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Our Review of Juicers

Our Review of Juicers

Four years ago we watched a documentary called Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Uplifting title I know but seriously I love this show. I also love what it taught us! My husband was diagnosed with non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease three years ago. When the doctors told […]

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead

This documentary was one of the first “healthy living” type documentaries we watched. It was a huge eye opener that led to us buying our first juicer. I love this documentary and highly recommend it to anyone that is interested in living a healthier lifestyle […]

Chia Seed

Chia Seed

chia seeds

Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from a plant that originated in South America. In fact, “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” According to Dr. Oz, chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with nutrients that are necessary for the body and brain.

Chia seeds are loaded with fiber. Because of the high fiber content, chia seeds can absorb up to 10-12 times their weight in water, becoming gel-like and expanding in the stomach. This should increase fullness, slow  the absorption of food and help you eat fewer calories. Adding some chia to your diet is an easy way to make sure you’re getting a good amount of fiber, which is important for digestive health, blood sugar (fiber doesn’t raise blood sugar!), and weight control.

Chia seeds contain protein.  Protein has many health benefits. It is the most diet-friendly nutrient and has been proven to affect weight.

So, since we’ve mentioned fiber and protein and their effects on weight and digestive health, it is necessary to further understand how this benefits the diabetic population. Remember that we said fiber doesn’t raise blood sugar? That’s a huge plus for diabetics. Chia is being currently studied as a potential natural treatment for type-2 diabetes because of its ability to slow down digestion and to prevent blood sugar spikes.

In this study, 20 diabetic patients received either 37 grams of chia seeds, or 37 grams of wheat bran, for 12 weeks. Several improvements in certain health markers have been noted.  Blood pressure and blood sugar decreased and an inflammatory marker called hs-CRP went down by 40%. A risk factor called vWF also decreased by 21%. This is good news for those living with diabetes!

Chia seeds also have a high amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants fight the production of free radicals, which can damage cells and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer.

Chia seeds are high in several nutrients that are important for bone health. These are calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein (which we already mentioned). A serving of chia seeds has 18% of the recommended daily allowance for calcium (higher than most dairy products!); necessary for to maintaining bone and oral health and preventing osteoporosis. Phosphorus is a nutrient that is used by the body to synthesize protein for cell and tissue growth and repair. Chia seeds are a great option for those who are lactose-intolerant or who just don’t like dairy products.

Chia seeds are a natural, whole-grain food. They are usually grown organically, are non-GMO and are free of gluten. Adding chia seeds to recipes will dramatically boost the nutritional value. Why would you not add chia seeds to your diet? They are easy to incorporate into your diet because they don’t need to be ground beforehand (unless you want to).  Try these ways of using chia seeds:

  • They can be eaten raw, soaked in juice, added to oatmeal and pudding, or added to baked goods.
  • Chia seeds can be sprinkled on top of cereal, yogurt, vegetables or rice dishes.
  • Because of their ability to absorb both water and fat, they can be used to thicken sauces and even used as egg substitutes in recipes. According to Wellness Mama: To substitute for an egg: Use 1 tablespoon finely ground chia seeds (grind them dry in a blender, food processor, or coffee grinder) and 3 tablespoons of water per egg in a baked recipe (does not work in place of eggs for omelets though…)
  • They can also be mixed with water and turned into a gel.
  • Chia pudding- http://www.skinnytaste.com/2013/05/superfood-triple-berry-chia-pudding.html

I’d love to hear how you use chia seeds in your diet! I sprinkle mine over salad or in a smoothie.

Take care and be well!

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Put Your Aloe Vera To Use

Put Your Aloe Vera To Use

Aloe Vera is a succulent plant species which has been used in herbal medicine since the beginning of the first century AD. Aloe Vera is widely used in the cosmetics and holistic health industries due to its healing and rejuvenating abilities. If you are thinking about introducing a new houseplant […]

For the Love of Hemp Seeds

For the Love of Hemp Seeds

Hemp is thought to be one of the earth’s most nutritious plants. Hemp seeds are an ideal source of protein for vegans and vegetarians, including those who eat a raw diet. Essential fatty acids are abundant in hemp seeds, as are magnesium, iron, potassium, and fiber. Hemp seeds also […]

Top 6 Reasons to Include Figs in Your Diet

Top 6 Reasons to Include Figs in Your Diet

One of my favorite snacks is dried figs. I buy my dried figs at local ethnic grocers, or at Whole Foods.  I also enjoy fresh figs, but these are harder to come by here. There are many varieties of figs, which are grown in warm, dry climates such as the Mediterranean and parts of Asia and California. Figs come in many different colors, from purples to browns and yellows. Figs are soft when they are ripe, like a plum, and will not last long at room temperature, so enjoy them within a few days of picking. Otherwise, consider drying your figs for a delicious, chewy snack. I really love dried figs. Figs are not only a sweet treat, they are so good for you! Here are some of the amazing health benefits of figs. 

