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Health benefits of coconut oil

coconut 1501334 640Popular SSRI pharmaceuticals, like Paxil and Prozac, are not the only way to battle depression. While pharmaceutical anti depressants are rampantly prescribed, natural solutions can be just as effective without the nasty side effects.
 
A recent study in Malaysia looked at the effects of a diet high in virgin coconut oil and it’s effects on mental health. This study is the first of it’s kind, looking at the effects of coconut oil on mice with stress-induced injuries. Coconut oil was particularly evaluated for it’s anti stress and anti oxidant effects.
 
The researchers performed stress tests on several groups of mice, using coconut oil versus the psychiatrically prescribed drug Diazepam. The study results suggested that high quality virgin coconut oil rivals the effects of Diazepam on stressed out mice.
 
The reason coconut oil is so effective at battling stress is the high antioxidant content mixed with saturated fats and medium chain fatty acids, which are good for the brain. Higher quality oil has more of these benefits than highly processed coconut oil.
 
While pharmaceutical anti depressants work by increasing the neurotransmitter serotonin, coconut oil works through different pathways by supporting the brain with fatty nutrients that tame inflammation. Other studies have shown coconut oil to be effective at preventing Alzheimer’s.
 
Coconut oil has added benefits to its effect on anxiety and depression. It also increases energy production.
 
One of the more interesting tests in the study was done after a forced swim test for the mice. The stressed mice that were not treated with coconut oil had longer immobility times after swimming than mice that were given oil. Medium chain fatty acids are thought to be responsible for increasing the production of heat and energy in the body.
 
Coconut oil really seems to outperform Diazepam in the area of oxidation and the elimination of free radicals. Stress is known to increase oxidation and create free radicals, which leads to neuron damage and death. Antioxidants, on the other hand, do the opposite in helping prevent neuron damage. These antioxidants help decrease inflammation. Most likely attributed to the polyphenols and medium chain fatty acids in the virgin coconut oil.
 
So what’s the difference between virgin and regular coconut oil? Virgin coconut oil is made from the first pressing of fresh, raw coconut without the addition of chemicals. It is derived through a "wet-milling" process, were the oil is extracted from fresh coconut meal without drying first. The coconut milk is first expressed by pressing it out of the wet coconut meat. The oil is then further separated from the water.
 
Psychiatrist Kelly Brogan suggests that the efficacy of SSRIs and anti-anxiety pharmaceuticals work mostly due to their placebo effect and may only have 10 percent efficacy chemically. The mind is extremely powerful, and the expectation of relief of symptoms may be responsible for the efficacy of pharmaceutical treatments. She also points out that there have been no medical studies in humans to validate the theory that low serotonin causes depression.
 
In Dr. Brogan’s opinion, it’s inflammation in the brain that’s responsible for depression symptoms. The likely causes of brain inflammation are excessive sugary food and drinks, food intolerances (gluten, dairy, corn or soy) or conditions like autoimmunity.
 
Before going on antidepressants, Dr. Brogan suggests a 30-day dietary overhaul that mirrors the food list of the 21-Day Body Makeover. She suggests giving up processed sugar, corn, soy, grains/gluten, dairy and legumes. And if that doesn’t help, taking out eggs, nightshades and nuts.
 
Dr. Brogan also suggests using coconut oil to combat inflammation by introducing 1 to 2 tablespoons to start with. Virgin coconut oil can provide fuel to an inflamed brain. When sugar is out of balance the brain is starved for nutrients to make energy. Coconut oil provides quick, easy to digest fuel. Read more about Dr. Brogan’s findings here: http://kellybroganmd.com/confessions-of-a-renegade-psychiatrist/
 

The 21-Day Body Makeover includes many anti inflammatory herbs in its supplements such as green tea and turmeric. Customers can also find our recommendations on how to use coconut oil in cleanse instructions.
 
 
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Break the cycle of sugar addiction

cake pops 693645 640We know that sugar is bad for us, but it’s also pretty hard to resist. Sugar can give us cavities, grow our waistline, and contribute to anxiety and depression, but it’s addictive nature often foils our efforts to quit it.
 
