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In the brain, a typical protein can live for approximately ten days. The thoughts, feelings and memories of a human being are made up of what was in the stomach only a few days before. As you can see, in choosing one’s diet, you actually can determine who and what you are going to become.

About 2500 years ago, Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals are designer foods and supplements that are combined with nutritional value that are disease-preventative and have medicinal benefits. These are usually natural products which may reduce or prevent chronic and acute disease or promote good health.

Many chronic and acute diseases are caused or irritated by nutritional imbalances or deficiency. The link between diet, disease and the ability to process thought are sometimes subtle and complex. Many studies suggest that some 40% of cancers are linked to dietary choices. Unhealthy eating habits are sometimes caused by farming practices, lack of money, and a manufacturing industry that promotes the ignorance of true, beneficial nutrition.

There is conjecture and speculation in the field of Nutritional Science that mood and aggressive behavior has more to do with diet than what was first thought. The most effective way to raise neural serotonin levels, which is the chemical that helps the body relax, is to eat a high carbohydrate meal. The insulin released lets more tryptophan cross the blood-brain barrier by moving competing amino-acids out of the blood stream. A high-protein diet will tend to lessen the serotonin function at the expense of norepinephrine and dopamine, with a more aggressive and temperamental reaction from the subject.

Functional Foods and Nutraceutaicals work by balancing out the human bodies deficiencies or excessive chemical make-up. When foods are broken down in the mouth and stomach, they become massive ingredients for thousands of chemical reactions. Everything that a human consumes becomes a storehouse for chemical reactions that maintain the bodies life force. An example of this would be the cholesterol lowering effects of eating Oatmeal. How does this work? When a person consumes oatmeal, they consume carbohydrates called glucans, small fibers that fill the intestines which decreases the ability to absorb carbohydrates, it increases the movement of the food in the intestines and colon, and cleanses the body as it moves out as waste.
The following would be other examples of how functional foods are working:

Erythema may be reduced by eating tomato paste ( Stahl W, Heinrich U, Wiseman S, Eichler O, Sies H, Tronnier H. J. Nutr. 131: 1449-1451, 2001 ).

Tomato and Tomato products may reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

(Sanjiv Agarwal and Akkinappally Venketeshwer Rao Canadian Medical Association Journal 2000; 163(6):739-44. )

Soy may prevent bone loss in menopausal women. (Arjmandi BH, Smith BJ Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 2002, Vol. 13:130-137 )

Soy with isofalvones can reduce cholesterol. ( Vitolins MZ, Anthony M, Burke GL Current Opinions in Lipidology 2001, 12:433-437)

Garlic may reduce Cancer risk. (Dorant et al., 1993)

Cranberries aid in treatment of Urinary Tract Infection. (Schmidt and Sobota, 1988)

Dairy products aid in the prevention of Osteoporosis and Colon Cancer. (Fuller, 1994)

There are many, many more studies by accredited universities that have been done on a variety of plants and animals for functionality in nutritional therapies.

A diet of Functional foods can not only maintain better health, it can also repair chronic health issues. Functional foods would be foods that help to maintain better glucose control for diabetics, while having components that aid in repairing the pancreas. Foods that help to lower cholesterol levels in heart patients, foods that build the immune system in autoimmune patients.

Functional Food Specialists will be the physicians of tomorrow and those who manufacture functional foods will be the pharmacists that aid in healing the world of chronic and acute diseases.

 

 

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Established in 1989 by Stephen DeFelice, “Foundation for Innovation in Medicine” defined “Nutraceutical”, as a food, dietary suppplement, or medical food that has a medical or health benefit, including the prevention and treatment of disease. Today, it is hard to separate the definition of Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods. In 2002, the Nutraceutical or Functional Food industry had evolved into a lucrative 20.2 billion dollar a year market, and is here to stay.

According to a Business Communications Co, Inc. report, “Functional/Nutraceutical/Wellness Foods and Beverages” (RGA-109R), the Nutraceutical or Functional Food industry could almost double in value by 2007 with sales estimated to be more than 37.7 billion dollars. The reason for this growth:

Increased interest in maintaining better health.

Increased information available regarding the link between diet and health.

