Numerous studies have confirmed that berries are the best foods to maximize your intake of disease-fighting antioxidants, and have also identified the other fruits and vegetables with the highest antioxidant content.
Antioxidants are increasingly implicated as the chemicals behind many of the health-promoting benefits of fruits and vegetables. They act in part by cleansing the body of free radicals, which can cause cell and DNA damage that leads to the effects of aging and to many chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Just one cup per day
One major study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2004, analyzed the antioxidant levels of more than a hundred separate foods including fruits, vegetables, breads, cereals, nuts and spices. (more…)
Maybe chairs need warning labels like cigarettes — because the risks of too much sitting are every bit as bad as smoking.
And in some ways, they’re even worse.
Sitting can slow the body’s metabolism to a crawl, which is why it’s been linked to weight gain, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even death — and a new study makes the connection again, especially in men.
The more you sit, the higher your risk — and all it takes for your own chronic disease risk to climb is four hours a day in a chair.
That’s just half a normal workday. (more…)
Three or four years ago I started making my own yogurt and it’s been a fun experiment project as I’ve tested various methods to come up with the best process for my family. Well perhaps, not always fun, because while learning I’ve ruined plenty of milk for one reason or another. In that time I’ve been reading about the many benefits of drinking milk Kefir. For a quite a while, I wasn’t ready to add another step in my daily/weekly food routine. However, once I was, I then wasn’t sure how to actually go about making Kefir. Sometime over the course of the last couple of years I heard about Kefir grains, but I had no idea how to actually get any. They aren’t exactly something you find at the local grocery store or co-op. About 6 – 8 months ago I was finally able to purchase some grains online through Cultures for Health. By this point I was thrilled to finally start another step in my real food journey. However after only using my Kefir grains for a couple of months I accidentally threw them away because I didn’t clearly mark the jar they were stored in in the refrigerator. Oops. I reached out to my Twin Cities Weston Price chapter and one very kind woman passed on to me some of her grains. Then about two months ago, another kind woman passed on another type of Kefir grain and I now once again have experiments going on in the kitchen as I compare the two types to see which makes the best Kefir.
Since I’ve kind of gone ahead of myself and some of you may be thoroughly confused… Kefir…. grain… let me share some of the things I’ve learned over the last couple of months.
Herbs and spices do more than make food taste great. Recent research is showing that the common herbs and spices you probably have in your kitchen can reduce signs of aging, inhibit degenerative disease, and promote health and wellbeing. The Mediterranean diet, so often associated with good health and lack of disease, relies heavily on the use of spices. But you don’t have to follow the Mediterranean way of eating to gain the amazing health benefits these inexpensive flavor boosters have to offer. (more…)
Mon. Apr.1, 2013 by Blanche Levine
(NaturalHealth365) Low vitamin D levels can be the most damaging influence on our genetic health, according to professor George Ebers, Action Medical Research professor of Clinical Neurology and one of the senior authors of published scientific research.
What are the capabilities of vitamin D?
Researchers, at the University of Oxford, have shown the extent in which vitamin D interacts with our DNA. The researchers found 2,776 binding sites from the vitamin D receptor along the length of the genome. These are the ones unusually concentrated near a number of genes associated with autoimmune conditions such as MS, Crohn’s disease, systemic lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and cancers such as, lymphocytic leukemia and colorectal cancer. (more…)