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Coffee Flavored Health Is HERE!

The healthiest meal of the day AND it tastes like coffee, WHAT!!!!

A shake that gives you antioxidants, phytonutrients, Prebiotics and probiotics, full servings of fruits and vegetables.  Everything that you need to get your system going, get your energy flowing and get your health moving in the right direction.

Cafe Latte is currently formulated with Whey Protien, I apologize to all my vegan protein readers – we can all hope for a vegan formula soon!!!

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Longevity Foods from Dr. Mercola

Full Article on Dr. Mercola’s site
 
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One of your most basic health principles is to eat real food. This will radically reduce your exposure to the tens of thousands of chemicals added to processed foods, most of which are not even on the label

The running thread linking a wide variety of common health problems is chronic inflammation. The key to reducing chronic inflammation in your body starts with your diet

18 foods packed with health-promoting compounds like antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals known to play a role in longevity are listed.

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I love Dr. Mercola’s work and research. He makes it so easy to understand complicated health concepts.

There is so much information out there and it can sometimes be hard to figure out what is relevant, true, and even necessary to look into. This is a great place to start!

Homemade Balsamic Vinegar Dressing

2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar3/4 C Olive Oil

1 1/2 tsp Stevia – 2-5 drops liquid stevia

1/8 tsp Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp Dried Oregano

1/8 tsp Dried Basil

1/8 tsp Onion Powder

1/8 tsp Salt
1. Combine all ingredients except oil with a whisk.

2. While whisking constantly, drizzle olive oil in SLOWLY, which will create an emulsion.

I like using my fancy dollar store oil jar! 

 
**in a pinch I have used Italian Seasoning instead of the powdered basil and oregano**

**Store in a jar or bottle with a tight sealing lid and this should last several weeks on the shelf**

Beneficial Foods 1.2 Cauliflower

Cauliflower is an amazing food that is often outshined by its usual companion broccoli. Cauliflower is also cruciferous superfood.  It can be traced back to wild cabbage, which is thought to have originated in ancient Asia Minor(5) Cauliflower went through many changes in the wild and appeared in the Mediterranean region around 600 B.C. and gained popularity throughout France in the mid-16th century.(5)

Cauliflower’s best season is December through March when it is at it’s peak. This is great for us since it contains tons of nutrients that make it an ideal food to combat nutrition deficiency, which many of us suffer from over the long winter months.(4) Nutrients like:

Vitamin C

Vitamin K

Dietary Fiber

Potassium

Plant Proteins

Thiamin

Vitamin B6

Manganese

Riboflavin

Niacin

Folate

Magnesium

Phosphorus

Pantothenic Acid

Beta-carotene

Kaempferol

Quercetin

Rutin

Cinnamic Acid

Cauliflower helps to balance your body’s detox system, antioxidant system & inflammatory/anti-inflammatory systems because it contains Glucoraphanin which converts to sulphoraphane. You can google Glucoraphanin! 😉 The sulphoraphane is my focus here because it triggers anti-inflammatory activity in the body. This trigger helps to lower blood pressure and can possibly help repair blood vessel damage.(5) Sulphoraphane has also been linked to killing cancer stem cells. You can rely on sulphoraphane to protect the stomach lining by preventing bacterial growth, like Helicobacter Pylori, on the stomach walls.(4) Cruciferous veggies, in general, reduce estrogen bi-products in the body, which help reduce cancer risk.(2)

Another anti-inflammatory agent in cauliflower is indole-3-carbinol (I3C). I3C has been found to work at the genetic level helping to prevent inflammatory responses in young children and even the unborn.(4,5) I3C is also a powerful anti-tumor agent, which can reduce the levels of hormones that could possibly stimulate tumor growth in the cells of the prostate and breast. I3C reduces the liver’s production of apolipoproteinB-100, which is the main transporter of LDL (bad cholesterol), to the body’s tissues(6)

More research is being done on the effects of cruciferous veggies, like cauliflower, on inflammation related diseases such as; Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel syndrome, insulin resistance, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), metabolic syndrome, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, Type 2 diabetes, and ulcerative colitis.(5)

So, so far we have a super food that helps fight cancer, lowers blood pressure, repairs blood vessels, protects the stomach lining and reduces inflammation! And there’s still more!

Cauliflower is a great source of choline which can boost the health and function of your brain! Who doesn’t need better brain function?!?

Cauliflower contains amazing doses of Vitamin C and folate, which are both helpful in the growth of an unborn fetus. Because these nutrients work at a cellular level the recommendations I have found say that you should be getting extra servings of cauliflower BEFORE you conceive so your body is well prepared to care for your unborn child.(2) Just 3 large florets of cauliflower contain 67% of the daily value of Vitamin C – more than some citrus fruits.(6)

Cauliflower is a great detoxifier for the body.(4) It helps to increase the body’s production of enzymes that clean toxins & carcinogens out of the body.(6) The dietary fiber it contains also helps flush out the toxins from the body. So make sure this food is on your list when you are planning a body detox!

