Why You Should Never Buy Seafood From Big-Box Superstore

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | comments

Why You Should Never Buy Seafood From Big-Box Superstore

Big-Box stores and their subsidiaries are generically the worst places to buy seafood from. They typically are the first to accept genetically modified foods and compromise the integrity and safety of their seafood supply.

In 2009, Americans spent over $75 billion on seafood. Truly, when that kind of money is talking, the whole world listens.

As such, it’s important to be very careful about what message we transmit through this massive microphone. When we spend our dollars at seafood merchants that are pursuing business models which take environmental issues into account, we offer these purveyors financial incentive to continue along this path. On the other hand, if we buy toxic farmed shrimp or pirate-caught Chilean sea bass from a seafood merchant that has no compunction about selling it, we reward this type of nefarious behavior and communicate to the marketplace at large that we, the consumers, don’t particularly care about the ramifications of our seafood choices.

If we shift our purchasing dollars away from larger companies and toward competitors that operate under a more eco-sensitive paradigm and conscious of toxins in the food supply, perhaps we can encourage these operators to change their ways.

A big-box store (also super center, superstore, or mega store) is a physically large retail establishment, usually part of a chain. Costco and Sam’s Club are examples of big-box stores which offer discounts to their members by purchasing very large volumes while compromising the integrity and safety of the food supply.

Why You Should Never Buy Seafood From Big-Box Superstore

Numerous environmental groups, such as the Mangrove Action Project and a number of Canadian anti-salmon farming organizations, have spoken out against Costco’s seafood operation in recent years. Greenpeace, too, has been campaigning on this issue since June 2010, highlighting the company’s lack of a comprehensive sustainable seafood policy and willingness to sell unsustainable products as long as they are certified by a “reputable” body (Costco has conveniently left this adjective undefined).

Costco has recently removed a number of key unsustainable species from its shelves, but the company refuses to elaborate on its policy or adopt any strict scientific benchmarks in its sourcing practices, and thus these dubious seafood items may yet reappear in Costco’s freezers.

Farmed fish, once a fledgling industry, now accounts for 50 percent of the fish consumed globally, according to a report by an international team of researchers. Unfortunately, Big-box stores stock a more than 90% of their supply frozen fish from farmed sources.

The lack of proper public education and inadequate labeling of fish continues to be a major public health risk worldwide. Most food manufacturers and big box stores refuse to, or are not required to properly label their fish as farmed or wild. That’s likely because the public is largely unaware of the dangers associated with cheap, high profit farmed fish that is so abundant in the conventional food supply.

Big-box stores are typically the first to accept genetically modified foods since large biotech companies have direct affiliations via food manufacturers who directly supply them. Costco will certainly be one of the first on board to accept genetically modified salmon, GMO monster fish which have already been given approval by American safety authorities.

Why You Should Never Buy Seafood From Big-Box Superstore

Farm-raised salmon contain significantly more dioxins and other potentially cancer-causing pollutants than do salmon caught in the wild, which was states by several studies that tested contaminants in fish bought around the world. Salmon farmed in Northern Europe had the most contaminants, followed by North America and Chile.

Texas Tech University researchers have found evidence of antibiotics — one a suspected human carcinogen — after testing farm-raised shrimp samples of international origin in imported seafood going directly to grocery store shelves.

Why would scientists be trying to steer people away from safe, responsibly caught fish?

It is true that outdated data is a concern — the dynamic nature of the ocean means we’re always playing catch-up — but who is more likely to offer a precautionary and wise course of action: a scientist who remains financially unaffected by the vicissitudes of the seafood market, or a fishmonger who is quite clearly benefiting (in the short run) from the sale of as much fish as he can get his hands on?

Why You Should Never Buy Seafood From Big-Box Superstore

Beware of Farmed Fish and Seafood From Big-Box Stores
 
1. Farmed fish are grown in floating netcages and impact wild fish and other marine species by spreading sea lice, disease and parasites.

2. Farmed fish are given antibiotics, other drugs and pesticides. The drug-laden wastes from surplus food and feces pollute the marine environment and cause marine mammal deaths and waste build up.

3. The introduction of exotic species is extremely harmful to local ecosystems, causing algae blooms and is one of the greatest threats to nature.

4. Farmed fish escape from their netcages–often by the thousands–and can displace fragile wild stocks from their habitat.

Human Health & Economic Impacts of Fish Farming Include:

1. Farmed fish receive more antibiotics by weight than any other livestock. The are given the same antibiotics that used to treat human illness. This contributes to the dangerous increase of antibiotic-resistant disease worldwide.

