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Facts about Inflammation

1.) Inflammation is part of your body’s immune system

2.) Inflammation is one way your body promotes recovery after intense activity, injury, and

outside threats like germs...

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Facts about Inflammation

1.) Inflammation is part of your body’s immune system

2.) Inflammation is one way your body promotes recovery after intense activity, injury, and

outside threats like germs and bacteria

3.) Physical and mental stress increase your body’s levels of c reactive protein - which is an

inflammation marker.

4.) Inflammation is a common component in multiple illnesses in middle and older aged

individuals

5.) Risk for increased inflammation if higher if you are overweight and inflammation makes

weight loss more difficult

6.) Sugar and saturated fats spike inflammation

7.) Best way to find out your level of inflammation is a simple blood test for C Reactive Protein

8.) Supplying your body with nutrition it needs, reducing stress and sleeping 7-9 hours nightly

will help your body’s response to inflammation

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Cinnamon for Weight Loss

BY KATE SHEAN

Many women around the world have been using cinnamon weight lossrecipes for decades now. It is one of the most popular spices in the world and its very...

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Cinnamon for Weight Loss

BY KATE SHEAN

Many women around the world have been using cinnamon weight lossrecipes for decades now. It is one of the most popular spices in the world and its very appetizing oriental smell attracts all kinds of foodies. Most people use cinnamon for their own culinary masterpieces as a flavoring agent, so a lot of them don’t realize that cinnamon is good for you, especially when your aim is to lose some of that extra weight of yours.

Another reason why is cinnamon good for you, aside from the fact that this spice can help one in their journey to a leaner body, it also possesses various other health properties which can improve man’s general well-being. One of the research studies showed that cinnamon can be used as a sedative for nervousness and mood swings. Its fragrance used in the room is able to work wonders with whole groups of people. The mood is significantly improved and it helps with creativity.

Start your day with a breakfast of cinnamon and honey

Add cinnamon to your morning tea and it instantly becomes a tool for weight loss. Its benefits increase when you add honey. The easiest option: mix two tablespoons of honey with a spoon of ground cinnamon and pour 1 liter of boiling water over the mixture (best to drink after 1 hour). You can wrap the container with a warm blanket to keep it warm during that hour. After, store in the refrigerator and drink 100 grams twice a day – in the morning and evening.

A tasty afternoon snack of cinnamon and ginger

Another great mixture for weight loss is cinnamon and ginger. These two components can become the basis for the rapid burning of the excess weight. According to research, it is known that fat cells are afraid of both ginger and cinnamon, so these two combined will destroy any toxins and adipose fat tissue on their way. The good news is that it isn’t necessary for you to eat cinnamon and ginger in pure form as is. It is better to add them to the mixture of honey, and then you can spread this onto your toast. All these three ingredients complement each other perfectly.

Get rid of cellulite with cinnamon and honey combo

It is worth remembering that not only is cinnamon good for weight loss, but also consequences of excess fat – namely, cellulite. Nutritionists believe that its appearance is primarily due to the increased amount of cholesterol in the blood. Due to a large number of cholesterol, all those skin imperfections are becoming clearly visible, and they are especially noticeable with excess fat in those areas. Cinnamon for weight loss recipes and has from this scourge. The recipe for cinnamon and honey, as well as cinnamon and ginger mentioned above with help with the issue if used regularly.

Remember that cinnamon alone is just a tasty smelling spice that comes without any calories, which means you should try using it as often as you can even when the mixtures aren’t available to you. Cinnamon can go easy with everything and this makes it a truly perfect spice for both taste and weight loss.

Cinnamon powder and cinnamon pills

Those of you not certain about taking the matter into their hands, there’s a solution – cinnamon pills and powders are essentially the same thing in different forms. These averagely priced products are made from quality and freshly ground cinnamon and come in different varieties, mostly based on the recipes mentioned above. You can buy either 100% ground cinnamon powder, or you might be able to find a mixture of cinnamon and ginger powders. Cinnamon pills also come in different varieties, and the most popular includes the mixture of cinnamon and honey. All these are naturally organic products and essentially the same cinnamon you would buy in your local grocery store.

 

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Triphala Benefits & Uses

BY KATE SHEAN

Simply defined, Triphala is a combination of three very powerful fruits that are known to posses intensive health benefits. Triphala is widely used in Ayurveda...

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Triphala Benefits & Uses

BY KATE SHEAN

Simply defined, Triphala is a combination of three very powerful fruits that are known to posses intensive health benefits. Triphala is widely used in Ayurveda medicine and the three fruits that comprise it are Amla, Myrobalan, and Belleric Myrobalan.

Triphala churna has many benefits and it includes protection and enhancement of the functions of the body organs such as the eyes, skin, and heart. It can also cleanse the body so that energy is channeled better and more intensively. In its most natural form, triphala is known as the most effective combination of herbs that can cleanse the colon, keep the liver healthy, and flush out body toxins. It effectively regulates the functions of the digestive system, while enhancing the strength of the immune system, lungs, urinary tract, and the muscles.