Lack of health insurance or limited funds for consumers to spend on health care and prescription medication.

Recent changes in food laws that affect label and product claims.

A growing number of people who are aging and interested in a more healthy lifestyle.

Current health issues also influence the market, consumers are interested in weight loss and weight management, heart disease, bone density, cancer, diabetes, etc., how to prevent or recover from these diseases and lead more nutritious lives.

 

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No Comments on Integrative Medicine and It’s Future…

The NBC National News, quoted the Washington Post in March 2000 about the concerns that the FDA had over the mixing of supplements and conventional medications. There was concerns that millions of people are taking supplements (considered herbs, homeopathic, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes and some diet products) and having reactions when they mix these things with common and prescribed medications.

I have studied this phenomenon for over 20 years and do know for a fact that with conventional medications, these reactions are quite common. The AMA is calling for the FDA to reverse their ruling on supplements implemented in 1997.

Is this really the best approach?

Many Universities across the nation have closed their Ethno -botany and Botany labs, disallowing many with the gift in this field to aid in the search for new cures, and to determine which plants will have adverse reactions when combined with other chemicals

A good example is the treatment of Gout.

Mediations that are prescribed by traditional medicine are normally Allopurinal or Zyloprim and Colchicine (which, by the way, is a homeopathic remedy from the bulb of the Autumn Crocus) which decreases the reaction that causes uric acid in the blood. Allopurinal and Colchicine can be enhanced by a specialized diet and the elimination of some supplements that can cause an elevation of certain enzymes in the diet. Both of these drugs can also cause serious side effects and toxicity when taken in high doses and/or for a prolonged period of time.

The deficiency of certain nutrients can provoke an attack of gout, people who take antibiotics can increase the risk of an attack and a persons diet can certainly influence not only the severity of an attack, but the frequency of attacks.

There are other reactions that need to be taken into account also, and the is that Allopurinal and Colchicine has a negative effect on the liver after 6 months of use, which will make it harder for those drugs to work effectively. If you also add some supplementation, even a regular multi-vitamin into the system when the liver is already struggling to keep up with the demands of the system, this can cause an adverse reaction to the liver, in part because the liver has to work harder to absorb the micro-nutrients given in the multi-vitamin.

The balance between conventional medicine and alternative medicine is a delicate one. Right now, both schools of thought refuse to work together, and the general public is who suffers.

For some who suffered from allergies when Seldane was prescribed, this was a very concerning issue. When taking Seldane, patients were not told that taking the medication along with certain micro-nutrients could prove to be fatal, and was in a few cases across the United States.

In 1993, the New England Journal of medicine published an article in which researchers estimated that as many as 60 million people had participated in alternative medical care. A follow-up study to that one, which appeared in a 1998 issue of JAMA, estimated that the number of visits to alternative practitioners had increased more than 47 percent between 1990 and 1997 and that expenditures in 1997 for alternative medicine services exceeded 21 billion dollars.

In our small town we had a family practitioner that took care of the community needs. He was a wonderful man that always gave of his time, energy and knowledge freely. A week after he was diagnosed with Gastric Carcinoma, he called me for advice. I asked him why he would call me and ask me for help. He told me that he had watched the patients that he had diagnosed with this same disease die slow, painful and miserable death, even while they were on conventional medications. He said he knew that the traditional medications and protocols didn’t work, he had diagnosed cancers, informed the patients, watched them slowly die and he wanted something else. I treated him for 9 months; the cancer did not advance in that time, it didn’t go away either, but it didn’t advance. I asked him to do both treatments together, traditional and integrative, but he refused. He had a friend that was a Oncologist and this friend finally convinced him to try some clinical trials at a couple of Universities. In order to do that, the family doctor had to come off all other protocols that he had been taking. They waited a few weeks for the nutrients to leave his body, then started him on a a protocol called PP6 and Thalidomide. A few days after the first treatment, he told his closest friend, “I’ve killed myself”. Within a few weeks, he was totally incapacitated. He passed away some 5 months later, in sever pain and agony.

