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11 Brain Boosting Foods

 

We literally are what we eat and the food we consume 100% effects how sharp and clear out thinking is on a day to day basis. Interestingly, two-thirds of our brain is made of fat. Fat is essential to our brain’s health to to produce brain cells. Foods that are high in good omega-3 fats, are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and are anti-inflammatory protect us from brain disease and help increase cognitive ability, understanding, learning, and the ability to stay focused.

1. Walnuts: Walnuts are chock full of good fats, antioxidants and vitamins such as vitamin E that help ward off Alzheimer’s and can boost memory and focus. These nuts, ironically shaped like the human brain can naturally increase serotonin levels helping fight depression, and are loaded with omega-3 anti-inflammatory fats that can help improve focus and concentration

2. Wild Salmon: Wild-caught salmon is one of the best brain boosting foods on the planet. It’s loaded with anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats that are great for our brains. Farmed-raised salmon is not as good as wild-salmon because it can be filled with mercury, coloring and other toxins which damage our brains.

Important Note: Farmed-raised salmon is not as good as wild-salmon because it can be filled with mercury, coloring and other toxins which damage our brains.Wild salmon is a fish that contains low levels of mercury

3. Avocados: Avocados contain healthy brain boosting monounsaturated fat. They also contain potassium which is essential to mental function and nerve impulses, vitamin K and folate. Folate helps protect against stroke as well as increases brain power. Avocados also contain vitamin B and C which are essential vitamins for brain health.

4. Beets: Beets are great for mental performance because they contain natural nitrates that increase blood flow to the brain, can help lower blood pressure, fight cancer and increase athletic performance. They are rich in vitamin c, fiber, potassium, manganese and folate. Be sure to eat the beet greens along with the beet for they actually contain more iron than spinach and contain a higher nutritional value than the beetroot itself.

5. Wild-Blueberries: wild-blueberries are now referred to as  “brain berries” because they’re loaded with antioxidants and brain boosting properties. They are on of the highest antioxidant-rich foods and contain gallic acid which helps protect our brains from oxidative stress.  “New studies have also shown that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging rats, making them mentally equivalent to much younger rats.” 

6. Lion’s Mane: Is a edible mushroom native to china and japan that can now be found in most gourmet food stores. It has been shown in several studies to greatly enhance cognitive function, memory, recall and even help reduce anxiety and depression. This is because the lion’s mane mushroom can increase nerve growth factor (NGF) a protein that has neuro-protective and neuro-enhancement qualities. NGF is essential for growth and survival of neurons, and can help reduce inflammation in the brain, resulting in neuronal growth and brain performance. Lion’s mane is traditionally consumed as a tea. A great company I know like and trust for lion’s mane is four sigmatic.

7. Egg Yolks: Egg Yolks contain a high amount of the b-complex vitamin choline, which is essential for brain health. Choline aids in concentration and neuron health because it reduces inflammation. Choline also helps break down bethane which in return produces those “feel good” hormones serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine. Egg yolks also provide the essential mineral and brain and immune enhancing nutrient zinc. Two large egg yolks provide about 230 mgs of choline which is about half the recommended daily amount. Other foods that are rich in choline are dark leafy greens and broccoli

8. Flax Seeds: Flax seeds are another great source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats which are essential for brain development and function. Flax seeds contain a specific type of omega -3 called alpha-linolenic acid that can enhance the cerebral cortex. The easiest way to include flax seeds into your diet is by putting them in a superfood smoothie or sprinkling them on a big green salad.

9. Chia Seeds: Chia seeds contain high amounts of antioxidants and other brain minerals such as iron, copper, magnesium, manganese and zinc. They are also an excellent source of plant-based omega 3 essential fats which combat body and brain inflammation. Gram for gram chia seeds contain more omega 3s than wild salmon.

10. Dark chocolate: Dark chocolate 70% cocoa or greater contains antioxidants called flavonols which can help improve blood flow to the brain and help reduce inflammation. Flavonoids have recently been linked to improved cognitive performance. Cocoa also contains theobromine, an alkaloid similar to caffeine which helps improve focus and energy.

11. Rosemary: For centuries rosemary had been linked to improving memory. Scientist now confirm that rosemary actually is in fact amazing for our memories. A recent study conducted by found that smelling rosemary essential oil enhanced memory function in participation significantly. Also carosic acid found in rosemary helps protect the brain from neuro-degeneration by protecting it from free radicals. Rosemary contains high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties making it an excellent brain boosting food.

This week’s healthy in the 21st century challenge is to try incorporating more of these amazing brain boosting foods into your diet.

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Healthy Eating in the 21st Century

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We all eat every day, but somehow, no one really quite knows what to eat. Despite all the nutritional research, diet books and theories, how is it that most Americans are still baffled about what to eat to achieve a long and healthy life?

Nutrition is the only field where people can scientifically prove opposing theories and still be right. No wonder everyone is confused. Also the vast majority of public nutrition information is created by the publishing industry and their job is to sell books, so they have to create new diets each year. 

That being said, we’ve come a long way in understanding how the food we eat affects our health. Each year new scientific research is solidify what we intrinsically always knew to be best…eating real food. By real food I mean food that comes from an animal or farm.

So how did we get so confused about what to eat? Well it all comes down to food politics and greed. Public nutrition policy is commanded by the political process, which is orchestrated by large food corporations, all to maximize their profits unfortunately at the expense of our health. It all started in the industrial revolution and spiraled way out of control.

The truth is that the majority of food we are eating, is not really food at all, but rather engineered processed food that puts dollars in the food corporation’s pockets and leaves the rest of us overweight, diabetic or worse.

Sadly about 70% of the calories Americans are eating today are from processed artificial foods. These foods are making us fat, sick and tired. Between misleading food marketing, untruthful labels and a food industry with a focus on profits and not health, we are experiencing a global health epidemic. It has never been more important to know how to eat healthy.

In order to eat healthy in today’s modern world, you first need to know 3 things

  1. What role food plays in your health and life (holistic nutrition)
  2. How to read a food label
  3. How to put together a few quick healthy meals

If you master the above 3 things, you’ll be on your way to eating healthy which in turn will help you achieve and maintain your ideal weight and sky rocket your energy levels to fuel your life.

So what role does food play in your health and life? In other words what is your relationship with food? How do you view food? Do you use food as fuel and nourishment or do you use it to cope with emotions? Is food a reward? A punishment? It’s a good idea to really consider these questions because they will help uncover your relationship with food.  A great book on this topic, is by Deepak Chopra titled “What are you Hungary for?

Once you have a better understanding of your relationship with food, the next step is to determine what to eat AND what not to eat. This is where the confusion usually sets in. Should I be vegan? Vegetarian? Paleo? Plant-based? Raw? Should I eat meat? Not eat meat? How much should I being eating?

The answer to these valid questions is completely based on several factors; specifically age, gender, lifestyle, geographic location and heritage.  For example, an 80 year old women should eat differently than a 16 year old teenage girl. A male college athlete has different nutritional goals and needs than a middle aged mother. I think you get the point.