2. Farmed fish contain higher levels of unhealthy saturated fats and lower levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. A U.S. Agriculture Department study found farmed Atlantic salmon contain 70 percent more fat than wild Atlantic salmon because of the high fat content in their feed. Farmed Atlantic salmon contain 200 percent more fat than wild Pacific pink or chum salmon.

3. Thousands of jobs depend on the health of wild fish and all the species the fish support. It is essential that politicians and citizens also give serious consideration to the jobs that are put at risk by the fish farming industry’s current destructive practices.

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Bigger Is Better: 5 Reasons To Love A Chubby Guy

Monday, September 29, 2014 | comments

Bigger Is Better: 5 Reasons To Love A Chubby Guy
Here are 5 reasons you need to give chubby guys a chance.

Recently, we've told you bald, bearded and shorter men are better. And now comes size. Yes, bigger is better. But not for the reason you're thinking.

If you've been passing up chubby guys for skinny or muscular ones because you assume that they can't be great lovers or they're unhealthy, then listen up. We're here to show you why you need a hefty hunk.

With Santa Claus, one of the plumpest fellas around coming to town shortly, it's the perfect time to break down the argument against dating heavier guys.

Here are 5 reasons why you've been missing out on total boyfriend material.


1. Chubby could mean that person is comfortable and happy — not lazy and depressed.

Chubby guys are happy ones! Ever wonder why Santa is so jolly? Turns out, the good spirits even last into marriage. According to a study published in Health Psychology, happily marriednewlyweds are more likely to gain weight after their weddings unlike their unhappily married counterparts. And who doesn't want a happy marriage?


2. They're more understanding to your own weight gain.

Whether you're dating a skinny, muscular, chubby, or obese guy, make sure that if you truly want to be with this person then he won't be shallow enough to judge you for a few pounds here or there. Guys with a little junk in the trunk are more likely to be understanding when it comes to your own weight rollercoaster. Practice loving yourself and your lover no matter how much you both weigh.

Bigger Is Better: 5 Reasons To Love A Chubby Guy

3. They're the best cuddlers.

Sure six-packs and jacked arms can be nice to gaze at, but when it comes to snuggling up with your guy, you're going to want some cushion. There's nothing like getting enveloped by a bigger man's arms. You have a personal, portable, always-comfy pillow!


4. They may be healthier than you think.

In fact, he'll be around longer. If you're all about health then don't overlook the chubby guys. Journal of the American Medical Association researchers found that overweight people (but not obese) may live longer than people that are clinically normal body weight. So if your end goal is to live longer (and whose isn't?) then a guy with a little extra fat may be the perfect partner in crime.


5. They're better lovers.

Does size matter in the bedroom? You know it! But we're talking about belly size here. A study out of Turkey concluded that overweight men with obvious bellies last longer in bed than their thinner counterparts. Chubby guys have more of the female sex hormone estradiol in their bodies, which slows down their orgasms — meaning you guys can get it on all night long. Go big or go home!


This is What Heavy Multitasking Could Be Doing To Your Brain

Saturday, September 27, 2014 | comments

This is What Heavy Multitasking Could Be Doing To Your Brain

Using laptops, phones and other media devices at the same time could be shrinking important structures in our brains, a new study may indicate.

For the first time, neuroscientists have found that people who use multiple devices simultaneously have lower gray-matter density in an area of the brain associated with cognitive and emotional control (Loh & Kanai, 2014).

This is What Heavy Multitasking Could Be Doing To Your Brain

Multitasking might include listening to music while playing a video game or watching TV while making a phone call or even reading the newspaper with the TV on.

Kep Kee Loh, the study’s lead author, said:

“Media multitasking is becoming more prevalent in our lives today and there is increasing concern about its impacts on our cognition and social-emotional well-being.

Our study was the first to reveal links between media multitasking and brain structure.”

The study used scans of people’s brains along with a questionnaire about their use of media devices, newspapers and television.

People who multitasked more across different media had lower gray-matter density in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC: indicated by white dots in the image above).

This part of the brain, which lies towards the front, is mostly involved in aspects of cognitive and emotional control: things like empathy, decision-making and how we process rewards.

The study fits in with previous research suggesting that media multitasking is associated with emotional problems, like anxiety and depression, as well as cognitive problems, like poor attention.

The researchers found that this association had nothing to do with personality.