health benefits of figs

  • May help lower high blood pressure. A standard American diet is high in sodium (thanks to the salt added to processed foods), but low in potassium-rich foods (fruits and vegetables). Low intake of potassium-rich foods, especially when coupled with a high intake of sodium, can lead to hypertension. Figs are a good source of potassium. Eating figs, and other potassium-rich fruits and vegetables, can decrease a person’s chance of high blood pressure.
  • A good source of fiber. Most Americans don’t eat enough dietary fiber. Fiber adds bulk to the diet and makes one feel full faster, helping with weight management. It helps digestion and helps prevent constipation. Increasing dietary fiber may influence breast cancer survival
  • Protect against vision loss. The primary cause of vision loss with aging is macular degeneration. Eating 3 or more servings a day of fruit may lower this risk. Add figs to your diet!
  • A good source of calcium. Eating a cup of figs has as much calcium as a cup of milk. This is great news for those that suffer from lactose allergies or who need to reduce their dairy intake.
  • High in iron.  Iron is the mineral that helps create red blood cells and prevent anemia. Figs are a great snacking choice for pregnant women, or those that struggle with low iron.
  • May balance estrogen levels.  When functioning properly, our bodies produce the right amount of estrogen in each season of life. Unfortunately, environmental toxins, processed food, and even an individual’s health can all affect how much excess estrogen we take in. Too much estrogen in the body can lead to weight gain, mood swings, and headaches. An overload of estrogen can also contribute to hormonal problems in women, and even be a factor in breast and uterine cancers. The list of negative reactions and severe health issues caused by too much estrogen is staggering. Figs can naturally help remove this abundance of estrogen, called estrogen dominance.

Here are some tips for freezing and storing your fresh-picked figs. Now I want my own fig tree! Pick Your Own Figs

Here is a great source for recipes and information on California Figs.

Here is a great page on figs for those readers who like to know the gardening and scientific information behind a fruit. Fig Fruit Facts

Do you like figs? Do you prefer fresh or dried? I love to snack on figs just as they are, but they are yummy in smoothies also.

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Essential Oils…What’s All The Hype?

Essential Oils…What’s All The Hype?

Aren’t Essential Oils for Hippies? When I first got married I would look at my husband’s family and think how crazy they were with their tinctures and salves. I could not figure out why on earth they were using those types of things when there […]

Why and How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Why and How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Many people think of apple cider vinegar as a seasoning to be used in cooking, or as a ingredient in homemade cleaning products. Those are definitely wonderful uses, but are you aware of all the amazing health benefits apple cider vinegar possesses?  Apple cider vinegar has antibacterial […]

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe

Top 9 Benefits of Cantaloupe

Summer is here and it is a hot one in the southern states! One of my favorite foods to bring along on summer picnics is cantaloupe. It is so easy to dice up and toss into a bowl to take along. Or better yet, thread it on skewers with other fruits and serve at your next outdoor gathering. Cantaloupe is so healthy with many amazing benefits, not to mention its high water content which can ward off the heat and prevent dehydration during those hot summer months.

Benefits of Cantaloupe:

  • Zeaxanthin, an antioxidant found in cantaloupe, plays a protective role in eye health and may ward off macular degeneration.
  • The high fiber and water content of cantaloupe helps prevent constipation and maintain intestinal health.
  • One cup of cantaloupe has almost 100% of the daily allowance for vitamin C, which is necessary for building and maintaining collagen. Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is regarded as the substance that holds the whole body together and can be found in the bones, muscles, skin and tendons.
  • Cantaloupe is beneficial for skin and hair because it contains Vitamin A. Vitamin A (retinol) is necessary for new growth of skin and hair and keeps hair moisturized and healthy. It is also important for eye health and a strong immune system.
  • The nutrient choline in cantaloupes is a very important nutrient. It aids our bodies in sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Choline also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat, and reduces chronic inflammation.
  • Asthma sufferers, and those people at risk of developing asthma,  would do well to add cantaloupe to their diets. Beta-carotene, a nutrient found in yellow and orange produce, may lower the risk of asthma when consumed at a high rate. Vitamin C, also found in cantaloupe, may also protect against asthma.
  • Eating cantaloupe can support heart health. Cantaloupe contains potassium which helps to decrease blood pressure. Potassium is also associated with a reduced risk of stroke.
  • The potassium content in cantaloupe can also protect against loss of muscle mass, the preservation of bone mineral density, and the reduction of kidney stones.

Adding plant foods, such as cantaloupe, to your diet can decreases your risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease, while promoting healthy skin and hair and increased energy. On your next trip to the grocery store, be sure to add a few cantaloupes to your cart. Your body will thank you!

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Top 7 Benefits of Chlorella

Top 7 Benefits of Chlorella

Chlorella is a type of algae that grows in fresh water, mainly in Taiwan and Japan. When it was first discovered and harvested (after WWII), chlorella was studied as a potential food source because it is high in protein and other essential nutrients and can be […]