After Reading This You’ll Never Throw Out an Avocado Seed Again

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Source: TheMindUnleashed
April 5, 2017

The flesh of an avocado (Persea americana) is already amazing. It is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet, containing 20 different vitamins and minerals that can help prevent obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, and depression, but did you know that the seed of the avocado makes the flesh of this stone fruit pale in comparison? 70 percent of the antioxidants, amino acids, and other healing plant compounds are in the seed!

After reading further, and learning how to consume the seeds of avocados which contain one of the highest sources of bioactive compounds imaginable, you’ll never want to throw them out again.

Here are just a few things the seeds of avocados can do for you:

  • They’ve been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years for ailments such as monorrhagia, hypertension, stomach ache, bronchitis, diarrhea, and diabetes.
  • The Mayans used the leaves, fruit, bark, seed and peel for different health promoting actions.
  • The seed alone contains high levels of Vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids that prevent against neurodegenerative disease, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, cataracts, and rampant free radical damage.
  • The active plant compounds found in the seed include: Peptone, b-galactoside, glycosylated abscisic acid, alkaloids, cellulose, polygalacto urease, polyuronoids, cytochrome P-450, phenolic compounds, and volatile oils all contribute to the prevention of cellular aging.
  • In a study published in the journal Pharmaceutical Biology, researchers from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia found that extract from avocado fruit and seeds caused leukemia cells to self-destruct. Another study, published in the Cancer Research Journal found that avocado seeds contain a compound called vocation B which has proven to be extremely effective against acute myeloid leukemia. It was proven to be more effective than 800 other natural health products which were tested.
  • They greatly boost our immune systems. Avocado seeds are rich in antioxidants like procyandis and catehchins which have anti-inflammatory properties. A whole list of diseases is caused due to a poorly functioning inflammatory response, from cardio disease, to depression, to cancer. These little seeds halt an over-active inflammatory response. Avocado seeds fight diseases caused by microbes, fungus, and parasites.
  • The high levels of amino acids in avocado seeds prevent excess cholesterol and trigylcerides to prevent coronary disease. “Any heart disease patient must eat the avocado including the seed,” says Tom Wu.
  • They are fat burning: avocado seeds contain more fat burners that the fruit’s pulp. It also contains soluble fiber, which improves the intestinal tract and makes you feel satisfied so that you don’t overeat.
  • They are considered an aphrodisiac and increase libido.
  • They ease arthritis and joint pain.
  • The high levels of antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids reduce stress and curb depression.
  • Avocado seeds halt cancerous tumor growth.
  • Prevent epilepsy.
  • Can be used to prevent blemishes on the skin.
  • Extracts from avocado seeds can regulate thyroid disorders.
  • They boost collagen formation in the skin.
  • Avocado seeds are the ideal supplement for those who suffer from asthma.

Here’s how to eat avocado seeds to get all these amazing benefits:

First, allow your avocado pit or seed to dry out for approximately a week once it has been removed from the fruit. Then, remove the fine layer around the seed which separates it from the flesh of the avocado. Use a cheese grater, coffee grinder, or food processor, and grate the seed. If you like, you can also brown it with avocado, coconut, or olive oil on very low heat. This will cause the seed to take on a reddish color, but the browning part isn’t necessary to consume it.

You can either sprinkle the grated avocado seed on salads, rice, and vegetable dishes, use it in smoothies, or make an infusion by boiling the grated seed for a few minutes and then letting it sit to cool. Once it has cooled down you can simply sip on the avocado seed “tea” you’ve made throughout the day.

You can also mix the avocado seed with a little coconut oil to use as a topical for great skin and hair, or to reduce joint and muscle pain.

Avocado seed is contraindicated if you are nursing or pregnant.

The only precautions are to drink plenty of water, because the seeds contain tannins which can cause constipation. If you are eating plenty of soluble fiber, and stay hydrated, this shouldn’t be a problem, though.

