What Foods Aggravate Diverticulitis

What Foods Aggravate Diverticulitis

You may (or may not) have noticed that the site had gone a little bit silent over the last month or so, and I apologise for this. Unfortunately I had an unscheduled hospital visit that completely knocked me off my feet, and it’s taken me a few weeks to feel ‘right’ again!

One ‘plus’ that’s come out of all this – I have a new subject to cover on this site…

Diverticulitis (or more specifically – what foods aggravate diverticulitis?).

It’s not a medical condition I was that clued up about before it hit me, but I certainly know a lot about it now. Talk about pain in the gut area – Wow, this condition takes you out BIG time!

Anyway, if you’re reading this article, you’re 99.9% likely to have experienced this stomach condition, so there’s no point me banging on about how painful it is. Let’s just get into the ‘guts’ of the subject matter (pun intended!).

 


What is Diverticulitis Disease?


Okay, this nasty little blighter is a rather sensitive disease that targets your digestive tract. It is considered a ‘serious’ medical condition that produces pouches in the lining of your intestine.

These pouches are called diverticula and they get inflamed from time to time – this is where the MASS of pain comes into play (and I MEAN pain!).

More often than not, diverticula occur without really causing any sort of pain, infection or inflammation. This less painful version is known as diverticulosis, a less serious condition than diverticulitis.

Diverticulitis is more common in people over 60, which is a bit of a bummer, considering I’m only 44!

Diverticulitis can lead to:

  • nausea
  • fever
  • severe abdominal pain
  • bloody bowel movements
  • abscess, or an inflamed pocket of tissue
  • fistula

Unfortunately I experienced a handful of these health problems and complications just recently.

Studies show that your diet can effect your diverticulitis, so read on to find out what foods you should be eating with the condition, and what foods you should avoid…

What is Diverticulitis Disease?

 


What Foods to Avoid With Diverticulitis


The main root causes of diverticulitis are still pretty much a mystery, so there are no known foods that are thought to ease symptoms of the condition. On top of this, the National Institutes of Health have even come out and said that you don’t need to avoid certain food groups if you have diverticulitis.

However, recent research seems to point to the fact that a diet that limits foods that are high in FODMAPs, can be beneficial for sufferers of diverticulitis. FODMAPs stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols – Foods which are known to make IBS worse.

The following are the more common choices that are put into the FODMAPs category:

  • fruits, such as apples, pears, and plums
  • dairy foods, such as milk, yogurt, and ice cream
  • fermented foods, such as sauerkraut or kimchi
  • beans
  • cabbage
  • Brussels sprouts
  • onions and garlic

 


High Fiber With Diverticulitis


IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are in the middle of a diverticulitis flare up it’s probably best to avoid anything that’s high fiber!

If however, you are not in the middle of a flare up, high fiber foods may be helpful for people with diverticulosis, and could even keep the lingering shadow of diverticulitis at bay.

During a flare up you will want to avoid the following fiber choices:

  • beans and legumes such as navy beans, chickpeas, lentils, and kidney beans
  • whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, oats, amaranth, spelt, and bulgur
  • vegetables
  • fruits

High Fiber With Diverticulitis

 


Fatty & High Sugar Foods – NOPE!


If you’re not eating a lot of fiber, and you’re also stuffing yourself with foods high in sugar and fat, you could well be asking for trouble as far as diverticulitis goes (i.e. getting rid of them from your diet may help prevent diverticulitis or reduce its symptoms).

Here is a list of foods you should consider cutting down:

  • red meat
  • refined grains
  • full-fat dairy
  • fried foods

 


What Foods Aggravate Diverticulitis – Conclusion


A few years back, doctors were still telling Diverticulitis sufferers that they should stay away from nuts, popcorn, and most seeds. At the time, it was thought that these small pieces of food could enter the pockets in your stomach, and cause problems.

However, recent research seems to indicate that there is no evidence linking those foods with increased diverticular issues.

You are also recommended to stay clear of alcohol if you suffer from Diverticulitis…but I’m personally going to decide to ignore this recommendation (each to their own!).

Now it’s over to you – do you have any Diverticulitis issues or information you would like to share with us?

If so, we would love to hear from you.

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks

Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks

 

So it’s Super Bowl Sunday…and the boys are on their way round to take in the beer, commercials, and most importantly, snacks. Imagine what their reaction would be to a layout of healthy Super Bowl party snacks?

Not that impressed at a guess!

But please don’t worry – we are not going all out here and banishing the wings and chilli, this is supposed to be a fun day after all. In this article we will be providing a few ‘healthy’ suggestions for your day of football…and we’re DEFINITELY NOT trying to turn anyone vegan! 🙂

Here are four of my own personal favourites for that big sporting occasion…

 


Snack One: Herb Marinated Chicken Skewers With Harissa


Snack One: Herb Marinated Chicken Skewers With Harissa

Come on – easy-to-assemble chicken skewers…what football fan would turn his/her nose up at these?

After all – football does mean MEAT! 🙂

Simply garnish with rosemary, thyme, oregano, and cumin. Round it all up with a super-spicy harissa sauce. How do we make this sauce?