Both the study’s authors were quick to point out that this is a preliminary study which only finds a connection; it does not tell us what is causing what.

This is What Heavy Multitasking Could Be Doing To Your Brain

For example, it could be that those with a smaller ACC are more prone to media multitasking, not that multitasking is causing these changes in the brain.

However, Loh said:

“The exact mechanisms of these changes are still unclear.

Although it is conceivable that individuals with small ACC are more susceptible to multitasking situations due to weaker ability in cognitive control or socio-emotional regulation, it is equally plausible that higher levels of exposure to multitasking situations leads to structural changes in the ACC.”

We will have to wait for a future study which follows people over time.

This can examine how multitasking and brain structures change, and can give us another clue to this intriguing puzzle.

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Top 5 - Phones With Highest Radiation [VIDEO]

Friday, September 26, 2014 | comments

Top 5 - Phones With Highest Radiation

If you're concerned about cell phone radiation, here are the phones to avoid.


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Sushi Lover Ends Up With His Entire Body Riddled With WORMS

Thursday, September 25, 2014 | comments

It is the most expensive - and many would argue delicious - part of a sushi menu.

But one man's love of sashimi nearly killed him after it led to his body becoming riddled with tapeworm.

The Chinese man had gone to his doctor complaining of stomach ache and itchy skin.

To his horror, scans revealed his entire body had been infected with tapeworm after eating too much sashimi - raw slices of fish.

Sushi Lover Ends Up With His Entire Body Riddled With WORMS
One man's love of sashimi nearly killed him after it led to his body becoming riddled with tapeworm

Sushi Lover Ends Up With His Entire Body Riddled With WORMS

The Chinese man had seen his doctor complaining of stomach ache and itchy skin. Scans revealed his entire body had been infected with tapeworm parasites after eating too much sashimi - raw slices of fish

Doctors believe some of the uncooked Japanese delicacy of raw meat or fish must have become contaminated.

He was treated at the Guangzhou No. 8 People's Hospital in Guangdong Province, in eastern China.

Research has shown that eating raw or undercooked fish can lead to a variety of parasitic infections.

Tapeworm infections occur after ingesting the larvae of diphyllobothrium, found in freshwater fish such as salmon, although marinated and smoked fish can also transmit the worm.

While cases have increased in poorer areas due to improved sanitation, cases have increased in more developed countries,.

Sushi Lover Ends Up With His Entire Body Riddled With WORMS

This is most likely due to the soaring popularity of sushi, say doctors writing in the journal Canadian Family Physician.

Study author Nancy Craig wrote: 'The widespread popularity of Japanese sushi and sashimi (slices of raw fish) is a contributor.

'But other popular dishes might also be implicated, such as raw salted or marinated fillets - which originate from Baltic and Scandinavian countries - carpaccio - very thin slices of raw fish common in Italy, raw salmon and ceviche - lightly marinated fish.'

Dr Yin, of Guangzhou No. 8 People’s Hospital, told the website that'smags.com that eating uncooked food contaminated with tapeworms' eggs could eventually cause cysticercosis, when the adult worms enters a person’s blood stream.

This type of infection is life-threatening once it reaches the brain.

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Sushi Lover Ends Up With His Entire Body Riddled With WORMS
Research has shown that eating raw or undercooked fish can lead to a variety of parasitic infections
 
Sushi Lover Ends Up With His Entire Body Riddled With WORMS

Eating uncooked food contaminated with tapeworms' eggs could eventually cause cysticercosis, when the adult worms enters a person’s blood stream - and can be fatal 



Science Confirms The Bigger The Belly, The Better The Lover

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | comments

Science Confirms The Bigger The Belly, The Better The Lover

We’ve already established thatguys with bellies drive us bonkers. Now, a new study confirms what we’ve always known to be true: That gentlemen with an inch (or two) to pinch make better lovers… At least when it comes to sexual stamina.

Researchers at Erciyes University in Kayseri, Turkey have just completed a yearlong study that looked at the correlation between body mass index (BMI) and male sexual performance. Their findings: Overweight men with obvious bellies lasted an astounding five minutes — five minutes! — longer in the sack than their thinner brethren.

A total of 200 men were surveyed. Researchers ultimately found that men with a higher BMI (i.e. bellies) lasted an average of 7.3 minutes in bed. The slimmer of the group barely lasted two minutes, and were more likely to suffer from premature ejaculation.

