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Blueberries are Best for Health

Blueberries are a super food and super delicious!  These little blue berries can do a lot of great things for your health.  They can lower your cholesterol level, lower your risk of heart disease and diabetes as well!  Blueberries are help improve your sugar levels and insulin sensitivity.

Healthy Blueberries
Best for your Health are Blueberries

Blueberries are higher in antioxidants than any other fruit.  They have Vitamin A, B, C, E and minerals such as copper, zinc, iron and selenium.  Eating a diet rich in blueberries can help boost your immune system.   Eating blueberries also add more hemoglobin and oxygen into your blood.

Blueberries are the best Anti-Aging fruit!  They contain the antioxidant Anthocyanin which makes the blue color.  This antioxidant neutralizes the free radicals that promote aging and disease.

Blueberries also can reduce belly fat. Drinking blueberry juice  can also lower your risk of heart disease and metabolic syndrome.

Blueberries are great for your eyes!  They contain anthocyanosides that slow down age related eye problems like macular degeneration.    They also contain  lutein, resveritrol and Vitamins A, C and E which are all great for ocular health.

Blueberries improve your brain health!  The antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in blueberries can keep your brain healthy.  These vitamins and minerals prevent neuron degeneration and keep the nervous system healthy.

A handful of blueberries improve digestion and prevent constipation!

Lastly,  blueberries are high in fiber and their antioxidants help dissolve bad cholesterol!

There are so many good reasons why we should eat blueberries!  Remember to choose organically grown berries if you can!

Sharon Baker

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Bust Your Belly Bloat!

Bloating is a big problem for women.  Bloating is the fluid build up between the cells in our bodies.  Belly bloat can come from poor digestion, menstruation or too much sodium.  There are some diet tips that can help you get rid of belly bloat and make you feel more comfortable in your clothes.  

Bloating belly
Bust your belly bloat now!

Drinking water with fresh squeezed lemon is a great way to flush your body and get rid of toxins.    One might think that you should not drink water when you are bloated because it would add to the bloating.  The truth is that the body retains water to prevent dehydration.  So when you are bloated, it is the time to add more water, not restrict water.  Lemons are helpful as they act as a natural diuretic.  Add fresh squeezed lemon juice to warm water and it will help reduce the amount of salt in your body.

Celery is another helper to aid digestion and help keep your bowels moving.  Celery has lots of water which can control intestinal gas.   Remember to cook your veggies which makes them easier to digest.

Watermelon is 92% water.  It has natural diuretic properties and it is full of potassium.   A balance between sodium and potassium is important to prevent and control bloating.

Turmeric is another anti-bloat remedy.  It is an inflammation buster and it also helps fight pain as well.  Add some turmeric to your favorite dish or smoothie to reduce intestinal gas.

Yogurt has live cultures and is already pre-digested.  The milk sugar is already broken down which helps reduce gas and bloating.  The active cultures acidophilus and lactobacillus  are great for busting belly bloat.  Add some watermelon to your yogurt for more belly bloat fighting help!

Diet is very important to get rid of bloating.  Choose fresh whole foods instead of processed.  Limit alcohol as it leads to dehydration and that causes bloating.  Get enough sleep and exercise at least 30 minutes a day to keep your fluids moving.

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Fiber Health and Benefits for healthy Body and Colon

The Importance of Fiber to Your Health

Fiber health
Benefits of Fiber and importance.

Adults should eat 25-25 grams of fiber per day for optimal health.  Unfortunately, most adults get 15 grams of fiber or less in their diet.  Fiber is very important for many reasons.   There are 2 different kinds of fiber and both are important.  There is soluble fiber which dissolves in water and comes from fruits, veggies, oats and wheat.  Insoluble fiber leaves the body unchanged and is found in nuts, seeds and celery.  

 Fiber is necessary for good colon health.  A diet high in fiber helps prevent constipation and hemorrhoids.  Fiber adds more bulk to stool so waste and toxins can be more quickly passed and eliminated.  Another benefit of fiber is weight control.  Eating a diet rich in fiber makes you feel fuller, longer.  This means you eat less which helps reduce calories.  

Another benefit of fiber is it helps control blood sugar levels.  Fiber slows down the absorption of glucose into our bloodstream.  This prevents the spikes and drops in blood sugar levels and is very helpful for those who have Type 2 diabetes.

Fiber is also good for people who have high cholesterol levels and heart disease.  Fiber can reduce cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart attacks. 

Here are some yummy foods that can help you add more fiber to your diet.  Its always better to get your fiber from whole foods, not processed foods that have added fiber.  

*  Brown rice and oatmeal

*  Chia and flax seeds

*  Berries

*  Beans (black, red, garbanzo)

*  Almonds

Sharon Baker

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Uterine Cancer and Weight Loss

Uterine Cancer and Weight Loss

loss of weight Uterine cancer
Uterine cancer and weight loss

Today in the United States, more than two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese.  The approximate medical cost of obesity is $147-$210 billion per year.   Obesity also costs companies another $4.3 billion per year due to lower job productivity.  