Avocado seeds also contain a substance (fungicidal toxin) called persin which is toxic to animals, but not especially so to people, so don’t feed them to your pets! As long as they are eaten in small quantities, avocado pits do not cause harm to humans.

There have been no adverse health reports on eating avocado seeds, as it is a relatively newly re-discovered practice, but with this being said, there also has been little research on eating them whole and much more on the compounds within them. Though there is ample research about these benefits in lab trials, please do research the topic yourself before you decide to eat your avocado pits.

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Superfoods That Give You the Most Bang for Your Buck

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Source: Mercola.com
Dr. Mercola
March 20, 2017

Ideally, food is your “medicine.” It’s certainly one of the best preventive strategy I can think of, and getting more raw organic foods and healthy fats in your diet are key considerations.

However, while any type of whole food is better than none, some choices can give you more bang for your buck than others.1

For example, while lettuce is a staple in most people’s homes, even if they don’t eat a whole lot of vegetables in general, and many may even spend the extra money on organic lettuce, there are far more cost-effective ways to get higher quality nutrients into your diet.

Below are 17 of my personal favorites in no particular order, with some added cost-saving and nutrition-boosting tips thrown in along the way.

1. Wild-Caught Alaskan Salmon

Research suggests eating clean fish like salmon, sardines or anchovies once or twice a week may increase your lifespan by more than two years and reduce your risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by 35 percent.2

However, the devil’s in the details, and when it comes to salmon, it’s quite crucial to buy the right kind.

What you’re looking for is wild-caught Alaskan salmon. Steer clear of all farmed and genetically engineered varieties.3 Virtually all salmon marked “Atlantic salmon” comes from fish farms, and researchers have shown farmed salmon may be one of the most toxic foods in the world.

Levels of healthy omega-3 fats are also reduced by about 50 percent in farmed salmon compared to wild salmon, due to the use of grain and legume feed.

Canned salmon labeled “Alaskan Salmon” is a cost-effective way to buy salmon, as it is far cheaper than whole salmon steaks. If you’re not a fan of salmon, you can get many of the same health benefits by eating anchovies or sardines, ideally canned in water rather than olive oil, as inferior grades of olive oil are typically used.

2. Avocado

In addition to being an excellent source of healthy fats, avocados also have other unique health benefits, including enhancing your body’s absorption of nutrients and inhibiting production of an inflammatory compound produced when you eat beef.4

They also contain compounds that inhibit and destroy oral cancer cells,5,6 and being very high in potassium avocados will help balance your potassium to sodium ratio.

Avocados are one of the safest fruits you can buy conventionally-grown, so you don’t need to spend the extra money for organic ones. Their thick skin protects the inner fruit from pesticides.

Another cost-saving measure is to keep them refrigerated. If you buy unripe avocado in bulk when they’re on sale, storing them in the fridge will significantly slow down the ripening process and save a bundle.

Simply place however many you want to use within the next day or two on the counter, and they’ll rapidly ripen.

3. Sprouts and Microgreens

Many of the benefits of sprouts and microgreens relate to the fact that, in their initial and early phase of growth, the plants contain more concentrated amounts of nutrients.7,8,9

As a result, you need to eat far less, in terms of amount, compared to a mature plant. Sprouts may be harvested within just a few days or a week of growth, while microgreens10 are typically harvested after two to three weeks, when they’ve reached a height of about 2 inches.

Essential fatty acids heighten and the protein quality of several vegetables improves when sprouted. Sprouts can also contain up to 100 times more enzymes than their full-grown counterparts, and help protect against chemical carcinogens.11 Watercress may be the most nutrient-dense of all.12,13

Sprouts and microgreens are easy and inexpensive to grow at home. They’re a particularly excellent choice during winter months, when outdoor gardening is limited or ruled out.

Another major benefit is that you don’t have to cook them. A simple way to dramatically improve your nutrition is to swap out lettuce for sprouts and/or microgreens in your salad, or on burgers, sandwiches or tacos.

