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Omega 6 and Omega 3: The Difference and the Balance

We are taught to be well versed in our healthy oils, by eating lots of them and not to worry about fat that is deemed “healthy,” and refrain from eating processed carbohydrates (because that is what makes us fat). But taking a step beyond fat and weight gain, I challenge everyone to look at body inflammation and what is making us “sick”. What I have been finding is that most people are simply too inflamed and are consuming way too much Omega 6 on a regular basis. Though there is a large spectrum of Omega 6 and Omega 3 (poly unsaturated) rich sources, the key is to eat from low Omega 6 sources and high Omega 3 sources and maintain an anti-inflammatory diet. Further more, most people do not understand the difference between the specific Omegas, and how eating the different ratios of specific Omegas is a direct translation into how we feel, look, how our body functions, and yes, weight gain as well.

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Fucoidan: Combat Cancer, Degenerative Diseases and Metabolic Syndromes

Everyone should be familiarizing their “health” vocabulary with fucoidan. This amazing neutraceutical has been documented for over a century to combat cancer, degenerative diseases and metabolic syndromes. Good sources of fucoidan (found from non-radiated and contaminated seaweed) has been documented to boost immune system, decrease inflammation in the body and help people loose weight. Keep reading to learn more about the amazing benefits of fucodian, and why you should be taking this supplement daily.

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Superfood Graviola Leaf : Benefits and Side Effects

Taken in a powder or juice form, Graviola is a small evergreen tree. The leaves, fruit, seeds, and stem are used to make medicine for many different ailments.

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Extinguish Rheumatoid Arthritis Flare Ups Naturally

If you have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) or live with symptoms of RA, there are many natural remedies you can take to decrease the extensive pain. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic disease in which the lining of the joints becomes inflamed to such an extent that pain and inability to function are the result. Because the cells of the immune system play an important role in this chronic inflammatory process, Rheumatoid Arthritis is typically classified as an autoimmune disease.

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Trending Super Foods for 2014

There are ongoing trends related to the local food movement which include ancient grains, raw and choosing high quality foods (including fats and calories) over fundamental calorie counting. Here are a few of the up and coming popular SUPER FOODS:

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Treating Autoimmune Disease with Acupuncture

Over 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease; an autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue.  Autoimmune disorders include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid disease, Addison’s disease, pernicious anemia, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis and Guillain–Barré syndrome. Due to the complexity of treating autoimmune disorders, integrative medicine solutions including acupuncture and Oriental medicine have received much attention as successful therapies in their treatment.  Acupuncture is specifically noted for its use in pain relief, regulating the immune system, managing symptoms and improving quality of life.

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10 of the Healthiest Seeds on Earth

Everyone should stash their cabinets, lunch bags, sports and travel packs with healthy seeds. People should be eating them daily because of their amazing benefits. Seeds are embryonic plants and the origin of nutrition. They are a living food. When you think of how a plant has to fully mature to produce a seed itself, know that their seedlings are jam packed with powerful amounts of vitamins, minerals, proteins, essential oils and dormant enzymes to help with digestion, absorption and assimilation.  Seeds are very versatile and provide cooking oils, beverages, spices, healthy food additives and healthy, nutritious calories. Below are the top ten healthiest seeds on Earth and how to consume them.

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Introduction to Ayurveda Healing Practice: Natural Ways to Live Optimally Well

Ayurveda is an Eastern Indian medical system based off of the foundations of conscious, self-awareness and natural healing that has been practiced for over 5,000 years and is literately translated as “the science of daily life.” Very different from the Western aspect of medical symptom-addressing and (unfortunate) modern medical paradigm shift into ignoring underlying causality of chronic disease and infection, Ayurveda takes mother nature’s natural rhythms, earthly bountiful fruits and foods and uses the understanding of the individual’s body make up and life condition routine to promote optimal function, balance, disease prevention and a evoke a state of intentional gratefulness and happiness.

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New Year’s Resolutions. Not always pain free.

It may seem like a double edged sword: fulfilling number one on the New Year’s resolution list, “Lose weight and exercise more”, cut to heal, foot, and joint pain. It is actually a blessing to work yourself toward health and fitness pain free. Most people complain of joint and back pain from the high impact of exercising (namely running or other compounding sports), or muscle soreness from pushing through a tough workout or a lack of quality stretching. People hang motivational posters of muscular athletes drenched in sweat with sayings such as, “It will hurt, take time, require dedication, willpower, sacrifice . . . but it will be worth it.” But with pain in play, many people put their New Year’s resolutions to test. Is this why the majority of people who declare their new year’s resolution and goals on the 1st of the year later admit failing to reach them before the year is over?

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Optimal Nutrition and Healing Habits: What to Eat Post Surgery or Hospital Stay

An article from the Human Nutrition, Applied Nutrition Journal and US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health reported that individuals/patients on a surgical, a medical, an accident service and an elective orthopedic ward were given foods that reflected a very low daily intake of iron and vitamins as compared to those recommended for healthy adults. When I worked in hospitals and rehabilitation centers in Florida and in California, I noticed that people recovering from major surgery, those battling cancer, patients that were recovering from pneumonia and those in hospital beds for chronic illnesses were given white bread, canned (saturated with sodium) soups and canned (marinated in sugar water) fruits, and Jell-O. I questioned many times to myself and to the dietary staff, as well as hospital/rehabilitation management how people (most of them seniors) were supposed to recuperate when we are feeding them junk food that was essentially “dead”?

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