Eat Beans, Live Long

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Recent research suggests that how many beans you eat is a strong predictor of how long you’ll live.  Unfortunately, 96% of Americans fail to get even the paltry daily recommended intake of half a cup!  Considering there are 13,000 varieties of legumes—from chickpeas to split peas to lentils—this bean dearth is hard to excuse.2e458a024fbc274e_beans_2.preview

Beans Reduce Your Risk of Death

Researchers from different institutions across the globe examined food intake in Japan, Sweden, Greece, and Australia.  Only one food stood out as a contender for lowering risk of death—beans!  And the type of bean didn’t seem to matter at all.  In Japan soy is popular, in Sweden brown beans and peas are preferred, and in the Mediterranean, lentils, chickpeas, and white beans top the charts.  All of these beans were linked to increased longevity.

Load Up on Legumes 

Legumes are low in calories, high in protein, and full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  They’ve got fiber, folate, vitamin B1, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and copper, to name a few.  All this goodness translates to bowel regularity, balanced blood sugar levels, low cholesterol, and optimal heart health!  Not to mention, legumes fill you up fast… with fewer calories.  They are the perfect weight loss and weight maintenance food.

Canned vs. Dried 

A recent study published in Food and Nutritional Sciences indicates that canned beans are on par with dried beans when it comes to nutritional value. Plus, they’re much more convenient, as dried beans can take hours to cook up!

It’s worth noting that canned beans are a tad more expensive (20 cents more) and can have up to 100 times the sodium of dried beans. That’s because rinsing and draining dried beans removes some of the excess sodium…but this same process can also remove some vitamins and minerals, too. If you’re a fan of canned legumes, then opt for the “no-salt” varieties to ensure you’re not going overboard on the sodium.

As for flatulence, don’t let a little gas deter you from the nutritional wellspring of legumes! Research shows that although flatulence kicks into gear when you start adding legumes to your diet, your digestive system eventually gets used to it and the flatulence subsides. In other words, stick it out—the gas will evaporate in due time!


Only Sugar Causes Tooth Decay

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Research as found that Sugar is the ONLY cause of tooth decay! I’ve always told my family this and not it’s proven.

On the heels of a UK study that declares sugar is the ONLY cause of tooth decay, we’re sounding the alarm on the deleterious effects of sugar once again.

Researchers from University College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine analyzed public health records from around the world, and sugarwhat they found was unequivocal:  sugar, in any form, decays your teeth, which in turn erodes your health.

Tooth Decay Around the World

The study, published in BMC Health, showed that during World War II, when sugar was rationed, tooth decay in Japan was “hugely reduced.”  However, once the war ended and sugar imports to Japan picked back up, tooth decay picked right back up, as well.

Also important were the findings on Nigeria, where sugar consumption is extremely minimal:

Only 2% of Nigerians have tooth decay
92% of American adults have tooth decay
60—90% of American children have tooth decay

America is the land of sugar, after all, with the majority of sugar coming from sodas and fruit juices.

How Dental Decay Can Ruin Your Health

Tooth decay ranks among the most common non-infectious diseases in the world.  It doesn’t just cause gum disease; it has a major impact on all aspects of health.

Eating a high sugar diet…

Leaves you susceptible to yeast infections
Exacerbates arthritis and asthma
Raises triglyceride levels
Increases your risk for obesity, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes

Scientists believe that oral bacteria in your mouth enter into your bloodstream and attack all your major organs.  Ultimately this can cause heart attack… dementia… rheumatoid arthritis… and, for pregnant women, premature birth.

For this reason, researchers are advocating for a disciplined cutback in sugar consumption.  They conclude:  “This means that it is now even more important to develop a radical prevention policy with a marked reduction in sugar intake since the use of fluoride on its own is insufficient to reduce substantially the burden of [cavities] over the lifetime of individual.”

They recommend limiting sugar consumption to 3% of total daily calories (which is just 60 calories out of 2000).  In comparison, the World Health Organization Sugar-and-Obesity-The-Gluten-Free-Agency(WHO) suggests limiting sugar intake to 5% of total calories, with a 10% maximum.

You can measure your daily sugar intake using an online nutrient assessment tool, such as myfitnesspal.com, and then adjust your sugar consumption accordingly.

Shed Fat and Help your Osteoporosis with Olive Lead Extract

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Did you know…that a delicious fruit enjoyed in Mediterranean cuisine can fight infections, strengthen your immune system, protect against heart disease, prevent osteoporosis and help you lose weight?