Science Confirms The Bigger The Belly, The Better The Lover

So let’s say a guy has sex 100 times annually. If he has a belly, he’s going to spend approximately eight hours — an entire work day — more per year penetrating his lover than if he has a six-pack. That’s a substantial amount of time.

The reason for the dramatically higher sexual endurance? More belly fat, scientists say, means a man has more estradiol, a female sex hormone that helps to inhibit orgasm.

So eat up, fellas. Start packing that estradiol. Because when it comes to sex, fat is the new thin.

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After Reading This You Will Never Throw Away The Used Tea Bags Again

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | comments

You are throwing out used tea bags? After reading this article you will not throw away any used tea bags again.

All of us know the healing properties of tea, but not many know that already used teabags can be used in many different ways.

1. Get Rid of The Redness on Your Eyes

Put a couple of teabags in cold water and let them soak for 2 minutes. Place them onto your eyelids. Let them stay there for couple of minutes. After you put them away the redness will be gone and your eyes will look fresher and more youthful.

After Reading This You Will Never Throw Away The Used Tea Bags Again


2. Marinate Meat

In order to prevent the meat from getting hard and resilient marinate it with already used teabags. The tea’s aroma will make the meat’s taste richer and it will also make it softer.

3. Clean Your Home

Tea can clean dirty mirrors, floors and even linoleum.

4. Freshen Your Clothes And Shoes


Store the previously used and dried teabags in the closet in order to make your clothes smell nicer. You can also put one of these bags in each shoe. It will get rid of the unpleasant smell in no time.

After Reading This You Will Never Throw Away The Used Tea Bags Again

5. Mitigate Pain
In case you have some wound inside your mouth bite down previously used teabag. The tea’s compounds will relieve the pain and it will increase the healing process.

6. Mitigate Sunburns And Get Rid of Acne


In case you have sunburns and/or acne, teabags will give you relief. Place already used teabag on the affected area(s) [whether is for acne or sunburn(s)]. Teabags will bring you relief and will cool down the affected area. It will also help you get rid of acne anywhere on your body.

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Sleep Better and 7 More Reasons to Eat a Banana Everyday

Monday, September 22, 2014 | comments

Sleep Better and 7 More Reasons to Eat a Banana Everyday

Bananas are one of the most popular fruits eaten in the United States, and for good reason. Not only is their sweet, yellow flesh supremely delicious, it offers an array of nutritional benefits.

There are a number of reasons to add this tropical delight, thought to originally hail from Malaysia, to your daily diet. The following are just eight of the many:

Heart health

Bananas are rich in potassium, a mineral crucial to balancing out sodium levels in the body. When your body’s sodium to potassium ratio is too high, it can result in hypertension. Consuming foods high in potassium, such as bananas, can keep sodium in check, thus keeping blood pressure levels down.

This is important to your heart because high blood pressure may increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Potassium is also essential for supporting optimal cardiovascular function in general.

Additionally, bananas contain sterols, compounds which have been shown to help block the body’s absorption of cholesterol, as well as containing a good amount of heart-healthy fiber.

Immediate – and sustained – energy
Whether you’re an athlete or just have a busy day ahead, having a banana with your breakfast is a great choice in terms of energy. The natural sugars in the banana give you a quick pick-me-up, and their rich fiber content helps sustain this energy throughout the day.

A 2012 study published in PLOS One focused on the effects of bananas on athletic performance, and concluded, “in general, ingestion of bananas before and during prolonged and intensive exercise is an effective strategy, both in terms of fuel substrate utilization and cost, for supporting performance.”

Bananas are also a great workout food because their potassium content helps to reduce muscle cramping.

Smoother digestion

Another well-known benefit of bananas is their gentle and restorative effect on the digestive system. Bananas function as a mild natural laxative, helping to ease constipation, and also aiding in relieving diarrhea and other digestive disturbances due to their high fiber content.

Bananas also help to reduce stomach acid, and coat the lining of the stomach, which may help to ease ulcer symptoms.

Sleep Better and 7 More Reasons to Eat a Banana Everyday

Less stress

These tasty fruits are rich in B-vitamins, which help to mitigate both anxiety and depression. They also contain tryptophan, a protein which converts to serotonin in the body, helping to boost your mood. Due to their tryptophan content, bananas may even help to ease a nasty case of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

Better sleep

The tryptophan present in bananas not only serves to boost your mood, it can also promote a more restful sleep. As we know, without a proper sleep, nothing else in the body can function correctly, so this benefit is absolutely key.

