Olive Oil: The Elixir

olive oil the elixir

That olive oil is one of the most beneficial oils to exist for humans is no secret. Whether you use it for dressing your salads or stir-frying your meals, it contains so much goodness, it can almost be called “the oil for the Gods”.

Perhaps this is why Mediterranean cuisine not only is scrumptious but packed to the brim with nutrition and health benefits. Perhaps it’s time to take a note from the book of Mediterranean cuisine and employ olive oil in our diet full time.

Why? Read on to find out:

  • Favorable for body weight: While most other oils cannot promise you this, olive oil has little to no effect on body weight gain, which is why those seeking to improve their weight make it their staple. Furthermore, a study conducted on 187 participants by Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences, Physiology and Toxicology, University of Navarra, Spain found that olive oil reduces weight when used over some time.
  • Packed with Antioxidants: The presence of free radicals in the blood plasma is detrimental for the overall health of humans. The antioxidants naturally found in olive oil helps keep the free radical levels down.
  • Protects the heart: Olive oil is rich in omega polyunsaturated fatty acids. It contains 73% oleic acid, making it good for your heart. Studies conducted by various research institutes have proved that there is a direct correlation between olive oil consumption and reduction in the chances of a stroke.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties: The very presence of antioxidants in olive oil, in particular: oleocanthal, is shown to reduce the symptoms of inflammation in humans.
  • May fight Alzheimer’s disease: Olive oil not only helps fight inflammation and weight gain, but it also helps sharpen brain function too! The oleocanthal present in it checks the buildup of beta-amyloid plaques- a substance associated with Alzheimer’s.

Overall, olive oil is too good a dietary substance to neglect. It is time you make it a part of your regular meals today!


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Are you making these common skin-care mistakes?

How well are you taking care of your skin? Many of us today are guilty of the habit of going to sleep with face loaded up with makeup. This can result in breakouts when checking the mirror the next day. Instead, follow some good advice and stop doing these things if you have done them before!

  • Not using quality products:
    When it comes to using a new product, many of us persist even when we suffer symptoms that it’s not right for us. If your skin is reacting poorly it’s best to cease using this product. If you still have problems you may need to seek medical advice. 
  • Treating every pore on your skin as blackhead:
    Blackheads are dark and can be safely removed. But, that does not mean that every black thing on your skin is blackheads. It can be your skin pores too. If you put pressure on them, a filament might come out but that does not mean it is a blackhead.
  • Prying with under-skin pimples:
    Well, many of you have the habit of just prying with under-skin pimples. However, it will not do any good and might cause more harm. It might also result in hyperpigmentation.
  • Not paying attention to your skin signs:
    Your skin will show what it actually needs. Not paying attention to these cues might cause harm. Signs like oiliness and inflammation are the signals that your skin needs attention.
  • No pre or post care:
    In case you are going for a laser or peel treatment, follow your dermatologist’s pre- and post- care suggestions. It will do you good!
  • Going for too much:
    Trying to do too much might show inverse results. There is no need to peel or using scrub regularly.

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14 facts you don’t want to know about ‘organic’ food

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Pesticides:

  • Approved Pesticides.  There are 40+ pesticides on the “approved” list for organic farming. They do the same thing as all other pesticides with no guarantee they’re any safer.
  • Half the “natural” chemicals used in organic farming are carcinogenic.  Many of the approved chemicals can do just as much harm as some of the “dangerous” chemicals used often in conventional farming.
  • Organic pesticides aren’t always as effective as synthetic, and often require up to 5 times more to achieve the same protection.  Which is more dangerous – consuming a larger quantity of chemicals that have NOT been tested for safety, or consuming a lesser quantity of chemicals that have been tested for safety

Labeling:

  • There are 35 non-synthetic, non-organic substances allowed as ingredients in “organic” products.  One is carrageenan is an emulsifier, making ingredients creamy. It also causes inflammation.
  • There are 43 synthetic, non-organic substances allowed as ingredients in “organic” products, like cellulose and ethylene.  Cellulose is the fancy name for wood pulp. Synthetic ethylene is sprayed on fruits so that they look ripe at the supermarket.
  • Over 45 non-organically produced ingredients allowed as ingredients in “organic” products.  Included is soy lecithin, the leftover sludge waste from processing soybean oil. Cornstarch is also on the list, produced from corn, 88% of which is genetically modified.
  • Only 95% of a food item is required to be organic in order to be labeled “organic.” Some of the items allowed to be in organic foodstuffs aren’t even food. For example, the synthetic chemicals used in disinfecting washes.

Certification:

  • The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Organic Program (NOP) do not certify or inspect companies/foods for certification..  Neither the USDA or the NOP have specific responsibilities or hands in the day-to-day operations of the organic certification process. Instead, they are simply the managers overseeing that the organic certification is working … in the United States. Neither the USDA or the NOP have any control or authority over organic food from other countries.
  • The company/brand seeking organic certification pays the accrediting company. The accrediting company not only offers the original certification, but they also offer the annual re-certification.  While most companies are honest, this arrangement creates a potential conflict of interest. Fraudulent certifications and under-the-table payments for signatures and accreditation are easily obtained.
  • Two of the three major organic certifying companies are for-profit. Only one organization is non-profit. Since the certifying companies are businesses seeking to obtain and maintain profit, it is very concerning that they’re being paid by the ones they certify.
  • The actual certification to become organic, and follow-up inspections of companies certified organic, is usually outsourced to a third-party. Here’s an example of how far removed the farm can be from your fork:
  • USDA/NOP certifies QAI (QAI pays USDA/NOP).
  • QAI certifies XYZ as an organic tomato processing plant (XYZ pays QAI)
  • QAI outsources the organic certification of the tomato farm to a third-party (the tomato farm pays the third-party, and the third-party pays USDA/NOP)
  • The supermarket buys organic tomatoes from XYZ and has no clue where the tomatoes came from and XYZ may not know either.