Olive leaf extract is one of the most powerful, all natural antimicrobial agents known to science. It has been shown to treat colds, flu, and infections of the sinuses and upper respiratory tract. But the health benefits don’t stop there.

Olive leaf extract fights a wide range of disease-causing bacteria and helps cure…

      • Yeast infections
      • Fungal infections
      • Herpes
      • Chronic fatigue
      • Allergies


    • A host of other pathogens

Olive leaf extract has been praised for boosting energy…invigorating heart health…strengthening the immune system…preventing osteoporosis…and even aiding in weight loss!

An Antioxidant Bonanza

Antioxidants protect the body from scavenging free radicals that promote disease and premature aging. Olive leaf extract from the Mission and Manzanillo olive trees contains the noteworthy antioxidants resveratrol and tyrosol, but the true Olive-Leaf-Extractantioxidant champs are the phytochemicals oleuropein and hydroxytrosol.

In fact, hydroxytrosol has a free radical absorbance capacity ten times higher than that of green tea and 400% higher than that of vitamin C!

A Heart-Healthy Nutrient

The benefits of olive leaf extract have been shown to treat all the major precursors of cardiovascular illness. It inhibits the oxidation of LDL cholesterol by discouraging this disease-causing cholesterol from collecting on blood vessel platelets and clogging arteries.

It reduces inflammation (the number one cause of heart disease) and boosts circulation, thereby relaxing arteries, lowering blood pressure, and normalizing arrhythmias.

A Powerful Weapon Against Osteoporosis

A recent study published in Osteoporosis International showed that concentrations of oleuropein stimulated the number and activity of osteoblast cells (the cells that are responsible for bone formation).

Not only did the compound increase osteoblasts, but it also increased the expression of genes linked to osteoblast production.

Researchers summarized the results of their findings, stating: “Our data suggest that oleuropein, highly abundant in olive tree products included in the Mediterranean diet, could prevent age-related bone loss and osteoporosis.”Ripe olives on olive tree branch

Good news for the 75 million around the world who have or are at risk of developing osteoporosis, a condition that results in low bone mass and significantly increases your risk of fractures, particularly of the spine, hips and wrists.

A Slimming Infusion

Results from an animal study published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that the benefits of olive leaf extract helps stimulate the thyroid compound that sheds pounds.

Researchers at the University of Southern Queensland, Australia gave coffee or green tea infused with olive leaf extract to rats with health issues such as fatty liver, high blood pressure, and insulin resistance.

Within 8 weeks, the rats had shed the fat and completely reversed all their obesity-related health conditions.

Reap the Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

People who follow a Mediterranean diet have a reduced risk for certain cancers, heart disease and viruses. Health experts say you can enjoy these same benefits by supplementing with olive leaf extract in the form of a liquid concentrate, dried extract, dried leaf tea, powder, or capsule.

If supplementing with a capsule, take 1-2 pills a day (approximately 500mg). If suffering from a cold or flu, take 2 capsules every 6 hours, and if battling an infection take a maximum dose of 3-4 pills every 6 hours.

Do not take olive leaf extract if you are on statin drugs, diabetic drugs, or are pregnant or breast-feeding.


Green Smoothie Health Benefits

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How a 3-Minute Solution Can Make it Nearly Impossible for You to Get Ill

FACT: More people have died from preventable diseases than all the wars of the world combined.

Chronic disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. It affects the population worldwide, and accounts for 70% of all deaths in the United States, which is 1.7 million each year.

Approximately 133 million Americans—or close to one out of every two adults—live with at least one chronic illness.  The top 6 chronic diseases are heart disease… diabetes… arthritis… obesity… stroke…and cancer.

Chronic diseases are long-lasting conditions that the mainstream public believes can only be controlled but not cured.  This is completely false!  Chronic diseases are among the most preventable health conditions—and they can not only be effectively controlled but even cured.

Nutritional Deficiency is One of the Major Causes of Chronic Disease

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that only 24% of U.S. adults eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day, despite evidence indicating that doing so drastically improves your odds of staying disease-free.
Many health experts maintain that including just 5 fruits and 3 vegetables in your daily diet makes it almost impossible to develop a chronic disease.  In recent years, because healthy-fruitsmost individuals aren’t able to consume that many servings of fruits and vegetables per day, countless people from all over the world are flocking to the “3-Minute Wellness in a Glass” also known as…the green smoothie.

Green smoothies are the easiest way to “drink” large amounts of fruits and vegetables you wouldn’t be able to consume otherwise, thereby flooding your body with plant-based phytochemicals, sometimes called phytonutrients, which deliver a wealth of benefits.  They strengthen your immune system… extend your lifespan…and reduce your odds of developing a life-threatening disease.

