Monday, July 30, 2012
Clues of premature aging show up when your body has symptoms and signs of aging that do not correspond with your actual age. I learned this lesson when I was 19 years. I went to the doctor for nausea and a host of digestive problems, and he ordered a pregnancy test because he said I was too young to have these symptoms. It turned out that after the test and some horrible stomach and colon tests, he said to me, “I wish I was reporting that you were pregnant, because the only other reason for these symptoms could be that you are stressed out and eating improperly because of your upset stomach.” At the time, I was in a disgusting office atmosphere and secretly putting up with sexual harassment by the top official. Everyone was shocked when I quit my job. There goes the end of the stress. I then started my pursuit of the best nutrition for my situation, and I am still on that quest. I noticed that I feel better if I eliminate certain foods and add something that is more beneficial for me. Imbalances in nutrition show up long before there is a crisis. It is a good thing to note why you are out of sorts, or always dealing with minor illness, or taking over-the-counter drugs for ailments that don’t necessarily require a prescription. Minor symptoms like frequent indigestion, heartburn, brittle hair and nails, insomnia, proneness to yeast and fungal infections, weight gain, frequent colds, mood swings or lack of joy, lower back pain, aching joints and muscles, complexion problems, constipation, and blood sugar imbalances can be wake-up calls for you to boost your nutritional intake, before these turn into chronic aging problems. Once you focus on eating to be younger, it will balance your internal energy and help you to resist cellular stress. Then your organ systems will perform as if they were younger and resisting aging. This change in eating can take you from feeling blue to feeling happy that you are doing something very good for your body. This shows up in your outward appearance as the traits of youthfulness, such as lots of vitality, healthy skin and nails, and an attitude that is full of joy and great expectations for life. After a while, when you become very familiar with your new eating habits, it will seem effortless to you. A new habit I adopted was to eat more fruits and vegetables. To get more fruits and the antioxidant power from them, I started making smoothies. Here is one that might be considered exotic. Tropical Dreams Smoothie This is a real pick-me-up. Make this smoothie when you really want to be somewhere warm, wonderful and exotic. Guava nectars are available in leading grocery stores in small bottles or 12 oz. cans. Buy pineapples when they are in season, peel and cut into small pieces and freeze in plastic freezer bags or containers. Guavas have a bioactive substance that is beneficial to healthy prostate function. Pineapples are high in manganese, a trace mineral which supports the energy-producing packets of human cells called mitochondria. This smoothie slows aging as it brings more vim and vigor for you. Ingredients ½ cup guava nectar 1 tsp. fresh lime juice ½ cup fresh frozen pineapple ½ cup plain low-fat yogurt 5 ice cubes Steps Add the nectar and lime juice to a blender. Add the pineapple and all other ingredients. Blend until smooth. A half-serving of lactose-free, low-sugar protein powder would make this a balanced breakfast meal. Use a low-carbohydrate (1 gram) whey protein that mixes instantly with liquids. Add the protein powder after the smoothie is blended but still in the blender. When added, stir it in on the lowest setting of the blender.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
10 Things You Can Learn From The Book Eat Yourself Younger Effortlessly 1. How to get the right portion size for you. One of the biggest problems of keeping an ideal weight and staying healthy is ignoring portion size. Usually people tend to ignore portions if the dish is tasty and or sweet. Getting recipes that serve one or two persons is a good guide to help keep portion size under control. 2. How to make a variety of your own salad dressings. Commercial salad dressings have large amounts of fat and chemical additives that are not advantageous to a keeping a healthy body. 3. It is a confidence booster for aging healthy without illness. Using this book will vastly increase your knowledge and help you feel more confident about your food decisions 4. You will learn to open your awareness about ingredients in fresh food that you can experience without having to take a multivitamin ever. 5. Also, how to use food to maximize your chance of avoiding illness like cancer using healthy eating tactics. 6. You will learn how to experience ease instead of disease as you age. You can expect to be fit as a fiddle as you make the right food decisions for sustaining your body organs and systems. You will also learn what foods are culprits in aging. 7. You will experience inexpensive ways to reduce your medical bill. It takes time, energy and money to be sick. Plus you miss all the fun things you can do as a well person. 8. You will experience how to save money on your food bills. Cooking fresh buy using natural healthy fresh ingredients will pay off in the long haul both in better health and having a well stocked pantry with no expensive takeout and commercial food. 9. How to avoid causes of aches and pains – inflammation. If you eat the ‘Eatyounger’ way you will definitely take your body out of inflammation mode, with no arthritis pains and ailments associated with joint distress. 10. How to enjoy better emotional health – the idea of taking time to secure your body will make you feel like a conqueror and a winner. This is a big boost to overall emotions
