What is toxic food?

TOXIC food is any food that is manufactured with additives, preservatives, and artificial ingredients.

TOXIC food effects:

Depress the immune system

Weight gain

Excite the nervous system

Slow down the digestive tract

Examples of TOXIC food:

1. Animal foods-processed meats, eggs, dairy products, meat and fish

2. White flour products-pastas, breads, breakfast cereals, cakes etc…

3. Refined white sugar products-candy bars, soda, packaged snacks, and other sweets

4. Refined salt- table salt

 

 

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The 10 Best Foods for Flat Abs

Almonds

almonds

These delicious and versatile nuts contain filling protein and fiber, not to mention vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.

They’re also a good source of magnesium, a mineral your body must have in order to produce energy, build and maintain muscle tissue, and regulate blood sugar.

A stable blood-sugar level helps prevent cravings that can lead to overeating and weight gain.

Let me tell you what makes almonds most interesting,  their ability to block calories. Research indicates that the composition of their cell walls may help reduce the absorption of all of their fat, making them an extra-lean nut.

Try: An ounce a day (about 23 almonds), with approximately 160 calories.

An empty Altoids tin will hold your daily dose perfectly.

 

Eggs

You won’t find a more perfect protein source. Eggs are highly respected by dietitians because of their balance of essential amino acids (protein building blocks used by your body to manufacture everything from muscle fibers to brain chemicals).

Soy

Dry-Roasted edamame

Soybeans are a great source of antioxidants, fiber, and protein. Plus, they’re incredibly versatile. Snack on dry-roasted soybeans, toss shelled edamame into soups, and slip a spoonful of silken tofu into your morningsmoothie.

Apples

A large apple has 5 grams of fiber, but it’s also nearly 85 percent water, which helps you feel full.

 

Berries

Most are loaded with fiber, every dieter’s best friend. The more fiber you eat — experts say that it’s best to get between 25 and 35 grams every day — the fewer calories you absorb from all the other stuff you put in your mouth.

That’s because fiber traps food particles and shuttles them out of your system before they’re fully digested. Berries (and other fruits) are also high in antioxidants, which not only help protect you from chronic diseases like cancer but may also help you get more results from your workouts.  Antioxidants help improve blood flow, which can help muscles contract more efficiently.

Leafy Greens

Spinach

Their cancer-preventing carotenoids won’t help shrink your waistline, but their low calorie count definitely will. One cup of spinach contains only about 40 calories, while a cup of broccoli has 55 calories and satisfies 20 percent of your day’s fiber requirement. Most leafy greens are also a good source of calcium, an essential ingredient for muscle contraction. In other words, they help fuel your workouts.

Try for: Three servings daily. Keep a bag of pre-washed baby spinach in your fridge and toss a handful into soups, salads, pasta dishes, stir-fries, and sandwiches. When you get sick of spinach, reach for a bunch of arugula, broccoli rabe, or broccolini, a cross between broccoli and Chinese kale.

Yogurt

Probiotics!!!!!  People who get their calcium from yogurt rather than from other sources may lose more weight around their midsection, according to a recent study published in theInternational Journal of Obesity. The probiotic bacteria in most yogurts help keep your digestive system healthy, which translates into a lower incidence of gas, bloating, and constipation, which can keep your tummy looking flat.

Try for: One to three cups a day of low-fat or fat-freeyogurt. Choose unsweetened yogurt that contains live active cultures. Add a handful of fresh chopped fruit for flavor and extra fiber.

Veggie Soup

Easy Lemon Lentil Soup With Spinach

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University found that people who ate broth-based (or low-fat cream-based) soups two times a day were more successful in losing weight than those who ate the same amount of caloriesin snack food. Soup eaters also maintained, on average, a total weight loss of 16 pounds after one year. “Plus, it’s a simple way to get your vegetables,” says Susan Kleiner, PhD, RD, author of Power Eating (Human Kinetics, 2001).

Try for: At least one cup of low-calorie, low-sodium vegetable soup every day.

Salmon 

Salmon

Seafood, especially fatty fish like salmon, tuna, and mackerel, is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids. These uber-healthy fats may help promote fat burning by making your metabolism more efficient, according to Kleiner. An Australian study showed that overweight people who ate fish daily improved their glucose-insulin response. Translated, this means that seafood may help slow digestion and prevent cravings. If that doesn’t hook you, consider this: Seafood is an excellent source of ab-friendly protein.