Simple:

  • Roasted red peppers
  • Chilli
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • And any other spices you feel will take the roof off your mate’s mouth!

 


Snack Two: Crispy Chickpea Bites


Snack Two: Crispy Chickpea Bites

I actually first tried these little taste-blasters during an F.A. Cup final (soccer/football), but they worked for one big sporting event…so I figured they would definitely work for yet another!

Now, it’s important to point out that this snack ONLY works if you manage to get the chickpeas to that real crispy point – anything less is a complete disaster (in my book anyway!). Check out the process below…

  1. Pre-heat a rimmed baking sheet in an oven at 450°F. Pre-heating the baking sheet ensures the chickpeas crisp as soon as they hit the hot pan.
  2. Use a 15.5 oz. can of chickpeas – open, empty/drain and then rinse. You need to make sure that the peas are as dry as possible because any moisture on their outside will cause them to steam when cooking.
  3. When they are as dry as possible, toss the chickpeas with 1 tablespoon olive oil and ¼ teaspoon each kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper. Bring the baking sheet out of the oven, fill it with the peas (make sure they are spread out) and then place back in the oven. Cook for about 25 minutes, and make sure you shake the pan holding the baking sheet halfway through.

Snack Three: Popcorn & Marshmallow Treats


Snack Three: Popcorn & Marshmallow Treats

So we’ve done two savory options – time for something a little bit sweet (like me!)  🙂

Popcorn & Marshmallow bars are simple and perfect for your big day of football. All you need to get started is:

  • Two tablespoons of unsalted butter, plus more for the dish
  • Half a cup of popcorn kernels or one 3.5-ounce package plain microwave popcorn
  • One 10-ounce bag of marshmallows

Simply butter up a baking dish, and then prepare (or pop) the popcorn (directions for this differ – check the packaging).

Grab a saucepan, throw in the butter and the marshmallows and gently heat over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes (make sure you stir as you heat).

Fold in the popcorn until coated then press into the prepared dish. Leave to stand for about quarter of an hour then cut up into separate bars (you’ll manage to get about 20 to 24 bars out of it!).

 


Snack Four: Veggie Buffalo ‘Meatballs’ (With an Awesome Blue Cheese Dip)


Snack Four: Veggie Buffalo 'Meatballs' (With an Awesome Blue Cheese Dip)

Okay – we didn’t want to leave the vegetarians out of the picture, so here we go…

Move aside hot wings, these spicy “meatballs” combine white beans and mushrooms to make a surprisingly tasty veggie snack. Go on – give the meat a day off!

Okay, this one’s not exactly as simple as the three options we’ve covered above, but it is worth it (if you’ve got the time and the talent!). You’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, rinsed, drained
  • 4 ounces button mushrooms
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup hot pepper sauce, preferably Frank’s
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives, divided

So how do we put all this together?

Set up a rack on the middle shelf of your oven and set to preheat at about 400°F, and cover a rimmed baking sheet with oil.

Mash up the garlic, celery, beans, and mushrooms and pulses in a food processor. Transfer the food processor mix into a large bowl and add egg, panko, and 3/4 tsp. salt – mix it all together.

From here you can begin to roll up ‘meatballs’ by simply using your hands, then place them on the prepared baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for about half an hour – make sure they are nice and firm (and don’t forget to turn them halfway through the cooking process!).

When the balls are baking, cook butter, hot sauce, and maple syrup in a saucepan until the butter is melted down. Stir well until the  mixture is nice and smooth and set to one side.

Whisk sour cream, buttermilk, blue cheese, pepper, 1 Tbsp. plus 2 tsp. chives, and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt in a medium bowl. Top with remaining 1 tsp. chives.

When the ‘meatballs’ are ready, transfer them into a suitable bowl and cover with the hot sauce mixture you prepared. Serve with the dip.

 


Healthy Super Bowl Party Snacks


So there we have it – four awesome and healthy snacks for your Super Bowl celebration!

If you have any questions about the recipes we have covered above, or you have any options you would like to add to this list, please feel free to use the comment section below.

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Natural Ways to Look Younger Than Your Age

Natural Ways to Look Younger Than Your Age

 

Well – we all have to go through it…yet some handle it a lot better than others…

Growing old.

Do you remember that moment where you caught a quick glimpse of yourself and realised…I’m looking old?

It ain’t the best of feelings, is it?

It can show it’s (unwelcome) face through a number of avenues – maybe you caught a glimpse of a double chin, a couple of wrinkles on the forehead that seemed to come from nowhere…maybe that beer belly has finally developed a mind of it’s own?

At some point in time…we all realise that our youth is now firmly behind us.

In this article we will be taking a look at a few natural ways to look younger than your age that are provided in a guide named Old School New Body. This guide is essentially targeting more seasoned adults – particularly ages 40 and above.

Interested?

Let’s take a closer look…

 


Look Ten Years Younger Naturally


 

Look Ten Years Younger NaturallyProduct: Old School New Body

Subject: Look Ten Years Younger Naturally

Website: oldschoolnewbody.com

Price: $20.00

Money-Back Guarantee: Yes

Refund Policy: 60 Days

Our Rating: 9 out of 10

 

Old School New Body is a effective health and fitness guide that has been put together by a couple who are now in their 50’s – Steve and Becky Holman. It takes the reader through a safe process of getting their body into shape while at the same time, reversing their ageing process.