As you go through your life journey your diet should change. Well how do you know when I’s time to change your diet? Well this is were being in touch with your body comes in. Our bodies are absolutely beyond amazing! They actually give us signs and signals as when it’s time to change things up.

You’re mood, energy level, skin, and digestion all respond based on if you’re on target or not. It’s essential to eating healthy in the 21st century to become in tune with your body wants and needs and to listen to them.

I teach a concept I learn at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition called bio-individuality, that there is not one right or wrong way of eating only a right or wrong way for your unique body chemistry (gender, ancestry, age) and lifestyle (how active you are, where you live).

It’s important to understand that we literally are what we eat. As food goes into our bodies it gets digested and absorbed into our blood and our blood is what created our cells, tissues, and organs. This is the reason it’s essential to EAT REAL FOOD.

So much of the food available and consumed today is not real, it’s manufactured in a food plant instead of coming from a plant. Above all this is the biggest challenge most people face when it comes to healthy eating in the 21st century? Why? Because processed food is convenient, fast and tastes good. The vast majority of food found in grocery stores today is processed.  Sadly, even health food stores like Whole Foods contain mostly processed food. This is one reason it’s essential to do a good detox program once or twice per year to clear out built up dangerous toxic build up.

But to be honest it’s virtually impossible to eat all real food unless you live on a farm which is why being an educated consumer and learning to read a food label is so essential to healthy eating in the 21st century.

So what do you look for when buying packaged food?

  • Amount of Calories
  • Artificial ingredients
  • Amount of Sugar
  • Amount and type of Fat
  • Amount of Sodium

Calories

It’s important to know about calories, what they are, where they come from and how they affect your body. A calorie is simply a unit of energy.

Protein, carbohydrates and fats all contain calories but in different amounts per gram. Protein and carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram and fat contains 9 calories per gram. Notice how fat has more than double the amount of calories per gram than protein and carbohydrates. This is why eating a diet consisting of a lot of fat leads to quick weight gain. Although not all fat is necessary bad. Good fats play an essential role in optimal health.

Simply put, when you eat more calories than you burn, you gain weight usually in the form of fat. For this reason it’s essential to know how many calories you’re consuming a day and how to properly manage the amounts of calories going in and calories going out.

After tracking the amount of calories most people consume in a day, they are usually greatly surprised at the total daily amount. This is because calories add up very fast and can be hidden in many foods. But what’s even more surprising to people is when they realize how much energy it actually takes to burn these calories off. For example, let’s say you weigh 155 pounds. You’d need to run for about 26 minutes to burn off the calories you consumed from eating just a Snickers bar according to a Harvard Medical School study.

For optimal health, you’ll want to stay within your daily calorie range to maintain a healthy weight (click here to calculate your the amount of calories your should be consuming). I am not a huge fan of counting calories. However, if you are overweight, to get an idea of how many calories you’re consuming, you’ll need to track you daily caloric intake for at least a week. 

Artificial Ingredients

How to STOP Sugar Cravings

Artificial chemical ingredients and additives to preserve the shelf life and “enhance” the flavor of processed foods. When buying packaged food, simply look for any unpronounceable ingredients on the label. This usually is a good indicator that it’s artificial.

Below is a list of the most detrimental artificial chemical ingredients to look out for. This list is by no mean extensive! Again the easiest way to determine if a packaged food is healthy or not is simply by looking if the ingredient listed are whole foods or chemical ingredients you can’t recognize.

  1. Artificial sweeteners: related side effects such as headaches, nausea, anxiety, depression, dementia, and skin rashes.
  2. Refined sugars: High consumption of sugar and the corresponding elevated insulin levels can cause weight gain, bloating, fatigue, arthritis, migraines, lowered immune function, obesity, cavities and cardiovascular disease. [1]
  3. Monosodium glutamate (MSG): MSG is a common food additive used to enhance flavor in a variety of foods. Canned vegetables, frozen entrées, fast foods and soups are just a few products that contain MSG. Many people have experienced a variety of side effects ranging from headaches, itchy skin and dizziness to respiratory, digestive, circulatory and coronary issues. [2]
  4. Artificial colors and flavoring: Food coloring and flavoring is usually a synthetic chemical produced by scientists to color foods and increase a product’s visual appeal. Many colorings are derived from coal tar and can contain up to ten parts per million of lead and arsenic and still be generally recognized as safe by the FDA.[2] Artificial colors can cause allergic reactions and increase hyperactivity in children with ADD. [3]
  5. Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated hydroxyuene (BHT):

BHA and BHT are two food additives commonly used in the food industry to prevent oils from going rancid. Studies have shown that BHA has caused stomach-focused carcinogens in trials involving mice, hamsters and rats. The

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has deemed BHA “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” [4]

  1. Sodium nitrate and nitrite: Sodium nitrate and nitrite are preservatives that are added to processed meat products to enhance red color and flavor. These compounds transform into cancer-causing agents called nitrosamines in the stomach. Noticeable side effects include headaches, nausea, vomiting and dizziness. [4]
  2. Partially hydrogenated oils (trans-fats): Partially hydrogenated oils are made by reacting different varieties of oil with hydrogen. When this occurs, the level of polyunsaturated oils (good fat) is reduced and trans-fats are created. These oils are added to products to enhance appearance and prevent spoiling. They are associated with heart disease, breast and colon cancer, atherosclerosis and elevated cholesterol. [5]

Sugar 

It’s scary that Americans consume about 150 pounds of sugar per year and 80 pounds of those 150 pounds is in the form of high fructose corn syrup. [1] That’s about ½ pound a day per person. High fructose corn syrup is the unhealthiest kind of sugar because it’s absorbed more rapidly than regular sugar and doesn’t stimulate ghrelin or leptin production, the “hunger” and “full” signaling hormones, which leads to over consumption of food and disease. Research has now linked excessive amounts of sugar to cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Unfortunately, sugar is found in almost everything, even “healthy” products today; and when sugar isn’t used or burned, it’s stored as fat in the body. Sugar also causes inflammation in the body, and inflammation is at the root of almost all chronic diseases today.

But even worse than refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup is chemical artificial sweeteners such as Splenda (sucralose), Sweet & Low (saccharin), Equal and NutraSweet (aspartame). These sugar substitutes have been created in a lab and recently linked to a long list of related negative side effects, such as headaches, nausea, anxiety, depression, dementia, skin rashes and cancer.

Start checking the labels of the products you’re buying for sugar…even the “healthy” ones. To maintain optimal health, avoid processed refined sugars and sugar substitutes as much as possible. 

Sugars to Avoid: refined sugars (sucrose), high fructose corn syrup, artificial sugars (Splenda, Sweet & Low, Equal and NutraSweet)

Fat

The worst kind of fat is trans-fat or trans-fatty acid, also known as partially hydrogenated oil. Most trans-fats are created industrially by adding hydrogen bonds to liquid oils to make a more shelf-stable product. However, some trans-fats occur naturally in beef, lamb, butterfat and dairy.