Just to be on the safe side, here are some precautions to think of when you are adding cauliflower back into your diet. Like all cruciferous veggies it contains a good amount of Vitamin K, so if you are taking blood thinners watch your intake as this could affect your medication negatively.(5) If you have severe thyroid issues also be aware that too much cauliflower could possibly cause swelling of the thyroid gland.(3) Cauliflower also contains naturally occurring purines, which can be broken down into uric acid. If you are susceptible to kidney stones or gout, limit your intake to 1-2 servings per week.(5) As always consult your physician before making any major dietary changes.

For those of you who are following an autoimmune protocol – Cauliflower is legal!! Woo Hoo!

Works Cited:

1. Food Cures – Joy Bauer, MS RD CDN – Rodale Inc 2007

2. The New Healing Foods – Colleen Pierce, MS RD – American Master Products Inc 2005

3. http://www.Nutrition-and-you.com

4. 8 Amazing Benefits of Cauliflower – http://www.drmercola.com

5. Cauliflower – www.whfoods.com

6. What is the Nutritional Value of Cauliflower – www.livestrong.com

Beneficial Foods Part 1: Broccoli

Many people talk about increasing your intake of veggies and fruits, but don’t always explain “why” each food is good for you and what it is actually doing to your body.
In this series I will bring you bite-sized information to help you understand why you should consume more of nature’s best medicine.

Part 1: Broccoli

Broccoli is a cruciferous vegetable that originated in Italy and developed from wild cabbage in roughly the 6th century B.C.₃ It’s name is derived from the Italian word “Brocco” and the Latin word “Brachium”4,3 The plant then came to France around 1560 and was not widely known until the 1700’s. Thomas Jefferson imported seeds from Italy to the U.S. and began growing them as early as May 1767.3

Broccoli is a powerhouse of nutrients including:1,2
-Sulforaphane
-Indoles
-Folate
-Calcium
-Fiber
-Vitamin A – beta-carotene
-Vitamin C
-Vitamin K
-Lutein/Zeaxanthin
-Flavonoids (like quercetin)
-Phytonutrients
What do all these nutrients do for you? Here’s just a few things!

The flavonoids and lutein have been shown to protect against cataracts.1,2 Flavonoids are also beneficial in helping to fight cardiovascular disease and cancer by helping to modify the body’s reactions to allergens, viruses and carcinogens.1
The added bonus is that anything that is beneficial for your heart is beneficial for your brain! “Take lowering your cholesterol. If your arteries are clogged with sludge, the blood carrying needed oxygen has trouble flowing to your brain, you you can’t think as well & that’s a set up for memory loss, says Jim Joseph PhD, chief of the neuroscience laboratory at Tuft’s University in Boston”2

Broccoli has a strong impact on our body’s ability to detoxify itself.6 The amount of phytonutrients that broccoli provides allows the body to neutralize and eliminate harmful toxins, like dioxin, from the body.3 Dioxin can severely affect the body’s hormone levels. Phytochemicals such as indoles also help regulate excess estrogen in the blood into a safer form, which can reduce the risk of estrogen-linked cancers.5 Other cancers to reduce the risk for by consuming 1 cup steamed broccoli and other cruciferous veggies 5-7days/week are:2
-Prostate
-Bladder
-Colon

You can also increase your Vitamin D intake because of the ample amounts of Vitamin A & K in broccoli.6 If you are taking blood thinners consult your doctor though as Vitamin K can interfere with the absorption of the medication.

The Vitamin K in broccoli can even help prevent the chance of fracturing a hip when you are older!2 And for those of you with inflammatory issues you’re in luck! Broccoli has amazing anti-inflammatory properties.6

Now, you can consume other cruciferous vegetables throughout the week to maintain the health benefits without becoming bored with your food. Foods like bok choy, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, turnips, swiss chard, rutabaga, kohlrabi, brocoflower, arugula, watercress, daikon, wasabi & broccoli sprouts.

Be sure to look for some great recipes including broccoli and all it’s benefits!

  

References:
1. Pratt MD, Steven; Super Health, Signet 2009 p54, 55-56, 236
2. Pierre M.S., R.D., Colleen; The New Healing Foods, American Master Products 2005 p368-371
3. Broccoli: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts; Rob Owen-Wahl
4. 21 Benefits and Uses of Broccoli; Saba
5. Broccoli & Estrogen; Amina Elbasheer
6. What’s new and beneficial about broccoli. This article was PACKED with information from many studies. If you get a chance read it through.

photograph courtesy of LPM Photography