Even a few grams of microgreens per day can “entirely satisfy” the recommended daily intake of vitamins C, E and K.14

4. Broccoli

Research shows this cruciferous veggie may reduce your risk for many common diseases, including arthritis, cancer, heart disease and more.

When you eat broccoli, you’re getting dozens of super-nutrients that support optimal, body-wide health, including fiber, the anti-cancer compounds sulforaphane15,16,17,18 and glucoraphanin,19,20 anti-inflammatory and free radical quenching phenolic compounds21,22,23 and immune-boosting diindolylmethane (DIM).24,25

Three servings of broccoli per week may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by more than 60 percent.26 Sulforaphane also helps raise testosterone levels, inhibits the retention of body fat, helps detox carcinogens27 and helps protect your muscles against exercise-induced damage.28

Ideally, choose raw broccoli, as frozen broccoli has diminished ability to produce sulforaphane. The enzyme myrosinase,29 which converts glucoraphanin to sulforaphane, is quickly destroyed during the blanching process.30

Even better, opt for broccoli sprouts, which can contain 20 to 50 times more chemoprotective compounds than mature broccoli.31,32

When using raw broccoli, steaming it for three to four minutes will optimize the sulforaphane content. Do not go past five minutes. If you want to boil your broccoli, blanch it in boiling water for no more than 20 to 30 seconds, then immerse it in cold water to stop the cooking process.

The sulforaphane content can be further optimized by eating it with mustard seed, daikon radishes, wasabi, arugula and/or cole slaw.33

5. Onions

Onions are another potent anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer food. Recent research shows people with the highest consumption of onions have a lower risk of several different types of cancer.34,35,36,37

Research has also revealed that the stronger the flavor of the onion, the better its cancer-fighting potential. In one analysis,38,39 shallots, Western yellow and pungent yellow onions were the most effective against liver cancer. The latter two were also particularly effective against colon cancer.

Onions also contain compounds known to protect against cardiovascular disease and neurological dysfunction or decline. They also help prevent obesity and diabetes, in part by inhibiting certain enzymes in your digestive tract, and by supporting healthy blood sugar control.

Antioxidants are most concentrated in the outer layers of the onion, so peel off only the outermost paper-like layer. Overpeeling can reduce important antioxidants and chemoprotective compounds by as much as 75 percent.40

On the upside, the anti-cancer compound quercetin does not degrade when cooked over low heat. Store whole, dry bulbs in a cool, dry, dark place with plenty of air movement to maximize shelf life.

6. Spinach

Spinach is also rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants, vitamin K1 (good for your veins and arteries), magnesium and folate, the latter of which is important for short-term memory and helps lower your risk for heart disease and cancer by slowing down wear and tear on your DNA. It also contains more potassium than banana.

One caveat and contraindication: If you have calcium oxalate kidney stones, spinach is on the list of foods to strictly avoid, as it is high in oxalate. Also keep in mind that boiling the spinach will leach valuable nutrients like vitamin C into the water. After 10 minutes of boiling, three-quarters of the phytonutrients in spinach will be lost, so you’re better off eating it raw, or lightly steamed or sautéed.

7. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil provides a mix of medium-chain fats, including C6, C8, C10 and C12 fats, the latter of which (lauric acid), is most well-known for its antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiviral properties.

The shorter-chained MCTs, on the other hand, are more readily converted into ketones, which are an excellent mitochondrial fuel. Ketones also help suppress the hunger hormone ghrelin, and coconut oil has been shown to aid weight loss and improve your HDL to LDL cholesterol balance.41

My new book, “Fat for Fuel,” explains many of the health benefits associated with a diet high in healthy fats, including coconut oil. Indeed, the ketogenic diet, featuring low net carb and high fat intake, has been shown to be beneficial for many chronic health conditions, including cancer, and can significantly improve your chances of weight loss.

One way to save money on coconut oil is to buy it by the gallon. Big box stores like Costco also tend to have better prices on such bulk items. Unlike other healthy oils such as olive oil, coconut oil is very resistant to oxidation that occurs once you open the jar or apply heat, so buying in bulk is not a major concern.