Trans-fats raise LDL (bad cholesterol) and lower HDL (good cholesterol). When a fat molecule is partially-hydrogenated, the body doesn’t recognize it and the fat is carried around in the blood which leads to plaque buildup in the arteries which leads to heart disease.

When reading labels, your eyes may be trained to search for “trans-fat,” but there are some loopholes food manufacturers are allowed in order to sneak trans-fat into their products. Although a product may say ‘0 g trans-fat,’ this may not be true. Only foods and supplements with 0.5 g of trans-fat and greater are required to be listed on the food label.

Next time you browse a label, search the ingredient list for the term ‘partially hydrogenated’ and pass it up if you find it on the label.

[1] Trans-fat may be found in margarine, processed foods, candy, chips, soda, flaky pastries and some peanut butters.

As far as the other types of fat, saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, they all play a role and are necessary in a healthy diet. The amount and different types of fats really depends on your bio-individuality and current health goals.

Sodium

Consuming too much sodium (salt), causes your body to hold onto water putting an extra burden on your heart and blood vessels leading to high blood pressure.

According to the American Heart association, people with high blood pressure (140-160/90-99 mm HG) are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. The average American consumes about 3,400 mg of salt per day, and the AHA recommends no more than 1,500 mg of total salt per day for optimal health.

The best way to reduce salt intake is to eat less packaged, processed foods and by reading the food labels of the packaged foods you do buy.

The most common high sodium foods in the 21st century are, breads, pizza, cheeses, canned soups, cold cuts, salted snacks, frozen dinners, sauces and seasonings. Eat less of these foods and add favor to your food in other ways such as cooking with fresh herbs and spices.

The last important factor to eating healthy in the 21st century is being able to prepare a few quick, simple, healthy meals. Generally people buy and eat the same food week in and week out. Humans like routine because it takes less thought energy when we’re on autopilot and in the 21st century we are constantly being bombarded by information. However, it’s time to jump into the pilot seat and take control of what foods and meals you eat.

Most people rotate between 3-5 meals options for breakfast, lunch and dinner and usually these options aren’t the healthiest choices just choices that somehow just became part of a routine. Below are the routine standards and some healthy eating in the 21st century recommend healthy meal upgrades.

Healthy Eating in the 21st Century Meal Upgrades

Standard 21st Century Breakfast

  1. No breakfast (most people don’t eat breakfast)
  2. Milk with processed cereal
  3. Coffee with a bagel and cream cheese
  4. Doughnuts
  5. Eggs bacon/sausage fast food sandwich
  6. Pancakes/waffles

Nutrient-Enhanced Healthy Eating in the 21st Century Breakfast Upgrade

  1. Always a eat nutrient dense breakfast
  2. Steel cut oats topped with mixed organic fruit and small handful of walnuts and 1 tsp raw honey.
  3. Healthy superfood breakfast smoothie
  4. A slice of sprouted grain bread with 1 tsp almond butter spread on top.
  5. 2-3 whole fried organic eggs
  6. Organic quinoa pilaf topped with organic raspberries and blueberries

Standard 21st Century Lunch/Dinner

  1. Hamburger and French fries
  2. Pizza
  3. White pasta and creamy alferdo sauce
  4. Fried chicken or chicken wings with macaroni and cheese
  5. Lunch meat sandwich and bag of chips
  6. Grilled steak and mashed potatoes

Nutrient-Enhanced Healthy Eating in the 21st Century Lunch/Dinner Upgrades

  1. Bison burger or veggie burger on a whole wheat bun and a side steamed vegetables
  2. Vegetable chili, legume soup varieties with a large salad
  3. Whole grain or bean pasta with organic tomato
  4. Grilled organic chicken, turkey
  5. Vegetable wrap and fruit
  6. Grilled wild-caught fish with a large mixed greens salad

Standard 21st Century Snacks

  1. Potato chips
  2. Cookies, brownies and cakes
  3. Pretzels
  4. Ice-cream
  5. Candy bars

Nutrient-Enhanced Healthy Eating in the 21st Century Snack Upgrades

  1. Any type of organic fruit
  2. Handful of nuts (almond, walnut, cashew)
  3. Rice cakes with almond butter on top
  4. Hummus with sliced vegetables
  5. Healthy snack bars (whole foods based, low in sugar selections)

In order to break this routine, choose new nutrient dense meal options you’ll enjoy and start rotating through these healthier versions of your not so healthy “normal” meal choices. Having several healthy meal and snack options for breakfast, lunch and dinner takes the guesswork out of food shopping and meal planning. Meal options should be fast and simple to prepare and nutrient dense. This will allow you to say goodbye to fast food—and hello to healthy food, fast.

Use a meal planning and preparation guide to get started on choosing new healthy meal options to incorporate in your new healthier way of eating. I recommend simply learning to prepare just 3 new healthier meal options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Then gradually incorporating new options over the weeks and months.

In order to eat healthy in today’s modern world, you must master…your relationship with food, learn how to be an educated consumer and be able to put together just a few quick, simple, healthy meals.

My hope is this by reading this article you’re now much more clear on how to eat healthy in our modern world.

I want to invite you to join the healthy eating in the 21st century movement…to join thousands of other people who are changing the way they eat to better themselves, their families and the world. Now is the time to take control of your health, by first taking control of your diet. Take your healthy eating to the next level by downloading the free healthy shopping list and meal planning guide.

Shopping List and Meal Guide

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The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Detoxes

Have you’ve been overindulging? Feeling tired and sluggish? Experiencing digestive discomfort such as constipation or bloating? Having trouble losing weight or experiencing skins issues such as acne? Chances are it’s time to detox.

What is Detoxing?

Simply put detoxing is removing impurities also called toxins from your body. Removing and cleaning out toxins will help your body fight disease and can reset your body systems creating an optimum internal health environment. It’s also a great way to jump into a healthier lifestyle and lose unwanted pounds fast.

There are many different ways to detox. But the common goal of most detox’s is to remove toxic buildup from body organs and fatty tissue as well as restore the digestive, lymphatic, circulatory and endocrine body systems. Often detoxing specifically helps cleanse the blood, liver, kidneys, intestines, lymph, and skin. Detoxing also called detoxification has been practiced in every culture around the world for centuries.

Detoxing is necessary especially in the 21st century because we live in such a toxic world. Sadly the need to detox our bodies has never been more important because of the toxic build up from the food we consume, water we drink and air we breathe has never been greater. Over the days, weeks, months and years toxins lodge and accumulate in our body tissues especially in the liver and fatty tissue which can cause weight gain, low energy, poor digestion and even an increase in the risk of developing diseases such as cancer.

Detoxing can greatly reduce oxidative stress and inflammation in our bodies which is at the root of all disease, as well as assists in fighting free ­radicals or cancer causing cells. It can also jump start our digestive system, increase energy, boost the immune system, help with weight loss, and create vibrant glowing skin.

