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Cancer Fighting Foods

Category: General Health Information  |  Permalink

Published: Monday, September 15, 2014

 CANCER-FIGHTING FOODS

 

Produce

 

Cruciferous Vegetables

 

Raw broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower contain glucosinolates, a type of phytonutrient that can help kickstart the production toxin-clearing enzymes.

 

Grapefruit

 

This juicy citrus fruit-along with bell peppers and oranges-is full of vitamin C, which may block the formation of cancer-causing compounds.

 

Pantry goods

 

Pecans

 

Pecans (as well as walnuts and pomegranates) contain ellagic acid, a nutrient that research suggests inhibits cancer cell growth.

 

Tea

 

Compared with those who don't drink tea, regular tea sippers (green, black, oolong, and white all count) are at a lower risk of certain cancers, such as breast, colon, lung and ovarian.

 

Herbs & Spices

 

Ginger

 

Lower risk of certain cancers, such as breast, colon, lung, and ovarian.

Fresh or dried ginger has antioxidant properties that may aid in cancer prevention, according to research.

 

Rosemary

 

Rosemary contains carnosol, a natural chemical that has been found to potentially help reduce breast cancer risk.

 

 

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Brain Health

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Published: Friday, September 12, 2014

Brain Health

You've mastered a healthy diet. You feel good. But what's going on in your brain? Is it stable? In good health? Can you recall your past experiences so you can pass along your wisdom?  That was God's intention!  Let's revigorate!

Keep your brain young and you will never feel old or outdated. Without nourishment, your brain actually shrinks and you head slowly towards cognitive dysfunction, dementia, and possibly Alzheimer's.

This can start as early as your 40s, but it can be reversed! The brain can repair itself and even become younger because it is so elastic.


 

Here are your best top 3 natural remedies:

- Take supplements that nourish your brain.

- Balance your hormones! The brain is loaded with hormone receptor sites,

  especially for progesterone.

- Lose weight; stay as slender as you can! Obesity leads to brain shrinkage.

 

 

The brain operates on 4 main chemical circuits:

- Dopamine-promotes energy

- GABA-creates feelings of calmness

- Serotonin-creates feelings of happiness and satisfaction

- Choline & Serine-enhances memory

 

All of these need to be in balance in order to feel energized, content, and calm. Low dopamine leads to weight gain, wandering minds, and even ADD or ADHD. Low GABA levels can lead to anxiety. Low serotonin levels are a major factor in depression, and low levels of acetylcholine and Phosphatidyl serine lead to loss of recall and a flat feeling.

 

Levels begin to decline at age 40 for women and age 50 for men. Stop the decline now! Watch my video, "The Secrets to a Younger Brain," which can be found here on my YouTube Channel, Hope For Your Hormones:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DqpGuPsQ58

 

 

The supplements that are discussed and that I love are:

     - L-Tyrosine for dopamine
     - Zen Mind for GABA
     - 5-HTP for serotonin
     - Phosphatidyl Serine for memory

 

Remember, my friends:   There is NO computer that can ever be more sophisticated than the human brain. No one can outdo God! So honor your temple. Keep your brain young into your 90s and beyond!  That's what I am working on!!

 

Love, Barbara

                                                                                          

 

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PMS & DEPRESSION

Category: Hormone Balance  |  Permalink

Published: Thursday, September 11, 2014

PMS & DEPRESSION: There is Help!

Research has not discovered that many women have serotonin levels that are lower than usual in the two weeks prior to her menstrual cycle.  Of course, doctors often prescribe antidepressants for these symptoms, BUT there are natural herbs for PMS that may relieve mild to moderate symptoms of depression!  Note: Do not use these along with prescription antidepressants without your doctor's supervision.

What has been found: A severe form of PMS with accompanying depression affects about 10% of all menstruating women. For these women, their  levels of serotonin circulating in the blood stream are lower than normal.

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter.  It transmits important signals between nerve endings in the brain and the body.  Serotonin is very crucial in regulating mood.  It is also crucial to keeping appetite normal and the regulation of sleep cycles. People with low levels will commonly suffer from depression.

