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May Your New Year be Happy, Healthy and Absolutely Extraordinary!

Live Life Beautifully and to your greatest health and career success!

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Leesa A. Wheeler, CMSAT ~ Certified BioEnergetic Technician

Career Coach & Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Organic Health & Beauty Consultant

Author of two books…
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     Melodies from Within 

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Interested in discovering the Ins and Outs of Local Food Resources, Proper Food Preparations, and Ingredient Sleuthing?

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Join me as Heather Welsh leads us on a month long journey through the ins and outs of local food resources, proper food preparations, and ingredient sleuthing.  Each day we will discuss at least one food item or food group in depth and one ingredient often found in personal products.   This Food/Ingredient Intensive Facebook Course takes place on Augus 14, 2016 through September 16, 2016.

Don’t live in Atlanta?  No problem.  No matter where you live you will know what to look for and the questions to ask to locate local healthy food for you and your family.  When possible, Heather will provide online resources where you can obtain quality products that can’t be found locally at a great price.

The course will be taught nightly from 9-10 pm EST via Video, Posts, and Q&A, and occur in a private Facebook group. Using this medium will ensure that you will not miss anything because everything will be posted for everyone to see so if you are out a night or two you can easily catch up.

There will be two 2-hour conference calls.  And for those local to Atlanta, a trip to DeKalb Farmer’s Market, and to a local farmer’s market is included. Those in the class will select dates and times for the farmer’s market trips.  Course content will be interactive and will be dictated by the students with Heather’s guidnce.

Class cost is $100.00 per person.  Please send your $100 payment via PayPal and select the “friends and family option” to heather@rutrulyhealthy.com.

(Please be sure to tell Heather that Leesa referred you!)  Once your payment has been received, you will be added to the facebook group.

We look forward to meeting you there!

Got questions?  Contact heather@rutrulyhealthy.com or 770-367-5298.

Meet Heather…

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Heather is a Consumer Advocate and local food Consultant. Her goal is to help bring quality nutrient dense local food to families and children in the most affordable manner possible. Serving for over 10 years as a Weston A. Price Chapter Leader, offering Local Food Cooking and Fermentation Classes, and leading tours at several Pastured Based Farms in and around the Atlanta Area, she has developed a keen understanding and appreciation for quality food and the methods used to produce it.  Furthermore, her previous experience as a Sourcing Director for a local organic restaurant offers additional understanding to the importance of seasonality and what to be on the look-out for when dining out.

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Each person is unique and deserves a personalized approach when it comes to living healthy.  So, have you ever wondered what’s going on inside your body energetically?

A Meridian Stress Assessment (MSA) evaluation detects energy changes in the body and accesses data about the body’s functional status. This technology utilizes Chinese meridian theory and modern quantum physics. MSA provides extraordinary new perspective on the state of the body’s energetic health. A MSA evaluation will show if your body’s systems are balanced energetically and what support is needed if a system is unbalanced. What you eat, what products you use ~ on your body and in your home and office, how you talk to yourself ~ it all matters!

Would you like to…

  • Stop struggling with health problems?
  • Discover why you just don’t feel good?
  • Receive guidance on how to restore and retain your vitality?
  • Achieve your health goals and feel better?  

Contact me to schedule your MSA BioEnergetic scan and discover your body’s biological preferences tailored specifically to assist you achieve a more balanced energetic state! You’ll discover what products work the best for you, save time and money, and regain energetic balance. Perfect for the entire family…pets, too!  Don’t live in Atlanta?  No problem.   We do virtual coaching worldwide! 

I look forward to helping YOU Live a Happy Healthy Life!  Remember, Excellent Health is found along your way, not just at your destination.

Live Well!

Leesa A. Wheeler

Leesa A. Wheeler, CMSAT ~ Certified BioEnergetic Technician

Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Artisan, Author of two books…

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What’s Going on Inside Your Body Energetically? Each person is unique and deserves a personalized approach when it comes to living healthy.

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Do you know what’s going on inside your body energetically?  Each person is unique and deserves a personalized approach when it comes to living healthy.

A Meridian Stress Assessment (MSA) evaluation detects energy changes in the body and accesses data about the body’s functional status. This technology utilizes Chinese meridian theory and modern quantum physics. MSA provides extraordinary new perspective on the state of the body’s energetic health. A MSA evaluation will show if your body’s systems are balanced energetically and what support is needed if a system is unbalanced. What you eat, what products you use ~ on your body and in your home and office, how you talk to yourself ~ it all matters!

