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8 Habits That May Be Causing You Hypothyroidism

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Hypothyroidism (when the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone) is especially common, and diet and lifestyle habits are a major contributor. When working on correcting thyroid issues it is important to calm the immune system down by reducing sources of inflammation. Inflammation is a result of poor diet and other stressors, dramatically altering the conversion of TH.

Here are the 8 habits that may be causing you hypothyroidism, and if you already have a thyroid issue, it may get worse.

1. A low fat diet. While a low fat diet is great for losing weight, we tend to overdo it and what happens is we are not getting the nourishing fat that we need. If you notice that your focus is off often or that you have a low attention span AND you have been on a low-fat diet, you may not be getting enough fat to feed your brain. Stop!

2. Take that nap! Are you getting enough sleep? There is something about our society that just holds in high esteem the idea that less is more when it comes to sleep but you can be causing your own hypothyroidism by not sleeping enough.

3.The Yes person! It is hard to say no to all the invites and gatherings but overdoing in the commitment department is just stressful for your body and it can put a strain on your system.

4. Diet soda habit. If you drink diet soda, just stop. It is loaded up with toxic sugar and artificial chemicals. Diet soda doesn’t mean it has no sugar, it is simply that it has artificial sweeteners that are really worse than regular sugar. Quit!

5. Drinking adult beverages. Alcohol even in small amounts can cause you a great deal of issues with your blood sugar levels. It is a habit that you should break immediately.

6. Drinking caffeinated beverages. Caffeine can mess with your entire adrenal system. We all reach for that cup of coffee in the morning or that nice hot cup of tea. Although freshly-brewed coffee may be high in antioxidants, people with thyroid issues should really just avoid it totally.

7. Vegetable oil. If part of your daily habit is to slather on margarine instead of butter and use vegetable oil when you cook, you are furthering the deterioration of your adrenal system.

8. Gluten. A thyroid problem typically means a gluten problem as well. No one is quite sure how they are specifically connected but there is a link. Gluten intolerance cannot really be tested for. Just give up gluten for 30 days and see how it works out for you. If you feel better after 30 days then you know that gluten is adding to your issues.

Hypothyroidism can cause so many problems in your life from health problems to relationship problems (because you are too tired to deal with people). Taking simple steps to adjust your diet and lifestyle can easily improve the quality of life while you get your thyroid back on track.

 

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The Health Benefits of Cabbage

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The anti-cancer properties in cabbage makes it a powerfully healing food in combating the much feared disease, cancer. Studies after studies have shown that fresh cabbage juice has been effective in the treatment of a number of cancers and ulceration in the digestive tracts.

Anemia:  The super healing effect of the superior chlorophyll in cabbage has been found to be good for blood building.

Breast engorgement:  Peel off the outer layers of cabbage, run it slightly under the rolling pin and cap it over the breasts as close to the skin as possible, to soothe breasts engorgement. Wear your maternity brassiere over the cabbage and leave till the cabbage leaves wither. I have tried this and found it to be rather soothing, the preferred natural and cheaper alternative over taking drugs.

Cancer:  Daily and frequent consumption of cabbage juice has shown to be effective in preventing and treating cancers of the breast, colon, liver, lung and ovarian. A compound in cabbage, sulforaphane, also helps protect cells from invasion of carcinogens.

Constipation:  The slightly laxative effect of cabbage makes it effective in stimulating bowel movement. Eat the uncooked cabbage, either on its own, or juiced.

Digestive system:  The amino acid glutamine in cabbage juice is totally gentle and cleansing on the digestive system, detoxifying, repairing ulcers, healing and regenerating. The juice is to be taken in small amounts of about 100 ml, three times a day on an empty stomach.

Immune system:  A compound called histidine in cabbage is found to be useful in treating allergies and regulating the T-cells in our immune systems.

Skin wounds:  Flatten layers of cabbage leaves with a rolling pin, and wrap it around affected areas of wound—blisters, sores, skin eruptions (as in psoriasis), burns and ulcers. Keep in place with a bandage, until the leaves turn yellow then change the leaves and repeat till wounds heal. In between changes, clean and dry wounds.

Stomach and intestinal tracts:  The high sulphur, chlorine and iodine content in cabbage have the significant ability in cleansing the mucus membranes in the tracts.

Weight loss:  A substance in cabbage inhibits the conversion of sugar and other carbohydrates into fat, definitely a painless way of dieting.

Consumption Tips

When buying cabbage, choose the smaller variety, they taste better.

Cabbage is easier to digest in its raw fresh form than when cooked. The longer it is cooked, the less digestible it becomes. Cabbage sprouts are delicate and easier to digest, and they also contain higher levels of nutrients.