It’s not always conventional medicine at fault….A cancer patient in N-stage was being treated by both conventional physician and naturopathic physician. Because the patient had been put on Prednisone he had become edemic. The Naturopath told the patient to come off the drug immediately, and then left town on a business trip. I got a call a few days later, the patients breathing was labored and he had fluid in his lungs. The massage therapist that called explained what had happened. I told her to call the man’s medical physician immediately, the reduction of Prednisone is not suppose to be halted immediately without the patient undergoing repercussions . The patient paid the ultimate price for the bridge between alternative and conventional medicine. There is so much that can be integrated into both schools of thought and treatment. These stories are why the public is turning to other methods for treatment, most do a combination, which, as the previous story illustrates, can be detrimental to health, unless the health care giver has a knowledge of both fields and an understanding of the chemical reactions that can occur.
It is always best to be responsible for your own health and treatment. No health care professional should be given total and complete control over another man’s life. The need for knowledge is a necessity when deciding to integrate different methods of treatment for the health care provider involved, it could mean the difference between the life and death of a patient.

 

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Back in the 50’s and 60’s, we decided that we could no longer take care of ourselves and our health…we had doctors to do that for us…which is weird because before that it was not unusual for the Women of the house to deliver babies, extract bullets, set broken bones and treat fevers, rashes and other ailments. Doctors largely came from Snake Oil Salesmen, back in the day..then the Pharmaceutical industry that made the Snake Oil got more industrious and created “medical Schools” and became quite honorable.

Actually, the practice of Medicine was developed largely by the Church, until one scientist in the clergy developed a method of making ammonia…which before that was a “human” fluid made only by God. Once men discovered that they could make fluids like God…it was all over and science started separating from the church.

Oh, there was science before, all the way back to the beginning of time, but Alchemy was deemed a dark art, one that wasn’t sanctioned by the Church.

As humans we have a tendency to pigeon-hole ourselves rapidly when it comes to acceptance, so now the only believable source of information is from institutions that control information and the access to that information.

What if you were in a situation like Haiti…did you know that the devastation in the city was much worse than in the rural communities? They had water and food within a day of the earthquake, they did much better than those within the city…why? Because they were self-sufficient, they didn’t depend on any one or anything but themselves.

So, what would happen if you were in this type of situation? Could you survive? Would you know how?

I grew up in mainly a city setting, but at one point, my Grandmother took me home to her Island…there was no electricity, there was no running water in homes, the homes were huts, there were no supermarkets, no radio, no TV, one hospital that was ill equipped and had a lot of Staff Infections and very few qualified doctors.

Even with the doctors and hospital on the Island, the care was so “back-woods” that people were scared to go in there.

My Grandmother was a Missionary and had great skills. Her father was a famous Medicine Man…He was a midwife, delivering thousands of healthy babies and he healed like no other could. He understood how to use what was around him to make life better.

When my Grandparents lived in the Islands, there was a missionary school in the village. The missionary school had a large amount of Caucasian teachers who moved there with their children. There were young Caucasian men on missions there too.

When they got sick, and they did get sick, they were sent to my Grandmother’s house to recuperate. My grandmother and I would tend to their needs and my grandmother would make them medicine from the lands to heal them. Most common ailment? Hepatitis sometimes worse…and she never lost a one. She incorporated the Samoan method of healing…which is diet and medicine. I learned at her side about all the herbs and foods to help each person. When I got older, I remembered my time in the Islands and learned to be self-sufficient.

Now, I have neighbors that come to me…I have a health problem and I have no money to pay for a doctor or I have a health problem and I’ve seen doctors for months and they can’t help me…Can you help me?

I can be up in the mountains stranded and I will still have a good meal, I know what to eat and what not to eat and how to know, because I learned to be self-sufficient.

did you know that Aspirin can be used for a lot of different things? From the bark of the White Willow tree, this medicine was used by the Native Americans to treat the “Whites” when they came to the Americas. After they treated them, they taught them…Aspirin doesn’t only help with headaches and heart problems…in small doses…in larger doses you may know aspirin as Acutane the acne medicine or in higher doses for chemotherapy in some cancers…an herb, made from a decoction into an extract down to a powder mixed with milk sugar…can do all that!

So, are you self-sufficient? Can you take care of yourself and your family if disaster strikes? Can you help yourself out of a situation..be it economic or physical?

