Sweet Apple Smoothie for digestive health maintenance…

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The last smoothie I made (using greens) didn’t go well, but this one tastes great! For anyone looking to add more probioitics into their diet, natural yogurt can be helpful. The yogurt that most people buy from a grocery store is full of harmful ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes and flavoring, etc. Kellogg’s yogurt contains BHT & High Fructose Corn Syrup, Chobani contains added flavors and concentrates, many of Dannon’s yogurts contain artificial flavors, potassium sorbate, & other harmful additives.

I personally cannot stand the flavor of natural yogurt – it’s too sour/bitter/blah for me…so I prefer to mix it in with other foods like a meat dish, or in this case – a smoothie. Do NOT cook the yogurt – it will kill the good probiotics – add it in afterward. The ingredients I used:

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  1. 1/2 cup prune juice (just natural pune juice, no concentrate, no added sugar, etc)
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 medium apple
  4. 1/4 cup yogurt (use the most natural/organic yogurt you can get)
  5. 1 serving cup of natural, unsweetened/unflavored applesauce
  6. 1/4 cup of coconut water
  7. 3-5 ice cubes

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. This recipe almost filled 2 red solo cups – makes plenty for you to have one now and put the other one in the fridge for later or share with a friend. You could easily add other ingredients such as ginger, coconut, parsley, cinnamon, etc.

Specific brands I used:

Yogurt: White Mountain Bulgarian Yogurt (I think it’s made in Austin, I bought it at HEB – it’s the best I can find near me)

Coconut juice: VitaCoco 100% Pure Coconut Water

Unsweetened applesauce: HEB Unsweetened Applesauce 6pk

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Top Cancer Killers

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Loma Linda University  reported that people who ate beans at least three times a week had a 33% reduced risk of colon polyps (which often lead to colon cancer).

Researchers at Colorado State University reported on the anticancer abilities of beans: white kidney beans have greater impact on cancer cells than navy beans, and that more colorful beans have milder effects. Foods that were found to be especially protective against head and neck cancers, which include cancer of the mouth, throat, and larynxthese cancers included beans, carrots, and tomatoes, among others.

1305104161078Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, such as cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, and kale, among others, contain several compounds shown to fight cancer.

Carrots are an excellent source of beta-carotene, a potent antioxidant that has been associated with a reduced risk of various cancers, including prostate, mouth, throat, colon, stomach, and bladder. This does not include beta-carotene supplements – to receive the benefits, carrots must be eaten.

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In one laboratory study, capsaicin slowed the growth of prostate cancer cells and prompted apoptosis (cell suicide), while a subsequent study found similar results regarding apoptosis and prostate cancer cells. Capsaicin also fights stomach cancer.

Garlic contains allium compounds that enhance the activity of immune system cells designed to fight cancer – they block carcinogens from getting into cells and also slow the development of tumors.

Mushrooms, including shiitake, reishi, coriolus versicolor, and maitake, have demonstrated cancer-fighting properties. The anticancer abilities are attributed to polysaccharides, including beta glucan, which enhance the immune system and strengthen it against cancer. Mushrooms also contain complex protein/sugar molecules called lectin, which have an ability to prevent cancer cells from multiplying. Another compound in mushrooms is ergosterol peroxide, which can inhibit the growth or prostate cancer cells and prompt apoptosis, according to a study reported in Chemico Biological Interactions. The yamabushitake mushroom has demonstrated potential against human leukemia.

Raspberries have been shown to decrease the number of esophageal tumors. In subsequent studies, black raspberry extracts inhibited the growth of colon cancer cells.

A recent review in Current Medicinal Chemistry reports on the impact of lycopene on cancer in general, and how its potent antioxidant properties help it prevent cell damage and inhibit cell growth. In addition, some case-control studies have shown that greater consumption of tomatoes and lycopene is associated with a reduced risk of lung cancer.

The spice turmeric: Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, appears to involve a blend of anti-carcinogenic, pro-apoptotic, anti-angiogenic, anti-metastatic, immunomodulatory and antioxidant activities. One study showed  it inhibited the growth of both human and animal prostate cancer cell lines.

450lb Man lost 250lbs on Dollar Store Diet

 

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At one point in his life, Joe had been laid off from his job and wanted to make some changes. He couldn’t afford a gym membership or fancy diet. So he did the one workout that he could afford and physically manage… walking. He lost over 200 pounds by walking and eating discounted healthy food. He walked five miles a day, every day, rain or shine. He went through his fridge with a trash bag, replacing the soda with water and stocking up on fruits, veggies, nuts and high-protein meats like tuna, chicken, and lean beef. He says, “Not only was I giving myself the gift of better health – I was saving money in the process!”