Reduced PMS symptoms
One of the B-vitamins found in bananas is vitamin B6, which can help balance blood sugar levels, and ease up some of those “that time of the month” symptoms. It may also help to alleviate some of the morning sickness that many pregnant women experience, especially in the first trimester.

A 2012 study published in the Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry reported on the use of bananas for both PMS and morning sickness relief.

Heartburn relief

Due to bananas’ ability to neutralize stomach acid, they can help to stop heartburn in its tracks. These fruits have been used traditionally for many generations for their antacid properties.

Sleep Better and 7 More Reasons to Eat a Banana Everyday

Immune system support

Bananas contain ample vitamin C content, which is essential to optimal immune system function, as well as for fighting free radicals and reducing oxidative stress damage. Another antioxidant found in bananas is gallocatechin, which is also found in green tea.

Bananas are rich in potassium, a mineral crucial to balancing out sodium levels in the body. When your body’s sodium to potassium ratio is too high, it can result in hypertension. Consuming foods high in potassium, such as bananas, can keep sodium in check, thus keeping blood pressure levels down.

This is important to your heart because high blood pressure may increase your risk of heart attack and stroke. Potassium is also essential for supporting optimal cardiovascular function in general.

Additionally, bananas contain sterols, compounds which have been shown to help block the body’s absorption of cholesterol, as well as containing a good amount of heart-healthy fiber.


A 2002 study published in Food Chemistry stated, “antioxidant capacity of the bananas may be attributed to their gallocatechin content. Bananas should be considered as a good source of natural antioxidants for foods.”


Sleep Better and 7 More Reasons to Eat a Banana Everyday

Note: While bananas are extraordinarily healthy, they are also high in natural sugars, and should be consumed in moderation. Eating them with a protein is often recommended. If you have diabetes or prediabetes, talk to a health professional before making bananas part of your daily diet, to determine how much banana intake is safe for your individual condition.

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The 7 Things I Did To Lose 220 Pounds Without Dieting

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | comments

The 7 Things I Did To Lose 220 Pounds Without Dieting

Back in 2001 I weighed more than 400 pounds. I tried every diet I could think of to lose weight. I even worked face to face with the late Dr. Atkins for two months, and after charging me thousands of dollars, the best he could do was yell at me for being so fat.

Every diet I tried ended up the same way. There would be a whole list of foods I wasn’t allowed to eat. I’d follow the diet to the letter. I’d lose a little weight through sheer brute force and willpower. Then there would come an inevitable point when I couldn’t take it anymore and I’d have a huge binge. Whatever weight I had lost on the diet would come back in a matter of days, and a week later I’d be 5 pounds heavier than when I started the diet. This pattern of losing 10 pounds and gaining 15 pounds started in 1990, until by September 2001 I reached my peak of 409 pounds.

Then I had turning point. On September 11, I narrowly missed being on UAL flight 93. That experience left me feeling like I was living on borrowed time. Here I was, killing myself working in a high-stress Wall Street job that I hated, and the universe had just given me a second chance.

So I decided to get off of the dieting roller coaster once and for all, and I resolved never to diet again. Instead I was going to try to figure out why my body seemed to be forcing me to gain so much weight. I decided to find out what I could do to get it to want to be thin again. Armed with a solid background in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, I spent 12 hours a day researching everything I could about the hormones, enzymes, neurotransmitters and chemical massagers that cause weight gain.

I learned that losing weight sustainably isn't about counting calories, but about creating the proper hormonal environment in your body that’s conducive to weight loss. Since stress and emotional issues can cause an unfavorable hormonal environment, the issue needs to be addressed from a mind-body perspective. We need to take a holistic approach that looks at our psychological and emotional life, as much as what and when we eat.
The 7 Things I Did To Lose 220 Pounds Without Dieting
Over a two-and-half-year period I lost 220 pounds, without dieting. I’ve been the same weight now for over 10 years and I still don’t diet. I eat whatever I want, whenever I want.

These were the keys to my transformation:

1. I stopped dieting and started nourishing my body.

I learned through my research that my body was chronically starved for certain key nutrients, such as omega-3 fatty acids, live foods and high-quality proteins. I made sure I gave myself as much really high-quality nutrients as possible. If I wanted junk foods like candy, chips or pizza, I would eat them whenever I wanted, without hesitation. Eventually I lost my taste for all junk food as my body learned to prefer high-quality, nutrient-dense foods.