Try for: Two four-ounce servings per week. Wild salmon, though pricey, contains more omega-3 fatty acids than farm-raised. (If it doesn’t say wild, it’s farm-raised.) If seafood’s not your thing, you can get your omega-3’s from flaxseed (grind and sprinkle on your cereal) walnuts, or fish oil supplements.

Quinoa

Curried Quinoa Salad with Grilled Shrimp

Never heard of it? Pronounced KEEN-wah, this wholegrain contains 5 grams of fiber and 11 grams of protein per half cup. Cook it as you would any other grain (although some brands require rinsing). Quinoa’s nutty flavor and crunchy-yet-chewy texture are like a cross between whole wheat couscous and short-grain brown rice.

Try for: At least one half-cup serving (a third of your whole-grain requirements) per day. Try substituting AltiPlano Gold brand instant quinoa hot cereal (160 to 210 calories per packet), in Chai Almond and Spiced Apple Raisin, for oatmeal. Look for it in health-food stores.

 

 

WHAT IS VITAMIN D3?

What Is Vitamin D3?

 

commonly referred to as the “sunshine vitamin,” plays an important role in your health. Exposure to sunlight stimulates the body to manufacture vitamin D and convert it to vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), the active form of this vitamin in the human body. Vitamin D3 acts as a hormone and performs a variety of functions.

How It Is Made

Vitamin D is unique because it is made by the body when the skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun. When this happens, a cholesterol-like compound is converted to a vitamin D precursor and then to vitamin D3 (or cholecalciferol). Vitamin D3 is activated by enzymes from the liver and the kidney. When activated, vitamin D functions as a hormone. Just 15 minutes under the sun (for most people, without sunscreen), three times a week makes enough vitamin D. It can be stored for several months in the body.

RECOMMENDED INTAKE AND DEFICIENCY

The recommended adequate intake (AI) level for the vitamin D3 is 5 micrograms (mcg) or 200 International Units (IU) for adults aged 31 to 50 years. After the age of 50, the AI increases to 400 IU or 10 mcg. Vitamin D deficiency, or hypovitaminosis D, is common in Americans, especially those who live in colder, northern climates, as well as the elderly population. This is because your ability to produce the vitamin declines with age.

Food Sources

While vitamin D is strongest and most potent in its natural form, as made by the body through exposure to sunlight, a few foods in nature contain vitamin D. Fish, such as salmon, tuna and mackerel, as well as cod liver oil, beef liver, cheese and egg yolks are among the best food sources. Vitamin D in these foods is primarily in the form of vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol). Some mushrooms provide another form of vitamin D, D2 or ergocalciferol, which can be converted to D3 in the body. Fortified foods provide most of the vitamin D in the American diet, such as fortified milk.

Functions

In its active form, cholecalciferol travels through the bloodstream, targeting certain organs, such as the brain, affecting what that organ does. Vitamin D3 is essential for regulating cell growth, increasing calcium and phosphorus absorption, and maintaining immune system integrity and cardiovascular health. It may play a role in cancer prevention. Vitamin D3 helps to maintain blood calcium levels for building bone and teeth, muscle contraction, and the transmission of nerve impulses. Vitamin D3 is important for regulating mood, alleviating depression and preserving cognitive function.

Reduction in Overall Mortality

Serum (blood) concentration of vitamin D (known as 25-OHD) is the best indicator of vitamin D status in humans. Serum vitamin D concentrations of greater than 15 ng/mL (greater than 37.5 nmol/L) are recommended. Higher levels are suggested by some experts as desirable for overall health and disease prevention (greater than 30 ng/ml or greater than 75 nmol/L). For example, an epidemiological study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2008 showed that low serum vitamin D levels were correlated with increased mortality (from all causes). In addition, a meta-analysis research study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2007 revealed that use of vitamin D supplements was associated with a statistically significant reduction (7 percent) in overall mortality.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/95770-vitamin-d3/#ixzz2SeiRbIkC

 

18 Everyday Detox Teas for Daily Cleansing

Drinking a daily tea is not just for the British, you can incorporate this into your routine and enjoy the detoxifying effects that come with it. Not only can this be a soothing experience, but if you rotate through the teas on this list you’ll be getting a nice detoxing effect for your efforts. This can help your body get the nutrients and antioxidants it craves, all at a very minimal expense to your pocketbook, and without a lot of time and hassle. Some of these can be made at home, instead of buying them in the store. Your local health food store even has the bags to put the ingredients in, to brew.