The product itself is made up of step-by-step guides that will not only help you reduce fat content in your body substantially, but will also help you look a whole lot younger than you did before.

In this Old School New Body review I will discuss how well it works, the features it offers, some minor drawbacks with it, and where to get the best deal when you buy it online.

By the end of this review, you should have a good idea as to whether the Old School New Body system is the right choice of health and weight loss option for you.

 


Tips to Look Younger Than Your Age


Tips to Look Younger Than Your Age

 

Okay, first things first…

Who are the authors of this product and why should we spend our time listening to them?

Well, Steve Holman has been the chief editor at Iron Man, a leading fitness magazine in the US for 25 years. He has also published over 20 books on health and fitness and is regarded as an expert in muscle development and fat burning techniques.

His wife, Becky Holman, is actually one of the most famous success stories of the method Steve uses within the Old School New Body product. She got fed up with her body shape in her mid 40’s and decided to take on her husband’s methods and change her lifestyle…

The girl nailed it!!!

 


What is Steve’s Method?


The Old School New Body System

 

Okay, Steve’s program core functionality is based on the F4X Protocol.

What is the F4X Protocol? (I hear you ask)

Well, this is a specialised health and fitness protocol that was created by over 35 legendary fitness trainers, and works for both men and women. The protocol is divided into three main categories to suit the weight loss and muscle development needs of varying individuals.

Here are the three main categories:

  • The F4X Lean: This part of the system has been put together for people who are quite out of shape, and are maybe lacking in gym experience. The training part of this section is made up of 4 exercises that take about 30 minutes to complete (you are advised to carry out these sessions three times a week). You can use this workout indefinitely.
  • The F4X Shape: If you want to up the intensity, and have a lot more time on your hands – this is the perfect workout section for you! The workouts themselves need to be completed at least three times a week and each session lasts an hour. 
  • The F4X Building Stage: This is the most intense choice aimed at people who are super-serious about buffing up their body (bodybuilders), and are experienced in gym sessions. Workouts are still able to be completed in less than a hour but it is done 4 times a week.

 


The Good & The Bad


 

THE PROS: 

 

  • The workout plans are extremely quick and efficient. The most popular choices, Lean & Shape, only take 30 and 45 minutes to complete.
  • You can get and keep some good results using just 4 exercises, indefinitely!
  • The workouts are actually good for people of all ages – not just the older generation. They are extremely kind to your joints as well (no pain!).
  • The product contains an excellent nutrition plan which is well laid out and should work for everyone.
  • The system comes with a 100% money back guarantee.
  • It’s a proven anti-ageing fitness program which gives you instant results.

 

THE CONS:

 

  • The program is great at giving instant results, but if you want long lasting results you are going to have to show a bit of commitment.
  • There are ‘interviews’ included with the product…but these are a little long winded and pointless (in my humble opinion).

 


Our Final Take on The Old School New Body System


Well, first of all, it’s important to point out that F4X Workout system in Old School New Body is not meant to be a weight loss ‘magic bullet’. Instead, it is scientifically formulated by Holman to slow down the ageing process and get you a fit and healthy figure.

You are going to have to remain committed to the workouts taught and remain motivated throughout the course of the program (which is easier said than done in most cases!).

But…For the low price ($20) and the 60 days money back guarantee this really is a no-brainer. If you are willing to put in the work and follow the advice Steve Holman has put together for you, I am almost 100% positive you’ll be happy with the results you get.

With the help of Steve’s advice you will be able to totally transform your body shape and lose weight quickly and easily. This is one of the most effective programs out there and it will offer you results very fast…

 

 

We hope you enjoyed our article on natural ways to look younger than your age, and the Old School New Body system. If you have any questions about the product or want to leave your own personal review, please leave a comment in the section below.

 


 

How to Change Eating Habits to Lose Weight

How to Change Eating Habits to Lose Weight

So you’ve got to that point in life where you feel that you need to lose weight – It doesn’t matter what the reason is for this, you just KNOW you need to dig into that fat and shape up a bit!

If you’re anything like me, your first thoughts probably relate to cutting those calories, or putting less food on your plate…even going as far as substituting some foods with healthier alternatives and cutting out some options completely.

This is a very reasonable thought process, and a good one to start off with, but…

What if I told you that certain well known healthy food options are actually doing your body more harm than good in the long run?

Surprised?

I was too!

Not only are these foods unhealthier than you realised…they may actually ruin your overall weight loss efforts!

So, if you are looking for advice on how to change eating habits to lose weight with the RIGHT types of food…there is an excellent guide to help you along the way…

 

what are good eating habits

 


 

Changing Your Eating HabitsProduct: The Fat Burning Kitchen eBook

Subject: How To Change Eating Habits To Lose Weight

Website: truthaboutabs.com/fat-burning-kitchen

Price: $10

Money-Back Guarantee: Yes

Refund Policy: 60 Days

Our Rating: 9 out of 10

 

Mike Geary’s eBook exposes a large amount of the foods you always thought were good for losing weight, but are actually contradicting your weight loss goals. It provides you with the true principals of fat loss and teaches you a host of new tips and tricks that you can implement into your current diet (if you are already on one!).