Would you like to…
• Stop struggling with health problems?
• Discover why you don’t feel good & feel better?
• Receive guidance on how to restore and retain your vitality?
• Achieve your health goals?

Contact me to schedule your MSA BioEnergetic scan and discover your body’s biological preferences tailored specifically to assist you achieve a more balanced energetic state! You’ll discover what products work the best for you, save time and money, and regain energetic balance. Perfect for the entire family! Don’t live in Atlanta? No problem. We do virtual coaching worldwide!

I look forward to helping YOU Live a Happy Healthy Life!

Live Well!

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Leesa A. Wheeler, CMSAT ~ Certified BioEnergetic Technician*

Career & Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Artisan, Author of two books…

     Live Well… Lifestyle Solutions for a Happy Healthy You! 

     Melodies from Within 

    Available on AmazonBarnes&NobleGooglePlayiTunes

Organic Health & Beauty Consultant ~ Neal’s Yard Remedies

ring ~ 770-393-1284

write ~ info@healthyhighway.org

coach, consult, contact ~ www.healthyhighway.org/contact.html

(Don’t live in Atlanta?  Not a problem!  We do virtual coaching worldwide!)

visit ~ www.healthyighway.org and NYR Organic

*This information is not intended and should not be considered as a replacement for consultation, diagnosis, or treatment by a licensed health or medical professional.  Leesa does not practice medicine nor does she diagnose, treat, or prescribe medication.” 

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Each person is unique and deserves a personalized approach when it comes to living healthy.  So, have you ever wondered what’s going on inside your body energetically?

A Meridian Stress Assessment (MSA) evaluation detects energy changes in the body and accesses data about the body’s functional status. This technology utilizes Chinese meridian theory and modern quantum physics. MSA provides extraordinary new perspective on the state of the body’s energetic health. A MSA evaluation will show if your body’s systems are balanced energetically and what support is needed if a system is unbalanced. What you eat, what products you use ~ on your body and in your home and office, how you talk to yourself ~ it all matters!

Would you like to…

  • Stop struggling with health problems?
  • Discover why you just don’t feel good?
  • Receive guidance on how to restore and retain your vitality?
  • Achieve your career & health goals and feel better?  

Contact me to schedule your MSA BioEnergetic scan and discover your body’s biological preferences tailored specifically to assist you achieve a more balanced energetic state! You’ll discover what products work the best for you, save time and money, and regain energetic balance. Perfect for the entire family…pets, too!  Don’t live in Atlanta?  No problem.   We do virtual coaching worldwide! 

I look forward to helping YOU Live a Happy Healthy Life!  Remember, Excellent Health is found along your way, not just at your destination.

Live Well!

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Leesa A. Wheeler, CMSAT ~ Certified BioEnergetic Technician

Healthy Lifestyle Coach, Artisan, Author of two books…

    Available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, GooglePlay, iTunes
Organic Health & Beauty Consultant ~ Neal’s Yard Remedies 
(World’s Top 10 Ethical Brands/Companies 2015!)

ring ~ 770-393-1284

write ~ info@healthyhighway.org

visit ~ www.healthyighway.org and NYR Organic

coach, consult, contact ~ www.healthyhighway.org/contact.html

(Don’t live in Atlanta?  Not a problem!  We do virtual coaching worldwide!)

join our mailing list ~ www.healthyhighway.org

chcws ~ www.chews4health.com/Leesa

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Shocking “Health” Companies to Avoid in 2013

Shocking “Health” Companies to Avoid in 2013

 

When it comes to what you put in your body I believe you have a right to  know.  That includes when genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are found  in foods you might be eating.  After all, GM foods increase the  risk of allergic reactions, antibiotic resistance, pesticide exposure,  reproductive damage, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and many  potential long-term health issues that we simply don’t know yet.  Human  ancestors may have lived on the planet for thousands of years but this is the  first time in our evolution that we’ve been unsuspectingly part of a long-term experiment with genetically-modified foods.

