The Lazy Man’s Way to Reduce Bad Cholesterol

I’m happy to introduce my guest writer for today’s post, Deborah H. Land of Cholesterol Reduction Diet Site. Deborah’s site helps raise awareness on healthy eating habits to support those living with high cholesterol. Please visit her site for more information. Enjoy the post!

a. The Myth of Good and Bad Cholesterol

There are actually two types of cholesterol, which is not a known fact for people who misconstrue it as something bad. HDL is the name of the good cholesterol, while the bad one is called LDL. A bloodstream with too much LDL will result in plaques in the arteries. Over time, blood will have a difficult time travelling your arteries because the opening becomes narrow thanks to the amount of bad cholesterol in it. Dietary cholesterol is not the culprit for your having high cholesterol in the blood. Rather, it is copious amounts of saturated fat along with Tran’s fat that is to blame for the tightening of the artery. To keep your cholesterol on the low level, you should eat plenty of unsaturated fats and fibrous foods, as well as exercise often.
b. Cholesterol Numbers and What They Mean

On an average, adults will usually need to have cholesterol checks every five years. Each time you get a cholesterol check it will yield four results – total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and Triglycerides. You will probably need more exercise and dietary change if you go above or below the healthy levels.

Total Cholesterol – less than 200 mg/dL (5.2 mmol/L)
LDL Cholesterol – less than 100 mg/dL (2.6 mmol/L)
HDL Cholesterol – greater than 40 mg/dL (1.0 mmol/L)
Triglycerides – less than 150 mg/dL (1.7 mmol/L)

c. Can Vitamin E Protect Your Heart?

Vegetable oils, nuts and leafy vegetables are good sources of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is not proven to stop you from getting a stroke, but it can lessen your heart disease risk level.

d. Five Great Foods to Lower Your Cholesterol

1. Oatmeal and Oat Bran: These contain a high amount of soluble fiber, which can lower LDL.

2. Fish: Fish is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which lowers LDL and raises HDL.

3. Nuts: Not only are nuts high in fiber, but they contain the healthy fats you need to keep LDL in check.

4. Plant Sterols: This is found in foods like margarine, salad dressing, orange juice, and functional cookies. 2 grams per day will lower your LDL by 10-15%.

5. Soy: This popular meat replacement can lower LDL by up to 3%.
e. Plant Sterols and its Healthy Benefits

Foods such as VitaTops Muffin Tops, Benecol Spread, granola bars and fat free milk are rich sources of plant sterols. You can easily help your heart when you start eating foods packed with plant sterols and avoid eating foods that contain saturated fats. A saturated fat-filled diet is not canceled out by this. Exercising often as well as eating healthy food will keep your cholesterol in check.

About the Writer – Deborah H. Land writes for cholesterol reduction diet site, her personal hobby blog she uses to help people lower bad cholesterol levels.

Today is April 25th, Reversing Diabetes Action Day

The diabetes epidemic is out of control! Over 246 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes or pre-diabetes! Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the Untied States alone. Every year the number of people diagnosed with diabetes continues to increase, and the age of these people inflicted are getting younger and younger. It is no longer an adult disease – children as young as 5 and 6 are suffering from this disease. This epidemic truly is out of control! “And do you know what the saddest part about it is? Most diabetes, if not all, can be reversed naturally. That’s right – diabetes is reversible!

Today April 25th, which marks the second annual Reversing Diabetes Action Day. The start of a week where health experts come together to spread accurate and effective information on how to reverse diabetes.

In honor of this day the team behind the film “Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days” is giving away their film for an amazing 50% OFF the regular price.

If you haven’t yet seen this film, which features the actor Woody Harrelson, peak performance coach Tony Robbins, Rev. Michael Beckwith from “The Secret,” Morgan Spurlock from “Super Size Me,” Dr. Gabriel Cousens and David Wolfe, then I highly recommend you see the trailer on the page
below and pick up a copy today.

You can see the trailer and read about what the Simply
Raw team is doing here:

Documentary Trailer: Raw for 30 Days

Whether you’re in perfect health or suffering with diabetes or any other health issue I highly recommend you watch this film.  It’s a powerful, emotional and educational film that is a must see for anyone who cares about their health.

Along with offering “Simply Raw: Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days” for 50% OFF they’re also offering the companion “Raw for Life” 2 disc DVD set for 50% OFF the regular price!

