If you enjoy chowing down on a bacon sandwich, this article might just lure you into going vegan.

Today, more and more people turn vegetarian every day. If in case you’re wondering why, we have compiled some shocking facts that might make you reconsider living green.

Shocking Facts That Could Make You Go Vegan

Vegans live longer

A group of researchers from Lona Linda University conducted a study and followed 7,000 men and women in a span of 6 years. In the said study, they have discovered that people who follow a meat-free diet are more likely to live longer. Mortality rate is also lower.

In a more recent study, researchers from the University of Oxford revealed that the risk of death or hospitalization due to heart diseases is 32% lower in vegans as compared to their meat-eating counterparts.

Save animals

150 billion animals are killed every year just to keep up with the demand of consumers. And yes, we mean billions!

A slaughterhouse kills an average of 1,100 pigs per hour. Considering the volume, this means that most of the pigs that enter the scalding tank are not properly stunned. Hence, most of them are boiled while they are fully conscious. Meanwhile, 200 million baby chicks are ground alive each year in egg factories worldwide.

Meats aren’t as fresh as you thought

When buying steak at the grocery, most of you would choose the nice-looking reddish meat because it looks fresh. But what consumers fail to realize is that the meat is treated with carbon monoxide to keep it from turning color.

Solves world hunger

Despite producing enough corn and grain to feed everyone in the world, more than 925,000,000 people from all over the world don’t have food to eat. This is because most of the corn and grain are used to feed livestock.

Additionally, an acre of land used to raise cattles can produce 20 pounds of edible meat; whereas, if soybeans were grown instead, that same acre would yield 356 pounds of protein – nearly 17 times as much.

 

 

Release the guilt, release the weight!We’ve all been there: you grab the extra cookie (or two), you have the second helping of pie, you go back for just “one more” nibble. Then, the guilt, the shame, and the anger at your actions sets in.  We are human. Cravings happen because things like sugar, salt, alcohol, and even fat have addictive qualities which sometimes makes resisting temptation biochemically impossible.
I’m encouraging you today to release that guilt. In turn, release stressing about future temptations before they happen too. If we have guilty, stressful, or shameful emotions surrounding food and during digestion, the stress hormones and the enzymes needed to process the food are out of balance. The brain/body connection is real. If we eat quickly, unconsciously, and overload our bellies, then top it off with emotional distress, guilt and worry, it’s a worse combination than you can imagine.
Eat slower. Chew completely. Drink more water. If you happen to over-indulge, make a point to wash your hands of it as soon as possible. Tell yourself something positive, move on, and get busy doing something healthy and productive. Quiet your mind as best as you can by meditating, praying, calling a positive friend, reading something good, taking a walk, enjoying nature, or simply turning on some good music. Throw away leftovers that you know you’ve had enough of and don’t need anymore. Out of sight, out of mind.
Stress on the brain and body can actually hold you back from losing weight. Just move on and know that you are in control, and way stronger than you think!

 

Simple Ways to Trick Yourself into Eating Less

Everyone knows that eating less and exercising more is the surefire way for weight loss. Unfortunately, humans aren’t great with self-control, especially when it comes to food. After all, two thirds of the population wouldn’t be overweight if losing weight were easy.

In this article, we’ll give you a few tips on how to enjoy your meal while tricking your brain to stop when you are satisfied, not when you’re stuffed.

Drink up

Most people confuse hunger with thirst. If you have just eaten an hour ago, drink a glass of water and wait for a few minutes. Those tummy twinges will disappear if you’re only hungry, but will intensify if you are truly hungry.

Drinking a glass of water before meal is also an effective way to trick yourself into eating less. It fills the stomach, making you feel full faster.

Use smaller plates

A full plate sends the signal that you are eating a full meal. Whereas, a partially full plate makes you think that you are not eating enough, regardless of the quantity of food.

In order to trick your brain into eating less, use smaller plates and fill it up. Studies have shown that people tend to eat less when eating in a small plate or bowl.

Start with soup

When dining outside, we recommend starting your meal with a broth-based soup. It will take the edge off your hunger. Plus, it contains fewer calories as compared to the creamy ones.

Don’t eat from the package

When you’ve got a hankering for potato chips, serve yourself a proper portion instead of eating mindlessly from the bag. Use a bowl, a plate or even a napkin. This way, you know exactly how much you are eating. Otherwise, you’ll lose track and consume double or triple the amount you’re supposed to eat.