2. I healed my digestion.


I discovered that one of the reasons why I was so badly starving for nutrients is that my digestive processes were compromised, so I was unable to effectively extract the nutrients from the foods I was eating. Digestion problems can also cause inflammation and the inflammatory hormones put our bodies into fat storage mode. I started eating lots of fermented and cultured foods, and taking probiotics and digestive enzymes in order to normalize my digestion.

3. I got a CPAP machine for my sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is a condition that affects many overweight people. It creates a hormonal environment in the body that encourages weight gain by causing elevated cortisol levels, which leads to junk food cravings and insulin resistance. Sleep apnea is easily treated with a CPAP machine. The machine blows air into your nose and mouth to keep your windpipe open, so you can sleep through the night without problems.

Most people who have sleep apnea don’t even know that they have it, although the people they live with would know, because people with sleep apnea snore very loudly. It turns out I had one of the worst cases of sleep apnea that my sleep study technicians had ever seen. From the moment I got the CPAP machine I started having more energy and less junk food cravings. And the weight started to melt away for good.

4. I started using mind-body practices to reduce stress.

Just like sleep apnea, stress causes elevated levels of cortisol and inflammatory hormones. These hormones lead to constant cravings and put your body into chronic fat storage mode. Many people don’t realize how important it is to learn how to reduce stress. I began meditating and visualizing every morning, which I found to be extremely effective for reducing stress.

5. I created a much more sustainable life.

I also lowered my expenses, moved to a more affordable house and started growing some of my own foods. My life felt much more sustainable and I felt calmer and more supported. I loved knowing that anytime I was hungry I could go into the back yard and eat something fresh and full of vitality. The stress hormones where no longer coursing through my system, wreaking havoc and turning my body into a fat storage machine.

6. I worked through some important emotional issues.


Some people feel safer with extra weight on their body. It’s as if the body actually uses weight as a buffer from the world. I was in that situation and I knew I had to address the emotional issues that were making my body feel unsafe. I started doing visualization practices that helped to resolve past traumas and to get my body to feel safer in letting go of the weight.

Over the years I’ve found that 65-70% of the clients I work with are using weight as a form of protection. I call this “emotional obesity”. When you work through the issues that are causing emotional obesity and break the association that fat equals safe, the body is much more willing to let go of the weight. After I broke this association and the weight no longer served its purpose - that is, the armor of fat no longer made me feel any safer - the weight all but went away.

7. I detoxified my body.

After I had lost about 180 pounds I started doing a lot of research about toxins and how the body processes and deals with toxic chemicals. It turns out the body uses fat cells to store excess toxins. I realized that the last 40 excess pounds that my body was holding onto was because it was a storehouse for accumulated toxins. I started living what I call a “detoxifying lifestyle”. Basically, I started flushing my body with lots of alkaline liquids, like water with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, green juices, super greens and lots of salads and sprouts. That did the trick, because I lost the last 40 pounds much more quickly than I lost the first 40 pounds, so the rate of my weight loss continued to accelerate to the very end.

Taking a mind body approach that nourishes the body and reduces the physical, mental and emotional stresses that cause weight gain is the most sensible and sustainable way to lose weight. I’ve now worked with tens of thousands of people in 60 countries teaching this approach and we’re getting amazing results.

People who have spent a lifetime of yo-yo dieting have now lost weight - 50, 100 and 200 pounds, without dieting by following this exact formula.

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Smoking Tea Is Now A Thing, And Apparently It’s Relaxing And Good For You

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | comments


Smoking weed to relax used to be relatively taboo, at least in terms of how the general population viewed the practice.

With legalization laws passing in more and more states, lighting up isn’t looked down upon so much anymore. After all, marijuana is a plant and for some, it really does help with psychological problems or physical ailments.

But, not everyone benefits the same way. While weed relaxes some people, it makes others panicky; it can be tricky to tell how the high will be, especially if you’re not a frequent smoker.

Digg shared this video, featuring Liz Neves, a storeowner in Brooklyn who sells smokeable tea. You can think of the product as a natural, high-free alternative to marijuana (great for those who want the calming benefits, but not the high).

Smoking Tea Is Now A Thing, And Apparently It’s Relaxing And Good For You

Her shop, Raganella’s Botanical Solutions, offers lots of different blends of smokeable herbs.

In the video, Neves discusses customer favorite Vivid Visions, a blend of lavender, damiana and mugwort, which is a psychoactive herb that supposedly enhances the intensity of your dreams.

Granted, it sounds a little hippie-dippy and new-agey, but the reviews on Neves’ Etsy site are fantastic. Obviously, she’s doing something right.