Now there is another great reason to loose weight.  Weight loss is associated to a lower risk of uterine or endometrium cancer.  Endometrial cancer is one of the most common kinds of gynecologic cancer.  More than 75% of this cancer happens to women over the age of 55.  Obese women who loose 5% of their body weight lowers her risk of uterine cancer by 56%.  Women over 50 who loose 5% or more of their body weight lowers her risk of uterine cancer by 29%.  Obese women who loose weight do show the greatest reduction in uterine cancer risk.  Women who gain more than 10 pounds increased their risk of uterine cancer by 26%.  It is never too late to loose weight to lower your risk of this cancer and some weight loss is also beneficial.  

The best way to maintain a healthy weight is through regular exercise and eating a healthy diet.  Increase fruits and veggies and decrease processed foods and anything made with sugar.  Bread and pasta are high in carbohydrates that all turn to sugar and make you gain weight.  Stick to lean proteins like fish or chicken and cut back on your consumption of red meat.

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Egg Yolk or No Yolk?

To Yolk or Not to Yolk?

healthy egg yolks for your body
Egg yolks are very healthy and good for you

There is a lot of confusion about whether it is healthy to eat whole eggs.  Eggs do contain cholesterol and saturated fat.   New research shows that saturated fat does not increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.  In fact,  if you are only eating the egg whites, you are not getting the full health benefits from the egg!  The yolk is the healthiest part of the egg which contains protein, Vitamins, and Antioxidants.  The yolk contains Vitamin A which is great to keep your skin young looking.  The yolk also contains B Vitamins which provide energy and choline which is great for your brain and muscles The saturated fat in the yolk is also important for hormone production and it helps the body absorb vitamins and minerals.  Another benefit of eating the yolk is that it contains the antioxidant selenium which protects against certain forms of cancer.  Yolks also are great for your eyesight as they have lutein and zeaxanthin.   These antioxidants reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

Whole eggs do contain about 70 calories each.  If you are trying to loose weight,  use one whole egg and 2 egg whites in your omelet to save some calories.  Remember…Don’t throw out the yolk!

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Caffeine and the effects on your body… good and bad—>

There are lots of interesting facts about how drinking caffeine affects your health. Here are some caffeine facts you may not have heard about.

Effects of Caffeine
The Effects Of Caffeine on your body
1. Drinking coffee may lower your chance of getting basal cell carcinoma and melanoma.
2. Drinking 100 mg of caffeine and 200 mg of ibuprofen has proven to be very effective to control pain.
3. Caffeine is good news for your workout as it increases energy and dexterity.
4. Drinking coffee is good for your memory and may help Alzheimer’s patients.
5. Drinking 3-4 cups of Joe per day lowers risk of stroke and heart disease.
6. Energy drinks don’t have any nutritional value and have up to 500 mg of caffeine. Consuming more than 2 in a day can be dangerous. They can also contain up to 70 grams of sugar which is 17.5 teaspoons!
7. Teens who drink more than 5 energy drinks in a week have 7x the risk of having a traumatic brain injury.
8. Drinking 3-5 cups of coffee per day can help lower the risk of colon cancer and recurrence of the disease.
9. Drinking more than 4 cups of coffee per day significantly lowers your risk of oral cancer.
10. More than 500 mg of caffeine can increase insomnia and nervousness. It can also cause irregular heartbeat.
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Is What You Eat Putting You In A Bad Mood?

Is What You Eat Putting You In A Bad-Mood?

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Foods that put you in a bad-mood

We are all familiar with the saying “You are What You Eat.”  This is a true statement and what you eat also affects your mood.  Our brains need fuel and we get fuel from the foods we eat.  There are healthy foods that are calming and reduce stress.    There are also foods that have a negative affect on our brains that can cause mood swings and put us in a bad mood.  Junk food and processed foods are bad for our brains and mood.   These foods can cause anxiety, depression and can even make us more aggressive.

Here are some foods to avoid that can put you in a bad mood:

1.  Artificial Sweeteners and Added Sugar hurt our body’s natural ability to fight stress.   This can put us in a bad mood.

2.  Salted Nuts and Seeds.  Nuts and seeds are a great source of Omega 3’s but they are healthiest in their natural, raw state.  Sodium is a no-no for your brain and mood.  It also causes bloating!

3.  Fake Butter Products.  Margarine or any other fake butter products that are bad for your mood and for your insulin level.

4.  Deli Meats cause bloating and mood swings.   If the animals are not grown without antibiotics, you consume them too.

5.  Alcohol.  A glass of wine is good for you and your heart.  Drinking more than a couple drinks per week  lowers serotonin levels in the brain.   This increases your stress and anxiety levels.