18 Everyday Detox Teas- for daily cleansing.

burdock root tea
Burdock Root Tea– Burdock is a little-known herb that has a lot of detoxifying benefits. It can has been shown to strengthen the immune system as well, and has been known to help purify the blood. It helps both the liver and the digestive system, two of the main detox avenues the body has at its disposal. Basically if your liver is functioning better, you’ll be less toxic, and if you’re digestive system is keeping things regular, you’ll have less toxic buildup.
cayenne pepper tea
Cayenne Pepper Tea– The healing properties of cayenne pepper are just starting to make it into mainstream knowledge, and more and more people are embracing it not just for its spicy heat. When brewed as a tea you’ll find that it not only has a cleansing effect on the body, but it can also give you some energy to help you through the day. Most find that drinking it with a slice of lemon helps the palate and cuts down on some of the spicy taste.
chicory tea
Chicory Tea– Not only can this help you detox the body, it’s also been shown to help rev up your metabolism, so you’re getting at least two major benefits from drinking this. This can also be used to help get your digestive juices going before a meal, so that you’re better able to digest it. To make the tea it is suggested that you use dried chicory root so that you get the most of its essence, and benefit from all of its flavors and vitamins.
cilantro tea
Cilantro Tea– Most of us are familiar with adding cilantro to a dish to give it a strong and identifiable flavor, but did you know that you can make a detox tea out of it? In recent years cilantro has been growing in popularity as an herb that does more than just flavor up our foods. By helping with the digestive system, cilantro helps the body process foods, break them down and use their nutrients, and effectively eliminate them. This process is very cleansing and curative for the body.
dandelion tea
Dandelion Tea – Although many gardeners view dandelions as the enemy, they’ve been shown to be very purifying for the body, and science is even backing it up. What dandelion does is raises levels of an enzyme in the body known for its detoxifying functions. These have been known to help the body get rid of carcinogens, or cancer-causing toxins in the body, which is definitely worth making this one of your daily rituals. Most people find that the taste is also pleasant, so the chore is not so bad.
fenugreek tea
Fenugreek Tea– Fenugreek helps with digestive issues, and can be used whenever you’re feeling like your digestion is sluggish. For some this may become a daily drink because they’re always feeling bloated or suffering from indigestion without it. For others it might be used as a weekly refreshing beverage. The side benefits to drinking this include a reduction in blood pressure, and helping out with conditions that are attributed to high amounts of inflammation. The tea is derived from fenugreek seeds simmered in hot water.
garlic tea
Garlic Tea– The benefits of garlic are widely known, but when you drink it as a tea it is definitely going to work to help cleanse the body, due to the specific vitamins it contains that helps in this area. It also contains sulfur, which you may associate with the smell of rotten eggs or a processing plant, but in regards to helping your body detoxify itself, there are few other ways that are as effective. One thing that might be a little off putting is that classic garlic taste. It’s not as bad as if you eat straight garlic, but it’s still there.
ginger tea
Ginger Tea– Ginger is a very cleansing root, and when you brew it up as a tea it can actually be a satisfying beverage with a tart taste. The nice thing is that even though it has a sharp taste, it is gentle on the body, so you don’t have to worry about long-term use. This can easily become a daily detox tea that you can have each morning to start the day, as a midday pick-me-up, or as an warm up before dinner. You can use this as part of a detox program as well, if they recommend drinking detoxifying teas.
green tea
Green Tea– The benefits of green tea have been written about extensively, and there is plenty of scientific support behind it. This means that it isn’t just a few anecdotal recommendations to drink this, it’s basically proven that at least a cup of green tea should be consumed daily for optimal health. There are simply too many antioxidants in it that help the body combat free radicals and other toxins to pass this up. The benefit to all of this detoxing? The body naturally rids itself of excess weight. Bonus!
guduchi tea
Guduchi Tea– Here’s an herb you might not have heard of, but you should definitely try out. It’s restorative properties have long been known in other parts of the world, and it’s just now becoming more available in the states. The list of potential benefits is rather extensive, but if you’re looking for a detox tea you’d be most interested in how it can improve the skin, and give you a more youthful appearance. This is possible because it helps your organs work to their full ability.
gymnema sylvestre tea
