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Research reveals that sugar is harder to quit than cocaine

A study conducted by Dr. Nicole Avena of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has found that sugar consumption and addictive behaviors are closely linked. Just how bad could a sugar addiction be, you ask? Sadly, the study suggests that it’s eight times more addictive than cocaine.

If that doesn’t make you want to skip that cola purchase, I don’t know what will.

Couple these findings with the fact that most Americans ingest approximately 22 teaspoons of sugar daily, and it’s clear that the findings are indeed highly disturbing. Even worse is the consumption by teenagers; it’s estimated that this age group consumes about 34 teaspoons of it every day. Soda has been eyed as the most common culprit behind so much sugar ingestion, with other junk food choices like cookies not far behind. Unquestionably, people are flocking to sugar like it’s going out of style, and now we know why – it’s an addiction.

Highly-processed foods alter brain, activating areas linked to addictions

Dr. Avena’s article on the topic was published in the journal PLOS ONE, which states the following:

… addictive substances are altered to increase the rate at which the addictive agent is absorbed into the bloodstream. For example, when a coca leaf is chewed, it is considered to have little addictive potential. However, once it is processed into a concentrated dose with rapid delivery into the system, it becomes cocaine, which is highly addictive. Similarly,highly processed foods, compared to naturally occurring foods, are more likely to induce a blood sugar spike. This is important, because there is a known link between glucose levels and activation of areas of the brain that are involved with addiction.

The published study, entitled, Which Foods May Be Addictive? The Roles of Processing, Fat Content, and Glycemic Load, elaborates as follows:

… the addictive potential of a food is likely to increase if the food is highly processed to increase the amount, or dose, of fat and/or refined carbohydrates and if the refined carbohydrates are absorbed into the bloodstream quickly (high GL). An essential next step in the consideration of “food addiction” is to determine which foods or food attributes pose the greatest risk in the development of addictive-like eating behaviors in humans.

Avoid pizza and these other foods, which are said to be the most addictive

According to Dr. Avena, pizza is the most addictive food. Just one slice contains more sugar than a few Oreo cookies, thanks to the hidden sugar in the tomato sauce. Now, we all know that most people don’t just stop at a mere slice. In fact, we’ve all probably seen folks devour an entire pizza on their own, which is likely akin to polishing off an entire box (or more) of Oreo’s … not good.

Furthermore, what do most people enjoy drinking with their pizza? You guessed it – soda! As mentioned earlier, people are downing such liquid sugar more today than ever before, demonstrating our collective dependency on the unhealthy substance.

After pizza, Dr. Avena explains that cookies, ice cream and chips also rank high among the most addictive foods. They too, have a sugar content that impacts the brain in a way that mimics drug and alcohol addiction.

The least addictive foods, according to the study? Eat more cucumbers, carrots and beans; they’re the least addictive, and therefore, are healthy choices to include in your diet.

These findings reinforce the importance of avoiding a junk food diet, and instead, enjoying one that consists of fresh, organic options. Fruits and vegetables, along with a variety of nuts, seeds and superfoods, are the best choices to keep your health on track and even reverse certain ailments.

Why feed your body a substance that’s eight times as addictive as cocaine, when you can take the better path and live the healthier, longer life you deserve?

8 health-promoting veggies that can easily be regrown over and over again

by: David Gutierrez – Natural News

People who are new to gardening sometimes feel intimidated by the leap of faith required to grow plants from seed. Others find it daunting to save seeds from their plants, but dislike the idea of purchasing new seeds for the same crops year after year.

Fortunately, there are a great number of food plants that can easily be regrown by saving and replanting just a small portion of the plant after harvest.

Like all vegetables, the following eight plants need light, water, air and nutrients (typically in the form of soil). Though many will thrive best outside, they can all be grown indoors, given sufficient light (five to six hours per day, including in winter), and good drainage.

Super herbs

Some of the easiest and most rewarding plants to grow are green onions. Nearly the entire plant is edible – the leaves taste like chives and the bulbs taste like onions – and if you submerge the inedible roots in water they will resprout into a full plant! So you can just grow the same onion again and again, and meanwhile add plenty of vitamin C and the super-antioxidant quercetin to your diet.

Cilantro, also known as coriander, can sprout from even a single leaf submerged in water. Once the plant has formed roots, it should be transplanted. In addition to providing a distinctive flavor to your dishes, cilantro is also a potent antiseptic and antifungal, aids digestion and helps remove toxic metals from the body.

