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Not All Grains Are Equal

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Not All Grains Are Created Equal

Today the diet craze is “no carbs”, Try grains…  Many people are staying away from rice and other grains because they think they are bad carbohydrates.   Whole grains are healthy carbohydrates which contain all three parts of the grain.  The grain kernel is full of fiber which keeps your tummy full longer.  The fiber in the kernel is also good for your cholesterol.  It is the refined or processed grains that have the germ and bran removed  which are not so healthy for you.

Here are some healthy grains for you to enjoy that will keep your weight under control.

Brown Rice is way healthier than white rice.  It can also reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes.

Freekeh is another whole grain that packs 13% of your daily fiber in 1/3 cup cooked.  It contains zinc and manganese which helps build a strong immune system.

Amaranth is full of calcium and essential amino acids which build and repair tissues in the body.

Oatmeal is another great grain which helps keep blood sugar levels stable.  This is a smart choice for those with diabetes.

Millet has 3 grams of protein per 1/2 cup cooked.  It also has magnesium which is great for bone health.

Sorghum has fiber, iron, and phytochemicals that are good for your heart, and can protect you against some cancers.

Wheat Berries has 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per 1/2 cup cooked.  It also contains iron which helps oxygen levels in the body.

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Natural Supplements for Heart Health That Work

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Fish oil is essential in daily diets.

There are many supplements that claim they can help lower your cholesterol.  Unfortunately, most over the counter supplements don’t work.  There are a couple supplements that are proven to work.  These natural supplements are safe and can significantly lower your triglyceride level.

Fish Oil is an Omega-3 fatty acid and has a proven track record to help your heart.  The two ingredients in fish oil that make it so effective is DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).  The heart-healthy dose of fish oil is between 1,000-2,000 milligrams per day.  Fish oil lowers triglycerides and reduces inflammation.  It also reduces the risk of abnormal heart beats which can cause heart attacks.  Fish oil is also good for your brain, bowels, skin and lungs.  It may also help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

Plant Sterol Esters and Stanol Esters block cholesterol absorption in your small intestine.  The esters act like a cholesterol medication.  They lower cholesterol absorption which lowers the cholesterol in your blood.  These plant sterols are safe and have no side effects.  It is recommended that you take 2-2.5 grams a day to lower your cholesterol level by 10-14%.  If you have slightly elevated cholesterol, taking sterol/stanol supplements may be enough to lower your LDL cholesterol.

Fiber supplements are very important to slow down digestion.  Having enough fiber prevents surges in blood sugar.   It is especially important for those who are pre-diabetic to make sure they have enough fiber or take fiber supplements.  Psyllium is a recommended supplement that is safe.  Take your fiber supplement with an 8 oz glass of water. 

Natural supplements are effective at lowering cholesterol for some people.  There are people who will also need to be on a statin medication to control their cholesterol level.  It is also important to exercise regularly and to eat a diet low in saturated fats.  A diet high in fiber, lean proteins like chicken and salmon with lots of veggies and fruits to help keep your heart healthy!

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Colon Cancer in 2017

Colon cancer is the third most common type of cancer in both men and women.  In 2017, there will be about 95,000 new cases of colon cancer and 40,000 cases of rectal cancer diagnosed in the U.S. and 

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Colon cancer in 2017

 27,000 men and 23,000 women will die from this disease.  

Colorectal cancer rates continue to decline in those over the age of 50 due to screening.   Colonoscopy screening is very effective at finding precancerous polyps and removal is easy.  Colorectal cancers are usually slow growing.  Regular screening can prevent these disease from becoming deadly.  The Colorectal cancer incidence rate has dropped more than 30% since 2000.

Unfortunately, the colorectal cancer rate is increasing for Gen Xers and Millenials under the age of 50.  This rate has increased by more than 20% from 2000-2013.  This rise in colorectal cancer is due to increasing rates of obesity and unhealthy diets.  Another factor is the lack of physical activity and sedentary lifestyle of younger adults.

There are things you can do to lower your colorectal cancer risk.  

1.  Stay at a healthy weight!.  Cancer risk increases as the amount of belly fat increases.  

2.  Exercise.  Regular moderate exercise lowers your risk of colorectal cancer and polyps.  More strenuous exercise is even more effective at lowering your risk.

3.  Diet.  Stick to a diet low in red meat and get rid of processed meats which are linked to an increase in colorectal cancer.  Increase your intake of fruits, veggies and whole grains to lower your risk.  Fiber from whole grains is also important for a healthy diet.

4.  Avoid too much alcohol!  Studies show those who drink a lot of alcohol have an increased risk of cancer, men having a higher risk than women.

5.  Quit smoking!

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Foods NOT to FEED your DOG

Foods That Can Sicken or Kill Your Dog!

Often I share my food with my two dogs.  I go by the rule, if it’s good and healthy for me, it must be good for my dog.  Little did I know that some of the healthy food for us humans is toxic to our dogs.  I want to share a list of these dangerous foods with all you dog lovers who might be making the same mistake as I was!  