How do you become self-sufficient? You look around and find an older Woman or Man that is willing to teach you…how to make your own cane rod and tie flies for fishing…How to macramé a net for fishing…How to make medicines or fertilizers for gardening, how to can food, how to deliver a baby, how to recognise and deal with emergency situations…take classes at the community college…they have lots of classes that can teach just this sort of thing…learn to be self-sufficient…you may save your life or the life of your family!

 

 

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7 Ways To Lose Weight Without Suffering

 

Eating well is the best way to lose weight these days and as most diets tell you what you can’t eat, we say that you “can eat” to lose weight. You can eat delicious foods that give your body what it needs, without lots of sugar, fats and calories. This approach will take care of your cravings, leave you satisfied and allow you to drop excess weight.

Most diets ask you to “change your likes and dislikes”, but that isn’t a very logical approach. The reason you gain weight is because your taste buds crave certain foods and in certain amounts. You can go all out on a weight loss diet, but eventually, when you start eating normal again, you will gain all the weight back again. Even patients that have undergone lap banding or gastric bypass, have gained weight again after the initial “honeymoon” period is over.

So what is the secret? The Secret is in the right ingredients!

 

 

  1. You Can Eat All Kinds Of Foods…

How many times have you gone on a diet that tells you “you can’t have “ your favorite foods? You start to crave those comfort foods and then you eat twice as much of something else to kill the craving.

How about Chocolate Candy…Did you know that Dark Chocolate is a powerful antioxidant that is actually good for your body? Lean meats are not bad either, especially for those who are low on iron. Eating smart is not about taking all the “fun” out of food, it’s about really, truly enjoying foods.

Forget about deprivation, it will lead to failure. Think about natural, fresh, homemade foods that make your mouth water!

  1. How Much” Does Count…

Have you seen the movie “Super Size Me”? Yes, portion size does matter…when you are trying to lose weight, it’s not only what you are eating, but how much you are eating. Calories do count, no matter where those calories come from.

If you are sitting at the table and thinking about having more…wait 10 seconds to make sure you really want that additional serving.

I always make my kids put their servings in a small bowl so they don’t eat directly out of the box or bag. That way, they understand how much they are eating, and you will too!

Sometimes, when we are out shopping, my kids want to stop and grab…I make sure that they order the “kids meals”. There is plenty of food in that size to fill their stomachs. Fast Food restaurants are getting better by offering salads and fruits, yogurt and so forth in their kids meals. Even when I take them to a Juice Bar for a meal, they know that they will get their fill if they order the small drink with fiber.

At restaurants, eat all your salad, with dressing on the side, half of your entree, drink water with your salad, and no dessert. Put the other half of your entree in a take home box, and your lunch is ready for tomorrow! You’ll be full when you leave the restaurant and have lots of food left over.

If you like lots of sweets or high calorie foods, make sure you buy them in individual packages so you don’t over-eat…buy the small packages of candy, don’t buy the party bags! If you love candy bars, buy the snack bags, and freeze them…pull out one at a time and by the time their thawed enough to eat, you will have thought about that craving.

Processed foods are really the enemy…so read the labels on the boxes or cans that you have decided to eat…how many servings are your really getting ready to eat? Most packages, even soft drinks, have two servings, instead of one. My husband and I like natural drinks, but often, it takes us 3 days to consume one can. We will take a couple of sips and our craving is gone, then we will put pressure back into the bottle, seal and save for another day. (you can buy specialized containers to allow you to do that.)

  1. What To Eat To Lose Weight…

This is my favorite…I’ve never been one that likes restriction.

In order to lose weight, it’s the amount of food that count…portion size is important. Foods that are low in fat and high in fiber are the best when it comes to food that will fill you up, has less calories and will give more benefits as far as health is concerned. Vegetables are the number one food that gives you everything you need as far as nutrition, fiber and taste. If you like pasta, use a whole wheat or whole grain pasta to start with. Lay the pasta down like a napkin, thin, but enough to cover…then, lay down the vegies, roasted vegetables, steamed vegetables, fresh chopped tomatoes! The pasta will fill you up and give you that taste and texture you crave, but the vegetables will not only fill you up, they will give your immune system a boost as well!

