Lemon Garlic Jumbo Shrimp

Lemon Garlic Jumbo Shrimp

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18 Healthy Food Replacement Hacks

18 Food Replacement Hacks

Learning more about the healthy food swaps shown below can be very helpful in choosing healthier foods. Check out the health info below the images!

Thank you Swanson Vitamins for providing this wonderful informational graphic for 18 Food Replacement Hacks that Make Healthy Eating Easy!


Food Replacement Hacks

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Can Green Tea Reduce High Blood Pressure?

Can Green Tea Reduce High Blood Pressure?

Can green tea reduce high blood pressure which is a considerable health risk that is believed to affect one in three Americans? Besides damaging your blood vessels and vital organs, high blood pressure also significantly increases your chances of having a stroke, heart disease, kidney disease, and many other serious health challenges.

A few days ago, I was working inside the house. It was in the high 90’s, hot and humid. When I looked out the window, there was a woman who obviously had an over-heated car and my husband was helping her. I was concerned about both of them getting dehydrated in the scorching sun, and took some water out for them.

I would guess this woman was in her late 40’s, although it’s hard to say. She did not appear to be in good health and was happy to come to the house to get out of the hot sun and cool down while my husband finished working on the car. My heart went out to her as she talked about her high blood pressure and a stroke she had a few months ago and the aftermath of what she must deal with now. This sad situation compelled me to write this today.

“According to the CDC, nearly 60% of stroke deaths are in
women, and stroke kills twice as many women as breast cancer.
Surprised? You’re not alone. Stroke is the third leading cause of death
for women, yet most women do not know their risk of having a stroke.” 

The CDC report also states that up to 80% of strokes can be prevented.

Fortunately, making healthier lifestyle choices can have a big impact on high blood pressure and strokes.  Let’s look a little deeper at the affect green tea has on high blood pressure and discussing exactly how effective it really is.
Can green tea reduce high blood pressure? The good news is that if you have blood pressure readings above the normal range, research has shown that drinking green tea can help lower your readings.

In a study published in Endocrine Abstracts, researchers asked the participants to drink four cups of green tea per day for 14 days while also maintaining their current diet. At the end of this study, their blood pressure reduced by an average of 7.1/7.8mmHg and the researchers concluded that green tea can lower blood pressure.

The polyphenols in green tea are the reason it’s so effective at lowering blood pressure. These are a group of powerful, plant based nutrients. They can be obtained from a variety of foods but green tea is by far the richest source.

The list below shows the key blood pressure lowering polyphenols in green tea and explains the role they play in keeping blood pressure at a healthy level.

Epigallocatechin Gallate lowers blood pressure in two ways. First, it keeps your arteries soft and supple which promotes good blood flow and keeps your blood pressure under control. It also reduces blood levels of LDL cholesterol which prevents blockages in your arteries and stops blood pressure building up.

Gallocatechol lowers blood levels of LDL cholesterol which stops the LDL cholesterol clogging up your arteries and keeps your blood pressure levels in the safe range.

Epicatechin relaxes the blood vessels and improves blood flow which helps your blood pressure.

Thearubigins prevent the buildup of LDL cholesterol in the blood, keep the arteries free from blockages and ensure that your blood pressure stays in the normal range.

Summary

Can green tea reduce high blood pressure? The good news is green tea is safe, natural, inexpensive and effective, when it comes to lowering your blood pressure. By combining organic green tea with exercise and a healthy, natural (preferably organic) diet, you could see some good results. and avoid the health problems associated with high blood pressure.

You might also like to know more about how Healthy Fats Are Good For You!

Sources:

Al-Dujaili.E., Bradley.J.P.,Almoosawi.S.,Fyfe.L., (2009) Effects of green tea consumption on blood pressure, total cholesterol, body weight and fat in healthy volunteers: Endocrine Abstracts. 20: 470

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Super Herbs For Super Health

Super Herbs For Super Health!