3 Main Steps to Detoxing:

1. Toxins must be mobilized from their storage site inside fat cells

2. Transformed into compounds that our bodies can excrete

3. Eliminated from the body via elimination pathways (through the bowel, urine, and sweating)

A detox program can help the body in the following ways:

Give the liver, kidneys and digestive tract and other body organs a much needed break

Provide cells with nutrients to function properly and more efficiently

Promote the elimination of toxic impurities lodge in our body systems

Experts agree that detoxing at least once a year is a good idea. But depending on the type of detox, your current health, lifestyle, geographic location and unique biochemistry and health history detoxing a few times a year may be greatly beneficial and necessary to experiencing health.

How do you know if you need to detox?

These are all common signs it’s time to detox…

Easily feeling fatigued, tired and sluggish

Experiencing digestive discomfort such as constipation, bloating, or gas

Headaches

Having trouble losing weight

Experiencing skins issues such as acne

Puffy baggy eyes

Mental fog

Food cravings

Low energy

Bad breath

Unexplained nausea

Irritability and mood swings

Should you Detox?

If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms or you eat a lot of takeout packaged processed foods, use commercial personal care products, have never done a detox, or find your becoming hypersensitive to eating certain foods, then a detox program will greatly benefit your health. Detoxing does for your body what changing the oil does for you car. Detoxing is kind of like hitting a reset or reboot button for you body.

Types of detoxes:

There are many different types and ways of detoxifying the body. The most common way is through a detox diet which usually includes drinking detox drinks such as fruit and vegetable juices and detox smoothies, taking detoxifying cleansing herbal supplements, fasting, and following specific detox recipes and protocols. These detox diets usually last any where from 3 to 30 days in length and usually involve a combination of a specific way of eating combined with herbal supplements. Many popular detoxes also recommend dry brushing, light exercise, drinking lots of purified water, stress management, good sleep, epsom salt baths, colon hydrotherapy, massage and sauna therapy in addition to following a detox diet plan protocol.

When choosing a detox it’s important to do your homework. Over the past several years cleanses and detoxing have become quite popular. Especially as celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Demi Moore and Beyoncé all tout their benefits. But many of the detox’s out there expensive, time consuming and involve days of running back and forth to the bathroom which just isn’t realistic for our busy 21st century lives.

Also after completing a detox it’s essential to learn how to eat after the detox. It doesn’t make much sense to cleanse your body, then return to toxic lifestyle habits after the fact. If you’re interested in detoxing your body naturally to restore energy, drop belly bloat and reset your body, I created an awesome FREE 1-Day Green Smoothie Detox Plan for you. Click here to get it now.

This is a great starter detox that will help your body naturally reset it’s self.

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Is Using Cannabidiol for You? (The Truth about CBD Oil)

What is cbd?

CBD also known as cannabadiol, is a non­psychoactive (it won’t make you feel high) compound found in cannabis. It is one of over 60 different compounds present in cannabis. CBD is usually present in cannabis in high concentrations along with THC (the compound in cannabis that is psychoactive and makes you feel high).

It’s non­psychoactive because of its lack of affinity and attraction for CB1 receptors (the receptors that cause one to experience a cerebral high). There are two types of cannabinoid receptors in the human body; CB1 and CB2. Both are naturally found throughout the body but are most common in the brain and immune system. CB1 receptors are responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. These receptors affect memory, mood, sleep, appetite and pain sensation. CB2 receptors have anti­-inflammatory effects and are found in immune cells. Cbd does have a great affinity and or attraction for CB2 receptors making it a great natural anti­-inflammatory and immune system enhancer.

Top Ten Benefits of CBD:

CBD has been proven to be highly beneficial in the treatment of seizures, neurological conditions such as MS and cerebral palsy and anxiety disorders. Studies have found that cbd can….

1. Relieve nausea and vomiting making it a great digestive aid

2. Help control and reduce seizures

3. Help Fight tumors and cancer cells (it’s a powerful anti­oxidant)

4. Help relieve anxiety and depression

5. Calm and protect the nervous system

6. Promote relaxation and deeper sleep

7. Help reduce stress

8. Help relieve insomnia

9. Anti­-inflammatory effects which help reduce swelling

10. Help relieves muscle and joint pain

Is CBD legal?

Unlike marijuana, CBD is 100% legal everywhere in the world and offer many of the same benefits of marijuana without the “high”. It is completely safe and non­addictive.

What is the difference between THC and CBD?

THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the most prominent psychoactive component of the marijuana plant. It’s the compound in marijuana that makes you feel “high”.

CBD or cannabidiol is the non­psychoactive compound found in marijuana. It’s accounts for about 40% of cannabis extract.

How do you use CBD?

CBD is extracted as an oil from cannabis or hemp plant and comes in various concentrations and forms. It can be consumed orally in the form of a supplement (pill form or liquid tincture), vaporized, or sprayed into the mouth.

How much should I take?

The dosage of CBD differs for each person, but according to cbd oil review, it is best to start small and gradually increase until you experience the desired result. But generally a serving standard is 25 mg of CBD taken twice per day. You’ll likely need to experiment with a dosage range that works for you.

Here is a list taken from cbdoilreview.org of common dosage amounts per certain medical conditions used in clinical trials:

To increase appetite in cancer patients: 2.5 milligrams of THC by mouth with or without 1 mg of CBD for six week

To treat chronic pain: 2.5­20 mg CBD by mouth for an average of 25 days

To treat epilepsy: 200-­300 mg of CBD by mouth daily for up to 4.5 months

To treat movement problems associated with Huntington’s disease: 10 mg per kilogram of CBD by mouth daily for six weeks

To treat sleep disorders: 40-­160 mg CBD by mouth.

To treat multiple sclerosis symptoms: Cannabis plant extracts containing 2.5­120 milligrams of a THC­/CBD combination by mouth daily for 2­1 weeks. A mouth spray might contain 2.7 milligrams of THC and 2.5 milligrams of CBD at doses of 2.5­ milligram for up to eight weeks. Patients typically use eight sprays within any three hours, with a maximum of 48 sprays in any 24­ hour period.

To treat schizophrenia: 40­-1,280 mg CBD by mouth daily for up to four weeks

To treat glaucoma: a single CBD dose of 20­40 mg under the tongue. Doses greater than 40 mg may actually increase eye pressure.

So as you can see the dosage really varies per individual and medical condition. But CBD isn’t just for those with medical conditions, healthy people can greatly benefit from using CBD as part of a preventive health plan.

Are there any harmful side effects?

There are no scientific studies to date showing negative side effects of consuming cannabidiol regularly. CBD has actually been extensively studied and proven to have only positive effects. Dr. Sanjay Gupta discussed it in then in his documentary “Weed.” as well as on CNN and various other videos.

Where can you purchase CBD?

As more and more scientific studies are released on the benefits of CBD more and more products will hit the consumer market. Right now your can purchase and wide variety of CBD products online and in some health foods stores across the country.

As with all supplements it’s important to consider the quality, extraction, storage and manufacturing methods before purchasing a product.

Sadly about 90% of supplements on the market today are ineffective and a complete waste of money because they simply aren’t of quality ingredients or have poor extraction methods making them useless and only making you just a little more penniless.