If you have to have potatoes…here’s my favorite. First, I stay away from the high carb baking potatoes and go for the Red’s or Peruvian Purples. These are waxy potatoes and they take longer to break down in the system. Also, make sure you don’t put your spuds in the refrigerator, the cold makes the potato turn the fiber into sugar. Bake these Red or Waxy potatoes and then top them with mounds of broccoli…I like Asparagus over mine, with grilled onions and red peppers! Make sure you eat the skins too!

Just remember that if you are eating something that is “Starchy” you should stay with one serving. If you have a potato, don’t add corn…add something that isn’t a starch.

The more vegetables you have on your plate, you can eat more food and still lose weight!

Also, a note on treats. There is a little candy shop not to far from our town. I take my girls there once a month. They give out samples of homemade fudge and handmade chocolates. When we go there, I only allow my girls to eat what is homemade or handmade. The slices of fudge are small, but it’s so rich that it’s enough to satisfy their craving for the month. The sizes are small and when they take a piece of candy home, it goes right into the freezer and they savor it later.

  1. A Little Fat Is Good…

Did you know that eating a little fat can actually help you lose weight? Some types of fat are good for you…like olive oil, fish oil, nut oils, avocado oil and flaxseed. Even though these types of “fats” are good for you, you still want to watch the amounts you are eating.

So, how do you cut down on the wrong kinds of fat?

Choose lean meats like Bottom, Eye or Top Round, Top Sirloin, Top Loin or Tenderloin.

Take the skins off of your poultry before you cook it! If you want poultry tender, learn to use a brine…tea makes a wonderful brine solution, just make sure you use “sea salt” for your solution to make sure you get some added benefits to your cooking. Also, make sure that you eat “white” meat in poultry, there is less fat in white meat.

Eat “low-fat” versions of dairy, skim milk or fat-free milk, use yogurt instead of sour cream and my favorite, eat Sorbet instead of Ice Cream.

If you have to have the fat as a flavoring on your bread or toast in the morning, try a nut butter or a yogurt instead of butter.

Try different types of Salad dressing for your salad. My personal favorite it Salsa, fresh and homemade. Use a vinaigrette or you can try our Raspberry Salad with balsamic Vinaigrette at the end of this article if you are really looking for flavor!

  1. Add Fiber To Fill You Up…

    Americans are continuing to get fatter and fatter each year, making the diet and medical industry richer and richer. How do we end this cycle we are in? Is there a miracle pill that can make us thin again? Drum roll…..

And now, the secret ingredient to weight loss…Fiber! Fiber is the most important part of easy weight loss because high-fiber foods help fill you up with fewer calories!

Soluble fiber mixes with water to form a gel in your digestive tract slowing down digestion, so it takes longer for your stomach to empty and keeping you satisfied for up to four hours. Because we don’t have what it takes to break down the fiber, it isn’t absorbed, so it doesn’t contribute any calories!!! (Be cautious when using soluble fiber that you only take what is recommended, you don’t want to get plugged up!)

My youngest daughter was diagnosed with a disease cause by trauma. The medications the doctors put her on caused her to gain a lot of weight. She is 11 now and looking forward to going to a new school.

When she was taken off her medication, we had to help her lose weight. She lost 25 pounds in one month by eating! I had her eat Breakfast, Lunch, a Snack and Dinner…She was never hungry, but the secret ingredient was the life saver. I added Wheat Bran to her sandwiches, on top of whole grains, and she never knew it was there. I added Wheat Bran and a soluble fiber to her Smoothies in the morning, I packed her lunch with extra fiber in her sandwiches, on top of crunchy peanut butter, she never knew it was there. She had smoothies when she came home as a snack, again, filled with soluble and insoluble fiber and dinner was full of fiber as well. All Desserts were made with our special, slow absorbing sugar and our FlourBlend, which has twice the protein and twice the fiber as regular Flour.

Not only did she lose weight, but the rest of my kids lost anywhere from 10 – 20 pounds also, I lost 20 pounds and my husband lost 25 pounds…just by eating the right kinds of fiber and lots of it.