Even the World Health Organization and the American Medical  Association have spoken out about the need to phase out the use of antibiotics  in the making of genetically-modified foods.  And as for the  argument that genetic modification reduces pesticide exposure, a recent study  from Washington State University found that the use of herbicides has  increased by about 25 percent in the three main GM crops.

The problem isn’t just the genetically modified foods; it is also the  lack of transparency surrounding these foods. In North America and many  other places in the world, genetically modified organisms are not identified or  labelled on foods.  Recently California had the opportunity to force GM  foods to be labelled under Proposition 37.  Thanks to a massive campaign on  the part of corporations using GM foods, the bill was shot down.  Based on  the research of The Cornucopia Institute, here are some of the companies who  opposed this important legislation.  In other words, they don’t think you  have the right to know what is in the food you put in your body:

Naked Juice (owned by Pepsi-Co)

Back to Nature (Kraft)

Honest Tea (Coca-Cola)

Odwalla (Coca-Cola)

Simply Orange Juice (Coca-Cola)

Cascadian Farm (General Mills)

Muir Glen (General Mills)

Larabar (General Mills)

Kashi (Kellogg)

Morningstar Farms (Kellogg)

Gardenburger (Kellogg)

Bear Naked (Kellogg)

R.W. Knudsen (J. M. Smucker Co.)

Santa Cruz Organic (J. M. Smucker Co.)

Unilever (Ben & Jerry’s)

Horizon Organic (Dean Foods)

Silk (Dean Foods)

Similac (Abbott Nutrition)

Welch’s

Goya Foods

…and many more — for the full list of companies that collectively spent  millions to crush Prop 37 and stop your right to know what’s in your food, check  out The Cornucopia Institute’s website.

Of course, Monsanto, Dow Agrosciences and Bayer Cropscience are on the list  too but I don’t think many people would consider these corporations “health  companies.”  The companies above stood alongside Monsanto to prevent you  from knowing the harmful frankenfoods you’re eating while they continue to take  your money for their “health products.”  We’ve been inundated with  green-washing but “health-washing” is becoming just as common.

If you think you have a right to know when Frankenfoods are contained in the  foods you’re eating, tell these companies by voting with your dollars.   Avoid the “health food” companies on this list if you want to see  genetically-modified organisms labelled on foods.  Their parent companies  (in parentheses) have been spending their money to fight Prop 37.  No one should have the right to hide potentially-harmful substances in  your food without your knowledge.

Sign the Cornucopia Institute’s petition to get Frankenfoods labelled  here.

By Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international  best-selling and 14-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine,  whose works include: 60 Seconds  to Slim, Healing Recipes, The  Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The  Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan,  and The Phytozyme Cure.  Check out her natural health resources and  subscribe to her free e-magazine World’s Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com  to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook  and Facebook.

 

7 ‘Tis the Season Superfoods

7 ‘Tis the Season Superfoods

 

When it comes to food, it’s hard to beat the holiday season. There are as  many decadent and delicious foods throughout the season as there are gifts.  Let’s face it: few holiday foods are healthy. Here are my choices for the top 7 ‘Tis the Season Superfoods. They not only taste great, they add serious  nutrition as well.

Apples—We’ve all heard the adage, “an apple a day keeps the  doctor away,” and provided that apple is an organic one, the saying holds some  truth. Apples contain important vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. They contain an  important phytonutrient called malic acid that helps improve energy production  in your body.

Beets—Recommended by holistic health professionals to help  purify the blood and cleanse the liver, beets are high in folate, manganese,  potassium, and vitamin C. The phytonutrient that gives beets their rich  purplish-red hue is a potent cancer fighter.

Cranberries—Originally used by the first people of North  America to treat urinary tract infections, cranberries and cranberry juice (the  real deal, not the sugar-laden stuff most grocery stores dispense) are excellent  holiday superfoods.

Pomegranates—This delicious fruit is super health-boosting.  From cancer-protection to heart disease-prevention, and so much more,  pomegranates are definitely ‘Tis the Season Superfoods.

Squash—Like its relative, the pumpkin, squash is an  excellent source of complex carbohydrates, fiber, and beta carotene, making it a  delicious and nutritious addition to your diet.

Sweet Potatoes—High in beta carotene, C, and B6, as well as  potassium, iron, and magnesium, sweet potatoes are naturally delicious and  nutritionally superior to white potatoes.

