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Misconceptions of Dietary Fat

coconut 648105 640There are a lot of misconceptions about dietary fat. Let’s dispel the biggest one. Fat doesn’t make you fat! Essential fat-based nutrients and fatty acids like Omega-3 are essential to the health of our brain, liver, heart and kidneys.
 
What’s most important is to choose oils that are stable, meaning that they don’t oxidize or burn easily. When oils oxidize, they form free radicals, which are harmful to your cells and can damage your DNA.
 
What are examples of healthy fats versus unhealthy fats? Canola oil is an example of an unhealthy fat. And a very healthy, versatile and stable cooking fat is coconut oil.
 
Unfortunately people are more familiar with using canola oil in cooking than coconut oil. But the following tips about how to use coconut oil will change that. The results of switching oils will be a reduction in inflammation as well as other health benefits.
 
Coconut oil is high in lauric acid, which can help balance cholesterol and has anti bacterial, anti fungal and antiviral properties to help get rid of unwanted bacteria and pathogens. Lastly, the healthy fat in coconut oil can help slightly boost metabolism and is better than other fats at increasing the feeling of fullness. Some studies have shown that coconut oil can even help the body burn more fat.
 
Coconut oil is also comprised of 90 percent saturated fat, which makes it the best choice for high heat cooking. It has a smoke point of 350 degrees Fahrenheit, which is much higher than most oils.
 
It can be stored on your kitchen counter without spoiling because the highly saturated fat content is not prone to oxidation. Coconut oil can also keep for a very long time without spoiling or going rancid.
 
Below are a few cooking tips that will help you overcome the quirks of cooking with coconut oil. Once you’re comfortable with using coconut oil you can replace other oils, butter and shortening with this miracle oil.
 
  1. Coconut oil solidifies at room temperature or colder. It will begin to liquefy at 76 degrees. Coconut oil will solidify if added to cold ingredients like eggs or milk. Bring the ingredient you want to mix with coconut oil to room temperature before you combine.

  2. To save money you can buy coconut oil in bulk and transfer a portion to a glass container to keep on the counter.

  3. One of the pitfalls of using coconut oil is that it tends to solidify. Instead of hacking at the solid oil to get a little bit out you can melt the oil and pour into a small ice cube tray and cool in the fridge. This way you can have small, 2-teaspoon portions of coconut oil pre-divided to easily throw in a pan for your cooking needs.

  4. You have the best chance of keeping coconut oil in easy to use liquid or soft form by storing it next to the stovetop. The heat from the stove will gently heat the oil and keep it soft.

  5. You can also whip coconut oil to soften it and make it easier to use.

  6. You can use coconut oil for things other than cooking. For example, you can keep a jar in the bathroom as a moisturizer or cleanser.

  7. You can even use coconut oil to clean your mouth. The ancient practice of oil pulling requires melting a tablespoon of coconut oil and swishing it in your mouth for 20 minutes to kill bacteria in you mouth.

  8. Not all coconut oil is the same. Virgin coconut oil is the best kind to use because it is the cleanest, least refined and has less of a coconut taste. You may see the label “extra virgin” coconut oil on your bottle. Don’t worry, that’s the same thing as virgin oil. The addition of the word “extra” is just a marketing term.
Coconut oil is the healthy fat recommended by the 21-Day Body Makeover program.
 
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Health benefits of Tumeric

Tumeric SpicesTumeric, the yellow hued spice known from Indian cooking has been taking the health world by storm in recent years with its anti-inflammatory effects. Tumeric has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda, the traditional medical system of India. Tumeric has equally been used by Traditional Chinese medical practitioners. In the recent decade, this healing spice has been gaining in popularity in the West.
 
Tumeric also protects against cancer, radiation and heavy metal toxicity.
 
Inflammation is rampant among the general population today. Diseases like diabetes, arthritis, joint pain, Alzheimer’s, depression, obesity and autoimmune conditions all have links to inflammation.
 
While inflammation needs to be addressed with an anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle changes, like exercise and stress reduction, helpful anti-inflammatory supplements like turmeric can be very supportive. Curcumin is the active anti-inflammatory ingredient in turmeric.
 
While food is often the best and tastiest medicine, eating more of it doesn’t always bring results. That’s because some foods are not as bioavailable as others, meaning that the body has trouble properly breaking the food down for optimal absorption. Curcumin is an example of a food with pretty low bioavailability.
 
That means that a majority of orally ingested curcumin gets metabolized before it reaches the bloodstream. And increasing the dosage won’t increase absorption.
 
