Saturday, September 27, 2014

Organic meat on your table



Organic meat differs from regular meat in the way the animal farmer raised the animal priorto butchering. Organic meats must be certified through one of several certification organizations, including the Midwest Organic Services Association.
Farmers must follow strict organic guidelines in the production of the meat product.
Meat certified organic are often born on farms and raised with the utmost of respect and animal dignity.  Beef cattle are not raised in pens but are often free to roam the farm with unrestricted access to water, food, sunshine and outdoor air at all times.

Everything that goes into an organic farm animal must also be organic.  The pastures the animals graze in must be certified organic themselves.  Organic forage and grains grown organically must be fed to the animals and organic pest control must be utilized on these farms.  No synthetic or chemical pesticides, herbicides or fertilizers are applied to local fields or pastures
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Organic animal farms must apply specific conservation practices to preserve the natural surroundings and the soil in the area.  Water is not wasted and recycling is used whenever possible.
No organic meat can be certified organic if the animal has been fed any antibiotics, growth hormones, steroids or animal byproducts.  Animals are fed what they eat in the pastures and organically grown farm products, such as organic hay.  Water is free from contaminants.

In many cases, animals grown on organic animal farms are removed from the program if they ever become sick enough to require antibiotics.  They are removed from the herd as soon as their illness is discovered.  While antibiotics are an excellent way to treat bacterial infections, there is always the risk of developing resistant strains of bacteria and no one knows the health effects to consumers who eat meat treated with antibiotics.

Antibiotics speed the growth of cattle that seem to grow using less feed but, because of resistances, sick animals often can’t be well treated and often die of their illness.
Growth hormones, eliminated from the production of organic meats, are given to cattle to speed up their growth on less feed.
This is another situation where scientists do not know the effect of this practice on consumers who eat non-organic meats.

Most organic meat comes from animals grown from birth on small farms in which the animal has free range to move around on the pasture and to eat when it wants to.  Such animals generally are healthier than their conventional counterparts and are treated more humanely.  Animals are allowed to mate as they wish, adding to the sustainability of the farming practice.

Much of the organic meat is derived from bull meat, which is some of the leanest meat around.  Farmers who raise bulls and sell them (called seed stock producers) must provide affidavits stating that their bulls were not raised using antibiotics or growth hormones from the time of their birth. Such affidavits generally go back at least twenty months prior to the time that the organic farmer purchased the animal.
 
Organic meats, particularly organic meat, may be somewhat more expensive than conventionally-grown meat.  In general,however, the meat is fresh and the consumer can guarantee that there is nothing unhealthy in the organic meat product.

Friday, July 11, 2014

ADHD and Diet





The issue of the nutrition connection with ADHD has been subjected to multiple studies, and generally, those studies have pointed to strong connections between this disorder and nutrition. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies, food allergies, pesticide exposure from non-organic produce, etc. all have implications in the symptoms of ADHD.

Here are some of the ways that nutrition is connected to ADHD, and the dietary considerations involved.

Artificial Colors and Preservatives

Sources say that artificial colors and preservatives are not necessarily instrumental in exacerbating ADHD symptoms; but for those who do have sensitivities to these substances, removing them from the diet has been known to produce dramatic results. Cutting out artificial colors and preservatives does not cause harm, so eliminating these things from the child's diet and watching for symptom improvement is a viable course of action.

Gluten Sensitivity

The possible connection between gluten sensitivity and ADHD is interesting. Many children with ADHD also have celiac disease, or gluten intolerance. In this disorder, gluten (a protein found in wheat and other grains) inflames the intestinal lining and can eventually permeate the intestinal walls, creating leaky gut syndrome. This causes proteins and other undigested food particles to enter the bloodstream, where they can cause a host of problems.

Many parents of children with ADHD have found success in eliminating gluten from their child's diet, allowing the gut to heal and stopping the cycle of inflammation.