8. Fermented Cabbage

Cabbage tends to be inexpensive, and you can supercharge its health benefits by fermenting it, thereby also significantly extending its shelf life. The fermenting process produces copious quantities of beneficial microbes that are extremely important for your health, as they help balance your intestinal flora and boost your immunity.

These beneficial bacteria can even help to normalize your weight, and play a significant role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes, depression and other mood disorders.

9. Organic, Pastured Eggs

Free-range or pastured eggs are a relatively inexpensive and amazing source of high-quality nutrients, especially protein and fat. A single egg contains nine essential amino acids, high quality protein, lutein and zeaxanthin for your eyes, choline for your brain, nervous- and cardiovascular systems, and naturally-occurring B12.

Ideally, you’ll want to eat your eggs as close to raw as possible, such as soft-boiled or poached. Scrambled or fried eggs are the worst, as this oxidizes the cholesterol in the egg yolk. If you have kidney damage, you may want to discard the egg white. If you chose to use the egg white, avoid eating it raw unless it’s in combination with the yolk. Eating only egg white could potentially lead to biotin deficiency.

Besides superior nutrition, pastured chickens are much healthier than factory farmed chickens and therefore have a far lower risk of producing eggs infected with salmonella. To find a free-range pasture farm in your local area, check out www.eatwild.com or www.localharvest.org.

Keep in mind that eggs sold as “cage-free” does not mean the chickens were raised under ideal conditions. They’re not raised in cages, but they may still not have access to the outdoors. So, there are still significant differences between “cage-free” and “free range” or “pastured” eggs. To identify better commercial producers and brands, see the Cornucopia Institute’s egg report and scorecard, which ranks 136 egg producers according to 28 organic criteria.

10. Berries

Berries are loaded with vitamins, minerals and micronutrients that impart a host of health advantages. Importantly, their antioxidant power helps keep free radicals in check and fights inflammation. Some of the most important antioxidants in berries are anthocyanins, flavonols, ellagic acid and resveratrol, which studies say help protect your cells and fight off disease.

Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries and blackberries are known as some of the world’s best dietary sources of bioactive compounds associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, neurodegeneration, diabetes, inflammation and cancer. One way to prevent waste — as berries can get moldy within days if you don’t eat them — is to buy frozen berries and simply thaw what you need. Frozen berries also tend to be less expensive pound-for-pound compared to fresh berries.

11. Kiwi

If you need vitamin C, which helps support immune function, look no further than the kiwi. One medium-sized fruit provides 117 percent of your daily recommended intake. They’re also a good source of fiber, vitamins E and K, potassium and antioxidants that help ward off chronic disease. Interestingly, kiwis have also been shown to help lower blood pressure.42

Acerola cherries are far better but they are not available commercially and need to be grown in subtropical environments. They are less than 10 percent the size of a kiwi and have more vitamin C. I have two trees that supply me with 50 to 75 or more cherries a day for about 8 months out of the year, which supplies me with many grams of a complete vitamin C matrix.

12. Raw Yogurt and Kefir

While most commercial yogurts are little more than glorified desserts loaded with sugar, yogurt and kefir made from cultured raw, organic grassfed milk are a real superfood, providing an array of healthy bacteria that support optimal health, along with high-quality protein, calcium, B vitamins and even cancer-fighting conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).

If you want to know which commercial yogurts are healthy and which are not, refer to The Cornucopia Institute’s Yogurt Report. Their investigation found many products being sold as yogurt do not even meet the standards for real yogurt. The report also includes a comparative cost analysis of commercial yogurt brands.

The good news is many organic yogurts are actually less expensive, on a price-per-ounce basis, than conventional, heavily processed yogurts (although some of the organic brands of yogurt actually contained some of the highest amounts of sugar). Your absolute best bet — and also your least expensive — is to make your own kefir or yogurt using organic grassfed milk. It’s a simple process requiring nothing more than the milk, some starter granules and a few mason jars.