Now there’s even more compelling evidence that sugar can wreak serious health havoc.
 
Scientists from the University College London are using cancer’s love for sugar to propel their new cancer detection research. They are using magnetic resonance imaging (also known as an MRI) to locate cells in the body that feed off sugar the most.
 
The study, which was published in Nature Medicine, uses glucose with an added dye to activate and distinguish cancer cells from normal cells. The MRI scanner is set up to look for tumor cells that are brightly lit up by the glucose dye.
 
We are not alone in our love for sugar. Cancer cells are also huge sugar consumers. Cancerous tumor cells consume more glucose than normal tissue. And this fact has been driving a new area of cancer research and detection.
 
Because tumors attract sugar to their cells, they also light up with the highest concentration of dye from the injected glucose solution.
 
The reason cancer cells need to consume more sugar than regular cells is because their metabolism is much higher. Sugar provides the extra energy needed to grow and flourish. So sugar is basically cancer food.
 
This promising new detection technique is called “glucose chemical exchange saturation transfer” (glucoCEST). It uses radio waves to magnetically label glucose in the body, which can be detected with regular MRI technology.
 
In the future, cancer detection may rely on measuring which cells feed off sugar the most. The use of sugar to detect tumors is much safer and cheaper than current methods that rely on injecting radioactive material.
 
The current MRI screenings for cancer involve injecting a radioactive agent into the body to light up tumors. For obvious reasons, this method is potentially more harmful to a patient than injecting table sugar. Radioactive substances may encourage cancer growth in some people.
 
The glucoCEST method only injects the amount of sugar found in half of a standard-sized chocolate bar. That’s enough to identify a tumor. This research makes it hard to argue that sugar is harmless for your body.
 
Other research shows that excess insulin can also stimulate cancer growth. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas to help regulate sugar levels in the bloodstream and escort sugar molecules into cells that need energy.
 
Processed, sugary foods are known to spike insulin levels, which in turn can feed cancerous tumors.
 
“What we’re beginning to learn is that insulin can cause adverse effects in various tissues, and a particular concern is cancer,” says Dr. Lewis Cantley, head of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard University.
 
Dr. Robert H. Lustig, M.D., a Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco, is a huge advocate for cutting out sugar to improve health. He believes that many common health issues and illness are either caused by or made worse by the consumption of sugar and fructose.
 
If you’re concerned about your sugar consumption, or feel like your sugar addiction has a hold on you, don’t worry, there’s something you can do about it.
 
The more sugar you eat the more you crave. Cutting out sugar will actually help decrease your sugar cravings in the long run.
 
The 21 Day Full Body Makeover is a cleanse that can and often does help end all sugar cravings. After 3 weeks your relationship with sugar will be transformed. Cleaning out the body of old sugar residue and eating nutritious, filling food packed with protein, fat and fiber will keep your blood sugar stable so you don’t crave sugar when your blood sugar levels drop.
 
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Why you should wash your veggies

produceAlmost every health expert agrees that eating fruit and veggies is a good idea for health. But choosing the right veggies and washing them well is important if you want to avoid the health disruption of ingesting pesticides. The biggest reason most people use veggie wash is to wash the pesticides, wax, dirt, and other residues off of their vegetables.
 
Others use veggie washes to extend the life of their produce in the fridge, since the bacteria that causes more rapid decay has been removed. Make sure to let produce dry fully before putting it back in the fridge.
 
It’s important to use veggies wash even if you buy organic veggies, because you never know what’s on your veggies and what they’ve come in contact with during their trip to the supermarket.
 
Also, only buying organic can be expensive. A great compromise is to buy the organic version of the “dirty dozen” and shop conventional when it comes to the “clean 15”.
 
The dirty dozen are the produce grown with the most pesticides. They include strawberries, nectarines, apples, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, tomatoes, pears, potatoes, cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, lettuce and spinach.
 