I recommend NatureCBD sold at bengreenfieldfitness.com. It’s all natural, water soluble, nano extracted, triple tested for purity and derived from organic cbd. I’m sure there are other companies making quality CBD products out there and if you know of any feel free to drop me a line in the comments below.

In case you’d like to do a little more exploration of CBD here is a great article https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/su-cbd-oil/ 

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Top 10 Cancer Fighting Foods | Eat These To Be Cancer FREE

Unfortunately, getting cancer is almost ‘normal’ in the 21st century. According to the American Cancer Society there will be an estimated 1,658,370 new cancer cases diagnosed and 600,000 cancer deaths in the US this year alone. That’s just under 2,000 people per day! Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the US, exceeded only by heart disease, and accounts for nearly 1 out of every 4 deaths.

That means that almost everyone has been indirectly impacted by cancer. Whether if be a friend, family member, pet or coworker we all know someone that has been affected by this largely preventable disease.

Now for the good news… the World Cancer Research Fund has estimated that up to one-third (in my opinion even higher than 1/3) of the cancer cases that occur in economically developed countries like the US are related to lifestyle factors such as being overweight or obese, physically inactive, using chemical body care products, not managing stress and eating poorly, and thus can be largely be prevented with a change in lifestyle.

Today I wanna share with you about the most amazing foods that are also cancer fighting. Any food that is high in antioxidants can really be considered a cancer fighting food since antioxidants are what neutralize free radicals, which are the rogue cells that can cause cancer in our bodies. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of different substances found in food that can act as antioxidants. The most familiar ones are vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and other related carotenoids, along with the minerals selenium and manganese. They’re joined by glutathione, co Q10, lipoic acid, flavonoids, phenols, polyphenols, phytoestrogens, and many more. By incorporating more foods rich in antioxidants, being physically active, and actively managing your stress, you’re greatly reducing your chances of becoming a cancer statistic.

The level of antioxidants in a food is evaluated by what’s called the ORAC Score or (oxygen radical absorption capacity) which tests the power of a food to absorb and eliminate free radicals. The measurement of the following foods i’m about to share with you were developed by the National Institute of Aging and are based on 100 grams of each food.

Top 10 highest antioxidant foods rated by their Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity are…

1. Chaga mushroom
2. Goji berries
3. Cacao
4. Pecans
5. Wild blueberries
6. Elderberries
7. Cranberries
8. Artichoke
9. Kidney beans
10. Blackberries

Some additional benefits of consuming these foods are…
Slower aging
Healthy glowing skin
Detoxification
Increased longevity

Other antioxidant dense foods to include in your diet are: wild-caught salmon, kale, strawberries, blackberries, pomegranate and red wine. But my personal favorite cancer fighting foods are medicinal mushrooms and no I’m not talking about the mushrooms you may have experimented with in college or the ones you’ll find at the salad bar.

These mushrooms have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries and are still being used today to promote healing and health. Turkey tail, Maitake, Chaga, Reishi and Agaricus blazei are mushrooms that all proven immune-enhancing and cancer fighting effects.

Many of these awesome mushrooms are being used in alternative cancer treatments in Japan and other developed countries. In addition to being cancer fighting foods, these mushrooms each have powerful health promoting effects. For example, Chaga, known as the “King of Plants” in China and the “Diamond of the Forest” in Japan, contains many important nutrients, enzymes, vitamins and minerals in addition to boasting the highest ORAC value of any food on the planet. Chaga grows wild on the bark of birch trees and is traditionally used as a health promoting tea.

But before you jump online and order some Chaga mushroom tea, it’s important to note that not all food supplements are created equal. A great company I like, trust, and personally use is Sun Potion- based in sunny San Diego, California. Visit http:/www.SunPotion.com to explore the transformational foods they offer and save 10% on your order by using the code “devinburke” at checkout.

Let me know in the comments below which are your favorite cancer fighting foods and until next week live passionately on purpose.

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BEST Ways To Reduce Stress Fast

You can have the perfect diet and exercise program but if you’re not managing your stress well… you’re in big trouble. But by the end of this article you’re going to have some super effective and simple tools to find peace and smash your stress to pieces…for good.

So what is stress?

Stress is an inescapable part of the human condition, and we all experience stress on different levels and in different ways.  

What we call “stress” is simply our body’s way of responding to a demand, perceived demand, challenge or a threat.

Stress is the root cause of the top three killers in the United States and can be linked to almost every disease. It has been called the #1 killer; linked to heart disease, cancer, strokes, and obesity. Stress keeps us up at night, lowers our immune systems (making us susceptible to getting sick) and causes weight gain. But not all stress is bad. Acute stress also called complementary stress is necessary for survival and can even enhance our problem solving abilities and athletic performance. It also helps us make decisions and respond quickly in life threatening situations.

The kind of stress that kills …is chronic stress, this is the kind that doesn’t go away and is extremely corrosive to our health. It seems this kind of stress is a part of our culture and, strangely, people are actually praised for having higher tolerances to chronic stress.

Specially what happens when we feel stress is our bodies fight-or-flight (sympathetic nervous system) is activated reacting to a stressful or perceived stressful event. Notice how I said perceived stressful event.. Because nothing even has to happen for us to activate the stress response… worrying is a perfect example of this type of stress.

So what happens is our bodies produces larger quantities of the chemicals cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline, which trigger a  series of physical events from higher heart rate, heightened muscle preparedness, sweating, and alertness – all these factors help us protect ourselves in a dangerous or challenging situation. But we don’t want to be walking around in a state of this type of stress on a consistent daily basis . When we feel stressed many non-essential body functions are also affected and slowed down, such as our digestive and immune systems . This is another reason chronic unmanaged mental/emotional stress causes illness and disease.

When we are stressed the following physical responses happens

  • Blood pressure rises
  • Breathing becomes more shallow and  rapid
  • Our digestive system slows down
  • Heart rate (pulse) rises
  • Immune system goes down
  • Muscles become tense
  • We do not sleep

The effects of Stress on the mind include feelings of anxiety, depression, forgetfulness, mental fog, irritability, restlessness, sadness, fatigue, burnout, and anger. Which can cause…

  • Eating too much or too little
  • Food cravings
  • Sudden angry outbursts
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Social withdrawal
  • Frequent crying
  • Relationship problems
  • Rash poor decisions

We also tend to store Stress in our Bodies Especially in 3 areas

1.Upper back and neck- which leads to neck and headaches

2.Lower back- which leads to lower back pain and stiffness

3.Stomach- which leads to IBS, indigestion, gas, bloating and other stomach issues

We all store stress in our bodies, many people just haven’t connected with where they “store it”. So where do you store stress?

As I mentioned not all stress is harmful.

Complementary stress is the kind of stress that can have positive outcomes, examples of complemenary stress are exercising or studying for a test. From undergoing this type of stress one acquires greater strength and endurance from the exercise, and increased knowledge from the studying, so there are some benefits in sacrificing short-term discomfort for long-term gain.

Uncomplimentary Stress on the other hand makes up about 60% of our stress, and has very little benefit making it predominantly detrimental. Excess unmanaged uncomplimentary stress can lead to long-term health challenges, which is exactly why stress management is such an important aspect of wellness.