There are many super herbs that have incredible health benefits such as improving the immune system, anti-inflammatory benefits, keeping blood sugar under control and lowering cholesterol. Today we will look at turmeric, garlic and aloe vera and some of their healing properties. Have you done any research about the best healing herbs?

If so, you may have discovered that turmeric is a super herb that deserves it’s place at the top of the list. This strong Indian spice has been used medicinally for over 4,500 years, and it’s in the same plant family as ginger. In the last few years, turmeric has reappeared within the health and wellness arena due to curcumin, the healing substance which supplies its bright color. Curcumin has significant anti-inflammatory properties that are said to strongly compete with those found in ibuprofen, and it can soothe your tummy by balancing the acids in your stomach.

 

Garlic has been used to improve the immune system, help manage inflammatory joint disease as well as reduce arthritis symptoms. The high levels of selenium in garlic are much greater than other plants. This healing herb helps the body by boosting the ability of white blood cells to fight infections, and by stimulating other immune cells which fight viral and bacterial infections.
I grew up with  mom and dad cutting opening an aloe vera leaf and placing the gel on a cut or burn. They learned from their parents and grandparents, and I never heard the word anti-bacterial… but they knew it would help. It was not until many years later that I learned of the many other healing benefits of this plant. Aloe vera is also high in antioxidants, and is great for sunburns. It is often used in cosmetics and skin care products.

Below is a graphic highlighting some of the benefits of these three super herbs.

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Food Dyes – Colors To Avoid

Food Dyes – Colors To Avoid!

The mounting evidence has led to a growing consensus among researchers, physicians, psychologists, and others who treat patients with such behavioral disorders as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that avoidance of food dyes benefits some children.
Recent analyses of the dye content of foods and beverages indicate that many American children are consuming amounts of dyes far higher than the levels demonstrated in some clinical trials to impair the behavior of susceptible children. The amount of dyes contained in just a single cupcake or glass of Kool-Aid can be enough to prompt adverse behavioral reactions in certain children.
We estimate that over half a million children in the United States suffer adverse behavioral reactions after ingesting food dyes, with an estimated cost exceeding $5 billion per year, using information cited by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and a recent meta-analysis sponsored by an arm of the food industry.
The harm to children and the costs to society from dyes are needless and preventable. A study of food labels in one supermarket found that more than 90 percent of child-oriented candies, fruit-flavored snacks, and drink mixes and powders are artificially colored.

Download full report from The Center For Science In The Public Interest. It’s a long report but on page 8 there is a graphic which clearly shows the difference in how the EU and the US are approaching this issue and it also states:

In contrast to the European actions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has failed to protect or even inform consumers of the risks of dyes to children.

 

The infographic below is provided by Special-Education-Degree.net

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Cucamelons – The Cutest Fruit!

Cucamelons – The Cutest Fruit!

 Cucamelons are the cutest fruit! They are also known as a

Mexican Sour Gherkin or Mouse Melon and they are about the

size of a grape, with a cucumber taste and a hint of lime.

I simply had to plant cucamelons in my garden this year after seeing and reading about them! This little veggie looks like a miniature watermelon and tastes like a cucumber infused with lemon. With that being said, I’ve read a lot about these, and I’ve seen them called fruits and veggies as well as having hint of lemon or lime. I guess it just depends on who is doing the tasting! 
Either way it’s a winner if the harvest is good and the taste is yummy. 
The cucamelon has a thin rind and few seeds which is a plus.  The good news is that they are suppose to be drought resistant and they are not suppose to attract pests. Parkseed.com describes the bite as definitely being more tart than a cucumber and easier to grow. They also recommend planting them in containers or hanging baskets.
You can eat cucamelons right off the vine, use in salads, salsa or pickled like a sweet gherkin or sour dill.  I’m looking forward to fermenting them, and they might do great as freezer pickles! They would also be delicious on this recipe!
I’m waiting to see how my plants produce. When doing my research, I discovered the vine can take over your garden which is somewhat of a concern! It will be interesting to see just how fast and how far the vine grows!
My English cucumbers are growing up a trellis, and I hope I can contain the cucamelons from spreading too much and devouring the garden!
Time will tell 🙂
If you have grown these little gems, let me know how you like them!