Walnuts—Walnuts are an important addition to your diet since  they offer high amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids needed to protect your brain,  maintain a healthy immune system, balance moods, and lessen pain and  inflammation in your body.

(Leesa  recommends Chews4Health as a convenient way to enjoy the benefits of Cranberries, Pomegranates, Blueberries, Raspberries, Goji, Noni, Mangosteen, Acai, B-12, Resveratrol and more! )

Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international  best-selling and 12-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine,  whose works include: Healing  Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body  Detox, The Life Force Diet, The  Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme  Cure.  Check out her natural health resources and subscribe to her free  e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com  to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook  and Facebook.

 

13 Reasons to Love Pomegranates

13 Reasons to Love Pomegranates
One of my favorite fruits, pomegranates offer more than just incredible  taste—they are nutritional and healing powerhouses. Here are 13 reasons to start  eating pomegranates or drinking their juice if you aren’t already:

1.  Anti-aging effects:  Pomegranates contain  plentiful amounts of antioxidants. They rate high on the U.S. Department of  Agriculture’s ORAC scale (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity)—a measure of how  well free radicals are absorbed. Pomegranate juice measures 2860 on this  scale.

2.  Kidney protection:  New research published  just days ago in the journal Renal Failure showed that an extract of pomegranate  prevented kidney damage and protected the kidneys against harmful toxins.

3.  Liver protection and regeneration:  More new  research published in the journal Toxicology and Industrial Health showed that  pomegranate juice not only protects the liver, it helps it to regenerate after  it has been damage.

4.  Immune-boosting:  Pomegranates and pomegranate  juice are packed with  immune-boosting vitamin C—an essential and quickly depleted nutrient at this  time of year.

5.  Anti-allergic:  Pomegranates are high in  substances called polyphenols which have been shown to reduce the biochemical  processes that are linked with allergies.

6.  Protects against heart disease:  New research  published in the journal Atherosclerosis shows that pomegranate improves the  body’s ability to synthesize cholesterol and destroy free radicals in the  vascular system.

7.  Prostate-cancer protection:  Research  conducted at the University of California, Riverside, and published in the  journal Translational Oncology indicates that pomegranate  juice and pomegranate extracts caused cancer cell death.

8.  Breast-cancer protection:  Scientists at the  University of California, Riverside, also studied the effects of pomegranate  juice and its nutritional components: luteolin, ellagic acid, and punicic acid  against breast cancer.  They pubished their results in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment and concluded  that pomegranate juice and its extracts “are potentially a very effective  treatment to prevent cancer progression…”

9.  Skin-cancer protection:  Consumption of  pomegranate was associated with a decrease in both main types of skin  cancer—basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, according to new  research in the British  Journal of Dermatology.

10.  DNA-protection:  The antioxidants and/or  phytonutrients in pomegranates also appear to interact with the body’s genetic material for  protection.

11.  Blood pressure normalizing:  Early research  published in the journal Plant Foods for Human Nutrition found that  pomegranate extract may help prevent blood pressure increases associated with  eating high fat meals.

12.  Metabolic syndrome regulating:  Research  published in the journal Food and Function shows that pomegranate helps  regulate blood sugar, improves the body’s sensitivity to insulin, decreases  inflammation, and improves numerous other factors involved in metabolic  syndrome—frequently implicated in obesity and often a precursor to diabetes.  Because of these effects, pomegranate may aid weight loss.

13.  Anti-infectious:  New research published in  the journal Food  and Chemical Toxicology found that an extract of pomegranate increased  the effectiveness of a drug used against gram-negative bacteria.  Many  gram-negative bacteria are known for drug resistance.

How to Enjoy  Pomegranates:

You can eat them fresh on their own for a delicious snack or dessert.

Sprinkle pomegranate seeds on a salad for a beautiful and nutritious  addition.

Drink unsweetened bottled pomegranate juice devoid of preservatives. I  recommend diluting 1 part water to 1 part pomegranate juice to avoid blood sugar  spikes and crashes.

Use a splash of pomegranate juice in salad dressing to jazz up a plate of  greens.

Add some pomegranate juice to your favorite smoothie recipe.

Enjoy pomegranate juice with citrus juices for a delicious citrus  cocktail.

I’d love to hear how you are enjoying pomegranates or pomegranate juice.