The produce above doesn’t just contain one or two pesticide residues. An environmental working group study found as many as 11 different pesticides on some bell peppers and as many as 9 different pesticides on apples, peaches, celery and lettuce. They also found that eating the contaminated fruits and veggies on this list may expose someone to as many as 14 different pesticides per day, on average.
 
The clean 15 by contrast are the fruits and veggies that use the least amount of pesticides to grow. They include: onions, avocados, sweet corn, pineapple, mangos, sweet peas, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potato, and honeydew melon.
 
Most commercial veggie washes can be sprayed on fruit and then washed off with water. They are usually derived from plant-based ingredients like citrus, coconut, and corn. Other veggie washes require you to soak the fruits and veggies in a solution for a little while.
 
The problem with commercial veggie washes sold in stores is that they tend to be expensive and contain unwanted ingredients, like chlorine to kill bacteria. Some lab tests show that these commercial washes are no better at cleaning veggies than distilled water.
 
If you don’t want to shell out money for questionable veggie washes you can make your own using equal parts of white vinegar and water.
 
If you want to get fancy and increase efficacy you can use a solution that combines: 1 cup water with 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 Tablespoon of baking soda and juice of ½ a lemon. This type of solution is particularly good at washing greens.
 
To clean berries, which are delicate and tend to take on flavor easily, it’s best to spray them in a solution made from 2 cups water and ½ cup of lemon juice, then soak for 15 minutes in fresh water.
 
Some people may just use water to wash their produce, but think about it: pesticides were specifically designed to resist being washed off by rainfall.
That means that pesticides are complex oil based molecules that are primarily water-insoluble (meaning that washing alone will not remove them).
Veggie washes help clean produce better than water by loosening, emulsifying and holding surface residue in suspension so they can be easily rinsed away.
 
Not only do veggie washes remove pesticides, they also help remove unwanted contaminants from handling such as human perspiration, oils, dirt and exhaust fumes from shipping and transportation.
 
Using a veggie wash is the best way to consume the cleanest produce possible. Another great way to keep your body clean and healthy is to do regular detoxes.
 
The 21-Day Body Makeover is a great way to clean toxins from you body that may have been mistakenly ingested through improperly cleaned or pesticide-ridden produce, along with the world’s other hidden toxins.
Almost every health expert agrees that eating fruit and veggies is a good idea for health. But choosing the right veggies and washing them well is important if you want to avoid the health disruption of ingesting pesticides. The biggest reason most people use veggie wash is to wash the pesticides, wax, dirt, and other residues off of their vegetables.
 
Others use veggie washes to extend the life of their produce in the fridge, since the bacteria that causes more rapid decay has been removed. Make sure to let produce dry fully before putting it back in the fridge.
 
It’s important to use veggies wash even if you buy organic veggies, because you never know what’s on your veggies and what they’ve come in contact with during their trip to the supermarket.
 
Also, only buying organic can be expensive. A great compromise is to buy the organic version of the “dirty dozen” and shop conventional when it comes to the “clean15”.
 
The dirty dozen are the produce grown with the most pesticides. They include strawberries, nectarines, apples, peaches, celery, grapes, cherries, tomatoes, pears, potatoes, cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, lettuce and spinach.
 
The produce above doesn’t just contain one or two pesticide residues. An environmental working group study found as many as 11 different pesticides on some bell peppers and as many as 9 different pesticides on apples, peaches, celery and lettuce. They also found that eating the contaminated fruits and veggies on this list may expose someone to as many as 14 different pesticides per day, on average.
 
The clean 15 by contrast are the fruits and veggies that use the least amount of pesticides to grow. They include: onions, avocados, sweet corn, pineapple, mangos, sweet peas, asparagus, kiwi, cabbage, eggplant, cantaloupe, watermelon, grapefruit, sweet potato, and honeydew melon.
 
Most commercial veggie washes can be sprayed on fruit and then washed off with water. They are usually derived from plant-based ingredients like citrus, coconut, and corn. Other veggie washes require you to soak the fruits and veggies in a solution for a little while.
 