It’s all being done in an effort to raise awareness on how to reverse diabetes and other illnesses with raw and living foods.

When you pick up a copy today you’ll also get a laundry list of amazing bonuses.  So take a minute to watch the trailer for this amazing film by visiting the site below.

Documentary Trailer: Raw for 30 Days

And remember, diabetes is a pandemic situation with over 246 million people suffering worldwide.  If you or anyone you know is dealing with diabetes make sure that they watch this film.  It just may save their life…

To your health!

Peace! =)

Debbie Marsh

P.S. – The 50% OFF is a ridiculously low price for the film. With the bonuses they’ve added on it’s almost a no brainer. It shows how passionate they are about getting this information out to the public.  Make sure to check it out:
Documentary Trailer: Raw for 30 Days

Raw Honey – Super Food Gold!

Honey is one of the oldest and most superior super foods on the planet. The benefits of honey go back thousands of years. Honey has been referred to as “gold” just for its medicinal properties alone. Honey was the sweetener of choices for hundreds of years until the introduction of refined sugar and sugar cane. However, honey is making a big comeback – and it’s a good thing!

Honey boosts the immune system. Raw honey contains an abundance of disease-fighting antioxidants that provide a natural defense against cell damage. It is the perfect source for healing during the cold and flu season.

Honey aids the stomach and digestion, and does not ferment in the stomach. Since it is considered an inverted sugar, it is easily absorbed, preventing any bacterial invasion from occurring. Raw honey helps anemia, and the malnourished. It is easily absorbed, and enhances appetite. Honey-based diets and reduce weight gain, as well as the percentage of body fat. It improves HDL cholesterol, and improves blood sugar levels, making it the perfect, natural, sugar replacement source. Honey can also aid with overall brain health, decreasing anxiety, and improving memory.

Raw honey is a great source for increased energy, and a perfect food for athletes. Honey is the optimal source of carbohydrates for athletes to use, allowing for maximum performance levels.

Honey has a variety of other uses besides physical health and well-being. Honey is also used as an antiseptic, anti-fungal, and is a natural preservative. It can be used in lotions, soaps, mouth and teeth products, hair and scalp products, and a variety of medicines too. As a topical ointment, honey can heal skin wounds; heal skin burns, and other skin irritations.

The process in which honey is made is fascinating. It begins with bees eating from flowers, collecting the nectar in their mouths, and then carrying back to their hive. While in the bee’s mouth, the nectar mixes with certain enzymes found in the bee’s saliva, which is considered an alchemical process. This process is what turns the nectar into honey. When the bees return to the hive, the honey is then deposited into the cells of the hive’s walls. The honey’s moisture content is reduced from natural ventilation created by the fluttering of the bees’ wings.

Honey can be found in a variety of flavors, textures, and colors. The most commonly found varieties are honeys made from clover and lavender. The quality of honey is important. Most honeys are pasteurized, but raw honey is becoming more readily available. Only choose raw honey that has not been pasteurized, clarified, and if possible unfiltered. If the honey is filtered be sure that the process is of the highest quality and organic too.

My raw honey of choice is Honey Gardens Apitherapy Raw Honey – specifically Orange Blossom Apitherapy Raw Honey. It has perfect flavor and texture, and makes me feel great! Check out my product review here.

For all these reasons mentioned in this article, raw honey is definitely a SUPER FOOD, and one of the premium super foods at that! Here’s to honey!

Maple Syrup Is Your Tasty Food That Can Fight Cancer and Diabetes

Today’s post is provided by my very first “guest writer”, Sandy Harris of Diabetic Snacks Blog. Sandy is very passionate about managing and preventing Diabetes. Like me, Sandy agrees that diet plays a very important part in prevention of Diabetes and other debilitating chronic diseases.

I know that you will find her article of great benefit. I encourage you to visit her blog, and share it with others. Thank you!

Maple Syrup Is Your Tasty Food That Can Fight Cancer and Diabetes

Are you looking for a natural solution to reduce the risk of diabetes and slow down the growth of cancer cells? Your search is probably over because recent studies have shown that maple syrup holds the key to these problems.

US researchers have found that maple syrup has the ability to substantially decrease the risk of diabetes. The syrup also showed great potential in slowing down the growth of cancerous cells.

Maple syrup has thirteen active antioxidant substances. These antioxidants were previously unknown but were discovered only recently. Because of these antioxidants, researchers have firmed up that maple syrup has a great potential in fighting cancer growth, diabetes, and infections.