In this Fat Burning Kitchen review I will discuss how well it works, the features it offers, some minor drawbacks with it, and where to get the best deal when you buy it online.

By the end of this review, you should have a good idea as to whether the Fat Burning Kitchen system is the right choice of weight loss option for you.

 


Mike Geary – Changing Your Eating Habits


So who is this Mike Geary dude, and why should you be listening to the information he’s put out there?

Well, he’s actually been in the health and fitness industry now for just over two decades. He’s a renowned certified personal trainer, nutrition adviser, and he’s released numerous books on fitness.

He’s also a regular writer for popular magazines Oxygen and Muscle & Fitness.

 

good eating habits for children

 


Good Eating Habits to Lose Weight


So, what’s inside the box?

This extremely popular eBook has been put together to provide its readers with a proper step by step guide on changing eating habits to lose weight.

It lets the reader know about the most ‘dangerous’ foods in their current diet, then suggests a selection of options to replace these foods with. These replacement food options usually consist of foods with high fat burning potential, along with a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables.

Readers are also taught how to evaluate numerous foods on a nutritional level, so there is no confusion when it comes to so–called ‘healthy choices’ being dangerous to your diet.

The book also goes one step further in educating the reader in the newly discovered scientific facts behind the reasons why these specific ‘bad choices’ ruin diets.

On a personal level, I was really shocked by the chapter that covered the consumption of whole wheat. Did you know that whole wheat is linked to Alzheimer’s, cancer, and various types of diabetes?

The book also covers actionable steps to slim down and lose weight permanently, and efficiently. You will be taught how to activate your body’s own personal fat eradicating hormones, increase your metabolism, and even repair your digestive system.

 


The Fat Burning Kitchen – A Two Phase System


The Fat Burning Kitchen eBook is 123 pages long, and to make things simple, it is split up into two easy to follow phases.

Phase One concentrates on educating you about harmful ‘healthy options’ out there and why they are bad for you (this was the most shocking part of the book for me!).

Let’s take a closer look at the chapters involved in this first phase of the book…

 

1. Foods Made with Refined Flour and Corn Products

2. Food & Drinks Containing High Fructose Corn Syrup

3. Margarine, Vegetable Oils, Trans Fats, Crisco

4. Artificial Sweeteners – Splenda, NutraSweet, Saccharin

5. Commercial Pasteurized Dairy

6. Commercially Raised Meats; Farm-Raised Fish

7. Soy milk, Tofu, TVP

8. Sports/Energy Drinks

9. Energy Bars

10. Processed Foods, Weight-loss Meals, Diet Snacks, and Diet Desserts

 

change eating habits lose weight

 

The second phase of The Fat Burning Kitchen eBook concentrates on the correct foods for health and weight loss – the foods you should be using to replace the crappy options highlighted in Phase One!!!

These foods are the best choice for making your body as fit and healthy as possible, while at the same time, enabling you to lose as much weight as possible.

Let’s take a look at the chapters involved in the second phase of The Fat Burning Kitchen…

 

11. High Quality – Protein-Grass Fed Beef or Bison, Wild-Caught Fish, Free-Range Chicken, Whole (Free-Range) Eggs

12. Raw Dairy Milk and Cheese

13. Grass-Fed Dairy Butter, Coconut Oil, Lard

14. Nuts-Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, Pistachios, Brazil Nuts, Cashews, Macadamia Nuts

15. Avocados

16. Organic Berries

17. Organic Dark Green Leafy Vegetables

18. Healthy Sweeteners: Real Maple Syrup, Raw Honey, Stevia

19. Healthy Real Food Energy Bars

20. Dark Chocolate

21. Herb Teas

22. Items to Keep in Your Kitchen

23. The Transformation Has Begun

 


The Good & The Bad


THE PROS:

 

  • A pretty easy read. I’ve lost track of the amount of times I’ve opened a health and fitness book only to be smothered in a sea of jargon almost instantly. This eBook is penned in a very easy to understand manner.
  • This eBook is written by someone (Mike Geary) who actually practices what they preach and are literally well known for doing so.
  • The book goes to great pains to make sure it prepares you for those ‘down days’ and to help you control your hunger cravings. Diets and health systems are not easy, and we’re only human at the end of the day. We ALL have moments of weakness from time to time!
  • The book doesn’t just concentrate on general weight loss, it also offers numerous tips for overall health improvements.
  • Mike Geary has also included a set of training exercises in the book. Along with healthy eating tips, readers are provided with various fat burning exercises as well.
  • If you’re anything like me, you hate being confronted with a sea of black text to learn from! Thankfully, Geary has opted to include a wide selection of video tutorials that further dive into nutrition.
  • 60 Day Refund Guarantee. You get to try the program out for a full 60 days…and if it’s not for you…simply grab a refund before the time limit is up (you have nothing to lose!!!).