Basil will also sprout into a full plant from just a single leaf, as long as the stem is just under two inches long. Once the new plant has doubled in size, it should be transplanted. Basil has been shown to lower levels of stress hormones, detoxify the liver, improve respiratory function, lower blood sugar and improve circulation. It is rich in iron and a potent anti-inflammatory.

Perhaps the greatest of the herbs is garlic, a superfood among superfoods. Garlic produces edible leaves, but it is most prized for its pungent bulbs. A single one of these bulbs, if placed in water, will sprout into a full plant.

Garlic is a potent immune booster and one of the broadest spectrum antimicrobial agents known. It has been shown to help prevent cancer and even shrink some cancerous tumors.

Perpetually growing veggies

You’ve heard that potatoes can be regrown from their eyes, but these veggies make that process look downright difficult!

You can regrow bok choy – which is an anti-inflammatory, lowers blood pressure and prevents cancer – by placing the roots in water. Transplant after one to two weeks and harvest again when it reaches full size.

Romaine lettuce needs a little more mass to grow back; save half the plant and place in water. It can be transplanted as soon as the leaves start growing back. You can pick and eat lettuce leaves as the plant grows, adding a rich source of vitamin C to your diet.

Carrots are famous for being rich in beta-carotenes that produce vitamin A, but did you know that beta-carotenes also have cancer-fighting properties? Best of all, carrots are incredibly easy to grow: Just save the top part that you are already cutting off and submerge it in water. Watch the roots and leaves grow almost at once!

You can use a similar trick with celery, submerging the base that is typically cut off and discarded. The celery can be replanted as soon as leaves appear in the center of the plant. While it may have a reputation as having limited nutrient content, celery is actually very rich in micronutrients. It has a long history of use as a medicinal plant, and contains plant compounds that have been shown to boost immune function and stop the growth of cancer cells.

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Eating These Foods Will Increase Your Risk of Developing Cancer and Heart Disease

 

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Today, there seem to be a growing amount of evidence that eating processed meats can increase your risk of cancer and heart disease. More people are turning to a vegan diet, to completely cut animal-related products from their diet. It turns out, ditching the meat in favor of healthy plant-based meals could be one of the healthiest choices.

According to a recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO), processed meats are one of the leading causes of cancer, ranked right next to cigarettes. Like cigarettes, meat contains carcinogens that could lead to various types of cancer, including colon cancer.

As part of this study, researchers concluded that eating just 50 grams of processed meat each day can increase your risk of bowel cancer by 18 percent. 50 grams of meat are equivalent to two slices of bacon or one sausage.

Processed meats are manufactured using sodium nitrite.

During the processing of certain meats, sodium nitrites combine with naturally present amines in the meat to form carcinogenic N-nitroso compounds.

When ingested, these compounds are associated with cancer, according to the study.

What meats are considered processed? Some you may not have considered. It includes any meat that has been preserved by smoking, curing, salting or adding preservatives. Meats such as:

  • Ham
  • Bacon
  • Pastrami
  • Salami
  • Hot dogs
  • Sausages
  • Luncheon meat
  • Some red meats

 

Eating Meat Can Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease

Across the developed world, meat-based diets are thought to be directly linked to higher rates of coronary heart disease. In the UK and the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death. In fact, one out of four deaths in the US can be linked to heart disease.

Eliminating meat from your diet could help lower your risk of various types of cancer, along with improving your overall cardiovascular health. If you want to switch from eating meat, especially processed meats, to following a vegan diet, now is the time to consider giving them up.

 

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Tropical Detox Juice Recipe

This delicious detox juice is easy on the digestive system and gently loosens any build up of mucus and waste that may have formed within the body overnight.

 
Ingredient:

1 medium ripe papaya, peeled, seeded, and sliced
1 small pineapple, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 (1-in.) piece peeled fresh ginger
1 medium kiwi, peeled
1.2 cup fresh young coconut water (stir in after juicing)

 

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30 Simple Fat Loss Tip

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I put together some Simple Fat Loss Tips to help you lose body fat efficiently and lose weight effectively (and more importantly, keep it off).

Instead of a primary focus on losing weight or fat loss, focus on becoming as healthy as possible way down to the cellular level.

What matters is making smarter and healthier choices and finding what works best for you so you can experience your highest level of health not just physically, but also mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Everything’s connected and integrated: spirit, mind, emotions and body. If there is a problem in one area, it will affect the other areas as well. The diet mentality is futile. You can only look as good on the outside as you are healthy on the inside. Make choices based on what will make you healthier today, tomorrow and for the rest of your life.