Quality of the food:

  • Organic foods may be cross-contaminated with conventional versions of the same food. For example; both organic and conventional avocados are grown in Mexico, likely in neighboring fields, and processed in the same facility. The risk of cross-contamination can occur at the farm itself, shipment to a plant, during processing, during packaging, during shipment and during the stocking of the shelves. The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention has a database of organic food items contaminated with their conventional counterpart. You can’t judge whether an avocado is organic or conventional by looks alone.
  • Organic foods may be “watered down.”  An almond grower may grow both organic and conventional almonds. At the processing plant, where the nuts are hulled, shelled and pasteurized, conventional almonds may be mixed with organic almonds – intentionally or unintentionally – in order to produce a higher yield of “organic” almonds. It is against NOP rules, but happens nonetheless. The NOP receives hundreds of complaints of fraud each year. 
  • Annual sales of organic food totals about $53 billion each year, yet there are only 37 employees in the NOP.  The NOP is severely understaffed to handle day to day operations and complaints and disputes.. With only one staff member for every $1.7 billion in sales pa., the NOP is forced to be reactive, rather than proactive organization.

 Do you buy organic food? Is it to avoid pesticides? Because it tastes better? Because it’s “healthier?”  Hmmm. I talked with some old hippies at an organic farm the other day.  They were watching the tiny shoots of the newly growing vegetables emerge from the earth. I asked them what they were watching. They replied: “This is the dawning of the age of asparagus, age of asparagus”


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Could Your Body’s pH Levels Be Off?

With the hormonal and pH level of your body in a balanced condition, everything will seem perfect. Your energy, digestion and mood will tend to be more efficient and positive.

But, when the pH level of your body is not balanced, you might not feel the same. By trying to keep your body in a state of pH harmony can help in boosting your performance and thus will also make your day far more productive. 

pH is nothing but the power of hydrogen. It helps in measuring the concentration of hydrogen ion in the human body. It helps in determining how acidic or alkaline the solutions of your body are. The most ideal pH level for human body is 6.5-7.5 which is slightly alkaline.

Signs your body’s pH is not balanced

Let’s have a look at some signs that the pH level of your body might not be in a balanced condition.

  • Low level of energy: In case you are feeling fatigued, it might be due to excessive acidity of the solutions in your body. Being in the acidic state will make it hard for the body to absorb nutrients. Having nutritious foods can help in retaining the balance.
  • Weak bones: If you are prone to falls and injuries, it might mean that the pH level of your body is not balanced. When the body becomes too acidic, it results in leeching of calcium and magnesium and thus resulting in weak bones. Have calcium-rich food to prevent osteoporosis. 
  • Improper digestion: When you consume more than the usual level of acid in your diet, you might suffer from an upset stomach. This might happen from consuming acid rich vegetables like tomatoes and onions. Consult your doctor in case you are facing the same.
  • Sleep deficiency: In case of unbalanced pH level, you might suffer from insomnia as the body might become more acidic than usual. 
  • Degradation of dental health: Poor dental health might be the sign that the acidity of your body is too much. Try to avoid consuming fruits and sodas.
  • Stress: Stress can easily mingle with your body pH level and make the condition worse. Try to meditate daily to overcome the situation.

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Food is the Best Medicine

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Reposted with permission from Bob Pritchard

Farmacy’s food bank which provides healthy foods–heavy on fruits, vegetables, lean meats and low-sodium options, is one of a number of groundbreaking efforts that finally consider food a critical part of a patient’s medical care.  They treat food as medicine that can have as much power to heal as drugs.

So far, the several hundred people who rely on the Fresh Food Farmacy have lowered their risk of serious diabetes complications by 40% and cut hospitalizations by 70% compared with other diabetic people in the area who don’t have access to the program.  This year, on the basis of its success so far, the Fresh Food Farmacy is tripling the number of patients it supports.

More studies are revealing that people’s health is the sum of much more than the medications they take and the tests they get.  Health is affected by how much you sleep and exercise, how much stress you have and what you are eating at every meal. Food is becoming a particular focus of doctors, hospitals, insurers and even employers who are frustrated by the slow progress of drug treatments in reducing food-related diseases like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and even cancer.

A  growing body of research supports the idea that when people eat well, they stay healthier and are more likely to control chronic diseases and perhaps even avoid them altogether.  When you prioritize food and teach people how to prepare healthy meals it can end up being more impactful than medications.

The Cleveland Clinic sponsors farmers’ markets where local growers accept food assistance vouchers from federal programs like WIC (Women, Infants, and Children Special Supplemental Nutrition Program) as well as state-led initiatives. And doctors at Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco hand out recipes instead of (or along with) prescriptions for their patients, pulled from the organization’s Thrive Kitchen, which also provides low-cost monthly cooking classes for members of its health plan.

Doctors alone can’t accomplish this food transformation. Recognizing that healthier members not only live longer but also avoid expensive visits to the emergency room, insurers are starting to reward healthy eating by covering sessions with nutritionists and dietitians. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts covers tailored meals from the nonprofit food program Community Servings for its members with congestive heart failure who can’t afford the low-fat, low-sodium meals they need.

The idea of food as medicine is not only an idea whose time has come, it’s an idea that’s absolutely essential to the health care system.

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