Now, where are my rolling papers?

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5 Kidney Cleansing Drinks

Monday, September 15, 2014 | comments (1)

5 Kidney Cleansing Drinks

The kidneys are our organs that filter out toxins and waste from the bloodstream. Because toxins can affect your entire body, there is no question that supporting your kidneys is crucial for keeping your overall health in check. Without a balanced diet, purified drinking water, and body cleansing, toxins can build up and affect the function of the kidneys, liver, and neighboring organs… and may even lead tokidney stones and other problems.

Cleansing the Kidneys With a Few Sips


Cleansing the kidneys is a simple process and most cleanses don’t require an exhaustive supply of tools or ingredients to work. In fact, just drinking plenty of purified water is the first step toward an effective flush. Water, however, only provides hydration. The following 5 kidney-cleansing drinks may provide that extra cleansing boost.

Cranberry Juice

1. Cranberry Juice

Cranberry juice has been touted for years as supporter for the urinary tract. Research shows that cranberries can help fight against urinary tract infections, possibly by decreasing the adhesion of bacteria to the bladder and urethra.[1] Cranberries may also be helpful for cleansing the kidneys of excess calcium oxalate, one of the main contributors to kidney stones. [2] When purchasing cranberry juice, always choose varieties that are certified organic and free of added sugars, preservatives, or artificial flavors; or, get a juicer and make your own.

Beet Juice

2. Beet Juice

Beets and beet juice contain betaine, a very beneficial phytochemical. It has antioxidant qualities and increases the acidity of urine. This can help clear calcium phosphate and struvite buildup from the kidneys. [3] The removal of calcium in the kidneys not only promotes kidney function, but decreases the likelihood of kidney stones.
Lemon Juice

3. Lemon Juice

Naturally acidic, lemon juice has been shown to increase citrate levels in the urine, a factor that discourages kidney stones from forming. For a quick lemon kidney cleanse, squeeze 4-5 lemons into a quart of cold water and drink up. Or, for a warming beverage, squeeze one quarter to one half a lemon into 8 ounces of hot water daily.

Juice Cleanses

4. Juice Cleanses

Juice cleanses are all the rage, and with good reason. A juice cleanse combines the nutritional power of fruits and vegetables into one, easy-to-drink beverage. The juice of vegetables and fruits is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients necessary for facilitating the removal of toxins. This helps take the strain off the liver, colon, and kidneys. Vegetables like celery, cucumber, zucchini, lettuce, carrots, kale, and spinach are great for juicing. For fruits, try apples, peeled oranges, pears, pineapple, and peaches.

5. Homemade Kidney Cleanse Beverage

Here’s one of my favorite beverages that will aid any kidney cleanse. All you will need are fresh lemons, apple cider vinegar (organic and raw), purified water, and Renaltrex. I’d suggest checking out the full kidney cleanse instructions for a detailed breakdown. But, in short, it involves mixing lemon juice, purified water, ACV, and Renaltrex into a beverage that you drink over the span of a four day cleanse.

What About Supplements?

There’s no question that certain nutrients are beneficial for kidney health but many people don’t get enough in their diet. That’s where kidney cleansing supplements can be helpful. The best ones contain herbs have had their active compounds extracted and enhanced to maximize efficacy. There are a number of herbs out there and a supplement like Renaltrex is a great source for many.

Have you cleansed your kidneys? What process did you use? Leave a comment below and share your experience!

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

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What Does Your Acne Reveal About Your Health

Sunday, September 14, 2014 | comments (1)

What Does yYour Acne Reveal About Your Health

It is believed in Chinese Medicine that acne that flares up on different parts of your face represents health problems on different parts of your body. It’s like this part of your face corresponds to this organ. To know what conditions you’re suffering from, just look at where your acne is.

What Does yYour Acne Reveal About Your Health

Upper Forehead

Affects: Digestive System and Bladder

What to do:
  • Drinking water helps to flush out the toxins in your body, so boost your water intake and have a look at the foods you are eating.
  • Minimize intake of fizzy drinks and high caffeinated drinks. Also look at switching to herbal teas, especially green tea!
  • Consume less chocolate, cakes, lemonade and Coke, drink more mineral water without gas. Eat food that helps eliminate toxins from the body: boiled cabbage, and baked apples.
  • Go to bed early (10pm) and wake up early (6am). Even if you can’t fall asleep. it’s good to relax so your liver can rest and be ready for work the next day
  • 20-30 minutes of light exercise every day, especially outdoors
  • Practice relaxation techniques to worry less
  • Better hygiene (washing hair, hats)
  • Green Tea, lemon water and berries can also help as these are antioxidant rich foods

 
What Does yYour Acne Reveal About Your Health

Lower Forehead

Affects: Heart

Your heart is a massive organ that pumps blood all over your body. If it’s stressed out due to poor diet, inactivity and various mental and physical stresses, then not only are you likely to get pimples on your lower forehead, your entire body will be doomed if you don’t fix the problems. Having a healthy heart means to do regular exercises to strengthen the heart, as well as eat a healthy diet, and keeping stresses low.