 

THE CONS:

 

  • It only comes in digital format, so for those of you that like a book in your hands…you’ll have to hit up your printer!
  • Some people may find it all too much when they realise that most of their diet is made up of these bad health choices.

 


Our Final Take on The Fat Burning Kitchen


For the low price ($10) and the 60 days money back guarantee this really is a no-brainer. If you are willing to put in the work and follow the advice in Mike Geary’s Fat Burning Kitchen, I am almost 100% positive you’ll be happy with the results you get.

When I was reviewing the system, I was more than impressed by the effort that had gone into it’s construction, and the amount of times it managed to surprise me. I had NO IDEA about the wrong ‘healthy choices’ I had been consuming over the years.

With the help of the Mike’s advice you will be able to totally transform your diet and lose weight quickly and easily. This is one of the most effective programs out there and it will offer you results very fast…

We hope you enjoyed our article on how to change eating habits to lose weight, and The Fat Burning Kitchen eBook. If you have any questions about the system or want to leave your own personal review, please leave a comment in the section below.

 


 

What are the Health Benefits of Curcumin?

What are the Health Benefits of Curcumin?

I recently got a little ‘caught up’ in an article I was reading on a train journey to London that covered the rise of turmeric in certain health circles. This particular article was concentrating on the spice being added to certain skin care serums (which was a new one on me!).

At the root of the multitude of turmeric benefits is curcumin – a chemical that contains high amounts of special anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants.

So what are the health benefits of curcumin?

How does it manage to turn turmeric into a ‘miracle spice’?

Let’s take a closer look…

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More About Curcumin…


Curcumin is a chemical or curcuminoid that is found inside a selection of plants, it has a vibrant yellowish colour.

It’s primarily found in turmeric, which is a strong medicinal spice that is from the same family as ginger. More often than not, you find turmeric in powder format which is used to give certain foods a good boost in their flavour (it’s a popular spice to add to curry dishes).

 


BIO CURCUMIN BENEFITS


It Can Tackle Inflammation


It Can Tackle Inflammation

Curcumin is known to have the ability of blocking the activity of several enzymes in the body that are well known for causing inflammation situations.

A recent study went as far as saying that aspirin and ibuprofen were nowhere near as effective as curcumin when it came to dulling down inflammation. Therefore, curcumin can be great for improving the symptoms of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and asthma.

 


Great For Skin Health


Great For Skin Health

We covered the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of curcumin above, and it’s these positive properties that makes it a great ingredient for skin creams!

Many tests have concluded that curcumin can neutralize free radicals, which in turn prevent cell damage in the skin and improve the healing time of cuts.

Certain medical professionals now believe that curcumin can relieve the symptoms of psoriasis, scabies and radiation-induced dermatitis.

 


It Regulates Blood Sugar


It Regulates Blood

High blood sugar is serious stuff, and if it’s not handled in the right way, it can swiftly bring on diabetes symptoms which range from fatigue to unintentional weight loss. If this condition is allowed to persist, it can eventually lead to nerve damage and even loss of vision.

A recent study by the International Journal of Endocrinology Metabolism came to the conclusion that curcumin can reduce the symptoms of high blood pressure.

Apparently it can cut down the body’s glucose production, which in turn decreases inflammation, and increases the secretion of insulin from the pancreas.

 


Could it Fight Cancer?


Could it Fight Cancer?

Those of you that are regulars to this site, will already know that what you eat can have a powerful effect on cancer growth within the body.

Did you know that Curcumin is able to have an effect on enzymes which are directly linked to cancer development?

 


It Tackles The Formation of Blood Clots


It Tackles The Formation of Blood Clots

Stroke, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are all linked to the formation of blood clots and platelet aggregation.

Research suggests that curcumin modifies eicosanoid biosynthesis – this is process that has been directly linked to numerous different forms of inflammation. It can also inhibit platelet aggregation, which again, leads to blood clot formation.

 


A Cholesterol Aid


A Cholesterol Aid

It’s well known that one of the main risk factors for heart disease is higher levels of cholesterol.

The University of Indonesia held a study back in 2008 that came to the conclusion that curcumin reduced levels of both total and bad LDL cholesterol.

 


WARNING – Side Effects


Okay, we’ve covered the health benefits of curcumin, but it’s not all good news…

Below is a list of possible side effects that are linked to regular taking of curcumin:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Low blood sugar
  • Increased risk of bleeding
  • Reduced fertility
  • Increased menstrual flow

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered above, please leave them in the comment section below.

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A Simple Seaweed Soup Recipe

 

A Simple Seaweed Soup Recipe

For some unknown reason, we tend to get A LOT of interest with the seaweed-based articles we have published here in the past – so we thought we’d ride that wave a bit and offer you a simple seaweed soup recipe that we were introduced to about a month back.

Now, regulars to this site will already know that we only ever showcase newbie-friendly recipes here…because I’m not the greatest cook to walk this planet (Shock! Horror!).

So, do you fancy learning more about this diverse yet tasty soup?

Cool – let’s take a closer look…

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Seaweed Soup Recipes


Why Seaweed?