  1. Demon Devil White Foods!!!

Processed and packaged foods have almost taken over the American Diet. Nearly 90 percent of household food budgets are spent on processed foods. That doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, lean meats, dairy or whole grains.

Processed foods are filled with chemicals designed to keep you coming back for more (see my article on glutamate’s), but it’s not the fact that processed foods have chemical additives, it’s the fact that nutritional value is taken out when the food was processed. Because processing strips the foods of soluble fiber, antioxidants and the good fats that nature put in to protect your health, processed foods

can only help you gain weight.

With the recipes at the end of this article, we hope that you will add more fresh foods into your diet, without spending more time and money on food that won’t satisfy your cravings.

Not all packaged foods are bad either, just remember to read your labels and rinse off salty residue before using the food inside.

  1. Does It Matter When You Eat?

Yes, it does matter when you eat. I recommend 5 meals a day for my clients, about every two hours. You should only eat when you are hungry, but you should never let yourself get so hungry you feel like your starving. Snacking is a good thing, as long as you snack on things that will be beneficial! Usually, when I get hungry, I drink a glass of water first, just to make sure I’m hungry and not thirsty. If the water doesn’t do the trick, I try whole grain cereal sweetened with SugarBlend, just a touch, I don’t like to cover up the taste of the grains. Eating Whole Grain Cereals for a snack helps me get slow absorping energy, protein (I use soy milk or almond milk) and fiber that I know is going to give me what I need. In the morning, in between meals, I usually drink a vitamin C drink that gives me the energy and mental boost to keep me researching and writing.

 

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Approximately 30 years ago, food manufacturers were competing against the American Homemaker for consumable dollars. Women, traditionally prepared food fed to the family and the food prepared came fresh and cheap!

Food scientists knew then that we have glutamate receptors on our tongues. Humans are driven to eat foods containing glutamates, even when we can’t taste them. Glutamates can enhance taste or the sensation of taste, but it also causes a chemical reaction soon after the glutamate receptors are activated.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and other glutamates (called free glutamates) can appear naturally in foods or may be included as additives by manufacturers in order, among other reasons, to increase the popularity of their products.

When glutamates are added to foods, they can release high levels of insulin, which cause changes in the metabolism. In a report written by Drs. N.A. Togiyama and A. Adachi and published in the medical journal Physiological Behavior, applying monosodium glutamate to the tongues of animals will release high levels of insulin within three minutes.

The hunger that follows such an insulin response could increase cravings, cause weight gain, and if repeated over tine, increase the likelihood of adult-onset diabetes.

Check you ingredient listing. Glutamates can go under a variety of names, including:

Anything enzyme modified

Anything fermented

Anything protein fortified

Anything ultra-pasteurized

Autolyzed yeast

Barley malt

Broth

Bouillon

Calcium caseinate

Carrageenan

Flavoring Gelatin

Hydrolyzed oat flour

Hydrolyzed plant protein

Hydrolyzed vegetable protein

Malt extract

Maltodextrin

Natural flavors (or natural flavoring)

Pectin

Plant protein extract

Potassium glutamate

Sodium caseinate

Soy protein

Soy sauce

Stock

Textured protein

Whey protein

Yeast extract

Yeast food

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Individuals with Celiac disease should avoid oats.

Oat meal has been around since the Christian Era and first used for medicinal purposes. It wasn’t until much later that it was cultivated as a crop. Oats started out as an Asiatic plant and then was transplanted to the US. Today, Oats are the third most important grain crop in the United States.

The green leaves and stem have been used for anxiety, weakened bladder and connective tissue, connective tissue deficiencies, gout, kidney ailments, opium and tobacco withdrawal treatments, rheumatism, skin diseases, sleeplessness and stress.

Homeopathiclly it has been used for exhaustion and insomnia.

The grain or fruit has been used for gastrointestinal tract disorders, gallbladder and kidneys, for cardiovascular disorders, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, physical fatigue and rheumatism.

Straw has been used as a drug for seborrheic skin disorders and has also been anecdotally used for abdominal fatigue, bladder and rheumatic disorders, eye ailments, frostbite, gout, impetigo and insulin resistance. Oat straw has also been used in foot baths for chronically cold or tired feet and as a tea for flu and coughs.

