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A WORD YOU SHOULD KNOW

I am sure you have heard the word resveratrol.

red wine can be a healthy indulgence

red wine can be a healthy indulgence

May be you even know that it is associated with red wine.  Can you explain what resveratrol is?

Hopefully you will be able to make a confident statement from now on.  Resveratrol  is a polyphenol that is found only in red wine. A polyphenol is a particular set of anti-oxidant. Anti-oxidants are found in some form in most fruits and vegetables, and help to clean up free radicals in the body. It is like using lemon to clear up rust build up.

The foods richest in anti-oxidants are mostly the ones with dark red, blue and black colors.

Quercetin is another form of flavonoid found in red wine that is known to have tremendous health benefits. Read about it here.     http://www.naturalnews.com/029182_quercetin_health.html

It is believed that anti-oxidants prevent against, and help to prevent inflammation in the body. This allows your blood to flow more freely and improve circulation,  and can contribute to heart health and prevent against strokes and other circulatory diseases. FULVIA also improves heart function. Read the rest of this entry

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CHOCOLATE BRINGS SMILES

Chocolate has become a symbol of indulgence for many.  We give and get chocolates for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentines Day and Christmas time. Perhaps because it is a safe gift. Who doesn’t like chocolate? It will always be appreciated. For the chocolate indulgence with a healthy flair, go for Dark Chocolate.

Assorted chocolates

Dark Chocolates mixed with milk chocolates.

 

 

If you are health conscious , you may have started to hear about the sugar content and calories in milk chocolate. And of course milk chocolate contains milk, so if you are lactose intolerant, milk chocolate would have been off limits.

As we continue to make ourselves more health conscious, DARK CHOCOLATE has gained popularity as a healthy option.

 

 

cacao beans

cacao beans

cacao pods

cacao pods

 

DARK CHOCOLATE is far better for your good health than

milk chocolate? The cacao bean comes from pods grown

mostly in South America.

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SOURCES OF DIETARY FIBER

SOURCES OF DIETARY FIBER

DIETARY FIBER plays many crucial roles in your diet. Fiber is essentially all the parts of the food that the body cannot digest. It serves other useful purposes.

It is no accident that the foods that are most beneficial you contain lots of fiber. Many vegetables and fruits are high in fiber. So are legumes and whole grains. This does not include refined grains like bleached white flour and white rice. Use grains in their most natural state.

 

 

 

 

Capture Dr. Oz glucomannan

Capture Dr. Oz glucomannan

 

 

Dr. Oz recommends GLUCOMANNAN

 

 

 

 

The best dietary fiber in the world.

The best dietary fiber in the world.

 

 

The best DIETARY FIBER in the world.

 

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STOOD THE TEST OF TIME

Pomegranates are believed to have originated in the region from Iran to the Himalayas in northern India. The fruit has been cultivated since ancient times, throughout the Mediterranean region of Asia, Africa and Europe.

Pomegranates...Fruit of life.

Pomegranates…Fruit of life.

The word pomegranate is derived from middle French, and is means “seeded apple” (pomme  garnete). It has stood the test of time, because of it’s life giving properties. CLICK HERE for additional anti-oxidant support.

The potent fruit is featured in Egyptian mythology and art, and is referenced in the Bible’s old- testament. Its reverence is associated with life and fertility, prosperity, abundance and hope.

It is believed that King Tut and other ancient Egyptians were buried with pomegranates in hopes of a second life.

If you are a Bible scholar, you may recall that when Moses sent his spies to survey “the promised Land” a bounty of pomegranates was all the proof they needed.

Homer’s Odyssey and Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet also mentioned the pomegranate.

The fruit has been such an important part of the culture of ancient and middle age civilizations,  that it has been  been incorporated into  wedding ceremonies in countries such as China, Persia and Turkey.

There are probably about twelve known varieties of pomegranates but the tree itself is unique. The only other plant that is closely related is a small tree found only in a small island in Yemen.

Ancient cultures used the pomegranate in a variety of ways. For example, the pomegranate blossom was crushed to make a red dye and the peel was used for dyeing leather.

Because the pomegranate has been around from early civilizations, it has become a part of the culture of many Mediterranean and south European nations. Read the rest of this entry

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WHAT’S IN YOUR FOOD …THE GOOD STUFF   (COCONUT MILK)

MATURE COCONUT

MATURE COCONUT

Do you recall that delicious flavor from the cocktail at the beach during your last tropical vacation?

Chances are, if it is memorable, it came from the coconut in your Pina-Colada. Virgin or alcoholic, the aroma and taste of coconut is always pleasant.

Coconut milk is derived from the meat of a mature coconut.  

coconut milk

coconut milk

The coconut palm is native to Malaysia, Polynesia, and Southern Asia. This palm has the distinct advantage in that every part of the tree can be used. Either nutritionally, commercially, or industrially. In some counties in the Indian ocean, the coconut was once considered so valuable that it was used as a form of currency. The fruit of the tree yields coconut meat, coconut milk, coconut sugar, and coconut oil.

Coconut milk is considered a much healthier alternative to dairy milk. Because it is a natural product, it is easier for the body to assimilate and make use of the nutritional components. To get some of the same benefits as in coconut oil, go here. 

climbing a coconut tree

climbing a coconut tree

 

The coconut palm is grown in tropical and sub-tropical regions, and the fruit grows in clusters towards the top of the palm with its branches reaching towards the sun. A tall coconut tree takes 8 to 10 years to mature, and a dwarf palm can bear fruit in about 5 years. My earliest recollection of the coconut palm, was the ingenious ways that people devised to reach the top of the trees to retrieve the fruit. These palms can grow up to 95 feet tall.

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WHAT I HAVE LEARNED FROM READING LABELS….…EPISODE 1

food-label. Lots of strange words.

food-label. Lots of strange words.

A few years ago, I Figured out that I was gluten intolerant and started on a gluten free diet (or so I thought).

I thought it was a foregone conclusion that once I didn’t bake with flour, ate quinoa instead of rice, and learned that almost any bean can be made into a four, that it will be well.

After all the adjusting, my symptoms persisted. It was not before long that I discovered the vastness of my mistakes, by not reading food labels carefully.

I HAD TO DO A DOUBLE TAKE AND START OVER

I could no longer take anything for granted.  I started paying more attention , and especially  by reading labels.

Not only did I learn how widespread the use of wheat and corn is, in the processed food industry, I learned some things that the average person probably never would consider, in regards to processed foods and the ingredients they contain. I find it to be so disturbing, and at the same time fascinating, that I thought I would share some of them with you. Read the rest of this entry

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