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Best Foods That Pack Antioxidant Power

We are each made up of trillions of cells. These cells combine to form tissues, and those tissues combine to form organs. In order for these organs and organ systems to function optimally, food chemists figured out that specific vitamins that protect these cells from oxidative stress (which can lead to disease and illness) were found in antioxidants. Think of antioxidants as your body’s army against free radicals and toxins. When an antioxidant encounters a free radical, it annihilates it, protecting the other cells, tissues and organs. What are the top foods that contain this amazing antioxidant power? Read below for the super list.

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The Best Frozen Foods and Frozen Food Buying Guidelines

Most people who keep up with health and wellness are aware that eating “locally” and “in season” fresh produce foods will yield the highest amount of nutrients, taste sweeter and better, and that this practice is better for the environment due to low transportation and carbon footprint. But what if in our busy lives, we do not have the luxury or habit of taking daily trips to the market and buying local, organic and fresh produce is just not an option? What if we don’t have the monetary means to do so? Fresh is definitely best, but the second best option would be in the frozen aisles. If we must stray from the perimeter of the supermarket (a rule of thumb when shopping to gather healthiest essentials for the home and skip the processed “fun” foods that many times wreak havoc to a healthy functioning system), here is a list of the best frozen foods to buy, that will still provide a good source of nutrients for the family.

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Most Alkalizing Foods You Should Be Eating Daily

When the body eats foods, the digestive and metabolic processes transforms the eaten matter into residue that is left behind that is either acidic or alkaline. Using science to explain this phenomenon (and the laws of modern biochemistry), it is not the organic matter of foods (whether the food itself is acidic or alkaline), but their inorganic matter (such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, phosphorous; that is, how they break down in our bodies), that determines either the acidity or alkalinity of this ashy residue. Being too acidic promotes disease, chronic ailments, cancer and other health complications. Intentional alkalizing of the body blood and other fluids optimizes healthy organ and system functioning, free of ailments. Factors that leave our bodies acidic include environmental pollutants, acid-forming foods like processed sugars and foods, artificial sweeteners, refined grains, conventionally produced meats and dairy, hidden genetically modified organisms (GMOs), psychological and emotional stress, synthetic and pharmaceutical drugs and physical body stress. Consider the following lists to be the nutrition bible of top alkalizing and acidic foods to eat and avoid for optimum health functioning, free of chronic disease.

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Basil Seed Drink Recipies and Its Cooling Effect

I have received a large amount of interest in basil seed drinks and how to eat/drink this delicious power/super food. For those who have read the article, 5 Amazing Benefits of Basil Seeds (Sabja Seeds) http://truthnhealth.com/2011/10/5-amazing-benefits-of-basil-seeds/, you already know that basil seeds improve digestion, boosts immune system, combats stress, aids in curing respiratory disorders and is great for skin disorders. But did you know that this seed, when consumed, has a cooling effect on the body? Yesterday’s article post on seasonal spring foods and how they cool the body in warming temperatures touches on fruits and vegetables that do just that. The cooling and heating of our bodies according to the changing environment helps us detox and cleanse our body organs so we are lighter, more resilient and stronger than last season. By incorporating the fruits and vegetables available in the springtime (locally and organically), and adding basil seeds to them, you will build yourself an impenetrable defense system against foreign invaders! The  following are recipe suggestions on how to drink and eat basil seeds:

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14 Power Foods for Fat Burning and Lean Muscle Gaining

Eat these foods every week to boost up the fat burning potential of the body (increase immunity power and digestive wellness, too). Try to limit or cut out processed foods and high “bad” and trans fat foods that are deep fried and processed with damaging oils. Examples of both include: white pastas, packaged snacks, crackers (raw and sprouted are fine), cereals, high sugar or artificial sugar ANYTHING that does not come from mother nature (like fruit) and foods that spike and drop insulin without any other added benefits. There is a very very long and involved list of food additives and common foods that do the opposite of burning fat, but I want this article to highlight all the foods we should be focusing on.

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Libido Boosting Foods For Women

Trying to find libido boosters to improve their sex lives has been a hot topic throughout history, and people have gone to a lot of trouble—not to mention putting their health in danger, to come up with a list of real solutions. Today pleasure seekers have it easier because, as it turns out, the grocery store is the perfect place to find natural aphrodisiacs. Bonus: In addition to making sex a little steamier, nearly all these foods have health benefits beyond the bedroom.

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Is It a Cold of Flu?

With flu season peaking in January or Feburary in the United States (but starting as early as October), it is not suprising to hear coughing, sneezing and doctors saying they have, “no more appointments available until a few weeks out.” It seems that the media reports a “worse than last year” flu epidemic every year, yet the masses are still conflicted about the best ways to protect the body from getting such sicknesses. Vaccination or not? Antibiotics or homeopathic route to wellness? While the education on all sides of the sickness issue may cause mountains of confusion, this article will highlight the facts of exactly what cold and flu symptoms are, so you can better identify what “get better quick” perscriptions and methods to take.

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Beneficial Bacteria: Fermented Foods

Since the early Babylonian days, circa 5000 BC and Egyptian empires circa 3150 BC, people have been healing and living well with fermented foods. With names such as fermented and cultured, many foods that bathe and marinate in bacteria that are reproduced on the foods, are extremely good for you! Though this does not sound the most squeaky-white-floors-clean, these beneficial bacteria in turn, convert carbohydrates to either alcohol (beer, wine, yeast leavened bread) or to organic acids (cheese, yogurt, tempeh). When certain foods soak in their own bacterial juices for a long period of time (weeks at a time), the bacteria actually enhances an already highly nutritious food, creating good for you probiotics, vitamin b’s and digestive enzymes, to name a few. Let’s look into ways fermented foods are good for the body and some of the best fermented foods to eat.

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Stronger and Smarter: Top Brain Foods For Children

The brain is the first of the body’s organs to absorb nutrients from the food eaten. A child’s nutritional palate has everything to do brain function, memory, and concentration. Studies prove time and time again that there is a great positive correlation with the types of foods children eat and their mood, attention spans, behavior, and test scores. Below are top super “brain foods” that may help boost a child’s brain development and growth.

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All Hail The Mighty Green Kale

It is lauded as one of Earth’s healthiest edible substances: packed with vitamins, minerals, and cancer-fighting phytonutrients — it’s also incredibly versatile. It’s great in soups and smoothies and almost everything in between. I am talking about kale, the hearty and dark green traditional dinner plate garnish. Kale has certainly earned much respect from a side garnish onto the main dish that other ingredients accompany. This is because it is such a great source of:

■ Vitamin A – great for eyesight and eye, skin, lungs, respiratory system,and nose membranes, AND is an antioxidant that fights free radicals.

■Vitamin C – great for cold prevention and immunity boosting

■Vitamin K – aids in blood clotting, is great for bone health and protects against liver and prostate cancer

In fact, just one portion of kale is only 36 calories but it provides a massive 192% of your daily vitamin A needs! Kale is also an excellent source of Vitamin C, too. A daily portion provides 89% of the daily vitamin C requirement.

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