Iron Deficiency

Symptoms of iron deficiency (poor attention span, behavioral problems) can mimic those of ADHD. Some doctors recommend an iron supplement for all children regardless of ADHD diagnosis. So it's a good idea to test for iron deficiency if your child is exhibiting symptoms reminiscent of ADHD.

Low Blood Sugar

Another problem that can mimic ADHD symptoms is low blood sugar. The inability to concentrate, "the shakes" and jitters, and hyperactivity are all symptoms of low blood sugar. Not all kids react to low blood sugar with these symptoms, and not all kids suffer visibly from long periods of not eating (or eating the wrong kinds of foods). But in some children, low blood sugar can present dramatic symptoms.

The best way to alleviate these symptoms is with a healthy, whole foods diet that is low in sugar and includes healthy snacks. Children should always have an adequate breakfast, too.

Organic Foods

Because of recent studies linking ADHD and pesticide exposure, many parents choose to have their families eat only organic produce. This minimizes pesticide exposure by ingestion. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tips for Managing Acne




While the old adage that "eating chocolate gives you zits" is considered out-of-date, new evidence indicates that your diet does play a role in the health of your skin. If you are suffering from acne or someone in your family is having trouble with it, here are some nutritional tips that may help.

Acne in Babies

Nutritional approaches to managing baby acne usually involve changes in the mother's diet or in the formula type, since baby acne usually occurs in newborns. For nursing mothers, here are some tips:

* Cut out dairy and soy products from your diet (these two substances are common allergens in newborns).
* Cut out citrus fruits from you diet as well, as citrus fruits can transfer to breast milk and may cause skin inflammation.
* Take in healthy amounts of good fats like flax and olive oil.

For those who feed formula, check with your pediatrician to make sure no allergies to soy and/or dairy present in the formula are worsening the acne.  

Teens

As a teen, it can be really tempting to indulge in junk food. And many teens have those amazing metabolisms that allow them to eat pizza and nachos three times a day and not gain weight! But nutritional tips for acne healing still apply to teens.
These include a recommendation to eat low-glycemic foods.

Some interesting studies have shown a connection between insulin levels and acne - higher insulin correlating with increased acne. If you eat lots of sugar and refined grains, your insulin levels will increase in order to keep blood sugar levels stable in the midst of an influx of sugar. The increased insulin levels may worsen acne. So in a very real sense, sugar may make your acne worse.

Low-glycemic foods include lean protein, whole grains, and vegetables. Whole fruits have a lower glycemic level than juice.

Here are some specific ways you can incorporate or substitute high-glycemic foods with low-glycemic ones:

* Homemade popcorn instead of potato chips or corn chips
* Granola instead of sugary cereal
* Naturally-sweetened beverages instead of sugary drinks like colas
* Whole grain pasta instead of refined semolina pasta
* Whole grain breads (homemade if possible) instead of white

Adults

Many of the dietary guidelines for teens apply to adults, too - insulin may still play a role in adult acne. So switching to low-glycemic foods might be a good idea (it's considered a healthier diet anyway). Other tips for adults include:

* Include healthy fats in the diet
* Take a high-quality multi-vitamin supplement
* Limit sugar and refined grains
* Emphasize high-fiber foods

Friday, July 4, 2014

How Meditation Can Help You Stop Smoking








Meditation can help you quit smoking? Have you ever thought about it? Can we possibly do something that easy to make you stop smoking? Everything is possible. What I am going to tell you in this article is what I have found. What you can do to stop smoking.
Long been considered as one of the very few ways by which man could access himself without really having to accommodate the intervention of the logical mind. Meditation helps relieve the stress of everyday life and it helps the person rejuvenate his mind to function more effectively. Apart from these, meditation is also considered as a cure to some diseases and disorders, especially those that are infiltrated mostly by stresses. 

