Micronutrients…Are You Getting Your Daily Dose?

micro7Nutrients are chemical compounds that are found in all the foods we eat. All the functions of your body systems like breathing, thinking and even your heart beating requires energy and this energy comes from nutrients.

Nutrients can be broken down into micronutrients and macro-nutrients.

The body does not require large doses of micronutrients…they are considered trace elements because they are found in smaller concentrations as opposed to macro-nutrients.  Manganese, zinc, iron, copper, molybdenum chlorine, nickel and boron are all micronutrients. They are used in the body to facilitate certain functions like essential metabolic and chemical reactions or providing antioxidant effects.

Micronutrients are the secret to incredible health and even have the power to restore health in later years. Although seemingly small and insignificant outside the body they become super power houses against disease inside the body.

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Cycle of Cancer Prevention

weightXcycleAlthough poor nutrition and limited/or no physical activity are all related factors that may contribute to raising cancer risk, body weight is another factor that comes into play that seems to have the greatest effect and strongest link to cancer outside of tobacco use.

Being obese or overweight raises the risk of many cancers including gallbladder, liver, cervix, and ovary, prostate (advanced), Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and multiple myeloma.

It is also been linked with increased risk of cancer in post-menopausal breast, colon and rectum, endometrium, kidney, pancreas, and esophagus.

Next to “not smoking,” the single best thing you can do to protect yourself against cancer for is to maintain a healthy weight throughout your life.  Continue reading

Allium and Cruciferous Vegetables for Cancer Prevention

garlic1Most people are not aware that there are thousands of peer-reviewed studies proving that the phyto-nutrients found in plants have the power to reverse and or prevent cancer.

Unless you are searching out this information yourself these studies for the most part lay silent and deaf to your ears because the pharmaceutical industry has not figured out a way to extract these compounds and turn them into profit so they are simply ignored.

A study that was conducted and published in Food Chemistry back in 2009 was a comparative study on the anti-proliferate and antioxidant activities of some of the more common vegetables that are found on the dinner table.

Researchers focused in on the inhibitory effects of 34 vegetable… Continue reading

Sunlight…Your Free Built-in-Mood Enhancer

sunNearly everyone…regardless of whether or not they suffer from illnesses like depression or not can enjoy the benefits of being exposed to the sun and the benefits go far beyond just receiving the mandatory Vitamin D your body requires.

Our eyes have special light receptors that are connected directly to the middle of the brain and respond to the brightness of outdoor light. Once that light is absorbed by the eyes, it stimulates the release of neurotransmitters and hormones that work to regulate sleep, mood and energy.

When we are exposed to sunlight (or any bright-light), the serotonin in our brains gets a real boost…a happy boost.

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Exercise is the Best Preventive Medicine

ST1Equipped with a high-powered immune system and intracellular anti-oxidant defense system, the body is truly a disease killing machine when operating at peak performance.

Unfortunately for most people it isn’t.

Rather than teaching people how to cure disease (so much money spent yearly on research) we need to be educating people on how to prevent disease. Continue reading

Create Healthy Nutritious Food with a Home Dehydrator

dehydrator1Drying fresh foods preserves precious nutrients and removes moisture that yeasts, bacteria and other molds need to survive. Although drying food also involves destroying some nutrients in micro amounts, the end result is a product that is nutrient dense…jamming more calories and dietary fiber along with minerals and vitamins into a smaller space.

This gives dried foods a nutritional edge because with less water than their fresh food counterparts, their weight is reflective of solid foods…not added water weight. In other words, dried foods give us an array of concentrated flavors, minerals, vitamins and enzymes as well as fiber. Continue reading

Brilliant Bountiful Super-food Blueberries

organicXberriesFresh raw organic fruits and vegetables are without a doubt some of the best nutrient rich foods you can treat your body to. Each one offers their own contribution in the way of antioxidants in the war against aging but deep colored berries rise to the top of the list and the reasons are not unfounded.

Local berries such as blueberries, strawberries and raspberries are joined by their exotic cousins from all over the world as super-fruits that take front and center stage. Sure, dark leafy greens along with citrus fruits receive their share of the accolades, but deeply colored berries beat out other fruits to take center stage. Continue reading

Your Body and Mind Operate as One Unit

The-body-mind-connectionAlthough we experience health through our bodies, our health is actually intimately connected to what’s going on in our minds.

Modern science is quickly connecting the truth that our emotions effect our bodies. They work as one unit.

We actually experience emotions such as anger, fear, sadness and stress as unpleasant bodily symptoms, however most of the time our minds are so busy and off somewhere in our past or future thoughts that we are not paying attention when our bodies alert us to these symptoms. In other words, we don’t recognize the connection because we are not listening. Continue reading

Strengthen the Immune System with Slow Weight Training

overheadXpressWithout a doubt proper exercise is one of the most powerful weapons we have for reducing chronic inflammation that can trigger cancer growth, keeping estrogen levels in check which protects against all hormone-dependent cancers, strengthening the immune system and stopping tumor growth by stimulating activity in key enzymes while minimizing the impact of carcinogens (substances/exposures that are known or suspected of causing cancer).

However, even with all those incredible benefits, exercise still remains a low priority for many people. They believe that they can achieve the same results just by taking pills or having surgery or some other unknown way to improve their health. Continue reading

Water…the Liquid of Life

drink-more-water1Water…it does a body good. Literally.

Our bodies are composed of roughly 70% – 90% water. Unfortunately most people spend a good part of their days constantly dehydrated to some degree. Dehydration does affect the performance of our bodies and they will not function as well without the proper water intake.

Truth is, if you don’t drink enough water you will die. That’s how important you water intake is. We can live for longer periods of time without food but we can only live for a few days without water.

With that knowledge we should be prioritizing our daily consumption of water. Continue reading