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Let’s consider Vitamin C! There those who would toot its horn as the anti aging vitamin because of its prevalence in beauty products that ‘turns back the clock’. And then there are some that call it – the winter vitamin, giving protection against seasonal ailments like colds and flu. It is my pick for the feel great, look good vitamin. And it is my conviction that a fresh orange with its high vitamin C content can assist your immune system to perform at tip top function, while also helping you to feel great and look good. This vitamin is also my pick to slow your aging because of it propensity to protect from common ailments associated with poor brain function such as Alzheimer’s disease. And that’s not all; this vitamin shows up in so many fruits and vegetables, you will be sure to find it in your favorite fresh food. For instance because of the synergy in fresh fruit, while you are eating a cherry because it is in season, cherries as well as protecting your brain cells from free radical damages also offer a good amount of vitamin C. It is best to eat vitamin C very fresh. For instance parsley is very high in vitamin C. Cooking destroys the properties of the vitamin, and using as a garnish is just not appreciating its properties; but using it to make parsley pesto and enjoying it with fish, meat or just whole wheat crackers is using it to its best advantage. Decide to eat rich vitamin C fruits and vegetables that have enzymes documented to keep you younger by helping with digestion and absorption of nutrients. To get the best from the enzymes in fruit they should be eaten fresh. Consider cherries but not cherry pie; make a strawberry smoothie or salad but serve the strawberry ice cream to the grand kids. Eat vitamin C from fresh citrus instead of processed sugary juice drinks. Make it easy on your cells to quickly benefit from the Vitamin C. Vitamin C is said to be a volatile vitamin, which means that its healing properties can be easily destroyed by heat. So fruits that are high in vitamin C should be eaten as fresh as possible and kept away from any process that requires long cooking and frying. For Instance, red bell peppers are extremely high in vitamin C. To get the most value when considering vitamin C, they should be cut into thin strips and used in salads, instead of cooking them. Vitamin C is the vitamin that is known to keep your immune system alert to preventing you from infections like cold and flu, in the event that you are exposed to microbes associated with these health hazards. One of the easiest and most effectively inexpensive ways you can adopt to secure your health is to purposefully plan to add more vitamin C foods to your diet regimen. For instance, have fresh squeezed orange juice at breakfast, have parsley pesto with wheat crackers as a snack and serve Broccoli at dinner. This way you are getting little snips of vitamin C throughout the day. This is a highly protective habit you can adopt to ensure that you stay in good health throughout your adult life. And the more vigilant you become at searching out fresh foods with vitamin C, the more you will experience health at a level where you feel great and look good. You might even go on a search for foods high in vitamin C, and add them to your healthy lifestyle eating plan. I hesitate to call this a diet, it is more of a determination to secure your wellness and get the best out of the opportunities to defy illness as you age. Plan on approaching aging with experiencing fresh food and defying diseases associated with aging, brought on by making poor diet choices. Also purposely add more beneficial vitamin C foods to your diet such as kiwi, papaya, broccoli, spinach and fresh green cabbage and experience aging feeling great and looking good.
Monday, July 23, 2012
Eggs - An Incredible Edible Healthy Aging Food Consider aging in the society today and what have you noticed? We are usually coerced to take a boat load of pills, reduce belly fat with drugs, buy expensive face and body creams or X – Ray our bodies in a search and destroy process. This is tantamount to panicking over a process that is as natural as breathing. However, for the past 20 years, I leaned towards a health sustaining approach to dealing with aging. With a little effort I have found making natural choices in food to be less expensive, more holistic and easily beneficial. I hereby want to toot the incredible, edible, intriguing attributes of the most ancient of foods and one of the most maligned - the chicken egg… Yes, eggs have gotten a whip cracking, by those who watch human cholesterol. This is in spite of the fact that scientific research has shown that eating eggs have little impact on a steady high cholesterol level in humans. Let us consider natural eggs, produced by a free range hen whose life was not manipulated with hormones for increased profits. Even these eggs are delightfully inexpensive, considering the cost of other high protein foods. Such an egg has substances that are vital for excellent health and that is remarkable for slowing your aging or maintaining youthfulness. Yes, this eat younger food supplies essential fat, but no trans fatty acids, a complete protein and a good supply of the micronutrients that can keep us youthful. For instance, one egg provides almost 20%of the daily value of selenium, a micronutrient performing as an antioxidant. This youth promoting antioxidant helps you use oxygen efficiently, remove toxins from your body, and even keeps your DNA healthy by stabilizing your cells chromosomal activity. This will help you avoid chronic aging illness like cancer. Selenium also