Top Stress Management Techniques

1. Meditation- studies show that having a daily practice greatly reduces chronic uncomplimentary stress by normalizing blood pressure, reducing tension and perception of stress, helping cope with pain and loss, improving the immune system and greatly increasing concentration and mental focus.

2. Breathe Exercises- Which can be as simple as taking ten deep breaths in and out through your nose, can help your body to slow down and greatly reduces stress.

3. Being in Nature- A recent study done in Japan showed that even looking at a picture of nature can greatly reduce chronic stress. Simply placing pictures of beautiful nature scenes at your desk or in your home is a great strategy but even better is getting outside as much as possible to a park, beach, lake or mountain area to decompress.

4. Physical Exercise Science has now proven that exercise can help you become more resilient to stress. A recent research study conducted by Princeton University has found evidence that exercise actually reorganizes the brain to be more resilient to stress. This study, published May 1 in the Journal of Neuroscience, concluded that when mice were allowed to exercise regularly and were then exposed to a stressor (in this case, exposure to cold water) their brains exhibited a spike in the activity of neurons that shut off excitement in a brain region shown to regulate anxiety. They also found that physical activity reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function (Princeton 1).  This new evidence has provided yet another great reason to incorporate exercise into your daily lifestyle. Not only does exercise induce an immediate reduction in stress levels, it is now proven to help recondition our brains to respond better to stressful situations in everyday life and reduce anxiety.

I found that after just 20 minutes into exercise, a positive change takes place in my energy levels and mood. My energy is increased and my spirits are lifted.  

“There is no stress in life, only a stressful response. How we respond to stress determines its effects upon us.”

-Hans Selye

This week’s healthy in 21 challenge is to lower your tolerance to chronic stress by starting an exercise program or trying one of the other stress busting techniques I spoke about in this episode. Don’t let another day, week or month go by without reaping the benefits of a reorganized brain to be more resilient to stress. You either can make excuses or make it happen!

Peace be with you and until next week live passionately on purpose

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How to Stop a Bloating Stomach FAST - Devin Burke

How To Stop A Bloated Stomach Fast

When it comes to improving digestion, it’s not only about what you eat, but HOW you eat. In this article I’m going to teach you how to optimize your digestion to beat you’re bloating belly. Take the bloating belly quiz to see how much you already know about digestion.

The Bloating Belly Quiz

Question number #1. Where does digestion begin?
1.Stomach
2.mouth
3.Gut
4.Esophagus
5.Large intestine

If you answered C Your mouth… you are correct! Your mouth contains digestive enzymes that break down carbohydrates, proteins and fats and is where the first step in the digestion process begins.

Question #2. How many minutes does it take for your stomach to communicate to your brain that you’re full?
1. 5-10 minutes
2. 10-20 minutes
3. 2-3 minutes

The answer is B 10-20 minutes! During this time, receptors inform the brain that your body is receiving nutrients by sending specific hormone signals. If you eat too fast these hormones don’t have enough time to properly communicate to your brain that you’re full which could lead to eating to much. Overeating is a leading cause of a bloated stomach.

Question #3 True or False…. your stomach can shrink and stretch?

The answer is both. If you consistently overeat your stomach will slightly stretch which throws off your hunger and full hormone signaling. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that obese patients were able to reduce the size of their stomachs by 27 percent in a four week period by simply eating less.  If your stomach is stretched from eating too much, shrink it back to its natural size by simply reducing your portion sizes.

Question #4 What are the substances called that help break down food in our bodies during the digestion process?
1. Enzymes
2. Microbiome
3. Probiotics
4. Bacterium

The answer is A enzymes. Enzymes are the catalysts that help break down our food. Our bodies produce digestive enzymes and the food we consume contains enzymes that work in synergy to help the digestive process. In some cases due to the over consumption of processed foods and unhealthy lifestyle habits such as consuming too much alcohol or from being overly exposed to antibiotics, our bodies may lack necessary digestive enzymes. Not having enough or the right digestive enzymes can be a cause of stomach bloating. It you have trouble digesting food, it’s very beneficial to supplement with a good digestive enzyme.

As you now know, digestion begins in the mouth, where contact with our teeth and digestive enzymes in our saliva start the breakdown of food. But in our fast-paced 21st century world most of us rush through the whole eating experience, barely acknowledging what we’re putting in our mouths let alone how fast we’re eating it.

We eat while distracted—working, reading, talking and watching television—and tend to swallow our food practically whole. On average we chew each bite only eight times when we should be chewing at least 20-30 times. Not chewing food enough, is a leading cause of a bloated stomach along with eating the wrong foods and not have digestive enzymes to break down food. Not chewing enough is a major reason so many people have digestive problems today.

Eating food in states of stress, while distracted, or when on the go negatively affects how well food is digested. Not properly chewing food and eating in a stressful state, while distracted with other tasks, or when on the go could be the cause of your unwanted bloating, indigestion, or acid reflux. 

I guarantee by simply chewing your food 20-30 times with each bite when in a calm present state, you’ll experience a huge improvement in your digestion and overall health.

Here are the top 4 reasons to start chewing your food more:

#1 Saliva breaks down food into simple sugars, creating a sweet taste. So, the more we chew, the sweeter our food becomes, so we don’t crave those after-meal sweets.

#2 Chewing reduces digestive distress and improves assimilation, which allows our bodies to absorb maximum nutrition from each bite of food. More chewing also produces more endorphin’s, the brain chemicals responsible for creating good feelings.

# 3 Chewing your food is also helpful for weight loss, because when we are chewing well, we are more apt to notice when we are full. Just simply chewing food 20-30 times before swallowing can promote increased circulation, enhanced immunity, increased energy and endurance, as well as improve skin health and even help stabilize weight.

#4 Taking time with a meal, beginning with chewing, allows for enjoyment of the whole experience of eating… the smells, flavors and textures. It also helps us to give thanks, and show appreciation for the abundance in our lives and to develop patience and self-control around food and eating.

The power of chewing is so great, that there are stories of concentration camp survivors who, when others could not, made it through with very little food by chewing their meager rations up to 300 times per bite of food. For most of us 300 chews is a daunting and unrealistic goal. However, you can experience the benefits of chewing simply by increasing to 30 chews per bite.

Another cause of stomach bloating is toxicity.  If you’re experiencing digestive discomfort such as constipation or bloating chances are it’s time to do a detox. Detoxing can help remove and clear out toxins, help your body fight disease and can reset your digestive system to put an end of belly bloat. Detoxing is also a great way to jump into a healthier lifestyle and lose unwanted pounds fast.

Sadly the need to detox our bodies has never been more important because of the toxic build up from the food we consume, water we drink and air we breathe has never been greater. Over the days, weeks, months and years toxins lodge and accumulate in our body tissues especially in the liver and fatty tissue which can cause poor digestion, weight gain, low energy and even an increase in the risk of developing diseases such as cancer.

