group's mission is to prevent vaccine injuries and death, through public education and defending your right to informed consent.
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Resources Where You Can Learn More
•NVIC Advocacy Portal: Become an effective vaccine choice advocate in your state and defend your legal right to make voluntary vaccine choices for yourself and your children.
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Please consider donating to NVIC to help support their mission and join the vaccine awareness movement today.
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The Strange But Incredible Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss, Immunity and More
Posted by: Dr. David Jockers DC, MS, CSCS
Apple cider vinegar is said to have been used by Hippocrates for treating wounds and healing sore throats and coughing.1 Today, apple cider vinegar (ACV) is used to cook, clean, and most importantly… to improve our health!3
The fermentation process is critical to producing the primary ingredient found in the vinegar: acetic acid. The 5-6 percent concentration of acetic acid contributes to the sour, pungent taste, and is also responsible for the numerous health benefits of apple cider vinegar.2
Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefit #1: Stabilizes Blood Sugar
Researchers have found that cider vinegar stabilizes blood sugar and reduces the glycemic index of foods. The anti-glycemic properties of ACV is critical to regulating the sugar levels in type-2 diabetics and was found to significantly stabilize blood sugar in a 2003 study comparing a pickled cucumber with a fresh cucumber.1
In fact, it is possible that cider vinegar acts in much the same way as does the common diabetic drug metformin does without the unwanted side effects and increased risk for other diseases.3,6
The simple strategy of complementing a meal with apple cider vinegar can significantly improve blood glucose sensitivity. A study published by the Diabetes Journal in 2007 recorded a 4-6 percent reduction in fasting glucose levels following treatment of only 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar before a meal. Another study found that women who ate a morning meal containing vinegar exhibited a 55 percent decrease in blood glucose levels.4
Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefit #2: Aids in Weight Loss
When consumed daily, apple cider vinegar may regulate satiety and appetite.6 Studies support the weight loss effects of ACV reporting decreases in visceral fat, BMI, and triglyceride levels to name only a few benefits.7 The physiological processes by which cider vinegar acts on the body also contributed to the anti-glycemic properties previously discussed.
ACV may interfere with enzymes responsible for carbohydrate synthesis and blood glucose concentration. Cider vinegar also improves the tolerance level of the liver against lipogenesis and fatty acid synthesis resulting in the improvement of cholesterol levels. The detoxification and improved health of the liver stimulates the excretion of fecal bile acid and further aids in weight loss.8
Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefit #3: Promotes Alkalinity
Today’s Western diet contains foods ridden with pesticides, sugar, and salt that have been synthesized in a laboratory instead of naturally developed from land. Our bodies are susceptible to homeostatic imbalances resulting from lack of nutrition and metabolic acidosis.
The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar was identified as a key contributor to neutralizing hormones in the intestines and stomach therefore promoting alkalinity.6 Further research emerges supporting that an alkaline diet is critical to reducing your risk of sickness, lowered immunity, chronic illness, and morbidity.
Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefit #4: Stimulates Immune Support
Apple cider vinegar assists in detoxifying the lymphatic system and regulating homeostatic functions of the human body.1 Researchers believe that antioxidants are found in cider vinegar which reduced the oxidative damage done to the body by free radicals and improves the health of our blood and organs.6
Cider vinegar was recently determined to be a strong antimicrobial agent and alternative to toxic and expensive chemical disinfectants. One of the most fatal bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, is resistant to disinfectants but is found to be killed by acetic acid.5 Especially in patients who are immunosuppressed, apple cider vinegar is an excellent natural antimicrobial tonic to rid of harmful bacteria and provide immune support.
12 Unique Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar
1.On Food When You Eat: Both acetic acid and enzymes found in ACV break down vegetables, grains, and most especially meat. Otherwise a large quantity of hydrochloric acid is required to properly digest protein.
2.In Recipes: The tangy sweet flavor is delicious when paired with many foods. Try adding in ACV to home-made guacamole, hummus, and quinoa dishes.
3.Disinfect Wounds and Burns: Apply ACV to minor cuts, large wounds, and burns to speed up the healing process. The anti-microbial properties of ACV help reduce pain and risk of infection.
4.Treat and Cure Acne: Wash your face with an ACV mixture 2-3 times daily. Combine 1 part ACV with 3 parts water.
5.Remove Warts: Completely remove warts within 7-15 days. Saturate a cotton ball with ACV and place it on the wart holding it in place with a bandaid. Allowing the wart to soak in ACV, repeat this process every 24 hours until wart is gone. (It is normal for the wart to become inflamed and throb during the first couple days of treatment.)
6.Treat Dandruff: Eliminate dandruff in one week by saturating your hair with a 50/50 mixture of ACV and water. Leave the mixture in for 15 minutes before washing. Repeat this routine each night for one week.1
7.Energize and Detoxify: Improve your energy levels and detoxify your body. Drink a mixture of 1 tbsp of ACV in 1 cup of water after waking up or in the mid-afternoon when your energy begins to slow down.
8.Treat a Sore Throat: Take 1-2 tbsps of ACV and mix with 2 oz of water. Gargling with this mixture will naturally disinfect your mouth and throat while improving immune function.
9.Stop Hiccups: Drink 1 tbsp of ACV. The concept of drinking pure ACV is that it will overstimulate nerve endings in the throat and prevent further spasms.
10.Reduce Bruising: Soak a cloth with ACV and gently rub over bruises to reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process.
11.Detox Bath: Adding 1 cup of ACV to your bath helps you cleanse toxins from your body. An ACV detox foot bath is also a great remedy if you are experiencing athlete’s foot or toenail fungus.
12.Clean Your Home: Prepare a spray bottle with ACV and water in a 1 part ACV and 4 part water mixture for an all-purpose cleaner.
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