6.  Eggs.  Choose whole eggs instead of egg whites.  Whole eggs contain protein, choline and B Vitamins which are good for your brain and mood.

7.  Coffee.  A cup in the morning is great and is healthy but too much coffee causes stress and moodiness!

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Mediterranean Diet Health Benefits

Improving your health means every bite you take counts. Maintaining nutrition when on the Mediterranean Diet It all starts today.

Each good and each bad bite has an effect on you—whether small or big. Getting in control is the most important step.

You might be wondering if it‘ll actually help. That said, with everything being an open buffet within this diet.

This isn‘t done through restricting yourself from food, but you choosing what you eat. In the simplest terms, we start with a pyramid whose base is the most essential and daily things you need.

fish Mediterranean diet
Mediterranean Fish Diet

Next, it‘s advisable to have items any of the following items on a daily bases:

whole grain, pasta , rice, couscous, potatoes, barley

It is also recommended to have around 7 portions of fruits.  Check with your employer to get fruit delivered.   Fruit eaten throughout the day is beneficial to well being.

As you move on to the top, you need to feed your body that particular food item. This base would start with some physical activity through exercise. You can take your pick, but having a healthy amount of activity is to achieve any kind of health level.

When you move on to the top, you need to feed your body that particular food item. This base would start with some physical activity through exercise. You can take your pick, but having a healthy amount of activity is to achieve any kind of health level.

Be generous with your olive oil. Next we have a few items which should take weekly.

They‘re good for you, but taking them in large quantities isn‘t healthy. That overdose will lead to things you‘re trying to avoid.

Again if you are not exactly being strict with these, you are just making sure you include them once a week.

These foods include:

Fish, Poultry, Eggs, Sweets

For more information about fruit at work, please check out www.fruitfreshdelivery or call 561-404-9874

In some cases your corporate health insurance will pay for it or help.

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Cauliflower Rice Recipe, Healthy and Delicious

Super Healthy Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Once you learn how to make cauliflower rice, you will never want to eat white rice again!  White rice is the least healthy of the rices.   White Rice is higher on the glycemic index.  And it has less vitamins, fiber, minerals and protein.  Cauliflower rice is super healthy and it is a great source of Vitamin C, it’s high in fiber and protein.  It is also great to detox your body and it helps fight cancer.

Rice with cauliflower and Protein
Protein packed rice with cauliflower.

Cauliflower is also gluten free and paleo.  Its quick to make and you can add lots of cool stuff to it to make it taste anyway you want.

What You Need:

1 head of chopped cauliflower

Olive oil

4 chopped garlic cloves

salt/pepper

What To Do:

1.  Put cauliflower into food processor and pulse until it looks like rice.

2.  Heat pan with a little olive oil and add garlic.  Saute for a couple minutes then add cauliflower rice.  Cover and cook for 10 minutes.

3.  Stir well and add salt/pepper and cook another 5 minutes. Or until all moisture is removed and it looks like rice.

You can add some of these other veggies to make your cauliflower rice more tasty:

carrots

onions 

edamame

wine

sesame oil asparagus

tofu

lemon juice

cherry tomatoes

cucumber

green onions

broccoli

Eat more veggies and Fruit during the day and stay far away from the Junk food at work.

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CoQ10 benefits for Heart and Muscles

Whenever I walk through the vitamin/mineral section of any health food store… I see many different brands of CoQ10.  I had no idea what it was or why I should think about taking this supplement.  I started researching this impressive supplement with what it does.  It keeps our heart healthy and how it may help to keep us younger, longer.

Benefits from coQ10
CoQ10 and all the benefits.

What is CoQ10?

CoQ10 is a natural antioxidant that is synthesized by our bodies. This is in almost all  our cell and membranes.CoQ10. It protects our DNA and cells from damage caused by free radicals. 

What are some of the Health Benefits?

1.  One of the greatest  benefits of CoQ10 is how it supports our hearts.  In fact, the heart uses up more energy than any other part of the body.  Free radicals over time cause damage to the heart and make it weaker.  This awesome antioxidant makes the cells in the heart’s muscles stronger.  It makes the cells better produce and use energy.  It prevents muscles in the heart from weakening.  Due to oxidative damage from free radicals.  For those people who have high cholesterol and take statin drugs to lower their levels of cholesterol, they deplete the healthy CoQ10 level in the body.  So, taking CoQ10 supplements is a good idea to prevent this.

2.  Fountain of Youth?

As we age, the level of CoQ10 goes down in our bodies.  By taking this supplement, it can restore the level of this enzyme to optimal levels. It also cleanses the body of free radicals which causes our bodies to degenerate over time as we age.

3.  Lowers High Blood Pressure

4.  Increases Energy

CoQ10 helps in more than 95% of the bodies energy production!  So, this supplement is helpful for those who suffer from low energy or chronic fatigue.

Food Sources of CoQ10:

Chicken

Broccoli

Peanuts

Cauliflower

Herring

Trout

Pistachios