(For those you want to conveniently enjoy the benefits of pomegranates, Leesa recommends www.chews4health.com/Leesa!

By Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD

Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international  best-selling and 12-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine,  whose works include: Healing  Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body  Detox, The Life Force Diet, The  Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme  Cure.  Check out her natural health resources and subscribe to her free  e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com  to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook  and Facebook.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/13-reasons-to-love-pomegranates.html#ixzz2Emq1WFTA

12 Ways to Supercharge Your Digestion

12 Ways to Supercharge Your Digestion

You are what you eat, according to the adage, but I say you are what you eat,  digest, absorb, and assimilate. The building blocks of every cell, tissue,  gland, hormone, organ, organ system are found in foods. If foods are not  adequately broken down into their components like essential fatty acids (from  fats), amino acids (from protein), sugars (from starchy foods), vitamins,  minerals, enzymes (specialized proteins), and phytonutrients, then systems in  the body begin to break down. If you are suffering from almost any health  problem chances are good that your digestion is involved. The flip side is that  if you improve your digestion your health will typically follow. Here are 10  ways to improve your digestion.

1.  Increase the amount of raw foods in your diet. It  may seem counterintuitive but if you chew them well enough, raw fruit,  vegetables, sprouts, and herbs contain the enzymes needed to digest them,  thereby freeing up your body’s energy and improving digestion.

2.  Simplify your meals. Complex meals involving  starches (potatoes, rice, or pasta) and concentrated proteins (meat, poultry, or  fish), topped off with a sweet dessert are a recipe for disaster. Try waiting  for a couple of hours to have dessert and keep the meal focused on either starch  or concentrated proteins along with lots of vegetables.

3.  Using a hot water bottle on your abdomen for about  one hour after eating has been shown to increase hydrochloric acid production.  It’s not difficult to do if you’re sitting down to watch TV anyway.

4.  Ensure you’re getting enough of the nutrients needed by the  body to manufacture hydrochloric acid. That includes several B-complex  vitamins. Research shows that when brewer’s yeast was added to the diet of  animals deficient in the nutrients, stomach acid normalized.

5.  Avoid drinking with meals or drink only enough to  take medications or supplements. Water prematurely increases the pH of the  stomach which neutralizes stomach acid and signals the body to move the food  into the intestines—even if it is insufficiently digested.

6.  Supplement with betaine hydrochloride. Avoid using  this supplement if you are prone to ulcers. Many enzyme supplements also contain  this ingredient.

7.  Take a full-spectrum digestive enzyme to help digest  food. Ideally it should include: lipase (for fats), proteases (for  proteins), lactase (for milk sugar), amylase (for starches), invertase (for  sugars), and cellulase and/or hemicellulase (for fiber).

8.  Avoid eating when you’re feeling severely stressed  or overly emotional as stress hormones can interfere with adequate  digestion.

9.  Taking herbal bitters like common or red centaury  (Centaurium minus or erythraea) or gentian (Gentiana lutea) have traditionally  helped increase stomach acid and improve digestion. They are normally found in  health food stores in liquid form and are taken with meals according to package  directions.

10.  Spices like ginger (Zingiber officinale), black  pepper (Piper nigrum), and cayenne pepper (Capsicum annum) can be added to meals  to aid digestion.

11.  Take a full-spectrum probiotic supplement on an empty  stomach. I usually find first thing in the morning or in the evening  before bed is best. Beneficial bacteria are needed in the intestines to  manufacture essential nutrients like vitamin B12, to keep harmful bacterial and  yeast infections under control, and to ensure proper absorption of nutrients in  your food.  Ideally, look for one that contains a variety of Lactobacilli  (L.) and Bifidobacteria (B.), including:  L. rhamnosus, L. plantarum,  L. acidophilus, L. paracasei, L. salivarius, B. animalis lactis, B. bifidum, B.  breve, B. infantis, and B. longum.

12.  Chew your food well. The stomach can’t do the job  of the teeth so it’s important that food is well chewed by the time it gets to  the stomach.

By Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international  best-selling and 12-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine,  whose works include: Healing  Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body  Detox, The Life Force Diet, The  Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme  Cure.  Check out her natural health resources and subscribe to her free  e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com  to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook  and Facebook.