Studies have demonstrated that the soluble fiber in Oat products lower cholesterol. 40 grams of Oat bran daily for 14 days lowered bad cholesterol (LDL) and increased good cholesterol(HDL).

Clinical trials have also shown that the soluble fiber in Oat products reduce the risk for diabetes and heart disease 15 to 20%.

A blind study also suggested that oats may help smokers cut down their cigarette use.

Oats may have antidepressant properties, act as a restorative nerve tonic and promote sweating. It may good for bed-wetting, depression and skin disorders and may help comfort insomnia.

The soluble fiber in oats works by activating the immune cells known as macrophages. Macrophages trap and consume foreign substances that do not belong in the body.

In fact soluble oat fiber has been shown to be extremely effective in helping to control autoimmune conditions such as Arthritis, Diabetes, Psoriasis etc.

Cancer patients have reported that their cancerous tumors have shrunk after taking soluble oat fiber extracts.

Soluble Oat fiber accurately recognizes and destroys foreign invaders like viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc. which cause infection and disease.

Soluble Oat fiber may give protection from radiation encountered during airline travel, X-rays, mammograms, from high tension power lines, proximity to nuclear facilities, computer terminals and UV rays from the sun.

Soluble Oat fiber may offer quicker recovery from injuries and illnesses. You may even discover that you get sick less often.

Soluble Oat fiber may enhance the effectiveness of many vitamin supplements plus pharmaceutical drugs such as antibiotics, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic medications.

Oat Bran may impair absorption and the effectiveness of certain cholesterol inhibiting drugs, so you’ll need to take your medications either before or after you eat your bowl of oatmeal by 2 hours.

There are no known health hazards or side effects in conjunction with the proper dosages of Oats. Oats may pose a risk to the individual who is hypersensitive to Oat gluten

Because oatmeal is more satisfying and filling, eating oatmeal in the morning for breakfast may help you lose weight and think more clearly throughout the day.

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Did you know your diet can reduce your risk of catching a cold or flu? Diet and other smart lifestyle choices can help you to avoid the sniffles, stuffy nose and aches of the cold, and influenza.

Food and healthy lifestyle choices boost your immune system, and that can prevent you from coming down with colds and flu. Just don’t wait until you get sick to make changes; you’ll need to change your diet and lifestyle before the cold and flu season gets to you.

Rely on Real Food:

Eating whole foods are always better then taking dietary supplements alone for health because you get the total package…fiber, proteins, carbohydrates, phytogens and antioxidants! An orange is better for you then processed orange juice, because you get vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, antioxidants and fiber and they are all in the right amounts for your body to use. Fresh squeezed orange juice is much better than processed foods because the nutrients don’t have time to break down.

Eating fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C may help to keep your immune system strong and your immune system is what protects you from viral infections. The foods you eat have a major impact on your immune system’s ability to fight off colds and flu and that’s the reason that fruits and vegetables do a better job of keeping your immune system ready. Fruits and Vegetables contain vitamins A and E, as well as flavonoids that work along side vitamin C to keep your immune system and your whole body healthy.

Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

So now that you know you need to eat lots of fruits and vegetables to keep your immune system strong, the next step is to actually do it! People eat less fruits and vegetables in the winter, which is the opposite of what you need to do. The body needs at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day to get all the vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants needed– all the basics needed for a healthy immune system.

One way to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables is to put fresh juice into your diet. Make sure you choose 100% fresh juices, as other juice drinks contain extra sugar and empty calories and fresh squeezed is always a better choice than processed..

Eating frozen fruits and vegetables is another economical and convenient way to improve your diet and prevent colds and flu. Jamba Juice uses the best whole fruits, frozen for freshness in all their jamba juices.

Make sure that fruits and vegetables are part of every meal.

Keep Up Your Healthy Diet

A healthy balanced diet with lean meats, fish, poultry, low-fat dairy, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds gives your body all the nutrients you need for general health. A healthy body tends to have a healthier immune system.