13. Grassfed Beef and Beef Liver

Swapping grain-fed beef from concentrated animal feeding operations for organic grassfed beef is well worth the added price, as you get higher quality nutrients and less exposure to antibiotics and pathogenic bacteria. As for organ meat, it is a nutritional powerhouse, loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other compounds vital to your health, many of which Americans are deficient in.

Liver is particularly packed with nutrients. In fact, it contains more nutrients, gram for gram, than any other food, including choline, B vitamins, bioavailable iron, vitamin D and CoQ10.

You can save money by buying directly from a farmer and then freezing the meat. To ensure you’re getting the highest quality possible, look for the American Grassfed Association’s certification. Their website also allows you to search for AGA approved producers certified according to strict standards that include being raised on a diet of 100 percent forage; raised on pasture and never confined to a feedlot; never treated with antibiotics or hormones; born and raised on American family farms.

14. Grassfed Raw Butter

Butter, when made from grassfed cows, is rich in CLA, known to help fight cancer and diabetes. Butter is also a rich source of easily absorbed vitamin A and other fat-soluble vitamins (D, E and K2) that are often lacking in the modern industrial diet, plus trace minerals such as manganese, chromium, zinc, copper and selenium (a powerful antioxidant).

About 20 percent of butterfat consists of short- and medium-chain fatty acids, which your body uses right away for quick energy. Real butter also contains Wulzen Factor, a hormone-like substance that prevents arthritis and joint stiffness, ensuring that calcium in your body is put into your bones rather than your joints and other tissues. The Wulzen factor is present only in raw butter and cream; it is destroyed by pasteurization.

Here, you again have the option of making your own butter from raw grassfed milk. You may also find unpasteurized grassfed butter at your local farm or farmers market. The next best is pasteurized butter from grassfed cows, followed by regular pasteurized butter common in supermarkets.

Even the latter two are healthier choices by orders of magnitude than margarines or spreads. Just beware of “Monsanto Butter,” meaning butter that comes from cows fed almost entirely genetically engineered grains. This includes Land O’Lakes and Alta Dena.

15. Mushrooms

A number of different mushrooms — including shiitake, maitake and reishi — are known for their immune-boosting powers. In fact, some of the most potent immunosupportive agents come from mushrooms, and this is one reason why they’re so beneficial for both preventing and treating cancer. Long-chain polysaccharides, particularly alpha- and beta-glucan molecules, are primarily responsible for the mushrooms‘ beneficial effect on your immune system.

They’re also rich in protein, fiber, vitamin C, B vitamins, selenium, calcium, minerals and antioxidants, including some that are unique to mushrooms. One such antioxidant is ergothioneine, which scientists are now beginning to recognize as a “master antioxidant.”

When it comes to mushrooms, make sure they’re organic, as mushrooms tend to absorb and concentrate toxins from soil, air and water. Growing your own is an excellent option, but avoid picking mushrooms in the wild unless you are absolutely sure you know what you’re picking. Some mushrooms are guaranteed lethal and have no known antidote.

16. Kale

The nutritional density of kale is virtually unparalleled among green leafy vegetables, boasting all essential amino acids and nine non-essential ones. One-half cup of raw kale provides 100 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin A, 340 percent of your vitamin K and 67 percent of your vitamin C. It’s also loaded with both lutein and zeaxanthin, which are important for good eyesight. Gram-for-gram, kale even contains more calcium than milk.

Like many other superfoods on this list, kale contains potent chemoprotective agents, including the phytonutrient indole-3-carbinol — which has been shown to aid DNA cell repair and slow the growth of cancer cells — and sulforaphane. Its anti-inflammatory capabilities have also been shown to help prevent and even reverse arthritis, heart disease and several autoimmune diseases.