 

10 Ways to Alkalize Your Body Today

10 Ways to Alkalize Your Body Today

 

Acidity has been linked to pain, excess weight and many other health issues. Fortunately, making your body more alkaline (the opposite of acidic) is easy.  Here are 10 ways to alkalize your body for more energy and vitality:

1. Start your day with a large glass of water with the juice of a whole, freshly-squeezed lemon. While lemons may seem acidic, they have the opposite effect on your body as it metabolizes them.

2. Eat a large green salad tossed in lemon juice and olive oil. Greens are among the best sources of alkaline minerals, like calcium.

3. Snack on raw, unsalted almonds. Almonds are packed with natural alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium, which help to balance out acidity while balancing blood sugar.

4. Drink an almond milk and berry smoothie with added green powder like spirulina, chlorella, or other greens. Choose almond milk over cow’s milk, since the latter is acid-forming.

5. Go for a brisk walk or some other exercise. Exercise helps move acidic waste products so your body can better eliminate them.

6. Breathe deeply. Ideally, choose a spot that has fresh, oxygen-rich air. And, sorry Febreze, Glade, and all the other so-called “air fresheners”: air filled with these scents is not what I’m talking about here.

7. Go meat-free for a day… or longer if you like. During the metabolism of meat, there is an acid residue left behind.

8. Skip the sugar-laden dessert or soda.  Sugar is one of the mosyogt acidic foods we consume. You need over 30 glasses of neutral water just to neutralize the acidity of ONE can of soda.

9. Add more veggies to your diet. No, potatoes don’t count. But sweet potatoes are a good choice (provided you’re not slathering them in sweeteners or butter).  Asparagus, squash, peppers, and other vegetables are also excellent choices.

10. Sprout it out. Add more sprouts to your daily diet. They are extremely alkalizing and supercharged with nutrients and energy-boosting enzymes.

Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 12-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Check out her natural health resources and subscribe to her free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

13 Scary Food Additives to Avoid

13 Scary Food Additives to Avoid

 

Most of the processed foods we eat are studded with mysterious additives. They extend shelf life. They create exciting flavors, colors and textures. But they don’t do great things for our health. Find out which ones to avoid, and why.

Artificial Sweeteners

Acesulfame-K: Used in candies, baked goods, chewing gum, dry beverage mixes, canned fruit, gelatin desserts, diet soda, and as a tabletop sweetener under the brand names Sunette and Sweet One. About 200 times sweeter than sugar, acesulfame-K was tested for safety in the 1970s. The tests were not conducted with gold-standard protocols; however, two rat studies suggested that the chemical could cause cancer. In addition, large doses of a breakdown product from this chemical affected the thyroid in test animals.

Aspartame: Used in breakfast cereals, soft drinks, drink mixes, gelatin desserts, frozen desserts, yogurt, chewing gum, diet foods, and as a tabletop sweetener under the brand names Equal and NutraSweet. Used in more than 6,000 products worldwide, aspartame is 200 times sweeter than sugar. Studies have suggested that it might cause cancer — especially with lifelong consumption — or neurological problems. Aspartame also lowers the acidity of urine and may make the urinary tract more susceptible to infection.

Read more about why you should avoid aspartame here.

Saccharin: Used in many diet products as well as a tabletop sweetener under the brand name Sweet’N Low. About 350 times sweeter than sugar, saccharin has been shown in animal studies to cause bladder cancer; rodent studies indicate that saccharin can cause cancer of the uterus, ovaries, skin, blood vessels and more. A major study conducted by the National Cancer Institute found that the artificial sweeteners saccharin and cyclamate are associated with higher incidence of bladder cancer. In 1977 the FDA wanted to ban saccharin; however, industry pressure has kept it in circulation.

Dyes and Colorings

Caramel coloring: Found in colas, baked goods, precooked meats, gravy mix, soy and Worcestershire sauces, chocolate-flavored products, liquors, syrups, wine, and beer. The most widely used (by weight) dye, caramel coloring is often made by heating sugars with ammonium compounds, acids or alkalis, and it contains contaminants that have been shown by the U.S. National Toxicology Program to cause cancer in male and female mice. In 2011 the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a division of the World Health Organization, concluded that caramel coloring, when produced with ammonia, contains contaminants that are “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” Avoid beverages with caramel coloring, since the amounts consumed in one drink are so large.