To unlock curcumin’s anti-inflammatory potential turmeric must be consumed in one of three ways. So before you douse your food in turmeric powder, take turmeric supplements or add the yellow powder to your smoothies, read the tips below to get the highest benefit from this medicinal spice.
 
Add black pepper to your tumeric.
Black pepper has it’s own health benefits such as aiding in digestion, reducing memory impairment and fighting infections. And it’s no coincidence that many recipes for turmeric-rich Indian curries contain black pepper as an ingredient. Piperine, the compound that gives black pepper its spiciness also greatly increases curcumin’s bioavailability.
 
And you don’t need much. Just a pinch or quarter teaspoon will do. Black pepper inhibits the liver’s ability to excrete curcumin, making it stay in the blood stream longer. And it increases the bioavailability of curcumin by a whopping 2000 percent.
 
Add fat to your turmeric.
Since turmeric is fat soluble, it needs to be combined with a fat for the body to fully absorb it. When eaten with fat, curcumin can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system thereby in part bypassing the liver.
 
In Indian cooking turmeric is traditionally combined with fats like clarified butter or coconut milk. Again, this is no coincidence.
 
Of course you can use any healthy fat you like.
 
Heat increases the bioavailability of curcumin.
Heating turmeric in a sauté pan can greatly increase the absorption of curcumin. The problem with taking turmeric pills is that they are very insoluble in water. So the best way to use curcumin for health purposes is to cook it in oil with a dash of black pepper.
 
Now that you know how to get the most out of your turmeric, the recommended daily dosage is 1 to 3 grams of dried powder a day.
 
While very helpful, turmeric alone is not enough to fight inflammation. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet and exercising is the best way to lower inflammation in the body.
 
If you need help getting started, the 21-Day Body Makeover program is a simple introduction to a manageable anti-inflammatory lifestyle. After 3 weeks you can get a head start on lowering your inflammation, reducing weight and ridding yourself of inflammatory symptoms.
 
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Glyphosate - Probable Human Carginogen

corn field 440338 640In modern times, with the pollutants and agro-chemicals in our environment, detoxing the body is as important as cleaning a house.
 
Take glyphosate for example. This popular herbicide weed killer was introduced by Monsanto in 1996 and sold under the name ‘Round Up’. Monsanto also created and popularized the use of GMO crops to go with their weed killer. While glyphosate has been around since the 1970s, most of it (about 75 percent) has been sprayed in the last 10 years, about 2.4 billions pounds in just the U.S.
 
Last year the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization, classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen.
 
This made big news, raising concerns about the safety of farmworkers who apply massive amounts of Round Up to fields. It also raised questions about the health of people living in agricultural communities where Round Up is heavily used.
 
Unless you eat a clean, 100 percent organic diet, most likely you’ve eaten Monsanto’s GMO crops that have been sprayed with glyphosate.
 
The idea behind Round Up was to reduce the amount of herbicide farmers needed to spray on weeds. Instead the use of glyphosate have created “super weeds” that are resistant to most herbicides. Monsanto is working on a new chemical combination of herbicides and new GMO crops to combat this problem.
 
Some health experts have correlated the sharp rise of conditions like autoimmune disease and inflammatory bowel disease with the introduction of GMO crops. However, no one knows to what extent GMO crops and glyphosate can harm human health.
 
Doing regular cleanses is the best way to combat the effects of environmental toxins and pollutants on health. Your body is built so self-clean and does a great job when the channels of elimination and liver are in good shape. Cleansing is the best way to support the liver and elimination channels.
 
Many chronic diseases have links to toxicity, including dementia, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, food allergies, and digestive issues. Lightening the body’s toxic load can prevent disease. Signs you’re carrying a toxic load include fatigue, muscle aches, joint pain, gas, bloating and headaches.
 
Signs that your detox channels and not eliminating properly is fluid retention, bloat, and puffiness. Also, toxins are stored in fat cells so if you are over weight that means your body is carrying its fair share of toxins. Losing weight means getting rid of more than just pounds, it’s like giving your body a deep cleaning. And cleansing can help the body lose weight.
 
There are many ways to detox, like drinking a lot of water, sweating regularly and eating high fiber vegetables. Dry skin brushing and exercise will also help get the lymphatic system moving.
 