When people meditate you become more relaxed and clam about your everyday life. Some people smoke more when they are stressed.
 This is a proven fact. People often chain smoke because they are under stress. Your mind becomes weak from stress resulting to the deterioration of the body and the will to continue what was first a goal.  So there for when someone is constantly stressing and if you just take a second or however long you want, begin the process of meditation. 
We already know that the cost of smoking is very expensive. When you smoke more than one pack a day, the cost that you are spending is very high.
 You probably do not realize that within a years time you can probably spend almost half of your earnings on smoking. Just think what you could have done with that money if you found what could help you stop smoking. Meditation could be one of the methods that could help you stop smoking. 



Meditation to help quit the smoking habit acts in many different ways. The person from the pressure of temptations but on the other hand, the person will be rescued from the pressure of not being able to meet the goal.
 The former conceives the smoking cessation on a much brighter side since meditation could help drive the person with complete motivation to stay quit even when the mind calls for a last smoke. 
They say quitting smoking is one of the hardest habits to quit. You have to put your mind into it. If you do not have your mind set to something then it will not be a focus. 
Meditation can help you get that mind frame that you are looking for. You have to take many things in consideration when wanting to quit a bad habit. It is very stressful and sometimes you will not succeed on your first try, but do not give up. There are other ways out there.

If you find out that meditation is not the way for you, then there are many other options out there you can find. Contact your local doctor or research it online. There are over the counter medicines out there you can try. You just have to find out what works best for you.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Vitamins that can take off in sex





From time immemorial the foods that were attributed aphrodisiacal many as the disposal of man for better sex life is given. Everyone occasionally we heard about some magical aphrodisiac food which elevates sexuality soared, but the truth is that scientific studies usually confirm these allegations.

First, the good spirit and confidence is essential for good sexual performance, thus adopting ideal weight is a key factor in good sexual life. Scientific studies show that overweight people who lost weight vastly improve their sex lives.

The idea that a romantic meal with meat, wine and dessert is the best introduction and increases sexuality is widespread, although the only possible explanation is the improved mood. However diet plays an important role in the smooth functioning of the reproductive organs, and can also increase the levels of sexuality.

Referring then to the components of the food for which there is scientific data, the B vitamins play a crucial role in the functioning of neurotransmitters involved in sexual arousal, while vitamin C, magnesium and selenium in protection of neurotransmitters from damage and the functioning of the repair mechanisms.

Neurotransmitters are composed primarily of amino acids, so the protein foods provide the necessary structural components for their production. Therefore, the B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium and selenium and finally the amino acids of proteins (mainly arginine), are essential ingredients for a healthy sex life.

Concerning the nutritional sources:

-Vitamin B1: beans, peas, lentils, nuts, brown rice, whole wheat flour, yogurt, pork
-Vitamin B3: beetroot, brewer's yeast, peanuts, swordfish, salmon, tuna, pork
-Vitamin B6: bananas, carrots, avocados, eggs, peanuts, shrimp, tuna
-Folic acid: green vegetables, chickpeas, peanuts, cheese, tuna, salmon
-Vitamin C: oranges, tomatoes, green vegetables
-B-carotene: yellow and red vegetables, fruits
Magnesium: bread and whole grains, cocoa, nuts, corn, spinach
-Selenium: yeast, whole grains

Friday, June 13, 2014

Magnesium deficiency adversely affect the heart





Magnesium is a mineral that exists in the bones, tissues and organs of the body. The body of an adult contains about 25 grams of magnesium. Of these, 60% are located in the skeleton, 39% in the cells and the remaining 1% in blood.
It is an intracellular metal element, which should be taken in specific quantities. In the human body there are many essential minerals such as calcium, potassium and sodium. But in order for them to operate, require magnesium. Magnesium activates over 300 different biochemical reactions in the human body, all the same necessary in order for this to work properly. One of these biochemical reactions and the function of the heart cells.
Magnesium deficiency negatively affects the heart. If magnesium is deficient in the body, not the relaxation of the heart muscle, so he is ready for the next contraction. Experts believe that magnesium deficiency might be a key factor in the relationship between heart disease and the factors that cause heart problems such as high blood pressure, accumulation thickness in waist circumference, diabetes and stress.