Green smoothies also provide a rich source of beneficial amino acids, minerals and antioxidants.  That’s also why they’re called “the new prescription” for perfect health.  Best of all, when you use kitchen-tested recipes, they taste great.

single green smoothie can fill your nutritional quota for the day and keep chronic diseases away.

WARNING: Not Just Any Smoothie Will Do!
A “green smoothie” consists of 60% organic fruits (fresh or frozen) and 40% organic green leafy vegetables, blended well in a high-powered blender, sometimes with a cup of liquid.  It is not to be confused with the fruit smoothies or shakes or fruit/vegetable juices sold in juice bars or restaurants, which don’t have the nutritional and therapeutic benefits that green smoothes have.

When done right, drinking green smoothies is the single most health-enhancing, weight-reducing, detoxifying, anti-aging and healing habit you can ever adopt.

Clent Manich, a man from Medford, Oregon, weighed 447 pounds—and suffered from Type II diabetes and acute pancreatitis.  His doctors told him he was going to die.  But by consuming green smoothies every day, he was able to overcome diabetes, and was completely off insulin and all his medications in 3 weeks!  In 14 weeks, he lost 100 pounds — and he eventually dropped 226 pounds in one year, and has never regained the weight.375x321_lose_weight_fast_how_to_do_it_quickly_ref_guide

Click here to get the exact recipe that made Clent Manich lose 227 pounds — and beat diabetes and pancreatitis.

Make a healthy choice and see in the improvement in your life.


Let Dark Chocolate Help You Get Fit

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When you go on a traditional “diet” it seems that everything even remotely delicious is removed from your menu. Most people cut their caloric intake too far, consume tasteless food that rabbits would avoid, exercise until they drop and make themselves utterly miserable.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

You want to maintain a healthy weight – you want to be fit. You know that excess pounds can lead to heart disease, diabetes and depression just for starters. So how do you get there?

Stop “Dieting”

Good nutrition can still taste fantastic! In fact, fresh foods prepared well are much more delicious than the high-fat, high-sugar, high-additive pre-packaged choices. Most of those frozen and prepared foods taste awful!

When you start making “real” food part of your life you will never want that artificial stuff again.

Instead of giving yourself less food or no food – you need to give it the right foods more often. Make choices – such as green smoothies – that give you tons of fiber and nutrition with less fat and sugar.

68% of the American population is overweight – half of those people are obese.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Exercise shouldn’t scare you. You don’t have to enter a triathlon to get results. Low impact and no impact exercises and strength training will give you measurable results while also making your bones and muscles strong.
Yoga, tai chi, walking, water aerobics and light strength training with resistance bands are inexpensive ways to get moving without feeling like you’ll need a week to recover.

How Dark Chocolate Can Help You Lose Weight

Over the last several years scientists have been examining the benefits of dark chocolate. While milk and white chocolate are still a no-no, the mix of good stuff dark_chocolatein varieties with 70% cacao or higher are irrefutable.

Top 5 Benefits of Dark Chocolate
        1. A study published in

Science Daily 

      found that dark chocolate slows digestion so you feel full for a longer period of time – which may curb your calories by as much as 15% at the next meal.

2. The Journal of Proteome Research reported that dark chocolate actually alters the human metabolism in a good way. The monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) in dark chocolate boost your metabolism which stimulates your body to burn fat.

3. People who eat dark chocolate have fewer cravings for foods packed with sugar, salt and fat.

4. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, dark chocolate does not stimulate insulin resistance that can lead to diabetes. When your body is resistant to insulin, your cells go into starvation mode because they aren’t getting the fuel they need. The result is more weight gain.

5. Dark chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure, stress cortisol levels and reduce the LDL “bad” cholesterol in your body. All of this is due to the antioxidant-rich cacao content not duplicated in other forms of chocolate. Harvard Medical School found that the flavonoids in dark chocolate reduce your risk of coronary heart disease.

Can You Eat Chocolate and Weigh Less?

Eating chocolate actually helps lower your body mass index (BMI) – the measurement that pinpoints how much of your total body weight is actually fat.

One all natural variety – which is also part of the – contains all the antioxidants dark chocolate is known for with no gluten and high fiber.


Getting Healthy and Being Happy

Getting fit and meeting your weight loss goals doesn’t have to be frustrating or depressing. Improving your health can go hand-in-hand with happiness and positivity. You don’t have to deprive yourself of the foods and flavors you love most.

– and why they are dangerous to your health.

Did you know…that certain foods contain a hormone that causes your fat cells to expand – thereby making your body look bloated?

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