17. Whey Protein Concentrate

Whey protein, a byproduct of milk and cheese, has been linked to a variety of health benefits, including:

Helping your insulin work more effectively, which helps maintain your blood sugar level after a meal Promoting healthy insulin secretion, which is imperative for optimal health
Helping to promote your optimal intake of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals needed for your overall wellness Helping you preserve lean body tissue (particularly during exercise) as it delivers bioavailable amino acids and cysteine
Supporting your immune system, as it contains immunoglobulins Maintaining blood pressure levels that are already within the normal range

Whey protein concentrate (not to be confused with the far inferior whey protein isolate) is an ideal choice as it’s a rich source of amino acids.

It’s also the best food for maximizing your glutathione levels as it provides all the raw materials for glutathione production (cysteine, glycine and glutamate). Glutathione is your body’s most powerful antioxidant and has even been called “the master antioxidant.” It is a tripeptide found inside every single cell in your body. When shopping for a whey protein, be sure to look for a product that is:

  • Cold pressed
  • Derived from organic grassfed cows
  • Free of hormones
  • Toxin-free
  • Free of artificial sweeteners and sugar

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Hospital hazard: Rookie doctors can now be forced to work 24 hour shifts

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Source: NaturalNews.com
Dianne Wiley
March 20, 2017

When a person is taken to the hospital for any reason, be it a broken bone or the birth of a baby, the last thing they want to worry about is if their doctor is rested enough to care for them. Beginning this summer, new guidelines will require that first-year medical residents work in 24-hour shifts. This is an increase from the current 16-hour shifts they are being forced to endure.

Supporters of this change claim that it will help further training and prevent a student from leaving in the middle of a case, allowing them to see a patient from beginning to end. Opponents of this measure say it will do just the opposite and will lead to mistakes that could potentially be fatal and could be easily avoided with proper rest and nutrition.

Currently, first-year residents work 16-hour shifts and are recommended to take “strategic naps.” Adding an extra eight hours on to an already grueling workday could prove fatal to patients. This was seen in New York in 1984 when the death of an 18-year-old college student under the care of residents put medical students into the national spotlight. Medication errors and inadequate supervision were the reasons cited in the case, but it also helped raise awareness to the number of hours residents were expected to work. This, in turn, led to new legislation limiting the number of hours per work shift.

Now, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, who first proposed removing the 16-hour cap are pushing for longer hours for more than 120,000 students currently in medical school. Dr. Samantha Harrington, a first-year resident says that 24-hour shifts are too long, as even with a 14-hour schedule she has difficulty staying awake to drive home. Dr. Harrington is a member of the Committee of Interns and Residents, a union group who are wholly opposed to the proposed changes. The American Medical Student Association is also against the increase in shift hours.

In 2003, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education implemented national standards for a 24-hour workday and a maximum of an 80-hour work week. In 2010, that was shortened to 16-hour work days for first-year residents only after concerns for the safety of sleep-deprived students and their patients were raised.

The reasons behind the removal of the time cap have been cited as short-changing the residents, as they are not able to complete cases or surgeries if their 16 hours are up, having to abruptly change hands in the middle. Other reasons given are that it will improve training flexibility and enhance teamwork.

As quoted from Yahoo News, “Harrington says the grueling hours are ‘based on a patriarchal hazing system,’ where longtime physicians think ‘I went through it, so therefore you have to go through it too.’”

Is this any reason to put our lives and the lives of our loved ones at risk? How are we to know if the doctor is nearing the end of their 24-hour shift and exhausted? Are we really willing to endanger ourselves so they can prove that it is possible to do this? Depending on their health, the average person can go 16 to 20 hours without sleep before feeling negative effects, and we are asking the ones in charge of life and death decisions to go much longer than that while still retaining their full mental capacities.

I think that that is too much to ask of any one person, let alone hospitals filled with residents. Hopefully, the resolution is found before this takes effect this summer.

Read more about the effects of sleep deprivation here: Science.NaturalNews.com

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Grow Your Own Fruits and Vegetables Garden Tour and Review

Source: GrowingYourGreens
John Cole
November 11, 2016

John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ takes you on a field trip to the Grow Your Own Festival that took place in Las Vegas, Nevada to share with you how you can grow your own fruits and vegetables at home.