Also, studies suggest a possible correlation between a moderate reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease in men with increased magnesium intake. Even in women observed that greater magnesium intake was associated with lower risk of sudden cardiac death.

Furthermore, magnesium helps in maintaining a normal heart rhythm and sometimes administered intravenously in hospitals to reduce the likelihood of atrial fibrillation and cardiac arrhythmias. Individuals with congestive heart failure is often at risk for developing cardiac arrhythmia. For this reason, doctors recommend as part of the treatment of congestive heart failure magnesium intake.


Another study showed that taking magnesium for a year from people with symptoms of cardiac arrhythmias, improves the survival rate compared with placebo. Magnesium and calcium are combined in very specific ratios, make the heart to function properly.
The results of the treatment with the use of magnesium in heart attack survivors, however, are conflicting. Some studies report lower death rates and fewer arrhythmias and improved blood pressure when magnesium is used as part of treatment after a heart attack. But in another study observed that magnesium slightly increased risk of sudden death.
In conclusion, magnesium has antiarrhythmic potential in the heart and it would be tested in cases of tachycardia, a and doses, when administered as a preventative therapy, have no adverse effects. Furthermore, it reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and sudden cardiac death.
Dietary sources
Magnesium is present in a wide variety of foods. Sunflower seeds, salmon and green vegetables contain more magnesium, and contains little meat. Processed foods do not have sufficient amount of magnesium. Specifically, magnesium is present in sunflower seeds, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, for linseed in sesame , the pistachios, the dates, groundnuts, chickpeas in, bananas, in figs, apples, peaches, apricots, wheat germ to the full, the full grain in millet, corn, soy, legumes, in American beans, garlic, broccoli and artichoke. Good sources of magnesium, is also cocoa (and therefore chocolate) and spices.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Organic foods and healthy eating






When you go to the grocery store or supermarket to buy fruits or vegetables, do you pick just any produce or are you particular about getting organic foods?  There is a difference between the two and, after our discussion, you may decide that organic foods are the way to go.  Let’s take a look at the benefits of buying organic produce.

While both types of produce may look the same, organic foods must be able to meet specific standards of production, including specific growing and processing conditions that are unique to foods that can be labeled “organic”.  For crop foods, the organic foods can’t be grown using any chemical pesticides, non-organic fertilizer, human waste fertilizer or sludge from sewage.  They also cannot be processed using ionizing radiation—a process that kills bacteria but that some people believe is unsafe. Finally, the food can’t be genetically altered.

At one point, organic foods were grown on small farms, particularly those that were family-owned and operated.  In today’s time, however, organic foods are grown on larger farms and are more readily available in most supermarkets, co-ops and health food stores.  In the US, parts of Europe and Japan, the production of organic foods is currently federally regulated and in other countries, specific organic certification is required before these foods can be sold.

Organic foods can include fresh vegetables and fruits, which are not processed and come directly from the growers through  farmer’s markets, supermarkets and roadside stands.  Many of these products are only available during certain times of the year.  One can also get organic eggs, dairy products and meat in their fresh and unprocessed forms.

Organic eggs are generally provided by free-range chickens and not from those kept in cages in large, egg factories.
Organic meats must not come from animals that have been treated with any growth hormones, steroids or antibiotics.
Processed organic foods can be found in the organic food section of the supermarket but often are more expensive than their conventional food counterparts.  Processed organic foods can include canned products, frozen produce, prepared items and even snack foods.

In truth, processed organic foods need only contain a certain percentage of organic ingredients.  In Australia, for example, a food can be labeled “organic” if it contains at least 95% organic ingredients.  In other countries, however, the percentage can be less than that.