Yellow 5: Used in gelatin desserts, candy, pet food and baked goods. This is the second most widely used coloring. It causes allergy-like hypersensitivity reactions, primarily in aspirin-sensitive persons, and triggers hyperactivity in some children. It may also be contaminated with cancer-causing substances.

Yellow 6: Used in beverages, candy and baked goods. This is the third most widely used dye. Industry-sponsored animal tests indicated that this dye causes tumors of the adrenal gland and kidney. Like Yellow 5, it may also be contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals. Yellow 6 may also cause sometimes-severe hypersensitivity reactions.

Blue 2: Found in pet food, beverages and candy. Some animal studies found evidence that Blue 2 causes brain cancer in male rats. Blue 2 and other artificial colorings are made from petroleum, much of it refined near China’s Yellow River Delta, one of the world’s most toxic polluted areas

Preservatives and Additives

Partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and hydrogenated vegetable oil (commonly called trans fats): Used to make packaged foods more appealing and last longer. Trans fats — created by converting liquid oils to solids by adding hydrogen — are found in crackers, baked goods, fried restaurant foods, stick margarine, icing and microwave popcorn. Trans fats can raise blood cholesterol to dangerous levels; Harvard School of Public Health researchers estimate that trans fat has caused about 50,000 premature heart-attack deaths annually, making partially hydrogenated oil one of the most harmful ingredients in the food supply. When the public heard about the danger and the FDA required that trans fats be listed on labels beginning in 2006, consumption dropped and many food manufacturers have moved to safer ingredients. Still, read labels carefully, since even small amounts of trans fats are harmful.

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA): A synthetic antioxidant found in butter, cereals, baked goods, sweets, beer, vegetable oils, potato chips, snack foods, nuts and nut products, glazed fruits, chewing gum, animal feeds, and sausage, poultry and meat products. BHA slows the deterioration of flavors and odors in foods — especially in those containing vegetable and animal fat — and increases shelf life. In studies, three different species of lab animals developed cancer from exposure to BHA, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services considers BHA “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”

Propyl gallate: A preservative used in vegetable oil, mayonnaise, meat products, chicken soup base and chewing gum. Propyl gallate slows the spoilage of fats and oils but can cause stomach or skin problems for asthmatics and aspirin-sensitive people. Studies on rats and mice suggest that this preservative might cause cancer.

Sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate: Preservatives, colorings and flavorings used in bacon, ham, hot dogs, cold cuts, smoked fish and corned beef. These chemicals give certain foods their characteristic flavor and color; they also prevent botulism, although critics argue that safer ingredients do the same thing. Several studies have linked consumption of cured meat and nitrite by children, pregnant women and adults with various types of cancer.

Other

Monosodium glutamate (MSG): A flavor enhancer used in meats, condiments, soups and baked goods. Tests in the 1960s showed that MSG caused brain damage in lab animals; after that, baby-food manufacturers removed it from their products. Perhaps the biggest danger MSG poses
is to people with asthma, who may suffer a temporary increase in symptoms after consumption. MSG is what’s called a “free glutamate” — one of the amino acids. There are other forms of free glutamates present as additives in processed food, including hydrolyzed vegetable proteins, soy extracts, protein isolates and “natural flavorings.”

Mycoprotein: A synthetic meat marketed under the brand name Quorn, it can be purchased in the form of sausages, burgers and other meat-like products, or folded into vegan and vegetarian meals, such as casseroles and curries. Fabricated from fungus grown in vats and then dried and woven into “meat,” mycoprotein, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, can provoke allergic reactions as powerful as those caused by more common food allergens such as peanuts, soy and dairy. To date, the CSPI has received 1,500 adverse-reaction reports to mycoprotein, including accounts of severe vomiting.

by Megan, selected from Experience Life

12 Home Chores that Burn the Most Calories

12 Home Chores that Burn the Most Calories

Running marathons and swimming laps are not the only way to burn calories. Housekeeping and yard work can also help you keep off the pounds. Here are 12 of the top calorie-burning home and garden chores, with estimated hourly calorie-burn rates for an average 145-pound person. Of course, each person mows, mops and dusts at a different pace and burns a different number of calories, so these are general estimates.