So, why seaweed?

Why don’t we make a soup outta chicken and be done with it?

Why are we opting to go for this bogey-looking sea material?

Well, apart from the fact that seaweed is pretty darn tasty (when prepared the right way!), it also contains a number of benefits…

  • Seaweed is pretty awesome when it comes to your digestive health. Apparently it can strengthen gut mucus and slow down the digestion process, so the food releases it’s energy at at a much slower pace.
  • It is really low in calories and instead packed with nutrients. We are unable to farm the sea, so seaweed will see a sustained exposure to minerals.
  • Seaweed is known to have heavy-duty detox properties and is great at mopping up certain toxins within your system.
  • It makes a super-magical illness potion. Well, not exactly super-magic…but in Ireland and the Caribbean, seaweed-based drinks are consumed when one is under the weather, and needing a natural ‘pick me up’!

Okay, I could go on and on here…but you kinda get the picture already…

Seaweed pretty much rocks from a health point of view.

Now let’s get back to creating that seaweed soup…

 


Simple Seaweed Soup Recipe


Ingredients For 4 Servings:

Before we start, I should point out that this recipe is set up for Korean-style (brown) seaweed soup. It’s a big thing in Asia as many women believe it is the perfect soup to eat after they have given birth (it’s regarded as a ‘birth food’).

Korean women believe that the seaweed helps them produce quality milk for their newborn babies.

Anyway…

Ingredients For 4 Servings:

  • 30g dried (brown) seaweed
  • 1 dessertspoon of sesame oil
  • 100g very thinly sliced fillet steak
  • Salt
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon very finely chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 litres (2.5 pints) of cold water

Okay – so you’ve got all the ingredients in order…how do we cook up this bad boy?

Well, it takes no more than 10 minutes to prepare, and is ready in about 30 minutes (those of you that are good at maths will note that this is a 40 minute recipe!).

  1. Soak seaweed in water until it becomes nice and soft, then drain it off and cut up into pieces about 3cm long
  2. In a medium pot, heat sesame oil over medium heat. Add beef, pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon of soy sauce. Fry for one minute.
  3. Add seaweed, remaining soy sauce and stir-fry gently again for another minute.
  4. Pour in enough water to cover ingredients; bring to a boil.
  5. When it is boiling, add garlic and rest of water.
  6. Simmer for half and hour, then serve!

 


The Ultimate Newbie’s Seaweed Soup


The Ultimate Newbie's Seaweed Soup

There – that wasn’t too hard was it?

The perfect recipe for newbies looking to cook up a bit of (health conscious) seaweed soup.

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Do you have any seaweed soup recipes that you feel are better than this one?

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What Are The Health Benefits of Ginseng?

What Are The Health Benefits of Ginseng?

The popular culinary root of plants in the genus Panax – Ginseng. But what are the health benefits of ginseng and why have so many cultures sworn by it’s ‘hidden qualities’ over the centuries?

Let’s take a closer look…

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health benefits of ginseng

 


Health Benefits of Ginseng


Many cultures throughout history regard ginseng as the miracle ‘man-root’ – shaped like a humanoid body with numerous benefits to general health. Ginseng has also been present in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years.

It’s an incredibly slow growing plant that has really ‘fleshy’ roots that are currently classified three ways:

  1. Fresh (harvested before 4 years)
  2. White (harvested between 4–6 years)
  3. Red (harvested after 6 or more years)

Below are a selection of what have been referred to as ‘evidence-based’ health benefits of ginseng…

 


Potent Antioxidant


The antioxidant qualities in ginseng are know to act as a great ‘natural’ anti-inflammatory product. The ginsenoside compounds found within the root have been tested, and results show that they can inhibit inflammation and boost antioxidant capacity in cells.

 


Benefits For The Brain


Medical studies involving ginseng have also uncovered it’s ability to benefit certain mental functions. In some cases it has even been reported that test groups have felt feelings of calmness and good mood swings.

These ‘good feelings’ have even been felt by sufferers of Alzheimer’s disease.

 


Immune System Boost


Recent evidence suggests that ginseng could well strengthen the immune system in people with cancer (from a study that followed 39 people who were recovering from surgery for stomach cancer).

It is also known to enhance the effects of certain vaccinations.

 


Slowing The Ageing Process


Many health experts firmly believe that Korean Red Ginseng has the ability to slow down the ageing process.

How does it manage to do this?

Well, Korean Red Ginseng comprises anti-ageing substances like antioxidants and insulin-like substances – these are not usually found in other forms of the root.

This particular breed of Ginseng also helps supply blood flow to the internal organs (a process that normally slows down in older age!).

 


A Natural Energy Booster


Ginseng is a herb that has been employed to enhance stamina and strength for hundreds of years – it’s a pretty awesome natural energy booster!

It is used by athletes that frequently aim to naturally boost their physical performance AND it is known to work wonders with individuals who are coping with any disease-based fatigue.

Users of the herb claim that it is as effective as the effects of coffee, but it never gives you that ‘crashing’ feeling (making you jittery).