Even so, those non-organic ingredients must be free of artificial food additives and no aspect of the food can be processed using chemical ripening techniques, genetic modification or irradiation.  In some cases, the organic food must be made using energy-saving techniques and packaged in recyclable or biodegradable materials.

It’s not always easy to identify whether or not your food is truly organic.  Sometimes, you need to buy directly from an organic grower in order to be certain the food is organic.  More recently, however, foods that are organic can be identified by governmental labeling, stating that the food is “certified organic”.

Because of the safety and wholesomeness of organic foods, you may wish to do you and your family a favor by buying only organic products.  The food tastes excellent and you can be assured you’re getting a product that won’t be harmful to you.

So, you decide......

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Eating healthy while in pregnancy





Starting off your with a healthy well
balanced diet is the best thing you do for yourself
and your baby.  This way, you'll only need to make
a few adjustments during your pregnancy.

Your first trimester
If you find it tough to maintain a balanced diet
during your first trimester, you can rest assured
that your not alone.  Due to queasiness, some
women will eat all of the time and gain a lot of
weight in the process.  Other women have trouble
getting food down and subsequently lose weight. 

Preventing malnutrition and dehydration are your
most important factors during first trimester. 

Calories
When you are pregnant, you need to consume around
300 calories more than usual every day.  The best
way to go about doing this is listening to your
body when you are hungry.  You should try to eat
as many foods as possible from the bottom of the
food pyramid.

If you gain weight too slow, try eating small
meals and slightly increase the fat in your diet.
You should always eat when you are hungry, as you
are now eating for 2 instead of one.

Calcium
By the second trimester, you'll need around 1,500
milligrams of calcium each day for your bones and
your baby', which is more than a quart of milk.
Calcium is something that's missing from many
diets.  Along with milk, other great sources for
calcium include dairy products, calcium fortified
juices, and even calcium tablets.

Fiber
Fiber can help to prevent constipation, which is
a common pregnancy problem.  You can find fiber in
whole grains, fruits, and even vegetables.  Fiber
supplements such as Metamucil and Citrucel are
safe to take during pregnancy.

Protein
Unless you happen to be a strict vegetarian, your
protein intake is not normally a problem for women
who eat a healthy diet.

Iron
A lot of women will start their pregnancy off with
a bit of iron deficiency.  Good sources of iron
include dark leafy green vegetables and meats.  Iron
supplements should be avoided, as they can cause
internal symptoms such as cramping, constipation,
or diarrhea. 

Vitamins
Seeing as how you get a majority of the vitamins you
need in your diet, you may want to discuss prenatal
vitamins with your doctor.  Folate is one of the most
important, and if you are getting enough of it, you
may be able to avoid vitamins all together - just ask
your doctor to make sure.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Healthy Food Choices, what you must know


Eating healthy is something we all would like to do,
although it can be hard.  In order to eat healthy, you
must first make the right food choices.  Eating healthy
is all about what you eat, which makes the choices very
crucial to your results.

Grains
You should consume 6 ounces of grains per day.  To do this,
you can eat 3 ounces of whole grain cereals, breads, rice,
crackers, or pasta.  You can get an ounce of grains in
a single slice of bread, or 1 cut of cereal.

Vegetables
These should be varied, as you should eat 2 1/2 cups of
them each day.  You should start eating more of the dark
vegetables, such as broccili and spinach.  Carrots and
sweet potatoes are good as well.  You should also eat
more dry beans such as peas, pinto beans, and even kidney
beans.

Fruits
Fruits are very important.  You should try to eat 2 cups
of them each day.  Focus on eating a variety, such as
fresh, frozen, canned, or even dried fruit.  You can
drink fruit juices as well, although you should use
moderation when doing so.