The problem with commercial veggie washes sold in stores is that they tend to be expensive and contain unwanted ingredients, like chlorine to kill bacteria. Some lab tests show that these commercial washes are no better at cleaning veggies than distilled water.
 
If you don’t want to shell out money for questionable veggie washes you can make your own using equal parts of white vinegar and water.
 
If you want to get fancy and increase efficacy you can use a solution that combines: 1 cup water with 1 cup of white vinegar, 1 Tablespoon of baking soda and juice of ½ a lemon. This type of solution is particularly good at washing greens.
 
To clean berries, which are delicate and tend to take on flavor easily, it’s best to spray them in a solution made from 2 cups water and ½ cup of lemon juice, then soak for 15 minutes in fresh water.
 
Some people may just use water to wash their produce, but think about it: pesticides were specifically designed to resist being washed off by rainfall.
 
That means that pesticides are complex oil based molecules that are primarily water-insoluble (meaning that washing alone will not remove them).
Veggie washes help clean produce better than water by loosening, emulsifying and holding surface residue in suspension so they can be easily rinsed away.
Not only do veggie washes remove pesticides, they also help remove unwanted contaminants from handling such as human perspiration, oils, dirt and exhaust fumes from shipping and transportation.
 
Using a veggie wash is the best way to consume the cleanest produce possible. Another great way to keep your body clean and healthy is to do regular detoxes.
 
The 21-Day Body Makeover is a great way to clean toxins from you body that may have been mistakenly ingested through improperly cleaned or pesticide-ridden produce, along with the world’s other hidden toxins.
 
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Would you like a little glyphosate with your oatmeal?

cereals 1236202 640Oatmeal has long been recommended as a low-fat, heart-healthy breakfast food. But recently the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been testing U.S. foods for residues of glyphosate, a weed-killing chemical linked to cancer.

Alarmingly, the FDA has found glyphosate residues in a variety of oat and oatmeal products such as oatmeal cereals and plain and flavored instant oatmeal. Some of the products tested were for babies.

Glyphosate is the key ingredient in Round Up, the most widely used pesticides in the U.S. This herbicide is made by Monsanto, which also produces genetically modified plants and seeds.

The consumer watchdog group “U.S. Right to Know” brought this information to public attention.

U.S. Right to Know is a nonprofit organization that investigates the risks associated with the corporate food system, among other things. Their mission is to build a healthier food system by promoting transparency in corporate food practices. They are spreading the word about these test findings so people know the risks of eating or feeding their family possible carcinogens.

In 2015, the World Health Organization reported that a team of international cancer experts deemed glyphosate to be a likely carcinogen. Other scientists have chimed in about this topic, saying that the heavy use of glyphosate is damaging the environment as well as impacting human health.

Babies are particularly vulnerable because their immune systems are still developing.

And FDA chemist found traces of glyphosate in infant oat cereal, particularly the banana strawberry and banana flavored varieties, according to a recent press release. The herbicide was also detected in the cinnamon spice, maple brown sugar and peach and cream flavors of instant oatmeal brands.

The levels of glyphosate found in oatmeal are not dangerous or harmful if you consume it occasionally, but if oatmeal is a staple breakfast meal that’s eaten every day, even trace amounts of chemicals begin to add up. The same goes for U.S. Honey.

According to the U.S. Right to Know, the FDA also found glyphosate in samples of U.S. honey. Some of the samples showed residue double the legally allowed limit in the European Union.

While honey and oats were tested, they were not the main focus of the FDA study. The FDA began testing the U.S.’s four main food commodities including corn, soy, eggs and milk. These studies come as both the U.S. and the European Union seriously evaluate the impact of glyphosate on human health after the 2015 report from the World Health Organization.

The four main crops tested by the FDA have not shown glyphosate residue levels that exceed legal tolerance. The FDA study is ongoing and begs the questions: why is there a legal tolerance level of a possible carcinogen?

The environmental protection agency will be holding a four-day meeting in mid October of 2016 to discuss cancer research pertaining to glyphosate with an advisory panel. The debate centers around whether the team of scientist who declared glyphosate a likely carcinogen was right or wrong?