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Avocado Spinach Artichoke Dip

This avocado, spinach and artichoke recipe is super easy, delicious and loaded with healthy fat!

My husband and I love this Avocado Spinach Artichoke Dip

any time of day but mostly we enjoy it for breakfast! 

Try it with your healthy bread of choice and get creative. You can add a fried egg (with healthy oil), chicken, turkey or sardines for a quick and easy snack or meal. Since there is no mayonnaise and it’s made with all healthy ingredients, it’s definitely a heart healthy choice!

Add the following ingredients to your food processor:

 

  • 1 large avocado (peel/remove seed)
  • 2 – 3 cups of fresh spinach**
  • Juice from one lemon

Process to a consistency you like… chunky or creamy.

 

  • Spread mixture onto toasted bread of your choice. I prefer Ezekiel bread.
  • Add extra protein if you prefer such as  eggs, chicken, sardines, turkey, etc.
  • Add tomatoes and cilantro on top.
  • Add a sprinkle of hot pepper flakes if you like it a little on the spicy side!

**I have prepared this recipe with raw spinach, kale and collards and all were delicious!

A dear friend got me started on these two spices and I discovered a sprinkle of both is very tasty on this recipe. Just  remember to dress this recipe up the way you like it and ENJOY!

Purchase these spices at Trader Joe’s or click the image to order through Amazon.

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Funny Fitness Video

This funny fitness video is all in the name of humor.  We never want anyone or any animal to get injured; but you have to admit, it’s a good warning!  We get distracted easily sometimes and we don’t want to end up like “bear”… Ouch!

Tips to making “fitness” a part of your everyday life.

What’s Your Ultimate Reason for Exercising Daily?
Understanding WHY you want to make fitness a part of your everyday life is important. When you understand what would motivate you to take the first step, what you hope to achieve, and how you will benefit from the changes, you will be more likely to follow through and implement the changes.

11 Reasons You Should Start Working Out Today – Exercise benefits everything from your sleep quality to your energy level, and even your memory. From making you happier to helping you live longer, regular exercise is key to living a healthy, balanced life. Continue reading this article from Dr. Axe.

There are many incredible benefits to exercising.

My top favorite is how it works it’s magic! When you perspire, you detox your body by releasing toxins through your skin which helps your brain, digestion, your sleep and so much more!

If you know me, you know I’m a huge believer in eating healthy and eliminating toxins in my body and my environment. Eating a clean healthy diet can also be motivating to make fitness a priority… but be sure to Chew Your Way To Wellness for better absorption of vitamins and minerals!

Fitness requires some work and planning.

  • Have a vision of WHY you want to exercise.
  • Understand the BENEFITS.

You will feel more energized, think clearer and you will be more excited about life!

Laugh more along the way! It’s a great stress relief!

YES, getting motivated and creating new habits can be challenging but it can also be FUN… just be willing to put some effort into it.

Get psyched and start moving!

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Five Causes of Hormone Imbalance

Hormone imbalances may feel like a bitter enemy, and women are often left with no other choice but to just deal with it. Yes, there are treatment options for hormone imbalances like prescribed medications, hormone replacement therapy, and lifestyle changes; however, there are still many women suffering from its negative chain reaction. Some may not have the awareness of connecting all the dots to know WHY their lives are feeling so disrupted.
Some of the causes of hormone imbalance may be medications, chronic stress, poor diet, aging and environmental factors. It is definitely helpful to increase your awareness about the causes, which will help you understand why you feel out of sorts. This awareness is the first step in being able to find the relief that will work best for you

Some things we cannot control, but it is a healthy and empowering decision to control what you can. Eating a clean healthy diet, identifying and lowering your stress levels and making changes in your home environment for a healthier living space can make a tremendous difference in your health.