A detox program can often jump start a sluggish and tired system. The 21 Day Body Makeover is a detox plan that is gentle and easy to follow with minimal detox symptoms. The 21 Day Body Makeover is a cleanse that emphasizes eating clean, natural food as well as tasty shakes and supplements that will help the body cleanse.
 
This detox is gentle enough to do a few times a year, which will set your body up to be a mean, lean, self-cleaning machine.
 
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How does sugar affect our health?

lump sugar 549096 640Back in the late 1970s a study came out showing that a high intake of saturated fat is correlated with an increased risk of heart attack. This study alone launched the multi-decade low fat health movement, responsible for flooding the market with a plethora of low fat food products.
 
By removing fat from food flavor was compromised and sugar was added to compensate. This trend, instead of making the general population healthier, backfired into rising rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The low fat movement didn’t seem to work.
 
In the last few years, new information has emerged about the real culprit behind these diseases: the use and abuse of sugar. The World Health Organization has found that the added sugar in our food and drinks is mainly responsible for the rise in weight gain, diabetes and heart disease. A 2013 study from a university in Madrid even found a connection between sugar consumption and increased risk of cancer. Excess sugar consumption can cause insulin resistance, which has a well-documented link to cancer.
 
Sugary drinks are particularly a problem a health problem for children, according to endocrinologist Dr. Robert Lustig. In his research, Lustig found that added sugar is 11 times more likely to cause diabetes than the consumption of too many calories.
 
And sugar consumption continues to rise. Since 2009, yearly worldwide sugar consumption has increased by almost 20 million tons.
 
For this reason many communities are considering a tax on sugary beverages to reduce consumption. Mexico has implemented a 10 percent tax on sugary drinks, which resulted in a 12 percent decrease in consumption. Countries like France and Chile have followed suit. In the US, the medical costs resulting from obesity and weight issues are estimated to be almost 10% of total healthcare expenditure. That’s billions of dollars that could be saved or offset by a beverage tax.
 
The World Health Organization recommends that the average adult consume no more than 25g, or six and a half teaspoons, of sugar per day. Studies have shown that an average American consumes 126 grams of sugar per day.
 
It is easy to exceed the daily recommendation for sugar consumptions with just a few sugary drinks.
 
Recently, cardiologists who used to advise against a high fat diet are now encouraging patients to embrace full fat foods like dairy and other saturated fats. Saturated fats feed the brain and help balance hormones and mood. They also fill you up and leave less room sugary snacking.
 
If you’re concerned about your health don’t wait for a beverage tax to motivate you.
 
Unfortunately quitting sugar is difficult because it’s highly addictive. Don’t do it alone. The 21-Day Body Makeover uses supplements, shakes and a specifically designed diet to reset your body’s cravings.
 
You will learn how to use healthy fats (the ones recommended by cardiologists), fiber, and whole foods to slim down and satisfy your appetite and hunger. After 3 weeks your body will crave nutritious food and you can experience life free of your sugar addiction.
 
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Heal with Food, Not drugs

raspberry 1172230 640Sadly, the statin drugs your doctor prescribed to lower your cholesterol have side effects that are as bad or worse as the problem they solve. Statins are popular cholesterol lowering drugs that are prescribed as preventative medicine for cholesterol-related health problems like heart disease. A new study published in the American Journal of Physiology sheds more light on the dark side of statins. The study found that statins can advance the aging process and long-term use can lead to neurological side effects, increased risk of diabetes and skeletal muscle weakness.

Statins can cause these health problems by interfering with the self-repair process of human cells. This can create nerve problems and damage memory.  Other side effects experienced by statin users have been down played by pharmaceutical companies and doctors and include issues with the liver, cataracts, fatigue and muscle pain.
 
When self-repair is compromised by statins it can cause rapid aging, new health issues or the worsening of existing problems. In light of these findings, taking statins as a preventative measure seems like a questionable strategy. Especially since the relationship between high cholesterol and heart problems have not been scientifically proven yet.
 
No pharmaceutical can compare to the preventative medicine of taking good care of your self. While it’s harder to live a healthy life style than to pop a pill, clean eating and exercise have no negative side effects.
 
Lowering your sugar intake, reducing stress and moving your body is the best medicine for lower cholesterol and boosting heart and overall health. Detoxing the body in a gentle way can do more for overhauling health than any pill, and it promises to reverse the aging process instead of accelerating it.
The 21-Day Body Makeover offers recipes, supplements and lifestyle tweaks that will help repair and restore the body gently and naturally without the risk of neurological side effects or developing diabetes. The only side effect you’ll experience is feeling great!
 
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