Articles: http://health.yahoo.net/experts/yourbestfitness/99-cent-diet-could-it-work-you

His websites:

http://www.joejoenow.com/

http://www.joewalking.com

See Joe’s episode on The Doctors (thedoctorstv.com – I personally LOVE watching this show!!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=JbJRdd3v074

Why you should avoid Caffeine – it can make you fat, alter your DNA, and it’s toxic.

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The LD50 (Lethal Dose 50%) of  caffeine is 192 mg. The lower the LD50 number, the more lethal the substance is. For comparison, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) has an LD50 of 11,900 mg/kg. Cyanide has an LD50 of 6.4 mg/kg.

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Caffeine is mutagenic for mammalian somatic cells (meaning that is alters your DNA and is passed down genetically to offspring). Mutagenic for bacteria and/or yeast. May cause damage to the following organs: heart, gastrointestinal tract, central nervous system.

It has Chronic Effects on Humans: May cause adverse reproductive effects (fetotoxicity, maternal (parnutrition) and birth defects. May affect genetic material (mutagenic). May cause cancer (tumorgenic) based on animal data.

It may cause gastrointestinal (digestive) tract irritation with epigastric pain, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

It affects metabolism and cardiovascular system with symptoms including flushing, palpitations, rapid heart rate, dysrhythmias, hypotension, blood pressure elevation and weight loss, metabolic acidosis.

It may affect brain and behavior/central nervous system. Symptoms may include nervousness, anxiety, restlessness, insomnia, dizziness, tremor, seizures, convulsions, hallucinations,
somnolence, toxic psychosis, tremors, convulsions, ataxia.

May also affect blood, respiration (hyperventilation), and urinary system (mild increase in urinary volume and urinary sodium excretion), and may directly produce hypokalemia.

Chronic Potential Health Effects: May cause cancer (tumorigen) based on animal studies. May cause reproductive and fetal effects. May cause digestive tract disturbances (increased gastric acid, and pepsin secretion and a decrease in lower esophogeal sphincter pressure), cardiovascular disturbances.

Caffeine also fits the definition of an addictive substance, with withdrawal symptoms, an increase in tolerance over time, and physical cravings.

Caffeine is metabolized in the liver.

It increases lipolysis, leading to elevated glycerol and free fatty acid levels in the blood plasma.

It dilates blood vessels and increases urine volume.

Caffeine crosses the blood–brain barrier that separates the bloodstream from the interior of the brain.

Caffeine acts as a nonselective antagonist of adenosine receptors. The caffeine molecule is structurally similar to adenosine, and binds to adenosine receptors on the surface of cells without activating them (an “antagonist” mechanism of action). Therefore, caffeine acts as a competitive inhibitor.

Caffeine tolerance develops very quickly, especially among heavy coffee and energy drink consumers. Complete tolerance to sleep disruption effects of caffeine develops after consuming 400 mg of caffeine 3 times a day for 7 days. Full complete tolerance of caffeine was observed when subjects consumed 750–1200 mg per day.

Withdrawal symptoms — headache, irritability, an inability to concentrate, drowsiness, insomnia and pain in the stomach, upper body, and joints — may appear within 12 to 24 hours after discontinuation of caffeine intake. This peaks at roughly 48 hours, and usually last from one to five days, representing the time required for the number of adenosine receptors in the brain to revert to “normal” levels. Analgesics, such as aspirin, can relieve the pain symptoms.

The DOT Classification of caffeine: CLASS 6.1: Poisonous material!!

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Caffeine can lead to a condition known as ”caffeinism.” Caffeinism combines caffeine dependency with a wide range of unpleasant physical and mental conditions including nervousness, irritability, anxiety, tremulousness, muscle twitching (hyperreflexia), insomnia, headaches, respiratory alkalosis, and heart palpitations. Furthermore, because caffeine increases the production of stomach acid, high usage over time can lead to peptic ulcers, erosive esophagitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

There are four caffeine-induced psychiatric disorders recognized by the ”Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition”: caffeine intoxication, caffeine-induced anxiety disorder, caffeine-induced sleep disorder, and caffeine-related disorder.

Long-term consumption of caffeine could inhibit learning and memory partially through inhibition of hippocampal neurogenesis.