 


Addiction Aid


Many people who have been left ‘kicking the habit’, claim that ginseng helped them finally rid the addiction from their life. Most addicts go through hopeless amounts of depression and anxiety when they are facing withdrawal symptoms – Panax Ginseng is known to be helpful for lowering these feelings.

Note: A few of my friends also swear by ginseng as a great hangover cure…but I can’t stand 100% behind this…yet!

 


 What Are The Health Benefits of Ginseng?


What are your opinions on this wonder-root?

Do you know of any benefits that we have not covered in the article above?

If so, please leave them in the comment section below.

Stay Healthy! 🙂

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Is Brown Seaweed Good For You?

Is Brown Seaweed Good For You?

 

For years my (now ex) partner used to attempt to force me out of my comfort zone with food by introducing me to numerous varieties I would never have gone anywhere near…before I met her!

In most cases she failed – I’m a little bit too squeamish for some of the diverse options she put in front of me, but I did sample, and in some cases enjoy, a small percentage of these options…one of which was seaweed.

Living next to, and being brought up by the beach – I was interested in seeing what this slimy marine algae tasted like, and I was also interested in it’s apparent health benefits…

So, is brown seaweed good for you, and if so, what are it’s health benefits?

Let’s take a closer look…

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Brown Seaweeds


These types of seaweed are usually found in the Northern Hemisphere waters where the temperature is nice and cold. Not all forms of this type of seaweed are that palatable – Kelp is the only one that is regarded as a traditional food source.

Kelp is also known to have a handy variety of health benefits…

 

Brown Seaweeds

 


Taking On Cancer


A study that took place back in 2012, discovered that brown seaweed was high in levels of Fucoidan. This compound could well help prevent metastasis of lung cancer.

This report also suggested that Kelp could well be the force behind lower incidents of breast cancer and other hormone-related cancers among Asian women.

 


Weight Loss


In January 2010 a study took place using a derivative of brown seaweed known as fucoxanthin on obese participants. This derivative was mixed up with pomegranate seed oil and given to the patients over a 16 week period.

The results pointed to an average loss of 7.7 pounds and increased resting metabolic rate in each participant. There were also indications that fat deposits in the liver were reduced.

 


Your Own Personal Hazmat Suit!!!!


Yep – you read that heading correctly…

Brown seaweed can act as a natural version of a nifty Hazmat suit!

Nutritionist Phyllis Balch, author of the book Prescription for Dietary Wellness: Using Foods to Heal, firmly believes that brown seaweed can protect you against certain forms of radiation exposure.

Balch is under the impression that the sodium alginate that is found in brown seaweed, has in the past prevented the absorption of radioactive strontium from contaminated milk.

 


Vitamins and Minerals


Brown seaweed varieties usually contain a diverse group of vitamins and minerals, including iodine, iron, and calcium. Some types can even contain high amounts of vitamin B12. On top of that – it’s a good source of omega-3 fats (very good for the heart!).

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Conclusion – Is Brown Seaweed Good For You?


There’s no getting away from it – brown seaweed definitely has A LOT of health benefits…but it’s also worth noting that it’s a great dietary source of iodine, which helps support your thyroid gland…

But too much of this iodine can also harm your thyroid function.

What are your experiences with this diverse cuisine?

Do you have any tips or nice recipes you would like to share with us here?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

4 AWESOME Soy Protein Shake Recipes

4 AWESOME Soy Protein Shake Recipes

I was recently contacted through this website by a visitor who had noticed that we had stopped releasing articles involving recipes about a year back…and she was right!

What was the reason for this?

Well, no reason in particular really – we just had a lot of (what we thought were) interesting health subjects we wanted to cover first.

This message concluded with the lady in question suggesting a recipe topic that was not exactly covered that often online – soy protein shake recipes. This turned out to be a pretty cool suggestion…

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The Berry Blast Soy Milk Smoothie


Apparently, this is one of the easiest soy-based smoothie recipes you can find online…so we figured we should include it first on this article (well, we’re not all at the level of Gordon Ramsey – are we?).

It takes under 5 minutes to create.

Ingredients (For 1 Serving)

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 10 blueberries
  • 10 blackberries
  • 1/2 banana

A simple enough process really – place all of the ingredients above in a blender and turn on for about 10 seconds. Give it a good stir and Bingo – ready to drink!

If you find the smoothie a little sour or bland you can always swap over the fruits for blueberry jam (not exactly great for you dieters out there – but sweeter all the same!).

NOTE: This will probably end up being quite a pricey smoothie if you opt to drink it every day. Blueberries and Blackberries ain’t exactly the cheapest fruit you will find at a grocers…

 


Peanut Butter Soy Special


Are you partial to a spoonful of Nutella?

Like spreading a generous helping of peanut butter on your toast in the morning?

Below is a pretty nifty smoothie invention combing both the above ingredients…

Ingredients (For Two Servings)

  • 1 Banana
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Nutella
  • 1 tbsp Smooth peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Ice Cream
  • 300 ml Soy milk
  • 150 ml Water

Simply boil a little water in a pan and add both the peanut butter and Nuttella, then stir them both in until the mixture is nice and smooth. Poor the mix, along with the soy milk, into the blender.