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About two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight, and almost one-third are obese. Poor nutritional choices like Junk Food, Soft Drinks and Fast Food are contributing factors, along with no exercise and sleep deprivation.

it’s a known fact that globally, Americans are workaholics, so what ever and when ever we eat, we grab and run with. Fast and Junk Foods offer little nutritional value, high fat, high sodium, high processed carbs and a future of obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease. The American diet is also low on fiber, most getting 14 grams or less per day, but needing 25 to 38 grams per day.

Most people gain about 1 to 7 pounds over the holiday season, less if you are already healthy and exercising, more if you are already overweight or concidered Obese. To off set the holiday binge…try doing a once a week cleanse to detoxify your body, give your system a rest and lose weight.

Drinking 16 ounce “All Fruit” smoothies from Jamba Juice can help and give you added fiber by adding a flax & fiber boost. Look to our side menu and view our cleansing diet. A one day cleanse is perfect for the holiday season! Easy to do, conveneint and it always tastes great.

Buying foods that have fiber, is raw and nutritious will satisfy longer and help you eat less as well, helping you to lose weight. On a One Week Cleasing diet, you can lose up to 10 pounds in a week! Stay with the program and you can lose even more.

Better food choices are available at Jamba Juice, so – Get In Line!

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No Comments on Lower Cholesterol by 15% and More!

2 Servings a day of fruits and vegetables can lower your cholesterol by 10 to 15%!  Using plant sterols can lower cholesterol by 15% and the more you do, the greater the effect it has.

Some of the food items that cause High Cholesterol:

Shell Fish:  Shrimp, Oysters, Mussels, Crab, Lobster and Clams.
High Fat Dairy:  Cream Cheese, Ice Cream, Butter,
Caviar
High Fat Meats:  Duck, Goose, Bacon
Eggs
Fast Food

But did you know that you can off set these unhealthy cholesterol foods by including the following foods in your diet?

Oatmeal, Oat Bran and high fiber foods (3 recipes available)

Recipe:  Oat Cake and Spinach with Horseradish Sauce

Oat and Almond Breakfast Bars

White House Honey-Oat Muffins

Fish and Omega 3 fatty Acids found in Flax Seeds and nut oils
Nuts, Almonds, Walnuts(3 recipes available)

Recipes:  Orange and Almond Green Beans

  Spiced Almonds

Cherry-Almond-Chocolate Clusters

Olive Oil
Beans and Lentils (3 recipes available)

Recipes:  Lentil Tabbouleh

Warm Lentil Salad with Seared White Fish

Chicken and White Bean Chili

Fruits:  Blueberries, Strawberries, Oranges, Kiwi, Apples, Avocados (3 recipes available)

Recipes:  Cold Avocado Soup

Avocado, Orange and Red Onion Salad

Raspberry-Avocado Smoothie

 

Recipes:  Spiced Blueberry Soup

Blueberry Chutney

Blueberry Focaccia

Whole Grains and Seeds:  Barley, Brown Rice, Sunflower Seeds (3 recipes available)

Recipes:  Toasted Barley and Chicken Pilaf

Hearty Mushroom-Barley Soup

Barley and Grilled-Vegetable Salad

Vegetables especially  Broccoli
Red Wine – 1/4 cup a night…any more will cancel the effect.
Spices:  Cinnamon, Garlic

As you can see, there are many more foods that fight Cholesterol then create it! So there are a lot of choices that can be made in getting healthy.

A Plant based diet can greatly reduce the impact of many diseases including High cholesterol, Diabetes and heart disease, especially when paired with exercise and good sleeping habits.  Vegetarian and Vegan diets have more plant sterols available in their foods, so most disease is excluded in their life time.  On average, vegetables contain 5 to 40mgs of Plant sterols with Whole Grain Cereals having the highest amounts of sterols.

There are many healthy food choices available today, so you don’t have to decide that Fast Food is the only choice you have.  Jamba Juice offers a huge healthy menu and that includes a Vegan menu as well.  If you want to save money on healthcare, lose some weight and get healthy, Jamba Juice is the easiest choice you’ll make!  Smoothies that include not only Fruits, but vegetables as well, Flat Breads, Wraps, Oatmeal and Whole Grain Breads…Get in line!

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