Keep snacks out of sight

According to studies, people eat a lot more when food is visible. To avoid extra snacking, keep tempting foods such as chips, sweets and processed foods where it can’t be seen. The harder the food is to get to, the less likely you are to eat it.

 

Natural Antibiotics That Fight Diseases and Promote Health

A lot of people don’t want to jump on the antibiotic bandwagon each time they get an infection or a sore throat. This is not actually surprising since prolonged use of antibiotics may eventually cause antibiotic resistance. Luckily, there are several foods and herbs that can prevent a wide variety of diseases and keep the body’s health in balance.

The goal is to keep your immune system strong so it is ready to attack when an invader comes. By limiting the use of antibiotics and feeding your body with foods that have medicinal value, you’ll be able to create a natural immunity from infections.

Here are some foods that can help defend your body against microbes.

Turmeric

There is no denying the antimicrobial power of turmeric. Among the foods on this list, turmeric has the most number to prove its therapeutic properties. In fact, studies suggest that it is effective against several bacteria strains like Escherichia coli, Escherichia coli Pseudomonas aeruginos and Staphylococcus aureus.

The compound that gives it a bright orange color is the same compound that give it its anti-microbial power.

Garlic

Most people know garlic as an herb that is used for cooking, but time and again, this herb has been proven to have varied therapeutic uses. In fact, garlic is one of the most powerful anti-microbial foods you can eat.

It can be used as a remedy for simple diseases like colds and flu to pneumonia and ear infection. Garlic is also thought to reduce blood cholesterol levels and prevent heart diseases.

Green tea

Green tea contains antioxidants that helps cleanse the body and get rid of free radicals that cause diseases. It may not have an antibiotic property, but it aids in the improvement of the mechanism of action of certain antibiotics.

Honey

Honey has natural antibiotic properties. Adding honey to tea is a great way of getting its health benefits.

For wounds and burns, honey can help speed up the healing process and fight infections. People with environmental and seasonal allergies can also find relief by consuming honey on a regular basis.

 

 

Quitting Smoking: Ways to Resist Nicotine Cravings

If you are trying to quit smoking, resisting your nicotine cravings is probably the biggest challenge you’ll be facing. Cigarette cravings often kick in fast. A typical smoker would feel these cravings an hour after putting down his last cigarette stick. This is because smoking is not a habit, it’s an addiction.

The good news is, most cravings last only for 3 to 5 minutes. That said, you need distractions from nicotine cravings. After that, it gets a little easier. Each time you resist a nicotine craving, you are one step closer to quitting smoking for good.

Here’s what you can do to resist the urge to light up.

Avoid the triggers

Avoid drinks that you may have associated with smoking like alcohol or coffee. Many people have a habit of smoking while they drink; while some would smoke with a cup of coffee. While we’re not suggesting that you should give up these drinks, you have to try to avoid them until you have broken the association with smoking.

Get busy

Despite being intense, remember that cigarette cravings are often short-lived and will pass within a few minutes. When an urge to smoke strikes, tell yourself that you have to wait for 10 minutes, then focus your attention on other things and get yourself busy.

Get physical

Physical activities may help relieve some withdrawal symptoms and reduce your nicotine cravings. Exercise stimulates brain chemicals that fight nicotine cravings. Plus, it helps keep the pounds off.

Most people gain an average of 8 pounds when they are trying to quit smoking. Exercise will not only help you deal with the cravings, it can also keep your weight down.

Drink a glass of water

We all know that drinking water offers a wide array of health benefits. In addition to that, it provides a calming effect on nicotine cravings.

Chew on it

In order to successfully fight the cravings, give your mouth something to do. Try snacking on nuts, carrots, sunflower seeds or celery – something satisfying and crunchy.

 

Gobble, gobble, gobble …

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Health Benefits of Eating Organic Foods

As more consumers are becoming aware of the numerous health benefits linked with consuming organic foods, the organic food industry has consistently seen a tremendous increase in sales. Today, 78% of American families are now choosing to buy organic foods than the conventional ones.

Here are some facts about the health value of organic foods.

Reduced pesticide exposure

Most consumers choose organic produce since they want to reduce their exposure to pesticides and unnatural chemicals, which are often used in commercial produce.

Organic milk virtually contains no pesticide since they feed on organic pastures that haven’t been treated with fertilizers or pesticides. This means, it is pushed away from every form of chemicals.

