What’s the most important secret to know whenever you shop for extra virgin olive oil? It’s that real olive oil, unlike wine, does not get better with age.
Just the opposite. More like fresh juice, olive oil is at its very best (maximum flavor and nutritional value) right after being pressed.
But here’s the problem, which you can see for yourself if you check the label on the olive oil bottle sitting in your pantry or on any of the bottles at your favorite grocery store or gourmet shop. That is, you won’t find a harvest date on any of them. An expiration date, perhaps, but no harvest date.
Here’s why: olive oil marketers purposely omit putting the harvest date on their labels because they don’t want you to know how old – and therefore stale – their olive oil is.
Stress arrives in a thousand different forms: be it from work, money, a relationship, a lost cell phone or traffic. The dangers of stress are very real – stress kills. It can cause all kinds of health problems if left unmanaged.
Years of physical and emotional stress can deplete the body of nutrients, causing accumulation of toxic metals and industrial chemicals. It can also lead to adrenal fatigue, which is produced when your adrenal glands cannot adequately meet the demands of stress. They then suffer an inability to produce adequate levels of hormones — the hormones the body uses to communicate and function.
The stress response is caused by the action of the adrenal hormones. The adrenal glands mobilize your body’s responses, via hormones, to every kind of stress, whether it’s physical, emotional, or psychological. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after an illness, a life crisis, or a continuing difficult situation, draining the adrenal resources of even the healthiest person. Adrenal fatigue is extremely common due to our culture’s work ’til you drop attitude, lack of relaxation, and other lifestyle factors, such as sleep deprivation, poor eating habits and excessive caffeine intake. For a more in-depth discussion on adrenal fatigue, check out my article on adrenal fatigue.
Recently, I was invited to contribute to The Adrenal Fatigue Solutions’s list of 50 Health Experts Share Their Favorite Stress-busting Tips. I am deeply passionate when it comes to spreading awareness on the dangers of stress and adrenal fatigue and was thrilled to be able to offer a bit of advice from my own life. Read More
Cardiovascular diseases lead the list of top causes of death in the world. Fortunately, Mother Nature wouldn’t let us deal with diseases without providing a way of preventing them!
Here is a list of the top 10 foods that help to protect your heart.
The avocado is a unique type of fruit you shouldn’t miss out on! By having a fat content that is 77% of its total calories, it is one of the fattiest plant foods on the planet. However, the avocado wouldn’t be that awesome by just containing any fat. It is the oleic acid that is believed to be responsible for the fruit’s beneficial health effects, including the reduction of inflammation (1).
Not only that but the avocado is loaded with other important nutrients such as Vitamin K, C, B5, B6, E, Folate, Potassium (more than bananas!), as well as small amounts of Magnesium, Manganese, Zinc, Iron, Copper, Phosporous, and Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3. WOW!
There are studies that have shown that avocados (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7):
- Reduce blood triglycerides by up to 20%
- Reduce total cholesterol levels significantly
- Lower LDL cholesterol by up to 20%
- Increase HDL (the “good”) cholesterol by up to 11%
All of these results should give us reason enough to include an avocado in our regular diet for a healthy heart. Read More
Let me take you on a walk through your daily life so you can picture just how toxic modern life has become. The average person has 700 synthetic chemicals in their body. You must detox these chemicals from your body if you hope to live to 110. Have you ever wondered… Read more
All bone broths including beef, chicken, fish, lamb and more have been staples in the traditional diets of every culture for thousands of years. That’s because bone broths are nutrient-dense, easy to digest, rich in flavor, boost healing and promote good health.
Today I started a 3 week sugar detox. I am white knuckling it! I’ll admit, it’s hell. But it serves to eliminate a food that is killing myself and our country. Let’s explore the basic facts about sugar. This is the first part in a series about this killer ingredient and how to do a sugar detox. Read more
When I first started studying nutrition, I didn’t know what to believe. I would read one theory in nutrition that was proven and then read the exact opposite – that was totally proven. This article serves to help you understand why there is so much conflicting information. Read more
Have you ever wondered how people are succesful at staying trim and fit? Well it isn’t luck! These people have adopted effective eating habits. They do things differently than the rest. To be a highly effective eater, you must adopt the habits of success.
Stephen Covey’s theories on learning from the habits of successful people in his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People suggest that by emulating the habits of successful people, anyone can enjoy the life he or she desires. Learn these 15 habits, adopt the habits, practice the habits and enjoy optimal health and successful weight loss.