has a good influence on heart health and blood pressure, two frequently heard aging mishaps. What indicates aging more than the health of your eyes? Well this low cost egg has lutein, a carotenoid that prevents cataracts and age related macular degeneration. I purposefully tried to increase lutein in my diet by eating 2 eggs 3 times per week. Results - my eye prescription was lowered indicating my eyes actually got younger. This supports a Journal of Nutrition study that a daily egg whose yolk is a rich source of vision protective carotenoids including lutein and zeaxanthin may reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In this study eating eggs did not increase the participants’ blood levels of total cholesterol. This health salvaging food also has ultimate, low cost complete protein carrying all essential amino acids necessary to aging health, plus the yolk of eggs has good levels of choline to aid in reducing inflammation Expect your thyroid to keep excellent function because eggs contain natural iodine a substance that supports efficient thyroid function. An excellent characteristic of eggs is that their complete proteins can support your cells with enzymatic activity, speeding up chemical reactions just like the proteins of meat. And you won’t forget to do this because eating eggs boost brain health. Who knows what our genes are doing on a daily basis as we get older? Well surprisingly eggs have substances that not only support your fatty cell membranes, but enter the cell to support gene activity. This is a function that every aging cell needs. This food is readily available, inexpensive and nutrient dense and can support your wellness. Plus it is quick and easy to cook whether boiling, poaching or frying. It can stand alone or be added to a recipe just to enhance protein content. Who knows, a simple decision to eat more eggs might be the food and wellness breakthrough that can propel you on your way to successful aging.
How to Boost Immunity and Trade your Fear of Cancer for a Happier Body First let's stop trying to get human energy out of fake food. To overcome or avoid cancer human bodies demand the right fresh food at every meal. Hundreds of people all over the world are willing to let go of fear long enough to try a fresh food diet and be cured, mind body and spirit. How do I know this to be true, you might ask...? While doing cancer research I had to read scholarly scientific journals. An article in the respected scientific journal, The Lancet changed my mind about food. The article described the actions of a Polynesian woman who was diagnosed in America with a deadly blood related cancer. She was in an experimental group being treated with a wonder drug not yet released to the public since it was in the research phase. At a critical juncture in the treatment she decided to leave and go back to her country. Highly disappointed, her doctors gave up on her survival since they believed that she could not survive without their treatments. Surprise! She returned a year later happily married, with a baby and tested negative for cancer. She informed her physicians that she was healed. A medicine man advised that she fall in love, and eat the fresh food of her country she explained. Whatever she ate had a powerful positive effect on her immune system. Plus I would not discount the effects of feeling loved. Any fresh food farmer would vouch for the healing powers of the food he labors so hard to bring to market. Since the time of Hippocrates philosophers have known that food is the best medicine! Why not boost your immunity 3 times a day or more with healthy eating? Especially since food is also the only energy source humans use to survive. Can the right diet miraculously boost immunity and heal? I am betting on it. The American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) has this idea as its mission. So I suggest, first change your mind about the ability of your body to heal, and adopt a 'food as medicine' attitude. 1. Fall in love with this idea and then pursue knowledge about food and healing as if it was a new lover. 2. Cook and eat hearty whole grains, especially in bread. 3. Get excited about the miracle minerals of vegetables. They are natural cancer prevention kits. Flush out body toxins with fresh fruit and vegetable juices. 4. Rethink every thing you know about fats and carbohydrates especially if you lean towards high – low diets. 5. Make healthy informed food choices preferably not heard on a television commercial. It is either this, or become caught in a cycle of fear and fighting dangerous diseases with newly designed drugs; as we ignore long pages of contraindications which no one reads except lawyers. Eating like this nips disease in the bud, boosts your immune system, and leaves you enjoying a healthier, happier body.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