According to a study, which was published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a huge percentage of pesticide exposure comes from dietary intake. This has been shown to contribute to ADHD, autism, deficiencies in neurodevelopment and other neurological impairments in developing children.

Freshness

Since organic foods tend to have shorter shelf life, we are forced to eat them at once; thereby, leaving at its healthiest best. And since it’s fresh, it also tastes better than produce that has been frozen, shipped and transported across long distances.

Antioxidant capacity

According to studies, antioxidants tend to have more of an impact when they come from organic foods. They contain 50% more antioxidants, which can cut down certain diseases like heart disease, cancer and cognitive malfunction.

Environmental safety

Chemical fertilizers are often used in the production of non-organic vegetables. Since no chemicals are used in organic farming, there is very minimal, if any, soil, water and air pollution.

By supporting organic foods, you are contributing in making this world a safer and healthier place to live in for the future generations.

High nutrition

Due to the conditions in which they are produced, organic foods contain substances that can boost cardiovascular protection; thus, bringing you to a state of a healthier heart. Plus, they’re loaded with vitamins and minerals that can help boost the immune system and improve blood flow.

 

 

 

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The Importance of Blood Tests

You probably know how often you can go between haircuts, bikini waxes, manicures and pedicures. Unfortunately, very little, if any, seem to remember when they’re due for certain health screenings.

Regular blood testing is part of maintaining optimal health. More often than not, people fall victim to a disease that could have been prevented had the proper blood test been done on a regular basis.

In the past, doctors used blood tests just to ascertain cardiovascular risk factors for their patients. Later on, they have realized that regular blood testing not only helps them identify the risk factors, it can also aid in the detection of numerous health problems that are fairly easy to correct provided that they are caught on time.

Calcium overload, a condition that is caused by the removal of too much calcium in the bone, is one good example of those conditions that could easily be prevented. Unless discovered by a blood exam, patients are unaware that they have a calcium imbalance. Worse, they’ll only find out about the condition after they have a heart valve failure, a painful kidney stone (renal calculi) or a crippling bone fracture, which are often manifested a few years after the calcium imbalance first began.

A simple and inexpensive blood chemistry could have detected this problem. Thus, allowing the doctor to prevent the disease from progressing and causing irreversible damage.

Important blood tests to remember

Need a refresher course on your recommended screenings? No problem. We have put together a list of the most important blood tests to help you remember what needs to be checked.

Complete blood count

CBC is one of the most common blood tests and is usually a part of a routine checkup. Testing all blood components, this test can help detect blood diseases like immune system disorders, blood cancers, clotting problems, infections and anemia.

Blood chemistry/blood metabolic panel

This test measures the different chemicals in the body. Plus, it can give the doctor some information about your organs (liver and kidney), bones and muscles, including the heart.

Blood tests to asses heart diseases

A type of blood test that can determine whether or not you’re at risk of coronary heart disease is lipoprotein panel. Here, they look at substances that in your blood that carry cholesterol.

 

Blood Sugar Balance and StressNext time you lash out at someone, feel irrationally fearful, or simply overreact in a somewhat stressful situation, be sure to check in with yourself on what you’ve eaten the last hour or two.

When we don’t eat regular meals and snacks, we go into “fasting” mode, which depletes the brain from receiving glucose. This can cause many symptoms ranging mild to concerning, namely, an increase in panic attacks, moodiness, anger and fear. Stress hormones are released, and until we eat and hydrate again, we may be in an “angry” and more stressed state. Additionally, we tend to overeat, and eat sugary items when our blood sugar does get too low, to compensate for the empty, listless “starved” feeling. This in turn leads to weight gain, digestive unrest, poor sleep, and eventually can lead to diabetes. Hence, we ride the “blood sugar roller coaster”, creating more stress on our brains and bodies.

Food should fuel the body, in small amounts, frequently through the day, about every 2-3 hours. This doesn’t mean eat a huge meal six times daily, but think of the following “power snacks” as something to consider daily to avoid overreacting, and feeling blue or angry. 

* apple with almond butter
* hard-boiled egg
* blueberries
* 1/4 cup raw nuts
* handful of rice crackers with 1/3 cup hummus
* half an avocado
* raw vegetables
* 2-3 slices nitrate-free/organic turkey

Lean protein and healthy fats can stave sugar cravings, and help “ground” carbohydrate effects on the body.  Don’t leave home empty-handed and unprepared. You don’t want people to see you “angry” when you’re really just hungry…