The regular intake of triphala is recommended for one to reap all of its useful benefits. Using triphala in its powder form is highly recommended, as the powder form is the most effective choice to enjoy its maximum benefits. If you do not like the taste of the powder you can use triphala tablets since each tablet contains 1 tablespoon of powder. The main advantage of buying triphala powder is that it is cheaper on a per use basis and it allows you to take it as a tea.

Take full advantage of triphala benefits by simply mixing half a teaspoon of triphala powder into 8 ounces of water. Increase the dosage to three-fourths teaspoon to a full teaspoon of triphala powder once you discovered that you can tolerate that much amount in your body. When taking triphala with water you may experience a strong taste, so it is easier to mix with juice.

The triphala mixture is supposed to be taken a few hours before bedtime. However, if you require more than just one dose in a day, you can take it for as many as three times per day. That means you can drink triphala in morning, then again in the afternoon, and one more during the night.

Triphala is meant to be taken anywhere between five to ninety days, depending upon how much you wanted to use it to cleanse your body and reap all of its health benefits. The longer you take triphala, the more goodness you are bound to obtain from it. However, if you intend to use triphala for an extended period of time, it is highly recommended that you decrease your dosage after a certain period of time.

Enjoy the full triphala benefits by taking in half to a full teaspoon of the powder mixed with water during the first few days of the therapy. You can gradually decrease it to just a quarter of teaspoon as you go through several months of the triphala churna therapy. Eventually, you can skip a day or two of taking the powder, instead of doing it daily. That’s how you regulate the full effects of triphala in your body, without experiencing side effects or any mild inconvenience.

However, in some cases, excessive intake of triphala induces some side effects like diarrhea and dehydration. Some other side effects will be broad stomach distress, difficulty in sleeping, intestinal gas and alterations in blood cholesterol. Using triphala as a colon cleanser you may expect to appear a side effect or rather a side benefit – weight loss. Also, it will relive you from bloating and cramping. It is good to know that pregnant women should not use this herbal mix. When taken in the powder form, do not exceed 3-5 gms of triphala and if you use tablets do not exceed 5-6 capsules per day.

Triphala can be used daily, maintaining the balance in many conditions whether you use it like a colon cleanser, blood purifier or to detox your liver. Take triphala before bed to support natural body detox and take it in the morning if you want to act as a strengthening tonic.

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Autumn: The Season for Detoxification

BY KIRSTEN NAGY 

As the Earth changes and moves into different seasons, so to do our emotional, physical and spiritual bodies. As we move from summer into fall,...

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Autumn: The Season for Detoxification

BY KIRSTEN NAGY 

As the Earth changes and moves into different seasons, so to do our emotional, physical and spiritual bodies. As we move from summer into fall, just as when we move from winter into spring, the importance of detoxification is essential. In Ayurveda, spring and fall are the two optimal times to detoxify. In spring, detoxification is seen as a type of cleansing rebirth. A time to strip down the layers in preparation for warmth. In the autumn detoxification is about grounding and nourishing. About balancing and stabilizing in preparation for the vata months ahead.

Juice and raw foods cleanses are excellent detoxification methods for the springtime. However, as fall is about grounding and stabilizing, a more substantial, gentler cleanse is recommended.

For my nutrition clients I recommend a Whole Foods Cleanse for the fall. A Whole Foods Cleanse is comprised of exactly what it sounds like – whole foods. A healthy balance of complex carbohydrates, healthy fats and protein balances and nourishes the body on many levels in preparation for the colder months ahead. Root vegetables are especially grounding on an energetic level as they are buried deep within the Earth. A simple dish of rice and mung beans is used widely throughout Asia as a way to purify the body. And ghee (clarified butter), is used in Ayurvedic cleanses to lubricate the digestive tract helping to expel toxins from the body.

In addition to nourishing foods, there are certain herbs that can be used to facilitate a Whole Foods Cleanse. Dandelion Root tea is an excellent liver detoxifier and should be consumed 3x/day before meals. Triphala is an Ayurvedic tonic comprised of three fruits with very high antioxidant properties; it is used as a mild laxative. Ginger is a powerful purifier and cleanser that also naturally stimulates the respiratory and digestive systems.

Along with foods and herbs, an autumn detox should focus on slowing down. Taking time to be alone with yourself, focusing on quieting down, limiting the amount of time you spend around or using electronics – these are all equally important as the food you consume during a cleanse. Taking a walk or practicing gentle yoga can be very therapeutic. Taking a bath, or even a shower, are also both very detoxifying.

Reminding yourself this fall that cleansing isn’t about how aggressive and limiting you can be, but rather how grounded and balancing you can feel. Talking with a trained nutritionist, Ayurvedic practitioner or Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner is a great place to start. 

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Chew On This: Why Chewing Food Thoroughly is Important

BY KIRSTEN NAGY 

We’ve all been told to chew our food: by our mothers, grandmothers, nutritionists, dieticians, personal trainers and pretty...

