16 Mar 2011
New category starting today – Recipes (healthy ones at that!!)
Here is one for Anabolic Blueberry Oatmeal.
27 Feb 2011
Inflammation occurs as a natural protective response of our bodies to fend off any aggressors and to begin the healing process. The impact on the body’s tissues usually involves pain, heat and redness. However, there are some cases that the external effects are not visible.
Inflammation is a double-edged sword; its effect can be helpful or harmful depending on the circumstances. When an inflammation is in chronic state, devastating consequences are likely to happen like arthritis, heart disease or stroke. It usually happens when the cause of inflammation is continually reintroduced or if the acute inflammatory response is not able to eliminate it. This situation is very likely to happen nowadays because of our exposure to implausible amounts of toxins.
Some toxins can be avoided such as poor food choices, smoking and prolonged sun exposure. There are some situations that we encounter we do not have control such as genetics, accidents and pollution. Because there are factors that we can’t control that are dangerous and detrimental to good health, we can also take food supplements that are effective in strengthening the body against the effects of inflammation. The most effective food supplement according to a recent study is fish oil.
The occurrences of chronic inflammation among Western countries is placing importance and urgency on specialists to deal with preventive measures. The reason behind the rise in cases is that the western population is impacted by stress, obesity and poor health in general. Many offer anti-inflammatory drugs reduce inflammation, but long-term treatment has lethal effects.
So what is your safest option if you have inflammation? Research on alternative medicines revealed that certain dietary supplements can help reduce levels of pro-inflammatory factors, with significantly lower side effects. One of these dietary supplements is the essential fatty acids or EFAs.
Essential fatty acids are necessary for various aspects of normal physiology like: mediating immune response, regulating bodily secretions and their viscosity, dilating and constricting blood vessels, regulating collateral circulation, directing endocrine hormones to their target cells, regulating smooth muscles and autonomic reflexes, being primary constituents of cell membranes, regulating the rate of cell division, maintaining the fluidity and rigidity of cellular membranes, regulating the flow of substances into and out from cells, transporting oxygen from red blood cells to the tissues, maintaining proper kidney function and fluid balance, keeping saturated fats mobile in the bloodstream, preventing blood clots, mediating the release of inflammatory eicosanoids that may trigger allergic conditions, and regulating nerve transmission and communication. (Source: Fish Oil: The Natural Anti-inflammatory by Joseph C. Maroon and Jeffrey Bost, 2006, page 39).
Fish oil is the best source of omega-3 essential fatty acids. But why fish oil, you might ask? The necessary nutrients can also be found in green plants, algae (phytoplankton), perilla leaf and seed crops, and linseed oil. Fish oil but it is considered as the most important food sources of omega-3 EFAs because they contain ALA derivatives and DHA.
The two mentioned nutrients can almost exclusively found in seafood. Fish contains high amount of EPA and DHA because they are at the top of food chain based on algae, a single-marine organism that manufactures huge amount of EPA and DHA.
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2 Jul 2009
Do you believe there is anything special about organic food recipes? The only major difference is the origin and the quality of the products. Organic fruit, vegetables, meat and dairy are indeed better tolerated by the body, they do bring more minerals and vitamins and the taste in definitely more savory. You can use any regular food recipe, but cook it using organic products to make it healthier and more enjoyable. Believing all the advertising stuff in cookery books is not the brightest idea because there is nothing special in them, and you’d pay for something you can actually get for free. Here are a few tips to turn any meal into a healthy organic statement.
First of all, if you are preparing a dinner course, you’ll need both vegetables and meat. Many hypermarkets now have special food sections where products have organic certification, and this applies to all items. It is advisable to purchase the food fresh and not frozen or chilled. Although both these preservation procedures are agreeable from the organic point of view, nothing compares to raw fresh fruits and vegetables. People often tend to overlook that even the oil and the spices added to the meal should be organic too, yet, to some users’ opinion such organic food recipes are a bit far-fetched.
The ingredients have to be used in a very simple and little processed form. Avoid very refined oils as they no longer contain nutrients because of the industrial processing; only extra virgin organic oil works under the circumstances. Olive oil, sesame oil, palm tree oil are only a few options that you can consider when cooking organic food recipes. You can improve the meals you cook by checking some cooking tips either online or in books. Some of the necessary ingredients may only be available online, and you’d have to place an order and have them delivered.
Organic milk and organic eggs are the basic ingredients for lots of desert organic food recipes. These two kinds of products are available with many manufacturers, but the costs are a bit higher. Nevertheless, organic food recipes work great for the whole family, whether you have small children or not. Statistics indicate that people who stick to organic food enjoy better health and higher energy levels. Too sophisticated organic food recipes are not really necessary, you can actually use the old ones that you normally cook but this time using only elements certified as organic.
27 Feb 2009
Health is becoming a major concern these days, and for good reason. The very air we breathe is full of toxins that enter our bodies and cause all kinds of problems. The processed foods we eat aren’t giving us enough of what the body needs, so although we eat three meals a day our body is still starving, but we don’t think it is since we feel “full”. It has become clear that prevention is more important than treatement.
It is quite common to feel sluggish and drained when the body lacks the proper nutrition. These are the things that oil the internal workings of our body, that feed the immune system, and that give our incredible bio-machine it’s filtering power to deal with all of the aforementioned issues like air and preservatives that make our food unhealthy. With just a few small changes in your diet… juicing once or twice a day, you can get all the benefits of increased vitimains, minerals and enzymes. Even if you are consuming the typical “Western Diet” you can benefit greatly with fresh vesgetable juice recipes. By using juicing recipes to boost your health you can get some delicious drinks that will supercharge your body’s immune system, restore your health and even help your body to fight current health issues, there are many cases of people who have reversed chronic illnesses with the proper nutrition and there is no easier way than with juice made from fresh produce.
Juicing will allow you to deliver a flood of critical nutrients that your body needs, and your body will thank you. The long term benefits are good health and the absense of many chronic illnesses. In the short term you will notice increased energy, and a clearer head just to mention a couple!
Are you ready to begin juicing? Is your body begging you for the gift of health through good nutrition? Then there a 5 “must have” juicer recipes to help you get started. Once you get started with a few simple juicing recipes there are many variations that you can introduce into your juicing routine. There are so many options avialable in the grocery store for you to experiment with, it is easier than ever.