Cut the banana in quarters on place in the blender – then add either chocolate ice cream or vanilla ice cream (or both if you’re feeling a little adventurous!!).

Bend it all up and drink it all down – lovely!

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Energy Soy Protein Shake


A energy-bursting smoothie that is ram-packed with protein and isoflavones, and is great at giving your immune system a boost. A lovely shake that makes an ideal choice of breakfast.

Ingredients (For One Serving)

  • 500 ml soya milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 walnuts
  • 2 medium apple
  • 4 drops vanilla essence
  • 1 sprig mint leaves

First of all – cut up the apples and leave two very thin slices to one side (this will be used later as a nice garnish). Add the apples, soya milk, sugar and vanilla essence into the blender and blend for a couple of minutes.

Pour pureed mixture into a tall glass.

Crush up the walnuts and use, along with apple slices and washed sprig of mint leaves, to garnish the smoothie.

Drink! 🙂

 


Icy Smoothie-Pops!


And now for something a little different…

Ingredients  (Makes a total of 14 servings!!!)

  • 1 cup (each) fresh fruit
  • 3 tea spoons of sugar
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 milk (or soy milk)

Put the fruit you’ve chosen to use in a cup then mash up a little with a fork – add yogurt, sugar, then milk. Put into the blender and blend down until you have a smoothie like texture that will settle nicely in the ice trays.

You can enjoy the Icy Pops after about two hours but I prefer leaving them in the freezer overnight (the texture of them is much nicer the next day!).

 


Soy Protein Shake Recipes


Now it’s over to you – do you have any Soy smoothie recipes that you would like to share with us?

Do you have any questions about the recipes we’ve covered above?

Please leave your thoughts and opinions in the comment section below.

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Foods That Act as Blood Thinners

Foods That Act as Blood Thinners

Okay – we’re on the anticoagulant medication trail today!

Yep, I know that’s a pretty big word for this time of the morning (well it’s morning where I am, anyway!).

To put it in layman’s terms – this article will be covering a selection of foods that act as blood thinners, or blood-thinning agents. The type of foods that are known to help with eliminating the build up of blood clots (and reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke!).

There are over-the-counter medications, usually prescribed by your GP, but what about those that want to take the more natural route?

Let’s take a closer look…

REMEMBER – I am certainly not a doctor, or any sort of medical professional – if you are prescribed something it is for a reason, so take it! The following natural examples SHOULD NOT be used as a substitute for prescription anticoagulant medication.

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Does Garlic Thin Blood?


Does Garlic Thin Blood?

Okay, this is a bit of a 50/50 one at the moment, and it’s hard to get a straight answer on the subject – does garlic thin blood?

A popular March 2001 medical article claimed that garlic was an excellent choice for naturally battling blood clots. To be precise – it exerts a mild inhibitory effect on platelet aggregation.

All well and good…

But, a later medical journal/article, stated that garlic does not have blood-thinning effects when taken alone at a daily recommended dose – this research was dated at May 2013.

So, at the time of writing this, most ‘experts’ believe that there is insufficient evidence on garlic’s blood thinning properties.

 


How Much Does Fish Oil Thin Blood?


How Much Does Fish Oil Thin Blood?

It’s now common knowledge in health circles that fish oil, and fish, contain high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. Now, these fatty acids definitely contain elements that contribute to blood-thinning effects.

You can find high levels of food source EPA and DHA in fish (salmon, tuna, sardines and cod). You can also buy doses of fish oil over-the-counter in supplement format (capsule and liquid formats).

The American Heart Association believes that just two generous portions of fish a week will change your overall risk of coronary heart disease.

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Vitamin E’s Blood-Thinning Properties


Vitamin E's Blood-Thinning Properties

Vitamin E has exhibited blood-thinning properties in laboratory situations on a number of occasions – all of them seem to be dose dependent.

What does this mean?

Well, you need large quantities of this vitamin to see these sort of effects. To be brutally honest with you – there are positive signs there, but more research is needed on Vitamin E before you can call it a natural blood-thinner.

If you are still interested, Vit E can be found in foods such as eggs (yolks), whole grain options, seeds and nuts.

 


Coumarin Food


Coumarin Food

A really common medication prescribed for people with heart conditions is a blood-thinning medication called warfarin. Did you know that warfarin is a derivative of a naturally occurring, plant-derived chemical called coumarin?

Well now you do!

There are thousands of coumarin-containing herbs available but don’t get your hopes up – they are typically very weak and are nowhere near as powerful as the warfarin medication.

Some medical experts have actually gone as far as warning warfarin-takers away from coumarin-rich herbs to avoid possible additive effects (just in case!).

Here are some examples of coumarin-containing herbs:

  • Angelica root
  • Anise
  • Arnica flower
  • Chamomile
  • Licorice root

 


Foods That Act as Blood Thinners


The most important thing to take away from this article is the fact that NONE of the above should be used instead of the blood-thinners you were prescribed – you are on that medication for a reason!

Always discuss your medications, supplements and dietary choices with your doctor/GP/Health Care worker BEFORE you start taking anything.

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered above, please leave them in the comment section below.

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