Get my free 1-day detox to jump start your digestive system, increase energy, boost the immune system, accelerate weight loss, and create vibrant glowing skin 

This week’s “Healthy in 21 Challenge” is to commit to eating without distractions. This means turning your phones on silent or leaving them in another room, eating at the table instead of the T.V, and eating in a calm relaxed present state rather than a chaotic stressful environment.

Also try completing the free 1-day-detox to reset your digestion to beat belly bloat.

This week’s challenge may be a little difficult but I know you can do it. Take note of any changes you feel as you practice eating in presence and chewing your food. Give this week’s challenge a try and I promise you’ll not only notice a improvement in your digestion but feel much more calm, focused, energized, happy and peaceful.

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Please leave a comment or question or share your experience with this week’s challenge.

Happy Chewing!

Until next week live passionately on purpose!

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5 Steps to Get Unstuck in Life (#3 is a MUST)

 

We all go through periods in life when we feel a bit stuck and stagnant. It’s part of the ‘not so fun’ ebb and flow of the human experience. That being said, feeling this way for more than a few days can lead to a downward spiral of feeling even worse and eventually even lead to a depression.

We are the most in debt, obese, addicted and medicated adult cohort in U.S history. Much because we don’t know how to deal with negative emotions, so we eat, smoke, drink, gamble, watch T.V or do any combination of the these activities to try to escape how we feel. Although these activities can numb how we feel temporary, in doing them we’re really only perpetuating the pain. Because unfortunately you can’t escape how you feel, until you learn to manage how your think.

Emotions are a direct result of how we think. So in order to actively and gracefully deal with negative emotions, we must first begin to become aware of what we’re thinking and specifically the meanings we’re applying to our thoughts. For example, you can choose to focus on the things you have control over like what you eat, if you make the time to exercise and how you decide to respond to others or you can focus on what’s not in your control, like what other people say or do , the weather or traffic and a delayed flight.

But believe or not the number one thing to do when you’re feeling stuck and stagnant is to GIVE. Give away unused possessions, give of your time to someone in need, give of your talent, or maybe be fearless and give your heart to that special someone.

What’s usually going on when we’re feeling stuck, is we’re too focused on the problem, and not the solution. We are allowing a negative, feeling, belief or perspective to shape the world we’re experiencing. Often when we feel stuck, our energy drops and we become mentally blocked and can even tend to lash out or become hyper critical of others.

I know this may sound cliche, but its truly in giving that we receive. Because when we choose to give we’re opening ourselves up to receive in ways that will make us feel empowered and alive again. A new study led by Dr. Suzanne Richards at the University of Exeter Medical School reviewed 40 studies from the past 20 years on the link between volunteering and health The study found that, volunteering (which is an act of giving) not only gets us off the couch and out of the house which sets our bodies in motion (As they say an object in motion stays in motion) but also creates valuable social connections including eye contact, touch and smiles that stimulate the release of the hormone-oxytocin, which helps us handle stress better.

The simple act of giving is the best way to meet others, make new friendships or rekindle old ones, and bond over common beliefs, values and goals. Simply put the act of giving gives us a deep sense of joy, which is directly linked to longer and healthier lives. Giving to others is a great way to feel better about yourself and the better you feel about yourself the closer you’ll be to feeling unstuck.

4 Ways To Give More:

#1 Give away unused possessions
People like stuff. We tend to hold onto it year after year. We save and stock up on things that we don’t know what to do with anymore. Maybe we keep things because they hold precious memories of days gone by, or they remind us of our parents, grandparents, past loves or childhood. To part with these precious possessions seems out of the question. But as the saying goes, “You have to get rid of the old. to make way for the new.” If you are feeling stuck or stagnant in your life, try “spring-cleaning” even if it’s not spring. Throw out, give away or better yet donate some of that stuff that’s been laying around unused for weeks, months or years. This will help welcome the new energy and happiness into your future. Just the simple act of letting go of material possessions that are not really serving us anymore allows us to value what we have

#2 Give your time
Is there someone that you’ve been meaning to call or connect with that you just haven’t had the time to talk to? Is there a cause that you deeply believe in that could use some volunteers or someone with your skill set or gifts? Could you spend a little more time with your family, your parents, husband, wife, kids, brother, or sister? Take 5 minutes after watching this episode and shoot them a text, email or better yet write them a handwritten note expressing how much you appreciate their love and who they are as a person, or even better tell them in person.

When people on their deathbeds were ask the question, “what do you regret most about your life “ almost always there response was not spending more time at the office working but rather spending more time with those they truly cared about. Let us learn from these people and remind ourselves each day how lucky we are just to be alive. Let us be reminded that each day is a precious gift.

#3 Give your talent
What are your really good at? Can you sing? Dance? Write? Paint? Are you a good listener? Maybe your good at building and creating things? Whatever you’re naturally talented at (and we all have natural talents-some people just haven’t discovered them yet), choose to discover and share them even more with the world. How can you contribute your natural talents to your community? What ever you come up with start today… don’t wait till next week to set something up because next week never comes…do it now!

#4 Give your heart
One of the scariest parts of being human is being vulnerable. But in order to fully and truly receive and give love, we must first allow ourselves to feel vulnerable. Next time you’re feeling stuck and stagnant, allow yourself permission to give and receive love. One of the two primary fears that we all share is that we won’t be loved. The other one is that we’re not enough…not sexy enough, smart enough, tall enough, or maybe not respected enough. In choosing to love fully and openly we can learn to dance with this fear that can keep us stuck and stagnant in our relationships or lack of relationships. In what way could you express more love in your workplace or at home and maybe even in your everyday life just passing strangers. If you want more love, you gotta give more. If you want to feel unstuck in your relationships start showing more love in them.

#5 Let go of limiting beliefs

Get rid of any negative thoughts or habits you’ve been harboring that no longer serve you. A clean, open heart will allow you to receive all the good that awaits you each new day. If your heart and mind are cluttered, there is no room for any more of life’s gifts and surprises to enter.

Wishing you all much love and happy cleaning and clearing of your mind, body and spirits this week!

This week’s Healthy in 21 Challenge is to practice one random act of kindness. This can be any simple gesture of compassion towards someone your know or to a complete stranger. Help an elderly person cross the street, spend some extra time with your kids doing sometime fun, get your special someone some surprise flowers, or maybe offer someone who looks lonely, a friendly conversation.

Whatever you do, do it from the heart and I promise…even though you’ll be the one giving, you’ll be the one who truly receives and in doing so will feel empowered and inspired again.

Please let me know in the comments below, which tip resonated with you the most and how you decide to give. Also share the ways you’ve been able to get unstuck in your life in the past.

Live passionately on purpose!

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Are You Taking A Toxic Shower? This is Shocking…

Most standard shower heads don’t come with filters, which means the average home isn’t equipped with a shower filter. As many of you know city water is treated with harsh chemicals to treat impurities and reduce bacteria, however this has an adverse effect on the water.  City water is highly chlorinated, treated with fluoride, and arsenic.  