Caffeine binds to receptors on the surface of heart muscle cells, which leads to an increase in the level of cAMP inside the cells (by blocking the enzyme that degrades cAMP), mimicking the effects of epinephrine (which binds to receptors on the cell that activate cAMP production).

Despite its widespread use and the conventional view that it is a safe substance, a 2008 study suggested that pregnant women who consume 200 milligrams or more of caffeine per day have about twice the miscarriage risk as women who consume none.

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5-6 cups of coffee a day may make you fat!

Caffeine can cause retention of fat within cells, glucose intolerance(a pre-diabetic condition), and increase resistance to insulin regulation. 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2332044/Is-caffeine-fix-making-fat-Study-shows-cups-coffee-day-cause-obesity.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

LD50 LETHAL DOSE CHART:

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http://www.sciencelab.com/msds.php?msdsId=9927475

http://www.sciencelab.com/msdsList.php

http://www.epa.gov/agriculture/ag101/pestlethal.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Median_lethal_dose#cite_note-21

http://www.ingredientstodiefor.com/files/MSDS_Caffeine.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HAZMAT_Class_6_Toxic_and_Infectious_Substances

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/BuyingUsingMedicineSafely/UnderstandingOver-the-CounterMedicines/UCM205286.pdf

High intakes of coffee are associated with raised concentrations of plasma homocysteine, a predictor of risk of cardiovascular disease. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11237928

http://www.news-medical.net/health/Caffeine-Pharmacology.aspx

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Personal note: I’ve been caffeine-free for about 8 months now. I’d given up caffeine a few years ago, but I went back to it after some stressful events. Caffeine just made me feel good/happy and I craved it when I felt bad or stressed.

The 1st time I gave it up was super-hard. I was consuming 8-16 cans of Coca-cola and energy drinks a day(insane, I know!). I switched that out to diet Coke and diet Pepsi, then I switched that out to strong tea. I gradually weakened the tea until I was just drinking water. I could not go cold-turkey because I have severe migraines. I had to slowly step it down.

This time, I went from energy drinks and soda straight to water. I had to use some Excedrin to get me through the 1st week. I naturally have 2-5 baaaaaad migraines every year (since I was about 2 years old). As long as I was consuming caffeine I wouldn’t have any, but if I was ever in a situation where I went without it for more than 6 hours – it would induce a monster migraine that would leave me crying in a fetal position. That could be several times a week. I much prefer to deal with my “regular” migraine episodes. I’ve only had 2 since I stopped consuming caffeine this last time. It’s also easier now for me to notice the signs of a migraine coming on – which means I have time to do a few things to take the edge off so that they don’t last as long and aren’t as severe.

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Coconut Facts

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It has been used for thousands of years in ancient India as a healing fruit.

It takes around 9 months for a coconut to filter all of the water that it contains. This makes the water completely pure & sterile, which is why it can be used for blood transfusions.

It has the highest concentration of electrolytes of anything found in nature.

Younger coconuts contain the purest unsaturated fats and are better than mature coconuts.

It boots the immune system, boosts metabolism, and improves thyroud function.

It makes a great topical oil(use a TINY bit – it goes a long way!) that can help to naturally rid the skin of dangerous toxins. It also gives the skin the perfect mix of hydration and antioxidants that it needs to stay healthy, smooth and younger-looking longer.

Eight ounces of coconut water has 46 calories, 9 grams of carbohydrates, 250 mg of sodium, 200-500 mg of potassium, 60 mg of magnesium, 45 mg of phosphorus, and 2 grams of protein. The electrolyte content is more than double that of traditional sports drinks with about half of the carbohydrates. (Potassium is an essential macromineral in human nutrition; it is the major cation (positive ion) inside cells, and it is important in maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in the body.)

According to researchers, individuals with high blood pressure usually have low potassium levels. Therefore, drinking coconut water on a regular basis can be quite effective at regulating blood pressure.

Coconut milk (made from the meat of the coconut) has 500-600 calories, and coconut water(liquid inside) contains about 50 calories.

A few studies have shown coconut water to have cytokinins which are beneficial for anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic and anti-thrombotic effects. The American Institute for Cancer Research says that some of the compounds in coconut water, such as selenium, have antioxidant properties and fight cancer in the lab(many common fruits and vegetables are packed with these compounds). Several animal studies suggest coconut water can lower cholesterol and blood pressure, but this research is too preliminary to make any claims  yet.