The first number is provided by the Livestrong Foundation, which lists the number of calories burned for a wide variety of jobs, sports and other activities. Wherever possible, a second number is provided by My Fitness Pal, which offers tracking for both caloric intake and caloric burn, online or with iPhone and Android apps.

My Fitness Pal has a smaller list of activities, so not all chores have two estimates. For example, the site does not break down specific cleaning activities but estimates that cleaning burns between 164 and 197 calories per hour for a 145-pound person. Likewise, gardening burns about 263 calories per hour, according to My Fitness Pal.

We also list caloric equivalents for the number of calories burned per hour. Many of the items and their caloric values are listed at Fatsecret.com.

1. Vigorous barn cleaning (526 calories per hour): My wife’s grandmother believes jeans should never be worn in polite company, and are only good for mucking out the barn. However, a few hours of barn cleaning could help you fit into smaller jeans. Mucking a barn for an hour burns off the caloric equivalent of one pound of pink salmon, and is by far the heaviest calorie-burning chore.

2. Stacking wood, digging dirt or exterior painting (435): One hour of any of these rigorous activities can burn off a healthy, complete dinner, such as three ounces of skinless chicken breast with two cups of steamed vegetables and a ½ cup of brown rice. In fact, these jobs are laborious enough to warrant talking to your physician before taking on any of them.

3. Shoveling snow or splitting wood (395 to 408): You can sit in front of the fire and eat a guilt-free 8-oz portion of meat lasagna after spending an hour burning off the caloric equivalent of the meal by chopping your firewood or shoveling the sidewalk. Pushing a snowblower instead of a shovel cuts the caloric burn by 100 calories.

4. Weeding or planting trees and shrubs (400): One hour of heavy yard work burns the equivalent of a McDonald’s hamburger and low-fat ice cream cone. Livestrong also lists caulking, interior painting, refinishing furniture and power-sanding floors at the same caloric burn rate.

5. Manual mowing (395): Eco-conscious homeowners realize the environmental benefits of manual push mowers, but there are health benefits as well. One hour of manual mowing can burn off the famous $3.95, 395-calorie KFC meal, which includes two pieces of grilled chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans. Pushing a gas or electric mower is a lesser workout, burning 296 calories per hour.

6. Baking (168 to 348): You can pre-burn a few cookies-worth of calories while preparing them. The caloric burn level of baking varies widely depending on how much effort you put into kneading and rolling. However, keep in mind that each classic Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie has 108 calories, so plan on some strenuous baking if you plan to indulge in a plateful.

7. Cleaning gutters (329): Cleaning gutters burns as many calories as ballroom dancing, and an hour of climbing, reaching and scraping can burn the equivalent of one cup of chicken fried rice.

8. Raking and bagging leaves (263 to 283): One hour of raking fall leaves can burn the equivalent of a buttermilk biscuit.

9. Scrubbing bathtub and tile (260): The most vigorous indoor cleaning activity is bathroom scrubbing. It is probably my least favorite chore, but at least we can take comfort in knowing one hour of bathroom scrubbing will burn off slightly more than a McDonald’s hamburger.

10. Vigorous cleaning (220 to 250): Mopping, sweeping, vacuuming, edging the lawn and using a leaf blower all burn about the same number of calories. These tasks are not quite as much work as bathroom scrubbing, but they will burn off at least two chocolate chip cookies per hour.

11. Washing windows (197): Maybe I’m doing it wrong, but washing windows seems at least as strenuous as mopping. Livestrong puts it lower on the exertion scale, and suggests window-washing burns less than two cookies per hour. Also, washing cars, carpentry and electrical work all burn an equal number of calories to washing windows.

12. Light cleaning (164): Livestrong lists the following light, basic chores at the same caloric burn rate, which is equal to about one ounce of almonds: dusting, clearing dishes, taking out the trash, feeding animals and changing the sheets. Carrying groceries for an hour will also burn off those almonds, but the rate jumps to 493 if you carry groceries upstairs for an hour.

Finally, the Livestrong folks put ironing at the bottom of the chore list. However, they note that ironing is a full upper-body workout. At 151 calories per hour, ironing more than doubles the caloric burn of sitting and watching TV.

Instead of procrastinating on chores, think about the weight loss potential of all those tasks. Chores from mucking barns to ironing offer solid health benefits.

By Steve Graham, Networx

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