What to do:
  • Try to exercise regularly
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of water
  • Eat healthy, preferably low cholesterol, high fiber diet
  • Quit smoking

Ears

Affects: Kidneys

When kidneys are not taken care of, you’ll find these large, painful pimples on your ears that refuses to leave no matter what.

What to do:
  • Increase water intake
  • Avoiding eating too much salty food, caffeine
  • cleanse your kidneys with diuretics like parsley and water

 Eyes, orbital area and between the Eyebrows

Affects: Liver

Oiliness, redness, flakiness and pimples between the eyebrows can indicate that your liver may have been overworking and need a cleansing.

What to do:
  • Eat fruits and vegetables with high content of vitamin C (kiwi, sweet pepper, oranges) will help in providing you with a good mood.
  • Try to avoid eating late at night; especially right before bedtime as your body will not break down the food as effectively, leading to a toxin build up.
  • Cut back on fatty, sugary, greasy and rich foods, alcohol and diary, particularly if you’re lactose intolerant.
  • Some of the best foods to cleanse your liver include garlic, grapefruit, green tea, carrots, beets, leafy green vegetables, lemons and lime.

 Upper Cheeks

Affects: Lungs and Respiratory System

Stresses to the lungs is likely to cause flare ups in the upper cheeks and even break your capillaries. These stresses include smoking, asthma, allergies, and lung infections.

What to do:
  • Avoid smoking and passive smoking
  • Exercise
  • Avoid polluted area

Lower Cheeks

Affects: Gum or Teeth Problems

Gum or teeth problems may contribute to acne in the lower cheeks area.

What to do:
  • Hygiene:
    • Change your pillowcase at least once a week, and wipe down your phone with an antibacterial wipe every few days.
    • Always keep on top of your dental health, brushing, mouthwash and flossing twice a day and regular check ups at the dentist at least twice a year! Don’t just wait until you have a dental problem to make an appointment.
  • Food:
    • Foods great for healthier lungs include, kale, sprouts and pumpkin.
    • Include fresh vegetables, oatmeal and brown rice in your diet.
    • Eat more cooling foods such as gourds, winter melons, and green beans
    • Don’t overeat
    • Avoid fast food and junk food, artificial sugar and sodas
    • Avoid mango, taro root, wine, and seafood or other foods you may be sensitive to
    • Eat less sugar

Sides of the Chin

Affects: Hormones and Genitals

This may affect a lot of girls. When sides of the chin often flare up, it’s a sign of hormonal imbalance, often caused by menstruation. Sometimes, even emotional or physical stress can cause hormonal imbalances. There are also herbs that can help balance hormones such as licorice, schisandra, holy basil, maca, burdock, red raspberry leaves, rhodiola and milk thisle. Green tea is also a brilliant anti-androgen.

What to do:
  • Reduce the habit of eating before bed
  • Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Get more rest and sleep
  • Get 20 minutes of exercise each day and massage your body for relaxation
  • Sleep early and wake up early
  • Try herbs that can help balance hormones such as licorice, schisandra, holy basil, maca, burdock, red raspberry leaves, rhodiola and milk thisle. Green tea is also a brilliant anti-androgen.

Centre of the Chin

Affects: Small intestines and stomach

This is also caused by poor diets and food allergies. Be sure to eliminate those bad foods.

What to do:
  • Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Get more rest
  • Increase water intake and fiber in your diet

What Does yYour Acne Reveal About Your Health

Chest and Neck

Chest areas are usually caused by stress, so be sure to figure out what’s stressing you out and try to eliminate that stress. It’s also important to be comfortable in your outfits. When areas around the neck flare up, it’s often caused by your body fighting off infections.

What to do:
  • Try to eliminate stressors
  • Use comfortable clothing
  • Increase water intake and maintain ascorbic acid intake to fight off infections.

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