Avoid buying precut cabbage that are either halved or shredded. The moment the cabbage is cut, it begins to lose its nutrient contents. To store, keep the vegetable refrigerated in a perforated plastic bag to prevent loss of its vitamin C.

Caution

Raw cabbage juice may be unpalatable for some people, but the health benefits of its raw state is immense. You can also use the purple cabbage as they are the sweeter variety.

To make it easier on the taste buds, mix your cabbage juice with any of these: carrot, green apple, celery, cucumber, spinach or even a slice of lemon (with peel).

Take raw cabbage juice in small amounts initially if you are unfamiliar with drinking vegetable juice, gradually increasing.

Cabbage consumption may cause gas in some people, especially when cooked. In this case, add a few slices of turmeric in cooking to prevent gas, or limit your cabbage intake.

 

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7 Ways To Add Protein To Your Morning Smoothie

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Here are 10 ways to add protein to your morning smoothie to boost weight loss without relying on protein powder.
1. Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds are a great source of protein, along with iron, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. They have a slightly nutty flavor that pairs well with just about any fruit or vegetable. Use two tablespoons of hemp seeds to receive about 9 grams of protein.

2. Almonds

Like most nuts, almonds are a good source of protein and monounsaturated fats. You can either use whole almonds or almond butter. This hearty nut can also help curb sugar cravings. Use one ounce of whole almonds for 6 grams of protein or two tablespoons of almond butter for 7 grams of protein.

3. Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are incredibly nutritious, yet many people simply toss them when they scoop a pumpkin. They contain magnesium, which is needed for strong bones and muscle growth, along with 5 grams of protein per two tablespoons.

4. Tahini

Tahini is a paste made from ground sesame seeds and is commonly used as an ingredient in hummus recipes. It has a creamy texture, a healthy dose of fat, and an adequate amount of protein. Scoop two tablespoons of tahini into your smoothie to add 5.2 grams of protein.

5. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds can be used for more than growing your own grass in a terra cotta pot in the shape of a cartoon character. They are nutritious seeds and a good source of protein. Two tablespoons of chia seeds provide about 4.7 grams of protein.

6. Oats

Rolled steel oats are a hearty ingredient with a moderate amount of protein; though, they also provide an abundance of fiber.

Studies show that eating oats can help you control your appetite. Use a ½ cup of oats to add 3 grams of protein to your smoothie.

7. Avocados

Avocados provide healthy fats and protein that will help you stay full for a longer period of time. This makes avocados a great ingredient for your morning smoothie. A ½ cup of avocado has 2.3 grams of protein.

Pair with spinach, dates, almond milk, and a small amount of cocoa powder to create a healthy chocolate smoothie.

These 7 foods provide a simple way to add more protein to your smoothies. Protein powder is definitely not your only option when it comes to creating a filling smoothie that offers the protein you need to maintain your muscle mass or develop stronger muscles.

 

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6 Natural Blood Thinners To Reduce Stroke and Blood Clots

 

There are number of foods and supplement that are known to thin the blood. These include food with high amounts of aspirin like substances called salicylates, omega-3 fatty acids, foods with natural antibiotic properties and vitamin E supplements. Blood coagulation should fall within a desirable range. If blood coagulates too easily, clots can form which in turn can lead to adverse health conditions such as heart attacks. Foods that are generally high in salicylates include many spices, most fruit, especially dried fruits, nuts, and also some flavorings and preservatives.

Here are 8 natural blood thinners that you can use to reduce blood clots and your risk of stroke. As natural foods take time to heal you—as opposed to pills that provide instant effect—it is best to include these in your diet for preventive measures.

1. Ginger

Ginger is almost as powerful as turmeric and is often used for the same medicinal purposes.This is an excellent herb to reduce blood clotting. It can also prevent further clotting and reduce your risk of stroke. Add ginger in any of your juices, teas, broths or cooking to enjoy its immense health benefits.

2. Pineapple

Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain. This enzyme helps to protect against the formation of uric acid crystals. These crystals are known to cause gout and kidney stones. Bromelain is also a natural blood thinner, as it can help reduce the excessive adhesiveness of blood platelets. These benefits are increased if you combine pineapple with turmeric and ginger.

3. Cayenne Pepper

Last on this list of natural blood thinners is cayenne pepper. This actually may be one of the fastest-acting blood thinners in this list. Consuming large amounts of cayenne pepper can help break apart blood clots and provide some blood thinning benefits. But, a word of caution, this is spicy hot and not for the faint hearted! Add a small amount of cayenne pepper to your tea, and your meals throughout the day, helps promote better heart health.

