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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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Having Low Cholesterol Can Harm Your Health

Low-CholesterolBy Sayer Ji

You’ve heard for decades about the dangers of high cholesterol, but did you know that LOW cholesterol can lead to violence towards self and other, and has been linked to premature aging, death and other adverse health effects?

In a world gone mad with anti-cholesterol anxiety, and where gobbling down pharmaceuticals designed to poison the body into no longer synthesizing it is somehow considered sane behavior, it is refreshing to look at some of the research on the health benefits of cholesterol, or conversely, the dangers of low cholesterol.

Benefits of Cholesterol

Cholesterol Is Needed To Prevent Aggression

It has been known for almost 30 years that low serum cholesterol levels are associated with habitually violent tendencies of homicidal offenders under the influence of alcohol.[i] Since then, there are at least 8 other studies that have either confirmed or explored the cholesterol-violence link, including both violence towards self and other. One of the possible explanations for this association was discussed in an article published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in 1993: “One of the functions of serotonin in the central nervous system is the suppression of harmful behavior impulses…Low membrane cholesterol decreases the number of serotonin receptors. Since membrane cholesterol exchanges freely with cholesterol in the surrounding medium, a lowered serum cholesterol concentration may contribute to a decrease in brain serotonin, with poorer suppression of aggressive behavior”. Not surprisingly, several reports have now surfaced on cholesterol-lowering statin drugs contributing to irritability and/or aggression.

Cholesterol Is Needed To Fight Cancer

The inverse relationship between cholesterol levels and the risk for a variety of cancers, and mortality associated with cancer, has been known about since the late 80’s. Since then, the cholesterol-cancer connection has been confirmed over and over again. It is to be expected, therefore, that statin drug use would be linked with increased cancer incidence, which indeed it is.[iv] Even when you take so-called “bad” LDL-cholesterol and administer it to a culture of highly malignant, multi-drug resistant leukemia cells, the cells lose their resistance to chemotherapy. Not exactly what can be characterized as a “bad” substance now is it?

Cholesterol Is Needed To Prevent Hemorrhagic Stroke

There are two types of stroke:

1) Ischemic, associated with lack of blood flow and oxygen to the brain

2) Hemorrhagic, associated with the rupture of a blood vessel in the brain, and bleeding.

The risk for the former, in theory, could be raised in the presence of excessive oxidized cholesterol. However, it is the risk for the second, hemorrhagic stroke, which is increased when cholesterol levels are low. Noted as far back as 1994 in the British Medical Journal, in an article titled, “Assessing possible hazards of reducing serum cholesterol,” researchers found “The only cause of death attributable to low serum cholesterol concentration was haemorrhagic stroke.” Other studies can be viewed that confirm this association on our stroke-cholesterol link page.

Cholesterol Is Needed for Memory

Low HDL cholesterol has been identified as a risk factor for deficit and decline in memory in midlife. Even in Parkinson’s disease, higher total serum cholesterol concentrations are associated with slower clinical progression of the disease. Statin drugs, which inhibit the production of cholesterol, hence severely affecting the brain, are now required by the FDA to display the black box warning that they may adversely affect the memory. We have indexed over 50 studies from the National Library of Medicine’s bibliographic database, Medline, on the neurotoxicity of statin drugs, with six of these specifically addressing statin-induced memory impairment.

Cholesterol is Needed for Longevity

In a fascinating study published in PLoS in 2011, telomere length – the shoestring cap-like ends of the chromosomes which prevent DNA damage associated with cellular aging – was linked to higher LDL and total cholesterol levels. The longer the length of these protective caps, the higher the cholesterol. Indeed, several studies indicate that lower cholesterol is associated with increased mortality.

Cholesterol Helps Us Fight Infection

It has been observed that a cholesterol-rich diet improves patients with tuberculosis, leading researchers to suggest “cholesterol should be used as a complementary measure in antitubercular treatment.” Cholesterol-lowering drugs, incidentally, exhibit immunosuppressive and potent immunotoxic properties, likely in part due to their cholesterol depleting effects.

Given that cholesterol is essential for all animal life and that each cell is capable of synthesizing it from simpler molecules, we should not be surprised by examples provided above of cholesterol’s significant health benefits. Nor should it be surprising that cholesterol-lowering drugs have over 300 adverse health effectsFor now, suffice it to say, that conventional medical practice would do well to receive instruction from basic principles of biology, rather than simply the drug-company marketing copy it increasingly falls prey to.

 

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About the Author

Sayer Ji is the founder and director of GreenMedInfo.com and co-author of the book The Cancer Killers: The Cause Is The Cure with New York Times best-seller Dr. Ben Lerner and Dr. Charles Majors. His writings and research have been published in the Wellbeing Journal, the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, and have been featured on Mercola.com, NaturalNews.com, Reuters.com, GaryNull.com, Infowars.com and Care2.com.

A List of Plant Based Foods to Boost Your Protein Intake

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Ask most people for a list of high protein foods and they will probably mention meat, fish, eggs and dairy products. However, if you are a vegan or vegetarian these sources are not normally part of your everyday diet.Many people think that getting enough protein while on a vegetarian or vegan diet can be difficult at best. You just have to adjust what you are eating to ensure that you are incorporating enough plant protein into your meals. Plant protein are quality protein that you should add in your every meal.

Proteins are found in all living cells and they are sometimes called the “building blocks of the body” as they are essential for growth and repair. However, we don’t necessarily need enormous quantities of protein in our diet – a well balanced diet contains all the macronutrients, which includes fats and carbohydrates as well as protein.

So if you are eliminating animal products from our diet where can you find protein sources? Below is a list of foods that are suitable for this situation.

Quinoa:
There is not enough good things that you can say about quinoa. It is a super food and it is loaded with protein. You can switch out quinoa in any meal that calls for rice. You can add some to pancake batter to get a little extra flavor, consistency and some added protein.

Beans:
How many smoothies are you making with beans? Very likely none! Why not? You can add some high protein (preboiled) beans into your favorite smoothie and get an instant pop or protein. They will not change the flavor of the smoothie but will add a little thickness. It is a great way to add protein to your meal!

Kale:
Kale has been making the news quite regularly in regards to its many healthy qualities, and protein is definitely among them. It’s not everyday that you find a vegetable that provides almost a tenth of what you need each day in a single serving.

Seeds:
Chia seeds and hemp seeds are ridiculously high in protein. Sprinkle them liberally on salads, dressed greens and in smoothies. Just use them as much as you can, to get a high dose of protein in your meals. Some other seeds that you can use to sprinkle in your meals are sesame seeds, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.

Nuts:
Nuts are excellent sources of protein. Eat a handful of nuts before a meal or whenever you feel like snacking. Almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachio, cashew are some healthy nuts that you can benefit of their protein content.

Spinach:
Perhaps this is why Popeye ate so much spinach and got stronger as a result. Spinach is an excellent source of protein for a vegetable, which can help you build lean muscle when mixed with resistance training.

When you eat spinach, you don’t need to focus on any one feature it has, you can simply be content knowing that you’re eating one of the most nutrient-dense veggies on the planet. It’s packed with minerals and phytonutrients that will help your body in many ways.

Organic sweet peas:
Add sweet peas to your meals, smoothies and wherever else you can stick them in. They pack a wallop of protein at 8 grams a cup.

 

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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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