What can be done to raise serotonin?  There is a natural product created from the seeds of an African plant that contains an element found to be a precursor to serotonin.  The body can actually use it to create serotonin. It is called 5-HTP and is available over the counter as a dietary supplement. You can combine 5-HTP with other natural products known to help relieve PMS symptoms.  These include: Black cohosh, chasteberry (also known as Vitex),  and red clover.

Is this you??  Unexplained sadness or crying, sleep disorders, loss of your zest or interest in life and enjoyable activities? If your depression occurs in the 2 weeks leading up to your menstrual cycle and are usually relieved when you begin to menstruate, then it is most likely caused by the changing hormonal levels that we associate with PMS.  (If these symptoms persist throughout the month without any seeming relation to your menstrual cycle, then it is not classified as PMS depression.)

Experts do not believe that using natural herbs for PMS relief will interfere with any prescription medications.  However, do not mix 5-HTP with antidepressants as this can lead to a condition called serotonin toxicity.  Antidepressants do not raise serotonin per se, but rather they keep the small amount of the serotonin you are making circulating over and over in your body without being discarded.  If you raise your serotonin levels using 5-HTP, all of this serotonin will keep circulating rather than being discarded and serotonin poisoning could possibly occur. By the way, this is why antidepressants really do not "work" in my viewpoint.  They are NOT raising serotonin.  That is why when you discontinue them, you go back to Ground Zero and feel just as bad as when you started.  So... you go back on them.   I strongly encourage you to give 5-HTP a try!

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HEARTY LOW-CARB LASAGNA SOUP

Category: Recipes  |  Permalink

Published: Tuesday, September 02, 2014

HEARTY LOW-CARB LASAGNA SOUP

 

 

Ingredients (Serves 6)

1 tsp. olive oil

1-2 medium onions, chopped

1 small red pepper, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning

½ tsp. dried oregano

1 lb. lean ground beef

1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes

1 can (14 oz.) reduced-sodium beef broth, 2 cups

¼ tsp. crushed red pepper (optional)

4 lasagna noodles broken into pieces

3 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese

¼ tsp. sea salt (optional)

½ cup reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese, 2 oz.

 

Instructions

1.   In a large pot, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook 4 minutes or until translucent. Add red pepper, saute 2 minutes, then add garlic, Italian seasoning and oregano; cook 1 minute. Crumble in ground beef and cook, stirring and breaking up large chunks, until meat is no longer pink.

2.   Add crushed tomatoes, beef broth, crushed red pepper, and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer on low for a little under 15 minutes. Add pasta and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 10 minutes or until pasta is tender. Stir in parmesan and add salt if desired. Top each serving with mozzarella cheese.

 

Nutrition

260 calories, 28 g protein, 9 g fat, 20 net carbs

 

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Easy Fancy Chili

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Published: Monday, September 01, 2014

EASY "FANCY" CHILI

 

 

Ingredients (serves 4)

1 Tbsp. olive oil

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 scallions, chopped, or 1 small onion, chopped

½ lb. lean ground beef (no more than 10% fat) or ground turkey

1 ½ Tbsp. chili powder (more if you love spicy!)

¼ tsp. cayenne pepper

1 28-oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes

1 15-oz can black beans, rinsed

115-oz can vegetarian refried beans

1 medium red pepper, finely chopped

4 medium carrots, coarsely grated

½ tsp. brown sugar

Chicken broth (optional)

Sea salt

Sour cream and fresh cilantro for serving

 

Instructions

1.  Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and scallions or onions and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the beef or turkey and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until starting to brown, 5-6 minutes. Stir in the chili and cayenne and cook for 1 minute.

2.  Add the tomatoes, beans, pepper, carrots, sugar, 1 cup water, (can use chicken broth like I do) and a pinch of salt and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, stirring occasionally until the pepper is tender. 12-15 minutes. Serve topped with sour cream and cilantro if desired.

 

Nutrition information per serving:

290 calories, 26 g protein, 22 net carbs  

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