These are are only a few of a host of poisonous, toxic chemicals in municipal water sources.  Tap water also contains, hard metals, radiation, inorganic materials, traces of pharmaceutical drugs, and harmful chemical byproducts such as PFC, PFOS, and PFOA which are all toxic compounds.

Our skin is the largest organ of our body. With over 3 trillion pores and a surface area of 20 square feet. It’s main functions are: protection, regulation and sensation. The skin protects us from microbes and the elements, it helps regulates body temperature, and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold.

Each time you get take a nice hot shower, you’re actually dowsing yourself in all those chemicals and toxins, if you’re not using a shower filter. Luckily your amazing body does protect you from many of these chemicals as they’re too large to be absorbed into your body.  But some of these dangerous chemicals are absorbed into your skin and they are not what you want inside your body.

The most dangerous chemical to be concerned about when it comes to showering, is the chemical disinfectant chlorine, which is directly absorbed into your bloodstream on a daily basis. Sure you want to clean yourself but not with chlorine water on a daily basis!

Top 5 risks of not using a shower filter:

1.The chemical compounds found in municipal tap water have risks linked to LDL (bad) high cholesterol, ulcerative colitis, thyroid disease, testicular cancer, kidney cancer and pregnancy-induced hypertension, infertility and more.

2.The EPA has stated that every household in the United States has elevated levels of chloroform in the air due to chlorine released from showering water. Believe it or not, more water contaminants are released into the air of a home from the shower than from any other source. 

3.Because most of us take hot water showers, we are also absorbing these chemicals through respiration and then directing into our bloodstreams.  Chemicals especially, chlorine, are inhaled and make their way into the bloodstream much more quickly than ingested chemicals, without the added filtration benefits of digestion. More chlorine enters the body through dermal absorption and inhalation while showering than through drinking tap water.

4.Municipal tap water is harsh on the skin and hair, and can leave your skin feeling dried out and flaky because of the chemicals.  It can also leave your hair feeling brittle and dry with damage folicials.

5.Unfiltered shower heads are loaded with bacteria, some of which have even been linked to infectious disease.  Not using a shower filter can greatly weaken your immunity and possibility cause immune imbalances.

Top 5 benefits of using a shower filer:

1.Using a shower filter is one of the easiest and most effective ways to reduce harmful exposure to chlorine and other chemicals, thus reduces your risks of cancer and other life threatening diseases.

2.Showering in filtered water results in greater respiratory health by reducing the risk of asthma and bronchitis from chlorine inhalation.

3.As chlorine is a leading cause of fatigue, showering in filtered, chlorine-free water results in higher energy levels and overall greater health.

4.Removing chlorine from showering water results in better air quality throughout the house.

5.Without the drying effects of chlorine, skin becomes softer, healthier, and younger looking. Your hair will look better, feel better and be much healthier.  You’ll greatly reduce the risk of any rashes or dry skin and hair associated with harsh chemical shower water.

I know it might see a little overwhelming and shocking, but it’s really just as simple as getting a quality shower filter.  Your health and the health of your loved ones are worth it. Bottom line get a shower filter! There are a number of good shower filter options available on the market today for a reasonably low cost.

I recommend whatever filter you get have a KDF-55 filter.  My personal recommendation is a Berkey Shower Filter which uses state of the art filtration technology.  CLICK HERE to order one now.

Remember…Knowledge is potential power. Taking action is real power.  Please share any thoughts, or questions below and I’ll get back to you personally.

Until next week, live passionately, on purpose…

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Resources:

http://www.allaboutwater.org/shower-filters.html
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/12/28/fluoride-drinking-water.aspx

Top 10 BEST Superfoods | (#8 Will Surprise You)

Superfoods are the most potent super nutrient rich foods on the planet. They can increase energy, detoxify the body, boost the immune system, lower inflammation in and completely nourish our bodies at the cellular level, which is where true health and healing takes place. Below are the super stars of the superfoods. Start to incorporate some of these super foods into your daily diet if you wish to experience optimal health.

An easy way to accomplish this is by making a superfood smoothie. Today you can find these amazing super foods online or at almost any natural health food store.

Here are the top 10 best superfoods and why you should start including them into your diet right away…

1. Cacao (raw chocolate): Contains the world’s highest concentration of antioxidants in the world and is the #1 source of magnesium, iron, manganese and chromium. It has been known to improve cardiovascular health, builds strong bones and even create a good mood. In many cultures, cacao is considered a sacred food and with good reason.

2. Goji berries: Are the most nutritionally rich berry on the planet, they are 4 times more potent than blueberries. This berry is not only full of vitamins and trace minerals, but it is a complete protein source containing all 9 essential amino acids. This is why it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for over 5,000 years. Goji berries contain zinc, iron copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, phosphorus and vitamins B1, B2, B6 and E.

3. Camu camu berries: Contain the highest vitamin C source on the planet: 60 times more per serving than an orange. This berry is great for enhancing energy and the immune system. It contains an array of antioxidants and has been known to support cognitive function.

4. Spirulina: Spirulina is a fresh water, single celled, spiral shaped, blue-green algae. It has the highest concentration of complete bioavailable protein (by weight) of any known food (65%). It provides a vast array of minerals, trace elements, phytonutrients and enzymes to support optimal health. It is a rich source of vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, E and K. It contains gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), which is an anti-inflammatory and nervous system essential. 

5. Chlorella: is a fresh water, single-celled, circle-shaped, green algae. It boosts the highest source of chlorophyll per gram than any other plant. It also is a complete protein (60%) by weight. It is also full of immune system and energy-boosting vitamins and minerals. It contains chlorella growth factor (CGF) which can increase tissue repair, supports probiotic growth and help fight free radicals (cancer causing cells). It is a rich source of vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, E and K.

6. Bee Products: Bee pollen is one of the most complete foods found in nature. It contains nearly all the B vitamins and 21 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein. Honey in its raw state is a rich source of minerals, antioxidants, probiotics and enzymes.

7. Maca: This sacred root has been cultivated in the high Peruvian Andes for thousands of years. It’s known for its adaptogenic effects of increasing energy, libido, strength and endurance. Look for maca that has been gelatinized. This process makes is more concentrated and easier to digest and absorb than raw maca powder.

8. Medicinal Mushrooms (Reishi, Chaga, Cordyseps, Maitake, Shitake): Have been used to help heal cancer and a variety of other diseases. They have super immune enhancing components.

9. Wheatgrass Juice: Having the nutritional value of 2 ½ lbs of leafy green vegetables per oz., freshly juiced wheat grass is 70% chlorophyll, which is an amazing blood detoxifier/cleanser. It is so nutrient dense (full of bioavailable vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids), that you could survive on wheat grass alone for quite some time.

10. Sunflower and Pea Sprouts: Sprouts contain 10-30 times the nutrient concentration of adult size vegetables. This is because when a seed is germinated it releases essential enzymes, vitamins, minerals and amino acids until it can draw these life giving components from the soil to grow. Sunflower and pea sprouts are also complete protein sources containing all 9 essential amino acids.

*For a free smoothie guide on how to make delicious smoothies using some of these amazing superfoods click here!

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