30 Simple Fat Loss Tips That Can Be Used Daily
By following these simple tips, you’ll drop body fat, boost your metabolism and ultimately change your body without counting calories, dieting or deprivation. And as an added bonus, you will increase vitality and longevity, prevent disease and live a healthy vibrant life.Foods and Beverages – What to include

1. Stabilize insulin and balance blood sugar with a balanced diet that includes nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich real foods using the PVFC method: Protein (organic grass-fed and pasture-raised meats, eggs, wild salmon, clean fish, quality protein powders), Veggies and leafy greens, Fat and Carbs (sweet potato, yams, quinoa, low sugar fruits such as berries)

2. Plenty of organic, pasture-raised protein to boost your metabolism, supply your body with amino acids to balance brain chemistry and reduce sugar cravings, healthy, healing fats, especially omega-3 sources to eliminate cravings, provide a sense of satiety and increase fat loss and plenty of fiber from leafy greens and colorful veggies.

3. Practice portion control with mindfulness during mealtime. Sit down during mealtime without distractions. No cell phones, computers, television. Chew every bite of food slowly and thoroughly.

4. Filtered water to stay hydrated. Start your day with a cup of water with the juice from a fresh lemon or lime plus a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to increase metabolism.

5. Unsweetened, organic green tea or coffee before your workout or after eating breakfast to encourage fat loss.

6. Eat a protein-rich breakfast. Include protein at every meal.

7. Prepare your environment at home and work with healthy options to minimize temptation.

8. Rotate the foods you eat every day.

Diet No-Nos: Avoid and Eliminate

9. Foods you’re intolerant or sensitive to reduce inflammation, cravings and bloating. The top culprits include wheat, gluten, sugar, artificial sweeteners, soy, corn and pasteurized dairy. However, even so-called healthy foods can be problematic for you if you eat the same thing day after day after day.

10. Super-sized portions, eating mindlessly and late night eating.

11. Chemically-laden processed, packaged and junk foods. Any product containing high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners, which increase cravings and your waist line.

12. Processed carbohydrates, wheat and grains. Ditch the nutritionally-void bagels, breads, muffins, crackers and pasta, even if they are labeled as gluten-free.

13. Liquid calories from soda, energy and sports drinks, fruity smoothies and excess alcohol.

14. GMO fats: margarine, vegetable oils, soybean oil, cooking sprays, canola oil, hydrogenated and trans fats.

15. Low-fat and non-fat foods, which are full of chemicals, artificial sweeteners and sugar.

Exercise

16. Move your body every single day.

17. Walk outdoors in nature every day.

18. Metabolic resistance training with weights three times weekly to encourage greater fat loss. Follow the 12-Week exercise program found in Fat Loss Revolution

19. Shorter, more effective workouts – intensity trumps duration for fat loss. Instead of jogging for 30-40 minutes, opt for a 12-15 minute interval workout. Interval programs can be found in The Power of 4 and Fat Loss Revolution. Also check out this 10-5-5 Workout, Sprint the Stairs and the Smart Workout.

20. Balance more intense workouts with rest days and parasympathetic activities such as walking, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, restorative, yin or gentle yoga.

Lifestyle 

21. Prioritize 7-9 hours of restful, uninterrupted sleep every night. Lights out and in bed by 10:30 p.m. at the latest.

22. Practice daily de-stressors: Practice deep, full breathing, meditation or restorative yoga, read something spiritual, spend time in nature, garden, do something you love and enjoy. Indulge in a massage, Epsom salt bath or sauna for relaxation and detoxification.

23. Make time for yourself. Avoid non-stop busyness and endless commitments.

24. Wake up every single day with a grateful mindset and appreciative attitude. Keep a gratitude journal.

25. Minimize or avoid toxic situations and people who sabotage your fat loss lifestyle. Fat loss is contagious. If your friend or spouse overeat, there’s a 57% higher tendency that you’ll overeat as well. Surround yourself with like-minded people who support your healthy lifestyle.

26. Get your mindset on the right track. Priorities, values, thoughts, emotions and attitude are all factors in your personal success in losing weight.

27. Unplug! Less television, iPads, computer, social media.

28. Stand more and sit less.

29. Start with two healthy changes each week until they become a habit. Gradually add another healthy habit each week. This is the concept of my book, The Power of 4. Be willing to invest the time, energy, commitment and resources to succeed.

30. Take it one day at a time. Value and focus on the positive progress along your journey toward health. Realize that setbacks may occur during the process. Resume your intention and focus on getting right back on track. See your transformation as progressive – a journey vs. perfection. Believe in yourself! Love yourself!

 

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