Coffee is uplifting and energizing. That cup of Joe for many is a morning ritual. There is research out that says coffee may be more of a mood enhancer than was once thought. According to research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, regularly drinking coffee can help to prevent depression. Is it possible caffeine can change brain chemistry to equal Prozac and Zoloft.
In a study involving women, all nurses, coffee provided a way for many to reduce the chances of developing depression. The study spanned ten years, tracking the coffee drinking habits and mood of over 50,000 women. Those who drank a moderate amount of coffee — two to three cups a day — had a 15 percent drop in risk. Drinking three to four cups showed a 20 percent drop. The majority of study participants who did develop depression were the ones who drank very little coffee, a cup or two in a week.
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.
Jennifer Fugo talks to Wendy and Leigh about how her new book about how to go gluten free on a budget. She reveals savvy tips on going gluten-free and how to do it without breaking the bank.
Living gluten-free since early 2008 after a gluten sensitivity diagnosis, Jennifer knows what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by the cost and seemingly complicated aspects of going gluten-free. She tells us why you should consider going gluten-free and everything she’s learned in her journey of eliminating gluten from her diet.
The search for the perfect Paleo pancake continues! Not into almond flour? Well, here’s a Sunday brunch recipe that doesn’t rely on any kind of flour at all. Just eggs and bananas and you got Paleo flourless banana pancakes!
The recipe calls for vanilla extract and cinnamon, but you could add whatever spices you like – bananas make a tasty delivery vehicle for just about anything. Or leave them out if you’re lazy.
You’ll get the best results with ripe bananas that have brown spots. And with just eggs and baking powder as a binder, you’ll also find it easier to make smaller pancakes: big ones have a tendency to break apart when they’re flipped. Pile up a big stack of pancakes on your plate, top it all off with some sliced bananas, berries and maple syrup (or honey, if you like), and enjoy!
Grains are the food most strongly associated with mortality. I suggest only eating non-gluten grains – if you tolerate them. Let’s delve into what grains are safe to eat and which are not.
Most cavemen did not eat grains, so we’re not very well genetically adapted to them. Grains are low in nutrients and contain toxins that promote an unbelievably long list of health conditions and disease. These toxins are called phytates, lectins and gluten. To learn more about these evildoers, see my article Less Grains More Brains. Compared to all other foods, grains have the lowest nutrient content, just beating out sugar in a nutrition contest! Not very impressive.
Tracy Coe is a certified Pilates instructor and owner of Body & Mind Coe-Dynamics Pilates Studio in Manhattan Beach.
She combines the technique of Quantum Reflex Analysis (QRA ) with whole health and nutrition education. She provides health coaching to individuals and offers group wellness seminars.
She invites you to be empowered with education to learn how you and your loved ones can experience, when your bodies and minds are properly nourished and functioning, can experience LIFE to its fullest. You can live life without chronic aches, pains, “itis’s”, depression, low energy, symptoms of indigestion, menopausal symptoms, illness, disease, sleepless nights. You can instead have a life of vitality, a sense of youth, a glow to your skin, a pep in your step with flexibility in your body, and a mental sharpness. You just need to take the right vitamins and be properly nourished!
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