An article with numerous facts & info: http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

Another article with information & factoids: http://www.thepaleosecret.com/2012/07/19/top-10-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/
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Remedy for gray hair & baldness

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Onion juice

Research has found that grey hair is primarily caused by a buildup of hydrogen peroxide at the root of hair follicles and that this is due in great part to a reduction in the natural antioxidant compound catalase. In addition to helping cleanse the scalp and follicles, onion juice also promotes the production of catalase. Catalase prevents grey hair as well as promotes thicker hair follicles. It is also shown to work for the skin condition vitiligo.

How-to: Divide your hair into four sections, then apply the onion juice on your scalp not on your hair. Massage gently and leave it on for 15 minutes till 1 hour, then rinse you hair well. Apply it daily and after 2 weeks ( at least) you may see great results. Shampoo afterwards to help remove the onion odor.

Some helpful links with more information on gray hair & baldness remedies:

http://food.ndtv.com/beauty/onions-for-hair-fall-an-inexpensive-way-to-promote-hair-growth-1271456

http://www.naturalnews.com/040262_thinning_hair_grey_onion_juice.html

http://www.onlymyhealth.com/onion-juice-hair-loss-1359096093

http://www.americanathleticinstitute.org/natural-home-remedies/101-tips-on-how-to-make-your-hair-grow-quicker.php

Foods that fight cancer

Garlic

Garlic – Garlic belongs to the family of vegetables called Allium, which includes onions, scallions, leeks and chives. Laboratory research has shown that one garlic component, called diallyl disulfide, exerts potent preventive effects against cancers of the skin, colon and lung. Recently, this compound proved able to kill leukemia cells in the laboratory. A compound derived from garlic called ajoene has displayed similar activity. Garlic protects against stomach cancer and decreases one’s chances of developing colorectal cancer. The higher the exposure to the food = the greatest decrease in risk. In laboratory studies, components of garlic have shown the ability to slow or stop the growth of tumors in prostate, bladder, colon and stomach tissue.

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Peanuts, Grapes, & Mulberry Fruit – They all contain resveratrol, a type of natural phytochemical that belongs to a much larger group of phytochemicals called polyphenols. Laboratory research points to resveratrol’s ability to slow the growth of cancer cells and inhibit the formation of tumors in lymph, liver, stomach and breast cells. Resveratrol has also triggered the death of leukemic and colon cancer tumors. In one series of studies, resveratrol blocked the development of skin, breast and leukemia cancers at all three stages of the disease (initiation, promotion and progression).

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Tomatoes  – Their red hue comes chiefly from a phytochemical called lycopene. Reasearch has  found substantial and convincing evidence that foods containing lycopene probably protect against prostate cancer. Consumption of tomato compounds has been linked to large decreases in prostate cancer risk. Moreover, there is evidence that this cancer-fighting potential is increased if tomatoes are consumed in a processed form that allows these natural compounds to be released and more easily absorbed, such as tomato sauce, tomato paste or tomato juice. In the laboratory, tomato components have stopped the proliferation of several other cancer cells types, including breast, lung, and endometrial.

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Ginger – Ginger causes cancer cell apoptosis(apoptosis is when cancer cells “commit suicide”). The anti-inflammatory properties of ginger prevent precancerous tumors from creating the perfect breeding ground and climate for growth. Ginger also causes autophagy, meaning that ginger tricks the cancerous cells into eating themselves. Researchers have found that ginger exhibited a highly prized anti-cancer trait known as selective cytotoxicity: it inhibited the reproduction of cancer cells while leaving healthy cells largely unaffected. No conventional cancer treatment on the market exhibits this property.

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Citrus Fruits – Citric acid and flavonoids in citrus fruits contributes to their antioxidant & anti-cancer properties. Citrus fruit consumption increases your protection from oral cancer,  and cancers of the digestive and upper respiratory tract. A 2010 study showed that citric acid alone does not protect against cancer – it works best when the fruit is consumed because the flavonoid/citric acid combination is what works and protects against cancers. Limes & lemons have the highest concentration of citric acid – as much as 8% of their dry weight. Citrus foods: limes, lemons, grapefruit, oranges, berries, pineapples, tamarind, tomatoes, & cherries. Please note: If you are taking medication, please consult your doctor before increasing your citric acid consumption – it can interfere with absorption and effectiveness. Also, consuming too much citric acid can have some side effects such as PH balance disturbance, diarrhea, nausea, etc.