Despite the politics, it’s good to know what’s in our food and what babies are actually eating. Because we live in a chemically polluted word, the best thing we can do for our bodies and immune systems is clear the detox channels and flush out the hidden toxins in “healthy” food.

The 21-Day Body Makeover is a great way to support the detoxification organs and regularly flush harmful and disease causing chemicals from the body. Even if you eat a healthy, organic diet, detoxing is crucial for health in today’s world.

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An article on the oat findings written by Carey Gillam, research director of U.S. Right to Know, can be found here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ carey-gillam/fda-tests- confirm-oatmeal_b_12252824. html

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Wide range of diseases linked to pesticides

PesticidesPeople who care about their health and the environment often choose to eat organic to avoid toxic pesticides. Consumption of pesticides has been linked to mild health conditions like headaches, dizziness, fatigue and nausea to more serious ones like cancer, reproductive and endocrine disruption, respiratory problems, memory loss, inflammation and immune system issues.
 
People who eat organic, believe that they are excluded from the health effects of pesticides, however research is emerging to challenge that assumption.
 
Nearly half (43 percent) of domestically organic fruits and veggies tested in Canada over the past two years showed pesticide residues. And even more alarmingly, 1.8 percent of Canadian organic produce violated Canada’s maximum allowable limit of pesticides. The amount was higher on imported organic produce, which tested at 46 percent tainted with pesticides.
 
A survey of the United States would probably shows the same results, but this kind of study is yet to be performed.
So how is this possible? Organic farmers are definitely not using pesticides. The reason is due to a phenomenon called “pesticide drift”. This means that the pesticide sprayed at neighboring farms are carried over to organic farms by the wind.
 
This issue is currently getting attention in California’s farm belt near Sacramento. The same winds that blow pesticides toward organic farms also blow toward the area’s schools and day care centers. Children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of pesticides because of their developing immune systems. Children also inhale more air and more water in relation to their size. About 500,000 kids go to school within a quarter mile of fields sprayed with pesticides. And no federal or state laws prohibit this.
 
Some of these daycares and schools have been claiming that their kids are getting sick. Their teachers are getting sick too, with conditions like asthma. In fact, 20 percent of children in California’s Central Valley, where most of California’s food is grown, have asthma. This is much higher than the national average.
 
The pesticides can stay in the air for days, according to a scientist from the pesticide action network. These scientists use a low-cost airborne particulate matter detector and lend these devices to local homeowners, schools and daycares to test their own air.
 
It is hard to prove the link between pesticides and serious diseases but the researchers at University of California Los Angeles found an increase in cancer risk from a mix of pesticides and fumigants used on conventional produce fields.
 
The residents of these communities are pushing back, testifying in front of California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation to help rewrite rules of where and when pesticides are sprayed near schools. Aerial fumigation is also under scrutiny.
 
For people who live in cities and don’t have to worry about pesticide exposure through air drift, should focus their efforts on limiting exposure by washing their produce. It’s still a good idea to buy organic because this produce will have significantly lower levels of contamination. But it’s also important to take healthy precautions like peeling your fruit and washing your veggies well with veggie wash.
 
Commercial veggie washes are sold in stores, but they are also easy and cheap to make at home with equal parts white vinegar and water. You can add some fresh squeezed lemon juice or lemon essential oil for extra cleaning power and a fresh scent.
 
It’s also a great idea to do several detoxes a year to get rid of accumulated pesticides and other toxins that lodge themselves in fatty tissue like fat cells, the liver and the brain.
 
The 21-Day Body Makeover focuses on detoxing the body while supporting detox organs at the same time. Even if you live a healthy lifestyle, environmental toxins from the water, air and soil make it into your body, clogging up detox channels and lowering energy, preventing weight loss and causing mood issues.
 
Lighten your body and ease your mind by giving it a good cleaning once or twice a year to improve its ability to eliminate toxins during the rest of the year.
 
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