9 Eat Yourself Younger Strategies to Slow Your Aging – and a Recipe! Prepare to cook – Develop the mindset of I can do this and get delighted... Say - Thousands of people do this all over the world and so can I. Then arm yourself with the right tools and the right plan for you. Really feel that, “Fresh is fantastic”. Then find ways to indulge in eating more fresh food. Set up a rhythm of eating – Plan to eat 2, 3, or 5 time per day. I eat 5 times per day. Breakfast. Snack. Lunch. Tea and Dinner . Have a specific market day or hour. Beware of Fad Diets. A fad is transitory. Your mind and brain pick this concept as something that is not lasting without an enduring capacity on your part. Consequently, you will not experience what you hope for, which is lasting change or a situation that you would not conceive of returning to. Consider the Glycemic Factor as you age. Of all the foods that are readily available, foods that are high in sugar will cause you the most grief. Follow a daily pattern of eating certain ingredients – Only eat sweet foods at tea time. Be aware that change is not immediate. Believe you can do it! A Votre Santé Muffin We are all aware that muffins can be the ultimate “lead you astray” food. It is quite easy to get half your daily saturated fat and sugar from one breakfast muffin, and lose your goal for balance. And who wants a muffin that is healthy but tasteless? To keep the balancing act going, these tasty muffins are low in refined sugar, but get some sweetness from the raisins or dried fruit of your choice. Dried apricots, cranberries, fresh ripe bananas, apples or strawberries can be used to replace white raisins. The wheat germ provides fiber, as well as age-retarding vitamin E and folic acid for quick cell renewal. Make this muffin a habit and you might never need to take a calcium channel blocker. The magnesium from almonds and soy milk provide natural calcium channel blocker activity for veins and arteries. Added to this, almonds contain electrolyte potassium to aid your heart and perfect nerve transmission. Canola oil is used to help you start the day with your fair share of low-density lipoproteins (LDL). The LDL health benefits of this oil can now be claimed on food labels as aiding in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease. Ingredients 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour ½ cup wheat germ or ½ cup freshly ground flax seeds 2 tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. salt 1/3 cup brown sugar 2/3 cup sultana or white raisins ½ cup sliced almonds 1 tsp. apple pie spice and ½ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg 1 large egg and 1 large egg white ½ cup canola oil 1 cup low-sugar, calcium-fortified soy milk 1 tsp. almond extract Steps Preheat the oven to 400 F. Grease muffin pans with spray vegetable oil. Into a large bowl sift together the flour, wheat germ or ground flax seed, baking powder, spice and salt. Spray the raisins with water and plump in a microwave oven for 15 seconds and add to the flour mixture. Add the nuts to the bowl. In a blender mix the egg, oil, milk and almond extract for 10 seconds. Make a well in the dry ingredients in the bowl and add the wet ingredients. Gently fold wet ingredient into the dry until just mixed. Spoon the mixture into greased muffin tins and bake 25-30 minutes. Serve warm or cool. Can freeze for up to 1 month. Makes 8 regular-size muffins. Serving size is one muffin.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
One of the characteristics of healthy people is that they maintain a healthy blood hydrogen or pH. When you learned about pH in high school, you probably thought of this as just another chemistry tidbit that really have nothing to do with you. Wrong … A normal blood Hydrogen Ion concentration or pH is very important to staying well and keeping a healthy defensive immune system, keeping ache and pains away and protecting you from intruders like flu viruses. Fortunately your can support your body’s blood pH with making the correct choices in food. Here is something that it is so simple you might want to dismiss the idea. Develop a habit of making a body balancing broth, drink it and it will quickly balance your body fluids. This will uplift your immune system function and it will start doing its job of keeping you well in the face of the onslaught of substances you encounter on a daily basis that can be disruptive to your health. This broth contains ingredients that give up minerals that maintain optimum Hydrogen Ion (pH) level for good health. This concept is so simple, yet enriching; you might want to forgo it for something that is more medical and expensive. For instance people with arthritis and who get ill easily can make this one change and reap better results with their health. Drinking this broth is a perfect way to neutralize the fluids in your body and keep the pH of the blood at its healthiest state. Taking this one simple nourishing step can add you to the lineup of people who age without chronic disease. And that is an enjoyable and enriching thing!. You can drink this broth as is or use it as stock in other recipes or as liquid for other soups. What you need: Gather 4 Carrots unpeeled, 4 stalks of celery, green leafy vegetables like Kale, Mustard and collards, 2 unpeeled Onions and or Leeks, I pod of unpeeled garlic, ½ bunch Parsley, 2 Red potatoes, 1 Sweet potato, 8-inch strip of Dried Kombu sea weed, 2 Bay leaves, a few Baby Bokchoy, a few Black peppercorns, a few Allspice berries and or Juniper berries and a large piece of Ginger about 3 inches. Use a large stock pot about 12 quarts filled with water to about 2 inches below the rim. Rinse all the vegetables; add about two or three large handfuls of all the green leafy vegetables you purchased; add spices and other ingredients to the water; cover and bring to a boil. Then remove the lid; decrease the heat to low and simmer for about 1 hour. Be sure to set a timer, least you forget about the simmering pot. At this time, add more water if there is evaporation and the vegetables are above the water. Taste for the essence of the vegetables... Add salt to taste if desired. Remove from heat. Strain the stock into containers. Cool at room temperature then refrigerate or freeze. This should yield about 3 quarts of nourishing alkaline broth. Use this broth to replace sweet and high acid fluids like coffee and cola. Add it to soups and dishes that require water in the preparation. Before long you body fluids will be at its normal pH and you will stay as fit as a fiddle.