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Chew On This: Why Chewing Food Thoroughly is Important

BY KIRSTEN NAGY 

We’ve all been told to chew our food: by our mothers, grandmothers, nutritionists, dieticians, personal trainers and pretty much every other health care professional out there. But have we ever really been told why? Until I started studying nutrition the only reasons I can remember being told are 1) it’s polite and 2) it takes you longer to eat allowing your body more time to decide if it’s still really hungry resulting in your eating less and losing weight. But there are many more reasons to chew your food, in addition to manners and weight loss.

Chewing Food 101

Your stomach is not born with teeth, therefore, the first place digestion begins is in your mouth. Chewing breaks down the food making it easier to digest, giving your other digestive organs a lighter load to work with. Saliva not only lubricates your food, making it easier on the esophagus and making you less prone to heart burn and acid reflux, it also contains an important enzyme called amylase which is crucial in carbohydrate digestion. The first stage of fat digestion also begins in the mouth with the enzyme lipase which is secreted from the glands under the tongue.
Chewing your food also increases the surface area of the food, allowing for better absorption of nutrients. If your lower digestive organs (stomach, intestines) have to spend all their time and energy digesting food, there is little time and energy left for the absorption of the nutrients.
Chewing can also help you beat the bloat that unfortunately can accompany eating. When you’re gulping down food you’re also gulping down air causing you too feel bloated and gassy. Chewing your food brings a sense of calmness and balance to the whole eating process drastically decreasing the amount of bloating and gas you feel after a meal.
If you struggle with taking the time to chew your food you’re not alone. I for one have to remind myself constantly to take smaller bites and chew chew chew. Some helpful hints from a seasoned veteran of chew school are: cut your food into smaller pieces, put your fork or spoon down after each bite and concentrate on savoring the flavor of each bite. Honestly, it may be a little strange at first – allowing your food to get a little liquidy before you swallow. But once you realize how differently your body feels after a well-chewed meal I promise you’ll take the extra time to ensure that feeling continues.

Happy Chewing!

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The Truth About Caramel Coloring

BY KIRSTEN NAGY 

The dangers of caramel coloring have long been known due to being a chemical derivative of ammonia, but I had not seen a particular article that so...

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The Truth About Caramel Coloring

BY KIRSTEN NAGY 

The dangers of caramel coloring have long been known due to being a chemical derivative of ammonia, but I had not seen a particular article that so perfectly explained the differences in types and danger levels of caramel coloring. Did you know that there are four different kinds of caramel coloring?

The name “caramel coloring” is so misleading. It is often associated with dark brown sodas that have a syrupy flavor that remind us of caramel candy. But by no means is caramel coloring made from caramel candy. It is actually the product of heating sugars with ammonia and sulfites under high temperatures, with the end result being a compound that government studies have found to cause liver, lung and thyroid cancer in laboratory mice.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has actually called on the FDA to eradicate this dangerous compound from our food supply or at least have companies that choose to manufacture foods with this dangerous chemical to place a warning label on the container.

Special thanks to this advocacy group, because the CSPI has been successful in getting labels on chemicals like Olestra and Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oils. Hopefully, caramel coloring will be their next big success story.

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Your Gut: The Second Brain

BY KATE SHEAN 

Thank you, Wall Street Journal for making The Second Brain mainstream!

For those in the holistic and functional medicine arena the gut being the second brain ...

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Your Gut: The Second Brain

BY KATE SHEAN 

Thank you, Wall Street Journal for making The Second Brain mainstream!

For those in the holistic and functional medicine arena the gut being the second brain for humans is hardly news. Pioneers in this field like Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Mark Hyman have been talking about this for decades and encouraging us to use food as medicine. After all, if we take care of ourselves preventatively, then we won’t need as much of an overhaul later on, right?

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal, a trusted news source reaching millions of readers, released an article, A Gut Check for Many Ailments, which summarizes the important role our gut plays in our overall health. Controlled my it’s own nervous system, the gut has an intimate feedback loop with our brain and vice versa, and new research proves this.

“The gut is important in medical research, not just for problems pertaining to the digestive system but also problems pertaining to the rest of the body,” says Pankaj J. Pasricha, chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology at Stanford University School of Medicine.

The millions of neurons in the gut produce neurotransmitters, like seratonin found in the brain. So if you are feeling low, you may want to take a look at your gut as well as your brain.

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Why Do I Need To Detox My Body?

BY KIRSTEN NAGY 

Toxic agents are everywhere in our world. The food we eat, the air we breathe, the household cleaners we spray, the electronics we use on a daily...

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Why Do I Need To Detox My Body?

BY KIRSTEN NAGY 

Toxic agents are everywhere in our world. The food we eat, the air we breathe, the household cleaners we spray, the electronics we use on a daily basis… However, toxic free radicals are formed in the body too. Stress hormones, emotional disturbances, anxiety and negative emotions all create free radicals as well. Living without toxic buildup is virtually impossible, which is why our body has built in mechanisms to deal with toxic overload. Crying, sweating, urination and defecation are all natural protocols employed by the body to rid itself of toxins.

 

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