Food for Diabetic Sufferers

Researchers found out that maple syrup contains phytohormone and abscisic acid. This acid is the primary agent that serves as an effective defense against diabetes and metabolic syndrome. The acid releases insulin through the pancreatic cells and can enhance the increased sensitivity of the fat cells to insulin. These actions proved that claims that maple syrup is very effective in controlling diabetes.

The studies were brought before the American Chemical Society in San Francisco. The results were reviewed by experts and other researchers.

Maple Syrup as Your Best Chance against Cancer

A study punished in the Journal of Medicinal Food showed that maple syrup can significantly inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. This study was conducted by Quebec scholars. It seeks to prove the impact of maple syrup against cancer cells.

Based on the Quebec research, the growth of cancer cells can be inhibited by maple syrup. Specifically, the syrup is very effective against brain, prostate, and lung cancer. Unfortunately, maple syrup has minimal impact against breast cancer growth.

Your Tasty Alternative to Fight Cancer and Diabetes

Maple syrup can serve as your tasty alternative in fighting cancer and diabetes. There are many anti cancer foods today like blueberries, tomatoes, broccoli, and carrots. However, recent studies have shown that maple syrup is more effective against cancer compared to other anti cancer foods.

Laboratory testing results also show that the syrup is more potent compared to the maple sap. It is also ideal to use the pure dark syrup rather than the lighter syrup. Dark syrup has high color oxidation. This is the reason why darker maple syrup should be preferred. So if you want a better alternative to fight cancer and diabetes, then your favorite maple syrup is a good option.

Reference: Journal of medicinal food. 01/02/2010; ISSN: 1557-7600, OI: 10.1089/jmf.2009.0029

About the Author – Sandy Harris writes for the diabetic diet blog , her personal hobby blog focused on tips to prevent, cure and manage diabetes using healthy snacks and recipes.

Brain Conditioning and Maintenance

8 Ways to Increase Brain Function and Improve Brain Health:

1) Eat healthy snacks, such as raw almonds, walnuts and blueberries. These snacks help improve cognition, and keep the brain functioning correctly due to the high antioxidant properties, and omega-3s. Walnuts can improve mood and reduce inflammation that can lead to killing brain cells. It also replaces the loss of melatonin, also necessary for a healthy, happy brain.

2) “Dance the night away!” Dancing is a super-power brain activity that activates brain motor centers that form new neural connections. It also reduces brain stress.

3) Go for a walk. Walking helps blood flow to the brain, and lowers blood sugar, improving clear thinking.

4) Believe it or not – play video games! Video games that offer brain teasers, and challenge you to master the computer, all boost the formation of new neural connections, and help with response time and memory – plus it’s lots of fun!

5) Stimulate the brain by learning something new, reading, or doing cross word puzzles, and so forth. All these activities help keep the mind fresh, and active, and help with preventing dementia – and learning something new is always beneficial.

6) Find ways to relieve undue stress, as well as control anger. Don’t allow the stress of anger, or stressful relations overwhelm you. Take time to cool down, and retreat. Chronic anger, and stressful situations, creates chronic stress and shrinks the memory centers in the brain. Get support to help cope better, and learn new ways of interacting and managing stress.

7) Mediate. Meditation helps lessen feelings of depression and anxiety.

8) Get plenty of restful sleep. Poor sleep or lack of rest is one of the most detrimental things to the brain. Sleeping is when the brain consolidates memories. Medical conditions that cause sleep deprivation, anxiety, depression, or insomnia, interfere with rest and can cause more serious brain health issues. Try relaxing or meditating before bed, even light yoga – anything that will reduce the stress hormone, cortisol.

Books on Brain Health

The Brain Diet: The Connection Between Nutrition, Mental Health, and Intelligence

by: Alan C. Logan

Women’s Moods: What Every Woman Must Know About Hormones, the Brain, and Emotional Health

by: Deborah Sichel, Jeanne Watson Driscoll

The Unwell Brain: Understanding the Psychobiology of Mental Health

by: F. Scott Kraly

This Is Your Brain on Joy: A Revolutionary Program for Balancing Mood, Restoring Brain Health, and Nurturing Spiritual Growth

Keep Your Brain Young: The Complete Guide to Physical and Emotional Health and Longevity

by: Guy McKhann, Marilyn Albert