If you choose to eat healthy, which may be a sacrifice for some people who are used into eating junk food, you can revitalize your life and will most likely have a more positive experience with hormonal changes.
On the other hand, if you choose to continue poor eating habits, you are more likely to have a variety of health problems, which could very well include hormonal imbalance.
Green and leafy vegetables and fruits, can be beneficial in maintaining your hormones at a favorable level. If you are experiencing hormonal imbalance, one of the reasons could be the lack of fiber in your diet. Enjoying more fruits and veggies increases your fiber intake and can allow the body to eliminate excess hormones.

Environmental Factors – Indoor and outdoor pollution is a major concern and can contribute to hormonal imbalance. Surely you feel safe when you are home, as you should.

However, even at home, the different products that you are using can contain pollutants that can have a negative affect on your hormones. Choosing organic products for personal use and cleaning can make a tremendous difference.

There are numerous toxins in the air we breath, which can have a negative impact in hormone secretion. If you live in a large city, there may be a higher likelihood of suffering from hormonal imbalance.

Petrochemicals that are found in Styrofoam, cleaning agents, and even your car exhaust can lead into exposure to unnatural estrogens. Once they are absorbed by the body, they will thrive in your receptor cells and may inhibit the production of progesterone.

Chronic StressIf you feel stress because of work, raising a family, managing your business, or even with just the smallest of things, there is a higher tendency of suffering from a hormonal imbalance.

Every time that you are caught in a stressful situation, pregnenolone, which is essential in the production of female hormones, is sidetracked from its normal pathway, and may cause a hormonal imbalance.

If you are already in your menopausal stage, which is characterized by changed in hormone activity, you might also be more stressed.

Eating a healthy diet and eliminating toxins

in the home may lower stress levels on the body.

Medications: There is a reason why consulting a professional is necessary before taking any medications to make sure they will not have a negative effect on your body as they may cause a hormonal imbalance.
A perfect example is birth control pills. Although they are commonly used by some to treat hormonal imbalance, there are situations where it works the other way around as it becomes the cause and not the solution.
Medications may cause an increase in progesterone levels. Hormonal imbalance is also common for people who have suddenly stopped taking birth control pills after prolonged use.

Aging is a fact of life whether we like it or not; however, we have the freedom to make choices to age gracefully in good health.

Living an unhealthy lifestyle could cause you unnecessary suffering from hormonal imbalance which can lead to irritability, mood swings, and other common symptoms.

I know we all have different situations during premenopause and menopause and some much worse than others. However, a healthy diet and lifestyle, along with a huge dose of gratitude can make a positive difference, and may be enough to get you through the change gracefully.

Are you wondering how I can say this? In the early 90’s I was in my first automobile accident. I was a passenger and multiple cars were involved as the car I was riding in was hit three times. My life changed drastically.

I was in terrible pain but the kicker was that I never had another monthly cycle AND NOW — MENOPAUSE! My doctor could not explain it but he felt that some day my cycle may start again. Well, its been many years now, and I’m pretty sure it will never happen!

My doctor at the time did everything in his power to get me on hormone replacement therapy, but I knew that was not my path to take. He was not supportive of what I wanted which was a more natural approach.

I found a doctor who would support me on my journey! She was amazing and very supportive. For years I was suffering with pain from the accident and dealing with menopause.

By the Grace of God, I had a gentle journey through menopause. I ate a healthy diet, eliminated toxins in my home and did everything possible to eliminate negative thoughts and fill myself with gratitude.

I was thankful I would NOT be taking medication the rest of my life! 

HERE’S A GREAT BOOK TO CHECK OUT:  “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause: Balance Your Hormones and Your Life From Thirty to Fifty” by John R. Lee, MD. He also has one for Natural Hormone Balance, and so much more!

Until next time, have a healthy and happy day… and I invite you to join me below and grab these 33 Healthy Eating Tips to Boost Your Nutrition and Increase Your Energy!

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