4. Garlic

Eating raw garlic can significantly lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and thereby, reduce the risk of plaque formation and heart disease and prevent the formation of blood clots in the body. Apart from preventing blood clots, garlic has significant antioxidant activity and protect the blood vessels and heart from the harmful effects of free oxygen radicals.

5. Turmeric

If you have spent any time researching natural remedies for various ailments, you have probably come across turmeric before. This spice is commonly used in curry dishes and Indian cuisine, along with providing a wide assortment of medical benefits. For over a thousand years, turmeric has been used for medicinal purposes. Turmeric can help prevent blood clotting, acting as an antiplatelet. You can add freshly ground turmeric powder to tea, curry, salads, and other meals.

6. Vitamin E

Vitamin E has a variety of benefits, from helping to heal wounds to promoting better skin. While these are great reasons to consume more vitamin E, it can also be used to prevent blood clots and the hardening of arteries. Vitamin E dissolves in fat and is found in eggs, meat, cereal and various fresh fruits and vegetables. Vitamin E capsules are also a good option to ensure you get your daily supply.

 

If you have been searching for an alternative to prescription blood thinners, then consider including these foods in your daily diet. Along with natural blood thinners, you can reduce your risk of cardiovascular issues and blood clotting by getting regular exercise and cutting back on processed foods.

 

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10 Foods You Need To Include In Your Daily Diet To Help Burn Fat

Sugar and carbohydrates cause fat. There are certain foods you can eat that will help melt tummy fats and extra weight in your arms, legs and butts. Take a look through this list to see which of these fat-busting foods you already eat, and which you need to eat more of.

1. Water

Although last on the list, drinking sufficient water daily may be the best thing to help reduce body fat.  Drinking water can boost your metabolic rate by 30%. Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning really enhances your daily digestive process.

Water helps move food and waste through your body. Your body is mostly water, and when you sweat, sleep, or otherwise deprive yourself of this essential fluid, your body has a harder time breaking down food and will ultimately retain more water.

2. Green Leafy Vegetables

Of course dark, leafy green vegetables will show up on this list. Vegetables are a great food for melting away fats, especially when consumed as juice. They have almost no carbs or calories, and still makes you feel full.

With an abundance of phytochemicals and nutrients, vegetables don’t just help you cut fat, it also helps improve your gut health, immune system and general health. Start including at least one glass of juice in your diet every day.

3. Chili Pepper

Capsaicin, the compound that makes hot peppers hot, enhances calorie burning even when you aren’t working out. Capsaicin also has the ability to reduce hunger, meaning that peppers will help you eat less and burn more.

4. Flaxseeds

Flaxseeds are a great source of Omega-3s and alpha-linolenic acid and can be mixed into dinners, salads, and juices. These omega-3s have been found to stimulate fat-burning and slow fat storage.

You can add flaxseeds or the oil in your smoothies or salads.

5. Oatmeal

A good, natural carb, oatmeal is rich with fiber and digests slowly, keeping your blood sugar and insulin levels low. Your body will burn more fat during exercise when you’ve had oatmeal earlier in the day.

Research has shown that athletes who consume slow-digesting (complex) carbs in the morning burn more fat throughout the day than those who eat faster-burning (refined) carbs.

6. Walnuts

Another food rich in monounsaturated fats, walnuts are super-high in omega-3s. Just 1 ounce of these nuts gives almost 3 grams of alpha-linolenic acid, a healthy fat that your body can’t produce on its own.

Alpha-linolenic acid is one of the healthy fats your body needs to help your metabolic system work at top-notch. These essential fats can only be obtained through foods, and walnuts are one of the best foods for it.

7. Ginger

Ginger is great to be added into your juices and smoothies. It’s been used for centuries to help with digestive problems, inflammation, and blood flow issues. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and can help with muscle recovery—which makes it a great post-exercise food.

8. Olive Oil

Like avocados, olive oil is another great source of healthy fats. Olive oil lowers bad cholesterol and helps your heart pump oxygenated blood throughout your body.The monounsaturated fats in olive oil are burned as energy instead of stored as fat in your midsection.

9. Grapefruit

A study at Scripps Clinic in San Diego reported that eating half a grapefruit or drinking 24oz of grapefruit juice daily helped subjects lose an average of 4 pounds over 12 weeks. There was no change to their diet, and some even lost more than 10 pounds without dieting.

How does it work? Grapefruit lessens the level of insulin your body needs to use, and has a compound called naringin which prevent fat from being stored. So a little grapefruit every day can go a long way.

10. Avocado

Avocado is full of monounsaturated fats and mannoheptulose, a carbohydrate that enhances your body’s calcium absorption and encourages fat burning. You’ll easily get the nutrients and fuel from avocados—especially when exercising. You can add avocado to breakfast, lunch, or dinner—even to your smoothies.

 

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