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Foods not Good for Dogs

1.  Chocolate is on the top of the list of No-No’s!  The darker the chocolate the worse it is due to the caffeine and theobromine in it.  It can cause dehydration, stomach upset and pain and muscle tremors.  Chocolate can also cause irregular heart beats, seizure and death.

2.  Milk contains sugar which cannot be broken down by a dog’s enzymes.  It can lead to gastrointestinal problems, diarrhea and vomiting.

3.  Onions can damage your dog’s red blood cells causing them to become weak.  If your dog eats too much onion, it might need a blood transfusion.

4.  Garlic is another bad thing!  Very toxic and can lead to the need for a blood transfusion.  (which by the way my Dog LOVES garlic)

5.  Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure.  Symptoms are lethargy, vomiting and diarrhea.  Death can occur within a couple days.

6.  Avocados can cause stomach upset, breathing problems and can lead to fluid build up in the chest.  The avocado pit is the most lethal.  No guacamole for your dog!!

7.  Apple, Plum, Peach and Pear Cores contain cyanide!  Eating the cores of these pitted fruits can cause dizziness, inability to breath and seizures.  Your dog can go into shock or into a coma.

8.  Caffeine can cause heart palpitations, restlessness, vomiting and can lead to death.

9.  Hold the Bacon!!  The high fat content in bacon can lead to pancreatitis in dogs.

10.  The stems and leaves of tomatoes are toxic and green tomatoes are higher in tomatine which is poisonous.  Red tomatoes are safer but better to avoid.

Please keep your dog healthy and learn that not all healthy foods for us are healthy for our dogs!

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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.  

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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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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.

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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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HGH Health Benefits for Weight Loss and Muscle Gain

HGH stands for human growth hormone.  A natural testosterone booster which is produced in the pituitary gland.   This is involved with cell regeneration, the growth and maintenance of healthy human tissue. And to include the brain and vital organs.  When HGH is secreted, it stays in the bloodstream only for a few minutes.  This allows the liver to change it into growth factors.  The most important of these is the insulin like growth factor called IGF-1.  IGF-1 promotes growth of every cell in the human body.

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Lose weight and gain Muscle with HGH

 Synthetic growth hormone was developed in the 1980’s.  And has only been approved by the FDA.  It is for uses in adults and children who suffer from growth deficiencies.  But,  HGH has quickly become the Go-To drug for those looking for the fountain of youth.  As HGH helps speed up weight loss, improves stamina, and promotes increased muscle mass.  Let’s look at some of the HGH benefits in more detail.

1.  Muscle Strength is greatly improved as HGH stimulates collagen.  In the skeletal muscle and tendons which improves overall athletic performance.

2.  Weight Loss is Improved with HGH.  The greatest weight loss being visceral fat which is the fat around the abdomen.

3.  Stronger Bones and increased bone mass.

4.  Lower Heart Disease Risk.

5.  Improved Bone/Fracture Healing.  HGH speeds up fracture healing.

6.  Decreased Obesity Levels.

7.  Natural Remedy for Impotence or Erectile Dysfunction.

8.  Improved Sleep.

9.  Brain Function and Mood are improved.

HGH is a great supplement for healthy living.  PLEASE consult your doctor before using HGH.  Fruit Fresh Delivery is not a Medical company nor gives medical advice.  These are only opinions from our Healthy writers and contributors.  Also check out Sermorelin… this is an more natural way to boost HGH levels.  In my opinion also more safe.  ALWAYS be safe, healthy and EAT FRUIT! 

*******Also Check out our Healthy Friends over at DbolMuscleSecret for hardcore tip to pack on Lean Muscle Mass!****

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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.

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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

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Healthy Stuff to Buy at the Dollar Store

updated 12-21-2016

The Dollar Store or Dollar Tree Chain of Stores kind of horrify me!  There’s so much junk and unhealthy stuff but if you take a look at this list of 10 things to look for next time you are near a Dollar Store, you really can find some good stuff!

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Health at Dollar Store
1.  Frozen Vegetables.  Frozen is as healthy as fresh and very versatile.  Load up on frozen veggies to make dinners fast and easy!

2.  Citrus Juicer.  Create your own healthy salad dressings in seconds by squeezing lemons and limes in this cool tool.  Add olive oil, balsamic vinaigrette  fresh spices and you are done.

3.  Spices.  Same spices you find in grocery stores so load up!

4.  Gardening Stuff.  Buy seeds, gloves and tools!
5.  Salsa.  Great to have on hand for a low cal dip for veggies/chips!
6.  Brown Rice.  Full of fiber and you can cook in a steamer and have enough for the entire week!
7.  Dry Beans.  Great source of protein and cheap!  Rinse beans and soak overnight in cold water.  Boil them or use a slow cooker!
8.  Oats.  Protein source!  Steal cut or old fashioned oatmeal are the healthiest.  Add to smoothies or  put over greek yogurt!
9.  Mason Jars.  Make salads to go or use them for water bottles.  Add your favorite sliced fruit and herbs and let stay in fridge.
10.  Veggie Peeler.  You can use this to make noodles out of your favorite veggies like zucchini or carrots!