In this episode, you will get a tour of the Vegas Roots Community Garden, where this event took place.

You will discover the best vegetables, herbs and fruit trees to grow in Las vegas, as well as other desert climates.

You will learn the Fruit Producing trees that will produce food with little water and little care.

Next, John will share his 3 favorite booths at the4 Grow Your Own Festival:
26:15 It’ll Grow Soil and Soil Amendments
35:12 Great Basin Permaculture and Las Vegas Seed Library
38:41 Desert Urban Homestead – Microgreens and Avocado for Las Vegas

After watching this episode, you will learn some of the best edible fruits, vegetables, and herbs you can plant in las vegas, You will also discover the best source of organic soil that is now available in Las Vegas. You will learn how you can get free seeds to start your garden in Las Vegas. You will learn the #1 food you can grow year round inside your house as well as a special avocado variety.

Eat more of these foods to help balance your body’s alkalinity and prevent cancer

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Source: NaturalNews.com
David Gutierrez
February 11, 2016

Many people have heard of the “pH miracle plan” for restoring and preserving health, but are unclear on exactly which foods are considered “acidic,” and which are considered “alkaline.”

The “pH miracle” is an idea developed by researcher Robert O. Young, and introduced in his 2002 book of the same name. Young suggested that the body’s natural pH is slightly alkaline, but that the modern diet is high in foods that tend to produce an acidic effect in the body. These foods, such as processed sugar, dairy, meat, junk food, alcohol and caffeine, shift the body’s pH towards acidic. This causes acid wastes to build up in the body’s organs, producing a variety of diseases, including cancer.

“The focus for preventing and reversing cancer must be on maintaining the alkaline pH of the body fluids, and a recognition that cancer is a systemic acidic condition,” Young has written.

Top five alkaline superfoods

Unsurprisingly for anyone who follows the most current dietary advice, the most alkaline foods tend to be fruits, vegetables and oily foods, such as avocados, nuts and olives. These foods, by no coincidence, also tend to provide numerous other health benefits. The following five foods are considered among the most alkaline-promoting:

Cabbage, in addition to its alkaline nature, has been shown to fight infections and cancer. If you boil cabbage, be sure to save the water and use it in soup, sauces, or even as a beverage. For an extra health boost, eat your cabbage fermented in the form of sauerkraut (make it at home, or buy it in the refrigerated section so it hasn’t been killed!).

Olive oil, made famous by proponents of the Mediterranean diet, is known to be high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. It is also high in vitamin E, which has been shown to reduce the symptoms of hot flashes and may benefit heart health as well.

Flax seeds and flax seed oil have also gained quite a bit of attention, largely for their high content of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s, which are thought to be too scarce in the Western diet, have been linked with improvements in cholesterol and blood pressure, among other benefits. Flax seeds are also high in lignans, which help fight cancer and improve kidney function. Flax seeds can be eaten whole or ground, but many of the nutrients are best absorbed from the ground seeds or the oil.

Melons are incredibly nutrient rich, containing high levels of dietary fiber, potassium, folic acid and vitamins A, B6 and C. They have been shown to help prevent heart attack and stroke, perhaps by helping thin the blood. Watermelon is also considered an alkaline food.

Buckwheat is relatively uncommon in the Western diet, but functions as a highly effective wheat substitute for those trying to reduce their intake of the latter grain. Buckwheat has been shown to help prevent strokes, and ease the discomfort of hemorrhoids and varicose veins.

More alkaline diet tips

Other alkaline foods include alfalfa sprouts, avocado, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, celery, chives, cucumber, garlic, grapefruit, green beans, green peas, leeks, lemon and lime, lettuce, millet, onion, parsley, pears, pumpkin, radishes, sesame seeds and paste (tahini), soy (beans, sprouts and products), spinach, tomato, wild rice and zucchini.

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