Gymnema Sylvestre Tea– This Chinese herb is known for its effects on sugar, and excessive amounts of sugar in the body can be very toxic. So in addition to being able to help regulate blood glucose levels, this is a great tea to have each day to help your body function fully. Over the years it has been known to help with liver issues, and digestive disorders, so it’s definitely one herb you don’t want to overlook when preparing your arsenal of detox teas.
manjistha tea
Manjistha Tea– It’s interesting to note that the skin is the largest organ of the body, and one of the ways that the body helps to eliminate toxins. Therefore if your skin is missing out on the nutrients and support it needs, you won’t be as toxin-free as you could be. Manjistha is a plant that is used for its medicinal properties, and you’d best be served by drinking it. Women especially, since it can help with menstruation due to its blood purifying effect. This is one additional way women have of getting rid of toxins.
milk thistle tea
Milk Thistle Tea– The benefits to the liver make milk thistle tea worth drinking. The liver is the focal point of your organs, and when it isn’t operating at its best, there is a virtual domino effect on your other organs. So any detox plan you undergo should have the liver as the main organ worth treating. In addition to that, milk thistle also has digestive benefits, so you’ll not only be helping the organ that filters the toxins, but helps the system that flushes those toxins out of the body.
neem tea
Neem Tea– Here is another herb you might not have heard of before, as it’s popular in India but not so much in America. This is typically consumed as a daily tea to help ward off a myriad of conditions and diseases. The tea is thought to help the liver do its job, and therefore there are many trickle-down benefits from there. It has a unique makeup of different vitamins and minerals that are essential to the body, and it also has a pleasing taste so it’s not hard to drink it every day.
red clover tea
Red Clover Tea– The major detoxing that goes on with red clover is due to its antioxidant value. This means the body will get some backup when it comes time to do battle with the free radicals that are introduced in the foods we eat, and the environment we live in. Getting a daily boost is vital, because an accumulation of free radicals with no defense can lead to a host of conditions that nobody wants. It’s simple enough to make a tea from it, and buying organic red clover is recommended.
triphala tea
Triphala Tea– The main benefit of triphala is to help stimulate a bowel movement, which is why it’s often used to help treat constipation. But if you’re on a detox program those toxins need a place to go. If you’re not helping the bowels and colon purge them from your system, they could end up being reintroduced into the body. That’s why so many programs rely on an herb like triphala because it is also working to expunge toxins, in addition to helping to keep you regular.
turmeric tea
Turmeric Tea– Perhaps you only used turmeric to help spice up a recipe, but you can also make a tea from it rather quickly and easily. The good news is that it can help kickstart your liver and gallbladder into creating more bile, which helps to break down toxins and flush them from the liver and out of the body. Most American’s don’t produce nearly enough bile, and so this is a great way to try and get things to their correct levels and have your digestive system functioning normally.
wormwood tea
Wormwood Tea– Here is an herb that helps the bile out of the liver, and out of the body. This is helpful because if you have too much toxic build up it can sometimes stagnate within the body unless acted upon by another force. In this case wormwood has a purging effect, and the bile is whisked from the liver and down through the body. This is a tea that you can drink daily to make sure that you are producing enough bile, and that it is finding its way through your system.
yellow dock tea
Yellow Dock Tea– Any time you combine detoxifying effects on the liver, as well as help with cases of constipation, you are going to help your body get rid of plenty of toxic build up. If you stick to this regimen daily you should find that many symptoms that you previously had gradually go away. It can be so subtle that you don’t even realize that you don’t have them anymore. This is a great way to improve your digestion, while at the same time it makes a great-tasting tea.

Drinking a daily detox tea is a nice way to keep your body well-maintained. You should also consider doing major whole-body cleanses throughout the year as needed. But these can provide you with good maintenance so things don’t build up and get out of hand. You can also target different detox cleanses for different systems and organs of the body, such as the digestive system, or the liver. But for daily use, the above teas all have their own unique properties that can be of great help.

Yogurt tips and tricks

Do you know the benefits of yogurt?

Yogurt can be used as a marinade for meat.

Yogurt replaces sour cream, mayo, butter, and oil

Yogurt promotes regularity

Yogurt is high in calcium

Yogurt has 25% of your daily B12 intake in every serving

Warning:

Watch the labels on your yogurt. Some yogurts (especially with fruit in them) can be high in sugar, while yogurts with lower sugar contain more sodium.

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