Milk
Milk is your calcium rich friend.  For adults, 3 cups
is the ideal goal.  For kids 2 - 8, 2 cups is where you
want to be.  When choosing milk products or yogurt, you
should go for fat-free or low-fat.  Those of you who
don't like milk or can't have it, should go for lactose
free products or other sources of calcium such as fortified
foods and beverages.

Meat and beans
Eating 5 ounces a day is the ideal goal, as you should go
lean with your protein.  When eating meat, always bake it,
grill it, or broil it, as this will prevent grease from
adding to the equation.  You should vary your protein
as well, with more fish, beans, peas, and nuts.

When cooking your food, you should also limit solid fats
such as butter, margarine, shortening, and lard.  These
foods may add flavor to your dishes, although they can
also help raise your cholesterol as well.  Therefore, you
should try to add these foods and any foods that happen
to contain them.

To help keep your saturated fat, trans fat, and sodium low,
you can check the nutrition facts label.  This label can
be found on the food package and will tell you all the
information you need to know about the food item.

By picking your foods wisely and watching what you eat,
you'll help control your lifestyle.  Exercise is great as
well, as it goes along perfect with a healthy eating
lifestyle.  No matter what your age may be, eating healthy
will help you keep your active lifestyle for years and
years - even help you and your health in the long run
as well.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

You CAN have AMAZING skin!

Are you living with acne, troubled skin, or weak, breakable hair or nails?

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What about your skin care products? The ones filled with harsh, unpronounceable ingredients…the ones that promise to help, but never deliver? That was my life not too long ago. I used to say to myself, “I’m just unlucky. There’s nothing I can do – and there’s nothing that can help me.” Have you been there? Are you struggling with skin you can’t control or products you’re not happy with? The Skintervention Guide can help.

You’re not alone

Countless people around the world struggle with skin and body issues of all kinds: acne, eczema, psoriasis, scarring, weak hair and nails, and – most importantly – frustration with commercial products filled with unnecessary, harsh chemicals. Not to mention the confusing territory of dealing with cellulite, anti-aging strategies, intimate care, and choosing non-toxic makeup, body care items, and even home care products. How can those things be tackled safely and effectively? How can we be sure the products we use are safe, and not causing us more problems? So many of us have been misled, puzzled and confused when it comes to caring for ourselves. The Skintervention Guide was my way of saying I’ve been there.
I was one of those people. I felt like I tried everything in search of a solution for acne, eczema, easily-irritated skin, and oily, limp hair. I was stumped about how to take care of my body. At the end of my rope, I wondered if the trendy products and the expensive cure-alls were actually part of the problem. Out of frustration, I even decided that a healthy, vibrant body was impossible for me. I didn’t know where to turn or who to trust. Maybe that’s how you feel, too?

I’m here to tell you: it doesn’t have to be this way.

Whoever you are, whatever condition your skin, hair, nails, teeth, or body-care confidence is in right now, you CAN take control. And I can show you how with the Skintervention Guide!............................................

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The unique benefits of rosemary in our health



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 Rosemary is an herb native to the Mediterranean, although it is now grown in large areas in both Europe and America . Rosemary was very popular in ancient times , due to the properties attributed to it.

Specifically , they believed that it can stimulate and strengthen memory , with students in ancient Greece to put sprigs of rosemary on their heads during the period of the examination , and the mourners to place the aromatic herb in the graves of the dead as a symbol of remembrance thereof.

Today , its use is widespread in cooking where added to impart a unique flavor and taste to the meat , fish , salads and the various dressings.

Modern science come to confirm the unique benefits for human health . Rosemary contains compounds that can induce stimulation of the immune system , improve blood circulation and digestion process .

At the same time , contains compounds that exert anti - inflammatory properties, which may help reduce the severity of asthma crisis .

In addition , rosemary has been shown to increase blood flow to the head and brain resulting in improved concentration , confirming the views were about in Ancient Greece .

So choosing rosemary to improve the flavor of our dishes we benefit not only a delicious and yet beneficial to our health choice.